Obituaries


Bernard H. Wemple, 82, of Armer Road, Rock City Falls, passed away Saturday, May 19, 2012, at Saratoga Hospital following a brief illness surrounded by his family.

Born in Gloversville, March 15, 1930, he was the son of the late Flora and Delbert Wemple, Sr. Bern graduated from Mayfield High School in 1948 where he we very athletic; playing baseball, basketball and soccer. He went on to work at General Electric Co for 25 years, graduating from their Engineering Program in 1952.

He coached Little League baseball and basketball in Clifton Park, played semi-pro basketball, and was a basketball manager for Schenectady. He moved from Clifton Park to Rock City Falls in 1969. Bern was of the Presbyterian faith. He was an avid NY Yankees fan. He enjoyed corresponding with his friends and family via email and very much looked forward to Sunday dinners with his children and grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his wife Joan Johnson, whom he married in 1953, and his son, Keith Wemple.

Bern is survived by two sons, Steven A. Wemple of Rock City Falls and Brian H. Wemple of Providence, daughter in law, Nancy E. Wemple of Rock City Falls, two grandchildren, Christopher Wemple of Rock City Falls and Kristi Wemple of Providence, two brothers, Bruce (Audrey) of Galway and Delbert (Mary) of Cincinnatus and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to a memorial service at 2pm Sunday, May 27 at the family home, 1367 Armer Road, Rock City Falls.

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

Anna K. Felso, 99, of Jonesville, passed away peacefully Monday, May 21, 2012, at her home. Born in Coudersport, PA, March 12, 1913, she was the daughter of the late Archie and Bertha Green. She worked at many different jobs including as a machinist at General Electric during World War II. She retired as head housekeeper at the former Glenridge Hospital.

Anna was a talented seamstress and loved watching birds and making Christmas ornaments for her friends and family. She enjoyed fishing and camping at Schroon Lake.

Anna was predeceased by her husband, Joseph Felso and nine siblings. She is survived by her children, Joseph Felso (Bertha) of Scotia and Lorraine Ryan (William) of Jonesville, sister, Betty Walter of Ohio, brother, Francis Green of Fillmore, nine grandchildren, William Ryan (Mel) of Ballston Spa, Peter Ryan (Donna) of Clifton Park, Kathy Castro of Amsterdam, Joe Ryan (Nancy) of Binghamton, Jim Ryan (Pam) of Clifton Park, Christine Kulls (Paul) of Ballston Spa, Debbie Bailey (Bruce) of South Glens Falls, Donna Brownell (Randy) of Ballston Spa, Joe Felso, Jr (Beckey) of Burnt Hills, 22 great grandchildren, 16 great great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

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

The family would like to thank Dr. John Nolan for his fabulous care over the years and Community Hospice of Saratoga for their loving care and compassion.

Walter B. Fitzgerald, Jr. 83 of Malta passed away Monday, May 14, 2012. He was born in Ballston Spa, the son of the late Walter and Anna Fitzgerald, Sr. Walter was a US Coast Guard veteran CWO4, serving during World War II and Vietnam. He worked for the Southern Adirondack Library System for many years, retiring in 1984.

He was a communicant of St Mary’s Catholic Church in Ballston Spa and served on the Ballston Spa School District Board of Education. He was an avid Yankee fan. Walter was very devoted to his family.

He was predeceased by his brother, Robert Fitzgerald, Sr and sister, Mary Fennell. Walter is survived by his wife of 62 years, Audrey Graf Fitzgerald, his children, Michael Fitzgerald (Jill) of Colorado and Carol Dowen (Wayne) of Ballston Spa, grandchildren, Ryan Fitzgerald, Sean Fitzgerald, Meghan Hart, and Brian Hart, stepgrandchildren, Christopher Dowen and Michael Dowen, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 11am Monday, May 21, at St Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. A calling hour will precede the service from 9:30-10:30am at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial with full military honors will be in the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Town of Saratoga.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Mary’s Haven, 35 New Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Dr. Russell B. Peacock 81, of Greenfield Center, a longtime area physician, passed away Sunday, May 20, 2012. Dr. Peacock was born January 6, 1931 in Schenectady, son of the late Ruanna and Russell Peacock and stepson of George Kuebler. He graduated from Nott Terrace High School in 1948 and enlisted in the Army where he was stationed with the 2nd Division 38th Infantry Regiment during the Korean War from 1950-53. He returned home and became a graduate of Southern Illinois University in 1957. He continued his education and went on to graduate from University of Illinois in 1962 with his medical degree. He moved to Ballston Spa and opened his general medical practice on West High Street in 1963.

He remained active in the Military through the New York Army National Guard (NYARNG) and was selected as the 1991 US Army National Guard Flight Surgeon of the Year. This award is given by the Society of US Army Flight Surgeons to Flight Surgeons who best represent the high ideals and standards set forth in Army aviation medicine. Dr. Peacock retired as Colonel from the NYARNG in 1995 and is recognized as a Brigadier General with the NY State Militia.

In addition to Dr. Peacock’s private practice that he maintained through 1988, he was the physician for the Saratoga County Correctional Facility, an attending physician at the Saratoga County Infirmary as well as the former Benedict Memorial Hospital, the school physician for the Ballston Spa Central School District and was an elected Coroner for Saratoga County.

He gave as selflessly to his community as he gave to his family and in any of his spare time enjoyed just about every aspect of his life; sailing, flying, woodworking, and classical music were among his favorites. He could always be found in his workshop building or fixing something. Dr. Peacock was a consummate philosopher of life and above all else, took great pleasure in learning.

He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Darlene Spies Peacock; his children, LTC Craig and his wife Kathy, Dr. Jama Peacock Birsett, CPT(R) Larry, CPT Richard and his wife, Brittany, Elizabeth DeCrescenzo and her husband Robert; granddaughters, Sharise, Teagan, Rylee, Nevaeh, Alexandra, Sophia, Gabrielle, and Quinlyn; grandsons, Donald Birsett III and Andrew; sister, Elizabeth Austin; brothers, Richard Peacock, David Kuebler, George Kuebler, Earl Kuebler; several nieces and nephews, and many special friends.

A memorial service will be held 10am Friday, May 25, at Christ Episcopal Church, 15 West High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial with military honors will follow at the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call from 1-3 and 5-8pm Thursday at Christ Episcopal Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Honor Guard at the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, 200 Duell Road, Schuylerville, NY 12871.

Donald G. Gilchrist 90, of Ballston Spa, passed away Friday, May 11, 2012. Born in Ballston Spa, February 4, 1922, he was the son of Harry and Sadie Gilchrist. He was an Army veteran of World War II. His unit, Merrill’s Marauders, was awarded a citation after a series of successful engagements which were of great tactical importance in Burma, Asia.

Don worked for Cottrell Paper Co in Rock City Falls for 33 years, retiring in 1984. He was a past member of the Kayaderosseras Fish and Game Club, Milton Eagles Fire Department, Milton Grange, and VFW Post 458 of Ballston Spa. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. Don was affectionately known as the “Mayor of Finley Road”. His greatest joy was spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his wife Charlotte. Don is survived by his children, Judy Thompson (Walter) of Ballston Spa, John Harry Gilchrist (Patti) of Ballston Spa, three grandchildren, Sara, Julie, and James, three great grandchildren, Ally, Josh and Andrew, his sister, Shirley Palmateer (Floyd) of Middle Grove, and several nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, May 15, from 10-11am at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 11am. Burial with full military honors will be in the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Town of Saratoga.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Donald’s name to the Stratton VA Medical Center, 113 Holland Avenue, Albany, NY 12208.

Owen A. Almy 62 of Ballston Spa, passed away Friday, May 11, 2012. He was born in Saratoga Springs, December 28, 1949. He was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War. Owen worked for Window Tech in Malta. He was an avid Yankee and Giants fan and enjoyed going to the Saratoga Racetrack.

Owen is survived by his wife, Sandra Almy, his children, Anthony Almy of Ballston Spa, Tiffany Almy of Gloversville, Cassandra Almy of Albany, Mark Benson of Saratoga Springs, Tina Eggleston of Ballston Spa, Tamara Benson-Kimball of Ballston Spa, his mother, Pauline Schaff of Saratoga Springs, and five grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held 11am Wednesday, May 16 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 Greenridge Cemetery, Saratoga Springs.

Memorial contributions may be to Christ Episcopal Church, West High Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

James W. Loveday “Papa Bear” 68 of Clifton Park, passed away Wednesday, May 9, 2012, with his daughters at his side. Born in Cohoes, September 1, 1943, he was the son of the late James and Eleanor Loveday. He served in the US Marine Corps. Jim was an electrician working for Lucent Technologies, formerly Western Electric, for 39 years. He was a past member of the New Salem Volunteer Fire Department and served on the Arlington School Board for 13 years. He was very involved in the State Legislature and was a candidate for the 99th Assembly District in 1993.

After his retirement, Jim operated Big Bear Home Repair helping many of his friends and neighbors. Jim was a volunteer for the Domestic Violence and Crisis Centers in Dutchess and Saratoga County. He served as an advocate representing many people in court. His greatest joy was his family and he enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren. Annual family camping trips to Lake George for his birthday were his favorite times.

Jim is survived by his daughters, Susan Morrissey (Patrick) of Ballston Spa, and Kate Loveday (Shawn Owens) of Clifton Park, grandchildren, Abigail and Stephen Morrissey, cousin, Carol Ann Connelly (Don) of Cohoes and her children, Kerry and Elle, and his beloved dogs, Lisa and Maddy.

At Jim’s request, his family will hold a celebration of his life this summer. Memorial contributions may be made to the Marine Corps Veteran Association, 2245 Park Towne Circle, Sacramento, CA 95825.

Theodore M. Green 86 of Ballston Spa, passed away Wednesday, May 9, 2012. He was born in Ballston Spa, April 10, 1926. Ted was an electrician and carpenter working in the local area for many years. He enjoyed swimming and loved to play cards.

He was predeceased by his sisters, Ruth and Irene, and his brothers, Merton and Maynard. Ted is survived by his wife of 69 years, Anna Teeling Green, three brothers, Bernard Green of Tennessee, Ralph Green of Corinth, Manuel Green of Galway, and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held 9:30am Monday, May 14, at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial with full military honors will follow in the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Town of Saratoga.

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

Daniel Pompa 89 of Saratoga Springs, passed away Sunday, May 6, 2012 at his home. Born in Glenham, NY, July 5, 1922, he was the son of the late John and Susan Pompa, Sr. He moved to the Town of Malta at the age of 12. Dan and his brothers owned and operated Pompa Bros. He was a communicant of St Mary’s Church in Ballston Spa.

He was predeceased by his brothers, John, Stephen, and Nelson Pompa and his sister, Mary Vieweg. Dan is survived by his wife, Noreen Pompa and his sister, Cecelia Kimmey of Malta, several brothers in law and sisters in law, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Relatives and friends are invited to funeral services 10:30am Tuesday, May 8, at St Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will be private. At Dan’s request, there will be no calling hours.

Memorial contributions may be made to St Mary’s Church, 167 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or the charity of your choice.

The family invites you to join them for a reception at the Ballston Spa Elks, 10 Hamilton Street, Ballston Spa immediately following the service.

Judith A. Wiebicke 68 of Wilton, passed away Thursday, May 3, 2012. Born in Ballston Spa, March 23, 1944, she was the daughter of the late Arthur and Thelma Little. Judy worked for Saratoga County in the Real Property Tax Office for 23 years.

Judy is survived by her husband, Ernie, her children, Judy Woodcock (Ralph) of Gansevoort, John Adams of Gansevoort, Jeffrey Adams (Heidi) of Wilton, Jackie Adams (Rodney) of Fort Edward, and Janet Chapman (Patrick) of Saratoga Springs, three brothers, Samuel Little (Mary) of Tennessee, Timothy Little (Anne) of Stillwater, and Gary Little of Saratoga Springs, two sisters, Betty Kirkpatrick (Bobby) of Saratoga Springs and Carol Phillips (Jim) of Mechanicville, 11 grandchildren,
4 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

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, 260 Osborne Road, Albany, NY 12211.

The family would like to thank the staff of Community Hospice of Saratoga for their care and compassion.

Gladys Graham Northup Gorsline 80, of Round Lake, passed away Wednesday, May 2, 2012. Born in Albany, April 19, 1932 she was the daughter of the late George and Helen Graham. She grew up in Round Lake and was a graduate of Ballston Spa High School. Gladys was a bus driver for Shenendehowa Central Schools for 30 years. She was a talented artist and enjoyed painting, quilting and sewing. Gladys’ greatest joy was spending time with her family and friends, especially her beloved grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, Robert Gorsline and her sister, Shirley Wright. Gladys is survived by her children, William Northup (Bobbi) of Charlton, Nancie Williams of West Glenville, and Susan Wallin of Round Lake, and her grandchildren, Graham Northup, Adam and Benjamin Wallin.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 6-8pm Thursday, May 3 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc. 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A graveside service will be held 11am Friday, May 4, at Memory Gardens, 983 Watervliet Shaker Road, Colonie.

Memorial contributions may be made to Women’s Round Lake Improvement Society (WRLIS)
Box 665 Round Lake, NY 12151.

Helen E. Robbins 86 of Galway, with her family by her side, passed away Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at Saratoga Hospital. Born in Galway, April 16, 1926, she was the daughter of the late Karl and Eva Schmidt. Helen was a nurse’s aide for 25 years at the Saratoga County Infirmary. She was an avid reader and her greatest joy was spending time with and taking care of her family.

She was predeceased by her first husband Donald L. May, and her brothers, Oscar, Carl and Donald Schmidt. Helen is survived by her husband Kenneth E. Robbins, her children Joyce Emigh of Galway, Donald May, Jr (Ann) of Hagaman, Douglas May (Lynn) of Hagaman, David May of Jacksonville FL, Sharon Nolan of Ballston Spa, Sandra Hoffman (Fred) of Fonda, Dale May (MaryAnn) of Schenectady, Wendy Spence (William) of Broadalbin, Kenneth Robbins, Jr (Martha) of Galway, and Katherine Keller of Galway, her brother Robert Schmidt (Patricia) of Ledyard, CT, 24 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

In keeping with Helen’s wishes there will be no calling hours. Relatives and friends are invited to a graveside service 3pm Friday May 4, 2012 at East Galway Cemetery, Welch Road, Galway.

The family would like to thank the staff on C-3 at Saratoga Hospital for their care and compassion.

Memorial contributions may be made in Helen’s name to the Maplewood Manor Resident Fund, 149 Ballston Ave, Ballston Spa, NY 12020

MaryAnn E. Seelow 69 of Middle Grove, passed away Friday April 27, 2012. Born in Ontario, Canada, June 9, 1942, she was the daughter of the late Henry and Helen Lenartz. She moved to the Ballston Spa area in 1952. MaryAnn was a licensed practical nurse and worked at Glendale Nursing Home for many years, retiring in 2005. She enjoyed gardening and spending time with her family and beloved dog Benji.

MaryAnn is survived by her husband, Leonard Seelow, two brothers, Ted Lenartz (Carol) of Ballston Spa and James Lenartz of Ballston Spa, four stepdaughters, Deborah VanCuren (Carl) of Broadalbin, Darlene Abeling of Galway, Doreen Podolec (Steve) of Galway and Dawn Galarneau (James) of Charlton, several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Galway Ambulance Corp, PO Box 52, Galway, NY 12074.

Frank Jeffery Flinton “Skeeter” 59, of Ballston Spa, passed away suddenly Sunday, April 29, 2012. Born in Ballston Spa, June 11, 1952, he was the son of the late Frank and Florence Flinton. Frank worked for the Saratoga County Highway Department for 35 years, where he was known as “Skeeter”. After his retirement, he worked for NAPA for several years.

He is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Beverley Flinton, two sisters, Faith Flinton and Fern Wagner (John), brother, Faron Flinton (Jill), two stepchildren, Robert Smaldone and Kandee Lane (Mack), four grandchildren, three great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, and his buddies, Mo and Star.

A memorial service will be held 7pm Wednesday, May 2 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A calling hour will precede the service from 6-7pm Wednesday.

George J. Busold, Jr 78 of Saratoga Lake, passed away Sunday, April 29, 2012. Born in Albany, November 20, 1933, he was the son of the late George and Ellen Busold, Sr. He was a graduate of Christian Brothers Academy. George served his community as an Albany Police Officer for 35 years and also served as an EMT for Capital District Ambulance for many years.

George displayed great optimism throughout his life and enjoyed raising his family on Saratoga Lake. He was a communicant of St Mary’s Catholic Church in Ballston Spa. He admired the view of Saratoga Lake, boating, and vacationing at his home in Florida. His greatest joy was spending time with his grandchildren.

George is survived by his life partner, Eleanor Simmons, their children, Deborah Busold of Palm Harbor, Florida, Christopher Busold (Rose) of Saratoga Lake, Michael Busold of Saratoga Lake, George “Chip” Busold (Deborah) of Waterford, Thomas Simmons (Patricia) of Albany, Steven Simmons (Ann) of Saratoga Lake, Colleen Ferlo (Patrick) of Ballston Spa, his grandchildren, Joshua, Lucas, Nicole, Stephen, Daniel, David, Kelly, Steven, Heather and Melissa.

Funeral services will be held 9:30am Wednesday, May 2, at St Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow in St Agnes Cemetery, Menands. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday evening from 5-7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

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

Beatrice Galusha Baker 82 of Vernon, Connecticut, passed away Friday, April 27, 2012 with her loving family by her side. Born in Ballston Spa, NY, September 8, 1929 she was the daughter of the late Clesson and Nellie Van Lew Galusha. Beatrice loved tending to her flower gardens and spending time with her family.

She was predeceased by her son Ronald, her brother Earl and her sisters, Charlotte and June. Beatrice is survived by her husband, George Baker, her daughter, Lorraine and her husband Alex, her sons, Donald, Burton and Christopher, her brother, Roy, her sister, Shirley, her grandchildren, Evan, Nathaniel, Scott and George, her great gerat grandson, Georgie, and a very dear family friend, Anthony.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, May 1 from 11-1pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A graveside service will follow in Powell Wiswall Cemetery, Plummer Road, Ballston Spa.

Beverly J. Novatsky 85, of Ballston Spa, passed away Tuesday, April 24, 2012. Born in Schenectady, May 19, 1926, she was the daughter of the late Patrick and Rose Joyce. She owned and operated the Pat Joyce School of Dancing for several years. Beverly later worked for Schenectady Insuring Agency, Schenectady Chemical and the General Electric Silicone Plant in Waterford. She retired from Saratoga Hospital where she was a switchboard operator for many years.

Beverly loved the Racino and spent many afternoons at the Saratoga Harness Track and Flat Track. She enjoyed taking trips with her niece and spending time with her family.

She was predeceased by her husband Anthony Novatsky and her son Garry. Beverly is survived by her niece, Karen Yager of California, her great niece, Michelle Yager (Danny) of Delanson, and her great and great great nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 2pm Thursday, May 10, at the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Town of Saratoga.

Dorothy L. Johnson 90, of Greenfield Center, passed away Thursday, April 12, 2012 at Maplewood Manor after a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. She was born Dorothy Lillian Brown on November 28, 1921, the child of John and Florence Brown of Malta Ridge. She graduated from Saratoga High School in 1940 and went to work at the Ballston Knitting Mill.

In 1942, she married Ernie Johnson of Ballston Spa, a sailor in the US Navy. After the war they settled in Ballston Spa and in 1948 moved to Greenfield Avenue where Ernie, an auto mechanic, set up his business “Ernie’s Auto Parts.”

A homemaker raising two children, Dorothy became involved in the Ladies Home Bureau in the 1950s and at the end of the decade began a long association with the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary. While with the Legion she ran a community outreach program to assist people recovering at home from recent hospital stays. She spent many tireless hours delivering loaner medical equipment, crutches, wheelchairs and walkers, to people in need.

Aside from being a skilled homemaker, wife and mother, she also maintained a long interest in making arts and crafts. She was a member of a Crafts Club for several years and even gave instruction at meetings.

She and her husband relocated to Greenfield Center in 1993 where she remained until December 2009, when suffering from the effects of Alzheimer’s disease made home care difficult, she entered Maplewood Manor in Ballston Spa.

During her later years, even though she experienced the loss of memory and abilities associated with the disease she could still display flashes of her old self, quick wit and her straightforward manner. She was well liked by her friends and family and will be remembered as someone who was able to weather through difficult circumstances with a positive attitude.

She was predeceased by her husband Ernest Johnson and two brothers, Gilbert and Alfred Brown. Dorothy is survived by her children, Elaine Kleam of Greenfield Center and Larry Johnson of Hyde Park, Massachusetts.

Funeral services will be private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to American Legion Post 234, 23 Pleasant Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Special thanks to the staff at Maplewood Manor, Community Hospice of Saratoga, and Home Instead Saratoga, especially Cheryl Ballou.

Dorothy W. Kelley 95 of Ballston Spa, passed away Monday, April 9, 2012. Born in Mechanicville, December 25, 1916, she was the daughter of the late Waldo and Jane Weils. Dorothy worked for Shorey’s Express in Ballston Spa for many years. She had her pilots license and enjoyed basketball. She was a communicant of St Mary’s Catholic Church in Ballston Spa and a past member of VFW Post 358 Ladies’ Auxiliary.

She was predeceased by her husband, Edward J. Kelley, Sr and her brother, Jack Weils. Dorothy is survived by her son, Edward J. Kelley, Jr (Kathleen) of Saratoga Springs, her grandchildren, Courtney Kelley Manning (Larry) of Saratoga Springs, and Tyler Edward Kelley of Saratoga Springs, and her great grandson, Jack Kelley Manning of Saratoga Springs.

A graveside service will be held 10am Friday, April 13 at Ballston Spa Cemetery, Garrett Road, Ballston Spa. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.

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

Virginia C. (Stebel) Griffin, 82, of Ballston Spa, passed away Saturday, April 7, 2012 after a period of declining health.

Virginia was born on August 23, 1929 in Flushing, NY to Charles and Augusta (Spilker) Stebel. After graduating from local schools, she attended the University of New Haven and began a career working for McCann Erikson Advertising Agency. She moved to Saratoga Springs, married Robert W. Griffin, and settled in Ballston Spa where she would live for the next 50 years.

Virginia had a career spanning many professions. With a friend, she started an interior decorating business, and later worked for Funston Lumber as an office manager until their closing. She began a full-time career as a teaching assistant at Milton Terrace School and took great pride in helping children to learn. She retired from the Ballston Spa School District in 1995. Virginia was a communicant of St Mary’s Church in Ballston Spa.

In addition to caring for her family, Virginia was active in her community. She served on the Ballston Spa Planning Board and was secretary of the Ballston Spa Youth Recreation Commission.

Virginia is survived by her devoted husband Robert, with whom she celebrated 50 years of marriage on October 13, 2011, her son, John R. Rung and his wife, Rosemarie (Kaminiski) of Merrimack, NH, 3 grandchildren, Alexandra Rung and her fiancé, Thomas LaSala of Manchester, NH, Jonathan Rung, and Christopher Rung of Merrimack, NH, great grandson, Thomas R. LaSala of Manchester, NH, sister, Lorraine Pettinger of Lakeland, FL and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10:30am Thursday, April 12, at St Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. 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 4-8pm Wednesday, at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

Virginia’s family expresses its profound gratitude to the staff of Saratoga Hospital, Maplewood Manor, and to Dr. Desmond DelGiacco for their compassionate and professional care.

Rev. Christopher A. Mickel 56, of Rock City Falls, passed away Thursday, April 5, 2012. Born in Amsterdam City Hospital on August 20, 1955, he was the son of Walter and Elizabeth Mickel. Chris grew up in Gallupville and was a member of the Gallupville United Methodist Church and the Gallupville Fire Dept. He was a graduate of Schoharie Central School, SUNY Cobleskill, and Clarkson University. After graduating he was employed as a Chemical Technician at Schenectady Chemical.

Chris then went on to graduate from Drew University Theological School with a Master of Divinity and Master of Sacred Theology degrees. Upon graduation, he served as Minister of the United Methodist Churches at Branden and Pittsford Vermont, and then Rock City Falls and Middle Grove in New York. Chris also served on the Board of Trustees at Drew University.

Padre, as Chris was known by many, was heavily involved with the community, serving as member, treasurer and chaplain of the Rock City Falls Volunteer Fire Department; treasurer of the Milton Grange, chairman of ECHO; and assisted with the local food pantry in Rock City Falls. He attended the Ballston Spa United Methodist Church.

Chris is survived by his parents, Walter and Elizabeth Mickel of Gallupville, sister, Paula Ecker of South China, Maine, brother, Walter Mickel, Jr of San Jose, California and two nephews, Jesse Ecker of Portland, Maine and Nathan Ecker and his wife Lori of Austin, Texas.

Funeral services will be held 10am Wednesday, April 11, at the Ballston Spa United Methodist Church, 101 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow at 2:30pm Wednesday at the Gallupville Rural Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday from 5-8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions may be made toward the Mickel Scholarship for Country Pastor Students at Drew University, 36 Madison Avenue, Madison, NJ 07940.

Isaac N. Turner, 27 of Burnt Hills, passed away suddenly Tuesday, April 3, 2012. Born in Ilion, NY, January 4, 1985, he was the son of Steven and Patricia Turner. Isaac was a graduate of Schenectady Christian School and Hudson Valley Community College. He was the owner and operator of Turner Painting and Carpentry.

Isaac enjoyed spending time with his close friends, fishing, hunting, camping and hiking in the great outdoors. He was a skilled craftsman and enjoyed working with his hands. His greatest joy was spending time with his family.

Isaac is survived by his wife, Melissa Bartell Turner, his children, Jenna and Colson Turner, his parents, Steven and Patricia Turner of Ballston Spa, his brothers and sisters, Naomi Emerson (Dan), Joshua Turner (Jane), Micah Turner (Amber), Nate Turner, John Turner, Daniel Turner, Jacob Turner and Anna Turner, his mother in law and father in law, Wendy and Bill Bartell of Charlton, his brother in law, Robert Bartell and lots of nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held 6pm Tuesday, April 10, at Believers Fellowship Center, Swaggertown Road, Scotia. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a fund for the family c/o Believers Fellowship Center, 304 Swaggertown Road, Scotia, NY 12302.

Frances L. Scripter 88, of Ballston Spa passed away Monday, April 2, 2012. Born in Schenectady, June 2, 1923, she was the daughter of the late Lloyd and Johanna Hale. Frances was a seamstress and worked at the Ballston Dress Factory for many years. She enjoyed shopping and traveling. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family at all the family functions.

She was predeceased by her husband Hiley Scripter, her sisters, Johanna Warner and Zelda Burgoyne and her brothers, Lloyd Hale and Paul Hale. Frances is survived by her children, Bonnie Toivonen (Arnold) of Greenfield Center, Daniel Scripter (Davida) of Ballston Spa, and David Scripter (Carolyn) of Clifton Park, seven grandchildren, Michelle, Karen, Kevin, Amanda, Sara (Chris), Brian and Dan, two great grandsons, Michael and Harley, sister, Marie Van Wert of Mechanicville and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 6pm Wednesday, April 4 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Calling hours will precede the service from 4-6pm at the funeral home.

Nickie L. Foss 53 of Ballston Spa, passed away on Friday, March 30, 2012 at her home after a long courageous battle with cancer. Born in Troy, February 7, 1959, she was the daughter of the late Arthur and Virginia Dunster Foss. Nickie graduated from Adirondack Community College with an Associate Degree in Business.

Nickie worked in customer service at Denby’s and the Carl Co and later at New Meadow Preschool and YMCA K-Care in Scotia. She worked for the Ballston Spa National Bank for 13 years and most recently was a calculations clerk for the NYS Dept of Agriculture and Markets.

She was a generous contributor to multiple charitable organizations and always made a point to participate in fund raising walks or 5k runs. Nickie enjoyed gardening, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, walking and being outside. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family and her cherished cats.

Nickie is survived by her twin sister, Vickie Plumley of Long Lake and her children Jessica Plumley of East Greenbush and Nikolas Plumley of Waterford, her brothers, Rocky Foss and his wife Linda of Hurlock, Maryland, and Rod Foss and his wife Susan of Burnt Hills, and her nieces, Jennifer, Erica, Lisa, Sarah, Erika and Danielle.

A memorial service will be held 11am Saturday, April 28, at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A calling hour will precede the service from 10-11am. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (www.ocrf.org) or Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

A catered reception will be held at the Malta Ridge Firehouse on Route 9 immediately following the service.

Ronald A. Brown, 70, of Malta, passed away March 23, 2012 in Sarasota, Florida with his loving family by his side. Born on August 11, 1941 in Ballston Spa, NY, Ron was the oldest son of the late Alfred C. and Mary Greenough Brown. A lifelong resident of Malta, Ron grew up in Round Lake and was a 1959 graduate of Shenendehowa High School.

After graduating from Hudson Valley Community College, Ron began his career as a civil engineer. Ron retired in 1997 as a Materials Engineer for the NYS Department of Transportation. During his time with DOT, Ron met many of his lifelong friends and also met his loving wife of 47 years, Linda Edmonds Brown. His dedication to his work led to him being sent overseas to the Baltic States as a consultant and also being awarded the NYS DOT Excellence in Engineering Award in 1996.

Ron was a past volunteer fireman for the Round Lake Hose Company and also worked evenings as a mutual clerk in the clubhouse at the Saratoga Raceway for over 30 years.

Ron was a member of The Wesley Community Board from June 1989 to June 1998. He served as President of the board from June 1993 to June 1998. Both of Ron's parents and his grandmother, along with many friends, were residents of The Wesley Community, which was very dear to Ron.

In his retirement, Ron worked part time for the Gorman Brothers Group and spent the winters in Florida with his wife. Ron was a lifelong member of the Round Lake United Methodist Church and played many invaluable roles in the church over the years.

Ron was a wonderful husband, a loving father and a giving friend. He enjoyed golfing, hunting, traveling and taking photos of his family. Ron particularly loved the time he spent at his camp in Keene Valley, NY but most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family.

In addition to his parents, Ron was predeceased by his younger brother, Robert Brown. He is survived by his wife Linda, their three children, Kim Bowman of Raleigh, NC, Traci Brown of Clifton Park, and Jeffrey Brown (Molly) of Clifton Park, his sister, Carol DeMartino (Robert) of Ballston Lake, his sister in law, Terry Brown of Round Lake, his four grandchildren whom he adored, Torrin Brown, Lauren Bowman, Grant Bowman and Cooper Brown, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be held 11am Tuesday, April 10, 2012, at the Round Lake United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in Malta Ridge Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call from 4-8pm Monday, April 9 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Memorial contributions may be made to the Round Lake United Methodist Church, PO Box 485, Round Lake, NY 12151.

Dale Reinhart, 76 of Saratoga Springs, passed away Monday, March 26, 2012. Born in New York City, April 13, 1935 he was the son of the late Lewis and Sally Reinhart. Dale was the owner and operator of Fashion Corner in Clifton Park. He owned race horses which he raced at the Saratoga Harness Track. Dale enjoyed spending time with his family especially his beloved granddaughter Larissa.

Dale is survived by his daughter, Tammey Heritage (Scott) of Porter Corners, granddaughter, Larissa Mulvaney of Saratoga Springs, sister, Marlene Feinberg (Michael) of Brooklyn, stepgranddaughter, Danielle Johnson of Arizona, three step great grandchildren and several nieces.

A memorial service will be held 1pm Saturday, March 31, at Armer Funeral Home, Inc
39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Cynthia Montgomery Herbst Chapman, 63, of Ballston Spa, passed away Monday, March 26, 2012, after a long battle with cancer. Born in Jersey City, NJ, November 27, 1948, she was the daughter of the late Frederick and Marie Herbst. She was a graduate of Neptune High School, Skidmore College and earned a masters degree in English from SUNY Albany.

Cynthia taught English at the Burnt Hills Ballston Lake High School and Middle School for 35 years. She served as English Department Chairman for 18 years. She filled her life with a love of reading and writing and her passion was to instill this feeling in her students. Cynthia was an active participate in the Pushcart Fair, an annual Middle School event and was fondly known as the “Pushcart Queen.”

Cynthia was an avid literary connoisseur. In retirement, she ran multiple book clubs in conjunction with traveling with her husband Allan. She was a member of the Ballston Spa United Methodist Church and editor of the church bulletin. She had a lifelong quest for learning and strived to instill this feeling in her family, students, colleagues and friends.

She was predeceased by her husband of 37 years, Allan Chapman. Cynthia is survived by her children, Carrie Chapman and her fiancé Donald Hillmann, James Chapman and his wife Kaitlin, stepson, Allan Chapman, Jr and his wife Suzanne, and her four grandchildren, Phineas, Haley, Carly, and James.

A memorial service will be held 6pm Friday, March 30 at the Ballston Spa United Methodist Church, Milton Avenue Ballston Spa. There will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Ballston Spa United Methodist Church Food Pantry, 101 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Annabella Remington Brown 93 of Ballston Spa, passed away Sunday, March 25, 2012. Born in Waterford, February 10, 1919, she was the daughter of the late Dora Allen Remington LaTour and Orange Remington.

Annabella was active with her family, friends and country living. She was a Brownie Leader, 4H Leader and Home Bureau instructor and enjoyed teaching sewing, arts and crafts, floral arranging, cake decorating, and beeswax candle making. She was well known for her beautiful rock gardens and doll collection.

She was predeceased by her husband, Philip T. Brown, sister, Blanche Fairfield, and grandson, Edward Brian Perkins. Annabella is survived by her children, Linda Butchino, Susan Monahan, William Brown, Gerald Brown, Richard Brown, Walter Brown and Robert Brown, 19 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren, 5 great great grandchildren, 7 nieces and nephews, and 2 sisters in law.

Funeral services will be held 11am Wednesday, March 28, at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Oakwood Cemetery, Troy. A calling hour will precede the service from 10-11am at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Maplewood Manor, 149 Ballston Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Donald G. Abeel 81 of Ballston Spa, passed away Wednesday, March 21, 2012. Born in Ballston Lake, February 14, 1931, he was the son of the late William and Hazel Abeel. He was a Navy veteran of the Korean War. Don was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 166 of Schenectady. He was an electrical supervisor at the Saratoga Flat Track for many years, retiring in 1994. After his retirement Don and his wife spent many winters in Zephyrhills, Florida.

Don was a communicant of St Mary’s Catholic Church in Ballston Spa. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Clifton Park Elks Lodge and the Moose Club in Florida. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening. He loved spending time at his son’s camp in the Adirondacks.

He was predeceased by his sisters, Marilyn Hoyt, Janet Orologio, and Elizabeth Abeel, and his brothers, William Abeel and James Abeel. Don is survived by his wife of 57 years, Jean Snyder Abeel, his children, Deborah J. Marek (William J.) of Ballston Spa, and Jeffrey D. Abeel of Ballston Spa, his grandson, Noah A. Marek of Ballston Spa, his beloved Jack Russell terrier Sara, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 1pm Monday, March 26, at St Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow in East Line Cemetery. Calling hours will precede the service on Monday from 10:30-12:30pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

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

James M. Pappalau 50, of Ballston Spa, passed away Wednesday, March 21, 2012, surrounded by his loving family and his beloved cats, Minnie and Smokey. Born in Schenectady, August 27, 1961, he was the son of the late George and Sylvia “Sally” Pappalau.

Jim owned and operated JSR Enterprise in Ballston Spa. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and Nascar. His greatest joy was spending time with his family.

Jim is survived by his wife of 21 years, Carole Pappalau, his children Ryan (16), Samantha (17) and Jesse (27), his brothers and sisters, Sharon Raffan (Ernie) of Duanesburg, Linda Younts (David) of Goldsboro, NC, Karen Reith (Frank) of Albany, Kenneth Pappalau (Patricia) of Schenectady, Steven Pappalau (Lynn) of Schenectady, and Deborah Schecter (David) of Valatie, Auntie Bev Bouchard (Dan) of Troy, and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to attend a celebration of Jimmy’s life 1pm Sunday, March 25 at the family home on 100 Finley Road, Ballston Spa. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to a college fund for his children, c/o the First Niagara Bank.