August 13, 2014
ALBANY -- Gladys Carr Connelly, 94, of Albany passed away on Friday, August 8, 2014 at St. Peter’s Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Mrs. Connelly was born in Atlanta, and moved to Albany in the 1940s. She returned to Georgia for a time in the 1950s, and then moved back to Albany in 1960. She worked with her husband in their business, Albany Produce Corp. She also was a communicant of the Parish of Mater Christi and the former St. Catherine of Siena churches, where she was a member of the knitting group. Mrs. Connelly also worked as a volunteer in the St. Peter’s Hospital medical records department for more than 20 years. She also enjoyed completing word and math puzzles.
Mrs. Connelly was predeceased by her husband, Joseph W. Connelly. She is survived by her sons, William J. Connelly (Elaine) of Albany, and James H. Connelly (Nancy) of South Weymouth, Mass.; her grandchildren, Krista Sinton (Daniel), Eric Connelly (Kerianne), and Matthew Connelly; her great-grandchildren, Calvin and Sara Sinton; and by several nieces and a nephew. She was predeceased by her brother, Harry Carr, and her sister, Frances Carr Kirby.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, August 14, 2014, at 9:30 a.m., in the Parish of Mater Christi, Hurst Avenue and Hopewell Street, Albany. Relatives and friends are invited. There will be no calling hours. A private entombment will follow in St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands. The family suggests that memorial contributions may be made to St. Peter’s Hospital Foundation, 319 S. Manning Blvd., 114, Albany, NY 12208, or to a charity of your choice. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Hans Funeral Home, Albany. To leave a message of condolence for the family, or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit HansFuneralHome.com.
August 7, 2014
WESTMERE – Salvatore R. “Bob” Dinovo, 78, of Westmere, passed away on Wednesday, August 6, 2014. He was born in Albany, the son of the late August and Rose Sgarlata Dinovo, and he lived in Albany and Guilderland all his life. Bob served in the U.S. Navy from 1955-1957, serving aboard the USS Sarsfield, DD-837. He was then employed for many years as a food broker with G.A. Cinney and later Somers & Somers. He was a member of the Westmere Fire Dept. for over 50 years, and served as Chief of the department from 1978-1981. He also served as Commissioner of the Westmere Fire District from 1994-2013. Bob was also a charter member of the Guilderland Elks, a member of the Tin Can Sailors, and enjoyed camping and golfing.
Bob was predeceased by his wife of 56 years, Joan Bonitz Dinovo, in May of this year. He is survived by his children Robert C. Dinovo, Timothy J. Dinovo (Dawn), Lisa Knightes (Donald), and Holly Marbaker (Nicholas); his brothers and sisters Philip DiNovo (Mary), Antoinette Whitehouse, Camille Micozzi, and August DiNovo (Vicky); his brother in law Charles Bonitz (Kay); his grandchildren Michelle and Morgan Knightes, and Cole and Gwenn Marbaker; and by several cousins, nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Saturday afternoon at 12:30pm. Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Saturday morning beginning at 9:00am. Interment with full honors of the Westmere Fire Dept. will be in Memory Gardens, Colonie. The family suggests memorial contributions to the Westmere Fire Department, 1741 Western Ave., Albany, NY 12203. To leave a message of condolence for the family or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.
August 2, 2014
SURPRISE, AZ – Jeanette M. Kelly, 80, formerly of Guilderland, passed away on Friday, July 11, 2014. Mrs. Kelly was born in Albany, one of seventeen children of the late Cyrille and Clara Terry DuShane. She lived in Guilderland most of her life, but in recent years lived in Talladega, AL, and more recently with her daughter Kathleen and family in Surprise, AZ. She and her husband operated a ceramics workshop at their home in Guilderland for a time. She also helped her husband in his role as Chairman of the Albany County Conservative Club. She was a communicant for many years of Christ the King Church in Guilderland, and later of St. Agnes Church in Cohoes.
Mrs. Kelly was predeceased by her husband Joseph John Kelly in 1991. She is survived by her children Karen Teetsel (Mel), of New York, Donna Marsh of New York, Keith Kelly of Alabama, Jeanette Saddlemire (Alan) of Arizona, Kevin Kelly of Alabama, Patricia Banks of Florida, and Kathleen Bagley (David) of Arizona; her brothers and sisters Leona Hamelin, Retired Army Ranger Cyrille DuShane, Winifred Livingston, Alfred DuShane, Pearl Sauer, Betty Karz, Sharon Pratt; and by 14 Grandchildren, 12 Great Grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held privately at the convenience of the family. Entombment was in St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands. Arrangements were entrusted to the Hans Funeral Home, Albany. Donations in her memory accepted by Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix AZ 85014 ( http://www.hov.org/donate ).
To leave a message of condolence for the family, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.
July 26, 2014
ALBANY – Elizabeth L. “Betty” Bartkowski, 91, a resident of Daughters of Sarah Nursing Center, entered into eternal rest on July 25, 2014, with her family at her side. Born on December 8, 1922 to parents Edward Dewey Brooks and Florence Elizabeth Williams in Bennington, Vermont, Betty resided there until she was 20, at which time she moved to Albany and worked at the Childs Hospital. She was predeceased by her husband John C. Bartkowski. Betty devoted her life to her children and grandchildren. She was a member of Home Bureau and enjoyed her crocheting, knitting, plastic crafts and reading.
She is survived by her daughter Nancy (Joseph) Huba and son John W. (Mary) Bartkowski; her grandchildren, David (Michele) Bartkowski, Kevin Huba, Daniel (Michelle) Huba and Andrew Huba; her great grandchildren who gave her so much enjoyment Cameron, Julianna and Ryan Huba.
The family wishes to express their thanks to the Red Unit of the Daughters of Sarah Nursing Center for the care and compassion shown to Betty and her family.
Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Tuesday morning at 11:00. Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Tuesday beginning at 10:00am. Interment will be in Memory Gardens in Colonie. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Wildwood Programs, 2995 Curry Road Ext., Schenectady, NY 12303. To leave a message of condolence for the family, or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.
July 9, 2014
ALBANY – Richard D. Ruprecht, 92, of Albany, passed away on Tuesday, July 8, 2014, in the Hospice Inn at St. Peter’s Hospital. Richard was born in Albany, the son of the late Berthold and Sophia Moog Ruprecht. He lived here all his life. He was a 1940 graduate of Christian Brothers Academy in Albany, and served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the South Pacific. He was employed by the State of New York and also by the Schaefer Brewery for a time, and then was employed by State Equipment Co., retiring in 1986 after 35 years. Richard was an avid reader and a Yankees fan, and was a communicant of the former Holy Cross Church, as well as a member of the Holy Cross Men’s Association.
Richard was predeceased by his wife Margaret Fay Ruprecht, by his daughter Mary C. Ruprecht, and his son John R. Ruprecht. He is survived by his son Robert P. Ruprecht of Albany; his daughter in law Janet Ruprecht of Colonie; his granddaughter Carol Cybart (John); and by several nieces and nephews. He was also predeceased by his brother Fred C. Ruprecht, and his sister Bertha McKenna.
The family would like to thank the staff of the Good Samaritan Nursing Home, and of St. Peter’s Hospice for the wonderful care they provided to Richard.
Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Friday morning at 8:15, and from there to All Saints Catholic Church, Homestead St., Albany at 9:00. Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Thursday from 4- 7 pm. Interment will be in St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands. The family suggests memorial contributions to the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society, 3 Oakland Ave., Menands, NY 12204. To leave a message of condolence for the family, or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.
July 9, 2014
ALBANY – Catherine T. Smith Armento, 82, of Albany, passed away Monday, July 7, 2014 at Our Lady of Mercy Life Center in Guilderland. Catherine was born in Troy, and lived most of her life in Albany. She was employed by a number of firms including the Central Warehouse, Huyck Felt Co., the City of Albany, and by the State of New York at both the Dept. of Correctional Services and the Education Dept. Catherine was a devoted mother and grandmother. She enjoyed traveling, and traveled widely with a very dear friend. She also enjoyed membership in the Colonie Seniors’ Bright Horizons program for a time.
Catherine is survived by her daughter Joanne Coffey (Tom) of Slingerlands; her son- in- law John Dawson of Rotterdam; her granddaughter Jillian Anne Coffey of Slingerlands; and her grandson Nicholas James Dawson of Rotterdam. She was predeceased by her daughter Beth Armento Dawson just last month, and by her son Benjamin Armento in 2012.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday morning at 11:30am in the Parish of Mater Christi, Hopewell St. & Hurst Ave., Albany. Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Saturday morning from 9:30 – 10:30. Interment will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Troy. Contributions in her memory may be made to Susan G. Komen Northeastern New York, PO Box 13535 Albany, NY 12212-3535. To leave a message of condolence for the family, or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.
July 5, 2014
ALBANY – Antonia “Toni” M. Lockman McCarthy, 75, of Albany, passed away on Friday, July 4, 2014 in the Hospice Inn at St. Peter’s Hospital. Antonia was born in Albany, the daughter of the late James and L. Dorothy Walsh Lockman. She lived in Albany all her life, was a graduate of Vincentian Institute, and was employed for many years by the Albany Water Dept. She enjoyed traveling and reading, visits to the library with her late sister, lunch with her family each week, laughing, and time spent with her gang of girlfriends.
Antonia is survived by her children Colleen A. McCarthy of Albany, Michael J. McCarthy of Clifton Park, and Timothy P. McCarthy (Susan) of Albany; her brother David “Jerry” Lockman (Vicky) of Albany; her brother in law Richard P. Kelly of Albany; three grandchildren; and by many nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and extended family. She was predeceased by her sister Judith Kelly, and her brother James Lockman.
The family of Antonia wishes to express its grateful appreciation to the staff of the Hospice Inn of Albany for their care and support during Toni’s final life journey. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory will be gratefully accepted by the Hospice Inn of Albany, 315 S Manning Blvd, Albany, NY 12208.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated in the Historic Church of St. Mary on Capitol Hill, Lodge & Pine Streets, Albany, Saturday, morning, July 12th at 10:00 am. Relatives and friends are invited. There will be no calling hours. To leave a message of condolence for the family, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.
July 5, 2014
ALBANY – Mary Galish Baleszen, 94, of Albany, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Friday, July 4, 2014. Mary was born in Carnegie, PA, the daughter of the late Anna and Luke Galish. She was raised in the Ukraine until returning to the U.S. at the age of 18. She lived in Voorheesville, and since 1959 in Albany. Mary was employed in various occupations in the area including work at Eastern Tablet, Albany Medical Center, Whitney’s Dept. Store, Singer Sewing Co., the Waldorf Cafeteria, the Watervliet Arsenal, and SUNY Albany.
Mary enjoyed her life tremendously with painting, sewing, gardening, and summers on Saratoga Lake. She would like to express her gratitude to those special friends and family that made her life a joy. Also, special thanks to the medical community for all their care over the years, including Community Hospice, St. Peter’s Hospice Inn, the Good Samaritan Nursing Home, Home Instead, and Nursecore.
Mary was predeceased by her beloved husband Michael Baleszen. She is survived by her son Michael John Baleszan of Albany, and her daughter Julie Gilbert (Floyd) of Niskayuna; and by two granddaughters and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sister Julie Galish and her brother Steve Galish (Lucille).
Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Tuesday morning at 9:00 am. Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Monday from 4-7 p.m. Interment will be in Our Lady of Angels Cemetery, Colonie. To leave a message of condolence for the family, or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.
June 20, 2014
ALBANY – Duane “Dewey” Amsler passed peacefully on June 18, 2014 surrounded by his family after a brief illness. Dewey graduated from Bethlehem High School and received an AAS degree in Highway Technology from Hudson Valley Community College. He had over 50 years experience working in highway research, claims and litigation, operations and maintenance and was an internationally recognized expert in snow and ice control operations and technology. He worked with the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) from 1960 until his retirement in 1996. He then began his own consulting business, AFM Engineering Services where he continued to work until his passing.
Dewey was known for his love of fishing and gardening. Amsler’s Family Market was a fixture in Slingerlands for over 35 years where he and his family sold pumpkins and other vegetables during the summer and fall. Dewey was loved by many and the world was a better place with him in it.
Dewey is survived by his wife of 50 years, Beverly (Fuller) Amsler, his children, Duane, Jr. (Katherine), Diane Fisher Golden (Jonathan Golden) and Dawne Amsler-Nunziato (Richard Nunziato), his grandchildren Amber, Kendall, Abigail and Zachary, his step-grandchildren Brian and Jason and his beloved grand-dog Sasha. He had a network of very close friends, in-laws and extended family, who will also miss him greatly.
Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Monday afternoon at 1 pm. Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Monday from 11 am until 1 pm. Interment will be in Memory Gardens, Colonie. To leave a message of condolence for the family, or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.
June 20, 2014
LOUDONVILLE -- Constance K. Sorrentino, 83, passed away peacefully at her home in Loudonville on June 17, 2014 after a lengthy illness. Born in Glens Falls, she was the daughter of the late Walter L. and Mildred Keller Watson. She was predeceased by her brother Martin Watson and niece Raphael Celeste. She is survived by her loving husband Joseph, her cherished children Holly Ann (Scott) Stah and Joseph III (Mary Ann), and her adored grandchildren, Joseph IV, Lauren, and Benjamin Sorrentino. She is also survived by her sister Janet Pennell and her nephew Daniel (Carolyn) Celeste of Las Vegas, NV.
Connie worked as a dental assistant for Dr. Sidney Kolb of Glens Falls and Dominic DeLuke of Schenectady. She was employed by Sears in Colonie Center for 21 years as a display supervisor and loved her work. Connie was a long time crafter and excelled as a tole painter in her business, Different Strokes by Connie. She spent many years presenting at craft fairs with her daughter all over the Capital District.
Connie was an avid animal lover and had many cats and dogs throughout her lifetime. She leaves behind her tuxedo cat, Oreo. She enjoyed many trips to Florida to visit her sister and made many trips to Key West with her children.
Special thanks to Dr. Samantha Ludwig and nurse Diane of Community Care Physicians in Latham. The family would also like to thank Community Hospice of Albany and all of Connie’s caregivers for their loving care.
Connie has donated her body to the Anatomical Gift Program at Albany Medical College. A celebration of Connie’s life is to be held at a date to be announced in the future. Contributions may be made to The Muscular Dystrophy Association, 1 Marcus Blvd., Albany, NY 12205. To leave a special message for the family, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com .