Obituaries 2012

 

 

 

THS Obituaries 2012

 

 

Nichols, Kristie A.

TROY Kristie A. Nichols, 22, of Troy passed into eternal life suddenly on December 31, 2012. Born in Troy, Kristie was the daughter of David Nichols of Troy and Kelly Downey of Keystone Heights, Fla. Kristie graduated from Troy High School and HVCC College both in Troy. At the time of her passing, she was pursuing a career in nursing. She loved music, dancing and her love of children brought her to work at St. Coleman's Home in Watervliet. Kristie loved to smile especially when she was with her family and friends. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her. In addition to her father and mother, Kristie is also survived by her siblings, William Downey, Kacelyn Nichols and Joseph Stanford. She was the aunt of Joshua Tacelli and the much loved granddaughter of Nancy Luby of Troy and Betty (Thomas) Hall of Melrose, Fla. The funeral service for Kristie will be held on Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m. from The Wm. Leahy Funeral Home, 336 Third St., Troy and at 9:30 a.m. at St. Joseph's Church where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Relatives and friends are invited to attend and may call at the funeral home Friday from 3-7 p.m. Interment St. Joseph's Church, Troy. To remember Kristie in a special way the family request that contributions be made in her memory to St. Coleman's Home for Children, Boght Road, Watervliet, NY 12189.

Van Pelt, Robert J. – THS 1970
ALBANY Robert J. Van Pelt, 60, died suddenly, Sunday, December 30, 2012 at his beloved camp on Crooked Lake. Born in Kansas City, Kan., he is the son of William George (late Thelma) and Arlene Van Pelt. Bob grew up in Chatham, N.Y., graduated from Troy High School and the Junior College of Albany. He worked in the food service industry for 45 years, most recently, 28 years with Ginsberg's Foods of Hudson. Bob enjoyed spending time at the family camp on Crooked Lake, swimming, going for long walks and waterskiing with his buddies. He loved the beach, especially at Ocean City, Md. and spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren. Bob was known to be a devoted husband, father, grandfather, as well as an uncle, brother, friend and son to his loving family. He was a true inspiration to become a better person, appreciated life to its fullest, gave without question, and loved unconditionally. He was a great man who left a big mark in the world especially to the ones who knew him the closest. His legacy of what life is about will be carried on; love to the fullest. Bob is survived by his loving wife of 39 years, Dawn Baldes Van Pelt; children, Tiffany (Dave) Ainsworth, Rob Van Pelt (Sam); his brothers, Bill (Kim) Van Pelt, Dan (Kathy) Van Pelt, Rich (Kim) Van Pelt, Don (Kathryn) Carrier, Ray (Steve) Carrier; and sister, Lisa (Tony) Marrano; his adoring grandchildren, Elise, Colin and Sydney; and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Friday, January 4, 2013 at 10 a.m. in the Daniel Keenan Funeral Home, Inc., 490 Delaware Ave. Relatives and friends are invited and may also call at the funeral home Thursday, January 3, 2013 from 4-8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may send memorial contributions to the American Heart Assoc. , Northeastern Region, 440 New Karner Rd., Albany, NY 12205 or to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Upstate NY Chapter, 5 Computer Drive, Suite 100, Albany, NY 12205. Online condolences may be offered at danielkeenanfuneralhome.com

Swartz, Lee Jaffe – THS 1942
Mar. 25, 1924 - Dec. 23, 2012
Lee Jaffe Swartz, 88, of Sarasota, FL, died on Dec. 23, 2012.  Lee Swartz was born in Pittsfield, MA, the sixth of six children to parents Max and Rebecca Jaffe. She grew up in Troy, N.Y. and graduated from Troy High School in 1942.  During World War II, Lee worked for the Veterans Administration in Albany, N.Y.  After the War, she married Abner Swartz in 1948 and lived in Rockville Centre, N.Y. for forty-five years. 
In 1970, Lee resumed her career as a medical secretary at Nassau Hospital in Mineola / Winthrop Medical Center. She retired in 1992 and moved to Longboat Key.
For eight years she volunteered for Jewish Family Services of Sarasota.  Lee is survived by her husband of sixty-four years, two sons, Matthew ( Nancy ) of Manassas, VA and Robert ( Terri ) of Nanuet, N.Y., three grandsons, Alexander ( Rachel Barish ) of N.Y., N.Y., Benjamin of Fairfax, VA and Charles ( Katherine Ball ) of Tel Aviv, a granddaughter Katie of N.Y., N.Y. and great grandson Samuel of Tel Aviv.  She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother and will be greatly missed by her family and many friends.
In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy can be made as a contribution to Jewish Family Services of Sarasota in the memory of Lee J. Swartz.

Evelyn Chenes
TROY - Evelyn Chenes, 79 former 15th Street resident, died Tuesday, December 25, 2012 at the Eddy Heritage House. Born in Troy, she was the daughter of the late Augustus K. Chenes and Irene Karandreas Chenes. Raised and educated in Troy, she was a graduate of Troy High School. Evelyn received a bachelor's degree and master's degree in English from Russell Sage College and a second master's degree in Library Science from SUNY Albany. She was a member of St. Basil Greek Orthodox Church, Troy. Survivors include a sister Angeline Capetanakis (Basil) of Brooklyn, two brothers Constantine “Con” Chenes (Tess) and Paul Chenes (Christine) all of Troy, nieces and nephews Charles Capetanakis, Esq. (Dena) of Brooklyn, John Capetanakis (Elissa) of CT, Dr. Maria Grigos (Anthony) of Brooklyn, Karen Loatman (Richard) of Clifton Park, Christopher Chenes of Troy, ten great nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. on Friday, December 28, 2012 from the McLoughlin & Mason Funeral Home, corner of 109th Street and Third Avenue, Lansingburgh and at 11:00 a.m. at St. Basil Greek Orthodox Church, 909 River Street, Troy with Fr. Emmanuel E. Mantzouris. Burial will follow at Elmwood Hill Cemetery, Troy Calling hours will be held on Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations in Evelyn's memory to St. Basil Greek Orthodox Church, 909 River St. Troy, NY 12180, would be appreciated. To light a candle and offer words of condolences please visit www.mcloughlinmason.com.

Brundige, Georgetta – THS 1938
WATERFORD Georgetta M. "Georgi" Brundige, 91, formerly of Middletown Road, died Thursday, December 27, 2012 at Baptist Nursing Home in Scotia. Born in Waterford, she was the daughter of the late John P. and Mary Catherine Gertzen Fischer. She was a 1938 graduate of Troy High School. A commercial artist by trade, Georgi had been employed at the former APT Publication in Albany. Prior to that, she worked at the former Behr-Manning Co. in Watervliet, now Saint Gobain. She was very creative and was an excellent seamstress. She enjoyed doing oil paintings. Being an only child, her family was most important in her life. She was a communicant of St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Waterford. Georgi was the widow of John P. Brundige, who died in 2004. She is mother of Carolyn M. Sacco (Rex Lardner) of Boca Raton, Fla., Janice E. Bradley (Gerald) of Ballston Spa and Robert J. Brundige (Patricia) of Waterford. She was the proud grandmother of Lauren, Matthew, Melissa, Bryan, Steven and Natalie and great-grandmother of Keegan, Jack and Sophie. Funeral services will be Monday at 9 a.m. from the Philip J. Brendese Funeral Home, 133 Broad St. (Route 32) in Waterford, and at 9:30 a.m. at St. Mary of the Assumption Church. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery. Relatives and friends may visit at the funeral home Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m. Those who wish may make contributions to the Saratoga County Animal Shelter in care of the funeral home office. To express your sympathy, or share a treasured memory, visit Brendesefuneralhome.com.

Beverly Ross Noesen
SNYDERS LAKE – Beverly Ross Noesen, age 77, wife of Emil W. Noesen died on Friday, December 21, 2012 at Samaritan Hospital. Born in Bennington, VT., she was the daughter of the late Clarence and Mabel Benn Ross. Upon moving to Troy at a young age, she attended Troy schools and was a graduate of Troy High School, Class of 1953. Early in life, she worked for the Troy Savings Bank. Most of her adult life, Mrs. Noesen was a fulltime wife, mother and homemaker. Her kindness and mothering instincts is why she was known as Mom Noesen to all who met her. Mrs. Noesen was very proud of the 26 years she spent giving her time to the Volunteer Services at Samaritan Hospital. She is survived by a daughter, Lynn C. Noesen of Snyders Lake, a son, Gary W. Noesen of East Greenbush, a step daughter, Sharron Wishart of Cohoes, 3 granddaughters, Amy (Chad) Gamache of Waterford, Shelby Noeson of Scotia and Sabrina Moak Noesen of Syracuse and 2 great grandchildren, Chad and Paige Gamache of Waterford. She was predeceased by 3 sisters, Margaret Ross, Frances Bevis and Edna Julien and 2 brothers, Charles and Donald Ross. She is also survived by one step grandchild, 3 step great grandchildren, 1 step great great grandchild and several nieces and nephews. Services will be private at the convenience of the family. Donations to the Alzheimer's Association , 4 Pine West Plaza, Suite #405, Albany, NY 12205 in memory of Mrs. Noesen would be appreciated.

William T. “Bill” Riffelbach
Pittstown- William T. “Bill” Riffelbach, 88, a longtime resident of Campbell Lane, died peacefully, Saturday, December 22, 2012, at the Great Barrington Rehabilitation and Nursing Center following a short illness. Born February 5, 1924, in Green Island, Bill was the son of the late Henry and Ida Mae (Cottrell) Riffelbach and the husband of the late Shirley J. (Burke) Riffelbach, who predeceased him in 2005. Bill was a graduate of Troy High School and a veteran of the United States Navy, having served during World War II. For over 30 years, he was employed as a production supervisor at the Hyuck Felt Company in Rensselaer. He retired in 1982. As a young man, Bill enjoyed traveling, especially to the West Coast and California. More recently he enjoyed visiting and spending time with his neighbors and friends. Bill is survived by two daughters and a son, Shirley J. Remkus of Austin, TX, Barbara A. and Roger Diamond of Schenectady, and Karl W. Riffelbach of Albany, four grandchildren, Margaret Salinas of Austin, TX, John Remkus Sr. of San Diego, CA, Erik Remkus of Austin, TX, and Peter Diamond of Schenectady, two great-grandchildren, John Remkus Jr. of San Diego and Noah Salinas of Austin, TX. In addition to his parents and wife, he was predeceased by a brother, Frederick, and a sister, Ida Mae. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, December 29, 2012, at 11:00 A.M. at the Howard B. Tate & Son Funeral Home Inc., 2237 New York Route 7, located in Raymertown with family friend, Rev. Gaylord Campbell, officiating. Burial in Hillside Cemetery will follow. Calling hours will be held privately at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to the American Heart Association , 440 New Karner Road, Albany, New York 12205.

Bailey, Donald J. Jr. – THS 1972
BRUNSWICK Donald James Bailey, Jr., 60, of Mountain View, died Saturday, December 22, 2012 at his home. Born in Troy on September 7, 1952, he was the son of the late Donald J. and Paulette Davis Bailey. He was a 1972 graduate of Troy High School. He was a veteran of the US Air Force from 1972-1980. He was a security officer for Pinkerton Security and for HVCC Student Housing. He was employed by JC Penney and Cumberland Farms in Cohoes as a sales associate. He was the beloved brother of Robin Lee Kratky (Bill Ontkush) of Brunswick, Addie Bailey of Troy and the late Clifford Goodale and Frank Bailey; cherished uncle of Paulette (Matt) Welch of Vermont, Bobbie (Vic) Spairana of Wynantskill, Tara (Gavin) Ross of Cohoes and Sydney Bailey of Brunswick. Also survived by several grandnieces and grandnephews. The funeral service will be Thursday at 12 noon at the Parker Bros. Memorial, 2013 Broadway, Watervliet. Friends may call prior to the service on Thursday from 11 a.m.-12 noon. Interment will follow in the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery.

Bonesteel, Ruth P.
TROY Ruth P. Laughlin Bonesteel, 80, of Westfall Avenue, died Friday, December 21, 2012, at Samaritan Hospital after a long illness. Born in Troy, she was daughter of the late Daniel Laughlin and Priscilla Smith Laughlin and wife of the late William F. Bonesteel. She was raised in Lansing burgh, had resided in the Troy area all her life and was a graduate of Troy High School. Mrs. Bonesteel was employed as a file clerk for the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance for many years. Ruth was a communicant of St. John's Episcopal Church in Troy and loved animals. Survivors include two daughters, Wendy Ruth Hotte of Troy and Donna Anne (Thomas) Keyser of Troy; a son, Wayne Daniel Bonesteel of Troy; five grandchildren, Lisa Keyser, Jovahn, Jenelle, and Joleigh Hotte and Katelynn Bonesteel and a great-granddaughter, Nevaeh. She was predeceased a brother, Daniel Laughlin Jr. Relatives and friends may call at the Bryce Funeral Home, Inc., 276 Pawling Ave., Troy on Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. Funeral service will be held Monday at 9:30 a.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Stephen Schlossberg, rector of St. John's Episcopal Church officiating. Interment will be in Memory Gardens, Colonie. Contributions may be made in memory of Ruth Bonesteel to the American Cancer Society , 260 Osborne Road, Loudonville, NY 12211, or The Community Hospice of Rensselaer County, 295 Valley View Blvd., Rensselaer, NY 12144, or Northeastern Association of the Blind at Albany, Inc., Attn: Development Office, 301 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12206. For a private family guest book and service directions, visit brycefh.com.

Panichi, Dominic V.
WYNANTSKILL Dominic V. Panichi, 91, peacefully at Albany Medical Center on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 surrounded by his loving family. Born November 25, 1921 in Bristol, Pa., he was the son of the late John and Catherine Squillace Panichi. He was the loving husband of the former Olive E. Moreau who survives him at home. Mr. Panichi came to Troy as a teenager and graduated from Troy High School. He was a decorated veteran of theUnited States Marine Corps during World War II. He worked in the family business, J. Panichi & Sons Coal Yard in Green Island, served as postmaster for the Wynantskill Post Office and was a tax auditor for New York State. Mr. Panichi was also the owner/operator of J. Panichi & Son Atlantic Gas Station located on Main Street in Wynantskill among numerous other business and real estate ventures. He was a school bus driver for the Wynantskill School District for over 25 years before retiring and worked with his son in the family insurance business. He didn't stop driving until the age of 90. Mr. Panichi was a founding member of the Wynantskill VFW, a member of the Sons of Italy, a member of the Leonardo DaVinci Club in Rensselaer a Republican Committeeman for over 50 years along with being a former chairman of both the Republican and Conservative parties for the Town of North Greenbush. He truly enjoyed being involved and talking politics. Survivors include his wife, Olive; his three sons, Kevin M. (Sandee) Panichi of Marietta, Ga., Donald V. (Cindy) Panichi of Watervliet and John (Tina) Panichi of Wynantskill; 10 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren, along with several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a daughter, Barbara A. Panichi, who died in 1987 along with siblings, Peter Panichi, Anna Clothier and Rita Panichi. Relatives and friends are invited to a Liturgy of Christian Death and Burial will be celebrated on Saturday morning, December 22 at 10:30 in the St. Jude the Apostle Church, 43 Brookside Ave., Wynantskill with burial to follow in St. Mary's Cemetery, Troy. There will be no public calling hours. To remember Mr. Panichi in a special way, a memorial contribution would be appreciated and sent to St. Jude the Apostle Church, PO Box 347, Wynantskill, NY 12198. To send a condolence note or to light a candle, please visit www.parkerbrosmemorial.com.

Karen Monahan – THS 1968 
NORTH GREENBUSH – Karen Rose Monahan, age 62, died on Friday, December 14, 2012 at Albany Medical Centersurrounded by her loving family. Born in Cohoes, she was the beloved daughter of Shirley LeQue Monahan of North Greenbush and the late Edward V. Monahan. She was a graduate of Wynantskill Elementary School and Troy High School, Class of 1968. She attended Albany Medical Center School of Nursing but had to withdraw from the program shortly before graduation because of her Multiple Sclerosis. She worked for 33 years in the Data Processing Department at HVCC in Troy, retiring in 2002. She was a longtime communicant of St. Michael the Archangel Church in North Greenbush, an avid reader and was a volunteer at the Springs Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Troy while residing at the nursing home. Karen always thought of others first and always saw good in everyone. Her smile and laughter will be remembered by all who met her. Although her life was restricted by M.S., she never questioned, “Why me.” Karen's family wishes to express their sincere appreciation to the staff of the Springs Nursing Home for the loving care they gave Karen. Special thanks to the staff of Albany Meds E3 and the Meds ICU for the care and compassion shown to her and her family. Survivors in addition to her mother include her son, David W. (Heather Daus) Murphy Jr. of Colonie, her granddaughter Zoë Rose Murphy of Colonie, her sister Colleen (Richard) Paradis of Melsose, her brother, Brian Monahan of North Greenbush, her uncles, William G. LeQue of Cohoes and Joseph Monahan of Troy, her Godmother and aunt, Marie (the late John) LeQue of Florida, her aunts, Eileen (the late William) Christopher of Clifton Park, Ann (the late William) Reinisch of Arizona, Sheila (the late Donald) LeQue of Troy, her best friend, Jayne Piche, many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and special friends. A Memorial Mass for Karen will be held on Wednesday at 9:30 A.M. at St. Michael the Archangel Church in North Greenbush. Kindly omit flowers. Donations to St. Michael the Archangel Church Memorial Fund, 175 Williams Rd., Troy, NY 12180 and/or Mohawk Hudson Humane Society, 3 Oakland Avenue,Menands, NY 12204 in memory of Karen would be appreciated.

Daniel S. Rehm
TROY - Daniel S. Rehm, 47, of Highland Avenue, Troy, died on Monday, December 10, 2012 at Samaritan Hospital after a brief illness. Daniel was born in Troy to: Clarence Robert Rehm, who died in 1998, and Jean A. Munhall. Daniel was a lifelong city resident and graduate of Troy High School. He was employed for the past 18 years with the Sycaway Creamery as a commercial driver/deliveryman. He also served in the United States Army from 1983 through 1984. Daniel was a life member of the Emerald Athletic Club in Troy. He was a “sports fanatic”, and an avid fan of the Boston Red Sox and the Minnesota Vikings. Dan had a heart of gold and would help anyone out when they needed it. He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Leona M. Rehm, and his mother, Jean A. Buonlamperti of Troy. He was the father of: Daniel S. Rehm, Jr., Devyn Rehm, Jennifer Malcolm (Jason) and Shannon Malcolm (Jesse) all of Troy. He was the brother of: Bertha Martell, Kimberly Brown, Tina Rehm, Debbie Stocklas, Robin Lansing, Bernard “Spookie” Devio, Bob Scheilding and Robert Rehm. He was grandfather of Isabella Anselment of Troy. He also leaves behind beloved friends: Bill Springle, Joseph Pratt, Bryan Bruce, John Stiefel and many more. A Prayer Service will be conducted for Daniel on Friday evening at 7 PM; relatives and friends are invited to attend and may also call at the Riverview Funeral Home Inc., 218 2nd Avenue (corner of 104th Street) on Friday from 4 to 7 PM. Interment will take place in St. Mary's Cemetery, Troy, NY. In lieu of flowers those who wish to remember Dan in a special way may make a contribution in his memory to the American Cancer Society , 260 Osborne Road, Loudonville, NY 12211. For on-line condolences please visit:www.theriverviewfuneralhome.com.

Peters, William G. "Willie"
TROY William G. "Willie" Peters, 67, of Ford Avenue, died Friday, December 7, 2012, at his residence surrounded by his loving family, after a long courageous battle with cancer. Born in Troy, he was son of the late Glenford Allen Peters and Helen Shober Peters and husband for 28 years of Debbie Furciniti Peters. He had resided in Troy all his life and was a graduate of Troy High School. Willie was a truck driver for St. Johnsbury Transportation in Albany and retired in 1991. Prior to that he worked for Holmes Transportation for 20 years. He was an avid woodworker. Survivors, in addition to his wife, include five sons, Billy (Linda) Peters of Clifton Park, Andy (Donna) Peters of Johnsonville, Chris (April) Peters of Johnsonville, Josh (Angela) Jones of Guilderland and Chad Peters of Troy; 14 grandchildren, Ashlea, Marissa, Nick, Tiff, Chelsea, Joshua, Charlie, Tony, Alicia, Destiny, Justin, Derick, Evan and Andrew; a great granddaughter, Elliana; his mother-in-law, Joan French Furciniti of Troy and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. He was predeceased by a sister, Shirley Murray. A special thank you to Barb McHale and the nurses in the cancer treatment center of Samaritan Hospital and to Tracy Peters. Relatives and friends may call at the Bryce Funeral Home, Inc. 276 Pawling Ave., Troy on Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. Funeral service will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Karyl Hopp officiating. Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery Wynantskill. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of William G. Peters to the Samaritan Hospital Cancer Center, 2215 Burdett Ave., Troy, NY 12180. For a private family guest book and service directions, visit brycefh.com.

Herrington, Jeffrey P. Sr.
TROY Jeffrey P. Herrington Sr. passed away Monday, December 3, 2012 at Samaritan Hospital after brief illness. Born in Troy, he was the son of the late George and Elizabeth Caufield Herrington and husband of the late Ann C. Grillo Herrington. Jeff was a graduate of Troy High School, was employed by the City of Troy as a firefighterretiring with the rank of Captain, and served in the New York National Guard. He was a member of the Uniformed Fighters Assoc., Troy Lodge of Elks, Brunswick Sportsmens Club, North Troy Stag Rod and Gun Club, and the Tuesday Mens and Thursday Mixed Bowling Leagues at the Green Island Lanes. Survivors include his daughters, Lisaann and Susan Marie Herrington both of Rochester N.Y.; a son, Jeffrey (Suzy) Herrington Jr. of Troy; his grandson, Joseph Herrington of Troy; and his long time companion, Ginny Holcomb. Funeral services will be held on Saturday morning at 10 a.m. at the John H. Clinton Funeral Home, Washington Park and Third, Troy with Rev. Allen Siebold, pastor of the Cornerstone Community Church officiating. Calling hours will be held on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the Autism Society of the Greater Capital Region, 101 State St., Schenectady, N.Y. or Samaritan Hospital ICU, c/o Sharon Bass, 2215 Burdett Ave., Troy, N.Y. 12180.

Peters, Michael J. Sr.
COHOES Michael J. Peters Sr., 48, of Saratoga St., Cohoes passed away suddenly on Sunday, December 2, 2012. He was born in Troy the son of the late Donald T. and Mary Frances Minnock Peters. Michael resided in Troy for most of his life and graduated from Troy High School. Michael was a crane operator in the US Army with the 82nd Airborne. He was employed for 25 years as Inside Sales at Zak, Inc. in Green Island. He was a member of the All Troy's Athletic Club (ATAC), enjoyed the outdoors, camping and most of all spending time with his family. To his wife, he was her "Knight". Michael is survived by his loving wife of 23 years, Janet Rafferty Peters of Cohoes and he is the beloved father of Michael J. Peters Jr. of St. Louis, Mo., Amanda Sherman (Sean Kelley Sr.) of Troy, Emily Peters (Anthony McFee) of Cohoes, Sarah Peters of Cohoes, and James Peters of Cohoes. He is also survived by his beloved grandchildren, Sean Kelley Jr. and Vanessa McFee, both of Cohoes. Michael also leaves behind his siblings, Donald S. Peters (Kim) of Pittstown, Laurie Kotha of Cincinnati, Ohio, Linda Walters (Rick) of Bartlesville, Okla. and Matthew Peters (Michelle) of Clifton Park. Michael was greatly loved by his many nieces and nephews and god children. In addition to his parents, Michael was predeceased by his brother-in-law, Mike Kotha. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 8, 2012 at New Comer Cannon Funeral Home, 343 New Karner Rd., Colonie. To leave a special message for the family online, visit www.NewcomerAlbany.com.

Gilman, Charles "Chuck" M. – THS 1970
WATERVLIET Charles M. "Chuck" Gilman, 60, of 16th Street, formerly of Second Avenue in Port Schuyler, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, November 30, 2012, at his residence. Born in Troy, he is the son of Frieda Bauer Gilman of Watervliet and the late Charles R. Gilman and was a graduate of Troy High School, class of 1970. Chuck served in the U.S. Army as a Green Beret from 1971 to 1974 and then served in the National Guard until 1978. Chuck retired from the Watervliet Arsenal, where he had been employed as a machinist for 25 years. In retirement, he was a contractor with Bennett Contracting in Albany. Chuck will be missed by his family and friends, especially those who knew him throughout the community in Watervliet. He enjoyed playing cards, golfing and bowling in the Watervliet Arsenal leagues as well as the camaraderie of his fellow peers at BeeCee's and the V.F.W., both in Port Schuyler. He was an avid fan of the New Orleans Saints. He was a member of the V.F.W. Post 729 in Watervliet. Beloved son of Frieda; devoted brother of Charlotte (late Patrick) Harrington of Lansingburgh, Clifford (Mary) Gilman of Cape Coral, Fla., Clinton (Judy) Gilman of Scranton, Pa., Coreen (late Michael) Russo Gilman of Watervliet, Camille (Al) Zouky of Advance, N.C., David Gilman of Averill Park, John (Cathy) Gilman of Stillwater, Frieda (Brian) Osterhout of Leesburg, Fla. and the late Catherine Hall, who is survived by her husband, Charles of Leesburg, Fla. and the late Caran Logan, who is survived by her husband, Steve of Lansingburgh. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. He was also predeceased by a nephew, Mario Russo. Relatives and friends are invited and may call at the John J. Sanvidge Funeral Home, Inc. (corner of 115th Street and Fourth Avenue) in Lansingburgh on Tuesday, December 4, 2012 from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment with military honors will be held in the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Schuylerville. Memorial contributions may be made to the Melodies Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders at the Children's Hospital at Albany Medical Center, P.O. Box 8928, Albany, NY 12208, in memory of Charles M. Gilman. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted by the family to the John J. Sanvidge Funeral Home, Inc., 565 Fourth Ave., Troy.

William Tyler ‘Bill’ Hicok – THS 1959
WILLIAMSBURG - William Tyler 'Bill' Hicok, age 70, died Nov. 25, 2012, after a courageous battle with lung cancer. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on Sept. 21, 1942, to Kenneth L. Hicok and Bethany Tyler Hicok, both of Michigan, who preceded him in death.  He was a 1959 graduate of Troy High School, Troy, N.Y., and a 1963 graduate of Michigan State University. He served 28 years in the U.S. Regular Army, including service in Vietnam, Ethiopia, Korea and Germany, retiring in 1991 with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.  Bill and his wife, Marilyn, have lived in the Hampton Roads area since 1988. After his military retirement, he founded Poquoson Arts, creating watercolor and acrylic paintings of local scenes, as well as commissioned works for several years. In 1999, he took a five month solo motorcycle tour around the U.S., 16,000 miles through 34 states, coast to coast and back. He completed a memoir of the ride which is unpublished. As a volunteer with WHRO from May of 2003 until his death, Bill originated, produced and hosted a program of recorded classical guitar music called 'Silver Moonbeams.' He also served as a board member of the Tidewater Classical Guitar Society.  He is survived by his beloved wife, Marilyn; their five shared children and six grandchildren. Also surviving are his brother, Paul; sisters, Connie and Bethany; and his former wife, Bonnie Storm.  Bill thanks his family, extended family and friends for their immeasurable contributions to his life.  Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.  Bill was known for his love of animals. Some of his favorite hours were spent with his "granddogs." Although his constant home companion was Sapphire, the rescue cat, he enjoyed feeding the birds and watching wildlife in his yard. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Heritage Humane Society, 430 Waller Mill Road, Williamsburg, VA 23185.  Online condolences may be offered at  www.bucktroutfuneralhome.net View and post condolences on our online guestbook at dailypress.com/guestbooks.

James D. Dorney
NORTHVILLE - James D. Dorney, 79, of Northville died Saturday, November 24, 2012 at St. Mary's Hospital in Amsterdam following a long illness. He was born on July 7, 1933 in Troy, New York. Jim was the son of James and Jessie Kipp Dorney. He attended St. Joseph's Catholic Elementary and Troy High School.  He was employed by the New York State Office of General Services, retiring in 1995. He attended St. Francis Church in Northville, New York.  Jim was a Veteran of the Korean War and a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans. He was also a member of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War.  m is survived by his sister; Linda Conroy Strack of Petersburg, New York as well as many nieces and nephews including Cathy Miranda Farrell of Troy, New York and Mark J. Miranda of Johnsonville, New York. Life-long friends Danny and Wilma Mead of Northville, New York also survive him. His sisters; Lillian Dorney Moore and Alta Dorney Sheehy predeceased him.  Friends may call on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at the Gloversville Funeral Service, 4 Second Ave., Gloversville from 11 a.m. to noon, where a funeral service will be held at noon with Father Thomas Morrette as celebrant. Burial will be in Prospect Hill Cemetery, Northville. Memorial contributions may be made to the James A. Brennan Humane Society, 437 Nine Mile Tree Road, Gloversville, NY 12078 or any other foundations that help animals.  Condolences may be made to the family online at www.gloversvillefuneralservice.com

Lipstein, Elaine Ruth Berger
SCHENECTADY ElaineRuth Berger Lipstein, 80, of Schenectady and Jupiter, Fla., died on Friday, November 23, 2012 at the Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Md. Born in Troy, Elaine resided in Schenectady for more than 60 years. She was a graduate of Troy High School and attended Mildred Elley Secretarial School. She had been associated for 25 years with Preissman Realty in Schenectady. Elaine was a member of Congregation Agudat Achim in Schenectady, and was a life member of Hadassah and a member of the Brandeis University National Women's Committee. She was an excellent cook, an accomplished decorator and enjoyed bridge and mahjong. Elaine will be remembered for her sense of humor, her great style and her love for socializing. She is survived by her beloved husband, Norman Lipstein and her loving daughters, Beth Burke, and her husband, Murray, of Potomac, Md. and Nancy Mark, and her husband, Jason, of Sands Point. Adored grandmother of Benjamin and Brian Burke and Jessica and Charles Mark. Elaine also leaves her sister-in-law, Miriam Metzger of Silver Spring, Md., and nephews, Howard and Mark Berger. She will also be missed by her many lifelong loving friends. Elaine was predeceased by her brother, Irwin Berger, and his wife, Rita. Services at Congregation Agudat Achim, 2117 Union St., in Schenectady on Sunday, November 25, 2012 at 1 p.m. Interment will follow in the Agudat Achim Cemetery in Rotterdam. The period of mourning will be observed at the Lipstein residence, 2330 Knolls View Drive in Schenectady on Sunday and Monday evenings with a minyan each evening at 7 p.m. Those wishing to remember Elaine in a special way may make a memorial contribution to Hadassah. For directions, or to sign the online guestbook, visit, levinememorialchapel.com

Richard C. Speidel
FAYETTEVILLE - Richard C. Speidel, 83, of Fayetteville passed away from Parkinson's disease at Iroquois Nursing Home. Born in Astoria, NY on August 14, 1929, he was the son of the late Gottlieb and Anna Margaret Speidel. He graduated from Troy High School and Union College where he played varsity football and basketball and was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity. Richard served in the Army during the Korean War.He began his career with NY Telephone Co, later AT&T and retired in 1987 as District Manager. He was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Fayetteville, a life member of Telephone Pioneers and an avid golfer and longtime member of the Cavalry Club. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Shirley Broady Speidel; two daughters, Kay Walter of Fayetteville and Patricia (Jack) Henry of Winter Springs, FL; four grandchildren, Jeffrey and Derek Walter and Tyler and Jaclyn Henry; two sisters-in-law, Shirley Speidel of Troy and Helen (Robert) Broady of Painsville, OH; nieces, Laurie McConnell of Irving, CA and Beth Ann Skorupski of Perrysburg, OH; and nephews, W. Richard Speidel of Warrensburg and Robert Speidel of Troy. He was predeceased by his brother, Walter Speidel in 2010. Family and friends may call from 4:00 to 6:00 pm on Monday at Eaton-Tubbs Fayetteville Chapel, 7191 E. Genesee St., Fayetteville. A service will follow. Burial will be in Fayetteville Cemetery. The family would like to thank the nurses and staff on the 3rd floor at Iroquois Nursing Home for their compassionate care. For directions, florists, or a guestbook, please visit www. SCHEPPFAMILY .com Contributions may be made to Upstate Medical University Foundation, Parkinson's Disease Fund 272, 750 E. Adams St., Syracuse, NY 13210.

Bailey, Sidney James Jr.
WYNANTSKILL Sidney James Bailey Jr., 74, of Wynantskill, passed into eternal rest on Sunday, November 18, 2012 at Albany Memorial Hospital. Jim was born in Troy and was the son of the late Sidney J. and Margaret Seibert Bailey Sr. and loving husband of Diane Guyer Bailey of Wynantskill. Jim graduated from Troy High School and in 2010 was elected to the Troy High School Sports Hall of Fame. He was a United States Navy veteran. Jim was a 25-year member of the New York State Police and was the Hudson Valley director of public safety. He had also worked at the New York State Senate as the sergeant-at-arms. Jim was a New York Jets fan and was a communicant of Sacred Heart Church in Troy. Jim and his wife, Diane, enjoyed the many trips that they took to Las Vegas. In addition to his wife, Jim is also survived by his sons, James (Nicole) Bailey of Burnt Hills, Blaise (MaryAnn) Bailey of Clifton Park and was predeceased by his son, Wayne Bailey. He was the father-in-law of Kate Bailey of Malta, and stepfather of Robert (Tonia) Guyer and Jesse (Carrie) Guyer, both of Wynantskill. Jim was the brother of Eleanor (the late Edward) Petersen of Oregon. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren. Sidney was predeceased by his first wife, Joan T. Campbell Bailey.  The funeral service for Jim will be held on Friday, November 23, 2012 at 9:15 a.m. from the Wm. Leahy Funeral Home, 336 Third St., Troy and at 10 a.m. from Sacred Heart Church where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Rev. James Vaughan. Relatives and friends are invited to attend and may call at the funeral home on Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. Interment will be held at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery. Contributions in Jim's memory may be made to either the St. Jude's Research Hospital, 1 Computer Drive South, Albany, NY 12205 or the Parkinson Foundation Inc., 1501 N.W. 9th Ave., Miami, FL 33136.

John A. Piccirillo – THS 1965
TROY - John A. Piccirillo, 65, of 25th St., died Friday November 16, 2012, at Samaritan Hospital. Born in Troy, he was the son of the late Carmine and Monica Zoppo Piccirillo and brother of the late Joseph Piccirillo. John was a graduate of Troy High School and Hudson Valley Community College.  A carpenter by trade, John was employed by the Zandri Construction Co. and retired as Superintendent in 2005. Prior to that, he was employed by Corina Construction Co. in Troy and Troy News. He was a member of the Troy Carpenter's Union Local 291. John was a communicant of Our Lady of Victory Parish in Troy.  John was a quiet man with a generous heart….He was always there to lend a helping hand….He loved children and was proud to be an uncle and godfather.  He is survived by his sister Mary Anne Lynick (Walter) of Troy, and his devoted companion, Shirley Dieckmann of Mechanicville. He is the nephew of Felicia Piccirillo, Rose Ebenhoch, Barbara and Frank Piccirillo and John DiDio all of Troy. Also surviving are his nephews Michael Lynick (Sally) and Matthew Lynick as well as a grand-niece, Juliana Carmen, and several cousins.  Funeral services will be Tuesday at 8:45 a.m. from the Philip J. Brendese Funeral Home, 133 Broad St. (Rte. 32), Waterford, and at 9:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Victory Church in Troy. Interment will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery, Troy.  Relatives and friends may visit at the funeral home on Monday from 4 to 8 p.m.  Those who wish may make contributions to Our Lady of Victory Parish in care of the funeral home office or to Community Hospice 295 Valley View Blvd., Rensselaer, NY 12144.  To express your sympathy or share a treasured memory visit; Brendesefuneralhome.com./Urquhart, Robert V. Sr. – THS 1961

DEFREESTVILLE Robert V. Urquhart Sr., 71, died Wednesday, November 14, 2012, at his residence after a brief illness. Born in Cohoes, he was son of the late Alexander Urquhart and Ruth VanEvery Urquhart and husband of Patricia Hart Urquhart. He was raised in Troy, had resided in Defreestville for the past 37 years and was educated at Troy Public School 18 and was a graduate of Troy High School class of 1961. Bob was a machine operator for Bendix Friction Materials in Green Island for 30 years, retiring in 1995. He was also employed as a police dispatcher for the North Greenbush Police Department, a security investigator for OTB, a police officer and founding PBA President for the Coxsackie Police Department, and was a landscaper for HiTech Lawn and Snow Removal in North Greenbush. Bob enjoyed boating on the Miss Bingo V and was a member of the Coxsackie Yacht Club. He was a past member of the Brunswick #1 Volunteer Fire Company, past chief of the Defreestville Fire Company, member of the NYS Fire Chief's Association and a member of UAW #1508. He was a past bar chairman of the Beer Garden. Most of all he loved spending time with friends and family. Bob was a Navy Veteran serving as a plank owner and commissioning crew member aboard the USS Enterprise Aircraft Carrier. Survivors in addition to his wife, include his four children, Col. Robert V. (Jemma) Urquhart Jr., US Army, Afghanistan, Bridget (Lance) Farrell, Poestenkill, Ruth (Matt) Heim, Defreestville, and William J. (Maggie) Urquhart, Defreestville; his two brothers, William (Virginia) Urquhart, Davie, Fla., Thomas (Dawn) Urquhart, Niskayuna; and sister, Linda (Tom) Buckley, Coral Gables, Fla.; his grandchildren, Robert III and Ryan Urquhart, Justin and Hunter Farrell, Nicole (Chris) Rhodes, Amanda Heim, Olivia, Callahan and Breigh Urquhart; a great-grandson, Dylan Heim; his sister-in-law, Maureen Urquhart, Troy; and brothers-in law, Jim and Kate Hart, Saratoga and Frank and Carol Hart, Waterford; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and Papas beloved pet JP Farrell. Bob was predeceased by a brother, Alexander Urquhart Jr. Relatives and friends may call at the Bryce Funeral Home, Inc., 276 Pawling Ave., Troy on Sunday, from 3 - 6 p.m. Funeral service will be held Monday, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be in Blooming Grove Cemetery, Defreestville. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in memory of Robert V. Urquhart Sr. to The Community Hospice of Rensselaer County, 295 Valley View Boulevard, Rensselaer, NY 12144 OR Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300 Jacksonville, FL 32256 . For a private family guest book and service directions, visit www.brycefh.com.

Finnen, William J. "Pop"
TROY William J. "Pop" Finnen, 87, of Delaware Avenue died Tuesday, November 13, 2012, suddenly at his residence. Born in Troy, he was son of the late Charles T. Finnen and Anna Rinn Finnen and husband for 60 years of Patricia Dolan Finnen. He had resided in Troy all his life and attended St. Lawrence School and Troy High School. Mr. Finnen was a machine operator for Nashua Corporation, formerly Behr-Manning for 38 years retiring 28 years ago. He was a member of the Papermakers Union and the Emerald Athletic Club and was an avid walker in Prospect Park. Before St. Francis de Sales closed, he was co-president of the couples club, worked on the bazaars with Chuck and Gus. Bill enjoyed the simpler things in life. He wasn't a traveler but, enjoyed going out to eat at his favorite places, Mother's Day at the Lake George Club, pig roast at the Emerald Athletic Club and riding to Cambridge to the Burger Den. Popsie also enjoyed Maureen's liver and bacon and JoAnn's chili sauce. Bill also loved his vacations at Hedges Lake with the Keenans, Ratigans, and Wickwares and Lake Luzerne with Gus, Jane, Maura, Darren and Chris. But, most of all, Bill truly loved spending time with his family. Survivors in addition to his wife include three sons, Bill Finne of, Diamond Point, Patrick Finnen of Las Vegas and Tom Finnen of Troy; a daughter, Maura (Darren) King of Lansingburgh; his siblings, Anna Mae Felter of Troy, Charles Finnen of Troy and Jane Finlan of Northport, Fla.; his grandchildren, Ryan (Becca) Finnen, Tara (Tim) Baker, Michael Finnen, Erin, and Megan Finnen and Christopher King; two great-granddaughters, Olivia Finnen and Kelsey Baker and a niece and two nephews. Relatives and friends may call at the Bryce Funeral Home, Inc., 276 Pawling Ave., Troy on Friday from 3-7 p.m. Funeral service will be held Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at the funeral home and at 10 a.m. at St. Anthony Shrine Church, Troy where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. Mario Jullian, pastor. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Troy. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in memory of William J. Finnen to the Sisters of St. Joseph Retirement Fund, 385 Watervliet-Shaker Road, Latham, NY 12110. For a private family guest book and service directions, visit www.brycefh.com.

Stephen M. Mahoney – THS 1998
TROY - Stephen M. Mahoney 32 of Troy, loving son, brother , uncle and nephew passed into eternal rest on Friday November 9, 2012 at St. Mary's Hospital with his loving family by his side. Stephen was born in Troy and was the son of Christopher and Madelyn ( Magill )Mahoney of Troy . He graduated from Troy High School class of 1998 and Hudson Valley Community College in 2006. Stephen enjoyed following his favorite teams that including the New York Yankees ,New York Giants and the Notre Dame . He enjoyed web paging and loved feeling the warm sun on his face .Stephen's true passion, however,was spending time with his loving family. In addition to his father and mother Stephen is survived by his brother United States Air force M. Sgt. Christopher (Beth) Mahoney of Delaware and sisters , Tracee ( Hon. Andrew ) Ceresia of Wynantskill and Erin ( Joseph ) Vars of Troy .Stephen was the very proud uncle of Robby , Alex and Rachel Mahoney , Braden Ceresia and Joey Vars .Stephen was pre-deceased by his grandparents Frank and Rosemond Mahoney and Kenneth and Madelyn Magill. He is also survived by aunts , uncles and cousins and many friends. A memorial funeral mass will be celebrated for Stephen on Thursday morning November 15, 2012 at 10:30 am at St. Jude The Apostle Church in Wynantskill by Rev. Anthony Ligato officating. Relatives and friends are invited to attend and may call at the church on Thursday from 9 am to 10:30 am . In lieu of flowers contributions in Stephen's memory may be made to The Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation 500 Morris Ave. Springfield NJ 07081 Arrangements by The Wm. Leahy Funeral Home 336 Third Street Troy NY.

O'Connor, Marjorie – THS 1945
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. Marjorie Boroian O'Connor, after a valiant battle with cancer for the past year, passed away at her home in Walnut Creek, Calif. on October 29, 2012. Marge was born to Nazareth Vahan Boroian and Esther Jaffarian Boroian in Troy, N.Y. After graduating from Troy High School in 1945 she enrolled in Mildred Elley Business School and started working at the VA in Watervliet in the education and training department where she assisted the veterans returning fromWorld War II in finding jobs. She met her future husband, Daniel J. O'Connor in 1947 and they married in 1951. They raised their two children in a home that they built together in Troy and were married for 31 years until his death on July 8, 1982. In 1987, after retiring from the Watervliet Arsenal, she moved to Calif. Marge's favorite activities were cooking, gardening, and traveling. Most of all she loved to sing and laugh and she will be dearly missed by all. Marge is survived by her children, James B. O'Connor of Las Vegas, Nev. and Donna L. O'Connor of Walnut Creek; her brother, Theodore V. Boroian, Md.; and her nephews, Timothy, Joel and Adam Boroian, all of the Bay area. She leaves extensive family on the East Coast and her loving dog Hanley. Special thanks go to Russo, Sonia, Ivane and Tim for their extraordinary help and love they gave to Marge, and to Rosemary Campos RN PHN, our dedicated hospice nurse. Donations in Marge's memory may be made to: Guide Dogs for the Blind, Legacy Society, PO Box 151200, San Rafael CA 94915-1200; or Kaiser Hospice, 200 Muir Road, Martinez CA 94553.

Squadere, Richard Sr. - THS 1963
APACHE JUNCTION, Ariz. Richard Squadere, Sr., 67, "Dick the Baker" a well-known restaurateur of Apache Junction, entered into eternal life on Monday, October 22, 2012 at Mountain Vista Medical Center from complications following surgery. Richard is survived by his beloved wife of 25 years, Debra Squadere. He was the son of the late Louis Squadere Jr. and Catherine (Kay) D'Agastino; a stepson of the late Victor Campagna and fond son-in-law of Jean and Edward Polch. Richard was a loving and devoted father to Richard Squadere (Bonnie), Cheryll Squadere, Carrie Squadere and Matthew Squadere (Gretchen). Richard cherished his grandchildren, Troy Tenace, Donnie Jones, Candace, Devin, Cassidy LaBuda, Madeline and Matthew Squadere. Richard is also survived by his brothers, Steve Squadere (DeAnn) and Louis Squadere III along with his sister, Karen Milkiewicz (Joe). A favorite western U.S. brother in-law to Kristine LeClair (Edward), James Snow (Jane) and Cheryl Conan (Claude). Richard will be greatly missed by several nieces and nephews throughout the U.S. and Canada. Richard attended LaSalle Institute and was a graduate of Troy High School. Richard was a former employee of General Electric in Schenectady. He was also trained as a baker while employed at Lou's Pizza. Richard's family has had a long history of restaurateurs including his mom's "Famous Kay's" at Burden Lake, Averill Park, and cousin Tim's, Publik House in Malta. Richard and Debra owned and operated Woodlawn Pizza, Schenectady for 15 years before relocating to Arizona in 1993. They began a new business as owners of Desert View Mobile Homes Sales. In 2004, Richard and Debra returned to the restaurant business, opening Scuttlebutts Restaurant on the Apache Trail. Richard will always be remembered for saying, "I don't want to make a lot a money, I just want to make a great pizza." A memorial service to celebrate Richard's life is being planned for July 2013 in N.Y. Donations to Richard's favorite cause are appreciated. Checks should be payable to the Friends of Apache Junction. The memo area of the check notation: Paw & Claws, Richard Squadere. Mail checks to Apache Junction Police Department, Attn: Barbara Duft, 300 E. Superstition Blvd. Apache Junction, AZ 85119.

Bayly, George H.C. "Tex"
POESTENKILL GeorgeHenry Clickner "Tex" Bayly, 90, after a long heroic battle with Parkinson's disease died peacefully at his home Friday, November 2, 2012 surrounded by his family. He was the first-born son of the late George Frederick Bayly and Agnes Theresa Clickner Bayly and the devoted husband of 52 years to the late Etta Mae Wager Bayly. He resided in Poestenkill most of his life, attending LaSalle Institute and Troy High School before enlisting in the Marine Corps with his brother, Tucker, in 1942, actively serving the Pacific Theatre of World War II. He was a founding member of the Poestenkill VFW. Tex was a skilled carpenter, gifted storyteller famously known for his dry wit, gardener and equestrian who delighted in sharing his love of these things with his children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was an avid reader enjoying Shakespearian tragedies as well as the works of Mark Twain. He retired from Van Rensselaer Manor after more than 30 years of service. He led an exemplary life, showing kindness to all, holding family most dear and protecting those who were weaker, while cherishing and serving to preserve nature. It gave him great peace to be in his own home surrounded by his family and golden retriever with a wood fire blazing and his favorite classical music blasting from the kitchen. Survivors include his three children, Deborah Mae Bayly of Poestenkill, Darlene Anne 'Leanie' (Robert M. Sochaki) Bayly of Northville, Mich., and Robert Hal (Catherine Karp) Bayly of Grafton; his sisters, Laurel Grayburn Scott of Burden Lake, Agnes Theresa Bayly Salerno, of Troy and Norma K. Bayly of Dixon, N.C.; his grandchildren Nicole Ellen Bayly (Steve) Henshaw, Erin Mae Bayly (James Schram), Megan Bayly (Chris) Brown, Chelsea Bayly Sochaki, Terrance Bayly Sochaki, Irene Karp Bayly, Nora Karp Bayly; eight great-grandchildren; his daughter-in-law, Susan Broderick Bayly of Eagle Mills; his sisters-in-law, Alice M. Bayly of Schaghticoke, Hermelinda Bayly of Poestenkill, and Anne Shirley (Lawrence) Wagar Grass, Northville and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his son, George Terrance Bayly; and his brothers, Thomas Lester 'Tucker' and Henry Archer 'Hal' Bayly. Relatives and friends may call at St. Henry's Church, Old Route 66 in Averill Park on Monday, from 10 to 11 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Thomas Holmes. Interment will be in Eagle Mills Cemetery, Eagle Mills. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of George Bayly to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, Grand Central Station, P.O. Box 4777, New York, NY 10163-4777. For a private family guest book and service directions, visit brycefh.com.

Harrison, Elizabeth F.
TROY Elizabeth F. Baniak Masher Harrison, age 85, passed away Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at Van Rensselaer Manor after a long illness. Elizabeth was born in Troy and graduated from Troy High School. She worked for the New York Telephone Company for 42 years. She was a lifetime member of the Pioneers and was an avid New York Yankee fan. Wife of the late Charles J. Masher and the late William Harrison. Daughter of the late Karol Baniak and Anna Korczykowski Baniak. Mother of Karol (Donna) Masher and Kim (Dr. Gennaro) Masher Daniels. Grandmother of Eric Masher, Michelle Masher Flanigan, Charles Daniels and Marlo Daniels. Sister of John Baniak. Longtime friend of Irene Zalucky Green, Katie Colbert Carroll, Margaret Beston and the Colbert Girls-Sheila, Pat and Sally. Funeral from the W.J. Lyons Jr. Funeral Home, 1700 Washington Avenue, Rensselaer Saturday morning at 9:00 and 10:00 at St. Michael the Archangel Church, Williams Road, Troy where the Liturgy of Christian Death and Burial will be offered. Relatives and friends are invited and may call at the funeral home Friday from 4-8 p.m. Interment will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Troy. Condolence page at www.wjlyonsfuneralhome.com.

Donato, Danielle (St. Hilaire)
NASSAU Danielle (St. Hilaire) Donato, 35, of Lake Shore Circle Drive in Nassau, passed away Saturday, October 27, 2012 at her home after a long and valiant battle with cancer. Danielle was born on September 9, 1977 in Troy to Arthur and Frances (Sposito) St. Hilaire. Danielle was a graduate of Troy High School, attended St. John Fisher College in Rochester and graduated from Russell Sage College with a marketing degree. She was married on September 4, 2005 to Ralph J. Donato of Vineland, N.J. Danielle had been employed at Etransmedia of Troy and was very active in organizations that dedicate themselves to saving distressed animals. In addition to her parents, Danielle is survived by her loving husband, Ralph J. Donato of Nassau; sisters, Debra St. Hilaire of Waterford, and Annette (St. Hilaire) Griffin of Ramertown; her brother, Christopher St. Hilaire of Latham; and a nephew, Shawn Griffin of Ramertown. She is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and close friends. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Mary's Church in Nassau on Thursday, November 1 at 10:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Thomas P. Mooney Funeral Home, 11 Elm St., Nassau on Wednesday evening, October 31 from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment in St. Mary's Cemetery, Troy. Online condolences may be offered at Mooneyfuneralhome.com.

Morse, Earl R. Sr.
BRUNSWICK Earl R. Morse Sr., 85, longtime resident of McChesney Avenue in the Town of Brunswick, entered into eternal life in the loving comfort and care of his family on Monday October 22, 2012 at the Daughters of Sarah Nursing Center in Albany. Born in Troy, he was the son of the late James K. and Jeanette Weaver Morse and the beloved husband of over 59 years to Isabel "Jean" Lovering Morse who passed away on January 18, 2004. He was a graduate of Troy High School. Mr. Morse served in theU.S. Navy during World War II and was bestowed the Victory Medal, Asiatic Pacific Medal and American Theater Medal. Mr. Morse was a self-employed contractor having owned and operated Trend Builders in Brunswick. He served as an AAU swim official and a NYSPHS swim official for many years. He was also a 1980 Lake Placid Winter Olympics luge official and had been a member of the Alpha Lanes Bowling League for many years as well as being a member of the Masonic Lodge in Troy, N.Y. Mr. Morse was a member of the Center Brunswick United Methodist Church. Beloved father of Kenneth Morse of South Hadley, Mass., Terry Morse of Texas, Scott Morse of Glenville, Gary Morse of Menands, Timothy Morse of Troy, Bonnie Morse-Gilham of Delmar, and Linda Viggiano of Yaphank, N.Y. He was predeceased by three children, Earl R. Morse Jr., Lori Duncan, and Carol McGraw; loving brother of James Morse, Philip Morse, John "Jack" Morse, Donald Morse, Elizabeth "Betty" Schott, Kay Haber and the late Paul Morse. He is also survived by 18 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Calling hours will be held on Thursday, October 25, 2012 from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Center Brunswick United Methodist Church, 990 Hoosick Rd. (Brunswick), Troy, NY 12180. At 5:00 p.m., the Rev. Art Hagy, Pastor will offer the funeral service followed by Military Honors. Those desiring, may make memorial contributions to The Daughters of Sarah Nursing Center, 180 Washington Avenue Extension, Albany, NY 12203, in memory of Earl R. Morse, Sr. The family would like to extend their thanks to the Daughters of Sarah, specifically the Blue Unit and the nurses and aides for their loving care and compassion. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted by the family to the John J. Sanvidge Funeral Home, Inc., 565 Fourth Avenue, Troy N.Y.

Kincaid, Bill – THS 1947
WATERVLIET Charles William "Bill" Kincaid, 85, of Fifth Avenue in Port Schuyler, beloved husband of Regina "Jean" Stebbins Kincaid of Watervliet, peacefully entered into eternal life on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at his residence. Born in Troy, he was the son of the late Francis "Frank" and Helen Fahl Kincaid and was a graduate of Troy High School, class of 1947. Bill served as a Seaman 2nd Class in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was bestowed the American Theater Medal, Asiatic Pacific Medal and Victory Medal. Bill retired from the New York State Department of Transportation in Albany on the SUNY Campus where he was a painter. He had also previously been employed as a painter through Painter's Local 201 at Guyer & Gilbert Painting Contractors in Albany and at St. Mary's Hospital in Troy. Bill was a member of the Painter's Local 201 in Albany, the Watervliet Elks BPOE 1500, CSEA-Albany and was a communicant of the former St. Brigids Church in Watervliet and at Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Latham. Beloved husband of over 52 years of Regina "Jean" Kincaid of Watervliet; brother of Francis "Frank" (Annie) Kincaid of Troy, Eileen (late Peter) Davendonis and Carol (late John) Breen of Hoosick Falls, Margaret "Peggy" Kincaid of Watervliet and the late John "Jack" (Grace) Kinkaid; also survived by several nieces and nephews. Funeral will be held on Friday morning at 8:45 from the Nealon & Sanvidge Funeral Home (Morris-Stebbins-Miner & Sanvidge Funeral Home), 312 Hoosick Street, Troy, thence to St. Augustine's Church in Lansingburgh where at 9:30 a.m. the Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Relatives and friends are invited and may call at the funeral home on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. U.S. Navy honors and entombment will be held in St. Agnes Mausoleum, Menands. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted by the family to the Nealon & Sanvidge Funeral Home, 312 Hoosick St., Troy.

Alfred 'Ray' Davenport – Faculty Member
Altamont.  Alfred Ray Davenport passed away Saturday, October 20, 2012. Born on July 13, 1922. He was 90. Alfred was a longtime Albany resident, a World War II veteran and a retired Troy High School teacher. He is survived by his wife, Martha B. Davenport; his son, Daniel A. Davenport; and his granddaughter, Chantel Davenport and her fiance, Christopher Bradford. Friends and family are invited to calling hours on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Fredendall Funeral Home, 199 Main Street, Altamont, NY. A funeral service will be conducted in the funeral home on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012 at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Saratoga National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Educational Fund for Chantel Davenport C/O SEFCU Bank, 763 Rt. 146, Altamont, NY 12009. www.fredendallfuneral home.com

Clickner, Ruth O.
ROCHESTER.  Ruth O. Clickner, 92, of St. Andrews Drive, lifelong resident of the Troy, N.Y. area, entered into eternal life on Saturday, October 20, 2012 at Monroe Community Hospital in Rochester, Rochester. Born in Poestenkill, she was the daughter of the late Valentine and Edith Coonradt Ott and wife of the late Kenneth Clickner. She was a graduate of Troy High School. Mrs. Clickner retired in 1980 from the Norton Company in Watervliet where she had been employed as an office secretary for 23 years. She was a member of the Norton Retirees and the Loudonville Community Church. Devoted mother of Brian E. Clickner of Rochester; sister of Dorothy (the late, Francis) Miner of Troy, the late Walter and Alson Ott and Marjorie Wehnau; also survived by several nieces and nephews. Funeral service will be held on Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Loudonville Community Church, 374 Loudon Rd., Loudonville, NY 12211. Interment will follow in Elmwood Hill Cemetery, Troy. There are no public calling hours. Memorial contributions are desired to the Loudonville Christian School, 374 Loudon Rd., Loudonville, NY 12211 in memory of Ruth O. Clickner. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted by the family to the Morris-Stebbins-Miner & Sanvidge Funeral Home, 312 Hoosick Street, Troy, NY 12180. (518) 272-3930.

Semerad, Roger Dale – THS 1958
BETHESDA, Md. Roger D. Semerad, a creative corporate and public sector executive, as well as an artist, craftsman, model train and car buff, sailor, hockey player and storyteller, died in Bethesda, Md. on October 13, 2012 from complications of multiple sclerosis. Born in Troy, N.Y. to Ralph and Marjorie Semerad in 1940, he graduated from Troy High School (1958) and Union College (1962). Mr. Semerad devoted his career to improving public school education with the goal of producing a more "agile" workforce for America. He served four USPresidents - influencing the course of education and labor policy. As a senior executive at American Express and RJR Nabisco and as a senior consultant at IBM he directed innovative corporate philanthropy programs to inspire reform in public education. Mr. Semerad co-authored several books including: Workforce 2000, Workforce 2020, and Reinventing Education. He served on numerous boards including those of the Hudson Institute and the Brookings Institution, where he also served as executive vice president. He was the founding chairman of 70001 Ltd., a youth employment organization that was highly successful in developing public/private partnerships in over 30 states to help thousands of disadvantaged "at risk" kids get GED degrees and the necessary social and job skills to lead productive lives. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Kate Semerad ofWashington, DC; their daughter, Samantha Guerry; her husband Bill; and a grandson, Will of Bethesda, Md. His sister, Deane Pfeil and her husband Jeff of Saratoga Springs; and many nieces and nephews also survive him. In lieu of flowers, his family requests that donations in his memory be made to the Turn First Foundation, founded by his daughter as an on-line resource to assist newly diagnosed MS patientswww.turnfirst.org (P.O. Box 72, Cabin John, MD 20818). A memorial service will be held at Christ Church Georgetown at3116 O Street, Washington, DC at 1:30 on Friday, November 2.

Caldwell, William J. – THS 1960
EAGLE MILLS William J. Caldwell, 69, of Carriage Lane died Monday, October 15, 2012, at Samaritan Hospital surrounded by family and friends after a long illness. Born in Troy, he was the eldest son of the late James E. Caldwell and Edith A. Duncan Caldwell. He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Mary Berghammer Caldwell, the only woman he ever truly loved. Bill's lifelong interest in all things electrical and mechanical began when as a young man he worked after school for Dan Paladino at the Troy Radio Shop on Fourth Street in Troy. He was a self taught expert in his field, never having attended college, but he was highly regarded and well respected by his colleagues in the communications industry. After graduating from Troy High School in 1960, Bill worked for RTA Distributors in Menands, a company he later purchased and built into Capital Digitronics, Inc. of Albany, a company specializing in customized communications systems for businesses, government and local police and fire departments. He was president until his retirement several years ago. Bill showed he was a true pioneer and visionary in the field when he purchased a mountain in the Helderbergs where he built one of the Capital District's first cell towers. Bill was a member of the former Patroon Club of Troy, and he also enjoyed boating and airplanes. Bill was a truly generous man who never said no to his family and friends whenever they needed him. He had a tough exterior, but had a soft heart, especially for his dogs and cats, particularly his Missy, who was always by his side. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends and we know he is now in Heaven with his beloved golden retriever, Mike, enjoying all the Gus' Hot Dogs he can eat. Survivors in addition to his spouse include his siblings, Linda (Michael) Cavotta, Mechanic-ville, James E. Caldwell Jr., Virginia, Carole Belardo, Troy, Jean (Don) Widman, Troy, Deborah Caldwell, Green Island, Randy P. Caldwell, Troy and Patrice (John) Chesterfield, Green Island and his special nieces, Dawn Secor of Albany and Gayle Smith of Georgia and five other nieces and nine nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Joseph Caldwell. Relatives and friends may call at the Bryce Funeral Home, Inc. 276 Pawling Avenue, Troy on Thursday from 4-7 p.m. Funeral service will be held Friday at 1:30 p.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Thomas Hayes, officiating. Interment will be in Elmwood Hill Cemetery Troy. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in memory of William J. Caldwell to the International Fund for Animal Welfare, 290 Summer Street, Yarmouth Port, MA 02675 or The Elephant Sanctuary P. O. Box 393 Hohenwald, TN 38462 orAmerican Heart Association , 440 New Karner Road, Albany, NY 12205 or American Diabetes Association , 2 Pine West Plaza, Albany, NY 12205. For a private family guest book and service directions, visit www.brycefh.com.

Raymond E. Boomhower
BRUNSWICK - Raymond E. Boomhower, 80, formerly of Cropseyville, died peacefully, Saturday, October 13, 2012, at Samaritan Hospital in Troy, following a short illness.  Born June 24, 1932 in Grafton, Ray was the son of the late Claude and Agnes (Snyder) Boomhower and the husband for over 40 years of the late Della Ann (Lawless) Boomhower who predeceased him August 12, 1998.  Ray was a graduate of Troy High School.  As a young man he started his career by driving a gravel truck for the Clemente-Latham Company for several years. More recently he had been employed as a cement truck operator and driver by the Bonded Concrete Company in Watervliet. After more than 30 years of service, he retired in 1988.  In the late 1970's, Ray assisted his late wife and several others in founding the Grafton Trail Riders Club for horse riding enthusiasts. He loved snowbirding to Florida for the winter, camping in the summer and was an avid NASCAR fan, following the careers of Richard Petty and later Dale Earnhardt Jr.  Mr. Boomhower is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Thomas "Tom" and Christine Boomhower of Brunswick and two sisters-in-law, Carolyn Boomhower of Grafton and Jane Manna of Latham. In addition to his parents and wife, he was predeceased by a brother, the late Donald Boomhower.  A funeral service will be held on Thursday, October 18, 2012, at 11 a.m. at the Howard B. Tate & Son Funeral Home Inc., 2237 New York Route 7 located in Raymertown. Burial will follow in Eagle Mills Cemetery in Brunswick. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the funeral home on Wednesday, October 17, 2012 from 4-7 p.m.  Memorial contributions if desired at the request of the family may be made to the Mohawk-Hudson Humane Society, 3 Oakland Avenue, Menands, NY 12204.  The Boomhower family wishes to express a special thanks to Donna Walker who helped out by driving to doctor visits, running errands and who along with her dog, Lucy, brought a smile to Ray's face and always helped to perk him up when he was feeling low. 

Riegert, Jon T. – THS 1957
GUILDERLAND Jon T. Riegert, 73, died peacefully Saturday, October 6, 2012 at Albany Memorial Hospital. Born in Troy on December 8, 1938, he was the son of the late Emil and Alice Goard Riegert. Jon was raised in Eagle Mills and was a 1957 graduate of Troy High School where he played hockey and baseball. He later attended Morrisville College and graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1962 where he studied culinary arts and hospitality management. While at RIT, he was a defenseman on the early club teams that started the hockey program. He was employed as a chef at various restaurants locally and around the country. Most recently, he was employed for 15 years at the University at Albany in the food service program. He was a member of the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Albany, a member of both the Brunswick and Watervliet Elks, was an ardent RIT and RPI hockey fan, enjoyed playing golf in the summer, loved jazz music, was an avid reader of history and cherished traveling and time at the beach. He was the father of Kathy L. Riegert and Tammy M. St. Louis, both of Nashville, Tenn., and Dennis G. (Joan Barrieault) Riegert of Fitchburg, Mass. Companion of Karen C. Kendall of Albany; brother of Dorothy R. Satterlee of Latham; uncle of Terri (Fred) Glover of Ludlow, Vt., W. Bryan (Eileen) Satterlee of Colonie and Jansen R. Satterlee of Burlington, Vt.; and great-uncle of Duncan Satterlee. Funeral services will be held privately at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Rochester Institute of Technology, 116 Lomb Memorial Drive, DAR-340, Rochester, NY 14623 for the building of the new hockey rink, "Gene Pollisseni Center" in memory of Jon T. Riegert, '62.

Nestuk, Ida Mae Caulfield – THS 1938
MAPLEWOOD Ida Mae Caulfield Nestuk, 92, died suddenly Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at her home in Maplewood. Born in Troy on February 7, 1920, she was the daughter of the late William and Ida Cora Landfear Caulfield. Ida Mae grew up in Sycaway and was a 1938 graduate of Troy High School. Following her marriage, she moved to Maplewood where she has resided for over 70 years. She was a homemaker and after her kids were raised, she was a school lunch lady at the Maplewood School for several years. She was a life member for over 63 years of the Maplewood Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. She was a communicant of the former St. Patrick's Church in Watervliet where she was a member of the Craft Guild and presently was a member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Watervliet. She was an avid New York Yankees fan, enjoyed ceramics and reading, and treasured her vacations to Maine every year with her late husband John. She was the wife of the late John Nestuk who died in 1998; beloved mother of Judith A. Craig of South Mills, N.C., Mary C. (Robert) LaMarche of Clifton Park, John E. Nestuk of Phoenix, Ariz. and Andrew W. (Ginny McDonough) Nestuk of Maplewood; adored grandmother of Anna Kinsey, Kirsty Scull, Michael and Stephen LaMarche, Kelley and Andrea Nestuk; and seven great-grandchildren; dear sister of Mary Wildman of Colonie, Joseph (Joan) Caulfield of Latham and the late Michael, Margaret, James and William Caulfield; sister-in-law of the late Michael, Alick and Harry Nestuk. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews. The funeral will be Monday at 9:15 a.m. from the Parker Bros. Memorial, 2013 Broadway, Watervliet and at 10 a.m. at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Watervliet where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Interment will follow in St. Basil's Cemetery, Maplewood. Relatives and friends are invited and may call at the funeral home on Sunday from 3-6 p.m. Donations may be made to the Maplewood Volunteer Fire Dept. Building Fund, 61 Cohoes Road, Watervliet, NY 12189 in memory of Ida Mae Nestuk.

Linda J. Simpson Gentner
PITTSTOWN- Linda J. Simpson Gentner, 64 of Tamarac Road died on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at the home of her daughter Jeanne surrounded by her loving family under the care of Community Hospice of Rensselaer County. Born in Troy, NY on March 15, 1948 she was the daughter of the late Charles & Estella McGuire Simpson. She was the wife of the late Dennis “Butch” Gentner, who died on December 1, 1998. They were married in Grafton on June 16, 1989. Linda attended school at St. Joseph's Grammar School in South Troy and graduated from Troy High School. Linda worked as a Certified Nurse Assistant for many years at Daughters of Sarah and Hallmark Nursing Home. She enjoyed going to bingo and playing card games with friends and family. Survivors include her five children: Franklin G. Etman Jr. of Rensselaer, Jeanne M. (Bob) Fish of Green Island, Arthur J. (Marcia) Etman of Green Island, Jacqueline C. Duval (David Nichols) of Pittstown, Scott (Ptarmigan) Etman of Cambridge; her 9 siblings: James (Darlene) Simpson of Troy, Judith (John Jr.) Kennedy of North Carolina, Robert (Carol) Simpson of Cohoes, Estella “Bunny” Simpson of Clifton Park, Mary Katherine (Ralph III) Crandall of Johnsonville, Donna Lee Simpson, Sandra Simpson and Joan Simpson of Watervliet, Keith (Sheila) Simpson of Mechanicville; along with 13 grandchildren and 1 great granddaughter : Frankie (Katie), Justin (Jessica), Andrew, Brittany, Matthew, Zebedee, Jael, Rhema, Mikaela, Charis Etman, Kristin Duval, Jenna Leclair, Brandon Fish and Alivia Etman and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sister Jeanne M. St. Pierre and her grandson Franklin Etman III. The Liturgy of Christian Death and Burial will be celebrated by Rev. James Sidoti on Saturday, October 6th at 9:30 AM in St. Joseph's Church, 416 Third Street, South Troy. Linda's family will receive visitors at the church from 8:30 to 9:15 am. Inurnment will follow in the Meadowlawn Cemetery, Hewitt Road, Petersburgh where Rev. Trygve Tomlinson will officiate. Memorial contributions may be sent to: The Community Hospice Foundation, 295 Valley View Blvd., Rensselaer, NY 12144 or American Cancer Society . Arrangements are under the direction of the Hall & Higgins Funeral Home of Stephentown 518-733-5362.

Lavender, Rev. Melvin
COLONIE The Rev. Melvin D. Lavender, 95, of Niskayuna and formerly of Colonie, went to be with his Lord on Tuesday, September 25, 2012. He was born in Watervliet and was the son of the late John A. and M. Myrtle Smith Lavender. He graduated from Troy High School, received his BA from Union College, Schenectady and his master's at Albany State College. He received local pastor's degree from Boston University. He was a United Methodist pastor serving in Valley Falls, Rotterdam Junction and St. James United Methodist Church in Cohoes until his retirement in 1986. He served as interim pastor at several churches after his retirement. For more than 30 years he ran Lavender's Book Store in Troy. He also he taught junior high English in Schenectady. He is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years, the Rev. Donna LaFrancis Lavender of Niskayuna; his four children, Carol Lavender (Ned Depew) of Stuyvesant, Stephen (Beth) Lavender of Landisville, Pa., John A. (Yvonne) Lavender of Bolton Landing, and Jonathan (Helen) Lavender of Albany. Brother of Naomi (Jay) Miller of Seattle. He was predeceased by four brothers, Norman, Raymond, John Milton and Charles Wesley Lavender. He is also survived by five grandchildren, Jason (Mary) Lavender, Thomas and Timothy Moriarty, Nathan and Elijah Lavender and two great-grandchildren, Kailynn Moriarty and Ethan Lavender, along with several nieces and nephews. Funeral service will be held Monday, October 1, 2012 at 1 p.m. at Pine Grove United Methodist Church, Colonie. Relatives and friends may call at the Dufresne Funeral Home Inc., 216 Columbia St., Cohoes on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. Those who wish to remember the Rev. Lavender in a special way may make contributions to the Pine Grove United Methodist Church, Colonie in his memory. For directions and private guest registry, visit dufresnefuneralhome.com.

English, Patricia Ann Conroy – THS 1966
ROTTERDAM Stacked in a room in a Rotterdam home, sit Christmas presents wrapped and ready for the holiday season. True to her generous spirit, Patricia Ann English prepared early for this upcoming holiday season, her favorite time of year, and bought the gifts for her friends, family, and a child-ren's charity group, before she passed away at age 66, on September 5, 2012, after a two-year battle with a rare and aggressive form of cancer. She is survived by her parents, John and Ann Conroy of Troy; her three children, Michael, Mark and Laura English; her brother, John "Jack" Conroy, his wife, Theresa, and their sons, Brian and Sean and many dear friends. Patricia was born in Troy and earned her bachelor's degree from the College of St. Rose. After she retired from the New York State Thruway Authority, she pursued her passion for travel and enjoyed trips that carried her across the globe. She had a fondness for Cape Cod and regularly vacationed there throughout her life. Patricia will be remembered as a nurturing, loyal person who was always there to take care of others in need and who gave so much to so many. A woman of strength who celebrated life to the fullest, Patricia made the most of her final few months surrounded by family and friends in her home, with the help of the Community Hospice. Calling hours will be held on Sunday, September 9, 2012 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the DeMarco-Stone Funeral Home, 1605 Helderberg Ave., Rotterdam. A memorial Mass will be held on Monday, September 10 at 10 a.m at St. Gabriel's Church, 3040 Hamburg St., Rotterdam. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, in Patricia's memory.

Margaret Herrick Hyslop
Schenectady.  Margaret Herrick Hyslop, of Schenectady, passed away on Monday, September 24, 2012, she was 83. Born in Troy, NY, Margaret was the daughter of the late Charles and Viola Allen Warner. She was a graduate of Troy High School. Margaret worked for many years at the former ALCO in Schenectady, General Electric, was a representative for Caroline Emmons Jewelry and was last employed in sales for Cherry Valley Monuments. Margaret was a member of the former Mont Pleasant Reformed Church and was an avid bingo player. In addition to her parents, Margaret was also predeceased by two husbands, David E. Herrick, in 1973, Moses Hyslop, and her brother, Harold A. Wilson, in 1999. She is survived by her son, David (Sharon) Herrick of South Carolina; four grandchildren, Dawn Showers, David Herrick Jr., Matthew E. (Hanna) Herrick and Amanda M. (Chad) Neal; nine great-grandchildren; and nephews, Dennis (Michele) Wilson, Mark (Rosemaria)Wilson; her niece, Debra (Jeff) Daniels and second husband, George A. Varin. Calling hours will be held on Saturday from 9:30 a.m to 11 a.m. at the DeMarco-Stone Funeral Home, 1605 Helderberg Ave. Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Elmwood Cemetery, Troy, NY. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Margaret's memory to the 
American Cancer Society , 6725 Lyons St., PO Box 7, East Syracuse, NY, 13057.

 

O'Neil, Patricia A. 
TROY Patricia A. O'Neil, 65, passed into eternal life on Monday September 24, 2012 at her home in Troy. Born in Troy on January 5, 1947, Pat was the beloved daughter of the late William A. and Elizabeth T. Flanigan O'Neil. She graduated from St. Peter's Academy and Troy High School. Pat was employed in the dietary department of St. Mary's Hospital and later as an aide at Leisure Arms in Troy. She volunteered at St. Mary's Hospital in the Gift Shop and as a Eucharistic minister. Pat grew up in the Eighth Street and Euclid Avenue neighborhoods and up until a few years ago resided on Sausse Avenue. She was a kind and helpful neighbor and very interested in civic and community affairs. Throughout her life, Pat had many cats that she loved as well as all the neighborhood animals and most especially her feline companion, Kit Kat. She was the cherished sister of Ellen (late Ed) Tolan, Michael (Joyce) O'Neil, Beth (Bob) Delaney, and Colleen (Don) Wagner. She is also survived by 17 loving nieces and nephews whom she cared for and nurtured during their growing years, and 39 grand-nieces and nephews, three maternal aunts and many cousins. Pat was also a beloved friend, especially to Phyllis Hale. In addition to her devoted parents, Pat was predeceased by her sister, Maureen O'Neil. The family is very grateful for the loving care provided to Pat by the administration and staff of the Rensselaer County ARC who enabled Pat to maintain an independent life, which was so important to her. Special thanks to Tara Peek, R.N. and Tracey Mattoon and her house staff for their care and loving support of Pat during the past four years. We will forever appreciate their dedication, respect, understanding, and sensitivity in allowing our sister Pat to live a happy and contented life. We would also like to thank the Community Hospice of Rensselaer County for their loving care during the last months of Patty's life. Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate Pat's life at a Mass of Christian Burial on Thursday, September 27, 2102 at 9:30 a.m. at St. Michael the Archangel Church, Williams Road in North Greenbush. Interment will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery. Calling hours will be held at the church on Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Pat's memory to the ARC of Rensselaer County, 79 102nd St., Troy, NY 12180.

Brock, Clifford Jay Jr.
TROY Clifford Jay Brock Jr., 58, of 16th Street, died on Saturday, September 22, 2012 at Samaritan Hospital in Troy. Born in Troy on July 24, 1954, he was the son of the late Clifford Jay and Agnes Louise Collard Brock and was a graduate of Troy High School CJB as Clifford was referred to had been a roofer employed by BLD Contracting in Cohoes. He loved playing with his grandchildren, enjoyed horse racing, bowling, Vegas and was an avid Dallas Cowboys fan. Beloved husband of over 36 years to Debra A. Cook Brock of Troy; devoted father "Dad" and grandfather "Pa" of Clifford Jay (Lisa) Brock, III and their son Aidan of East Greenbush, Shelley Brock and her children Iyanna, Imani and Heaven of Albany and Christy Brock Moran and her children Makiah and Tyler of Saratoga Springs; loving brother of Geraldine (the late, James) Williams of Clifton Park, Gloria (John) Brock of Cohoes, Agnes Malloy of Clifton Park, Gail (Wallie) Miles of Clifton Park and Lawrence Brock of Albany; also survived by several nieces and nephews. Funeral Service will be celebrated on Monday at 10:00 a.m. at the Morris - Stebbins - Miner & Sanvidge Funeral Home, 312 Hoosick Street in Troy by Rev. Nick Tebordo, Pastor of the United Church of Cohoes. A calling hour will be held from 9:00 to 10:00 that morning in the funeral home. Interment will be held in Holy Sepulcher Cemetery, East Greenbush. His family wishes to offer their special thanks to his dear family and friends for everything that they have done for Clifford and his family. Those desiring, may make memorial contributions to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of NENY, One Mustang Drive, Cohoes, NY 12047 in memory of Clifford Jay Brock, Jr. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted by the family to the Morris - Stebbins - Miner & Sanvidge Funeral Home, 312 Hoosick Street, Troy, NY 12180. Phone: (518) 272-3930.

Hood, Sylvia (Giraud)
COHOES Sylvia Giraud Hood, of Pasinella Way, Cohoes died Wednesday, September 19, 2012, at St. Mary's Hospital. Born in Troy, she was daughter of the late Henri Giraud and Elizabeth Ross Giraud and wife of the late Lawrence Richard Hood. She was raised in Troy and resided in Center Brunswick and East Greenbush for many years, more recently at Beechwood, Troy and was a graduate of Troy High School and Mildred Elley in Albany. Mrs. Hood was a secretary all her working days, serving at the Educational Opportunity Center, the State Education Department and the Court Administration in Albany, retiring 17 years ago. She was a long time member of the Eastern Star and served as Matron in 167 North Troy and also was chaplain in East Greenbush. She enjoyed traveling with the elder hostel and loved western square dancing. Mrs. Hood loved opera, and had belonged to the Siena Opera Club and spent a lot time traveling with the group. Survivors include a daughter, Suzanne (Greg) McKee, Sunapee, N.H.; a son, John L. Hood and a grandson, Conor McKee. Relatives and friends may call at the Bryce Funeral Home, Inc. 276 Pawling Ave., Troy on Saturday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. with a funeral service to follow at 1 p.m. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Troy. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in memory of Sylvia G. Hood to the Shriners Hospital for Children, 516 Carew St., Springfield, MA 01104. For a private family guest book and service directions, visit www.brycefh.com.

Grant, Douglas A.
ATHENS, Ga. Staff Sergeant Douglas A. Grant, 25, of Athens, Ga. and formerly of Waterford died suddenly on September 9, 2012 in Athens. Born in Albany, he was the son of Maura Conley of Waterford and Robert Grant of Lansingburgh. Sergeant Grant was a graduate of Troy High School and was a supply sergeant for the Army Reserves in Schenectady before moving to Athens. Survivors, in addition to his parents, include his brothers, Keith Roseberry and Sean Conley and his grandparents, Frank and Marta Conley. Funeral services will be held on Monday at 10:30 a.m. from the Frank P. McDonald & Son Funeral Home, 870 Second Ave. (124th & 125th Streets) in Lansingburgh. Interment with full military honors will be in the Gerald BH Solomon National Cemetery in Schuylerville. Friends are invited and may call at the funeral home on Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m.

Higgins, Marie F. (Casorelli) - THS 1941
TROY Marie F. (Casorelli) Higgins, 90, of Heartwood Terrace on 15th Street died Saturday, September 15, 2012, at St. Mary's Hospital after a brief illness. Born in Troy, she was daughter of the late Rocco Casorelli and Carmela DeBonis Casorelli and wife of the late Michael J. Higgins. She had resided in Troy all her life and was a graduate of Troy High School, class of 1941. Mrs. Higgins was a senior aide at the Troy Public Library, delivering books to seniors and at Hope 7 on the East Side. She was an active volunteer at St. Mary's Church in Troy, the Council on Economic Opportunities, the Troy Senior Center and St. Mary's Hospital as an aide. Survivors include her son, William J. (Anne B. Covell) Higgins of New York City; a grandson, Graham BC Higgins of Scotland; her siblings, Rose A. Seyboth of Troy, Anthony J. Casorelli of Pompano, Fla., Josephine Higgins of Orlando, Fla. and Sally S. Breen of Latham; her caregiver and niece, Rose Marie Cooper of Wynantskill and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a sister, Savina Casorelli. Relatives and friends may call at the Bryce Funeral Home, Inc., 276 Pawling Ave., Troy on Monday, September 17, 2012 from 4 to 7 p.m. Funeral service will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the funeral home and at 10:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church, Troy where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Troy. For a private family guest book and service directions, visit brycefh.com.

Raymond, John J. – THS 1978
MIDDLETOWN John J. Raymond, 52, died suddenly on Saturday, September 8, 2012 after a brief illness. Born in Troy, he was the son of Mary Turner Raymond of Troy and the late Alfred L. Raymond Sr. Raised and educated in Troy, he was a graduate of Troy High School, class of 1978. John was a United States Marine veteran. Survivors in addition to his mother, Mary, include a sister, Mildred A. Snyder (John); two brothers, A. Leonard Raymond Jr. (Charisse) of Troy and James M. Raymond (Santa) of Winterhaven, Fla.; aunts, W. Grace Raymond and Betty Turner both of Troy and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral services will be private. A memorial Mass will be scheduled for a later date. Burial will be in St. Peter's Cemetery, Troy. In lieu of flowers donations to National Shrine of St. Jude/Claretian Missionaries, 205W Monroe St., Chicago, IL 60606, would be appreciated.

Fuller, Helen Bonesteel – THS 1938
NORTH GREENBUSH Helen Worthington Brown Bonesteel Fuller, 92, of Crimson Circle died Wednesday, September 5, 2012, at Diamond Hill Nursing and Rehab after a long illness. Born in Wynantskill, she was daughter of the late Edgar L. Worthing ton and Nellie Clickner Worthing ton; and wife of the late Merrill R. Fuller, Arlie A. Bonesteel and Arthur Francis Brown. She had resided formerly on West Sand Lake Road in North Greenbush. Helen attended the Hidley Hill one room schoolhouse, Emma Willard School, Troy High School class of 1938, earned her licensed practical nurse degree from the Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing and attended Columbia Hospital in New York City. She also was educated in piano and clarinet. Helen was employed as a licensed practical nurse for several years at St. Joseph's Maternity Hospital, Cohoes Memorial Hospital and Collins Nursing Home in Troy. She was a monitor at Averill Park High School and worked at the family run Worthington Flowers in Wynantskill, helping her brother Bill establish his business, retiring on July 2, 1982. Helen also worked for the board of elections in North Greenbush. An active member in many organizations. She was a past president of Reformed Church Women, past president of Albany Women's Classical Union of 24 churches, delegate and secretary of Eastside Laity, delegate to the Troy Council of Churches, past representative to the National Department of Women's Work, a charter member of Church Women United Troy, a member of Kaa Rheu Caldron #65 Albany served as Mighty Chosen One (president), Wynantskill Senior Citizens, North Greenbush Republican Club and formerly active in the PTA in the Averill Park School District, 4H, Campfire Girls, West Sand Lake Grange #949. She was a very active church woman. Helen was one of the first women ordained as Deacon and was an Elder and Clerk of the Consistory at the First Reformed Church of Wynantskill, member of the Christian Education Committee and chairman of preschool committee, church growth committee and also served on the music committee. Many organizations were blessed by Helen's volunteerism, too many to list. Helen continually kept in contact with long time friends by writing letters and cards and many looked forward to her Christmas letter. She loved being a mother and enjoyed her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, crossword puzzles, reading, music especially Lawrence Welk, church activities, traveling and working on the Troy High School Reunion committee many times. She will be missed by everyone that knew her! Survivors include four sons, John E. Bonesteel (Jo-Ann), Virginia, Neil R. (Valerie) Bonesteel, Wynantskill, Mark A. (Pamela) Bonesteel, Schodack and Todd A. (Ruby) Bonesteel, North Greenbush; her stepdaughter, Agnes Whitesell, Concord, N.C.; a sister-in-law, Connie Worthington, Wynantskill; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother, William E. Worthington. Relatives and friends may call at the DeGraaf-Bryce Funeral Home, Inc., 4392 Route 150, West Sand Lake on Thursday from 4-7. Funeral service will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at the First Reformed Church of Wynantskill, Church Street and Main Avenue, Wynantskill with Rev. Glenn Van Oort, officiating. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Troy. Flowers are welcome. For a private family guest book and service directions, visit www.brycefh.com.

Powley, Lucille – THS 1942
COHOES Lucille Kirchner Powley, 88, former Waterford resident, died Monday, September 3, 2012 at the Eddy Village Green. Born in Troy on July 24, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Albert Kirchner and Agnes Cole Kirchner and wife of the late George Powley who died in 1982. Raised and educated in Troy, she was a graduate of Troy High School, class of 1942. Lucille was an aide with Samaritan Hospital for 27 years, retiring in 1991. Survivors include her children, Heidi Doty (Joseph) of Waterford, Christina Boomenhower of Grafton, George Powley (Barbara) of Schaghticoke, and Gretchen Scheilding of Florida.; three grandchildren, Joseph Doty (Megan), Donavon Powley, and Heather Uline; a sister, Mary Weeden of Troy and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Lucille was predeceased by two sisters, Dorothy Finch and Elizabeth Davis. The family wishes to thank the staff at the Eddy Village Green, Albany Community Hospice and the Glendale Nursing Home for all their kindness. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, September 6, 2012 at the McLoughlin & Mason Funeral Home, corner of 109th Street and Third Avenue, Lansingburgh with the Rev. E. Allen Siebold officiating. Burial will follow in Memory Gardens, Colonie. Calling hours will be held on Wednesday, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial donations to the Albany Community Hospice, 445 Karner Road, Albany, NY 12205, would be appreciated.

Krause, Robert L. – THS 1942
TROY Robert L. Krause, died suddenly and peacefully in his home on August 30, 2012, at the age of 88. Born in Troy on March 17, 1924, he was the beloved son of Alta Lockwood Krause and Otto GA Krause. A lifelong resident of Troy, Bob grew up in Beman Park and graduated from Troy High School in the class of 1942. A natural and gifted athlete, he won the Troy Speed Skating Championship in 1942 and was a member of The Troy Ski Club. His expertise as a skier led Bob to volunteer for the newly formed 10th Mountain Infantry Division, which was being trained to ski and mountain climb. He left for basic training, two months shy of his high school graduation. At Camp Hale, Colorado he served as a ski instructor for the new troops. Bob was wounded in the successful assault of Mount Belvedere, in the Italian Alps, on February 20, 1944 for which he received the Purple Heart. After a year's convalescence, Bob earned his Associates degree at Paul Smith's College, in the first graduating class of 1948. He went on to earn a BA in History from St. Lawrence University graduating in 1950. Bob worked for Blue Cross Blue Shield for 32 years, beginning as a salesman in 1952, retiring in 1984, as the manager of telephone sales. He had great memories of those years of skiing at Mad River Glen and playing tennis and golf at The Troy Country Club. Despite losing his eyesight, in his retirement, Bob loved fishing at The North Woods Club in The Adirondacks, martinis and working diligently on his suntan. He continued to make his annual fishing trip with his friends and his son Philip well into his 80's. At the age of 84, Bob caught and landed a 24 inch, 4.5 lb rainbow trout. His dear friend Martin Davis kept him active, taking him to meetings of The Top of the Hill Gang and lunches at The Troy Country Club. He remained active in the 10th Mountain Division Association, traveling with his steadfast friend Howard Sebald to events at Fort Drum, Lake Placid and Lake George. Bob loved the Adirondacks and returned faithfully to his reunions at Paul Smith's. Bob and his family are ever thankful for all of the wonderful people who cared for him in his later years, his devoted home health aides, Geril White and Mary Brown, his aide de camp, Jane Hansen, Maria Guadelupe, Petra Carbonaro, George Fisher and his right hand man, Bill Anslow. Bob was predeceased by his wife of 51 years, Margaret (Margo) Warncke Krause. He is survived by his children, Gwenllian Krause of Brooklyn, N.Y. and William Philip Krause of Shrewsbury, Mass.; his daughter-in-law, Rebecca Krause; and grandchildren, Will and Emma Krause. Friends may call at The Bryce Funeral Home, Inc., 276 Pawling Avenue, Troy on Saturday, September 8 from 10 a.m. - 12 noon. There will be a service in Bob's memory at 12:00 at Bryce's, followed by a lunch reception. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to The 10th Mountain Division Foundation, 133 South Van Gordon Street, Suite 200, Lakewood, Colorado 80228. For a private family guest book and service directions, visit www.brycefh.com.

Velma “Jackie” Marcus Nichols
TROY - Velma "Jackie" Marcus Nichols, 67, of Troy passed into eternal rest at her residence on her birthday, Sept. 1, 2012, surrounded by her loving family.  Born in Troy, she was the daughter of the late John F. and Velma E. Honsinger Marcus.  Jackie graduated from the former St. Mary's School and Troy High School, both in Troy. She was a nurse's aide at the former Nightingale Nursing Home and Hallmark Nursing Home. She was also a cook for 15 years at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity, retiring in 2003. She was an avid bingo player going from community halls to Indian reservations, Atlantic City and Philadelphia.  Jackie is survived by her devoted and loving husband of 46 years, Frederick E. Nichols Sr. of Troy; and her eight beloved children, Frederick Jr. of Troy, Michael A. of Troy, Katherine M. (Duffy) Darmetko (Ed) of Troy, Joseph D. (Kristin) of Troy, David M. (Jackie) of Tamarac, Andrew (Shona) of Brunswick, Daniel R. (Wendy) of Clifton Park and Robert J. (Kindra) of Maplewood. She was also the custodial parent and grandmother of Kaylea Chambers. She was the sister of JoAnn J. Marcus of Troy, Janice M. (Thomas) Marcus of Troy, Julia M. Marcus of Troy and Joseph F (Lois) Marcus of Troy. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren, one great-grandchild and many cousins, nieces and nephews.  In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her brothers, John D. (Martha) Marcus and James J. Marcus; and brother-in-law, Gilbert W. Thomas.  The funeral service for Jackie will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012, from The Wm. Leahy Funeral Home, 336 Third St., Troy.  Relatives and friends are invited to attend and may call from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012, at the funeral home.  Interment will be at St. Mary's Cemetery in Troy.  The family wishes to extend their deepest thanks to her doctor, Ira Zackon, and all of the staff of NYOH in Troy, especially Syd, and to The Community Hospice of Rensselaer County for their help and helping the family to make Jackie as comfortable as possible with her transition into eternal peace with her Savior Jesus Christ.

Kacharian, John C.
WEST SAND LAKE John C. Kacharian, 88, formerly of Cobb Hill Road died Monday, August 27, 2012, at Eddy Village Green in Cohoes, after a long illness. John was born in Troy to Armenian parents that fled from the genocide in Armenia to start a new life here in America. He also had an older sister, Margaret, that he was very close to. His father owned a small grocery shop next to RPI and the family lived upstairs above the store. Several of John's mother's siblings also lived in the area and all the cousins were very close. John was particularly fond of his cousin Bob who still resides in the area with his wife Trudy. John graduated from Troy High School and dreamed of going to college. He was able to realize his dream and graduated from RPI with several engineering degrees. He was talented in architectural engineering and designed and built his own dream home that is located in West Sand Lake. John was married for 40+ years to Halina who died in 2005 at Eddy Ford Nursing Home from liver cancer. They had a very happy marriage and life together. John and his wife Halina never had any children of their own but they took an active interest in Bob's two daughters, Diana and Debbie as they grew up. John worked for 30+ years at the Watervliet Arsenal as the facilities manager and director of grounds. He was a history buff and after extensive research created the Bene't Laboratories Museum located at the Arsenal. He documented his research in a book about the Arsenal. John very much enjoys flowers and the beauty of outdoors. He was a member of resident historian and a founder of the Watervliet Arsenal Museum and was credited with obtaining many of the valuable historic weapons and artifacts. He was a nationally recognized authority on flag protocol and has written many articles and periodicals pertaining to proper procedures for handling, displaying and caring for flags. He also published; "Watervliet Arsenal, Yesterday, Today, A Pictorial History," "History of Quarters No. One", co-edited, "Rensselaer County Heros 1950-1953: The Forgotten Remembered (The Korean War)," and was co-editor of the St. Peter Armenian Church 100th anniversary history book. John also received several prestigious awards including the DAR Medal of History, Community Service Pin, two community service certificates, The Flag of the United States of America Committee Certificate, US Marine Corps Certificate of Appreciation, Sons of the American Revolution Certificate of Commendation, was Uncle Sam Citizen of the Year and led the 37th annual Flag Day Parade in Troy in 2004. John was an avid tennis player and would never miss a tennis tournament on television! He was part of a local group that would play matches at the courts at the Averill Park High School. The Armenian church was also a very important part of John's life and he was a member of St. Peter's Apostolic Church in Latham. He never missed going to church on Sundays and was appointed as the church engineer. He participated in the design and building phases of this church and assumed the responsibility for keeping the structure and grounds in tip top shape. Interestingly enough his wife was a devout Catholic and never missed a Sunday of worship in her own church either. John's interest in history led him to be the coordinator of the first and many other Flag Day parades in Troy. He was very proud of his country and understood the sacrifices symbolized by the flag. John did enlist in the armed services. He was passionate about freedom as he understood from his mother and her family the torture and pain associated with religious persecution. Survivors include several cousins, Robert and Gertrude Nazarian and Mary Nazarian and David F. Quinones. He was predeceased by a sister, Margaret Moutray. Relatives and friends may call at the St. Peter Armenian Apostolic Church, 100 Troy-Schenectady Road, Watervliet on Thursday from 9:30-11 a.m. with a funeral service at 11 a.m. with Rev. Stepanos Doudoukjian, Pastor, officiating. Interment will be in Elmwood Hill Cemetery Troy. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in memory of John Kacharian to the St. Peter Armenian Apostolic Church, PO Box 196 , Watervliet, NY 12189. For a private family guest book and service directions, visit www.brycefh.com.

Hicks, M. Beryl
CASTLETON Beryl died peacefully at the Riverside Nursing Home in Castleton, N.Y. on Thursday, August 23, 2012. Born in Troy, N.Y. on November 25, 1918, the daughter of Timothy and Mary Owens, both deceased. She was pre-deceased by her brother, John E. Owens; and her daughter, Diane Kepner. Beryl grew up in Troy and graduated from Troy High School. She married William Hicks in 1941, who passed away in 1980. Beryl's career started in 1938 where she worked for the New York Telephone Company until 1943. Soon thereafter she found her calling in food service. She first worked at Hicks' Luncheonette in Troy with her husband and doing catering until 1955. She next became restaurant and banquet manager at Thruway Motor Inn, Tom Sawyer Motor Inn, and the Governor's Motor Inn in Albany. Beryl then worked as a consultant in kitchen planning at Main Brothers Carriage Shop in Delmar. She also worked as a teacher of restaurant service at the Golden Fox restaurant before finishing her career as a food service instructor at the Manpower Training Center in Menands. She was the supervisor of food service, serving over 300 people daily and training the handicapped in all phases of food service. Beryl has been a member of the Food Service Executives Association, the American Institute of Chefs, the American Culinary Association, and the American Culinary Federation. Beryl also received a Senior Lifetime Achievement Award from the Capital District Senior Issues Forum. She is survived by her son, William N. Hicks of East Greenbush; five grandchildren, Darlene (Ted) Kepner of Rutland, Vt., Tracy (Ron) Bruce of Brandon, Vt., Richard (Vickie) Kepner of Hoosick Falls, N.Y., Jeffrey Hicks of East Greenbush, N.Y., and Steven Hicks of Rensselaer, N.Y.; seven great-grandchildren, Mindi Wimett, Kari Johnson, Jami Johnson, Ronnie Bruce, Zachary Bruce, Ricky Kepner, and Trea Kepner; three great-great-grandchildren; two nephews, John Owens of Binghamton, N.Y. and Timothy (Rosemary) Owens of New Freedom, Pa.; niece, Grace (Ron) Emerick of Herndon, Va.; and daughter-in-law, Nancy Kolodzinski Hicks. Thank you to the staff of Riverside Nursing Home, formerly Resurrection Nursing Home, for providing Beryl with a comfortable residence for the last 26 months. Funeral will be held from the W.J. Lyons Jr. Funeral Home, 1700 Washington Avenue, Rensselaer Tuesday morning at 9:30 and 10:30 at St. John The Evangelist and St. Joseph Church, Herrick Street, Rensselaer where the Liturgy of Christian Death and Burial will be offered. Relatives and friends are invited and may call at the funeral home Monday from 4-7 p.m.. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Troy. Condolence page at www.wjlyonsfuneralhome.com.

Blom, Lowell A.
NORTH GREENBUSH Lowell A. Blom, 77, of Wanda Court died Thursday, August 23, 2012, at his residence after a brief illness. Born in Troy, he was son of the late William Blom and H. Lovella Burnap Blom and husband for 44 years of Marilyn R. Ellett Blom. He resided in the Troy and North Greenbush area all his life, was a graduate of Troy Public School 14, Troy High School and Siena College (cum laude), and he completed several real estate courses at colleges around the USA. Lowell was employed for five and a half years at the New York State Department of Labor, Commerce Department and Taxation and Finance. For 32 years, he worked at the NYS Teachers' Retirement System retiring as a mortgage officer. After his retirement, he worked part time at Lindy's Hardware in Troy for 10 years. He was a Korean War veteran of the 205th Infantry Division, Army National Guard, enlisting as private and being discharged as first lieutenant. He was a graduate of the Empire State Military Academy. Lowell was a member of the Order of the DeMolay and a 33rd Degree Mason of the Apollo Masonic Lodge starting on his 21st birthday. He was very active in the merger of Trinity Methodist and Fifth Avenue-State Street Methodist churches and active as a lay leader, Sunday school teacher, lay speaker, scoutmaster, finance chairman, V.P. board of trustees, official board, and council of ministries. Lowell was a member of Christ Church United Methodist and for many years was the treasurer of the board of trustees. Survivors in addition to Marilyn include two daughters, Karen (William) Kim, Pleasantville, N.Y. and Linda (Heath) Johnson, West Sand Lake; a son, William Blom, Menands; and his grandchildren, Andy and Sadie Kim and Haylee and Lindsey Johnson. He was predeceased by a brother, William L. Blom. Relatives and friends may call at the Bryce Funeral Home, Inc., 276 Pawling Ave., Troy on Sunday from 4-7 p.m. Funeral service will be held Monday at 10 a.m. at Christ Church United Methodist, 35 State St., Troy with Rev. Nina Nichols, pastor, officiating. Interment will be in Memory Gardens in Colonie. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in memory of Lowell Blom to the charity of one's choice . For a private family guest book and service directions, visit www.brycefh.com.

Lee, Paul - THS 1955
CLIFTON PARK Paul Lee, 75, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, August 22, 2012 at his home with his loving wife by his side. Paul was born in Troy to the late William and Grace (Parsley) Lee. He graduated from Troy High School with honors and proudly served his country in the U.S. Army Reserves. Paul was employed for over 43 years as a draft engineer with the Gurley Precision Corp. in Troy. Paul was an avid reader, and enjoyed traveling, fishing, and spending time with his beloved family. He was blessed with artistic talent and also was quite the Revolutionary and Civil War Historian. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brothers, William and Thomas. Paul is survived by his wife of 54 years, Theresa (Romanelli) Lee; his children, Sabrina McCabe, Paul Richard Lee, and John W. Lee (Marianne); his grandchildren, Meghan A. Lee and Caitlin A. Lee; his sister, Shirley Madsen Lee; and also several nieces, nephews, and cousins. The family would like to send a special thank you to Dr. Elizabeth Locke, Dr. Serfilippi and the rest of the Albany Pulmonary Group for all the care and compassion given to Paul. Funeral services for Paul will be Monday, August 27, 2012 at 8 a.m. at Newcomer Cannon Funeral Home, 343 New Karner Road, Colonie, then to St. Mary's of the Assumption Church, Waterford where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Calling hours will be held Sunday, August 26 from 3-6 at the funeral home. Interment will follow the Mass in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Waterford. To leave a special message for the family online, visit www.NewComerAlbany.com.

Lobdell, Gertrude M. "Trudy"
TROY Gertrude M. "Trudy" Lobdell, 93, of Lansingburgh died peacefully on August 21, 2012 at the Evergreen Commons in East Greenbush. Born in Troy, she was the daughter of Gertrude Trowbridge and the devoted wife of the late John H. Lobdell who died in 2011. Mrs. Lobdell was a graduate of Troy High School and the Troy Business School. She was retired from the business office of St. Mary's Hospital in Troy. Survivors include her son, Robert Nelson (Mary Lou) of Cohoes; grandson, R. Bruce Nelson (Jennifer); granddaughter, Brenda Alonzo and five great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her daughter-in- law, Joan Nelson; brother, Albert Trowbridge; and sister, Marie Bouchard. Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 9 a.m. from St. Augustine's Church where the Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. The interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery in Troy. Friends are invited and may call at the Frank P. McDonald & Son Funeral Home, 870 Second Ave. (124th & 125th Streets) in Lansingburgh on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. The family would like to thank the staff of Evergreen Commons and in particular all the members of 1-Greenbush for their kindness to Trudy.

WINTER M. Ella – THS 1934
MENANDS M. Ella Winter, formerly of Dutch Village, Menands, beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away after a long illness, joining her husband, Wilson, and son, Laurence. She was born January 4, 1917 in Waverly, N.Y., the youngest child of Archie E. and Maude Ann (Clarke) Brimmer. Ella grew up on her family farm in Center Brunswick, where she always enjoyed making the cakes with her Irish mother for the farmhands' daily lunch, and the horse-drawn sleigh rides with her father through the snow in the winter. Ella started her education in a two-room schoolhouse in Center Brunswick, and graduated from Troy High School in 1934. She started her sales career in Frear's Department Store, and soon became known as their hand and foot model. She so enjoyed modeling all the lovely bracelets and shoes. When she met and married her Scottish-born husband, Wilson, they began a life full of adventure. Ella traveled alone by train across the country during World War II to be near where he was stationed. From Chicago to Bremerton, Wash. and then on to San Diego, Calif., she saw many sights and had adventures that she talked about forever. After the war was over, Ella and Wilson settled in the Troy area where they raised four children. Ella worked numerous part-time jobs while her children were growing up so she as she often said "could put the icing on the cake." She was most passionate about being an area sales manager for Stanley Home Products, where in one day she sold more than $l,000, and now has her name inscribed on a star at Stanley Park in Westfield, Mass. There was no happier person than Ella when her children and grandchildren were around. Summer visits from grandchildren, holiday dinners and family vacations, always put the light in her life. Active into her mid-80s, she enjoyed water aerobics several days a week, daily walks down Van Rensselaer Boulevard in her red hat, playing her organ, and going out to lunch with her son. Ella was also extremely fond of and grateful for her son-in-law, Jim, who she said was always there when she needed a helping hand. Mom was a beautiful woman inside and out. She was a kind, loving woman with a terrific sense of humor. Like her own mother, Mom's daily bible readings and regular church attendance gave her great comfort during the trials of her life. In addition to her parents, Ella was predeceased by her husband of 58 years, Wilson, in 1999; her son, Laurence Alan, in a tragic accident in 1973; and her three siblings, Robert Mandeville, Olive Haber and Victor Brimmer. She will be dearly missed by her three children, Wilson Winter III., Ocala, Fla., Ronald (Jennifer) Winter, Hebron, Conn. and her daughter, and best friend, Nancy Winter (James K. III) Patrick of Menands. She was also adored by eight grandchildren, Michelle (David) Yesenofsky, Allentown, Pa., Brian (Karen) Winter, Pa.; Kevin Winter, Tampa, Fla., Sara Winter, Sudderton, Pa., Heather, Hebron, Conn.; James K. (Stephanie) Patrick IV, Ipswich, Mass., Lori W. (William) Cabrera, Ashburn,Va. and Courtney J. Patrick, Boston. Great-grandma Winter also leaves 12 beautiful great-grandchildren, the most recent having been born in December. In addition, she leaves five nephews and a niece. A celebration of Ella's life will be held at the convenience of the family. We will meet again Mom, "Beyond the Sunset." For a private family guest book, visit brycefh.com.

DeMarco, Dorothy L.
RENSSELAER Dorothy L. DeMarco, age 94, passed away Tuesday, August 7, 2012 at St. Peter's Hospital in Albany. She was born in North Adams, Mass., and has been a longtime resident of the City of Rensselaer and the Town of North Greenbush. She was a graduate of Troy High School and was employed by the New York State Dept. of State. Dorothy lived a full life with her loving husband of 60 years, Tony, surrounding themselves in the love for their family. Together they were active in the Albany chapter of the AARP and the American Red Cross. Dorothy was active in St. Joseph's-St. John's Rosary Altar Society and volunteered for many events and fundraisers for the church. Together, they received many awards for their volunteer services, including "Community Volunteers of the Year" for the City of Rensselaer. She loved to travel and together they visited many countries of the world. Dorothy enjoyed many friendships over the years. Daughter of the late Mary and Alphonse Lamoureaux; beloved wife of 60 years to the late Anthony L. DeMarco; mother of Leonard (Carolyn) DeMarco, James (Honey) DeMarco, Mary Jane (Peter) Bilicki, Patrice Burek, Eileen (David) Chambers and the late Deborah Wurtz; mother-in-law of Linus Wurtz. Sister of Mildred Doherty and the late Ernest Lamoureaux and Loretta Burns; stepsister of the late William Brew and Eleanor Willett. Grandmother of James, Lea and Anthony DeMarco, Abbey and Sarah Chambers, Joseph, Nicholas and Christian Burek, Robert and Gabrielle Wurtz, Joshua Greminger, Nancy Porcelli, Stefan Bilicki, Kristen Craver and Adrienne Dannehy; great-grandmother of Johnny and Justin Bilicki, Shelby Parker, Leo, Angelina, Marisa and Carly DeMarco, Ella and Colin Dannehy, Sophia Porcelli and Ethan Craver. Funeral will be from the W.J. Lyons Jr. Funeral Home, 1700 Washington Ave., Rensselaer on Monday at 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. at the Church of St. Mary's of Clinton Heights, Columbia Turnpike, East Greenbush, where the Liturgy of Christian Death and Burial will be offered. Relatives and friends are invited and may call at the funeral home Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m. Interment will be in St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands. Contributions in her memory may be made to the Defreestville Fire Department, 480 N. Greenbush Road, Defreestville, NY 12144. Condolence page at wjlyonsfuneralhome.com

FURCINITI Anthony Michael "Tony" – THS 1982
APACHE JUNCTION, Ariz. - Anthony Michael "Tony" Furciniti, 48, died July 1, 2012 in Arizona. He is survived by his parents, Gerald and Nancy Furciniti; two sisters, June and Jodi; a brother, Jerry; a son, Joshua; and by other relatives. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 11, 2012 at 11 a.m. at the Daniel D. Purcell Funeral Home, Troy with military honors. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the funeral home from 10:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers or mass cards, contributions may be made to the Joshua Furciniti College Fund in care of his uncle, Jerry Furciniti, 77 Clarkes Crossing, Fairport, NY 14450.

Steven J. DiScanio – THS 1982
TROY - Steven J. DiScanio, 48 of Sycaway, died suddenly Tuesday, August 7, 2012 at his residence. Born in Troy, he was the son of Shirley Behan DiScanio of Brunswick and the late Rocco J. DiScanio and devoted husband of 25 years to Elizabeth Anthony DiScanio of Troy. Raised and educated in Troy, he was a graduate of Troy High School, class of 1982 and attended Herkimer College. Steve was a self employed contractor in the Troy area for many years. Steve was devoted to his family, and they were a source of deep joy to him. He was a loyal Red Sox and Pittsburgh Steelers fan. He enjoyed his daughters' softball and basketball games over the years. Steve will be remembered as a loving father who treasured his family and will be missed by all who knew him. Survivors in addition to his wife Liz and mother Shirley include; two daughters Alysha DiScanio and Allison DiScanio both of Troy whom he treasured and loved very much, brothers and sisters; Rocco J. (Trish) DiScanio, Sherri (Robert) Ryan, Larry F. (Tracey) DiScanio, Christopher DiScanio, Sarah DiScanio, Andrew DiScanio all of Troy and several nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to attended the Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 11, 2012 at Our Lady of Victory Church, North Lake Avenue, Troy. Burial will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery, Troy. Calling hours will be held on Friday, August 10, 2012 from 4 to 7 p.m at Our Lady of Victory Church, North Lake Avenue, Troy.

Crupi, Edward F. – THS 1946
LOUDONVILLE Edward F. Crupi, 84, of Loudonville, beloved husband of Lebra Mango Crupi, entered into eternal life on Sunday, August 5, 2012 at St. Mary's Hospital in Troy. Born in Brooklyn, he was the son of the late Frank J. and Adelia (Naccari) Crupi. Mr. Crupi married the love of his life Lebra Mango on July 23, 1950 and the two have shared a blessed union of more than 62 years. He was a graduate of Troy High School, class of 1946, and received his bachelor's degree from Union College in 1950. He was a chemist and engineer for Sterling Drug in Renssselaer from 1950 until 1990, with various responsibilities for project engineering and product development. He also helped pilot new drugs and assisted in design and start of new factories in Puerto Rico and Kansas. He retired as the director responsible for plant and community safety, health and environmental affairs. After his retirement, he served as consultant to the Sterling organics division of Sterling Drug. Ed loved golf, fishing, archery, hunting, gardening, building and refinishing furniture and restoring antiques. He was a volunteer and former vice president at the North Greenbush Ambulance Service from 1950 to 1960. He was a member of the Colonie Elks Lodge 2192, where he served as chairman of the trustees. At the Elks, he also provided programmable keyboard music to many social events including the Disabled American Veterans. He was a volunteer for the Disabled American Veterans for more than 25 years. Survivors, in addition to his wife, include his loving daughter Carol Crupi-Kemp of Loudonville; his cherished grandchildren, Paula (Michael) Ragaini, Peter (Stacey) Fusco, Katherine (Jesse) St. John, Gregory Kemp and Carlo Fusco. He was the adored great-grandfather of Peter Joseph Fusco III, Michael Vincent Ragaini, Gabriel (James) Fusco, Nicholas Edward Ragaini and Capriana Marie Fusco. Ed was predeceased by his daughter, Pamela Crupi-Fusco and brother, Peter Crupi. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday August 8, 2012 at 10 a.m. at St. Pius X Church, 23 Crumitie Road Loudonville. Relatives and friends are invited to call Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Dufresne & Cavanaugh Funeral Home, 149 Old Loudon Road, Latham. Interment, Memory Gardens, Colonie. Contributions to the American Cancer Society 260 Osborne Road, Loudonville, NY 12211 would be appreciated. For directions, informationor to light a memory candlefor the family, please visit dufresneandcavanaugh.com.

Brimmer, Ronald E. – THS 1968
TROY Ronald E. Brimmer, 62, of Lilac Lane died Wednesday, July 25, 2012, at St. Peter's Hospital Albany after a long illness. Born in Troy, he was son of the late Elmer Brimmer and Mildred Hayner Brimmer. He had resided in Troy all his life and was a graduate of Troy High School class of 1968 and attended Hudson Valley Community College. Mr. Brimmer was employed in distribution at St. Peter's Hospital in Albany for several years. Survivors include a daughter, Tracey C. Brimmer, Watervliet; a sister, Alma (Brimmer) (John) DeFazio, Sand Lake; a brother, Richard 'Butch' (Gail) Brimmer, Wynantskill; a brother-in-law, Donald Waters, Latham; his special friends, Charles Prefore and John Pierson and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Robert E. Brimmer and a sister, Patricia M. Waters. Funeral service private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in memory of Ronald E. Brimmer to the American Cancer Society , 260 Osborne Road, Loudonville, NY 12211. For a private family guest book and service directions, visit www.brycefh.com.

Richards, John C.
CLIFTON PARK John C. Richards, 71, of Fox Run, Clifton Park, died suddenly on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at his residence. Born on September 26, 1940 in Cohoes, N.Y., he was the son of the late Karl and Elizabeth Drenzek Ryskie-wicz. John graduated Troy High School. He was a Supervisor at Bendix Corporation in Green Island for 30 years, until retiring. John was a member of the Colonie Elks. Husband of Linda Daubney, father of Jeffrey J. Richards of Clifton Park, Terri (Gary) Brownell of Mechanicville, Karen (Mark) McKenna of Glenville and Colleen Newhouse of Malta; two sisters, Viola (Harry) Halayko of Troy and Fran (Phil) Lawson of Glenville. He was predeceased by one sister, Sylvia and her husband, Paul Attanasio. He is also survived by thirteen grandchildren, one great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian burial to which relatives and friends are invited to attend will be held on Thursday July 26, 2012 at 9:30 a.m. at St. Mary's Church in Waterford. Calling hours will be held on Wednesday, July 25, 2012 form 4 - 7 p.m. at the Gordon C. Emerick Funeral Home, 1550 Route 9, Clifton Park, NY 12065. Memorial contributions may be made in John's memory to theAmerican Heart Association , 440 New Karner Road, Albany, NY 12205. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Gordon C. Emerick Funeral Home.

Hansen, Edward F. – THS 1954
SCOTIA Edward F. Hansen, 76, former Troy resident, died Saturday, July 21, 2012 at the Baptist Nursing Center. Born in Troy, he was the son of the late Maurice Hansen and Betty Klages Hansen and husband of Karen Carpenter of Scotia. Raised and educated in Troy, he was a graduate of Troy High School, class of 1954. He served in the United States Navy from 1955 to 1959. In 1981 he graduated from the New York State Correctional School to be a correctional officer. Ed was a machine operator at Norton Company in Waterlviet, retiring in 1994. After retirement he moved to New Bern, N.C. for 12 years and moved back to the area and was a resident of Malta and Clifton Park. He previously worked at Realty USA in 1976. Ed's hobby and love was golf. While living in North Carolina he worked for the USGA as a golf course rater and worked the US Open as a ranger. Ed had at least one hole in one per decade, for four consecutive decades, with a total of seven in his golfing career. Ed won many club championships and broke course records at Frear Park and Burden Lake Golf courses to name just a few. He was a junior bowling director with the Patroon Club. Ed was a member of the Frear Park Twilight League. He also worked with the Troy Jr. Bowling Association, a member of various V.F.W. Post and managed teams at the South Troy Little League and the South Troy Independent Baseball League. The family wishes to thank the staff at the Baptist Nursing Center for their loving, compassionate, exceptional care and support. Survivors in addition to his wife Karen, include, three sons, Edward F. Hansen Jr. (Angelique) of Wynantskill, Scott J. Hansen of Colonie, Todd J. Hansen of Troy; three grandchildren, Aaron, Nicolas and Ashleigh Hansen; a great-grandson, Jacob Keary; two sisters, Maureen Williams (Flip), Andrea Simard (Dan); a brother, Richard Hansen. Ed was predeceased by a sister, Susan Scott. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday at 7 p.m., July 24, 2012 at the McLoughlin & Mason Funeral Home, corner of 109th Street and Third Avenue, Lansingburgh with E. Allen Siebold officiating. Burial will take place at Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Schuylerville. Calling hours will take be held on Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.

Jean M. Finkle Millhouse – THS 1960
NORTH GREENBUSH - Jean M. Finkle Millhouse, 69, of Hilda Court, died Friday, July 13, 2012, at her residence after a long illness.  Born in Troy, she was daughter of the late Arthur Finkle and Gwyneth Reynolds Finkle and wife for 50 years of George A. Millhouse.  She had resided in North Greenbush for the past 44 years. She was a 1960 graduate of Troy High School and earned her associate degree from Hudson Valley Community College.  Mrs. Millhouse was a secretary for 10 years for the Franciscan Mission Association in Rensselaer and was a homemaker.  Jean enjoyed photography, sewing, cooking and gardening and was an avid swimmer. Survivors, in addition to her husband, include her children, Dr. David (Deborah) Millhouse of Amherst, Peter (Leslie) Millhouse of Nassau, N.Y., Christine (Joseph) Belleville of Wynantskill, Cynthia (David) Little of Schenectady, James (Victoria) Millhouse of Walden, N.Y., and Samantha (Samuel) Beroz of Niskayuna; a brother, Wesley A. (Joyce) Finkle of Spartanburg, S.C.; as well as nine grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.  Relatives and friends may call from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday, July 16, 2012, prior to the Mass at the St. Michael the Archangel Church, 175 Williams Road, Troy.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday at the church.  Interment will be at Evergreen Cemetery in Wynantskill.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Jean M. Millhouse to Caring Together Inc., P.O. Box 12383, Albany, NY 12212-2383. 

Ogden, Robert L. Sr. – THS 1971
TROY Robert L. Ogden Sr., 60, of Bleeker Ave. died Wednesday, July 11, 2012 at Samaritan Hospital. Born in Troy, he is son of Ruth Vedder Ogden of Troy and the late Arthur Ogden. He was a 1971 graduate of Troy High School. Robert had been employed by Transworld Entertainment in Albany and retired three years ago due to disability. Prior to that, he had been employed at Standard Rosenbaum, J.B Garrett Surgical Supplies and the Troy YMCA. He was a member of Mt. Ida Baptist Church in Troy. A proud grandfather, Bob especially enjoyed spending time with his grandson, Jordan Michael. Survivors in addition to his mother include his son, Robert L. Ogden Jr. (Meghan) of Troy; his brother, Thomas A. Ogden of Troy; and his grandson, Jordan Michael Ogden. Funeral services will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Philip J. Brendese Funeral Home, 133 Broad St. (Rte. 32), Waterford with Rev. Doug Thompson officiating. Interment will follow in Elmwood Hill Cemetery, Troy. Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home Monday 4-7 p.m. Those who wish may make contributions to Dana Farber Cancer Institute in care of the funeral home office. To express your sympathy or share a treasured memory visit Brendesefuneralhome.com.

Marguerite MacGregor Smith
NORTH HUDSON - Marguerite MacGregor Smith, 88 of Route 9, died July 6, 2012 at her residence in the Adirondacks.  Born in Troy, she was the daughter of the late Frederick MacGregor and Hannah Wallen MacGregor and wife of the late Joseph F. Smith, Sr. who died in 1994.  Raised and educated in Troy, she was a former resident of Fifth Avenue and graduate of Troy High School. She was a United States Army veteran serving during World War II. She was a manager with the New York Telephone Co. (former BelTel). Marge loved spending time traveling about the country with her cherished husband Joe when he retired and was able to live out her final years at the home they built in North Hudson thanks to the assistance of her grandchildren, Amy and Robert Kelley and her daughter Charmaine. Special thanks to them and to all the friends she made along the way. She was proud of her children and grandchildren and they were a source of deep joy to her.  Survivors include two sons Dennis M. Smith (Barbara Reeley) of Wytnanskill, Joseph F. Smith, Jr. of Troy, a daughter Charmaine J. Kelley of Troy, a daughter in law Carie Smith of Oregon, eight grandchildren Amy Kelley (James Allman) of Watervliet, Robert Kelley, Sean Kelley both of Troy, Jaimie Smith, Raymond Smith, Kimberly DeHoyos (John), Jeremy Smith, (Bobbie), Kelly Wilber, six great grandchildren Aiden Allman, Ava Allman, Deven Allman, Vitoria Carter, Brittany Martell, Sean Kelley, Jr., one great great grandchild Julianna Hernandez, two sisters Kay Costello of Troy, Marian Ray (Richard) of Clifton Park, sister in law and dear friend Carole MacGregor of Poestenkill.  Marguerite was predeceased by a son Wayne R. Smith, two brothers Edgar and Frederick MacGregor, two sisters Patricia Brauer and Bridah Garceau.  Funeral services will be 10:00 am on Saturday, July 14, 2012 at the McLoughlin & Mason Funeral Home, Lansingburgh, corner of 109th Street and Third Avenue, Lansingburgh.  Burial will follow at Elmwood Hill Cemetery, Troy.  Calling hours will be Friday, July 13, 2012 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.  Flowers are appreciated or a donation could be made to High Peaks Hospice and Palliative Care, P.O. Box 192, Port Henry, NY 12974 or North Country ASPCA, 23 Lakeshore Rd, Westport, NY 12993.

Marie Anne Stevens Perry
EASTON - Marie Anne Perry, 45, of county Route 54 and formerly of Saratoga, entered into eternal life peacefully Thursday, July 12, 2012, at home surrounded by her loving family. She returned to God and to her beloved daughter, Madison.  Born in Troy, she was the daughter of Cecile Johndro Stevens of Lansingburgh and the late John Stevens.  Marie graduated from Troy High School and received her associate's degree from Hudson Valley Community College. She had worked as a respiratory therapist at Saratoga Hospital for the past 24 years.  Marie would always say, "I am living my life to live and not living my life to die."  She always loved to be out in her flower garden, and many have enjoyed her entertaining and homemade cooking, especially her chocolate chip cookies.  Marie is survived by her loving husband, William Perry; her two stepsons, Phillip Perry (Marci) of Fort Edward and Matthew Perry of Easton; her two sisters, Lucy Stufflebean (Rich) of Wynantskill and Jean Scott (Paul); her brother, Christopher Stevens (Marcy) of Kentucky; as well as several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her cherished daughter, Madison DeGregorio, who died in 2006.  Funeral services will be held at 8:45 a.m. Monday, July 16, 2012, from the Philip J. Brendese Funeral Home at 133 Broad St. (Route 32) in Waterford, and at 9:30 a.m. at St. Augustine's Church in Lansingburgh. Interment will follow at St. Peter's Cemetery in Saratoga Springs.  Relatives and friends may call from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, July 15, 2012, at the funeral home.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Children's Cancer Program at Albany Medical Center in care of the funeral home office.

Joanne M. Cote Chittenden – THS 1964
Brunswick - Joanne M. ‘Jody' Chittenden, 66 , of Roberts Drive died Tuesday, July 10, 2012 at Samaritan Hospital after a 11 year long courageous battle with cancer, with her loving family by her side. Born in Troy, she was daughter of the late Frederick J. Cote and Rosemary McGill Cote and wife for 43 years of Richard E. Chittenden. She had resided in the Troy area all her life and was a graduate of Troy High School class of 1964. Jody was a secretary for the New York State Education Department for 30+ years, retiring in 2004. She enjoyed visiting Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun, traveling to Florida with her husband and children and spending time with her grandchildren. She enjoyed camping and actively supported the American Cancer Society . Survivors in addition to her husband include a daughter, Tracy (Joseph) Carroll, Clifton Park; two sons, Scott (Heather) Chittenden and Eric (Misty) Chittenden, both of Saratoga; six grandchildren, Joseph and Samantha Carroll, Jacob, Reece, Cameron and Michaela Chittenden; sister, Shelley (Bruce B.) Cote Gans, Townsend, MA and several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by a brother, Frederick Cote. Relatives and friends may call at the Bryce Funeral Home, Inc. 276 Pawling Avenue Troy on Friday from 4-7 pm. Funeral service will be held Saturday at 11:15AM at the Bryce Funeral Home, Inc. 276 Pawling Avenue Troy and 12 Noon at St. Augustine's Church Lansingburgh where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. James Spenard OSA, Pastor. Interment will be in Elmwood Hill Cemetery Troy. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in memory of Joanne M. Chittenden to theAmerican Cancer Society 260 Osborne Road Loudonville, NY 12211.

Deborah L. Brand Connors – THS 1973
WEST SAND LAKE - Deborah L. Connors, 57, of Algonquin Rd. passed away Monday, July 9, 2012 surrounded by her loving family. Born in Ft. Carson, CO she was the daughter of Elizabeth M. Minehan Brand of Interlachen, FL and the late Charles Brand, Jr. Debbie graduated from Troy High School in 1973 and has lived on Reichard's Lake for most of her life. She has been employed in the print shop at Hudson Valley Community College for the past 19 years where she loved her HVCC family. Debbie treasured spending time with her friends and family around a bonfire and will be remembered for her sense of humor and kind heart. She was the beloved wife of 37 years of Ronald J. Connors, Jr. and dear mother of Jodi L. Connors (Donald Ackerman, Jr.) of Wynantskill and Dana L. Peaslee (Bill) of West Sand Lake. She is the sister of Sue Cedar (Steve) and Charles Brand, Jr. (Annette) all of Wynantskill, Christine Mainville (Mike) of Interlachen, FL and Richard Brand, Jr. (Debbie) of Georgia. She is also survived by her grandchildren who she adored, Matalyn, Abby, Vivian, Logan and Liam, her cherished friend Betty Roberti, as well as a large extended family who she loved very much. Funeral services will be held Friday at Noon at the Philip J. Brendese Funeral Home, 133 Broad St. (Rte. 32), Waterford. Interment will follow in the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Schuylerville. Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home Thursday from 4-8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Community Hospice of Rensselaer, 295 Valley View Blvd., Rensselaer, NY 12144.

Raymond E. Calhoun
Hoosick Falls - Raymond E. Calhoun 89 passed away on July 9 at the Center for Living & Rehabilitation in Hoosick Falls. He formerly resided on Easy Street with his wife Eva (Kipp) Calhoun. Raymond was born on December 24, 1922 in Eagle Mills, NY son of the late John and Elizabeth (Neslon) Calhoun. He attended Troy High School. Raymond was a farmer working on the Rosendahl Guernsey Farm. He also served as the Town of Hoosick Supervisor and was the Town Clerk for many years. Raymond was a member of the First Baptist Church in Hoosick Falls for over fifty years, a member of the Van Rensselaer Star Lodge of Masons and served on the board of directors for the Maple Grove Cemetery. Survivors other than his wife Eva include his daughter Kathie Zeman of Framingham, MA, son Mark Calhoun of Hoosick Falls, grandchildren Raymond and Marjorie Calhoun and Sarah and Gregory Zeman and a great grandson Henry Calhoun. He is predeceased by two brothers Harold and John Calhoun. Funeral services will be Thursday July 12 at 10:00am from the Mahar Funeral Home, 43 Main Street in Hoosick Falls. Burial will follow the service at Maple Grove Cemetery in Hoosick Falls. Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday evening from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. Memorial contributions may be made to either the Center for Living & Rehabilitation or the Rensselaer County Community Hospice through the funeral home.

William D. Meyer – THS 1969
AVERILL PARK - William D. Meyer, 61, of Averill Park died Saturday, July 7, 2012, at St. Mary's Hospital in Troy, following a lengthy illness.  Born in Troy, he was the son of the late Lawrence and Ellen Cookfair Meyer. He was raised and educated in Troy, graduating from Troy High School in 1969, after which he went to Hudson Valley Community College and onto Cortland College. Following school, Bill worked construction for about 10 years.  In the mid-90s, he went to work for CDPC, from which he retired June 1, 2012, after 17 years of service.  Bill enjoyed history and working with antiques in his spare time, and had enjoyed many years at Hedges Lake and spending time fishing, hunting and in the outdoors.  He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Cramer Meyer of East Greenbush; a daughter, Stephanie Brown of Watervliet; a son, Joshua Meyer of East Greenbush; a grandchild, Kemper Brown of Watervliet; two brothers, Robert Meyer of Saratoga and Jack Meyer of Syracuse; his aunt, Sister Esther of the Order of Little Sisters of the Poor, Our Lady of Hope, Latham; and one nephew and two nieces.  A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 10, 2012, at Little Sisters of the Poor, Our Lady of Hope, 1 Jeanne Jugan Lane, Latham, NY 12110, with Father Finn officiating.  Friends are invited and may call beginning at 9:30 a.m. for one hour prior to the service at the chapel.  The interment will be at St. Jean's Cemetery on Spring Avenue in Troy.  In lieu of flowers, Bill had requested that any contributions in his memory be made to either the Loudonville Christian School Scholarship Fund, 374 Loudon Road, Loudonville, NY 12211; or to Little Sisters of the Poor, Our Lady of Hope, at the above address.  The arrangements are under the direction of the Morris, Stebbins, Miner & Sanvidge Funeral Home, 312 Hoosick St., Troy, NY 12180; (518) 272-5802.

Mildred M. Gundrum – THS 1936
Tahoka, TX – After a long illness, Mildred M. Gundrum 94, a longtime resident of Wynantskill, died on Monday June 25, 2012 at her home, the Lynnwood Assisted Living Facility in Tahoka, Texas. Born and raised in Troy, Mildred was the daughter of the late Elmer and Marie Lindeman Angle. Mildred was a 1936 graduate of Troy High and a 1937 graduate of the Troy Business School. Mildred retired in 1984 from the Rensselaer County Social Services Dept. where she worked as a clerk in the Support Collection Unit. She was a longtime Volunteer at Samaritan Hospital where she was honored for the many hours of volunteering she had done. Mildred was a lifelong member of the Zion's United Church of Christ in Taborton where she was a Sunday school Superintendent and teacher for many years. She served on the Church Board, was a founding member of the Secret Pal Club, and a member of the Women's Guild. Mildred was a member of the Speiglelders Senior Group and, along with Willard, an early member of the Tamarac Twirlers Square Dance Club. From 1944 until moving to Texas in 2009, Mildred and her husband of 71 years, Willard J. Gundrum, resided in Wynantskill. Mildred was the mother of the late Robert A. Gundrum. She is survived by her husband Willard, her children Paul W. (Carolyn) Gundrum of Mechanicville and JoAnn (Michael) Travis of Post, TX, her sister Myrtle Banker of Wynantskill, her daughter in law Mary Ida (Paul) Scher of Averill Park, her grandchildren Paulette (Bryant) Gripp, Mark R. (Dayna) Gundrum, Erica M. Gundrum, Carrie E. (Jan) Sabisch, Bryan C. (Catherine Ann) Gundrum, and Matthew P. Scher, and her great grandchildren Dustin Moffre, Joseph and Daniel Gundrum, and Christoph Sabisch. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 10 am at the Zion's United Church of Christ Taborton Road, Sand Lake, NY, relatives and friends are invited to attend. Relatives and friends may also call at the Perry-Komdat Funeral Chapel 2691 NY 43 at Glass Lake Averill Park on Tuesday 4-7 pm. Interment will be at Elmwood Hill Cemetery, in Troy. If desired donations in memory of Mildred M. Gundrum may be made to the Zion's United Church of Christ, 741 Taborton Road, Sand Lake, NY 12153.

Helen Kupiec Stasack
WYNANTSKILL - Helen M. Kupiec Stasack, 85, beloved wife of the late Samuel P. Stasack, died July 3, 2012, at the Inn at St. Peter's Hospital in Albany.   Born in Troy, she was the daughter of the late Peter (Stanislaus) and Mary Pyska Kupiec, who immigrated to the United States from Poland. She attended School 12 and Troy High School.  Mrs. Stasack worked for the Central Market in South Troy, Grand Union in Troy, Bania's Bakery in Watervliet, Duffer's Associates in Poestenkill, Pop's Bakery and Vanilla Bean Bakery, both in Troy. She was a baker and gifted cake decorator.  Helen and Sam made their home in Wynantskill and were longtime communicants of St. Jude the Apostle Church in Wynantskill. She had previously been a communicant of Holy Trinity Church in South Troy and a member of the church's Rosary Altar Society.  Helen and Sam celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1997. Sam died in 2002 after a long illness, during which Helen was a loving and tireless caregiver.  Helen enjoyed going to camp at Summit Lake and later in Grafton, traveling and having fun with the "Happy Hookers' craft group as well as several local senior citizen groups. Helen especially enjoyed spending time with her family and loved to host holiday dinners.  Helen's family would like to thank Dr. James Aram and the staffs of St. Peter's Hospice Inn, St. Peter's Hospital and Van Rensselaer Manor for the kind care they showed Helen.  She was predeceased by a sister, Mary Petersen, and three brothers, Matthew, Stephen and Frank Kupiec.  Survivors include her children, Ann Marie Stasack, Stephen (Vonnie Vannier) Stasack and William Stasack, all of Wynantskill; her grandchildren, Kristin (Kevin) Dobie, Erin Feiden and James (Amanda) Stasack; her great-grandchildren, Ethan Dobies and Alarick Storm; and her brother, John (Helen) Kupiec of Green Island. Helen is also survived by several beloved nieces and nephews.  Funeral services will be held at 8:45 a.m. Saturday, July 7, 2012, from Thomas S. Connolly Funeral Home, 294 Whiteview Road, Wynantskill, and from St. Jude the Apostle Church in Wynantskill, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. Anthony Ligato, pastor. Burial will follow in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Troy. Calling hours will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, July 6, 2012, at the funeral home.  Contributions to St. Jude the Apostle Church Memorial Fund, 43 Brookside Ave., Wynantskill, NY 12198 and/or St. Peter's Hospice Inn, 315 So. Manning Blvd., Albany, NY 12208 in memory of Helen would be appreciated.

Michael A Muscatello
TROY- Michael A. Muscatello, 63 died Monday June 25, 2012 at Samaritan Hospital surrounded by his loving family. Born in Troy, NY he was the son of Rosemary (Testo) Muscatello and the late Lawrence M. Muscatello. Michael graduated from Troy High School and Siena College. He worked at Wells & Coverly in Troy and later at Russell Sage College, Siena College and the Marriott Hotel. Michael was an avid NY Yankee fan and loved music. In addition to his mother he is survived by his brother Larry Muscatello, his aunts Constance Tanski, Josephine Case and Carolyn Testo, several nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral services will be held 10:30 am Friday, June 29, 2012 from the Wm. Leahy Funeral Home, 336 Third St. Troy, NY. Relatives and friends are invited. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Troy. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to American Parkinson Disease Association, 135 Parkinson Ave., Staten Island, NY 10305.

Madeline Wagner Mundell
Troy - Madeline Wagner Mundell, 97, formerly of Delaware Avenue Troy died Tuesday, June 19, 2012, at Stanton Nursing Home Glens Falls after a long illness. Born in Troy, she was daughter of the late Henry Wagner and Louise Treseler Wagner and wife of the late John W. Mundell. She had resided in Troy all her life and was a graduate of Troy High School and Hudson Valley Community College in the dental assistant program. Mrs. Mundell was a homemaker and worked as a legal secretary and dental assistant. She was a member of Third Presbyterian Church in Troy, a Deacon and the women's group of the church . Survivors include a son, John W. Mundell Jr., Troy; a daughter, Claire Mundell Epworth and husband Roger, Kattskill Bay, NY; a granddaughter, Natalie Mierek and husband Chris; two great grandchildren, Nicholas and Madeline and two nephews, Robert and Douglas Wagner. She was predeceased by a brother, Edward Wagner. Relatives and friends may call at the Bryce Funeral Home, Inc. 276 Pawling Avenue Troy on Friday from 6-8PM Funeral service will be held Saturday at 11AM at the funeral home with Rev. John McAuley, officiating. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery Troy. 

Norine M. Murray – THS 1940
TROY - Norine M. Murray, 89 of 16 Orr Street, Troy, died on Friday afternoon, June 15 at Samaritan Hospital, Troy, after a lengthy illness.  Norine was born in Troy to the late Francis A. and Mary M. Nolan Murray and has been a lifelong city resident. She attended St. Patrick's Elementary School and graduated from Troy High, Class of 1940. She also attended RPI where she took courses in Personnel Management.  Norine was employed for the better part of her career at Grand Union Northeast Division in Waterford, where she served as a Public Relations Director, retiring from that position in 1986. She was also a representative of the Retail Grocers Association to the Vermont State Legislature.   Norine was very active in her community and her Parish of St. Patrick's in Troy where she had been a communicant for all of her life. She served as the parish's Public Relations Director, as well as Founder and Director of St. Patrick's Food Pantry and was the original Director of the St. Patrick's Day celebration at the parish. Norine was a lifetime member of the AOH a member of the Board of the Regional Food Bank as well as being a member of the Troy Chamber of Commerce.  Norine, "Aunt Nor," took great pride and joy in her nieces and nephews and grand nieces and grand nephews. She loved to travel and was a frequent visitor to Ireland.  Norine is survived by eight siblings: John T. (Diane) Murray of Ridgecrest, CA, Francis J. Murray of Troy, M. Bernadette Gettings of Latham, Paul E. (Barbara) Murray of Mechanicville, Donald E. Murray of Troy, Joanne E. (Al) Caron of Troy, Rosemary Lattof of Latham and James V. Murray of Troy. Besides her parents she was also pre-deceased by her brothers: Gavin M. Murray and Robert W. Murray and brothers-in-law William P. Gettings and Theodore N. Latoff. She is also survived by 12 nieces and nephews and 19 great nieces and great nephews.  Funeral Wednesday morning at 8:45 from the Riverview Funeral Home, Inc., 218 Second Ave. (corner of 104th Street) Troy, and at 9:30 o'clock from St. Augustine's Church, 25 115th St., Lansingburgh where the Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated.  

Eric Martin Lyons
Latham - Eric Martin Lyons, 21, of Latham Village Apartments, died Thursday, June 7, 2012, at his residence.  Born in Troy, he was the son of Kirk Lyons of Latham and Theresa Martin of Troy.  Raised and educated in Troy, Eric attended Troy High School. He enjoyed playing video games, working on his computer, watching WWE Wrestling, the New York Giants and the New York Yankees. He was a super fan of superman and his favorite musical group, Rascal Flatts.  Survivors in addition to his parents include a brother, Joseph Martin of Troy; grandmother, Marjorie Gregware of Latham; stepfather, George Meher of Troy; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.   Eric was predeceased by a brother, Zachary Martin; grandparents, Patricia Martin and Alfred "Butch" Martin and Nicholas Lyons.  Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, June 11, 2012, at the McLoughlin & Mason Funeral Home at the corner of 109th Street and Third Avenue in Lansingburgh.  Calling hours will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.  Cremation will take place at the Gardner Earl Crematorium in Troy.  In lieu of flowers, donations to Community Hospice Rensselaer County, 295 Valley View Blvd., Rensselaer, NY 12144, would be appreciated. 

Daniel A. Engwer Jr. – THS 1955
Averill Park - Daniel A. Engwer Jr., 74, of Averill Park died Saturday, June 09, 2012, at Craneville Place Dalton, MA after a long illness. Born in Troy, he was son of the late Daniel August Engwer Sr. and Lillian Cooper Engwer. He had resided on Winter Street in Troy and Miller Hill in Averill Park for many years and was a 1955 graduate of Troy High School . Dan was the owner from 1961-1999 of Dan Engwer Wholesale Florist Supplier and the former owner of Engwer's Coffee and Creme in Averill Park from 1985-2003. He was a Past President of the Capital District Florist Association and a Past Master of the Evening Star Masonic Lodge #75 in Latham. He was a Navy veteran of theKorean War. Survivors include his children, Cyndi J. Campana, Troy, Daniel A. Engwer III, Troy, Wayne E. Engwer , Berlin, Paul A. Engwer, Poestenkill and Kathleen L. Tufano, Troy; two sisters, Dorothy McGann, Wynantskill and Jean (David) Sandman, Mt. Airy, NC, his grandchildren, Michael, Brianna, Dakotha, Jacqueline, Jeremy, Jason, Joshua, Jessica and Zachary Engwer, Kristen Garvansites, Jacob Verchereau and Anthony Tufano; three great grandchildren, Hunter, Ayden and Garrett Engwer and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by five sisters, Gladys A. Manning, Elizabeth Sorrento, Marie Sagendorf, Alethea Carroll and Lillian Lapp Relatives and friends may call at the Bryce Funeral Home, Inc. 276 Pawling Avenue Troy on Tuesday from 4-8PM. Funeral service will be held Wednesday at 11AM at the funeral home with Rev. Karyl Hopp, officiating. Interment will be in Memory Gardens Colonie. Contributions may be made in memory of Daniel A. Engwer Jr. to the Special Olympics New York 504 Balltown Road Schenectady, NY 12304. For a private family guest book and service directions, visit www.brycefh.com.

Dee Ann O'Brien Von Fricken – THS 1959
TROY - Dee Ann O'Brien Von Fricken, 70, returned home and joined the angels on Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at her residence. Born in Troy, she was the daughter of the late John D. O'Brien and Patricia Ainsworth Kincaid. She shared her life with her true love Anthony J. Von Fricken, Sr. of Troy for 51 years. Raised and educated in Troy, she was a graduate of Troy High School, class of 1959. Dee never considered anyone a stranger, just a friend she hadn't met yet. She enjoyed the journey. Dee worked at Samaritan Hospital for 22 years in a variety of positions and retired from the Town of Hoosick Housing Authority. She was active in her community throughout her life including service as president of the PTA at School 1 and secretary of Troy Central Little League in the 1970's. Besides her family, her greatest pleasure came from her creative endeavors which included crochet, knitting, crafting, cooking, reading and listening to music. She was an active member of the Hoosick Falls Home Bureau for a number of years. Survivors in addition to her husband, Anthony, include her six children Peggy (Bill) Kownack, Anne (Jerry) Coonrad, Dan Von Fricken, Katie (Todd) Corlew, Tony Von Fricken, Christina (Christopher Petersen, her young man) Von Fricken, eight grandchildren Christopher (Rachel) Cates, Eric Bultman, Racheal (John) Paige, Jerry Coonrad, Nicolas Coonrad, Zachary Corlew, Zane Coonrad, Joshuah Corlew, she adored her four great grandchildren, Lukas, Lily and Levi Cates and Allie Bultman, five siblings Daryl Freedman, Daniel P. O'Brien, Liz (Charles) Rose, Ruth (James) Willet, Timothy Hayes and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held on Friday, June 1, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at the McLoughlin & Mason Funeral Home, corner of 109th Street and Third Avenue, Lansingburgh, with Rev. Randall Patterson officiating. Cremation will take place at the Gardner Earl Crematorium. Those wishing to say farewell are invited to join the family on Thursday, May 31, 2012 from 4-7pm at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations to the American Diabetes Association , Pine West Plaza, Sutie 204, Washington Ave., Ext., Albany, NY 12205, would be appreciated.

Daniel J. Tobin
EAST GREENBUSH - Daniel J. "Swiz" Tobin, 47, of River Road, Petersburgh, died suddenly, Friday, May 25, 2012, from injuries sustained in a construction accident.  Born in Troy, October 2, 1964, Dan was the son of the late Martin V. and Doris H. (Madsen) Tobin Jr., and the husband for 25 years of Jeanne M. (Wagar) Tobin of Petersburgh. Jeanne and Dan were married September 6, 1986.  A graduate of Troy High School, Dan worked as a welder and mechanic for several area construction firms including Warren Fane Sand and Gravel and Callanan Industries. Most recently he was employed for the past five years by the Delsignore Blacktop and Paving in Brunswick.   Dan was always involved in extra work and at times filled in as a driver for John Ray and Sons in Troy and on weekends, working with Troy Landscaping. For many years he was the proprietor of Cobb Welding in Petersburgh.  He was a former member of the Operating Engineers Local #106 and the Teamsters Local #294 both in Albany.  In the little quiet time he had, Dan loved to ride his "Harley" with his buddies, Dave, Bob and Tim, work on various projects in his garage and hang out at the Tailgate Tavern.  In addition to his wife, survivors include twin daughters, Kayla M. Tobin and Katie L. Tobin both of Petersburgh; two sisters and two brothers, Deborah (Michel) Centanni of Grafton, Karen M. (Tim) Cain of Troy, Martin V. Tobin III of Stratton, Vt. and Timothy S. (Kimberly) Tobin Sr. of Grafton; his mother-in-law, Marilyn Wagar of Brunswick; a maternal uncle, Otto Madsen Jr. of Troy; and several brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins.  In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his father-in-law, the late Harold "Sonny" Wagar.  A funeral service for Dan will be held 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 30, 2012, at the Howard B. Tate & Son Funeral Home Inc., 2237 New York Route 7, Raymertown with Rev. Gaylord Campbell officiating. Burial will follow in Eagle Mills Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited and may call at the funeral home 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.  At the request of the Tobin family, memorial contributions if desired, may be made to Dan's favorite cause, the Toys for Tots Program, c/o the Howard B. Tate & Son F.H., 2237 NY-7, Troy, NY 12180. Howard B. Tate & Son Funeral Home Inc.  2237 N.Y. Route 7, Raymertown.

Kenneth J. Yearsley – THS 1963
Brunswick- Kenneth “Ken” J. Yearsley, 67, a former resident of Pittstown for 37 years and Center Brunswick since 2010, died Wednesday, May 23, 2012, at St. Peter's Hospital in Albany following a brief illness. Born in Troy, September 16, 1944, Ken was the son of the late Schuyler and Mary Regina (Geisel) Yearsley Sr. and for over 43 years, the husband of Gail Yearsley of Eagle Mills who survives. Ken and Gail were married in 1966. After graduating Troy High School in 1963, Ken enlisted in the United States Navy in February, 1964. He was stationed at the Great Lakes Training School earned the rank of E-2 and was honorably discharged in late 1964. For more than 25 years Ken was employed by the New York State, Department of Corrections working as a corrections officer at both the Mt. McGregor and Great Meadows facilities. At the time he retired from state service in 2003, he had earned the rank of Sergeant. More recently he was employed since 2001 as a security guard at the Saratoga Gaming and Raceway. Ken was a former member of St. George Church in Pittstown and a life member of the Pittstown Volunteer Fire Company where he had held several offices. He was a 30-year member, former captain and past president of the Pittstown Volunteer Emergency Corps where he was a CPR and First Aid Instructor, an EMT and also served on the Board of Directors. Additionally he was a member of the Center Brunswick Volunteer Fire Company and active in the Fire Police and a member of the Brunswick B.P.O.E. Lodge #2556. In his quiet time Ken enjoyed the hobbies of fishing, traveling, playing the organ and “de-stressing” with his dog Moose and watching his fish tank. His survivors include his children, Nadine Yearsley of Pittstown, Thomas Yearsley of Eagle Mills and Daniel Yearsley of Averill Park, his step-mother, Carol Yearsley of Clifton Park, seven brothers and sisters, Michael McCarroll, Patrick (Jill) McCarroll, Laurie McCarroll, Kim Call, John (Stephanie) Yearsley, Gary Yearsley, Erin (William) Shambach, seven grandchildren, two great grandchildren and a very special companion and world's best girlfriend, Sandra Horton of North Troy. A brother, the late Schuyler Yearsley Jr. predeceased him. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, May 26, 2012, at 10:00 A.M. at the Pittstown Volunteer Emergency Corps in Pittstown. Burial, with military honors will take place at the convenience of the family, at the Gerald B.H. Solomon, Saratoga National Veterans Cemetery in Schuylerville. Relatives and friends are invite to call at the Pittstown Volunteer Emergency Corps. on Friday, May 25th from 3:00-7:00 P.M. Memorial contributions, at Ken's request, if desired, may be made to the P.V.E.C., 60 Parker School Road, Johnsonville, NY 12094 in memory of Kenneth J. Yearsley. Funeral service details are under the direction of the Howard B. Tate & Son Funeral Home Inc., 2237 NY Route 7, located in Raymertown.

Carolyn Calhoun Burton
TROY - Carolyn Burton, 70, of Winter Haven, Florida and a former resident of Pittstown and Clifton Park, died peacefully, Friday, May 18, 2012,at St. Mary's Hospital in Troy with her loving family by her side, following a long illness.  Born in Troy, May 19, 1941, Carolyn was the daughter of the late Harold N. and Alice (Bulson) Calhoun and the wife for over 52 years of Harry S. Burton of Winter Haven who survives. Carolyn and Harry were married on May 14, 1960.  A graduate of Troy High School, Carolyn was employed for over 22 years by the former Grand Union Company in Waterford. More recently, she was employed by the State Farm Insurance Co. as an administrative assistant in the Human Resources Department working first in the Clifton Park office and then transferring to Winter Haven in Florida. She retired in 2003.  Carolyn was a member of St. John's United Methodist Church of Winter Haven. She was a former member of the Jonesville United Methodist Church, the American Legion Auxiliary #1450 of Clifton Park, the Order of the Eastern Star, Palestine Chapter and a Charter Member of the Pittstown Volunteer Emergency Corps.  In addition to her husband, Carolyn is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, T. John and Kerri Burton of Chandler, AZ, a daughter, Kathleen E. Burton of Malta, three brothers and sisters-in-law, Emory H. and Gloria Calhoun of Hartford, Clifford P. and Peggy Calhoun of Raymertown and Edwin J. and Janet Calhoun Sr. of DeLand, FL, four grandchildren, Corey, Connor, Cooper and Carson Burton all of Arizona and several nieces and nephews. A son, the late Michael H. Burton, predeceased her.  A memorial celebration of Carolyn's life will be celebrated on Tuesday, May 22, 2012, at 7 p.m. at the Jonesville United Methodist Church in Clifton Park with Rev. David Lockwood officiating. Burial will be held in Eagle Mills Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the church on Tuesday, from 5 to 7 p.m. prior to the memorial service.  At the request of the family, memorial contributions if desired may be made to either the Jonesville United Methodist Church of Clifton Park, 963 Main Street, Clifton Park, NY 12065 or to Community Hospice, 295 Valley View Blvd. Rensselaer, NY 12144 in memory of Carolyn Burton.  Funeral service details are under the direction of the Howard B. Tate & Son Funeral Home Inc., 2237 NY Route 7, Troy, NY 12180.

Dorothy Ives McChesney
Moriah, NY - Dorothy Ives McChesney, 88, of Lang Road Moriah died Tuesday, May 15, 2012, at Interlakes Health in Ticonderoga, NY. Born in Brunswick, she was daughter of the late Alson H. Ives and Gladys Cottrell Ives and wife of the late Donald E. McChesney. She was raised on Congress Street in Troy, she then lived in Poestenkill for 8 years and Brunswick from 1954 until moving to Moriah in 1998 She was a graduate of Troy High School and attended the former Albany Stenotype School. Mrs. McChesney was a homemaker and the former Brunswick Town Historian. She was a charter member and past president of Brunswick Historical Society, 11 years program and training director for the Troy Area Camp Fire Girls and a Camp Fire leader for 12 years. She was also a member of the Poestenkill VFW Ladies Auxiliary and W.A.Y.S. Eagle Mills Senior Citizens. She was a member of the Church of Christ Disciples in Troy and taught Sunday school there since 1946 Also a member of the Moriah United Methodist Church. Survivors include a daughter, Gail McChesney (Thomas) Baker, Moriah, NY, two grandsons, Benjamin Michael Baker and Isaac Thomas Baker, Moriah and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two sisters, Ruth Ives Daley and Marjorie Wagar. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the memorial service at the Christian Disciples Church Route 2 and Maple Avenue Eagle Mills on Saturday at 2PM with Rev. Michael White, Pastor, officiating. Interment will be in Eagle Mills Cemetery. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in memory of Dorothy McChesney to the Brunswick Historical Society PO Box 1776 Route 2 Cropseyville, NY 12052. 

Grace Ramroth
BRUNSWICK - Grace Withcuskey Ramroth, 86, former Fourth Street, Troy resident, died Friday, May 11, 2012 at her home in Brunswick. Born in Troy, she was the daughter of the late Thomas V. Withcuskey, Sr. and Grace Higgitt Withcuskey and loving wife of the late Thomas W. Ramroth who died in 2001. Raised and educated in Troy, she graduated from Troy High School. She worked in the office at the former Fitzgerald Brewing Company in Troy. Grace was a devoted wife and homemaker. She was an active member of the Troy Public School #12 PTA and was proud to receive its Lifetime Membership Award. She loved children and was a wonderful mother and grandmother. She leaves her children and grandchildren with many pleasant memories. She will be remembered for her kindness, strength, her love of music, nature , babies, and a good laugh. Survivors include two daughters Delgra M. Childs and her husband John Brown Childs of Santa Cruz, CA, Dale M. Bentley and her husband Robert G. Bentley of West Sand Lake, two grandchildren Andrew Bentley of Albany, Daniel Morton-Bentley and his wife Kaitlin of East Greenbush and many nieces and nephews. Grace was predeceased by her daughter Gail, a sister Grace (Bobbi) who died before Grace was born, and her brother Thomas V. Withcuskey, Jr. Grace's family extends a special thanks to Dr. Ronald V. Musto, and his staff for their unlimited medical expertise and warm service. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Mass in celebration of Grace's life on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 9:30 a.m. at St. Joseph's Church, Third Street, South Troy. Cremation took place at the Gardner Earl Cematorium, Troy. Arrangements by the McLoughin & Mason Funeral Home, Lansingburgh.

Bernard Nowitz – THS 1956
Troy - Bernard “Bernie” Nowitz died after complications from Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. He was 74. Nowitz was born in the Bronx on March 27, 1938 and moved with his family to 443 Taylor Court in Troy, NY in 1942; the Taylor Court address would be home not only to the Nowitz Family, but also the source of warm and deeply cherished childhood memories. A son of Abraham and Fannye Nowitz, Bernie had an older sister, Arlene Nowitz Allen who predeceased him, and is survived by his younger brother, Richard Nowitz, a photographer in Rockville, Maryland. He was a graduate of Troy High School, Class of 1956 and Albany College of Pharmacy, Class of 1960; a member of Rho Pi Phi Fraternity. In 1963, two short months after a chance introduction to Reeva Rosenblum of Cohoes, NY, the two would become engaged and then married on June 14, 1964. During the darkest days of Nowitzs' illness, when asked what he was fighting for, he would regularly declare that he wasn't ready to leave his wife. Together the two would own and run Burns Pharmacy and Medical Equipment in Rensselaer, NY, for 24 years, which they sold in 1990. Bernie Nowitz was a Fellow of the American College of Apthocaries, and the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists. Nowitz was a very proud, knowledgeable and passionate pharmacist, giving tirelessly to his patients and became a beloved member of the Rensselaer community and valued for treating his patients kindly, compassionately and respectfully. After his retirement from Burns Pharmacy, he worked at Whitney Young in Albany, NY and also work for the Medicaid Fraud Unit of the State of New York. He was cited by the Rensselaer Police Department with its Outstanding Citizen Award. Aside from professional pursuits, Bernie Nowitz was heavily involved in various Jewish organizations including a board member of HIAS (Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society), United Jewish Federation of Upstate New York and United Jewish Federation Grants Committee, Hadassah Associate, a former board member of the Capital District V'ad Ha Kashrut, a board member Jewish Family Services and was a past President of Temple Beth El, a former member of the Beth El religious committee and a lay chaplain. He was also a past board member of Troy Chromatics. He traveled to the former Soviet Union on a fact finding mission and to Israel with the Volunteers for Israel Project (twice). In 1998, the Nowitzs were honored by State of Israel Bonds and 2010, they were honored by JERNY (Jewish Educational Resource of New York). His commitment and philanthropy to his faith was unwavering and forefront in his life. In his spare time, Bernie loved musical theater, opera, language, and history, particularly military history. To those who knew him well, Bernie epitomized hard work, passion and commitment, not to mention kindness and compassion. He believed deeply—and encouraged his children to follow their dreams and success would follow; showed continued support and encouragement to their various endeavors. A strong character and a strong soul, Bernie will forever be remembered by those who knew him; he was a giant teddy bear. Bernie fought courageously against a disease that rendered his lungs useless. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Reeva Rosenblum Nowitz, two daughters, Sheryl Nowitz Klein (Tony) of Palo Alto, CA, Abra Nicolle Nowitz of New York, NY and two grandsons, Alex and Daniel Klein. For those wishing to make a donation in Bernie's memory, please send donations to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 811 West Evergreen Avenue, Suite 204, Chicago, IL 60642. Services at Temple Beth El 411 Hoosick Street Troy, NY on Sunday, May 13, 2012 at 1:30pm. Interment will follow in the Beth El Cemetery in Troy. T. For those wishing to make a donation in Bernie's memory, please send donations to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 811 West Evergreen Avenue, Suite 204, Chicago, IL 60642 The period of mourning will be observed at the residence, Sunday through Thursday and Friday morning with a minyan service each evening at 7pm. 

Andy Maier
TROY - Andy Maier, 87, of Sixth Avenue died Sunday, May 6, 2012 at Samaritan Hospital. Born in Troy on September 2, 1924, he was the son of the late Frank Maier and Louise Schollhorn Maier and beloved husband of Helen Carroll Maier of Troy. Raised and educated in Troy, he was a graduate of Troy High School. Andy was a United States veteran serving his country in the Army duringWorld War II and in the Navy during the Korean War. Andy was a gifted remodeling contractor in the area for 50 years. He was a lifelong member of the Troy German Hall Association, where he served as president and board member for many years, founding member of the Brunswick Elks, member of the Lansingburgh Historical Society, board member and former president of Lansingburgh Rotary, where he received the Paul Harris Fellow Award, board member of the Lansingburgh Boys & Girls Club, where he received the Frank W. Kennedy Memorial Award in 2004, former president and member of the Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge, Hudson Valley Chapter. Andy was named Humanitarian of the Year in 1997 by the Uncle Sam Parade Committee. He was a communicant of St. Augustine's Church, where he served as an usher for several years. Andy was a gentle soul loved by all who knew him and will be remembered for his profound generosity. Survivors include two sons Stephen J. Maier, Hon. Christopher T. Maier (Hon. Elizabeth Walsh) all of Troy, three grandchildren Kristen, Thomas and Eric, two brothers Paul Maier (Janet) of FL, Ernest Maier of Averill Park, two sisters Marie Kennedy of Troy, Helen Thomas of Taconic Lake, and his nephew Karl Yager (Sandra) of Wynantskill and several other nieces and nephews. Andy was predeceased by two sisters Frances Yager and Dorothy Marschilok. Funeral services will be held 8:45 a.m. on Thursday, May 10, 2012 from the McLoughlin & Mason Funeral Home, corner of 109th Street and Third Avenue, Lansingburgh and at 9:30 a.m. in St. Augustine's Church, Lansingburgh where the Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Entombment will follow at St. Mary's Mausoleum, Troy Calling hours will be held 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Troy German Hall Association, 309 – 3rd Ave., Troy, NY 12182 or Lansingburgh Boys & Girls Club, 501 – 4th Ave., Troy, 12182.

Frances Ruth Locke
Frances Ruth Locke (Brooke), 89, went home to be with her Lord Jesus on May 2, 2012, surrounded by her loving husband of 66 years, George, her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Fran was born in Manchester, N.H. on July 1, 1922. She moved to N.Y. in 1936 and graduated from Troy High School in 1940. She married the love of her life on February 10, 1946 at St. Michael's church in Troy, N.Y. She moved to Coxsackie N.Y. in 1967, then to Red Creek N.Y. in 1991, then to Edgewater, Fl. in 2011. She was a member of the VFWWomen's Auxiliary, the Cootiettes, working with the veterans, and a member of D.M. Hamilton Fire Co. Auxiliary of Coxsackie. She was a Cub Scout den mother for 6 years in Troy and an auxiliary member for Spring Little League of Troy. She was an avid bowler, loved to crochet, make jigsaw puzzles, and Jeopardy. She was a volunteer travel coordinator for the Coxsackie Senior Center, a member of the Wolcott Senior Center and the most loyal Mets fan EVER! Along with her husband, she is survived by her sons, Leslie (Josephine), David, Douglas (Donna), James (Linda), daughter Suzanne, her sisters Marjorie (Richard) Williams, Beverly (Dominic) Ali, 24 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was predeceased in death by her son Robert, her daughter Kathleen, her parents John and Alice Brooke, her sister and brother in law Constance and Volney Ash. Calling hours will be held on Monday, May 7, 2012, from 6-8pm and a service to celebrate Fran's life on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 12:00pm with the Rev Stan Slager officiating at the funeral home. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Sopris-Murray Funeral Home, 139 Jefferson Heights Catskill, NY 12414. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the D.M. Hamilton Fire Co. in Coxsackie, N.Y

Mary A. Montepare
WATERVLIET, NY - Mary A. (Rezey) Montepare, 92, of Watervliet, NY, passed away on Saturday evening, April 28, 2012 at Rose Lane at Fillmore Pond in Bennington, VT, surrounded by her loving family. Born in Utica on April 27, 1920, she was the daughter of the late William and Anna (Aboud) Rezey and beloved wife of the late Valentino J. Montepare for 65 years. Following the death of both parents at an early age, Mary was raised by her grandfather Abraham Rezey until his death when she was 10 years old. Loving Aunt Selma and Uncle Sarkis Sageer cared for her as part of their family through her teen years. After moving with her brothers to Troy, she graduated from Troy High School and Troy Business College, and began working as a bookkeeper and secretary. Married on November 25, 1945 to Val, she raised a family while working alongside him in their family business, Watervliet Industrial Painting Co. and later the Val-Mar Painting Corp. An active member of the Watervliet community, Mary served for several years as president of the women's auxiliary in the Knights of Columbus and was a dedicated communicant of the former Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, looking forward each year to working at the church bazaar. Mary was a devoted and generous mother to her children and their spouses, John and Deborah (Crook) Montepare of Breckenridge, CO, James and Carole Montepare of Williamstown, MA, Joann and Paul DiZio of Bedford, MA; much loved grandmother to Jay, Jonathan, Christopher, Jeffrey, Brian, and Kenny; beloved sister to Fred, Peter, George, and Joe Rezey; and, Aunt “Mar” to the extended Montepare and Rezey families she held dear. Mary nurtured in her children a bond with their Lebanese and Italian family heritage through her cooking and deep love for family. She will be remembered daily and greatly missed. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, May 8 at 8:45 a.m. from the Parker Bros. Memorial, 2013 Broadway, Watervliet and at 9:30 am at St. Joseph's Church in South Troy, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Interment will follow in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Watervliet. Relatives and friends are invited and may call on Monday, May 7 from 4-7 pm at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Susan G. Komen for the Cure , PO Box 13535, Albany, NY 12212 or www.komenneny.org.

TROY - Anthony D. Perfetti, 76, of Troy entered into eternal life on Friday April 20 at Samaritan Hospital with his loving family by his side.  Born in Troy he was the son of the late Louis and Madeline Magnatta Perfetti and the beloved husband of 44 years of Margaret McCaffery Perfetti.  Anthony owned and operated Perfetti Insurance and Bailbonds for more than 50 years.  Along with his three brothers, Tony was inducted into the Troy Boys Club Hall of Fame. He was a graduate of Troy High School and an avid New York Yankees fan, He enjoyed taking trips out to the casinos but above all he loved and took pride in his children and grandchildren.  In addition to his wife Margaret, Anthony is survived by his loving daughters Colleen (Charles) Daly and Jennifer (Patrick) Hurley both of Atlantic Highlands, N.J., his beloved grandchildren Charlie Daly, Danny, Ciara and Maggie Hurley and one brother Louis Perfetti. He was pre deceased by two brother Frank and Peter Perfetti and his sister Nancy DeSorrento. Tony is also survived by many nieces, nephews, family and friends.  Funeral Services for Anthony will be held on Wednesday, April 25 at 9:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Victory Church, 55 North Lake Ave., Troy, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Family and friends are invited and may call at Our Lady of Victory Church on Tuesday April 24 from 4-7 p.m.  Interment will be held at St. Mary's Cemetery, Troy.

Thomas P. Dewey
TROY - Thomas P. Dewey, 54, of North Greenbush, passed away peacefully on Wednesday evening, April 18, 2012 at St. Peter's Hospital surrounded by his loving family and lifelong friends who remained with him throughout his brief illness. Many thanks to his friends of whom he loved like brothers; Jim Anderson, Marty Demers, Dan Clancy, and Bill Donnelly for being by his side until his final moments. Born in Troy on February 26, 1958, he was the son of the late LeRoy and Mary Cronin Dewey. Raised and educated in Troy, Tom was a graduate of Troy High School. Following high school Tom entered theUnited States Navy and proudly served his country from 1976 to 1980. Upon his return, Tom entered a career in government service and had been a proud member of the United States Postal Service and had worked out of the Troy Post Office as a Letter Carrier for 27 years. Tom was a colorful personality who enjoyed traveling with his family, mastering the art of home brewing beer and wine, and enjoyed cooking and being at home. He was a handyman who tinkered and loved to fix things. Another passion was his Harley Davidson Motorcycle and enjoyed riding on long trips with his wife. Tom is survived by his beloved devoted wife of 34 years, Linda R. Bell Dewey, his treasured daughter Crystal A. Dewey of Voorheesville, and sister Margaret (Clifford) Stark of MA. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his parents and his brothers Roy and David Dewey and his cherished canine Budward Edmond, now reunited with him in heaven. A funeral service to celebrate his life will be held on Monday, April 23, 2012 beginning at 11:00 am at Parker Bros. Memorial Funeral Home, 2013 Broadway, Watervliet. Committal services will follow at the Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery in Schuylerville at 1:30 pm. Friends are invited and may call at the funeral home from 10 - 11 am prior to the service. Due to cemetery regulations, kindly omit flowers. As a tribute to his memory, contributions would be greatly appreciated to the Mohawk and Hudson River Humane Society, 3 Oakland St. Menands, NY 12204. 

 

Naomi M. Esposito
LOUDONVILLE - Naomi M. Greene Esposito, 86, died peacefully Sunday, April 15, 2012 at the Eddy Heritage House in Troy with her family at her side. Born in Grafton on April 19, 1925, she was the daughter of the late Lorenzo and Elvira Coonradt Greene. She was a graduate of Troy High School and resided in Troy for many years before moving to Loudonville 30 years ago. She was the owner/operator of Josie's Flower Garden in Menands for over 50 years. She enjoyed cooking, crossword puzzles, reading a good book and loved being a “Nana” and spending time with her grandchildren. She was the wife of the late Frank P. Esposito who died in 2005, Loving mother of Jane (Dick) Landry of Troy, Jaypaul (Rhonda) Esposito of Malta, Michelle M. (A. Charles) Brizzell of Melrose and the late John J. Reed, Adored “Nana” of Danielle (Patrick) Hawkins, Marissa Lynn Esposito, Suzette (Ken) Summer, Rob (Julie) Blanchard, Brittany, Sarah and Thomas McGaughnea, Great grandmother of Madison and Caroline Blanchard, Sister of Lucy (late Fred) Herman of New Baltimore, John L. Greene of Watervliet and David Cohen of Troy. She is also survived by her special friend and companion, Barbara Bennett and several nieces and nephews. The funeral service will be Thursday at 10:00 am at the Parker Bros. Memorial, 2013 Broadway, Watervliet with Rev. John F. Tallman officiating. Interment St. Patrick's Cemetery, Watervliet. Relatives and friends are invited and may call at the funeral home on Wednesday from 4-8 pm. In honor of her love for cats, contributions may be made to SCRUFF, PO Box 200, Guilderland, NY 12184. Condolence book at ParkerBrosMemorial.com.

Grace A. Perry 
COHOES - Grace A. Perry, 91, of Cohoes, passed peacefully on Friday, April 13, 2012. 
Mrs. Perry was born in Troy, the daughter of the late William F. Horth and Catherine Minehan Horth.  She attended St. Joseph's School and graduated from Troy High School.  She was the wife of the late Peter S. Perry, Sr. and the sister of the late George Horth, Anne Horth Fitzpatrick and the twin sister of the late Catherine Horth Filieau.  Survivors include her son, Peter S. (Gloria) Perry, Jr. of Cohoes; her daughter, JoAnne (Jospeh) Crupi of Glenmont; her beloved grandson, Peter W. Perry; sister in law, Irene Craney and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.  Funeral from the Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Ltd 105 Vliet Blvd Cohoes 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. A Mass of Christian Burial 10 a.m. from Holy Trinity Parish.
Interment will be in Memory Gardens, Colonie.  Relatives and friends are invited and may call at the funeral home 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday.  Those wishing to remember Mrs. Perry may make contributions in her memory to theAmerican Cancer Society , 260 Osborne Rd Loudonville NY 12211.

Grant T. Campbell – THS Faculty
Colonie - Grant T. Campbell died Sunday afternoon, April 8, 2012. Born in the Thanksgiving Hospital in Cooperstown he was the son of Ambrose W. and Maude V. (McManus) Campbell. He was predeceased by his parents; sister, Beverly I. Felske; and brother, Leland A. Campbell. Grant is survived by his son, Grant D. Campbell, and daughter-in-law, Michelle (Chaulpa) Campbell of Almira, Washington; two grandchildren, Gracie Isabella Campbell of North Carolina and Mason Henry Campbell of Almira, Washington; two nieces, Sheree Bossie and Kim Clabaugh of Florida; and six cousins, Aline Heller, Donald Campbell and Jason Campbell of the New York area, Mary Lou Sheppard of California, Jean Butler of Colorado and Joan Shevalier of Florida. He was raised in Fly Creek and graduated from Sidney High School in 1944. A U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, he served with the Pacific Seventh Fleet under Admiral Thomas Kinkaid as a Yeoman Second Class. Upon leaving the Navy, Grant attended Champlain College and Hartwick College. He taught high school social studies in Van Hornesville; Franklin; for the O.E.A. in Nurnberg and Frankfurt, Germany; and for 25 years at Troy, plus substitute teaching for the Troy School District from 1992 through 2010. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Parkinson Research Foundation, 8586 Potter Park Drive, Sarasota, FL 34238. There will be no calling hours. A graveside service and burial will be offered at the Schuyler Lake Cemetery in Schuyler Lake at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 10, 2012, with the Rev'd Mark A. Michael, Rector at Christ Church, Cooperstown, officiating. All friends are welcome to attend. The cemetery is located at the intersection of County Highways 22 and 23 in Schuyler Lake. Online condolences may be made atwww.cooperstownfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are under the guidance of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home, 82 Chestnut Street, Cooperstown.

Robert R. Simmons Sr.
TROY – Robert R. Simmons Sr. 75, of Pleasantdale died peacefully on April 2, 2012 at the Eddy-Heritage House in Troy. Born in Troy he was the son of Stella Hoinski Simmons of Cohoes and the late Royal Simmons and the devoted husband of the late Dolores Daley Simmons. Mr. Simmons was a graduate of Troy High School and was retired from the Norton Company in Watervliet. He served in the US Air Force from 1957 to 1963 and was a member of the Veterans of Lansingburgh. Bob was an avid NY Giants and Yankee fan. Survivors include his sons, Royal Simmons (Darlene) of Troy, Robert Simmons Jr. (Shirley) of Waterford and Thomas Simmons of Watervliet, daughters, Cheryl Haskins (Robert) and Ida LaChance both of Watervliet and Karen Kendall of Troy, 9 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held on Thursday at 10 am from the Frank P. McDonald & Son Funeral Home 870 Second Avenue (124th & 125th Streets) in Lansingburgh. Friends are invited and may call at the Funeral Home on Wednesday from 4 to 7 pm. The internment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery in Troy. The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at the Heritage House for their compassion and care given to Bob in his final days. Words cannot express their gratitude. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Community Hospice of Rensselaer County, 295 Valley View Blvd., Rensselaer, NY 12144.

Joseph P. Sanders Sr.
Green Island - After a long illness, Joseph Paul Sanders Sr., entered into eternal slumber on March 28, 2012, at his residence in Green Island, NY. Born in Troy, NY in 1951, he was the son of the late Clarence Sanders and Eudora Gagnon-Sanders Fuller. Born and raised in Troy, he attended Troy High School. he held various positions throughout his lifetime as a laborer, most recently he worked for RPI. Joe was a diehard New York Yankees, New York Giants, and Beach Boys Fan. He also enjoyed bowling, softball, camping, lottery scratch-offs, and spending time with his family and friends. Joe is survived by his children, Joseph Sanders Jr., Paul Normand, Tara Goss, and Carolyn Neary of Troy, Philip Sanders of Plattsburgh, Kevin Sanders of Texas, and his 10 grandchildren. He is also survived by his loving, caring wife Dolores Sanders of Waterford and his siblings Gloria Robbins of Colorado, David Sanders of Cohoes, Thomas Sanders of Massachusetts, Rosemarie Parker if North Carolina, and Julia Thomas of Clifton Park. He is predeceased by his brother Raymond Sanders Sr. of Troy, and sisters Sandra Rose and Tina Sanders of Stillwater. In addition to his family he is survived by his close friends P.J Babie, Skip Diamond, Darlene and William Hansbury Jr., and many many others. Joe's fonal resting place will be at St. Joseph's Cemetery in Waterford with his late mother. Graveside service will be held April 7 at 12:00 P.M. with a celebration of his life being held immediately after The Troy VFW, 305 1st St, Troy. Those who wish may make a contribution in Joe's memory to the Joseph P. Sanders Sr. Memorial Fund in care of Pioneer Bank, which will be donated to The American Heart Association s and theAmerican Diabetes Association at a later date.

HOGAN, DOROTHY
TROY – Dorothy C. Hogan, 74, of Lansingburgh died peacefully on April 1, 2012 at the Samaritan Hospital in Troy. Born in Troy she was the daughter of the late John and Dorothy Williams Kohler and the devoted wife of the late Richard Hogan. Mrs. Hogan was a graduate of Troy High School and was retired from the Millview Adult Home in Colonie. She had previously worked at JM Fields and the Nierenberg Shirt Factory (Standard Manufacturing) in Troy. Dorothy was a member of the Veterans of Lansingburgh Auxiliary and the Silver Sneakers. Survivors include her son John Perry (Victoria) of Johnsonville, step son Richard Hogan (Regina) and step daughter Kelly Hogan both of Cohoes and grandchildren, John Perry, Stephanie McGiness (David) and Jessica Hogan. Also survived by her special granddaughter Madison Seeley, her good friend Chuck Morse, several nieces and nephews and her beloved pets, Katy and Ponch. She was predeceased by her brother John Kohler and sisters, Geraldine McKeever and Margaret Carroll. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 9:30 am from St. Augustine';s Church where the Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Friends are invited and may call at the Frank P. McDonald & Son Funeral Home 870 Second Avenue (124th & 125th Streets) in Lansingburgh on Tuesday from 4 to 7 pm. The internment will be in Memory';s Garden in Colonie. If desired contributions may be made to the Community Hospice of Rensselaer County, 295 Valley View Blvd., Rensselaer, NY 12144.

Ruth A. Cancilla
TROY- Ruth Ann Carroll Cancilla, 69, of Speigletown died suddenly, March 30, 2012 at Albany Medical Center. Born in Troy on June 13, 1942, she was the daughter of the late William Carroll and Anna Cunningham Carroll and beloved wife of James Cancilla of Troy. Raised and educated in Troy, she was a graduate of Troy High School. She was a caring sister and leaves behind a rich legacy of a life of goodness. She was a member of the Red Hattitudes society of Schaghticoke and a communicant of Transfiguration Parish, Speigletown. Survivors in addition to her husband, James, include, a son John Cancilla of Tennessee, three sisters Anna Post (Victor) of Florida, Rosemary Kellogg (Frank) of Waterford, Helen Culnan (Kenneth) of Broadalbin, a brother William Carroll (Wendy) of Crown Point, five grandchildren, two great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and best friends Gail, Shirley and Barb Nicolson. Ruth was predeceased by a sister Patricia Coonrad. Funeral services will be 9:15 a.m. on Monday, April 2, 2012 from the McLoughlin & Mason Funeral Home, corner of 109th Street and Third Avenue, Lansingburgh and at 10:00 a.m. at Transfiguration Church, Hillview Drive, Speigletown. Entombment will follow at St. Mary';s Mausoleum, Troy. Calling hours will be 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to Transfiguration Parish, 50 Hillview Dr., Troy, NY 12182, Speigletown, Hoosic Valley Rescue Squad, 1448 NY Rt 40, Schaghticoke, NY 12154 or Speigletown Fire, 146 Speigletown Rd, Rt 40, Troy, NY 12182. 

Dolores E. Robinson Ashley - THS 1966
Troy - Dolores “Dee” Ashley was called home to rest on Friday, March 23, 2012, after a sudden illness. Born in Troy, NY, on March 26, 1947, she was the daughter of the late Methyl Lee Williams and Lawrence D. Haywood. A proud veteran, DEE was honorably discharged from the United States Marine Corps in 1968 after serving in Parris Island and Lejeune with a National Defense Service Medal. Specializing in illustration, her talent in art led to a career in hospitality as a successful Sales and Banquet Manager at The Rowntowner Motor Inn and Director of Sales at Falcon';s Nest Inc. in Albany. She graduated from Hudson Valley Community College with a degree in Nursing and worked at the Albany Stratton VA Medical Center for 20 years concentrating in the Intensive Care Unit. Dee is survived by her daughter Natasha (Kevin) Sanford-Jackson; sisters Brenda (Ronnie) Brown and Mona (George) Lazaridis; brother Mark Haywood; and her beloved nephew Lamont Williams. She was a magnificent grandmother to Kevin III and Nadia Jackson, and loved her aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and extended family dearly. Dee is predeceased by her brother Bruce (Judith) Williams, Sr. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 29, 2012 at Bethel Baptist Church, 2165 5th Ave., Troy, NY 12180 with Rev. Eric Shaw, pastor. Relatives and friends are invited to attend calling hours from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Interment will be at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery.

RICCI, PETER A.
Latham - Peter A. Ricci, 71, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 25, 2012 at Albany Memorial Hospital with his family by his side. Peter was born in Troy to the late Angelo and Frances (Sands) Ricci. He attended St. Mary's School and graduated from Troy High School. He proudly served with the NY Air National Guard 109th Airlift Group based in Schenectady. Peter';s love for work included, employment at Montgomery Ward's, bartending at the Camelot Restaurant in Albany, Mario';s in Troy, Turf Inn in Colonie and the OTB Teletheatre in Albany. He also worked as a toll collector for the NYS Thruway. Many years ago Peter owned and operated Pete';s Circle Diner in Latham. At the time of his death he was employed as a Sales Associate at the Home Depot in Latham. Peter was an active member of the Colonie Elks #2192, the Joseph E. Zaloga Post #1520 and the American Legion. In addition to his parents Peter was predeceased by his brothers, Giacamo and Jack Ricci. Peter is the beloved husband and best friend of Carole Ann (Mullin); he is the father of Loraine Robichaud. He is the brother of Adeline “Lee” Styno and Michael (Phyllis) Ricci. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and grandchildren. Funeral services will be Friday at 10:00 am at New Comer Cannon Funeral Home, 343 New Karner Rd., Colonie. Calling hours will be Thursday from 4:00 to 8:00 pm at the funeral home. Entombment will follow the service at Memory Gardens, Colonie. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society 260 Osborne Rd., Loudonville, N.Y. 12211 in Peter';s memory.

WOITOVICH, ELIAS "AL"
CLIFTON PARK - Elias "Al" Woitovich, passed away on Wednesday, March 21, 2012, at his home, with his family at his side. Born in Montreal, Canada on March 26, 1938, he was the son of the late John and Mary (Halayko) Woitovich. Al was a graduate of Troy High School and Albany Business College and was a U.S. Air Force veteran. He lived most of his life in Troy. Al was a mechanic for the City of Troy Fire Department. He was a thirty-six year member of the Troy Elks Lodge #141, the American Legion Post #1450, the Brunswick Sportsman Club and a life member of the National Rifle Association. Al is survived by his wife, Agnes; his son, Alex (Ycela Collado) of Queens; his three stepchildren, William O'Donovan (Rebecca) of Lake Luzerne, Erin O'Donovan (Dave Barsh) of Schenectady and Ryan O'Donovan of Clifton Park; his three granddaughters, Brooke, Daphne and Haylee, and his three grandsons, John, Brent and Sam. Also surviving is his brother-in-law, Raymond Brown of Speigletown; his nephews, John Brown (Debbie) and Marc Brown (Leann) and their children; his father-in-law, Harold Priddle of Clifton Park; his sister-in-law, Alma Laramie (Paul) of Las Vegas, NV; his miniature schnauzer, Ella; and his lifelong friends, Jim Bodah and Bob Taft. In addition to his parents, Al was predeceased by his sister, Sonya Brown on February 6, 2012, his mother-in-law, Ruth Priddle and his boxer, Jazzy. Funeral services will be Saturday at 12:00 p.m. at New Comer Cannon Funeral Home, 343 New Karner Road, Colonie (Rt. 155-south of Central Ave). Calling hours will precede the service from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be in the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Schuylerville at a later date. Those who wish may make contributions to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF), 383 Main Ave., 5th Floor, Norwalk, CT 06851 in memory of Elias Woitovich. 

GRIMM, KENNETH – THS 1978
ALBANY - Kenneth Richard Grimm, 52, of South Allen Street died suddenly Tuesday, March 20, 2012, Born in Troy, he was son of Linda (Scott) Dobransky of Cropseyville and the late Charles Lewis Grimm and stepson of John Dobransky. He was raised in Wynantskill, lived Averill Park for several years and for the past 4 years had resided in Albany. Ken was in autobody repair since he graduated from Troy High School in 1978 and was owner and operator of Number 1 Autobody in South Troy for the past 18 years. Survivors include two brothers, Daniel Richard (Colleen) Grimm of Brunswick and Stephen Dobransky of Averill Park; two nephews, Bryan (Colleen) Grimm and Adam Grimm; a niece, Danielle (Jeff) Cushman and a great niece, Charlotte Cushman. He was predeceased by his maternal grandparents, Harvey M. and Patricia Scott of Troy and paternal grandparents, Andrew and Viola Grimm of Cropseyville Relatives and friends may call at the Bryce Funeral Home, Inc. 276 Pawling Avenue Troy on Saturday from 9-11:30 AM. Funeral service will be held Saturday at 12 Noon at Pawling Avenue United Methodist Church Troy with Rev. Karyl Hopp, Pastor , officiating. Interment will be in Brookside Cemetery Brunswick. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in memory of Kenneth Richard Grimm to the Northeast Health Foundation for the Cancer Treatment Center 2224 Burdett Avenue Troy, NY 12180.

PROVOST, JR., DAVID – THS 1964
BRUNSWICK - David E. Provost, Jr., 65, entered into eternal life in the loving comfort and care of his family at his residence on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 following a long illness. Born in Troy, he was the son of the late David E. and Anna Byrne Provost, Sr. and was a graduate of Troy High School, Class of 1964. Dave was a decorated U.S. Army veteran having served in the Vietnam War. Dave retired from a career of over 25 years at the Ford Motor Company in Green Island. After retiring, he was then employed by the New York State DOT, NYS Canal Corporation and retired from the NYS Office of Parks in Grafton. He was a communicant of Transfiguration Parish in Speigletown and was a very kind man who loved his family and country. Beloved husband of over 44 years of Kathleen L. Lockwood Provost of Brunswick, devoted father of Dana (Leo) Sbardella of Harrisburg, NC and Darcy (Ian) Pogue of Brunswick, brother of Marianne Feldman of Troy, Janet Provost of Poestenkill and the late Bernard Provost, cherished grandfather of Nicholas, Andrew, Daniel and Luke Sbardella, Kaelin and Ciara Pogue, also survived by several nieces and nephews. Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday morning at 11:30 a.m. at Transfiguration Parish (formerly St. Bonaventure's Church), 50 Hillview Rd., Troy, by Rev. George P. Fleming, Pastor. Relatives and friends are invited and may call on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the White-Sanvidge Funeral Home, 58 Leversee Road (RT-40 in Speigletown) in Troy. Interment with military honors will be held in the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery in Schuylerville. Those desiring, may make memorial contributions to the Rev. Francis A. Kelley Disabled American Veterans Post #38, 19 Woodview Rd., Troy, NY 12182, Community Hospice of Rensselaer, 295 Valley View Blvd., Rensselaer, NY 12144, American Cancer Society 260 Osborne Rd., Loudonville, NY 12211 or to Transfiguration Parish, 50 Hillview Dr., Troy, NY 12182, in memory of David E. Provost, Jr. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted by the family to the White-Sanvidge Funeral Home, 58 Leversee Road (RT-40 in Speigletown), Troy, NY 12182 (518) 235-0952.

BURRILL, HELEN
REDWOOD CITY, CA - Helen Chambers Burrill passed away on February 25, 2012 in Redwood City, California. Born July 26, 1921 in Troy, New York, Helen was the daughter of James R. and Florence Chambers. She graduated from Troy High School in 1939 and from the Troy Business College Stenographic Course in 1940. On July 5, 1942, she married Nelson Willis Burrill. They moved to Palo Alto, California in 1962. Helen was employed by SRI International in Menlo Park. Helen was preceded in death by her husband and by her three sisters, Marjorie Chambers, Mary Chambers and Arlene Hiscox. She is survived by two children, Marjorie Chamberlain (Adam Chamberlain) of San Jose and James Burrill (Camille Fischer) of Redwood City, and by three grandchildren, Amanda Chamberlain, Benjamin Burrill and Charlotte Fischer. A Memorial Celebration of Life for Helen will be held by Rev. Dr. Margaret Willis Boles at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 670 East Meadow Drive, Palo Alto, CA 94306 at 3:00 PM on Saturday March 24. Interment will be at Alta Mesa Memorial Park in Palo Alto. 

KAKULE, JOHN
NORTH GREENBUSH - John J. Kakule, 76, of Bloomingrove Drive, passed away on Friday, March 16, 2012 at the Van Rensselaer Manor. Born in Troy, he was the son of the late Edward and Lillian Haviland Kakule. John was a Troy High School graduate and later obtained a degree in Draftsmanship. He retired from Park 200 Apartments in Clifton Park where he was a maintenance person for 15 years. John previously worked for Marty's T.V. in Lansingburgh as a repairman for 25 years. He was a U.S. Army veteran who served during the Korean War. John is survived by his sister, Theresa Opoka of Troy. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. John was predeceased by his brothers; Edward and George Kakule, sisters; Mary Agnes McGivern, Lillian Springer, Sylvia Kakule, Mary Jones and Elizabeth Berrigan. Funeral will be held on Thursday March 22, 2012 at 10 a.m. at the John J. Sanvidge Funeral Home, Inc. (Corner of 115th Street and Fourth Avenue) in Lansingburgh. Relatives and friends are invited and may call at the funeral home on Wednesday from 5 - 8 PM. Interment with military honors will be held in the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery in Schuylerville. Those desiring, may make memorial contributions to the Mohawk & Hudson River Humane Society, 3 Oakland Avenue, Menands, NY 12204, in memory of John J. Kakule. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted by the family to the John J. Sanvidge Funeral Home, Inc., 565 Fourth Avenue, Troy, New York 12182. (518) 235-0952.

LEWIS, CHARLES
PITTSTOWN - Charles S. Lewis, 83, a fifty year resident of Fogarty Road, died peacefully, Thursday, March 15, 2012, at the Hoosick Falls Health Center following a short illness. Born in Pittstown, February 20, 1929, he was the son of the late Perry J. and Charlotte (Dick) Lewis and for over 39 years the husband of Doris M. (Bink) Lewis of Pittstown who survives. Charles and Doris were married December 24, 1972. Mr. Lewis attended Troy High School. For many years he was employed by the former Bendix Manufacturing Company in Green Island and worked as a machine operator and repairman. He retired in 1975. Mr. Lewis was a member of the Pittstown United Methodist Church, a member and Past Master of the King Solomon Masonic Lodge in Troy and a Life Member of the Green Island Rod and Gun Club. Additionally, for over 25 years he was active in the Pittstown Volunteer Emergency Corps where he was a member, became an E.M.T., served as a driver and was both a Past President of the squad and Past Chairman of their Board of Directors. In his quiet time Charles enjoyed the hobbies of hunting, fishing and watching tv. In addition to his wife, Mr. Lewis is survived by his children, Judith (Jay) Jordan of Cohoes, Deborah (Richard) Mustone of Saratoga, Charles J. (Mel) Lewis of Pittstown, Richard McDermott of Halfmoon, Dennis (Jessica) McDermott of Cohoes, Elizabeth McDermott of Eagle Mills, Patricia (Prince Richard) Hoyt of Ballston Lake, Sherry Swantko of Ballston Lake and Pamela McDermott of Petersburgh, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. A son, the late Michael Lewis and several brothers and sisters predeceased him. A funeral service will be held on Monday, March 19, 2012, at 10:00 A.M. at the Howard B. Tate & Son Funeral Home Inc., 2237 New York Route 7, located in Raymertown with Rev. Gaylord Campbell officiating. Burial will follow in Hillside Cemetery in Raymertown. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the funeral home on Sunday, from 2:00 - 6:00 P.M. Memorial contributions if desired, at the request of the family, may be made to the Pittstown Volunteer Emergency Corps, 60 Parker School Road, Johnsonville, New York 12094 in memory of Charles S. Lewis. Howard B. Tate & Son Funeral Home Inc. 2237 New York Route 7 Troy, New York 12180

DeSAPIO, JOSEPH
TROY - Joseph J. DeSapio, 78 of Sixth Avenue, passed away on Thursday, March 15, 2012 at Samaritan Hospital. Born in Troy, he was the son of the late Nicholas A. DeSapio and Anna Patti DeSapio. Raised and educated in Troy he was a graduate of Troy High School. Joseph spent most of his life as a clothing designer and artist. He enjoyed working and displaying his art and clothing at Visual Creations Shop in downtown Troy. He worked for the former Nirenberg & Sons and Al's Fabric in Troy. He had an extreme talent and even Oscar DeLaRenta took interest in Joseph's unique clothing designs. Joseph was a talented artist and loved to duplicate the "old master's" paintings including Renoir, Vermeer and Leonardo Da vinci. Joseph was a caring person with a heart of gold. He also loved to cook and made a lemon meringue pie and pizza that was out of this world. He will be greatly missed by his good friends Bridgette and Richard Missenis. Survivors include, three sisters Emily Thomas, Ann Marie Mazur both of Troy, Joan Bury of Clifton Park, a brother Anthony DeSapio of Troy and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two brothers William and Nicholas DeSapio. A Memorial Service will be scheduled at a later date. Arrangements by the McLoughlin & Mason Funeral Home, corner of 109th Street and Third Avenue, Lansingburgh.

SALO, JOSEPH
WATERVLIET - Joseph V. Salo, 85, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 10, 2012, at Samaritan Hospital following a brief illness. Born in St. Johnsville, New York, on May 15, 1926, he was the son of the late John and Catherine Tyma Salo and beloved husband of the late Irene C. Postupak Salo, with whom he shared fifty-five years of marriage until her passing in 2008. Following his graduation from Troy High School, Joe proudly served his country in the U.S. Army's 10th Armored Division in Germany during World War II, earning a Bronze Star for Valor and Meritorious Service for saving the lives of two fellow soldiers wounded during a firefight at Neidlingen on April 21, 1945. With help from the GI Bill, he received his bachelor's degree in psychology at Winona State Teachers College in Minnesota. He entered state service and was employed at the NYS Division of Parole where during his career he achieved the position of Commissioner of Parole, retiring in 1988. Joe was an outstanding athlete, briefly playing baseball in his younger days for the Chicago Cubs farm team in Lockport, New York, and later inducted into the Troy High School Athletic Hall of Fame. He was an avid golfer and New York Yankees fan. He was a man of civic pride and served on the Watervliet Zoning Board as well as President of the Watervliet Little League. More than anything, he loved traveling to Cape Cod and being with his family. Survivors include his devoted children, Linda M. (George) Seymour of Burnt Hills, David F. (Sherry) Salo, MD, of Long Valley, NJ, Robert J. Salo of Watervliet, and Joseph P. Salo of Latham; cherished grandchildren Taryn (Ryan) Maloney, Caitlin Seymour, Vanessa, C.J., Lauren, Erin, Mary, Kathryn, and Nicole Salo. He was predeceased by his brothers Michael (whose wife Sophie survives) and John (late Kate). Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 15, 2012, at 10:45 am at the Parker Bros. Memorial Funeral Home, 2013 Broadway, Watervliet, followed by a mass at 11:30 at St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church. Interment will follow in St. Nicholas Cemetery. Calling hours will be held Wednesday, March 14, from 4-8 pm at the funeral home. The Panikhyda Service will begin at 7:00 pm. As a tribute to Joe's memory, remembrances may be made to Northeast Regional Food Bank, 965 Albany-Shaker Road, Latham, NY 12110, or to the Animal Protective Foundation, 53 Maple Avenue, Scotia, NY 12302. 

CASEY, RUTH
POESTENKILL - Ruth A. McLaughlin Casey, 93, of Deer Creek Road died Sunday, March 11, 2012, at Samaritan Hospital surrounded by her loving family. Born in Troy, she was daughter of the late Hugh McLaughlin and Anna Coughlin McLaughlin and wife of the late William V. Casey. She had resided in Troy most of her life and in Poestenkill since 2000 and was a graduate of Troy High School and Troy Business College. Mrs. Casey was a student service representative in the Registrar's Office of Russell Sage College for 15 years, retiring in the early 80's. She was a member of St. Joseph's PTA, Ilium Literary Club, Sycaway Seniors and a former communicant of Sacred Heart Church. She was an avid reader and loved spending time with her family.. Survivors include two sons, William G. (Lynn) Casey, Latham and Timothy E. (Marybeth) Casey, Poestenkill; a daughter, Christine (David) Helwig, Poestenkill; 7 grandchildren, Jill (Tom) Carroll, Jessie (Bryan) Weatherwax, Kate, Sarah, and Caroline Casey, Colin Helwig and Nicole Melius; 4 great grandchildren, Satchel and Roscoe Carroll and Abe and Addie Weatherwax and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a brother, Eugene McLaughlin. Relatives and friends may call at the Bryce Funeral Home, Inc. 276 Pawling Avenue Troy on Wednesday from 4-7 PM. Funeral service will be held Thursday at 9 AM at the funeral home and at 9:30 AM at St. Henry's Church Averill Park where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. John Provost , Pastor. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery Troy. Contributions may be made in memory of Ruth A. Casey to the American Parkinson Disease Association, Inc. Parkinson Plaza, 135 Parkinson Ave. Staten Island, NY 10305. 

FRED F. ALBRIGHT, JR., THS 1964
SARATOGA SPRINGS - Fred Frank Albright, Jr., died Monday, March 12, 2012 at Saratoga Hospital surrounded by his loving family. Born in Troy, on November 8, 1945, he was the son of the late Dr. Fred F. Albright and Katherine Abare Albright. He graduated from Troy High School and attended Parsons and Miami Dade College. Fred was Vice President of Towne Construction & Paving of Schenectady, before retiring in 2010. He was an avid hockey player while attending school. With family and friends, Fred enjoyed his home on Saratoga Lake. He was the local tour guide, proudly taking his visitors for boat rides and providing history lessons. He was an accomplished water skier and could even ski barefoot. He loved to detail classic cars and bring them to auto shows. He enjoyed NFL Football and NASCAR. Some of his favorite moments were traveling the country with his two sons who completed in local, state and national BMX Bicycle races then displaying their many trophies. He leaves his beloved sons, Fred Frank Albright, III (Amanda), Timothy Martin Albright (Bridget) all of Saratoga Springs, his granddaughter Ryleigh Katherine Albright, twin brother Michael Albright (Mary) of Clifton Park, his former wife Marilyn Mahar Albright and many nieces, nephews and close friends. The family wishes to express its gratitude particularly to Uncle Ed and Aunt Marge DerGurahian; the doctors, nurses and staff of Saratoga Hospital; as well as Dr. Desai and his staff of Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, for all their care and support of Fred. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday at the McLoughlin & Mason Funeral Home, corner of 109th Street and Third Avenue, Lansingburgh with Nancy Volks officiating. Calling hours will be Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

MURRAY, ROBERT
TROY - Robert W. Murray, 81 formerly of 16 Orr Street, Troy, NY, died on Wednesday, March 7 at the Eddy Heritage House in Troy after an extended illness. Robert was born in Troy, NY to the late Francis A. and Mary M. Nolan Murray and has been a lifelong city resident. He was a graduate of Troy High School and Siena College where he earned his Bachelor's Degree. Robert also took graduate courses at RPI in Troy. He was a Mechanical Engineer at the Watervliet Arsenal working in Research and Development with Benet Laboratories for 30 years until his retirement. Robert was an US Army Veteran, active duty from 1952-54 and also served in the Army Reserves until 1960. He earned the National Defense Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. Robert was very active with New York State Right to Life and Citizens Concerned for Human Life (CCHL) as well as Rensselaer County Right to Life. Robert was a founding member of the Latin Mass Community of St. Joseph's Church in Troy and was a former communicant of St. Patrick's Church in Troy. Bob was very athletic and enjoyed many activities and sports including: swimming, skiing, bowling, softball, basketball and golf. Robert is survived by his nine siblings: John T. (Diane) Murray of Ridgecrest, CA, Norine M. Murray of Troy, Francis J. Murray of Troy, M. Bernadette Gettings of Latham, Paul E. (Barbara) Murray of Mechanicville, Donald E. Murray of Troy, Joanne E. (Al) Caron of Troy, Rosemary Lattof of Latham and James V. Murray of Troy. Besides his parents he was also pre-deceased by his brother Gavin M. Murray and brothers-in-law William P. Gettings and Theodore N. Latoff. He is also survived by 12 nieces and nephews and 19 great nieces and great nephews. Funeral Saturday morning at 8:15 from the Riverview Funeral Home, Inc., 218 2nd Avenue Troy and at 10 o'clock from St. Joseph's Church, Troy where a requiem mass will be offered. Relatives and friends are invited to attend and may also call at the Riverview Funeral Home on friday from 4 to 7 pm. Interment will be in St. Peter's Cemetery Troy. Instead of sending flowers those who wish may make a contribution in Robert's memory to the following organizations: New York State Right to Life, 41 State Street, Suite M-100, Albany, NY 12207 or to the American Life League (ALL), PO Box 1350, Seaford, VA 22555 or to Community Hospice of Rensselaer County, 295 Valley View Blvd., Rensselaer, NY 12144.

FLOWERS, MATTHEW
TROY - Matthew Flowers, Sr., 62, of Second Avenue, died on February 28, 2012. Born in Troy, he was the son of the late Theodore and Johnnie Mae Drakeford Flowers and was a graduate of Troy High School. Mr. Flowers was affectionately known by his family and all of their friends as "Pops'" He was a dedicated employee at Siena College for over 20 years. "Pops" loved his fishing, bowling and golf. Devoted father and "Pops" to Matthew (Priscilla) Flowers, Jr. and Tyrone Flowers, both of Troy, Maxine (Irvine) Riley of Albany, Felecia C. and Terrance Flowers, both of Troy, brother of Theodore Flowers, II of Troy and Doris E. Flowers of Arlington, VA, special friend of Tina Henderson, also "Pops" to 13 grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Funeral service will be held on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at the John J. Sanvidge Funeral Home, Inc., 565 Fourth Avenue (at the corner of 115th Street in Lansingburgh), Troy. Relatives and friends are invited and may call at the funeral home on Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. Burial will be held in Oakwood Cemetery, Troy. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted by the family to the John J. Sanvidge Funeral Home, Inc., 565 Fourth Avenue, Troy, New York 12182. (518) 235-0952.

MARKUSSEN, DOROTHY
NORTH GREENBUSH - Dorothy I. Weatherwax Markussen, 97, of Route 43 North Greenbush died Sunday, February 26, 2012. Born in North Greenbush, she was daughter of the late Samuel Weatherwax and Lena Smauder Weatherwax and wife of the late James E. Markussen. She had resided all her life in the house in which she was born. She was a graduate of Troy High School. Mrs. Markussen was employed for13 years on the accounting staff of Freihofer Baking Company. She was an active member of Salem United Methodist Church in West Sand Lake, a Sunday school teacher for 25 years, a member of the United Methodist Women and 3M's. She was a 4H leader for 15 years. Survivors include her two sons, Carl S. (Barbara) Markussen, Wynantskill and Kenneth J. (Lunette) Markussen, West Sand Lake; her grandchildren, Kristin (David) Karcher, Erika (Robert) Narducci, Jeffrey Markussen and Kara (Matthew) Whittaker; 9 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a sister, Katharyn Weatherwax and two brothers, Myron and Harold David Weatherwax. Relatives and friends may call at the Salem United Methodist Church Shaver Road West Sand Lake on Wednesday from 10-11 AM with a service to follow at 11AM with Rev. Dr. Patricia A. Bush , Pastor and Rev. Andy Russ, Former Pastor, co-officiating. The family fondly appreciates the care given by the staff and owners of Ludders Country Home, The Community Hospice of Rensselaer County and Dr. Kristen Santos and staff. Interment will be in Elmwood Cemetery West Sand Lake. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in memory of Dorothy I. Markussen to the Salem United Methodist Church Shaver Road PO Box 475 West Sand Lake, NY 12196 or Joseph's House 74 Ferry Street Troy, NY 12180 or Samaritan's Purse P.O. Box 3000 Boone, NC 28607.

Patrick J. Lerner
VALLEY FALLS - Patrick J. Lerner, 59, loving husband of Sharon J. LaLiberte Lerner and cherished father of Jonathan (Niamh) Lerner, entered into eternal life on Saturday, February 18, 2012 in the comfort of his home. Born in Bronx, N.Y, Patrick was the son of the late John and Josephine Lair Lerner. He was raised in the Bronx and resided in the Troy area for much of his life, graduating from Troy High School and later SUNY Albany. Patrick was employed by the State Department of Criminal Justice for 35 years and served as a union steward for the New York State Public Employees Federation.  Patrick was the brother of George (Susan) Lerner of Nevada, Alvin Lerner of Nevada, Gary (Colleen) Lerner of Clifton Park, Joan (Frank) Harris of Troy and Jean Fryer of Troy; brother-in-law of Thomas (Maureen) LaLiberte, Susan Schumaker, Sheila (Bill) Seeloff, Sandra LaLiberte all of Troy, Sharlette (John) Maloney of North Carolina and Shelley Walton; and was survived by as well by many nieces and nephews.  Funeral services were held privately and interment took place in the Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Colonie. To those wishing to remember Patrick in a special way, contributions may be made to the Community Hospice of Rensselaer, 295 Valley View Blvd., Rensselaer, NY 12144 in recognition of the wonderful care provided to him and support given to his family.

Bonnie Bell
TROY - Bonnie Bell, 67, of Brunswick Ave, entered into eternal life on Friday, February 24, 2012.  Born in Troy, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Ardella Honsinger Yetto, Sr. and the beloved wife of the late Carl E. Bell, Sr. who died on February 24, 1985. She was a graduate of Troy High School. Bonnie retired from Seton Health Systems at St. Mary's Hospital in Troy, where she had been employed in Environmental Services.  She and Carl Sr. loved being certified foster parents in Rensselaer County for many years. She also got great enjoyment from gardening, camping, fishing, but most of all spending time with her grandchildren. Beloved mother of Robin M. (David) Pratt and Carl E. (Carol Pratt) Bell, both of Troy; cherished grandmother of Alicia and David Pratt, Melissa, Kristina, Carlie and Christopher Bell; longtime companion of Norman Hyatt of Troy; sister of Josephine (Robert) Woodard of Troy, Joseph (Mary Jane) Yetto, Jr. of Tampa, Fla., Ernie Yetto of Saratoga Springs, George (Debbie) Yetto of Halfmoon, Dan (Maureen) Yetto of Cohoes, Peter (Betty) Yetto of Troy, Leona (Joseph) Dudwoire of Okeechobee, Fla. and the late Mary (Randy of Florida) Gooden, Margaret Fernet and Linda (Charles of Okeechobee, Fla.) Linen; also survived by several nieces and nephews. Funeral service will be held on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the John J. Sanvidge Funeral Home, Inc., 565 Fourth Avenue (at the corner of 115th Street) in Lansingburgh.  Relatives and friends are invited and may call at the funeral home on Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Interment with be held in St. Mary's Cemetery, Troy on Wednesday at 9 a.m. (Those attending are asked to please gather inside the Tibbits Avenue upper gate entrance beginning at 8:45 a.m.). Bonnie's family wishes to express their sincere appreciation to the entire staff at the Cancer Treatment Center at Samaritan Hospital, the Emergency Room staff and the 6th Floor Staff at Samaritan Hospital, for their loving care and support. Those desiring, may make memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society , 260 Osborne Rd., Loudonville, NY 12211 or to Community Hospice of Rensselaer, 295 Valley View Blvd., Rensselaer, NY 12144, in memory of Bonnie Bell.  Funeral arrangements have been entrusted by the family to the John J. Sanvidge Funeral Home, Inc., 565 Fourth Avenue, Troy, New York 12182. (518) 235-0952.

Carney, Robert Alan – THS 1958
BALLSTON LAKE Robert Alan Carney of Ballston Lake, N.Y. passed away on February 22, 2012 after a short illness. Born in East Meadow, Long Island on August 14, 1940, Bob was the youngest son of Helene and Francis M. Carney. He lived with his family in Troy until he graduated from Troy High School in 1958. He married his wife Rosemary (O'Brien) Carney in 1966 and they enjoyed a long life full of adventures, laughter, friends and family. Bob was ready for sports, adventures and fun. He loved traveling with his wife Rosemary and they took many trips around the world. Many happy summers were spent playing rugby, softball, kayaking, and biking. Bob always looked forward to his annual bicycle ride to Lake George with his good friend Dan Ward and he was a familiar site walking the streets of Ballston Lake. Bob was devoted to his six grandchildren and enjoyed volunteering at Stevens School in his grandchildren's classes; and as everyone who ever saw him on a Sunday afternoon knew, Bob was a lifelong (and long suffering) fan of the NY Giants; we're all happy that he was able to see his Giants win the Super Bowl one more time. In his early years, Bob was in the U.S. Marine Corps (1958-62). After discharge, Bob returned to the Capital Region and worked at Williams Press in Menands and as a machinist for the General Electric Company in Schenectady (1965-83). Bob found his true calling in 1982, when he and his wife Rosemary opened Carney's Tavern in Ballston Lake. It was his lifelong dream to own a tavern and for the past 30 years, he has worked with his family to transform the building into a hub in the Ballston Lake community. Without a doubt, he fulfilled his dream and created a tavern that is full of friendship, laughter and camaraderie. It has become a second home to many and he considered their loyal employees and customers as friends. His presence there will be sorely missed. He also served as the current president and was longtime member of the Saratoga, Schenectady and Warren County Restaurant and Tavern Association. Bob is survived by his wife, Rosemary (O'Brien) Carney; his son, Christopher (Tamara) Carney; daughter Kathryn (Joseph) Stuhlman; daughter Jennifer (Randall) Craig and son, Alexander Carney. His grandchildren, who were adored by him, include Dylan and Connor Craig; Kevin and Emily Carney; and Jack and Tessa Stuhlman. He is also survived by his brother, Frank R. (Mary) Carney of Marion, Ohio; his sister, Audrey Carney of Brunswick, N.Y.; and many loving nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his brother, Howard Carney of Nassau, N.Y., and his nephew, Ronald Carney of Clifton Park, N.Y. His family would like thank Dr. Stephen Grant and the staff at Ellis Hospital for their compassion and care. They would also like to thank the many wonderful friends and Carney's customers that were a part of Bob's life; they were all truly a joy to Bob and they are a comfort to his family now. Calling hours will be held at the Glenville Funeral Home, 9 Glenridge Road, Glenville, on Saturday, February 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A funeral service will follow at 2 p.m. at the Glenville Funeral Home. A private interment will be held at the Saratoga National Cemetery. Friends and family are welcome to join the Carney family for an Irish Wake after the calling hours at Carney's Tavern at 3:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Danny G. Ward Scholarship Foundation c/o Ballston Spa National Bank in Burnt Hills, NY. Online condolences may be expressed at www.glenvillefuneralhome.com Wikki Wikki Woo.

MALINOSKI, ELEANOR – THS 1940
TROY - Eleanor Catherine Sipel Malinoski, age 89, beloved wife of the late Anthony George Malinoski, died on Saturday, February 18, 2012 at the Van Rensselaer Manor in North Greenbush, surrounded by her loving family. Born in Troy, she was the daughter of the late Guy and Cristina Rymiller Sipel. She attended Troy schools and was a graduate of Troy High School, Class of 1940. She was a housewife and homemaker and lived in Troy her whole life. She was a member of the Albany Church of Christ. Survivors include her two daughters, Marilyn E. (the late George) Rooney of Troy and Gail (John) Apfel of Wynantskill, her grandchildren, Jeffrey (Sue) Rooney of Clifton Park, Brian Rooney of Wynantskill, Kevin (Julia) Rooney of Argyle, Lisa (Dr. Craig) Henson of Cooperstown, Dawn (Martin) Beberwyk of Wynantskill and Caroline (Lawrence) Zimmerman of Troy, 9 great grandchildren and a sister, Frances Perreault of Troy. She was predeceased by two brothers, Harry and Richard Sipel. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. The funeral will be from the Thomas S. Connolly Funeral Home, 294 Whiteview Rd., Wynantskill on Thursday at 10 A.M. with Kerry L. Morris, Minister of the Albany Church of Christ, officiating. Burial will follow in Memorys Garden, Colonie. Calling hours will be at the funeral home on Wednesday from 4 to 7 P.M. Contributions to the Albany Church of Christ, 30 Russell Road, P.O. Box 5388, Albany, NY 12205-5388 and/or the Troy Church of Christ, 185 Main Ave., Wynantskill, NY 12198 in memory of Mrs. Malinoski would be appreciated.

Shirley A. Wright Merritt
COHOES - Shirley A. Merritt, 68, beloved wife of Daniel F. Merritt, passed away peacefully on Friday, February 17, 2012 at Samaritan Hospital in Troy surrounded by her loving family after a long illness.  Born in Troy on March 14, 1943, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Catherine VanOlpen Wright.  Shirley graduated from Troy High School and worked in the customer service industry for many years. She most enjoyed spending time with her family and her grandchildren, who meant the world to her.  She married Daniel F. Merritt in April of 1988.  In addition to her beloved husband, Shirley is also survived by her loving children, Michael L. McGuirk, Jr. (Michelle) of Ballston Spa, Kelly A. Dell of Watervliet, Ruth A. Kapusta (David)of Ashburn, Va., and Beth A. Geurin of Waterford.  She is also survived by her stepson, Daniel Merritt of Utah and stepdaughter, Rose Merritt (James) of Texas.  She was the grandmother of Kali Jay (Jamie), Pvt. Derek Geurin, Destiny Harrigan, Matthew and Brian Kapusta, Rylee McGuirk, Steven and Felicia Merritt and Ashley, Amber and Alexandria Mahana. In addition, Shirley was also survived by her two great-grandchildren, Logan and Liam.  Shirley was also survived by her brother, Fred Bulmer of East Greenbush and sisters, Catherine Lagatta of Waterford, Patricia Johnson (Frank) of Clifton Park and Mary Engelbrecht (Cleland) of Chino, Calif., and sisters in-law, Judie Wright of Clifton Park and Linda Wright of Middlegrove. In addition to her parents, she was pre-deceased by her sister, Edith Casey and her brothers, Edward Wright, Donald Wright and Charles "Buddy" Wright, and grandson, Joey Mahana. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends may call at the Philip J. Brendese Funeral Home, 133 Broad St. (Rte. 32), Waterford on Monday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. A Memorial Service will be held at 7 p.m.  Those who wish may make contributions to the American Diabetes Association in care of the funeral home office.  The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at the Samaritan Hospital ICU unit for the compassionate care they provided.

SCOTT, JAMES
TROY - James Earl Scott, 40, of Sixth Avenue Troy died Monday, February 13, 2012, at Samaritan Hospital after a brief illness. Born in Troy , he was the son of James Earl Young of Albany and the late Leatha Lois Ward Scott. He had resided in Troy all his life and was a graduate of Troy High School. James Earl was a Pharmacy Technician for many of the Troy area CVS's. He loved sports especially basketball and football and was a huge Chicago Bulls and Buffalo Bills fan. He was a magnificent artist, who could draw anything. No matter how much he hurt, James Earl never complained, he'd just fight through the pain with his million dollar smile. Survivors ,in addition to his father, include his 2 sons Malcolm and Marcell Scott and their mother Amy Beckwith, all of Troy; his siblings, Carolyn (William) Matthews of NC, Ethel Ward-Waugh and Jacqueline Lyons of Schenectady, Mark Scott and Jannie Faye Scott of Troy, Jessie Scott and Angie Scott of Albany, Willie Mae (William) Chapple-Michaels of Troy; his adopted brother, Terry Springer; several nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews and 1 great great niece; and many beloved relatives and friends He was predeceased by his brother-in-law Todd Lyons and his nephew Adam Fantroy. Relatives and friends may call at the Bryce Funeral Home, Inc. 276 Pawling Avenue Troy on Friday February 17 th from 10 to 11AM prior to the 11AM funeral service with Rev. Randy Anson , officiating. Interment will be in Elmwood Hill Cemetery Troy. 

LARGE, WILSON – THS 1931
EAST GREENBUSH - Wilson Large, 98, of Luther Road and formerly of Campbell Avenue Troy died Wednesday, February 15, 2012, at Evergreen Commons after a long illness. Born in Troy, he was son of the late John William Large and Sarah Wilson Large and husband of the late Isabella Agnes Montgomery Large. He had resided in Troy all his life and was a graduate of Troy High School class of 1931. Mr. Large was a self employed building contractor and renovator in the Troy area for 50 years, retiring in the late 80's. He was a member of Third Presbyterian Church in Troy, a former lifetime member of Woodside Presbyterian Church in Troy and a Deacon and Elder of the church. He was a member of the Apollo Masonic Lodge F&AM. They summered for many years at Methodist Farm on Crooked Lake in Averill Park. Wilson was a Navy veteran of World War II. Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, David W. and Elizabeth Large, Troy; his grandchildren, Jeffrey Spierre, Poestenkill and Cheryl (Jay) McGlothlin, Troy and three great grandchildren, Jeanine Spierre and William and Caitlynn McGlothlin all of Poestenkill. Relatives and friends may call at the Bryce Funeral Home Inc. 276 Pawling Avenue Troy on Friday from 4-6PM. Funeral service will be held Saturday at 10AM at the funeral home with Rev. Edward Kacerguis, officiating. Interment will be in Memory Gardens Colonie. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in memory of Wilson Large to the Alzheimer's Association of NENY Pine West Plaza, Bldg 4, Suite 405 Albany, NY 12205. 

SUE ANN HAMILTON MOHAN – THS 1964
Troy – Sue Ann Hamilton Mohan, 66, of Troy, passed into eternal rest on Friday, February 10, 2012 surrounded by her loving family.  A lifelong Troy resident, Sue Ann was the dear daughter of the late Edward W. and Dorothea G. LeRoy Hamilton. She was a graduate of Troy High School and was employed by the Troy City School District.  Sue Ann was formerly a Girl Scout leader. She enjoyed animals, gardening, volunteering, and some travel. She especially loved the times spent with her family.  She is survived by her beloved husband, Dennis P. Mohan; her two loving children, Kevin (Sherri) Mohan and Kelly Ann (Walter Childs) Mohan ; her grandchildren, Maia Mohan and Trevor Wade; her sister, Elaine R. (Michael) Friedman of Lutherville, MD and numerous nieces and nephews.  Sue Ann’s family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to the doctors, nurses and staff of the Samaritan Hospital ICU and to the nurses and aides of Eddy Home Care who provided Sue Ann with such compassionate and wonderful care.  The funeral will be held from the Parker Bros. Memorial, 2013 Broadway, Watervliet on Tuesday at 10:15 AM and at 11 AM in Sacred Heart Church, Troy where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Interment will follow in the Elmwood Hill Cemetery, Troy. Relatives and friends are invited and may also call at the funeral home on Monday from 4 until 7 PM.  Contributions, in memory of Sue Ann, may be made to either the Muscular Dystrophy Association, 1 Marcus Boulevard, Suite 203, Albany, NY 12205 or to the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society, 3 Oakland Avenue, Menands, NY 12204.

Joseph F. Verrastro
NORTH GREENBUSH - Joseph F. Verrastro, 90, died Friday, February 10, 2012, at Samaritan Hospital Troy after a brief illness.  Born in Pietragalla, Italy, he was son of the late Theodosio Verrastro and Carmela Cillis Verrastro and husband for 64 years of Jane Frances Massaro Verrastro.  Joe was three years old when he moved from Italy to Troy, where he resided most of his life.  He was a graduate of School 14, Troy High School, Albany College of Pharmacy and Brooklyn College.  Mr. Verrastro owned and operated Prospect Park Pharmacy in Troy for 20 years and was a pharmacist for Marra's Pharmacy in Cohoes, retiring in 1985. He was a member of the Troy Lodge of Elks, East Side Seniors, St. Michael's Men's Club and the Bocci League at the Italian Community Center in Troy. He was a communicant of St. Michael the Archangel Church. Joe enjoyed gardening, coin collecting and wine making. He vacationed frequently in Italy and enjoyed family vacations on Cape Cod. His biggest joy was family gatherings and spending time with his grandchildren. He was an Army veteran of World War II in the European Theatre during the Battle of the Bulge and was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star.  Survivors, in addition to his wife, include his children; Donna Marie Stockdale, Plattsburgh, Joanne Marie (Frank) Skpowski, Valatie, Susan Marie (David Burford) Verrastro, Birmingham, Ala., Joseph F. (Janice) Verrastro, Jr., West Sand Lake and Nancy Marie (Kevin) Ryan, Brunswick; a sister, Jane Magnone, Troy; his grandchildren, Marc and Kristen Skpowski and Nicholas, Gregory, and Christopher Ryan; several nieces and nephews and several cousins residing in Italy. 
He was predeceased by a brother, Rocco T. Verrastro.  Relatives and friends may call at the Bryce Funeral Home, Inc. 276 Pawling Avenue Troy on Monday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.  A funeral service will be conducted 10 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home and at 10:30 a.m. at St. Michael's Church, Williams Road in Troy where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. John Provost.  Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery Troy.  In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in memory of Joseph F. Verrastro to theAmerican Heart Association 440 New Karner Road Albany, NY 12205 . 

Denise E. Lozier Harlow – THS 1965
TROY - Denise Lozier Harlow, 64, died Tuesday, February 07, 2012 at Albany Memorial Hospital. Born in Troy, she was the daughter of the late Alton J. Lozier and Elizabeth Singleton Lozier. Raised and educated in Troy, she graduated from Troy High School, class of 1965. She was formerly employed as a supervisor with the New York Telephone Company. Survivors include a daughter Michele Nekos (James) of Katonah, NY three beloved grandchildren Peter, Demetri and Georgia Nekos;two sisters Jacqueline Whalen (Michael) and Jeannine Murphy all of Watervliet,two brothers Alton E. Lozier of Riverview, FL,Paul Lozier of Shreveport, LA and several nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the Mass of Christian Burial on Thursday, February 9, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Joseph's Church, Third and Jackson Sts., Troy. Calling hours will be private. Burial will be in New Rural Cemetery, Rensselaer. Arrangements by the McLoughin & Mason Funeral Home, Lansingburgh. In lieu of flowers, a contribution in Denise's name to Unity House, 33 Second St., Troy, NY 12180, would be appreciated.

Sonya Woitovich Brown
Speigletown- Sonya Woitovich Brown 69, of Speigletown Road died on Monday February 6, 2012 at the Diamond Hill Nursing and Rehab Center after a long illness with her husband by her side. Born and raised in Troy, Sonya was the daughter of the late John and Mary Woitovich and the beloved wife of Raymond "Buck" Brown. Sonya was a graduate of Troy High and had resided in Speigletown since 1969. She had worked at Stewarts and Armour & Co. in Albany where she was an office clerk before taking a job with the Rensselaer County Dept. of Social Services where she had been an examiner. She had retired in 2001. Sonya was a member of the Halfmoon Senior Citizens and enjoyed garage sales, and was a fan of the Dallas Cowboys. Survivors in addition to her husband include her sons John L. (Deborah) Brown of Landsdale, PA. and Marc T. (Leanne) Brown of Bear, DE: her brother Elias (Agnes) Woitovich of Clifton Park, her grandchildren Andrew (Meredith) Brown, Caroline (Ryan) Bergh, Jakob and Tara Brown, her mother in law Alma Brown of Sand Lake, her nieces and nephews Alex Woitovich, Lisa (Robert Laurenzo) Brown, David (Vickie) Brown and Matthew (Laura) Brown Funeral Saturday 11 a.m. at the Perry-Komdat Funeral Chapel 2691 NY 43 at Glass Lake Averill Park. Relatives and Friends are invited and may also call at the funeral chapel on Friday 4-7 p.m. If desired donations in memory of Sonya Brown may be made to the Memorial Fund of the Zion's United Church of Christ 741 Taborton Road, Sand Lake, NY 12153.

CONDON, MARTIN
WYNANTSKILL - Martin J. Condon, 68, of Palladino Lane died Sunday, February 5, 2012, at Samaritan Hospital after a brief illness. Born in Troy, was son of the late Gladys Manoyian Condon and husband for 46 years of Jean M. Behan Condon. He was raised in Troy and resided the past 35 years in Wynantskill and was a graduate of Troy High School. Mr. Condon was transportation supervisor for National Grid for 11 years, retiring 5 years ago. He was a past member of The Country Club of Troy, was an avid golfer and enjoyed spending time with his family and special friends. Survivors include his daughter, Lisa (Brian) Paul, Troy; two grandchildren, Summer and Daren Paul and a niece, Marcy Michasiow. He was predeceased by a sister, Margaret Michasiow. Relatives and friends may call at the Bryce Funeral Home, Inc. 276 Pawling Avenue Troy on Wednesday from 4-6:45 PM with a service to follow at 6:45 PM with Deacon Frank Yankowski, officiating. Interment will be in Elmwood Hill Cemetery Troy. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in memory of Martin J. Condon to the Mohawk and Hudson River Humane Society 3 Oakland Avenue Menands, NY 12204 or Hope 7 Food Pantry 520 Pawling Avenue Troy, NY 12180.

GEISER, LOIS
BRUNSWICK - Lois I. Patton Geiser, 84, formerly of Patton Road Brunswick died Monday, January 30, 2012, at Van Rensselaer Manor after a long illness. Born in Troy, she was daughter of the late Thomas Patton and Isetta Reckner Patton and wife of the late Leonard Geiser. She had resided in Troy and Brunswick all her life and was a graduate of Troy High School. Mrs. Geiser was a homemaker. She was a communicant of Sacred Heart Church and a member of the Ladies Home Bureau of Brunswick. Survivors include a daughter, Donna L. (Michael) Nystoriak, Troy; a son, Wayne F. (Kathleen) Geiser, West Sand Lake; 2 grandchildren, Annette (Michael) Byrnes and Nicole (Brian) Neary and six great grandchildren, Blaine Neary, Mikaela Byrnes, Zoe Neary, Ian and Madalyn Byrnes and Demerest Neary; two brothers, Donald and Raymond Patton, Brunswick; a sister, Carolyn Pollock, Brunswick and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a brother, Thomas Patton. Relatives and friends may call at the Bryce Funeral Home, Inc. 276 Pawling Avenue Troy on Thursday from 4-7 PM. Funeral service will be held Friday at 11:30 AM at the funeral home and at 12 noon at Sacred Heart Church in Troy where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery Troy. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in memory of Lois I. Geiser to the Center for the Disability Services 314 South Manning Blvd. Albany, NY 12208 or Eagle Mills Volunteer Fire Department 627 Brunswick Road Troy, NY 12180. 

MANCINO, DOMINICK
BRUNSWICK - Dominick E. "Dom" Mancino 74, of Brunswick Drive died peacefully at home on Wednesday January 25, 2012. Born in Troy on November 1, 1937, Dom was the son of the late Thomas and Doris Zimmer Mancino. A graduate of Troy High, Dom was employed by the NYS Department of Transportation for 35 years and had retired in 1992. At the time of his retirement he had been a traffic signal mechanic. Dom had resided at Snyders Lake for a number of years, in Poestenkill for 17 years and had moved to Brunswick in 2010. Dom was a talented musician, playing bass guitar, piano, and keyboards as a member of several local bands including The Fabulous Tassels, The Earl Kent Quintet, The High Fives, and the Two Dames and a Dom. During his 50-year career in music, he performed at numerous popular clubs and area restaurants, and also entertained at many senior community centers throughout the Capital District, where his music was greatly enjoyed. Dom was a former member of the Sullivan-Jones VFW Post Association, the Brunswick Elks and was a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Poestenkill. Dom's family wishes to thank Dom's friends and neighbors, the Community Hospice of Rensselaer County and Dr. Robert Benton for the loving care and support given to them during Dom's illness. Dom was the husband of the late Lorraine DeBonis Mancino, father of the late Michael Mancino and brother of the late Thomas Mancino. Survivors include his devoted wife Dale Anne Smith Mancino, his loving children Thomasine (John) Rappold of Averill Park, Dominica Tufano of Poestenkill, Kathleen (Don) Schneider of Brunswick, his beloved grandchildren Carlie and Andrea Robelotto, Robbie Tufano, Taylor and Brad Schneider, his brothers John Mancino of Cohoes and David Mancino of Troy. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Relatives and Friends are invited to join the family for a celebration of Dom's life on Saturday 12 noon at the Sugarhill Apartments Community Room, McChesney Ave. Brunswick. If desired donations in memory of Dominick Mancino may be made to the Community Hospice of Rensselaer Co. 295 Valley View Blvd. Rensselaer, NY 12144 or the American Heart Association 440 New Karner Road. Albany, NY 12205. Arrangements by the Perry-Komdat Funeral Chapel Inc. Averill Park, NY.

DEHNKAMP, RUTH  - THS 1940
SANDUSKY, OH - Ruth Helene (Duerschner) Dehnkamp, 89, Sandusky, passed away on Thursday, January 5, 2012 in Stein Hospice Care Center after an illness. Ruth was born on August 7, 1922 in Troy, NY, daughter of Adolph F. and Emma K. (Doering) Duerschner. She was a 1940 graduate of Troy High School and attended Russell Sage College in Troy. She was a retired schoolteacher having taught in school systems in New Orleans, Louisiana and Wellsburg, WV. A lifelong Lutheran, Ruth was most recently a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sandusky. She enjoyed knitting and was a volunteer for HelpMates. Ruth is survived by her husband, Gilbert C. Dehnkamp, whom she married on June 5, 1948; daughter, Lynn (Lance) Franke; son, Keith Dehnkamp; grandchildren, Carrie (Sean) Kiepert and Capt. Kevin (Belinda) Franke; and great-grandchildren, Catelyn, Nelson, Jacob, Audra, Calla, and Owen. She was preceded in death by her parents. A memorial service was held on Monday, January 16, 2012 at 11 AM in St. Paul Lutheran Church, 2211 Mills St., Sandusky, 44870. Rev. Gary Ulrich officiated. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church. Toft Funeral Home & Crematory, 2001 Columbus Ave., Sandusky is assisting with arrangements.

KRAMER SR., FRANCIS – THS 1949
TROY - Francis J. "Jake" Kramer, Sr., 80, beloved husband of Mary Patricia (Caldwell) Kramer, professor, administrator and educator, died peacefully Monday, January 16th, 2012 at The Springs Nursing & Rehab facilityin Troy with his loving family surrounding him. Born in Troyon February 16, 1931, he was the son of the late Jacob and Helen (Joyce) Kramer. He was a graduate of Troy High School 1949, graduated from Champlain College in 1953 and received his master's degree from The State University of New York at Albany.He taught English at Hoosick Falls High School and was thehead coach of the basketball team. He then joined the faculty at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy where he taught English and Public Speaking and served as Chairman of the English Department. He also served as a member and President of the Troy City School Board. He retired from Hudson Valley Community College in 2003 after over 40 years of service. He is also a proud member of the Edward C. Picken Troy High School Athletic Hall of Fame. Francis and his wife Mary Patricia along with their children owned and operated Jake Kramer's Restaurant in Troy from 1981 to 1991.He is the cherished father of Francis J. Kramer, Jr (James Rood) of Troy, Stephen C. Kramer (Nanda Geranian) of Amesbury MA, and Jocelyn M. Kramer (Laura Snider) of Green Island. He is also survived by his dearest granddaughters Kylie Marie and Chloe Patricia Kramer of Amesbury, MA. The funeral will be from the Thomas S. Connolly Funeral Home, 294 Whiteview Rd., Wynantskill on Thursday at 9:15 A.M. and at 10 A.M. from Christ Sun of Justice at the Chapel + Cultural Center at RPI, 2125 Burdett Ave, Troy where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. Ed Kacerguis, pastor. Burial will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery, Troy. Calling hours will be at the funeral home today from 4 to 7 P.M.

TESTO, SHIRLEY - THS 1949 
TROY - Shirley (Kehn) Testo, entered into eternal life Sunday evening, January 8, of heart failure at the Albany Medical Center Hospital. She was the wife of Herman A Testo for 62 years; loving and devoted mother of D. Thomas Testo (Linda), Robert A. Testo (Cecilia), Carol Testo Browne (Robert) A.Anthony Testo (Jim), and Kathleen Testo Kresge (Mark Razzano); and proud and loving grandmother of Thomas W. Testo, Nicholas A. Testo, Natalia T. Testo, Shannon A. Kresge, Robert S. Browne, Ryan Kresge, and Eric S. Browne. She was the daughter of the late Andrew and Edith LaPorte Kehn, and sister of John E. Kehn and the late Edith Kehn Agostine, Willard A., Donald J., Alfred F., Joseph C., and Paul F. Kehn. Now a member of St. Augustine's Parish, she was a member of St. Patrick's Parish in Troy from 1952 until it's closing in 2009. She was a graduate of School #4 in Wynantskill and the Troy High School class of 1949. The first female marketing representative for John Hancock Life Insurance Company for the Troy district, she had a successful 25 year career, retiring in 1993. She had a great enthusiasm for her work, received multiple awards and honors, and was a mentor for many of those with whom she worked. She was an avid bowler her entire life, and a member for over fifty years of the Alpha Women League and the HiWay Liesur-ettes. She also loved golfing and was a member of the Tee Timers and Huggers Golf Leagues for many years. She was a member of the Troy Chapter of the AARP since 1997 serving as membership chairman, a member of the Seton Health Auxiliary, and a volunteer at St. Mary's Hospital since 2007. Shirley loved to travel, and felt fortunate to have traveled throughout this country and to Europe on a number of occasions, but felt especially blessed to be in Italy in 2008 with her entire family. She also loved gardening and one of her great joys was her work at Hank's Vegetable Stand through the years. She had a zest for cooking for her family and for all others. Her homemade lasagna, ravioli and meatballs were legendary. Her life was defined by her love and passion for her family. Her greatest joy was her five children and seven grandchildren. She cherished and was exceedingly proud of each of them. She lived a deeply fulfilled and profoundly compassionate life, always giving unstintingly of herself to all of those around her. Her generosity was boundless. There are no words to describe just how much she will be missed. She will forever be the heart of her family, and will always live in each of their hearts. Her family wishes to express their deepest gratitude to the CPS staff at Albany Medical Center, especially Darcy Williams, Krista Hillicoss and Sherry Walsh for their genuinely heartfelt care. Relatives and friends may call at the Bryce Funeral Home, Inc. 276 Pawling Avenue Troy on Thursday from 4-8 PM. Funeral service will be held Friday at 8:45 AM at the funeral home and at 9:30 AM at St. Augustine's Church Lansingburgh where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. James Spenard OSA, Pastor. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery Troy. In lieu of flowers, kindly send a donation in Shirley's memory to Joseph's House & Shelter, 74 Ferry Street, Troy, NY (
www.josephshousetroy.org). 

SLITER, CLARENCE CHARLES ‘CHUCK’, JR. – THS 1952
NORTH GREENBUSH - Clarence Charles 'Chuck' Sliter Jr., 77, of Glenwood Road died Saturday, January 7, 2012, at his residence surrounded by his beloved sisters.  Born in Albany, he was son of the late Clarence C. Sliter and Adriana Hendricks Sliter. He had resided in North Greenbush all his life and was a graduate of Troy High School class of 1952 and took some welding classes at Hudson Valley Community College.  Chuck was a mechanic for the New York State Department of Transportation for 44 years, retiring in 1995 and was responsible for all the heavy construction equipment for Rensselaer County. In his early years, in 1951 he was a bridge operator for the Menands and Dunn Memorial Bridges and from 1952-61 he did custom farm work, for many area farms with his machinery.  He was a life member of the DeFreestville Fire Department, trustee and superintendent of Blooming Grove Rural Cemetery since 1994 and a member of the Blooming Grove Reformed Church. Chuck enjoyed tinkering with anything mechanical, loved tractors, repairing lawnmowers and plowing gardens for his neighbors.  He was the devoted and loving brother of Elizabeth J. Sliter, Beverly A. Sliter and Lorraine J. Sliter all of North Greenbush and survived by several cousins.  Relatives and friends may call at the Bryce Funeral Home, Inc. 276 Pawling Avenue Troy on Monday from 4-7 p.m.  Funeral service will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. James Hart Brumm, officiating.  Interment will be in Blooming Grove Cemetery, DeFreestville.  In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in memory of Clarence C. Sliter Jr. to The Community Hospice of Rensselaer County 295 Valley View Boulevard Rensselaer, NY 12144 or DeFreestville Fire Department 480 North Greenbush Road Rensselaer, N.Y., 12144.

CONNORS, EDWARD – THS 1961
TROY - Edward E. Connors 68 of Troy passed into eternal life at St. Peters Hospital on Wednesday, January 3rd, 2012. Edward was the son of the late William and Rita Belisle Connors. Edward was a graduate of Troy High School class of 61. He was employed by G.E. In Waterford, NY for many years as a pipe insulator. He was a member of the Watervliet Elks and was an avid coin collector. Edward is survived by his beloved wife Julia Kennedy Connors and his children Barbara Estrada, Edward (Jennifer) Connors, Timothy Connors, Debra (Christopher) Doring, and Michele Oravsky. Edward is also survived by his grandchildren Kristen, Kara, Tori, Justin, Katie, Kelly, Paytin, Sean and Kevin. Edward was the brother of Lawrence Connors, Joyce (Charles) Weber, and William (Lynn) Connors. He was predeceased by his three sisters Lorraine Romano, Sandra Connors, Beverly Connors and his two brothers Jack and Donald Connors. Ed is also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends. The funeral service will be held on Saturday morning at 9:30 am in the Wm. Leahy Funeral Home, 336 - 3rd Street, Troy with Sr. Katherine Arseneau CSJ officiating. Interment will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery Waterford. Relatives and Friends are invited to attend and may call at the funeral home Friday from 4 - 7 pm. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Edwards memory to the American Diabetes Association , 7 Washington Square, Albany, NY 12205.

PALUBNIAK, MURIEL – THS 1952
EAGLE MILLS - Muriel (Birkbeck) Palubniak, 79, died peacefully on her birthday, December 23, 2011 at her long time Brunswick residence, following a short illness. Born in Brunswick, December 23, 1932, Muriel was the daughter of the late Roy and Gertrude (Morey) Birkbeck and for 39 years the wife of the late Walter Palubniak who predeceased her in 2003. Mrs. Palubniak attended local schools and was a Class of 1952 graduate of Troy High School. In addition to being a homemaker, she was currently employed for over 45 years as a legal secretary at the Brunswick law firm of Doyle, Doyle and Spain. She was a life long member of Gilead Lutheran Church and enjoyed spending her quiet time caring for her grandson, her home and her rescued pets. Mrs. Palubniak is survived by a daughter, Michele Palubniak Krill (John) of Eagle Mills, two sisters, Evelyn Birkbeck of Eagle Mills and Sally Follansbee of Maine, a grandson, William A. Krill Jr. of Eagle Mills and several nieces and nephews. In keeping with Muriel's wishes, there were no public calling hours and a private service was held on December 27, 2011 at the Howard B. Tate & Son Funeral Home Inc., in Raymertown, with Community Hospice Chaplain, Tony Green officiating. Burial beside her beloved Walter, quietly took place in Eagle Mills Cemetery. Those wishing to make a memorial contribution are invited to direct them to the Troy Veterinary Hospital Rescue Program, c/o Ellie, 840 Hoosick Road, Troy, New York 12180 in memory of Muriel Palubniak. Howard B. Tate & Son Funeral Home Inc. 2237 New York Route 7 Troy, New York 12180 (518) 663-8210.