Alan T. Hamell

Hamell, AlanQUEENSBURY – Alan T. Hamell, also known by his friends as “Big Al”, passed away suddenly, on Saturday, December 16, 2017, at his home, after heart failure.

Born on August 22, 1964, in Albany, he was the son of Carol (Hamell) Sodemann and Thomas Harris.

Alan attended Queensbury High School.

He worked for many years with his childhood friend, Donnie Dean, in the roofing business.  Alan Loved being outside and spent many hours fishing anywhere there was water.  Every morning he cherished his cup of coffee and reading the paper at Stewarts.  He loved his two dogs, Harley and Harold.   Alan was a good man who would help others before helping himself.  He felt his greatest accomplishment was his son, Zachary.  Alan was known for his sharp wit and always wearing his cowboy boots.   You couldn’t catch him at any affair, without his boots.

He was predeceased by, his grandparents, Wanda and Carl Hamell, his uncle, Michael Hamell, his cousin, Theresa Chwazik and his dog, Sassy.

Alan is survived by his loving son, Zachary Hamell; his mother, Carol (John) Sodemann; his siblings, Laurie (Tim) Whalen, Carrie (Michael) Lorrain, his “baby sis”, Jeri Lynn (Robert) Ferri, Kenneth (Alisha) Hanley and Debbie Harris LaPoint; Zachary’s mother, Claudia Winchell; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends may call on Friday, December 22, 2017 from 12 to 2 p.m. at the Carleton Funeral Home, Inc., 68 Main Street in Hudson Falls.

Prayers will be offered at 2 p.m. by Pastor Keith Mann, officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Zachary Hamell College Fund, Parks Heritage Federal Credit Union, 5 Murray Street, Glens Falls, NY 12801.

Leona M. Collins

Collins, LeonaHUDSON FALLS – Leona M. Collins, 88, died on Wednesday, December 14, 2017 from complications of Alzheimer’s.

She was born in Glens Falls on February 12, 1929, the daughter of the late John William Leppard and Geneva LaFarr Leppard.

Leona was the loving wife for over sixty years to Winfred Allen Collins who predeceased her.

Leona’s life was filled with children, grandchildren, travel and sports.

Her travels included nearly all of the United States and Europe. For over twenty years she was a semi-pro bowler, and in her youth, she played softball. In the 1960’s and 70’s Leona was a professional wedding cake baker.

A very warm and attentive mother, she leaves behind two children: Ronald W. (Jan) Collins of Hebron, NH and Michael E. (Jennifer Irwin) Collins of Argyle; as well as two grandchildren: Christopher I.V.M. Collins of Bellingham, MA and Sean M.D. (Susan Johnson) Collins of Northumberland; three great grandchildren; Zanthius, Eban and Accalia Collins.

She was one of fourteen children of which two sisters, Dorothy Leppard of Fort Edward and Donna Bohlman of Hudson Falls, remain.

Viewing will be at the Carleton Funeral Home in Hudson Falls, NY from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, December 18, 2017, with services immediately following.

The Rite of Committal will be held in the spring at St. Mary’s Cemetery in the town of Fort Edward.

In lieu of flowers please make a donation to a charity of your choice and be kind to all.

James “Big Guy” Cabral

Cabral, JamesKINGSBURY – James “Big Guy” Cabral, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family and friends.

He was born in Somerville, MA, the son of the late Edward and Elizabeth Cabral.

James moved to New York 35 years ago.  He was a true craftsman and proud owner of a small construction company, A Plus Home Improvement.

James touched the hearts of many, he leaves behind his loving wife, Lynn (Vaughn) Cabral; and his son, Dalton Cabral (his pal); along with a large extended family and a great group of friends.  James will be missed by all.

No services are planned at this time.

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

Beverly Hitchcock

Hitchcock, BeverlyKINGSBURY – Beverly Hitchcock, 79, of Kingsbury, went into the arms of the Lord on Monday, December 11, 2017, at the Fort Hudson Nursing Center

Born October 20, 1938, in Whitehall, she was the daughter of the late Percy and Florence (Hammond) McNaughton.

On May 2, 1959, she married Collins Hitchcock in Glens Falls.  Collins passed away on January 7, 2017, after 57 years of marriage.

For many years she worked as a switchboard operator at the Glens Falls Hospital.

She was a member of the Kingsbury Baptist Church.

Beverly and her husband enjoyed wintering in Florida.

In addition to her husband and parents, she is predeceased by two brothers and three sisters.

She is survived by her four children, Tammy Stopinski and her husband, Dean of Murfreesboro, TN, Kevin Hitchcock and his wife, Debbie of Springer, OK, Cynthia Pratt and her husband, Rob of Queensbury and Todd Hitchcock and his wife, Tina of Kingsbury; 11 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.

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

A funeral service will follow the calling hours on Friday at 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Interment with take place at Kingsbury Cemetery, in the spring.

Memorial donations in Beverly’s memory may be made to the Kingsbury Baptist Church, C/O Sylvia Weaver, 153 Dean Rd., Hudson Falls, NY 12839 or the Alzheimer’s Association Northeastern New York, 4 Pine West Plaza, Suite 405, Albany, NY 12205.

Darlene A. Drew

Drew, DarleneGANSEVOORT – Darlene A. Drew, 59, of Gansevoort, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, December 6, 2017, at the Glens Falls Hospital.

Born on August 18, 1958, in Saratoga Springs, she was the daughter of the late Paul and Lillian (Robinson) Defoe. On April 6, 1996, she married Joseph Drew at Fort Hardy in Schuylerville.

Darlene enjoyed baking and spending time with her children, grandchildren and family

In addition to her parents, she is predeceased by a daughter, April Diaz-Campbell, a grandson Brett Diaz, a brother Robert DeFoe and a sister, Debbie Smith.

Darlene is survived by her husband of 21 years, Joseph Drew of Gansevoort, her children, Alexandria Diaz and her fiancé, Matthew Stockwell of Queensbury, Antonio Diaz and his wife Tanya of Gansevoort. Christina Creech and her husband, Siatar of Gansevoort, Angelia Diaz and her husband, Jay of New York City, Stephanie DeFoe and Mike Splunge  of Hudson Falls and Michelle DeFoe of New York City; A granddaughter, Emily Humiston; several other grandchildren; a brother, Dennis DeFoe of Florida; a sister June DeFoe of Arizona; a brother Michael DeFoe of South Glens Falls; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

At Darlene’s request, there are no services scheduled and please make memorial donations to the child abuse organization of one’s choice.

Elsie K. O’Donnell

ODonnell, Elsie 1ODonnell, Elsie 2HUDSON FALLS –  Elsie K. O’Donnell, 85, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family at Glens Falls Hospital on Sunday December 3rd, 2017.

She was born on October 11, 1932 in Cambridge, NY; the daughter of the late Raymond and Irene (Alliger)  Fort.

Elsie graduated from Hudson Falls High in 1950.   Upon graduation, she worked at the Marinette Paper Company and General Electric, before a long standing career as a bank teller for the First National Bank of Glens Falls.   Elsie retired in 1994.   During her banking career, she was well known for her sweet, warm, caring smile and customers would wait on her line just so they could say hello.  She earned numerous Presidents Award honors for her outstanding work at the bank.   This was a job she truly loved.  Her quiet loving kindness and compassion went far beyond her work life; it was the centerpiece of her family life.   She instilled those traits in all of her four sons and her grandchildren.   Elsie cared about others before herself, donating regularly to the local soup kitchen, St Jude’s Children Hospital and her church.

Elsie had a strong faith in God from a very early age.   She taught Sunday School to children during her younger years at The Advent Christian Church in Hudson Falls; also playing piano and singing in the chorus.  She was also a regular attendee at Pine Knolls Alliance Church in Gansevoort.  Her kind warmth was felt by everyone who knew her.

Besides her parents, Elsie was predeceased by her husband’s Robert Morency and Barry “Lefty” O’Donnell; one son, Kim “Bah” Morency; her two brothers John and Chuck Fort; sister in laws, Assunta “Tina” Fort and Marie Fort; and her long-time companion Raymond Havens.

Elsie is survived by her three sons; David Morency ( Debbi Bearden), Brian O’Donnell ( Jessica McKenzie) and Kelly O’Donnell ( Jody Nolan) and grandchildren; Kelley Morency, JC Morency, Tess Morency, Michael O’Donnell, Rachel O’Donnell and Maddy O’Donnell; one sister in law, Jackie Fort; and her dear long-time friend who was like a sister to her, Sally Barker.

The family would like to thank some special friends who helped mom in so many ways over these past several months; Carol Dudley, Raeanne (Havens) Willis, Nancy Havens and Tom and Bev Brown.   The family would also like to thank Dr. Stoutenburg; and the nurses at Glens Falls Hospital Tower 2 for the tremendous care they provided our mom.

Elsie’s greatest joy truly was her family. She had such a close relationship with each of her four loving and devoted sons and all of her grandchildren.   Her sweet smile and kind gentle way will be missed immensely; we are blessed to have so many great memories of such an incredible mom.

Friends may call on Friday, December 8th, 2017 from 4 to 7pm at Carleton Funeral Home, Inc., 68 Main Street in Hudson Falls.

Burial at St. Mary’s Cemetery, in Fort Edward, will be private and at the convenience of the family.

Donations can be made to the C.R. Wood Cancer Center / Glens Falls Hospital, 102 Park Street, Glens Falls, NY 12801.




Harold John Rose

WHITEHALL – Harold John Rose, 59, of Whitehall, went into the arms of the Lord on Thursday, November 30, 2017, at the Glens Falls Hospital.

Born on July 8, 1958, in Glens Falls, he was the son of the late Milo and Mary Rose.

John attended Glens Falls High School before enlisting in the United States Army.  He was very proud to have served his country.  For his service, he was awarded the Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Army Good Conduct Metal, the M16 Sharpshooter Ribbon and the NCO Professional Development Ribbon.

Following his discharge, he had attended Monterey Peninsula College, studying Criminal Justice.  For many years he worked for British Petroleum Oil in California.  Several years ago, he moved Whitehall, where he worked as a Facilities Manager for Cumberland Farms.

John enjoyed fishing, being outdoors and spending time with his family.  He liked being all dressed up and dapper, especially in his fancy sweaters.  John also enjoyed traveling, history and reading.  He always wanted to share what he had learned from his books.  John will be remembered for being a religious man, a proud veteran and a Grandpa who loved to give his grandchildren hugs.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brothers, Milo Rose, Jr., Sylvester “Joe” Rose, Robert Rose and Michael “Mike” Rose and his sister, Mary Kingsbury.

He is survived by his brother, Henery (Pamela) Rose of Queensbury; two people he considered and loved like his own children, Thomas Burch of Fort Ann and Christine (Howard) Hurd of Hudson Falls; his six grandchildren, whom they lovingly referred to him as Grandpa Hug Hug; and several nieces and nephews.

Burial with full military honors will be 9 am on Wednesday, December 6, 2017, at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery in the town of Stillwater.

Memorial donations may be sent to the Albany Medical College, Anatomical Gift Program, 47 New Scotland Ave, Albany, NY 12208.