Obituaries


Peter D. David 76 of Schenectady, passed away Wednesday, December 21, 2011. He was born in Ballston Spa, March 30, 1935. Peter worked at the YMCA in Schenectady.

Peter is survived by his wife, Frederica Brooks David, his son, Richard David, sisters, Jenny and Ethel Mae, and several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held 1pm Monday, December 26 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

William A. Hitchcock 96, of Ballston Spa, passed away Sunday, December 18, 2011. Born in Brooklyn Heights, NY, April 23, 1915, he was the son of the late Herbert and Edith Hitchcock. Bill worked for Merchant’s Dairy and later for Saratoga Tree Nursery for many years, until his retirement.

He was predeceased by his sisters, Eleanor Hitchcock and Edith Kern, and his brother, Herbert Hitchcock. Bill is survived by his wife of 69 years, Rose Hitchcock, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10am Thursday, December 22, at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Ballston Spa Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call from 6-8pm Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or American Cancer Society, 6725 Lyons St, PO Box 7, East Syracuse, NY 13057.

Shirley W. Davis 87, of Ballston Spa, passed away Wednesday, December 14, 2011, at her home. Born in Ballston Lake, October 12, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Leland and Sophie Witbeck. Shirley was a graduate of the Ellis Hospital School of Nursing. She worked at the Rhodes Army Hospital in Utica during World War II.

After the war, Shirley raised her family and sponsored many Fresh Air children and foster children over the years. In the early 1970’s, she opened the Mourningkill Bake Shop at her home in Ballston Spa. Shirley worked at the bake shop and up until a few years ago was still peeling apples for the pies. She was a member of the Ballston Center Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church. She was a quilter and enjoyed reading, gardening, and puzzles.

Shirley was predeceased by her daughter, Diane Davis. She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Harry Davis, her children, Sue McCormick (Bob) of Ballston Spa, Denise Smith of Port St. Lucie, Florida, Laurie Boekeloo (Tom) of Ballston Spa, and Robert Davis (Bonnie) of Ballston Spa, 5 grandchildren, Kimberly McCormick, Rachel Davis, Jacob Davis, Zachary Boekeloo, and Lydia Boekeloo, and great granddaughter, Reilly McCormick.

Funeral services will be held 11am Monday, December 19, at the Ballston Center Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, 58 Charlton Road, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Ballston Spa Cemetery. A calling hour will precede the service from 10-11am Monday at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Ballston Center Association Reformed Presbyterian Church, 58 Charlton Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or Ballston Lake Emergency Squad, PO Box 1005, Ballston Lake, NY 12019 or Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Constance M. Smith 97, of Ballston Spa and formerly of Iron River, Michigan, passed away Friday, December 9, 2011. Born in Stambaugh, Michigan, April 8, 1914, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Edna Manning. Connie was a homemaker. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family.

She was predeceased by her husband Harold Smith, brother, Jack Manning and sister, Marjorie Smith. Connie is survived by her children, Harriet Smith of Ballston Spa and Craig Smith of Sacramento, California, her grandchildren, Wade Smith (Cheryl), Laura Gary (Corby), Lisa Magin (Mark), Angela Smith, and Adam Smith, and seven great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held 12 noon on Tuesday, December 13, at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Town of Saratoga. Relatives and friends are invited to call from 10-noon Tuesday prior to the service at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, 1650 South Avenue, Suite 100, Rochester, NY 14620.

Patricia Ritrovato Rutland 64, passed into eternity at the Saratoga Hospital late Monday evening, December 5, 2011, surrounded by loved ones.

Born on October 24, 1947, in Troy, NY, Patty was the daughter of John Ritrovato and Agnes Lohnes. She was a graduate of Troy High School and the Albany School of Nursing.

Best known as the proprietor of The Patty-Cake Shoppe in Ballston Spa where she baked and decorated edible works of art for customers that included NYS Governors Mario Cuomo and George Pataki. Patty’s greatest legacy is that of a devoted mother and grandmother and as a volunteer who worked tirelessly to aid humanitarian causes through Rotary International. She was also a longtime certified NYS wildlife rehabilitator who nursed ill and injured creatures back to health before returning them to their natural habitats. Patty also cared deeply for the patients she cared for in hospitals, nursing homes and private care settings. A former member of “Up With People”, Patty loved to sing and otherwise spread sunshine wherever she went.

Twice honored as “Rotarian of the Year” by the Rotary Club of Ballston Spa in recognition of her two decades of putting “Service Above Self”, Patty held leadership positions ranging from secretary to president as well as earning a Paul Harris Fellow.

But her greatest source of pride and joy were her two children, whom she credited with inspiring her to start a home-based business that initially involved “playing with frosting” and the grandchildren who kept her young at heart.

Patty was predeceased by her husband Harrington Rutland, Sr. She is survived by the couple’s two children, Robert B. Rutland of Ballston Spa and Rebecca Little (Jeremy) of Saratoga Springs, her grandchildren, Cayden Rutland and Nathaniel Little, her mother, Agnes Calicchia of Malta, brother, John Ritrovato of Brunswick, stepchildren, David Rutland of Watervliet, Leonard Rutland of Colonie, Judith Guise of Altamont, Nancy Rutland of Colonie and Lorraine Rutland of Colonie.

Funeral services will be held 6pm Thursday, December 8 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the funeral home from 4 to 6pm Thursday prior to the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to North Country Wild Care, PO Box 63, Lake George, NY 12845.

Fr. Harry Monaco, OFM, 48 years of age, a professed Franciscan friar for nine years and a priest for two years, died on Monday, December 5 at Holy Name College in Silver Spring, MD, after a long struggle with cancer.

Fr. Monaco was born October 14, 1963, in Saratoga Springs, NY, to Harry and Angela (DeVito) Monaco. He graduated from St. Bonaventure University in St. Bonaventure, NY, in 1985, earning a B.A. in History. In 1986, he entered the formation program of the Order of Friars Minor, Holy Name Province; following his postulancy and novitiate year, he completed three years of education at the Washington Theological Union, Washington, DC, and a one-year internship in campus ministry at Siena College in Loudonville, NY, before leaving the Order in 1992.

For the next ten years, he lived in Boston, Mass., and was employed as a social worker at Victory Programs there; he obtained a master’s degree in Social Work from Boston College.

In 2002, he again was drawn to religious life and entered St. Joseph’s Monastery, a Trappist community in Spencer, Mass. At the end of a two-year period there, he re-joined the Franciscan friars, and was received into the novitiate in 2004, professed his first vows in 2005, and completed his studies at the Washington Theological Union. After professing final vows and ordination to the diaconate in 2008, he was assigned to St. Bonaventure University. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 16, 2009, in New York City. Fr. Monaco completed an M.A. degree in Franciscan Studies at St. Bonaventure University, in 2009, where he taught in the Theology Department, was a faculty advisor and pianist/organist; and was active at Mt. Irenaeus, a mountain retreat affiliated with St. Bonaventure. In the fall of 2010, he enrolled in the doctoral program at The Catholic University of America, living at Holy Name College in Silver Spring, Md., but was forced to discontinue his studies earlier this year because of illness.

Fr. Monaco is survived by his parents, Harry and Angela Monaco, his brother and his wife, Vincent and Nancy Monaco, his sister and her husband, Patricia and Hector Gonzales, all of Ballston Spa, nieces and nephews, Vincent Gonzales, Amelia Gonzales, Stephanie Monaco Hotaling (Sean) and Dominic Monaco. He is also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Relatives and friends may call from 2-4 and 7-9pm Friday, December 9 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc, 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A wake service will be held at 8pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11am, Saturday, December 10 at St. Mary’s Church, 167 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa. Provincial Minister John O’Connor, OFM, will be principal celebrant and Fr. Michael Blastic, OFM, will preach the homily. A prayer service will be held at 1pm, Monday, December 12 in the St Bonaventure University Chapel. Burial will follow at St. Bonaventure Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Franciscans – St. Anthony’s Guild, 4 Jersey Street, East Rutherford, NJ 07073-1012 or the Fr. Harry Monaco Scholarship, St Bonaventure University, PO Box 2500, St Bonaventure, NY 14778.

Robert R. Clark 84, of Galway, passed away Monday, November 28, 2011. Born in Milton Center, May 21, 1927, he was the son of the late Daniel and Irma Clark. Bob owned and operated a scrap yard in Galway for many years.

He was predeceased by his brother, Howard Clark. Bob is survived by his children, Earl Clark of Schenectady and Bonnie Clark of Glenville, sister, Gladys Rhodes of Rock City Falls, longtime companion, Joan Adamkoski of Galway, several nieces and nephews, and his beloved pets, Streak and Lucy.

Funeral services will be held 10am Friday, December 2, at Armer Funeral Home, Inc, 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Powell Wiswall Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call from 6-8pm Thursday at the funeral home.

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

Yvonne M. Snyder “Bonnie” 90 of Malta, entered into eternal life on Friday, November 25, 2011, following a long illness. Born in Concord, New Hampshire, February 27, 1921, she was the daughter of the late Paul and Loretta Fortin.

Bonnie was a homemaker for most of her life. With her husband of 71 years, Leonard J. Snyder, they enjoyed square dancing and traveled with the Merry Mixers and the Rolling Squares. Bonnie took pride in designing and sewing their dance outfits.

Holidays were very special to Bonnie. Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners will be fondly remembered by her family. As an expert chef and baker, her strawberry rhubarb pie and carrot cake were family favorites. Bonnie was an avid reader especially enjoying mysteries. She was a fan of the TV show “Monk” and a cheering fan of the New York Yankees.

Wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend, Bonnie will be fondly remembered.

Bonnie was predeceased by her brother, Richard Fortin. Bonnie is survived by her husband, Leonard J. Snyder, her children, Leonard Snyder (Mary) of Glenville, Cliff Snyder (Maria) of Clifton Park, Bonnie J. Snyder of Myrtle Beach, SC, grandchildren Mark (Tracy), Lori (Scott), Jamie (Veronica), Traci (Andy), and Eric (Melanie), great grandchildren, Alex, Tess, Ellie, Jack and Kelsey, her sister, Bea Edwards of Virginia, and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held 10:30am Thursday, December 1 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Town of Saratoga. Relatives and friends are invited to call from 9:30-10:30am Thursday prior to the service at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 85 Watervliet Ave, Albany, NY 12206.
The family graciously thanks the nurses, aides and staff of C3 at the Glendale Nursing Home for their compassionate care.

Selena A. Giannone 50, of Malta, passed away Friday, November 25, 2011. Born in New York, NY, October 15, 1961, she was the daughter of the late John and Dorothy Giannone. Selena was a homemaker and enjoyed spending time with her family.

She was predeceased by her brother, Alfred Giannone. Selena is survived by her three sons, Joseph Catalano, Nicholas Catalono and Marc Giannone, two sisters, Carolyn Giannone and Donna Giannone, and brother, Joseph Giannone all of Malta, 5 nephews, 1 niece, and 2 grandnephews.

Funeral services will be held 10am Tuesday, November 29, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow in Ballston Spa Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call from 8:30-9:30am Tuesday at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa before the service.

Kevin P. Kerwood 42 of Saratoga Springs, passed away Wednesday, November 23, 2011 after a long illness. Born in Saratoga Springs, November 24, 1968, he was the son of Helene Kerwood and the late George Kerwood. Kevin was associated with Saratoga Bridges and participated in the Special Olympics.

He is survived by his mother, Helene Kerwood of Ballston Spa, brother, Daniel Kerwood (Jennie) of Johnstown, three sisters, Linda Yusaitis (Francis) of Mechanicville, Julie Kerwood (Michael Dimin) of Averill Park, and Lucia Kerwood of Galway, and eight nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 9:30am Saturday, November 26, 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 from 5-7pm Friday, November 25, at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Saratoga Bridges, 16 Saratoga Bridges Blvd, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Kathleen M. Jurcsak 86, of Ballston Spa passed away Tuesday, November 22, 2011. Born in Greenwich, October 28, 1925, she was the daughter of the late Everett and Madelene Clarke. She was a homemaker and enjoyed reading. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family.

Kathleen was predeceased by her husband, Andrew Jurcsak. She is survived by her children, Candace Waldrop (Charles) of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, William Jurcsak (Susan) of Ballston Spa, Stephen Jurcsak (Patricia) of Ballston Spa and Tracy Biddle of Ballston Spa, 13 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 7pm Sunday, November 27 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Relatives and friends are invited to call from 5-7pm Sunday at the funeral home. Burial will be private.

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

Robert A. Hanley 51 of Malta, passed away Tuesday, November 15, 2011. Born in Albany, August 21, 1960, he was the son of Helen Shaw and the late Robert L. Hanley. Bob worked in the engineering department at Saratoga Hospital for many years. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed gardening.

Bob is survived by his daughter, Kimberly Hanley of Connecticut, his mother and stepfather, Helen and Wilbur Shaw of Florida, his sisters, Linda Mauro (Donald) of Altamont, Laura Zimmerman of Schenectady, and Colleen Bravo of Rensselaer, his companion, Catina Breault of Malta and several nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to a memorial service at 2pm Sunday, November 20 at Malta Presbyterian Church, 118 Dunning Street, Malta. Memorial contributions may be made to the Angel Fund at Saratoga Hospital, 211 Church Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

James A. Whelden 84, of Queensbury and formerly of Ballston Spa, passed away Monday, November 14, 2011 at the Stanton Nursing and Rehab Facility in Queensbury. Born in Saratoga Springs, January 9, 1927, he was the son of the late William and Mary Whelden. Jim was a graduate of Ballston Spa High School and the Bentley School of Accounting and Finance at Waltham, Massachusetts. He received additional training through the American Institute of Banking, NYS Bankers Association Executive Management School at West Point and the Independent Bankers Association of America at Harvard University. During World War II, he served as a sergeant in the US Army 97th Signal Corps Battalion.

Jim joined the staff of the Ballston Spa National Bank in 1950 as a bookkeeper and teller. He worked in various positions at the bank and became a director and then president, in 1971. On January 3, 1974, Jim became president, chief executive officer and chairman of the Board of Directors. Jim served on many banking committees as president, vice president or director, including the NYS Bankers Association, the Independent Bankers Association of NYS, the American Bankers Association of America, NYS Bankers Safe Deposit Box Association, Financial Computer Center of Eastern New York, and the NYS Business Development Corporation Loan Committee. He was a class A director of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York from 1978-81.

After his retirement, Jim spent much of his time at his home in Florida. He was an avid reader and enjoyed traveling and golf.

Jim was predeceased by his first wife, Dorothy Landolfo Whelden, and two brothers, Germaine and Lewis Whelden. He is survived by his loving wife of eight years, Aletha “Lee” Whelden, his sisters in law, Jean Whelden of Ballston Spa, and Mildred Landolfo of Florida, nieces, Carolyn Faraone-Pennell (Jon) of Saratoga Springs, Laura Adams (Douglas) of Wilton, and Karen Whelden of Herkimer, nephew, Kevin Whelden of Ballston Spa, grandnieces and grandnephews, Jennifer Adams of Boston, MA, Christopher Adams of Montana, and Maximillian Faraone of Ballston Spa, stepchildren, Deborah Genier of Queensbury, Kim Pike (David) of Queensbury, Cheryl Knopka (Bruce) of New Hampshire, and Scott Wakefield of Plattsburgh, 7 stepgrandchildren and 10 step great grandchildren,

Funeral services will be held 1pm Friday, November 18 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Ballston Spa Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the funeral home from 11-1pm Friday.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Joan M. Barss 68, of Greenfield Center passed away Friday, November 11, 2011. Born in Saratoga Springs, October 12, 1943, she was the daughter of the late Anthony and Estelle Izzo. Joan worked for Stanski Transporation for 28 years. She enjoyed cooking for family holidays and decorating the Christmas tree. Her greatest joy was the time she shared with her children and grandchildren.

Joan is survived by her husband of 50 years, Ed Barss, her children, Laura Feulner of Porter Corners, Darren Barss (Carrie) of Greenfield, Dwight Barss (Maggie) of Corinth, 10 grandchildren, Lindsey, Ryan, Darren Jr, Derrick, Katelyn, Kristin, Levi, Cody, Stephanie, and Chrissy, 2 great grandchildren, Darren III and Madison, brother, Anthony Izzo of Ballston Spa, sister, Jean Southern of Saratoga Springs, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 6:30pm Thursday, November 17 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the funeral home from 1-3pm and 5-6:30pm on Thursday.

All are invited to join the family for a reception at the Porter Corners Fire House, 405 Bockes Road, following the services on Thursday evening.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Emergency Department or the Transfusion Center at Saratoga Hospital, 211 Church Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Jean H. Crandell of Ballston Spa passed away Friday, November 11, 2011 at her home surrounded by the love of her family, after battling with cancer for 28 years. She never complained and endured her disease with grace and dignity.

Jean worked for the Saratoga County Department of Social Services for many years. She also served as Deputy Treasurer for the Village of Ballston Spa for 17 years. A native of Ballston Spa, she was always supportive of the local businesses.

Jean was an active member of St Mary’s Catholic Church in Ballston Spa where she served as a Eucharistic minister and on the RCIA Team. She was deeply devoted to her family and friends and loved God and St. Mary’s Church. She was known for her acts of kindness and great devotion to the Lord.

She was predeceased by her husband, William Crandell, her parents, Arthur and Kathryn Healey, and her sister, Dorothy Hodgson. Jean is survived by her children, Daniel Crandell (Jane) of Schoharie, Denise Mowczan (Charles) of South Burlington, VT, and David Crandell (Lorie) of Clifton Park, 11 grandchildren, Jason Crandell, Matthew Crandell (Barbara), Julie Harmon (Jason), Allison Crandell, Melissa Semidei (Alberto), Kristen Mowczan (Ryan), Benjamin Mowczan, Sarah Crandell, Sean Crandell, Kathryn Crandell, and Eric Crandell, 7 great grandchildren, Mackenzie, Caden, Poppi, Lily Jane, Anna, Josiah, and Noah, and her sister, Betty Hunt of Ballston Spa.

Funeral services will be held 11am Wednesday, November 16 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 may call on Tuesday from 4-7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc, 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

The family would like to thank Dr. Stewart Silvers, Dr. William Vacca, Dr. Stephen Strader, and their staff for their dedicated care of Jean. They also wish to thank Carey, Sandy, Pat, Donna, Kim and Kathy, from Community Hospice of Saratoga, for their support and guidance provided in the final days of Jean’s home care. A very special thank you to Louie and Eileen Laquidara, Holly Mahoney and Arlene Callahan.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St Mary’s Church, 167 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or Community Hospice of Saratoga 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs NY 12866.

Helen Mika 85, of Ballston Lake and formerly of Ballston Spa, passed away Friday, November 11, 2011. Born in Wilbraham, Massachusetts, July 12, 1926, she was the daughter of the late John and Mary Chmura. Helen worked in the Ballston Spa High School cafeteria for many years. She later worked in food service at Maplewood Manor.

Helen was communicant of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ballston Spa. She was a member of the Malta Seniors and the Shenendehowa Seniors, where she enjoyed many activities and events. She also was a member of the Burnt Hills Senior Bowling League. Her greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, Edward Mika, 3 brothers, Joseph, Stanley and Mitchell Chmura, and her sister, Jane Karpinski. Helen is survived by her daughters, Mary Bunch of Charlton, and Jean Kennedy (Robert) of Ballston Lake, four grandsons, Matthew Bunch, Brian Kennedy (Larissa) Justin Kennedy (Patti) and Eric Kennedy (fiancé, Kiera), two great grandchildren, Elise and Benjamin, brother, Ted Chmura, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 11am Monday, November 14, 2011 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. A calling hour will precede the service from 9:30-10:30am Monday at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions may be made to St Mary’s Catholic Church, 167 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or Estherville Animal Shelter, 100 Russell Road, Greenfield Center, NY 12833.

Walter Dwayne Roper 42, of Ballston Spa passed away Wednesday, November 9, 2011 at his home, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Cuesta, California on June 3, 1969. He was a graduate of Ballston Spa High School. Dwayne worked for Sodexo Food Service at the GE Research and Development Center in Niskayuna for 22 years. He also delivered the Gazette newspaper in the Burnt Hills area and worked for Gary Stevens at Waterford Banquets. He was a dedicated worker and was well respected by his co workers.

Dwayne was an avid San Francisco 49ers fan. His greatest joy was spending time with his family.

He was predeceased by his father, Walter Roper and brother, Lonnie Roper. Dwayne is survived by his beloved wife of 21 years, Kimberly Fresoni Roper and their daughter, Emily, his mother, Linda Lussier (Rick) of Tennessee, brother, Chris Lussier of Tennessee, 2 sisters, Michelle Timko (Jason) of California, Sheri Lussier of Florida, mother in law and father in law, Janice and Kenny Fresoni of Ballston Spa, sister in law Melinda Sabatello (Chris) of Niskayuna, and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Funeral services will be held 10am Saturday, November 12, at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Ballston Spa Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday from 5-8pm at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Roper Family Benefit c/o of the family.

Debra L. Anthony 52 of Galway, passed away Sunday, November 6, 2011. Born in Cambridge, NY, April 25, 1959 she was the daughter of the late Albert and Lillian Elwell. Debbie was a teacher’s aide at Joseph Henry Elementary School in Galway. She was a caregiver and helped many children and elderly people in the area. Debbie and her family were close knit and she enjoyed family gatherings.

She was predeceased by a brother, Ernest Bruno and niece, Julie Elwell. Debbie is survived by her son, Dane Elwell, sister, Jeanette Phillips (George) of Petersburgh, three brothers, Ron Elwell of Greenwich, Robert Elwell (Karen) of White Creek, Albert Elwell (Carol) of Rock City Falls, and several nieces, nephews, and loving cousins.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, November 10 from 11-1pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc, 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A funeral service will follow at 1pm at the funeral home. Burial will be in Middle Grove Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, PO Box 13535, Albany, NY 12212.

Lawrence E. Groff, 58 of Malta, passed away Saturday, November 5, 2011, surrounded by his family. Born in Niskayuna, February 26, 1953, he was a beloved son, husband, father, grandfather and uncle.

Larry worked at Coxsackie Prison as a corrections officer. He later worked for ARM Construction, Cornell Paving, HMA Paving and Lapi Paving. He also worked at Price Chopper. Larry loved Nascar, the Indianapolis Colts, hunting, fishing, camping and boating.

Larry is survived by his wife Sue, sons, Eric Groff (Melissa), Nick Groff, and Justin Shipski, daughter, Jessica Morrissey, Poppa’s little Do Bear, Kenny, his father, Bob Groff (Ruth), his mother, Shirley Welch (and the late Kenneth), brothers, Ricky Groff, Robbie Groff and Jeff Groff, sisters, Patty Groff and Heather Casaw, and several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Larry’s life will be held Saturday, November 12, from 1-5pm at American Legion Post 234, 23 Pleasant Street, Ballston Spa. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the family.

The family would like to thank the ICU staff at Saratoga Hospital for their care and compassion.

Elizabeth I. Morehouse 93, of Galway, passed away Friday, November 4, 2011. Born in Amsterdam, February 2, 1918, she was the daughter of the late William and Margaret Brazie. Elizabeth enjoyed baking and made many wedding cakes, birthday cakes and cinnamon buns for families in the Galway area.

She was predeceased by her husband, Russell Morehouse, and three sisters, Fern McConchie, Norma Quinn and Delma Ryder. Elizabeth is survived by her children, Judie Sivik of Gansevoort, William Morehouse (Carol) of Galway and Jeannette Lutz (Alfred) of Brooksville, Florida, her sister, Alberta Palmateer of Amsterdam, 13 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren, 7 great great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a graveside service 1pm Wednesday, November 9, at Galway Cemetery, Route 147, Galway. Memorial contributions may be made to the Maplewood Manor Awning Fund, 149 Ballston Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Elaine Yellin 93 of Malta, passed away Sunday, October 30, 2011. She is survived by her son, Richard Yellin and his wife Sally of Ballston Spa, two granddaughters, Kelly Yellin and her husband Steven Mergentheimer of North Grafton, MA, Jodi Edmonds and her husband Thad of Dayton, TN, and six great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Laurel Elsie Jones, 64, of Mayfield, passed away Thursday, October 27, 2011. Born in Gloversville, July 25, 1947, she was the daughter of the late Clifton and Mildred Whitman. Laurel was an aide and housekeeper at Nathan Littauer Hospital and later worked for the Mayfield Central Schools as a bus aide. She enjoyed camping, reading, crocheting and knitting. Her greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her sister in law, Norma Thompson. Laurel is survived by her husband Douglas, her children, Rickey Hagadorn, Jr of Gansevoort, Clarence Hagadorn, Sr (Donna) of Stillwater, Terry Hagadorn (Kristen) of Ballston Spa, Tammy Hagadorn Garmley (Brian) of Ballston Spa, 2 stepchildren, Donald Jones of Northville and Theresa Jones of Alabama, her sister, Nancy Krom (John) of Mayfield, special sister, Barb Perry of Mayfield, 6 brothers and 4 sisters, 14 grandchildren, Elizabeth, CJ, Rickey, Alexis, Bryonna, Dylan, TJ, Stephanie, Alex, Cody, Polly, Madysen, Zachary and Teegan, 3 stepgrandchildren, Zach, Oddis and Connie, brothers in law, Donald, David and Fred Jones, sister in law, Marlene Thompson, many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Funeral services will be held 12noon on Tuesday, November 1, at Armer Funeral Home, Inc, 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A calling hour will precede the service from 11-12noon Tuesday. Burial will follow in Prospect Hill Cemetery, Northville.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

William C. Denton 83, of Ballston Spa, passed away Monday, October 24, 2011. Born in Ballston Spa, May 17, 1928, he was the son of the late Clancy and Lena Denton. Bill was a Marine Corp veteran, serving in the Korean War. He worked for General Electric Co in Schenectady and was a salesman for the Ballston Spa Knitting Co for many years. He was an avid golfer. Bill’s greatest joy was spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his first wife Faye and his second wife Patricia. Bill is survived by his children, Debra McCullough (Barry) of Alexandria, VA, William A. Denton (Annemarie) of Castleton, and Julie Smith (Kirby) of Bloomsburg, PA, stepchildren, Dorothy Spellman of Walpole, MA, Richard Pero (Joyce) of Ballston Spa, and Daniel Pero (Sharon) of Middleboro, MA, many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held 11am Friday, November 4, 2011, at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A calling hour will precede the service from 10-11am Friday at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Ballston Spa Cemetery.

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

Bernhardt L. Feulner 92, of Ballston Spa, passed away Tuesday, October 25, 2011. Born in Schenectady, October 22, 1919, he was the son of the late Louis and Carrie Feulner. He was a graduate of Scotia Glenville High School and served in the Navy as a radarman during World War II. Barney worked for the Watervliet Arsenal for many years, retiring in 1984.

He was past president and house manager of the Mont Pleasant Shooting Club. Barney was a communicant of St Mary’s Catholic Church in Ballston Spa and member of American Legion Post 1610 of Albany and VFW Post 420 of Saratoga Springs.

Barney was predeceased by his wife Corrine Feulner. He is survived by his sons, Richard Feulner of Selkirk, Bruce Feulner, and Michael Feulner (Michael Whimple) of Galway, two granddaughters, Lindsay and Ashley and a great grandson, Ryeliey.

A graveside service with full military honors will be held 11am Friday, October 28, 2011 at the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Town of Saratoga.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, PO Box 13535, Albany, NY 12212.

Timothy A. Winchip “Cruiser” 64, of Ballston Spa, passed away Wednesday, October 19, 2011. He was born in Glens Falls, December 7, 1946. Cruiser was a cab driver in the Capital District area for 37 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, throwing darts and horseshoes.

Cruiser is survived by his children, Jason Winchip Munafo of Ballston Spa, Christine Winchip of Ballston Spa and Tracy P. Whipple of Greenfield, his wife, Helen Munafo Winchip, seven grandchildren, Morgan, Rouchelle, Jasmyne, Marianna, Tyler, Nathan, and Emma, brother, Walter Winchip of Troy, sister, Ruth Westervelt of Waterford, and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held 6pm Monday, October 24, at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Margaret E. Baker, 72 of Greenfield Center, passed away Tuesday, October 18, 2011. Born in Greenfield, October 11, 1939, she was the daughter of the late Brainard and Jessie Older. Margaret worked at Tufflite and later Maplewood Manor in Ballston Spa for many years, retiring in 2000. She enjoyed Bingo, video poker and listening to bluegrass music.

She was predeceased by her husband Earl Baker, sister, Loretta, and 2 brothers, Theodore and Frank. Margaret is survived by her sisters, Elsie Clayton (Robert) of Ballston Spa, Bernice Bencze (Lawrence) of Greenfield, and Jeanne Fusco of Yukon, Oklahoma, devoted godson, Kevin Older of Greenfield, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A memorial service will be held 11am Friday, October 21, 2011 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A calling hour will precede the service from 10-11am. Burial will follow in Middle Grove Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Saratoga Co Animal Shelter, 6010 County Farm Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Rene J. Pelletier "Ray", 91 of Ballston Spa, passed away Friday, October 14, 2011. Born in Baker Lake, New Brunswick, Canada, on March 7, 1920, he was one of five children born to Alphe and Marie Martin Pelletier.

Ray had an interesting and varied work history. He worked as a lumberjack, ironworker, carpenter, welder, and truck driver until his retirement in 1998. His work took him all around North America and eventually to Alaska which held especially fond memories for him. He enjoyed car racing. Ray will be remembered for his kind and gentle nature and soft spoken ways.

He was predeceased by three siblings. Ray is survived by his wife of 68 years, Gertrude Hebert Pelletier, his son Robert and daughter in law, Maureen (McNamara) Pelletier of Ballston Spa, his five grandchildren whom he loved dearly, Brian, Joseph, Michael, Gregory and Catherine, all of Ballston Spa, his sister, Isabelle Joyal of Richmond, RI and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 8:30-9:30am Wednesday, October 19 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa, followed at 10am by a mass of Christian burial at St Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, with Father Jay Atherton officiating. Burial will be in Ballston Spa Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to St Mary’s Church, 167 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or Community Emergency Corp, Thompson Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

A special thank you to the staff and residents of Doubleday Woods for their kindness and thoughtful caregiving to Ray during his few short years there. They embraced him as one of their own and for that his family will be forever grateful.

Reginald R. Butchino, 66 of Ballston Spa, passed away Saturday, October 15, 2011 at his home. Born in Watertown, October 9, 1945, he was the son of the late Ozias Peter Butchino and Pearl Cook Butchino. He served in the Army and was stationed in Germany. He then served in the Army Reserve and participated in the Grenada hostage rescue. Reggie worked for the NYS Department of Correctional Services as a corrections officer for 29 years. He retired in 2002 from Hale Creek Correctional Facility in Johnstown.

His hobbies and interests covered several areas. He enjoyed motorcycle riding and was a member of the Blue Knights Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club Chapter VI in Albany. He also enjoyed riding horses, fishing, hunting, and researching the genealogy of the Bottineau family on his computer

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brothers, Ronald, Richard, Rodger and Randolph Butchino. He is survived by his wife, Linda, his son, Daniel Butchino, his daughter, April Trombley, stepson, Donald Perkins, 6 grandchildren, Michael Butchino, Candace Butchino, Tristan Trombley, Madison Trombley, James Perkins, and Krystel Perkins, sister, Roberta Trombley, 3 brothers, Robert Butchino, Royce Butchino and Roderick Butchino, 5 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, October 19, from 5-7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A funeral service will follow at 7pm at the funeral home. Burial will be private in Plattsburgh.

Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Mary Jane DiPasquale 63, of Ballston Spa, passed away Wednesday, October 12, 2011 after a courageous battle with cancer. Born in Ballston Spa, May 17, 1948, she was the daughter of Mary Ody Miner and the late Charles Miner. Mary was a homemaker and enjoyed gardening, puzzles and playing with her dog, Troop.

Mary is survived by her husband, Joseph DiPasquale, her children, Anthony DiPasquale (Patience) of Saratoga Springs, Sandy Eldridge (Charles) of Connecticut, Timothy DiPasquale (Lynn) of Ballston Spa, two grandsons, Niklaus and Austin, six stepgrandchildren, Michael, Christopher, Jordan, Robert, Theresa and John, her mother, Mary Miner of Ballston Spa, four sisters, Carol Martinez of Texas, Sally Harrington of Ballston Spa, Susan Meyers of Ballston Spa and Nancy Lippy of Granville, and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 9-11am Friday, October 14, 2011 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A graveside service will follow at Powell Wiswall Cemetery, Plummer Road, Ballston Spa.

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

John J. McGarry, 66 of Saratoga Springs, passed away peacefully, October 10, 2011 with his wife, Diane and dog, Maggie by his side. Born in Kingston, January 9, 1945, he was the son of the late John and Mary Magan McGarry. John held many different jobs ending with his greatest love, that of landscaping. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Ballston Spa. His wonderful voice and musical abilities made him a valued member of the church choir.

He was predeceased by his brother, Peter, and his sister, Patricia. John is survived by his wife, Diane Mumford McGarry, his children, Sheila, Melissa, Ryan, Jonathan, and Wendy, 3 brothers, James and his wife Jeanne, Charles and his wife Jan, and Thomas and his wife Marlayne, 2 sisters, Marylee and her husband Al, and Marbie and her husband Ed, several grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to a memorial service 2pm Saturday October 22, 2011 at the First Baptist Church, 202 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in memory of John to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.