Obituaries


Mary Lou "Louie" Podwirny, 73, passed away on July 9, 2021, at Saratoga Hospital after a short illness. She was born on January 21, 1948, in Glens Falls Hospital to Napoleon and Veronica Gonyea. In her early life she loved to sing and play guitar. She met the love of her life, John G. Podwirny, Sr., while bartending at a local pub, he asked her to dance. They were married on her birthday shortly after.

In 1970, they welcomed their son, John G. Podwirny, Jr. After living in Saratoga for a short time, they made what would be their lifetime home, in a close knit community in West Milton. Mary's home became her haven. She was a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker. She was known for her many big beautiful flower beds, amazing carpenter skills in her home, and keeping the neighborhood plowed out in the winter and so that John Sr. could get his big rig in when he came home. She took many trips with him on the road, especially to visit family in Ohio. It seemed there was nothing that she couldn't do when she set her mind to it.

When John became ill in 2006, she took care of him for seven years until he went to Maplewood Manor and for five years she visited daily just to be at his side. She was in love with his "Million Dollar Smile" for 50 years, and he was in love with his "Louie." She was strong, but kind, and always willing to lend a helping hand. Her dedication and her insatiable spirit was admired and she was respected. He passed in 2018, and she longed for him since.

A special thank you from "Louie's" family to neighbors, friends, and “Moms” Maggs you were lifetime friends to her, all of you, and she treasured that thoughtfulness so much. Thank you for being the wonderful community you were to "Ma" and "Dad" and what you've been to our family. Your wonderful and loving support to her and your encouragement kept her going.

Mary is survived by her only son, John G. Podwirny Jr. (Dana Chandler and her children, Zoey, Trevor), grandchildren, Jacob, Mary "Missy” (Justin), Katelyn (Caleb), Daniel and their mother Elaine Podwirny; siblings Judy Lee, Jean Gonyea and Gale Gonyea; nieces and nephews Tina, Tary (Tom), Theresa, Missy, Lyle, Christopher and Matthew; great nieces and nephews Nick, Jeremy, and Derek; sister in law Carol Jones (Tim) and family; and cousin Donna Amell-Gunderson (Chris). She was predeceased by her brother Gary Gonyea.

She leaves a legacy to be carried on and will be forever missed for the love she had and the lives she touched. Her guidance made us better. Mary Lou has been laid to rest with her husband John in Rock City Falls Cemetery.

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

John “Kurt” Neiswender, 68, of Ballston Lake, NY, passed away on July 8, 2021, at Albany Medical Center, due to complications from lymphoma. He was born December 5, 1952 in Camden, New Jersey to Calvin and Madeleine Kaiser Neiswender.

Kurt graduated from Bishop Eustace Preparatory High School, Pennsauken, NJ, in 1971, and Siena College, Loudonville, NY, in 1975, with a BA in both Liberal Arts and Business. He worked for Revlon, Inc. for 28 years as a Regional Broker Sales Manager, for Global Sourcing and Logistics Limited as a divisional Sales Manager, and then for Frontier Natural Products/Aura Cacia Division as a Regional Sales Manager until he retired in 2019.

Kurt loved to travel and enjoyed his trips to Europe and his visits to famous landmarks in many US states. As a golfer with a 7 Handicap, his travels afforded him the opportunity to play well-known PGA courses, such as Pebble Beach, Merion, Doral, Congressional, and Pinehurst, to mention a few. The pinnacle of his golfing adventures was attending the 2017 British Open at Royal Birkdale in England, followed by playing at the Old Course at St. Andrews in Scotland. He also played many courses in the Capital District and loved his job as a starter at Van Patten Golf Course.

The game of soccer was another interest of Kurt’s. He enjoyed watching his two children play in high school and college, and he never missed watching the soccer matches from the Olympics, the World Cup, and the Euro Cup. Along with these two sports, he always looked forward to attending Siena basketball games every winter with his Siena buddies.

As “Pop-Pop” to his young grandchildren, he made them wooden Christmas ornaments and toys. He also entertained them by assembling puzzles, teaching them how to feed the backyard birds, and reading stories, especially his favorite, “Goodnight Moon.”

He was married to Patricia Hughes Neiswender for 45 years, who he met in college. They had two children, son Mark Neiswender and wife Lacey, daughter Laura Hill and husband Riley, and four grandchildren: Eliana and Sebastian Neiswender and Hailee and Taylor Hill. He is also survived by his sister–in-law, Marian Tomaso, brother–in-law, Daniel Hughes and his wife Mary, and beloved nieces and nephews: Christopher and Jennifer Tomaso, Lila and Charlie Tomaso, Caitlin and Brendan Hughes, Meghan and Brian Garvey, and Aidan and Emma Garvey.

Relatives and friends are invited to a celebration of Kurt’s life from 4-6:30 PM on Wednesday, July 14, 2021 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9:30 AM on Thursday, July 15, at St. Mary’s Church, 167 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY. Burial will be in the Jonesville Cemetery immediately after the Mass.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Kurt can be made to the American Cancer Society.

David L. Green, 74, passed away on July 7, 2021 at his home. He was born in Saratoga Springs, NY on June 3, 1947 to Manuel and Barbara Green. He was a US Army veteran, serving in Vietnam. David worked for Schenectady Hardware for many years. He enjoyed hunting and spending time with his beloved grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his wife Pamela and his brother Thomas. David is survived by his sons Jeff Green (Karen) and Shane Green; his sister Cathy Chandler; eight grandchildren and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours on Tuesday, July 13 from 5pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Memorial contributions in memory of David may be made to the Middle Grove Fire Dept., PO Box 117, Middle Grove, NY 12850.

Ian D. Gerber, 20, passed away on Sunday, July 4, 2021. He was born on December 17, 2000. Ian graduated from Ballston Spa High School in 2019 and was pursuing a degree in entrepreneurship from HVCC. He was starting on plans for his own business after graduation.

Ian is survived by his parents Paul and Ellen, his brother Alex, his grandfather Glenn Gerber, numerous close and extended family members, and friends that were like family.

Ian charmed his way into people’s hearts with a lopsided grin and a sparkle in his eye. He believed in living life to the fullest and was willing to try anything. He was always active, playing soccer when younger and lacrosse and football in middle and high school. Ian also played trombone in the school band. He loved to snowboard and work out at the YMCA.

Ian enjoyed spending time in the Adirondacks, especially swimming, campfires, spending time with his extended family, and his special morning card games with his Nana. Ian loved his pets and upon arriving home on any given day, he could usually be heard telling his dog, Bailey, repeatedly how much he loved him. He had a special affinity for younger cousins and siblings of his friends who frequently climbed all over him trying to tackle him.

During quieter times, Ian played Xbox with his friends, participated in fantasy football, watched YouTube videos on investing and car mods and was a bit obsessive about keeping his sneakers clean. His life was full of promise and potential and we were seeing signs of the amazing man he was maturing in to. Ian’s family and friends are all devastated by his loss. There is a huge hole in all our hearts that will never be filled.

Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours on Sunday, July 11 from 1pm to 4pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Funeral services will be held 11am Monday, July 12 at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Ian to the Ballston Area Recreation Commission (BARC), 61 Eastern Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Jeffrey L. Askew 69, passed away on Saturday, July 3, 2021. He was born in Ballston Spa, NY on May 2, 1952, to Clarence and Reita Askew. Jeff worked as a carpenter for many years.

He was predeceased by his parents Clarence and Reita, and his siblings Gary Askew, Cheryl Keister, Charles Askew, Phillip Askew and Debbie Holmes. Jeff is survived by his children Nicole and Jason; and his siblings Douglas Askew, Madeline Waller, Gail Askew, Dennis Askew and Joey Askew; and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to a graveside service 1:30pm Monday, July 12 in Ballston Spa Cemetery.

Anthony Peschieri, 86, passed away on Saturday, July 3, 2021 at his home surrounded by his loved ones. He was born in Manhattan on January 1, 1935 to Carlo and Anna Percheiri. He was raised in Greenwich Village and attended Our Lady of Pompeii School in Greenwich Village.

He was a Navy veteran of the Korean War. Anthony worked for the Golub Corporation for 30 years. He was a NY Giants and Yankee fan. Anthony loved the horses, there wasn’t a horse he wouldn’t bet on.

He was predeceased by his parents and his daughter Pamela Mistretta. Anthony is survived by his loving wife Harriet; children Anthony Pescheiri, Jr (Lori), Richie Peschieri (Heather), Johnny Peschieri (Michelle), and Kimberly Peschieri; grandchildren Yvette Ruddy, Ashley Peschieri, Anthony Peschieri, Alexis Peschieri, Derek Peschieri, Devin Peterson, and Gabriella Peschieri; great grandchildren Arianna and Alivia.

Services will be private.

Raymond R. Everleth, Jr. 86, passed away on Wednesday, June 30, 2021. He was born in Plattsburgh, NY on June 15, 1935, the son of Raymond and Antoinette Everleth, Sr.

Ray retired from the US Air Force after 20 years of service. He then worked as a repairman for DeSormeau Vending for many years. Ray was a sharpshooter and competed in many competitions throughout New York. He enjoyed listening to classic country music, photography, and watching old westerns. Ray spent his quiet time resting on his front porch swing.

He was predeceased by his parents Raymond and Antoinette, first wife Barbara, second wife Annie, stepson Robert Perry, and brother in law James Trombley. Ray is survived by his children Rich Everleth (Corrine), Linda Worley, Rhonda Warner (Leonard), and Roy Everleth (Stephanie); stepsons Bruce Perry and James Perry; brother Clark Everleth (Katherine); sister Joyce Trombley; eight grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours on Monday, July 5 from 5pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial with military honors will be held 12:30pm Thursday, July 8 at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville.

Memorial contributions in memory of Ray may be made to the Malta Veterans Appreciation Program at www.maltavets.com

Marshall R. Newberry “Bob”, 83, passed away on Tuesday, June 29, 2021. I was born in Albany, NY on November 3, 1937 and lived in Guilderland, Saratoga and Malta, NY. I believe my best accomplishment was serving in the Albany Fire Department from January 28, 1961 to January 1, 1989. I thank my wonderful wife Mary Jean for many great years. Thank you Jean, all my love. Goodbye to all my children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. God bless you all. A private family service will be held.

Lorena A. Rutkowski, 89, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 29, 2021 at her home with her daughters by her side. She was born in Ballston Spa, NY on December 10, 1931 to William and Ava VanDyke.

On January 31, 1959 she married Frank Rutkowski and together they raised their daughters, working on the family farm. She enjoyed going out with friends, and for many years she went out with her “Purple Hat” group. Lorena was a graduate of the Ballston Spa Class of 1949, known affectionately as the “forty-niners”, who shared memories and lunches together. She was also a member of VFW Post 358 Auxiliary. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family.

She was predeceased by her parents William and Ava, husband Frank, and her brother William VanDyke. Lorena is survived by her daughters Frances Kenison (Bruce) and Kathleen Coleman; grandsons Erik, Aaron and Asa; and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours on Friday, July 2 from 5pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Funeral services will be held 9:30am Saturday, July 3 at St. Mary’s Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow in St Mary’s Cemetery, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions in memory of Lorena may be made to St Mary’s Church.

Alison VanDyke passed away at home while surrounded by her family on Friday, June 25, 2021. She was born in Schenectady, NY on June 25, 1962. Alison graduated from Middleburgh High School and continued her education by earning a B.S. degree in Physical Education from SUNY Cortland and a Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology from Springfield College.

Alison spent her professional time as a case manager, helping those with disabilities. In order to know Alison, you must know about her love for the outdoors and being active, her favorite of all being road biking with her friends. Alison’s other passions included hiking with friends and family (only if they could keep up with her), kayaking, cross country skiing and running with her beloved dogs at the Saratoga State Park. When Alison wasn’t outside, she was happiest spending time with her family and friends and reading.

Alison was a devoted wife and mother, who was taken from us far too soon. She leaves behind her beloved husband Bruce, of 28 years and their children, Matthew and Griffen; along with her father, Maurice VanDyke(Karen); her mother, Ilse VanDyke; sisters, Kristal Van Dyke (Brian Trombley), and Tracey Delaney (Mike).

A celebration of life will be planned in the near future with family and friends.

Gordon J. Wescott, 66, passed away on Sunday, June 20, 2021. Born on December 10, 1954 in Cohoes, NY, he was the son of William and Dorothy (Smith) Wescott.

Gordon was a truck driver and worked for R.J. Valente for several years. He enjoyed watching wrestling and liked his Stewart’s coffee and scratch off tickets. He and his late wife, Barbara used to plant a garden and tend to it together. Gordon also enjoyed spending time working on cars with his son.

In addition to his parents, he is predeceased by his wife, Barbara Wescott. Gordon is survived by his son, Scott Wescott (Kaila Eaves) of Ballston Spa.

At Gordon’s request, there will be no services. Memorial donations may be made in his memory to the American Heart Association, Northeastern Area, 440 New Karner Road, Albany, NY 12205-3890 (www.heart.org).

A. Elizabeth (Schnars) Frank, 82, of Ballston Spa, NY passed away Monday, June 14, 2021 at Albany Medical Center, Albany, NY. She was born in Ballston Spa, NY, one of a pair of beautiful twin girls on January 9, 1939. She was the daughter of Edward Schnars and Ruth (Rickett) Schnars, also of Ballston Spa.

Liz was a proud member of the Ballston High School Class of 1957 and went on to study at Alfred State. Many years later she earned a degree at Empire State College. She worked as a Medical Transcriptionist, and volunteered at many places including the Health Ministry of the Southern Tier and the Greenfield Historical Society. She made many close, valued friends, including those at Corning Community College.

She lived in Big Flats, NY for many years, raising a family and living a rich and varied country life with her husband David. Later they travelled the country. She returned to live in her hometown Ballston Spa to be back among family and childhood friends. Her many talents and hobbies included stained glass, quilting, and flower gardening.

She was bright, kind and had a love of knowledge, nature, trivia and friends. She was strong, with always a positive outlook. She made deeply valued, long lasting friendships with the many people she touched: relatives, classmates, neighbors and colleagues. She'll be greatly missed.

Liz was predeceased by her dearly loved husband of 47 years, David C. Frank; her twin sister Elaine (Thomas) Whalen; elder sister Ellen Francis (Charles) Hyde; niece Lindy (Brian) Reilly; nephew Lee Whalen.

Survivors include son David Frank II of Houston, Texas; son Gregg Frank of Brunswick, New York; grandchildren David Frank III and Olivia Frank both of Houston, Texas. She is also survived by nieces Cheryl (Chris) Davia; Lorrie (Mike) Patenaude; Beth (Mark) Smisloff and Christine Frank; nephews Mark Whalen, Tim (Mary) Whalen, Tim Frank, Alex (Kristen) Rhea, and Justin Rhea; former daughter-in-law Kelly Mayo-Frank; sister-in-law Yvonne (Pat) Frank; and sister-in-law Candace (John) Rhea.

There are no calling hours. Private graveside services will be held at South Napoli Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

Contributions in her memory may be made to The American Cancer Society or the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society - Menands Animal Care Center 3 Oakland Ave, Menands, NY

Wayne B. Shaffer 68, passed away on Sunday, June 13, 2021 at his home surrounded by his family. He was born in Niskayuna, NY on October 27, 1952 to George and Helen Shaffer.

A graduate of Colonie Central High School, Wayne worked for Hahn’s Automotive in Albany for many years. He enjoyed camping and boating with his family. He was a small engine repair expert, and fixed many cars and lawn mowers.

He was predeceased by his parents George and Helen Shaffer. Wayne is survived by his wife of 35 years Martha Murray Shaffer; his children Laura Filmer (Josh), John Tiffault, Ernest Tiffault, Jon Shaffer, and Jody Shaffer; Kathy Harrison who was like a daughter to him; brothers Donald Shaffer (Belinda), and Steven Shaffer (Paula); 9 grandchildren, 1 great grandson, and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held 10am Friday, June 18 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Ballston Spa Cemetery. Memorial contributions in memory of Wayne may be made to Community Hospice, 310 South Manning Boulevard, Albany, NY 12208.

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

Lina C. Gareri, 59, born on May 2, 1962, passed away on Saturday June 12 2021, and was reunited with her parents Sebastiano and Giuseppina D’Avella.

Lina was a loving Sister, Wife, Mother, and Nonna. She was loved by all who knew her. She enjoyed planning and hosting parties and being surrounded by the people she loved most. Her smile and personality lit up every room she was present in and her authentic Italian cooking was second to none. She made sure to make everyone feel welcomed in her home and often invited everyone to her holiday parties. There wasn't one person who met her that she wouldn't give the shirt off her back for. Lina was surely one of a kind.

She is survived by her loving husband, Aldo, of 38 years, her daughters and son-in-laws, Jenny and Michael Begnoche and Gabriella and Brian Roberts, her 5 grandchildren who she was completely in love with, her siblings and their spouses, and the many relatives and friends who are all heartbroken by her passing.

In keeping with her wishes, Lina will be cremated and a funeral service will take place on Monday, June 28, 2021. The funeral Mass will be at 11:00am at St Edward the Confessor Catholic Church, 569 Clifton Park Center Rd ,Clifton Park NY 12065. A Catholic Burial will follow the Funeral Mass at St Anthony’s Cemetery, 27 Glenridge Rd, Glenville NY 12302.

Thank you to the Medical Staff at Albany Medical Center, as well as the Community Hospice of Saratoga for the care that Lina received. Memorial Contributions in memory of Lina can be made to the Glioblastoma Foundation for Brain Tumor research, at glioblastomafoundation.org.

Jacqueline A. Welch 80, passed away on Thursday, June 10, 2021. She was born in Amsterdam, NY on April 11, 1941.

Jackie worked for Tufflite in Ballston Spa for many years. She enjoyed shopping and going out to dinner with her family. Her family was her greatest joy and she treasured the time they spent together.

She was predeceased by her husband William “Vince” Welch, stepson Billy, sister Carolyn, and brother Melvin. Jackie is survived by her children Michael Mulvaney (Joanne), Joseph Mulvaney, Jr. (Gerrylynn), Alan Mulvaney (Mary), Kenneth Mulvaney (Tanya), and Joanne Isabella (Carmen); stepchildren Michael Welch (Michelle), and Colleen Hadley (John); brother George Blakeslee (Marylee); and many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours on Wednesday, June 16 from 5pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A graveside service will be held 10am Thursday, June 17 in Middle Grove Cemetery, Middle Grove Road, Middle Grove.

Memorial contributions in memory of Jackie may be made to Union Fire Co #2, PO Box 145, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Valencia M. Sommo 90, passed away peacefully at home, on Thursday, June 10, 2021, surrounded by her family. She was born in Glens Falls, NY on February 28, 1931 to Michael and Mary Gazillo.

Valencia worked at General Electric Co in Hudson Falls for 35 years. She enjoyed going for a run or taking a long walk. Valencia always appreciated a good martini with family and friends.

She was predeceased by her parents Michael and Mary, her husband John, siblings Mary, Jim, Tony and Mickey, and her grandson Jake. Valencia is survived by her daughter Margaret Cameron (John); granddaughter Jody; great grandchildren Lily, John-John, Nathan and Jacob; sisters Ann Stone, Dolores Green and Viola Brieton; and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours on Tuesday, June 15 from 5pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Memorial contributions in memory of Valencia may be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Everett “Gene” Kenyon passed into eternity surrounded by his loving family at the age of 85 on June 8, 2021 after a long battle with cancer and dementia.

Gene was a graduate of URI and worked for the NY State Health Department for over 30 years as a senior sanitarian. He also achieved the rank of Lt. Colonel in the Army Reserves. After retirement he and his wife fulfilled their dream of traveling the world together. They visited England, Germany, Italy, Cuba, Scotland, Mexico, and Canada. They also made their way to Alaska, Hawaii, and their favorite, the US Virgin Islands as well as traveling across country by car twice to see the country. After traveling extensively, they spent 15 winters in Port Charlotte, FL.

Gene’s lifelong hobby was collecting minerals and was a dedicated rock hound. He looked forward to attending the International Gem and Mineral Show in Tucson, AZ each February. He also enjoyed displaying his favorite specimens in his home. His second hobby which he took up in retirement was wood turning. He loved finding exotic types of wood to work with and created over 100 beautiful bowls. He was a member of both the Capital Region Mineral Society and the local Wood Turners Group.

Gene is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, June, and his three children, Kerry (Michele) Kenyon of North Carolina, Kimberly (Paul) Berry of Saratoga Springs, and Keith (Janet) Kenyon of Nashville, TN. He is also survived by five grandchildren, Andrew, Kasey, Christopher, Samantha, and Elizabeth as well as one great grandchild, Kal, his two sisters, Judith Ladas and Marcia Avery, and several nieces and nephews.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Community Hospice of Saratoga for their loving support and care during Gene’s final weeks, as well as his church family of First Baptist Church of Ballston Spa where Gene worshiped for over 50 years.

Funeral services will be held 9:30am Tuesday, June 15 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial with military honors will follow at Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, 200 Duell Road, Schuylerville.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider a donation to Community Hospice of Saratoga 179 Lawrence St. Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or Christ’s Cupboard Food Pantry c/o First Baptist Church 202 Milton Ave. Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Rose M. Thomas (Cinguegrano), 78, of Ballston Spa, New York, passed away on Monday, June 7, 2021, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.

Rose was born in Ballston Spa, NY, on January 5, 1943, to James and Yolanda (Violet) Cinguegrano. A lifelong resident, she attended Ballston Spa High School and Mildred Elley Secretarial School in Albany, NY. Rose graduated from Hudson Valley Community College with academic honors in Civil and Public Service in May 2002.

Dedicated to family, friends, and community, Rose was generous with her time, and her passion was infectious. She loved her community, volunteered as a Girl Scout troop leader and Pop Warner cheerleading coach. Compassionate and loving, with devotion for helping others, Rose enjoyed a productive and successful career. She worked at both Head Start and Social Services in Saratoga County and retired from a lengthy and successful career at the New York State Fair Hearings in Albany.

Her passions included playing bridge, attending the YMCA, and being a Weight Watchers advocate. She loved nature walks and spending time with her family and friends.

Even throughout the late stages of Alzheimer’s, Rose’s kind demeanor and ever-present smile delighted and comforted all those around her.

She was married for 56 years to her high school sweetheart, Edward A. Thomas. Eddie spent every day by her side until his death on May 3, 2021. They are now forever together as they should be.

Rose is survived by her children Lauren Rose (Scott), Scott Thomas (Sarah), and Suzanne Winkler (Keith); grandchildren Vincent, Kenneth, Ty, and Mia; her brother James Cinguegrano and wife Tina and their children and grandchildren, as well as several cousins. She is predeceased by her parents James and Yolanda (Violet).

A private family service will be held. Contributions in Rose’s memory can be made to the Northeastern New York Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association of The Community Hospice of Saratoga.

Earl L. Fitzgerald 97, passed away on Sunday, June 6, 2021. He was born in Hartford, Connecticut on February 2, 1924 to John and Albina Fitzgerald. He was a US Navy veteran of World War II.

Earl worked as a cook in many places around the United States, from Sea Idle in Miami to the Hotel Starlet in Boston. He often spoke of running a diner with his mother in Marblehead, Massachusetts. He retired as a cook from Saratoga Hospital in Saratoga Springs. Earl enjoyed the simple things in life, gardening, winemaking, listening to music, swimming and good conversation.

On March 30, 1957, Earl dedicated his life to his God Jehovah. Earl devoted the rest of his life to using the bible to help people come to know the creator Jehovah. He conducted many bible studies over the years and enjoyed spending his time in the full time ministry alongside many friends. Earl spoke at the dedication of the Kingdom Hall in 1971 at V Corners in Ballston Spa, and again was present when a new Kingdom Hall was dedicated on Goode Street in Ballston Spa in 1989.

Earl is predeceased by his parents John and Albina, his loving wife Delia, and his brothers Paul and John. He is survived by many nieces and nephews.

Services will be private.

Helen R. VanPatten 87, passed away on Saturday, June 5, 2021. She was born in Ticonderoga, NY on December 25, 1933 to Frederick and Edna Bougor.

Helen was an active member of the Ballston Area Seniors. She was a member of their Bowling Team and Chorus. Helen also was in charge of the Pickin’ Sessions at the Senior Center.

She was predeceased by her husband Raymond VanPatten and 14 siblings. Helen is survived by her daughters Kelly Bauer (John Bartczak) and Colleen VanPatten; grandchildren Josh Bauer (June TenEyck), Katie Merrifield, and Nathan VanPatten; great grandson Kody TenEyck Bauer; siblings Josephine Bougor, Annette Burroughs, Judy Swinton (Wally), and Christine Swinton (Lonnie); and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, June 12 from Noon to 2pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will be held at 2pm. Burial will follow in Powell Wiswall Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Helen to Community Emergency Corp, Thompson Street, Ballston Spa.

Kathleen Velett 61, passed away on Thursday, June 3, 2021. She was born in Schenectady, NY on August 7, 1959. Kathy worked at the Stewart’s Plant in Saratoga Springs for many years.

Kathy enjoyed the simple things in life, being outdoors with nature, and her grandchildren. Her family was her greatest joy and she treasured the time they spent together.

She was predeceased by her father Joseph Siska, her mother Doris Ebert, her siblings Janice, Mike and Frank Siska, and her brother in law Donald Birch. Kathy is survived by her daughters Sumer Garrison (Darryl), Nickole Velett (Rich), and Sara Velett (Brendan) and their father William Velett; beloved grandsons Ralphie, Dylan, Lane, and Owen; siblings Linda Sullivan (Arthur), Mary Smith, Joe Siska (Cammie), Donna McKeown (Marty), Richard Ebert, Gail Emrich (Brian), and Barbie Ebert; sister in law Donna Siska; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be private.

Dolores D. Foy 83, passed away on Saturday, May 29, 2021. She was born in Schenectady, NY on January 22, 1938 to Anthony and Alasandra DiCaprio.

Dolores was a financial officer for many years. After retiring, she moved to Florida where she was a member of the Garden Club and VFW Ladies Auxiliary of Palm Coast, Florida. In 2015, she returned to Ballston Spa and lived with her niece Alisa. She enjoyed flower arranging and going shopping.

She was predeceased by her husband of 50 years Thomas Foy, and her sisters Patricia DiCaprio and Marie Shoemaker. Dolores is survived by her brothers and sisters in law Edward Foy, Mary Ellen Papke, Jane Purvee, Gary “Skip” Foy (Jodi), and Laura Hiwakawa (Steve); and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great great nieces and nephews.

Dolores will be laid to rest with her husband in the Jacksonville National Cemetery in Jacksonville, Florida. Memorial contributions in memory of Dolores may be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Kathy G. Weatherford-Hart 64, passed away on Sunday, May 23, 2021. She was born in Syracuse, NY on May 7, 1957 to Howard and Dorothy Weatherford.

Kathy was a stay at home mom who lovingly raised her four children. She enjoyed fishing and animals of all kinds especially horses. She loved to make people laugh and was always ready for a good time. Her greatest joy was her family and she treasured the time they spent together.

She was predeceased by her parents Howard and Dorothy. Kathy is survived by her children Deanna Hart, Angela Hart, Brian Hart and Crystal Hart; siblings Linda Weatherford, Theresa Ricci (Burt), and Randi Schlitz (Charles); eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held 1:45pm on Wednesday, May 26 at Evergreen Memorial Park, 2150 Central Avenue, Schenectady. Memorial contributions in memory of Kathy may be made to the Saratoga County Animal Shelter, 6010 County Farm Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Ronald D. Torncello Sr. 80, passed away on Saturday, May 22, 2021. He was born in Green Island, NY on December 17, 1940 to Franklin and Theresa Torncello. He served in the US Navy.

Ron was a HVAC Technician at Albany Medical Center for many years. He enjoyed playing guitar, golfing and watching the NY Giants. Ron was a talented carpenter and enjoyed relaxing with a glass of Dewar’s after a long day. His greatest joy was his family and he treasured the time he spent with them.

He was predeceased by his son Ronald Torncello, Jr., brother Frank Torncello and sister Jean Tofte. Ron is survived by his wife Mary; daughter Rhonda Lovely (Bruce); daughter in law Lisa Torncello; grandchildren Kailyn Butler (Tyler), Elyse Banker (Brian), Corey Griffin, Cortney Torncello (Trevor), Ashley Skadra (Cody), Shauna Torncello (Rich), Nicholas Torncello (Jamie), Breana Cables (Darren) Alescia Torncello, and Cloe Torncello; brother in law William Tofte; sister in law Geri Torncello; many great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

A memorial mass will be celebrated 10am Saturday, May 29 at the Church of St. Peter, 241 Broadway, Saratoga Springs. Memorial contributions in memory of Ron may be made to the American Heart Association.

Mary M. Flynn 97, passed away peacefully on May 22, 2021. She was born on July 25, 1923 to Margaret and William Fraser.

Mary worked for General Electric Co in Schenectady for 19 years, retiring in 1971. She was a member of Charlton Freehold Presbyterian Church and the Charlton Seniors. Mary enjoyed spending winters in Florida, relaxing in the sunshine, and cheering on the NY Yankees. Her greatest joy was her family and she treasured the time she spent with them.

She was predeceased by her husband Robert “Eddie” Flynn, and sister Edith Cass. Mary is survived by her children Eileen Preddice (Chuck); Douglas Flynn (Jennifer); and Robert Flynn (Joan); 11 grandchildren, several great grandchildren, great great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours on Wednesday, May 26 from 6pm to 8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Facemasks and social distancing is required. Funeral services will be held 10am Thursday, May 27 at Charlton Freehold Presbyterian Church. Burial will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in memory of Mary may be made to the Charlton Freehold Presbyterian Church, 768 Charlton Road, Charlton, NY 12019. The family would like to thank Dr. David Ford for the compassionate care he gave to Mary.

Jody L. Woolley, 52 passed away on Friday, May 21, 2021. She was born in Niskayuna, NY on April 5, 1969. Jody was an Executive Office Manager for the Saratoga Capital District Region of New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation in Saratoga Springs.

She was a selfless Mother to her boys above all. She enjoyed being with her cherished family. She was the family event planner and loved to sing, she had the most amazing voice. Jody also enjoyed and gave her time volunteering to the “Give a Child a Christmas”. Jody fiercely loved her children, family, and her close beloved friends.

She will always be known for her big personality, her amazing wit and sense of humor and for saying literally exactly what was on her mind. Her over the top, tacky, unique taste will never be forgotten. She loved Prince and Journey and was planning an amazing trip to the Prince compound, Paisley Park with her beloved friends.

She was predeceased by her father Earl Ranson. Jody is survived by her sons Zakary Woolley and Zyler Woolley; her mother Shirley Aken; siblings Roxanne Spaulding (Lynn), Earl Ranson, Eric Aken (Courtley), and Adrienne Aken (Joey); many nieces and nephews that she loved and cherished; and her beloved granddog Lola.

A celebration of life will be held on June 19th at 2pm at 532 Plummer Road Ballston Spa, NY 12020. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. Anyone who knew her would know this is exactly what she would want us to do.

A poem written by her son:

LIST OF GREAT QUALITIES

● A mother above all
● As real as a person gets
● Taught people to take care of their own, keep family in your heart
● Her sense of humor touched everyone around her.
● Genuine in ways that’d be hard for many, but seemed effortless to her
● Kept it positive, kept it light, kept her dream alive, and fueled others dreams
● Found strengths and praised them, like fuel to a fire
● Admitted when she was wrong readily, but fought tooth and nail for the truth
● Her source of love and light came out in every action and word, making her stand out instantly
● Her ability to offer advice, being there to talk to, and offer optimism in the face of nihilism and
darkness made her a rock for many
● Joked about becoming a drunk gypsy
● Talked about going around the country doing wishes and spells for people
● Was recently thinking of making exciting changes to her life
● Her laugh and smile were beacons of joy
● Running jokes and her bringing up past events made her relationships special and deep
● She had hate in her heart for no one. Heart free of any black spots, as she might say of her family
● Loved planning special events for the family to be together, that was the times she was happiest
● The way that she brought out her core self is being a supportive member of the family
● Live and let live kind of girl
● Take care of yourself, and everything will fall into place

"I hope you dance"

Peter J. Hettrich 86, passed away on Friday, May 21, 2021. He was born in Ballston Spa, NY on January 5, 1935 to Earl and Alice Hettrich, and grew up in Malta, NY. Peter was a 1954 graduate of Saratoga Springs High School where he competed in wrestling and track and field.

Peter enlisted in the US Army and served throughout Europe. After he was honorably discharged, he worked for Stewarts Dairy and Shorey’s Express as a truck driver. Peter loved to garden, travel and compete in running events. He was a top master runner in NYS and competed in distances from the 800 to the half marathon.

He was predeceased by his loving wife of 56 years, Marie, his brother Foster, and his parents. Peter is survived by his children Frances Maurer (Paul), Dale Hettrich (Jennifer) and David Hettrich (Elisabeth); his adoring grandchildren Steven, Sydney, Jaden, and Jillian; sister Naomi Boucher, and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours on Tuesday, May 25 from 5pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A private funeral will be held and Peter will be laid to rest with his wife in Malta Ridge Cemetery. Memorial contributions in memory of Peter may be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Gordon L. Duell 94, passed away on Wednesday, May 19, 2021. He was born on July 9, 1926 in Ballston Spa, NY to George and Katherine Duell. He was a US Army veteran, serving in World War II.

Gordon was a machinist for Philip Morris in Saratoga Springs for many years, retiring in 1988. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and puttering around in his woodworking shop. For many years, Gordon raised chickens. He was an avid NY Mets fan. On Friday nights Gordon could be found at the Albany-Saratoga Speedway in Malta watching his son race.

He was predeceased by his wife Molly, and his siblings Albert, George, Robert, Beverly, and Gladys. Gordon is survived by his children Kim Duell (Denice), Gordon Duell (Carol), Gail Gray-Habig, and Christa Evans; grandchildren Stephanie, Angela, Scott, Dianna, Darian, Madison, Michael, and Tamara; great grandchildren Isabela, Dakota, Avery, Konrad, Peyton, Parker, Ethan, and Haley; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours on Monday, May 24 from 5pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Social distancing and facemasks are required. Funeral services will be held 10am Tuesday, May 25 at the funeral home. Burial with military honors will follow at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville.

Memorial contributions in memory of Gordon may be made to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Bridget J. Baehm was called home to be with the Lord on May 18, 2021. She passed suddenly at her home, surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Ballston Spa, NY on July 3, 1955 to James and Dorothy Tuttle.

A lifelong resident of Ballston Spa, she received her GED from Mont Pleasant High School in Schenectady. She was employed for many years at Rickett's Laundry, Spa Cleaners and later Racemark in Malta.

She was predeceased by her father James Tuttle. Bridget is survived by her loving husband Kenny; mother Dorothy Tuttle; sister Heidi Baker; daughter Jamie and her sons Trevor, Chris, Austin and his girlfriend Tiffany; son John Weiss and his wife Katherine and their children JJ, Haylee and Zackary. All of her family will greatly miss her as will her beloved cats, Luke, Mona, Lightning, and Thunder and her beloved dog Hakouro.

Funeral services will be private. Bridget will be laid to rest in Rock City Falls Cemetery.

Faith J. Flinton 67, passed away on Sunday, May 16, 2021. She was born in Ballston Spa, NY on October 6, 1953 to Frank and Florence Flinton.

Faith was a Certified Nursing Assistant at Maplewood Manor in Ballston Spa for over 30 years. She enjoyed country music and went to many concerts. She was also an Elvis fan and saw many Elvis impersonators over the years. Faith enjoyed going fishing, sewing, and hanging out with her beloved cats.

She was predeceased by her parents Frank and Florence Flinton, and her brother Frank. Faith is survived by her daughter Heather Stables (Scott); grandchildren Danielle Brady (Nick), Brittany Stables, Devin Stables, and Raven Stables; brother Faron Flinton (Jill); her sister; several nieces and nephews; and her beloved cats Piglet and Bugsy.

Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours on Friday May 21 from 6pm to 8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Social distancing and facemasks are required. A graveside service will be held 10am Tuesday, May 25 at Factory Village Cemetery, Northline Road, Ballston Spa. Memorial contributions in memory of Faith may be made to Saratoga County Animal Shelter, 6010 County Farm Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.