Lorraine A. Komar


On November 15, 2021, Lorraine Ann Lynett Komar, 79, entered into God’s blessed Kingdom and was greeted by her beloved husband, Paul James Komar, who passed on February 18, 2017.

Lorraine was predeceased by her parents, Helen T. Przybylski Lynett and William L. Lynett, and her sister, Mary Carol Lynett.

Lorraine was born on December 15, 1941 at Bellevue Hospital in Niskayuna, NY. She graduated from Ballston Spa Senior High School in 1959 as an honor student and was a member of many extracurricular activities and the National Honor Society. As a young child she enjoyed dance, piano lessons and the Brownie Scout Troop. After high school for two years she was employed by the Ballston Spa School District as a private secretary to Superintendent Dr. Willard T. Jones and later Dr. George L. Osterwise.

In 1961 she entered SUNY Oneonta to begin studies toward becoming an elementary teacher. After completing two years in 1963, life led her in a different direction and she was employed by the General Electric Research and Development Center in Niskayuna, as a personal secretary and then as a legal secretary for the Metallurgy and Ceramics Research Department.

In August, 1964, Lorraine married Paul J. Komar and they spent 52 ½ years together. During the time their three children were young, she began attending Russell Sage College part-time to complete requirements to earn her Bachelor of Science Degree in Education in 1976. In 1979, she earned her Master’s Degree and permanent certification in N, K-6 and Social Studies 7-12. She had a career as a teacher in short and long term teaching assignments and retired from the Ballston Spa Central School District. During her teaching years, she served as a team contract negotiator with the Ballston Spa Teachers Union for per diem and long term teachers. During the summer months, for 17 seasons, Lorraine was employed by the New York Racing Association at the Saratoga Flat Track as an usher/white cap in Section B of the Clubhouse Reserved Seats. She rubbed elbows with many famous celebrities, horse owners, trainers, politicians and the fans that support the sport. Lorraine also served as a Brownie and Girl Scout leader, and for seven years she was a teacher for St. Mary’s Church, preparing children for their Reconciliation and First Holy Communion.

Lorraine was a member of St. Mary’s Church all of her life. She also was a member of the Ballston Spa Business and Professional Association, the New York State Teachers Retirement System and the Saratoga County Historical Association Brookside. Lorraine and her husband, Paul, together restored two Victorian homes in the Village of Ballston Spa.

Lorraine loved being a daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, cousin, aunt, godmother, teacher, mother in law, sister in law, and friend. She enjoyed reading, history, flower gardening, and keeping up with her granddaughter, Hannah Lorraine Kalinkewicz and her many activities including sports, dance, playing beautiful music on her viola, her academics and barrel horse racing with her horse, Magnolia. Family life was extremely important to Lorraine, she loved Paul Sr. and her children without reservation. She will be greatly missed.

Survivors include her daughter Maria Joanne Komar Kalinkewicz (John); sons Paul James Komar, Jr and Michael William Komar; sister Michele Miller, a niece, and several cousins that she enjoyed meeting up with, especially recently.

Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours on Sunday, November 28 from 2pm to 4pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 9:30am Monday, November 29 at St. Mary’s Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in the family plot at St. Peter’s Cemetery, Saratoga Springs.

A heartfelt thank you to neighbors, The Aviles Family, for many years of always extending kindness and support to Lorraine and her family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Lorraine may be made to The Saratoga County Historical Society Brookside, Ballston Spa.

Guest Book

Pam Gould

I am so sorry to hear of Lorraine’s passing. We taught together at both Wood Road and Milton Terrace schools. Lorraine was always so pleasant, friendly, and willing to help. She will be missed.
Pam Gould, Kindergarten Teacher

Barbara Fasake

My sincere condolences to Maria, Jack, and Hannah! I fondly remember Lorraine stopping into the office downtown...always with a smile and a warm greeting! Maria, your mom was a very special lady! Cherish the special memories as they will bring you comfort.

Melody Brown

Maria, so sorry we can’t be there to express our condolences in person. We have such fond memories of your mom and dad and know what a huge influence they were in your and Hannah’s life. I know once the sorrow passes you will be so grateful for the memories you had together. She was a wonderful mother and grandmother and I know how proud she was of you and of Hannah and all your accomplishments. Take care

Mel, Fenton and Elise.

Wendy Smith

So sorry to read this, Lorraine a bright spot in my nursing career we would always hug each other when we would meet at the clinic OR shopping. I met her at the old Benedict, giving her her allergy shots and we grew in friendship at Doc Mullers❤️ Prayers for Peace, a truly cherished woman I loved her very much❤️

LoAnn Sanders

Sending prayers and special condolences to Maria and family at this sad and difficult time. May all your good memories comfort you now and in the future.

Kathleen Slagen

Maria and Hannah,
Words can’t express the sorrow in losing a mother / grandmother, as they are precious beyond measure. May you both reflect within your hearts, all the wonderful memories that you’ll carry with you and know she’s watching over both of you.

Sherry Mac Adams Cathcart

Prayers for God’s comfort. I have so many wonderful memories of my cousin Lorraine. Her visit to my parents in PA with other family members. Growing up living a street away from Lorraine and my Aunt and Uncle. All our family get togethers at Saratoga Lake. I wish I could be there but please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers at such a difficult time. God Bless You. Love Cousin Sherry and family