Obituaries


Ethel Meyer of Saratoga Springs, NY passed away on March 7, 2021. She was 89. Ethel grew up in Chatham, NJ, and attended Drew University. After spending several years in Colorado and Western New York, she settled in Saratoga Springs. After retiring from public service, she enjoyed learning new things through the Academy of Lifelong Learning, as well as swimming, and being outdoors.

Ethel is survived by her four children, Paul, Jim, Ken and Connie, several nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A family celebration of her life will be held at a later date.

Laura E. Armstrong 89, passed away on Sunday, February 28, 2021. She was born in Ballston Spa, NY on May 14, 1931 to W. Schuyler and Winnie Boyd Curtiss.

Laura worked in the Real Property Tax Department at Saratoga County for many years. She enjoyed camping with her family and was an active member of the Schenectady Church of the Nazarene.

She was predeceased by her husband Albert Armstrong and her siblings William Curtiss, Charlotte Fick, Jane Mason, and Orville Curtiss. Laura is survived by her daughters Jane Esterly (James) and Carolyn Berrian (David); grandchildren Rachel Harrison (Ridgely), Sean Esterly (Sasha), Amanda Burgess (Jack), Michael Berrian (Samantha) and Elizabeth Berrian; great grandchildren Hayden, Claire, Hudson, Ruby, Ivan, Cora and Grace; sister Angeline King; brothers Oscar Curtiss, Charles Curtiss, and Norman Curtiss; and several nieces and nephews.

Laura will be laid to rest with her husband Albert at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery on a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Laura may be made to the Schenectady Church of the Nazarene, 2535 Consaul Road, Schenectady, NY 12304.

Joel F. Landis 82, passed away on Friday, February 26, 2021 at his home after a three year battle with cancer. The oldest of five children, Joe was born on November 16, 1938 to Joseph and Elmira Landis.

After serving in the US Air Force for 4 years, he went to work for General Electric for 12 years. Joe then decided to return to college and earned a Master’s Degree. He became a licensed Certified Public Accountant and ran his own business in the Burnt Hills and Charlton area until his retirement in 2018.

Joe bought and rebuilt an abandoned dairy farm in Charlton making a beautiful home for his family. He made it a working farm, producing hay in the fields. He loved his farm and being able to raise his sons there gave him great joy. He was an avid runner and member of Saratoga Striders for several years.

Joe is survived by his wife of 60 years Elaine; sons Robert Landis (Michele), Joseph Landis (Jamye) and James Landis (Colleen); siblings Carl Landis (Sylvia), James Landis, Lorraine Tomlinson (Joseph) and Ruth Koren (Ken); 19 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, March 4 from 5pm to 7pm at the Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street Ballston Spa. A funeral service with military honors will be held 11:30am Friday, March 5 at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville. Social distancing and facemasks are required.

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

Floyd L. Palmateer, 93, passed away at home on Wednesday, February 24, 2021. He was born on June 19, 1927 in Charlton, NY to Edgar and Lillie Mae Palmateer. Floyd attended Ballston Spa High School and served in the US Navy during World War II.

Floyd worked for the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation for 35 years. He was a member of the Harmony Corners Volunteer Fire Department serving as Fire Chief for several years. He was also a longtime member of the West Charlton Presbyterian Church.

He is predeceased by his wife of 66 years, Shirley and his 13 brothers and sisters. Floyd is survived by his sons Bruce Palmateer of Middle Grove, Barry Palmateer of Galway, and Brian Palmateer (Mary Beth) of Greenfield; grandchildren Mandi, Angela, Barry, Dan, and Ben; great grandchildren Jasmine, Alexis, Natalie, Jaxon and Ella; and several nieces and nephews.

A special thanks to Judy and Walt Thompson, Pat and John Gilchrist, and Margaret and Norm Griffin for all the loving care they gave to Floyd. Floyd will be remembered as a kind and loving father, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle and friend.

A graveside service will be held at Sweetman Cemetery in the Spring. Memorial contributions in memory of Floyd may be made to the Galway Emergency Medical Services, 2175 Galway Road, Galway, NY 12074.

Debra A. Armstrong 62, left her earthly home and joined her eternal paradise on February 20, 2021. Debby was born on July 6, 1958 in Saratoga Springs, NY. Debby was known for her kind heart and desire to make others around her happy.

Debby spent many years working with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It was the time spent with those she supported and the growth within each person that filled her heart. Debby was very proud of the success and fun that she was a part of, which included involvement in the Special Olympics.

She was predeceased by her mother Gertrude McGowan, father Emery McGowan, stepfather Frank Danforth, and sister Sandy McGowan. Debby is survived by her husband Thomas Armstrong; sons Mark Armstrong and Brad Armstrong; sisters Linda Myers and Barb Carey; brothers Larry McGowan and Rick McGowan; countless nieces and nephews; and her beautiful grandchildren who where were the sparkle in her sky.

Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours on Friday, February 26 from 4pm to 6pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Social distancing and facemasks are required. Funeral services will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Debby may be made to the Special Olympics at www.specialolympics.org

Susan Jane Davis, age 93, passed away peacefully February 17th, 2021. She was born December 1927 in Chattanooga, TN, to Madelaine and Robert, along with her twin sister, Marie Elizabeth (Betty). She married the love of her life, John Bradley Davis, on December 26, 1961.

Throughout her life, she worked as a key punch operator for AT&T, and an administrative assistant for a tree removal company in Rockland County, but her most meaningful job in her eyes was being a mom. Once she adopted her daughter Wendy in September, 1968, Susan was a dedicated mother first and foremost. She treasured her daughter and embraced every moment with her. She especially embraced her role as "Gramda" to her three grandchildren.

She is the loving and dedicated mother of her only child Wendy (John) of Malta, NY, and the adored Gramda of Justin (Abbey) Moore, Cetera (Ben) Moore and Victoria. She was predeceased by her husband, John Bradley Davis in 1988, after retiring to Hendersonville, NC. In addition to her husband she is predeceased by her brothers Robert Lee and William, along with her sister Mary Dorothy and her twin sister Marie Elizabeth.

My mom was the strongest woman I've ever met. She was a fierce protector of her family and always spoke her mind. She decided when she turned 80 that she could say and do whatever she wanted...she had "earned" it. Along her life, she always gave back. She was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels and Hospice for many years, as well as a Girl Scout Leader. She found great joy in helping others. An avid card player, she won many bridge tournaments in her day, and played well into her retirement. She was truly loved by all who had the joy of seeing her infectious smile and experiencing her sincere care and love for her friends and family. She was a blessing.

A private Mass will be held Monday, February 22, 2021 at Christ Episcopal Church in Ballston Spa, and she will be laid to rest at St. Anthony's Cemetery in Nanuet, NY with her husband John, on February 23rd, 2021.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Community Hospice (https://www.givetocommunityhospice.org/donate/) in honor of Susan.

Denis O’Brien passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 16, 2021. Denis was born in 1938 in Granville, New York. He attended Castleton State College in Vermont where he received his teaching degree. From there, he accepted a teaching position in the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake school system in 1968 and remained there until his retirement. In addition to teaching in the math department, Denis was a volunteer fireman for twenty years at the East Glenville Fire Department.

Denis was an avid reader, consuming two or three books a week. One of his other passions was doing the New York Times crossword puzzle every day. Many of his students and colleagues will recall the beautiful and colorful works of art hanging from the ceiling in his classroom. Denis created with precision, 3-D mathematical spheres, hexagonal pyramids and other shapes.

Without a doubt, one of the most memorable contributions he made was his role as a teacher and the impact he had on so many. Denis had an uncanny way of connecting with students who were sometimes challenging or had behavioral issues. He welcomed the students who believed they had little or no future and spoke their language. His students found his teaching style relatable and appreciated that he took the time to get to know them and talk to them. Every year, Denis would share his own personal life challenges with students in the Health classes. This insight to his own recovery helped many students process the troubles and problems in their own lives. A testimony to his success with students is the number of them who went on to become productive citizens and the former students who often came back to see Mr. O’Brien and thank him.

Throughout his teaching career and during retirement, Denis was an integral part time employee of Natural Design Landscaping. For many years he worked side by side with his friend Philip Pekar installing landscape designs. This allowed Denis to be outdoors, another thing he enjoyed.

Most importantly, Denis enjoyed time spent with his beloved wife Linda. They enjoyed quiet time together while they read or watched their favorite movies. Their most memorable times were when they traveled. Their trips to Georgia to see their son Adam were a welcomed relief from the cold weather of the north and their trips to the West coast to visit his daughter Sarah and her husband David were also special. They loved Lake Tahoe and Yosemite. Linda said that it was always a challenge to get Denis to return home during their trips to California’s Big Sur and Carmel.

He was predeceased by his parents Thomas O’Brien and Pauline Smith O’Brien, sister Jane Timm and brother Tom O’Brien. Denis is survived by his wife Linda Tallman O’Brien; daughters Sarah Misserian (David) of Tucson, AZ; Jennifer Kistner (Gerry) of Unity, NH and Sandra Spoerner (Michael) of Albuquerque, NM; son Adam Stanton of Atlanta, GA; grandchildren Christopher, Matthew, Rachel and Noah; brother Owen O’Brien (Mary Lou); friend and mother of his daughters Barbara O’Brien; and several nieces and nephews.

There will be no services at this time. Memorial contributions in memory of Denis may be made to the Saratoga County Animal Shelter, 6010 County Farm Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Alice L. Mabb 86, passed away on Saturday, February 13, 2021. She was born in Youngsville, Pennsylvania on August 15, 1934 to William and Minnie Lyon. Alice worked at Rickett’s Dry Cleaners in Ballston Spa for many years. She loved music and was always ready to dance and sing at any event. Alice enjoyed playing Bingo and vacationing with her family. Family was very important to her and she treasured the time they spent together.

She was predeceased by her husband Gilbert, son Frederick, and her siblings. Alice is survived by her children Laurie Boucher (Richard), Timothy Mabb (Carolyn) and Sandy Lovely (Bob); daughter in law Cheryl Mabb; grandchildren Christopher, Cassie, Amanda, Bobalou, Erika, Cameron, Jason, Colin and Mikel; great grandchildren Jasona, Aviana, Brantley, Weston, Navvah, Maci, Leila and Hannah; great great grandson Gunner; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to a calling hour on Friday, February 19 from 10am to 11am at Armer Funeral Home, Inc. 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A private service will follow. Alice will be laid to rest with her husband Gilbert at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville on Friday at 12:30pm. Social distancing and facemasks are required.

Memorial contributions in memory of Alice may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 4 Pine West Plaza Suite 405, Albany, NY 12205.

Brett W. Bydairk, 69 passed away suddenly on February 11, 2021. Brett was born in Chicago, IL and lived in Connecticut, Idaho, California and Hawaii before his military parents moved to Ballston Spa in 1962. Brett graduated from Ballston Spa High School as well as the University of South Carolina.

He worked for the state of South Carolina for over 30 years before returning to Ballston Spa in 2007. Brett also served in the United States Air Force. He was a music enthusiast and enjoyed performances at his beloved Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs. He was happy to be the Caffe historian and took great satisfaction in maintaining the archives. Brett was also an avid reader and book collector. He maintained an extensive collection of books.

Brett was a proud brother, uncle and loyal friend. He is predeceased by his parents Walter and Lois (Kiper) Bydairk and a brother Tracy W. Bydairk. Brett is survived by his sister Wendy Bydairk and her husband, Michael Zimmerman of North Andover, MA; niece Eliza Zimmerman and her husband Mark Suscovich of Duxbury, MA, niece Maxie Zimmerman of N. Andover, MA; and his lifelong best friend Mike Norton of Dublin, PA.

A memorial service will be held in the Spring at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery. Memorial contributions in memory of Brett may be made to Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

John P. Bennison passed away on Thursday, February 11, 2021 at the age of 92. He was born in Frankfort, NY, the fifth son of Harold and Hazel (Gunson) Bennison on November 11, 1928. Jack was a graduate of St. Mary’s Institute in Amsterdam and Niagara University in Niagara Falls where he received a Bachelor of Science degree and was a member of the golf team.

Following his four older brothers who all served during World War II and his father who received a Purple Heart in World War I, Jack enlisted in the US Marine Corps upon graduation from high school and was recalled to active duty during the Korean Conflict.

After his proud military service and upon graduation from Niagara University, he became a successful sales agent with NY Life Insurance Co in the Niagara Falls office. After ten years, he joined the professional service of the Boy Scouts of America. His career of twenty-five years took him to Boy Scout Councils in Chautauqua, Albany and Ithaca, NY as well as Newark, NJ. Upon retirement, he relocated to Ballston Spa, NY. He was a parishioner of St. Mary’s Church and also volunteered for more than ten years delivering Meals on Wheels.

Jack is predeceased by his wife Barbara Ann Roulley Bennison, four brothers William, Robert, Richard, and Charles, and his sister Anne. He is survived by his sons William Bennison (Patricia) of Ballston Spa and Charles Bennison (JoAnn) of Castleton; sister Jane Staber (Donald) of Malta; grandchildren Shelley Palmer of Castleton and Kevin Bennison of Williamstown, Massachusetts; and great grandchildren Vivienne and Andrew Palmer.

On a later date, a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at St. Mary’s Church in Ballston Spa and he will be buried with military honors at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery.

The family gratefully thanks the doctors, nurses, and staff on C3 at Saratoga Hospital for their care, assistance and dedication.

Robert E. Holmes II, 76, passed away on Wednesday, February 10, 2021. He was born in Glens Falls, NY on April 4, 1944 to Robert and Annis Holmes. He served in the US Navy on the USS Wilkinson.

Bob was the owner and operator of Razor Inn in Albany, where he was a barber for over 50 years. His customers were like family to him and he enjoyed sharing stories with them throughout the years. He was a lifetime member of the Clifton Park Elks helping with many events and activities. In his free time Bob liked to hunt and fish, and spend time with his family.

He was predeceased by his parents Robert and Annis Holmes and his sister Ada Cross. Bob is survived by his wife Rene, and their children Robert Holmes III (Lorie), Shelley Farone (Christian) and Dan Holmes (Amy); grandchildren Jessica, Samantha, Robert IV, and Lily; sister Karen Havens; and his beloved dog Suzy.

Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours on Monday, February 15 from 5pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Social distancing and facemasks are required. A service with military honors will be held 11:30am Tuesday, February 16 at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville.

Memorial contributions in memory of Bob may be made to the Clifton Park Elks, 695 McElroy Road, Clifton Park, NY 12065.

Stuart E. Rafferty, of Sprakers, NY passed away on Sunday, February 7, 2021 at the age of 81. He was born in Ticonderoga, NY on September 28, 1939 to Lawrence M. Rafferty and Georgianna (DuRoss) Rafferty.

Stuart lived in Ballston Spa, NY for 65 years. He was well known as one of the best mechanics and body men in Saratoga County. He was the mechanic supervisor or a body shop supervisor for most of his adult life in several Saratoga County Car Dealerships.

After he retired he spent his time repairing and restoring old firearms. He was the owner of Mad Cat Racing, and built more than forty racing lawn mowers. He also enjoyed woodworking and machining.

He was predeceased by his brother Robert Rafferty. Stuart is survived by his daughter Terri Whitehouse and her boyfriend Chris of Saratoga Springs; his son Michael Rafferty (Melissa) of Stillwater; brother Larry Rafferty (Sue) of Ballston Spa; grandchildren Ashley Wilbur (Ryan), Jacqueline Bryant (Kory), Frances Benaquista (Emerick, Jr) and Krista Rafferty; and four great grandchildren.

At Stuart’s request there will be no services. Memorial contributions in memory of Stuart may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Lois Short, 94, of Ballston Spa passed away peacefully at home on February 2, 2021 with her daughters, kitties and friends by her side.

Lois was born on May 14, 1926 near Scranton, PA to Helen and George Cowperthwait. They moved to the area by the time she was five eventually graduating from Ballston Spa High School. After graduation, Lois attended Boston University receiving an associate’s degree in fashion merchandising.

After WWII, she met and married William Short, born in Ballston Spa. They lived in Washington DC while Bill finished his education. They returned to Ballston Spa, eventually building their forever home, which she cherished and where she spent her final days.

She worked at GE for several years before raising her two daughters. She then joined the Ballston Spa Central School district as a teaching assistant at the Wood Road School in the reading department where she worked until her retirement. Summers, Lois worked for Ballston recreation committee teaching the grades 3-5 arts and crafts class. She was also a 4H leader where her specialty was teaching sewing.

Later, Lois continued her pursuit of creative endeavors making decorative eggs, boxes, barrettes, and homemade cards for all occasions sending them to countless friends and relatives. Not long ago, she had a successful Treasure Keeper’s booth at a local church fair.

In recent years, she was a member of Saratoga Arts where she showed and sold her work Lois loved her pets which, over the years included dogs and cats as well as the kids’ hamsters, gerbils, and birds. Throughout the years, she had numerous cats find her home and her generous spirit, and with the help of others, find a permanent home. Besides the 4-legged friends, Lois was an avid gardener and nature lover. Her yard was a haven for insects, birds, and wildlife. Her flowers were a joy she shared with others.

Lois was predeceased by her parents, sisters, and husband, William. She is survived by her daughters, Jill Rogalskyj, husband Peter, grandchildren Nate, Sophie, and George; and Pam Short, husband Kevin Williams, grandchildren Zachary, Benjamin and Johnathan; as well as several nieces, nephews and their families.

Lois treasured her friends throughout the years. She felt so blessed to have so many caring and kind people in her life.

Lois’ family would like to thank the many people who have touched mom’s life over the years, community hospice for their care, and the many friends and home caregivers who have made her wishes possible to stay in her home until she chose to join the angels. You know who you are and we are forever grateful to you.

A calling hour will be held from 10am to 11am on Tuesday, February 9 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A funeral service will follow at 11am. Burial will be in Ballston Spa Cemetery. Social distancing and facemasks will be required.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in memory of Lois to Saratoga County Animal Shelter, 6010 County Farm Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or Woofs for Warriors, Inc. PO Box 2466, Glens Falls, NY 12801.

Kevin W. Chase 61, passed away on February 1, 2021. He was born in Schenectady, NY on December 11, 1959 to Gordon and Loretta Chase. Kevin was a tractor trailer driver for R.J. Valente for many years. He enjoyed taking a ride on his Harley, going to the Casino, traveling or just staying home relaxing with his family.

He was predeceased by his parents Gordon and Loretta, his son Nathan, sister Margaret, brother John, mother in law Sandra and brother in law Michael. Kevin is survived by his wife Linda, son Michael, stepson Jeremy, sister Diane, brother Richard, father in law Mike, sisters in law Christine and Susan; Aunt Beverly, Aunt Genevieve, nephew John (Angela) and several other nieces and nephews.

At Kevin’s request there will be no services. The family would like to thank the staff on A-3 in Saratoga Hospital for their care and compassion.

Marguerite Sulzman (Meg), 71, of Ballston Spa, NY passed away Sunday, January 31, 2021.

Meg was born Marguerite Delia Lavoie on October 12, 1949 in Brooklyn, NY to the late Edgar and Doris (Litterer) Lavoie. She grew up in Lynbrook, NY and attended Lynbrook High School (’67). She received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Ithaca College (’71) and a Master’s Degree in Education from Russell Sage College. She taught 4th grade for several years at St. Jude the Apostle School in Wynantskill before working at Albany ARC where she dedicated over 15 years to assisting adults with disabilities. In 2004 she moved to Tampa, FL to teach middle school and to be close to three of her children. Meg returned to upstate New York in 2008 and to Albany ARC until her semi-retirement. She spent the last several years at Kids First Child Care in Ballston Spa. She was dedicated to the children and found great joy in caring for them.

Meg was the devoted and loving mother of David Sulzman, Heather Sulzman (Chris Williams), Jennifer (Ian) Gertler, and Meredith (Michael) Tower; grandmother to Noah and Lyle Sulzman, Frances Williams, Jonathan and Andrew Gertler, and Delia and Liam Tower. She is also survived by her brother Michael Lavoie, nieces, nephews and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law that she loved dearly.

Meg was an active member of Christ Episcopal Church in Ballston Spa. She enjoyed participating in a play readers group at St Paul’s Episcopal Church in Troy. She was an avid reader and trivia buff so much so that she was a 5x Jeopardy winner in 1974. She enjoyed traveling and attending Broadway shows. Meg loved to shop and never met a pair of shoes she didn’t like. She never turned down a game of Scrabble or Trivial Pursuit with anyone willing to play knowing who the winner would likely be. Most of all she cherished spending time with her children and grandchildren and will be deeply missed by her family and friends.

A memorial service will be held at a future date at Christ Episcopal Church when the world is a little safer and family and friends can travel and gather safely. Donations to the Christ Church Food Pantry in her memory would be appreciated.

Donald J. Smith 73, passed away on January 31, 2021 at St. Peters Hospital in Albany. He had been a resident of the Capital District for over 35 years, recently of Town of Amsterdam, NY at his home of 15 years. Born in Dolgeville, NY on December 20, 1947 to Donald Smith and June Towne, Donald was an all star athlete in his high school years. He enjoyed baseball, football and basketball. He was an avid NY Yankees fan and never missed a game.

Upon graduation from high school Donald entered the US Army and was assigned to Berlin, Germany where he spent a number of years at the Berlin Wall. After his return from Germany he returned to his home town where he entered The Utica School of Commerce and obtained his degree in accounting. He became employed at The State University of New York in Albany as an account manager where he remained in this position for 32 years until retirement. Donald also re-entered the Army Reserves closing out his military career with 22 years of service.

Donald was a loving father and devoted husband and was liked by everyone. He was always looking to help someone in need. He enjoyed travel, sports, his motorcycle and beautiful summer evenings.

Donald leaves behind his wife of 30 years Susan Warner Smith, sons Michael Smith and Jaime Smith; stepsons, Jason Leslie and Justin Leslie; six grandchildren Emma, Anna, Mia, Trent, Blake and the youngest Christian, brother David Smith; sister Jacqueline Rachon; and nephews Russell Florian and Shea Smith. He will be forever missed.

Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours on Sunday, February 7 from 2pm to 4pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Funeral services will be private. Donald will be laid to rest with military honors in the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville.

Memorial contributions in memory of Donald may be made to the Montgomery County SPCA, PO Box 484, Amsterdam, NY 12010.

Gladys M. Caputo 93, passed away on Sunday, January 31, 2021. She was born in Schenectady, NY on February 25, 1927 to Walter and Mary Oleksiak.

Gladys worked for UMI in Malta for several years. In her younger years, she enjoyed dancing and listening to music and later watched dancing on TV. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family and visits with her beloved granddogs Rufus and Fiona.

She was predeceased by her husband Frank, son in law Glenn Bowers, Sr. and her ten brothers and sisters. Gladys is survived by her daughters Francine Snyder (Edmund) and Patricia Bowers; grandchildren Kristina, Glenn Jr. (Kristie), Betsy (Jon), Ed (Angela) and Mandie (BJ); great grandchildren Michaela (Christopher), Aubrey, Steven, Kodie, Siarra, Payton, Sidney and EJ; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours on Friday, February 5 from 5pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Social distancing and facemasks are required. Funeral services will be held 11am Saturday, February 6 at St. Mary’s Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions in memory of Gladys may be made to Community Emergency Corp, Thompson Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or the charity of your choice. The family wishes to thank Andrea for her compassionate care of Gladys.

Ann M. Peek 84, passed away on Sunday, January 31, 2021 after a brief illness. She was born in Ballston Spa, NY on October 12, 1936 to Charles and Louise Pasquarell, Sr.

Ann was a seamstress at the Ballston Knitting Mill and worked at Angelica Healthcare for many years. She later worked as a housekeeper at Four Winds Hospital in Saratoga Springs retiring in 2001. She enjoyed camping and taking long walks with her family. She was an avid Wednesday night Bingo player and also enjoyed going to the Casino. Ann loved watching TV with her kitty cat.

She was predeceased by her parents Charles and Louise Pasquarell, Sr. and her brother Charles Pasquarell, Jr. Ann is survived by her husband of 67 years Edward Peek, Jr., sons James Peek (Linda) of Ballston Spa, Edward Peek of Gansevoort, and Charles Pasquarell, III (Michelle) of Corinth; grandchildren Colleen, Ann Marie, Carmine, and Anthony; and many great grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours on Thursday, February 4 from 3pm to 5pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Memorial contributions in memory of Ann may be made to the Saratoga County Animal Shelter, 6010 County Farm Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Kathleen A. Mattrazzo 72, passed away at her home surrounded by her family on Saturday, January 30, 2021. She was born in Schenectady, NY on September 28, 1948 to Joseph and Dorothy Grose.

Kathy worked for Campito Plumbing and Heating in Latham for over fifty years. Her home was decorated for every holiday and she loved to entertain and cook for her family and friends. Kathy was always ready for a cocktail and a good time.

Kathy is survived by her beloved husband of 51 years Rick; sisters Dolores “Dee” Scotti and Diane Grose; brother in law Anthony Mattrazzo; sister in law Barb Mattrazzo; nieces and nephews Christopher, Kevin, Anthony, Rhonda, Jimmy, Erika, Jeremy, and Markie.

Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours on Wednesday, February 3 from 4pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Funeral services will be held 9:30am Thursday, February 4 at St. Mary’s Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Social distancing and facemasks are required. Burial will be in Factory Village Cemetery in the Spring.

Memorial contributions in memory of Kathy may be made to the Community Ambulance Corp, Thompson Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or Division of Strength c/o Sabrina Mosseau, 11 Village View Bluff, Ballston Lake, NY 12019.

The family would like to thank Dr. Valentine and all of the nurses and staff at Saratoga Oncology for their care and compassion.

Michael J. Mailloux, 60, of Saratoga Springs, NY left this earth to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on January 26, 2021 at home surrounded by his family. He was born in Bridgeport, CT on November 1, 1960 to the late Armand and Eleanor (Kovalik) Mailloux. Mike graduated from Shepaug Valley High School, Washington, CT and attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

He was true to his engineering training at work and at home and dedicated over 30 years of service to the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program as an Electrical and Software Engineer at Bechtel Plant Machinery and Naval Nuclear Laboratory (Fluor Marine Propulsion, LLC) receiving awards in recognition of his contributions. He was greatly respected as a mentor and hard worker.

Michael was an active member of the Hope Church of Ballston Spa, NY; serving wherever he was needed as sound engineer, coffee preparation, pastoral research committee, website administration and enjoyed being part of the Christian Brigades, especially the father-son trips to Northern Frontier. He loved to plan and research whether projects around the house, building and making things, and adventures with his loved ones. He loved good food and watching movies - sharing clips he had recorded with kindred spirits. Most of all, he loved his family and he loved God.

He was predeceased by his son, Joshua Mailloux and brother, Steven Mailloux. Survivors include his wife of 29 years, Sandra Percey Mailloux, his children Hannah and Christian MacPherson of Milton, FL, Luke and Angelica Mailloux of New Port Richey, FL and Leah Mailloux of Middle Grove, NY. Mike is also survived by his siblings Alice and Paul Ernst of Woodbury, CT, Daniel Mailloux of Danbury, CT, and Paul and Michelle Mailloux of Rehoboth, MA.

The family would like to express their thanks and gratitude to the Community Hospice of Saratoga County as well as Dr. Pezzulo and his staff at Saratoga Hospital Palliative Care and Dr. Liebers and his staff at Saratoga Hospital Oncology.

A private Memorial service will be held Saturday, January 30, 2021 at 11 a.m., but others may attend virtually on Zoom. Email info@hopechurch.us for Zoom meeting information. A private burial will be at the family’s convenience. Memorial contributions may be made to Northern Frontier Camp, c/o Chris Studley, Director, 38 Cadwallader Ct., Yardley, PA 19067 or St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Sean H. Riccio 51, passed away on Tuesday, January 26, 2021. He was born in Albany, NY on August 4, 1969. Sean worked for Telecom in Schenectady for several years. Sean liked to be outdoors hunting, fishing, and camping with his family. He was a CB Radio operator, “Tiny” was his handle. He had a talent for tinkering and making all kinds of gadgets. He loved his dog Massey and watching TV.

Sean is survived by his wife Kim; children Doreen Riccio, Samantha Wood (Heath Blowers), Myron Woodbeck (Hannah Mattison), and Melinda Britton; granddaughters Paiten and Harper; mother and stepfather Patricia and Edward Gradwell; father Alfred Riccio; sister Sheryl Weidman Persons (Kenneth); brother Darren Riccio (Jodie); and nieces and nephews Noah, Mary, Madison, Darrian, and Nadeau (Michael).

A celebration of Sean’s life will be held on Monday, February 1 from 3pm to 6pm at Kings Inn, 6 McDonald Avenue, Schenectady. Social distancing and facemasks are required.

Ben C. Stanley 80, passed away on Saturday, January 23, 2021. He was born in Schenectady, NY on September 20, 1940 to Howard and Golda Stanley. He graduated from Colonie Central High School and served in the US Army Reserves. Ben was the founder of Simmons Elevator Co, Inc. Ben married Judith Stanley and was a devoted husband for over 58 years.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brothers James and Gerald. He is survived by his wife, Judith and their children, Tracy, Gregg (Stacey), and Wendy (Emily Morgan); grandchildren Leslie, Renae, Laura, Baxter and Edie.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, services will be private at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions in memory of Ben may be made to the charity of your choice.

Alfred J. Schadow, Sr. 98, passed away peacefully on Friday, January 22, 2021 at Home of the Good Shepherd. He was born in North Bergen, NJ on September 3rd, 1922 to John and Eleanor (Vogt) Schadow. Al grew up in North Bergen, NJ moving with his parents to Springfield, MA when he was around 11 in a 1927 Hudson Phaeton Automobile. They had several residences in Springfield before settling on Harwich Road in West Springfield. He went to Springfield City Schools and graduated from the High School in 1940. That senior year he had to get special permission to attend Springfield High since he was living in West Springfield.

At this point he worked in several machine shops and was drafted for WWII in 1942. When the Army found out he was making diesel parts in the shop and had a slight heart murmur, he was discharged from the service and sent back to continue his craft. After the war, he enrolled in the Civil Engineering Coop Program at Northeastern University in Boston. Al had the good fortune to be a member of a surveying crew during summer vacations right at home in Springfield. He graduated in 1952 and did a stint with the General Electric Company in 3 locations; Pittsfield, MA, Erie, PA, and Schenectady, NY. After successfully completed these assignments, Al was offered a permanent job at GE R&D in Plant Engineering. He remained with this firm until his retirement in 1982 with 29 years’ service.

Al learned to drive and got a ’36 Olds right away, since his mother, Eleanor did not drive. The family was fortunate to have had a cabin very close to Hammonasset State Beach in CT The '36 Olds made many trips to that getaway on weekends. During the '38 Hurricane the cabin was blown around and was simply put back on the blocks. After the '36, he liked Buicks and owned many of them.

In 1947 Al met his sweetheart Shirley Bowne and they married in 1953. Following his retirement, Al and Shirley were active with lighthouse visiting and bird-watching. They took many trips together to pursue these interests. Al found solitude working in the yard, and also building model trains, planes and cars. He was a 64 year Masonic Lodge Member, lastly joining the Masons in Ballston Spa in the 70’s. He was involved in many of their activities throughout that time.

He was predeceased by wife of 66 years, Shirley, and several cousins including, Adele Schwieger and Arthur Kopp, Jr. Al is survived by his children Alfred Schadow, Jr, Naomi Schadow, Karl Schadow, Eric Schadow (MaryBeth); grandchildren Jessica Altman (Brian), Kristen Hatt (Carl), Nathan, Zachary and Madelynn Schadow; and great grandchildren Levi Altman, Logan, and Eva Hatt.

A memorial service with military honors will be held 11:30am Friday, September 3, which would have been Al’s 99th birthday, at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville. Memorial contributions in memory of Al may be made to the Franklin Lodge #22 F. & A.M., 25 Hyde Blvd. Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

William E. Reid, Jr. 90, passed away on Friday, January 22, 2021. He was born in Amsterdam, NY to William and Blanche Reid, Sr. A graduate of SUNY Cobleskill and Cornell University, Bill was a Korean War Veteran, serving in the US Air Force.

Bill was a plant manager at Stewarts for 35 years, retiring in 1988. He was a life member of the Rock City Falls Volunteer Fire Dept, where he served as Fire Commissioner. He was also a member of the Sanitarians Association and the Greenfield Masonic Lodge. Whether he was camping, hunting, or gardening, Bill loved the great outdoors. He liked to travel and was an avid do it yourselfer.

He was predeceased by his brother Robert Reid, stepbrothers Alan Howe and David Howe, son in law Stephen Shearer and daughter in law Jennifer Reid.

Bill is survived by his wife of 63 years Lillian and their children, Terry Reid (Thelma), Melanie Shearer, William R. Reid (Lori), Daniel Reid (Lisa) and Andrew Reid; grandchildren Gretchen, Heidi, Derek, Eric, Jona, Naomi, and Jared; siblings Donald Reid, Holly McLaughlin, Carol Dansberger, and Noel Reid; and many great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours on Wednesday, January 27 from 5pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Social distancing and facemasks are required. A graveside service will be held at Rock City Falls Cemetery in the Spring.

Memorial contributions in memory of Bill may be made to the Milton Eagles Volunteer Fire Dept. PO Box 25, Rock City Falls, NY 12863.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ann Heffernan 83, passed away on Friday, January 22, 2021. She was born in Walker County, Georgia on July 18, 1937 to John and Grace Duncum. She lived in Tennessee for many years and moved to New York in the late 1950’s.

Ann was an active member of the Ballston Spa United Methodist Church. She enjoyed playing cards and attending the activities at the Ballston Area Seniors with her friends. She was an animal lover especially her cats. Ann enjoyed making Sunday dinner for her family. She treasured her children and grandchildren and all the memories they made together.

She was predeceased by her parents John and Grace, infant son Phillip, husband Neil, and sisters Juanita Ferraro and Faye King. Ann is survived by her sons Michael Heffernan (Louisa) and David Heffernan (Trish); grandchildren Ryan (Allison), Jenna and Brad; stepgrandsons Tyler (Kayla) and Cody (Justine); great granddaughter Hadley Rose Heffernan; sisters Kathryn Cox and Sue Lewis; sister in law Debra Frankenfield (Jeff); and several nieces and nephews.

Ann will be laid to rest with her husband at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery. A celebration of her life will be held on a later date.

Memorial contributions in memory of Ann may be made to Ballston Spa United Methodist Church, 101 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or Saratoga County Animal Shelter, 6010 County Farm Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

The family would like to thank the staff of the Saratoga Hospital ICU for their loving care and Ann’s many friends who sent their love and prayers.

Frederick L. Harris Sr. 85, passed away on Friday, January 22, 2021. He was born in Saratoga Springs, NY on January 5, 1936 to Leon and Wilda Harris. He served in the US Army.

Fred worked several jobs over the years, including Standard Furniture, Saratoga Harness Track, Quality Gas, and Cudney’s Dry Cleaning, where he retired from. He enjoyed Nascar, camping, taking long drives, playing games with friends and spending hours in the garage fixing things. Fred was a member of the Eagles Club in Saratoga Springs and VFW Post 358 in Ballston Spa.

In addition to his parents he was predeceased by his wife Eleanor; stepson Rusty Palmateer, Jr., sister Joan Reed and brother Paul Harris. Fred is survived by his son Fred Harris, Jr. (Jan) of Ballston Spa; daughter in law Mary Ellen Palmateer of Saratoga Springs; stepson Ricky Palmateer (Crystal) of Ballston Spa; his beloved grandchildren Brittany King (Shaughn), Jessica Macchi (Todd), Rusty Palmateer III, Sarah Smith (Steve) and Melisa Colvin; many great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his companion Florence Lenz.

Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours on Tuesday, January 26 from 9am to 11am at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Facemasks and social distancing are required. A private service will follow. Burial with military honors will be in the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, 200 Duell Road, Schuylerville.

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

Charles D. Plummer 68, passed away on Thursday, January 21, 2021. He was born in Ballston Spa, NY on August 23, 1952 to Claude and Mary Plummer.

After graduating from Ballston Spa High School, he worked at the Saratoga County Fairgrounds, a job he truly enjoyed. He later worked for the Town of Milton Highway Department until his retirement in 2007.

Growing up on a farm, Charlie had a love of cows and antique gas engines. He was a Doodlebug Tractor enthusiast, which involved using a Model A Ford to build a homemade tractor. Charlie was a people person and with his dry sense of humor he made friends wherever he went and made sure to give his friends a daily hello whether in person or online.

He was predeceased by his parents Claude and Mary, and his beloved wife Debra. Charlie is survived by his daughter Christina Plummer; brother Robert Plummer and sister Peggy Sturtevant; and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, January 25 from 2pm to 3pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street Ballston Spa. Facemasks and social distancing will be required. A graveside service will be held in the Powell Wiswall Cemetery in the Spring.

Memorial contributions in memory of Charlie may be made to St Paul’s Lutheran Church, 149 Lake Avenue, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Jessie Anabel (Edwards) Beninati passed away peacefully on January 20, 2021. She was 99 years old. She was the daughter of Rachel (Uecker) and Tracy Edwards and was born on August 7, 1921. She grew up with her brother Carl in the north end of Ballston Spa, sledding across the Blue Mill Bridge, smelling chocolate from Bischoff’s Chocolate Factory and roller skating across the Bachellerville Bridge in Edinburgh. She saw Amelia Earhart during a stop in the village and she rode horses whenever she could.

She married Louis Beninati after WW II, raised her three daughters in the house that they built together on Lewis Street, and lived independently in that home, until recently. She lived her entire life in Ballston Spa, while she traveled the US and the world.

She worked at Caplan’s Style Shop in her youth and the Ballston Spa Central School District until retirement. She was a leader and president of the local Girl Scout Council. She shared her love of the outdoors, birds (especially the chickadees at her feeder), gardening, hiking and her independent spirit with her children.

She was predeceased by her parents, three brothers, her husband, Louis and her daughter, Sally Van Alstyne. She is survived by her daughters Carol Bennett and LouAnn Beninati and her son in law Robert Van Alstyne. She is also survived by 8 grandchildren and their families, Robert L (Boo) and Tammy Van Alstyne , Jennifer Bennett, Tracy and Steve Russo, David and Elise Bennett, Troy Coutrayer and Lisa Vestiwig, LaWanda and John Legault, Elaina and Jermaine Armstead, Jesse Coutrayer and Ashley Baschand, and 11 great grandchildren, Bobby, Stephen, Ben, Sebastian, Max, Brooke, Kalob, Brandon, Cameron, Clark and Milo.

The family would like to thank the staff of the Home of the Good Shepherd for their gentle care over the past three years. Due to COVID-19, services will be scheduled at a later date. Those wanting to honor Jessie’s memory are encouraged to make a donation to Robin’s Nest Children’s Center 20 Allen Street Burlington, VT 05401, or the Home of the Good Shepherd 400 Church St, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Janet M. Hersh 88, passed away on Tuesday, January 19, 2021, surrounded by her children at Saratoga Hospital after a long battle with Alzheimer’s.

Janet was born on June 11, 1932 along with her triplet sisters to Marie and Harold Remington in Saratoga Springs, NY. The family also included an older brother and two younger sisters. Janet enjoyed her childhood and was very close with her siblings.

Janet earned a nursing certificate at St. Margaret’s School in Albany and enjoyed caring for newborns in local hospitals as well as caring for newborns in private homes in the area. Eventually Janet would meet the love of her life, Ronald Hersh, in Malta where they both had families. They married and moved to Ballston Spa where they raised their three children. Together, Janet and Ronald enjoyed ballroom dancing, bowling, traveling, and spending as much time with family as possible. They were over the moon when the grandchildren came along and loved spoiling them. In later years, Janet joined a Volksporting club with Ronald and traveled with the club to walk throughout the country.

Janet was predeceased by her parents Marie and Harold Remington, husband Ronald Hersh, brother Harold Remington, and triplet sisters June Coleman and Joyce D’Andrea. Janet is survived by her sisters Pauline Mangino (Richard) and Dawn Murray; daughter Dale Schechter (Howard), sons Edwin Hersh (Kim Sharp), and Mark Hersh (Jennifer); grandchildren Lauren Schechter, Samantha Cunningham (Kyle), Connor Hersh, and Dawson Hersh; great granddaughter Anna Cunningham, and several nieces and nephews. Janet is also survived by her very best friend Betty MacMillin.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, January 24 from 2pm to 4pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Social distancing and face masks are required. A graveside service will be held in Malta Ridge Cemetery in the Spring.

Memorial contributions in memory of Janet may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 4 Pine West Plaza Suite 405, Albany, NY 12205. The family would like to thank Saratoga Hospital and Wesley Nursing Home for their loving care during a very difficult year.