Julia T. Mannarino

September 19, 2011

ALBANY – Julia Teresa Mannarino, 96, of Albany, died Monday, September 19, 2011 at the Daughters of Sarah Nursing Center.  Mrs. Mannarino was born in Albany, the daughter of the late Rocco and Rosemary Tutino Pasqualino.  She was employed for a time as a seamstress, and for many years was a communicant of the former St. Margaret Mary’s Church in Albany.

Mrs. Mannarino was predeceased by her husband Joseph J. Mannarino, Jr.  She is survived by her son Joseph J. Mannarino (Georgia Carol) of Albany; her daughter Rosemary P. Lisky (Michael Jr.) of Schenectady; her grandchildren Deborah Coyle, Joseph R. Mannarino (Donna), Lisa Finnegan (Peter), Julie Gregory (Jonathan), Michael Lisky, III, and Jeramy Lisky; ten great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her sisters Mary Commisso, and Catherine Coscione; and by her brother Dominick Pasqualino.

The family would like to extend their special thanks to the staff of the Daughters of Sarah Memory Enhancement Unit for the loving care they gave to Mama, especially Tina, Gwen, Jason and Liz.

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 St., Albany at 9:00.  Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Wednesday from 4-8 p.m.  Interment will be in St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Daughters of Sarah Nursing Center, 180 Washington Ave. Ext., Albany, NY 12203.  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.

Barbara Ann Wood

September 13, 2011

ALBANY – Barbara A. Wood, 65, of Albany, died Monday, September 12, 2011 in the Hospice Inn at St. Peter’s Hospital.  Barbara was born in Albany and lived in the area all her life.  She was a 1964 graduate of Albany High School, and held positions at Sterling Winthrop in Rensselaer, Job Corps in Glenmont and the Bethlehem School District.  After these positions, she was employed by the Schaffer Library at the Albany Medical College, then the library of the Albany College of Pharmacy.  She enjoyed gardening and taking care of her cats, as well as traveling to Maine.

Barbara is survived by her beloved husband David H. Wemple; her son Michael Wood; her brothers and sisters Beth Hunter (Donald) of Bolingbrook, IL, Philip Caprood (Karen Susan) of Colonie, Christine Chavez (Raul) of Willits, CA, and David Caprood (Jerry Cheruka) of Albany; her aunts Linda Zampier (John) of Westmere, and Beth Trimble of Suffolk, VA; and by several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, on Friday, November 4, 2011 at 7 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home prior to the service from 4-7 p.m.  The family suggests memorial contributions be sent to Community Hospice of Albany, 445 New Karner Rd., Albany, NY 12205; or the Catskill Animal Sanctuary www.casanctuary.org , 316 Old Stage Rd., Saugerties, NY 12477.  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.

Priscilla (Jill) Shepard Belser

September 7, 2011

ALBANY – Priscilla (Jill) Shepard Belser passed away on Sunday, August 28th at her home in Albany, NY. Born August 12, 1943, in Xenia, Ohio, Jill was the oldest child of John and Suzanne Shepard. She spent most of her early life in California, moving to upstate New York with her family in 1960, graduating from Saratoga High School in 1961. She married in 1962, and raised three children, living in Lexington, Kentucky, and later in Saratoga Springs.

Jill helped to establish the Rape Crisis Hotline in Saratoga Springs in the 1970’s, and later worked for many years at Four Winds Psychiatric Center. She earned a BA degree from Empire State College with concentrations in Psychology and Sociology.

Her enthusiasm for food and cooking led her to establish FE Bunter Greengrocer in Saratoga the early 1980′s, and she was a skilled cook, with a special interest in the food of southern India.

Jill had a keen intellect, and was an avid reader and puzzle solver. Conversations with Jill were full of fresh perspectives and questions, and lightened by her wit and humor. Friends and family will miss the honesty, wisdom, and generosity that guided her in her own life, as well as in her role as supporter and problem-solver for the people she cared about.

Pre-deceased by her father in 1980, her mother in 2010, and her husband Joseph Belser in 1999, Jill is survived by her sons Peter and Michael Burbank, her daughter Kathy Burbank, her son-in-law Steve Wacksman, and her grandchildren Michaela, Zack, Conner, Madison, and Allison. She is also survived by her sisters Margie Shepard, Judy Waldera (Tom), and Rebecca Shepard (John Battenfield), and her brother John Shepard (Eileen).

Jill volunteered as a bereavement counselor with Hospice, and was a Hospice patient through the last eight months of her life. Her family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in her name to Community Hospice of Albany at 445 New Karner Road, Albany, NY, 12205. There will be a private service at a later date.  To leave a message of condolence for the family, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.

Nicholas J. Birchak

August 26, 2011

ALBANY -- Nicholas “Nick” Birchak, 27, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, August 24, 2011 due to complications from Epilepsy.  Nick was born in Grand Junction, Colorado and spent his lifetime spreading kindness, good will, and optimism in spite of his ongoing battles with epilepsy and visual impairments. Nick was a 2002 graduate of Shaker High School where he was Captain of the wrestling team and named “Bison of the Year.” He was also a world record holder, and world champion in powerlifting. Nick earned a Bachelors and a Masters degree from The College of Saint Rose where he was a leader in student activities and named “Programmer of the Year.”  He also represented St. Rose in the collegiate weightlifting championships where he placed fourth in the nation in Olympic style weightlifting.  For those who knew Nick, he lived a life of no regrets and had an unparalleled passion for possibilities.  His spirit of generosity was also recognized as he was given awards from the NY Governor’s office and the Attorney General, including the Triple C award for Commitment, Character, and Courage.  Nick was a lover of life and a gifted photographer, ablindperspective.com.  He also had many families.  He deeply loved his St. Rose family, his dance family, and his Apple family.   As a talented Lindy Hop swing dancer, Nick DJ’d, taught dance lessons, and placed third in the Beantown swing dance competition.  He lived to be with his fellow dancers.  Nick was a member of the Apple family as a specialist in disabilities.  He was happiest when he was assisting others who had disabilities and he never missed an opportunity to educate others about epilepsy. Nick’s positive energy and inspiration was a gift to every life he touched.  He will be missed greatly by his parents, Steve and Laura (Annie), his brother Brandon, his grandparents, extended family, and many friends.

Thursday, September 1, at 3:00 there will be a memorial service celebrating his extraordinary life.  It will be held in Saint  Joseph Hall, on the campus of The College of Saint Rose in Albany. Memorial contributions can be made to the Epilepsy Foundation of Northeast New York for scholarships in his name http://old.epilepsyfoundation.org/local/efneny/ .  Arrangements have been entrusted to the Hans Funeral Home.  To leave a message of condolence for the family, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com .

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Theresa A. Thomas

August 23, 2011

COLONIE -- Theresa A. Thomas, 88, died Friday, August 19, 2011 at St. Peters Hospital surrounded by loving friends. Tessie was born in Troy, NY, and lived in the area all of her life. The daughter of James and Mary Thomas; Tessie was also predeceased by her brother, James Thomas. Tessie retired from the NYS Labor Department where she made many lifelong friends. She will be remembered best by her warm, loving and generous nature. She was a loyal friend to all she touched.

Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Tuesday morning at 11:00, services will follow at 12:00 noon. Interment will be in the Evergreen Memorial Park, Colonie, NY. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice. To leave a message of condolence for the family, send a symphony card, or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com .

Glen R. Weatherholtz

August 15, 2011

ALBANY -- Glen R. Weatherholtz, 73 of Albany, died Sunday, August 14, 2011 at his home after a courageous battle of esophageal cancer.  Glen’s devoted wife Roz of just under 50 years remained faithfully by his bedside during his final moments. 

Glen was born on September 14, 1937 in New Holland, PA, however Glen has resided in Albany since the age of eight when his family moved from PA to Albany.  He was the son of the late Glen (Slim) and Blanch Weatherholtz and the brother of the late Wayne Weatherholtz.  Glen graduated from St. John’s in 1951, Christian Brothers Academy in 1955, Albany Business College in 1959 and later served in the National Guard for five years.  In 1962 Glen was chosen as one of the original fifty employees of which 5,000 applicants were competing for employment with a new Canadian company known as Atlantic (LaFarge) Cement in Ravena, NY.  Glen then began his life long career as an extremely dedicated, hardworking, devout loyal union man of which he retired after 45 ½ years of service.  Glen was a true south end boy who loved his friends.  Glen’s friends are the same today that he has had since eight years old which shows tremendous loyalty.   He was also a faithful friend to the many men with whom he worked with along with our lovely and caring neighbors.

Glen is survived by his beloved wife Roz, his devoted daughters Debbie and (Jack) Crowder, Beth Weatherholtz , Carrie Deters and his sisters Dawn and Sharon Weatherholtz, his cherished grandchildren Misty Crowder and fiancée Scott Brady, Cody Crowder, and Crystal and (Nick) Anastasio, Tys and Aspen Deters and his special great granddaughter Isabella Sofia Anastasio.  He is also survived by his mother in law Anne Lonn, brother in laws Jerry, and Robert (Loraine) Lonn.  Glen also leaves behind many nieces and nephews. 

The family would like to send their deep appreciation to the extraordinary, caring and loving staff of the Community Hospice of Albany.  The wonderful care and attention they gave to Glen and his family during his battle is also appreciated and many special thanks to his nurse Nina who gave her time and compassion to his every need. 

Funeral services will be held at the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Avenue, Albany, NY on Thursday, August 18, 2011 at 9:00 AM.  Relatives and friends are invited and may call at the funeral home on Wednesday, August 17, 2011 from 4-8pm.  Interment will be held privately at a later date.  The family suggests memorial contributions be sent to Community Hospice of Albany, 445 New Karner Road, Albany, NY 12205.  If you wish to leave a message of condolence for the family, or obtain directions to the funeral home please visit www.hansfuneralhome.com .

Helene Hans

August 14, 2011

ALBANY - Helene Hans, 89, died Sunday, August 14, 2011 at home surrounded by her loving family. Helene was born and raised in Albany and lived in the same house all of her life. She was the daughter of James and Catherine Crowley.  Helene graduated from Vincentian Institute and received her BA from St. Lawrence Univ. and her Masters Degree in Library Science from SUNY at Albany. She taught English and was the Librarian at Roxbury Central School and was later employed by the NYS Dept of Tax and Finance.

Helene was pre deceased by her brother James and her sister Veronica.  Helene was the wife of 54 years to the late William C. Hans. She is survived by her children, William A Hans of Albany, Kathleen (Stan) Katz of Saratoga Springs, Michael (Brenda) Hans of Farmington, CT, Therese (Eric) Louis of N. Chelmsford, MA and Patricia (Jack) Murdock of Stephentown. She is also survived by 13 grandchildren: Molly and Lilly Hans,  Michael, Katherine  and Emily Louis,  Matthew, Brendan, Conor,  and Helene Hans, and Margaret, Erin, Anna , and William Murdock.

Helene enjoyed the company of her dear friends, hosting many Monday afternoon bridge games, but truly loved being with her loving family.

The family wishes to express a very special thanks for all the wonderful care provided by the Hospice staff, especially Becky and Tess. and to   Deb and Rose.

Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Wednesday morning at 8:30, and 9:30 in All Saints Church, 1168 Western Ave., Albany.  Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Tuesday from 4-8 p.m.  Interment will be in Albany Rural Cemetery, Menands, NY. In lieu of flowers those who wish may make memorial contributions to Community Hospice, 445 New Karner Rd., Albany, NY 12205 or the American Cancer Society, 260 Osborne Rd., Albany, NY 12211

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.

Rosina (Commisso) DeLeo

August 8, 2011

ALBANY – Rosina  (Commisso) DeLeo completed her life here on Monday, August 8, 2011, at her home in Albany, surrounded by her adoring family.  Born September 11th, 1925 in Siderno Marina, Calabria, Italy, Rosina was the daughter of the late Francesco and Maria Commisso.  She emigrated to Albany in 1948 with her family and was an Albany resident the rest of her life. 

Rosina was an accomplished seamstress, and a gifted Italian meal maker.  She served as a mother and nurturer for many children, in addition to her six children.  Beginning with her younger sister, Angelina, and youngest brother Tony and spanning 3 generations to her 3 year old grandchild Valentina, -  “Rosie” always had children surrounding her.  Whether she was making pastina or singing Italian nursery rhymes, she was happiest in her home, with children to care for.

Rosina is survived by and will be profoundly missed by her husband of 50 years, Cosimo DeLeo, her sister Angelina Camarata  (Chris) Guilderland, brother Antonio Commisso, Naples, Fl., her sisters in law Angie Commisso and Vincenzina Commisso,  her six children, Cosimo Crupi (Anne) of Guilderland, Dominick of Albany, Maria Dailey (Mark) of Saratoga Springs, Lisa Brogan (Timothy) of Clifton Park, Gina Kennedy (David) of Latham and Rosanna Bonacci (John) of Guilderland, her grandchildren, Laura Rose, Jenna, Michael, Brendan, Madeline, Zinera and Valentina.  Rosie also will be missed by her nieces and nephews and other extended family and friends.

Rosina is predeceased by her brothers Joseph and Cosimo Commisso, and her grandson, Christopher Gene Dailey. 

The family wishes to extend special thanks to Dr. Mary Ellen Drislane and to Shirley Street, RN of Community Hospice, for their compassionate care and sympathy.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday morning at 10:00 in All Saints Catholic Church (formerly St. Margaret Mary’s Church), Homestead St., Albany.  Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home today from 4-8 p.m, or Wednesday morning prior to the mass beginning at 8:30.  Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, Glenmont.  Contributions can be made to the Christopher Dailey Foundation, 23 Brookside Drive. Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.  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.

Ronald J. Lue

August 6, 2011

ALBANY – Ronald Joseph Lue, 73, died Thursday, August 4, 2011 at Albany Medical Center.  Mr. Lue was born in Albany, the son of the late Nicholas P. Lue and Helen Clark Lue.  He was employed for many years by the Stuyvesant Plaza in Guilderland, and was a communicant of Blessed Sacrament Church in Albany.

Mr. Lue was predeceased by his parents and his brothers Paul and Joseph Lue.  He is survived by his sisters in law Joanne K. Lue and Joanne V. Lue; and by several nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:00 Saturday morning, August 13th in the Blessed Sacrament Church, Central Ave., Albany.  Friends are invited.  Interment will follow the mass in St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands.  To leave a message of condolence for the family, or obtain directions to the church, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.

Catherine Ferne Smith

August 5, 2011

ALBANY – On August 3, 2011 God reached down from Heaven and took another angel home.  Catherine started life in the prairies of Canada; born in the kitchen of a farm house in Govan, Sask. , April 15, 1936, to a prairie teacher and farmer.  She attended Victoria College, a division of McGill University with a degree in Physical Therapy.   She married Stuart Evan Smith in 1956.  She immigrated to the United States in 1957, even though she still felt loyalty to Canada.  She lived in Akron, OH; Seattle, WA; Delmar, NY and finally in Albany, NY.  She was employed at Albany Memorial Hospital for 27 years as an Occupational Therapist. She enjoyed travelling, garage sales, reading and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

She is survived by her children Eileen (John) Fogarty, Elizabeth Smith, and Douglas Smith. Her grandchildren, Captain Jason (Courtney) Fogarty, Pooler, Ga, and Joanne Fogarty, East Greenbush, NY (light of her life).  Her great-grandchildren Kyle Anderson, Maddox Fogarty, and Aubrey Fogarty (her pride and joy). Also survived by her sister Arlene Berbenchuk and her nieces LeeAnn Berbenchuk and Lisa Bridger of Regina, Sask.

There will be a private memorial service for family and friends.  To leave a message of condolence for the family, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com .

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