Gerda Marga Peachman

PeachmanHUDSON FALLS – Gerda Marga Peachman of Hudson Falls, New York was called into the arms of our Lord on November 1st, 2014 after a long, courageous struggle with cancer. She recently celebrated her 89th birthday- a goal hard won.

Gerda, otherwise known affectionately as Gretchen, was born on October 26th, 1925, in Bremerhaven, Germany to Maria and Fred Meyer. At seven month of age, Gerda and her parents immigrated to America in search of a better life.

They settled in Astoria, New York where she grew up. Her mother died when Gerda was 7 years old.  Eventually her father remarried Marie Meyer. Upon graduation with honors from High School, she took the position of Special Ledger Clerk for New York Telephone Company. After WWII she married the love of her life, Alvin Peachman. Together they moved to Hudson Falls where they made a happy home and raised three children.

Gretchen was a stay at home mom who devoted her life to nurturing and caring for her family.  As the years went by Gretchen was the primary caregiver for her parents when they became ill. She enjoyed cooking, sewing and many other interests such as guitar playing. Gretchen always approached life in a happy, optimistic way. She was a wonderful role model for her children and grandchildren and her quick sense of humor kept family and friends laughing often.  She would often be found singing and could recite literature, poetry and Bible verses at a moment’s notice. She loved completing the daily cryptogram and crossword puzzle during breakfast.

Gretchen and Alvin were instrumental in the beginnings of the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church of Glens Falls, New York. There, Gretchen served as a choir member and would often solo. She taught Sunday School for many years and was president of the Mother’s Club.  Always ready for a challenge, she decided to earn a college degree.  She soon graduated summa cum laude from Adirondack Community College. She took several different jobs to help fund their passion to travel. Gretchen and Alvin enjoyed traveling to many destinations such as Europe, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and throughout the United States. Eventually they retired and spent their winters in Oahu, Hawaii for twenty eight years.

Gretchen was predeceased by her parents. In addition to her husband, Gretchen leaves behind three children: Dr. Frederick (Jean) Peachman of Brookfield, Ohio, Richard (Joan) Peachman of Queensbury, New York, and Jane (Mark) Pepin of Kingsbury, New York. Gretchen was very proud of each of her seven grandchildren: Scott (Mia) Peachman, Jeffrey Peachman, Thomas Peachman, Katie (Kevin) Ward, Julie Peachman, Michael Peachman, and Madeline Pepin. She also has two lovely great grandchildren: Evan Baird and Reilyn Ward.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday at the Carleton Funeral Home, Inc., 68 Main St., Hudson Falls.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd on Glen St. in Glens Falls with the Rev. Paul Wagner, pastor, officiating.

Burial will follow at Pine View Cemetery in the town of Queensbury.

Following the burial, all are welcome to a reception at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd  on Glen Street in Glens Falls.

Gretchen suggests that donations be made to the Charles R. Wood Cancer Center at Glens Falls Hospital, 102 Park St., Glens Falls, NY 12801or the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd of Glens Falls, 543 Glen St., Glens Falls, NY 12801.

Gretchen wanted to express her gratitude to Dr. Giatti-Grubbs, the nurses of the Oncology Department and the staff on floor 2 of the Cancer Center for their kindness and exceptional care extended to her.

Jeannine L. Wright

WrightHUDSON FALLS – Jeannine L. Wright, 82, of LaBarge Street, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, Friday October 31, 2014, at the Stanton Healthcare and Rehab Center in Queensbury.

Born on December 23, 1931, in Fair Haven, Vermont, she was the daughter of the late Richard and Mae (Gates) Ballard.   When she was twelve years old, her mother passed away and Jeannine went to live with her mother’s sister and husband, Wallace and Lillian Manchester in Hudson Falls.

On August 12, 1950, she married Isaac Wright at the family home in Wells, Vermont.

Jeannine worked for Mallinckrodt in Argyle for many years, then Hallmark Nursing Home, as a CNA for over 20 years.  She loved scratch offs and going to casinos.  Jeannine and her husband enjoyed visiting Atlantic City, where they watched many Miss America pageants.  They also enjoyed square dancing on Saturday nights.  Jeannine was an avid New York Yankees fan.  She was a wonderful cook and was best known for her banana split cake, macaroni and cheese, lasagna, and potato salad.

Besides her parents, Wallace and Lillian Manchester, Jeannine is predeceased by her daughter, Nancy Mija, and her sister, Betty Manchester.

Survivors include her husband of 64 years, Isaac “Dewey’ Wright of Hudson Falls; her children, Barbara Foster of Hudson Falls, Debbie McCarty and her husband, John of Troy, Jeff Wright and his wife, Yong of Hudson Falls; 14 grandchildren, and 19 great grandchildren; her two sisters, Celia Clippenger of Hudson Falls, Shirley Hogan of Gloversville, her brother Richard Ballard and his wife, Margo of Poultney, VT; as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Family and friends may call on Monday from 1 to 2 P.M. at  the Carleton Funeral Home, Inc., 68 Main Street in Hudson Falls.

Funeral Services will be conducted at 2 P.M. on Monday, following the calling hour, at the funeral home, with Rev. Sandra Spaulding, officiating.

Burial will take place at Morningside Cemetery in Hartford at the convenience of the family.

Jeannine’s family would like to thank the staff on East wing at the Stanton Healthcare and Rehab Center for their wonderful support and care during their mother’s stay there.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Jeannine’s memory may be made to the Charles R. Wood Cancer Center at Glens Falls Hospital, 100 Park St., Glnes Falls, NY 12801

Mary Grace (Sprague) Andriano

AndrianoHUDSON FALLS – Mary Grace (Sprague) Andriano, 88, a lifelong resident of Dix Ave., passed away on Friday, October 31, 2014, at the Glens Falls Hosptial, following a short illness.

Born on February 7, 1926, in the Town of Kingsbury, she was the daughter of the late William and Mary (Thompson) Weller.

On October 1, 1977, she married Amede Andriano at the United Methodist Church of Hudson Falls.  He passed away April 12, 2006.

From 1975 to 1988, she was employed at National Catheter in Argyle. She was also owner of Bob’s Cycle Sales, formerly in Hudson Falls.

For over 50 years, she belonged to the United Methodist Church of Hudson Falls, where she was past president of the Loyal Circle and a member of the United Methodist Women Group.

Mary enjoyed going to Sally’s Hen House every day.  She appreciated all the love and support given during her visits to Sally’s Hen House.

Mary was predeceased by first husband, Robert C. Sprague, who died in 1972.

Survivors include her son, George A. Sprague and his wife, Mary Ann, of Hudson Falls; a daughter, Gloria J. Cameron and her husband, Michael, of Hudson Falls; two granddaughters, Susan Munson and her husband, Craig, of Schuylerville and Traci Guay and her husband, David, of Bentonville, AR; a grandson, Michael R.L. Cameron of Fort Edward; her great-grandchildren, Haley Guay, Hollie Munson, Courtney Cameron, and Connor Cameron; one brother in law, James Sprague of Fort Edward; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends may call on Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Carleton Funeral Home, Inc., 68 Main Street in Hudson Falls.

Funeral Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Monday at the funeral home.

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

Mary’s family suggests that memorial donations be made to the United Methodist Church of Hudson Falls, 227 Main St., Hudson Falls, NY 12839 or the Fort Edward Rescue Squad, Inc., P.O. Box 226, Fort Edward, NY 12828.

Mary’s family would like to specially thank the staff of Tower 6 at Glens Falls Hospital and Hudson Headwaters.

Walter H. Stevenson

Stevenson 2Stevenson 1FORT ANN – Walter H. Stevenson, 81, a longtime resident of Fort Ann, passed away peacefully in his home, on Wednesday, October 22, 2014, with his loving family by his side.

Born December 28, 1932, in Jenkinsville, he was the son of the late Harold W. and Ella L.(Chase) Stevenson.

He served his country proudly when he was drafted in the Army Infantry from December 4, 1954 to September 27, 1955.  Walter was very proud to be among a select few who marched in the Liberation Parade, in Holland, in 1955.

Walter lived a very full and successful life enjoying his many passions; from Ice Racing, Enduros to his latest enjoyment of a 1931 Model A Ford. In the late 50’s, he was a member of the “Northway Riders Motorcycle Club” who hosted the scrambling racing in Argyle. In the mid 60’s, he also enjoyed racing on the ice as well as later years riding his 4-wheeler. He enjoyed bowling for 34 years with “Bay Ridge Volunteer Fire Company” with family and friends. He was a long time member of “Bear Pen Hunting Club” in Stony Creek, where he enjoyed hunting and sharing many stories and jokes with friends and family for hours, as he was a leader of the “Family’s Gift to Gab”. He got the name of “Advisor” as he would share advice to everyone whether they wanted it or not!

He worked for 40 plus years for Scott McLaughlin’s Excavation and then later years opened his own excavating business, Stevenson Excavating, which is well known today by many people in the local and surrounding communities.

Besides his parents, Walter was predeceased by his brothers, Charles E. and Eugene R. Stevenson.

Survivors include his wife of 58 wonderful years, Connie (Cutter) Stevenson of Fort Ann; his brothers, Byron  and his wife Toni, Raymond  and his wife, Carol; his sister, Louise  Bean and her husband, Raymond; his sons, Jon  and his wife, Colleen, Bruce  and his wife, Christine; his daughter Teresa Akins and her husband, Edward. He also loved spending time with his grandchildren, Edward Akins Jr. (Laura Kane), Katie Akins (Todd Hoag), Brandon Stevenson (Taylor Dufrain) and Jenna Stevenson; his step grandchildren, George, Callie and Adam Knapp, Jesse and Jerad Ross; his great granddaughter, Elizabeth Akins; his great step grandchildren, Kiera, Kyleigh, Brayden, Carsen, Ella, and Addalynn.   He will also be missed by his many nieces and nephews.

Friends and family may call on Friday, October 24, 2014 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Carleton Funeral Home, Inc., 68 Main Street in Hudson Falls.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, at the Harrisena Community Church, 1616 Ridge Road, in the town of Queensbury, with the Reverend Leah Goodwin, pastor, officiating.

Burial will follow at Seeley Cemetery in the town of Queensbury.

Donations may be sent the American Heart Society, 440 New Karner Road, Albany, New York 12205, or the American Diabetes Association, 50 Colvin Ave. Albany, New York 12205.

Dorothy L. Gordon

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HUDSON FALLS – Dorothy L. Gordon, 72, of Liberty Place, went into the arms of the Lord on Sunday, October 19, 2014, at the Glens Falls Hospital, after a courageous battle with cancer.

 Born on Feb. 14, 1942 in Whitehall, she was the daughter of Armand and Ethel (Gandrow) Gordon.

Miss Gordon worked with the mentally disabled in this area for 10 years.

She was a communicant of St. Mary’s/St. Paul’s Church in Hudson Falls and was a member of the Rosary Altar Society and the Hudson Falls American Legion Post 574 Auxiliary.

Her greatest joys were her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She enjoyed playing the guitar, singing (yodeling being a favorite), dancing, doing handiwork, and spending time with her church.

Besides her parents, she was predeceased by, two brothers, Mickey Gordon and Richard Gordon, her sister, Patricia Guinup.

Survivors include one daughter, Kathy Meade of Arkansas; three grandchildren, Kevin Dickinson, II, Kimberly Dickinson and Heather Meade; eight great grandchildren; three sisters, Virginia Bloch and her husband, Bernie, of Albuquerque, NM, Ethel Phillips of Moriahville and Alice Myers of Schenectady; five brothers, Thomas Gordon and his wife, Elaine of Idaho, William Gordon of Schenectady, Armand Gordon, Charles Gordon and his wife, Patricia, of Rotterdam and David Gordon and his wife, Joyce of Scotia; 42 nieces and nephews and several cousins.

Friends may call from 9 to 10:00 am on Saturday, November 8, 2014, at the Carleton Funeral Home, Inc., 68 Main St., Hudson Falls.

A Funeral Mass will follow at 11 a.m. on Saturday, at St. Mary’s/St. Paul’s Church, on the park, in Hudson Falls.

In lieu of flowers Dorothy’s family suggests memorial donations be made to the Fort Edward Rescue Squad, Inc., P.O. Box 226, Fort Edward, NY 12828 or the American Heart Association,959 Route 9, Mount Royal Plaza, Queensbury, NY 12804.

Sebastian Peter Pagano

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GLENS FALLS –, Sr., 76, of Glens Falls, passed away on Friday, October 17, 2014, at Glens Falls Hospital.

Born June 16, 1938, in Fort Edward, he was the son on the late Joseph and Frances (Martella) Pagana.

Sebastian attended Fort Edward High School and served with the U. S. Navy.

For many years, Sebastian worked as a supervisor for NIBCO in South Glens Falls.

Sebastian enjoyed going hunting and carpentry.

Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Paul Pagano.

Survivors include his son, Sebastian Peter Pagano, Jr., of Glens Falls and James Matthew Pagano of Glens Falls; his siblings, Anthony Pagana and his wife, Elaine of Fort Edward, Carmello Pagano and his wife, Dorothy of Eldorado Hills, CA, Frances Combs of Glens Falls, John Pagano and his wife, Janet of Queesnbury; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.

There will be no calling hours.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Memorial donations may be made to Albany Stratton VAMC, 113 Holland Ave., Albany, New York 12208.

Marilyn Webster Roberts

RobertsHUDSON FALLS – Marilyn Webster Roberts, 85, formerly of Hudson Falls, passed away on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at Indigo Manor in Daytona Beach, Florida.

She was the daughter of the late Edward and Edith (McMore) Webster of Hudson Falls

Marilyn married the late William J. Roberts, Jr. of Granville in 1953 and they moved to Columbia, South Carolina until his death in 1964.

She and her sons returned to Hudson Falls where she began employment as the Director of Social Services at Glens Falls Hospital in 1965 and then retired from the Financial Services Department in 1992.

Marilyn was a member of the First Baptist Church in Hudson Falls.

In 1997, she moved to Florida to be closer to her sons, grandchildren and to continue her hobbies of cooking, gardening, reading and writing.

She is survived by her sons, Jay Roberts of Port Orange and Jon Roberts and his wife, Jodi, also of Port Orange; her grandchildren, William, Stacie and Kyle Roberts; her brother, Howard Webster and his wife, Nancy of Pennsylvania; a niece, Phyllis Zimmerman and her husband, Gerald of Pennsylvania; her sisters in law, Elizabeth Roberts of Granville and Sherry Mason and her husband, Robert of Indiana.

A memorial services will be conducted at a time to be announced at the Carleton Funeral Home, Inc., 68 Main St., Hudson Falls.

Marilyn’s family suggests that memorial donations be made to the Glens Falls Hospital Foundation, 126 South St., Glens Falls, NY 12801.

 

Victoria Ann (Bondzinski) Szostak

SzostakSOUTH GLENS FALLS – Victoria Ann (Bondzinski) Szostak, 98, of South Glens Falls, passed away, peacefully at her home, with her her loving daughter by her side, on Tuesday, October 14, 2014.

Born on February 25, 1916, in Glens Falls, she was the daughter of the late Anthony and Constance (Urbonowicz) Bondzinski.

Victoria attended Hudson Falls High School and on June 21, 1936, she married Charles Szostak, Sr.    He passed away in 1994, after 58 wonderful years of marriage.

Victoria spent her life as a devoted Catholic.  She was a communicant of St. Michael the Archangel Church in South Glens Falls.  Victoria was reserved at times and opinionated at other times, but she always maintained a good sense of humor.  She loved tending to her flower gardens in her younger years and feeding and watering birds. Victoria also enjoyed word find puzzles and reading in her later years.  Along with her devotion to her church, she was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by her daughter, Catherine Hermens in 2007, her three brothers, Henry Bondzinski, Victor Bondzinski and Bernard “Pete” Bondzinski.

Victoria is survived by her children, Marie Lesson of South Glens Falls and Charles Szostak, Jr. and his wife, Connie of North Carolina; her grandchildren, Michael Lesson and his companion, Carolyne of South Glens Falls, Tina Mefford of Hudson Falls, Paul Armstrong, Jr. and his wife, Missy of Hudson Falls, Jeffrey Szostak of PA and Charles Szostak, III and his wife, Victoria of PA; several great grandchildren; and many nieces, and nephews.

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

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated 11 a.m. on Monday, at St. Michael the Archangel Church in South Glens Falls, with the Reverend Tony Childs, pastor, officiating.

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

Following the Rite of Committal there will be a bereavement dinner at the fellowship hall at St. Michael’s Church, 80 Saratoga Avenue, in South Glens Falls.

Victoria’s family would like to thank Glen Anderson, RPA, from Hudson Headwaters Homeward Bound Program, for his care and compassion.  Also to Hayley Dewey, Lena Cibelli, Mandy Lane, and Cheyenn Potter for their care and support.

Donations in Victoria’s memory may be sent to the Moreau Emergency Squad, Inc., 1583 U.S. 9, Fort Edward, NY 12828 or the Greater Adirondack Home Aide’s, 25 Willowbrook Rd, Queensbury, NY 12804.

Logan A. Dean

DeanGLENS FALLS – Logan A. Dean, 26, of Wing Street, passed away on Friday, October 10, 2014, after a long struggle with diabetes.

Born March 2, 1988, in Glens Falls, he was the son of Floyd E. and Doreen (Goodman) Dean of Florida.

Logan graduated in 2006 from South Glens Falls High School.  While in high school he studied culinary arts at F.D. Myers Center in Saratoga.   Logan continued his education at SUNY Adirondack , working on a degree in Culinary Arts.  For many years, Logan did what he loved by working as a cook at Abbotts in South Glens Falls.  Currently he was employed at Target Warehouse in Gansevoort.

He enjoyed golfing, four-wheeling with family and going fishing.  Logan was an avid band member, where he played the trombone.  He also loved listening to country music.  Logan loved watching baseball, basketball and football. His favorite team was the New York Giants.   He especially loved spending time with his family and friends.

Logan was predeceased by his grandparents,  James and Doris Goodman and Irving and Mary Dean.

Survivors include his siblings, Matthew Dean and his wife, Jodi of Glens Falls, Timothy Dean of Vero Beach, Heather Clark and her companion, John Williams of Salem, Kody Dean of Elmira, Lizabeth Dean and her companion, Jeffrey Strainer of Hartford and Danyal Dean and his companion, Melissa of South Glens Falls; his brother in law, Jody Clark of Glens Falls; six nieces and nephews, Brittany Clark, Evan Dean, Brianna Clark, Emma Dean, Emma Strainer and Kaelyn Strainer; as well as several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 18, 2014 at the Carleton Funeral Home, Inc., 68 Main Street, in Hudson Falls.

The funeral service will follow calling hours at 1 pm on Saturday at the funeral home with The Reverend Tony Childs, officiating.

Burial will follow the funeral at Southside Cemetery in the town of Moreau.

Logan’s family suggests that memorial donations may be made to Juvenile Diabetes Research Association, 950 New Louden Road, Suite 330, Latham, New York, 12110.

Walter E. Scarincio

ScarincioHUDSON FALLS – It is with profound sadness, that we mourn the death of Walter E. Scarincio.  He bounced into the world on Friday the 13th and left it a richer place because of his life.  His boundless energy and love gave us all so many wonderful lasting memories.  Walter died unexpectedly, Monday afternoon on October 13, 2014, with his wife by his side.  There will be an empty place in all of our hearts as we go on without him.

Born on May 13, 1927, in Albany, he was the son of the late Erminio and Louise (Cunningham) Scarincio.

Walter was proud of his military service, during World War II, in the United States Navy.  He was in charge of a LCVP Personnel Landing Craft.  His task was to make sure troops and equipment landed safely on shore during the invasions of Saipan, Iwo, Okinawa, the Philippines, New Hebrides and all over the South Pacific.  Walter was also a member of the occupation forces on the ground in Japan, serving in Hiroshima, Nagasaki and in Tokyo, following the dropping of the atomic bomb.  He also patrolled on the USS Missouri, during the signing of the peace treaty.

In 1998, after being together for several years, he married his soul mate, Nancylee Monroe.  Walter was a wonderful husband, who adored his wife and family.  He gave them the world.    Walter also loved taking care of his cat, Willie.  Besides his family, he loved his work.   For 49 years, Walter was the proud owner of W & S Roofing.  He was excellent at his job and was known throughout the area as a hard worker who strived for perfection.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his son, John Scarincio and his wife Jane and his sister Rose McIntyre.

Walter is survived by his loving wife, Nancylee Scarincio; his sons, Paul Scarincio and his wife, Julia, Walter Scarincio, Mark Scarincio and Michael Scarincio; his step daughters, Melissa Tefft and her husband, Rob and Denise Montena and her husband, Tom; his step son, David Snyder and his wife, Angela; many grandchildren and step grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends may call on Thursday, October 16, 2014, from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Carleton Funeral Home, Inc., 68 Main in Hudson Falls.

Funeral services will be conducted at 6 pm on Thursday, following the calling hours, with the Pastor Regina Haag, of Adirondack Friends meeting, officiating.

Burial will be 10 a.m. on Friday, at Union Cemetery in the town of Fort Edward, with full military honors, provided by the Hudson Falls American Legion Post #574, Honor Guard.

Walters family requests donations in his memory be sent to the Shriners Hospitals for Children, 516 Carew St. Springfield, MA 01104-2396.

Howard G. Coso

CosoHUDSON FALLS – Howard G. Coso, 88, a longtime Hudson Falls resident, passed away on Tuesday, October 7, 2014, surrounded by his loving family, at Fort Hudson Health Care Facility in Fort Edward.

Born November 25, 1925, in Palatine Bridge, he was the son of the late Howard and Hilda (Brand) Coso.

Howard proudly served aboard the U.S.S. Alaska during World War II.

He worked for Arkel and Smith, later known as Chase Bag, in Moreau, for more than 40 years.

He enjoyed coffee time at Stewarts with his daughters, sharing Oreo’s with the staff at Fort Hudson, his cars, and especially loved his 1995 Ford Mustang.

Besides his parents, Howard was predeceased by his one son Philip Wesley Coso.

Survivors include his four daughters, Cheri Newell and her husband, Mike of Argyle, Sandy Roberts and her husband, Bill of Fort Ann, Vicki Reynolds of Hartford, Nancy Rosati and her husband, John of Hudson Falls; his grandchildren, Jason Girard, Danielle Reynolds, Shannon Reynolds, and Sean Daley; and his great grandchildren, Hayleigh Girard and Dylan Girard.

There will be no calling hours.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Friday, at 11 a.m., at St. Mary’s/St. Paul’s Church, on the park in Hudson Falls, with The Reverend Thomas Babiuch, pastor, officiating.

Following the Mass there will be a gathering at McManus Hall.

Burial will take place at the convenience of the family.

Howard’s family would like to specially thank the staff at Fort Hudson: Patti, Fran, Justin Nan, Stephanie, Elizabeth, Susie, and all who helped care for Howie Boo-Boo.

Memorial donations may be made to Hope Dementia & Alzheimer’s Services, 765 Attucks Lane, Hyannis, MA 02601 or Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, NY 10018.

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

 

Howard A. Ritchie

RitchieQUEENSBURY – Howard A. Ritchie, 86, of Queensbury, passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 27th, 2014, at the Fort Hudson Nursing Center.

Born October 10, 1927 in Gouverneur NY, he was the son of the late Emerson and Louisa Ritchie and worked on the family dairy farm until he graduated from Richville High School in 1945.  He was the last WWII draftee from St. Lawrence County in December 1945 and served two years primarily at the Army hospital in Bremerhaven, Germany.  Upon his return, he attended the New York State Agricultural and Technical Institute in Canton NY (earning spending money playing trumpet in a dance band) and graduated in 1949.  After marrying Gretchen later that year, he bought his own dairy farm, started a family raising two boys–Scott and Brad (one with special needs) and took in another boy, Tom, who became a ‘son’ as well.  After twelve years of building the dairy farm virtually from scratch, Howard was looking for a new challenge.  He sold the farm, joined Farm Credit Services and moved the family to Hudson Falls.  After a successful 25-year career providing a diversified portfolio of loans for dairy and horse farms, orchards, rural housing, farm equipment and even airplanes, he retired as Assistant Vice-President and Manager of the regional office located in Hudson Falls.  Howard was an active member of Kiwanis and was one of the original founders of the local ARC (Association for Retarded Citizens) chapter and subsequently was on the Board of Directors and Finance Committee.  He volunteered his builder skills to help modify the ARC group home where his son Scott currently resides.

In his free time, Howard pursued many interests.  He dabbled in photography, loved gardening, cruising on Lake George in his boat (putt-putt rides as he would call them), and camping with good friends on the Mother Bunch Islands on the north end of that lake.  He truly enjoyed summers with friends and family at the family cottage on the Hudson River, and once retired, winters in Florida.  Regardless of location, he loved spending his days outside tending his flowers and plants and generally “puttering around the house”.  Howard was bitten by the golf bug and enjoyed rounds with his son Brad and long-time friend, Ron.  He always looked forward to the cocktail hours with best friends, Don and Pat (and dog Jeter), Ron and Carol, and Ed and Marsha and the fun times, boat rides and gourmet meals with his son Tom and wife Kathleen at their home on Lake George.  He thoroughly enjoyed the winters he and Gretchen spent in Florida – recently this wouldn’t have been possible except for the friendship and never-ending assistance of “angels” Judy and Phil.  To all of the friends near and far, we can’t thank them enough for the help they provided.

His sister, Evelyn, and parents predecease him.  He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Gretchen; sons Scott of Hudson Falls NY, Bradford and his wife Sally of Manchester CT, and Thomas Mitchell and his wife Kathleen of Sedona AZ; sister-in-law Ann Real of Leesburg FL; and niece Jane Wilson and her husband Andrew Real of Uxbridge MA; and numerous other nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to thank the staff of Fort Hudson Nursing Center for providing compassionate and dedicated care and the doctors and nurses who have attended to him over the past year.

Howard’s family will receive friends at Carleton Funeral Home, Inc., 68 Main Street, Hudson Falls on Thursday, October 9, 2014, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., immediately followed by the memorial service on-site.

Burial in the family plot in Richville, NY will be at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, Howard’s memory may be honored by a contribution in his name to WWAARC at 436 Quaker Road, Queensbury NY 12804.

Eternal peace and rest in blue skies and warm sun Howard/Dad.

Irv “Sonny” LeBarron

LeBarronCOLONIE & HUDSON FALLS – Irv “Sonny” LeBarron, 82, a long time resident of Hudson Falls, passed away on Wednesday, October 1, 2014, at his home in Colonie.

Born April 2, 1932, in Salem, he was the son of the late Irving and Sadie (Williams) LeBarron.

Irv worked for Chase Bag in Moreau and served as an armed court officer in Washington County, the town of Kingsbury, and the Village of Hudson Falls.

He was a communicant of St. Mary’s/St. Paul’s Church in Hudson Falls.  Irv enjoyed reading.

Besides his parents, Irv was predeceased by his sisters, Helen Smyth, Louise Smith, Eliza Gregory, Julia Piche, and Ruth Laware.

Survivors include his wife, Betty (Bell) LeBarron; his daughter, Toni Smith; his grandchildren, Joseph Smith, Kristine Kelley and her husband, Rick, Alicia Smith; his great granddaughter, Brianna Kelley; his sister, Eva Ciccarelli; his son in law, Buddy Smith; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Friends may call on Sunday, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., at the Carleton Funeral Home, Inc., 68 Main Street, in Hudson Falls.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday, at 11 a.m., at St. Mary’s/St. Paul’s Church on the park in Hudson Falls with the Rev. Thomas Babiuch, pastor, officiating.

The Rite of Committal will follow at Southside Cemetery in the town of Moreau.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial donations be made to St. Mary’s/ St. Paul’s Church, 11 Wall Street, Hudson Falls, New York 12839.