Glenda Mae Burdo

BurdoFORT EDWARD – Glenda Mae Burdo, 62, of Fort Edward, joined her parents in Heaven, surrounded by her loving family, on Wednesday, June 25, 2014, at the Glens Falls Hospital.

Born on May 29, 1952, in Malone, she was the daughter of the late Leonard and Thelma (Hobbs) Burdo.

Glenda was a waitress at AJ & Ellies, formerly in Hudson Falls and she was also a CNA.

Her grandchildren and great grandchildren were her life.

Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her grandson, Dana Phillips.

Survivors include her life partner of 44 years, Edward Phillips of Fort Edward; her three sons, Jeffrey Phillips of Fort Edward, Michael Phillips and his significant other, Crystal Waldron of Fort Edward and Daniel Phillips and his significant other, Mary Rabine also of Fort Edward; her daughter, Christina Allen and her husband, Matthew of Fort Edward; her grandchildren, Cara Tatsey and her husband, Bruce, Erika Phillips, Emily Phillips and Daniel Phillips; her great grandchildren, Travis Tatsey and Cadence Tatsey; her soon to be great grandson, Gavin Tatsey; brothers and sister in laws, Joe Phillips and Lois Olden of Hudson Falls, Robert and Mary Phillips of Fort Edward and Dennis Phillips of Hudson Falls; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends may call on Monday from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Carleton Funeral Home, Inc., 68 Main Street in Hudson Falls.

A funeral service will follow at 6 p.m. on Monday evening at the funeral home.

Burial will take place at the convenience of the family.

Glenda’s family suggests that memorial donations be made to the Northeast  Kidney Foundation, Inc., 501 New Karner Road, Suite 6, Albany, NY 12205 or the charity of one’s choice

Adelaide Jarvis

JarvisPCGANSEVOORT- Adelaide Jarvis , 80, has gone to be in the arms of her loving husband , Clarence,. on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at her home surrounded by her family and beloved dog, Duke, after a long illness .

Born on October 25,1933 in Glens Falls , she was the daughter of the late Girard & Margaret Donnahie.

On November 24, 1948, she married Clarence D. Jarvis at the St Joseph’s Rectory in Fort Edward. Adelaide was a member of the St Paul’s Parish in Hudson Falls, along with her husband.

She enjoyed camping, bingo, scratch-offs, her daily numbers and spending quality time with her family & friends.

Adelaide was predeceased by her parents Girard & Margaret, her loving husband Clarence, her brothers Hollis and Bernard, her sister, Betty Smith and great granddaughter, Kayla Bain.

Survivors include her children, Nathan “Nick” Jarvis and his wife, Cindy of Hudson Falls, and their two children, Janet Bosley and her husband, Jim, Cindy Raych and her husband, Howard , Barbara A. Combs and her husband, Roger of Warrensburg, and her three children, Donald Crosse, Jr., Judy Robbins and her husband, Jay, Addey Menegan, Judy Gorton and her partner Kevin Gray, and her son, Steve Gorton and his wife, Melissa, Frederick Jarvis Sr. and his wife, Marion of Gansevoort and their five kids, Tina Gleason, Tonya Foster, Marion Kiblign and her husband, John, Fred Jarvis, Jr. and his wife, Darci, Jason Jarvis and his wife, Heather, Clarence Jarvis and his wife, Debbie of Gansevoort, and their three children, Tabatha Jarvis, Amy Ginac and her husband, Jay, Myles Jarvis, Grace Potter of Glens Falls, and her five children, Casey Imire and her partner, Chris Mason, Christopher Imire, Andrew Potter and his wife, Tesha, Megan Potter, Katlyn Potter, John Jarvis of Gansevoort; 30 ½ great grandchildren; her sisters, Alice Kincade and her husband, Robert Kincade of Georgia, Dorothy Hall and her husband, Bill of Johnstown; her brothers, Fred Donnahie of Nevada , George Donnahie of North Creek; her very close family members, Lester & Jan LaPan, Sr of Hudson Falls , Shirley & Jim McDougall of Argyle, Donnie & Marie Jarvis of Gansevoort.

Calling hours will be 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, at the Carleton Funeral 68 Main Street in Hudson Falls.

Funeral Services will be conducted at 1:30 pm on Friday at the funeral home.

Burial will follow St Paul’s Cemetery in Kingsbury.

Adelaide and her family would like to thank her long time physician, Dr. Beaty and Sharon Shannon and the hospice nurses and everyone who has sent thoughts, prayers and love during this difficult time

The family suggests donations to be made to SPCA of Upstate NY, P.O. Box 171, Hudson Falls, NY 12839.

Lois J. “Sis” (Skellie) Oliver

OliverFORT EDWARD- Lois J. “Sis” (Skellie) Oliver, 84, formerly of Bascom Dr. since 1962, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 21, 2014, at the Fort Hudson Health Care Facility in Fort Edward.

Born on January 23, 1930 in Cambridge, she was the daughter of the late Herbert J. and Alice E. (Reid) Skellie.

Lois was a 1947 graduate of Argyle High School and on October 6, 1956, she married Olin L. Oliver in the South Argyle Presbyterian Church. Olin passed away 39 years later on April 19, 1995.

Her working years started at W.T Grant Company in Hudson Falls where she spent four years. From there she was employed at the First National Bank of Hudson Falls which in 1963 was purchased by the First National Bank of Glens Falls which later became Evergreen Bank and TD Bank. Lois was Vice President and manager of the Kingsbury Office of the Bank, when she retired from banking, in 1991. Lois was a dedicated banker for 32 years and only missed one day of work.

From 1995 to 1998, she worked part time for Diet Workshops. Lois also was External Appraiser for the evaluation of the school program in business and the Statewide System of Occupational Education Evaluation from 1981 to 1983.

Her involvement in various organizations was extensive. She was the treasurer of the deacons and served on various committees of the First Presbyterian Church of Hudson Falls. Other affiliations included 20 years as treasurer of the Hudson Falls Kingsbury Chamber of Commerce, past vice president and in 1983, Woman of the Year, for the Hudson Falls Business & Professional Women, past president of the past Washington County Branch of the American Cancer Society, past board member and president of the Adirondack Girl Scouts, Board of Directors of the 60 + Senior Citizens of Hudson Falls and Fort Edward and the American Red Cross and a past committee chairman for Group Five of the NYS Banker’s Association. Lois received volunteer awards too numerous to list.

In addition to volunteer work, Lois enjoyed walking, gardening and spending time with her loving family.

In addition to her parents and husband, Lois was predeceased by two brothers, Paul Skellie and Loris Skellie, and two nephews, Paul Skellie and James Skellie.

Survivors include her sister, Sharon Bain and her husband, Ronald of Hebron; her brother, Willard Skellie of Glens Falls; her special nieces and nephews, Sean Bain of South Glens Falls, Gretchen Bain and her husband, John Hill of CA, Aimee Bain and her husband, Mark Thompson of Ballston Lake, Allison Bain and her husband, David Shreiber of NJ, Jonathan Bain and his wife, Kimberly Bolster of Ballston Spa, Lorraine Weatherwax and her husband, Toby of Greenwich, Lindsey Skellie and Terel Skellie, both of Glens Falls, Barry Skellie and his wife, Betsy of Argyle, George Skellie of Argyle, Angela Breen and her husband, John of New Hampshire, Rosemary Curtis and her husband, Thomas of Argyle and Paula Liddell and her husband, Eddie of Greenwich; several great nieces and great nephews; many cousins; and her special friend, Roberta Clute of Hudson Falls.

Friends may call on Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Carleton Funeral Home, Inc., 68 Main Street in Hudson Falls.

Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. on Friday at the First Presbyterian Church of Hudson Falls with the Rev. Michael Plank, officiating.

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

Her family suggests that memorial donations be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 9 River St., Hudson Falls, NY 12839 or the American Cancer Society, 959 Route 9, Mt. Royal Plaza, Queensbury, NY 12804.

William H. Fish, Jr.

Fish, WilliamFORT EDWARD – William H. Fish, Jr., 78, of Reynolds Road, passed away on Sunday, June 15, 2014, at the Glens Falls Hospital.

Born on June 30, 1935, in Fort Edward, he was the son of the late William H. and Aileen (Daley) Fish, Sr.

William attended Fort Edward High School until he enlisted in the United States Army at the age of 17 during the Korean War. Several years later he reenlisted in the U.S. Army and fought two tours in Vietnam. He retired from the Army in 1979 as an E-6.

On August 13, 1960, he married Gloria (Sherman) Munger in New Hampshire. After his military service he worked for Burns Security until 1999. He then worked for American Legion Post 574 of Hudson Falls as a bartender. As a member of the Legion, he was a past commander and served many rolls, including the Color Guard and as Chaplain. He enjoyed bowling.

His children say this about their dad; “Dad you were very special to us and now you are our angel in Heaven. We will always love and remember you”

In addition to his mother and father, he is predeceased by a brother, Allen Fish.

William is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Gloria Fish of Fort Edward; his children, Bill Fish, III and his wife Robin, Larry Munger, Shirley LaFavor and her husband, Keith, Cindy Fish, Dianne Kline and her husband, Jim, Michael Fish and his wife, Teresa, Karen Tucker and her husband, Mike, Nancy Kimble and her husband, Glenn ; 17 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; his brothers Kenneth Fish and his wife, June, Tom Fish and his wife, Dorothy, Ron Fish and his companion Gary; his sister Nancy Fish; and his faithful dog and companion, Molly Mae.

Friends may call from 3 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 19, 2014, at America Legion Post 574 of Hudson Falls at 72 Pearl St., in Hudson Falls.

Services will follow the calling hours at 6 p.m. at the legion.

Williams family suggests memorial donations in his memory to American Legion Post 574 of Hudson Falls, 72 Pearl St., Hudson Falls, NY 12839.

Waltraud “Trudy” Stone

StoneFORT ANN – Waltraud “Trudy” Stone, 75, passed away unexpectedly Monday, June 9, 2014 at Davis Hospital in Layton, Utah with her family at her side.

Trudy was born on February 15, 1939, in Zweibrucken, Germany.

She was a very loving and giving wife, mother, Oma (grandma), and friend.

She married Henry Stone on January 31, 1987.

Trudy was employed at Native Textiles in Glens Falls for over 35 years.

All her life, Trudy loved to garden, spending many hours maintaining her beautiful lawns and flowers (and having Henry move rocks). She also loved to travel, especially to Florida and Maine. Sundays were special to Trudy because her family would spend the day together enjoying dinner and playing Ship, Captain, and Crew.

Trudy was predeceased by her parents in Germany.

Trudy is survived by her loving husband, Henry; her daughter Jeanne (Tom) Golden; son Rick (Patty) Stanley and daughter Debbie (Eddie) Robbins. She is also survived by her stepchildren, Donna (Bob) Rudman, Deborah (Paige) Lawrence, Brian (Maja) Stone, Flint (Theresa) Stone, and Jamon (Tina) Stone; her grandchildren, Mathew (Emily) Sechler, Erica (Chris) Marion, Tricia Golden, Brett (Melissa) Golden, Ashley and Allison Stanley, Timmy, Scotty, and Joey Robbins, Keith (Krystal) Rudman, Kevin (Jen) Rudman, Royce (Margaret) Lawrence, Ryan Lawrence, Jan and Victor Stone, Andrew Stone, Taylor Stone, and several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She also leaves behind her sister Hela, in Georgia, as well as siblings in Germany.

Calling hours will be held from 5 to 8 P.M. on Saturday June 14, 2014, at Carleton Funeral Home, Inc., 68 Main Street in Hudson Falls.

A service will follow the calling hours at 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

The Stone family suggests that memorial donations be made to the charity of one’s choice.

Robert “Bob” Graham

GrahamFORT ANN – Robert “Bob” Graham, 60, of Fort Ann, died as the result of injuries sustained in an accident in Easton, on Tuesday, June 10, 2014.

Born on November 23, 1953, in Glens Falls, he was the son of the late George Graham and Mildred (Farr) Friedman.

Bob was a 1974 graduate of Hudson Falls High School.

He worked as a truck driver and heavy equipment operator for Charles Friedman Excavating for 29 years.  He was known for his ability to do almost every job needed.

Bob was a past member of the Kingsbury Volunteer Hose Company.  He enjoyed hunting, snowmobiling,  and four wheeling.  Most of all, Bob loved spending time with his boys and his family.

He is survived by his three sons, Matthew Graham and his wife, Jennifer of Hudson Falls, Robbie Graham and his girlfriend, Deanna Rose of Hudson Falls and Justin Graham of Fort Ann; his two step daughters, Danielle Fifield of Argyle and Laura Thomas of Virginia; his five grandchildren, Lucas, Evan and Zachary Graham, Haley Fifield and Trey Thomas; his brothers and sisters, Marylou Novahradsky and her husband, Emil of Fort Ann, George Graham, Jr. of Schuylerville, Thomas Graham and his wife, Judy of Hudson Falls, Edward Graham and his wife, Carolyn of Saratoga Springs, Susan Barrett of Queensbury, Joseph Graham of Hudson Falls, Nancy Graham of Hudson Falls and Charles Friedman and his wife, Lisa of Hudson Falls; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Calling hours will be Monday, June 16, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Gospel Lighthouse Assembly of God Church, 30 LaCrosse Street in Hudson Falls.

Funeral services will be conducted 11a.m. Tuesday, June 17, 2014, at the church, with Pastor Paul Mead, officiating.

Burial will follow at Moss Street Cemetery in the town of Kingsbury.

Memorial donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

Carol Ann (Lakeman) Paradis

ParadisHUDSON FALLS & JONESPORT, ME- Carol Ann (Lakeman) Paradis, 70, resident of Kingsbury, passed away Saturday, June 07, 2014 at Glens Falls Hospital with her devoted family standing by of a massive heart attack.

Born October 13, 1943 in Jonesport, Maine, she was the daughter of the late Anna Carver Lakeman. She was predeceased by her grandparents who helped raise her, Willard and Ethel Carver.

Professionally, Carol graduated from Jonesport High School in 1961 and went on to Salem Massachusetts where she earned her LPN certification. She worked for Dr. Edmunds, ENT in Glens Falls and went on to earn her RN at Adirondack Community College in 1981. She then worked 32 years at Glens Falls Hospital in the Operating Room from where she retired. Always up at the crack of dawn, on call and always devoted.

Carol married James J. Paradis Jr. in 1965. They spent 48 inseparable years together, going to camp in Warrensburg with their dog “Graca”, visiting family in Maine, cruising around the world, enjoying one another’s company and taking care of each other. In her down time she enjoyed reading, cross-word puzzles and knitting… for everyone. Those near and dear to her always got a homemade hat or dishcloth on holidays and she even donated numerous back home to her local church, Sawyer Memorial Congregational so they could raise funds.

Carol is survived by her devoted husband James J. Paradis Jr., and her loving dog Gracie, one brother, Charles Lakeman and wife Sharon of Maine and their children, Stephanie, Cherie, Michelle, Stacey and Kevin and their families, Her In-laws Bill and Polly Marchese whom she lived across the road from for 40 years and spent many good times with, her sister-in-law Connie Chandler and her children Wendy, Becky, Terri, Amy and Abby and their families, her cousins Karleen Hart, Elaine and (Dwayne) Brown, Clifford Johnson, Vicki Johnson, Larry Plumber, Clyde Samuelson, Esther Savar, and Harlan Samuelson, her uncles Byron Carver and Willard (Greta) Carver Jr.

She held a special place in her heart for her Niece Nicole Marchese and wife Jody and their daughters, Meghan and Katharine, her nephew Daniel Marchese, nephew Shawn Johnson and wife Marie and their sons Shawn Jr. and Nathaniel James with whom she split her time between NY and ME.

She had numerous friends, relatives, colleagues… too many to mention but none forgotten including Nanci Bolen-Coons with whom she worked many years and still went to lunch with on occasion.

None who knew her would forget her meticulous manner or fashionable socks. She was one of a kind and will be missed more than words can ever express.

Heartfelt gratitude goes out to the staff of the Glens Falls Hospital, Emergency Care Center and Cardiac Cath Lab, whose valiant efforts were much appreciated.

Burial will be at the convenience of the family. Per Carol’s wishes, there will be no calling hours.

Donations can be made in Carol’s memory to the Fort Edward Rescue Squad, Inc., PO Box 226, Fort Edward, NY 12828 or the Glens Falls Hospital Foundation, 100 Park Street, Glens Falls, NY 12801.

Randall James Jenks

JenksQUEENSBURY – Randall James Jenks, passed away unexpectedly, on June 2, 2014, at Albany Medical Center. He joins his two grandfathers and an uncle, most likely in spirited debates about sports and politics.

Randy was the son of James Jenks, of Queensbury, and Brenda Jenks, of Lake George. Besides his parents, he is survived by his sister, Robin, also of Queensbury, whom he adored, his maternal grandmother, Lena Coons, Queensbury, paternal grandmother Constance Jenks, Paradox, NY, aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was predeceased by his grandfathers, Ralph Chambers and Charles Jenks, and one uncle, Larry Chambers.

Randy was born August 17, 1971, and attended Queensbury schools. He lived in Queensbury his entire life and worked several jobs, most recently for several years as a cook at O’toole’s Restaurant, a job he enjoyed very much. He was an avid reader of books and blogs, and spent hours listening to various podcasts, staying abreast of current events. He loved all genres of music and was an ardent fan of all Boston sports teams.

In recent years, he became interested in computers and other electronic and digital devices. He was chosen to be a product tester for a major producer of data storage devices and took his task seriously, spending hours and hours searching for bugs and suggesting improvements. His attention to detail led to many improvements to devices now on the market – some of his proudest achievements.

Randy was somewhat private and solitary, yet upbeat and happy when among friends and family. He always could shrug off and laugh about any problems that arose. He looked forward to “game night” when he met for dinner with his Uncle Matt and “D and D” friends, followed by an evening of gaming, every Wednesday.

Words cannot express how much he will be missed, his life cut far too short.

There will be a memorial service on Saturday, June 14, 2014, at 1 pm at the Carleton Funeral Home, Inc., 68 Main Street in Hudson Falls.

Interment will be private, and at the convenience of the family.

Donations in Randy’s memory can be sent to the West Glens Falls Emergency Squad, whose volunteers are extraordinary.

Many thanks go to the Emergency Room at Glens Falls Hospital, and the Neurology Unit at Albany Med, especially the angels who are the nurses there.

Joseph David Benoit

Benoit, JosephHUDSON FALLS – Joseph David Benoit, 72, known to many as “Papa Joe,” of Harrison Avenue in Hudson Falls and Minerva, NY, passed away peacefully June 1st, 2014 in the mountain camp that he built with his own two strong and very kind hands. He passed away in the arms and loving embrace of his wife, family and children.

Born March, 2nd, 1942, in Glens Falls, he was the son of Norman Benoit and Lillian Bernard Benoit.

Papa Joe was a graduate of the Adirondack Mountains, a degree that eventually reached doctoral status.

He was a U.S. Army veteran, who was honorably discharged from the Army, where he worked in the motor pool and keeping the Soviets out of Fort Dix, NJ and Fort Drum, NY. He also rented a cabin on the shores of Lake Ontario with his commanding officer, where they spent most of the Cold War enjoying the beach, the open water and the contents of a cooler.

While in the service, he married his beloved wife of 47 years, Janet Everts Benoit, on April 1st, 1967. They met in Fort Drum, NY and raised five children together.

After his discharge from the service, he worked for Adirondack Glass for 37 years, where he excelled as a master glazier.

Joe’s proudest accomplishment in life, besides his children and deep friendships, was his mountain paradise, which he bought for $166 in 1967. Before his retirement, most weekends he brought his children to “camp.”   After his retirement, he spent most of his time on his mountain, where he fished and hunted and visited his neighbors. He was always welcome company on the “road” and the most generous of hosts.

Papa Joe had many hobbies. Welder, carpenter, mechanic, plumber and (to the terror of his children) a part-time roofer into his seventies. There was nothing he couldn’t fix. Upon his retirement from Adirondack Glass he was a professional tinkerer and putterer.   He loved to find “broken” snow blowers and weed wackers that his friends planned to throw out. He would take them off their hands, fix them, and then call them with the news that the machine was running perfectly, with much laughter exchanged with the two parties.  He was the finest of neighbors, to his friends on the mountain and his friends in Hudson Falls.  There was never a tool he wouldn’t lend to a friend, a driveway that went unplowed, a patch of grass left uncut, or a task left undone to help in the service of his friends and neighbors who he considered family.  He was the definition of  “great neighbor.”

Papa Joe was also an avid outdoorsman.  He went “into the woods” year round, either chasing whitetail through the hardwoods or launching his canoe into a peaceful pond in search of brook trout. He loved his time with his son-in-law, Barney Bellinger. They searched for peace and trout. Found both. He built two cabins for friends and family to enjoy year-round. The last twenty-five years of his life he was often beset by illness: mild heart attack(s), three shoulder surgeries, 22 year stage IV cancer survivor, two hip replacements, but that never stopped Papa Joe from smiling, or stopped him from carrying a canoe back or excusing himself from rugged hiking. He had a beautiful energy of endurance through pain, with a smile on his face and kindness in his heart.

In addition to his parents, Joe was predeceased by his brothers, Ronald, John and Charles, his dog Glory and his best friend Don Campbell.

He is survived by his wife Janet; his brothers Norman and Laurent; his sons, Mark Schneider and his fiancé, Evelyn of Queensbury, NY; Stephen White and his significant other Jeff of St. Petersburg, FL; Joel Benoit and his fiancé, Dorothy of Los Angeles, CA ; Jesse Benoit and his wife, Ashley of Cary, NC; daughter Susan Bellinger and her husband Barney of Mayfield, NY; his granddaughters, Holly Schneider Hughes, Heidi Schneider and Erin Bellinger, Kristina Wells; grandson Carter Joseph; one great granddaughter, Kenna and several nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind his dog Scarlet, his cats Lily and Tilly, and 27 Hummingbirds.

Joe had many spiritual sons, including Scott Mason and Craig Richards, and a spiritual daughter and granddaughter in Denise and Leah Richards. He had  spiritual brothers in Joseph Bickford and Butch Barlow, as well as his beloved sister in law Kathy Barlow-who were all with him when he passed. He considered his close friends, Lee and Kathy Varney, to be family-and spent great years in his retirement in their good company.

A celebration of Joe’s life will be held on Friday, June 6th from 9-12 at Carleton Funeral Home, Inc.,  in Hudson Falls. There will be a short reading by the family followed by a funeral procession to Saratoga National Cemetery for a graveside service, followed by a 21-gun salute.  There will also be a private memorial at the convenience of the family on a beloved Adirondack Pond.

Graveside services, with full military honors, will take place at 2:30 p.m. Friday at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Veteran’s Cemetery in the town of Stillwater.

Joe’s family would like to thank the neighbors and friends in Hudson Falls and on the mountain for all their help the last couple of months.  We would also like to thank Hospice for their extraordinary service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to High Peaks Hospice.   But besides a donation to hospice, Joe Benoit would have liked you to be kind to your neighbors. As he was so community-oriented towards his fellow man, that would be the highest honor in his name.

He was born on Paris Avenue in Hudson Falls. He walked the streets of Paris, France. He lived a great life between the dashes, and he had no regrets. He was the finest man. The finest father. The finest friend. We have faith he is walking the forest floor, or floating on a brook trout pond reunited with his best friend, Don Campbell. He was the last of his generation of mountain men to go, and somewhere he is reunited with them all.

This obituary composed as a tribute to his dad by Joe’s son Joel Benoit.  The picture was provided by Joe’s friend  Tad Lemery.


Helen E. Rourke

RourkeHUDSON FALLS – Helen Etu Rourke, 91, a longtime resident of Hudson Falls, died Monday, June 2, 2014, following a brief illness.

Born on March 30, 1923, Helen was the daughter of William J. and Margaret (Campbell) Etu of Fort Edward.  She graduated from Fort Edward High School in 1940 as the valedictorian of her class.  She went on to earn her 3-year diploma in nursing from St. Peter’s Hospital School of Nursing in Albany, New York.  After her graduation, Helen was employed as a registered nurse at St. Peter’s Hospital.

A devoted wife and mother, Helen shared abundant love and faith with her family, always finding time to provide comfort, encouragement and support.    She loved tending to her flowers, vacations on Cape Cod and the “Miracle Mets”.  She was a faithful communicant of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Hudson Falls.

She was predeceased by her husband of 48 years, Robert M. Rourke; her brothers William, Paul, John and Roger Etu; her sisters Eleanor Etu, Mary Rose Higgins, Margaret McCarty, Jean Bowe and Patricia Etu.

Helen is survived by her loving daughter and constant companion, Mary Ann Rourke of Hudson Falls; two sons, William E. Rourke and his wife Deborah (Maille) of Hudson Falls, Michael Rourke and his wife Kathleen (O’Brien) of Bothell, Washington; two granddaughters, Caroline and Catherine Rourke, also of Bothell, Washington; several nieces and nephews.

Friends may call on Tuesday, June 10th, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Carleton Funeral Home, 68 Main Street, in Hudson Falls.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 10th, at St. Mary’s/St. Paul’s Catholic Church on the park in Hudson Falls.  The Rite of Committal will follow at the St. Mary’s Cemetery in Fort Edward.

The family suggests that memorials take the form of donations to St. Mary’s/St. Paul’s Catholic Church.

Shirley C. Baker

BakerQUEENSBURY – Shirley C. Baker, of The Stanton Nursing Home, passed away on Monday, June 2, 2014, at the Glens Falls Hospital.

Born June 11, 1923, in Hudson Falls, she was the daughter of the late Albert and Catherine (Martin) Winchell.

Shirley worked for many years as a department manager at Montgomery Ward’s in Queensbury. She later worked at CL + J, formerly in Queensbury.

She was a communicant of St. Michael the Archangel Church in South Glens Falls.

Shirley loved knitting, crocheting, crafts, and bingo at the Stanton. She was very caring and was always helping anyone with anything, even if she was sick.

Besides her parents, Shirley was predeceased by her husband, Robert Baker, her brothers, Donald Winchell, Kenneth Winchell, and her sister in law, Tina Winchell.

Survivors include her son, Robert Baker and Carol Baker Bronson; her grandsons, Marty Baker and his girlfriend Mari, Randy Baker; her granddaughter, Kimberly Baker; many great-grandchildren; her sister, Ada Crete and her husband, Roland; several nieces, nephews, and cousins; as well as her good friends, Celina and Ron Butler, and Shelly and Joe, Kim, Elaine and Bill; and many other good friends.

There will be no calling hours.

Graveside services will be held at a time to be announced at Southside Cemetery in the town of Moreau.

Memorial donations may be made to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718
Oklahoma City, OK 73123.

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