Obituaries


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.

Bernard P. Girard of Ballston Lake, passed away Friday, March 25, 2011 at his home. Born in Gloversville, October 22, 1929, he was the son of the late Joseph Girard and Elliette Davis. Bernard was a truck driver for Boss-Linco in Amsterdam for many years. He later built log homes in the area.

He was predeceased by his wife, Janet Girard. Bernard is survived by his children, Cheryl Walsh of Gloversville, Bernard Girard, II of Malta and Rodney Girard of Ballston Lake.

Funeral services will be private at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to the DVA Medical Center, 113 Holland Ave, Albany, NY 12208.

Harriet L. Egner "Evelyn" of Ballston Spa, passed away Friday, March 25, 2011. Born in Albany, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Anna Waterbury. Evelyn was a homemaker and enjoyed bowling, Bingo, and crossword puzzles. She was the matriarch of her family and was always the life of the party. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family and many friends.

She was predeceased by two sisters, Mary Fusco and Theresa Waterbury. Evelyn is survived by her sons, Norton A. Davis (Barbara) of Malta and Richard E. Davis (Cathy) of Malta, sister, Madeline Ferrara, two brothers, Arthur Waterbury and Joseph Waterbury, 9 grandchildren, several great grandchildren, great great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 11am Monday, March 28, at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Memory Gardens. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday from 4-6pm at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to St Peter Lutheran Church, 2776 Route 9, Malta, NY 12020.

George Edward Walsh of Ballston Spa, passed away Tuesday, March 22, 2011 at his home on Goode Street, surrounded by his loving family. Born September 5, 1940, in Utica, NY, he was the son of Edward Peter Walsh and Violet Irene Walters.

George graduated from Utica Free Academy in Utica, NY and attended Utica College of Syracuse University as well as Mohawk Valley Community College. As a young man, he worked in various capacities in the food business, starting as a successful bread deliveryman.

In 1975, with his wife Jean, George founded By-George Food Specialties, which grew from a one man operation run from the back of his Oldsmobile, and later his garage basement, into a prosperous business. Located in a large warehouse on Route 50 in Ballston Spa, the business now serves the Capital Region, to northern New York, south to Poughkeepsie, and east to the Vermont line. George always claimed his major business assets were his loyal family members and the valued forty-five employees who work in the business. He succeeded by offering the basic concepts of quality products, fair prices and good service. But more, he established strong mutual trust and confidence between himself and his customers that was exemplary. He was widely known for his generosity and kindnesses to others. He was truly a giant among men and he will be sorely missed.

He was predeceased by his parents, Edward and Violet Walters, and his son, David Gordon McDowell. George is survived by his beloved wife, Jean M. Schantz Walsh, his children, Susan Lynn Walsh and her husband Gary, Stephen George Walsh, Christine Anne Longo, and Terry Joseph McDowell, his grandchildren, Eric Stephen Walsh, Ria Jean Walsh, Adam Michael Roberts, and Olivia Violet Roberts, his sisters, Dr. Mary Ann Walsh Eells, and Evelyn Theresa Walsh Guido, his brother in law, Gordon Jonathan Schantz, and several nieces and nephews in New York, Florida, and California.

Funeral services will be held 9am Saturday, March 26, at St Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, from 2-4 and 7-9pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 6725 Lyons St, PO Box 7, East Syracuse, NY 13057.

Ruth M. Nutting Vaughn of Ballston Spa, passed away Tuesday, March 15, 2011, at Saratoga Hospital. Born in Oneonta, November 23, 1916, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Ethel Nutting. She lived in New York City until she was 9 years old and then moved to Middle Line Road in the Town of Milton. As a young girl, she was a tap dancer and did dance shows at the local granges. Ruth worked in the local knitting mills, dress factories, Kimball Mapping, Saratoga Co Social Services and later was a nanny.

She was a great lover of music and enjoyed playing the piano and saxophone. She enjoyed gardening, sewing, knitting and crocheting. She loved her dogs.

She was predeceased by her husband, Blair Vaughn, granddaughter, Stephanie Vaughn, grandson, Lynn Dumas, great granddaughter, Elise Esposito, sisters, Maxine Roberts and Betty Whalen, and brothers, Edwin, Harry and Raymond Nutting.

Ruth is survived by her children, Diane Curtiss (Chuck), Charlene Waite (Norm), Earl Vaughn (Carol), Betty Dumas (Rich), and Lorrie Lee (Dan), sister, Claire Weaver, brothers, LeRoy Nutting and Warren Nutting, 11 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren, and 1 great great grandson.

A graveside service will be held at Ballston Spa Cemetery in the spring. Memorial contributions may be made to the Saratoga County Animal Shelter, 6010 County Farm Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Carol J. Case of Greenfield Center, passed away Thursday, March 10, 2011. Born in Schenectady, December 11, 1938, she was the daughter of the late Olen and Dorothy Miron. Carol was an occupational therapist and loved to help people. She attended Wilton Baptist church. She enjoyed quilting, cooking and taking her dogs on long walks. Her greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren.

Carol is survived by her husband, Richard Case, Sr, her sons, Barry Case (Tracy) of Kansas City, KA, James Case (Abby) of Greenfield Center, Richard Case, Jr (Stephanie) of Crestview, FL, Gerald Case (Laurie) of Greenfield Center and Paul Case (Kellie) of Greenfield Center, 2 brothers, Richard Miron (Amelia) of Titusville, FL, and William Miron (Nancy) of North Tonawanda, 14 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10am Saturday, March 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 6-8pm at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Wilton Baptist Church, 755 Saratoga Road, Wilton, NY 12831.

Joseph L. Austin of Ballston Spa, passed away Thursday, March 10, 2011. Born in DePeyster, NY, May 19, 1913, he was the son of the late Leland and Jeanette Austin. He was manager of GLF Stores throughout New York State before moving to Ballston Spa in 1948, where he owned and operated the Western Auto Store from 1948-1982. He was a past member of the board of directors of the Ballston Spa Chamber of Commerce.

Joseph was a member of the United Methodist Church of Ballston Spa where he was active in a variety of church organizations for many years. He joined Pulaski Masonic Lodge No 415, Pulaski, NY in 1945 and transferred to Franklin Masonic Lodge No 90F&AM, Ballston Spa, in 1983. He received the Dedicated Service Award from the Grand Lodge in 1991. Joseph was a charter member of the Ballston Spa Lions Club joining in 1949 and a founding member of the Lions Eye Bank at Albany in 1952. He received the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award in 2002 for outstanding service to Lionism. He also sat on the Board of Directors for Benedict Memorial Hospital and Health Center from 1978-1995 and served on the Village of Ballston Spa Zoning Board for many years.

Joseph was predeceased by his wife of 69 years, Jessie in 2009 and his son, Donald in 2008. He is survived by his daughters, Charlotte Davie (Michael) of Odenton, MD, Janet Lindsey of Panama City Beach, FL, Ann Moore (Edward) of Ballston Spa, and his daughter in law, Cheryl Austin of Morrison, CO. He was the loving grandfather of seven grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held 10am Tuesday, March 15 at the United Methodist Church, 101 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Ballston Spa Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday from 5-8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

The family would like to thank Dr. Phillips, Dr. Daoui, Dr. O’Connor, and their staffs for their compassionate care and support through the years.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the United Methodist Church, 101 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or the Sight Society of Northeastern NY (Lions Eye Bank) 6 Executive Park Drive, Albany, NY 12208.

Edward J. Christie, Jr "Buddy" of Ballston Spa, passed away Wednesday, March 9, 2011, at his home. He was born in Albany, June 11, 1968. Ed worked for the University at Albany. He enjoyed building model cars and motorcycles. He was an avid Giant fan. His greatest joy was spending time with his children.

Ed is survived by his children, Zachary, James and Madyson, his mother, Joyce Clough Christie and Mike Sellie, his father, Edward Christie, Sr and Diane Cardone, 2 sisters, Robin Sweeney, Fran and Curtis Smith, and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral services will be held 3pm Monday, March 14 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A calling hour will precede the service from 2-3pm. Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Marion F. Hunter of Ballston Spa and formerly of Galway, passed away Monday, March 7, 2011. Born in Broadalbin, July 30, 1922, she was the daughter of the late Edgar and Marion Perry. Marion was a homemaker and past member of the Providence Volunteer Fire Dept Ladies Auxiliary.

She was predeceased by her husband Charles Hunter. Marion is survived by her children, Lee Hunter (Judy) of Donna, Texas, Richard Hunter (Judy) of Galway, Linda Hunter of Lynne, MA, David Hunter (Judy) of Broadalbin, Judy Tranka of Greenwich, James Hunter (Rose) of Galway and Timothy Hunter of Asheville, NC, 13 grandchildren, many great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be private.

Violet A. Cooley of Ballston Spa, passed away Saturday, March 5, 2011 at her home. Born August 16, 1942 in Schenectady, she was the daughter of the late Harry and Violet Cooley. Violet was a seamstress for many years, working at the Ballston Dress Co. in Ballston Spa and Terese` Dress Shop in Schenectady. She later worked at Angelica Textile in Ballston Spa, retiring in 2008. She had a great passion for drawing and enjoyed trips to the Racino as well as other Casinos.

In addition to her parents, Violet was predeceased by her siblings, Emily, Bud, Lillian, Mary Lou and Howie. She is survived by a brother, James (Linda) Cooley of Saratoga Springs and a sister, Cecelia (Edward) Baczkowski of West Charlton, and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held 7pm, Wednesday, March 9th at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A calling hour will precede the service from 6-7pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the National Veterans Foundation, 9841 Airport Blvd, Suite 418, Los Angeles, CA 90045.

Mark A. Pustolka of Queensbury, passed away Friday, March 4, 2011. Born in Schenectady, April 11, 1963, he was the son of Robert Pustolka, Sr and the late Patricia Pustolka. He was a graduate of Burnt Hills Ballston Lake High School and Hudson Valley Community College. Mark was a mechanical technician for General Electric at the Research and Development Center in Niskayuna. He enjoyed farming, music, and his 1965 Impala. He was an avid Yankee fan. His greatest joy was spending time with his daughter, Shaye and teaching her about the great outdoors.

He was predeceased by his mother, Patricia Pustolka. Mark is survived by his wife, Nicole, his beloved daughter, Shaye, his father, Robert Pustolka, Sr of Ballston Spa, brother, Robert Pustolka, Jr (Elizabeth) of Ballston Spa, 2 sisters, Suzanne Zilka (Frank) of Saratoga Springs, Kimberly Smith (Curtis) of Virginia, and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday from 5-7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

The family would like to thank Dr. Robert Sponzo, for his medical expertise and more importantly, his compassion.

Memorial contributions may be made to the C.R. Wood Cancer Center, 100 Park St. Glens Falls, NY 12801 or American Cancer Society, 6725 Lyons St. PO Box 7, East Syracuse, NY 13057.

Duane L. Pettit of Ballston Spa, passed away Thursday, March 3, 2011, at his home. Born in Ballston Spa, June 6, 1944, he was the son of the late Donald Pettit and Eva Horvath. He owned and operated Duane L. Pettit Framing for many years.

He was predeceased by his wife, Mary Jane and brother, James. Duane is survived by his children, Grant Pettit (Shelley), Roger Pettit (Ann), Duane J. “DJ” Pettit (Kathy), Melissa Fuelleman, and Duane L. “Dynamite” Pettit (Robin) all of Ballston Spa, 6 grandchildren, Michael, Andrew, Matthew, Shawn, Nicholas and Cody, 2 great grandchildren, Chelsea and Cameron, close friend, Dort, and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held 7pm Tuesday, March 8, at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A calling hour will precede the service from 6-7pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

A reception will be held at The Cove in West Milton, immediately following the memorial service.

John Herbert Doyle of Middle Grove passed away Monday, February 28, 2011 at his home. Born in Saratoga Springs, November 15, 1962, he was the son of Joseph Charles Doyle and the late Emily Roy Doyle.

Funeral services will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Esterville Animal Shelter, 100 Russell Road, Greenfield Center, NY 12833, The Juvenile Diabetes Foundation or The National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Lester Joseph Beninati started life in this world on May 9, 1931 as the youngest of 10 siblings to Natale and Francesca Beninati in a small town in upstate NY. He was raised by the matriarch in the family, Ina C. Beninati, rest her soul, after their mother’s passing from delivery. Les passed on to better days on the morning of Monday, February 28, 2011, at Saratoga Hospital with his loving wife and daughter close to his side.

Les lived his entire life in Ballston Spa. He was an avid golfer, hunter and fisherman. His life’s journey entailed a 3 year term as a Sgt in the USMC serving in the Korean War. He attended Ballston Spa High School and graduated in 1949 as an all sports athlete of the year. He continued his education at Ithaca College where he participated on their wrestling team and graduated with a bachelor of education in 1958. From there he pursued his Masters Degree and also attended Saint Rose College for night graduate courses which ultimately brought him to his life’s work as a Physical Education teacher for Interlaken Central School in 1958-59 and South Colonie Elementary (Village School/Forest Park) 1959-1986.

Les enjoyed life and attended his grandchildren’s sporting events at every opportunity he had. He was a lifetime member of the Ballston Spa Country Club of 51 years. He charmed everyone and anyone that he encountered, and knew how to lighten up the mood in any circumstances that arose.

Les has joined his parents as well as his siblings Ina, Anthony, Harry, Charles, Salvatore, and Louis Beninati, and Helen LaPoint. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Patricia (Pelcher) Beninati, and their two children, Harry Beninati USMC, Ret. (Hye Suk) of Anchorage, AK, Leslie Robinson (Mahlon) of Northville, his sister, Josephine Sheftz, and his brother, Albert Beninati (Clara) of Charlton. He has 3 wonderful granddaughters, Angela of Anchorage, AK, Shawna and Francesca of Northville, and his one and only grandson, Scott of Anchorage, AK. Les was also very blessed to have the opportunity to share some of life’s joys with a great granddaughter, Jessalyn of Anchorage, AK as well.

A funeral service with full military honors will be held 1pm Friday, March 4, 2011 at the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Town of Saratoga. Memorial contributions in Les’ name may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 7020 AC Skinner Pkwy, Suite 100, Jacksonville, FL 32256.

His family would like to express their sincere gratitude for the emotional and affectionate support received from the Saratoga Hospital and from the caregivers on the C3 floor. These individuals include Susan, Jackie, Chris, Anita, Danielle, Gina, Amanda, Leah, Stephanie, Christina and Dr. Christine Dawson. The family would also like to recognize the excellent care and services provided by Kate (the transfusion nurse), Maggie and Jennifer in the inpatient admitting center and the staff on D1, Mallory, Angela and Lori, along with Kris (the director of D1).

Walton E. Clark "Clarkie" of Saratoga Springs, passed away Monday, February 28, 2011. Born in Amsterdam, July 29, 1929, he was the son of the late Thomas and Florence Clark. He owned and operated Clarkie’s Auto Parts in Saratoga Springs for 50 years. Clarkie enjoyed wildlife and fed many raccoons, squirrels and skunks in his backyard.

He was predeceased by 3 brothers, Thomas, Harold and George and 2 sisters, Lillian Carp and Martha Morris. Clarkie is survived by his wife, Joan Cowan Clark, his son, Thomas R. Clark of Saratoga Springs, his daughter, Ellen M. Clark of Saratoga Springs, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10am Saturday, March 5, at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday evening from 7-9pm at the funeral home. Burial will be in Powell Wiswall Cemetery in the spring. Memorial contributions may be made to your local animal shelter.

Evelyn B. LaBounty formerly of Ballston Spa, passed away Saturday, February 26, 2011 at The Avenue, in Schenectady. Born in Keeseville, NY, April 20, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Wilfred and Mabel Bell. Evelyn was a homemaker and enjoyed cooking. She was an active participate in many activities at The Avenue, including her favorites, Bingo and visiting with the animals.

She was predeceased by her husband, Herman LaBounty, her daughter, Star LaBounty, her sisters, Valtina LaBounty and Christina Leamy, and her brothers, Richard and Wilfred Bell. Evelyn is survived by her daughters, Judy DelSignore (Albert) of Ballston Lake and June Benware of Mechanicville, 7 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, 4 great great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 9:30am Wednesday, March 2, at St Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday from 4-7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Memorial contributions may be made to the Activities Department at The Avenue, 526 Altamont Avenue, Schenectady, NY 12303.

The family would like to thank the staff at The Avenue for their care and compassion.

Earle N. Pratt of Ballston Lake, passed away Friday, February 25, 2011 at his home. Born in Rutland, Vermont, May 16, 1929, he was the son of the late Earle and Edna Pratt. His mother, Edna passed away last spring at the age of 101. He was a 1947 graduate of Rutland High School and served in the US Navy. Earle married his beloved wife Jeanette in 1951and together they enjoyed many good times in their cabin on Saratoga Lake. He worked for Metropolitan Life for 26 years. Earle was a member of St Mary’s Catholic Church in Ballston Spa. He enjoyed camping and traveling. His greatest joy was spending time with his family and friends.

He was predeceased by his son, Daniel Pratt and brother, Donald Pratt. Earle is survived by his wife Jeanette G. Pratt, two sons, Stephen D. Pratt (Laura) of Richmond, VA, David A. Pratt (Sandy) of Cleveland, GA, two daughters, Tina M. McQuiston (William) of Ballston Lake, Michele T. Lawson (Michael) of Ballston Spa, 12 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday from 5-7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Funeral services will be held 9:30am Monday, February 28, at St Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will be on Tuesday, March 1, at 2pm in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or St. Mary’s School, 40 Thompson Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Ruth Goodwin Kinns passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 24, 2011, surrounded by her family, at her home in Malta. Born in Ballston Spa, October 12, 1925, she was the daughter of the late Harry and Mary Goodwin. Ruth and her husband, Wilbur, owned and operated Kinns’ Auto Service in Ballston Spa for 30 years. With a sharp mind for numbers, she diligently made sure the business was running smoothly. After retiring in 1978, Ruth and Wilbur split their time between their residences in New York and Florida.

Ruth loved gardening, reading a good book and playing cards with her close friends. She loved to travel and see the wonders of the United States. Ruth was the proud mother of two loving daughters, Joyce and Judy.

She was predeceased by her brothers, Frank and Harold, and her sister Helen Dalbey. Ruth is survived by her husband of 66 years, Wilbur Kinns, her daughters and their spouses, Joyce and Lou D’Ambrosi of Niskayuna, and Judy and Noel Beninati of Ballston Spa, her grandchildren, Michael D’Ambrosi, Steven D’Ambrosi and Genevieve Beninati, her sister, Shirley Hayes of Kansas City, Missouri, several nieces and nephews, and many cousins.

Funeral services will be held 11am Tuesday, March 1, 2011, at Armer Funeral Home, Inc, 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday from 5-8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will be in Briggs Cemetery in the spring. Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or Ballston Center Association Reformed Presbyterian Church, 58 Charlton Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

The family would like to thank the staff of Community Hospice of Saratoga, Saratoga Hospital and Dr. Edward Liebers, for their kind and loving care.

Mary E. Stewart of Ballston Spa, passed away Monday, February 21, 2011. Born in Ballston Spa, February 10, 1939, she was the daughter of the late Henry and Mary Delaney. Mary was a homemaker and enjoyed horses. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family.

She was predeceased by her husband, Charles Stewart and two brothers, Henry and Robert Delaney. Mary is survived by her children, Melinda Stewart (Charles) of Middle Grove and Brian Stewart (Elaine) of Sussex, VA, her grandchildren, Ryan Pasquarell, Andrew Stewart and Lauren Stewart, and 2 great grandchildren, Shalee and Colin.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, February 24 from 6-8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 8pm. Memorial contributions may be made to Saratoga Care Foundation, 211 Church Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Edna V. Harrington of Ballston Spa, passed away Saturday, February 19, 2011, at Saratoga Hospital. Born in Hudson Falls, September 26, 1920, she was the daughter of the late Wallace and Martha VanArnum. Edna grew up in Victory Mills and was a graduate of Schuylerville High School. She worked at Ackshand Knitting Co in Schuylerville and was a designer at Van Raalte Co in Saratoga Springs. She later worked at the Wilton Developmental Center, retiring in 1983. She was a member of the Malta Ridge United Methodist Church and Malta Seniors. She volunteered for the Office of the Aging for many years.

Edna was predeceased by her husband, Stewart J. Harrington and her daughter, Joy Hatch, She is survived by her daughter, Jill Carey and her husband Edward of Ballston Spa, grandchildren, Heather L. Roberts of Wells, VT, Paulette J. Hatch of St Petersburg, FL, Matthew S. Carey (Sara) of Schenectady, Elizabeth A. Ebbecke (Michael) of Wilmington, NC, and Edward F. Carey, Jr of Clifton Park, great grandchildren, Brenda Corbett, Brockton Corbett, Kobe Roberts and Madelyn Ebbecke.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 10-12noon on Wednesday, February 23 at the Malta Ridge United Methodist Church, Malta Ave Extension, Malta. A service will follow at 12 noon. Burial will be in Warrensburg Cemetery in the spring. Memorial contributions may be made to the Malta Ridge United Methodist Church, 729 Malta Ave Ext. Malta, NY 12020.

Kathleen Olga Young Glowacki formerly of Ballston Spa, passed away Friday, February 11, 2011 in Worcester, MA. Born in Schenectady, September 14, 1940, to Kenneth and Olga Young, joining her older brother, Kenneth Jr, and later joined by younger brothers, William and Douglas. Kathy quickly developed into a strong, self-reliant young woman. She attended Burnt Hills Ballston Lake High School where she was voted “Best Dancer” a talent she enjoyed throughout her life. She then attended Potsdam State College where she received her teaching degree in 1962.

She met and married Michael Glowacki in August 1962 and had two daughters, Linda and Karyn.

Kathy began teaching at Malta Avenue Elementary School in Ballston Spa and remained in the school system for many years, eventually becoming a highly regarded middle school math teacher and chairperson of the math department. Her greatest satisfaction came from helping those students who found math challenging. Many of her dearest, lifelong friends were her fellow teachers.

In 1982 she met Ralph Ecobelli at a Parents Without Partners meeting, and they enjoyed 21 fun filled years together, traveling, dining out, attending concerts and spending time with family and friends. One of Kathy’s favorite memories was their trip to Hawaii. As a couple, Kathy and Ralph were well-liked. They were well known in the area; everyone around them enjoyed their company, and an evening out with them was like being with celebrities.

Although Kathy was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at the age of 26, she never let it slow her down. Instead, she took every opportunity to do the things she wanted to do. While Kathy faced many challenges, her fabulous sense of humor and pinpoint timing could lighten any situation.

In 2004 Kathy moved in with her daughter to help the family when her son-in-law was deployed to Iraq. She so enjoyed being close to her daughters and grandchildren that she decided to relocate to Massachusetts permanently.

Kathy is survived by her daughters Linda Findlay and Karyn Wagner; and the sons-in-law she bragged about, Jeff Findlay and Mark Wagner. She is also survived by her greatest joys in life, her grandchildren, Jackson, Emma and Lila Findlay and Casey and Benjamin Wagner. In addition, she is survived by her brothers, Kenneth and his wife, Judy of Atlanta and William and his wife, Barbara of Saratoga Springs; as well as her sisters-in-law, Patricia Young and Barbara Page.

Her brother, Douglas Young and her fiancé, Ralph Ecobelli, predeceased her.

Friends and family are invited to attend a memorial service at 3pm, Monday, February 21, at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Calling hours will precede the service from 1-3pm. Burial will be in the spring. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, PO Box 4527, New York, NY 10163

Clifford A. Brice of West Milton, passed away Friday, February 11, 2011. Born in Ballston Spa, October 22, 1945, he was the son of the late James and Gladys Brice. Cliff worked for the Hudson Pulp and Paper Co for many years and later painted houses in the local area. He was a member of the Eagles Club. He was an avid reader. He enjoyed visiting with his friends at the American Legion in Ballston Spa and at the Mill Rock in West Milton. His greatest joy was spending time with his grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his sister, Ann Phenicie. Cliff is survived by his sons, Jeffery Brice of Ballston Spa and Ronald Brice (Heather) of Greenwich, 2 grandchildren, Isabel and Cody, sister, Caroline Reardon (Patrick) of Ballston Spa, 2 brothers, James Brice (Karen) of Rotterdam and Richard Brice of Texas, special friend Bonnie Hammond and her children, Jeremy, Julie, Eric and Heather, and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, February 16, from 5-7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 7pm. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 440 New Karner Road, Albany, NY 12205.

Constance Costopoulos "Connie" formerly of East Line Road, Ballston Lake, passed away peacefully on February 9, 2011, at Maplewood Manor in Ballston Spa, after a long illness. Born in Burlington, Vermont on September 25, 1937, she was the daughter of the late Sam and Nikki Costopoulos. She graduated from Burlington High School in 1956.

Upon graduation, she was employed at General Electric Co in Burlington. She then moved to Oxen Hill, Maryland and was employed by the National Rifle Association and later became a patent and legal clerk for the Washington DC law firm of Cameron, Kerchom and Sutton. In 1982 she returned to the Capital District and joined the Research and Development Department of General Electric, retiring in 1997.

Connie was a former member of the River Valley Sweet Adelines and participated in a variety of amateur musicals and plays. She enjoyed skiing, line dancing and competed in regional roller skating events.

She was predeceased by her sister, Pauline and brother, Peter. Connie is survived by her son, John Stewart (Bridget) and her granddaughter, Niki of Oxen Hill, Maryland, her devoted friend of 19 years, Edward Keeler of Ballston Lake, her brother, George Costopoulos, (Helen) of Colchester, VT, her nieces and nephews, Nikki Filipone (Steve), Dianna Bonk (Dave), Steve Costopoulos all of Ballston Lake, Dr. Donna Tizard (Richard) of Boston, MA, Aleta Costopoulos of Burlington, VT and Dr. Mark Costopoulos (Andrea) of Rochester, MN. She is also survived by several great nieces and nephews and one great great niece.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, February 19, from 1-2:30pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 2:30pm. 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.

Hazel M. Bouchard of Ballston Spa, passed away Wednesday, February 2, 2011, at her home. Born in Ballston Spa, December 14, 1924, she was the daughter of the late George and Pearl Bush. Hazel was a beloved wife, mother and grandmother. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family.

She was predeceased by her sisters, Beatrice and Florence, and her brothers, George and Wally. Hazel is survived by her husband of 63 years, Wallace Bouchard, her children, Joan Zacheus (Peter) of Rock City Falls, Paul Bouchard of Fort Edward, Linda Cooper (Jake) of Brazil, Indiana, David Bouchard (Denise) of Saratoga Springs and Mark Bouchard (Flo) of Ballston Spa, her sister, Mary Lou Fontaine of Leominster, Massachusetts, 9 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, February 5, from 9-11am at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 11am. Burial will be in Rock City Falls Cemetery, in the Spring. Memorial contributions may be made in Hazel’s name to your local food pantry.

William Haskell "Juney" born on Boyhaven Road in Greenfield Center to Josephine and William Haskell on April 9, 1938, passed away at his home on Tuesday, February 1, 2011 after a long and struggling illness.

Juney was a Sunoco dealer for 32 years operating gas stations in Saratoga Springs, South Glens Falls and Ballston Spa until his illness in 1983. Prior to that he always worked two jobs, including the Saratoga Harness Track, so that his wife Pat was able to stay home and care for Patrick and Billie Jo. He enjoyed camping and traveling to Maine and Lancaster, Pennsylvania to Amish Country. He was a member of the “Old Timer’s” Club held every Tuesday in Greenfield Center which he looked forward to going to. He was also an avid car show buff proudly displaying his 1986 Pontiac Grand Prix which took several trophies.

He was predeceased by his siblings, Harold, George, Thomas and Helen. He is survived by his loving and dedicated wife of 53 years, Patricia (Robinson) Haskell. They would have celebrated 54 years of marriage in June. He is also survived by his three children, Patrick of Ballston Spa, Billie Jo and Lloyd Perrino of Saratoga Springs, two grand dogs and two grand cats, his brother Walter and his wife Joan of Ballston Spa, his sisters, Beverly Haskell, Harriet Vaughn and Viola Blowers all of Ballston Spa and Debbie Riley of Troy, brothers in laws and their wives, Clyde and Nancy Robinson, Wayne and Barbara Robinson all of Saratoga Springs, and several nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind many lifelong friends who meant the world to him and were his “best medicine.” We are forever grateful for your friendship and support over the years.

The family would like to thank the many doctors and staff members who cared for him for many years. A special thanks to Dr. Sanjay Taneja, his wife Shweta and his nurse Patty; Dr. Howard Schlossberg and the staff at NYOH; Dr. Christopher Hoy and Victoria Feulner, FNP-BC and their staff; and Dr. William Kufs and his nurse Amy Johnson. We would also like to thank the staff on D1 at Saratoga Hospital who have become like family to all of us and fondly referred to him as the “D1 Mascot”; Maggie Barss in Inpatient Scheduling and Katie Nichols, the nurse who Bill entrusted his transfusion administration with. We are forever grateful to all of you. You all hold a special place in our hearts.

Finally, we would like to thank all of our family and friends who have been a great support to us through all of this. We love you all.

In honor of William’s request, the services will be private. The family would like to extend an invitation to a Celebration of Juney’s Life on Sunday, February 13, 2011 at the VFW Post 358, East North Street, Ballston Spa from 1-5pm.

In lieu of flowers the family is asking contributions be made to the Myelodysplastic Syndromes Foundation, Inc, 4573 South Broad St, Suite 150, Yardville, NJ 08620; American Diabetes Association, PO Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312; American Heart Association, 440 New Karner Road, Albany, NY 12205 or American Red Cross, 74 Warren St Glens Falls, NY 12801.

John L.Wilson of Ballston Spa and formerly of Albany, passed away Monday, January 24, 2011. Born in Albany, March 9, 1922, he was the son of the late Dr. Lewis A. and Luella Ellis Wilson. John proudly served his country during World War II. He was a staff sergeant with Company D of the 254th Infantry and was awarded the Silver Star for Gallantry in Action; three battle stars, two Presidential Unit Citations and one French Unit Citation. John was Park Manager at Saratoga State Park, retiring in 1984.

He was a devoted son, husband, father and grandfather, who loved the outdoors and spending time with his family and friends. He was happiest fishing on Lake Champlain or singing on Sundays at the Wishing Well Restaurant while his friend, Lou Palmer played piano. He was truly one of the Greatest Generation.

He was predeceased by the love of his life, Rose Avellino Wilson, in 1998. They were married for 51 years. He was also predeceased by his brother, Bob Wilson and sister, Lois Decker. He is survived by his son, Lewis A. Wilson, daughter, Nancy Jensen, grandson, Kenneth Jensen, sister, Ruth Willis and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, February 1, from 2-4 and 6-8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will be held at 7:30pm. A private family burial will be held in the spring. Memorial contributions may be made to St Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.