Obituaries


Leila Mae Stevenson, loving wife, mother and grandmother, passed away on Friday, April 24, 2020, at the age of 84.

She leaves behind five daughters; Susan James (Garry), Vicki Rockefeller, Sandra King (Clyde), Ruth Stankus (Marc) and Carol Mini (Charlie), as well as daughter-in-law Diana Stevenson, 15 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, and many other family and friends.

Leila was preceded in death by her husband, John C. Stevenson Sr., son John C. Stevenson Jr., daughter Lori Flones, and grandchildren; Jeffrey Flones and Renee King.

Leila was born on November, 26th, 1935 in Ballston Spa, NY, to Frank and Ruth Brogue. She attended Ballston Spa High School. On December, 2nd, 1951 she married John Charles Stevenson. She worked at the Ballston Spa Knitting Mill in her younger years, and then at G.E. when her children were older.

As her young family grew, they enjoyed taking Sunday drives, attending clambakes and traveling to the beach. During their travels Leila always enjoyed being the navigator for her husband. When they stopped traveling, her love of maps continued as she would suggest routes and track the journeys of her family members. In the years after her children were grown she enjoyed camping and growing African Violets. She will continue to bring smiles to many faces with memories of her witty old wives-tales (some appropriate, some not) and her love of McDonalds (when her family would allow the indulgence).

In the past several years she found great joy in visiting with friends; Doris, Ethel and Norma and in collecting pictures and creating photo albums for all of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She never missed out on a single Christmas gift, Birthday or Anniversary card for any of her children, many grandchildren, their partners or their children. How she kept track of her big, lively family- we will never know- but she will be remembered for this passion, love and happiness. In our hearts she will always stay.

Private services are being held in her memory on Wednesday, April 29th. No guests are permitted, but your love and prayers are welcomed by the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Leila may be made to the Northeast Kidney Foundation, 501 New Karner Road, Albany, NY 12205 or healthykidneys.org

Arthur H. Gifford 59, passed away on Tuesday, April 20, 2020. He was born in Schenectady, NY on May 4, 1960 to Julian and Maxine Gifford. Arthur worked in the construction business for many years. He enjoyed going fishing and hanging out with his good ol’ friends.

He was predeceased by his parents Julian and Maxine and his brother Jeff. Arthur is survived by his siblings Brian Gifford (Bunny), Beverly Pritchard (Tim), Lisa Gifford and Kevin Gifford; and many nieces and nephews.

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

Mark Stephen Fitzgerald 48, passed away on April 20, 2020 at Saratoga Hospital after a long illness. Born in Saratoga Springs on July 11, 1971 he was the son of Stephen Fitzgerald and Phyllis Winkler.

He attended Corinth High School and So. Glens Falls High School. Mark worked for Jack Byrne Ford in Mechanicville and later at Price Chopper on Ballston Avenue in Saratoga Springs.

Mark loved to camp and sit around an open campfire with family and good friends. He also liked deer hunting, fishing, boating and sports especially car racing. He liked to entertain and picnic with friends and family. He was the host for many family Christmas parties.

Mark was a special man and will be sorely missed by his many friends and especially his family.

Mark is survived by his sons Brett Fitzgerald (Savannah) of Saratoga Springs and Shawn Fitzgerald (Rachel) of Ballston Spa; father Stephen Fitzgerald of Ballston Spa; mother Phyllis Winkler of Ticonderoga; brother Scott Fitzgerald (Kim) and nephew Mikey Wagner Fitzgerald all of Gansevoort; stepbrother David VanGundy (Tammy) and family; an uncle, aunts, cousins and their families.

There will be no calling hours and a private family service will be held.

Memorial contributions in memory of Mark may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Association, PO Box 37920 Boone, IA 50037-0920 or online at www2.jdrf.org/site/donation

Michael C. Capasso, 71 passed away on April 19th, 2020 at Saratoga Hospital. Michael was born in Ballston Spa, NY to James A. Capasso and Marguerite "Toots" Capasso. Michael spent most of his life in his hometown of Ballston Spa. He served in the US Air Force.

Michael worked for the Village of Ballston Spa, Department of Public Works. Michael was awarded Rural Water Associations Water Superintendent of the Year before his retirement from the DPW.

Michael was a member of the American Legion Henry Cornell Post #243, and a member of the NRA. He was also a Scout Master for Boy Scouts Troop 1 for several years.

Michael loved to spend time outdoors, hunting, fly fishing and camping. He also enjoyed wood working. He was part of a country line dancing group called Jackie's Country Twisters that performed for local nursing homes and county fairs. Michael also liked spending time with his cousin, Gary at Dakota Ridge Farm, where he enjoyed watching the llamas.

Michael was predeceased by his wife, Barbara. He is survived by his stepmother, Marion Capasso; sons Michael A. Capasso, Chris Minett (Carolyn), Jerry Minett (Amy) and step daughter Cynthia Smith; grandchildren Heather (Peter), Krystina, Logan, Lauren, Angelica, Anthony, Jeanah and Autumn; siblings Pete Thompson (Janice), Milt Thompson (Diane), James Capasso (Sue) and Fran Dobroski (Bill) and his biggest joy near the end of his life was his great grandson Bryce Minett aka "Rocky". He will be greatly missed by many cousins, nieces and nephews along with his community of friends and loved ones.

There will be a private ceremony for immediate family, in lieu of flowers please consider donating to the DCI Rubin Dialysis Center located at 59C Myrtle Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 marked as
“In the care of Heather Novak”.

Raymond F. Melander 95, passed away on Friday, April 17, 2020 at Wesley Health Care Center. He was born in Malta, NY on July 23, 1924 to Clarence E. and Margaret Gates Melander.

Ray was the owner and operator of two trucking companies, Shorey’s Express and JoRay Leasing, Inc., for many years. He was a charter member of the Ballston Spa Elks Lodge and a member of the Ballston Spa Lions Club and Ballston Area Seniors.

He was predeceased by his parents Clarence and Margaret, his wife of 70 years Joan, son Scott, brother Ernest Melander and sister Eleanor Shufelt.

Ray is survived by his children Edward Melander (Marcy), John Melander (Cindy) and Kathy Cordero; sister Doris Dunn; brother Robert Melander; five grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

A service will be held at the Factory Village Cemetery on a later date.

Memorial contributions in memory of Ray may be made to the Ballston Area Seniors, 310 Northline Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or Community Hospice of Saratoga Springs, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Anna Ruth Jenkins, 92, of Circle Drive in Porters Corners peacefully died in her sleep, April 15, 2020 at Wesley Nursing Home in Saratoga Springs.

She was born on December 2, 1927 in the town of Greenwich to Ruth Eddy and James Wilson, and was raised by her loving grandmother and grandfather. On May 2, 1970, Anna married Charles Jenkins in North Hampton, NY.

Anna was the Head Housekeeper at Saratoga Hospital for many years prior to her retirement in the 1980’s. She was a member of the Malta Ridge Volunteer Fire Co Auxiliary for over 10 years. Anna enjoyed working on crafts, her gardens, tending her roses and walking. Anna was a huge animal lover, she loved spending time with her dogs and spoiling them.

She was predeceased by her parents, husband Charles, brother William Eddy, grandson Zachariah Jenkins, daughter-in-law Jean Jenkins, brothers in law and sisters in law George Jenkins, Ethel Bovee, Louisa Jenkins, Eliza Solman, Aida Sutliff, Cassie Jenkins, Ida Mudge, Muriel Dunn, Frank Jenkins, Thomas Goodnow, Joel Jenkins, Lewis 'Pat' Jenkins and Betty Saunders.

Anna is survived by her daughters Bonnie Jenkins and her companion Michael Manzo of Corinth, Beverly Croteau and her husband Rhett of Malta, Toni Parker and her husband Gary of LA, Becky Sitts and her husband Brad of Corinth, April O'Reilly and her husband Jimmy of Corinth; her sons Forest Bevins and his wife Donna of Queensbury, Bruce Jenkins of Corinth, Joseph Jenkins and his wife Janet of Saratoga Springs; 17 grandchildren Nicholas Bevins, Sarah Bevins, Daniel Shipski, Matina Shipski, Billy Jenkins, Autumn Jenkins, Amanda Jenkins, Gary Charles Holmes, Timothy Holmes, Kasandra Jenkins, Alicia Brown, Ashley Deloriea, Emma O'Reilly, Brittany Sitts, Brandon Sitts, Desiree Drindak, and Tara Miosek; 19 great grandchildren Caleb Jenkins, Alexis Sheen, Cappagnia-Lynne Chase, David Sitts, Lily Sitts, Ava Holmes, Olivia Holmes, Emily Holmes, Issiah Eagle, Gracelynn Eagle, Kadem Eagle, Kylan Jenkins, Adrianna Drindak, Justin Miosek, Ethan Miosek, Zachary Miosek and Gage Thomas; 1 great great granddaughter Noelle Sheen; sister in law Joyce Eddy; brothers in law Max Bevins and Robert Jenkins; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of life will be held on a later date. The family would like you to gather your memories to share at the celebration.

Memorial contributions in memory of Anna may be made to SPCA, 588 Queensbury Avenue, Queensbury, NY 12804.

Stephen R. McQuade, 59, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 13, 2020. He was born in New York, NY on March 16, 1961 to Raymond J. and Patricia A. (Scanlon) McQuade. Stephen was a longtime resident of Ballston Spa, NY.

Stephen enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He had a quick wit and a sweet smile that endeared him to all. He spent summers growing up with extended family and friends at the beach in New Jersey. Stephen enjoyed athletic activities in his youth, including swimming, baseball, basketball, and playing Frisbee. He participated in Special Olympics athletic events and was extremely proud of the medals he earned.

Stephen led an active life with members of his AIM family, sharing time together on local outings, vacations to the Adirondacks, Myrtle Beach and Orlando. Stephen also enjoyed daily activities with his Evergreen family at Saratoga Bridges.

Stephen was predeceased by his parents and by his brother Brian P. McQuade. Stephen is survived by his sister Kathleen A. McQuade (Kevin LeBoeuf) of Fanwood, NJ; his brothers Michael J. McQuade of Howell, NJ; Kevin J. McQuade (Rosemarie Leahy) of Johnson City, NY; Christopher J. McQuade (Anne Thiongo) of Eatontown, NJ; and Daniel P. McQuade (Sherri) of Warwick, RI; his beloved nieces Audrey and Kara; his cherished nephews Christopher, Gregory, Alex, Tim, Henry, Benjamin, and Daniel; and many friends in Ballston Spa and in the Gravelly Point community of Highlands, NJ.

A private family service will be held. A Memorial Mass will take place at a future date.

Memorial contributions may be made to AIM Services, Inc., 4227 Route 50, Saratoga Springs, NY, 12286 or to St Mary’s Church, 167 Milton Ave, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Bruce A. McElroy (Drew) 58, passed away on Tuesday, April 7, 2020. He was born in Schenectady, N.Y. on April 27, 1961 to Lt Col. Bruce E. and Mary Lou McElroy. He served in the US Army.

Prior to his retirement, Drew was a Plumber and Steamfitter working for UA Local 7 in Albany, N.Y. and Local 105 in Schenectady, N.Y. for over 30 years. He enjoyed everything outdoors – fishing, camping, hunting and boating. He was always making people laugh with his jokes.

Drew will be deeply missed by his wife Lora Rena McElroy, children Sabrina Perri (Frank) of New City, and Timothy McElroy (Jennifer) of Scotia; 4 Grandchildren Jack, Peter, Frank and Lucas; as well as his 3 sisters Deborah E. Gocha (Nicolas Verderese), Rebecca L. Brower (Evan) and Rachel E. Houghton (Calvin) and many nieces and nephews.

Services will be private.

Thomas A. McCartney 95, passed away on Saturday, April 4, 2020 of natural causes. He was born in Schenectady, NY on August 19, 1924, to Thomas C. McCartney and Sarah A. (Cutbush) McCartney. Tom graduated from Nott Terrace High School. He served his country for four years in the Army Air Corps in the Pacific Theatre during WWII.

Tom graduated from the College of Forestry at Syracuse University in 1951 and spent most of his working career as manager of Grounds and Physical Facilities at RPI in Troy.

Tom loved the bagpipes and played in a band in York, Pennsylvania in the 1950’s.

He was predeceased by his wife of 67 years Betty Jane (Richtmyer), and his daughter in law Kim. Tom is survived by his children Thomas H. McCartney, Kathleen Foster (Tom) and Mark McCartney (Cindy); three grandchildren and a great grandson.

Due to the COVID-19 restrictions a private family service will be held. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Tom may be made to the First Presbyterian Church in Ballston Spa or Gideons International.

The family would like to thank the staff of Saratoga Center for the compassionate and loving care they gave to Tom and his family.

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

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

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

Funeral services will be held on a later date.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, February 20 from 5pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 7pm. Memorial contributions in memory of Kim may be made to the Brookside Museum.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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