Obituaries


Alvah E. Cornell, Jr., 85, passed away on Monday, September 27, 2021. He was born in Ballston Spa, NY on June 15, 1936 to Alvah and Lena Cornell, Sr. He served in the US Army.

Alvah worked for General Electric Co in Schenectady for 20 years and later worked for the Ballston Spa National Bank until he retired. Alvah enjoyed playing guitar, and spending time with his family and friends.

He was predeceased by his parents, his wife Sylvia, daughter Jean, siblings William, Donald, James, Charles, Frank, Dennis, Carol, Sally and Eleanor. Alvah is survived by his children Lori Geiselman (Kim), Alvah Cornell III (Ella), Fay Thomson (Gene), Frankie Cornell (Ranu), and Barbara Donohue (Bob), and their mother Clara Gonyea; stepchildren Michael Lucadamo and Christine Wells (Ken); sister Lillian Bush; and many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to a calling hour on Thursday, September 30, from 9:30 to 10:30am at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will be held at 10:30am. Burial with military honors will follow at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Schuylerville.

Memorial contributions in memory of Alvah may be made to the Saratoga National Cemetery Honor Guard Association, 200 Duell Road-Suite 1, Schuylerville, NY 12871.

Peter M. Caruana, 64, passed away on Saturday, September 25, 2021. He was born in Brooklyn, NY on December 15, 1956 to Raymond and Janet Caruana.

Peter worked for Mason Tenders in Brooklyn for many years. After moving to Malta in 1998, he invested in real estate and managed rental properties. Peter was an active member of Fruitful Vine Christian Church where he played drums and was a member of the worship team. He enjoyed hunting and a good cigar. His greatest joy was his sons and grandchildren and he treasured the time they spent together.

He was predeceased by his parents Raymond and Janet, and his brother Gerald Caruana. Peter is survived by his wife Annemarie; sons Peter Caruana and Anthony Caruana (Brittany); and his granddaughters Aria and Harper.

Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours on Wednesday, September 29 from 5pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 7pm. Memorial contributions in memory of Peter may be made to Fruitful Vine Christian Church, 9 Burning Bush Boulevard, Ballston Lake, NY 12019.

Cheryl K. Whittredge, 77, passed away on Thursday, September 23, 2021. She was born in Niskayuna, NY on August 27, 1944 to Clarence and Helen Tuper.

Cheryl worked for the Saratoga Co Dept of Adult Services for many years. She was a life member of the Community Emergency Corp in Ballston Spa and a member of First Baptist Church in Ballston Spa. She enjoyed shopping and taking long rides with her husband. Her family was her greatest joy and she treasured the time she spent with them especially her grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her parents and her first husband George Voelker, Jr. Cheryl is survived by her husband Frederick Whittredge; children Mary Whittredge, Brian Whittredge (Sandra), James Whittredge (Kelly), Ernest Whittredge (Mary Beth), Heidi Cavanaugh (Douglas), and David Whittredge (Deborah); grandchildren Laiken, Kyle, Luke, Brittany, Zach, Kasie, Riley, Colt, Jason, Adam, Gabe, Audrey, and Tyler; and five great grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, September 27 from 5pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Funeral services will be held 1pm Tuesday, September 28 at First Baptist Church, 202 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Ballston Spa Cemetery.

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

Diane M. Espey (Curcurito-Larson), 76, passed away peacefully on September 20, 2021. She was born on April 18, 1945 to Thomas M. Espey and Elda Brantigan. Diane loved spending time with her family, playing cards, gambling and vacationing.

Diane is survived by her daughters Theresa (Brian) Gregory, Kimberly (Don) Flint and her son Joseph (Laurie) Curcurito; grandchildren Elisha, Bridget, Casey, Michael, Caitlyn, Brandon, Emy; 6 great grandchildren; sister Sharon Hickey; brothers Richard (Karen) Espey and Warren "Hoppy" (Donna) Espey; special friend Herb Henry; and mother in law Emily Curcurito who she stayed very close to over the years. She was predeceased by her parents and her brother Thomas J. Espey, III.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 10am to 11am on Saturday, September 25 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 11am.

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

Mark A. Cottrell, 62, passed away on Sunday, September 19, 2021. He was born in Schenectady, NY on August 2, 1959 to James and Jane Cottrell, Sr. He served in the US Air Force.

Mark worked at the Knolls Atomic Power Lab in West Milton for over 30 years. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. His greatest joy was his family and he treasured the time he spent with his beloved grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his father James Cottrell. Mark is survived by his daughters Samantha Cottrell (Sam) and Michelle Cottrell (Tim); grandchildren Keiara “Storm”, Ilyana, Elexis, Crystal and Jezilyn; mother Jane Cottrell; siblings Dorothea Coleman (William), James Cottrell, Jr. (Harriet) and David Cottrell (Josh).

Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours on Thursday, September 23, from 5pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Funeral services with military honors will be held 2:30pm Wednesday, September 29 at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, 200 Duell Road, Schuylerville. The family is requesting that all visitors where a facemask.

Memorial contributions in memory of Mark may be made to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Marian W. Phillips, 102, passed away on Saturday, September 18, 2021.
She was predeceased by her husband Henry Phillips. A favorite task
she had at the Ballston Spa United Methodist Church was as a greeter
at the north door for many years. We know she will be at the door to heaven.
Marian is survived by her daughter Susan (Randy), and her nieces and nephews.

Tammy L. Hagadorn-Garmley 45, passed away on Friday, September 17, 2021. She was born in Saratoga Springs, NY on May 29, 1976. Tammy was a stay at home mom to her three children, then spent several years in the transportation field as a school bus driver for the Ballston Spa School District. The past few years, Tammy spent taking care of her grandchildren which brought her so much joy.

Tammy’s family and friends meant so very much to her. She was also a huge animal lover, her dogs included Basset Hounds, Rottweilers and the past ten years her English Bulldogs, and recently a French Bulldog, which Tammy got for her beloved husband. She also raised many chickens and other animals, loving them all just like her children!

Tammy is survived by her husband Brian Garmley; children Alexis Hagadorn-Garmley (Robert Straight), Bryonna Smith (Nyle), and Dylan Hagadorn (Quinn Ody); grandchildren Greyson, Owen, Dylan and Addisyn; father and stepmother Rick and Anna Hagadorn; siblings Rickey Hagadorn, Jr., Clarence Hagadorn (Donna) and Terry Hagadorn (Kristen); nieces and nephews Rickey, Stephanie, Elizabeth, CJ, Cody, Polly, Zachary, TJ, Madysen and Teegan. She was predeceased by her mother Laurel Whitman.

A Celebration of Life will be held on October 30 from 12pm to 4pm at the Eagles Club, 373 Crescent Avenue, Saratoga Springs, in the outdoor pavilion.

Diane C. Hoyt, 81, passed away on Monday, September 13, 2021. She was born in Amsterdam, NY on June 2, 1940 to Francis and Helen Cudo.

Diane was a title searcher for Murdock Abstract in Ballston Spa for many years. She enjoyed visiting antique shops and searching for the perfect treasure with her dear friend Patricia Ward. Diane was a dog lover and shared her home with many dogs over the years; she adored her dog nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents Frank and Helen, and her sister Marcia LaRow. Diane is survived by her nieces Julie Vara (Rick) and Amy Wheeler (Jeff); nephew Bill LaRow; grandnieces and grandnephews Dalton Wheeler, Rylee Wheeler, Brielle Wheeler, and Abby Vara.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, September 20 from 5pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Funeral services will be held 9:30am Tuesday, September 21 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.

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

Daniel A. Hayner, 73, passed away suddenly on Sunday, September 12, 2021. He was born in Albany, NY on November 2, 1947. He was an Army veteran, serving in Vietnam. Dan was a master builder of high performance race engines over the years, he built engines for drivers who raced at Malta, Fonda and Lebanon Valley. He was well known throughout the dirt track circuit.

Dan is survived by his close friends Tim Groski (Hope) and Arthur Bufe (Ellen); and his racing family who will miss him dearly.

Funeral services with military honors will be held 2:30pm Tuesday, September 21 at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, 200 Duell Road, Schuylerville.

David J. Burke, 65, passed away on Sunday, September 12, 2021. He was born in Queens, NY on December 12, 1955 to David and Dorothy Burke. He served in the US Air Force. David could often be found out on the golf course enjoying the game he loved. His greatest joy was his grandchildren and he treasured the time they spent together.

He was predeceased by his parents David and Dorothy Burke. David is survived by his wife Cindy; daughters Tanya Barnes (Jason) and Tammy Carpenter (Gary); grandchildren Shelby and Charlie; brother Barry Burke (Eileen); and several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be held on a later date. Memorial contributions in memory of David may be made to the Fulton County Regional SPCA, 117 West Fulton Street, Gloversville, NY 12078.

Rosemary W. Sypek passed away on September 9, 2021 at New Albany Rehabilitation Center while surrounded by her family. She was born on June 19, 1935 in Ballston Spa, NY. She was the daughter of Edward and Grace White and sister to Eunice White, all of whom have preceded her in death.

Rosemary graduated from Ballston Spa High School. Following graduation, she attended Albany Business College in Albany, NY, where she was a member of Theta Alpha Chi sorority. Upon graduation, she worked for the Federal Government in Washington, DC at Marine Aviation. It was in Washington that she met and married the love of her life, Lt. Frederick Sypek, who preceded her in death after 43 years of marriage.

Her beautiful life will forever be cherished by the lives of her children: Edward White of Lexington, Kentucky, Paul Sypek (Amy) of New Albany, Ohio, Richard Sypek of Marshfield, Massachusetts, and Kathy White ((John) of New Albany, Ohio. She was known to her six grandchildren as Grandma and shared her love of books and word search puzzles with them all.

A private service will be held at St. Mary's Cemetery in Ballston Spa where Rosemary will be laid to rest with her husband Frederick.

Eulalie Climer Kindt, age 102, of Ballston Spa, NY, died of old age at Brookdale Assisted Living in Ithaca, NY on September 8, 2021. Eulalie was born on April 18, 1919 in Hillsboro, Texas, the daughter of Will and Effie (Swindoll) Climer and was baptized at the Hillsboro Church of Christ at age 16. She graduated from Hillsboro Junior College in 1938. On November 24, 1943, she married Henry George Kindt of Albany, NY at the Central Church of Christ in Temple, TX. After the war, the Kindts made their home in the Capital District area of New York. They worshipped at First Baptist Church of Ballston Spa since 1979.

Eulalie graduated Magna cum Laude from the College of St. Rose and was a teacher at Latham Ridge School in North Colonie. In retirement, her activities included creating and arranging music for the mountain dulcimer and she was a founding member of the Dulcimer Association of Albany. She was also an ESL tutor with Literacy Volunteers, assisted by her husband Henry. She was a loyal, loving, devoted wife.

Eulalie was predeceased by her husband of 62 years, Henry; two sisters, Melrose Meador and Doris Nell Wilson, and five brothers, Durward, James, John, Thomas and Bill Climer. She is survived by two daughters, Cheryl Kindt of Binghamton and Lisa Kindt of Latham; one granddaughter, Tanya Brozost (Andrew) Paine of Ithaca; one grandson, Adam J. (Kristina) Brozost of Darmstadt, Germany; one great-grandson, David Brozost of Darmstadt, Germany; nephews, Kurt Andress of Ballston Spa, Eric Andress of Leesburg, VA, niece, Katherine Andress of Burnt Hills, nephew, David of Ballston Spa and several grandnieces and nephews.

We will celebrate her new birth at 11am Tuesday, September 14th at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A calling hour will precede the service from 10 – 11am at the funeral home. Facemasks will be required. Burial will follow at Memory Gardens, 983 Watervliet Shaker Road, Colonie.

Ruth E. Robinson “Dr. Jones” 95 years old of Gansevoort passed away Friday September 3, 2021 at home. She was born in Staten Island, New York to Edward and Lee Jones. Ruth was a pioneer for women. She was one of the first women veterinarians to graduate from Cornell University in 1947.

She met and married her lab partner, Elmer Robinson. Together they opened Saratoga Springs Veterinary Hospital in 1950. They raised five children while practicing on small and large animals for 30 years. Ruth was a member of Zonta and The Garden Club. She continued to organize luncheons for retirees well into her 90's.

She was so much to so many. Her favorite saying was "To Laugh is to Live" and we ALWAYS laughed. As a Mom she was our support and her love was unconditional. As a Gram and GGma (GiGi ma) she was a cookie maker, pitcher, piano player, babysitter and LOVE.

Upon retirement Ruth and El spent their winters in Key Largo, FL. They loved it there and made many new lifelong friends. She often said they were "rich" with friends and how blessed they were to have so much love around them.

Ruth overcame many medical issues over the last eight years, but she always rallied strong, thanks to her daughter Gale that gave her the best care possible. As of late her body failed her mind. She was sharp as always.

In addition to her parents, she is predeceased by her husband of 66 years Dr. Elmer L. Robinson and her brother Edward J. Jones Jr. of Savannah GA. Ruth is survived by her children Nancy Schaefer (David), Gale Webster, Chris Casertino, Roy Robinson (Cristina) and Leta Rock-Wells (Mark); eleven grandchildren, Erin, Dave, Alissa, Shaun, Nicole, Andrew, Sabrina, Monique, Lucas, Jesse and Jamie; thirteen great grandchildren and four great great grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours on Saturday, September 11 from 4pm to 6pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. In lieu of flowers take someone special to dinner and LAUGH in her memory.

Susan Cinella Pupovac was that teacher — the one that everybody wanted, and no one ever forgot. She also happened to be that sister, that friend, that godmother, that aunt, that babysitter and that mother.

Born in Troy, New York on January 23rd, 1947, Susan began spreading her infectious joy from Mechanicville and Ballston Spa to Clifton Park and eventually Wesley Community in Saratoga. The epitome of kindness, she exuded warmth and radiated tenderness. She wore a permanent smile that could brighten even the darkest of rooms. You may not have known her, but she made your life a little better even after the briefest of encounters. She passed peacefully on September 1st, 2021 surrounded by love and the thing she treasured above all else, her family and friends.

It has long been known that the best, and most accurate way to describe her, was an American Mary Poppins. No, she could not sing. True, she did not know Dick Van Dyke. And sadly, much to her chagrin, she did not befriend any cartoon animals. But she was kind and selfless to a fault. Loved fiercely. And was simply, magical. She truly was practically perfect in every way.

She spread her magic over four decades of teaching kindergarten and babysitting her second children upon retirement. Susan always said that if you love what you do, you will never work a day in your life. Susan never worked a day in her life.

There will never be another Susan Cinella Pupovac. Her family and friends already miss her but are fortunate to have had her. She was as unique as the snow she loved to watch fall and will be missed by everyone that knew her.

I am not sure what happens after you are gone. I do not know where she is. But I do know this, wherever she is: she has not stopped talking since she arrived. She is baking something for someone. And everybody already loves her.

In honor of Susan’s memory, she (in a posthumous letter sent to her family) asks that you think of her whenever you are celebrating (no matter the celebration) or at the beach. To have drink for her, as her brother Frank always says, it’s 5 O’clock somewhere. “Even where I am.”

She is preceded in death and reunited with the love of her life Sava Pupovac and her parents Frank and Madelyn Cinella. She is survived by her son Stevan; siblings Peg (husband Scott, children Mark, Todd, Cheri); Francine (husband David, son Michael); Richard (wife Lorilee, children Katie, Jim); Frank (wife Vicki, children Jacqueline, Jennifer); great-nieces and nephews (Krystina, Nicole, Ryan, Scott, CJ, Carly, Abigail) and friends and family too numerous to list, but certainly not forgotten.

Friends can visit with Susan’s family at Armer Funeral Home, Inc. 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa on Friday, September 3rd, from 4PM until 8PM. Mass will be celebrated at St. Edward the Confessor Catholic Church in Clifton Park on Saturday, September 4th, at 11AM. In Susan's memory donations may be made to the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration and the American Cancer Society.

On Wednesday, September 1, 2021, Raymond J. Murphy, 88, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his loving family. Ray was born on June 8, 1933, in Ballston Spa and was a lifelong resident. He was the son of the late Leo and June Murphy and the brother of the late June, James (Eleanor), Patrick (Kay) and Tommy.

After graduating from Ballston Spa High School, Ray served his country in the United States Army stationed in Europe as a Military MP. Following his service, Murph played semi-pro baseball for a local Ballston team and worked locally as an electrician. For 24 years Murph worked at Skidmore College, retiring in 1997 as the Chief Electrician. During his free time, Murph was a longtime high school and college basketball referee and baseball umpire in the Capital District.

Over the years, Ray used his woodworking talents to make furniture, special seasonal items and sports plaques as gifts for family and friends. The individualized Christmas ornaments that he made for his grandchildren are treasured keepsakes. He was a lifelong fan of Cleveland professional sports teams - the Indians, Browns and Cavaliers, and attended the 1995 and 1997 World Series.

Ray was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. Ray married his high school sweetheart Linda Lloyd in 1957. They were married for 47 years until his beloved Linda passed away in 2004. Ray was a loving, supportive and devoted father to his dear sons, Jay (Maria) of Cleveland Heights, Ohio and Lee (Christine) of Gansevoort. Ray was a beloved “Poppy” to his grandchildren, Allison, Cole, Tommy, Danny and Katie. Poppy was cherished by his family who will miss him immensely.

The Murphy family would like to thank Bev Haskell for her devoted friendship and Community Hospice, especially Lori and Erika, for their loving care of Ray.

A private graveside service will be held. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Ray’s memory can be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or the Linda Murphy Memorial Scholarship Award, checks payable to: Ballston Spa Central School District, 220 Ballston Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

George A. LaRue, Sr., 62, passed away on Saturday, August 28, 2021. He was born in Rhinebeck, NY on January 13, 1959 to George and Nancy LaRue.

George was a bus driver for Galway Schools for over twenty years, retiring in 2018. He was a member of the Rock City Falls Volunteer Fire Department and the Providence Volunteer Fire Department where he served as Captain of the Fire Police. George enjoyed hunting and going to the local car and truck shows.
His greatest joy was the time he spent with his family especially his beloved granddaughter Cassidy.

He was predeceased by his parents George and Nancy. George is survived by his wife Paula and their sons George LaRue, Jr and Russell LaRue; granddaughter Cassidy; sisters Debra Meyer (Edmond) and Christine LaRue; brother Smith LaRue (Jodie); and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours on Thursday, September 2 from 1pm to 3pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Memorial contributions in memory of George may be made to the Providence Volunteer Fire Department.

Barbara C. Helman, 73, passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 28, 2021 after a long illness, with her daughters at her side. She was born on February 29, 1948 to Michael and Barbara Zappone at Benedict Memorial Hospital in Ballston Spa.

A lifelong resident of Ballston Spa, Barbara worked at several establishments throughout the years including Angelica Healthcare, Ballston Spa Knitting Mill and Espey in Saratoga Springs.

Barbara had a strong faith and was a parishioner of St Mary’s Catholic Church in Ballston Spa. She was a member of the Ballston Spa Home and Garden Club. Barbara was a lover of Ballston Spa History, The Golden Girls, Billie Holiday, Dean Martin, gnocchi, french fries, classic movies, true crime TV, a good crusty bread with butter and “Chicken Soup For What Ails Ya.”

Barbara was a Mom to all that knew her! She truly had a love for life and fought until the very end. She will be sadly missed by all her beloved family and friends.

Family was truly her life and she is survived by her loving daughters Cindy Winslow and Billie-Jo Helman-Schweikert (Henry); grandchildren Falecia, Timothy, and Rayna; great grandsons Brycen and Oliver; and several loving nieces, great nephews, cousins and dear friends. In addition to her parents, Barbara was predeceased by her sister Rose Marie Reksc.

Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours on Wednesday, September 1 from 10am to 11am at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will be held at 11am. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Amsterdam. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Barbara may be made to Donate Life.net or The American Heart Association (heart.org)

Cindy and Billie-Jo would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to the Fresenius Dialysis Center of Saratoga and the D1 Unit Staff of Saratoga Hospital for the excellent care they gave to Barbara.

Donald Gilbert Hauprich passed away peacefully in his Ballston Spa home surrounded by loved ones on August 24, 2021. He was 97.

Born in Albany on February 10, 1924, Donald was the son of Edward Hauprich, Sr. and Sophie (nee Keller) Hauprich. Shortly after graduating from Albany High School in 1942 Donald proudly served in the US Army where he earned the rank of corporal prior to being honorably discharged following World War Two. Having sustained injuries while in northern Africa, his patriotic legacy includes having been a Disabled American Veteran (DAV).

It was during a rehearsal for an Albany Light Opera Company production in 1946 that Donald met and fell in love with Audrey (nee Bopp) with whom he exchanged vows of Holy Matrimony in March 1948. Their two hearts continued beating as one as they welcomed 10 children before settling in Ballston Spa in 1968.

Donald’s hands on approach to parenting during the 1950s and 1960s ultimately earned him accolades as having been “A New Millennium Dad in a Father’s Knows Best World.” (legaciesunlimited.com/PDF/NEW-MILLENNIUM-DAD_IN_A_FATHER-KNOWS-BEST-WORLD.pdf)
The “Dad for All Seasons” celebrated every holiday to the fullest, festively decorating the Hauprich abode and sharing traditions from coloring and bucking Easter eggs to lighting Advent wreath candles leading up to Christmas.

The homestead’s walls also often reverberated with the sounds of music as Donald, who was a self-taught pianist, sang duets with Audrey to the delight of family and friends. For many years the couple also raised their voices in songs of praise and worship as part of the choir at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Ballston Spa.

The former Boy Scout additionally enjoyed singing around campfires with his offspring as well as fishing, hiking, swimming and playing shuffleboard during summer vacations on Lake George where Donald further honed his captivating lifelong storytelling skills. Memories of his bocce ball and ping pong playing adventures abound as do those of him dancing everything from waltzes to polkas to The Bunny Hop and The Hokey Pokey at weddings and other celebrations. Seemingly born with a Green Thumb, the bounty from Donald’s backyard garden was often shared with friends and relatives.

Somehow Donald, who was fondly regarded as “a perpetual ray of sunshine” also found time to commute from Ballston Spa to his full-time electrical maintenance position at SUNY/Albany. After retiring in 1984, he travelled with Audrey to such diverse destinations as Arizona, Gettysburg, PA, Canada and Italy.

Donald was predeceased by his parents and his siblings, Edward Hauprich, Jr. and Elinor Hauprich Dougherty as well as by his granddaughter Jennifer Marie Danison.

He is survived by his wife of 73 years, Audrey Bopp Hauprich; his children, Charlene Reese, Timothy Hauprich, Pamela Irish, Ann Hauprich (Cole Broderick), Francis Hauprich, William Hauprich (all of Ballston Spa), Stephen Hauprich (Nancy) of Cicero, NY, Christopher Hauprich (Joanna) of Ballston Spa, Andrew Hauprich (Sharon) of Schenectady and Mary Reilly (Dave) of New Hampshire. The family tree extends to include 28 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Over the years, Donald was also a beloved honorary “second father” to Marcio de Melo of Brazil, Dave Sherwood of Ballston Spa and the now late Rev. Anthony Maione.

Heartfelt thanks to Mariola Klawender and Joanne Hauprich for their devoted daytime caregiving assistance and to caring overnight aides Nora Bennett and Lynn Bouteiller as well as to Sister Nancy Schmidt of the Sisters of St. Joseph, the Rev. Francis Vivacqua and Deacon Ron Hogan of St. Mary’s Church for their spiritual support and to Stephen Pezzulo, MD for his palliative care services.

A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 9:30am Monday, August 30 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Donald may be made to St. Mary’s Church,185 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Gary J. McClelland gained his angel wings on August 21, 2021. He was born on July 4, 1987 to Robert and Roberta (Knapp) McClelland, Sr.

Gary loved the outdoors, camping, fishing, and shooting his guns. He enjoyed being with his buddies playing magic cards and gaming on the internet. He had a personality that only his family and close friends could appreciate.

Gary is survived by his loving family, his mother Roberta McClelland, brothers Jesse McClelland (Lynn), Christopher McClelland, and Robert McClelland, Jr. (Jordan); sister Kendra McClelland; daughter Evelyn Rose; nieces Alieya, Becca, Aubrey, Natalie and Lillian; nephews Preston and Shane; and his second family Robin and Bill Sims and their sons Jason and Bill.

Gary was predeceased by his father Robert McClelland, Sr and his grandparents Leland and Trudy McClelland, and Gary and Peggy Knapp.

A celebration of life for Gary will be held at Uncle Danny's on Saturday, August 28 at 2pm for family and close friends.

Kevin Joseph Michael Moran passed away in the comfort of his own home on Thursday, August 19, 2021. He was born in the Bronx, NY on January 25, 1948 to John and Frances (Shattuck) Moran. He spent his early childhood years in the Bronx and then moved to Saratoga Springs with his family as a teenager. He attended St. Peter’s High School where he enjoyed playing football.

Kevin was never interested in working for anyone so he became an independent owner operator, driving tractor trailers across the country. He loved the open road, driving more than one million miles over his career. Kevin loved to travel with his family on the most recent trips to Ireland and China. His greatest joy in his life though was his daughters of whom he was very proud. He loved to come home from his long trips and spend time with them.

Kevin is survived by his wife of 35 years Katherine MacMillin Moran; his daughters Margaret Moran-Taylor (Ryan) of Orlando, FL, Charlotte Moran-Friedrichs (Darin) of Shanghai, China and Mary Kate Moran-White (Brian) of Minneola, Florida; sisters Maureen Sames of Peoria, Illinois, and Ebbie McMaster of Pontiac, Michigan; and several nieces and nephews. Kevin was predeceased by his parents and his brothers in law Jack Sames and Roger McMaster.

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

Bryah Gifford tragically passed away on Thursday, August 12th, he was 42. Bryah was best known for his larger than life personality. He was always positive, upbeat, and motivated, all characteristics that were reflected in the great success of his businesses, Power’s Inn and Pub, and Giffy’s Bar-B-Que. He treated people well and his catch phrase was always “We are Gifford’s, we do the right thing”.

His wife Cara was truly the love of his life, soulmates who shared the same forward thinking vision. She can’t wait to tell their one year old son about his father one day and carry on his legacy.

Bryah was a huge football fan and some of his best memories were playing at Shenendehowa High School and in college for The University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He created lifelong friendships with the team there and the whole football program.

He is survived by his wife Cara Gifford, children Taylor, Tessa, and Alexander Gifford; father Randy Gifford; sisters Charlie Cahill (Jim) and Amy Gotham (Brenden); many nieces, nephews, cousins, employees and friends. The family would like to especially thank his lifelong best friend Ed Dworakowski for being an amazing support system for Bryah his entire life. He was predeceased by his mother Peggy Power Gifford.

Bryah truly was an amazing human being with the biggest heart and really enjoyed every day of his life.

A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 9:30am Thursday, August 19 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Ballston Spa Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours on Wednesday, August 18 from 4pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in memory of Bryah may be made to the UMass Football Program at www.umass.edu

Francis E. Pochman 78, passed away on Thursday, August 12, 2021. He was born in Albany, NY on October 31, 1942 to Stephen and Kathryn Pochman.

Frank was an accountant for the NYS Department of Transportation for many years. He enjoyed gardening, going to the Saratoga Racetrack, and spending time in “Club Frankie”. His greatest joy was his grandchildren and great granddaughter and he treasured the time he spent with them.

He was predeceased by his parents and his wife Linda. Frank is survived by his dear friend Patricia McMahon; children Kathleen McShane (Mark), Sandra Dee (Patrick) and Brian Pochman; grandchildren Brittney, Sara, Maggie, Emma, Taylor, Katie, Scotty and Natalie; great granddaughter Maddison; sister Stephanie O’Connell; and his beloved cats Dexter and Dolly.

A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 9:30am on Monday, August 16 at St. Mary’s Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Fort Edward. Memorial contributions in memory of Frank may be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs. The family would like to thank Community Hospice of Saratoga and Tiffany for the compassionate care they gave to Frank.

Rhett M. Croteau, 70, passed away on Monday, August 9, 2021. He was born in Albany, NY on December 17, 1950 to Leonard and Marie Croteau.

Rhett owned and operated Croteau and Son’s Servicenter in Malta for 50 years. He was always there with a friendly smile, a good joke, and a hug. His commitment to the community was undeniable, greeting strangers and friends alike. He made everyone feel like family.

Rhett was a volunteer firefighter with the Malta Ridge Volunteer Fire Co, which he joined in 1971 and was an assistant chief for 15 years. He loved his family and the community of friends that became his family. He enjoyed NASCAR, Coca Cola collectibles, Hallmark movies, the NY Yankees, and the Dallas Cowboys. Rhett also loved travelling in his RV with his soulmate Bev and their fur babies.

He was predeceased by his parents Leonard and Marie, mother-in-law Anna Jenkins, brother-in-law Michael Parker, and nephew Taylor Parker. Rhett is survived by his wife Beverly, children David Eldred, Michael Eldred (Lori), Tara Miosek (Paul), Desiree Drindak (Michael), Daniel Shipski, and Matina Shipski; grandchildren Jonathon Eldred, Tyler Eldred, Jeremy Eldred, Shannon Eldred, Justin Miosek, Ethan Miosek, Ryan Eldred, Adrianna Drindak, and Zachery Miosek; siblings Regina Parker, Desiree Roberts (Tom), Tracey LaBlanc (Bob), Monique Croteau, Travis Croteau, and Tarquin Croteau (Karen); many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours on Saturday, August 14 from 1 pm to 6 pm at the Malta Ridge Round Lake Shared Station, 8 Hemphill Place, Malta (Parade Ground Village).

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Rhett may be made to the Malta Ridge Volunteer Fire Co, PO Box 2316, Malta, NY 12020 or Christ Episcopal Church, 15 West High Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Maryann A. Thouin, 82, passed away on Saturday, August 7, 2021. She was born in Niskayuna, NY on April 8, 1939 to Joseph Francis and Anita Thouin. She was a 1961 graduate of the College of St. Rose.

Maryann, “The Marm” as she was affectionately called by her family, taught third grade at Blessed Sacrament School in Albany for 43 years, retiring in 2004. Over her many years of teaching she taught generations of families. Every year her class would put on a school play and she spent countless hours making props and helping her students prepare. She was known for the gerbils she would have in her classroom. Her third graders would learn about caring for pets and she would give them to pet stores or students at the end of the year.

She was predeceased by her parents and her sister Janice Brown. Maryann is survived by her brother Gene Thouin, sisters Jackie Zeglen (Larry) and Donna Pisani (Vic); and many nieces and nephews.

A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on 10am Friday, August 13 at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Saratoga Road, Glenville. Burial will follow in Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery, Schenectady. Memorial contributions in memory of Maryann may be made to the Church of the Immaculate Conception.

James C. Pittochi 77, passed away on Friday, August 6, 2021, in the comfort of his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born on September 20, 1943 in Jersey City, NJ. He married Constance Brennan on April 4, 1964.

Jim started his career as a computer specialist with RCA in New Jersey. In the late 1980’s, he relocated to Malta, NY to work for General Electric, eventually retiring from Met Life. Jim enjoyed every aspect of life; he saw the beauty in all of nature, had a true love for music and loved his dog McDuff, however, the most important thing to him was sharing a life with his family.

He was predeceased by his parents Anthony and Eileen Pittochi. Jim is survived by his beloved wife Constance, who he lovingly referred to as “My Con”. He is also survived by their loving daughters, Lisa Brown (Tom), Jeanette Pittochi, and Michelle Pittochi (Freddie Reed); his nephew and “summer son”, Jeffrey Miller (Gina); grandchildren Gabrielle Pittochi (Shawn Archer), Ryan Fahey, Tanner Pittochi, Nicholas Reed and Margueritte Pittochi; great grandchildren Ryleigh and Decker Archer; as well as his nieces and nephews and extended family.

A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 9:30am on Thursday, August 12, 2021 at St. Mary’s Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Saratoga Springs. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, August 14th from 1pm to 5pm. Please feel free to reach out to family for a pre-determined location.

Memorial contributions in memory of Jim may be made to The Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Jim’s family would like to thank all the nurses and staff from Hospice who devoted their time to provide the utmost care, love and respect. To name a few who truly added light to his days Justine, Arlene, Danielle, Jill and Teresa.

Carmen Laporta 84, passed away on Wednesday, August 4, 2021. He was born in Syracuse, NY on January 9, 1937. Carmen was a proud graduate of Syracuse University earning a bachelor’s degree in industrial design. He served in the US Army.

Carmen worked for General Electric Co in Schenectady for many years and then worked as a corporate trainer for Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union, retiring in 2004.

Carmen was a master griller and enjoyed cooking for his family. He was an avid Syracuse Basketball and Football fan and never missed a game. In his younger years, Carmen was a boxer and was a loyal fan of Rocky Marciano. He had an incredible sense of humor and many expressions that he often used including “Some days you eat the bear and some days the bear eats you.”

Carmen is survived by his children Lorrie Hanington (Jeffrey) of Saratoga Springs, David Laporta (Tina) of Burnt Hills, and Sue Malatesta (Jeffery) of Latham; grandchildren Valorie Cook (Jim), Lydia Moran (Pete), Maria Laporta, Carmella Laporta, Anthony Laporta, Giovanni Malatesta, and Angelina Malatesta.

A private family gathering will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions in memory of Carmen may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Charles 'Chuck' 'Charlie' 'Chuckles' Joseph Sherman passed away on Wednesday, August 4, 2021. He was 87 years old.

Born into a farming family in Galway, NY, Chuck graduated high school in 1951 and apprenticed with his cousin installing flooring. Chuck opened his Sherman Tile Company business on Middleline Road in Ballston Spa, NY, in 1956. He married Donna Faber in 1953, and had three sons. After Donna's unfortunate passing, Chuck remarried Lorraine Stephenson in 1976 which brought two more boys to the family.

Chuck was an active member of the Saratoga Springs Chamber of Commerce, Elks, Home Builder's Association, and Simpson United Methodist Church in Rock City Falls.

Chuck enjoyed hard work and hard play. On most weekends, the families of Middleline Road would get together to socialize in Chuck's basement, BBQ at the dug pond pavilion, or camp in the Adirondacks. Chuck was famous for organizing the social agenda and earned the title of Wagon Master. Sherman Tile Company parties were always the talk of the town and Chuck memorialized many events with his ever present VHS camcorder.

Chuck and Lorraine enjoyed socializing with friends and spent many weekends dancing the night away. They also loved to travel. They frequently vacationed in Maine and traveled to other places like Puerto Rico, Hawaii, and Alaska. They also enjoyed traveling through western states collecting Native American and cowboy art.

Chuck loved living on his hill across from the tile company where he would sit by the fire and enjoy the view of Vermont. He lived at home for the remainder of his days.

Chuck is survived by wife Lorraine; sons Skip, Rick, John, and Pete; grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and friends. He was predeceased by his grandson Jason, and his son Joe. Chuck made everyone feel like they were part of his family and he will be sorely missed.

Funeral services will be held 10am Wednesday, August 11 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Galway Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours on Tuesday, August 10 from 3pm to 7pm at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to Simpson United Methodist Church or Saratoga County Animal Shelter.

Ronald Sargent, 82, passed away on Wednesday, August 4, 2021. He was born in Gilbertsville, NY on September 20, 1938 to William and Geraldine Sargent. Ron worked for many years as a farm hand in Morris, NY. He was predeceased by his sisters Jackie Fake and Olive Loubier. Ronald is survived by his brothers Douglas Sargent, Marvin Sargent and Larry Sargent; and many nieces and nephews. A private family interment will be held at Hillington Cemetery in Morris, NY.

Heath C. Blowers, Sr. 48, passed away on Tuesday, August 3, 2021 at his home. He was born in Saratoga Springs, New York on August 21, 1972 to William and Alice Blowers.

Heath was a truck driver for Cornell Paving and also ran his own excavating and towing service. Trucks were his passion. He built all his own trucks for working and for the fun times, mud bogging with his friends. Heath had a way of helping people find the good in themselves. He enjoyed teaching people new things and giving them confidence to succeed.

He was predeceased by his father William Blowers, brother David Blowers, and uncle Kenneth Blowers. Heath is survived by his children Heath Blowers, Jr. (Samantha), Tiffany Blowers and Aaron Blowers; granddaughter Paiten, mother Alice Blowers; brothers Kevin Blowers, Michael Blowers (Karen), and William Blowers, Jr.; niece Tanya Blowers, and several additional nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held 10am Monday, August 9 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Family and friends are invited to gather at the funeral home at 9:30am before the service.

Memorial contributions in memory of Heath may be made to Mollie Wilmot Radiation Oncology Center, 211 Church Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or Albany Medical Center Radiation Oncology Center, 43 New Scotland Avenue, Albany, NY 12208.

Kenneth H. Plummer, 80, passed away on Saturday, July 31, 2021 at his home while working in his garage. He was born in Ballston Spa, NY on December 28, 1940 to J. Howard and Marjorie Plummer.

Ken worked for the Town of Ballston for 25 years, retiring in 1995. He could often be seen outside mowing his lawn or working on his many tractors. The unofficial mayor of Hop City Road, Ken liked to visit with his neighbors and friends who often stopped by to see him and have a cup of coffee. He enjoyed watching the tractor pulls at the Saratoga County Fair and Friday night racing at the Albany Saratoga Speedway in Malta.

He was predeceased by his parents J. Howard and Marjorie Plummer, and his sister Dorothy Jean Gatzendorfer. Ken is survived by his sons Warren Plummer (Cherie) and Kenneth Plummer (Carolyn); grandchildren Adam and Madelynn; great grandson Boux; several nieces and nephews; and his many close friends who looked in on him.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a graveside service at 1pm on Thursday August 5, 2021 at Sweetman Cemetery, Sweetman Road, Charlton. Memorial contributions in memory of Ken may be made to the Burnt Hills Fire Department, 811 Saratoga Road, Burnt Hills, NY 12027.