November 19, 2016
GUILDERLAND, NY – At the age of 99, the Rev. Arthur H. Gerhardt joined his beloved wife, Edith Bender Gerhardt, and passed into eternal glory on November 17, 2016. Known as the people’s pastor, he was a humble and devoted servant of the Lord, whose ministry spanned over 74 years.
Arthur was a graduate of Concordia College, Bronxville, NY and Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Mo. His first parish was in Fullerton, Nebraska before coming to Albany in 1944, where he ministered to both Christ Lutheran Church and Faith Lutheran Church. Eventually, he devoted his full energies to Christ Lutheran, where in 1957 he oversaw the construction of a new church on Western Ave in McKownville. After 36 years with Christ Lutheran, he retired, but continued to serve the Lord as an interim pastor to area churches for an additional 20 years.
Rev. Gerhardt also served the church at large in various capacities. He was the founder of Son Rise Camp in Pottersville, NY and the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Delmar. Arthur was a member of the Lutheran Atlantic District Board of Directors, a chaplain for the McKownville Fire Department, the first secretary for the Western Turnpike Kiwanis Club, president of the Guilderland AARP, chaplain of the Albany Civil Air Patrol and chaplain of the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid. He also co-chaired the annual Concordia Open Golf Tournament, which was a fundraiser for Concordia’s scholarships. Concordia College recognized Arthur with the Service of Christ and the Volunteer Service awards.
One of Arthur’s greatest joys was spending time with his family, especially vacationing with his grandchildren on Block Island & Martha’s Vineyard. He had numerous hobbies that included woodworking, golfing (hole-in-one at the age of 84), stamp and coin collecting, Olympic pin collecting and ice skating. Most notable were his annual Christmas tree ornaments with a Christ-centered theme. Arthur and Edith were avid world travelers, exploring destinations as far away as China.
He was predeceased by his eldest daughter, Grace Gerhardt and is survived by his daughters, Jocelin Hamblett, Lois Wilke Gerhardt, Dori Gerhardt (husband Anthony Maione) and his sons Stephen Gerhardt (wife Marie) and David Gerhardt (wife Harumi). Arthur was also blessed with nine grandchildren: Philip (wife Michele), Erich (wife Emily), Adam (wife Shawna), Anna, Graham, Gabriel, Nathaniel, Marigrace and Isaiah and six great-grandchildren: Benjamin, Kate, Cooper, Harper, Libby and Miles.
Calling hours will be at Hans Funeral Home located at 1088 Western Ave, Albany, NY 12203 on Sunday, November 27, 2016 from 2 pm to 6 pm. A funeral service and celebration of life will be held at Christ Lutheran Church, 1500 Western Ave, Albany, NY 12203 on Monday, November 28, 2016 at 10 am. Relatives and friends are invited.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Concordia College NY. The mailing address is: Concordia College, Att: Heather McGinness, 171 White Plains Rd, Bronxville, NY 10708. Checks should be made out to “Concordia College NY” with “The Arthur & Edith Gerhardt Scholarship Fund” written in the memo section. To leave a message of condolence for the family or to obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.hansfuneralhome.com.
November 12, 2016
SARATOGA SPRINGS – M. Barrett Hans, 56, of Saratoga Springs, passed away on Friday, November 11, 2016, at the Hudson Park Nursing Home in Albany. Barrett was born in Glens Falls, the son of the late William Dollard Hans and Cynthia Ann Scullen Hans. He was raised in Lake George, and was a graduate of Lake George High School. He lived in Wyoming for many years where he was a restaurant cook, and returned to Saratoga Springs several years ago. Barrett enjoyed the outdoors, and love to hunt and fish for trout. He also enjoyed listening to the Grateful Dead.
Barrett is survived by his sons Phillip Alexander Rose-Hans and Maxsen Barrett Rose-Hans; his former wife Victoria Rose; his sister Cindy Ellen Hans (Bob Stele) of Manlius; his brothers William Hans Jr. (Gail) of Pittstown, S. Benson Hans (Terri) of Massena, and David Hans (Linda) of Rutland, VT; and by aunts, uncles, and many cousins.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, November 16th, in St. Pius X Church, 23 Crumite Rd., Loudonville, at 10:00 am. Relatives and friends are invited. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Hans Funeral Home, Albany. To leave a message of condolence for the family, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.
November 10, 2016
WATERVLIET – On November 9, 2016 Martha McCann passed away at her home on Boght Road in Watervliet. She was predeceased by her parents Bettie and Paul McCann in 2005 and 2008 respectively. Martha was born in Albany on December 10, 1955 and within days was placed in the care of St. Catherine’s Infant Home. For the remainder of her life she was under the care of staff specializing in the provision of services to persons with developmental disabilities.
Martha is survived by her seven brothers and sisters – Annette (James) Facteau of Harwich, MA; David (Nancy) McCann of Guilderland; Mary Beth Barry (Daniel Murphy) of Watervliet; James (Sherron) McCann of Long Beach, CA; Therese McCann of Delmar; Kevin (Nancy) McCann of Delmar; and Dennis (Rita) McCann of Albany.
Martha’s family would like to express its heartfelt appreciation to all of those front-line and behind the scenes people who, over the course of more than 60 years, provided Martha with the high quality care she needed 24/7. This includes staff, who during the 1950s-1990s, worked on her behalf at the Rome Developmental Center, the Oswald D. Heck Developmental Center, and most recently her caregivers in Colonie and Watervliet. In addition, Martha very much enjoyed the daytime activities she participated in at the Warren, Washington and Albany Counties Chapter of NYSARC on Krumkill Road in Albany.
Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Saturday morning at 8:00am. Her funeral mass will follow at 9:00 am in All Saints Catholic Church, 16 Homestead Street, Albany. Burial will follow at 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.
November 8, 2016
ALBANY – Mary Louise Wren Horick, 76, of Albany, passed away on Monday, November 7, 2016. Mary Louise was born in Mississippi, but lived in the Albany area most of her life. She was employed by the State University at Albany for many years.
Mary Louise is survived by her children Ronald C. Horick, Jr., Robert Horick, Michael O’Dell, and Paul O’Dell; her brothers Walter, James, and Paul Wren; her grandson Robert Aubrey, Jr., and by several other grandchildren. She was predeceased by her sons Richard M. Horick and Richard O’Dell, and by her brother Robert Wren.
Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Thursday evening at 6:30 pm. Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Thursday from 4:30-6:30 pm. Interment will be in Our Lady of Angels 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.
November 8, 2016
ALBANY – Kathryn Kelly Garrett, 84, of Albany, passed away on Saturday, November 5, at St. Peter’s Hospital. Mrs. Garrett was born in Oneida, the daughter of the late Thomas L. Kelly and Margaret Farley Kelly. She was a graduate of Oneida High School, earned a B.A. degree in Pre-Professional Social Work from Utica College of Syracuse University and an M.S. degree in Social Work from Syracuse University. She was employed by the Erie County Department of Social Services and by Catholic Charities of the Dioceses of Buffalo and Syracuse before moving to the Capital District. Locally she was employed by the Rensselaer County Department of Social Services, Parsons Child and Family Center, and the New York State Child Abuse Register.
A woman of excellent wit, Kate was noted for her fine sense of humor and thoroughly enjoyed sharing jokes and cartoons with friends, acquaintances, and complete strangers – who never stayed strangers for long. She made friends quickly, but for life, as her fellow Oneida schoolmates knew well. She relished the yearly Triple Crown races, especially with a personal pizza (anchovies added). A fan of word games and trivia, she routinely conquered the daily crossword and Jumble, bested the unwary at Scrabble, and brooked no interruptions during the airing of Jeopardy. She greatly enjoyed being a member of the Jewish Community Center in Albany for over 25 years, especially participating in the Water Aerobics program. She was a communicant of All Saints Catholic Church and the former St. Margaret Mary’s Church, where she was a long-time member of the Angels To Each Other group, and was a friend of Bill W.
Kate was predeceased by her beloved husband Joseph D. Garrett in 2009. She is survived by her daughter Nell Garrett of Albany; her brother Joseph M. Kelly (Joan) of Beavercreek, OH; and by several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother Thomas Kelly.
She was very grateful for a wonderful life, her cherished daughter Nell, and her nephews and nieces, especially Mary Kelly and Anne Johnson. She will be sorely missed.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in All Saints Catholic Church, 16 Homestead St., Albany (behind CVS), Thursday morning at 9:00am, and a reception to celebrate Kate’s life will follow at Maggie’s Restaurant, Albany. Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Wednesday from 4-7 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to bring photographs and stories to share. Interment will be held privately at a later date in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Troy. The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to All Saints Catholic Church – Attn: Angels to Each Other, 12 Rosemont St., Albany, NY 12203; or to the Sidney Albert AJCC Aquatics Fund, 340 Whitehall Rd., Albany, NY 12208. To leave a message of condolence for the family, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.
October 29, 2016
DELMAR – Ann E. VandenBergh Marshall, 74, of Delmar, passed away on Friday, October 28, 2016, at St. Peter’s Hospital while surrounded by her family. Ann was born in Albany and lived in the area all her life. She was employed by the New York State Education Dept. for several years, and by the New York State Teachers Retirement System for many years until her retirement. Ann was an avid reader and enjoyed crossword and Sudoku puzzles, as well as taking organ lessons through the Keys To Fun Program.
Ann was a beloved mother, sister, and grandmother. She was predeceased by her husband Kenneth Marshall and by her parents Jacob and Margaret Gottschalk VandenBergh. She is survived by her daughter Kathleen LaRose of Delmar; her sister Marge Billetts (Tony) of Feura Bush; her brother Barry VandenBergh (Kathleen) of Wynantskill; her grandchildren Daniela and Paula LaRose; her sister-in-law Joyce Beaudette; her brother-in-law William Marshall; and by several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Tuesday morning at 10:00 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Monday from 4-7 p.m. Interment will be in Albany Rural Cemetery, Menands. The family suggests memorial contributions to the Capital City Rescue Mission, 259 S Pearl St, Albany, NY 12202. To leave a message of condolence for the family or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.
October 28, 2016
ALBANY -- Patricia Ann Little-Savage, 77, passed away on Tuesday, October 18, 2016, at Hudson Park Rehabilitation & Nursing Center after a long illness. Patty was the daughter of Richard Little and Lucille Salisbury Morocco and a lifelong resident of the Albany area. She was predeceased by her parents and her husband, David Savage. She is survived by her brother, William Dockum (Marilyn) of Saratoga Springs; her niece Alison Dockum; and nephew Jeffrey Dockum. There will be no services or calling hours. To leave a message of condolence for the family or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.
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.