Obituaries


Leon R. Hicks “Red” 84, passed away peacefully on January 22, 2019. Born on December 9, 1934 in Amsterdam, NY he was the son of Harold Hicks, Sr and Anna Baird Hicks, and stepson of Alton Chase.

Leon served in the US Army from 1954-57 in the 71st Infantry 53rd Regiment in Ft Richard, Alaska during the Korean War. He was a Sergeant Special Class Medical Aide Man serving as an ambulance driver. He received a National Defense Service Medal. He also took part in the Army Alaska “Exercise Moose Horn” in the Big Delta Area 165m from the Arctic Circle.

Leon was a member of the Laborers Local #157, retiring in June, 1985. He was a Galway Fish and Game Club life member and past president. Never afraid to ask anyone “You want to buy a ticket?” making him a top seller of gun raffle tickets. Leon was also a member of the VFW and American Legion Post in Broadalbin.

Leon truly enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, bowling and golfing with his buddy Gene. He enjoyed car rides, sitting in his recliner watching/yelling at the TV, playing cards on his lap/chest, doing word searches and the occasional nap. Leon always enjoyed spending time with family and friends. He regularly occupied a seat at Chucks and Stewarts while getting the “The Galway Gossip” and lottery tickets.

Leon was predeceased by his wife of 51 years Anna, sisters Gloria and Doris, and brothers Harold Jr, Fred, and a little angel.

Leon is survived by “his three girls” LeeAnn (Jim) Salisbury of Amsterdam, Cindy (Kelby) Truax of Ft Edward, and Traci (Adom) Giffin of Potsdam; grandchildren Kayla and Connor Giffin; step grandchildren John Salisbury of Gloversville and Jennifer (Ken) Kerfien of Fulton; great grandchildren Makenzie, Haley, Christian, and Brody; grand fur baby Sophie; brother David (Jen) Hicks, sisters Eleanor Merritt, Julia Hall and RoseMary (John) Shepard; many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to attend a service with military honors 11am Friday, February 15 at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville. All our invited to a celebration of life on Saturday, February 16 from 12pm to 3pm at the Raindancer Restaurant in Amsterdam.

The family would like to extend sincere thanks to George/Sue, Gene/Edith, Tony/Ann, Joe/Jo , Pryscilla, and Frank for being the greatest neighbors, Dr Robert Parkes for giving him 24 more years, Alyssa and A-2 Girls at Saratoga Center for Rehab, the staff at Mohawk Dialysis Center in Amsterdam, Nathan Littauer Clinic in Perth, and the Fonda VA Clinic.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations in Leon’s name can be made to the Galway Volunteer Ambulance Corp, PO Box 151, Galway, NY 12074 or Galway Volunteer Fire Dept, 2175 Galway Road, Galway, NY 12074.

Eleanor S. Fernau, 82, of Ballston Spa, NY, passed away peacefully Monday, January 21, 2019 at the Wesley Health Care Center in Saratoga Springs.

Ellie was born June 16, 1936 in White Plains, NY. Her parents were the late Henry and Alexandra “Sasha” (Tarasuik) Eberle of White Plains. She graduated from Briarcliff Manor (NY) High School and from MacMurray College in Jacksonville, IL, class of 1958, where she majored in speech and theatre-related arts. In both high school and college she was a field hockey player, as evidenced by the “hockey hip” that her children received if they didn’t move quickly enough. She worked briefly at Readers Digest in Pleasantville, NY, after graduation and before marriage. She also worked for many years as a clerk at the Ballston Spa Public Library, where she was able to share her life-long enthusiasm for reading with a broad spectrum of library patrons.

In her leisure time, she enjoyed vacationing on Cape Cod, cruising used book stores for the detective stories that she loved, and going on August Thursdays to the Saratoga Race Track, using her inexplicable handicapping system to come home a winner (or so she claimed). She loved her lunches with the International Club and her sessions with the local Home Arts Club. She traveled with her husband to the roaming reunions that her MacMurray class held all over the country, as well as vacations to other beautiful locations, often involving “chasing trains.” For many years she very much enjoyed bowling with her teammates at the local lanes and regional competitions. She was always happy with a cat in her lap and a cup of coffee at hand.

In 2004, the Village of Ballston Spa honored Ellie with the Bernard C. Puckhaber Memorial Award “For [her] dedication to this community through service and volunteerism.” From the time that she moved to the village, she was active, at first through the Cub Scouts and the public schools, where she used her educational background in speech and drama to help with her son’s school plays in many capacities ranging from advice to backstage activities such as make-up and costumes. She was also active in “Meals on Wheels” and local blood drives (sometimes as co-chair), in addition to donating more than 8 gallons of blood over the years.

After leaving her position at the library, she later served as a Member and President of the library’s Board of Trustees. But the volunteering that gave her the most satisfaction over more than 20 years was her work with the Community Emergency Corps. She started as an ambulance driver and then quickly earned her Emergency Medical Technician certification. For many years she was one of the few people available to do day-time calls. For her many hours of service on the truck along with her committee and officer work she received the Corps’s Captains’ Award (twice) and President’s Award. She finished out her “career” as a member of the Board of Directors. Ellie said that her greatest satisfaction was when she made a difference in someone’s life, such as the time that her crew reversed a cardiac arrest (for which she and her crew received a commendation from the Emergency Medical Services Council of Saratoga County). Her greatest frustrations were those times when everything possible was done but the outcome was not what was hoped for.

Ellie married Edward Fernau on August 22, 1959. They lived in Cohoes, NY; Stuttgart, Germany; Colonie, NY; and, for the past 48 years, in the Village of Ballston Spa. In addition to Ed, survivors include her sister Kyra V. Eberle of Klamath Falls, OR; her son Mark Fernau and his wife Melissa of Clinton, MA; son Jason Fernau and his wife Kathy of Malta, NY; and five grandchildren: Fletcher (Grenye) Fernau, Leanne Fernau, Henry Fernau, Gwen Fernau, and Jillian Fernau. She was predeceased by her sisters Helene A. and Margaret R. Eberle.

Calling hours from 1 to 3 PM, immediately followed by a time during which friends and family can share memories of Ellie, will be held on Saturday January 26, 2019, at the Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High St., Ballston Spa. Interment will be later in the spring at Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery.

The family thanks the staff at the Wesley for their compassionate care. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Ellie’s memory may be made to the Community Emergency Corps, 78 Thompson St., Ballston Spa, NY, 12020.

Earle D. Cole “Joe”, 82, passed away on Saturday, January 19, 2019, in Nashville, Tennessee. Born in Saratoga Springs, NY on March 14, 1936, he was the son of Kenneth and Ester Cole. He served in the US Air Force from 1954-57.

Earle was a truck driver for the Saratoga County Department of Public Works for 35 years. He was a member of American Legion Post 234 in Ballston Spa. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, woodworking, traveling and bowling. Earle loved spending time with his large family and was known to be a wise guy, giving them a “hard time” whenever he could.

Earle is survived by his wife of 60 years, Roberta and their children, Kenneth Cole (Carla) of Smyrna, TN, Star Gandara (Ray) of Loris, SC, Tina Springer (Don) of Loris, SC, and Tonya Rooke (Rodger) of Middle Grove; grandchildren Corinne Sayles, Danielle Springer, Jason Springer (Leeza), Chrissy Mooney (Dana), Ryan Cole, Josh Gandara, Trista Gordon (Robert), Jeremy Gandara, Kyle Huggins, Bradley Rooke (Mary), and Brittany Gandara; sister Judith Burgess “Juju”; brother in law Robert Woodruff (Barb); eight great grandchildren, several nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews.

A private family service will be held. Memorial contributions in memory of Earle may be made to the
Parkinsons Foundation or Dementia Foundation.

Patricia Anderson, 87, passed away Saturday, January 19, 2019 at Saratoga Center Rehab and Skilled Nursing Care in Ballston Spa. Born in Brattleboro, Vermont on November 19, 1931, she was the daughter of Francese Anderson Smith and Oscar Anderson.

Patty attended school in Bellows Falls, Vermont and lived most of her adult life in Los Angeles, California.

Patty is survived by her sister Cynthia Boadle of Missouri, brother Roland Anderson of Brattleboro, VT, half sister Sandra Smith of Queensbury, NY; and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be private.

John Walter Swertinski, age 88, passed away on Friday, January 18, 2019 with his loving granddaughter at his side.

John was born in Watervliet, NY on April 10th,, 1930, the son of the late Frank and Mary Swertinski. He grew up in Troy, NY and enlisted in the US Army from 1950-1953. He was accepted into the 11th Airborne Division and later served as Staff Sergeant of the 141st Tank Battalion in West Germany.

John started his own business as a Process Server for local attorneys. His career spanned 55 years, until his retirement at the age of 80.

John was full of life. He was a spirited man, a prankster, and always enjoyed a good debate. In his younger years, he enjoyed speed skating and downhill skiing. His hobbies included flower gardening, reading, wood crafting, and repairing cuckoo clocks. John treasured spending time with family and friends.

He was predeceased by his parents Frank and Mary, sister Helen, brothers Stanley and Joseph, and brother in law Joseph.

John is survived by his daughters, Erika Rose (Mike) Celella of Ballston Spa, NY and Heidi Rose (Greg) Sowder of Alpharetta, GA; his sister Jean Fiore; sisters-in-law Delores and Alice Swertinski; and several nieces and nephews. He was the proud grandfather of Sara Rose Fryer, Taylor Gregory Sowder, and Monica Rose Sowder; and devoted great grandfather to Brandon Dean Fryer, Hannah Rose Fryer, and Gabriel Evan Fryer.

Funeral services will be held 9:30am Friday, January 25 at St. Mary’s Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Waterford. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, January 24 from 6pm to 8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Michael D. Fitzgerald 61, passed away on Tuesday, January 15, 2019. Born in Ballston Spa, NY on September 23, 1957, he was the son of Clarence and Marie Fitzgerald.

Mike worked for Cottrell Paper Co in Rock City Falls for 25 years. He enjoyed camping and spending time with his friends and family.

He was predeceased by his parents Clarence and Marie Fitzgerald, siblings Cindy Wescott, William and Charles Fitzgerald, and his infant granddaughter McKenzie.

Mike is survived by his wife Darlene; daughter Amanda Fitzgerald; stepchildren Jessica Hayden, Rebecca Hayden, Heidi Ramsey, Tina Bell, Rose Bell, and BJ Bell; brothers Clarence Fitzgerald and Richard Fitzgerald; 3 grandchildren, 8 stepgrandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday from 2pm to 4pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 4pm. Burial will be in Middle Grove Cemetery in the Spring.

Memorial contributions in memory of Mike may be made to DCI-Rubin Dialysis Center, 59 Myrtle Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Edith B. Older 87, passed away on Monday, January 14, 2019. Born in Rensselaerville, NY on March 11, 1931, she was the daughter of Albert and Hazel Boice. She was a 1949 graduate of Burnt Hills Ballston Lake High School, making her a proud forty-niner.

After raising her family, Edith worked for Universal Medical Instruments in Malta. She also worked at the Saratoga County Fair for many years. Edith enjoyed gardening and flowers. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

Edith was predeceased by her husband Francis, son Mark Older, parents Albert and Hazel Boice, and her siblings Robert, William and Joan Boice. She is survived by her children John Older (Kathie), James Older, Dale Older, Darrell Older (Vicky), Gary Older, Francis Older, Jr., Linda Older, Sharon Triola (Bill), Jeffrey Older (Lynne), Daniel Older (Tina), and Christine Wescott (Byron); daughter in law Cindy Older; and many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10am Thursday, January 17 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Middle Grove Cemetery.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, January 16 from 5pm to 8pm at the funeral home.

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

Clifford Bruce Nichols, Sr. 82, passed away on Sunday, January 13, 2019. Born in Albany, NY on October 24, 1936, he was the son of Harold and Mary Nichols.

Bruce was a truck driver for several local companies, retiring in 2000. He enjoyed camping, fishing and playing Bingo.

He was predeceased by his wife June, parents Harold and Mary Nichols, and sister Clair. Bruce is survived by his children Carol McMahon (Jerry Mabb) of South Glens Falls, Theresa LaTulip (Greg) of Ballston Spa, Phyllis LaTulip (Lee) of Ballston Spa, Mary Titus (Dave) of Ballston Spa and Clifford Nichols, Jr. (Annette) of Galway; daughter in law Tamy Nichols; sister Beverly Tomisman; 17 grandchildren, 35 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, January 18 from 4pm to 6pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 6pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Bruce may be made to the Saratoga County Animal Shelter, 6040 County Farm Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Richard J. Sawyer 84, passed away on Sunday, January 13, 2019. Born in Broadalbin, NY on February 26, 1934, he was the son of Thomas and Mary Sawyer. He served in the US Army.

Dick was a Ford mechanic for over forty years. He worked for Trice Jeron Ford and retired from Jack Byrne Ford in Mechanicville.

Dick enjoyed snowmobiling, riding cross country on his motorcycle, camping, fishing and watching Nascar. His greatest joy was the time he spent with his family and friends.

He was predeceased by his parents Thomas and Mary, brothers John and Thomas, and his sister Catherine. Dick is survived by his wife of 50 years Freda; sister Margaret Mooney; several nieces and nephews; and his beloved dog Sonny.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, January 17 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 Malta Ridge Cemetery in the Spring.

Arthur W. Montgomery 90, passed away on Saturday, January 5, 2019. Born in Queens, NY on May 10, 1928, he was the son of William and Florence Montgomery. He was a Navy veteran of World War II serving on the USS Yosemite.

On September 3, 1950, he married Virginia Ditzel and they moved to Brooklyn, later to Rosedale, Queens and eventually to Stillwater, NY. Art was an accountant operating Montgomery Tax Service in Queens and Stillwater, NY for many years. He was a scoutmaster for Troop 232 in Brooklyn and a member of Springfield Gardens Masonic Lodge in Queens. He was also an active member of the Quaker Springs United Methodist Church.

He was predeceased by his wife Virginia. Art is survived by his son Gary Montgomery and daughter in law Monika; grandchildren Jennifer Salvi (William) and Brian Montgomery (Tammy); great grandchildren Sean Salvi, Riley Salvi and Caleb Montgomery; brother Robert Montgomery, sister-in-law Joan Hyland, and several nieces.

A memorial service will be held 3pm Sunday, January 27 at Quaker Springs United Methodist Church, Route 32, Schuylerville. Burial with military honors will be at 10am Monday, January 28 at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville.

Memorial contributions in memory of Art may be made to the Quaker Springs United Methodist Church, 466 Route 32 South, Schuylerville, NY 12871.

Robert W. Downing 92, passed away on January 5, 2019. Born in Saratoga Springs, NY on March 10, 1926, he was the son of Walter and Lillian Downing.

Bob was a vegetable farmer on his family farm in Ballston Lake, where he lived his whole life. He was known as “Pumpkin Downing” and took great pride in his vegetable gardens. Bob was a member of the Saratoga County Farmers Market Association and sold his vegetables at the local farmers market for many years where he was loved and respected by his fellow farmers and neighbors.

He was predeceased by his longtime companion Betty LaFountain, sister Ruth Downing Smith, and nephew David Smith. Bob is survived by his nephews Richard Smith (Shelley) of Charlton and William “Billy” Smith of Charlton.

Relatives and friends are invited to a funeral service 10am Saturday, January 12 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will be private. Memorial contributions in memory of Bob may be made to the Saratoga County Animal Shelter, 6010 County Farm Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Clarence H. Allen 86, passed away on Saturday, January 5, 2019. Born in Schenectady, New York on November 23, 1932, he was the son of Ellsworth and Lillian Allen.

Clarence owned and operated Custom Painting and Decorating in Ballston Spa for many years.

He was predeceased by his parents Ellsworth and Lillian, and his brother Richard. Clarence is survived by his wife Helen Allen, daughter Linda Boyce, granddaughter Kelly, great granddaughter Brianna, and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held in the Spring.

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

Holly Ann Rhude, 75, passed away Saturday, January 5, 2019 surrounded by her loving family. Holly was born on November 21, 1943, in NYC, the daughter of the late Howard and Edna Clark. She grew up in Burnt Hills, NY and attended St. Johnsbury Academy in VT.

Holly worked many years for Capital Communications Federal Credit Union and retired as the Director of Membership Services. In her retirement she has enjoyed spending time with her family, traveling to many destinations with her adoring husband of 33 years, Bill. Some of her favorite trips include visiting the ocean and shoreline in Maine, Cape Cod as well as many New England lakes. Kayaking, canoeing, taking drives along the coast and visiting the area restaurants, especially for seafood, would always bring a smile to her face. Ending the evening watching the sunset was something she loved.

While at home, she enjoyed reading, watching her favorite television shows and watching the birds come into the backyard to eat from the bird feeders. She especially enjoyed the cardinals when they visited. Holly was truly the “Matriarch” of her family, always ready to defend her husband, children and grandchildren and very proud of all of them. She was very strong willed and always quick to tell if something didn’t meet with her approval.

Holly is survived by her husband of 33 years, William Rhude; her children Charles (Lisa) O’ Neil of Santa Maria, CA, Kellie (David) Viddivo of Malta and Meredith Mercier of Malta. She was the proud grandmother of Jake (Ashley) O’Neil of Santa Maria, CA, Tony (Stacey) O’Neil of Santa Maria, CA, Nicholas (Katie) Viddivo of Cheverly, MD, Drew (Jess) Viddivo of Schuylerville, NY, Gabrielle Viddivo, Leanna Viddivo, Lauren Mercier and Cailin Mercier, all of Malta; and proud great grandmother of Connor, Isla, Kenna and Emma. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Holly was predeceased by her parents Howard and Edna Clark, and her brother Russell Clark.

Funeral services will be held 9am Wednesday, January 9 at St. Mary’s Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Saratoga Springs. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, January 8 from 5pm to 8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions in memory of Holly may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Memphis, TN or Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Boston, MA.

Larry A. Kilburn 70, passed away on Thursday, January 3, 2019. Born in Ballston Spa, NY on December 29, 1948, he was the son of Kenneth and Eva Kilburn, Sr.

Larry worked at Tufflite in Ballston Spa for over 20 years. He then worked for Laquidara Construction and retired from Carver Construction in 2014.

Larry was always willing to lend a hand to his siblings, whether it was cutting down a tree or fixing things around the house. His family was his greatest treasure. Larry enjoyed camping, playing Bingo, and traveling.

He was predeceased by his parents Kenneth and Eva, his wife Nancy, siblings William, Ken Jr., Christina Strakos and Marie VanDuren; and brother in law William Barbolt, Jr.

Larry is survived by his companion Judy Thomas; children Lori Rougie, Larry Kilburn, Jr., and Kristal Rogers (Michael); grandchildren Andrew, Travis and Mariah Rougie, and Keith Kovatch, Jr.; siblings Lillian Vedder (Howard), Pat Jones, Doris Dymond (Keith), Shirley Palso, Carol Castiglione (John), Roberta Brackett, Hilda Carey and Paul Kilburn (Ruthanne); sister in law Patricia Bishop; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10am Tuesday, January 8 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Ballston Spa Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, January 7 from 4pm to 7pm at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions in memory of Larry may be made to Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome or American Lung Association.

John P. McNamara, 83, entered into eternal rest on December 31, 2018, surrounded by his loving family. Born in the Bronx, NY in 1935 to the late Rodger and Katie (Boyle) McNamara, John graduated from DeWitt Clinton High School in 1953 before proudly serving in the United States Marine Corps until 1958. He was a plankowner on the then newly-commissioned USS Saratoga CV-60 where he was privileged to serve as an orderly to President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Upon discharge, John entered the New York City Transit Police force before moving to upstate New York where he worked as a Federal Police Officer in Albany and transferred to a division of the Internal Revenue Service in Latham before retiring in 1997. John was once Marshal of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, a longtime volunteer for the Somers Fire Department, and a lifelong member of the Knights of Columbus.

John will be long remembered for his charismatic personality, his operatic spinto-tenor voice, and his unwavering Catholic faith and devotion to the Rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet. Additionally, his memory will be preserved when “Old Man River” is heard, an Abbott and Costello movie is watched, or when a Marine Corps flag is unfurled.

John is survived by his wife of 56 years, Mary, and his five children, John Patrick (Margaret) McNamara, Jr. of Stafford, VA; Maureen (Robert) Pelletier of Ballston Spa; Kathryn (Steven) Schwartz of Mount Kisco; Michael (Kate) McNamara of Marietta, GA; and Erin McNamara of Scotia. He is also lovingly survived by his thirteen grandchildren, Brian, Joseph, Michael, Quincy, Ryan, Gregory, Sean, Clancy, Katie, Liam, Olivia, Declan, and Sullivan, for whom he loved to dress as Santa Pops each Christmas, as well as four great-grandchildren, Lily, Abby, Becket, and Logan.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, January 3 from 5pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Reverend Francis R. Vivacqua at St. Mary’s Church, Ballston Spa, at 8:30am on Friday, January 4 and will be followed by burial with military honors at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in John’s name to EWTN, Birmingham, Alabama.

Semper Fi, Mac.

Nancy K. Mills 80, passed away on Friday, December 28, 2018. Born in Albany, NY on April 7, 1938, she was the daughter of Harry and Edith Kristiansen.

Nancy operated East Line Grocery in Ballston Spa for many years and then owned and operated Mills Country Store in Charlton. She was known to her customers as the “thank you” lady. Her kindness and generosity to people was well known throughout the community. She was always willing to lend a helping hand. Nancy enjoyed cooking and treasured her family and the time they spent together.

She was predeceased by her brother Harry Kristiansen and brother in law Lester Woodcock. Nancy is survived by her husband of 61 years Richard and their children Thomas Mills (Jan), Lois Mills, Joyce Crawford (Bill), Brenda Mills, Shelley Smith (Rick), Tracie Mills (Tom Daggett), and R. Andrew Mills (Sharon); siblings Pedar Kristiansen (Carole), Elaine Woodcock and Donna Cook (Bob); brother in law and sister in law James and Donna Mills; 15 grandchildren, many great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, January 2 from 10am to 12 noon at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 12 noon.

Memorial contributions in memory of Nancy may be made to the Wilkinson Residential Health Care Facility, 4988 Route 30, Amsterdam, NY 12010.

The family would like to thank the staff at Wilkinson for their care and compassion.

Online remembrances may be made at www.armerfuneralhome.com

Virginia M. O’Connor 88, passed away on Wednesday, December 26, 2018. Born in Slingerlands, NY on December 6, 1930, she was the daughter of John and Sadie Oliver.

Virginia was a dental assistant for Dr. McCanty in Ballston Spa for over 20 years. After her retirement, she cared for her grandchildren, treasuring the time she spent with them.

She was predeceased by her husband Frank O’Connor and her 12 siblings. Virginia is survived by her children Timothy O’Connor (Kimberly) of Lake Mary, FL and Linda Decker (Stephen) of Saratoga Springs; grandchildren Kendall O’ Connor Giardina (Frank), Carrigan O’Connor, Jeffrey Decker and Timothy Decker; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, December 31 from 9am to 10am at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will be held at 10am. Burial will follow in the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Virginia may be made to the Saratoga County Animal Shelter, 6040 County Farm Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Guy Theodore Bevins, 96, passed away on Tuesday morning, December 25th 2018 at the Wesley Health Care Center.

Born on May 18, 1922 in Brant Lake, he was the son of the late Theodore and Miriam Bevins of Brant Lake, NY. Guy was predeceased by his second wife of 47 years, Beatrice Bevins; his youngest brother, Leo Bevins; stepsons Peter, Tommy, James and Mark Williams; and grandson Frank Williams.

Guy was a recent graduate, and volunteer of the Cornell University Cooperative Extension as a Master Gardener. Gardening and sharing the fruits of his garden were his passion. Guy was also a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE Local 158) and recently received an award as their oldest living member of the organization.

Guy enjoyed spending time with his family and teaching his grandchildren the art of gardening, woodworking, carpentry, and how to operate his machinery and various tractors. Guy contributed in building the West Mountain Ski Center and would talk about the days when he would climb the mountain to go to work and then ski down it on his shovel. He also owned and ran a saw-mill that he used to build multiple homes. Guy and his late wife, Beatrice, spent their winters in Kissimmee, Florida where they enjoyed picking fruit from the trees in their yard, bowling, playing shuffleboard and horse shoes, going to garage sales, and spending their days at Disney World. Guy revisited Disney World in January of 2016 and received perks based on being an honorary Disney World charter member. In the evenings, we’d find Guy watching the history channel and/or television game shows with his cat, Hunter, while sipping his vodka and orange juice night cap.

The surviving family that is celebrating his long and fulfilling life include his children, Forest Bevins and his wife Donna; Beverly Croteau and her husband, Rhett; stepson David D. Williams and his wife Peggy; and stepdaughter Mary Elizabeth Williams; grandchildren include Nicholas Bevins; Sarah Bevins; Matina LaMarche and her husband Joshua; Daniel Shipski II and his significant other Erin Murphy; William McGovern Jr. and his significant other Stacey Lafountain; Patricia McGovern and her fiancé Mike Billok; Dan McGovern and his wife Annette Parisi; David Williams and his wife Julie; Ginger and her husband Joseph; Lisa Canuteson; great grandchildren include Gage, Matthew, Lucy, Justin and Gabriella. Guy is also survived by his brother Max Bevins, his nephew Ricky Bevins and his spouse; and several other nieces and nephews.

If you’d like to join the family in celebrating Guy’s life and sharing memories, please join us at The Tavern, located within the Sokol’s Market Plaza on Aviation Road in Queensbury, NY on Saturday, January 5th from 1 - 4 pm.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Guy to Cornell Cooperative Extension in Warren County at 377 Schroon River Rd, Warrensburg, NY 12885.

David W. Murdock 62, passed away on Monday, December 24, 2018. Born in Albany, NY on August 27, 1956, he was the son of Stanley and Madeline Murdock. He was a graduate of Ballston Spa High School.

David worked for the Saratoga County Department of Public Works for 17 years. Living on Saratoga Lake, he loved to fish in the summer and winter months. He enjoyed watching sports and was an avid Raiders and Dodgers fan.

He was predeceased by his parents Stanley and Madeline Murdock. David is survived by his sister Nancy Murdock; nieces Lisa Murdock and Jarina Crump; great nieces Saris and Jaelyn; and great nephew Javviean.

A private family service will be held. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of David may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Patricia A. Monroe 76, passed away on Saturday, December 22, 2018. Born in Schenectady, NY on November 14, 1942, she was the daughter of George and Edith Monroe. She was a graduate of Russell Sage and received her master’s degree from Union College.

Patricia was a computer programmer for many years. She volunteered at SPAC and worked at the Saratoga Racetrack in the summer.

Patricia is survived by her siblings Nancy Kelley of Cody, Wyoming, James Monroe of Portland, Oregon, PJ Monroe of Anchorage, Alaska, and G. Tommy Monroe of Greenfield Center, New York; and two nieces.

A private family service will be held. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Online remembrances may be made at www.armerfuneralhome.com

Sandra J. Austro 78, passed away on Friday, December 21, 2018. Born in Zeigler, Illinois on August 16, 1940, she was the daughter of Glen and Dorothy Miller.

Sandra met Kazimierz “Mike” Austro while he was in the service and they married on March 4, 1961. She moved to his farm in Ballston Spa where they raised their children. She treasured her family and the memories she created with them.

She was predeceased by her parents Glen and Dorothy Miller, son Michael Austro, and brother Dennis Miller. Sandra is survived by her husband Kazimierz “Mike”, and their daughters Cynthia Howe, Christine Wojtowecz and Linda Marcel (Kevin Chase); daughter in law Sue Austro; grandchildren Jessica, Shane, Kayla, Dakota, Jeremy, Jacob, Taylor, Jessica, Rachel, and James; siblings Charles Miller, Larry Miller and Janice Ross; several nieces and nephews; and her beloved dogs Fefe and Peanut.

A private family service will be held.

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

Russell K. Thomas, 89, passed away on Wednesday, December 19, 2018. Born in Ballston Spa, NY on December 11, 1929, he was the son of William and Olive Thomas. He served in the US Navy as a radar man on the USS Fred T. Berry. Stationed in the combat information center, he tracked surfaces and scanned for crafts and airplanes. He enjoyed the travel opportunities that the Navy provided and his stint as a boxer for the Navy team.

Russell was a graduate of Ballston Spa High School and was a running back on the football team. He was a drummer in band and orchestra and later played at private events and on the radio. He loved music and went to more than twenty shows with his daughter Shelley. Russell worked at Grand Union for 25 years and then Curtis Lumber for another 25 years, retiring from his long career as a Senior purchasing agent at Saratoga Lumber Traders.

Russell went to Precise Fitness and Training and worked out regularly; two to three times a week. His exceptional trainer, Gina Sabatini worked with him for more than 25 years.

He was predeceased by his wife Myrtle, and his parents Bill and Olive. Russell is survived by his daughters Shelley Thomas, and Jill Willey (Larry); grandsons Thomas Willey (Kim) and Patrick Willey (Sara); great grandchildren Hannah, Mac, Sophia, Olivia, Eli and Henry; brother Edward Thomas (Rose); several nieces and nephews; and his beloved Shih Tzu, Lilly.

At Russell’s request, funeral services will be private.

Memorial contributions in memory of Russell may be made to Christ Episcopal Church.

Frances W. Miller 81, passed away on Friday, December 14, 2018. Born in Cambridge, NY on December 29, 1936, she was the daughter of Leroy and Seraph Whitaker.

Frances was a homemaker and enjoyed vacationing with her family in Cape Cod and Walt Disney World, visiting with longtime friends, volunteering, bowling on Tuesday mornings, and watching the many birds and other wildlife which would visit her backyard.

She was predeceased by her husband Thomas, her brother Edgar Whitaker, and niece Diane Whitaker. Frances is survived by her sons Larry Miller and Kevin Miller; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 9:30 am Thursday, December 20 at St. Mary’s Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Saratoga Springs. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, December 19 from 4pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions in memory of Frances may be made to Birthright of Ballston Spa, 40 Front Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or City Mission of Schenectady, 425 Hamilton Street, Schenectady, NY 12305.

Lee VanArsdale passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, December 13, 2018. Lee was born and raised in Pulaski, New York, and graduated from Cornell University following high school. He then joined the Coast Guard and served his country with distinction for six years. Upon leaving the service Lee went to work in the farm equipment industry as a district manager. During his work-related travels through New Hampshire and Vermont Lee met his future wife, Christine, and they were married on July 14, 1973. They relocated to Ballston Spa to what became their home for the next 45 years.

On February 15, 1979 Lee and Chris welcomed their first son, Brian. Their family grew on June 20, 1986, when their second son, Eric, was adopted. On July 15, 2006, Lee and Chris welcomed Amanda Hart into their family as Brian’s wife. Brian and Amanda have had two children, Kyle and Sara, and Lee and Chris enjoyed and relished their roles as grandparents. In the summers Lee spent many hours in the pool with his grandchildren.

Lee had many interests and was active in his community. He was a Scout leader in Troop 1, and a 15-year member of the Malta Ridge Volunteer Fire Company. Lee enjoyed camping and traveling, especially to Disney World. An avid reader, Lee spent hours reading the newspaper as well as many different types of magazines. Lee was a strong supporter of the Ballston Spa Odyssey of the Mind program, providing his yard as the sorting location for the bottles and cans collected to pay for teams’ travels to the World Finals competition. He was also a frequent visitor to garage sales and auctions, as demonstrated by the condition of his garage. Known as a hard worker, Lee worked 6 days a week at his job up until his death.

In addition to his immediate family, Lee is survived by his sisters, Wanda VanArsdale and Sharon VanArsdale Gorman, and his brothers Clyde VanArsdale and Gary VanArsdale. In addition, Lee will be remembered by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10am Wednesday, December 19 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, December 18 from 4pm to 7pm at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Lee may be made to the Ballston Spa Boy Scout Troop 1, 101 Milton Ave. Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Bradley R. Tourtellot, 63, of Middle Grove, NY went to live with his Lord on Thursday, December 13th at Saratoga Hospital after succumbing to a long illness. Born November 21st, 1955, he was the son of Stella E. Tourtellot and the late William D. Tourtellot.

Brad was retired from the Carpenters Union Local 370. Early in his career he pursued auto body repair. Brad also assisted with building a nuclear submarine while working for Electric Boat in Groton, CT. As a carpenter, he was proud of the many projects he worked on like the Saratoga County Jail, the Clifton Park Center Mall, and the Saratoga Racino.

Brad had a passion for woodworking, motorcycles, and a love for camping in the Adirondacks. Brad also loved being a part of events like Americade and the Harley Rendezvous. Brad lived his life to the fullest. He was often quoted saying, “I’m not here for a long time, I’m here for a good time.”

Brad is survived by his fiancée, Linda Kellerhouse, two sons, Adam B. Tourtellot and Chad M. Tourtellot (Kari Cook); grandson Jamison, granddaughter Laina; brothers Roger E. Tourtellot (Lori) and Jay N. Tourtellot (Joyce); and several nieces and nephews. Brad was predeceased by his oldest brother, David W. Tourtellot.

Relatives and friends are invited to call Monday, December 17th from 4pm to 6pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

A committal service will be held in the Spring.

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Frank S. Orapello on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at the age of 60. Frank was born in Amsterdam, NY on September 11th, 1958. He was the eldest son of Frank and Antoinette (Bottisti) Orapello.

Frank was a Test Engineer for Jabil Circuit in Poughkeepsie, NY, and previously worked as an Engineer for IBM in Poughkeepsie and Kingston, NY. Frank was very proud of the projects he worked on throughout his career.

Frank was an inquisitive man, always thinking about how things worked and why they didn’t. He will be remembered as one of those rare individuals who was always ready to listen and offer his advice on any situation. In his early years he was known as someone who had a very strong work ethic, which continued throughout his life.

Frank enjoyed Sunday afternoons watching football games with his sons and their dog Jack. He also had a love and appreciation for wildlife. He enjoyed the holidays spent with family laughing and sharing stories of years gone by.

He was predeceased by his parents, Frank and Antoinette, and by his brother Perry. Frank will be lovingly remembered by his children, Nicholas S. and Michael A. Orapello, by his sisters, Christine (Chris) Vandepas, and Laura (Harry) Wells, Sister in law Suzan Orapello as well as many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, January 11, from 10am to 11am at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will be held at 11am. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fort Johnson.

Julia (Hicks) Adams, 87, passed away on Wednesday, December 12, 2018, at The Home of the Good Shepherd in Malta.

Born in Stafford, Connecticut, Julie was raised in Brimfield, Massachusetts and she was married to the late Clarence Brownie Adams. Julie and Brown settled in Malta, NY in 1960 where they resided throughout their lives.

Julie is survived by her son Scott (Maureen) Adams of Galway, NY; her sister Carolyn (James) Adams of Brimfield, Massachusetts; and her grandsons Jonathan Adams of Guilderland, NY and Kevin Adams of Taipei, Taiwan.

Per Julie’s wishes there will be no local calling hours or funeral service. She will be interred in Brimfield, Massachusetts at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions may be made to Malta Ambulance Corps, 2449 Route 9, Malta, NY 12020 or to Community Hospice, 179 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Elizabeth J. McCann “Betty” 91, passed away on Tuesday, December 11, 2018. Born in Ballston Spa, NY on December 5, 1927, she was the daughter of Clarence and Mary Hogan.

Betty was a bus driver for Ballston Spa Central Schools for 23 years. She then worked as a bus monitor until her retirement in 1990.

She was an avid NY Yankee fan. Betty enjoyed the Casino’s and watching the horses run at the Saratoga Racetrack in the summer.

She was predeceased by her husband Oscar McCann, brother Earl Hogan and sister Helen Plummer. Betty is survived by her son James McCann and his wife Kathy, and her beloved granddog Cooper.

Funeral services will be held 11am Friday, December 14 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Ballston Spa Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to gather at the funeral home at 10:30am.

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

Kevin C. Grupe Sr., 61 passed away peacefully, surrounded by loved ones, on December 7, 2018. Born in Niskayuna, NY on August 19, 1957, he was the son of Donald and Sandra Grupe. He was a graduate of Galway High School and SUNY Cobleskill.

Kevin was a hard-working dairy farmer, tending to his family farm in Ballston Spa the majority of his life. He most recently worked on the Eildon Tweed Farm in Charlton. Kevin was devoted to his work and to his family. Farming was his passion in life and he worked as long as he was physically able. You could always find him holding court somewhere on the farm, swapping the latest jokes and stories, even if he was the butt of the joke.

Kevin started young, joining 4-H and Future Farmers of America, winning many awards in each group, particularly after operating the farm in his young teens while his dad was taken ill. He was very active in Farm Bureau throughout his life and was a past member and EMT of the Harmony Corners Fire Department. For many years he served on the board of the Saratoga County Fair and was fair manager.

Kevin is survived by his beloved girlfriend Diane Coleman; children Kevin Grupe, Jr. (Doris), Justin Grupe (Kelly), and Nicole Solomon (Todd); grandchildren Tyler, Alex, Brandon, Keira, Andrew, and Kane; brother Clifford Grupe (Tammie); sister Kathy Chase (Rick).

Funeral services will be held 10am Wednesday, December 12 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Sweetman Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, December 11 from 4pm to 7pm at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Kevin’s name to the American Farmland Trust which “Saves the Land that Sustains Us”, 112 Spring Street, Suite 207, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Jean Sleight, 86, passed away on Friday, December 7, 2018. Born in Schenectady, NY on April 20, 1932, she was the daughter of Charles and Folma Jackson.

Jean was a homemaker and lovingly raised her family. She worked for NYS and later for Galway Schools.

Jean was a member of Christ Episcopal Church in Ballston Spa and volunteered in the food pantry at church. She was very active in the Make A Wish Foundation. She loved to craft, making angels was her favorite. She enjoyed face painting and camping. Playing bridge was one of her favorite things.

She was predeceased by her husband Gordon, her sister Alice, great grandson Elijah and granddaughter in law Tanya. Jean is survived by her husband William F. Bernadt, Jr.; children William (Barbara), Robert (Bev), Bonnie, Buck (Cissy), Brian (Amy) and Brad (Dawn); brother Len (Anita); 10 grandchildren Travis, Brandon, Kyle, Amber, Lisa, Marisa, Chrisandra, Amanda, Dana and Christopher; and 24 great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held 12 noon Wednesday, December 12 at Christ Episcopal Church, West High Street, Ballston Spa. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, December 11 from 4pm to 7pm at Christ Church.

Memorial contributions in memory of Jean may be made to Christ Episcopal Church.

The family would like to thank Saratoga Hospital, Community Hospice of Saratoga and the members of Christ Church for their care and compassion.