Obituaries


Michele D. Ogle passed away peacefully in the comfort of her home with her family at her side on October 14, 2020 after a long illness. Born on November 3, 1951 to the late Michael and Marion Dollar, she was raised in Pennsylvania.

Michele majored in mathematics at Indiana College of Pennsylvania. She moved to Schenectady after graduating college, and began working for GE in 1974. Michele had a prolific career working at GE in their research and development department, and earned her Master's degree in computer science while working and raising three sons. Her name was added to 30 patents during her 32 year career at GE. She left GE and started her second career teaching mathematics and computer programming at Empire State College, where she worked for 12 years.

Her smile and laughter will be missed by those she leaves behind; her loving husband J. Thomas (Tom) Ogle and their sons, John M. of Clifton Park, NY, Robert W. of Zhenjiang, China, and Gregory J., his wife Allison, and their daughters Erin Regina and Maeve Michele of Bayonne, NJ. She is also survived by her two sisters, Cheryl (Troy) Dollar of Red Oak, TX and Virginia Dollar of Fairfield, OH.

Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to The Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Lisa M. Reilly 62, passed away on Saturday, October 10, 2020 at her home surrounded by her family. She was born in Brooklyn, NY on June 13, 1958 to Louis and Charlotte D’Achille and was raised on Long Island with her loving family.

Lisa and her husband, John, relocated to Saratoga Springs in 2002 and quickly became part of the community. Lisa’s love of the local music scene was instant, and she and John developed many meaningful friendships through the years. She was so proud that their daughter, Charlotte, is firmly ensconced in the Saratoga music scene as a well-loved, outstanding singer/songwriter talent.

Lisa, John, and Christopher, her loving son, opened Stella Pasta Bar & Bistro in Burnt Hills in June 2016-- a restaurant they created to be an extension of their family. Her presence at the restaurant is what made it a special place for everyone; Lisa was the heart and soul of Stella.

Lisa is survived by her husband John Reilly; her beautiful children Christopher Marin Sule and Charlotte Elizabeth Reilly; her loving siblings Louis R. D’Achille, Lauren D’Achille, and David D’Achille (Judi); and her loving nieces and nephews, Ali, Livi, Mia and David Michael.

A memorial mass will be celebrated 9:30am Wednesday, October 21 at St. Mary’s Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa. Memorial contributions in memory of Lisa may be made to the Mother Teresa Cancer Awareness Fund, www.MTCAF.org

Lora R. McElroy (Rena) 56, passed away on Tuesday, October 6, 2020. She was born in Arkansas on July 11, 1964. Rena was always the life of the party and loved to dance. She enjoyed fishing and camping with her husband Drew. She loved watching Lifetime movies and made the best fried chicken!

Rena is predeceased by her loving husband Drew, mother Lillian Mayo, sister Vicki Martin and brother Jeff Curtis. She will be deeply missed by her children Sabrina Perri (Frank) of New City, and Timothy McElroy (Jennifer) of Scotia; 4 Grandchildren Jack, Peter, Frank and Lucas as well as many other family and friends.

Services will be private.

It is with great sorrow we announce the passing of our sweet baby girl Kendall. Kendall TenEyck passed away at home surrounded by her loving family, on October 4, 2020, after a fifteen month battle with brain cancer. Kendall was born on January 28, 2017, to Jeremiah and Julie TenEyck.

Kendall fought with such bravery over the last fifteen months. The doctor said that she never once complained about any treatment or procedure that she had to undergo. She loved her identical twin sister so much, along with her four other siblings.

Some of her favorite things were swimming, reading, singing songs, being outside and most of all spending time with her family. She loved fiercely each day and truly loved her snuggle time.

She is loved and cherished by her parents Jeremiah and Julie, brothers Cole and Blake, and sisters Laney, Khloe and Quinn. She is also loved by grandparents Terry and Sharon TenEyck of Ballston Spa, NY and John and Donna Webster of Warrensburg, NY; great grandmother Barbara Lloyd; aunts and uncles and “ohs,” Jim and Alicia TenEyck, Audra TenEyck and Mike Cudahy, Jessica and Jeff Monroe; and cousins Hunter and Carson TenEyck, Tanner, Abram and Kahlen Monroe.

Calling hours will be held on Wednesday October 7, 2020 from 5pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. The family encourages all who knew Kendall to attend to share memories and celebrate her life. Social distancing and facemasks are required per CDC guidelines.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Ronald McDonald House, 139 South Lake Avenue, Albany, NY 12208 or American Cancer Society, 1 Penny Lane, Latham, NY 12110.

Josephine Fazzone 92, passed away on Friday, October 2, 2020. She was born on September 2, 1928 in Rotterdam, NY to Anthony and Felicia Russo.

Josephine worked as a secretary at the Silver Haven Nursing Home in Rotterdam for many years. She enjoyed holiday cooking, spending time with her family, and being outdoors tending to her flowers. She also loved stylish clothes, shoes and fashion. Everyone who met her commented on how fashionable she was.

She was predeceased by her husband Joseph Fazzone, Sr and her siblings Frank Russo, Virginia LaMalfa and Robert Russo. Josephine is survived by her son Joseph Fazzone, Jr (Ruthanne); brother Americo Russo (Lorraine); sister in law Mary Ellen Russo; niece Felicia Cataldo (Rick) great nieces Michelle Hebden (Travis), Kelly Cataldo and Lauren Flanders (Ken); four great great nieces Madison, Arianna, Isadora and Aurora, one great great nephew Jasper, and several additional nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, October 10 from 9am to 11am at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Funeral services and burial will be private. Memorial contributions in memory of Josephine may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Stanley E. Brizzie, Sr. 93, passed away on Friday, October 2, 2020. He was born in Hudson, NY on August 6, 1927. He served in the US Army. Stanley was a member of Teamsters Local 294 and drove tractor trailer for Holmes Transportation for many years. He enjoyed target shooting, gardening and shopping for farm machinery.

He was predeceased by his sister Arline Spanfelner. Stanley is survived by his children Stanley Brizzie, Jr (Gina), Laura Bailey (Joel), Gary Brizzie (Linda) and Eric Brizzie; nieces Nancy Nyman (Philip) and Linda Bierce (Jim); six grandchildren, one great granddaughter and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, October 13 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 in the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville. Social distancing and facemasks are required.

Memorial contributions in memory of Stanley may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society.

Cynthia Ann McMahon, age 67, passed away peacefully on October 1, 2020 with her two loving sons by her side in Fort Myers, Florida. She was born February 17th, 1953 in Schenectady, NY to Paul and Helen Reisinger. Married in 1982 to Jim McMahon amongst loving friends and family eventually settling down in her loved home in Pattersonville, NY where she would enjoy the country life as a gardener.

Cindy was a caring, hardworking, warm hearted woman. She wanted to help everyone and everything. Those who were touched by Cindy in their lives felt a special connection with her throughout her life. She found a love of gardening, creating a peaceful spot of colors and fragrances everywhere she lived, attracting all sorts of wildlife. You could always tell Cindy had been here simply by walking to the front door. Everything felt like home when someone walked into her life. Old paintings of animals, farms, plants, and meaningful trinkets could be found around the house. To this day a white blanket she kept on every couch is still here and her children remember cuddling under with her in their feety pajamas in winter. Moving to Florida with her best friends Patty and Fenlon in 2010, she found a love of bird watching, kayaking, and shell collecting on the beaches of Sanibel and Clearwater. Despite being away, her room and home were full of pictures of her children, dogs, family, and friends.

Cindy had a difficult life during her time on earth beyond her marriage. However, she always took care of her friends and family. She made sure her sons played baseball every year while driving hours to multiple tournaments, all-star games, and the eventual nighttime double headers. Every holiday was a big event. Thanksgiving was filled with football, food, laughter, and "Mom come sit with us. We'll do the dishes together after the game." But she would do it anyway so no one else would have to. Christmas was decorated like a decorator was brought in and the tree always had her signature tinsel shimmering from top to bottom. The rest of the year on Fridays she would come home from work with a couple of videos in hand (often B rated horror movies) to watch while eating pizza with her sons. Sundays were for football and Nascar while summers were for water skiing, the motorcycle rendezvous, and baby oil. So much baby oil for tanning her signature bronzed skin. Warm weather was by far her favorite.

Cindy took in her eventual daughter in-law while she was a teenager as she did for other friends when they needed someplace to go because she was just that kind of person. Treating her like her own daughter, she was always there when needed. Her many friends loved her despite her temper but in the end, bygones were bygones. Her children got their manners from Cindy as well as their hardworking and dedicated spirit. She always said "Always help because someone is in need. Never take money even if they offer. Help because it’s the right thing to do." Chris often tells the story of when he and Sarah went to a flea market in Tennessee and someone said “You are the nicest Yankee I have ever met” to which he replied quickly “You can thank my mom for that”.

There are many stories and anecdotes of Cindy that are told by many people, but all had the same theme which was her signature attitude and kindness. Salty, sweet and sassy in the perfect mix that is hard to come by and will be easy to miss. She was an outgoing personality that would always call you “Sweetie” whether she knew you or just met you.

Cindy is survived by her brother and sister-in-law Paul and Donna Reisinger, sisters Mary and Helen, her sons and their wives Chris and Sarah McMahon, and Jimmy McMahon and Jessica Mastroianni,
granddaughter Paige McMahon, and many nieces and nephews and an abundance of friends.

Please join us for calling hours as we celebrate her life on Sunday October 11, 2020, from 2pm to 4pm at Armer Funeral Home, 39 E High Street, Ballston Spa. Funeral services will be held 10am Monday, October 12 at Christ Episcopal Church, 15 W High Street, Ballston Spa with burial to follow at Schenectady Memorial Park. Social distancing and facemasks are required.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the ASPCA through a Facebook donate campaign here: https://www.facebook.com/donate/400119864713571. There will be no after service gathering.

Laura Louise (Mastroianni) Salvatore 69, devoted wife, mother, daughter, sister, and grandmother (WaWa) passed peacefully Tuesday, September 29, 2020 surrounded by her family. Laura was born on November 27, 1950, in Schenectady, NY to Pasquale and Mary Mastroianni.

Laura graduated from Mont Pleasant High School and worked at the NYS Department of Correctional Services as a secretary and assistant for ten years. She married the love of her life, Dr. Richard J. Salvatore Sr. on May 24, 1981. Laura was a free spirit who enjoyed cooking and pushing food on family, waterskiing on Saratoga Lake, traveling, hosting family parties and spending time with her sisters. In her later years, Laura enjoyed gambling at the Racino.

Laura is survived by her husband, Dr. Richard J. Salvatore Sr., her three children, Amara Salvatore Altman (Matthew), Dr. Richard Salvatore Jr., (Vera), and Pascal Salvatore; grandchildren Calvin and Mariella Altman and Grayson and Brooke Salvatore; mother Mary Mastroianni; twin brother Patsy Mastroianni (Carmel), and sisters Josepha Abba (Chuck), Mary Drescher (Peter); brother in law Mitchell Miller; sister in law Susan Mastroianni; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and close friends.

Laura joined her beloved family in heaven, her father Pasquale Mastroianni, sister Aurelia Miller, brothers Dr. Anthony Mastroianni and Armond Mastroianni, in-laws Carrie Salvatore and Dr. Arthur Salvatore Sr., sister-in-law Dr. Carol Salvatore and granddaughter Waverly Altman.

There will be a mass honoring Laura's memory and spirit at St. Mary's Church in Ballston Spa at 9 am on Saturday, October 3, 2020. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Laura may be made to St. Jude's Children Hospital or Code Blue Shelters of Saratoga.

David W. Bevins 78, passed away on Friday, September 25, 2020 at his home surrounded by his family. He was born on August 5, 1942 in St. Albans, Vermont to Wayne and Lucille Bevins.

Dave served in the Army National Guard in Vermont and New York, retiring as a Colonel after 33 years of service. He worked for General Electric in Burlington, Vermont before being transferred to the Main Plant in Schenectady, retiring from the Bectal MAD Division. Dave decided he had enough of office work and began to work on the Smith Farm in Ballston Spa.

Dave was a 45 year member of the Burnt Hills Fire Department, serving as chief and fire commissioner.

In 2016 Dave and his wife Bea tried Florida, moving to the lovely Solivta Community. Bea thought it wouldn’t last, a year later they owned a house and loved being snowbirds. Dave took up golf and pickelball. He enjoyed his time in Florida with Bea, his brother and sister in law, some high school friends and all the new friends they made. They spent their summers back in Burnt Hills camping and traveling with friends and just enjoying each other’s company.

Dave is survived by his wife of 58 years Bea; sons Michael Bevins and Tory Bevins; granddaughter Dariann Hall (Anthony); great grandchildren Journi and Ryann; siblings Larry Bevins (Mary) and Holle Forbes; nephews Chad Bevins and Jamie Bevins; niece Carly Forbes; and several other nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be private. Dave will be laid to rest with military honors in the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Dave may be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga or the DAV.

Vilma I. Sparks 82, went home to her Savior on Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at her daughter’s home. She was born in Guaypao, Puerto Rico on July 12, 1938 to Celso and Margarita Ramirez Irizarry.

Vilma was a graduate of Washington Irving High School in New York, NY, Marymount College where she received a secretarial certificate and Rhema Bible Training Center where she earned a ministerial license and ordination.

Vilma was an executive secretary working for Williams Brothers Petroleum Engineering and later for the Hilti Corporation. In her later years she was a childcare worker at the YMCA in Saratoga Springs.

She enjoyed serving as a Pastoral and Evangelism Translator for outreach in Latino Communities in the continental US and Puerto Rico. She was passionate about working with children, both as a teacher’s aide in the 1980’s and coming out of retirement to serve in an afterschool care program.

The most important things in Vilma’s life were her love for Jesus, her family and her community.

She was predeceased by her husband Joseph Sparks II and her sister Nelly Vargas. Vilma is survived by her children Margaret-Anne Watson (Douglas), Vilma Meeker (Mark), Joseph Sparks III, and Dwight Sparks; stepdaughter Laureen Sparks; grandchildren Zoe Meeker, Samantha Masey, Caitlin Meeker, Matthew Watson, Ashley Dionne, Tara Meeker, Isabel Sparks, Jenna Watson, Adriana Sparks, Joseph Sparks and Antonio Carter; great grandchildren Silas Meeker and Robert Pippin; siblings Celso Irizarry II, Nydia Cofresi, Alba Irizarry, Elisa Irizarry, Celso Irizarry III and George Irizarry; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 11am Saturday, September 26 at the Saratoga Abundant Life Church, 2 Hutchins Road, Saratoga Springs. A calling hour will precede the service from 10am to 11am at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to James Project of Latin America, PO Box 842210, Kansas, MO 64184-2210 or donate online at Jamesproject.org.

Rachelle M. Inglee 68, passed on Tuesday, September 22, 2020. She was born in Fort Edward, NY on January 18, 1952. Rachelle worked at Maplewood Manor in Ballston Spa for many years. She was predeceased by her brother Claude Inglee and sister Sandy Inglee. Rachelle is survived by her daughter Jody Bushey; grandchildren Maxwell and Duncan; and brother Jeff Inglee. Funeral services will be private.

Richard J. Harrington 81, passed away on Monday, September 21, 2020. He was born in Stony Creek, NY on November 25, 1938 to Mark and Laura Harrington.

In 2004, Richard returned to Ballston Spa after living in Pflugerville, Texas where he worked as a heavy equipment operator for Ranger Excavation for many years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping. He was always ready to take a ride and he loved to travel.

Richard is survived by his companion Barbara Staulters; brothers Robert Harrington (Cynthia) and Roger Harrington; children Gary Russell, John Russell and Connie Cavanaugh; niece Bobbi Jean (Luis), nephew Brian; many other nieces, nephews and grandchildren; and Barbara’s children Deborah Brooks (Josh), Raymond Plummer, David Plummer (Verna), Tanya Priest, and Tom Plummer.

A gathering of family and friends will be held on Saturday, October 24 from Noon to 7pm at his home in Ballston Spa.

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

Isabell M. Sarsick, 77, passed away on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 in her daughter’s home in Boynton Beach, FL. She was born on June 26, 1943 in Niskayuna, NY to Anna (Chambers) and Casper Smith.

Isabell was raised on a farm in NY. She was a hardworking farm girl, one of twelve children. Her Daddy always said she was the only hell her mama ever raised. She was one of the most independent, strong women you would ever know.

She loved dancing, playing cards, gardening, and helping others. She always felt the need to cheer people up and put a smile on their face. Her favorite holiday was Christmas, she loved to decorate.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her son Charles Ciccia, sister Ellen Hunt, brothers James and Ralph Smith and her husband Richard Sarsick. She will be in our hearts forever and so deeply missed by her daughters Karen Sims and Theresa Ciccia; sons Gerald Ciccia and Jerome Ciccia, sisters Patricia Ostrander and Emily Filmore; brothers Daniel Smith and George Smith; grandchildren Robert Sims Jr, Pamela Sims, Nicole (Sims) Marano, and Katye Amirzadeh; brother in-law Earl Ostrander, sister in-law Alice Smith, her nieces and nephews, and all her great grandchildren, family, and many friends.

A graveside service will be held 2:30pm Friday, October 2, 2020 at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Hudson Road, Galway where Isabell will be laid to rest. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Isabell’s memory to the Cancer Research Institute (NY City) and Prevent Child Abuse America.

Laura E. Mitchell, 95, passed away on Sunday, September 13, 2020 at Saratoga Hospital. Laura was born on July 7, 1925 to Phillip and Loura (Ruggles) Dorey and was a lifelong resident of Ballston Spa.

Laura married Vernon Mitchell in 1943 and together they had four children, eight grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. “Mitch” passed away in 2002. After retiring in 1982, they traveled the country in their RV until taking up a winter residence in Florida and remained snowbirds until 1995. They enjoyed dancing, camping cross country skiing, bowling, and travel. One of her great joys was feeding people and her pies were legendary. She loved old TV westerns and was a devoted Mets fan.

She was predeceased by her brothers Phillip Dorey, Edward Dorey and William Dorey, and her sisters Julia Clouse, Betty Allen and Geraldine Bentley.

Laura is survived by her sister Eleanor Fitzgerald of Ballston Spa; daughters Dawn Mitchell of Ballston Spa, Sandra DeLeonardis (Joe) of Ballston Spa, Mary Abell (Bill) of Lead, SD; son Tom Mitchell of Nashville, TN; grandchildren Jill Castellano (Michael), Joseph DeLeonardis, Jr, Jacqueline Orzell (John), Gina Neilsen (Matt), Joanna Hart (Steve), Caleb and Pico Mitchell, Michael Abell (Ashley); great grandchildren Meghan and Kailey Castellano, Andrew, Aden and Mitchell Orzell, Nicholas and Annika Nielsen, Darienne and Justin Hickey, Maria and Sophia Hart, Ethan and Harper Abell.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, funeral services will be private. The family wishes to thank the Wesley Nursing Home for their gentle and loving care during her final days.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in memory of Laura may be made to your favorite charity.

Paul V. Manella, 84, passed away on Sunday, September 13, 2020. Paul is survived by his adored wife and best friend Alice (Torigian) Manella; beloved sons Matthew (Joananne) and Jason; and his cherished grandchildren. He was predeceased by his son David. Funeral services will be private.

Marilyn C. Pastore 89 passed away on Wednesday, September 9, 2020. She was born in Schenectady, NY on October 27, 1930, to Ralph and Doris (Pearson) Cox.

In 1953 Marilyn married Paul Pastore and moved to Ballston Spa. Marilyn and Paul owned and operated Pastore Pharmacy in Ballston Spa. Through the years, Marilyn was very active in the community and could be seen at Jr. Women’s League gatherings, volunteering as a Brownie Troop Leader, organizing St. Mary’s School fundraisers and as an aide for their nursery school program.

With her husband Paul, Marilyn was an active member of the National Bottle Museum, Brookside Museum and the Ballston Spa Bicentennial Committee. In 2007, Marilyn and Paul
co-authored the book “Streetscapes Through Time.”

In her free time, Marilyn loved visiting Wolfeboro, NH, painting, art projects, playing the piano, sewing, baking, exercising, traveling, and visiting with family and friends. Above all, Marilyn’s most treasured times always were when she was wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

She was predeceased by her parents Ralph and Doris Cox, brother Robert Cox, and her husband Paul Pastore. Marilyn is survived by her daughters Susan Scott (Robert) of Clay, Nancy Piscitelli (John) of Saratoga Springs, Debbie Froehlich (Mike) of Baldwinsville, and Robbie Berg (Mitch) of South Glens Falls; grandchildren Bob Scott (Jessica) and Kristy Smorol (Dave); great granddaughter Ellie Scott; great grandsons Liam Scott and Mike Smorol; and several nieces and nephews.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic funeral services will be private.

The family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to the staff at the Home of the Good Shepherd in Saratoga Springs for their care, compassion, companionship and love that went above and beyond especially during these difficult times of COVID-19.

Memorial contributions in memory of Marilyn may be made to the Home of the Good Shepherd, Community Hospice of Saratoga, American Heart Association or the charity of your choice.

Michael W. Jennings, 62 passed away on Wednesday, September 9, 2020. He was born in Ticonderoga, NY on November 12, 1957 to Chester Jennings and Marion Jennings Bergeron.

Mike attended Ballston Spa and Saratoga Springs High Schools. He was raised in the Episcopal faith and attended Christ Episcopal Church in Ballston Spa where he served as an acolyte. From a young age he studied classic dance/ballet and traveled with his dance school and teacher Madame Latin. After decades, he retrained and returned to the stage for a special anniversary of his school. He worked at Capital District Supply of Saratoga for 32 years. Mike mentored children and was a Cub Scout Leader.

He was predeceased by his father Chester Jennings and his stepfather Maurice Bergeron. Mike is survived by his beloved wife Karen, his mother Marion, sister Victoria Older (Darrell); two brothers Peter Jennings and Andrew Jennings; half siblings Michael and Michele (Charlie); children Michael Wright, Jr. (Liz), Nicole Wright, Jeremiah Woodbeck (Jackie), and Corey Jennings; stepchildren Shane Hofmann (Kaerisa), Nicole Hofmann and Kyle Hofmann (Krissy); twelve grandchildren, and several nieces, aunts, uncles and cousins.

A private service will be held. Memorial contributions in memory of Mike may be made to Galway Fire Department or Community Hospice of Saratoga.

The family would like to thank Community Hospice of Saratoga, especially Mike’s nurse Alice Benfey for their care and compassion.

Harold (HOC) O’Connor, 89 ½ years old, previously from Broadalbin NY, passed away on Sunday, September 6, 2020. He was born in East Orange, NJ on January 11, 1931 to Peter and Grace O’Connor. He was of the Lutheran faith and served as a private in the US Army.

Harold was the manager of magnetics design for ESPEY Electronics for 40 years and was highly regarded in his field. He was a well renowned Electronics Engineer and in later life, acted as a consultant for numerous projects. He was published, having written numerous scientific papers and held several patents.

He was an artist and painter and enjoyed spending time in his younger years camping, boating, water skiing, snowmobiling, traveling, singing, dancing and continued to his last loving to watch musicals and listening to all kinds of music.

He was predeceased by his first wife Marie L. O’Connor, his second wife Audrey, grandson James Daniel, niece Kathleen G., son-in-law Robert Noeltner and this year by his brother and sister-in-law Richard and Marie, and Grand Kitty Potatoe.

Harold is survived by his children Bonnie Noeltner, Russell O’Connor (Dawn), Scott O’Connor (Greta), Colleen O. Smith (Jim), Wanda Thornton (Matt), Gail George, and Patti Forshey (John); his grandchildren Cassandra, Candice, Erin, Bobbi Jo, Bryan, Shawn, Michael, Miranda, Terence, Ryan, Kerry, Toni Marie, Melissa and Rieley; his great grandchildren Adam, Kacey, Max, Lizzie, Maddie, Ellie, Evan O., Evan H., Nathaniel, Sammy, Faith, Gabriel, Kelly and Christopher, his nieces Kathy and Janine, Colleen G., and nephews Fred Neigel and Kevin O’Connor.

Memorial services will be held on a later date.

Memorial contributions in memory of Harold may be made to the Greenfield Center Fire Co., PO Box 57, Greenfield Center, NY 12833

Christine Reed, 68 of Ballston Spa passed away peacefully Sept 1st, 2020.

Chris, daughter of Joseph and Bernadine Rydsewicz is survived by her three sons Eric, Trevor, and Bret, her daughter in law, Melissa; along with two grandchildren J.P. and our most recent addition to the family (Born the 28th of August) Lily. Chris will join her predeceased husband Jay of 26 years in eternal life.

Chris was a proud civil servant. She graduated from Northern Arizona University with a degree in Geology and regulated Oil and Gas. She worked for the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation for over 25 years. When she was not at work you could find her rock and mineral collecting in the Adirondacks, planting day lilies in one of her gardens, or at the farmers market buying fresh local produce.

Chris was a devoted mother to not only her three boys but to any child (or adult) in need. She opened her arms, doors and refrigerator to absolutely anyone. Some of her most fond memories include taking her family to the 1996 Summer Olympics, visiting Herkimer Diamond Mines and the family’s valued Christmas Eve traditions including baking her famous holiday cookies.

More recently, Chris loved to be around her friends and family. She looked forward to playing pirates and Legos with JP, traveling to Florida, going out to lunch with her girlfriends or trying out new restaurants with her family.

There will be a Celebration of Life held in June 2021. Details to be mailed out in the following months.

Donations can be made to Sierra Club at www.sierraclub.org or Natural Resources Defense Council at www.nrdc.org

Sandra J. Vedder 77, passed away on Tuesday, September 1, 2020. She was born on July 29, 1943 in Schenectady, NY to Raymond and Dorothy Kottke.

Sandy was a nurse’s aide at Ellis Hospital and later for Senior Solutions. She was an active member of VFW Post 358 Ladies Auxiliary and American Legion Post 234 Ladies Auxiliary. Sandy also enjoyed attending the Ballston Area Seniors.

Sandy was always there to lend a hand to anyone in need. She drove many seniors to appointments, ran errands and offered home health care. She could often be found working in her flower gardens. Her greatest joy was the time she spent with her family, especially her grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband Edward. Sandy is survived by her sons Jason Vedder (Lisa) of Ballston Spa and Kirk Vedder (Heather) of Ballston Spa; grandchildren Hannah and Wesley; brother Kenneth Kottke (Deborah); sister Janice Kottke; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, September 4 from 4pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A graveside service will be held 10am on Monday, September 7 at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, 200 Duell Road, Schuylerville.

Social distancing and facemasks will be required per CDC guidelines.

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

Percival B. Dodd 88, passed away on Friday, August 28, 2020 at his home surrounded by his family. He was born in Quaker Springs, NY on December 3, 1931 to Percival and Harriet Dodd.

Percy worked for the United States Postal Service in Albany for 26 years, retiring in 1996. He loved to travel and dine out. Percy was an avid reader and always made sure to enter the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes.

He was predeceased by his sisters Beulah Hodgson, Hazel Flatly, Janet Schultz and Alberta Totten. Percy is survived by his life partner Gladys Purvee and her children Jane McCord and John Purvee; and several nieces and nephews.

A private family service will be held. Memorial contributions in memory of Percy may be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Harry W. Scott 73, passed away in the comfort of his home surrounded by his family on Tuesday, August 25, 2020. He was born in Schenectady, NY on August 3, 1947 to Everett and Eleanor Scott.

Harry was a 1965 graduate of Galway Central High School and attended Hudson Valley Community College. He was a Tool and Dye Maker for many years retiring in 2020. Harry was a dedicated family man and active member of the First Presbyterian Church in Ballston Spa where he sang bass in the church choir.

He was predeceased by his parents Everett and Eleanor. Harry is survived by his loving wife Joyce; daughters Brenda Scoates (Steve) and Elizabeth Mangino (Peter); sons David Sehl and Donny Sehl (Roseanny); beloved grandson Alexander; siblings Evelyn Provell (Larry), Susan Leger (Lenny), Richard Scott, Roger Scott (Marilyn), Pricilla Barry (Dave), David Scott (Mary Ellen); brother in laws Jim Armstrong, Wayne Armstrong (Mary); sister in law Janice Armstrong; and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, August 30, from 2pm to 4pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A graveside service will be held 11am Monday, August 31 at Memory Gardens, 983 Watervliet Shaker Road, Albany. Social distancing and facemasks will be required per CDC guidelines.

Memorial contributions in memory of Harry may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 22 West High Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Mary Ann Polacko 75, passed away on Sunday, August 23, 2020. She was born on June 29, 1945 in Brooklyn, NY to Michael and Anna Polacko.

Mary Ann worked at Maplewood Manor in Ballston Spa for over twenty years, retiring in 2007. She enjoyed shopping, dining out and taking long rides. She loved all animals, especially her beloved cats.

She was predeceased by her parents Michael and Anna Polacko, and her brothers John, Francis and Patrick. Mary Ann is survived by her life partner Ronald DeKalb; her siblings Michael Polacko (Bernice) and Theresa Minogue (John); and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, August 27 from 9:30am to 10:30am at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will be held at 10:30am. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Ballston Spa.

Social distancing and facemasks will be required per CDC guidelines.

Memorial contributions in memory of Mary Ann may be made to the Saratoga County Animal Shelter, 6010 County Farm Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

James passed away on August 20th at the age of 62, from cancer in the comfort of his home surrounded by family. James was born on September 11, 1957 in Schenectady N.Y. to Charles and Patricia Devlin. James graduated from Burnt Hills/Ballston Lake High School in 1976. He was employed at Brookfield Renewable Power as a Labor Foreman since 2002. James previously worked PTI/NIS for 20 years.

James had a love for tinkering with and fixing everything he could get his hands on, even if it wasn't broken. There was very little he could not do. When he was unsure of the project at hand, he could always turn to Google/YouTube to enhance his knowledge. One of James’ greatest joys was helping others. He loved helping his family, friends or total strangers. James had the biggest heart of gold and was such a beautiful soul. He especially loved spending time with his family, going out on the boat with his sister or visiting his brother to see the newest gadgets he would have to get.

James was an amazing father always being there for his children, giving advice, support and anything else they needed. Some of his most recent joys were helping his son Ryan with his home remodeling projects or his daughter Samantha’s yearly move from town to town and recently to a new state. He was so very proud of the young adults they have become and loved them with all his heart.

James and his soulmate Joanne Monaco were inseparable enjoying so many adventures together. They had a joy of riding bikes all over and had a huge passion for riding the Tour de Cure for the ADA. As the hills got steeper, James decided on an E-bike. His E-bike allowed him to not only ride further but spend more time enjoying nature, which he loved. But no matter what James did, he relished life and felt very blessed with all the amazing friends and family that crossed his path. He was loved by all and will be truly missed.

James was predeceased by his parents. James is survived by his fiancé Joanne Monaco; his son Ryan Devlin; daughter Samantha Devlin and his four legged grandson, Ryland. James is also survived by his brother Russell; (Rachel) their son Stephen; his sister Sherrie; (Glen) and their daughters Megan and Kelly and their families.

Due to James' request and the current restrictions, private services will be held at St Peter's Cemetery on August 29th. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Saratoga County Animal Shelter, 6010 County Farm Road, Ballston Spa, N.Y. 12020.

Lois A. Gaba 92, passed away on Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at Wesley Nursing Home. She was born in Victory Mills, NY on March 24, 1928 to William and Katherine Riordan. She was a graduate of Scotia Glenville High School and was employed by General Electric until her marriage to her husband, John. They settled in Ballston Spa, NY and raised four children.

Lois enjoyed life and was a kind, loving and caring mother and grandmother. She was predeceased by her parents William and Katherine, and her husband, John Gaba, Jr. Lois is survived by her children Patricia Pettit of Harrisburg, PA, Linda Peek (James) of Ballston Spa, NY, David Gaba (AnnMarie) of Glenville, NY and John Gaba (Rhonda) of Mechanicville, NY; her sister Katherine Marino of Scotia; and several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, August 25 from 4pm to 6pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Funeral services will be held 10am Wednesday, August 26 at St. Joseph’s Church, Route 9N, Greenfield Center where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Saratoga Springs.

Social distancing and facemasks will be required per CDC guidelines.

The family would like to express gratitude to the staff of Community Hospice of Saratoga and the Wesley Health Care Community for their thoughtfulness, compassion and care.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations may be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or the Wesley Foundation, 131 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Frank W. Schwab III passed away on Friday, August 14, 2020 at his home after a four year battle with pancreatic cancer.

Frank was born on June 13, 1947 in Niskayuna, NY to Thelma and Frank W. Schwab, II. He attended Galway Schools and graduated in 1965. Frank worked for a furniture company in Broadalbin and later for General Electric Co in Schenectady retiring with thirty-one years of service.

He loved tinkering in the garage, building tractors, hot rods, go-carts and anything electronic, especially computers.

He was predeceased by his parents Thelma and Frank, and his sister Darlene. Frank is survived by his wife Charlene (Engel) Schwab and their sons, Frank W. Schwab IV (Kelly) and William J. Schwab (Diane); two grandchildren Frank W. Schwab V and Amber Lynn Schwab; sister Joyce Coppola; and six nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, August 18 from 9am to 11am at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A private family service will follow with burial in East Galway Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in memory of Frank may be made to Saratoga Hospital.

The family would like to thank Community Hospice of Saratoga and the doctors and staff at Saratoga Hospital for their care and compassion.

Social distancing and facemasks are required per CDC guidelines.

Paul E. Whipple 67, passed away on Sunday, August 9, 2020. He was born in Niskayuna, NY on August 11, 1952 to Harry and Marjory Whipple.

He was a graduate of Colonie Central High School and then entered the US Army. He served in Germany during the Vietnam War as a medic and was awarded the Sharpshooter Medal and National Defense Service Medal.

After receiving an honorable discharge, Paul worked as an aide at Albany Medical Center. He became a LPN at Albany Occupational Center and received his RN from Russell Sage. Paul became a team leader and worked in nursing management at the Daughter of Sarah Nursing Home and several other Albany nursing facilities.

In 1993, Paul and his wife Susan bought a home in Saratoga County. He enjoyed taking long rides around Saratoga Lake, going to the horse races, watching movies at the local Drive In and all the things the Saratoga County lifestyle offered. He was a talented photographer and enjoyed working around the house. He was an animal lover and could often be found playing with his five dogs.

He was predeceased by his parents Harry and Marjory Whipple, brothers Timothy and Peter Whipple and father in law Leo Maguire. Paul is survived by his wife Susan Maguire-Whipple; daughter Jennifer MacDonald; siblings Harry Whipple (Mary), Robert Whipple (Linda), Mark Whipple (Anita), David Whipple, Lori Moutray (Peter), Beth Whipple (Chris) and Amy Borst (Mark); mother in law Janice Maguire; brother in law Kevin Maguire; sister in law Janice McNamara (Scott); uncle Edward Karl; and several nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.

A private service with military honors will be held at the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville.

Memorial contributions in memory of Paul may be made to the Saratoga County Animal Shelter, Disabled Veterans or your local food bank.

William “George” Bliss, 71 of Ballston Spa passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday, August 8, 2020. Born in Ballston Spa on August 27, 1948, he was the third of four children, and eldest son born to Harry and Lucy Bliss.

From a young age George was a dedicated farmer who enjoyed spending his time on the tractor in the hay fields, in the barn milking the cows, working on his parents Gladiola Farm or in the fields tending to the vegetable harvest. During the summer months George spent a lot of his weekends at the local Farmers Markets bringing his vegetable harvest to patrons and greeting them with his gruff voice and laugh.

He was predeceased by his parents Harry and Lucy, brother Harold Bliss and brother in law Carl Palmer.

On August 27, 1996 on his 48th birthday he married Gaynell P Bliss. George is survived by his large family that consisted of Gaynell, his wife of almost 24 years; his sisters Anna Mae (Ken) Clark of Ballston Spa and Margaret Palmer of Ballston Spa; his sons John and Bobby Bliss both of Albany; his daughters Desiree Runyon of Schenectady, Darcy (Jennifer) Bliss of Hudson Falls, Sue-Ann Palmer of Rutland, VT, Dawn (Don) Brady of Argyle, and Beth Ann and Billy. In addition to this George had 21 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. When he married Gaynell he accepted her children into his family, Susan (Michael) Palmatier of Saratoga, Edward (Jennifer) Fink of Saratoga and Kristina Alden of Virginia; 14 step grandchildren and 3 step great grandchildren.

A celebration of George's life will be held 3pm Saturday, August 15 at the family home, 129 Hop City Road, Ballston Spa. Memorial contributions in memory of George may be made to the charity of your choice.

Eric D. Currier 38 passed away on Tuesday, August 4, 2020. He was born in Saratoga Springs, NY on December 18, 1981.

Eric was a carpenter and roofer. He worked for his father at Steve’s Building and Remodeling in Ballston Spa. He loved working and in his free time he enjoyed cooking, baking, and listening to music. He was an avid sports fan and liked to play ball with his friends and family. His greatest joy was his family and he treasured the times he spent with his children and hanging out with his brother.

Eric is survived by his wife Becky Wilkins, his children Cierra Currier, Willow Currier and Sylis Currier; grandchildren Auriella and Braelynn; mother and stepfather Kathleen and Bruce Mecier, father and stepmother Steve and Kathy Currier; grandmother Beatrice Brower; siblings Stephen Currier (Caitlin), Tina Currier (John), Samantha Belcher (Adam), Jacob Currier and Zachary Currier; several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A private family service will be held. Memorial contributions in memory of Eric may be made to the Saratoga County Animal Shelter, 6010 County Farm Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Harry J. Monaco 85, passed away on Monday, August 3, 2020. He was born in Ballston Spa, NY on July 23, 1935 to Pasquale and Antoinette Monaco. He served in the US Army.

Harry worked at International Paper in Corinth. He was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church in Ballston Spa.

In addition to his parents he was predeceased by his wife Angela Monaco, son Father Harry Monaco, brothers Albert, Louis, and Bernard Monaco, sisters Josephine Dufort, Kathryn D’Ambro, Theresa Monaco, Jenny Odorizzi and Sophie Wolfersheim.

Harry is survived by his children Patricia Gonzales (Hector) and Vincent Monaco (Nancy); grandchildren Stephanie Monaco (Sean), Dominic Monaco, Vincent Gonzales (Brianna), and Amelia Gonzales; great grandchildren Jameson, Marley and Elle; brothers Anthony Monaco, James Monaco, Joseph Monaco, Pasquale Monaco, Olivio Monaco and Donald Monaco; and many nieces and nephews.

A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10am Thursday, August 6 at St. Mary’s Church, 167 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Ballston Spa Cemetery.

Social distancing and facemasks will be required per CDC guidelines.

Memorial contributions in memory of Harry may be made to St. Mary’s Church.