Rita M. Farrant

HUDSON FALLS – Rita M. Farrant, 99, a longtime resident of Catherine Street, passed away on Monday, December 30, 2013, at the Pines at Glens Falls Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation.

Born on June 29, 1914, in Hudson Falls, she was the daughter of the late Alexander and Emma (Smith) Farrant. Rita graduated from Hudson Falls High School and for several years, worked at Union Bag Company in Fenimore. At the time of her retirement, Rita was an administrative assistant.

For her entire life, she was a communicant of St. Mary’s/St. Paul’s Church on the park in Hudson Falls. Rita was an avid gardener, who grew beautiful flowers and vegetables. To the joy of everyone around her, Rita played piano by ear. She was an accomplished pianist who thoroughly enjoyed playing for her friends and family. Rita had a wonderful sense of humor that would put a smile on anyone’s face. She was a loving daughter, sister and aunt and will be remembered with love.

Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her two sisters, Mary Beatrice Steele and Cecile Williams.

Survivors include her niece, Sally Hopkins and her husband, Thomas of Simpsonville, SC; and her nephew, Dr. A. Dean Steele and his wife, Mary of Temple, TX; and her dear friends, Brian and Pam Legault.

There will be no calling hours.

A mass will be said in her name at a future date.

Burial will be in the spring at St. Mary’s Cemetery in the town of Fort Edward.

Rita’s friends and family would like to thank the nurses, aides and staff of the Pines for all the love, care and compassion given to Rita.

Arrangements are entrusted with the Carleton Funeral Home, Inc., 68 Main Street in Hudson Falls.

Joseph A. Gavita

GavitaQUEENSBURY – Joseph A. Gavita, 90, of Queensbury, passed away on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at Glens Falls Hospital.

Born on December 29, 1922 in Lake George, N.Y. (formerly Caldwell, N.Y), he was the son of Panfilo and Angeline Gavita.

Joe was a World War II veteran serving in the US Navy as a Pharmacist Mate 2nd Class.  He was assigned to the 1st Marine Division.

Joe was the proud owner and operator of Northway Floors and Interiors, originally located in Glens Falls and later in Queensbury for over 30 years.  He was a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks Lodge #81 in Queensbury.

Joe was well-known for his superior “Gin” playing back in the day and was an avid NY Yankees fan.  He was quite fond of horse racing and enjoyed spending time at various casinos with friends and family.

Joe was pre-deceased by his wife Gertrude “Gert” Gavita, and brothers Mario Gavita and Panfilo (Pete) Funicello.

Survivors include his brother John (Tina) Funicello of Port Charoltte, FL; step-children Barbara (Ron) DeLabio of St. Augustine, FL; Lee Comeau; Julie C. Sommo of Glens Falls; Virginia (Bob) DeConinck of Windsor, CT and Christopher (Abby) Sommo of Thornton, Co; many beloved grandchildren, a nephew, several nieces, and other family members and friends.  Joe was a special “Papa” to Jenna and Jarod Sampson of Glens Falls and will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

To honor Joe’s wishes, there will be no calling hours.  A special memorial service will be held in the Spring at St. Mary’s Cemetery in South Glens Falls.

The family suggests memorial donations be made to Saratoga War Horse, P.O. Box 461, Saratoga Springs, N.Y. 12866.

Arrangements are under the care and direction of Carleton Funeral Home, Inc., 68 Main Street, Hudson Falls, N.Y.

Ruth M. Brislin

brislinHUDSON FALLS – Ruth M. Brislin, 80, of Elm Street, passed away on Tuesday December 24, 2013 at the Glens Falls Hospital. 

Born on March 23, 1933, in Glens Falls, she was the daughter of the late William James and Lois (McCuen) Brislin. 

Ruth graduated from Fort Edward High School and Union University School of Nursing at Albany Hospital.   She served as a registered nurse for over 40 years.   Her employment included time in Albany, San Francisco, Manhattan, England and Glens Falls.  Ruth worked for over 20 years in Washington County Public Health. 

She also was director of Blood Services of the Adirondack Chapter of the American Red Cross and an instructor of Aides for Greater Adirondack Home Aides. 

Ruth had a life long interest in music and was an active member of the “Moreau Fun Band”, where her signature song was “The Mouse On The Bar Room Floor”.  She particularly loved classical music. 

Ruth was a communicant of St. Mary’s/St. Paul’s Church in Hudson Falls.  She was a singer in the contemporary choir “The Inspirations” as well as a Eucharistic minister and lector.   Ruth was a volunteer for Fort Hudson Nursing Home, Literacy Volunteer and Meals on Wheels. 

She was an animal lover, with a special fondness for Scottish Terriers, who brought her both joy and exasperation. 

Besides her parents, Ruth was predeceased by a brother, William Joseph Brislin. 

Survivors include a brother, Robert James Brislin and his wife, Barbara, of San Diego, CA; a nephew, Daniel J. Brislin and his wife, Teri, of San Diego, CA; a grandnieces, Laurel Kathleen & Ella Jacquelyn of San Diego, CA; her niece, Susan Kathleen,of Manhattan Beach, CA and very close longtime friends, Audrey & Ted Toolan of Saratoga Springs and Chris Smith of South Glens Falls.

 There are no calling hours.

 A Memorial Mass at St. Mary’s/St. Paul’s Church in Hudson Falls, will take place at a later date.

 The Rite of Committal will be at a later date in Union Cemetery in the town of Fort Edward. 

 Ruth’s family suggests the memorial donations be made to the Fort Edward Rescue Squad, Inc., P.O. Box 226, Fort Edward, NY 12828.


Donald F. Flint

dflintHUDSON FALLS – Donald F. Flint passed away Sunday December 22, 2013 after a long illness. 

He was the son of the late Grover C. and Ida G. (MacDonough) Flint. 

Donald was born in Mineville NY on May 2, 1927. 

Donald had quite the diversified career and experience. An alumnus of Mineville High School, he enlisted in the US Navy in 1944, during WW II serving on the USS Myles C. Fox DD-829 in the Pacific Theatre, in Tokyo Bay, providing cover for occupation landing on Japan/atomic bombing. 

Returning to Mineville NY, he became a charter member #12 of the VFW Post 5802, remaining as a lifetime member in 1996. 

He was a carpenter apprentice through the Glens Falls local. Donald was employed at Republic Steel Corp. until it’s closing in the 50’s as a tar loader. In 1950, he relocated to Schenectady NY where he was employed through General Electric Company as a welding apprentice. He was also an assistant foreman and volunteer at the Scotia Fire Company in Scotia NY. 

In 1960, upon purchasing the Phelps house in Crown Point NY he became assistant chief of the A.E. Phelps Engine Company, with various employment opportunities as a member of the International Union of Operating Engineer Local 106 Albany NY. Also, Don joined the F&AM

Rescue Lodge 772, Crown Point NY and member of the Masonic Brotherhood for 50+ years. 

In 1963, Don moved to Hudson Falls NY, having joined the UA Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 773 of Glens Falls NY, remaining a member for 50+ years. 

Don was very active in the Hudson Falls Little League as a coach. 

While residing in Hudson Falls, he was nicknamed the “Mayor of Pearl Street”. 

In 1998, Don and Florence retired to Ormond Beach FL, enjoying the beach, gardening, and many visitor attractions until an opportunity arose to live next to their daughter Donna in Katy Tx. in 2006. Grandpa loved spending time with his grandsons and attending their Little League games. 

Donald is predeceased by his sister, Pauline F. Trybendis, his niece Shirley T. Sears, his daughter, Cynthia A. Flint, and his son, William S. Flint. 

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Florence (Speyer) Flint, his daughter and namesakeDonna F. Flint Wheeler and her husband, Paul, and Don’s 4 grandson’s Thomas, Phillip,Benjamin, and Jacob, and his nephew, Michael J. Trybendis of Ticonderoga. 

Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday at the Carleton Funeral Home, inc., 68 Main St. in Hudson Falls. 

A Masonic service will be conducted at 3:45 P.M. on Sunday at the funeral home, conducted by Rescue Lodge 772, F &AM of Mineville. 

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Monday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Donald Shuler, officiating. 

Burial, with military honors provided by American Legion Post 574 of Hudson Falls, will follow at Valley View Cemetery in Ticonderoga. 

Donations may be made to the local SPCA animal shelter, P.O. Box 171, Hudson Falls, NY 12839, where in 1984 Don and Florence adopted their beloved dog, Snoopy. 

Condolences may be made by visiting www.carletonfuneralhome.net

Lester Arthur Brown, Jr.

Brown 2HARTFORD – Lester Arthur Brown, Jr., 86, formally a resident of Hartford, went into the arms of his Lord and Savior on December 22, 2013 at Fort Hudson Health Care Facility in Fort Edward. 

Born on February 25, 1927, in Dunham’s Basin, he was the son of the late Lester and Sarah Mason Brown.

Lester married Joyce Wallace on November 23, 1953, in the First Presbyterian Church in Glens Falls. They spent 20 years together until her death in July of 1974.  They had eight wonderful children.

He later met and married Joyce (Morehouse) Day in the West Hebron Presbyterian Church, on July 5, 1975.

Les graduated from Hudson Falls High School in 1944.  He served in the War of Occupation in Italy from 1945-46.  For 25 years, Les worked as a Corrections Officer at the Great Meadow Correctional Facility in Comstock, retiring in 1980.  He developed many dear friends while working there.

Along with raising his large family, Les took advantage of life’s opportunities, and had many hobbies.  He was a true outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, making maple syrup, camping at Cedar River Flow, canoeing, and hiking.  Boris River was one of his favorite places.  He also took his children to the Wallace Camp in Minerva.  During the fall, Les spent many hours hunting in Minerva with the Wallace family men.  

Throughout the years, and after his retirement, Les and Joyce camped, traveled together cross country, and toured all the states with the exception of Hawaii.

Les and his father built three homes.  Later, Les built his own home in Hartford and also assisted his children with building their own homes.  He was an avid reader of Western novels, enjoyed watching John Wayne movies, and solved the daily puzzles in the paper.  He also crafted many wooden treasures for his family.

He was predeceased by his parents, his first wife of 20 years, his sisters, Eunice, Jean and Betsy and his daughter, Mary’s companion, Jack Bracken. 

He is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Joyce Morehouse Day Brown, and his sisters Dorothy Purdy and Lois Floyd; his eight beloved children; Christine and Brian Jones, Gregory and Suzanne Brown, Russell and Roberta Brown, Terry and Carol Brown, John and Rubenia Brown, Amy and Paul Yole, Mary Brown, and Martha and Patrick Smith.  Additionally, he leaves behind four step-children;  Jessica Day, Jane and Daniel Dorrer, Marvin and Albert Day, and Kristine and Leroy Magee; 29 grandchildren:  Matthew (Adriane) Jones, Steven (Amanda) Jones, Nathan (Paige) Jones, Scott Brown, Jacob (Amber) Brown, Sarah Brown, Joel (Danielle) Brown, Jared (Kimberly) Brown, Alexander (Samantha) Brown, Andre and Dillon Brown, Nicholas and Justin Affinito, Benjamin and Andrea Smith, Brian (Rachel) O’Hara,  Jessica (Dan) Shiels, Michael (Allyssa) Yole,  Ashley (Bo) Yole, Alyssa (Jesse) Arlen, Ashley (Steven) Townsend, Marta Townsend, Megan (Cory) Dorrer, Sarah Dorrer, Corey Day, Marcus Day, Geraldine Day,  Maurice Magee and Jenine Magee;  nine great-grandchildren; Mason and Lillian Jones, Ella Jones, Jayce Jones, Kennedy Shiels, Olivia Brown, Abby Brown, Alivia Brummagyn, and Camryn Arlen; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Donald and Beverly Morehouse, Donald and Marcia Corriveau, Marina Wallace and Deborah Wallace; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

At his request, there will be no calling hours. 

Memorial Services will be held at the Hartford United Methodist Church on Saturday, December 28th at 11:00.  Following the service, there will be a Celebration of Les’s Life at the Hartford Fire Company on State Route 40 in Hartford.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 2 Pine West Plaza, Albany, NY 12205 or the Hartford United Methodist Church, PO Box 16, Hartford, NY 12838 or the Hartford Volunteer Fire Company, 8118 State Route 40, Hartford, NY 12838.

Clifford “Bud” H. Duval

DuvalHUDSON FALLS – Clifford “Bud” H. Duval, 91, a lifelong resident of Hudson Falls, passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 21, 2013, at The Stanton Nursing and Rehab. Center in Queensbury.

Born on October 21, 1922 in Hudson Falls, he was the son of the late Cleophaus and Nellie (Wallace) Duval.

On August 29, 1946, he married Dorothy Beatrice LaPoint, in St. Paul’s Church in Hudson Falls.  They Spent 47 wonderful years together, until her death in 1994.  He later met and married, Charlotte A. Simon in Greenwich on his 78th birthday, October 21, 2000.

Cliff attended Hudson Falls High School and for over 30 years worked for Hercules, Inc., in Queensbury, retiring as a Chemical Color Operator.  Cliff played in the Drum and Bugle Corps.

Cliff loved woodworking, sports and traveling.  His most cherished trip was the time he brought his children and grandchildren to Disney World.

Besides his wives, he was predeceased by his sisters, Eleanor Gregory and Melina Bain, brothers, Armand Duval, Raymond Duval, Sr., George Duval, and Andre Duval.

Surviving family members include, his son,  Gary (JoAnn) Duval of Glens Falls; his daughters, Colleen Vannier (Robert) and Cynthia Schoelermann (James) Both of Queensbury; one sister, Emilee Blondin of Hudson Falls; one brother, Pierre (Pauline) Duval of Hartford; his sister-in-law, Carol Duval of Hudson Falls; seven grandchildren, Christopher  (Lorraine) Duval of Queensbury, Joshua (Stephanie) Duval of Richmond, VA, Danielle Duval of Glens Falls, Robert Vannier of Schenectady, Jamie Hack of Glens Falls, Shannon (Jeremy) Carner of Glens Falls and Shawn Schoelermann of Glens Falls.  He is also survived by his six great grandchildren, Kayla Hack,  Kamden and Ella Carner of Glens Falls, Emily Duval of Hudson Falls and Keegan and Caiden Vannier of Schenectady; additionally, Cliff’s special and dear friend of the past year, Peggy Hastings.

Friends may call from 6 to 7 p.m.  on Friday evening, at the Carleton Funeral Home, Inc., 68 Main Street in Hudson Falls.

Memorial services will be conducted at 7p.m. on Friday, following the calling hour, at the funeral home.

Burial will be at a later date in St. Mary’s Cemetery in the town of Fort Edward.

Memorial donations may be sent to the CR Wood Cancer Center, 102 Park Street, Glens Falls 12801.

Edward H. Kennedy



HUDSON FALLS – Edward H. Kennedy, 66, passed away, Thursday, December 19, 2013, at the Glens Falls Hospital with his son-in-law by his side.

Born on August 17, 1947, in Glens Falls, he was the son of the late Cornelius Edward and Starr (Hamelin) Kennedy.  He graduated from St. Mary’s Academy in 1965 and went to work at Montgomery Ward.  From there he got a job as a printer at The Glens Falls Times and worked there until it folded in 1971.  On April 16, 1971, Ed joined a handful of employees at TV Data, which was founded by James West.  The company evolved and was sold, and Ed evolved with it, from working as a printer with hot metal on a linotype machine to being a manager in charge of hardware for Tribune Media Services, Inc.  Ed made many good friends over the years at his places of work.

On June 1, 1968, he married Linda J. Mastrangelo, at St. Mary’s Church in Glens Falls.  They celebrated their 45th anniversary this year.

Ed enjoyed playing and watching sports.  He played football in high school and then with the Greenjackets, after graduation.  For many years, he played basketball and volleyball at the “Y” and recreational softball in the spring.  Ed loved watching all of his daughter’s volleyball, basketball and softball games and track meets.  His favorite professional teams were the Boston Red Sox, the Boston Celtics and the Washington Redskins.

Ed was a great hunting and fishing enthusiast.  For a time he went rabbit hunting with his basset hound, Beau, and for many years stalked deer with his rifle or bow.  One of his bucks is in the New York State Record Book.

Ed liked to travel to Maine and Assateague Island, MD, where he camped with his wife and daughter for many years.  There were lots of trips to Dallas, TX to stay with his sister, Helen, and her family and to the west coast to visit his sister, Mary Starr, and her husband Dick, in Temecula, CA.  However, Ed’s favorite destination was wherever his daughter was living, whether in San Francisco, Portland, OR or Sacramento.

Besides his parents, Ed was predeceased by his infant son, Edward Patrick, his sister, Helen (John) Gehan and his brothers–in-law, Stanley Anderson and David Mastrangelo.

Ed is survived by his wife, Linda J. Kennedy; his daughter, Colleen M. Kennedy, and her husband, John Mounier; his sister, Mary Starr (J. Richard) Settelmayer; his brothers–in-law, Peter (Katharina) Mastrangelo and Edward Mastrangelo; his sister-in-law, Martha (Victor) Scripture; many cousins, nieces and nephews and close friends.

Special thanks go out to Dr. Amy Hogan-Moulton and Dr. Michael Layden, who took care of Ed and cared about him for years.  Thank you also to the caring nurses and staff at the Renal Dialysis Center on Broad Street and at Glens Falls Hospital, Floors 3 West, ICU, and Tower 2.

 Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, at the Carleton Funeral Home, Inc., 68 Main Street in Hudson Falls.

A funeral mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Monday, December, 23, 2013, at the Church of St. Mary’s/St. Paul’s in Hudson Falls.

The Rite of Committal will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in South Glens Falls.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Church of St. Mary’s/St. Paul’s Restoration Fund, 11 Wall Street, Hudson Falls, NY 12839 or the Renal Dialysis Center, 3 Broad Street Plaza, Glens Falls, NY 12801.


Helen Patrecia “Pat” Havens

Havens, Helen

SOUTH GLENS FALLS – Helen Patrecia “Pat” Havens, 78, of Harrison Avenue, went home to the Lord with her family by her side, at her home, on Tuesday, December 17, 2013.

Born on August 22, 1935 in Fenimore, she was the daughter of the late John J. and Helen (Lapointe) Dickinson, Sr.

 In 1953, Pat graduated from Hudson Falls High School.

On August 31, 1958, she married Asher Havens at the Hudson Falls United Methodist Church.   He passed away in 1995.

For ten years, Pat was a cashier at the former Joy Store in South Glens Falls.   After the store’s closing, she was employed at NAMIC for almost five years and then until 2002, Pat was a cashier at the Hannaford Supermarket in Queensbury.

She attended the South Glens Falls United Methodist Church and was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Hudson Falls American Legion Post #574.

Pat loved being around her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.   She enjoyed swimming in her pool and traveling with her best friend, Marion Doyle.

Besides her parents and husband, she was predeceased by her two infant children, Angel Lynn, died in 1968 and Adam Spencer, who died in 1967, her brothers, Myron Dickinson, John James, Jr., Thomas Dickinson; her sisters, Betty Jane Meade, Lorraine Jenkins; and her sister in law, Angela Dickinson

Survivors include her seven children, Asher S. Havens, II and his wife, Diana of Claremore, OK, Patrecia-Anne T. Jackson and her husband, Bill of Framingham, MA, Andrew S. Havens and his wife, Tracy of South Glens Falls, Anthony S. Havens and his wife, Suzanne of South Glens Falls, Aaron S. Havens and his wife, Stephanie of Tucson, AZ, Adam S. Havens and his wife, Annette of Syracuse and Alicemarie L. Johnston and her husband, Curt of South Glens Falls; her 14 grandchildren, Asher S. Havens, III,  Jolene M. Havens, Casey L. Jackson, Zachary C. Havens, Andrew S. Havens, II, Anthony P. Jackson, Sabrina L. Havens, Nicholas J. Havens, Brianna P. Jackson, Alec S. Havens, Tyler A. Havens, Alison S. Havens, Ian T. Johnson and Chadwick M. Havens; her great grandchildren, Alourah S. Havens, Asher S. Havens, IV, Hannah M. Burch and Andrew S. Havens, Mackenzie Burch, Jack Wolf, Emma I. Havens, Adrian Havens, Sierra Shannon, Cheyanne Shannon;her three sisters, Rita Porteous of Fort Ann, Sally Gleason of South Glens Falls and Ginny Hill of Fenimore; her brother in law, Ted Meade of South Glens Falls; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

There will be no calling hours.

A Memorial Service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, at the South Glens Falls United Methodist Church, 15 Maplewood Parkway in South Glens Falls.

Burial will be at Union Cemetery in the town of Fort Edward.

The family suggests that memorial donations be made to South Glens Falls United Methodist Church, 15 Maplewood Parkway, South Glens Falls, New York 12803, or Community Hospice, 445 New Karner Road, Albany, New York 12205.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Carleton Funeral Home, Inc., 68 Main Street in Hudson Falls.

Camden Scott Depew

ARGYLE – Camden Scott Depew, son of Matthew agnd Jenna (Smith) Depew, passed away at birth on Friday, December 13, 2013, at the Glens Falls Hospital.

In addition to his parents, Camden is survived by his sister, Alaina Depew of Argyle; his maternal grandparents, Michael and Maureen Smith of Greenwich; his paternal grandparents, Scott and Margo Depew of Argyle; his maternal great-grandfather John Smith of Whitehall, his maternal grandmother  Mona Martucci of Whitehall;  his paternal great-grandfather Frank Depew of Argyle; his aunt and uncle Carrie Smith and Michael Smith, both of Greenwich his aunt and uncle Bree and Richard Horton of Argyle; his aunt and uncle Jessica and Peter Cormie of Argyle; and several other aunts and uncles and cousins.

There are no calling hours.

Services will be conducted at 10 a.m.  on Saturday at the Argyle Presbyterian Church in Argyle with the Rev. Stephen McLean, pastor officiating.

A reception will immediately follow the funeral at the church hall.

Memorial donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Argyle Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 66, Argyle, NY, 12909 or the March of Dimes, 4 Computer Drive West, Albany, NY 12205.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Carleton Funeral Home, Inc., 68 Main St., in Hudson Falls.

Online condolences may be made by visiting www.carletonfuneralhome.net.

Mary E. Snyder

FORT EDWARD – Mary E. Snyder, 91, passed away at the Fort Hudson Nursing Center, on Saturday, December 14, 2013.

Born on October 20, 1922, in the town of Moreau, she was the daughter of the late James and Phoebe (Mabb) Balfour.

Mary was a graduate of South Glens Falls High School.  She then worked for 41 years at General Electric Company in Hudson Falls.  Mary was also a communicant of St. Michael the Archangel Church in South Glens Falls.

In addition to her husband, George Snyder and her parents, she was predeceased by her brothers, William Balfour, Ralph Balfour, Harold Balfour; her half brothers, John Patch, Edward Patch and James Patch and her sisters, Helen Abare and Margaret Abare.

Survivors include her sister in law, Betty Balfour of South Glens Falls; her special niece, Nancy Snyder of Fort Edward; her special nieces and nephews in law, Donna and Leslie Hickok of Arizona and Sandra and James Clark, Sr. of South Glens Falls; her special nephew, Ralph Balfour of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; and several great nephews and great nieces and great great nieces and nephews.

There will be a family viewing from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday at Carleton Funeral Home, Inc., 68 Main Street, Hudson Falls.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated 2 p.m. following the calling hour at St. Michael the Archangel Church on Route 9 in South Glens Falls, with the Reverend Tony Childs, pastor officiating.

The Rite of Committal will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in South Glens Falls.

Mary’s family request that instead of flowers donations be sent to the Moreau Emergency Squad, 1583 Route 9, Fort Edward, NY 12828, the American Heart Association, 959 Route 9, Mount Royal Plaza, Queensbury, NY 12804 or the American Diabetes Association, 7 Washington Square, Albany, NY 12205.

Eunice Tarantino

Tarantino 1Tarantino 2HUDSON FALLS – Eunice Tarantino’s spirit left this world on Monday December 9, 2013 following a respite stay at The Fort Hudson Nursing Home in Fort Edward, NY.

Born on July 6, 1925 in Hudson Falls, Eunice was the daughter of Ira and Florence (Chard) Willette.

On July 10, 1943 she was married to Lt Roger A Ryder.  He was killed in action during World War II, January 9, 1945.  On January 8, 1955, she was married to Leonard J. Tarantino, Sr. in St Paul’s Church in Hudson Falls.  He died on December 12, 1995.

Eunice was a 1942 graduate of Hudson Falls High School.  She was employed as an executive secretary to the plant manager of Scutan Division of Union Bag & Paper Corp., until she resigned after 10 years of service to stay at home with her family.  Later she became an administrative secretary at Fort Hudson Nursing Home Inc. where she retired after 20 years of service in 1991. 

Eunice’s proudest achievement, along with her husband, was having their seven children attain the highest education of their choice. 

Loyalty, diligence, intelligence and integrity were traits Eunice exhibited throughout her life.  She could converse on any topic and had a special way of connecting with anyone she spoke with because she wanted to listen to the other person’s point of view.  She found humor in life even when the joke was on her. Eunice loved her home, her front porch, and her flower garden.  She enjoyed reading, listening to music, travelling, visiting the sea shore, and attending her grandchildren’s sporting events.  She could make a mean spaghetti sauce that would feed a crowd and every so often on the holidays or weddings she gleefully downed a Manhattan or a Rusty Nail.  She enjoyed the competition of board and card games at family get-togethers, playing Bridge with her girlfriends, gambling at the racetrack with her sons and their friends. She was a voyeur of national politics and an active participant on the local political scene. 

Eunice led a simple good and full life, surrounded by family and friends.  Family was her priority.  In her later years she was able to visit some of the distant places she had read about, places like Europe, California, and Hawaii.  Not so long ago, she organized a family trip in Washington D. C. to witness the opening of the World War II memorial, for which she had generously contributed.  She hated war, but she wanted to honor her children’s fathers, her husbands, who had fought in that war so long ago.  Sharing the D.C. trip with her children and grandchildren was a wonderful and memorable experience for the whole family.  We can still see her smiling. 

In addition to her parents and her husbands, Eunice was predeceased by a daughter, Jane Maziejka (1991), grandson Michael Ahrens (2010), and sister Marjorie Cardinal. 

Eunice is survived by her children, Dayle (Roger) Ahrens of Fort Edward, Gayle (David) DeRienzis of Sea Cliff, Ellen (Paul Fronhofer) Ketchum of Salem, Leonard (Carolyn) Tarantino Jr. of Ho-Ho-Kus NJ, Thomas (Andrea) Tarantino of Wilmington NC, Eunice (Francis) Belleville of Clifton Park; her grandchildren Roger (Janet) Ahrens, Elizabeth (Jason) Martin, Jennifer Ahrens; Daniel and Joshua DeRienzis; Benjamin (Katherine) Ketchum; Jonathan (Deana Lewsey) Ketchum; Rachael, Cameron and Noah Maziejka, Bryce and Brittany Tarantino; Nicholas, Peter and Diane Tarantino; Samuel and Hannah Belleville; and great grandchildren, Zachary, Elizabeth and Joshua Ahrens; Jane and Allison Martin; and Simon, Ethan and Olivia DeRienzis; former son-in-laws Stanley Maziejka, Frank Ketchum; several nieces, nephews, and cousins. 

Calling hours for Eunice will be held at the Carleton Funeral Home, Inc., 68 Main St., Hudson Falls, NY from 4 – 7 pm on Tuesday December 17. 

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 am on Wednesday December 18, at St. Mary’s/St. Paul’s Church on the park in Hudson Falls. 

The Rite of committal will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in the town of Fort Edward. 

On our mother’s behalf we would like to thank the staff of the Fort Hudson Nursing Home for their devotion to our mother’s wellbeing in these last few months of her life. 

The family suggests that memorial donations be made to: The Fort Hudson Foundation, 319 Broadway, Fort Edward, NY 12828.


Grace A. Kenneally


SOUTH GLENS FALLS – Grace A. Kenneally, 70, of Astoria Ave, South Glens Falls, passed away surrounded by her family and friends, on Wednesday, December 11, 2013, at Glens Falls Hospital, after a long illness.

Born March 4, 1943, in Glens Falls, she was the daughter of the Late Raymond and Helen (Bombard) Fenton.

Grace attended Hudson Falls High School.

On August 28, 1960, she married Richard Kenneally at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Hudson Falls.

She attended St. Michael the Archangel Church in South Glens Falls, enjoyed bowling, travel, playing the slots and especially time spent with her family.

Besides her parents, Grace is predeceased by her brother, Richard Fenton.

Survivors include her husband of 53 years, Richard Kenneally of South Glens Falls; her children, Colleen Ross of South Glens Falls, Dan Kenneally of Virginia Beach, VA; her grandchildren, Mark Ross, Jr. of Hudson Falls and Jake and Chad Kenneally of Virginia Beach, Val; her sister, Daunne Saunders of Hudson Falls;  and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Family and friends may call Sunday, December 15, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Carleton Funeral Home, Inc, 68 Main St. in Hudson Falls.

Funeral services will be held Monday, December 16, 9:30 a.m., at the funeral home, with Reverend Thomas Babiuch, officiating.

The Rite of Committal will follow at Union Cemetery in the town of Fort Edward.

In memory of Grace, donations can be made to a charity of one’s choice.

Jeanne A. Durling

DurlingQUEENSBURY – Jeanne A. Durling, 87, formerly of Lauderdale by the Sea, Florida, passed away saying her rosary, on Tuesday, December 10, 2013, at the Stanton Health Care Facility.

Born on April 18, 1926, in Boston, Mass, she was the daughter of the late Gerald and Mabel (O’Connor) Bracken.

After high school, Jeanne graduated from Boston University.  She worked as a physical education teacher at St. Mary’s Academy in Glens Falls until she met her husband, Edward Durling.

Jeanne and Edward were married on January 21, 1950 in Boston, Mass.

Together with her husband, she operated Durling Studio in Hudson Falls, for 30 years.  Jeanne was a member of the Glens Fall s Hospital Guild.  Some of her favorite times in life were sitting by the pool in Florida talking to her friends.  Most important to her was being with her family.  She also thoroughly enjoyed wheeling and dealing at Swap Shop in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by her three brothers, Francis, Sonny and Paul Bracken and also her sisters in law, Peggy Bracken, Frances Renaud, and Lorretta Bracken.

She is survived by her four children,  Peter Durling and his wife, Daria of Vermont, Sue Anne Mayette and her husband, David of Vermont, Joanne Watkins and her husband, Peter of Queensbury, Gerry Durling of Florida; her grandchildren, Molly, Michael, Matthew, Jana and her husband, Shaun, Valerie and her husband, Adam, Cara and her fiancé, Liam, Tom; her brand new great granddaughter, Isla; several nieces, nephews,  cousins; her brother in law, Richard Durling and his wife, Margaret of Florida; and her sister in law, Mary Anne Whiting and her husband, Robert of Florida.

Friends may call on Friday, December 13, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.  at the Carleton Funeral Home, Inc., 68 Main Street in Hudson Falls.

Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 14, at St. Mary’s/St. Paul’s Church on the park in Hudson Falls.

Jeanne will be laid to rest with her husband in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Fort Edward.

Donations in Jeanne’s memory can be made to Progressive Osseous Heteroplasia Association, 5327 West Pointe Plaza Drive, # 113, Columbus, Ohio, 43228.

Online condolences may be made by visiting www.carletonfuneralhome.net.