Obituaries


Tami J. Morris, 59, passed away on Sunday, November 19, 2017. She was born in Glens Falls, NY on March 30, 1958.

Tami worked as a supervisor at the Department of Motor Vehicles in Clifton Park for many years. She was often sought out by car dealerships to handle their paperwork because of the efficient way she took care of people.

Tami loved to shop, especially online and her home was filed with packages from her many shopping sprees. She enjoyed crafts, camping and trying out new recipes. She was a dedicated Nascar fan.

She was predeceased by her father William Watulak and her son Joseph “Little Joey” Mihalek. Tami is survived by her husband Gerald Morris; daughter Amanda Mihalek-Dearborn of Corinth; mother Beverly Watulak of Ballston Spa; siblings Lori Hoover of Corinth, Gary Watulak (Carolyn) of Rutland, Vermont, and William “Skip” Watulak, Jr (Amy) of Orlando, Florida; aunt Daphne Potter of Corinth; stepchildren Melanie McCormick of Ballston Spa and Matthew Morgan (Vicki) of Scotia. She was the beloved Mimi of Connor, Aiden, Jayden, Peyton, Caden, Ella, Ava and Emily. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

A private family service will be held. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Tami may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Alzheimer’s Association in honor of her parents.

It is with great sadness that the family of John O. Manson announces his passing on November 18, 2017 at the age of 85 after a courageous battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his loving family. John lived on 11 Putnam Road, Gansevoort, NY and was originally from Saratoga Springs, NY.

John was born in Saratoga Springs on February 12, 1932 and is the son of the late Margaret “Levo” Manson of Saratoga and the late Otto Manson of California. He was a US Army veteran and served during the Korean War. He worked many years part time at the Saratoga Flat Horse Track parking cars and retired in 1992 as a supervisor for Tom Farone Construction Company.

John will be lovingly remember by the love of his life, Jane Malesky, formally Manson. John and Jane had five daughters who are now married, Jomae and Gary Baker, Joyce and Joe Luvisi, Jean and Fred Gonzales, June and Bill Julian, and Mylina and Bob Prunier; and one son Matthew Manson. John also left behind 3 stepsons Tim, Kevin and Matthew, and 2 stepdaughters Bonnie and Brenda from a previous marriage. His family provided him with several grandchildren and great grandchildren to love. John has 3 sisters Loretta Filkins of Saratoga Springs, Evelyn Fitzpatrick of Florida and Frances Kynge of Florida.

A private family service will be held at a later date.

Donald P. Vedder, 86, passed into the arms of our Lord surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, November 16, 2017.

Don was born in Ballston Spa, NY one of eight children of George and Elizabeth Vedder. He left school early and joined the US Army, proudly serving as a corporal in the Korean War. He received the Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal and National Defense Service Medal.

Soon after the war Donald married the love of his life Sally Wheeler and their storybook romance began. In 1956, they moved to Jonesville and started a family. Don loved spending time with his two sons Jeffery and James. They enjoyed camping, rebuilding cars and riding motorcycles together.

Donald retired from Saratoga County in 1989, where he worked as a printer for over 25 years. He also worked at Tufflite in Ballston Spa and ran his own printing business Ace Litho. He was a member of VFW Post 358 in Ballston Spa.

He was predeceased by his siblings Ed, Art, Carl, Marilyn and Beatrice. Donald is survived by his wife Sally and their children Jeffrey Vedder of Jonesville and James Vedder (Justina) of Jonesville; grandchildren Nyisha, Dalton, Samantha and Sarah; great grandchildren Ayden and Aleana; brother Howard Vedder; sister Margaret Regis; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 11:30am Monday, November 20 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial with military honors will follow in the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, November 19 from 2pm to 5pm at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions in memory of Donald may be made to Community Hospice, 295 Valley View Blvd., Rensselaer, NY 12144.

Alfred J. Loya, Sr., 77, passed away on Wednesday, November 15, 2017, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Cornwell, Vermont on April 21, 1940, he was the son of Thomas and Viola Loya.

Al owned and operated Al’s Garage and Bodyshop in Ballston Spa for over 40 years. He was a car enthusiast and enjoyed restoring classic and antique cars. Spending time with his family was his greatest joy.

He was predeceased by his wife Sally, grandson Timothy, and sisters Beverly, Jeanette and Phyllis. Al is survived by his children Kimberly Truett, Alfred Loya, Jr.(Bunsong) Carol Phillips (John), Chad Loya (Jenny) and Heather Loya; grandchildren Tiffany, Kendra, Josalin, Dillon, Paige, and Tyler; great grandchildren Justin and Adalyn; brothers Edward, Richard, Arthur, Thomas, Jerry, Billy and Douglas; sisters Betty and Joyce; and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to a celebration of Al’s life from 5:30pm to 8pm on Tuesday, November 21 at VFW Post 358, 68 East North Street, Ballston Spa.

Thomas J. Seagrove, Sr., affectionately known as “Jack” growing up, passed away on Sunday, November 12, 2017, with his family by his side. He was born in Burlington, North Carolina on July 7, 1937.

Tom was an Airman 2nd Class in the US Air Force. He was stationed in Saratoga Springs at the 656th Aircraft Control and Warning Station and later at Kotzebue Air Force Base in Alaska at the General Surveillance Radar Station. He was honorably discharged in 1960.

Tom began his career as a machinist serving his apprenticeship with General Dynamics Corp in Groton, CT and Sandy Hill Corp in Hudson Falls. He later worked for General Electric, part time for the USPS as a mail carrier, and retired from the Watervliet Arsenal.

Tom was a member of the Rock City Falls Volunteer Fire Department from the 70’s through the 90’s and former member of Simpson United Methodist Church. He enjoyed scrollsawing, painting, woodworking, fishing, backpacking, camping, spending time on the beach and riding his bike. He served as a Scout Master for Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts for several years and had a packed house at the meetings.

He was predeceased by his father Thomas C. Seagrove, mother and stepfather Mabel and Willie Mobley, sister Betty Jean Weiss, and grandchildren Rachael and Jonan Seagrove.

Tom is survived by his children Thomas Seagrove, Jr, (Hilary) of Hoosick Falls and Brenda Page (Kenneth) of Hanahan, SC, and their mother Elaine Seagrove; grandchildren Thomas III, Bethany, Philip, Aaron, Miriam, Rebekah, Lydia and Zaria; former wife Sally Seagrove; his brother Joseph Seagrove; and many nieces and nephews.

A private memorial service for family and close friends will be held in Hoosick Falls after Thanksgiving. Tom will be buried with his parents in North Carolina in the Spring.

Memorial contributions in memory of Tom may be made to the Rock City Falls Vol. Fire Dept., PO Box 25, Rock City Falls, NY 12863.

At just three months past her 83rd birthday, Sally M. Adams, passed peacefully from this life. Born in Moira, NY on August 22, 1934, she was the only child of Wallace and Gladys McCune.

Though she earned a degree in Nursing from SUNY Plattsburgh in 1956, she chose to devote her life to the upbringing of her four children. Sally enjoyed sewing and knitting. She was a Saratoga County 4-H Leader and was actively involved in the 4-H with her children for two decades. She treasured the time she spent with her children and grandchildren.

Sally is survived by her children Scott Adams of Ballston Spa, Nancy Adams (Thomas Novellino) of Savannah, TN, Janet Wright (Lee) of Savannah, TN and Dan Adams (Lisa) of Hampton, GA; grandchildren Chris Adams, Danny Adams, Ashley Adams, Harrison Adams, Bridger Adams, Taylor Wright, and Robbie Wright; and her longtime companion Bud Adams.

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

Memorial contributions in memory of Sally may be made to the Saratoga County Animal Shelter, 6010 County Farm Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or Cornell Cooperative Extension of Saratoga Co, 50 West High Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 to benefit the Saratoga Co 4-H.

Mary L. Brown, 72, passed away on Sunday, November 12, 2017. Born in Albany, NY on February 12, 1945, she was the daughter of Lester and Grace Bashant.

Mary ran her own house cleaning business Quality Cleaners for 25 years, retiring in 2016. She enjoyed bowling, gardening and reading. She liked to watch football and baseball, the Steelers and the Mets were her teams.

She was predeceased by her sister Nancy Hoffman. Mary is survived by her children Mary Reana Earl of Malta, James Brown of Ballston Spa and Timothy Brown (Renee) of Clifton Park; granddaughters Kristina Samek and Rebecca Brown; siblings Lester Bashant (Lorraine), Monica Bashant, Carol McGaughan, Charlie Bashant (Jackie), Elizabeth Bahm (Paul) and Alan Bashant (Julie); and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 9:30am Thursday, November 16 at St. Mary’s Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow in Ballston Spa Cemetery.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, November 15 from 6pm to 8pm at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions in memory of Mary may be made to the Susan G. Koman Foundation.

Richard Yellin, 73, beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away Friday, November 3, 2017. He was born in Newark, NJ in 1944.

Richard enlisted in the US Navy in 1965 and rose to receive his commission as an officer and retired as a lieutenant commander in 1991 after 26 years in the service. Following his Naval career, Richard was a medical recruiter and a self-employed businessman.

He is survived by his wife, Sally Yellin; his children, Kelly Yellin (Steven Mergentheimer) of Grafton, MA and Jodi Edmonds (Thad Edmonds) of Green Bay, WI; grandchildren Tanner, Isabella, Emma, Clara, Sophie and Zachary.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 am Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Relatives and friends attending are asked to arrive by 10:15 am. Burial with military honors will follow at Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery in Schuylerville.

Richard’s family would like to thank the staff and doctors at Wesley Health Care Center and Saratoga Hospital as well as everyone at Community Hospice of Saratoga for the care and support given throughout his illness.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Community Hospice, 295 Valley View Blvd, Rensselaer, NY 12144 or to the charity of your choice.

James V. McHale, Sr., 79 passed away on Wednesday, November 1, 2017, at his home. Born in Archbald, Pennsylvania on January 24, 1938, he was the son of Thomas McHale, Sr. and Margaret McHale. He served in the US Army.

Jim was the owner and president of McHale Builders, Inc. He was a carpenter for Local Carpenters Union 370 for many years. After retiring, Jim worked for Munter Enterprises.

Jim enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was always helping his family and friends with projects. His wife, children and grandchildren were his greatest treasures.

He was predeceased by his parents and his brother Thomas McHale, Jr.

Jim is survived by his wife Madeline “Midge” whom he married on September 7, 1957, their children Cathy Ruggles of Ballston Spa, Debbie McHale of Brunswick, and Jim McHale, Jr of Hagaman; grandchildren Brandon Thomas (Beth Packer), Auston Ruggles (Anne), Lance Corporal Matthew McHale, and Dylan McHale; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a mass of Christian burial 9:30am Tuesday, November 7 at St Mary’s Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa. Burial with military honors will follow in Ballston Spa Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Jim to Saratoga Co Animal Shelter, 6010 County Farm Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or Saratoga Co Veterans Trust and Agency Fund, 2144 Doubleday Ave, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Patricia M. Miller, 80 passed away on Tuesday, October 31, 2017. Born in Corinth, NY on March 6, 1937, she was the daughter of Lawrence and Madeline Williams.

Pat was a Certified Nursing Assistant at Maplewood Manor in Ballston Spa for 23 years, retiring in 1999. She enjoyed playing Bingo, word search puzzles, and working outside in her yard. She never missed Wheel of Fortune or Jeopardy. Pat was an avid Mets fan and Nascar too. She enjoyed traveling and visiting the Racino in Saratoga Springs.

Her greatest joy was her grandchildren and she treasured the time she spent with them.

She was predeceased by her husband Clifford, sisters Joyce Allen and Sally Fink, and brother Lawrence “Buzz” Williams.

Pat is survived by her children Michael Miller, Clifford Miller, Sr (Deborah) and Dennis Miller (Charlene) all of Ballston Spa; grandchildren Kim, Kevin, Clifford, Jr., and Samantha; sisters Brenda Falkenbury (Joel) and Lynn Harney (David); brother Gary Williams (Pat), and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 11am Monday, November 6 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Powell Wiswall Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, November 5 from 2pm to 5pm at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Pat to the Wesley Foundation, 131 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or Rubin Dialysis Center, 59 Myrtle St., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

The family would like to thank Dr. Daoui and the staff of the Rubin Dialysis Center, and the staff on 2 Springs at Wesley Health Care Center for their care and compassion.

Marjorie J. Barnes, 70, passed away on Tuesday, October 31, 2017. Born in Saratoga Springs, NY on February 14, 1947, she was the daughter of Maynard and Elaine Allen.

Marjorie was a homemaker and enjoyed reading, crocheting, puzzles and ceramics. Her greatest joy was her family and the time she spent with them.

She was predeceased by her parents Maynard and Elaine Allen, and her brother James Allen.

Marjorie is survived by her husband Dustin Barnes, Sr., and their children Dustin Barnes, Jr., of Middle Grove, Vicci Burt of Greenfield, and Kelly Barnes of Vermontville, sister Janet Mosher of Gansevoort; and several grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, November 6 from 5pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 7pm. Burial will be private in Middle Grove Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in memory of Marjorie may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Theresa Pastore Miranda, 99, passed away October 30, 2017 at Wesley Health Care Center.

Born on July 7, 1918 in Ballston Spa, she was a lifelong resident and daughter of the late Ralph and Antoinetta ( Falciano) Pastore. A graduate of Ballston Spa High School, Theresa attended Albany Business College where she met the love of her life and husband, Joseph Miranda, Sr. She worked as a secretary at GE and then became a homemaker after marrying. She also worked as a secretary for her brother, Dr. Lucien Pastore, for many years.

Theresa was a communicant of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and an active member of Ballston Area Seniors. Her family and friends called her “Tres” or “Terrie.” She was a devoted caregiver and the heart of her family, caring for all of her grandchildren, as well as for her mother, brother, and husband after each suffered a stroke. She enjoyed spending time with her family most and especially cooking for them. Hosting pasta dinner every Sunday for her family was one of her greatest joys. She also enjoyed talking with her siblings every day and weekly visits from many close relatives, as well as spending time at the family camp on Saratoga Lake. When her husband retired, they enjoyed traveling, especially to Italy where they both had relatives.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Joseph J. Miranda Sr.; two brothers, Dr. Lucien Pastore and Paul Pastore; and three sisters, Rose Miranda, Irene Schallehen, and Florence Fountaine. She is survived by her daughter, Janice Cutbush(Steve Hutchins) and son, Joseph J. Miranda Jr.(Pam); grandchildren, Andrea Stewart (Craig), Billy Miranda (Denise), Joey Miranda, Lisa Brassard (PJ), Tom Cutbush (Sara Fox) and Zack Hutchins (Kate) and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at St. Mary’s Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa on Saturday, November 4th where a mass of Christian burial will be held at 9:30 a.m. Calling hours will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday November 3rd at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

The family thanks the staff at Wesley for the compassionate care given to Theresa over the last few years. Memorial contributions can be made to The Wesley Foundation, 131 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Ronald C. Dowen, 65, passed away on Monday, October 30, 2017. Born in Saratoga Springs, NY on August 29, 1952, he was the son of Joseph and Rose Dowen. Ron worked construction for many years.

Ron is survived by his longtime companion, Earleen Van; his sons Ronald Dowen, Jr, Bill Dowen and Joe Dowen; and several grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 10am to 11am on Tuesday, November 7 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

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

Conor S. Bradshaw, 19, passed away on Sunday, October 22, 2017. He was born in Saratoga Springs, NY on August 23, 1998. Conor graduated from Galway High School and was in his second year of college attending the University of New Haven, where he was pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering.

Conor enjoyed outdoor activities including snowmobiling, snowboarding, fishing, riding jet skis and motorcyles. When he went camping, he was the fire starter always trying to make it bigger and hotter. Conor was an athlete also and was a member of the varsity soccer team and wrestling team while in high school. In his younger years, he played Pop Warner Football. He was a member of the Saratoga County 4-H and showed dairy cows at the Saratoga County Fair.

Conor was kindhearted and respectful. He was a natural leader who enjoyed spending time with kids. He was loved by all who knew him.

Conor is survived by his mother and stepfather Kimberly and Richard Smith, Jr; father Scott Bradshaw; siblings Brandon, Alexandrea and Dawson Smith; grandparents Fred and Linda Bradshaw, Barbara and Earl Kehoe, Shelley and Richard Smith, Sr.; girlfriend and best friend Caroline Conti, and her parents James and Diane Conti; many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Funeral services will be held 10am Thursday, October 26 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Waterford. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, October 25 from 4pm to 7pm at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Conor may be made to the Galway Central School Athletic Department.

Alice V. Balzano, 70, passed away peacefully into the Lord’s hands on Saturday, October 21, 2017 surrounded by her loving family. Born in Brooklyn, NY on November 27, 1946, she was the daughter of Frank and Marion Fitzgerald.

On June 14, 1969, she married the love of her life Ciro Balzano. Alice had a big heart and was always willing to help others. Her door was open to all who needed her. She was affectionately called Mom by many who she cared for. Alice worked at Saratoga Bridges where she shared her love and friendship with her consumers. She enjoyed baking Christmas cookies and Easter chocolates.

Her greatest joy was her family and the time she spent with them.

She was predeceased by her husband Ciro and their son Ciro, Jr. Alice is survived by her children Michael Balzano and his wife Amanda of Malta, Heather Rhodes and her husband Ronald of Malta, and Tara Balzano of Malta; beloved grandchildren Melanie and Anthony; sister Patricia Walsh; goddaughter Jennifer Wolfe; nephew Ricky Walsh, and several additional nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10:30am Friday, October 27 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, October 26 from 5pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses at Saratoga Hospital ICU for their care and compassion.

Carol S. Sweet, 77, passed away on Thursday, October 20, 2017. She was born in Brooklyn , NY on June 27, 1940.

Carol and her husband Walt owned and operated the Locust Grove Motel in Malta for over 25 years. She enjoyed gardening, visiting the Saratoga Race Course in the summer, and spending time with her family and beloved pets. Vacationing in the Bahamas with Walt was her greatest joy.

She was predeceased by her grandmother Gertrude “Honey” Cunningham, father William T. Cunningham, Sr and her brother William T. Cunningham, Jr. Carol is survived by her husband Walter; children Pamela Palmateer, Kurt Gilman, Linda Brophy, Barbara Aldi and Phillip Sweet; grandchildren, Taylor, Carrie, Christy, Robin and Edward; and several great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held 10am Tuesday, October 24 at Armer Funeral home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Malta Ridge Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, October 23 from 5pm to 7pm at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions in memory of Carol may be made to the Susan G. Komen Foundation of Northeastern NY.

The family would like to thank the nurses at Saratoga Hospital and Wesley Health Care Center, Dr. Starnes and Dr. Liebers for their care and compassion.

Jeffrey S. Garrison, 54, passed away on Thursday, October 19, 2017, at Saratoga Hospital after a brief illness. He was born in Saratoga Springs, NY on August 3, 1963, and graduated from Galway Central School in 1981.

Jeff was a maintainer for Ball Corporation for 34 years. He liked to hunt and fish with his family and friends. He enjoyed listening to music, especially his favorite band The Grateful Dead. His greatest joy was riding his pride and joy, his Heritage Softail to Americade.

He was predeceased by his father Arthur Garrison. Jeff is survived by his children Justin and Hannah; mother Linda of Galway; brother Brian Garrison; nephew Kade; companion Jane Cooper; aunts Betty Denison and Sara Gaba; cousins Linda Russo (Patrick), Patty McConchie (Mark), James Gaba (Debbie) and Lori Fahrenkopf (Kevin).

Funeral services will be held 10am Monday, October 23 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Ballston Spa Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, October 22 from 4pm to 7pm at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions in memory of Jeff may be made to the charity of your choice.

Clara Beninati, 91, a 45 year resident of Charlton, died at her home in South Jordan, Utah on October 17. She was born in Ossining, NY to Donato and Jennie (Fasciani) Sylvestri on October 12, 1926 and was one of 6 children.

She attended Albany State Teachers College, where she obtained a teaching degree and met fellow student and future husband Albert Beninati of Ballston Spa. They were married on August 20, 1949 and Clara immediately started her teaching career in Sharon Springs, NY.

After the birth of her first two children, in Kerhonkson, NY where her husband was teaching at the time, she taught 3rd grade in Valley Cottage, NY. Clara then moved with her family to New Paltz, NY, where her two younger children were born. This was followed by a 4-year prestigious and invigorating period when she moved with children ages 2 months to 14 years to Dar-es-Salaam Tanzania, where her husband was working on a USAID Project helping to establishment a national University system. After the experience in Africa, the family returned briefly to Ballston Spa and then to Charlton. Clara again returned to teaching, substituting at Galway elementary school.

Clara was a member of Ballston Spa Country Club and later an avid member of a ladies golf league that played at Saratoga Spa State Park. She and her husband traveled regularly to Italy, where Clara established and maintained contact with a cousin and her father's extended family in Cugnoli, Abruzzo. Clara was an excellent cook, especially known for authentic Italian meals and outstanding pies. Due to her many years in Charlton, Clara became an avid lover of the nature that surrounded their home.

She is predeceased by her husband Albert Beninati and survived by her four children: Claire Anne (Vic Thomson) of Toronto and Cozumel, Mexico; Noel (Judy Kinns) of Bluffton, SC; William (Deborah Sherry) of Sandy, Utah and Barbara Beninati of Danbury CT; grandchildren Genevieve, Daniel, Anna, Michael, Mary, Alexa and Gabriel; brother Henry Sylvestri and sister Joan (skunk) (Booth) Mattson.

Clara will be cremated and her ashes will be interred at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery. Donations in her name can made to Brighton Home Health and Hospice, 1106 E 6600 S, Suite 100, Murray, UT 84121.

Florence Pastore Fountaine, 94 passed away Tuesday evening, October 17, 2017. Born on February 2, 1923 in Ballston Spa, she was a lifelong resident and daughter of the late Ralph and Antoinetta (Falciano) Pastore.

A graduate of Ballston Spa High School, Florence went on to attend Albany Business College and started her career as a secretary with Catholic Charities. She then worked for many years at General Electric Company in Schenectady and also in Washington, DC. Florence’s late husband, George Fountaine co-owned and operated Miranda and Fountaine Floor Covering in Mechanicville and she could be found there helping out where needed.

A communicant of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, she was a member of Ballston Area Seniors. Florence, affectionately known as “Dolly”, enjoyed reading and knitting for her friends and family. She liked to travel and enjoyed spending time at the family camp on Saratoga Lake.

In addition to her parents, she is predeceased by her husband, George Francis Fountaine, two
brothers, Dr. Lucien Pastore and Paul Pastore and two sisters, Rose Miranda and Irene Schallehn. She is survived by her daughters, Marie Fountaine-Engle (Kenneth) of Malta and Frances Reynolds (Thomas) of Mariaville; her sister, Theresa Miranda of Ballston Spa; grandchildren, Corey, Robyn, Karen, Marybeth, Sydney and Payton; and many nieces, nephews and extended family.

Funeral services will be held 10am Friday, October 20, 2017 at St. Mary’s Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, October 19, 2017 from 4 pm to 7 pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Florence to the Saratoga Hospital Foundation, 211 Church Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or to a local food pantry of your choice.

The family would like to thank the staff at Saratoga Hospital and Home of the Good Shepherd in Saratoga Springs for the care and compassion given to Florence and her family over the last several months.

Marguerite I. Bogue, 94, passed away on Thursday, October 12, 2017. Born in Ballston Spa, NY on July 17, 1923, she was the daughter of Howard and Anna Hopkins.

Pat worked at General Electric Co. and later as a secretary for Ballston Spa Central Schools. She was an active member of Christ Episcopal Church in Ballston Spa where she volunteered in the food pantry and taught Sunday School. She enjoyed gardening and was a member of the Ballston Spa House and Garden Club.

Pat’s greatest joy was her grandchildren and the time she spent with them.

She was predeceased by her beloved husband Robert, and her siblings Valdine Johnson and Carlton Hopkins. Pat is survived by her children Aaron Bogue of Ballston Spa and Betsy Cull (Ronald) of Ballston Spa; grandchildren Melissa, Jessica, Michael and Stephen; great grandchildren Kyla and Anthony; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10:30am Tuesday, October 17 at Christ Episcopal Church, West High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road Schuylerville. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, October 16 from 5pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions in memory of Pat may be made to Christ Episcopal Church or the Alzheimer’s Association.

Michael G. Lewis, 54, passed away on Sunday, October 8, 2017 at his home. He was born on December 30, 1962, the last baby of the year at Benedict Hospital in Ballston Spa.

He graduated from Ballston Spa High School and attended Albany College of Pharmacy and Hudson Valley Community College. Michael was a security guard for Command Security.

He was predeceased by his father Myron Lewis, grandparents George and Charlotte Lewis, Francis and Virginia Jones, great grandparents William and Alice Taylor, and aunt Olive Boyce.

Michael is survived by his mother Patricia Lewis-Hoyt, stepfather Robert Hoyt, brother William Lewis, beloved nieces Lindsey and Taylor Lewis, aunt Alice Hassell, nephew David Hassell (Anne), niece Deborah Zlotnick (Benjamin), aunt Lisa Stephans (Doug), nephews Ryan and William Stephans; cousins Donna Desso (Jeff) and Michele Frodyma; great uncle Ret. Col. Charles Miller (Geraldine) and several addition cousins.

Funeral services will be held 9:30am Saturday, October 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 call on Friday, October 13 from 6pm to 8pm at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions in memory of Michael may be made to Eagle Matt Lee Fire Co No 1, PO Box 4, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Donna L. Martin, 73, passed away on Sunday, October 8, 2017. Born in Ballston Spa, NY on December 6, 1943, she was the daughter of Donald and Gertrude Reed.

Donna worked for Shenendehowa Schools as a hall monitor, and was an aide for Saratoga Bridges for many years. She retired from Wesley Health Care Center where she was a Certified Nursing Assistant.

Wherever she worked, Donna enjoyed helping people. She volunteered at Mary’s Haven in Saratoga Springs for five years. Her greatest joy was the time she spent with her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren, and her beloved cat Uma.

She was predeceased by her husband Ronald and infant brother Timothy Reed.

Donna is survived by her children Cindy Brown (BJ) of Clifton Park, Kelly Duket (Bill) of Greenfield Center, and Scott Martin (Denise) of Jacksonville, Arkansas; grandchildren Corey, Tyler, Luke, Lauren, Samantha, Katie and Kristina; great grandchildren Alexis, Emma, Max, Eloise, Breanna, Jamie, Layne and Aubrey; siblings Richard Reed (Patricia) Vicki Stahl (Al) and Marti Reed; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10am Friday, October 13 at the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, October 12 from 4pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

The family would like to thank Community Hospice of Saratoga for their care and compassion.

Memorial contributions in memory of Donna may be made to Community Ambulance Corp, Thompson Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

William Charles “Bill” Stamm, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend passed away on October 7, 2017.

Born in New York City on July 12, 1919, Bill has now joyfully reunited with his mother and father May and Harold Stamm, wives Edith and Florence Stamm, daughter Lorraine Stamm and granddaughter Melinda Lawrence in heaven.

Surviving are his children, William Stamm, Jr., of Canton MA, Barbara Lawrence (Bill) of Herndon, VA, Cathy Goodwin (Frank) of Saratoga Springs, NY; four grandchildren, Jennifer Braun (Paul) of Reston, VA, Michael Brennan of Slingerlands, NY and Caroline and Patrick Stamm of Canton, MA.
Bill proudly served three years of active duty in the US Navy during World War II in the Pacific Arena with the Amphibious Forces and held the rank of LTJG. He also participated in the Invasion of the Marianas Islands.

Bill was a graduate of New York University. During his career he was employed at Sperry Rand’s Semiconductor Division as Comptroller, Executive Vice-President and Treasurer of the Christian Herald Associates and retiring as CFO of the American-Republican Newspaper in Waterbury, CT.

All who knew Bill found him to be a truly amazing, kind and loving man with strong faith and principles.

Funeral services will be held 11am Friday, October 13 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial with military honors will follow at the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville.

Memorial contributions in memory of Bill may be made to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Make a Wish Foundation or your local Salvation Army.

Darren A. Brachetti, 44, passed away on Monday, October 2, 2017. He was born in Saratoga Springs, NY on November 15, 1972.

Darren was a CNC Machinist for CR Bard, Inc in Glens Falls. He had a passion for skateboarding and enjoyed gardening and art. He shared his love of nature with his daughter and together they went camping and hiking.

Darren is survived by his beloved daughter Catalina, mother Carol Jacobs, father David Brachetti (Anne), brothers Derek Brachetti (Michelle) and Damon Brachetti, grandmother Edith Startup, and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

A celebration of Darren’s life will be held 2pm Saturday, October 7 at 444 Sprague Town Road, Greenwich, NY 12834.

Linda K. Miskanin, 74, passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 30, 2017 surrounded by her husband and daughters. She was born in West Milton, NY and was the daughter of Arnol and Helen Knickerbocker.

Linda is survived by her husband of 53 years, Bob; their four daughters, Barbara Roby and husband Rick of Ballston Spa, JoAnne O’Connor and husband Rick of New Fairfield, CT, Michelle Graney of Auburn, NY, and Jacquelyn Jaeger of Ballston Spa; their grandchildren Andrew Roby, Jordan, Jared, and Sydney O’Connor, Reagan, Reilly, and Liddy Graney, and Marley and Mira Jaeger; and her sisters, Olga Troll and Audrey Roland of Florida. She was predeceased by her brother Maynard Knickerbocker.

Linda worked at Dunkin Donuts in Saratoga Springs for many years and was an active member of the Ballston Area Seniors where she enjoyed going on trips and playing bingo. During their retirement, Linda and Bob enjoyed traveling. Linda especially loved their trips to Hawaii.

More than anything, Linda will be remembered as a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was devoted to her family and will be missed beyond words.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, October 7th from 9am to 11am at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A graveside service will follow at the Rock City Falls Cemetery, 1033 Rock City Road, Rock City Falls.

Memorial contributions in memory of Linda may be made to the Ballston Area Seniors, 310 Northline Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Walter E. Sauer, 86, passed away Friday morning, September 29, 2017 with his family by his side. Born on November 22, 1930 in Brooklyn, NY, he was the son of the late Edward and Rose (Rapuzzi) Sauer.

Walter was a US Army veteran, serving during the Korean War. He graduated from Food Trades School in New York City and worked at Universal Ovens in Westbury, Long Island repairing and servicing industrial bakery ovens. In 1979, he started Sauer Oven Services, Inc. in Brentwood, which is currently operated by his son, John. He and his wife retired 25 years ago to Myrtle Beach where they lived until just recently.

An avid golfer, Walter was a member of the United States Golf Association and knew all of the rules of the game and who was or was not following them. He also was a member of the Myrtle Beach National Golf Club and enjoyed fishing and jazz music.

In addition to his parents, he is predeceased by a sister, Rosemary Tedesco. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Ann Sauer; his children, Walter J. Sauer (Donna) of Brentwood, NY, Daniel Sauer (Jeanette) of Troy, Michigan, Christine Novell (Paul) of Ballston Spa, John Sauer (Michelle) of East Islip, NY, and Thomas Sauer (Lorraine) also of East Islip; 10 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.

Services are private and will be held at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wesley Foundation, 131 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Hazel I. Latham, 89, passed away on Wednesday, September 27, 2017. Born in Ballston Spa, NY, on July 19, 1928, she was the daughter of Lewis and Emogene Steele.

Hazel was a homemaker who enjoyed gardening and reading. Her greatest joy was the time she spent with her family.

She was predeceased by her husband George Latham, and brothers Lewis Steele and Richard Steele. Hazel is survived by her children Charmaine Cook (Noel) of Ballston Spa and Charles Latham (Dawn) of Gansevoort; grandchildren Yancy Cook, Rory Cook, Dan Latham and Scott Latham; great grandchildren Tyler and Molly; siblings Kathleen Pfeiffer of Cheshire, CT, Jeanne Irwin of Wolcutt, CT, Virgil Steele of Florida, William Steele of Florida and Bruce Steele of Gansevoort; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to a graveside service at 12 noon on Friday, September 29 in Ballston Spa Cemetery, Garrett Road, Ballston Spa. All are invited to a gathering at the home of Charles and Dawn following the service.

Memorial contributions in memory of Hazel may be made to Community Hospice, 295 Valley View Blvd., Rensselaer, NY 12144.

John J. Tomasko, 87, passed away on Monday, September 25, 2017. Born in East Mauch Chunk, Pennsylvania on July 7, 1930, he was the son of Joseph and Mary (Zemba) Tomasko. A retired career Navy veteran, he proudly served his country for 20 years.

John owned and operated Westwood Motel in Ballston Lake for 50 years. He was a member of the Southern Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce. He enjoyed bowling, bocce and playing golf. He loved spending summers at the Saratoga Race Track and evenings at the casino.

John was an extremely dedicated, caring and loving man. The selfless attention he bestowed upon his wife, children and grandchildren, plus his newest great grandchild Aubrey, was priceless.

He was predeceased by his loving wife, Clementine (Ecobelli) Tomasko, granddaughter Melanie Merola O’Donnell, sister Anna Hines and brother Joseph Tomasko. John is survived by his children Tina Kelly (Michael) of Clifton Park and Linda Donahue of Burnt Hills; stepson Stephen Merola (Vicki) of Saratoga Springs; grandchildren Brendan Kelly, Connor Kelly, Madeline Donahue, Abaigeal Donahue, Haley Donahue and Michelle Merola; great granddaughters Aubrey Donahue and Mallory Merola Sinel; sister Elizabeth Cali of Pen Argyl, PA, and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 10am to 11am on Monday, October 2 at the Presbyterian- New England Congregational Church, 24 Circular Street, Saratoga Springs. Funeral service will be held at 11am with Pastor Kate Forer officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the The Melanie Foundation, 245 Washington St. #4666, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Ann G. Parillo, 72, passed away on Sunday, September 24, 2017 at her home. Born in Springfield, Vermont on April 12, 1945, she was the daughter of Thomas and Ann Berg.

Ann worked for Ballston Spa Schools and then State Farm. She later was a bus monitor for Saratoga Bridges. She was a member of VFW Post 358 Ladies Auxiliary. Ann enjoyed playing Bingo and spending time with her family.

She was predeceased by her husband Anthony and brother William. Ann is survived by her children Fannie Welch of Gansevoort, Francesco Parillo (Carolyn) of Greenwich, Ann Pettit (Roger) of Ballston Spa and Rosalie Hastings (David) of Ballston Spa; grandchildren Jordan Welch, Sydney Simmons, Francesca Parillo, Anthony Parillo, Andrew Pettit (Danielle), Shawn Pettit (Ashley) and Brian Klein; siblings Thomas Berg (Dola), Dortheann Copney, Penelope Baker (Kevin), Eugene Berg and Richard Berg; and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held 10am Thursday, September 28 at St. Peter’s Cemetery, West Avenue, Saratoga Springs. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, September 27 from 5pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions in memory of Ann may be made to Community Hospice, 295 Valley View Blvd, Rensselaer, NY 12144 or the Saratoga Co Animal Shelter, 6010 County Farm Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Rodney F. Niedziejko, 51 passed away on Wednesday, September 20, 2017. He was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, on June 29, 1966.

Rodney worked for the Corinth Police Department in the mid-1990’s rising through the ranks from patrolman until he became chief in 1998. He was very active during his tenure at the Police Department, helping to lead an effort to deal with the influx of drug activity in Corinth. In 2000, he transferred to the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Department, retiring in 2010.

He was known for his positive attitude and sense of humor. Rodney was a funny, likeable, good deputy who always had your back.

Rodney is survived by his wife Heidi; children Kayla, Sara and Wyatt; parents Edward and Dolores Niedziejko of Broadalbin; brothers Edward G. Niedziejko (Rebecca) of Malta and John Niedziejko (Joe) of Swedesboro, NJ; father in law and mother in law Fay and Jennifer Bovat of North Hero, Vermont; brother in law Heath Bovat of Alburgh, Vermont, and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, September 24 from 2pm to 5pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Funeral services will be held 11am Monday, September 25 at Gateway Church, 97 Hamilton Avenue, Corinth.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Rodney may be made to www.youcaring.com/Raise4Rodney