November 26, 2011
GUILDERLAND – Donna Ryan Amato passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on Saturday, November 26, 2011. She was born on June 27, 1954 in Albany to the late James E. and Jane E. Ryan.
Donna attended Guilderland High School and received her BA from D’Youville College and her Master’s from the College of St. Rose. She proudly taught special education at the Center for Disability Services followed by 17 years of teaching and nurturing first grade students at Guilderland Elementary School.
She is survived by her loving husband of 34 years, Peter Amato, and their two children Daniel (Amie) Amato and Matthew Amato and his girlfriend Kate Fox. She is also survived by her sister and closest friend Colleen Lewyckyj (John) and her brother James W. Ryan.
Donna’s family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to Harold Burstein M.D. and Georgia Litsas (NP) of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Nina Lake and The Community Hospice of Albany, and Dr. James Craig and his staff.
A special thanks is extended to all Donna’s friends who continued to lift her spirits each and every day.
Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Tuesday morning at 9:30, and from there to Christ the King Church, 20 Sumpter Ave., Guilderland at 10:30. Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Monday from 4-7 p.m. The parish family of Christ the King Church will gather at 4:30 pm Monday in the funeral home for a service of prayer and remembrance. All are welcome. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, Glenmont. Donations in memory of Donna may be made to either the Center for Disability Services Attn: Pinewoods Residence at 314 South Manning Blvd., Albany, NY 12208 or The Community Hospice of Albany, 445 New Karner Road, Albany, NY 12205. To leave a message of condolence for the family, send a sympathy card, or obtain directions to the funeral home or church, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.
Cemetery located at 481 Route 9W, Glenmont, NY 12077 .
November 22, 2011
ALBANY – Constance L. Curry, 87, of Colonie, died Monday, November 21, 2011 in the Hospice Inn at St. Peter’s Hospital. Mrs. Curry was born in Albany, the daughter of the late Herman and Loretta Durand Mendel. A lifelong resident of Albany, she graduated from Vincentian Institute, class of 1942, and was employed by the New York Telephone Co. until 1952. She was employed by the Leukemia Society of America as Fund Raising Director. She founded the Albany County Chapter of the Leukemia Society and became their first Executive Director. She later expanded the chapter to include the tri-county area, and then organized a Tryon Counties chapter which included Montgomery, Fulton and Hamilton Counties.
In 1967 she was recruited to service as a National Field Representative for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Serving as the first female representative, she was promoted to Senior Field Representative. During the 17 years as a field representative she was responsible for local chapters throughout New York and New England. She attended courses at Columbia University School of Public Health, and Executive Development at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.
Retiring in 1983, she was then appointed Director of Development for the New York Special Olympics where she worked until 1988 when she retired to join Realty USA as Associate Realtor. Mrs. Curry was a member of the National Association of Realtors, and the Greater Capital Association of Realtors, and was a communicant of Blessed Sacrament Church.
Mrs. Curry was predeceased by her husband William H. Curry in 1992. She is survived by her children William H. Curry, Jr. (Susan) of Aurora, CO, and Hayden A. Curry (Christine), and Dorothy Sheller (Thomas) of Colonie; her daughter in law Karen Curry of Rotterdam; her sisters Margaret Stafford and Madeline Rosenthal; her brothers Charles Mendel (Ann) and Herman Mendel (Patty); her sister in law Trudy Mendel; and by five grandchildren. She was predeceased by her son Kevin Curry, her sister Sr. Dorothy Mendel, RSM; and her brother Eugene Mendel.
Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Saturday morning at 9:30, and from there to Blessed Sacrament Church, 607 Central Ave., Albany at 10:30. Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Friday from 4-8 p.m. Interment will be in Memory Gardens, Colonie. The family suggests memorial contributions be sent to The Sisters of Mercy Retirement Fund, 310 So. Manning Blvd, Albany, NY 12208. To leave a message of condolence for the family, send a sympathy card, or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.
November 15, 2011
SHARON SPRINGS, NY – Willis Stryker Conard, 77, passed on peacefully at Bassett Hospital, Cooperstown, NY on Nov. 12, 2011, after a valiant battle with prostate cancer. Born Dec. 16, 1933, in Belle Mead, NJ, he was a son of the late Samuel L. and Mary Stryker Conard. After meeting his life partner [beloved wife Patricia Martin] at the 1950 NJ State 4-H Dairy Cattle Show, he graduated from Somerville High School in 1952. He began his agricultural career as a DHIA milk tester and later worked as a herdsman for prominent NJ Holstein breeder, Jessie Lake who inspired Willis’s passion for breeding great Holsteins.
Willis and Pat married in 1955. Together, they launched their career through several dairy herd manager positions throughout the northeast. In 1962, they rented the Van-Pelt farm in Readington, NJ and in 1969, purchased their present-day Ridgedale Farm in Sharon Springs, NY where they resided for the past 42 years.
His many awards include: 1988 NYS Master Breeder, 2004 Montgomery Co. Conservation Farmer of the Year and 2010 OHM Holstein Club “Honoring Our Own” award. His memberships included Farm Bureau and National Holstein Association and he served as a director and sales agent for the OHM Holstein Club.
Willis was recognized internationally for his cattle breeding & development skills. He marked Holstein history by breeding the world’s first EX-97 Red & White Holstein sire and bred and developed the world’s first 3-generation line of EX-95 females, all bearing his Ridgedale prefix and all developed under his attentive care.
Willis was predeceased by his wife, Patricia, son Willis S. Conard, Jr., and brother Robert Conard. He is survived by a son Wayne L. Conard (Jen) of Sharon Springs, NY; a daughter Amy R. Monk of Canajoharie, NY; six grandchildren, W. Cyrus and Isaac C. Conard; Hannah D. and Rochelle R. Monk; Juli A. (Conard) Myers and Willis S. Conard, III; and two great grandchildren. Additional survivors include two brothers and two sisters: George (Judy) Conard of NJ; Mary (Kenneth) Zeller of NJ; Doug (Sondra) Conard of IA; and Hannah (Jay) Drake of NJ.
In accordance with Willis’ wishes, he was accepted to the Anatomical Gift Program at Albany Medical Center. A private memorial service will be held at a later date.
Contributions in Willis’ memory can be made to the “Willis S. Conard Master Showman Award Fund” c/o Wayne Conard, 164 Maring Road, Sharon Springs, NY 13459. The fund will annually provide an award to the Master Showman youth exhibiting at the NY Spring Dairy Carousel in Syracuse, NY. To leave a message of condolence for the family please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.
November 11, 2011
GUILDERLAND – Robert T. (Powers) Littlejohn, 75, of Guilderland, died Thursday, November 10, 2011 at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady. Mr. Littlejohn was born in Troy, where he lived until serving in the U.S. Airforce from 1955 until 1959. He was a graduate of Alfred State College and the State University at Albany. He served as a teacher for a time at high schools in Amityville, NY and Batavia, NY and in 1967 began a teaching career at SUNY Cobleskill until retiring in 1993.
Mr. Littlejohn is survived by his beloved wife Mary Anna Nowak; his daughter Michelle Littlejohn; his stepchildren James Ryan (Lori), Matthew Ryan, Regina Ryan Gaule (Christopher), and Teresa Ryan-Rowe (Paul); his sister Claire Powers; his niece Courtney Ryan; his sister in law Leah Powers; and his step grandchildren Chelsea Ryan, Ian, Timothy and Michael Gaule, and Mackenzie Ryan. He was predeceased by his stepson Mark Ryan, his brother James Powers, and his sisters Helen Powers and Kathleen Littlejohn Barbour.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Christ the King Church, 20 Sumpter Ave., Guilderland, Monday morning at 10:00. Relatives and friends are invited. There will be no calling hours. Interment will be in Our Lady of Angels Cemetery, Colonie. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Salvation Army, 410 River Street, Troy, NY 12180. To leave a message of condolence for the family or obtain directions to the church, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.
November 9, 2011
ALBANY – Edward J. Kenton, 91, died peacefully on Wednesday, November 9, 2011, after a brief battle with cancer. Ed’s death followed that of his wife, Pasqualina (Pat) Kenton, who died on October 28th. Ed is survived by his daughter Judith A. (Michael) Quinn; son Jeffrey P. Kenton; Beverly Kenton; grandchildren Leanne and Brian Kenton; and step-grandchildren Kathryn Borrelli and Sarah Osborne.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday morning at 10:00 in Christ the King Church, 20 Sumpter Avenue, Albany, NY. Relatives and friends are invited. There will be no calling hours. Interment will follow the mass in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Waterford. After the interment there will be a gathering of family and friends at the home of Jeffrey Kenton. In lieu of flowers, donations came be made to Community Hospice of Albany County, 445 New Karner Rd., Albany, NY, 12205. To leave a message of condolence for the family or obtain directions to the church, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.
October 29, 2011
ALBANY – Pasqualina (Pat) Kenton died on Friday, October 28, 2011 after a brief battle with ALS. Pat is survived by her husband of 68 years, Edward J. Kenton; her children Judith A. (Michael) Quinn and Jeffrey P. Kenton; Beverly Kenton; grandchildren Leanne and Brian Kenton; her brother Mario Zandri, Jr and step-grandchildren Kathryn Borrelli and Sarah Osborne.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Monday, October 31 at 11:00 am at Christ the King Church, 20 Sumpter Avenue, Albany, NY, with a reception to follow at the Italian American Community Center, 257 Washington Avenue Extension. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Community Hospice of Albany County, 445 New Karner Rd.,Albany, NY, 12205. To leave a message of condolence for the family or obtain directions to the church, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.
October 25, 2011
ALBANY – Edward P Schissler, 59, passed away on Tuesday, October 25, 2011 at St. Peters Hospital. Edward is survived by his mother, Margaret, and his brother, Frank (Katherine), nephew David (Mary) and grand niece -- MacKenzie and grand nephews -- Connor and Drew. His father Franklin, pre-deceased him. Edward also leaves behind his dear friends Paul Frederick and Joan Driggs.
Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family. There will be no calling hours. Contributions in his memory may be made to the AmericanCancer Society. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Hans Funeral Home, Albany. To leave a message of condolence for the family please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.
October 17, 2011
MARTINDALE -- Laimonis Betins, 93, of Martindale hamlet, passed away peacefully on October 13, 2011 at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany, New York. His wife Milda and loving family were with him. Laimonis was most recently a resident of Pinehaven Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Philmont, NY.
Born January 28, 1918 in Eleja, Latvia he was the son of the late Teodors and Elizebeta (Cimmermanis) Betins. Laimonis came to the United States as a World War II refugee in 1956 and settled in Babylon, Long Island with his wife Milda and their two children, Hans and Ilze. He worked for most of his life in the U.S. for General Builders, a housing construction company. Laimonis found great joy in vegetable gardening and his tomatoes, cucumbers and lettuces were the delight of his family, friends and neighbors.
Laimonis is survived by his wife of 63 years, Milda (Jankowski) Betins who resides in Martindale hamlet, his son Hans Betins of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware; daughter Ilze Earner, also of Martindale hamlet; daughter-in-law Linda Betins, son-in-law Laurence Earner and grandchildren Michael Betins, Stephan Betins, Zigis Switzer, Maize Earner and Kristine Earner. He is also survived by two great-grandchildren, Ryan and Taylor Betins.
In addition to his immediate family Laimonis is survived by his twin sister, Rasma Ence of Lakehurst, New Jersey. He was pre-deceased by his brother, Arvids Betins who died in the Soviet gulag.
Interment will take place in the spring in Catskill, NY. Donations can be made to Pinehaven Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 201 Main Street, Philmont, NY 12565. To leave a message of condolence for the family, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com .
October 11, 2011
ALBANY – John J. Avellino, 81, of Albany, passed away peacefully in his sleep at his home during the early hours of Monday, October 10, 2011. Mr. Avellino was born in Albany, and served as a corporal in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was employed as a truck driver for many years, retiring from Peerless-Mohawk Liquor Distributors. He was a communicant for many years at the former St. Margaret Mary’s Church, and was a charter member of the Guilderland Elks Lodge 2480. Mr. Avellino spent many hours at his camp on Hadlock Lake. He loved to fish, and read books and journals, but his happiest times were spent with his wife, children and grandchildren at family gatherings.
Mr. Avellino is survived by his beloved wife of 58 years, Helen F. Parady Avellino; his children Karen Norris (Michael) and Susan Pezze (Frank) of Guilderland, John A. Avellino (Colleen) of Clifton Park, and Joseph A. Avellino (Sarah) of Guilderland; his brother Philip Avellino of Guilderland; his grandchildren Cheryl Morosko (Kevin), Michael John Norris, Jr., Jennifer, Meghan, Ashley and Francesca Pezze, John Francis Avellino, and Lauren and Julia Avellino; and by several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sisters Rose Wilson, Mary Hirsh, and Angie Deitz, and by his brothers Vincent and Joseph Avellino.
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 (formerly St. Margaret Mary’s Church), Homestead St. Albany at 9:00. Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Thursday from 4-7 p.m. Interment will be in the Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery. The family suggests memorial contributions to Shriners Hospitals for Children, Office of Development, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607.
To leave a message of condolence for the family, send a sympathy card, or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.
October 9, 2011
ALBANY – Jessie Catherine Doig Nicolson Murray died Sunday October 9, 2011 at the Loudonville Home for Adults surrounded by her loving family. She was 92. Mrs. Murray was born in Dundee, Scotland. She was the daughter of the late Rev. William and Jessie Nicolson. She was educated at Gillespie School for Girls in Edinburgh. During World War II she served in the Women’s Royal Naval Service (WRENS). She was employed for many years at the NYS Health Dept. and retired as a Head Clerk in 1985. Previously, she was employed at the British Postal Service and at the Fuller Brush Company.
She was the widow of the late James R. Murray who died in 2006. She is survived by her daughter Nikko Carman of Albany; her son James Murray and daughter–in-law Joy Murray of Canton Mass.; her daughter Rika Murray, Esq. of Albany; and her daughter Kateri Murray, MD and son-in-law Gerard Gorski of San Rafael, Calif; her grandchildren Aaron, Erik, and Claire Carman, and Audrey, Angela, and Andrew Murray. She is also survived by nieces and nephews in the UK. She was predeceased by her brother William Nicolson and sister Ruth Cameron.
The family would like to thank the caring staff at the Loudonville Home for Adults. They would also like to thank Community Hospice of Albany who cared for Jessie in her final illness.
Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Wednesday morning at 8:30, and from there to the Parish of Mater Christi at 9:30. Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Tuesday from 4-7 p.m. Interment will be in St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands. To leave a message of condolence for the family, send a sympathy card, or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.