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 .
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.
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.
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.
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 .
July 26, 2011
COLONIE – Shawn Patrick Barber, 46, of Colonie, died peacefully on Monday, July 25, 2011 with his family by his side at the Hospice Inn at St. Peter’s Hospital. Shawn was born in Albany, and lived in the area all his life. He was a graduate of Albany High School and Bryant & Stratton College, and was employed as a quality assurance engineer by Treo Solutions in Troy.
Shawn is survived by his beloved wife Sandy Laube Barber; his daughter Olivia Cora Barber; his parents Ann Bardon Barber and James Barber of Albany; his mother in law Dottie Lapis; his brothers Ed Barber (Sandy) of Stoughton, MA, Jim Barber (Lisa) and Steve Barber (Trish) of Schoharie, and Mike Barber (Colleen) of Narrowsburg; and by several nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank all the doctors and nurses who cared for Shawn during his illness, and also his employer, Treo Solutions, for the extreme concern and flexibility they extended to him during his illness.
Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Friday morning at 8:00, and from there to The Church of St. Clare, 1947 Central Ave., in Colonie. Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Thursday from 4-8 p.m. Interment will be in Memory Gardens, Colonie. Memorial contributions may be made to The Church of Saint Clare, 1947 Central Ave., 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.
July 18, 2011
VOORHEESVILLE – Janet Claire (Kelly) Kerr, 66, died peacefully at her home surrounded by her family on July 16, 2011, less than a month after her diagnosis with pancreatic cancer. She was the youngest daughter of the late James M. and M. Isabelle Kelly of Albany. Janet was a woman of faith, who touched the lives of many with her gentle and generous spirit.
Janet devoted herself to others. As a sister to six, an aunt to thirty-three nieces and nephews, and as a loving wife and stay-at-home mom, her determined, yet caring presence, brought strength to those she knew.
She was a lifelong learner, graduating from Vincentian Institute (1963), Mount Saint Mary’s College (1967) and The College of St. Rose (M.A. Education). She was a lifelong teacher of children – at Sand Lake Elementary, as a tutor, and after raising her own, as a substitute for Voorheesville Elementary School. Janet was also an active parishioner of St. Matthew’s Parish where she was most recently a member of the Adult Faith Formation Committee and Alzheimer’s Care Team.
She is survived by her husband William J. Kerr; her children, Cheryl Kerr Delaney of Edgewater, NJ (Daniel) and William B. Kerr of New York, NY. Janet was a loving sister to James Kelly (Patricia) of Albany, Patricia Biggar (late Charles) of Ridgefield, CT, William Kelly (Ann) of Voorheesville, Isabelle “Missy” Carroll (William) of Albany, her twin brother John Kelly (Carolyn) of Enfield, CT, and her late sister Bernadette Grogan.
Janet’s family is grateful for the outpouring of support from family, friends and neighbors in addition to the loving care she received by her sisters, sisters-in-law, the nurses of St. Peter’s Hospital and The Community Hospice of Albany County. All those wishing to carry on Janet’s acts of charity are encouraged to make donations in her memory to St. Matthew’s Church, 25 Mountainview St., Voorheesville, NY 12186 or The Community Hospice of Albany County, 445 New Karner Road, Albany, NY 12205.
Friends are invited to a Rite of Reception of Janet’s body at St. Matthew’s Church, 25 Mountainview St., Voorheesville at 4:00 PM Thursday July 21, 2011. Immediately following, the family will be receiving guests until 7:30 PM at which time there will be a Vigil of Prayer and Remembrance. Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 AM Friday morning at St. Matthew’s Church and interment will be in St. Agnes Cemetery in Menands. To leave a message of condolence for the family, send a sympathy card, or obtain directions to the church, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.
July 5, 2011
MILFORD, DE – Dominic J. Ravida, 90, of Ocean View, DE, died Friday, July 1, 2011 at Delaware Hospice in Milford, DE. Mr. Ravida was born in Albany, the son of Antonio and Josephine Alberti Ravida. He lived in Albany and Loudonville most of his life until moving to Rockville, MD and recently Ocean View, Delaware. Mr. Ravida was a graduate of Albany High School, and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II aboard the USS Cooner. He was employed by Simmons Machine Tool, Strecks Machine Shop, and for many years, Atlas Copco. He was a parishioner of the former St. Francis DeSales Church in Loudonville, and was a member of the VFW.
Mr. Ravida was predeceased by his beloved wife Regina Robak Ravida. He is survived by his loving son and daughter in law Robert and Peggie Ravida of Ocean View, DE; his brother Thomas Ravida of Cohoes; his grandchildren Robert Jr., James and Nicole; and by many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sisters Margaret Kalkbrenner and Mary Benoit; his brothers Jerome, Joseph, Anthony “Lefty”, Sebastian “Bosti,” Michael, Charles, and Angelo Ravida.
Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Friday morning at 8:00 AM, and from there to Christ Our Light Catholic Church (formerly St. Francis DeSales Church), 1 Maria Drive, Loudonville at 9:00 AM. Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Thursday from 6-8 PM. Interment will be in Memory Gardens, Colonie. 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. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to Delaware Hospice.
June 25, 2011
ALBANY – Margaret J. Schweigard, 97, of Albany, died Thursday, June 23, 2011 while surrounded by her family at the Hospice Inn in St. Peter’s Hospital. Mrs. Schweigard was born in New York City, but had lived in this area for sixteen years. She was employed for many years by Reader’s Digest in Pleasantville, NY where she also raised her family. After retiring to Florida, she and her husband traveled extensively in their motor home, visiting all of the lower 48 states. Throughout her life she lived for her family and children. She loved her church, she loved to laugh, and she loved to cook for and care for everyone.
Mrs. Schweigard is survived by her devoted husband Edward Schweigard; her children Barbara Carl (John), Kenneth Schweigard (Susan), and Stephen Schweigard (Susan); and by her beloved nine grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.
Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Avenue, Albany on Monday from 4-8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Christ the King Church, 20 Sumpter Avenue, Albany on Tuesday at 10 a.m. Interment will be in The Old Stone Fort Cemetery, Schoharie. 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 .
June 19, 2011
ALBANY – Mary Ravida Benoit, 88, of Albany, died Saturday, June 18, 2011 at the Good Samaritan Lutheran Health Care Center in Delmar. Mrs. Benoit was born in Albany, and lived here all her life. She was a communicant of the former St. Margaret Mary’s Church, and was employed for many years by the Albany City School District. She also was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the American Legion Joseph E. Zaloga Post 1520.
Mrs. Benoit was predeceased by her husband Joseph A. Benoit. She is survived by her children Joseph R. Benoit (Blanche) of Cohoes, Charles Benoit (Lynn) of Averill Park, Michael Benoit (Lois) of Hoosick Falls, Margaret Krisanda (Terry Teske) of Denver, CO, and James Benoit (Carolyn Burns) of Albany; her brothers Dominic Ravida of Maryland, and Thomas Ravida of Cohoes; and by seven grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her sister Margaret Kalkbrenner; her brothers Jerome, Joseph, Anthony “Lefty”, Sebastian (Bosti), Michael, Charles, and Angelo Ravida.
The Family would like to give thanks to Good Samaritan Health Care Center, the nursing staff on the B/C wings and St. Peter’s Hospice for the excellent care given Mary.
Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Wednesday morning at 10:00a.m. Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Tuesday from 4-8p.m. Entombment 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 .