Patrick E. Renaghan

July 24, 2015

COLONIE – Patrick E. Renaghan, 79, of Colonie, passed away on Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at the Hospice Inn in St. Peter’s Hospital.  Pat was born in Bayside, Queens, the son of the late Patrick F. Renaghan, and Helen R. McNamara Renaghan.  He was raised in the Bronx and lived there until relocating his family to Roanoke, VA.  The family then moved to Clifton Park where he resided for over 30 years.  He and his wife recently moved to Colonie.  He served in the U.S. Navy from 1955-1957 and was employed by Metropolitan Life Insurance for his entire career.  Pat was a member of the Knights of Columbus, was an avid sports fan, and enjoyed participating in sports such as baseball, bowling and basketball.  Pat was a devoted Yankees fan, and as a youth he worked for and was later recruited and attended tryouts with the Yankees.  Throughout challenging times Pat maintained his positive attitude and dry sense of humor.

Pat is survived by his beloved wife of 54 years, Rita J. DiDomenico Renaghan; his children Robert P. Renaghan (Cheryl D.) of Charlottesville, VA, Patricia A. Page (Thomas J.) of Wilton, Mike E. Renaghan of Latham, Kevin G. Renaghan of Albany, and Kathleen T. Westlake (Michael A.) of Auburn; his brother Robert B. Renaghan (Patricia A.) of Milford, MA; his sister in law Dolores M. Renz of Bayshore; his grandchildren Meghan R., Holly A., and Michael J. Page; and by several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Tuesday morning at 8:30 am, and from there to the Historic Church of St. Mary on Capitol Hill, Pine & Lodge Streets, Albany, at 9:30 am.  Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Monday from 3-7 pm.  Interment will be in the Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery Tuesday at 12:00 pm.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Community Hospice for Hospice Inn, 295 Valley View Blvd, Rensselaer, NY 12144; or to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.  To leave a message of condolence for the family or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.

Jacob F. “Jack” Nowak, Jr.

July 21, 2015

GUILDERLAND – Jacob F. “Jack” Nowak, Jr., 73, passed away peacefully with his family at his side on Saturday, July 18, 2015 in the Hospice Inn at St. Peter’s Hospital.  Jack was born in Albany, the son of the late Jacob F. Nowak, Sr. and Anne Romanowski Nowak.  He served in the U.S. Army for three years, and was employed by the State University of New York for many years, retiring as Director of Network Services, New York Network.  Jack loved hunting and fly fishing, especially on the Ausable River.  He also tied fishing flies, which he would share with others.  In addition, he enjoyed calligraphy and wood carving.  He carved many walking sticks for family and friends.  He also carved walking sticks which were sold and the funds donated to veterans causes.   He also was a master at flower and vegetable gardening, and his spectacular home garden was well known in his neighborhood.

Jack is survived by his beloved wife Anne P. Liotta Nowak; his daughters Debbie Carey (Rex) of Voorheesville, Dawn Nowak of Guilderland, and Dena Ackerman (Michael) of East Greenbush; his sister Dr. Judith Nowak (Esra Bennathan) of Washington, DC; his brother Richard Nowak (Linda) of Watkins Glen; his mother in law Ermina “Willy” Liotta; his grandchildren Samantha and Janel Carey, and Courtney and Kyle Ackerman; and by several nieces and nephews.

The Nowak family wishes to thank the staff of Community Hospice, the Hospice Inn, and Dr. Richard Lavigne and his staff for the wonderful care they provided to Jack.

A mass in celebration of Jack’s life will be held  Friday morning at 11:00 am in Christ the King Church, Sumpter Ave., Guilderland.   Relatives and friends are invited.  Interment will be in Our Lady of Angels Cemetery at a later date.  In lieu of flowers and mass cards, donations may be made to The Community Hospice for Hospice Inn, 295 Valley View Blvd, Rensselaer, NY 12144.  Arrangements have been entrusted to the Hans Funeral Home, Albany.  To leave a message of condolence for the family, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.

Herman W. Wyld

July 10, 2015

GUILDERLAND – Herman William Wyld, 82, of Guilderland, passed away on Tuesday, July 7, 2015, surrounded by his family, at the Hospice Inn of St. Peters Hospital. Son of the late Herman and Ann Scully Wyld, he was born in Albany on December 14, 1932 and was a graduate of the former Vincentian Institute, class of 1951. After graduation he was drafted into the Army and proudly served two years as a carrier and repeaterman with the 50th Signal Corps Battalion in Sendai, Japan during the Korean War. After being discharged from the Army, Mr. Wyld returned to home, to attend SUNY Cortland, where he earned a Bachelors degree in Health and Physical Education. While attending Cortland, his many activities, achievements, and accomplishments included being selected to play on the GEM Bowl East-West All-Star Football Team, receiving the Red Letter Award for outstanding achievement and leadership in football, earning a Directorship in Physical Education, and being an active member of the Beta Phi Epsilon Fraternity. He later went on to attend SUNY Albany, where he earned a Master Degree in Secondary School Supervision.

Mr. Wyld (or Coach Wyld, to many) quickly went on to find a position teaching Health and Physical Education with the Guilderland Central School System. In addition to his normal teaching duties, Coach Wyld was well known for his activities on the sporting fields, where he served as a Varsity Line Coach for 11 years and Varsity Wrestling Coach for 20 years, as well as earning the reputation for being “The coach who never yelled”. This dedication to his work did not stop at the end of at the school day. Summers and weekends Coach Wyld could be found in the gym or volunteering with local sports teams. Above all, Coach Wyld believed in the heart and inner strength of his athletes, and by taking a vested interest in their lives, he was able to motivate his students to succeed in all areas, not only sports. Coach Wyld retired from teaching in 1988, but maintained strong ties to education.

After retirement, Mr. Wyld maintained a very active life. He was an avid volunteer, worked closely with the Elks Club, and was a member of the Italian American Community Center. He regularly enjoyed traveling with his wife and family, loved to spend time with his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, golfing, and was a regular bowler.

Mr. Wyld is survived by his beloved wife of 58 years, Alice Ann Marinelli Wyld; his much loved children Richard F. (Susan) Wyld of Cohoes, Thomas W. (Mary) Wyld of Westmere, and Kathleen M. Bond of Waterford; his grandchildren Daniel Francis Wyld, Samuel W. Wyld, Joseph Allen (Kelsey) Wyld, and Sarah Ann Bond; his great granddaughter Ryleigh Mae Wyld; and by several cousins and some special friends. He was predeceased by his grandson Tommy Christopher Wyld.

The family of Mr. Wyld would like to thank the staff of the 3 High Rise unit at the Albany County Nursing Home for the excellent care that was provided.

Funeral services will be held at Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Monday morning. Services will begin at 9:00am and will begin at Christ the King Church, Sumpter Ave., Guilderland at 10:00am. Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Sunday from 3-7pm. The parish family of Christ the King Church will gather in the funeral home at 3:30 pm, Sunday for a service of prayer and remembrance.  All are welcome. Interment will be in Our Lady of Angels Cemetery, Colonie.  The family suggests memorial contributions to Guilderland Central High School Wrestling Booster Club or Christ the King Church, general Building Fund. 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. Wyld’s resting place in Our Lady of Angels Cemetery, Colonie, NY (Zip code Albany, NY 12205).

 

 

Anthony J. Mirabile

July 3, 2015

ALBANY – Anthony J. Mirabile, 88, of Albany, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, July 2, 2015 at Albany Medical Center.  Tony, a lifelong resident of Albany, was born in Glens Falls in the summer of 1926, the son of the late Joseph and Santa (DePasquale) Mirabile.  He graduated in 1944 from Vincentian Institute and attended Siena College, Albany Business College and Navy Communications School.  He served in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific Theatre during World War II.  He was employed by the Veterans Administration until entering the business of Lake Electronic Service in 1954 as co-owner, serving as President from 1973 until his retirement in 1994.  Tony was also a communicant of All Saints Catholic Church (the former St. Margaret Mary’s) and a member of the Parish Seniors.  He was also an active member and Past President of the Italian American Community Center, a member of the American Italian Heritage Foundation, a board member of the Albany Columbus Day Parade Committee, a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus and Past Grand Knight of the Colonie Council 3394. Tony was an avid fan of both the Yankees and Giants.  He enjoyed bocce at the Club, bowling, big band music, dancing, Saturday night dinner with Andy and Joe, lunch with the “Birthday Boys,” a good drink, a good cigar, a good joke, and most of all, getting together with his loving family and friends.

Tony was predeceased by his wife Helen M. (Triolo) Mirabile in 2010.  He is survived by his children Andrew Mirabile, Joanne DiFrancesco (Robert), Julie Miller (Louis), and Joseph Mirabile; his grandchildren Jennifer Biski (Joseph), Gregory and Nicholas Miller, and Nicole and Sarah DiFrancesco; his great-grandchildren, Hunter and Isabella Biski;  his sisters-in-law Sarina Nagi and Cecilia Rigosu (Vincent); his-brother-in law Joseph Triolo and by many nieces, nephews and friends.  In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother Dominick S. Mirabile, his brother-in-law Vincent Triolo and his sister-in-law Vera Rappazzo.

Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Monday morning at 8:15 a.m., and from there to All Saints Catholic Church, 16 Homestead St. (behind CVS), Albany at 9:00 a.m.  Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Sunday from 4-8 p.m.  Interment will be in St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Tony’s memory to All Saints Catholic Church, 12 Rosemont St, Albany, NY 12203; or to St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942.  To leave a message of condolence for the family or obtain directions to the funeral home please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.

Robert L. Youngs

June 27, 2015

DELMAR – Robert L. Youngs, 91, of Delmar, passed away peacefully on Friday, June 26, 2015.  Bob was born on November 18, 1923 in Newark, NJ, the son of the late Granville and Eugenie Youngs.  He was a proud marine, having served in the U.S. Marine Corps in World War II, including in the first wave of Iwo Jima and the Battles of Saipan and Tinian.  He was awarded several purple hearts for his bravery – Semper Fi.  Bob was a designer for Bell Laboratories for 40 years in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.  He obtained several patents for his work involved with the Telstar satellites.

Bob was predeceased by his wife Ellen M. Youngs, and his daughter Christine Youngs.  He is survived by his son Bill Youngs (Margaret) of Delmar; granddaughters Kelly (Brian) Bauer, Andrea (Andrew) Neviackas, and Colleen Youngs; great grandson Dylan Bauer; also son Brian M. (Evelyn) Youngs of Virginia; and grandsons Jeffrey and Todd Youngs.

A memorial service will be held in Bally, PA, at a later date.  Those who wish may make a memorial contribution to Patriot Flight, Inc., PO Box 190, Delmar, NY 12054.  Arrangements have been entrusted to the Hans Funeral Home, Albany.  To leave a message of condolence for the family, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com .

Marie LaChance

June 24, 2015

WEST SAND LAKE – Marie LaChance, 74, of West Sand Lake, formerly of Albany, passed away Tuesday, June 23, 2015, in the Hospice Inn at St. Peter’s Hospital.  Marie was born in Albany, and lived her most of her life before moving to West Sand Lake nine years ago.  She was employed by the New York State Dept. of Taxation & Finance, and by Maiden Lane Properties.

Marie is survived by her children Joseph LaChance (Maureen) of Wynantskill, and Tracy LaChance (Erik Haswell) of West Sand Lake; her brother and sister Thomas Gilmartin and Carol Ann Rossi, both of Albany; her grandchildren Liam Swiatek,, Michael LaChance, and Breona Heidelmark; and by several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Friday evening at 7:00pm.  Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Friday from 4-7 pm.  Interment will be held privately 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.

Martha Ward Carver

June 23, 2015

GREENFIELD CENTER – Martha Ward Carver was born on July 17th, 1926 in Binghamton, New York, to F. Erwin Ward and Isabella Post Ward of Deposit New York, and died at her home in Greenfield Center, New York on June 13th, 2015.

Martha Ward Carver, 88, grew up in Deposit, New York and graduated from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY in 1947 with a degree in public school music, as it was then called. She served as Supervisor of Music in the elementary and junior high schools of Greenfield, Mass from September of 1947 to June of 1955.

She returned to Skidmore College in the fall of 1955 to join the Music Department faculty, implementing the music education program. After fifteen years at Skidmore she chose to leave the campus in favor of domestic life on the farm.

Martha was a long-time friend of the Festival of Baroque Music and attended performances every year from its beginning in 1959 to its final season in July of 2011. She was a member of the Saratoga County NAACP, and SEAD (Saratogians for the Equality and Acceptance of Diversity). Ms. Carver left over one hundred acres of farmland to Saratoga PLAN.

Ms. Carver is predeceased by her husband, Frank Carver, originally of Milo, Maine, and her brother Charles (Chuck) E. Ward of Ballston Spa, NY, and is survived by her stepson, Robert J. Carver of Nokomis, Florida; her foster son, Michael Spiak and his wife Kelly of Greenfield Center, NY; nieces and nephews Susan Ward of Catskill, NY; Braden Ward of Oneonta, NY; Mary Jane Benenati of Norwich, NY; Mark Ward of Walton, NY and cousin M. Edward Hartz of Wilmington, NC in addition to a loyal support group of friends and neighbors as well as her faithful and beloved dog Macy.

At Martha’s request there will be no funeral service. She has donated her body to the Anatomical Gift Program at Albany Medical Center.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Deposit Educational Endowment Program (DEEP), Deposit, NY, 13754 or the Yellow Rose Fund, Skidmore College, 815 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY, 12866.  To leave a message of condolence for the family or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.

H. Gladys Rings

June 20, 2015

GUILDERLAND – H. Gladys Rings, 86, of Guilderland, passed away Thursday, June 18, 2015 at her home surrounded by her family.  Mrs. Rings was born in Albany, and lived in Albany and Guilderland all her life.  She was employed for a time by the former American Meter Works in Albany where she met her husband of 63 years Frederick Rings, and was an active member for many years of St. Boniface Episcopal Church in Guilderland.  She also enjoyed gardening and yard work, and having lunch with her friends.

Mrs. Rings was predeceased by her beloved husband Frederick G. Rings.  She is survived by her sons Stephen Rings of Guilderland, Peter Rings (Eileen) of Scotia, and Jeffrey Rings (Kim) of Albany; her grandchildren Zachary White, Michael Rings and Alexander Rings; and by several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her siblings William Zimmerman, Pearl Harvey, and George, Robert, and Charles Zimmerman.

The family would like to thank the staff of the Western Diner for the friendship and kindness they extended to Mrs. Rings over the years.  The family would also like to thank the caregivers at Angelina’s Home Care, LLC, who provided care to Gladys.

Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Tuesday morning at 9:00, and from there to St. Boniface Episcopal Church, 5148 Western Ave, Guilderland, at 10:00.  Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Monday from 5-7 p.m.  Interment will be in Prospect Hill Cemetery, Guilderland.  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, send a sympathy card, or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.

Mark A. Delamater

June 11, 2015

ALBANY – Mark A. Delamater, 90, of Albany, passed away Tuesday, June 9, 2015 in the Hospice Inn at St. Peter’s Hospital.  Mark was born and raised in Portsmouth, OH, the son of the late Ralph E. and Inez H. Potts Delamater.  He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, including service aboard the USS Sanders, DE-40.  He then attended the University of Ohio, and earned a degree in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1952.  During his career as an engineer, he was employed by Westinghouse, General Electric, Honeywell, ALCO, and the New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation (ENCON).  He loved playing sports, especially tennis, softball and basketball, and played tennis until age 86.  He also built a four bedroom home, mostly by himself, on Copake Lake.

Mark is survived by his beloved wife Ruth E. Olsen Delamater; his daughters Carol Young (Carl) of Albany, Maryann Ten Eyck of Schenectady, and Susanne Witkop (Jerry) of Albany; his grandchildren Rachel Young, Andrew Ten Eyck, Michelle Ten Eyck (Gary Miles), and Joshua, Sean and Matthew Witkop; his great grandchildren Alyssa and Casey Miles, and Dakota Ten Eyck; and by several nieces and nephews and their families.  He was predeceased by his brother and sister in law Sherwood F. and Janet Delamater.

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), at 9:00.  Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Thursday from 4-7 p.m.  Interment will be in the Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery on Monday, June 15th, at 12:00 noon. The family suggests memorial contributions to the Alzheimer’s Association 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.

Joseph F. Fisher

June 6, 2015

ALBANY – Joseph F. Fisher, 81, of Albany, passed away Friday, June 5, 2015 at the Teresian House.  Joe was born in Kingston, NY on January 26, 1934 to the late Joseph Vivian Fisher and Florence Agnes Brazee.   He served in the U.S. Navy for four years starting during the Korean War.  A graduate of Marist College, he was employed for 36 years by Central Hudson Gas & Electric, spending 25 years at the New York Power Pool in Guilderland, NY.  Joe was also a communicant of Christ the King Church, where he served as an usher for many years.  He also volunteered at Our Lady of Mercy Life Center, and was a member of the Knights of Columbus.

Joe is survived by his beloved spouse Kathleen J. Fisher; his children Deborah Rahn (Mark) of Scotia, Elizabeth Fitzgerald of Venice, FL, and Joseph F. Fisher, Jr. of Menands; his grandchildren Laura Leib (Greg), and Sara Slocum (Jonathan); and his great grandchildren Gavin Leib and Spencer Slocum; his siblings Vivian Brown (John) of Ocala, FL, Robert Fisher (Mari) of Newburgh, and Mary Lou Stopczynski (Gus) of Ulster Park; his sister-n-law Sandi Fisher of Kingston; and by several nieces, nephews, cousins and great friends.  He was predeceased by his first wife Emma Fisher, his sisters Joan Kozlowski (John), and Catherine Keating, and his brother John Fisher.

The family wishes to extend their heartfelt appreciation to Drs. Stefan Swicker, Peter Lamparello, Arthur Sunkin, Alan Sanders, and Yusuf Dincer and their staffs, as well as the staff of the Teresian House and members of Christ the King Church and Catholic Charities for the kindness and care extended to Joe during his illness.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday morning at 10:30am in Christ the King Church, Sumpter Ave., Guilderland.  Relatives and friends are invited.  There will be no calling hours.  Interment will be in St. Agnes Cemetery, Cohoes.  The family suggests memorial contributions to the Teresian House Activities Dept, 4th Floor B Wing, 200 Washington Ave, Albany, NY.  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 Joe’s resting place in St. Agnes Cemetery, Cohoes, NY.

 

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