Obituaries


Our beloved Meghan Nicole Russell passed away on July 15, 2017. Meghan was a bright star that shined on the many lives she touched. Kind, caring, compassionate and thoughtful are just a few words to describe our special child. Meghan’s infectious smile brought joy to all around her. She encouraged others through hard times; she was always willing to listen and genuinely cared. Meghan was an inspiration, joy and source of light which was shown through her sparkling blue eyes and contagious laugh.

Meghan was an active participant in both softball and cheerleading. She loved being part of a team. She enjoyed being in the Best Buddies program and volunteering at a local nursing home. Meghan had a gift for relating to those suffering from dementia and alzheimer’s. Meghan loved shopping, hanging out with her friends, hiking and kayaking. Spending time with family was one of the most important parts of Meghan’s day. She loved to pop-in and say hello to her grandma, YiaYia or Aunt Lisa. Meghan also loved doing her hair, make-up and nails.

Meghan is survived by her loving parents, James and Kimberly Russell; her sister, Julia; grandparents Robert and Florence Kussius, Joan and Gordon Russell, David Trayhan; aunts and uncles Brian and Lisa Russell, Gordon and Linda Russell, Donna Russell, David and Joanne Trayhan, Chris and Margaret Trayhan; cousins Tyler Russell, Brandon Russell, Devin Russell, Courtney Trayhan, Hannah Trayhan, and Jessica Trayhan; numerous special family and friends, and her beloved animals.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, July 20 from 4pm to 7pm at Christ Episcopal Church, 15 West High Street, Ballston Spa. A celebration of Meghan’s life will follow at 7pm.

Memorial contributions in memory of Meghan may be made to Donate Life America, 701 East Byrd Street, 16th Floor, Richmond, VA 23219 or Saratoga County Animal Shelter, 6010 County Farm Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Meghan will be missed dearly by all who knew her. However, she will live on through the eternal love of her family and friends

Gail H. Roner, 75, left this world for God’s Kingdom surrounded by her family, on Sunday July, 9, 2017. Born in Wappinger Falls, NY on November 22, 1941, she was the daughter of Roy and Mildred Doughty.

Gail worked at Maplewood Manor in Ballston Spa for many years. She loved her dogs and her great grandchildren were her pride and joy.

She was predeceased by her husband James Roner and nine siblings. Gail was the beloved mother of William Roner (Donna) and Brenda Nicholls; grandmother of James Roner (Brittney), Cassandra McFarland, and James Nicholls; wonderful gigi to Allie, Aidan and Colby McFarland; sister of Joyce, Karl and James; special aunt of Joan Faiola, and many other nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to a graveside service on Saturday, July 15 at 12 noon at the Factory Village Cemetery, Northline Road, Ballston Spa.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Gail’s memory to Gateway House of Peace, 479 Rowland Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020

It is with a heavy heart, many tears, and reluctancy that we send our dad, brother, friend and mentor, John J. Postlethwaite on his final journey. Born in Johnson City, NY on December 21, 1952, he was the son of John and Elizabeth Postlethwaite.

John worked at St. Clare’s Hospital in Schenectady for the majority of his career. For the past ten years, he was the purchaser and accounts payable coordinator at Four Winds Hospital in Saratoga Springs.

He was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church in Ballston Spa. John enjoyed the beach and spending time at the family camp in Canada. Each morning he could be found at the YMCA in Malta.

Beloved husband and father he will be dearly missed.

John is survived by his loving wife of 39 years, Sandra and their daughters, who were the light of his life, Kellie Postlethwaite (Fred McNeary) and Jenny Postlethwaite (Michael Willey); brothers Kevin Postlethwaite of Berkshire and Brian Postlethwaite of Johnson City; Aunt Suzie, nieces Amy and Tracy (Jesse), brother in law Brian Wilbur, and many cousins.

Funeral services will be held 9:30am Saturday, July 15 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 Friday, July 14 from 4pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of John may be made to St. Mary's Church, 167 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or St James Church, 155 Main Street, Johnson City, NY 13790.

Linda Ann Wright, 65, of Middle Grove, New York passed away on Sunday, July 9 at her home. Born in Fort Bragg, North Carolina on February 3, 1952, Linda was the daughter of the late Shirley and James Lennie.

Linda was a warm, selfless, nurturing person to her family and friends. She was the most giving person one could ever hope to know. She grew up in Halfmoon, New York with her mother and four younger brothers. She and her mother Shirley were as close as a mother and daughter could be, and her love for her brothers was fierce and deep.

In 1974 she married the love of her life Don, and together they raised four children in Middle Grove, New York. When her boys were young, Linda enjoyed spending time with her family on her boat at Lake George. She could often be found cheering passionately at her children’s sporting events.

After growing up with brothers and raising sons, Linda was blessed with her daughter Ashley, who brought her immeasurable pride and joy. In the final decade of her life, she loved spending time with her beloved grandchildren.

It is not possible to list all of Linda Wright’s talents and skills in these pages. She was a gifted and talented artist. She loved being in her art room painting, sculpting, making pottery, custom dolls, or handmade hats and clothing. She had a passion for show horses, and owned and operated a small family horse farm. Linda was a talented entrepreneur and successful small business owner. For two decades she owned and operated Total Image Salon on Geyser Road in Ballston Spa, and other salons and businesses in the area.

She was predeceased by her husband Donald W. Wright, and her brother John Proctor. Linda is survived by her sons Donald C. Wright (Lauren), Randy Wright (Allison), Jacob Wright (Christine); daughter Ashley Wright; granddaughters Alanna Wright, Ava Wright, Liza Jane Wright; grandsons Oscar Wright, Devin Wright, Jacob Wright, William Wright; brothers Steven Proctor (Helen), Wayne Proctor (Nancy), Ricky Proctor (Derrie), Keith Proctor; sister-in-law Vicki Proctor; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She will be missed dearly by anyone who had the good fortune of meeting her warm, beautiful soul.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, July 12 from 4pm to 6pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A memorial service will be held at 6pm, followed by a reception at the VFW, 68 E. North Street, Ballston Spa, New York 12020.

James M. Doherty “Dort”, 60, passed away on Friday, July 7, 2017 surrounded by his family and friends, after a long battle with cancer.

Born in Schenectady, NY on September 11, 1956, he was the son of James and Jean Doherty. Jim was a heavy equipment operator at Knolls Atomic Power Lab in West Milton for many years.

Jim enjoyed hanging with his family and friends, playing Thursday night “football”.

He was predeceased by his daughter Kelly. Jim is survived by his children Sean Doherty, Chris Doherty (Amanda), Jamie Abrams (Kyle), Chelsea Doherty (John) and Katie Spisto (Mike); grandchildren Carter and Makenna; his extended family Diane Griffin, Charles “Gov” Hofmann and Kyle Hofmann; and many close friends.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, July 13 from 4pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

In lieu of flowers, enjoy a cold beer in memory of Dort.

John S. Bartkowski, 89 passed away at his home on July 6, 2017. Born in Amsterdam, NY on March 6, 1928, he was the son of William and Mary Bartkowski. He graduated from Wilbur H. Lynch High School in 1946.

John worked at Knolls Atomic Power Lab in Niskayuna for seven years and then transferred to the Kesselring Site in West Milton. He worked as a dosimetry technician, retiring in 1988.

He was a member of St. John’s Society in Amsterdam and the GE Quarter Century Club. John was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church in Ballston Spa. In his younger years, he played softball in Amsterdam’s Twi Lite League for the Polish American Vets. He enjoyed traveling, skiing, hiking, fishing and gardening. His greatest joy was the time he spent with his family.

John was predeceased by his wife Charlotte, and his sisters Lottie Tuchorski, Winifred Gustas, Clara Krupa and Irene Kartner. He is survived by his daughter Sandra Hammond (Mark); granddaughter, Ashley Hammond and her fiancé Brendan; grandson Stephen Hammond; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Funeral services will be held 9:30am Wednesday, July 12 at St. Mary’s Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow in St John’s Cemetery, Amsterdam. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, July 11 from 5pm to 8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of John to St. Mary’s Church, 167 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Norman F. Marincic, 82, passed away on Wednesday, July 5, 2017. Born in Watertown, NY on April 9, 1935, he was the son of John and Emma (Ronacher) Marincic. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force.

Norm was a graduate of Central Connecticut State College and was inducted into their Hall of Fame for long distance running. He was a lifelong athlete. Norm competed in thousands of races including the Boston and New York City Marathons. He was a candidate for the US Olympic distance team in Tokyo, Japan.

Norm’s passions included running, traveling, music, ballroom dancing, reading and nature. He was a member of the Capital District Humanist Society, American Atheists’ Society and numerous running associations. He was a longtime supporter of multiple local organizations.

He was predeceased by his parents John and Emma, brothers John and Hank, and sister Betty. Norm is survived by his daughter Barbara Marincic and her fiancée Sue DeRocher; grandchildren Ian and Laney Marincic; sister Sarah Ann Marincic; brothers Rudy and William Marincic, and several nieces and nephews.

Private services will be held by the family.

Stephen M. Hrebinczak, “Rebby” 61, passed away on Tuesday, July 4, 2017 at his home after a long and courageous ten year battle with cancer.

Born in Amsterdam, NY on September 30, 1955, he was the son of Stephen and Stella Hrebinczak. He was a graduate of Bishop Skully High School, Fulton Montgomery Community College and Modern Welding.

Steve was a welder for General Electric Co. He later owned and operated Steve’s Welding in Amsterdam for many years and retired from Lane Enterprises.

He enjoyed gardening, golfing, fly fishing and spending time at Sacandaga Lake.

He was predeceased by his parents, brother Albert ”George” Barbato, and father in law John Uhlinger. Steve is survived by his wife Diane; children Jonathan Smith (Bobbie Sue) of Ballston Spa and Samantha Haskell (Brandon) of Mechanicville; granddaughter Rosalee; mother in law Josephine Uhlinger of Ballston Spa; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 9:30am Monday, July 10 at St. Mary’s Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow in St. Nicholas Cemetery, Amsterdam. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, July 9 from 2pm to 4pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

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

The family would like to thank Dr. Capello, Dr. Frank, Dr. Shaffer and Dr. Price for their care and compassion throughout Steve’s illness.

Bobbi Jean Northup, 57, passed away on Monday, July 3, 2017. Born in Staten Island, NY on August 3, 1959, she was the daughter of Robert and Danielle Harper.

Bobbi Jean was the director of trade finance at Trans-Border Global Freight Systems in Round Lake, retiring in 2015. She enjoyed camping, going to the beach and outdoor activities. Playing golf with her husband was one of her favorite pastimes. She was a sweet, bubbly person who always made everyone feel at ease.

She was predeceased by her mother Danielle Harper. Bobbi Jean is survived by her husband William Northup; stepson Graham Northup; father and stepmother Robert and Ann Harper; sister Debbie Vert; sisters in law Nancy William and Susan Wallin; and several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Bobbi’s life will be held in October.

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

John King, 88, passed away peacefully on Monday, July 3 after a long illness.

John was born on March 19, 1929 in Manhattan, NYC to John and May Memory King and raised in the Bronx. After graduation from Harren High School in Manhattan, John enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard, serving from 1946-1949 and was stationed at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn. During the summer cadet training cruise, John sailed on the famed tall ship “Eagle.” After graduation from the Univ. of Miami law school on the GI Bill, John practiced law in the private sector in Florida before moving to Washington, DC where he began his career in contract law.

In Washington he met his future wife, Marie, and they were married on March 23, 1956. In the early years of their marriage, John and Marie lived in Silver Spring, MD. In 1968 the family moved to Rochester, NY where John took a position at the Univ. of Rochester. It was in upstate NY that the family enjoyed skiing, sailing on Canandaigua Lake, and camping in the Adirondacks.

John was an excellent chess player, having learned the game as a youngster. He could often be found re-playing the games of the masters from the many chess books he owned, and loved teaching his children, grandchildren and neighborhood youngsters how to play.

Although he earned a living as a lawyer/administrator, John’s true passion was photography. This passion began in 1961 when he received a 35mm camera as a birthday gift. Wherever he lived, John always had a darkroom and, over the years, he exhibited his photographs at various art shows and galleries in upstate NY. In 1986, John along with other photographers contributed their photos of 19th and 20th Century buildings in Genesee County for publication in the book, The Architectural Heritage of Genesee County, New York. John was truly a “creative spirit”.

John was a member of the West Charlton United Presbyterian Church. He was a “born in the pews Presbyterian;” wherever he lived, he joined a Presbyterian church. He was an ordained deacon and elder, sang in the choir and taught adult Sunday School classes at the various churches where he was a member. While living in Oneonta, NY, John trained as a lay preacher and conducted Sunday services at several of the churches in that area.

John was predeceased by his sister, Gladys Williams and brother-in-law, Lawrence Williams. He is survived by his beloved wife of 61 years, the Rev. Marie King; children John W. King (Peggy) of Berea, OH; Jennifer Rossetti of Wellesley, MA; Christopher King of Hunlock Creek, PA, and Lisa Grenier of Philadelphia, PA; grandchildren Peter Rossetti (Kate), Charlie Rossetti, Courtney King (Chase), Caitlin King, Madeline King, and Jordan Rossetti, brother-in-law, William Kucher, and several nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank the Staff at Saratoga Community Hospice for their loving and compassionate care of John during his illness, especially Arlene, Alice and Rosalie.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, July 7 from 4pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home., Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Service of Witness to the Resurrection will be held at 11am on Saturday, July 8 at the West Charlton United Presbyterian Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the West Charlton United Presbyterian Church memorial fund, 1331 Sacandaga Road, West Charlton, NY 12010 or Community Hospice, 295 Valley View Blvd., Rensselaer, NY 12144.

Edward A. Baczkowski, 87, passed away on Saturday, July 1, 2017. Born in Rotterdam, NY on March 24, 1930, he was the son of Casmir and Bernice Baczkowski. He was a Marine Corp veteran of the Korean War.

Ed was a farmer, working on the family farm in West Charlton. He enjoyed hunting and fishing with his boys.

He was predeceased by his siblings John, Dorothy, Raymond, Sophie and Hettie. Ed is survived by his wife of 68 years, Cecelia and their children Agnes, Edward, Steven, Sandra, George, Joseph and Cathren; sisters Theresa and Frances; brother Henry; 15 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, July 10 from 4:30pm to 6:30pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 6:30pm.

Memorial contributions in memory of Ed may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675.

Rita J. Pastore, 76, passed away on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at her home, surrounded by her loving family. Born in Ballston Spa, NY on June 21, 1941, she was the daughter of Rinier and Helen Parrelle.

Rita was a devoted wife and mother who enjoyed the time she spent with her family, especially her beloved grandchildren and Jake, the family dog.

She was predeceased by husband Lewis. Rita is survived by her children Kathy Pastore-Jordan (Kevin) of Ballston Spa and Michael Pastore, Sr. (Christina) of Ballston Spa; grandchildren Michael Pastore, Jr. of Tustin, CA, Jenna Pastore of Ballston Spa and Steven Pastore of Ballston Spa; twin brother Ronald Parrelle of Ballston Spa; sister Joan Hoffman of Ballston Spa, and several nieces and nephews.

A private family service will be held. Memorial contributions in memory of Rita may be made to Community Hospice, 295 Valley View Blvd., Rensselaer, NY 12144 or Gateway House of Peace, 479 Rowland Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

June E. Slade 91, passed away on Monday, June 19, 2017. Born in Ballston Spa, NY on May 31, 1926, she was the daughter of Augustus and Adelaide Dohig.

June owned and operated Slade Realty in Ballston Spa for over 30 years. She later worked in promotions for Saratoga County. She was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church in Ballston Spa and a member of the Catholic Daughters. June was an animal lover and strong supporter of the Animal Welfare League. Her greatest joy was her grandchildren and the time she spent with them.

She was predeceased by her sister Ellen, and brothers William and John. June is survived by her children Timothy Slade (Deborah) of Enfield, CT, Robert Slade of Middle Grove and Augustus Slade (Paula) of Corinth; grandchildren Stephen, Heather, Chuck, Jennifer, Christina, Todd, Dana and Eric; eight great grandchildren; her sister Dorothy Lenartz of Evans, Georgia; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 9:30am Saturday, June 24 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 Friday, June 23 from 5pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions in memory of June may be made to the Saratoga County Animal Shelter, 6010 County Farm Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

John “Jack” S. Wilson, 83, passed away on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 18, 2017, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Amsterdam, NY on July 17, 1933, he was the son of Samuel and Bessie Wilson. He was a graduate of Ballston Spa High School, Class of 1951.

Jack worked at General Electric Co in Schenectady and Roanoke, Virginia, for over 40 years. He was an avid cyclist and enjoyed tennis, golfing and woodworking. He was a car enthusiast.

Jack was a devoted father, grandfather and great grandfather. He treasured the time he spent with his family.

He was predeceased by his parents Samuel and Bessie; sister Beverly and brother Samuel. Jack is survived by his sister Esther Miller; his children Kathleen Cleary (Bob), Patricia Green (Chuck), Diane Streit (John), Janice Alvord (Todd), Peter Wilson, Linda Gawrys (Jeff), and their mother Joan Schwab; grandchildren Miles, Barbra (Scott), Josh (Amanda), Mindy, Jody (Adam), Jonathan (Ashley), Eric (Rebecca), Elizabeth (Brian), Lucas, Cody, Dane, Gretel, Kate, Brant and Kristen; great grandchildren Pearl, Isaac, Emogene, Caroline, Delilah, Zoe, Ava, Helena, and Arianna; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10am Friday, June 23 at First Presbyterian Church, 22 West High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Ballston Spa Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, June 22 from 2pm to 4pm and 6pm to 8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions in memory of Jack may be made to the Building Fund at First Presbyterian Church, 22 West High Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or Saratoga Hospital Foundation, 211 Church Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

The family would like to thank Saratoga Hospital ICU for the excellent service by their nurses and physicians. A special thank you to Dr. Kandath, Dr. Jameson and Dr. Gelman for their special care throughout the years.

Anthony T. Lisinicchia, 42, passed away on Saturday, June 17, 2017. Born in Saratoga Springs, NY on October 22, 1974, he was the son of Vincent and June Lisinicchia. He was a graduate of Ballston Spa High School Class of 1992, where he was an accomplished football player. He continued his football career at Dean Junior College.

Tony worked for Luizzi Bros Sealcoating in Watervliet. He was loved by everyone he came in contact with throughout his life. He was a great human being with an even bigger heart.

He was predeceased by his father Vincent. Tony is survived by his daughter Alexandrea Pinel; mother June Lisnicchia; brothers Scott Lisinicchia (Kim) and Keith Lisnicchia (Cynthia); and several nieces, nephews, aunt, uncles and cousins.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, June 26 from 1pm to 3pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will be held at 3pm.

Manuel “Manny” L. Green, 93, passed away on Saturday, June 17, 2017 surrounded by his family. Born in Ballston Spa, NY on February 20, 1924, he was the son of Willard and Edith Green. He was an Army veteran of World War II and served in Ardennes, Central Europe, Normandy, Northern France and Rhineland. He was awarded the European African Middle Eastern Service, Good Conduct, WWII Victory and American Service medals.

Manuel worked at Cottrell Paper Company in Rock City Falls for many years. In his retirement he also worked at the Saratoga DEC Tree Nursery. He enjoyed photography, woodworking and hunting with his sons and grandsons. He was also a life member of the Rock City Falls Volunteer Fire Department.

He was predeceased by a son Thomas, sisters Verna Green, Ruth Daily and Irene Uebrick and brothers Maynard, Merton and Theodore Green.

Manuel is survived by his wife of 70 years Barbara Uebrick Green and their children David Green (Pam) and Catherine Chandler; daughter in law Cathy Green; grandchildren Jeff Green (Karen), Shane Green, Verna Plummer (David), Matthew Chandler (Karen), Benjamin Chandler (Nancy), Rebecca Chandler (Matthew Juk), Jennifer Quinn (Kenny), and Richard Green (Kelly); brothers Bernard Green, Ralph Green (Shirley), and Loren Shaft; and many great grandchildren, three great-great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, June 25th from noon to 2pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will be held at 2pm. The burial will follow in Rock City Falls Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Manny to the Rock City Falls Volunteer Fire Dept.

The family would like to thank the staff at Saratoga Center and the ICU at Saratoga Hospital.

George “Ben” Jones, 86, passed away on Thursday, June 15, 2017. He was born in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, on July 22, 1930.

Ben served in the US Navy for 20 years, retiring in 1971. He bartended at Abners in Ballston Spa and then worked at Saratoga Hospital as an engineer for many years. He enjoyed gardening, fishing and hunting. He was a member of the Birch Clearing Hunting Camp in Stoney Creek, where he also was the camp cook.

His greatest joy was his grandchildren and the time he spent with them.

Ben is survived by his wife of 57 years, Patricia; his children John Paul Jones (Jamie) of Middle Grove, Joann Harris (Ronald Vaughn) of Ballston Spa, Kelly Jones (Richard West) of Ballston Spa and Michael Jones (Sandra McClure) of Greenwich; grandchildren Sara, Christopher, Nikia, Tom, Hanna, Michael, Tabitha and Tasya; great granddaughters Aria and Joenah; great great grandson Benjamin; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sisters, Agnes, Gladys and Evelyn.

Funeral services with military honors will be held 2:30pm Monday, June 19 at the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville. Relatives and friends are invited to meet at the cemetery at 2:15pm.

Memorial contributions in memory of Ben may be made to the American Heart Association.

Christine A. Halter, 68, passed away on Wednesday, June 14, 2017. Born in Niskayuna, NY on September 30, 1948, she was the daughter of Charles and Clara Johnson.

Christine worked at Morey’s Pharmacy in Burnt Hills for many years and later at CDPHP in Latham. She enjoyed shopping and genealogy. She was an avid reader and spent many hours at the library.

She was predeceased by her sister Charlene and granddaughter Sara. Christine is survived by her husband William; their children Wendy Sharer (Rob) of Clifton Park and William Halter of Ballston Spa; her sisters Darlene Johnson and Linda Brewer; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, June 17 from 12pm to 2pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 2pm.

Memorial contributions in memory of Christine may be made to the Saratoga Springs Public Library.

Ronald J. Nichols 82, passed away on Saturday, June 10, 2017. Born in Greenwich, NY on November 14, 1934, he was the son of Clayton and Mattie Nichols. He served in the US Navy.

Ron was an equipment operator for Lang Brothers and D. A. Collins Construction for many years, retiring in 1994. He enjoyed fishing and vacationing in Maine. He was a Nascar fan and spent many weekends at the Albany-Saratoga Speedway watching his son race on the dirt track.

Ron is survived by his wife Shirley; their children Rhonda Hodsoll (Duane) of Greenfield and Keith Nichols (Elaine) of Ballston Spa; grandsons Clint Nichols (Bee), Eric Hodsoll (Christina and her daughter Lilly) and Clifford Hodsoll (Jessica); brother Richard Nichols of Keeseville; sister Phyllis Jennings (Don) of Florida and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services with military honors will be held 12:30pm Wednesday, June 14 at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville. Relatives and friends are invited to meet at the cemetery at 12:15pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice, 295 Valley View Blvd. Rensselaer, NY 12144.

George Alton Ball, Jr. of Middle Grove, NY passed away at his seasonal home in Largo, Florida on Monday, June 5, 2017. Born March 10, 1942 in Portland, Oregon, George was the son of the late George Alton Ball, Sr. and Mary(Thiessen) Ball of Portland, Oregon.

George was an extremely religious man, and devoted member of the First Baptist Church of Ballston Spa, NY serving as a Deacon and Trustee. He also sang in the Church Choir. He was very involved with volunteering at their food pantry on a weekly basis, and he volunteered in any capacity needed for over 45 years.

George was passionate about gardening and farming. His huge garden was always known as the ‘neighborhood garden’ to be shared by all family and friends. He was known as Farmer Ball and Deacon George. He was an avid bicyclist and at age 63 he toured Europe solo for seven weeks. George was also an avid deer hunter and enjoyed camping.

He served in the US Navy on the USS Shark Nuclear Sub from 1961-1968. George worked for many years at General Electric in Schenectady, NY in the Medium Gas Turbine Section. He retired as a Senior Health Physics Technician from Nuclear Support Services out of Groton, CT which was contracted through the US Government.

George is survived by his children, June Ball and her husband Michael DuBray of Queensbury, NY, John Ball and his companion Melissa Wetherby of Day, NY, George Alton Ball, III and his wife Julie of Crested Butte, Colorado; his cherished grandchildren Melanie, Jesse, Casey, Katarina and Nate; and his dear lifelong love, friend and ex-wife Sally Ball Seagrove of Clearwater, Florida. He is also survived by his brother Daniel Ball of Portland, Oregon and sister Linda Ball of the Portland area. In addition to his parents, George was predeceased by his brother Bill Ball.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, June 12 from 12 noon to 2pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will be held at 2pm. Burial will follow in East Galway Cemetery.

At the request of the family, memorial contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to The First Baptist Church of Ballston Spa or Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Edward J. Apholz, 97, passed away on Thursday, May 25, 2017, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Glenville, New York on May 28, 1919, he was the son of Frank and Alice (Bohensky) Apholz. He was an Army veteran of World War II.

Ed was an operating engineer and a member of Local 106 in Albany for 61 years. He worked on the construction of the Northway I87, I88 and many of the local roads, schools, churches and commercial buildings in the area.

He was predeceased by the love of his life, his wife Nancy B. (McDonald) Apholz who he married in 1941. They enjoyed 60 happy years together. He was also predeceased by infant daughter, Colleen Apholz, 2 infant sisters, sister Evelyn Parizo, brother Robert Apholz and his parents.

Ed is survived by six children; Kenneth (Victoria Mills) Apholz of Port Orange FL, Raymond Apholz of Corinth, William H Apholz of Ballston Spa, Ronald A. (Sharon) Apholz of Ballston Spa, Eileen Apholz of Johnstown and Suzanne Malesky (Ray Patterson) of Weyers Cave, VA. He is also survived by 19 grandchildren, 46 great grandchildren and 5 great-great grandchildren, as well as several nieces and nephews.

Ed, also known as Pa and Poppy, will be remembered as a gentle man of great integrity whose generous loving spirit and ready smile made him beloved by so many. He was a master mechanic who could build, repair and operate any machinery or vehicle known to man. His skills, knowledge and ability to work and create with his hands were unmatched. He was called upon so often by so many for help with a project or problem; he never turned down a call for assistance from family, friends and neighbors, day or night. His greatest accomplishment was his family. He enjoyed spending time with them, telling stories and making jokes. He especially loved the little ones, whose pockets he would fill with chocolate candy as he sent them on their way. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

Funeral services will be held 10am Wednesday, May 31, at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Memory Gardens, Colonie. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, May 30 from 4pm to 8pm at the funeral home.

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

Olivine B. Wescott,”Aunt Ollie” 72, passed away on Thursday, May 25, 2017. Born in Ballston Spa, NY on June 27, 1944, she was the daughter of Bernard and Olivine Rooke.

Ollie worked as a waitress at the Sugar Shack in Ballston Spa for many years. She most recently worked at Burnt Hills Café. Ollie enjoyed dancing and spending time with her family and friends.

She was predeceased by her husband Donald, stepson Carl, and brother John. Ollie is survived by her children Rodger and Erica; stepchildren Donald, Rhonda and Robert; sisters Diane Myers and Mary Sederline; several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, June 1 from 1pm to 3pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 3pm.

Randy Aug-Carter, 64, passed away on Tuesday, May 23, 2017. Born in Trenton, New Jersey on May 5, 1953, she was the daughter of Kenneth and Rose Aug.

Randy was a Registered Nurse at Wesley Health Care Center in Saratoga Springs for over 25 years. She was an animal lover especially dogs, cats and chickens.

She was predeceased by her sisters Diane Aug-Howell and Cindy Milozar. Randy is survived by her husband Wade; stepchildren Carrie Otis (Ryan) of Scotia and Jeffrey Carter (Amber) of Providence; grandchildren Adrienne, Samuel, Joshua, Taylor, Ashlin and Ayden; nieces Ashley, Rebecca, and Kimberly; nephew Thomas; and many special friends including Wendy and Cris.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, May 26 from 4pm to 6pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 6pm with Deacon John Barone from St Paul’s Mission Church in Rock City Falls presiding.

Memorial contributions in memory of Randy may be made to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Robert L. Bogue, 94, passed away on Monday, May 22, 2017. Born in Schenectady, NY on September 22, 1922, he was the son of Charles and Lela Bogue. Bob was the 1938 NYS Cross Country Champion.

He was an Army Air Corp veteran of World War II, completing 75 bombing missions as a machine gunner in a B-24. After the war, he worked at General Electric Co for 38 years, retiring in 1984.

He was a member of Christ Episcopal Church in Ballston Spa.

Bob was a devoted husband and father. He enjoyed the family camp and treasured the time spent with his family.

He was predeceased by his brothers Alan, George, Richard, Charles and Ed, and his sister Jean. Bob is survived by his wife Marguerite; their 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 11am Thursday, May 25 at Christ Episcopal Church, West High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial with military honors will follow at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, May 24 from 5pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions in memory of Bob may be made to Christ Episcopal Church or the American Cancer Society.

Duane F. Merrill, 91, passed away on Sunday, May 21, 2017. Born in Ballston Spa, NY on April 24, 1926, he was the son of Frederick and Frances Merrill.

He was an Army Ranger serving in World War II and was awarded the Bronze Star.
Duane was a research chemist for General Electric Silicone in Waterford for 42 years.

Duane was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Saratoga Springs and sang in the church choir. He was an avid fisherman and hunter.

He was predeceased by his wife of 60 years Barbara and his brothers Frederick, Allen and Winford. Duane is survived by his son Jeffrey Merrill (Judith); grandchildren Sarah Lang and Jacob Merrill (Meghan); and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, May 23 from 6pm to 8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., and Wednesday, May 24 from 9:30am to 11:30am at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 149 Lake Avenue, Saratoga Springs. A service will be held at 11:30am Wednesday at the church. Burial will follow in Ballston Spa Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Duane to the Alzheimer’s Association, 4 Pine West Plaza, Suite 405, Albany, NY 12205.

Edmund G. Currier, 85, passed away on Saturday, May 20, 2017. Ed was born in Ballston Spa, November 22, 1931.He was the son of the late Edmund Currier Sr. and Edna Green.

Ed enlisted in the United States Army and served during the Korean War. He worked for the International Paper Company in Corinth for 38 years. Ed was an avid outdoors man, enjoying boating, water skiing and snowmobiling. He loved attending the local dirt track races and watching NASCAR.

He was predeceased by his wife Jane, his sister Laura Svoboda, and brothers Albert and Henry. Ed is survived by his sons, Ed (Denise), Rick (Kim) and Steve (Kathy), all of Ballston Spa, and his daughter Donna (Tim) Austin of Endicott; Many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

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

Gerard W. Powers, 40, passed away on Wednesday, May 17, 2017. He was born in Queens, NY on December 7, 1976. He graduated from Ballston Spa High School in 1996.

Gerard owned and operated Powers Home Builders in Ballston Spa. He enjoyed being outdoors, hunting and fishing. His greatest joy was spending time with his daughter.

He was predeceased by his mother Margaret Ann Powers. Gerard is survived by his wife Tammie and their daughter Lily; father Patrick Powers (Mary); brother Edward Powers and his fiancée Erika; sister Christine Booth (Joseph); nephew Ethan and nieces Avery and Emily.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, May 22 from 4pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 7pm.

Memorial contributions in memory of Gerard may be made to the family for his daughter.

Sandra J. Blair Swart, 58, passed away on Sunday, May 14, 2017. Born in Manchester, Connecticut on April 26, 1959, she was the daughter of Eugene and Mary Blair. She was a graduate of Maria College and attended SUNY Oneonta.

Sandy worked at St. Mary’s School in Ballston Spa as both teacher’s assistant and director of the before and after school programs, for many years. She loved working with children and many of her students became part of her extended family.

Sandy was a member of the Ballston Spa Elks Lodge #2619 and a communicant of St. Mary’s Church in Ballston Spa. She was active in the community and was always there to lend a helping hand. She had an infectious laugh which will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

She is survived by her daughter Blair Swart of Buffalo; siblings Clifford Blair of Schenectady, Gregory Blair (JoAnn) of Johnstown and Cynthia Zielaskowski (Al) of Scotia; beloved companion John Martin, Jr.; many nieces and nephews; dear friends Laurie Murray, Linda Maas and Sue VanPatten and their families; the Jumpin Jacks Crew: Harpo, Patty, Pam and Lisa; her St. Mary’s Family, and her cherished cat Boog.

Funeral services will be held 9:30am Thursday, May 18 at St. Mary’s Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow in Greenridge Cemetery, Saratoga Springs. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, May 17 from 5pm to 8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in memory of Sandy to Schenectady Community Home, Inc., Joan Nicole Prince Home, 22 Glenview Drive, PO Box 2122, Scotia, NY 12302.

Online remembrances may be made at www.armerfuneralhome.com

Dorothy E. Morris 83, passed away on Wednesday, May 10, 2017. Born in Tucson, Arizona on December 14, 1933, she was the daughter of Dorsey and Florence Horton.

Dorothy was a homemaker, lovingly raising her five children. In later years, most of her joy was found in spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was an avid reader and loved to sew and make crafts.

She was predeceased by her parents, husband of 63 years Wesley, and their sons Ricky and Wesley Jr. Dorothy is survived by her daughters Pamela Green (David) of Middle Grove, Debera Blevins (William) of Aiken, South Carolina, and Robin Sims (William) of Ballston Spa; grandchildren Jeffery Green (Karen), Shane Green, Christopher Blevins (Michelle), William Blevins III (Mary), William Sims, Jason Sims (Kelley), Jeanette Sims-Foley (Jeff), Michael Morris, Brian Morris, David Morris (Tiffany), Nikki Morris and Kimmy Morris; and twenty great grandchildren to whom she was lovingly referred to as GG.

A private family service will be held. Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Catharine A. Wagner 88, passed away on Tuesday, May 9, 2017. Born in Ballston Spa, NY on January 16, 1929, she was the daughter of Morris and Bernice Whalen. Kay was a graduate of Ballston Spa High School and St. Mary’s Hospital School of Nursing.

Kay was a Registered Nurse for many years, working at the original Benedict Memorial Hospital in Ballston Spa and continuing when the Hospital relocated to Rowland Street in Ballston Spa.

She was an active communicant of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ballston Spa where she served as a Eucharistic Minister and a member of the Funeral Ministry.

Kay lovingly cared for her great nephew Will and was a strong supporter of the CdLS Foundation.

She was predeceased by her husband Edwin and her brother Morris “Little Mickey”. Kay is survived by her sister Eileen Swart, brother Thomas Whalen (Elaine); and her beloved nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great great nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10am Friday, May 12 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.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Cornelia de Lange Syndrome Foundation, 302 West Main Street #100, Avon, CT 06001 or St. Mary’s Church, 167 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.