Obituaries


Edith Theresa Waldrop, 87, passed away Monday, February 26, 2018 at home surrounded by her family. Born on October 27, 1930 in Brooklyn, NY she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Edith Anne (Collins) Jimison.

Edith’s mother died young and she was raised by her “other mother”, Una L. Meacham and grew up with her in DeKalb, NY. In her late teens she moved back to New York City and graduated from Washington Irving High School in Manhattan. A woman ahead of her time, she continued her education at Paterson College in NJ and became a school teacher. Edith settled in Paramus, NJ where she resided for 44 years and taught at Midland Elementary School and Westbrook Junior High. She has resided in Ballston Spa since 2006.

Edith was a good friend and neighbor and was very handy. She was never afraid to tackle a project at home and if something needed to be fixed, she simply read about it and did it herself.

In addition to her parents, she is predeceased by her brothers, Joseph, Edward and George and her sister, Florence. She is survived by her daughters, Sharon Ayers of Hampton, NJ, Patty Gleason (Kevin) of Wantage, NJ and Cathleen Wallis (Warren) of Ballston Spa; her grandchildren, Bryant, Sarah, Tim, Chris, Caitlin, Melissa, Kevin Jr., Theresa, Neil and Sha Sha; her great grandchildren, Mallory, Brynn, Emma, Noah, Savannah, Leana, Luca, Leo, Mia, Cole and Noelle; and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 4pm to 7pm on Wednesday at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High St, Ballston Spa. A prayer service will be held 6:30pm.

The family will also receive friends on Thursday from 4pm to 8pm at the Vander Plaat Memorial Home, 113 South Fareview Ave, Paramus, NJ. Funeral services will be held at 10am on Friday at the Vander Plaat Memorial Home. Interment will be in George Washington Memorial Park, Paramus.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Community Hospice, 295 Valley View Blvd., Rensselaer, NY 12144.

Harry A. Rock, Sr. 54, passed away on Saturday, February 24, 2018. Born in Nyack, NY on November 6, 1963, he was the son of Wilson and Bertha Rock, Sr.

Harry worked for the Saratoga County Department of Public Works for the past 15 years.

He enjoyed being outdoors, fishing, boating, camping or riding his Harley. He could often be found working on cars or tearing up the streets in “Taz 223” (his truck). Harry loved to party with his family and friends. He will be greatly missed by all including his beloved dogs Parker and Baby Girl.

Harry is survived by his fiancée Tammy Mills, children Harry Rock, Jr., Sarah Rock (Ray), Amber Rock (Emily), Tyler Rock, Katie Rock (Alex), Shawn Pratt (Gabriel) and Cassidy Pratt (Morgan); mother in law Ma Mills; grandchildren Adilyn Rowe Rock and Matthew Deuel; brothers Wilson Rock, Jr. and Fred Rock Sr. (Linda); sisters Carol Paxton (Howard) and Janet Wilson (Joseph); and several nieces and nephews. He is also survived by many great friends, to name a few, Bob and Mylina Prunier and Michael Myers, Sr.

A celebration of Harry’s life will be held 1pm Sunday March 11, 2018 at American Legion Post 234, 23 Pleasant Street, Ballston Spa. Memorial contributions in memory of Harry may be made at:

https://www.gofundme.com/unexpeded-loss-of-harry-rock-sr

William F. Moll, 74, passed away on Saturday, February 24, 2018 surrounded by his loving family, after a short illness. Born in Troy, NY on November 14, 1943, he was the son of Myer and Beatrice Moll and a graduate of Mechanicville High School.

Bill was a fireman for the Schenectady Fire Department for 20 years, retiring in 1992.

Bill was an avid golfer competing at both the professional and amateur level. He was known on the course as the “Silver Fox”. He also owned and trained horses at the Saratoga Harness Track. When he wasn’t golfing or at the track, Bill enjoyed taking long rides, spending time with his family, and collecting art work. He enjoyed a lively debate or a good practical joke, always with a smile on his face. Bill was a true gentleman, yet he enjoyed being the life of the party.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brothers Warren, Leland, and Stewart Moll, sisters in law Sandra Moll and Marie Moll, and brother in law Joe Fitzpatrick. Bill is survived by his wife Carol Lawrence Moll; sons William (Stacey), David (Cheryl) and Peter; daughter Debra; stepchildren Chip (Wendy) and Tiffany; grandchildren Halie, Natalie, Zachary, Chloe, Maddie, and Cory; sisters Sylvia Fitzpatrick, Joyce Rousselle and Mary Ellen Amann (Albert); sister in law Sandy Moll; and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to a celebration of Bill’s life at 10 am on Sunday, March 4, at Eagle Crest Golf Club, 1004 Route 146A, Clifton Park.

Memorial contributions in memory of Bill may be made to the Double H Ranch, 97 Hidden Valley Road, Lake Luzerne, NY 12846 www.doublehranch.org

The family would like to thank the staff at Saratoga Hospital for the loving care and compassion given to Bill during his illness.

Dolores V. Rhodes, 76, passed away on Wednesday, February 21, 2018. Born in Troy, NY on April 29, 1941, she was the daughter of Matthew and Helen Hipwell.

Dolores was a waitress in Ballston Spa for many years. She had numerous loyal customers who would only want her to wait on them. She was a kindhearted and loving person who made friends wherever she went. She always put others before herself. She faced many obstacles in her life but with her strong faith in God she managed them all with a smile. She was a devote Catholic and communicate of St. Mary’s Church in Ballston Spa. All who knew her will deeply miss her. She was truly a gift from God.

She was predeceased by her beloved husband Ronald Rhodes, parents Matthew and Helen Hipwell, brothers John Hipwell and Paul Hipwell, sister Bernadette Agars, brothers in law James Kane and Lawrence Agars. Dolores is survived by her loving daughter Christine Rhodes; siblings Helene LaRose (Richard), Robert Hipwell (Charlotte), Thomas Hipwell, Marcia Kane, sisters in law Barbara Testo Hipwell and Barbara Burhans Hipwell, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 9am Tuesday, February 27 at St Mary’s Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow in the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Dolores may be made to St. Mary’s Church, 167 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or to one’s choice.

The family would like to thank Chris and Dave, Paul and June, Gerald and Kathy as well as Kym and Mary for their help and care over the years.

Calvin E. Vickers, 71, passed away on Tuesday, February 20, 2018. Born in Amsterdam, NY on May 15, 1946, he was the son of John and Margaret Vickers.

He graduated from Perth Central School, Class of 1964 and proudly served in the US Army. Calvin worked for the NYS Thruway Authority for 30 years, retiring in 1999.

Calvin liked to keep in shape. He was an avid bicyclist and also enjoyed walking and working out. He was a huge football fan watching both the NFL and College.

He was predeceased by his sister Margaret Narbon and brother John Vickers. Calvin is survived by his children Michelle Fortune (Rod) of Ballston Spa and James Vickers (Laura) of Ohio; grandsons Joey Gugliemelli and Josh Vickers; brother Lawrence Vickers (Barbara) of Florida; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services with military honors will be held 11am Tuesday, February 27 at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, 200 Duell Road, Schuylerville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Saratoga National Cemetery Honor Guard Association.

Joseph Francis Murray, Sr. passed away unexpectedly at his home in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Sunday, February 18, 2018 at the age of 70. He was born in Ballston Spa, NY to Ernest and Abbie Murray. His loving wife, Veronica (Ronne), and four devoted children, Abbie, Joseph II, Meredith and George, survive him. His is also survived by four loving siblings, John (Debbie), Marty (Wayne), Ann (Harry) and Julia (Timothy). He had six grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews. His caring sister-in-law, Ellen, also survives him. His parents, a sister and a brother predeceased him.

Joe did two combat tours in Vietnam and was a member of the 75th Rangers. He was a loving, caring and giving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and uncle. Faith in Jesus was primary in his life. His talents and hobbies were many, but gardening, mechanics, reading and long-distance driving were his favorites. He loved spending time with family and friends. He was a member of several military organizations.

In 2013, Joseph was diagnosed with esophageal and stomach cancer. The Lord led him through four major and five minor surgeries and months of hospitalization resulting in a cancer-free diagnosis. Ronne and Joe thanked God every day for the blessing of almost four more years together before calling him home.

Joseph was a faithful follower of the Lord Jesus Christ. It is because of that deep faith in his Savior that we have the peace of knowing that he is now in heaven with Jesus.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, March 2 from 10:30am to 11:30am at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will be held at 11:30am. Burial with military honors will follow at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family to assist in covering funeral costs.

“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.” – Psalm 116:15

Elaine N. Whalen, 79, passed away on Sunday, February 18, 2018. Born in Ballston Spa, NY on January 9, 1939, she was the daughter of Edward and Ruth Schnars.

Elaine was a teaching assistant at Ballston Spa Central Schools for several years. She then worked at Skidmore University Without Walls and The Prevention Council in Saratoga Springs.

Nana, Nay and Nayna, as she was known by her grandchildren, had a special relationship with each of them.

She was predeceased by her son Lee Whalen and her sister Ellen Hyde. Elaine is survived by her husband Thomas, and their children, Lorrie Patenaude (Michael) of Gansevoort, Mark Whalen of Troy, Timothy Whalen (Mary) of Porter Corners, and Beth Smisloff (Mark) of Saratoga Springs; beloved grandchildren Kelsey Latham, Carter Older, Nathan Patenaude, Jessica Quigley, Tera Patenaude, Katie Whalen, Thomas Whalen, Piper Whalen, Rachel Smisloff, Grace Smisloff, William Smisloff and Leah Smisloff; great granddaughters Harper Patenaude and Scarlett Quigley; twin sister Liz Frank; and several nieces and nephews.

A private family service will be held.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Cornelia de Lange Syndrome Foundation, 302 West Main St #100, Avon, CT 06001 or Estherville Animal Shelter, 100 Russell Rd, Greenfield Center, NY 12833.

David A. Dygert, 75, passed away on Sunday, February 18, 2018. Born in Amsterdam, NY on April 20, 1942, he was the son of Clayton and Dorothy Dygert.

David graduated from Mohonasen High School in Schenectady and served in the US Navy. He retired in 1999 from Niagara Mohawk after 35 years of service.
David enjoyed spending the summers camping with his family in Rhode Island and at their camp on Sacandaga Lake. He was active in the Galway and Broadalbin Seniors.

A devoted husband and father, David is survived by his wife and best friend of 54 years Dolores (Dolly), and their children Denise Dygert of Schenectady and Daniel Dygert of West Charlton.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, February 22 from 4pm to 6pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10am on Friday, February 23 at St. Mary’s Church, 2113 East Street, Galway.

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

June Lang Nichols, 80, passed away on Wednesday, February 14, 2018, surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Rensselaer, NY on December 10, 1937.

June was retired from the Ballston Spa School District. She enjoyed family gatherings and spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her loving mother Mary Daly Lang, who passed away when she was 10 years old, her father and stepmother Donald and Anne Lang. and her sister Mary Knipple.

June is survived by her husband of 52 years Clifford Bruce Nichols; children Carol McMahon (Jerry Mabb) of South Glens Falls, Theresa LaTulip (Greg) of Ballston Spa, Phyllis LaTulip (Lee) of Ballston Spa, Mary Titus (Dave) of Ballston Spa and Clifford Nichols, Jr.(Annette) of Galway; brother Donald Lang (Dee-Dee) of Rensselaer, sister Carol Glaz (Tom) of Troy; daughter in law Tamy Nichols of Saratoga Springs; 17 grandchildren, 33 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. June is also survived by her lifelong childhood friends Mary Ryan and Janice Cirilli, both of Rensselaer.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, February 17 from 2pm to 4pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 4pm.

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

James Savage, Sr., 50, passed away on Saturday, February 10, 2018 surrounded by his family after a long and heartbreaking struggle. James was born on January 18, 1968 in Manhattan to Benny Ray Savage and Ethelena Lois (Scarbro) Savage.

James was known for his heart of pure gold, his endless generosity, gentleness, and love for his family and friends. He loved woodworking, the Yankees, gardening and flowers. James was a true man’s man at heart and was known for his big trucks, which suited his 6’5 frame, which earned him the nickname Beast. His memory will always be cherished and he will always be very missed.

James found comfort and peace at times but was never able to fully extricate himself from the inner chaos which was at times hidden, medicine could not cure and all of our love could not soothe. In the end, despite his courage and his and his families’ best efforts, his disease was incurable. James will always be remembered for his gentle spirit, his high intelligence and his love of a good laugh. A testament to the kind of person James was is his final gift of organ donation which will help 30 people live.

James was blessed with and is survived by his loving wife Karen; his much loved son James Savage, Jr (Nicole) of Pittsburgh, PA; grandchildren Lilly, Makayla, Blessing, Jeremiah, and Camilla; stepchildren Cortney Anzur (Doug), Leigha Wilson (Hope), Brandon Zeiber (Sophia); stepgrandchildren Jayden, Ethan, Emma and Lily; siblings Faith Savage of Ellenville, Joann Savage of Ballston Spa, Ben Savage (Kathy) of Lake Luzerne, Heather Primeau of Ballston Spa, and Duane Savage of Portage, WI, nieces and nephews Richard Markle, Jr., Melissa Gibson (James), Wayne Conklin, Henry Kiernan, Kelly Kiernan, Tasha Savage, Darwin Whipple III, Carson Lyons, Stephen Mackey, Heather Savage, Sarah Mackey, Grace Porter, Rachel Porter, Katrina Schutte (Tim), Joshua Mackey, Sirena Primeau and Kaylee Mackey.

A memorial service will be held 12 noon on Friday, February 16 at Free Spirit Fellowship Church, 1425 West High Street, Ballston Spa.

Gloria D. Laporta, 80, passed away on Sunday, February 11, 2018. Born in Syracuse, NY on May 31, 1937, she was the daughter of John and Grace Scibilia. She moved to this area in 1972.

After raising her children, Gloria volunteered for the Saratoga County Economic Opportunity Council. She became a fixture at the soup kitchen in the Presbyterian New England Congregational Church in Saratoga Springs, NY working six days a week for 26 years. Gloria enjoyed cooking and people, so the soup kitchen became her passion.

Gloria is survived by her husband Carmen and their children Lorrie Hanington (Jeff), David Laporta (Christina) and Sue Malatesta (Jeff); grandchildren Valorie Cook (Jim), Lydia Hanington, Maria Laporta, Carmella Laporta, Anthony Laporta, Giovanni Malatesta, Angelina Malatesta; sisters Shirley Bialobreski (John) and Linda Scibilia-Carver (Mark); and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held 2pm Saturday, March 24 at the Presbyterian-New England Congregational Church, 24 Circular Street, Saratoga Springs, NY.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Gloria may be made to EOC Soup Kitchen.

Robert W. Gutshall, 94, passed away on Wednesday, February 7, 2018. Born in Altoona, Pennsylvania on November 11, 1923, he was the son of Milton and Florence Gutshall. He was an Army veteran proudly serving in World War II. He served in North Africa, Mediterranean, Italy, France, and Germany. He was especially proud to have been part of the 1st wave invasion into Germany and for serving aboard the cruiser USS Augusta.

Bob married the love of his life, Eileen Dunlap, in 1947 and after attending college in Philadelphia, they moved to Schenectady to begin his career with General Electric and raise their family. Bob was an engineer working both in television and radio for WRGB and WGY in Schenectady for 35 years, retiring in 1983.

Bob held an advanced license as a ham radio operator with the call sign N2AIA. He enjoyed participating in carrier nets and teaching local students interested in amateur radio.

Bob spent many summers fishing and boating on Sacandaga Lake with his family, and tending to his beautiful flower gardens. He enjoyed scenic motorcycle trips with friends and family. Bob was an animal lover and enjoyed spending time at his daughter’s horse farm.

His hobbies included photography, woodworking and building clocks. Bob was an expert baker, cinnamon buns were his specialty. He also loved music, initially playing trombone in an orchestra, and later learning guitar and keyboard.

He was predeceased by his wife of more than 60 years, Eileen and his brothers Arthur and Stanley Gutshall. Bob is survived by his children Jeffrey Gutshall (Mary) of Bonners Ferry, Idaho and Jacqueline St. Onge (Gary) Ballston Spa; granddaughter Katie; four great grandchildren Evan, Eric, Elizabeth and Emilie of Bonners Ferry, Idaho; and several nieces and nephews.

A private family service will be held at Sweetman Cemetery in the Spring.

Memorial contributions in memory of Bob may be made to the Disabled American Veterans at www.dav.org

Rose M. Ferris, 83, passed away on Tuesday, February 6, 2018. Born in Athens, Pennsylvania, on January 5, 1935, she was the daughter of John and Nora Farr.

Rose’s greatest joy was her family. She treasured the time she spent with them, cooking and family gatherings. A communicant of St. Mary’s Church in Ballston Spa, her faith was an important part of her life. Rose worked at the Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory Kesselring Site in West Milton for many years.

She was predeceased by her parents John and Nora Farr, and her siblings Eleanor Chambers, Regina Reagan, Joseph Farr, John Farr, Alfred Farr and Mary Reagan. Rose is survived by her sons Donald Ferris (Janine) and John Ferris; grandsons Patrick and Matthew; sister Pauline Farr, twin sister Rita Cox; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 9:30am, Saturday, February 10 at St Mary’s 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 Friday, February 9, from 4pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, and Ballston Spa.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in memory of Rose to St. Mary’s Church, 167 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or Community Hospice Foundation, 295 Valley View Blvd., Rensselaer, NY 12144.

Dorothy “Pat” Samascott, 85, passed away peacefully at her daughter’s home on Saturday, February 3, 2018. Born in New York, NY on September 3, 1932, she was the daughter of James and Cecilia Lamb. She grew up in the village of Nassau and graduated from St John’s Academy in Rensselaer, moving to Ballston Spa in 1967.

While raising her own children, she also babysat for many families caring for them all like they were her own for over forty years. Her grandchildren and great grandchildren were her greatest joy. In her free time she liked to bake and spend time with her family. Every year Pat and her sisters would vacation in Florida together. Pat also vacationed in Maine with her husband Howard. She was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church in Ballston Spa.

She was predeceased by her husband Howard, son Michael, and her sisters Katherine Falkowski, Agnes VanBlarcum, Alice Rembach, Anna Levanites and Helen Lamb.

Pat is survived by her children Timothy Samascott of Ballston Spa, Thomas Samascott (Laural) of Ballston Spa, Susan Samascott (Jack) of Ballston Spa, Joseph Samascott (Mary) of Ballston Spa and Stephen Samascott of Glenville; grandchildren Wayne Samascott (Sarah), Shannon Sheft (Mike), Jessica Blust (Anthony), Stanley Janczak (Jennifer), Katie Leiser (Brad), Mary Yager (Kyle), Sarah Samascott (Mac) and Stephanie Samascott; brother in law Edward Falkowski; nine great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 9:30am Thursday, February 8 at St. Mary’s Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow at 1pm in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Nassau. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, February 7 from 5pm to 8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Pat may be made to St. Mary’s Church, 167 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

The family would like to thank Dorothy’s neighbors on Coachman Drive for all their love and support throughout the years.

Josephine R. Dufort, 88, passed away on Friday, February 2, 2018. Born in Ballston Spa, NY on March 28, 1929, she was the daughter of Pasquale and Antoinette Monaco.

Josie was a secretary at Spa Steel in Saratoga Springs for 47 years. She enjoyed traveling. Her family was her greatest joy and she treasured the time she spent with them.

She was predeceased by her first husband Michael DeFilippo, second husband Robert Dufort, Sr., brothers Bernard Monaco and Louis Monaco, and her sisters Jennie Odorizzo, Sophie Wolfershiem, Theresa Monaco and Kathryn D’Ambro.

Josie is survived by her son Jerry DeFilippo and his wife Mary of Ballston Spa, grandchildren Cara and Michael; stepchildren Robert Dufort, Jr., Laural Ferneau and Donna Dufort; brothers Anthony Monaco of Amsterdam, James Monaco of Saratoga Springs, Joseph Monaco of Ballston Spa, Albert Monaco of Scotia, Harry Monaco of Ballston Spa, Pasquale Monaco of Ballston Spa, Olivio “Tete” Monaco of Ballston Spa and Donald Monaco of Ballston Spa; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 9:30am Friday, February 9 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 Thursday, February 8 from 4pm to 6pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

The family would like to thank Kate, Donald, Pia, and the staff at Wesley Health Care for the loving care and compassion they gave Josie.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in memory of Josie to the Wesley Foundation, 131 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Joseph F. Fitzgerald, 72, passed away on Wednesday, January 31, 2018. His battle with cancer has finally brought him home. His pastor said that Joe had asked for forgiveness and his heart was in a good place.

Joe was born in Mechanicville, NY on March 30, 1945. The relationship he had with his family was a struggle, but as in all things in life with the bad we have good.

He was predeceased by his parents Roy Fitzgerald and Geraldine Lula Lesson Fitzgerald, and his sister Joy Fitzgerald. Joe is survived by his children Joseph Fitzgerald, Brenda Marvin and Kimberly Neely and their mother Carol Leger; brothers Roy Fitzgerald, Tom Fitzgerald, Larry Fitzgerald, Gary Fitzgerald and John Fitzgerald; sister Sally Jones, and many nieces and nephews.

A private family service will be held at Powell Wiswall Cemetery in the Spring. His resting place will be with his mother as he always felt comfort at her side.

Michael J. Stoddard, 25, passed away on Sunday, January 28, 2018. He was born in Albany, NY on June 25, 1992. Mike graduated from Galway High School and the BOCES Program for Heavy Equipment Operators.

Mike worked for the Saratoga Co Highway Department. When he was 14 years old he started as an explorer for the Galway Volunteer Fire Dept. The firehouse quickly became his passion and he proudly served as a volunteer fireman, where he held the position of Captain and also served on the department dive team.

Mike was an outdoorsman, enjoying hunting and fishing. His was an avid diver.

Mike is survived by his mother Christy Sheehan; father James Stoddard and his wife Nicole; siblings Dan Sheehan (Noel Chambers), Ryan Sheehan and his fiancée Samantha; Ashley Sheehan (John VanNoy), Lindsey Sheehan (Kara); niece Aaralyn, nephew Landon; his beloved dog Tyson, and all of his brother firemen at the Galway Volunteer Fire Department.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, February 1 from 4pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 3 at 1pm at the Galway Vol. Fire Dept, 1985 West Street, Galway. Friends are invited to gather at the firehouse at 12 noon.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Mike may be made to the Galway Volunteer Fire Department.

Patricia Anne LeRoy, 80, passed away on Sunday, January 28, 2018. Born in Belfast, Maine on October 27, 1937, she was the daughter of Clyde and Charlotte Chamberlain.

Patty was a homemaker, raising her children and volunteering at their activities whenever she could. She was an active member of the Ballston Spa United Methodist Church teaching Sunday School and leading the Junior Youth Group. Patty loved teaching children the Books of the Bible.

In 1967, Patty hosted her first Fresh Air Fund child. From then on she became a constant supporter, serving as Chairman and Fund Representative, helping hundreds of children over the years. She loved everyone and was loved by all for her encouraging words and wisdom. Her greatest treasure was her grandchildren whom she loved with all her heart.

She was predeceased by her husband Clarence “Scooter” LeRoy, and her siblings Gertrude, Clyde “Red”, Charles and Neville. Patty is survived by her children Charlene Padula (John), Mark LeRoy (Kelly), Tricia Barkman (Darren) and Jennifer Sutherland; grandchildren Kristen (Lung), Josiah, Rebekah, Madison, Sydney, Taylor, Carissa, Rachel, Kaitlyn, and Lucas; sister Pauline Ryan; and several nieces and nephews. Patty was affectionately referred to as Mom and Grandma by many.

Funeral services will be held 10am Thursday, February 1, at Ballston Spa United Methodist Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Ballston Spa Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, January 31 from 4pm to 8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions in memory of Patty may be made to the Ballston Spa United Methodist Church or the Fresh Air Fund.

Arlene (Pat) Smith, 83, of Ballston Spa, passed away peacefully after a long illness at the Wesley Health Center on January 25, 2018.

She was born to the late Edward and Katherine Hogan, September 17, 1934 in Torrington, CT. Pat graduated from Ballston Spa High School, married the late Robert Smith and spent the majority of her adult life as a resident of Ballston Spa.

Proudly liberal in her political and social beliefs, Pat dedicated her life to serving others and fighting for social justice. She spent the latter part of her professional career working for Project Head Start (now the Head Start Association) an organization committed to ending the cycle of poverty through child and family education. She began her career with Head Start as a Nutrition Aide and retired after 35 years as a Center Director. During that time, Pat also participated as a founding member of the BACC which had its origin as a drop in center for local teens. Pat was immensely proud of her career and over those years touched countless lives and changed the life trajectory for many. A lifelong advocate for civil rights, Pat devoted herself to being a voice for the voiceless.

Even to the last of her days, Pat’s kindness, warm smile and easy manner nourished those around her.

She is survived by her sister Noreen, her five children, Kathy (Jon), Ed, Courtney (Shannon), Kevin (Jennifer) and Jennifer, and nine grandchildren: Raelynn, Taylor, Aaron, Connor, Teigan, Caileigh, Liam, Sawyer, Avery, and one great grandchild, Eva.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, January 30 from 5pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home. Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30am Wednesday, January 31 at St. Mary’s Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to City Mission of Schenectady or Catholic Charities in Saratoga Springs.

Larry M. Tyrrell, 77, passed away on Thursday, January 25, 2018. Born in Oneonta, NY on April 4, 1940, he was the son of Spencer and Winifred Tyrrell. He proudly served in the US Marine Corp. In 1988, Larry was ranked the eighth best marksman in the country.

Larry worked for the NY State Department of Social Services. He was an avid fan of the Discovery TV series Moonshiners.

Larry is survived by his children Veronica Lindsey (Edson) and Bryce Tyrrell (Katia); grandchildren Travis, Amber, Andy, Morgan, Conrad, Cole, Joretta, Torrey and Aaron; his mother Winifred Tyrrell; sister Shirley Dorstek (Sonny), and several nieces and nephews.

At his request there will be no services. The family would like to thank Katia Uveges for all the loving care she gave to Larry over the years.

E. Maxine Matthews, 90 passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Thursday, January 25, 2018. Born in Cape Girardeau, Missouri on July 25, 1927, she was the daughter of William and Cora Wallace.

Maxine was the manager of Vita-Mart in Ballston Spa for many years. She was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church and served as president of the American Legion Post 234 Ladies Auxiliary in Ballston Spa.

Maxine was an avid NY Yankees and NY Giants fan. Her family was her greatest joy and she treasured the time she spent with them.

She was predeceased by her husband John and her five siblings.

Maxine is survived by her children Lawrence Matthews (Carol) of Ballston Lake, John Matthews (Fran) of Gansevoort and Susan Matthews-Farrigan (Matthew) of Ballston Lake; grandchildren Amanda Matthews, Brad Matthews, Kennie Farrigan (Jennifer), Donal Farrigan and Natalie Farrigan, great granddaughter Evelyn Farrigan; sisters in law Betty Wallace and Maureen Tremblay; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 9:30am Tuesday, January 30 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in St Agnes Cemetery, Menands. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, January 29 from 5pm to 7pm at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions in memory of Maxine may be made to American Legion Post 234, 23 Pleasant Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Our mother, Mildred Irene (Corp) Reed, 99, passed away peacefully on January 24. She was one of Our Greatest Generation, born in Round Lake, NY, on January 3, 1919, the daughter of Irene Baker Corp and George W. Corp. On November 26, 1942 she married Robert I. Reed of Ballston Spa, NY.

Mildred lived in Coburg Village for the past 13 years. She loved her life there and all her friends. She especially enjoyed her time working in the Country Store. She loved sailing and traveling with her husband to many of the States and other countries.

She graduated from Round Lake High School and Mildred Elley School of Business. During World War II she worked at General Electric where she created electrical drawings for power plants. She later worked at Woodward and Lothrup Department Store in Annapolis, Maryland.

Mildred was predeceased by her husband, Robert I. Reed, and her brothers John Clifford Corp and Donald George Corp. She is survived by her children Jean Reed Clough (Mark Swift), Thomas Robert Reed (Dayanne Schurecht), and Patricia Reed Pond (Robin Filion), as well as 8 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at Coburg Village in Rexford, NY on Monday, January 29, at 10 AM. Friends and relatives are invited to calling hours on Sunday, January 28, from 4 to 6 PM at the Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. She will be interred at a private ceremony in the Spring.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Humane Society of New York or the charity of your choice.

On Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018 at 4:20 am, Joyce Foster passed away at the Gateway House of Peace, following a very difficult but courageous battle with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer. We all knew from the beginning that this was going to be fatal, but Joyce never lost her positive spirit, and remained up-beat through it all. It was a true reflection of who she was. Myself, Michael Foster and our family were by her side when she took her final breath. For 51 years she was my whole world. A true friend, and the best wife anyone could ever ask for.

Joyce was born on February 26, 1947 in Albany, NY to Arnold and Mandy Wise. She was the youngest of five children. Joyce and I met in 1962 at Albany High School. We were both in Dramatics club, she was an actress, I was behind the scenes. After five years of dating we were married January 14th, 1967 while I had a weekend off while serving in the Navy. Joyce’s mom always said it wouldn’t last, but we fooled her. We settled in Boston and Joyce worked hard to support us while I was in school. A true example of her generosity. We built a wonderful life together and raised two terrific kids. We went from true high school sweethearts to lifelong soul mates.

Joyce and I did everything together. Movies and dinner at our favorite restaurant was always a weekly event. We shared a love for the outdoors, hiking, snowshoeing, the ocean, beautiful beaches, and traveling the Caribbean, especially St. John. Above all else Joyce adored our four grandchildren with all her heart.

Joyce lived life to the fullest. She was the most compassionate, generous and bubbly person I have ever known. I feel truly blessed to have shared my life with her. She will be terribly missed.

In addition to myself, those left to cherish her memory include our kids, David Foster of Tucson, Arizona and his kids Matilda and Griffin; Denise Bergang and her husband Andrew of Manchester, NH and their kids Matthew and Zachary; her siblings Nancy Wise and her husband Jim Schmitt of Batavia, Lilla Wise and her husband Wade Morrison of Virginia, and Bob Wise and his wife Nancy of Pennsylvania; many nieces, nephews and cousins. Joyce will be greatly missed by our little dog Willy who she loved very much. She was predeceased by her parents Arnold and Mandy Wise, and her sister Hazel Kennedy.

I would like to thank everyone who cared for Joyce during these last dark months, especially the staff of Gateway House of Peace and Community Hospice of Saratoga. You gave her all the love, dignity, and compassion she so deserved and I will forever be grateful. You are all very special people.

As per Joyce’s wishes there will be no services. Please no cards or flowers.
Keeping the memory of Joyce in our hearts and our minds is better than anything material. A celebration of her life will be held on a later date.

Memorial contributions in memory of Joyce may be made to the Gateway House of Peace, 479 Rowland Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Joyce was a loveable spirit. Our hearts are broken, we will miss you more than words can convey. This world will be a bit darker without you. Rest in peace honey.

James Hughes, 63, passed away on Sunday, January 21, 2018. Born in Schenectady, NY on September 20, 1954, he was the son of William and Doris Roberts Hughes. He was a graduate of the Rome School for the Deaf. He was well known around Saratoga Springs and Mechanicville.

James was a woodworker and craftsman known for his fine detailing in many Saratoga restaurants. He enjoyed camping, fishing and hunting.

He was predeceased by his parents William and Doris Hughes, and his brother Mark Hughes. James is survived by his brothers Glennan Hughes and Jay Dean Hughes (Heather); sister Rebecca Hughes, nieces and nephews Missy, Robert, Mark, Jason, Kenneth, Amber, Marie and Carrigan; and his loving aunts, uncles and cousins.

James will be buried with his father in Poultney, Vermont. Memorial contributions in memory of James may be made to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Harold N. Dowen, 82, passed away on Saturday, January 20, 2018, at his home surrounded by his family. Born in Saratoga Springs, NY on February 19, 1935, he was the son of Joseph and Effie Dowen.

Harold was a bus driver for Saratoga Bridges for many years. He was an avid fan of the NY Yankees and the NY Giants, cheering them on whenever he could. His greatest joy was the time he spent with his family.

He was predeceased by his wife Ruth, daughter Toni, and several siblings. Harold is survived by his children Judy Dowen (Jim) of Ballston Spa, Beverly Ward of Saratoga Springs, Tracey Vrooman (Steve) of Malta, Harold Dowen (Rose) of Stillwater, Dennis Dowen (Karen) of Greenfield, Duane Dowen (Lisa) of Northumberland; brothers Robert and Donald (Sherry); sister Penelope; dear friend Roger Rooke (Tanya); six grandchildren, six great grandchildren, two step grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, January 25 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 the Ballston Spa Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in memory of Harold may be made to Community Hospice, 295 Valley View Blvd., Rensselaer, NY 12144.

Millicent J. Ferrara, 79, passed away on Friday, January 19, 2018. Born in Ballston Spa, NY on February 5, 1928, she was the daughter of Frank and Gladys Dean.

Milli was an antique dealer running Sentimental Journey Antiques with her husband for 40 years. Together they traveled to many antique shows, collecting and selling antiques. A lifelong resident of Ballston Spa, she was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church. Milli was an avid reader and loved music.

A devoted wife, mother and grandmother, she will be deeply missed. Milli is survived by her husband of 60 years Paul, and their son Paul G. Ferrara (Ann) of Syracuse, grandchildren Taylor, Kaitlin, Daniel and Michael; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sister Cheryl Green Curtis.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, January 23 from 5pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 7pm. Burial will be in Powell Wiswall Cemetery in the Spring.

Memorial contributions in memory of Milli may be made to the American Cancer Society.

James F. Griffin, 82, known as Pinky to his family and friends, passed away on Tuesday, January 16, 2018. Born in Ballston Spa, NY on February 2, 1935, he was the son of Francis and Catherine Griffin.

James was a machinist at Watervliet Arsenal for many years. He enjoyed watching Notre Dame Football, playing cards, and cheering on the horses at the Saratoga Racetrack.

He was predeceased by his sons Michael and Robert, sister Anne Sherwood, and brother Robert Griffin. James is survived by his sons Frank Griffin, William Griffin and J.L. Griffin; nephews Gerald Sherwood, Robert Sherwood (Janet) and John Rung (Rosemarie); 15 grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren and several cousins.

Funeral services will be held 9:30am Tuesday, January 23 at St. Mary’s Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in memory of James may be made to St. Mary’s Church.

Dorothy Louise Bowers, 91, passed away on Tuesday, January 16, 2018. Born in Austin, Texas on June 5, 1926, she was the daughter of Walter and Vada Brown Grumbles. On June 11, 1944, Louise married Russell Bowers and moved to Ballston Spa, while Russell served in World War II.

Louise stayed at home raising her children and began working after they had grown. She worked at many local businesses, retiring from UMI in Malta. Louise enjoyed cross-stitching, gardening and camping. She was a great cook. Her greatest joy was her grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband Russell, siblings Vada Ernestine Grumbles, Patsy Nan Muholland and Walter Michael Grumbles, and her stepmother Thelma Edwards Grumbles. Louise is survived by her children Russell R. Bowers, II (Trudy), Glenn E. Bowers, Sr (Patricia), Bonnie Bowers Stone (Gary), 12 grandchildren Kristine, Ruth, Kelly, Glenn Jr., Tara, Russell, Robin, Betsy, Rebecca, Courtney, Scott and Shannon; 14 great grandchildren, 1 great great grandson; sister Mary Jo Chappo, nephew Edward Grumbles; sister in law Norma Lineback; and several additional nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10am Monday, January 22 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 Sunday, January 21 from 5pm to 8pm at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions in memory of Louise may be made St Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Daniel P. Kelly, 85, passed away on Monday, January 15, 2018. Born in Brooklyn, NY on April 30, 1932, he was the son of John and Martha Kelly.

He was a US Army veteran serving in Germany from 1951-1953. Dan attended Empire State College and Long Island University earning a Master’s Degree in Public Administration.

Dan was a NY State Policeman for 25 years, retiring in 1979 as a Captain. He then worked at Knolls Atomic Power Lab as Chief of Security for 13 years. He enjoyed watching his Yankees, the Giants and reading the Wall Street Journal. Dan and his wife spent many beautiful days at the beach together.

Dan was known for his kind and compassionate heart. His tenacity and grit were what made him successful at everything he did in life. Dan was a dedicated and loyal man who was well respected by all who knew him.

Dan is survived by his wife of 60 years, Norma, who was his “lottery ticket for life” and their children Theresa Penttila(Mike), Desiree Kelly, Daniel Kelly (Janet) and Thomas Kelly (Susyn). His seven grandchildren, who were his pride and joy, Alec, McKenzie, Mason, Rebeka, Daniel, Ariden and Kevin; sister Eileen Touhey. He was predeceased by his granddaughter Grace, and his brothers James, Jack, Maurice, and William.

Funeral services will be held 9am Friday, January 19 at St. Mary’s Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial with military honors will follow in the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, January 18 from 2pm to 4pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for you to remember Dan and do what he always said “be more charitable.”

Retta F. Clark, 61, passed away on Friday, January 12, 2018. She was born in Saratoga Springs, on August 24, 1956.

Retta was always there to lend a hand to anyone in need and even at her passing she was an eye donor. She liked tending to her plants, gardening and reading. Retta was an animal lover and enjoyed her birds, dogs, and riding her horses. Her spirit animal was the wolf.

Retta’s greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren.

Retta is survived by her children Kristina Mulligan (AJ), Fred Murdie (Kimberly Rose), Adam LaPier (Jennifer Bulley), Shenette LaPier (Damian Cady), and Davie LaPier; grandchildren John, Jeremy, Anna, Savannah, Logan, Mackenzie, Chateaux, Kayla and Jake; a brother, two sisters and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, January 20 from 5pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 7pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Retta may be made to the Saratoga Co Animal Shelter, 6010 County Farm Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.