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.

Emma M. Saboda

February 15, 2015

COLONIE – Emma M. Saboda, 95, of Colonie, passed away on Wednesday February 11, 2015 at Albany Memorial Hospital.  Emma was born in Nazareth, PA, the daughter of the late Paul and Mary Ritza Saboda.  She lived in Brooklyn for 75 years before moving to the Albany area in 2004.  She was employed as a Licensed Practical Nurse for many years by the New Caledonia Hospital in Brooklyn until her retirement, and she also was employed as a waitress at many of New York City’s finest restaurants.

Emma is survived by many nieces and nephews, including locally by Karen Quaal (David) and Karl Saboda (Joan) of North Greenbush.

Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Friday February 20th at 3pm.  Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Friday from 1-3 p.m.  Entombment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, the Bronx, on Monday, February 23rd.   The family suggests memorial contributions to the Regional Food Bank, 965 Albany Shaker Road, Latham, NY 12110.  To leave a message of condolence for the family or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.

Mary R. Santa Maria

February 8, 2015

ALBANY – Mary R. Santa Maria, 91, of Albany, passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 7, 2015 in the Hospice Inn at St. Peter’s Hospital.  Known to many as Aunt Mary or Aunt Mame, Mary was born in Albany on May 30, 1923, the daughter of the late Salvatore and Carmela Santa Maria.  She worked for over 60 years at the Mayfair Beauty Salon, and continued hairdressing in her home until about four years ago.  She loved reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with family and friends.  She also was a longtime communicant of All Saints Catholic Church and the former St. Margaret Mary’s Church.

She is survived by her nieces and nephews Joseph, Sam, Anthony, and Paul Santa Maria, Margaret Crisafulli, Marilyn Ryan, Joseph Luciano, Mary Blanchette, Camille Schner, Donna Michels, Joan Luciano, John Desantis, and Emily Santoro.  She was predeceased by her brothers and sisters Nicholas Santa Maria (Marion), Joseph Santa Maria (Kate), Anthony Santa Maria (Maria), Antoinette Luciano (Dom), Eldena “Dee” Desantis (Bob), and John Santa Maria.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to our cousin Vinnie Rigosu, who was instrumental in keeping Mary in her childhood home until she entered the hospital last week.

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, 16 Homestead St., Albany (behind CVS).  Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Tuesday from 4-7 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.

Click here to view Mary’s resting place in St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands, New York (Zip Code Albany, NY 12204).

Ethel M. Skavina

February 4, 2015

ROME, NY – Ethel M. Skavina, 92, of Rome, New York, passed away peacefully with her children and extended family by her side on Sunday, February 1,2015, under the care of The Hospice of East Texas in Tyler, TX.  Born in Albany May 12, 1922, she was the daughter of Harry J. and Marie R. Smith.  Ethel graduated from Vincentian Institute and the College of St. Rose, and worked as a secretary for the NY State Education Department.  Ethel was predeceased by her husband, Edward F. Skavina, whom she married on November 26, 1952.  The couple moved to Rome, NY in 1952, where she lived for 58 years.  Recently, she lived under the loving care of her daughter, Barbara.  Ethel was a communicant of St. Paul’s Church in Rome and of St. Vincent de Paul’s Church while in Albany.  She volunteered for Literacy Volunteers, was a church school teacher and a member of the Rome Hospital Twigs. Ethel enjoyed reading, playing bridge, and crossword puzzles, and was a generous donor to various charitable causes.

Ethel is survived by her son Paul (Kathy) Skavina of Rome, her daughter Barbara Hines of Hideaway, TX, and her daughter Mary Anne (Michael) Stannard of Albany.  Ethel was a loving mother and extremely proud of her children; she will be deeply missed. Also survived by her sisters-in-law Clara Hemmett, Evelyn Skavina, and Jan James; her four grandchildren Matthew and Rachel Skavina, and Brock and Nicole Hines; and by three nephews.

At Ethel’s request, there will be no calling hours. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday morning at 10:00 am in St. Vincent de Paul Church, 900 Madison Ave., Albany.  Relatives and friends are invited.  Interment will be in Our Lady of Angels Cemetery, Colonie. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Hans Funeral Home, Albany.  To leave a message of condolence for the family, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.

Click here to view Ethel’s resting place in Our Lady of Angels Cemetery, Colonie, New York (Zip Code Albany, NY 12205).

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.

 

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