Obituaries


Bradley R. Tourtellot, 63, of Middle Grove, NY went to live with his Lord on Thursday, December 13th at Saratoga Hospital after succumbing to a long illness. Born November 21st, 1955, he was the son of Stella E. Tourtellot and the late William D. Tourtellot.

Brad was retired from the Carpenters Union Local 370. Early in his career he pursued auto body repair. Brad also assisted with building a nuclear submarine while working for Electric Boat in Groton, CT. As a carpenter, he was proud of the many projects he worked on like the Saratoga County Jail, the Clifton Park Center Mall, and the Saratoga Racino.

Brad had a passion for woodworking, motorcycles, and a love for camping in the Adirondacks. Brad also loved being a part of events like Americade and the Harley Rendezvous. Brad lived his life to the fullest. He was often quoted saying, “I’m not here for a long time, I’m here for a good time.”

Brad is survived by his fiancée, Linda Kellerhouse, two sons, Adam B. Tourtellot and Chad M. Tourtellot (Kari Cook); grandson Jamison, granddaughter Laina; brothers Roger E. Tourtellot (Lori) and Jay N. Tourtellot (Joyce); and several nieces and nephews. Brad was predeceased by his oldest brother, David W. Tourtellot.

Relatives and friends are invited to call Monday, December 17th from 4pm to 6pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

A committal service will be held in the Spring.

Julia (Hicks) Adams, 87, passed away on Wednesday, December 12, 2018, at The Home of the Good Shepherd in Malta.

Born in Stafford, Connecticut, Julie was raised in Brimfield, Massachusetts and she was married to the late Clarence Brownie Adams. Julie and Brown settled in Malta, NY in 1960 where they resided throughout their lives.

Julie is survived by her son Scott (Maureen) Adams of Galway, NY; her sister Carolyn (James) Adams of Brimfield, Massachusetts; and her grandsons Jonathan Adams of Guilderland, NY and Kevin Adams of Taipei, Taiwan.

Per Julie’s wishes there will be no local calling hours or funeral service. She will be interred in Brimfield, Massachusetts at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions may be made to Malta Ambulance Corps, 2449 Route 9, Malta, NY 12020 or to Community Hospice, 179 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Elizabeth J. McCann “Betty” 91, passed away on Tuesday, December 11, 2018. Born in Ballston Spa, NY on December 5, 1927, she was the daughter of Clarence and Mary Hogan.

Betty was a bus driver for Ballston Spa Central Schools for 23 years. She then worked as a bus monitor until her retirement in 1990.

She was an avid NY Yankee fan. Betty enjoyed the Casino’s and watching the horses run at the Saratoga Racetrack in the summer.

She was predeceased by her husband Oscar McCann, brother Earl Hogan and sister Helen Plummer. Betty is survived by her son James McCann and his wife Kathy, and her beloved granddog Cooper.

Funeral services will be held 11am Friday, December 14 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Ballston Spa Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to gather at the funeral home at 10:30am.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Betty may be made to the Saratoga County Animal Shelter, 6010 County Farm Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Kevin C. Grupe Sr., 61 passed away peacefully, surrounded by loved ones, on December 7, 2018. Born in Niskayuna, NY on August 19, 1957, he was the son of Donald and Sandra Grupe. He was a graduate of Galway High School and SUNY Cobleskill.

Kevin was a hard-working dairy farmer, tending to his family farm in Ballston Spa the majority of his life. He most recently worked on the Eildon Tweed Farm in Charlton. Kevin was devoted to his work and to his family. Farming was his passion in life and he worked as long as he was physically able. You could always find him holding court somewhere on the farm, swapping the latest jokes and stories, even if he was the butt of the joke.

Kevin started young, joining 4-H and Future Farmers of America, winning many awards in each group, particularly after operating the farm in his young teens while his dad was taken ill. He was very active in Farm Bureau throughout his life and was a past member and EMT of the Harmony Corners Fire Department. For many years he served on the board of the Saratoga County Fair and was fair manager.

Kevin is survived by his beloved girlfriend Diane Coleman; children Kevin Grupe, Jr. (Doris), Justin Grupe (Kelly), and Nicole Solomon (Todd); grandchildren Tyler, Alex, Brandon, Keira, Andrew, and Kane; brother Clifford Grupe (Tammie); sister Kathy Chase (Rick).

Funeral services will be held 10am Wednesday, December 12 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Sweetman Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, December 11 from 4pm to 7pm at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Kevin’s name to the American Farmland Trust which “Saves the Land that Sustains Us”, 112 Spring Street, Suite 207, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Jean Sleight, 86, passed away on Friday, December 7, 2018. Born in Schenectady, NY on April 20, 1932, she was the daughter of Charles and Folma Jackson.

Jean was a homemaker and lovingly raised her family. She worked for NYS and later for Galway Schools.

Jean was a member of Christ Episcopal Church in Ballston Spa and volunteered in the food pantry at church. She was very active in the Make A Wish Foundation. She loved to craft, making angels was her favorite. She enjoyed face painting and camping. Playing bridge was one of her favorite things.

She was predeceased by her husband Gordon, her sister Alice, great grandson Elijah and granddaughter in law Tanya. Jean is survived by her husband William F. Bernadt, Jr.; children William (Barbara), Robert (Bev), Bonnie, Buck (Cissy), Brian (Amy) and Brad (Dawn); brother Len (Anita); 10 grandchildren Travis, Brandon, Kyle, Amber, Lisa, Marisa, Chrisandra, Amanda, Dana and Christopher; and 24 great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held 12 noon Wednesday, December 12 at Christ Episcopal Church, West High Street, Ballston Spa. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, December 11 from 4pm to 7pm at Christ Church.

Memorial contributions in memory of Jean may be made to Christ Episcopal Church.

The family would like to thank Saratoga Hospital, Community Hospice of Saratoga and the members of Christ Church for their care and compassion.

Raymond Anthony Kayser, Jr., “Tony”, passed away peacefully on November 28, 2018 in Niskayuna, NY after a long illness.

Tony was born on November 24, 1950 in Bronxville, NY, the son of Raymond A. and Helenne O’Connor Kayser. He attended Mount St. Michael High School in the Bronx, NY. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy upon graduation from high school and served in Vietnam aboard the USS John R. Craig. For his service, he was awarded the Vietnam service medal with two bronze stars.

He attended SUNY New Paltz, where he met his wife, Patricia A. Cuneo, who predeceased him.

Tony worked at the Community Rehabilitation Center in Lake Katrine, NY as a caregiver to handicapped children and adults with cerebral palsy. He was an avid reader and student of military history.

Tony is survived by his daughter January, and his twin sons Alex and Ian. He is also survived by his sisters Christine Kayser, Tracy Kayser-Messing and his brother Derek Kayser. He was predeceased by his parents, and a brother, Jeffrey B. Kayser.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, December 3rd from 10am to 11am at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will be held at 11am. Burial with military honors will follow at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery.

Nancy J. (Reckner) Crawford passed away on Friday, November 23, 2018 at the age of 86. She was born in Ballston Spa, NY on Easter Sunday, March 27, 1932 to Charles A. and Louise (Baumgartner) Reckner.

Nancy attended Ballston Spa schools and then worked at Ricketts Dry Cleaners until she married the love of her life Gordon B. Crawford in 1958. She was a member of West Charlton United Presbyterian Church and the Mohawk Antique Auto Club.

Nancy loved life itself, being a mom and grandmother. She enjoyed raising vegetables and flowers in her gardens, and caring for many animals from small bunnies to cats, dogs and ponies. She was always humming or singing old songs. Her laughter was contagious.

Nancy was predeceased by her husband Gordon, siblings Louise Stanislowsky, Alma, Charlie and Paul Reckner, and her niece Lynne Stanislowsky.

Nancy is survived by her daughters, Connie Crawford and Karen Fabian (David); grandchildren Ashley Buglione (Nick) and Joshua Fabian; and many nieces and nephews. She will also be missed by her cats Pookie, TaBoo, Ping and Missy.

There will be no calling hours. A graveside service will be held in the Spring at West Charlton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Nancy’s memory may be made to the Animal Charity/Rescue of your choice.

The family would like to thank Molly Holbritter who was Mom’s devoted caregiver for the last months of her life at Pine Valley.

Betty R. MacMillin 86, passed away on Thursday, November 15, 2018. Born in Ballston Spa, NY on November 23, 1931, she was the daughter of Fred and Ella Mae Coleman.

Betty was a homemaker and was often seen relaxing on her front porch watching the cars go by. She enjoyed the simple things in life taking long rides, visiting the Adirondacks, walking the beach, and her cats Mitzy and Patches. In the summer her favorite place to be was at the Saratoga Racetrack with her family, betting on the horses.

She was predeceased by her husband John, and their son John, sister Mary Jane Hale, and her best friend Barb LaGalles. Betty is survived by her daughters Katherine Moran (Kevin), Linda Reyes (Joseph), Betsy Michaud (Ray) and Sheri Debiec; grandchildren Margaret, Charlotte and Mary Kate Moran, Joseph, Aimee and Johnathan Michaud, and Coleman Debiec; siblings Helen Senecal, Fred Coleman, Jr., James Coleman, Jean Heranney, and Ruth Vinciguerra; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10 am Tuesday, November 20 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, November 19 from 5pm to 7pm at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions in memory of Betty may be made to the American Lung Association.

Gertrude (Trudy) E. LaDucer, 72, passed away on Monday, November 12, 2018. Born in Troy, NY on October 28, 1946, she was the daughter of Chester and Florence Moon.

Trudy lovingly raised her family and later worked for Ellsworth Ice Cream in Saratoga Springs. She was an avid reader and enjoyed crocheting. She made many prayer shawls for her church and blankets and hats which she donated to others who were battling cancer.

She was predeceased by her brothers, Charles and Larry Moon.

Trudy is survived by her loving husband of 49 years, Irving, and their daughters Sheri Litchfield (Jerry), and Rebecca Potter (Bruce); grandchildren Jeremy, Jenna, Emily, Jaxen, and Landon; sisters Marilyn Smith and Ruth Douglas. She was also loved by Nikki, Jade and Kendra and many nieces and nephews.

Without a doubt, Trudy’s grandchildren were her greatest joy. She fought a courageous battle. Her role as Nana is what gave her strength and kept her going. Trudy’s only wish was to live long enough for her grandchildren to know and remember her and her wish was granted.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, November 16 from 5pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 7pm.

In lieu of flowers contributions in memory of Trudy may be made to Strength in Numbers. This charity was created to ease expenses or provide gifts of joy to families battling cancer. Donations may be sent to any branch of the Glens Falls National Bank.

Nathan William Chase 28, born on June 8, 1990, entered eternal life on Sunday, November 11, 2018, after fighting a battle with addiction.

Nathan served in the Army National Guard completing his basic combat training in Fort Jackson, South Carolina. He worked construction for many local companies, as an electrician and builder. He was a highly motivated and intelligent young man who was larger than life.

Nathan had a passion for music and could often be heard singing his favorite tunes. He was an animal lover and enjoyed spending time with children. He had a deep love and affection for his family. All who knew him will deeply miss his charming and exuberant personality.

Nathan is survived by his mother and stepfather Pamela and Bruce Perry, father and stepmother Kevin Chase and Linda Marcel; brother and best friend Michael, stepbrother Jeremy; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, November 15 from 5pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 7pm.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Healing Springs Recovery Community and Outreach Center or Make A Wish Foundation.

Marian Curtis Kunz, 95 went to be with the Lord on November 11, 2018.

Born in Ballston Center, NY on June 21, 1923, she was the daughter of Julia Relyea Curtis Kathan and Arthur Curtis, she grew up in Burnt Hills. Marian graduated from Skidmore and Russell Sage Colleges receiving her master’s degree in elementary education. She worked as a teacher at Corinth and Shenendehowa Central School District.

Marian was actively involved with the Shaker Heritage Society, a charter member of the Malta Ridge Fire Auxiliary, a member of the Malta Ridge United Methodist Church and DAR. She was an avid bridge player.

She was predeceased by her husband Ernest W. Kunz, her parents, sister Esther Bogdanowicz and brother Arthur Curtis.

Marian is survived by her children Gina Kunz (Richard Ruman) of Florida, Curt Kunz (Melissa Cornthwaite), Sandra Kunz, and Jamie Kunz-Butler (Jeffrey Butler) all of Malta; sister Virginia Sack; three grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.

Services will be private.

Robert Wayne Marcellus “Bob” passed away on November 10, 2018 at Albany Medical Center after a brief illness. Bob was a US Army veteran, serving in the Korean War.

Bob retired after a long career as a logistics specialist in many settings including GE and RPI.

Bob loved the outdoors, the Adirondacks in particular. He was an avid skier, cyclist and hiker. As a scout leader, he shared his passion for the outdoors with his sons. He had the heart of a sailor and enjoyed many years traveling up and down the local waterways. But most of all, Bob was a devoted husband and father whose greatest joy came from the time he spent with his family.

Bob was predeceased by his parents Ruth (Irvine) and Ira Marcellus of Scotia, his beloved wife Helen (Graham) Marcellus and their son James Robert.

He is survived by his children, Kathleen (Dale) Kane, Robert Marcellus, Karen Dake, William (Maureen) Marcellus, and Kimberly (Kenneth) Mark; his grandchildren Charlie and Brigid, Zak and Desiree, Ryan and Alexandra, Sam, Michael and Shevawn, Carley and Sean, Andrew, Olivia, Carson; his sister Karen Baumis, his aunt Gertrude Irvine; and many nieces, nephews, friends and his dog Ollie.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, November 14 from 10:30am to 12:30pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will be held at 12:30pm. Burial with military honors will follow at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Ronald McDonald House, 139 South Lake Avenue, Albany, NY 12208 or your local ASPCA.

Lorraine M. DeScisciolo 85, passed away on Wednesday, November 7, 2018. Born in Webster, Massachusetts, on July 24, 1933, she was the daughter of Donat and Dorothy Trudeau.

Lorraine was a Licensed Practical Nurse. She worked at several hospitals in Connecticut and later worked at Wesley Health Care Center, retiring from Dr. Finger’s Office in Saratoga Springs.

Lorraine loved vacationing in Maine, long walks on the beach and shopping. She enjoyed baking and going out for a good cup of coffee. She treasured the time spent with her children and grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband Arthur DeScisciolo, Sr., and her siblings Jeanne, Bobby and Priscilla. Lorraine is survived by her children Karen Riemenschneider (David), Kim Baldwin (Barry), Arthur DeScisciolo, Jr. (Terri), Luanne Sansiveri (Tony) and Christopher DeScisciolo (Susan); grandchildren Jonathan, Nichole, Courtney, Marissa, Mikayla, Nicholas, Andrew, Brandon, Jessica and Sean; great grandchildren Landon, Laiken, Zack, Ashley, Symantha, Travis and Tyler; sister Anne Squillacote (Charlie); and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 9am Friday, November 9 at St. Mary’s Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow in the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, November 8 from 5pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc. 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions in memory of Lorraine may be made to Mary’s Haven.

David A. Brachetti 73, passed away on Monday, November 5, 2018 at Saratoga Hospital. Dave was born in Chelsea, Massachusetts on January 4, 1945, he was the son of Albert and Lillian Brachetti. He was an Air Force veteran serving from 1965 to 1969 in Vietnam.

He retired as a commercial lines underwriter for CNA Insurance Company after a lifetime career in the insurance field. Dave enjoyed the great outdoors, canoeing, hiking, camping, boating and fishing on Lake George. He was often seen pampering his Jeep in expectation of an off-Road trip.

He was predeceased by his son Darren and his brother Duncan. David is survived by his sons Derek Brachetti and Damon Brachetti; grandchildren Kya, Catalina Allia, Seth, Jax, Andrew, Alyssa; life partner Anne Gardner-Handy; and sister Theresa Brown.

Funeral will be private but friends and family are invited to join in a celebration of his life on Saturday, November 17th from 2-5 PM at 32 Outlet Road, Ballston Lake.

Mary Ortoleva, a longtime resident of the Village of Ballston Spa, died November 3, 2018 after a brief hospitalization. Mary was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, on December 25th, 1920, to Lara Wolf and Augustus Lytle Read, both of whom predeceased her. Her sisters Shirley Lee Read Sabatini Brown and Norma Jean Fresoni also predeceased her. Mary is survived by her daughters Elaine Youngblood (Jerry) and Lori Agnew (Ron), her grandchildren Flagg and Megan Youngblood, many nieces and nephews, and two cousins, to whom she was affectionately known as “Aunt Mimi.”

Mary and her family moved from Lincoln to Ballston Spa in 1931, joining her grandparents Frank and Lucretia and her great grandfather Jeremiah Gullian, a veteran of the Civil War, at the Wolf family farm on Brownell Road in Malta. Mary attended the one room schoolhouse at the corner of East High Street and Van Aernem Road. Mary graduated from Ballston Spa High School in 1938 and is the last surviving member of her class.

Through the matchmaking efforts of Rose Strianese in 1939, Mary met and married Roy Ortoleva, the owner of the Ballston Food Market on Milton Avenue, which Roy operated with his brothers Mike and Arman through the early 1970s. Roy died in December 1989, three months after he and Mary celebrated their 50th anniversary with a large family gathering on Saratoga Lake.

Mary was an active member of Christ Episcopal Church, serving on the altar guild sixty-five years, helping with the many hosted suppers and festivals, teaching Sunday school, and volunteering weekly at the community food pantry. She became a Brownie troop leader in 1948, continuing to serve as a Girl Scout leader for over twenty-five years, including serving as an advisor to girls attending Triangle. Mary was active with the Ballston Spa Garden Club for over forty years, attending luncheons well into her early nineties, the Saratoga chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Saratoga Court Order of the Amaranth, and the Saratoga chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star, holding various offices in each over the years. Mary was an avid bridge player over the years with several notable Ballston ladies including Emilie Arff, Vesta Dygert, Jean Puckhaber, Veeda Tooper, Eunice Schallehn and Ruth Dibelius.

Mary worked as a secretary at Electric Boat in West Milton and then a clerk for both the Village of Ballston Spa and the Saratoga County Motor Vehicles office, where she processed countless driver’s licenses for local teenagers. Mary will be remembered for many things—her lovely blonde hair, her cheery spirit, her indomitable determination, and her decades of selfless service to others and to her church.

A memorial service for Mary will be held at 11am on Thursday, December 13th at the chapel at Christ Church on West High Street in Ballston Spa, with greetings with family and friends at 10am. In lieu of flowers, donations to Guide Dogs for the Blind (www.GuideDogs.com) or the Saratoga County Animal Shelter would be appreciated in Mary’s memory.

Gladys Ruth Armer, 90, passed away on Friday, November 2, 2018 at her home surrounded by her family. Born in Ballston Spa, NY on April 17, 1928, she was the daughter of Truman and Jennie Hammond.

Gladys was a homemaker lovingly raising six children. She treasured the time spent with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Gladys had an unwavering faith in God. She enjoyed reading, her flower gardens and bird watching. Family gatherings were especially important to her, including family game night, Sunday morning get-togethers, and many picnics and parties.

She was predeceased by her parents Truman and Jennie Hammond, her siblings Carl Hall, Earl Hall, Buell Hall, Ethel Hall and Edward Hammond, and twin great granddaughters Layla and Emma.

Gladys will be lovingly remembered by her husband Gordon and their children, Carl, Paul (Diane), Gary (Dorothy), Lois (Mike), Greg (Carla), and Matthew (Susan); sister Grace Boyce; Joanne Armer, who was like a daughter to her; 12 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

A private family service will be held.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga.

Donnie Lee LaPier was a courageous kind man born on August 16, 1952 and passed away on November 1, 2018.

Donnie is survived by his children Adam LaPier (Jennifer Bulley), Shenette LaPier (Damien Cady), Davie LaPier, Kristina Mulligan (AJ Mulligan), Fred Murdie ( Kim Rose), Donald LaPier, Patti Oare and Crystal; his beautiful grandchildren, and his brothers and sisters Ronnie LaPier (Doran), Babe Ruth Murdie, Charlene Phenes (Rexford), Margaret LaPier (Margie), and Peggie Been (John).

Donnie was predeceased by his parents, Bert and Margaret LaPier, and his siblings Frank LaPier, Judy LaPier, Susie Ferrara, June Sarro, Clara LaPier, Dennis Lapier, Charlie LaPier, and Rickie LaPier.

Donnie enjoyed being a mechanic and working on his truck and other peoples vehicles as well. He loved being a carpenter, electrician and plumber. He worked at the Gideon Putnam Hotel for over 20 years. Donnie was an amazing artist, who loved the outdoors. He could fix anything you put in front of him and enjoyed the challenge. Spending time with his grandkids was one of his greatest pastimes.

He was a well rounded man who enjoyed life and lived it to the fullest. He will be greatly missed by everyone.

Don’t think of him as gone away his journeys just begun
life holds many facets this earth is only one.
Just think of him as resting from the sorrows and tears
in a place of warmth and comfort where there are no days and years.
Think of how he must be wishing that we could know today
how nothing but our sadness can really pass away.
And think of him as living in the hearts of those he touched
For nothing loved is ever lost And he was loved so much.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Lorraine Jewett, 72, passed away on Sunday, October 28, 2018. Born in Troy, NY on January 26, 1946 she was the daughter of William and Dorothea Duby.

She was a graduate of Troy High School and moved to Ballston Spa in 1980. Lorraine was a hostess at 76 Diner in Latham for many years.

In 2006, she moved to Bradenton, Florida where she became an active member of the VFW, the Elks Lodge and the Moose Lodge, serving as the Feather Your Nest game caller. She made many friends and enjoyed all her social activities.

She was predeceased by her husband Robert Jewett, son John Jewett, daughter Deborah Jewett, granddaughter Christina Welch, and her siblings Brian, Larry and Anne Duby.

Lorraine is survived by her children Shelley Pettit (Grant) of Ballston Spa, Robert Jewett, Jr. of Clifton Park, and Theresa Stangle (Eric) of Ballston Spa; her grandchildren Eric, Jimmy, Brittany, Katelynn, Courtney, Nicholas, Cody and Jacob;great granddaughters Dakota, McKenzie, Arianna and Faith; brother William Duby; sisters Cathy Laraway and Sandra McLarney; and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, November 3 from 11am to 1pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 1pm.

Edson C. Barss, 79, passed away on Sunday, October 28, 2018, surrounded by his loving family. He was born on January 2, 1939 in Saratoga Springs, NY.

Ed was a truck driver for Van Raalt Co and Fiberglass Industries for many years. He received the Driver of the Year Award for 3 million miles accident free.

After his retirement, he joined his wife and drove bus for Stanski Transportation and ended his career driving at Upstate. He loved all the children that rode with him.

Ed was an EMT for the Corinth Volunteer Ambulance. He enjoyed hunting, camping, and canoeing. He treasured the time spent with his family and friends.

He was predeceased by his wife Joan, his parents Irving and Anna Barss, his aunt and uncle who raised him Fred and Edna Barss, and his sister Ruth Savanella.

Ed is survived by his children Laura Spotswood (Ray) of Hadley, Darren Barss (Carrie) of Greenfield Center, and Dwight Barss (Maggie) of Corinth; grandchildren Lindsey Feulner, Ryan Feulner, Darren Barss Jr. (Chrissy), Derrick Barss (Stephanie), Kate Barss, Kristen Bills (Matt), Levi Barss (Kareka), Cody Barss (Angelica), Melinda Spotswood, and Theresa Sullivan; great grandchildren Darren Barss III, Madison Barss, Amelia Barss, Vincent Barss, Perrin Bills, soon to be Wendalynn Barss, Paul Moore and Sophia Goucher; brother Thomas Barss; sisters Shirley Wright and Nancy Wagner; brothers in law Tony Izzo (Gay) and James Savanella; and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, November 1, from 3pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A graveside service will be held 11am Friday, November 2 at St Peter’s Cemetery, West Avenue, Saratoga Springs.

Following the service at the cemetery on Friday, all are invited to a reception at the Porter Corners Fire House, 405 Bockes Road.

Memorial contributions in memory of Ed may be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga.

Charles W. Askew, 64, passed away on Saturday, October 27, 2018. Born in Ballston Spa, NY on October 20, 1954, he was the son of Clarence and Reita Askew.

Chaz worked for The Lawn Guy Landscape Management, LLC in Saratoga Springs. He loved his job and when he wasn’t working, he could be found tinkering and puttering around his home or at his work.

Chaz loved kids and treasured the time he spent with his grandchildren and his adopted grandchildren.

He was predeceased by the love of his life Starlene Nadolny, his parents Clarence and Reita Askew, and his siblings Gary Askew, Philip Askew, Deborah Holmes and Cheryl Keister.

Chaz is survived by his children Shane Nadolny and Saffire Askew-Luciano (Scott); grandchildren Aviana Nadolny, Sakarah Gilboy, Jerdyn Gilboy, Azalya Luciano and Foster Luciano; Brian Phillips (Trisha) and their children Riley, Raelyn and Jameson who were like family to him; siblings Douglas Askew, Madeline Waller, Jeffery Askew, Gail Askew, Dennis Askew and Joseph Askew; and several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be held on a later date.

John G. Podwirny Sr., age 79, formerly of West Milton, NY, passed away, on Thursday, October 25th, 2018, at Saratoga Center for Rehab and Skilled Nursing Care, after a long illness.

He was born on Wednesday, August 11th, 1939 at Saratoga Hospital to Stella Dake-Stella and John Podwirny. He was a loving and gentle soul to his family. He is survived by his wife Mary Lou Gonyea-Podwirny, his son, John Grover Podwirny Jr. (Elaine), and his grandchildren, Jacob of Indiana, Mary Arnold (Justin), Katelyn, and Daniel Podwirny. He is also survived by his sisters Carole Esposito-Jones (Timothy), and his sister Patricia Tygard (James).

In John’s younger days, he loved cars. He met his love, Mary Lou when she was bartending, and they were married on her 21st birthday.

Before Stewart’s Ice Cream Shoppes became locally recognized, Dad would take animals around to visit local schools and used to run delivery for his mother’s family and Percy Dake. The Dake dream has grown to be loved more than the family expected, with the family joke that Percy and Charles Dake would drive around, and wherever they were when they wanted a cup of coffee, they would start a Stewart’s. After high school, John served as a Seaman First Class in the United States Navy from 1958 to 1961, with an honorable discharge. He was a truck driver-owner operator for a few years, and then became a Regional tractor trailer driver for Destiny Transportation based out of Chicago, Illinois from 1987 til 2006.

When traveling over the road truck driving, he often took his wife, Mary Lou with him, and their little dog, to visit his family when they lived in Ohio. It has been a family tradition for 23 years, for all the family to stay overnight on Christmas Eve, for Christmas morning. On the weekends he loved cooking on the grill, and watching the humming birds with his wife. John worked very hard over many years to give his son an example of a good work ethic and to provide for his family.

When he became ill in 2006, he was cared for at home by his loving wife, Mary, for 7 years. John became a resident of Saratoga Center in 2014, and was visited by his wife every day. They played Bingo and Pequino many times a week, and when they won, she would hang them all on his wall, along with all the drawings she had made. Saratoga Center became a real home to dad. She and dad were so grateful for all of the loving nurses and aides that took loving care of him, and she did her best to make sure he felt he was at home. They just celebrated 50 years.

John was very sweet, patient, and kind to everyone he met, and his “Million Dollar Smile” will be dearly missed by his family and friends, and all of those lives he touched. A private service was held. He will lay to rest at Rock City Falls Cemetery. A donation may be made in lieu of flowers, to Hospice.

Stacy L. Ostrander, 59, passed away on Thursday, October 25, 2018. Born on August 24, 1959, she was the daughter of Russell and Diane Bornitzke.

Stacy worked at IGA in Ballston Spa for many years. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.

Stacy is survived by her husband Thomas Ostrander and their sons, Ryan and Cory; sisters Lisa Rimawi and Erica Doherty; brother Steven Bornitzke; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to a celebration of Stacy's life on Sunday, November 4 at 2pm at the Rock City Falls Fire Station, 1119 Rock City Falls Road.

Jonah W. Beer, 19, passed away on Tuesday, October 23, 2018. He was born in Troy, NY on December 2, 1998.

Jonah was a student at the Albany College of Pharmacy. He was a pharmacy technician at CVS in Delmar and Saratoga Springs. In the summer, Jonah worked at the Saratoga Racetrack.

Jonah is survived by his beloved brother Jordan Beer, mother Cindy Novak, father Nicholas Beer, grandmother Nancy McGrath; close friend Robert Kavanaugh; and many aunts, uncles and cousins who adored him.

Jonah was a shining light for all of his family and friends and they will miss him dearly.

Relatives and friends are invited to a memorial service on Sunday, November 4 at 6pm at St Paul’s Lutheran Church, 149 Lake Avenue, Saratoga Springs.

Russell Sparks, 62 passed away on Monday, October 22, 2018. Born in Schenectady, NY on August 8, 1956, he was the son of Stanley and Barbara Sparks.

Russell and his wife Jeanette, along with his brother Dave and sister-in-law Vickie, owned and operated Sparks Excavating in Middle Grove for 30 years. Most recently he was employed by Gannon Construction Services in Albany. He was a man dedicated to his work, his family and friends.

A former motorcycle racing champion, he enjoyed riding his Harley and was an avid Nascar fan. Russell’s sister-in-law Terri was his Nascar buddy and they would often spend Sunday afternoons watching the races together. His little sister Leslie and her husband Denny were two of his favorite people; he adored Leslie, they were lucky to have shared such a special brother-sister bond. His nephew Greg and niece Sarah looked up to him as a father-figure, often visiting, getting advice and sharing a laugh. Russ enjoyed watching his nephew Cory race sprint cars. He was so proud of all of them. Russell and his wife Jeanette had been by each other’s side for more than 40 years. Best friends and constant companions, they shared a lifetime of memories, love and special moments.

To his friends, Russell was everyone’s buddy. Loyal and caring with a great sense of humor, always there to lend a hand at a moment’s notice. When not with family or friends, he could always be found in the company of his three beloved dogs, Bingo, Bizzy and Bailee, who brought such joy to every day.

Russell was predeceased by his parents Barbara Jean and Stanley Sparks, and his sister Barbara Guy.

He is survived by his wife of 39 years Jeanette; brother Dave Sparks (Vickie), sister Leslie Mycek (Denny); sister in law Terri Ballard; nieces and nephews Greg Gero (Megan), Cory Sparks (Ashley), Sarah Ballard, Elise Gregory and Michael Guy; great niece and great nephew Emmy and Benson; uncle John Sparks (Cheryl), cousin John (JR) Sparks; and best friends Steve Nicoll and George Dimick.

A celebration of his life will be held on a later date. Memorial contributions in memory of Russell may be made to the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society, 3 Oakland Ave., Menands, NY 12204.

Karilee Giglio, 30 passed away October 16th, 2018 unexpectedly. Born in Saratoga Springs, NY, she was the daughter of Anthony and Christine (Maynard) Giglio. Karilee graduated from Galway Central School District.

Karilee was a loving mother to her son Ryder Anthony Doll. Karilee was a free spirit who enjoyed spending her free time taking in all the beauties of the outdoors. She will be remembered as an avid animal lover, who always brought home strays. When she was not taking in nature’s beauty she could be found surrounding herself with her family which she loved dearly. Karilee’s heart beat to the sound of music.

Karilee fought a battle with addiction that ultimately took her life. A battle that families are all too familiar with. Karilee was a fighter in all aspects of her life. With the gift of pregnancy, she found the strength to be sober for over five and a half years. She then spent the last 110 days sober and worked to get back to the beautiful loving person she was. With the help of her family and counselors she was able to laugh and smile with her son before she was taken away by the addiction disease. Karilee’s family wants to empathize with others dealing with these struggles and urges everyone to see the beauty and the real person through their struggle.

Karilee is survived by her loving parents Anthony and Christine Giglio; her son Ryder; paternal grandmother Bernice Barron; long time partner DJ; brother Robert Immel (Sara); sister Lindsey Wallace (Tarmel); multiple nieces and nephews; aunts, uncles and cousins.

Karilee is predeceased by her daughter Magnolia; maternal grandparents Sally and Ronald Maynard; paternal grandfather George Giglio; and infant brother Jesse Giglio.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, October 20 from 10am to 12 noon at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 12 noon.

A gofundme has been set up in her name to help ease the financial burden of funeral services.

Charmaine L. Weimer, 79, passed away on Thursday, October 11, 2018. Born in Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada on March 13, 1939, she was the daughter of John and Geraldine Coulthurst.

Charmaine worked at Tops Market in North Tonawanda for many years. She loved to play online Bingo and Pogo games. She also enjoyed crossword puzzles and loved playing the slots at the Casinos.

She was predeceased by her siblings Darlene Speyer, Gloria Tupper and Wayne Coulthurst.

Charmaine is survived by her daughter Deborah McLaughlin, Deborah’s father Roger Mattson; her son Dale Witt; granddaughter Christine Cunningham, grandson William Cunningham; great grandchildren Gavin Cunningham, Alexander Rossi, Jr and Emma Rossi; her brother Danny Huggins; her nieces Tamara and April; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She is also survived by her close friends Shawn Shaffer, Denise Sidoti, and Kathy Wagstaff-Blaise.

A memorial service will be held 2pm on Thursday, October 18 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

George V. McGuinness, passed away peacefully on Thursday, October 11, 2018, at the age of 93. The son of William and Josephine McGuinness, he was born in New York City on December 24, 1924. George served in the US Navy as a motor machinist mate in the Pacific Theatre during World War II on the USS Hackleback and USS Loggerhead Submarines.

Following the war, George worked as a diesel engine assembler at the American Locomotive in Schenectady. George started a dairy farm in Malta and farmed for 26 years. He owned and operated Murphy’s Motel in Malta for 25 years.

He was a member of the Malta Ridge Fire Department and served as chief. He was on the Malta Zoning Board of Appeals for 20 years and was the Board’s first chairman. He also served as the sole assessor for the Town of Malta for 13 years, retiring in 1987.

George was predeceased by his wife Barbara. He is survived by his daughter Patricia Wyckoff (Richard), stepdaughters Carol Bailiff, Karen St. Martin, and Barbara Barnes; several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services with military honors will be held 2pm Tuesday, October 16 at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville.

James W. Bowen, Sr., 87, passed away on Thursday, October 11, 2018. Born in Ballston Spa, NY on February 20, 1931, he was the son of Walter and Eva Gledhill Bowen.

In the early years, Jim and his dad ran Bud’s Store in Ballston Spa. He later worked at General Electric, Saratoga Vichy and Cottrell Paper Co. He retired from the Saratoga State Park, where he was a Park Police Office and later worked in Park Management.

Jim was an avid fisherman and hunter. He was a Hunter Safety Instructor for many years and a lifetime member of the Kayderosseras Fish and Game Club. As a young man he belonged to the Boy Scouts and later became a Boy Scout Leader. He had a passion for cars and repaired and sold many of them. Jim and his wife Gertrude loved vacationing at their favorite spot Old Orchard Beach, Maine, where they had spent their honeymoon.

He was predeceased by his sister Marion Breason, sisters in law Barbara Cullen, Donna Murtlow, JoAnn Baker, Shirley Malik, Suzan Morris, brothers in law Floyd Breason, Dick Emigh, Bill Malik, James Murtlow, Lewis Wormuth and nephew Walter Breason.

Jim is survived by his wife of 66 years Gertrude, and their children James W. Bowen, Jr. (Wendy), Jenelle Bowen (George Lovejoy), Jennifer Isachsen (Bruce), and Jaye Bowen (Steve Becker); grandchildren Kristy Bowen (Kyle Wadsworth), Ryan Isachsen (Cassi), Marisa Bowen, Jamie Quillan (Rob), Evan Isachsen, Caitlin Isachsen and Ashley Butterworth; great grandchildren Tayton Bowen, Nathaniel Isachsen, Maycee Mae Winney, Lincoln Isachsen, Carter Quillan and Devin Rowden. He is also survived by his brothers in law and sisters in law Glenn Cullen, Charles Baker, Jarvis Emigh, Dale Emigh, David Paro, Roger Morris, Bertha Emigh, Doris Emigh, Sandra Wormuth, Margie Klink and Christine Paro, and many beloved nieces and nephews, especially Joelene Pooler.

Funeral services will be held 10am Tuesday, October 16 at Simpson United Methodist Church, 1089 Rock City Road, Rock City Falls. Burial will follow in North Milton Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, October 15 from 4pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions in memory of Jim may be made to the Simpson United Methodist Church.

The family would like to thank all Jim’s caregivers at Wesley, Saratoga Hospital, Safe Care Transportation, and at his home for their care and compassion, especially Louise Kirkpatrick.

Charles L. Branagan 64, passed away on Thursday, October 11, 2018. Born in Utica, New York on September 9, 1954, he was the son of Charles and Marianne Branagan.
Charles was a conductor for Amtrak for many years. He later worked at NAPA in Albany. Charles had a passion for racing and got pit passes for many Nascar races. He was an avid tennis player and enjoyed watching matches also.

He was predeceased by his parents Charles and Marianne. Charles is survived by his beloved wife Diane and their son Kyle, and his constant companion, his dog Tyson.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, October 16 from 4pm to 6pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 6pm.

Burial with military honors will be 10am Wednesday, October 17 at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Glenville Veterinary Clinic, 458 Saratoga Road, Glenville, NY 12302 or Estherville Animal Shelter, 100 Russell Road, Greenfield Center, NY 12833.

Pamela S. Green 66, passed away on Wednesday, October 10, 2018. Born in Fort Huachuca, Arizona on May 26, 1952, she was the daughter of Wesley and Dorothy Morris.

Pam was a homemaker and enjoyed being with her family.

She was predeceased by her parents Wesley and Dorothy, and her brothers Ricky Morris and Wesley Morris, Jr. Pam is survived by her husband of 49 years David, and their sons Jeff Green (Karen) and Shane Green; sisters Robin Sims and Debra Blevins; eight grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

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

Memorial contributions in memory of Pam may be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.