October 2, 2015
GUILDERLAND – Susan Marie Macri, 55, of Guilderland, passed away after a sudden illness on Thursday, October 1, 2015. Sue was born in Albany, and lived in the area all her life. She was a graduate of Mercy High School, class of ’79, and attended Maria College. She was employed for many years by the Albany County Dept. of Social Services until her recent retirement.
Sue will always be remembered for her expertise in cooking, especially her baking. Her passion and knowledge of horse racing gave her the ability to pick the winners at Saratoga. While caring for her mom at the Teresian House, Sue will be remembered for always lending a hand to the other residents. After her mother’s recent passing, Sue began her volunteer service at the Teresian House. Sue’s kindness and her caring nature will be missed by all who knew her.
Sue was predeceased by her parents Ernest V. Mason, and Rose A. Dowen Dunigan Mason. She is survived by her beloved fiancé James H. Finnigan, III; her sister Judith Cocca (Nicholas Kurtessis) of Voorheesville; her brother Francis Dunigan (Laura), of Homosassa, FL; 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 Help of Christians Cemetery, Glenmont. The family suggests memorial contributions to the Western Turnpike Rescue Squad, 200 Centre Dr, Albany, NY 12203. To leave a message of condolence for the family or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.
September 26, 2015
ALBANY – Nancy A. Peters, 75, of Albany, left the love of her life, best friend of 60 years, and husband of 22 years, Fritz Peters, on Friday, September 25, 2015. Nancy was born in Albany, and was a proud graduate of Vincentian Institute Class of 1957. She was employed by British American Publishing.
Her seven children Kelly Stratton, Jennifer (Nate) Mikesell, Bridget Cummings, Kim (Fred) Drischler, Beverly Peters, Fred (Jamie) Peters, and Michael (Betsy) Peters will miss her terribly. She was also adored by her ten grandchildren Caitlin (Barry), Kevin, Rebecca, Tori, Freddie D., Freddie P., Ellie, Abbie, and Michael. Among those also saddened by her death are her nephew and niece, Billy and Ginny Davis, sisters in law Gail Davis and Pat Peters.
The family wishes to thank the staff of St. Peter’s 5 McAuley and the Hospice Inn for the wonderful care provided to Nancy.
Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Monday September 28th from 4-7 p.m. Please consider a donation in Nancy’s memory to the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance, 1101 14th Street NW, Suite 850, Washington, DC 20005. To leave a message of condolence for the family or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.
September 23, 2015
ALBANY – Frederick M. Sano, Sr., 88, of Albany, passed away Tuesday, September 22, 2015. Fred was born in Copake, but lived in Albany most of his life. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, receiving three medals, and after the war was employed in the insulation industry and by the Watervliet Arsenal. He then began a career in sales for Kayser/Nekka Beauty Supply where he was employed for many years. Fred was a member of the Polish American Citizens Club. He enjoyed bowling for many years in the City Bowling League and a senior citizens league. He also was a fan of western movies and books.
Fred was predeceased by his beloved wife Joan Schoenecker Sano, and his daughter Gabrielle Sano. He is survived by his children Frederick Sano, Jr., of Albany, Lynn Lowrey of Missouri, Barbara Sano-Lassonde of Albany, and Dawn Olsen (Scott) of East Berne; his grandchildren Nicole Sano, Tara Boyer (Ted), Aaron Lowrey (Shannon), Nathan Lowrey, Adrieene Lowrey, Joseph Lassonde, Jr., Peyton Olsen, and Taylor Olsen; and by several great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews, and close friends.
The family would like to thank Patty and Ann for their love and support during this time. They would also like to thank Sindu Balan from Hospice for her love, support, and kindness to our father “The Adopted One!” A sincere special thanks to Wilmont “Monte” Kennelly from Interim for his friendship, humor and love that he gave our father for five years. You know your nickname he had for you.
Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Monday morning at 8:15, and from there to All Saints Catholic Church, 16 Homestead St., Albany at 9:00. Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Sunday from 3-6 p.m. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, Glenmont. The family suggests memorial contributions to The Community Hospice, 295 Valley View Blvd, Rensselaer, NY 12144, or to saksaum.com/donate. To leave a message of condolence for the family or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.
September 23, 2015
Richard P. Riendeau died quietly in his sleep September 20, 2015 at Evergreen Commons in East Greenbush, New York.
Born September 22, 1932 in Springfield, Massachusetts to the late Estelle (Gagnier) Riendeau and Arthur Riendeau he graduated from Springfield Technical High School in 1950 and received a Bachelors of Science from Springfield College in 1954 and a Masters Degree in Science from the University of Illinois in 1955. After a brief high school teaching career at Lyndon Institute in Lyndonville, Vermont he served in the United States Army in Denver, Colorado. While serving in the Army he was involved in research on the physiology of exercise and shared credit for several published studies on the effects of heat, altitude and exercise on the human body.
He joined the faculty of St. Lawrence University in 1958 as an Assistant Professor of Physical Education and coached freshman football, basketball and baseball. During the summer he managed the Canton Merchants baseball team and later served as the commissioner for the league in which they played. In 1963 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute named him an Associate Professor of Physical Education. He was the head football coach at R.P.I. until 1972 while also coaching freshman basketball, freshman baseball and later supervising the intramural sports program. During his tenure at R.P.I. he took a football program which had the longest losing streak in college football at the time to several winning seasons. While at R.P.I. he developed the Football Aptitude Test which measured basic athletic abilities and was the fore runner of testing now widely used in professional sports to evaluate potential prior to draft day. The system was initially tested outside R.P.I. in the training camps of the Montreal Alouettes and the New York Giants. He coached the Metro Mallers professional football team in the Seaboard Professional Football League during the 1973 season in which the team continued on to the championship game without ultimate success. In 1975 he was appointed as an Associate Professor at Oberlin College where he coached the football team, the baseball team and the junior varsity basketball team, which won an Ohio Athletic Conference championship. Sports Illustrated wrote articles about his college football teams in 1965 and again in 1975. In 1979 he left Oberlin and returned to the Capital District to begin a new career in real estate with the Moffit-Holllis company and later was a founding partner in the October Real Estate Group.
He is survived by his wife, E. Anne Riendeau and four children Thomas D. Riendeau of Rexford, N.Y., Terri E. Riendeau of Princeton, N.J. , Michelle K. Riendeau of Natick , Massachusetts and Bradford C. Riendeau of Watertown, N.Y. and four grandchildren, Nicholas Riendeau, Dominic Riendeau-Krause, Sarah Riendeau and Colin Riendeau, as well as his sister Shirley Talbot, of Jay, Vermont, and nieces and nephews Janelle Light, Luke Talbot, Matthew Talbot, John Talbot.
Even in death he continues to participate in scientific and medical research. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
September 22, 2015
BALLSTON SPA – Roy C. Frederick, 75, of Ballston Spa, passed away on Sunday, September 20, 2015 at Albany Medical Center Hospital. Roy was born and raised in Albany, the son of the late Roy A. and Mary E. Keenan Frederick. During his career he lived in Rutland, VT, Liverpool, Greene, and Ballson Spa, NY He was a 1958 graduate of Vincentian Institute, and a 1962 graduate of Siena College. He was employed for many years by the Grand Union Company, and retired as Northeast Regional Vice President. He was a devoted fan of the New York Yankees and of the Siena Saints Men’s Basketball Team, holding season tickets to the Saints for 25 years. He also was a fan of horse racing and loved to visit the Saratoga track.
Roy is survived by his beloved wife Carol A. Purtell Frederick; his children Sharon Frederick of Greene, Michael Frederick (Heather) of Seneca Falls, Timothy Frederick of Climax, and Roy Frederick (Stacy) of Charlotte, NC; his sister E. Nancy Wiley of Albany; his brother Thomas Frederick (Wilma) of Ballston Lake; his grandchildren Matthew (Danielle) Barton, Evan, Spencer, & Aidan Frederick, his great granddaughter Lily Ann; and by his sisters-in-law, brother in law, his cousins and many nieces and nephews.
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 at 9:00. Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Friday from 4-7 pm. 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.
September 22, 2015
TROY – Loretta M. Washock, 75, of Troy, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Sunday, September 20, 2015. Loretta was the daughter of the late Thomas B. and Bertha (Orr) McNeff. She was born July 29, 1940 in Coney Island Hospital, Brooklyn. She moved to Watervliet when she was 5 years old and grew up in the Port Schuyler area until she married her husband, the late Donald F. Washock, and moved to Troy. She was a graduate of St. Bridget’s School, and Watervliet High School, and worked for Capital Off Track Betting for over 35 years. She was one of the first employees of OTB, and retired as a Senior Vault Keeper, Wynantskill Branch.
All the kids in the neighborhood referred to her lovingly as Mom or Gram. Her greatest joy was her family and she loved spending holidays with the extended family, always hosting an unforgettable Christmas Eve celebration. Mom loved all things Polish, whether it was cooking Golumpkis for 100 people, or hand-making costumes for the PAC Polkateers. In 1976 Mom painted many hydrants across Troy to celebrate the US Bicentennial. She designed and handmade the Polish American Club’s 50th anniversary float for the Troy Flag Day parade. Mom was also a huge Boston Red Sox Fan.
Mom loved her great grandchild Makayla and lived for the Friday night sleepovers. She was loved by all who met her, and was a gentle soul who saw only the good in everyone she knew. She was adored for her contagious smile and witty quick responses. Mom will be greatly missed by her companion, her dog Trinity. She was a faithful believer in Christ, but rather than speaking about her faith, she demonstrated her faith in how she loved and sacrificed for everyone.
Loretta was predeceased by her husband Donald F. Washock and her son Donald P. Washock. She is survived by her children Debbie (Mark) Barnes of Brunswick, Thomas (Lynn) Washock of Newtonville, Dee (Joe) Twiss of Troy, Matthew (Cathy) Washock of Simpsonville, SC and Daniel (Suzette) Washock of East Greenbush; her daughter in law Colleen Washock of Niskayuna; her brother George McNeff(Sally); her sisters Patricia Muller, and Carolyn Thomas; her sisters in law Elaine McNeff and Karen McNeff; and by 17 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren (and another due in January). She was also predeceased by her brothers John McNeff, and Thomas McNeff; and her brother in law Kenneth Muller.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday 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 Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Thursday from 4-7 pm. A celebration of Loretta’s life will be held Thursday evening at 7pm in the funeral home. Interment will follow the mass Friday morning in St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Center for Donation & Transplant, 218 Great Oaks Blvd, Albany, NY 12203. To leave a message of condolence for the family or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.
September 21, 2015
HALFMOON, NY -- Claire Terese Ventosa, 85, passed away in the arms of her beloved husband, John, surrounded by their children and grandchildren on Saturday evening, September 19, 2015.
Though a city girl through and through -- raised in Highbridge, Bronx and a longtime resident of Staten Island- Claire was happiest at the home she made with John on Great Sacandaga Lake in the Adirondacks.
Family was always the center of Claire’s life. She was tremendously proud of her Scottish heritage and loved to share stories of her family-filled childhood on Nelson Avenue with her children and grandchildren. A woman of great warmth, grace, and humility, she was not only an admirable wife and mother, but also a devoted and loyal friend with many friendships nurtured for over 50 years. Many will remember her quick humor and acceptance of others. A tremendous caregiver, Claire was happiest when taking care of others. She was committed to her faith and service and spent time volunteering with John for City Meals on Wheels and Project Hospitality. She was devoted to the Catholic Church and had been recently very excited by Pope Francis’ philosophy.
Claire had a full and rewarding life and towards the end of her 85 years, reflected on how lucky she was to feel so complete in the life she shared with John and their family.
She was predeceased by her parents Florence and Alexander Chisholm, brother Robert Chisholm, sister Elizabeth Chisholm, and daughter Terese Ventosa. She is survived by her husband of 56 years, John; her brother Richard Chisholm; her children John (and Karen) A. Ventosa, Paul (and Christa) Ventosa, Stephen Ventosa, Ann (and Harry) Hartman, Melissa (and Walter) Martin; her grandchildren, John J. (and Lauren), Kevin and Abigail Ventosa, Emma, Dietrich, Caroline and Charlotte Hartman, Sophia and Patrick Ventosa; and her great-grandchildren, Louise and Claire Martin.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, 10 Austin Pl, Staten Island Thursday morning at 10:00am. Interment will follow in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Staten Island. In lieu of flowers a memorial donation may be made in Claire’s name to: Jesuit Ministry-America Inc., 106 West 56th Street, New York, NY 10019. Arrangements are by the Hans Funeral Home, Albany. To leave a message of condolence for the family, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.
September 5, 2015
ALBANY – Cynthia (Cindy) Costonia Alston-Harris was born on March 7, 1959, and transitioned into eternal rest on Sunday, August 30, 2015 surrounded by her children, family and friends.
Cynthia is the daughter of Reverend Joseph S. Forte’ Sr. (deceased) and Mrs. Vera C. Forte. She accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized at the Mount Moriah Baptist Church, Hartford Connecticut by her then Pastor, Reverend David S. Craig.
Cynthia attended Fred D. Wish Elementary School, Hamilton Jr High School, and in 1977, graduated from Albany High School, Albany, N.Y., and then went on to further educate herself at Albany Business College and to become a Dental Assistant.
Cynthia later married her High School sweetheart, Wesley R. Harris Jr, which to this union was born Tasha, Torrien, and Terrell and Tayvon.
Cynthia served her country for three years by joining the United States Armed Forces.
Cindy loved everyone but, she had a “special love” for children; so much so, that she became a great Foster Parent. Cindy absolutely loved and adored her Family and Friends and was very passionate about what she believed in and would advocate strongly for the less fortunate.
Cindy was reared in the Mt Olive Southern Missionary Baptist Church, under the Pastorate of the late Reverend Odell Wesley Surgick. She became a member of the Oakgrove Missionary Baptist Church, Troy, NY, and later joined the Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church Albany, Reverend Mary E. Wallace, Pastor, where Cindy was a faithful Missionary, served as Trustee, Pastor’s Aide, and other committees. Cindy volunteered her time ministering to the residents of Fairview Commons Rehabilitaion and Nursing Facility in Great Barrington Massachusetts, as well as Hudson Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Facility in Albany, NY. Cindy also loved cooking and reading.
Cynthia served her God, her Pastor, and her church very diligently and she truly loved the Lord!
Cynthia leaves to cherish her memory her Mother Mrs. Vera C. Forte, Housatonic Massachusetts; her children Tasha Letrease Alston-Harris, College Park, GA, Torrien Latrell Harris, Albany, NY, Khalia Faison and James Foster, Troy, NY; Siblings A. Vanessa LeGrande, Housatonic, Massachusetts, Jacqueline Denise (Minister Paul Sr.) Banks, Troy, NY, Reverend Joellen E. Forte’, Pittsfield, Massachusetts; Minister Prudence A Forte’ (Riccardo) Bray, Las Vegas, Nevada; Joseph S. (Mildred) Forte Jr, Albany, NY, Johnny (Cynthia) Adams, Alabama; Virginia (Jerry) Norwood, Colonie, NY, Zernon Adams, Sandy Adams, Florida; God Siblings Lois Evans, Florida, Reverend and Reverend Roland P. and Sandra Forbes, Lancaster, PA; Best Friends Barbara Morris, Wendy Wright, Albany, NY.
Cynthia was predeceased by her Dad, Reverend Joseph S. Forte Sr., her Sister Roberta S. Forte, and her sons Terrell L. and Tayvon L. Harris.
Funeral services will be held in the Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Albany, on Tuesday at 11 am. Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the church beginning at 9am (THESE ARE CORRECTED TIMES). To leave a message of condolence for the family, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com .
August 24, 2015
ALBANY – William W. Ostrander, 75, of Albany, passed away on Sunday, August 23, 2015 at St. Peter’s Hospital. Bill was born in Albany, and lived here all his life. He was a graduate of Christian Brothers Academy, and served in the U.S. Army. He was employed for many years as a printer by the New York State Dept. of Education. Bill also enjoyed polka dancing, and collecting Polish music. He and his wife traveled several times to Hawaii with the Happy Louie polka band. He also enjoyed other travels including Nashville, TN, and numerous other bus trips, and he enjoyed walking and reading.
Bill is survived by his beloved wife Theresa Dietz Ostrander; his sister in law and her husband Josephine and Ronald Przybylowski of Schenectady; as well as other extended family and friends.
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. (behind CVS), Albany. Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Tuesday from 5-7 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.
August 20, 2015
SLINGERLANDS – Doris Meineker Beberwyck, 91, of the Beverwyck in Slingerlands, died at St. Peter’s Hospital on Wednesday, August 19, 2015. Doris was the daughter of Otto and Eleanora Meineker. She was a graduate of Rensselaer High School, attended nursing school, and was a veteran of the U.S. Navy WAVES, serving during World War II. She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and later St. Stephen’s of Delmar. Doris worked as a laboratory technician at GAF in Rensselaer, where she met her husband, Arnold. They were happily married for 57 years, engaged mostly in the joy of raising their large family. Later, she retired from Winthrop Laboratories. Doris enjoyed reading, sewing, traveling, discussing current affairs, but most of all, interacting with her family.
Doris is survived by her children Brian Beberwyck and his wife Dory of East Greenbush, Linda Peavy of Albany, Barbara O’Toole and her husband William of Latham, Lisa Armbruster and her husband John of Albany, Alan Beberwyck and his wife Laurie of Delmar, Jeffry Beberwyck and his wife Tracy of Mechanicville; her daughters-in-law Regina Beberwyck of Washington State and Nancy Beberwyck of California; a sister-in-law Audrey Meineker; her grandchildren Eric, Ryan and Brandon Beberwyck, Alexander O’Toole, Val and Adam Beberwyck, Amanda and Kyle Beberwyck and Rose Beberwyck. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and several cousins. Doris was predeceased by her parents, her sister Clara McCoy, her brother Richard Meineker, her husband Arnold Beberwyck, her eldest son Mark Beberwyck, an infant son, her son Lorin Beberwyck, and her infant granddaughter Jenna Beberwyck.
The family would like to thank the nurses of St. Peter’s Hospital 6 Pavilion, the nurses of the Hospice Inn, Dr. Robert M. Kelleher, Dr. Malik, and Dr. Dalfino for their excellent care and compassionate support.
Funeral services will be held in St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 16 Elsmere Ave, Delmar, Tuesday morning at 11:00am. Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Monday from 4-7 pm. Interment will be in the Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice Inn, Community Hospice, 315 S Manning Blvd, Albany, NY 12208. To leave a message of condolence for the family or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.