May 20, 2015
GLENMONT – Miriam L. Swift, 88, of Glenmont, passed away on Sunday, May 17, 2015 at the Hospice Inn in St. Peter’s Hospital surrounded by her loved ones. Miriam was born in Schenectady, the daughter of the late Donald Becker Yates and Margaret Mary Hermann Yates. She was raised in Scotia, and was a 1944 graduate of Scotia High School. She attended Mildred Elley College, and was employed by General Electric, the New York Central Railroad freight office, and the New York Telephone Co. She later owned and operated the Continental Pastry Shop in 20 Mall with her sister for fourteen years, and she worked as a decorator for Swift Builders. Her greatest joy in life was spending time with her family and cooking delicious meals that brought everyone together. She also enjoyed gardening, puzzles, playing cards, and baking. She loved to travel, and visited Europe including France, Monaco, and Italy; and in the U.S. enjoyed Wildwood and Cape Cod.
Miriam was predeceased by her husband William R. Swift in 2004. She is survived by her children Donald (Susan) Swift of Guilderland, Michael (Wendy) Swift of Altamont, Gregory (Nancy) Swift of Glenmont, Karen (Garry) Hilton of Schenectady, William R. (Debbie) Swift, Jr. of Delmar, Theresa (Keir) Aspin of Delmar, and Kathleen (Mike) Rosenthal of Glenmont; her sister Helen Baldes of Guilderland; her grandchildren Neil, Shaun, Spencer, Stewart, Tom, Jennie, and Kristina Swift, Amanda Mitchell, Sarah Hilton, Billy and Marykate Swift, Ellie Aspin, and Emily and Joshua Rosenthal; her great grandchildren Garrett and Gabrielle Mitchell; and her nieces Dawn Hansen (Tom), and Debbie Smullen (Larry). She was predeceased by her daughter Linda Jean Swift, and her sister Elizabeth Jane Smullen.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in All Saints Catholic Church, Wednesday morning at 9:00am. Inurnment will be held in St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands, Wednesday morning after the mass. Relatives and friends are invited to join the family for a celebratory reception of Miriam’s life at her home, 33 Sage Lane, Glenmont, Wednesday evening from 6-8 pm. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Capital City Rescue Mission, 259 South 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.
May 13, 2015
ALBANY – Angeline M. DeLorenzo, 105, passed away Monday, May 11, 2015 at the Teresian House. Angeline was born in Albany, the daughter of the late Joseph and Catherine Catizone. She was a communicant for many years of the former St. James Church, and of the former Holy Cross Church. She enjoyed cooking and baking, and taking long walks.
Angeline was predeceased by her husband Patrick DeLorenzo in 1970. She is survived by her daughter Marie DeLorenzo of Albany, and by many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her siblings Raphael Catizone, Elizabeth Carpenter, and Mary, James, Anthony, and Rose Catizone.
The family would like to thank the staff of the Teresian House for the compassionate care given to Angeline.
Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Thursday morning at 10:00. Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Thursday morning from 8:30-10:00am. Interment will be St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands. The family suggests memorial contributions to aid the tuition assistance program at Blessed Sacrament School, 605 Central Ave., Albany, NY 12206. To leave a message of condolence for the family or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.
May 4, 2015
ALBANY – Alton H. “Al” Carpenter, 87, passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 2, 2015. Al was born on January 29, 1928 on his grandfather’s farm in Kelsey, NY, the son of Adelbert Daniel Carpenter and Ethel LaVonne (Peckham) Carpenter. He spent all of his youth on his parents’ dairy farm in Harpursville, NY until he graduated from high school and joined the Service. He proudly served his country at the end of WWII and again during the Korean Conflict and was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army Air Corps, and the U.S. Air Force. After discharge from the Air Force, he worked for over 30 years at Bendix Corporation in Sidney NY as a Systems Analyst and returned to live for many years in his hometown of Harpursville NY and raise his family. After retiring from Bendix at age 55, he moved to Albany NY and began working, first as a consultant, then full time as the Administrative Office Assistant to the Adjutant for the NYS American Legion Headquarters in Albany, N.Y. He was a Lifetime Member of the American Legion Post 1596 in Harpursville, NY serving as Post Commander, NYS Department Commander and National Historian. He was always a dedicated advocate for veterans and their families, lobbying in both New York State and Washington DC for veterans services and benefits—and was at a meeting in Washington DC on September 11, 2001, meeting with members of Congress on behalf of Veterans. He was a longtime member of the Albany Redmen Bowling League and as team captain, led his team to first place in the 2014-15 season. He was an avid Outdoorsman who loved hunting and fishing, a proficient horseshoe player, but mostly just loved being outdoors.
Al is survived by his children, LaVonne Button, William (Cheryl Randall), Gerald, Jeffrey and Brian Carpenter (Andy Taylor), Dona Eckert, (Tony), and stepchildren Michael Whitaker, Cheryl Whitaker (Bernie Mackey), and Diane Kilmer (Kevin); his grandchildren, Tonya, Amber (Paul), Megan, Kameron (Noelle), Kollin, Joelle (Jeremy), Mark and Victoria, several great grandchildren, a niece Rachel Westcott-Lawler (Bob), and his dear friend of many years, Ann Geer. He was predeceased by his father and mother and his beloved younger sister Anna Mae Bert (Kenneth).
Al and his family would like to express their deepest appreciation for the doctors, nurses and staff at the Stratton VA Hospital for their compassion and expert medical care he received over the years, including dialysis, cardiology and the ICU in the later stages of his care.
Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Wednesday evening at 7:00 pm. Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Wednesday from 4-7 pm. Inurnment in the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery in Schuylerville, NY, will be held Friday, May 8th, at 10:00 am. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to DAV, the Disabled American Veterans, Payable to DAV — Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301 or call 877-647-VETS. To leave a message of condolence for the family or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com .
May 1, 2015
ALBANY – Gerald “Jake” Thibault, 74, of Albany, passed away Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at St. Peter’s Hospital. Jake was born and raised in Clayton, NY, the youngest of seven, and son of the late Benjamin Thibault and Iva Granger Thibault. He lived in Albany most of his life. He was a graduate of Clayton High School and SUNY Delhi, and served in the U.S. Army where he trained at Fort Belvoir, and served in Iraq and Libya. In 1970 he became partners in Elliot & Thibault Land Surveyors, and later operated G.R. Thibault Land Surveying. Jake was a member of the American Legion Joseph E. Zaloga Post 1520, and enjoyed spending time at camp with the guys in Port Henry cooking his gourmet meals, as well as going to garage sales, spending time with his grandkids who he was so proud of and were a big part of his life, fishing with Dave, and visiting every covered bridge in the Northeast.
Jake was predeceased by his wife Mary C. Benoit Thibault in 2012. He is survived by his daughters Judy Bazan (Bob), and Debbie Picerno (Luigi); his sister Marion Colin; his brother William Thibault (Kay); his grandchildren Luigi Picerno, Jr., and Isabella Picerno; his brother in law Arthur Benoit (Gail Matteo); his sister in law Dianne Zaloga; his brother in law John Zaloga (Maureen); his dear friends Dan and Joyce Espey; and by many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was predeceased by his siblings Benjamin Thibault, Shirley Bourcy, Lawrence Thibault, and Caroline Natali.
Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Monday evening at 6:30 pm. Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Monday from 3:30-6:30 pm. Interment will be held privately. To leave a message of condolence for the family or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.
April 29, 2015
ALBANY – Jack G. Weisberg, 83, formerly of Plantation, FL, passed away Sunday, April 26, 2015 at the Daughters of Sarah Nursing Center. Jack was born in Harlem, the son of the late Morris A. Weissberg, and Sadie Hausman Weissberg. He was raised in Brooklyn and lived in Queens and on Long Island for many years before moving to Florida fifteen years ago. He was employed for many years by Century Factors, and then by Marshall’s Department Store. Jack was a voracious reader, and enjoyed films and baseball. He was a fan of the New York Giants baseball team, and then of the New York Mets. Jack will be remembered by his family and friends as an amazing father, wonderful husband, a loyal and dedicated friend, and a loving grandfather.
Jack is survived by his wife Maxine Barile; his children Jack J. Weisberg (Courtney) of Delmar, Dominick Weisberg (Nancy) of Troy, and Jennifer Wallace (David) of Albany; his former wife Josephine Barbella of Albany; and his grandchildren Harper and Gabriel Wallace, and Noah and Olivia Weisberg.
Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Friday afternoon at 2:00. Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Friday from 12:00-2:00 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.
April 19, 2015
ALBANY – Anthony Conti, 89, of Albany, passed away Sunday, April 19, 2015 at St. Peter’s Hospital. Anthony was born in Albany, the son of the late Quinto Conti and Susie Denucci Conti, and lived here all his life. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, including service aboard the USS Langley (CVL-27). After the war he was employed for many years by Laborers Union Local 190 until retirement, and in retirement he was employed by the Albany City School District. He was a member of the North Albany American Legion 1610. Anthony also enjoyed bowling and bingo, and trips to Atlantic City. Together with his wife Clara, he traveled extensively including Europe, South America, Hawaii, and on a number of cruises.
Anthony is survived by his beloved wife of 66 years Clara Pelton Conti; his children Daniel Conti (Jane) of Stillwater, Elizabeth Bishop (the late Fred) of Troy, Thomas Conti (Judy) of Albany, and William Conti (Teri) of Orlando, FL; his sister in law Theresa Conti of Albany; and by thirteen grandchildren, twenty five great grandchildren, six great great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his siblings Anna Labunski (Walter), Louise Conti, Alfred Conti, and Frank Conti.
Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Thursday 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 Wednesday from 4-7 p.m. Entombment will be in St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands. The family suggests memorial contributions to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. To leave a message of condolence for the family or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.
April 18, 2015
ALBANY – Elaine B. O’Brien Pettit, 49, of Albany, passed away Friday, April 17, 2015 at St. Peter’s Hospital. Elaine was born in Albany, and lived here all her life. She was a 1984 graduate of the Academy of the Holy Names. She was employed for a time by the Travel Land travel agency, and more recently by Wellpoint in Albany. Family was important to Elaine. She loved vacationing with them in Cape Cod at her favorite spot, Smith Heights. She enjoyed the warm weather, beach and watching sunsets. Elaine looked forward to Saturdays at Saratoga racetrack each August with her husband Derek and friends. Above all, Elaine loved spending time with her beautiful daughter Julia. A girls day out getting their nails done and having lunch together brought her so much joy. Elaine will be remembered as a loving mother, wife, daughter, sister, aunt and friend.
Elaine is survived by her husband Derek S. Pettit; her daughter Julia Grace Pettit; her parents Edward G. and Mary C. Davis O’Brien of North Albany; her brother Timothy O’Brien (Lisa) of Colonie; her sisters Karen O’Brien Driscoll (Jay) of Albany, and Christine O’Brien Inger of Delmar; and by her nieces and nephews Conor, Margaret and Jack Driscoll, and Kathleen Inger.
Elaine’s family would like to express their sincere appreciation to the caring CV ICU staff at St. Peter’s Hospital for the compassion shown to Elaine and her family during her stay.
Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Tuesday morning at 10:00am, and from there to the Parish of Mater Christi, Hurst Ave., Albany at 11:00am. Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Monday from 4-7 pm. Interment will be held privately at a later date. The family suggests memorial contributions to Capital City Rescue Mission PO Box 1999 Albany, NY 12201. To leave a message of condolence for the family or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.
April 13, 2015
TOWSON, MD – John J. Keane, Jr. died peacefully on April 10, 2015 at the Brightview Assisted Living facility in Towson, MD where he had been a resident for almost three years. He was almost 93.
Mr. Keane was born in Matahambre, in the province of Pinar del Rio, Cuba on May 20, 1922 to John J. and Bernadette C. Keane. At that time, his father was employed by the American Metals Company as a supervisor at the Minas de Matahambre, which was one of the largest copper /silver mines operating in the region.
Mr. Keane graduated from Fordham Preparatory School, Fordham College and Fordham Law School. His senior year in college was interrupted by World War II; he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in London, England in the intelligence unit under General Eisenhower. He worked in an office that was located diagonally from General Eisenhower’s HQ at 20 Grosvenor Square. His nearest scrape with a military death came when General Patton stormed into his office unannounced and he and several other soldiers were found to be wearing loosened neckties.
During his time in England, Mr. Keane met Kathleen McEnery, an Irish girl who came to London before the war, lived through the Blitz, during which she was “bombed-out” several times by the Luftwaffe, and ran additional risks by accompanying Corporal Keane on frequent visits to pubs and shows with air raid wardens in hot pursuit. After the war, Ms. McEnery traveled to New York City on the longest and roughest crossing ever made by the Queen Mary, and the couple married and had six children whom they raised in New York City, on Long Island and in Johnstown, N.Y. Before coming to the Brightview Assisted Living Center, Mr. Keane resided at the Beverwyck Senior Living Center in Slingerlands, N.Y. and at 15 Kensington Place in Albany, NY.
Mr. Keane worked as a young attorney at several firms in NYC including Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy; he later served as Deputy Town Attorney for the Town of Oyster Bay, Long Island; as the first Executive Director of the Fulmont Community Action Agency in Fonda, N.Y.; and as a senior staff member of the health planning division at the New York State Department of Health.
Mr. Keane had three brothers (Jim, Bob and Frank) who were devoted to each other after childhood sandlot games and other happy times. Both Bob and Frank survive him, as does Bob’s spouse Rose, as do his six children and their spouses—John (Margaret), Mary, Lucy (Mike) Brandow, Anne, Peter (Helen) and Bernadette (Dick) Felch; eight grandchildren (Lisa, Kelly, Erica, Jake, Kathleen, Matt, John and Andrew); and four great-grandchildren.
Mr. Keane was a kind gentleman with a sharp mind and an acute sense of humor who loved reading, Notre Dame football and NY/SF Giants baseball.
A Catholic Mass will be celebrated in remembrance of Mr. Keane at 11:00 AM on Friday, April 17 at the Parish of Mater Christi at 40 Hopewell Street in Albany, NY 12208. Donations are not encouraged but can be sent to the Parish of Mater Christi. To leave a message of condolence for the family or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.
April 12, 2015
ALBANY – Virginia J. Straight DiMura 90, of Albany, died peacefully on Saturday, April 11, 2015 with her children by her side. She was the daughter of the late Charles W. Straight and Nicolina (Straight) Lostritto, and was predeceased by her husband of 61 years, Salvatore. She was the beloved and cherished mother to MaryJean (George) Scott and Joseph G. DiMura of Voorheesville; grandmother to Christopher DiMura, David (Theresa) Scott of Clifton Park, and Joseph Scott of Averill Park. She is also survived by great grandchildren, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, many nieces, nephews, cousins, dear friends and neighbors. She was predeceased by her brother Francis A.Straight, Sr.
Virgina will always be remembered as a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother “GiGi” and as a devoted friend.
At this time the family would like to give a personal thank you to the A1 Staff at Van Rensselaer Manor for their dedication, love, and compassion.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday morning at 9:00 am in All Saints Catholic Church, 16 Homestead St. (behind CVS) at 9:00. Relatives and friends are invited. There will be no calling hours. Entombment will follow the mass in St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, or 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.
April 5, 2015
ALBANY – Anne M. Reardon, 81, of Albany, passed away Friday, April 3, 2015 in the Hospice Inn at St. Peter’s Hospital. Anne was born in Albany, the daughter of the late William Dollard and Mary Rice Dollard. She lived here nearly all her life. She was a graduate of Vincentian Institute, and was employed for many years by the New York State Office of General Services. Anne was a devoted mother, and her family and friends meant everything to her, and those who knew her loved her. She was very proud of her Irish roots, loved horseback riding, and was also a dedicated fan of the Boston Red Sox.
Anne was predeceased by her husband James D. Reardon. She is survived by her daughters Mary “Terry” Gaetano (Michael), Patti Reardon Plante (David Plante), and Linda Singer (Art Marotta); her brother William R. Dollard (the late Gertrude “Trudy”); her sister Mary E. Kelleher (the late Michael); her brother in law John Reardon (Debra); her grandchildren Stacie Plante, Scott Plante (Angela), Amanda Marcigliano (Lisa), Daniel Ward (Lauren); her great grandchildren Carter and Logan Ward; her Godson Daniel Hupe; and by many loving cousins, nieces, nephews, grand nieces and nephews, and friends.
Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Wednesday morning at 9:00 am, and from there to St. Francis of Assisi Church, 391 Delaware Ave, Albany, at 10:00 am. Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Tuesday from 4-7 pm. Interment will be in Memory Gardens, Colonie. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Community Hospice, 295 Valley View Blvd., Rensselaer, NY 12144. To leave a message of condolence for the family or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.