Obituaries


Jeanne Aschmutat, formerly of Ballston Spa, passed away on Sunday, March 25, 2018 in Saratoga Springs, New York at the age of 77. Born in Newburgh, NY on September 18, 1940, she was the daughter of Festus and Mary Beatty.

Jeanne loved reading and gardening, but truly treasured her role as G-ma to her fourteen grandchildren, Johnny and his wife, Jen, Jake, Carys, Brandon, Jamie, Kayla, Ian, Cailey, Josiah, Chelsea, Alaina, Justice, Cambryn, and Judah, and great-grandchild Christopher. She was a devoted member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

She is predeceased by her parents and husband, Manfred H. Aschmutat. Jeanne is survived by her children Jimmy and his wife, Tasha, of Corpus Christi, Texas, Lisa and her husband, John, of Saratoga Springs, NY, Erich and his wife, Jennifer, of Porter Corners, NY, and Bobby and his wife, Kelley, of Galway, NY, her siblings Nancy, Tom, Joanne, and John, and all her grandchildren.

Friends and family are invited to call on Wednesday, March 28 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Armer Funeral Home, Inc. Funeral services will be held 9 a.m. Thursday, March 29, at the funeral home.

Jacqueline C. (Jackie) Morrisey, formerly of Ballston Spa, passed away on March 17, 2018 in Saratoga Springs, NY at the age of 81.

She was born in Ticonderoga, NY and was the daughter of Raymond Davis and Edna (Thatcher) Davis.

Jackie was employed by the Ballston Spa Central School District as a Teaching Assistant for 25 years. Following her retirement, she volunteered at Saratoga Hospital and was recognized for over 8,590 hours of service to that facility. She also was a blood services volunteer with the Adirondack Saratoga Chapter of The American Red Cross and an elections monitor.

She was predeceased by her husband, Arthur. Jackie is survived by her daughter, Michelle (Robert) Bartsch of California, MD; son Michael (Marcilyn) Morrisey of Canandaigua, NY; grandchildren Timothy Bartsch of California, MD, Courtney Bartsch of Austin, TX and Spencer Tomasini of Warwick, RI. She is also survived by her sister, Elizabeth Wendell of Ticonderoga, NY, as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 9am Monday, March 26 at St. Mary’s Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow in the Ballston Spa Cemetery.

The family wishes to thank the relatives, friends and neighbors who helped to care for her in her later years. They also would like to thank the staff of the Wesley Health Care Center.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to Community Emergency Corp or St. Mary’s Church would be appreciated.

Edward J. Donlon, 86, passed from this world on Friday, March 16, 2018 after battling COPD for over twenty years. He and his twin were born at home on October 11, 1931 in Cohoes, NY to Michael F. and Lena Chaput Donlon.

Ed was educated in Cohoes at St. Agnes Academy and Kevney Memorial Academy, graduating in 1949. One year later he entered the US Air Force and was stationed in Japan during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged in 1955. He then began a 42 year career at the GE Silicone Plant in Waterford, retiring in 1997.

On May 12, 1962, Ed married Maryalice Costello, a widow, and became “Daddy” to two little girls. He is survived by his wife Maryalice, stepdaughters Lisa Ruiz-Goubert of Holly Springs, NC and Kristin (Peter Shaw) of Malta; son Eric Donlon of Hunker, PA, daughters Jeannette (Kevin Rathgeber) of Burnt Hills and Alayne (Steven Attardo) of Moreau; five grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, Ed was predeceased by his brother William Donlon and sisters Mary Mann and Elaine Chico.

Ed found much joy in the Adirondacks, fishing and camping. He and his wife Maryalice traveled around the US and Canada thru Elderhostel Programs. In retirement, they settled in Schroon Lake so he could be close to trout streams, but he did drive to Malta twice a week to play poker.

Funeral services will be held 9am Wednesday, March 21 at St. Mary’s Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will be in Dunning St Cemetery in the Spring. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, March 20 from 4pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions in memory of Ed may be made to the Schroon Lake Senior Center, PO Box 395, Schroon Lake, NY 12870.

Kimberly A. Truett, 53 passed away on Wednesday March 14, 2018, surrounded by her loving family. Born in Ballston Spa, NY on April 6, 1964, she was the daughter of Alfred and Sally Loya.

Kim was known for her endless generosity, she opened her home to many that needed it, and she always made sure everyone had a home cooked meal. She had a heart and smile that everyone loved. Kim loved spending time with her family and taking trips to Florida to see her son and her grand babies. She also enjoyed going to the Saratoga Casino and camping.

She was predeceased by her son Timothy S. Truett, and her parents Alfred and Sally Loya. Kim is survived by her son Tyler J. Truett (Marissa), grandson Justin T. Truett, granddaughter Adalynd F. Truett, brothers Alfred Loya Jr. (Bunsong), and Chad Loya, (Jen); sisters Carol Phillips (John), and Heather Loya; and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to a celebration of Kim’s life from 5pm to 8pm on Thursday, March 22 at the VFW Post 358, 35 East North Street, Ballston Spa.

Lorraine A. Ryan, 87, passed away on Wednesday, March 14, 2018. Born in Whitehall, NY on January 1, 1931, she was the daughter of Joseph and Anna Felso. She was a graduate of Burnt Hills Ballston Lake High School.

A lifelong resident of Jonesville, Lorraine was a reporter for the Schenectady Gazette for over 30 years, covering the Clifton Park area.

Lorraine enjoyed her flower gardens, backyard bird watching and family gatherings. She was an avid reader and sewed many crafts.

She was predeceased by her sister in law Bertha Felso.

Lorraine is survived by her husband William F. Ryan; her children William Ryan, Jr (Melody) of Ballston Spa, Peter Ryan (Donna) of Clifton Park, Katherine Dixon (Dave) of Cobleskill, Joseph Ryan (Nancy) of Binghamton and James Ryan (Pam) of Clifton Park; grandchildren William Ryan III (Nicole), Steven Ryan (Dawn), Crystal Niedhammer (Tyler), Amanda Thrane (Ted), Danette Gallogly (John), Veronica Castro (Curtis), Douglas Ryan (Ashley), Deanna Ryan (Monica), Megan Ryan (Julian), Donovan Ryan (Kristen), Patrick Ryan (Jenn), Charles Tompkins (Chrissy), Robert Tompkins (Katie), James Horner, and David Horner (Alina), brother Joseph Felso of Scotia, 12 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her beloved dog Katie.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, March 17 from 10am to 12 noon at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at noon. Burial will be in Jonesville Cemetery in the Spring.

Memorial contributions in memory of Lorraine may be made to The Community Hospice, 295 Valley View Blvd., Rensselaer, NY 12144.

Carol Zea Vaughn Cromwell, 68 of Glens Falls, went to be with her Savior on Monday, March 12, 2018 at Glens Falls Hospital. Born December 26, 1949 in Cobleskill, NY, she was one of four daughters of Harry and Evelyn Zea who preceded her in death.

Carol grew up on her father’s dairy farm outside Cobleskill, which she thought was an almost perfect life for a child. She attended elementary and high school in Cobleskill public schools and graduated from Alfred University in Alfred, NY with her B.A. degree in education. She served an enlistment in the US Navy as an Ensign at Oceana Naval Air Base in Virginia Beach, VA and went on to earn her Law degree at the University of Arizona School of Law in Tucson, AZ. Most of her professional career was as an insurance adjustor for Allstate Insurance and Encompass Insurance in Glens Falls.

Carol retired early so she had more time to spend with her family, especially her twin grandsons, whom she loved so dearly. She was a crafter whose hands were always busy knitting socks, weaving baskets or trying out some new craft project with her sisters.

Carol was a committed disciple of Christ and an active member of the First Baptist Church of Ballston Spa. She loved to sing (especially Contemporary Christian praise songs), she and her mother and sisters would often break forth in spontaneous song prompted by some word or phrase. They sang special music in the United Methodist Church of Hyndsville, NY when living on the dairy farm outside Cobleskill. She had a generous spirit, tithing to her own church and supporting organizations like Habitat for Humanity, Heifer International and Open Door Mission of Glens Falls, NY.

She is survived by her husband, Rev. Wallace Cromwell of Glens Falls; her daughter, Bethany Schreiter and her husband, Gerd of Berlin, Germany; twin grandsons Timothy and Ryan of Berlin, Germany; Sisters and brothers in law, Linda Milkins (Gary) of Round Lake, NY, Laurel Mahar (Philip) of Rotterdam, NY and Melanie Sager (James) of Avon, NY; nieces and nephews, Pamela Milkins of Round Lake, NY, Michael Mahar (Kristin) of Tinley Park, IL; Janelle Mahar and Alexandria Kirk of Rotterdam, NY, David Mahar (Patty)of Rotterdam, NY, Jason Mahar (Keira) of Rochester, NY, Jason Gerace (Abby) of Avon, NY, great nieces and nephews, Lauren, Brian and Erin Mahar of Rotterdam, Millicent and Ruth Mahar of Rochester, NY, Connor and Joseph Gerace of Avon, NY, Rebecca Panepinto of Buffalo, NY and Jason Sager of Rochester, NY.

A celebration of Carol’s life will be held 11am on Friday, March 23, 2018 at the First Baptist Church of Ballston Spa, 202 Milton Ave.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Carol may be made to Habitat for Humanity, Heifer International or Open Door Mission, PO Box 3306, Glens Falls, NY 12801.

Joan (Parrelle) Hofmann, 83, passed away peacefully on Monday, March 12, 2018 at Saratoga Hospital with her loving family by her side. She was born on September 25, 1934. Joan, a lifelong resident of Ballston Spa, married Carl O. Hofmann on January 20, 1951. Joan was a wife and homemaker for many years; she was also the loving mother to 10 children, grandmother to 13 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.

After raising her children, Joan went to work for Saratoga County Maplewood Manor Nursing Home in 1983. She worked as a Certified Nursing Aide for 16 years, retiring in 1999. With her compassion and huge heart, Joan loved working the “midnight” shift taking pride in caring for the residents that she considered her extended family.

Joan loved spending time with her family and friends celebrating all holidays, birthdays and special events. She loved traveling, especially visiting her daughter and family in Virginia Beach, VA. Joan loved playing the slot machines at the Saratoga Casino and her weekly Bingo games at the Ballston Spa Elks Club.

Joan was predeceased by her husband Carl O. Hofmann; parents Renier and Helen Parrelle; and sister Rita Pastore.

Joan is survived by her brother Ronald Parrelle (Pat); children C. Michael Hofmann of Ballston Spa, David Hofmann (Michele) of Saratoga Lake, Sally Wilson (Gregory) of Halfmoon, Carla Manning (Jerald) of Ballston Spa, Robert Hofmann of Ballston Spa, Charles Hofmann of Ballston Spa, Mary King (Dennis) of Virginia Beach, VA, Susan Hofmann (Steven Cross) of Greenfield Center, Lisa Taylor (Thomas) of Saratoga Springs and Scott Hofmann (Melissa) of Ballston Spa; grandchildren Rebecca, Adam, Chad, Travis, Jessica, Erika, Robbie, Brandon, Kyle, Shane, Nicole, Shannon, and Elizabeth; 14 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10am Friday, March 16 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Ballston Spa Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, March 15 from 4pm to 7pm at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Joan may be made to her favorite charity, St Jude’s Children’s Hospital or Massry Family Children’s Emergency Center at Albany Med.

The family would like to thank the caring staff of the ER and ICU Units of Saratoga Hospital for their care and compassion, and Dr. DelGiacco and Dr. Gelman for their long term care of Joan.

Frederick D. Rhodes, 64, passed away on Friday March, 9, 2018. He was born in Ballston Spa, New York on November 15, 1953. Fred worked at the Ballston Spa Knitting Mill for many years. He later worked as a maintenance man at Bridgewater Apartments.

Fred enjoyed watching WWE wrestling and martial arts films. He also enjoyed Alf and SpongeBob Squarepants. He was a Nascar fan and cheered for Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Jr.

Fred was predeceased by his father Bernard Rhodes and his mother and stepfather Shirley and Mylon Bernash.

Fred is survived by his wife Dale, siblings Rosemary Dryer, Ronald Rhodes (Rosemary), Anna Kondenar (John), and Orcelia Clute (Joseph). He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and his beloved dog Sadie.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, March 13 from 2pm to 3pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A time of remembrance will be held at 3pm.

A graveside service will be held 1pm on Tuesday, May 15, at the Rock City Falls Cemetery.

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

Susan M. Shipski Groff, 63, passed away suddenly at her home on Tuesday, March 6, 2018. She was born in Corinth, NY on September 27, 1954.

Sue worked at DeLucia’s for the last five years and previously worked at Racemark in Malta for 21 years. Sue enjoyed camping and boating. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family and her beloved doggies Casey and Shelby.

She was predeceased by her husband Larry Groff, brother Jeffrey Smith and her parents Thomas and Alberta Smith.

Sue is survived by her children Justin Shipski (Vicki), and Jessica Meaker (Paul); grandchildren Kenny “Doobear” and Isabelle; siblings Christopher Smith (Cathy), Daryl Smith (Sandy), Diane Petteys (Gene) and longtime friend John Shipski.

Relatives and friends are invited to a celebration of Sue’s life on Sunday, March 11 from 1pm to 6pm at VFW Post 358, 68 E. North Street, Ballston Spa.

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

Timothy Peters, 69, passed away on Monday, March 5, 2018. Born in Detroit, Michigan on July 1, 1948, he was the son of John and Colleen Peters. Tim was a Sergeant in the US Air Force, serving in the Vietnam War.

Tim was a Research Technician for the Texaco Research Center in Beacon, retiring early and then returning to work for STP Brookfield Research and Omni Royal Care in Malta. He was a member of the Rotterdam Elks Lodge #2157. Tim enjoyed spending time with his family especially his grandchildren.

Tim is survived by his wife Rosalie and their children Brian Peters and Tara Moore (Rick); grandchildren Jonathan Moore, Marissa Moore, Nicole Moore, Matthew Moore and Devin Moore; siblings Judith Baranik, Susie Vipond (Randy), Kathy Valente (Rick), Danny Peters, Pat Peters, Thomas Peters (Kathy) and Mary Calhoun (Rob); sister in law Cynthia Falcone (Richard); and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, March 11 from 2pm to 4pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Funeral services will be held 10am Monday, March 12 at the funeral home. Burial with military honors will follow in the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in memory of Tim may be made to Autism Speaks at www.autismspeaks.org

Robert J. Creifelds, affectionately known as “Chief”, 87, passed away on March 4, 2018. He was born in Albany, NY on July 31, 1930. He proudly served in the US Marine Corps and was a Korean War Veteran. Bob worked for Niagara Mohawk for 40 years, retiring in 1992.

Bob joined the Eagle Matt Lee Fire Co No 1 in 1958, serving as Lieutenant, Captain and becoming Fire Chief in 1973, actively serving for 60 years. He was the Recording Secretary at the Firehouse for over 35 years. Bob served as Vice President, President and Secretary of the Hudson Mohawk Volunteer Fireman’s Association, Hudson Valley Volunteer Firemen’s Association, and the Saratoga Co Volunteer Firemen’s Association. He was also a member of the Firemen’s Association of the State of NY, serving as a committee person and receiving a 60 year certificate at the Firemen’s Home in 2008.

Bob was a Charter Member of the Community Emergency Corp in Ballston Spa. He was a member of the Marine Corps League, proudly serving as Adjutant of the Spa Detachment. He was a member of the Korean War Veterans Association, American Legion Post 234 in Ballston Spa and a past member of the Ballston Spa Lions Club.

Bob was a man of great faith. He was a communicant of St Mary’s Catholic Church in Ballston Spa and served as an usher for many years.

Bob was a pillar in the Ballston Spa Community and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. His daily routine started at Stewarts, then he joined the Breakfast Club at Union Fire Co, and off to check his mail at the Post Office, wearing his shorts of course. He enjoyed his Sunday dinner at the Ripe Tomato, and the rest of the week he dined at Sunset Café, Tresa’s, the Factory, Henry’s or the Burnt Hills Café (Jimmie’s).

He was predeceased by his parents Lloyd and Anna Creifelds, infant brother William, his beloved wife Nancy, grandson Robert Curtis Harvey and sister Janet McAvoy.

Bob is survived by his daughters Donna Thomas and Jacqueline Harvey (Gary); grandchildren Heather Capitummino (Jeff), Timothy Thomas, Jr. (Stacey), Stefanie Drab (Joe), Richelle Williams (Jey) and Pamela Harvey; great grandchildren Nathan Tinney, Alexander Tinney and their father Andy Tinney; Christopher Thomas, Carter Thomas, Freddy Drab, Annie Grace Drab and Sadie Beth Drab; several nieces and nephews, and his caregivers Brenda and Norma.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, March 8 from 4pm to 8pm at St. Mary’s Church, 167 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Friday, March 9 at 9:30am at St. Mary’s Church. Burial will follow in Ballston Spa Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in memory of Bob may be made to the Eagle Matt Lee Fire Co No 1, PO Box 4, Ballston Spa, NY 12020, St. Mary’s Church, 167 Milton Ave, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or Community Emergency Corp, Thompson St, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Tara M. Balzano, 39, passed away on Friday, March 2, 2018. She was born in Oyster Bay, NY on November 10, 1978. She moved to this area in 1992 and graduated from South Glens Falls High School.

Tara worked for Saratoga Bridges. She enjoyed her pets and dreamed of someday owning a horse.

She was predeceased by her parents Ciro and Alice Balzano, and her brother Jerry. Tara is survived by her beloved sister Heather Rhodes and her husband Ron, brother Mike Balzano and his wife Amanda; and the loves of her life her niece and nephew Anthony and Melanie. She is also survived by her aunt Pat Walsh and many cousins.

A memorial service will be held 10am Wednesday, March 7 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Family and friends are invited to gather at the funeral home at 9:30am.

Eugene Allan LaFave, 88, passed away Thursday, March 1, 2018 following a brief illness. Born November 26, 1929 in Syracuse, N.Y., he was the son of Paul Peter LaFave and Dorothy Wagner LaFave. He resided there until enlisting in the United States Navy on May 18, 1948. He served during the Korean War and received an honorable discharge in April of 1952.

Following his service, Eugene felt a calling to share the gospel of Jesus Christ. To prepare for the ministry, he attended Apostolic Bible Institute of St. Paul, Minnesota where he met and married his wife of 60 years, Billie Marjorie Guinn. Together they served the ministry in Arkansas, Texas and later in Upstate N.Y.

After retiring as a welder and fitter for twenty years at Albany Steel, he worked until age 77 as a registered home health aide.

Eugene and Marjorie were lifetime members of the Free Spirit Fellowship Church of Ballston Spa, N.Y., founded and pastored by his eldest son Reverend T.A. LaFave and his wife Kathryn LaFave. Eugene also enjoyed being an active member of the Saratoga YMCA, attending three days a week. He was lovingly called “Papa” by almost everyone who knew him and he cherished his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren.

Eugene is predeceased by his wife, Billie Marjorie and his youngest son, Adrian Lee LaFave. He is survived by sons Timothy LaFave (Kathryn LaFave ,) Mark LaFave (Patricia LaFave,) grandchildren Rachel Jeffers (Steven Jeffers,) Rhonda Morales (Gregorio Morales,) Travis LaFave (Phoebe LaFave,) Andrea “Andi” LaFave, Matthew LaFave, Luke LaFave, Nathaniel LaFave, Zachary LaFave, and seven great-grandchildren.

Eugene will be greatly missed by his family and friends at Free Spirit Fellowship. His desire to preach and teach the Gospel had a far reaching and lasting effect on everyone he ministered to. His unique legacy is being passed down to his descendants. His memory will be cherished for years to come.

Calling hours are Wednesday, March 7 from 7 to 9 p.m. and the funeral service will be held Thursday, March 8, at 10 a.m. at the Free Spirit Fellowship, 1425 West High St., Ballston Spa, NY. Burial with military honors will follow in the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Free Spirit Fellowship.

Elizabeth K. Austin, 94, passed away on Thursday, March 1, 2018, surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Glens Falls, NY on October 10, 1923.

Betty was a secretary for Collins and Aikman in New York City, General Electric Co. in Schenectady, and the Army Depot in Schenectady. She later worked for Bishop Gibbons High School and retired from the Ballston Spa Central Schools.

In the 1940’s and 50’s Betty was a vocalist with several area big bands. She was a regular guest on the After Six Seven Show with Garry Stevens, and the Earle Pudney Show both on WRGB. Her passions were interior decorating, flower gardens especially roses, and entertaining in her home. She was considered the matriarch of the family and loved being surrounded by her family and friends. She traveled to most of Europe and England and loved Cape Cod and the Atlantic Coast.

Betty had a wonderful positive outlook on life and was an inspiration to all. She always saw the good in people and made them all feel special.

Betty was predeceased by her parents Russell and Ruanna Peacock, stepfather George Kuebler, son Randy Little, brothers Russell Peacock, Richard Peacock, Garald Peacock, and Ronald Keubler.

Betty is survived by her sons Lance Little (Brenda) and Dennis Little (Frances), daughter in law Judy Little; grandchildren Florence Steinberg (David), Justin Little, and Brandon Little; great grandchildren Vivian and Gwendolyn; stepson Daniel Austin (Mary) and their five children; step granddaughters Elissa Johnsen (Leif), and Emily Owens (Katie); step great grandchildren Elliot, Paige and Eloise; brothers David Kuebler, George Kuebler, and Earl Kuebler; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10am Tuesday, March 6 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will be in Briggs Cemetery in the Spring. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, March 5 from 4pm to 7pm at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions in memory of Betty may be made to the Schenectady City Mission, 425 Hamilton St. Schenectady, NY 12305 or the Animal Protective Foundation, 53 Maple Ave, Scotia, NY 12302.

The family would like to thank the staff of Ingersoll Place and Glendale Home for their loving care and compassion.

Edith Theresa Waldrop, 87, passed away Monday, February 26, 2018 at home surrounded by her family. Born on October 27, 1930 in Brooklyn, NY she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Edith Anne (Collins) Jimison.

Edith’s mother died young and she was raised by her “other mother”, Una L. Meacham and grew up with her in DeKalb, NY. In her late teens she moved back to New York City and graduated from Washington Irving High School in Manhattan. A woman ahead of her time, she continued her education at Paterson College in NJ and became a school teacher. Edith settled in Paramus, NJ where she resided for 44 years and taught at Midland Elementary School and Westbrook Junior High. She has resided in Ballston Spa since 2006.

Edith was a good friend and neighbor and was very handy. She was never afraid to tackle a project at home and if something needed to be fixed, she simply read about it and did it herself.

In addition to her parents, she is predeceased by her brothers, Joseph, Edward and George and her sister, Florence. She is survived by her daughters, Sharon Ayers of Hampton, NJ, Patty Gleason (Kevin) of Wantage, NJ and Cathleen Wallis (Warren) of Ballston Spa; her grandchildren, Bryant, Sarah, Tim, Chris, Caitlin, Melissa, Kevin Jr., Theresa, Neil and Sha Sha; her great grandchildren, Mallory, Brynn, Emma, Noah, Savannah, Leana, Luca, Leo, Mia, Cole and Noelle; and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 4pm to 7pm on Wednesday at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High St, Ballston Spa. A prayer service will be held 6:30pm.

The family will also receive friends on Thursday from 4pm to 8pm at the Vander Plaat Memorial Home, 113 South Fareview Ave, Paramus, NJ. Funeral services will be held at 10am on Friday at the Vander Plaat Memorial Home. Interment will be in George Washington Memorial Park, Paramus.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Community Hospice, 295 Valley View Blvd., Rensselaer, NY 12144.

Harry A. Rock, Sr. 54, passed away on Saturday, February 24, 2018. Born in Nyack, NY on November 6, 1963, he was the son of Wilson and Bertha Rock, Sr.

Harry worked for the Saratoga County Department of Public Works for the past 15 years.

He enjoyed being outdoors, fishing, boating, camping or riding his Harley. He could often be found working on cars or tearing up the streets in “Taz 223” (his truck). Harry loved to party with his family and friends. He will be greatly missed by all including his beloved dogs Parker and Baby Girl.

Harry is survived by his fiancée Tammy Mills, children Harry Rock, Jr., Sarah Rock (Ray), Amber Rock (Emily), Tyler Rock, Katie Rock (Alex), Shawn Pratt (Gabriel) and Cassidy Pratt (Morgan); mother in law Ma Mills; grandchildren Adilyn Rowe Rock and Matthew Deuel; brothers Wilson Rock, Jr. and Fred Rock Sr. (Linda); sisters Carol Paxton (Howard) and Janet Wilson (Joseph); and several nieces and nephews. He is also survived by many great friends, to name a few, Bob and Mylina Prunier and Michael Myers, Sr.

A celebration of Harry’s life will be held 1pm Sunday March 11, 2018 at American Legion Post 234, 23 Pleasant Street, Ballston Spa. Memorial contributions in memory of Harry may be made at:

https://www.gofundme.com/unexpeded-loss-of-harry-rock-sr

William F. Moll, 74, passed away on Saturday, February 24, 2018 surrounded by his loving family, after a short illness. Born in Troy, NY on November 14, 1943, he was the son of Myer and Beatrice Moll and a graduate of Mechanicville High School.

Bill was a fireman for the Schenectady Fire Department for 20 years, retiring in 1992.

Bill was an avid golfer competing at both the professional and amateur level. He was known on the course as the “Silver Fox”. He also owned and trained horses at the Saratoga Harness Track. When he wasn’t golfing or at the track, Bill enjoyed taking long rides, spending time with his family, and collecting art work. He enjoyed a lively debate or a good practical joke, always with a smile on his face. Bill was a true gentleman, yet he enjoyed being the life of the party.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brothers Warren, Leland, and Stewart Moll, sisters in law Sandra Moll and Marie Moll, and brother in law Joe Fitzpatrick. Bill is survived by his wife Carol Lawrence Moll; sons William (Stacey), David (Cheryl) and Peter; daughter Debra; stepchildren Chip (Wendy) and Tiffany; grandchildren Halie, Natalie, Zachary, Chloe, Maddie, and Cory; sisters Sylvia Fitzpatrick, Joyce Rousselle and Mary Ellen Amann (Albert); sister in law Sandy Moll; and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to a celebration of Bill’s life at 10 am on Sunday, March 4, at Eagle Crest Golf Club, 1004 Route 146A, Clifton Park.

Memorial contributions in memory of Bill may be made to the Double H Ranch, 97 Hidden Valley Road, Lake Luzerne, NY 12846 www.doublehranch.org

The family would like to thank the staff at Saratoga Hospital for the loving care and compassion given to Bill during his illness.

Dolores V. Rhodes, 76, passed away on Wednesday, February 21, 2018. Born in Troy, NY on April 29, 1941, she was the daughter of Matthew and Helen Hipwell.

Dolores was a waitress in Ballston Spa for many years. She had numerous loyal customers who would only want her to wait on them. She was a kindhearted and loving person who made friends wherever she went. She always put others before herself. She faced many obstacles in her life but with her strong faith in God she managed them all with a smile. She was a devote Catholic and communicate of St. Mary’s Church in Ballston Spa. All who knew her will deeply miss her. She was truly a gift from God.

She was predeceased by her beloved husband Ronald Rhodes, parents Matthew and Helen Hipwell, brothers John Hipwell and Paul Hipwell, sister Bernadette Agars, brothers in law James Kane and Lawrence Agars. Dolores is survived by her loving daughter Christine Rhodes; siblings Helene LaRose (Richard), Robert Hipwell (Charlotte), Thomas Hipwell, Marcia Kane, sisters in law Barbara Testo Hipwell and Barbara Burhans Hipwell, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 9am Tuesday, February 27 at St Mary’s Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow in the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville.

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

The family would like to thank Chris and Dave, Paul and June, Gerald and Kathy as well as Kym and Mary for their help and care over the years.

Calvin E. Vickers, 71, passed away on Tuesday, February 20, 2018. Born in Amsterdam, NY on May 15, 1946, he was the son of John and Margaret Vickers.

He graduated from Perth Central School, Class of 1964 and proudly served in the US Army. Calvin worked for the NYS Thruway Authority for 30 years, retiring in 1999.

Calvin liked to keep in shape. He was an avid bicyclist and also enjoyed walking and working out. He was a huge football fan watching both the NFL and College.

He was predeceased by his sister Margaret Narbon and brother John Vickers. Calvin is survived by his children Michelle Fortune (Rod) of Ballston Spa and James Vickers (Laura) of Ohio; grandsons Joey Gugliemelli and Josh Vickers; brother Lawrence Vickers (Barbara) of Florida; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services with military honors will be held 11am Tuesday, February 27 at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, 200 Duell Road, Schuylerville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Saratoga National Cemetery Honor Guard Association.

Joseph Francis Murray, Sr. passed away unexpectedly at his home in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Sunday, February 18, 2018 at the age of 70. He was born in Ballston Spa, NY to Ernest and Abbie Murray. His loving wife, Veronica (Ronne), and four devoted children, Abbie, Joseph II, Meredith and George, survive him. His is also survived by four loving siblings, John (Debbie), Marty (Wayne), Ann (Harry) and Julia (Timothy). He had six grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews. His caring sister-in-law, Ellen, also survives him. His parents, a sister and a brother predeceased him.

Joe did two combat tours in Vietnam and was a member of the 75th Rangers. He was a loving, caring and giving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and uncle. Faith in Jesus was primary in his life. His talents and hobbies were many, but gardening, mechanics, reading and long-distance driving were his favorites. He loved spending time with family and friends. He was a member of several military organizations.

In 2013, Joseph was diagnosed with esophageal and stomach cancer. The Lord led him through four major and five minor surgeries and months of hospitalization resulting in a cancer-free diagnosis. Ronne and Joe thanked God every day for the blessing of almost four more years together before calling him home.

Joseph was a faithful follower of the Lord Jesus Christ. It is because of that deep faith in his Savior that we have the peace of knowing that he is now in heaven with Jesus.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, March 2 from 10:30am to 11:30am at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will be held at 11:30am. Burial with military honors will follow at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family to assist in covering funeral costs.

“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.” – Psalm 116:15

Elaine N. Whalen, 79, passed away on Sunday, February 18, 2018. Born in Ballston Spa, NY on January 9, 1939, she was the daughter of Edward and Ruth Schnars.

Elaine was a teaching assistant at Ballston Spa Central Schools for several years. She then worked at Skidmore University Without Walls and The Prevention Council in Saratoga Springs.

Nana, Nay and Nayna, as she was known by her grandchildren, had a special relationship with each of them.

She was predeceased by her son Lee Whalen and her sister Ellen Hyde. Elaine is survived by her husband Thomas, and their children, Lorrie Patenaude (Michael) of Gansevoort, Mark Whalen of Troy, Timothy Whalen (Mary) of Porter Corners, and Beth Smisloff (Mark) of Saratoga Springs; beloved grandchildren Kelsey Latham, Carter Older, Nathan Patenaude, Jessica Quigley, Tera Patenaude, Katie Whalen, Thomas Whalen, Piper Whalen, Rachel Smisloff, Grace Smisloff, William Smisloff and Leah Smisloff; great granddaughters Harper Patenaude and Scarlett Quigley; twin sister Liz Frank; and several nieces and nephews.

A private family service will be held.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Cornelia de Lange Syndrome Foundation, 302 West Main St #100, Avon, CT 06001 or Estherville Animal Shelter, 100 Russell Rd, Greenfield Center, NY 12833.

David A. Dygert, 75, passed away on Sunday, February 18, 2018. Born in Amsterdam, NY on April 20, 1942, he was the son of Clayton and Dorothy Dygert.

David graduated from Mohonasen High School in Schenectady and served in the US Navy. He retired in 1999 from Niagara Mohawk after 35 years of service.
David enjoyed spending the summers camping with his family in Rhode Island and at their camp on Sacandaga Lake. He was active in the Galway and Broadalbin Seniors.

A devoted husband and father, David is survived by his wife and best friend of 54 years Dolores (Dolly), and their children Denise Dygert of Schenectady and Daniel Dygert of West Charlton.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, February 22 from 4pm to 6pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10am on Friday, February 23 at St. Mary’s Church, 2113 East Street, Galway.

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

June Lang Nichols, 80, passed away on Wednesday, February 14, 2018, surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Rensselaer, NY on December 10, 1937.

June was retired from the Ballston Spa School District. She enjoyed family gatherings and spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her loving mother Mary Daly Lang, who passed away when she was 10 years old, her father and stepmother Donald and Anne Lang. and her sister Mary Knipple.

June is survived by her husband of 52 years Clifford Bruce Nichols; children Carol McMahon (Jerry Mabb) of South Glens Falls, Theresa LaTulip (Greg) of Ballston Spa, Phyllis LaTulip (Lee) of Ballston Spa, Mary Titus (Dave) of Ballston Spa and Clifford Nichols, Jr.(Annette) of Galway; brother Donald Lang (Dee-Dee) of Rensselaer, sister Carol Glaz (Tom) of Troy; daughter in law Tamy Nichols of Saratoga Springs; 17 grandchildren, 33 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. June is also survived by her lifelong childhood friends Mary Ryan and Janice Cirilli, both of Rensselaer.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, February 17 from 2pm to 4pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 4pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Gateway House of Peace, 479 Rowland Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

James Savage, Sr., 50, passed away on Saturday, February 10, 2018 surrounded by his family after a long and heartbreaking struggle. James was born on January 18, 1968 in Manhattan to Benny Ray Savage and Ethelena Lois (Scarbro) Savage.

James was known for his heart of pure gold, his endless generosity, gentleness, and love for his family and friends. He loved woodworking, the Yankees, gardening and flowers. James was a true man’s man at heart and was known for his big trucks, which suited his 6’5 frame, which earned him the nickname Beast. His memory will always be cherished and he will always be very missed.

James found comfort and peace at times but was never able to fully extricate himself from the inner chaos which was at times hidden, medicine could not cure and all of our love could not soothe. In the end, despite his courage and his and his families’ best efforts, his disease was incurable. James will always be remembered for his gentle spirit, his high intelligence and his love of a good laugh. A testament to the kind of person James was is his final gift of organ donation which will help 30 people live.

James was blessed with and is survived by his loving wife Karen; his much loved son James Savage, Jr (Nicole) of Pittsburgh, PA; grandchildren Lilly, Makayla, Blessing, Jeremiah, and Camilla; stepchildren Cortney Anzur (Doug), Leigha Wilson (Hope), Brandon Zeiber (Sophia); stepgrandchildren Jayden, Ethan, Emma and Lily; siblings Faith Savage of Ellenville, Joann Savage of Ballston Spa, Ben Savage (Kathy) of Lake Luzerne, Heather Primeau of Ballston Spa, and Duane Savage of Portage, WI, nieces and nephews Richard Markle, Jr., Melissa Gibson (James), Wayne Conklin, Henry Kiernan, Kelly Kiernan, Tasha Savage, Darwin Whipple III, Carson Lyons, Stephen Mackey, Heather Savage, Sarah Mackey, Grace Porter, Rachel Porter, Katrina Schutte (Tim), Joshua Mackey, Sirena Primeau and Kaylee Mackey.

A memorial service will be held 12 noon on Friday, February 16 at Free Spirit Fellowship Church, 1425 West High Street, Ballston Spa.

Gloria D. Laporta, 80, passed away on Sunday, February 11, 2018. Born in Syracuse, NY on May 31, 1937, she was the daughter of John and Grace Scibilia. She moved to this area in 1972.

After raising her children, Gloria volunteered for the Saratoga County Economic Opportunity Council. She became a fixture at the soup kitchen in the Presbyterian New England Congregational Church in Saratoga Springs, NY working six days a week for 26 years. Gloria enjoyed cooking and people, so the soup kitchen became her passion.

Gloria is survived by her husband Carmen and their children Lorrie Hanington (Jeff), David Laporta (Christina) and Sue Malatesta (Jeff); grandchildren Valorie Cook (Jim), Lydia Hanington, Maria Laporta, Carmella Laporta, Anthony Laporta, Giovanni Malatesta, Angelina Malatesta; sisters Shirley Bialobreski (John) and Linda Scibilia-Carver (Mark); and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held 2pm Saturday, March 24 at the Presbyterian-New England Congregational Church, 24 Circular Street, Saratoga Springs, NY.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Gloria may be made to EOC Soup Kitchen.

Robert W. Gutshall, 94, passed away on Wednesday, February 7, 2018. Born in Altoona, Pennsylvania on November 11, 1923, he was the son of Milton and Florence Gutshall. He was an Army veteran proudly serving in World War II. He served in North Africa, Mediterranean, Italy, France, and Germany. He was especially proud to have been part of the 1st wave invasion into Germany and for serving aboard the cruiser USS Augusta.

Bob married the love of his life, Eileen Dunlap, in 1947 and after attending college in Philadelphia, they moved to Schenectady to begin his career with General Electric and raise their family. Bob was an engineer working both in television and radio for WRGB and WGY in Schenectady for 35 years, retiring in 1983.

Bob held an advanced license as a ham radio operator with the call sign N2AIA. He enjoyed participating in carrier nets and teaching local students interested in amateur radio.

Bob spent many summers fishing and boating on Sacandaga Lake with his family, and tending to his beautiful flower gardens. He enjoyed scenic motorcycle trips with friends and family. Bob was an animal lover and enjoyed spending time at his daughter’s horse farm.

His hobbies included photography, woodworking and building clocks. Bob was an expert baker, cinnamon buns were his specialty. He also loved music, initially playing trombone in an orchestra, and later learning guitar and keyboard.

He was predeceased by his wife of more than 60 years, Eileen and his brothers Arthur and Stanley Gutshall. Bob is survived by his children Jeffrey Gutshall (Mary) of Bonners Ferry, Idaho and Jacqueline St. Onge (Gary) Ballston Spa; granddaughter Katie; four great grandchildren Evan, Eric, Elizabeth and Emilie of Bonners Ferry, Idaho; and several nieces and nephews.

A private family service will be held at Sweetman Cemetery in the Spring.

Memorial contributions in memory of Bob may be made to the Disabled American Veterans at www.dav.org

Rose M. Ferris, 83, passed away on Tuesday, February 6, 2018. Born in Athens, Pennsylvania, on January 5, 1935, she was the daughter of John and Nora Farr.

Rose’s greatest joy was her family. She treasured the time she spent with them, cooking and family gatherings. A communicant of St. Mary’s Church in Ballston Spa, her faith was an important part of her life. Rose worked at the Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory Kesselring Site in West Milton for many years.

She was predeceased by her parents John and Nora Farr, and her siblings Eleanor Chambers, Regina Reagan, Joseph Farr, John Farr, Alfred Farr and Mary Reagan. Rose is survived by her sons Donald Ferris (Janine) and John Ferris; grandsons Patrick and Matthew; sister Pauline Farr, twin sister Rita Cox; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 9:30am, Saturday, February 10 at St Mary’s Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Saratoga Springs. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, February 9, from 4pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, and Ballston Spa.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in memory of Rose to St. Mary’s Church, 167 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or Community Hospice Foundation, 295 Valley View Blvd., Rensselaer, NY 12144.

Dorothy “Pat” Samascott, 85, passed away peacefully at her daughter’s home on Saturday, February 3, 2018. Born in New York, NY on September 3, 1932, she was the daughter of James and Cecilia Lamb. She grew up in the village of Nassau and graduated from St John’s Academy in Rensselaer, moving to Ballston Spa in 1967.

While raising her own children, she also babysat for many families caring for them all like they were her own for over forty years. Her grandchildren and great grandchildren were her greatest joy. In her free time she liked to bake and spend time with her family. Every year Pat and her sisters would vacation in Florida together. Pat also vacationed in Maine with her husband Howard. She was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church in Ballston Spa.

She was predeceased by her husband Howard, son Michael, and her sisters Katherine Falkowski, Agnes VanBlarcum, Alice Rembach, Anna Levanites and Helen Lamb.

Pat is survived by her children Timothy Samascott of Ballston Spa, Thomas Samascott (Laural) of Ballston Spa, Susan Samascott (Jack) of Ballston Spa, Joseph Samascott (Mary) of Ballston Spa and Stephen Samascott of Glenville; grandchildren Wayne Samascott (Sarah), Shannon Sheft (Mike), Jessica Blust (Anthony), Stanley Janczak (Jennifer), Katie Leiser (Brad), Mary Yager (Kyle), Sarah Samascott (Mac) and Stephanie Samascott; brother in law Edward Falkowski; nine great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 9:30am Thursday, February 8 at St. Mary’s Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow at 1pm in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Nassau. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, February 7 from 5pm to 8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

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

The family would like to thank Dorothy’s neighbors on Coachman Drive for all their love and support throughout the years.

Josephine R. Dufort, 88, passed away on Friday, February 2, 2018. Born in Ballston Spa, NY on March 28, 1929, she was the daughter of Pasquale and Antoinette Monaco.

Josie was a secretary at Spa Steel in Saratoga Springs for 47 years. She enjoyed traveling. Her family was her greatest joy and she treasured the time she spent with them.

She was predeceased by her first husband Michael DeFilippo, second husband Robert Dufort, Sr., brothers Bernard Monaco and Louis Monaco, and her sisters Jennie Odorizzo, Sophie Wolfershiem, Theresa Monaco and Kathryn D’Ambro.

Josie is survived by her son Jerry DeFilippo and his wife Mary of Ballston Spa, grandchildren Cara and Michael; stepchildren Robert Dufort, Jr., Laural Ferneau and Donna Dufort; brothers Anthony Monaco of Amsterdam, James Monaco of Saratoga Springs, Joseph Monaco of Ballston Spa, Albert Monaco of Scotia, Harry Monaco of Ballston Spa, Pasquale Monaco of Ballston Spa, Olivio “Tete” Monaco of Ballston Spa and Donald Monaco of Ballston Spa; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 9:30am Friday, February 9 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Ballston Spa. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, February 8 from 4pm to 6pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

The family would like to thank Kate, Donald, Pia, and the staff at Wesley Health Care for the loving care and compassion they gave Josie.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in memory of Josie to the Wesley Foundation, 131 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Joseph F. Fitzgerald, 72, passed away on Wednesday, January 31, 2018. His battle with cancer has finally brought him home. His pastor said that Joe had asked for forgiveness and his heart was in a good place.

Joe was born in Mechanicville, NY on March 30, 1945. The relationship he had with his family was a struggle, but as in all things in life with the bad we have good.

He was predeceased by his parents Roy Fitzgerald and Geraldine Lula Lesson Fitzgerald, and his sister Joy Fitzgerald. Joe is survived by his children Joseph Fitzgerald, Brenda Marvin and Kimberly Neely and their mother Carol Leger; brothers Roy Fitzgerald, Tom Fitzgerald, Larry Fitzgerald, Gary Fitzgerald and John Fitzgerald; sister Sally Jones, and many nieces and nephews.

A private family service will be held at Powell Wiswall Cemetery in the Spring. His resting place will be with his mother as he always felt comfort at her side.