Obituaries


Frances A. Flanagan, 75 passed away on June 30, 2020 at home surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Syracuse, NY on December 3, 1944.

Frances worked as a nurse’s aide at the St. John Neumann Residence in Saratoga Springs for many years. She enjoyed camping and fishing. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family especially her beloved grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband Frank Flanagan, III, son in law Kelly Collins, and grandson BJ Brown. Frances is survived by her children Frank Flanagan IV (Patty), Debra Gaba (James), Doreen Collins and Angel Sargen (Matthew); grandchildren Benjamin (Gwen), Dani (Joel), Frank (Kassie), Jimmy, Cody (Kateri); and great grandchildren Damian and Hannah.

A private family service will be held. Frances will be laid to rest with her husband and soul mate Frank in Middle Grove Cemetery.

Carol B. Johnson 86, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 27, 2020 at her home. She was born in Randolph, NY on April 26, 1934 to Henry and Gladys Wadsworth.

Carol worked for NY Telephone for over thirty years. She was a member of the Old Stone Church in Ballston Spa. Carol grew up on a farm and continued farming throughout her life. She loved farming and taking long rides on her motorcycle with family.

She was predeceased by her first husband Stephen Lee Merchant, her second husband Walter Johnson, son Rock Canabush, daughter Geri Kent and sister Joanne Ivey.

Carol is survived by her daughter Susan Duell; sister Linda Stecker; stepsister Karen DeHond (Glen); eight stepchildren, and many grandchildren, great grandchildren, great great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, July 1, from 5pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Social distancing and masks will be required per CDC guidelines. Due to COVID restrictions funeral services will be private.

The family would like to thank Carol’s caretaker Carole for the compassionate care and friendship she gave Carol during her illness.

Memorial contributions in memory of Carol may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 4 Pine West Plaza, Suite 405, Albany, NY 12205 or Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Elizabeth (Lisa) A. Hazlett passed unexpectedly from this life on Thursday, June 25th, 2020 at the age of 65. She was the wife of William and cherished mother of two sons, Ryan and Andrew. Born July 3rd, 1954 to Joseph (Buddy) and Helen Gross. She resided in Clarks Summit, PA with her brothers Joe, John, Bill, and Jim along with her sisters Tina (Kane), Nancy (Curran) and her late sister Mari.

As a high school graduate she began a career in banking. In 1977 she moved to upstate New York to further pursue her career. This is where she met her to-be husband William (Bill) Hazlett. They married in 1980 and spent their honeymoon traveling Europe and traveled often in the years after. In 1984, Lisa gave birth to her first child Ryan Christopher and in 1989 she birthed her second child, Andrew William.

Being at home with her children as they grew gave her a tremendous amount of joy, along with rooting for her beloved Penn State Nittany Lions football and her favorite race horses.

Whether it was driving to the boy’s baseball games, handwriting hundreds of Christmas cards every year, or entertaining her three grandchildren - Brody, Ian, Andy - she was a woman with a kind heart who always thought of others before herself. Her loss is devastating to all who knew and loved her.

On behalf of family and friends – we LOVE you and you will be missed greatly.

To celebrate her life the family will be holding a private ceremony. In lieu of flowers, please donate to an addiction recovery organization or facility in your area.

John J. Bowler, 56, passed away unexpectedly on June 22, 2020. Born in Ithaca, he was the loving son of the late Kenneth and June Bowler.

After graduating from Ballston Spa High School, he went on to Ithaca College where he earned a BFA degree. John was a talented actor who worked in New York City, before moving back upstate to pursue his many interests.

John worked as a master carpenter with amazing skill and perfection. He was also able to put his acting talent to work in 2011 as the Host of National Geographic’s “Mad Scientists.”

His unlimited creative artistic abilities included playing music, writings and humorous illustrations. John was truly the definition of a present-day Renaissance Man.

A personal achievement of John’s was implementing and directing the Prospect Center’s Annual Volleyball Tournament for over two decades, along with his brother Chris.

John had three well known passions; his family, golf and his love for nature, which is how he spent his free time. Family and golf were tied for first place.

He is survived by his beloved wife Debbie, son Justin Eistertz (by marriage) and Trish; cherished granddaughter Ella, who adored her “Papa”; son Ben Eistertz (by marriage) and his wife Meaghan; brother Christopher (Karen); nephew Marcus Bowler (Crystal) and their children Hunter, Daniel and Estella; along with many aunts, uncles and cousins.

John was loved dearly by his family and many lifelong friends.

A celebration in honor of John’s life will be announced at a later date.

With deep sadness we announce the passing of Frank Conte of Ballston Spa, NY on June 22, 2020. Frank was born on October 29, 1940 in Ballston Spa, NY; he graduated from Ballston Spa High School in 1958. He then served in the U.S. Air Force and attended Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. He was employed in various capacities by the State of New York for 34 years, most recently as a Management Analyst for the Department of Environmental Conservation.

He is the beloved father of Jennifer Stevens and Christofer Conte (Melissa) and was a proud “Papa” to his adored grandsons Nicholas Frank and Anthony Christofer who were the joy of his life. He shared many years of happiness with his cherished life partner of 27 years, Diane Lawrence. He was a brother to Richard (Arlene) Conte and dear uncle and godfather to Rachael Conte Naglestad (Markus), Michele Conte Waalkes (Michael), Mark Conte (Cindy), Douglas Conte, and several great nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by brothers Joseph Conte (June) and Bartolo Conte.

Frank’s gentle, thoughtful ways made him well-loved by all who met him. His passions were the mountains and spending time in nature. He and Diane hiked and traveled all over the world.

His interests included music; each year attending the Jazz Festival and the classical performances at SPAC, literature, photography, archeology and old movies. He enjoyed practicing Tai Chi, having adventures with his grandchildren and spending time with loved ones. He was a shining light and anchor for all his family; he will be missed profoundly. He is loved deeply.

Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours on Thursday, June 25 from 5:00pm-7:00pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Social distancing and masks will be required per CDC guidelines. A private burial will be held at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery. A memorial celebration of his life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in his memory to the Adirondack Mountain Club, 814 Goggins Road, Lake George, NY 12845, www.adk.org , WMHT, 4 Global View, Troy, NY 12180-8375, www.wmht.org , or Doctors without Borders, www.doctorswithoutborders.org

With an excerpt from one of his favorite poems, we say goodbye for now:

“Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.” -Mary Oliver

George O. Long 77, passed away on Sunday, June 21, 2020. He was born in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada on July 3, 1942 to George and Mary Long, and moved to New York as a child.

George worked for American Airlines for many years and was well loved by the people around him. A lifelong Dodgers fan, he enjoyed baseball, travel, music and gardening, but most of all he was a dedicated father and family man.

George is survived by his sons George Long and John Long, sisters Colleen Devereux and Barbara McHugh; and numerous nieces and nephews. He will be missed and never forgotten!

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

John Maselli, 89 years old, died peacefully at home on Father’s Day, June 21. Mourning his loss and celebrating his life are his wife of 62 years, Georgiana, his daughter Suzanne, her children, Sophia and Johnny, his son Michael, wife Kimberlee, and their children, Nicole and Kristen.

Nothing was more important to John than his family. He was a loving and caring husband, father and grandfather, demonstrating concern, patience, tolerance, wisdom and humor every day of his life.

John grew up in Ohio as one of seven children. He was proud to serve his country in the United States Air Force for four years. He graduated from Kent State University. He had a successful career with the state of New York.

A memorial service will be held at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery at a later date. Donations may be made to the Community Hospice of Saratoga.

Gerald E. Winters 96, succumbed to the rigors of life here on earth to reunite with his Lord and all who have passed before him on June 12, 2020.

Born in Port Henry, NY to William and Helen (Whitford) Winters, the eldest of four children, Jerry developed a love for hunting, fishing and the Adirondacks. A family move brought him to Glens Falls, where he attended High School and developed an enjoyment of riding motorcycles. He rode a 1938 Harley Davidson 74 side valve and was the treasurer for the Glens Falls Motorcycle Club.

World War II brought Jerry’s enlistment in the Army Air Corp from 1943-1946, where he trained as a Pilot and a Tower Operator, with a tour in the Pacific Theatre as a Tower Operator. Jerry was awarded the Army Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Asiatic Service Medal and the WWII Victory Medal.

Upon his return home and a family move to Round Lake, Jerry was introduced to Eleanor Rogers in front of the Round Lake Post office. They married in September 1946 and began raising their family and building their home in the community. Jerry ultimately secured a job at the Delaware and Hudson Railroad and ended his career 28 years later as the Chief of the Mechanical Department, a job he referred to as his bread and butter.

Jerry became very active in the many communities and organizations in Southern Saratoga County, and through the years he served in many capacities including Deputy Town Supervisor for the Town of Malta, Town Councilman, Member of the Town Board, Planning Board and Zoning Boards, Malta Youth Commission, Malta Veterans Committee, Saratoga County Republican Committee, Malta and Saratoga County Senior Citizens, Malta Bike Trail Committee, Round Lake Little League, treasurer and caretaker of the Dunning Street Cemetery and caretaker, treasurer and secretary of both the Clifton Park and Blue Mtn Lake Fish and Game Clubs, Round Lake Rod and Gun Club, Malta Rotary, Shenendehowa School Board and UNCAS member. In addition, Jerry is a Life Member with nearly 70 years of service to the Round Lake Fire Department, as well as worshiping and serving in multiple positions at the Round Lake United Methodist Church.

In honor of his contributions the Gerald E. Winters Gymnasium at the Malta Community Center has been dedicated to him, as well as the pavilion at the Luther Forest Park dedicated to his service to the community.

In 2004 Jerry was the Hometown Hero recipient for his selfless service to the Round Lake Fire Department and his blood and apheresis donations to the American Red Cross. In addition, in 1984, Jerry was the recipient of an award from the FBI in appreciation for the assistance in the apprehension of a suspect involved in a Round Lake bank robbery.

Jerry loved everything outdoors from hunting and fishing, camping and hiking as well as downhill skiing til he was in his eighties. He also had a passion for wood working and operated Winters Woodshop for a short period. In addition to working with big trains, Jerry also was quite talented constructing and operating his HO train layout he constructed above his garage.

Jerry lost Eleanor after 67 years of marriage in 2013. He is also predeceased by his parents William and Helen, as well as sisters Ann Fox and Nora Swanson. Jerry is survived by his brother William (Anita), his children Geraldine (Rich), Scott, Greg (Karen), and Jeff (Kim), 9 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. Jerry is also survived by his loyal companion Marley, who in the latter years you could find waiting in his car at Dunkin Donuts or wherever Jerry went.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic services will be private with a celebration of Jerry’s Life at a later date to be determined. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to The Mohawk Hudson Humane Society, 30 Oakland Ave, Menands, NY 12204 or The Round Lake Fire Department, 13 Curry Rd, Round Lake, NY 12151.

Aavo Merend 86, passed away peacefully on Friday, June 12, 2020. He was born in Paide, Estonia on January 21, 1934 to Andres and Malle Merend.

As a boy, he and his family fled the Soviet occupation of Estonia and lived for five years in various refugee camps in Germany. His family emigrated to the United States in 1949, settling in Queens, NY. He earned his master’s degree in engineering from Columbia University, followed by a PhD from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He worked as an engineer at the Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory in Niskayuna for 36 years, retiring in 1996.

Aavo was active in the Albany-Schenectady Estonian Association. He had a life-long passion for photography, his favorite subjects being family and nature. In his retirement years, he and his wife enjoyed traveling to Europe and many destinations in the United States. He also loved gardening and maintained beautiful gardens around his home. He took special interest in the development of the gardens around Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Glenville, NY, where he was a member of the congregation.

He was predeceased by his parents, Andres and Malle, and a brother Mati Merend. Aavo is survived by his wife of 57 years, Enel (Karmo) Merend, and their children Helve Saarela of Wilbraham, MA, Tia Thomson (Raymond Jahn) of Warwick, NY, and Anne Liivak (Andres) of Hillsborough, NJ; as well as brother Toivo Merend (Judy) of Peekskill, NY. Aavo was the cherished grandfather of Andrew, Johanna, Kristi, Erik, Helina, Emma, and Tomas.

A private memorial service will be held on a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Aavo may be made to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (www.goodshepherdglenville.com), or to the Estonian American Fund (www.eafund.org).

Cynthia M. Hakanson 68, passed away on Thursday, June 11, 2020. She was born in Staten Island, NY on September 21, 1951 to John and Anne Draghi.

Cynthia had several accomplishments including cosmetology, and the culinary arts. She graduated from Schenectady County Community College with an associates degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management. She enjoyed creating new recipes and sharing her creations with family and friends. Her dream was to finish a cookbook inspired by her devotion to Blessed Mother.

Cynthia enjoyed singing, writing songs of faith, traveling to sacred places including Majegorie and Lourdes, and found great solace in the church and prayer.

She had a strong faith and was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church in Ballston Spa. She was a part of the prayer group there, and she prayed for many people. She donated money to several Catholic organizations and enjoyed visiting the Sisters and Nuns in the local area.

Cynthia is survived by her husband Richard and their children Craig Hakanson (Marianne), Darrin Hakanson, and Jessica Roberts (Timothy); granddaughter Marlee; siblings Jane Grecsek (Jerry), Marilyn Iosue and David Draghi (Donna); and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, June 17 from 4pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Social distancing and masks will be observed as required by CDC guidelines.

A private family service will be held with burial in Moravian Cemetery, Staten Island.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Cynthia may be made to St. Mary’s Church, 167 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

With profound sadness we announce the passing of Hugh Brien Hollowood at home Wednesday, June 10, 2020. Hugh was born June 1, 1931 in Ogdensburg, NY to Francis Hollowood and Kathleen Plympton.

Hugh was employed for 39 years in various capacities at General Electric Company in Schenectady where he met his wife Bernice Corning. They wed in 1956 and had 64 wonderful years raising their family in Ballston Spa and always welcoming their friends into their home.

He is survived by his wife and his six children who were the pride of his life along with their spouses; Brien and Cynthia, David and Laurie, Linda and Jim Benedict, John, Michael and Deborah, Timothy and Jodi. He received much pleasure from his grandchildren Colleen, Keelin, Sean, Kristen, John, Kimberly, Kathryn, Kevin, Kerri, Brien, Luke and Ian. He was a proud great grandfather of Oliver, Miles, Elliana and Shaylee. He is also survived by his sister Ann Perkins of Bath, Maine and many nieces and nephews.

Hugh holds a Life Membership in the Ballston Spa Lions Club. Having a desire to serve, he was a member of the Town of Ballston Zoning Board of Appeals, the Ballston Spa School Board, Saratoga Warren and Washington BOCES, ARC, Transitional Services, Samaritan Counseling, and Cornell Cooperative Extension Board. He enjoyed golfing, fishing, gardening, mountain climbing and earned the Adirondack 46er designation.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his name may be sent to Albany Med Foundation for benefit of the Melodies Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders, 43 New Scotland Ave, MC 119, Albany, NY 12208 or St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, 167 Milton Ave, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours on Monday, June 15 from 4pm to 8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Social distancing and masks will be observed as required by CDC guidelines.

A memorial mass will be celebrated at St. Mary’s Church on a later date.

Henry J. Ostrander 51, passed away on Wednesday, June 10, 2020. He was born in Ballston Spa, NY on June 30, 1968.

Hank worked construction and also in tree service. He was a handyman and was able to fix anything. An avid hunter and fisherman, Hank enjoyed being in the great outdoors. He was always there to lend a helping hand, expecting nothing in return.

Hank is survived by his children Amber Ostrander and Jeremy Ostrander (Kelsey); mother Patricia Ostrander; father James Ostrander (Peggy); siblings Marsha Older, Michele Ostrander (John), Mindy Stevens (Ernie), John Ostrander, Melissa Garney (Adam), and Stacey Jones (Sean); nine grandchildren, and his large extended family and many friends.

Due to the COVID restrictions services will be private. A celebration of Hank’s life will be held on a later date. Memorial contributions in memory of Hank may be made to the American Lung Association.

Daniel L. Banker 24, passed away on June 8, 2020. He was born in Anniston, Alabama on September 9, 1995 to Larry and Robin Banker.

He graduated from Ballston Spa High School and Hudson Valley Community College with his engineering science degree making the President’s list several times. Daniel worked for CHA Consulting Inc, an engineering and construction management firm, as a design systems specialist and IT specialist.

He recently bought a home in Amsterdam. Daniel loved his dog Lincoln, building projects and continuously improving his fish aquarium. He loved hiking with his friends, campfires and spending time with his family.

Daniel is survived by his parents Larry and Pamala Banker of Ballston Spa; his mother and stepfather Robin and Jimmy Ginn of Alabama; brothers Devin Banker (Brittany) of Alabama, Jason Rickson (DeDe) of Ballston Spa, Joshua Rickson (Ashley) of Ballston Spa and Justin Rickson (Emma) of Northville; grandfather Lawrence Banker of Ballston Spa, several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and one nephew.

Due to COVID restrictions the family invites you to view the live stream service by using the following link http://client.tribucast.com/tcid/42233575 at 11am on Friday, June 12, 2020.

Memorial contributions in memory of Daniel may be made to the Ballston Spa High School Robotics Club which will be establishing a scholarship in honor of Daniel. Donations may be mailed to the Ballston Spa High School, 220 Ballston Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 12020, Attention: Deb Carminati

Ernest Harry Green, Jr., 81, of Clifton Park, NY, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Sunday, June 7, 2020. He was born in Cohoes, NY on October 1, 1938, to Frances Breen and Ernest Harry Green, Sr.

Harry was proud to serve his Country and community. Before he discovered the love of patrolling the streets and keeping his community safe as a constable for the Town of Clifton Park, he joined the Army and served with the 106th Infantry out of Fort Lewis, Washington. Harry retired after forty years working at the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets. Harry was a devoted son, brother, husband, father, papa and friend

He was predeceased by his parents, his sister Barbara Quinn and niece Shelia Quinn. Harry is survived by his wife Paulette and their children Colleen Yeager (Joe Dickinson) of Clifton Park, NY and Shannon Finegan (Ryan) of Voorheesville, NY; grandchildren Elizabeth (Andrew Wright), Bryce Yeager and Morgan Finegan; great grandson Grayson Wright; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A private family service will be held with burial in the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in memory of Harry may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation or Community Hospice of Saratoga.

The family would like to thank Harry’s Doctors, Visiting Nurses of Albany and Community Hospice of Saratoga for their care and compassion during Harry’s illness.

Paul Edward Charon, 62, passed away into the loving arms of his Lord and Savior on June 5, 2020 after a valiant battle with complications from the COVID-19 virus.

Paul was born on November 20, 1957 to Frederick and Esther (Armstrong) Charon. He was the youngest of the five siblings. Paul graduated from Saratoga Springs High School in 1975. Paul was always in pursuit of a higher education and it took him across the U.S. He received an Automotive Engineering degree from HVCC, a Multidiscipline Engineering degree from the University of Portland, and a Human Relations degree from FMCC as well as many certificates. His love for higher education continued into his adult life and he pursued a degree from South College in Tennessee to become a Radiology Technician which he graduated with in 2013. He relocated back to New York and spent his days going from nursing home to nursing home as a traveling X-Ray Technician. He loved his work helping people.

In his free time Paul enjoyed being in the outdoors; whether he was hiking trails, hunting, fishing or grilling. He spent time volunteering for both the Red Cross and the Adirondack Mountain Club. He always enjoyed hosting Easter dinner in his home with family and friends.

Paul was predeceased by his parents Frederick and Esther Charon, his brothers Frederick G. Charon and Eric R. Charon.

He is survived by his sister Faith Feathers (Carl) of Ballston Spa, NY, his brother Gregory Charon (Mary Ann) of Mechanicville, NY, his sons Kyle Charon (Liz) of Burnt Hills, NY and Ryan Charon (Bailey) of Hartford, NY; nephews Peter Charon (Heather) of Warrensburg, NY, Nathan Charon of Albany, NY; nieces Charon Feathers (Scott Jacob) of Galway, NY and Jennifer Charon of Albany, NY; and his close friends Wilma Bandt, Carol Howell, Robin and Fred Schwedt.

The family would like to include a special thank you to the wonderful staff at the ICU in Saratoga Hospital for their hard work and dedication caring for Paul during his stay with them.

Services will be held on a later date.

In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation to the American Red Cross in honor of Paul Charon.

Lucas F. DeFabio 11, passed away at his home on June 5, 2020 from complications due to his rare genetic disease Menkes Syndrome. He was born in Albany, NY on December 21, 2008 to Daniel and Tina DeFabio.

He attended the MOVE room at Gordon Creek Elementary and enjoyed his teachers, aides, classmates and bus drivers. His smile, laugh and sparkling eyes were contagious to all who met him. At age five he led the Ballston Spa Holiday Parade as its Grand Marshal.

He also enjoyed Bob Ross, fast rides in his wheelchair, Gilligan’s Island, and keeping his family and nurse Sandi gathered close around him. His struggle with his health is documented in the film Menkes Disease: Finding Help & Hope, which has been screened around the world.

Lucas is survived by his parents Daniel and Tina DeFabio, his brother Alex, and his grandparents Robert and Roseanne DeFabio and Fred and Betty Petersen.

A celebration of Lucas’s life will be held at a later date when social distancing allows.

Memorial contributions in memory of Lucas may be made to themenkesfoundation.org and rmhcofalbany.org.

Edna Daumit Altone passed away on Monday, June 1, 2020 at Schuyler Ridge Rehabilitation and Residential Healthcare Center in Clifton Park, NY.

Edna was born in Smithton, Pennsylvania on June 22, 1917, the daughter of Alexander and Haseba Daumit, and was raised and educated in Monessen, PA. She married Albert Altone in 1942 in Pittsburgh, PA. After her husband’s military service, during the Second World War, the couple settled in Ballston Spa, NY.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by her siblings Thomas Obade, Mary Obade, Ida Nader, Paul Daumit, Sadie Saffy, Lewis Daumit, Fannie Joseph and Edmund Daumit. She leaves her son, Edmund Russell Altone (Susan Kukuk) of Delmar, NY; her daughter Adrienne Altone Cetner (John R.) of Ballston Spa, NY; grandchildren Sarah Altone and Kaitlin Altone; step-grandchildren Krissa Cetner (Alex Salazar) and John M. Cetner (Michelle Graziosi); and step-great grandson Myles Salazar. She is also survived by several nieces, nephews and their families.

Prior to her marriage, she was employed by the Monessen PA School District. Later she worked in the development department of Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY.

In 1967 she obtained a summer job with the newly established Saratoga Performing Arts Center. At the end of that summer season, she was offered and accepted a permanent position in the Center’s development office. She was with SPAC until her retirement in 1994. For the last 20 of those years, she served as the Director of Development.

Edna Altone’s lifelong interests included documenting family history, poetry, literature, ballet, classical music, opera and the arts.

The family extends sincere thanks to the staff of Schuyler Ridge Rehabilitation and Residential Healthcare Center in Clifton Park, NY for the compassionate care they provided during Edna’s final years.

Due to the current pandemic, there will be no calling hours. At the request of the family, services will be private. Arrangements are under the direction of Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Edna Altone’s name may be made to Christ Episcopal Church, 15 West High Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 (attention: Building Fund) or Saratoga Performing Arts Center, 108 Avenue of the Pines, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 (attention: Endowment Fund).

Our loving mother Heidi A. Christman 63, passed away on Wednesday, May 27, 2020. Born and raised in the coastal communities of southern CT to Kenneth and Beverly Pond until settling in Upstate NY where she and her beloved husband John (predeceased) raised their family in the Village of Ballston Spa.

Heidi loved her role as a stay at home mom raising her six children and their “adopted" friends. She often considered herself a gourmet chef, her specialty being "Crackers and Cheese" (Ritz only). John and her spent most of their years in the antique business collecting and selling and most of all making great friends along the way. Her love of Halloween started on September 1st and lasted till the day before Thanksgiving when her Christmas tree went up. She loved to travel, especially by train. Her love of the ocean was clear to all hoping one day to return to the ocean. She was very proud of her families military history and had the opportunity to share this with her grandchildren.

She had a vivacious personality and never failed to make those around her laugh. She made friends everywhere she went, whether it be a walk through the Village or a train ride across the country. She truly loved her laughs with the gang at the "Stoop" and her time with her long time dear friends at Talk Of the Town Auction House. Heidi treasured time with her family and embraced every moment with them. She especially loved her role as "Drammy". Her grandchildren would like to say to her "Thank you for being our loudest cheer leader, we will miss your precious supporting voice, we love you and will miss you always".

She was predeceased by her parents Kenneth and Beverly Pond and her beloved devoted husband John. Heidi is survived by her children Donald Christman, Jennifer Staulters (Clay), Ann Oddy (Noah), Deborah Jourdanais (Justin), Ashley Christman and Amanda Hutchins (Stephen); grandchildren Cody (Somer), Ben, Tyler, Michael, Matthew, Derek, Carrie and Elliot; sister Brenda Pastor; special friends John and Beverly Stanislowsky; companion Tom Klingman, and his loving family.

The family is preparing a local memorial service so her dear friends and family may say goodbye. Her eternal rest will be at sea with her beloved husband.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

“I only care for the lonely sea
and I always will I know,
For the love of the sea is born in me
It will never let me go…”
~Jacqueline Lee Bouvier

Alice I. Springer 78, passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by her loving family on Monday, May 25, 2020. She was born in Mechanicville, NY on September 25, 1941, to Harold and Helen (Stockwell) Horn.

Alice was a bus driver for Galway Central School for 20 years. She previously worked at Chuck’s Store in Galway and Rickett’s in Ballston Spa. Alice enjoyed bowling, dancing and traveling with her family. She was a volunteer and coach for the Special Olympics.

She was predeceased by her parents and her brother Richard Horn. Alice is survived by her husband Donald and their children Donald Springer (Tina) of Loris, SC, Betty Edwards (Jeff) of Ellenboro, NC, and Vicki Springer of Greenfield; grandchildren Danielle Springer, Heather Robinson, Jason Springer (Leeza), Jeffrey Edwards (Megan) and Jacob Edwards (Angela); brother Harold Horn; twelve great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

A private family service will be held. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in memory of Alice may be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Jeannette A. Neville 65, passed away on Sunday, May 24, 2020. She was born in Darby, Pennsylvania on August 27, 1954 to Thomas and Henrietta Murphy. She attended Cardinal O’Hara High School in Springfield, PA and was a graduate of Niskayuna High School and Mercy Catholic Medical Center School of Radiologic Technology.

Jeannette worked as a radiologic technologist for over forty years, most recently at St. Mary’s Hospital in Troy. Jeannette was a loving mother and a loyal friend. She was empathetic and kind; the type of person who would help anyone that needed her. She always had an open door and it brought her great joy to welcome family and friends into her home. As a lifelong Philadelphia Eagles fan, Sundays in the Fall were spent watching “The Birds”, as she affectionately called them. Jeannette loved traveling and exploring new places, skiing with her family, and spending time at the Jersey shore. Her fondest memories are of times spent with her children and grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her parents Thomas and Henrietta Murphy and her brothers James and William Murphy. Jeannette is survived by her husband of 45 years Phillip Neville and their children Christopher Neville (Becca) and Amanda Lansing (David); grandchildren Autumn Neville and Rocco Neville; brother Thomas Murphy (Kathy); sister Monica Charleton; sisters in law Maggie Murphy-Jones, Janine Murphy, Roxanne Davis (Rich) and brother in law Patrick Neville (Jean); and many nieces and nephews.

A private family service will be held with burial at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Jeannette may be made to Healing Springs Recovery Community and Outreach Center http://www.sararecovery.org/healing-springs/
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John P. Jones 59, passed away on Saturday, May 23, 2020. He was born in Ballston Spa, NY on September 19, 1960 to George and Patricia (Kilburn) Jones.

John worked for Ballston Spa Central Schools for many years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping with family. He was a scrapper and loved searching for treasures at garage sales.

“Big John” treated all his friends like family and cherished the times they spent together. He would always greet you with a “skittlebolt” with his pointer finger gripped between his teeth.

He was predeceased by his father George and his brother David. John is survived by his wife Jami and their daughter Tabetha; his mother Patricia Jones; siblings Joann Harris, Kelly Jones (Rick), and Michael Jones (Sandy); many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and beloved friends.

A celebration of life will be held on a later date. Memorial contributions in memory of John may be made to the Rubin Dialysis Center, 59C Myrtle Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12020.

John P. Morris 58, passed away on May 16, 2020. He was born in Glens Falls, NY on August 29, 1961 to Richard and Frances Morris. He served in the US Army.

John worked for AIM services for 18 years and later became the general manager at Pizza Hut. In 2017 he found his true calling when he began working at Rivers Casino in Schenectady as a table games dealer. He was a true gambler at heart and had not missed an opening day at the Saratoga Race Track in over 40 years. He loved to travel with his daughter.

He was predeceased by his parents Richard and Frances, and his brother George. John is survived by his children Jeremy Morris (Rebecca) and Sierra Morris; grandchildren Kara Rucinski, Katrina Rucinski, Oliver Morris, Killian Morris and Avery Morris; brothers Richard Morris, Joseph Morris and David Morris; sisters Penny Bessette and Kelly Kane, goddaughter Clara Jean Bessette, and several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be held on a later date. John will be buried with military honors in the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in memory of John may be made to the American Lung Association.

M. Joyce Rodger, 71, passed peacefully from her family’s arms into those of her mother on May 12, 2020. Joyce was born in Albany, NY to Joseph and Catherine (LaHait) Kowalski on May 29, 1948. She entered Vincentian Institute as a kindergartener and along with multiple friends and long-time neighbors, graduated in 1966.

After earning her Bachelor’s Degree Summa Cum Laude from SUNY Oneonta, she completed a graduate degree at St. Rose and taught first grade at St. Patrick’s School in Ravena. She subsequently accepted a position at the NYS Department of Labor. Her unfulfilled dream was to open a book store. Instead, after retiring from the Labor Department, she worked part time at the Round Lake Library.

Joyce was a loving and generous wife, mother and grandmother who enjoyed reading, knitting and animals. Her children and grandson knew she would nurture any dog, car, ferret or rooster they brought to her care so several strays found a permanent home on Malta Avenue.

Joyce will be greatly missed by her husband of 37 years Jack Rodger, her daughter Megan Brown, her son Matthew Rodger, her grandson Cody Rodger and by the pets who currently reside in their home. She is also survived by her brother Charles Kowalski (Margaret), her sister Marybeth Bonafide (Frank) all of Delmar, and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents Joseph and Catherine, and her first husband Martin Brown.

Funeral services will be private at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions in memory of Joyce may be made to Family Promise of the Capital Region, 738 New Scotland Avenue, Albany, NY 12208.

Mary B. Whitesel 88, passed away on May 11, 2020 at her home after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born in Nauvoo, Ohio on January 5, 1932, to Harold and Florence Bice.

Mary worked at Pure Oil Co and North American Aviation in Columbus, Ohio. On July 1, 1961 she married Frederick Whitesel and together they moved to Manchester, Connecticut. In 1976 they settled in Charlton, NY to raise their family. Mary worked as a bookkeeper at High Mills Garage in Burnt Hills, for many years, retiring in 1995.

She was a member of the Charlton Freehold Presbyterian Church where she served as a Deacon. Mary enjoyed dancing and crocheting and was very proud of her ceramic creations.

She was predeceased by her son John, her father and stepmother Harold and Murbel Bice, mother and stepfather Florence and Edward Henry, sister Emma Stone (James), and brother Ed Henry.

Mary is survived by loving husband Frederick; grandson Tyler Whitesel (Rebecca); stepgrandson Zachery Timberlin; sister Nancy Shea (Larry), sister in law Rosetta Henry; and many nieces and nephews.

A private family service will be held. Memorial contributions in memory of Mary may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Arden (Art) J. Younkin, age 85, formerly of Rome, NY, and Houston, TX, entered into rest peacefully after a brief illness on Saturday, May 2, 2020.

Art was born in Rockwood, PA, on April 7, 1935, a son of the late Jesse R. and Irene Phillippi Younkin. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a brother and sister-in-law, Dale (Lois) Younkin; a brother, Jerry Younkin; a sister, Velma Muir; and a daughter, Donna Younkin Matinchek. Art was formerly married to the late Margaret “Peggy” (Guggi) Younkin.

Art was raised in Ligonier, PA, and enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1954. He took pride in serving his country for four years while stationed at the former Griffiss Air Force Base, Rome, NY. Art then began his career as an Airline Mechanic with Mohawk, Allegheny, USAir, and retired as an Instructor from Continental Airlines in Houston, TX. Art was also involved in teaching aviation mechanics at the collegiate level. He returned to New York State to be closer to his children in 2012.

Art especially enjoyed woodworking of all types and time spent in an extensive wood shop in his home. When residing in Rome, NY, he completed construction of a home for his family. His musical tendencies ranged from playing guitar in his earlier years to being identified by his continuous whistling in his final years.

Arden is survived by daughters, Denice Townsend, Verona, NY, and Debbie and Keith Atlas, Ballston Spa, NY, and a son, Dan and Audrey (Zakala) Younkin, Rome, NY; seven grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

A memorial service and burial will take place with full military honors at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

The family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to the physicians, nurses, and staff at Samaritan Hospital in Troy, NY for their compassionate care of Arden.

David A. Palmer, Sr. 82, passed away on Wednesday, April 29, 2020. He was born in Ballston Spa, NY on April 26, 1938 to David Ira Palmer and Marjorie Merchant Palmer.

David and his wife Diane owned and operated Pine Meadows Farm in Amsterdam. He also worked for the Town of Charlton Highway Department and VanPatten Builders.

David attended all the county fairs where he visited the cow barns and enjoyed his favorite treat ice cream. He also enjoyed hunting and was a member of the Mohawk Valley Cat and Coon Club and bowled in the Broadalbin and Galway Men’s Bowling League. A lifelong farmer, he was a member of the Fulton County Farm Bureau.

He was predeceased by his brothers Bernard Palmer and Carl Palmer. David is survived by his wife of 58 years Diane and their children, Randie Boerenko (Butch) of Galway, David Palmer, Jr (Faye) of St Johnsville, Ty Palmer of Fort Plain, Grant Palmer of Broadalbin and Brock Palmer (April) of Broadalbin; sister Joan Montgomery (Lowell); sisters in law Shirley Palmer and Margaret Palmer; several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to the family farm at 2646 County Highway 107 on Sunday, May 3 from 1pm to 4pm, where there will be a designated drive thru area to safely visit with the family from your car.

A private family service will be held with burial in Sweetman Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in memory of David may be made to the 4-H Training Center, c/o CCE, 50 West High Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or the Saratoga Co Agricultural Society, 162 Prospect Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Robert H. Masson 84, passed away on Tuesday, April 28, 2020. He was born in the Bronx, NY on February 13, 1936 to Hans and Elisabeth Masson. He served in the United States Army.

Bob owned and operated the IGA Village Market in Ballston Spa for 22 years. He also worked for JR Welding for many years and was currently working as a bus monitor for Upstate Transit.

Bob was a lifelong member and past president of the Ballston Spa Lions Club. He was also a member of the VFW Post 358 and American Legion Post 234 of Ballston Spa. He was a member of the Rock City Falls Volunteer Fire Dept and served as commissioner.

Bob was always there to help out in his community. He was a regular donor to the American Red Cross and reached out to many charity organizations including the Shriners. He enjoyed collecting trains and train memorabilia, taking his beloved dog Heidi out for car rides and spending time with his family and friends.

Bob is survived by his son Robert A. Masson.

Due to the current restrictions a private service will be held. A celebration to honor Bob’s life will be announced on a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Bob may be made to the American Heart Association.

Lynda R. White 72, passed away Monday, April 27, 2020 at Saratoga Hospital. Born and raised in Ballston Spa, NY, on October 27, 1947, she was the daughter of George and Christina Wade.

Lynda graduated from Ballston Spa High School in 1965 and made her home in Ballston to be near to the most important thing in her life, her family.

The most cherished and greatest joy in Lynda’s life was her daughters and her grandchildren. She loved playing cards, games, and laughing with them and watching them grow.

Lynda was preceded in death by her parents George and Christina, her precious daughter Janice, her brother and sister in law Ralph and Diane Wade, and her brother in law James Krutz.

She is survived by her daughters, Denise Cook and her husband Tom of Cornwall, Melissa White of Ballston Spa, Kim Hathaway and her husband Jim of Ballston Spa; her grandchildren Taylor, Makenzie, Ryan, Ayla, Thomas, Maria and Aleksandr; siblings Joanne Krutz, Christina Bublak (Richard), George Wade (Cindy), Paul Wade (Anne); and many nieces and nephews.

Due to the Covid 19 restrictions services will be private. The family will have a celebration of life on a later date.

Memorial contributions in memory of Lynda may be made to Catholic Charities, 142 Regent Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Russell L. Palmateer 71, passed away on Sunday, April 26, 2020 at his home surrounded by his family. He was born on June 10, 1948 to Russell Palmateer, Sr. and Eleanor Harris.

Rusty was the head mechanic for the Schuylerville Central School District and the owner and operator of Rusty’s Repair Shop.

Every Friday night he could be found racing #22 in the hobby stock division at the Albany Saratoga Speedway in Malta. Rusty loved racing and being with his family and friends at the racetrack. His greatest joy was his grandchildren and he treasured the time he spent with them.

Rusty was predeceased by his father Russell and his mother Eleanor. Rusty is survived by his wife Mary Ellen; his children Jessica Macchi (Todd), Russell Palmateer, III, and Sarah Smith (Steven); grandchildren Emily, Caeden, Danielle and Charlotte Smith, Madison and Libby Palmateer, Corynn Willette, Sophie and Bella Macchi; brothers Ricky Palmateer (Crystal) and Fred Harris, Jr. (Jan);stepfather Fred Harris, Sr.; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Rusty are private due to the current regulations. The family asks that you keep them in your thoughts and raise a glass of the beverage of your choice in memory of Rusty.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in memory of Rusty to Wicklund Warriors at www.wicklundwarriors.com

Lewis M. Hill passed away on Friday, April 24, 2020 at the age of 78. He was born in Baltimore, Maryland on June 14, 1941, to Kenneth and Frances Hill.

In his early years, Lew explored North America by hiking and climbing various trails from New York to California. Following in his father’s footsteps he became a carpenter and served as a member of Carpenters Union Local 370 in Albany. He also worked for some years at Bast Hatfield Construction.

He volunteered on the Ballston Lake Ambulance Squad and was a member of Our Lady of Grace, Hudson Valley Harp Association, the Schenectady Pipe Band, Northeastern Woodworkers Association, and Boxing for Parkinson's. Lew enjoyed a full life of hobbies which included reading westerns and sci-fi, listening to Scottish and Irish music including bagpipes and harp, drinking single malt scotch, eating ice cream, embracing nature through gardening, beekeeping and farming, woodworking, and exchanging puns and limericks. His life’s mission was to make people smile and that he did.

Lew is survived by his devoted and caring wife of 45 years, Betty, daughter Sara, daughter Naomi and son-in-law Dimitri, grandson Skylar, sister Carol and brother-in-law Paul, sister Janet and brother-in-law Muayad, cousin Shirley, nieces Moria, Chellie, Kismet and Yasamin, nephews-in-law Darren and Tim and other loving relatives and friends.

There once was a man named Lew,
For whom you might have knew,
He always did pun,
Because it was fun,
Even if you hadn’t a clue.
~ The Hill Family

In lieu of flowers please donate to the Ballston Lake Emergency Medical Service, Northeastern Woodworkers Association, or the Sierra Club.

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