Obituaries


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.

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.