Obituaries


Richard Yellin, 73, beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away Friday, November 3, 2017. He was born in Newark, NJ in 1944.

Richard enlisted in the US Navy in 1965 and rose to receive his commission as an officer and retired as a lieutenant commander in 1991 after 26 years in the service. Following his Naval career, Richard was a medical recruiter and a self-employed businessman.

He is survived by his wife, Sally Yellin; his children, Kelly Yellin (Steven Mergentheimer) of Grafton, MA and Jodi Edmonds (Thad Edmonds) of Green Bay, WI; grandchildren Tanner, Isabella, Emma, Clara, Sophie and Zachary.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 am Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Relatives and friends attending are asked to arrive by 10:15 am. Burial with military honors will follow at Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery in Schuylerville.

Richard’s family would like to thank the staff and doctors at Wesley Health Care Center and Saratoga Hospital as well as everyone at Community Hospice of Saratoga for the care and support given throughout his illness.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Community Hospice, 295 Valley View Blvd, Rensselaer, NY 12144 or to the charity of your choice.

James V. McHale, Sr., 79 passed away on Wednesday, November 1, 2017, at his home. Born in Archbald, Pennsylvania on January 24, 1938, he was the son of Thomas McHale, Sr. and Margaret McHale. He served in the US Army.

Jim was the owner and president of McHale Builders, Inc. He was a carpenter for Local Carpenters Union 370 for many years. After retiring, Jim worked for Munter Enterprises.

Jim enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was always helping his family and friends with projects. His wife, children and grandchildren were his greatest treasures.

He was predeceased by his parents and his brother Thomas McHale, Jr.

Jim is survived by his wife Madeline “Midge” whom he married on September 7, 1957, their children Cathy Ruggles of Ballston Spa, Debbie McHale of Brunswick, and Jim McHale, Jr of Hagaman; grandchildren Brandon Thomas (Beth Packer), Auston Ruggles (Anne), Lance Corporal Matthew McHale, and Dylan McHale; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a mass of Christian burial 9:30am Tuesday, November 7 at St Mary’s Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa. Burial with military honors will follow in Ballston Spa Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Jim to Saratoga Co Animal Shelter, 6010 County Farm Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or Saratoga Co Veterans Trust and Agency Fund, 2144 Doubleday Ave, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Patricia M. Miller, 80 passed away on Tuesday, October 31, 2017. Born in Corinth, NY on March 6, 1937, she was the daughter of Lawrence and Madeline Williams.

Pat was a Certified Nursing Assistant at Maplewood Manor in Ballston Spa for 23 years, retiring in 1999. She enjoyed playing Bingo, word search puzzles, and working outside in her yard. She never missed Wheel of Fortune or Jeopardy. Pat was an avid Mets fan and Nascar too. She enjoyed traveling and visiting the Racino in Saratoga Springs.

Her greatest joy was her grandchildren and she treasured the time she spent with them.

She was predeceased by her husband Clifford, sisters Joyce Allen and Sally Fink, and brother Lawrence “Buzz” Williams.

Pat is survived by her children Michael Miller, Clifford Miller, Sr (Deborah) and Dennis Miller (Charlene) all of Ballston Spa; grandchildren Kim, Kevin, Clifford, Jr., and Samantha; sisters Brenda Falkenbury (Joel) and Lynn Harney (David); brother Gary Williams (Pat), and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 11am Monday, November 6 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 on Sunday, November 5 from 2pm to 5pm at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Pat to the Wesley Foundation, 131 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or Rubin Dialysis Center, 59 Myrtle St., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

The family would like to thank Dr. Daoui and the staff of the Rubin Dialysis Center, and the staff on 2 Springs at Wesley Health Care Center for their care and compassion.

Marjorie J. Barnes, 70, passed away on Tuesday, October 31, 2017. Born in Saratoga Springs, NY on February 14, 1947, she was the daughter of Maynard and Elaine Allen.

Marjorie was a homemaker and enjoyed reading, crocheting, puzzles and ceramics. Her greatest joy was her family and the time she spent with them.

She was predeceased by her parents Maynard and Elaine Allen, and her brother James Allen.

Marjorie is survived by her husband Dustin Barnes, Sr., and their children Dustin Barnes, Jr., of Middle Grove, Vicci Burt of Greenfield, and Kelly Barnes of Vermontville, sister Janet Mosher of Gansevoort; and several grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, November 6 from 5pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 7pm. Burial will be private in Middle Grove Cemetery.

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

Theresa Pastore Miranda, 99, passed away October 30, 2017 at Wesley Health Care Center.

Born on July 7, 1918 in Ballston Spa, she was a lifelong resident and daughter of the late Ralph and Antoinetta ( Falciano) Pastore. A graduate of Ballston Spa High School, Theresa attended Albany Business College where she met the love of her life and husband, Joseph Miranda, Sr. She worked as a secretary at GE and then became a homemaker after marrying. She also worked as a secretary for her brother, Dr. Lucien Pastore, for many years.

Theresa was a communicant of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and an active member of Ballston Area Seniors. Her family and friends called her “Tres” or “Terrie.” She was a devoted caregiver and the heart of her family, caring for all of her grandchildren, as well as for her mother, brother, and husband after each suffered a stroke. She enjoyed spending time with her family most and especially cooking for them. Hosting pasta dinner every Sunday for her family was one of her greatest joys. She also enjoyed talking with her siblings every day and weekly visits from many close relatives, as well as spending time at the family camp on Saratoga Lake. When her husband retired, they enjoyed traveling, especially to Italy where they both had relatives.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Joseph J. Miranda Sr.; two brothers, Dr. Lucien Pastore and Paul Pastore; and three sisters, Rose Miranda, Irene Schallehen, and Florence Fountaine. She is survived by her daughter, Janice Cutbush(Steve Hutchins) and son, Joseph J. Miranda Jr.(Pam); grandchildren, Andrea Stewart (Craig), Billy Miranda (Denise), Joey Miranda, Lisa Brassard (PJ), Tom Cutbush (Sara Fox) and Zack Hutchins (Kate) and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at St. Mary’s Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa on Saturday, November 4th where a mass of Christian burial will be held at 9:30 a.m. Calling hours will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday November 3rd at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

The family thanks the staff at Wesley for the compassionate care given to Theresa over the last few years. Memorial contributions can be made to The Wesley Foundation, 131 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Ronald C. Dowen, 65, passed away on Monday, October 30, 2017. Born in Saratoga Springs, NY on August 29, 1952, he was the son of Joseph and Rose Dowen. Ron worked construction for many years.

Ron is survived by his longtime companion, Earleen Van; his sons Ronald Dowen, Jr, Bill Dowen and Joe Dowen; and several grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 10am to 11am on Tuesday, November 7 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Ron to the American Lung Association.

Conor S. Bradshaw, 19, passed away on Sunday, October 22, 2017. He was born in Saratoga Springs, NY on August 23, 1998. Conor graduated from Galway High School and was in his second year of college attending the University of New Haven, where he was pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering.

Conor enjoyed outdoor activities including snowmobiling, snowboarding, fishing, riding jet skis and motorcyles. When he went camping, he was the fire starter always trying to make it bigger and hotter. Conor was an athlete also and was a member of the varsity soccer team and wrestling team while in high school. In his younger years, he played Pop Warner Football. He was a member of the Saratoga County 4-H and showed dairy cows at the Saratoga County Fair.

Conor was kindhearted and respectful. He was a natural leader who enjoyed spending time with kids. He was loved by all who knew him.

Conor is survived by his mother and stepfather Kimberly and Richard Smith, Jr; father Scott Bradshaw; siblings Brandon, Alexandrea and Dawson Smith; grandparents Fred and Linda Bradshaw, Barbara and Earl Kehoe, Shelley and Richard Smith, Sr.; girlfriend and best friend Caroline Conti, and her parents James and Diane Conti; many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Funeral services will be held 10am Thursday, October 26 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Waterford. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, October 25 from 4pm to 7pm at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Conor may be made to the Galway Central School Athletic Department.

Alice V. Balzano, 70, passed away peacefully into the Lord’s hands on Saturday, October 21, 2017 surrounded by her loving family. Born in Brooklyn, NY on November 27, 1946, she was the daughter of Frank and Marion Fitzgerald.

On June 14, 1969, she married the love of her life Ciro Balzano. Alice had a big heart and was always willing to help others. Her door was open to all who needed her. She was affectionately called Mom by many who she cared for. Alice worked at Saratoga Bridges where she shared her love and friendship with her consumers. She enjoyed baking Christmas cookies and Easter chocolates.

Her greatest joy was her family and the time she spent with them.

She was predeceased by her husband Ciro and their son Ciro, Jr. Alice is survived by her children Michael Balzano and his wife Amanda of Malta, Heather Rhodes and her husband Ronald of Malta, and Tara Balzano of Malta; beloved grandchildren Melanie and Anthony; sister Patricia Walsh; goddaughter Jennifer Wolfe; nephew Ricky Walsh, and several additional nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10:30am Friday, October 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. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, October 26 from 5pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

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

Carol S. Sweet, 77, passed away on Thursday, October 20, 2017. She was born in Brooklyn , NY on June 27, 1940.

Carol and her husband Walt owned and operated the Locust Grove Motel in Malta for over 25 years. She enjoyed gardening, visiting the Saratoga Race Course in the summer, and spending time with her family and beloved pets. Vacationing in the Bahamas with Walt was her greatest joy.

She was predeceased by her grandmother Gertrude “Honey” Cunningham, father William T. Cunningham, Sr and her brother William T. Cunningham, Jr. Carol is survived by her husband Walter; children Pamela Palmateer, Kurt Gilman, Linda Brophy, Barbara Aldi and Phillip Sweet; grandchildren, Taylor, Carrie, Christy, Robin and Edward; and several great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held 10am Tuesday, October 24 at Armer Funeral home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Malta Ridge Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, October 23 from 5pm to 7pm at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions in memory of Carol may be made to the Susan G. Komen Foundation of Northeastern NY.

The family would like to thank the nurses at Saratoga Hospital and Wesley Health Care Center, Dr. Starnes and Dr. Liebers for their care and compassion.

Jeffrey S. Garrison, 54, passed away on Thursday, October 19, 2017, at Saratoga Hospital after a brief illness. He was born in Saratoga Springs, NY on August 3, 1963, and graduated from Galway Central School in 1981.

Jeff was a maintainer for Ball Corporation for 34 years. He liked to hunt and fish with his family and friends. He enjoyed listening to music, especially his favorite band The Grateful Dead. His greatest joy was riding his pride and joy, his Heritage Softail to Americade.

He was predeceased by his father Arthur Garrison. Jeff is survived by his children Justin and Hannah; mother Linda of Galway; brother Brian Garrison; nephew Kade; companion Jane Cooper; aunts Betty Denison and Sara Gaba; cousins Linda Russo (Patrick), Patty McConchie (Mark), James Gaba (Debbie) and Lori Fahrenkopf (Kevin).

Funeral services will be held 10am Monday, October 23 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, October 22 from 4pm to 7pm at the funeral home.

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

Clara Beninati, 91, a 45 year resident of Charlton, died at her home in South Jordan, Utah on October 17. She was born in Ossining, NY to Donato and Jennie (Fasciani) Sylvestri on October 12, 1926 and was one of 6 children.

She attended Albany State Teachers College, where she obtained a teaching degree and met fellow student and future husband Albert Beninati of Ballston Spa. They were married on August 20, 1949 and Clara immediately started her teaching career in Sharon Springs, NY.

After the birth of her first two children, in Kerhonkson, NY where her husband was teaching at the time, she taught 3rd grade in Valley Cottage, NY. Clara then moved with her family to New Paltz, NY, where her two younger children were born. This was followed by a 4-year prestigious and invigorating period when she moved with children ages 2 months to 14 years to Dar-es-Salaam Tanzania, where her husband was working on a USAID Project helping to establishment a national University system. After the experience in Africa, the family returned briefly to Ballston Spa and then to Charlton. Clara again returned to teaching, substituting at Galway elementary school.

Clara was a member of Ballston Spa Country Club and later an avid member of a ladies golf league that played at Saratoga Spa State Park. She and her husband traveled regularly to Italy, where Clara established and maintained contact with a cousin and her father's extended family in Cugnoli, Abruzzo. Clara was an excellent cook, especially known for authentic Italian meals and outstanding pies. Due to her many years in Charlton, Clara became an avid lover of the nature that surrounded their home.

She is predeceased by her husband Albert Beninati and survived by her four children: Claire Anne (Vic Thomson) of Toronto and Cozumel, Mexico; Noel (Judy Kinns) of Bluffton, SC; William (Deborah Sherry) of Sandy, Utah and Barbara Beninati of Danbury CT; grandchildren Genevieve, Daniel, Anna, Michael, Mary, Alexa and Gabriel; brother Henry Sylvestri and sister Joan (skunk) (Booth) Mattson.

Clara will be cremated and her ashes will be interred at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery. Donations in her name can made to Brighton Home Health and Hospice, 1106 E 6600 S, Suite 100, Murray, UT 84121.

Florence Pastore Fountaine, 94 passed away Tuesday evening, October 17, 2017. Born on February 2, 1923 in Ballston Spa, she was a lifelong resident and daughter of the late Ralph and Antoinetta (Falciano) Pastore.

A graduate of Ballston Spa High School, Florence went on to attend Albany Business College and started her career as a secretary with Catholic Charities. She then worked for many years at General Electric Company in Schenectady and also in Washington, DC. Florence’s late husband, George Fountaine co-owned and operated Miranda and Fountaine Floor Covering in Mechanicville and she could be found there helping out where needed.

A communicant of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, she was a member of Ballston Area Seniors. Florence, affectionately known as “Dolly”, enjoyed reading and knitting for her friends and family. She liked to travel and enjoyed spending time at the family camp on Saratoga Lake.

In addition to her parents, she is predeceased by her husband, George Francis Fountaine, two
brothers, Dr. Lucien Pastore and Paul Pastore and two sisters, Rose Miranda and Irene Schallehn. She is survived by her daughters, Marie Fountaine-Engle (Kenneth) of Malta and Frances Reynolds (Thomas) of Mariaville; her sister, Theresa Miranda of Ballston Spa; grandchildren, Corey, Robyn, Karen, Marybeth, Sydney and Payton; and many nieces, nephews and extended family.

Funeral services will be held 10am Friday, October 20, 2017 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. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, October 19, 2017 from 4 pm to 7 pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Florence to the Saratoga Hospital Foundation, 211 Church Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or to a local food pantry of your choice.

The family would like to thank the staff at Saratoga Hospital and Home of the Good Shepherd in Saratoga Springs for the care and compassion given to Florence and her family over the last several months.

Marguerite I. Bogue, 94, passed away on Thursday, October 12, 2017. Born in Ballston Spa, NY on July 17, 1923, she was the daughter of Howard and Anna Hopkins.

Pat worked at General Electric Co. and later as a secretary for Ballston Spa Central Schools. She was an active member of Christ Episcopal Church in Ballston Spa where she volunteered in the food pantry and taught Sunday School. She enjoyed gardening and was a member of the Ballston Spa House and Garden Club.

Pat’s greatest joy was her grandchildren and the time she spent with them.

She was predeceased by her beloved husband Robert, and her siblings Valdine Johnson and Carlton Hopkins. Pat is survived by her children Aaron Bogue of Ballston Spa and Betsy Cull (Ronald) of Ballston Spa; grandchildren Melissa, Jessica, Michael and Stephen; great grandchildren Kyla and Anthony; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10:30am Tuesday, October 17 at Christ Episcopal Church, West High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road Schuylerville. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, October 16 from 5pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions in memory of Pat may be made to Christ Episcopal Church or the Alzheimer’s Association.

Michael G. Lewis, 54, passed away on Sunday, October 8, 2017 at his home. He was born on December 30, 1962, the last baby of the year at Benedict Hospital in Ballston Spa.

He graduated from Ballston Spa High School and attended Albany College of Pharmacy and Hudson Valley Community College. Michael was a security guard for Command Security.

He was predeceased by his father Myron Lewis, grandparents George and Charlotte Lewis, Francis and Virginia Jones, great grandparents William and Alice Taylor, and aunt Olive Boyce.

Michael is survived by his mother Patricia Lewis-Hoyt, stepfather Robert Hoyt, brother William Lewis, beloved nieces Lindsey and Taylor Lewis, aunt Alice Hassell, nephew David Hassell (Anne), niece Deborah Zlotnick (Benjamin), aunt Lisa Stephans (Doug), nephews Ryan and William Stephans; cousins Donna Desso (Jeff) and Michele Frodyma; great uncle Ret. Col. Charles Miller (Geraldine) and several addition cousins.

Funeral services will be held 9:30am Saturday, October 14 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, October 13 from 6pm to 8pm at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions in memory of Michael may be made to Eagle Matt Lee Fire Co No 1, PO Box 4, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Donna L. Martin, 73, passed away on Sunday, October 8, 2017. Born in Ballston Spa, NY on December 6, 1943, she was the daughter of Donald and Gertrude Reed.

Donna worked for Shenendehowa Schools as a hall monitor, and was an aide for Saratoga Bridges for many years. She retired from Wesley Health Care Center where she was a Certified Nursing Assistant.

Wherever she worked, Donna enjoyed helping people. She volunteered at Mary’s Haven in Saratoga Springs for five years. Her greatest joy was the time she spent with her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren, and her beloved cat Uma.

She was predeceased by her husband Ronald and infant brother Timothy Reed.

Donna is survived by her children Cindy Brown (BJ) of Clifton Park, Kelly Duket (Bill) of Greenfield Center, and Scott Martin (Denise) of Jacksonville, Arkansas; grandchildren Corey, Tyler, Luke, Lauren, Samantha, Katie and Kristina; great grandchildren Alexis, Emma, Max, Eloise, Breanna, Jamie, Layne and Aubrey; siblings Richard Reed (Patricia) Vicki Stahl (Al) and Marti Reed; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10am Friday, October 13 at the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, October 12 from 4pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

The family would like to thank Community Hospice of Saratoga for their care and compassion.

Memorial contributions in memory of Donna may be made to Community Ambulance Corp, Thompson Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

William Charles “Bill” Stamm, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend passed away on October 7, 2017.

Born in New York City on July 12, 1919, Bill has now joyfully reunited with his mother and father May and Harold Stamm, wives Edith and Florence Stamm, daughter Lorraine Stamm and granddaughter Melinda Lawrence in heaven.

Surviving are his children, William Stamm, Jr., of Canton MA, Barbara Lawrence (Bill) of Herndon, VA, Cathy Goodwin (Frank) of Saratoga Springs, NY; four grandchildren, Jennifer Braun (Paul) of Reston, VA, Michael Brennan of Slingerlands, NY and Caroline and Patrick Stamm of Canton, MA.
Bill proudly served three years of active duty in the US Navy during World War II in the Pacific Arena with the Amphibious Forces and held the rank of LTJG. He also participated in the Invasion of the Marianas Islands.

Bill was a graduate of New York University. During his career he was employed at Sperry Rand’s Semiconductor Division as Comptroller, Executive Vice-President and Treasurer of the Christian Herald Associates and retiring as CFO of the American-Republican Newspaper in Waterbury, CT.

All who knew Bill found him to be a truly amazing, kind and loving man with strong faith and principles.

Funeral services will be held 11am Friday, October 13 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial with military honors will follow at the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville.

Memorial contributions in memory of Bill may be made to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Make a Wish Foundation or your local Salvation Army.

Darren A. Brachetti, 44, passed away on Monday, October 2, 2017. He was born in Saratoga Springs, NY on November 15, 1972.

Darren was a CNC Machinist for CR Bard, Inc in Glens Falls. He had a passion for skateboarding and enjoyed gardening and art. He shared his love of nature with his daughter and together they went camping and hiking.

Darren is survived by his beloved daughter Catalina, mother Carol Jacobs, father David Brachetti (Anne), brothers Derek Brachetti (Michelle) and Damon Brachetti, grandmother Edith Startup, and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

A celebration of Darren’s life will be held 2pm Saturday, October 7 at 444 Sprague Town Road, Greenwich, NY 12834.

Linda K. Miskanin, 74, passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 30, 2017 surrounded by her husband and daughters. She was born in West Milton, NY and was the daughter of Arnol and Helen Knickerbocker.

Linda is survived by her husband of 53 years, Bob; their four daughters, Barbara Roby and husband Rick of Ballston Spa, JoAnne O’Connor and husband Rick of New Fairfield, CT, Michelle Graney of Auburn, NY, and Jacquelyn Jaeger of Ballston Spa; their grandchildren Andrew Roby, Jordan, Jared, and Sydney O’Connor, Reagan, Reilly, and Liddy Graney, and Marley and Mira Jaeger; and her sisters, Olga Troll and Audrey Roland of Florida. She was predeceased by her brother Maynard Knickerbocker.

Linda worked at Dunkin Donuts in Saratoga Springs for many years and was an active member of the Ballston Area Seniors where she enjoyed going on trips and playing bingo. During their retirement, Linda and Bob enjoyed traveling. Linda especially loved their trips to Hawaii.

More than anything, Linda will be remembered as a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was devoted to her family and will be missed beyond words.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, October 7th from 9am to 11am at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A graveside service will follow at the Rock City Falls Cemetery, 1033 Rock City Road, Rock City Falls.

Memorial contributions in memory of Linda may be made to the Ballston Area Seniors, 310 Northline Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Walter E. Sauer, 86, passed away Friday morning, September 29, 2017 with his family by his side. Born on November 22, 1930 in Brooklyn, NY, he was the son of the late Edward and Rose (Rapuzzi) Sauer.

Walter was a US Army veteran, serving during the Korean War. He graduated from Food Trades School in New York City and worked at Universal Ovens in Westbury, Long Island repairing and servicing industrial bakery ovens. In 1979, he started Sauer Oven Services, Inc. in Brentwood, which is currently operated by his son, John. He and his wife retired 25 years ago to Myrtle Beach where they lived until just recently.

An avid golfer, Walter was a member of the United States Golf Association and knew all of the rules of the game and who was or was not following them. He also was a member of the Myrtle Beach National Golf Club and enjoyed fishing and jazz music.

In addition to his parents, he is predeceased by a sister, Rosemary Tedesco. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Ann Sauer; his children, Walter J. Sauer (Donna) of Brentwood, NY, Daniel Sauer (Jeanette) of Troy, Michigan, Christine Novell (Paul) of Ballston Spa, John Sauer (Michelle) of East Islip, NY, and Thomas Sauer (Lorraine) also of East Islip; 10 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.

Services are private and will be held at the convenience of the family.

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

Hazel I. Latham, 89, passed away on Wednesday, September 27, 2017. Born in Ballston Spa, NY, on July 19, 1928, she was the daughter of Lewis and Emogene Steele.

Hazel was a homemaker who enjoyed gardening and reading. Her greatest joy was the time she spent with her family.

She was predeceased by her husband George Latham, and brothers Lewis Steele and Richard Steele. Hazel is survived by her children Charmaine Cook (Noel) of Ballston Spa and Charles Latham (Dawn) of Gansevoort; grandchildren Yancy Cook, Rory Cook, Dan Latham and Scott Latham; great grandchildren Tyler and Molly; siblings Kathleen Pfeiffer of Cheshire, CT, Jeanne Irwin of Wolcutt, CT, Virgil Steele of Florida, William Steele of Florida and Bruce Steele of Gansevoort; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to a graveside service at 12 noon on Friday, September 29 in Ballston Spa Cemetery, Garrett Road, Ballston Spa. All are invited to a gathering at the home of Charles and Dawn following the service.

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

John J. Tomasko, 87, passed away on Monday, September 25, 2017. Born in East Mauch Chunk, Pennsylvania on July 7, 1930, he was the son of Joseph and Mary (Zemba) Tomasko. A retired career Navy veteran, he proudly served his country for 20 years.

John owned and operated Westwood Motel in Ballston Lake for 50 years. He was a member of the Southern Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce. He enjoyed bowling, bocce and playing golf. He loved spending summers at the Saratoga Race Track and evenings at the casino.

John was an extremely dedicated, caring and loving man. The selfless attention he bestowed upon his wife, children and grandchildren, plus his newest great grandchild Aubrey, was priceless.

He was predeceased by his loving wife, Clementine (Ecobelli) Tomasko, granddaughter Melanie Merola O’Donnell, sister Anna Hines and brother Joseph Tomasko. John is survived by his children Tina Kelly (Michael) of Clifton Park and Linda Donahue of Burnt Hills; stepson Stephen Merola (Vicki) of Saratoga Springs; grandchildren Brendan Kelly, Connor Kelly, Madeline Donahue, Abaigeal Donahue, Haley Donahue and Michelle Merola; great granddaughters Aubrey Donahue and Mallory Merola Sinel; sister Elizabeth Cali of Pen Argyl, PA, and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 10am to 11am on Monday, October 2 at the Presbyterian- New England Congregational Church, 24 Circular Street, Saratoga Springs. Funeral service will be held at 11am with Pastor Kate Forer officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the The Melanie Foundation, 245 Washington St. #4666, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Ann G. Parillo, 72, passed away on Sunday, September 24, 2017 at her home. Born in Springfield, Vermont on April 12, 1945, she was the daughter of Thomas and Ann Berg.

Ann worked for Ballston Spa Schools and then State Farm. She later was a bus monitor for Saratoga Bridges. She was a member of VFW Post 358 Ladies Auxiliary. Ann enjoyed playing Bingo and spending time with her family.

She was predeceased by her husband Anthony and brother William. Ann is survived by her children Fannie Welch of Gansevoort, Francesco Parillo (Carolyn) of Greenwich, Ann Pettit (Roger) of Ballston Spa and Rosalie Hastings (David) of Ballston Spa; grandchildren Jordan Welch, Sydney Simmons, Francesca Parillo, Anthony Parillo, Andrew Pettit (Danielle), Shawn Pettit (Ashley) and Brian Klein; siblings Thomas Berg (Dola), Dortheann Copney, Penelope Baker (Kevin), Eugene Berg and Richard Berg; and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held 10am Thursday, September 28 at St. Peter’s Cemetery, West Avenue, Saratoga Springs. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, September 27 from 5pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions in memory of Ann may be made to Community Hospice, 295 Valley View Blvd, Rensselaer, NY 12144 or the Saratoga Co Animal Shelter, 6010 County Farm Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Rodney F. Niedziejko, 51 passed away on Wednesday, September 20, 2017. He was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, on June 29, 1966.

Rodney worked for the Corinth Police Department in the mid-1990’s rising through the ranks from patrolman until he became chief in 1998. He was very active during his tenure at the Police Department, helping to lead an effort to deal with the influx of drug activity in Corinth. In 2000, he transferred to the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Department, retiring in 2010.

He was known for his positive attitude and sense of humor. Rodney was a funny, likeable, good deputy who always had your back.

Rodney is survived by his wife Heidi; children Kayla, Sara and Wyatt; parents Edward and Dolores Niedziejko of Broadalbin; brothers Edward G. Niedziejko (Rebecca) of Malta and John Niedziejko (Joe) of Swedesboro, NJ; father in law and mother in law Fay and Jennifer Bovat of North Hero, Vermont; brother in law Heath Bovat of Alburgh, Vermont, and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, September 24 from 2pm to 5pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Funeral services will be held 11am Monday, September 25 at Gateway Church, 97 Hamilton Avenue, Corinth.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Rodney may be made to www.youcaring.com/Raise4Rodney

Dorothy E. McCave, 103, passed away on Sunday, September 17, 2017 at Wesley Health Care Center. Born in Ballston Spa on October 4, 1913, she was the daughter of Arthur and Pearl Denn.

Dorothy was a teacher’s assistant for the Head Start Program in the Ballston Spa Schools. She was a loving foster parent who was dedicated to helping children in foster care.

She was predeceased by her son Donald Mosher. Dorothy is survived by her grandsons Donald Mosher, Jr (Kelly) and Arthur Mosher (Nicole); great grandchildren Lexxis, Brayden, Owen and Aiden; daughter in law Andrea Mosher; caregivers Debbie Gula, Ann Moore and Pia Kellogg.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, September 21 from 10am to 11am at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will be held at 11am. Burial will follow in the Ballston Spa Cemetery.

David Eames Hall of Sewall’s Point, Florida passed at his country home in Galway, NY on September 16, 2017. His wife of 51 years, Mary Ann, was at his side when his journey ended here on Earth.

David was the son of Doris and Lester Hall. He was born in Bangor, Maine on September 4, 1933. David had five sisters, Maybelle, who predeceased him, Priscilla, Sylvia, Glenna and Johanna, all of Maine. He also had four brothers, Earl of Maryland, George of Connecticut, Lester of Pennsylvania, and James of Albany, NY who predeceased him. He had two sons, David of Massachusetts and Colin, who predeceased him, and several nieces and nephews.

During the Korean Conflict, he served in the US Air Force where he reached the rank of sergeant.

In 1959, he graduated from Central Connecticut State Teachers College where he earned his B.S. in Education and went on the SUNY Albany where he obtained a Master’s Degree in Education and a University Certificate in Educational Administration.

He taught sixth grade at Westmere Elementary School in the Guilderland School District and also taught math and science at Giffen School and Philip Livingston School in the Albany City School District.

From 1968-1974, he served as the principal of Ballston Spa High School. In 1974, he left education to work on some investment properties in Galway. From 1980-1988, he served as the principal of Corinth High School.

After retiring from education in 1988, he and his wife began a construction company called Hall Design Builders. They built several homes in Burnt Hills and Galway.

In recent years, David worked on his memoir, “A Road from Ignorance,” which focused on his youth, his time in the military and his years as a teacher and administrator. His book will be released in January 2018.

He was devoted to his wife, strove to treat all of his students with respect, equality and fairness and maintained a positive attitude whenever he met a challenge.

There will be no calling hours. A private service will be held in Maine at a later date.

Tammy Martinez, 56, passed away on Monday, September 11, 2017 after a courageous 14 year battle with breast cancer. Born in Ballston Spa, NY on September 11, 1961, she was the daughter of James Nicholls and Claudia Cobart Kerns. She was a graduate of Ballston Spa High School.

Tammy worked for Saratoga County for 37 years. She was the confidential secretary for Sheriff Jim Bowen, working closely with both Jim and his wife Sue who became lifelong friends and supporters of Tammy throughout her illness.

She enjoyed shopping and searching for bargains at garage sales. Her greatest joy was her family and she loved to spoil her nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents and her brother James Nicholls, Jr. Tammy is survived by her sons Richard James Martinez of Ballston Spa and Michael Martinez of Ballston Spa; siblings Timothy Cobart of Ballston Spa, Lori Nicholls of North Carolina, Terri Emigh (Mark) of Ballston Spa, Scott Kerns (Erin) of Ballston Spa and Dana Nicholls of North Carolina; stepfather Harold Kerns (Lucy) of California; and many beloved nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and friends.

A graveside service will be held 10am Friday, September 15 at Ballston Spa Cemetery, Garrett Road, Ballston Spa. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, September 14 from 4pm to 8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

The family would like to thank Dr. Liebers and his staff, and the staff on A-3 at Saratoga Hospital for their care and compassion.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Tammy may be made to the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk to be held in Albany on October 15, 2017.

Patricia M. Demskie, 71, passed away on Monday, September 11, 2017. Born in Salem, Massachusetts on December 17, 1945, she was the daughter of Anthony and Marguerite Roschel.

Patricia grew up in Poughkeepsie, NY and was a graduate of Franklin D. Roosevelt High School in Hyde Park. She was an X-Ray technician at Ellenville Community Hospital for many years. She later moved to Rock City Falls, where she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband Joseph. Patricia is survived by her children Andrew Demskie (Sandy) of Rock City Falls and Julia Harrington (Thomas) of Rock City Falls; grandchildren Alexandria, Jason, Joseph, Alyson and Anthony; sister Shirley VanWagenen of Wappinger Falls; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in memory of Patricia to the Community Hospice of Schenectady.

Amelia Rice, 88, passed away on Friday, September 8, 2017 at her home, surrounded by her loving family. Born in Witherbee, NY on January 27, 1929, she was the daughter of Crispin and Maria Sierra. She was a graduate of Mineville High School and Albany Business College.

Amelia was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church in Ballston Spa. She was an avid bowler and enjoyed country music, singing “I was country when country wasn’t cool”. She collected elephants, enjoyed crosswords and loved to laugh.

Her greatest joy was being with her family, whether she was going to Bingo with her sisters, watching Disney movies with her grandson Nathaniel, or going out to dinner with her daughter Amy and grandson Calvin, family was her greatest treasure. Amelia was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend.

She was predeceased by her husband James, brothers Vincent and Enrique, parents Crispin and Maria, and parents in law James and Flora. Amelia is survived by her children Amelia Bauer of Ballston Spa, James Rice of Ballston Spa, Crispin Rice (Kathy) of Ballston Lake, Ann Breska of Ballston Spa and adopted daughter Joyce Coker of Ballston Spa; grandchildren Calvin, Nathaniel, James (Ami), Pamela, and Amanda (Andy); great grandchildren Jazlynn, Emma, and Hannah; siblings Beatrice Korszun, Isabel Perez, and Manuella Sears, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 9:30am Tuesday, September 12 at St. Mary’s Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, September 11 from 6pm to 8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice, American Heart Association, St. Mary’s Church or Alzheimer’s Association.

Peter Olszewski, 63 of Rock City Falls, passed away Tuesday, September 5, 2017 with his loving family at his side, after a brave two month fight with illness.

Peter was born in Schenectady to William and Harriet (Harppinger) Olszewski. He discovered his love of medicine while working as an ER Technician at Saratoga Hospital. He then went on to become an RN through Adirondack Community College and continued by earning his Masters and Nurse Practitioner at the University of California at San Francisco. He joined the Internal Medicine Group at Community Health Plan in Latham in 1991 and has been with the group since then (now Community Care Physicians Latham Internal Medicine). He was a caring practitioner who was loved by his patients and co-workers.

While working at CHP, Peter met his true love, Susan Bunting Olszewski in 1994, and they married in October of 2000.

Peter was a great lover of the outdoors and became and Adirondack 46er when he was 46, in the year 2001. He loved hiking, canoeing, biking and skiing, especially with his daughter Noelle. He also loved his daily walks with his dachshund, Rudy.

Peter was very proud of his three daughters: Noelle Sophia Olszewski of Rock City Falls, Jennifer Anne Erin Gardner of Boston, MA and Danielle Elizabeth Gardner of Porter Corners, and all that they have accomplished, as well as his beautiful granddaughter, Haylee Star Gardner.

In addition to his wife and children, Peter is survived by his brothers, Michael Olszewski (Kathleen) of Ballston Spa and David Olszewski (Anabel) of Stillwater, as well as many loving nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family would like to thank the nurses, therapists and physicians at the Albany Medical Center ICU, Ellis Hospital ICU and Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital for all of their loving care over the past two months.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am Saturday, September 9, 2017 at Christ Episcopal Church, 15 West High Street, Ballston Spa. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family at the Christ Church Chapel Columbarium. Friends may call on Friday, September 8 from 4 to 7 pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Peter’s daughter, Noelle will be attending college as a freshman next year. Therefore, in lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Noelle Olszewski College Fund at Trustco Bank, 2 Trieble Ave, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Surrounded by her loving family, Marzetta Latham Schacher passed away peacefully at the age of 98 on Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at the Home of the Good Shepherd in Saratoga Springs . She was the daughter of Edwin and Irene (Driscall) Latham and wife of the late George P. Schacher, Sr.

Born March 16, 1919 in Binghamton, NY, she attended State Teachers College at Buffalo, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Art Education. In 1942 she married the love of her life. Marzie and George traveled while he served in the US Army, spending several years in Santa Fe, New Mexico. After the war, they settled in Schenectady where they raised a family and were active members of Zion Lutheran Church and later, the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Glenville. Together they were founding members of the Rolling Squares and Merry Mixers square dance groups where they made many wonderful friends and memories.

Marzie is survived by her children, Marilyn Fino (James), George Schacher, Jr. (Cherry) and James Schacher (Donna); her grandchildren, Michael Merritt, Tanya Rives, Joshua Fino, Jessi Cashion, Taryn Schacher and Darcy Schacher; and 10 great grandchildren.

Marzie was a woman of incredible grace, determination and above all, love for her family and others. There are no words that can express our love for her and our sorrow at her passing.

Services will be held at 10:00 am on Monday, September 11, 2017 at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, 200 Duell Road, Schuylerville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Community Hospice of Saratoga, 295 Valley View Blvd, Rensselaer, NY 12144, Home of the Good Shepherd, 400 Church St, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or St. Peter Lutheran Church, 2776 U.S. 9, Malta, NY 12020.