Claire E. Canavan

January 30, 2015

CLIFTON PARK – Claire Elizabeth Canavan, 62, of Clifton Park, passed away on Thursday, January 22, 2015.  Claire was recently diagnosed with an aggressive melanoma and despite her impassioned fight she passed away with her family by her side at the Hospice Inn at St. Peter’s Hospital.  Claire was born as Claire Harris in Elizabeth, NJ, the daughter of the late Robert E. & Dorothy Harris.  Claire was one of eight children and her family moved several times for her father’s job, spending time in New Jersey, Ohio and California before her family finally settled in Clifton Park in 1967.  She was a graduate of Notre Dame – Bishop Gibbons High School, and Siena College, class of 1974.  She was employed for a time by the Colonie Coliseum, and worked in pharmaceutical sales before her children were born.  After the birth of Claire’s first two children she entered real estate sales in 1982, and was employed by Realty USA until the time of her death.  Claire had sold thousands of homes to families across the capital region and she greatly enjoyed everyone she met and worked with.

Claire is survived by a large family that she loved dearly; her sons Joseph Canavan (married to his wife Kate in 2007) of Wellesley MA, and Sean Canavan & Christopher Canavan, both of Clifton Park; her former husband Edward Canavan of Clifton Park; her brothers and sisters and their spouses Thomas and Marianne Harris of Colleyville, TX, Jean Samstag of Summerville, SC, Daniel and Joan Harris of Ft. Edward, Michael and Jacqueline Harris of Brattleboro, VT, Margaret and Francis Legac of Gansevoort, Cecilia and Carmen Lafalce of Albany, and Kathleen Devine of N. Ft. Myers, FL; and by many nieces and nephews.  One of Claire’s greatest joys in recent years was spending time with her granddaughters Evelyn (2) & Anna (4 months) Canavan.

Claire was always a selfless person who put the needs of others ahead of herself.  This was most highly exemplified when she ran into the burning house of a neighbor to get everyone out.  Claire’s actions that day saved the lives of her neighbor’s daughter and her friends. Claire’s selfless acts were also a part of her everyday life.  Whether offering to cover a shift for a co-worker or sitting by the side of a sick family member she was always helping others.  Her selfless approach to life applied in spades to her family who can all recall their own personal time that Claire picked them up and helped them move forward in life.  We will greatly miss her, but her spirit of selflessness and caring for others will live on within everyone she touched.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Sacred Heart Church, 50 Mohican Street, Lake George, on Saturday February 7th at 11:00am.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Ronald McDonald House at Albany Medical Center -- 139 South Lake Avenue, Albany, New York 12208 |  518-438-2655.  Arrangements have been entrusted to the Hans Funeral Home, Albany.  To leave a message of condolence for the family, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.

Isabel G. Bussey

January 27, 2015

ALBANY – Isabel Galea Bussey, 96, of Albany, passed away on Thursday, January 22, 2015 at St. Peter’s Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.  Isabel was born in Albany to Joseph and Mary Audino Galea and was a lifelong resident.  A graduate of St. James School and the Cathedral Academy, she was employed by the John G. Myers Company, and for many years thereafter by the State of New York, retiring from the Workers Compensation Board.  She was a communicant of the former St. Margaret Mary’s Church.  Isabel was an Elk, only the second woman admitted to full membership in Albany Elks Lodge #49.  She also served as a Girl Scout and Cub Scout leader, volunteered at the Albany Institute of History and Art, at Cherry Hill, and with the American Red Cross and United Volunteers.  Her greatest joy was her family.

Isabel was predeceased in 2007 by her beloved husband of over 54 years, Frank B. Bussey.  She is survived by her children Catherine Bussey Gabriels of Albany, Brian J. Bussey (Anne C.) of Albany, and Mary Ellen Bussey of Scotia; her grandchildren Lauren Persons (Craig), and Kaitlyn, Allyson, and Brian Bussey; by two great-grandchildren, Riley Odom and Taylor Persons; and by a nephew and great nephews.  She was predeceased by her brothers John, Joseph, Angelo (Elizabeth), Frank, and Dominick Galea, and by her sister, Theresa Galea Gizzo, and brother-in-law, Anthony Gizzo.

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, 16 Homestead St., Albany (behind CVS) at 9:00.  Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Friday from 4-7 p.m.  Interment will be in St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands.  Those who wish may make memorial contributions to the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society, 3 Oakland Ave., Menands, NY 12204, or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.   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 Isabel’s resting place in St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands, NY 12204.

 

Evan L. Richards

January 26, 2015

ALBANY – Evan Leighton Richards, 86, died Sunday, January 25, 2015.  Born in Schenectady, he was a graduate of Nott Terrace High School and Union College, and was an Army veteran.  Evan was a reporter, feature writer and columnist for The Knickerbocker News and a legislative correspondent.  He later was employed by several New York State agencies, retiring from the Public Service Commission.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy Singleton Richards, daughter and son-in-law, Polly and Patrick Grande, and granddaughter, Claire Grande.

Services will be private with burial in Saratoga National Cemetery.  If desired, contributions may be made to Make-A-Wish Northeast NY, 3 Washington Square, Albany, NY 12205.  To leave a message of condolence for the family, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.

Francis J. Harper

January 25, 2015

MECHANICVILLE -- Frank J. Harper, 65, died on Friday, January 23, 2015, at St. Peter’s Hospital, surrounded by his loving family. Frank was born in Albany and lived in the area all his life. He worked for Troy Boiler Works and was part of the boilermakers union for 47 years. Frank enjoyed supporting his son’s auto racing at Lebanon Valley Speedway. He enjoyed spending time remodeling his 1955 Chevy. Golf was also one of his hobbies, and it brought him great happiness to live next to a golf course. Frank often enjoyed quality time with his many close friends.

Frank is survived by his son, Frank Jr.; his siblings, Ed (Diane), Josephine Coffey, and Tom (Eileen); and several nieces and nephews, as well as his longtime companion, Lynne Kramer. He was predeceased by his parents, Frank and Josephine Harper, and his sister, Ann Harper.

Funeral services will be held at All Saints Church on Homestead Avenue in Albany on Tuesday, January 27, 2015, at 9 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, on Monday from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Nassau. To leave a message of condolence for the family or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit HansFuneralHome.com .

 

Click here to view Frank’s resting place in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Nassau, NY 12123.

 

Lucille A. Bradley

January 16, 2015

COLONIE – Lucille A. Bradley, 83 passed away peacefully at her home on January 15, 2015.  She was born in Hoosick Falls on December 7, 1931. Her parents were the late Charlotte Welling Oliver and Augustus Oliver.  She was married to the late James V. Bradley on November 8, 1952. They raised their 5 children in Troy where she remained until 1995. She then relocated to Colonie to be near her daughter and family.

Lucille is survived by her 5 children, Mary Bradley (James Davis) of Albany; Gregory Bradley (Sandra) of the Bronx; Anne Bradley-Dieleman (Leo) of Alberta, Canada; Timothy Bradley of Long Beach, NY ; Lynne Bradley Holmes (Jeff) of Colonie;  and 12 cherished grandchildren, Brad and Adam Davis, James V. Bradley, II, Alexander and Martijn Dieleman, Sean, Jen, Lauren and Emma Bradley, James, Andrew and Matt Holmes. She was also the sister of Norman Oliver of Portland, Texas.  She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Lucille was a women who dedicated her life to raising her family and loving her grandchildren. There were many wonderful summer days spent at “Grandma’s pool”.  She embraced each grandchild in her own soft spoken way with kindness and love.

Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Monday morning at 9:00am, and from there to St. Vincent DePaul Church, 900 Madison Ave., Albany at 10:00am.  Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Sunday from 2-5 pm.  Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Troy.  The family suggests memorial contributions to Community Hospice, 295 Valley View Blvd, Rensselaer, NY 12144.   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 Lucille’s resting place in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Tibbitts Ave, Troy, NY 12180.

Donald J. Moore, Sr.

January 13, 2015

GUILDERLAND -- Donald J. Moore, Sr., beloved father, grandfather and uncle died peacefully on Saturday, January 10, 2015.
Don was born in Waterford, NY on September 21, 1925 to Thomas and Mamie Moore.  He was a proud veteran of WWII, serving in the 1269th Engineer Combat Battalion. He maintained close ties with his army buddies throughout his life.
He was predeceased by his five older brothers, and Joan Schrader Moore, his high school sweetheart and wife of more than 65 years. Survived by their loving children, Donald  J. Moore, Jr. (Susan) of Glenmont, Melissa Fox (John) of Canandaigua, David Moore (Cathy) of Rock Hill, SC,  Brian Moore (Cindy) of Isle of Palms, SC, and T.R. Moore (Judy) of Cobleskill. He was the much loved grandfather to 14 grandchildren and six great grandchildren; and is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Don founded D.J. Moore Advertising in 1960 and, through his writing and creative talent, grew the company into one of the region’s most recognized and respected advertising agencies. He continued to share his skills in retirement by doing pro bono work for the Teresian House and Community Caregivers. He was on the Board of Directors of A.I.A., The Ad Club, and was a past president of the Albany Country Club. He touched all he met with his generosity, wit and charm.
A celebration of his life will be held at Hans Funeral Home from 2-3 PM on Saturday, January 24. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Don’s name to Community Caregivers or the Northeast Kidney Foundation. Burial will be at the Gerald B. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery.
To leave a message of condolence for the family, or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit: HansFuneralHome.com

 

Bessie Pezzula

January 11, 2015

ALBANY – Bessie Padula Pezzula, 96, of Albany, passed away on Saturday, January 10, 2015 at Our Lady of Mercy Life Center, Guilderland.  Bessie was born in Albany, the daughter of the late Bartolomeo and Leonarda Matera Padula.  She was employed as a supervisor by the New York State Office of General Services at the Alfred E. Smith building for many years, and was a communicant of All Saints Catholic Church and the former St. Margaret Mary’s Church.  Bessie was a devoted fan of the New York Yankees and used to love listening to Phil (Scooter) Rizzuto’s broadcasts of their games.  Her true passion in life however, was being a homemaker and caring for her family.  She was a mother to many, and a friend to all. Her caring and giving ways touched the hearts of all she encountered. She loved to cook, and was known and loved as a great cook, especially for her meatballs.  After cooking a fine meal, she would often say “it wasn’t the usual,” but it was delicious nevertheless.

Bessie was predeceased by her husband Anthony Pezzula in 2001.  She is survived by her sons Carmine Pezzula  of Niskayuna, William Pezzula and his wife Virginia of Colonie, Anthony Pezzula and his wife Valerie of Colonie and Michael Pezzula of Altamont; her six grandchildren Sheri Sablich (Dr. DJ) of Gansevoort, Michael Pezzula (Melanie) of Huntsville, AL, Melissa Dawes (Robert) of Sand Lake, Matthew Pezzula of Guilderland, Mark Pezzula (Michele) of East Greenbush, and Joseph Pezzula of Los Angeles, CA; her six great grandchildren Vincent and Maria Sablich, Cecilia Pezzula, Parker and Piper Dawes, and Aiden Cohen; her sisters Margaret E. McCarg (George) and Josephine Maio (Anthony) of Albany; her sister in law Marion Pezzulo; and by many nieces, nephews, and grand nieces and nephews.  Mrs. Pezzula was predeceased by her daughter in law Mary Beth Wilson Pezzula, her brothers Charles, Rocco, and Leonard Padula; and her sisters Antoinette Hein, Angie Smith, Anna Lawler, Lena Pioggia, and Mary Alden.

Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Wednesday 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 Tuesday from 4-8 p.m.  Interment will be in St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands.  The family suggests memorial contributions to the Center for Disability Services, 314 South Manning Blvd, Albany, NY 12208. 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 Bessie’s resting place in St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands, New York  (Zip Code Albany, NY 12204).

Carol VanDenberg Cleveland

January 10, 2015

GUILDERLAND – Carol (VanDenberg) Cleveland, 62, of Guilderland, passed away on Wednesday, January 7, 2015 after a long and courageous battle with lung cancer.  Carol was born in Albany, and lived in the area all her life.  She was a graduate of Guilderland High School, a social member of the North Bethlehem Fire Dept., and a member of the Christ Lutheran Church.  She was president of 4 Star Electric, and later was employed by Guilderland Vision Care and Capital Region Retina.

Carol is survived by her daughter Kimberly Mullin (Christian) of Guilderland; her stepdaughters Cristina Scheid (David) of Delmar, and Jill Campbell (Robert) of Syracuse; her sister Paulette Barlette (Richard) of Latham;  her grandchildren Andrew, Callian, and Jack Mullin, Carly and Riley Scheid, and Tyler and Ryan Campbell; and her Aunt Rita VanDenberg and cousin Rita Ann (VanDenberg) Budwey (Michael).  She was predeceased by her parents Harry and Margaret Keneston VanDenberg.

Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Monday morning at 10:00am.  Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Sunday from 3-7 pm.  Interment will be in Albany Rural Cemetery, Menands.  The family suggests memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society, 1 Penny Lane, Latham, NY 12110; or to The Community Hospice, 295 Valley View Blvd, Rensselaer, NY 12144.  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 the location of Carol’s resting place in Albany Rural Cemetery, Menands, New York.

 

Marjorie T. Maney

January 7, 2015

ALBANY – Marjorie T. Rogan Maney of Albany, passed away peacefully on Monday, January 5, 2015 in the Hospice Inn at St. Peter’s Hospital.  Marjorie was born in Albany, the daughter of the late Hon. Edward G. Rogan and Margaret Shafer Rogan.  She lived here all her life, and was a graduate of the Kenwood Academy of the Sacred Heart, and the College of St. Rose.  She taught fourth grade for several years at School 16 in Albany.  She also was an active volunteer as a member of the Ladies of Charity, the Kenwood Braille Association, and the Albany Beautification Committee.  She was a lifelong  member of Blessed Sacrament Church in Albany, where she was a daily communicant and an active volunteer.

Marjorie was predeceased by her husband Stephen A. Maney, Esq., in 1993.  She is survived by her daughters Rosemarie A. Zervas (Robert) of City Island, Madeleine Maney Kennedy (Daniel) of Albany, Margaret L. Maney (Scott Hughes) of Plattsburgh, Christine M. Cordova (Robert) of St. Louis, MO, and Julie P. Windzio (Heinz) of Bolton, MA; her sister Rosanne Roach (F. Thomas) of Menands; her sister in law Sr. Mary E. Maney, RDC, of White Plains; her grandchildren Joseph, Theresa, and Anne Kennedy, Henry, Charlotte, and Elizabeth Cordova, and Nora and Faith Windzio; and by many nieces and nephews and their families, and by many dear friends.

Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Saturday morning at 8:00am, and from there to Blessed Sacrament Church, Central Ave., Albany at 9:00am.  Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Friday from 4-7 pm.  Interment will be in St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Blessed Sacrament Church, 607 Central Ave., Albany, NY 12206.  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 Marjorie’s resting place in St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands, NY.

James A. “Jimmy” Rocco

January 3, 2015

ALBANY – James A. “Jimmy” Rocco, 63, passed away peacefully with his beloved family by his side on Friday, January 2, 2015 in the Hospice Inn at St. Peter’s Hospital.  Jimmy was born in Albany, and lived here all his life.  He was a graduate of Vincentian Institute, Class of 1969, and served in the U.S. Army Reserves.  Jimmy’s life revolved around making music and entertaining, while working days for the Verizon phone company for 43 years and raising a wonderful family. He was a member of several well known area bands including the Chord-A-Roys, Apple Corps, Chazy Westport System, the Rocco Brothers, J. D. Rocco & Co., and Spare Parts.  Jimmy also enjoyed singing in the choir of the First Presbyterian Church in Albany. His congeniality and good humor were contagious; those of us who knew Jimmy will mostly remember the good times, of which there were so many.

Jimmy is survived by his beloved wife Deborah Riley Rocco; his sons Lawrence Pape (Sherri) of Albany, and James J. Rocco (Kelly Vigne) of Arlington, VA; his father Frank A. Rocco of Albany; his brothers Joseph Rocco (Peggy) of Green Island, Frank Rocco, Jr. (Nancy) of Albany; his sister Carol Anne Fisher (George) of Mesquite, NV; his brother in law Paul Riley (Yvette) of Latham; his sister in law Patricia Riley Lawton (Thomas) of Guilderland Center; his three beautiful grandchildren Adriana & Nolan Pape, and James M. Rocco; and by many cousins, nieces, and nephews.  He was predeceased by his mother Eileen Rocco.

Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Wednesday 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 Tuesday from 4-8 p.m.  Interment will be in Our Lady of Angels Cemetery, Colonie.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Editha House, 336 East Willetta St., Phoenix, AZ 85004.  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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