Edward L. Brooks, Jr.

April 3, 2012

SARATOGA SPRINGS – Edward L. Brooks, 93, formerly of Albany, died Monday, April 2, 2012 at Wesley Health Care in Saratoga Springs.  Mr. Brooks was born in Albany and lived here most of his life.  He operated the E.L. Brooks Machining & Supply Inc., which was his father’s business, until entering the U.S. Navy during World War II.  He later was employed by Eastern Metals and Albany Steel.  He was a communicant of the former St. Margaret Mary’s Church in Albany.  He also was a sports fan and enjoyed fishing in his younger years.

Mr. Brooks was predeceased by his wife of nearly sixty years, Dorothy Barry Brooks, in 2002, and by his sister Sr. Jane Brooks, CSJ.  He is survived by his daughter Sharon Nestler (Thomas) of Ballston Spa; his granddaughter Cynthia Martin (Wayne) of Ballston Spa; and by his great grandchildren Jessica and Clayton.

Funeral services will be held privately at the convenience of the family.  There will be no calling hours.  Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, Glenmont.  Arrangements have been entrusted to the Hans Funeral Home, Albany.  To leave a message of condolence for the family or send a sympathy card, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.

 

Click here to view Mr. Brooks’ grave location in Calvary Cemetery, Glenmont, NY.

James O. Barber

March 31, 2012

ALBANY – James O. Barber passed away on Friday, March 9, 2012 after a brief illness.  Mr. Barber was born in Endwell, Town of Union, NY, the son of the late Charles and Helen Lena Amodeo Barber.  He lived in Albany since early childhood, and served in the U.S. Navy Seabees.  He also was employed for many years by the NYS Department of Labor until his retirement.  In retirement he served as President, member of the Board of Directors, and Communications Chairperson for the National Association of Amusement Ride Safety Officials (NAARSO); and he worked as an independent safety and health consultant to the amusement ride industry.  He also was a member of the Dead End Cruisers car club, a founding member of the Upstate New York Chapter of the Buick Club of America, and he loved traveling to NAARSO events around the country and spending time with his beloved canine companion Samson (Sammy Boy).

Mr. Barber is survived by his wife Ann E. Bardon Barber; his longtime companion Christine Timber; his sons Ed (Sandy), Jim (Lisa), Stephen (Patricia), and Michael (Colleen); his daughter in law Sandy Barber; his brothers Ron Barber (Barbara), and Charles Amodeo (Petey); his sister Mary Anne Amodeo; his grandchildren Tim, Dan, Jim and Emily; Jayme (Pat), Vanessa, and Raymond (Sarah); Olivia; Stephen and Jessica; and Chloe; his great grandchild Alex; and by several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his son Shawn Patrick Barber.

A memorial service will be held at on a date to be announced.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Northeast New York, One Mustang Drive, Cohoes, NY  12047.  To leave a message of condolence for the family or send a sympathy card, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.

Albert Darboghosian

March 29, 2012

ALBANY – Albert Darboghosian, 81, of Albany, died Thursday, March 29, 2012 at Albany Memorial Hospital.  Albert was born in Albany, the son of the late Carl and Lucy Darboghosian.  He was a graduate of Philip Schuyler High School, and was employed by the New York State Board of Parole for 40 years.  Albert was afflicted with polio as a child, which disabled him, but he never looked for any handouts or assistance from any government agencies, and was always self supporting.  He didn’t drink, smoke or gamble, but liked to eat and to ask personal questions at holiday dinners.  He was also a devoted fan of the New York Yankees.

Albert is survived by his nephews Kevin McManus (Celene) and Michael McManus (Mariola).  He was predeceased by his sister Rose McManus and her husband Dermot McManus, and by his nephew Patrick McManus.

The family would like to thank the nursing staff of the 4th Floor of Albany Memorial Hospital for their compassionate care of Albert.

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 prior to the service beginning at 10:30am.  Interment will be in Memory Gardens, Colonie.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Upstate New York/Vermont Chapter, 5 Computer Drive West, #100, Albany, NY 12205.  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.

Click here to view Albert’s resting place at Memory Gardens in Colonie, New York.

 

 

Clarissa A. Gallup

March 24, 2012

ALBANY – Clarissa Ann Hart Gallup, 72, of Albany, died Friday, March 23, 2012 at St. Peter’s Hospital. Clarissa was born in Albany, the daughter of the late Charles E. and Mary E. Yakel Hart. She was a lifelong resident of Albany, and a 1957 graduate of Vincentian Institute. She was employed by the New York State Depts of Tax and Finance, and Transportation prior to taking time to raise her children. She later was employed by the Albany City School District at Academy Park. Clarissa was a communicant of the former St. James Church where she was a member of the Rosary Society and was active in cub scouts and boy scouts. More recently she was a communicant of All Saints Catholic Church and the former St. Margaret Mary’s Church and a member of the church senior citizens group. Clarissa was a devoted mother and grandmother. She loved time spent with her children and grandchildren, including time spent with family in Florida where she and her husband Bill visited each winter for fifteen years. She also was well known and loved for her kindness to others. At each family holiday gathering she was always sure to include people who had no other family to be with at the holidays.

Clarissa is survived by her beloved husband William S. Gallup; her children William C. Gallup (Ann) of Niskayuna, Patricia M. Lindman (Dr. Harry) of Lake George, Stephen J. Gallup of Albany, and Lori A. Gallup, PhD of Bel Air, MD; her sisters Lita Snyder of Albany, Mary Swain of Westerlo, Alicia Lawson (Edwin) of Westerlo; her sister in law Donna Briscoli (Carlo) of Albany; her grandchildren Andrew and Benjamin Gallup, Harrison and Victoria Lindman, and Grace Clarissa Gallup-Marshall; and by many nieces and nephews.

The Gallup family would like to thank the staff, doctors, nurses, and chaplains of St. Peter’s Hospital for the wonderful care they provided to Clarissa and the family.

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, Homestead St., Albany at 9:00. Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Tuesday from 4-8 p.m. Interment will be in the Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery in Schuylerville. The family suggests memorial contributions to The Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center, 43 New Scotland Avenue, Albany, NY 12208; or to St Peter’s Hospital Foundation, 319 S Manning Blvd # 114, 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.

Elizabeth A. Pickett

March 20, 2012

ALBANY – Elizabeth A. Pickett, 88, of Albany, died Sunday, March 18, 2012 at Albany Medical Center Hospital.  Mrs. Pickett was born in Albany, the daughter of the late Charles and Margaret Holloran Fischer.  She lived in Albany all her life, and was a graduate of St. Ann’s Academy in Albany.  She was employed for many years by the New York Telephone Co., and was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America.  She also was a communicant of St. Francis of Assisi Church in Albany and the former St. James Church.

Mrs. Pickett is survived by her beloved husband of sixty-one years, Joseph E. Pickett; her sons Keith J. Pickett (Merla Mason) of Troy, and Joseph C. Pickett of Albany; her sisters Sister Gilmary Fischer, CSJ, of Latham, and Madeline Szell of Rocky River, OH; her granddaughters Maura E. Pickett and Melissa and Leslie Richburg; and by several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her sister Margaret Hufland.

Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Saturday morning at 8:30, and from there to St. Francis of Assisi Church, Delaware Ave. at St. James Place, Albany at 9:30.  Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Friday from 4-7 p.m.  Entombment will be in St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands.  Those who wish may make memorial contributions to the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, 385 Watervliet-Shaker Rd., Latham, NY 12110-4799.  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.

Stephen S. Rudzinski

March 20, 2012

ALBANY – Stephen S. Rudzinski, 92, of Albany, died Sunday, March 18, 2012 at St. Peter’s Hospital.  Mr. Rudzinski was born in Schenectady, but lived in Albany most of his life.  He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, and was employed for many years by the A&P Grocery Stores in several area locations, retiring from the East Greenbush store.  Mr. Rudzinski was a member and Past Commander of the Joseph E. Zaloga Post #1520 of the American Legion; and was a communicant of All Saints Catholic Church in Albany, and the former St. Margaret Mary’s Church where he served as a Eucharistic Minister.  He was a member for many years and was the oldest living member of the Polish Community Center in Albany, where he had served as a bingo caller.  He also was a dedicated fan of Derek Jeter and the New York Yankees.  He loved fishing, hunting with his faithful beagles, and camping with his family at Thompson’s Lake.  Steve will be forever remembered for his quick wit and unique sense of humor.

Mr. Rudzinski is survived by his beloved wife Bernice A. Murack Rudzinski; his children Stephen S. Rudzinski, Jr. of Santa Cruz, CA, Timothy F. Rudzinski (Cathy) of Westerlo, Paul T. Rudzinski (Barbara) of Colonie, Teresa Allison (Donald) of Rensselaer, and Karen M. Casey (James) of Slingerlands; and by six grandchildren and three great grandchildren.  He was predeceased by his sisters Irene Krolak and Natalie Rudzinski; and his brothers Marion “Pinky” Rudinski and Edwin Rudzinski.

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, Homestead Street, Albany at 9:00.  Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Thursday from 4-7:30 p.m.  Entombment will be in Evergreen Memorial Park, Colonie.  The family suggests contributions to VA Hospital Home-Based Primary Care Team Patient Support Fund, Attn: Dr. Linda Weiss, 113 Holland Ave., 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.

James B. “Brad” Coffey

March 19, 2012

ALBANY –  James B. “Brad” Coffey, 75, of Albany, died Saturday, March 17, 2012 at the Eddy Village Green in Cohoes.  Brad was born in Portsmouth, NH, the son of the late James and Rose Giardino Coffey.  He was raised in Castleton, NY.  He was employed for a time by the A&P Supermarket in East Greenbush, and then was employed for many years by the former Fort Orange Paper Co. in Castleton.  He was an active member of All Saints Catholic Church and the former St. Margaret Mary’s Church.  He loved attending musicals and going to garage sales and helped each year with the church garage sale.  He also was a devoted gardener and a member of the Albany Mens Garden Club.  He was well known for his fabulous vegetable and flower gardens that he started each year from seed.

Brad is survived by his beloved wife Josephine “Jo” Harper Coffey; his sister Shiela R. Rose of East Greenbush; his brother in law Franklin Bridenbeck of East Greenbush; and by many nieces and nephews and many beloved friends.  He was predeceased by his sister Joan Bridenbeck.

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, Homestead Street, Albany at 9:00.  Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Wednesday from 4-7 p.m.  Interment will be in St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands.  The family suggests memorial contributions be sent to the All Saints Catholic Church Memorial Fund, 1168 Western Ave., Albany, NY 12203; or to the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society, 3 Oakland Ave., Menands, NY 12204.  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.

Click here to view Brad Coffey’s resting place in St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands, New York.

Francesco Commisso

March 6, 2012

ITALY – Francesco Commisso of Siderno Marina, Italy died at his home on Tuesday, March 6, 2012.  Mr. Commisso is survived by his wife Rosetta (Pisano) Commisso; his children Raffaele (Loridonna) Commisso, Lina (Felice) Mittica, Vincenzo (Elisa) Commisso, Domenico (Gabriella) Commisso, and Anna (Vincenzo) Ieraci all of Italy; his brothers Vincenzo (Concetta) Commisso of Albany and Domenico (Theresa) of Italy; his nephews Raffaele (Josephine), Charles (Rosetta), and Frank (Castilia) Commisso of Albany; and by many grandchildren, nieces and nephews in Italy and the United States. He was predeceased by his sisters, Lina Commisso Costanzo and Ida Commisso Pellegrino.

A memorial mass will be celebrated on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at The Church of St. Vincent de Paul, 900 Madison Avenue, Albany, NY.   Relatives and friends are invited.

To leave a message of condolence for the family or send a sympathy card, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.

 

Edmund F. Partell

March 2, 2012

ALTAMONT – Edmund F. Partell, 98, of Altamont, died Thursday, March 1, 2012.  Edmund was born February 27, 1914 in Troy, NY, the son of Clark and Elizabeth Preston Partell.  He served in the United States Navy during World War II in the Atlantic Theatre, and retired in 1979 from the NYS Dept of Transportation after 28 years of service.  He was a longtime parishioner of the former St. Margaret Mary’s Church in Albany, and St. Lucy’s Church in Altamont.

Edmund enjoyed a long and active life.  The youngest of ten children and the only boy, he learned early on the value of effort and responsibility.  Always there to give support or a helping hand, Ed generously did his best to contribute.  Ed was a loving and dedicated husband to Mariam for 65 years.  Ed liked everyone and people responded to that, especially children who sensed his kind and gentle nature.  He enjoyed his role as an Uncle and he unassumingly demonstrated this love to his nieces and nephews throughout his lifetime.  Ed’s spirit called him to be active in church life and over the years he did much to help others in their need.  Of particular importance to him was the canonization of Kateri Tekakwitha, the “Lily of the Mohawks”, who’s life he admired for her courageous spirit.  Ed liked nature and spent many summers in the Adirondacks fishing, tenting and later at his camp on Green Pond near Saranac Lake.  His appreciation of wilderness was contagious and he shared this love with many friends and family.  Ed enjoyed tending his vegetable garden and sharing the produce with others.  Other times, Ed would be found working on carpentry projects, building Adirondack-style tables, and giving them to lucky family or friends.

Ed was predeceased by his wife Mariam Hallenbeck Partell; and by his sisters Irene Fitzgerald, Margaret Robinson, Agnes Robinson, Helen O’Neill, Elizabeth Kinlock, Sr.Gertrude Joseph Partell, and Gertrude Doogan; he is survived by his nieces and nephews Beverly Gillette, Joan & Ray Fletcher, Nancy Studer, and Mary Lynne Van Waldick; and by many grandnieces and grandnephews.

Edmund’s family would like to extend special thanks to all the fine caregivers who tended to him during his illness. We are especially thankful for the efforts of Father Paul Smith, Dr. Charles Trout, and the Community Hospice. We are also grateful to Stephen Hans for his kindness, thoughtfulness, and flexibility in assisting our family.

A Mass of Christian Burial and interment service were held privately.  The family suggests memorial contributions to the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, 385 Watervliet-Shaker Rd., Latham, NY 12110-4799.  To leave a message of condolence for the family or send a sympathy card, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.

 

Click here to view Ed’s resting place in Our Lady of Angels Cemetery, Colonie, NY.

 

 

Charles E. Marks

February 18, 2012

ALBANY – Charles E. Marks, 68, of Albany, died peacefully with his family by his side on Friday, February 17, 2012 in the Hospice Inn at St. Peter’s Hospital.  Mr. Marks was born at home in Elizaville, NY, and raised in Albany.  He was a graduate of  St. Joseph’s Academy and Vincentian Institute, and served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1962 to 1966.  He was employed by the Tobin Packing Co. and the Gold Bond Division of National Gypsum Co. at the Port of  Rensselaer, retiring in 2009.  Charlie was a member of the Joseph E. Zaloga Post #1520 of the American Legion, and an avid fan of the New York Giants and Mets.  He loved garage sales, auctions and an occasional trip to the racino with his sister.  Gathering for Sunday dinners with our extended family was a highlight of Charlie’s week.  He loved us all very much and our weekly dinners were our special times to interact across generations.

Charlie is survived by his beloved wife Linda Lusso Marks; his daughters Michelle Marks (Dan Wolfe) of Averill Park and Casey Marks of Albany; his sister Mary Ellen Miles (David) of Menands; his brother Ken Marks (Debbi) of Rensselaer; his nieces and nephews Peter, Kevin and Shane Marks, Melissa Rezey (Mike), Kelly Yates (Seth), and Rebecca Keith (Dan), and Leanne Little (John), Kenny and Ashley Marks; his great nieces and nephews Emma, Carly, John, Olivia, Makenna, and Danny; and his special friends Mary Quinn, Brendan, Patrick and Dylan.  He was predeceased by his parents Charles and Ruth Cunningham Marks, and his brother Kevin Marks.

Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Tuesday morning at 10:00.  Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Monday from 4-8 p.m.  Interment will be in the Maple Avenue Cemetery, Fultonville, NY.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to St. Peter’s Hospice, 315 S. Manning Blvd., Albany, NY 12208; or to Emmaus United Methodist Church, 715 Morris St., 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.

 Click here to view Charlie Marks’ resting place in the Maple Avenue Cemetery, Fultonville, New York.

 

 

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    Dear Stephen: On behalf of my mother and family I would like to thank you and your staff for conducting a beautiful service for my father in June. All that was important to us, you professionally honored; all that we were unable to think of, you did. To have a loved one treated so respectfully at death means everything to the family. Our everlasting gratitude to you for your caring of my father and all of us. – BB

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