Hilda R. Canetto

August 31, 2016

GUILDERLAND – Hilda Rose Kamermayer Canetto, 93, of Guilderland, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on Monday, August 29, 2016.  Hilda was born in Catskill, the daughter of the late Joseph and Marie Kamermayer.  She lived for a time in Sarasota, FL, but moved to the Albany area in 1956.  She was employed for many years as a real estate agent, was a communicant of Christ the King Church in Guilderland for nearly sixty years, and also was a member of the Guilderland Seniors.

Hilda was predeceased by her husband Lee Canetto in 1994.  She is survived by her son Jude Canetto (Kathleen) of Loudonville; her daughter Russelita Hoffman (Robert) of Hudson; her grandchildren Lauren Canetto, Seth Canetto (Toni Whitbeck),  Ian Canetto, Robert Hoffman (Leeann Wagner), and Michael Hoffman (Erin Tsitsera).  She was predeceased by her sisters Helen Martel, Dorothy Ward and Ann Goldsmith.

Funeral services will be held privately at the convenience of the family.  Interment will be in St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands.  The family suggests memorial contributions to Christ the King Church, 20 Sumter Ave., Albany, NY 12203.  To leave a message of condolence for the family, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.

Rose Marie Oleyourryk

August 28, 2016

LATHAM – Rose Marie (McDermott) Oleyourryk, 82 of Latham, passed away peacefully on Saturday August 27, 2016 at her residence, surrounded by her loving family.  She was born in Fulton, NY on February 13, 1934, the only daughter of Loretta McDermott. Rose (Mickey) was educated in Fulton schools. She was the beloved wife of 63 years to Jack Oleyourryk. A dedicated housewife, mother and grandmother, Rose had also worked as a school bus driver for the North Colonie School District.

In addition to her beloved husband, Rose is survived by her children, Jacqueline (Richard) Miller, Susan (David) Ira and Robert (Carolyn) Oleyourryk. She was predeceased by a son, Dennis who died in infancy. Rose is the cherished grandmother of Ashley and Derek Miller, Christopher and Bryan (Devin) Ira and Matthew and Patrick Oleyourryk. She is also survived by six grand dogs and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the Funeral Memorial Mass on Wednesday morning at 10:00 at St. Ambrose Church, Latham. Entombment will follow at Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery, Niskayuna. At the request of the family and in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Community Hospice, at The Community Hospice Foundation, 295 Valley View Blvd., Rensselaer, NY 12144.

We Love You Rosebud.

To leave a message of condolence for the family, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.

 

Joseph P. Allen

August 26, 2016

ALBANY – Joseph P. Allen, 90, of Albany, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Monday, August 22, 2016.  The son of Joseph Francis Allen and Helen Roche Allen, he was born July 22, 1926 in Albany, and lived here all his life.  Joe graduated from St. Ann’s School in the South End of Albany. “You can take the boy out of the South End but you can’t take the South End out of the Boy”. He graduated from Christian Brothers Academy, Class of 1944 at the rank of Lieutenant and was a member of the CBA Cavalry. He attended the Albany College of Pharmacy, and graduated from Albany Business College.  Joe served in the United States Navy during WWII as a Pharmacist Mate 3rd Class, stationed at various naval installations along the east coast. While he never revealed the specifics, part of this service was to treat the wounded returning from Okinawa, an experience that left a lasting memory.

Joe and Carolina were married on September 17, 1949 beginning the next chapter in their adventure together.  They spent their honeymoon motoring from Albany to Boston with a stop in Springfield Massachusetts for a romantic dinner. After a three day stay in Boston they proceeded to Augusta, Maine and then on to Niagara Falls -- A whirlwind tour of over 2,000 miles.

Returning to Albany they took up residence in a flat by the Allen Rug Company where Joe worked with his father “Big Joe” and the William Allens. A family soon started to arrive in rapid succession with the birth of Carolyn, followed by Elizabeth, Joseph, Michael, Francis and Patrick.  They took the boy out of the South End moving the family to larger (needed) living quarters but always maintained allegiance to the South End. Joe’s work career found him selling real estate and ultimately to the Albany Housing Authority where he enjoyed a 25-year career as the manager of a number of the housing facilities throughout the city. In 1990 he began the enjoyment of retirement, travel, and as “Papa Joe” to his Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren.

Joe was predeceased by his parents, his brother Robert Francis, and his daughter Carolyn Allen Meltzer.  He is survived by his wife of almost 67 years, Carolina Connors Allen; son-in-law Evan Meltzer; grandson Philip Meltzer, his wife Cari, and great-grandchildren Connor Brown and Molly Lynn Meltzer; granddaughter Caroline Meltzer Brody, her husband Andrew, and great-granddaughter Evelyn Brody; daughter Elizabeth Allen Wyld and her husband John S. Wyld; granddaughter Elizabeth Wyld, her fiancee Lynda Smith, and great-granddaughter Victoria Smith-Wyld; grandson John S. Wyld III and his wife Victoria; son Joseph F. Allen, his wife Marilou Welch, and grandchildren Joseph P. II, Kathleen, Mary, and Casey Allen; son Michael P. Allen, his wife Diane Fletcher, and grandchildren Michael and Kerry Allen; granddaughter Kristina Allen Koonz and her husband Matthew; son Francis X. Allen, his wife Elaine Mendel, and grandchildren Francis X. Jr., Andrea, Katherine, and Meaghan Allen; son Patrick W. Allen and his wife Diane Farrell.

The family also includes Joe’s brother Richard C. Allen and his wife Dianne; nephews Richard and Kevin Allen and nieces Cathleen Valette and Diane Dewey; sister-in-law Joan Connors Nash; brother-in-law Francis S. Connors and his wife Carol; survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

The family would like to express special thanks to Dr. Sean Roche whose care and concern has consistently been over and above his professional responsibilities, Sr. Jean Roche for her compassion and support during this time, the staff of the St. Peter’s Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, the St. Peter’s Hospital Intensive Care Unit and Hospice Inn.

Anyone wishing to remember Papa Joe in a special way can send a donation to the Christian Brothers Academy Big Brother for Education Scholarship Fund, 12 Airline Dr., Albany, NY 12205; or the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation – MMRF, PO Box 414238, Boston, MA 02241-4238 or themmrf.org/donatenow .

The friends and family are invited to share in the joys of Joe’s life on Sunday, from 3-7 p.m. in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany.  Funeral Services will be at the Parish of Mater Christi, Hurst Ave. & Hopewell St., Albany Monday morning at 10:00am.  Interment will be in St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands.

To leave a message of condolence for the family or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.

Andrew M. Pinckney, Jr.

August 23, 2016

WATERFORD – Andy fought his battle with cancer just like the Marine that he was, fighting to the bitter end. He passed away peacefully in the loving arms of his wife and son with his family by his side on Tuesday, August 22, 2016.

Andy graduated from CBA, Class of ’62.  He attended college at Villanova, Mt. Saint Mary and Marist majoring in History and Accounting.  Taking a break from college he joined the U.S. Marine Corps and served in Viet Nam as a machine gunner from 1966 to 1968 and was awarded the Purple Heart fighting for his country.  Andy worked many construction jobs in his younger years and was co-owner of Central News in Albany until the late 1970’s.  He retired from the U.S. Postal Service in 2006 after 20 years of service. Andy was a NY Yankees and Atlanta Falcons fan, although there wasn’t a sport he didn’t follow with his son Drew.  He was an avid reader never without a book by his side.  If you needed to know something all you had to do was ask Uncle Andy as he was a walking book of knowledge. He loved the game of golf and was fortunate after retirement to golf several times a week with his dear friends (the recently departed Brian Justice, Bill Shea, Art Mac, Mike Aquino, Billy Williams and Willard Schultz).  Andy traveled around the country with his wife following their son’s Military career as well as vacationing in The Bahamas, Aruba, Mexico and many years in at his favorite beach in St. Martin. He was a very generous and devoted family man and was notorious for doing things BIG.  He enjoyed being the grill-master barbecuing for family and friends (especially the grandchildren’s favorite Pop’s Burgers) at his pool during the summer and entertaining in his bar during the winter while listening to Sinatra… and he did it His Way.  He was known as “Uncle Andy” in his Waterford neighborhood by children and adults alike.  Andy’s favorite expression was “Holy Smokes” and the children would imitate him every time he said it.

Andy was born in Albany, NY on December 6, 1944 while his father was a prisoner of war in Germany, the first of seven children to the late Andrew M. Pinckney Sr. and Alice McDermott Pinckney.  He is survived by his wife and BFF Katy of 34 years, his son Lieutenant Colonel Drew Pinckney and Daugher-In-Law Jaye, and was Pop to his grandchildren, Peyton, Briley and Chace.  He was predeceased by his brothers James and Bertram.  He is survived by his sisters Cathy Pinckney, Bethy (Steve) Finkle, Peg (Jim) Gaudet,  and brother Michael (Debbie) Pinckney, his Mother-In-Law Nan McLinden, Sister-in-Laws, Erin (Larry) Vohs, Kelly Callendar and Shannon Herrington, his Aunt Helen Casey, his dear Aunt Pauline Shaw and dearest family friends Connie and Carol Cheeseman and many nieces, nephews, great nieces & nephews and cousins.  He also leaves behind his canine companions Jim and Steve. We love you to the moon and back!

In lieu of flowers please donate a pint of blood to the American Red Cross in his memory www.redcross.com or pay it forward by helping a Vet.

Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Friday morning at 8:30, and from there to the Parish of Mater Christi, Hurst Ave., Albany at 9:30am. Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Thursday from 4-8 p.m.  Interment will be in the Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Friday at 12:30 p.m.  To leave a message of condolence for the family or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.

Weidner “Ed” Davis

August 22, 2016

COLONIE – Weidner “Ed” Davis, 94, died peacefully on Friday, August 19, 2016 at St. Peter’s Hospice in Albany surrounded by his family.  Ed was born January 12, 1922, in Newark, NJ.  He was the son of the late Weidner H. and Elizabeth Davis.  Ed grew up in Ashokan, NY, and was a graduate of Kingston High School Class of 1940.

On February 13, 1942, Ed joined the army, and served in the 3rd Infantry Regiment, and later became a platoon sergeant for the 1st Platoon Search Company A, 1st Battalion 3rd Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard).  During the war Ed was in France and Germany. While on furlough, Ed married his sweetheart, Henrietta Heitzman on October 23, 1943.

Ed spent 38 years working for New York Telephone and retired from the Engineering and Planning Department in 1984.   He also was a volunteer for the Capital Communications Federal Credit Union (CapCom) for 26 years later serving as Chairman of the Board of Directors.  In honor of his contributions to CapCom Federal Credit Union, they established the Weidner Ed Davis Scholarship.

Throughout his life, Ed volunteered in community efforts.  While living in Kingston, he was a volunteer firefighter and President of the Ulster Hose Fire Department.  After moving with his family to Albany he helped build two baseball fields for the local little league.

Ed had a passion for art.  He began sketching as a child, and after his retirement, Ed devoted his time to painting.  He has several landscape paintings featuring places in Upstate NY.  He loved the stone houses, hills, mountains and lakes of Ulster County, and captured the beauty of these places in his art.  Many of his paintings are on display at Deising’s Restaurant at North Front Street, Kingston NY.

Also, Ed was a member of the Adirondack Mountain Club Albany and Schenectady Chapters and has hiked many Adirondack and Catskill mountains.  Ed loved square dancing. He was a member of the Latham Circle Squares and the Shoe Leather Express in Gloversville.  Recently Ed had the honor of participating in the Leatherstocking Honor Flight where he and fellow World War II and Korean War Veterans visited the World War II and Korean War monuments.

Through the years, Ed has made many friends from his involvement in the Elks Club, the American Legion Zaloga Post and the H.B. Kuhn Senior Center in Colonie.  He was a kind, helpful friend to all who knew him.

Ed was predeceased by his wife of 59 years, Henrietta Heitzman Davis; his parents, his sister Gertrude, and his brothers Millard and Raymond.  He is survived by his children Weidner E. (Bonnie) Davis Jr., Jeffrey J. (Paula) Davis, Gregory A. (Rebecca) Davis, Cornelius J. (Cathy Marvin) Davis, Paul J. (Janice) Davis, and Judith A. (Christopher) Gardner, 14 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.  Ed was a loving Dad, grandfather, and great-grandfather.  His family treasures the joy and love he brought to their lives.

Should friends desire, contributions may be made to The Community Hospice at www.communityhospice.org/donate-memorialdonation or by mail to:  The Community Hospice Foundation, 295 Valley View Blvd, Rensselaer, NY 12144.

Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Thursday morning at 8:15 a.m., and from there to All Saints Catholic Church, 16 Homestead St., Albany (behind CVS).  Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Wednesday from 4-8 p.m.  Interment will be held privately in Mt. Pleasant Rural Cemetery, Boiceville, NY.  To leave a message of condolence for the family or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com .

Matthew P. Gallagher

August 18, 2016

ALBANY – Matthew P. Gallagher, 40, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, August 17, 2016.  Matthew was born in Albany, and lived here all his life.  He attended Albany High School, and for many years was self employed.  He also enjoyed fishing.

Matthew is survived by his children Brandon, Michaela, and Mason Gallagher; his parents Patricia J. Gallagher of Selkirk, and Lawrence Gallagher of Ballston Spa; his brother Scott Gallagher (Isela), of Gainesville, VA; his aunt Candace Shabez; and by his nephew Joseph Gallagher.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in All Saints Catholic Church, 16 Homestead St., Albany (behind CVS), Saturday morning at 9:00am.  Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Friday from 4-6 p.m.  Interment will be held privately at a later date.  To leave a message of condolence for the family or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.

Kenneth P. Panthen

August 9, 2016

ALBANY- Kenneth P. Panthen, 64, of Albany, passed away peacefully on Monday August 8, 2016 at his residence, surrounded by his loving family.  He was born in Albany and was the son of the late Donald C. Panthen Sr. and Erna Rothlauf Panthen. Ken was employed as a graphic designer with New York State Department of Tax & Finance for 41 years. He was also the co-owner and stylist of the former Peter & Paul Hairstylists of Albany. Ken was a member of the Colonie Elks, enjoyed working outside and spending time with his most cherished family.

He is the beloved husband of 42 years of Elvira Gallo Panthen. Ken is the best father of Tania Panthen (Marvin Williams) and Sabrina (Tomas) Poventud. He is the adored Papa of Isabella and Gia Poventud and Marvin Kenneth Williams. Ken is the brother of Donald Panthen Jr. and the late Robert Panthen.

Relatives and friends are invited and may call on Thursday from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at St. Pius X Church, Loudonville. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday moprning at 11:15 at St. Pius X Church. Entombment will follow at St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Pius X Catholic School, Upper Loudon Rd. Loudonville, NY 12211 in memory of Kenneth P. Panthen. To leave a message of condolence for the family, please visit  www.HansFuneralHome.com.

Edna Patricia VanWely Smith

August 9, 2016

MAINEVILLE, OH – Edna Patricia VanWely Smith, 91, passed peacefully on August 6, 2016.  Edna was the daughter of the late Gilbert VanWely, and Edna Charlotte Seaman, born in Albany, New York on March 26, 1925.  Edna was married October 21, 1946, and worked for New York State as a senior account clerk on the State Office Campus.  She enjoyed quilting, camping, singing in the choir at church, and collecting Fenton glass.  She was an active member of St Madeleine Sophie Catholic Church, in Schenectady, NY.  Edna lived in Maineville, Ohio, for several years, but lived most of her life in Guilderland, NY.

Edna was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Edmund, on March 26, 2007, and her children Edmund Jr. on December 8, 1958 and another baby on November 24, 1960.  She is survived by her sons Michael Charles Smith (Paulette) of Birmingham, MI, William Edward Smith (Mary Jo) of Amsterdam, NY, Kevin Michael Smith (Sandra) of Richmond, VA, Robert Paul Smith (Susan) of Guilderland, NY, Thomas Martin Smith (Mollie) of Cincinnati, OH, and by numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Friday morning at 9:00, and from there to St. Madeleine Sophie Church, 3500 Carman Rd, Schenectady, NY, at 10:00.  Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Thursday from 4-7 p.m.  Interment will be in Prospect Hill Cemetery, Guilderland.  To leave a message of condolence for the family or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.

Virginia A. Welnhofer

August 5, 2016

ALBANY -- Virginia A. Welnhofer, 91, of Albany passed away on Wednesday, August 3, 2016, at St. Peter’s Nursing & Rehabilitation Center after a brief illness. She was born in Chicago and was the daughter of the late John B. and Amelia A. Wey. Virginia was an administrative assistant for the commissioner of the New York State Education Department and with the Attorney General’s Office, retiring several years ago. She enjoyed traveling with her husband and spending time with her cherished grandchildren. Virginia was an active member of Holy Cross Church and All Saints Catholic Church. She will be fondly remembered for her genuine care and concern for others.

Virginia is survived by her beloved husband of 56 years, Frank J. Welnhofer. She is the devoted mother of Judi (Ron) Frey and David (Sharon) Welnhofer. Virginia is the grandmother of David (Tinamarie), Steven and Emily Frey, Nathan, Alex and Lila Welnhofer. She is the also survived by her great-granddaughters, Aurora and Astra.

Relatives and friends are invited and may call at the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, on Saturday beginning at 8 a.m. Funeral services will follow at 8:30 a.m. and at 9 a.m. at All Saints Catholic Church, 16 Homestead St., Albany where the Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Interment will be in Our Lady of Angels Cemetery, Colonie. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to All Saints Catholic Church, 12 Rosemont St., Albany, NY 12203, in memory of Virginia A. Welnhofer. To leave a message of condolence for the family or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit HansFuneralHome.com .

Paul A. Amodeo

August 2, 2016

ALBANY,  NY –  Paul A. Amodeo, 87, of Albany, NY passed away Saturday, July 30, 2016 at The Hospice Inn at St. Peters Hospital. Paul was born in Albany and lived here most of his life until Paul and his beautiful Grace and moved to Port Charlotte, FL in 1984, where they spent 35 wonderful years together.

Paul was a graduate of Vincentian Institute in Albany.  He proudly served his country in the US Army in Korea.  Paul was also a pilot and served as the first president of the South Albany Airport Assoc., in Selkirk, NY and as president of the Albany Skin Diving Club. He sold insurance for NY Life for 5 years. Paul was known as the builder of brick homes in the Whitehall Rd. area. While in Port Charlotte, Paul served on the planning board “board of appeals.”  He was a member of the Zaloga Post in Albany.

Paul was predeceased by his wife Grace Elizabeth (Edick), and his parents Anthony and Salvadora (Scarlata) Amodeo.  He is survived by his loving family: his sons Paul A. Amodeo, Jr. and spouse Margaret of Colonie, and Lee R. Amodeo and spouse Cheryl of Southbridge, MA; his brother Anthony Amodeo (Mary) of Albany; his sister Col. Marilyn Floro, USAF, Retired, of Richmond, VA; his grandchildren Jennifer Barber and spouse Jonathan, Noel Amodeo and spouse Allison, Phillip Amodeo and spouse Tricia, Matthew Amodeo and spouse Mary Ellen, Beth, Emily and Gillian Amodeo; and by six great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Tuesday morning at 8:00 a.m., and from there to the Church of St. Clare, 1947 Central Ave, Albany at 9:00am, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated.  Entombment will follow in the Edgewood Chapel Mausoleum at Memory Gardens in Colonie.  Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Monday evening from 4-8 pm. The family asks that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Fr. Kapaun Guild, 424 N. Broadway St., Wichita, KS 67202 http://fatherkapaun.org/father-kapaun ).  To leave a message of condolence for the family or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com .

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