Obituaries


Charles L. Branagan 64, passed away on Thursday, October 11, 2018. Born in Utica, New York on September 9, 1954, he was the son of Charles and Marianne Branagan.
Charles was a conductor for Amtrak for many years. He later worked at NAPA in Albany. Charles had a passion for racing and got pit passes for many Nascar races. He was an avid tennis player and enjoyed watching matches also.

He was predeceased by his parents Charles and Marianne. Charles is survived by his beloved wife Diane and their son Kyle, and his constant companion, his dog Tyson.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, October 16 from 4pm to 6pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 6pm.

Burial with military honors will be 10am Wednesday, October 17 at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Glenville Veterinary Clinic, 458 Saratoga Road, Glenville, NY 12302 or Estherville Animal Shelter, 100 Russell Road, Greenfield Center, NY 12833.

Pamela S. Green 66, passed away on Wednesday, October 10, 2018. Born in Fort Huachuca, Arizona on May 26, 1952, she was the daughter of Wesley and Dorothy Morris.

Pam was a homemaker and enjoyed being with her family.

She was predeceased by her parents Wesley and Dorothy, and her brothers Ricky Morris and Wesley Morris, Jr. Pam is survived by her husband of 49 years David, and their sons Jeff Green (Karen) and Shane Green; sisters Robin Sims and Debra Blevins; eight grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

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

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

James N. Baird 71, passed away on Monday, October 8, 2018 surrounded by his family. Born in Saratoga Springs, NY on February 23, 1947, he was the son of Morton and Marie Baird.

He was a lifelong resident of Rock City Falls. He was a proud Vietnam War veteran serving in the US Army, Americal Division in Chu Lai.

Jim was a millwright at Knolls Atomic Power Lab in West Milton for nearly 45 years, retiring in 2011. He was an avid fan of car shows, NASCAR and dirt track racing. He enjoyed playing shuffleboard. He was a longtime friend of Bill W.

Jim is survived by his wife Janice and their sons Jeremy N. Baird, Jeffery N. Baird (Christine) and Jason N. Baird (Laura); grandsons Andrew and Collin Baird; great grandson Hayden Stone; brothers John Baird and Richard (Brenda) Baird; niece Jolee Yennard and nephew Jason E. Baird,
and several great nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, October 12 from 5pm to 8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Funeral services will be held 11am Saturday, October 13 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, 771 Route 29, Rock City Falls where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow in Middle Grove Cemetery.

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

Charles W. Bechtoldt passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Thursday, October 4, 2018 at the age of 91.

The son of Charles and Edna Bechtoldt, Chuck was born June 11, 1927 in Jamaica, NY. He moved to Coxsackie, NY as a young boy. After serving in the Navy, Chuck settled in Niskayuna where he and his wife Mary raised their family and lived the remainder of their lives.

A devoted husband, father and grandfather, Chuck was predeceased by his wife of 65 years Mary. He is survived by his sons Paul Bechtoldt (Denise), and Matthew Bechtoldt, his daughter Marcy Bellows (Michael), granddaughters Heidi Baldacci (Thomas) and Holly Bechtoldt, grandsons Charles and William Bellows, and great grandchildren Emma and Jace Baldacci. He is also survived by his sister Barbara Bartley, brother in law and sister in law Nicholas and Sonya Slish, and several nieces and nephews.

Chuck spent his career working at General Electric in Niskayuna, retiring in 1987. He was a lifelong member of the Niskayuna District 2 Volunteer Fire Department having served as Chief and on the Board of Fire Commissioners.

At Chuck’s request there will be no calling hours. Interment with military honors will be held at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery on Wednesday, October 10 at 10am.

Memorial contributions in memory of Chuck may be made to the Niskayuna District 2 Volunteer Fire Co., 2772 Troy Schenectady Road, Niskayuna, NY 123

Robert F. Smaldone, 72, passed away on Thursday, October 4, 2018. He was born in Saratoga Springs, NY on October 21, 1945.

Bob worked at the Ballston Spa Schools for many years, retiring in 2002. He enjoyed Bingo and playing cards. He was an active member of the Ballston Area Seniors. For many years, he worked security at the Saratoga County Fair and Washington County Fair.

He was predeceased by his wife Roberta, daughter Kelly, father Robert Smaldone, mother Patricia Decker, foster parents Parmy and Michael Sentiwany, and his brothers Charles Decker and Kelly Decker, Sr.

Robert is survived by his children Robert Smaldone, Kandee Lane (Mack) and Jessica LaPier (Howard); grandchildren Scott, Dylan, Elektra, Meiah, Gracie, Howard and Damien; sisters Linda Abbt (Bill), Patti Warren, Laurie Franchi, Joan Brown and Kim Kingsley (Dennis); brothers Ralph Smaldone (Pat), Michael Decker (Karen) and Michael Sentiwany (Eileen); and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, October 10 from 5pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 7pm.

A graveside service will be held 10am Thursday, October 11 at the North Milton Cemetery, Route 29, Ballston Spa.

Joan Waring, 84, passed away on Thursday, October 4, 2018. Born in Stockport, Cheshire, England on September 14, 1934, she was the daughter of Mary and Fred Hadfield. Joan grew up in England and enjoyed spending time in her favorite place, Tomintoul, Scotland.

She came to the United States with her family and lived in New York City, where Joan worked at Bloomingdales. Joan eventually moved to Ballston Spa where she and her husband Bill raised their family.

Joan volunteered at the Ballston Spa Schools and Headstart Programs. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She also loved vacationing in Cape Cod.

She was predeceased by her husband William, infant daughter Elaine and sisters Vera Cull and Dorothy Connon. Joan is survived by her children Maureen Gizzi (Jerry Ketcham), Paulette Spina (Tom) and Christopher Waring (Danielle); grandchildren Gina Gizzi, Tori Spina, Justin Spina (Laura) and Kayleigh Waring; great granddaughter Stella Spina and several nieces and nephews.

At Joan’s request, funeral services were private.

Memorial contributions in memory of Joan may be made to Wesley Health Care Center, Alzheimer’s Association or American Diabetes Association.

The family would like to thank the staff of 5 Springs at Wesley Health Care Center for their compassionate care.

Doris E. Bradt, 92, passed away on Wednesday, October 3, 2018. Born in Albany, NY on June 29, 1926, she was the daughter of George and Mary LaQue.

Doris was a homemaker. She enjoyed listening to music and dancing. She loved playing Bingo.

She was predeceased by her husband Hiram, sons Gerald “Butch” and Robert, granddaughter Tonya Gnip; sisters Hannah Collins, Luella Babb, Helen Pingelski, Jane Bouchard, and a brother Roy LaQue.

Doris is survived by her children Ella Cornell (Alvah), Myrtle Gauthier (Mark), and David Bradt; granddaughters Renee Gnip, Elizabeth Rolfe (Jeremy), and Sarah Williams (Samuel); great grandchildren Matthew and Aubrey Benson, Kane and Kingston Rolfe; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, October 8 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.

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

Nancy J. Companion 65, passed away on Sunday, September 30, 2018. Born in Catskill, NY on June 28, 1953, she was the daughter of Edward and Barbara Brown.

Nancy worked at the Center for Disabilities in Albany for several years.

She enjoyed spending time with her friends discussing politics, religion, family and any other topic. She loved to travel and was thrilled that she was able to achieve a lifelong dream and visit Muir Woods due to the close connection with her dad. She loved her family most of all.

She was predeceased by her parents Edward and Barbara, and two brothers Robert Delaney and Jeffrey Brown. Nancy is survived by her daughter Tyleane Benjamin (Chris); grandchildren Matthew Kouffman, Skylur Kouffman and Nathan Kouffman; sisters Joyce Casertino (Pete), Connie Brown (Robert) and Kathi Goins (Joe); and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, October 3 from 10 am to 11am at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will be held at 11am. Burial will follow in Ballston Spa Cemetery.

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

Constance J. Keegan, 77, passed away on Thursday, September 27, 2018. Born in Troy, NY on June 25, 1941, she was the daughter of James and Kathryn Shields.

Connie worked for the NYS Department of Labor for ten years retiring in 1996. She enjoyed golfing, gardening, and traveling. Connie was a communicant of Corpus Christi Church in Round Lake serving as a Eucharist Minister. Her greatest joy was her grandchildren and she loved sewing and knitting things for them.

She was predeceased by her husband Leo Keegan and her brother James Shields. Connie is survived by her children Leo Keegan III (Elizabeth), Deborah Kreis (Kevin), Kathryn Corbett (Martin), and Rebecca Smith (Brian); grandchildren Michael Keegan, John Keegan, Andrew Doyle, Zach Kreis, Ethan Kreis, Sean Doyle, Connor Kreis (Brianna), Nicholas Corbett, Emily Corbett, Olivia Corbett, Leanne Smith, Briana Smith and Kirsten Smith; sister Margaret Shields; her brothers in law and sisters in law, and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, October 1, from 9am to 10am at Corpus Christi Church, 2001 Route 9, Round Lake. A mass of Christian burial will be held at 10am. Burial will follow in the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Connie may be made to the National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation or Community Hospice of Saratoga.

Richard C. Moore, 74 passed away on Saturday, September 22, 2018. Born in Mohawk, NY on May 9, 1944, he was the son of Clifford and Eva (Laporte) Moore.

Richard grew up in Schenectady, NY and graduated from Mont Pleasant High School in 1962. He then went on to receive an Associate’s Degree in food service from SUNY Cobleskill.

Richard joined the US Air Force and served for four years, earning the rank of Sergeant at Lockbourne AFB in Ohio. He retired from the Schenectady School District.

He was an avid fan of the Ohio State Buckeyes and the NY Yankees. He was also a good pool player. Richard was a lifetime member of the Rotterdam Elks.

He was predeceased by his parents Clifford and Eva Moore, sisters Nancy Latimer, and Frances (Sue) Boudreau and brother William Moore.

Richard is survived by his wife of 55 years, Marilyn (Stafford) Moore, daughter Susan Moore and sons Richard Moore (Tara) and Thomas Moore; brothers Sherman Moore (Mary), James Moore (Carol), sister in law Sandra Moore, brother in law George Latimer; nine grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, September 26 from 6pm to 8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Funeral services with military honors will be held 10:30am Thursday, September 27 at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Rotterdam Elks Major Projects Fund.

Alberta M. Palmateer, 92, passed away on Thursday, September 13, 2018.

Born in Gloversville, NY on February 23, 1926, she was the daughter of Guy and Margaret Rider. Alberta and her husband Paul ran a dairy farm for many years.

She was predeceased by her husband Paul, daughter Linda and son Richard. Alberta is survived by her son Joe Palmateer (Desiree) and many grandchildren, great grandchildren, great great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

At Alberta’s request there will be no services. Memorial contributions in memory of Alberta may be made to the charity of your choice.

Robert A. Starks, 81, passed away peacefully at home in his sleep on Thursday, September 13, 2018, after a long and courageous battle with health issues.

Born in Schenectady, NY on August 1, 1937 he was the son of Albert and Helen Starks. He graduated from St. Paul’s School in Mechanicville. He enlisted in the US Air Force and served proudly from 1955 to 1966. He served in the Korean War and flew on many missions.

Bob worked for General Electric and the US Post Office in Mechanicville retiring in 1993. After his retirement he worked at SPAC. He was an active member and past commander of VFW Post 358 in Ballston Spa and a life member of the American Legion Post 234 where he was named Legionnaire of the Year. He was also a member of the Clifton Park Elks.

Bob was an avid Philadelphia Eagles fan (Shawn Nolan). He had a great personality and wit and always had a joke for everything.

He was predeceased by his parents Albert and Helen, son Bobby, and his sister Frances Techmanski. Bob is survived by his loving wife Jean; adoring daughters Susan Iavarone of Mechanicville and Catherine Moreno of Abilene, Texas; his sons Michael Starks of Ballston Lake, Joseph Starks of Massena, and Fred Aalto of Eagle, Colorado; 12 grandchildren, and 4 great grandchildren.

Funeral services with military honors will be held 10am Wednesday, September 19 at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville. A reception will follow at VFW Post 358 in Ballston Spa.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, September 18 from 4pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to VFW Post 358, in Ballston Spa.

The family would like to thank the many people who supported Bob’s journey, including Dr. John Nolan, Bill Shafer and the staff of Saratoga Hospital.

John W. Couse, 72, was called home to the Lord on Tuesday, September 11, 2018, surrounded by his family. Born in Oneonta, New York on July 16, 1946, he was the son of Robert and Betty Couse. He was a graduate of Oneonta High School and moved to the Ballston Spa area in the 1960’s.

John was a welder and hard facing instructor for 20 years at General Electric. After leaving GE, he opened a welding and repair shop in Charlton. He later began his family businesses in Ballston Spa, Couse and Sons, a steel fabrication and erection company, and J&R Welding Supply and Fuel Oil. He then branched out into Fort Edward, opening Bigelow’s Energy.

John enjoyed life, whether he was with his family at his home on Saratoga Lake or in Florida. He loved fishing, boat rides, jet skiing or just being at the lake. He liked to bowl with his sons and treasured the time he spent with his grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his grandparents John and Pauline Kreger, mother Betty Edson, father Robert Couse, and his beloved dogs Sherese and Sandin. John is survived by his wife Linda; sons John Couse (Kim), and Rick Couse (Lisa); grandchildren Tyler, Amanda, Brett, and Vanessa; great granddaughter Paisley; brother Bob Couse (Joan); sister Paula Struble (Don); uncle Edward Kreger; several half brothers, half sisters, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 9:30am Tuesday, September 18 at St. Mary’s Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow in Ballston Spa Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, September 17 from 5pm to 8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions in memory of John may be made to St Mary’s Church or Community Hospice of Saratoga.

Dennis G. Heaney, 69, formerly of Park Ridge, NJ, passed away peacefully at home on September 10, 2018, surrounded by his wife of 30 years, Jean TumSuden Heaney and his loving family. Born in Brooklyn, NY on August 9, 1949, he was the son of Thomas Heaney and Madeline Callahan.

Dennis enlisted in the US Marine Corps, serving in Vietnam as a radio operator. He was a proud member of the New York City Fire Department for 25 years. He was stationed at Ladder Company 157 in Brooklyn. He was a first responder on September 11th and lost many colleagues and friends on that historic day, and in the years that followed from event related illnesses.

He is predeceased by his parents, his nephew Donald J. Farrell, III and brother in law Paul A. Casares. Dennis is survived by his beloved wife Jean; his siblings Carol O’Keefe (Joe), Maureen Botticelli (Pat), Sharon Casares, Kevin Heaney, Kathy Farrell (Donald), and Timothy Heaney (Denise); special in-laws Anne Greene (David), Jim TumSuden (Ellen), and John TumSuden (Traci). Dennis had a great affection for all his nieces and nephews and especially his godchildren Jamie Mitchell, Katie Kenefick, Caitlin Farrell and Connor Heaney.

Funeral services will be held 9am Monday, September 17 at Corpus Christi Church, 2001 Route 9, Round Lake. 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, September 16 from 3pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions in memory of Dennis may be made to the NYC Firefighters Burn Center Foundation.

Larry Dussault, 76, passed away on Monday, September 10, 2018, surrounded by his family. Born in Schenectady, New York on April 17, 1942, he was the son of Raymond and May Dussault. He served in the US Air Force.

Larry worked at General Electric and Saratoga Hospital, retiring as a medical officer for the Saratoga County Jail. He was a 35 year member of the Community Emergency Corp in Ballston Spa, serving as an EMT. After his retirement, he worked at the coffee bar in Cumberland Farms.

Larry bowled in several leagues in Ballston Spa and Saratoga. He enjoyed camping with his wife. His greatest joy was his grandchildren and he attended many of their sporting events.

He was predeceased by his parents Ray and May, grandson Kody, and brother Robert. Larry is survived by his wife Karen, and their sons, Scott (Leslie) and Shawn (Jennifer); grandchildren Amber, Shane (Kristen), Trae, Shyann, and Keegan; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 9:30 am Friday, September 14 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Ballston Spa Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, September 13 from 4pm to 8pm at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions in memory of Larry may be made to the Community Emergency Corp., Thompson Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Rebecca A. Wilkins, 39, passed away on Sunday, September 9, 2018. Born in Saratoga Springs, NY on June 14, 1979, she was the daughter of Gary and Laura Wojtowecz.

She was a graduate of Ballston Spa High School and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in IT Management. Becky was a Senior Applications Operations Engineer for General Electric.

Becky was an awesome mom and treasured her son Logan. She enjoyed the simple things in life, camping, Friday night pizza night at her parents, and hanging out with her friends. Family was very important to her and they all were very close.

Becky is survived by her husband CJ and their son Logan; stepdaughters Cayla and Kiara; parents Gary and Laura Wojtowecz; brothers Jake (Sara), Andy (Aimee) and Chad (Kerri); and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be held from 3pm to 7pm on Saturday, September 15 at the Ballston Spa Elks Lodge, 10 Hamilton Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions in memory of Becky may be sent to the Ballston Spa National Bank where a trust will be set up for her son Logan.

Robert L. Bills, 81, passed away on Saturday, September 8, 2018. Born in Amsterdam, NY on August 28, 1937, he was the son of Kenneth and Katherine Bills. He was a graduate of Galway High School.

Bob worked construction for D&A Collins, Harry Butler and Van Patten Builders, and retired as a diesel mechanic for North American. He was a talented mechanic and had a passion for classic cars. He worked in the pits at Albany Saratoga Speedway, Fonda, and Devils Bowl. Bob was an avid Nascar fan and had been to races up and down the east coast.

He was predeceased by his parents Kenneth and Katherine. Bob is survived by his wife of 59 years Deliene, their children Jodie Lawlor (Stephen), Sandi Sherman (James), Michael Bills, Timothy Bills and Jeffrey Bills; brother Alan Bills (Debbie), nine grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10am Thursday, September 13 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Powell Wiswall Cemetery, Ballston Spa. Relatives and friends are invited to call from 5pm to 8pm, on Wednesday, September 12 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Juanita Ann Wolf Bouchard, 74, passed away on Friday, September 7, 2018, surrounded by her family. She was born in Ballston Spa, New York on November 13, 1943.

Ann worked as a secretary for many years. She enjoyed embroidery, cooking and often spent hours grocery shopping. She loved to chat with her family and friends. Her greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her father Frank Wolf, husband Harvey Bouchard, sister Lillian French and nephew Frank Coullard. Ann is survived by her daughter Lora Downing; stepchildren Harvey Bouchard, John Bouchard and Jessica Bouchard; “adopted daughter” Becca Hayes; grandchildren Richard Downing (Jordan), Mychaela Downing (Matt), and Lainie Downing; great grandchildren Luella Downing, Devin Glasbrener, Gabriella Green/Downing and Jerimiah Morris; sister Andrea Wolf; nephews Timothy French and Phillip Becktoft; longtime companion Wesley Vedder and his son Brandon Vedder (Kelly); and her beloved dog Gigi.

At Ann’s request there will be no service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Ann may be made to Mary’s Haven or Community Hospice of Saratoga.

Richard L. Wescott, Jr., 59, passed away on Thursday, September 6, 2018. Born in Newport, Rhode Island on May 4, 1959, he was the son of Richard and Roxanne Wescott.

Dicky worked for Hudson River Construction Co in Albany. He enjoyed camping and hanging out with his family and friends.

Dicky was predeceased by his wife Pamela, and his parents Richard and Roxanne. He is survived by his brother Michael Wescott; sister Kimberly Rougier (Bob); nephew Steven Wescott; and niece Roxanne Rougier.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, September 11 from 4pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc, 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the ASPCA.

Kenneth J. Rohling, 72, passed away on Sunday, September 2, 2018. He was born in Saratoga Springs, NY on November 10, 1945.

Ken worked at Hannaford in Milton. He had a passion for fish and previously ran TJ’s Tropical Fish in Ballston Spa. He created a fish pond at his home, enjoying raising a variety of fish.

He was predeceased by his wife Gail and his siblings, Bill, Robert and Dorothy.

Ken is survived by his son Tyler, sister MaryLou, and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, September 10 from 6pm to 8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in memory of Ken to Extra Life (www.extra-life.org)

Frances Keefe Williams, 76, passed away on Sunday, September 2, 2018. Born in Manhattan on October 31, 1942, she was the daughter of Michael and Vincenza Cestaro.

Fran had a wonderful sense of humor and a deep love for animals, especially her dogs Bella and Angel, and her kitty Hash.

She was predeceased by her parents Michael and Vincenza, her first husband Clayton E. Keefe, Sr., two brothers Michael and Vincent Cestaro, and her grandson Alexander Dzieniszewski.

Fran is survived by her husband Cleveland Williams; her children Michelle Knowlton (Joe), Clayton Keefe, Jr., Sean Keefe (Joyce), and Frances Mangal (Dave), sister Roseann Morin; and many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, September 6 from 9am to 10am at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will be held at 10am. Burial will follow in Greenridge Cemetery, Saratoga Springs.

Memorial contributions in memory of Fran may be made to PETA or the ASPCA.

Carolyn Lee Cromie, 76, passed away Friday, August 31, 2018. Born September 1, 1941 in Saratoga Springs, NY, she was the daughter of the late Ray C. and Josephine (Michalek) Whitford.

Lee was a life-long area resident and graduated from Saratoga Springs City Schools. She and her husband Bob operated Dungiven farm and after she had raised her children, she worked at State Farm Insurance. Lee enjoyed farm life, spending time in the garden and working around animals, especially the dogs and horses. A quilter and history enthusiast, Lee was a member of the Milton Grange and Heritage Hunters.

In addition to her parents, she is predeceased by her husband, Robert A. Cromie who passed away May 5, 2008. Lee is survived by her children, Sandra Burch (Wesley) of Portland, Oregon, Bonny Henderson (Don) of Geneseo, NY and Christian “Kit” Cromie (Kathy) of Mayfield; her brother, Ray “Bud” Whitford (Maria) of Florida; her grandchildren, Eli, Sheena, Hanna and Emily; and many nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, September 8 at the West Charlton United Presbyterian Church, Sacandaga Road, Charlton. Burial will follow in Greenridge Cemetery, Saratoga Springs. Relatives and friends are invited to call from 6 pm to 8 pm on Friday, September 7 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High St, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Lee to the Aussie Placement and Rescue Helpline (an Australian Shepherd rescue organization) www.aussierescue.org.

Jean M. Doyle, 76, passed away on Wednesday, August 29, 2018. Born in Plattsburgh, NY on March 23, 1942, she was the daughter of Howard and Eulee Reaffel. Jean was a graduate of St. Mary’s School for the Deaf in Buffalo, and was fluent in sign language.

Jean worked at the Indian River Nursing Home in Granville for several years. She was an animal lover, especially her beloved cats. Jean volunteered in the Soup Kitchen at the Presbyterian New England Congregational Church in Saratoga Springs.

Jean is survived by her daughters Lisa Hoyt and Betsy Smith; grandchildren Ryan, Sarah and Taylor; sister Joanne Reaffel; lifelong friends Ann Sheppard and Sandra Smith.

A private family service will be held.

Memorial contributions in memory of Jean may be made to the ASPCA.

Robert W. Poteralski, 50, passed away Monday, August 20, 2018. Born December 16, 1967 in Niskayuna, NY, he was the son of Zigmunt M. Poteralski and the late Patricia (Woods) Krosky.

Robert is survived by his wife, Lisa Poteralski of Schenectady; his son, Johnathan Richard Poteralski of Schenectady; his father, Zigmunt Poteralski of Glenville; his sisters, Theresa (John) Skutnisky of Burnt Hills and Mary (Raymond) Durocher of South Carolina; his brothers, Richard Poteralski (Kathleen Bobb) of Rochester, Joseph (Robin) Poteralski of Schenectady and Zigmunt (Kimberly) Poteralski of Ballston Spa; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 9:30 am Monday, September 10 at St. Mary’s Church, 167 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow at Vale Cemetery in Schenectady.

Donald J. Benson, 74, passed away on Friday, August 17, 2018. Born in Ballston Spa, NY on April 24, 1944, he was the son of Gordon and Ruth Benson.

Don served in the US Army. He worked for Niagara Mohawk for 40 years. He had a big heart and was always willing to help his family and friends.

He was predeceased by his parents Gordon and Ruth, and his brothers Gordon and David.

Don is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Barbara (Martine) Benson; sister Marie Alvarez, and brothers Robert and William Benson; half brother Thomas Benson; and half sisters Donna McCarthy, Betti Ann Rice and Ann Marie McGowan.

In accordance with Don’s wishes there will be no service.

The family would like to thank Hospice for their care and compassion. Memorial contributions in memory of Don may be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Mary Bucholtz, 95, passed away on Saturday, August 18, 2018. Born in Gloversville, NY on February 13, 1923, she was the daughter of Michael and Sarah Krajcir.

Mary was a talented seamstress, making clothing for her family and friends. In her younger years, she enjoyed snowmobiling.

She was a predeceased by her husband Elmer C. Bucholtz and her brothers John and Frank Krajcir. Mary is survived by her children Deborah L. Bucholtz and Michael E. Bucholtz (Maxine); grandchildren Michael R. Bucholtz and Maria E. Bucholtz; and several nieces and nephews.

At Mary’s request there will be no services.

Helen M. Gardner 76, passed away on Thursday, August 16, 2018. Born in Cohoes, NY on April 2, 1942, she was the daughter of George and Mary Charlebois.

Helen was a retired senior investigator for the Saratoga County Child Support Enforcement Unit. She enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, but mostly spending time with family.

She was predeceased by her parents, George and Mary and her daughter Kathryn Ippoliti Deaton.

Helen is survived by her husband Terry Gardner, children Ronald Ippoliti, William Ippoliti (Cathy) and Anthony Ippoliti and Nicki Gardner; several grandchildren and great grandchildren: brothers and sisters; Gloria Wickes (Charles), Eileen Hale, Thomas Charlebois (Karen) Theresa Bryant (David), George Charlebois and Paul Charlebois.

A memorial service will be held 10am Saturday, August 25 at Christ Episcopal Church, West High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions in memory of Helen may be made to https://www.saratogachildrenscommittee.org/

Robert E. Pustolka, Sr., 86, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, August 15, 2018. Born and raised in the Town of Colonie, Bob was the son of Wojciech and Leonora Pustolka. He was a graduate of Draper High School where he lettered in multiple sports. He also attended the University of Kentucky where he studied mechanical engineering.

Robert enjoyed a rewarding career with General Electric Company. His real passion came during his time at the Kesslering Site where he worked on nuclear prototypes as a field engineer.

Another passion of Bob’s was being a member and chairperson for the Town of Ballston Planning Board, where he served for over 20 years. He was particularly involved in the farmland protection and preservation committee. Bob will be remembered for his personal investment of time and willingness to support others in their pursuit of building homes, businesses, and farms in the Town of Ballston.

Bob was clever and had a quick wit to those who knew him well. He prided himself in his knowledge of current events, windmills and John Deere. Having been raised on a farm with a big family, Bob developed a strong work ethic. He continued to enjoy his passion for farming owning a gentleman’s farm which he purchased in the mid sixties.

Bob was predeceased by his loving wife Patricia Ann (Tilley) Pustolka, his son Mark, and his siblings Alfreda, Helen, Thomas, Stanley, Joseph, John, Richard, Walter, and Michael. He is survived by his children Robert Pustolka, Jr (Elizabeth), Suzanne Zilka (Frank) and Kimberly Smith (Curtis); his sister Isabella Rocco; and several grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, August 20 from 4pm to 6pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Funeral services will be private.

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

Norma Jean Fresoni, 95, was reunited with her loving husband and son on Tuesday, August 14, 2018, with her children by her side.

She was born in Lincoln, Nebraska on August 28, 1922, to Lora and Augustus Read. Norma was a member of the Daughters of American Revolution (DAR).

Norma was the loving mother of Kenneth Fresoni (Janice), Deborah Jean Fresoni, and Brian Fresoni. Norma was the cherished “Nonnie” to her eight grandchildren Kimberly Roper, Melinda Sabatello, Kyle Turski, Lauren Jean Devery, David Gaetano Fresoni, and Michelle, Melissa and Thomas Fresoni. She was also blessed with 11 great grandchildren, two daughters in law Karen and Mayles Fresoni, her sister and best friend Mary Ortoleva, and four nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband of 62 years Gaetano, she was preceded in death by her eldest son Thomas R. Fresoni in 2016, sister Shirley Brown, and beloved cat companion Maui.

A private family service will be held.

The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the Glendale Nursing Home, especially our 3rd floor staff: Wanda, Marsha, Stephanie, Dylan, and Kaylen and to Lila, Carol, and Mayles who previously cared for our mom.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Norma may be made to The Animal Protective Foundation, 53 Maple Ave, Glenville, NY 12302.

Sally A. Genier, 59, passed away on Friday, August 10, 2018. Born in Cambridge, NY on November 27, 1958, she was the daughter of Clark and Joan Briggs.

Sally was a loving mother and entrepreneur, running her own business and taking care of her family. She enjoyed gardening, baking, cross stitch and spending time at the beach.

She was predeceased by her parents, Clark and Joan, brother Marc and sister Linda. Sally is survived by her husband Mark, and their children Samantha Genier and her fiance Peter Keenan, Amelia Genier (Marshall Hallenbeck) and Ethan Genier (Marisa Bates); brother Clark Briggs (Marsha); and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10am Wednesday, August 15 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Powell Wiswall Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, August 14 from 5pm to 7pm at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions in memory of Sally may be made to the Galway Lions Club, PO Box 244, Galway, NY 12074.