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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Doris Margaret Venner Haberland



Doris Venner Haberland, 79 a longtime resident of Colonie passed away Monday, December 23rd at Wesley Health Care Center in Saratoga Springs, NY after a long and difficult battle with Dementia.  She is now back in the loving arms of her husband Raymond who predeceased her in July 2011.

Doris was born on February 6, 1934 in Schroon Lake, NY to Earl and Dora Venner, “one of the coldest days on record,” as she would tell. Doris moved to Albany at the age of 16 and worked in downtown Albany at Lerner’s and Whitney’s. She was married to her beloved husband, Raymond Frederick Haberland on May 5th, 1952 in Amarillo, TX where Raymond was stationed in the Air Force.  Their married life together spanned 59 years.  They were blessed with three sons who survive her, Steven (Elaine) of Cody Wyoming, David (Brenda) of Delanson, NY and Mark (Lynn) of Greenfield Center, NY.

She is also survived by her granddaughter Dena (Don) DeLude of Latham and their children Jase and Alana, grandson Shane Haberland of Denver, Colorado, granddaughter Gina Carbone, great granddaughter Daphne and great grandson Nicholas.

Doris was loved by many nieces and nephews, her longtime and best friends Fran Maurel, of Colonie , and Miles and Marilyn Seeley of Schroon Lake. She also had much love for “daughter” Karen (Mike) Gasiorowski of Clifton Park.

Doris was a wonderful, loving and caring woman who had a zest for life, friends and family. She and Ray loved spending their summers in Schroon Lake

A funeral service will be held to celebrate Doris’s life on Saturday December 28th, 2013, 11 a.m., at Compassionate Funeral Care Inc. (402 Maple Ave also known as Rte. 9, Saratoga Springs, NY) where friends and family may call from 9:45 – 10:45 prior to the service.  Interment will be held on May 5th, 2014, 11:00 am on Ray and Doris’s anniversary in Paradox Cemetery, Schroon Lake, NY.

Please join the family for further fellowship and lunch after the service on Saturday, at the Saratoga/Wilton Elks Lodge #161 directly behind the Funeral Home.


Memorial contributions can be made to Bethany Reformed Church of Albany, NY or Schroon Lake Methodist Church.

Monica Phillips Loughney

Monica Phillips Loughney, 98, passed away on Dec. 18, 2013, at Wesley Community, Saratoga Springs, NY, of heart failure. She was born on Sept. 2, 1915 in Philadelphia, PA the daughter of the late Benjamin and Gertrude Mount Phillips.

At 98, she lived long, enjoyed much, and most of all, her beloved great grandchildren kept her young at heart and in spirit. 

Survived by her daughter, Winnie Baden; grand-daughters Shawna Paul (Douglas) and Sasha Taitz (Barry); great-grandchildren Riland and Johannan Paul and Jared and Payton Taitz. 

Retired as Administrative Assistant to the Vice President of Temple University in Philadelphia, after 30-years of devoted service.

Memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 28, 2013 @ 10:00 AM, Old St. Joseph's Church, 321 Willings Alley, Philadelphia, PA.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to:  The Wesley Foundation, Saratoga Springs, NY, www.TheWesleyCommunity.org , and Old St. Joseph's Church, Philadelphia, PA,   www.oldstjoseph.org

Online condolences can be made at www.compassionatefuneralcare.com



Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Nancy Pitts

Nancy Pitts, 54, passed away on December 12, 2013 in Saratoga Springs, NY.
She was born on August 20, 1959 the daughter of the late Edwin and Ella Walker Kuhl.
Nancy is survived by her son Christopher Pitts and Daughter Katherine Kuhl.
A memorial service in honor of Nancy will be held on Thursday Dec. 19, 2013, 11 a.m. at the New England Presbyterian Church Saratoga Springs, 24 Circular St, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
(518) 584-6091


Sunday, December 15, 2013

Margaret Wellman Roberts Casey





Margaret Wellman Roberts Casey, 90, of Ballston Spa, NY went to be with The Lord on December 13, 2013. Meg was born on September 7, 1923 to Maynard and Nellie (Mansfield) Wellman in Rome NY. She was the stepdaughter of Sarah (Ferguson) Wellman. Meg grew up in Rome, NY with a large loving family where she developed her love of camping. She was a graduate of Rome Free Academy. She married William "Bill" Henry Roberts on February 21, 1943 and was his beloved wife for 25 years and had three loving children, Linda, Peter, and Janellen. Her family was the most important thing to her, and Meg was always there for her family and her family always came first. Meg enjoyed her time camping, volunteering in her children's activities, and raising her children. She was President of the Mother's Club, and a Brownie Girl Scout Leader. As grandchildren were added she embraced them and loved to spend time with them. She spent countless time with her family at her beloved Raquette Lake.

She worked at Utica State Hospital. Following Bill's death she went back to school and went on to earn her Associates Degree at Adirondack Community College and became a Registered Nurse. She worked for many years for New York State in the Wilton Developmental Center. Nursing was her passion and expressed her joy in serving and caring for others. She worked there until she retired, but she continued her life of caring with her grandchildren.

She married Paul J. Casey on October 4, 1974 in Inlet, NY and was his wife and companion for 22 years.
Meg was a strong determined person that met adversity head-on. She was always thoughtful, giving and caring. She embodied the principle of putting others first. Meg had a very strong faith and was a lifelong member of the Methodist Church.

Meg was pre-deceased by her two husbands, William "Bill" Roberts and Paul Casey.

She is survived by her three brothers Maynard Wellman (Judy), Ronnie Wellman, and Bruce Wellman (Pam) and two sisters Eileen Wellman McHale (Ken) and Marion Wellman Raines (Earl - deceased), her three children Linda Roberts Matson (Art), Peter Roberts (Patricia), and Janellen Roberts Clark (Jeff), and her beloved grandchildren Arthur Matson IV, Christine (Matson) Strack, Emily (Clark) McPhee, Sarah (Clark) Quarles, William Clark, Deanna Roberts, Catherine Clark and Jennifer Roberts. She was also blessed with 9 great-grandchildren and was awaiting the birth of her tenth. She is also survived by dear friends including her closest friend Barbara Sorrell.

A funeral service will be held in honor of Margaret at 11am on December 18th, 2013 at Compassionate Funeral Care, 402 Maple Ave (Rt 9), Saratoga Springs, New York with the Reverend Richard Hoffman officiating.  Friends and family may call from 10-11am prior to the service, at the funeral home.  Interment will be at Sauquoit Valley Cemetery, Sauquoit, New York in the springtime.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Raquette Lake Fire Department.

Online condolences can be made at www.CompassionateFuneralCare.com

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Linda Mae Krywy



Linda Mae Krywy peacefully passed away at 8:50AM on December 11, 2013 in Saratoga Hospital with her loving brother standing at her bedside. Her life was disrupted in April of 2010 by the diagnosis of a very stubborn and nearly always fatal, malignant glioblastoma-multiforme brain tumor. She underwent two surgeries over the next twenty-seven months.  In conjunction with other conventional treatment for her form of brain cancer, she partook in clinical trials to help gain useful data that could be used for the treatment of other sufferers of this horrible disease. In addition to conventional treatments as well as trial drugs, she also used a state-of-the-art device in her treatment, the Novocure TTF-100A.  The Novocure TTF-100A performed most favorably during her battle against this disease. (Visit http://www.novocure.com/ for more insight regarding this advanced cancer treatment for recurring GBM tumors). Despite a most valiant effort, Linda was never able to return to her pre-cancer “old-self,” and that truly frustrated her. Over a total of more than forty-four months from first diagnosis, she fought a courageous fight. Through it all, Linda never lost her faith and her strong love for God; she never lost her love for her family and dear friends. In true Linda like fashion, she never lost her ever-glowing sweetness, which was present in the smile on her lips as she drew her last breath…

Linda was born at 11:43am, on February 10, 1957 to the late Henry Krywy and Frances Hika Krywy in the Village of Ballston Spa, New York. Linda will be fondly remembered by all of those who had the pleasure of knowing her. She lived the definition of the kind of person most would like to be remembered as but only a very select few ever reach. Linda leaves behind her brother Don Krywy of Ballston Spa, New York, sister Karen Rush of Scotia, New York and sister Mary Ann Baratta & brother-in-law Paul Baratta of Belmont, Massachusetts. Our Linda had the distinction of being the youngest of the fourteen members of her generation of the Krywy bloodline.  She will be truly missed not only by her siblings but also her three nephews and seven nieces, her great-niece, and many cousins as well as the countless friends who have come to know Linda over the past fifty-six years Linda has been with us. She will also be remembered by those she stopped to visit with while walking her ‘best buddy’, her beagle Patch. Patch is also gone, having passed away on Christmas Eve 2012. Her soul and her caring spirit are now in heaven with God, her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and family members and friends who went ahead of her. We who knew her loved her, and we always will. Our cherished memories of Linda will remain forever etched in our hearts and minds. I believe and accept that God had a plan for her to call her away as He did. I am a better person for having been Linda’s brother, my loving thanks to her spirit, she was a truly special woman…

Linda had an extensive academic career. After graduation from Ballston Spa High School, she attended Mitchell College in Connecticut. She then transferred to and graduated from Syracuse University with a dual major in biology and forestry. Continuing her education, she moved to and attended the University of Maine, then on to Portland, Oregon where she attended and graduated from Oregon Center for Oriental Medicine (OCOM). Linda took her final boards in California and became a board-certified acupuncturist enabling her to practice acupuncturist anywhere in the country. Linda chose to return home and open her Adirondack Acupuncture locally. Linda practiced acupuncture in Saratoga, Fulton & Montgomery Counties until April 2010 when her diagnosis of brain cancer forced her to give up her practice. The cancer prevented her from practicing acupuncture with the ability and confidence she required of herself. Linda made many friends through her acquaintances with her clients. Her clients along with their family members came to know her as more than just the acupuncture lady but as their friend…

Linda has been referred to as being “tree-like” by her childhood & life-long friend, Nancy because of Linda’s special love of the outdoors. She lived on her land in the Adirondack forest for a number of years before being stricken with cancer in her Mongolian styled yurt (she erected the yurt mostly on her own with only minimal help from friends and family). The yurt was without the convenience of having electricity & running water but Linda managed comfortably through all four seasons year after year.

Linda was an accomplished lifelong musician, playing guitar, banjo, ‘fiddle’, mandolin, penny whistles, harmonica, piano, keyboard-synthesizer, and probably more. She enjoyed playing music along with her father Henry ‘Hank’ Krywy and her other musician friends and family members. She also enjoyed painting pictures, fishing, skiing, hiking, snow shoeing, almost any outdoor activity and at the top that list was spending time with her loving beagle companion, Patch. Linda’s strength in her faith was a source of solace in times she was in need of a spiritual “pick-me-up” throughout her battle with brain cancer. Reading scripture was a major source of Devine spiritual comfort and relief for her through those tough times…

Linda’s goal in life was to become a nice, little old lady and to be a good servant to God. Her life came to an end before she was able to fully achieve this goal. Linda never became the little ‘old’ lady of her goal, but she truly accomplished being a very special ‘nice’ lady, an exceptionally devout servant to God and close sister and friend to all of us who had the pleasure of knowing her over the fifty-six years she was with us…


In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Linda Krywy may be made to the National Brain Tumor Society, 55 Chapel Street, Suite 200, Newton, MA  02458 or through their website at http://www.braintumor.org/.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Barbara Elizabeth Lane





Barbara E. Lane, of Greenfield Center, passed away Thursday, December 5, 2013 of a sudden illness at Saratoga Hospital, Saratoga Springs, NY. She was 75.

Daughter of the late Stanley and Elsie (Groll) Lake, Barbara was born on April 8, 1938 in Manhattan, NY.

The Lake family moved to Amityville in 1952 where Barbara graduated from Amityville Memorial High School in 1955. She worked at Glen Cove Hospital as a lab technician. She was married to Gary Meyers Ziegenfelder from 1957 to 1978. She then attended Grumman Data Systems where she received her computer programming certification.

She married John Lane in 1986 and they moved to Greenfield Center in 1987. Barbara worked for many years as a computer programmer for Jardine Group Services and Davis Vision of Schenectady, NY.

Barbara was a passionate volunteer for the causes she cared about. She was a Girl Scout leader in her earlier years with her sister Nancy in Amityville, Long Island. In the 1960’s she modeled  positive race relations for young people. She spent years working for the Okeanos Ocean Research Foundation as a research assistant. Even as her mobility waned she continued to stay involved by being a patron of a child through PLAN International USA and supporting the arts at SPAC. She traveled in the U.S. and abroad and enjoyed reading, especially philosophy, playing Sudoku, using Facebook, and spending time with her family and friends. She was an enthusiastic animal lover who loved to watch the wildlife traveling through her beloved backyard.

Barbara was not only a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and aunt to us all, she was a confidant and friend. After listening to our thoughts she always counseled us to forgive and love each other. Her warm smile and generous, loving ways will make it difficult for us to say goodbye. Her best loved recipes such as Shish Kabob, Cornell Salad, Barbeque Flank Steak, and Parsley Onion Bread will continue to be enjoyed by us for generations to come.

Barbara was a deeply spiritual woman whose faith in the wisdom of the universe carried her throughout her life. One of her favorite sayings was, “I just trust God to give me what I need.” She took great comfort in nature and private contemplation.

She is survived by her husband, John Lane; her beloved daughters, Lisa Newkirk (Larry) and Susan Castagna (Joseph); grandsons Larry Newkirk Jr and Willie Garrett Newkirk. She is also survived by a niece, Erica Peterson Evans, a nephew, Bryan Thomas Peterson (Jeanine) and great-nephew Harrison Peterson, “adopted” grandson Anthony Hall, as well as many relations and longtime friends.

She was predeceased by her sister, Nancy Peterson (Lake)

Memorial Service will be held on Saturday December 14, 2013, 3pm at Compassionate Funeral Care, 402 Maple Avenue (Rte. 9) in Saratoga Springs, NY  584-4844, where family and friends are welcomed to call from 2-3pm prior to the service at Compassionate Funeral Care.

After the service on Saturday all are welcome to join the family of Barbara for further fellowship and food at the Saratoga Wilton Elks Lodge 161 directly behind the Funeral Home.


In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the charity of your choice or to PLAN International USA, 155 Plan Way, Warwick, RI 02886. - http://www.planusa.org

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Dorothy Theresa Knorr




Dorothy Theresa Knorr, age 80, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 as a result of an automobile accident in Clifton Park.

She was born on October 15th, 1933 in Albany, NY to the late Harry Schramm and Adeline Geary.  She married Gerald Knorr in 1958 and raised her family in Saratoga Springs.

Dorothy is survived by her husband, Gerald; son, Gerald Jr.; daughter, Theresa Knorr and son-in-law Adolfo Suero; daughter Charleen Knorr; brother, Harry Schramm, sister-in-law, Denise, sister-in-law, Rosemary; daughter-in-law Fran; grandchildren, Mickey Knorr and wife Shannon, Heather Elie and husband John, Timothy Dow, Jordan Dow, Nina Knorr, Aron Knorr and great grandchildren, Kiara, Sophia, Madelyn, Martin, Mason and soon to be, Alexis Dorothy Lee.

She was a wife of 55 years and beloved mother and grandmother.  She retired from the State University of New York at Albany after 18 years of service.  She was an artist and loved to knit and crochet and sold her wares at local craft fairs.

Relatives and friends may call from 6pm to 8pm Monday, December 9, 2013 at Compassionate Funeral Care, 402 Maple Ave., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 am Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at St. Clement’s Church, 231 Lake Ave. by the Rev. Paul Borowski, C.Ss.R.  Burial will follow in the Saratoga VA National Cemetery, Schuylerville, NY at noon

Arrangements are under the direction of Compassionate Funeral Care, 402 Maple Ave., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. 


If you wish to express your online condolences or view the obituary, please visit our website at www.CompassionateFuneralCare.com

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Thomas Vincent Pravda





Thomas Pravda, 51, of Stillwater, passed away suddenly after a tragic accident in Saratoga Springs on November 10, 2013. 

He was born on October 11, 1962 the son of George and Gertraud (Mangold) Pravda in Saratoga Springs, NY.

Thomas graduated from Saratoga High School.  Thomas worked for many years at the family business Lakeside Market making his well-known subs and pizza; he also was the Owner/Operator of Saratoga Masonry Cleaners for many years. Thomas was very instrumental in the early sub-divisions of the family properties.  

Thomas enjoyed riding his motorcycle, snowmobiling, horses, traveling, spending time with his family and friends, and maintaining his large yard. 

He is survived by his daughter, Karleigh Daigneault (Justin); mother Gertraud Pravda; father George Pravda; grandson Mason Daigneault; uncle Frank Pravda; aunt Helen Pesch; and many cousins.


Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, November 16, 2013,  12:00 noon, at Compassionate Funeral Care, 402 Maple Avenue in Saratoga Springs 584-4844. Where family and friends may call one hour prior to the service.

After the service on Saturday the family would ask for some private time for them to grieve.

In lieu of flowers donations in memory of Thomas can be made to the Estherville animal Shelter (100 Russell Rd., Greenfield Center, NY) or Wilton Food Pantry (155 Ballard Rd., Wilton, NY).

Friday, November 8, 2013

Sylvia Rodites Georgeadis




Sylvia Georgeadis, 67, of Saratoga Springs, NY passed away at home peacefully, surrounded by her family, on November 8, 2013 after a courageous battle with breast cancer that spanned over the last ten years.  She was able to find the best in every day and was able to thank God for every one she lived.  Sylvia was born on February 5th, 1946 in New Kensington, PA.  She was the daughter of the late Pete and Mary Rodites of New Kensington, Pennsylvania.  Sylvia was the high school sweetheart and wife of Alexander Georgeadis for over 49 years.  Sylvia moved to South Windsor, Connecticut in 1964 where she lived for 40 years.  She was a legal secretary in Hartford, South Windsor and Vernon, Connecticut for several years.  Sylvia also served as president of the South Windsor YW Club where she and her husband enjoyed the many people they met while living there.  In 1985 Sylvia took a job as a guidance secretary at South Windsor High School where she worked until her retirement in 2006.  She so much enjoyed working with the guidance department that was a second family to her.  She loved all the students she was able to help through the years with their college search process.  They loved calling her "Mrs. G." 
Some of Sylvia's favorite pastimes were reading, cooking, and taking college courses at the local community college.  Her best times were those spent with her husband and children by birth and by marriage as well as her six grandchildren.  They were all the joy of her life.  Sylvia loved watching her grandchildren finding joy in the same things she once enjoyed as a child.  She was a long time member of the Saint George Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Hartford, CT.  She was also an editor of the church newspaper, "The Saint George Herald," and also the "St. George Consecration Book."  After retiring to Saratoga Springs, NY she became a member of Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Church in Albany, NY. 
She is survived by husband Alexander,  son,  Nicholas and Amy Georgeadis and a daughter Maria and Josh Muldner -all of New York State.  Besides them, she is also survived by six loving grandchildren: Austin, Alexis, Marina, Juliana, Thomas, and Mitchell.  Sylvia is also survived by a sister Anita and George Burgard of East Pittsburgh, PA. as well as her husband's siblings and their children and grandchildren.   

The funeral service will be held on Monday Nov. 11, 2013, 11:00 AM, at Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Church located at 440 Whitehall Road in Albany, NY. 

Friends and family may call on Sunday Nov. 10, 2013 from 3:00-7:00PM with a memorial service at 6:30 at Compassionate Funeral Care located at 402 Maple Avenue (Rt. 9) in Saratoga Springs, NY.  

Interment in Maplewood cemetery Saratoga Springs, NY.

A luncheon will be held following the burial in Saratoga Springs, NY.
In lieu of flowers a donation in her memory can be made to the Susan G. Komen Foundation or  http://ww5.komen.org/

A special thanks to Dr. Nini Wu and PA Lisa Wolf of New York Oncology Hematology in Albany as well to her small family of nurses in the Infusion Lab who she knew and loved so much.   

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Frieda Rhodes

Frieda Rhodes, 87, of Saratoga Springs passed away on Saturday November 2nd 2013 at Saratoga hospital. 

Born in Wels, Austria, she is the daughter of the late Matthaus Leopoldsberger and Anna Schürrer.

She worked for many years as a nurse's aide at Maplewood Manor Nursing Home.

Frieda was an avid animal lover. She especially loved
horses. She was a horse owner and loved to bet on them. 
She was also a member of the Saratoga Harness Hall of Fame,
the Old Timer's Club, she was also a former member of the Harness
Horsewomen's Assoc, and a volunteer at the Saratoga Harness
Hall of Fame.


Frieda always loved playing cards and many other games. 


 She survived by her nieces and some very special friends.

 Private services will be held in her honor at a later date.

Donations in her memory may made to the Saratoga Harness Hall of Fame, 352 Jefferson Street, Saratoga Springs, New York 12866


 Arrangements under the direction of Compassionate Funeral
 Care, 402 maple ave, Saratoga Springs. Online condolences

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Mathilda Zelikofsky

Mathilda Zelikofsky, 75, of Saratoga Springs passed away on Friday, October 25, 2013 at Saratoga Hospital.

She was born on January 6, 1937 to the late Sidney and Sadie Hochstetter in Pittsburg, PA.

She worked as a secretary for GE in Waterford, NY retiring in 2001.

On June 26, 1965, Mathilda married the love of her life, Mort W. Zelikofsky. They spent 48 wonderful years together as husband and wife and as best friends.

Mathilda enjoyed playing bridge and scrabble, but especially enjoyed reading. She will be remembered as both a loving wife and best friend.

She is survived by her loving husband, Mort  W. Zelikofsky;  sister in law, Iris Friedman (Dr. Irwin Friedman) ; and her three best friends, Lelia Melanie of Manhattan, Roberta Nelson of Sarasota FL, and Beth Vodapeck of Atlanta, GA.

Graveside services and Interment will be held on Sunday,  October 27 at 1:00 p.m., at Congregation Shaara Tfille and Cemetery, 84 Weibel Ave., Saratoga Springs.

Contributions can be made in Her name to the Congregation Shaara Tfille.
 Arrangements under the direction of Compassionate Funeral Care

Online condolences can be made at www.compassionatefuneralcare.com

Thursday, October 24, 2013

John Edgar Bujanowski Sr.


John Bujanowski Sr., age 77, went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on October 22nd, 2013 at Saratoga Hospital.

He was born on August 26, 1936 in the town of Providence, N.Y. to the late, Walter James Bujanowski Sr. and Clemence Elizabeth Whitney.

He was educated in Saratoga Springs and was a lifelong resident of the area.

John was a musician; using the stage name Johnny Beau, a lead guitarists for the country music band; Spring Valley Boys in NY.  He loved playing music and writing songs.  A few of his songs are recorded on various labels.  He was an accomplished artist, painting wildlife scenery; of which some prints are still available today.  He loved fishing, hunting and providing for his family. 

John served in the Air National Guard from 1956-1959, as well as the Air Force Reserves.  
John is survived by his daughter, Debbie Bujanowski and sons, John Bujanowski Jr. (Christine), Rick (Valerie) Bujanowski, Keith Bujanowski, Michael (Nancy) Bujanowski, and Scott Bujanowski, Sisters, Wilma (Samuel) Keosaian, and Mildred (Robert) Gordon,  grandchildren, Cara, Melissa, Adam, Autum and many nieces and nephews.  

He is proceeded in death by his sister, Elizabeth C. Ropka, Cynthia V. Tenaro and brother, Walter J. Bujanowski Jr.  

Funeral service will be held at 1pm, on Monday, October 28th, 2013, at Compassionate Funeral Care, 402 Maple Ave, Saratoga Springs N.Y. 12866.  Friends and family may call from 11am to 12:45 pm prior to the service at the funeral home.

Arrangements are under the direction of Compassionate Funeral Care, 402 Maple Ave., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. 


If you wish to express your online condolences or view the obituary, please visit our website at www.CompassionateFuneralCare.com

Henry A. Olsen


Henry Olsen, age 76, passed away on Monday, October 21st, 2013 at Saratoga Hospital.

He was born on January 24th, 1937 in Smithtown, NY to the late Ernest Olsen and Pearl Hansen.

Henry is survived by his loving wife of 25 years Donna (Blaise) Olsen; daughters, Janice Olsen, Terry Duba, Lori (Keith) Currey, Nola (Ricky) Lee; sons, Andy, Jamie, Owen Olsen and Robbie (Daria) Overholser; brother, Ernest (Marsha) Olsen; and sister, Margie (William) Nesbitt and several grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Henry was a veteran of the US Army, serving from 1963-1966.  For many years, he worked at Southern New England Telecom, Danbury CT as a mechanic, retiring in 1993.

He enjoyed traveling in the motor home, spending winters in Florida, and playing golf; enjoying the occasional visit to the Mohican Sun Casino.

He is predeceased by his brother Robert Olsen.

Funeral service will be held at 1pm, on Tuesday, October 29th, 2013, at Saint John’s Catholic Church, Keeseville, NY.  Friends and family may call from 12am to 12:45 pm prior to the service at the Church. Interment following services in St. John’s Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the direction of Compassionate Funeral Care, 402 Maple Ave., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. 

Vivian Wilder


 Vivian Wilder, age 87, went into the arms of the Lord on Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013 at Fulton Center, Johnstown with her loving daughter and son-in-law James at her side.

She was born on April 13th, 1926 in Morris Forks, NY to the late Fred West and Amanda Menard.

Vivian loved playing bingo, yahtzee, baking and spending time with her friends and family, especially her Senior Cedars Family.  She always brought much Joy and Happiness to all who knew her

Vivian is survived by her daughter Judith Skaine Brooker (James Felock); two grandchildren, James Skaine Jr (Rexie) and Eric Skaine; two great-grandchildren, Ryan Skaine and Sarena Skaine; and many nieces and nephews.

She is proceeded in death by her son Gary Wilder; sisters, Hilda, Rena, Grace, Ina, Eva; brothers, Lee Ward and Bernard West.

Funeral service will be held at 1pm, on Saturday, October 26th, 2013, at Compassionate Funeral Care, 402 Maple Ave, Saratoga Springs N.Y. 12866, with Rev. Neil Graves officiating, where friends and family may call from 11am to 12:45 pm prior to the service. Interment at a later date in the St. Peter’s Cemetery Saratoga Springs.

Arrangements are under the direction of Compassionate Funeral Care, 402 Maple Ave., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. 

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Elsie Marcella Arnold




Elsie Marcella Arnold died on October 21, 2013 after a long and happy life.

Born on January 23, 1927 in the Town of Wilton, she was a daughter of the late Frank H. and Hazel Mae (Varney) Petteys.  Marcy grew up on a small farm on Ballard Road and was a life-long area resident.  She attended the District No. 7 school in Gurn Spring, and was a graduate of Saratoga Springs High School, Class of 1945.  She was married to Ernest P. Arnold, Jr. on June 27, 1954.  Together, they enjoyed the simple pleasures of car rides, picnics, and county fairs.  Marcy worked as a clerk at the Skidmore Shop at both the old and new campuses.  She was a Cub Scout den mother, Girl Scout leader, volunteer with the American Red Cross, and a member of the Gurn Spring United Methodist Church, where she played the organ and sang in the choir.  She also played the piano, accordion, and harmonica. She enjoyed vacations with her daughter and son-in-law.  After her son Brian became a single dad in 2000, Marcy devoted the majority of her time to being a caregiver to her granddaughters until declining health prevented her from doing so.  A previous resident of Watkin Apartments, she enjoyed watching Lawrence Welk Show reruns with her buddy Ima Hayes, and spent many hours reading the Holy Bible.  For the past fifteen months she resided at the nursing home at Saratoga Hospital, where she thoroughly enjoyed the musical entertainment.  Blessed with a clear mind and generous spirit, “her glass was always half-full.”  Despite her health problems, she remained cheerful and courageous throughout her life, and appreciated the smallest kindness extended to her, whether it be a compliment, a stranger holding a door, or the taxi driver saving his newspaper for her.  She had a merry heart.

She was predeceased by her husband in 1981, by her brothers Kenneth, Dallas (“Stub”), Clifton, Curtis, Lawrence, and infant Louis Petteys, by her sisters, Dolores Timko, Leone (“Ruth”) Loveland, and Virginia Mahay, her long-time companion, Edward A. Dechants, and her sister-in-law, Annie M. Arnold with whom she resided for many years.  She is survived by her daughter, Sandra L. Arnold and husband Gary P. Bernhardt of Pattersonville, son Brian D. Arnold and granddaughters Bridgètte D. and Amanda N. Arnold, all of Saratoga Springs, nieces and nephews.

A celebration of her life will be held on Friday, October 25, 2013, at 11:00 AM at Compassionate Funeral Care, 402 Maple Avenue, Saratoga Springs, New York.  Friends and family may call on Thursday, October 24, 2013 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the funeral home.  Burial will be in the John Ellsworth (Gurn Spring) Cemetery.

In her younger days, Marcy’s mode of transportation was a Harley Davidson motorcycle, but never having obtained her license to drive a car, she relied on the generosity of others for rides.  In her memory, you might consider offering a ride to someone in need.  Due to her bone marrow disorder, hundreds of blood donors gave Marcy - and all those who loved her - time and life.  If you can give blood, please do.  Memorial contributions may be made to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 97089, Washington, DC, 20090, the Saratoga Care Nursing Home Resident Activity Fund, 211 Church Street, Saratoga Springs, NY, 12866, or the charity of ones choice.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Albert J. Daigler


Albert J. Daigler left this life on Thursday, October 17, 2013, after a short illness.
He leaves behind his loving wife of 58 years, Lucy Daigler.
Albert was born on September 24, 1930, in Buffalo, New York, the son of the late Albert L. and Loretta (Schmauss) Daigler.

Albert graduated from Kensington High School in Buffalo. He also served his country in the Army from 1951 through 1953. While in the Army, he completed Officer Candidate School, attaining the rank of Second Lieutenant, and was an artillery instructor at Fort Benning, Georgia.

Albert worked for most of his life as a meat cutter, retiring from Price Chopper Supermarkets in 1998.

Albert had many hobbies that he enjoyed during his retirement, but he most especially enjoyed spending time with his large family.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children,
Sandra Daigler (Donald Windelspecht),
Stephen Daigler (Francis Mauro), David Daigler (Cynthia),
Kathleen Daigler (Laura Robinson), and Christopher Daigler (Renee).
He is also survived by his grandchildren, Tyler, Andrew, Nicholas,
Michael and Julia Daigler, his brother Raymond Daigler, and many other brothers
and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, and friends.

Albert was pre-deceased by his brother, James Daigler, and his sisters, Eileen Keelar and Carol Childs.

Albert's family would like to thank Dr. Theodoros Laddis and Dr. Christopher Hoy
for their compassionate care over many years, as well as the staff at
Saratoga Hospital for their kindness and compassion in his final weeks.

The family requests that any donations in Albert's memory be made to the Saratoga Hospital Foundation.

Family and friends are invited to call from 4 PM to 7 PM on Sunday, October 20th, at
Compassionate Funeral Care, 402 Maple Avenue, Saratoga Springs, New York.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 AM on Monday, October 21st, at The Church of St. Peter, 241 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, New York.

The Rite of Committal will follow at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, 200 Duell Rd, Schuylerville, NY.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Selma Zelikofsky Berkowitz


Saratoga Springs, Selma Zelikofsky Berkowitz, loving wife and mother, died Saturday, October 12, 2013. She was born on February 5, 1925, the daughter of the late Charles and Freda (Levine) Zelikofsky.
She graduated from Saratoga High School and attended Ryder College in New Jersey where she majored in business.
During World War 2, she worked at Espey Manufacturing and Electronics Corp., which built military equipment for the war effort. In 1947, she married Jack Berkowitz, her loving husband of 66 years. Together, they opened The Variety Store on Broadway in the 50's, which eventually became Mr. Jacks for Him and Her, a popular clothing store and landmark for men and women's clothier on Broadway, downtown Saratoga Springs, for 35 years. A fashion-lover herself, with a strength as a stylist and saleswoman, she helped dress generations of Saratogians. 
She was also an avid swimmer, skier, golfer, and tennis player.
Selma was a member of Saratoga's Congregation Shaara Tfille, Sisterhood and Hadassah. She was a former member of the New York State Retail Merchants Association, and was a longtime member of Saratoga Golf and Polo Club. In her later years, she was a volunteer with the Saratoga Hospital Guild. 
Selma was a lover of life and beauty. She enjoyed meeting new people, attending parties, laughing, playing sports and singing. She died with her family and friends by her side.
She will be missed by her husband Jack, sister Barbara (Frank) Rapp, brother Gerald (Christa) Selig; along with her children Judith (Harold) Zassenhaus and Sande (Robert) Weiskopf. She is survived by her grandchildren Eric Zassenhaus and Liza (David) Lieberman, Judd Weiskopf and Kipp (Elizabeth) Weiskopf; her two great-grandchildren, Sydney and Jonah Lieberman, her four nieces, Susan (Robert) Edwards, Joanne (Jim) Dwornik, Lauren Tobin, Carrie (David) Beecher and her devoted companions Debbie Johnson,  Rianna Whatley and Rose Travis.


Funeral services and Interment will be held on Tuesday, October 15, 2013, 3:00 p.m., at Cogregation Shaara Tfille and Cemetery, 84 Weibel Ave., Saratoga Springs with Rabbi Kenneth Blatt Presiding. In lieu of flowers a donation can be made in Selma's name to Saratoga Hospital Foundation or Saratoga Hospice. 

Friday, October 11, 2013

Patricia A. Ambrozak


Saratoga Lake – Patricia A. Ambrozak, 75, of Saratoga Lake passed away suddenly on September 30, 2013.  Born in Schenectady on August 10, 1938, she attended St. Mary’s schools and graduated from Nott Terrace High. She also attended Mildred Elley School for Business. 

Patti worked for Niagara Mohawk before starting a family.  She was later employed by NYS DOT and worked part-time for the family business,  Bayshore Tropic Hut and Marina.  After her retirement she took over the family business on a full time basis.  She spent many hours running the business but always took time to mingle with the patrons.  
                                                                                                                                                                     
She was well known throughout the community and belonged to many organizations.  Patti owned and raced horses at the Harness Track in the 80’s and 90’s.  Her favorite horse was Miami Cash. 
She enjoyed boating, curling, and vacationing to Key West.  

She is survived by her brother, nephews, aunts, an uncle, several cousins, her best friend and several close friends.  She will be remembered and missed by all.

Calling hours will be held on Monday, October 14th 2013 from 5-7pm at Compassionate Funeral Care, 402 Maple Avenue, Saratoga Springs. Funeral services will be held privately at the request of the family.


In lieu of flowers – a donation can be made to the American Cancer Society, Animal Protective Foundation or a charity of your choice.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Stephan "Steve" Rubaszek


Middle Grove – Stephan “Steve” Rubaszek, 53, passed away on Monday, Oct. 7, 2013 at home with his loving family at his side.  He was born on Feb. 2, 1960, in Saratoga Springs, NY, the son of the late Waldemar and Charlotte Izbicki Rubaszek.

Steve was a graduate  of  Saratoga Central Catholic High School.

Steve married the love of his life, Lori Coppola Rubaszek on September 14 1985

He worked at Four Winds Saratoga as a Mental Health Worker for 27 years.

He was a loving husband and father, who enjoyed spending time at home sitting around his bonfire with family and friends, and especially loved spoiling his granddaughter. He was an avid fisherman, and enjoyed gardening and working on his farm.

Steve is survived by: his wife, Lori; son, Stephan; daughters, Lana Senecal (Charles Jr) and Andrea Rubaszek; and grandchild Zophia.
 A special thank you to Mollie Wilmot Radiation Oncology Center for their loving care and support.
                                                                  
A celebration of his life will be held on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, at 2:00 p.m., at Compassionate Funeral Care, 402 Maple Ave., Saratoga Springs, NY. 

Friends and family may call on Thursday, Oct. 10 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the funeral home.

Following the calling hours on Thursday at 7 p.m., family and friends are welcome to join Steve’s family for food, drinks and further fellowship, at the Elks Club located directly in back of the funeral home.

 In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the Mollie Wilmot Oncology Center, 211 Church Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866  518-580-2800

Interment following the service at Greenfield Cemetery.



Saturday, September 28, 2013

Theresa Gulbrandsen

Saratoga Springs

Theresa Gulbrandsen, age 85, passed away on Tuesday, September 24, 2013, at Home,
surrounded by her loving family.  She was born in Brooklyn, NY the daughter of the late Harry and Theresa Bochman Doscher.  Terri married the love of her life, Arne Gulbrandsen on July 24, 1954. They spent 59 wonderful years together.

Terri graduated from Pearl River High School in 1945. She was an avid lover of music.
She was a highly regarded dramatic soprano. Her heart was connected to singing from
an early age when she started singing with a professional quartet called “The Delovlies”.
They performed around the east coast and had the honor of once singing for Vice
President Barkley. She was involved in many music groups including; The Manhasset,
Port Washington, and the Douglaston Music Study Clubs.

She would adorn her grandchildren with the most fantastic version of “Happy Birthday”
one could ever wish for. She remained studying and singing until her very late years.
Terri was full of class and grace. She was an avid reader and would always have a book
in her hand. She loved her family, friends, the arts and travel. She was a very fond of
Russia and was able to visit in 1999. She spent the last few years of her life with her
family in the town she loved, Saratoga Springs.

Terri is survived by her husband Arne; Sons, Eric (Carrie) and Doug (Stephanie)
Gulbrandsen; Sisters, Harriet Laliotes and Joan McKee; grandchildren, Lindsey, Emily
and Ian Gulbrandsen.

She is preceded in death by her parents.

Memorial service in honor of Terri will be held on Sunday October 6th, 2:00 pm
at Compassionate Funeral Care, Inc., 402 Maple Ave., Saratoga Springs, NY with Rev.
Rich Hoffman officiating.

Friends and family may call on Sunday from 12:45 to 1:45 prior to the service at the
Funeral Home.

Private family interment at Saratoga National Cemetery at a later date.


Thursday, September 26, 2013

Morris Figelman



Morris Figelman
Saratoga Springs,
Morris Figelman died September 24, 2013.

Morris was born on September 15, 1928, in Saratoga Springs. After graduating from Saratoga High School in 1946, he joined the Army and was stationed at the Pentagon. After an honorable discharge, he majored in television and radio engineering at Hudson Valley Community College. He then worked for General Electric in Schenectady for about 30 years, first in manufacturing, then in quality control. Morris was an active member of his synagogue, Congregation Shaara Tfille, serving on its Board of Directors for many years. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge.

Morris will be warmly remembered for his many volunteer and philanthropic efforts after his retirement. He spent countless hours delivering meals to the home bound and also doing visitations at nursing homes. When he was younger, he loved playing golf and tennis. He was also an avid skier and runner. Saratoga's State Park was a favorite destination.

Morris is survived by his brother, Sol Figelman, of Saratoga Springs, NY; Sister Bertha Garbarsky, of Queens, NY; Devoted Nieces: Adele Abrahamse Roof, of Harrisonburg, VA and Anita Zatz, of Leesburg, VA; Grandniece: Augusta Abrahamse de Fuentes, of Washington, DC; Grandnephew: David Zatz and his wife Melissa, of Ashburn, VA.
Morris is predeceased by his parents, Israel and Bessie Figelman; brother, Irving Figelman; Sister-in-law, Freda Figelman; Sister, Betty Keveles.
Morris will be lovingly remembered and missed by his family, his many life-long friends, and all those in the community whose lives he impacted. His consistently positive attitude was his hallmark. 

Funeral Services and Interment will be Sunday, September 29, 2013, 1:00 p.m., at Congregation Shaara Tfille and Cemetery, 84 Weibel Ave., Saratoga Springs.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Douglas W. Bailiff





Douglas W. Bailiff, 38, passed away Monday, September 16, 2013 at Saratoga Hospital.
He was a graduate of Schenectady High School and Modern Welding School of Schenectady.
Employed as a welder for Bonaccio Construction, Krause & Sons, and RI Welding.
Enjoyed rock climbing, fishing, camping, painting, drawing, and photography.
Survived by parents Barry & Laurie; wife Christine, three sons Ryan, Jeremy, and Andrew; 
brother Daniel and  wife Danelle; nephews Trenton & Jace; Niece Cooper; Aunt April who
helped with his care and he loved very much; paternal grandparents Carol Bailiff and late
Wesley Bailiff; maternal grandmother Donna L. Mabb and late Robert J. Blackmer; several
uncles and cousins.
The Family will hold a Celebration of Life gathering at 152 Thimbleberry Road, Malta.  Friends
may stop by on Saturday, Sept 28 between 2-4pm, family and friends from 6-9pm and family on

Sunday Sept 29 at 3pm.

Friday, September 6, 2013

John G. Gilooly




John G. Gilooly, 67, passed away on September 3, 2013 surrounded by his loving family after a long battle with brain cancer.

Born on November 6, 1945 in Troy, to the late John and Catherine Gilooly, John attended Catholic Central H.S. and graduated with a B.S. in Accounting from SUNY at Buffalo.  He served in the U.S. Army stationed in Munich, Germany.  John had a passion for his work, John had a CPA practice in Clifton Park and Saratoga Springs.  He was a member of NYSCPA, AICPA and a member of the Professional Achievement Registry. 

He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 45 years, Paula Jones Gilooly, his cherished children Kristin Sica (Christopher), Lisa Pittman (Trey) and Sean Gilooly.  He was the adored Papa to Ashley and Liam Pittman and Carter and Lily Sica.  Also surviving are his sister Patricia Breen, brothers Albert (Vicki) and Richard (Charlene) Gilooly and Mother in law Mary Jones.  Also, several nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to thank Drs. Richard Farrell, Scott Morris and Susan Weaver and her staff at NYOH.   Also, Tammy, Trish, Laurie and Karen his Hospice angels and Frank and Janice DiNuzzo who gave him much love and support.

Friends and family may call on Sunday, September 8th from 4-6pm at Compassionate Funeral Care, 402 Maple Ave Saratoga Springs.  A mass with Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday Sept. 9, 2013 at 9:00am  in St. Clements Catholic Church, 231 Lake Ave, Saratoga Springs with the Rev. Timothy Keating C.Ss.R. presiding.

A committal service with military honors will be held at Saratoga National Cemetery, 200 Duell Rd., Schuylerville, at 11:00am.


Friday, August 30, 2013

Eleanore Mousseau Coon

Eleanore Mousseau Coon

Stillwater – Eleanore Mousseau Coon, 60, of Stillwater, died Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at Saratoga Hospital with her daughters at her side.
She was born on Jan. 19, 1953 the daughter of the late Edward J. and Jacqueline Masse Johnson.

Eleanore was raised in Cohoes NY and graduated from Shaker High School of Latham, NY in 1971.  She then obtained her associates degree in computer science.
Eleanore was a kind,  loving, wife, mother & grandmother. She enjoyed camping, arts & crafts, gardening, scary movies, cooking and most of all spending time with her children & grandchildren.  She will be cherished, remembered & greatly missed be all.

Eleanore is survived by her daughters Kristie Mousseau DeVoe, Carrie Slack (William), Stefanie Mousseau (Jonah), and Jennifer Mousseau; her brothers Michael Johnson, Thomas Pottenburgh (Kim), and Joseph Pottenburgh;  her sisters Carolyn Van Vranken and Jacquelyn Arnold; and her grandchildren Jeremy Mousseau, Christopher DeVoe, Alyssa DeVoe, Kaden Slack, Madden Slack and her best friend Laurie Lyons (Yik & Yak)

Eleanore was preceded in death by her parents and brother Edward Johnson.

A memorial service will be held at 12 noon on Sunday, September 1, 2013 at Compassionate Funeral Care, 402 Maple Ave., Saratoga Springs.  Family and friends are invited and may call at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.   

If you wish to express your online condolences or view the Obituary, please visit our website at www.compassionatefuneralcare.com