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Friday, 30 May 2014 11:58

Joseph ‘Jo Jo’ R. Pietruccia

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Joseph “Jo Jo” R. Pietruccia, 93, passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 25.

Born January 2, 1921 in Saratoga Springs, he was the son of the late Vito and Marguerite Pietruccia. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his beloved wife of 69 years, Mary Arpey Pietruccia; his two brothers, Louis (Tillie) Pietruccia and Nicholas Pietruccia; along with his nephew, Rev. Neil Draves-Arpaia. 

He is survived by his nephew, Victor (Gloria) Pietruccia of Greenfield Center; nieces, Mary Lou (Tom) Farrell and Nadine Draves, both of Saratoga Springs; along with his sister-in-laws, Dorothy Pietruccia of Metairie, Louisiana and Rose Draves of Saratoga Springs. He also has several great-nieces and nephews and also great-great-nieces and nephews. 

As a boy, Jo Jo worked for Stroup newspapers in downtown Saratoga Springs, like his brothers and many of the neighborhood kids did. Then he worked for American Locomotive Company for a time, but eventually he worked for D.A. Collins Companies as a foreman for most of his career. During his tenure at D.A. Collins, he helped supervise many road and bridge construction projects, most notably the Twin Bridges. Coincidentally, Jo Jo was the last surviving worker of the construction group that built the Twin Bridges. 

Jo Jo and his wife, Mary, spent many of their winters in Florida. While there they made some great friends and kept active with many activities such as walking and playing cards. When they were in Saratoga, you could always find Jo Jo walking up to the racetrack to watch the horses.  He was also an avid Red Sox fan and golf enthusiast who enjoyed watching and attending tournaments. Up until the time of his death he was a greens advisor for his longtime friend Jim Grande at Exit 17 Golf.  

Friday, 30 May 2014 11:54

Eileen Dolores Lynch

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Eileen Dolores Lynch, 93, passed away on December 20 at Wesley Health Care Center.

Born in Stoney Creek on May 22, 1920, she was the daughter of the late Leo Frederick Lynch and Anna Grace (Mink) Lynch. She was a 1939 graduate of St. Peter’s Academy.

Eileen was a special lady with an eclectic personality and always true to herself. She had a sharp wit and could always come up with a good pun.

In addition to her parents Eileen was predeceased by five other siblings.

Survivors include her sister Abbie Lynch of Scotia, two nieces and three nephews. She is also survived by her very dear friend, Bonnie Nicolosi of Ballston Spa, who was of great help to her in her later years. 

Friday, 30 May 2014 11:52

Rose Covkin

SARATOAG SPRINGS — Rose Covkin of Patricia Lane, of Saratoga Springs, passed away peacefully at Mary’s Haven in Saratoga on Thursday May 15. She was 93 years old.

Born on February 8, 1921, in Brooklyn, she was the daughter of the late Raphael Salem and Salha Cabasso Salem.

Mrs. Covkin was a member of the Congregation Shaara Tfille. She was also a member of the Congregations Sisterhood, a member of the Hadassah and a member of the Brandeis. Rose was an avid card player and loved to play Bridge, Canasta and Mahjong. She especially loved to play the game 314 with her friends and family. Rose had a zest for life and even at 93 she was forever young.

Rose is predeceased by her husband, Harry Covkin, who died on May 27, 1989. She is also predeceased by two brothers, Isaac Salem and Jack Salem, and two sisters, Mary Lazarus and Julia Atlas.

Survivors include a son, Richard A Covkin, and his wife, Diane, of Springhill, New Jersey; three daughters, Sharon Mudge and her husband Larry of Glenville, Barbara Cohen and her husband Skip of New Rochelle, and Staci Covkin-Jurczynski and her husband Gary of Guilderland; a brother, Al Salem of Burbank, California; three sisters, Rae Michelson of Valley Stream, Esther Saka and her husband Bob or Marlboro, New Jersey, and Lollie Pechman and her husband Alex of Lakewood, New Jersey’ eight grandchildren, Lauren Mudge, Cali Mudge, Adam Cohen, Jessica Cohen, Haley Cohen, Serena Covkin and Jack and Ally Jurczynski; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. 

Friday, 30 May 2014 11:49

Lillian M. Garhartt

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Lillian M. Garhartt, formerly of Woodlawn Avenue, died peacefully on Sunday, May 18 at Wesley Nursing Home. She was 98 years old.

Lillian was born on February 22, 1916 in West Albany. She was the first child of the late Emily and William Parry.

Mrs. Garhartt was the loving mother of five children—a tower of strength and an inspiration for her children and grandchildren. 

When, due to unfortunate circumstances, she became the sole support for her young family, Lillian graciously and courageously kept her family together and safe. She became the matriarch of a large and very close extended family.

Lillian approached life with good humor and humility; those qualities, in addition to her sweet disposition, made her a role model for everyone whose life she touched.  

Mrs. Garhartt worked for many years as a meat packer with Tobin Packing Company in Albany.  Often she was simultaneously employed as a seamstress at one of several garment makers.

Lillian was a member of the Saratoga Springs and the Moreau Senior Centers.

Mrs. Garhartt is predeceased by a son, Georgie; a brother, George; a granddaughter, Kathy Yule and a great granddaughter, Erin Fay.

Survivors include three daughters, Lillian “Honey” Fay and husband Vincent C. of Saratoga Springs, Bertha Kezyma and husband Michael of Ballston Lake, and Mary Garhartt of Saratoga Springs; a son, James R Garhartt and wife Pamela of Johnsonville; a sister, Edith May; a sister in-law, Natalie Parry; 11 grandchildren: Vincent, Michael, Gregory, Christopher, Douglas, Valerie, Debbie, Sandy, Amy and Jill;19 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. 

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Tuesday, 13 May 2014 13:28

Evelyn A. Dowen

LATHAM — Evelyn A. Dowen passed away October 26.

A graveside service will take place at 11a.m., Saturday, May 17 at Greenridge Cemetery, Lincoln Ave., Saratoga Springs.

Arrangements are under the direction of the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff  Funeral Homes of 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs.

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

Wednesday, 07 May 2014 12:04

Willard J. Braim

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Willard J. Braim passed away Wednesday, May 7 at Wesley Health Care Center. He was 74.

Born on January 7, 1940 in Albany,  he was the son of the late Willard A. and Dorothy A. (Jennings) Braim. In addition to his parents, Willard was predeceased by his sister, Barbara Braim.

Willard graduated for Saratoga High School in 1958. He attended Hudson Valley Technical College and was a member of plumbers union Local 773, Glens Falls. As a plumber, he worked at various stores in the Saratoga Springs area. He also spent 11 years as a plumber for the City of Saratoga, retiring in 2005.

Willard enjoyed vintage cars and loved spending time at car shows.

Survivors include his dearest friend, Gary Benincasa, and his wife, Nichole, along with their children, Karlee and Mia.

There will be no public calling hours. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, May 9 at St. Clement’s Church, 231 Lake Ave. by the Rev. Luyen Dau, C.Ss.R.  Burial will follow in the family plot at Greenridge Cemetery, Lincoln Ave.

Arrangements are under the direction of the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes of 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs.

Online remembrances may be made at burkefuneralhome.com.

Wednesday, 07 May 2014 12:03

Mary A. Bracy

WILTON — Mary A. Bracy, 78, passed away peacefully Wednesday, April 30 at Glendale Home with her daughter Jean by her side.

She was predeceased by her parents, Francis and Mary (Hamel) Durnin and her husband of 53 years, Walter G. Bracy.

Survivors include her daughters, Jean Hawthorne and her husband Robert Hawthorne, Jane Cebula and her husband Jim Cebula; three grandchildren, David and his wife Joanna, Danyelle and Nicole and four great-grandchildren: Tessa, Torri, Lainey and Lillie.

Mary was known to attend bingo with her husband a few nights a week, every week, at her local fire house and Knights of Columbus, and won most nights!

After her husband passed away, she kept attending as long as she could still drive herself. She loved feeding the wildlife in her back yard, including but not limited to, squirrels, chipmunks, deer and the occasional raccoon. She enjoyed teaching her bird Bubba new things to say to her daughters and grandchildren when they came to visit.

Mary and Walt went camping at Coldbrook Resort Campgrounds in Gansevoort every summer for the better part of 20 years. She made friends with everyone camping and went on walks every day to visit with them. Mary was loved by many for her free spirit and will be greatly missed by all her family and friends.

Services will be private at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make donations to The Community Hospice of Schenectady County, 1411 Union St., Schenectady, NY 12308  www.communityhospice.com.

Arrangements are under the direction of the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes of 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs.

Online remembrances may be made at burkefuneralhome.com.

Wednesday, 07 May 2014 12:00

Richard J. Schermerhorn Sr.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Longtime Saratoga Springs resident Richard J. Schermerhorn passed away suddenly on May 4 at his home.

Born in Troy, Richard was the son of the late Charles H. and Harriet Earing Schermerhorn Sr.

Richard was a Food Service Supervisor at Albany Medical Center Hospital for 37 years. He was a member of the Ballston Spa Elks Lodge No. 2619 and a past President of Saratoga Youth Hockey Association.

Richard was also a valued employee at Saratoga TODAY who will be greatly missed. He always went above and beyond to accomplish all of his tasks with a positive attitude and a smile.   

Survivors include his wife, Cindy Schermerhorn; his children, Richard (Colleen) Schermerhorn Jr., Jeffrey (Tama) Schermerhorn and Alycin (John) McCumber; grandchildren, Bryan, Madison, Katie, Dylan, Cody and Morgan; two brothers, Chuck and Mike; and a sister, Diane; along with several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be Thursday, May 8 from 5-7 p.m. followed by the Ballston Spa Elks Fraternal Service at 7 p.m. at Mevec Funeral Home, 224 Milton Avenue in Ballston Spa.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 440 New Karner Road, Albany, NY 12205 or to the American Diabetes Association, Pine West Plaza Building 2, Suite 204, Washington Avenue Extension, Albany, NY, 12205.

For directions to send condolences visit www.mevecfuneralhome.com.

Wednesday, 07 May 2014 11:36

Artie Lorraine Haizlip

SCHENECTADY — Artie Lorraine Haizlip, 87, passed away on Monday, May 5 at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady.  She was born on April 15, 1927 to the late Edward K. and Alma Gregg Lewis in Juliette, Georgia.

Lorraine served her country in the U.S. Army as an LPN.  While living in Plattsburgh for many years, in addition to raising her family, she attended CVPH Medical Center School of Nursing, earning her RN degree and later graduating from Cornell University with her masters. 

Nursing was her life and she held many positions in various hospitals throughout the years in New York, Florida and North Carolina.

After retirement, Lorraine enjoyed traveling throughout the country with her late husband Jack Haizlip, who predeceased her in 2008.

She is predeceased by two sisters, Emogene and Bertie Mae and two brothers, Edward and Jim.

She is survived by her daughter, Sherry Carter Barnum (Seth); son, Gary Carter (Susan); brothers, David Reilly (Mo), David Cherry (Linda); grandchildren, Amy Prorok (Matthew) and Michael Carter (Leeann) and great-granddaughter, Elle Carter.

A funeral service in honor of Lorraine will be held at 12.30 p.m. on Thursday, May 8 at Compassionate Funeral Care, 402 Maple Ave (Marion Ave & Rte. 9), Saratoga Springs, NY where friends and family may call from 11 a.m.-12.30 p.m. prior to the service.

Interment following the service will be at Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, 200 Duell Road, Schuylerville, NY 12871

Online condolences can be made at www.compassionatefuneralcare.com.

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