John C. Dever

DeverHUDSON FALLS – John C. Dever, 74, of Earl Towers, passed away on Friday, July 25, 2015, at home.

Born February 17, 1941, in Glens Falls, he was the son of the late William and Kathleen (McIntyre) Dever.

On July 9, 2011 John married Nina Joiner at the Zion Episcopal Church in Hudson Falls.

John was employed for many years at the Fort William Henry in Lake George.  He loved country music, trucks and was a fan of the NFL team, the New York Giants.

Besides his parents, John was predeceased by his son, Billy Dever, and three siblings.

Survivors include his wife of 4 years, Nina Dever of Hudson Falls; his children, Walter Dever and his wife, Amy, Philip Dever, Mike Dever, Kathy Provoncha and her husband, Tony and Peggy Anson and her husband, Bruce; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; his sister, Mary Swinton; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Friends may call Tuesday, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., at the Carleton Funeral Home, Inc., 68 Main Street in Hudson Falls.

The funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m., following the calling hours, at the funeral home.

Burial will follow services, at St. Mary’s Cemetery in the town of Fort Edward.

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

Jerry “Joe” Phillips

Phillips,JerryHUDSON FALLS – Jerry “Joe: Phillips, 62, of John St., passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, July 22, 2015, at the Glens Falls Hospital.

Born on July 17, 1953, in Glens Falls, he was the son of the late Ernest and Margaret (Phelps) Phillips.

Joe was known as “Mr. Fix it” and loved working with his hand and building things. He also enjoyed tinkering with cars.

Although he loved hunting and fishing, Joe’s greatest joy was to be with his children and grandchildren. He was also very proud to have beaten lung cancer

In addition to his parents, he is predeceased by his brothers, Ernest, Charles, Robert and Earl Phillips and his sisters, Sylvia, Priscilla and Ernesta Phillips.

He is survived by his companion of 24 years, Lois Olden of Hudson Falls; his daughters, Jillian Phillips-Turner of Glens Falls, Justine Phillips of Clifton Park and Gerri Ann Phillips of Coxsackie; his sons, Matt Carpenter of Queensbury, Joseph Phillips of Glens Falls, and Craig and Cody Olden of Hudson Falls; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; his brothers, Edward Phillips of Fort Edward and Dennis Phillips of Hudson Falls; his sisters, Margaret Rawlins of Queensbury, Patricia Reed of Queensbury and Betty Cota of Vergennes, VT,; several nieces, nephews and cousins and his good friend and ex-wife, Mary Phillips of Hudson Falls; and his best friends Royce Olden and George Troumbley

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

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

Burial will be private.

Memorial donations in Joe’s memory may be made to the CR Wood Cancer Center at Glens Falls Hospital, 100 Park St., Glens Falls, NY 12801

Steven J. Menger

MengerFORT EDWARD – Steven J. Menger, 58, of Fort Edward, passed away suddenly on Monday, July 20, 2015, at Glens Falls Hospital.

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

The funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Friday, following the calling hours, at 6 p.m., with the Reverend Thomas Babiuch, officiating.


George “Bud” Trombley

TrombleyHUDSON FALLS – George “Bud” Trombley, 70, of Vaughn Road, passed away peacefully at his home, on Monday, July 13, 2015, surrounded by his loving family, following a courageous battle with cancer.

Born on October 11, 1944, in Niagara Falls, NY,  he was the son of the late George and Maria Trombley.

Bud served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War as a medic.

On August 16, 1969, he married Barbara McAuley, at the First Baptist Church of Hudson Falls.  Bud was a hard working man who worked over 40 years in the transportation field.  He was known to many as “Colonel T” over the CB.  Bud formed many special friendships on the road.

He was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Hudson Falls.  Bud was also a member of the Hudson Falls Fish and Game Club and a member of the Teamsters Local 294, where he served as shop steward.

Bud loved to tinker in his basement workshop.  Most of all, he cherished his family, and every moment he spent with them. Bud was a sweet and generous husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother James Calvin Trombley.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Barbara (McAuley) Trombley of Hudson Falls; his children, Angela Trombley of Glens Falls, Laurie Trombley of Brooklyn and Rebecca Williamson of South Glens Falls;  his grandchildren, David Wright, Marisa Locke and her husband, William, Morgan Wright, Natalie Wright, Nicholas Wright, Hannah Williamson and Mackenzie Williamson; two great grandchildren, Alexander Locke and Bentley Bibby; his brother, Michael Trombley of Youngstown and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends may call on Thursday, July 16, 2015, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Carleton Funeral Home, Inc., 68 Main Street in Hudson Falls.

Funeral services will be conducted 11 am on Friday, July 17, 2015, at the First Baptist Church in Hudson Falls, with the Reverend Robert McCrory, pastor officiating.

Burial will follow at Moss Street Cemetery in the town of Kingsbury, with full military honors supplied by the Hudson Falls American Legion, Post 574, Color Guard.

Memorial donations may be sent to the charity of one’s choice.

Eleanor “Ellie” May Bakay

BakayQUEENSBURY- Eleanor “Ellie” May Bakay, 78, of Aviation Road, passed away peacefully, at her home, on Monday, July 13, 2015, with her loving husband by her side.

Born on January 8, 1937, in Hudson Falls, she was the daughter of the late Chester H. and Eleanor Mabel (Webster) Oddey.

Ellie was a 1954 graduate of Hudson Falls High School.  Following her graduation she furthered her education at Samaritan Hospital Nursing School, graduating in 1957 with her RN Degree.

On May 19, 1962, she married William Bakay.  Together they have shared 53 wonderful years.

Ellie worked for the Glens Falls Hospital as a Registered Nurse until the birth of her children.  She raised two daughters, and then rejoined the workforce.  For over 23 years, she was a school nurse at Queensbury Union Free School, 17 years of which she was the High School Nurse.

Ellie loved dancing and listening to all kinds of music, bowling, ice and roller skating, all with her husband by her side.  She looked forward to taking an annual trip to Wells, Maine.  In her younger years, she enjoyed ceramics.  Throughout her life she was a veracious reader.  When her health didn’t allow her to be as active, she enjoyed watching the birds from her window.  Ellie had a sharp mind and a great memory.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her mother and father in law, George and Cecelia Bakay.

She is survived by her husband of 53 years, William Bakay of Queensbury; her daughters, Diane Bakay-Talbot and her husband, Lee of South Glens Falls and Deborah Gordon and her husband, Guy of South Glens Falls; four grandchildren, Ashley Talbot, Samantha Talbot, Bradford Gordon and William Gordon.

A memorial services will be celebrated 11 am on Saturday, July 18, 2015, at The Church of The Messiah in Glens Falls with the Reverend Karl Kuhn, rector, officiating.  Following the services, she will laid to rest in the columbarium in the Church of the Messiah.

Memorial donations may be sent to the Church of the Messiah, 296 Glen St, Glens Falls, NY 12801 or the CR Wood Cancer Center, 102 Park Street, Glens Falls, NY 12801.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Carleton Funeral Home, Inc., 68 Main Street in Hudson Falls.

James Paul “Wimpy” Webb

WebbGLENS FALLS & MYRTLE BEACH, SC – James Paul “Wimpy” Webb, 90, formerly of Glens Falls, passed away peacefully, on Tuesday, February 10, 2015, in the comfort of his home, with his loving wife and family by his side in Myrtle Beach.

Born on June 13, 1924, in Hackensack, NJ, he was the son of the late Clifford and Marguerite Webb.

He proudly served in the United States Marine Corps during WWII from December 1942 to November 1945.

James worked for many years for Portland Cement in Glens Falls, retiring as Safety Coodinator.

He is fondly remembered by his children for coaching their little league baseball.  James enjoyed walking on the beach, where he looked for sharks teeth.  In his younger years, he loved bowling.  James also loved golfing, watching sports on TV and traveling all over the country.  His travels took him to places such as Alaska, Germany, Florida and Maine.  James enjoyed visiting various state parks.  Most of all, he loved spending time with his grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his 1st wife, Gloria (Vannier) Webb and his siblings, Charles, Clifford, Harry and Helen.

James is survived by his wife, Margaret (Wojcinowicz) Webb of Myrtle Beach, SC; his children, James Webb and his wife, Catherine of Argyle, Richard Webb and his wife, Lynn of Hudson Falls, Edward Webb and his wife, Susan of Queensbury and Timothy Webb and his wife, Eileen of Fort Ann; and his step son, Victor Vizvary and his wife, Grace of Claremont, NH; his brother, Marcel “Mickey” Webb of Saranac Lake; and several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

The Rite of Committal will be 1 p.m. , Tuesday, July 14, 2015, at St. Alphonsus Cemetery in Queensbury, with full military honors, provided by The Hudson Falls American Legion Honor Guard, Post 574.

Memorial donations may be sent to Hartland Hospice of Myrtle Beach, 2411 N. Oak Street, Suite 108 Myrtle Beach, SC 29577-3164.

Mrs. Mary Y. Fratamico

FratamicoGLENS FALLS – Mrs. Mary Y. Fratamico died peacefully at the Cortland Regional Medical Center on Tuesday, July 7, 2015 in Cortland, NY at the age of 97.

Born March 26, 1918 in Glens Falls, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Malvina Yannaci. Mary graduated from St. Mary’s High School and subsequently attended the Adirondack School of Business.  After graduating, Mary worked at McMullen’s shirt factory in Glens Falls.  She was married on October 20, 1946, and helped her husband establish Mico’s, a long time clothing establishment in downtown Glens Falls.  Mary lived almost her entire life in the Glens Falls area, with two exceptions when she resided in Escondido, CA and Cortland, NY, in both cases living near her children.  She was very proud of their family home on Western Avenue in Glens Falls, in which she played a major role in the design.

Mary very much enjoyed playing bridge and was honored to earn the status of Life Master by the American Contract Bridge League.  She and her husband played in many tournaments across the country.  Mary established numerous friendships at bridge games.  She also very much enjoyed cooking and was always eager to delight house guests with her home cooked Italian food.  Finally, Mary was a loving and supportive mother who displayed great pride in the accomplishments of her children and grandchildren.

Besides her parents, Mary is preceded in death by her husband John Fratamico Sr.; her eldest son, John Thomas Fratamico, who died as a young child, and her siblings, Susan Bocchi and Angelo Yannaci.

Survivors include her sons, Robert and his wife, Mary C. Fratamico of Homer and John and his wife, Susan Fratamico of San Diego, CA; her granddaughters Kristen Reed of Newington, CT, Erin Skorupski of Green River, WY and Lauren Fratamico of Vancouver, British Columbia; and her great granddaughters, Hannah Reed and Josie Skorupski.

The family wishes to express their gratefulness for the wonderful care provided to Mary by those at the Oaks of Fort Edward, Walden Place of Cortland and the Elizabeth Brewster House of Homer.

A private viewing and burial is scheduled for Saturday, July 11, 2015.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent to the Elizabeth Brewster House, 32 Main St., Homer, New York 13077.

Rev. Jerome “Jerry” Mabb, Jr.

MabbHUDSON FALLS – Rev. Jerome “Jerry” Mabb, Jr., 84 of Lower Oak Street, went into the arms of the Lord surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, July 5, 2015.

Born on December 27, 1930 in Saratoga Springs, he was the son of the late Jerome and Charlotte (Norman) Mabb, Sr.

Following high school, Jerry continued his studies in theology and business education at Adirondack Community College. 

On June 18, 1949, Jerry married Beatrice at the Christ Methodist Church in Glens Falls.  

Following high school, Jerry worked the Saratoga Ice Company in Saratoga Springs.  After his marriage to Beatrice, Jerry started working for James H. Moynihan Coal Co. in South Glens Falls.  He began his fuel oil career at Finch Pruyn Retail and Cooling, where he was President of Finch Pruyn Retail & Cooling.  In 1982, Jerry founded Mabb Oil Company, where he worked until his retirement. 

The center of Jerry’s life was his family and his church.  Jerry was a devout member of the Hudson Falls United Methodist Church for 57 years.   He taught Sunday school and also was a Boy Scout instructional representative for his church.  He served as an usher and a communion server.  Jerry was a member and chairperson for the administrative board at his church.  He was also chairperson at the Evangelism Committee and a finance team member, as well as a lay leader.  Jerry was an advanced lay speaker in the United Methodist Church Conference.  Along with Marilyn VanTassell, Jerry led many services, sang and played guitar for the Westmount Infirmary and Fort Hudson Nursing Home.  On July 19, 2008, Jerry was ordained a minister by the Alliance International Ministries Church.  It was then, that he became Reverend Jerry Mabb and began to serve as a Glens Falls Hospital Chaplin.  He did visitation for HFUMC and to anyone else he felt led to witness to.   There are probably many other ministries Jerry has been involved in without our knowledge.  He was truly a man of God who believed in Jesus Christ and served him well.  Rest in peace, Reverend Jerry Mabb.

He was a member of the Kiwanis Club and the Fort Edward Little League.  Jerry was partly responsible for the installation of the lights on the Little League Field in Fort Edward.  He was a member of the Fort Edward planning board and a past President of the Oil Heat Institution of Eastern New York.  Jerry was also founder of “The Western Wheel’s” band where he played guitar and called square dances.  He played at several weddings and many local establishments.  Every night after dinner, Jerry loved playing his guitar.

Survivors include his loving wife of 66 wonderful years, Beatrice Mabb of Hudson Falls; his four children, Jerome E. Mabb and his wife, Margaret of South Glens Falls, Michael Mabb and his wife, Mary Ellen of South Glens Falls, Matthew Mabb and his wife, Holly of Hudson Falls and Judy Shaw and her life partner, Chris of Queensbury; his ten grandchildren, Jerome E. Mabb II (Sara), Jason H. Mabb (Kessa), Mary Sue Hollowood (Carl), Christie Ann Hummel (Matt), Jeffrey Mabb (Heather), Travis M. Shaw, Jesse E. Shaw (GinaLynn), Jodie M. Marinello (Anthony), Heather M . Craner (Michael) and Heidi L. Bilicki (Stefan); his 11 great grandchildren, as well as several nieces and nephews.

Jerry’s family wishes to thank Fort Hudson Health Care Facility G-Wing staff, especially Sarah, for the care and compassion they gave to Jerry and his family.

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

Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, at the Hudson Falls United Methodist Church.

Burial will follow at Gansevoort Cemetery in the town of Northumberland.

Memorial donations in memory of Jerry may be sent to the Open Door Soup Kitchen, P.O. Box 3306, Glens Falls, New York 12801.

C. Marilyn Ryan

RyanHUDSON FALLS – C. Marilyn Ryan, 83, of William Street passed away peacefully at her home, surrounded by her loving children, on Sunday, July 5, 2015.

Born February 8, 1932 in Brooklyn, she was the daughter of the late Peter and Catherine (Jones) Hynes. 

In 1952, Marilyn married Frank J. Ryan in the Bronx.  For the past fifty years, she has lived in this area.   Frank passed away June 20, 1986, after 34 wonderful years of marriage.

In her forties, Marilyn went back to school and proudly obtained her R.N. from SUNY Adirondack formerly Adirondack Community College.

Marilyn loved her work as an R.N. at Glens Falls Hospital.  She worked for 27 years, caring for people, making new friends and was fondly known as “MA’ Ryan by her co-workers.   Marilyn was an avid reader who had a thirst for knowledge, which led her to read anything and everything.  She was a strict organic vegetarian, was not shy about her views to her family, however she did love her sweets.  Marilyn loved vacationing on any beach, especially Gloucester, MA.  With her children, she was able to attend many football games, including two Super Bowls to watch her favorite team, the Giants, thanks to her son, Sean.

Besides her parents and husband, Marilyn was predeceased by her son, Thom, and her grandson, Shane.

Survivors include her five children, Bonnie Scarselletta and her husband,  Steve “ Scratch” of Hudson Falls, Doreen Ryan and her companion, Lee Murphy of Hudson Falls, Dan Ryan and his wife, Valerie of South Glens Falls, Karen Diel and her husband, Bryon of South Glens Falls and Sean Ryan and his wife, Jenni of Hudson Falls; her daughter in law, Diane Higgins-Ryan; her six grandchildren, Kelsi Trevett, Rory Johnson, Caitlin Johnson and Shae Scarselletta, Amanda and Josh Ryan; her two great grandchildren, Jack and Ryan; her brother Rich Vena and his wife, Gwen and Jon Vena and his wife Rosemary; her sister, Pat Eggleston and her husband, Jim as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Marilyn’s family wishes to thank all those who took special care of their mother during her illness, especially, Kelly, Karen, Audrey, Sam, Krista, Angie, Charlotte and Melissa.

Friends may call on Friday, July 10th from 4 to 7 p.m., at the Carleton Funeral Home, Inc., 68 Main Street, in Hudson Falls.

Prayers will be offered at 6:30 p.m., Friday, during the calling hours at the funeral home.

Memorial donations in memory of Marilyn may be made to the SPCA of Upstate New York, 588 Queensbury Ave., Queensbury, New York 12804.

Betty A. “Betty Boop” Johnson

Betty Johnson 1 Betty Johnson 2QUEENSBURY – Betty A. Johnson, 72, of Sanders Lane, Queensbury, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 2, 2015 at the Stanton Health and Rehab Center in Queensbury.

Born on November 19, 1942 in Glens Falls, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Mildred (Swan) Stevens.

Betty was a communicant of St. Mary’s/St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Hudson Falls, where she was also a member of the Court Mater Dei #1442 Catholic Daughters of the Americas.

Family was the biggest part of Betty’s life. Christmas Eve gatherings were very important and she prepared months in advance. An avid cardinal collector, Betty loved watching them through her window. Betty enjoyed taking ceramics classes; making gifts for her children and grandchildren. Betty will be forever missed.

Betty was predeceased by her longtime companion, Richard “Pa” Clapper of Queensbury, two brothers, William Stevens and Robert Stevens, and one sister, Beverly Cutler.

Survivors include her children, Phillip D. Johnson and his wife, Michelle, of Moreau, Stephen M. Johnson and his wife, Laurie, of Hudson Falls, Jeffrey B. Johnson and his wife, Lisa, of Fort Ann, Deborah L. Hayes and her husband, AK, of Glens Falls, Jason R. Clapper and his wife, Melissa, of Glens Falls; grandchildren, Andrea Johnson, Ryan Johnson, Kristie Johnson, Matthew Johnson, Michael Johnson, Jeffrey Johnson, Jeremy Johnson, Amber Bement, Eric Bement, Jennifer Hayes, Alee Hayes, Marlayna Kineke, Connor Kineke, Cassidy Clapper, and Jace Clapper; great-grandchildren, Shane Cahill, Sophie  and Hailey Johnson; one sister, Theresa Derby and her husband, Robert of Hudson Falls, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the Doctors, Nurses, and Aides on the East Wing of the Stanton Health and Rehab Center; with much appreciation going out to Caitlyn Howard and Andrea Blanck for their care and compassion.

Friends may call from 9 to 11 a.m. on Monday, July 6, 2015, at the Carleton Funeral Home, Inc., 68 Main Street., Hudson Falls.

Funeral services will follow at 11 am on Monday at the funeral home.

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

The family suggests that memorial donations be given to the Stroke Support Group, Glens Falls Hospital, 100 Park St., Glens Falls, NY 12801.

Sharon (VanNess) Jenkins

HUDSON FALLS – Sharon (VanNess) Jenkins, age 56, passed away peacefully at her home with her loving family by her side after a 21-year battle with cancer. Sharon had incomparable strength and spirit, and her love for her family kept her on this earth. She was a valued employee of Washington County Head Start, serving as the Transportation Manager. As former president of the Hudson Falls Wrestling Boosters, she revitalized the program which remains vibrant to this day. Despite her illness, she lived each day to the fullest, travelling through the country, undertaking craft and home renovation projects, and spending time with her extended family, friends and her pets.

She is survived by her husband of 37 years, Gary Jenkins; her son Peter (Kate) Jenkins; her daughters Sarah Genier (Brian) and Heidi Jenkins; her mother, Margaret VanNess; her brothers Edward “Butch” VanNess (Stella); Art (Diane) VanNess; Leo VanNess; James (Judy) VanNess; Steven (Lisa) VanNess; Thomas (Michelle) VanNess; and Timothy VanNess; her sisters Margaret Quirk; Linda Dugan; Janet (Ken) LaFay; Virginia (Fred) Whiting; Gail (Perry) Wittmer; Tina VanNess; Lisa VanNess and Laurie (Mark) Havens. She is also survived by her in-laws, David (Cindy) Jenkins; Janice (Steven) Butler; and Donald (Nancy) Brace; and by many, many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, and aunts and uncles.

She is predeceased by her father Leo VanNess, brother Kenneth VanNess, her brothers-in-law Patrick Dugan, Richard Quirk and Frank and Shirley Holeman, her father-in-law John Brace and mother-in-law Marion Jenkins, and many beloved aunts and uncles.

Friends may call on Friday, from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Carleton Funeral Home, Inc., 68 Main Street in Hudson falls.

Prayers will be said at 6 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home, following the calling hours.

Special thanks to Beth Sponzo, and all the nursing staff at Glens Falls Cancer Center for their excellent care and love.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to the C.R Wood Cancer Center, 102 Park Street, Glens Falls, NY 12801.

All who knew her will greatly miss her sense of humor and her loving nature. Her spirit and courage will never be forgotten.

Kimberly Lynn Tully Heym

HeymGLENS FALLS – Kimberly Lynn Tully Heym, 44, of Glens Falls, passed away on Thursday, June 25, 2015, at the Glens Falls Hospital, surrounded by her loving family and friends.

Born on September 13, 1970, in Hartford CT., she was the daughter of Lynn (Feron) Brayton and the late Kenneth Tully.

Kim was a graduate of Hudson Falls High School, class of 1988.  She then obtained her Associates degree in accounting from Bay Path College in Long Meadow, MA.

On October 8, 2000, she married Timothy Heym at the United Methodist Church in Queensbury.

She worked for State Farm for several years and recently was employed as a server at the Great Escape Lodge in Queensbury.

Kim enjoyed spending time with her husband and children.   Together they enjoyed camping on Schroon Lake and vacationing in Myrtle Beach.  Her children were her greatest accomplishment in life.  The children were asked what special memories they have of their mother.  Jayden; the special bond he had with her. Jensyn; enjoyed their mani-pedi outings.  Justin; cuddling and watching WWE.  Kim will be remembered as a wife and mother who enjoyed watching her children play sports, celebrating their birthdays, cooking family dinners and making the best chocolate milk.

She is predeceased by her fathers, Kenneth J. Tully and Jerry W. Brayton

Kim is survived by her husband, Tim Heym of Glens Falls; her children, Jayden Heym, Jensyn Heym and Justin Heym, all of Glens Falls; her mother, Lynn Feron Brayton of Queensbury; her siblings, Katrina McFadden (Drew), Jody Paoletti (Bob), Christi Turcotte (Mike), Jerry Lee Brayton (Debbyanne), Terry Brayton (Nanette), and Misti Gilbert (Mark); her father and mother in law Fred and Pamela Heym; her brothers in law,  Todd Heym (Tammy) and Tom Heym (Danielle); her close friends, Dave and Sherrie Moses; and several  nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends may call from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday at the Carleton Funeral Home, Inc., 68 Main St., in Hudson Falls.

A funeral service will follow the calling hours at 3 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home with the Rev. Patricia Girard, officiating.

Graveside services will take place at 1 p.m. on Monday at Union Cemetery, in the town of Fort Edward.

Memorial donations in memory of Kim may be made to a fund established for her children at the Hudson River Community Credit Union.  Contact them for details at 518-743-0561.

Phyllis Ann Kew

KewHUDSON FALLS – Phyllis Ann Kew, 69, of Hudson Falls, entered the eternal gates of Heaven to be reunited with her son, Ray, on Tuesday, June 23, 2015.

She was born on October 23, 1945 to the late Laurence and Marjorie (Saunders) Harsha and was raised on the family farm in Adamsville.  She graduated from Hudson Falls High School and shortly thereafter, on August 11, 1963, she was united in marriage to Raymond Milton Kew at the South Glens Falls Baptist Church by Rev. Korb.  Raymond and Phyllis raised their children on Pine Street in Hudson Falls in the home they built together.

In addition to being a homemaker, Phyllis was the bookkeeper for Raymond’s auto businesses, their rental homes, and in later years for his excavating business. Their door was always open and the coffee pot was always on for family and friends, any time, day or night.  She lived for her children and mourned the loss of her son, Ray at age 23.  Her grandchildren brought her great comfort and joy over the years, and her great-granddaughter, Mia, was the light of her life.

Family time was the center of her world, whether it was cruising annually with her daughter’s family to Bermuda, the Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, Cozumel, Costa Maya, and Belize, or traveling locally to Busch Gardens, Virginia and Myrtle Beaches, or just spending time at home with the grandchildren, playing video games, building legos with them or swinging in the back yard.  She enjoyed shopping with her daughter and granddaughter, especially their annual 24-hour marathon Black Friday shopping trips, and she always looked forward to weekly visits with her dear friend, Olive Breault, and her friend and hair stylist, Laurie Cottrell-Orsini.

It recently came to light that for years Phyllis sponsored and corresponded with an overseas child, and subsequently adopted another after that child grew up.   Her daughter discovered this when mailing a check for her.  That was the kind of person she was – private, humble, generous, selfless, compassionate and above all, her daughter’s hero, being the best mother and friend anyone could ask for.

Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her son, Raymond M. Kew and her sister, Donna (Harsha) White.

Survivors include her loving daughter, Michele Langlois and her husband, John of Hudson Falls; her grandchildren, Jason Langlois of Los Angeles, California, Sgt. Kyle and Jackilyn (Winchell) Langlois of Jacksonville, North Carolina, Amber Langlois of Albany; her great granddaughter, Mia Perez; her brother, Richard Harsha (Odelie) of Adamsville; her sister, Debbie Pollack (Thomas) of Argyle; her brother-in-law, Orin White, Jr. of Hartford, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends may call on Monday, June 29, 2015, from 12 to 2 p.m. at the Carleton Funeral Home, Inc., 68 Main Street in Hudson Falls.

The funeral service will follow calling hours at 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

Burial will follow at Union Cemetery in the town of Fort Edward, where she will be laid to rest with her son.

In lieu of flowers, if you wish to honor Phyllis’s life, memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 510 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN  38105.