Obituaries


Barbara R. Wescott 60, passed away on Friday, June 17. 2016. Born in Glens Falls, NY on May 5, 1956, she was the daughter of Richard and Agnes Cutter.

Barb worked in the Produce Department at Price Chopper in Malta.

Barb is survived by her husband Gordon; son Scott; her siblings William, Debbie, Martha, Marsha, Bonnie, Larry, Gary, Sheila, Barry, Christopher, Robin, and Tania; and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, June 25 from 10 am to 12 noon at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at noon.

Carl E. Horstmann, Sr. 80, passed away on Friday, June 17, 2016. Born in Schenectady, NY on November 18, 1935, he was the son of William and Amelia Horstmann.

Carl was a graduate of Shenendehowa High School, Williamsport College and SUNY Morrisville. He worked for Volkswagen in Latham for many years and later for Fault Finders, and retired from Fairchild in Clifton Park in 1981.

Carl was a clockmaker and repaired antique clocks. He enjoyed Nascar, tractor pulls and truck pulls. He served on the Saratoga County Fair Board for many years and was a 50 year member of the Jonesville Volunteer Fire Dept.

He was predeceased by his daughter in law Brenda, and sister in law Anna. Carl is survived by his wife of 50 years Barbara; his children Amy Miller (Rusty) of Ballston Spa and CJ Horstmann (Kris) of Galway; grandchildren Brandon, Randy, Elizabeth, Kaitee, Bridgette, and Carlee; great grandson Hunter; brothers Richard Horstman of Jonesville, William Horstmann (Ardath) of Stuart, FL; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, June 21 from 10am to 12 noon at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will be held at noon. Burial will follow in Jonesville Cemetery.

John "Johnny" Brown, Jr., 47 passed away suddenly on March 16, 2016 from natural causes. The first born son, he was born in Albany. He was raised and educated in Guilderland, and worked for his family's business "Edie's CD's" straight out of High School. When the business was taken on the road, Johnny spent a good portion of his life traveling the country working flea markets, until he was charmed by New Orleans, making it his home.

Most recently, he enjoyed managing, events coordination and bartending at Mags 940 in New Orleans. Johnny was famous for saying "most people work for a living, I get paid to throw a party". Johnny will be remembered for his smile, but most of all for his huge heart. He loved with all his being, whether it was his family, his friends, his pup "Jack-Jack", or a complete stranger. He never hesitated to help anyone in need, whether someone needed a place to stay, or an ear for listening, he was there.

Johnny has a great affection for the outdoors, from camping, sitting by a fire and story-telling, to kayaking and boating. He just enjoyed life. Early mornings when the bar was slow, he enjoyed quizzing his brother on movie trivia, and sharing a laugh when it was from a comedy. A special bond that will never be replaced.

Johnny is survived by his life partner: Mark Colley, parents: John and Pamela Brown, two sisters: Edie Murray (Dan) and Jennifer Livingston (Shawn) and his brother: Michael Brown (Tricia) as well as his four adored nieces; Kiersten, Brooke, Megan and Lily, his nephew: Camden, and many aunts and uncles and cousins.

He was predeceased by his brother Eric Brown and nephew Eric Murray.

Relatives and friends are invited to share in a celebration of his life at the Livingston/Brown residence: 46 Shadow Wood Way, Ballston Lake at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 25. His burial will precede the celebration at 12:00 at Malta Ridge Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to the Humane Society in Johnny's name.

Robert J. Castanza 63, passed away on Wednesday, June 15, 2016. Born in Yonkers, NY on December 5, 1952, he was the son of Joseph and Florence Castanza.

He moved to Saratoga Springs in 1985. Bob worked at Saratoga Casino and Raceway.

Bob is survived by his daughter Mary Castanza of Ballston Spa and his grandson Trevor Ballew.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, June 21 from 6pm to 8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Lewis L. Schumacher 87, passed away on Thursday, June 9, 2016. Born in Schenectady, NY on August 18, 1928, he was the son of Leo and Julia Schumacher.

He was a graduate of Scotia Glenville High School and Siena College. He served in the US Army during the Korean War. Lew was a Rural Letter Carrier for the Ballston Spa Post Office for 28 years, retiring in 1988.

Lew was a 53 year member of Eagle Matt Lee Fire Co No 1 and a charter member of the Community Emergency Corp in Ballston Spa. He served on the Ballston Spa Library Board and was a member of Spiritual Frontiers, and the Mohawk Valley Dowsers Association.

He was an avid reader and enjoyed his daily Cryptoquote puzzles. Lew was a talented artist and loved to hunt.

He was predeceased by his parents Leo and Julia Schumacher, son James, and brothers Edward and Robert, and nephew Ricky. Lew is survived by his wife Carole; his children Diane Granberg of Ballston Spa, Jeffrey Schumacher (Kristina) of Galway and Linda Johnson (Regan) of Niskayuna; grandchildren Ronald, James and Jacob Granberg; Kelsey and Jordan Schumacher; Ronan, Brody and Camryn Johnson; brother Richard Schumacher (Elizabeth)of Reading, PA; son in law Ronald Granberg, Jr. of Ballston Spa; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 9:30am Tuesday, June 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. Joseph’s Cemetery, Schenectady. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, June 13 from 4pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions may be made to Eagle Matt Lee Fire Co No 1, PO Box 4, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or Saratoga Bridges, 16 Saratoga Bridges Blvd., Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

James M. Place, 64, passed away on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. Born in Saratoga Springs, NY on October 13, 1951, he was the son of Thomas and Elizabeth Place. He served in the Army National Guard.

Jim was a self employed contractor. He was a talented artisan and created beautiful metal sculptures and wooden canes. Jim was always tinkering, building kit cars and restoring his 1950 pickup truck. He loved cars and enjoyed the races at Albany-Saratoga Speedway in Malta.

He was predeceased by his parents Thomas and Elizabeth Place, sister Bonnie Sharpe, and his beloved dog Mutley. Jim is survived by his wife Jo; his children Ashley Place of Saratoga Springs and Ryan Place of Auburn; brother Thomas Place of Hadley; sister Cathy Nichols of Ballston Spa; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, June 20 from 6pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A memorial service will follow at 7pm.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

Susan R. Doyle, 54, passed away on Saturday, May 28, 2016. Born in Ballston Spa, NY on February 9, 1962, she was the daughter of Joseph and Geneva LaRue.

Susan was a strong, independent woman who was dedicated to her boys and her family. She loved her dogs Chloe and Zeus. She enjoyed traveling, playing BINGO and singing Karaoke.

She was predeceased by her parents Joseph and Geneva LaRue, and her brother George B. LaRue. Susan is survived by her husband Larry; sons Anthony Baker (Heather Byrne) of Gloversville, Adam LaRue of Glen, and Joseph Whitehead of Yorkville, Ohio; granddaughter Jacqueline; siblings Donelda LaRue, Michael LaRue, Alma Getman (Gary), Margaret LaRue, Jo-Etta Butler (Dominic), and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, June 3 from 10am to 12 noon at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will be held at 12 noon. Burial will follow in Sweetman Cemetery, Charlton.

Memorial contributions in memory of Susan may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Leslie J. Dunster, Jr., passed away on Friday, May 27, 2016.

After retiring from the US Navy, Les worked for the Stratton VA Medical Center. Les enjoyed boating and water sports. He loved to travel and was stricken in Estonia while touring the Baltic Sea.

He was predeceased by his father Leslie J. Dunster, Sr., his mother Winifred Dunster and his sister Shirley Beckwith.

Les is survived by his wife Kimberly; daughters Allison Walker (Bennett) of Boston, MA and Ariel Dunster (John Mathews) of Saratoga Springs; grandson Clark Walker; brother Rev. Larry Dunster (Susan) of Columbia, SC and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services with military honors will be held 10am Monday, June 27th at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, 200 Duell Road, Schuylerville.

Memorial contributions in memory of Les may be made to the American Diabetes Association or American Heart Association.

Joshua C. Byrnes, 35, passed away on Thursday, May 26, 2016. He was born in Denver, Colorado on February 27 (2/27 at 2:27 in the afternoon), 1981.

Josh was a Manufacturing Engineer at BVM Corp., in Denver. He also had his own business call J. Byrnes Design where he produced CAD drawings for Team Tool’s patents, Ecotruk’s humanitarian bicycle, Centura Health to name a few. Josh purchased his own CNC Milling machine and learned BobCAD CNC programming language on his own to create prototype parts for his customers. Josh was an Inventor and worked closely with his good friend Ted Crawford to create Toolmakers LLC.

His greatest joy was spending time with his Fiancée Rachel and their little girl Eva. He also enjoyed raising and breeding his purebred German Shepherds Molly and Hudson.

Josh began riding ATV’s at 3 years old and soon graduated to racing Quads and Skidoo snowmobiles. Josh loved to snowboard and taught his younger sister how to ski at Ellicotville.

Josh was a great son and fun to be around. He had a big heart and would always offer his hand out to help someone. He will truly be missed.

Josh is survived by his father Stephen Byrnes (Kim) of Saratoga Springs, mother Janie (Reynolds) Byrnes of Denver, sister Crystal Byrnes (Gerry) of Saratoga Springs, sister Caitlin Lewis (Shane) of Saratoga Springs, great-uncle and god-father William Byrnes (Kerri) of Cape Coral, grandmother Elizabeth Byrnes of Ballston Spa and several aunts and uncles and cousins.

Funeral services will be held 10am Monday, June 6 at Christ Episcopal Church, West High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Powell Wiswall Cemetery, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions in memory of Josh may be made to www.gofundme.com/27cjy788 for his daughter Eva.

John D. Womer “Jack”, 61, passed away on Monday, May 23, 2016, at his home surrounded by his family. He was born in Albany, New York on December 4, 1954.

Jack was the President of Adirondack Cabling and Security, which he co-owned with his brother Bob. He was a member of the Galway Lions Club where he served as treasurer. Jack was an avid gardener. He liked to travel and enjoyed being in the outdoors. Jack brewed his own beer and hard cider for his family and friends.

His quick witted humor and positive outlook on life will never fade from our memories.

He was predeceased by his parents John “Bill” and Dorothy (Irish) Womer. Jack is survived by his wife Cathy (Dolan) Womer; his sons David Womer and his wife Dana of Amsterdam, and Jeremy Womer and his wife Raquel Rozdolski of Saratoga Springs; grandchildren Mason and Jackson Womer; siblings Bill Womer (Linda) of Latham, Nancy Turner (Bill) of Glens Falls and Bob Womer (Kathy) of Broadalbin; his beloved dog Bailey and grandpuppy Winston; and many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to call from 4pm to 7pm on Thursday, May 26 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A celebration of Jack’s life will be held on Saturday, June 4 at 1pm at Jack’s home, 1094 Westline Road, Amsterdam.

Memorial contributions in memory of Jack may be made to Galway Lions Club, PO Box 244, Galway, NY 12074.

Gary C. Weaver, 64, passed away Monday, May 16, 2016 at The Community Hospice Inn after a long illness.

Born in Amsterdam, NY on October 20, 1951, he was the son of Claire Weaver and the late Howard Weaver. He grew up in Ballston Spa and was a graduate of Ballston Spa High School. He worked for Ballston Spa Central Schools for 10 years and later for Advance Auto in Saratoga Springs.
Gary and his father were very active in the Boy Scouts and shared many adventures together. He loved anything to do with cars and music. He had a love for dogs and throughout his life he had a steady companion by his side.

He is survived by his loving wife of 42 years Patti (Haskell) Weaver, sons James and Jason Weaver, mother Claire Weaver, siblings Kathy Hanley and Kevin Weaver. He was the proud grandpa of Hailey, Molly and Travis. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, May 19 from 6pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A memorial service will be held at 7pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Gary’s memory to The Community Hospice Inn, 315 S. Manning Blvd., Albany, NY 12208 or SPCA of Upstate NY, PO Box 171, Hudson Falls, NY 12839.

Thomas P. Deveno, 93, passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 15, 2016. Born in West Springfield, Massachusetts on September 21, 1922, he was the son of Michael and Mary Deveno. Tom served in the US Army during World War II, working with the Army Corps of Engineers during and after the war.

Tom was a successful land developer in Saratoga County for many years.
He was a self-made man who appreciated nature and its beauty. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and the horse races at Saratoga.

He was predeceased by his first wife Theresa, and his siblings Fran, Neal, Connie, Mike, Al and Angie. Tom is survived by his beloved wife Jeanne; his daughters Mary and Nancy (Rich Pagano); siblings George (Ann), Nancy (Norm Scott) and Ann; and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, May 19 from 11am to 1pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will be held at 1pm. Burial will follow in Greenridge Cemetery, Saratoga Springs.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the NHT Tree Planting Fund, c/o Director of Management and Budget Services, NYSDEC, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-5010 or the charity of your choice.

The family would like to thank Dr. Nolan, Dr. Tonneau and the staff at Ellis Hospital for their care and compassion.

Robert Arthur Zetterstrom, 80, passed away unexpectedly, on Saturday, May 7th, 2016 at the Saratoga Rehabilitation Center in Ballston Spa, after putting forth great effort towards returning to his home in Saratoga Springs.

Robert was born April 7th, 1936 in Saratoga Springs, the son of Robert N. Zetterstrom and Grace Ladabouch Zetterstrom. He graduated from Saratoga Springs High School. Robert worked for Quevic Vichy Spring Co., Bigsbee Motors, and served 2 years in the United States Army. He retired from Prestige Vending Co. Robert was raised on the Zetterstrom family farm and took great pride that his home was still on the original farm property. He was a "Zetterstrom". Robert had several lifelong friends who all enjoyed the common passion of automobiles and watching automobile racing. In later years he enjoyed their "Breakfast Club" outings.

He is survived by his daughter Laurie S. Zetterstrom, grandson Griffin T. Hirsch, both of Gilbert, Arizona, his sister, Eileen R. "Figment" Zetterstrom of Humble, Texas, as well as his nephew, Martin R. Hill, step-daughter Jacqueline S. Beirer, and granddaughter Clementine J. Neilen. Also surviving are several cousins, grand-nephews, and grand-nieces.

A memorial service will be held Friday, July 1st, at 9:00 a.m. at the family plot in Maplewood Cemetery, on Weibel Ave., with long time family friend, Rev. Richard Leonard of Mayfield, New York, officiating.

Joseph P. Gatzendorfer, 88, passed away on Wednesday, May 4, 2016. Born in Cohoes, NY on January 3, 1928, he was the son of Michael and Albina Gatzendorfer. He was an Army veteran of World War II.

Joe was a tinsmith for Knolls Atomic Power Lab in Niskayuna for 36 years, retiring in 1988. In his younger years he liked to bowl. Joe enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing, camping and playing horseshoes. His greatest joy was his children, grandchildren, and his beloved dog Petey.

He was predeceased by his sister Mary Ormsby. Joe is survived by his wife D. Jean Gatzendorfer; children Theresa Nicosia (Louis) of Ballston Spa, Joseph Gatzendorfer, Jr (Kathy) of Ballston Spa, Paul Gatzendorfer (Melissa) of Ballston Spa, Catherine Wilson (Keith) of Carolina Beach, NC, William Gatzendorfer of Carolina Beach, NC; stepchildren Shirley Matthews (Charles) of Accord, Lee Hudson (Kathy) of Ballston Spa, Kathy Ebert (Jim) of Ballston Spa, Cindy Burke (David) of Broadalbin, and James Hudson (Ellen) of Tennessee; 17 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, 1 great great grandson, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 11am Tuesday, May 10 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Sweetman Cemetery, Charlton. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, May 9 from 4pm to 7pm at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions in memory of Joe may be made to the American Heart Association or National Kidney Foundation.

The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses at Saratoga Hospital for their care and compassion.

Marget D. McGrath 73, passed away Tuesday, May 3, 2016. Born in Hudson, NY on October 16, 1942, she was the daughter of William and Phyllis Dodds. She was a graduate of Ballston Spa High School and Nathan Littauer Nursing School in Gloversville.

Marget was dedicated to her profession. She traveled and worked in many different cities during her career. She started at Saratoga Hospital, and worked in Boston, New Orleans, Las Vegas, New York City and Fort Myers.

She was predeceased by her husband James McGrath. Marget is survived by her sisters Carol DiPasquale (John), and Kathy Hawley (David); nieces and nephews Michelle MacEsker (Joe), Michael DiPasquale (Jackie), Kristen Hawley, and Jeffrey Hawley (Maegan); great nieces Katelyn MacEsker, Anna DiPasquale and Laura DiPasquale.

A private service will be held. Memorial contributions in memory of Marget may be made to the Terisian House Foundation, 200 Washington Ave Ext., Albany, NY 12203.

Harry M. Bliss, 97 passed away Wednesday, April 27, 2016. Born in Ballston Spa, he was a life-long resident and son of the late William C. and Edna Irene (Booth) Bliss.

Harry was a US Army veteran, serving during World War II. He worked for the General Electric Company as a lathe operator for 39 years. He enjoyed being involved with 4-H, helping out with the For Nature’s Sake Shooting Sports Club.

Harry and his late wife, Lucy owned Bliss Glad Farm for over 40 years and received an award from the North American Gladiolus Society for their many years of service promoting the gladiolus industry. They were instrumental in reestablishing the Eastern NY Gladiolus and were inducted into the National Gladiolus Hall of Fame in Colorado.

In addition to his parents, he is predeceased by his wife of 74 years, Lucy M. Bliss and a brother, Clyde W. Bliss. He is survived by his children, Anna Mae Clark (Kenneth) of Ballston Spa, Margaret Palmer of Ballston Spa, W. George Bliss (Gaynell) of Burnt Hills and Harold O. Bliss of Saratoga; 12 grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren and several great-great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to AIM Services, Saratoga Bridges or the 4-H Training Center.

Joseph F. Gleason 93, passed away Monday, April 11, 2016. Born in Ballston Spa on October 27, 1922, he was the son of George and Corinne Gleason. He was a Navy veteran of World War II.

Joe worked at the Watervliet Arsenal for 27 years, retiring in 1977. He was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church in Ballston Spa. Joe enjoyed golfing and riding his Harley with his wife “Mare.” Joe and Mare loved to go out to dinner at their favorite places, Saratoga Diner, Manna’s, Shirley’s and the Burnt Hills Cafe. He enjoyed music and loved to sing.

He was predeceased by his first wife Mildred, son Lenny, second wife Mary and sister Corinne Hickey. Joe is survived by his nieces Julia and Cissy; nephews Jim, Joe, and Dick; and many great nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, April 15 from 10am to 11am at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will be held at 11am. Burial will follow in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Saratoga Springs.

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

Richard D. Grice 84, passed away on Monday, April 11, 2016. Born in Schenectady, NY on January 27, 1932, he was the son of Harold and Hazel Grice. He served in the US Army. Richard was the owner of Northway Process Service.

He is survived by his wife Sara; two children; brothers Robert and Roger; and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, April 16 from 11am to 1pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will be held at 1pm. Burial will follow in the Powell Wiswall Cemetery, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Richard to the The ALS Association, Gift Processing Center, PO Box 6051, Albert Lea, MN 56007.

Kathleen M. Lince 74, passed away Tuesday, April 5, 2016. Born in Albany, NY on June 12, 1941, she was the daughter of James and Irene Kelly. She worked for Reserve America in Ballston Spa for the past 15 years.

Kathy enjoyed playing Bingo and bowling. She was a prolific baker and made wedding cakes for many friends and family members. She enjoyed arts and crafts and became an expert in whatever craft she chose, often making flower arrangements out of silk, putting them together skillfully petal by petal. Kathy was an avid shopper, finding many bargains on QVC.

She was predeceased by her brother John and sister Patricia. Kathleen is survived by her husband of 57 years Paul; children Mark Lince of Ballston Spa and Jaclynn Cocker of Ballston Spa; grandson Larry Steven Fritts; granddaughter Kadylee Cocker; sister Lola Norfleet of Oklahoma; brothers Wayne Kelly of Malta; James Kelly of Schenectady, Richard Kelly of Maryland; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 9:30am Monday, April 11 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, April 10 from 3pm to 5pm at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the National Kidney Foundation.

George D. Goodrich 68, passed away Saturday, April 2, 2016 at his home surrounded by his family. Born in Amesbury, Massachusetts on October 19, 1947, he was the son of George and Lois Goodrich.

George worked for General Electric Co for several years and retired from Xerox in 2010. He enjoyed stock car racing and was the crew mechanic, racing at many local tracks. He also enjoyed hunting.

He was predeceased by his mother Lois. George is survived by his wife Ruth Ann; his children Lisa Rougier (Josh) of Middle Grove and Wayne Goodrich (Jennifer) of Ballston Spa; grandchildren Logan, Larisa and Gavin; father George Goodrich; siblings Gene Goodrich (Michelle), Gaylynn Cartier (Mark) and Gregg Goodrich (Diane); and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, April 7 from 10am to 12 noon at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A graveside service will follow in the Ballston Spa Cemetery.

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

Arthur F. Brown, 68, passed away on March 31st, 2016 surrounded by his loving family and friends.

Born on May 12, 1947 in Plattsburgh, NY later in his youth moving to Round Lake, NY where he officially became a “Round Laker" in a town that he loved and formed many lifelong friendships. He attended Shenendehowa Central School until he enlisted in the US Army in 1964 where he proudly served and fought for his country in Vietnam from 1966-1967. In recent years he would always be seen wearing his black leather jacket that proudly displayed his Army and status as a Vietnam Veteran.

Upon returning from the military Artie began his music career as a vocalist in bands such as Justus, Mantraz, Legend, and EB JEB where he formed a brotherhood with his band-mates and a bond that would never be broken, not even by death. He had music in his soul and a passion that radiated on stage as he sang and connected with his loyal fans like no other. Some of his proudest moments were sharing the stage with bands such as the Marshall Tucker Band, Charlie Daniels, Greg Allman, 38 Special, Blackfoot, Molly Hatchet, and the Outlaws to name a few. His proudest moment was being inducted to the NY Blues Hall of Fame on August 11, 2013. He was commonly referred to as a legend in the area and he truly was.

Artie had a personality that was kind, loving, and funny. Everyone he met became his friend. He was a devoted family man who loved his family more than anything.

He was predeceased by his father James A. Brown and brother Ronald J. Brown. Survivors include his mother Rita Brown, fiancée Pamela Palmateer, daughters Nicole Bilka, Teresa Miller (Michael), Fawn Fajen (Michael), and Taylor Boone, son Zachary Brown, sisters Harriet Naushahi, Carol Mercier, and Janice Sawicki. He is also survived by many beloved grandchildren, nieces, nephews, lifelong friend Patricia Brown and son Kevin Stokes, and his brothers of EB JEB.

There will be a proudly earned military service on Friday April 8th at 2:30 PM at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery in Schuylerville, NY. There will also be a celebration of life on April 23rd at the American Legion Post 91 in Mechanicville, NY at 3:00 PM, all are welcome to attend.

The family would like to thank the SICU staff at Albany Medical Center for their tireless efforts and compassionate care.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Vet/Guardian house, make payable to Vet Help, 1214 Saratoga Rd., Ballston Spa, NY 12020 a cause dear to his and his families heart.

Shirley A. Mundell 64, passed away on Monday, March 28, 2016. Born in Cohoes, NY on November 11, 1951, she was the daughter of Daniel and Gabrielle Maloney.

Shirley was a licensed practical nurse for 23 years, working at Wesley Health Care Center, Saratoga Hospital and retiring from Sunnyview Hospital. She was a communicant of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ballston Spa. Shirley was a Cub Scout Leader for many years. Her greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her brothers Daniel, Michael and Larry Maloney. Shirley is survived by her husband Philip; sons Philip Mundell, Jr. (Sylvia) of Virginia, Brian Mundell (Robin) of Ballston Spa and Eric Mundell (Lisa) of Ballston Spa; sister Lorraine Gorham of Cohoes; 10 grandchildren, 1 great granddaughter and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, April 1 from 4pm to 6pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street Ballston Spa. Funeral services will be held 10am Saturday, April 2 at the funeral home.

A committal service will be held 10am Monday, April 4 at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Church, 167 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Mames J. Albertin 67, passed away Monday, March 28, 2016. Born in Ballston Spa, NY on January 24, 1949, he was the son of Martin and Alice Albertin.

Mames worked at Saratoga Golf Course for several years. He enjoyed playing golf and was a talented
drummer.

He is survived by his sister Dawn Payne; niece Lisa Payne; great nephews and niece Shane, Corey and Britnee; great great nieces and nephew Kristina, Ariana and Iziah.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a graveside service on Thursday, April 21 at 1pm in the Ballston Spa Cemetery.

Michael S. D’Agostino 65, passed away on Sunday, March 27, 2016. Born in Naples, Italy on February 5, 1951, he was the son of Gennaro and Tina D’Agostino. He came to the United States in 1971. He earned a master’s degree from Syracuse University.

Michael worked in Sales at AT&T for many years. He later worked for the NYS Department of Education retiring in 2015. Michael was at Professor at Hudson Valley Community College, where he taught Italian.

He was passionate about soccer and enjoyed chess and horse racing. His greatest joy was his family especially his beloved grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his brother Gianni D’Agostino. Michael is survived by his wife Diane; sons David D’Agostino (Sharon) of Ballston Spa and Christopher D’Agostino (Monica) of Ballston Spa; grandchildren Isabella, Alyssa, Gianluca, Michael and Jacob; siblings Enzo D’Agostino of Italy, Angelo D’Agostino of Syracuse and Silvana D’Agostino of Italy; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 11am on Friday, April 1 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, March 31 from 6pm to 8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Online remembrances may be made at www.armerfuneralhome.com

Esther V. Thompson, 95, passed away on Saturday, March 26, 2016. Born in Detroit, Michigan on July 31, 1920, she was the daughter of Clifton and Harriet Clower.

Esther worked at the Ballston Knitting Mill for many years, and later retired from the Saratoga County Infirmary in Ballston Spa as a nurse’s aide. After her retirement, she worked part time as a bus monitor for Stanski Transportation.

Esther was a devoted mother and grandmother, and loved spending time with her family. She was an active member of the Community Emergency Corp in Ballston Spa for 30 years.

She was predeceased by her sister Margaret Clower, son Clifford Thompson, daughter and son in law Mary and James Dimock, grandson Scott Thompson, great grandson Jamie Coleman and son in law Roy Coleman.

Esther is survived by her children Frank Thompson of Ballston Spa, Sharon Coleman of Saratoga Springs, and Debbie Grady (Jim) of Saratoga Springs; 13 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, 2
great great grandsons; and dear friend and “other son” Rick Mattrazzo of Ballston Spa.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, March 29 from 4pm to 6pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will be private.

Memorial contributions in memory of Esther may be made to the Community Emergency Corp, Thompson Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Donald Roy Hauprich, 88, passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones at the Saratoga Center for Rehab and Skilled Nursing Care in Ballston Spa on Good Friday, March 25, 2016.

Born in Albany, NY on August 23, 1927 to Herman Carl Hauprich and Hazel (Foster) Hauprich, Donald served with distinction in the US Army between World War II and the Korean War, waiting until his honorable discharge from the military to complete his education at Albany High School.

Following his 1949 marriage to the love of his life, Mary Jean (DeVogel), Donald graduated from Morrisville College in 1950. He was employed as a watchmaker at John J. DeVogel's Jewelry Store prior to embarking upon a long career at Knoll’s Atomic Power Lab (KAPL) in Niskayuna from which he retired in 1987. Affiliations included being Past President of the Christian Brothers Academy Fathers Association and memberships in American Legion Joseph E. Zaloga Post 1520 and the American Welding Society. The First Lutheran Church of Albany also played an important part in his life.

Donald, whose witty and outgoing personality earned him the nickname “Mr. Ambassador” while residing in the nursing care center, will long be remembered for his devotion to family and friends as well as his patriotism and his passion for adventures in the great outdoors. Camping, boating, fishing, golfing, gardening, and doting on grandchildren, were but a few of the activities that kept him youthful into his early 80s.

Donald is survived by his devoted wife Mary Jean of Colonie, NY and their three children, Donna J. Hauprich of Alexandria,Virginia; USAF Ret. MSgt Kenneth P. Hauprich, Sr. (USAF Ret. Lorri D.) of Wilmington, Ohio; and Donald Roy, Hauprich, Jr., of Ballston Spa, NY as well as cherished grandchildren USAF Elizabeth Hauprich of Little Rock, Arkansas; USAF Christina (Cook) Hauprich of Beale AFB, California; Ronald Hauprich of Wilmington, Ohio; and Brittany M. Hauprich and Nickolas R. Hauprich of Ballston Spa, NY. Donald’s passing is also being mourned by many cousins and friends who were with him throughout his earthly journey.

Donald was predeceased by siblings Herman Carl Hauprich, Jr. and Rita (Roney) Hauprich as well as by beloved grandson USAF SrA Kenneth P. Hauprich, Jr.

A celebration of Donald’s life will take place from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Funeral services with full military honors will take place at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 31 in the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s and/or Parkinson’s research foundations.

On March 10, 2016, Janet A. McAvoy passed away peacefully at Glens Falls Hospital, Glens Falls, NY from severe peripheral vascular disease.

Born in Albany, NY on March 5, 1933, she was predeceased by her parents Lloyd S. and Ann B. (Winters) Creifelds, infant brother William Creifelds and husband Howard W. McAvoy.

Having lived in Virginia from 1958-1963, Janet came to be a lifelong resident of Saratoga County for the next 53 years. With unwavering purpose, she raised her family along with her mother Ann in Ballston Spa. Janet retired from Saratoga County Real Property Tax after 15 years of service in 1988.

The Adirondack Mountains served as her home for 38 years, specifically Town of Wilton. Most gratifying at this time were her endless hunts for antique treasures this region held. Her passion surfaced from that as a young child, making wondrous discoveries in her grandmother’s attic trunks. She cultivated this respect of “the old” into a business; yielding countless miles traveled and hours of camaraderie visits with dear friends who shared her quest.

Janet’s yard attracted and cared for many of the Lord’s woodland creatures. Birds found sanctuary in the numerous feeders she erected, safeguarding their survival during long winters. The flower bed that marked her home’s entrance reflected the quaintness inside.

Janet is survived by her sons William R. Davis and Joel P. Davis; daughter Elizabeth D. Connell (Chris); brother Robert J. Creifelds; granddaughters Melanie A. Galbraith and Angela H. Johnson; grandson William G. Galbraith; nieces Donna L. Thomas and Jacqueline A. Harvey (Gary); and several great nieces and nephews.

Janet will be laid to rest alongside her late husband Howard McAvoy at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery on Friday, May 20, 2016 at 12 noon. Family and friends are invited to attend.

Mary E. Sankowski “Molly”, 90, passed away peacefully on Monday, March 21, 2016. Born in Milton, NY on January 30, 1926, she was the daughter of Charles and Grace Mitchell.

Molly worked at the Ballston Knitting Mill for many years. She was a communicant of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ballston Spa. Molly was an active member of the Ballston Area Seniors and went on many trips with her friends from the seniors. She enjoyed traveling and crafts. Her greatest joy was her family especially her grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband Stanley and her brothers Horace, Robert, Vernon and Floyd. Molly is survived by her sons Robert Sankowski (Susan) of Greenville, NC and James Sankowski (Terri) of Yulee, FL; grandchildren Steven Sankowski (Kristen), Kaleigh Hadley (Sean), Lauren Sankowski and Butch Fleming (Anna); and her beloved longtime companion Augie Carbone.

Funeral services will be held 9am Wednesday, March 23 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Ballston Spa. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, March 22 from 5pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Gateway House of Peace, 479 Rowland Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Joseph M. Aufiero “Dixie” 99, passed away on Friday, March 18, 2016. Born in Ballston Spa, NY on February 7, 1917, he was the son of Joseph and Ida Aufiero. He served as a staff sergeant in the US Army, during World War II.

Dixie was the ground superintendent at the Saratoga County Fairgrounds for 26 years. He was also a Systems Operator at the Knolls Atomic Power Lab in West Milton for many years, before retiring in 1981. Dixie was the oldest member of American Legion Post 234 in Ballston Spa.

His greatest joy was spending time with his family especially his grandchildren. He also enjoyed woodworking.

He was predeceased by his wife Favorita, brother Nicholas and sister Virginia. Dixie is survived by his son Joseph Aufiero (Candace) of Middle Grove; grandchildren Desiree Martin (Daniel) of Ballston Lake and Michael Aufiero of Charlton; great grandchildren Emmett, Riley and Aidan.

Funeral services will be held 9am Tuesday, March 22 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial with military honors will follow at the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, March 21 from 5pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Levi Tristan Coulter, beloved infant son of Eric and Amber Coulter, passed away on Wednesday, March 16, 2016. In addition to his parents, Levi is survived by his brother Gavin, sister Delaney; grandparents Gilbert and Rosemary VanGuilder, and Richard and Jo-Ann Coulter; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. He was predeceased by his brother Kaiden.

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

Memorial contributions in memory of Levi may be made to the Ronald McDonald House, 139 South Lake Avenue, Albany, NY 12208