Obituaries


Our loving mother Heidi A. Christman 63, passed away on Wednesday, May 27, 2020. Born and raised in the coastal communities of southern CT to Kenneth and Beverly Pond until settling in Upstate NY where she and her beloved husband John (predeceased) raised their family in the Village of Ballston Spa.

Heidi loved her role as a stay at home mom raising her six children and their “adopted" friends. She often considered herself a gourmet chef, her specialty being "Crackers and Cheese" (Ritz only). John and her spent most of their years in the antique business collecting and selling and most of all making great friends along the way. Her love of Halloween started on September 1st and lasted till the day before Thanksgiving when her Christmas tree went up. She loved to travel, especially by train. Her love of the ocean was clear to all hoping one day to return to the ocean. She was very proud of her families military history and had the opportunity to share this with her grandchildren.

She had a vivacious personality and never failed to make those around her laugh. She made friends everywhere she went, whether it be a walk through the Village or a train ride across the country. She truly loved her laughs with the gang at the "Stoop" and her time with her long time dear friends at Talk Of the Town Auction House. Heidi treasured time with her family and embraced every moment with them. She especially loved her role as "Drammy". Her grandchildren would like to say to her "Thank you for being our loudest cheer leader, we will miss your precious supporting voice, we love you and will miss you always".

She was predeceased by her parents Kenneth and Beverly Pond and her beloved devoted husband John. Heidi is survived by her children Donald Christman, Jennifer Staulters (Clay), Ann Oddy (Noah), Deborah Jourdanais (Justin), Ashley Christman and Amanda Hutchins (Stephen); grandchildren Cody (Somer), Ben, Tyler, Michael, Matthew, Derek, Carrie and Elliot; sister Brenda Pastor; special friends John and Beverly Stanislowsky; companion Tom Klingman, and his loving family.

The family is preparing a local memorial service so her dear friends and family may say goodbye. Her eternal rest will be at sea with her beloved husband.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

“I only care for the lonely sea
and I always will I know,
For the love of the sea is born in me
It will never let me go…”
~Jacqueline Lee Bouvier

Alice I. Springer 78, passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by her loving family on Monday, May 25, 2020. She was born in Mechanicville, NY on September 25, 1941, to Harold and Helen (Stockwell) Horn.

Alice was a bus driver for Galway Central School for 20 years. She previously worked at Chuck’s Store in Galway and Rickett’s in Ballston Spa. Alice enjoyed bowling, dancing and traveling with her family. She was a volunteer and coach for the Special Olympics.

She was predeceased by her parents and her brother Richard Horn. Alice is survived by her husband Donald and their children Donald Springer (Tina) of Loris, SC, Betty Edwards (Jeff) of Ellenboro, NC, and Vicki Springer of Greenfield; grandchildren Danielle Springer, Heather Robinson, Jason Springer (Leeza), Jeffrey Edwards (Megan) and Jacob Edwards (Angela); brother Harold Horn; twelve great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

A private family service will be held. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in memory of Alice may be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Jeannette A. Neville 65, passed away on Sunday, May 24, 2020. She was born in Darby, Pennsylvania on August 27, 1954 to Thomas and Henrietta Murphy. She attended Cardinal O’Hara High School in Springfield, PA and was a graduate of Niskayuna High School and Mercy Catholic Medical Center School of Radiologic Technology.

Jeannette worked as a radiologic technologist for over forty years, most recently at St. Mary’s Hospital in Troy. Jeannette was a loving mother and a loyal friend. She was empathetic and kind; the type of person who would help anyone that needed her. She always had an open door and it brought her great joy to welcome family and friends into her home. As a lifelong Philadelphia Eagles fan, Sundays in the Fall were spent watching “The Birds”, as she affectionately called them. Jeannette loved traveling and exploring new places, skiing with her family, and spending time at the Jersey shore. Her fondest memories are of times spent with her children and grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her parents Thomas and Henrietta Murphy and her brothers James and William Murphy. Jeannette is survived by her husband of 45 years Phillip Neville and their children Christopher Neville (Becca) and Amanda Lansing (David); grandchildren Autumn Neville and Rocco Neville; brother Thomas Murphy (Kathy); sister Monica Charleton; sisters in law Maggie Murphy-Jones, Janine Murphy, Roxanne Davis (Rich) and brother in law Patrick Neville (Jean); and many nieces and nephews.

A private family service will be held with burial at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Jeannette may be made to Healing Springs Recovery Community and Outreach Center http://www.sararecovery.org/healing-springs/
*In special instructions, please add “In memory of Jeannette Neville.”

John P. Jones 59, passed away on Saturday, May 23, 2020. He was born in Ballston Spa, NY on September 19, 1960 to George and Patricia (Kilburn) Jones.

John worked for Ballston Spa Central Schools for many years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping with family. He was a scrapper and loved searching for treasures at garage sales.

“Big John” treated all his friends like family and cherished the times they spent together. He would always greet you with a “skittlebolt” with his pointer finger gripped between his teeth.

He was predeceased by his father George and his brother David. John is survived by his wife Jami and their daughter Tabetha; his mother Patricia Jones; siblings Joann Harris, Kelly Jones (Rick), and Michael Jones (Sandy); many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and beloved friends.

A celebration of life will be held on a later date. Memorial contributions in memory of John may be made to the Rubin Dialysis Center, 59C Myrtle Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12020.

John P. Morris 58, passed away on May 16, 2020. He was born in Glens Falls, NY on August 29, 1961 to Richard and Frances Morris. He served in the US Army.

John worked for AIM services for 18 years and later became the general manager at Pizza Hut. In 2017 he found his true calling when he began working at Rivers Casino in Schenectady as a table games dealer. He was a true gambler at heart and had not missed an opening day at the Saratoga Race Track in over 40 years. He loved to travel with his daughter.

He was predeceased by his parents Richard and Frances, and his brother George. John is survived by his children Jeremy Morris (Rebecca) and Sierra Morris; grandchildren Kara Rucinski, Katrina Rucinski, Oliver Morris, Killian Morris and Avery Morris; brothers Richard Morris, Joseph Morris and David Morris; sisters Penny Bessette and Kelly Kane, goddaughter Clara Jean Bessette, and several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be held on a later date. John will be buried with military honors in the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery.

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

M. Joyce Rodger, 71, passed peacefully from her family’s arms into those of her mother on May 12, 2020. Joyce was born in Albany, NY to Joseph and Catherine (LaHait) Kowalski on May 29, 1948. She entered Vincentian Institute as a kindergartener and along with multiple friends and long-time neighbors, graduated in 1966.

After earning her Bachelor’s Degree Summa Cum Laude from SUNY Oneonta, she completed a graduate degree at St. Rose and taught first grade at St. Patrick’s School in Ravena. She subsequently accepted a position at the NYS Department of Labor. Her unfulfilled dream was to open a book store. Instead, after retiring from the Labor Department, she worked part time at the Round Lake Library.

Joyce was a loving and generous wife, mother and grandmother who enjoyed reading, knitting and animals. Her children and grandson knew she would nurture any dog, car, ferret or rooster they brought to her care so several strays found a permanent home on Malta Avenue.

Joyce will be greatly missed by her husband of 37 years Jack Rodger, her daughter Megan Brown, her son Matthew Rodger, her grandson Cody Rodger and by the pets who currently reside in their home. She is also survived by her brother Charles Kowalski (Margaret), her sister Marybeth Bonafide (Frank) all of Delmar, and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents Joseph and Catherine, and her first husband Martin Brown.

Funeral services will be private at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions in memory of Joyce may be made to Family Promise of the Capital Region, 738 New Scotland Avenue, Albany, NY 12208.

Mary B. Whitesel 88, passed away on May 11, 2020 at her home after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born in Nauvoo, Ohio on January 5, 1932, to Harold and Florence Bice.

Mary worked at Pure Oil Co and North American Aviation in Columbus, Ohio. On July 1, 1961 she married Frederick Whitesel and together they moved to Manchester, Connecticut. In 1976 they settled in Charlton, NY to raise their family. Mary worked as a bookkeeper at High Mills Garage in Burnt Hills, for many years, retiring in 1995.

She was a member of the Charlton Freehold Presbyterian Church where she served as a Deacon. Mary enjoyed dancing and crocheting and was very proud of her ceramic creations.

She was predeceased by her son John, her father and stepmother Harold and Murbel Bice, mother and stepfather Florence and Edward Henry, sister Emma Stone (James), and brother Ed Henry.

Mary is survived by loving husband Frederick; grandson Tyler Whitesel (Rebecca); stepgrandson Zachery Timberlin; sister Nancy Shea (Larry), sister in law Rosetta Henry; and many nieces and nephews.

A private family service will be held. Memorial contributions in memory of Mary may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Arden (Art) J. Younkin, age 85, formerly of Rome, NY, and Houston, TX, entered into rest peacefully after a brief illness on Saturday, May 2, 2020.

Art was born in Rockwood, PA, on April 7, 1935, a son of the late Jesse R. and Irene Phillippi Younkin. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a brother and sister-in-law, Dale (Lois) Younkin; a brother, Jerry Younkin; a sister, Velma Muir; and a daughter, Donna Younkin Matinchek. Art was formerly married to the late Margaret “Peggy” (Guggi) Younkin.

Art was raised in Ligonier, PA, and enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1954. He took pride in serving his country for four years while stationed at the former Griffiss Air Force Base, Rome, NY. Art then began his career as an Airline Mechanic with Mohawk, Allegheny, USAir, and retired as an Instructor from Continental Airlines in Houston, TX. Art was also involved in teaching aviation mechanics at the collegiate level. He returned to New York State to be closer to his children in 2012.

Art especially enjoyed woodworking of all types and time spent in an extensive wood shop in his home. When residing in Rome, NY, he completed construction of a home for his family. His musical tendencies ranged from playing guitar in his earlier years to being identified by his continuous whistling in his final years.

Arden is survived by daughters, Denice Townsend, Verona, NY, and Debbie and Keith Atlas, Ballston Spa, NY, and a son, Dan and Audrey (Zakala) Younkin, Rome, NY; seven grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

A memorial service and burial will take place with full military honors at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

The family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to the physicians, nurses, and staff at Samaritan Hospital in Troy, NY for their compassionate care of Arden.

David A. Palmer, Sr. 82, passed away on Wednesday, April 29, 2020. He was born in Ballston Spa, NY on April 26, 1938 to David Ira Palmer and Marjorie Merchant Palmer.

David and his wife Diane owned and operated Pine Meadows Farm in Amsterdam. He also worked for the Town of Charlton Highway Department and VanPatten Builders.

David attended all the county fairs where he visited the cow barns and enjoyed his favorite treat ice cream. He also enjoyed hunting and was a member of the Mohawk Valley Cat and Coon Club and bowled in the Broadalbin and Galway Men’s Bowling League. A lifelong farmer, he was a member of the Fulton County Farm Bureau.

He was predeceased by his brothers Bernard Palmer and Carl Palmer. David is survived by his wife of 58 years Diane and their children, Randie Boerenko (Butch) of Galway, David Palmer, Jr (Faye) of St Johnsville, Ty Palmer of Fort Plain, Grant Palmer of Broadalbin and Brock Palmer (April) of Broadalbin; sister Joan Montgomery (Lowell); sisters in law Shirley Palmer and Margaret Palmer; several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to the family farm at 2646 County Highway 107 on Sunday, May 3 from 1pm to 4pm, where there will be a designated drive thru area to safely visit with the family from your car.

A private family service will be held with burial in Sweetman Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in memory of David may be made to the 4-H Training Center, c/o CCE, 50 West High Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or the Saratoga Co Agricultural Society, 162 Prospect Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Robert H. Masson 84, passed away on Tuesday, April 28, 2020. He was born in the Bronx, NY on February 13, 1936 to Hans and Elisabeth Masson. He served in the United States Army.

Bob owned and operated the IGA Village Market in Ballston Spa for 22 years. He also worked for JR Welding for many years and was currently working as a bus monitor for Upstate Transit.

Bob was a lifelong member and past president of the Ballston Spa Lions Club. He was also a member of the VFW Post 358 and American Legion Post 234 of Ballston Spa. He was a member of the Rock City Falls Volunteer Fire Dept and served as commissioner.

Bob was always there to help out in his community. He was a regular donor to the American Red Cross and reached out to many charity organizations including the Shriners. He enjoyed collecting trains and train memorabilia, taking his beloved dog Heidi out for car rides and spending time with his family and friends.

Bob is survived by his son Robert A. Masson.

Due to the current restrictions a private service will be held. A celebration to honor Bob’s life will be announced on a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Bob may be made to the American Heart Association.

Lynda R. White 72, passed away Monday, April 27, 2020 at Saratoga Hospital. Born and raised in Ballston Spa, NY, on October 27, 1947, she was the daughter of George and Christina Wade.

Lynda graduated from Ballston Spa High School in 1965 and made her home in Ballston to be near to the most important thing in her life, her family.

The most cherished and greatest joy in Lynda’s life was her daughters and her grandchildren. She loved playing cards, games, and laughing with them and watching them grow.

Lynda was preceded in death by her parents George and Christina, her precious daughter Janice, her brother and sister in law Ralph and Diane Wade, and her brother in law James Krutz.

She is survived by her daughters, Denise Cook and her husband Tom of Cornwall, Melissa White of Ballston Spa, Kim Hathaway and her husband Jim of Ballston Spa; her grandchildren Taylor, Makenzie, Ryan, Ayla, Thomas, Maria and Aleksandr; siblings Joanne Krutz, Christina Bublak (Richard), George Wade (Cindy), Paul Wade (Anne); and many nieces and nephews.

Due to the Covid 19 restrictions services will be private. The family will have a celebration of life on a later date.

Memorial contributions in memory of Lynda may be made to Catholic Charities, 142 Regent Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Russell L. Palmateer 71, passed away on Sunday, April 26, 2020 at his home surrounded by his family. He was born on June 10, 1948 to Russell Palmateer, Sr. and Eleanor Harris.

Rusty was the head mechanic for the Schuylerville Central School District and the owner and operator of Rusty’s Repair Shop.

Every Friday night he could be found racing #22 in the hobby stock division at the Albany Saratoga Speedway in Malta. Rusty loved racing and being with his family and friends at the racetrack. His greatest joy was his grandchildren and he treasured the time he spent with them.

Rusty was predeceased by his father Russell and his mother Eleanor. Rusty is survived by his wife Mary Ellen; his children Jessica Macchi (Todd), Russell Palmateer, III, and Sarah Smith (Steven); grandchildren Emily, Caeden, Danielle and Charlotte Smith, Madison and Libby Palmateer, Corynn Willette, Sophie and Bella Macchi; brothers Ricky Palmateer (Crystal) and Fred Harris, Jr. (Jan);stepfather Fred Harris, Sr.; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Rusty are private due to the current regulations. The family asks that you keep them in your thoughts and raise a glass of the beverage of your choice in memory of Rusty.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in memory of Rusty to Wicklund Warriors at www.wicklundwarriors.com

Lewis M. Hill passed away on Friday, April 24, 2020 at the age of 78. He was born in Baltimore, Maryland on June 14, 1941, to Kenneth and Frances Hill.

In his early years, Lew explored North America by hiking and climbing various trails from New York to California. Following in his father’s footsteps he became a carpenter and served as a member of Carpenters Union Local 370 in Albany. He also worked for some years at Bast Hatfield Construction.

He volunteered on the Ballston Lake Ambulance Squad and was a member of Our Lady of Grace, Hudson Valley Harp Association, the Schenectady Pipe Band, Northeastern Woodworkers Association, and Boxing for Parkinson's. Lew enjoyed a full life of hobbies which included reading westerns and sci-fi, listening to Scottish and Irish music including bagpipes and harp, drinking single malt scotch, eating ice cream, embracing nature through gardening, beekeeping and farming, woodworking, and exchanging puns and limericks. His life’s mission was to make people smile and that he did.

Lew is survived by his devoted and caring wife of 45 years, Betty, daughter Sara, daughter Naomi and son-in-law Dimitri, grandson Skylar, sister Carol and brother-in-law Paul, sister Janet and brother-in-law Muayad, cousin Shirley, nieces Moria, Chellie, Kismet and Yasamin, nephews-in-law Darren and Tim and other loving relatives and friends.

There once was a man named Lew,
For whom you might have knew,
He always did pun,
Because it was fun,
Even if you hadn’t a clue.
~ The Hill Family

In lieu of flowers please donate to the Ballston Lake Emergency Medical Service, Northeastern Woodworkers Association, or the Sierra Club.

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

Leila Mae Stevenson, loving wife, mother and grandmother, passed away on Friday, April 24, 2020, at the age of 84.

She leaves behind five daughters; Susan James (Garry), Vicki Rockefeller, Sandra King (Clyde), Ruth Stankus (Marc) and Carol Mini (Charlie), as well as daughter-in-law Diana Stevenson, 15 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, and many other family and friends.

Leila was preceded in death by her husband, John C. Stevenson Sr., son John C. Stevenson Jr., daughter Lori Flones, and grandchildren; Jeffrey Flones and Renee King.

Leila was born on November, 26th, 1935 in Ballston Spa, NY, to Frank and Ruth Brogue. She attended Ballston Spa High School. On December, 2nd, 1951 she married John Charles Stevenson. She worked at the Ballston Spa Knitting Mill in her younger years, and then at G.E. when her children were older.

As her young family grew, they enjoyed taking Sunday drives, attending clambakes and traveling to the beach. During their travels Leila always enjoyed being the navigator for her husband. When they stopped traveling, her love of maps continued as she would suggest routes and track the journeys of her family members. In the years after her children were grown she enjoyed camping and growing African Violets. She will continue to bring smiles to many faces with memories of her witty old wives-tales (some appropriate, some not) and her love of McDonalds (when her family would allow the indulgence).

In the past several years she found great joy in visiting with friends; Doris, Ethel and Norma and in collecting pictures and creating photo albums for all of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She never missed out on a single Christmas gift, Birthday or Anniversary card for any of her children, many grandchildren, their partners or their children. How she kept track of her big, lively family- we will never know- but she will be remembered for this passion, love and happiness. In our hearts she will always stay.

Private services are being held in her memory on Wednesday, April 29th. No guests are permitted, but your love and prayers are welcomed by the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Leila may be made to the Northeast Kidney Foundation, 501 New Karner Road, Albany, NY 12205 or healthykidneys.org

Arthur H. Gifford 59, passed away on Tuesday, April 20, 2020. He was born in Schenectady, NY on May 4, 1960 to Julian and Maxine Gifford. Arthur worked in the construction business for many years. He enjoyed going fishing and hanging out with his good ol’ friends.

He was predeceased by his parents Julian and Maxine and his brother Jeff. Arthur is survived by his siblings Brian Gifford (Bunny), Beverly Pritchard (Tim), Lisa Gifford and Kevin Gifford; and many nieces and nephews.

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

Mark Stephen Fitzgerald 48, passed away on April 20, 2020 at Saratoga Hospital after a long illness. Born in Saratoga Springs on July 11, 1971 he was the son of Stephen Fitzgerald and Phyllis Winkler.

He attended Corinth High School and So. Glens Falls High School. Mark worked for Jack Byrne Ford in Mechanicville and later at Price Chopper on Ballston Avenue in Saratoga Springs.

Mark loved to camp and sit around an open campfire with family and good friends. He also liked deer hunting, fishing, boating and sports especially car racing. He liked to entertain and picnic with friends and family. He was the host for many family Christmas parties.

Mark was a special man and will be sorely missed by his many friends and especially his family.

Mark is survived by his sons Brett Fitzgerald (Savannah) of Saratoga Springs and Shawn Fitzgerald (Rachel) of Ballston Spa; father Stephen Fitzgerald of Ballston Spa; mother Phyllis Winkler of Ticonderoga; brother Scott Fitzgerald (Kim) and nephew Mikey Wagner Fitzgerald all of Gansevoort; stepbrother David VanGundy (Tammy) and family; an uncle, aunts, cousins and their families.

There will be no calling hours and a private family service will be held.

Memorial contributions in memory of Mark may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Association, PO Box 37920 Boone, IA 50037-0920 or online at www2.jdrf.org/site/donation

Michael C. Capasso, 71 passed away on April 19th, 2020 at Saratoga Hospital. Michael was born in Ballston Spa, NY to James A. Capasso and Marguerite "Toots" Capasso. Michael spent most of his life in his hometown of Ballston Spa. He served in the US Air Force.

Michael worked for the Village of Ballston Spa, Department of Public Works. Michael was awarded Rural Water Associations Water Superintendent of the Year before his retirement from the DPW.

Michael was a member of the American Legion Henry Cornell Post #243, and a member of the NRA. He was also a Scout Master for Boy Scouts Troop 1 for several years.

Michael loved to spend time outdoors, hunting, fly fishing and camping. He also enjoyed wood working. He was part of a country line dancing group called Jackie's Country Twisters that performed for local nursing homes and county fairs. Michael also liked spending time with his cousin, Gary at Dakota Ridge Farm, where he enjoyed watching the llamas.

Michael was predeceased by his wife, Barbara. He is survived by his stepmother, Marion Capasso; sons Michael A. Capasso, Chris Minett (Carolyn), Jerry Minett (Amy) and step daughter Cynthia Smith; grandchildren Heather (Peter), Krystina, Logan, Lauren, Angelica, Anthony, Jeanah and Autumn; siblings Pete Thompson (Janice), Milt Thompson (Diane), James Capasso (Sue) and Fran Dobroski (Bill) and his biggest joy near the end of his life was his great grandson Bryce Minett aka "Rocky". He will be greatly missed by many cousins, nieces and nephews along with his community of friends and loved ones.

There will be a private ceremony for immediate family, in lieu of flowers please consider donating to the DCI Rubin Dialysis Center located at 59C Myrtle Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 marked as
“In the care of Heather Novak”.

Raymond F. Melander 95, passed away on Friday, April 17, 2020 at Wesley Health Care Center. He was born in Malta, NY on July 23, 1924 to Clarence E. and Margaret Gates Melander.

Ray was the owner and operator of two trucking companies, Shorey’s Express and JoRay Leasing, Inc., for many years. He was a charter member of the Ballston Spa Elks Lodge and a member of the Ballston Spa Lions Club and Ballston Area Seniors.

He was predeceased by his parents Clarence and Margaret, his wife of 70 years Joan, son Scott, brother Ernest Melander and sister Eleanor Shufelt.

Ray is survived by his children Edward Melander (Marcy), John Melander (Cindy) and Kathy Cordero; sister Doris Dunn; brother Robert Melander; five grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

A service will be held at the Factory Village Cemetery on a later date.

Memorial contributions in memory of Ray may be made to the Ballston Area Seniors, 310 Northline Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or Community Hospice of Saratoga Springs, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Anna Ruth Jenkins, 92, of Circle Drive in Porters Corners peacefully died in her sleep, April 15, 2020 at Wesley Nursing Home in Saratoga Springs.

She was born on December 2, 1927 in the town of Greenwich to Ruth Eddy and James Wilson, and was raised by her loving grandmother and grandfather. On May 2, 1970, Anna married Charles Jenkins in North Hampton, NY.

Anna was the Head Housekeeper at Saratoga Hospital for many years prior to her retirement in the 1980’s. She was a member of the Malta Ridge Volunteer Fire Co Auxiliary for over 10 years. Anna enjoyed working on crafts, her gardens, tending her roses and walking. Anna was a huge animal lover, she loved spending time with her dogs and spoiling them.

She was predeceased by her parents, husband Charles, brother William Eddy, grandson Zachariah Jenkins, daughter-in-law Jean Jenkins, brothers in law and sisters in law George Jenkins, Ethel Bovee, Louisa Jenkins, Eliza Solman, Aida Sutliff, Cassie Jenkins, Ida Mudge, Muriel Dunn, Frank Jenkins, Thomas Goodnow, Joel Jenkins, Lewis 'Pat' Jenkins and Betty Saunders.

Anna is survived by her daughters Bonnie Jenkins and her companion Michael Manzo of Corinth, Beverly Croteau and her husband Rhett of Malta, Toni Parker and her husband Gary of LA, Becky Sitts and her husband Brad of Corinth, April O'Reilly and her husband Jimmy of Corinth; her sons Forest Bevins and his wife Donna of Queensbury, Bruce Jenkins of Corinth, Joseph Jenkins and his wife Janet of Saratoga Springs; 17 grandchildren Nicholas Bevins, Sarah Bevins, Daniel Shipski, Matina Shipski, Billy Jenkins, Autumn Jenkins, Amanda Jenkins, Gary Charles Holmes, Timothy Holmes, Kasandra Jenkins, Alicia Brown, Ashley Deloriea, Emma O'Reilly, Brittany Sitts, Brandon Sitts, Desiree Drindak, and Tara Miosek; 19 great grandchildren Caleb Jenkins, Alexis Sheen, Cappagnia-Lynne Chase, David Sitts, Lily Sitts, Ava Holmes, Olivia Holmes, Emily Holmes, Issiah Eagle, Gracelynn Eagle, Kadem Eagle, Kylan Jenkins, Adrianna Drindak, Justin Miosek, Ethan Miosek, Zachary Miosek and Gage Thomas; 1 great great granddaughter Noelle Sheen; sister in law Joyce Eddy; brothers in law Max Bevins and Robert Jenkins; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of life will be held on a later date. The family would like you to gather your memories to share at the celebration.

Memorial contributions in memory of Anna may be made to SPCA, 588 Queensbury Avenue, Queensbury, NY 12804.

Stephen R. McQuade, 59, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 13, 2020. He was born in New York, NY on March 16, 1961 to Raymond J. and Patricia A. (Scanlon) McQuade. Stephen was a longtime resident of Ballston Spa, NY.

Stephen enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He had a quick wit and a sweet smile that endeared him to all. He spent summers growing up with extended family and friends at the beach in New Jersey. Stephen enjoyed athletic activities in his youth, including swimming, baseball, basketball, and playing Frisbee. He participated in Special Olympics athletic events and was extremely proud of the medals he earned.

Stephen led an active life with members of his AIM family, sharing time together on local outings, vacations to the Adirondacks, Myrtle Beach and Orlando. Stephen also enjoyed daily activities with his Evergreen family at Saratoga Bridges.

Stephen was predeceased by his parents and by his brother Brian P. McQuade. Stephen is survived by his sister Kathleen A. McQuade (Kevin LeBoeuf) of Fanwood, NJ; his brothers Michael J. McQuade of Howell, NJ; Kevin J. McQuade (Rosemarie Leahy) of Johnson City, NY; Christopher J. McQuade (Anne Thiongo) of Eatontown, NJ; and Daniel P. McQuade (Sherri) of Warwick, RI; his beloved nieces Audrey and Kara; his cherished nephews Christopher, Gregory, Alex, Tim, Henry, Benjamin, and Daniel; and many friends in Ballston Spa and in the Gravelly Point community of Highlands, NJ.

A private family service will be held. A Memorial Mass will take place at a future date.

Memorial contributions may be made to AIM Services, Inc., 4227 Route 50, Saratoga Springs, NY, 12286 or to St Mary’s Church, 167 Milton Ave, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Bruce A. McElroy (Drew) 58, passed away on Tuesday, April 7, 2020. He was born in Schenectady, N.Y. on April 27, 1961 to Lt Col. Bruce E. and Mary Lou McElroy. He served in the US Army.

Prior to his retirement, Drew was a Plumber and Steamfitter working for UA Local 7 in Albany, N.Y. and Local 105 in Schenectady, N.Y. for over 30 years. He enjoyed everything outdoors – fishing, camping, hunting and boating. He was always making people laugh with his jokes.

Drew will be deeply missed by his wife Lora Rena McElroy, children Sabrina Perri (Frank) of New City, and Timothy McElroy (Jennifer) of Scotia; 4 Grandchildren Jack, Peter, Frank and Lucas; as well as his 3 sisters Deborah E. Gocha (Nicolas Verderese), Rebecca L. Brower (Evan) and Rachel E. Houghton (Calvin) and many nieces and nephews.

Services will be private.

Thomas A. McCartney 95, passed away on Saturday, April 4, 2020 of natural causes. He was born in Schenectady, NY on August 19, 1924, to Thomas C. McCartney and Sarah A. (Cutbush) McCartney. Tom graduated from Nott Terrace High School. He served his country for four years in the Army Air Corps in the Pacific Theatre during WWII.

Tom graduated from the College of Forestry at Syracuse University in 1951 and spent most of his working career as manager of Grounds and Physical Facilities at RPI in Troy.

Tom loved the bagpipes and played in a band in York, Pennsylvania in the 1950’s.

He was predeceased by his wife of 67 years Betty Jane (Richtmyer), and his daughter in law Kim. Tom is survived by his children Thomas H. McCartney, Kathleen Foster (Tom) and Mark McCartney (Cindy); three grandchildren and a great grandson.

Due to the COVID-19 restrictions a private family service will be held. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Tom may be made to the First Presbyterian Church in Ballston Spa or Gideons International.

The family would like to thank the staff of Saratoga Center for the compassionate and loving care they gave to Tom and his family.

Patricia A. Joiner 69, passed away on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. She was born in the Bronx, NY on March 23, 1951, to Richard and Patricia Hawco.

Patricia worked at several nursing homes in the area and most recently at Shirley’s Restaurant in Saratoga Springs for many years. She enjoyed bowling, listening to rock music and having dinner at Pizza Hut.

She was predeceased by her parents Richard and Patricia Hawco and her brother Richard Hawco. Patricia is survived by her husband Bernard; brother Benjamin Hawco (Betty); sister Laura VanSparrentak (Randy); aunt Mary; nieces and nephews Geraldine, Gina, Kenny and Richard; caretaker Frances Mabb; and many friends from New York City and Connecticut.

Funeral services will be held on a later date.

Elizabeth A. Paraszczak 81, passed away on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. She was born in the Town of Milton, NY on July 25, 1938 to John and Charlotte MacMillin. Liz worked for Verizon for many years. She was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church in Ballston Spa and enjoyed playing Bingo at the Ballston Area Seniors.

She was predeceased by her husband Walter, sister Charlotte Higgins, and brothers Francis, Donald, John, William and Vincent MacMillin. Liz is survived by her stepchildren Stephen Paraszczak and Angela Hart; sister Noreen Pompa; brother Paul MacMillin (Shirley); sister in law Elizabeth MacMillin; and several nieces and nephews.

A private family service will be held. Memorial contributions in memory of Liz may be made to St. Mary’s Church, 167 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Marvin M. Prival 93, passed away on Monday, March 16, 2020 after a short bout with cancer. Marty worked for the NYS Department of Transportation for 37 years and Key Bank before retiring.

Marty loved life. He enjoyed gardening, music of all kinds, and summer vacations in Maine. Marty is survived by his partner John D’Amigo of Malta; sister Miss Toby Dubov of Jupiter, Florida; and several nieces and nephews.

Per Marty’s request there will be no calling hours. A private service for immediate family and friends will be at a later date.

John would like to thank Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Bruzdzinski, Karen Goodstein, Bill Tofte, Delores Lemieux, and Dr. Arthur Stevens for their care and compassion.

Mark P. Sturtevant 69, passed away on Tuesday, March 10, 2020. He was born in Schenectady, NY on April 9, 1950 to Rupert and Jean Sturtevant and graduated from Scotia Glenville High School in 1969.

Mark worked for General Electric in Schenectady for 36 years. He was an active member of the State Street Presbyterian Church serving as an elder, trustee and building use liaison for the past 20 years.
He enjoyed baseball and football always rooting for the Boston Red Socks and the NY Giants. He had a passion for computers and was often researching information online or catching up on Facebook. Mark was a friend to all and was always there to lend a helping hand to anyone in need.

He was predeceased by his parents Rupert and Jean. Mark is survived by his wife Peggy; brothers in law Charles Plummer and Robert Plummer; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, March 14 from 10am to 11am at the State Street Presbyterian Church, 5 Catherine Street, Schenectady. A service will be held at 11am. Burial will follow in the Powell Wiswall Cemetery, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions in memory of Mark may be made to the State Street Presbyterian Church or the Animal Protective Foundation.

John M. Palus, Jr., 68, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, March 8, 2020. He was born on June 1, 1951 at the Benedict Memorial Hospital in Ballston Spa to John and Mary Ann Palus.

John graduated from Saratoga Catholic High School and went on to a career with local Chrysler Dealers as Parts Manager. He retired from the Saratoga County DPW.

John was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time outdoors. In his later years, he preferred sitting by the warm fire and watching the deer and wildlife pass through the yard.

He was predeceased by his parents John and Mary Ann. John is survived by his partner of 37 years Barbara Kerr, sister Mary Ann Palus; brother Joel Palus; his adopted family Kimberly Allen (Brian), Brant Abbernante; grandchildren Robert, Kassandra, and Kristian; great grandchildren Kaeden, Zariyah and Evelyn Rouse; special cousins Edward, John, Michael and Joseph Cisar. He will be especially missed by his yorkie, Duddy.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, March 12 from 5pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 7pm.

The family would like to thank special friends Keith Clinton and Jacob Harrica, Community Hospice of Saratoga, and Dr. Su and his staff at Malta Medical for supporting John during this difficult time.

Memorial contributions in memory of John may be made to 4-H Shooting Sports, 50 West High Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020. Please make check payable to Cornell Cooperative Extension.

Donald A. Cossey 71, passed away on Saturday, March 7, 2020. He was born in Schenectady, NY on May 5, 1948 to Vernard and Lillian Cossey. He was a graduate of Linton High School in Schenectady.

Don worked for the State of New York for over 30 years retiring from the Department of Corrections in 2003. Don enjoyed fishing and listening to traditional country music.

He was predeceased by his wife Lynne who passed away on Tuesday, March 3, and his brother Daniel Cossey. Don is survived by his brother David Cossey (Jean) and sister Deborah Gerding (Donald); and his nephews Justin and Christopher.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 1pm to 2pm on Wednesday, March 11 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will be held at 2pm. A celebration of life for Don and Lynne will follow at the VFW, 68 East North Street, Ballston Spa.

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

Betty Jane Allen, 87, passed away peacefully on March 6, 2020 in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

Betty was born on April 21, 1932 in Ballston Spa, NY and was the daughter of the late Philip and Laura (Ruggles) Dorey. She married Douglas A. Allen in October, 1951 whom she remained in loving union with until his death in October 1997. Several years after his death, she left Ballston Spa to live with her daughter in Florida although she always considered Ballston Spa her home.

She worked secularly early in life, but most of her life was devoted to being a mother and raising a family. She could have sold the pies she baked because they were so good. Friends and family who stopped by would often ask: ‘do you have any warm apple pie?’ In July 1969, she was baptized along with her husband, Doug, as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Perhaps because Doug was a local businessman, or for reasons unknown, that event was soon published in the Ballston Journal dated October 2, 1969 along with their picture. They regularly exercised their Christian faith in God and freely shared what they learned about Bible truths with others.

Betty is survived by; son, Douglas (Irene) Allen Jr. of Voorheesville, NY; daughter, Robin (Jim) McGinn of Port St. Lucie, Fl; sisters, Eleanor Fitzgerald and Laura Mitchell, both of Ballston Spa, NY; along with several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by sisters; Julia Clause and Geraldine Bentley; brothers, Philp Dorey, Edward Dorey, and William Dorey.

Burial will be in Powell Wiswall Cemetery in Ballston Spa, NY. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to JW.org.

Lynne M. Cossey 65, passed away on Tuesday, March 3, 2020. She was born in Los Angeles, California on March 10, 1954 to LeRoy and Mary Bessette.

Lynne was a groomer at the Harness Track in Saratoga for many years. She was an animal lover and rescued many dogs. She was a member of VFW Post 358 Ladies Auxiliary and American Legion Post 234 Ladies Auxiliary, tending bar at the Posts for many years.

Lynne is survived by her husband Donald Cossey; brothers LeRoy Bessette (Valerie DellaRocco), Christopher Bessette (Henrietta), and Mark Bessette (Michele); her beloved nieces and nephews Ralph, Jennifer, Susan, Erin, Heather, Josh, Eric and Ashley.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 1pm to 2pm on Wednesday, March 11 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will be held at 2pm. A celebration of life will follow at the VFW, 68 East North Street, Ballston Spa.

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