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Tuesday, 11 February 2014 10:44

Joyce G. Haas

BALLSTON SPA — Joyce G. Haas, 67, of Stony Point in Ballston Spa, died peacefully at her home surrounded by her children on February 10, after a brief and courageous battle with lung cancer.

Born on November 3, 1946 in Utica, she was the daughter of the late Paul Elliot and Elvira Debernardis Elliot.

Mrs. Haas worked as a social worker for House of the Good Shepard, which was a home for troubled youth in the Utica  area.

Joyce and her husband, Eric, loved coming to the Saratoga area and staying at their home on Saratoga Lake. She was also an avid sports fan and enjoyed playing tennis.

Joyce’s husband died on March, 14, 2011. She is also predeceased by a brother, Paul Elliot.

Survivors include her two sons, Eric P. Haase and his wife, Christine of Schenectady; and Elliot J. Haase and his wife, Adrienne of Albany; a daughter, Maureen Fodera and her husband, Steven of Ballston; a sister, Kathleen Platt and her husband, Tom of New Hartford; and four grandchildren, Joseph Eric Fodera, Steven A Fodera Eric D. Haase and Brooklyn T. Fodera.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church 167 Milton Ave. Ballston Spa, NY 12020 on Thursday, February 13. Family and friends may call from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. at the Tunison Funeral Home 105 Lake Ave. Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 on Wednesday

Burial will be with her husband at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday.

Memorial donations can be made in her memory to Hospice of Saratoga 179 Lawrence St. Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.


Online remembrances can be made at www.tunisonfuneralhome.com

Tuesday, 11 February 2014 10:35

Sora Friedman

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Sora Friedman, nee Susan Polin, passed away peacefully at home on February 10 at the age 68, surrounded by her loving family.

Born August 27, 1945 in Mt. Vernon, she was the eldest of two daughters born to William and Eva Polin. She studied psychology and fine arts first at the University of Miami then at Farleigh Dickinson University where she received her degree. She also completed some graduate work in sociology and discovered her passion for creating ceramic works of art while at Syracuse University.

Most of her adult life was spent as a single mother raising four devoted children, all of whom survive her: Lisa Blumetti (the wicked child) of Miami Beach, Floirda, Jeff Blumetti (the simple child) of Fayetteville, Santino Blumetti (the wise child) of Laguna Beach, California and Isaiah Friedman (the child unable to inquire) of Wilton. She is also survived by five awesome grandchildren, all of whom she adored: Bonnie, Max, Emma, William and Marcus. Additionally, she is survived by a sister, Joan Polin, of Braintree, Massachusetts.

She first came to Saratoga in the summer of 1979, settling in Wilton soon after. Her creative spirit and love of pottery were the driving forces behind her first home business, Dragonworks.

She later ventured into real estate and opened her own office, OMO Realty. Always energetic and fiercely independent, she was a sweet anomaly in today’s hi-tech world. She never used a cell phone and no one could convince her that a microwave was more practical than the top of a woodstove!


A true artist, she loved any activity that allowed her to create and explore, whether in the kitchen, the studio, or the garden. She would travel for hours to deliver homemade chicken soup to a sick friend or relative then present a home grown bouquet of flowers that would put the finest florist to shame. She would selflessly offer optimistic and encouraging words to those in need, though never accept them herself. Her dedication and commitment to friends and family were beyond reproach, as her journey in life was never about superficial experiences. She gave immensely and made an impact that was felt by all who knew and loved her. Her openness of thought, strength of spirit and will, and steadfast conviction were characteristics admired by so many, as they are traits possessed by so few. She was loved for so many reasons and will be dearly missed by all. She has been taken from this world, but her spirit and memory will remain and be passed on as she smiles down upon us. Her family would like to thank Dr. John Stoutenburg, his staff, all the nurses and aides in the oncology ward at Glens Falls Hospital and the Hospice community of Saratoga for their hard work and dedication. In lieu of flowers, please plant something beautiful in Sora’s memory. In honor and celebration of her life, shiva will be held at her home from 4-6 pm on Wednesday, February 12. 


Arrangements under the direction of the Tunison Funeral Home 105 Lake Ave Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Online remembrances at www.tunisonfuneralhome.com

Tuesday, 11 February 2014 10:26

Joseph L. Ethier

GANSEVOORT — Joseph L. Ethier passed away Saturday, February 8 at his home after a long illness.

Born in Rouses Point, he was the son of the late Etienne and Matilda Ethier. Joseph did construction and pipe laying.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brothers, Fred, Toby and Antoinne and his sister Rita.

Survivors include his wife, Nancy Ann; his children, Theresa Prichard, Leo (Carol) Ethier and Elizabeth (Al) Williams; his loving grandchildren, DJ, Kindra, Marisa, Chase, Al, John and Abby; and sisters, Lena LaBounte, Mary Stewart and Rose Hack.

Relatives and friends may call from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, February 12 at the community room at The Wilton Commons, 104 Wilton Commons Dr., Gansevoort. A memorial service will follow at 6 p.m. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Mary’s Church, 167 Milton Ave., Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or Saratoga Hospital, 211 Church St., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Dr. Dorsey, Dr. Fine and Dr. Herzog for all their care and comfort for Joseph and their guidance for his family.

Arrangements are under the direction of the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes, 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs (518) 584-5373.


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Tuesday, 11 February 2014 10:20

Rose Dolan

LAKE GEORGE — Rose Dolan, 84, died Sunday, February 9 at her home.

Born February 18, 1929, in Saratoga Springs, she was the daughter of the late George and Mae (Van Denburgh) Dolan.

Rose worked at First National Bank of Glens Falls for 19 years and was Cost Account Manager at International Paper Co., retiring after 19 years of service.

She was a very active volunteer for many organizations, including High Peaks Hospice, Warren County Tourism, Community Action Center, Habitat for Humanity, Greater Adirondack Home Aides, Wesley Health Care Center, Salvation Army, Voluntary Action Center, the Home of the Good Shepherd, and Wiawaka Holiday House.

Rose was voted “Volunteer of the Year” by The Retired & Senior Volunteer Program for 1995 and 1997 and together with her twin sister Donna, received the Lifetime Service award in 2005.

She was an active communicant of the Episcopal Church, having served on the Altar Guild for 52 years, and as a lector, a member of the choir, Vestry, Sunday School teacher and treasurer of the building fund for the church. She was also a member of Bethesda Shepherds and Bell Ringers Guild.

Survivors include a brother, Richard Stanley Dolan of Florida; a sister-in-law, Natsue Dolan of Illinois and several nieces, great nieces and great nephews.

There will be no calling hours.

A Requiem Eucharist will be celebrated at 11 a.m., Thursday February 13 at Bethesda Episcopal Church, corner of Broadway at Washington Street, Saratoga Springs, officiated by the Rev. Marshall Vang, rector, the Rev. Paul Evans and the Rev. Julie McPartlin.

Burial will follow at Pine View Cemetery, Quaker Road, Queensbury.

Memorial donations may be made to the Thomas Parke Music Fund,  Bethesda Episcopal Church, 41 Washington Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 and High Peaks Hospice & Palliative Care Inc., 79 Glenwood Ave., 2nd Floor, Queensbury, NY 12804.

Arrangements are under the direction of the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes of 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs (518) 584-5373.


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Tuesday, 11 February 2014 10:16

John Thomas Fischer

GANSEVOORT — John Thomas Fischer, 59, of Gansevoort, passed away on January 30, bringing his battle with COPD to an end as he was reunited with The Lord.

John was born on August 9, 1954, as the son of John Edward Fischer and Camilla Notargiacomo Fischer in Astoria.

He spent much of his life in the garment industry and other management positions, including his work with the Salvation Army in New York and Massachusetts. John loved to tell stories and to make others laugh. In the final months of his life he often reflected on how much family meant to him, and expressed how thankful he was for the meaningful relationships he’d been able to establish with them.

John is survived by his son and daughter-in-law Charlie and Laura Wilson of Elmira; son, Matthew Fischer of Wilmington, North Carolina; and son and daughter-in-law Justin and Kristy Fischer of Gansevoort; as well as his grandchildren, Joshua, Jeffery  and Adam Wilson, Marcy and Marley Fischer, and Jacob, Kaitlynn, Elijah, and Benjamin Fischer. He is also survived by his mother, Camilla Fischer of Valley Stream, his sister, AnnMarie O’Malley of Valley Stream; his brother, Larry Fischer of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; and his sister, Toni Dempsey of Long Beach. John was predeceased by his father, John Edward Fischer.

A memorial service will be held at Pine Knolls Alliance Church (614 Gansevoort Road in South Glens Falls) on February 15 at 3 p.m. with a reception to follow at the church. Please contact the church at (518)793-7101 for more information.

A sincere expression of gratitude is extended from John’s family to all of those from Hospice who cared so lovingly for him over the past 15 months.

Arrangements under the direction of Compassionate Funeral Care.


Online condolences can be made at www.compassionatefuneralcare.com

Tuesday, 11 February 2014 10:08

Gorman W. "Porkey" Clark

GANSEVOORT — Gorman W. "Porkey" Clark, 82, passed away Sunday, February 2 at Wesley Health Care Center.

Born on April 12, 1931 in Middle Falls, he was the son of the late Jesse F. and Frances M. Clark, Sr. He was also predeceased by several brothers and sisters and his wife of 62 years Kathleen V. Whipple Clark.

Porkey attended Saratoga Springs schools and retired in 1988 from the State of New York from the Saratoga Springs Armory and the City of Saratoga Springs as a fire dispatcher. He also worked at Sunnybrook Farms and HP Hood. For 23 years he served in the U.S. Army, New York Army National Guard and the New York State Guard.

Porkey and his wife Kay loved to travel and be with family. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion Post 70 in Saratoga Springs and served in several offices including Post Commander and Saratoga County Commander. He was also Chef de Gare of The 40/8 and spent many hours volunteer working Bingo and membership chairman for many years. Porkey was active in Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts and was a member of the Over 20 Club of the National Guard and past member of the Eagles Club.


Survivors include four sons, John (Ruth) of Gansevoort, Bruce (Judy) of Fergus Falls, Minnesota, Brian (Lois) of Wynantskill and Kim (Grace) of Rowlett, Texas; three granddaughters Sharon, Jessica and Emily; two grandsons Kristopher and Chris; several great-grandchildren; siblings Ken (AnnaMae) Clark, Richard (Janet) Clark, Marlene (Doug) Fuller all of Ballston Spa, Marilyn Weaver, Martin (JoAnne) Clark, Fred (Carol) Clark all of Saratoga Springs, Alice Vidnansky of Schuylerville, Charles Clark of Wilton, Donald (Ellen) Clark from Belle Glade, Florida and several nieces and nephews.

Tuesday, 11 February 2014 10:03

Paul Francis Tommell

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Paul Francis Tommell, 67, of Saratoga Springs, passed away unexpectedly early Wednesday, February 5 at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, surrounded by his loving family.

Born on September 17, 1946 in Albany, he was the son of the late Helen and John Tommell. He graduated from Colonie Central High School where he met and later married his best friend and beloved wife of 44 years, Terri Carolyn (Berben) Tommell. Following his honorable discharge from the U.S. Army, where he served in the Vietnam War, he established a respected land surveying company in Saratoga Springs. Paul was a strong supporter of the Saratoga community, his church and youth athletics.

Paul was a man who enjoyed and loved his family and friends above all else. He loved his children, he loved his grandchildren and he loved his friends equally. His passions included a love for the outdoors, Lake George and the Adirondacks, sailing in the Caribbean and attending his grandchildren's youth athletic endeavors.

A member of St. Clement’s Roman Catholic Church, he also was a regular member of the Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of Saratoga Springs for many years.


In addition to his wife, survivors include his daughter, Kristi (Byron) Kempf and their children Sean, Connor, Meghan and Kyra; and his son, Jason (Krista Allen) Tommell and their children Kyrek and Kiegan; and two sisters, Sandy Jackson and Jeanne Tommell, both of Oneonta, NY. 

Tuesday, 04 February 2014 10:53

Alfred Robert Stiassney

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Alfred Robert Stiassney, 95, passed away peacefully in his home Sunday, February 2, surrounded by his loving family.

Alfred was born January 27, 1919 in New York City, son of the late Robert Stiassny and Alma

(Utermoehl) Stiassny.

Alfred moved to Saratoga Springs as a young boy. He married his first love, Marion (Roselle) Stiassney on December 1, 1940. Marion passed away May 23, 2002.

He worked at Skidmore College for 41 years, 1940-1981. He was union president and served on the SEIU Local 200 Executive Board. Al was a dedicated desk sergeant at the Saratoga Race Course for 39 summers. He was the president of the Saratoga County Dart League throughout the 1960s and 1970s, as well as a veteran of the Combat Engineers, U.S. Army.

Alfred was a member of Bethesda Episcopal Church.

Survivors include his three children; daughter, Barbara ( James ) Burke, son John ( Heather ) Stiassney and daughter Anne ( Patrick ) Ryan; 13 grandchildren, Cathleen (Paul) Medick, James (Erin) Burke, Patrick (Brenda) Burke, Christina (Mike) Pastore, Michael (Kate) Burke, Margaret (Ray) Rodriguez, John (Gina) Stiassney, Scott Stiassney, Bryan Stiassney, Matt (Colleen) Ryan, Kymberly (Charles) Amodio, Jennifer ( Philip) Furze, Thomas (Julie) DeMarco, as well as 28 great-grandchildren and one great-great granddaughter.

Alfred loved taking trips to Atlantic City, Myrtle Beach, Cape Cod and Florida.

Al’s favorite past times were betting the ponies at the clubhouse, rooting for the Mets and enjoying a nice cold beer. He will be missed by his entire family and his faithful dog, Bella.

Relatives and friends may call from 4-8 p.m., Thursday, February 6 at the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes, 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs (584-5373).

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, February 7 at Bethesda Episcopal Church, Washington Street, Saratoga Springs.

Burial with military honors will follow at 12:30 p.m. at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville.

Our Family would like to thank the staff of Community Hospice of Saratoga, Saratoga Hospital (D1 ), Saratoga Cardiology, his longtime physician, Dr. Randall Burchell ,Father TJ Pettigrew and Father Martin Vang.

Online remembrances may be made at www.burkefuneralhome.com. 

Tuesday, 04 February 2014 10:43

Ethel Joyce Cooper

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Miss Ethel Joyce Cooper, 75, a resident of Saratoga Bridges Ruggles Road Residence, passed away on Sunday, January 26.

She was born on August 4, 1938 to Mae (Gilbert) and Arthur Cooper. “Joyce,” as most people knew her by, lived with her family for many years in Waterford and then moved to the Wilton Developmental Center where she resided for 15 years. She lived within the Saratoga Bridges program for over 30 years. She attended day program at Wilton Day Habilitation.

Joyce was an avid shopper in her younger years. She enjoyed the fashions of the day and was always “dressed to the nines.” She recently hosted a fashion show at her home.

Having a competitive spirit and always striving to do her best, especially at bowling and Bingo, Joyce was a charming woman who had a smile that could light up the room and warm your heart. She was an avid fan of Elvis and enjoyed the “I Love Lucy” series. Joyce loved to read and garden. She was a quiet but social lady who knew how to make people smile.
Survivors include her sister, Alice Cooper of Cohoes and her brothers, Gilbert Cooper of Rochester and John Cooper of Utica. She leaves behind nieces and nephews as well.

Tuesday, 04 February 2014 10:36

David (Hahnski) Hahn

SARATOGA SPRINGS — David (Hahnski) Hahn, 52, passed away Saturday, January 25.

Born in Ticonderoga on January 19, 1962, David worked for the State of New York Department of Transportation for 33 years. He was well known as a part-time bartender at many local establishments in Saratoga Springs (Aiko’s, Trotter’s, Clancy’s).

David was the son of the late Robert E. Hahn. He is survived by his mother, Dorothy Hahn; brother, Robert (Mary Beth) Hahn; sisters, Audrey (Robert) Ball and Cristina (William) Connolly; a daughter, Emily; his faithful dog, Marley and several nieces and nephews.

Easy going Dave was always fun-loving and had a joke. David was loved by many in the community and will never be forgotten.

Online remembrances may be made at www.burkefuneralhome.com.

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