Joseph J. Valek

December 20, 2014

GUILDERLAND – Joseph J. Valek, 67, died suddenly Monday, Dec. 15, 2014 at his home.  He was born in Albany, the son of  the late Joseph W. and Mary Malatesta Valek.  He was a 1965 graduate of Cardinal McCloskey High School, and served in the U.S. Air Force for four years. He earned a degree from HVCC in Criminal Justice, and was employed by the Golub Corporation.  Joseph is survived by his sisters Jeanne Healy (Jeremiah), Grace LaPlante, and Mary B. Valek; his brothers Gerald (Bonita), James F. and Richard F. Valek; his Goddaughter Julie; and nephews Jamie and Joey.  Funeral services private at the convenience of the family.  To leave a message of condolence for the family, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.

James J. Barber

December 10, 2014

McKOWNVILLE – James J. Barber, 90, of McKownville, passed away on Wednesday, December 10, 2014.  James was born in Albany, the son of the late Charles N. and Mary F. McDonald Barber.  He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, and was a 1950 graduate of Siena College.  He was a school teacher at Philip Schuyler High School for several years, and then was employed by the New York State Dept. of Public Works, later Office of General Services, for over 30 years.  He continued to serve as a substitute teacher in the Colonie Schools for many years.  After retiring, he and his wife moved to North Hudson, where he served as town assessor for nearly 20 years.  James was a life member of the McKownville Fire Department, and the North Hudson Fire Department, and also served as an ambulance driver for the Western Turnpike Rescue Squad for several years.

James was predeceased by his wife of 56 years, Eunice Casavoy Barber, in 2007.  He is survived by his children Kathy McLean (Allen) of McKownville, Patty Barber of Loudonville, Michael J. Barber of McKownville, Judy Powers (Stuart) of Schenectady, John Barber (Terry Benoit) of Preston Hollow, and Karen Murray (Jeffrey Phillips) of Fultonville; his sisters in law Helen Barber of Colonie and Bonnie Card of North Hudson; and by twelve grandchildren, twenty three great grandchildren, and four great great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Saturday morning at 8:15, and from there to All Saints Catholic Church, Homestead St., Albany at 9:00am.  Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Friday from 4-7 p.m.  In addition, a Memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, January 3, 2015, at 10:00am in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 1114 U.S. Route 9, Schroon Lake, NY, and relatives and friends are invited to attend.   Interment will be held privately at a later date in Calvary Cemetery, Glenmont.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the McKownville Fire Department, 1250 Western Ave., Albany, NY 12203; or to the North Hudson Fire Department, 3034 U.S. Route 9, North Hudson, NY 12855.  To leave a message of condolence for the family or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.

Anna M. Sgambelluri

December 10, 2014

ALBANY – Anna Marie Sgambelluri, 88, of Albany, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at St. Peter’s Hospital with her family by her side.  Anna was born in Albany, the daughter of the late Angelo and Paula Spagnola Maniscalco.  She lived here all her life, and was employed by the Paramount Lounge (family-owned) in Schenectady for 25 years as a Banquet Waitress.  Anna’s greatest joy in life was found in her family, which she treasured.

Anna is survived by her beloved husband of 66 years, Francis J. Sgambelluri; her children Michael A.Sgambelluri (Judith) of Albany, and Rosemary Planz (Ralph) of Selkirk; her grandchildren Steven Sgambelluri (Maureen) of Albany, Melissa Sgambelluri (Jesse Pacyna) of Scottsdale, AZ, and Ashley Ann Hallenbeck (Michael) of Wynantskill; her great grandchildren Brayden and Carter Hallenbeck, and Luca Sgambelluri; her sister in law Anna Maniscalco; and by many nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her brothers Joseph, Nicholas and Louis Maniscalco, and by her sister Rose Trapasso.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday morning at 11:00 in the Parish of Mater Christi, Hopewell St. & Hurst Ave., Albany.  Relatives and friends are invited.  There will be no calling hours.  Entombment will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Colonie.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital,  501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.  Arrangements have been entrusted to the Hans Funeral Home, Albany.  To leave a message of condolence for the family, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com .

Salvatore L. Raso

December 3, 2014

ALBANY – Salvatore L. Raso, 82, of Albany, died Saturday, November 29, 2014 at St. Peter’s Hospital, surrounded by his loving family after a long illness.  Salvatore was born and raised in Cinquefronde, Reggio Calabria, Italy to the late Francesco and Teresa Ascone Raso.  He served in the Italian Army for a time.  After emigrating to the U.S., he was employed by M&C Colatosti Construction for 32 years, and was also employed by the New York State Office of General Services for 17 years.  He loved fishing, swimming, gardening and making wine.  He also enjoyed watching Dallas cowboys football, soccer and playing Italian cards.

Salvatore is survived by his beloved wife of 49 years, Angelina Giuliano Raso; his son Frank Raso (Courtney), and his daughter Teresa Raso; his grandchildren Francesco and Salvatore Raso; his brothers Franco Raso (Lena), and Angelo Raso and family; his sisters in Italy Caterina Federico (Giovanni), Elena Bisognano (Nino), and Rosa Vallone (Carmelo); his mother in law Josephine Giuliano; his sister in law Rose Giuliano; his brothers in law Dr. Carmen Giuliano and Paul Giuliano (Louise); in this country by his nephews Alfie Giuliano (Eleanor) and Mark Giuliano (Kelly); in Canada by his nephews Enzo, Frank and Sam Raso, and nieces Teresa Raso Boudreau (Neal), Mela and Angela Raso; and his nephews Franco Raso (Antonella), Tony Raso (Sandra) and Pasquale Raso (Claudia); and by many other nieces and nephews in Italy.  He was predeceased by his brother and his brother’s wife Giuseppe and Enza Raso.

The family would like to thank Salvatore’s brother in law Dr. Carmen Giuliano for the kind assistance and care he provided during Salvatore’s illness.

Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Saturday morning at 10:00, and from there to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Eagle Street at Madison Ave, at 11:00.  Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Friday from 4-8 p.m.  Interment will be in Our Lady of Angels Cemetery, Colonie.  The family suggests memorial contributions to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 125 Eagle Street, Albany, NY 12202-1797.  To leave a message of condolence for the family, or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.

Charles E. Ebel

November 26, 2014

GUILDERLAND – Charles E. Ebel, 95, of Guilderland, passed away Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at Albany Medical Center Hospital.  Charles was born in Guilderland, and lived in Albany and Guilderland all his life.  He attended Altamont High School, enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1940, serving through the duration of World War II until discharged in 1946.  He served aboard the USS Curtiss (AV-4) during the attack at Pearl Harbor.  He later served aboard the USS Hornet (CV-12).  He was employed for many years by GLF/Agway until his retirement.  Charles was a member of the American Legion Post 977 Helderberg, American Legion Joseph E. Zaloga Post#1520, and the former Pearl Harbor Survivors Association.  He played baseball for several leagues including Albany Twilight League. Charles was also an avid bowler and enjoyed many activities that included hunting, fishing, skiing, billiards and camping.

Charles is survived by his beloved wife Barbara J. Nerf Ebel; his children Susanne Printy (Edward) of Cohoes, Jacqueline Kuehnert of Rome, Maureen Languish (William) of Selkirk, and Charles Ebel (Laura) of Colonie along with nine grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren, and his dog Lucky.  He was predeceased by his parents Molly Coleman Ebel and Charles Ebel, an infant daughter, brothers Harry Ebel, Henry Zoll, and sister Marguerite Zoll.

Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Saturday evening at 6pm.  Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Saturday from 3-6 p.m.  Inurnment will be in the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery on Monday at 1:30pm.  In lieu of flowers, 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.

Marjorie U. Scilipote

November 23, 2014

ALBANY -- Marjorie Uhl Scilipote, 92, of Albany, passed away peacefully at home on November 22, 2014, surrounded by her family.

Daughter of the late Frederick and Verna Uhl, Marge was born and raised in Altamont.  She graduated from Altamont High School and worked briefly for Sterling Winthrop in Rensselaer.  She was a well-known area artist.  When her youngest child was two, Marge began pursuing an education in art, and studied with many locally and nationally known instructors, as well as taking courses at the University at Albany.  She was a former member of the Schoharie Arts Council, Old Forge Art Society, Southern Vermont Artists Society, Schenectady Art Group, Bethlehem Art Group, Albany Artists Group and the Colonie Art League.  She showed her work in numerous art shows in the Capital District, winning many prizes. At age 50, Marge became the art instructor at the Louise Corning Senior Center and worked there for nearly 30 years, retiring in 2001.  She enjoyed traveling throughout the United States and Europe, and loved residing during the summer at the family’s camp on Helderberg Lake, relaxing with a good book or tending her garden.  She will be greatly missed by her family and her special grand-dog, Pippin.

Marge was pre-deceased by her husband of 69 years, Joseph Scilipote, who passed away in October 2012.  She is survived by her children, Susan (Paul) Kaiser of Guilderland; Paul (Carly Wright) Scilipoti of Berne; Mary Jane Breedlove of Charlton; Teresa Scilipote of Albany; and Jean (Mark) Horn of Coxsackie.  She was the beloved Grannie to her grandchildren, Matthew  (Kim) Kaiser; Sarah (Todd) Rosa; Rebecca (Brad) Junco; Andrew (Danielle) Breedlove; Jessica (Chris) Evans; Abby, Katie and Colleen (fiancé Ryan Lane) Hammond; and Turi and Ian Scilipoti; and her step grandchildren, Brandon, Dusty and Emily Horn.  She was a wonderful Ahmi to her great grandchildren, Emilie and Brodie Kaiser; Allison and Ben Rosa; Lillie and Owen Junco; and Kaitlyn and Jack Evans.  Marge is also survived by her brother, Robert Uhl of Westmere, and many nieces and nephews.

The family would like to extend its gratitude to Dr. Jeffrey Perkins, Fr. John Bradley, staff of the Community Hospice, and especially to her wonderful angels – Paulette, Salome, Abby, Chelsi, Chris, Kiera, Joyce, Colleen and Jim -- who blessed Marge with their companionship and tender loving care over the past eighteen months.

Funeral services from Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Tuesday morning at 9:30, thence to Blessed Sacrament Church, 607 Central Ave., Albany, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30.  Private interment will take place at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery at the convenience of the family.  Family and friends may call at the funeral home from 4:00 to 7:00 on Monday.  In lieu of flowers, those wishing to remember Marge in a special way may send a contribution to the Community Hospice of Albany, 445 New Karner Road, Albany, New York, 12205.  To leave a message of condolence for the family or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com .

Rose Mary Slavin

November 21, 2014

DELMAR – Rose Mary Slavin died on Tuesday, November 18, 2014, at the Good Samaritan Lutheran Health Care Center in Delmar.  Rose Mary was the daughter of the late Matthew J. Slavin and Helen M. Nash Slavin.  She grew up in Troy and graduated from St. Peter’s Academy and Catholic Central High School, class of 1941.

Rose was a graduate of St. Peter’s Hospital School of Nursing, the College of St. Rose, and a 1959 graduate of St. John’s University, New York City.  She worked at St. Peter’s Hospital for five years as supervisor and instructor in the School of Nursing.  Rose also worked at Samaritan Hospital in Troy for three years, and Russell Sage College for ten years as instructor and Assistant Professor in nursing.  She then went on to Albany Medical Center as one of the Directors of Nursing for the next seventeen years.

Rose was a member of several nursing organizations and stayed active volunteering in nursing even after retirement.  She volunteered in the Poverello Clinic in Albany, and in community nursing.  In 1991, Rose became a member of the third order of St. Francis, serving as minister, formation director and member, up to the time of her death.

Rose was a lover of the arts.  She loved piano, and also did oil painting.

She leaves one sister, Helene, who is a Sister of the Blessed Sacrament, a community dedicated to African Americans and Native Americans.  She also leaves many beloved cousins and friends.

Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Monday morning at 8:30, and from there to the Parish of Mater Christi, Hurst Ave., Albany at 9:30.  Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Sunday from 4-6 pm.  Interment will be in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Troy.  Those wishing to remember Rose may leave donations to the: Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, 1663 Bristol Pike, Bensalem, PA 19020.  To leave a message of condolence for the family or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.

Click here to view Rose’s resting place in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Troy, NY.

Mary E. Blendell

November 19, 2014

ALBANY – Mary Ellen Blendell, 78, passed away on Monday, November 17, 2014 at Saratoga Hospital to be with her beloved husband Tommy Blendell, who predeceased her in 1996.  Mary was born December 11, 1935 in Albany, the daughter of the late Alphonse and Emma Fischer.  She lived all her life in the area.  She was employed for a time by Albany Medical Center, and also by the New York State Dept. of Taxation & Finance.

Mary is survived by her sons John Alphonse Blendell (Cathy), and Michael Blendell (Stephanie); her sister Emma Hein; her sisters in law Linda Fischer and Peggy Campisi; her brother in law Robert Blendell (Francis); many nieces and nephews, and her special friends Pat Yafchak and Dolly Manderson.  She was predeceased by her brother George Fischer in June 2013.

The family would like to express their thanks to the wonderful care provided to Mary by Dr. Carmen Giuliano, MD.

Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Friday evening at 6:00.  Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Friday from 4-6 p.m.  Interment will be held privately in Albany Rural Cemetery.

The family suggests memorial contributions 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.

Jane M. Ryan

November 15, 2014

ALBANY – Jane M. Ryan, 91, of Albany, passed away Saturday, November 8, 2014 in the Hospice Inn at St. Peter’s Hospital.  Jane was born in Albany, the daughter of the late Harry J. Ryan and Mary “Mae” Donahue Ryan.  She was employed for a time by the New York Telephone Company.

Jane was predeceased by her brother and her sister in law Donald Ryan and Maureen “Mim” Fitzsimmons Ryan.  She is survived by her nephews Mike, Tim (Beth), and Steve (Barb) Ryan, and her niece Kathy (Joe) Donlon; six grand nieces and nephews; her cousin Roberta Ryan; and her dear friends Martha “Marty” Haase and Susan “Susie” Sheridan.

The family would like to thank the staff of the McAuley Residence in Albany for the kind and loving care they gave Jane over the past several years.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the in the Chapel of the Convent of Mercy, 634 New Scotland Avenue, Albany, Tuesday morning at 9:30am. Relatives and friends are invited to attend.  Interment will be in St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands, at a later date.  Arrangements have been entrusted to the Hans Funeral Home, Albany.  To leave a message of condolence for the family, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.

John J. “Jack” Helm

November 11, 2014

ALBANY – John J. “Jack” Helm, 55, of Albany, passed away unexpectedly at Albany Medical Center Hospital on Saturday, November 8, 2014.  Jack worked for many years as an autobody bodyman.  He loved working on cars and motorcycles, and helping his friends and family.

Jack was predeceased by his parents Walter and Anne Helm.  Jack is survived by his longtime companion Betsy Tanenhaus; by his children Tucker and Jennifer Helm, many siblings, family members, and friends.

Funeral services will be held privately at the convenience of the family.  There will be no calling hours.  Arrangements have been entrusted to the Hans Funeral Home, Albany.  The family suggests memorial contributions to Fisher House, c/o Stratton VA Medical Center, 113 Holland Ave., Albany, NY 12208.  To leave a message of condolence for the family, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.

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