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QUEENSBURY - Richard Edward Thombs passed away September 17, 2021. Born in Bangor Maine on November 15, 1931, as a member of the Marine Corp. Reserves, he was called up to active duty during the Korean War. He was discharged in 1952 and after working for IBM for 23 years, decided to resign from IBM and start his own company which he named Independent Typewriter Services (ITS). He retired in 1990 after many years of service to his customers. An accomplished musician, Dick played guitar in the orchestra of the Glens Falls Community theater. He also played in the Glens Falls City Band, several dance bands, including The Revelations, and the Irish band, The Coopers. Dick joined the US Navy Reserve and served for 4 years. For over 20 years he was a teacher at BOCES where he taught the electrical course which all the apprentice electricians were required to take.
Posted here on Wednesday, September 22, 2021.

Richard H. Simpson (Dick) of Schroon Lake, NY, passed away in the evening on September 17, 2021. Dick was born on July 4, 1946, in Mineville, NY. Dick was an amazing man who helped raise numerous children and touched so many others through his kind heart and helpful and loving personality. He was a fun-loving jokester and loved to make people happy. Dick started his career at Elk Lake Lodge and worked there for over 20 years. His love for the outdoors and working with his hands kept him there, until he transitioned to Schroon Lake Central School where he was a custodian and served many other roles. He lived to help others and loved his family and friends above all else.
Posted here on Wednesday, September 22, 2021.

Rotterdam, NY - Charles M. Carroll Sr., 96, passed away Thursday, September 9, 2021. After graduation from Marietta, Pennsylvania, High School, Charles enlisted in the US Army Air Force. He honorably served his country in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Upon his discharge, he went on to graduate from Millersville State Teachers College of Pennsylvania. After teaching for 13 years in Pennsylvania, Charles took a position at Mohonasen High School. As an Industrial Arts teacher for 21 years, he loved sharing his skills and talents. Charles taught men's bible study, served as Sunday school superintendent and sang in the choir. Charles shared his love of music, especially jazz and classical, with his family.
Posted here on Wednesday, September 22, 2021.

Robert Wygant, 92, passed away September 11, 2021 in Alpharetta, Ga. Bob spent most of his life in the Capital District and grew up in the Albany Home for Children, having been placed there by his mother who could not keep him due to her ill health. Bob enjoyed great success in sports as a multi-letter athlete in baseball, track, basketball, and football at Albany High School and was inducted into the AHS Hall of Fame in 2009. Bob's love of sports remained a passion after college, pursuing a career in education as a gym teacher, coach and athletic director at Maple Hill High School in Castleton. He took his passion for education further as he advanced into school administration as vice principal at Goff Middle School in East Greenbush. He cared about each student in school but held a special place in his heart for children with special needs and family challenges. He was active in restoration and preservation of history at the Albany Home for Children, which became the Parsons Child and Family Center and has now become integral to Northern Rivers. He was actively involved with the staff and families at Parsons. He treasured the annual awards ceremony at The Bob Wygant Activity Center, a living memorial to his devotion to all those who were impacted by their experience at Parsons.
Posted here on Tuesday, September 21, 2021.

Alvin R. Brown, 91, of Albany, passed away on Wednesday, September 15, 2021. Born in Brooklyn in 1930, he was a graduate of the Philip Schuyler High School. He received his bachelor's degree from SUNY Plattsburg. He went on to higher education and received a master's degree in both educational studies and English from SUNY Albany. Alvin was a veteran in the United States Air Force in the Korean War, where he served as a navigator and achieved the rank of captain. Education was always important to him, and this is where he spent his career. Alvin worked for Manpower and taught and counseled in the Albany city school district for over 20 years.
Posted here on Tuesday, September 21, 2021.

Jane Anne Russell, 86 of Cooperstown, died on Thursday, September 9, 2021. She was raised in Mechanicville, graduated from the University of Albany in 1956, with a degree in education and went on to complete her M.Ed. from the University of North Dakota. Jane Anne taught in Dutchess and Ulster Counties and spent most of her career at Highland High School, in Highland, NY, before her retirement in 1989. She made her home in Clintondale, N.Y., until moving to Cooperstown in 1989. After retiring from teaching, she worked at the New York State Historical Association, was a member of St. Mary's Church and the Women's Club, and a volunteer for the Cooperstown Library and Glimmerglass Opera.
Posted here on Tuesday, September 21, 2021.

Ferdinand J. Acunto, 82, of Charlton, died Thursday, September 16, 2021. He was born on December 6, 1938, in New Haven, CT and had lived in Charlton for the past 60 years where he and his wife raised their children. He enjoyed a long and fulfilling career as an elementary school teacher at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Central School District and served many years as a Charlton Town Justice and then Town Supervisor from 1998-2005. Fred was a volunteer fireman and past chief in the Charlton Fire Department.
Posted here on Tuesday, September 21, 2021. 

Rainer Hans Alfred Brocke, 87, of Lafayette, NY, passed away Sunday, September 12, 2021. He was born on November 24, 1933 in Calcutta, India of German parents and immigrated to the United States in 1951. Upon completion of his doctorate, he accepted a position from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) to conduct wildlife research at Huntington Wildlife Forest in Newcomb, NY. In 1981, he became an associate professor and later a full professor at ESF's Syracuse campus, teaching ecology, wildlife management, endangered species conservation, and various graduate courses. He was appointed director of the Cranberry Lake Biological Station in 1982, a position he held for six years. Rainer retired from SUNY ESF in 1999 at the rank of Professor Emeritus.
Posted here on Saturday, September 18, 2021.

Carolyn S. Rogers (nee Schermerhorn) was born in Syracuse, NY on October 8, 1933 and passed away on September 12, 2021. Carolyn began her career as the administrative assistant to the principal at Bear Road Elementary School in the North Syracuse Central School District in 1964. In 1970 she was hired as the administrative assistant to the Superintendent of the North Syracuse Central School District. She completed her career by serving as a guidance counselor secretary at North Syracuse High School, retiring in 1992. She also served as an officer for the New York Association of Educational Secretaries for over a decade.
Posted here on Saturday, September 18, 2021.

Edward Allen Wight, 80, of Queensbury, passed on Monday, September 13, 2021. Ed was born August 16, 1941 in Amsterdam, NY, and graduated from Wells Central School and Buffalo State College. Ed and his wife made their home in Long Lake, NY where he was an Industrial Arts Teacher at Long Lake Central School for 30 years. He wore many hats at LLCS including Driver's Ed Teacher, soccer coach, bus driver and Assistant Principal. Ed was a vital part of St. Henry's Parish in Long Lake. He was ordained as a Roman Catholic Deacon in 1983 and served as the Parish Administrator of St. Henry's as part of his ministry. He also operated various businesses including Northern Delight ice cream and fast food shop in Long Lake. When he retired from teaching, he moved to Bath, NY where he ran a consignment business and sold many one of a kind creations featuring his wood crafts. He moved to Queensbury, NY in 2014.
Posted here on Thursday, September 16, 2021.

June McLeod of Naples, FL died March 12, 2021, a day before her 93rd birthday. June was born in Brooklyn, NY on March 13, 1928. She grew up in North Babylon, NY and graduated from North Babylon High School in 1945. In 1961, she and her family pulled up stakes and moved from the Long Island suburbs (Levittown) and settled on 60 acres of land in Bolton Landing, NY. While there, they gardened, raised chickens and pigs and rented out cabins in the summer. Many friends and families came and stayed at the cabins, many are still friends to this day. In addition to the upkeep of the cabins in the summer, June worked at the Country Store and later the Chamber of Commerce. While school was in session, June was a teacher's aide at Bolton Central School, a position she cherished.
Posted here on Thursday, September 16, 2021.

Budmond Steed Frye, 90, passed away on August 24, 2021. Bud was born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, on April 4, 1931. Bud served in Korea from 1951 to 1955 on the USS Menard attaining his final rank of Aerographer's Mate Petty Officer 1st Class. Bud spent much of his career teaching life sciences at Shaker High School in the North colony District, but he finished his career at Knox Junior High in Johnstown. Bud was a consummate educator who loved being in the classroom but who was also involved in many extracurricular activities that supported his colleagues as well as his students. Long after his retirement in ­­­1991, he enjoyed maintaining relationships with his many former students.
Posted here on Wednesday, September 15, 2021.

Margaret Elizabeth "Peg" Carpenter, 78, of Ballston Spa, formerly of Queensbury, passed away Thursday, September 9, 2021. Following graduation from Ticonderoga High School, she entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondolet, Ogdensburg, where she earned her Teaching Degree. She taught in the diocese for 13 years. When she left the Sisters of St. Joseph, she taught in Whitehall for four years, then took a position as a high school Mathematics Teacher at Queensbury High School. Teaching students math, especially Calculus, was her passion until she retired. Peg was also a lover of music. While in Ogdensburg, she sang in a chorus and played trombone in an ensemble that performed to raise funds for those in need.
Posted here on Wednesday, September 15, 2021.

Helen L. De Vere, 92, formerly of Scotia passed away September 12, 2021. Born December 9, 1928 in Oneonta, NY, she graduated from Bethlehem Central High School in Delmar, NY. She was a 1950 graduate of Keuka College, receiving her BA in Sociology. Following graduation, Helen worked as a Social Worker for NYS Department of Mental Hygiene. Later in life she returned to the workforce as a Teacher Assistant for Scotia-Glenville School District. She retired after 15 years and moved to Murrell's Inlet, SC in 1989.
Posted here on Tuesday, September 14, 2021.

Hugh Kent Bellen, 86, of Syracuse, passed August 28, 2021. Hugh was born in Mayfield, NY, on March 14, 1935. He graduated from Mayfield High School, Class of 1952. Hugh was a graduate of R.I.T., SUNY Oswego, and received his Masters of Education from the University of Florida. At the time of his retirement, he had over 35 years of service with Onondaga Community College in the Counseling Department. Hugh joined the Air National Guard in 1957. In 1961, his unit, the 109th Air Transport Group, was activated for the Berlin Crisis. He proudly served 38 years with the Airforce Air National Guard, retiring as a Master Sergeant.
Posted here on Monday, September 13, 2021.

Eulalie Climer Kindt, 102 of Ballston Spa, N.Y., died in Ithaca, N.Y. on September 8, 2021. Eulalie was born on April 18, 1919, in Hillsboro, Texas. She graduated Magna cum Laude from the College of St. Rose and was a teacher at Latham Ridge School in North Colonie. In retirement, her activities included creating and arranging music for the mountain dulcimer and she was a founding member of the Dulcimer Association of Albany. She was also an ESL tutor with Literacy Volunteers, assisted by her husband Henry.
Posted here on Monday, September 13, 2021.

Lucy Masoomian Durr of Buchanan, NY (Buchanan is a village located in the town of Cortlandt in Westchester County) died on September 9, 2021. She was 86. Born in New York City on October 27, 1934, Lucy attended Hunter College High School, and earned an undergraduate degree from Cortland State Teachers' College. Lucy was a long-serving teacher for the Hendrick Hudson School District in Westchester County. Living life to the fullest to Lucy meant connecting with people: retired teachers' lunches, Words with Friends, German friends' lunches, and extended family holidays.
Posted here on Saturday, September 11, 2021.

Mary G. Maciuk, 89, of Cohoes, entered into eternal life on Wednesday, September 8, 2021. Mary was educated in Cohoes schools and earned her bachelor's degree from the University at Albany and her master's degree in teaching from The College of Saint Rose. She worked as a special education teacher for 27 years with the Cohoes City School District at Van Schaick Elementary School and at Harmony Hill School until retiring in 1988.
Posted here on Thursday, September 9, 2021.

Ronald Lohmann, 78 of Newfield, N.Y., passed away on Sunday, September 5, 2021. He was born in Copenhagen, Denmark on October 8, 1942 and moved from Copenhagen to the United States when he was 26 years old. He worked in various retail stores including W.T. Grant and Grand Jewels, as buyer or manager for many years. He was a printer and manager for W.L. Coughtry, Inc. in Albany for 25 years before it sold. Ron then became a school bus aide at Mohonasen Central School, retiring in 2016.
Posted here on Thursday, September 9, 2021.

Grace DeMarco, 77, passed away Monday, September 6, 2021 in Albany. Grace was born in Glasgow, Scotland and came to the United States with her parents in 1948. Grace provided daycare to many friends and family treating her "babysitting kids" as if they were her own, keeping track of their accomplishments well into adulthood. Once the last babysitting kid started kindergarten, Grace returned to the work force as a teacher's aide and monitor for the Scotia – Glenville School District. Affectionately known as Mrs. D she felt a great responsibility for the students and staff in each of the buildings she worked. She retired in January 2021.
Posted here on Thursday, September 9, 2021.

John C. Cucinotta passed peacefully on September 3, 2021. He was born on May 24, 1932 in Mt. Morris, NY. Early in his career, John was a dedicated teacher at Attica, Livonia and Mt. Morris. In his later years, he was an operating engineer with the Local 832 Union of Operating Engineers. Upon his retirement, he spent winters in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Posted here on Thursday, September 9, 2021.

Rosemary Margaret Myers of Albany passed away September 2, 2021, in Jupiter, Florida.She was born on August 22, 1937, in Colonie and received bachelor's degree and master's degree in education from The College of Saint Rose. She taught second and third grades at Schools 6 and 9 in Albany until she embraced the more challenging career of being a stay-at-home mom. She became a substitute teacher when she was ready to go back to work, and, after a few years, took a position at Elsmere Elementary School. After most of her life in the Capital District, she spent the last few years in New Hampshire and Florida to be near her daughters.
Posted here on Thursday, September 9, 2021.

Andrejko, Joan (Kopcza) of Latham died September 7, 2021. A graduate of Cohoes High School and Albany State, Joan taught social studies at Cohoes Middle School for over 25 years. Joan was a Teacher of the Year of Cohoes, a recipient of the Capital District Social Studies Neidelberger Award, New York State Elementary Social Studies Teacher of the Year, and a New York State Teacher of the Year finalist. Within her cherished city of Cohoes, Joan served on the Cohoes Library Board of Directors, the Character Ed Board, and the C.H.S. Alumni board. Joan volunteered with the Cohoes Senior Center, the Cohoes Music Hall, the Capital Reparatory Theatre, Proctors Theater in Schenectady, and the City of Albany at many Tulip Queen receptions and Times Union Arena sporting events. She was very active on the Board of Retiree Council 10 of NYSUT as a longtime member of its Travel/Social Committee, organizing luncheons and other events.
Posted here on Thursday, September 9, 2021.

Lawrence "Larry" DeLaurie, 88, died Thursday, September 2, 2021. He was born on June 5, 1933 in Gloversville, NY. After graduating high school, he was offered an opportunity to sign with a pro baseball team, instead he joined General Electric in their drafting program. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1952 to 1956. He received his bachelor's degree from Brockport State University. Larry's passion was teaching high school math, coaching baseball, football, both boys' and girls' basketball at Ballston Spa High School. He was also the Dean of Discipline.
Posted here on Wednesday, September 8, 2021.

Please have a special thought for the families and friends of the 15 Miami-Dade County Public School Staff Members who died of COVID-19 in just 10 days recently in Florida. One was a teacher who had 30 years of service.
Posted here on Tuesday, September 7, 2021.

Sandra Weishaus Hoch passed away on September 5, 2021 in White Plains, NY. Sandra was a retired teacher at Seely Place Elementary School, Edgemont, Westchester County, NY and former owner of Camp Watitoh, Becket, MA.
Posted here on Tuesday, September 7, 2021.

Sheila A. White, 67, of Brewerton, passed away Friday, September 3, 2021. Sheila was born in Massena, New York on August 24, 1954. She was an adored teacher for many years at Phoenix Central Schools in Phoenix, NY.
Posted here on Tuesday, September 7, 2021.

John Willard Ainsworth, 81 of Glenmont, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on August 30, 2021. He attended Houghton College graduating in 1962 and thereafter, volunteered with the Peace Corps for two years teaching English in the Ivory Coast. Upon returning to the States, he taught at Hudson Valley Community College while obtaining his master's degree from The College of Saint Rose. He then spent over 25 years teaching biology and chemistry in the Hudson City School District. He loved sailing his Sunfish and Gemini on Lake Pleasant, taking canoe trips with family and friends, hiking in the Adirondacks and elsewhere, cross-country skiing and traveling to some of the most beautiful places both in the U.S. and abroad. John built his own light weight canoe long before that was commonplace. His canoe, a source of pride, still hangs in the garage.
Posted here on Monday, September 5, 2021.

Ilona M. Muhlich, of Slingerlands, passed away August 31, 2021, at the age of 79. Earning her B.A. from the University of New Hampshire, she went on to receive her Master of Education from SUNY Albany. A 30-year career in teaching English followed, starting in Glens Falls and ending at Columbia High School in East Greenbush, in 1997. Ilona's biggest passion was reading. Taking weekly trips to the library, or ordering online, there would always be a few books next to her favorite reading chair. She was also an active member of her community, spearheading the effort to get the Slingerlands Historic District listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2012.
Posted here on Monday, September 6, 2021.

Karen Elizabeth Scholl, 67, passed away peacefully on August 26, 2021. Born and raised in North Syracuse, New York, Karen was nurtured in a family of public educators and developed a lifelong commitment to meeting the diverse needs of children. After receiving degrees from Cornell University and Lesley University, Karen began her career as a special education teacher in the North Syracuse Central School District. From there, she was drawn to serve individuals with visual impairments at the NYS Commission for the Blind, followed by a long tenure as a Regional Associate with the NYS Education Department.
Posted here on Sunday, September 5, 2021.

Susan Lynn (Davis) Hart, 76, of Delmar, passed away September 3, 2021. Born in Akron, Ohio on May 22, 1945, Susie's bachelor's degree in biology and master's degree in education led to a short career as a high school biology teacher, abandoned in favor of a focus on home and family. Her love of nature and travel took her and the family to many parts of our beautiful nation and the world.
Posted here on Sunday, September 5, 2021.

Joy Ann Blood, 78 of Waterford, passed away Friday September 3, 2021. Born in Troy, she was a 1960 graduate of Lansingburgh High School and had received degrees from both H.V.C.C. and Siena College. Joy was employed as a teacher's aide at Waterford Halfmoon School and had also volunteered in the Special Needs Program at the school. She enjoyed crocheting and gallivanting with her friends, but her most precious time was spent with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Posted here on Sunday, September 5, 2021.

Ellen L. McKeon, 73 of Albany, passed away on Thursday, September 2, 2021. Ellen was born and raised in Albany and was a graduate of St. Teresa of Avila School, Vincentian Institute, and The College of Saint Rose. She also earned master's degrees at both SUNY Oswego and Keene State in New Hampshire. Ellen lived for many years in South Cairo, and was a teacher in the Catskill Central School District. She moved back to Albany in retirement, and was a member of the National Historic Site dedicated to Thomas Cole, the founder of the Hudson River School of painting, the nation's first major art movement, where she volunteered as a docent.
Posted here on Saturday, September 4, 2021.

Edward J Freedman, 79, of Frankfort passed away Monday, August 30, 2021. He graduated from Cortland State University and  Oneonta State Teachers College. Ed was a Math and Social Studies Teacher for Proctor High School in the Utica School System for many years until his retirement in 1995. He was an expert Skeet Shooter and shot in several tournaments throughout the country receiving many awards and even shot at the World Shoot in Texas every year.
Posted here on Friday, September 3, 2021.

Susan Cinella Pupovac was born in Troy, New York on January 23, 1947 and passed away September 1, 2021. Susan taught in Mechanicville, Ballston Spa and Clifton Park. The epitome of kindness, she exuded warmth and radiated tenderness. She wore a permanent smile that could brighten even the darkest of rooms. You may not have known her, but she made your life a little better even after the briefest of encounters.
Posted here on Friday, September 3, 2021.

Marian E. Koch, 86, a lifelong South Bethlehem resident, died on Monday, August 23, 2021. Marian was born in South Bethlehem on September 16, 1934. She was a graduate of the N.Y.S. Teachers College and The College of Saint Rose in Albany and taught at the Albertus W. Becker Elementary School in Selkirk for 31 years. Marian dedicated her life to her students and to being the caretaker of the family farm, a duty that she cherished through her retirement and until her final days.
Posted here Friday, September 3, 2021.

Sheila Alfasso, 85, of Clifton Park, New York, died on Sunday August 29, 2021. Sheila was born in Brooklyn, NY and had been a Capital District resident since 1968. She was a dedicated 4th grade teacher in the Roessleville School System in Colonie and later in the Shenendehowa School System. Sheila will long be remembered by her students and their parents for her exceptional teaching skills.
Posted here Friday, September 3, 2021.

Patricia Matilda Wistort (Killoran), 85, of Colonie, passed away August 27, 2021. Pat was a long-time resident of Bedford Hills, NY and was an elementary school teacher and reading specialist for the Bedford Central School District for many years. Pat retired from teaching, and she spent many happy years living with her husband in Canaan, NY until his death in 2017.
Posted here Friday, September 3, 2021.

Joseph William McDowell, 88, of Chestertown, died Sunday, August 22, 2021. He was born March 30, 1933 in Elizabethtown. Joe received his Master's Degree in Teaching and was a Science Teacher at Horicon Central School and retired from North Warren Central School. Joe was a Camp Counselor at Joslin Diabetes Camp in Charlton, MA for many years, having diabetes himself at a young age. Joe enjoyed traveling and fishing with his wife.
Posted here on Saturday, August 28, 2021.

Beverly Kaye Petteys, 64, of Gansevoort, passed away Sunday, August 22, 2021. Born on August 21, 1957 in Sidney, NY, she grew up on a farm in Masonville, NY. She received an Associate in Applied Science from Tompkins Cortland Community College, a Bachelor of Science in Vocational-Technical Education from SUNY Oswego, and a Master of Science in Special Education from The College of Saint Rose. Bev enjoyed a longtime career as a teacher at South Glens Falls, Schuylerville, and Greenwich School Districts, BOCES, and Tryon Residential Center. She enjoyed golfing, book club and reading, volunteering for church and hospice, and spending time with family, especially her grandchildren.
Posted here on Thursday, August 26, 2021.

Judith R. Staffo, 80, of Benton, AR and formerly of Ilion, passed away on Sunday, August 22, 2021. She was born on January 5, 1941, in Fort Plain, was educated in St. Johnsville schools and received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from SUNY Oneonta and her Master of Education Degree in Reading from SUNY Cortland. A lifelong educator, she taught elementary and high school in both Central New York and Chicago, IL schools for 32 years, with 22 of those years in the Mohawk Central School District.
Posted here on Thursday, August 26, 2021.

Katharine K. Dannenberg, 91 of Niskayuna, made her transition to the next life on Saturday, August 21, 2021. Katharine was born in Utica on July 20, 1930, was a graduate of Nottingham High School in Syracuse and went on to earn her Bachelor of Arts degree from Elmira College. Katharine began her teaching career at St. Anthony's School in Washington, D.C. and continued teaching at the public elementary level in Utica, Saquoit, and Schenectady. Her experiences also included teaching adults in Americanization courses in order to gain citizenship. Katharine also taught English as a second language for children in the Schenectady School District and ultimately retired from Paige School.
Posted here on Wednesday, August 25, 2021.

Robert E. "Bob" Luskin, 91, a lifelong resident of Pittstown, died Saturday, August 21, 2021. Born in Boyntonville, May 17, 1930, Bob attended the Southwest Hoosick District School. He began working at the age of 12 at area farms in both Potter Hill and Hoosick. As an adult, he worked for 15 years at the former Behr-Manning Company in Watervliet as a production worker before purchasing his own farm in Pittstown, The Big Oakview Farm. In addition to operating the farm, he worked as a school bus driver for over 25 years for the Hoosic Valley Central School District, retiring in 1992.

Twitty Junius Styles, Ph.D., 94, of Clifton Park, passed away August 19, 2021. He graduated in 1944 from the Robert Russa Moton, Jr., High School (a public school for people of color) in Farmville, Virginia, attended Virginia Union University and later returned to the Moton school to teach science. He then served in the U.S. Army as a microbiologist stationed in Tokyo, Japan, studying parasitic diseases that were infecting U.S. troops during the Korean War. He taught biology at Union college from 1965 through 1997, when he retired as professor emeritus. The Meritorious Service Award at Union College, the New York State Senate Korean Veterans Award, the Capital District Lifetime Achievement Award, the Capital District National Pan Hellenic Award, the Jesse Ball DuPont Fellowship, and five medals for military service are among the many recognitions he received during his life. 

Teresa Ann Fugazzi, 76, of Rexford, passed on August 18, 2021. Born in New York City, she was a graduate of St. John's University and NYU, obtaining a master's degree in education. She taught mathematics for two years in New York City and then for 30 years at Shenendehowa School district.
Posted here on Monday, August 23, 2021.

Sharon A. Chittenden, 70, of Whitehall, passed away on Saturday, August 14, 2021. She was born on July 13, 1951 in Glens Falls and was a graduate of Whitehall Central School, "Class of 1970." Sharon was employed as a bus driver for the Whitehall Central School District, retiring in 2017 after 36 years of service to the district. Sharon was a fun-loving person with a great laugh. She was a people person for sure. For the longest time, on Halloween, Sharon would dress up as a Witch and over the school bus radio she'd send out a witch call for all the children to hear. She enjoyed getting the kids to laugh.
Posted here on Sunday, August 22, 2021.

Laura Ceruzzi of Rye passed away on August 17, 2021, at age 60. She was born in the Bronx on March 16, 1961 and worked for many years in the cafeteria in the Lakeland School District in Westchester County where she made many friends among her colleagues. She is fondly remembered as a joyful woman with an amazing sense of humor. Laura was an avid reader and enjoyed browsing the aisles of Barnes & Noble in her free time. She looked forward to her annual trips with her Mom and sister to Seaside, NJ, as she loved her time at the beach.
Posted here Sunday, August 22, 2021.

Mary Fedory Bolles, 77, of Rensselaer, passed away Sunday, August 15, 2021. She was a graduate of Colonie High School and received both a bachelor's degree and master's degree from the University of Albany. In her early years she worked as an English teacher. By the world's standards, her life was simple and perhaps unremarkable. But her impact on this world was anything but small. She was a PTA mother, an ESL tutor, visited shut-ins, taught at an afterschool program, worked regularly at the Capital City Rescue mission, taught Bible studies through her church, and mentored countless women; just to name a few things. Perhaps her greatest sacrifice though, was giving up her retirement years to come alongside her widowed daughter to raise two of her toddler grandchildren.
Posted here August 19, 2021.

Joseph A. Donovan, 79, of Delmar, entered Eternal Life Friday, August 13, 2021. Born in Troy, he graduated from both LaSalle Institute in Troy and Holy Cross College. He was a longtime School Psychologist in the Schenectady Public School System. Joe enjoyed bridge, playing tennis often, movies, crossword puzzles, reading and discussions, and singing in the CCV Choir and the Town of Bethlehem Choir.
Posted here August 19, 2021.

Jean Elizabeth Potter, 93, passed away August 14, 2021 in Feeding Hills, MA. Jean worked at Big Cross Street School in Glens Falls, NY for 25 years, first as a teacher's aide, later as the much-loved School Secretary. Whenever she was out in the community, former students would come up to say "hi" to Mrs. Potter. She loved her adopted hometown of Glens Falls, and all the Adirondacks had to offer. After retirement, she focused on her family genealogy research, and acted as a Docent at the Chapman Museum in Glens Falls.
Posted here on Tuesday, August 17, 2021.

Anthony R. "Coach" Drago, 94, of Liverpool, passed away Saturday, August 14, 2021. He was born in Angola, NY. Anthony served as a corporal in the Marines and worked for many dedicated years as a physical education teacher in the Liverpool Central School District, namely at Chestnut Hill Elementary. His love of teaching and caring for children extended past school; he coached JV baseball and established and ran the Teen Club for several years.
Posted here on Tuesday, August 17, 2021.

On Wednesday, August 11, 2021, Michael J. Pauldine passed away at the age of 45 after a battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease). Michael was a dedicated teacher in the Baldwinsville Central School District where he taught mathematics for more than 20 years. He was passionate about education and devoted to instilling a love of learning in his students. He was also an avid baseball fan and enthusiastic traveler. He was known for his sense of humor and compassionate spirit.
Posted here on Tuesday, August 17, 2021.

Peter Joseph Quinn III, 82, died August 14, 2021. Peter was born May 30, 1939 in Gloversville, New York. Following his graduation from Gloversville High School, Peter joined the Navy where he admirably served our Country for the next four years. During his time in service, Peter was stationed on a refueling ship for the Cuban Blockade during the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962. Upon a most honorable discharge from the Navy, Peter returned home and continued his studies majoring in IT at Hudson Valley Community College. Peter then began his new career with Unisys where he remained for 30 years until his retirement. Peter next worked as a school bus driver for the Ballston Spa School District for the next 23 years.
Posted here on Tuesday, August 17, 2021.

Wilford C. Hutchinson, 75, of Hague, NY, died Friday, August 13, 2021. Wilford was born on October 11, 1945 in Ticonderoga. Will earned his Bachelor's Degree in Education at Houghton College, and his Master's Degree at SUNY Plattsburgh. Will grew up and lived in Hague his whole life and was a deeply embedded member of his local and church communities. As a teacher and educator of 30+ years for the Hague and Ticonderoga School Districts, Will impacted generations of students even beyond his retirement in 1999. His passion was in media through TiTV, where he taught video editing and production 1999-2006.
Posted here on Tuesday, August 17, 2021.

John G. Grim, 85, of Syracuse, passed away Friday, August 13, 2021. A graduate of Southside High School in Elmira, he also received a bachelor's degree from SUNY Oswego and a master's degree from Canisius College. He was an Army veteran of the Korean Conflict and served in the Security Agency. John worked within the education system for over 30 years. He held several different roles, including teacher, guidance counselor, assistant principal, business manager and retired in 1991 as business administrator.
Posted here on Sunday, August 15, 2021.

Walter S. Wright, Jr., 89, of Warrensburg passed away Monday, August 9, 2021. Walter graduated from Cornell and went on to Syracuse University earning his Master's Degree. His teaching career included teaching 6th grade math at Warrensburg Central School before working for BOCES as a teacher until his retirement. Walter loved horses. He owned horses most of his life and continued to ride well into his eighties. He was a talented musician who could play guitar, banjo, piano, violin, and harmonica as well as sing.
Posted here on Sunday, August 15, 2021.

Beverly A. Walliski, 79, of Camillus, passed away Tuesday, August 10, 2021. A lifetime resident of the Syracuse area, she graduated from Sacred Heart Academy High School and received her bachelor's degree from SUNY Oswego. Beverly was a teacher in the West Genesee School District for 29 years where she loved and cared for her students as her own, retiring in 2002.
Posted here on Sunday, August 15, 2021.

Gerald S. Ploughman, of St. Petersburg, FL and formerly of Williamsville, NY, passed away July 20, 2021. Gerald was the former owner of Kenmore Heating Company for 30 years and was a school bus driver for the Williamsville School District.
Posted here on Sunday, August 15, 2021.

Jo Ann M. Nolan, 94, of Colonie, passed away August 8, 2021. She was born in Schenectady on January 4, 1927. Jo Ann graduated from The College of Saint Rose and earned a master's degree from New York State Teacher's College in Albany. She taught junior and senior high school English, raised eight children and retired from Marine Midland Bank.
Posted here on Sunday, August 15, 2021.

Helen Regina Phelan Howe of DeFreestville died August 11, 2021. She lived 90 full years starting her life in Albany on September 28, 1930. Raised in Rensselaer, she earned her B.A. from the College of New Rochelle in 1952, and her Ms.Ed. from Russell Sage College. She taught elementary education for the Albany School district for 25 years where she made a positive impact on the lives of countless children, and she made many lifelong friends. She also worked as a tax preparer for H&R Block from 1987 through 2020. She continued to work on tax forms for family and friends until quite recently. She was especially proud of being a docent with the Albany Institute of History and Art, and she also volunteered at the North Greenbush Public Library and her church.
Posted here Saturday, August 14, 2021.

Andrew Carlton "Dew" Butler, 96, passed away Wednesday, August 11, 2021. He was a life long resident of Granby, NY. Dew was a proud U.S. Navy Veteran who served his country during WWII. He ran the Green & White Diner in Fulton between the late 1950's and early 1970's and so enjoyed his local patrons. Reminiscing about the 'dizzy block' in Fulton was one of his favorite things to do. He retired from the Holiday Inn in Syracuse as the head chef in 1985. He then decided to try something new and took up school bus driving, for fun! The kiddos loved him! He then learned how to run local drivers thru the carwash. That was a hoot. Everyone loved him.
Posted here on Friday, August 13, 2021.

Grove W. Havener, Jr., 69, of Oneida, former Jamesville-DeWitt High School teacher, passed away on August 11, 2021.
Posted here on Thursday, August 12, 2021.

Nancy Bainbridge White, 75, of Voorheesville, passed away Tuesday, August 10, 2021. Born on March 4, 1946, in Troy, she grew up in Latham and graduated from Shaker High School. As an elementary education teacher, she taught in Vestal Central School District and returned to the area to substitute teach at Voorheesville Central School District for eight years. She also coordinated the preschool program at the First United Methodist Church in Voorheesville. In addition, she taught at Maria College Campus School. Nancy finished her teaching career at Albany Academy for Girls, where she spent 23 years before retiring in 2008.
Posted here on Thursday, August 12, 2021.

Eric O. Egan, of Queensbury, and formerly of Warrensburg, died August 8, 2021. Born February 24, 1946 in Horicon, Eric enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1966, and that year deployed to Vietnam. Eric graduated from SUNY Oswego in 1974 with a Bachelor's Degree in Teaching. Soon after, Eric re-enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he served for another 18 years, during which he was posted at multiple military installations. He served as Headquarters Commandant at Fort Drum in upstate New York. Ultimately, he obtained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Eric taught Industrial Arts at South Glens Falls Central School District, and retired in 2009 after teaching Driver's Education for 17 years at Warrensburg Central School District. Following his retirement from teaching, Eric taught as an Adjunct Professor at SUNY Adirondack.
Posted here Wednesday, August 11, 2021.

Margot "Margo" Scott, 90, of Castleton, passed away Friday, August 6, 2021. Margot was born in Albany. After deciding at an early age that she wanted to become a teacher, she followed her dream for 33 years while teaching fourth grade at Green Meadow Elementary School in the East Greenbush School District before retiring in 1986. Besides being an active member of her church, Margot was an avid crafter, enjoying using her fancy sewing machine for many different projects. She was also a collector of all things involving mice and teddy bears.
Posted here Wednesday, August 11, 2021.

Joan M. Sweeney, 83, of Round Lake, died Thursday, August 5, 2021. Born in Troy on June 4, 1938, Joan had been a school bus driver for over 30 years with the Shenendehowa School System. She had also previously worked at the Watervliet Arsenal and W T Grants in Mechanicville.
Posted here Wednesday, August 11, 2021.

Agnes M. Hartigan, 85, of Binghamton passed away August 2, 2021. Agnes retired from the Union-Endicott Central School District as a Physical Education Teacher. After retirement, she became a docent at the Ross Park Zoo where she continued her love of teaching. Her love of travel took her all over the world. She will be dearly missed.
Posted here August 9, 2021.

John J. Bosack of Mahopac, N.Y. passed away on August 6, 2021 at the age of 83. He was born on March 18, 1938 in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. John attended Yale University on a full merit scholarship, graduating summa cum laude in 1960 and receiving the prestigious Seymour Prize. He received another full scholarship to attend graduate school at Harvard University, earning his master's degree in education from Harvard in 1962. John spent his entire 34-year career teaching English at Fox Lane High School in Bedford, N.Y., and served for many years as Chairman of the English Department and as President of the Bedford Teachers' Union. John was a dedicated teacher, known for his wit and insight, and he advocated for the faculty as well as for the students and the community. John retired in 1996.
Posted here August 9, 2021.

William Arthur "Bill" Rice, 92, of Eden, NY, passed away in Austin, TX, on July 2, 2021. He entered the United States Air Force in 1951. While serving in the military, as an aircraft mechanic, he was stationed in Ohio, Japan, Korea and Texas. In 1957, Bill began attending the State University of New York College for Teachers. In 1961, he began teaching at Eden Central School District as an Industrial Arts Teacher until his retirement in 1992. As an educator and volunteer fireman, Mr. Rice touched and influenced so many lives in Eden. In 2009, Bill was honored for 60 years of active service in the Eden Volunteer Fire Department, and at that time was the longest serving active firefighter in Erie County.
Posted here August 8, 2021.

Harold J. Crandon, 78, of Baldwinsville NY, passed away August 5th, 2021. Harold was a graduate of Baldwinsville High School. He was first and foremost a dairy farmer on the family dairy farm in Warners, NY. He drove a school bus for Baldwinsville Schools, sat on the Town of Van Buren's Planning Board and the Board of Directors for the Baldwinsville Co-op, and served several positions in NYS Farm Bureau and the Grange. Harold was also active in 4H, Young Farmers & Ranchers, the ASCS Board, and the NYS Agricultural Assessment Program.
Posted here on Sunday, August 8, 2021.

Richmond, Va. -  Mary Evelyn (Fox) Whitney, formerly of Delmar, departed this life on July 30, 2021. Mary grew up in Lansingburgh and received a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts, both in history, from The College of Saint Rose in Albany. During her career in education, she touched the lives of many students and teachers. Mary's teaching career began in Greenwich and Smithtown, N.Y., where she taught junior high school social studies. Subsequently, she joined the New York State Department of Education as a teacher certification specialist. She progressed in leadership to become coordinator of the regional certification offices.
Posted here August 7, 2021.

Ellen Mary (Snyder) Burt, of Valatie, passed away August 3, 2021, at the age of 78. Ellen was born on January 12, 1943 in Herkimer, N.Y. She received her degree in elementary education from Potsdam College in 1965 and taught at Ichabod Crane Central School in Valatie for over 25 years. As a teacher, Ellen inspired countless students with her good humor and dedication to learning. For over 20 years, Ellen organized a golf league for fellow teachers and friends. The "Loose League" was established as a place to play golf for the fun of it. It also featured one of Ellen's favorite activities: dining out and socializing.
Posted here August 7, 2021.

Marion DeWitt aka "Butterball" of San Mateo, Calif. peacefully entered into her eternal home on July 13, 2021. Marion was born on March 18, 1947, in Harlem and her moved to Albany, where she graduated from Philip Schuyler High School. This was where Marion's passion and love for music emerged. Marion attended The College of Saint Rose, majoring in music with a concentration in voice. She was a versatile performer, mastering several genres of music. After graduating from college, Marion matriculated into the State University of New York at Albany guidance counseling program. Marion worked for the Albany and Troy School districts for over 30 years. At the beginning of her career, Marion was the only counselor for several schools.
Posted here August 7, 2021.

Clifford C. Hughes Jr., 84 of Troy passed away Monday, August 2, 2021. Born in Catskill, he was a 1954 graduate of Waterford High School, received his bachelor's degree in physical education from Cortland State College and his master's degree from North Adams State College. He was a guidance counselor for 26 years and retired in 1990. Prior to that he was a physical education teacher and coach at Germantown Schools, coached basketball and tennis at Troy High School and coached Siena's golf team for eight years.
Posted here August 4, 2021.

Ronald E. Reuter of Delmar passed away August 1, 2021, having recently reached his 74th birthday. He grew up in Athens, N.Y. He graduated from Siena in 1970, and went on to earn his M.A. education from The College of Saint Rose. His first teaching experience was at St. Mary's in Hudson before joining Vincentian Institute in Albany, working there from 1971-1976. In October 1975, Ron's career in education continued at Tamarac High School in Brittonkill Central School District which spanned from 1976, until 2009, when he retired. He had a love affair with American history, and taught this in addition to sociology, participation in government, economics and was the varsity baseball coach for several years.
Posted here August 4, 2021.

Timothy B. Roberts, 68 of Loundonville, entered into eternal peace on July 31, 2021. Born in Schenectady, Tim was a proud graduate of Bishop Gibbons High School, the College of Saint Rose and the University of Virginia. Tim served as a guidance counselor for over 30 years in the Shenendehowa Central School District. He especially enjoyed singing, driving around, in his little red miata with the top down, and spending time with those he loved.
Posted here August 4, 2021.

Bruce Flagler Simmons, 78, of Accord, NY, passed away on July 27, 2021. He earned his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Houghton College and Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from Indiana University. Bruce worked first as a middle school choir director in Warwick, NY and then in Bloomington, IN. In 1981, he moved with his family to Saudi Arabia to become the middle school choral teacher for the Saudi ARAMCO school system. He returned to the U.S. in 1989 and was the choral music teacher at Beacon High School during the 1990's. In 2000, Bruce retired from teaching and became a school bus driver for the Marlboro and Rondout School Districts. While living at Benmarl Winery in Marlboro, NY (then owned by Bruce's mother and her husband), Bruce developed a passionate 20-year hobby of restoring antique tractors, showing them at farm events throughout the region.
Posted here August 3, 2021.

Marion R. Higgins, 95, of Mechanicville, died Friday morning, July 30, 2021. A native and lifelong Mechanicville resident, born September 21, 1925, she was a homemaker, affectionately called "Meme" by her grandchildren. Years ago, she had worked at the local school district cafeteria for several years. An avid reader, Marion's life revolved around her kids and grandkids, always there as a constant source of family values, and lastly, a Boston Red Sox fan!
Posted here August 2, 2021.

Joseph M. Kelly, 81 of East Greenbush, passed away Thursday, July 29, 2021. Joseph was born in Albany. He was retired from the Local 7 Plumbers and Steamfitters after many years of service. He also was an East Greenbush school bus driver until full retirement with the love of his life. Joseph enjoyed playing golf with his friends and family but his most important accomplishment was the love of his wife, children and grandchildren.
Posted here August 2, 2021.

Keith Herbert Springer, 92, of Zephyrhills, Florida, passed away on July 12, 2021. He was born in Danforth, Maine in 1928. He was a graduate of Gorham State Teachers College and SUNY Albany and enjoyed a long career teaching Social Studies in the South Colonie School District in New York State.  Not only an avid reader and student of history and baseball, he also loved to travel. In his retirement years, he lived in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and Wilmington, North Carolina, before settling in Florida.
Posted here August 2, 2021.

Marylisa Rice, 67, of Latham, passed away on Friday, July 30, 2021. Born in Albany, on August 26, 1953, she attended Shaker High School, class of 1971, Russell Sage College, class of 1975, and received her Master's Degree from University at Albany in 1977. Marylisa worked as a devoted school teacher for over 30 years at Latham Ridge School in the North Colonie School District. She will always be remembered for her love of dinner dates and dancing as well as travel, interior design, and fashion, especially during her time modeling as a child and young woman. 
Posted here August 2, 2021.

George Freeman, a much respected retired physical education teacher and coach in the South Colonie School District, passed away shortly before July 24, 2021.
Posted here August 1, 2021.

Marcia R. Liebundguth Popolizio, 78, a resident of Plainfield, IL, formerly of Naperville, IL, passed away on December 23, 2020 in Oswego, IL. She was born December 19, 1942 in Schenectady, NY. Marcia grew up in Schenectady, New York and graduated valedictorian from Colonie Central High School. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Teaching from SUNY at Albany. After graduation, Marcia taught middle school English in Burnt Hills/Ballston Lake until she married in 1967 and moved to Illinois. From 1975 until her retirement in 2002, Marcia taught high school English and Special Education for West Aurora School District 129 in Aurora, Illinois.
Posted here August 1, 2021.

Lawrence H. Daly, of Guilderland, passed away in the twilight of his 90th year July 21, 2021. Larry attended a primitive one-room school with siblings and cousins as classmates and their Aunt Maggie the only teacher for all grades. After graduating from Hudson Falls High School, Larry earned a Bachelor's Degree and Master's Degree from UAlbany and then completed a PhD in Inorganic/Analytical Chemistry at RPI. He returned to UAlbany to teach chemistry for the next 50 years as the small college evolved into the university it is today. Larry looked forward to new freshmen every fall, advised almost every student going through the chemistry department, and was committed to their success. 

Ethel Garrick, 80, passed away on July 28, 2021. Ethel was born on May 14, 1941, in Wells, VT. Ethel was a beloved kindergarten teacher for 34 years in the Granville Central School System. She was a farmer's wife, baling hay and driving a tractor in the summer months. She loved her flower gardens and had gorgeous perennial beds. She was also a member of NYSUT, the Teacher's Association. Ethel loved decorating their home for every holiday making them all festive occasions. She kept track of all birthdays and never failed to acknowledge them.

Joseph W. (Slavin) Bogdanowicz, 83, of Albany, entered eternal life Monday, July 26, 2021. He graduated from Russell Sage College, and earned his masters in education from UAlbany. Joe served in the Spearhead Division of the U.S. Army. Joe retired from the Albany City School District after many years as a sixth grade teacher at School 16, and where he affectionately was known at "Mr. B" by all his students. Joe proudly served on the Albany Water Board under Mayor Jerry Jennings. He loved the City of Albany and often referred to Albany as "The Emerald City."

James Alan Spadinger, 79, of Clifton Park, passed away Friday, July 23, 2021. He was born on September 5, 1941, in Buffalo and was a graduate of Kenmore High School, class of 1959 (the last class before Kenmore split) and Cortland State University. During college he was a four year Red Dragon baseball pitcher. He was a proud Marine. He started his career as a science teacher at Monroe Woodbury and then taught physical education at Newburgh Free Academy. While there he coached football and basketball. He retired from the federal government as a personnel management specialist. As he would say, his best job was coaching golf at Monroe Woodbury because he played all the best golf courses.

Anne Marie "Nancy" Gaffney, 91, died July 26, 2021. Nancy was a graduate of the Convent School, Syracuse University, and Indiana University at Bloomington, IN. For 25 years Nancy worked as a Home and Careers teacher in the Baldwinsville School District. After retiring, she continued to share her warmth, kind smile, and generous nature with residents of Vera House North. In 2001 she received the Sr. Mary Vera Award to acknowledge her extraordinary volunteer efforts.

Colleen M. Ruggiero (Albert), 68, of Waterford, passed away on Friday, July 23, 2021. She was a 1971 graduate of Troy High School and from Keuka College in 1975. Colleen was a lifelong teacher who began her career in the Troy School District. She then served as the executive director of Ten Eyck Tykes Day Care Center in Albany, taught at Seton Child Care Center in Watervliet, and retired from Unity House in Troy. She was also proud of her catering work at Pitts and Pitts in Troy and the stained glass windows she made for Holmes and Watson in Troy which still flank the entrance of the bar (now McAddy's).

Thomas Edward Thomas, 74, of Mohawk, NY, passed away on Sunday, July 25, 2021. Tom was both a certified mathematics teacher and school administrator. He retired from the West Canada Valley Central School District after having taught for a total of 32 years over the course of his career as a public school teacher. Tom's dedication to education was such that even into retirement he continued as an instructor at Utica College. Students and colleagues alike always knew Tom to be kind and supportive. Any community member in need of assistance or guidance could count on Tom to put a smile on their face, a gift which will be truly missed by his family and friends.

Karen M. Upton Wrobel, 55, of Colonie, passed away Tuesday, July 20, 2021. Born in Albany, she was a graduate of Watervliet High School Class of 1984. She worked as a bus driver for the Averill Park Schools early in her career before moving on to become a teacher's assistant in the Special Education Department for Burnt Hills Ballston Lake School District. She loved art, music and was famous for her cooking, especially her soups.

JoAnn Mullen, 77 of Albany, passed away on Wednesday, July 21, 2021. JoAnn was born in Buffalo and was raised in Syracuse. JoAnn received her degree in education from Potsdam University. She spent the majority of her career as an elementary school teacher for the East Greenbush Central School District as a social studies teacher.

Lucille DeAngelis, 98, of Little Falls, went home to be with the Lord on Friday morning, July 23, 2021. Lucille was born in Utica, on December 11, 1922 and moved to Dolgeville as a child. She was a graduate of Dolgeville Central School Class of 1940 and later attended Herkimer County Community College. Lucille was last employed by the Little Falls Central School as a teacher's aide. She enjoyed assisting the children in the reading and math programs at the school.

Byron J. Robinson, 89, of Glenville, passed away on Friday, July 16, 2021. Born in Schenectady on July 25, 1931, Byron was raised and educated in the Capital Region and continued his education at SUNY Plattsburgh and earned his master's degree in education from Syracuse University. During the Korean War, Byron proudly served in the United States Army. Byron was a beloved teacher at Saddlewood Elementary School in the South Colonie School District until his retirement with 30 years of service.

Lawrence J. St. John Jr., 75, of Clifton Park, passed away June 28, 2021. Larry experienced life on many diverse levels as an artist/painter and had travelled down the East Coast exhibiting and selling his large, colorful abstract paintings. He also taught in the NYC public schools and went on to open San Giovanni's Gourmet food and catering business in The Hampton's, Long Island. Larry closed that business to return to the bucolic New York State Catskill mountain area surrounding The Ashokan Resevoir. Here, he returned to teaching art for a year and then 6th grade for the rest of his long career at Crispell Middle School in Pine Bush, NY. He was a team leader, respected and loved by his colleagues and his students.

Dolores R. Volk of Hyde Park entered eternal life with Our Lord, on July 16, 2021. Born in Richmond Hill (Queens), NY, November 30, 1930, Dolores attended Kings County School of Nursing graduating as an RN in June 1952. After practicing as a labor and delivery RN in her early years, she began her career as a school nurse teacher in the Hyde Park Central School District in the late 1960s, retiring in 1993. Dolores loved her work as a health teacher and advocate for children.

Grace G. Maxwell, 90, of Syracuse passed away MondayJuly 19, 2021. She was a life resident of Syracuse and graduated in 1952 from Oswego State. Grace was a first grade teacher for the Syracuse City School District for over 40 years until her retirement in 1991. She also volunteered at the Percy/Hughes School Library.

Hurst Landon Mitten passed June 12, 2021. Born in 1937 in Towanda, PA, Hurst grew up in Camptown, PA. He was a Science Teacher and Guidance Counselor in Whitney Point for 7 years and then moved to Endicott, NY were he was a Guidance Counselor at Union Endicott High School for 29 years until he retired in 1994. His passion in life was golf. He was a NY Championship Golf Coach for the UE High Golf Team for 22 years. He also worked on the B.C. Open PGA Tour Pro-Am committee for 25 years.

Catherine Felicia, 88, of Camillus, passed away Monday, July 19, 2021. Catherine was a dedicated retired cafeteria employee for West Genesee High School. Catherine enjoyed trips to Brennan Beach with her husband and granddaughter, going outside in her garden and planting her marigolds, singing with her family, and going dancing on Saturday night with her husband.

Beverly Wiegand Murdock, 79, of Frankfort, passed Tuesday, July 20, 2021. Beverly was educated in West Canada Valley Schools and remained a lifelong resident of Schuyler, NY. Beverly was employed as a teacher's assistant with Frankfort-Schuyler School District while she completed her Bachelor's Degree in English from Syracuse University at Utica College. She obtained a Master's Degree in Reading from SUNY Cortland. Upon graduating, Mrs. Murdock became a teacher in the Little Falls School District, where she worked until her retirement in 2003.

Paul Patrick McDermott, a resident of Starlight Pines in Happy Jack, Ariz., died on July 16, 2021. Paul was born on August 19, 1943, in Schenectady, where he lived until 1993 when he moved to Arizona. He was a member of the first graduating class from Bishop Gibbons High School where he played sports and starred in theatrical productions. Paul also starred in an independent film that was shown at the Cannes film festival. Throughout his life he worked in positions where he could provide care, guidance and inspiration. He especially loved driving school bus when he retired.

Linda Quiñones Connell of Ballston Lake died Wednesday, June 30, 2021, at the age of 69. After graduating from Skidmore College and earning a  master’s degree at Russell Sage College she returned to the Troy public schools, where she developed and taught, with distinction, an innovative and comprehensive visual arts curriculum for thirty-six years. Linda retired in 2010, afterward teaching privately, volunteering her talents, designing her own line of jewelry, and cherishing her time with her grandchildren.

Vincent C. Slater Sr., a resident of Rye, NY, passed away on July 18, 2021. Vincent was born in Port Chester, NY on April 1, 1935. He was a graduate of Rye High School and served his country faithfully in the United States Marine Corp from 1952-1955. Vincent worked as a custodian for the Rye City School District and was a past Rye Fire Chief.

Sharon Warren "Sonny" Harrington, Jr., 79, of Cambridge, passed away Saturday, July 17, 2021. Born in Bennington, VT, Sonny graduated from Cambridge Central School and went to work for Stanley Tools in Shaftsbury, VT in various positions retiring after 36 years. He then worked for Stewart's Shops for a few years and then worked at Fisher Elementary School in Arlington, VT as a custodian for 8 years. He, along with his brothers built race cars and liked to go hunting and fishing. 

Arthur F. "Art" Clemenzi, 92 of Menands, passed away Saturday, July 17, 2021. He served his country and was inducted into the Army Signal Corps, serving from 1951-53 and was honorably discharged in January 1953 as a corporal. He was a branch manager for the Albany Times Union for 41 years; Art mentored many newspaper carriers. Art was a recipient of the Times Union Publisher Award and a member of Quarter Century Club. He was the owner of Toms Hamburger Stand, co-owner of Moore-Clemenzi School Bus Co. and bookkeeper at Troy City Bowling Alley. Art had many part-time jobs to supplement his income, always successfully providing for his family.

Lucille Ann Bish of Niskayuna, NY, passed away July 13, 2021. She was born in Schenectady on April 1, 1929 and began her career teaching elementary school in Schenectady and Shaker Heights (OH). She then served as Head Resident at Syracuse University (1954-56), Dean of Women at Wilmington (OH) College (1956-58), Supervisor of Women's Housing at SUNY Buffalo (1958-62), and teacher of English at Kenmore Public Schools (1962-91). She wrapped up her career teaching writing skills at Schenectady County Community College (1993-95).

James "Jim" Haggerty, 75, of Mohawk, passed away Thursday, July 15, 2021. Jim was born in Utica, July 16, 1945 and was a graduate of Utica Free Academy. Following high school, Jim joined the US Army and served in Vietnam. He was employed as the head custodian at the Utica City School District, for almost 30 years. Always active in the community, Jim was a member of the American Legion, Utica Post 229, where he was a past Post Commander, County Commander and District Commander. He was a member of the DAV and the Alexander Hose Co./Mohawk Fire Department.

Peter Danziger, 72, of Slingerlands, passed away Friday, July 16, 2021. Born in New York City on January 5, 1949, he received his B.A. from University of Vermont, J.D. from Albany Law School, and M.S. in education psychology and statistics from State University of New York at Albany. For 10 years, he taught a graduate course in law for psychologists, counselors and special education teachers at the University at Albany.

Elizabeth “Betty” Riley, 88, of Argyle, passed away on Friday, July 16, 2021. Born on February 25, 1933, in Crown Point, she graduated from Whitehall School. For many years, she worked at the Argyle Central School as a teacher’s aide and at the cafeteria. Betty enjoyed spending time with family, traveling, crafts, reading, camping, and attending all her grandchildren’s sporting events.

Christine "Chris" M. Kozlowski, 69 of Latham, passed away July 16, 2021. Born in Albany on June 26, 1952, she received her bachelor's in elementary education in 1974 and then her master's in reading in 1978 from the College of St. Rose. Chris worked as a school teacher in many Catholic schools in the Albany area, later teaching at St. Ambrose School in Latham while also volunteering with the youth ministry there. She then taught in the North Colonie Central School District.

Robert A. Christensen, 84, of Schenectady, passed away on Saturday, July 10, 2021. Bob received his master's degree from SUNY Albany in psychology while also serving three years in the New York State Army National Guard. After 30-plus years in the Niskayuna School District he retired as the High School Choral Director in 1992. Mr. C was an adjunct music professor at Union College and the Schenectady County Community College. His active career also included being the organist/choir director for the Eastern Parkway United Methodist and Bellevue Reform Churches in Schenectady.

Lisa Marie Castellanos, 61, of Rhinebeck, died on Tuesday, July 13, 2021. A graduate of John Jay High School and SUNY New Paltz, she was a Spanish Teacher for many years until her retirement. Lisa was an avid painter and reader, and also wrote short stories and poetry in English and Spanish.

Arthur E. Schuth, of Fairport/Webster, NY passed away Wednesday, July 7, 2021, age 91. Arthur was a retired Fairport Elementary School Teacher.

Vicki A. Phillips, 67, North Chili, NY, passed away Wednesday evening July 14, 2021. Born in the Bronx, she lived most of her life in the Rochester area. She retired as a Speech Pathologist and Special Education Teacher from the Rochester City School District after 32 years.

Keith W. Dunham, 71, of Sanitaria Springs, passed away July 15, 2021. Keith retired from the Delaware and Hudson Railway after 35 years of various roles including Engineer where he drove the trains all around the northeast. After retirement he applied his driving skills to the school bus where he thoroughly enjoyed the children on his routes.

On Monday, July 12, 2021, John Cataldo "JC", an 88-year-old native of the Bronx and long-time resident of New City, passed away. He is remembered by the Rockland community for his 20 years of service as the school bus driver for the Student Bus Company and the East Ramapo School District. He's also worked as a salesman in the past and for many years as an electrician. He and his family were proud that he helped install the sound system in the original Madison Square Garden.

Gerry Venniro of Gates passed away on Tuesday, July 13, 2021, at age 64. Gerry was a school bus driver for over 25 years, most recently for Pittsford Central Schools. He loved his grandchildren and cooking. He was an avid NY Mets fan and a hockey enthusiast.

On July 10, 2021, at the age of 91, Mary Kathryn Kolva, formerly of Rochester passed away. Mary was employed as a teacher's aide with the West Irondequoit School District. She also volunteered for more than 10 years with the West Irondequoit PTA, and was a Cub Scout den mother. After her retirement, she volunteered hundreds of hours for the local Ronald McDonald House fundraising sale. She sewed doll clothes so every doll sold had an outfit.

Vatimia S. Byrd, 40, born and raised in Poughkeepsie, New York passed away on July 6, 2021. Vatimia attended Poughkeepsie city schools. She was very proud when she became an EMS driver and a school bus driver. She loved watching movies, listening to music and dancing. She genuinely loved people and loved to laugh.

Frances Kiley Freyer, 88, who taught children with learning disabilities at Bronxville School in New York for nearly 30 years while raising seven children of her own, died Saturday night, July 10, 2021. She was born in Middletown, grew up in Moodus, and attended the University of Connecticut. Before moving to The Kensington in 2019, she had been a resident of the Crestwood neighborhood of Yonkers, NY.

Nancy V. Spaid, 93, of Fayetteville, passed away Monday, July 12, 2021. She earned her teaching degree and later a Master's degree in early childhood development from Syracuse University. Nancy had a long career as an elementary teacher at various schools in the area and was known for her ability to teach reading. She eventually worked for New York State evaluating Title I funding of school systems and their reading programs before retiring in 1992.

Theresa A. Kociencki, 82, of Syracuse, passed away on Sunday, July 11, 2021. She was born September 28, 1938, in Syracuse and was a graduate of LeMoyne College. Prior to her retirement, she was a teacher with the Syracuse City School District. Theresa served as the Union Steward for the Syracuse Teacher's Union, was a member and treasurer of the Syracuse Polish Home and belonged to the National Polish Society.

Esperanza Villar Hernandez, 89, of Garnerville, New York, peacefully passed Sunday afternoon, July 11, 2021. Esperanza received her Doctorate in Philosophy, Literature, and Humanities from the University of Havana in Cuba. She worked as a journalist before fleeing the Castro regime in 1961. She worked diligently at any job she could find in New York to develop her fluency in English, ultimately, landing her dream job of working with Hispanic families in Rockland County. Esperanza had a long and successful career in North Rockland School District as a "Visiting Teacher " and Liaison to the Hispanic community. She retired from her position after 25 years of loyal and dedicated service. She was inducted as the first Hispanic woman in the Rockland County Civil Rights Hall of Fame in 2004.

Rose Teresa Simpson, a lifetime resident of Wappingers Falls, passed away shortly before July 12, 2021. She was 99 years old. Rose was born on April 1, 1922, in Stoneco New York. Rose was very active. She loved to participate in many sports and was an avid fan of the local sports teams. She loved to compete. She also retired, after 25 years of employment in the cafeteria service at Wappingers School district.

Glenn R. Cooper, 95, former Pennellville, NY resident passed away on Tuesday July 13, 2021. Born in Fulton, NY on May 3, 1926, he served in central Europe in the U. S. Army during WW II from 1944-46. Glen worked as a top welder at Carrier Corp., 11 years; Bus Mechanic in N. Syracuse Central Schools for many years, part time school bus driver for Phoenix Central Schools, an automotive mechanic and stock car racer. Glenn also taught welding at B.O.C.E.S.

Daniel A. Briggs, 92, of Sandy Creek, passed away in Syracuse, N.Y. on July 8, 2021. Daniel graduated in 1950 from the New York State Teachers College in Albany where he saw his teaching career take him to Hammond, N.Y. and then East Greenbush. He graduated from Syracuse University in 1958 earning his Ph.D. Daniel held university positions at Glassboro State College (Rowan) in New Jersey, Eastern Michigan University, Syracuse University, SUNY Albany, and Russell Sage College. Daniel held administrative positions in the Schenectady City School District and Oswego County BOCES. After he retired, he served three terms as the Mayor of Pulaski, N.Y.

Retired Schenectady School District administrator, Dr. Donald J. Sayles, 97, died July 5, 2021. He grew up in Schenectady's Woodlawn area and in January 1943 began serving 35 months of WWII service in the army military police with 27 months of overseas duty in North Africa and Italy. His professional career in the Schenectady school system began in 1950 where he taught science and math at Nott Terrace High School. He briefly served as principal of Central Park Junior High School, and from 1957 – 1961 he was principal of Mont Pleasant High School. He worked 16 years in central administration as Assistant Superintendent with varied assignments including special services, elementary and secondary education, and curriculum until his retirement in 1978. He pioneered in the effort to alert people of Schenectady County and the County Board of Supervisors to the need, feasibility and promise of a community college of their own instead of continuing to pay for Schenectady's youth to attend the Hudson Valley Community College in Troy. When President Lyndon Johnson launched the Poverty Act in the 60's, Dr. Sayles had a big part in starting programs such as the Schenectady Community Action Program, Head Start, and the Neighborhood Youth Corps.

Edwin J. Meyer, 89, of Glenville, died June 29, 2021. Ed spent his early years in far Rockaway Queens, then Fort Salonga, NY. He later moved from Colorado, where he had been a Methodist minister, to Eden, New York where he taught English for a few years, then taught at Saratoga Springs High School until he retired. He was an avid canoeist, advisor to the high school canoe club, and lead several summer canoe camp expeditions to the mouth of the Hudson Bay.

Merelyn J. Stewart, 74, of Delmar, passed away Friday, June 25, 2021. While raising three children, Merelyn completed her graduate course work at The College of Saint Rose. Fulfilling her dream of becoming an elementary school teacher, Merelyn began her teaching career in the Guilderland Central School District and then returned to Bethlehem where she retired after 25 years of service at Slingerlands Elementary School. Merelyn was a dedicated and passionate teacher, spending endless hours in the evening and weekends developing creative lessons and experiences for her students.

Julie Kristen Gutowski (Urban), 48, passed Friday, July 2, 2021. Julie taught in the Schenectady City School District for 23 years, with time at Pleasant Valley, Zoller, and Paige Elementary Schools. Julie was born to teach and masterfully created an enriching, respectful, safe, and loving classroom community where all children thrived, not just academically but emotionally as well. Julie's unique skill of focusing on each student's strengths and identity created an environment where all children ultimately strove to be contributing members of the community they collectively established with their teacher.

Jonathan Edward Bintz of Albany passed away on the morning of July 2, 2021. He was 28 years old. He was a vibrant and virtuosic performer on low brass instruments, piano, and the bass guitar. He was heavily involved in symphonic orchestras and bands, wind and cultural ensembles, chamber groups, live bands on-campus and in the local community. Upon completion of his higher education, he accepted a position as band director at Chatham High School in Chatham and reunited with long-time musical colleague Cody Okonski to create the pop-punk-ska band, Millington. His influence, example, talent and leadership strengthened the musical community, contributed to national recognition of Chatham's Music Program and fostered an international community through Millington.

Margaret E. "Miggie" McCarg, 91 of Albany, passed away Wednesday, June 30, 2021. Miggie was born in Albany, one of eleven children. She lived in Albany all her life, and was employed by Dun & Bradstreet, Head Start, and Hackett Middle School. She was also very active in parent teacher associations through the years, she loved to cook, and was a tremendous fan of the New York Yankees and New York Giants.

Richard L. "Dick" Tallman Jr., 88 of Norfolk, Va., passed away Friday, June 18, 2021. Born and raised in Herkimer, Dick was a teacher in the Averill Park Central School District. He taught industrial arts, drafting and drivers education. While teaching at the high school, he was a soccer coach, starting the Averill Park Soccer Program in 1955, was a ski club advisor and the time keeper at all home basketball games. Dick was a member of the Averill Park Teachers Association and served as president of that organization for many years and was fondly nicknamed "Ace."

Margaret Mary Arthur, 83, of Wappingers Falls and formerly of Yonkers, passed away on June 29, 2021. Margaret retired from Dutchess Community College after more than 30 years where she enjoyed working as Senior Program Assistant for the Allied Health and Biological Science Department. Margaret considered herself a "learner for life" and enjoyed attending classes and participating in educational trips through the college. She had many fond memories of her years working with students, teachers, and staff.

Linda Zappala Dennee, 62, of East Syracuse shot off to the stars to become the newest angel on July 2, 2021. She retired in 2014 after 24 years as a special needs school bus driver for the East Syracuse-Minoa Central School District. She loved being outdoors, traveling and an occasional stop at a casino. She always held a special place in her heart for children and dogs (adults not so much).

Edward (Ed) Bruce Finkle, born in Belmont, Mass, passed away Sunday, June 13, 2021, at the age of 78. He was living in The Villages, FL. He graduated from Springfield College and earned his advanced degree in education and counseling from SUNY Oneonta. Mr. Finkle was a Vice Principal and English teacher at the Fort Plain Central School District, served as a Guidance Counselor and Union Rep in the Cohoes MIddle School and also worked in Guidance and Distance Learning in the Schuylerville School District.

Aileen Claire Berberich of Newburgh was born on November 8, 1943 in Callicoon, N.Y. She died on June 27, 2021. Aileen taught physical education at Troy High School and was a successful coach for the girls basketball, volleyball and softball teams for 20 years. She was inducted into the Troy High School Athletic Hall of Fame and was the Title IX coordinator for the school district. In her spare time, Aileen served on the Clifton Park Halfmoon Volunteer Ambulance Corps as an E.M.T., crew chief and treasurer throughout her 22 years with them.

Carole Fisher (née Finn) of Simsbury, Connecticut died June 27, 2021 at the age of 80. She earned her undergraduate degree from Cornell University in 1962 and later a Master's degree from Pennsylvania State University in 1963. She began her teaching career in Schenectady, NY. Carole taught for 38 years at Conard High School, in West Hartford, Connecticut. She was an accomplished and respected teacher and loved to watch students of all ages explore and learn.

Susan Gazzillo of Rotterdam, NY passed away on Friday, June 25, 2021. Born in Schenectady, NY, Susan graduated from Schalmont High School before going on to work as an Account Clerk for Mohonasen High School in Rotterdam. She loved Disney, cruises, camping, and spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Vivian Rein, 86 of Slingerlands, passed away on June 29, 2021. A Hunter College graduate and a respected sixth-grade teacher at PS 27 in the South Bronx for 30 years, she made lifelong friendships with her fellow teachers. A discriminating palate, she loved to cook, appreciated the arts, and enjoyed painting and drawing. Strong, willful, and feisty she won many tennis matches, threw a perfect spiral football and was able to bench press her body weight at age 40.

Peter P. Prince, 81, of Saratoga Springs passed away June 27, 2021. Peter taught Art Education for 33 years, retiring from the Shenendehowa Central School District in 1995. He was a gifted and talented artist in many mediums including water color, pencil drawing, silk screening, sculpting, and jewelry making. Peter owned and operated an art gallery in Greenwich Village, NY in the early 60s and The Sunflower Art Gallery in Malta, NY in the mid-70s.

Roland J. Guilz, Sr. of Schenectady died Monday, June 21, 2021. Born in Jamaica, Queens in 1939, he grew up in Valley Stream Long Island. Roland was employed by American Airlines for 35 years, working at JFK and Albany Airports, until he retired in 1996. He then worked for twelve years as a bus driver for Schalmont Central Schools, where he took great pride in transporting students with special needs.

Ruth S. Theilemann, 68, of Saratoga Springs died June 18, 2021. Ruth was raised in Galway, NY. She followed her dream of becoming a music teacher, graduating from the Fredonia School of Music in 1974 with a BS in Music Education. She was a dedicated elementary music teacher in the Ballston Spa Central School District for 35 years, beloved by her students. Her chorus concerts were large and legendary because she believed in all her student's abilities to make music together.

Leo J. Sammon, Jr, died on August 4, 1974. He was born on February 26, 1925 in Pittsfield, MA. He achieved the rank of First Lieutenant in the Air Force, where he served for 31 months. His career in education began at Hudson High School in 1953, where he stayed for three years as a teacher before leaving for a position at Herkimer High School. In 1957, Mr. Sammon began teaching social studies at Ilion High School. He would become Vice Principal of Ilion High School in 1959, and in 1960 he was appointed Principal. For the next fourteen years Mr. Sammon would lead IHS. On August 4, 1974, Mr. Sammon was jogging at the high school track when he suddenly collapsed and died of a heart attack at Mohawk Valley General Hospital. Posted June 26, 2021.

Barbara C. McLaughlin, 88, of Schenectady and Rotterdam, passed away Saturday, June 12, 2021. Barbara was born August 9, 1932 in Kansas City, Missouri and received her bachelor's degree in education from Michigan State, and her Master's from SUNY Albany. She taught school for a brief time in Orlando, FL before editing regents exams for NYS and later would become a mortgage writer for residential customers at the Troy Savings Bank until her retirement.

Ruth Dickson, 101, of Schenectady, was born on February 23, 1920. She passed away Wednesday June 18, 2021. Ruth worked as a secretary at General Electric Co. in Schenectady for several years before starting a family. She married in 1947 and raised 5 children while working part-time. She returned to work full-time in 1964 as a secretary for the Schenectady City School District from which she retired after 10 years.

John E. Mooney, Jr., 85, of Ballston Lake, passed away on Monday, June 14, 2021. Following graduation from Nott Terrace High School in Schenectady, John, enlisted with the United States Air Force and served for two years until his honorable discharge in March of 1956. He then went on to a long and successful career as a mail handler for the United States Post Office in Schenectady, NY until his retirement in 1990. Following retirement, John worked at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Central School District, as a Custodian.

Heather Costello Bartman, 44, of Baldwinsville, NY, died on the morning of Thursday, June 10, 2021. Heather was a dedicated educator, first as a music teacher in Lyons and later as an Assistant Principal at Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Elementary School. In 2019, Heather became School Principal at Genesee Elementary in Auburn, NY. She found an incredibly welcoming and supportive family in this role.

Virginia Whitehouse McKenney of Keene, NH passed away Friday, June 4, 2021. She was proud to have reached the 89 year milestone. Virginia lived in Maine, Virginia, New York, and New Hampshire and held secretary jobs, which she earnestly fulfilled. Serving in the Keene State College Alumni Office brought her great joy. Virginia was blessed with special friendships and was caringly curious of everyone she met, often finding meaningful connections. She enjoyed biographies, knitting, piano music and social events.

Arlene Merrick, of Scotia, NY passed away on June 6, 2021. She was born in Jersey City, NJ, and taught on the high school and college level and spent many years in Social Services and Healthcare Administration. She won numerous awards for her services to the elderly population of Schenectady County. She was Schenectady County Volunteer of the Year in addition to being a counselor for Catholic Charities. Arlene was also an Ombudsman for the NYS Office of the Aging.

Patricia Pate Barker, 88, of Niskayuna, passed away Thursday June 10, 2021. Pat grew up in Castleberry, Alabama and attended the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, where she received her undergraduate, MA and PHD degrees in Psychology. She was on the faculties of Skidmore College, James Madison University, and Schenectady Co. Community College (1974-2003), where she was also chair of the Social Sciences Dept. for several years. Other positions include adjunct faculty at Empire State College, and editor for several psychology textbooks for Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich.

Ann Ahern Meade, 88, of Glenville passed away June 11, 2021. Born in Ilion, NY, on April 2, 1933, she studied for two years at Potsdam State Teachers College before transferring to Saint Rose in Albany, NY, where she received her BS degree in elementary education in May 1956. Ann taught at Arongen elementary school in the Shenendehowa School District and loved being a teacher. Many of her past students remember her fondly. She was also known to have participated in the Freihofer's Run for Women for many years.

Charles H. Scampin of Latham passed away June 6, 2021. Born in Barre, VT on January 4, 1931, he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Engineering from RPI and a Master's Degree in Teaching from Siena College. After graduating from RPI he served as a pilot in the US Navy, stationed in Pensacola, Florida. After his military service he began a thirty-year career as a science teacher in the Schenectady City Schools, at both Central Park Middle School and at Linton High School as the Chairperson of the Science Department.

Richard "Dick" Nucci, 92, of Jupiter, Florida, passed away May 5, 2021. Dick grew up in Watervliet and graduated from Siena College, class of 1953. While at Siena, he participated in the ROTC program-attaining the rank of second lieutenant in the U.S. Army upon graduation. He served honorably in Korea for two years - leaving the service after attaining the rank of first lieutenant. Dick was a long-time educator starting as a history teacher and ultimately becoming the principal of the Rensselaer Junior-Senior High School. After leaving the school district, Dick went on to become the director of Albany County Head Start for several more years before fully retiring to Florida.

Rosemary A. Mead, 81, of Springport, Michigan, went to be with the Lord peacefully June 10, 2021. She graduated from Albion (Michigan) High School, Class of 1957. She drove a school bus and was a custodian for Springport Public Schools. She retired from Eaton Stamping after 30 years of service. She enjoyed reading, cooking, shopping and garage saling, eating out and her trips to Tennessee.

Beverly Mae Butterfield Cree, 96, of Johnson City died June 5, 2021. Born Oct. 8, 1924 in Johnson City, she moved as an infant with her parents to Marathon and lived most of her life there. While raising her children she enjoyed a myriad of jobs within the community including the Marathon Independent newspaper office, Marathon Central School cafeteria sub and teacher aide, local liquor store cashier, model for Grumman Boats print ads, and ticket sales at Greek Peak during its early years. A 1941 graduate of Union-Endicott High School, Beverly returned to college 26 years later, graduating from SUNY Cortland with a BS (1970) and a MS (1974) in Elementary Education. She taught for 20 years in the Whitney Point School District.

Michael J. Rios, 52, of Schenectady, NY, passed away on Tuesday June 8, 2021. Born on July 22, 1968 in Manhattan, NY, Michael moved to Scotia, NY as a young child with his family. He was a lifelong area resident and a graduate of Scotia-Glenville Schools. Michael worked for many years as a bus driver for the Scotia-Glenville School District. He was a former Volunteer Fireman in Scotia.

Michael E. "Mr. Mike" Shultis, 65, of Amsterdam, passed away Friday June 4, 2021. Born on August 23, 1955, he was a lifelong Duanesburg and Amsterdam area resident and was a graduate of Duanesburg High School. Mike was first employed by the Freihofer's Baking Co. In Nelliston, NY. He then worked for most of his career in the Greater Amsterdam School District as a Head Custodian. He made many friends while employed and was known to all the students as "Mr. Mike." Mike enjoyed riding motorcycles and enjoyed the many rides in the Adirondacks around various local lakes.

Ethel M. Vincent, 100, passed away on Monday, June 7, 2021. She was born on January 25, 1921 in Charlton, NY, raised on Sweetman Farm and graduated from Burnt Hills Ballston Lake High School, class of 1938. Ethel worked for the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Central School District as an Account Clerk Typist and Treasurer from 1955 until her retirement in 1967. Ethel was a well-respected, lifelong Charlton resident who made many friends wherever she went. She loved to garden, sew, knit, crochet and spent many summers camping in the Adirondacks with family and friends.

Brian Lewis Webb of Loudonville passed away Saturday, June 5, 2021. After completing his bachelor's degree, he became an industrial arts teacher at Shaker Junior High School in the North Colonie School District. Brian loved to teach the lively inquisitive junior high students. He held offices in the North Colonie Teachers Association and in the Capital District Industrial Arts Club. That club held annual elaborate product exhibits of items students made at Colonie Center for several years. When industries moved manufacturing abroad, school industrial arts moved to technology education.

Shirley A. Hess Dobson, 76, of Himrod, N.Y. passed away Wednesday, June 2, 2021. Shirley was born April 10, 1945 in Montour Falls, N.Y. She graduated from Dundee Central School Class of 1963. Shirley started her working career as a waitress at the Glen Motor Inn, before accepting a position at Dundee Central School in 1987 as a Teachers Aid. She retired after 15 years in 2002.

Claire (Martin) Haizlip, 98, passed away Friday, May 28, 2021 in Penn Yan. She graduated from Stillwater High School in 1940, following her family's move to Stillwater, where her father was commandant at the CCC camp there. Claire was a 7th grade English teacher before leaving to work for a non-profit, the TB association, which would come to be known as the Lung Association. She became a manager but returned to school to obtain her Master of Library Science degree in 1971 and embarked on a much-loved career as a librarian, working in both the Mechanicville and Stillwater Public Libraries.
Claire was a longtime volunteer for the Saratoga National Historical Park, where she helped to catalog their book and historical document collection.

Eleanore C. Breier – Mima to her many loved ones – passed away on May 28, 2021 in Miami, FL. She was born in Amsterdam, N.Y. on June 12, 1919. A graduate of Ithaca College and a career physical education teacher, she was an integral part of her husband's many successful campaigns for both Mayor of Amsterdam and the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors. A resident of her treasured Amsterdam for nearly a century, she spent much of her last 80 summers winning at the Saratoga Race Track and the local golf course.

Marie Gagnon Davis entered into eternal rest on March 16, 2021. Marie was born on January 22, 1935 in Austerlitz, New York and resided in Round Lake, NY for the last 51 years. Many teachers knew Marie at the Shenendehowa school district where she worked for over 30 years arranging substitute coverage for the elementary schools in the district. In her youth Marie was a meticulous bookkeeper for Sears and Roebuck in Albany, NY.

Elizabeth "Beth" M. Roberts, 68, of Dolgeville, NY, passed away Friday afternoon, May 21, 2021. Beth began her teaching career in 1976 at Dolgeville Central School. During her many years of her dedicated teaching career, Beth engaged in several volunteer roles at DCS as well as in her community. She was Past President of the Dolgeville Teacher's Association, NYSUT Delegate, Past Member of the Dolgeville Public Library Board and Past Member of the Dolgeville Historical Society and served 10 years as its Secretary.

Merle E. Baugher, 88, of Horseheads, NY, passed away May 27, 2021. Merle was born in Rileyville. She worked as a teacher's aide for the Elmira City School District before retiring. Merle was an avid Yankee fan.

Barbara "Bobbie" Schwartz of Tucson, Ariz. passed away on May 8, 2021. She was born in Brooklyn on July 7, 1936. Throughout her childhood, Bobbie worked as a professional model. Her image can be seen in a Norman Rockwell painting for the Upjohn Pharmaceutical Company, among many other national advertising campaigns. Bobbie was a gifted art educator who taught elementary school students in the Jamesville Dewitt, South Glens Falls and Guilderland school districts and the Hebrew Academy of Albany.

Charlotte T. Pesklak, 87, of Herkimer, passed away on Thursday, May 27, 2021. She was born in Brooklyn, NY, on July 30, 1933, and graduated from Hunter College, with a degree in Home Economics and Elementary Education. Charlotte was an Elementary School Teacher for the City of Utica School District from 1964 until her retirement in 1988. Following her retirement, she received her LPN Certificate from BOCES and worked as a Home Health Aide.

Douglas B. Printy, 77, of Sun City Center, FL, formerly of Hornell, NY, left us on February 9th, 2021. He spent his first years as an art teacher in the diverse locations of Greenwood-Whitesville Central (NY), Maui High (Hawaii), St Lawrence Central (Brasher Falls, NY) before settling down at Hornell (NY) Senior High School in 1971. He liked to claim he never had a promotion in the 27 years up to his "retirement" in 1998. He was a track & field official, football coach, Driver Education teacher, Art Club Advisor, Ski Club Advisor, and School Bus Safety instructor for area schools, some of which he continued to do into the 2010's.

Teresa F. Ullman of Schenectady, passed on Friday, May 28, 2021, at the age of 84. Teresa served with the Sisters of St. Joseph's for 10 years. Upon graduation from St. Rose Teresa (Sister Rose Helena) began her teaching career that spanned many years in the surrounding areas, including Utica NY, Glens Falls NY, & Hudson NY. After leaving sisterhood, Teresa continued to educate in the Capital District, most notably at John J. Bigsbee Elementary School in Rotterdam. Her most told story was letting everyone know that she taught 50 students in her morning Kindergarten class followed by 51 students in her afternoon Kindergarten class. After a break from her professional career to raise her boys, Teresa returned to teaching as a paraprofessional with the Schenectady City School District, retiring in 2007.

Marjorie Silliman Rose Becker, a life-long resident of Middleburgh and chairman of The Middleburgh Telephone Company (MIDTEL) passed away on Tuesday, May 25, 2021. She was two months shy of 99. For 15 years she was a fourth grade teacher at Duanesburg Central School. In addition, she also worked nights and weekends at MIDTEL until joining the business full-time in 1976 to support and assist her husband. Her work at MIDTEL followed a lifetime of telephone activities. At the young age of 14, Marge started working part-time at the phone company for her father and continued working during her college years. Her jobs included telephone operator, truck driver, repair woman, and administrator. During her 48 years at the company Marge was the steady hand behind its growth from just 200 access lines to more than 7,000. Along with her grandsons and invaluable employees, she championed the move into Cable TV, DSL, Internet and Fiber broadband services in Middleburgh and the surrounding areas. MIDTEL now serves over 400 square miles in Schoharie County and parts of Albany County. Marge was inducted into the New York State Telecommunications Association Hall of Fame in 2007.

Mary R. Clancy, 79 of Castleton, passed away on May 22, 2021. Ms. Clancy was born in Albany on May 23, 1942. A graduate of the College of Saint Rose and Cortland University, she worked for the East Greenbush School District for 33 years before her retirement, serving as a physical education teacher and later a special education teacher. She was an avid UConn and Yankees fan.

Michael D. Murray, 47, of Frankfort, NY, passed away on January 9, 2020. Mike was born on October 27, 1973, in New Hartford, NY. After graduating from Ilion High School, he attended Utica College, graduating with a Master's Degree in English Education. Mike was employed as a middle school English teacher in Little Falls for many years and was very devoted to his students. He was an avid listener of music and attended numerous live concert venues. He was an ardent collector of Marvel Comic Books.

Carol L. Denison passed away Sunday December 20, 2020. She was born on November 7, 1948 in Ilion. Carol worked for the Ilion School district until her retirement. She continued to dedicate her time to helping the district for many years after by, volunteering to work the polls at the local elections, working as a bus monitor and coming in on occasion when a position needed filling. She loved the job and she loved the people she worked with and made many lifelong friends that she considered family.

Sarah "Sally" Burke, 81, of Ballston Lake, passed away with grace on Tuesday, May 25, 2021. Sally attended Sacred Heart High School in Pittsburgh, PA and following graduation she became a nun with Mother Seton Sisters of Charity and served with their community for eight years. Through and through, Sally was a people person, something that was very evident in the various jobs she held. She worked at Camp Chingachgook as an Office Manager, a Public Relations Manager at the College of St. Rose and the Cohoes Music Hall and as a bus driver for Shenendehowa CSD.

Katharine Lincoln Winderlin, 77, of Ipswich, MA, passed away May 16, 2021. Her lifelong passion was reading and education. She spent her professional life in library services, initially in public libraries in New York City and upstate New York transitioning into the school system. Katharine spent the majority of her career as the Director of the School Library Services for Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex BOCES. She was ahead of her time introducing the use of technology within school libraries systems, automating databases at the elementary and high school levels.

Thomas Joseph Smith, 96, of Glenville, passed away on Thursday, May 13, 2021. Tom inlisted in the US Marine Corps in November 1942 and served continuously until October 1945 without leave or furlough. Tom was awarded three Purple Hearts and the Bronze Star. He served in the Miami-Dade County (Florida) School system as a teacher, coach, Dean of Boys, Assistant Principal, Principal and Director of the South Area Schools. After 33 years of creditable service he retired in 1988. He served as President of the Dade County Classroom Teachers Assn., President of the School Administrators Assn., and in 1956 he was credited with spearheading the first major salary increase for teachers and developing health insurance programs in the school system.

Robert P. Saunders, 85 of Albany, a longtime resident of Middletown, passed away Thursday, May 20, 2021. Robert was born in Glen Cove and moved to Middletown in 1958 to start his teaching career. In more than three decades with Middletown City Schools, Robert taught science, served as junior high principal for many years and retired as interim superintendent.

Richard D. Burhans, 91, a longtime resident of Eagle Mills, died Sunday, May 2, 2021. After 30 years of teaching, he retired from the North Colonie Central School District and substitute taught for another 11 years at the Berlin and Wynantskill school districts. Throughout his life, he enjoyed music and played the organ for several area churches during their Sunday and worship services for more than 75 years.

Marjorie Parsons, nee Smith, a resident of Sharon Springs since 1955, died Tuesday May 18, 2021. She was 100. Marge was born in Washington Mills, an unincorporated area within the town of New Hartford, on November 30, 1920. Marjorie was the manager of the cafeteria at Sharon Springs Central School for many years and had retired from the district.

William E. "Bill" Smith, 91, of Vrooman Road, Mohawk, passed away Sunday, July 7, 2013. He resided in Mohawk from the age of eight, attended school in Mohawk, and graduated with the Class of 1939. After graduation, he joined the US Army Air Corps and was part of “the greatest generation” serving honorably during World War II, earning the Soldier’s Medal. Mr. Smith taught Junior and Senior High School with the Mohawk Central School system, retiring in 1987, after many years of dedicated service. Also posted in "2013."

Nancy (LaRock) Clark of Mariaville passed away May 7, 2021. Born in Schenectady on March 2, 1942, Nancy was a retired professional of custodial services at Schalmont Central School District and beloved by her former colleagues. Nancy had a fondness for all things nature, working on her land and property, playing cards with her family and friends and showing the devotion she had for her pets. 

Dorothy Mae (Smith) Mancini, 85, passed away on Friday, May 14, 2021. Dorothy lived in Rotterdam all her life. She received her Master's Degree in Library Science from SUNY Albany. She was employed as a Librarian with Schenectady County working at the Wingate Branch and also on the Schenectady Bookmobile. Dorothy was in charge of the children's program doing crafts and reading to children.

Owen E. Smith Jr., 89 of Guilderland, passed away May 10, 2021. Born in Hempstead, Long Island on December 15, 1931, he served in the U.S. Navy Reserve submarine service briefly as a young man. Owen taught high school and middle school geography, English and social studies for many years in New York State, at Richfield Springs, Ellenville, and Ravena Coeymans Selkirk, retiring in 1987. He also worked as a field representative for New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) for three years in the 1970s.

Giuseppe "Joe" Scotti, 95, of Schenectady, passed away May 3, 2021. Giuseppe was the proprietor of Scotti's Restaurant on Union Street, Schenectady, NY, established in 1966. He was the owner and operator of Scotti's until 1986. After he retired from Scotti's, Giuseppe took on a Hudson Valley Community College position, both managing food services and teaching culinary students.

Patrick Michael Moylan, 82, of Herkimer, passed away April 13, 2021. He taught history at Ilion High School and retired to care for his wife after she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. They both remained active and were advocates for promoting treatment and research of Parkinson’s. He and his wife were active in local theater, where he directed and acted. They created and performed shows explaining what living with Parkinson’s was like.

Margaret Fulmer Moylan, 76, of Herkimer, passed away on March 12, 2021. In 1966, she began teaching English in Ilion, NY and was beloved by her students, with many considering her the best English teacher they had. She retired after 20 years due to Parkinson’s disease. She and her husband were very active in local theater, and she performed even after her diagnosis. She loved music and singing and performed for three summers with the Saratoga-Potsdam chorus in Saratoga, with the Philadelphia orchestra.

Amelia Stack of Ballston Lake passed away on Tuesday, May 11, 2021. Amelia graduated from Tamaqua, Pennsylvania High School and then served in the US Coast Guard Reserve during WWII. After the war ended, she attended business school where she met her future husband. The family moved to Ballston Lake in 1962. Her career was full of rewards from the early '60s to the late '80s as head cashier for Burnt Hills – Ballston Lake Central School District.

Johnnie Gillespie Angus, 86, passed Thursday, May 6th, 2021. Johnnie worked in the labs at Schenectady Chemical Co. before enlisting in the Army in 1955. He honorably served his country in the Special Forces and at the Pentagon, also working as a microwave radio station chief. Johnnie worked for 35 years at the University at Albany in Educational Communications. While there he participated in the evolution of television and communications and served as instructor of video production.

Arthur M. Lipkin, 92, of Boynton Beach, Fla. died on May 11, 2021. He was a teacher of industrial arts at Hackett Middle School in the Albany school system from 1958 to 1972 and later was assistant principal at Livingston Middle School from 1972 to 1988. Arthur was a leader in the fight for integrating the Albany school system where he always showed respect and honor to everyone. Arthur was also a U.S. Army Korean War veteran.

Jean Amy (J’Amy) Waterstreet Swenson, 76, of Amsterdam, died May 5, 2021. Mrs. Swenson was an elementary school teacher in the Greater Amsterdam School District for 32 years, retiring for health reasons in 2000. In addition to her teaching duties, Mrs. Swenson served as a senator for the Amsterdam Teachers’ Association and continued to be active in retirement as a member of the Amsterdam Retired Teachers’ Association. Since her retirement, Mrs. Swenson volunteered as a tutor for the Montgomery County Literacy Project, leading numerous students to GED attainment and for a period of two years, was acting director of the project.

Paula Sporck passed away March 30, 2021 in Palo Alto, CA. She was born July 5, 1924 in Victoria, B.C., in Canada and grew up in Oakland, CA. She would go on to Mills College in Oakland in 1941, at age 17. In 1942, after she turned 18, she wrote a letter to her father informing him of her decision to leave college to join the Royal Canadian Air Force, Woman's Division (as she was a Canadian citizen). After the completion of her service, she went back to Mills and graduated in 1946.As her children grew up, Paula became a history teacher at Burnt Hills High School, teaching classes in history and government. She taught for 13 years starting in 1964 and had a large impact on many of her students. She was also named teacher of the year several times.

Joan L. Goebel, 85, of Niskayuna, passed away on Wednesday, May 5, 2021. Joan & her husband moved to Clifton Park, New York in 1963 where they raised their family and lived for the next 57 years as active members of the growing Clifton Park community. She worked at Shenendehowa Central School District in Clifton Park where she served as Truancy Officer for 30 + years until her well-deserved retirement in July 2020.

Sara Winfrey Wells, 93 of Schenectady, New York passed on Thursday, April 29, 2021. She was born in Macon, Georgia, reared in Athens, Georgia and later relocated to Atlanta, Georgia where she attended Morris Brown College. She relocated to Schenectady, where she taught elementary school in the Schenectady City School District, until her retirement.

Richard C. Adach, 89, formerly of Gloversville and more recently of Fort Edward, passed away Sunday, May 2, 2021. Richard taught Spanish, first in Long Island and then moved to Gloversville, where he used his gift of linguistics to teach several languages. Richard could speak five languages, including Spanish, Russian, French, Polish and English. He loved teaching, where he could share his knowledge with high school students.

On Sunday, May 2nd, 2021 Gay Lefebvre, 82, passed away in Southport, NC. Gay was a gifted artist and teacher. With over 30 years as an educator, Gay spent most of her career as a secondary level art teacher and chair of the art department for the Fonda-Fultonville Central School District. She loved teaching and impacting the lives of young people.

Evalyn H. Gurney, 89, of Mitchell, SD, formerly of Arizona, died Sunday, April 18, 2021. Evalyn was born October 19, 1931 in Jersey City, NJ. Evalyn retired in 1991, having been an English teacher with Shenendehowa Central Schools since 1970. She enjoyed traveling the country as Wagon Master of the Holiday Ramblers, loved bowling, puzzles, crosswords, and of course, reading.

Margaret M. Ostapaw, 100, of Syracuse, died April 28, 2021. Margaret was born on December 12, 1920 in New York City, where she returned to visit every chance she got. She taught almost all the elementary grades, first through sixth, as well as art, at the Scotia-Glenville School District and lived in Scotia, New York most of her adult life. She was born the year women were finally given the right to vote, and embodied the spirit of that era by being fiercely independent.

Charles "Chuck" J. Ciaccio, 95, of Altamont, passed April 26, 2021. After graduation from Franklin K. Lane High School in Brooklyn he served in the Navy during World War II, seeing active service at the Naval Hospital in Pearl Harbor. In 1949 he moved to Camden, N.Y. where he had accepted a position as a social studies teacher. In 1953 he took a teaching position at Altamont High School and transitioned to Guilderland High School where he remained for the next 30 years in various capacities. He retired in 1983 as principal, a position he held for 23 years.

Jean Connelly Bambury, 81 of Rotterdam, passed away April 29, 2021. She was born on December 12, 1939. Jean graduated from SUNY Oneonta with a degree in elementary education. Teaching was her passion, and she will continue this vocation through her anatomical gift to Albany Medical College, her granddaughter's alma mater.

Harold F. Larkin was born January 30, 1928 and died April 24, 2021. His first job after college graduation was as head of the Math and Science Department at Springfield Central High School in East Springfield, NY, a position he held for a year and a half. After spending time teaching, he applied for and received a position in GE’s Advanced Engineering Program in Schenectady. After completing the Advanced Engineering Program, he accepted a position with the Knolls Atomic Power Lab in Niskayuna, NY, where he worked for his entire career.

On Saturday, April 24, 2021, Carol Edmonds Sherling O'Brien died at the age of 76. Carol had the pleasure of working at Skidmore College, the Ballston Spa Knitting Company and recently retired from the Ballston Spa Central School District where she enjoyed her interaction with the students. Carol was born in Round Lake, New York and she and her family were long-time residents of Malta, NY.

Karen Chase Edyvean of Schenectady passed away Monday April 6, 2021. She was born February 7, 1948 and was a graduate of Draper High School. Karen attended Hope College in Holland, Michigan and Russell Sage College. She was a teacher in the Burnt Hills Ballston Lake School District.

Joanne Lory Jackson Crosier, 69 of Delmar, passed away April 26, 2021. She attended Keuka College where she earned an early childhood education degree in 1973. She was a fierce advocate for children and often spoke for children with special needs, a cause close to her heart. She was active with the Epilepsy Association. Joanne retired in 2010 after 32 years of teaching at A.W. Becker Elementary in the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk School District.

Raymond Henry Call, 88, of Queensbury, passed away Monday, April 26, 2021. Ray graduated Stony Point High School in 1950 and continued his education at the University at Albany-SUNY. Ray proudly served his country by enlisting in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. After Ray's term of enlistment ended, he returned to the University at Albany, graduating with a bachelor's degree in 1957, and master's degree in 1958. Ray settled in Suffern to teach in the local school districts and raise a family.

Cecil Edison Jones, 87, of Glasgow, West Virginia,  passed away Monday, April 26, 2021. Cecil taught English, band, music, and chorus throughout his teaching career. He taught in West Virginia at Union High School in Monroe County, Nuttall High School in Fayette County, and Cedar Grove High School in Kanawha County. He also taught for South Colonie Central Schools while living in Clifton Park, New York. 

Elizabeth "Liz" Barrell Skinner, 81, of Herkimer, passed away April 20, 2021. Liz began her teaching career in Frankfort, transferred to Ilion High School as a librarian, taught English, General Science and Regents Earth Science before retiring after more than 30 years as an educator. Beloved by her students, she supported them in everything from remedial reading to coaching Girls Cross Country to starting the Future Bikers of America organization with some Ilion students.

On April 20, 2021, Carol Elizabeth Clark (Brady), 83, formerly of Richfield Springs, N.Y., Stillwater, and Brewster, Mass., passed away in Lake George. As an elementary school teacher in several schools for many years, Carol was a caring, creative, and skilled teacher who was adored by her students.

Paul Piela, longtime Rensselaer resident, passed away on April 23, 2021. Born in Rensselaer, he taught social studies and Latin for 33 years at Schoharie Central School. Although he resided in Rensselaer, Schoharie became his adoptive community, and he was involved in numerous activities and endeavors over the years. Paul received the DeWitt Clinton Award in recognition of outstanding community service.

Gordon S. Foster, 83, a resident of Lagrangeville since 2000, and previously of Poughkeepsie, died on April 16, 2021. Born on February 8, 1938 in Manhattan, he proudly served our country in the United States Army from 1959 to 1962. Gordon was an English Teacher in the Hyde Park School District for 40 years until his retirement in 2002. He also taught at the Center for Lifetime Study (CLS) at Marist College. He was an avid reader, loved music and horticulture.

Patricia Ann (Callahan) McDonald, 92, of Brunswick, was called home to the arms of the Lord on April 18, 2021. Early on, she followed her husband's Marine Corps career to Maine and California, but her heart was always in Troy, and she was happy to return. Patricia was an elementary teacher in the Troy School District for over 30 years, and it was there that she met some of her closest friends. After she retired in 1990, her love of teaching and children brought her back again to the Troy schools for several more years.

James "Jim" Michael Donohue passed away peacefully on April 20, 2021. He was a kind, generous, loving, and caring man. Jim was born on May 22, 1956 and lived the entirety of his life in his hometown of Clifton Park, NY, most recently residing in the Hamlet of Vischer Ferry where his father was born over 100 years ago. He attended Shenendehowa Central Schools graduating in 1976. He was employed by the same school where he worked as a cleaner for 28 years before retiring in 2016.

Eileen Scott Schneider of Loudonville passed away Tuesday, April 13, 2021, at the age of 96. After her family, Eileen's greatest passion was teaching. Her career started in public schools in the Bronx teaching elementary school aged students at PS 71 and at the Lavelle School for the Blind. Later, she returned to the classroom as a teacher in the North Colonie Central School District. She loved talking about her students' accomplishments in the classroom, especially those with special needs.

Antonina "Nina" Melita Rindenello, of Niskayuna, passed away on Thursday, April 15, 2021, after a long and active life of 96 years. She was born the youngest of ten children in Johnstown, NY and worked in the Utica School System for over 30 years, as a teacher and as a librarian. Following her retirement, she performed with many Schenectady theatre groups and volunteered with the television show, Capital Region Today, for over 20 years. She also volunteered for many years as a reader for the RISE Radio Reading Service for the Blind and Print Disabled.

Donna Valvano passed peacefully April 10, 2021 in Clifton Springs, NY. Born August 11, 1953 at Sampson Airforce Base, Donna graduated from Newark high School in 1971, worked at the Newark School District, between Syracuse and Rochester, as a teachers aid and retired from Wayne (County) ARC.

Retired Schenectady Police Sergeant Ray Wemple passed away on Monday, April 5, 2021. Ray served with the 47th Infantry Div. Signal Company Minn. National Guard during the Korean War and also served 4 years with the 27th Infantry Div. Signal Company (NY Army NG) with the rank of Sgt. First Class. Ray joined the Schenectady Police Department in 1955 and ended a 34-year career retiring in 1989. He served as a uniformed patrol officer walking foot posts and ringing call boxes as portable radios did not come to SPD until 1974. Among other various responsibilities, he served as the department officer in charge of Accident Investigation, Radar and V&TL enforcement, and was the Communications and Training Officer for several years. In 1969 he was asked to teach at the newly opened Schenectady County Community College and taught the "Introduction to Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Course." He was active in his union and held various offices in the Schenectady Amateur Radio Association.

Dorothy L. Wells passed away April 9, 2021. She was born in Stockton, California on June 2, 1932. A devoted mother, friend, and community volunteer, she worked as a social worker for the elderly, a teacher's aide at Sierra Vista, as well as a braille aide for children at Victory School. Dorothy volunteered for many years as a certified Library of Congress braille transcriber and many hours at the Friends of the Library and the Stockton Civic Theatre...all in California.

Helen K. Allers, 91, a longtime resident of Germantown, passed away on Saturday, April 10, 2021. Music was Helen's passion. She was a music teacher in the Germantown Central School District from 1952 through 1968, and then spent the next 50 years teaching private piano and voice lessons. The joy of her life was teaching her hundreds of students over the decades. She also served as organist/choir director at several local churches, including Germantown Reformed Church, until March 2020.

Estelle A. Mott, 90, of Clifton Park, entered into eternal life on Monday, April 12, 2021. Born in Schenectady, New York, she was a graduate of Mont Pleasant High School and Mildred Elley. Mrs. Mott retired from the Schenectady City School District where she had been employed as an Administrative Assistant for nearly 30 years.

Jeanne Baidy, 80, of Glenville, passed away April 9, 2021. Born on May 30, 1940 in Schenectady, New York, she graduated from Linton High School in 1958 and would go on to Mildred Elley School. Jeanne was a secretary at Schenectady County Community College and retired in 2004 after 25 years of employment. She enjoyed bowling, cooking, dancing to Polka music, shopping, traveling, and had "a love of dogs and cats".

Donald B. Smith, 96, of Galway, passed away on Saturday, April 10, 2021. He was born in Charlton, NY on May 31, 1924. Don worked for the Galway Central Schools for 30 years, retiring in 1986. In 1953 he joined the Galway Volunteer Fire Co serving his community for 45 years and as Fire Chief for six years.

John "Jack" C. Owens, of Cohoes, passed away Thursday, April 8, 2021. He was 84 years old. After high school, Jack served as a paratrooper in the Screaming Eagles (101st Airborne). Fortunately, it was peacetime and jumping out of aircraft was all the action he saw. Although Jack started out as a tax auditor for the IRS, he quickly realized that teaching was the career for him so he went back to Siena to earn his MS Degree. Jack taught at Watervliet High School from 1965 through 1993. While there he made countless friends, taught thousands of students, and coached tennis and soccer.

David W. Coffey, 74, of Newburgh, NY, entered into rest on April 7, 2021. David proudly served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam Conflict with the Vietnam Combat Task Force from 1967-68. He was a Special Needs Teacher for the Beacon City School District, retiring in 2009 after 39 years of teaching. He was a member of the NYS Teachers Assn., National Education Assn., American Legion Post #0203, and the Studebaker Driver's Club.

Marjorie A. Lanier, of East Glenville, NY, died March 19, 2021. She was born June 22, 1934 in Palisades, NY. Marjorie was a graduate of Dumont High School, Dumont NJ and of Hope College, Holland MI. She was a former teacher in the Shenendehowa and South Colonie Central School Districts. She returned to substitute teaching after raising her children.

Charles John Wink, 82, of Baldwinsville, NY and St. Petersburg, FL, passed away April 4, 2021. As a gifted athlete, he was recruited by Syracuse University on a football scholarship and played with the 1959 Championship Football Team. After 35 years as athletic Director and teacher he retired from the Syracuse City School District. As a US Navy veteran he volunteered at the St. Petersburg Veterans Hospital.

Elaine Haberland, 64, of Cody, Wyoming, passed away April 4, 2021. She was born December 6, 1956. Elaine taught Special Education at the Veeder Elementary School in the South Colonie Central School District.

Juliette M. (Hart) Constantino, 82, of Clinton/Lancaster, MA, passed away Monday, April 5, 2021. In addition to raising her family, Juliette held positions with the Colonial Press and Ray-O-Vac, was employed as a cafeteria worker and bus driver in the Lancaster School System, and retired as an office clerk for the MA Department of Correction.

Russell G. Miller, 72, passed away on Tuesday, April 6, 2021. Born on September 25, 1948, Russell was a lifelong resident of Ballston Spa. A 1966 graduate of Ballston Spa High School, Russell went on to work in the HVAC industry. He worked for Shenendehowa Central Schools for many years as a head maintenance technician. He was most recently employed at the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library as the maintenance director.

Bettie J. Bellamy, 83, of Staten Island passed on Palm Sunday March 28, 2021. Mrs. Bellamy worked as a teacher's aide at PS. 31, began her secretarial career at Staten Island Community College and then went to work for Con Edison as an executive secretary. She worked at Con Edison for 21 years retiring in 1999. Post retirement she returned to Staten Island Community College obtaining a position where she worked to enroll students in certification programs.

Earl L. Hare, 91, of Mayfield, died Wednesday morning, March 31, 2021. Earl served in the Army from 1954 to 1956. He was a teacher at Meco Elementary and Oppenheim-Ephratah schools and was also a guidance counselor and substituted at various local schools. Earl as a young man ushered at Radio City Music Hall, and bell hopped at various hotels, which later in life led to his love of ushering at both SPAC and Proctors.

Robert Bruce Van Buren, 89, of Rotterdam, passed away on Monday, April 5, 2021. He served in the Coast Guard for four years. Bob was a lifelong educator, starting out as a teacher, and later having a career as an elementary school principal. After Bob’s retirement from the Schenectady City School District, he spent countless hours volunteering with Community Hospice of Schenectady. He also played trombone in the American Legion Marching Band, well past his 80th birthday.

Theodore "Ted" Wright, 94, of Niskayuna, a retired professor passed awayJanuary 12, 2021. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1944-1945. His teaching experience included associate professor in the Government Dept. of Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, Indian Civilization at University of Chicago from 1961-1962; and professor of political science (1971) at the Graduate School of Public Affairs, State University of New York at Albany.

David Edward Seitz, 78, of Queens, NY died April 1, 2021. David was a Vietnam Veteran and was a substitute teacher in NYC.

Mary Alice Jewett, 87, of Princetown, passed away March 18, 2021. Born in Pella, Iowa in 1934, she earned a BA from Central College and an MA from SUNY-Albany. A gifted teacher she served in several local schools before becoming professor of communications at SUNY Albany. She finished her career serving 18 years at Niskayuna High teaching in the English department and heading the school's newspaper.

Joan L. DiCaprio, 84, of Amsterdam, NY, passed away Thursday April 1, 2021. Born in Amsterdam on July 25, 1936, she received her education in the Amsterdam school system and was a graduate of Wilbur H. Lynch High School in Amsterdam. Joan was employed for 38 years as a teacher's Aide in the Greater Amsterdam School District.

Marion Pertel Daileader, 91, of Saratoga Springs, passed away March 25, 2021. She earned her Bachelor's Degree from Chicago Teachers College and then went on to teach Home Economics in the Chicago Public Schools. After her children were in school, she decided to get her Master's Degree in Education from the SUNY Albany. She taught 7th grade Home Economics for 25 years at Koda Middle School in Clifton Park, NY, a career she loved. Marion retired from teaching in 1992.

Robert S. Martin, 90, of Sebastian Fla, passed away on March 30, 2021. He was born in Tuxedo, N.Y. and has been a winter resident of Sebastian for 35 years, returning summers to his home in Sylvia Lake, N.Y. Bob was a U.S. Air Force veteran. He retired from Schodack Central School District after many years teaching elementary school.

Richard E. Yard, Sr., 88, of Delaware Township, NJ, died Wednesday, March 24, 2021. Dick was a 1950 graduate of Flemington High School and was a talented musician in high school and after graduation played in dance bands in the area for several years. One of the original seven school bus drivers for Hunterdon Central Regional High School, Flemington, NJ, he only retired from that employment two years ago after 63 years of driving for the high school.

John Michael Boschi, 61, of Amsterdam entered into eternal life on Sunday morning March 28, 2021. John worked as a TV Tech/Media Aide, a substitute special education early childhood instructor, and a Teacher Assistant at the Amsterdam YMCA and Amsterdam Day Care Center. Teaching ultimately became John's passion, and he spent many years as a substitute teacher in the Amsterdam, Fonda and Perth elementary schools.

Jon E. Iannitti 1938 - 2021
Jon Edward Iannitti, Professor Emeritus SUNY Morrisville, passed away January 28, 2021. He was born in New York City, in July of 1938. In 1970, Jon began a rewarding 30 year career at SUNY Morrisville College, teaching Sociology, World History and Environmental History, from the perspective of global history.

Dorothy Agnes Little, 84, of Queensbury, passed away Sunday, March 28, 2021. Born in Yonkers, on July 16, 1936, she had a master's degree in education and received her bachelor's degree in music at the University of Rochester, Eastman School of Music. Dorothy was a talented and devoted music teacher, employed by Guilderland, Colonie, and Shenendahowa Schools. She was a member of the American Organ Guild and continued her love of music by playing organ music in churches in the Capital District.

Linda Cummings Deliduka, a native of Burlington, Vermont, died March 10, 2021. She was born August 21, 1942. She earned her Bachelor's degree from the University of Vermont in 1964. "Mrs. D" was a public school teacher her entire career and a lifelong advocate of children, educators, families, and the New North End community off Burlington.

Josephine O'Brien of Albany passed away on March 28, 2021. Josy was born on August 23, 1929, in Albany, graduated from The College of Saint Rose in 1951, and then went on to get a master's degree in education from SUNY Oneonta. Josy loved teaching, and taught middle school English and social studies at Fort Crailo School in Rensselear for 20 years.

Mark A. Garvey, 58, of Baldwinsville, passed away on Sunday, March 28, 2021. Mark was born on November 12, 1962 in Syracuse and graduated from East Syracuse Minoa High School, Syracuse University and Cortland. Mark taught physical education at Minoa Elementary for 28 years and was a very well- respected and loved teacher and coach within their Softball program, district, and overall community.

Don Peterson was born in Wesleyville, Pennsylvania and passed away at the age of 90 in Sun City, Arizona. He spent over 35 years as a high school math teacher with the Burnt Hill-Ballston Lake Central School District. He was an active union leader, first with the NEA, and later with the AFL-CIO. He participated in developing national math standards, and after retirement became an adjunct professor at Union College, supervising student teachers. Posted on Sunday, March 28, 2021.

Joseph "Joe" Cillis, 85, passed away Wednesday, March 24, 2021. Joe was born in Albany, NY on December 24, 1935. Joe taught Physical Education at Shaker Road Elementary School in the South Colonie School District for 9 years. He left teaching to pursue another passion - home building.

Judge Ethel Louise Brewer was born on February 19, 1950, in Utica, New York. She died Wednesday, September 9, 2020. She held various positions in higher education at Hudson Valley Community College, Troy, NY; Union College, Schenectady, NY; Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY; and Benedict College, Columbia, SC. In 2012, she was appointed by then Governor Nikki Haley to serve as a Summary Court Judge in Richland County, SC. She was a dedicated servant until her recent retirement in August 2020. Posted March 26, 2021.

Carl Silver of Greenfield,  MA passed away September 26, 2020. A Franklin County, MA, resident for 46 years, Carl was born in Brooklyn, New York. Carl grew up a precocious child who always marched to the beat of his own drum. He was an officer in the U.S. Air Force, a high school biology teacher, a guidance counselor, a U.S. park ranger, and then earned a Ph.D. in Psychology. Posted March 26, 2021.

Jackie Marlene Foote, 66, of Blackfoot, Idaho, passed away, Saturday, March 20, 2021. Jackie and her husband had many business ventures including making down sleeping bags, blankets, and gear that were used for Mt. Everest expeditions. Later, Jackie worked in the schools as a substitute teacher for several years and then as a teachers aide at Snake River High School in Blackfoot, Idaho.

Martha H. Schmulbach, 95, of Cleverdale, passed away on March 18, 2021. Marty was born on March 30, 1925, in Columbus, OH. She was employed as an English teacher for seventh through twelfth grade at Linton High School and Niskayuna High School in Schenectady, NY, and was active in drama and radio broadcasting. Additionally, she taught, directed, and acted in over fifty community plays and musicals.

Robert P. Marshall, 68, of Perth, passed away on Friday March 19, 2021. He was born in Paris, France on April 20, 1952. Bob worked for several leather mills in the area. He also started a leather factory in Africa. When he returned to the US, Bob was a school bus driver for Galway Central School and at the time of his death, he drove for Brown's Transportation in Amsterdam.

Janis M. Kuta, 73, died Saturday, March 20, 2021. Janis was born in Bennington, VT and lived in Scotia most of her life. She worked as a nurse at Ellis Hospital and later did private duty nursing. Subsequently, she worked for the Scotia Glenville School District as a bus driver, a job she truly loved, until retiring.

Mary Elizabeth "Chick" Chambers, of Halfmoon, passed away March 12, 2021. She was born in Astoria, New York on February 3, 1937 and grew up in Lynbrook, Long Island. Over the years Mary worked at Barclay Home Products in Cohoes, Shenendehowa Central School, and the NYS Motor Vehicle Department in Saratoga County. Mary was involved with the creation of Miss Shen Softball along with managing and coaching teams.

Kenneth T. Jenks, 62, of South Dennis, MA, passed away Friday, March 12, 2021. Kenneth joined the Dennis-Yarmouth Regional School District in 1984 as a history teacher. He had many achievements in his rewarding career including serving as President of the Teachers Union, Summer School Principal, Key Club Advisor, Assistant Principal, Principal and Assistant Superintendent.

Patricia M. Collopy, 90, formerly of Averill Park and Lansingburgh, died Saturday, March 13, 2021. Patricia and her husband were co-founders of the Hudson Mohawk Valley Cystic Fibrosis Foundation where she served several years as president. She was a dedicated teacher with the Lansingburgh School District for over 25 years. Pat's two favorite pastimes were tennis and playing bridge.

Eileen Zipes (née Weiner) of Poughkeepsie, NY died March 15, 2021. Born on July 1st, 1937 in Manhattan she spent much of her teenage years living in Miami Beach. Eileen enjoyed a long teaching career in the Wappingers School District as both an elementary and junior high teacher. She was often recognized by her former students when she was out in the community.

Penelope Katharine (Penny) Mossman, 64, of Culverden, New Zealand, passed away March 15, 2021. She was a treasured friend, colleague and teacher to the staff and students at Amuri Area School, Culverden.

Thomas F. Taylor, 90, of Corning, passed away Monday, March 15, 2021. He was a veteran of the US Marine Corp, where he made many lifelong friends.Tom retired from Conrail in 1992 where he worked as a conductor. His first job following retirement was as a courier for the Corning Leader, then as a school bus driver for both T & T Transportation and Birnie Bus Service.

Ann Marie (Guidoboni) Tosi, 84, of Plymouth, MA, died March 15, 2021. She was born in Plymouth and lived there all of her life. Mrs. Tosi worked as an elementary school teacher for the Town of Plymouth school system for 32 years before retiring. She enjoyed arts, craft, knitting, and Northern Italian cooking.

Barbara Fox, 97, a lifelong Wisconsin resident, passed away March 10, 2021. Barbara was a stay-at-home Mom until her daughter needed braces and she became an elementary school teacher's aide and then secretary. She discovered that she could run things outside the home: in her years at Weston Elementary School in Weston, WI, she was the secretary, scheduler, nurse, teachers' confidante, shoulder for a generation of kids to cry on ... but her favorite task was to count and deposit the school's lunch money every day.

Roger Kreighbaum, 83, of Indianapolis, IN, passed away Saturday March 13, 2021. He was born in Plymouth, IN on June 19, 1937. Roger was a huge Butler University fan and was the campus barber for over 50 years. He also drove a school bus for St Gabriel the Archangel Catholic School and then Indianapolis Public Schools for over 50 years.

Geraldine Patton Oakley, 89, died Sunday morning, March 14, 2021 in Hermitage,TN. She was born May 14, 1931 in Watertown, TN. Geraldine was a graduate of Watertown High School and Carson Newman College. She retired from Lifeway Christian Resources and was a teacher's aide and bus driver for the Watertown-Wilson County School system.

Mary "Peanut" Pietroski, 93, of Mt. Vernon, MD, passed away Thursday, March 11, 2021. She valued her employment experiences and would talk of the days when she picked strawberries, worked in the cannery, and in the hospital lab. She shared fond memories of working for various doctors in the area to later being one of the first cafeteria workers at Mt. Vernon Elementary to later retiring from the Washington High School cafeteria in Mt. Vernon.

Margaret Fulmer Moylan, 76, of Herkimer, passed away on March 12, 2021. In 1966, she began a 20 year career teaching English in Ilion NY and was beloved by her students. She loved music and singing and performed for three summers with the Saratoga-Potsdam chorus in Saratoga, with the Philadelphia orchestra.

Arvin Bonaparte Bell, Jr., 75, of Kenbridge, Virginia, passed away March 8, 2021. At the age of 16, the Superintendent of Lunenburg County Schools asked A.B. to drive a school bus route. He agreed and drove until he graduated from Victoria High School. When he began his teaching career, he continued to drive a school bus route for many years. Arvin was a Guidance Director and Business Teacher at Central High School of Lunenburg for 38 years. He also served his country as a member of the 684th Ordnance Company (DS), Virginia Army National Guard, Blackstone, Virginia.

Susan Washburn, 70, of Gloversville, passed away Friday March 12, 2021. She was born on November 17, 1950 in Brooklyn, NY. Susan grew up and spent her life in Gloversville, NY. After raising her children, Susan returned to college and received a Master's Degree from The College of St. Rose. She enjoyed a career working as a Speech Pathologist in area schools.

Rosemary "Joy" Klapp of Guilderland passed away March 3, 2021, at age 85. Joy was an elementary school teacher in the Mechanicville Central School District for many years. She loved to roller skate and enjoyed the sport throughout her retirement.

Marjory Stubbington Ridler, 73, of Cambridge NY, passed away on Saturday, January 30, 2021. Marjory was an art teacher at Cambridge Central School for 25 years and developed much lauded elementary art and high school painting and drawing programs. Charity was a cornerstone of Marjory’s life. She gave of herself to the local community in Cambridge though the school, the Historical Society, Hubbard Hall and the Co-op; to communities in South Carolina through her tireless contributions and direction to VOSCA; and to impoverished communities in Central America through humanitarian trips to Nicaragua. Note: VOSCA (VO lunteers to South CArolina) is a community service organization composed of high school seniors in Cambridge, NY. Their culminating effort is a week in April rebuilding homes of the impoverished in South Carolina.

Bobby Alex Harrell, 87, of Plant City, Florida, born in Tampa in 1933, entered into eternal rest on March 8, 2021. He was a lifelong resident of Hillsborough County, owned Harrell Radio and TV Service, and was a teacher for Hillsborough County Public Schools. He designed and shared adaptations for one-handed children's bow and arrows and musical instruments, made wooden toys and boxes, and painted with watercolors.

Patricia A. "Pat" (Shea) Sinclair, of Randolph, MA. passed away March 7, 2021, at the age of 79. Pat worked as a special education teacher's aide in the Randolph Public School system. An advocate for children with special needs, Pat was instrumental in starting the G.R.O.W. program in Randolph (Greater Randolph Occupational Workshop) and helped form the Special Education Law, Chapter 766.

Lorraine Audrey Marchione, 92, formerly of Rotterdam, NY, passed away on Friday, March 5, 2021, in Austin, TX. She served as a literacy tutor and chairwoman of Literacy Volunteers of Schenectady and was a member of Church Women United. Lorraine was employed as a teacher in the English as a Second Language and GED preparation programs at Washington Irving Adult & Continuing Education Center, Schenectady City Schools.

Wilhelmina (Willie) D. Gilligan, 85, a native of Middleburg, has passed in Austin, TX on February 24, 2021. While at the Mohawk Valley Library System, she was the Bookmobile Librarian serving the small communities of Schoharie County. Later she obtained a position as librarian at Dutchess Community College. Ultimately she completed additional education to become a school librarian so that she would have a schedule similar to that of her son.

Robert Alan Donovan, 99, died March 6, 2021. Almost immediately after marrying his wife, he left for military service in World War II. He served in the Army in England, France, and Germany. He taught at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY for nine years and in 1962 took a job at what was then called the State University of New York at Albany. He was well regarded as both a teacher and a scholar. He served as the English Department's Director of Graduate Studies in the 1970s, and then its Chair in the 1980s.

Peter W. Mravlja, 48, of Rexford, passed away March 6, 2021. He started his teaching career as a physical education instructor at Hamilton Elementary School in Schenectady. Peter later began his long-term career at Southgate Elementary in the North Colonie Central School District, where he would spend over 20 years as an educator with K - sixth grade. Peter also coached travel baseball for Niskayuna, recreational and high school baseball, varsity soccer and boys modified basketball for Shaker, and Challengers baseball for those in special education.

Joseph P. “Sonny” Tamburro, 91, a lifelong Frankfort resident, passed away Tuesday morning, March 9, 2021. Joe’s career as an educator was spent with the Ilion Central School District where he taught fourth grade at West Hill and Remington elementary schools. He truly loved what he did every day and retired after a thirty-year career in 1989.

Carol Ingram Wege, 67, of Glenville, NY went home to be with the Lord on March 8, 2021. She was born on January 1, 1944 in Rochester. Carol was a teacher at LaSalle, Shenendahowa High School and Schenectady High School. She and her husband enjoyed growing vegetables and berries every year and she liked to can and freeze them.

Olive M. Hinman, 92 of Rotterdam, passed away Sunday, March 7, 2021. Olive was born in Syracuse. She was employed as a teacher with the Niskayuna and Schenectady school districts. Olive also worked for many years as a real estate agent with several area realtors and was the past president of the Women's Council of Realtors.

Marcella A. Kocienski Fushs (Fuchs), 67, of Latham, passed away Monday, March 8, 2021. Marci began her teaching career at St. Anthony's School in Schenectady. She later taught in the Watervliet City School District for many years before becoming the principal at Rensselaer Park Elementary School in the Lansingburgh Central School District for over 10 years before retiring.

Rose (Cooperberg) Cavalluzzo of Saratoga Springs passed away March 6, 2021. Born August 16, 1952 in Manhattan, she taught high school and college courses and supported teachers throughout her career for the New York City Board of Education. She was always willing to step in and help a student in need, even if they were not in her classes.

Anne M. Hotaling, 80, of Rexford/Clifton Park passed away March 3, 2021. Born in Schenectady in 1940, Anne taught secondary English for two years in the Lansingburgh School District. Later, she taught English at Fayetteville-Manlius while her family lived in the Syracuse area. In 1968 her family moved to Burnt Hills, and she began a secondary English teaching position in the BH-BL School District, which continued until 1981.

George R. Holzhauer, 83, of Rexford, passed into eternal rest on March 6, 2021. George was born on December 8, 1937 in Troy, NY. He was an educator at heart, receiving a teaching position at Schoharie Central School where he taught High School Social Studies for 32 years until his retirement.

William E. Schoonmaker, 71, of Auburn passed away peacefully, Saturday morning, March 6, 2021.William was involved in education for most of his life, teaching at various institutions including Kent State, University of Minnesota and retired after several years of teaching at North Rose Wolcott High School, located about halfway between Rochester and Syracuse, where he was also the President of their Teacher's association for many years.

Mary Lee Guillot, 85, a resident of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, passed away on February 26, 2021. A graduate of LSU, she had a fulfilling career as a teacher, both in private and public schools as well as teaching English to new immigrants. She especially enjoyed her years of teaching young children in the Bayou. She rose to the rank of Principal at Baton Rouge Magnet High School in the '80s.

John W. Ludden, 74, of Ilion, passed away Thursday, March 4, 2021. He was born on September 10, 1946, in Ilion. Mr. Ludden was employed as a driver and later, a warehouse worker, at the Association for the Blind, Utica. He also worked as a school bus driver for Bernie Bus Co., Utica.

Eleanor M. Bradley, 83, of Boulder, CO, passed away on Tuesday, March 2, 2021. She began her teaching career in Nassau County, Long Island, NY. She taught many years in New York and Colorado and retired from Tennyson Knolls Elementary School in Adams County District 50, Westminster, CO.

Marceline Perkinson-Shields, 89, of Colonial Heights, Virginia, passed away Friday February 26, 2021. She was born on January 11, 1932. Marceline was the Cafeteria Manager at North Elementary School in Colonial Heights, Virginia.

Velva Rosalie Unger, 97, formerly of Dixon, Illinois, passed away on Sunday, February 28, 2021. Velva was born on May 10, 1923 in Polo, Illinois. She was a school bus driver for 16 years and Chief Deputy for the Lee County Housing Authority in Illinois.

Mary D. Wilson, 89, passed away Saturday, February 27, 2021. Mary was a Latin teacher for almost four decades and retired from Niskayuna High School in 1993. She was an avid reader and enjoyed travel, Broadway musicals, and spending time with her family.

Edward J. Starsiak, 88, passed away March 5, 2021 in Schenectady. Following high school, he proudly defended his country in the United States Naval Air Transport Service from 1951 – 1955. He was an educator for many years, teaching industrial arts and drivers' education for Scotia-Glenville High School and ultimately retiring from Gloversville High School. Edward also coached Freshman and JV football as well as track and field.

Max David Hedgecoth, 81, passed away on February 25, 2021. Born in Spring City, Tennessee, he was raised on the Cumberland Plateau. Max was a 36-year veteran teacher of Duval County, Florida, Public Schools where he began as a physical education resource teacher and joined the full-time faculty at Windy Hill Elementary, in Jacksonville, FL, in 1980. He retired from DCPS in 2000.

Ruth E. Johnson Sales passed away March 2, 2021. A native of Blackville, SC, she resided in Jacksonville, FL, most of her life. She was employed by the Duval County, Florida, School Board as a Teacher's Aide, where she rendered over 29 years of dedicated service before retiring.

Regina M. Beck, 76, of Minoa, passed away on Tuesday, March 2, 2021. She retired from the East Syracuse Minoa School District after 20 years as a teacher's aide. She also served as treasurer of the Minoa Library.

Barbara Miller Pedersen, 79, of Bradenton, Florida, formerly of Eden, New York, passed away February 27, 2021. She taught school in the North Collins Central School District in Southern Erie County for 25 years where she developed teacher programs for New York State, trained Adult Teacher Aides and student teachers, and was a Master Teacher.

Paulette Hastie passed away February 13, 2021. Paulette was born alongside her twin-brother Paul at the Cudworth Hospital. She worked 13 different jobs in her life, including Dental Assistant, School Secretary and Teacher-Aide (Lucky Lake School), and Esthetician...all in the Province of Saskatchewan, Canada.

Elvira Andreine Bagnoli, 103, formerly of Mechanicville, died on Tuesday, March 2, 2021. Born in Schenectady on November 11, 1917, Elvira was the City of Mechanicville Police Dept. matron for over 25 years, and was the watchful crossing guard on William Street, protecting students of the former St. Paul's Parochrial School for many years.

Robert G. Neusel, 78 of Saratoga Springs, died on February 23, 2021. Born on February 2, 1943, in Port Washington, N.Y., he taught for over 25 years before changing careers to become a certified financial planner.

Matthew Edward Turner was born June 14, 1973 and died Feb. 26, 2021. He  grew up in Butler, NY, roughly half way between Syracuse and Rochester. After teaching for a few years in the Schenectady area, he began his long-term teaching position at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (BH-BL) High School in 2000, where he taught social studies classes for more than 20 years. Matthew was also known by many students as "Turner" as the girls (20 years) and boys (16 years) BH-BL High School swim team coach. Turner's overall coaching record for the girls was 132-62-3, and 68-95 for the boys team. Both teams were ranked in the top 10 in New York State for numerous years under his leadership.

Jane Robertson Eubanks, 94, was born June 6, 1926, in West Columbia, South Carolina, and died February 26, 2021 in Cayce, South Carolina. She taught school in Lexington County School District Two in West Columbia for thirty nine years and was a member of the Alpha Delta Kappa Teachers Sorority.

G. Michael Davis, Ed.D, 82, 0f Swarthmore, PA, a retired high school English teacher at Strath Haven High School, passed away February 25, 2021. Mike joined the U.S. Navy in 1955. He served as a Hospital Corpsman at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Bainbridge, Maryland until 1959. Later, he joined the U.S. Naval Reserve. He served as a line officer in Reserve Crews of the U.S.S. SPERRY, U.S.S. CONWAY, and the U.S.S. BARTON.

Carroll Eugene (Gene) Grider was born January 3, 1942 in St Louis, Missouri and passed away Friday, February 26, 2021. Gene had lifelong friends from his time served on the Montgomery Police Force, owning Twin Cities Yamaha, Managing Special Events in food services at Auburn University from where he retired and in recent years, driving a school bus for Auburn City Schools...all in Alabama.

Florence Dolores Rokicki, 96, of Perth Amboy, New Jersey, passed away Saturday, February 27, 2021. Born in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania, Florence grew up in William Penn Upper Shaft, Pennsylvania. She worked as a secretary for 3 years at Tiflex, then for 11 years as a teacher's aide at the McGinnis School in Perth Amboy.

Susan P. Ekiert, 73 of Cohoes, went peacefully to sleep and woke up in Heaven on February 24, 2021. She spent her entire teaching career in Saratoga Springs, retiring in 2002 from Geyser Road Elementary School. In keeping with her interest in sports, she also coached youngsters in the Saratoga Miss Softball League for several years.

Patricia McCormack,. of Schenectady, entered into eternal life on Tuesday, February 23, 2021, at the age of 61. Patty worked for the Niskayuna Central School District for many years. She loved spending time at Sacandaga Lake with her family.

David Hunden died January 30, 2021 in North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, three days before his 105th birthday. David began his career as a teacher in Canyon, BC. He was a World War II veteran, landing on a Normandy beach on D-Day plus one. He remained in the Armed Forces after the war and served his country, Canada, for an additional twenty-five years, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Upon retiring from the military, he got his master's degree in history from Carleton University and returned to his first love, teaching at Langara Community College in Vancouver for another twenty years.

Cornelius (Neil) O'Shea, 83, passed away on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 in Roselle, NJ. Beginning his career as an accountant for Mobile Oil Corporation, he left the industry to launch his own school bus company for children with special needs. A successful member of the school bus industry, he served as President of the NJ School Bus Owner's Association from 1977 to 1979.

Edith Annette Baggese
March 12, 1925 - Feb. 8, 2021
Resident of San Jose, CA.
Edith Baggese passed away peacefully at the age of 95 on February 8, 2021. Edith was a teacher's aide in the Berryessa (California) Union School District for many years. She was a member of the Italian American Club and ICF.

Marilyn Sue Martin Keplar, passed away Monday, Feb. 22, 2021. Marilyn was born in 1937 in Nelsonville, OH. She was a school bus driver for the Nelsonville school system, a realtor, and an ATCO Workshop Special Needs Teacher.

Larry Wells Ostrander, Sr., 77, of Quincy, Michigan, passed away Tuesday, February 23, 2021. He was a teacher, a counselor, a principal and retired Superintendent of Schools in Grass Lake, Michigan. After retiring, he started a company that provided school bus driver training for the State of Michigan.

Born Estelle Marie Bulzomi on September 27, 1939 in Brooklyn, NY, Estelle passed away February 22, 2021. Estelle was a teacher's aide at Oak Tree PreSchool in Sparta, NJ for 18 years. She was known and loved as "Stellie" to many children, parents and co-workers.

Esther Anne Dow, 94, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, died on February 13, 2021. She entered the world on March 9, 1926 on a farm near Cogar, Oklahoma and graduated from Binger High School. She loved teaching elementary school and everything about it--she drove the school bus in Cogar and taught at their one room schoolhouse there before graduating high school. Later, after two college degrees, she taught at Jackson Elementary in Norman, OK, and upon moving to Putnam City, OK, Rollingwood Elementary.

John G. Gouveia, 91, of Taunton, Massachusetts, passed away Monday, February 22, 2021. He served proudly in the United States Army during the Korean War with the rank of Corporal. After his honorable discharge he worked for the Talbot Wool, Larsen Tool & Stamping, City of Taunton Cemetery Department, and lastly as a custodian at Taunton High School.

Francis James McBreen, 83, of Athens, passed away on February 18, 2021. He taught elementary school for over thirty years in Amsterdam and at Hudson High School for nearly ten years. Frank was a proud son of Ireland and proudly served his country for 21 years in the U.S. Air National Guard.

William W. Ziskin, 58, of Amsterdam, NY, passed away February 22, 2021. He served six years in the Army National Guard, 10th Mountain Infantry Division. Bill taught English, Film, and Theater at Schenectady High School (SHS), as part of the John Sayles School of Fine Arts, and was proud to be a part of the School of Performing Arts at Proctors Theater in Schenectady. He coached junior varsity and varsity football in his early years in the district, and co-founded the The Blue Roses Theater Company at SHS. After a 30-year teaching career, Bill retired from education in 2017 and rededicated himself to his passion for sports photography. He became the sports photographer for the University at Albany Athletics Program.

Barbara M. Berman, 85, of Schenectady, passed away Monday, February 22, 2021. Born in Sudbury, England, Barbara worked for many years as a trim buyer at Expo Beau David Limited in Manhattan. In 1993, her family moved to the Capital Region where Barbara enjoyed working as a lunch aid at The International Charter School of Schenectady.

Helen Carroll Read, 80, of Spartanburg, SC, died Sunday, February 21, 2021. A 1959 graduate of Spartanburg High School, Mrs. Read was a bookkeeper with Ellis Clothes of Distinction and a Teacher's Aide at Brumfield Elementary School, Warrenton, VA. 

Herman L. Serafini, 89 years old of Baldwinsville, New York died on February 21, 2021. Herman was a teacher at Baldwinsville Central School District for 30+ years. He was also President and Owner of Serafini Paving Company, Inc.

Scott A. Cless, 48, of New Bloomfield, PA, passed away Saturday, February 6, 2021. He was born in Harrisburg, PA on April 7, 1972. Scott was a school bus operator for Dums Bus Service. He was a member of the New Bloomfield VFW and a former member of the New Bloomfield Fire Department.

Carol M. Zabielski, 58, of Schenectady, passed away Saturday February 20, 2021. She received her BA degree in English and then her Master's degree in Library Science in 1988 from SUNY Albany. She worked at the library at SUNY Albany and then at the SUNY OCLC library system, also for Schenectady County, and at the NYS Dept of Education.

Helene Kowal Langan, 86, of Schoharie, passed away on Saturday evening, February 20, 2021. Helene was born on June 22, 1934, in Utica, NY. She taught second grade at New Hartford School until moving to Central Bridge in 1964 and later she began a 24 year career teaching at the Middleburgh Elementary School, retiring in 1994.

Lisa M. (D'Angelo) Gendron, 49, a lifelong resident of Pittstown and Brunswick, died Friday, February 19, 2021. Born in Troy, Lisa was a graduate of SUNY-Albany and The College of Saint Rose. Lisa spent over 20 years teaching at Cohoes Middle School. She spent most of her career teaching sixth grade, which she loved.

Betty A. Janke of Hatfield, PA passed away on Tuesday February 23 2021. She was 76. Born February 5, 1945 in Philadelphia, PA, Betty spent 17 and ½ years as a school bus driver in the North Penn (PA) School District and was the smiling face that greeted so many children every day.

Richard "Dick" A. Noonan, 85, of Dolgeville, passed away Saturday evening, February 20, 2021. Upon high school graduation, Dick enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1953. He served his country during the Korean War as a Private First Class. Dick spent his earlier years employed as a grocer in Dolgeville. Later in life, he went to work as a custodian at Dolgeville Central School, retiring in 2002 and continued to work part time, until several years ago.

Frank Singsheim, 84, of Scotia, passed away Thursday February 18, 2021. Frank was born and raised in Schenectady. Frank was an elementary school teacher with the North Colonie School District for many years and after retiring he was a self-employed painter.

Bonnie H. Brisk, 74, passed away February 21, 2021. Bonnie was a lifelong resident of Schenectady and a graduate of Linton High School. In retirement, she worked at Paige Elementary School in Schenectady as a Lunch Monitor, where she was adored by the children and her coworkers.

Diana Jimenez, 65, of Sutherland, NE, formerly of Plainfield, IL, passed away on February 18, 2021. She was born September 2, 1955 in San Antonio, TX. She worked as a school bus driver for many years near Chicago, IL.

Douglas B Printy, 77, of Sun City Center, FL, formerly of Hornell, NY, died February 9th, 2021. He spent his first years as an art teacher in the diverse locations of Greenwood-Whitesville Central (NY), Maui High (Hawaii), St Lawrence Central (Brasher Falls, NY) before settling down at Hornell (NY) Senior High School in 1971, retiring in 1998. He was a track & field official, football coach, Driver Education teacher, Art Club Advisor, Ski Club Advisor, and School Bus Safety instructor for area schools.

Stephen A. Letavec, 81 of Kettering, OH, and formerly of Republic, PA, passed away on Thursday, February 18, 2021. Stephen served in the US Navy. He first taught in Canton, OH. Later, he was an elementary teacher, Guidance Counselor and was the Assistant Principal for the Kettering City School District.

Julie Foil, 53, of Wellsboro, PA, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021. She was born on June 11, 1967. Julie was a teacher's aide for Wellsboro Area School District.

John B. Wilary, Jr., 75, formerly of Amsterdam, New York, entered into eternal life on February 13, 2021 He served in the United States Army Reserves from 1969 - 1975. John was a professional firefighter for thirty-one years and retired as Battalion Chief from the Amsterdam Fire Department. He was also employed by the Greater Amsterdam School District as a substitute teacher.

Victor Mikovich, 91, of Rotterdam, passed away February 17, 2021. After graduating from Officer Candidate School, he spent 23 months on active duty during the Korean War. Vic combined his love of football and high school English when he was hired with the Mohonasen Central School District to teach English and coach football. He spent two years as Chairperson of the English Department, two years as principal of Mohonasen High School, and finished his career as principal of Draper Middle School in the Mohonasen District.

Gertrude E. Pouchak, 99, of Brunswick, entered eternal life on February 5, 2021. Born in Springfield, Mass. on October 23, 1921, she a 1943 graduate of The College of Saint Rose. She later earned her master's degree in education and went on to teach at School 17 and later, School 16 in Troy.

Geneva Marie Orne, of Rexford, passed away on February 15, 2021. She was born on February 9, 1924, in North Troy, Vt. She was an elementary school teacher in Vermont and New York for most of her life.

Dominic Carmelo Gerace, 91 of Latham, entered into eternal life on Friday, February 19, 2021. Born in Albany on September 4, 1929, Dominic served in the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1952. He was employed as a home school coordinator by the Albany City School District for many years.

Lawrence W. (Larry) Duprey, 80, of Holyoke, MA, passed away on Saturday, February 13, 2021. Larry was a well-respected teacher, a Title I Director, and an administrator for 53 years in the Holyoke Public School System before retiring in 2016.

Audrey Pinchbeck Fisher, 91, died on February 17, 2021 in Portsmouth, VA. , After teaching for thirty-three years, she enjoyed her retirement: playing bridge, traveling, and clubs. She was a member of the National, State, and Local Education Associations and served as president of the Portsmouth Classroom Teachers’ Association, the Portsmouth Education Association, the Portsmouth Retired Teachers Club, and the Alpha Delta Kappa Honorary Teachers’ Sorority.

Lori Ann Miller, 59, of Snow Shoe, PA, passed away on Monday, February 15, 2021. She worked at the Clarence, PA, Post Office and then went to the Mountaintop Elementary School as a Teacher's Aid for many years before going to Bald Eagle Area High School to become a Special Needs Teacher's Assistant. She retired after 15 years of service.

Agnes E. Hurley, 79, of Albany, passed away on Friday, February 12, 2021. Born on August 10, 1941, in Albany, she became a teacher and later a principal at the Sunshine School and then principal at School #18 until her retirement from the Albany School District.

Frank Smarsch, 93, of Hamilton Square, New Jersey, passed away Monday, February 15, 2021. Frank worked as an auto body mechanic, and then was employed by the Hamilton Township School System at Steinert High School, as a custodian until his retirement at the age of 75.

Maureen T. Sullivan 82, passed away on February 14, 2021. In 1960 Maureen began teaching in Springfield, MA. Later she taught 1st and 2nd grade at Bowman Elementary school in Lexington, MA. During her years teaching, she enjoyed participating in a Teacher exchange program in London, England. In 1999 after 39 years as a teacher, she retired.

Philip Francis Doherty.
Sep 21, 1943 - Jan 20, 2021.
Phil was a History teacher and spent the last 20 years of his career at South San Francisco (California) High School, retiring in 2007.

Gloria Silverstein, 91, of East Brunswick, New Jersey, passed away on Sunday, Feb 14, 2021. She was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. After raising her family, she returned to teaching in 1968 for the Milltown, New Jersey, Board of Education as a Kindergarten teacher and continued there until her retirement in 1995.

Lark Nalani Tresp, of London, Ontario, Canada and formerly from the Camp Hill/Harrisburg area of Pennsylvania passed away January 24, 2021 just 4 days shy of her 81st birthday. Lark was a stay-at-home mom and then several years later was a teacher's aide at Rossmoyne Elementary School in Camp Hill.

Dennis Armijo, a lifelong resident in Deming, NM, died Friday, February 12, 2021 in El Paso, TX. Dennis was born January 26, 1940 in Truth or Consequences, NM. During his enlistment in the US Air Force he was stationed in England. Dennis worked in education for over 25 years combined as a teacher and principal for the Deming Public School District.
Carol Anne Mulski, of North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, passed away February 1, 2021, at the age of 67. She was born in Wolverhampton, England. Carol taught locally at Carson Graham Secondary, then at Argyle Secondary, both in North Vancouver.

Milton Sanchez, 87, of Bosque, NM, died Thursday February 11, 2021. He worked for over 40 years as a teacher and principal in Albuquerque, NM.

Howard L. Criddle, of St. George, Utah, passed away February 14, 2021. He was born September 20, 1933, in Syracuse, Utah. He worked as an Aircraft Parts Logistic Specialist at Hill Air Force Base, where he retired after 35 years. He then found great pleasure in driving a school bus for more than 12 years in both Davis County and Washington County School Districts in Utah.

Dolores J. Washell, 86, of Brisbin, PA, passed away Monday, February 15, 2021. She was born May 22, 1934 in Brisbin. Dolores was employed as a teachers aid for the Philipsburg Osceola School District, which straddles two Pennsylvania counties, Clearfield and Centre, until her retirement.

Milan "Moose" Ralbovsky, 87, of Johnstown, passed away on February 15, 2021. He enlisted in the United States Navy along with many of his "North End" neighbors. He honorably served for 4 years. Moose went on to teach at Oppenheim-Ephratah, Wheelerville, Broadalbin and eventually Broadalbin-Perth Central Schools. An elementary teacher, middle school science teacher, coach and advisor, his career spanned 37 years.

Patrick "Pat" Anthony Foti, 85, of Scotia, passed away on February 15, 2021. Pat served six years in the New York Air National Guard. His unit was called to active duty during the Berlin Crisis. His long career in education began as a teacher in Niskayuna and Burnt Hills Ballston Lake Central School Districts, continued as a guidance counselor at Columbia High School in East Greenbush and concluded with 30 years in various administrative positions at UAlbany.

Denis O'Brien passed away Tuesday, February 16, 2021. Denis was born in 1938 in Granville, New York. He accepted a mathematics teaching position in the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake school system in 1968 and remained there until his retirement. Denis was a volunteer fireman for twenty years at the East Glenville Fire Department.

Ronald Edward Saalborn died Sunday Feb.7, 2021, in Chinook, WA. Ron was born in Sioux Falls, SD, in 1943. Ron was a beloved teacher in the Vancouver (Washington) School District for 30 years at McLoughlin Jr. High, Shumway Jr. High, and Columbia River High School.

Howard W. Owen, 88, of Greenville, PA, passed away Monday, Feb. 15, 2021. Howard was a retired high school mathematics teacher for 31 years with the Port Allegany, PA, school system. Howard was born on Feb. 15, 1933 in Waterford, PA.

Ellen Faye (nee Pertuset) Raper, 85, of Milford, OH, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday February 13, 2021. Ellen retired from driving school bus for Milford Schools after 25 plus years of service.

Emily (Rathman) Box Blackmon was born in Ann Arbor, MI, January 26, 1943. She moved to Chelsea, MI in 1972 with her family, and worked for the Chelsea School District as a school bus driver and supervised the South School Elementary cafeteria and playground. She died February 14, 2021.

Doris V. Shaak, 92, of Myerstown, PA, formerly of Emmaus, PA, died Friday, February 12, 2021. She was employed as a teacher's aide in the East Penn School District and later as secretary at Hillside School, Macungie, PA until her retirement in 1996.

Ascension "Josefina" Castañeda, 88, of Sterling, Illinois, passed away on Sunday, February 14, 2021. Josefina was born on May 5, 1932 in Boone, AZ. Years after retirement she worked part time in the "Grandma Program" at Dillon Elementary School in Rock Falls, Illinois as an assistant teacher's aide with Ms. Woolhberg's kindergarten and first grader classes.

Eugene Willard Smith, 76, passed away on Saturday, February 13, 2021, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He was born in Hempstead, N.Y., on October 31, 1944. An educator for over 30 years, Eugene was a teacher, assistant principal, principal, and school board administrator for Henry County (Virginia) Public Schools.

William "Bill" Carrothers, 89, of Anchorville, MI, died Saturday, February 6, 2021. Born in Windsor, Ontario, Canada on August 8, 1930, he joined the United States Air Force in May of 1953. After military service, Bill was hired by Anchor Bay Schools in Michigan as an elementary physical education teacher. He served in many positions in the Anchor Bay district, retiring in 1985 as principal of its Naldrett Elementary School.

Randolph "Randy" Blecha, 72, of Geneseo, IL, passed away Thursday, February 11, 2021. He began his teaching career at Rock Falls High School as a teacher and a coach. He later was employed as a teacher and administrator at Geneseo High School for many years.

John Leroy Miller, longtime resident of Williams AZ, died Feb. 3, 2021 at the age of 80. John was in the Army from 1963 to 1965. He also worked and retired from Williams Unified School District from 1985 to 2005 where he was a custodian, and drove a school bus daily.

Betty Woolbright, 93, of Ballston Spa, died February 10, 2021 in Atlanta, GA. After college graduation in Illinois, she moved to Schenectady, NY where she acted on GE's WRGB experimental live television station as a regular on the program "Life with the Websters" in the 1940s. After her marriage in 1951, Betty settled in Georgia and stayed home until her 3 sons were in school and then worked as a public school teacher until she retired.

Gail Ann McNeil (Pastore), 80, of Rotterdam, passed away Thursday February 11, 2021. Born in Batavia, NY, she taught both Social Studies and English at Mohonasen Central Schools for over 20 years. Gail created the Young American's Club and took many students on extended trips to Washington DC, San Diego, Disneyland, Disney World and European tours.

Margaret "Peg" Elaine Scanlon Minotti, 96, of Potsdam, passed away February 3rd, 2021. Born in Schenectady, NY, she taught music in the Saratoga Springs Public Schools from 1946-1952. Joining the faculty at the Crane School of Music in Potsdam in 1966, Peg's tenure at SUNY spanned over 35 years.

Gerald P. Kirsch, 79, of Rotterdam, died Sunday, February 7, 2021. Born in Philadelphia, PA, Jerry worked as reference librarian for SUNY Cobleskill from 1966 until retiring in 1996. Subsequently, he worked for the Schenectady County Public Library from 1996 until 2008.

Dawn Dickinson Roberts, of Vero Beach, Florida, died February 11, 2021. She was originally from Ellenville, N.Y. and was born June 26, 1937. Dawn taught physical education at Burnt Hills and Ballston Lake high schools for 34 years.

Dr. Rita D. (Cashimere) Levay, 76 of Slingerlands, passed away on February 8, 2021. Rita worked for the New York State Department of Education, retiring as assistant commissioner for Special Education. She then championed the needs of children in the Bethlehem, Schenectady and Capital Region BOCES and  as a consultant in almost a dozen other school districts. Her original area of specialization was speech pathology.

David A. Harris of Watervliet passed away February 8, 2021. Born in 1942, David was a graduate of the Watervliet City Schools and R.P.I. He was a teacher at Granville Central School District.

Harry Lampman, 71, passed away Wednesday, February 10, 2021. As a math teacher, Harry taught at South Colonie CSD and Mohonasen School District. He left his teaching position in 1980 to work at New York State United Teachers. He re-entered the teaching profession at Guilderland CSD and retired in 2013.

Cathy Cecelia (Powers) Vanina of Guilderland died Thursday, February 11, 2021. She was born on February 3, 1962. Cathy had a 24-year career in teaching. She began her career at St. Mary's School in Waterford. She then taught at Tamarac Elementary for many years where she received tenure. After her children started school, she taught at the Guilderland and Niskayuna Central School Districts.

Betty Farone, 97, of Malta, NY, passed away on Saturday February 6, 2021. For 13 years she was employed by Saratoga County Schools as a school psychologist while also providing some services to schools in Albany, Schenectady and Schoharie counties. In addition, she did individual and group counseling in the Schenectady County Jail.

Edward Francis Carey, 90, of Troy, passed away February 8, 2021. Ed taught at Giffen Elementary in Albany and Iroqouis Middle School in Niskayuna, as a junior high special education teacher, from which he retired in 1991.

Carmella L. Palmietto, 87, of Schoharie, passed away Thursday, January 21, 2021. She worked as a teachers' assistant at the Claremont Elementary School (Special Education) in the Ossining School District, retiring in 1995.

Marylee Clark, 89, of Schenectady, passed away February 2, 2021. She worked at the former Washington Irving Middle and Mont Pleasant High Schools in the Schenectady School District. She retired from O.D. Heck Developmental Center where she served as a Therapy Aid.

Beatrice Smith Braim, 86, of Saratoga Springs, passed away on January 31, 2021. Once her children were all in school, she entered the work force at the Saratoga County Infirmary (Maplewood Manor) where she worked as a nurse for over 20 years. She also worked for many years at Geyser Road School.

Geraldine Niezgoda, 95 of Amsterdam, died on Sunday, January 31, 2021. She graduated as an R.N. from The College of Saint Rose in 1947 and was a member of the Cadet Nursing Corps. Geraldine was a school nurse teacher for twenty-five years in the Amsterdam and Johnstown School Districts.

Michael Anthony Strangia Sr.85, of Halfmoon, passed away on Thursday, January 28, 2021. He spent his career teaching history with the Pequannock High School in New Jersey. He also coached high school football and baseball.

Steve V. Randazzo, Jr., 50, passed away Sunday, January 31, 2021. Steve worked as the head custodian for the Schenectady City School District at Hamilton Elementary for over 20 years and was currently vice president of SCSD Local 886, Unit 8509.

Judith R. Jablonka, 71, of Clifton Park, passed away on Friday, January 22, 2021. Judi spent most of her career as a guidance counselor for South Colonie, notably at the middle school level, and was also a counselor for Au Pair in America.

Thomas D. Blaha, 64, of Gloversville, passed away January 28, 2021. Born in Amsterdam, NY on March 30, 1956, he was last employed in the maintenance department for the Greater Amsterdam School District.

Marfisa M. Lombard, "Martie," 99, of Troy, passed  into eternal life on January 25, 2021. She began her teaching career in Fort Plain, Gloversville and Amsterdam before starting her long teaching experience in the Troy School District. For the last 14 years of her career, she was an administrator in the Federal Programs in Troy.

Anne Marie Bennison, 100,  of Saratoga Springs, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021. Anne was a teacher and taught business in Stillwater, Canajoharie and Red Hook Schools. She retired from Red Hook in 1976 as a Guidance Counselor.

Ronald W. Frantz, 71, of Feura Bush, passed away on Sunday, January 24, 2021. Ron taught social studies/history for many years at Greenville High School. He also coached baseball and held a leadership role in the Greenville Faculty Association. Ron later worked at NYSUT as a legislative representative for several years.

August C. “Gus” Franze, 88, of Glenmont, N.Y., passed away Saturday, January 16, 2021. He served in the U.S. Air Force for three years as 1st Lt. Navigator-Radar Observer. Gus began his career in education teaching in Bethlehem (Hamagrael). From there, he served as vice principal in Burnt Hills (Glenhaven). He became principal in Guilderland (Altamont) and South Colonie schools (Forest Park, Sand Creek, Shaker Road) and retired in 1991.

Gloria Wilson Dobson, 92, of Glenville, passed away January 6, 2021. While raising her three children she started a career at the Niskayuna High School as a Media Center Assistant which included helping to bring computer technology into the school setting.

Paul E. Gundlach, 77, passed away on Monday, January 18, 2021. He was an employee of General Electric for 32 years; after retiring he spent another 20 years as a bus driver for the Scotia Glenville school system.

Edward Donald Walsh, 86, of Rotterdam, passed from this life January 22, 2021. Edward served in the Army Reserves as first lieutenant, Artillery & Guided Missile Center in Fort Sill, Okla. Edward returned to his hometown of Watervliet to be the principal of School One and later assistant superintendent for Watervliet City Schools, where he retired after 30 years of service.

Regina Ann (O'Hanlon) Nettleton, 76, of Saratoga Springs, died Thursday, January 21, 2021. She began her teaching career at St. Clement's Catholic Elementary School. Thereafter, she taught at St. Peter's Elementary School. In 1983, she moved to Caroline Street School in Saratoga Springs where she began teaching first grade, and then fifth grade for the remainder of her teaching career.

Cheryl A. Wrzochalski Ed.D., 76, of Colonie, passed away on January 21, 2021. She taught science in the Shenendehowa Central School District for 25 years. She became the science department chair at Shenendehowa in 1987 and retired in 1999.

Jessie Anabel (Edwards) Beninati, 99, of Ballston Spa, passed away January 20, 2021. She worked at Caplan's Style Shop in her youth and the Ballston Spa Central School District until retirement.

June Scoville (DeGraw), 89, passed away in Niskayuna on January 19, 2021.  She was born in Bridgeport, Nebraska on May 22, 1931. She was a kindergarten teacher of 21 years at Scotia-Glenville.

John P. Foley, 94, of Saratoga Springs, died on January 9, 2021. He was 94. A veteran of World War II and Korea. He continued to serve in the United States Army until his retirement in 1967, at the rank of Chief Warrant Officer 2. In 1971, he started to teach Social Studies in Saratoga Springs High School. In the following year, Mr. Foley began to teach African-Asian Studies in the new Junior High School, retiring in 1991.

Lois W. Corey, 96, of Ballston Spa, formerly of Victor, NY, passed away on Sunday, January 17, 2021. After high school, in response to WWII, she enrolled in the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps at Keuka College where she received her RN Degree. She used her training to work with area doctors, and in several area hospitals before becoming a school nurse at Victor Central School, a position she held until retirement.

Jo-Ann Luke, 86, of Clifton Park, passed away January 17, 2021. Jo-Ann was born on May 9, 1934 in Schenectady, N.Y. Jo-Ann enjoyed a short career in teaching at Mechanicville Central School District and Shenendehowa Central School before becoming a mother and raising her children.

Deanna J. Izzo, 76, of Schenectady, passed away Thursday, January 14, 2021. Deanna was born in Rensselaer on March 2, 1944. Deanna worked as a lunch aid at Zoller School in the Schenectady School District.

Beatrice M. Howland, 84, of Esperance, NY passed away Monday, January 11, 2021. She enjoyed a long nursing career with positions at Cobleskill Hospital, Eden Park Nursing Home, and Duanesburg Central School where she served as Elementary School Nurse from 1976 to her retirement in 2000.

Margaret L. Larson, 70, of Guilderland, passed away Wednesday, January 13, 2021. Margy worked as a special education teaching assistant at Fowler High School in Syracuse, retiring in 2014.

Theodore (Ted) Wright, 94, of Niskayuna  passed away January 12, 2021. Teaching experience included Bates College, Lewiston, ME; Indian Civilization at University of Chicago; Graduate School of Public Affairs, State University of New York at Albany (Associate Professor, Professor of Political Science 1971).

Faye Nadler of Schenectady, passed away Wednesday, January 13, 2021. She was employed by the Schenectady City School System as a teacher and library media specialist. She served on the crisis intervention team and as a coordinator in the Employee's Assistant program.

Karen Daffner of Schenectady passed away January 15, 2021, at the age of 65. She spent the majority of her career teaching physical education and coaching in the Schenectady School District.

Conrad S. Kuchay, 88, of Glenville, NY, passed away January 11, 2021. He served 4 years in the Navy as a fleet musician based in San Diego. Con's 35-year career began teaching Band and Instrumental Music at Onteora and Roxbury Central Schools. In 1964, he began teaching at Linton High School in Schenectady. He retired as Music Department Chairman in 1994.

Shirley Ann O'Neil, 85, of Ballston Spa, passed away on January 10, 2021. She was born on July 6, 1935, in Troy. Shirley had a long teaching career with the Lansingburgh School District and retired after 35 years of service.

William Charles "Bill" Glynn, 74, of Sunset Beach, NC, died January 11, 2021. He moved to Sunset Beach, NC, eighteen years ago after retiring from a 30 plus year career coaching and teaching physical education in the South Colonie Central School District at Saddlewood and Shaker Road Elementary Schools, Lisha Kill and Sand Creek Middle Schools, and Colonie Central High School.

Sandra Hope Zirlin, 76, of Amsterdam, died on January 9, 2021. Ms. Zirlin was an elementary art teacher with the Greater Amsterdam School District for 35 years before retiring in 2000. Sande was an active member of the Amsterdam Teachers Association, serving as a building representative for many years.

Sally A. Meraner, long-time resident of Glenville NY, passed away on the 10th day of January 2021 at the age of 92. She was employed by the Photo-Lab in Schenectady, the Bookmobile, and Glen Worden Elementary School, where she was fondly regarded as "SAM" the lunchtime and recreation aide.

Irene Harper of Schenectady passed away January 2, 2021. She graduated early from Mont Pleasant High School and she joined the US Air Force to follow her sense of adventure and patriotism where she served as a skilled aerial photographer. She was retired from her accounting job at the Schenectady Community College.

Matilda ("Tillie") M. George, 92, of Amsterdam, passed away on Monday January 4, 2021. Mrs. George was employed by NY Telephone in Amsterdam and the NY State Division of Tax and Finance in Albany, before taking a position at the Greater Amsterdam School District as a receptionist until her retirement in 1990.

Janet A. Connor, 88, formerly of Castleton, passed away on Sunday, January 3, 2021. Janet was born in White Plains on December 10, 1932. She was a kindergarten teacher in the East Greenbush School District for 34 years before retiring in 1988.

Russell "Russ" W. Phillips, 74, of Deerfield Beach, FL passed away on January 4, 2021. Russ was a dedicated teacher at Shaker Road Elementary School in the South Colonie Central School District until moving to Florida where he taught at Miramar Elementary School and River Glades Elementary School. He had also served as Treasurer of the South Colonie Teachers' Association.

Margaret "Peggy" Mount, 86, of Clifton Park, passed away January 3, 2021. She loved teaching and served as the president of the North Colonie Teachers Association and taught the fourth grade for most of her career.

Richard R. Young, 85, formally of Herkimer, passed away Friday morning, January 1, 2021, in Rome. Richard worked as the Superintendent of Calvary Cemetery, Herkimer, retiring after 30 years of dedicated service. He also worked as a school crossing guard on Washington and Folts Street in Herkimer.

Marilyn Buddenhagen, a retired longtime teacher at Forest Park School in the South Colonie School District, has passed away. Information was received on Monday, January 4, 2021.

Winifred Grove Pollak, 81, of Johnstown, NY died on January 2, 2021. Early on, she worked at SUNY-Cobleskill. She was a certified referee for high school volleyball and  an official "lunch lady" at Knox Jr. High in Johnstown and the Johnstown High School.

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