Obituaries


Patricia A. Joiner 69, passed away on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. She was born in the Bronx, NY on March 23, 1951, to Richard and Patricia Hawco.

Patricia worked at several nursing homes in the area and most recently at Shirley’s Restaurant in Saratoga Springs for many years. She enjoyed bowling, listening to rock music and having dinner at Pizza Hut.

She was predeceased by her parents Richard and Patricia Hawco and her brother Richard Hawco. Patricia is survived by her husband Bernard; brother Benjamin Hawco (Betty); sister Laura VanSparrentak (Randy); aunt Mary; nieces and nephews Geraldine, Gina, Kenny and Richard; caretaker Frances Mabb; and many friends from New York City and Connecticut.

Funeral services will be held on a later date.

Elizabeth A. Paraszczak 81, passed away on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. She was born in the Town of Milton, NY on July 25, 1938 to John and Charlotte MacMillin. Liz worked for Verizon for many years. She was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church in Ballston Spa and enjoyed playing Bingo at the Ballston Area Seniors.

She was predeceased by her husband Walter, sister Charlotte Higgins, and brothers Francis, Donald, John, William and Vincent MacMillin. Liz is survived by her stepchildren Stephen Paraszczak and Angela Hart; sister Noreen Pompa; brother Paul MacMillin (Shirley); sister in law Elizabeth MacMillin; and several nieces and nephews.

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

Marvin M. Prival 93, passed away on Monday, March 16, 2020 after a short bout with cancer. Marty worked for the NYS Department of Transportation for 37 years and Key Bank before retiring.

Marty loved life. He enjoyed gardening, music of all kinds, and summer vacations in Maine. Marty is survived by his partner John D’Amigo of Malta; sister Miss Toby Dubov of Jupiter, Florida; and several nieces and nephews.

Per Marty’s request there will be no calling hours. A private service for immediate family and friends will be at a later date.

John would like to thank Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Bruzdzinski, Karen Goodstein, Bill Tofte, Delores Lemieux, and Dr. Arthur Stevens for their care and compassion.

Mark P. Sturtevant 69, passed away on Tuesday, March 10, 2020. He was born in Schenectady, NY on April 9, 1950 to Rupert and Jean Sturtevant and graduated from Scotia Glenville High School in 1969.

Mark worked for General Electric in Schenectady for 36 years. He was an active member of the State Street Presbyterian Church serving as an elder, trustee and building use liaison for the past 20 years.
He enjoyed baseball and football always rooting for the Boston Red Socks and the NY Giants. He had a passion for computers and was often researching information online or catching up on Facebook. Mark was a friend to all and was always there to lend a helping hand to anyone in need.

He was predeceased by his parents Rupert and Jean. Mark is survived by his wife Peggy; brothers in law Charles Plummer and Robert Plummer; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, March 14 from 10am to 11am at the State Street Presbyterian Church, 5 Catherine Street, Schenectady. A service will be held at 11am. Burial will follow in the Powell Wiswall Cemetery, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions in memory of Mark may be made to the State Street Presbyterian Church or the Animal Protective Foundation.

John M. Palus, Jr., 68, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, March 8, 2020. He was born on June 1, 1951 at the Benedict Memorial Hospital in Ballston Spa to John and Mary Ann Palus.

John graduated from Saratoga Catholic High School and went on to a career with local Chrysler Dealers as Parts Manager. He retired from the Saratoga County DPW.

John was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time outdoors. In his later years, he preferred sitting by the warm fire and watching the deer and wildlife pass through the yard.

He was predeceased by his parents John and Mary Ann. John is survived by his partner of 37 years Barbara Kerr, sister Mary Ann Palus; brother Joel Palus; his adopted family Kimberly Allen (Brian), Brant Abbernante; grandchildren Robert, Kassandra, and Kristian; great grandchildren Kaeden, Zariyah and Evelyn Rouse; special cousins Edward, John, Michael and Joseph Cisar. He will be especially missed by his yorkie, Duddy.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, March 12 from 5pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 7pm.

The family would like to thank special friends Keith Clinton and Jacob Harrica, Community Hospice of Saratoga, and Dr. Su and his staff at Malta Medical for supporting John during this difficult time.

Memorial contributions in memory of John may be made to 4-H Shooting Sports, 50 West High Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020. Please make check payable to Cornell Cooperative Extension.

Donald A. Cossey 71, passed away on Saturday, March 7, 2020. He was born in Schenectady, NY on May 5, 1948 to Vernard and Lillian Cossey. He was a graduate of Linton High School in Schenectady.

Don worked for the State of New York for over 30 years retiring from the Department of Corrections in 2003. Don enjoyed fishing and listening to traditional country music.

He was predeceased by his wife Lynne who passed away on Tuesday, March 3, and his brother Daniel Cossey. Don is survived by his brother David Cossey (Jean) and sister Deborah Gerding (Donald); and his nephews Justin and Christopher.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 1pm to 2pm on Wednesday, March 11 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will be held at 2pm. A celebration of life for Don and Lynne will follow at the VFW, 68 East North Street, Ballston Spa.

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

Betty Jane Allen, 87, passed away peacefully on March 6, 2020 in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

Betty was born on April 21, 1932 in Ballston Spa, NY and was the daughter of the late Philip and Laura (Ruggles) Dorey. She married Douglas A. Allen in October, 1951 whom she remained in loving union with until his death in October 1997. Several years after his death, she left Ballston Spa to live with her daughter in Florida although she always considered Ballston Spa her home.

She worked secularly early in life, but most of her life was devoted to being a mother and raising a family. She could have sold the pies she baked because they were so good. Friends and family who stopped by would often ask: ‘do you have any warm apple pie?’ In July 1969, she was baptized along with her husband, Doug, as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Perhaps because Doug was a local businessman, or for reasons unknown, that event was soon published in the Ballston Journal dated October 2, 1969 along with their picture. They regularly exercised their Christian faith in God and freely shared what they learned about Bible truths with others.

Betty is survived by; son, Douglas (Irene) Allen Jr. of Voorheesville, NY; daughter, Robin (Jim) McGinn of Port St. Lucie, Fl; sisters, Eleanor Fitzgerald and Laura Mitchell, both of Ballston Spa, NY; along with several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by sisters; Julia Clause and Geraldine Bentley; brothers, Philp Dorey, Edward Dorey, and William Dorey.

Burial will be in Powell Wiswall Cemetery in Ballston Spa, NY. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to JW.org.

Lynne M. Cossey 65, passed away on Tuesday, March 3, 2020. She was born in Los Angeles, California on March 10, 1954 to LeRoy and Mary Bessette.

Lynne was a groomer at the Harness Track in Saratoga for many years. She was an animal lover and rescued many dogs. She was a member of VFW Post 358 Ladies Auxiliary and American Legion Post 234 Ladies Auxiliary, tending bar at the Posts for many years.

Lynne is survived by her husband Donald Cossey; brothers LeRoy Bessette (Valerie DellaRocco), Christopher Bessette (Henrietta), and Mark Bessette (Michele); her beloved nieces and nephews Ralph, Jennifer, Susan, Erin, Heather, Josh, Eric and Ashley.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 1pm to 2pm on Wednesday, March 11 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will be held at 2pm. A celebration of life will follow at the VFW, 68 East North Street, Ballston Spa.

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

James Robert Anderson (Jim), aged 71, passed away at Saratoga Hospital surrounded by family and friends on March 2, 2020. He was born in Albany, NY, son of Robert and Jean Yare Anderson on March 20, 1948. He graduated from Burnt Hills High School.

Jim married the love of his life Ida Rougie, in 1968. They recently celebrated 51 years of marriage. In addition to his wife he is survived by daughter Donna Lange (Rodney) of Ballston Spa and son Brenton Anderson (Wendy Welsh) of South Glens Falls. He was much loved by his four grandchildren Morgan, Dylan, Jordan and James and two great grandchildren Natalie and Carter. Also surviving are his two sisters, Judy Kennedy of Wilton and Barbara Brunelle (Bob) of Queensbury and several nieces and nephews.

At the request of the family there will be no services. You may honor his life with a contribution to the American Lung Association, American Cancer Society or the American Diabetes Association or a cause of your own choice.

Joshua B. Wilkins 35, passed away suddenly on Friday, February 28, 2020. He was born in Saratoga Springs, NY on December 22, 1984 and was a 2003 graduate of Ballston Spa High School.

Josh was a Doggie Daycare Associate for Head to Tail in Schenectady. He was passionate about his work and will be greatly missed by the dogs he cared for and his co-workers.

Josh not only enjoyed playing Magic and War Hammer, but also teaching others to enjoy his passion for the games. He and his wife Bettie enjoyed their family of dogs and taking them “letter boxing” with them. Josh was well known for his big heart and his love of animals and children.

Josh is survived by his wife Bettie; mother and stepfather Kathryn and Bill Sherman; father and stepmother Ken and Judi Wilkins; brother Adam Wilkins; mother in law and father in law Nancy and Paul Davis; brother in law Brendon (Melanie); sister in law Tamara (Kevin); and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours on Friday, March 6 from 4pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street. Ballston Spa. Funeral services will be held 10am Saturday, March 7 at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Hagaman Mills Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in memory of Josh may be made to Extra Life at www.extralife.org

Francis F. Costanzo 81, passed away on Tuesday, February 25, 2020. Born in Mechanicville, NY on November 2, 1938, he was the son of Frank and Anna Mae Costanzo. He served in the US Navy.

Frank worked for Ford Motor Co in Green Island for over 25 years, retiring in 1988. After his retirement he went to work on his farm, where he enjoyed being outdoors, hunting and fishing. Frank was a member of the Sno Fox Hunting Club and the Sacandaga Chapter of the Harley Riders.

He was predeceased by his parents Frank and Anna Mae, his sons Francis, Jr. and Anthony, stepson Joseph Pokrzywka and brother Michael Costanzo. Frank is survived by his wife Dorothy; children Vincent Costanzo, Victoria Costanzo and David Costanzo (Susan); stepchildren Henrietta Sherman, Jeff Pokrzywka (Jean), Alex Pokrzywka and Annette Hill (Joe); sister Eileen Lasher; and numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, March 3 from 5pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 7pm. Burial will be in Ashley Cemetery in the Spring.

Memorial contributions in memory of Frank may be made to the Ashley Cemetery Association.

Anne C. Zahodnick, 104, passed away peacefully on February 25, 2020 at the Eddy Village Green in Cohoes. She was born in New York, NY on April 9, 1915, to Trofim and Catherine Romanchuck. Anne was a homemaker and enjoyed gardening and playing piano.

She was predeceased by her husband of 63 years, John W. Zahodnick and her sister Tess Siedlecki. Anne is survived by her children Joan Hoffman (Ronald) of Clifton Park and John Zahodnick (Liz) of Long Island; grandchildren Tara (Joseph) of Thailand, Mark, Kathleen (Kevin) of Long Island; and great grandchildren Joe, Jade and Jesse of Thailand.

Funeral services will be private. Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Anne to the Animal Protective Foundation, 53 Maple Avenue, Glenville, NY 12302. The family would like to thank the staff of ladies at House 24 at Eddy Village Green for their care and compassion.

Donelda A. LaRue, 70, passed away on Saturday, February 22, 2020. She was born in Keene Valley, NY on December 11, 1949 to Joseph and Geneva LaRue.

Donna was the owner and operator of D and D Antiques. She worked for Bank of America for several years and later was a bus monitor for the Burnt Hills School District.

Donna enjoyed reading mystery novels, bowling, going to the races at Albany Saratoga Speedway, visiting the local fairs, watching the cardinals and pansies in her backyard, her favorite vacation spot Cape Cod, road trips and garage sales.

She was the life of the party and loved music and dancing with her family.

She was predeceased by her parents Joseph and Geneva and her siblings George LaRue, Michael LaRue and Susan LaRue Doyle. Donna is survived by her sons Dennis Warren, Jr. (Kathy) and Darrin Warren (Jay Anderson) and their father Dennis Warren, Sr.; grandchildren Kayla, Derrick and Keely; siblings Alma Getman, Margaret LaRue and Jo-Etta Butler; stepmother Doris LaRue; BFF, caregiver and “sister” Jane DeVarnne; her beloved cat Miss Sassy and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, February 28 from 5pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 7pm. Burial will be in Sweetman Cemetery in the Spring.

Memorial contributions in memory of Donna may be made to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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

Lisa Carole Poitras 59, passed away on Thursday, February 20, 2020. She was born in Ballston Spa, NY on February 21, 1960. She was a graduate of Ballston Spa High School and Springfield College. Lisa moved to Santa Cruz, California after graduation and worked as a clinical psychologist for Santa Cruz County.

She was predeceased by her father Thomas Poitras. Lisa is survived by her mother Audrey Poitras; brother Thomas Poitras (Karin); nephews Thomas (Tana) and Andrew; great niece Thea; and her sister in law Susan Poitras.

Memorial contributions in memory of Lisa may be made to St Mary’s Church, Our Lady of Queen of Peace Chapel, 167 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

A graveside service will be held in the Spring at a time to be announced.

Daniel Alphonse DeFillippo, 67 passed away on February 20th, 2020. He was born on February 13, 1953 in Wichita Falls, TX to Alphonse and Margaret DeFillippo. Daniel grew up in an Air Force family therefore much of his early life was spent traveling throughout the United States.

Daniel and his family eventually settled in the Village of Ballston Spa where he met his wife Carol Clas, together they had a son Matthew. Daniel spent many years as a respected and trusted construction worker who knew the business inside and out. He forever left his mark by laying foundations for countless homes and businesses throughout the tri-state area and beyond.

His life is defined by many cherished relationships, love of family, and being a good neighbor. Dan had the ability to bring a smile to just about anyone's face. He never fell short on friends, and his unmistakable laugh would announce his presence long before you knew he was in the room.

Daniel is survived by his parents, Alphonse and Margaret DeFillippo of Ballston Spa; Carol DeFillippo of Garner, NC; son Matthew DeFillippo and his family of Phoenix, AZ, step-daughter Denise Jones and her family of Ballston Spa; sisters Patricia Fitzgerald, Donna Kane, Karen Vandy, Deborah Bouchard, and their families all of Ballston Spa, and brother Peter DeFillippo and his family of Florida. He was predeceased by his younger brother David DeFillippo of Ballston Spa.

Calling hours will be open to the public from 5:00PM to 7:00PM Monday, February 24 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc. 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Funeral service and burial will be private. Dan will be laid to rest alongside his brother David in St. Peter’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in memory of Daniel may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and/or Wounded Warrior Project.

Jonathan R. Smith, 33 passed away on Thursday, February 20, 2020. He was born in Schenectady, NY on October 13,1986.

Jonathan installed pools for Pro Dive Pools. He was a hard worker and enjoyed being outdoors mowing the lawn or fixing things around the house.

His family was his greatest treasure and he loved all his girls. Jonathan is survived by his wife Bobbie Sue, his daughters Rosalee, Corissa, Abby, Courtney and Bridget; granddaughter Faith; sister Samantha Haskell (Brandon); mother Diane Hrebinczak; and grandmother Josephine Uhlinger. He was predeceased by his father Brian Smith and his grandparents Richard and Sandra Smith and John Uhlinger.

Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours on Wednesday, February 26 from 4pm to 6pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions in memory of Jonathan may be made to an education fund for his daughter Rosalee at the Ballston Spa National Bank.

On Monday, February 17, 2020, Walter G. DeBevoise, passed away at the age of 86.

Walter was born on July 25, 1933 in Johnstown, NY to Layton and Leila DeBevoise. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War. On August 18, 1979, Walter married Anna and together they created a large extended family of nine children.

Walter was a salesman for KC Canary for many years. He was a man of faith who enjoyed the simple things in life a good conversation, coffee time with family and friends, and a home cooked meal. In his travels for work he became familiar with the Adirondacks and dreamed of building a cabin there.

Walter was predeceased by his parents Layton and Leila, his beloved wife Anna, brother Charles DeBevoise and sister Martha Ann Bowers. He is survived by his children Catherine Ann Grabo (Donald), Nancy Weaver (Wayne), Hope DeBevoise (Terri), David Schaperjahn (Kathy), Dennis Schaperjahn (Candace), Delei Lawrence (Michael), Dorrie Papp (Paul), Darren Schaperjahn (Cindy), and Derek Schaperjahn; 20 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, February 21 from 9am to 11am at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 11am. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Galway in the Spring.

The family would like to thank the staff of 4 Springs at Wesley Health Care for their care and compassion.

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

Kim E. McCartney 61, passed away on Monday, February 17, 2020. Born in Morristown, NJ on May 22, 1958, she was the daughter of Randolph and Virginia Smith.

Kim was a Registered Nurse at Albany Medical Center in the Medical ICU for over twenty years. A published author, she co-authored A New Town in a New Nation and her new book The Burying Grounds of the Town of Milton Saratoga County NY will be published on Amazon.

Kim loved history and was an accomplished genealogist. She served as the Town of Milton Historian and was an active volunteer at the Brookside Museum. She was a certified master gardener. Kim loved her family and was a caregiver for many family members throughout the years.

Kim was predeceased by her parents Randolph and Virginia Smith. She is survived by her husband Thomas McCartney, son William McCartney, sister Sharon Crary, brothers Randy Smith (Lynn), Jeff Smith (Diana), Roger Smith (Shelly), Steven Smith (Traci) and Paul Smith (Karen); several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, February 20 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 Kim may be made to the Brookside Museum.

A celebration of life will be held in the Saranac Lake area this summer.

Jaye Elizabeth Bowen, 50, passed away on Saturday, February 15, 2020 in Bradenton, Florida. Jaye was born in Ballston Spa on September 1, 1969. She was the daughter of Gertrude (Emigh) and James W. Bowen Sr.

Jaye graduated from Ballston Spa High School class of 1987. She also graduated as an LPN from the BOCES nursing program and worked in the profession for many years. Jaye had many talents. She was an excellent cook and loved to feed family and friends, she was a talented musician with the ability to play several instruments by ear, she loved singing and sang in the church choir for many years, and like her father she had a passion for cars and car racing.

Jaye loved the ocean and vacationing in Old Orchard Beach, Maine. Jaye also enjoyed nature, feeding the birds and animals near her home. She befriended a family of hummingbirds that returned to her home year after year. Jaye’s greatest love was her family, especially her daughter Ashley Emigh Butterworth.

She was predeceased by her father James W. Bowen, Sr. Jaye was survived by her partner Steve Becker of Bradenton, Florida. Steve passed away on February 23, 2020.

Jaye is survived by her daughter Ashley Butterworth (Rob Bull), her mother Gertrude Bowen, her brother James Bowen (Wendy), her sisters Jenelle Bowen (George Lovejoy) and Jennifer Isachsen (Bruce), her nephews and nieces Kristy Bowen (Kyle Wadsworth), Ryan Isachsen (Cassi), Marisa Bowen, Jamie Quillan (Rob), Evan Isachsen and Caitlin Isachsen, her great niece and nephews Tayton Bowen, Nathaniel Isachsen, Maycee Winney, Lincoln Isachsen, Carter Quillan and Devin Rowden, many beloved uncles, aunts and cousins, and several cherished friends.

Memorial contributions in memory of Jaye may be made to Tidewell Hospice, 3355 26th St. West, Bradenton, Fl 34205 or the charity of your choice.

A service will be held at a date to be announced.

Maxine Grace Carlson (Max, Maxie, Mac) of Ballston Spa, New York, born in Davenport, New York, on August 18, 1938, daughter of Kenneth Cooper and Elsie Cary, passed peacefully the evening of February 14, 2020, with her loving family, friend Heidi Mitchell and furry companion, Daisy, by her side. Daisy awoke and cried toward the ceiling, as Maxine’s spirit ascended to heaven.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her brothers, Harold Kniskern and Richard Kniskern, and her precious, great-granddaughter, baby Mya. She is survived by her hero of 61 loving years, her loyal husband, Donald E. Carlson; her son George F. Carlson (Darci); daughter, Kay L. Lewis (Edward); and her caretaker and devoted daughter, Caren J. Carlson; sister-in-law, Marie Hoffman; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and six nieces and nephews.

Maxine was affectionately known as her husband’s “little girl”. She dedicated her life to her family and worked side by side with her husband at their family owned Christmas tree farm. When she became ill at the age of 47, her husband retired to care for her. Her courage and strength was an inspiration to all who were blessed to have known her. Her compassion, love and kindness toward others, spunky personality and beautiful smile will never be forgotten. Max would want us to know that she is dancing and singing in heaven, while watching over each one of us and to please be kind to one another. This is not good bye, it’s until we meet again!

The family would like to thank her home health aides who Max loved so dearly: Casey Bradley, Fatou Diallo, Heidi Mitchell and Moza Siders for all of their love, tenderness and selfless care for Maxine. Thank you to Keith Lisinicchia for holding Caren up and providing her daily support and strength to continue to care for her amazing parents.

There will be no calling hours. Interment will be at the Ballston Spa Cemetery at a later date.

Mary H. Kopp, 85, passed away on Friday, February 14, 2020. Born in Utica, NY on March 28, 1934, she was the daughter of Henry and Evelyn Hospers.

Following her graduation from Hope College in Michigan, she taught Junior High science in Willow Run and Hamilton, Michigan for several years. She then moved to Schenectady, New York, where she met and married Robert Kopp. She continued her teaching career at Van Antwerp Middle School in Niskayuna.

Mary was a longtime member of the Second Reformed Church of Schenectady serving on the Consistory and several offices of the Women’s Guild. As part of her dedication to world missions, she organized and ran the community “SERRV Shop” at the church, which sold items made in third world countries. She also served in many leadership positions for the Synodical and National offices for both Reformed Church Women and Church Women United. She was an enthusiastic supporter of Red Cross blood drives.

She and Bob later moved to Round Lake where she lovingly cared for her mother in law. She became an active member of the Round Lake United Methodist Church. Everywhere she lived she was known as a kind, generous, happy lady capable of organizing activities to help things run smoothly.

Her twin sister’s sons considered Mary a substitute mom during their college years when their parents lived overseas. On the telephone Mary’s voice sounded so much like their Mom that they could not tell the difference.

She was predeceased by her parents Henry and Evelyn, her husband Robert Kopp and her beloved nephew Dirk Doorenbos. Mary is survived by her stepson Carl Kopp (Debbi); grandchildren Rachel Kopp-Bessette (Darrel), Jay Ingersoll (Trish), Robert Kopp (Salina); great grandchildren Ashley, Carlin, and Harper; twin sister Margaret Doorenbos (Harvey); nephew Keith Doorenbos (Ardith); and great nephews Stephen and Timothy.

Funeral services will be held 10am Thursday, February 20 at Round Lake United Methodist Church, 34 George Avenue, Round Lake. Burial will follow at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, February 19 from 6pm to 8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions in memory of Mary may be made to the Round Lake United Methodist Church or Hope College.

Mary F. Bronner 77, passed away on Friday, February 14, 2020. Born in New York, NY on May 30, 1942, she was the daughter of William and Frances Matthias.

Mary worked in the health care field as a Registered Nurse for many years. In 2016, Mary moved from Middletown to The Mansion at South Union in Cambridge, where she enjoyed their many activities and discovered her artistic talent.

Mary had a lifelong love of cats and was an excellent cook. She will be remembered for her beautiful smile, easy laugh and great sense of humor.

She was predeceased by her parents William and Frances Matthias. Mary is survived by her daughters Terri Maurizzio (Tony) and Kim Wilbur (Gregg); grandchildren Toni Ann, Tiana, Josiah, Caleb and Rachel; sister Weeza Matthias, brother Michael Matthias and two nieces.

Funeral services will be held 10am Wednesday, February 19 at St. Mary’s Church, 2113 East Street, Galway, where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Galway in the Spring.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, February 18 from 5pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions in memory of Mary may be made to the Activities Department at The Mansion at South Union, 11 South Street, Cambridge, NY 12816.

Janet A. Howells 77, passed away on Thursday, February 13, 2020. Born on September 26, 1942, she was the daughter of Clinton and Myrtle ‘Pat’ Allen. She grew up in Latham and was a member of Shaker High School’s Class of 1960 eventually calling Saratoga Springs home.

Jan was a serial entrepreneur. Her career began in real estate where she was involved in all aspects of real estate ultimately owning her own agency. In 1997 Jan found her biggest passion, being of service to seniors.

Jan was the founder and CEO of Senior Solutions of Saratoga Springs, the first business in Saratoga to deliver compassionate in home care to seniors. Senior Solutions’ cared for elderly clients in Saratoga, Schenectady and Warren counties for two decades before being acquired by Wesley Senior Living.

Jan graciously gave her time to issues serving seniors in her beloved Saratoga Springs. She served as secretary of the Mayor’s Seniors Advisory Committee, as treasurer of the Senior Center of Saratoga Springs and on the New York Statewide Senior Action Council.

Jan loved to socialize and play a variety of games with her many friends at The Summit. She was also fond of animals especially her cat Sunshine.

Jan was predeceased by her son Todd Maiuccoro. She is survived by her daughter Janet Faraone (Nick); sister Helen Dix (Jim); grandchildren Nicholas, Emily, Olivia and Amanda, and Amanda’s family Steve, Catherine and Robert Hillerman.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, February 18 from 10:30am to Noon at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at Noon.

Memorial contributions in memory of Jan may be made to the Saratoga Senior Center or The Wesley Community.

Cecelia L. Baczkowski, 88, passed away on Thursday, February 13, 2020. Born in Schenectady, NY on November 8, 1931, she was the daughter of Joseph and Violet St. John.

Cecelia worked for Yankee Motors and later at Campbell Plastics in Rotterdam for over twenty years. She enjoyed working in her flower garden and her beloved dogs Susie and Scruffy. She loved her family and proudly raised six children.

She was predeceased by her parents Joseph and Violet, and her siblings John, Emily, Howie, Violet, Jimmy, Mary Lou and Lillian, and her beloved husband of 68 years Edward. Cecelia is survived by her children Agnes, Edward, Steven, Sandra, George, Joseph and Cathren; 15 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, February 21 from 2pm to 4pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 4pm.

John F. Carey, 64, of Malta, NY died suddenly February 12 at home. John was born June 13, 1955 at Fort Dix, NJ, to Robert and Margaret (Johnson) Carey. In addition to his wife, Cindy (Box) Carey, he leaves to lovingly cherish his memory, his daughter Gina (David) Kowalski and three adoring grandchildren, Leah, Christopher (CW) and Gracie-Jo. John is also survived by his siblings, Bill (Cathy) Carey, Stephen (Mary) Carey, Patricia Carey, Diane Carey, Dan (Brenda) Carey, Bob Carey, and Susan (John) Martterer and many adoring nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

John grew up in South Troy, graduated Troy high school and enlisted in the US Air Force where he received an honorable discharge after 2 1/2 years of service. He was a steel worker at Portec in Troy, NY for 15 years then became a Registered Respiratory Therapist, a career he retired from in 2018. His favorite part of respiratory care were the times he spent at the Double H Ranch Camp Inspiration where he provided care to kids in a fun and relaxing environment.

Aside from his family and many friends, John loved music (especially the Grateful Dead), being outrageous with his daughter and grandchildren, pranking people, and going off on new adventures. He relished life and laughter. In any crowd, John was at the center of any group laughing uproariously at his many jokes and funny stories. To say that he will be missed is a huge understatement.

A tribute service will be held in his honor on Sunday, February 16 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Armer Funeral Home, 39 E. High St., Ballston Spa, NY 12020. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in his honor to the Double H Ranch at www.doublehranch.org/donate.

John A. Agnew, 87, passed away peacefully on Monday, February 10, 2020. Born in Ballston Spa, NY on April 2, 1932, he was the son of John and Catherine Agnew. He was a lifelong resident of Ballston Spa and never lost his love for his hometown.

He was a US Army veteran serving in the Korean War. He worked at Scotia Navy Depot before relocating to Philadelphia, PA where he continued to pursue a career with the Federal Government. He retired as Chief of Administrative Services in a branch of the Defense Mapping Agency.

He was predeceased by his parents John and Catherine, his loving wife Marilyn, his brothers Robert, Malcolm and Ronald and his sister Vyrl “Nickie” Agnew. John is survived by his sister Rose Pratt of Saratoga Springs and many nieces and nephews.

There will be no calling hours. A private burial will be in the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery where John will be laid to rest with the love of his life Marilyn.

The family would like to thank the entire staff at Saratoga Hospital for making John so comfortable and cared for in his final days. They would also like to thank “Kindred at Home” nurses for taking such good care of him over the last few years.

Memorial contributions in memory of John may be made to the National Kidney Foundation or the American Heart Association.

Allen K. Handy died at The Home of the Good Shepherd on February 10, 2020 just ten days short of his 90th birthday. Born in Schenectady, NY on February 24, 1930, he is predeceased by his parents, E. Edison and Frieda Krom Handy and his brother Edison H. Handy.

Allen served in the US Navy during the Korean War. He worked at Wallace’s Department Store, Denby’s, Vogel Van Lines, and retired from the Center for Disability Services, 25 years ago.

Allen was a life-long active member of the Rotterdam United Methodist Church (formerly Fishers). He served as chairman of the Board of Trustees for many years and was on several other church committees.

Allen was married for 68 years to his wife, Phyllis Handy who survives him. He is also survived by his children Sandra Miller and her husband Joel, David Handy and his wife Paula, and Laurence Handy and his wife Kathy; grandchildren Joel Handy, Todd Handy, Alyssa Gates, Deborah Crouse and Emily Cohen; great grandchildren Flora Gates, Isla Cohen, Eliza Handy, Benjamin and Scarlett Frymoyer. Allen had many nieces and nephews, but Nancy Langlie was especially beloved by him.

A private graveside service will be held in Arms Cemetery, Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts in the Spring. Memorial contributions in memory of Allen may be made to the Rotterdam United Methodist Church, 1915 Helderberg Ave. Rotterdam, NY 12306.

Rachel Marie Fusco, 79, passed away Monday, February 10, 2020. Born January 15, 1941 in Ballston Spa, she was a lifelong resident and daughter of John and Martha Fusco.

Rachel was a graduate of Ballston Spa High School. She worked for many years at Kraft General Foods and later at Upstate Transit in Saratoga Springs as a bus monitor. She liked playing cards, bowling and Bingo and more recently enjoyed using Snapchat.

Rachel is predeceased by her parents, John and Martha Fusco. She is survived by many friends including the Kilburn family.

A service will be held 6pm Thursday, February 13, 2020 at the Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Calling hours will follow the service from 6:30pm to 8pm. A graveside service will be held at 10am on Friday, February 14 at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Ballston Spa.

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

Michael Edward Barry, 78, of Ballston Spa, NY passed away on Saturday,
February 8, 2020 at the Home of Good Shepherd, Saratoga Springs, NY.

Michael was born in Utica, NY to parents Edward Barry and Catherine Vitale on November 27, 1941. He graduated from Utica College in 1963 and married Carole Jean Leonard, October 24 1964 at Saint Agnes Church in Utica, NY. He served three years as a member of the Army National Guard.

Michael’s professional career in commercial insurance spanned over 40 years where he made many lifelong friendships with both colleagues and clients. Fulfilling his goal to own an agency, Clients First Insurance Agency was founded in 1993 by Mike Barry and Mike Gabriel. He retired from Adirondack Trust Insurance in 2013.

Michael was married for 55 years to his wife, Carole Barry, who survives him. He is also survived by his children Kristen Barry-George and her husband Michael George, John Barry and his wife Brooke Barry; his grandchildren Caroline, Graham, Harry, Taylor and Jack; siblings Ruth Bailey, Edward Barry and Karen Shepherd; nephews and nieces Colleen Bailey, Mark Bailey, Michael Bailey, Kelly Machold, Sean Barry, Kevin Barry, Casey Newell and Kandice Shepherd.

He was predeceased by his parents and brother Arthur Newell.

Mike’s interests were varied. He loved dogs and always had a faithful companion (or two) in his life. He was also an aspiring farmer, with horses, a rooster, a surprisingly bountiful vegetable garden and a fishing pond stocked for his grandchildren’s entertainment. He also enjoyed downhill skiing and tennis for much of his life, plus a short stint as a runner in the 80’s. Mike and his wife Carole were active members in the Charlton community including a local gourmet dinner club with cherished friends.

His humor and charm were a source of enjoyment for all that knew him, his ability to genuinely connect with people was a key ingredient to his successful and fulfilling life.

A special thank you to Norma and Ray Knizek close friends and neighbors whose watchful concern allowed Mike to live at home until he entered Hospice Care.

Please join the family for a Celebration of Life in honor of Michael at Noon on Saturday, February 29, 2020 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc. 39 East High St, Ballston Spa. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 11am to Noon before the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in his honor to organizations Utica College https://www.utica.edu/advance/donate.cfm or SAD Foundation https://www.sads.org/

"The Greeks didn't have obituaries. They only asked one question when a man died: Did he have passion?” "Serendipity"

A brilliant and giving man, Elliot James Older III, known as Jimmy, truly lived his life with passion; as well as with honesty, generosity and a unique ability to make others feel cherished and loved.

The lights will shine a little less bright in Middle Grove - he was called to Heaven on Saturday, February 8 at 10:21 a.m. surrounded by his loving family at his home.

Born on October 16, 1958, he was the son of Elliot J. Older Jr. and Doris Denno Older.

He is remembered for his kind and giving soul, his honesty and his extreme intelligence. He leaves behind his greatest legacy his two sons, Jesse James Older and Darbe Lee Older.

He loved his family and friends with all of his heart and lived his life to the fullest. His friends will always remember how he was "on call" for them, no matter the time of day or night.

Brilliant in all matters, his greatest enjoyment was building cars, Jeeping in the woods, running his sawmill and spending time with his family and friends.

While he didn’t consider himself an artist, Jimmy had the unique ability to see art in objects that others could not. A crook in a limb could become a coat hook; an antique woodsman handsaw, a cast iron pot rack; a discarded slab of granite curb repurposed as a fireplace mantle. People were always in awe of his ability to see what something was meant to be, no matter its original purpose.

Jimmy is survived by his wife of 29 years, Patty; sons Jesse (Meyra) and Darbe (Jaclyn); stepsons David and Anthony Farr, his parents, Jim and Doris, his sister Carol Lang (Donald) brothers Keith and Kevin Older (Tiffany), along with his grandchildren – Selena Farr, Trenity Farr, Wyatt Older, Weslee Older, Maia Farr, Shayna Farr, Cash Williams, and Maysa Older. He also leaves behind several aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews.

He is predeceased by his grandparents, Elliot and Enid Older and Cecil and Althine Denno.

Following Jimmy’s request, there will be no calling hours or services. Cremation was performed at Park View Crematory. The family will hold a Celebration of Life later this summer.

A heartfelt thanks goes out to Dr. John Pezzulo for his kindness and compassion during Jimmy’s final weeks.