Obituaries


Garry E. Companion 72 of Rexford, passed away on Saturday, April 17, 2021. He was born in Plattsburgh, NY on November 21, 1948 to Bernard and Gladys Companion.

Garry enjoyed buying and selling on Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace, watching westerns on TV while relaxing in his recliner, hanging out with his friends, occasional inappropriate jokes, and camping. His greatest joy was spending time with his family, especially his grandsons. Garry’s family will miss his humor and generosity.

He was predeceased by his parents Bernard and Gladys Companion, his ex wife Nancy Companion, and his three brothers Harley, Robert and John Companion.

Garry is survived by his daughter and son in law Tyleane and Christopher Benjamin; grandsons Matthew Kouffman, Skylur Kouffman and Nathan Kouffman; the father of his grandchildren Marc Kouffman (Gina); sister Peggy Vojnar (Robert); brother Kenneth Companion (Lenna); and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours on Friday, April 23 from 3pm to 5pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Social distancing and facemasks are required.

Donald B. Smith 96, passed away on Saturday, April 10, 2021. He was born in Charlton, NY on May 31, 1924 to Elmer and Reba Smith. Don married Margaretha Christensen on June 2, 1946 and they moved to Galway in 1953 where they raised their family.

Don worked for the Galway Central Schools for 30 years, retiring in 1986. In 1953 he joined the Galway Volunteer Fire Co serving his community for 45 years and as Fire Chief for six years. Don was a 69 year member of the Charlton Freehold Presbyterian Church. In his younger years, Don was a Boy Scout leader and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was an avid gardener and could make anything grow.

He was predeceased by his wife Margaretha. Don is survived by his daughters Donna Jourdanais (Bill), Dawn Wood (Ron), and Johanna Nichols (Pat); grandchildren BJ Jourdanais, Renee Jourdanais, Jeremy Wood, Nicholas Wood, Bryan Wood, Joshua Nichols and Sean Nichols; great grandchildren Taylor, Amelia, Kaelyn, Connor, Raegan, and Quinn; brother Herbert Smith (Carol), and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10am Thursday, April 15 at the Charlton Freehold Presbyterian Church, 768 Charlton Road, Charlton. Burial will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery, Charlton. Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours on Wednesday, April 14 from 5pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Social distancing and facemasks are required.

Memorial contributions in memory of Don may be made to the Charlton Freehold Presbyterian Church or the Galway Volunteer Fire Co.

Michael E. Haskell 63, passed away on April 8, 2021 after a short illness. He was born in Schenectady, NY on December 20, 1957.

Mike worked for Curtis Lumber Company for many years and then went on to work at Ball Metal Container where he worked for over 30 years. After retiring, he went back to Curtis Lumber and worked part time.

Mike enjoyed the simple things in life like a good dinner or a backyard picnic. He loved his trips to Florida to visit his brother and family each year. Mike had an awesome sense of humor and he would constantly crack his family and friends up.

He was the most giving and loving man who would do anything for anyone. Mike’s two daughters and granddaughters as well as all his family, including his beloved dog Dak, have always been what was most important to him and will remain so as we all know he is watching over us.

Mike was a true good friend to all of his friends. He cherished all his friendships, of which he had many. He loved the sunshine and sitting out on his deck in the home he loved. Mike was a big time loyal Dallas Cowboy fan and loved golf outings with his buddies. He totally loved and enjoyed the times spent at the Saratoga Rack Track with all his family and friends and looked forward to racing season like no other.

Nothing will be the same without him here, but we know he is now our guardian angel and he is with our Dad.

He was predeceased by his father Albert Haskell. Mike is survived by his daughters Ashlee Haskell and Erica Haskell (Kyle Senecal); granddaughters Vivianna and Everly; mother Mary Mercier; siblings Sherry Sutton (Jay), Kim Higley (Rob), Patrick Haskell (Deb), Stephen Haskell (Tammy), and Scott Haskell (Fran); aunt Joan Moore (Buck); many cherished nieces, nephews, and beloved cousins.

Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours on Friday, April 16 from 4pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Social distancing and facemasks are required.

A celebration of Mike’s life will be held on Saturday, April 17 from 2pm to 5pm at Dozer’s Bar and Grill, 411 Geyser Road, Ballston Spa.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Russell G. Miller, 72, passed away on Tuesday, April 6, 2021, due to complications from COVID-19. Born on September 25, 1948 to Bernard and Violet Miller, Russell was a lifelong resident of Ballston Spa.

A 1966 graduate of Ballston Spa High School, Russell went on to work in the HVAC industry. He worked for Shenendehowa Central Schools for many years as a head maintenance technician. He was most recently employed at the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library as the maintenance director. Russell enjoyed restoring antique cars, including his 1967 Impala, and looked forward to traveling to car shows around the Northeast with his wife and family. He took great pride in assisting family and friends at local stock car speedways as a member of their pit crews. Russell was a lifelong member of Christ Episcopal Church in Ballston Spa and appreciated the guidance of its rector, Derik Roy. Russell was known for his sense of humor and willingness to be a source of amusement. He made everyone around him smile and his wit will be sorely missed.

He is survived by his wife Sandra of 51 years; children Russell Miller, Michael Miller (Jacki), Jason Miller (Kathleen), Jonathan Miller (Sara), and Melissa Miller; grandchildren Randy, Morgan, Alexandria, Aidan, Michael, Adelyn, Marley, and Mira; great-grandson Hunter; sister-in-law Colleen Miller; nephew Patrick Miller; niece Carolyn Miller-Ross; several cousins and many friends. Russell was predeceased by his parents Bernard and Violet Miller, brothers Wayne Miller and Kurt Miller, sister Karen Miller, daughter Kristen Miller, and grandson Brandan Miller.

Funeral services will be held at 10am on Wednesday, April 14 at Christ Episcopal Church, West High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Ballston Spa Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours on Tuesday, April 13 from 5pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Social distancing and face masks are required.

As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to the Gateway House of Peace, 479 Rowland Street, Ballston Spa.

Ethel J. Best 97, passed away on Sunday, April 4, 2021 at the Baptist Health Care Center. She was born in Schenectady, NY on July 12, 1923 to Dora and William Cichy.

During World War II, while her husband was training for the US Navy, Ethel worked at a defense plant in Detroit. She later worked at Maqua Co (G.E.) for several years. Ethel was a hairstylist and had a studio in her home. Ethel was an accomplished artist and received many awards for her work. In her younger years she enjoyed dancing and speed skating. She and her husband were rollerskate dance champions.

She was predeceased by her parents Dora and William; her husband John Best, brothers Bill, Jim, Ray and Leslie, and her sister Norma Brown. Ethel is survived by her children Carol Bojarczuk (Edward) and Thomas Best (Susan); grandchildren Erin Bojarczuk, Colleen Messina (Duane), Matthew Best (Anna) and John Best (Melissa); sister Lorraine Riggi; sisters in law Naomi Cichy and Claire Best; 7 great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

A private family service will be held and Ethel will be laid to rest with her husband at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery.

Edward Peek, Jr 87, passed away on Sunday, April 4, 2021 at his home surrounded by his family. He was born on August 27, 1933 in Schenectady, NY to Edward and Anna Mae Peek. He served in the Army National Guard.

Ed was a machinist at General Electric Co in Schenectady for many years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and camping. He took many road trips with his friends on his motorcycle. Ed was an auto mechanic and for many years he not only worked on stock cars but raced them as well. He was a member of the Shriners and drove many children to Shriners Hospitals for treatment.

He was predeceased by his beloved wife Ann, and his brother Albert Peek. Ed is survived by his sons James Peek (Linda) of Ballston Spa, Edward Peek of Gansevoort, and Charles Pasquarell, III (Michelle) of Corinth; grandchildren, Colleen, Ann Marie, Carmine, and Anthony; sister Marilyn Vasko (Steve); brother Joseph Peek (Carole); many great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a graveside service 9am, Saturday, April 24 at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Church Avenue, Ballston Spa. Social distancing and facemasks are required.

Memorial contributions in memory of Ed may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, 516 Carew Street, Springfield, MA 01104.

Joyce A. Hinchcliff 84, passed away on Tuesday, March 30, 2021. She was born in Ticonderoga, NY on June 20, 1936 to Printess and Gladys Mason. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends and loved having the grandchildren and great grandchildren part of her life.

She was predeceased by her husband of 46 years Edmund; her daughter Cindy Hinchcliff, grandson Damon Hinchcliff LaQue and sister Janet Pemberton. Joyce is survived by her sons John Hinchcliff and Scott Hinchcliff; daughter Kathy Stanislowsky; nine grandchildren, many great grandchildren and friends.

A graveside service will be held 1pm Monday, April 5 at Clifton Park Village Cemetery, Cemetery Road, Clifton Park. Social distancing and facemasks are required. Memorial contributions in memory of Joyce may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 4 Pine West Plaza Suite 405, Albany, NY 12205.

After a long battle with cancer, Alfred G. DeCicco 74, passed away peacefully, at his home on Sunday, March 28, 2021. Fred was born in Bristol, Connecticut on October 10, 1946. His parents, Alfred and Mary DeCicco, raised their family in West Hartford, where he grew up with his sister.

While working, as a salesman for Hartz Mountain Corporation, Fred met his wife of 43 years, Marjorie Knight. They moved to Ballston Spa, where he worked as a truck driver/long hauler for Logistics One, in Saratoga Springs, until he retired.

Fred was a hard worker, but still had time to enjoy camping and boating with his family. He was always ready for an adventure and was willing to go anywhere with anyone who asked. Fred’s kindness and compassion made a difference in so many lives. Anyone who met him will miss his silly nature and cheesy smile.

Fred is survived and celebrated by his wife Margie; children Gina Lentz (Michael), Karie DeCicco (Don Brooks), and Shawn Therrien; grandchildren Abby, Ryan, Adley, Brezlin, Kylier, Amanda, and Keith; great grandchild Luke; his sister Elena Kelley; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A celebration of Fred’s life will be held in May 2021. Memorial contributions in memory of Fred may be designated to Randy’s Patient Assistance Fund at C.R. Wood Cancer Center, Glens Falls Hospital, 100 Park St., Glens Falls NY 12801.

Agnes J. Gawrys, 91, passed away on Saturday, March 27, 2021. One of ten children of Adam and Celia Wojtowecz, she was born in Ballston Spa, N.Y. on October 4, 1929.

In her younger days, Aggie, as she was known to all, enjoyed spending time at Lake Desolation with her sisters, brothers and friends and was known for her excellent renditions of Patsy Cline’s hits. She worked at the Ballston Knitting Mill and the Ballston Spa Dress Shop.

Agnes married Edward Gawrys in 1950. She devoted her life to her husband and raising and caring for her six children, and was the proud grandmother of 13 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. Aggie loved to cook, especially Polish food, and was known for her delicious golumpki and made the world’s best relish. Family and friends were always welcome to Aggie’s Coffee Time. She was a passionate NY Yankee fan, staying up late to watch West Coast games and re-watching some games when she knew the outcome because it was less stressful. And woe to anyone who criticized her Yankees. She also loved watching Jeopardy. She was a lifelong member of St. Mary’s Church in Ballston Spa, faithfully attending Sunday mass until she was unable to leave her home.

Agnes was predeceased by her husband Edward in 1996, and her parents and siblings Carrie, Emily, Irv, Chet, Walter, Jeanette, John, Margaret, and Stella.

She is survived by her daughters, Debra (Ralph) Ranellone, Kathleen (Lawrence) Rooney, and her sons, Edward (Michele), Jeffrey (Linda), Andrew (Amy) and Jay (Robin) and her grandchildren, John, Matthew, Kate, Thomas, Brant, Katherine, Kristen, Michael, Hannah, Elizabeth, Andrew, Megan and Grady and her great-grandchildren, Leo, Lucy, Christopher, Matthew, Mackenzie, Smith and Rachel.

Due to Covid-19, there will be no calling hours. When we can safely gather again with family and friends, we will gather at Coffee Time and celebrate Aggie’s life.

A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 9 a.m., Saturday, April 10th at St. Mary’s Church, Ballston Spa. A private burial will follow the mass. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Church or Community Emergency Corps.

Leonard F. Rizzo 72, passed away on Saturday, March 27, 2021 at Albany Medical Center. He was born in Brooklyn, NY on December 7, 1948 to Leonard and Louise Rizzo, Sr. Len was an enforcement officer for Immigration and Customs Enforcement. After retiring from ICE, he worked at Lowe’s and later at the Saratoga Racetrack. He enjoyed listening to oldies music and reading.

He was predeceased by his parents Leonard and Louise. Len is survived by his children Sara Rizzo and Steven Rizzo, and their mother Geneice Drozinski; girlfriend Donna Rumrill; brother Robert Rizzo; sister Vita Rizzo-Tesoro; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours on Thursday, April 1 from 5pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Social distancing and facemasks are required.

Arthur C. Anderson 95, passed away peacefully at his home on Wednesday, March 24, 2021. He was born in Saratoga Springs, NY on February 15, 1926 to Eugene and Minnie Anderson. He was a US Army Air Force veteran serving in World War II.

Art worked at Ballston Spa National Bank for thirty years, retiring as Vice President in 1987. Art served as treasurer of the Saratoga County March of Dimes and was a member of VFW Post 358 in Ballston Spa. After his retirement, Art and his wife moved to Florida where he volunteered for AARP helping people with their taxes for over twenty years. He also served as a security patrol officer in Homosassa Springs and volunteered at the Sheriff’s Department.

He enjoyed camping, traveling, and spending time in the great outdoors. His greatest joy was his family and he treasured the time they spent together.

He was predeceased by his parents Eugene and Minnie, and his brother in law John Downing. Art is survived by his wife of 70 years Evelyn; daughter Penny Kuhl (Kenneth); sister Agnes Downing; brothers Eugene Anderson (Pauline) and Lee Anderson (Joan); and several nieces and nephews.

A private family service was held. Memorial contributions in memory of Arthur may be made to Big Bend Hospice, 1723 Mahan Center Blvd, Tallahassee, FL 32308.

Joyce L. Fendrick 93, passed away on Monday, March 22, 2021. She was born in Unity, Maine on February 15, 1928 to Harry and Laura Norton. She lived in the Ballston Spa area for many years and moved to Feura Bush in 2000.

Joyce was a nurse’s aide at Maplewood Manor in Ballston Spa. She enjoyed music, dancing, and played the piano and accordion. She bowled in several leagues and loved playing Bingo.

She was predeceased by her first husband Max Edwards, her second husband Maurice Fendrick, son Bernard Edwards, and siblings Harold, Corrine, Roselyn and Joel. Joyce is survived by her children Mark Edwards (Melanie), Kathy Duell (Gary Thomas); stepdaughter Kim Simpson and her family; daughter in law Trese Edwards; grandchildren Joseph, Sheena, Ashley, Megan, Pamela and Marianne; many great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

A private family service will be held. Joyce will be laid to rest with her husband Max at the Westridge Cemetery in Charlton, Massachusetts. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Joyce may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 4 Pine West Plaza Suite 405, Albany, NY 12205.

Jocelyn S. Little 38, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 20, 2021 at Saratoga Hospital from complications due to Covid. She was born in Niskayuna, NY on October 25, 1982 to Randall and Pamalee Little. Jocelyn was a graduate of Ballston Spa High School and attended SUNY Adirondack College.

She worked at Prestwick Chase in Saratoga Springs. Jocelyn had an infectious laugh and always tried to see the humor in everything. Her greatest joy was her son Rowen and she treasured motherhood and the beautiful life she and Gregg created together.

She was predeceased by her mother Pamalee Little and her father in law Gary Chamberlain. Jocelyn is survived by her life partner Gregg Chamberlain and their beloved son Rowen; her father Randall Little; sisters Kathleen Heiner (Jacob), Andrea Peck (Travis), and Juliana LaGrange (Lucas); nieces and nephew Grace, Emily and Aaron; and her mother in law Sally Chamberlain. She will be greatly missed by her many friends and extended family who have been so supportive throughout this difficult time.

Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours on Friday, March 26 from 5pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Social distancing and facemasks will be required. A private memorial service will be held at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Glenville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Jocelyn may be made to the family for her son Rowen.

Leo Robert Jansen 65, passed away peacefully at his home on March 20, 2021 after a long battle with liver cancer. Leo loved his family and will be missed by many.

Leo is survived by his wife Cynthia; stepchildren Mike, Trish, Jeremy, Crystalynn, Kim, and Jasmine; grandchildren Jeffery, Charlene, and Wyatt; siblings Betty Jo, Donald, Tom, Ralph, Lori, and James. As well as many nieces and nephews.

A private family service will be held. The family asks that anyone who wishes to pay their respects to Leo, please reach out to Cyndi. There will be a friends and family gathering to celebrate Leo's life at a later date.

Richard Henry Putnam 78, passed away on Thursday, March 18, 2021 with his family by his side. He was born in Port Henry, NY on September 21, 1942 to Maple and Marjorie (Fuller) Putnam.

Richard graduated from Port Henry High School in 1961 and married Bernadette Macey in August of 1963. He worked for Pratt and Whitney in Connecticut and returned to New York in 1970. Richard was a draftsman for General Electric and then transferred to Knolls Atomic Power Lab for many years, retiring in 2008.

He was predeceased by his parents Maple and Marjorie, brother Gerald Putnam and sister Joan Gavin. Richard is survived by his wife Bernadette; children Lisa Jane Wein (Michael), and Michael Putnam (Elizabeth); grandchildren Cody Putnam (Kristen), Geoffrey Wein, Sarah Wein, Genevieve Putnam, Finn Putnam, and Clara Putnam; great grandson Tavin Odell; brother Maple Putnam (Brenda), brothers and sisters in law, Elizabeth Duval (Joseph), Carlene Cowan (Michael), Reginald Macey (Barbara), James Macey (Patricia), Ivan Macey, Doris Macey, Anthony Macey (Barbara), David Macey (Josephine), and Roland Macey (Annette); and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial mass will be celebrated on Friday, March 26 at 10am at St. Clement’s Church, 231 Lake Avenue, Saratoga Springs. For those unable to attend the mass will be live streamed on St. Clement’s Facebook page. Facemasks and social distancing will be required at the church.

Memorial contributions in memory of Richard may be made to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or St. Clement’s Church 231 Lake Avenue, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Gary W. Chamberlain 70, passed away suddenly on March 18, 2021 from complications due to Covid. He was born in Oneonta, NY on September 16, 1950. Gary worked for Phillips in Latham for many years. He enjoyed hunting and snowmobiling with his sons and his friends.

He is predeceased by his father Walter Chamberlain and his mother Regina Chamberlain Delaney. Gary is survived by his wife Sally; sons Chad Chamberlain and Gregg Chamberlain; grandson Rowen Chamberlain; sister Dawn Chamberlain, and nephew Mark Woodruff.

There will be no services. Memorial contributions in memory of Gary may be made to the family for his grandson Rowen.

Barbara J. Schwed 84, passed away peacefully on Monday, March 15, 2021. She was born in St. Johnsville, NY on June 5, 1936 to Elmer and Ruth Shaut.

Barbara had a passion for antiques and ran her own antique store, Barbara’s Hodge Podge. She enjoyed the beauty of nature and was an avid gardener. Photography was one of her many hobbies and she was a wonderful cook. Barbara was always dressed to the nines with coordinating accessories, sometimes in her favorite color purple.

She was predeceased by her husband Mark Schwed, her grandson Shawn Weaver and her sister Patty Hancock. Barbara is survived by her son Christopher Kobuskie and his fiancé JeanMarie Reinke; daughter Kimberly Weaver; grandson Chad Weaver; great grandson Sean; sister Jean; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial mass will be celebrated at 10am on Thursday, March 25 at St. Joseph’s Church, 3159 Route 9N, Greenfield Center. Social distancing and facemasks are required. Memorial contributions in memory of Barbara may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Norman W. Uline 68, passed away on Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at his home surrounded by his family. He was born in Corinth, NY on January 17, 1953.

Norman worked for General Electric Co over 40 years, retiring in 2016. He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed watching football, baseball and Nascar. He liked to go deep sea fishing and camping with his family. Although he was a man of few words, he always spoke with kindness and love to his family and friends. If anyone needed a helping hand, Norman was the first person to step in and help out.

He was predeceased by his father Walter Uline, mother Beverly Uline, brother Michael Uline, and sister Carol Saunders. Norman is survived by his wife Deborah; children Stormy Mull (Charles), Brenna Uline and Brandon Uline (Kristi); grandchildren Eric, Corbin and Elizabeth; siblings Phyllis Bryant (Jim), Carl Uline and Gladys Lashway; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours on Sunday, March 14 from 2pm to 4pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Social distancing and facemasks are required. Funeral services will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Norman may be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Ethel Meyer of Saratoga Springs, NY passed away on March 7, 2021. She was 89. Ethel grew up in Chatham, NJ, and attended Drew University. After spending several years in Colorado and Western New York, she settled in Saratoga Springs. After retiring from public service, she enjoyed learning new things through the Academy of Lifelong Learning, as well as swimming, and being outdoors.

Ethel is survived by her four children, Paul, Jim, Ken and Connie, several nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A family celebration of her life will be held at a later date.

Laura E. Armstrong 89, passed away on Sunday, February 28, 2021. She was born in Ballston Spa, NY on May 14, 1931 to W. Schuyler and Winnie Boyd Curtiss.

Laura worked in the Real Property Tax Department at Saratoga County for many years. She enjoyed camping with her family and was an active member of the Schenectady Church of the Nazarene.

She was predeceased by her husband Albert Armstrong and her siblings William Curtiss, Charlotte Fick, Jane Mason, and Orville Curtiss. Laura is survived by her daughters Jane Esterly (James) and Carolyn Berrian (David); grandchildren Rachel Harrison (Ridgely), Sean Esterly (Sasha), Amanda Burgess (Jack), Michael Berrian (Samantha) and Elizabeth Berrian; great grandchildren Hayden, Claire, Hudson, Ruby, Ivan, Cora and Grace; sister Angeline King; brothers Oscar Curtiss, Charles Curtiss, and Norman Curtiss; and several nieces and nephews.

Laura will be laid to rest with her husband Albert at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery on a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Laura may be made to the Schenectady Church of the Nazarene, 2535 Consaul Road, Schenectady, NY 12304.

Joel F. Landis 82, passed away on Friday, February 26, 2021 at his home after a three year battle with cancer. The oldest of five children, Joe was born on November 16, 1938 to Joseph and Elmira Landis.

After serving in the US Air Force for 4 years, he went to work for General Electric for 12 years. Joe then decided to return to college and earned a Master’s Degree. He became a licensed Certified Public Accountant and ran his own business in the Burnt Hills and Charlton area until his retirement in 2018.

Joe bought and rebuilt an abandoned dairy farm in Charlton making a beautiful home for his family. He made it a working farm, producing hay in the fields. He loved his farm and being able to raise his sons there gave him great joy. He was an avid runner and member of Saratoga Striders for several years.

Joe is survived by his wife of 60 years Elaine; sons Robert Landis (Michele), Joseph Landis (Jamye) and James Landis (Colleen); siblings Carl Landis (Sylvia), James Landis, Lorraine Tomlinson (Joseph) and Ruth Koren (Ken); 19 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, March 4 from 5pm to 7pm at the Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street Ballston Spa. A funeral service with military honors will be held 11:30am Friday, March 5 at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville. Social distancing and facemasks are required.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Joe may be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Floyd L. Palmateer, 93, passed away at home on Wednesday, February 24, 2021. He was born on June 19, 1927 in Charlton, NY to Edgar and Lillie Mae Palmateer. Floyd attended Ballston Spa High School and served in the US Navy during World War II.

Floyd worked for the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation for 35 years. He was a member of the Harmony Corners Volunteer Fire Department serving as Fire Chief for several years. He was also a longtime member of the West Charlton Presbyterian Church.

He is predeceased by his wife of 66 years, Shirley and his 13 brothers and sisters. Floyd is survived by his sons Bruce Palmateer of Middle Grove, Barry Palmateer of Galway, and Brian Palmateer (Mary Beth) of Greenfield; grandchildren Mandi, Angela, Barry, Dan, and Ben; great grandchildren Jasmine, Alexis, Natalie, Jaxon and Ella; and several nieces and nephews.

A special thanks to Judy and Walt Thompson, Pat and John Gilchrist, and Margaret and Norm Griffin for all the loving care they gave to Floyd. Floyd will be remembered as a kind and loving father, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle and friend.

A graveside service will be held at Sweetman Cemetery in the Spring. Memorial contributions in memory of Floyd may be made to the Galway Emergency Medical Services, 2175 Galway Road, Galway, NY 12074.

Debra A. Armstrong 62, left her earthly home and joined her eternal paradise on February 20, 2021. Debby was born on July 6, 1958 in Saratoga Springs, NY. Debby was known for her kind heart and desire to make others around her happy.

Debby spent many years working with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It was the time spent with those she supported and the growth within each person that filled her heart. Debby was very proud of the success and fun that she was a part of, which included involvement in the Special Olympics.

She was predeceased by her mother Gertrude McGowan, father Emery McGowan, stepfather Frank Danforth, and sister Sandy McGowan. Debby is survived by her husband Thomas Armstrong; sons Mark Armstrong and Brad Armstrong; sisters Linda Myers and Barb Carey; brothers Larry McGowan and Rick McGowan; countless nieces and nephews; and her beautiful grandchildren who where were the sparkle in her sky.

Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours on Friday, February 26 from 4pm to 6pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Social distancing and facemasks are required. Funeral services will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Debby may be made to the Special Olympics at www.specialolympics.org

Susan Jane Davis, age 93, passed away peacefully February 17th, 2021. She was born December 1927 in Chattanooga, TN, to Madelaine and Robert, along with her twin sister, Marie Elizabeth (Betty). She married the love of her life, John Bradley Davis, on December 26, 1961.

Throughout her life, she worked as a key punch operator for AT&T, and an administrative assistant for a tree removal company in Rockland County, but her most meaningful job in her eyes was being a mom. Once she adopted her daughter Wendy in September, 1968, Susan was a dedicated mother first and foremost. She treasured her daughter and embraced every moment with her. She especially embraced her role as "Gramda" to her three grandchildren.

She is the loving and dedicated mother of her only child Wendy (John) of Malta, NY, and the adored Gramda of Justin (Abbey) Moore, Cetera (Ben) Moore and Victoria. She was predeceased by her husband, John Bradley Davis in 1988, after retiring to Hendersonville, NC. In addition to her husband she is predeceased by her brothers Robert Lee and William, along with her sister Mary Dorothy and her twin sister Marie Elizabeth.

My mom was the strongest woman I've ever met. She was a fierce protector of her family and always spoke her mind. She decided when she turned 80 that she could say and do whatever she wanted...she had "earned" it. Along her life, she always gave back. She was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels and Hospice for many years, as well as a Girl Scout Leader. She found great joy in helping others. An avid card player, she won many bridge tournaments in her day, and played well into her retirement. She was truly loved by all who had the joy of seeing her infectious smile and experiencing her sincere care and love for her friends and family. She was a blessing.

A private Mass will be held Monday, February 22, 2021 at Christ Episcopal Church in Ballston Spa, and she will be laid to rest at St. Anthony's Cemetery in Nanuet, NY with her husband John, on February 23rd, 2021.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Community Hospice (https://www.givetocommunityhospice.org/donate/) in honor of Susan.

Denis O’Brien passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 16, 2021. Denis was born in 1938 in Granville, New York. He attended Castleton State College in Vermont where he received his teaching degree. From there, he accepted a teaching position in the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake school system in 1968 and remained there until his retirement. In addition to teaching in the math department, Denis was a volunteer fireman for twenty years at the East Glenville Fire Department.

Denis was an avid reader, consuming two or three books a week. One of his other passions was doing the New York Times crossword puzzle every day. Many of his students and colleagues will recall the beautiful and colorful works of art hanging from the ceiling in his classroom. Denis created with precision, 3-D mathematical spheres, hexagonal pyramids and other shapes.

Without a doubt, one of the most memorable contributions he made was his role as a teacher and the impact he had on so many. Denis had an uncanny way of connecting with students who were sometimes challenging or had behavioral issues. He welcomed the students who believed they had little or no future and spoke their language. His students found his teaching style relatable and appreciated that he took the time to get to know them and talk to them. Every year, Denis would share his own personal life challenges with students in the Health classes. This insight to his own recovery helped many students process the troubles and problems in their own lives. A testimony to his success with students is the number of them who went on to become productive citizens and the former students who often came back to see Mr. O’Brien and thank him.

Throughout his teaching career and during retirement, Denis was an integral part time employee of Natural Design Landscaping. For many years he worked side by side with his friend Philip Pekar installing landscape designs. This allowed Denis to be outdoors, another thing he enjoyed.

Most importantly, Denis enjoyed time spent with his beloved wife Linda. They enjoyed quiet time together while they read or watched their favorite movies. Their most memorable times were when they traveled. Their trips to Georgia to see their son Adam were a welcomed relief from the cold weather of the north and their trips to the West coast to visit his daughter Sarah and her husband David were also special. They loved Lake Tahoe and Yosemite. Linda said that it was always a challenge to get Denis to return home during their trips to California’s Big Sur and Carmel.

He was predeceased by his parents Thomas O’Brien and Pauline Smith O’Brien, sister Jane Timm and brother Tom O’Brien. Denis is survived by his wife Linda Tallman O’Brien; daughters Sarah Misserian (David) of Tucson, AZ; Jennifer Kistner (Gerry) of Unity, NH and Sandra Spoerner (Michael) of Albuquerque, NM; son Adam Stanton of Atlanta, GA; grandchildren Christopher, Matthew, Rachel and Noah; brother Owen O’Brien (Mary Lou); friend and mother of his daughters Barbara O’Brien; and several nieces and nephews.

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

Alice L. Mabb 86, passed away on Saturday, February 13, 2021. She was born in Youngsville, Pennsylvania on August 15, 1934 to William and Minnie Lyon. Alice worked at Rickett’s Dry Cleaners in Ballston Spa for many years. She loved music and was always ready to dance and sing at any event. Alice enjoyed playing Bingo and vacationing with her family. Family was very important to her and she treasured the time they spent together.

She was predeceased by her husband Gilbert, son Frederick, and her siblings. Alice is survived by her children Laurie Boucher (Richard), Timothy Mabb (Carolyn) and Sandy Lovely (Bob); daughter in law Cheryl Mabb; grandchildren Christopher, Cassie, Amanda, Bobalou, Erika, Cameron, Jason, Colin and Mikel; great grandchildren Jasona, Aviana, Brantley, Weston, Navvah, Maci, Leila and Hannah; great great grandson Gunner; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to a calling hour on Friday, February 19 from 10am to 11am at Armer Funeral Home, Inc. 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A private service will follow. Alice will be laid to rest with her husband Gilbert at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville on Friday at 12:30pm. Social distancing and facemasks are required.

Memorial contributions in memory of Alice may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 4 Pine West Plaza Suite 405, Albany, NY 12205.

Brett W. Bydairk, 69 passed away suddenly on February 11, 2021. Brett was born in Chicago, IL and lived in Connecticut, Idaho, California and Hawaii before his military parents moved to Ballston Spa in 1962. Brett graduated from Ballston Spa High School as well as the University of South Carolina.

He worked for the state of South Carolina for over 30 years before returning to Ballston Spa in 2007. Brett also served in the United States Air Force. He was a music enthusiast and enjoyed performances at his beloved Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs. He was happy to be the Caffe historian and took great satisfaction in maintaining the archives. Brett was also an avid reader and book collector. He maintained an extensive collection of books.

Brett was a proud brother, uncle and loyal friend. He is predeceased by his parents Walter and Lois (Kiper) Bydairk and a brother Tracy W. Bydairk. Brett is survived by his sister Wendy Bydairk and her husband, Michael Zimmerman of North Andover, MA; niece Eliza Zimmerman and her husband Mark Suscovich of Duxbury, MA, niece Maxie Zimmerman of N. Andover, MA; and his lifelong best friend Mike Norton of Dublin, PA.

A memorial service will be held in the Spring at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery. Memorial contributions in memory of Brett may be made to Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

John P. Bennison passed away on Thursday, February 11, 2021 at the age of 92. He was born in Frankfort, NY, the fifth son of Harold and Hazel (Gunson) Bennison on November 11, 1928. Jack was a graduate of St. Mary’s Institute in Amsterdam and Niagara University in Niagara Falls where he received a Bachelor of Science degree and was a member of the golf team.

Following his four older brothers who all served during World War II and his father who received a Purple Heart in World War I, Jack enlisted in the US Marine Corps upon graduation from high school and was recalled to active duty during the Korean Conflict.

After his proud military service and upon graduation from Niagara University, he became a successful sales agent with NY Life Insurance Co in the Niagara Falls office. After ten years, he joined the professional service of the Boy Scouts of America. His career of twenty-five years took him to Boy Scout Councils in Chautauqua, Albany and Ithaca, NY as well as Newark, NJ. Upon retirement, he relocated to Ballston Spa, NY. He was a parishioner of St. Mary’s Church and also volunteered for more than ten years delivering Meals on Wheels.

Jack is predeceased by his wife Barbara Ann Roulley Bennison, four brothers William, Robert, Richard, and Charles, and his sister Anne. He is survived by his sons William Bennison (Patricia) of Ballston Spa and Charles Bennison (JoAnn) of Castleton; sister Jane Staber (Donald) of Malta; grandchildren Shelley Palmer of Castleton and Kevin Bennison of Williamstown, Massachusetts; and great grandchildren Vivienne and Andrew Palmer.

On a later date, a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at St. Mary’s Church in Ballston Spa and he will be buried with military honors at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery.

The family gratefully thanks the doctors, nurses, and staff on C3 at Saratoga Hospital for their care, assistance and dedication.

Robert E. Holmes II, 76, passed away on Wednesday, February 10, 2021. He was born in Glens Falls, NY on April 4, 1944 to Robert and Annis Holmes. He served in the US Navy on the USS Wilkinson.

Bob was the owner and operator of Razor Inn in Albany, where he was a barber for over 50 years. His customers were like family to him and he enjoyed sharing stories with them throughout the years. He was a lifetime member of the Clifton Park Elks helping with many events and activities. In his free time Bob liked to hunt and fish, and spend time with his family.

He was predeceased by his parents Robert and Annis Holmes and his sister Ada Cross. Bob is survived by his wife Rene, and their children Robert Holmes III (Lorie), Shelley Farone (Christian) and Dan Holmes (Amy); grandchildren Jessica, Samantha, Robert IV, and Lily; sister Karen Havens; and his beloved dog Suzy.

Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours on Monday, February 15 from 5pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Social distancing and facemasks are required. A service with military honors will be held 11:30am Tuesday, February 16 at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville.

Memorial contributions in memory of Bob may be made to the Clifton Park Elks, 695 McElroy Road, Clifton Park, NY 12065.

Stuart E. Rafferty, of Sprakers, NY passed away on Sunday, February 7, 2021 at the age of 81. He was born in Ticonderoga, NY on September 28, 1939 to Lawrence M. Rafferty and Georgianna (DuRoss) Rafferty.

Stuart lived in Ballston Spa, NY for 65 years. He was well known as one of the best mechanics and body men in Saratoga County. He was the mechanic supervisor or a body shop supervisor for most of his adult life in several Saratoga County Car Dealerships.

After he retired he spent his time repairing and restoring old firearms. He was the owner of Mad Cat Racing, and built more than forty racing lawn mowers. He also enjoyed woodworking and machining.

He was predeceased by his brother Robert Rafferty. Stuart is survived by his daughter Terri Whitehouse and her boyfriend Chris of Saratoga Springs; his son Michael Rafferty (Melissa) of Stillwater; brother Larry Rafferty (Sue) of Ballston Spa; grandchildren Ashley Wilbur (Ryan), Jacqueline Bryant (Kory), Frances Benaquista (Emerick, Jr) and Krista Rafferty; and four great grandchildren.

At Stuart’s request there will be no services. Memorial contributions in memory of Stuart may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.