Obituaries


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.

Linda Carol Miller, 67 passed away on April 1, 2020 due to complications of the COVID-19 Virus. Linda was born in Saratoga Springs on July 2, 1952. She was the eldest child of three children born to Jack and Elinor Miller. She grew up in Rock City Falls, NY and was a 1970 graduate of Ballston Spa High School.

An avid bird-lover, Linda will be remembered for her numerous pet birds. Whether she was attending to finches in her aviary or training one of her many parrots, cockatiels, or cockatoos she was an authority on raising and caring for her feathered friends. In 1996 Linda relocated, to Michigan, near her daughter, to pursue her accomplished career as a Medical Billing Specialist.

She is predeceased by her father John E. Miller “Jack”. Linda is survived by her mother, Elinor Evans Miller; her children Tina Canterino Honig (Jon) ; Christopher Canterino (Rachel), and Joseph Canterino (Tracee); sister and brother Diane Nolan and John Miller; her grandchildren Evan, Ryan, Andrea, Maya, Joey, Zachary, and Gianna; as well as several nieces and nephews.

A private family service will be held in Rock City Falls Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in memory of Linda may be made to the COVID-19 Community Response Fund – Untied Way for Southeastern Michigan https://unitedwaysem.org/covid-19-donation-page/

James (Jim) Edward Breese, 89, of Ballston Spa, NY, passed away at home on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 in the comfort and care of his loving family.

James was born on September 14, 1930 in Bradford, Pennsylvania, the son of the late George Edward Jr. and Claire Adeline (Layfield) Breese. Jim had the unique good fortune of two twenty-year career paths; with his first career as Master Chief SPCM E-9 with the US Navy and his second career as a nuclear refueling specialist with General Electric at Knolls Atomic Power Laboratories in Niskayuna, New York. On June 18, 1955, he married the former Ruth Ellen Strickler in Goshen, Virginia, and together they shared a loving and devoted union of 62 years together.

Jim was an avid sportsman, an active member of the Horse Hunt Club, Hatch Brook Hunt Club, and numerous golf associations. Jim excelled at golfing, hunting, fishing, and cribbage. Jim would brighten any room he entered with his wry sense of humor, commanding presence, and his no nonsense conversation. His optimistic view of life was simply stated by him saying things were “SUPER”. It is this quality of reassurance that he will always be remembered for, along with his signature impressive handshake.

Jim is survived by his three children, Kimberly (Benjamin) Gottfried of Richfield Springs, NY; David Breese and partner Tracey Laniewski of Northville, NY; Alan (Lisa) Breese of Columbia, SC and their three daughters, Samantha, Hannah and Amanda also of Columbia, SC; a brother Richard Breese of Colorado and a sister Cordie Eddy of Bradford, PA; his special friend and neighbor Beverly Valenti; as well as several other good friends and hunting buddies.

He was predeceased by his loving wife, Ruth, in December 2017.

Graveside services with military honors will be held at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery on a future date.

Memorial contributions may be made to Freedom Guide Dogs for the Blind, 1201 Hardscrabble Road, Cassville, NY 13318 www.freedomguidedogs.org in memory of James Breese.

Jeffrey Wayne Vargas, 58 passed away unexpectedly from heart failure on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at his home. He was born in Flushing, NY on February 16, 1962 to William and Jenny Vargas.

Jeffrey was a Management Information Analyst for BT Alex Brown/Deutsche Bank and a Corporate Account Representative for the Consortium for Worker Education in New York City before following his passion for horse racing to work at Dale Romans Racing Stables in Saratoga Springs, NY.

Jeffrey is survived by his parents William and Jenny, sister Deborah P. Vargas and her son Joseph Feminella, brother William K. Vargas, sister Tina L. Wile and brother in law Thomas C. Wile and their children Andrew R. Wile (Allyson), Shawn D. Wile and Samantha L. Wile.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, August 8 at 11am at Greenridge Cemetery, Saratoga Springs. Social distancing and facemasks will be required per CDC guidelines.

Deborah M. Bailey 62, passed away on Wednesday, July 29, 2020. She was born on May 6, 1958 in Niskayuna, NY to Joseph and Bertha Felso. Her greatest joy was her family and she treasured the time she spent with them.

She was predeceased by her husband Bruce Bailey, son Scott Quinlivan, and her mother Bertha Felso. Deborah is survived by her children Sheila Quinlivan, Shannon Ciafardo (Alberto), Vanessa Stanko (Phil), and Charles Quinlivan (Stacy); her grandchildren Kailee, Giovanni, Guliano, Caitlyn, Kyle, Lucas, Olivia, Alex and Odin; father Joseph Felso; siblings Joseph Felso, Donna Brownell and Christine Kulls; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours on Sunday, August 2 from 1pm to 3pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A private family service will follow.

Social distancing and facemasks will be required per CDC guidelines.

Edith C. Harrison 91, passed away on Saturday, July 25, 2020 at her home. She was born in Ballston Spa, NY on May 7, 1929 to Arthur and Caroline Pastore Cardi.

She was as graduate of Ballston Spa High School and received her bachelor’s degree from SUNY Potsdam and her master’s degree from Indiana University. She was the dorm supervisor at Eastern Illinois University and the Assistant Dean of Students at SUNY Oneonta, retiring in 1958. Edith’s parents owned and operated the White House Restaurant in Ballston Spa. Edith and her husband ran the restaurant after her parents retired.

She enjoyed visiting the beach and was an avid reader. Edith watched all the cooking shows and made many of the recipes, adding her own personal touch. She loved to entertain at her home always cooking for everyone and using her best china. Edith enjoyed her Merlot with two cubes of ice in her wine glass.

She was predeceased by her parents Arthur and Caroline and her husband C. Luther Harrison. Edith is survived by her son Jeffrey Harrison; brother Arthur Cardi; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to gather at 8am Wednesday, July 29 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A mass of Christian burial will follow at 9am at St. Mary’s Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa. Burial will be in Ballston Spa Cemetery.

Social distancing and facemasks will be required as per CDC guidelines.

Memorial contributions in memory of Edith may be made to St. Mary’s Church, 167 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Judith Ann Stemp Powers, age 77, passed away on Thursday, July 23. Judy was born in Cohoes on September 29, 1942 to Molly Pelesz Stemp and Charles Frederick Stemp.

She was predeceased by her parents and her beloved husband of over 50 years, Thomas J. Powers. Judy is survived by her treasured children, Jennifer S. Powers Rutkey and Thomas J. Powers, Jr.; her cherished grandchildren, Ellie and Izzy Rutkey, and Jonah and Jade Powers Kulpa, who were her pride and joy; her dearest siblings Joyce (Mark) Pascale, Sandra Wilcox, Susan (Thomas) Libbos, Frederick (Anne) Stemp, Donald (Mary Jo) Stemp, Janet (John) Lengsfelder, and Eric (Tisia) Stemp; many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews; and her lifelong friend, Donna Gotsch.

She was a 1960 graduate of Cohoes High School. Upon graduation, Judy began working at RPI as a secretary, where she met Tom. In 1968, she married Tom and they moved to Claverack, New York where they lived and raised their two children until 2002, when they relocated to Ballston Spa, New York to be closer to their grandchildren. During her time in Claverack, Judy opened her own craft store, Judy’s Craft Shop, in an old barn behind their home. This was a perfect career for Judy, as it allowed her to remain close to home to care for her children. Judy’s Craft Shop was a family business where Tom and their children regularly helped in the shop and attended craft shows as Judy’s helpers. Judy had many fond memories of traveling with the Gotsch family to craft shows each summer.

In 1997, Judy began her third, and favorite, career as a grandma, providing childcare for Ellie and Izzy. She always said that caring for her grandchildren was the best thing she ever did and the thing of which she was most proud. Judy was a caretaker her entire life, starting with her seven beloved and cherished younger siblings, then her husband and children, her grandchildren, and even her next-door neighbors, the Poirier Family. Judy became very close with the Poiriers, who were like family to her. Ronda, Jason, Matthew, Michael, and Joseph provided Judy with everything from help around the house to love and friendship.

Family was the most important thing to Judy, and being with her family made her the happiest. In the 1970s and 1980s, Judy, Tom, Jennie, and Tommy spent every summer at Burden Lake with their large extended families, the Powers and the Stemps (fondly known as the Stempede). Family traditions were very important to Judy. She began the tradition of making homemade photo calendars showcasing memories from the year as Christmas gifts for each of her children and grandchildren. Judy hosted Thanksgiving every year, and, after Jennie’s birth in December of 1970, she started a family Christmas and birthday celebration hosted annually the Saturday before Christmas that has continued for 50 years. The party began as a celebration of Jennie, Tom, and Tommy’s birthdays, but expanded in 1997 when Ellie was also born in December. Family members travel from near and far to gather for the celebration; parties often saw upwards of 60 guests, and for Judy, the more the merrier. Judy and her sisters, Joyce, Sandy, and Anne, together with family friend Anne Marie, spent countless hours each year creating homemade Christmas ornaments for the family. Making the ornaments was the purpose of their months-long weekly get-togethers, but what was perhaps more important was getting together to share stories of their children and grandchildren. Judy’s memory will live on every year on Christmas trees across the country.

Judy loved to travel, and would go anywhere her family wanted to go. Her favorite destinations included summer trips to the ocean, trips out west to see the West Coast Stemps (especially to Arizona and to gamble in Las Vegas), and, most recently, to the Dominican Republic with her children and grandchildren. Her home away from home was in Utah to visit Tommy, Jonah, and Jade, where she loved to hike, watch Jonah play baseball, and do crafts with Jade, and where she learned to thoroughly enjoy and appreciate cabin life.

Judy loved to read, sit on her porch, play games (especially Words with Friends, Canasta, Scat, SkipBo, and Black Jack), and go for walks. In recent months, Judy spent Friday mornings with the Stemp sisters (and occasionally the Stemp brothers) engaging in a weekly sibling-led yoga class via Zoom.

Special loving thanks to the staff at Saratoga Hospital, especially Dr. Randall Kimball and the compassionate doctors and nurses in the ICU, who cared for Judy in her final weeks and held her hand when her family couldn’t. In lieu of flowers, online donations to the Saratoga Hospital ICU in Judy’s honor and memory would be greatly appreciated. Donations can be made at the Saratoga Hospital Foundation website (https://www.saratogahospitalfoundation.org/donate-now) by selecting the “other” designation and typing in “ICU.”

Per Judy’s wishes, and due to COVID restrictions, there will be no public wake or funeral. Her family will hold a private celebration of her life to share stories and memories of Judy.

Francis R. Hanlon, 90, passed away on Friday, July 17, 2020 at Saratoga Hospital after a short illness. He was born on June 12, 1930 in Cohoes to Robert and Margaret O’Keefe Hanlon.

Fran, as his family and friends began to call him, attended St. Agnes Grammar School in Cohoes. For his High School education his parents and he selected Christian Brothers Academy in Albany. He truly enjoyed his four years at the Academy, and he, in later years, loving talking about his educational experience there. Francis was impressed by the teaching of one of his English teachers, and that influenced him to want to teach English, too. He received a B.A. Degree from St. Bernard’s College and a MA from Siena College.

In 1966 he began teaching High School English and Journalism for the Greater Amsterdam School District. It was also there that he met his future wife Elizabeth Boser, who was also an English teacher. They were married on October 9, 1971.

After retirement, Fran participated in the speaker’s bureau for the Epilepsy Association and for the United Way. He was also one of the founding members of the Ballston Spa Education Foundation.

In addition to his wife Elizabeth, Francis is survived by a cousin John O’Keefe (Martha) of Heathsville, Virginia; sister in law Marjorie Butler of Olean, NY, and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Robert and Margaret Hanlon.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, July 19 from 2pm to 4pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc. 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Facemasks and social distancing will be required per CDC guidelines.

Funeral services will be private with burial in the family plot in Allegany Cemetery, Allegany, NY.

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

Abagail C. Fitzgerald 78, passed away on Thursday, July 16, 2020. She was born in Schenectady, NY on February 1, 1942 to Edward and Catherine Leger.

Abagail was a CNA at Maplewood Manor in Ballston Spa for many years. After her retirement, she continued to work in the Gift Shop at Maplewood Manor with her best friend Pat Foster. She enjoyed cooking, gardening and watching the birds in her backyard. She loved her pets Ebony, Boots, Marbles, Ivory, and Ruffles.

She was predeceased by her husband Charles Fitzgerald, infant daughter Shannon, grandson Warren Fitzgerald, and siblings Edward, Frederick and Yvonne. Abagail is survived by her children LeRoy Fitzgerald (Marie), Robert Fitzgerald and Shawn Fitzgerald; grandchildren Hunter, Colin, Bobbi Bea, Adam, Amber and Charles; great granddaughters Amaya, Anna, and Isabella; siblings Leonard Leger (Lorraine), Linda Fierro and Celeste Leone (Tony); and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, July 21 from 4pm to 6pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Social distancing and facemasks will be required as per CDC guidelines. A graveside service will be held 10am Wednesday, July 22 at Middle Grove Cemetery, Middle Grove.

Memorial contributions in memory of Abagail may be made to your local ASPCA.

Robert A. Slawson 75, passed away on Sunday, July 12, 2020. He was born in Harlingen, Texas on March 26, 1945 to William and Georgia Slawson. He proudly served in the US Air Force.

Bob was a control systems service technician at General Electric for 32 years, retiring in 2003. On most days, you could find Bob outside working in his yard or watching sports on TV. Bob was a handyman and could always find a way to fix anything.

He was predeceased by his parents William and Georgia Slawson. Bob is survived by his wife Susan and their children, James Slawson and Melissa Spaulding (Richard); grandchildren Kristina, Jason and Joshua; brother Gary Slawson (Linda); and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services with military honors will be held 11:30am on Thursday, July 16 at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville. Memorial contributions in memory of Bob may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

James E. Beagle 60, passed away on Sunday, July 12, 2020. He was born in Port Hueneme, California on February 27, 1960 and served in the US Army.

Jim worked at Curtis Lumber in Ballston Spa for several years. He enjoyed being in the great outdoors, camping, fishing and gardening.

He was predeceased by his father James F. Beagle. Jim is survived by his children Heather Beagle and Erik Beagle; mother and stepfather Charlene Vaughn Waite and Norm Waite; brothers Mark Beagle and Michael Beagle; stepsister Rebecca Whitney; and five grandchildren.

Funeral services with military honors will be held 2:30pm on Thursday, July 16 at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville.

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

Scott P. VanGarderen, 56, of Ballston Spa entered into eternal rest on July 11, 2020. He had been in St. Peter's Hospice. Scott was born July 4, 1964 in Glens Falls, NY to John L. VanGarderen and Margaret E. Hall VanGarderen.

Scott was a 1982 graduate of Bishop Gibbons High School and went on to graduate from the University at Albany with a Masters in Public Administration. Scott worked for many years as a probation officer for Albany County before opening his own construction company.

He was married to his wife, Michelle for 24 years and loved spending any free time with his wife and children. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing and country music. Scott was a faithful, Spirit filled Christian man whose love for God and his family was the most important thing to him. All he did, whether at work or play, was for them.

Scott is also survived by his children: step-daughter Angelina Bellini, daughter Megan VanGarderen and son Daniel VanGarderen, his step-father Patrick F. Ravena, his four brothers, John T. VanGarderen, Eric (Christine) VanGarderen, Brian (Kim) Ravena, Mark (Hang) VanGarderen, and one sister, Allison (Tom) Norris. He is also survived by many, many nieces and nephews.

Scott was predeceased by his father, John L. VanGarderen and his mother Margaret (Hall) Ravena.

At this time there will be no formal services.

Jean was born in Glenville, NY and was a long time resident in West Charlton and in later years a resident of Wesley Health Care in Saratoga Springs, where after 101+ amazing years she passed away peacefully on Saturday July 11, 2020 with family by her side.

Jean was a lifelong member of the West Charlton Presbyterian Church, singing in the choir for many years. She was an associate member of the Port Orange Presbyterian Church in Port Orange, FL, founding member of the Glenville Hills Garden Club and member of the West Charlton Fire Dept Ladies Auxiliary among many other organizations that she volunteered or participated in during the years of raising her four children.

Farming and gardening was a major part of Jean’s life and she loved every part of it. At one time she raised many hundreds of turkeys each year. This happened to be a recent conversation that she had with the staff at Wesley. She enjoyed picking her raspberries and making jam, working in her garden and canning things that she grew. Jean also loved to go camping, escape to Florida for the winters and especially go to Maine for a lobster sandwich. She was a very lovable and friendly person and had many friends. She often spoke of how she never had an ache or pain and never smoked, and figured that contributed to her amazing long life. Jean was extremely devoted to her family and will be greatly missed.

Her favorite bible verse was Psalms 115:12 “The Lord has been mindful of us.”

Jean was also a member of the West Glenville Grange where she met her first husband Ralph J. Arnold at a square dance. They had four children together.

Jean was predeceased by her husbands Ralph J. Arnold and A. Karl Brinkman, and her sister Lois A. Bing.

She is survived by her four children R. Philip Arnold (Lolly) of Amsterdam, David H. Arnold (Kathryn) of West Charlton, Marjorie J. Lombard (William) of Port Orange, FL and Thomas R. Arnold (Jackie) of Ormond Beach, FL; five grandchildren, two stepgrandchildren, seven great grandchildren, four great great grandchildren, two nieces, one nephew and many cousins.

Funeral services will be private. Due to the Corona Virus a celebration of Life will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Jean may be made to the West Charlton United Presbyterian Church, 1331 Sacandaga Road, West Charlton, NY.

Angela M. Monaco 82, passed away on Saturday, July 11, 2020. She was born in Troy, NY on December 11, 1937 to Angelo and Barbara (Michele) DeVito. Angela was a secretary for the Ballston Spa Central Schools for many years. She was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church in Ballston Spa.

She was predeceased by her parents Angelo and Barbara, brother John DeVito and her son Father Harry Monaco. Angela is survived by her husband Harry and their children, Patricia Gonzales (Hector) and Vincent Monaco (Nancy); grandchildren Stephanie Monaco (Sean), Dominic Monaco, Vincent Gonzales (Breanna) and Amelia Gonzales; great grandchildren Jameson, Marley and Elle; brothers Dominic DeVito (Helen) and Patsy DeVito (Sheila); sister Barbara Loatman; and several nieces and nephews.

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