Obituaries


Charles J. “Chuck” Osuchowski, 38, passed away after a four year battle with a brain tumor, on Friday, March 31, 2017. Born in Glens Falls, New York on June 17, 1978, he was the son of Charles and Linda Osuchowski, Jr. Chuck grew up in Glens Falls, and graduated from Saratoga Central Catholic High School- both areas that he always considered home. He was also a graduate of Clark University in Worchester, MA. For the last 15 years he has called Ballston Spa home, and with his wife, has raised six children in this wonderful community.

Chuck worked as service coordinator for people with disabilities for the last 15 years- most recently for Community Living and Advocacy Supports, Inc. (CLAS). He cherished the families he served and the coworkers he worked with, and considered them all family. He was also a member of the Rising Sun Masonic Lodge #103 in Saratoga Springs, NY.

In his spare time he enjoyed taking walks with his wife, printmaking, writing poetry and short stories, woodworking, and anything technology related. But most importantly he enjoyed spending time with his children camping, taking hikes and picnics, attending numerous soccer games, swimming, and learning about history. His children were his pride and joy.

Chuck is survived by his wife, Nora and their children Asher, Zilah, Neviah, Noah, Nevin, and Nathan. He is also survived by his parents, Charles and Linda Osuchowski, his brothers Lonnie (Olga) and Anthony Osuchowski, and his in-laws Thomas and Diana Bisnett.

Funeral services will be held at 10am on Monday, April 3, at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, April 2 from 4pm to 8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Chuck may be made to Community Hospice or to Community Living and Advocacy Supports’ client funds.

Alice Groom Lattimore, 98, passed away on Thursday, March 30, 2017 at the Home of the Good Shepherd, where she resided for the last four years. Born in Ballston Spa, New York on October 30, 1918, she was the daughter of William and Lillian Groom. She was a graduate of Ballston Spa High School and attended Eastman School of Business.

Alice worked at the Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory, Kesselring Site in West Milton for many years, retiring in 1984. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Ballston Spa, Ballston Area Seniors, Saratoga County Retired Senior Volunteer Program and the General Electric Quarter Century Club. She enjoyed studying at various colleges under the Elderhostel Program.

She was predeceased by her husband Royal Lattimore, and her brothers William Groom, Jr. and Robert Groom. Alice is survived by her nieces Leslie Charbonneau, Marcia Edwards and Mary Alice Herrington; several grand nieces, grand nephews, and dear friends.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, April 1 from 10am to 12 noon at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will be held at 12 noon. Burial will follow in Ballston Spa Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in memory of Alice may be made to First Baptist Church, 202 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or the Home of the Good Shepherd, 26 Rock Rose Way, Malta, NY 12020.

The family would like to thank the entire staff at the Home of the Good Shepherd for the loving care they gave to Alice.

Linda Lee Thompson 74, passed away peacefully on the evening of Thursday, March 23, 2017. Born in Augusta, NJ on June 6, 1942, she was the daughter of Merrill and Shirley Walkup.

She attended Lake Luzerne High School. After working for several employers over the years, Linda started her own business, Twice As Nice Bargain Shop in the Village of Ballston Spa. She was also a caregiver before she became ill.

Linda enjoyed cooking, collecting (dolls, antiques, marbles, etc.), playing bingo and listening to music (including The Beatles, Bee Gees and she adored Elvis). She also enjoyed dining out with friends and family, especially at Ecobelli’s and Mangino’s restaurants. Linda loved animals, including many of her own pets over the years. Linda was a kind and gentle person that treasured the time she spent with her family and friends.

She was predeceased by her parents Merrill and Shirley Walkup and grandchildren Robert James Wheaton III and Kera Tartaglia. Linda is survived by her husband Joseph Thompson of Ballston Spa, NY; children Robert Wheaton II, Jo-Anne Closson Tartaglia (Dana), Diane Closson, Joseph Closson II (Wanda) and Latasha Thompson; sister Joan Hayden (Tom) of Lake Luzerne, NY; grandchildren Joseph Closson III, Ryan Closson and Hannah Tartaglia.

A private family service will be held. Memorial contributions in memory of Linda may be made to Alzheimer’s Association at www.alz.org or The Community Hospice at www.communityhospice.org

Linda will always remain in our hearts. Her spirit will live on forever.

Michael J. Aufiero, 55, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 17, 2017, after battling a long illness. He was born on July 14, 1961 to Alphonse and Shirley Aufiero.

Mike was born and raised in Ballston Spa and graduated from Ballston Spa High School in the class of 1979. He was employed by Knolls Atomic Power Lab for 37 years where he was a well respected and admired supervisor, manager, and co-worker.

He was an active member of his community, where he served as Chief of Saratoga County Hazmat Team and long time member and brother of the Union Fire Company.

Mike is survived by his beloved wife of 30 years, Lana Aufiero, their daughters Chendell Aufiero and Alyssa Aufiero; sister Judy Paine (Bill); mother in law and father in law Dick and Shana Carusone; brothers in law Todd Carusone “bro-bro” (Beth), Salvatore Carusone (Danielle) and Rich Carusone (Daria); nieces and nephews Stacey, Chris, Mike, Mark, Jason, Brandon, Shelby and Colby.

Funeral services will be held 9am Wednesday, March 22 at St. Mary’s Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow in St Peter’s Cemetery, Saratoga Springs. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, March 21 from 4pm to 8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Through this experience we have learned the importance of donating blood and platelets, and becoming a bone marrow donor. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Mike may be made to Albany Medical Center or American Cancer Society.

We would like to sincerely thank the Albany Medical Center Staff, especially D4 East and Medical ICU for their care and support during Mike’s journey. Mike appreciated you all so much.

Florence M. Stamm, 93, passed away peacefully on March 15, 2017. She was born on June 7, 1923 in Youngsville, North Carolina to Norman and Nora Mitchell.

Florence was raised in Franklinton, North Carolina and graduated from Franklinton High School at the age of 16. After working at the local 5&10 cent store for several years, she moved to Durham, NC. She began working at Wrights Machinery where she eventually met; and in 1955 married; William Stamm of Garden City, NY. William was a widower who was left with four children under the age of five. Florence loved and raised his children as her own.

Growing up in North Carolina, Florence was raised in the Baptist faith. After moving to Connecticut Florence and William joined St Paul’s Lutheran Church in Westport. Upon retirement William and Florence moved to Saratoga Springs, and became members of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.

She is predeceased by her parents and sister Ruth Murray, daughter Lorraine Stamm and granddaughter Melinda Lawrence.

Florence is survived by her loving husband of 61 years, William Stamm; two daughters Barbara Lawrence (William) of Herndon, VA, and Catherine Goodwin (Frank) of Saratoga Springs; son William Stamm, Jr., of Canton, MA. ; brother Robert Mitchell (Betty)of Durham, N C. Grandchildren include: Patrick Stamm, Caroline Stamm, Jennifer Braun and Michael Brennan and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10am Tuesday, April 11 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 149 Lake Avenue, Saratoga Springs. Burial will follow in the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Schuylerville.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude's Children Hospital, The Shriners Hospital, or Make-A-Wish.

John J. Gorman passed away peacefully on March 9, 2017. He was born on April 6, 1943 to the late John P. Gorman and Kathleen Gorman. Jack grew up in the Bronx, graduated from Power Memorial High School, Fordham University, and Fairleigh Dickinson University. He was a long time resident of Middletown, NY.

After his military service in the Marine Corps, Jack worked 25 years in the banking industry. He then went on to a second career teaching in Port Jervis, the Bronx, and SUNY Orange as an adjunct professor.

Jack’s greatest joy in life was his family which included his children, Ellen Gorman, Maureen (Paul) Blazejeski, John (Jennifer) Gorman, Christopher (Ilissa) Gorman, Elizabeth Gorman, and Meaghan (Adrian) Gilmore, and their mother, Mary Gorman. He was predeceased by his daughter, Kathleen. Jack was the proud “Popa” of Johnny, Cassie, Liam, Jackie, Kaelyn, Dylan and Ethan and the big brother to Kevin (Marie) Gorman and Lawrence Gorman. He is also survived by several loving nieces, nephews and cousins.

There will be a visitation on Wednesday, March 15th, at the Hodder-Farenga Funeral Home in Yonkers, 4pm to 8 pm, with a mass at St. Paul’s Church in Yonkers on Thursday, March 16th at 10:00 a.m. followed by burial at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne, NY.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in memory of John to your favorite charity.

Alvin A. Watson IV, “Gus” 34, passed away suddenly on Thursday, March 9, 2017. Born in Saratoga Springs, NY on April 13, 1982, he was a graduate of Ballston Spa High School and ITT Tech. Gus worked at Denny’s in Saratoga Springs.

Gus enjoyed playing video games and studying Japanese culture. He was a computer expert and could rebuild any computer.

Gus is survived by his wife Jamie, and their children Trevor, Christopher and Austin Stewart; his parents Alvin A. Watson III and Karen Watson; sister Indra Watson, brothers Akai Watson and Mensah Watson; several aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, March 13 from 6pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 7pm. Burial will be in Rock City Falls Cemetery in the Spring.

Memorial contributions may be made to a go fund me account set up for the family at wwwgofundme.com/duuxk-watson-family-funeral-expenses

Herbert G. Sanders, 83, left this world on Wednesday, March 8, 2017. Born in Wilmington NY, August 1, 1933, he was the son of the late Clark Jasper and Grace Warren-Sanders and brother to Oliver, Ivan, Frank and Clara Johnson all who predeceased him. Herb resided in many towns in the Capital Region but in his heart he called the Adirondack Region his home.

Herb was honorably discharged from the United States Army in 1964 after serving two tours. A hard worker his whole life, he truly was a jack of all trades and retired from New York State Department of Transportation in 1995.

As his Earthly journey ended he was reunited with his loving wife Esther who departed in 2013.

He leaves behind his children, Michelle Framolaro (Salvatore), Tammy Murphy (Frank), and David Sanders (Charlene); nine grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and numerous lifelong friends he made over the years.

Since his retirement in 1995, Herb found genuine happiness in the outdoors. Not one to be held down or holed up, if the weather permitted, you’d find him outside. He was an avid fisherman. He enjoyed hiking, bird watching, and gardening. He could oftentimes be found tinkering with small machinery in his garage.

His generosity and kindness were limitless and everyone who met him found him likeable, especially all his buddies who gathered most mornings for coffee and company.

The true joy in his life was his family. As the Patriarch, they gravitated to him. His daily visits from his granddaughter Nicole and great-granddaughter Kailey were how he started each day. He spent Friday evenings with his grandchildren Colin and Nicole, and spent every Saturday with his daughter Tammy. Over the miles, he looked forward to his phone chats and visits with his daughter Shelley. He and his grandson Joe were inseparable, best friends til the end. His loss has created a vacancy in their lives that can never be filled.

A private funeral service will be held. Memorial contributions may be made in lieu of flowers to VETHELP at 1214 Saratoga Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or the National Wildlife Federation at P.O. Box 1691, Merrifield VA 22116.

Carl A. Carey, 71, passed away on Monday, March 6, 2017. Born in Ballston Spa, NY on March 31, 1945, he was the son of Norman and Catherine Carey. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War.

Carl was a carpenter for Boyce Construction and later Frank Buffardi Construction for many years, retiring in 2012. He enjoyed camping with his family and going to the Casino.

He was predeceased by his parents Norman and Catherine and his siblings Chet, Aaron, Clarence, and Annie. Carl is survived by his wife Alice; sons David, Andrew and Adam all of Ballston Spa; daughter Catherine Smith of Glens Falls; grandchildren, Andrew Jr., Crystal and Michael; brother Charles Carey (Linda) of Rock City Falls, sister Carolyn Taylor (Bill) of Rock City Falls; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, March 12 from 3pm to 4pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 4pm.

Memorial contributions may be made to Disabled American Veterans at www.dav.org

James W. Delaney, 85, passed away peacefully on March 1, 2017. Born on August 15, 1931, to Henry and Mary Hennessey Delaney, Jim was a graduate of Ballston Spa High School. While in high school, Jim was a member of the 1949-1950 “Iron Five” Basketball team. The team went 18-3 that year and went on to be crowned Saratoga County League Champions. He and his teammates were inducted into the Ballston Spa Athletic Hall of Fame in 2015.

After high school Jim joined the Army and served in France during the Korean War. He worked for Grand Union in various management positions and upon retirement he worked for D&A Taxi in Schenectady. Jim was also a member of the Eagle Matt Lee Fire Co #1 where he served in several positions including fire chief. Jim had a huge love of family; calling each night to just say “Hi”.

Jim is survived by his children Debbie Fantroy (Memphis), James Delaney (Robin), Jammi Jesionowski (Jeremy) and Cheryl Turnbull (Steven); his second wife and dear friend Susan Libertucci and adopted daughter Samantha Wronowski; several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Jim was predeceased by his first wife Dorothy Nowhitney Delaney and his siblings Henry “Hank” Delaney, Robert E. Delaney, and Mary Delaney Stewart.

Family and friends are invited to call on Friday, March 3 from 12 noon to 1pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will be held at 1pm. Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Ballston Spa.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in memory of James to the Wounded Warrior Project at www.woundedwarriorproject.org

David L. Bellinger, 62, passed away on Tuesday, February 28, 2017. Born in Schenectady, NY on November 15, 1954, he was the son of Sidney and Grace Bellinger. He was a graduate of Ballston Spa High School. Dave joined the US Air Force in 1974. He earned the rank of Staff Sergeant and was a Structural Technician. He served in Korea and was honorably discharged in 1983.

After the Air Force he worked as a carpenter. Dave was a lifetime member of the VFW and a member of the American Legion. He enjoyed camping with his family at Fourth Lake and the time he spent at the VFW with his friends. His greatest joy was loving and caring for his many grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his parents Sidney and Grace Bellinger, stepmother Ruth Bellinger, and his siblings Jacqueline Green, Paul Bellinger, James Bellinger and Maureen Bellinger.

Dave is survived by his sons John (Jennifer) and Christopher; grandchildren Daniel, Andrew, Jason, Ethan, Tyler, Matthew, Alicia, and Noelle; siblings Dorothy Brooks (John), Charles Cornell (Tanom), Catherine Green (Thomas), Shelley Willette (Theodore), Denise Galarneau (Richard), Cindy Cornell, and John Bellinger (Lenore). He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, March 6 from 5pm to 6pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A memorial service will follow at 6pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in memory of Dave to VFW Post 358 in Ballston Spa.

Ernest Lynn Moore, 87, went home to be with his Lord Jesus Christ on Sunday, February 26, 2017, after cheerfully and gracefully battling Alzheimer’s disease for three years.

Ernie was born on December 27, 1929 in Ludlow, Massachusetts and was raised by loving parents with his two brothers, Lewis and Thomas, in Westminster, Vermont. Upon graduation from Bellows Falls High School, he served in the US Army and was honorably discharged as a Corporal.

He graduated from Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston and married Elaine Morse of Bellows Falls in 1951. They moved to Schenectady to work at General Electric, where Ernie worked drafting blueprints for large steam turbines and generators for over 40 years, before retiring in 1992.

Ernie and Elaine raised two sons, David (Cynthia) of Charlton and Paul (Lori) of Ballston Lake before Elaine went to Heaven in 2004. They passed on their love of skiing, camping and boating to their sons, by whom they have eight granddaughters, Alicia, Heidi, Heather, Chelsea, Hannah, Lydia, Natalie and Chloe, and four great grandsons.

After a year of being widowed, Ernie found the second love of his life, Linda Lange, and they were married in 2006. Ernie then gained five stepchildren, Jeff, Brian (Paula), Donna (Bob), Jayne (Dennis) and Scott, and a multitude of grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Ernie and Elaine were founding members of Greater Grace Community Church, which in its formative years met in their home. Ernie was the most faithful member of the church for over 25 years, attending all services, cleaning, mowing the lawn, shoveling snow, greeting people and serving communion.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, March 4 from 1pm to 3pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A memorial service will follow at 3:30pm that afternoon, at the Greater Grace Community Church, 100 Village Blvd. Suite 17, Malta.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Ernie’s memory to fund Alzheimer’s Research, Hospice, or Greater Grace Community Church.

Emilio “Bill” Martone, 79, passed away on Sunday, February 26, 2017 at home with his wife of 40 years by his side. Born in Saratoga Springs on September 10, 1937, he was the son of Louis and Josephine Martone.

Bill was a cook at D’Andreas, Tradewinds, and Hidden Valley Restaurants. He later retired from Skidmore College where he worked in Food Service. Bill was a member of the Ballston Center Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church for 28 years and served as head usher for 25 years.

Bill is survived by his wife Judith; children David Martone (Michelle Nichols) of Clark Mills and JoAnn Pepper (Mark) of Greenfield Center; grandchildren Dylan, Steven, Johnathan, Christopher, and Cody; sister Lois Morris of Saratoga Springs; sister in law Nancy Bedard (Jim) of Schenectady; his church grandchildren Carley, Brenna and Declan; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10am Thursday, March 2 at the Ballston Center Association Reformed Presbyterian Church, 58 Charlton Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020. Burial will follow in Middle Grove Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday March 1 from 4pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Bill to the Ballston Center ARP Church, City Mission of Schenectady or Community Hospice.

Gladys Rhodes, 91, passed away on Saturday, February 25, 2017. Born at home in Milton Center, NY on November 19, 1925, she was the daughter of Daniel and Irma Clark.

Gladys was an administrative assistant for Saratoga County for many years. She enjoyed reading, traveling, camping, and crafts. In her younger years, she was an active member of the Simpson United Methodist Church in Rock City Falls. Her greatest joy was her family and the time she spent with them.

She was predeceased by her husband Russell and her brothers Robert and Howard Clark. Gladys is survived by her sons Clark Almy (Sandy) of Porter Corners, Michael Rhodes (Patricia) of Porter Corners, Ross Rhodes of Waterford and Daniel Rhodes (Maria) of Gansevoort; grandchildren Candace Almy Cross and Nicholas Rhodes; great grandchildren Mackenzie and Connor; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, February 28 from 6pm to 7pm. A service will follow at 7pm. Burial will be in Rock City Falls Cemetery, in the spring.

Memorial contributions in memory of Gladys may be made to Simpson United Methodist Church or Community Hospice.

Shirley M. Elmore, 89 passed away on Tuesday, February 21, 2017. Born in Callicoon, NY on October 19, 1927, she was the daughter of Herbert and Viola Hahn.

Shirley was an administrative assistant at the Watervliet Arsenal for 25 years, retiring in 1986. She enjoyed traveling and as a member of the Ballston Area Seniors, she coordinated many of their trips. Shirley liked making crafts and had recently discovered Colorama adult coloring books.

She was predeceased by her husband Richard and her sister Marjorie Hughes. Shirley is survived by her daughters Sherry Demers (Raymond) of Malta and Kimberly Messier (Michael) of Waterford; grandchildren Justin Demers (Jennie), Kyle Demers (Dr. Greg Fenton), Chad Halikias (Tiffany Ciccarelli), Richard Halikias, and Zoe Halikias (Zach Mason); sisters in law and brothers in law Patricia O’Boyle, Judith Fisher, Rosemary Morehouse, Barry Pudney, R. Michael Elmore, Ronald O’Dell; cousins Frank Hahn (Carla); and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 11:30am Friday, February 24, at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow at the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, February 23 from 5pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made in memory of Shirley to the Saratoga County Animal Shelter, 6010 County Farm Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or the Ballston Area Seniors, 310 Northline Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Anne Frances Dunbar 86, passed away on Monday, February 20, 2017, after a courageous battle with cancer. Born in Ballston Spa, NY on October 15, 1930, she was the daughter of Daniel and Mary Sweeney.

She was a graduate of Ballston Spa High School and Mildred Elley Business School.
As a youngster, Anne was one of the first employees of Stewart’s in Ballston Spa.

Anne started her career as an Executive Secretary at General Electric. After raising her family, she went back to work at Wood Road Elementary School in Ballston Spa as Executive Secretary to the principal, Rosemary Hunter. Anne’s family was her life and she supported them in every way. She enjoyed taking family vacations and camping. She was proud of her Irish heritage and traveled to Ireland three times. She enjoyed music and singing. Anne was an avid gardener and sold her vegetables to several area hotels and restaurants.

Anne was a devoted communicant of St. Mary’s Church in Ballston Spa. She taught religious education and sang in the Choir. She worked in the library at St. Mary’s School for many years.

She was predeceased by her parents Daniel and Mary Sweeney, her siblings Michael, Genevieve, Peter and Daniel; husband John Dunbar and their daughters Mary and Theresa.

Anne is survived by her children Joseph (Jackie) of Florence, MA, Francis (Sherri) of Black River, John (Lisa) of Ballston Spa, Catherine Clements (Timothy) of Malta, Patricia Dunbar Richmond of Ballston Spa and Paul of Ballston Spa; grandchildren Andrea Clements (fiancé Jon), Alex Clements, Trenton Dunbar (Emily), Hudson Dunbar, Caroline Dunbar and Rachel Richmond; and many nieces and nephews.

A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 9:30am Friday, February 24 at St. Mary’s Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Saratoga Springs. There will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s School, 40 Thompson Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

On February 18, 2017, Infantry Captain Paul J. Komar, 85, US Marine Corps., entered into the gates of heaven and into the arms of our Lord and Savior. His family was by his side to say goodbye. Paul, the youngest son of Mary Hudy Komar and John Komar was born in Windber, Pennsylvania into a coal miner’s family on January 23, 1932. His siblings John, Joseph, Andrew, Ann, Mary and Helen all predeceased him.

As a young fellow Paul served as an altar boy and grocery delivery boy. To keep the home fires burning, he walked the railroad tracks to pick up dropped coal from the transport cars. Later Paul earned his Eagle Scout badge.

Paul graduated from Windber High School where he starred as a wrestler and football center. He went on to Kutztown State Teacher’s College to develop his God given artistic talents and to prepare for his career as an art teacher.

Paul worked summer jobs during his undergraduate years, telling his family how he almost fell into the furnace at a steel mill while feeding coal. On campus he was a self-trained barber, campus deliveryman for a local dry cleaner, and a cleaner of classrooms. He loved the Pittsburgh Steelers and Penn State Nittany Lions. At Kutztown he was an All State Center and received awards for his abilities.

After graduation from college, Paul entered the Marine Corp and served in Quantico, VA, Camp Le Jeune, NC as Platoon Leader 2nd Marine Divison 6th Marines and at the Headquarters Dept of Pacific in San Francisco, CA as staff officer, often accompanying the remains of fallen Marines back to their families. Paul continued in the Reserves and attained the rank of Captain.

Paul was an art teacher in Main Line, PA and Allentown, PA. He returned to State College “Happy Valley” PA, Penn State University to earn his Masters Degree in Art Education.

After graduation from Penn State, he came to Ballston Spa, NY in 1961 to teach Art in Junior Senior High School recruited by Dr. George L. Osterwise, Superintendent of Schools. He married his wife of 52 ½ years Lorraine Lynett on August 29, 1964 in St. Mary’s Church, Ballston Spa. Paul served 37 years in Ballston Spa Schools and retired in 1997. He served as Vice President of the Ballston Spa Teachers Association and was elected state wide as NY State Chairman of Humanities. Paul was an adult scoutmaster and cub leader in Philadelphia and Ballston Spa.

During teacher school vacations, Paul was a sheriff’s dispatcher, NYRA Pinkerton Security Guard and SPAC Personal Security Guard for the backstage VIP Green Room. He met many performing artists and the Philadelphia Orchestra and NYC Ballet personnel.

He was a talented sign and banner painter and calligraphy artist. He excelled in watercolor, oil and pastel mediums, ceramics, pottery and wood sculptures. He restored two Victorian homes in the village, circa 1883 and 1884.

To cherish his memory, Paul is survived by his wife, Lorraine Ann, daughter, Maria Joanne Komar Kalinkewicz (John) of Malta, sons Paul James Komar, Jr., of Ballston Spa and Michael William Komar of Fort Lauderdale, FL, the love of his life his granddaughter, Hannah Lorraine Kalinkewicz, several nieces and nephews and sister-in-law Michelle Miller of Seymour, Indiana.

Paul was a faithful devoted Catholic. He always put the needs of others before his own. A kind and gracious man, Paul will be missed by all those who knew and loved him.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, February 21 from 4pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Funeral services will be held 9:30am Wednesday, February 22 at St. Mary’s Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial with military honors will follow at St. Peter’s Cemetery, West Avenue, Saratoga Springs.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your favorite charity and today do a good deed for someone in need.

The family would like to thank Saratoga Hospice and Wesley Hathorn 3 for their kind and compassionate care during Paul’s last weeks.

George R. Loucks, 69, passed away on Thursday, February 16, 2017 at his home, surrounded by his family. He was born in Catskill, NY on May, 25, 1947, the son of George and Marian Loucks.

George started his career as a Chemistry Teacher at Ballston Spa High School in 1969 and then joined the General Electric Research and Development Center in Niskayuna in 1972. He retired in 2015 after 43 years, with 19 awarded patents in the field of polymer processing.

He was a lifelong member and dedicated leader of the Boys Scouts of America, having been the Scoutmaster of Troop 67 in Scotia-Glenville for many years, then organizing and running the yearly Klondike Derby Deep Freeze for the last 20 years. George was a life member of the East Jewett Volunteer Fire Department.

George’s hobbies included collecting coins, then giving them away to family and friends and working on home improvement projects. He loved being in the woods with a wheel-barrow and a chainsaw, building nature trails and moving brush to the dump.

He was predeceased by his parents George and Marian Loucks, and his father-in-law Clayton “Junior” Mead. George is survived by his wife Barbara , their sons Brian Loucks (Lindsay) of Napa, CA and Kevin Loucks (Kristin) of Andover, MA; and his “PEACHES” - grandchildren Paige, Elizabeth “Ellie”, Aidan George, Cade, Hannah, Ethan and Sadie; brothers Gerry Loucks (Marge) and Jeff Loucks (Cindy) all of East Jewett; mother-in-law Violet Mead of Hunter, sister-in-law Bonnie Schertl of Hunter, and numerous nieces and nephews.

At George’s request there will be no services. Memorial contributions in memory of George may be made to NYOH Community Cancer Foundation, 449 Route 146, Suite 101, Clifton Park, NY 12065 or BSA Klondike Derby Deep Freeze, c/o Brian Campbell, 346 Rector Road, Scotia, NY 12302 or East Jewett Vol. Fire Dept, PO Box 105, East Jewett, NY 12424 or Animal Protective Foundation, 53 Maple Ave, Scotia, NY 12302.

Online remembrances may be made at www.armerfuneralhome.com

Jean M. Rowbo, formerly of Galway, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 15, 2017, she was 96. Jean lived most of her life on or next door to her parent’s farm and across the creek from her brother in Galway. She married her childhood sweetheart. When they both retired in 1983 they traveled and then moved to Naples, Florida. She loved her family, career, gardening, animals, and was a devoted Catholic.

She is predeceased by her parents James and Mary Kalinkewicz, sister Theresa Robinson, brother Joseph Kalinkewicz, and her husband of 68 years John Rowbo. She is survived by her son Alexander, daughter-in-law Sandra; many nephews and nieces and great nieces and nephews from the Kalinkewicz and Robinson families, formerly of Galway, NY; and the Rowbo family formerly of Queens, NY.

Jean’s career began at St. Mary's Hospital Foundation, Schenectady’s Army Depot, WGY-WRGB, The Maqua Co., and she retired from Ellis Hospital as Assistant Personal Director.

Jean was a member of the Sacandaga Boat Club, Zonta International, and Past President of the Emblem Club of Schenectady. She volunteered and took great pride helping immigrants study for the US Citizenship Test. She is currently a member of the Henderson Creek Club of Naples, FL.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 10am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 167 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa. Relatives and friends are invited and may call at the Armer Funeral Home, Inc. 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa on Friday, February 17, 2017 from 3pm to 6pm. Interment will be at the Galway Village Cemetery in the Spring.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the charity of your choice, or plant a perennial in memory of Jean.

Nicole Rabideau, 86, passed away peacefully on February 13, 2017. She was born on May 25, 1930, in Montreal, Canada to Jean Baptiste and Zelia Valiquette and was the youngest of fourteen children.

Nicole was an avid knitter, quilter, bridge player and crossworder. She loved her winters spent in Myrtle Beach and volunteering her time to various organizations.

Nicole was predeceased by her husband Arthur. She is survived by her sister Michelle, her loving children Michael Rabideau of Seabrook, NH, Jack Rabideau (Ann) of Golden, Colorado, Gina Norton (Kenny) of Lake Clear, Dan Rabideau (Kathi) of Ballston Spa and Monique Rabideau (Bruce Johnson) of Charlton; grandchildren Chad Rabideau (Beth), Cory Rabideau (Holly), Tricia Rabideau (fiancé Colin) and Jason Norton; great grandson Connor; and her grandcat TJ, who all brought joy to her world.

A memorial service will be held 10am Friday, February 17 at Christ Episcopal Church, West High Street, Ballston Spa. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, February 16 from 5pm to 7pm at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Nicole to Kidsfirst Day Care, 15 West High Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Finn D. Butchino, infant son of Michael and Elizabeth (Agnew) Butchino, passed away Friday, February 10, 2017.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his brother, Emmett Yarter; his grandparents, Jacqueline Agnew, Catherine Georgia and Daniel Butchino; great grandparents, Linda Butchino and Theresa Blais; and his aunts and uncles, Stephanie Agnew, DJ Agnew, Devan Agnew, Candace Butchino, Kailey Jensen and Brian and Vianna Jensen.

A funeral service will be held at 1:00 pm on Sunday, February 19, 2017 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 E. High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions may be made to The TEARS Foundation (www.thetearsfoundation.org).

Timothy D. DuBois, 70, passed away on Saturday, February 11, 2017. Born in Ballston Spa, NY on May 28, 1946, he was the son of E. Donald and Dorothy DuBois. He was a Vietnam War Army veteran and proudly served in the 101st Airborne Division.

Tim worked for General Electric, Cottrell Paper Mill, Quad Graphics and retired from the Waterford Halfmoon School District. He was a lifetime member of the Malta Ridge Fire Dept and member of the Malta Ambulance Corp.

He volunteered as a coach for the Ballston Area Recreation Committee. Tim loved coaching and coached several sports including basketball, baseball and bowling.

Tim was a strong supporter of Veterans. Together with his brother Paul they founded the Mountains to Miracles Veterans’ Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to help and serve veterans in need.

Tim is survived by his wife of 48 years Mary; his children Kevin DuBois (Joan) of Ballston Spa and Lisa Sagendorf (Todd) of Green Island; grandchildren, Sarah, Lacey, Rebecca, Blake, Chayton, Kyler, Emma, Marissa, Travis, and Braedon; sister Claudia Smith (Bill) of Malta; brothers Jack Brackett of Victor, Paul DuBois of Scotia and Larry DuBois (Claire) of New Hampshire; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10am Thursday, February 16 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial with military honors will be at Powell Wiswall Cemetery, Ballston Spa in the spring. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, February 15 from 4pm to 8pm at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Mountains to Miracles Veterans’ Foundation, Inc., c/o Paul DuBois, 308 Huston Street, Scotia, NY 12302.

James R. O’Brien, 86, passed away on Saturday, February 11, 2017. Born in Mineville, NY on August 23, 1930, he was the son of Patrick and Helen O’Brien.

Jim was a graduate of the Albany College of Pharmacy and started his career as a pharmacist working for Harvey Co Pharmacy and MacFinn Pharmacy in Saratoga Springs. In 1954, he moved to Ballston Spa and worked at Lattimore Pharmacy.

On October 1, 1960, he bought the pharmacy and O’Brien’s Pharmacy was established. He loved his customers and always had a story to share. When he wasn’t at the pharmacy, Jim enjoyed gardening, movies and reading a good book. There was no Western in print or on film he didn’t know by heart. Of course he loved all things Irish.

He was predeceased by his wife Alberta, daughter Suzanne, and brothers Arthur and Patrick. Jim is survived by his son Sean O’Brien (Mary) of Ballston Spa, daughter Sharon Baker-Anderson of Ballston Spa, son in law Ricky Baker (Cheri) of Ballston Spa, grandchildren Michael Baker, Melissa Wyatt (Bryan), Meghan Baker, Michelle Baker, Devin O’Brien, and Hannah O’Brien, sister Rosemary Bigelow (Galen) of Westport, 4 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 9:30am Wednesday, February 15 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, Ballston Spa. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, February 14 from 4pm to 8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions in memory of Jim may be made to St. Mary’s School, 40 Thompson Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Neil R. Heffernan, 81, passed away on Friday, February 10, 2017. Born in Allentown, Pennsylvania on April 6, 1935, he was the son of Ambrose and Velma Heffernan. He was an Air Force veteran, serving in the Korean War.

Neil was a machinist at General Electric Co for many years. He was a life member of VFW Post 358 in Ballston Spa and served on the Honor Guard at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery. He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Ballston Spa.

He was predeceased by his parents, infant son Phillip, and brother Edward. Neil is survived by his wife of 60 years, Ann Duncum Heffernan; sons Michael (Louisa), and David (Trish) all of Ballston Spa; beloved grandchildren Ryan, Jenna and Brad; stepgrandsons Tyler (Kayla) and Cody; sisters Shirley LaFaver of Allentown, Pennsylvania and Debra Frankenfield (Jeff) of Whitehall, Pennsylvania; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 11am Tuesday, February 14 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A committal service with military honors will follow at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road Schuylerville. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, February 13 from 4pm to 7pm at the funeral home.

The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses on the 3rd floor at Saratoga Hospital and the nurses and aides on 2A at Saratoga Center for their care and compassion.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Neil may be made to the Ballston Spa United
Methodist Church, 101 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or Salvation Army PO Box 652, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Doris Mae Cooper (Stark), a resident of Embury Apartments, Saratoga Springs, went home to the Lord on February 5, 2017, at age 91.

She was predeceased by her husband of 56 years, Daniel T. Cooper, Jr.; her parents Garrett and Trina Stark Jr., sister Margaret Gertrude Clark and brother William John Stark.

Doris is survived by her children Robert D. Cooper, David B. Cooper, Sr. and Sharon L. Mack; 10 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.

Doris was heavily involved in the Lords work while in Fairlawn and Oakland NJ with the Hawthorn Gospel Church, and then with local churches in Ballston Spa, NY. She will be dearly missed by family, but will no longer have to remember how to operate electronic devices.

At her request, there will be no service. Memorial contributions in memory of Doris may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research at www.michaeljfox.org

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Saratoga Hospital ICU and her many friends at Embury Apartments for their care and compassion.

Mae Thompson Emeneth, 90, passed away on Sunday, February 5, 2017. Born in Keeseville, NY on May 4, 1926, she was the daughter of Elmer and Alice Hamlin.

Mae worked at the Ballston Knitting Mill for many years, and retired from Kingsway Arms where she worked as a nurse’s aide. She enjoyed camping, crocheting and playing cards with her family. Her greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her first husband Charles Thompson, second husband Charles Emeneth, and her sisters Virginia Lirosi, Pauline Bowers and Lillian Barber.

Mae is survived by her children Alice Crosbie (James) of Arizona, Diana Murray of Ballston Spa and Sue Thompson Stone of Ballston Spa; grandchildren Brian Crosbie, Christina Benavidez, Chad Chervin, Christopher Murray and Jodi Dillenbeck; great grandchildren Michael, Zachary, Chad, Draven, Layne, Jack, Makayla, Ryan, Devin, Emily, Abraham, Joey and Isaac; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, February 9 from 10am to 12 noon at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street , Ballston Spa. A service will be held at 12noon. Burial will follow in the Ballston Spa Cemetery.

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

"This is my beloved child, in whom I am well pleased." Matthew 3:17

June A. Murphy passed away peacefully in her sleep on January 28, 2017, she was 90 years old. June was a proud lifelong resident of Ballston Spa.

June was the oldest child, and only daughter, of Leo and June C. Murphy. She graduated from Ballston Spa High School. June enjoyed working with children and over the years provided daycare to dozens of local school kids.

June loved to knit and donated many baby blankets and hats throughout her life to local hospitals. She also loved to make sweaters for teddy bears.

June was a faithful Catholic and a member of St. Mary's Church. When she lived at 91 Church Ave., June asked her brother Ray to build a portable altar so mass could be said on site for those unable to attend church. While living at the nursing home June frequently prayed with and for others, especially in their final hours.

June is now joyfully reunited with her parents, brothers Thomas, Patrick and James and sister-in-law Linda. She will be fondly remembered and greatly missed by her brother Raymond, sisters-in-law Eleanor and Kay and many nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to thank June's many friends for their support and companionship over the years, especially Barbara and Mariann.

Services will be private at a later date. Contributions may be made to the Patrick M. Murphy Scholarship Fund, c/o Meg Lance, Awards Coordinator, Ballston Spa High School, 220 Ballston Ave., Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Warren “Benny” Blanchard 85, passed away peacefully on Monday, January 23, 2017. Born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts on May 24, 1931, he was the son of Warren and Mary Blanchard.

Benny was a Sergeant in the US Army serving in the Korean War. He was a field engineer for Unisys in Albany for 35 years. After his retirement, he started his own business Adirondack Computer Services.

Benny liked to watch football. In his younger years, he enjoyed camping and traveling with his family.

He was predeceased by his sister Barbara McKay. Benny is survived by his wife of 65 years Sylvia; their children Melissa Wallace (Robert) of Mechanicville, Peter Blanchard (Kathy) of Sarasota, Florida, and Darren Blanchard (Evelynn) of Gansevoort; grandchildren Laura (Nicholas), Michael, Elizabeth, David, Ashley, Nicole, Carrie (Michael) and Sarah; great granddaughters Elise and Caroline; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, January 26 from 5pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

A graveside service will be held 2pm Friday, January 27 at the Maple Grove Cemetery in Hoosick Falls.

Memorial contributions in memory of Benny may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Mary J. Miner, 91, passed away on Monday, January 23, 2017 at Glendale Nursing Home. Born in Ballston Spa, NY on April 29, 1925, she was the daughter of Charles and Cecelia Ody.

Mary worked at the Ballston Knitting Mill for many years. She later worked as a house cleaner in the Ballston Spa area. She enjoyed shopping, gardening and playing Bingo. Mary treasured the time spent with her family and friends.

She was predeceased by her husband Charles; their daughter Mary Jane DiPasquale, grandson Anthony DiPasquale, parents Charles and Cecelia Ody; five brothers and four sisters.

Mary is survived by her children Carole Martinez of Irving, Texas, Sally Harrington (Charles) of Ballston Spa, Susan Meyers of Ballston Spa, and Nancy Lippy of Granville; grandchildren Melody MacDonald, Charles O’Brien (Cynthia), James Doyle (Carol), Michael Sarauw, Jennifer Doyle, Sandra Eldredge (Bill), Shawn Sarauw, Shelly Bessey (Roy), Timothy DiPasquale (Lynn), and Orbin Harrington (Kate); many great grandchildren, great great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, January 27 from 10am to 11am at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A graveside service will follow at 11:30am in the Powell Wiswall Cemetery, Plummer Road, Ballston Spa.

A celebration of life will be held 1pm Saturday, January 28 at the Ballston Spa Elks Lodge.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Glendale Nursing Home Activities Department.

The family would like to thank the nurses and aides at Glendale Nursing Home for taking such wonderful care of Mary. You all hold a special place in our hearts.

Shirley V. Cooper 86, passed away on Saturday, January 21, 2017. Born in Ballston Spa, NY on June 4, 1930, she was the daughter of Edward and Elizabeth Flinton.

Shirley was a school bus driver for Shenendehowa Schools for over 20 years. She was one of the first women in NYS to be licensed to drive the large school bus.

Shirley enjoyed playing cards with the “Golden Girls” and in her younger years she liked to dance. Her greatest joy was her family and the time she spent with her grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband Robert, her sister Mary McCarthy and her husband John, and brother Edward Flinton and his wife Elsie.

Shirley is survived by her children Gail Jones (Joe) of Mechanicville, Rick Cooper (Maureen) of Ballston Spa, Kevin Cooper (Nancy) of Ballston Spa, and Todd Cooper (Cindy) of Saratoga Springs; siblings Robert Flinton of Florida, Ralph Flinton of Saratoga Springs, Dorothy Cramer of Georgia, Veronica Ivers of Charlton, Rosemarie Flinton of Saratoga Springs, and John Flinton of Maryland; many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10am Saturday, January 28 at Round Lake United Methodist Church, George Avenue, Round Lake. Burial will be in Dunning St Cemetery in the Spring. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, January 27 from 5pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

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