Obituaries


A. Elizabeth (Schnars) Frank, 82, of Ballston Spa, NY passed away Monday, June 14, 2021 at Albany Medical Center, Albany, NY. She was born in Ballston Spa, NY, one of a pair of beautiful twin girls on January 9, 1939. She was the daughter of Edward Schnars and Ruth (Rickett) Schnars, also of Ballston Spa.

Liz was a proud member of the Ballston High School Class of 1957 and went on to study at Alfred State. Many years later she earned a degree at Empire State College. She worked as a Medical Transcriptionist, and volunteered at many places including the Health Ministry of the Southern Tier and the Greenfield Historical Society. She made many close, valued friends, including those at Corning Community College.

She lived in Big Flats, NY for many years, raising a family and living a rich and varied country life with her husband David. Later they travelled the country. She returned to live in her hometown Ballston Spa to be back among family and childhood friends. Her many talents and hobbies included stained glass, quilting, and flower gardening.

She was bright, kind and had a love of knowledge, nature, trivia and friends. She was strong, with always a positive outlook. She made deeply valued, long lasting friendships with the many people she touched: relatives, classmates, neighbors and colleagues. She'll be greatly missed.

Liz was predeceased by her dearly loved husband of 47 years, David C. Frank; her twin sister Elaine (Thomas) Whalen; elder sister Ellen Francis (Charles) Hyde; niece Lindy (Brian) Reilly; nephew Lee Whalen.

Survivors include son David Frank II of Houston, Texas; son Gregg Frank of Brunswick, New York; grandchildren David Frank III and Olivia Frank both of Houston, Texas. She is also survived by nieces Cheryl (Chris) Davia; Lorrie (Mike) Patenaude; Beth (Mark) Smisloff and Christine Frank; nephews Mark Whalen, Tim (Mary) Whalen, Tim Frank, Alex (Kristen) Rhea, and Justin Rhea; former daughter-in-law Kelly Mayo-Frank; sister-in-law Yvonne (Pat) Frank; and sister-in-law Candace (John) Rhea.

There are no calling hours. Private graveside services will be held at South Napoli Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

Contributions in her memory may be made to The American Cancer Society or the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society - Menands Animal Care Center 3 Oakland Ave, Menands, NY

Wayne B. Shaffer 68, passed away on Sunday, June 13, 2021 at his home surrounded by his family. He was born in Niskayuna, NY on October 27, 1952 to George and Helen Shaffer.

A graduate of Colonie Central High School, Wayne worked for Hahn’s Automotive in Albany for many years. He enjoyed camping and boating with his family. He was a small engine repair expert, and fixed many cars and lawn mowers.

He was predeceased by his parents George and Helen Shaffer. Wayne is survived by his wife of 35 years Martha Murray Shaffer; his children Laura Filmer (Josh), John Tiffault, Ernest Tiffault, Jon Shaffer, and Jody Shaffer; Kathy Harrison who was like a daughter to him; brothers Donald Shaffer (Belinda), and Steven Shaffer (Paula); 9 grandchildren, 1 great grandson, and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held 10am Friday, June 18 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Ballston Spa Cemetery. Memorial contributions in memory of Wayne may be made to Community Hospice, 310 South Manning Boulevard, Albany, NY 12208.

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

Lina C. Gareri, 59, born on May 2, 1962, passed away on Saturday June 12 2021, and was reunited with her parents Sebastiano and Giuseppina D’Avella.

Lina was a loving Sister, Wife, Mother, and Nonna. She was loved by all who knew her. She enjoyed planning and hosting parties and being surrounded by the people she loved most. Her smile and personality lit up every room she was present in and her authentic Italian cooking was second to none. She made sure to make everyone feel welcomed in her home and often invited everyone to her holiday parties. There wasn't one person who met her that she wouldn't give the shirt off her back for. Lina was surely one of a kind.

She is survived by her loving husband, Aldo, of 38 years, her daughters and son-in-laws, Jenny and Michael Begnoche and Gabriella and Brian Roberts, her 5 grandchildren who she was completely in love with, her siblings and their spouses, and the many relatives and friends who are all heartbroken by her passing.

In keeping with her wishes, Lina will be cremated and a funeral service will take place on Monday, June 28, 2021. The funeral Mass will be at 11:00am at St Edward the Confessor Catholic Church, 569 Clifton Park Center Rd ,Clifton Park NY 12065. A Catholic Burial will follow the Funeral Mass at St Anthony’s Cemetery, 27 Glenridge Rd, Glenville NY 12302.

Thank you to the Medical Staff at Albany Medical Center, as well as the Community Hospice of Saratoga for the care that Lina received. Memorial Contributions in memory of Lina can be made to the Glioblastoma Foundation for Brain Tumor research, at glioblastomafoundation.org.

Jacqueline A. Welch 80, passed away on Thursday, June 10, 2021. She was born in Amsterdam, NY on April 11, 1941.

Jackie worked for Tufflite in Ballston Spa for many years. She enjoyed shopping and going out to dinner with her family. Her family was her greatest joy and she treasured the time they spent together.

She was predeceased by her husband William “Vince” Welch, stepson Billy, sister Carolyn, and brother Melvin. Jackie is survived by her children Michael Mulvaney (Joanne), Joseph Mulvaney, Jr. (Gerrylynn), Alan Mulvaney (Mary), Kenneth Mulvaney (Tanya), and Joanne Isabella (Carmen); stepchildren Michael Welch (Michelle), and Colleen Hadley (John); brother George Blakeslee (Marylee); and many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours on Wednesday, June 16 from 5pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A graveside service will be held 10am Thursday, June 17 in Middle Grove Cemetery, Middle Grove Road, Middle Grove.

Memorial contributions in memory of Jackie may be made to Union Fire Co #2, PO Box 145, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Valencia M. Sommo 90, passed away peacefully at home, on Thursday, June 10, 2021, surrounded by her family. She was born in Glens Falls, NY on February 28, 1931 to Michael and Mary Gazillo.

Valencia worked at General Electric Co in Hudson Falls for 35 years. She enjoyed going for a run or taking a long walk. Valencia always appreciated a good martini with family and friends.

She was predeceased by her parents Michael and Mary, her husband John, siblings Mary, Jim, Tony and Mickey, and her grandson Jake. Valencia is survived by her daughter Margaret Cameron (John); granddaughter Jody; great grandchildren Lily, John-John, Nathan and Jacob; sisters Ann Stone, Dolores Green and Viola Brieton; and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours on Tuesday, June 15 from 5pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Memorial contributions in memory of Valencia may be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Everett “Gene” Kenyon passed into eternity surrounded by his loving family at the age of 85 on June 8, 2021 after a long battle with cancer and dementia.

Gene was a graduate of URI and worked for the NY State Health Department for over 30 years as a senior sanitarian. He also achieved the rank of Lt. Colonel in the Army Reserves. After retirement he and his wife fulfilled their dream of traveling the world together. They visited England, Germany, Italy, Cuba, Scotland, Mexico, and Canada. They also made their way to Alaska, Hawaii, and their favorite, the US Virgin Islands as well as traveling across country by car twice to see the country. After traveling extensively, they spent 15 winters in Port Charlotte, FL.

Gene’s lifelong hobby was collecting minerals and was a dedicated rock hound. He looked forward to attending the International Gem and Mineral Show in Tucson, AZ each February. He also enjoyed displaying his favorite specimens in his home. His second hobby which he took up in retirement was wood turning. He loved finding exotic types of wood to work with and created over 100 beautiful bowls. He was a member of both the Capital Region Mineral Society and the local Wood Turners Group.

Gene is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, June, and his three children, Kerry (Michele) Kenyon of North Carolina, Kimberly (Paul) Berry of Saratoga Springs, and Keith (Janet) Kenyon of Nashville, TN. He is also survived by five grandchildren, Andrew, Kasey, Christopher, Samantha, and Elizabeth as well as one great grandchild, Kal, his two sisters, Judith Ladas and Marcia Avery, and several nieces and nephews.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Community Hospice of Saratoga for their loving support and care during Gene’s final weeks, as well as his church family of First Baptist Church of Ballston Spa where Gene worshiped for over 50 years.

Funeral services will be held 9:30am Tuesday, June 15 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial with military honors will follow at Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, 200 Duell Road, Schuylerville.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider a donation to Community Hospice of Saratoga 179 Lawrence St. Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or Christ’s Cupboard Food Pantry c/o First Baptist Church 202 Milton Ave. Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Rose M. Thomas (Cinguegrano), 78, of Ballston Spa, New York, passed away on Monday, June 7, 2021, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.

Rose was born in Ballston Spa, NY, on January 5, 1943, to James and Yolanda (Violet) Cinguegrano. A lifelong resident, she attended Ballston Spa High School and Mildred Elley Secretarial School in Albany, NY. Rose graduated from Hudson Valley Community College with academic honors in Civil and Public Service in May 2002.

Dedicated to family, friends, and community, Rose was generous with her time, and her passion was infectious. She loved her community, volunteered as a Girl Scout troop leader and Pop Warner cheerleading coach. Compassionate and loving, with devotion for helping others, Rose enjoyed a productive and successful career. She worked at both Head Start and Social Services in Saratoga County and retired from a lengthy and successful career at the New York State Fair Hearings in Albany.

Her passions included playing bridge, attending the YMCA, and being a Weight Watchers advocate. She loved nature walks and spending time with her family and friends.

Even throughout the late stages of Alzheimer’s, Rose’s kind demeanor and ever-present smile delighted and comforted all those around her.

She was married for 56 years to her high school sweetheart, Edward A. Thomas. Eddie spent every day by her side until his death on May 3, 2021. They are now forever together as they should be.

Rose is survived by her children Lauren Rose (Scott), Scott Thomas (Sarah), and Suzanne Winkler (Keith); grandchildren Vincent, Kenneth, Ty, and Mia; her brother James Cinguegrano and wife Tina and their children and grandchildren, as well as several cousins. She is predeceased by her parents James and Yolanda (Violet).

A private family service will be held. Contributions in Rose’s memory can be made to the Northeastern New York Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association of The Community Hospice of Saratoga.

Earl L. Fitzgerald 97, passed away on Sunday, June 6, 2021. He was born in Hartford, Connecticut on February 2, 1924 to John and Albina Fitzgerald. He was a US Navy veteran of World War II.

Earl worked as a cook in many places around the United States, from Sea Idle in Miami to the Hotel Starlet in Boston. He often spoke of running a diner with his mother in Marblehead, Massachusetts. He retired as a cook from Saratoga Hospital in Saratoga Springs. Earl enjoyed the simple things in life, gardening, winemaking, listening to music, swimming and good conversation.

On March 30, 1957, Earl dedicated his life to his God Jehovah. Earl devoted the rest of his life to using the bible to help people come to know the creator Jehovah. He conducted many bible studies over the years and enjoyed spending his time in the full time ministry alongside many friends. Earl spoke at the dedication of the Kingdom Hall in 1971 at V Corners in Ballston Spa, and again was present when a new Kingdom Hall was dedicated on Goode Street in Ballston Spa in 1989.

Earl is predeceased by his parents John and Albina, his loving wife Delia, and his brothers Paul and John. He is survived by many nieces and nephews.

Services will be private.

Helen R. VanPatten 87, passed away on Saturday, June 5, 2021. She was born in Ticonderoga, NY on December 25, 1933 to Frederick and Edna Bougor.

Helen was an active member of the Ballston Area Seniors. She was a member of their Bowling Team and Chorus. Helen also was in charge of the Pickin’ Sessions at the Senior Center.

She was predeceased by her husband Raymond VanPatten and 14 siblings. Helen is survived by her daughters Kelly Bauer (John Bartczak) and Colleen VanPatten; grandchildren Josh Bauer (June TenEyck), Katie Merrifield, and Nathan VanPatten; great grandson Kody TenEyck Bauer; siblings Josephine Bougor, Annette Burroughs, Judy Swinton (Wally), and Christine Swinton (Lonnie); and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, June 12 from Noon to 2pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will be held at 2pm. Burial will follow in Powell Wiswall Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Helen to Community Emergency Corp, Thompson Street, Ballston Spa.

Kathleen Velett 61, passed away on Thursday, June 3, 2021. She was born in Schenectady, NY on August 7, 1959. Kathy worked at the Stewart’s Plant in Saratoga Springs for many years.

Kathy enjoyed the simple things in life, being outdoors with nature, and her grandchildren. Her family was her greatest joy and she treasured the time they spent together.

She was predeceased by her father Joseph Siska, her mother Doris Ebert, her siblings Janice, Mike and Frank Siska, and her brother in law Donald Birch. Kathy is survived by her daughters Sumer Garrison (Darryl), Nickole Velett (Rich), and Sara Velett (Brendan) and their father William Velett; beloved grandsons Ralphie, Dylan, Lane, and Owen; siblings Linda Sullivan (Arthur), Mary Smith, Joe Siska (Cammie), Donna McKeown (Marty), Richard Ebert, Gail Emrich (Brian), and Barbie Ebert; sister in law Donna Siska; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be private.

Dolores D. Foy 83, passed away on Saturday, May 29, 2021. She was born in Schenectady, NY on January 22, 1938 to Anthony and Alasandra DiCaprio.

Dolores was a financial officer for many years. After retiring, she moved to Florida where she was a member of the Garden Club and VFW Ladies Auxiliary of Palm Coast, Florida. In 2015, she returned to Ballston Spa and lived with her niece Alisa. She enjoyed flower arranging and going shopping.

She was predeceased by her husband of 50 years Thomas Foy, and her sisters Patricia DiCaprio and Marie Shoemaker. Dolores is survived by her brothers and sisters in law Edward Foy, Mary Ellen Papke, Jane Purvee, Gary “Skip” Foy (Jodi), and Laura Hiwakawa (Steve); and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great great nieces and nephews.

Dolores will be laid to rest with her husband in the Jacksonville National Cemetery in Jacksonville, Florida. Memorial contributions in memory of Dolores may be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Kathy G. Weatherford-Hart 64, passed away on Sunday, May 23, 2021. She was born in Syracuse, NY on May 7, 1957 to Howard and Dorothy Weatherford.

Kathy was a stay at home mom who lovingly raised her four children. She enjoyed fishing and animals of all kinds especially horses. She loved to make people laugh and was always ready for a good time. Her greatest joy was her family and she treasured the time they spent together.

She was predeceased by her parents Howard and Dorothy. Kathy is survived by her children Deanna Hart, Angela Hart, Brian Hart and Crystal Hart; siblings Linda Weatherford, Theresa Ricci (Burt), and Randi Schlitz (Charles); eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held 1:45pm on Wednesday, May 26 at Evergreen Memorial Park, 2150 Central Avenue, Schenectady. Memorial contributions in memory of Kathy may be made to the Saratoga County Animal Shelter, 6010 County Farm Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Ronald D. Torncello Sr. 80, passed away on Saturday, May 22, 2021. He was born in Green Island, NY on December 17, 1940 to Franklin and Theresa Torncello. He served in the US Navy.

Ron was a HVAC Technician at Albany Medical Center for many years. He enjoyed playing guitar, golfing and watching the NY Giants. Ron was a talented carpenter and enjoyed relaxing with a glass of Dewar’s after a long day. His greatest joy was his family and he treasured the time he spent with them.

He was predeceased by his son Ronald Torncello, Jr., brother Frank Torncello and sister Jean Tofte. Ron is survived by his wife Mary; daughter Rhonda Lovely (Bruce); daughter in law Lisa Torncello; grandchildren Kailyn Butler (Tyler), Elyse Banker (Brian), Corey Griffin, Cortney Torncello (Trevor), Ashley Skadra (Cody), Shauna Torncello (Rich), Nicholas Torncello (Jamie), Breana Cables (Darren) Alescia Torncello, and Cloe Torncello; brother in law William Tofte; sister in law Geri Torncello; many great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

A memorial mass will be celebrated 10am Saturday, May 29 at the Church of St. Peter, 241 Broadway, Saratoga Springs. Memorial contributions in memory of Ron may be made to the American Heart Association.

Mary M. Flynn 97, passed away peacefully on May 22, 2021. She was born on July 25, 1923 to Margaret and William Fraser.

Mary worked for General Electric Co in Schenectady for 19 years, retiring in 1971. She was a member of Charlton Freehold Presbyterian Church and the Charlton Seniors. Mary enjoyed spending winters in Florida, relaxing in the sunshine, and cheering on the NY Yankees. Her greatest joy was her family and she treasured the time she spent with them.

She was predeceased by her husband Robert “Eddie” Flynn, and sister Edith Cass. Mary is survived by her children Eileen Preddice (Chuck); Douglas Flynn (Jennifer); and Robert Flynn (Joan); 11 grandchildren, several great grandchildren, great great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours on Wednesday, May 26 from 6pm to 8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Facemasks and social distancing is required. Funeral services will be held 10am Thursday, May 27 at Charlton Freehold Presbyterian Church. Burial will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in memory of Mary may be made to the Charlton Freehold Presbyterian Church, 768 Charlton Road, Charlton, NY 12019. The family would like to thank Dr. David Ford for the compassionate care he gave to Mary.

Jody L. Woolley, 52 passed away on Friday, May 21, 2021. She was born in Niskayuna, NY on April 5, 1969. Jody was an Executive Office Manager for the Saratoga Capital District Region of New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation in Saratoga Springs.

She was a selfless Mother to her boys above all. She enjoyed being with her cherished family. She was the family event planner and loved to sing, she had the most amazing voice. Jody also enjoyed and gave her time volunteering to the “Give a Child a Christmas”. Jody fiercely loved her children, family, and her close beloved friends.

She will always be known for her big personality, her amazing wit and sense of humor and for saying literally exactly what was on her mind. Her over the top, tacky, unique taste will never be forgotten. She loved Prince and Journey and was planning an amazing trip to the Prince compound, Paisley Park with her beloved friends.

She was predeceased by her father Earl Ranson. Jody is survived by her sons Zakary Woolley and Zyler Woolley; her mother Shirley Aken; siblings Roxanne Spaulding (Lynn), Earl Ranson, Eric Aken (Courtley), and Adrienne Aken (Joey); many nieces and nephews that she loved and cherished; and her beloved granddog Lola.

A celebration of life will be held on June 19th at 2pm at 532 Plummer Road Ballston Spa, NY 12020. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. Anyone who knew her would know this is exactly what she would want us to do.

A poem written by her son:

LIST OF GREAT QUALITIES

● A mother above all
● As real as a person gets
● Taught people to take care of their own, keep family in your heart
● Her sense of humor touched everyone around her.
● Genuine in ways that’d be hard for many, but seemed effortless to her
● Kept it positive, kept it light, kept her dream alive, and fueled others dreams
● Found strengths and praised them, like fuel to a fire
● Admitted when she was wrong readily, but fought tooth and nail for the truth
● Her source of love and light came out in every action and word, making her stand out instantly
● Her ability to offer advice, being there to talk to, and offer optimism in the face of nihilism and
darkness made her a rock for many
● Joked about becoming a drunk gypsy
● Talked about going around the country doing wishes and spells for people
● Was recently thinking of making exciting changes to her life
● Her laugh and smile were beacons of joy
● Running jokes and her bringing up past events made her relationships special and deep
● She had hate in her heart for no one. Heart free of any black spots, as she might say of her family
● Loved planning special events for the family to be together, that was the times she was happiest
● The way that she brought out her core self is being a supportive member of the family
● Live and let live kind of girl
● Take care of yourself, and everything will fall into place

"I hope you dance"

Peter J. Hettrich 86, passed away on Friday, May 21, 2021. He was born in Ballston Spa, NY on January 5, 1935 to Earl and Alice Hettrich, and grew up in Malta, NY. Peter was a 1954 graduate of Saratoga Springs High School where he competed in wrestling and track and field.

Peter enlisted in the US Army and served throughout Europe. After he was honorably discharged, he worked for Stewarts Dairy and Shorey’s Express as a truck driver. Peter loved to garden, travel and compete in running events. He was a top master runner in NYS and competed in distances from the 800 to the half marathon.

He was predeceased by his loving wife of 56 years, Marie, his brother Foster, and his parents. Peter is survived by his children Frances Maurer (Paul), Dale Hettrich (Jennifer) and David Hettrich (Elisabeth); his adoring grandchildren Steven, Sydney, Jaden, and Jillian; sister Naomi Boucher, and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours on Tuesday, May 25 from 5pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A private funeral will be held and Peter will be laid to rest with his wife in Malta Ridge Cemetery. Memorial contributions in memory of Peter may be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Gordon L. Duell 94, passed away on Wednesday, May 19, 2021. He was born on July 9, 1926 in Ballston Spa, NY to George and Katherine Duell. He was a US Army veteran, serving in World War II.

Gordon was a machinist for Philip Morris in Saratoga Springs for many years, retiring in 1988. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and puttering around in his woodworking shop. For many years, Gordon raised chickens. He was an avid NY Mets fan. On Friday nights Gordon could be found at the Albany-Saratoga Speedway in Malta watching his son race.

He was predeceased by his wife Molly, and his siblings Albert, George, Robert, Beverly, and Gladys. Gordon is survived by his children Kim Duell (Denice), Gordon Duell (Carol), Gail Gray-Habig, and Christa Evans; grandchildren Stephanie, Angela, Scott, Dianna, Darian, Madison, Michael, and Tamara; great grandchildren Isabela, Dakota, Avery, Konrad, Peyton, Parker, Ethan, and Haley; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours on Monday, May 24 from 5pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Social distancing and facemasks are required. Funeral services will be held 10am Tuesday, May 25 at the funeral home. Burial with military honors will follow at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville.

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

Bridget J. Baehm was called home to be with the Lord on May 18, 2021. She passed suddenly at her home, surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Ballston Spa, NY on July 3, 1955 to James and Dorothy Tuttle.

A lifelong resident of Ballston Spa, she received her GED from Mont Pleasant High School in Schenectady. She was employed for many years at Rickett's Laundry, Spa Cleaners and later Racemark in Malta.

She was predeceased by her father James Tuttle. Bridget is survived by her loving husband Kenny; mother Dorothy Tuttle; sister Heidi Baker; daughter Jamie and her sons Trevor, Chris, Austin and his girlfriend Tiffany; son John Weiss and his wife Katherine and their children JJ, Haylee and Zackary. All of her family will greatly miss her as will her beloved cats, Luke, Mona, Lightning, and Thunder and her beloved dog Hakouro.

Funeral services will be private. Bridget will be laid to rest in Rock City Falls Cemetery.

Faith J. Flinton 67, passed away on Sunday, May 16, 2021. She was born in Ballston Spa, NY on October 6, 1953 to Frank and Florence Flinton.

Faith was a Certified Nursing Assistant at Maplewood Manor in Ballston Spa for over 30 years. She enjoyed country music and went to many concerts. She was also an Elvis fan and saw many Elvis impersonators over the years. Faith enjoyed going fishing, sewing, and hanging out with her beloved cats.

She was predeceased by her parents Frank and Florence Flinton, and her brother Frank. Faith is survived by her daughter Heather Stables (Scott); grandchildren Danielle Brady (Nick), Brittany Stables, Devin Stables, and Raven Stables; brother Faron Flinton (Jill); her sister; several nieces and nephews; and her beloved cats Piglet and Bugsy.

Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours on Friday May 21 from 6pm to 8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Social distancing and facemasks are required. A graveside service will be held 10am Tuesday, May 25 at Factory Village Cemetery, Northline Road, Ballston Spa. Memorial contributions in memory of Faith may be made to Saratoga County Animal Shelter, 6010 County Farm Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Judy A. Naylon 72, passed away on Sunday, May 16, 2021. She was born in Niskayuna, New York on December 10, 1948 to Donald and Margie Naylon.

Judy enjoyed traveling and went on many cruises. She loved amusement parks and had a good time wherever she went. Her family always came first and she treasured the times she spent with them. She was not only her daughter’s mom, she was her best friend.

Judy is survived by her husband George Kilfoyle; daughter Doris Abbott; grandchildren Riviera, Raymond, Jeramy, and Sonny; great grandchildren Madison, Joslyn, Adam, Amelia, Christopher, and Charlotte; siblings Jerry Naylon (Barbara), Bob Naylon (Sandy), Vicki Kirkpatrick (Steve), Donna Hofer, Crystal Naylon, and Curtis Naylon; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours on Thursday, May 20 from 5pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Social distancing and facemasks are required. A graveside service will be held 10am Friday, May 21 at Memory Gardens, 983 Watervliet Shaker Road, Albany. Memorial contributions in memory of Judy may be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association.

George J. Koehler 92, passed away on Friday, May 14, 2021 at his home surrounded by family. He was born in Jersey City, NJ on June 29, 1928.

George had a multitude of careers, including realtor, correction officer with Warren County Correction Facility in NJ, a driver for Skylands Center for Autism in Hackettstown, NJ and St. Peter’s Health Center in Albany NY. Most recently George was employed as a security guard for concerts and events at SPAC.

George loved his family and had an unshakable faith in God. George had a great knowledge of antiques and he enjoyed collecting and appraising them. He was also an avid gardener. George will be remembered by family and friends for his unconditional love, wisdom and insight, and incredible sense of humor.

He was predeceased by his first wife Helen, his son Michael Koehler, and daughter Kathy Farrand. George is survived by his wife Diane; son George Koehler and daughter Susan Kietrys (Tony); stepchildren Karen Karl (Rick), Eileen Calabrese (Peter), and Peter Wicinski; sister Josie Richter; many grandchildren, great grandchildren, and his beloved dog Max.

Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours on Monday, May 17 from 1pm to 3pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Facemasks and social distancing are required.

Faith A. Feathers, 72, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 14, 2021 at her home with her loving family by her side, after a long battle with Alzheimers. She was born in Ballston Spa, NY on January 3, 1949 to Frederick and Esther Charon.

Faith was a nurse’s aide at the Saratoga County Infirmary/Maplewood Manor in Ballston Spa for 26 years, retiring in 2001. She enjoyed playing cards, board games and her favorite game Mahjong. She had a special place in her heart for all animals and children, especially her grandson Jacob, and Timothy, Cassidy and Grace, who she babysat for many years.

She was predeceased by her parents, and her brothers Fred, Eric, and Paul Charon. Faith is survived by her loving husband of 50 years Carl; daughter Charon Feathers (Scott Comeau); grandson Jacob Comeau; brother Gregory Charon (Mary Ann); and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours on Wednesday, May 19 from 5pm to 8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Social distancing and facemasks are required. Memorial contributions in memory of Faith may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 4 Pine West Plaza, Suite 405, Albany, NY 12205.

The family would like to thank Dr. Richard Jackson and staff, Kasey and Karen Cram, and Krista Illenberg for the compassionate care they gave to Faith.

Rose Marie Haskell, 83, passed away on Monday, May 10, 2021. She was born in Ballston Spa, NY on September 18, 1937 to Franklin and Mary Haskell, Sr.

Rose worked at UMI in Malta for many years. She was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church in Ballston Spa. Rose and her mom played Bingo and took many trips together with their church family. She loved her cats.

She was predeceased by her parents Franklin and Mary Haskell, Sr and her brother John Haskell. Rose is survived by her brother Frank Haskell (Margaret), and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial mass will be held 9:30am Thursday, May 20 at St. Mary’s Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Ballston Spa Cemetery. Social distancing and facemasks are required. Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Rose to St. Mary’s Church, 167 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Kathleen (Ledermiller) Hewitt, 70, of Amsterdam, NY passed away on Mother’s Day, May 9, 2021. Born on July 29, 1950, in Amsterdam, NY she was the daughter of the late Ernest and Kathleen (Whelly) Ledermiller.

Kathleen (known to her friends and family as Kathy or Kate) attended Perth Central School and graduated from Amsterdam High School. She graduated from SUNY Brockport, and continued to reside in Rochester, NY for several years. She retired from Verizon after 25 years of employment, where she had many friends. After her retirement, she worked at The Amsterdam Library.

Kathleen loved to read, garden, bake, and cook. Most of all, she loved spending time with her family and having her grandchildren over on weekends. She loved the ocean, going to the lake in the summer, and attending community events. Kathy enjoyed concerts and singing along to her favorite songs. She had a light, nurturing spirit and a beautiful smile that stayed with her until the end.

Kathy is survived by her daughter Tara (Praveen) Tamvada; grandchildren, Mason Talarico, Maya Tamvada, and Zoe Tamvada; and other family and friends. Kathy is predeceased by her husband John W. Hewitt, Jr; her parents Ernest and Kathleen; and her sister, Sharon Madej.

In accordance with Kathy’s wishes, there will be no formal services. A memorial contribution in honor of Kathleen may be made to The Amsterdam Free Library, 28 Church Street, Amsterdam, NY 12010 or St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

George D. McDonough, Jr., died peacefully on Friday, May 7, 2021. He was born on September 23, 1946 in Ballston Spa, NY to Ellen and George McDonough, Sr. He spent his youth playing sandlot baseball and exploring every inch of the town with his dog, Freckles. In high school, George was a member of the 1962-63 Ballston Spa High School Varsity Basketball Team, which was recently inducted into the school’s hall of fame. He was also a star track and cross country runner, and a talented golfer who could drive the ball a country mile.

George served in a combat role for his country in the First Cavalry in Vietnam from 1968-69, and received several medals, including the Purple Heart. The physical and emotional injuries he received in war would shape the rest of his life.

Upon return from his service, he married Kathleen Plummer of Ballston Spa. George made a career in the trucking industry, and he and Kathleen eventually settled in Milton, NY to raise their family. He gained sobriety in 1984, but tragically suffered a debilitating stroke at 43 years of age, which served as a transition to his next stage in life, in which he and Kathleen would divorce, and he would find a new life in Florida.

George was frequently visited by his family and kept many close and casual friendships over the years, and was always a friend to many animals. He eventually resided in a Veterans home in Daytona Beach, where he was a popular figure.

George is predeceased by his sister Kathy. He is survived by his children George McDonough (Cortney Linville) and Erin McDonough (Roscoe Ahn), brother Kevin McDonough (Chris) and sister Ellie Spensieri (Skip); six grandchildren Liv, Gaffney, and Fletcher McDonough, and Calvin, Theo, and Cecily Ahn; and several cousins, nieces, and nephews.

George will be laid to rest with military honors at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery. Memorial contributions in memory of George may be made to the Saratoga National Cemetery Honor Guard Association, 200 Duell Road, Schuylerville, NY 12871.

Patricia A. Crandall 65, passed away on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at Saratoga Hospital. She was born in Troy, NY on February 26, 1956 to Richard and Shirley Wiley, Sr.

Patty enjoyed crafting and playing BINGO. She always made sure to grab a scratch off and a lottery ticket. Her favorite place to go was the Casinos where she loved to play the slots. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband Robert Delaney, her son Alan Delaney, and her siblings Susan Wiley and Bruce Wiley. Patty is survived by her daughter Kristin Delaney (Fred Blowers); grandchildren Mariah Ruscio (Anthony), Christopher Northrop, Jr., Ashley Blowers and Kyle Northrop; her siblings Julia Wiley, Ruth Collins, Sharon Blain (Templeton), Richard Wiley, Jr. and James Wiley (Rose); and many nieces and nephews.

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

Edward A. Thomas, 78, of Ballston Spa, New York, passed away on Monday, May 3, 2021, after a short illness. Ed was born in Ballston Spa, NY, on December 20, 1942, to William and Olive Thomas. A lifelong resident, he attended Ballston Spa High School and technical school in Albany, NY.

A devoted and loving family man, friend, and generous community member, always there to help anyone in need. He enjoyed interactions with friends and neighbors. He loved his community and was a volunteer Pop Warner football coach and member of the Lions Club.

Ed had a lengthy and successful career in industrial insulating materials with GE, vonRoll Isola, and US Samica Inc. His hobbies and passions included camping, fishing, gardening, bird watching, and just spending time with his family and friends.

Married for 56 years to his high school sweetheart, Rose Marie (Cinguegrano) Thomas, who survives him, Ed spent every day just as much in love as when they first met. Ed is also survived by his children Lauren Rose (Scott), Scott Thomas (Sarah), and Suzanne Winkler (Keith); grandchildren Vincent, Kenneth, Ty, and Mia; and several nieces and nephews.

He is predeceased by his parents William and Olive, and three brothers, William, Russell, Louis, and his lifelong best friends, Kenneth Brown and Samuel Potter.

A private family service will be held. Contributions in Ed’s memory can be made to Code Blue Saratoga or Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless (IPH) in Albany, New York.

Doris S. Caulfield, 98, passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 29, 2021. She was born in Schenectady, on October 25, 1922 to Rowland and Irene Simmonds. Doris enjoyed traveling, needlepoint, and knitting. Her greatest joy was her family and she treasured the time she spent with them.

She was predeceased by her husband Warren Caulfield and her brother Robert Simmonds. Doris is survived by her daughters Michele Azeff (Robert) and Suzanne Klotz (Donald); grandchildren Liza Azeff, Michael Azeff, Stephen Frowein and Thomas Frowein.

A private service will be held. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the National Association of the Blind, 301 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12206.

On Saturday, April 24, 2021, Carol Edmonds Sherling O’Brien, loving wife, mother of three children, two step-children, grandmother of ten children and great grandmother of seven children died at the age of 76.

Carol had the pleasure of working at Skidmore College, the Ballston Spa Knitting Company and recently retired from the Ballston Spa Central School District where she enjoyed her interaction with the students.

Carol was born in Round Lake, New York and she and her family were long-time residents of Malta NY. Carol had a passion for all things Saratoga to include watching the horses and taking walks on Broadway. She was also an avid fan of Nascar and loved to watch the races on Sunday with her loving husband. She loved her dogs and would often take the time to care for the family pets.

Carol and her husband were members of the Gold Wing Road Riders where they enjoyed long rides on beautiful sunny summer days. Being surrounded by her family was important to her and she cherished each and every moment with them.

Carol was preceded in death by her father Frederick Edmonds, mother Elsie Edmonds Bress and brother James Edmonds. She is survived by her husband Willard, her three children, Carol (Ray) DeThorne, Ronald (Patrice) Sherling, Wendy (Nathan Randal) Pierce, two step-children Charles (Cynthia) O’Brien, Shelly (Roy) Bessey, her grandchildren Jessica, Nick, Britney, Taylor, Courtney, Lindsay, Paige, Miranda, Michael and Allison her great grandchildren Reilly, Kylie, Rocco, Carmello, Gino, Noella and Olivia. Carol touched the lives of many and will be forever missed.

Arrangements are entrusted to Armer Funeral Home, Inc. There are no public calling hours. Memorial contributions can be made to the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation at Make a Gift - Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (trfinc.org).

Lois J. Hall 84, passed away on Friday, April 23, 2021. She was born in Saratoga Springs, NY on January 6, 1937 to Edward and Veronica Wilcox.

Lois worked for Newberry’s, Ballston Knitting Mill, Alpine RV Resort, and with her family at Captain Scott’s Fish Fry in Ballston Spa. She also cleaned private homes for many years. She enjoyed gambling, shopping at the Dollar Store, and getting ice cream with her daughter and son in law. Her greatest joy was sitting on the deck with her daughter chatting, and watching the birds, squirrels, and woodchucks in the yard.

She was predeceased by her husband Stephen Hall, and her siblings Wayne Wilcox, Bob Wilcox and Eleanor Tracey. Lois is survived by her daughter Cindy Brown (Miles); grandson Scott Brown (Sara); granddaughter Stephanie Brown (fiancé Andy Joubert); sisters Mary O’Connor (John) and Debbie Gailor; brother Gary Wilcox (Lynn); and several nieces and nephews who lovingly called her “Auntie P”.

In keeping with Lois’s wishes burial will be private. Memorial contributions in memory of Lois may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 4 Pine West Plaza Suite 405, Albany, NY 12205 or the American Cancer Society, 1 Penny Lane, Latham, NY 12210.