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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Doris Margaret Venner Haberland

Doris Venner Haberland, 79 a longtime resident of Colonie passed away Monday, December 23rd at Wesley Health Care Center in Saratoga Springs, NY after a long and difficult battle with Dementia.  She is now back in the loving arms of her husband Raymond who predeceased her in July 2011.

Doris was born on February 6, 1934 in Schroon Lake, NY to Earl and Dora Venner, “one of the coldest days on record,” as she would tell. Doris moved to Albany at the age of 16 and worked in downtown Albany at Lerner’s and Whitney’s. She was married to her beloved husband, Raymond Frederick Haberland on May 5th, 1952 in Amarillo, TX where Raymond was stationed in the Air Force.  Their married life together spanned 59 years.  They were blessed with three sons who survive her, Steven (Elaine) of Cody Wyoming, David (Brenda) of Delanson, NY and Mark (Lynn) of Greenfield Center, NY.

She is also survived by her granddaughter Dena (Don) DeLude of Latham and their children Jase and Alana, grandson Shane Haberland of Denver, Colorado, granddaughter Gina Carbone, great granddaughter Daphne and great grandson Nicholas.

Doris was loved by many nieces and nephews, her longtime and best friends Fran Maurel, of Colonie , and Miles and Marilyn Seeley of Schroon Lake. She also had much love for “daughter” Karen (Mike) Gasiorowski of Clifton Park.

Doris was a wonderful, loving and caring woman who had a zest for life, friends and family. She and Ray loved spending their summers in Schroon Lake

A funeral service will be held to celebrate Doris’s life on Saturday December 28th, 2013, 11 a.m., at Compassionate Funeral Care Inc. (402 Maple Ave also known as Rte. 9, Saratoga Springs, NY) where friends and family may call from 9:45 – 10:45 prior to the service.  Interment will be held on May 5th, 2014, 11:00 am on Ray and Doris’s anniversary in Paradox Cemetery, Schroon Lake, NY.

Please join the family for further fellowship and lunch after the service on Saturday, at the Saratoga/Wilton Elks Lodge #161 directly behind the Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions can be made to Bethany Reformed Church of Albany, NY or Schroon Lake Methodist Church.

Monica Phillips Loughney

Monica Phillips Loughney, 98, passed away on Dec. 18, 2013, at Wesley Community, Saratoga Springs, NY, of heart failure. She was born on Sept. 2, 1915 in Philadelphia, PA the daughter of the late Benjamin and Gertrude Mount Phillips.

At 98, she lived long, enjoyed much, and most of all, her beloved great grandchildren kept her young at heart and in spirit. 

Survived by her daughter, Winnie Baden; grand-daughters Shawna Paul (Douglas) and Sasha Taitz (Barry); great-grandchildren Riland and Johannan Paul and Jared and Payton Taitz. 

Retired as Administrative Assistant to the Vice President of Temple University in Philadelphia, after 30-years of devoted service.

Memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 28, 2013 @ 10:00 AM, Old St. Joseph's Church, 321 Willings Alley, Philadelphia, PA.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to:  The Wesley Foundation, Saratoga Springs, NY, , and Old St. Joseph's Church, Philadelphia, PA,

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Nancy Pitts

Nancy Pitts, 54, passed away on December 12, 2013 in Saratoga Springs, NY.
She was born on August 20, 1959 the daughter of the late Edwin and Ella Walker Kuhl.
Nancy is survived by her son Christopher Pitts and Daughter Katherine Kuhl.
A memorial service in honor of Nancy will be held on Thursday Dec. 19, 2013, 11 a.m. at the New England Presbyterian Church Saratoga Springs, 24 Circular St, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
(518) 584-6091

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Margaret Wellman Roberts Casey

Margaret Wellman Roberts Casey, 90, of Ballston Spa, NY went to be with The Lord on December 13, 2013. Meg was born on September 7, 1923 to Maynard and Nellie (Mansfield) Wellman in Rome NY. She was the stepdaughter of Sarah (Ferguson) Wellman. Meg grew up in Rome, NY with a large loving family where she developed her love of camping. She was a graduate of Rome Free Academy. She married William "Bill" Henry Roberts on February 21, 1943 and was his beloved wife for 25 years and had three loving children, Linda, Peter, and Janellen. Her family was the most important thing to her, and Meg was always there for her family and her family always came first. Meg enjoyed her time camping, volunteering in her children's activities, and raising her children. She was President of the Mother's Club, and a Brownie Girl Scout Leader. As grandchildren were added she embraced them and loved to spend time with them. She spent countless time with her family at her beloved Raquette Lake.

She worked at Utica State Hospital. Following Bill's death she went back to school and went on to earn her Associates Degree at Adirondack Community College and became a Registered Nurse. She worked for many years for New York State in the Wilton Developmental Center. Nursing was her passion and expressed her joy in serving and caring for others. She worked there until she retired, but she continued her life of caring with her grandchildren.

She married Paul J. Casey on October 4, 1974 in Inlet, NY and was his wife and companion for 22 years.
Meg was a strong determined person that met adversity head-on. She was always thoughtful, giving and caring. She embodied the principle of putting others first. Meg had a very strong faith and was a lifelong member of the Methodist Church.

Meg was pre-deceased by her two husbands, William "Bill" Roberts and Paul Casey.

She is survived by her three brothers Maynard Wellman (Judy), Ronnie Wellman, and Bruce Wellman (Pam) and two sisters Eileen Wellman McHale (Ken) and Marion Wellman Raines (Earl - deceased), her three children Linda Roberts Matson (Art), Peter Roberts (Patricia), and Janellen Roberts Clark (Jeff), and her beloved grandchildren Arthur Matson IV, Christine (Matson) Strack, Emily (Clark) McPhee, Sarah (Clark) Quarles, William Clark, Deanna Roberts, Catherine Clark and Jennifer Roberts. She was also blessed with 9 great-grandchildren and was awaiting the birth of her tenth. She is also survived by dear friends including her closest friend Barbara Sorrell.

A funeral service will be held in honor of Margaret at 11am on December 18th, 2013 at Compassionate Funeral Care, 402 Maple Ave (Rt 9), Saratoga Springs, New York with the Reverend Richard Hoffman officiating.  Friends and family may call from 10-11am prior to the service, at the funeral home.  Interment will be at Sauquoit Valley Cemetery, Sauquoit, New York in the springtime.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Raquette Lake Fire Department.

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Saturday, December 14, 2013

Linda Mae Krywy

Linda Mae Krywy peacefully passed away at 8:50AM on December 11, 2013 in Saratoga Hospital with her loving brother standing at her bedside. Her life was disrupted in April of 2010 by the diagnosis of a very stubborn and nearly always fatal, malignant glioblastoma-multiforme brain tumor. She underwent two surgeries over the next twenty-seven months.  In conjunction with other conventional treatment for her form of brain cancer, she partook in clinical trials to help gain useful data that could be used for the treatment of other sufferers of this horrible disease. In addition to conventional treatments as well as trial drugs, she also used a state-of-the-art device in her treatment, the Novocure TTF-100A.  The Novocure TTF-100A performed most favorably during her battle against this disease. (Visit for more insight regarding this advanced cancer treatment for recurring GBM tumors). Despite a most valiant effort, Linda was never able to return to her pre-cancer “old-self,” and that truly frustrated her. Over a total of more than forty-four months from first diagnosis, she fought a courageous fight. Through it all, Linda never lost her faith and her strong love for God; she never lost her love for her family and dear friends. In true Linda like fashion, she never lost her ever-glowing sweetness, which was present in the smile on her lips as she drew her last breath…

Linda was born at 11:43am, on February 10, 1957 to the late Henry Krywy and Frances Hika Krywy in the Village of Ballston Spa, New York. Linda will be fondly remembered by all of those who had the pleasure of knowing her. She lived the definition of the kind of person most would like to be remembered as but only a very select few ever reach. Linda leaves behind her brother Don Krywy of Ballston Spa, New York, sister Karen Rush of Scotia, New York and sister Mary Ann Baratta & brother-in-law Paul Baratta of Belmont, Massachusetts. Our Linda had the distinction of being the youngest of the fourteen members of her generation of the Krywy bloodline.  She will be truly missed not only by her siblings but also her three nephews and seven nieces, her great-niece, and many cousins as well as the countless friends who have come to know Linda over the past fifty-six years Linda has been with us. She will also be remembered by those she stopped to visit with while walking her ‘best buddy’, her beagle Patch. Patch is also gone, having passed away on Christmas Eve 2012. Her soul and her caring spirit are now in heaven with God, her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and family members and friends who went ahead of her. We who knew her loved her, and we always will. Our cherished memories of Linda will remain forever etched in our hearts and minds. I believe and accept that God had a plan for her to call her away as He did. I am a better person for having been Linda’s brother, my loving thanks to her spirit, she was a truly special woman…

Linda had an extensive academic career. After graduation from Ballston Spa High School, she attended Mitchell College in Connecticut. She then transferred to and graduated from Syracuse University with a dual major in biology and forestry. Continuing her education, she moved to and attended the University of Maine, then on to Portland, Oregon where she attended and graduated from Oregon Center for Oriental Medicine (OCOM). Linda took her final boards in California and became a board-certified acupuncturist enabling her to practice acupuncturist anywhere in the country. Linda chose to return home and open her Adirondack Acupuncture locally. Linda practiced acupuncture in Saratoga, Fulton & Montgomery Counties until April 2010 when her diagnosis of brain cancer forced her to give up her practice. The cancer prevented her from practicing acupuncture with the ability and confidence she required of herself. Linda made many friends through her acquaintances with her clients. Her clients along with their family members came to know her as more than just the acupuncture lady but as their friend…

Linda has been referred to as being “tree-like” by her childhood & life-long friend, Nancy because of Linda’s special love of the outdoors. She lived on her land in the Adirondack forest for a number of years before being stricken with cancer in her Mongolian styled yurt (she erected the yurt mostly on her own with only minimal help from friends and family). The yurt was without the convenience of having electricity & running water but Linda managed comfortably through all four seasons year after year.

Linda was an accomplished lifelong musician, playing guitar, banjo, ‘fiddle’, mandolin, penny whistles, harmonica, piano, keyboard-synthesizer, and probably more. She enjoyed playing music along with her father Henry ‘Hank’ Krywy and her other musician friends and family members. She also enjoyed painting pictures, fishing, skiing, hiking, snow shoeing, almost any outdoor activity and at the top that list was spending time with her loving beagle companion, Patch. Linda’s strength in her faith was a source of solace in times she was in need of a spiritual “pick-me-up” throughout her battle with brain cancer. Reading scripture was a major source of Devine spiritual comfort and relief for her through those tough times…

Linda’s goal in life was to become a nice, little old lady and to be a good servant to God. Her life came to an end before she was able to fully achieve this goal. Linda never became the little ‘old’ lady of her goal, but she truly accomplished being a very special ‘nice’ lady, an exceptionally devout servant to God and close sister and friend to all of us who had the pleasure of knowing her over the fifty-six years she was with us…

In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Linda Krywy may be made to the National Brain Tumor Society, 55 Chapel Street, Suite 200, Newton, MA  02458 or through their website at

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Barbara Elizabeth Lane

Barbara E. Lane, of Greenfield Center, passed away Thursday, December 5, 2013 of a sudden illness at Saratoga Hospital, Saratoga Springs, NY. She was 75.

Daughter of the late Stanley and Elsie (Groll) Lake, Barbara was born on April 8, 1938 in Manhattan, NY.

The Lake family moved to Amityville in 1952 where Barbara graduated from Amityville Memorial High School in 1955. She worked at Glen Cove Hospital as a lab technician. She was married to Gary Meyers Ziegenfelder from 1957 to 1978. She then attended Grumman Data Systems where she received her computer programming certification.

She married John Lane in 1986 and they moved to Greenfield Center in 1987. Barbara worked for many years as a computer programmer for Jardine Group Services and Davis Vision of Schenectady, NY.

Barbara was a passionate volunteer for the causes she cared about. She was a Girl Scout leader in her earlier years with her sister Nancy in Amityville, Long Island. In the 1960’s she modeled  positive race relations for young people. She spent years working for the Okeanos Ocean Research Foundation as a research assistant. Even as her mobility waned she continued to stay involved by being a patron of a child through PLAN International USA and supporting the arts at SPAC. She traveled in the U.S. and abroad and enjoyed reading, especially philosophy, playing Sudoku, using Facebook, and spending time with her family and friends. She was an enthusiastic animal lover who loved to watch the wildlife traveling through her beloved backyard.

Barbara was not only a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and aunt to us all, she was a confidant and friend. After listening to our thoughts she always counseled us to forgive and love each other. Her warm smile and generous, loving ways will make it difficult for us to say goodbye. Her best loved recipes such as Shish Kabob, Cornell Salad, Barbeque Flank Steak, and Parsley Onion Bread will continue to be enjoyed by us for generations to come.

Barbara was a deeply spiritual woman whose faith in the wisdom of the universe carried her throughout her life. One of her favorite sayings was, “I just trust God to give me what I need.” She took great comfort in nature and private contemplation.

She is survived by her husband, John Lane; her beloved daughters, Lisa Newkirk (Larry) and Susan Castagna (Joseph); grandsons Larry Newkirk Jr and Willie Garrett Newkirk. She is also survived by a niece, Erica Peterson Evans, a nephew, Bryan Thomas Peterson (Jeanine) and great-nephew Harrison Peterson, “adopted” grandson Anthony Hall, as well as many relations and longtime friends.

She was predeceased by her sister, Nancy Peterson (Lake)

Memorial Service will be held on Saturday December 14, 2013, 3pm at Compassionate Funeral Care, 402 Maple Avenue (Rte. 9) in Saratoga Springs, NY  584-4844, where family and friends are welcomed to call from 2-3pm prior to the service at Compassionate Funeral Care.

After the service on Saturday all are welcome to join the family of Barbara for further fellowship and food at the Saratoga Wilton Elks Lodge 161 directly behind the Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the charity of your choice or to PLAN International USA, 155 Plan Way, Warwick, RI 02886. -

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Dorothy Theresa Knorr

Dorothy Theresa Knorr, age 80, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 as a result of an automobile accident in Clifton Park.

She was born on October 15th, 1933 in Albany, NY to the late Harry Schramm and Adeline Geary.  She married Gerald Knorr in 1958 and raised her family in Saratoga Springs.

Dorothy is survived by her husband, Gerald; son, Gerald Jr.; daughter, Theresa Knorr and son-in-law Adolfo Suero; daughter Charleen Knorr; brother, Harry Schramm, sister-in-law, Denise, sister-in-law, Rosemary; daughter-in-law Fran; grandchildren, Mickey Knorr and wife Shannon, Heather Elie and husband John, Timothy Dow, Jordan Dow, Nina Knorr, Aron Knorr and great grandchildren, Kiara, Sophia, Madelyn, Martin, Mason and soon to be, Alexis Dorothy Lee.

She was a wife of 55 years and beloved mother and grandmother.  She retired from the State University of New York at Albany after 18 years of service.  She was an artist and loved to knit and crochet and sold her wares at local craft fairs.

Relatives and friends may call from 6pm to 8pm Monday, December 9, 2013 at Compassionate Funeral Care, 402 Maple Ave., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 am Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at St. Clement’s Church, 231 Lake Ave. by the Rev. Paul Borowski, C.Ss.R.  Burial will follow in the Saratoga VA National Cemetery, Schuylerville, NY at noon

Arrangements are under the direction of Compassionate Funeral Care, 402 Maple Ave., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. 

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