October 21, 2016
ALBANY – Therese M. Conti, 90, passed away on Thursday, October 20, 2016 with her family by her side at St. Peter’s Hospital. Therese was born in Japan, and came to the United State in 1952. She was a homemaker for a number of years, then went to work at the Albany Public Library – Harmanus Bleecker Branch, from which she retired after 28 years. Therese was a communicant of All Saints Catholic Church and the former St. Margaret Mary’s Church. She was a member of the Japanese Cultural Association, and the Mohawk Hudson Bonsai Society. She also was a member of the United States Amateur Ballroom Dancers Association (USABDA), and traveled throughout the United States and Canada for dance competitions, at which she earned many awards.
Therese was predeceased by her beloved husband Alfred Conti in 1981. She is survived by her daughters Dr. Ann Marie Conti-Kelly-Greco (Thomas), Linda Podrazik (Darin), and Theresa Conti-Van Gelder (Christopher); her grandchildren Casey Kelly (Aundrea), Caitlin Kelly, Beth Van Gelder, Marie Van Gelder, Tracy Greco Capizzutto (James), Carrie Greco Guarino (Michael), Thomas Greco, Jr. (Heather), and was predeceased by her granddaughter Linnea Galvin; her great grandchildren Morgan, Harper, and Grant Kelly, James, Thomas, Daniel, and Michael Capizzutto, Isabela, Luc, and Will Guarino, and Sloane Greco.
Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Tuesday morning at 8:15, and from there to All Saints Catholic Church, 16 Homestead St., Albany, (behind CVS) at 9:00 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Monday from 4-8 p.m. 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.
October 19, 2016
ALBANY – Clara H. Pelton Conti, 92, of Albany, passed away peacefully at home on Monday, October 17, 2016, while being cared for by her devoted son Tom and daughter-in-law Judy. Clara was born in Albany, the daughter of the late Ezekiel and Eliza Garrison Pelton. She worked for the S.S. Kresge Co. for many years and retired from the Albany County Dept. of Social Services. In their retirement, Clara and her husband Anthony traveled extensively.
Clara was predeceased by her beloved husband Anthony Conti. She is survived by her children Thomas Conti (Judy), Daniel Conti (Jane), William Conti (Teri), and Elizabeth Bishop (the late Fred). She is also survived by many grandchildren and great grandchildren, and nieces and nephews. The youngest of her family, she was predeceased by her fifteen brothers and sisters.
The family wishes to extend a sincere thank you to Dr. Maria Pesquera for her continuous care of and compassion toward Clara.
Funeral services will be held privately at the convenience of the family. There will be no calling hours. Entombment will be in St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands. To leave a message of condolence for the family, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.
October 18, 2016
COLONIE – Paula Rokeach, 91, of Colonie, passed away on Monday, October 17, 2016 at the Kingsway Arms Nursing Center. Paula was born in Brooklyn, but had moved to Loudonville in 1956. She was employed for a time on Wall Street, but devoted the majority of her life to the care of her family.
Paula was predeceased by her husband Richard Edwin Rokeach in 1995. She is survived by her sons Mark Rokeach (Carol) of Middletown, and Peter Rokeach (Anne) of Colonie; and her grandchildren Erik, Keribeth, Jason (Jessica), and David Rokeach. She was predeceased by her brother Donald S. Rudolph, and his wife Kate.
Funeral services will be held in the chapel of the Albany Rural Cemetery, Cemetery Ave., Menands, Thursday afternoon at 3:00pm. Relatives and friends are invited. Interment will be held privately following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to either Community Hospice of Schenectady or Community Hospice of Albany at 445 New Karner Rd, Albany, NY 12205. To leave a message of condolence for the family, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.
October 17, 2016
ALBANY – Dolores J. Chambers, 75, of Albany, passed away on Sunday, October 16, 2016. Dolores was born in Albany, the daughter of the late Louis and Helen Shumsky Molitor. She lived here all her life. She was employed by the New York Telephone Co., Shop Rite, Albany County, and by the New York State Dept. of Taxation & Finance. She also was a communicant of All Saints Catholic Church and the former St. Margaret Mary’s Church. Dolores’ greatest pleasure in life was spending time with her grandchildren.
Dolores is survived by her daughter Debra A. Yates (Jeff) of Colonie; her grandchildren Jeffrey Alexander Yates and Ashley Morgan Yates; her beloved sister in law Denise Molitor; and by several nephews and great nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother Louis Molitor, and her sister Jacqueline “Sue” Lippitt.
Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, this evening, Wednesday evening, at 7:00 pm. Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home from 4-7 pm. Interment will be held privately in Our Lady of Angels Cemetery. To leave a message of condolence for the family or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.
October 17, 2016
ALBANY -- Margaret H. Snyder died Saturday, October 15, 2016 in her ninety-sixth year. A graduate of The Shippen School in Lancaster and Bradford College, she married her husband Willis E. Snyder (deceased) in 1940. They moved to Albany shortly after he was discharged from the service at the end of World War II. Margaret was an accomplished artist and many of her paintings were displayed or sold through the Albany Institute of Art’s Sales/Rental Gallery. She was also a long-time member of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church.
Margaret is survived by her son Philip, husband of Kluane, of Lititz, PA, and daughter Elizabeth of Cranston, RI; three grandchildren, Caitlin, Andrew and Alan; and three great-grandchildren, Owen, Easton, and William. She was the eldest sibling of Florence W. and H. Stanley Harner of Lancaster, PA. A service celebrating her life will be held at 2pm., Saturday, Oct. 22nd., at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, corner of North Main and Madison Ave., Albany. Relatives and friends are invited. To leave a message of condolence for the family, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com .
October 15, 2016
ALBANY – Thomas G. O’Brien, 88, of Albany, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016, at the Hospice Inn in St. Peter’s Hospital. Mr. O’Brien was born in East Jewett, NY, and was a U.S. Army Korean War combat veteran. He was a longtime employee of IBM in Poughkeepsie, Kingston, and East Fishkill, serving as an advisory quality engineer. He was awarded more than a dozen patents in the chemical engineering field, and was a pioneer in developing some of the technologies we enjoy today. He was past commander of the Town of Ulster Joyce-Schirick VFW Post 1386, as well as a VFW life member.
Mr. O’Brien was predeceased by his wife Beverly Newcomb O’Brien in 1994. He is survived by his daughter Colleen T. O’Brien Volforte (Mike); his sons Thomas F. (Reggie), John K. (Susan), Patrick M. (Tym), Timothy J. (Sylvia), Daniel S. (Robin), and Kevin P. (Linda) O’Brien; his brother Peter L. O’Brien; his sisters Teresa Decker, Rose Beers (Maurice), and Catherine O’Brien; his sister-in-law Joan O’Brien; his 16 grandchildren and four great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother Clarence T. O’Brien.
Calling hours will be Monday, Oct. 17, from 4-7 p.m. at the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Tuesday in All Saints Catholic Church, 16 Homestead St., Albany (behind CVS). Interment will be held privately at a later date. The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the Community Hospice Inn, 315 S 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.
October 15, 2016
ALBANY – Donald M. Roznowski, 90, of Albany, passed away on Thursday, October 13, 2016 at the Daughters of Sarah Nursing Center. Donald was born in Syracuse, and had been a resident of Albany since 1952. He served in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific during World War II. He earned a bachelor’s degree in geography from Syracuse University, and a master’s degree in geography from the University of Illinois, and was employed as a geographer by the New York State Dept. of Commerce for 30 years, retiring in 1981. In retirement, he had attended week-long Elderhostel (aka Road Scholar) programs at over two hundred different university and college campuses throughout the United States and Canada.
Donald is survived by his wife of 66 years, Grace J. Mabboni Roznowski; his children Thomas (Trish Bracken) of Bloomington, IN, Ellen of Washington, DC, Fran of Chelsea, MA, and Joseph of Syracuse; his grandchildren Maxwell Roznowski, and Emmett Gillen (Vibha Raval Gillen); and his great grandson Valor Gillen.
A graveside service will be held privately in the Assumption Cemetery, Syracuse. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Albany Public Library Foundation, 161 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12210. To leave a message of condolence for the family, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.
October 5, 2016
ALBANY – Iola Wilson Carter Iola left us to find her eternal spot in the sun on Monday, October 3, 2016. Born February 28, 1916 and raised in Harlem, NY, she resided in Flushing Queens for her adult life until moving to Albany to be near her family in her later years. She started her career as a seamstress in the garment district, then stayed home to raise her family after which she worked in the financial aid department at Queens College where she enjoyed many happy years.
Iola was predeceased in 1981 by her husband Sam Carter. She is survived by her son Fritz Carter and daughter Luberta LeBlanc as well as Sharon Carter and Jim LeBlanc; her grandchildren Jackie Dorchester (Joel), Cici Carter (Cody Cooper), Leon Rogers, Lukes Rogers; her great grandchild Ian Dorchester; and all the cousins.
The family would like to thank the staff and residents of the Teresian House and Atria. They’d also like to thank the Walsh Family for their support and love of Iola over the years, especially while at Teresian House.
Services will be at the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, on Saturday at 12:00 pm. Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Saturday morning from 10 am -12 pm. Donations in Iola’s memory can be made to the Teresian House, 200 Washington Ave. Ext., Albany, NY 12203. Interment will be in Calverton National Cemetery 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.
September 24, 2016
GUILDERLAND – Elaine N. Murray Burke of Guilderland, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Friday, September 23, 2016. Elaine was born in Cedarhurst, Long Island, where she lived until moving to the Capital District in 1953. She was a longtime communicant of the former St. Margaret Mary’s Church and of All Saints Catholic Church, and for many years was a religious education instructor of first and second grade students at St. Margaret Mary’s. Elaine led a very active life, and enjoyed horseback riding, ice skating, skiing, roller blading, and daily walks at Crossgates Mall.
Elaine is survived by her beloved husband Richard W. Burke; her twin sons Robert T. Burke of Clifton Park, and Richard A. Burke of Binghamton; her daughter Jeanette A. Burke-Kelly (J. Michael Kelly) of East Greenbush; her grandson Ryan M. Kelly, and her sister in law Helene Pirozzi (Gary) of Oakdale, Long Island.
Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Tuesday morning at 8:15, and from there to All Saints Catholic Church, 16 Homestead St. (behind CVS) at 9:00. Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Monday from 4-7 p.m. Interment will be in Memory Gardens, Colonie. The family wishes to thank Community Hospice for the wonderful care they provided to Elaine and family in her final days. Memorial contributions are suggested to Community Hospice, at The Community Hospice Foundation, 295 Valley View Blvd., Rensselaer, NY 12144; or to All Saints Catholic Church, 12 Rosemont St., Albany, NY 12203. To leave a message of condolence for the family or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.
September 23, 2016
ROTTERDAM -- Linda M. Waddington, 75, of Rotterdam passed away suddenly on Tuesday, September 20th, 2016. A lifelong resident of the Schenectady area she was the daughter of the late Elizabeth and Joseph Buechler. Linda was a graduate of St. Joseph’s Academy and Schenectady County Community College. She worked for SUNY Central Administration from which she retired. She later volunteered at Sunnyview Rehabilitation Center. Linda was also an active advocate for the Alzheimer’s Association. She thoroughly dedicated herself to helping their cause as she was the primary caregiver for her husband for several years. She was an active member of the Salvation Army where she fully participated in many ministries and was a greeter and member of the chorus. As evidenced by her everyday life, she was a woman of great faith. Linda was a kind, caring person and gave a lot of herself to others. She enjoyed scrapbooking, stamping, gardening, cooking, and maintaining her beautiful home.
She will be sadly missed by her husband of 38 years, Frank; her daughter, Annette (Brian) Jordan; and her granddaughter Alisha Jordan. Linda is also survived by her brother David (Rosemary) Buechler, her sisters Jeanne Rando, Barbara Cooper, and Bernice (Norman) Parks, along with several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sister Mary Bethka and her brother Joseph Buechler. Linda had many friends who were very close to her heart and she will be greatly missed by all.
Relatives and friends may call from 1:30 to 2 pm Sunday September 25th, 2016 at The Salvation Army Citadel, 222 Lafayette St., Schenectady. A service will follow at 2 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Linda’s name are requested to be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 4 Pine West Plaza #405, Albany, NY 12205.