John L. Knabner

John L. Knabner 70, passed away on March 18, 2019 surrounded by his loving family. Born in Schenectady, NY on September 21, 1948, he was the son of John and Harriet Knabner.

John began his career at Curtis Lumber on July 15, 1970. He was a purchasing agent and also worked in the store for 45 years, retiring in 2015. After his retirement, he continued to work at the store part time until May of 2016.

John was a member of the Ballston Center ARP Church serving as a deacon and an elder. He was a life member of Saraspa Rod and Gun Club and an active member of the Kayaderosseras Fish and Game Club. He enjoyed fishing and skeet shooting and ran the skeet program at the Kayaderosseras.

John spent his summers with his family at their camp on Lake Champlain in Vermont.

John married his high school sweetheart Sandra Hopkins on June 7, 1969. Family was very important to him and he treasured the time he spent with his children and grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his parents John and Harriet Knabner and his sister Lois Ann Hudson. John is survived by his wife Sandra Knabner; children Lori Friguletto and Sean Knabner (Melissa); grandsons Shane and Thomas; sisters Cheryl Hicks and Kim LaFlair; and several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10am Friday, March 22 at the Ballston Center Church, 58 Charlton Road, Ballston Spa. Burial will be in Jonesville Cemetery in the Spring. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, March 21 from 4pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions in memory of John may be made to the Ballston Center Church or American Cancer Society.

Guest Book

Vincent and Ida Ferretti

We are sorry to learn of John's passing. Our thoughts are with you and your family. It was always nice to see his smiling face coming into our family restaurant.

John Kirk

Dear Sandy and Family,

I want you to know how sorry I was to hear of John’s passing. John and I started working for Curtis Lumber the same year and spent our entire careers at Curtis Lumber Company. John was responsible for purchasing all the hardware for the company. His work ethic was extraordinary never leaving a job undone. John’s phone was always ringing at his desk someone needing an answer to a question, of course John always had the answer. John always ended the conversation with “Anything else I can help you with”...... Kindhearted, sincere and always a real gentleman... I always felt honored to work with him and to have known him.. Thoughts and prayers to all.... Cherish the Memories.....

Susan Deyette

Sandy and family,
John will be missed so much by his Curtis Lumber family. He taught me so much in the many years we worked together and always did it with a smile. Sending you all my sincerest condolences.
Love, Susan

Rich Walker

Rest in Peace my friend. John was a great colleague, always looking for a better way. He was often a key player behinds the scenes, and many of the advances we made at Curtis Lumber over the years would not have happened were it not for John's diligence in doing the work that, while not glamorous, was essential. Later, you could tell he enjoyed being back on the floor in Ballston Spa, and he was a great ambassador for customer service. I'm sorry he is gone so soon. Sandy and family, our thoughts and prayers for you all.

Ed Martin

My sympathy to John's Family.
He was well respected at K,F,&G

Kim and Jack Mosier

Kim, our hearts and prayers go out to you and your family during this hard time.

Malinda Brodt

Sean I'm so sorry to hear of the passing of your father. Prayers to you and your family. The Brodt family Malinda, Craig and Tiffany

Jay Hudson and Family

To my family we send our deepest love for you. Uncle Lyle was a man to whom I looked up too. Uncle Lyle, Aunt Sandy and Kim always made a point to travel a great length to come and see me and my family. Words cannot say how grateful I am and always will be. Our memories will always live on. Rest In Peace Uncle Lyle! Tell Mom and Grandma K I love them and miss them.

Elizabeth Schwinghammer

John and his family were a huge part of my childhood. Growing up across the street gave my brother and I so many opportunities to talk with John and Sandy. He will be missed and the family is in my prayers.

Kay Gillette

Sandy and family,
We know John is now at peace. The Lord will give you the strength to carry on. Be patient and time will heal you from your loss. My prayers are with you and your family at this time of your loss and always.

Bill and Kathy Schwinghammer

I've known John since middle school and lived across the street for 40 years. John was a great neighbor and friend. Oh how we will miss him.

Don Gariepy

Many prayers and blessings to the Knabner family. I worked with John for several years at Curtis and he provided wisdom and guidance to myself and many others. John will be fondly remembered.

The Kortz Family

Sandra and family,
May you always remember the memories of John's humor and love. He will surely be missed. Our thoughts are with you in this time of sorrow. - Scott, Golenne and Maddie Kortz

Edward Tranka

John was an amazingly caring man. From the moment I started working at Curtis Lumber he took me under his wing and showed me the ins and outs of the business. I always knew I could count on John to be there. I am grateful for every moment that I got to spend with John. I will miss him!!