Obituaries


It is with heavy hearts that the family of Rosemarie (Rose) M. (Gizzi) June announce her passing on August 10th. Rose was the daughter of Carmine Gizzi, Sr. and Jennie (Elia) Gizzi, both deceased. She was born on April 3, 1932 in Albany, NY.

Rose attended St. Joseph's Academy in Albany. She retired from the NYS Department of Taxation in the early 90's. Rose married Harry June later in life (1978) but enjoyed every minute of her rural life with him in Berne, NY, until his death in 1995.

Rose was predeceased by her sisters and their husbands, Cecelia Manning (Gordon) and Anne Fitzgerald (Robert, Sr.), her brothers and their wives Carmine Jr. (Jeanette) and Joseph (Helen), and her brother Paul Gizzi Sr. Rose is survived by her brothers, Michael, Vincent (Kathryn), Peter (Frances), Robert (Donna) Gizzi, and her sister-in-law Theresa Gizzi (Paul).

Rose was a very social person, quick with a joke, and always looking on the bright side of a simple life. She saw the good in everyone. She loved all animals, especially her dog Bogart. Rose was a favorite aunt, great aunt and great, great aunt to over a hundred nieces and nephews. She saw them as the children she never had, and was very interested in everything they were doing in their lives.

A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 9am Tuesday, August 14 at Corpus Christi Church, 2001 Route 9, Round Lake. Burial will follow in St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Rose's memory to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research or the Saratoga County Animal Shelter.

Geraldine I. Mabb, 104, passed away on Thursday, August 9, 2018. Born in Detroit, Michigan on June 28, 1914, she was the daughter of Elmer and Mary Boyce.

Geraldine was a dietitian aide at Benedict Memorial Hospital in Ballston Spa.

She was predeceased by her husband Clarence, son Clarence Duane, grandson Daniel, brother Elmer and sister Charlotte. Geraldine is survived by her children Beverly Woods (John) and Richard Mabb (Laurie); daughter in law Beth Mabb; grandchildren Brett Woods, Todd Mabb, (Abbey), Suzanne Walton, Kelley Taylor (William), Dolores Mabb, Keith Mabb, and Travis Taylor (Alexis); great grandchildren Katie, Tessa, Jack, Mandy and Mitch; and great great grandchildren Hailey and Colton.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, August 17 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 Street Cemetery, Malta.

Memorial contributions in memory of Geraldine may be made to Eagle Matt Lee Fire Co No 1 or Shelters of Saratoga.

Robert M. Dalrymple, 93, passed away on Tuesday, August 7, 2018. Born in Syracuse, NY on October 18, 1924, he was the son of George and Mary Ethel Dalrymple. He was a Machinist’s Mate First Class serving in the US Navy during World War II.

After serving in the Navy, Robert started his own business, R. M. Dalrymple, Co. Inc., installing and servicing petroleum equipment for convenience stores.

Bob had a passion for the water and spent many years boating with his family on the St. Lawrence Seaway.

Bob is survived by his wife of 69 years Arlene, and their daughters, Karen Valentine, Sandra Peculis and Robin O’Brien; five grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

Funeral services with military honors will be held 2:30pm on Friday, August 10 at the Gerald B H
Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Malta Ridge United Methodist Church, 729 Malta Ave., Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Laurence J. Armer, 90, passed away on Sunday, August 5, 2018, surrounded by his loving family. Born on March 16, 1928, in the Town of Milton, NY, he was the son of Gordon and Irene Palmateer Armer.

Laurence was a dairy farmer at his home on Birchton Road.

He was predeceased by his parents Gordon and Irene, his brother Robert, and his sister Myrtle Hamilton.
Left to cherish his memory, five brothers Gordon (Gladys), Cecil, and Wallace all of Ballston Spa, Arthur (Lois), and Willard of Galway; six sisters Doris Tretiak of West Charlton, Betty Trigg of Broadalbin, Ruth Quinlan (Charles) of Galway, Alice Carpenter of Ballston Spa, Ella Laird (Loren) of Charlton, and Laurel June Hatlee of Poughkeepsie; and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, August 11 from 11am to 1pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street Ballston Spa. A service will be held at 1pm. Burial will follow in Sweetman Cemetery, Charlton.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga County or the charity of your choice.

Patricia Lorraine Brust, 82, passed away Sunday, August 5, 2018 at home surrounded by her family. Born March 8, 1936 in Ballston Spa, she was the daughter of the late Elwin Wesley LeBarron, Sr. and Mary Christine (Jones) LeBarron.

Pat was a member of the Middle Grove Fire Department. She served as a firefighter, on the fire police and was past company president. She was also a life member and past treasurer of the Ladies Auxiliary. Pat was also a member of the Greenfield Seniors and served as the town of Greenfield Assessor for a time.

On June 28, 1959 she married Ronald L. Brust. She worked with her husband as a secretary for his company, Ronald L. Brust, Builder. Ronald passed away July 31, 2005.

In addition to her parents and her husband, she is predeceased by a son, Ronald L. Brust, Jr., her brothers, Paul J. LeBarron, Kenneth F. LeBarron, Elwin W. LeBarron, Jr., William C. LeBarron, Ronald LeBarron, Franklin D. LeBarron and Ralph LeBarron; and her sister, Jean LeBarron Atkins. She is survived by her children, Dawn M. Brust and David L. (Wendy) Brust all of Middle Grove; her grandchildren, Nicole A. Lontrato (Gino) of Ballston Spa, Ryan D. Brust and Rory R. Brust both of Middle Grove; her great-grandchildren, Mia I. and Natalia M. Lontrato of Ballston Spa; several nieces and nephews whom she loved; and her wonderful friend, Ann Cornell who was like a sister to her.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, August 10 from 5pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will be held at 9am on Saturday, August 11 at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Middle Grove Cemetery.

The family would like to thank Dr. John Delmonte, Dr Hung Nguyen and thier amazing staff as well as the team at Community Hospice of Saratoga for their care and compassion.

Memorial contributions may be made Greenfield Seniors, PO Box 10, Greenfield Center, NY 12833, or to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Daniel Gary Carlton, 49, passed away peacefully due to a heart condition on Thursday, August 2, 2018. Born May 16, 1969 in Albany, he was the son of Bruce and Patricia (Scarpellino) Carlton. Dan was a 1987 graduate of Ballston Spa High School and a 1989 graduate of Dean College, Franklin, MA with a degree in communications.

Dan worked in automotive sales for many years and also enjoyed working in radio. In 1989 he began working at Salisbury Chevrolet in Scotia and continued his career at New Salem Saab, Keyes Automotive Mercedes Benz/Acura, DeNooyer Chevrolet Performance Division/Baldwin Motion, Mangino Chevrolet and, most recently, DePaula Chevrolet.

His entire world revolved around his daughter Giavanna – spending time with her and planning their adventures, as often as possible indulging their shared passion for swimming. Dan was a car enthusiast. He enjoyed ice racing with the Adirondack Motor Enthusiast Club and racing at the Albany Saratoga Speedway in Malta in the Sportsman Division. He loved spending time in the woods where he hiked and fished, frequently with his daughter.

Dan loved sports and during his school years, played baseball and wrestled. He also played lacrosse in college. Dan enjoyed Little League and was the first high school student in the area to manage a Little League team. He was raised by his adoptive parents, Bruce and Pat. Later in his life, he worked hard to find his birth mother and succeeded, enjoying a relationship with her, her husband and his half brothers.

He is predeceased by his grandparents, Dudley and Marion Carlton, Andrew and Elizabeth Scarpellino, James Stringer and Jeanne Fennessy Stringer. He is survived by his beloved daughter, Giavanna Elle Spenello-Carlton of Richmondville, NY; his parents, Bruce and Patricia Carlton of Ballston Spa, and Mary Murphy Cooper of Malta; his sister, Roberta Carlton Hefferman (Nathaniel) of Lexington, MA; his brothers, Ryan Murphy (Jill) of Schuylerville and Brendan Murphy (Danielle) of Berne; his nieces and nephews, Liam Andrew Hefferman and Owen Carlton Hefferman, Hunter James Murphy and Brooke Mary Murphy; and his sweetheart, Michelle Simonik of Florida.

A memorial service will be held 10:00am Friday, August 10, 2018 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High St, Ballston Spa. Relatives and friends are invited to call from 4pm to 7pm on Thursday, August 9, 2018 at the funeral home.

Burial will be at Malta Ridge Cemetery at a later date.

Contributions in Dan’s memory may be made to a college fund for his daughter. Send checks to: NYS 529 College Savings Plan, PO Box 55440, Boston, MA 02205. The memo section of the check must include: 363478737-01 Giavanna E Spenello-Carlton

Bethany C. Duso, 30, passed away Wednesday, August 1, 2018 surrounded by her family. Born August 9, 1987 in Niskayuna, NY she was the daughter of Deborah (Williams) Duso-Barton and the late Terry Duso.

Bethany was a graduate of St. Regis Falls High School in St. Regis Falls, NY and worked for several years at Saratoga Casino and Hotel. She had a love for arts and crafts and enjoyed drawing and coloring. Bethany loved the outdoors and spending time camping, fishing and kayaking. Most of all, she loved the time spent with her children.

She is survived by her children, Morgan Begor and Caylee Begor both of Lake Placid, Jacob Lavertue of Ballston Spa and her step-son, Skylan Begor of Lake Placid; her mother and step-father, Deborah and Charles Barton; her sister, Robin Duso (Scott) of Ballston Spa; her brother, Nathan Duso (Angelique) of Malone; her beloved companion, David Lavertue of Ballston Spa; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews including her nieces Brianna Duso and Andrea Dufore who were also her best friends.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, August 8, 2018 from 4pm to 6pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

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

Lucille P. (Ott) Murray died August 1, 2018 at home surrounded by her loving family after a long illness. She was born on March 16, 1929, in Flatbush, Brooklyn New York. As a youngster she was full of energy and loved to dance. She would babysit for her nephews who called her “Aunt TNT”. Unusual for women at the time, she graduated from a NYC PH High School in 1947.

She was a life long avid reader of books including adventure stories and she wanted to travel the world. She was a proud veteran, enlisting in the United States Navy in 1951 as a WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service). She worked in communications as a Teleman. Her first duty station was in Charleston, S.C. at a major message center, operating various teletypes, radios, and other communication machines (when 8-bells rang you knew it was an emergency message). One notable event was her participation in a medical emergency radioing shore doctor’s instructions to a ship at sea. She scored high and was one of the first group of women selected for overseas duty. She served in Italy in the NATO message center.

She met Frank (Red) Murray in the Navy and they married in Naples, Italy. She and Red were able to travel all over Europe. In 1954 she left the Navy to raise seven children. While raising her children she worked at the Red Murray Enterprises Insurance agency as a bookkeeper. She had many friends and was an avid golfer for many years. Lucille and Red loved to travel especially to Charleston, S.C.

Lucille was the daughter of the late Marie and George Ott. She was predeceased by her siblings; Madeleine (Joe) Pineau; Muriel (John) Negri; Florence, she preferred to go by Pat, (John) Collins; Joan Castiglioni. Lucille is survived by her brother-in-law Leo Castigloni.

She was predeceased by her beloved husband of 64 years, Chief Francis (Red) Murray, USN (Ret). She is survived by her son Kevin (Barbara), daughters Kathleen, Marlene (Joseph), Alison, Susanne (Efrain), Loretta (late Kevin), and her son Stuart (Julie); grandchildren Ryan (Rachael), Kelly (Brian), Phillip (Ashli), Meredith, Emily, Duncan, Nicholas, Vincent and Tessa and her great grandson Joseph. Her greatest joy in life came from spending time with her family.

Unsung Heroes: The family would like to thank all the caring staff at all of her various medical groups including Dr. Daoui and every single one of the caregivers at The DCI-Rubin Dialysis Center in Saratoga NY. Also, thank you to all the Hospice members who helped us thru these final days. She would not have gotten this far without all of those wonderful, caring people. We wish to offer a very special Thank You to Mom & Dad’s “Press Secretary” Marlene, and Joe, who worked for many years on their behalf.

Calling hours will be held on Sunday, August 5 from 2pm to 5pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High St, Ballston Spa, NY. Funeral will be held Monday, August 6, at 9:30 am at St. Mary’s Church, 167 Milton Ave, Ballston Spa, NY, where Red and Lucille were communicants. Interment will be held at Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Michele A. Post, “Bula” 62, passed away on Sunday, July 29, 2018. Born in Kingston, New York on June 18, 1956, she was the daughter of Elmer and Patricia Canastra, Sr.

Michele worked at Saratoga Bridges for many years. She was an animal lover, taking care of her dogs and granddogs. She enjoyed camping, picnics with her family, and doing yardwork with her husband. Christmas and holidays were special to her, she loved entertaining her family.

She was predeceased by her parents Elmer and Patricia, her son Mark Barnaby, and her brother Timothy Canastra. Michele is survived by her beloved husband Joseph “Joey” Post; children Anita Barnaby (Christopher Cutter), Tarressa Lynch (Michael), and JoAnn Pratt (Tommy); grandchildren Allie, Daniel Jr., Darty, Kayleigh, Analyse, and Emma; great granddaughter Gianna; brothers Elmer Canastra, Jr., and Anthony Canastra; sister Colleen Williams; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, August 3 from 10 am to 11am at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 11am.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Rubin Dialysis Center, 59 Myrtle Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. The family would like to thank the doctors and staff at the center for their care and compassion.

Christina Gregson Santos, 35, passed away on July 25, 2018, after a long struggle with addiction.

Born in Saratoga Springs, New York on January 23, 1983, she was the daughter of Elizabeth Gregson and Paul Wigley. Christina enjoyed fishing and boating.

She was predeceased by her parents Elizabeth and Paul. Christina is survived by her husband Luis “Tito”; children Kourtney Gregson, Skylah Whitney and Chance Whitney; siblings Joseph Jones, Betty “Sis” Cook, Alfred Jones, David Gregson and Charles Lajeunesse; and many nieces and nephews.

A private family service will be held. Memorial contributions in memory of Christina may be made to St. Peter’s Addiction Recovery Center, 3 Mercycare Lane, Guilderland, NY 12084.

Joan A. Melander, 90, passed away on Sunday, July 22, 2018. Born in Troy, NY on November 8, 1927, she was the daughter of John and Lena Kurtzworth.

After raising her family, Joan worked as a waitress at the Sugar Shack in Ballston Spa. She was a gifted seamstress, making many crafts for family and friends. She enjoyed bowling and took great pride in her gardens and her pets.

She was predeceased by her son Scott. Joan is survived by her husband of 70 years, Raymond; children Edward Melander (Marcy) of Ballston Spa, John Melander (Cindy) of Stuart, Florida and Kathy Cordero of Lantana, Florida; 5 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.

At Joan’s request there will be no services. Memorial contributions in memory of Joan may be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or Saratoga Co. Animal Shelter, 6010 County Farm Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Raymond E. Galusha “Poppa Ray” 55, passed away on Sunday, July 22, 2018 at his home, surrounded by his family. Born in Schenectady, NY on February 28, 1963, he was the son of Delbert and Margaret Galusha. He attended Galway Central School.

Ray was the building and maintenance supervisor at Hillcrest Village Apartments for 21 years and later was a landscaper for Malta Asphalt Lawn and Landscape. He was a volunteer fireman for 30 years serving at the West Charlton Fire Dept, Rector’s Fire Dept., and most recently the Galway Volunteer Fire Co.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping. Ray enjoyed custom woodworking and was a vendor at many craft fairs with his wife. He was an avid racer at the Albany Saratoga Speedway and was the 2008 6 Cylinder Mini Stock Champion.

He was predeceased by his parents Delbert and Margaret. Ray is survived by his wife Jeanette; children Christine Friello (Steve) of North Broadalbin and Matt Galusha (Crissy) of Galway; grandchildren Austin Meisner and Avery Wagoner; brother Alan Mesecher, sisters Shirley Bodnar, Charlotte Blanchard and Carolyn Mechanic; and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, July 26 from, 4pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Funeral services will be held at 10am Saturday, July 28 at Galway Vol. Fire Dept., 1985 West St., Galway. Burial will follow in Galway Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in memory of Ray may be made to the Galway Volunteer Fire Co.

Marlene A. Porter, 64, passed away on Thursday, July 19, 2018. Born October 2, 1953 in Manhattan, NY, she was the daughter of the late Milan and Susanna (Halgash) Belon.

Marlene was a graduate of Newtown High School in New York City. She worked for Rite Aid Pharmacy as a Pharmacy Technician as well as in the kitchen at Skidmore College and more recently for Stewart’s Corporation. For the past few years she was a homemaker, enjoying her time with family.

Marlene was a fan of the New York Yankees and, in her younger years, she worked at Shea Stadium where she also saw The Beatles perform. She enjoyed playing lottery scratch off tickets and watched “Days of our Lives” regularly.

In addition to her parents, she is predeceased by her brothers, Milan and Ronald Belon and her sister, Frances Lombardi. She is survived by her husband of 37 years, Earl Porter of Porter Corners; her children, Kristy Roberts and her husband, John, Jr. of Corinth and Justin Porter and his wife, Joanna of Rutland, VT; her grandson, Rory Porter of Rutland, VT; a brother, Robert Belon and his wife, Judy of Queens, NY and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am on Wednesday, July 25 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High St., Ballston Spa. Burial will follow at Middle Grove Cemetery. Relatives and Friends are invited to call from 5 to 7 pm on Tuesday, July 24 at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions in memory of Marlene may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl, Memphis, TN 38105-9959

Lucille T. Bechard, 93, passed away on Tuesday, July 17, 2018. Born in Waterford, NY on July 6, 1925, she was the daughter of Narcisses and Elise Marchand.

A graduate of Waterford High School and Albany Business College, she worked with the Red Cross during World War II. Lucille was a secretary for the NYS Thruway Authority for many years and later was a cook for the Ballston Spa Central Schools, until her retirement.

Lucille was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church in Ballston Spa. She enjoyed cooking, sewing and gardening. Her greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was a generous soul and donated to many charitable organizations. She freely gave without any expectation of return. She took on many roles, including being a caretaker to many ill people throughout her entire life. She always made time for people especially when they were suffering an illness or a loss.

In 1950, she married the love of her life Leon Bechard. They were blessed with 59 years together before his passing in 2009. Theirs was a true love story, a lesson in loyalty, selflessness, and determination. She was also predeceased by her son Roger and her 11 siblings.

Lucille is survived by her daughter Annette Haley; grandchildren Shawn, Philip, Noelle, Ashley, Jamie, and Nicole; great grandchildren Evelyn, Roselyn, Amanda, Nikole, Kylee, Haile, Marcelyn, Chloe, Aron, Kensington, and Carter; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10:30am Monday, July 23 at St. Mary’s Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow in the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, July 22 from 3pm to 5pm at the Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions in memory of Lucille may be made to the Lyme Action Network.

Doreen Litke, 91, passed away on Tuesday, July 17, 2018. Born in Caerphilly, Wales on March 23, 1927, she was the daughter of Wallace and Catherine Cosens.

Doreen met her future husband Gordon while he was serving in the Navy during World War II. They were married on March 12, 1945, in England, she came to the United States on the Queen Mary soon after. For many years, Doreen worked as a seamstress for the Arrow Shirt Factory. After raising her family, she returned to work at Price Chopper.

Doreen was devoted to her husband and her children. She enjoyed sewing and tending to her beautiful garden. Her greatest joy was her family and she treasured the time she spent with them.

She was predeceased by her husband of 69 years, Gordon, her brothers John and Aubrey Cosens, and her grandson Cliff Litke. Doreen is survived by her children Wayne Litke (Brenda) of Greenfield Center, Maureen Robinson (Bill) of Denver, Colorado, Glenn Litke of Rotterdam, Clifford Litke of Niskayuna and Pamela Matthews (Roy) of Scotia; grandchildren Karen Hale, Jill Paulson, Kristen Barritt, Danielle Murphy, Shayne Matthews, Devon Matthews, and Taylor Matthews; great grandchildren Jessica, Lauren, Levi and Keela.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, July 21 from 2pm to 4pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

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

Thomas Ernest Bush, 86 entered into eternal life on Sunday, July 15, 2018. Born in Ballston Spa, NY on July 1, 1932 to Ernest and Lillian Bush.

Tom lived his entire life in Ballston Spa with the exception of his service to this nation in the US Navy during the Korean War, serving aboard the USS Newport News.

Tom owned and operated many businesses including Daisy’s Dolls, The Poodle Bush Pet Shop and T.E. Bush Construction. Tom retired from the Ballston Spa School District as Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds.

Tom was predeceased by his father Ernest Bush, mother Lillian Rougier, and his wife Mary Bush. He is survived by his children Janice (Fred)Harris of Ballston Spa, Stephen (Deborah) Bush of Sebastian, FL, David (Mary) Bush of Ballston Spa, and Cindy (Rick) Washburn of Ballston Spa; stepchildren Colleen (John) Hadley of Ballston Spa, William Welch of Ballston Spa, and Michael (Michelle)Welch of Clifton Park; grandchildren Gary Washburn, Joshua Bush, Maverick Bush, Tricia Washburn and Brittany Harris; great grandchildren Gavin, Maddie, Paisleigh and Rowan; sister Shirley Nagy; and his special companion Zeva his cat.

If you had the privilege of knowing our Dad, you knew you were in for a good long conversation. He never failed to make you feel you were the most important person in the room. We are going to miss you Dad.

At Tom’s request there will be a private graveside service.

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

Lucille J. DeFilippo, 83, passed away on Friday, July 13, 2018. Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on September 6, 1934, she was the daughter of Frank and Constance Meshowski.

Lucille worked at Castle and McLennan Insurance for several years and later at Tufflite in Ballston Spa. She was an avid Yankees fan and enjoyed horse racing and the Casino. Her greatest joy was her grandchildren and she treasured the time she spent with her family.

She was predeceased by her husband Frank, parents Frank and Constance, and sister Connie August. Lucille is survived by her children Sally Bonds (Dan) of Ballston Spa, Susan Ahl (Randy) of Ballston Spa and Thomas DeFilippo (Heidi) of Manassas, Virginia; grandchildren John, Lucas, Gabrielle, Joseph, and Katarina; great grandchildren Grace, Carter, and Jack; brother Frank Meshowski, and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held 9:30am Thursday, July 19 at St. Peter’s Cemetery, West Avenue, Saratoga Springs. Memorial contributions in memory of Lucille may be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or Share-A-Pet, at www.shareapet.org

Betty O. McCanty, 95, of Saratoga Springs, NY, died at Wesley Health Center on July 12, 2018. Born in Buffalo, NY, she was the daughter of Joseph and Mary Ellen Sheehan O’Connell. Betty received her BA magna cum laude from the University of Buffalo and a master’s degree in education from SUNY-Albany. She was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She taught in Western New York and retired as reading co-ordinator at Ballston Spa High School in 1988.

Betty was a charter member of the Academy for Lifelong Learning at Empire State College and a member of the Liberal Arts for Mature Learners at Skidmore College since 1988. She served on the executive boards of the Ballston Spa Public Library, the Ballston Spa Retired Teachers’ Association, the Saratoga YMCA, the area Muscular Dystrophy Association, and the Woodlawn Commons Residents’ Association. She was a member of and volunteer for Saratoga Arts.

A professional storyteller, Betty was a student of Jeannine Laverety. She enjoyed entertaining people of all ages, sharing myths, legends, and personal stories. She was a member of the Scotia Story Circle and told at Caffe Lena’s Open Mic and The Glen Sanders.

Betty is survived by her children Mark McCanty, Patricia and Kenneth Davis, Maureen and Dennis Card, Margaret McCanty and Michael Geppner, William and Anne McCanty, Timothy and Linda McCanty, Jacqueline Carlson, Dale Carlson, and Kevin and Tamara McCanty.

She is also survived by grandchildren Michael, William and Erin, Joseph and Emily Davis and Daniel and Lindsay, Patrick and Jennifer, Matthew, Sean and Debattama, Seamus, Jacob and Elizabeth and Aaron McCanty, and step-grandchildren Jennifer and James Laski and Elizabeth Card as well as nine great-grandchildren.

A celebration of Betty’s life will be held in the Saratoga Room of Woodlawn Commons, 156 Lawrence Street, on July 24 at 10:30 am. Friends and family are cordially invited to attend.

Memorial contributions may be made to Academy for Lifelong Learning at Saratoga, 113 West Avenue, Saratoga Springs or Wesley Health Center, 2 Victoria, 131 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, with the sincere appreciation from the family for the loving care provided during her time there.

Randall S. Fethers, 74, passed away on Wednesday, July 11, 2018. Born in Hudson, NY on November 1, 1943, he was the son of Delmar and Arlene Fethers.

Randall worked for the NYS Department of Tax and Finance. He was an avid Yankee fan and never missed a game. Randall was a motorcycle enthusiast and loved to ride.

Randall is survived by his sisters Nancy Nyman (Philip), and Linda Beirce (Jim); nieces and nephews Stephen, Scott, Thereze, Alan, Cheri, Dawn and Kevin; aunt Elaine Proper; uncle Stanley Brizzie; and several great nieces and nephews, and great great nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, July 16 from 11am to 12 noon at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will be held at 12 noon. Burial will follow in Memory Gardens, Colonie.

Memorial contributions in memory of Randall may be made to National Multiple Sclerosis Society at www.nationalmssociety.org

Wayne R. Elston, Jr, went home to be with Jesus on July 1, 2018 at Saratoga Hospital from complications of Hereditary Sensory Neuropathy 1. Born in Kingston, Pennsylvania on December 11, 1948, he was the son of Wayne and Joan Elston, Sr.

Pastor Wayne and his wife Dianne founded Believers Church at Glenville (formerly Believers Fellowship Center) in 1979.

He was predeceased by his father Wayne R. Elston, Sr. Wayne is survived by his wife of 48 years, Dianne (Mahoney), his children Michelle Elston, and Jeff (Lindsey) Elston; grandchildren Dylan (Madison) Suski, Dakota Suski, Caden Suski, Bailey Elston-Ford, Wyatt Elston, Norah Elston, Aliza Elston and Titus Elston; mother Joan Elston; sister Larree (Tom) Brown brother Dave (Jan) Elston; and a large extended family.

All are invited to calling hours on Thursday, July 5 from 5pm to 8pm at Believers Church at Glenville. A private family service will be held at a later date.

Contributions in memory of Pastor Wayne may be made to Believers Church at Glenville (www.believersatglenville.com), 304 Swaggertown Road, Glenville, NY 12302 or www.deaterfoundation.org, which funds research for HSN1.

Helen M. Watson, 71, passed away on Saturday, June 30, 2018, surrounded by her family. Born in Saratoga Springs, NY on December 11, 1946, she was the daughter of Ray and Helen Taylor. She was a graduate of Ballston Spa High School.

Helen was a wife, mother, grandmother, nana and friend, who lovingly raised and cared for her children and grandchildren. Family was her greatest joy and she treasured holidays and family gatherings.

She was predeceased by her son Gary, sister Grace, and brothers David, Wayne and Robert. Helen is survived by her husband Barry, children Barry Watson, Jr. and his companion Theresa Suozzi of Ballston Spa, and Melissa Camp and her husband Bryan of Malta; grandchildren Barry Watson III, Brandon Watson, and Nicole Manning; brother Herb Taylor and his wife Sandy; sister Patricia Klaus and her husband Chuck; and several nieces and nephews.

Private family services will be held. Memorial contributions in memory of Helen may be made to Gateway House of Peace, 470 Rowland Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Mary Greene Hafler, 86, passed away on June 27, 2018. Born in Binghamton, NY on November 8, 1931 she was the daughter of Florence and Porter Greene. Mary was a graduate of Binghamton North High School and Russell Sage College, and earned a Master’s Degree in Business Education from the University of Maine in Orono. In 1953 she married Harry Hafler and they settled in Ithaca, NY.

Mary was a teacher at Dryden Central School for 26 years. After retiring, she moved to Ballston Spa. She loved playing the piano and sang with the Cortland County Sweet Adelines. She planned the programs for the Ballston Spa Senior Chorus and was the piano accompanist. She enjoyed cross-stitch, painting, reading, crossword puzzles and gardening. Mary knitted hundreds of sweaters and hats for teddy bears which were given to children. She liked to travel and visited many countries.

She was predeceased by her husband Harry. Mary is survived by her children Brian Hafler and Susan Zimmer; grandchildren Patrick Blinn, Mitchell Blinn and Peter Zimmer; sister Alice Burgess; nieces Eileen Manz, Virginia Baird and Cynthia Kimmey; 3 great grandchildren, 3 grand nephews and 1 grand niece.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, July 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 Rock City Falls Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in memory of Mary may be made to Drilling for Hope, 6 Tower Place, Albany, NY 12203.

Catherine Anne Barile (Reynolds) was born into an Irish family in 1945 in the suburbs of Chicago. She had five siblings Helen, Liz, Michael, John, and Roger. Parents Jack and Eileen couldn’t have been prouder of their first born, Catherine.

Cathy excelled at all of her life’s work including managing her own mushroom farm, (Catherine’s Champignons), scrapbooking, and bringing laughter to others, but, more than anything, she excelled at being a devoted mother and wife.

A master at crossword puzzles with a voracious reading habit, for Cathy, the mind was an instrument of the Lord’s to be both utilized and sharpened.

Cathy was not only a humble and committed friend to those who loved her, but she also struggled to serve the unloved children of God who the world sought to reject.

Cathy joins her parents and three siblings in heaven, leaving on earth her loving husband Bob, five children Stacy, Jennifer, Emily, Josh, and Sarah, seven grandchildren, her bestie/sister Helen, brother Roger, and several nieces and nephews.

Catherine’s home, compassion, and laugh will be sorely missed.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, June 28 from 6pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A memorial service will follow at 7pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Madeline M. Ferguson”Midge”, 89, passed away on Monday, June 25, 2018. Born in Albany, NY on January 25, 1929, she was the daughter of James and Alberta Petrie.

Midge is survived by her beloved children Nancy McGrath of Ballston Spa, Sandra Berger (Eric) of Ballston Spa, and Charles Ferguson (Gina) of Hoosick Falls; daughter in law Kim Ferguson; her grandchildren Kimberly McGrath, Nicholas Beer, Joshua Ferguson, Justin Ferguson, Lyndsay Ferguson, Kelly Ferguson, Zebulun Ferguson, Johanna Berger, Daniel Berger, Benjamin Ferguson and Casey Ferguson; 24 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her son Glenn Ferguson.

A graveside service will be held 10am Thursday, June 28 at the Notre Dame Cemetery, 115 Burgoyne Road, Schuylerville. Following the service there will be a gathering at Sandra’s home in Ballston Spa.

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

Warren P. Nutting, 88, passed away on Sunday, June 17, 2018 at his home. Born in Saratoga Springs, NY on July 26, 1929, he was the son of Charles and Ethel Nutting.

He was a graduate of Ballston Spa High School and was a Navy veteran of the Korean War. Warren worked for General Electric Co in Schenectady for 37 years retiring as a transportation manager in 1985. Following his retirement he continued to work for General Electric as a transportation consultant for 14 years.

In 1986, Warren and his wife Barbara moved to Edinburg, where they opened and operated The Country Store on Sacandaga Lake for five years. Following the sale of their store, they settled down on South Shore Road in the Town of Day where they lived on the lake enjoying the water, beautiful scenery and entertaining family and friends. Together they loved to travel. He was proud of the fact that they had traveled to all 50 states.

Warren enjoyed collecting antiques especially toys. He was a past member of the Milton Eagles Fire Dept in Rock City Falls, Ballston Spa Lions Club and the American Legion. He was also a member of the TriCity Woodsmen Association.

Besides his parents, Warren was predeceased by his beloved wife Barbara, grandsons Jason Nutting and Scott Smallwood, brothers Edwin, Leroy, Harry and Raymond Nutting, and sisters Maxine Roberts, Ruth Vaughn and Betty Whalen.

Warren is survived by his children Deborah Flibotte (Ray) of Raymond, NH, Cynthia Ochs (Greg) of Carlsbad, CA, Steven Nutting (Katy) of Saratoga Springs, and Melissa Wing (Andrew) of Nantucket, MA; sister Claire Weaver of Ballston Spa; eight grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, June 22 from 9am to 11am at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will be held at 11am. Burial will follow in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Saratoga Springs.

Memorial contributions in memory of Warren may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Michel Bouvrette, 77, passed away on June 13, 2018. Born in St. Jerome, Canada on April 11, 1941, he was the son of Gerard and Margeritte Bouvrette.

Michel was a horse trainer and driver working at Saratoga Harness Track. He also worked at many other tracks in Quebec, Buffalo, Florida, and the Meadowlands throughout his racing career.

He will be greatly missed by his beloved companion Lucy Ballard.

There will be no services.

Thomas H. Cannon, 71, passed away on Monday, June 11, 2018. Born in Albany, NY on June 5, 1947, he was the son of John and Eleanor Cannon.

Tom officially joined the Delaware and Hudson Railway after serving in Vietnam, and later joined Penn Central Railroad in 1968. He became a locomotive engineer in 1971 working on the run between Albany and Boston. Tom served 18 years as a local UTU chairman and more than seven years as a general chairman. Tom trained many new locomotive engineers and was a valuable resource of information to his railroad community.

After his retirement, Tom enjoyed spending time with his family and his dogs, remodeling his home, fishing, attending horse races and his grandson’s motorcycle competitions.

He was predeceased by his parents John and Eleanor, his first wife Diane L. Cannon and sister Gina Mallare. Tom is survived by his wife Diane J. Cannon, children John Cannon of Jacksonville, FL, Jeff Cannon (Michelle) of Jacksonville, FL, Tami Cannon (Tom Cordero) of Ballston Spa, Ryan Cannon (Kate Sartin) of Greenwich and Alicia Cannon of Atkinson, NH; stepdaughters Karen Marcaurelle and Kim Folia (Matt); grandchildren Sativa, Jessica, Jared, Izzy, Jared, Matthew, Gracie and Leia; siblings Joanie Sheldon, John Cannon, Joyce Prichard and Judy Cannon; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, June 14 from 4pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A memorial service will be held at 10am Friday, June 15 at the funeral home. A gathering will be held at 2 Kaatskill Way, Ballston Spa, following the service at the funeral home.

Terry Ann Bemiss, 56, passed away on June 6, 2018 in Malta, New York after battling long-term illnesses.

Born November 20, 1961, she was the daughter of Carolyn Amsler Bemiss and Howard "Shorty" F. Bemiss.

She lived in both Columbia and Saratoga County and was previously wed to Donald Patrick Gilbert Sr. Terry enjoyed fishing, BINGO, camping, cards, puzzles, and country music. She appreciated her TV line up of her favorite soap operas and Law & Order.

She was predeceased by her brother James W. Bemiss. Terry is survived by two sons, Timothy Michael Gilbert and Donald Patrick Gilbert Jr.; a daughter Heidi Ann (Bemiss) Nark; sister, Sherry Dapello of Ballston Spa; brother, Timothy Bemiss of Chatham, and four grandchildren McKaylah and Ryan Nark, Logan Patrick Gilbert and Alivia Rose Gilbert.

Graveside services will be held 4pm Tuesday, June 12 at the Old Chatham Union Cemetery. There are no calling hours. Memorial contributions in memory of Terry may be made to Capital District Recovery Center, 911 Central Avenue, Box 108, Albany, New York 12206.

Bruce H. Relyea, 75, passed away on Monday, June 4, 2018 at his home. Born in Schenectady, NY on February 18, 1943, he was the son of August “Gus” Relyea and Elizabeth Dean. He was a Navy veteran serving in Vietnam.

Bruce worked for Laborers Union Local 157 of Schenectady. He was a member of American Legion Post 234 of Ballston Spa and a past member of the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery Honor Guard Association. He enjoyed hunting and camping.

He was predeceased by his father Gus, mother Elizabeth, son Kenneth and brother Allan. Bruce is survived by his longtime companion Debbie Bouchard and her children Michelle Theriault, Mark Bouchard and Michael Bouchard (Christine); his daughter Danielle Relyea; grandchildren Kendra Almeida (Gavin), Cortney Relyea, Aubrey Theriault, John Buckley, Maddison Bouchard and Cameron Bouchard; great granddaughter Paige; siblings John Reylea (Linda), Linda Stack (Doug), Sandy Fain and Barbara Alfree; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, June 10 from 4pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A time of sharing will be held 10am Monday, June 11 at the funeral home. Burial with military honors will follow at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Wayne D. Rupert, 85, passed away on Friday, June 1, 2018. Born in Ford Cliff, Pennsylvania on February 25, 1933, he was the son of Floy and Isabelle Rupert. He served in the US Air Force and moved to this area in 1973.

Wayne was a metallurgist for Allegheny Ludlum Steel for thirty years. He enjoyed golfing and gardening. He could often be found tinkering around his home fixing things for anyone who needed a helping hand.

He was predeceased by his parents Floy and Isabelle, wife Georgiann, brothers Arnold and Wendell, and daughter in law Stacey. Wayne is survived by his life partner Irma Slater; children Kenneth Rupert (Kathleen Slusher) of Round Lake, Keith Rupert (Donna Krug) of Schaghticoke and Karen Anderson (Stephen) of Longmeadow, MA; grandchildren Jason Martin, Carolyn Lattimore, Leah Tansky (Joey), Sarah Rupert, Christian Rupert, Addison Rupert, Robert Anderson, Isabelle Anderson and Nathan Anderson; great grandchildren Michaela Martin, Shawn Lattimore and Logan DeRose.

Funeral services will be held 8:30am on Friday, June 8 at Christ Episcopal Church, West High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial with military honors will follow in the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, June 7 from 6pm to 8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions in memory of Wayne may be made to the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org or American Macular Degeneration Foundation at www.macular.org