Obituaries


Shirley A. Rowe, 83 of Doubleday Woods, Ballston Spa, passed away peacefully, Monday, October 10, 2011. Born in Albany, May 4, 1928, she was the daughter of the late James and Marion Christie. She was a waitress and housekeeper for many years.

Shirley was an active member of American Legion Post 234 Ladies Auxiliary of Ballston Spa and proudly walked in many parades with the auxiliary. She enjoyed animals especially horses and liked to sing karaoke. Her greatest joy was having a good time with her family and friends.

She was predeceased by her husband, Edmund Rowe, her brothers, Jackie, William and James, her sisters, Muriel, Marge and Millie and longtime companion, Fred Stephens. Shirley is survived by her children, Robert Hope of Glens Falls, Edmund Rowe of Porter Corners, and Debra Pelton of Colonie, her sister, Marion Dixon of Troy, 6 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday evening from 6-8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Memorial contributions may be made to Crescent Manor, 312 Crescent Boulevard, Bennington, VT 05201.

Wilfred C. “Bucky” Gray, 95 of Ballston Spa, passed away Thursday, October 6, 2011. Born in Gardner, Massachusetts, June 12, 1916, he was the son of the late John and Hattie Gray. He was an Army veteran of World War II. Bucky was a mechanic and operated several gas stations in the Schenectady and Albany area. He retired from General Electric Co in Schenectady.

Bucky was a motorcycle enthusiast who enjoyed the sport of motorcycling. He raced motorcycles in Orlando, Florida. He was a musician and performed with his band “Bucky and the Melodaires” at the VFW, American Legion and many local clubs in the area. He was a member of VFW Post 420 of Saratoga Springs and American Legion Post 234 of Ballston Spa. His greatest joy was spending time with his family.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Ida, daughter, Millie Gray, son, Jerry Blowers, Sr, two brothers, George and Joseph Gray, and sister, Olivine Gray. Bucky is survived by his wife, Yvonne Rainville Gray, daughter, Kathy Peetz of Troy, daughter in law, Donna Blowers of Ballston Spa, two sisters, Hazel Corti of Glens Falls, Edna Whipple of Middle Grove, brother, Charles Gray of Greenfield, several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10am Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Factory Village Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday from 5-7pm at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.

Kenneth L. Hommell, Sr 91 of Ballston Spa passed away Wednesday, October 5, 2011, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Schenectady, February 4, 1920, he was the son of the late Louis and Irene Hommell. An Army veteran of World War II, Ken worked for General Electric Co for many years. He liked listening to classic country music, dancing, and singing Karaoke. Ken ran a bait business out of his home on Brookline Road for many years. He also enjoyed fishing and camping in the Adirondacks.

He was predeceased by his wife, Henrietta, and his sister, Naomi VanZandt. Ken is survived by his children, Tanya Garrison of Port St. Lucie, Florida and her children, Brenda and Darryl and their father, Dave Garrison; Sharon TenEyck (Terry) of Ballston Spa and their children, Jim, Audra and Jeremiah; Shirley Ann Aken of Ballston Spa and her children, Roxanne, Earl, Jody Eric and Adrienne; Kenneth Hommell, Jr of Ballston Spa and his children, Joanna, Julie and Brandon and their mother, Sue Hommell; 22 great grandchildren, 4 great great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10am Monday, October 10, at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Briggs Cemetery, Brookline Road, Ballston Spa. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday from 2-4pm at the funeral home.

Jeannie G. Shepard, 63, of Ballston Lake, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, September 30, 2011 at Albany Medical Center surrounded by her loving family. Jeannie was born in Schenectady, NY on October 31, 1947 to Dorothy and Harold Gelsleichter.

She resided in Postenkill, NY for many years before moving to Round Lake in 2001. During her lifetime, she worked as a Veterinary Assistant and in the insurance industry.

Jeannie was an avid reader and spent many years actively involved in the Postenkill Library. She was an excellent cook and an enthusiastic Yankees fan. She loved to travel with her family, especially to Hilton Head, SC and Holden Beach, NC.

Jeannie is survived by her loving husband, Jim Shepard; her devoted stepchildren, Dan Shepard and his wife Stacey, of Clifton Park, Denise Nolan and her husband Eric, of Gansevoort; her four grandchildren, Danielle, Alexander, Collins and Alana; and her favorite cousins, Kathy and Bob Rottiers, Mark Gelsleichter, Paul Gelsleichter and Marie and John Bruggeman.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm on Saturday, October 8, 2011 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Funeral services will be private at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Postenkill Library, P.O. Box 305
Postenkill, NY 12140 or to the SPCA, 588 Queensbury Ave, Queensbury, NY 12804.

Diane M. Kultzow passed away on September 28th at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA. Born on August 5, 1953, she was the daughter of Helen (Nellie) and the late Frank W. Deuel Sr.

A graduate of Ballston Spa High School in 1971, she attended college at SUNY Cobleskill, graduating with an AAS in Nursery Education in 1973. Diane married William H. Kultzow on July 13th 1974 in Yaddo Gardens.

Diane founded and ran Little Learners Nursery School from 1974 to 1999 and was known as Mrs. K. After retiring from teaching, she joined Northeast Career Planning as a job coach and taught a life skills class for adults. She was greatly involved in her community as a volunteer and worked with Odyssey of the Mind as a coach and judge.

A fan of dance and music, Diane volunteered as an usher at SPAC and was on the Arts and Education Committee for the Ballston Spa School District. She also served on the special Ed Committee for the Ballston Spa School District and was a member of the Malta Ridge Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. Diane was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church in Ballston Spa. She was an avid flower gardener and an excellent baker and always looked forward to her annual gathering on the 4th of July where she entertained numerous family and friends.

In addition to her father, she is predeceased by a brother Frank W. Deuel, Jr. She is survived by her mother, Helen Deuel of Ballston Spa; her husband of 37 years, William H. Kultzow of Ballston Spa; her daughters, Allison Flick and her husband, Simeon of San Diego, CA and Laura Kultzow and her husband, Chris of Baltimore, MD; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

The family wishes to express their thanks and gratitude to the volunteers and donors of the National Bone Marrow Donor Program who held a drive in Diane’s name.

Friends and neighbors are invited to a celebration of Diane’s life in the upstairs Speakeasy at The Factory, 20 Prospect Street, Ballston Spa NY 12020, on Wednesday the 5th at 6PM.

Private services will be held at the family plot at Greenridge Cemetery, in Saratoga Springs.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a donation be made in Diane’s name to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168, 1-800-525-4669.

Eleanor S. Sutton, 90, of Jockey Street, Galway, passed away Monday, September 26, 2011 at Wesley Health Care Center in Saratoga Springs. Mrs. Sutton was born in Canton, NY, May 30, 1921, and was the daughter of the late Leon Howe, Sr and Ella Greiner Howe.

Eleanor graduated from Canton High School and was attending Potsdam Teachers College when she met and married Ernest C. Sutton, who predeceased her in 2009. They were married for 66 years. They settled in Galway in 1949 with Mr. Sutton teaching high school for over thirty years and Eleanor being a devoted stay at home mom and homemaker, supporting her husband’s career.

Eleanor worked as a substitute teacher in Galway in the early days of the school district and was involved in Girl Scouts and the Home Bureau. She was very proud of her efforts in helping to create a veteran’s memorial for the Galway Central School which remains next to the flagpole in front of the high school.

She was predeceased by her brother, Leon “Jimmy” Howe. Eleanor is survived by her three children and two much loved daughters in law, Karen Sutton of Saratoga Lake, David and Elke Sutton of Saratoga Lake, and John Sutton and Beth Ruman of Galway, five grandchildren, Daniel Sutton (Martha Ellen) of Wallingford, CT, Maya Sutton Aimi (Marco) of Niskayuna, Elizabeth Sutton of Washington, DC, William Sutton of Galway, and Andrew Sutton of Galway, two great grandchildren, Ella Sutton and Benjamin Sutton of Wallingford, CT, her sister, Elizabeth “Betty” Nehrbass (Charlie) of Pearl River, NY, sister in law, “Rusty” Howe and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 11am Saturday, October 1, 2011 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Ballston Spa Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call from 9-11am Saturday before the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Galway Emergency Medical Services, PO Box 52, Galway, NY 12074.

The family would like to thank the kind and compassionate staff at Wesley Health Care Center, 5 Springs, for their care and friendship.

Stanley Orzolek, 80, of Galway passed away on Thursday, September 22, 2011. Born on July 30, 1931 in Altamont, NY, he was the son of the late Florian and Bernice Orzolek. Stan was a lifelong resident of Galway. He was a farmer and worked for Anvil Fence Co for many years. Stan was an auctioneer handling estate sales and antiques. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and collecting antiques and anvils.

Stan was predeceased by his six brothers and a sister. He is survived by his daughter, Jean-Anne Wilson (Bruce) of Bastrop, Texas, three sons, James Orzolek (Michele) of Galway, Joseph Orzolek of LeRoy, Illinois and Jarrod Orzolek of Argyle, granddaughter, Kleigh Orzolek of Sevierville, Tennessee, sister, Josephine Kavicky of Charlton, and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend funeral services 10:30am Tuesday, September 27, at St Mary’s Catholic Church, 2113 East Street, Galway, where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow in St Mary’s Cemetery, Galway. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society or the Galway Public Library

Frances M. Mithen, 79, of Ballston Spa, NY, died September 21, 2011 at home surrounded by her family.

She was born in Ballston Spa, one of five children of the late Ernest Fred Carp and Ruth Castle Carp. She was pleased to learn that her father’s roots could be traced to the Mayflower.

Fran graduated from Ballston Spa High School in 1949 at age 16. She graduated from Ellis School of Nursing in 1953, and was an RN at Ellis Hospital, including serving as the head nurse of the orthopedic unit. She married Thomas J. Mithen on July 20, 1963, at the First Baptist Church of Ballston Spa. They moved to Manchester, MA, where Fran worked for Beverly Hospital while her husband attended seminary.

The couple moved back to Schenectady in 1965, and then settled in Ballston Spa in May 1967.

Fran was active at the First Baptist Church as a choir member, deacon, Sunday school teacher, and in the women’s fellowship. She was also a founding member of the Old Stone Church in North Milton. She was active in her husband’s ministry for over 40 years. She liked to read, enjoyed traveling with her family, having lunch with her classmates and friends at the Ballston Spa Seniors, and loved spending time with her twin granddaughters.

Fran was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2000. She had a positive attitude, and never complained. She said she was living with cancer, not dying of it.

Survivors include her husband, Tom; son, David of Cambridge, MA; daughter, Lori (Mithen-DeMasi) and son-in-law Michael DeMasi of Clifton Park; twin granddaughters, Emma and Sophia DeMasi; sisters, Gladys Kahler and Margaret Wheeler, both of Ballston Spa.

A private committal service was held at the Ballston Spa Village Cemetery. A memorial celebration of Fran’s life will be held on Saturday, October 15, 2011 at 11:00 am at the First Reformed Church of Scotia.

The family asks that any donations in Fran’s memory be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or the First Reformed Church of Scotia, 224 North Ballston Ave, Scotia, NY 12302.

Joyce L. Keeler, 74 of Garnerville and Ballston Spa, New York, went home to be with her Lord on Saturday, September 17, 2011 at her daughter’s home in Ballston Spa. Born in Camden, New Jersey, June 9, 1937, she was the daughter of the late Rev. Jesse and Edith Oberholtzer Stayer. She was a graduate of Collegeville Trappe High School and attended Millersville College.

Joyce worked for many years in real estate and property management. She retired in 2001, as Executive Director of Indian River Estates in Vero Beach, Florida. She enjoyed traveling, reading, and the ocean. Her greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, Harry E. Keeler and sister, Ida May Petsock. Joyce is survived by her daughters, Kathleen Rabideau (Dan) of Ballston Spa, NY and Wendi Sayre (Jim) of Garnerville, NY, her grandchildren, Tyler and Alexa Sayre, sister, Edith Marie Hinkle of Smicksburg, PA, brother in law, George Petsock of Camp Hill, PA, nieces, Cynthia Chambers (Tim), Marie Deissroth (Edward), and nephews, Jared Clemmer III (Mary), Barry Nettles, and Robert Nettles.

A memorial service will be held 10am Saturday, September 24, at Christ Episcopal Church, West High Street, Ballston Spa. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, September 23, from 7-9pm at the church.

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

Mattie H. Baird, 66 of West Milton, passed away Saturday, September 17, 2011. Born in Vernon Parish, Louisiana, October 18, 1944, she was the daughter of Ruby Hughes and the late Jack Hughes. Mattie worked in the nursing field in Alabama for many years. She moved to Ballston Spa in 1996 and worked at the Gideon Putnam in Saratoga Springs. She enjoyed traveling and spending time with her grandchildren.

Mattie is survived by her husband, Richard Baird, her children, Thomas Paul of Fort Walton Beach, Florida, Jeneau Paul of Houston, Texas, Wayne Paul of Tonopah, Nevada, and John Paul of West Milton, her mother, Ruby Hughes of Birmingham, Alabama, sister, Claudette Headley of Prattville, Alabama, and 3 grandchildren, Amie, Thomas and Brandon.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, September 22, from 6-8pm at the Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 8pm. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 269 Osbourne Road, Albany, NY 12211 or Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Edward W. Palso, Jr 71, of Ballston Spa, passed away Thursday, September 15, 2011. Born in Cohoes, December 19, 1939, he was the son of Ethel Palso and the late Edward W. Palso, Sr. He served in the US Navy. Ed was a fork lift driver for Pepsi for 25 years.

He was a member of Union Fire Co No 2, Hudson Valley Firemen’s Association, Royal Order of the Blue Vests, Hudson Mohawk Volunteer Firefighter’s Association, Saratoga County Volunteer Fire Police Association, Lower Adirondack Firemen’s Association and the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York.

Ed is survived by his wife, Shirley Palso, his children, Tammy Isham (Robert) of Ballston Spa, Barbara Whalen (Paul) of Ballston Spa, Mary “Terri” Palso of West Milton, Edward Palso, III of Ballston Spa, his mother, Ethel Palso of Ballston Spa, 2 brothers, Donald Palso of Ballston Spa and Stephen Palso of Cobleskill, 13 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 9:30am Tuesday, September 20, at St Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, where a mass of Christian burial will celebrated. 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.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Rubin Dialysis Center, 59 Myrtle Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or Union Fire Co #2, P.O. Box 145, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

The family would like to thank the staff at Rubin Dialysis Center for their care and compassion.

Shirley M. Theilemann, 86, of McCormick, South Carolina passed away peacefully on September 12, 2011 surrounded by her loving family. Born in Troy, NY, she lived in Ballston Spa for over 50 years and relocated to McCormick, SC in 2001. She was a loving wife and mother and enjoyed spending time with her family.

Shirley was predeceased by her husband of 52 years, Edward J. Theilemann and her son-in-law, Lieutenant Colonel Gerald P. Lapp. Survivors include her son, Mark (Jayne) Theilemann of Galway, NY; daughter, Leona Lapp of McCormick, SC; granddaughter, Darcy (Russell) Swann of Bradley, SC; grandson, Derrick (Andrea) Lapp of Manchester, MD; grandsons, Richard and Kenneth Johnson; granddaughter, Sharan (Kurt) Zarnofsky of Charlton, NY and great grandchildren, Heather, Sydney, Curtis, Josh and Allison; brother, Warren Theilemann of Latham, NY and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held 1pm Tuesday, September 20 at Ballston Spa Cemetery, Garrett Road, Ballston Spa. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Piedmont, Inc., 408 W. Alexander Avenue, Greenwood, SC 29649.

Timothy M. Carrig, of Bristol, Rhode Island. It is with great sadness that the family of Timothy M. Carrig announce his tragic death on Saturday, September 10, 2011, at the age of 27.

A 2002 graduate of Ballston Spa High School, Tim received his Bachelor of Science degree from Wentworth Institute and was employed by the Cianbro construction firm as a field engineer. Tim was fortunate to be employed doing the work he loved...building bridges.

Tim was always athletic, participating in soccer, baseball and lacrosse while attending Ballston Spa High. He continued to remain active, enjoying skiing and climbing the Adirondack high peaks with family and friends. His devotion to, and love of, family was evidenced by his commitment to annual football outings with his grandfather, father, brothers, uncles and cousins and he loved summer trips to the beach for family reunions. Tim was also a huge NASCAR fan.

Tim will be lovingly remembered by his parents, Jeffrey and Audrey Carrig of Ballston Spa; his twin brother Christopher Carrig of Bristol, Rhode Island; his brother Stephen Carrig of Newport, Rhode Island; his future sister-in-law Erin Kennedy of Dartmouth, Massachusetts; his paternal grandparents David and Doris Carrig of Little Falls, New York; paternal and maternal aunts, uncles and cousins; as well as many friends.

Funeral services will be held 9:30am Friday, September 16 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 Thursday from 4-8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will be 1pm Saturday, September 17 at St Patrick’s Cemetery in Southold, NY.

Memorial contributions in Tim’s memory may be made to: The Timothy Carrig Memorial Scholarship. Checks can be sent to Ballston Spa High School, 220 Ballston Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 Attn: Meg Lance or The Double H Ranch: http://www.doubleranch.org

Alice J. Zerbst, 78 of Ballston Spa, passed away Tuesday, September 6, 2011. Born in Bronx, NY on December 21 1932, she was the daughter of the late August and Alice (Tweed) Zerbst. Alice worked for many years at the Albany County Nursing Home as an LPN where she retired.

She enjoyed playing Bingo, ceramics, doing word searches and attended Catholic services at Doubleday Woods, where she was a resident.

Alice is survived by her son, Stephen Fabian, his wife, Lisa and their son, Alice’s “special angel”, Cody Fabian all of Ballston Spa; her daughter, Chris-Ann McCoy of Florida and her children, Alicia and J.R.; and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 7pm on Thursday, September 8, 2011 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Alice to the Maplewood Manor Resident Fund, 149 Ballston Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Arlene A. Delaney, 81, of Ballston Spa, passed away Friday, September 2, 2011. Born in Ballston Spa, June 14, 1930, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Ethel Cobart. Arlene worked for General Electric Co for many years.

She enjoyed gardening, playing cards, cooking and shopping trips. Arlene was a member of VFW Post 358 Ladies Auxiliary and enjoyed many events at the VFW. Her greatest joy was being with her family and her dog, Lucy.

Arlene is survived by her son, Kevin Delaney, Sr and his wife Rose and their children, Kristina Delaney and Kevin Delaney, Jr, 2 daughters, Candace Aufiero and Joanne Champagne, 2 sons, Randy Delaney and Larry Delaney, and many grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held 10am Wednesday, September 7, at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Rock City Falls Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday from 4-8pm at the funeral home.

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

The family would like to thank the Martin Family from Double M for their help and kindness.

Kaiden Van Coulter, beloved infant son of Eric and Amber Coulter, born on August 23, 2011, passed away August 29, 2011.

In addition to his parents, Kaiden is survived by his grandparents, Gil and Rose VanGuilder, and Richard and Jo-Ann Coulter, great grandmothers, Barbara Mitchell, Laura Coulter, and Joan Simonds, aunts and uncles, Ryan and Cody Coulter, David VanGuilder and his wife Allison, and Ashleigh VanGuilder, cousins, Kittery, Easton and Gibson VanGuilder.

If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever.

Services will be private. Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Kaiden to the Ronald McDonald House, 139 South Lake Avenue, Albany, NY 12208.

Randall D. Speidel, Jr. 62, of Ballston Spa, passed Tuesday, August 23, 2011. Born in Saratoga Springs, June 16, 1949, he was the son of Emma Biss Speidel and the late Randall D. Speidel, Sr. Randy was a locomotive engineer for D&H Railroad/CP Rail.

Randy is survived by his wife of 42 years, Irene Noradki Speidel, his daughters, Lisa Speidel of Ballston Spa and Stacy Speidel of Missouri, his mother, Emma Speidel of Alplaus, 2 brothers, Richard Speidel of Schuylerville and Joseph Speidel of Virginia, 4 grandchildren, several aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews, and Noodle Kitty.

Upon his passing, Randy wishes to urge all smokers to consider not only their own health, but also the health of others in their lives.

A memorial mass will be held 9am Saturday, August 27 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 167 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa. All are invited to a celebration of his life following the church service. Please contact his family at (518) 364-4434 for further information.

In lieu of flowers, please plant a tree in memoriam and nurture it. Memorial contributions may be made to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society- Team in Training, (please write Randy Speidel in the memo) and mail to Lisa Speidel in care of Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High St., Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Edith B. Monroe, 93, of Ballston Spa, passed away Sunday, August 21, 2011. Born in Grosvenor’s Corners, NY, December 5, 1917, she was the daughter of the late Horace and Anna Bailey. During World War II, Edith worked at the General Electric Co in Schenectady. After the war ended, she was a homemaker and devoted mother to her five children.

She was predeceased by her husband, George, 3 brothers, P.J., Herbert, and Horace, and sister, Frances Eva. Edith is survived by her daughters, Patricia Monroe of Ballston Spa, Nancy Kelley of Wyoming, and P.J. Monroe of Alaska; her sons, James Monroe of Oregon and Thomas Monroe of Arizona; her brother, Ernest Bailey of California, 2 granddaughters, Tara and Jennifer, 1 great granddaughter, Piper, and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Community Emergency Corp, Thompson Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Patrick George Polacko “Petie”, 62 of Lake Luzerne passed away on Wednesday, August 17, 2011 at Glens Falls Hospital. Born on March 16, 1949 in Brooklyn, NY, he was the son of the late Michael and Anna (Danko) Polacko.

A resident of the Lake Luzerne IRA since 1994, Petie had a great sense of humor, enjoyed music, playing the piano, arts and crafts, camping and the outdoors, reading, and being social with his friends. He also participated in the Special Olympics.

In addition to his parents, Petie was predeceased by two brothers, John and Francis Polacko. He is survived by his brother, Michael Polacko and his wife, Bernice of Ridgefield, Florida; two sisters, Mary Ann Polacko of Ballston Spa, and Theresa Minogue and her husband, Jack, of Saratoga Springs; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10am Monday, August, 22, at Armer Funeral Home, Inc, 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A calling hour will precede the service from 9-10am at the funeral home. Burial will follow in St Mary’s Cemetery, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 1701 North Beauregard Street, Alexandria, VA 22311 or to Special Olympics, Inc., 1133 19th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036.

The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to the Clinical Team and Staff at Stewart Drive IRA and The Adirondack Day Program for the care they provided. Our condolences for the loss of Petie’s long time friend, Harold Walsh, who passed away the same day.

John S. Gaba, Jr, 85 of Ballston Spa passed away Thursday, August 11, 2011. Born in Manhattan, July 26, 1926, he was the son of the late John and Milly Gaba. He moved to the Ballston Spa area in 1943. John worked at Cottrell Paper Co for 37 years, retiring in 1991.

John was a farmer at heart, working on the family farm in Middle Grove. He had a vegetable stand at the Farmers Market in Saratoga Springs. He also sold Christmas trees for many years with his mother and aunt. He enjoyed his flower garden. John was a communicant of St Joseph’s Church in Greenfield Center.

John was predeceased by his parents, John and Milly Gaba, and his brother, Joseph Gaba. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Lois Riordan Gaba, his children, Patricia Pettit of Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, Linda Peek (James) of Ballston Spa, David Gaba (Ann Marie) of East Glenville and John Gaba (Ronnie) of Stillwater, 2 brothers, William Gaba (Sara) of Middle Grove, Edward Gaba (Fran) of Middle Grove, and many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 11am Monday, August 15, at St Joseph’s Catholic Church, Route 9N, Greenfield Center, where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow in St Peter’s Cemetery, Saratoga Springs. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Wesley Foundation, 131 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

The family would like to extend its gratitude to John’s friends and caregivers at the Wesley Health Care Center.

Ralph W. Wescott, 71, of Ballston Spa, passed away Monday, August 8, 2011. Born in Warrensburg, November 10, 1939, he was the son of the late Winfred and Bertha Wescott. He served in the US Army. Ralph was a truck driver for many years and retired from A. W. Lawrence in Schenectady.

Ralph was an avid snowmobiler. He also enjoyed the stock car races, motorcycling and camping with his family and friends.

He was predeceased by his brother, Earl Wescott and two sisters, Geneva Wescott and Maxine Gifford. Ralph is survived by his wife, Sandra Hewitt Wescott, his children, Bruce Wescott of Ballston Spa, Barry Wescott (Gretchen) of Ballston Spa, Barbara Cook (Yule) of Ballston Spa and Byron Wescott (Christine) of Burnt Hills, 4 grandchildren, Yule and Krista Cook, Gregory and Cathryn Wescott, sister, Gloria Iovino of Rotterdam and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 1pm Thursday, August 11, at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Powell Wiswall Cemetery, Ballston Spa. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday from 4-7pm at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 440 New Karner Road, Albany, NY 12205 or National Kidney Foundation, 30 East 33rd Street, New York, NY 10016.

Barbara J. DeLorenze, 82, of Ballston Spa, passed away Friday, August 5, 2011. Born in St Augustine, Florida, February 5, 1929, she was the daughter of the late J. Howard and Hazel Deyo. She moved to Ballston Spa as an infant. Barbara worked at St Clare’s Hospital in Schenectady, for over 20 years. She was a member of Christ Episcopal Church in Ballston Spa. Barbara was an avid card player and enjoyed playing cards and Bingo with her friends at Doubleday Woods.

She was predeceased by her brother, Donald Deyo and sister, Janice Tranka. Barbara is survived by her daughters, Donna Travis (Fred) of Ballston Spa and Deborah Manasseri (Joseph) of Amsterdam, 3 grandchildren, Michelle Miner (Joseph), Scott Everson (Valerie) and Tammy Coupas, sister, Arlene Palmateer of Amsterdam, brother, John Deyo of Florida, 4 special nieces, Kathy, Lori, Ashley and Amanda, 10 great grandchildren, 1 great great grandson, and many additional nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held 10am Thursday, August 11, at Christ Episcopal Church, West High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Ballston Spa Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Christ Episcopal Church, 15 West High Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Layla Elizabeth and Emma Margaret Hall, passed peacefully in the arms of their loving parents on August 4, 2011. Heaven’s gain was our loss when the Lord called our sweet angels back to Him. Layla and Emma will be watching over Mommy and Daddy to help them through until they meet their sweet angels again in heaven.

Layla and Emma are survived by their parents, Melissa Armer and Christopher Hall, grandparents, Joann Armer, Greg and Carla Armer, Rhoda and Donald Hall and many family and friends.

Funeral services will be held 1pm Wednesday, August 10, 2011 at St Paul’s Lutheran Church, 149 Lake Avenue, Saratoga Springs. Burial will follow in Powell Wiswall Cemetery, Plummer Road, Ballston Spa.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Foundation, Lockbox # 1352, PO Box 8500, Philadelphia, PA 19178.

Margaret “Ann” Booth, 76, passed away Monday, August 1, 2011 at her home after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. Ann was born on September 22, 1934 in Manchester England, the only child of the late Archibald and Marjory Brown. After graduating from high school, Ann became qualified as a Human Resource Manager and took a position with Tootal Broadhurst Company in Manchester.

In September 1959, Ann married John Booth and then immigrated to the United States in February 1962. Ann has resided in the Schenectady Saratoga area since then. Ann was a receptionist for a group of Orthopedic Surgeons for a while then briefly took a position in the Fund Raising Department of Union College. After that she became a reporter and columnist for the Ballston Journal for eight years. She then joined Welch Communications Ltd until forming her own desktop publishing business “Booth Associates” before retiring in 2002. The achievement she was most proud of however was raising two wonderful children.

Ann loved to interact with people and, at various times, was involved with the League of Women Voters, the National Organization for Women, Rotary, and Leadership Saratoga. Ann was a member of the Charlton Historical Society for many years and served as President for a while. Ann had a passion for sailing and was a long term member of the Saratoga Lake Sailing Club, serving as Commodore in 1986.

Ann is survived by her loving family; her husband of 52 years, John, her son, Philip Booth and his wife Julie and their three sons, Samuel, David and Stephen; and her daughter, Sarah Kilbara and her three children, Jonathan, Damian, and Amber.

A service of remembrance will be held 1pm Friday, August 5, 2011 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. The family will receive relatives and friends after 12:30pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in memory of Ann to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

The family would like to thank the wonderful people of Community Hospice of Saratoga who have been so helpful over the last few months.

William J. Gardner, 90, of Ballston Spa, passed away Wednesday, July 27, 2011. Born in Ballston Spa, December 18, 1920, he was the son of the late Albert and Rose Gardner. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. Bill worked for the Saratoga County Highway Department. He later became a union carpenter for Local 370. After retiring from the Carpenters Union, Bill worked for the Ballston Spa Central School District.

Bill was a musician and as a child played in the Gardner Family Band and later in the Tommy Rhodes Quartet. He also was an amateur boxer. He was a communicant of Christ Episcopal Church in Ballston Spa serving on the vestry and as a warden. He was a member of VFW Post 358 and American Legion Post 234 of Ballston Spa. He was a village trustee for many years serving as fire commissioner.

Bill is survived by his wife of 70 years, Betty Gardner, his children, Terry Gardner (Helen) of Ballston Spa, Ricky Gardner (Gail) of Ballston Spa and Jamie Robens (Paul) of Florida, his sister, Lillian Aldrich of Mechanicville, and many grandchildren, great grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10am Tuesday, August 2, at Christ Episcopal Church, West High Street, 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.

Memorial contributions may be made to Maplewood Manor Resident Fund, 149 Ballston Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or Christ Episcopal Church, 15 West High Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

John "Brit" Douglas, 73, of Ballston Spa, passed away Saturday, July 23, 2011. Born in Yonkers, February 21, 1938 he was the son of the late John and Margaret Douglas. He served in the US Naval Air Forces. He was a Yonkers Policeman and Westchester County Policeman before moving to Ballston Spa in 1974. John was a NYS Park Police Officer for many years, working at the Saratoga Spa State Park until his retirement in 2000.

John was a founding member of the Mounted Patrol and the Marine Patrol. He was a Boating Water Safety Instructor and taught police officers throughout the state. He was also a former scout master.

He was predeceased by his wife, Lesley. John is survived by his fiancée, Pat Montone, his sons, Dane, Robert and his wife Doreyne, Anthony, and Christopher and his wife Susan, his grandchildren, Austin, Derek, Briton, Casey, Brit, Cassidy and Kyla, brother, Ted Douglas, sister, Maureen Costas, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services with full military honors will be held 2pm Wednesday, July 27, at the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Town of Saratoga. Memorial contributions may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jackson, FL 32256 or woundedwarriorproject.org.

Allan H. Chapman, Sr, 72, of Ballston Spa, passed away Friday, July 15, 2011. Born in Newark, NJ, August 18, 1938, he was the son of the late Edwin and Alice Chapman. Allan earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Wagner College, a Master’s Degree in Biology from Oneonta, and a Master’s Degree in School Administration at SUNY Albany.

Allan began his career as a biology teacher in Cobleskill. He then became the Principal in Gloversville and later in South Colonie. He retired as Assistant Superintendent of Burnt Hills Ballston Lake Schools. Allan served as the Board Chairman of the United Way of Schenectady County. He was a founding member of the Ballston Spa Educational Foundation. He was an active member of the Ballston Spa United Methodist Church, serving on the Board of Trustees and volunteering in the food pantry. He was an avid gardener and an excellent cook.

Allan is survived by his wife, Cynthia Chapman, his children, Allan Chapman, Jr (Suzanne) of Rochester, Kimberly Carlson (David) of Los Angeles, CA, Carrie Chapman of Brooklyn and James I. Chapman (Kaitlin) of Glenville. He is also survived by 6 grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held 5pm Wednesday, July 20 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.

Robert S. Ruggles, 57, of Ballston Spa, passed away Friday, July 15, 2011. Born in Saratoga Springs, December 29, 1953, he was the son of the late Robert and Frances Ruggles. He served in the US Army. Bob was a finish carpenter for many years. He was a loving father.

He was predeceased by his son, Zane Ruggles. Bob is survived by 2 sons, Gabriel Ruggles of Troy and Clayton Ruggles of Ballston Spa, 2 sisters, Donna Hatley of Ballston Spa and Linda Ruggles of Holly, brother, Thomas Swift of Florida, 4 nephews and 1 niece.

A graveside service with full military honors will be held 1pm Wednesday, July 20 at the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Town of Saratoga. Memorial contributions may be made to Saratoga Hospital, 211 Church Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or Community Emergency Corp, Thompson Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Maurice D. Morley “Chris” 89, of Ballston Spa, passed away peacefully July 13, 2011. Born in Saratoga Springs, April 21, 1922, he was the son of the late Ballston Spa Postmaster Edward J. Morley and his wife Mable E. Bryan Morley. An early entrepreneur who took his first job delivering telegrams at age 10, Chris left high school early to join the US Marines and served with distinction aboard the USS Essex during WWII. He was honorably discharged after three and a half years of service with 14 medals and battle stars.

He later received his diploma from Ballston Spa High School in a special ceremony with other members of VFW Post 358 of which he was a proud and active member for nearly 70 years. Prior to becoming the Village of Ballston Spa’s History Consultant, Chris worked for the D & H Railroad, General Electric and the American Hide & Leather Co. and in the construction trade. His woodworking skills were often admired by visitors to Brookside Museum where he helped with restorations and gave toy-making demonstrations to children of all ages.

Chris was honored as the Ballston Spa Rotary Club’s 2006-2007 Citizen of the Year and served as Grand Marshal during the village’s 2007 Bicentennial. A special literacy award that bears his name is given to four reading-challenged elementary students in the local school district at the end of each academic year.

Chris was predeceased by his sister, Muriel Decker, and his brother, Bryan Morley. He is survived by his wife Nancy, his son, Edward M. Morley and his wife Barbara and their two children, Christine A. Madsen and her husband Michael, and Edward John Morley all of Stuart, Florida, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 9am Monday, July 18 at St Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial with full military honors will follow in the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Town of Saratoga. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, July 17 from 2-5pm. at the Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions may be made to Brookside Museum, 6 Charlton Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or St Mary’s Church, 167 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or The Rotary Club of Ballston Spa Maurice “Christopher” Morley Literacy Award c/o Linda Thomas, 401 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Julia Marie Corning Stack, 80, of Ballston Spa passed away on Monday, July 11, 2011. She was born on April 23, 1931 to Bernard and Genevieve Corning. She was a 1948 graduate of Ballston Spa High School. Marie was employed by the Ballston Spa School District for 27 years. She married William Sherman Stack on June 7, 1952 at St. Mary's Church in Ballston Spa where they are currently members.

Marie is survived by her husband of 59 years, Bill; her three sons, Donald Stack (Holly), Bill Stack, Jr, Andrew Stack (Sharon), her daughter, Irene Malzer (Chuck), nine grandchildren, Jessica Raiber (Brent), Ryan Stack, Gary Stack, Daniel Stack, Heather Kallner (Terry), Jeffrey Stack, Gregory Stack, Phillip and Jordan Malzer; 5 great-grandchildren, Liam, Braeden, Declan, Finley and Rowan Raiber; her sister, Bernice Hollowood (Hugh) and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral services will be held 9:30am Thursday, July 14 at St Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a mass of christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow in St Peter’s Cemetery, Saratoga Springs. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday from 5-8 pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc, 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary's School Library, Thompson Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.