Obituaries


Florence Pastore Fountaine, 94 passed away Tuesday evening, October 17, 2017. Born on February 2, 1923 in Ballston Spa, she was a lifelong resident and daughter of the late Ralph and Antoinetta (Falciano) Pastore.

A graduate of Ballston Spa High School, Florence went on to attend Albany Business College and started her career as a secretary with Catholic Charities. She then worked for many years at General Electric Company in Schenectady and also in Washington, DC. Florence’s late husband, George Fountaine co-owned and operated Miranda and Fountaine Floor Covering in Mechanicville and she could be found there helping out where needed.

A communicant of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, she was a member of Ballston Area Seniors. Florence, affectionately known as “Dolly”, enjoyed reading and knitting for her friends and family. She liked to travel and enjoyed spending time at the family camp on Saratoga Lake.

In addition to her parents, she is predeceased by her husband, George Francis Fountaine, two
brothers, Dr. Lucien Pastore and Paul Pastore and two sisters, Rose Miranda and Irene Schallehn. She is survived by her daughters, Marie Fountaine-Engle (Kenneth) of Malta and Frances Reynolds (Thomas) of Mariaville; her sister, Theresa Miranda of Ballston Spa; grandchildren, Corey, Robyn, Karen, Marybeth, Sydney and Payton; and many nieces, nephews and extended family.

Funeral services will be held 10am Friday, October 20, 2017 at St. Mary’s Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, October 19, 2017 from 4 pm to 7 pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Florence to the Saratoga Hospital Foundation, 211 Church Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or to a local food pantry of your choice.

The family would like to thank the staff at Saratoga Hospital and Home of the Good Shepherd in Saratoga Springs for the care and compassion given to Florence and her family over the last several months.

Marguerite I. Bogue, 94, passed away on Thursday, October 12, 2017. Born in Ballston Spa, NY on July 17, 1923, she was the daughter of Howard and Anna Hopkins.

Pat worked at General Electric Co. and later as a secretary for Ballston Spa Central Schools. She was an active member of Christ Episcopal Church in Ballston Spa where she volunteered in the food pantry and taught Sunday School. She enjoyed gardening and was a member of the Ballston Spa House and Garden Club.

Pat’s greatest joy was her grandchildren and the time she spent with them.

She was predeceased by her beloved husband Robert, and her siblings Valdine Johnson and Carlton Hopkins. Pat is survived by her children Aaron Bogue of Ballston Spa and Betsy Cull (Ronald) of Ballston Spa; grandchildren Melissa, Jessica, Michael and Stephen; great grandchildren Kyla and Anthony; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10:30am Tuesday, October 17 at Christ Episcopal Church, West High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road Schuylerville. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, October 16 from 5pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions in memory of Pat may be made to Christ Episcopal Church or the Alzheimer’s Association.

Michael G. Lewis, 54, passed away on Sunday, October 8, 2017 at his home. He was born on December 30, 1962, the last baby of the year at Benedict Hospital in Ballston Spa.

He graduated from Ballston Spa High School and attended Albany College of Pharmacy and Hudson Valley Community College. Michael was a security guard for Command Security.

He was predeceased by his father Myron Lewis, grandparents George and Charlotte Lewis, Francis and Virginia Jones, great grandparents William and Alice Taylor, and aunt Olive Boyce.

Michael is survived by his mother Patricia Lewis-Hoyt, stepfather Robert Hoyt, brother William Lewis, beloved nieces Lindsey and Taylor Lewis, aunt Alice Hassell, nephew David Hassell (Anne), niece Deborah Zlotnick (Benjamin), aunt Lisa Stephans (Doug), nephews Ryan and William Stephans; cousins Donna Desso (Jeff) and Michele Frodyma; great uncle Ret. Col. Charles Miller (Geraldine) and several addition cousins.

Funeral services will be held 9:30am Saturday, October 14 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Ballston Spa Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, October 13 from 6pm to 8pm at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions in memory of Michael may be made to Eagle Matt Lee Fire Co No 1, PO Box 4, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Donna L. Martin, 73, passed away on Sunday, October 8, 2017. Born in Ballston Spa, NY on December 6, 1943, she was the daughter of Donald and Gertrude Reed.

Donna worked for Shenendehowa Schools as a hall monitor, and was an aide for Saratoga Bridges for many years. She retired from Wesley Health Care Center where she was a Certified Nursing Assistant.

Wherever she worked, Donna enjoyed helping people. She volunteered at Mary’s Haven in Saratoga Springs for five years. Her greatest joy was the time she spent with her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren, and her beloved cat Uma.

She was predeceased by her husband Ronald and infant brother Timothy Reed.

Donna is survived by her children Cindy Brown (BJ) of Clifton Park, Kelly Duket (Bill) of Greenfield Center, and Scott Martin (Denise) of Jacksonville, Arkansas; grandchildren Corey, Tyler, Luke, Lauren, Samantha, Katie and Kristina; great grandchildren Alexis, Emma, Max, Eloise, Breanna, Jamie, Layne and Aubrey; siblings Richard Reed (Patricia) Vicki Stahl (Al) and Marti Reed; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10am Friday, October 13 at the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, October 12 from 4pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

The family would like to thank Community Hospice of Saratoga for their care and compassion.

Memorial contributions in memory of Donna may be made to Community Ambulance Corp, Thompson Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

William Charles “Bill” Stamm, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend passed away on October 7, 2017.

Born in New York City on July 12, 1919, Bill has now joyfully reunited with his mother and father May and Harold Stamm, wives Edith and Florence Stamm, daughter Lorraine Stamm and granddaughter Melinda Lawrence in heaven.

Surviving are his children, William Stamm, Jr., of Canton MA, Barbara Lawrence (Bill) of Herndon, VA, Cathy Goodwin (Frank) of Saratoga Springs, NY; four grandchildren, Jennifer Braun (Paul) of Reston, VA, Michael Brennan of Slingerlands, NY and Caroline and Patrick Stamm of Canton, MA.
Bill proudly served three years of active duty in the US Navy during World War II in the Pacific Arena with the Amphibious Forces and held the rank of LTJG. He also participated in the Invasion of the Marianas Islands.

Bill was a graduate of New York University. During his career he was employed at Sperry Rand’s Semiconductor Division as Comptroller, Executive Vice-President and Treasurer of the Christian Herald Associates and retiring as CFO of the American-Republican Newspaper in Waterbury, CT.

All who knew Bill found him to be a truly amazing, kind and loving man with strong faith and principles.

Funeral services will be held 11am Friday, October 13 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial with military honors will follow at the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville.

Memorial contributions in memory of Bill may be made to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Make a Wish Foundation or your local Salvation Army.

Darren A. Brachetti, 44, passed away on Monday, October 2, 2017. He was born in Saratoga Springs, NY on November 15, 1972.

Darren was a CNC Machinist for CR Bard, Inc in Glens Falls. He had a passion for skateboarding and enjoyed gardening and art. He shared his love of nature with his daughter and together they went camping and hiking.

Darren is survived by his beloved daughter Catalina, mother Carol Jacobs, father David Brachetti (Anne), brothers Derek Brachetti (Michelle) and Damon Brachetti, grandmother Edith Startup, and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

A celebration of Darren’s life will be held 2pm Saturday, October 7 at 444 Sprague Town Road, Greenwich, NY 12834.

Linda K. Miskanin, 74, passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 30, 2017 surrounded by her husband and daughters. She was born in West Milton, NY and was the daughter of Arnol and Helen Knickerbocker.

Linda is survived by her husband of 53 years, Bob; their four daughters, Barbara Roby and husband Rick of Ballston Spa, JoAnne O’Connor and husband Rick of New Fairfield, CT, Michelle Graney of Auburn, NY, and Jacquelyn Jaeger of Ballston Spa; their grandchildren Andrew Roby, Jordan, Jared, and Sydney O’Connor, Reagan, Reilly, and Liddy Graney, and Marley and Mira Jaeger; and her sisters, Olga Troll and Audrey Roland of Florida. She was predeceased by her brother Maynard Knickerbocker.

Linda worked at Dunkin Donuts in Saratoga Springs for many years and was an active member of the Ballston Area Seniors where she enjoyed going on trips and playing bingo. During their retirement, Linda and Bob enjoyed traveling. Linda especially loved their trips to Hawaii.

More than anything, Linda will be remembered as a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was devoted to her family and will be missed beyond words.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, October 7th from 9am to 11am at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A graveside service will follow at the Rock City Falls Cemetery, 1033 Rock City Road, Rock City Falls.

Memorial contributions in memory of Linda may be made to the Ballston Area Seniors, 310 Northline Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Walter E. Sauer, 86, passed away Friday morning, September 29, 2017 with his family by his side. Born on November 22, 1930 in Brooklyn, NY, he was the son of the late Edward and Rose (Rapuzzi) Sauer.

Walter was a US Army veteran, serving during the Korean War. He graduated from Food Trades School in New York City and worked at Universal Ovens in Westbury, Long Island repairing and servicing industrial bakery ovens. In 1979, he started Sauer Oven Services, Inc. in Brentwood, which is currently operated by his son, John. He and his wife retired 25 years ago to Myrtle Beach where they lived until just recently.

An avid golfer, Walter was a member of the United States Golf Association and knew all of the rules of the game and who was or was not following them. He also was a member of the Myrtle Beach National Golf Club and enjoyed fishing and jazz music.

In addition to his parents, he is predeceased by a sister, Rosemary Tedesco. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Ann Sauer; his children, Walter J. Sauer (Donna) of Brentwood, NY, Daniel Sauer (Jeanette) of Troy, Michigan, Christine Novell (Paul) of Ballston Spa, John Sauer (Michelle) of East Islip, NY, and Thomas Sauer (Lorraine) also of East Islip; 10 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.

Services are private and will be held at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wesley Foundation, 131 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Hazel I. Latham, 89, passed away on Wednesday, September 27, 2017. Born in Ballston Spa, NY, on July 19, 1928, she was the daughter of Lewis and Emogene Steele.

Hazel was a homemaker who enjoyed gardening and reading. Her greatest joy was the time she spent with her family.

She was predeceased by her husband George Latham, and brothers Lewis Steele and Richard Steele. Hazel is survived by her children Charmaine Cook (Noel) of Ballston Spa and Charles Latham (Dawn) of Gansevoort; grandchildren Yancy Cook, Rory Cook, Dan Latham and Scott Latham; great grandchildren Tyler and Molly; siblings Kathleen Pfeiffer of Cheshire, CT, Jeanne Irwin of Wolcutt, CT, Virgil Steele of Florida, William Steele of Florida and Bruce Steele of Gansevoort; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to a graveside service at 12 noon on Friday, September 29 in Ballston Spa Cemetery, Garrett Road, Ballston Spa. All are invited to a gathering at the home of Charles and Dawn following the service.

Memorial contributions in memory of Hazel may be made to Community Hospice, 295 Valley View Blvd., Rensselaer, NY 12144.

John J. Tomasko, 87, passed away on Monday, September 25, 2017. Born in East Mauch Chunk, Pennsylvania on July 7, 1930, he was the son of Joseph and Mary (Zemba) Tomasko. A retired career Navy veteran, he proudly served his country for 20 years.

John owned and operated Westwood Motel in Ballston Lake for 50 years. He was a member of the Southern Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce. He enjoyed bowling, bocce and playing golf. He loved spending summers at the Saratoga Race Track and evenings at the casino.

John was an extremely dedicated, caring and loving man. The selfless attention he bestowed upon his wife, children and grandchildren, plus his newest great grandchild Aubrey, was priceless.

He was predeceased by his loving wife, Clementine (Ecobelli) Tomasko, granddaughter Melanie Merola O’Donnell, sister Anna Hines and brother Joseph Tomasko. John is survived by his children Tina Kelly (Michael) of Clifton Park and Linda Donahue of Burnt Hills; stepson Stephen Merola (Vicki) of Saratoga Springs; grandchildren Brendan Kelly, Connor Kelly, Madeline Donahue, Abaigeal Donahue, Haley Donahue and Michelle Merola; great granddaughters Aubrey Donahue and Mallory Merola Sinel; sister Elizabeth Cali of Pen Argyl, PA, and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 10am to 11am on Monday, October 2 at the Presbyterian- New England Congregational Church, 24 Circular Street, Saratoga Springs. Funeral service will be held at 11am with Pastor Kate Forer officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the The Melanie Foundation, 245 Washington St. #4666, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Ann G. Parillo, 72, passed away on Sunday, September 24, 2017 at her home. Born in Springfield, Vermont on April 12, 1945, she was the daughter of Thomas and Ann Berg.

Ann worked for Ballston Spa Schools and then State Farm. She later was a bus monitor for Saratoga Bridges. She was a member of VFW Post 358 Ladies Auxiliary. Ann enjoyed playing Bingo and spending time with her family.

She was predeceased by her husband Anthony and brother William. Ann is survived by her children Fannie Welch of Gansevoort, Francesco Parillo (Carolyn) of Greenwich, Ann Pettit (Roger) of Ballston Spa and Rosalie Hastings (David) of Ballston Spa; grandchildren Jordan Welch, Sydney Simmons, Francesca Parillo, Anthony Parillo, Andrew Pettit (Danielle), Shawn Pettit (Ashley) and Brian Klein; siblings Thomas Berg (Dola), Dortheann Copney, Penelope Baker (Kevin), Eugene Berg and Richard Berg; and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held 10am Thursday, September 28 at St. Peter’s Cemetery, West Avenue, Saratoga Springs. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, September 27 from 5pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions in memory of Ann may be made to Community Hospice, 295 Valley View Blvd, Rensselaer, NY 12144 or the Saratoga Co Animal Shelter, 6010 County Farm Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Rodney F. Niedziejko, 51 passed away on Wednesday, September 20, 2017. He was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, on June 29, 1966.

Rodney worked for the Corinth Police Department in the mid-1990’s rising through the ranks from patrolman until he became chief in 1998. He was very active during his tenure at the Police Department, helping to lead an effort to deal with the influx of drug activity in Corinth. In 2000, he transferred to the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Department, retiring in 2010.

He was known for his positive attitude and sense of humor. Rodney was a funny, likeable, good deputy who always had your back.

Rodney is survived by his wife Heidi; children Kayla, Sara and Wyatt; parents Edward and Dolores Niedziejko of Broadalbin; brothers Edward G. Niedziejko (Rebecca) of Malta and John Niedziejko (Joe) of Swedesboro, NJ; father in law and mother in law Fay and Jennifer Bovat of North Hero, Vermont; brother in law Heath Bovat of Alburgh, Vermont, and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, September 24 from 2pm to 5pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Funeral services will be held 11am Monday, September 25 at Gateway Church, 97 Hamilton Avenue, Corinth.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Rodney may be made to www.youcaring.com/Raise4Rodney

Dorothy E. McCave, 103, passed away on Sunday, September 17, 2017 at Wesley Health Care Center. Born in Ballston Spa on October 4, 1913, she was the daughter of Arthur and Pearl Denn.

Dorothy was a teacher’s assistant for the Head Start Program in the Ballston Spa Schools. She was a loving foster parent who was dedicated to helping children in foster care.

She was predeceased by her son Donald Mosher. Dorothy is survived by her grandsons Donald Mosher, Jr (Kelly) and Arthur Mosher (Nicole); great grandchildren Lexxis, Brayden, Owen and Aiden; daughter in law Andrea Mosher; caregivers Debbie Gula, Ann Moore and Pia Kellogg.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, September 21 from 10am to 11am at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will be held at 11am. Burial will follow in the Ballston Spa Cemetery.

David Eames Hall of Sewall’s Point, Florida passed at his country home in Galway, NY on September 16, 2017. His wife of 51 years, Mary Ann, was at his side when his journey ended here on Earth.

David was the son of Doris and Lester Hall. He was born in Bangor, Maine on September 4, 1933. David had five sisters, Maybelle, who predeceased him, Priscilla, Sylvia, Glenna and Johanna, all of Maine. He also had four brothers, Earl of Maryland, George of Connecticut, Lester of Pennsylvania, and James of Albany, NY who predeceased him. He had two sons, David of Massachusetts and Colin, who predeceased him, and several nieces and nephews.

During the Korean Conflict, he served in the US Air Force where he reached the rank of sergeant.

In 1959, he graduated from Central Connecticut State Teachers College where he earned his B.S. in Education and went on the SUNY Albany where he obtained a Master’s Degree in Education and a University Certificate in Educational Administration.

He taught sixth grade at Westmere Elementary School in the Guilderland School District and also taught math and science at Giffen School and Philip Livingston School in the Albany City School District.

From 1968-1974, he served as the principal of Ballston Spa High School. In 1974, he left education to work on some investment properties in Galway. From 1980-1988, he served as the principal of Corinth High School.

After retiring from education in 1988, he and his wife began a construction company called Hall Design Builders. They built several homes in Burnt Hills and Galway.

In recent years, David worked on his memoir, “A Road from Ignorance,” which focused on his youth, his time in the military and his years as a teacher and administrator. His book will be released in January 2018.

He was devoted to his wife, strove to treat all of his students with respect, equality and fairness and maintained a positive attitude whenever he met a challenge.

There will be no calling hours. A private service will be held in Maine at a later date.

Tammy Martinez, 56, passed away on Monday, September 11, 2017 after a courageous 14 year battle with breast cancer. Born in Ballston Spa, NY on September 11, 1961, she was the daughter of James Nicholls and Claudia Cobart Kerns. She was a graduate of Ballston Spa High School.

Tammy worked for Saratoga County for 37 years. She was the confidential secretary for Sheriff Jim Bowen, working closely with both Jim and his wife Sue who became lifelong friends and supporters of Tammy throughout her illness.

She enjoyed shopping and searching for bargains at garage sales. Her greatest joy was her family and she loved to spoil her nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents and her brother James Nicholls, Jr. Tammy is survived by her sons Richard James Martinez of Ballston Spa and Michael Martinez of Ballston Spa; siblings Timothy Cobart of Ballston Spa, Lori Nicholls of North Carolina, Terri Emigh (Mark) of Ballston Spa, Scott Kerns (Erin) of Ballston Spa and Dana Nicholls of North Carolina; stepfather Harold Kerns (Lucy) of California; and many beloved nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and friends.

A graveside service will be held 10am Friday, September 15 at Ballston Spa Cemetery, Garrett Road, Ballston Spa. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, September 14 from 4pm to 8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

The family would like to thank Dr. Liebers and his staff, and the staff on A-3 at Saratoga Hospital for their care and compassion.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Tammy may be made to the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk to be held in Albany on October 15, 2017.

Patricia M. Demskie, 71, passed away on Monday, September 11, 2017. Born in Salem, Massachusetts on December 17, 1945, she was the daughter of Anthony and Marguerite Roschel.

Patricia grew up in Poughkeepsie, NY and was a graduate of Franklin D. Roosevelt High School in Hyde Park. She was an X-Ray technician at Ellenville Community Hospital for many years. She later moved to Rock City Falls, where she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband Joseph. Patricia is survived by her children Andrew Demskie (Sandy) of Rock City Falls and Julia Harrington (Thomas) of Rock City Falls; grandchildren Alexandria, Jason, Joseph, Alyson and Anthony; sister Shirley VanWagenen of Wappinger Falls; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in memory of Patricia to the Community Hospice of Schenectady.

Amelia Rice, 88, passed away on Friday, September 8, 2017 at her home, surrounded by her loving family. Born in Witherbee, NY on January 27, 1929, she was the daughter of Crispin and Maria Sierra. She was a graduate of Mineville High School and Albany Business College.

Amelia was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church in Ballston Spa. She was an avid bowler and enjoyed country music, singing “I was country when country wasn’t cool”. She collected elephants, enjoyed crosswords and loved to laugh.

Her greatest joy was being with her family, whether she was going to Bingo with her sisters, watching Disney movies with her grandson Nathaniel, or going out to dinner with her daughter Amy and grandson Calvin, family was her greatest treasure. Amelia was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend.

She was predeceased by her husband James, brothers Vincent and Enrique, parents Crispin and Maria, and parents in law James and Flora. Amelia is survived by her children Amelia Bauer of Ballston Spa, James Rice of Ballston Spa, Crispin Rice (Kathy) of Ballston Lake, Ann Breska of Ballston Spa and adopted daughter Joyce Coker of Ballston Spa; grandchildren Calvin, Nathaniel, James (Ami), Pamela, and Amanda (Andy); great grandchildren Jazlynn, Emma, and Hannah; siblings Beatrice Korszun, Isabel Perez, and Manuella Sears, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 9:30am Tuesday, September 12 at St. Mary’s Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, September 11 from 6pm to 8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice, American Heart Association, St. Mary’s Church or Alzheimer’s Association.

Peter Olszewski, 63 of Rock City Falls, passed away Tuesday, September 5, 2017 with his loving family at his side, after a brave two month fight with illness.

Peter was born in Schenectady to William and Harriet (Harppinger) Olszewski. He discovered his love of medicine while working as an ER Technician at Saratoga Hospital. He then went on to become an RN through Adirondack Community College and continued by earning his Masters and Nurse Practitioner at the University of California at San Francisco. He joined the Internal Medicine Group at Community Health Plan in Latham in 1991 and has been with the group since then (now Community Care Physicians Latham Internal Medicine). He was a caring practitioner who was loved by his patients and co-workers.

While working at CHP, Peter met his true love, Susan Bunting Olszewski in 1994, and they married in October of 2000.

Peter was a great lover of the outdoors and became and Adirondack 46er when he was 46, in the year 2001. He loved hiking, canoeing, biking and skiing, especially with his daughter Noelle. He also loved his daily walks with his dachshund, Rudy.

Peter was very proud of his three daughters: Noelle Sophia Olszewski of Rock City Falls, Jennifer Anne Erin Gardner of Boston, MA and Danielle Elizabeth Gardner of Porter Corners, and all that they have accomplished, as well as his beautiful granddaughter, Haylee Star Gardner.

In addition to his wife and children, Peter is survived by his brothers, Michael Olszewski (Kathleen) of Ballston Spa and David Olszewski (Anabel) of Stillwater, as well as many loving nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family would like to thank the nurses, therapists and physicians at the Albany Medical Center ICU, Ellis Hospital ICU and Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital for all of their loving care over the past two months.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am Saturday, September 9, 2017 at Christ Episcopal Church, 15 West High Street, Ballston Spa. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family at the Christ Church Chapel Columbarium. Friends may call on Friday, September 8 from 4 to 7 pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Peter’s daughter, Noelle will be attending college as a freshman next year. Therefore, in lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Noelle Olszewski College Fund at Trustco Bank, 2 Trieble Ave, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Surrounded by her loving family, Marzetta Latham Schacher passed away peacefully at the age of 98 on Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at the Home of the Good Shepherd in Saratoga Springs . She was the daughter of Edwin and Irene (Driscall) Latham and wife of the late George P. Schacher, Sr.

Born March 16, 1919 in Binghamton, NY, she attended State Teachers College at Buffalo, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Art Education. In 1942 she married the love of her life. Marzie and George traveled while he served in the US Army, spending several years in Santa Fe, New Mexico. After the war, they settled in Schenectady where they raised a family and were active members of Zion Lutheran Church and later, the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Glenville. Together they were founding members of the Rolling Squares and Merry Mixers square dance groups where they made many wonderful friends and memories.

Marzie is survived by her children, Marilyn Fino (James), George Schacher, Jr. (Cherry) and James Schacher (Donna); her grandchildren, Michael Merritt, Tanya Rives, Joshua Fino, Jessi Cashion, Taryn Schacher and Darcy Schacher; and 10 great grandchildren.

Marzie was a woman of incredible grace, determination and above all, love for her family and others. There are no words that can express our love for her and our sorrow at her passing.

Services will be held at 10:00 am on Monday, September 11, 2017 at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, 200 Duell Road, Schuylerville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Community Hospice of Saratoga, 295 Valley View Blvd, Rensselaer, NY 12144, Home of the Good Shepherd, 400 Church St, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or St. Peter Lutheran Church, 2776 U.S. 9, Malta, NY 12020.

John “Jack” H. Downing, 86, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 5, 2017. Born on December 22, 1930 in Ballston Spa, he was a life-long resident and son of the late Loren and Catherine (Maxwell) Downing.

Jack worked for many years at Curtis Lumber Co. in Ballston Spa, retiring as a construction manager. He was a United States Army Veteran, serving during the Korean War, and earned a Bronze Star Medal for heroism on the battle field along with 3 Bronze Service Stars. Jack was a member of the Korean War Veterans Association as well as the Saratoga National Cemetery Honor Guard Association. He enjoyed woodworking and wood carving and loved spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Agnes Downing of Ballston Spa; his daughters, Deann Downing (Cathy Fiore) and Darlene Walker (John Gardner) all of Ballston Spa; his granddaughter, Ashley Walker (Matt Sherman) of Ballston Spa; his sister, Doris Wade of Ballston Spa; several nieces and nephews and his special friends, Dan and Rose Nelson and Dave Seymour.

Funeral services will be private at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Gateway House of Peace, 479 Rowland Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or to The Community Hospice, 295 Valley View Blvd, Rensselaer, NY 12144.

Ramona A. Goldfoot, 87, passed away on Thursday, August 31, 2017. Born in Mechanicville, NY on June 8, 1930, she was the daughter of Gerald Crowley and Edith and Ralph Smith.

Ramona owned and operated The Red Mill Tavern and Motel in Round Lake for many years, with her husband, David who passed away in January. After they retired, they would take their daily ride on his Harley, to have lunch at The Burger Den in Cambridge.

Ramona liked to ride her bike to Round Lake where she enjoyed sitting in the sun. She loved old country music and the yearly Christmas tree cutting at Bailey’s with her family. The time she spent with her children and grandchildren was her greatest treasure.

She was predeceased by her beloved husband David, her son James and brothers Glenn and Norman Crowley. Ramona is survived by her daughters Rhonda Agnew (Walter) of Round Lake, Laura Goldfoot of Ballston Spa, and Roxanne Sharp (Jim) of Clifton Park; three grandchildren James Agnew (Jody), Jessica Worobey (Paul) and Kelly Volpe; four great grandchildren Hunter, Dylan, Jude and Annie; sisters Constance Krogh of Wynantskill, Patricia Hatlee of New Hampshire and Chiquita Myers of Johnstown; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10am Wednesday, September 6 at the Round Lake United Methodist Church, 34 Church Avenue, Round Lake. Burial will follow in Memory Gardens, Colonie. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, September 5 from 5pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions in memory of Ramona may be made to the Round Lake United Methodist Church.

William V. “Vince” Welch 80, of Ballston Spa, passed away Monday, August 28, 2017, at Saratoga Center in Ballston Spa.

He was born June 6, 1937 in Ballston Spa, NY, to Chester and Ellen Welch.

A lifelong resident of Ballston Spa, Vince was a graduate of Ballston Spa High School. After high school, he enlisted in the United States Air Force, serving in San Antonio, Texas and Okinawa, Japan. Upon discharge from the Air Force, Vince returned home to Ballston Spa and began his more than forty-year career at Knolls Atomic Power Lab, Kenneth A. Kesselring Site, West Milton, NY, retiring in 1997. Vince was an avid bowler, bowling with leagues for many years at Ballston Spa Lanes and was also a long-time member of Union Fire Company #2, in Ballston Spa.

In addition to his parents, he is predeceased by his brothers, Edward Welch and Robert Welch and sister-in-law, Emily Welch. He is survived by his wife Jacqueline Welch, his children, Colleen Hadley (John), William K. Welch, and Michael Welch (Michele); step-children, Michael Mulvaney (Joann), Joseph Mulvaney, Jr., Alan Mulvaney (Mary), Kenneth Mulvaney (Tonya), and Joanne Isabella (Carmen); sister-in-law, Sarah Welch, brother-in-law, George Blakeslee (Marylee), nineteen grandchildren, twenty-two great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service and burial will take place 11am Saturday September 30, 2017, at Middle Grove Cemetery, Middle Grove Road, Middle Grove, NY. There will be no calling hours.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Vince’s memory to Union Fire Co. #2, PO Box 145, Ballston Spa, NY 12020

Anna E. Hicks 75, of Galway, peacefully passed away with family by her side Tuesday afternoon, August 22, 2017 at Saratoga Center in Ballston Spa.

She was born June 2, 1942 in Ballston Spa, NY, daughter to Helen Arnold and Howard Denison, and step daughter to Louise Cooper Denison.

Anna was a hairdresser and a homemaker. Her greatest joy was spending time with family and friends. She enjoyed her desserts, camping, fishing, car rides, garage sales, playing card games and dominos (her favorite was chicken foot).

She is predeceased by a little angel.

Anna is survived by her loving husband of almost 52 years Leon Hicks of Galway, and their three daughters- LeeAnn (Jim) Salisbury of Amsterdam, Cindy (Kelby) Truax of Ft Edward, Traci (Adom) Giffin of Potsdam; two grandchildren Kayla and Connor Giffin; two step-grandchildren John (Nori) Salisbury of Hagaman, Jennifer (Ken) Kerfien of Fulton; nine step-great grandchildren Mackenzie Kerfien of Fulton, Brody, Christian, Haley Salisbury and Shannon, Mark, Maggie Hughes of Hagaman, Maddie (John) Hotaling of Albany, and Brett Dudka of Amsterdam; two grand doggies Gunner and Sophie; two brothers, Chester (Betty) Denison of Ballston Spa and Roger (MaryAnn) Denison of Galway; several cousins, nieces and nephews; as well as lifelong childhood friend Donna Earl of Galway.

Family would like to extend their sincere thanks for the wonderful care given to their “Anna Banana.” Her 2nd family- Alyssa and the best staff of nurses and aids on A-2; especially Tammy with her extra TLC and HGTV lunch dates. As well as the support from Laura and Hospice nurse Andrew.

Anna’s family invites their family and friends to join in the Celebration of her Life on September 9th at C&R Restaurant from 11:30-2:00pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Anna’s name may be made to Galway Volunteer Ambulance Co, PO Box 151 or Galway Volunteer Fire Dept., 2175 Galway Rd, both of Galway, NY 12074.

Joan Mowers, 77, passed away on Sunday, August 20, 2017. Born in Amsterdam, NY on October 30, 1939, she was the daughter of Jasper and Flora Sweet, Jr.

Joan was a bookkeeper retiring from IBEW Local 236 in Latham in 2001. She enjoyed Nascar, casinos, and country music. Her greatest joy was the time she spent with her family.

She was predeceased by her husband Charles Mowers and her siblings Ellen and Richard. Joan is survived by her daughters Allyson Ulrich (Steven) of Ballston Spa and Diane Grobuski (Bradley Hall) of Greenfield Center; stepchildren Jeff Mowers, Shelly Bailey, and Michael Mowers; grandchildren Andrew Chapman (Ana), Jeremy Bailey (Colleen), Christine Bouchard (Michael) , and Steven Ulrich; great grandchildren Johnathan, Zhasmene, Keira, Maddison, and Cameron.

Funeral services will be held 10am Thursday, August 24 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Chuctanunda Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, August 23 from 2pm to 5pm at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Gateway House of Peace, 479 Rowland Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Susan M. Murray, 56, passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 12, 2017, after a long illness, with her family by her side. Susan was born on October 2, 1960. She grew up in Clayton, NY and later moved to Ballston Spa.

She was a member of the Eastern Star in Cambridge and the Clifton Park Elks Ladies Auxiliary.

She was predeceased by her father William Bender. Susan is survived by her son Michael Murray; grandchildren Lissa and Michael Jr.; mother Shirley De Maria; brother Dannie Bender (Lynn); longtime boyfriend Birney Herrington; and nieces Danielle Brooks and Sara Bender.

Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be in memory of Susan to your favorite charity.

Lee Taddeo, 84, passed away on Monday, August 7, 2017. She was born in West Springfield, Massachusetts on May 17, 1933. Lee is survived by her children Steven and Joanne.

Carmine J. Gizzi, 91, passed away Wednesday, August 2, 2017. Born on November 21, 1925 in Albany, NY, he was the son of the late Carmine J. Gizzi, Sr. and Jennie A. (Elia) Gizzi.

A lifelong area resident, Carmine served in the United States Army Air Force during World War II where he was awarded several medals including three bronze battle stars and a purple heart. He worked for over 30 years at Tobin Packing in Albany and later as a carpenter for NYRA for over 20 years. Carmine enjoyed woodworking, golf and gardening. A communicant of St. Mary’s Church in Ballston Spa, he was a member of Henry Cornell American Legion Post 234, VFW Post 358 and Ballston Spa Elks Lodge 2619.

In addition to his parents, he is predeceased by his sisters, Cecelia Manning and Anne Fitzgerald, his brothers Joseph Gizzi and Paul Gizzi, Sr., his son Richard Dingman and his wives, Mary Gizzi and Jeanette Gizzi. He is survived by his Brothers, Mike, Vincent, Peter and Robert Gizzi; sister, Rosemarie June; and children, Marge and Terry Dingman and Donna Angermiller; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10:30am Monday, August 7, 2017 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Burial with military honors will follow at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, August 6 from 2 to 5 pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

In Lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Mary’s Shrine, c/o St. Mary’s Church, 167 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 12020

Lillian D. Deming, 88, passed away on Thursday, July 27, 2017. Born in Scotia, New York on April 23, 1929, she was the daughter of Charles and Ethel Myers.

Lillian was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She loved her summer home at Penn Heights Beach Club on Sacandaga Lake. The times she spent there with her family were her greatest treasure.

She was predeceased by her five siblings. Lillian is survived by her husband of 69 years Dana, and their children Sally Jenkins, Kenneth Deming (Shannon) and Lynn Deming; grandchildren Stephen, Nathan, David, Justin, Meghan, Haileigh, Grace, Amanda and Brandon; 11 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10am Wednesday, August 2 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Sweetman Cemetery, Charlton. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, August 1 from 4pm to 7pm at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions in memory of Lillian may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, Pine West Plaza, Building 4, Suite 405, Washington Ave. Ext., Albany, NY 12205.

The family would like to thank the staff at the Home of the Good Shepherd in Saratoga Springs for their loving care.

Online remembrances may be made at www.armerfuneralhome.com

Eleanor L. Harris 90, passed away on Monday, July 24, 2017. Born in Ballston Spa, NY on November 30, 1926, she was the daughter of Louis and Sarah Morris.

Eleanor worked at Cudney’s in Saratoga Springs for 37 years, retiring in 1996. She enjoyed baking, crocheting and camping with her family. She could often be found doing word puzzles.

She was predeceased by her siblings Gordon, Becky, Mabel, Loretta, Corabelle, Steve, Louis, Sally and Dorothy. Eleanor is survived by her husband of 58 years Fred Harris, Sr., their children Russell Palmateer (Mary Ellen) of Saratoga Springs, Ricky Palmateer (Crystal) of Ballston Spa and Fred Harris, Jr. (Jan) of Ballston Spa; beloved grandchildren Jessica, Rusty, Sarah, Melisa and Brittany; 11 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 11am Friday, July 28 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, July 27 from 4pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions in memory of Eleanor may be made to Union Fire Co. #2, PO Box 145, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Joseph H. Sparks, II, went home to his Savior on Monday, July 17, 2017, with his loving wife by his side. Born in the Bronx, NY on June 5, 1935, he was the son of Joseph and Annabelle Sparks.

Joe was a beloved husband, father and grandfather, a retired Lieutenant of the NY Fire Department, and a minister of the gospel.

He enjoyed talking to people, especially about Jesus. He loved his family and lived life with passion.

He was predeceased by his brother Edward. Joe is survived by his wife of 53 years, Vilma; children Laureen Sparks of New Jersey, Margaret-Anne Watson (Douglas) of Wilton, Vilma Debra Meeker (Mark) of Oklahoma, Joseph H. Sparks, III of Virginia and Dwight D. Sparks (Patricia) of Texas; grandchildren Nicholas, Samantha, Matthew, Ashley, Jenna, Zoë, Zahara, Tara, Isabel, Antonio, Adriana, and Joseph; great grandson Silas; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10 am Saturday, July 22 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa with Pastor Joseph Galarneau officiating. Burial will follow in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Saratoga Springs. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, July 21 from 6pm to 8pm at the funeral home.