Jean S. Olton

Olton, JeanLOUDONVILLE & LAKE GEORGE – Jean S. Olton, 99, of Loudonville and Lake George, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 24, 2017.

Born on October 7, 1917 in Ashtabula, Ohio, she attended school at Oberlin College in Ohio.

Jean was married to Dirck Joseph Olton for several wonderful years, before he died on January 22, 1997.  She arrived in the Capital District in 1950, where her husband became a Manager at Behr Manning (Norton Company).

Jean had a remarkable career spanning some forty years.  She was a volunteer, writer, educator, planner, promoter and above all, a tireless advocate for historic preservation.

While raising two sons, Jean was active in community activities in the Troy and Albany areas.  She was one of the founders of the Colonie Town Library and the Friends of Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site.  In 1969, Jean was appointed as the Colonie Town Historian and she soon began the planning of the 75th Anniversary of the naming of the town.  In this role, she began collecting and cataloging volumes of items from photographs and newspaper articles to source materials recording events and sites in this area.   In 1976, she participated in the Bicentennial and promoted the building of the covered bridge in the town park.  Jean focused interest on preserving historic cemeteries and also ruins of the Erie Canal.  She attended numerous seminars and meeting of historians across the state, always taking accurate notes and then returning to Colonie with new insights and plans.   Perhaps most notable, she compiled the photos and information that became the book entitled “The Town of Colonie, Pictorial History”.

In 1971, through the archeological project at Schuyler Flatts, she joined with others in a decision to form the Historical Society of the Town of Colonie.  This group regularly presents programs and lectures to promote awareness of the history of the area.  Jean delighted in learning about the community of the Shakers and was one of the founding members of the Shaker Heritage Society.  In 1972, she wrote the specifications for the acceptance of the Shaker site on the National Register of Historic Places.

In 1983, Jean began a project close to her heart.   She proposed a feasibility study and that a committee be appointed to purchase and restore the Pruyn House. The Pruyn House, was a historic privately owned home, located in the town of Colonie.  Her hard work paid off and the project was a success. Upon the completion of the restoration, the town historian’s office was moved to the Pruyn House and Jean became the acting director of the House for the next twelve years.  Now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Jean and all those involved with this project, have seen this facility develop, grow and thrive as an educational, cultural and social center.

For more than thirty years, Jean was instrumental in preserving and developing Schuyler Flatts as a recreation area with walkways and bicycle paths.  It is now maintained for educational exhibits and appreciation of the riverfront.  Her dream became a reality in 2002, when Schuyler Flatts Cultural Park was opened.

For those who have worked with and had the pleasure of being in her company, Jean will forever be known for her quiet dignity and composure, her kindness and commitment.  She dedicated her life to the preservation of history in her community.   Jean also loved spending sunny summer days at their home on Lake George with her family.

Her family would like to thank the staff at Fort Hudson Health Care Facility for the wonderful care, compassion and love given to Jean and her family.

Those left to carry on her memory include her two sons, Marc Barrett Olton and his partner, Donna Miller of Kingsbury and Dirck David Olton and his wife, Carol of Colorado Springs, Colorado; and several nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service to celebrate Jean’s life will be held at a later date at Pruyn House, 207 Old Niskayuna Road, Latham, NY  12110.

Burial will be at Memory Gardens, 983 Watervliet Shaker Road, Albany.

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



Dale A. McCrea

GLENS FALLS – Dale McCrea, 77, of Glens Falls passed away on Tuesday, January 24, 2017, at the Glens Falls Hospital.

She was born on May 19, 1939 in Glens Falls.

Dale served a s bartender at many area locations and then worked in the Maintenance Department of the Glens Falls hospital.

She enjoyed writing, arts and crafts and especially ceramics and working with driftwood. She also Loved to Laugh.

She is survived by her son, Robert Lance and his wife, Mary Lou, of Amsterdam; her grandson Brian Lance and his two children, Katie and Sara Lance; two sisters, Amy Woodard of Queensbury and Celeste Bryton of Maine; nieces Renee and Stephanie Woodard (Amy) and Kim Fontaine (Celeste), great nephews, nieces, cousins and Aunt Betty Rollo

There are no services planned.

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


Rita A. (Nicholson) French

French, RitaSOUTH GLENS FALLS – Rita A. (Nicholson) French, 90, of South Glens Falls, passed away on Friday, January, 20, 2017, at Saratoga Hospital.

Born on November 21, 1926, in Glens Falls, she was the daughter of the late John P. and Elizabeth “Betty” (Wells) Nicholson.

Rita was a graduate of Adirondack Community College, receiving her RN degree in 1967. She obtained her administrative license for nursing homes and attended Florida International University to further her nursing education. In 1971, she opened Eden Park Nursing Home, now called The Pines, on Warren Street in Glens Falls, serving as an administrator. In 1976, Rita moved to Florida, and served as Administrator for Easter Manor Nursing Home in Fort Pierce, FL. She was also an adjunct faculty for the Nursing Department at Indian River Community College in Fort Pierce. Upon returning to Glens Falls, Rita returned to the medical field, working for Dr. Thomas Coppens, MD at Irongate Center, then finally retiring for the 4th time.

Her husband George E. French, passed away in 1990.

Rita was a communzzicant of St. Mary’s/St. Paul’s. She enjoyed gardening, roses and boating. Rita especially loved her grandchildren and was considered the family historian.

In addition to her parents and husband, Rita is predeceased by her two children, Thomas E. French in 2008, and Richard M. French in 2006; her daughter-in-law, Susanne French in 2012; and her sister Patricia LaBelle in 2007.

Survivors include, her daughter, Cynthia French of South Glens Falls; her son, Daniel M. French and his wife, Kristine of Colorado; her son Vincent M. French and his wife, Vickie of Florida; her grandchildren: Christine Mitchell of Florida, David French of Florida, Adam French of Colorado, Kyle French of Colorado, Elanna French of Colorado, Janean Sisler of Florida, Richard French, II of Florida, Vanessa Chosewood of Florida, Andrew French of Florida, Jessica Ansel of Florida; 14 great grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; her brother, Richard Nicholson and his wife, Kay of Queensbury; her sister, Corleen Daly and her husband, Leonard of Kingsbury; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Friends are invited to call on Friday from 4 pm to 6 pm at the Carleton Funeral Home, Inc. at 68 Main Street in Hudson Falls.

A Funeral Mass will take place on Saturday at 11 am at St. Mary’s/St. Paul’s Church in Hudson Falls, with the Reverend Thomas Babiuch officiating.

The Rite of Committal will take place at the family’s convenience.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Rita’s name can be made out to St. Mary’s/St. Paul’s, 11 Wall St, Hudson Falls, NY 12839, or a charity of one’s choice.

The family would like to thank the Saratoga Hospital nursing staff, Dr. Wang, Dr. Waters, and the Palliative Care team for their special care.

Robert L. “Deano” Dean, Sr.

Dean, Robert Sr.QUEENSBURY – Robert L. “Deano” Dean, Sr., 65, of Queensbury passed away on Sunday, January 22, 2017, at Glens Falls Hospital surrounded by his loved ones after a short battle with cancer.

Born on August 31, 1951, in Glens Falls, he was the son of the late Irving and Mary (Livingston) Dean.

Bob graduated from Queensbury High School in 1969. He went on to continue his education at the General Electric Plant Engineering Craftsman Apprenticeship Program.

He worked at General Electric for over a decade, followed by Encore, IP, and retired in 2014 from IBEW Local 236 in Albany as an electrician.

Bob was a member and past president of the West Glens Falls Volunteer Fire Co. in the late 70s to early 80s. He was a long time little league coach for all four of his kids. His hobbies included hunting and fishing at his beloved camp in Minerva, and more recently at his new camp in Ticonderoga. As he moved on in his retirement he could be found on the links of Kingswood or Pole Valley. One of his favorite things to do was to go on boat rides with his friends and family, especially his five granddaughters. Bob loved to watch sports, cheering for the NY Yankees and Miami Dolphins. Deano was very well known for his sense of humor. Bob recently found happiness caring for his small Yorkshire terrier, Yogi, which was surprising to all.

He was predeceased most recently by his youngest son and hunting buddy, Shawn M. Dean, who he missed dearly. He was proud of all his children but especially loved watching Shawn follow in his footsteps to complete a tool maker apprenticeship at General Electric.

He was also predeceased by his parents, Irving Dean, Sr. and Mary Dean; his two brothers, Irving Dean, Jr. and Earl Fordrung; and his sister, Ella Danahy.

Bob is survived by his children: Robert L. Dean, Jr. and his wife, Jennifer Dean of Queensbury, Angela Dean and her fiancé, Ronnie Diffee of South Glens Falls, and Stephanie Dean and her partner, David Carletta of Rochester; his granddaughters, Haylee Williams, Alivia Dean, Finley Dean, Cambria Dean, and Kennedy Dean; his longtime companion, Lucy Elder of Queensbury, who was a blessing to him, and her children Lisa Stewart and her husband, Taylor, Luke Elder and his companion, Rebecca, and TJ Elder; his siblings, Geraldine Mound, Floyd Dean and his wife, Doreen, Earl Dean and his wife, Linda, James Dean and his wife, Janet; and several nieces, nephews, cousins, and many close friends.

Friends are invited to call on Thursday from 4 pm to 7 pm at the Carleton Funeral Home, Inc at 68 Main Street.

A Funeral Mass for Bob will take place on Friday at 11 am at Our Lady of Annunciation in Queensbury, with Reverend Joseph Busch, pastor, officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Bob’s memory can be made out to Tri City Joint Apprenticeship Program, 428 Old Niskayuna Road, Latham, NY, 12110, or online at, or to the American Cancer Society, 959 Route 9, Queensbury, NY 12804.

Special thank you to the Glens Falls Oncology Unit, especially nurses Tammy and Laura of the ICU, as well as Dr. Gaiotti-Grubbs.

Thelma (Barlow) Condon

Condon, ThelmaHUDSON FALLS – Thelma (Barlow) Condon, 93, a longtime Hudson Falls resident, on Saturday, January 21, 2017, in Cummings, Ga.

Born on May 22, 1923, in South Glens Falls, NY, she was the daughter of the late Frederick and Grace (Kingsley) Barlow.

She was a graduate of Pottersville High School and then attended Plattsburgh Normal School.

Thelma served in The United States Army (WAC) during World War II.

On October 19, 1946, she married Leo Condon at the Zion Episcopal Church in Hudson Falls.  Leo passed away April 4, 1994.

She worked for the US Catheter Co. for 10 years in Glens Falls.

Thelma was a member of the Zion Episcopal Church in Hudson Falls and enjoyed reading, gardening and walking.

In addition to her husband and parents, she is predeceased by a son, Dennis Condon in 1969, a son, David Condon, in 2001, a brother, Duane Barlow, during the Korean Conflict, and a brother, Vincent Barlow.

Survivors include her sons, Larry P. Condon of Sautee Nacoochee, GA, Edward Condon of Hudson Falls; a daughter Joann Kauk, of Cumming, GA; 4 grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends may call from 4 PM to 6 PM on Wednesday January 25, at the Carleton Funeral Home, Inc., 68 Main St., Hudson Falls.

Funeral services will take place at 6 PM on Wednesday January 25 at the funeral home with Father Arthur Peters, officiating..

Spring Interment (with military honors) will take place at Moss Street Cemetery in the town of Kingsbury.

Memorial donations in Thelma’s memory may be made to the Zion Episcopal Church, 224 Main St., Hudson Falls, NY 12839, the Fort Edward Rescue Squad, Inc., P.O. Box 226, Fort Edward, NY 12828, or the charity of one’s choice.

Courtney Walsh

HUDSON FALLS – Courtney Walsh, 72, of Hudson Falls, checked off the last item on his bucket list on Tuesday, January 17, 2017, at Albany Medical Center.

A full obituary will follow in a later edition of the Post Star.

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

Minnie Rosati

Rosati 1Rosati 2SOUTH GLENS FALLS – Minnie Rosati, 85, of Grant Road, went into the arms of the Lord on Monday, January 16, 2017, at Glens Falls Hospital.

Born on October 13, 1931, at the family home in South Glens Falls, she was the daughter of the late Dominick and Diana (DeVirgeles) Rosati.

Minnie began her education at St Mary’s School in Hudson Falls until the eighth grade, and then graduated from Hudson Falls High School.

Following high school, she was employed at W.T. Grant, formerly in Hudson Falls, Imperial Color, formerly in Queensbury, Coca Cola Bottling Plant, formerly in South Glens Falls, and retired from C.R. Bard in Queensbury.    Minnie was a member of the “C.R. Bard birthday girls,” who went out to dinner for each of their birthdays every year.   Following retirement, she worked for K-Mart.     Minnie loved working for K-Mart because they treated her like family.   They celebrated her every birthday with a cake.    She made many lifelong friends there.

Minnie was a faithful member of St. Michael The Archangel Church in South Glens Falls.

Minnie was the caregiver of her family.     She took loving care of her mother, father, brothers and sister.    Minnie would go out of her way to help anyone she could.   The center of her world were her grandsons, the joy of her life.   There is no doubt, the sun rose and set with them.     Through her life, Minnie was blessed with a wonderful family and caring friends.   One of her favorite times with her family, was celebrating Christmas Eve.

Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her sister, Josephine Ballard; her brothers, Fred Rosati, Vincent Rosati, Phil Rosati and John Rosati; her niece, Nancy Ballard and her sister in law, Shirley Rosati.

Survivors include her daughter, Robin McDougall and her husband, John; her grandchildren, John McDougall, Jr and Thomas McDougall; her adopted grandson, David McDougall, III; her sister, Rosemarie Rosati; two brothers, Dominick Rosati and Louis Rosati and his wife, Beverly; her sisters in law, Nancy Rosati, Faye Rosati and Sharon Blanford; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends may call on Sunday, January 22, 2017, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Carleton Funeral Home, Inc., 68 Main Street in Hudson Falls.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, January 23, 2017 at St. Michael the  Archangel Church in South Glens Falls, Rev. Guy A. Childs, pastor, officiating.

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

The family suggests that memorial donations be made to The American Cancer Society, 959 Rte. 9, Queensbury, NY 12804 or the American Heart Association, 4 Atrium Drive, #100, Albany, NY 12205.


Susanne E. (Cutler) Nassivera

Nassivera 1 Nassivera 2HUDSON FALLS – Susanne E. (Cutler) Nassivera, 81, of William Street in Hudson Falls, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, on Sunday, January 15, 2017, at her home.

Born on April 22, 1935, in Fort Edward, she was the daughter of the late Warren and Harriet (Hill) Cutler.

Susanne was the salutatorian of the Fort Edward High School, class of 1953. On September 2, 1956, she was united in marriage to John Nassivera, at St. Mary’s Church in Hudson Falls.

Susanne worked for Continental Insurance in Glens Falls, Fannie Farmers at Aviation Mall, and she was the owner and operator of Nassivera’s Inn in Hudson Falls.

She ran the Hudson Falls Little League Ladies Auxiliary. Susanne always put others before herself. She had a passion for giving. Christmas was her favorite time of year. This year alone, she gave 82 gifts, each bought for a specific person in her life, and each gift had a special meaning from her. Susanne was an avid reader and enjoyed all kinds of different books. She was also a fantastic storyteller and the family historian, sharing her vast knowledge. Susanne loved passing along stories of her past, and keeping up on and celebrating the achievements and benchmarks of her family and friends. Susanne was the “original Facebook.” She was known as a gentle soul and always thought of others. Susanne would open her home to take in or care for others in their times of need.

In addition to her parents she is predeceased by her sister, Patricia Ryan and her husband, Edward; her brother, Warren Cutler; and her sister-in-law, Ann Nassivera.

Survivors include her loving husband of 60 wonderful years, John Nassivera; her children, John (Cathy) Nassivera, Cyndi (James) Reynolds, Thomas (Betty) Nassivera, Michael (Robin) Nassivera, Francis (Karen) Nassivera, Anthony Nassivera, Christina (Sean) Bjork and Helen (Mike) Lowey; her grandchildren, John Nassivera, Cassie (Brendon) Hackett, Alison (Christopher) Martel, Pamela Cordes, Patrick Cordes, Chelsea Cordes, Craig Herald, Lucia (Jeff) Whitehouse, Luke Herald, Isabella Nassivera, Antonio Nassivera, Andrea (Josh) Gifford, Gina Nassivera, Michael Nassivera, Franky Nassivera, Dominic Nassivera, Olivia Nassivera, Massimo Nassivera, Amelie Nassivera, Robert Bjork, Christian Bjork, Jacob Lowey, and Ethan Lowey; her great grandchildren, Aaron Gifford, Kaylee Herald, Ellee Herald, Gavin Whitehouse and Samuel Martel; her sister-in-law, Caroline Cutler; her brother-in-law, Morris Nassivera; and numerous nieces and nephews, which includes her special niece, Rhonda DeMarsh.

Friends may call on Wednesday from 2 to 4 and from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Carleton Funeral Home, Inc. located at 68 Main Street in Hudson Falls.

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

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

The family suggests that donations in Susanne’s name may be made to The Village Baptist Church, 131 Broadway, Fort Edward, NY 12828.

Kathryn A. James

James, KathrynQUEENSBURY – Kathryn James, 44, of Woodland Path, passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 14, 2017, at her home.

Born on August 18, 1972 in Homestead, FL, she was the daughter of  Mary (Benoit) Bailey.

Kathryn worked hard and was very proud to have received her high school diploma.

On August 13, 2011, she married the love of her life, Duane Neil James, Jr. in Crandall Park.

When Kathryn was younger, she was employed at Boston Scientific in Queensbury.  She worked there for ten years and made many friends.

Kathryn was a very active woman who loved to tend to her flower and vegetable gardens and go fishing with her husband, Duane. She also was a wonderful cook, who could throw together a party in an instant.  The holidays were very special to Kathryn, when she would bake tasty treats and spend time with her family.   She was a talented seamstress and created beautiful quilts.   Kathryn was a spiritual person who enjoyed listening to windchimes and collecting dream catchers. 

The center of her life was her family.  She was an extraordinary wife, and excellent mother, who was always there as a fantastic listener and ready with good advice. Her grandchildren filled her life with love. 

“Thank God for you, the wind beneath my wings” love, Jessica.

“To my sunflower, my best friend, may we meet again, soon” your booka, Rebecca.

“A daughter without her mother, is a woman broken.  It is a loss that turns to arthritis and settles deep into her bones”, love, Christa.  

Survivors include her loving husband, Duane Neil James, Jr. of Queensbury; her daughters, Christa Aldrich and her husband, Michael and their son, Stephen, all of Fort Edward, Jessica Sleight and her companion, Shawn Rath of Warrensburg and Rebecca Russell and her husband, Joshua and their daughter, Ellie of Queensbury; her mother, Mary (Benoit) Bailey; her longtime best friend, Andrea Dumas; her sister, Julie Izzo and her husband, Justin; her nieces and nephew, Noah, Autumn and Audrey Izzo; her mother in law, Norma Sleight; her faithful pets, Iggy and Maggie; and several other siblings and good friends.

Friends may call on Saturday, January 21, 2017 from 10 to 12, Noon at the Carleton Funeral Home, Inc., 68 Main Street in Hudson Falls.

Funeral Services will be conducted at 12 Noon, following the calling hours at the funeral home.

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

The family suggest that memorial donations be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN  38105.

Sonja A. Harris

KINGSBURY – Sonja A. Harris, 76, of Green Barn Rd., passed away peacefully on January 14, 2017, surrounded by her loving family, at her daughter’s home in Glenville.

Harris, SonjaBorn on August 14, 1940, in Warrensburg, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Florence (Piper) Crevison.

Sonja was a 1957 graduate of Hudson Falls School.  Following high school, she worked as a secretary for Beneficial Finance in Glens Falls, until the birth of her first child.  She then stayed home to raise her five children.  Sonja family was her centerpiece in life.  She was their manager, mentor, counselor, and her children’s connection to their past.

On March 29, 1959, she married Wayne Harris at the Kingsbury Baptist Church in Kingsbury.  He passed away in 1994, after 35 years of marriage.

She enjoyed working for the Kingsbury General Store and then Mallinckrodt in Argyle.  After its closing, Sonja attended Mildred Elley School and received her certificate in Paralegal Studies.  She worked for several years at McPhillips, Fitzgerald and Cullum, retiring in 2006.

Sonja was active in the Kingsbury Baptist Church and the Kingsbury Fire Department Auxiliary.  She also belonged to the Paralegal Association.  Sonja enjoyed growing vegetables in her garden, canning and pickling.   She was a wonderful painter who created beautiful pastels, acrylics and oil paintings.  Sonja enjoyed reading all books, including mysteries and historical novels.  She also loved spending time with her family at their camp on Schroon River in Chestertown.

Survivors include her five children, Chrys Nestle and her husband, Frank of Hartford, Scott Harris and his wife, Jill of New Jersey, Darlene Harris and her significant other, Dana Gilgore of Glenville, Keith Harris and his wife, Pamela of North Carolina and Laura Colombo and her husband, Joseph of South Glens Falls; her 12 grandchildren, Gwendolyn Nestle, Martin Nestle, Miriam Nestle, Zachary Harris, Cassie LeGault, Ryan LeGault, Nathan Harris, Cameron Harris, Alexa Pollat, Ryan Pollat, Madeline Colombo and Lydia Colombo; her longtime companion, Dick Belden of Hudson Falls; her two brothers, Jerold Crevison and his wife, Frannie and Jim Crevison and his longtime companion, Norine “Sam” Carter of Massachusetts; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends may call on Tuesday, January 17, 2017, from 5 to 8 p.m., at the Carleton Funeral Home, Inc., 68 Main Street in Hudson Falls.

The Funeral Service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 18, 2017, at the funeral home, with the Reverend Jeffrey Palmer, officiating.

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

Sonja’s family suggests that memorials be made to the Kingsbury Baptist Church, c/o Sylvia Weaver, 329 Dean Road, Hudson Falls, New York 12839, or a charity of choice.

Marnalee Cook

Cook, MarnaleeHUDSON FALLS – Marnalee Cook, 67, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, on Thursday, January, 12, 2017, at her home.

Born on July 22, 1949, in Amsterdam, she was the daughter of the late Gordon and Mary (Vogel) Sitterly.

Marnalee attended Hudson Falls High School and on December 19, 1987, she married Larry Cook in Hudson Falls.

Marnalee loved camping with her family in their camping trailer.  She also enjoyed doing crossword puzzles.  Her family was the center of her life. Marnalee loved spending time with her grandchildren, they were the light of her life.  She was a loving, caring wife, was always there for her children and was a doting grandmother.  She very much enjoyed cruises with her family and twice went to Bermuda. Marnalee will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

In addition to her parents, she is predeceased by a sister, Diane Mayer.

She is survived by her loving husband of 30 wonderful years, Larry Cook of Hudson Falls; her children, Gordon Cook and his wife, Glenda of TN, Andrew Kubricky and his companion, Allyson, of Hudson Falls, Steven Cook and his companion, Katie, of Argyle and Craig Cook and his wife, Kaitlyn, of Fort Edward; three grandchildren, Eli Maille-Cook, Jaden Kubricky and Olivia Kurtz; three step-grandchildren, Jerrica Webster, Dannah McCotter and Jace McCotter; and a step great-grandson, Julian Norton.

There are no services scheduled.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 2 Pine West Plaza, Albany, NY, 12205

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


Wilma M. Haynes

HUDSON  FALLS  – Wilma M. Haynes, 72, of Hudson Falls, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 11, 2017, at the Glens Falls Hospital.

Born on August 7, 1944 in Kingsbury, she was the daughter of the late Harlon and Dorothy (Christian) Haynes.

Wilma was a graduate of Hudson Falls High School and later in life, continued her education to become a nurse’s aide.   She was very proud to have worked as a nurse’s aide at Fort Hudson Nursing Center for over 10 years.  She made many friends with the residents and the people she worked with.

Wilma loved riding motorcycles, she totaled two. After that, her children forbid her to ride any longer.   She enjoyed crossword puzzles, jig saw puzzles, and spending time with her family and the girls at Earl Towers.  Wilma also enjoyed her weekly visits to Manley’s and was an avid Yankee’s fan.

Besides her parents, Wilma was predeceased by her sisters, Virginia Haynes and Dora Haynes and her brother, Raymond Haynes.

Survivors include her four daughters, Barbara Kent of Hudson Falls, Cindy Hurley and her husband, Fred of Fort Edward, Nancy Wells and her husband, Michael McPherson, of Hudson Falls, Peggy Wells of South Glens Falls; her six grandchildren;   seven great grandchildren;  six brothers, Edmund Haynes and his wife , Pat, Richard Haynes and his wife, Judy, Lloyd Haynes and his wife, “Petey”, Boyd Haynes and his wife, Linda, Ronald Haynes and Howard Haynes and his wife, Holly; her sister, Linda Shapiro; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

There will be no calling hours.

Memorial donations can be made to American Cancer Society, 959 Route 9, Mount Royal Plaza, Queensbury, New York, 12804, or American Diabetes, 7 Washington Square, Albany, New York 12205-5512.

Wilma’s family would like to specially thank Ann S. Sullivan for being her best friend, through thick and thin.

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

Ruth W. Baker

baker-ruthGLENS FALLS/FORT ANN – Ruth I. (Willis) Baker, 92, of Arlington St., and 50 year resident of Fort Ann, received her wings to be with the Lord and her loving husband on January 8, 2017, at the Glens Falls Hospital.

Born on April 12, 1924, in Hudson Falls, she was the daughter of the late Howard and Susan (Hammond) Willis.

She was a graduate of Hudson Falls High School.

On Sept. 21, 1946, she married the love of her life, Donald J. Baker at the Zion Episcopal Church in Hudson Falls.  They were married for 69 years until his passing on December 14, 2015.

Ruth worked for the Union Bag and Paper Co., formerly in Hudson Falls.  She then worked many years at Fort Ann Central School as a teacher’s aide and a bus driver, driving for many years up the Hogtown Road, retiring in 1986.

She was involved with many community organizations from Boy Scouts to being a charter member of the Fort Ann Fire Auxiliary and Fort Ann Sports Booster Club, where you would see her watching many of the sports regardless if she had a member of her family playing.  The Raymond W. Harvey American Legion Post 703 Auxiliary was a very big passion of Ruth’s as she was dubbed the “Poppy Lady” because every Memorial Day Parade, you would see her giving out Poppies.  In addition to these organizations, she was also involved in the making of “The Fort Ann 300 Years Historical Book, alongside her late husband when they were both in the mid-to late 80’s.

In additions to her husband and parents, she is predeceased by: her sisters, Lillian Willis and Edith (Willis) and her husband, Silas Stockman; her brother, Charles Willis and his wife, Marion (Foster) Willis; and a granddaughter, Ashley Marie Baker.

Survivors include: her children, Thomas Baker and his wife, Deborah, and Ronald Baker and his wife, Arlene, all of Hudson Falls, Susan Allen and her husband, Gary and Nancy Carpenter and her husband, Craig, all of Fort Ann, Beverly Bruster and her husband, Michael of Glens Falls; her grandsons, James Allen, Scott (Liz) Carpenter, Brett Carpenter and Kevin (Emily) Bruster; her granddaughters, Jenny Allen (Brian) VanAmburgh, Janet Baker (Michael) Pratt and Sara Baker; her great-grandchildren, Jonathan and Renee Allen and their mother, Debra Collette, Emma and Alexis VanAmburgh and Dylan Carpenter; her step grandchildren, John and Tim Hack and Rachel Gregory; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

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

Funeral services will follow the calling hours at 6 p.m. Friday evening at the funeral home with the Rev. Nacy Goff, officiating.

Following the funeral, all are welcome to a gathering at the Kingsbury Firehouse on Burgoyne Ave., in Hudson Falls.

Interment will take place at the convenience of the family at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery on Duell Rd. in the town of Stillwater.

Ruth’s family suggests that memorial donations in her memory be made to The Fort Ann Booster Club, C/O Fort Ann Central School, 1 Catherine St., Fort Ann, NY 12827.