Obituaries


William E. Reid, Jr. 90, passed away on Friday, January 22, 2021. He was born in Amsterdam, NY to William and Blanche Reid, Sr. A graduate of SUNY Cobleskill and Cornell University, Bill was a Korean War Veteran, serving in the US Air Force.

Bill was a plant manager at Stewarts for 35 years, retiring in 1988. He was a life member of the Rock City Falls Volunteer Fire Dept, where he served as Fire Commissioner. He was also a member of the Sanitarians Association and the Greenfield Masonic Lodge. Whether he was camping, hunting, or gardening, Bill loved the great outdoors. He liked to travel and was an avid do it yourselfer.

He was predeceased by his brother Robert Reid, stepbrothers Alan Howe and David Howe, son in law Stephen Shearer and daughter in law Jennifer Reid.

Bill is survived by his wife of 63 years Lillian and their children, Terry Reid (Thelma), Melanie Shearer, William R. Reid (Lori), Daniel Reid (Lisa) and Andrew Reid; grandchildren Gretchen, Heidi, Derek, Eric, Jona, Naomi, and Jared; siblings Donald Reid, Holly McLaughlin, Carol Dansberger, and Noel Reid; and many great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours on Wednesday, January 27 from 5pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Social distancing and facemasks are required. A graveside service will be held at Rock City Falls Cemetery in the Spring.

Memorial contributions in memory of Bill may be made to the Milton Eagles Volunteer Fire Dept. PO Box 25, Rock City Falls, NY 12863.

Ann Heffernan 83, passed away on Friday, January 22, 2021. She was born in Walker County, Georgia on July 18, 1937 to John and Grace Duncum. She lived in Tennessee for many years and moved to New York in the late 1950’s.

Ann was an active member of the Ballston Spa United Methodist Church. She enjoyed playing cards and attending the activities at the Ballston Area Seniors with her friends. She was an animal lover especially her cats. Ann enjoyed making Sunday dinner for her family. She treasured her children and grandchildren and all the memories they made together.

She was predeceased by her parents John and Grace, infant son Phillip, husband Neil, and sisters Juanita Ferraro and Faye King. Ann is survived by her sons Michael Heffernan (Louisa) and David Heffernan (Trish); grandchildren Ryan (Allison), Jenna and Brad; stepgrandsons Tyler (Kayla) and Cody (Justine); great granddaughter Hadley Rose Heffernan; sisters Kathryn Cox and Sue Lewis; sister in law Debra Frankenfield (Jeff); and several nieces and nephews.

Ann will be laid to rest with her husband at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery. A celebration of her life will be held on a later date.

Memorial contributions in memory of Ann may be made to Ballston Spa United Methodist Church, 101 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or Saratoga County Animal Shelter, 6010 County Farm Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

The family would like to thank the staff of the Saratoga Hospital ICU for their loving care and Ann’s many friends who sent their love and prayers.

Frederick L. Harris Sr. 85, passed away on Friday, January 22, 2021. He was born in Saratoga Springs, NY on January 5, 1936 to Leon and Wilda Harris. He served in the US Army.

Fred worked several jobs over the years, including Standard Furniture, Saratoga Harness Track, Quality Gas, and Cudney’s Dry Cleaning, where he retired from. He enjoyed Nascar, camping, taking long drives, playing games with friends and spending hours in the garage fixing things. Fred was a member of the Eagles Club in Saratoga Springs and VFW Post 358 in Ballston Spa.

In addition to his parents he was predeceased by his wife Eleanor; stepson Rusty Palmateer, Jr., sister Joan Reed and brother Paul Harris. Fred is survived by his son Fred Harris, Jr. (Jan) of Ballston Spa; daughter in law Mary Ellen Palmateer of Saratoga Springs; stepson Ricky Palmateer (Crystal) of Ballston Spa; his beloved grandchildren Brittany King (Shaughn), Jessica Macchi (Todd), Rusty Palmateer III, Sarah Smith (Steve) and Melisa Colvin; many great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his companion Florence Lenz.

Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours on Tuesday, January 26 from 9am to 11am at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Facemasks and social distancing are required. A private service will follow. Burial with military honors will be in the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, 200 Duell Road, Schuylerville.

Memorial contributions in memory of Fred may be made to Union Fire Co #2, PO Box 145, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Charles D. Plummer 68, passed away on Thursday, January 21, 2021. He was born in Ballston Spa, NY on August 23, 1952 to Claude and Mary Plummer.

After graduating from Ballston Spa High School, he worked at the Saratoga County Fairgrounds, a job he truly enjoyed. He later worked for the Town of Milton Highway Department until his retirement in 2007.

Growing up on a farm, Charlie had a love of cows and antique gas engines. He was a Doodlebug Tractor enthusiast, which involved using a Model A Ford to build a homemade tractor. Charlie was a people person and with his dry sense of humor he made friends wherever he went and made sure to give his friends a daily hello whether in person or online.

He was predeceased by his parents Claude and Mary, and his beloved wife Debra. Charlie is survived by his daughter Christina Plummer; brother Robert Plummer and sister Peggy Sturtevant; and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, January 25 from 2pm to 3pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street Ballston Spa. Facemasks and social distancing will be required. A graveside service will be held in the Powell Wiswall Cemetery in the Spring.

Memorial contributions in memory of Charlie may be made to St Paul’s Lutheran Church, 149 Lake Avenue, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Jessie Anabel (Edwards) Beninati passed away peacefully on January 20, 2021. She was 99 years old. She was the daughter of Rachel (Uecker) and Tracy Edwards and was born on August 7, 1921. She grew up with her brother Carl in the north end of Ballston Spa, sledding across the Blue Mill Bridge, smelling chocolate from Bischoff’s Chocolate Factory and roller skating across the Bachellerville Bridge in Edinburgh. She saw Amelia Earhart during a stop in the village and she rode horses whenever she could.

She married Louis Beninati after WW II, raised her three daughters in the house that they built together on Lewis Street, and lived independently in that home, until recently. She lived her entire life in Ballston Spa, while she traveled the US and the world.

She worked at Caplan’s Style Shop in her youth and the Ballston Spa Central School District until retirement. She was a leader and president of the local Girl Scout Council. She shared her love of the outdoors, birds (especially the chickadees at her feeder), gardening, hiking and her independent spirit with her children.

She was predeceased by her parents, three brothers, her husband, Louis and her daughter, Sally Van Alstyne. She is survived by her daughters Carol Bennett and LouAnn Beninati and her son in law Robert Van Alstyne. She is also survived by 8 grandchildren and their families, Robert L (Boo) and Tammy Van Alstyne , Jennifer Bennett, Tracy and Steve Russo, David and Elise Bennett, Troy Coutrayer and Lisa Vestiwig, LaWanda and John Legault, Elaina and Jermaine Armstead, Jesse Coutrayer and Ashley Baschand, and 11 great grandchildren, Bobby, Stephen, Ben, Sebastian, Max, Brooke, Kalob, Brandon, Cameron, Clark and Milo.

The family would like to thank the staff of the Home of the Good Shepherd for their gentle care over the past three years. Due to COVID-19, services will be scheduled at a later date. Those wanting to honor Jessie’s memory are encouraged to make a donation to Robin’s Nest Children’s Center 20 Allen Street Burlington, VT 05401, or the Home of the Good Shepherd 400 Church St, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Janet M. Hersh 88, passed away on Tuesday, January 19, 2021, surrounded by her children at Saratoga Hospital after a long battle with Alzheimer’s.

Janet was born on June 11, 1932 along with her triplet sisters to Marie and Harold Remington in Saratoga Springs, NY. The family also included an older brother and two younger sisters. Janet enjoyed her childhood and was very close with her siblings.

Janet earned a nursing certificate at St. Margaret’s School in Albany and enjoyed caring for newborns in local hospitals as well as caring for newborns in private homes in the area. Eventually Janet would meet the love of her life, Ronald Hersh, in Malta where they both had families. They married and moved to Ballston Spa where they raised their three children. Together, Janet and Ronald enjoyed ballroom dancing, bowling, traveling, and spending as much time with family as possible. They were over the moon when the grandchildren came along and loved spoiling them. In later years, Janet joined a Volksporting club with Ronald and traveled with the club to walk throughout the country.

Janet was predeceased by her parents Marie and Harold Remington, husband Ronald Hersh, brother Harold Remington, and triplet sisters June Coleman and Joyce D’Andrea. Janet is survived by her sisters Pauline Mangino (Richard) and Dawn Murray; daughter Dale Schechter (Howard), sons Edwin Hersh (Kim Sharp), and Mark Hersh (Jennifer); grandchildren Lauren Schechter, Samantha Cunningham (Kyle), Connor Hersh, and Dawson Hersh; great granddaughter Anna Cunningham, and several nieces and nephews. Janet is also survived by her very best friend Betty MacMillin.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, January 24 from 2pm to 4pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Social distancing and face masks are required. A graveside service will be held in Malta Ridge Cemetery in the Spring.

Memorial contributions in memory of Janet may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 4 Pine West Plaza Suite 405, Albany, NY 12205. The family would like to thank Saratoga Hospital and Wesley Nursing Home for their loving care during a very difficult year.

Margaretta “Mickey” N. Kilburn, 89, passed away on Monday, January 18, 2021. She was born in Saratoga Springs, NY on October 15, 1931 to George and Palmina Curcio.

Mickey worked for the Saratoga County Department of Probation retiring after many years of service. She enjoyed bowling, playing cards and knitting. She was a proud member of the Nutty Knitters Club. She also enjoyed playing Mexican Train and solving Sudoku puzzles. Mickey loved family gatherings and spending time with all her children and grandchildren. Mickey was special and loved by everyone she touched and knew her. She will be greatly missed.

In addition to her parents she was predeceased by her husband Kenneth Kilburn, Jr., brother Frank Curcio, sister Nancy Knowlton and grandson Travis Benson. Mickey is survived by her children Kenneth Kilburn III (Sue), Stuart Kilburn (Tracy), Scott Kilburn Sr. (Alice) and Jaye-Anne West; grandchildren Sarah, Allie (Jason), Anthony, Tyler, Scott II, Kyle, Tanya and Ryan; great grandchildren Norah, Hudson, Luke, Keira, Silas and Jasper; sister Mollie VanWagner; a brother in law; many sisters in law, nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours on Friday, January 22 from 4pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Funeral services will be held 9:30am Saturday, January 23 at St. Mary’s Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow in Ballston Spa Cemetery. Social distancing and face masks are required.

Special thanks to the staff at Eddy Village Green Cohoes for the exceptional care given over the past several years. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Mickey may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 4 Pine West Plaza Suite 405, Albany, NY 12205.

Anne Marie Bennison 100, passed away on Sunday, January 17, 2021. She was born in College Point, NY on March 11, 1920 to Harold and Hazel Bennison.

She was a graduate of St. Mary’s Institute, Amsterdam and the College of St Rose, Albany. She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma and was selected as “most friendliest” in her graduating class at St. Rose. Anne was a teacher and taught business in Stillwater, Canajoharie and Red Hook Schools. She retired from Red Hook in 1976 as a Guidance Counselor.

A devote Catholic, Anne was the heart of the family. She and her mother were avid baseball fans. She loved to travel and enjoyed a good party. She was an extraordinary lady who was a friend to everyone she met. She had her opinions but was never judgmental. A devoted daughter, she took care of her mother and volunteered at the nursing home in order to care for her mother while she was a resident there. Anne was a true role model to her family and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her siblings William (Muriel), Robert (Patricia), Richard (Phyllis), and Charles (Jean), and a nephew Robert. Anne is survived by her siblings John Bennison and Jane Staber (Donald). She was the beloved aunt of William Bennison (Patricia), Muriel Gaw, John Bennison (Debbie), James Bennison (Celia), Charles Bennison (JoAnn), Thomas Bennison, Mary Filiciotto (Frank), Margaret McKenzie (Duncan), Joseph Bennison, Mary Koehler (Robert), Elizabeth Turlington, Patrick Bennison (Elizabeth), Peter Bennison (Jana) and Cindy Bennison. She is also survived by 22 grand nieces and nephews, and 14 great grand nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Amsterdam on a later date. Memorial contributions in memory of Anne may be made to Community Hospice, 445 New Karner Road, Albany, NY 12205 or St Christopher Church, 7411 S. Broadway Red Hook, NY 12571.

The family would like to thank the staff from the Home of the Good Shepherd in Saratoga Springs for their loving care of Anne.

Lois W. Corey 96, passed away on Sunday, January 17, 2021. Lois was a native and longtime resident of Victor, NY. Recently, she had lived in Ballston Spa, NY with her daughter Deborah’s family. She was the daughter of Earl and Elsie Washburn of Victor. She graduated from Victor High School where she met and later married her high school sweetheart, Leonard S. Corey.

After high school in response to WWII, she enrolled in the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps at Keuka College where she received her RN Degree. She used her training to work with area physicians, she also worked in several area hospitals before becoming a school nurse at Victor Central School, a position she held until retirement. In 1985, Lois and Leonard were named Town of Victor Citizens of the Year. Leonard predeceased her in 1986 after 39 years of marriage. She was also predeceased by a sister Betty Toomey, brother Lou Washburn, and grandson Jon Straight.

Lois is survived by her four children and their spouses, Cathy C. and John Oates of Hamilton, NY, Sue C. and Bob Doran of Greensboro, NC, Bruce and Paula Corey of Wolcott, NY and Deborah C. and Richard Straight of Ballston Spa, NY. She also leaves eight grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Lois lived a life of caring for others. She will be remembered for being always available with her kind and gentle ways and efficient manner. She was there to heal and serve her church, Eastern Star, family and friends.

A memorial service will be held 10am on Thursday, January 21 at Northway Church, 770 Pierce Road, Clifton Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Lois may be made to The First Presbyterian Church, Victor, NY or Victor-Farmington Ambulance Corp, in memory of Lois and Leonard, founding members.

Thomas James Orologio, 66, passed away at his home on Sunday, January 17, 2021 surrounded by his family. Tom was blessed to be able to spend the last six months at home with all his children and grandchildren.

Thomas was born in Ballston Spa, NY on December 20, 1954 to Anthony and Polly Orologio. He graduated from Ballston Spa High School. Tom was an Army veteran and served in Germany during the Vietnam War.

Thomas worked for the Watervliet Arsenal for over twenty years, retiring in January of 2019. He was a proud member of American Legion Post 234 in Ballston Spa. Tom was an avid motorcycle, Nascar, and Budweiser enthusiast. He will be dearly missed and forever instilled in our hearts.

Thomas was predeceased by his mother, Polly Orologio. He is survived by his three children Christian Orologio (Tina), Sarah Orologio, and Elizabeth Orologio; his beloved grandchildren Grace Orologio, Bella and Julius Yates, and Dean Thomas Beck; his 94 year old father, Anthony Orologio; the mother of his children, Pamela Brown Orologio; three brothers, Timothy, Anthony, and James; a niece, many nephews, cousins and lifelong friends.

Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours on Thursday, January 21 from 5pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Funeral services will be held 9:30am Friday, January 22 at St. Mary’s Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial with military honors will follow at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville. Social distancing and face masks are required.

Josephine M. Mercier 26, passed away on Tuesday, January 12, 2021. She was born in Schenectady, NY on October 10, 1994 to Wayne and Joan Mercier.

Josey had an infectious laugh. She was kind hearted and always willing to lend a hand to anyone in need. She loved camping and fishing at Black Pond with her family. Her greatest joy was her daughter and she treasured the time she spent with her.

She was predeceased by her father Wayne Mercier and her brother Jack. Josey is survived by her beloved daughter Evelyn; mother Joan Mercier; sister Stephanie Mercier; brother Raymond Mercier; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

A memorial service will be held 5:30pm Friday, January 22 at Pine Grove Community Church, 59 Pine Road, Saratoga Springs.

Alfred J. Loya, Jr. 55, passed away on Tuesday, January 12, 2021. He was born in Ballston Spa, NY on March 13, 1965 to Alfred and Sally Loya, Sr.

Al was a jack of all trades and worked as an auto glass installer for many years. He enjoyed taking a ride on his Harley, drinking a bottle of cold Sprite, and truck rides with his dogs. Al was the kind of guy who would tell you like it is, with a little sarcasm. His family was his greatest treasure and he enjoyed all the fun times they spent together.

He was predeceased by his parents Al and Sally, his sister Kimberly and his nephew Timmy. Al is survived by his wife Bunsong; his daughters Kendra Loya (Melissa) and Josalin Morris (Casey); granddaughter Scarlett; siblings Carol Phillips, Chad Loya, and Heather Loya; and several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Al’s life will be held on a later date, when we are all able to get together. Memorial contributions in memory of Al may be made to the Saratoga County Animal Shelter, 6010 County Farm Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Sheila R. Hale 81, passed away peacefully at her home on January 10, 2021. She was born on April 8, 1939 to Shirley and Ethel Garvin.

Sheila worked for the NYS Department of Retirement in Albany for many years. She was a member of the Grand Boulevard Fire Dept Ladies Auxiliary. Sheila enjoyed knitting and camping with her family. For many years, Sheila and her husband wintered in Florida.

She was predeceased by her husband Paul D. Hale. Sheila is survived by her sons Robert Hale (Karleen) and Lloyd Hale (Susan); grandchildren Grace, Joseph and Elise; siblings Richard Garvin (Carol), Jean Gifford (Thomas), Nancy Watkajtys (David), and James Lamkey (Joan); and several nieces and nephews.

A private service will be held. Memorial contributions in memory of Sheila may be made to the American Cancer Society or American Diabetes Association.

Yvonne V. Canastra “Bonnie”, 67, passed away at her home on Friday, January 8, 2021. She was born in Saratoga Springs, NY on July 1, 1953.

Yvonne worked at McDonald’s in Malta for many years. She and her husband Elmer worked together at Albany Saratoga Speedway in Malta where she was known to everyone as Snookums.

Yvonne enjoyed going out to eat at her favorite restaurant the Golden Corral. She also enjoyed coloring, puzzles, and traveling. She loved to shop and always was ready to check out any garage sale. Her greatest joy was her grandson Charlie and she treasured the time she spent with him.

She was predeceased by her sister Mary and her niece Glenda. Yvonne is survived by her beloved husband Elmer; her son Joe Tallman and his wife Gwen; grandson Charlie; special niece Anita; and several additional nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to a calling hour on Wednesday, January 13 from 4pm to 5pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A private service will follow.

Memorial contributions in memory of Yvonne may be made to the Saratoga County Animal Shelter, 6010 County Farm Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Carol Ann Miazga Ohnsman, was born in Cohoes, New York, on June 22nd, 1961, to Carol Ann George and Joseph Miazga. She passed away at the age of 59 on January 7th, 2021, from the only battle she couldn’t win, lung cancer.

Carol graduated from Niskayuna High School and attended Lady Cliff College in Highland Falls, New York, and later attended Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York. She then moved to Malta, New York, in 1989 where she started her family with three wonderful boys, and became an influential part of the Ballston Spa community. After her first marriage ended in 2002, she met the man she would spend the rest of her life with, Dan Johnsen, and they moved to the village of Ballston Spa. In 2008, Carol and Dan moved again to just outside of town where her boys finished high school and then went on to college.

Carol was a beloved member in the community. She became a provider and supporter for more than just her three sons. She was the team mom for hundreds of young men and women who came through the Ballston Spa Athletics Program for over a decade. She served in many roles within the Ballston Spa football and cheer program as well as the lacrosse program including president of the Football and Cheer Booster Club for many years. Carol had an infectious smile and laugh and a selflessness that had an incredible impact on so many. She was a constant presence at every game and could be seen on the sidelines, in the concession stand, or in the bleachers with a 50/50 bucket working the crowd. Carol always put her best efforts into everything she did and wanted to make everyone feel comfortable. If she knew you, then she knew your whole family and would always make it a point to say hi and ask how everyone was doing.

Carol spent her last ten years around some of her closest friends on Sacandaga Lake. Every Friday, she enjoyed getting out of work and heading straight to the boat that she and her husband Dan owned, so that she could "float" for the weekend. Her fondest memories include spending countless hours with friends and family on the dock, at the marina and soaking up the summer sun on the lake. Family and friends meant everything to her.

She is predeceased by her mother Carol Ann Miazga and is survived by her sons Jason, Chris (Sarah), Sean and husband Dan as well as her five brothers and sisters, Joe, Chris, Justin, Jen, and Cass, her many nieces and nephews, and her father, Joe Miazga.

Due to the Covid 19 pandemic and travel restrictions we will be postponing services to a later date. In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations be made to the Ballston Spa Football Booster Club. They can be sent to Ballston Spa Booster Club, 36 Bayberry Drive, Ballston Spa NY .

Pamala Ann Baumgardner, 53, left us too soon on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 in Florida. Born on August 13, 1967 in Schenectady, NY, she attended Ballston Spa High School. She was a student of life, who worked for many years in the restaurant industry in Saratoga Springs and on the west coast of Florida.

Nothing brought Pamala so much pride as her boys, Johnny and Cory, who learned to revere strong women through their mother. They three of them passed through thick and thin together and shared a code of fierce love and loyalty. Their friends called her "Mama Dukes" and knew her gift for making people feel comfortable, welcome, and seen.

Always an animal lover, her best days were spent among the colors of sunrise, by the eternal sea, biking with her dog, Daisy, with whom she has been reunited along with the many animals, wild and tame, she cared for in her lifetime.

She always did what she could do for those she loved - with an unexpected phone call, the perfect shade of nail polish, or a big trip to the grocery store. When her loved ones were in trouble, she defied any system to stand up and advocate for us. Using her gifts - beauty, a warrior spirit, loyalty, tenacity - Pamala lived on her terms to the end.

She was predeceased by her father John Chojecki. She is survived by her mother, Patricia Chojecki, her sons, John Baumgardner (Kelly Wardell) and Cory Baumgardner, her grandchildren, Brayden and Ava Baumgardner, who brought love and light into her life, even from a distance; her sisters, Mechelle Chojecki (Jill Cowburn), Karan Allrich (Greg), Dana Chojecki; her nieces and nephews, Olivia and Avery Allrich, Jayden and Jaxsyn Chojecki; and her ex-husband, John Baumgardner.

Goodnight. I love you. See you tomorrow. Sweet dreams.

A private memorial service will be held in her honor in the Spring.

Carol A. Palmateer 87, passed away on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at Wesley Health Care Center. She was born in Schenectady, NY on August 25, 1933 to Aldah and Ferne Merton.

Carol was a homemaker. She was an avid collector of any frog related item including blankets, pictures and ceramic frogs.

She was predeceased by her son Jamie Palmateer and her brother Bruce Merton. Carol is survived by her son Michael Palmateer (Diane); granddaughters Tiffany Armitage (David) and Lisa Palmateer (Steven); great grandchildren Natalie, Joshua and Sadie; and dear friend Tammy Mooney.

There will be no services. Memorial contributions in memory of Carol may be made to the Saratoga County Animal Shelter, 6010 County Farm Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

The Bee Man has passed

Aaron W. Morris 66, passed away on Sunday, January 3, 2021 at his home surrounded by his family. He was born in Saratoga Springs, NY and was a 1972 graduate of Shenendehowa Central Schools and a graduate of SUNY Albany majoring in mathematics/computer science, class of 1981.

Aaron was one of the first computer specialists working at SUNY Albany, retiring in 2011. A world renown Master Beekeeper, Aaron was former President of the Empire State Beekeepers Association. He taught many beekeeping classes throughout the northeast including Cornell University. He was a member of Empire State Honey Producers, and the Southern Adirondack Beekeepers Association, holding numerous positions. He was also Master Beekeeper of the Eastern Agricultural Society.

He attended several international beekeeping conferences as a special invited guest and speaker. Aaron received multiple awards for his honey, beeswax, and candle making. Aaron enjoyed all aspects of gardening, including special gardens for bees, butterflies and birds. He especially enjoyed the company of family, friends, and his adopted second family, the residents of the Village of Round Lake.

He was predeceased by his father Ellis F. Morris, Sr. and his mother and stepfather Barbara Morris Lucarelli and Frank Lucarelli. Aaron is survived by his brothers Ellis Morris (Valerie) and Ross Morris (Edie); sister Daryl Morris Griffiths (Tim) and his loving friend Julia Corbally-Carson. He was a special uncle of Michael, Samantha, Elizabeth (Travis), Luke, Leora (Haylee), and Livia; great uncle of Dylan, Charlotte, and Theo. They lovingly called him Uncle Beezer.

A celebration of Aaron’s life will be held on a later date. Memorial contributions in memory of Aaron may be made to the Fund for the Preservation of the Round Lake Auditorium and Organ, c/o AP3, PO Box 546, Round Lake NY 12151

Bernard John Sinkora, 66, peacefully passed in his home on Sunday, January 3, 2021. He went by John, but had many affectionate names, Johnny, Johnny-cakes, Grandpa, Uncle John and Mr. Fix-It. And Mr. Fix-It he was. Johnny repaired our cars in the rain and fixed our furnaces during snow storms. John was always there.

Not only was he a mechanical genius, but a talented craftsman who built unique and beautiful wooden pieces that will be passed on and treasured for generations to come.

Johnny was always so supportive, interested in our lives, and ready to help friends and family with an outpouring of love through his prayer, words and actions. As if he hadn’t given us enough, through the ever loving and all powerful grace of God, John was a perfect match when his beloved wife Nancy was in need of a liver transplant. By giving her this heroic gift he gave all of us another fifteen years with our favorite laughing lady.

John was always so grateful to be a part of this family, but it’s us who are grateful to have had him. Our family is the compassionate, loving, spiritual and mission driven people we are today because of John and Nancy Sinkora’s influence.

John was an incredible man and he will forever be missed. We find peace knowing he's dancing with Nancy in heaven now. Welcomed by his parents Erika Sinkora (Brandhorst) and Bernard Joseph Sinkora, grandparents Hildegarde (Oma) Brandhorst, Frank and Anna Sinkora, sister Inge Day and nephew Jeffrey Griggs. He lives on through his brothers William (Ruth) Keller and Erik (Sharon) Sinkora, nephews Kristian (Jess) Keller and Kyle Keller, nieces Katelyn (Richard) Bonk, Erica (Jay) Burdett, and Kristina Jackson. As well as his adoring children Tracy Balch (Dan Day), Naomi Baker, David (Megan) Quillnan, grandchildren Brandyn Balch, Tylor (Brianna) Balch, Josh Moran, Gloria (Geoff) Moran, Sara Allen, Alec Svoboda, David Quillinan Jr, Maggie Quillinan and Salvatore Quillinan.

A celebration of life will be held on warmer days. Donations may be made in memory of John to Hospice or the Italian Greyhound Rescue. http://www.iggyrescue.com/index.shtml

Fred L. Carr 89, passed away on Thursday, December 31, 2020. He was born in Watervliet, NY on December 27, 1931 to Fred and Louise Carr, Sr.

Fred proudly served for 25 years in the US Air Force. He later owned and operated Gingerbread Handyman Service with his wife Marcia for 30 years. Gingerbread is the art of making Victorian wood scrolling, which Fred was highly gifted at. He also enjoyed word puzzles and making other crafts.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Marcia Carr. A private service will be held and Fred will be laid to rest with military honors at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in memory of Fred to the Saratoga National Cemetery Honor Guard Association, 200 Duell Road, Schuylerville, NY 12871.

Shirley (Knights) MacMillin, aged 93, passed away peacefully on December 29, 2020.

Born in Amsterdam NY, she was the daughter of the late Hugh and Bertha (Parkis) Knights and sister of the late Doris (Clarence) Parker. Shirley attended the Galway District 7 one room school and graduated from Galway High School in 1943. She graduated from Albany Teachers College Magna Cum laude in 1947. She went to Syracuse University on full scholarship and earned a Masters in Education. She continued her education by earning another thirty graduate credits in Education from Oneonta Teachers College.

Shirley started her teaching career by teaching French and English at the Galway Central School, then the South Onondaga School district. She spent the rest of her career in the Shenendehowa School district, teaching in Jonesville, and the Arongen and Chango buildings. Shirley went back to school in 1962, and earned her Masters in Library Science. She finished out her teaching career as an elementary school librarian, spreading her love of reading to thousands of young readers.

Shirley and Paul loved to travel. Their travels took them all over the United States and Canada. Their 69 year marriage saw them celebrating many milestones with friends and family. In the summers, Shirley and Paul could be found working in their huge vegetable garden or spending time with family.

Shirley is survived by her husband of 69 years, Paul MacMillin, whom she married on September 18, 1951. She is also survived by her son Glenn (Margot) MacMillin, grandson Joshua (Sharon) MacMillin, granddaughter Meghan (Dan) Cheek, great granddaughter Emily Cheek; her daughter Karen (Dave) Dubofsky; grandchildren Danielle Dubofsky and Jacob Dubofsky; sisters in law Noreen Pompa and Betty MacMillin; and many nieces and nephews.

A private family service will be held. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Shirley may be made to the Ballston Spa United Methodist Church, 101 Milton Ave, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Jean E. Whelden passed away on Sunday, December 27, 2020 at her home surrounded by her family. She was born in Gansevoort, NY on March 21, 1931 to Erving and Ethel Peters.

Jean was a homemaker for many years until her husband passed and she started working at O.D. Heck in Schenectady for many years. She also worked as a lunch monitor at the Ballston Spa Middle School. In her younger years Jean and her husband enjoyed square dancing and traveling with their family. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family especially her Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren, which affectionately called her Great MeeMa. She enjoyed trying her son’s many gourmet dishes, as well as his company. She loved animals and always had a pet dog until she could no longer take care of them. Her daughter had two Shih Tzu which she loved to spend time with.

She enjoyed traveling and many of her favorite memories were cruising with her daughter and friend, a trip with her sister to Hawaii for her nephew’s wedding, going to Montana to see her Grandson, and seeing the Grand Ole Opry.

She was predeceased by her husband William L. Whelden, her son William L. Whelden Jr. and brother Robert Peters. Jean is survived by her children Laura Adams (Doug), Karen Whelden, and Kevin Whelden; grandchildren Jennifer Havalchak (Greg) and Christopher Adams; great granddaughters Isabelle and Alexandra; sister Patricia Thomas; and several nieces and nephews.

A private family service will be held. Memorial contributions in memory of Jean may be made to the American Heart Association.

On the morning of Saturday, December 26, 2020 Frank J. Granger, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family. He was 93.

Frank was born and raised in Troy, NY to the late Francis and Rose Granger. As a young man, Frank served in the U.S. Army and was stationed at Fort Hood in Texas. He retired in 1988 from the Watervliet Arsenal where he had been employed for over thirty years as a quality control inspector.

Frank was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting, fishing, bird watching, and photography. Of all his hobbies, he was most passionate about golf and continued to play up until his recent illness. In his final months, he resided with his daughter’s family, enjoying good food and ending his evenings with a Rob Roy. Frank had a quick wit and a dry sense of humor. He will be greatly missed.

He was predeceased by his wife of 25 years, Helen (Essegian) Granger. Frank is survived by his two daughters, Susan (Edward) Charette of Ballston Spa and Michele (Patrick) Neary of Delmar. He was a loving grandfather to Rachel, Matthew, Shannon, Ryan, and Kevin. Frank is also survived by his two brothers, Donald (Phyllis) Granger of Clayton, NC and Gerard (Carol) Granger of Pottstown, PA, as well as several beloved nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be private. Frank will be laid to rest with his beloved wife Helen at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Troy.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Frank to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Margaret K. Perkins 87, passed away on Wednesday, December 23, 2020. She was born in Glen Head, Long Island on July 28, 1933.

Maggie grew up in North Bennington, Vermont. She was a talented singer and sang at St John the Baptist Church and took part in many variety shows when she was growing up. She was a gourmet cook and seamstress. Her greatest joy was raising her five children.

She was predeceased by her son Dennis Dailey. Maggie is survived by her husband Donald Perkins; her children Donna Barton (Kirk), Michael Dailey, Kevin Dailey (Mary) and Timothy Dailey (Nancy); grandchildren Kendra Preteroti (Tony), Matthew Barton, Cassie Kilbride (Kevin), Kelly Hoot (Bob), Dan Dailey (Tina), Kyle Dailey (Christine), Collin Dailey (Heather), Ryan Dailey (Farnaz), Ross Dailey, Drew Dailey, Jared Dailey (Anne), Eric Comar (Mary); and several great grandchildren.

Due to the Covid 19 pandemic funeral services will be held on a later date. Memorial contributions in memory of Maggie may be made to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Marjory Jean Flynn 77, passed away on Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at Wesley Health Care Center. She was born in Ballston Spa, NY on May 1, 1943 to Frederick and Marjory Kelly. Jean was a graduate of Ballston Spa High School and attended Mildred Elley Secretarial School.

Jean worked as a secretary for the State in Albany, Ballston Spa Middle School and retired from Spa State Park. She enjoyed, crafting, swimming, picnics, camping, and attending concerts. Jean loved all her kitties she had over the years and was a big Elvis Presley fan.

She was predeceased by her father Frederick Kelly, and her mother and stepfather Marjory and Ed Epperson. Jean is survived by her daughter Sandy Desmond (Tim); grandsons Troy and Tyler; sister Maureen Hickey and her husband Joe; several stepsisters and cousins.

A private family service will be held. Memorial contributions in memory of Jean may be made to the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation, 1 East Wacker Drive Suite 1730, Chicago, IL 60601 (dystonia-foundation.org) or your local animal shelter.

The family would like to thank Lisa and the staff on 3 Hawthorne of Wesley Health Care for their loving care and compassion

Robert “Bob” Woodward King, age 94, passed away peacefully on December 20, 2020. Bob was the third of six children, born to the late Christian and Helen King on February 5, 1926 in Glenville, NY. He grew up in Ballston Spa on his family farm and attended Ballston Spa Central Schools.

Drafted into the US Army in 1944 and trained as an infantryman, Bob received an honorable discharge and subsequently became employed by General Electric where he worked as a machinist for 33 years until his retirement in 1990. During this time, he was also the proprietor of The Gateway and King’s Taverns in Scotia for 14 years, serving his loyal patrons and hosting banquets, which fed his desire to throw a good party.

He had a deep and abiding love for his wife of 67 years, Angeline (Curtiss) King. He was extremely proud of the home they built together on Hop City Road. He unconditionally loved and unfailingly supported his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. His only disappointment in them was that they didn’t live right next door.

Fond memories recalled by Bob’s family and friends include camping on Schroon River, gardening in his gigantic garden, bowling (forever in pursuit of that perfect 300) and golfing with his buddies, playing and sometimes winning Lotto, landing cannon balls in the backyard pool with his children and grandchildren (a very fun papa!), listening to country music, and faithfully cheering for RPI football, Syracuse basketball, the Mets, and the Yankees. Nothing made him happier than eating a Stewart’s ice cream cone while reminiscing about days gone by, as well as participating in King family sing-alongs.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by: his three daughters, Eileen Rickard (Patrick) of Rochester, Marylou Sarraf (Todd) of Ballston Spa, and Bonnie Comella of Ithaca; one son, Dale King (Jami Labshere) of Ballston Spa; two sisters, Elizabeth Byrnes of Ballston Spa and Carol (Frank) Williams of Newbury, New Hampshire; eleven grandchildren, Todd Rickard (Holly), Keith Rickard (Jamie Canfield), Briana Ranes (Jason), Heather Darling (Jared), Linda Anderson (Ryan), Susan Rago (Jordan), Charlie Campbell, Megan Sarraf, Sean Sarraf (Emily), Isabel Comella, and Ingrid Comella. Additionally, he is survived by fourteen great-grandchildren: Krista and Justin Rickard; Keenan, Callen, and Brielle Rickard; Alana, Josiah, Margaret, and Jameson Ranes; Anson, Loralie, Grady, and Killian Darling; and Emma Anderson. He is also survived by his sister-in-law Mabel King, many nieces and nephews, and Curtiss family brothers and sisters-in-law, all of whom he greatly adored.

He is predeceased by his brothers, Albert King and Gerry (Laura) King; sister Mildred (Lacy) King; brother-in-law Leo Byrnes; and sweet great-granddaughter, Meredith Anderson. The family of Bob King would like to thank the staffs of Ellis Hospital, Glendale Rehabilitation Center, Brookdale Assisted Living Community, and neighbors Sean and Linda Wood for the kindness and compassion they demonstrated over the last few years.

A closed, in-person memorial service will be held on December 30th at 11am; however, friends and family are invited to watch via live stream link at https://client.tribucast.com/tcid/16279312

A burial and celebration of Bob’s life will be held in the spring. Memorial contributions may be made to Christ Episcopal Church, 15 W. High Street in Ballston Spa, where Bob was a long-time member and church service usher. Gifts will be directed to the church’s food pantry.

Kenneth R. Cole 71, passed away on December 20, 2020. He was born in Schenectady, NY on September 17, 1949 to Homer and Marion Cole. Ken was a bus driver for Galway Schools for many years. He enjoyed working on cars and going to car shows.

He was predeceased by his father Homer. Ken is survived by his mother Marion; sister Deborah Bills (Alan), niece Melissa Bills; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Relatives and friends are invited to a calling hour on Monday, December 28 from 4pm to 5pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Social distancing and facemasks are required. A graveside service will be held in the Spring at Briggs Cemetery.

David K. Blowers 53, passed away on Saturday, December 19, 2020 at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Albany, NY on September 26, 1967 to William and Alice Blowers.

Dave was an auto body technician at Absolute Auto Credit in South Glens Falls. He also had his own custom car shop at his home. He and his son built and showed cars in many car shows. His daughters also helped out and together they all enjoyed doing what their dad loved. He treasured his family and all the memories they made together.

He was predeceased by his father William Blowers. Dave is survived by his children Kayla Bauer (Ted), Lizzy Blowers, and David Blowers; grandson Dexter; fiancée Rhi Madej; his mother Alice Blowers; brothers Kevin Blowers, Michael Blowers (Karen), William Blowers, Jr., and Heath Blowers; and many nieces and nephews.

A private service will be held. Memorial contributions in memory of David may be made to David Blowers Memorial Fund c/o CapComm FCU, 4 Winners Circle, Albany, NY 12205 for his children.

Joan Ann Moomey, 83, of Ballston Spa, passed away at home on December 18, 2020, after a short illness. She was born to the late Humbert and Elizabeth Marando on February 5, 1937.

Joan was predeceased by her husband of 53 years, Richard Moomey and her brother, Robert Marando.

Joan attended Massena Central High, before attending A. Barton Hepburn Nursing School, where she received her degree in 1958. She married Richard Moomey in 1960. They lived in Central Valley, New York for many years before relocating to Ballston Spa.

Joan worked as a psychiatric nurse for several years before retiring to the luxurious life of a stay-at-home mom. The piano was her instrument of choice and she loved to play holiday favorites such as ‘‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’, ‘Silver Bells’ and ‘Winter Wonderland’. An avid reader, Mary Higgins Clark and JD Robb were her go to thriller authors. She played a mean game of Skipbo, and though she was suspected of cheating, it could never be proven. She had a wicked sense of humor and would sing the Bosco Chocolate Syrup jingle upon request just because she knew it would make you laugh. Joan loved summers on Cape Cod, where she enjoyed floating in a tube on the ocean, though she couldn’t swim, and savored every bite of a good platter of fried oysters. She could talk you through a recipe as guests were knocking at your door and was our go to person when we weren’t quite sure how to maneuver through life. She loved gossip and people watching, a trait passed down to her daughter. And though she claimed no affinity for animals, she would make a peanut butter sandwich for a pup in need.

Survivors include her two daughters, Sue Ellen Moomey (Robert) Turnbull of Goshen, NY and Elizabeth Anne Moomey (David) Stevens of Ballston Spa, NY; grandchildren: Christopher, Matthew, Andrew, Samuel, Fiona, and Lucas; sisters: Meribeth Schnell and Martha Granger; and nieces and nephew.

A special thank you to everyone at Concepts of Healthcare, especially Angie, who showed such compassion and care to our mom. Also, thank you to Hospice and nurse Laurie for all your support during this difficult time.

A service will be held by the family at a later date.

William J. Reynolds 75, passed away at home with his family on Thursday, December 17, 2020. He was born in Albany, NY on September 8, 1945 to Claude and Eleanor Reynolds. He proudly served as a Seabee in the United States Navy and did a tour of duty in Vietnam.

Bill grew up in Slingerlands and served many years as a volunteer in the Slingerlands Fire Department. Bill’s fire department activities in firefighting competitions led him to meet his soon to be wife Barbara and they eventually settled in Charlton where they raised their family. Bill and his wife owned and operated the West Milton Country Store for several years. Bill also worked at the Knolls Atomic Power Lab for 30 years as both a firefighter/officer and a safety specialist, retiring in 2006.

He was a member of the Harmony Corners Fire Department where he was a commissioner and past fire chief dedicating over 40 years of service to the community. When he wasn’t at the Fire Department, Bill could be found out on the golf course, playing the game he loved.

Bill is survived by his wife Barbara; sons David and James; grandson Andrew; brother Thomas; and several nieces and nephews.

A private family service will be held. Burial with military honors will be in the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery. Memorial contributions in memory of Bill may be made to the Harmony Corners Fire Department or Rubin Dialysis Center.