July 9, 2014
ALBANY – Richard D. Ruprecht, 92, of Albany, passed away on Tuesday, July 8, 2014, in the Hospice Inn at St. Peter’s Hospital. Richard was born in Albany, the son of the late Berthold and Sophia Moog Ruprecht. He lived here all his life. He was a 1940 graduate of Christian Brothers Academy in Albany, and served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the South Pacific. He was employed by the State of New York and also by the Schaefer Brewery for a time, and then was employed by State Equipment Co., retiring in 1986 after 35 years. Richard was an avid reader and a Yankees fan, and was a communicant of the former Holy Cross Church, as well as a member of the Holy Cross Men’s Association.
Richard was predeceased by his wife Margaret Fay Ruprecht, by his daughter Mary C. Ruprecht, and his son John R. Ruprecht. He is survived by his son Robert P. Ruprecht of Albany; his daughter in law Janet Ruprecht of Colonie; his granddaughter Carol Cybart (John); and by several nieces and nephews. He was also predeceased by his brother Fred C. Ruprecht, and his sister Bertha McKenna.
The family would like to thank the staff of the Good Samaritan Nursing Home, and of St. Peter’s Hospice for the wonderful care they provided to Richard.
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, Homestead St., Albany at 9:00. Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Thursday from 4- 7 pm. Interment will be 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.
July 9, 2014
ALBANY – Catherine T. Smith Armento, 82, of Albany, passed away Monday, July 7, 2014 at Our Lady of Mercy Life Center in Guilderland. Catherine was born in Troy, and lived most of her life in Albany. She was employed by a number of firms including the Central Warehouse, Huyck Felt Co., the City of Albany, and by the State of New York at both the Dept. of Correctional Services and the Education Dept. Catherine was a devoted mother and grandmother. She enjoyed traveling, and traveled widely with a very dear friend. She also enjoyed membership in the Colonie Seniors’ Bright Horizons program for a time.
Catherine is survived by her daughter Joanne Coffey (Tom) of Slingerlands; her son- in- law John Dawson of Rotterdam; her granddaughter Jillian Anne Coffey of Slingerlands; and her grandson Nicholas James Dawson of Rotterdam. She was predeceased by her daughter Beth Armento Dawson just last month, and by her son Benjamin Armento in 2012.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday morning at 11:30am in the Parish of Mater Christi, Hopewell St. & Hurst Ave., Albany. Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Saturday morning from 9:30 – 10:30. Interment will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Troy. Contributions in her memory may be made to Susan G. Komen Northeastern New York, PO Box 13535 Albany, NY 12212-3535. To leave a message of condolence for the family, or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.
July 5, 2014
ALBANY – Antonia “Toni” M. Lockman McCarthy, 75, of Albany, passed away on Friday, July 4, 2014 in the Hospice Inn at St. Peter’s Hospital. Antonia was born in Albany, the daughter of the late James and L. Dorothy Walsh Lockman. She lived in Albany all her life, was a graduate of Vincentian Institute, and was employed for many years by the Albany Water Dept. She enjoyed traveling and reading, visits to the library with her late sister, lunch with her family each week, laughing, and time spent with her gang of girlfriends.
Antonia is survived by her children Colleen A. McCarthy of Albany, Michael J. McCarthy of Clifton Park, and Timothy P. McCarthy (Susan) of Albany; her brother David “Jerry” Lockman (Vicky) of Albany; her brother in law Richard P. Kelly of Albany; three grandchildren; and by many nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and extended family. She was predeceased by her sister Judith Kelly, and her brother James Lockman.
The family of Antonia wishes to express its grateful appreciation to the staff of the Hospice Inn of Albany for their care and support during Toni’s final life journey. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory will be gratefully accepted by the Hospice Inn of Albany, 315 S Manning Blvd, Albany, NY 12208.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated in the Historic Church of St. Mary on Capitol Hill, Lodge & Pine Streets, Albany, Saturday, morning, July 12th at 10:00 am. Relatives and friends are invited. There will be no calling hours. To leave a message of condolence for the family, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.
July 5, 2014
ALBANY – Mary Galish Baleszen, 94, of Albany, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Friday, July 4, 2014. Mary was born in Carnegie, PA, the daughter of the late Anna and Luke Galish. She was raised in the Ukraine until returning to the U.S. at the age of 18. She lived in Voorheesville, and since 1959 in Albany. Mary was employed in various occupations in the area including work at Eastern Tablet, Albany Medical Center, Whitney’s Dept. Store, Singer Sewing Co., the Waldorf Cafeteria, the Watervliet Arsenal, and SUNY Albany.
Mary enjoyed her life tremendously with painting, sewing, gardening, and summers on Saratoga Lake. She would like to express her gratitude to those special friends and family that made her life a joy. Also, special thanks to the medical community for all their care over the years, including Community Hospice, St. Peter’s Hospice Inn, the Good Samaritan Nursing Home, Home Instead, and Nursecore.
Mary was predeceased by her beloved husband Michael Baleszen. She is survived by her son Michael John Baleszan of Albany, and her daughter Julie Gilbert (Floyd) of Niskayuna; and by two granddaughters and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sister Julie Galish and her brother Steve Galish (Lucille).
Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Tuesday morning at 9:00 am. 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. To leave a message of condolence for the family, or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.
June 20, 2014
ALBANY – Duane “Dewey” Amsler passed peacefully on June 18, 2014 surrounded by his family after a brief illness. Dewey graduated from Bethlehem High School and received an AAS degree in Highway Technology from Hudson Valley Community College. He had over 50 years experience working in highway research, claims and litigation, operations and maintenance and was an internationally recognized expert in snow and ice control operations and technology. He worked with the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) from 1960 until his retirement in 1996. He then began his own consulting business, AFM Engineering Services where he continued to work until his passing.
Dewey was known for his love of fishing and gardening. Amsler’s Family Market was a fixture in Slingerlands for over 35 years where he and his family sold pumpkins and other vegetables during the summer and fall. Dewey was loved by many and the world was a better place with him in it.
Dewey is survived by his wife of 50 years, Beverly (Fuller) Amsler, his children, Duane, Jr. (Katherine), Diane Fisher Golden (Jonathan Golden) and Dawne Amsler-Nunziato (Richard Nunziato), his grandchildren Amber, Kendall, Abigail and Zachary, his step-grandchildren Brian and Jason and his beloved grand-dog Sasha. He had a network of very close friends, in-laws and extended family, who will also miss him greatly.
Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Monday afternoon at 1 pm. Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Monday from 11 am until 1 pm. Interment will be in Memory Gardens, Colonie. To leave a message of condolence for the family, or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.
June 20, 2014
LOUDONVILLE -- Constance K. Sorrentino, 83, passed away peacefully at her home in Loudonville on June 17, 2014 after a lengthy illness. Born in Glens Falls, she was the daughter of the late Walter L. and Mildred Keller Watson. She was predeceased by her brother Martin Watson and niece Raphael Celeste. She is survived by her loving husband Joseph, her cherished children Holly Ann (Scott) Stah and Joseph III (Mary Ann), and her adored grandchildren, Joseph IV, Lauren, and Benjamin Sorrentino. She is also survived by her sister Janet Pennell and her nephew Daniel (Carolyn) Celeste of Las Vegas, NV.
Connie worked as a dental assistant for Dr. Sidney Kolb of Glens Falls and Dominic DeLuke of Schenectady. She was employed by Sears in Colonie Center for 21 years as a display supervisor and loved her work. Connie was a long time crafter and excelled as a tole painter in her business, Different Strokes by Connie. She spent many years presenting at craft fairs with her daughter all over the Capital District.
Connie was an avid animal lover and had many cats and dogs throughout her lifetime. She leaves behind her tuxedo cat, Oreo. She enjoyed many trips to Florida to visit her sister and made many trips to Key West with her children.
Special thanks to Dr. Samantha Ludwig and nurse Diane of Community Care Physicians in Latham. The family would also like to thank Community Hospice of Albany and all of Connie’s caregivers for their loving care.
Connie has donated her body to the Anatomical Gift Program at Albany Medical College. A celebration of Connie’s life is to be held at a date to be announced in the future. Contributions may be made to The Muscular Dystrophy Association, 1 Marcus Blvd., Albany, NY 12205. To leave a special message for the family, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com .
June 17, 2014
ALBANY – Robert S. Conboy, 90, of Albany, passed away Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at St. Peter’s Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. Mr. Conboy was born in Binghamton, NY, the son of the late James A. and Helen Foster Conboy. He served in the U.S. Army Air Forces in Europe during World War II from 1942-1945. He was employed for many years by the New York State Dept. of Corrections, and retired in 1982.
Mr. Conboy was predeceased by his wife of 49 years, Anna Marie Holleran Conboy, in 1995. He is survived by his four sons Robert I. (Carol) of Hartford, CT, Thomas F. (Christine) of Albany, Joseph J. of Albany, and Benedict J. of Delmar; and by seven grandchildren, three great granddaughters, and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother James C. Conboy.
The family would like to acknowledge the professional and dedicated care that Bob received from the staff of the St. Peter’s Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the Parish of Mater Christi, Hurst Ave., Albany on Friday at 9:00am. Relatives and friends are invited. There will be no calling hours. Entombment will be in St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Parish of Mater Christi, 40 Hopewell St., Albany, NY 12208; or to St. Peter’s Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, 301 Hackett Blvd, Albany, NY 12208. To leave a message of condolence for the family or obtain directions to the church, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.
June 6, 2014
BRADENTON, FL – Frederick J. Coyne, 59, passed away on May 16, 2014 in Bradenton,FL. Fred was employed by the U.S. Postal Service for 28 years. He will long be remembered for his love of sports, especially coaching youth, his practical jokes and sense of humor.
Fred was the son of the late Charles and Joan Coyne of Albany. Husband of the late ZiZi Coyne, step father of Emira McCabe Tucker (Jason), grandfather of Jess, Shiloh & Zarah; brother of John (Holly) Coyne, Edward (Jeanine) Coyne, Mary Anne (Bill) Clark and Patricia (Edward) Eaton. Also survived by several loving nieces and nephews.
A memorial mass will be celebrated on Saturday, June 14th, at 9am in All Saints Catholic Church, Homestead St., Albany. Relatives and friends are invited. To leave a message of condolence for the family, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.
June 6, 2014
EAST GREENBUSH – Helen Dalton Yezzi, 100, passed away on Thursday, June 5, 2014 at Evergreen Commons Nursing Home. Born in Auburn, NY on September 17, 1913, she was the daughter of the late Edward & Leta Aldrich Dalton. A sister Marjorie also predeceased her.
Helen was married on October 5, 1935, and happily shared over 50 years with her devoted husband Joseph who passed away in July 1987. For 46 years, Helen & Joseph worked side by side, owning and operating successful women’s clothing stores in Albany and Pittsfield (Josef Yezzi), and Troy and Latham (Lord and Tann). Many who remember her from those years recall her easy elegance, and winning sense of style. After enjoying many pleasant winters in Florida, they retired full time to South Palm Beach. Aside from business interests, Helen was an avid bridge player, reader, and loved crossword puzzles.
Survivors include her sons Donald (Susan), C. David (the late Kathryn), and her daughter Dee Dee (Raymond) Rohne; her grandchildren Kit (Philip) Melnick, Jennifer Yezzi, Peter (Dhianna) Yezzi, Carolyn (Iain) MacKenzie, David (Sarah) Yezzi, Michael Yezzi, Sarah (Mark) Lonergan, Kathryn Yezzi (Daniel Cotton), Christopher (Shannon) Pohl, Jeffrey (Lynn) Pohl, Jennifer Pohl, and Timothy Pohl; seventeen great grandchildren; and one great great grandchild.
The family would like to thank the staff of Evergreen Commons for the love and care they provided Helen during her time there.
Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Tuesday morning at 10:15, and from there to Christ the King Church, Sumter Ave., Guilderland at 11:00. Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Tuesday morning beginning at 9 am. Interment will be in St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your favorite charity in Helen’s memory. To leave a message of condolence for the family, or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.
June 5, 2014
SLINGERLANDS – Rosemary Gannon, a longtime Highland Falls resident, passed away on June 5 2014, at the age of 95. The daughter of Henry Skahen and Catherine Guilfoyle Skahen, she was born on July 31st, 1918 in Newark, NJ, but moved to Garnerville, NY as an infant. She graduated from Saint Peter’s School and Haverstraw High School, and took college classes at New York University.
In 1942 when she began working the Civilian Personnel Office at the United States Military Academy at West Point. Retiring from the CPO after more than forty years, she ran West Point’s Non-Appropriated Funds Personnel Office until retiring altogether in 1987.
Mrs. Gannon was active in many civic organizations in the area and served as a member of Town’s Zoning Board of Appeals, President of the Friends of The Highland Falls Library, President of the Highland Falls/Fort Montgomery School Board, President of The Garden Club of The Highlands, President of The Highlanders Senior Citizens Club, longtime Secretary and later Trustee of The Constitution Island Association, Trustee of the Town of Highlands Historical Society, and a Trustee of the Ramapo-Catskill Library System.
She was a member of Sacred Heart Parish in Highland Falls, becoming active in the Cursillo movement and volunteering as a Eucharistic minister. She was also a longtime volunteer at the West Point Library and a volunteer gardener at the Anna B. Warner Memorial Garden on Constitution Island. Mrs. Gannon was part owner of the MV Commander and always enjoyed her outings on the Hudson.
After moving to Slingerlands, NY, she volunteered at the Beverwyck Library as well as at New Visions, Inc. of Bethlehem, NY. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Frank M. Gannon, and two brothers, the Reverend “Harry” Paschal Skahen and the Honorable John F. Skahen. She is survived by four sons, Frank (Jean) of Albany, NY, James of Riverside RI, Stephen (Debbie) of Elkins Park, PA, and Matthew of Highland Falls, as well as grandchildren Bill and Beth Gannon of Albany, NY and many nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday morning at 9:00 am in All Saints Catholic Church, Homestead St., Albany. Relatives and friends are invited. Interment will be at noon in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Haverstraw, 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.