Obituaries


Eunice D. White 73 of Ballston Spa, passed away Monday, January 16, 2012. Born in Ballston Spa, March 24, 1938, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Grace White. Eunice worked for Saratoga County for many years.

She is survived by her sister, Rosemary Sypek of Ohio, three nephews, Edward White, Paul Sypek, and Richard Sypek, and her niece, Kathryn White.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 11:00 am in Greenridge Cemetery, Saratoga Springs.

Patrick John Fish, 72, of Ballston Lake passed away peacefully on January 15, 2012 in Glens Falls after a valiant 12-year battle with cancer.

Born January 2, 1940 in Granville, NY to the late Edward Floyd Fish and Anna Rose Tomascewska. Pat married his college sweetheart, Mary Grace Cordone, in 1962. He attended Notre Dame University, Norwich College and graduated from Hartwick College in 1963. He enlisted in the Army Reserve in 1960 as an infantryman and served honorably until 1966.

He received a Juris Doctor from Albany Law School in 1967. In his early years, Pat was active in the Legal Aid Society and continued the spirit of providing pro bono counsel until his death. He was an attorney for the New York State Assembly before being recruited by the New York State Department of Corrections in 1971 just days after the Attica uprising. He was instrumental in instituting prison reform. At age 35, he rose to the position of Chief Counsel to the Commissioner, the youngest to have held that position in Department history. He later worked for NYS Environmental Conservation and Facilities Development Corporation before entering into private practice. Pat was a Saratoga County Law Guardian and an advocate for both young and old.

Pat loved the outdoors and the Adirondacks. He enjoyed skiing, sailing, hiking, mountain climbing, camping and in his later years being a devoted “Papa” to his 7 grandchildren. He also loved his sport teams: the Boston Red Sox and the Fighting Irish. He was the oldest member of a team that biked across NYS in support of the 1987 Environmental Bond Act, a lector at Corpus Christi Church, member of Mensa, ADK Mountain Club, and Sierra Club.

He was predeceased by two brothers, Joseph and Vernon Fish. Pat is survived by his wife, Mary Grace, daughters Erin Fish, Patricia (John) Pugliese, Cristin (Patrick) Lentlie, grandchildren, Alexa, Amanda, Jack, Isabella, Haley, Christopher and Rachela, and brothers, Edward and Donald Fish.

A memorial mass will be held 9:30 am Friday, January 20 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Miracle House, 80 Eighth Avenue, Suite 315, New York, NY 10011-5126 (www.miraclehouse.org)

Joan F. O’Neil 62 of Ballston Spa passed away at her home Friday, January 13, 2012 surrounded by her loving family. Born in Ticonderoga, August 25, 1949, she was the daughter of the late John and Faye Treadway. Recently retired from a 20 year career in retail, Joan was a dedicated wife and mother whose strength of spirit in the face of terminal illness was astonishing to all who knew her. At the end of her life, despite being weakened by illness, she still managed to spend her precious time with her family -- her husband, children and her grandchildren, of whom she was especially proud. After a seven year battle with cancer, Joan made the courageous decision to terminate chemo treatments and spend her remaining time on her own terms with her family.

Knowing that the true measure of a human life is not material possessions, but rather spiritual wealth, Joan had a great heart full of strength and courage, as well as love for her family and friends. With unshakeable faith in her creator, Joan weathered adversity and illness for many years with a sense of generosity and humor for which all who knew her are extremely grateful.

Joan is survived by her husband of 44 years, Elbridge, or “Al” O’Neil, their three sons and daughters-in-law, John and Susan of Rochester, Mark and Annette of Gansevoort and Jeff and Stacie of Corinth, and five grandchildren Keegan, Nathaniel, Marissa, Aidan and MacKenzie. She was predeceased by her sister Jacqueline Lamotte and is survived by her siblings, sister Janice Hart (and husband Steve) of Mineville and brother, Lemuel Treadway (and wife Sue) of Moriah with several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held 3pm Saturday, January 21, at the Presbyterian New England Congregational Church, 24 Circular Street, Saratoga Springs with a reception in the fellowship hall immediately following the service. Memorial contributions may be made at Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Roger A. Berry 49, of Ballston Lake, passed away Tuesday, January 3, 2012. Born in Groton, Connecticut, April 22, 1962, he was the son of Carrol and Stephen Berry. Roger grew up in Westerly, Rhode Island and served in the US Navy from 1982-1993. He was a Controls Engineer for Emerson Power and Water working in Saudi Arabia. Roger enjoyed computers and jet skiing. His greatest joy was spending time with his family.

He was predeceased by his sister, Stephanie Berry Falck. Roger is survived by his wife, Bonnie Berry, his children, Justin Berry, Jason Berry and Britany Berry, grandchildren, Joseph and Khloe Roman, his parents, Carrol and Stephen Berry of Westerly, Rhode Island, brothers and sisters in law, Angelo Falck of Westerly, Rhode Island, Barbara Bormann of Lake Luzerne, Beth and Randy Rapp of Berne, Billy and Vera Brewer of Glens Falls, and Brian and Jill Brewer of Greenfield, niece, Nicole Falck and nephew, Stephen Falck.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, January 17, from 5-7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A eulogy by Roger’s family will be read at 7pm.

Charles M. Emeneth 76 of Scotia, passed away Thursday, January 12, 2012. Born in Delanson, April 27, 1935, he was the son of the late Charles and Rose Emeneth. Charles worked for Robert Lent Construction as a heavy equipment operator for many years. He enjoyed camping and spending time with his family.

He was predeceased by his daughter, Diana Emerich. Charles is survived by his wife, Mae Emeneth, daughter, Hollie McLaughlin of Esperance, sister, Louise Sollecito of Syracuse, 3 grandchildren, David, Michael and Crystal, 3 stepdaughters, Alice Crosbie of Arizona, Diana Murray of Ballston Spa and Sue Stone of Ballston Spa, 5 stepgrandchildren, Brian, Christina, Chad, Christopher and Jodi, 6 great grandchildren, 11 step great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 11am Tuesday, January 17 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Ballston Spa Cemetery. A calling hour will precede the service from 10-11am Tuesday at the funeral home.

Dorothy W. Rocco 94, of Saratoga Springs, passed away Thursday, January 12, 2012. Born in Milton, August 15, 1917, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Hazel Williams. Dorothy was a waitress at Surcingle Diner in Saratoga Springs for many years. She was a talented crafter and enjoyed knitting and crocheting. She proudly maintained her home and her yard was immaculate. Dorothy’s greatest joy was her grandchildren, whom she adored.

She was predeceased by her husband Frank Rocco Jr, her sister, Mildred Conde, and her brother, Robert Williams. Dorothy is survived by her children, Diane Longo (Jerry) of Saratoga Springs, and Tom Brophy of Middle Grove, five grandchildren, Jerriann Zinter (Larry), Philip Longo, Timothy Brophy (Marie), Tammy Clark (Ron) and Kelly Freebern (Mark), her sister, Marian Phillips of Ballston Spa, six great grandchildren, three great great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 1pm Wednesday, January 18 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will be in Ballston Spa Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Pine West Plaza, Building 4 Suite 405, Washington Ave Ext., Albany, NY 12205.

Elsie Beatrice Kissel 89, died at William Childs Hospice House in Palm Bay, Florida, on Sunday, January 8, 2012. She was preceded in death by her husband, Vincent J. Kissel.

Elsie Beatrice Connor was born in Troy, NY, on October 6, 1922. She was the daughter of William H. and Elsie Dahms Connor. Elsie attended nursing school, and became a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). Following nursing school, she worked as a private duty nurse and at Ellis hospital. Elsie met her husband, Vince, while bowling in Ballston Spa, NY. They were married at St. Mary's in Ballston Spa on February 2nd, 1946.

After marriage, Elsie and Vincent settled in Scotia, NY, and raised 3 wonderful daughters: Patricia, Marilyn, and Kathleen. All three daughters were great students. Elsie strongly encouraged all her daughters to go to college. Patricia graduated with a degree in dentistry, and enlisted in the Air Force. Today she is a periodontist in San Diego. Marilyn studied finance, and graduated with a MBA. Kathy graduated with a degree in Mathematics, and became a successful high tech executive.

Elsie and Vince moved to Melbourne, Florida, after Vince retired from GE in 1984. While in Melbourne, Elsie converted to Catholicism, and joined Ascension Catholic Church. Vince and Elsie loved their church. They enjoyed attending services on Sunday, especially the special Christmas services. Elsie's biggest joys were her husband, her daughters, and her grandchildren. Elsie always enjoyed a glass of champagne with sunset when visiting her daughters in Hawaii. The family will always remember Elsie's smiling Irish eyes and her great spaghetti sauce, meatballs, and apple pie.

Survivors include her sisters: Marjorie Escher of Jupiter, FL, Viola Halberstadt of Los Altos,CA, and Alice Pivacek of Santa Clara, CA. She is also survived by her three daughters: Dr. Patricia Kissel-Shenk, Marilyn Fischer, and Kathy Kissel-Gilliom; and her three grandchildren: Brett Fischer, Holly Fischer, and Wyatt Fischer. They will all miss her.

Family and friends will meet on Thursday, January 12, 2012, at 3 PM for a funeral mass at Ascension Catholic Church, 2950 North Harbor City Blvd., Melbourne, FL. There will be a vigil and viewing starting at 2:30 PM at Ascension. Donations can be made to the William Childs Hospice House. No flowers please.

Janice E. Brown 70, of Duanesburg, passed away Friday, January 6, 2012 at her daughter’s home. Born in Schenectady, March 24, 1941, she was the daughter of the late Joseph Francis and Anita LaFontaine Thouin. Janice was a cake decorator at Price Chopper for many years. She enjoyed spending time with her family.

She was predeceased by her son, Rich Brown. Janice is survived by her husband, Richard Brown, daughter, Cherie Brown of Clifton Park, three grandchildren, Alex Brown-Santorelli, Sara Brown-Santorelli, and Jacoby Brown, brother, Gene Thouin of Scotia, three sisters, Maryann Thouin of Schenectady, Jackie Zeglen (Larry) of Scotia, Donna Pisani (Vic) of Ogdensburg, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to the Lewy Body Dementia Association, 912 Killian Hill Road SW, Liburn, GA 30047.

Angeline M. Marcantonio 88, of Ballston Spa, passed away Thursday, January 5, 2012. Born in Ballston Spa, June 6, 1923, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Anna Pastore. Angie took over her father’s business, Club 77 in Ballston Spa, and managed it for many years. She enjoyed attending activities at the VFW and American Legion in Ballston Spa. Angie loved music, dancing, and cooking for her family. She also enjoyed playing Bingo at the Elks in Ballston Spa.

She was predeceased by her husband James Marcantonio, her siblings, Amelia Robinson, Louise Pasquarell, Ida Janczak, Ann Sennett, Lewis Pastore, Madelyn Test, and Lucy Dymond. Angie is survived by her twin daughters, Susan Marcantonio (Bill) of Ballston Spa and Linda Carey (Charles) of Rock City Falls, two granddaughters, Vicki Davis (Jim) of Ohio, Tara Carey (Kory) of Charlton, two sisters, Kate Pastore of Geneva, Betty Rickel of Ballston Spa, and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 9:30am Tuesday, January 10 at St Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow in Rock City Falls Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday from 6-8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions may be made to Maplewood Manor, 149 Ballston Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or St Mary’s Catholic Church, 167 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

The family would like to thank the staff on B2 of Maplewood Manor for their care and compassion.

Florence Grabo Thomas 97, of Galway passed away Sunday, January 1, 2012. Born in Old Saratoga, New York, August 4, 1914, she was the daughter of the late Clayton and Verna Edmonson. Florence was a homemaker and enjoyed gardening and sewing. She was a member of Home Bureau and the Galway Seniors.

She was predeceased by her first husband, Herman Grabo Jr, her second husband, George Thomas, son, Leonard Grabo, brother, Clayton Edmonson and sister, Beatrice Ebert Sherman. Florence is survived by her son, Donald Grabo and his wife Margaret of Galway, sister, Edith Adams of Vestal, 7 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, 6 great great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 11am Wednesday, January 4, at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Galway Cemetery. A calling hour will precede the service from 10-11am Wednesday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Activities Department at the Saratoga Hospital Nursing Home, 211 Church Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Donald Hamilton, 91, passed away Tuesday, December 27, 2011 at the Baptist Health Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Scotia, with his loving son at his side. Born in Schenectady in 1920 to Anna and Earl Hamilton, Don graduated from Mt. Pleasant HS in 1938 and joined the Navy.

He served as Aviation Machinist Mate first class in both Atlantic and Pacific theaters, on the heavy cruiser USS St. Louis and the aircraft carrier USS Hornet (CV8). The Hornet carried the aircraft used in Doolittle's attack on Tokyo and later at the battle of Santa Cruz Islands the Hornet was sunk by numerous kama kazi and torpedo hits. Don and his shipmates had to swim for it.

Near the end of the war he was sent to flight school and became rated as Chief, aviation pilot. He flew just about anything with wings or a rotor (he was only the 59th certified helicopter pilot in the US military) but particularly enjoyed working with full scale radio control aircraft. He accepted a commission to flight officer, transitioned from prop to jet and spent the last five years of Naval service as utility/test pilot at USN Johnsville research and development center.

After 26 years Don retired from the Navy, flew telephone cable inspection routes with a Bell G47 (the "MASH" helicopter) and in 1966 was hired by the NYS Department Of Environmental Conservation's aviation division. For 16 years he enjoyed the fellowship and satisfaction of another highly varried flight
schedule: from transporting the governor to fish stocking in the Adirondacks; search and rescue to fire fighting using DEC's venerable TBM torpedo bomber! He loved it all. Don retired from DEC in 1982 and set about refining the art of relaxation - and he did very well!

Don was predeceased by his beloved wife of 68 years, Ella Mae (Carr). He is survived by his son, David, daughter in law, Michelle (Scott), grandchildren, Emlen and Melissa, great granddaughter Maya, three cousins, Phyllis Weinberg, Gwen Teetor and Lois Potrzuski, and a number of nieces and nephews. (Also, a thumbs up to good friends Gerry Tyrrell and Bud Hill - thanks guys)

Per Don's request there will be no viewing or visiting hours. A short blessing will be offered during the regular service at Malta Ridge United Methodist Church at 10AM on Sunday, January 8th. A lunch reception will follow. Interment will be at Malta Ridge Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, Don asked that remembrance gifts be sent to the Empire State Aerosciences Museum
250 Rudy Chase Dr. Glenville, NY 12302

Vincent Joseph Kissel, 92, died at William Childs Hospice House in Palm Bay, Florida, on Friday, December 23, 2011. He was born in Amsterdam, NY, on May 27, 1919. He was the son of Nikodem Kisselus and Anna Luzonas. During World War II, Vincent served in the US Navy on the USS Marias, a Cimarron class fleet oiler. Vincent and his ship were part of many naval campaigns in the Pacific. He earned a silver star and two bronze stars. He obtained the rank of Machinist Mate 1st class, and received an honorable discharge from the Navy in 1945. Upon his return from the war, Vince got a job working for General Electric Corporation in Schenectady as a Boring Machine Operator. Vince met his future wife, Elsie Beatrice Connor, in Ballston Spa. They were married at St. Mary’s in Ballston Spa on February 2nd, 1946.

After marriage, Vincent and Elsie settled in Scotia, and raised 3 wonderful daughters: Patricia, Marilyn, and Kathleen. Vince was a parishioner at St. Josephs, and a member of the Knights of Columbus. All three daughters were great students, and graduated from college. Patricia studied to be a dentist, and enlisted in the Air Force. She specialized in Periodontistry. Marilyn studied finance, and graduated with a MBA. Kathy studied Mathematics, and became a successful high tech executive.

Vince retired from GE in 1986, and moved to Melbourne, Florida. While in Melbourne, Vince joined Ascension Catholic Church. Vince loved his church, and went every Sunday. Vince also loved to go to Panera’s for soup and sandwich.

Survivors include his wife, Elsie Kissel; his sister, Regina Lasky; his three daughters: Dr. Patricia Kissel-Shenk, Marilyn Fischer, and Kathy Kissel-Gilliom; and his three grandchildren: Brett Fischer, Holly Fischer, and Wyatt Fischer. They will all miss him.

Family and friends will meet on Tuesday, January 3, 2012, at 11 AM for a funeral mass at Ascension Catholic Church, 2950 North Harbor City Blvd, Melbourne, FL. There will be a vigil and viewing starting at 10 AM at Ascension. At the end of the funeral mass, Vincent will receive full military honors. Donations can be made to the William Childs Hospice House. No flowers please.

Peter D. David 76 of Schenectady, passed away Wednesday, December 21, 2011. He was born in Ballston Spa, March 30, 1935. Peter worked at the YMCA in Schenectady.

Peter is survived by his wife, Frederica Brooks David, his son, Richard David, sisters, Jenny and Ethel Mae, and several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held 1pm Monday, December 26 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

William A. Hitchcock 96, of Ballston Spa, passed away Sunday, December 18, 2011. Born in Brooklyn Heights, NY, April 23, 1915, he was the son of the late Herbert and Edith Hitchcock. Bill worked for Merchant’s Dairy and later for Saratoga Tree Nursery for many years, until his retirement.

He was predeceased by his sisters, Eleanor Hitchcock and Edith Kern, and his brother, Herbert Hitchcock. Bill is survived by his wife of 69 years, Rose Hitchcock, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10am Thursday, December 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 from 6-8pm Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or American Cancer Society, 6725 Lyons St, PO Box 7, East Syracuse, NY 13057.

Shirley W. Davis 87, of Ballston Spa, passed away Wednesday, December 14, 2011, at her home. Born in Ballston Lake, October 12, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Leland and Sophie Witbeck. Shirley was a graduate of the Ellis Hospital School of Nursing. She worked at the Rhodes Army Hospital in Utica during World War II.

After the war, Shirley raised her family and sponsored many Fresh Air children and foster children over the years. In the early 1970’s, she opened the Mourningkill Bake Shop at her home in Ballston Spa. Shirley worked at the bake shop and up until a few years ago was still peeling apples for the pies. She was a member of the Ballston Center Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church. She was a quilter and enjoyed reading, gardening, and puzzles.

Shirley was predeceased by her daughter, Diane Davis. She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Harry Davis, her children, Sue McCormick (Bob) of Ballston Spa, Denise Smith of Port St. Lucie, Florida, Laurie Boekeloo (Tom) of Ballston Spa, and Robert Davis (Bonnie) of Ballston Spa, 5 grandchildren, Kimberly McCormick, Rachel Davis, Jacob Davis, Zachary Boekeloo, and Lydia Boekeloo, and great granddaughter, Reilly McCormick.

Funeral services will be held 11am Monday, December 19, at the Ballston Center Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, 58 Charlton Road, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Ballston Spa Cemetery. A calling hour will precede the service from 10-11am Monday at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Ballston Center Association Reformed Presbyterian Church, 58 Charlton Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or Ballston Lake Emergency Squad, PO Box 1005, Ballston Lake, NY 12019 or Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Constance M. Smith 97, of Ballston Spa and formerly of Iron River, Michigan, passed away Friday, December 9, 2011. Born in Stambaugh, Michigan, April 8, 1914, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Edna Manning. Connie was a homemaker. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family.

She was predeceased by her husband Harold Smith, brother, Jack Manning and sister, Marjorie Smith. Connie is survived by her children, Harriet Smith of Ballston Spa and Craig Smith of Sacramento, California, her grandchildren, Wade Smith (Cheryl), Laura Gary (Corby), Lisa Magin (Mark), Angela Smith, and Adam Smith, and seven great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held 12 noon on Tuesday, December 13, 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, Town of Saratoga. Relatives and friends are invited to call from 10-noon Tuesday prior to the service at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, 1650 South Avenue, Suite 100, Rochester, NY 14620.

Patricia Ritrovato Rutland 64, passed into eternity at the Saratoga Hospital late Monday evening, December 5, 2011, surrounded by loved ones.

Born on October 24, 1947, in Troy, NY, Patty was the daughter of John Ritrovato and Agnes Lohnes. She was a graduate of Troy High School and the Albany School of Nursing.

Best known as the proprietor of The Patty-Cake Shoppe in Ballston Spa where she baked and decorated edible works of art for customers that included NYS Governors Mario Cuomo and George Pataki. Patty’s greatest legacy is that of a devoted mother and grandmother and as a volunteer who worked tirelessly to aid humanitarian causes through Rotary International. She was also a longtime certified NYS wildlife rehabilitator who nursed ill and injured creatures back to health before returning them to their natural habitats. Patty also cared deeply for the patients she cared for in hospitals, nursing homes and private care settings. A former member of “Up With People”, Patty loved to sing and otherwise spread sunshine wherever she went.

Twice honored as “Rotarian of the Year” by the Rotary Club of Ballston Spa in recognition of her two decades of putting “Service Above Self”, Patty held leadership positions ranging from secretary to president as well as earning a Paul Harris Fellow.

But her greatest source of pride and joy were her two children, whom she credited with inspiring her to start a home-based business that initially involved “playing with frosting” and the grandchildren who kept her young at heart.

Patty was predeceased by her husband Harrington Rutland, Sr. She is survived by the couple’s two children, Robert B. Rutland of Ballston Spa and Rebecca Little (Jeremy) of Saratoga Springs, her grandchildren, Cayden Rutland and Nathaniel Little, her mother, Agnes Calicchia of Malta, brother, John Ritrovato of Brunswick, stepchildren, David Rutland of Watervliet, Leonard Rutland of Colonie, Judith Guise of Altamont, Nancy Rutland of Colonie and Lorraine Rutland of Colonie.

Funeral services will be held 6pm Thursday, December 8 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the funeral home from 4 to 6pm Thursday prior to the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to North Country Wild Care, PO Box 63, Lake George, NY 12845.

Fr. Harry Monaco, OFM, 48 years of age, a professed Franciscan friar for nine years and a priest for two years, died on Monday, December 5 at Holy Name College in Silver Spring, MD, after a long struggle with cancer.

Fr. Monaco was born October 14, 1963, in Saratoga Springs, NY, to Harry and Angela (DeVito) Monaco. He graduated from St. Bonaventure University in St. Bonaventure, NY, in 1985, earning a B.A. in History. In 1986, he entered the formation program of the Order of Friars Minor, Holy Name Province; following his postulancy and novitiate year, he completed three years of education at the Washington Theological Union, Washington, DC, and a one-year internship in campus ministry at Siena College in Loudonville, NY, before leaving the Order in 1992.

For the next ten years, he lived in Boston, Mass., and was employed as a social worker at Victory Programs there; he obtained a master’s degree in Social Work from Boston College.

In 2002, he again was drawn to religious life and entered St. Joseph’s Monastery, a Trappist community in Spencer, Mass. At the end of a two-year period there, he re-joined the Franciscan friars, and was received into the novitiate in 2004, professed his first vows in 2005, and completed his studies at the Washington Theological Union. After professing final vows and ordination to the diaconate in 2008, he was assigned to St. Bonaventure University. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 16, 2009, in New York City. Fr. Monaco completed an M.A. degree in Franciscan Studies at St. Bonaventure University, in 2009, where he taught in the Theology Department, was a faculty advisor and pianist/organist; and was active at Mt. Irenaeus, a mountain retreat affiliated with St. Bonaventure. In the fall of 2010, he enrolled in the doctoral program at The Catholic University of America, living at Holy Name College in Silver Spring, Md., but was forced to discontinue his studies earlier this year because of illness.

Fr. Monaco is survived by his parents, Harry and Angela Monaco, his brother and his wife, Vincent and Nancy Monaco, his sister and her husband, Patricia and Hector Gonzales, all of Ballston Spa, nieces and nephews, Vincent Gonzales, Amelia Gonzales, Stephanie Monaco Hotaling (Sean) and Dominic Monaco. He is also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Relatives and friends may call from 2-4 and 7-9pm Friday, December 9 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc, 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A wake service will be held at 8pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11am, Saturday, December 10 at St. Mary’s Church, 167 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa. Provincial Minister John O’Connor, OFM, will be principal celebrant and Fr. Michael Blastic, OFM, will preach the homily. A prayer service will be held at 1pm, Monday, December 12 in the St Bonaventure University Chapel. Burial will follow at St. Bonaventure Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Franciscans – St. Anthony’s Guild, 4 Jersey Street, East Rutherford, NJ 07073-1012 or the Fr. Harry Monaco Scholarship, St Bonaventure University, PO Box 2500, St Bonaventure, NY 14778.

Robert R. Clark 84, of Galway, passed away Monday, November 28, 2011. Born in Milton Center, May 21, 1927, he was the son of the late Daniel and Irma Clark. Bob owned and operated a scrap yard in Galway for many years.

He was predeceased by his brother, Howard Clark. Bob is survived by his children, Earl Clark of Schenectady and Bonnie Clark of Glenville, sister, Gladys Rhodes of Rock City Falls, longtime companion, Joan Adamkoski of Galway, several nieces and nephews, and his beloved pets, Streak and Lucy.

Funeral services will be held 10am Friday, December 2, at Armer Funeral Home, Inc, 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Powell Wiswall Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call from 6-8pm Thursday at the funeral home.

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

Yvonne M. Snyder “Bonnie” 90 of Malta, entered into eternal life on Friday, November 25, 2011, following a long illness. Born in Concord, New Hampshire, February 27, 1921, she was the daughter of the late Paul and Loretta Fortin.

Bonnie was a homemaker for most of her life. With her husband of 71 years, Leonard J. Snyder, they enjoyed square dancing and traveled with the Merry Mixers and the Rolling Squares. Bonnie took pride in designing and sewing their dance outfits.

Holidays were very special to Bonnie. Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners will be fondly remembered by her family. As an expert chef and baker, her strawberry rhubarb pie and carrot cake were family favorites. Bonnie was an avid reader especially enjoying mysteries. She was a fan of the TV show “Monk” and a cheering fan of the New York Yankees.

Wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend, Bonnie will be fondly remembered.

Bonnie was predeceased by her brother, Richard Fortin. Bonnie is survived by her husband, Leonard J. Snyder, her children, Leonard Snyder (Mary) of Glenville, Cliff Snyder (Maria) of Clifton Park, Bonnie J. Snyder of Myrtle Beach, SC, grandchildren Mark (Tracy), Lori (Scott), Jamie (Veronica), Traci (Andy), and Eric (Melanie), great grandchildren, Alex, Tess, Ellie, Jack and Kelsey, her sister, Bea Edwards of Virginia, and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held 10:30am Thursday, December 1 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, Town of Saratoga. Relatives and friends are invited to call from 9:30-10:30am Thursday prior to the service at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 85 Watervliet Ave, Albany, NY 12206.
The family graciously thanks the nurses, aides and staff of C3 at the Glendale Nursing Home for their compassionate care.

Selena A. Giannone 50, of Malta, passed away Friday, November 25, 2011. Born in New York, NY, October 15, 1961, she was the daughter of the late John and Dorothy Giannone. Selena was a homemaker and enjoyed spending time with her family.

She was predeceased by her brother, Alfred Giannone. Selena is survived by her three sons, Joseph Catalano, Nicholas Catalono and Marc Giannone, two sisters, Carolyn Giannone and Donna Giannone, and brother, Joseph Giannone all of Malta, 5 nephews, 1 niece, and 2 grandnephews.

Funeral services will be held 10am Tuesday, November 29, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow in Ballston Spa Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call from 8:30-9:30am Tuesday at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa before the service.

Kevin P. Kerwood 42 of Saratoga Springs, passed away Wednesday, November 23, 2011 after a long illness. Born in Saratoga Springs, November 24, 1968, he was the son of Helene Kerwood and the late George Kerwood. Kevin was associated with Saratoga Bridges and participated in the Special Olympics.

He is survived by his mother, Helene Kerwood of Ballston Spa, brother, Daniel Kerwood (Jennie) of Johnstown, three sisters, Linda Yusaitis (Francis) of Mechanicville, Julie Kerwood (Michael Dimin) of Averill Park, and Lucia Kerwood of Galway, and eight nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 9:30am Saturday, November 26, 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 from 5-7pm Friday, November 25, at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Saratoga Bridges, 16 Saratoga Bridges Blvd, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Kathleen M. Jurcsak 86, of Ballston Spa passed away Tuesday, November 22, 2011. Born in Greenwich, October 28, 1925, she was the daughter of the late Everett and Madelene Clarke. She was a homemaker and enjoyed reading. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family.

Kathleen was predeceased by her husband, Andrew Jurcsak. She is survived by her children, Candace Waldrop (Charles) of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, William Jurcsak (Susan) of Ballston Spa, Stephen Jurcsak (Patricia) of Ballston Spa and Tracy Biddle of Ballston Spa, 13 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 7pm Sunday, November 27 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Relatives and friends are invited to call from 5-7pm Sunday at the funeral home. Burial will be private.

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

Robert A. Hanley 51 of Malta, passed away Tuesday, November 15, 2011. Born in Albany, August 21, 1960, he was the son of Helen Shaw and the late Robert L. Hanley. Bob worked in the engineering department at Saratoga Hospital for many years. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed gardening.

Bob is survived by his daughter, Kimberly Hanley of Connecticut, his mother and stepfather, Helen and Wilbur Shaw of Florida, his sisters, Linda Mauro (Donald) of Altamont, Laura Zimmerman of Schenectady, and Colleen Bravo of Rensselaer, his companion, Catina Breault of Malta and several nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to a memorial service at 2pm Sunday, November 20 at Malta Presbyterian Church, 118 Dunning Street, Malta. Memorial contributions may be made to the Angel Fund at Saratoga Hospital, 211 Church Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

James A. Whelden 84, of Queensbury and formerly of Ballston Spa, passed away Monday, November 14, 2011 at the Stanton Nursing and Rehab Facility in Queensbury. Born in Saratoga Springs, January 9, 1927, he was the son of the late William and Mary Whelden. Jim was a graduate of Ballston Spa High School and the Bentley School of Accounting and Finance at Waltham, Massachusetts. He received additional training through the American Institute of Banking, NYS Bankers Association Executive Management School at West Point and the Independent Bankers Association of America at Harvard University. During World War II, he served as a sergeant in the US Army 97th Signal Corps Battalion.

Jim joined the staff of the Ballston Spa National Bank in 1950 as a bookkeeper and teller. He worked in various positions at the bank and became a director and then president, in 1971. On January 3, 1974, Jim became president, chief executive officer and chairman of the Board of Directors. Jim served on many banking committees as president, vice president or director, including the NYS Bankers Association, the Independent Bankers Association of NYS, the American Bankers Association of America, NYS Bankers Safe Deposit Box Association, Financial Computer Center of Eastern New York, and the NYS Business Development Corporation Loan Committee. He was a class A director of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York from 1978-81.

After his retirement, Jim spent much of his time at his home in Florida. He was an avid reader and enjoyed traveling and golf.

Jim was predeceased by his first wife, Dorothy Landolfo Whelden, and two brothers, Germaine and Lewis Whelden. He is survived by his loving wife of eight years, Aletha “Lee” Whelden, his sisters in law, Jean Whelden of Ballston Spa, and Mildred Landolfo of Florida, nieces, Carolyn Faraone-Pennell (Jon) of Saratoga Springs, Laura Adams (Douglas) of Wilton, and Karen Whelden of Herkimer, nephew, Kevin Whelden of Ballston Spa, grandnieces and grandnephews, Jennifer Adams of Boston, MA, Christopher Adams of Montana, and Maximillian Faraone of Ballston Spa, stepchildren, Deborah Genier of Queensbury, Kim Pike (David) of Queensbury, Cheryl Knopka (Bruce) of New Hampshire, and Scott Wakefield of Plattsburgh, 7 stepgrandchildren and 10 step great grandchildren,

Funeral services will be held 1pm Friday, November 18 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 at the funeral home from 11-1pm Friday.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Joan M. Barss 68, of Greenfield Center passed away Friday, November 11, 2011. Born in Saratoga Springs, October 12, 1943, she was the daughter of the late Anthony and Estelle Izzo. Joan worked for Stanski Transporation for 28 years. She enjoyed cooking for family holidays and decorating the Christmas tree. Her greatest joy was the time she shared with her children and grandchildren.

Joan is survived by her husband of 50 years, Ed Barss, her children, Laura Feulner of Porter Corners, Darren Barss (Carrie) of Greenfield, Dwight Barss (Maggie) of Corinth, 10 grandchildren, Lindsey, Ryan, Darren Jr, Derrick, Katelyn, Kristin, Levi, Cody, Stephanie, and Chrissy, 2 great grandchildren, Darren III and Madison, brother, Anthony Izzo of Ballston Spa, sister, Jean Southern of Saratoga Springs, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 6:30pm Thursday, November 17 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the funeral home from 1-3pm and 5-6:30pm on Thursday.

All are invited to join the family for a reception at the Porter Corners Fire House, 405 Bockes Road, following the services on Thursday evening.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Emergency Department or the Transfusion Center at Saratoga Hospital, 211 Church Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Jean H. Crandell of Ballston Spa passed away Friday, November 11, 2011 at her home surrounded by the love of her family, after battling with cancer for 28 years. She never complained and endured her disease with grace and dignity.

Jean worked for the Saratoga County Department of Social Services for many years. She also served as Deputy Treasurer for the Village of Ballston Spa for 17 years. A native of Ballston Spa, she was always supportive of the local businesses.

Jean was an active member of St Mary’s Catholic Church in Ballston Spa where she served as a Eucharistic minister and on the RCIA Team. She was deeply devoted to her family and friends and loved God and St. Mary’s Church. She was known for her acts of kindness and great devotion to the Lord.

She was predeceased by her husband, William Crandell, her parents, Arthur and Kathryn Healey, and her sister, Dorothy Hodgson. Jean is survived by her children, Daniel Crandell (Jane) of Schoharie, Denise Mowczan (Charles) of South Burlington, VT, and David Crandell (Lorie) of Clifton Park, 11 grandchildren, Jason Crandell, Matthew Crandell (Barbara), Julie Harmon (Jason), Allison Crandell, Melissa Semidei (Alberto), Kristen Mowczan (Ryan), Benjamin Mowczan, Sarah Crandell, Sean Crandell, Kathryn Crandell, and Eric Crandell, 7 great grandchildren, Mackenzie, Caden, Poppi, Lily Jane, Anna, Josiah, and Noah, and her sister, Betty Hunt of Ballston Spa.

Funeral services will be held 11am Wednesday, November 16 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 may call on Tuesday from 4-7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc, 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

The family would like to thank Dr. Stewart Silvers, Dr. William Vacca, Dr. Stephen Strader, and their staff for their dedicated care of Jean. They also wish to thank Carey, Sandy, Pat, Donna, Kim and Kathy, from Community Hospice of Saratoga, for their support and guidance provided in the final days of Jean’s home care. A very special thank you to Louie and Eileen Laquidara, Holly Mahoney and Arlene Callahan.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St Mary’s Church, 167 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or Community Hospice of Saratoga 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs NY 12866.

Helen Mika 85, of Ballston Lake and formerly of Ballston Spa, passed away Friday, November 11, 2011. Born in Wilbraham, Massachusetts, July 12, 1926, she was the daughter of the late John and Mary Chmura. Helen worked in the Ballston Spa High School cafeteria for many years. She later worked in food service at Maplewood Manor.

Helen was communicant of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ballston Spa. She was a member of the Malta Seniors and the Shenendehowa Seniors, where she enjoyed many activities and events. She also was a member of the Burnt Hills Senior Bowling League. Her greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, Edward Mika, 3 brothers, Joseph, Stanley and Mitchell Chmura, and her sister, Jane Karpinski. Helen is survived by her daughters, Mary Bunch of Charlton, and Jean Kennedy (Robert) of Ballston Lake, four grandsons, Matthew Bunch, Brian Kennedy (Larissa) Justin Kennedy (Patti) and Eric Kennedy (fiancé, Kiera), two great grandchildren, Elise and Benjamin, brother, Ted Chmura, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 11am Monday, November 14, 2011 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. A calling hour will precede the service from 9:30-10:30am Monday at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions may be made to St Mary’s Catholic Church, 167 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or Estherville Animal Shelter, 100 Russell Road, Greenfield Center, NY 12833.

Walter Dwayne Roper 42, of Ballston Spa passed away Wednesday, November 9, 2011 at his home, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Cuesta, California on June 3, 1969. He was a graduate of Ballston Spa High School. Dwayne worked for Sodexo Food Service at the GE Research and Development Center in Niskayuna for 22 years. He also delivered the Gazette newspaper in the Burnt Hills area and worked for Gary Stevens at Waterford Banquets. He was a dedicated worker and was well respected by his co workers.

Dwayne was an avid San Francisco 49ers fan. His greatest joy was spending time with his family.

He was predeceased by his father, Walter Roper and brother, Lonnie Roper. Dwayne is survived by his beloved wife of 21 years, Kimberly Fresoni Roper and their daughter, Emily, his mother, Linda Lussier (Rick) of Tennessee, brother, Chris Lussier of Tennessee, 2 sisters, Michelle Timko (Jason) of California, Sheri Lussier of Florida, mother in law and father in law, Janice and Kenny Fresoni of Ballston Spa, sister in law Melinda Sabatello (Chris) of Niskayuna, and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Funeral services will be held 10am Saturday, November 12, at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Ballston Spa Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday from 5-8pm at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Roper Family Benefit c/o of the family.

Debra L. Anthony 52 of Galway, passed away Sunday, November 6, 2011. Born in Cambridge, NY, April 25, 1959 she was the daughter of the late Albert and Lillian Elwell. Debbie was a teacher’s aide at Joseph Henry Elementary School in Galway. She was a caregiver and helped many children and elderly people in the area. Debbie and her family were close knit and she enjoyed family gatherings.

She was predeceased by a brother, Ernest Bruno and niece, Julie Elwell. Debbie is survived by her son, Dane Elwell, sister, Jeanette Phillips (George) of Petersburgh, three brothers, Ron Elwell of Greenwich, Robert Elwell (Karen) of White Creek, Albert Elwell (Carol) of Rock City Falls, and several nieces, nephews, and loving cousins.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, November 10 from 11-1pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc, 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A funeral service will follow at 1pm at the funeral home. Burial will be in Middle Grove Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, PO Box 13535, Albany, NY 12212.