Obituaries


James A. Whelden 84, of Queensbury and formerly of Ballston Spa, passed away Monday, November 14, 2011 at the Stanton Nursing and Rehab Facility in Queensbury. Born in Saratoga Springs, January 9, 1927, he was the son of the late William and Mary Whelden. Jim was a graduate of Ballston Spa High School and the Bentley School of Accounting and Finance at Waltham, Massachusetts. He received additional training through the American Institute of Banking, NYS Bankers Association Executive Management School at West Point and the Independent Bankers Association of America at Harvard University. During World War II, he served as a sergeant in the US Army 97th Signal Corps Battalion.

Jim joined the staff of the Ballston Spa National Bank in 1950 as a bookkeeper and teller. He worked in various positions at the bank and became a director and then president, in 1971. On January 3, 1974, Jim became president, chief executive officer and chairman of the Board of Directors. Jim served on many banking committees as president, vice president or director, including the NYS Bankers Association, the Independent Bankers Association of NYS, the American Bankers Association of America, NYS Bankers Safe Deposit Box Association, Financial Computer Center of Eastern New York, and the NYS Business Development Corporation Loan Committee. He was a class A director of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York from 1978-81.

After his retirement, Jim spent much of his time at his home in Florida. He was an avid reader and enjoyed traveling and golf.

Jim was predeceased by his first wife, Dorothy Landolfo Whelden, and two brothers, Germaine and Lewis Whelden. He is survived by his loving wife of eight years, Aletha “Lee” Whelden, his sisters in law, Jean Whelden of Ballston Spa, and Mildred Landolfo of Florida, nieces, Carolyn Faraone-Pennell (Jon) of Saratoga Springs, Laura Adams (Douglas) of Wilton, and Karen Whelden of Herkimer, nephew, Kevin Whelden of Ballston Spa, grandnieces and grandnephews, Jennifer Adams of Boston, MA, Christopher Adams of Montana, and Maximillian Faraone of Ballston Spa, stepchildren, Deborah Genier of Queensbury, Kim Pike (David) of Queensbury, Cheryl Knopka (Bruce) of New Hampshire, and Scott Wakefield of Plattsburgh, 7 stepgrandchildren and 10 step great grandchildren,

Funeral services will be held 1pm Friday, November 18 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 at the funeral home from 11-1pm Friday.

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

Joan M. Barss 68, of Greenfield Center passed away Friday, November 11, 2011. Born in Saratoga Springs, October 12, 1943, she was the daughter of the late Anthony and Estelle Izzo. Joan worked for Stanski Transporation for 28 years. She enjoyed cooking for family holidays and decorating the Christmas tree. Her greatest joy was the time she shared with her children and grandchildren.

Joan is survived by her husband of 50 years, Ed Barss, her children, Laura Feulner of Porter Corners, Darren Barss (Carrie) of Greenfield, Dwight Barss (Maggie) of Corinth, 10 grandchildren, Lindsey, Ryan, Darren Jr, Derrick, Katelyn, Kristin, Levi, Cody, Stephanie, and Chrissy, 2 great grandchildren, Darren III and Madison, brother, Anthony Izzo of Ballston Spa, sister, Jean Southern of Saratoga Springs, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 6:30pm Thursday, November 17 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the funeral home from 1-3pm and 5-6:30pm on Thursday.

All are invited to join the family for a reception at the Porter Corners Fire House, 405 Bockes Road, following the services on Thursday evening.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Emergency Department or the Transfusion Center at Saratoga Hospital, 211 Church Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Jean H. Crandell of Ballston Spa passed away Friday, November 11, 2011 at her home surrounded by the love of her family, after battling with cancer for 28 years. She never complained and endured her disease with grace and dignity.

Jean worked for the Saratoga County Department of Social Services for many years. She also served as Deputy Treasurer for the Village of Ballston Spa for 17 years. A native of Ballston Spa, she was always supportive of the local businesses.

Jean was an active member of St Mary’s Catholic Church in Ballston Spa where she served as a Eucharistic minister and on the RCIA Team. She was deeply devoted to her family and friends and loved God and St. Mary’s Church. She was known for her acts of kindness and great devotion to the Lord.

She was predeceased by her husband, William Crandell, her parents, Arthur and Kathryn Healey, and her sister, Dorothy Hodgson. Jean is survived by her children, Daniel Crandell (Jane) of Schoharie, Denise Mowczan (Charles) of South Burlington, VT, and David Crandell (Lorie) of Clifton Park, 11 grandchildren, Jason Crandell, Matthew Crandell (Barbara), Julie Harmon (Jason), Allison Crandell, Melissa Semidei (Alberto), Kristen Mowczan (Ryan), Benjamin Mowczan, Sarah Crandell, Sean Crandell, Kathryn Crandell, and Eric Crandell, 7 great grandchildren, Mackenzie, Caden, Poppi, Lily Jane, Anna, Josiah, and Noah, and her sister, Betty Hunt of Ballston Spa.

Funeral services will be held 11am Wednesday, November 16 at St Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow in St Mary’s Cemetery, Ballston Spa. Relatives and friends may call on Tuesday from 4-7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc, 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

The family would like to thank Dr. Stewart Silvers, Dr. William Vacca, Dr. Stephen Strader, and their staff for their dedicated care of Jean. They also wish to thank Carey, Sandy, Pat, Donna, Kim and Kathy, from Community Hospice of Saratoga, for their support and guidance provided in the final days of Jean’s home care. A very special thank you to Louie and Eileen Laquidara, Holly Mahoney and Arlene Callahan.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St Mary’s Church, 167 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or Community Hospice of Saratoga 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs NY 12866.

Helen Mika 85, of Ballston Lake and formerly of Ballston Spa, passed away Friday, November 11, 2011. Born in Wilbraham, Massachusetts, July 12, 1926, she was the daughter of the late John and Mary Chmura. Helen worked in the Ballston Spa High School cafeteria for many years. She later worked in food service at Maplewood Manor.

Helen was communicant of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ballston Spa. She was a member of the Malta Seniors and the Shenendehowa Seniors, where she enjoyed many activities and events. She also was a member of the Burnt Hills Senior Bowling League. Her greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, Edward Mika, 3 brothers, Joseph, Stanley and Mitchell Chmura, and her sister, Jane Karpinski. Helen is survived by her daughters, Mary Bunch of Charlton, and Jean Kennedy (Robert) of Ballston Lake, four grandsons, Matthew Bunch, Brian Kennedy (Larissa) Justin Kennedy (Patti) and Eric Kennedy (fiancé, Kiera), two great grandchildren, Elise and Benjamin, brother, Ted Chmura, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 11am Monday, November 14, 2011 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow in St Peter’s Cemetery, Saratoga Springs. A calling hour will precede the service from 9:30-10:30am Monday at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions may be made to St Mary’s Catholic Church, 167 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or Estherville Animal Shelter, 100 Russell Road, Greenfield Center, NY 12833.

Walter Dwayne Roper 42, of Ballston Spa passed away Wednesday, November 9, 2011 at his home, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Cuesta, California on June 3, 1969. He was a graduate of Ballston Spa High School. Dwayne worked for Sodexo Food Service at the GE Research and Development Center in Niskayuna for 22 years. He also delivered the Gazette newspaper in the Burnt Hills area and worked for Gary Stevens at Waterford Banquets. He was a dedicated worker and was well respected by his co workers.

Dwayne was an avid San Francisco 49ers fan. His greatest joy was spending time with his family.

He was predeceased by his father, Walter Roper and brother, Lonnie Roper. Dwayne is survived by his beloved wife of 21 years, Kimberly Fresoni Roper and their daughter, Emily, his mother, Linda Lussier (Rick) of Tennessee, brother, Chris Lussier of Tennessee, 2 sisters, Michelle Timko (Jason) of California, Sheri Lussier of Florida, mother in law and father in law, Janice and Kenny Fresoni of Ballston Spa, sister in law Melinda Sabatello (Chris) of Niskayuna, and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Funeral services will be held 10am Saturday, November 12, 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 Friday from 5-8pm at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Roper Family Benefit c/o of the family.

Debra L. Anthony 52 of Galway, passed away Sunday, November 6, 2011. Born in Cambridge, NY, April 25, 1959 she was the daughter of the late Albert and Lillian Elwell. Debbie was a teacher’s aide at Joseph Henry Elementary School in Galway. She was a caregiver and helped many children and elderly people in the area. Debbie and her family were close knit and she enjoyed family gatherings.

She was predeceased by a brother, Ernest Bruno and niece, Julie Elwell. Debbie is survived by her son, Dane Elwell, sister, Jeanette Phillips (George) of Petersburgh, three brothers, Ron Elwell of Greenwich, Robert Elwell (Karen) of White Creek, Albert Elwell (Carol) of Rock City Falls, and several nieces, nephews, and loving cousins.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, November 10 from 11-1pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc, 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A funeral service will follow at 1pm at the funeral home. Burial will be in Middle Grove Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, PO Box 13535, Albany, NY 12212.

Lawrence E. Groff, 58 of Malta, passed away Saturday, November 5, 2011, surrounded by his family. Born in Niskayuna, February 26, 1953, he was a beloved son, husband, father, grandfather and uncle.

Larry worked at Coxsackie Prison as a corrections officer. He later worked for ARM Construction, Cornell Paving, HMA Paving and Lapi Paving. He also worked at Price Chopper. Larry loved Nascar, the Indianapolis Colts, hunting, fishing, camping and boating.

Larry is survived by his wife Sue, sons, Eric Groff (Melissa), Nick Groff, and Justin Shipski, daughter, Jessica Morrissey, Poppa’s little Do Bear, Kenny, his father, Bob Groff (Ruth), his mother, Shirley Welch (and the late Kenneth), brothers, Ricky Groff, Robbie Groff and Jeff Groff, sisters, Patty Groff and Heather Casaw, and several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Larry’s life will be held Saturday, November 12, from 1-5pm at American Legion Post 234, 23 Pleasant Street, Ballston Spa. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the family.

The family would like to thank the ICU staff at Saratoga Hospital for their care and compassion.

Elizabeth I. Morehouse 93, of Galway, passed away Friday, November 4, 2011. Born in Amsterdam, February 2, 1918, she was the daughter of the late William and Margaret Brazie. Elizabeth enjoyed baking and made many wedding cakes, birthday cakes and cinnamon buns for families in the Galway area.

She was predeceased by her husband, Russell Morehouse, and three sisters, Fern McConchie, Norma Quinn and Delma Ryder. Elizabeth is survived by her children, Judie Sivik of Gansevoort, William Morehouse (Carol) of Galway and Jeannette Lutz (Alfred) of Brooksville, Florida, her sister, Alberta Palmateer of Amsterdam, 13 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren, 7 great great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a graveside service 1pm Wednesday, November 9, at Galway Cemetery, Route 147, Galway. Memorial contributions may be made to the Maplewood Manor Awning Fund, 149 Ballston Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Elaine Yellin 93 of Malta, passed away Sunday, October 30, 2011. She is survived by her son, Richard Yellin and his wife Sally of Ballston Spa, two granddaughters, Kelly Yellin and her husband Steven Mergentheimer of North Grafton, MA, Jodi Edmonds and her husband Thad of Dayton, TN, and six great grandchildren.

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

Laurel Elsie Jones, 64, of Mayfield, passed away Thursday, October 27, 2011. Born in Gloversville, July 25, 1947, she was the daughter of the late Clifton and Mildred Whitman. Laurel was an aide and housekeeper at Nathan Littauer Hospital and later worked for the Mayfield Central Schools as a bus aide. She enjoyed camping, reading, crocheting and knitting. Her greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her sister in law, Norma Thompson. Laurel is survived by her husband Douglas, her children, Rickey Hagadorn, Jr of Gansevoort, Clarence Hagadorn, Sr (Donna) of Stillwater, Terry Hagadorn (Kristen) of Ballston Spa, Tammy Hagadorn Garmley (Brian) of Ballston Spa, 2 stepchildren, Donald Jones of Northville and Theresa Jones of Alabama, her sister, Nancy Krom (John) of Mayfield, special sister, Barb Perry of Mayfield, 6 brothers and 4 sisters, 14 grandchildren, Elizabeth, CJ, Rickey, Alexis, Bryonna, Dylan, TJ, Stephanie, Alex, Cody, Polly, Madysen, Zachary and Teegan, 3 stepgrandchildren, Zach, Oddis and Connie, brothers in law, Donald, David and Fred Jones, sister in law, Marlene Thompson, many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Funeral services will be held 12noon on Tuesday, November 1, at Armer Funeral Home, Inc, 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A calling hour will precede the service from 11-12noon Tuesday. Burial will follow in Prospect Hill Cemetery, Northville.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

William C. Denton 83, of Ballston Spa, passed away Monday, October 24, 2011. Born in Ballston Spa, May 17, 1928, he was the son of the late Clancy and Lena Denton. Bill was a Marine Corp veteran, serving in the Korean War. He worked for General Electric Co in Schenectady and was a salesman for the Ballston Spa Knitting Co for many years. He was an avid golfer. Bill’s greatest joy was spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his first wife Faye and his second wife Patricia. Bill is survived by his children, Debra McCullough (Barry) of Alexandria, VA, William A. Denton (Annemarie) of Castleton, and Julie Smith (Kirby) of Bloomsburg, PA, stepchildren, Dorothy Spellman of Walpole, MA, Richard Pero (Joyce) of Ballston Spa, and Daniel Pero (Sharon) of Middleboro, MA, many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held 11am Friday, November 4, 2011, at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A calling hour will precede the service from 10-11am Friday at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Ballston Spa Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 260 Osborne Road, Loudonville, NY 12211.

Bernhardt L. Feulner 92, of Ballston Spa, passed away Tuesday, October 25, 2011. Born in Schenectady, October 22, 1919, he was the son of the late Louis and Carrie Feulner. He was a graduate of Scotia Glenville High School and served in the Navy as a radarman during World War II. Barney worked for the Watervliet Arsenal for many years, retiring in 1984.

He was past president and house manager of the Mont Pleasant Shooting Club. Barney was a communicant of St Mary’s Catholic Church in Ballston Spa and member of American Legion Post 1610 of Albany and VFW Post 420 of Saratoga Springs.

Barney was predeceased by his wife Corrine Feulner. He is survived by his sons, Richard Feulner of Selkirk, Bruce Feulner, and Michael Feulner (Michael Whimple) of Galway, two granddaughters, Lindsay and Ashley and a great grandson, Ryeliey.

A graveside service with full military honors will be held 11am Friday, October 28, 2011 at the Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Town of Saratoga.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, PO Box 13535, Albany, NY 12212.

Timothy A. Winchip “Cruiser” 64, of Ballston Spa, passed away Wednesday, October 19, 2011. He was born in Glens Falls, December 7, 1946. Cruiser was a cab driver in the Capital District area for 37 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, throwing darts and horseshoes.

Cruiser is survived by his children, Jason Winchip Munafo of Ballston Spa, Christine Winchip of Ballston Spa and Tracy P. Whipple of Greenfield, his wife, Helen Munafo Winchip, seven grandchildren, Morgan, Rouchelle, Jasmyne, Marianna, Tyler, Nathan, and Emma, brother, Walter Winchip of Troy, sister, Ruth Westervelt of Waterford, and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held 6pm Monday, October 24, at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Margaret E. Baker, 72 of Greenfield Center, passed away Tuesday, October 18, 2011. Born in Greenfield, October 11, 1939, she was the daughter of the late Brainard and Jessie Older. Margaret worked at Tufflite and later Maplewood Manor in Ballston Spa for many years, retiring in 2000. She enjoyed Bingo, video poker and listening to bluegrass music.

She was predeceased by her husband Earl Baker, sister, Loretta, and 2 brothers, Theodore and Frank. Margaret is survived by her sisters, Elsie Clayton (Robert) of Ballston Spa, Bernice Bencze (Lawrence) of Greenfield, and Jeanne Fusco of Yukon, Oklahoma, devoted godson, Kevin Older of Greenfield, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A memorial service will be held 11am Friday, October 21, 2011 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A calling hour will precede the service from 10-11am. Burial will follow in Middle Grove Cemetery.

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

Rene J. Pelletier "Ray", 91 of Ballston Spa, passed away Friday, October 14, 2011. Born in Baker Lake, New Brunswick, Canada, on March 7, 1920, he was one of five children born to Alphe and Marie Martin Pelletier.

Ray had an interesting and varied work history. He worked as a lumberjack, ironworker, carpenter, welder, and truck driver until his retirement in 1998. His work took him all around North America and eventually to Alaska which held especially fond memories for him. He enjoyed car racing. Ray will be remembered for his kind and gentle nature and soft spoken ways.

He was predeceased by three siblings. Ray is survived by his wife of 68 years, Gertrude Hebert Pelletier, his son Robert and daughter in law, Maureen (McNamara) Pelletier of Ballston Spa, his five grandchildren whom he loved dearly, Brian, Joseph, Michael, Gregory and Catherine, all of Ballston Spa, his sister, Isabelle Joyal of Richmond, RI and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 8:30-9:30am Wednesday, October 19 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa, followed at 10am by a mass of Christian burial at St Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, with Father Jay Atherton officiating. Burial will be in Ballston Spa Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to St Mary’s Church, 167 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or Community Emergency Corp, Thompson Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

A special thank you to the staff and residents of Doubleday Woods for their kindness and thoughtful caregiving to Ray during his few short years there. They embraced him as one of their own and for that his family will be forever grateful.

Reginald R. Butchino, 66 of Ballston Spa, passed away Saturday, October 15, 2011 at his home. Born in Watertown, October 9, 1945, he was the son of the late Ozias Peter Butchino and Pearl Cook Butchino. He served in the Army and was stationed in Germany. He then served in the Army Reserve and participated in the Grenada hostage rescue. Reggie worked for the NYS Department of Correctional Services as a corrections officer for 29 years. He retired in 2002 from Hale Creek Correctional Facility in Johnstown.

His hobbies and interests covered several areas. He enjoyed motorcycle riding and was a member of the Blue Knights Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club Chapter VI in Albany. He also enjoyed riding horses, fishing, hunting, and researching the genealogy of the Bottineau family on his computer

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brothers, Ronald, Richard, Rodger and Randolph Butchino. He is survived by his wife, Linda, his son, Daniel Butchino, his daughter, April Trombley, stepson, Donald Perkins, 6 grandchildren, Michael Butchino, Candace Butchino, Tristan Trombley, Madison Trombley, James Perkins, and Krystel Perkins, sister, Roberta Trombley, 3 brothers, Robert Butchino, Royce Butchino and Roderick Butchino, 5 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, October 19, from 5-7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A funeral service will follow at 7pm at the funeral home. Burial will be private in Plattsburgh.

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

Mary Jane DiPasquale 63, of Ballston Spa, passed away Wednesday, October 12, 2011 after a courageous battle with cancer. Born in Ballston Spa, May 17, 1948, she was the daughter of Mary Ody Miner and the late Charles Miner. Mary was a homemaker and enjoyed gardening, puzzles and playing with her dog, Troop.

Mary is survived by her husband, Joseph DiPasquale, her children, Anthony DiPasquale (Patience) of Saratoga Springs, Sandy Eldridge (Charles) of Connecticut, Timothy DiPasquale (Lynn) of Ballston Spa, two grandsons, Niklaus and Austin, six stepgrandchildren, Michael, Christopher, Jordan, Robert, Theresa and John, her mother, Mary Miner of Ballston Spa, four sisters, Carol Martinez of Texas, Sally Harrington of Ballston Spa, Susan Meyers of Ballston Spa and Nancy Lippy of Granville, and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 9-11am Friday, October 14, 2011 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A graveside service will follow at Powell Wiswall Cemetery, Plummer Road, Ballston Spa.

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

John J. McGarry, 66 of Saratoga Springs, passed away peacefully, October 10, 2011 with his wife, Diane and dog, Maggie by his side. Born in Kingston, January 9, 1945, he was the son of the late John and Mary Magan McGarry. John held many different jobs ending with his greatest love, that of landscaping. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Ballston Spa. His wonderful voice and musical abilities made him a valued member of the church choir.

He was predeceased by his brother, Peter, and his sister, Patricia. John is survived by his wife, Diane Mumford McGarry, his children, Sheila, Melissa, Ryan, Jonathan, and Wendy, 3 brothers, James and his wife Jeanne, Charles and his wife Jan, and Thomas and his wife Marlayne, 2 sisters, Marylee and her husband Al, and Marbie and her husband Ed, several grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to a memorial service 2pm Saturday October 22, 2011 at the First Baptist Church, 202 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in memory of John to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Shirley A. Rowe, 83 of Doubleday Woods, Ballston Spa, passed away peacefully, Monday, October 10, 2011. Born in Albany, May 4, 1928, she was the daughter of the late James and Marion Christie. She was a waitress and housekeeper for many years.

Shirley was an active member of American Legion Post 234 Ladies Auxiliary of Ballston Spa and proudly walked in many parades with the auxiliary. She enjoyed animals especially horses and liked to sing karaoke. Her greatest joy was having a good time with her family and friends.

She was predeceased by her husband, Edmund Rowe, her brothers, Jackie, William and James, her sisters, Muriel, Marge and Millie and longtime companion, Fred Stephens. Shirley is survived by her children, Robert Hope of Glens Falls, Edmund Rowe of Porter Corners, and Debra Pelton of Colonie, her sister, Marion Dixon of Troy, 6 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday evening from 6-8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Memorial contributions may be made to Crescent Manor, 312 Crescent Boulevard, Bennington, VT 05201.

Wilfred C. “Bucky” Gray, 95 of Ballston Spa, passed away Thursday, October 6, 2011. Born in Gardner, Massachusetts, June 12, 1916, he was the son of the late John and Hattie Gray. He was an Army veteran of World War II. Bucky was a mechanic and operated several gas stations in the Schenectady and Albany area. He retired from General Electric Co in Schenectady.

Bucky was a motorcycle enthusiast who enjoyed the sport of motorcycling. He raced motorcycles in Orlando, Florida. He was a musician and performed with his band “Bucky and the Melodaires” at the VFW, American Legion and many local clubs in the area. He was a member of VFW Post 420 of Saratoga Springs and American Legion Post 234 of Ballston Spa. His greatest joy was spending time with his family.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Ida, daughter, Millie Gray, son, Jerry Blowers, Sr, two brothers, George and Joseph Gray, and sister, Olivine Gray. Bucky is survived by his wife, Yvonne Rainville Gray, daughter, Kathy Peetz of Troy, daughter in law, Donna Blowers of Ballston Spa, two sisters, Hazel Corti of Glens Falls, Edna Whipple of Middle Grove, brother, Charles Gray of Greenfield, several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10am Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Factory Village Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday from 5-7pm at the funeral home.

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

Kenneth L. Hommell, Sr 91 of Ballston Spa passed away Wednesday, October 5, 2011, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Schenectady, February 4, 1920, he was the son of the late Louis and Irene Hommell. An Army veteran of World War II, Ken worked for General Electric Co for many years. He liked listening to classic country music, dancing, and singing Karaoke. Ken ran a bait business out of his home on Brookline Road for many years. He also enjoyed fishing and camping in the Adirondacks.

He was predeceased by his wife, Henrietta, and his sister, Naomi VanZandt. Ken is survived by his children, Tanya Garrison of Port St. Lucie, Florida and her children, Brenda and Darryl and their father, Dave Garrison; Sharon TenEyck (Terry) of Ballston Spa and their children, Jim, Audra and Jeremiah; Shirley Ann Aken of Ballston Spa and her children, Roxanne, Earl, Jody Eric and Adrienne; Kenneth Hommell, Jr of Ballston Spa and his children, Joanna, Julie and Brandon and their mother, Sue Hommell; 22 great grandchildren, 4 great great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10am Monday, October 10, at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Briggs Cemetery, Brookline Road, Ballston Spa. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday from 2-4pm at the funeral home.

Jeannie G. Shepard, 63, of Ballston Lake, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, September 30, 2011 at Albany Medical Center surrounded by her loving family. Jeannie was born in Schenectady, NY on October 31, 1947 to Dorothy and Harold Gelsleichter.

She resided in Postenkill, NY for many years before moving to Round Lake in 2001. During her lifetime, she worked as a Veterinary Assistant and in the insurance industry.

Jeannie was an avid reader and spent many years actively involved in the Postenkill Library. She was an excellent cook and an enthusiastic Yankees fan. She loved to travel with her family, especially to Hilton Head, SC and Holden Beach, NC.

Jeannie is survived by her loving husband, Jim Shepard; her devoted stepchildren, Dan Shepard and his wife Stacey, of Clifton Park, Denise Nolan and her husband Eric, of Gansevoort; her four grandchildren, Danielle, Alexander, Collins and Alana; and her favorite cousins, Kathy and Bob Rottiers, Mark Gelsleichter, Paul Gelsleichter and Marie and John Bruggeman.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm on Saturday, October 8, 2011 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Funeral services will be private at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Postenkill Library, P.O. Box 305
Postenkill, NY 12140 or to the SPCA, 588 Queensbury Ave, Queensbury, NY 12804.

Diane M. Kultzow passed away on September 28th at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA. Born on August 5, 1953, she was the daughter of Helen (Nellie) and the late Frank W. Deuel Sr.

A graduate of Ballston Spa High School in 1971, she attended college at SUNY Cobleskill, graduating with an AAS in Nursery Education in 1973. Diane married William H. Kultzow on July 13th 1974 in Yaddo Gardens.

Diane founded and ran Little Learners Nursery School from 1974 to 1999 and was known as Mrs. K. After retiring from teaching, she joined Northeast Career Planning as a job coach and taught a life skills class for adults. She was greatly involved in her community as a volunteer and worked with Odyssey of the Mind as a coach and judge.

A fan of dance and music, Diane volunteered as an usher at SPAC and was on the Arts and Education Committee for the Ballston Spa School District. She also served on the special Ed Committee for the Ballston Spa School District and was a member of the Malta Ridge Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. Diane was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church in Ballston Spa. She was an avid flower gardener and an excellent baker and always looked forward to her annual gathering on the 4th of July where she entertained numerous family and friends.

In addition to her father, she is predeceased by a brother Frank W. Deuel, Jr. She is survived by her mother, Helen Deuel of Ballston Spa; her husband of 37 years, William H. Kultzow of Ballston Spa; her daughters, Allison Flick and her husband, Simeon of San Diego, CA and Laura Kultzow and her husband, Chris of Baltimore, MD; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

The family wishes to express their thanks and gratitude to the volunteers and donors of the National Bone Marrow Donor Program who held a drive in Diane’s name.

Friends and neighbors are invited to a celebration of Diane’s life in the upstairs Speakeasy at The Factory, 20 Prospect Street, Ballston Spa NY 12020, on Wednesday the 5th at 6PM.

Private services will be held at the family plot at Greenridge Cemetery, in Saratoga Springs.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a donation be made in Diane’s name to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168, 1-800-525-4669.

Eleanor S. Sutton, 90, of Jockey Street, Galway, passed away Monday, September 26, 2011 at Wesley Health Care Center in Saratoga Springs. Mrs. Sutton was born in Canton, NY, May 30, 1921, and was the daughter of the late Leon Howe, Sr and Ella Greiner Howe.

Eleanor graduated from Canton High School and was attending Potsdam Teachers College when she met and married Ernest C. Sutton, who predeceased her in 2009. They were married for 66 years. They settled in Galway in 1949 with Mr. Sutton teaching high school for over thirty years and Eleanor being a devoted stay at home mom and homemaker, supporting her husband’s career.

Eleanor worked as a substitute teacher in Galway in the early days of the school district and was involved in Girl Scouts and the Home Bureau. She was very proud of her efforts in helping to create a veteran’s memorial for the Galway Central School which remains next to the flagpole in front of the high school.

She was predeceased by her brother, Leon “Jimmy” Howe. Eleanor is survived by her three children and two much loved daughters in law, Karen Sutton of Saratoga Lake, David and Elke Sutton of Saratoga Lake, and John Sutton and Beth Ruman of Galway, five grandchildren, Daniel Sutton (Martha Ellen) of Wallingford, CT, Maya Sutton Aimi (Marco) of Niskayuna, Elizabeth Sutton of Washington, DC, William Sutton of Galway, and Andrew Sutton of Galway, two great grandchildren, Ella Sutton and Benjamin Sutton of Wallingford, CT, her sister, Elizabeth “Betty” Nehrbass (Charlie) of Pearl River, NY, sister in law, “Rusty” Howe and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 11am Saturday, October 1, 2011 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 from 9-11am Saturday before the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Galway Emergency Medical Services, PO Box 52, Galway, NY 12074.

The family would like to thank the kind and compassionate staff at Wesley Health Care Center, 5 Springs, for their care and friendship.

Stanley Orzolek, 80, of Galway passed away on Thursday, September 22, 2011. Born on July 30, 1931 in Altamont, NY, he was the son of the late Florian and Bernice Orzolek. Stan was a lifelong resident of Galway. He was a farmer and worked for Anvil Fence Co for many years. Stan was an auctioneer handling estate sales and antiques. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and collecting antiques and anvils.

Stan was predeceased by his six brothers and a sister. He is survived by his daughter, Jean-Anne Wilson (Bruce) of Bastrop, Texas, three sons, James Orzolek (Michele) of Galway, Joseph Orzolek of LeRoy, Illinois and Jarrod Orzolek of Argyle, granddaughter, Kleigh Orzolek of Sevierville, Tennessee, sister, Josephine Kavicky of Charlton, and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend funeral services 10:30am Tuesday, September 27, at St Mary’s Catholic Church, 2113 East Street, Galway, where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow in St Mary’s Cemetery, Galway. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society or the Galway Public Library

Frances M. Mithen, 79, of Ballston Spa, NY, died September 21, 2011 at home surrounded by her family.

She was born in Ballston Spa, one of five children of the late Ernest Fred Carp and Ruth Castle Carp. She was pleased to learn that her father’s roots could be traced to the Mayflower.

Fran graduated from Ballston Spa High School in 1949 at age 16. She graduated from Ellis School of Nursing in 1953, and was an RN at Ellis Hospital, including serving as the head nurse of the orthopedic unit. She married Thomas J. Mithen on July 20, 1963, at the First Baptist Church of Ballston Spa. They moved to Manchester, MA, where Fran worked for Beverly Hospital while her husband attended seminary.

The couple moved back to Schenectady in 1965, and then settled in Ballston Spa in May 1967.

Fran was active at the First Baptist Church as a choir member, deacon, Sunday school teacher, and in the women’s fellowship. She was also a founding member of the Old Stone Church in North Milton. She was active in her husband’s ministry for over 40 years. She liked to read, enjoyed traveling with her family, having lunch with her classmates and friends at the Ballston Spa Seniors, and loved spending time with her twin granddaughters.

Fran was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2000. She had a positive attitude, and never complained. She said she was living with cancer, not dying of it.

Survivors include her husband, Tom; son, David of Cambridge, MA; daughter, Lori (Mithen-DeMasi) and son-in-law Michael DeMasi of Clifton Park; twin granddaughters, Emma and Sophia DeMasi; sisters, Gladys Kahler and Margaret Wheeler, both of Ballston Spa.

A private committal service was held at the Ballston Spa Village Cemetery. A memorial celebration of Fran’s life will be held on Saturday, October 15, 2011 at 11:00 am at the First Reformed Church of Scotia.

The family asks that any donations in Fran’s memory be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or the First Reformed Church of Scotia, 224 North Ballston Ave, Scotia, NY 12302.

Joyce L. Keeler, 74 of Garnerville and Ballston Spa, New York, went home to be with her Lord on Saturday, September 17, 2011 at her daughter’s home in Ballston Spa. Born in Camden, New Jersey, June 9, 1937, she was the daughter of the late Rev. Jesse and Edith Oberholtzer Stayer. She was a graduate of Collegeville Trappe High School and attended Millersville College.

Joyce worked for many years in real estate and property management. She retired in 2001, as Executive Director of Indian River Estates in Vero Beach, Florida. She enjoyed traveling, reading, and the ocean. Her greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, Harry E. Keeler and sister, Ida May Petsock. Joyce is survived by her daughters, Kathleen Rabideau (Dan) of Ballston Spa, NY and Wendi Sayre (Jim) of Garnerville, NY, her grandchildren, Tyler and Alexa Sayre, sister, Edith Marie Hinkle of Smicksburg, PA, brother in law, George Petsock of Camp Hill, PA, nieces, Cynthia Chambers (Tim), Marie Deissroth (Edward), and nephews, Jared Clemmer III (Mary), Barry Nettles, and Robert Nettles.

A memorial service will be held 10am Saturday, September 24, at Christ Episcopal Church, West High Street, Ballston Spa. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, September 23, from 7-9pm at the church.

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

Mattie H. Baird, 66 of West Milton, passed away Saturday, September 17, 2011. Born in Vernon Parish, Louisiana, October 18, 1944, she was the daughter of Ruby Hughes and the late Jack Hughes. Mattie worked in the nursing field in Alabama for many years. She moved to Ballston Spa in 1996 and worked at the Gideon Putnam in Saratoga Springs. She enjoyed traveling and spending time with her grandchildren.

Mattie is survived by her husband, Richard Baird, her children, Thomas Paul of Fort Walton Beach, Florida, Jeneau Paul of Houston, Texas, Wayne Paul of Tonopah, Nevada, and John Paul of West Milton, her mother, Ruby Hughes of Birmingham, Alabama, sister, Claudette Headley of Prattville, Alabama, and 3 grandchildren, Amie, Thomas and Brandon.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, September 22, from 6-8pm at the Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 8pm. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 269 Osbourne Road, Albany, NY 12211 or Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Edward W. Palso, Jr 71, of Ballston Spa, passed away Thursday, September 15, 2011. Born in Cohoes, December 19, 1939, he was the son of Ethel Palso and the late Edward W. Palso, Sr. He served in the US Navy. Ed was a fork lift driver for Pepsi for 25 years.

He was a member of Union Fire Co No 2, Hudson Valley Firemen’s Association, Royal Order of the Blue Vests, Hudson Mohawk Volunteer Firefighter’s Association, Saratoga County Volunteer Fire Police Association, Lower Adirondack Firemen’s Association and the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York.

Ed is survived by his wife, Shirley Palso, his children, Tammy Isham (Robert) of Ballston Spa, Barbara Whalen (Paul) of Ballston Spa, Mary “Terri” Palso of West Milton, Edward Palso, III of Ballston Spa, his mother, Ethel Palso of Ballston Spa, 2 brothers, Donald Palso of Ballston Spa and Stephen Palso of Cobleskill, 13 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 9:30am Tuesday, September 20, at St Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, where a mass of Christian burial will celebrated. Burial will follow in Ballston Spa Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday from 5-8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc, 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Rubin Dialysis Center, 59 Myrtle Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or Union Fire Co #2, P.O. Box 145, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

The family would like to thank the staff at Rubin Dialysis Center for their care and compassion.

Shirley M. Theilemann, 86, of McCormick, South Carolina passed away peacefully on September 12, 2011 surrounded by her loving family. Born in Troy, NY, she lived in Ballston Spa for over 50 years and relocated to McCormick, SC in 2001. She was a loving wife and mother and enjoyed spending time with her family.

Shirley was predeceased by her husband of 52 years, Edward J. Theilemann and her son-in-law, Lieutenant Colonel Gerald P. Lapp. Survivors include her son, Mark (Jayne) Theilemann of Galway, NY; daughter, Leona Lapp of McCormick, SC; granddaughter, Darcy (Russell) Swann of Bradley, SC; grandson, Derrick (Andrea) Lapp of Manchester, MD; grandsons, Richard and Kenneth Johnson; granddaughter, Sharan (Kurt) Zarnofsky of Charlton, NY and great grandchildren, Heather, Sydney, Curtis, Josh and Allison; brother, Warren Theilemann of Latham, NY and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held 1pm Tuesday, September 20 at Ballston Spa Cemetery, Garrett Road, Ballston Spa. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Piedmont, Inc., 408 W. Alexander Avenue, Greenwood, SC 29649.