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.

Marie E. Masters

January 29, 2016

BALLSTON SPA – Marie Elizabeth Masters, 86, of Ballston Spa, died Saturday, January 23, 2016. Born Marie Smith in the Bronx, where she graduated from Walton High School, she attended Hunter College briefly and worked in New York City before moving to Yonkers to marry and raise a family. After her youngest started school, she began work as a church secretary in Yonkers and Riverdale. Later she assumed a secretarial position in the Biochemistry Department at Columbia University, where she remained for 12 years. In 1994, she and her husband moved to Albany to be nearer to family.

A great believer in learning, Marie was an avid reader who encouraged and supported her children’s pursuits and was determined early that they would seek higher education. She loved gardening, baking, traveling, and crossword puzzles. As an enthusiastic bird-watcher, she was very active in the Yonkers Audubon Society and edited their newsletter for many years. She learned to swim in her thirties and to drive in her sixties. She will be remembered also for her tenacity and resilience in the face of considerable physical challenges.

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Marie was the beloved wife of Gabe R. Masters, who predeceased her in 1999 after 48 years of marriage, and the loving mother of Paul Masters of Albany (Jill Taylor); Gale Masters of Darrington, Washington (Phil Kincare); Andrea Masters of Ballston Spa (Bruce Piasecki); Clare Masters-Tutoni of Poughkeepsie (Joseph Tutoni); and Jonathan Masters of Albany (Heather Evans). She is also survived by five grandchildren, Thomas Gorman, Daniel Tutoni, Colette Piasecki-Masters, Gabrielle Tutoni, and Nicole Tutoni; one great grandchild, newborn Rosalie Ida Gorman; and treasured nieces and nephews on both sides of the family. The daughter of the late Carolyn (Nees) Smith and John Smith, Marie was also predeceased by her only sister, Joan Walker.

Contributions may be made in her memory to Oxfam America, the Southern Poverty Law Center, or the Albany Friends Meeting (Quakers).  To leave a message of condolence for the family, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.

Paulette “Mémé” Jakob

January 29, 2016

DORA, FL – Paulette “Mémé” Jougounoux Jakob, 89, entered into eternal life on Thursday, January 21, 2016, in Mt. Dora, Florida, after a bravely fought battle with lymphoma. A longtime resident of the Albany, NY area, Paulette was born in Chaussenac, France on May 22, 1926. She was the daughter of the late Frédéric Jougounoux and Marie-Rose Raffy, sister of the late Yvonne, and wife of the late Max Jakob.  After moving to the United States in 1951, Paulette was employed as a merchandise buyer until her retirement, after which she could be found watching Yankee games or working tirelessly in her flower gardens, which were admired by all. Paulette was the loving mother of Elsie Lansing of Malta, NY and Danielle Powell of Mt. Dora, FL; mother-in-law of Richard William Powell and Edwin Lansing; grandmother of Edwin, Jr., Nicole, Andrea, Fabienne, Max, and Richard William II; and great-grandmother of Julia, Joshua, Colette, Joe, Grace, Rory, Richard William III, Jackson, and Sara. However, every family friend and neighbor fondly knew Paulette as “Grandma”.

A funeral liturgy will be held at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 30, 2016 at the Historic Church of St. Mary On Capitol Hill, 10 Lodge St., Albany, NY 12207.  Relatives and friends are invited.  The family requests that in lieu of flowers, people perform a random act of kindness.  To leave a message of condolence for the family, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.

Theodore “Al” Blanchette

January 23, 2016

GUILDERLAND – Theodore “Al” Blanchette, 86, of Guilderland, passed away peacefully with his beloved family at his side on Thursday, January 21, 2016.  Al was born in Albany, the son of the late Andrew Blanchet and Regina DuBruy Blanchet.  He lived his entire life in the same neighborhood.  He served as a Seabee in the U.S. Navy just after World War II, and was then employed for eight years by the laborers union, and then for 30 years as a mason with the Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Local 2.  Al then was employed at the State University at Albany as a mason, retiring in 1995.  Al loved to fish, and he was always available to lend a hand.  He was a lifelong communicant and an active member of All Saints Catholic Church and the former St. Margaret Mary’s Church.

Al is survived by the love of his life, Jeanette M. Russell Blanchette; his children Nancy Bombard (Bob) of Colonie, Judith (Bob Jones) of Albany, Denise Heiserman (James) of Guilderland, Regina Burby (Mark) of Guilderland, and Timothy Blanchette (Kathleen) of Guilderland; his brother Victor L. Blanchet of Albany;

his sister Regina Helm (Kenneth) of Guilderland; his sister in law Marion Blanchet of Slingerlands; his grandchildren James Masa (Angelina), Annette Seymour (Carlos), Nicole Felix (Juan), Tristan Prusky, Blake Prusky (Allison M.), Antoinette Williams (David), Gretchen Graydon (Mark), Brittany Heiserman, Jesse Burby (Casidhe), Shelby Burby, Christopher Blanchette (Alyse S.), and Rebecka Blanchette (John C.); his great grandchildren Ryan, Gabriella, Marcello, Yaz, Xavier, Mia, James, Richard, Lucia, Joseph, Alexander, Jocelyn, Tiernan, Lily Rose, Charlie, Leo, Jackson, and Cameron; and by many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, cousins in Canada, and many loyal friends.  He was predeceased by his son Alan Blanchette; his grandson Tyler Heiserman; his brother Leo Edmund Blanchet; his sisters Beatrice Czwakiel and Annette Phelan

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in All Saints Catholic Church, 16 Homestead St., Albany (behind CVS) Tuesday morning at 9:00am.  A Celebration of Life service will be held in the church Monday evening at 7:30pm.  Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at All Saints Catholic Church on Monday from 3:00pm-7:30pm.  Interment will be in Our Lady of Angels Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Albany Damien Center, 646 State St., Albany, NY 12203.  Arrangements have been entrusted to the Hans Funeral Home, Albany.  To leave a message of condolence for the family or obtain directions to the church, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.

Click here to view Al’s resting place in Our Lady of Angels Cemetery, Colonie, New York. (Zip Code Albany, NY 12205.)

John A. Prusinski

January 16, 2016

BETHLEHEM – John Adam Prusinski, 84, of Albany, passed away Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at Our Lady of Mercy Life Center in Guilderland.  John was born December 15, 1931, in Albany the son of the late Adam Prusinski and Stella Zajkowski Prusinski.  He grew up in Albany and was educated there.  He owned the Ranch Tavern in Albany, and also was employed for many years by the Albany County Sheriff’s Department, retiring as an Inspector in 1992.  He also was a member of the Albany Lodge of Elks #49 for over 50 years.

On August 3, 1975, John married his wife Lois Ann Dott Prusinski and they were married until her death in 2004. He was also predeceased by his siblings; Walter Prusinski, Frances Lindemann, Sophie Cordi, Stella Drebitko, Joseph Prusinski, and Pauline “Ginger” Pierce. He is survived by many nieces and nephews and grand nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Wednesday morning at 9:30 am, and from there to Christ the King Church, Sumpter Ave., Guilderland at 10:30 am. Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Tuesday from 4-7 pm.  The parish family of Christ the King Church will gather in the funeral home at 4:30 pm Tuesday 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 Christ the King Church, 20 Sumpter Ave., Albany, NY 12203.  To leave a message of condolence for the family or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.

Charles P. “Chuck” Stephens

January 6, 2016

DELANSON – Charles Stephens of Delanson, NY, passed away on January 1, 2016 while on vacation in Panama with his son. Son of the late William Ellsworth Stephens and Barbara Walsh Stephens Nelson Hansen, Charles “You can name him whatever you want but I’m going to call him Chuck” Stephens was born in Kearny, New Jersey in January of 1950. Chuck graduated from Saugus, MA High School in 1968, and attended SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry for most of the 70’s. He was an avid member and E-room chair of the Syracuse University Outing Club, leading caving, canoeing, and hiking trips all over the country.

Chuck loved the outdoors, and was very active in the Boy Scouts for most of his life, achieving the level of Life Scout as a boy. Later, as a Scout Master of Troops 105 and 501 of Otschodela Council, he mentored countless scouts, including his son, Eagle Scout Ben Stephens. This past year, Chuck was awarded the prestigious Silver Beaver award, in recognition of his lifelong contributions to scouting.

He worked for the NYS Department of Civil Service as a database programmer/analyst for over 35 years. He was a voracious reader, a fierce supporter of science and reason, and he always voted Democrat. He could be cranky and taciturn, but was the most quietly caring and generous person you could ever meet. Chuck was always up for everything, whether it be a camping trip with his grandsons on short notice, or adventurously deep frying a turkey for his children. He knew absolutely everything, and once fixed a broken down car in a blizzard with a bra strap, just like MacGyver.

Chuck was a caring father to Eleanor and Benjamin, and a loving grandfather to his grandsons Maxwell and Theodore. He is survived by his children and grandsons, and siblings Barbara Nelson of Reykjavik, Iceland, and Mary-Ellen Jordan, Karen Lipiatos, Jennie Hansen, Jens Hansen, and Christian Hansen of Maine.  He will be deeply, deeply missed by his family and community.

A memorial service will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany on Sunday, January 10th at 12:30pm.  Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home prior to the service from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Chuck’s name to Otschodela Council of the Boy Scouts of America at: P.O. Box 1356 Oneonta, NY 13820, (607) 432-6491.  To leave a message of condolence for the family or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visitwww.HansFuneralHome.com.

Charlotte M. Kot

January 5, 2016

ALBANY – Charlotte M. Engle Kot, 82, of Albany, passed away Monday, January 4, 2016 at the Grand at Guilderland.  Charlotte was born in Albany, and lived here all her life.  She was a graduate of Albany High School and beauty school, and worked for many years as a hairdresser, both at the Paula Rose Beauty Parlor and from her home.  She loved playing Bingo at St. Sophia’s Church in Albany,   and also enjoyed traveling on bus trips and camping at McConchie’s Heritage Acres in Galway.  She loved to crochet, and loved dogs and other animals, and also enjoyed being a member of the Colonie Senior Citizens.

Charlotte is survived by her beloved husband William M. Kot, Sr.; her children William M. Kot, Jr. (Mary Anne) of Schenectady, Charlene Gifford (Glenn) of American Fork, UT, and Pamella Scattareggia (Vincent) of Albany; her brother Gary Engle (Peggy) of Parish, FL; her grandchildren Christopher Kot (Melody), Jennifer Gifford, Benjamin Gifford (Rachel), Bryon Gifford (Sarah), Sarah, Lauren, Marc and Gavin Gifford, and Joshua and Amber Scattareggia; her great grandchildren Lucas, Arabella, and Axel Kot; Carlee and Alex Gifford, and Cody Yamacuchi, and by several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Friday morning at 10:00 am.  Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Thursday from 4-7 p.m.  Interment will be in Albany Rural Cemetery.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Alzheimer’s Disease 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.HansFuneralHome.com.

Click here to view Charlotte’s resting place in Albany Rural Cemetery, Menands, NY (zip code Albany, NY 12204).

 

 

Edwin S. Nelson

January 1, 2016

ALBANY – Edwin S. Nelson, 92, of McKownville, passed away on Tuesday, December 29, 2015 at St. Peter’s Hospital.  Ed was born in Albany, the son of the late Oscar Nelson, an immigrant from Sweden, and Astrid Neilson Nelson, an immigrant from Denmark.  He lived in the area all his life.  As a teenager he caddied at Wolfert’s Roost, and then went to work for the New York Central Railroad.  He then served in the U.S. Army Company C, 721st Railway Operating Battalion during World War II in Burma and India, and returned to work for New York Central after the war.  He continued this work with the Penn Central Railroad and Conrail until his retirement with 45 years of service.  Ed enjoyed boating and camping with his family on islands at Lake George and at Thousand Islands, areas that he referred to as “God’s Country.”  He also was a craftsman, building his own home addition and helping restore his son’s old farmhouse, as well as serving as his own mechanic.  He also enjoyed fishing, and a bit of golf, and in retirement, he and his wife enjoyed trailer camping in Florida each winter.  Many remember him for making everyone laugh.

Ed was predeceased by his beloved wife Jean Strube Nelson, and daughter Barbara Jean LaJeunesse.  He is survived by his sons William E. Nelson of Dania Beach, FL, and Robert J. Nelson of Altamont; his brother Paul Nelson of Satellite Beach, FL; his sister in law Margaret Elliot of Utica; and his grandchildren Trevor E. Nelson and Rebecca C. Nelson. He was also loved by several nieces and great nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Monday evening at 6:00 pm.  Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home prior to the service from 3-6 pm.  Interment will be held privately at a later date.  The family suggests memorial contributions to the American Heart Association, 4 Atrium Dr #100, Albany, NY 12205.  To leave a message of condolence for the family or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.

Anthony J. Harden

December 27, 2015

ALBANY – Anthony J. Harden, born on April 22, 1927 in Canajoharie, NY of Everett and Mary Julia Harden, died on Thursday, December 24, 2015 at the Teresian House in Albany.  During World War II, Mr. Harden served in the U.S. Army’s 42nd Infantry “Rainbow” Division, and he was part of the group that liberated the concentration camp at Dachau.  He was awarded the Silver Star and two Bronze Stars for his actions during the war.  He was employed for many years by Cotrell & Leonard of Albany, and served there as general manager.  He also was the president of the Intercollegiate Bureau of Academic Costume. He was a member of the VFW and the American Legion.  He adored his wife and was devoted to his family, and until recently enjoyed smoking cigars daily since the age of 14.

Anthony was predeceased by his wife of 66 years, Marie J. Harden, and also by his daughter Patricia Harden.  He is survived by his sons Joseph (Susan), Philip (Mary), and John (Rob); his grandsons Matthew [Maegan], Peter [Heather], Philip [Manpreet], Paul [Cassi], Lewis [Lia], Dejioun “D.J.”, and Sein; his granddaughter Alikaisha; and by twelve great grandchildren.  He was also predeceased by his brother Joseph J. Harden, who was killed in the explosion of the USS Mt. Hood during World War II.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday morning at 9:30 am in the Parish of Mater Christi, Hurst Ave., Albany.  Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany on Tuesday from 4-7 pm.  Interment will be in St. Johnsville Cemetery.  The family suggests memorial contributions to The Writing Partnership, which is a charity dedicated to working with refugees and victims of genocide, at 156 Colonial Ave., Albany, NY 12208 or at www.writingpartnership.org .  To leave a message of condolence for the family or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.

William J. McSpedon

December 18, 2015

ALBANY – William J. McSpedon, 60, of East Berne, passed away on Thursday, December 17, 2015 in the Hospice Inn at St. Peter’s Hospital.  Bill was born in Dobbs Ferry, and raised in Carmel.  He lived in Lake Hopatcong, NJ for several years before moving to the Albany area.  He attended Colgate University, and was employed as a heavy equipment operator first by Local 137 of the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE), and later by Local 825 of the IUOE.  He then changed careers, and became a lobbyist in support of unionized workers, first for the New Jersey AFL-CIO, then the New York AFL-CIO, followed by the New York State Conference of Operating Engineers and then the IUOE as Regional Political Director, where he retired in 2013.  Bill enjoyed playing the drums, and also loved spending time with his family boating on Lake Champlain and vacationing on Block Island, Rhode Island.

Bill is survived by his beloved wife Elaine M. Nault McSpedon; his children Alexandra McSpedon of Brooklyn, and Nicholas McSpedon of East Berne; his mother Sonia Friberg McSpedon of Newcomb; his brothers Jack McSpedon (Elaine) of Temple, TX, and James McSpedon of West Palm Beach, FL.  He was predeceased earlier this year by his father William J. McSpedon, Sr.

Calling hours will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Sunday from 3-6 pm.  Relatives and friends are invited.  There will be no services.  Interment will be held privately at the convenience of the family.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Helderberg Ambulance Squad, PO BOX 54, East Berne, NY 12059-0054; or 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.

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