Obituaries


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Annie V. Baugh, 98, passed away peacefully on Friday, July 30, 2021, at home surrounded by family. She was born in Sea Gate, North Carolina, on October 16, 1922, to John and Goldie Johnson, and lived most of her adult life in Middle Grove and Saratoga Springs, New York.

Annie graduated high school and married John in 1940. After raising her children, she was employed by the NYS Department of Tax and Finance and retired as a supervisor.

She was a longtime member of the Greenfield Center Baptist Church. Her family and her deep and abiding faith were central to her life, and she was unfailingly kind, generous, and caring. Annie loved spending time with her family and friends, whether it be shopping, sharing meals, or attending services.

She was predeceased by her parents John and Goldie Johnson, husband John A. Baugh, Jr., son John A. Baugh, III, and her brothers John, Lawrence and Buddy Johnson.

Annie is survived by her loving children Vicki Bundy (Jim) and David Baugh; was beloved mother-in-law to Patricia Baugh, Thomas Barss, and Roxanne Baugh; much loved grandmother to Carrie, Camie (Joseph), Charitie (Dale), Jordan (Angelle), Aaron, and Jessica (Joseph); great grandmother to Brianna, Sonja, Andrew, Nathan, Autumn, Emma, Evan and Jacqueline; great great grandmother to Bradley, Caden, and Zoey; and aunt to many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours on Thursday, August 5 from 5pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Funeral services will be held 10am Friday, August 6 at Greenfield Center Baptist Church, 30 Wilton Road, Greenfield Center. Burial will follow in Middle Grove Cemetery.

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

Philip Joseph Mutka, 79, died in his Ballston Lake home on July 29, 2021. Born in Buffalo, NY, to Joseph and Clara (Kroll) Mutka, he and most of his seven siblings were raised in a Roman Catholic orphanage outside Buffalo. After service in the U.S. Navy, Phil moved to New York City, where he lived for several years and met his former wife. They moved to Albany in 1969.

A devoted father, avid reader, camper, and dog lover, Phil was a very active member of Christ the Savior Orthodox Church, where he could be found assisting at liturgy, making pirogi, mowing the lawn, cleaning, painting, or flying kites with the kids.

Phil is mourned by his son Stephen F. Mutka, his former wife and lifelong friend Margaret Knight, his sister Helen, numerous nieces and nephews, and many members of Christ the Savior Church. His delightful self-deprecatory sense of humor will be especially missed. A memorial service will be held at the church at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 4.

Memorial donations may be made to Christ the Savior Church, 349 Eastline Road, Ballston Lake, NY 12019.

Christine Crolius, 94, passed away on Wednesday, July 28, 2021. She was born in Flushing, NY on April 1, 1927 to Gaetano and Matilda Carlomagno. After her mother passed away at an early age, she was raised by her stepmother, Domenica.

On December 5, 1948 she married her beloved husband of 57 years, John Crolius in NYC. Over the years they resided in Queens, NY, Lindenhurst, LI, Hillsdale and Craryville, NY. After John’s passing in 2006, Christine resided in Ballston Spa, NY.

At the time of her marriage, she worked in a bank in Queens, NY. Years later, Christine and John owned and operated the Hillsdale Supermarket and later owned a contracting business, of which she handled the bookkeeping. She also found time to volunteer at Columbia Memorial Hospital and with the Literacy Reading Program at the Hillsdale Library. Christine was also a member of the Ballston Area Seniors.

She found much enjoyment in music, gardening, reading, cooking, and crocheting but her greatest joy in life was spending time with her family and friends. Christine treasured her family and embraced every moment with them during her many years as a homemaker, loving wife, mother, and grandmother. Her sweet, loving nature was adored and treasured by her family and friends as well. She will be in our hearts forever.

Christine is predeceased by her husband John and daughter Carolyn. She is survived by her three loving children, Robert Crolius (Monica), Irene Kelsey (Brad), and Suzanne Atwood (Matt); grandchildren, Bradley Kelsey II (Priscilla), Matthew Kelsey (Terri), Stephanie Kelsey (Matt), Wesley Atwood, and Michael Atwood (Kristine); great grandchildren, Elizabeth and Jonathan Kelsey, John and Julia Kelsey, and Godric America.

A private service will be held and Christine will be laid to rest with her husband at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery.

The family would like to thank the staff of 2 Springs at Wesley Health Care Center, especially Beth Mannarino for her devotion and compassion. We would also like to extend our thanks to The Community Hospice of Saratoga.

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

Janis Lee Beck, a phenomenal woman, mother, teacher and friend passed away at home on July 27, 2021, at the age of 75 surrounded by an adoring family.

Janis was born April 5, 1946, in Cambridge, N.Y to Bridget and Christopher Feenan. The daughter of Irish immigrants, Janis was the youngest of five children, whose parents worked tirelessly to provide a life with opportunity. While her parents worked, Janis would walk miles to the beach, eat herself sick on cookies, and do almost anything for a berry. She was inspired by her sister and spoiled by her brothers. She was the first of her family to go to college instead of work after high school graduation; made possible by their collective effort. This sacrifice, and a summer working in the mill motived Janis to keep her nose to the grindstone at SUNY Potsdam where she graduated Magna Cum Laude.

Without a driver’s license, Janis walked to work her first few years at Ballston Spa High School and relied on fellow teachers and the bus to get to SUNY Albany after work. She completed her master’s in education in 1970. Armed with a license to teach, her pride was in her students, colleagues, and school. She shared her passion for learning and the written word with everyone, never wavering in her commitment to provide a quality education. She felt privileged to work with the exceptional teachers in Ballston Spa and over thirty years, developed lifelong friendships; friends that would support each other through difficult times with that Scotties loyalty and determination that defines the Village of Ballston Spa.

She met the love of her life, Edward, at a dance. She had an infectious laugh, jet black hair and blue eyes that crackled with electricity. Ed didn’t stand a chance and they married June 28, 1969. Together they had two children: Christy and Harold. When it came to motherhood, Janis liked to be outside with her children where the wild things were; they were raised in her gardens, at parks and on playgrounds. She would create forts and enchanted nooks where she would make books come to life. Janis was a wise and constant figure in her children’s lives. She was courageous, forever challenging and unwavering in her loyalty. She loved to have talks with her kids where she would subtly express her pride in them. Janis was energetic and inquisitive, she fostered a spirit of independence and resilience through her conduct and exemplified the type of person they would strive to be. Janis was in perpetual motion and lived life to its fullest. She was a voracious reader, loved music and dancing, had a wicked sense of humor and swore like a long shoreman. She believed it was never too late to learn something new. She got a passport, her ears pierced and learned to golf at 50. She traveled to Ireland with dear friends, fulfilling a promise made to her father and a lifelong dream.

Janis moved to the Villages in Florida where she was reunited with her lifelong friend, Sue. She sped over the golf cart paths, enjoyed air shows, movies, dances and concerts. She loved to line dance but floated away during water aerobics which she gave up for pickle ball and more time on the golf course. She golfed and lunched with the Lady Bugs and was extremely proud of her hole in one.

Even as a young girl, Janis, had an intimate relationship with her God that sustained her through life’s hardships. She has rejoined Him now and is at peace. She will be remembered by her family, her name will be spoken often, and her children will pay tribute to her through their acts of good will.

Janis is predeceased by her parents, Christopher Feenan and Bridget Murphy, and siblings Kathryn Arwas, Christopher Feenan, John Feenan, and Thomas Feenan. Janis is survived by her children Christy Beck and Harold Beck, and many beloved nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours on Friday, August 6 from 5pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A memorial mass will be celebrated 12:30pm Saturday, August 7 at St. Joseph’s Church, 35 Hill Street, Greenwich. Memorial contributions in memory of Janis may be made to Saratoga County Animal Shelter, 6010 County Farm Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Joyce K. Cook 80, passed away on Saturday, July 24, 2021. She was born in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin on October 23, 1940 to Francis and Lillian Lahm.

Joyce worked at Ballston Spa Central Schools and later as a dietary aide at Maplewood Manor in Ballston Spa, retiring in 2007. She was a member of Saratoga Christian Women and American Legion Post 234 Auxiliary in Ballston Spa. Joyce was a beloved wife and mother who was loved by all who knew her.

She was predeceased by her parents Francis and Lillian Lahm. Joyce is survived by her husband Louis; children Sheila Fleming (Zack), Shawn Cook, and Sheldon Cook; brother Roger Lahm (Cathy); several grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 11am Thursday, July 29 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville. Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours on Wednesday, July 28 from 5pm to 7pm at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions in memory of Joyce may be made to the Ballston Spa United Methodist Church, 101 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or American Legion Post 234, 23 Pleasant Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

The family would like to thank the Staff on 2 Springs at Wesley Health Care Center for their care and compassion.

Kenneth Snyder, 64, passed away on July 22, 2021 after a courageous battle with a long illness. He was born in Albany, NY and graduated in 1976 from Shenendehowa High School.

Ken worked the majority of his career in the fire and safety business at the former Firefighters Equipment Company based in Schenectady, NY. He later joined the team at the Ace Hardware Retail Support Center in Gansevoort, NY, where he worked as a warehouse specialist.

Ken was very dedicated to his family and put them before all else. He enjoyed going away on numerous family vacations and getting together to celebrate holidays and special occasions. Ken had numerous hobbies and interests that brought him much joy. In particular, Ken had a passion for muscle cars, the New York Yankees, and finishing and restoring wood furniture.

Ken is survived by his loving wife of 36 years, Judith (Davidczuk) Snyder and their daughter Amanda Lillian Snyder of Ballston Spa; his father, S. Louis Snyder of Clifton Park; sisters, Sandra Lou (Matthew) Ostiguy of East Greenbush and Lynn Cary of Ballston Spa; mother-in-law, Diane Albertin Davidczuk of Amsterdam; father-in-law, John Davidczuk, of Broadalbin; sister-in-law, Claudia Helmer of Amsterdam; nieces and nephews, Brandon, Ryan, and Rachel Ostiguy; Victoria Cary; Adam (Colleen) Helmer, and Brittany (Justin) Hickok. He is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends whom he cared for deeply. Ken was predeceased by his mother, Mary Jane (Marshall) Snyder.

As per Ken’s wishes, there will be no formal funeral services. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to the Saratoga County Animal Shelter, 6010 County Farm Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020, in loving memory of Kenneth Snyder. Arrangements have been entrusted by the family to the Armer Funeral Home, Inc. in Ballston Spa, NY.

Arleen H. Read, 81, passed away on Friday, July 16, 2021. She was born in Schenectady, NY on December 31, 1939 to John and Mabel Delaney.

Arleen worked as a waitress at the Sugar Shack in Ballston Spa for several years. She enjoyed playing cards, a good cup of hot coffee, and any social event with her family and friends.

She was predeceased by her parents and five brothers. Arleen is survived by her sons Joseph MacIsaac III, Shaun MacIsaac, Mark MacIsaac (Marie), Monroe Brunell (Jamie), and Elwin B. Read, Jr. (Michele); and many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours on Wednesday, July 21 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 Powell Wiswall Cemetery, Ballston Spa.

Arthur P. Mosley, Jr., 73, passed away suddenly on July 15, 2021 while vacationing in Maine. He was born in Albany, NY on January 11, 1948 to Arthur and Mary Konitski Mosley, Sr. Art proudly served in the US Army from 1967-1973 where he received many awards for his honorable service in the Vietnam War.

Art worked many years in the grocery retail industry. He started as a meat cutter, and became a meat and seafood specialist, manager, and assistant store director. He retired from Hannaford in 2008.

He was a life member of VFW Post 1019 in Albany and American Legion Post 490 in Stillwater. He enjoyed bowling, camping, fishing and watching his favorite Nascar driver, #3 Dale Earnhardt. Art’s greatest joy was spending time with his grandchildren and he treasured the memories they made together.

He was predeceased by his parents, and his daughter Janice Mosley. Art is survived by his beloved wife Wilma Maier Mosley; children Michael Mosley (Kathleen), Jennifer Griffin, Arthur Mosley III (Krystal), and John Mosley (Lyndsey); grandchildren Cody Mosley, Michaela Mosley, Nicholas Griffin, Kendal Griffin, Payton Griffin, Lucas Mosley, Mackenzie Mosley, Alyce Mosley, Stella Mosley, and Noah Radley; siblings Carolyn Blair, Elaine Schwartz, Kathleen Crocker, Michael Mosley, and Christopher Mosley; his best doggie friends who will miss him, Winnie and Bear; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services with military honors will be held 9:30am Monday, July 26 at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville, relatives and friends are invited to attend. Memorial contributions in memory of Art may be made to the Leukemia Society at www.lls.org

Special thanks to his favorite sister in law Colleen Barkman and daughter in law Krystal Nates Mosley for their help and support in the last three years during Art’s illness; all our camping friends whose kindness will never be forgotten; and the Scarborough Maine Rescue Squad and Police for their efforts and their Trauma Intervention Program for holding my hand through it all.

Joseph W. Post, 64, passed away on Thursday, July 15, 2021, surrounded by his three loving daughters. He was born in Ballston Spa, NY on July 19, 1956.

Joe worked for NRX Services in Albany for several years. He was a member of the Greenfield Center Fire Department and served on the Fire Police for Greenfield and Middle Grove. Joe enjoyed working on cars, camping with his family and mowing his lawn. His greatest joy was spending time with his children and grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his parents Richard and Helen, his wife of 41 years Michele Post, son Mark Barnaby, and his brothers Bobby and Eddie Post. Joe is survived by his daughters Tarressa Lynch (Michael), JoAnn Pratt (Thomas), and Anita Cutter (Christopher); grandchildren Alexandra Caprood (Walter), Daniel Wade (Samantha), Dartanian Fichtner, Analyse Fichtner, Kayleigh Pratt, and Emma Pratt; great granddaughter Gianna Caprood, great grandsons Robbie Caprood and Cooper Caprood; brothers John Post and Richard Post, sister Joyce Goldman (Joel), and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 9am Tuesday, July 20 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Middle Grove Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours on Monday, July 19 from 5pm to 7pm at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions in memory of Joe may be made to Middle Grove Fire Department, 25 North Creek Road, Middle Grove, NY 12850.

Linda A. Nolan, 77, passed away peacefully into the arms of the Lord on July 11, 2021. She was born in Albany, NY on December 10, 1943 to Joseph and Nan Munkwitz.

Linda worked for many years for the State of NY as a claims adjuster for the Department of Labor but her most difficult and rewarding work was being a mother to her three sons Joseph Nolan, Shawn Nolan, and Eric Nolan. Linda never stopped learning and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BS degree from Russell Sage College and then went on to pursue her Master's Degree in Psychology from SUNY Albany. She did all of this while raising her family and working full time which is a true testament to the incredible work ethic and perseverance she had.

Linda's most focused passion in life was family. She so enjoyed making many memories with them thru travel, and time spent just relaxing on her back deck, swimming in her pool, and hosting numerous family gatherings. Linda always had time for everyone and was always there with a listening ear whenever you needed one. She also was a devoted lover of animals caring for many dogs and other pets throughout her life.

She was predeceased by her parents Joseph and Nan Munkwitz, brother John Munkwitz and sister MaryJo Medick. Linda was the loving spouse to her husband Richard Nolan, Mother to Joseph Nolan, Eric Nolan (Denise), and Shawn Nolan; Grandmother to Madeline Nolan, Quentin Nolan, Danielle Prock, and Alex Prock; Great Grandmother to Raelynn Ward; She also was survived by many beloved nieces and nephews, as well as numerous step-children.

Linda was a devout Catholic and as such her final send off will be via a mass celebrated at 9:30 am Friday, July 16 at St. Mary’s Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa. Memorial contributions in memory of Linda may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or Catholic Charities.

Thelma Grace Russo passed away peacefully Friday, August 13, 2021 at Saratoga Hospital, Saratoga Springs, NY. Her loving sisters, mother, and father were waiting with open arms for her in heaven.

Thelma was born in London, England on March 22nd 1935. She spent her youth during World War II in London until she was evacuated to the countryside with her mother and sisters. Thelma came to the United States as a teenager with her Mom, Dad and sister Kathy where they joined her sister Sylvia and her family living in Brooklyn, NY. She then moved to upstate NY where she spent some years running a used furniture business and a family knitting business with her sisters.

Thelma also worked as a private nanny in Upstate New York and then moved to Connecticut with her sister Kathy for 20 years. She then became a Nanny to Emma and Nora Sternlof who were two of her most beloved treasures. She was also a second Nana to Sean and Ryan Terry who she loved very much.

Thelma is survived by her nieces and nephews: Cindy Terry of Connecticut, Paul Kosek of Kentucky, Deborah Panetto of Nevada, Richard Kosek of New York, and John Kosek of New York. She had several great nieces and nephews who she loved, as well as extended family in England and around the world.

Thelma spent the past nine years living in Embury Apartments where she was very happy reading mystery novels. She was a prolific colored pencil artist. She loved a good game of Scrabble and was a formidable opponent. Her favorite movie was Moonstruck. She enjoyed Klondike bars.

A private service will be held. Contributions can be made to St Jude Children’s Hospital or the MS foundation in Thelma’s memory.