Michael J. Ortoleva


Michael J. Ortoleva 95, of Saratoga Springs, passed away Tuesday, February 28, 2012. Born in Schenectady, January 23, 1917, he was the son of the late Joseph and Maria Ortoleva. He was a graduate of Mont Pleasant High School and Union College with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics.

An Army veteran of World War II, he served in three campaigns in the European Theatre with the rank of Master Sergeant. Michael and his brothers owned and operated the Ballston Food Market in Ballston Spa from 1938-1972.

He was a member of American Legion Post 234 in Ballston Spa.

He was predeceased by his brothers, Roy Ortoleva and Arman Rachiele, and his sister, Helen Mitchell. Michael is survived by his wife of 65 years, Madeleine Ortoleva, two sons, Ronald Ortoleva and his wife Janice of Cornwall, Ontario and Michael J. Ortoleva, Jr of New York City, two grandchildren, Anthony Ortoleva and Angela Ortoleva, two sisters in law, Patricia Rachiele of Ballston Spa and Mary Ortoleva of Ballston Spa, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to your local food pantry.