November 27, 2015
ALBANY – Joseph E. Montana, 93, of Albany, passed away Sunday, November 22, 2015 in Great Barrington, MA. Mr. Montana was born in Albany, and lived in the same neighborhood all his life. He served in the U.S. Army Infantry during World War II, and was employed as a toolmaker by the Simmons Fastener Corp. for 26 years. He then worked for the Operating Engineers Local 106 for 13 years, retiring in 1977. He was a communicant of the former St. Margaret Mary’s Church, and a member of the Elks Lodge #49 in Albany, and of the Bucci McTague VFW Post #1530 in Albany.
Mr. Montana was predeceased by his wife of 66 years, Zina A. Bursese Montana, and by his daughter Judith Montana Sumner. He is survived by his children Frank D. Montana (Georgene) of The Villages, FL, and Joseph Montana (Patricia) of Cape Coral, FL; his sisters Mary Cocca of Albany, and Frances Corcione of Loudonville; his brother in law Anthony Corio of Chula Vista, CA; his grandchildren David Sumner (Alisa), Michael Sumner and Stephen Sumner (Janet), Julie Montana-O’Donoghue (Mark), Stacey Montana Rivera, Joseph E. Montana, and Tiffany Montana; his great grandchildren Michael, Shannon, and Ryan Sumner, Elena and Annalise Rivera, Sean and Madison O’Donoghue, and Hannah Sumner; and by several nieces and nephews.
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. Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Monday from 4-7 p.m. Interment will be in Our Lady of Angels Cemetery, Colonie. The family suggests memorial contributions to the Bernard & Millie Duker Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center, 43 New Scotland 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.
November 18, 2015
COLONIE – Louis A. Perretta, 44, of Colonie, passed away suddenly Nov. 16, 2015. He is the loving and cherished son of Gloria Audi Perretta; and loving brother of Arthur Vincent Perretta. He was an avid Steelers fan, and a superb billiards player, and a total one hundred percent animal lover.
Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours on Friday from 4-7 pm at the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany. To leave a message of condolence for the family or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.
November 14, 2015
BRUNSWICK – Ernest D. “Jim” Pirman, age 86, of Brunswick, died peaceably at home with his daughters on Monday, November 9, 2015. Born in Brooklyn he was raised in Brooklyn and the Adirondacks of NY and Bradenton FL. Jim lived most his adult life in Brunswick with his dogs Pucky, Basil, Dumper, Blackie, and Brownie; and many friends. His pride and joy were his three daughters, Nancy, Kimball, and Heidi.
Jim graduated from Brooklyn Polytechnic Preparatory County Day School for Boys ’45, Princeton University ’49 (where he was a member of Key and Seal, and excelled in competing on the wrestling team), and SUNY at Albany ’70.
He had many stories about his service on the U.S.S. Sabine during the Korean War. He was employed by H.N. Whitney Goadby as an investor. Earning his MSW, he was a caseworker for Renssalaer County Dept. of Social Services, and later Director of New York State Alternative to Incarceration Program for Youth 18 Years and Under which was his most rewarding job keeping kids out of the justice system.
Jim was a long time member of the ADK and enjoyed hiking the Adirondacks, chaired the whitewater committee for many years, and traveled above the Arctic Circle and to Alaska. The Adirondacks were his paradise.
He was friends of RPI Hockey and an avid NY Jets and Mets fan.
Jim was a friend of Bill W for 55 years.
Jim was predeceased by his parents, Ernest J. Pirman and Ruth Dickinson Pirman. He is survived by his daughters, Nancy Pirman-Weiss (Mitchell Weiss) of Carlisle, Mass., Kimball Pirman Stewart (David) of South Hill, Va., and Heidi P. DeGroff (Jean Benoit) of Troy; his grandchildren Katrina Weiss (Katy Salka), Adam Weiss, Brain Stewart, Hunter Coram (Brittany), Weston Stewart, Carlson Stewart, and Timothy DeGroff; and his great-grandchildren Hunter and Jasper; his sister, Ruth McCrea of East Hampton; and by many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sisters, Marjorie Cauchois and Louise Root.
A memorial service will be celebrated in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Sunday afternoon at 1:00pm. Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Sunday beginning at 11:00am. To leave a message of condolence for the family or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.
November 10, 2015
ALBANY – William W. Roylance, Sr., 89, of Albany, passed away at Our Lady of Mercy Life Center on Friday, November 6, 2015. Bill was born in Saratoga Springs and raised in Cohoes. He attended Cohoes High School, and joined the U.S. Navy during World War II, serving in the South Pacific. After the war he completed high school and was employed by Montgomery Wards and the A&P Bakery. He was then employed by the U.S. Post Office in Albany, retiring after 26 years. Bill was an avid reader and card player, and enjoyed writing and drawing. He also served as a volunteer in the soup kitchen at the former St. Patrick’s Church in Albany.
Bill is survived by his beloved wife of 64 years Julia Merolle Roylance; his sons William W. Roylance, Jr. (Mary) of Menands, Paul Roylance (Christine) of Loudonville, and Wayne Roylance (Alla) of Brooklyn; his grandchildren Stephen Roylance, Nicole Claris (Lionel), Joshua (Margaret), Michael (Alexis), and John Roylance (Carrie Isensee); his great grandchildren Simon, Maeve, Declan, Thomas, and Aria Roylance; and by several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his son Scott Roylance, and by his brothers Leonard and Leon Roylance.
Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Saturday at 12:00pm. Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home prior to the service on Saturday from 10am – 12pm.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Albany Public Library Foundation, 161 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12210. To leave a message of condolence for the family or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.
November 8, 2015
ALBANY – Charlotte A. Mullen, 74, of Saratoga Springs, formerly of Albany, passed away Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at St. Peter’s Hospital. Charlotte was born in Arlington, MA, but lived in this area most of her life. She was employed by the former W. T. Grant, Co., and also by Friendly Home Parties in Albany. She also enjoyed playing cards and bingo, and was a member of the Saratoga Senior Center.
Charlotte was predeceased by her husband John J. Mullen, Jr. in 2009. She is survived by her children Deborah Baker (Richard) of Saratoga Springs, John Mullen (Neilene) of Delanson, and Karen Bielawa (David) of Amsterdam; her grandchildren Jordan, Daniel, Kelly, Lynne and James; and her great grandchildren Kyle, Kennedy, and Karter.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday morning at 9:00 in All Saints Catholic Church, 16 Homestead St., Albany (behind CVS). Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Inurnment will follow in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Rensselaer.
To leave a message of condolence for the family, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.
November 8, 2015
ALBANY – Mary Florence Schofield, 93, passed away Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at the Kingsway Arms Nursing Center in Schenectady, NY. Mary was born in Montréal West, Canada, where her grandfather was mayor 20 years earlier. In 1950, she married Frederick David Schofield, a decorated World War II fighter pilot. Mary was employed as a draftsman by the Canadian Pacific Railway. In 1961 she, her husband, daughter, and son moved to Utica, NY, followed by a move in 1966 to the Albany, NY area. Here Mary worked as a real estate broker, and lived many years in Newtonville, before moving to Guilderland and later to The Beverwyck. Mary was an avid golfer and curler. She was a member of the Albany Curling Club for 48 years, and in 1985 won the Empire State Bonspiel. She recently lived with and was cared for by her daughter, a Registered Nurse.
Mary was predeceased by her husband “Dave” Schofield in 2003. She is survived by her daughter Jan Schofield Briski (Robert) of Earlton, NY; her son Frederick David Schofield, Jr. (Marielez) of Glenmont, NY; and her grandchildren David, Brett, and Jeremy Briski.
Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Wednesday, November 11th at 12:00 noon. Relatives and friends are invited and may call at the funeral home beginning at 11:30am Wednesday. A reception will immediately follow the service. Interment will be in the Town of Mount Royal, Montréal. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made 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.
November 6, 2015
ALBANY – Rose Mary Wildman, 87, of Albany, passed away Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at the Capital Living Nursing & Rehab Centre in Schenectady. Rose was born in Brooklyn, the daughter of the late Constantino and Bella “Adele” Ferrenti Marullo. She moved to Albany in 1946, and here she was employed by the Whitney’s, Myers, and Muhlfelder’s department stores. Rose enjoyed knitting, crocheting, reading, and playing her keyboard.
Rose was predeceased by her husband Colin G. “George” Wildman, and by her daughter Margaret Wildman. She is survived by her children Georgette Salsburg (Jerome) of Albany, Jeanne Pezzulo (Paul) of Latham, George M. Wildman (Carol Steven) of Clifton Park, and John J. Wildman (Carol) of Greenwich; several grandchildren and great grandchildren, and by many nieces and nephews. She was also predeceased by her dear friend and companion Armand Pezzula.
The family would like to extend their thanks to the staff of the Capital Living Nursing & Rehab Centre for the kindness and care they provided to Rose during her stay.
Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Monday morning at 8:30am, and from there to The Historic Church of St. Mary on Capitol Hill, Pine & Lodge Streets, Albany, at 9:30am. Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Sunday from 4-7 pm. The family suggests memorial contributions to the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, 385 Watervliet-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.
November 5, 2015
GUILDERLAND -- Joseph Patrick O’Connor, 49, of Guilderland, passed away on Tuesday, November 3, 2015, in Boston, surrounded by his family. Joe was as strong as he was unselfish, as positive as he was generous, as loving as he was loved, and Joe will be deeply missed by everyone who knew him.
Joe leaves behind the most important thing to him in life: his family. Joe is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 26 years, Peggy (Janeski) O’Connor; his adoring children, Erin M. O’Connor (fiancé Grant Socha, who were introduced by Joe), Kelsey N. O’Connor, and Timothy P. O’Connor. Joe is survived by his mother, Marian A. (Wemple) O’Connor (the late Frank C. O’Connor Jr. who, it is certain, was the first one to greet him); his siblings and their spouses, Kathleen M. Ryan (Frank), Deborah A. Marino (Robert), Frank C. O’Connor III (Carol Kirk), Judith M. Dixon, Thomas J. O’Connor (Kimberly Usas); and many admiring and loving nieces and nephews.
Joe worked at TW&A Construction Management in Schenectady assisting business development as Project Manager and loved his work, much of it assisting in the transformation of downtown Schenectady. Previous to his work with TW&A, Joe worked in the automotive business for 25 years. He was a tireless advocate for the City of Schenectady and he enjoyed giving back to the community. He was involved with the Downtown Schenectady Improvement Corporation, Schenectady Ambassadors, and he coached youth sports for many years, leaving his mark on an untold number of children and young adults. However, the accomplishment Joe was most proud of were his three children.
First and foremost, Joe loved spending time with family. He was an avid sportsman who loved the outdoors and the ocean -especially Green Harbor. He was an Automotive Enthusiast and he treasured his loyal German Shepherds. He enjoyed the company of friends, listening to music, cigars by the fire, watching Notre Dame football, and being the best dressed person in the room, even, no doubt, at his own funeral. Joe had an incredible sense of humor, a strong loyalty to family and friends, a powerful work ethic, an unwavering moral compass, and the gentlest spirit that absolutely overflowed out of the strongest, toughest man you’ll ever meet.
Joe will be remembered for his generosity, his love for life, and his love for his family. Joe was the first to offer his help, whether it was cutting down a tree, or offering any favor. Everyone who knows Joe is asked to celebrate his life as he celebrated it every day: with kindness, generosity, strength, determination, and love of family and friends.
Joe’s family would like to give sincere thanks to the incredible team at Dana Farber --Yawkey 7 who worked so hard, lovingly caring for Joe, and who became his dearest friends during his twenty-one month fight against cancer. In lieu of flowers we would request donations to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute-Yawkey 7, which can be mailed to Hans Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Saturday morning at 9:00am, and from there to St Madeleine Sophie Church, 3510 Carman Rd, Schenectady, at 10:00am. Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home on Friday from 4:30 to 8:30pm. To leave a message of condolence for the family or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.
November 5, 2015
GUILDERLAND – Mary D. Griswold, 95, of Guilderland, passed away Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at Our Lady of Mercy Life Center. Mary was born in Albany, the daughter of the late John J. and Margaret E. Ketzer Douglas. She lived in the area all her life, and was a graduate of the Cathedral Academy and the Mildred Elley Business School. She was employed for many years by the New York State Education Dept. She was a communicant of the former St. Margaret Mary’s Church in Albany, where she served as a trustee, lector, and Eucharistic Minister. She also volunteered at Albany Medical Center both during World War II and in more recent years. She was a member of the Bethlehem Garden Club, the Kenwood Braille Association, the Children of Mary of the Convent of the Sacred Heart, and was a member of the University Club.
Mary was predeceased by her husband Kenneth S. Griswold. She is survived by her husband’s daughter Suzanne R. Usher (Eugene); her grandchildren Marc Usher, Michael Usher (Kathryn), Jill Kelly (Steven), and David Usher (Brenda); and by ten great grandchildren, and 5 great great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her sister Margaret E. Douglas.
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. (behind CVS) at 9:00 am. Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Friday from 12:00 to 2:00 pm. Interment will be in Our Lady Help of Christians Cemetery, Glenmont. The family suggests memorial contributions to All Saints Catholic Church, mailing address 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.
October 31, 2015
ALBANY – Joseph E. Pickett, 93, of Albany, passed away on Friday, October 30, 2015 at the Eddy Heritage House. Joe was born in Rensselaer, the eldest of six children of the late Joseph and Anna Stormier Pickett. He moved to the Albany’s South End, living on Catharine St since 1955. He attended Philip Schuyler High School, where he ran track, boxed and played football until joining the United States Marine Corps at the age of 17 in 1940. During World War II, he served as a Sergeant with the infantry of the iconic 1st Marine Division, which is commonly referred to as the “Old Breed” in the South Pacific, including at the battles of Guadalcanal, Cape Gloucester, New Britain and Peleliu, with other support activities in Australia, New Zealand and the Palau Islands. After the war, he began a career with the Albany Police Dept., where he was a trusted and familiar presence in South End, known for his compassion for women and children, and became one of the City’s longest serving officers, retiring with 43 years of service. Joe proudly earned his GED at age 50. Always keeping fit, he took up jogging in the 1970s and could be seen around the city jogging in all types of weather. He enjoyed reading, especially history, was known for having a great sense of humor, and also enjoyed the peace and solitude of fishing on Saratoga Lake. Joe was happy living a simple life, dedicated to sacrifice for his family and his country.
Joe was predeceased by his beloved wife Elizabeth A. Fischer Pickett. He is survived by his sons Keith J. Pickett (Merla Mason) of Troy, and Joseph C. Pickett of Albany; his sisters in law Sister Gilmary Fischer, CSJ, of Latham, and Madeline Szell of Rocky River, OH; his granddaughters Maura E. Pickett and Melissa and Leslie Richburg; and by several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his siblings Shirley, Harold, and George Pickett, Rita Walsh, and Evan Pickett.
Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, and Tuesday morning at 11:00. Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Tuesday morning from 9-11 am. Entombment will follow in St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands. 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.