Anthony Conti

April 19, 2015

ALBANY – Anthony Conti, 89, of Albany, passed away Sunday, April 19, 2015 at St. Peter’s Hospital.  Anthony was born in Albany, the son of the late Quinto Conti and Susie Denucci Conti, and lived here all his life.  He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, including service aboard the USS Langley (CVL-27).  After the war he was employed for many years by Laborers Union Local 190 until retirement, and in retirement he was employed by the Albany City School District.  He was a member of the North Albany American Legion 1610.  Anthony also enjoyed bowling and bingo, and trips to Atlantic City.  Together with his wife Clara, he traveled extensively including Europe, South America, Hawaii, and on a number of cruises.

Anthony is survived by his beloved wife of 66 years Clara Pelton Conti; his children Daniel Conti (Jane) of Stillwater, Elizabeth Bishop (the late Fred) of Troy, Thomas Conti (Judy) of Albany, and William Conti (Teri) of Orlando, FL; his sister in law Theresa Conti of Albany; and by thirteen grandchildren, twenty five great grandchildren, six great great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his siblings Anna Labunski (Walter), Louise Conti, Alfred Conti, and Frank Conti.

Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Thursday 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 Wednesday from 4-7 p.m.  Entombment will be in St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands.  The family suggests memorial contributions to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.  To leave a message of condolence for the family or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.

 

Elaine B. Pettit

April 18, 2015

ALBANY – Elaine B. O’Brien Pettit, 49, of Albany, passed away Friday, April 17, 2015 at St. Peter’s Hospital.  Elaine was born in Albany, and lived here all her life.  She was a 1984 graduate of the Academy of the Holy Names.  She was employed for a time by the Travel Land travel agency, and more recently by Wellpoint in Albany.  Family was important to Elaine.  She loved vacationing with them in Cape Cod at her favorite spot, Smith Heights.  She enjoyed the warm weather, beach and watching sunsets.  Elaine looked forward to Saturdays at Saratoga racetrack each August with her husband Derek and friends.  Above all, Elaine loved spending time with her beautiful daughter Julia.  A girls day out getting their nails done and having lunch together brought her so much joy.  Elaine will be remembered as a loving mother, wife, daughter, sister, aunt and friend.

Elaine is survived by her husband Derek S. Pettit; her daughter Julia Grace Pettit; her parents Edward G. and Mary C. Davis O’Brien of North Albany; her brother Timothy O’Brien (Lisa) of Colonie; her sisters Karen O’Brien Driscoll (Jay) of Albany, and Christine O’Brien Inger of Delmar; and by her nieces and nephews Conor, Margaret and Jack Driscoll, and Kathleen Inger.

Elaine’s family would like to express their sincere appreciation to the caring CV ICU staff at St. Peter’s Hospital for the compassion shown to Elaine and her family during her stay.

Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Tuesday morning at 10:00am, and from there to the Parish of Mater Christi, Hurst Ave., Albany at 11:00am.  Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Monday from 4-7 pm.  Interment will be held privately at a later date.  The family suggests memorial contributions to Capital City Rescue Mission PO Box 1999 Albany, NY 12201. To leave a message of condolence for the family or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.

John J. Keane, Jr.

April 13, 2015

TOWSON, MD – John J. Keane, Jr. died peacefully on April 10, 2015 at the Brightview Assisted Living facility in Towson, MD where he had been a resident for almost three years. He was almost 93.

Mr. Keane was born in Matahambre, in the province of Pinar del Rio, Cuba on May 20, 1922 to John J. and Bernadette C. Keane.  At that time, his father was employed by the American Metals Company as a supervisor at the Minas de Matahambre, which was one of the largest copper /silver mines operating in the region.

Mr. Keane graduated from Fordham Preparatory School, Fordham College and Fordham Law School. His senior year in college was interrupted by World War II; he enlisted in the U.S.  Army and served in London, England in the intelligence unit under General Eisenhower. He worked in an office that was located diagonally from General Eisenhower’s HQ at 20 Grosvenor Square. His nearest scrape with a military death came when General Patton stormed into his office unannounced and he and several other soldiers were found to be wearing loosened neckties.

During his time in England, Mr. Keane met Kathleen McEnery, an Irish girl who came to London before the war, lived through the Blitz, during which she was “bombed-out” several times by the Luftwaffe, and ran additional risks by accompanying Corporal Keane on frequent visits to pubs and shows with air raid wardens in hot pursuit. After the war, Ms. McEnery traveled to New York City on the longest and roughest crossing ever made by the Queen Mary, and the couple married and had six children whom they raised in New York City, on Long Island and in Johnstown, N.Y. Before coming to the Brightview Assisted Living Center, Mr. Keane resided at the Beverwyck Senior Living Center in Slingerlands, N.Y. and at 15 Kensington Place in Albany, NY.

Mr. Keane worked as a young attorney at several firms in NYC including Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy; he later served as Deputy Town Attorney for the Town of Oyster Bay, Long Island; as the first Executive Director of the Fulmont Community Action Agency in Fonda, N.Y.; and as a senior staff member of the health planning division at the New York State Department of Health.

Mr. Keane had three brothers (Jim, Bob and Frank) who were devoted to each other after childhood sandlot games and other happy times.  Both Bob and Frank survive him, as does Bob’s spouse Rose, as do his six children and their spouses—John (Margaret), Mary, Lucy (Mike) Brandow, Anne, Peter (Helen) and Bernadette (Dick) Felch; eight grandchildren (Lisa, Kelly, Erica, Jake, Kathleen, Matt, John and Andrew); and four great-grandchildren.

Mr. Keane was a kind gentleman with a sharp mind and an acute sense of humor who loved reading, Notre Dame football and NY/SF Giants baseball.

A Catholic Mass will be celebrated in remembrance of Mr. Keane at 11:00 AM on Friday, April 17 at the Parish of Mater Christi at 40 Hopewell Street in Albany, NY 12208.  Donations are not encouraged but can be sent to the Parish of Mater Christi.  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 Mr. Keane’s resting place in St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands, NY (zip code Albany, NY 12204).

Virginia J. DiMura

April 12, 2015

ALBANY – Virginia J. Straight DiMura 90, of Albany, died peacefully on Saturday, April 11, 2015 with her children by her side.  She was the daughter of the late Charles W. Straight and Nicolina (Straight) Lostritto, and was predeceased by her husband of 61 years, Salvatore.  She was the beloved and cherished mother to MaryJean (George) Scott and Joseph G. DiMura of Voorheesville; grandmother to Christopher DiMura, David (Theresa) Scott of Clifton Park, and Joseph Scott of Averill Park.  She is also survived by great grandchildren, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, many nieces, nephews, cousins, dear friends and neighbors.  She was predeceased by her brother Francis A.Straight, Sr.

Virgina will always be remembered as a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother “GiGi” and as a devoted friend.

At this time the family would like to give a personal thank you to the A1 Staff at Van Rensselaer Manor for their dedication, love, and compassion.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday morning at 9:00 am in All Saints Catholic Church, 16 Homestead St. (behind CVS) at 9:00.  Relatives and friends are invited.  There will be no calling hours.  Entombment will follow the mass in St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, or to Fisher House, 113 Holland Ave, Albany, NY 12208.  To leave a message of condolence for the family or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.

Anne M. Reardon

April 5, 2015

ALBANY – Anne M. Reardon, 81, of Albany, passed away Friday, April 3, 2015 in the Hospice Inn at St. Peter’s Hospital.  Anne was born in Albany, the daughter of the late William Dollard and Mary Rice Dollard.  She lived here nearly all her life.  She was a graduate of Vincentian Institute, and was employed for many years by the New York State Office of General Services.  Anne was a devoted mother, and her family and friends meant everything to her, and those who knew her loved her.  She was very proud of her Irish roots, loved horseback riding, and was also a dedicated fan of the Boston Red Sox.

Anne was predeceased by her husband James D. Reardon.  She is survived by her daughters Mary “Terry” Gaetano (Michael), Patti Reardon Plante (David Plante), and Linda Singer (Art Marotta); her brother William R. Dollard (the late Gertrude “Trudy”); her sister Mary E. Kelleher (the late Michael); her brother in law John Reardon (Debra); her grandchildren Stacie Plante, Scott Plante (Angela), Amanda Marcigliano (Lisa), Daniel Ward (Lauren); her great grandchildren Carter and Logan Ward; her Godson Daniel Hupe; and by many loving cousins, nieces, nephews, grand nieces and nephews, and friends.

Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Wednesday morning at 9:00 am, and from there to St. Francis of Assisi Church, 391 Delaware Ave, Albany, at 10:00 am.  Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Tuesday from 4-7 pm.  Interment will be in Memory Gardens, Colonie.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made 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 Anne’s resting place in Memory Gardens, Colonie, New York. (Zip Code Albany 12205).

William J. Murray, Jr.

March 31, 2015

WESTERLO -- William J. Murray, Jr., 67, of Westerlo, passed away Sunday, March 29, 2015 at Albany Medical Center Hospital. Bill was born in Washington, DC, and grew up in Guilderland. He was a graduate of Guilderland High School, and served for four years in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War.  He attended Hudson Valley Community College, and he was employed as Chief Engineer at the former Borden Dairy in Menands, and then was Plant Engineer at Cappiello Dairy in Schenectady.  Bill loved his family and loved spending time with his grandchildren. He also enjoyed reading the Bible, fishing, being on the water, and hiking in the woods with his dogs.  His favorite place to be was at the family camp (Jan Camp) in Speculator, NY.

Bill is survived by his wife Diane Tompkins Murray; his children William C. Murray of Chatham, MA, Jonathan S. Murray (Carrie) of Berne, and Laura Ann Murray of Schenectady; his siblings Judith Margiotta (Michael), Timothy Murray (Maryann), Deborah L. Moak (Daniel), Sharon Connell (Thomas), Pamela Moak (Barry), Donna Murray, and Daniel Murray (Donna); his grandchildren Ava and Shawn Murray; and by several nieces and nephews.

Our family would like to express our gratitude to the nurses, doctors and staff at Albany Medial Center. Their professionalism and compassion during the past five years were appreciated beyond words.

Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Friday morning at 10:00.  Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Thursday from 4-8 p.m. Interment will be in Memory Gardens, Colonie.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Capital City Rescue Mission, 259 South Pearl St., Albany, NY 12202; or to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, PO Box 1000, Dept 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908. 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 Bill’s resting place in Memory Gardens, Colonie, New York. (Zip code Albany, NY 12205.)

Tomasina “Tommy” Kilmade

March 28, 2015

ALBANY – Tomasina “Tommy” (Fallone) Kilmade, 92, of Albany, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 28, 2015, at the Daughters of Sarah Nursing Center.  Mrs. Kilmade was born in Mount Vernon, New York and lived most of her life in the Capital District.  She was a graduate of Voorheesville High School, and employed by the Duffy-Mott plant in Voorheesville until after World War II.  Beginning in the early 1960s, she was a cook in the Guilderland Central School District for many years.  Tommy’s talent for cooking resulted in her family and friends having many memorable meals and treats over the years.  The dozens of cookies from Granny’s kitchen were her grandchildren’s favorite.  She also was a long-time communicant of Holy Cross Church in Albany.

Tommy was predeceased by her husband of 67 years, Daniel J. Kilmade, Jr. in 2009.  She is survived by her children Anna-Marie Kilmade Tilghman (William S. Tilghman) of Springfield, Virginia, and Michael Kilmade (Debbie) of Albany; her grandchildren Daniel McCarthy, Kevin McCarthy, Christopher Kilmade, Joseph Kilmade (Jessica), and Maureen Kilmade (Erwin Vandenabeele); her sister-in-law Joan Rock Wallace; and several great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.  She was also predeceased by her parents, Antonio Fallone and Anna Mary Pallone Wallace, her step-father, Peter Wallace, and her brothers Rocco Fallone, Stephen Wallace, and Peter Wallace.

Funeral services will be held at the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Wednesday morning at 8:15 a.m., and from there to All Saints Catholic Church, 16 Homestead St. (behind CVS), at 9:00 a.m.  Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Tuesday from 4:00-7:00 p.m.  Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, Glenmont.  The family welcomes memorial contributions to the Alzheimer’s Association of Northeastern New York, 4 Pine West Plaza, Suite 405, Albany, NY 12205.  To leave a message of condolence for the family or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.

 

Click here to obtain a few of Mrs. Kilmade’s favorite recipes.

 

Click here to view Tommy’s resting place in Calvary Cemetery, 481 Route 9W, Glenmont, NY 12077 (Town of Bethlehem).

 

 

 

 

Ruth L. Zell

March 10, 2015

DELMAR – Ruth L. Zell, 85, passed away on Sunday, March 8, 2015 at St. Peter’s Hospital.  Ruth was born in Albany, the daughter of the late Francis J. Zell and Ruth M. deSeve Zell.  She was a graduate of Vincentian Institute in Albany, and the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City.  Ruth was employed by Brooks Fashion Stores in various positions of retail management, both in Albany and New York City.  She also was employed by other retail stores both in design and management.  She enjoyed painting, sewing, and a variety of arts and crafts.

Ruth is survived by her brother Francis G. Zell (the late Dolores) of Albany; her sister Barbara A. Zell of Albany; her brother V. Joseph Zell (Bourbon) of Sarasota, FL; her nephews Brian F. Zell (Linda), Matthew J. Zell, Sr. (Valerie), Justin F. Zell (Kasey), and Brandon L. Zell (Kristina); and by her grand nieces and grand nephews Brianna, Morgan, Matthew Jr., Fallon, and Broderick Zell.

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, 16 Homestead St. (behind CVS), Albany.  Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Thursday from 4-7 p.m.  Interment will be in Our Lady of Angels Cemetery, Colonie.  Those wishing to remember Ruth in a special way may send contributions to St. Jude’s 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 Ruth’s resting place in Our Lady of Angels Cemetery, Colonie, New York (zip code Albany, NY 12205).

Edward Ryan

February 17, 2015

ALBANY – Edward Ryan, 93, of Albany, passed away on Monday, February 16, 2015 at the Albany Stratton VA Medical Center.  Ed was born in Albany, and lived here all his life.  He served in the U.S. Navy beginning in 1939 and through World War II.  He was a graduate of the University of Illinois, and worked for many years as an architectural representative on many major construction projects including the Empire State Plaza in Albany.  He also was a life member of the Albany Elks Lodge #49.

Ed is survived by his beloved wife Mary Lou Herbinger Ryan; his children John Ryan (Debbie) of Kentucky, Kevin Ryan (Margaret) of Branford, CT, Mary Graham (Jonathan) of Aurora, IL, Edward Ryan of Kalamazoo, MI, and Robert Ryan (Susanne) of Averill Park; and by seven grandchildren.  He was predeceased by his five siblings.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday morning at 9:00am in All Saints Catholic Church, 16 Homestead St., Albany (behind CVS).  Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Friday from 5-8 pm.  To leave a message of condolence for the family or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.

Joseph E. Keil

February 16, 2015

GUILDERLAND – Joseph E. Keil, 78, of Guilderland, passed away on Thursday, February 12, 2015. He was born in Albany, and lived in the area all his life. He was employed for many years by the former City and County Savings Bank, and later by Trustco Bank.

Mr. Keil was predeceased by his wife, Margaret Prindle Keil, in 2009. He is survived by his sons, Joseph V. Keil (Kathleen) of Quincy, Mass., and James S. Keil of Albany; his sister, Rose Steff of Colonie; his grandchildren, Sean and Colleen Keil; and by several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, John Keil, and his sister, Carol Audino.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Christ the King Church, 20 Sumpter Ave., Guilderland, on Tuesday, February 17, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited. There will be no calling hours. Interment will be in Our Lady Help of Christians Cemetery, Glenmont. To leave a message of condolence for the family, please visit HansFuneralHome.com.

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