Obituaries


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Services will be private at the convenience of the family.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, May 2 from 10am to 11am at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will be held at 11am. Burial will follow in Dunning St Cemetery, Malta.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, April 25 from 10am to 11am at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will be held at 11am. Burial will follow in Middle Grove Cemetery.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A dinner buffet will be served starting at 5pm.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Funeral services will be held 11:30am Friday, March 29 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, March 28 from 6pm to 8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Roger L. Morris 78, passed away on Sunday, March 17, 2019 with his family by his side. He was a loving father, grandfather, great grandfather and brother.

Roger was born in Rock City Falls on January 27, 1941 and graduated from Ballston Spa High School in 1958. He worked at the Ballston Knitting Mill for many years and retired from Maplewood Manor. He was an avid fisherman and hunter. He enjoyed playing horseshoes and darts and played in many leagues over the years. Roger and his companion Julie had many adventures together, driving throughout the United States.

He was predeceased by his parents Lawrence and Leona Morris, his wife of over 40 years Suzan Emigh Morris, granddaughter Heather Cutbush, brother in law Frank Flinton and son in law Tom Hickenbottom.

Roger is survived by his loyal companion and best friend Julie Russell; his daughters Myschell Stangle (Duane) and Mylissa Hickenbottom; sisters Sue Barber (Percy) and Beverly Flinton; Julie’s children, Will Russell (Kayla), Tammy Wurz (Edward), Jason Russell (Tammi), and Tim Russell (Amanda); 15 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, March 23 from 2pm to 4pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A time of sharing will be held at 4pm.

Memorial contributions in memory of Roger may be made to the American Heart Association.

Susan C. Potter, 71, passed away on Saturday, March 16, 2019, surrounded by her family. She was born in Schenectady, NY on April 29, 1947 and graduated from Burnt Hills Ballston Lake High School.

Susan was a bus driver for Ballston Spa Central Schools for many years. She was an avid reader and enjoyed visiting lighthouses. Her greatest joy was her grandchildren and she treasured the time she spent with them.

She was predeceased by her parents George and Betty Potter, and her son Robert Nelson. Susan is survived by her children Kevin Donovan (Billie), Michael Donovan and Tanya Hatfield (Matt McNeill); siblings John, Michael, Tonylou and Maria; seven grandchildren, four great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, March 19 from 5pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 7pm. Burial will be in Memory Gardens, Colonie on Wednesday, March 20 at 10am.

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

Joseph M. Blais, Jr. 42, passed away on Monday, March 11, 2019. He was born in Troy, NY on February 3, 1977.

Joe worked at Pizza Time and Hannaford in Ballston Spa and later at MDV in Minnesota, before returning to Ballston Spa. Joe loved cooking and was known for his lasagna that he made every Christmas. Pasta was his favorite dish and he loved all kinds. He enjoyed playing basketball with his children and bowling with his nieces and nephews.

He is survived by his children Brianna Blais, Kaden Blais, and Brennan Blais; mother Theresa Blais, father and stepmother Joseph and Cheri Blais, Sr; siblings Jacqueline Agnew, Jennifer Blais, Steven Blais and Mark Schuck; nieces and nephews Liz, Stephanie, Kaylee, Alyssa, Dan, and Cedar; great nephew Emmett; grandparents Mimi and Pipi; girlfriend Autumn Faliveno; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, March 15 from 11am to 1pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A time of sharing will be held at 1pm, everyone is invited to share their favorite memory.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in memory of Joe may be made to your favorite charity.

Rae F. Laird 87, passed away on Thursday, March 7, 2019. Born in Amsterdam, NY, on September 14, 1931, she was the daughter of Raymond and Helen Ehrke.

Rae worked in the Sales Department at New Channel 13 for many years, until she retired. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Huguenot Society. She enjoyed gardening, quilting, baking, cooking and taking walks.

She was predeceased by her husband Winston Laird, son Keith Laird, and sister Marlyn Martiniano. Rae is survived by her children Nedra Liebert (Richard) of Ballston Spa, NY, Neil Laird (Christine) of Phelps, NY, Brian Laird (Rachel) of Union Springs, NY, Donald Laird (Karen Ford) of Eugene, OR and Suzanne Lane of Windsor, VA; grandchildren Glenn Liebert, Matthew Marshall (Heather), Meghan Bard (Jason), Benjamin Laird, Jackson Laird, Nathan Laird, Bradley Laird and Quintin Laird.

Funeral services will be private. Memorial contributions in memory of Rae may be made to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Patricia A. Beninati (Pelcher), age 83 of Ballston Spa passed away on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 with her loving daughter by her side. She was born to the late Harold and Louise Pelcher on September 3, 1935.

Patricia graduated from Northville Central School in 1954 and continued her education at Ithaca college, where she majored in Business and Physical Education. She retired from the Saratoga County Civil Department following 25 years of service.

Patricia enjoyed life though golfing and bowling, along with attending her grandchildren’s sporting events and traveling to Alaska and Texas to visit her family. She also loved spending time and making memories with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is survived by her two children Harry F. Beninati USMC, Ret. (Hye Suk) of Anchorage, AK, Leslie S. Robinson (Mahlon) of Northville, NY and her sister Barbara Forester of Orange Grove, TX. She has four loving grandchildren, Angela Beninati of Beaverton, OR, Scott Beninati of Anchorage, AK, Shawna Rorick (Jim) of Ballston Lake, NY and Francesca Robinson of Northville, NY. Patricia was also blessed to experience watching her three beautiful great-grandchildren, Jessalyn of Beaverton, OR, Adrian of Anchorage, AK, and Gabriel of Anchorage, AK.

She is predeceased and reunited with her mother Louise Pelcher, father Harold Pelcher, husband Lester Beninati and brother Richard (Dick) Pelcher.

Family and friends are invited to services on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at 11:00am at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery with a celebration of her life at The Embassy Suites, in Saratoga Springs, NY immediately following.

Thomas James Powers, age 84 of Ballston Spa passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, March 3, 2019. Tom was born in Syracuse on December 21, 1934 to Ellinor Pillsworth Powers and James Edward Powers, and raised in Troy.

He was a 1956 graduate of Union College and obtained his Masters from RPI. He started his career as a math professor at Union College and then worked for 30 years as a professor and eventual chair of the math department at Columbia Greene Community College. He retired in 1998 to spend more time with his grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his parents and his brother, James E. Powers. Tom is survived by his beloved wife of over 50 years, Judith A. Stemp; his treasured children, Jennifer S. Powers Rutkey and Thomas J. Powers; his cherished grandchildren, Ellie and Izzy Rutkey, and Jonah and Jade Powers Kulpa; many brothers in law, sisters in law, nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Tom loved his family above all else. His happiest times were spent with his wife, children, and grandchildren. He also loved trains, Burden Lake, storytelling, history, going out to lunch with his family, baseball cards, and hot dogs (especially the mini ones). Tom had a great wit and never failed to make those around him laugh with his dry sense of humor. He will be dearly missed by his family, who will continue to tell his stories and share his memories from generation to generation.

Special loving thanks and heartfelt appreciation to Tom’s hospice nurse, Jamie, and his private nurse, Erika, for all they gave to Tom and his family in his final months.

Per Tom’s wishes, there will be no public wake or funeral. His family will hold a private celebration of his life, which will include plenty of mini hot dogs. In lieu of flowers, donations to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866, in Tom’s honor and memory would be greatly appreciated.

Shirley M. Schadow 93, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 2, 2019, at the Home of the Good Shepherd. Born in Amesbury, Massachusetts on February 6, 1926, she was the daughter of John and Marjorie Bowne.

Shirley grew up in Springfield, MA attending Home St. School and graduated from Commerce High School. After graduation she put herself through college, working at Hamden Savings Bank, Westfield YMCA and Hotel Kimball in Springfield. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Westfield State Teachers College in 1952 and started teaching at Kings Highway School in West Springfield, MA.

In 1953, she married her sweetheart of six years, Alfred Schadow and together they moved to Burnt Hills, NY to raise their family. Shirley began teaching for the Ballston Spa School District at Malta Avenue and Rock City Falls. After retiring from teaching, she worked at the Carl Co. in Schenectady and Glenville.

Shirley is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, with nine ancestors from the American Revolution. She was a former member of the Mayflower Society, New England Women, and Eastern Star.

Shirley wrote a birding column for the Gazette, which was made into a paperback book. While writing the column, she traveled extensively with her husband Al on birding and lighthouse trips.

She was predeceased by her brother Foster Bowne and his wife Betty. Shirley is survived by her beloved husband Alfred Schadow, Sr., and their children Alfred Schadow, Jr.; Naomi Schadow, Karl Schadow, and Eric Schadow (Mary Beth); grandchildren Jessica (Brian), Kristen (Carl), Nathan, Zachary and Madeline; great grandchildren Levi and Logan; and niece Patty Silva.

A memorial service will be held 11am, Monday, May 20 at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in memory of Shirley to Saratoga Daughters of the American Revolution, 65 Blodgett Road, Greenwich, NY 12834.

Joseph E. King 75, passed away on Saturday, March 2, 2019. Born in Ballston Spa, New York on March 16, 1943, he was the son of Alonzo and Doris King. He served in the US Navy.

As a young man, Joe worked as a butcher and later at Tufflite in Ballston Spa, retiring from Ball Metal in Saratoga Springs. He was a member of American Legion Post 234 in Ballston Spa and Ballston Spa Elks Lodge 2619.

Joe was a very social guy and he loved spending happy hour with his friends and family. He lived life to the fullest and there are many stories that prove it.

Joe is survived by his daughter JoAnn Johnson; grandchildren Sam and Jacob; siblings Karen Dussault, Al King and Cindy Wade; longtime companion Jan Murray and her family; several nieces and nephews; and many special friends.

All are invited to a celebration of Joe’s life on Friday, March 8 from 4pm to 10pm at the American Legion, 24 Pleasant Street, Ballston Spa. Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Joe to the American Legion.

“Kinger has left the building”

Judith E. Tobey, 78, passed away on Thursday, February 28, 2019, surrounded by her family. Born in Syracuse, N.Y., on April 24, 1940, she was the daughter of Herbert and Ethel Collins, and beloved wife of Alan G. Tobey for 57 years.

Growing up in Schenectady, she graduated from Mont Pleasant High School in 1958. Judy met the love of her life, Alan, in 1961 and they were married on June 23, 1962. They made their home in Schenectady and later Saratoga Springs. For many years, she worked as the bookkeeper for her husband’s business, Tobey’s Auto Repair, in Ballston Spa.

Judy was very proud of the fact that she went back to school in her forties to earn an associate degree in liberal arts from Adirondack Community College.

A very artistic person, Judy enjoyed pastimes such as painting, knitting and doing crafts. She was active in many churches over the years, including Carman United Methodist Church, Ballston Spa United Methodist Church and Saratoga Free Methodist Church. She started the nursery school at Carman UMC, she helped start a winter coats for kids charity at Ballston Spa UMC, and she used her expertise in crafts to create banners for the Saratoga Free Methodist Church. She also produced Easter and Christmas pageants at the Free Methodist Church.

Judy was a loving mother and grandmother. A woman full of life, laughter and compassion, her home was open to friends, family, wayward souls and hurting teenagers alike. She was generous with her time and always offered wise counsel. She enjoyed time with family, many camping trips to the Adirondacks, and traveling with her husband. Later in life, she loved spending time with her grandchildren.

Judy is survived by her husband Alan and their son Peter Tobey (Colleen); grandchildren Jessica, Jonathan and Kayla; brother Charles Collins; and many nieces and nephews.

The Tobey family would like to extend tremendous gratitude to Judy’s in-home caregivers over the years -- Pat Harris, Elaine Seagrove and Tracy Vivnanski.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, March 4 from 6pm to 8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Funeral services will be held 10am Tuesday, March 5 at Community Alliance Church, 257 Rowland Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville.

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

Kathy A. Lowery 70, passed away on Monday, February 25, 2019, surrounded by her family. Born in Little Falls, NY on April 4, 1948, she was the daughter of Richard and Albertina Dillenbeck.

Kathy worked at the Grand Prix Restaurant in Ballston Lake for several years. She enjoyed reading and crossword puzzles. She loved to work in her flower gardens, ride
her motorcycle and spend time with her dogs Killer and Rosie.

She was predeceased by her parents Richard and Albertina Dillenbeck, husband Don Lowery, daughter Desire, stepson Jonathan Rogers and brother Robert Dillenbeck. Kathy is survived by her children Elisa Towne (Richard Alger), Richard Dworakowski (Veronica), Daniel Lowery (Stacy), and Donald Lowery (April); husband Daniel Rogers and his children Daniel and Melodie; sister Bonnie Vidnansky; her “heiress” Alice David; and many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be held in the Spring.