Esther A. Johnson

Esther A. Johnson

 

FORT EDWARD – Esther A. Johnson, 90, of Fort Edward passed away November 12, at the Indian River Nursing & Rehab Center in Granville.

Born on October 15, 1926, in Glens Falls, she was the daughter of the late William and Esther (Montena) Sadler.

Esther graduated from Fort Edward high school with her twin sister, Emily in 1944.

Following graduation Esther started her career in the insurance industry. She retired from the Continental Insurance company after many years of service.  She also worked for the Zayre Department store in Queensbury for many years.

Esther was a 60 plus year member of the First Baptist Church of Glens Falls. She served on several boards and particularly enjoyed the gathering of the woman’s association.  She delivered flowers, visited shut ins and spent many hours volunteering at the church thrift store.

Esther enjoyed the numerous trips to New York City with her husband Jim, where they viewed the Christmas decorations and took in a show. She was a big fan of  hot air balloons and frequently  attended the local festival.

Esther was predeceased by her husband of many years, James H. Johnson and her twin sister, Emily S. Towne.

She is survived by her nieces, Cynthia Jackson of Livonia, Elizabeth Szuba and her husband Richard of Rochester and Rebecca Lummis of Galway and her great nieces & nephews Nicole Jackson, Alex, Max & Hannah Szuba, Kalyn and Jourdan Lummis.

Private funeral services were held Wednesday, November 16, with the Rev. Donald Shuler. Burial was in Union Cemetary, Fort Edward.

The family wishes to thank her friends and caregiver, Penny Sheedy and the staff at Indian River for the care and compassion given to Esther and her family.

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

David Christopher Nawotniak

nawotniakSTAR LAKE, HARRISVILLE & GOUVENEUR – David Christopher Nawotniak, 69, formerly of Harrisville, passed away on Saturday, November 19, 2016, at Wesley Health Care Center in Saratoga Springs.

Born on January 27, 1947, in Buffalo, he was the son of the late Benedict J. and Genevieve (Jaworski) Nawotniak.

On January 21, 1967, he married Jill Feeney at Holy Family Church in Buffalo.

David served his county, enlisting in the United States Marine Corp from 1966 to 1968.  After working in the Buffalo area for a time, he followed a dream of being a New York State Trooper.  David loved serving and protecting the people of New York.  He worked most of his entire 26 ½ year career at the Star Lake and Gouverneur State Police Barracks.  During his time in the Harrisville area, he also had a farm that he loved and operated.  David also served with the Scuba Team with the NYS Troopers.

He loved scuba diving, he dove all over in lakes, caves and oceans and he passed this love onto his son Mark, who dove with him.  David also enjoyed fishing in the Adirondacks and on his boat in Florida and hunting.

After his retirement, David became a “Gourmet Chef” of sorts.  He took pride in the preparation and quality ingredients that he used for the meals he created for his family and friends.  Because of his high culinary standards, he preferred to prepare his own meals, rather than go out and eat.  David’s moto was “if you leave the table hungry, it’s your own fault”.

 

David will be remembered as a husband wonderful of 49 years, a Marine, a State Trooper, a father, a grand father, brother, uncle, friend. He was the most resilient person never breaking, never changing. David was “family man”. He was “love”, never judging and always filled with forgiveness, sacrifice, kindness, and dependable.

His motto was “Don’t try! Do!”. His mind worked like an engineer doing, building, fixing anything. David’s number one love was family and friends. His number two love was the farm and all the memories

created. David was a teacher and confidant, with a passion in the simple things. He always accomplished his goals and lived with no regrets. He will be missed by all that graced his life and never forgotten.

This illness did not take him; he did not lose. He followed this path as another challenge, never faltering and always accepting his fate.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Kenneth Nawotniak.

He is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Jill Nawotniak of Fort Edward; his children, Mark (Kimberly) Nawotniak of Queensbury and Lorrie (Rae) Gosselin of Whitehall; his four grandchildren, Zachary and Bridget Nowatniak and Alyssa and Makayla Gosselin.; his brother, Robert A. Nawotniak of Buffalo; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

There will be a time of remembrance on Tuesday, November 29th, from 5 to 6 pm at the Carleton Funeral Home, Inc., 68 Main Street in Hudson Falls. Memorial thoughts and prayers will be offered at 6 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be sent to the Disabled American Veterans, 201 Stratford Rd, Schenectady, NY 12308.

Naomi (Belrose) Larowe

laroweHUDSON FALLS – Naomi (Belrose) Larowe, 85, of Hudson Falls went into the arms of the Lord on Wednesday, November 16, 2016, at the Stanton Healthcare and Rehab Center in the town of Queensbury.

Born on August 8, 1931, in Hudson Falls, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Flora (Rustin) Belrose.

Naomi was a 1949 graduate of Hudson Falls High School.  After graduation, she went to work for the General Electric Company in Fort Edward and Hudson Falls.  She retired from GE after 37 years of service.

She was a member of the Hudson Falls United Methodist Church.  Her grandkids and great grandkids were the center of her life after her two children.  She enjoyed crocheting as well.

In addition to her parents she is predeceased by her two husbands, Donald Dupell and William Larowe, as well as four sisters and one brother.

Naomi is survived by two children, Jeannine Hughes and her husband David of Hudson Falls and Paul Dupell and his wife Rosalinda of Hudson Falls; three grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

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

A graveside service will be conducted at 1 p.m. on Saturday with the Rev. Derek Hansen, pastor of the United Methodist Church in Hudson Falls officiating at Union Cemetery on Route 4 in the town of Fort Edward.

Naomi’s family has suggested that memorial donations in her memory be made to the Hayne’s House of Hope, 7187 Route 149, Granville, NY 12832.

Dolores J (Tucker) Darrah

darrahGLENS FALLS – Dolores J (Tucker) Darrah passed away peacefully surrounded by family on

November 14th, 2016.

Born June 12th, 1949 in Glens Falls, she was the daughter of the late Genevieve and Walter Tucker and stepfather Stanley Helinski.

She married David L Darrah June 8, 1974.

She is survived by her loving husband of 42 years, David; as well as her children, Brian Darrah and his wife, Toni of Cowpens, South Carolina, Valarie Darrah of South Glens Falls, Angelique (Darrah) Davis of Glens Falls and Nicole (Darrah) Moon of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; her beloved grandchildren Kayla Darrah, Ryan Darrah, Austin Darrah, Ashley Lewry, Adam Darrah and Riley Moon, and great grandchildren Sabashtan Darrah, Aiden Darrah, Landon Ellis, and Shawn Jackson.

At the family’s request, there will be no calling hours.

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

Jon “Shadow” Villmore

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HUDSON FALLS & QUEENSBURY – Jon “Shadow” Villmore, age 54, of Hudson Falls and Queensbury, passed away on November 11, 2016, peacefully at his home.

Born May 2, 1962, in Cambridge, he was the son of the late Shirley (Bessette) Villmore.

Jon lived in Hudson Falls most of his life.

He was a part of the Jury Motorcycle Club for 30 plus years and loved to ride his bike. Jon loved the Barn and Sully’s West with his friends. He loved to travel and follow bands. Jon loved music. He loved to bang on his drum set. He loved to fish and hunt. Jon loved to have fun and laugh. He loved his dogs, Lucy-Lou and Ray-Gin.

Jon was predeceased by his mother, Shirley Villmore and his grandparents, Ernie and Alice Bessette.

He leaves behind the love of his life Ann LaBarge; his daughters, Kari Villmore, and Casey Villmore; his grand-daughter Ameliah Devino; his step-children Jodi Rose, Billy Rose, Julie LaBarge, Greg LaBarge, Gordon LaBarge and Carrie Mallory; his step-grandchildren, James McIntosh, Austin LaBarge, Aaron,Zack and Aaliyah Rose; his brother Terry Villmore of Hudson Falls; and his extended families he adopted.

Friends are invited to call on Wednesday, November 16, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Carleton Funeral Home, Inc., located at 68 Main Street, in Hudson Falls.

Donations in Jon’s name can be made to the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, Gift Processing Administrator, 18251 Quantico Gateway Drive, Triangle, VA 22172

Magdalena M. Hart

hart-magdalenaHUDSON FALLS – Magdalena Hart, age 55, of Willow Street, passed away Wednesday, November 9, 2016, at her home with her loving husband, daughter, son in law and her granddaughter Brittanie beside her. 

Born August 15, 1961, in Frankfurt, Germany, she was the daughter of the late Eugene and Frieda (Wolfe) Schwarz. 

She studied hairstyling in Germany before she moved to America in 1981. 

Magdalena was a homemaker and a loving grandmother. 

She enjoyed weaving, garage sales, puzzles, playing Uno and rummy, and taking long drives. She loved watching fireworks with her Husband. Decorating for the holidays was important to Magdalena. 

She was predeceased by her niece, Nichole Holzlhammer. 

Survivors include her husband, Louis Hart of Hudson Falls; her two daughters, Tina Chapman and her husband, Scott of Odessa, TX, and Jessica Girard and her husband, John of Hudson Falls; her son Bobby Walker and his wife, Hillary, who is serving with the U.S. Army; her step-children, Louis Hart, Jr. of Hudson Falls, Gabbrielle Snyder of Tupper Lake, Ryan Hart of Saranac Lake, Paige Hart of Saranac Lake, and David Hart of Saranac Lake; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; her two brothers, Heinz Schwarz of Germany, and Wilhelm Schwarz of Germany; her sister Maria Holzlhammer of Germanys; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. 

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

Theodore W. White

QUEENSBURY & SOUTH GLENS FALLS – Theodore W. White, age 72, of Queensbury and formerly of South Glens Falls, passed away on October 18, 2016, at Glens Falls Hospital, with his loyal wife by his side, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born December 12, 1943, son of the late Earl White and Ruth (McCann) White-Gillette.

After high school graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving 21 years and after a short retirement in 1982 he worked for the Federal Government from 1983 until retiring in 2003.

Theodore married Catherine Hanley on December 29, 1964.

Because of his government service, he and his family traveled much of the world. Theodore loved fishing and hunting, especially deer. He loved taking long drives. He lived his life his way, never changing, in spite of his illness.

Theodore was predeceased by his parents.

He is survived by his wife Catherine White of Queensbury; his children, Cathleen Burns and her husband, Tim of South Glens Falls, Theodore Shawn White and his wife, Beth of San Antonio, TX, Patricia Cady of Queensbury; his six grandchildren, Caitlin, Erin, Theodore Connor, Victoria, Alexis, Ethne; his four sisters and five brothers; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and several great-nieces, great-nephews, and great-cousins.

Burial with full military honors will take place at 2:30 pm on November 18, 2016, at Gerald B. H. Solomon-Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Stillwater.

Donations in Theodore’s name may be made to either the Hudson Falls Fish and Game Club, 1420 Rt. 196, Hudson Falls, NY 12839 or the C.R. Wood Cancer Center at 100 Park Street, Glens Falls, NY 12801.

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

 

Clarence W. Huestis

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HUDSON FALLS – Clarence W. Huestis, 77, of Hudson Falls, passed away peacefully on Monday, November 7, 2016, at the Glens Falls Hospital, surrounded by his loving family.

Born on April 14, 1939 in Ticonderoga, he was the son of the late Chauncey H. and Beatrice (Sartwell) Huestis, Sr.

For many years, Clarence was a farmer for Judge Crandall in Fort Ann and he also worked on the Szostak Farm in Hudson Falls.

Clarence was a member and enjoyed going to the Gospel Lighthouse Church in Hudson Falls and was also a leader in the Royal Rangers. He also loved to go fishing, hunting and watch movies.

Besides his parents, Clarence was also predeceased by his brothers, Fred Huestis, George Sartwell and LeRoy Huestis; and his two sisters, Juanita Hall and Beatrice Huestis.

Survivors include his three brothers Chauncey Huestis and Thomas Huestis, both of Hudson Falls and Almon Huestis and his wife, Caroline of Florida; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends may call on Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Carleton Funeral Home, Inc., 68 Main Street in Hudson Falls.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. on Friday at the Carleton Funeral Home, Inc., 68 Main Street in Hudson Falls, with Pastor Paul Mead, of the Gospel Lighthouse Church, officiating.

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

The family would like to thank the staff on Tower 5 and Tower 3 at the Glens Falls Hospital, Dr. Suzanne Blood and the staff at Fort Hudson Health Care Facility for the compassionate care given to Clarence.

Following the burial everyone is welcome to a brunch at Gospel Lighthouse Church, at 30 La Crosse Street, in Hudson Falls.

The family suggests that memorial donations in Clarence’s memory be made to the Gospel Lighthouse Church, 30 La Crosse Street, Hudson Falls, NY 12839 or the charity of one’s choice.

Wendy L. Godfrey

godfreyHUDSON FALLS – Wendy L. Godfrey, 43, of Clark Street, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, November 5, 2016, at her home.

Born on May 6, 1973, in Glens Falls, she was the daughter of Paul Gitto and the late Beatrice Godfrey.

Wendy was a graduate of Fort Edward High School.

Most recently, she was employed as a caretaker for the elderly. Wendy loved her work and the relationships she formed with the people she assisted. She was a very loving person and a caregiver by nature. When her father was ill, Wendy was his rock. She also took care of her “little bro.” It was Wendy’s nature to be a helper.

Wendy loved her aunt and uncle, Brian and Tracy Godfrey, and cherished their relationship deeply. She spent a great deal of time with them because sadly, Wendy’s mother passed while she was only five years old. It was a great heartbreak for Wendy and she never stopped missing her mother. Wendy loved her family.   She worked hard to turn her life around and her family was deeply proud of her.

She was a communicant of St. Joseph’s Church in Fort Edward.  When Wendy was younger, she was a member of the Fort Edward Rescue Squad.

Besides her mother, she was predeceased by her grandparents, Fred and Charlotte Godfrey and Sylvia “Nana” Gitto; and her godfather, Paul Godfrey.

Wendy is survived by her father, Paul Gitto of Hudson Falls; her three children, Mark Stimpson of Hudson Falls, Korina McConchie of Glens Falls, and Adam McConchie of Massachusetts; her brother, Steven Gitto of Hudson Falls; her cousin, Stephanie Wright of Texas, whom she considered her sister; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Friends may call on Saturday, November 12 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Carleton Funeral Home, Inc. located on 68 Main Street in Hudson Falls.

Following the calling hours, the Rite of Committal will take place at St. Joseph’s cemetery in Fort Edward.

Donations in Wendy’s name can be made to Warren-Washington Association for Mental Health, Inc.  3043 State Route 4, Hudson Falls, NY  12839.

Frank C. Battiste

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HUDSON FALLS – Frank C. Battiste, 67, of William Street, passed away peacefully, on Saturday, November 5, 2016, at the Glens Falls Hospital, surrounded by his loving family.

Born on January 26, 1949, in Glens Falls, he was the son of Philip and Grace (Marrano) Battiste.

Frank was a 1967 graduate of Hudson Falls High School and continued his education at Albany Business College, graduating in 1969.     In high school, Frank was active playing baseball and basketball.  In his younger years, he developed a love sports.  Frank continued this love throughout his life. He enjoyed horseracing and playing men’s fast pitch softball.  Frank was an avid NY Yankee fan and loved spending his weekends golfing with his family and friends.

On November 6, 1982, he married Deborah Girard at St. Mary’s Church in Glens Falls. Together they shared 34 wonderful years of marriage.

Frank worked for U.S. Food Service, retiring in 2014.  He also owned several local businesses and was currently the proud owner of Twin Scoops in Hudson Falls.

Frank had a way about him, he would harass you, make you laugh and want to come back for more.  He was generous to people in need and donated to several organizations.  He would give children in need Toys R. Us gift cards for Christmas and with all his giving, he would never let anyone know it came from him.  Frank was tough on the outside and soft on the inside.  He loved to travel with family and friends.  Frank was extremely loyal to those near him and he believed that family and friends are where you turn to when in need.

He was a communicant of St. Mary’s/St. Paul’s Church and a member of the Italian American Club.

Frank was a wonderful, caring and supportive husband, the best father, who was very proud of his kids and would do anything for them.  He was a mentor to all of his siblings.   Frank was loved by many and will be missed by all.

He was predeceased by his grandparents, his infant sister, Sandra and his brothers in law, Bart Girard and James Woodell.

Frank is survived by his loving wife, Debbie Battiste of Hudson Falls; his three children, John Barbieri and his wife, Jennifer of Glens Falls and his twin daughters, Francine Battiste and her fiancé, Joe Quintal of Glens Falls and Felicia Battiste and her companion, Ethan Doak of Glens Falls; he was expecting twin grandchildren in January; his parents, Philip and Grace Battiste of Hudson Falls; his brothers and sisters, Michael Battiste of Hudson Falls, Philip (Lynda) Battiste  of Saratoga Springs, Marie Battiste Smith of Hudson Falls and Joseph (Heather) Battiste  of Hudson Falls; his aunts, Mary Cortese, Marie (Tony) DiFiore and Rosemarie (Ted) McKenna; his parents in law, Lee and June Girard of Queensbury; his brothers in law and sisters in law, June Woodell, Carol (Jeff) Barton, Tom (Nanette) Girard, Linda (Billy) Selfridge, Toni (Jody) Clark, Mark (Ruth) Girard, Robert (Tiffany) Girard, Michelle (Anthony) Rodriguez, Kerri (Chad) Ross, Lisa (Jeff) Hirsch and Jodi (Eric) Updike; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends may call on Monday, November 7, 2016 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m., at the Carleton Funeral Home, Inc., 68 Main Street in Hudson Falls.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated 10 a.m. on Tuesday, at St. Mary’s/St. Paul’s Church on the park in Hudson Falls.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Operation Santa Claus, Attention: Frank Munoff, P.O. Box 707, Hudson Falls, NY 12839.

Robert J. Geroux, Sr.

geroux-robertGLENS FALLS – Robert J. Geroux, Sr., age 80, of Glens Falls, passed away on Monday, October 31, 2016, at his home with his loving family by his side.

Born on August 23, 1936, in Glens Falls, he was the son of the late George and Lillian (Bowman) Geroux.

Robert was a graduate of Glens Falls High School.

He was united in marriage to Janet Duell on November 30, 1957, in Glens Falls.

Robert had a 35 year long career as a union carpenter.

He was a communicant of St. Alphonsus Church in Glens Falls.

Robert was a member of the Adirondack Travelers.  He enjoyed camping and after retiring, he enjoyed traveling the country with his wife and wintering in Florida in his RV.

In addition to his parents, Robert was predeceased by two brothers, George Geroux, Jr., and Donald Geroux; and his step-father, Forrest Fisher.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Janet Geroux of Glens Falls; his two sons, Robert J. Geroux, Jr. and his wife, Angela of Glens Falls, and Greg M. Geroux and his wife, Melody of Milford, PA; his granddaughter, Alexandria Geroux and her fiancé, Benjamin Trager of Washington, DC; his siblings, Bruce Geroux, and his wife Sandy of Orlando, FL, Jane Buckley and her husband, Tim of El Cajon, CA, and Joan Lavigne of Queensbury; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A special thank you to Joyce of Greater Adirondack Home Aides, as well as Craig and Jackie and all the nurses of Warren County Home Health Care, and Glen of Hudson Headwaters Homeward Bound Care.

All services will be private at the convenience of the family.  A burial will be at a later date at  Glens Falls Cemetery.

Donations in Robert’s name can be made to the Hudson Headwaters Homeward Bound Care Program at 9 Carey Road, Queensbury, NY  12804 or the Greater Adirondack Home Aides at 25 Willowbrook Rd # 4, Queensbury, NY 12804.

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

John J. Coon

coonGLENS FALLS – John J. Coon, age 73, of Glens Falls, passed away on Sunday October 30, 2016, at the Albany Stratton VA Medical Center.

Born on May 24, 1943, in Glens Falls, he was the son of the late John and Dorothy (Osborn) Coon.

John was a graduate of Glens Falls High School.

He served in the US Navy from 1961 – 1966.

John was an avid New York Yankee’s Fan. He loved spending time with his grandsons. John was fun loving and always going for a laugh.  He will be remembered for being a consummate prankster.

In addition to his parents, John was predeceased by his wife Joan Coon.

He is survived by his four children, Cindy Hemphil, Joe Coon, Bill Coon (Theresa Passino), and Leslie Coon; his nine grandchildren; his siblings, Carolyn Ernst and her husband, Bob, Lorraine Conklin, Pat Center, and Henriette Bailey; his former wife and friend, Rosemary Coon; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday November 3, at 9:30 a.m., at St. Mary’s Church on Warren Street in Glens Falls.

The Rite of Committal with full military honors will follow on Thursday, at 12 noon at the Gerald B. H. Solomon-Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Stillwater.

Donations in John’s name may be made out the American Lung Association, 155 Washington Ave # 201, Albany, NY 12210

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

Fritz Kurt Boettcher

CONESVILLE – Fritz Kurt Boettcher, age 95, of Robinson Road, passed away on October 27, 2016, surrounded by his loving family.

Born on February 3, 1921, in Magdeburg, Germany, he was the son of the late Friedrich K. and Lucille (Rink) Boettcher.

In Magdeburg, Germany, Fritz attended trade school and became a gunsmith.

Fritz was united in marriage to Emmy Knepper on September 7, 1946, in Paderborn, Germany.

Fritz, along with his wife Emmy, arrived in the United States in 1955 residing in the Bronx. He was employed by Abercrombie and & Fitch from 1957-1976. In the 1960s they moved to Flushing Queens, where they raised their only Son, Rick Boettcher. In 1976 he began working at Griffin & Howe, where he was a Gunsmith and sales manager. After retiring from Griffin & Howe in 1986, Fritz and Emmy moved to Conesville, where he stayed until his wife passed away in 2012. Fritiz moved to Schenectady in 2012 to live with with his son, Rick and daughter-in-law, Kerry Boettcher until his passing.

Fritz loved walking his property in Conesville and relaxing on his porch enjoying his trees. He enjoyed spending time with close friends and eating good German meals at the Hideaway Hotel.

Fritiz was predeceased by his parents, and his wife, Emmy Boettcher.

He is survived by his son, Rick Boettcher, and his daughter-in-law, Kerry Boettcher.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Carleton Funeral Home, Inc., 68 Main St., Hudson Falls, NY 12839.