Obituaries


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Funeral services will be held 9:30am Tuesday, September 20, at St Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, where a mass of Christian burial will celebrated. Burial will follow in Ballston Spa Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday from 5-8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc, 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Funeral services will be held 9:30am Friday, September 16 at St Mary’s Catholic Church Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday from 4-8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will be 1pm Saturday, September 17 at St Patrick’s Cemetery in Southold, NY.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Funeral services will be held 10am Tuesday, August 2, at Christ Episcopal Church, West High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Ballston Spa Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday from 5-8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A memorial service will be held 5pm Wednesday, July 20 at the Ballston Spa United Methodist Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa. There will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Ballston Spa United Methodist Church Food Pantry, 101 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sandra H. Dickinson 64, of Ballston Spa, passed away Sunday, July 3, 2011. Born in Ballston Spa, June 10, 1947, she was the daughter of the late Sanford and Phyllis Becker. Sandy was a teacher’s aide at Saratoga Springs Junior High School for 20 years, retiring in 2001.

She enjoyed cooking and entertaining. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family.

She was predeceased by her sister, Alma Jette. Sandy is survived by her husband, Donald Dickinson, Jr, her son, Donald Dickinson III of Latham, 2 brothers, Sanford Becker of Ballston Spa and Charles Becker of Massachusetts, brother in law, Norman Jette of Burnt Hills and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday evening from 6-8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A graveside service will be held 1pm Friday, July 8, at Dunning Street Cemetery, Malta. Memorial contributions may be made to Community Emergency Corp, Thompson Street, Ballston Spa NY 12020.

Clarence J. Baker 90, of Pottersville, passed away Wednesday, June 29, 2011 at Adirondack Tri County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in North Creek after an extended illness. He was born April 1, 1921 in Ballston Spa, the son of Clarence and Nellie (Barnes) Baker.

Bake, as he was affectionately known to family and friends, was proud of his wartime military service. As a young sailor he was aboard the minesweeper USS Palmer, located in the Lingayen Gulf off the Philippines, on the morning of January 7, 1945. While under enemy fire, there was an onboard explosion, followed by a pair of portside bombs. It took only six minutes for the Palmer to sink.

He married Evelyn Drumm on August 27, 1949. Throughout their marriage of nearly 62 years they were happiest when outdoors. Hunting, fishing, camping and hiking were an integral part of their lives. They also enjoyed traveling and playing cards. Bake was an excellent pinochle player and was most content when his cards were accompanied by a cup of coffee and a piece of pie.

A 30+ career as a Niagara Mohawk lineman provided him with the opportunity to work throughout upstate New York in a variety of weather conditions. He was well known for his mechanical ability, proficiency in problem solving and his often creative solutions.

The Baker family moved to Pottersville in the 1960s from South Glens Falls. Bake loved their log cabin on the brook and was often seen on his daily walks with his wife. He had a fondness for dogs and was rarely seen without one at his side. He liked to read, enjoyed watching baseball, and found politics entertaining. The Bakers were skilled in producing exceptional vegetable and flower gardens. He also found pleasure raising chickens and pigs.

Bake was an opinionated man, a hard worker and had a good sense of humor. He cared about his family, pets and community. His wife, sons and extended family will miss him and are comforted by the knowledge that he lived a long and happy life. He leaves behind many friends, neighbors and coworkers who have their own fond memories of the wit and wisdom of Clarence Baker.

He was predeceased by his parents and a sister, Ruth Baker. He is survived by his wife Evelyn, his sons, Lee Baker (Molly) of Eagle River, Alaska and Roy Baker of Schroon Lake, and his granddaughter, Stacey Baker of Eagle River, Alaska.

A graveside service with full military honors will be held 1pm Tuesday, July 5, at the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Town of Saratoga. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

Robert F. Cramer “Bob” 86 of Cramer Road, Malta, passed away Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at his home. Born in Cohoes, April 4, 1925, he was the son of the late Frank and Edith Cramer. He was a Marine Corp veteran of World War II. He was a radar radio repairman serving in the Asiatic Pacific. Bob was a tractor trailer driver for Northern Distributors, and later for General Electric, retiring from Laquidara Construction, in 1987. He was a communicant of St Mary’s Catholic Church in Ballston Spa.

Bob enjoyed watching his son in law and grandson race at Albany Saratoga Speedway, Fonda and other tracks in the Northeast. He drove the racecar hauler for over 30 years. He also enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s hockey and football games.

He was predeceased by his brothers, Donald, Kenneth and Edward Cramer. Bob is survived by his wife, Jeanne Cramer, his children, Donald J. Cramer (Virginia) of Scotia, Debra M. Cottrell (Jack) of Rock City Falls, and Beverly J. Stanislowsky (John) of Ballston Spa, four grandchildren, Jennifer Boni (James) of Malta, Joshua Cottrell (Katie) of Rock City Falls, James Cottrell (Erin) of Rock City Falls, and Gregory Cramer of Latham, step granddaughter, Jacqualine Coulombe (Steve) of Ballston Spa, 2 great grandchildren, Jacob and Ava Boni, 2 step great grandchildren, Amber Priolo and Jacob Coulombe, 4 sisters, Mary Sandra Little of Ballston Spa, Jean Cramer of Malta, Joan Cramer of Malta, and Anne Haviland of Las Vegas, Nevada. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 9am Friday, July 1, at St Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial with full military honors will follow at the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Town of Saratoga. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday from 3-9pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or Saratoga Hospital Foundation, 211 Church Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Doris M. Kissinger of Ballston Spa, passed away Sunday, June 26, 2011 at Mary’s Haven, surrounded by her loving family. Born in Amsterdam, April 1, 1927, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Gertrude Sullivan. Doris worked at Jamesway in Saratoga Springs. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the Catholic Daughters. Doris enjoyed singing and her many different collectibles. She also enjoyed her pet dogs and talking birds.

Doris is survived by her children, Robert Folensbee (Florence) of Unadilla, Kathleen Logan (James) of Buckeye, Arizona, Charles Folensbee (Wendy) of Saratoga Springs, and Beth Kissinger of Glenville, her stepdaughter, Lorie Pisarczyk (Timothy) of Hagaman, 2 granddaughters, Laura Thornton of Avondale, Arizona and Tracy Seip of Huntington Beach, California, and 2 great grandsons, Joshua Thomas and Jake Seip.

A memorial mass will be held 9:30am Thursday, June 30, at St Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Mary’s Haven, 35 New Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Zane R. Ruggles, of Scotia and formerly of Ballston Spa, passed away Tuesday, June 21, 2011 after a car accident on the NYS Thruway. Born in Saratoga Springs, October 16, 1986, he was the son of Donna Goossens Bouchard and Robert Ruggles. He worked for Duo in Saratoga Springs. Zane was looking forward to starting the nursing program at Mildred Elley Business School in the fall. He enjoyed motorcycles and cars and working out at the gym. He loved the night life in Saratoga Springs and was a bouncer at several of the local bars.

Zane is survived by his wife, Nelly Bakhtadze Ruggles of New York City, his daughters, Jessica Cummings-Ruggles of Williamsburg, VA, and Brooke Ruggles of Ballston Spa, his mother, Donna Bouchard of New Boston, NH, his father, Robert Ruggles of Ballston Spa, two brothers, Clayton and Gabe Ruggles, his grandparents, Clare and Jimmy Goossens of Ballston Spa, maternal great grandfather, William Smith of Dumbarton, Scotland, and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 from 6-8pm at Christ Episcopal Church, West High Street, Ballston Spa. A memorial service will follow at 8pm at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Robert W. Armer, of East High Street, passed away Monday, June 20, 2011 at Maplewood Manor. He was 95.

Born on July 6, 1915 in Ballston Spa, he was the son of the late Samuel and Lillian Barnes Armer. A graduate of Ballston Spa High School and the Simmons School of Embalming, he received his funeral director's license in 1937.

Bob worked at various jobs while establishing his business, Armer Funeral Home, Inc, with his wife, the former Sara Vaughn. They began the business on the family farm on Goode Road in the early 1960’s. Bob worked at the Malta Test Station and the Saratoga County Infirmary, when it was located in Barkersville and was also a dispatcher for the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Department. In 1967, Bob and Sara moved the funeral home to its present location on East High Street in Ballston Spa. A licensed funeral director for over 70 years, he was dedicated to the families he served and to the community of Ballston Spa and surrounding areas.

A member of Franklin Masonic Lodge #90 F&AM, Eastern Regional Draft Horse Association and the First Presbyterian Church of Ballston Spa, he was also a member of the New York State Funeral Directors Association, and as a member of the Adirondack Funeral Directors, was the recipient of a distinguished service award for his 70 years of service, in 2007.

A farmer at heart, his Belgian Draft horses were a welcome sight at the fair and he enjoyed every minute of it. He invited everyone to come out to the farm and enjoy a hay ride, a picnic, or just to sit and visit. He also raised Herefords, pheasants, turkeys and chickens. He enjoyed the simple things in life, watching the snow blow across the fields, taking long rides, morning coffee with the boys and watching his grandchildren and great grandchildren grow up.

Predeceased by his beloved wife, Sara in 2008 and his brothers, Melvin and Clarence Armer, survivors include his children, Thelma and Douglas Armstrong, R. Thomas and Donna Armer, Eileen and Douglas Beckwith, Harry and Laurie Armer, Rebekah and Robert Rossi; his grandchildren, Glenn Evans, Lance and Kristen Evans, Lorilee and Michael Anthony, Juliane and Michael Carson, Jason and Ellen Armer, Melanie Armer, Saralyn and Aaron Critchlow, Lily Armer, Nicole Rossi, Nicholas Rossi, Scott Armstong, Amy and David Guy, Daniel and Debra Armstrong; his great grandchildren, Garrett Evans, Katielynn, Madison and Miriam Evans, Karson and Emma Anthony, Sydney Carson, Samuel and Paige Armer, Shane Rossi, Maddox and Mikayla Rogers, Daniella and Darby Armstrong and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10am Friday, June 24, 2011 at the First Presbyterian Church, 22 West High Street, Ballston Spa.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday from 1-3pm and 6-8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Burial will follow in the family plot at Powell Wiswall Cemetery, Plummer Road in the town of Milton.

Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or the First Presbyterian Church, 22 West High Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

The family would like to thank the staff at Maplewood Manor and the staff and volunteers of Community Hospice of Saratoga for their outstanding care and compassion given to Bob during his final days. The family would also like to thank Bob’s caregivers, Lynn, Wayne and Mary for the endless hours they spent caring for Bob while he was still at his home.