Obituaries


Andrew F. Hotaling, 86 passed away on Saturday, February 8, 2020. Born in Schenectady, NY on April 4, 1933, he was the son of Earl and Gladys Hotaling. Andrew was a proud decorated US Marine Corp veteran. He was a mortar unit leader in Korea involved in the initial invasion force of Inchon in 1950 and several other key battles throughout his almost two years in the country.

He was a well respected glazier his whole life owning his own business at one point. Andy loved and was involved in local stock car racing since he raced in the 60’s and 70’s. He currently watched his son Randy, grandson Derrick and now great grandson Derrick Jr. (D2), the light of his life, all enjoy success on the track.

He was predeceased by his son Andrew J. Hotaling. Andrew is survived by his children Randy Hotaling and Rhonda Pittman (Roger), “son” Derrick McGrew, Sr., best buddy Derrick McGrew, Jr., special niece Bonnie Hotaling; nine grandchildren, seven great grandchildren; and longtime companion Rosina Brooks.

Funeral services with military honors will be held 1pm Friday, April 3, 2020 at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Andy may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project at www.woundedwarriorproject.org or any other veteran’s organization.

Robert W. Perry, Jr. 63, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at his home. He was born in Troy, NY on April 25, 1956. Bob worked at the Ripe Tomato in Malta. He enjoyed relaxing with his family watching TV.

He was predeceased by his father Robert W. Perry, Sr. and his mother Annie Everleth. Bob is survived by his brothers Bruce Perry, John Perry and James Perry; and his stepfather Raymond Everleth.

There will be no services. Memorial contributions in memory of Bob may be made to Unlimited Potential, PO Box 8899, Albany, NY 12208.

Thomas J. Fraser, Jr., 62, passed away on Tuesday, February 4, 2020. Born in Schenectady, NY on November 19, 1957, he was the son of Thomas and Eleanor Fraser, Sr.

Tom was a truckdriver for Coldliner Express, which allowed him to drive across country, visiting every state except for Alaska and Hawaii. He was avid gamer and also did some programming on his computer.

Tom enjoyed camping, riding his motorcycle and a good tomato sandwich.

He was predeceased by his parents Thomas and Eleanor. Tom is survived by his children Thomas J. Fraser, III (April), Melissa Pondillo (Samuel) and Jennifer Fraser; grandchildren Thomas IV, Lucas, Ashlee, Jersie, Natalie and Jonathan Jr.; great granddaughter Cianna; sister Catherine Fraser Pagendarm (Joseph) and nephews Jacob, Nicholas and Nathaniel.

Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours on Saturday, February 8 from 10am to Noon at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will be in the family plot at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Waterford in the Spring.

Memorial contributions in memory of Tom may be made to the American Heart Association.

Jeffrey Scott Daubert, 51, passed away on January 28, 2020 at Saratoga Hospital after a long battle with cancer. He was born on September 13, 1968 in Lewisburg, PA, a son of Daniel M. Daubert and Carol J. (Kreps) and Roger M. Miller. Jeff was a graduate of Mifflinburg Area High School in Mifflinburg, PA.

On July 2, 1988, in Lewisburg, PA he married his high school sweetheart Wendy K. Bingaman, who was the love of his life and his very best friend for 31 years.

At the time of his death, Jeff was the Vice President of Modern Welding School in Schenectady where he was employed for over thirty years. He enjoyed teaching and devoting his time to the students and watching them succeed.

He was an avid sportsman who loved the outdoors, hunting, fishing, and camping with family and friends. He was a tower of strength for his family and was blessed to meet his first grandchild, who was born this past summer, and was the apple of his eye. His great sense of humor and one line comments will be greatly missed.

He was preceded in death by his father Daniel Daubert, and his father in law and fishing buddy John D. Bingaman.

Jeffrey is survived by his wife Wendy Daubert; son and daughter in law Andrew and Tanya Daubert of Ballston Spa; grandson Hunter Daubert; brother Gregory Miller (Heather) of Milton, PA; three sisters Michele Wetzel of New Berlin, PA, Rebecca Zaidi (Rehan) of Mississauga, Canada, and Kelly Polites (Steven) of Bayfield, CO; mother in law Pauline; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours on Saturday, February 1 from 1pm to 4pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

In lieu of flowers Jeff has requested that you spend time with your loved ones and make a memory.

Evelyn M. Carella, 86, passed away in Albany, NY on Sunday, January 26, 2020. Mrs. Carella was born in Easton, NY on June 23, 1933, she was the daughter of Howard and Mary Tracy, Sr.

Evelyn started her career as a seamstress at Peabody in Troy. She continued to IBM in Troy; was a Supervisor at Virginia Beach Tech then was Supervisor at NYS Data Processing Department, thus retiring as Supervisor of Saratoga County Computer Operations. Evelyn enjoyed furthering her education, entertaining family and friends, sewing, and caring for others. She was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church in Ballston Spa.

She was predeceased by her husband Augustine George Carella, son Richard Quell, and her siblings Ellen DeMarco, Ethel Harrington, Mabel Walker, Muriel Morizio, Norine LaVigne, Arlene Hopkins, Howard Hopkins and Donald Burchhill.

Evelyn is survived by her brother Howard Tracy, Jr., her children Owen Joseph Quell, Jr. (Nancy), Arlene Quell Carella, Chris Carella, and Amy Carella; she has several grandchildren, great grandchildren, one great, great grandchild, as well as several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, February 4 from 10 o’clock a.m. until Noon at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

A Catholic service will be held at Noon. Burial will immediately follow the service in the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville, NY.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children at www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org

Roger T. Curran 76, passed away on Friday, January 24, 2020. Born in Queens, NY on March 10, 1943, he was the son of James and Muriel Curran. He served in the US Air Force.

Roger worked for the General Electric Co in Schenectady for 28 years. He then became a counselor at Warren-Washington Association for Mental Health helping many people overcome their addictions.

Roger enjoying hiking in the Adirondacks, visiting the ocean, cross country skiing, and photography. His dogs were part of his family and he loved them all.

Roger is survived by his daughters Nancy Norrid (Coby) and Cathy Krein (John); grandchildren Scott, Ryan, Madison, Ava and Alanna; brother James Curran (Audrey); and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours on Wednesday, January 29 from 10am to Noon at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial with military honors will be in the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery on a later date.

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

Robert J. Kelly 67, passed away on Friday, January 24, 2020. Born in Troy, NY on October 8, 1952, he was the son of Robert and Jean Kelly.

Bob worked for The Solomon Organization for many years. He enjoyed being in the great outdoors where he could watch an eagle soar, sit beside a campfire, or ride his Harley.

He was predeceased by his brother Timmy Kelly. Bob is survived by his children Robert T. Kelly, Christina Barnes (Toby), and Sarah Kelly (Zac); grandchildren Robert, Toby, Alexis, Aubrey and Kane; his fiancée Penny Palmer and her daughters Ashley and Jessica; sister Sharon Penoir; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, January 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 Bob may be made to the Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Catherine M. Sledziewski 79, passed away on Tuesday, January 21, 2020. Born in Albany, NY on January 8, 1941, she was the daughter of Alfred and Fidelia Fagan. She was a graduate of Shenendehowa High School.

Catherine worked for the NYS Department of Tax and Finance for many years. She enjoyed crocheting and made many beautiful crafts. She loved to polka dance with her family.

She was predeceased by her husband Richard Sledziewski, daughter Lisa Kennedy and her brothers Edgar Fagan, Pat Fagan and Alfred Fagan. Catherine is survived by her son Donald Kennedy and his wife Lisa; granddaughter Sydney Kennedy; longtime companion Joe Rivette; brother George Fagan and his wife Joan; special niece Melody, and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10am Monday, January 27 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in St. Paul’s Cemetery, Mechanicville. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, January 26 from 5pm to 7pm at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions in memory of Catherine may be made to Gateway House of Peace, 479 Rowland Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Julene M. Sanford, 60, passed away on Monday, January 20, 2020. Born in Bath, Maine on April 27, 1959, she was the daughter of Joseph and Muriel Dube.

Julene worked at Baptist Heath Nursing and Rehab in Scotia for many years. After her retirement, she went back to work in the cafeteria at Galway Cental School.

She enjoyed fishing and taking day trips, checking out the antique shows along the way. Julene loved to garden and was well known for the giant pumpkins that she grew.

She was predeceased by her parents Joseph and Muriel Dube and her sister Ginny Dolphin. Julene is survived by her husband Anthony, her son Joe Sanford and his wife Kelly; and her beloved grandchildren Ian Sanford, Kaylana Laurenty and Caleb Sanford.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, January 24 from 5pm to 7pm at the Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 7pm. Burial will be in East Galway Cemetery in the Spring.

Memorial contributions in memory of Julene may be made to Galway Volunteer Ambulance, 2175 Galway Road, Galway, NY 12074.

James J. Mahoney 54, passed away on Saturday, January 18, 2020, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Troy, NY on October 7, 1965, he was the son of Gerald J. and Ruth A. (Doody) Mahoney.

Jim was a graduate of Troy High School and a communicant of St. Michael the Archangel Church in Troy. Jim loved listening to music and dancing. He could often be found using his computer or looking through his books. His greatest joy was visiting with his family and friends and traveling with his beloved mom.

Jim was a loving, caring, generous person who will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

He was predeceased by his parents Gerald J. and Ruth A. Mahoney, his grandparents Peter and Mary Doody, and Gerald and Blanche Mahoney, his aunts and uncles Raymond Grimmick, Ellsworth Wood, Peter Doody, RoseMarie Ducan, Tommy Mahoney, Jerry and Darlene Stark, Larry and Jean Mahoney, Jackie and Alaine Mahoney, William Mahoney, Betsy and Theron O’Del, and Robert and Kathy Doody.

Jim is survived by his aunts and uncles, Rita Wood, Mary Mildred Grimmick, Regina and Ned Howe, Debbie Doody, Ellen Fill, Germine Mahoney, and Linda Mahoney; and numerous cousins.

A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10:30am Thursday, January 23 at St. Michael the Archangel Church, 175 Williams Road, Troy. A calling hour will precede the service from 9am to 10:30am at the church. Burial will follow in the family plot at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Watervliet.

The family would like to thank the many friends and caregivers at Rensselaer ARC and Saratoga Rehab and Skilled Nursing Center for their care and compassion.

Memorial contributions in memory of Jim may be made to The ARC of Rensselaer County, 79 102nd Street, Troy, NY 12180 or Alzheimer’s Association, 4 Pine West Plaza, Suite 405, Albany, NY 12205.

Eileen E. Hale 74, passed away on Saturday, January 18, 2020. Born in Cohoes, NY on January 21, 1945, she was the daughter of George and Mary Charlebois.

Eileen was a bookkeeper at the Streever Agency in Ballston Spa and several other area businesses. She was a huge Donny Elvis fan and loved frogs. Eileen was an avid Bingo player and enjoyed “Sisters Day” once a month playing cards and getting together with her sisters. She treasured her family and the time they spent together.

She was predeceased by her parents George and Mary Charlebois and her sister Helen Gardner. Eileen is survived by her children Bob LaBombard, Tracey Nash (Jim), Glenn Krall, Jr (Lonnie), and Nathan Hale (Jodi); grandchildren Kasarah, Tyler, Justin, Jordan, Jake, Lilly and Julian; siblings Gloria Wickes (Charlie), Tom Charlebois (Karen), Theresa Bryant (Dave), George Charlebois, Jr., and Paul Charlebois (Janie); and many nieces and nephews.

At Eileen’s request there will be no services. Memorial contributions in memory of Eileen may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 4 Pine West Plaza Suite 405, Albany, NY 12205.

Anthony P. Federico 62, passed away on Thursday, January 9, 2020. Born in Troy, NY on August 7, 1957, he was the son of Bruno and Annetta Federico, Sr.

Tony worked for Owens Corning in Delmar for over thirty years. He was a past member of the Jonesville Fire Department serving as First Assistant Chief. Tony was a devoted father and loved camping with his family. He enjoyed watching baseball and was an avid Yankee fan.

He was predeceased by his parents Bruno and Annetta. Anthony is survived by his wife Kathleen and their sons, Tony, Dustin and Dominic; his brothers Joseph Federico and Bruno Federico, Jr. (Barb); and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial mass will be celebrated 11am Wednesday, January 15 at Corpus Christi Church, 2001 Route 9, Round Lake. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, January 14 from 4pm to 6pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions in memory of Anthony may be made to STEP (Saratoga Therapeutic Equestrian Program) PO Box 2918, Glenville, NY 12325.

The family would like to thank Amy from the Visiting Nurses Association for the loving care she gave Anthony during his illness, and Dr. Merecki and his staff for their care and compassion.

Leonard E. Phoenix, Sr. 86, passed away at his home on January 5, 2020 in the loving arms of his wife, Beverly and surrounded by his family, listening to some of his favorite music, Johnny Cash and Buddy Holly.

Leonard was born in Cohoes, NY on June 25, 1933, the son of Edward and Cora Pelletier (Pelkey) Phoenix. He was a proud Army veteran of the Korean War in the 145th Infantry Division from 1951-54, serving on the front line in Korea. He was awarded the Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, a Bronze Star, and Good Conduct Medal and a Sharpshooter Award.

Leonard was employed for close to 40 years by Marvin Millwork in Watervliet and Ellenville, NY. He was a former member of the Round Lake Hose Company and was the First Assistant Chief. He was also a member of American Legion Post 1450 in Halfmoon.

Leonard lived a long and happy life. He often spoke of his happy childhood and being raised by two wonderful loving parents. Len valued his family above all. His life was spent working at a job that he liked, camping, fishing, golfing, bowling, gardening, all of which included his wife, kids, and grandkids. He spent many retirement years as a Florida snowbird and enjoyed that, too. He loved his life, his family, his job and his pets. You cannot ask much more out of life than this. He considered himself a lucky man, but we his family were the lucky ones.

He was predeceased by his parents Edward and Cora Phoenix, his brothers Edward, Raymond, Ross and Harold Phoenix, his sisters Jeannette Coutu and Hazel Glynn, and his son in law John Shafts, Sr.

Leonard is survived by his wife of 64 years Beverly Bessette Phoenix and his children, Leonard Phoenix (Debbie) of Ballston Spa, Laurel Christopher (Ross) of Halfmoon and Lisa Shafts of Round Lake; grandchildren Jennifer Wright (Les), Leonard Phoenix (Jennifer), Lisa Christopher, Matthew Christopher (Katie Dobbins), John Shafts (Marissa) and Chelsea Shafts; seven precious great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, January 8 from 10am to Noon at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will be held at Noon. Burial with military honors will follow at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Leonard may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 4 Pine West Plaza, Suite 405, Albany, NY 12205.

Francis S. Loucks “Frank” 77, passed away on Sunday, December 29, 2019. Born in Boonville, NY on March 18, 1942, he was the son of Seward and Antoinette Loucks.

Frank worked for the NYS Department of Criminal Justice for 25 years. He was a talented musician and performed with Capri 3 and The Cannovo Family for many years.

On Friday evenings, Frank could be found singing karaoke at the Nostalgia Ale House and Wine Place on Saratoga Lake with his best friend Tony.

Frank is survived by his wife Dorothy, his children Michele Loucks, David Loucks, Kristin Loucks and Ryan Loucks; stepchildren Dilion DeCarr and Kathryn Gelfuso; half sister Patricia Heil; ten grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and many close friends.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, January 3 from 3pm to 5pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 5pm.

Memorial contributions in memory of Frank may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Terry J. Cantiello, 51, passed away on Friday, December 27, 2019. Born in Glens Falls, NY on November 19, 1968, he was the son of Anthony and Mary Cantiello. He was a graduate of Hudson Falls High School and served in the US Navy.

Terry worked at Quad Graphics in Saratoga Springs. He enjoyed hunting, going to the casino, and betting on the horses. He loved the ocean and spent many vacations on the beach in Hilton Head, SC.

Terry was a great storyteller, sharing his sense of humor with his family and friends. His family was his greatest treasure and he enjoyed cooking for them and watching movies together.

Terry is survived by his wife Kim, his children Kyle, Kasandra and Larissa; parents Anthony and Mary Cantiello; brothers Anthony Cantiello, Jr., Joseph Cantiello (Amanda), Daniel Cantiello and his fiancée Christine; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours on Thursday, January 2 from 11am to 1pm at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 543 Glen Street, Glens Falls. A memorial service will follow at 1pm.

Memorial contributions in memory of Terry may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project at woundedwarriorproject.org

His friends mourn the loss of James Carson of Malta who died suddenly on December 20, 2019 at the age of 73 in connection with an accident in his home.

Jim was born in 1946, the son of Molly and Carl Carson. He was raised in Ballston Spa with his now deceased siblings Carl Carson, Jr., and Mary Duell.

A military veteran, Jim served in the U.S. Marine Corp from 1965 to 1969. He spent most of his life living in Malta, last working at Phillips Health in Latham as a software engineer.

Many of his friends grew to know Jim’s good heart, thoroughness, and reliability through his volunteer work in greyhound rescue. Jim administered the rescue group website and volunteered at adoption events for Greyhound Rescue of NY. For many years, his neighbors were happy to see him on his daily walks with one or two of the three greyhounds he had adopted.

No services will be held at this time. However, his friends will gather for a farewell service in early spring to bid farewell to Jim when his ashes are returned to the earth according to his request. Anyone wishing to join in this ceremonial farewell, please contact Armer Funeral Home, Inc. at 518-885-6181 or info@armerfuneralhome.com and leave your name and contact information.

Thambusami Chella, 91, passed away on Thursday, December 19, 2019. He was born on December 1, 1928 in Madras, India.

He is now at the feet of his Lord and Savior Jesus along with his parents Rev D. and Ruby Thambusami, his stepmother Annabelle Thambusami, and his siblings Sampath, Doss, and Irene and many other loved ones. Chella is survived by his sister Satyabama Johnson, his wife Vasantha Chella (Poppy), and their children, Ruby Johnson, Moses Chella (Willie), and Wesley Chella.

Funeral services will be held 9:30am Saturday, December 28 at Emmanuel Reformed Episcopal Church, 100 Grant Avenue, Somerville, NJ. Burial will follow in Bound Brook Cemetery, Bound Brook, NJ.

And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son, Jesus. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. John 5:11-13

Sherry L. Harrington 74, passed away on Sunday, December 15, 2019. Born in Ballston Spa, NY on July 31, 1945, she was the daughter of Joseph and Vivian Moulton.

Sherry worked for General Electric in Schenectady, Knolls Atomic Power Lab in Niskayuna and retired from the Kesslering Site in West Milton after over forty years of service. She loved to cook and bake. If a co-worker had a birthday you could be sure Sherry baked a cake for them to share. She was famous for her Thanksgiving fudge which she gave out and mailed across the country.

Sherry enjoyed boating with her husband Ted and spending time at their vacation home in Puerto Rico. She was a puzzle fanatic and liked to garden, mow the lawn, and tend to her birdfeeders. She was a volunteer at numerous local charities, helping out wherever she could. She spent lots of time at the Saratoga Racino, sometimes winning.

She enjoyed luncheons with her friends. Her greatest joy was her family and she insisted on hosting the family get togethers so everyone could swim in the pool, no matter what the weather. Sherry was a generous and kind-hearted soul who was loved by all who knew her.

Sherry is survived by her husband of 49 years, Ted and their children, Tom Harrington (Julie), Doreen Mitchell (Glenn), Kevin Harrington, Sandy Demskie (Andrew), and Wendy Candiano (Bruce); grandchildren Alyson, Anthony, Joseph, Jason, Alexandria, Skye, Steve, and Kristina; great grandchildren Kambrie and Jackson; siblings James Moulton, Mary Ellen Drindak, and Jeffrey Moulton; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother Joseph Moulton.

Funeral services will be held 10am Thursday, December 19 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, December 18 from 5pm to 7pm at the funeral home. Burial will be in Rock City Falls Cemetery in the Spring.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Sherry may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Archie E. Armer 97, passed away on Saturday, December 14, 2019 surrounded by his devoted family. He was born in the Town of Saratoga on April 12, 1922. He was the son of Elmer and Eva Armer.

Archie lived his entire life in and around the Saratoga Springs area. He graduated from Saratoga Springs High School and served his country in the Pacific during World War II as an army Sergeant. He married Ileen Hoffman on July 30, 1949.

Archie enjoyed a successful business career spanning over 50 years. He was a manufacturer’s representative for several companies across the country for many years and with two partners started a successful import company based in NYC. His proudest business accomplishment however was as founder and president of Dec-O-World, Inc which he and his family ran for over 25 years.

Archie loved his family and the many activities they shared throughout the years. He enjoyed golf, boating, sports, bowling with his brother in law, and especially the Saratoga Race Track. He was an energetic and gregarious man who loved to meet and talk with people.

Archie was predeceased by his beloved wife Ileen, son Timothy, son in law Mark Worobey, sister Muriel Sutton, and brother Len Armer.

Archie is survived by his daughter Ardis Armer, granddaughter Jessica Armer, brother in law John Urbaetis, sister in law Norma Hoffman, and many dear nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, December 20 from 11am to Noon at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will be held at Noon. Burial will follow in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Saratoga Springs.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the American Red Cross.

Thomas Jonathan Roach passed away on December 13th, 2019 at the age of 32, accompanied by his family at Saratoga Hospital.

Tom grew up alongside his older brother in Jonesville, in a neighborhood surrounded by classmates who would grow to be lifelong friends. Tom had great memories playing with his brother, including neighborhood street-hockey matches, races through snowy woods on sleds pulled by ATVs, and a variety of imaginative games (one of which, “bear hunt”, featured a Nerf-equipped pair of hunters on the trail of an unarmed, sneaking, but still dangerous human/Grizzly hybrid). Tom was a goofy and expressive child, and had a love for animals which can be seen early-on in home movies featuring him as an expert trainer of the household dog (à la Steve Irwin).

Though Tom would face challenges in his later adolescence, the best qualities of his character never faded. Tom was the most wonderful kind of delinquent; the kind who would sneak beers to his younger brother, play Nirvana (and eventually the Beatles) at full blast on every, *every* car ride, and who would, on festive occasions, ignite weapons-grade fireworks in his quiet residential community. He never missed a family gathering or holiday, and deeply enjoyed family reunions in Maine where he had fond memories of visiting his grandparents’ home every New Years. Tom also had a great creative side, with a love of music and an incredible ability to learn songs on guitar or piano from only listening to them over the radio.

Tom worked for over twelve years at a local dog kennel. There he met some of his best and closest friends, the ranks of which included both his two-legged coworkers and the four-legged occupants. While there, Tom adopted two neglected, poorly behaved, out-of-control but, most importantly, unbelievably sweet dogs, Ally and Gunner. From what must have been a place of resonance, Tom saw the good, loving nature of these dogs beyond their outward behavior, and provided them with the love and support that no others would give.

Despite various hardships throughout his life, Tom always held dear his close friends and family. Much like the sheltered animals he cared for so much, Tom’s character consisted of a humble kindness, an uncompromising warmth, and an enduring, almost excessive faith in his family and friends. It is incredible that despite the trials he endured, Tom felt a complete sense of love for those close to him. Even after his passing, we hope to live up to the level of reciprocation that this kind of love deserves.

Tom is survived by his father Bud Roach, his mother Lee Sheldon, his brothers Philip Roach and Michael Sheldon, his sister-in-law Katie Roach, nephew Bennet Roach and niece Madeline Roach.

A celebration of Tom’s life will be held on Friday, December 20 from 5pm to 8pm in the Adirondack Room at the Hilton Garden Inn, 30 Clifton Country Road, Clifton Park.

Francis L. “Larry” DuPont 99, passed gently into the evening on Wednesday, December 11, 2019. He was born and raised in Gouverneur, NY, the son of Elmer and Gertrude (Easton) DuPont. He served in the Army Air Corp from 1938-1945 and accrued numerous bombing missions during World War II as a Mitchell B-25 radio gunner.

Upon his discharge he started a long career at General Electric in Schenectady where the receptionist took a liking to him and their marriage of close to 70 years began.

A St. James choir boy enjoyed singing and in later years performed at numerous venues over the years. He was a quality baritone vocalist who made our country home of youth a musical wonderland. Larry took a keen interest in the various projects of his three sons and was always there to lend a hand as well as his wisdom. He supported their musical and sports endeavors, whether it be Pop Warner football or Little League baseball.

He was predeceased by his beloved wife and co-pilot of 70 years, Emma (Jennings) DuPont, and his brothers Edwin and Charles. Larry is survived by his sons Stephen DuPont (Karen) of St. Petersburg, FL; Jacke DuPont (Elizabeth) of Franklinton, NY and Christopher DuPont (Sylvia) of Saratoga Springs; and his beloved grandchildren and great grandchildren.

We are forever grateful to be his sons, daughters in law, and grandchildren. Larry was a wonderful friend, father and husband who truly cared for others.

A private family service will be held.

Jean B. Carter 89, passed away on Tuesday, December 10, 2019. Born in Ballston Spa, NY on November 26, 1930, she was the daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Brower.

Jean was a paralegal working for several lawyers’ offices in Ballston Spa, retiring in 2000. She loved her job and was an avid reader. Jean was a devoted mother and took great pride in raising her six children. Her family was her greatest joy and she treasured the time they shared together.

She was predeceased by her husband Elliery and her six siblings. Jean is survived by her children Karen Manhey (Bill), Laurie Carter, Teresa LeClare (John), Jeffery Carter (Terry), Joseph Carter (Amy), and Bradley Carter (Ginger); nine grandchildren, fifteen great grandchildren, one great great grandson, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10am Saturday, December 14 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Relatives and friends are invited to gather at 9:45am at the funeral home. Burial will be in Factory Village Cemetery in the Spring.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Jean to the Alzheimer’s Association, 4 Pine West Plaza, Suite 405, Albany, NY 12205.

Matthew Stephen Galbraith, 31, passed away at home on Monday, December 2, 2019. Born on August 14, 1988 in Schenectady, he was a life-long area resident and son of John A. and Elaine (Plummer) Galbraith.

Matthew was a graduate of Ballston Spa High School and worked as a Sales Manager at Cellular Sales in Malta and Queensbury. He loved tea and all things tea, video games and game night with his friends. Matthew was a voracious reader and also a talented writer. He enjoyed playing golf and participating in triathlons.

Matthew was predeceased by his father, John A. Galbraith. He is survived by his mother, Elaine P. Galbraith of Ballston Spa; his sisters, Katelyn Galbraith and Kristyn Galbraith both of Ballston Spa; and his brother, Michael Galbraith of Albany.

Funeral services will be held at 9:30am on Saturday, December 7 at St. Mary’s Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow at Ballston Spa Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call from 5pm to 7pm Friday, December 6 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions may be made in Matthew’s name to the charity of one’s choice.

Paul F. Darling, Sr. 84, passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 1, 2019 at his home, surrounded by his family. One of eleven children, he was born in Utica, NY on December 14, 1934, to Gerald and Ruth Darling. He proudly served in the US Marine Corp and was a veteran of the Korean War.

Paul worked for UPS for 32 years, retiring in 1991. He was a member of the Korean War Veterans Association Chapter #60 of Glens Falls. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. He treasured his family and spending quality time with them was his greatest joy.

He was predeceased by his infant daughter Donna, and his siblings Jerry Darling, Barbara Murphy, Beverly Newton, Suzanne Kress, Marion Cahill and Priscilla Byrne.

Paul is survived by his beloved wife of 61 years Suzanne, and their children Sandy Darling Girvin, Paul Darling, Jr., Michael Darling, Christopher Darling and Tracy Darling Seibert; grandchildren Christopher Girvin, Robert Burstin, Destiny Kloss, Nicole Darling, William Seibert and Alec Darling; great grandchildren Connor and Elliott; siblings Jeannette Light, Joan LeClair, Fred Darling and Nancy Darling; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 am Thursday, December 5 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street Ballston Spa. Burial with military honors will follow at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, December 4 from 4 pm to 7 pm at the funeral home.

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

Wendy C. Nichols 42, passed away on Thursday, November 28, 2019. Born in Schenectady, NY on October 25, 1977, she was the daughter of David and Gay Baker. She was a graduate of Ballston Spa High School.

Wendy was a Certified Nursing Assistant at Saratoga Hospital and also helped people in their homes doing home health care visits. She was always there to lend a helping hand to anyone in need and was able to find the good in everyone. Her greatest joy was her family and friends and she treasured the time she spent with them.

She was predeceased by her mother Gay Baker. Wendy is survived by her loving husband Daniel, beloved daughter Shanna, sister Janet Buckmiller (Emil), father David Baker; and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours on Thursday, December 5 from 5pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions in memory of Wendy may be made to the Ronald McDonald House, 139 South Lake Avenue, Albany, NY 12208.

Christine McCormick 76, passed away on Tuesday, November 19, 2019. Born in Oxford, England on December 19, 1942, she was the daughter of John and Daisy Lewis. She came to the United States in 1969.

Christine worked at Spa Cleaners in Ballston Spa for nineteen years, retiring in 2008. She attended Saratoga Chapel in Ballston Lake. Christine enjoyed working out with the Silver Sneakers group at the YMCA.

Christine is survived by her husband of 46 years Ronald, daughter Lisa Dowen and her husband Duane of Saratoga Springs, son Wayne McCormick and his fiancée Megan Squires of Ballston Spa; grandson Levi; and her sister Jackie and family in England.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, November 25 from 5pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Funeral services will be held 10am on Tuesday, November 26 at the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville.

The family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to Marilyn Clements and Cheryl Butler for their loving friendship and care that made it possible for Christine to maintain her independence.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The City Mission of Schenectady or St Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Marie A. Hettrich passed away suddenly on Monday, November 18, 2019. She was born in Ballston Spa, NY on August 28, 1933. Marie worked for the Ballston Spa School District in the payroll department.

Marie was the loving wife of Peter Hettrich for 57 years and had three children Fran Maurer of Earlton, David Hettrich of Delmar and Dale Hettrich of Wilton. She lovingly welcomed to the family their spouses Paul, Elizabeth and Jennifer. Marie had four grandchildren Sydney, Jaden, Steven, and Jillian whom she adored. They loved visiting Grandma’s house and dressing up in all the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s clothes they could find and putting on plays for her.

She spent many years working each summer at the Saratoga County Fair as a volunteer Talent Coordinator. Marie enjoyed working with her flowers in the yard and spent her free time reading. She enjoyed camping, taking trips with her family going cross country in a trailer to Wyoming and later in life traveling, with her husband as well as traveling to Maine with her entire family for 10 years including this past September. Marie had many friends and enjoyed shopping with her friend Audrey and going out to lunch with a group of friends once a month.

She was predeceased by her mother Frances Pernatozzi, and her father Ralph Pastore who as a young boy came over from Italy to the United States traveling on a ship with his father. She was also predeceased by her stepmother Florence, her older brother Charles Pastore, her older sister Lucy Verrigni, and her younger brother Frank Pastore.

She attended weekly mass at St Mary’s Church in Ballston Spa. She was always donating to whatever
cause showed up in her mailbox.

She was loved by all and will be greatly missed.

Funeral services will be held 9:30am Monday, November 25 at St. Mary’s Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow in Malta Ridge Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, November 24 from 2pm to 5pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Thomas F. Mulholland, 71 passed away on Monday, November 18, 2019. Born in Cohoes, NY on May 24, 1948, he was the son of John and Evalee Mulholland.

He served in the US Army 182nd Airborne. Tom worked at Albany Medical Center for several years and later was a truck driver.

He was predeceased by his brothers John, Timothy, Kenneth and Robert, and his sister Evalee. Tom is survived by his wife Kathleen, son Eric Mulholland (Meghan), grandchildren Aiden, Maverick, Michael and Abigail; sisters Mary Beadnell (Wendell), Barbara Parker (Doug) and several nieces and nephews.

A private family service will be held.

Sandra Wormuth, 76, of Ballston Spa passed away on Friday, November 15, 2019 after a long illness. Born in Ballston Spa, New York on January 16, 1943, she was the daughter of the late Lloyd and Frances Emigh.

Sandy graduated from Saratoga High School in 1961. Alongside her husband she ran Lou’s Mobile Home and Camper Supplies in Halfmoon for over 30 years. She was involved with the Adirondack Beagle Club for years, loved hunting and baking for her family. She was a long time member of the Simpson United Methodist Church in Rock City Falls.

She was predeceased by her husband, Lewis Wormuth, and her siblings Richard Emigh, Barbara Cullen, Donna Murtlow, JoAnn Baker, Sue Morris and Shirley Malik.

Sandy is survived by her children Lisa (Harold) Clothier, Rick (Jim Reed) Wormuth, Lester (Chris) Wormuth, Lori (John Hardick) Zipkin, Lewis Wormuth III, Larry (Lynette Delczeg) Wormuth and John (Mary Ann) Morrison, grandchildren Jeanie Garneau, Josh Garneau, Jeremy Garneau, Craig Wormuth, Kyle Wormuth, Brian Zipkin, Stacy Wormuth, Megan Sicko, Ashley Corchia, Lucas Wormuth and Chase Wormuth; and fourteen great grandchildren. In addition she is also survived by her siblings, Jarvis (Doris) Emigh, Dale (Karen) Emigh, Gertrude (the late James) Bowen and Christine (Dave) Paro and several nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to call on Saturday, November 23rd from 10am to 11am at the Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will be held at 11am. Burial will follow at the North Milton Cemetery.

The family would like to thank the staff at Community Hospice of Saratoga for the excellent care given to Sandy during the past several months.

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

On Friday, November 15, 2019, Anna M. DeBevoise, loving wife, mother and grandmother passed away at the age of 86.

Anna was born on November 4, 1933 in Galway, NY to Edward and Laura Lawton. On August 18, 1979, Anna married Walter and together they created a large extended family of nine children.

She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother who loved spending time at home with her family. After her children grew to be independent she worked outside the home as a CNA and Physical Therapy Aide caring for the elderly at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady. Anna will be remembered by her family as a strong, independent woman who was always capable of doing what she needed to do.

Anna is predeceased by her parents Edward and Laura Lawton, brother Edward, grandson Nicholas and daughter in law Candace. She is survived by her loving husband Walter, two sisters Francis Hartman and Betty Kenyon both of Scotia; nine children David Schaperjahn (Kathy), Dennis Schaperjahn (Candace), Delei Lawrence (Michael), Dorrie Papp (Paul), Darren Schaperjahn (Cindy), Derek Schaperjahn, Catherine Ann Grabo (Donald), Nancy Weaver (Wayne), and Hope DeBevoise (Terri Ward). She is also survived by a full quiver of 20 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren , all who were the light of her life.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, November 20 from 10am to 11:30am at Saratoga Abundant Life Church, (corner of Hutchins Road and Rt 50). A service will be held at 11:30am. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Hudson Road, Galway.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to the many nurses and staff at Albany Medical Center, Neuro ICU and B3 West for the extraordinary and sensitive care provided to Anna and her entire family.

Memorial contributions in memory of Anna may be made to Albany Medical Center Foundation, PO Box 8928, Albany, NY 12208.