Obituaries


Raymond T. Marshall, 88, passed away Friday, May 31, 2019 at home with his wife, Evelyn by his side. Born on March 7, 1931 in Baltimore, MD, he was the son of Orsbon A. and Laura (Reign) Marshall.

Ray was a Vietnam Veteran, serving in the United States Air Force and retiring as a Tech Sergeant after 20 years of service. He then began a career at the United States Postal Service as a letter carrier in Ballston Spa and then in the Albany office sorting mail. After 20 years at the Post Office, he retired and went to work at the Village Florist in Ballston Spa delivering flowers.

Ray was a member of the American Legion Henry Cornell Post 234 in Ballston Spa, the Ballston Spa Seniors and First Baptist Church of Ballston Spa, where he served on the Board of Trustees. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, bowling, golf, woodworking and gardening, particularly tending to his roses. Ray also enjoyed movies and reading western novels.

In addition to his parents, he is predeceased by his brothers, James Marshall and Theodore Marshall. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Evelyn Marshall of Ballston Spa; his children, Raymond Lee Marshall (Nita) of Bryan, TX, Steven Marshall (Kristen) of Seattle, WA, Cheryl Hensler (Mike) of Ballston Spa and Tammy Moore (Mark) of Tulsa, OK; His grandchildren, Michael T. Hensler of Boston, MA, Derek T. Hensler of Boulder, CO, Kelly Hensler of Atlanta, GA, Ray Paul Marshall (Kayla) of Dallas, TX and Stephen Marshall (Summer) of College Station, TX; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 6:00 pm Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at First Baptist Church of Ballston Spa, 202 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa. Relatives and friends are invited to call from 5 to 6 pm at the church prior to the services.

A committal service with military honors will be held Thursday, June 6, 2019 at 10:00 am at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, 200 Duell Road, Schuylerville.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Ray to the Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence St, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or to First Baptist Church of Ballston Spa, 202 Milton Ave, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Fonda Dale Armer, 58, passed away Thursday, May 30, 2019. Born on January 27, 1961 in Schenectady, she was a life-long area resident and daughter of Alfred and Barbara (Reynolds) Crawford.

Fonda was the “Queen of Bingo” and loved to play everywhere she could. She was a kind hearted woman who had a free spirit, was very straight forward and spoke her mind when necessary and had a special place in her heart for all animals.

In addition to her parents, she is predeceased by her granddaughter, Kari Liedel. She is survived by her children, Bruce W. Campbell, Jr. of Schenectady, Todd Campbell of Saratoga Springs and Siobian Campbell of Schenectady; her grandchildren, Kortni Liedel, Bruce W. Campbell III, Kristen Campbell and Cameron Smith; her sisters, Melody Baldwin (Scott Bernash) of Malta, Charmain Ranson of Ballston Spa, Bev Sleight (Bob) of Ballston Spa and Ora Leah Cole (Ron Ippoliti) of Warrensburg; and many nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at 4pm on Friday, June 7, 2019 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 E. High Street, Ballston Spa. Relatives and friends may call from 3pm to 4pm Friday prior to the services.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Fonda to the American Cancer Society (www.cancer.org).

Harold O. Bliss, 66, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 29, 2019, at his home. Born in Ballston Spa, NY on May 7, 1953, he was the son of Harry and Lucy Bliss.

Harold was a longtime resident of AIM Services on Homestead Road. He was a hard worker and enjoyed doing community service projects with his Saratoga Bridges family. He loved flying in airplanes, campfires, and spending time with his family and friends.

He was predeceased by his parents Harry and Lucy, and his brother in law Carl Palmer. Harold is survived by his niece Dawn Brady (Don) of Argyle; siblings Anna Mae Clark (Ken), Margaret Palmer and George Bliss (Gayle) all of Ballston Spa; his beloved Homestead family; girlfriend Nancy; special friend Darlene Olmert; and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, June 4 from 11am to Noon at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A graveside service will follow at Sweetman Cemetery, Sweetman Road, Charlton.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to AIM Services, 4227 Route 50, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Harold W. Lansing, “Skeeter” 76, passed away on Monday, May 27, 2019 at his home, surrounded by his family. Born in Greenfield, Massachusetts on April 1, 1943, he was the son of Harold and Charlotte Lansing.

Skeeter was a Navy veteran stationed on the USS Turner Joy. He was a code breaker serving two tours in Vietnam and was awarded two bronze stars. After his honorable discharge, he worked at WTEN as chief engineer for 35 years, retiring in 2013.

Skeeter was very athletic. He enjoyed biking, kayaking and hiking. He was a skilled Alpine Skier, racing in the Master Ski Races and used his knowledge to teach others as an alpine ski coach. He skied the Tuckerman Ravine on Mount Washington. Skeeter was a master craftsman and had the ability to fix anything. He was devoted to his family and treasured the time he spent with them.

He was predeceased by his parents Harold and Charlotte. Skeeter is survived by his wife Heather; his sons Shawn Lansing (Kerry), David Lansing (Nicole), and Toby Lansing (Lena); stepchildren Abigail Sotir (Luke), Caleb Singer (Michelle), Andrew Singer (Kate), and Philip Singer (Jackie); siblings Minton Jeffrey, Leona Lansing and Phillip Lansing; five grandchildren, seven step grandchildren, two nieces and one nephew.

Funeral services will be held 10am Friday, May 31, at East Glenville Community Church, 335 Saratoga Road, Glenville. Burial will follow in Ballston Spa Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, May 30 from 6pm to 8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions in memory of Skeeter may be made to the Birthright, 1490 Saratoga Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Kenneth P. Duchesne, Jr. “Jake”, 62, passed away at home on Sunday, May 26, 2019, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Troy, NY on May 19, 1957, he was the son of Kenneth and Eleanor Duchesne, Sr.

Jake was a heavy equipment operator starting his career at Royal Dyer in Mechanicville and Douglas Dyer in Mechanicville, and later working for Clear Enterprise, and Rozell Industries of Glens Falls.

He was an avid hunter and fisherman and was a member of the Buck Mountain Club and Meigsville Hunting Club. He was a lifelong member of the Episcopal Church.

Jake was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle. He was always willing to lend a hand or give guidance to his family and many friends.

He was predeceased by his parents Kenneth and Eleanor. Jake is survived by his wife Julia and their daughters, Bernadine Dehoff (Timothy) and Sarah Cook (Christopher); grandchildren Alexander Roney, Samantha Roney and Tristan Cook; siblings Sherrie Rose, Jackie Snow, Gene Duchesne (Linda), Cathy Kramek (Mark, Sr), and Jeff Duchesne (Mary Ellen); and numerous nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, June 1 from noon to 3pm at Christ Episcopal Church, West High Street, Ballston Spa. A celebration of life will follow at 3pm. Interment will be private at Clarkville Cemetery in Edinburgh.

Memorial contributions in memory of Jake may be made to Christ Episcopal Church, 15 West High Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Henry D. Nachbar, 87, passed away on Saturday, May 25, 2019 at his home surrounded by his family. Born in Buffalo, NY on April 16, 1932, he was the son of Henry and Lillian Nachbar. In 1951, following his graduation from Bethlehem Central High School, he attended the State University at Alfred and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, graduating with a masters degree in mechanical engineering.

In 1957 upon graduation from RPI, he joined the engineering staff of the Knolls Atomic Power Lab of the General Electric Co in Schenectady. He worked in a variety of engineering and management projects, retiring after 35 years of service in 1992 and being awarded 14 patents.

Henry was a member of the Burnt Hills United Methodist Church. He was a Boy Scout and was awarded the highest ranking of Eagle Scout. He later was Scoutmaster of Troop 38 in Burnt Hills. He was a member of the GE Elfun Society, GE Quarter Century Club, Signa XI, Delmar Fire Department, Gold Wing Road Riders Association Motorcycle Club, Good Sam and FMCA Clubs, the Model T Ford Club, and the Schenectady and Saratoga Ham Radio Organizations. He was also past president of the Ballston Lake Ambulance Squad.

Henry enjoyed his antique cars, boating, motorcycles, and flying his private plane. His greatest joy was spending time with his family and his beloved dogs.

He was predeceased by his parents Henry and Lillian Nachbar. Henry is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Barbara; their children Karen Staulters (John), Donna Wudyka (John), Douglas Nachbar (Jill Wells), and Kathy Blanchard (Peter); his brother Roger Nachbar; and six grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, May 30 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 West Charlton Cemetery.

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

Elaine E. Askew, 75, passed away on Monday, May 20, 2019. She was born in Schenectady, NY on March 12, 1944. Elaine worked for Coleco in Amsterdam for several years.

Elaine was always there to lend a hand, making sure everyone had food to eat and a comfy chair to sit in. Her grandchildren were her life and she treasured the time she spent with them. She enjoyed crocheting.

She was predeceased by her parents Ken and Elsie Lang, and her brother Richard Askew. Elaine is survived by her son Kevin Kvinlaug; grandchildren Olivia and Isaiah; and her extended family Mary, Bernie and Bobby Companion.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, May 23 from 4pm to 5pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 5pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Elaine may be made to Christ Episcopal Church, 15 West High Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Elizabeth A. “Betty” Cleveland, 90, of Riverton, NJ and formerly of Galway, passed away on Friday, May 17, 2019.

Betty was the beloved wife of the late Raymond Austin and the late William Cleveland. She was the devoted mother of Marilyn Iannacone (Richard) of Cinnaminson, NJ and Raymond Austin of Galway, NY; loving grandmother of Michael, Lisa (Wayne), Thomas (Rachael), and David (Bonnie); adoring great grandmother of Julianna, Tyler, Brandon, Brianna, Sean and Dezirae; dear sister of Preston Van Patten (Virginia) and Robert Van Patten (Vivian).

A memorial celebration in Betty’s honor for family and friends will be held on Saturday, July 13, 2019 with visitation from 9am to 11am and a service at 10:30am, at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions in memory of Betty may be made to The Hole in the Wall Camp, 555 Long Wharf Drive, New Haven, CT 06511 or Samaritan Hospice.

Jonathan R. Straight, 20, went to be with his Lord Jesus Christ on Monday, May 13, 2019. Born on September 6, 1998 in Schenectady, NY, he was the son of Richard and Deborah (Corey) Straight.

Jonathan was a graduate of Ballston Spa High School class of 2017 and completed the International Baccalaureate Program of studies. He completed two years of undergraduate study at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan, majoring in Transportation Design. He is an accomplished artist and worked with a wide variety of media, focusing on automotive exterior design. Jonathan had a great sense of style and humor; making everyone feel like they were his new best friend.

Jonathan is survived by his parents Richard and Deborah, his grandmother Pearl Straight, his grandmother Lois Corey, his brother David and David’s wife Becca and their children Emerson and Hazel, his sister Sarah, his girlfriend Miranda Blaauboer, uncles, aunts, and cousins.

Calling hours will be held at Northway Church 770 Pierce Road in Clifton Park from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on Friday, May 17. A memorial service will be held at Northway Church at 10:00 am on Saturday, May 18. Family and Friends are invited to attend both the calling hours and memorial service. The Armer Funeral Home, Inc. is supporting the remembrance process.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Jonathan may be made to Northway Church for a fund to assist the Straight family and support mental health awareness.

Thomas R. Turley, “Tommy”, 56, passed away on May 12, 2019. Born in Brooklyn Heights, NY on October 1, 1962, he was the son of Thomas and Dorothy Turley. He was a graduate of Croton Harmon High School and SUNY New Paltz with a degree in business.

Tommy lived on Saratoga Lake for over thirty years and loved visiting the family home on Cape Cod. He cared deeply for animals and conserved resources. He pushed back against conventional society and was the captain of his own ship.

He was predeceased by his parents Thomas and Dorothy. Tommy is survived by his loving brother Jeffrey Turley of Middleton, Wisconsin; his nephews Emmett Turley of Washington, DC and Liam Turley of Middleton, Wisconsin; and his niece Brynn Turley of Middleton, Wisconsin.

Services will be private.

Juanita M. Coon, 101, passed away on Saturday, May 11, 2019, at Wesley Health Care Center. Born in Mechanicville, NY on November 10, 1917, she was the daughter of Palmer and Ivah Isles.

Juanita owned and operated Coon’s Variety Store on Front Street in Ballston Spa for many years. She enjoyed crocheting, baking cookies, and Sunday dinners with her family. Her family was her greatest joy and she treasured the time she spent with them.

She was predeceased by her husband Robert Coon, and her sisters Thelma and Lorraine. Juanita is survived by her children David Coon (Pam) of Ballston Spa and Mary Ann Frament (David) of Clifton Park; four grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, a niece and a nephew.

Funeral services will be held 10am Friday, May 17 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Ballston Spa Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, May 16 from 5pm to 7pm at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Juanita may be made to Easy St. Horse and Barnyard Rescue, 109 Langley Road, Amsterdam, NY 12010 or the American Cancer Society.

Denise W. Olson, 66, passed away on Thursday, May 9, 2019. Born in Saratoga Springs, New York on January 19, 1953, she was the daughter of William and Sophie Monaco Wolfersheim.

Denise was a graduate of Adirondack Community College. She was a Registered Nurse and was the Director of Nursing at the Saratoga County Infirmary in Ballston Spa for many years.

She loved working in her flower gardens and caring for her many nieces, nephews and grand nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents William and Sophie Wolfersheim, and her brother Mark Wolfersheim. Denise is survived by her husband of 27 years Eric Olson, and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, May 29 from Noon to 2pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 2pm. Burial will be private.

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

Patricia Mercuri, 82, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. Born on November 22, 1936 in Albany, she was the daughter of Albert and Teresa (Lombardo) Mercuri.

Patricia was a graduate of Albany High School and Albany Business College. She was a dance instructor with the Arthur Murray Dance Studio and later worked as a waitress for many establishments in the capital district area. Patricia was an animal lover, rescuing dogs and cats locally, and was an active contributor to the Capital District Humane Association. She always enjoyed shopping at flea markets and antiquing.

Patricia is predeceased by her parents, Albert and Teresa Mercuri. She is survived by her sister, Maria Mercuri (Robert Strouse) of Edgartown, MA; a nephew, Mark VanAlstyne (Lynn) of Syracuse, NY; her aunt, Vi Lombardo of Glenmont, NY; and many cousins.

Services will be private at the convenience of the family.

The family would like to thank the staff at Saratoga Hospital, especially Dr. Jennifer White, and the staff at Mary’s Haven for their care and compassion.

Memorial contributions may be made in Patricia’s memory to Capital District Humane Association, P.O. Box 11330, Loudonville, NY 12211.

Claude S. Wagner, age 92, of Beverly Hills, FL passed away at Diamond Ridge Health and Rehab Center in Lecanto, FL on April 28, 2019. Claude was born on October 22, 1926 in Albany, NY to the late Claude and Mildred (Smith) Wagner. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army and was a veteran of World War II.

After his military service he went on to become a Weapons Arsenal Safety Manager for the United States Government. On January 26, 1973 he married Audrey (Carpenter) with whom he shared 46 years of marriage. Claude and Audrey made Citrus County their home in 1991 after relocating from Albany, NY and attended worship services at the Crystal River United Methodist Church. In his spare time he enjoyed bowling and was a talented organ player.

In addition to his loving wife Audrey those left to mourn Claude’s passing include his children Gail Ann Tagliaferro and her husband Anthony of Albany, Carolyn Duel and her husband Greg of Gansevoort, Michael Wagner and his wife Sherry of Greenfield Center, William Frederick Wagner and his wife Joyce of Rochester, Kathryn Giovannitti and her husband Ed of Albany, Mary Elizabeth Iaquinta and her husband Maurice of Greenfield Center; stepdaughters Sally Plummer and Danny Davis of Albany, Karen Plummer and George Ramos of Fort Myers, FL, Nancy O’Malley of Beverly Hills, FL; and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Claude was predeceased by his son Stanley “Pete” Wagner.

A graveside service will be held 10am Saturday, July 20 at Ballston Spa Cemetery, Garrett Road, Ballston Spa.

Evelyn Vedder Baxter, 92, passed away on Saturday, April 27, 2019. Born in Ballston Spa, NY on May 7, 1926, she was the daughter of Robert and Doris Vedder.

Throughout the years, Evelyn worked for Steiners Dept Store, Bentley Express, Round Lake Insurance and McClellan Insurance. She was an active member of Christ Episcopal Church in Ballston Spa.

Evelyn was most happy when she was playing the piano or the organ. She was an excellent organist and played for both Christ Episcopal Church in Ballston Spa and St Andrew’s Church in Round Lake.

She was predeceased by her husband Peter J. Baxter Jr., and her brothers Harold “Hodge” Vedder and Bruce Vedder. Evelyn is survived by her daughter Ardella Hutchins (Roger); grandchildren Kris Harrison (Kellie), Robb Harrison, and Beth Harrison; great grandchildren whom she loved dearly, Sydney and Oliver; brother Wesley Vedder; sister Ruthann Smith; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, May 2 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 Dunning St Cemetery, Malta.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Evelyn may be made to Christ Episcopal Church, 15 West High Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Kathleen A. Kuznia, 63, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on April 26th, 2019.

Kathy was born on April 25th, 1956 in Washington D.C. to Dr. William and Ann (Neville) Kelley, the eldest of six children. The family relocated to Ballston Spa, NY in 1966, where Kathy would spend the rest of her life.

Kathy was a graduate of Ballston Spa High School, class of 1974. She went on to graduate from the State University of New York at Oswego in 1978 and began a career with the Saratoga County Probation Department, where she would remain until her retirement in 2010.

To most, Kathy was the kindest person they had ever met. She had a heart of gold that shined through the warm smile that was always on her face. Kathy took joy in the simple things, such as painting crafts, going out to lunch and nurturing plants with her “green thumb”. Nothing brought Kathy more pride and joy than being a Mother. Kathy was happiest spending time with her beloved children, TJ and Annie - “The Tripod”.

Kathy was predeceased by her mother, Ann Kelley, and sister Deborah Gates. She is survived by her loving children TJ Kuznia and Annie Kuznia, father Dr. William Kelley, sister Maureen (Rick) Cooper, brother William Kelley, brother Michael Kelley, sister Bridget (Pete) Zimmer, along with several adored nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, April 30th from 4 PM to 8 PM at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A funeral mass will be held on Wednesday, May 1st at 9:30am at St. Mary’s Church in Ballston Spa.

Christopher M. Daly, 43, passed away peacefully in sleep, on Wednesday, April 24, 2019. Born November 23, 1975, and raised in Queens, NY, he was the beloved son of the late Maurice Daly and Jacqueline (Loir) Daly.

Christopher was a life-long learner, a PhD candidate, and instructor of history at The University at Albany, held in high regard by his colleagues, and whose impassioned lectures inspired intellectual curiosity among his students. Chris’ irreverent humor and playfulness delighted his daughter Josephine. He shared his passion for knowledge with his son Evan, and the two shared endless, fascinating conversations on a variety of topics, especially history. He loved his wife Jennifer deeply and made her feel so very cherished. He’d had an idyllic childhood, the apple of his parents’ eyes, doted upon by his brothers and sister, and enjoyed playing baseball growing up. Chris loved music, attending concerts, and going on family hikes. He had a good and happy life.

Christopher is survived by his children, Evan and Josephine, his wife Jennifer, his mother Jacqueline, brothers Sean and Patrick, sister Noelle, and by nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, in-laws, and friends who will all mourn his loss.

Calling hours will be held on Thursday, May 2nd from 5pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., located at 39 East High St., Ballston Spa, NY, and his mass and burial will be held in Queens, where he grew up.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made toward the establishment of a scholarship in memory of Christopher. Please make your check payable to The University at Albany Foundation and mail to UAB 226, 1400 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12222 and note in the memo line your gift is in memory of Christopher. On-line gifts may be made at www.albany.edu/giving Please note your gift is in memory of Christopher Daly.

Kelly Collins, 60, passed away on Saturday, April 20, 2019, surrounded by his loved ones. He was born in Niskayuna, NY on February 14, 1959. Kelly was a truck driver and drove for Carman Fuel for many years.

Kelly was an avid NY Rangers fan and loved listening to Pink Floyd and Lynyrd Skynyrd. He enjoyed his John Deere tractor and watching Fox News. Kelly could often be seen with his dog Gunner, his constant companion.

Kelly was a hardworking, well respected man. He was a loving husband and father who protected his family. He was the dad that could answer any question and the friend that would always be there to lend a hand, never complaining.

He was predeceased by his father Charles Collins, Sr. Kelly is survived by his wife Doreen; children James Collins, Charles Collins III and Amy Collins; mother Eleanor “Lenny” Wagner; sister Sherrie Collins; stepmother Kris Rafferty; stepsister Erin Lowery; and his large extended family.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, April 25 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 Middle Grove Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in memory of Kelly may be made to Corinth Youth Hockey, c/o Dave Barrass 149 County Route 10, Corinth, NY 12822.

The family would like to thank the staff of Saratoga Hospital ICU for their care and compassion.

Garry L. Dreher, 75, passed away on Saturday, April 20, 2019. Born in Ballston Spa, NY on April 28, 1943, he was the son of George and Dorothy Dreher.

Garry was a foreman at General Electric, Co in Schenectady for many years. He was an avid fisherman and taught his boys how to fish. He also enjoyed hunting. His greatest joy was his grandchildren and he treasured the time he spent with them.

He was predeceased by his parents George and Dorothy, and his brother George. Garry is survived by his wife of 52 years, Gerda and their sons Joe Benoit (Laura) and Jerry Benoit (Pam); grandchildren Dr. Jeremiah Benoit (Jessica), Nicholas Benoit, Aaron Benoit and Amanda Levine (Jake); great grandchildren Carter Benoit, Jonas Benoit, and Rylee VanAlstine; and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held 11am Wednesday, April 24 at the Ballston Spa Cemetery.

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

Chester J. Kolinoski, 92, passed away on Friday, April 19, 2019 at his home. Born in Queens, NY on November 8, 1926, he was the son of Henry and Stella Kolinoski.

He served as a gunners mate in the US Navy and was a World War II veteran. Chester worked for the NYC Department of Sanitation for many years. In 2001, Chester and his wife moved to Ballston Spa to be closer to their daughter and their beloved grandchildren.

Chester enjoyed long car rides, morning coffee at McDonald’s, and visiting the local casinos. He was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church in Ballston Spa. His favorite TV shows were Ninja Warriors and The Big Bang Theory. His greatest joy was his family and he treasured the time he spent with them.

He was predeceased by his brother Raymond Kolinoski. Chester is survived by his wife of 61 years Bridget, and their daughter Maureen Kolinoski of Ballston Spa; grandchildren John Holton (Ellie) of San Francisco, CA, and Matthew Holton (Jenelle) of Ballston Spa; great granddaughter Florence; and nephews Donald and Raymond.

Funeral services will be held 9:30am Tuesday, April 23 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Saratoga Springs. Relatives and friends are invited to call from 4pm to 7pm on Monday, April 22 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

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

Eunice Harrington Main, 100, passed away on Monday, April 15, 2019 at the Gateway House of Peace. Born in Whitehall, NY on June 9, 1918, she was the daughter of Anna and John Varney.

She worked for the Saratoga County Dept of Social Services, retiring in 1987. Eunice loved life and was always concerned for those around her. She spent many years as a member of the VFW in Saratoga Springs. Through the years, she enjoyed her daily visits to Stewart’s and was known by all in many of the Stewart’s Shops.

Eunice loved to dance, cook and sew in her younger years, and if you knew Eunice, she loved to shop too. She was loved by everyone she met.

She was predeceased by her parents Anna and John Varney, brothers Richard Varney, Alfred Varney and Arnold Varney; husband Edward Harrington, Sr., son Edward Harrington, Jr. and her second husband William Main.

Eunice is survived by her sister Joyce Harris of Ballston Spa; granddaughter Cynthia Martin (Wayne) of Ballston Spa; great grandchildren Jessica Martin and Clayton Martin; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, April 19 from 11am to noon at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will be held at noon. Burial will follow in Ballston Spa Cemetery.

Special thanks to her caretakers and neighbors that helped us in her last few months to allow her to stay home where she wanted to be. The Gateway House of Peace welcomed her with open arms for her final journey. They offered outstanding care and dignity and we could not be more thankful, as she deserved nothing less.

In lieu of flowers, we ask that any donations be made in her memory to the Gateway House of Peace, 479 Rowland Street, Ballston Spa, NY 1202

David J. Beals 71, passed away on Friday, April 5, 2019. Born in Niskayuna, NY on February 12, 1948, he was the son of Clarence and Eva Beals. He was a graduate of Ballston Spa High School.

David began his career as a chef at Red’s Restaurant, which is now known as the Ripe Tomato. He was a long haul tractor trailer driver for many trucking companies and later drove school bus for Ballston Spa Central Schools for many years, retiring in 2006.

David served as Planning Board Chairman for the Village of Ballston Spa and was a member of the Town of Milton Zoning Board. David also served as an election inspector for the Village of Ballston Spa, Town of Milton and School elections.

He enjoyed taking long rides in the country with his lifelong friend Greg “Whitey”, usually using a full tank of gas. He also enjoyed racing radio controlled cars and playing golf. David was a stock car racing fan and worked at the Albany Saratoga Speedway and Fonda Speedway. He owned several classic cars. He was the Trivia king and played at all the local restaurants on Trivia Night.

David loved all his animals and rescued many from the animal shelter. He was loved by his neighbors and friends and was always willing to lend a helping hand.

He was predeceased by his parents Clarence and Eva Beals, and his brothers Charles Beals and Peter Beals. David is survived by his wife of 23 years Carol; son Jeffrey Beals; granddaughter Meghan; brothers Paul Beals (Audrey) and William Beals (Leonilde); many nieces, nephews and special friends.

All are invited to a celebration of David’s life on Friday, April 12 from 5pm to 8pm in the upstairs banquet room at The Factory, 20 Prospect Street, Ballston Spa. A memorial service will be held at 6pm.

A dinner buffet will be served starting at 5pm.

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

Marian N. Clark, age 96, residing in Gold Canyon, AZ since 2010, passed away on April 4, 2019 in Apache Junction, AZ. Born in Charlton, NY on May 29, 1922, she was the daughter of Cora and Louis Nelson. She attended schools in Galway and Schenectady, NY, graduating from Schenectady Vocational School in 1941.

Before moving to Arizona, Marian had been a long-term resident of Charlton, NY where she and her husband, Warren, raised seven children. She was an active member of the West Charlton Presbyterian Church, Galway Seniors Group and was an avid gardener. For several years she was a volunteer at the Burnt Hills Library. She also enjoyed personal travels with her eldest daughter, Joan, and son-in-law, Ted Mendelson, which included frequent trips to California.

Marian was predeceased by her husband, Warren, in 1996 and her daughter, Cathy Higgins, in 1994. She is survived by her daughter, Joan (Ted) Mendelson of Gold Canyon, AZ, Kent(Nancy) Clark of Scotia, NY, Mark (Kathy) Clark of Griswold, CT, Jim Clark of Galway, NY, Patty (Blaine) Smith of Galway, NY, and Tim (Debbie) Clark of Ballston Spa, NY; grandchildren Eric and Ryan Clark of Ballston Lake, NY, Jenny (Jim) Albarelli of Galway, NY, Nick Smith of Galway, NY, Kent (Rebekah)Clark, Jr. of Hudson, NY, Kurt (Kelly) Clark of Schenectady, NY, Jon Higgins of Medford, MA, Jill (Gabriel) Rivera of Costa Mesa, CA, and Tim Mendelson of Beverly Hills, CA; great grandchildren Avery Albarelli, Devin and Kayde Smith, Andrew and Megan Clark, and Nick Rivera; siblings Janet DeLargy of Niagara Falls, NY, Helen Stoddard of Schenectady, NY, and Edith Sparks of Rocky Mount, Virginia; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10am Friday, April 12 at the West Charlton Presbyterian Church, 1331 Sacandaga Road, Charlton. Burial will follow in West Charlton Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, April 11 from 5pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Marian to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Jonathan J. Nutting “JJ” 37, passed away on Tuesday, April 2, 2019. Born in Plattsburgh, NY on May 21, 1981, he was the son of Steven and Catherine Nutting. He was a graduate of Saratoga Springs High School and earned an associate degree in Radio and Television Broadcasting from Adirondack Community College.

Jonathan was a devoted NY Mets and NY Giants fan. He loved sports and going to the games. He enjoyed country music concerts, playing video games, and watching movies. He never missed a fair or a parade. Jonathan traveled throughout the United States with his mom, visiting Disney, Las Vegas and California.

He was predeceased by his brother Jason, and his grandparents Warren and Barbara Nutting, and John and Frances Bena. Jonathan is survived by his parents Steven and Catherine Nutting; brothers Michael and Travis; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 9am to 10am Saturday, April 6 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will be held at 10am. Burial will follow in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Saratoga Springs.

Memorial contributions in memory of Jonathan may be made to the Lexington Foundation, 465 North Perry Street, Johnstown, NY 12095.

The family would like to thank the staff of the Lexington VanRen Home for their care and compassion.

Melanie E. Petel 30, passed away on Thursday, March 28, 2019. She was born in New York City on July 30, 1988. She moved to Charlton in August of 1998 and was adopted by Helen and Emlyn Petel on May 19, 1999.

She was predeceased by her siblings Erica Petel, Ian Petel and James MacDougalham. Melanie is survived by her parents Helen and Emlyn Petel; siblings Stephan Gonzalez (Donna), Gretchen Saborit, Victoria Petel, Domonique Petel, Stephanie Shemo (Joseph), Courtney Petel (David Jenkins), Tiffany Petel, Eric Petel, Whitney Petel, and Nico Petel.

A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 11am Tuesday, April 2 at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Saratoga Road, Glenville. A calling hour will precede the mass from 10am to 11am at the church. Burial will follow in St. Anthony’s Cemetery, Glenville.

Memorial contributions in memory of Melanie may be made to the Church of the Immaculate Conception.

Glenn E. Bowers, Sr., passed away on Monday, March 25, 2019. Born in Ballston Spa, NY on July 13, 1948, he was the son of Russell and Dorothy Bowers, Sr. He was a graduate of Ballston Spa High School. Glenn was an Army veteran, serving in Vietnam.

Glenn was a cable splicing technician working for Verizon for 35 years. He was a 52 year member of Union Fire Co. No. 2 serving as fire chief and foreman. He was also a member of VFW Post 358 in Ballston Spa. Glenn enjoyed camping, cruising and going to Nascar races with his family.

He was predeceased by his parents Russell and Dorothy. Glenn is survived by his wife of 49 years, Patricia Bowers and their children, Kristina Bowers, Glenn Bowers, Jr. (Kristie) and Betsy Wade (Jon); grandchildren Michaela (Christopher), Aubrey, Steven, Kodie, and Siarra; brother Russell Bowers, II (Trudy); sister Bonnie Stone (Gary); several nieces and nephews; and his beloved dogs Rufus and Fiona.

Funeral services will be held 10am Monday, April 1 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial with military honors will follow at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, March 31 from 4pm to 8pm at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Glenn may be made to Union Fire Co. No. 2.

The family would like to thank the ICU staff at Saratoga Hospital for their care and support during his time there.

Dorothy E. Brunell 86, passed away on Monday, March 25, 2019. Born in Rutland, Vermont on August 27, 1932, she was the daughter of Robert and Myrtle Shaw. She was a graduate of Ballston Spa High School and Mildred Elley Business School.

Dorothy started her career at Schenectady Savings Bank and then worked for General Electric Co. She became a stay at home mom, raising her family and later returning to work for Doheny Oil and retiring from Congress Gas and Oil in 1993.

She was a member of the Catholic Daughters. Dorothy loved to cook and bake for her family. She was an avid BINGO player and enjoyed traveling and attending NASCAR races.

She was predeceased by her parents Robert and Myrtle Shaw, sister Phyllis Mangino, and stepson Mark Brunell. Dorothy is survived by her husband of 55 years, Gaylord; daughter Jill Chouinard (Bryan); granddaughters Justine Howe and Jordyne Howe; several nieces and nephews; and her favorite four-legged companion Gauge Walter.

Funeral services will be held 11:30am Friday, March 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 call on Thursday, March 28 from 6pm to 8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions in memory of Dorothy may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

The family would like to thank the staff of 3 Springs at Wesley Health Care Center for their care and compassion.

Robert J. Clancy 81, beloved husband and father, died on Monday, March 18, 2019, following a long illness during which he was cared for by his wife. Robert was born on January 6, 1938 and grew up in the Bronx with his parents Edna and Peter and his brother Ken. He attended Fordham Prep where he competed in track. He left the city to pursue a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in chemical engineering at the University of Detroit.

In 1971, he and his wife Bernadine moved to Ballston Spa, New York and raised their family. Robert worked for Knolls Atomic Power Lab (KAPL) as an engineer for 27 years. He loved the outdoors, gardening, and listening to classical music. Robert will be remembered for his quiet nature, his “do it yourself” abilities and the amazing Clancy family tree he researched with a passion.

He is predeceased by his parents Peter and Edna (Riley) Clancy. Robert is survived by his wife of 55 years Bernadine; his children and their spouses, Christine Bennedsen (Mark), Peter Clancy (Maureen), and Robert Clancy (Mary Ellen); grandchildren Sarah, Zachary and Jacob Bennedsen; Joseph and William Clancy; and Kathleen, Grace and John Clancy; brother and sister in law Kenneth Clancy (Carol); and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 9:30am Saturday, March 23 at St. Mary’s Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will be in St Mary’s Cemetery, Galway, in the Spring. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, March 22 from 4pm to 6pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Claudette Lane 73, passed away on Monday, March 18, 2019. Born in Schenectady, NY on August 14, 1945, she was the daughter of Clifford and Catherine Barber.

Claudette was a patient care assistant at Saratoga Hospital for many years. She loved music and singing karaoke.

She was predeceased by her husband Stephen Lane. Claudette is survived by her children Robyn Lane, Dawn Benedict (Brent), Kathleen Lane and Debbie Nestuk (William); adopted daughter Mandy; grandchildren Jessica, Stephen, Ben, Samantha, Kasarah, Will, Christian, Darrian, Serenity and Katelyn; and great grandchildren Hallie, Ohlin and Serenity; sister Debbie Tasselmyer; niece Sandy and nephew Alex.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, March 21 from 10am to 11am at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 11am. Burial will be in Foster Hill Cemetery in the Spring.

Memorial contributions in memory of Claudette may be made the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

John L. Knabner 70, passed away on March 18, 2019 surrounded by his loving family. Born in Schenectady, NY on September 21, 1948, he was the son of John and Harriet Knabner.

John began his career at Curtis Lumber on July 15, 1970. He was a purchasing agent and also worked in the store for 45 years, retiring in 2015. After his retirement, he continued to work at the store part time until May of 2016.

John was a member of the Ballston Center ARP Church serving as a deacon and an elder. He was a life member of Saraspa Rod and Gun Club and an active member of the Kayaderosseras Fish and Game Club. He enjoyed fishing and skeet shooting and ran the skeet program at the Kayaderosseras.

John spent his summers with his family at their camp on Lake Champlain in Vermont.

John married his high school sweetheart Sandra Hopkins on June 7, 1969. Family was very important to him and he treasured the time he spent with his children and grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his parents John and Harriet Knabner and his sister Lois Ann Hudson. John is survived by his wife Sandra Knabner; children Lori Friguletto and Sean Knabner (Melissa); grandsons Shane and Thomas; sisters Cheryl Hicks and Kim LaFlair; and several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10am Friday, March 22 at the Ballston Center Church, 58 Charlton Road, Ballston Spa. Burial will be in Jonesville Cemetery in the Spring. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, March 21 from 4pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions in memory of John may be made to the Ballston Center Church or American Cancer Society.