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Monday, 24 March 2014 13:12

Marietta Edna Train

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Marietta Edna Train, 92, a lifelong resident of Saratoga Springs and recently of The Home of the Good Shepard in Wilton, died peacefully at Wesley Health Care Center on Sunday, March 23.

Born on September 13, 1921, in Saratoga Springs, she was the daughter of the late Edwin Eugene Garant and Laura Melinda Downing Garant.

Mrs. Train was a graduate of Saratoga High School Class of 1940. She met her soon to be husband (Frank Train) at the Ashgrove Inn in Saratoga where she was a waitress and he was a bus boy. The two married on September 20, 1942. He passed away in February of 2003 after 61 years of marriage.

Marietta was a member of the Bethesda Episcopal Church in Saratoga Springs. She was active in the churches volunteer thrift shop and also in the PTA when her children were in the Saratoga Springs school district. In her leisure she enjoyed cooking, gardening, knitting and playing pinochle with her lifelong friends on Saturday nights. True to her Saratoga Roots, she was an avid horse racing fan and was excited during the Saratoga track season.

She is predeceased by a grandson Eric Train who died in 1995, a son in-law James Patton and two brothers John and Donald Garant

Survivors include a son, Paul Edwin Train and his wife Shirley of Ohio, two daughters, Dixie Patton of Brockton, Massachusetts and Maxine Marie Marquis and her husband Jamie of Belgrade, Maine; four grandchildren, Jodi Gebhart, Polly Train and Brian and Charles Patton; five great-grandchildren, Madison, Jackson and Johnathan Gebhart and Brian, Anthony and Matthew Patton; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Family and friends may call from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday March 26 at the Tunison Funeral Home 105 Lake Ave. Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 and also from 10-11 a.m. Thursday March 27at the funeral home. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. at the funeral home.

Burial will be in the spring at Greenridge Cemetery in Saratoga Springs

Memorial donations can be made to the American Heart Association 440 New Karner Road Albany, NY 12205.Online remembrance can be made at www.tunisonfuneralhome.com.

Monday, 24 March 2014 13:07

John (Jack) Edward Jennings Jr.

HERTFORD, N.C. —John (Jack) Edward Jennings Jr., 68, of Hertford, North Carolina died peacefully surrounded by his family on Friday, March 14at his home.

Born on February 14, 1946, in Queens, he was the son of the late John E. Jennings Sr. and Frances Jennings. Mr. Jennings proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War from 1964 to 1968. Jack worked as a customer engineer with Hewlett Packard until his retirement in 1991.In his leisure he enjoyed building and flying radio controlled air planes.

Survivors include his wife Barbara Lemay of Hertford, North Carolina, two daughters, Jennifer Esposito of Coconut Creek, Florida and Melissa Newell of Florida, New York, a sister Carol Duerst of Netcong, New Jersey and seven grandchildren.

Online remembrances can be made at www.tunisonfuneralhome.com

Monday, 24 March 2014 13:02

Albert (Al) Reynolds Lounsbury

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Albert (Al) Reynolds Lounsbury, 92, of Saratoga Springs, and most recently a resident of Westmere Home for Adults in Guilderland, died peacefully on March 7, surrounded by family members at Albany Medical Center.

Al was born July 17, 1921 in Hurleyville, Sullivan County to the late Grace E. Reynolds and Daniel W. Lounsbury.

Al married the late Dorothy E. Elmore in 1948, devoted wife, mother, and school teacher. He graduated from Hurleyville High School, received a Bachelor’s degree from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University, and a Master’s degree from North Carolina State University. He was a past president of the Alumni Association of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell.

Al assisted his parents with dairy and poultry farming in Hurleyville until he enlisted in 1946, serving with the Army of Occupation in Korea as an assistant chaplain. After studies at Cornell, he was employed by Saratoga County Extension Services, now Cornell Cooperative Extension, as a 4-H Agent from 1956 to 1979.

Al was president of the Saratoga Springs Kiwanis club twice and in 1980 assisted in organizing the Golden K Kiwanis club for seniors. Activities after retirement included organizing the Saratoga Farmers Market, the Friends of the Ulysses S. Grant Cottage, and the Southern Adirondack Beekeepers Association. He was also president of several other community groups and active in the United Methodist Church throughout his life.

Al’s hobbies and other interests included genealogy; beekeeping; family history and reunions; compiling four family histories; gardening; and, most importantly, being with his immediate and extended families.

Al was predeceased by his beloved wife of over 40 years, Dorothy, in 1989; infant son Lynn Al, and his brother, H. James Lounsbury in 2013.

He is survived by a son, David of Kerhonkson; two daughters, Lee A. (John Bailly) of Albany, and Cathy of Saratoga Springs; and a foster son, Richard H. Harrison of Saratoga Springs. He is also survived by two sisters, Alida Brinckerhoff of Middletown and Joan Dunn-Lindsay of Wurtsboro. Surviving brothers in his wife’s family are Russell Elmore of Lennox, Massachusetts, I. James (Ruth) Elmore of Orange City, Florida, and Walter (Mary) Elmore of High Falls. Al has two grandchildren, Amanda and Nicholas Bailly; a foster grandson, Richard L. Harrison; and two step-grandchildren, Timothy (Amanda) Coalla and Katie Coalla. He has many beloved nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, grand-nephews and others in his extended family.

Online remembrance may be made at www.tunisonfuneralhome.com.

Monday, 24 March 2014 12:56

Lawrence J. Brooks

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Lawrence J. Brooks, 62, of Lamplighter Lane, passed away in his sleep late Tuesday evening, March 18.

Larry retired from the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance in 2008. He loved his job, his co-workers and friends, sports, and horse racing. His hobbies included photography, golf, working on computers and doing anything for anyone who needed his help. His compassion, humor and intelligence granted him a special place in the hearts of all who knew him.

He had a terrible and unforgiving disease known as ALS. Even when the disease took way almost all of his mobility, he still managed to make friends and could bring a smile to someone’s face with just his smile. He had a “never give up” attitude and even though he is gone, his love and memories will continue on in the lives of those who knew him forever.

He leaves behind his loving wife, Mary (Lloyd) Brooks; son, Richard and grandson, Nickolas; sisters, Sharon Gendron (Henry) and Darlene Bourassa, and brothers, George Riley (Patricia) and Timothy Riley (Gail); many bothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews and nieces.

Relatives and friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Monday, March 24 at the William J Burke and Sons/Bussing and Cunniff Funeral Homes, 628 North Broadway 584-5373.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the Church of St Peter, 241 Broadway. Burial will follow in St. Peter’s Cemetery.

Memorials may be made in his name to St. Peters ALS Regional Center, 19 Warehouse Row, Albany, NY, 12205.

Online remembrances may be made at burkefuneralhome.com.

Monday, 24 March 2014 12:52

Frances Jordan

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Frances Jordan, 89, of Saratoga Springs, passed away peacefully on March 18 at Saratoga Hospital, surrounded by her loved ones.

Born on May 15, 1924, Frances was the daughter of the late Frank and Mary DeVivo. She was a lifelong resident of Saratoga Springs, graduated from St. Peter’s Academy and was married to the late Francis Jordan.

She worked for her uncle, who was a tailor, and was employed at Skidmore College and at General Electric. A stay-at-home mom for several years, she later became a billing clerk at Saratoga Hospital, in which she took great pride.

A lifelong member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church, she also had volunteered at the former St. Peter’s Academy on Broadway. An accomplished seamstress, she enjoyed growing roses and caring for her home and family.

She is survived by two of her four sisters; Antoinette Van Wie and Carmel Parisi, both of Saratoga Springs.

She is joining her two other sisters, Rose LaPlante and Marie Grolley, who both passed away before her. Other survivors include her son, James Jordan and his wife Kelly Jordan and her daughter, Mary Jordan and her husband, Dennis Grolley; four grandchildren, Benjamin Jordan, Andrea Burton, Katie Grolley and Roxanne Grolley; and one great-granddaughter, Emma Rose Burton, all of whom she adored.

A family Catholic burial service was conducted in St. Peter’s Cemetery and there were no public calling hours.

Memorials may be made in her name to the Saratoga Hospital Care Foundation, 211 Church St., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Arrangements were under the direction of Thomas Simone and the staff of William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing and Cunniff Funeral Homes of 628 North Broadway 584-5373.


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

Monday, 24 March 2014 12:18

Ronald Coltey Bishop

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Ronald Coltey Bishop, “Pete,” passed away Wednesday, March 19 at Wesley Health Care Center. He was 88.

Born on June 21, 1925 in Hortonville, Hubbardton, Rutland, Vermont, he was the son of the late John Edgar Bishop and Bertha Belle Coltey.

After a childhood in rural Vermont, Ronald entered the U.S. Army to serve in the European Theatre during World War II. Upon returning home after the war, he married Shirley McKirryher on September 7, 1947. Together they raised a family of three children.

Moving to Saratoga Springs in 1949, he began a career in construction. Pete built several homes for his family and homes for his children when they had families of their own. Together with Shirley, he started up Shirley’s Drive-In, Humpty Dumpty Ice Cream, the Yankee Kettle and Mom and Pop’s Country Store.

He had a lifelong love of music and played the fiddle in numerous groups and sponsored Bluegrass Festivals on his farm in Porter Corners.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife Shirley, one son, nine brothers and three sisters.

“Pete” is survived by his daughter, Deborah Pixley and her husband Wilbur; two sons, Ronald Bishop and his wife Jean, Lee Bishop and his wife Charlene; seven grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews who will miss his kind, caring and fun loving spirit.

Graveside services with military honors will be 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 26 at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, 200 Duell Road, Schuylerville, NY to be followed by a gathering of family and friends at the Porter Corners Firehouse.

Arrangements are under the direction of the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes of 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs 584-5353.

Memorials may be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

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

Monday, 24 March 2014 12:12

Tommie L. Hickenbottom

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Tommie L. Hickenbottom, 67, passed away Sunday, March 16, with his two children at his bedside after being recently diagnosed with cancer.

Born on January 21, 1947 in Camden, Alabama, he was the son of Mary (Craton) Hickenbottom and the late George Hickenbottom. Tommie married his wife of 12 years, Mylissa(Morris) on June 22, 2002 in Saratoga Springs, where they raised their two children, Justin and Rebecca.

He was a dedicated and devoted worker, husband and father.

Tommie recently retired on December 31, 2012 from Hollingsworth and Vose Company where he worked for 34 years as a machine runner. Tommie loved going to the Racino with his wife, fishing, hunting and spending time with his granddaughter, Neveah, who is and always will be his pride and joy.

In addition to his father, Tommie was predeceased by his mother-in-law, Suzan Morris.

Survivors include his wife, Mylissa Hickenbottom; two children, Justin Morris and Rebecca(Alex) Morris and his beloved granddaughter Neveah Rios, all of Saratoga Springs; his mother, Mary Hickenbottom of Camden, Alabama; six brothers, John Henry(Bessie Mae) Hickenbottom of Camden, Alabama, George Hickenbottom Jr. of Pennsylvania, Author Hickenbottom and James(Jeanette) Hickenbottom, all of Camden, Alabama, Frank Hickenbottom of Saratoga Springs and Henry Hickenbottom of Camden, Alabama; four sisters, Alice Colston of Farockaway, Thelma (Andre) Roach of Bloomington, Illinois, Merlene(Kevin) Etheridge of Farockaway and Sarah Hickenbottom of Camden, Albama; 37 nieces and nephews and many more great nieces and nephews.


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

Monday, 24 March 2014 12:05

Clarence “Al” Bishop Sr.


SARATOGA SPRINGS — Clarence “Al” Bishop Sr., 79, passed away on Tuesday, March 18 at Albany Medical Center after an accidental fall on the ice at his home.

Al was born May 22, 1934 in Saratoga Springs to the late Nelson and Helen Butterfield Bishop.

He was educated in Saratoga Springs and was a lifelong resident of the area.

Al married the love of his life and best friend Florence Perry on August 24, 1955 and they spent 58 wonderful years together.

Al served his country in the U.S. Army for 20 years, retiring from the reserves.

He worked as a cook for the New York State Department of Corrections, Mount McGregor, retiring after 29 years of service.

Al loved spending time with his family and enjoyed being with his grandchildren.

He was a wise guy who liked making people laugh and always squawking his chickens, making his presence known. Al was a long time Yankees fan, enjoyed Bingo and loved his McDonalds coffee.

Al is survived by his wife, Florence “Flo”; and sons, Clarence Jr. (Cheryl) of St. Cloud, Florida and Jeffrey Bishop Sr. (Melissa) of Saratoga; daughters, Lillian Kirkpatrick (Ed) of Saratoga and Suzanne Allen (Matthew) of Greenfield Center; sisters, Beulah Gilroy (William)of Ohio and Dorothy Wilkins of Saratoga; brothers, Richard Bishop and Martin Bishop (Jane), both of Florida; 11 grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and friends.

He is preceded in death by his sisters, Lillian Mihalek and Beverly Bujanowski; brothers, Sonny and Sam Bishop; grandson Tom Kirkpatrick.

If you wish to express your online condolences or view the obituary, please visit our website at www.CompassionateFuneralCare.com.

Monday, 24 March 2014 11:57

Michael Thomas Meers

WILTON — Michael Thomas Meers, 55, passed away, surrounded by his family on Thursday, March 6.

Born in New Haven, Connecticut on June 23, 1958, he was the son of Thomas H. Meers and the late Nancy A. Butler. He was married to Donna M. Graska for 36 years.

Michael was employed by the City of Saratoga Springs DPW for 26 years. He was an avid boater, loved to tinker with small engines and spend his free time up at his family’s camp on Lake Champlain relaxing and fishing.

Survivors include his wife, Donna; daughter, Shannon of Wilton and his son, Nicholas (fiancée Felicia DeFelice) of West Milton. He is also survived by two brothers and one half sister.

A private memorial service was held at his home in Wilton for immediate family members.

The family wishes to thank the hospice nurses; the city workers of the Saratoga Springs DPW and all other friends who have helped the family in this time of sorrow.

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

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

Monday, 24 March 2014 11:50

Francis “Red” Bessette

CLIFTON PARK — Francis “Red” Bessette, 73, formerly of Saratoga Springs, entered into the arms of the Lord on Monday, March 17, after a brief  illness, surrounded by family and friends at Albany Medical Center.

Born on June 15, 1940 in Whitehall, he was the son of the late Margaret V. Bessette and Francis Rouse. Francis proudly served in the U.S. Marines from 1960-1967. While serving in the Marines he did active duty in Vietnam.

He was employed by Saratoga Springs DPW before retiring in 2000. He also worked at Saratoga Harness Track doing security. Red loved fishing and enjoyed playing Yahtzee in his spare time. He would often be found at most of the Saratoga High School football games on the weekends. Red was that man that would lend a hand to anyone in need, no matter what the need was he gave his all. He loved his family deeply and did all he could to make them strong and loving. He will be greatly missed by all.

In addition to his mother and father, Red is predeceased by a brother, Francis “Jake” O’Melia, and a sister, Peggy Roarick.

Survivors include his wife, Penny L. Bessette of Clifton Park; his children, Chris L. Shipley of Glens Falls, Anthony T. Bessette of Saratoga Springs, Jocelyn J.

(Johnson) Milne of Anchorage, Alaska, Jamie L. and CJ Bessette of Saratoga Springs; 11 grandchildren and another one expected in August; one great-granddaughter and another one expected in July. He is also survived by a brother George E. Woodard of Albuquerque, New Mexico and many nieces and nephews located in New York, New Mexico, Colorado, Virginia and Texas. 

Online remembrances may be made at www.burkefuneralhome.com

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