Obituaries


Larry Dussault, 76, passed away on Monday, September 10, 2018, surrounded by his family. Born in Schenectady, New York on April 17, 1942, he was the son of Raymond and May Dussault. He served in the US Air Force.

Larry worked at General Electric and Saratoga Hospital, retiring as a medical officer for the Saratoga County Jail. He was a 35 year member of the Community Emergency Corp in Ballston Spa, serving as an EMT. After his retirement, he worked at the coffee bar in Cumberland Farms.

Larry bowled in several leagues in Ballston Spa and Saratoga. He enjoyed camping with his wife. His greatest joy was his grandchildren and he attended many of their sporting events.

He was predeceased by his parents Ray and May, grandson Kody, and brother Robert. Larry is survived by his wife Karen, and their sons, Scott (Leslie) and Shawn (Jennifer); grandchildren Amber, Shane (Kristen), Trae, Shyann, and Keegan; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 9:30 am Friday, September 14 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Ballston Spa Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, September 13 from 4pm to 8pm at the funeral home.

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

Rebecca A. Wilkins, 39, passed away on Sunday, September 9, 2018. Born in Saratoga Springs, NY on June 14, 1979, she was the daughter of Gary and Laura Wojtowecz.

She was a graduate of Ballston Spa High School and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in IT Management. Becky was a Senior Applications Operations Engineer for General Electric.

Becky was an awesome mom and treasured her son Logan. She enjoyed the simple things in life, camping, Friday night pizza night at her parents, and hanging out with her friends. Family was very important to her and they all were very close.

Becky is survived by her husband CJ and their son Logan; stepdaughters Cayla and Kiara; parents Gary and Laura Wojtowecz; brothers Jake (Sara), Andy (Aimee) and Chad (Kerri); and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be held from 3pm to 7pm on Saturday, September 15 at the Ballston Spa Elks Lodge, 10 Hamilton Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions in memory of Becky may be sent to the Ballston Spa National Bank where a trust will be set up for her son Logan.

Robert L. Bills, 81, passed away on Saturday, September 8, 2018. Born in Amsterdam, NY on August 28, 1937, he was the son of Kenneth and Katherine Bills. He was a graduate of Galway High School.

Bob worked construction for D&A Collins, Harry Butler and Van Patten Builders, and retired as a diesel mechanic for North American. He was a talented mechanic and had a passion for classic cars. He worked in the pits at Albany Saratoga Speedway, Fonda, and Devils Bowl. Bob was an avid Nascar fan and had been to races up and down the east coast.

He was predeceased by his parents Kenneth and Katherine. Bob is survived by his wife of 59 years Deliene, their children Jodie Lawlor (Stephen), Sandi Sherman (James), Michael Bills, Timothy Bills and Jeffrey Bills; brother Alan Bills (Debbie), nine grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10am Thursday, September 13 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Powell Wiswall Cemetery, Ballston Spa. Relatives and friends are invited to call from 5pm to 8pm, on Wednesday, September 12 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Juanita Ann Wolf Bouchard, 74, passed away on Friday, September 7, 2018, surrounded by her family. She was born in Ballston Spa, New York on November 13, 1943.

Ann worked as a secretary for many years. She enjoyed embroidery, cooking and often spent hours grocery shopping. She loved to chat with her family and friends. Her greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her father Frank Wolf, husband Harvey Bouchard, sister Lillian French and nephew Frank Coullard. Ann is survived by her daughter Lora Downing; stepchildren Harvey Bouchard, John Bouchard and Jessica Bouchard; “adopted daughter” Becca Hayes; grandchildren Richard Downing (Jordan), Mychaela Downing (Matt), and Lainie Downing; great grandchildren Luella Downing, Devin Glasbrener, Gabriella Green/Downing and Jerimiah Morris; sister Andrea Wolf; nephews Timothy French and Phillip Becktoft; longtime companion Wesley Vedder and his son Brandon Vedder (Kelly); and her beloved dog Gigi.

At Ann’s request there will be no service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Ann may be made to Mary’s Haven or Community Hospice of Saratoga.

Richard L. Wescott, Jr., 59, passed away on Thursday, September 6, 2018. Born in Newport, Rhode Island on May 4, 1959, he was the son of Richard and Roxanne Wescott.

Dicky worked for Hudson River Construction Co in Albany. He enjoyed camping and hanging out with his family and friends.

Dicky was predeceased by his wife Pamela, and his parents Richard and Roxanne. He is survived by his brother Michael Wescott; sister Kimberly Rougier (Bob); nephew Steven Wescott; and niece Roxanne Rougier.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, September 11 from 4pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc, 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the ASPCA.

Kenneth J. Rohling, 72, passed away on Sunday, September 2, 2018. He was born in Saratoga Springs, NY on November 10, 1945.

Ken worked at Hannaford in Milton. He had a passion for fish and previously ran TJ’s Tropical Fish in Ballston Spa. He created a fish pond at his home, enjoying raising a variety of fish.

He was predeceased by his wife Gail and his siblings, Bill, Robert and Dorothy.

Ken is survived by his son Tyler, sister MaryLou, and several nieces and nephews.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in memory of Ken to Extra Life (www.extra-life.org)

Frances Keefe Williams, 76, passed away on Sunday, September 2, 2018. Born in Manhattan on October 31, 1942, she was the daughter of Michael and Vincenza Cestaro.

Fran had a wonderful sense of humor and a deep love for animals, especially her dogs Bella and Angel, and her kitty Hash.

She was predeceased by her parents Michael and Vincenza, her first husband Clayton E. Keefe, Sr., two brothers Michael and Vincent Cestaro, and her grandson Alexander Dzieniszewski.

Fran is survived by her husband Cleveland Williams; her children Michelle Knowlton (Joe), Clayton Keefe, Jr., Sean Keefe (Joyce), and Frances Mangal (Dave), sister Roseann Morin; and many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, September 6 from 9am to 10am at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will be held at 10am. Burial will follow in Greenridge Cemetery, Saratoga Springs.

Memorial contributions in memory of Fran may be made to PETA or the ASPCA.

Carolyn Lee Cromie, 76, passed away Friday, August 31, 2018. Born September 1, 1941 in Saratoga Springs, NY, she was the daughter of the late Ray C. and Josephine (Michalek) Whitford.

Lee was a life-long area resident and graduated from Saratoga Springs City Schools. She and her husband Bob operated Dungiven farm and after she had raised her children, she worked at State Farm Insurance. Lee enjoyed farm life, spending time in the garden and working around animals, especially the dogs and horses. A quilter and history enthusiast, Lee was a member of the Milton Grange and Heritage Hunters.

In addition to her parents, she is predeceased by her husband, Robert A. Cromie who passed away May 5, 2008. Lee is survived by her children, Sandra Burch (Wesley) of Portland, Oregon, Bonny Henderson (Don) of Geneseo, NY and Christian “Kit” Cromie (Kathy) of Mayfield; her brother, Ray “Bud” Whitford (Maria) of Florida; her grandchildren, Eli, Sheena, Hanna and Emily; and many nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, September 8 at the West Charlton United Presbyterian Church, Sacandaga Road, Charlton. Burial will follow in Greenridge Cemetery, Saratoga Springs. Relatives and friends are invited to call from 6 pm to 8 pm on Friday, September 7 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High St, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Lee to the Aussie Placement and Rescue Helpline (an Australian Shepherd rescue organization) www.aussierescue.org.

Jean M. Doyle, 76, passed away on Wednesday, August 29, 2018. Born in Plattsburgh, NY on March 23, 1942, she was the daughter of Howard and Eulee Reaffel. Jean was a graduate of St. Mary’s School for the Deaf in Buffalo, and was fluent in sign language.

Jean worked at the Indian River Nursing Home in Granville for several years. She was an animal lover, especially her beloved cats. Jean volunteered in the Soup Kitchen at the Presbyterian New England Congregational Church in Saratoga Springs.

Jean is survived by her daughters Lisa Hoyt and Betsy Smith; grandchildren Ryan, Sarah and Taylor; sister Joanne Reaffel; lifelong friends Ann Sheppard and Sandra Smith.

A private family service will be held.

Memorial contributions in memory of Jean may be made to the ASPCA.

Robert W. Poteralski, 50, passed away Monday, August 20, 2018. Born December 16, 1967 in Niskayuna, NY, he was the son of Zigmunt M. Poteralski and the late Patricia (Woods) Krosky.

Robert is survived by his wife, Lisa Poteralski of Schenectady; his son, Johnathan Richard Poteralski of Schenectady; his father, Zigmunt Poteralski of Glenville; his sisters, Theresa (John) Skutnisky of Burnt Hills and Mary (Raymond) Durocher of South Carolina; his brothers, Richard Poteralski (Kathleen Bobb) of Rochester, Joseph (Robin) Poteralski of Schenectady and Zigmunt (Kimberly) Poteralski of Ballston Spa; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 9:30 am Monday, September 10 at St. Mary’s Church, 167 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow at Vale Cemetery in Schenectady.

Donald J. Benson, 74, passed away on Friday, August 17, 2018. Born in Ballston Spa, NY on April 24, 1944, he was the son of Gordon and Ruth Benson.

Don served in the US Army. He worked for Niagara Mohawk for 40 years. He had a big heart and was always willing to help his family and friends.

He was predeceased by his parents Gordon and Ruth, and his brothers Gordon and David.

Don is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Barbara (Martine) Benson; sister Marie Alvarez, and brothers Robert and William Benson; half brother Thomas Benson; and half sisters Donna McCarthy, Betti Ann Rice and Ann Marie McGowan.

In accordance with Don’s wishes there will be no service.

The family would like to thank Hospice for their care and compassion. Memorial contributions in memory of Don may be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Mary Bucholtz, 95, passed away on Saturday, August 18, 2018. Born in Gloversville, NY on February 13, 1923, she was the daughter of Michael and Sarah Krajcir.

Mary was a talented seamstress, making clothing for her family and friends. In her younger years, she enjoyed snowmobiling.

She was a predeceased by her husband Elmer C. Bucholtz and her brothers John and Frank Krajcir. Mary is survived by her children Deborah L. Bucholtz and Michael E. Bucholtz (Maxine); grandchildren Michael R. Bucholtz and Maria E. Bucholtz; and several nieces and nephews.

At Mary’s request there will be no services.

Helen M. Gardner 76, passed away on Thursday, August 16, 2018. Born in Cohoes, NY on April 2, 1942, she was the daughter of George and Mary Charlebois.

Helen was a retired senior investigator for the Saratoga County Child Support Enforcement Unit. She enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, but mostly spending time with family.

She was predeceased by her parents, George and Mary and her daughter Kathryn Ippoliti Deaton.

Helen is survived by her husband Terry Gardner, children Ronald Ippoliti, William Ippoliti (Cathy) and Anthony Ippoliti and Nicki Gardner; several grandchildren and great grandchildren: brothers and sisters; Gloria Wickes (Charles), Eileen Hale, Thomas Charlebois (Karen) Theresa Bryant (David), George Charlebois and Paul Charlebois.

A memorial service will be held 10am Saturday, August 25 at Christ Episcopal Church, West High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions in memory of Helen may be made to https://www.saratogachildrenscommittee.org/

Robert E. Pustolka, Sr., 86, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, August 15, 2018. Born and raised in the Town of Colonie, Bob was the son of Wojciech and Leonora Pustolka. He was a graduate of Draper High School where he lettered in multiple sports. He also attended the University of Kentucky where he studied mechanical engineering.

Robert enjoyed a rewarding career with General Electric Company. His real passion came during his time at the Kesslering Site where he worked on nuclear prototypes as a field engineer.

Another passion of Bob’s was being a member and chairperson for the Town of Ballston Planning Board, where he served for over 20 years. He was particularly involved in the farmland protection and preservation committee. Bob will be remembered for his personal investment of time and willingness to support others in their pursuit of building homes, businesses, and farms in the Town of Ballston.

Bob was clever and had a quick wit to those who knew him well. He prided himself in his knowledge of current events, windmills and John Deere. Having been raised on a farm with a big family, Bob developed a strong work ethic. He continued to enjoy his passion for farming owning a gentleman’s farm which he purchased in the mid sixties.

Bob was predeceased by his loving wife Patricia Ann (Tilley) Pustolka, his son Mark, and his siblings Alfreda, Helen, Thomas, Stanley, Joseph, John, Richard, Walter, and Michael. He is survived by his children Robert Pustolka, Jr (Elizabeth), Suzanne Zilka (Frank) and Kimberly Smith (Curtis); his sister Isabella Rocco; and several grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, August 20 from 4pm to 6pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Funeral services will be private.

Memorial contributions in memory of Bob may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Norma Jean Fresoni, 95, was reunited with her loving husband and son on Tuesday, August 14, 2018, with her children by her side.

She was born in Lincoln, Nebraska on August 28, 1922, to Lora and Augustus Read. Norma was a member of the Daughters of American Revolution (DAR).

Norma was the loving mother of Kenneth Fresoni (Janice), Deborah Jean Fresoni, and Brian Fresoni. Norma was the cherished “Nonnie” to her eight grandchildren Kimberly Roper, Melinda Sabatello, Kyle Turski, Lauren Jean Devery, David Gaetano Fresoni, and Michelle, Melissa and Thomas Fresoni. She was also blessed with 11 great grandchildren, two daughters in law Karen and Mayles Fresoni, her sister and best friend Mary Ortoleva, and four nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband of 62 years Gaetano, she was preceded in death by her eldest son Thomas R. Fresoni in 2016, sister Shirley Brown, and beloved cat companion Maui.

A private family service will be held.

The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the Glendale Nursing Home, especially our 3rd floor staff: Wanda, Marsha, Stephanie, Dylan, and Kaylen and to Lila, Carol, and Mayles who previously cared for our mom.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Norma may be made to The Animal Protective Foundation, 53 Maple Ave, Glenville, NY 12302.

Sally A. Genier, 59, passed away on Friday, August 10, 2018. Born in Cambridge, NY on November 27, 1958, she was the daughter of Clark and Joan Briggs.

Sally was a loving mother and entrepreneur, running her own business and taking care of her family. She enjoyed gardening, baking, cross stitch and spending time at the beach.

She was predeceased by her parents, Clark and Joan, brother Marc and sister Linda. Sally is survived by her husband Mark, and their children Samantha Genier and her fiance Peter Keenan, Amelia Genier (Marshall Hallenbeck) and Ethan Genier (Marisa Bates); brother Clark Briggs (Marsha); and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10am Wednesday, August 15 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Powell Wiswall Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, August 14 from 5pm to 7pm at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions in memory of Sally may be made to the Galway Lions Club, PO Box 244, Galway, NY 12074.

It is with heavy hearts that the family of Rosemarie (Rose) M. (Gizzi) June announce her passing on August 10th. Rose was the daughter of Carmine Gizzi, Sr. and Jennie (Elia) Gizzi, both deceased. She was born on April 3, 1932 in Albany, NY.

Rose attended St. Joseph's Academy in Albany. She retired from the NYS Department of Taxation in the early 90's. Rose married Harry June later in life (1978) but enjoyed every minute of her rural life with him in Berne, NY, until his death in 1995.

Rose was predeceased by her sisters and their husbands, Cecelia Manning (Gordon) and Anne Fitzgerald (Robert, Sr.), her brothers and their wives Carmine Jr. (Jeanette) and Joseph (Helen), and her brother Paul Gizzi Sr. Rose is survived by her brothers, Michael, Vincent (Kathryn), Peter (Frances), Robert (Donna) Gizzi, and her sister-in-law Theresa Gizzi (Paul).

Rose was a very social person, quick with a joke, and always looking on the bright side of a simple life. She saw the good in everyone. She loved all animals, especially her dog Bogart. Rose was a favorite aunt, great aunt and great, great aunt to over a hundred nieces and nephews. She saw them as the children she never had, and was very interested in everything they were doing in their lives.

A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 9am Tuesday, August 14 at Corpus Christi Church, 2001 Route 9, Round Lake. Burial will follow in St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Rose's memory to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research or the Saratoga County Animal Shelter.

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.

Robert M. Dalrymple, 93, passed away on Tuesday, August 7, 2018. Born in Syracuse, NY on October 18, 1924, he was the son of George and Mary Ethel Dalrymple. He was a Machinist’s Mate First Class serving in the US Navy during World War II.

After serving in the Navy, Robert started his own business, R. M. Dalrymple, Co. Inc., installing and servicing petroleum equipment for convenience stores.

Bob had a passion for the water and spent many years boating with his family on the St. Lawrence Seaway.

Bob is survived by his wife of 69 years Arlene, and their daughters, Karen Valentine, Sandra Peculis and Robin O’Brien; five grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

Funeral services with military honors will be held 2:30pm on Friday, August 10 at the Gerald B H
Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Malta Ridge United Methodist Church, 729 Malta Ave., Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Laurence J. Armer, 90, passed away on Sunday, August 5, 2018, surrounded by his loving family. Born on March 16, 1928, in the Town of Milton, NY, he was the son of Gordon and Irene Palmateer Armer.

Laurence was a dairy farmer at his home on Birchton Road.

He was predeceased by his parents Gordon and Irene, his brother Robert, and his sister Myrtle Hamilton.
Left to cherish his memory, five brothers Gordon (Gladys), Cecil, and Wallace all of Ballston Spa, Arthur (Lois), and Willard of Galway; six sisters Doris Tretiak of West Charlton, Betty Trigg of Broadalbin, Ruth Quinlan (Charles) of Galway, Alice Carpenter of Ballston Spa, Ella Laird (Loren) of Charlton, and Laurel June Hatlee of Poughkeepsie; and many nieces and nephews.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga County or the charity of your choice.

Patricia Lorraine Brust, 82, passed away Sunday, August 5, 2018 at home surrounded by her family. Born March 8, 1936 in Ballston Spa, she was the daughter of the late Elwin Wesley LeBarron, Sr. and Mary Christine (Jones) LeBarron.

Pat was a member of the Middle Grove Fire Department. She served as a firefighter, on the fire police and was past company president. She was also a life member and past treasurer of the Ladies Auxiliary. Pat was also a member of the Greenfield Seniors and served as the town of Greenfield Assessor for a time.

On June 28, 1959 she married Ronald L. Brust. She worked with her husband as a secretary for his company, Ronald L. Brust, Builder. Ronald passed away July 31, 2005.

In addition to her parents and her husband, she is predeceased by a son, Ronald L. Brust, Jr., her brothers, Paul J. LeBarron, Kenneth F. LeBarron, Elwin W. LeBarron, Jr., William C. LeBarron, Ronald LeBarron, Franklin D. LeBarron and Ralph LeBarron; and her sister, Jean LeBarron Atkins. She is survived by her children, Dawn M. Brust and David L. (Wendy) Brust all of Middle Grove; her grandchildren, Nicole A. Lontrato (Gino) of Ballston Spa, Ryan D. Brust and Rory R. Brust both of Middle Grove; her great-grandchildren, Mia I. and Natalia M. Lontrato of Ballston Spa; several nieces and nephews whom she loved; and her wonderful friend, Ann Cornell who was like a sister to her.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, August 10 from 5pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will be held at 9am on Saturday, August 11 at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Middle Grove Cemetery.

The family would like to thank Dr. John Delmonte, Dr Hung Nguyen and thier amazing staff as well as the team at Community Hospice of Saratoga for their care and compassion.

Memorial contributions may be made Greenfield Seniors, PO Box 10, Greenfield Center, NY 12833, or to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Daniel Gary Carlton, 49, passed away peacefully due to a heart condition on Thursday, August 2, 2018. Born May 16, 1969 in Albany, he was the son of Bruce and Patricia (Scarpellino) Carlton. Dan was a 1987 graduate of Ballston Spa High School and a 1989 graduate of Dean College, Franklin, MA with a degree in communications.

Dan worked in automotive sales for many years and also enjoyed working in radio. In 1989 he began working at Salisbury Chevrolet in Scotia and continued his career at New Salem Saab, Keyes Automotive Mercedes Benz/Acura, DeNooyer Chevrolet Performance Division/Baldwin Motion, Mangino Chevrolet and, most recently, DePaula Chevrolet.

His entire world revolved around his daughter Giavanna – spending time with her and planning their adventures, as often as possible indulging their shared passion for swimming. Dan was a car enthusiast. He enjoyed ice racing with the Adirondack Motor Enthusiast Club and racing at the Albany Saratoga Speedway in Malta in the Sportsman Division. He loved spending time in the woods where he hiked and fished, frequently with his daughter.

Dan loved sports and during his school years, played baseball and wrestled. He also played lacrosse in college. Dan enjoyed Little League and was the first high school student in the area to manage a Little League team. He was raised by his adoptive parents, Bruce and Pat. Later in his life, he worked hard to find his birth mother and succeeded, enjoying a relationship with her, her husband and his half brothers.

He is predeceased by his grandparents, Dudley and Marion Carlton, Andrew and Elizabeth Scarpellino, James Stringer and Jeanne Fennessy Stringer. He is survived by his beloved daughter, Giavanna Elle Spenello-Carlton of Richmondville, NY; his parents, Bruce and Patricia Carlton of Ballston Spa, and Mary Murphy Cooper of Malta; his sister, Roberta Carlton Hefferman (Nathaniel) of Lexington, MA; his brothers, Ryan Murphy (Jill) of Schuylerville and Brendan Murphy (Danielle) of Berne; his nieces and nephews, Liam Andrew Hefferman and Owen Carlton Hefferman, Hunter James Murphy and Brooke Mary Murphy; and his sweetheart, Michelle Simonik of Florida.

A memorial service will be held 10:00am Friday, August 10, 2018 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High St, Ballston Spa. Relatives and friends are invited to call from 4pm to 7pm on Thursday, August 9, 2018 at the funeral home.

Burial will be at Malta Ridge Cemetery at a later date.

Contributions in Dan’s memory may be made to a college fund for his daughter. Send checks to: NYS 529 College Savings Plan, PO Box 55440, Boston, MA 02205. The memo section of the check must include: 363478737-01 Giavanna E Spenello-Carlton

Bethany C. Duso, 30, passed away Wednesday, August 1, 2018 surrounded by her family. Born August 9, 1987 in Niskayuna, NY she was the daughter of Deborah (Williams) Duso-Barton and the late Terry Duso.

Bethany was a graduate of St. Regis Falls High School in St. Regis Falls, NY and worked for several years at Saratoga Casino and Hotel. She had a love for arts and crafts and enjoyed drawing and coloring. Bethany loved the outdoors and spending time camping, fishing and kayaking. Most of all, she loved the time spent with her children.

She is survived by her children, Morgan Begor and Caylee Begor both of Lake Placid, Jacob Lavertue of Ballston Spa and her step-son, Skylan Begor of Lake Placid; her mother and step-father, Deborah and Charles Barton; her sister, Robin Duso (Scott) of Ballston Spa; her brother, Nathan Duso (Angelique) of Malone; her beloved companion, David Lavertue of Ballston Spa; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews including her nieces Brianna Duso and Andrea Dufore who were also her best friends.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, August 8, 2018 from 4pm to 6pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions in memory of Bethany may be made to the American Cancer Society (www.cancer.org).

Lucille P. (Ott) Murray died August 1, 2018 at home surrounded by her loving family after a long illness. She was born on March 16, 1929, in Flatbush, Brooklyn New York. As a youngster she was full of energy and loved to dance. She would babysit for her nephews who called her “Aunt TNT”. Unusual for women at the time, she graduated from a NYC PH High School in 1947.

She was a life long avid reader of books including adventure stories and she wanted to travel the world. She was a proud veteran, enlisting in the United States Navy in 1951 as a WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service). She worked in communications as a Teleman. Her first duty station was in Charleston, S.C. at a major message center, operating various teletypes, radios, and other communication machines (when 8-bells rang you knew it was an emergency message). One notable event was her participation in a medical emergency radioing shore doctor’s instructions to a ship at sea. She scored high and was one of the first group of women selected for overseas duty. She served in Italy in the NATO message center.

She met Frank (Red) Murray in the Navy and they married in Naples, Italy. She and Red were able to travel all over Europe. In 1954 she left the Navy to raise seven children. While raising her children she worked at the Red Murray Enterprises Insurance agency as a bookkeeper. She had many friends and was an avid golfer for many years. Lucille and Red loved to travel especially to Charleston, S.C.

Lucille was the daughter of the late Marie and George Ott. She was predeceased by her siblings; Madeleine (Joe) Pineau; Muriel (John) Negri; Florence, she preferred to go by Pat, (John) Collins; Joan Castiglioni. Lucille is survived by her brother-in-law Leo Castigloni.

She was predeceased by her beloved husband of 64 years, Chief Francis (Red) Murray, USN (Ret). She is survived by her son Kevin (Barbara), daughters Kathleen, Marlene (Joseph), Alison, Susanne (Efrain), Loretta (late Kevin), and her son Stuart (Julie); grandchildren Ryan (Rachael), Kelly (Brian), Phillip (Ashli), Meredith, Emily, Duncan, Nicholas, Vincent and Tessa and her great grandson Joseph. Her greatest joy in life came from spending time with her family.

Unsung Heroes: The family would like to thank all the caring staff at all of her various medical groups including Dr. Daoui and every single one of the caregivers at The DCI-Rubin Dialysis Center in Saratoga NY. Also, thank you to all the Hospice members who helped us thru these final days. She would not have gotten this far without all of those wonderful, caring people. We wish to offer a very special Thank You to Mom & Dad’s “Press Secretary” Marlene, and Joe, who worked for many years on their behalf.

Calling hours will be held on Sunday, August 5 from 2pm to 5pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High St, Ballston Spa, NY. Funeral will be held Monday, August 6, at 9:30 am at St. Mary’s Church, 167 Milton Ave, Ballston Spa, NY, where Red and Lucille were communicants. Interment will be held at Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Michele A. Post, “Bula” 62, passed away on Sunday, July 29, 2018. Born in Kingston, New York on June 18, 1956, she was the daughter of Elmer and Patricia Canastra, Sr.

Michele worked at Saratoga Bridges for many years. She was an animal lover, taking care of her dogs and granddogs. She enjoyed camping, picnics with her family, and doing yardwork with her husband. Christmas and holidays were special to her, she loved entertaining her family.

She was predeceased by her parents Elmer and Patricia, her son Mark Barnaby, and her brother Timothy Canastra. Michele is survived by her beloved husband Joseph “Joey” Post; children Anita Barnaby (Christopher Cutter), Tarressa Lynch (Michael), and JoAnn Pratt (Tommy); grandchildren Allie, Daniel Jr., Darty, Kayleigh, Analyse, and Emma; great granddaughter Gianna; brothers Elmer Canastra, Jr., and Anthony Canastra; sister Colleen Williams; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, August 3 from 10 am to 11am at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 11am.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Rubin Dialysis Center, 59 Myrtle Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. The family would like to thank the doctors and staff at the center for their care and compassion.

Christina Gregson Santos, 35, passed away on July 25, 2018, after a long struggle with addiction.

Born in Saratoga Springs, New York on January 23, 1983, she was the daughter of Elizabeth Gregson and Paul Wigley. Christina enjoyed fishing and boating.

She was predeceased by her parents Elizabeth and Paul. Christina is survived by her husband Luis “Tito”; children Kourtney Gregson, Skylah Whitney and Chance Whitney; siblings Joseph Jones, Betty “Sis” Cook, Alfred Jones, David Gregson and Charles Lajeunesse; and many nieces and nephews.

A private family service will be held. Memorial contributions in memory of Christina may be made to St. Peter’s Addiction Recovery Center, 3 Mercycare Lane, Guilderland, NY 12084.

Joan A. Melander, 90, passed away on Sunday, July 22, 2018. Born in Troy, NY on November 8, 1927, she was the daughter of John and Lena Kurtzworth.

After raising her family, Joan worked as a waitress at the Sugar Shack in Ballston Spa. She was a gifted seamstress, making many crafts for family and friends. She enjoyed bowling and took great pride in her gardens and her pets.

She was predeceased by her son Scott. Joan is survived by her husband of 70 years, Raymond; children Edward Melander (Marcy) of Ballston Spa, John Melander (Cindy) of Stuart, Florida and Kathy Cordero of Lantana, Florida; 5 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.

At Joan’s request there will be no services. Memorial contributions in memory of Joan may be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or Saratoga Co. Animal Shelter, 6010 County Farm Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Raymond E. Galusha “Poppa Ray” 55, passed away on Sunday, July 22, 2018 at his home, surrounded by his family. Born in Schenectady, NY on February 28, 1963, he was the son of Delbert and Margaret Galusha. He attended Galway Central School.

Ray was the building and maintenance supervisor at Hillcrest Village Apartments for 21 years and later was a landscaper for Malta Asphalt Lawn and Landscape. He was a volunteer fireman for 30 years serving at the West Charlton Fire Dept, Rector’s Fire Dept., and most recently the Galway Volunteer Fire Co.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping. Ray enjoyed custom woodworking and was a vendor at many craft fairs with his wife. He was an avid racer at the Albany Saratoga Speedway and was the 2008 6 Cylinder Mini Stock Champion.

He was predeceased by his parents Delbert and Margaret. Ray is survived by his wife Jeanette; children Christine Friello (Steve) of North Broadalbin and Matt Galusha (Crissy) of Galway; grandchildren Austin Meisner and Avery Wagoner; brother Alan Mesecher, sisters Shirley Bodnar, Charlotte Blanchard and Carolyn Mechanic; and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, July 26 from, 4pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Funeral services will be held at 10am Saturday, July 28 at Galway Vol. Fire Dept., 1985 West St., Galway. Burial will follow in Galway Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in memory of Ray may be made to the Galway Volunteer Fire Co.

Marlene A. Porter, 64, passed away on Thursday, July 19, 2018. Born October 2, 1953 in Manhattan, NY, she was the daughter of the late Milan and Susanna (Halgash) Belon.

Marlene was a graduate of Newtown High School in New York City. She worked for Rite Aid Pharmacy as a Pharmacy Technician as well as in the kitchen at Skidmore College and more recently for Stewart’s Corporation. For the past few years she was a homemaker, enjoying her time with family.

Marlene was a fan of the New York Yankees and, in her younger years, she worked at Shea Stadium where she also saw The Beatles perform. She enjoyed playing lottery scratch off tickets and watched “Days of our Lives” regularly.

In addition to her parents, she is predeceased by her brothers, Milan and Ronald Belon and her sister, Frances Lombardi. She is survived by her husband of 37 years, Earl Porter of Porter Corners; her children, Kristy Roberts and her husband, John, Jr. of Corinth and Justin Porter and his wife, Joanna of Rutland, VT; her grandson, Rory Porter of Rutland, VT; a brother, Robert Belon and his wife, Judy of Queens, NY and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am on Wednesday, July 25 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High St., Ballston Spa. Burial will follow at Middle Grove Cemetery. Relatives and Friends are invited to call from 5 to 7 pm on Tuesday, July 24 at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions in memory of Marlene may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl, Memphis, TN 38105-9959

Lucille T. Bechard, 93, passed away on Tuesday, July 17, 2018. Born in Waterford, NY on July 6, 1925, she was the daughter of Narcisses and Elise Marchand.

A graduate of Waterford High School and Albany Business College, she worked with the Red Cross during World War II. Lucille was a secretary for the NYS Thruway Authority for many years and later was a cook for the Ballston Spa Central Schools, until her retirement.

Lucille was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church in Ballston Spa. She enjoyed cooking, sewing and gardening. Her greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was a generous soul and donated to many charitable organizations. She freely gave without any expectation of return. She took on many roles, including being a caretaker to many ill people throughout her entire life. She always made time for people especially when they were suffering an illness or a loss.

In 1950, she married the love of her life Leon Bechard. They were blessed with 59 years together before his passing in 2009. Theirs was a true love story, a lesson in loyalty, selflessness, and determination. She was also predeceased by her son Roger and her 11 siblings.

Lucille is survived by her daughter Annette Haley; grandchildren Shawn, Philip, Noelle, Ashley, Jamie, and Nicole; great grandchildren Evelyn, Roselyn, Amanda, Nikole, Kylee, Haile, Marcelyn, Chloe, Aron, Kensington, and Carter; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10:30am Monday, July 23 at St. Mary’s Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow in the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, July 22 from 3pm to 5pm at the Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions in memory of Lucille may be made to the Lyme Action Network.