Obituaries


Clarence J. Baker 90, of Pottersville, passed away Wednesday, June 29, 2011 at Adirondack Tri County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in North Creek after an extended illness. He was born April 1, 1921 in Ballston Spa, the son of Clarence and Nellie (Barnes) Baker.

Bake, as he was affectionately known to family and friends, was proud of his wartime military service. As a young sailor he was aboard the minesweeper USS Palmer, located in the Lingayen Gulf off the Philippines, on the morning of January 7, 1945. While under enemy fire, there was an onboard explosion, followed by a pair of portside bombs. It took only six minutes for the Palmer to sink.

He married Evelyn Drumm on August 27, 1949. Throughout their marriage of nearly 62 years they were happiest when outdoors. Hunting, fishing, camping and hiking were an integral part of their lives. They also enjoyed traveling and playing cards. Bake was an excellent pinochle player and was most content when his cards were accompanied by a cup of coffee and a piece of pie.

A 30+ career as a Niagara Mohawk lineman provided him with the opportunity to work throughout upstate New York in a variety of weather conditions. He was well known for his mechanical ability, proficiency in problem solving and his often creative solutions.

The Baker family moved to Pottersville in the 1960s from South Glens Falls. Bake loved their log cabin on the brook and was often seen on his daily walks with his wife. He had a fondness for dogs and was rarely seen without one at his side. He liked to read, enjoyed watching baseball, and found politics entertaining. The Bakers were skilled in producing exceptional vegetable and flower gardens. He also found pleasure raising chickens and pigs.

Bake was an opinionated man, a hard worker and had a good sense of humor. He cared about his family, pets and community. His wife, sons and extended family will miss him and are comforted by the knowledge that he lived a long and happy life. He leaves behind many friends, neighbors and coworkers who have their own fond memories of the wit and wisdom of Clarence Baker.

He was predeceased by his parents and a sister, Ruth Baker. He is survived by his wife Evelyn, his sons, Lee Baker (Molly) of Eagle River, Alaska and Roy Baker of Schroon Lake, and his granddaughter, Stacey Baker of Eagle River, Alaska.

A graveside service with full military honors will be held 1pm Tuesday, July 5, at the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Town of Saratoga. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

Robert F. Cramer “Bob” 86 of Cramer Road, Malta, passed away Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at his home. Born in Cohoes, April 4, 1925, he was the son of the late Frank and Edith Cramer. He was a Marine Corp veteran of World War II. He was a radar radio repairman serving in the Asiatic Pacific. Bob was a tractor trailer driver for Northern Distributors, and later for General Electric, retiring from Laquidara Construction, in 1987. He was a communicant of St Mary’s Catholic Church in Ballston Spa.

Bob enjoyed watching his son in law and grandson race at Albany Saratoga Speedway, Fonda and other tracks in the Northeast. He drove the racecar hauler for over 30 years. He also enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s hockey and football games.

He was predeceased by his brothers, Donald, Kenneth and Edward Cramer. Bob is survived by his wife, Jeanne Cramer, his children, Donald J. Cramer (Virginia) of Scotia, Debra M. Cottrell (Jack) of Rock City Falls, and Beverly J. Stanislowsky (John) of Ballston Spa, four grandchildren, Jennifer Boni (James) of Malta, Joshua Cottrell (Katie) of Rock City Falls, James Cottrell (Erin) of Rock City Falls, and Gregory Cramer of Latham, step granddaughter, Jacqualine Coulombe (Steve) of Ballston Spa, 2 great grandchildren, Jacob and Ava Boni, 2 step great grandchildren, Amber Priolo and Jacob Coulombe, 4 sisters, Mary Sandra Little of Ballston Spa, Jean Cramer of Malta, Joan Cramer of Malta, and Anne Haviland of Las Vegas, Nevada. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 9am Friday, July 1, at St Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. 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 Thursday from 3-9pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or Saratoga Hospital Foundation, 211 Church Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Doris M. Kissinger of Ballston Spa, passed away Sunday, June 26, 2011 at Mary’s Haven, surrounded by her loving family. Born in Amsterdam, April 1, 1927, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Gertrude Sullivan. Doris worked at Jamesway in Saratoga Springs. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the Catholic Daughters. Doris enjoyed singing and her many different collectibles. She also enjoyed her pet dogs and talking birds.

Doris is survived by her children, Robert Folensbee (Florence) of Unadilla, Kathleen Logan (James) of Buckeye, Arizona, Charles Folensbee (Wendy) of Saratoga Springs, and Beth Kissinger of Glenville, her stepdaughter, Lorie Pisarczyk (Timothy) of Hagaman, 2 granddaughters, Laura Thornton of Avondale, Arizona and Tracy Seip of Huntington Beach, California, and 2 great grandsons, Joshua Thomas and Jake Seip.

A memorial mass will be held 9:30am Thursday, June 30, at St Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Mary’s Haven, 35 New Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Zane R. Ruggles, of Scotia and formerly of Ballston Spa, passed away Tuesday, June 21, 2011 after a car accident on the NYS Thruway. Born in Saratoga Springs, October 16, 1986, he was the son of Donna Goossens Bouchard and Robert Ruggles. He worked for Duo in Saratoga Springs. Zane was looking forward to starting the nursing program at Mildred Elley Business School in the fall. He enjoyed motorcycles and cars and working out at the gym. He loved the night life in Saratoga Springs and was a bouncer at several of the local bars.

Zane is survived by his wife, Nelly Bakhtadze Ruggles of New York City, his daughters, Jessica Cummings-Ruggles of Williamsburg, VA, and Brooke Ruggles of Ballston Spa, his mother, Donna Bouchard of New Boston, NH, his father, Robert Ruggles of Ballston Spa, two brothers, Clayton and Gabe Ruggles, his grandparents, Clare and Jimmy Goossens of Ballston Spa, maternal great grandfather, William Smith of Dumbarton, Scotland, and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 from 6-8pm at Christ Episcopal Church, West High Street, Ballston Spa. A memorial service will follow at 8pm at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Robert W. Armer, of East High Street, passed away Monday, June 20, 2011 at Maplewood Manor. He was 95.

Born on July 6, 1915 in Ballston Spa, he was the son of the late Samuel and Lillian Barnes Armer. A graduate of Ballston Spa High School and the Simmons School of Embalming, he received his funeral director's license in 1937.

Bob worked at various jobs while establishing his business, Armer Funeral Home, Inc, with his wife, the former Sara Vaughn. They began the business on the family farm on Goode Road in the early 1960’s. Bob worked at the Malta Test Station and the Saratoga County Infirmary, when it was located in Barkersville and was also a dispatcher for the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Department. In 1967, Bob and Sara moved the funeral home to its present location on East High Street in Ballston Spa. A licensed funeral director for over 70 years, he was dedicated to the families he served and to the community of Ballston Spa and surrounding areas.

A member of Franklin Masonic Lodge #90 F&AM, Eastern Regional Draft Horse Association and the First Presbyterian Church of Ballston Spa, he was also a member of the New York State Funeral Directors Association, and as a member of the Adirondack Funeral Directors, was the recipient of a distinguished service award for his 70 years of service, in 2007.

A farmer at heart, his Belgian Draft horses were a welcome sight at the fair and he enjoyed every minute of it. He invited everyone to come out to the farm and enjoy a hay ride, a picnic, or just to sit and visit. He also raised Herefords, pheasants, turkeys and chickens. He enjoyed the simple things in life, watching the snow blow across the fields, taking long rides, morning coffee with the boys and watching his grandchildren and great grandchildren grow up.

Predeceased by his beloved wife, Sara in 2008 and his brothers, Melvin and Clarence Armer, survivors include his children, Thelma and Douglas Armstrong, R. Thomas and Donna Armer, Eileen and Douglas Beckwith, Harry and Laurie Armer, Rebekah and Robert Rossi; his grandchildren, Glenn Evans, Lance and Kristen Evans, Lorilee and Michael Anthony, Juliane and Michael Carson, Jason and Ellen Armer, Melanie Armer, Saralyn and Aaron Critchlow, Lily Armer, Nicole Rossi, Nicholas Rossi, Scott Armstong, Amy and David Guy, Daniel and Debra Armstrong; his great grandchildren, Garrett Evans, Katielynn, Madison and Miriam Evans, Karson and Emma Anthony, Sydney Carson, Samuel and Paige Armer, Shane Rossi, Maddox and Mikayla Rogers, Daniella and Darby Armstrong and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10am Friday, June 24, 2011 at the First Presbyterian Church, 22 West High Street, Ballston Spa.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday from 1-3pm and 6-8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Burial will follow in the family plot at Powell Wiswall Cemetery, Plummer Road in the town of Milton.

Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or the First Presbyterian Church, 22 West High Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

The family would like to thank the staff at Maplewood Manor and the staff and volunteers of Community Hospice of Saratoga for their outstanding care and compassion given to Bob during his final days. The family would also like to thank Bob’s caregivers, Lynn, Wayne and Mary for the endless hours they spent caring for Bob while he was still at his home.

Edward C. Williams 82, of Ballston Spa and formerly of Saratoga Springs, passed away Thursday, June 16, 2011 at his home. Born in Saratoga Springs, May 27, 1929, he was the son of the late Glenn and Alice Williams. Ed worked for the Saratoga County Highway Department for many years. He enjoyed animals and was a familiar sight walking his dogs in downtown Saratoga Springs.

Ed was predeceased by his father and stepmother, Glenn and Maude Williams, his mother, Alice Williams, two brothers, Glenn Williams and Alan Williams, stepsister, Harriet Boucher and stepbrother, Walter Clute. He is survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

A graveside service will be held 1pm Monday, June 20, at Greenridge Cemetery, Lincoln Avenue, Saratoga Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or the American Cancer Society, 260 Osborne Road, Albany, NY 12211.

Muriel Morley Decker 97, of Stuart, Florida, passed away peacefully June 12, 2011. Born in Ballston Spa, April 12, 1914 she was the daughter of the late Postmaster Edward J. Morley and his wife Mable E. Bryan Morley. She was a graduate of the Ballston Spa High School class of 1932. Muriel lived in the village for over 63 years before moving to Florida.

Muriel was a registered nurse receiving her nursing degree from the Saratoga Hospital School of Nursing where she was a member of its last graduating class. She worked at the Saratoga Hospital for several years and also was the supervising nurse at the Roosevelt Baths and the Saratoga Raceway, retiring in 1978. She was a member of St Andrews Catholic Church in Stuart, Florida.

Muriel was predeceased by her husband Willard Decker. Survivors include her brother, Maurice “Chris” Morley and his wife Nancy of Ballston Spa and her nephew, Edward M. Morley and his wife Barbara and their two children, Christine A. Madsen and her husband Michael, and Edward John Morley all of Stuart, Florida, along with four other nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 12:30pm Saturday, June 18 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 on Saturday from 10-12 noon at the Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions may be made to St Mary’s Church, 167 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or St Andrews Church, 2100 SE Cove Road , Stuart, FL 34997.

Florance Elwell Ingraham 98, Of Middleline Road, passed on to be with the Lord on Saturday, June 11, 2011 at the Saratoga Hospital after many years of declining health. She was born in Thurman on April 27, 1913 to Charles and Mary Elwell. She was the wife of Basil Ingraham who predeceased her in 1986. Florance had worked many years at the Glove Factory in Ballston and then transferred to Biddeford Pool, Maine with her husband for 14 years. They eventually retired back to Ballston Spa in 1974.

Florance and her husband were members of the American Motorcycle Association in the 1940’s and 50’s and traveled with them throughout the northeast. An ardent fan of motorcycle riding she still got a thrill during these last few years whenever she heard them roar past her home, also wanting to be out there herself.

In addition to her husband she was predeceased by her sisters Katie Austin Smith, Laura Wright, Elizabeth Brown and her brother John Elwell. Survivors include her sister, Blanche Kenyon of Marianna, FL, her two nieces Carol Baker of Kershaw, SC, Nancy Baker of Antigonish, Nova Scotia, and a nephew Walter Wright, Jr. of Warrensburg.

She was an active member for many years of the Nazarene Church both in Maine and in Saratoga. Her faith in her Savior was a most important part of her life and she loved to share it with others.

A graveside service will be held 11:30am Wednesday, June 15 at Warrensburg Cemetery.

The family would like to express their thanks to the many helpers and friends including her caring and faithful friends Elizabeth DiCenzo and John Munter & family who, over the years, helped Florance maintain her independence at her Middleline Rd. home. Also thanks to those who helped her at the Wesley Healthcare Center and to the Hospice workers. Her independent spirit and determination provided the “spunk” which helped her live a long and meaningful life.

On June 11, 2011 at the Hospice Inn at St Peter’s Hospital, Barbara Zak Shields, age 48, of Ballston Spa, surrounded by the love and prayers of her family, passed on to her eternal life after a year-long battle with leukemia. She was the cherished wife of Joseph Shields for fifteen years. She was born on October 1, 1962 at Troy, NY to Mary Lourdes (Kane) Zak and Eugene D. Zak of Queensbury, NY.

Raised in North Greenbush, Barbara was educated at St Jude’s Elementary and Columbia High Schools, Hudson Valley Community College and Siena College. Early in her professional life, she became involved in Workman’s Compensation cases as a hearing representative at Special Funds. In 2006, she joined the Triad Group in Troy as their Legal Coordinator. Those subsequent years working with Victoria Manes and the Group were very special to her.

To know Barb was to love her. She had a vibrant personality, a sense of humor, a compassionate nature with a heart full of love. The shining lights of her life were her husband, Joe, and their three beautiful children: Megan 13, Emily 10 and Matthew 8. She was a caring mother to her stepson Joseph (Nikki) Shields and grandmother to Aubrey and Lana.

In her youth, Barb spent summers at Schroon Lake and Joe was raised in Schroon Village. As a result, they shared with their children their love of the Adirondack’s, spending many summer vacations at the “Lake” with their dog Bella.

On Barb’s journey this past year, she was supported by Joe, the children, her relatives and countless others. She traveled that journey with great perseverance, faith and finally, acceptance. She will always be an inspiration to us all.

Besides her husband, children and parents, she is survived by her devoted and loving siblings: Douglas
(Cynthia) Zak, David Zak, Kathleen (Joseph) Reis, Paul (Carissa) Zak and Jeffrey (Stephanie) Zak. She was a loving aunt to Allison, Gregory, Christopher, Jessica, Michelle, Gina, Amanda, Madison, Catie Rose, Louie and Nikki. Barb is also survived by her aunt Lucille Grattan, uncle John Kane, brother-in-law Raymond Shields, sisters-in-law Patricia Misha and Marilyn Bove.

She was predeceased by her infant brother, Andrew, her grandparents, John and Regina Kane, Alexander and Eva Zak, her mother and father-in-law, Violet and Raymond Shields and sister-in-law, Joan Martin

The family wishes to express their appreciation for the excellent care given to Barb by Dr. Harry Dunn and Dr. Alan Rauch of NY Oncology Hematology. To the nurses and staff at D4E at Albany Medical Center, you will be in our prayers of thanksgiving for the tender loving care you gave Barb. To the caregivers at both Albany Medical Center and the Hospice Inn at St Peter’s Hospital, the family extends heartfelt gratitude.

To all those who provided prayers and support for Barbara from the time of her first diagnosis to her final hours “God Bless you always “.

Funeral services will be held 9:30am Thursday, June 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 Peter’s Cemetery, Saratoga Springs. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday from 5-8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to The Shields Childrens’ Education Trust c/o Key Bank 154 Quaker Road Queensbury, NY 12804 or any convenient Key Bank Branch.

Helen Andrews Frisbie, of South Carolina, and formerly of Ballston Spa, passed away Tuesday, April 19, 2011. Born in Saratoga Springs, January 17, 1910, she was the daughter of the late Ted and Alice Andrews. She moved to Ballston Spa after her marriage, living there for 55 years. In 1995, she moved to South Carolina to live with her sister. Helen worked for the New York Telephone Co for 40 years. She was a member of the Telephone Pioneers, Ballston Area Seniors and St Paul’s Lutheran Church in Saratoga Springs.

She was predeceased by her husband, Colin Frisbie and son, John David Frisbie. Helen is survived by her sister, Ann “Nancy” Brinkman and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held 10am Thursday, June 16, 2011 at Ballston Spa Cemetery, Garrett Road, Ballston Spa. Memorial contributions may be made to St Paul’s Lutheran Church Building Fund, 149 Lake Avenue, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Barbara A. Batten, of Saratoga Springs, passed away Thursday, June 9, 2011 at her home. Born in St Paul, MN, February 11, 1918, she was the daughter of the late Walter and Mary Beckjord. Barbara was a former resident of Heritage Village in Southbury, CT. She moved to Saratoga Springs in 1997. Barbara was a former member of the Woodbury United Methodist Church in Connecticut and a member of the Presbyterian-New England Congregational Church in Saratoga Springs. She was a silversmith and trained at the Rhode Island School of Design. She attended Swarthmore College in Pa., took various courses at Longwood Gardens in Pa., and also attended many classes at the Academy for Life Long Learning in Saratoga Springs.

Barbara was a life member of the League of Women Voters and a strong supporter of women in politics. She enjoyed the arts and attended the ballet, orchestra and many other programs in the Saratoga area. One of her favorite programs was her Yoga class. She enjoyed gardening, golfing and sailing.

She was predeceased by her husband, Frederick W. Batten, her daughter, Anne B. Callahan and brother, Walter E. Beckjord. Barbara is survived by her daughters, Mary B. Preston of Wilton, CT and Kathryn B. Oppedisano of Saratoga Springs, 5 grandchildren, Ian Preston (Nina), Rebecca Mannion (Steve), Samantha Travis (Paul), Rory Callahan, and Kerry Callahan, 6 great grandchildren, Matthew Preston, Evan Callahan, Emma Callahan, Kathleen Mannion, Robert Mannion, and Neve Travis, brother, Eric S. Beckjord (Caroline) of Brunswick, ME and several nieces, nephews and grand nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10am Monday, June 13, at the Presbyterian-New England Congregational Church. Burial will be in Mayflower Cemetery, Duxbury, Massachusetts. Memorial contributions may be made to the Presbyterian-New England Congregational Church, 24 Circular Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 for their organ fund or a charity of one's choice.

Genevieve Moore "Gene", of Ballston Spa, passed away Wednesday, June 1, 2011 at her home. Born in Burnt Hills, October 25, 1920 she was the daughter of the late Lauren and Irene Rowledge. Gene was a caregiver to many foster children for over 30 years. She was a member of the Alliance Church in Ballston Spa and the Ballston Area Seniors. She enjoyed bowling and camping. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family.

She was predeceased by her husband Robert Moore, her sisters, Marion Voight and Eleanor Reynolds, and brother, William Rowledge. Gene is survived by her children, Mary Jane Blair (Frank) of Ballston Spa, Pat Ostrander of Ballston Spa, Betty Hollister (John) of Ballston Lake and Tim Moore (Carol Ann) of Longview, Washington, 9 grandchildren, Marsha Older, Michelle Ostrander, MaLinda Stevens, Henry Ostrander, John Ostrander, Scott Blair, Jackie Coulombe, Danielle Rupp and Tim Moore, Jr, 2 sisters, Dorothy Carpenter and Edna Atkinson, her extended family, Bud Glasby, Cheryl McCormick, Gail Kenyon, Dawn Jacob and Jimmy Whitbeck, many great grandchildren, 3 great great grandsons and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10am Saturday, June 11, 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 4-8pm at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or Alzheimer’s Association, Pine West Plaza, Building 4 Suite 405, Washington Ave Ext, Albany, NY 12205.

John E. Moore “Jack”, of Saratoga Springs, passed away Saturday, June 4, 2011 at his home. Born in Stillwater, NY on September 15, 1924, he was the son of the late William and Elizabeth Moore. Jack was an Army veteran of World War II serving in France, Luxembourg and Germany. He was awarded the Bronze Star and other medals, including the Triple Bronze Star. Jack graduated from Albany Business College in 1951 and was employed by the Saratoga Springs City School District for 30 years. He retired in 1986. His interests included baseball, basketball, bowling, dancing, and playing cards. His greatest joy was spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

Besides his parents, Jack was predeceased by his siblings, Raymond, Louise, Frank, Charles, Lois, George, Mae, Jean, Helen, Hazel, Grace, and long time friend, Edwin Wagner. Jack is survived by his wife of 63 years, Beverly Wilson Moore, his children John E. Moore, Jr “Ed” (wife Anne) of Saratoga Springs, and Terri Lynn Kieffer of Maryland, 5 grandchildren, Jonathan Moore (wife Amy), Gregory Moore, Adam Kieffer (wife Sara), Benjamin Kieffer (wife Alex) and Laura Kieffer, and great grandson, Jacob Kieffer. He is also survived by his brother, Richard Moore of Stillwater, and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10am Thursday, June 9, at Christ Episcopal Church, West High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial with full military honors will follow at the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Town of Saratoga. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday from 6-8pm at the Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Jack’s family would like to thank the staff at Community Hospice for their compassion and wonderful care during Jack’s illness.

Ray F. Ward, of Charlton, passed away Sunday, May 22, 2011 at Wesley Health Care Center. Born in New Lisbon, November 19, 1927, he was the son of the late Thomas Ward and Annie and William Rogers. He was an Army veteran of World War II. Ray worked for General Electric for 36 years. He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting, fishing, farming and camping. He also enjoyed motorcycling.

Ray is survived by his wife Lois Ward, 3 sons, Wayne Ward of Broadalbin, Michael Ward of Ballston Spa and Norman Ward of Charlton, brother, Howard Ward of Duanesburg, sister, Marie Ward of Oneonta, 8 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, May 25, from 6-8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A funeral service will follow at 8pm. A graveside service will be held 11am Thursday at Butternut Valley Brick Schoolhouse Cemetery, Burlington, NY.

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

Else J. Bie, of Albany, passed away Monday, May 23, 2011 at her home. Born in Vale, Norway, May 20, 1933, she was the daughter of the late Leif and Astrid Line. Else came to the United States in 1935. She lived in Westerleigh, Staten Island, and then Syosset, Long Island and later Webster, NY before moving to Albany in 1978.

Else is survived by her husband, John Bie, and her beloved children, Cathleen Belschwinder (Michael) of Loudonville, Steve Bie of Manhattan, David Bie (Julie) of Ballston Lake, Lynne Ann Bie (Darlene) of Troy and Eric Bie of Londonville, brother, Leif Line (Hana) of Staten Island, 6 grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, and beloved friends.

Funeral services will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Albany, 445 New Karner Road, Albany, NY 12205.

The family would like to thank the staff at Community Hospice of Albany for their care and compassion during Else’s illness.

William Swietnicki of Ballston Spa, passed away peacefully, Wednesday, May 18, 2011, at his home after fighting a courageous battle with cancer. Born in Albany, July 23, 1959 he was the son of Bernetta Swietnicki and the late Edward Swietnicki. William moved to Arizona as a teenager and worked as a journeyman carpenter for many years. In 1988, he returned to NY to live with his uncle, John Sole, who inspired him to earn his degree to teach building trades. He was a supervisor for Saratoga County, working at Maplewood Manor for 12 years.

In 2009 he became Director of Operations and Maintenance for Galway Central School; a job he dearly loved and aspired to. Although he was there only a short time, he and they knew he had made a difference.

Bill was a 5 year member of the Ballston Spa Country Club and lived for Tuesday night golf league and weekend golf outings. As he was a talented finish carpenter, he created beautiful pieces of furniture and cabinetry for his family and friends. Bill was a meticulous landscaper such that his home was jokingly thought of as the Hannum St centerpiece. His incredible sense of humor is what made him such a special husband, friend and colleague. Bill and his wife loved to travel and took annual cruises and made several extensive trips overseas.

William is survived by his wife of 17 years, Eileen Burgess, his mother Bernetta Swietnicki of Arizona, 2 sisters, Ellen Dean of Arizona and Jayne Solesbee of Arizona, a brother, Mark Swietnicki of Georgia, and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held 1pm Sunday, May 22, at the Ballston Spa Country Club, Route 67, Ballston Spa. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, with hopes for a cure, at 6725 Lyons Street, PO Box 7, East Syracuse, NY 13057.

Frances M. Weiss of Malta, passed away Wednesday, May 4, 2011. Born in Schenectady, October 6, 1919, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Mary Downs. Frances worked at Skidmore College for 27 years, retiring in 1980. She enjoyed spending time with her family.

She was predeceased by her first husband, Lt. William J. Hook, second husband, Robert B. Weiss, 2 grandchildren, Martin D. Weiss and Kimberly A. West, daughter in law, Linda Weiss, 3 brothers, John, Joseph and David, and 2 sisters, Alice and Helen.

Frances is survived by her children, Gail West (Joe) of Ballston Spa and Richard Weiss of Malta, 4 grandchildren, Cheryl Pellegrino, Thomas West, Kelly West and Donna Cashion, 4 sisters, Irene Wozniak of Ballston Spa, Marion Scrafford of Queensbury, Theresa Amszynski of California and Jeanne Devino of Malta, brother, Robert Downs of Schenectady, 10 great grandchildren, 3 great great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, May 9 from 10-11am at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A funeral service will follow at 11am. Burial will be in St Mary’s Cemetery, Ballston Spa. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Richard L. Dillenbeck of Ballston Spa, passed away Wednesday, April 27, 2011 at his home. Born in Sackets Harbor, NY, June 25, 1927, he was the son of the late William Dillenbeck and Hilda and Peter Morris. He served in the US Navy during World War II and with the US Army in the Korean War. Dick was a truck driver all his life and retired from D&G Auto Parts in Clifton Park. He enjoyed traveling and spending time with his family.

He was predeceased by 4 brothers. Dick is survived by his wife of 63 years, Albertina Jones Dillenbeck, his children, Kathy Ann Lowery, Bonnie Lee Vidnansky and Robert Alan Dillenbeck (Linda), 7 grandchildren, 4 step grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and 8 step great grandchildren, several cousins, nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held 10am Saturday, April 30 at Powell Wiswall Cemetery, Plummer Road, Ballston Spa. There will be no calling hours. Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

The family would like to thank all of their friends, the staff from Community Hospice of Saratoga, and the Rubin Dialysis Center, for their compassion and support during Dick’s illness.

Kemuel Paul Emerson of Ballston Spa, passed away Wednesday, April 20, 2011. Born in Ballston Spa, June 28, 2009, he was the beloved son of Daniel and Naomi Emerson.

Kemuel is survived by his parents, Daniel and Naomi, his sisters, Miriam and Abigail, his brothers Jamin and Simeon, grandparents, Steven and Patricia Turner of Ballston Spa, and Paul and Karen Emerson of Chattanooga, TN. He is also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral services will be held 2pm Tuesday, May 3, at Hope Church, 206 Greenfield Avenue, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Powell Wiswall Cemetery, Ballston Spa. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the church on Monday evening from 6-8pm.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Emerson family in care of Hope Church, 206 Greenfield Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Robert T. Pashley, of Ballston Spa, passed away Wednesday, April 20, 2011. Born in Schenectady, February 26, 1927, he was the son of the late Phillip and Anna Mae Garrison Pashley. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. Bob worked as a machinist at General Electric for 40 years. He was a lifetime member of the Kayaderosseras Fish and Game Club where he served as the instructor for hunter safety training for over 40 years. He was an avid hunter and helped provide moose for the moose meat dinners at the club.

Bob lived a good life with his devoted wife, Lucille. He loved going out to eat, finding a good deal and going for rides. He had a great voice and loved to sing. Bob was always a hard worker and instilled this quality in all of his three children. He had an amazing ability to fix anything. He loved spending the winter months in Florida and going back to the home he built in Ballston Spa to spend the summer with his great grandchildren, Emily, Allison and Jake, whom he loved dearly. He will be greatly missed by us all.

Bob is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Lucille J. Pashley, his daughter, Susan Hommell and her children, Joanna Simard (Jeff), Julie Sue Hommell and Brandon Hommell, his son, David R. Pashley (Annette) and his children, Melanie Efaw (Casey) and Daniel Pashley (Mikey), his son, Bruce P. Pashley and his children, Kristi, Victoria and Geoffrey, his sister in law, Jean Salisbury (Don) and cousin, Ellen VanValkenburg.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Fred O. Koster, of Ballston Lake, passed away peacefully Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at his home. Born in New York City, May 22, 1938, he was the son of the late Henry and Marie Koster. He served in the US Army. Fred worked for the State of New York for 37 years, retiring as Administrative Officer for the New York State Liquor Authority in 1994. He spent the winter months in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. He took his children on many camping trips throughout the United States when they were growing up. His greatest joy was spending time with his family.

He was predeceased by his grandson, Nikko Vidal-Koster. Fred is survived by his wife of 50 years, Arlene Cserne Koster, his children, Keith Koster (Cindy) of Saratoga Springs, Kathleen Reddell (Rhett) of Hillsboro, Texas, Daniel Koster of Clifton Park, Karlynn Lampman (Kevin) of Ballston Lake, Kristin Vidal (Tony) of El Paso, TX, and Katina Fisk (Dan) of Manassas, VA, his brother, Herb Koster (Darlene) of Queensbury, 9 grandchildren, and several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Funeral services will be held 1pm, Saturday, April 23, 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 2-4 and 7-9pm at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or St Peter’s Hospital, 315 S. Manning Blvd, Albany, NY 12208.

Regis D. Rabideau of Ballston Spa, passed away Tuesday, April 19, 2011 after a long illness. He was born in Huntingdon, Quebec on April 9, 1931. Regis loved horses and was a security guard at Saratoga Raceway for many years, retiring in 2009.

He is survived by his children, Carey Rabideau, Lynette Corey, Laurie Rabideau, Curtis Rabideau, and Derek Rabideau, and 4 grandchildren, Jennifer, Cody, Derek and Alex.

Funeral services will be held 10am Thursday at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

Robert P. Delano of Saratoga Springs, passed away Saturday, April 16, 2011 at his home, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Schaghticoke, December 12, 1931, he was the son of the late Patrick and Angeline Delano. Bob worked for WestVaco Paper Co in Mechanicville and later for Manning Paper in Green Island for many years, retiring in 1993. After his retirement, he worked security at the flat track in Saratoga. Bob served in the National Guard. He was a racing enthusiast and spent many weekends at the harness track. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and being in the great outdoors. His greatest joy was spending time with his family and friends.

Bob is survived by his wife, Doris “Dottie” Delano, 2 daughters, Lori Fruci (Dom) of Stillwater, Robin Wenzel (Mike) of Arizona, 2 granddaughters, Tamara Lescault (Scott), and Stephanie Lape (Nicholas), 4 great grandchildren, Paige, Luc and Leah Lescault, and Nicholas Lape, Jr, 2 sisters, Mary “Babe” Frederico of Mechanicville, and Patricia Kayajian (Gary) of Clifton Park, and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 9am Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in St Peter’s Cemetery, Saratoga Springs. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday evening from 6-8pm at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

John K. Kloss of South Glens Falls, passed away Friday, April 8, 2011 at Glens Falls Hospital. Born in Newark, NJ, March 29, 1921 he was the son of the late John and Mary (Malec) Kloss of Wilton, NY. A World War II veteran, he entered the Army on October 7, 1942. He received the American Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, World War II Victory Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Medal with three Bronze Service Stars, and was honorably discharged on November 19, 1945. John worked for Scott Paper Co in Fort Edward as a finishing maintenance foreman for many years, retiring in 1979.

His hobbies included motorcycling, snowmobiling, hunting and all machinery. John was an exemplary father, grandpa, and friend who wouldn’t hesitate to help anyone. The family would like to thank Barb Klena for her friendship and devotion in caring for their father.

John was predeceased by his beloved son, Ronald Kloss, three sisters, Helen Williams, Katie Richardson, and Mary Ryan, and two brothers, Joseph Kloss and Steven Kloss. He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Margaret, his 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 all of Bechertown, MA, Mary DeFilippo and her husband, Jerry and their children, Cara and Michael all of Ballston Spa, two sisters, Theresa M. Clute of Wilton and Betty K. Askins of Florida, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be held 1:30pm Tuesday, April 12, at St Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. There will be no calling hours. Burial will follow in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Fort Edward. Memorial contributions may be made to St Mary’s School, 40 Thompson Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020. Arrangements by Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Raymond L. Maxfield of Malta, passed away Sunday, April 3, 2011. Born in Malta, September 26, 1931, he was the son of the late Harvey and Blanche Maxfield. Ray worked for Saratoga County for many years. He enjoyed ice fishing, bowling, and golfing. He also enjoyed spending time with his horse, Sundance.

Ray was predeceased by his wife, Ruth Maxfield. He is survived by several cousins.

Funeral services will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 6725 Lyons Street, PO Box 7, East Syracuse, NY 13057.

Kristopher Bryan Chew of Charlton, departed this world but not the hearts of those who love him on Friday, the first of April, 2011. He entered into the arms of our Lord, and his father, Charles R. Chew who left us on November 18th, 2010

Kris spent most of his life in the towns of Glenville and Charlton. He was a past member of both the East Glenville and Charlton Fire Departments and past President and lifetime member of the Saratoga County Fire Police Association. Kris was self-employed and owned his own Delivery Service.

Kris is survived by his wife, Marilyn Cerniglia Chew, his children, Donnelle Riccio-Huck (Timothy), Garth Riccio (Nichole), Toria English (Blake), Bryanne Adria Chew, grandsons, Cruz and Augustine English, his mother, Joyce Chew, siblings, Claudia Jacumski, Eric Chew (Susan), Adria Chew, Philip Chew (Jackie), Timothy Chew (Mary Lynn) and Eliza Bongrazo, his father in law and mother in law, Vincent and June Cerniglia, sister-in-law and brother in law, Janet and Andy Shave. Kris is also the uncle and great uncle of several nieces and nephews and godfather to Laura Jacumski.

A gathering in Kris’ memory will take place on Tuesday, April 5, 2011 from 5-7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A brief celebration service at 7pm will offer an opportunity for the sharing of memories, stories and thoughts. A Christian mass will be held 9am Wednesday, April 6 at St. Edward the Confessor Church, 569 Clifton Park Center Road, Clifton Park.

His greatest joy came from his work with Center for Donation and Transplant. Being part of this incredible team was humbling and a great honor for Kris. In lieu of flowers, Kris’ family requests donations be made in his name to Center for Donation and Transplant, 218 Great Oaks Blvd., Albany NY 12203.

The family of Kristopher would like to thank those who were involved with this journey. Especially Dr. John Delmonte and Beth Ann of the Rexford Cancer Center whose goodness and kindness went beyond measure, the tender compassion of the Hospice team of both Saratoga and Schenectady who showed us the way and all those who have been so supportive, understanding, considerate and loving. Please know how much Kristopher and Marilyn appreciated you all.

Mary Kay Barnes of Saratoga Springs, passed away Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at her home, surrounded by her loving family. Born in Ballston Spa, July 5, 1923, she was the daughter of the late Fred and Elizabeth Mabb. Kay was an LPN and worked at Dr. Cioffi’s office in Schenectady for many years. She enjoyed gardening and flowers. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family and attending TOPS with her friends.

She was predeceased by her husband, Arthur Barnes, her daughter, Muriel Legnante, 2 brothers and 8 sisters. Kay is survived by her son, Arthur Barnes (Cathy), son in law, Anthony Legnante, 2 grandchildren, Judith Herbert (Van) and Teresa Barnes (Marvin Williams), 4 great grandchildren, Katelyn Young, Clayton Young, Erin Carter and Ashtin Carter, and her sister, Bernice Hare.

Funeral services will be private at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or American Cancer Society, 6725 Lyons Street, PO Box 7, East Syracuse, NY 13057.

Carlton L. Brackett of Rock City Falls, passed away Sunday, March 27, 2011. Born in Ballston Spa, February 1, 1944, he was son of Grace Knapp and the late Carlton Brackett. He worked for Ballston Spa Central Schools. Carlton enjoyed fishing, barbecues and playing horseshoes with his family and friends.

Carlton is survived by his wife, Roberta Brackett, his sons, Joseph H. Brackett of Rock City Falls, and Jason Carlton Brackett of Ballston Spa, 3 grandchildren, Eric Brackett, Brianna Brackett and Brendan Brackett, great granddaughter, Olivia Brackett, mother, Grace Knapp of Saratoga Springs and sister, Pam Melander of West Virginia.

Funeral services will be private at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Tonya E. Barnes of Ballston Spa, passed away Friday, March 25, 2011. Born in Tucson, Arizona, January 29, 1971 she was the daughter of Phil Kellogg and Hortencia Lopez and stepdaughter of Wayne Levine. She worked at the Horseshoe Inn Bar and Grill, and The Country Corner Café. She worked as hard as she could to make everybody around her happy and always brightened the room with her smile.

Tonya is survived by her daughters and best friends, Kayla, Ashley, Michelle, Amanda, and Samantha Barnes. Two grandchildren, William Zabala and Gabriella Brenenstuhl, mother, Hortencia Lopez, father, Phil Kellogg, stepfather, Wayne Levine, brother, Alex Levine, grandmother, Mary Kellogg, her Nana, stepsisters, April, Niki, Hillary, and Alyssa Kellogg, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Funeral services will be held 10am Wednesday, March 30 at Christ Episcopal Church, West High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Ballston Spa Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday evening from 4-8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions may be made to her children.

James A. Barnes of Ballston Spa, passed away Friday, March 25, 2011. Born in Ballston Spa, March 27, 1970, he was the son of John A. Barnes and Sally Plummer, and stepson of Rhonda Barnes. Jim touched many lives working for Imperial Septic over the years. He enjoyed anything with a motor in it and had an irreplaceable sense of humor. Jim was a very generous and caring man that will never be forgotten.

Jim is survived by his daughters and best friends, Kayla, Ashley, Michelle, Amanda and Samantha Barnes. Two grandchildren, William Zabala and Gabriella Brenenstuhl, father and stepmother, John and Rhonda Barnes, mother, Sally Plummer, stepbrother, Keith Mabb, stepsister, Angela Barnes, grandparents, Jack and Loretta Barnes, Audrey and Claude Wagner, great grandmother, Rita Carpenter, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Funeral services will be held 10am Wednesday, March 30, at Christ Episcopal Church, West High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Ballston Spa Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday evening from 4-8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc, 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions may be made to his children.