Obituaries


Wendel E. DeLorme “Bud” 96, passed away on Saturday, February 16, 2019. Born in Schenectady, NY on May 10, 1922, he was the son of George E. DeLorme, Sr and Katharine Sengenberger DeLorme.

Wendel proudly served in the Army Air Corps during World War II and was stationed in London and Paris. He flew supplies to General Patton and was the first pilot to tow two gliders. Upon his discharge, he joined his father in the family business, George E. DeLorme and Sons Millwork.

After the business was sold, Wendel was a carpenter for several businesses in the area. He also built his own home in Malta, always making small changes to it to suit the changing tastes of his wife.

He was an avid hunter and fisherman, hunting in the Adirondacks for many years. He was a life member of the Iroquois Rod and Gun Club, shooting in the matches every year until he was in his late 80’s.

Wendel was predeceased by his wife of 58 years, Beverly “Kaye” Wintle DeLorme, and his siblings Dorothy Hornfeck, Robert DeLorme and George DeLorme, Jr. He is survived by his children Gregory DeLorme (Carol) and Gay Izzo (Anthony); grandchildren Michele Welch (Michael), James Sleicher (Michelle), Christopher Izzo, Jeanette DeLorme (Jonathan Morley), and Amanda Bridge; great grandchildren Kyleigh Gailor, Calvin Bridge, Laszlo Bridge, Jane Bridge, Cash Morley, Jared Sleicher and Mason Sleicher.

Funeral services will be held 10am Friday, February 22, at Armer Funeral home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial with military honors will follow in the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, February 21 from 4pm to 7pm at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions in memory of Wendel may be made to the Veterans & Community Housing Coalition at www.vchcny.org

Martin L. Goossens 60, passed away on Tuesday, February 12, 2019. Born in Eindhoven, Netherlands, on March 24, 1958, he came to the United States as a young child. He served in the US Army.

Martin worked for General Foods in Saratoga Springs for several years. He loved to play guitar and was an avid Tom Petty fan.

Martin is survived by his wife Linda Goossens; children Kayleigh Goossens (Eric), Dana Goossens, and Michael Goossens; grandchildren Lilah, Clayton, and Andrianna “Boo Boo”; his mother Milly Goossens; and his beloved Pekingese Bella, who was by his side for many years. He was predeceased by his first wife Tracy (Lutz) Goossens.

A service with military honors will be held at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville in the Spring. Memorial contributions in memory of Martin may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project at www.wounded warriorproject.org

Rose Adela Perez 91, passed away in her Ballston Spa home on Friday February 8th, 2019. Rose was born in Brooklyn, New York, along with her sister Carmen and her two brothers Raymond and Jean who were all lovingly raised by their mother Sophia. Rose was always a pillar of strength making any sacrifices necessary for her family even at the early age of 13 where she forged her birth certificate so she could take a full time job to help her mother support her siblings. Rose later married the love of her life in Brooklyn and gave birth to their beloved daughter Linda.

Later Rose went on to school to earn her cosmetology license and successfully ran her own salon and always continued to help support her mother and brothers over the years while her beloved husband was out to sea as a Merchant Seaman.

Rose always enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and later on in life with her great grandchildren and was cherished by every single one of them. She loved her senior shopping trips to Walmart and the hours she spent with her daughter Linda each day watching their favorite shows and laughing together.

Rose is predeceased by her husband of 39 years Victor and her daughter Sophia.

Rose is survived by her daughter Linda Ortiz, her granddaughters Venus Heflin and Brenda Hawks, her great grandchildren Anthony Pharo, Kassandra Heflin, Jenae Heflin, Blake Heflin, Ryen Hawks and Miranda Hawks.

Funeral services will be held 9:30am Wednesday, February 13 at St. Mary’s Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, February 12 from 5pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions in memory of Rose may be made to St. Mary’s Church.

Todd J. Barnes 48, passed away on Friday, February 8, 2019. Born in Saratoga Springs, NY on May 19, 1970, he was the son of Timothy and Gail Barnes.

Todd worked for his dad at Tim Barnes Landscaping and as a handyman throughout the Ballston Spa area. He was a diehard New England Patriots fan and enjoyed fishing and boating with his boys.

He was predeceased by his mother Gail Barnes. Todd is survived by his children John Barnes, Cameron Barnes and Brady Barnes; father Timothy Barnes (Bonnie), brothers Timothy Barnes (Tracy), Toby Barnes (Christina) and Terry Barnes (Amy); grandmother Patricia Cornell; special friend Lori Harrison; and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Relatives and friends are invited to a celebration of life on Saturday, February 16 from 2pm to 6pm at Ballston Spa Elks Lodge, 10 Hamilton Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions in memory of Todd may be made to the Community Hospice of Saratoga or the American Cancer Society.

Kenneth R. Sharadin, Jr. 82, passed away on Tuesday, February 5, 2019. Born in West Springfield, Massachusetts on Friday, February 14, 1936, he was the son of Kenneth and Effie Sharadin, Sr most notably of 19 Front St, Ballston Spa.

Ken was a printer by trade. He started his career at the Journal Press in Ballston Spa and later worked for Denton Publications, Acme Press, Saratoga Printing and WSWHE BOCES print shop, retiring in 1999. Ken enjoyed racing and worked the infield at the Albany-Saratoga Speedway in Malta.

On September 7, 1957, Ken married Beverley Noyes and they spent 53 wonderful years together, until she passed away in 2010.

Ken was a member of the First Baptist Church in Ballston Spa and in 1977 was a founding member of the Old Stone Church. He was always there to lend a hand at the church and was the “Master flipper” at the pancake suppers.

He was an Explorer, a Boy Scout in Troop 1 and Troop Leader for Troop 26. Ken was a member of the Buckskin Hunt Club for 31 years, and a 40 year member of the Capital District Club of Printing House Craftsmen. He was proud member of the NRA.

Ken was a Mopar enthusiast which included a 1956 Chrysler Town and Country Hemi station wagon and Dodge Omni. He enjoyed traveling, photography, hunting, genealogy, and driving his white “toy” Omni. He was a mentor to all and a loving father and family man.

Ken is survived by his children Mark Sharadin (Cheryl) of Ballston Spa, Mike Sharadin (Bonnie) of Mechanicville, Mary Keroack of Mechanicville and Martha Dietrich (Kim) of Edinburg; grandchildren Monique Harper (Christopher), Jessika McNaughton (Mark), Joshua Dietrich, Travis Keroack, Morgan Sharadin, Shelbie Sharadin, William Sharadin (Chelsea), Jacob Dietrich, and Dakota Sharadin; and 11 great grandchildren.

The family would like to thank Marge Whinnery for being a friend/companion to our father, the Home Health Aides and Wesley Health Care Center of Saratoga for the excellent care they provided to him during his stay.

A memorial service will be held 11am Saturday, February 16 at the Old Stone Church, 159 Stone Church Road, Ballston Spa, reception following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Old Stone Church.

Lucas Daniel Rockwood, 33, unexpectedly passed away February 1, 2019. Born on October 8, 1985 at his family home in Galway, NY, he was the son of Anne and the late Greg Rockwood. Luke graduated from Galway High School.

From an early age, Luke had a passion for carpentry. This led him to a career in construction, working for his brother, his own company and most recently Teakwood Builders. Luke had a tremendous love for his family, and especially had a blast with kids.

On July 1, 2018, Luke married his soul mate, the love of his life Amanda Crozier. Luke was a loving and devoted husband, son, brother, uncle and friend. His infectious laugh and zest for life will be missed by all who knew him.

His grandfather Alan Rockwood, his father Greg Rockwood and his niece Alyena Rockwood predeceased Luke.

Luke is survived by his beloved wife Amanda; his mother Anne Rockwood; siblings Heather (Robert) Rogers, Joshua (Stefanie) Rockwood, Jacob (Kyla) Rockwood and; grandparents Emanuel and Marilyn Aragosa, and June Schmitt; nieces and nephews Isaiah, Miles, Isla; Hunter, Roman; Caroline, Alex, Isabelle; in-laws Dan and Lorraine Crozier; sister-in-law Meghan Crozier, and brother-in-law Danny Crozier. His memory will also be cherished by many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate the life of Lucas at The West Charlton United Presbyterian Church, 1331 Sacandaga Road, West Charlton, NY 12010. Calling hours will be from 3PM to 7PM Wednesday, February 6 at the church. The memorial service will be held at 11AM Thursday, February 7.

Memorial contributions in memory of Luke may be made to the American Heart Association. His family and friends will be walking in his memory at the annual American Heart Association Heart Walk. Visit www2.heart.org/goto/ArterialMotives to make a donation.

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Evelyn Katherine Paddock died at home on Friday, February 1st. Evelyn was born in 1928 in Berne, New York the oldest of five children of Esther Wright and Stephen Komjathy. She grew up on a farm in Berne with her three sisters Jane, Dorothy and Patricia and brother David.

Evelyn lived for over 70 years in Ballston Spa. She retired from her position as Senior Clerk at the Saratoga County Clerk’s office in 1993, but continued serving part-time as a record keeper for the Town of Milton. After retiring she split her time between Ballston Spa and Summerville, Florida.

Evelyn cherished her family. She is survived by her three children Richard Paddock and Charles Paddock of Ballston Spa and her daughter Leslie Mishrell of Blairsville, GA. She was beloved by her grandchildren Steven, Nina, Colleen, Leslie, Nicole, Kirk, Kristin and seven great grandchildren.

Her family will miss her greatly. She will be in our hearts at every family gathering or celebration. Evelyn had a great sense of humor and a contagious laugh. She approached life with a generous loving spirit and a determination to find the good in everything and everyone. She enjoyed playing Pinochle, working in her garden, going to the beach and loved her time with friends and family.

Evelyn was an inspiration for all of us to relish our time with the people we love. Her legacy of love of family, generosity and enjoying life to the fullest will be passed onward to every generation.

A memorial service for Evelyn will be held at 4:00 pm on Friday, February 8th at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. In lieu of flowers please make donations to The Community Hospice Foundation, Gift Processing Center, 310 South Manning Blvd., Albany, NY 12208

Dennison J. Burdick “Denny” 66, passed away on Friday, February 1, 2019, surrounded by his family. Born on April 24, 1952 in Ballston Spa, New York, he was the son of Dennison Burdick, and Sarah and Millard “Stuart” Bennett. He graduated from Ballston Spa High School and proudly served in the US Air Force.

Denny was a supervisor of the transportation department for the Hudson Falls Central School District for many years retiring in 2017.

Denny enjoyed woodworking, working on projects in his garage and vacationing in Maine. His greatest joy was the time he spent with his family, especially his grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his father Dennison Burdick, his mother Sarah Morris Bennett, and his brother Dale Burdick. Denny is survived by his wife of 34 years Diane Taylor Burdick and their children, DJ Burdick, Darrin Burdick (Heather), Shauna Waldin (Todd), Cara Tighe, Drew Burdick (Michelle), and Dennine Burdick; grandchildren Faith, Dalton, Marissa, Cooper, Landon, Kimber, Skylar, Jack, Graham, and Drew, Jr.; brothers Dean Burdick and Daryl Burdick; Millard “Stuart” Bennett; many foster children, close friends and extended family.

Funeral services will be held 10am Thursday, February 7 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, February 6 from 4pm to 7pm at the funeral home.

John A. Morris, Sr. 65, passed away on Saturday, January 26, 2019. Born in Saratoga Springs, NY on October 22, 1953, he was the son of William and Eva Morris. He served in the US Marine Corps.

John was the owner and operator of Morris and Sons Automotive in Malta for many years. He most recently worked as a mechanic for the Town of Milton.

On Friday nights, John was at the Albany-Saratoga Speedway with his son racing street stock. He was always there to lend a hand to other drivers and was the technician inspector at the track. He loved being at camp with his family.

He was predeceased by his wife Tesia, daughter Mary Lou, and his brothers William Morris and Ronald Morris. John is survived by his loving companion Connie McConkey; children John Morris, Jr., Randy Morris (Lee), Casey Morris (Josalin), Mindy Morris (Rick), Joshua Smith (Amy), and Heather McConkey (David); grandchildren Matt, Zachary, James, Madyson, Devin, Emily, Scarlett, and Connor; great grandson Jeremiah; siblings James Morris, Helen Haskell, Eva Ebert and Janice Ellis; foster son Tim Ingoldsby, numerous additional foster children, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be held 10am Friday, February 1 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will be in Factory Village Cemetery in the Spring. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, January 31 from 3pm to 7pm at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions in memory of John may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project at www.woundedwarriorproject.org

Leon R. Hicks “Red” 84, passed away peacefully on January 22, 2019. Born on December 9, 1934 in Amsterdam, NY he was the son of Harold Hicks, Sr and Anna Baird Hicks, and stepson of Alton Chase.

Leon served in the US Army from 1954-57 in the 71st Infantry 53rd Regiment in Ft Richard, Alaska during the Korean War. He was a Sergeant Special Class Medical Aide Man serving as an ambulance driver. He received a National Defense Service Medal. He also took part in the Army Alaska “Exercise Moose Horn” in the Big Delta Area 165m from the Arctic Circle.

Leon was a member of the Laborers Local #157, retiring in June, 1985. He was a Galway Fish and Game Club life member and past president. Never afraid to ask anyone “You want to buy a ticket?” making him a top seller of gun raffle tickets. Leon was also a member of the VFW and American Legion Post in Broadalbin.

Leon truly enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, bowling and golfing with his buddy Gene. He enjoyed car rides, sitting in his recliner watching/yelling at the TV, playing cards on his lap/chest, doing word searches and the occasional nap. Leon always enjoyed spending time with family and friends. He regularly occupied a seat at Chucks and Stewarts while getting the “The Galway Gossip” and lottery tickets.

Leon was predeceased by his wife of 51 years Anna, sisters Gloria and Doris, and brothers Harold Jr, Fred, and a little angel.

Leon is survived by “his three girls” LeeAnn (Jim) Salisbury of Amsterdam, Cindy (Kelby) Truax of Ft Edward, and Traci (Adom) Giffin of Potsdam; grandchildren Kayla and Connor Giffin; step grandchildren John Salisbury of Gloversville and Jennifer (Ken) Kerfien of Fulton; great grandchildren Makenzie, Haley, Christian, and Brody; grand fur baby Sophie; brother David (Jen) Hicks, sisters Eleanor Merritt, Julia Hall and RoseMary (John) Shepard; many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to attend a service with military honors 11am Friday, February 15 at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville. All our invited to a celebration of life on Saturday, February 16 from 12pm to 3pm at the Raindancer Restaurant in Amsterdam.

The family would like to extend sincere thanks to George/Sue, Gene/Edith, Tony/Ann, Joe/Jo , Pryscilla, and Frank for being the greatest neighbors, Dr Robert Parkes for giving him 24 more years, Alyssa and A-2 Girls at Saratoga Center for Rehab, the staff at Mohawk Dialysis Center in Amsterdam, Nathan Littauer Clinic in Perth, and the Fonda VA Clinic.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations in Leon’s name can be made to the Galway Volunteer Ambulance Corp, PO Box 151, Galway, NY 12074 or Galway Volunteer Fire Dept, 2175 Galway Road, Galway, NY 12074.

Eleanor S. Fernau, 82, of Ballston Spa, NY, passed away peacefully Monday, January 21, 2019 at the Wesley Health Care Center in Saratoga Springs.

Ellie was born June 16, 1936 in White Plains, NY. Her parents were the late Henry and Alexandra “Sasha” (Tarasuik) Eberle of White Plains. She graduated from Briarcliff Manor (NY) High School and from MacMurray College in Jacksonville, IL, class of 1958, where she majored in speech and theatre-related arts. In both high school and college she was a field hockey player, as evidenced by the “hockey hip” that her children received if they didn’t move quickly enough. She worked briefly at Readers Digest in Pleasantville, NY, after graduation and before marriage. She also worked for many years as a clerk at the Ballston Spa Public Library, where she was able to share her life-long enthusiasm for reading with a broad spectrum of library patrons.

In her leisure time, she enjoyed vacationing on Cape Cod, cruising used book stores for the detective stories that she loved, and going on August Thursdays to the Saratoga Race Track, using her inexplicable handicapping system to come home a winner (or so she claimed). She loved her lunches with the International Club and her sessions with the local Home Arts Club. She traveled with her husband to the roaming reunions that her MacMurray class held all over the country, as well as vacations to other beautiful locations, often involving “chasing trains.” For many years she very much enjoyed bowling with her teammates at the local lanes and regional competitions. She was always happy with a cat in her lap and a cup of coffee at hand.

In 2004, the Village of Ballston Spa honored Ellie with the Bernard C. Puckhaber Memorial Award “For [her] dedication to this community through service and volunteerism.” From the time that she moved to the village, she was active, at first through the Cub Scouts and the public schools, where she used her educational background in speech and drama to help with her son’s school plays in many capacities ranging from advice to backstage activities such as make-up and costumes. She was also active in “Meals on Wheels” and local blood drives (sometimes as co-chair), in addition to donating more than 8 gallons of blood over the years.

After leaving her position at the library, she later served as a Member and President of the library’s Board of Trustees. But the volunteering that gave her the most satisfaction over more than 20 years was her work with the Community Emergency Corps. She started as an ambulance driver and then quickly earned her Emergency Medical Technician certification. For many years she was one of the few people available to do day-time calls. For her many hours of service on the truck along with her committee and officer work she received the Corps’s Captains’ Award (twice) and President’s Award. She finished out her “career” as a member of the Board of Directors. Ellie said that her greatest satisfaction was when she made a difference in someone’s life, such as the time that her crew reversed a cardiac arrest (for which she and her crew received a commendation from the Emergency Medical Services Council of Saratoga County). Her greatest frustrations were those times when everything possible was done but the outcome was not what was hoped for.

Ellie married Edward Fernau on August 22, 1959. They lived in Cohoes, NY; Stuttgart, Germany; Colonie, NY; and, for the past 48 years, in the Village of Ballston Spa. In addition to Ed, survivors include her sister Kyra V. Eberle of Klamath Falls, OR; her son Mark Fernau and his wife Melissa of Clinton, MA; son Jason Fernau and his wife Kathy of Malta, NY; and five grandchildren: Fletcher (Grenye) Fernau, Leanne Fernau, Henry Fernau, Gwen Fernau, and Jillian Fernau. She was predeceased by her sisters Helene A. and Margaret R. Eberle.

Calling hours from 1 to 3 PM, immediately followed by a time during which friends and family can share memories of Ellie, will be held on Saturday January 26, 2019, at the Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High St., Ballston Spa. Interment will be later in the spring at Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery.

The family thanks the staff at the Wesley for their compassionate care. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Ellie’s memory may be made to the Community Emergency Corps, 78 Thompson St., Ballston Spa, NY, 12020.

Earle D. Cole “Joe”, 82, passed away on Saturday, January 19, 2019, in Nashville, Tennessee. Born in Saratoga Springs, NY on March 14, 1936, he was the son of Kenneth and Ester Cole. He served in the US Air Force from 1954-57.

Earle was a truck driver for the Saratoga County Department of Public Works for 35 years. He was a member of American Legion Post 234 in Ballston Spa. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, woodworking, traveling and bowling. Earle loved spending time with his large family and was known to be a wise guy, giving them a “hard time” whenever he could.

Earle is survived by his wife of 60 years, Roberta and their children, Kenneth Cole (Carla) of Smyrna, TN, Star Gandara (Ray) of Loris, SC, Tina Springer (Don) of Loris, SC, and Tonya Rooke (Rodger) of Middle Grove; grandchildren Corinne Sayles, Danielle Springer, Jason Springer (Leeza), Chrissy Mooney (Dana), Ryan Cole, Josh Gandara, Trista Gordon (Robert), Jeremy Gandara, Kyle Huggins, Bradley Rooke (Mary), and Brittany Gandara; sister Judith Burgess “Juju”; brother in law Robert Woodruff (Barb); eight great grandchildren, several nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews.

A private family service will be held. Memorial contributions in memory of Earle may be made to the
Parkinsons Foundation or Dementia Foundation.

Patricia Anderson, 87, passed away Saturday, January 19, 2019 at Saratoga Center Rehab and Skilled Nursing Care in Ballston Spa. Born in Brattleboro, Vermont on November 19, 1931, she was the daughter of Francese Anderson Smith and Oscar Anderson.

Patty attended school in Bellows Falls, Vermont and lived most of her adult life in Los Angeles, California.

Patty is survived by her sister Cynthia Boadle of Missouri, brother Roland Anderson of Brattleboro, VT, half sister Sandra Smith of Queensbury, NY; and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be private.

John Walter Swertinski, age 88, passed away on Friday, January 18, 2019 with his loving granddaughter at his side.

John was born in Watervliet, NY on April 10th,, 1930, the son of the late Frank and Mary Swertinski. He grew up in Troy, NY and enlisted in the US Army from 1950-1953. He was accepted into the 11th Airborne Division and later served as Staff Sergeant of the 141st Tank Battalion in West Germany.

John started his own business as a Process Server for local attorneys. His career spanned 55 years, until his retirement at the age of 80.

John was full of life. He was a spirited man, a prankster, and always enjoyed a good debate. In his younger years, he enjoyed speed skating and downhill skiing. His hobbies included flower gardening, reading, wood crafting, and repairing cuckoo clocks. John treasured spending time with family and friends.

He was predeceased by his parents Frank and Mary, sister Helen, brothers Stanley and Joseph, and brother in law Joseph.

John is survived by his daughters, Erika Rose (Mike) Celella of Ballston Spa, NY and Heidi Rose (Greg) Sowder of Alpharetta, GA; his sister Jean Fiore; sisters-in-law Delores and Alice Swertinski; and several nieces and nephews. He was the proud grandfather of Sara Rose Fryer, Taylor Gregory Sowder, and Monica Rose Sowder; and devoted great grandfather to Brandon Dean Fryer, Hannah Rose Fryer, and Gabriel Evan Fryer.

Funeral services will be held 9:30am Friday, January 25 at St. Mary’s Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Waterford. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, January 24 from 6pm to 8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Michael D. Fitzgerald 61, passed away on Tuesday, January 15, 2019. Born in Ballston Spa, NY on September 23, 1957, he was the son of Clarence and Marie Fitzgerald.

Mike worked for Cottrell Paper Co in Rock City Falls for 25 years. He enjoyed camping and spending time with his friends and family.

He was predeceased by his parents Clarence and Marie Fitzgerald, siblings Cindy Wescott, William and Charles Fitzgerald, and his infant granddaughter McKenzie.

Mike is survived by his wife Darlene; daughter Amanda Fitzgerald; stepchildren Jessica Hayden, Rebecca Hayden, Heidi Ramsey, Tina Bell, Rose Bell, and BJ Bell; brothers Clarence Fitzgerald and Richard Fitzgerald; 3 grandchildren, 8 stepgrandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday from 2pm to 4pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 4pm. Burial will be in Middle Grove Cemetery in the Spring.

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

Edith B. Older 87, passed away on Monday, January 14, 2019. Born in Rensselaerville, NY on March 11, 1931, she was the daughter of Albert and Hazel Boice. She was a 1949 graduate of Burnt Hills Ballston Lake High School, making her a proud forty-niner.

After raising her family, Edith worked for Universal Medical Instruments in Malta. She also worked at the Saratoga County Fair for many years. Edith enjoyed gardening and flowers. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

Edith was predeceased by her husband Francis, son Mark Older, parents Albert and Hazel Boice, and her siblings Robert, William and Joan Boice. She is survived by her children John Older (Kathie), James Older, Dale Older, Darrell Older (Vicky), Gary Older, Francis Older, Jr., Linda Older, Sharon Triola (Bill), Jeffrey Older (Lynne), Daniel Older (Tina), and Christine Wescott (Byron); daughter in law Cindy Older; and many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10am Thursday, January 17 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Middle Grove Cemetery.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, January 16 from 5pm to 8pm at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions in memory of Edith may be made to the charity of your choice.

Clifford Bruce Nichols, Sr. 82, passed away on Sunday, January 13, 2019. Born in Albany, NY on October 24, 1936, he was the son of Harold and Mary Nichols.

Bruce was a truck driver for several local companies, retiring in 2000. He enjoyed camping, fishing and playing Bingo.

He was predeceased by his wife June, parents Harold and Mary Nichols, and sister Clair. Bruce is survived by his children Carol McMahon (Jerry Mabb) of South Glens Falls, Theresa LaTulip (Greg) of Ballston Spa, Phyllis LaTulip (Lee) of Ballston Spa, Mary Titus (Dave) of Ballston Spa and Clifford Nichols, Jr. (Annette) of Galway; daughter in law Tamy Nichols; sister Beverly Tomisman; 17 grandchildren, 35 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, January 18 from 4pm to 6pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 6pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Bruce may be made to the Saratoga County Animal Shelter, 6040 County Farm Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Richard J. Sawyer 84, passed away on Sunday, January 13, 2019. Born in Broadalbin, NY on February 26, 1934, he was the son of Thomas and Mary Sawyer. He served in the US Army.

Dick was a Ford mechanic for over forty years. He worked for Trice Jeron Ford and retired from Jack Byrne Ford in Mechanicville.

Dick enjoyed snowmobiling, riding cross country on his motorcycle, camping, fishing and watching Nascar. His greatest joy was the time he spent with his family and friends.

He was predeceased by his parents Thomas and Mary, brothers John and Thomas, and his sister Catherine. Dick is survived by his wife of 50 years Freda; sister Margaret Mooney; several nieces and nephews; and his beloved dog Sonny.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, January 17 from 5pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 7pm. Burial will be in Malta Ridge Cemetery in the Spring.

Arthur W. Montgomery 90, passed away on Saturday, January 5, 2019. Born in Queens, NY on May 10, 1928, he was the son of William and Florence Montgomery. He was a Navy veteran of World War II serving on the USS Yosemite.

On September 3, 1950, he married Virginia Ditzel and they moved to Brooklyn, later to Rosedale, Queens and eventually to Stillwater, NY. Art was an accountant operating Montgomery Tax Service in Queens and Stillwater, NY for many years. He was a scoutmaster for Troop 232 in Brooklyn and a member of Springfield Gardens Masonic Lodge in Queens. He was also an active member of the Quaker Springs United Methodist Church.

He was predeceased by his wife Virginia. Art is survived by his son Gary Montgomery and daughter in law Monika; grandchildren Jennifer Salvi (William) and Brian Montgomery (Tammy); great grandchildren Sean Salvi, Riley Salvi and Caleb Montgomery; brother Robert Montgomery, sister-in-law Joan Hyland, and several nieces.

A memorial service will be held 3pm Sunday, January 27 at Quaker Springs United Methodist Church, Route 32, Schuylerville. Burial with military honors will be at 10am Monday, January 28 at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville.

Memorial contributions in memory of Art may be made to the Quaker Springs United Methodist Church, 466 Route 32 South, Schuylerville, NY 12871.

Robert W. Downing 92, passed away on January 5, 2019. Born in Saratoga Springs, NY on March 10, 1926, he was the son of Walter and Lillian Downing.

Bob was a vegetable farmer on his family farm in Ballston Lake, where he lived his whole life. He was known as “Pumpkin Downing” and took great pride in his vegetable gardens. Bob was a member of the Saratoga County Farmers Market Association and sold his vegetables at the local farmers market for many years where he was loved and respected by his fellow farmers and neighbors.

He was predeceased by his longtime companion Betty LaFountain, sister Ruth Downing Smith, and nephew David Smith. Bob is survived by his nephews Richard Smith (Shelley) of Charlton and William “Billy” Smith of Charlton.

Relatives and friends are invited to a funeral service 10am Saturday, January 12 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will be private. Memorial contributions in memory of Bob may be made to the Saratoga County Animal Shelter, 6010 County Farm Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Clarence H. Allen 86, passed away on Saturday, January 5, 2019. Born in Schenectady, New York on November 23, 1932, he was the son of Ellsworth and Lillian Allen.

Clarence owned and operated Custom Painting and Decorating in Ballston Spa for many years.

He was predeceased by his parents Ellsworth and Lillian, and his brother Richard. Clarence is survived by his wife Helen Allen, daughter Linda Boyce, granddaughter Kelly, great granddaughter Brianna, and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held in the Spring.

Memorial contributions in memory of Clarence may be made to the charity of your choice.

Holly Ann Rhude, 75, passed away Saturday, January 5, 2019 surrounded by her loving family. Holly was born on November 21, 1943, in NYC, the daughter of the late Howard and Edna Clark. She grew up in Burnt Hills, NY and attended St. Johnsbury Academy in VT.

Holly worked many years for Capital Communications Federal Credit Union and retired as the Director of Membership Services. In her retirement she has enjoyed spending time with her family, traveling to many destinations with her adoring husband of 33 years, Bill. Some of her favorite trips include visiting the ocean and shoreline in Maine, Cape Cod as well as many New England lakes. Kayaking, canoeing, taking drives along the coast and visiting the area restaurants, especially for seafood, would always bring a smile to her face. Ending the evening watching the sunset was something she loved.

While at home, she enjoyed reading, watching her favorite television shows and watching the birds come into the backyard to eat from the bird feeders. She especially enjoyed the cardinals when they visited. Holly was truly the “Matriarch” of her family, always ready to defend her husband, children and grandchildren and very proud of all of them. She was very strong willed and always quick to tell if something didn’t meet with her approval.

Holly is survived by her husband of 33 years, William Rhude; her children Charles (Lisa) O’ Neil of Santa Maria, CA, Kellie (David) Viddivo of Malta and Meredith Mercier of Malta. She was the proud grandmother of Jake (Ashley) O’Neil of Santa Maria, CA, Tony (Stacey) O’Neil of Santa Maria, CA, Nicholas (Katie) Viddivo of Cheverly, MD, Drew (Jess) Viddivo of Schuylerville, NY, Gabrielle Viddivo, Leanna Viddivo, Lauren Mercier and Cailin Mercier, all of Malta; and proud great grandmother of Connor, Isla, Kenna and Emma. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Holly was predeceased by her parents Howard and Edna Clark, and her brother Russell Clark.

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

Memorial contributions in memory of Holly may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Memphis, TN or Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Boston, MA.

Larry A. Kilburn 70, passed away on Thursday, January 3, 2019. Born in Ballston Spa, NY on December 29, 1948, he was the son of Kenneth and Eva Kilburn, Sr.

Larry worked at Tufflite in Ballston Spa for over 20 years. He then worked for Laquidara Construction and retired from Carver Construction in 2014.

Larry was always willing to lend a hand to his siblings, whether it was cutting down a tree or fixing things around the house. His family was his greatest treasure. Larry enjoyed camping, playing Bingo, and traveling.

He was predeceased by his parents Kenneth and Eva, his wife Nancy, siblings William, Ken Jr., Christina Strakos and Marie VanDuren; and brother in law William Barbolt, Jr.

Larry is survived by his companion Judy Thomas; children Lori Rougie, Larry Kilburn, Jr., and Kristal Rogers (Michael); grandchildren Andrew, Travis and Mariah Rougie, and Keith Kovatch, Jr.; siblings Lillian Vedder (Howard), Pat Jones, Doris Dymond (Keith), Shirley Palso, Carol Castiglione (John), Roberta Brackett, Hilda Carey and Paul Kilburn (Ruthanne); sister in law Patricia Bishop; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10am Tuesday, January 8 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 Monday, January 7 from 4pm to 7pm at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions in memory of Larry may be made to Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome or American Lung Association.

John P. McNamara, 83, entered into eternal rest on December 31, 2018, surrounded by his loving family. Born in the Bronx, NY in 1935 to the late Rodger and Katie (Boyle) McNamara, John graduated from DeWitt Clinton High School in 1953 before proudly serving in the United States Marine Corps until 1958. He was a plankowner on the then newly-commissioned USS Saratoga CV-60 where he was privileged to serve as an orderly to President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Upon discharge, John entered the New York City Transit Police force before moving to upstate New York where he worked as a Federal Police Officer in Albany and transferred to a division of the Internal Revenue Service in Latham before retiring in 1997. John was once Marshal of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, a longtime volunteer for the Somers Fire Department, and a lifelong member of the Knights of Columbus.

John will be long remembered for his charismatic personality, his operatic spinto-tenor voice, and his unwavering Catholic faith and devotion to the Rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet. Additionally, his memory will be preserved when “Old Man River” is heard, an Abbott and Costello movie is watched, or when a Marine Corps flag is unfurled.

John is survived by his wife of 56 years, Mary, and his five children, John Patrick (Margaret) McNamara, Jr. of Stafford, VA; Maureen (Robert) Pelletier of Ballston Spa; Kathryn (Steven) Schwartz of Mount Kisco; Michael (Kate) McNamara of Marietta, GA; and Erin McNamara of Scotia. He is also lovingly survived by his thirteen grandchildren, Brian, Joseph, Michael, Quincy, Ryan, Gregory, Sean, Clancy, Katie, Liam, Olivia, Declan, and Sullivan, for whom he loved to dress as Santa Pops each Christmas, as well as four great-grandchildren, Lily, Abby, Becket, and Logan.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, January 3 from 5pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Reverend Francis R. Vivacqua at St. Mary’s Church, Ballston Spa, at 8:30am on Friday, January 4 and will be followed by burial with military honors at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in John’s name to EWTN, Birmingham, Alabama.

Semper Fi, Mac.

Nancy K. Mills 80, passed away on Friday, December 28, 2018. Born in Albany, NY on April 7, 1938, she was the daughter of Harry and Edith Kristiansen.

Nancy operated East Line Grocery in Ballston Spa for many years and then owned and operated Mills Country Store in Charlton. She was known to her customers as the “thank you” lady. Her kindness and generosity to people was well known throughout the community. She was always willing to lend a helping hand. Nancy enjoyed cooking and treasured her family and the time they spent together.

She was predeceased by her brother Harry Kristiansen and brother in law Lester Woodcock. Nancy is survived by her husband of 61 years Richard and their children Thomas Mills (Jan), Lois Mills, Joyce Crawford (Bill), Brenda Mills, Shelley Smith (Rick), Tracie Mills (Tom Daggett), and R. Andrew Mills (Sharon); siblings Pedar Kristiansen (Carole), Elaine Woodcock and Donna Cook (Bob); brother in law and sister in law James and Donna Mills; 15 grandchildren, many great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, January 2 from 10am to 12 noon at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 12 noon.

Memorial contributions in memory of Nancy may be made to the Wilkinson Residential Health Care Facility, 4988 Route 30, Amsterdam, NY 12010.

The family would like to thank the staff at Wilkinson for their care and compassion.

Online remembrances may be made at www.armerfuneralhome.com

Virginia M. O’Connor 88, passed away on Wednesday, December 26, 2018. Born in Slingerlands, NY on December 6, 1930, she was the daughter of John and Sadie Oliver.

Virginia was a dental assistant for Dr. McCanty in Ballston Spa for over 20 years. After her retirement, she cared for her grandchildren, treasuring the time she spent with them.

She was predeceased by her husband Frank O’Connor and her 12 siblings. Virginia is survived by her children Timothy O’Connor (Kimberly) of Lake Mary, FL and Linda Decker (Stephen) of Saratoga Springs; grandchildren Kendall O’ Connor Giardina (Frank), Carrigan O’Connor, Jeffrey Decker and Timothy Decker; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, December 31 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 the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Virginia may be made to the Saratoga County Animal Shelter, 6040 County Farm Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Guy Theodore Bevins, 96, passed away on Tuesday morning, December 25th 2018 at the Wesley Health Care Center.

Born on May 18, 1922 in Brant Lake, he was the son of the late Theodore and Miriam Bevins of Brant Lake, NY. Guy was predeceased by his second wife of 47 years, Beatrice Bevins; his youngest brother, Leo Bevins; stepsons Peter, Tommy, James and Mark Williams; and grandson Frank Williams.

Guy was a recent graduate, and volunteer of the Cornell University Cooperative Extension as a Master Gardener. Gardening and sharing the fruits of his garden were his passion. Guy was also a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE Local 158) and recently received an award as their oldest living member of the organization.

Guy enjoyed spending time with his family and teaching his grandchildren the art of gardening, woodworking, carpentry, and how to operate his machinery and various tractors. Guy contributed in building the West Mountain Ski Center and would talk about the days when he would climb the mountain to go to work and then ski down it on his shovel. He also owned and ran a saw-mill that he used to build multiple homes. Guy and his late wife, Beatrice, spent their winters in Kissimmee, Florida where they enjoyed picking fruit from the trees in their yard, bowling, playing shuffleboard and horse shoes, going to garage sales, and spending their days at Disney World. Guy revisited Disney World in January of 2016 and received perks based on being an honorary Disney World charter member. In the evenings, we’d find Guy watching the history channel and/or television game shows with his cat, Hunter, while sipping his vodka and orange juice night cap.

The surviving family that is celebrating his long and fulfilling life include his children, Forest Bevins and his wife Donna; Beverly Croteau and her husband, Rhett; stepson David D. Williams and his wife Peggy; and stepdaughter Mary Elizabeth Williams; grandchildren include Nicholas Bevins; Sarah Bevins; Matina LaMarche and her husband Joshua; Daniel Shipski II and his significant other Erin Murphy; William McGovern Jr. and his significant other Stacey Lafountain; Patricia McGovern and her fiancé Mike Billok; Dan McGovern and his wife Annette Parisi; David Williams and his wife Julie; Ginger and her husband Joseph; Lisa Canuteson; great grandchildren include Gage, Matthew, Lucy, Justin and Gabriella. Guy is also survived by his brother Max Bevins, his nephew Ricky Bevins and his spouse; and several other nieces and nephews.

If you’d like to join the family in celebrating Guy’s life and sharing memories, please join us at The Tavern, located within the Sokol’s Market Plaza on Aviation Road in Queensbury, NY on Saturday, January 5th from 1 - 4 pm.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Guy to Cornell Cooperative Extension in Warren County at 377 Schroon River Rd, Warrensburg, NY 12885.

David W. Murdock 62, passed away on Monday, December 24, 2018. Born in Albany, NY on August 27, 1956, he was the son of Stanley and Madeline Murdock. He was a graduate of Ballston Spa High School.

David worked for the Saratoga County Department of Public Works for 17 years. Living on Saratoga Lake, he loved to fish in the summer and winter months. He enjoyed watching sports and was an avid Raiders and Dodgers fan.

He was predeceased by his parents Stanley and Madeline Murdock. David is survived by his sister Nancy Murdock; nieces Lisa Murdock and Jarina Crump; great nieces Saris and Jaelyn; and great nephew Javviean.

A private family service will be held. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of David may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Patricia A. Monroe 76, passed away on Saturday, December 22, 2018. Born in Schenectady, NY on November 14, 1942, she was the daughter of George and Edith Monroe. She was a graduate of Russell Sage and received her master’s degree from Union College.

Patricia was a computer programmer for many years. She volunteered at SPAC and worked at the Saratoga Racetrack in the summer.

Patricia is survived by her siblings Nancy Kelley of Cody, Wyoming, James Monroe of Portland, Oregon, PJ Monroe of Anchorage, Alaska, and G. Tommy Monroe of Greenfield Center, New York; and two nieces.

A private family service will be held. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Online remembrances may be made at www.armerfuneralhome.com

Sandra J. Austro 78, passed away on Friday, December 21, 2018. Born in Zeigler, Illinois on August 16, 1940, she was the daughter of Glen and Dorothy Miller.

Sandra met Kazimierz “Mike” Austro while he was in the service and they married on March 4, 1961. She moved to his farm in Ballston Spa where they raised their children. She treasured her family and the memories she created with them.

She was predeceased by her parents Glen and Dorothy Miller, son Michael Austro, and brother Dennis Miller. Sandra is survived by her husband Kazimierz “Mike”, and their daughters Cynthia Howe, Christine Wojtowecz and Linda Marcel (Kevin Chase); daughter in law Sue Austro; grandchildren Jessica, Shane, Kayla, Dakota, Jeremy, Jacob, Taylor, Jessica, Rachel, and James; siblings Charles Miller, Larry Miller and Janice Ross; several nieces and nephews; and her beloved dogs Fefe and Peanut.

A private family service will be held.

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