James H. Lee

April 30, 2016

GUILDERLAND – James H. Lee, 86, of Guilderland, passed away Thursday, April 28, 2016 at the Stratton VA Medical Center.  Known as Lee to everyone, he was born in Albany, the son of the late Harold C. Lee and Barbara Vogel Lee.  He served in the U.S. Coast Guard for four years, and was employed by the Central Warehouse and later the Shoemaker Paper Co.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and gardening, and was a member of the Guilderland Elks and the American Legion.

Lee is survived by his beloved wife Catherine Goodrich Lee; his children Michael Lee (Deborah), Cynthia Tremonti (Lawrence), James Lee (Laureen), and Jennifer Nichols (David); and by his grandchildren Laura, Taylor, Deanna, and Alec.

The family would like to thank the staff of the Stratton VA Medical Center for the wonderful care they provided Lee during his stay.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, May 28th, at 9:00 am in All Saints Catholic Church, 16 Homestead St., Albany (behind CVS).  Interment will follow in Our Lady Help of Christians Cemetery, Glenmont.  Relatives and friends are invited.  There will be no calling hours.  Arrangements have been entrusted to the Hans Funeral Home, Albany.  The family suggests memorial contributions to Fisher House, 113 Holland 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.

Gail L. Esposito

April 30, 2016

DELMAR – Gail L. Gabel Esposito, 81, of Delmar, passed away on Saturday, April 23, 2016.  Mrs. Esposito was born in Albany, and lived in the area all her life.  She was employed for a time by the New York State Dept. of Envirnonmental Conservation.  She had a great love for animals, and volunteered for Friends of Animals in their spay and neuter program for over 20 years.  She helped find homes for unwanted pets, and would catch stray animals and bring them into her home.  She was also a New York State Peace Officer for the Saratoga County Animal Welfare League, and would go out on abuse calls.  She also did fundraising for the Friends of Animals at the Altamont Fair to help raise money for the Spay and Neuter Programs for over 20 years.

Mrs. Esposito is survived by her children Wayne T. Esposito of Schenectady, and Diane L. Greenwood (James) of Voorheesville; and her grandchildren Joshua Bevan and Casey Greenwood.

Funeral services were held privately at the convenience of the family.  Interment was in Our Lady Help of Christians Cemetery.  Arrangements were entrusted to the Hans Funeral Home, Albany.  To leave a message of condolence for the family or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.

Margaret M. “Peggy” Steede Kaufman

April 12, 2016

GUILDERLAND – Margaret Mary “Peggy” Steede Kaufman, 64, passed away on Sunday, April 10, 2016 at her home surrounded by her loving family and friends.  Peg was born in Albany, the daughter of the late Raymond J. Steede, Sr. and Regina A. Ryan Steede.  She was a graduate of Cardinal McCloskey High School in Albany, and was employed for forty years by the New York State Insurance Department, where she supervised countless individuals in the Licensing Bureau and developed lifelong friendships with her fellow co-workers.  Peg devoted her life to her family and friends, whether it was attending her children’s and grandchildren’s many games, practices, recitals and academic events, coordinating family gatherings for holidays and birthdays, or spending time with her most cherished friends whom she adored, and who likewise adored her.  Peg loved to travel, most notably spending three weeks in Asia touring Hong Kong, Thailand, and Japan.  Peg golfed, loved fine dining, especially when on vacation, and in recent years enjoyed spending two months every winter in the Florida sunshine. Most notably, throughout a 42 year marriage Peg gracefully cared for her husband in both sickness and in health, in good times and in bad, until her death when they finally parted.

Peg is survived by her beloved husband James P. Kaufman; her children James R. Kaufman  (Kathryn M.) of Colonie, and Kathryn R. Massie (Robert D.) of Saratoga Springs; her brother Raymond J. Steede, Jr. of Menands, her sister Kathryn S. Vavasour (John) of Albany; her brother in law Vincent Campbell of Latham; her grandchildren Madalyn Marie, Ryan Patrick, John Frazier, Grace Mackenzie and Emma Margaret, and by several nieces, nephews, and cousins.  She was predeceased by her sister Sandra Steede Campbell.

The Kaufman family would like to express sincere appreciation and thanks to Dr. Joseph Dudek and the medical professionals at NYOH-Albany, the health care professionals of Hospice, and the spiritual caregivers of Christ the King Church.

Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Friday morning at 9:00, and from there to Christ the King Church, Sumpter Ave., Guilderland, at 10:00.  Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Thursday from 4-7 pm.  The parish family of Christ the King Church will gather in the funeral home at 4:30 pm Thursday for a service of prayer and remembrance.  All are welcome.   Interment will be in St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands.  The family suggests memorial contributions to Make-A-Wish Foundation of Northeast New York, 3 Washington Square, Albany, NY 12205; or to the American Cancer Society, 1 Penny Ln, Latham, NY 12110.  To leave a message of condolence for the family or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com .

Joseph T. “Joe Tom” Flynn

March 28, 2016

VOORHEESVILLE – Joseph T. “Joe Tom” Flynn, 78, of Voorheesville, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March  27, 2016, at his residence, surrounded by his loving family.  He was born March 16, 1938 in Albany to the late Joseph G. Flynn and Elizabeth Parker Flynn. Joe was a career sheet metal worker for Local 83 in Albany.  He was a longtime member of the Cyprus Temple Shriners and Past President of the Shrine Directors Association. Tom was an active member of the Albany Democratic Party and served as Committeeman for New Scotland Democrats. He enjoyed many years wintering in Key West, FL., traveling and hunting and fishing in the Adirondacks. Tom took great pride with years of family celebrations and holidays at his home and his meticulous backyard.

Tom is the beloved husband of 58 years to Joan C. Flynn. He is the cherished father of Karen E. Flynn, John (Patty) Flynn, CDR,USCG., Mary Jane (Frank) Gallo, Catherine (Ray) Zimmermann and the late Susan M. Flynn. He is the loving Pee Paw to John, Brendan, Padraic and Joseph Flynn, Mary Frances, Anthony and Michael Gallo; Susan and Meghan Zimmermann. Tom is the devoted brother of Betty Flynn Koch and the late Patricia Boomsliter and John P. Flynn. He is the lifelong friend of Tom and Bert Blair and Tom Tuffey. Tom is also survived by several nieces and nephews. He will be missed by his loyal Labrador, Gracie.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday at 12 noon at St. Matthew’s Church Voorheesville. Calling hours will be Thursday from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave. Albany. In keeping with Joe Tom’s wishes, memorial contributions are suggested to ASPCA (aspca.org) PO Box 6929, Washington, DC 20090-6929 or Pet Connection c/o News10ABC, 341 Northern Blvd., Albany, NY 12204. To leave a message of condolence for the family or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com

Alicia C. Smith

March 18, 2016

MECHANICVILLE -- Alicia Carmella Smith (“Gill A. Gee” to her family) was suddenly taken from us on March 13, 2016.  She was born in Albany on October 9, 1969 to Michael and Marie Smith.  Alicia was a 1986 graduate of Guilderland High School.  Shortly after graduating, Alicia went to California to pursue her career in modeling, personal training, body building and acting. She even made an appearance in the hit show Doogie Howser. Alicia was a personal trainer at the prestigious Linda Evans Fitness Center.  While pursuing her dreams she also attended West Valley College earning her Associate’s degree. Alicia was an avid animal lover who rescued many cats.  She was a huge fan of music and spending time with family especially at the annual Smith family picnic.  Alicia had a heart of gold always willing to help anyone in need.  She had a sense of humor and an infectious laugh. Alicia was greatly loved, and will be truly missed by all.

Alicia is survived by her son Nicholas whom she adored more than anything in this world and who was the light of her life; her mother Marie Smith and stepmother Patricia Smith; and her siblings Tricia, Michael (Nancy), Sheila (Jim), Robert (Mikiyo), and Katrina (Brian).  She was the companion of Gary Shimada and a long time friend of Mike Andrews; and is also survived by many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.  Alicia was recently predeceased by her father Michael Sr., who she loved dearly, and her sister Tina Marie Smith.

Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Monday morning at 11:00 am.  Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Monday morning from 9-11 am.  Interment will be in St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands.  The family asks that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Alicia C. Smith Memorial Fund. P.O. Box 12189, Albany, NY 12212.  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 Alicia’s resting place in St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands, NY (Zip code Albany, NY 12204).

 

 

Suzanne K. Clayton

March 11, 2016

LATHAM – Suzanne Koster Clayton, 81, of Latham, passed away on Saturday, March 5, 2016 in the Hospice Inn at St. Peter’s Hospital.  Suzanne was born in Beacon, and was a graduate of Alfred University.  She was employed by Sylvania Corp. in Rochester for a time, and later in her husband’s dental office.  She had lived in the Capital District for over fifty years, and was an active member of the First Church in Albany.

Suzanne was predeceased by her husband Dantan H. Clayton, DDS, in January.  She is survived by her son Gregory S. Clayton (Willow Zielenski) of Albany; her sisters Stephanie Graves (William) of Millbrook, and Anita Vitek of Springfield, MA; and by several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held in The First Church in Albany, 110 North Pearl St., Albany on Friday, March 18th at 1:30 pm.  Interment services were held privately in Albany Rural Cemetery.  Arrangements have been entrusted to the Hans Funeral Home, Albany.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The First Church in Albany, 110 North Pearl St., Albany, NY 12207.  To leave a message of condolence for the family, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.

Click here to view Suzanne’s resting place in Section 215 of Albany Rural Cemetery, Menands, New York (Zip Code Albany, NY 12204).

Pauline F. Porter

March 3, 2016

ALBANY – Pauline Foisy Porter, died Sunday, February 28, 2016 at the Daughters of Sarah Nursing Center.  Mrs. Porter was born in Lowell Mass and moved to Guilderland in 1960. Daughter of the late George and Regina Roussel Foisy, she was predeceased by her husband, Raymond, sister Annette Mooney and stepsister Marylou O’Shea. She attended Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, CT and received her Masters in education from the College of Saint Rose. She retired after a wonderful career at the Voorheesville Elementary School. Pauline was also a longtime member of the Pinehaven Country Club and was an avid bridge player. Very involved in politics, she was a former State Republican Committeewoman and served on the Guilderland Town Board from 1971-79.

She is survived by her children David ( the late Elaine) Porter of Ellicott City, MD, Richard Porter of St. Petersburg, FL., and Anne (Michael) Van Buren of Albany; her grandchildren; Rebekah (Mark) Jackson, Kaitlyn Porter(Jennifer Bateman), Andrew Porter and great grandson Marshall Jackson as well as many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends may call Friday evening from 4-7 p.m. at the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany. Funeral services will held Saturday morning at 8:45 at the funeral home, and 10:00 a.m. at Christ the King Church, Sumpter Ave., Guilderland. The parish family of Christ the King Church will gather in the funeral home at 4:30 p.m. Friday for a service of prayer and remembrance.  All are welcome.   Interment will be in Memory Gardens, Colonie.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association,  4 Pine West Plaza #405, Albany, NY 12205.   To leave a message of condolence for the family or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHoate.com.

The family would like to sincerely thank the staff of all the various units of Daughters of Sarah on which Pauline resided over the last 5 years for their caring and compassion.

Ellen M. Jackson

February 17, 2016

ALBANY – Ellen M. (Cunningham) Jackson, 76, of Albany, passed away Monday, February 15, 2016.  Ellen was born in Albany, raised in Slingerlands, but lived most of her life in Albany.  She was employed for a time by the New York State Dept. of Health, and left that position to raise her family.  She was an avid reader, and enjoyed following politics.  She also enjoyed traveling to visit her sons’ families in Ellicott City, MD and Sandwich, MA and spending time with her grandchildren, whom she adored.

Ellen was predeceased by her husband Joseph T. Jackson, Jr.  She is survived by her sons Joseph T. Jackson and his wife Jennifer Conron Jackson of Ellicott City, MD, and Michael J. Jackson and his wife Kristine E. (Subacs) Jackson of Sandwich, MA; her sister Jean McGrane of North Palm Beach, FL; her grandchildren Matthew, Abigail, Katrina, and Ariana Jackson; and her two nephews John and Peter McGrane.

Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Saturday at 12:00 noon.  Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Saturday morning from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon.  Interment will be in St. Agnes Cemetery at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1 Penny Ln, Latham, NY 12110.  To leave a message of condolence for the family or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.

Jerome G. “Jerry” Bonnabeaux

February 13, 2016

ALBANY – Jerome G. “Jerry” Bonnabeaux, 78, of Albany, passed away peacefully on Friday, February 12, 2016.  Jerry was born in Brooklyn to Eugene and Dorothy (Newman) Bonnabeaux on February 9, 1938. He was a graduate of John Adams High School in Queens, and attended St. John’s University in Queens on a full baseball scholarship.  After graduating college, he was signed by the San Francisco Giants and played two years in the minor leagues, before being sidelined by injuries. He fondly remembered participating in spring training and playing alongside Willie Mays and other Giants’ greats. After baseball, Jerry served in the National Guard for three years and worked at Creedmoor State Hospital. The family moved to Clifton Park in 1969 and to Albany in 1984. While upstate, Jerry worked at the New York State Office of Mental Hygiene, where he held a number of positions leading efforts to provide a more humane and productive lifestyle for people with special needs. During his 36-year career with the State, Jerry worked tirelessly to improve the lives of others, and made many lifelong friends in the process. Jerry loved boating on the Peconic Bay on Long Island, Lake George, and Charlotte Harbor, while he and his wife were winter residents of Punta Gorda, Florida.  Jerry enjoyed bowling, tennis, dining out, and shopping for real estate.  Most of all, Jerry cherished time with his family, including his three brothers who all remained close throughout the years. Friends and family alike appreciated Jerry’s quick wit and sense of humor.

Jerry is survived by his high school sweetheart and beloved wife of 55 years, Carol Ann Bilek Bonnabeau; his daughter Christine Bonnabeaux (Danny Charleston) of Albany; his son Jerry Bonnabeau (Heidi) of Reading, MA; his brothers Herbert Bonnabeaux (Mary) of Wilson, NC, and Dr. Richard Bonnabeau (Gunes) of Saratoga Springs; his sisters in law Patricia Bonnabeau of Montauk, and Linda Bilek of Lindenhurst, NY; his grandchildren Dylan, Brendan, and Daniel Murphy, Nicholas, Erik, and Mark Bonnabeau; also survived by Dylan and Christopher Charleston, and by many nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his brother Eugene Bonnabeau; his sisters in law Josephine Bonnabeau and Monica Bonnabeau; and his brother in law Robert Bilek.

Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Monday morning at 8:30am, and from there to the Parish of Mater Christi, Hurst Ave., Albany at 9:30am.  Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Sunday from 3-7 p.m.  Interment will be in Maplewood Cemetery, Saratoga Springs at a later date. The family suggests memorial contributions in support of Parkinson’s research to: Donation Processing, The Michael J. Fox Foundation, P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014.  To leave a message of condolence for the family or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.

Lawrence D. “Larry” Williams

February 10, 2016

NORTH BETHLEHEM – Lawrence D. “Larry” Williams, 45, of North Bethlehem, passed away Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at St. Peter’s Hospital.  Larry was born in Albany, and lived in the area all his life.  He was a graduate of Guilderland High School and Schenectady County Community College.  He was employed by the Warner Brothers Store in Crossgates Mall, the Paradies Shops at the Albany Airport, and by the Albany Airport Parking.  Larry had been a member of the North Bethlehem Fire Dept., was devoted to his rescue dogs, and enjoyed music and playing the guitar.

Larry is survived by his parents Ellen Salisbury Miller and Paul Miller of Guilderland; his grandmothers Eileen Salisbury of Florida, and Mary Miller of Guilderland; his siblings David Van Nordstrand (Brianna) of Guilderland, Jennifer Holmes (Lee) of North Bethlehem, and Bob Miller (Amy) of North Bethlehem;  his nieces and nephews David Wania, Michael and Armand Van Nordstrand, Tyler, Alison, Alexis, and Alana Holmes, and Elizabeth Miller; and by many aunts, uncles and cousins.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Saturday morning at 9:00am.  Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Friday from 4-7 pm.  Interment will be in Our Lady of Angels Cemetery, Colonie.  The family suggests memorial contributions to the North Bethlehem Fire Dept.,  589 Russell Rd, Albany, NY 12203.  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 Larry’s resting place in Our Lady of Angels Cemetery, Colonie, New York (Zip code Albany, NY 12205).

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