Obituaries


His friends mourn the loss of James Carson of Malta who died suddenly on December 20, 2019 at the age of 73 in connection with an accident in his home.

Jim was born in 1946, the son of Molly and Carl Carson. He was raised in Ballston Spa with his now deceased siblings Carl Carson, Jr., and Mary Duell.

A military veteran, Jim served in the U.S. Marine Corp from 1965 to 1969. He spent most of his life living in Malta, last working at Phillips Health in Latham as a software engineer.

Many of his friends grew to know Jim’s good heart, thoroughness, and reliability through his volunteer work in greyhound rescue. Jim administered the rescue group website and volunteered at adoption events for Greyhound Rescue of NY. For many years, his neighbors were happy to see him on his daily walks with one or two of the three greyhounds he had adopted.

No services will be held at this time. However, his friends will gather for a farewell service in early spring to bid farewell to Jim when his ashes are returned to the earth according to his request. Anyone wishing to join in this ceremonial farewell, please contact Armer Funeral Home, Inc. at 518-885-6181 or info@armerfuneralhome.com and leave your name and contact information.

Thambusami Chella, 91, passed away on Thursday, December 19, 2019. He was born on December 1, 1928 in Madras, India.

He is now at the feet of his Lord and Savior Jesus along with his parents Rev D. and Ruby Thambusami, his stepmother Annabelle Thambusami, and his siblings Sampath, Doss, and Irene and many other loved ones. Chella is survived by his sister Satyabama Johnson, his wife Vasantha Chella (Poppy), and their children, Ruby Johnson, Moses Chella (Willie), and Wesley Chella.

Funeral services will be held 9:30am Saturday, December 28 at Emmanuel Reformed Episcopal Church, 100 Grant Avenue, Somerville, NJ. Burial will follow in Bound Brook Cemetery, Bound Brook, NJ.

And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son, Jesus. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. John 5:11-13

Sherry L. Harrington 74, passed away on Sunday, December 15, 2019. Born in Ballston Spa, NY on July 31, 1945, she was the daughter of Joseph and Vivian Moulton.

Sherry worked for General Electric in Schenectady, Knolls Atomic Power Lab in Niskayuna and retired from the Kesslering Site in West Milton after over forty years of service. She loved to cook and bake. If a co-worker had a birthday you could be sure Sherry baked a cake for them to share. She was famous for her Thanksgiving fudge which she gave out and mailed across the country.

Sherry enjoyed boating with her husband Ted and spending time at their vacation home in Puerto Rico. She was a puzzle fanatic and liked to garden, mow the lawn, and tend to her birdfeeders. She was a volunteer at numerous local charities, helping out wherever she could. She spent lots of time at the Saratoga Racino, sometimes winning.

She enjoyed luncheons with her friends. Her greatest joy was her family and she insisted on hosting the family get togethers so everyone could swim in the pool, no matter what the weather. Sherry was a generous and kind-hearted soul who was loved by all who knew her.

Sherry is survived by her husband of 49 years, Ted and their children, Tom Harrington (Julie), Doreen Mitchell (Glenn), Kevin Harrington, Sandy Demskie (Andrew), and Wendy Candiano (Bruce); grandchildren Alyson, Anthony, Joseph, Jason, Alexandria, Skye, Steve, and Kristina; great grandchildren Kambrie and Jackson; siblings James Moulton, Mary Ellen Drindak, and Jeffrey Moulton; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother Joseph Moulton.

Funeral services will be held 10am Thursday, December 19 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, December 18 from 5pm to 7pm at the funeral home. Burial will be in Rock City Falls Cemetery in the Spring.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Sherry may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Archie E. Armer 97, passed away on Saturday, December 14, 2019 surrounded by his devoted family. He was born in the Town of Saratoga on April 12, 1922. He was the son of Elmer and Eva Armer.

Archie lived his entire life in and around the Saratoga Springs area. He graduated from Saratoga Springs High School and served his country in the Pacific during World War II as an army Sergeant. He married Ileen Hoffman on July 30, 1949.

Archie enjoyed a successful business career spanning over 50 years. He was a manufacturer’s representative for several companies across the country for many years and with two partners started a successful import company based in NYC. His proudest business accomplishment however was as founder and president of Dec-O-World, Inc which he and his family ran for over 25 years.

Archie loved his family and the many activities they shared throughout the years. He enjoyed golf, boating, sports, bowling with his brother in law, and especially the Saratoga Race Track. He was an energetic and gregarious man who loved to meet and talk with people.

Archie was predeceased by his beloved wife Ileen, son Timothy, son in law Mark Worobey, sister Muriel Sutton, and brother Len Armer.

Archie is survived by his daughter Ardis Armer, granddaughter Jessica Armer, brother in law John Urbaetis, sister in law Norma Hoffman, and many dear nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, December 20 from 11am to Noon at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will be held at Noon. Burial will follow in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Saratoga Springs.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the American Red Cross.

Thomas Jonathan Roach passed away on December 13th, 2019 at the age of 32, accompanied by his family at Saratoga Hospital.

Tom grew up alongside his older brother in Jonesville, in a neighborhood surrounded by classmates who would grow to be lifelong friends. Tom had great memories playing with his brother, including neighborhood street-hockey matches, races through snowy woods on sleds pulled by ATVs, and a variety of imaginative games (one of which, “bear hunt”, featured a Nerf-equipped pair of hunters on the trail of an unarmed, sneaking, but still dangerous human/Grizzly hybrid). Tom was a goofy and expressive child, and had a love for animals which can be seen early-on in home movies featuring him as an expert trainer of the household dog (à la Steve Irwin).

Though Tom would face challenges in his later adolescence, the best qualities of his character never faded. Tom was the most wonderful kind of delinquent; the kind who would sneak beers to his younger brother, play Nirvana (and eventually the Beatles) at full blast on every, *every* car ride, and who would, on festive occasions, ignite weapons-grade fireworks in his quiet residential community. He never missed a family gathering or holiday, and deeply enjoyed family reunions in Maine where he had fond memories of visiting his grandparents’ home every New Years. Tom also had a great creative side, with a love of music and an incredible ability to learn songs on guitar or piano from only listening to them over the radio.

Tom worked for over twelve years at a local dog kennel. There he met some of his best and closest friends, the ranks of which included both his two-legged coworkers and the four-legged occupants. While there, Tom adopted two neglected, poorly behaved, out-of-control but, most importantly, unbelievably sweet dogs, Ally and Gunner. From what must have been a place of resonance, Tom saw the good, loving nature of these dogs beyond their outward behavior, and provided them with the love and support that no others would give.

Despite various hardships throughout his life, Tom always held dear his close friends and family. Much like the sheltered animals he cared for so much, Tom’s character consisted of a humble kindness, an uncompromising warmth, and an enduring, almost excessive faith in his family and friends. It is incredible that despite the trials he endured, Tom felt a complete sense of love for those close to him. Even after his passing, we hope to live up to the level of reciprocation that this kind of love deserves.

Tom is survived by his father Bud Roach, his mother Lee Sheldon, his brothers Philip Roach and Michael Sheldon, his sister-in-law Katie Roach, nephew Bennet Roach and niece Madeline Roach.

A celebration of Tom’s life will be held on Friday, December 20 from 5pm to 8pm in the Adirondack Room at the Hilton Garden Inn, 30 Clifton Country Road, Clifton Park.

Francis L. “Larry” DuPont 99, passed gently into the evening on Wednesday, December 11, 2019. He was born and raised in Gouverneur, NY, the son of Elmer and Gertrude (Easton) DuPont. He served in the Army Air Corp from 1938-1945 and accrued numerous bombing missions during World War II as a Mitchell B-25 radio gunner.

Upon his discharge he started a long career at General Electric in Schenectady where the receptionist took a liking to him and their marriage of close to 70 years began.

A St. James choir boy enjoyed singing and in later years performed at numerous venues over the years. He was a quality baritone vocalist who made our country home of youth a musical wonderland. Larry took a keen interest in the various projects of his three sons and was always there to lend a hand as well as his wisdom. He supported their musical and sports endeavors, whether it be Pop Warner football or Little League baseball.

He was predeceased by his beloved wife and co-pilot of 70 years, Emma (Jennings) DuPont, and his brothers Edwin and Charles. Larry is survived by his sons Stephen DuPont (Karen) of St. Petersburg, FL; Jacke DuPont (Elizabeth) of Franklinton, NY and Christopher DuPont (Sylvia) of Saratoga Springs; and his beloved grandchildren and great grandchildren.

We are forever grateful to be his sons, daughters in law, and grandchildren. Larry was a wonderful friend, father and husband who truly cared for others.

A private family service will be held.

Jean B. Carter 89, passed away on Tuesday, December 10, 2019. Born in Ballston Spa, NY on November 26, 1930, she was the daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Brower.

Jean was a paralegal working for several lawyers’ offices in Ballston Spa, retiring in 2000. She loved her job and was an avid reader. Jean was a devoted mother and took great pride in raising her six children. Her family was her greatest joy and she treasured the time they shared together.

She was predeceased by her husband Elliery and her six siblings. Jean is survived by her children Karen Manhey (Bill), Laurie Carter, Teresa LeClare (John), Jeffery Carter (Terry), Joseph Carter (Amy), and Bradley Carter (Ginger); nine grandchildren, fifteen great grandchildren, one great great grandson, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10am Saturday, December 14 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Relatives and friends are invited to gather at 9:45am at the funeral home. Burial will be in Factory Village Cemetery in the Spring.

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

Matthew Stephen Galbraith, 31, passed away at home on Monday, December 2, 2019. Born on August 14, 1988 in Schenectady, he was a life-long area resident and son of John A. and Elaine (Plummer) Galbraith.

Matthew was a graduate of Ballston Spa High School and worked as a Sales Manager at Cellular Sales in Malta and Queensbury. He loved tea and all things tea, video games and game night with his friends. Matthew was a voracious reader and also a talented writer. He enjoyed playing golf and participating in triathlons.

Matthew was predeceased by his father, John A. Galbraith. He is survived by his mother, Elaine P. Galbraith of Ballston Spa; his sisters, Katelyn Galbraith and Kristyn Galbraith both of Ballston Spa; and his brother, Michael Galbraith of Albany.

Funeral services will be held at 9:30am on Saturday, December 7 at St. Mary’s Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow at Ballston Spa Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call from 5pm to 7pm Friday, December 6 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions may be made in Matthew’s name to the charity of one’s choice.

Paul F. Darling, Sr. 84, passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 1, 2019 at his home, surrounded by his family. One of eleven children, he was born in Utica, NY on December 14, 1934, to Gerald and Ruth Darling. He proudly served in the US Marine Corp and was a veteran of the Korean War.

Paul worked for UPS for 32 years, retiring in 1991. He was a member of the Korean War Veterans Association Chapter #60 of Glens Falls. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. He treasured his family and spending quality time with them was his greatest joy.

He was predeceased by his infant daughter Donna, and his siblings Jerry Darling, Barbara Murphy, Beverly Newton, Suzanne Kress, Marion Cahill and Priscilla Byrne.

Paul is survived by his beloved wife of 61 years Suzanne, and their children Sandy Darling Girvin, Paul Darling, Jr., Michael Darling, Christopher Darling and Tracy Darling Seibert; grandchildren Christopher Girvin, Robert Burstin, Destiny Kloss, Nicole Darling, William Seibert and Alec Darling; great grandchildren Connor and Elliott; siblings Jeannette Light, Joan LeClair, Fred Darling and Nancy Darling; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 am Thursday, December 5 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street Ballston Spa. Burial with military honors will follow at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, December 4 from 4 pm to 7 pm at the funeral home.

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

Wendy C. Nichols 42, passed away on Thursday, November 28, 2019. Born in Schenectady, NY on October 25, 1977, she was the daughter of David and Gay Baker. She was a graduate of Ballston Spa High School.

Wendy was a Certified Nursing Assistant at Saratoga Hospital and also helped people in their homes doing home health care visits. She was always there to lend a helping hand to anyone in need and was able to find the good in everyone. Her greatest joy was her family and friends and she treasured the time she spent with them.

She was predeceased by her mother Gay Baker. Wendy is survived by her loving husband Daniel, beloved daughter Shanna, sister Janet Buckmiller (Emil), father David Baker; and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours on Thursday, December 5 from 5pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions in memory of Wendy may be made to the Ronald McDonald House, 139 South Lake Avenue, Albany, NY 12208.

Christine McCormick 76, passed away on Tuesday, November 19, 2019. Born in Oxford, England on December 19, 1942, she was the daughter of John and Daisy Lewis. She came to the United States in 1969.

Christine worked at Spa Cleaners in Ballston Spa for nineteen years, retiring in 2008. She attended Saratoga Chapel in Ballston Lake. Christine enjoyed working out with the Silver Sneakers group at the YMCA.

Christine is survived by her husband of 46 years Ronald, daughter Lisa Dowen and her husband Duane of Saratoga Springs, son Wayne McCormick and his fiancée Megan Squires of Ballston Spa; grandson Levi; and her sister Jackie and family in England.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, November 25 from 5pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Funeral services will be held 10am on Tuesday, November 26 at the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville.

The family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to Marilyn Clements and Cheryl Butler for their loving friendship and care that made it possible for Christine to maintain her independence.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The City Mission of Schenectady or St Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Marie A. Hettrich passed away suddenly on Monday, November 18, 2019. She was born in Ballston Spa, NY on August 28, 1933. Marie worked for the Ballston Spa School District in the payroll department.

Marie was the loving wife of Peter Hettrich for 57 years and had three children Fran Maurer of Earlton, David Hettrich of Delmar and Dale Hettrich of Wilton. She lovingly welcomed to the family their spouses Paul, Elizabeth and Jennifer. Marie had four grandchildren Sydney, Jaden, Steven, and Jillian whom she adored. They loved visiting Grandma’s house and dressing up in all the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s clothes they could find and putting on plays for her.

She spent many years working each summer at the Saratoga County Fair as a volunteer Talent Coordinator. Marie enjoyed working with her flowers in the yard and spent her free time reading. She enjoyed camping, taking trips with her family going cross country in a trailer to Wyoming and later in life traveling, with her husband as well as traveling to Maine with her entire family for 10 years including this past September. Marie had many friends and enjoyed shopping with her friend Audrey and going out to lunch with a group of friends once a month.

She was predeceased by her mother Frances Pernatozzi, and her father Ralph Pastore who as a young boy came over from Italy to the United States traveling on a ship with his father. She was also predeceased by her stepmother Florence, her older brother Charles Pastore, her older sister Lucy Verrigni, and her younger brother Frank Pastore.

She attended weekly mass at St Mary’s Church in Ballston Spa. She was always donating to whatever
cause showed up in her mailbox.

She was loved by all and will be greatly missed.

Funeral services will be held 9:30am Monday, November 25 at St. Mary’s Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow in Malta Ridge Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, November 24 from 2pm to 5pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Thomas F. Mulholland, 71 passed away on Monday, November 18, 2019. Born in Cohoes, NY on May 24, 1948, he was the son of John and Evalee Mulholland.

He served in the US Army 182nd Airborne. Tom worked at Albany Medical Center for several years and later was a truck driver.

He was predeceased by his brothers John, Timothy, Kenneth and Robert, and his sister Evalee. Tom is survived by his wife Kathleen, son Eric Mulholland (Meghan), grandchildren Aiden, Maverick, Michael and Abigail; sisters Mary Beadnell (Wendell), Barbara Parker (Doug) and several nieces and nephews.

A private family service will be held.

Geraldine I. Mabb, 104, passed away on Thursday, August 9, 2018. Born in Detroit, Michigan on June 28, 1914, she was the daughter of Elmer and Mary Boyce.

Geraldine was a dietitian aide at Benedict Memorial Hospital in Ballston Spa.

She was predeceased by her husband Clarence, son Clarence Duane, grandson Daniel, brother Elmer and sister Charlotte. Geraldine is survived by her children Beverly Woods (John) and Richard Mabb (Laurie); daughter in law Beth Mabb; grandchildren Brett Woods, Todd Mabb, (Abbey), Suzanne Walton, Kelley Taylor (William), Dolores Mabb, Keith Mabb, and Travis Taylor (Alexis); great grandchildren Katie, Tessa, Jack, Mandy and Mitch; and great great grandchildren Hailey and Colton.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, August 17 from 10am to 11am at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will be held at 11am. Burial will follow in Dunning Street Cemetery, Malta.

Memorial contributions in memory of Geraldine may be made to Eagle Matt Lee Fire Co No 1 or Shelters of Saratoga.

Sandra Wormuth, 76, of Ballston Spa passed away on Friday, November 15, 2019 after a long illness. Born in Ballston Spa, New York on January 16, 1943, she was the daughter of the late Lloyd and Frances Emigh.

Sandy graduated from Saratoga High School in 1961. Alongside her husband she ran Lou’s Mobile Home and Camper Supplies in Halfmoon for over 30 years. She was involved with the Adirondack Beagle Club for years, loved hunting and baking for her family. She was a long time member of the Simpson United Methodist Church in Rock City Falls.

She was predeceased by her husband, Lewis Wormuth, and her siblings Richard Emigh, Barbara Cullen, Donna Murtlow, JoAnn Baker, Sue Morris and Shirley Malik.

Sandy is survived by her children Lisa (Harold) Clothier, Rick (Jim Reed) Wormuth, Lester (Chris) Wormuth, Lori (John Hardick) Zipkin, Lewis Wormuth III, Larry (Lynette Delczeg) Wormuth and John (Mary Ann) Morrison, grandchildren Jeanie Garneau, Josh Garneau, Jeremy Garneau, Craig Wormuth, Kyle Wormuth, Brian Zipkin, Stacy Wormuth, Megan Sicko, Ashley Corchia, Lucas Wormuth and Chase Wormuth; and fourteen great grandchildren. In addition she is also survived by her siblings, Jarvis (Doris) Emigh, Dale (Karen) Emigh, Gertrude (the late James) Bowen and Christine (Dave) Paro and several nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to call on Saturday, November 23rd from 10am to 11am at the Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will be held at 11am. Burial will follow at the North Milton Cemetery.

The family would like to thank the staff at Community Hospice of Saratoga for the excellent care given to Sandy during the past several months.

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

On Friday, November 15, 2019, Anna M. DeBevoise, loving wife, mother and grandmother passed away at the age of 86.

Anna was born on November 4, 1933 in Galway, NY to Edward and Laura Lawton. On August 18, 1979, Anna married Walter and together they created a large extended family of nine children.

She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother who loved spending time at home with her family. After her children grew to be independent she worked outside the home as a CNA and Physical Therapy Aide caring for the elderly at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady. Anna will be remembered by her family as a strong, independent woman who was always capable of doing what she needed to do.

Anna is predeceased by her parents Edward and Laura Lawton, brother Edward, grandson Nicholas and daughter in law Candace. She is survived by her loving husband Walter, two sisters Francis Hartman and Betty Kenyon both of Scotia; nine children David Schaperjahn (Kathy), Dennis Schaperjahn (Candace), Delei Lawrence (Michael), Dorrie Papp (Paul), Darren Schaperjahn (Cindy), Derek Schaperjahn, Catherine Ann Grabo (Donald), Nancy Weaver (Wayne), and Hope DeBevoise (Terri Ward). She is also survived by a full quiver of 20 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren , all who were the light of her life.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, November 20 from 10am to 11:30am at Saratoga Abundant Life Church, (corner of Hutchins Road and Rt 50). A service will be held at 11:30am. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Hudson Road, Galway.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to the many nurses and staff at Albany Medical Center, Neuro ICU and B3 West for the extraordinary and sensitive care provided to Anna and her entire family.

Memorial contributions in memory of Anna may be made to Albany Medical Center Foundation, PO Box 8928, Albany, NY 12208.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bunk was predeceased by his parents.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Funeral services will be held 10:30am Friday, November 15 at St. Mary’s Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial with military honors will follow at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, November 14 from 4pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, November 4 from 10am to 11am at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will be held at 11am. Burial will follow in Factory Village Cemetery.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, November 1 from 10am to 11am at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will be held at 11am. Burial will follow in Barkersville Cemetery.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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