Obituaries


Clifford E. Lawrence, Sr. 76 passed away peacefully in his sleep on Friday, November 15, 2019 in Saratoga Springs, NY after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Clif was born in Ballston Spa, NY on August 18, 1943 to Zillah (Butterfield) and Ambrose Lawrence.

Clif worked for Verizon for 33 years before retiring in 2002. He split his time between Ocala, FL and Schuylerville, NY before moving full time to Ocala in late 2017. He had a love hate relationship with the game of golf and often kidded about building a 14 hole course so he could break 80. He and his son were hosts of the Annual Lawrence Invitational Charity Two Person Scramble for 20 years, sharing laughs and creating memories with friends while raising money for those less fortunate. Clif also had a passion for thoroughbred racing, becoming an owner and breeder, reaching the winners circle at Saratoga Race Course several times this decade. He was quite creative in the kitchen and loved to test his recipes on his family.

He was a good listener with a great laugh and a generous soul whose kindness will live on in our hearts forever.

Clif with one F, Silver, Focker, Poppa, and Dad as he was known to his family and friends is survived by his life partner of more than 25 years Carol Barrett, his sister Gail Burkey (Larry) and his two children, Tiffany Lawrence and Clifford “Chip” Lawrence Jr. (Wendy) along with his 3 granddaughters Halie Cederstrom, Chloe Lawrence, and Maddie Lawrence whom he cherished so dearly, plus many nieces and nephews. Clif was predeceased by his parents and 4 other siblings.

The family is planning to host a celebration of life this summer at Saratoga Race Course.

Memorial contributions in memory of Clif may be made to Old Friends at Cabin Creek, 483 Sandhill Rd, Greenfield Center, NY 12833.

Charles R. Biddle, 75, passed away on Thursday, November 14, 2019 with family by his side. Born in Cleveland, Ohio on July 13, 1944, he was the son of Ralph Biddle and Laverne Moore. He grew up in Niagara Falls, NY, served as an Alter Boy at Prince of Peace Church and graduated from LaSalle Senior High School in 1962. Chuck was U.S. Air Force veteran.

Chuck later moved to Dryden, NY and was a salesman for Moore Business Forms in Ithaca for many years. He enjoyed golf, spending time in the sun, waterskiing, boating, camping, hunting and spending time with family.

Charles is survived by his children Shari Keegan and Charles R. Biddle, II (Brenda); grandchildren Ryan Keegan, Robert Winney, Jr., Amanda Smith (Grayson), and Charles Biddle III.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in memory of Chuck on Wednesday, November 20, at 9:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church, 167 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

A special thank you to the staff at Pathways Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Niskayuna for their loving care and support during his time there.

Memorial contributions in memory of Charles Biddle may be made to Pathways Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, 1805 Providence Ave., Niskayuna, NY 12309.

William “Bunk” Hika, Sr. 63, of Middle Grove passed away on Tuesday, November 12, 2019. Born in Saratoga Springs, NY on November 18, 1955, he was the son of Martin and Lois Hika.

He married the love of his life, Gale Babb Hika, on July 22, 1989. They were true partners in life for 39 years, building their home and business together, raising their children and enjoying the love and joy of their grandchildren.

Bunk’s greatest legacy is the love he had for his family and friends, especially the love he carried close to his heart for his children and grandchildren.

An avid hunter and Harley enthusiast, Bunk was always ready for a party and an adventure. He was a good friend to many and always ready to lend a helping hand.

Bunk was predeceased by his parents.

He is survived by his wife, Gale; children William Hika, Jr. (Heather), Ashlee Schmidt (Jason), and Brandon Hika; his grandchildren Samantha, Mattie, Lilee, Lucas, Kennedy, and Emerson; great-granddaughter Bonnie; siblings Tim Baugh, Susan Hika, John Hika, Gail Kelly (Kevin), Joe Hika, Nancy Cooper (Kevin), Martin Hika (Ginny) and Lois Hika (Quincie); many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, November 17 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A time of sharing will be held at 3 p.m.

Following the service, a celebration of Bunk’s life will be held at the ITAM, 247 Grand Avenue, Saratoga Springs, NY.

A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, November 18 at Middle Grove Cemetery, 400 Middle Grove Road, Greenfield Center, NY.

In lieu of flowers, the family encourages everyone to celebrate Bunk's life and the legacy of love and friendship he left behind.

If you look toward New York State near Ballston Spa, do not think that you are mistaken if the lights of the city seem fainter than usual. Because so very unexpectedly, a brilliant soul was lost on Sunday, November 10, 2019, B. Timothy Smith passed away. A man of complexity and levity; a man of deep compassion and caring for this world.

A veteran of the US Navy, he served in Vietnam. He worked as a foreign car mechanic who owned and operated Tim Smith, Inc. in Albany, for over 30 years. This was distinctive automotive repair shop, servicing Mercedes Benz, BMW and Porsche vehicles. In an article in the Albany Business Review, contributor Kenneth J. Rawley aptly described Tim and his shop.

“Smith's shop looks like a hurricane blew through the front door, but the guy seems to be a surgeon when working on cars.”

“The other reason I'm attracted to such a place is its soul, which reeks of individuality, of being out of the ordinary, different. No one will be franchising Smith's concept soon, which is good for both customers and owner.”

Tim Smith was an extraordinary soul, who lived his days as a devoted husband, father, friend, and keeper of the land. He had an innate sense of curiosity and fondness for all creatures great and small; perpetually exploring the strange and mysterious workings of the natural world. You could find him scouring the fields for signs of Monarch butterflies; walking in the woods; reading the paper and comics with his buddy, Ray; tilling, mowing or snow blowing with his Gravely tractors; or puttering with his antique engines. He had a unique perspective; his insights and knowledge of all things scientific never ceased to amaze. He could be heard calling in to WAMC’s Vox Pop to comment and ask intriguing questions. He was a gifted and astute observer, interacting with people and the world with genuine interest and compassion. Most of all, Tim enjoyed sharing a glass of wine, meal and conversation with the people he loved.

Tim leaves his wife Barbara; daughter Megan, son Justin (Dieu), grandchildren Taylor, Madison (his favorite granddaughter), Jackson, Wyatt, Wilson, and William; sister Shelley Licurse, brother Stephen Smith, several nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends, all left with a sense of loss but a gratitude for having experienced his love and his life.

Funeral services will be held 10:30am Friday, November 15 at St. Mary’s Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. 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 Thursday, November 14 from 4pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the environment by planting trees or a pollinator garden. https://www.arborday.org/ https://www.pollinator.org/guides

An astute observer of life, analytical thinker and researcher, David Leon Sutton, 75, of Saratoga Lake, NY passed away peacefully with family by his side on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at Saratoga Springs Hospital. David was born in Canton, NY on October 23, 1944 to the late Eleanor and Ernest Sutton. He was a 1962 graduate of Galway Central School, earned a BS in Psychology from Stony Brook University in 1966 and further completed graduate work at Adelphi University. David had a long standing career working as the Director of Research for the New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA) where he lead and directed project development, research and analytical teams. David was a pioneer in designing internet based information access systems in support of agency policy and program development operations.

David enjoyed many different past times through his years - singing, playing guitar, painting and drawing, fishing, carpentry and woodworking, problem solving, photography, cooking, and family. Family was the central theme to David’s life and the value he placed on those close to him continues with his family today. David is survived by his wife of 50 years Elke E. Sutton, his son Daniel (Martha-Ellen) of Wallingford, CT and daughter Maya (Marco) of Niskayuna, NY, his 4 grandchildren Ella, Benjamin, Theodore and Kai, his sister Karen and brother John (Beth), along with his niece Liz and nephews William and Andrew.

Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours from 5pm to 7pm on Monday, November 11th at the Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of David can be made to the Malta-Stillwater EMS, 2449 US-9, Malta, NY 12020.

Shirley Malik Melander 84, passed away on Friday, November 1, 2019, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease, surrounded by her loving family. Born in Schenectady, NY on April 30, 1936 she was the daughter of William and Blanche Malik. She graduated from Saratoga High School in 1955.

Shirley worked at Wood Road Elementary School, where she loved the children and enjoyed her coworkers. She was actively involved with the First Baptist Church of Ballston Spa. She enjoyed crafting, cooking, baking and dancing. Her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren were her whole world and she treasured the time she spent with all of them.

She was predeceased by her parents and her brother William Malik. Shirley is survived by her loving husband of 64 years Robert Melander; her sister and best friend Sally Malik Ball; her children Sherri Melander-DeGiorgio (Vincent), Carol Melander, and Paul Melander (Debbie); her grandchildren Alyssa Bertrand, Zachary Bertrand (Lauren), Jessica Winney, Monica Foos (Michael), Matthew DeGiorgio, Mitchell Melander, and Madalynn Melander; and her great grandchildren Amya, Ava, Kaylin, Ari, Madison, and Lena.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, November 3 from 2pm to 4pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 4pm. A private family burial will be in Malta West Ridge Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in memory of Shirley may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

The family would like to thank her loving caregivers Darlene Pratt, Laura Snyder and Kathleen Iwaneczko, who made it possible for her to remain at home and Rev. David Waldo of the First Baptist Church for his compassion and support.

Lester C. Lord Jr. 89, passed away on Thursday, October 31, 2019. Born in New Haven, Connecticut, on October 29, 1930, he was the son of the late Lester and Ethel Lord, Sr. He served in the US Air Force during the Korean War.

Lester was a salesman for Hyde’s RV and Boats in Rexford for many years. He enjoyed fishing and playing golf. He was an avid NY Giants fan. Lester also enjoyed playing basketball at the YMCA.

He was predeceased by his wife Josephine Lord, son Edward Lord and his sisters Joan Amarone and Judy Merola. Lester is survived by his daughters Sherrie Lord and Andrea Lord; his stepsons Garrett Trerise (Donna) and Crim Trerise (Elizabeth); fiancé Alice Whitaker; grandchildren Victoria Trerise, Helen Leet, Dylan Trerise, Colin Trerise, and Madeline Trerise; brothers Robert Lord and Jay Lord; beloved niece Jacqueline Amarone-DeLucia; and several other nieces and nephews.

Funeral services with military honors will be held 2pm Friday, November 8, at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Lester may be made to the Community Emergency Corp.

Dorothy M. Weatherford, 89, passed away on Thursday, October 31, 2019. Born in Sharon Springs, NY on April 19, 1930, she was the daughter of Clifford and Edna Shoemaker.

Dorothy was a loving mother and grandmother. She treasured her family and the times they spent together. She enjoyed listening to Willie Nelson and watching John Wayne movies.

She was predeceased by her parents Clifford and Edna, her husband Howard Weatherford, daughter Nancy Smith and sister Betty. Dorothy is survived by her daughters Linda Weatherford of Homestead, Florida, Kathy Hart (Joseph) of Ballston Spa, Theresa Ricci (Burt) of Greenfield Center and Randi Schlitz (Charles) of Augusta, Georgia; siblings Clifford Shoemaker, Jr., Richard Shoemaker, Raymond Shoemaker, Joyce Ouelette and Rose Jeffers; nine grandchildren, sixteen great grandchildren, one great great grandson and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held 11am Wednesday, November 6 at Evergreen Memorial Park, 2150 Central Avenue, Schenectady.

Memorial contributions in memory of Dorothy may be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association.

Dennis W. Haskell, 62, passed away on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at his sister’s home surrounded by his family. Born in Ballston Spa, NY on June 29, 1957, he was the son of George and Helen Haskell.

Dennis was a maintenance worker at the Gideon Putnam Hotel in Saratoga Springs for many years. He enjoyed watching WWE and on Friday nights he could be found watching the races at the Albany-Saratoga Speedway in Malta.

He was predeceased by his father George L. Haskell and his brother George E. Haskell. Dennis is survived by his mother Helen Haskell; and his siblings Dawn O’Neil (Robert), Rick Haskell, Joann Lavoy (Keith), Mark Haskell, Cindy Haskell (Gale), and Tammy Tedrow (David); and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, November 4 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 Factory Village Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in memory of Dennis may be made to the Rubin Dialysis Center, 59 Myrtle Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Leona E. Pitman 76, passed away on Monday, October 28, 2019. Born in Albany, NY on November 12, 1942, she was the daughter of William and Liddia Pitman. Leona worked as a housekeeper at the Gideon Putnam in Saratoga Springs for many years.

Leona is survived by her loving companion Arlington Uline, Jr; her stepbrothers Bob Pitman, Jack Pitman and Jeff Pitman; and her extended Uline family.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, October 31, from 11am to noon at the Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will be held at noon. Burial will follow in Ballston Spa Cemetery.

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

The family would like to thank Dr. Michael, her nurse Christine, and the entire staff at Saratoga Center for their care and compassion.

Thomas M. Houck, 67 passed away on Sunday October 27, 2019 at Saratoga Hospital following a terminal illness, surrounded by his family.

Born in Sidney NY on April 4, 1952 to Annabelle Weeks and Glen Houck. Tom graduated with BS in media and broadcasting from SUNY Oswego, relocated to Ballston Spa, NY and was employed in the automobile business until his retirement in 2013.

Tom is survived by his daughters Sara Houck and Erin Houck of Queensbury, NY, former spouse Eileen Houck of Ballston Spa, his sister Margaret Howell (Joe) of Colorado Springs, CO, brother Larry Houck (Edie), nephew Andrew Houck, and niece Leeanna Belle Houck all of Sidney, NY.

Relatives and friends are invited to a memorial service 6pm Wednesday, October 30 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc. 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

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

Arthur R. Flanagan, 72, passed away on Saturday, October 26, 2019, at his home surrounded by his family. Born in Niskayuna, NY on November 2, 1946, he was the son of Frank and Bronca Flanagan. He was an Army veteran serving in Vietnam and Germany.

Art was a forklift mechanic for over forty years. He retired from Tri Lift Inc in Albany in 2011. He was a lifetime member of the North American Hunting Club and a proud member of the NRA.

Art enjoyed the great outdoors, hunting, fishing, kayaking and feeding the birds. He liked to garden and work on home projects. He was an animal lover especially beagles and labs. He was a fan of the Detroit Red Wings. His greatest joy was being a grandpa. “Pa” treasured the time he spent with his granddaughter.

He was predeceased by his parents Frank and Bronca, and his brothers Frank and David. Art is survived by the love of his life and best friend, his wife Theresa; daughter Kerrie; granddaughter Brooke; sisters Edith Korowyjazk of Middle Grove, Lindia Douglas (Ted) of Middle Grove and Laurie Dupont (David) of Ballston Spa; numerous nieces and nephews, and his beloved animal companions.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, November 1 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 Barkersville Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in memory of Art may be made to the Beagle Freedom Project, 4804 Laurel Canyon Blvd #534, Valley Village, CA 91607.

The family would like to thank Dr. Rashid, Dr Su, Dr Frank, Dr Zagar, Dr. Lynch, Dr. Kufs and Dr. Pezzulo and their staffs, and Hospice of Saratoga for their care and compassion.

Eva M. Ebert 82, passed away on Friday, October 25, 2019. Born in Ballston Spa, New York on February 24, 1937, she was the daughter of William and Eva Morris.

Eva worked at Maplewood Manor in Ballston Spa for fifteen years, retiring in 1997. She was an avid sports fan and enjoyed watching football, baseball, and basketball. Eva loved to fish and whenever she visited her sister in Missouri she spent most of her time out fishing.

She was predeceased by her husband Henry, and her brothers William, John and Ronald. Eva is survived by her sons William Ebert, John Ebert (Brenda), Henry Ebert (Cheri) and Ronald Ebert (Denise); siblings Helen Haskell, James Morris (Ann) and Janice Ellis (Ronald); six grandchildren, six great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10am Wednesday, October 30 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Saratoga Springs. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, October 29 from 4pm to 7pm at the funeral home.

Jean H. McClelland 94, passed away on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at her home surrounded by her loving family. Born in Freehold, NJ on September 7, 1925, she was the daughter of Phillip and Helen Harrison.

Jean graduated from Skidmore College and worked for the NYS Department of Transportation for 42 years, retiring in 2008. She enjoyed fishing, knitting and watching WWE wrestling. On Friday nights she could often be found at Albany-Saratoga Speedway watching her son race. She loved her dogs and donated monthly to the ASPCA to help animals.

Jean was a founding member of the Malta Ambulance Corp and a member of the Malta Ridge Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. She was the editor of the Treasure Chest a local newspaper in Ballston Spa.

She was predeceased by her first husband Charles J. Higley, Jr, second husband Joseph F. McClelland and her brother Reid Harrison.

Jean is survived by her sons Charles Higley, III (Rebecca), John Higley, Robert Higley (Kim) and Joseph McClelland; grandchildren Katy, Clare, RJ, Tiara, Tiffany, Jonathan, Willow and Dillion; and great grandchildren Dayton, Preston, Paul, Adaline, Phoebe, Greyson and Adriana.

The family would like to thank Paul Jewett for his compassionate care of Jean.

A memorial service will be 11am November 2 at the First Presbyterian Church, 22 West High Street, Ballston Spa.

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

Geralyn E. Minkler 76, passed away on Tuesday, October 22, 2019. Born in Cobleskill, NY on November 3, 1942, she was the daughter of Gerald and Estella Mereness.

Geralyn ran a daycare in her home in Niskayuna for many years. She later moved to Galway and was a teacher’s aide at the Galway Central Schools, retiring in 2010. Geralyn was beloved by all her students and was awarded the “Everybody’s Grandma” award by the Galway School Board.

She was a member of the West Charlton Presbyterian Church where she sang in the choir and served as a deacon. She was also a Lioness and member of the Galway Lion’s Club.

She was predeceased by her parents Gerald and Estella, and her second husband Eugene DeLafleur. Geralyn is survived by her husband Gerard Minkler; her children James Whittredge (Kelly), Gregory DeLaFleur (Donna), Ernie Whittredge (Marybeth), Heidi Cavanaugh (Douglas), Donna Bucher (Keith), Brian DeLaFleur (Amy), David Whittredge (Debbie), Deborah Bennett (Russell), and Donna Defibaugh (Karl); siblings Marylee Slater, Judy Strauss and Dale Mereness (Betty); 20 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10am Monday, October 28 at the West Charlton United Presbyterian Church, Sacandaga Road, Charlton. Burial will follow in St Mary’s Cemetery, Galway. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, October 27 from 2pm to 5pm at Armer Funeral home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Geralyn may be made to the West Charlton United Presbyterian Church or Galway Library.

Morgan Ashley Kunz passed away on October 21, 2019. Morgan was born in Saratoga, New York in 1994. She loved growing up in Malta and graduated from Saratoga High School. She was a performer and was on stage several times in her short life, from chorus and talent shows, to Caffe Lena’s in Saratoga Springs and the Linda in Albany.

She is survived by her daughter, Bella Hope and the oh-so many people who love, and miss her.

Some will remember her for her laugh, some for her singing, others for her sass. Many will remember her for her ability to love, her bravery, her powerful confidence, quiet strength and fierce attitude; and the lucky ones, we know her for all of these and so much more.

We will be celebrating this beautiful being that touched so many, her life, and all she brought to ours, on her 'Happy Birthday', May 3, 2020. Please save the date and we will share more information as it gets closer.

Contributions in her memory can be made to Caffe Lena, Healing Springs Recovery Community and Outreach Center, Ronald McDonald House, Four Winds Saratoga or Kelley Park.

Please join Bella and our family to celebrate Morgan and her life on her
“Happy Birthday “, May 3, 2020.

We’ll be having an open house from 2-5pm with “A Remembering” at 3:30 at the
Saratoga-Wilton Elks Lodge.
1 Elks Lane Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

I would like to make a book for Bella. There will be pages out for you to write a remembrance or story of Morgan for her. The room will be setup to be child-friendly and kiddos are more than welcome.

Suzette M. Carr (nee Smyth), aged 101 of Malta, NY, former longtime resident of Northport, LI. Beloved wife of the late John. Devoted mother to Mary (Craig) Brundage, Susan (the late John) Pospisil, John (Anne Marie) and Carol Anne Germain. Loving grandmother to Christina, Kathleen, Erin, Christopher and the late Daniel.

The funeral service for Suzette will be held Saturday, November 9, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Philip Neri Church in Northport. In lieu of flowers, donations in Suzette’s memory may be made to: St Philip Neri Church, 344 Main St, Northport, NY 11768 or to The Community Hospice Foundation, 310 S. Manning Blvd., Albany, NY 12208.

Lois J. LeBarron Smith Phelps, 85, passed away on Monday, October 21, 2019. Born on May 17, 1934 in Troy, NY, she was the daughter of Clayton and Elsie (Gifford) LeBarron. Lois was a 1951 graduate of Hoosick Falls High School and attended college at Russell Sage.

Lois worked for the State of New York in the education department and the labor department for 37 years. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star where she held many offices and the First Presbyterian Church in Ballston Spa. She enjoyed crafts, sewing and crocheting.

In addition to her parents, Lois is predeceased by her husband, Ronald Phelps, Sr., sister, Sandra Taylor and brother, Dennis LeBarron. She is survived by three step children, Ronald Phelps, Jr. of Malta, Mark Phelps of Florida and Darlynda Reilly (Bob) of Virginia; her sisters, Janice Tate (Jerry) of Hoosick Falls and Clara LeBarron (Jim) of Albany; a brother, Douglas LeBarron (Claudia) of North Carolina; 10 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and her beloved friend, Victoria Huber.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, October 26 from 11am to 1pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will be held at 1pm. Burial will follow in Dunning Street Cemetery, Malta.

Lois would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Rachid Daoui and his staff for the wonderful care she received.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Lois to the First Presbyterian Church of Ballston Spa, 22 West High Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Sally J. Vedder 84, passed away into the arms of the Lord on Sunday, October 20, 2019, surrounded by her loving family. She was the daughter of the late Calvin and Sally (Sarah) Wheeler of Connecticut.

Sally married the love of her life Donald P. Vedder and their storybook romance began in 1956 when they moved to Jonesville, built their home and started a family. They loved spending time with their many relatives and friends especially their sons Jeffrey and James and their grandchildren. They enjoyed traveling around the country in their RV and wintering in Florida where they made many new friends.

Sally retired in 1998 as the Sole Assessor for the Town of Clifton Park. She received the NYS Assessor’s Association Inc. Professionalism Award. Sally also worked several years for GE, Saratoga County in real property and at home beside her husband in his printing company Ace Lito. She was a very active member of the Saratoga County Republican Committee and the Saratoga County Women’s Republican Committee.

She was predeceased by her beloved husband Donald and her siblings Norma, Phyllis and William. Sally is survived by her sons Jeffrey Vedder (Lisa) of Jonesville and James Vedder (Justina) of Jonesville; grandchildren Nyisha Vedder, Dalton Vedder, Samantha Vedder and Sarah Vedder; great grandchildren Ayden and Aleana; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 8:30am Friday, October 25 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, October 24 from 4pm to 7pm at the funeral home.

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

Carol A. Kniskern 76, passed away on Sunday, October 20, 2019. Born in Niskayuna, New York on May 10, 1943, she was the daughter of Charles and Nancy Tucker.

Carol started her career as an accountant for MTI in Latham. She was an antique dealer and owned Granny’s Parlor for many years as well as the business in downtown Ballston Spa known as Granny’s Other Place. Carol later worked as a caregiver for Seniors to the Rescue and continued to work as a private duty caregiver.

Carol was a member of the Music Company Orchestra, playing trumpet with the volunteer music group which plays at area retirement centers and nursing homes. She also played for the Clifton Park Senior Orchestra. She was a gifted seamstress and made her own wedding dress and other family members’ dresses.

She was predeceased by her husband Paul Kniskern. Carol is survived by her sons Paul Kniskern (Pam), Samuel Ostrowski (Alice), Ron Kniskern, and Ira Ostrowski (Erin); brother Kenneth Tucker (Patsy); dearest friend Judy Nelson; thirteen grandchildren, five great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, and many close friends.

Funeral services will be held 10am Thursday, October 24, 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 Wednesday, October 23 from 5pm to 7pm at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions in memory of Carol may be made to the Music Company Orchestra at www.mcomusic.org

Suzanne K. Nickle passed away on October 17, 2019. Born in Glens Falls, NY, she was the daughter of Edward and Helen Kennedy.

She held her family first and foremost in her heart. As her children matured, Suzanne worked for G. F. Blackmer & Son in Saratoga Springs for many years. She was always happiest when her home was filled to the brim. She was renowned for cooking for a crowd, her contagious laughter, celebrating holidays, having a book in her hands, doing her crossword puzzles, having her dog by her side, helping others, and welcoming everyone to join in. Her family was blessed with her love, generosity, strength, support, and kindness.

She was predeceased by her husband Clifford Nickle. Suzanne is survived by her children David Nickle (Susan), Kathleen Horn (David), and Amy Hartman (Tom); grandchildren Matthew Nickle (Rebecca), Benjamin Nickle (Melanie), Daniel Nickle, Christopher Nickle, Theodore Horn, Clifford Hartman, and Katherine Hartman; sister Martha Warren (Robert) and two nephews Ronald and Charles.

A private family service will be held. Memorial contributions in memory of Suzanne may be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Robert D. Bush, Sr. 74, passed away on Tuesday, October 15, 2019. Born in Potsdam, NY on August 13, 1945, he was the son of John and Irene Bush.

Bob was a rural mail carrier for the Ballston Spa Post Office for 33 years retiring in 2000. After his retirement, he worked for the Village of Ballston Spa as a parking enforcer, crossing guard and wrote grants for the village.

Bob enjoyed wood working, gardening and working on home projects. He had a passion for old cars and liked to hunt and fish. His greatest joy was his grandchildren and he treasured the time he spent with them.

He was predeceased by his wife Margaret, and his siblings Francis, George, Tim and Bernie. Bob is survived by his children Karen LaBaff (Daryl) and Robert D. Bush, Jr.; grandchildren Ashley Manhey, Melissa Bush, Joshua Bush, Zachary LaBaff and Courtney LaBaff; great grandson Daniel; siblings Arnold Bush, Jerry Bush, Jack Bush, Marjorie Reed and Betty Munson; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10am Saturday, October 19 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in East Line Cemetery, Malta. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, October 18 from 4pm to 8pm at the funeral home.

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

Theresa L. Baker, 76, passed away on Monday, October 7, 2019. Born in Colchester, Vermont on December 30, 1942, she was the daughter of Wilfred and Gladys Angier.

Terri worked for WSWHE BOCES and Capital Region BOCES for over 30 years. She enjoyed knitting and crocheting, teaching her craft at the Corinth and Saratoga Seniors. Terri and her husband Ray traveled throughout the United States and spent the winter months in Mesquite, Nevada.

She was predeceased by her husband Raymond, grandchildren Ashley and Gregory Johnson, and siblings Elaine, George, Winnie, Phyllis, Rodney, Steve, and Gordon. Terri is survived by her daughter Robin Baker, stepchildren Robert Baker, Gail Marshall (Richard), and Mark Baker (Nancy Kiuber); grandchildren Dale Older, Renee Rutherford, and Harley Will; sister Barbara Pajeck; brother Gerald Angier; ten great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10am Saturday, October 12 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Middle Grove Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, October 11 from 5pm to 7pm at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions in memory of Terri may be made to Albany Medical Center.

Nancy L. Welch, 81, passed away on Monday, October 7, 2019. Born in Saratoga Springs, New York on June 26, 1938, she was the daughter of Warren and Beatrice Barnes.

Nancy worked at the Saratoga County Infirmary and later for Stewart’s in West Milton for many years, retiring in 2005. She enjoyed music and square dancing. Her family was her greatest treasure and she loved family gatherings and having coffee at Stewart’s with her friends.

She was predeceased by her husband Edward H. Welch, Sr., son Edward Welch, Jr, grandson Warren Fitzgerald, brothers Clifford Barnes and Richard Barnes, and sisters Jeanne Harris and Lucinda Storm. Nancy is survived by her children Lee Ann Welch (Richard Joubert), Jodi Medero (Alfonso), Bonnie Blonkowski, Kelly Goodhue (Roger), Scott Welch (Felicia Hilton), and Amanda Bailey (Jeremy); siblings Kenneth Barnes, Timothy Barnes, Deborah Fitzgerald, Melinda Reid, Lori Barnes and Chester Barnes; dear friend Millie Duval; many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

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

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

Pauline (Polly) Freiberger passed into the arms of her Lord and Savior on October 5, 2019 at Saratoga Hospital. Born in Crowville, Louisiana on March 27, 1925, she was 94.

Polly graduated high school in Crowville and attended BMI Business School in Monroe, Louisiana. She met Gus Freiberger in Louisiana in 1942 while he was on leave from the US Army just before he deployed overseas for World War II. They sparked a relationship with letters and were married on April 9, 1946 in Louisiana. They then moved to Stillwater, NY to raise their family.

Polly was active in the Ballston Area Seniors and was a 4-H leader for many years. She was a founding member of the Malta Ambulance Corps and was active in the Ladies Auxiliary of the Malta Ridge Fire Co and the Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW in Saratoga Springs. Polly was a member of the Greater Commandments Ministries Church in Ballston Spa.

Polly and Gus were fond of travel and have traveled all over the world. She will always be remembered for her infectious laugh, smile, and love of cardinals.

She was predeceased by her parents, Allen and Fanny (Bradley) Mathis, siblings Archie Mathis, Bishop Mathis, Louie Mathis, H.D. Mathis, Floyd Mathis, Teckla Stocks and Nina Evans, and her beloved husband of 64 years, Gustave Freiberger.

Polly is survived by her children Lillian Jennings (Richard) of Malta, Edward Freiberger of Chuckie, TN, Charles Freiberger (Jackie) of Chuckie, TN and Henry Freiberger (Debra) of Malta; several grandchildren, great grandchildren, one great great grandson and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, October 10 from 9am to 11am at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will be held at 11am. Burial will follow in the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville.

Memorial contributions in memory of Polly may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or St Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Marilyn J. Arnold 87, passed away on Wednesday, October 2, 2019. Born in Gloversville, NY on January 14, 1932, she was the daughter of Stanley and Mildred Bush, Sr.

Marilyn worked at many local factories throughout the years including Tufflite and General Foods. She enjoyed going to the Racino and Turning Stone. Marilyn loved spending time with her family playing cards, having dinner, or just being together.

She was predeceased by her husband Claude, daughter Claudia Kubina , granddaughter Julie Elwell, sister Shirley Bush, and brother Stanley Bush, Jr. Marilyn is survived by her children Carol Elwell (Al), and Chuck Arnold (Lesley); her grandchildren Luke (Crystal), Mark, Jr., Lori and Maria; and great grandson Kyle.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, October 7 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 Middle Grove Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Simpson United Methodist Church, PO Box 69, Rock City Falls, NY 12863.

Joan E. Boyd, 68, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at her home in Ballston Spa after a six-year battle with cancer. Joan was born in Syracuse, NY on April 11, 1951, the daughter of Stanley and Jeanne Boyd.

Joan fiercely loved her friends and family, especially her grandchildren, and enjoyed spending all her time with them. She also had a great love to travel and see the world. She would take her only daughter, Chelsea, on numerous trips throughout every year and always a long trip to Cape Cod, MA every summer with her friends and their children. She continued to travel the world even after Chelsea left for college to the most amazing places in the world – Antarctica, Panama Canal, Russia/Scandinavia, Moscow, Egypt, Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, South American countries, and many of the Caribbean islands. She has been on over 30 cruises and would always travel with close friends and thoroughly enjoyed that time with them.

Lastly, she loved her tattoos. She had quite a few, but there were some recent ones within the past couple of years that she cherished, especially, the chest peony tattoo that she shared with her daughter, Chelsea. It meant a lot to them to get the same tattoo together. Joan raised Chelsea by herself. They were not just mother and daughter, but more like best friends and soulmates. The bond they shared was more than this earthly world, it was beyond this life.

Joan is survived by her ever-loving daughter Chelsea Ahl (Lucas); cherished grandchildren Gracie and Carter Ahl; sister Anne Layne Keller (Edward); brother Thomas Boyd (Wendy); several nieces and a nephew; and many, many cherished life-long friends.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, September 30, 2019 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A memorial service will follow at 7:00pm. A graveside service will be held 2:00pm Thursday, October 3, 2019 at Ballston Spa Cemetery.

The family wishes to thank those who cared for her during the end of her illness, Johna Rossi and Deidra DeLossantos.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation online via their website or at Crohn's & Colitis Foundation National Headquarters, ATTN: Financial Operations, 733 Third Avenue, Ste. 510 New York, NY 10017.

Robert A. Hornlein, Sr. passed away peacefully and went home to his Lord on September 23, 2019, in Saratoga Springs, New York. He was born July 20, 1925, in Newark, New Jersey, to Emil and Clara (Henkel) Hornlein and grew up in Irvington. A machinist apprentice, he entered the U.S. Army, serving in World War II in the 550th Ordnance Heavy Maintenance Company, spending 20 months in the European Theatre of Operation and was honorably discharged in January 1946. After the war, Bob attended night school and became a tool and die maker, working at Edison Manufacturing Company, where he met Myrtle Schenk. They married in 1949 and settled in Bloomfield, New Jersey. He worked for Orange Products Inc., managing their Quad Plastics division, first on Hoover Avenue in Bloomfield and then on Mitchell Street in East Orange.

In 1976, Bob moved his family to Ballston Spa, New York, where he started his own plastics fabricating operation in the former D&H Railway freight house on Grove Street. In 1994, he downsized the business and moved it to his home machine shop until his full retirement.

A devout Christian, Bob served as an elder, mentor, and prayer warrior at Hope Church in Ballston Spa for forty years and was awarded elder emeritus status. He was readily available to encourage and pray for the needs of all. Bob had also hosted prayer meetings and Bible studies in his home and helped launch the Camp H.O.P.E. reading program. He will be greatly missed by his church family.

Bob was predeceased by wife Myrtle, brother Herbert, and son Robert Jr. He is survived by his daughter Susan Hornlein Geary (Raymond Melancon) of Mystic, Connecticut, and an extended family of the heart that includes the Bednareks, Thompsons, and Khans, along with Dean, Betsy, and Kathy. Whether he was called Dad, Chief, Grandpa, Uncle Bob, or Mr. H, he was respected and beloved by all and will be missed.

The family wishes to thank everyone at Home of the Good Shepherd, Kindred at Home, Saratoga Hospital, his many doctors, nurses, caregivers, and Community Hospice for their love and respect, care and compassion. A special shout out to the gals at Home of the Good Shepherd, too many to list individually, who made is final days so happy.

Calling hours will be from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Hope Church, 206 Greenfield Avenue, Ballston Spa, on Sunday September 29, followed by a service of remembrance at 5:30. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs.

Robert C. Mulligan, 87, passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday, September 19, 2019, surrounded by his family and friends. Born in Rock City Falls, NY on May 3, 1932, he was the son of Paul and Ethel Mulligan.

Bob was a lifelong farmer, raising and trading horses. In his younger years, he was a logger using his horses to skid the timber. He was one of the last farmers in the area to use horses for logging.

He was predeceased by his parents Paul and Ethel, and his brothers Wallace and William. Bob is survived by his nephew AJ Mulligan (Kristina), and John Shippey who was like a grandson to Bob.
Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, September 24 from 1pm to 2pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street Ballston Spa. A service will be held at 2pm. Burial will follow in Middle Grove Cemetery.

The family would like to thank Community Hospice of Saratoga especially Justina for their care and compassion.

Timothy Lehmann III (Tim) of Ballston Spa, NY, died September 16, surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved father of Elizabeth (Betsy) and Timothy (Ted), and father-in-law of Kelly Bateman Lehmann. Tim was the proud grandfather of Jonathan and Henry Lehmann, and the beloved uncle to Jon Lehmann of Denver, CO, Seth Biehler of Northampton, MA, Julie Breedlove of Indianapolis, IN and Molly Barbeau of Old Lyme, CT. He is predeceased by his wife Ann and his brother Lynn of Denver, CO. He is survived by his sisters-in-law, Virginia Carey Stanton of Indianapolis, IN, Rebecca Jo Carey of Plymouth, NH, and Peggy Lehmann of Denver, CO, as well as his loving cousins William Pfeifer and James Pfeifer, and Tim’s extended family.

Tim was born in Columbus, OH to Dr. Timothy Lehmann and Marie Williams Lehmann. He and his future wife Ann both attended North High School in Columbus, and later The Ohio State University. Playing baseball for the North High Polar Bears was one of Tim’s most cherished experiences and he passed his love of baseball on to his children and grandchildren. After marrying Ann, they moved to Berkeley, CA, where he completed a doctorate in sociology at the University of California at Berkeley. In the 1960s, Tim, Ann, Lynn, and Peggy were active in the free speech and civil rights movements in the Bay Area, focused on the promise, not the problems of democracy.

After teaching at Colorado State University, Tim followed his love of learning and mentorship to a career in adult-centered higher education. This led him to SUNY Empire State College, and as one of its earliest educators and administrators, he strove to ensure that all people had the opportunity to learn and grow, regardless of age and other traditional barriers to higher education. Tim and Ann believed in the power of lifelong learning and its capacity to transform peoples’ lives. Their commitment to public institutions and personal development was a bedrock value from their Ohio upbringing, where simple decency and respect for others was instilled in them in childhood. Tim distinguished himself at Empire State as a popular mentor to graduate students, and he became vice president of research and evaluation for Empire State and the founding director of the National Center on Adult Learning.

Tim enjoyed his professional life, but it was his family that gave him the greatest joy. Tim, Lynn and cousins Bill and Jim were a formidable foursome in their youth, ransacking the candy aisles of uncle Fred’s Kresge store and building a relationship based on laughter, love, and camaraderie. Tim loved to play cards, ping pong, and games of all kinds with his family and friends. He adored political humor, was a virtuosic whistler, and enjoyed teaching his children and grandsons to fish. He enjoyed making mischief at the card table, foisting unwanted cards onto unsuspecting neighbors with a sly grin that was only noticed after the fact. Tim was happiest on a lake, listening to the loons laugh, surrounded by dearest family and friends. He was a devoted and selfless father, always making sure that others were cared for first. Colleagues, students, friends and family remember Tim’s essential kindness and generosity. His family will miss his never-ending support and unconditional love.

Calling hours will be from 2 pm to 5 pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc. 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa, on Sunday September 22. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made in Tim Lehmann's name to the Kay Lillabridge Scholarship Fund, Friends of the Library, Saratoga Springs Public Library, 48 Henry Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or to Movement Disorders Clinic: Parkinson's Disease Research, Albany Medical Center Foundation, 43 New Scotland Avenue, MC-119, Albany, NY 12208.