Ethel J. Best

Ethel J. Best 97, passed away on Sunday, April 4, 2021 at the Baptist Health Care Center. She was born in Schenectady, NY on July 12, 1923 to Dora and William Cichy.

During World War II, while her husband was training for the US Navy, Ethel worked at a defense plant in Detroit. She later worked at Maqua Co (G.E.) for several years. Ethel was a hairstylist and had a studio in her home. Ethel was an accomplished artist and received many awards for her work. In her younger years she enjoyed dancing and speed skating. She and her husband were rollerskate dance champions.

She was predeceased by her parents Dora and William; her husband John Best, brothers Bill, Jim, Ray and Leslie, and her sister Norma Brown. Ethel is survived by her children Carol Bojarczuk (Edward) and Thomas Best (Susan); grandchildren Erin Bojarczuk, Colleen Messina (Duane), Matthew Best (Anna) and John Best (Melissa); sister Lorraine Riggi; sisters in law Naomi Cichy and Claire Best; 7 great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

A private family service will be held and Ethel will be laid to rest with her husband at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery.

Guest Book

Christopher Brown (Nephew)

She was the most graceful and romantic person I have ever known. I have many special memories of the wonderful advice I received from her, always full of love and forgiveness. She is truly one of God's greatest gifts to the world.

Gail Shevack Pasterczyk

Such a special lady. I have so many fond memories and will treasure her paintings forever! I feel blessed to have known her!

Allan M Sagendorf

Tom, Real sorry to hear about your Mom's passing. Hope all is well with you Sue and family!
Still remember the look your Mom gave us when I left you off with the corvet graduation morning.

Susan Cichy Jerue

Rest in peace Aunt Ethel and give my father a hug so many memories as young children and so many wonderful visits . May you be peaceful and reunite with all that have gone before you love you always Susan

Claudia Bruce

For my most excellent Aunt who was always gracious, giving, kind and fun! She will be forever missed....Love you so much Aunt Et!


Dear Aunt Ethel,

I’m sure your reunion with uncle John and your parents and sisters and brothers was some celebration!!! You’re all together now!!! So may you rest in eternal peace!

I remember all the good times at your house spending the night and having fun .... we would talk and Carol didn’t always like that .... hehe ...but she survived ...

See you down the road at some point in time !!

LOVES ... loves ... loves ......


A dear friend

I have so many wonderful memories of you tucked in my heart. Enjoy heaven and all those that you love that you are now with. Until I join you all in heaven, know that I love you. ❤

Stewart Hibbins

Rest in Peace Ethel. I very much enjoyed having you and John as part of our extended family and I hope to see you again in the next life. May those you left behind take comfort in knowing that you and John are together once more.