Obituaries


Frances G. Tersla Gannon 104 of Galway, passed away Saturday, March 3, 2012 at her home in St Cloud, Florida. Born in Schenectady, October 10, 1907, she was the daughter of the late Eugene and Marie Parks Schermerhorn. She lived in Harmony Corners for many years and spent the winter months in Florida.

Frances worked for the Ballston Stillwater Knitting Co. She later worked for General Electric Co and American Locomotive in Schenectady where she was a welder for many years and a member of the 25 year club. She was a member of Harmony Corners Fire Dept Ladies Auxiliary where she worked at the chicken barbeques and many of their activities. She was also a member of the Harmony Corners Community Center. Frances was an avid gardener and enjoyed quilting. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family.

She was predeceased by her first husband Henry Tersla, her second husband Ernest Gannon, three brothers, George, Henry and Edward Schermerhorn, her sister, Jean VanBuren and her grandson, Joseph Pokrzywka. Frances is survived by her daughters, Henrietta Allen Morris (Delos) of Hudson Falls, Barbara Pickney (John) of Harmony Corners, and Dorothy Costanzo (Francis) of Galway, 13 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, 11 great great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 12-2pm Saturday, March 10, at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 2pm. Burial will be in Ashley Cemetery in the spring.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Ashley Cemetery Association, c/o Henrietta Sherman, 3236 Galway Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or Harmony Corners Community Center, 1401 Peaceable Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Margaret L. Kloss 89 of South Glens Falls, passed away on Saturday, March 3, 2012. Born in Fort Edward, November 8, 1922, she was the daughter of the late Gurney and Mary Kelly McCabe. She was a graduate of Fort Edward High School. During World War II she worked for the Watervliet Arsenal and General Electric.

She met John Kloss while working at the Scott Paper Co in Fort Edward. They were married on October 26, 1947, at St Joseph’s Catholic Church in Fort Edward. Margaret was a homemaker and loved spending time with her family especially her grandchildren. She will be missed by all after living a full and loving life.

She was predeceased by her beloved husband, John Kloss and loving son, Ronald Kloss and two brothers, Joseph McCabe and Vincent McCabe. Margaret is survived by her children, Edward Kloss, Gerald Kloss, John Kloss, Jr all of South Glens Falls, Daniel Kloss and his wife Becky and their children, Joshua and Emily of Belchertown, MA, Mary DeFilippo and her husband Jerry, and their children Cara and Michael of Ballston Spa, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Funeral services will be held 1:30pm Wednesday, March 7 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow in St Joseph’s Cemetery, Fort Edward. There will be no calling hours. Memorial contributions may be made to St Mary’s School, 40 Thompson Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Stanley J. Clark 73 of Malta, passed away Thursday, March 1, 2012. Born in Binghamton, June 21, 1938, he was the son of the late Maurice and Grace Clark. Stan lived in Norwich and Oneonta before moving to Saratoga Springs in 1972. He worked for Saratoga Dairy and started his own glass business.

He was known as “Stan the Glass Man” and operated Stan’s Glass on Route 9 in Saratoga Springs for 20 years and Old Forge Glass in Old Forge, New York. Stan enjoyed restoring old cars and his favorite was his 53 Chevy Belair. He enjoyed classic car flea markets, truck shows and watching Nascar. He also liked snowmobiling, hunting, fishing and camping with his family.

He was a member of the Oneonta Fire Department, Old Forge Fire Department and the Maple Avenue Fire Department where he served as chief. He was a past member of the Greenfield Lions Club.

Stan is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Dorothy Parker Clark, daughter Donna Conley (Michael) of Malta, son Douglas Clark (Laurie) of Old Forge, three grandchildren, Tara Conley, Maegan Conley, and Dylan Clark, two sisters, Leona Hunt of Delhi and Barbara Murray of Ballston Spa, brother Gary Clark (Laura) of Schenevus, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Funeral services will be held 10am Tuesday, March 6 at the Ballston Spa United Methodist Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Memory Gardens, Colonie. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday from 4-8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Church Street Station, P.O. Box 780, New York, NY 10008.

Michael J. Ortoleva 95, of Saratoga Springs, passed away Tuesday, February 28, 2012. Born in Schenectady, January 23, 1917, he was the son of the late Joseph and Maria Ortoleva. He was a graduate of Mont Pleasant High School and Union College with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics.

An Army veteran of World War II, he served in three campaigns in the European Theatre with the rank of Master Sergeant. Michael and his brothers owned and operated the Ballston Food Market in Ballston Spa from 1938-1972.

He was a member of American Legion Post 234 in Ballston Spa.

He was predeceased by his brothers, Roy Ortoleva and Arman Rachiele, and his sister, Helen Mitchell. Michael is survived by his wife of 65 years, Madeleine Ortoleva, two sons, Ronald Ortoleva and his wife Janice of Cornwall, Ontario and Michael J. Ortoleva, Jr of New York City, two grandchildren, Anthony Ortoleva and Angela Ortoleva, two sisters in law, Patricia Rachiele of Ballston Spa and Mary Ortoleva of Ballston Spa, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to your local food pantry.

Salvatrice “Sally” Granitto, 78 passed away peacefully at her residence at Maplewood Manor in Ballston Spa, on Sunday, February 26, 2012, with her family by her side.

Sally was born in New York City on September 9, 1933. She was the daughter of the late Angelo and Jennie Pluchino. Sally married her husband Jimmy in 1954, and at the time of her passing had been married for 58 years. Sally and Jimmy raised two daughters, Jenny a school teacher, and Lisa a Registered Nurse, for which she was very proud of. Sally and Jimmy moved to Saratoga County eight years ago from New York City. Sally’s greatest joy was being with her family, especially her grandson Brandon and her great grandson Brody whom was the light of her life.

Sally enjoyed good Italian food, especially spaghetti and meatballs, and homemade chicken soup which she always felt was a cure for many ills. Sally was a very sweet and brave woman who survived cancer three times and fought her final courageous battle with love and gratitude for those who cared for her. She will be remembered for her contagious smile and heartfelt words of encouragement.

Sally was loved by her entire family, friends, and the wonderful loving staff at Maplewood Manor. Survivors include her husband, Vincent “Jimmy” Granitto, her daughters, Jenny Juranich and Lisa White, her grandson, Brandon White and granddaughter in law Devan, her precious great grandson, Brody, her sons in law, Larry White and John Juranich, and her sisters, Sadie, Rosemarie, Diana and Theresa.

Sally’s love will always transcend time and her tenacity for life will forever be a gift remembered by those who knew her. She was a true Lady in every sense.

Funeral services will be held 9:30am Saturday, March 3, at St Mary’s Catholic 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 Friday from 2-4 and 7-9pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Maplewood Manor Activities Fund, 149 Ballston Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 12020. The family would like to thank the staff at Maplewood Manor for all the love and wonderful care they have shown to Sally and her family.

Jean A. Baier 69, of Scotia passed away Friday, February 24, 2012. Born in Cobleskill, July 12, 1942, she was the daughter of the late Chester and Julia Mann. Jean worked at Harvest Markets in Schenectady for many years. She was an avid Bingo player and enjoyed Pogo. Her greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her parents, Chester and Julia Mann and her brother, George Mann. Jean is survived by her children, Timothy Beman and his fiancé Kaitlin Belden of Glens Falls, James Beman and his fiancé Erin Wemple of Mayfield, Fred R. Beman, III and his wife Jessica of Orlando, FL, Jodie Galante and her husband Jamie of Scotia and Shannon Thouin and her husband Daniel of Scotia, sister, Donna Cutting and her husband Randall of Esperance, brother, Robert Mann and his wife Gloria of Bradenton, FL, 14 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 260 Osborne Road, Loudonville, NY 12211.

John J. Tranka, 74 of Galway, died Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at Albany Medical Center. Born in Ballston Spa on March 18, 1937, he was the son of the late Anthony and Mary Tranka.

John was an electrician at Tufflite Co. in Ballston Spa for over 40 years and also ran his greenhouse, Plants at Southline, from his home for many years. He enjoyed gardening and liked to spend time hunting and fishing in the Adirondack Mountains.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his first wife, Janice Tranka, a brother, William Tranka and a granddaughter, Melanie Tranka. John is survived by his wife Ann Tranka, his sons, Mark Tranka of Ballston Spa, Timothy (Christie) Tranka of Ballston Spa and Steven (Martha) Tranka of Jarratt, VA, his daughters, Kathleen (John) Izzo and Lori Harrison both of Ballston Spa, many grandchildren and great grandchildren, his sisters, Jean Webster of Glens Falls and Mary Ann Brooks of Greenfield Center, brothers, Robert Tranka of Ballston Spa and Richard Tranka of Charlotte, NC, step children, Ron (Melissa) Gorham of Stillwater, Brenda Ervin of Vernon, VT and Diane (Richard) Barnes of Ballston Spa, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 1pm Saturday, February 25 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc. 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Barkersville Cemetery, Galway. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday from 6-8 pm at the funeral home

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

Gail M. Rohling 58 of Ballston Spa, beloved wife of Kenneth and mother of Tyler, passed away Tuesday, February 14, 2012. Born in Ballston Spa, February 19, 1953, she was the daughter of Stuart Hodsoll and the late Betty Hodsoll.

Gail was a bookkeeper for the Schenectady County Employees Federal Credit Union. She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Ballston Spa and helped with the monthly free lunch program at the church. Gail enjoyed flowers, butterflies, photography and her thimble collection.

She was predeceased by her mother, Betty Marie Hodsoll and her sister, Lori Dzurilla. Gail is survived by her husband, Kenneth Rohling, her son, Tyler Rohling of Ballston Spa, father, Stuart Hodsoll of Ballston Spa, sister, Cheryl Ball (Steve) of Jacksonville, Florida, two brothers, Duane Hodsoll (Rhonda) of Greenfield Center and Michael Hodsoll of Broadalbin, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10am Thursday, February 23 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Relatives and friends are invited to call Wednesday from 6-8pm at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the United Methodist Church, 101 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 to support their free lunch program.

Vincent E. MacMillin 75, of Ballston Spa, passed away Wednesday, February 15, 2012. Born in Ballston Spa, June 12, 1936, he was the son of the late John and Charlotte MacMillin. He served in the US Air Force. Vince was a supervisor at the Stewart’s Dairy Plant in Saratoga Springs for 31 years. After his retirement he worked for Allstar Motors and New Country. Vince enjoyed sports. He was an avid Yankee fan and enjoyed watching Nascar. In his younger years, he liked to hunt. His greatest joy was spending time with his family and friends.

He was predeceased by his parents, John and Charlotte MacMillin, his brothers, Donald, William, John and Francis, and his sister, Charlotte Higgins. Vince is survived by his wife of 51 years, Elizabeth Humiston MacMillin, his children, Kelly Monaco (Chris) of Ballston Spa and Donald MacMillin (Maggie) of Ballston Spa, his granddaughter, Ashley Mulvaney (Joe) of Greenfield, two sisters, Noreen Pompa (Dan) of Saratoga Springs and Elizabeth Paraszczak of Ballston Spa, brother, Paul MacMillin (Shirley) of Ballston Spa, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 9am Saturday, February 18 at St Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday from 4-8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will be in Factory Village Cemetery in the spring.

Memorial contributions may be made to St Mary’s Church, 167 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or American Heart Association, 440 New Karner Road, Albany, NY 12205.

Patrick M. Grady 61, of Ballston Spa passed away Saturday, February 11, 2012 at the Hospice Inn at St Peter’s Hospital, with his brother by his side. Born in Ballston Spa, May 13, 1950, he was the son of Jeanette Grady and the late John Grady. He served in the US Navy. Pat worked for NYRA at the Saratoga Racetrack. He was a charter member and past president of VFW Post 358 Men’s Auxiliary. He enjoyed gardening.

He was predeceased by his father, John Grady. Pat is survived by his mother, Jeanette Grady of Ballston Spa, brother, James Grady and his wife Debbie of Saratoga Springs, sister, Karen Shea of Ballston Spa, and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, February 16 from 4-7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 7pm. Burial with full military honors will be held 10am Friday at the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Town of Saratoga.

Memorial contributions may be made to St Mary’s School, 40 Thompson Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or St Peter’s Hospice Inn, 315 South Manning Blvd, Albany, NY 12208.

Donald E. Suits 86, of Ballston Spa, passed away Saturday, February 11, 2012. Born in Charlton, April 10, 1925, he was the son of the late Maurice and Myrtle Suits. He was an Army veteran of World War II. Donald was a welder for General Electric Co for 23 years, retiring in 1985. He was a member of VFW Post 358, American Legion 234, Ballston Spa Elks Lodge 2619 and the Eagles Club. He enjoyed camping, hunting and working on cars.

He was predeceased by his son Michael Suits and two brothers, Maurice and Richard. Donald is survived by his wife of 27 years, Dorothy Ramsey Suits, two grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10:30am Wednesday, February 15, at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial with full military honors will follow at the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Town of Saratoga. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday from 4-7pm at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Maplewood Manor Resident Fund, 149 Ballston Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Joseph C. Doyle 72, of Ballston Spa, passed away Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at Albany Medical Center after a long illness. Born in Ballston Spa, November 2, 1939, he was the son of the late Charles and Bertha West Doyle. He served in the US Army. Joe was a self employed carpenter for over 50 years.

He was predeceased by his parents, Charles and Bertha Doyle, his wife, Emily Doyle and son, John Doyle. Joe is survived by his brother, Dan Doyle (Linda), his sister, Edna Hubbard and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be private.

Walter Paraszczak 86, of Ballston Spa passed away Tuesday, February 7, 2012. He was born in the Ukraine on December 12, 1925 and fought with the resistance against Hitler during World War II. He made his way to England and arrived in New York City by boat in 1954. Walter worked for Tufflite Plastics in Ballston Spa as a plastics pattern maker designing many of their products. He retired in 1977.

Walter was a communicant of St Mary’s Catholic Church in Ballston Spa and a member of the Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed traveling, horseracing and going to the Racino in Saratoga.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Dorothy Dunn Paraszczak in 1964, two brothers, Leon and Peter, and three sisters, Magda, Stefanie and Anna. Walter is survived by his wife of 41 years, Elizabeth MacMillin Paraszczak, his children, Steven Parasczak (Martha) of Clifton Park and Angela Watt of Dania, Florida, his grandchildren, Stefanie Gaffney and Michael Paraszczak, great grandchildren, Aislinn, Brendan and Madilyn and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 9:30am Friday, February 10 at St Mary’s Catholic 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 Thursday from 4:30-7:30pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.

Edward R. Wodtke 77, of Schenectady and formerly of Ballston Spa, passed away Friday, February 3, 2012. Born in Ballston Spa, December 14, 1934, he was the son of the late Edward and Sadie Wodtke. He served in the US Navy. Ed worked at General Electric Co for many years.

Ed is survived by his loving godson and caregiver, James Mariani of Schenectady, goddaughter, Kylene Martin of Schenectady, his sister, Joan Sikora of Largo, Florida, two nieces, Kristen Saunders and Stacey Crayton, and nephew, Michael Sikora.

Funeral services will be held 2pm Wednesday, February 8, at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A calling hour will precede the service from 1-2pm Wednesday at the funeral home.

Patrick J. Glennon, Jr 93, of Malta, passed away Wednesday, February 1, 2012. Born in Schenectady, March 14, 1918, he was the son of the late Patrick and Loretta Glennon, Sr. Patrick was an Army veteran of World War II. He served in Africa and Europe and earned six battle stars and one arrowhead.

He was a graduate of St Columbus High School in Schenectady and Duquesne University of Pittsburgh, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration. In high school and college he played baseball and also played semi-pro baseball in Schenectady and Pittsburgh. Patrick was a field representative and district manager for ASCAP for 33 years.

He was a communicant of St Mary’s Catholic Church in Ballston Spa and a member of VFW 6196 in Glens Falls. He was an active member of the Malta Seniors. He enjoyed watching the Military Channel and going to the Racino.

He was predeceased by his sister Eileen Coons. Patrick is survived by his wife, Thelma Lorraine Moore Glennon, daughter, Patricia Waldron (Edward) of Waltham, MA, stepson, Frank Capobianco MD, of Sacramento, CA, three stepgrandsons, Frank, Michael and Mark Capobianco all of Sacramento, CA, close friend, Evan Tublitz of Mechanicville and his beloved cat, Chloe.

A memorial mass will be held 9:30am Monday, February 6, at St Mary’s Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa. Memorial contributions may be made to the Malta Ambulance Corp, PO Box 2470, Malta, NY 12020.

Yvonne A. Gray 91, formerly of Ballston Spa, passed away Sunday, January 22, 2012. Born in Berlin, New Hampshire, September 12, 1920, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Amanda Rainville. Yvonne was a seamstress at the Ballston Shirt Factory and later worked at SUNY Albany. She was the family matriarch and enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, Wilfred “Bucky” Gray and her son, Jerry Blowers, Sr. Yvonne is survived by her daughter, Kathy Peetz (Joe) of Troy, daughter in law, Donna Blowers of Ballston Spa, several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, 2 sisters in laws and a brother in law.

Funeral services will be held 2pm Saturday, January 28, at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Calling hours will precede the service from 12-2pm Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Factory Village Cemetery in the spring.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.

Roy W. Rowledge 59, formerly of Burnt Hills, passed away Tuesday, January 24, 2012. Born in Ballston Spa, August 27, 1952, he was the son of the late William and Jean Rowledge, Sr. Roy was a contractor working in the local area. He enjoyed fishing and playing guitar.

He was predeceased by his brother William Rowledge, Jr. Roy is survived by his son, Shawn Rowledge, two brothers, Ray Rowledge and Gerald Rowledge, sister, Kathleen Rollins and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held 1pm Friday, January 27, at Sweetman Cemetery, Sweetman Road, Charlton. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association, 155 Washington Avenue, Suite 210, Albany, NY 12210.

Francis B. VanAken 91 of Galway passed away Sunday, January 22, 2012. Francis was born in Livingston Manor, NY, on April 20, 1920. He was an Army veteran of World War II and worked for General Electric Co for many years.

He was predeceased by his wife Minerva. Francis is survived by his children, Francis VanAken of Galway, Herb VanAken of Galway, Melia Lippit of Clifton Park, Joe VanAken of Amsterdam, Brent VanAken of Galway, Benjamin VanAken of Galway, and 11 grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held 12:30pm Wednesday, January 25 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial with full military honors will follow at the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Town of Saratoga.

Jeannette E. Roner, formerly of Ballston Spa passed away at her residence in Scottsdale, AZ on Monday, January 16, 2012 at the age of 90. Jeannette was born in Northumberland, NY on December 4, 1921. She was the youngest daughter of the late Napoleon and Ernestine Belanger of Schuylerville, NY. She lived in Ballston Spa for most of her life, moving to Arizona in 2000. Jeannette loved the outdoors and enjoyed camping, fishing, making jewelry, sewing and shopping. She was well known to friends and family as a wonderful cook. Jeannette worked hard in and outside the home to help make a good life for their family. Family was Jeannette’s greatest joy and she loved spending time with her daughters and grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, Raymond W. Roner and her brothers and sisters. Jeannette is survived by her daughters, Diane Cleveland (Dusty) of Ballston Spa, Judy Wensley (Ken) of Phoenix, AZ, Sandra Brady of Loudonville and Linda Imbarrato of Ballston Spa, her grandchildren, Sheri Nastri, Lorri Holcomb, Jody Stockton, Lisa Wensley, Michael Wensley, Erin Brady, Melissa Imbarrato and Christopher Imbarrato, Jr., seven great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held at Factory Village Cemetery in early May.

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

Eunice D. White 73 of Ballston Spa, passed away Monday, January 16, 2012. Born in Ballston Spa, March 24, 1938, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Grace White. Eunice worked for Saratoga County for many years.

She is survived by her sister, Rosemary Sypek of Ohio, three nephews, Edward White, Paul Sypek, and Richard Sypek, and her niece, Kathryn White.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 11:00 am in Greenridge Cemetery, Saratoga Springs.

Patrick John Fish, 72, of Ballston Lake passed away peacefully on January 15, 2012 in Glens Falls after a valiant 12-year battle with cancer.

Born January 2, 1940 in Granville, NY to the late Edward Floyd Fish and Anna Rose Tomascewska. Pat married his college sweetheart, Mary Grace Cordone, in 1962. He attended Notre Dame University, Norwich College and graduated from Hartwick College in 1963. He enlisted in the Army Reserve in 1960 as an infantryman and served honorably until 1966.

He received a Juris Doctor from Albany Law School in 1967. In his early years, Pat was active in the Legal Aid Society and continued the spirit of providing pro bono counsel until his death. He was an attorney for the New York State Assembly before being recruited by the New York State Department of Corrections in 1971 just days after the Attica uprising. He was instrumental in instituting prison reform. At age 35, he rose to the position of Chief Counsel to the Commissioner, the youngest to have held that position in Department history. He later worked for NYS Environmental Conservation and Facilities Development Corporation before entering into private practice. Pat was a Saratoga County Law Guardian and an advocate for both young and old.

Pat loved the outdoors and the Adirondacks. He enjoyed skiing, sailing, hiking, mountain climbing, camping and in his later years being a devoted “Papa” to his 7 grandchildren. He also loved his sport teams: the Boston Red Sox and the Fighting Irish. He was the oldest member of a team that biked across NYS in support of the 1987 Environmental Bond Act, a lector at Corpus Christi Church, member of Mensa, ADK Mountain Club, and Sierra Club.

He was predeceased by two brothers, Joseph and Vernon Fish. Pat is survived by his wife, Mary Grace, daughters Erin Fish, Patricia (John) Pugliese, Cristin (Patrick) Lentlie, grandchildren, Alexa, Amanda, Jack, Isabella, Haley, Christopher and Rachela, and brothers, Edward and Donald Fish.

A memorial mass will be held 9:30 am Friday, January 20 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Miracle House, 80 Eighth Avenue, Suite 315, New York, NY 10011-5126 (www.miraclehouse.org)

Joan F. O’Neil 62 of Ballston Spa passed away at her home Friday, January 13, 2012 surrounded by her loving family. Born in Ticonderoga, August 25, 1949, she was the daughter of the late John and Faye Treadway. Recently retired from a 20 year career in retail, Joan was a dedicated wife and mother whose strength of spirit in the face of terminal illness was astonishing to all who knew her. At the end of her life, despite being weakened by illness, she still managed to spend her precious time with her family -- her husband, children and her grandchildren, of whom she was especially proud. After a seven year battle with cancer, Joan made the courageous decision to terminate chemo treatments and spend her remaining time on her own terms with her family.

Knowing that the true measure of a human life is not material possessions, but rather spiritual wealth, Joan had a great heart full of strength and courage, as well as love for her family and friends. With unshakeable faith in her creator, Joan weathered adversity and illness for many years with a sense of generosity and humor for which all who knew her are extremely grateful.

Joan is survived by her husband of 44 years, Elbridge, or “Al” O’Neil, their three sons and daughters-in-law, John and Susan of Rochester, Mark and Annette of Gansevoort and Jeff and Stacie of Corinth, and five grandchildren Keegan, Nathaniel, Marissa, Aidan and MacKenzie. She was predeceased by her sister Jacqueline Lamotte and is survived by her siblings, sister Janice Hart (and husband Steve) of Mineville and brother, Lemuel Treadway (and wife Sue) of Moriah with several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held 3pm Saturday, January 21, at the Presbyterian New England Congregational Church, 24 Circular Street, Saratoga Springs with a reception in the fellowship hall immediately following the service. Memorial contributions may be made at Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Roger A. Berry 49, of Ballston Lake, passed away Tuesday, January 3, 2012. Born in Groton, Connecticut, April 22, 1962, he was the son of Carrol and Stephen Berry. Roger grew up in Westerly, Rhode Island and served in the US Navy from 1982-1993. He was a Controls Engineer for Emerson Power and Water working in Saudi Arabia. Roger enjoyed computers and jet skiing. His greatest joy was spending time with his family.

He was predeceased by his sister, Stephanie Berry Falck. Roger is survived by his wife, Bonnie Berry, his children, Justin Berry, Jason Berry and Britany Berry, grandchildren, Joseph and Khloe Roman, his parents, Carrol and Stephen Berry of Westerly, Rhode Island, brothers and sisters in law, Angelo Falck of Westerly, Rhode Island, Barbara Bormann of Lake Luzerne, Beth and Randy Rapp of Berne, Billy and Vera Brewer of Glens Falls, and Brian and Jill Brewer of Greenfield, niece, Nicole Falck and nephew, Stephen Falck.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, January 17, from 5-7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A eulogy by Roger’s family will be read at 7pm.

Charles M. Emeneth 76 of Scotia, passed away Thursday, January 12, 2012. Born in Delanson, April 27, 1935, he was the son of the late Charles and Rose Emeneth. Charles worked for Robert Lent Construction as a heavy equipment operator for many years. He enjoyed camping and spending time with his family.

He was predeceased by his daughter, Diana Emerich. Charles is survived by his wife, Mae Emeneth, daughter, Hollie McLaughlin of Esperance, sister, Louise Sollecito of Syracuse, 3 grandchildren, David, Michael and Crystal, 3 stepdaughters, Alice Crosbie of Arizona, Diana Murray of Ballston Spa and Sue Stone of Ballston Spa, 5 stepgrandchildren, Brian, Christina, Chad, Christopher and Jodi, 6 great grandchildren, 11 step great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 11am Tuesday, January 17 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Ballston Spa Cemetery. A calling hour will precede the service from 10-11am Tuesday at the funeral home.

Dorothy W. Rocco 94, of Saratoga Springs, passed away Thursday, January 12, 2012. Born in Milton, August 15, 1917, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Hazel Williams. Dorothy was a waitress at Surcingle Diner in Saratoga Springs for many years. She was a talented crafter and enjoyed knitting and crocheting. She proudly maintained her home and her yard was immaculate. Dorothy’s greatest joy was her grandchildren, whom she adored.

She was predeceased by her husband Frank Rocco Jr, her sister, Mildred Conde, and her brother, Robert Williams. Dorothy is survived by her children, Diane Longo (Jerry) of Saratoga Springs, and Tom Brophy of Middle Grove, five grandchildren, Jerriann Zinter (Larry), Philip Longo, Timothy Brophy (Marie), Tammy Clark (Ron) and Kelly Freebern (Mark), her sister, Marian Phillips of Ballston Spa, six great grandchildren, three great great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 1pm Wednesday, January 18 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will be in Ballston Spa Cemetery.

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

Elsie Beatrice Kissel 89, died at William Childs Hospice House in Palm Bay, Florida, on Sunday, January 8, 2012. She was preceded in death by her husband, Vincent J. Kissel.

Elsie Beatrice Connor was born in Troy, NY, on October 6, 1922. She was the daughter of William H. and Elsie Dahms Connor. Elsie attended nursing school, and became a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). Following nursing school, she worked as a private duty nurse and at Ellis hospital. Elsie met her husband, Vince, while bowling in Ballston Spa, NY. They were married at St. Mary's in Ballston Spa on February 2nd, 1946.

After marriage, Elsie and Vincent settled in Scotia, NY, and raised 3 wonderful daughters: Patricia, Marilyn, and Kathleen. All three daughters were great students. Elsie strongly encouraged all her daughters to go to college. Patricia graduated with a degree in dentistry, and enlisted in the Air Force. Today she is a periodontist in San Diego. Marilyn studied finance, and graduated with a MBA. Kathy graduated with a degree in Mathematics, and became a successful high tech executive.

Elsie and Vince moved to Melbourne, Florida, after Vince retired from GE in 1984. While in Melbourne, Elsie converted to Catholicism, and joined Ascension Catholic Church. Vince and Elsie loved their church. They enjoyed attending services on Sunday, especially the special Christmas services. Elsie's biggest joys were her husband, her daughters, and her grandchildren. Elsie always enjoyed a glass of champagne with sunset when visiting her daughters in Hawaii. The family will always remember Elsie's smiling Irish eyes and her great spaghetti sauce, meatballs, and apple pie.

Survivors include her sisters: Marjorie Escher of Jupiter, FL, Viola Halberstadt of Los Altos,CA, and Alice Pivacek of Santa Clara, CA. She is also survived by her three daughters: Dr. Patricia Kissel-Shenk, Marilyn Fischer, and Kathy Kissel-Gilliom; and her three grandchildren: Brett Fischer, Holly Fischer, and Wyatt Fischer. They will all miss her.

Family and friends will meet on Thursday, January 12, 2012, at 3 PM for a funeral mass at Ascension Catholic Church, 2950 North Harbor City Blvd., Melbourne, FL. There will be a vigil and viewing starting at 2:30 PM at Ascension. Donations can be made to the William Childs Hospice House. No flowers please.

Janice E. Brown 70, of Duanesburg, passed away Friday, January 6, 2012 at her daughter’s home. Born in Schenectady, March 24, 1941, she was the daughter of the late Joseph Francis and Anita LaFontaine Thouin. Janice was a cake decorator at Price Chopper for many years. She enjoyed spending time with her family.

She was predeceased by her son, Rich Brown. Janice is survived by her husband, Richard Brown, daughter, Cherie Brown of Clifton Park, three grandchildren, Alex Brown-Santorelli, Sara Brown-Santorelli, and Jacoby Brown, brother, Gene Thouin of Scotia, three sisters, Maryann Thouin of Schenectady, Jackie Zeglen (Larry) of Scotia, Donna Pisani (Vic) of Ogdensburg, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to the Lewy Body Dementia Association, 912 Killian Hill Road SW, Liburn, GA 30047.

Angeline M. Marcantonio 88, of Ballston Spa, passed away Thursday, January 5, 2012. Born in Ballston Spa, June 6, 1923, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Anna Pastore. Angie took over her father’s business, Club 77 in Ballston Spa, and managed it for many years. She enjoyed attending activities at the VFW and American Legion in Ballston Spa. Angie loved music, dancing, and cooking for her family. She also enjoyed playing Bingo at the Elks in Ballston Spa.

She was predeceased by her husband James Marcantonio, her siblings, Amelia Robinson, Louise Pasquarell, Ida Janczak, Ann Sennett, Lewis Pastore, Madelyn Test, and Lucy Dymond. Angie is survived by her twin daughters, Susan Marcantonio (Bill) of Ballston Spa and Linda Carey (Charles) of Rock City Falls, two granddaughters, Vicki Davis (Jim) of Ohio, Tara Carey (Kory) of Charlton, two sisters, Kate Pastore of Geneva, Betty Rickel of Ballston Spa, and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 9:30am Tuesday, January 10 at St Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow in Rock City Falls Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday from 6-8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions may be made to Maplewood Manor, 149 Ballston Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or St Mary’s Catholic Church, 167 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

The family would like to thank the staff on B2 of Maplewood Manor for their care and compassion.

Florence Grabo Thomas 97, of Galway passed away Sunday, January 1, 2012. Born in Old Saratoga, New York, August 4, 1914, she was the daughter of the late Clayton and Verna Edmonson. Florence was a homemaker and enjoyed gardening and sewing. She was a member of Home Bureau and the Galway Seniors.

She was predeceased by her first husband, Herman Grabo Jr, her second husband, George Thomas, son, Leonard Grabo, brother, Clayton Edmonson and sister, Beatrice Ebert Sherman. Florence is survived by her son, Donald Grabo and his wife Margaret of Galway, sister, Edith Adams of Vestal, 7 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, 6 great great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 11am Wednesday, January 4, at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Galway Cemetery. A calling hour will precede the service from 10-11am Wednesday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Activities Department at the Saratoga Hospital Nursing Home, 211 Church Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Donald Hamilton, 91, passed away Tuesday, December 27, 2011 at the Baptist Health Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Scotia, with his loving son at his side. Born in Schenectady in 1920 to Anna and Earl Hamilton, Don graduated from Mt. Pleasant HS in 1938 and joined the Navy.

He served as Aviation Machinist Mate first class in both Atlantic and Pacific theaters, on the heavy cruiser USS St. Louis and the aircraft carrier USS Hornet (CV8). The Hornet carried the aircraft used in Doolittle's attack on Tokyo and later at the battle of Santa Cruz Islands the Hornet was sunk by numerous kama kazi and torpedo hits. Don and his shipmates had to swim for it.

Near the end of the war he was sent to flight school and became rated as Chief, aviation pilot. He flew just about anything with wings or a rotor (he was only the 59th certified helicopter pilot in the US military) but particularly enjoyed working with full scale radio control aircraft. He accepted a commission to flight officer, transitioned from prop to jet and spent the last five years of Naval service as utility/test pilot at USN Johnsville research and development center.

After 26 years Don retired from the Navy, flew telephone cable inspection routes with a Bell G47 (the "MASH" helicopter) and in 1966 was hired by the NYS Department Of Environmental Conservation's aviation division. For 16 years he enjoyed the fellowship and satisfaction of another highly varried flight
schedule: from transporting the governor to fish stocking in the Adirondacks; search and rescue to fire fighting using DEC's venerable TBM torpedo bomber! He loved it all. Don retired from DEC in 1982 and set about refining the art of relaxation - and he did very well!

Don was predeceased by his beloved wife of 68 years, Ella Mae (Carr). He is survived by his son, David, daughter in law, Michelle (Scott), grandchildren, Emlen and Melissa, great granddaughter Maya, three cousins, Phyllis Weinberg, Gwen Teetor and Lois Potrzuski, and a number of nieces and nephews. (Also, a thumbs up to good friends Gerry Tyrrell and Bud Hill - thanks guys)

Per Don's request there will be no viewing or visiting hours. A short blessing will be offered during the regular service at Malta Ridge United Methodist Church at 10AM on Sunday, January 8th. A lunch reception will follow. Interment will be at Malta Ridge Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, Don asked that remembrance gifts be sent to the Empire State Aerosciences Museum
250 Rudy Chase Dr. Glenville, NY 12302