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Friday, January 31, 2014

Colleen Ann Ouimet,


Colleen Ann Ouimet, age 58, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, January 30th, 2014 at Saratoga Hospital with her loving family at her side.
She was born on July 28th, 1955 in Manhattan, NY to the late Patrick and Ruthmary (Doyle) Sheils.
She grew up in Glenwood Landing, NY.
She married Stephen Ouimet on November 8, 2003
Colleen worked as Director of Personnel Service at St Christopher-Ottilie Residential Treatment Center in Sea Cliff, NY for 35 years.  She had a significant impact on a countless number of children in need, always willing to lend a helping hand, doing whatever needed to get done – no task too big or small or difficult.
Colleen enjoyed time with her family - especially her grandchildren, nieces and nephews.  Colleen retired to Saratoga Springs in 2006 to be near her son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren, who were the light of her life. 
Colleen is survived by her loving husband Stephen Ouimet Sr., her son Stephen Ouimet  (Lauren), grandchildren: Kyle, Ella and Elijah, sisters: Erin (Tim) Fallon and Ruthmary Sheils, brothers: Neil, Patrick (Cindy) and Terrence (Jane) Sheils, nieces and nephews: Jessica, Patrick, Carey, Charlotte, Kisha, Ryan, Kevin, Kerri, Timmy and Emma.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Patrick and Ruthmary Sheils.

A mass will be held at 10:00am on Monday, February 3rd 2014 at St. Clement's Church, 231 Lake Avenue, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.  Friends and family may call on Sunday, February 2nd 2014 from 1-3pm at Compassionate Funeral Care, 402 Maple Ave (Rt 9), Saratoga Springs, New York.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Katherine M. Stewart

Saratoga Springs, Katherine M. Stewart, 94, passed away on Friday January 24, 2014 at Wesley Health Care.

Katherine was born in Schuylerville NY, on December 23, 1919 the daughter of the late Marty and Mary Smith.

Katherine worked for many years at the Van Raalte Knitting Mill in Saratoga Springs NY, She married Thomas J. Stewart who predeceased her. 

Katherine enjoyed reading and going to garage sales, She was loved by all who knew her.

Katherine is survived by many loving nieces and nephews who will miss her.

She was the sister of the late Martin, Mick and Stephen Smith, and sister Susan.

A graveside service and burial will take place on Wednesday April 30th, 2014, 2:00 pm at the South Wilton Cemetery on Rte 50.

The family would like to thank the staff and friends at Wesley Health Care for all the care, love and support they showed Katherine during her time there.

Donations in memory of Katherine can be made to Wesley Health Care

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Ruth E. Alsop

Saratoga Springs
Ruth Alsop – 82, passed away at home, surrounded by her family,  on January 23rd after a short illness. 

She was born on February 24th, 1931 in Melrose, Massachusetts, the daughter of the late William and Mary O’Neil Condell.  She attended St. Mary’s Academy in Melrose, after which she attended Manhattanville College of the Sacred Heart, where she received her Master’s degree in Music.  She also attended the Yale School of Music, eventually moving to Colorado to further her study in music.

She was a cellist for 50+ years with the New York City Orchestra Ballet.  She toured with Columbia Artists with the Gotham Trio.  Ruth was also a cellist for the Radio City Music Hall and taught music at Brooklyn College and Potsdam University for many years.  When the Statue of Liberty reopened, Ruth played with Frank Sinatra at the ceremonies.  She owned Schoolhouse Antiques in Saratoga.

Ruth is survived by her daughter Marin Alsop and her Partner Kristin Jurkscheit  of Baltimore, MD; Sisters M. Elaine Love of Saratoga Springs, NY., Clair Meuse of Wilton, ME., Nancy Green of Wakefield, MA; Beloved grandson, Auden Alsop, 11 nieces and nephews and many, great-nieces and nephews and adored friends.
Service in honor of Ruth will be held on Saturday January 25, 2014, 11 a.m., at Compassionate Funeral Care, 402 Maple Ave. (Rte. 9), Saratoga Springs, NY.
Family and friends are invited to call from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. prior to the service at Compassionate Funeral Care Funeral Home.

The family will hold a Tribute to Ruth’s amazing life later in the year.

Donations to the Alsop Family Foundation can be sent c/o Amanda Fipps, PO Box 70185, Springfield, Oregon 97475

The Foundation was established to assist young musicians in their pursuit of musical careers.

All donations are tax deductible.

Red, a favorite color and a sunset on a lake.
Orange, a bright cello and clear glass in summer heat.
Yellow, a scarf around my shoulder and a bright sun.
Green, a pine tree and a freshly cut field of grass.
Blue, a clay mug resting on a shelf and a deep clear lake.
Indigo, Thread on a loom and a drop of dye.
Violet, a field of lavender and chunk of amethyst.
All of the colors, a vast field of flowers.
By Auden
To Grandma

December 2013

Dear Friends,
Please join us in celebrating the lives of my parents Ruth Lamar Alsop by sharing in their passion for music. I have invited an orchestra of wonderful musicians and friends to perform some of the pieces they loved. I hope to see you there.

With Love and Appreciation,

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Gary Carter

Gary Carter, 51, of Saratoga Springs, quietly passed away unexpectedly on Monday January 13th, 2014 at St Peter’s Hospital, Albany, NY.
He was born on April 1st, 1962 in Saratoga Springs, New York, the son of the late Gerald and Madeline Rethman Carter. 
Gary worked for Saratoga County DPW as an attendant at the Clifton Park Recycling Center.
Gary lived and worked in the community his whole life, always willing to help his family or friends at moments noticed. He loved riding his motorcycle.
He is survived by his longtime girlfriend Lynda DeFoe; son Brian Carter (Ashley); daughter, Shelbie Carter (Brandon); brothers, William “Bill” (Debby), James “Jim” (Sherri), and Gerald (Pam) Carter; sister Eileen Dingmon (Mike); grandsons, James Dobson and Avery Dashner; granddaughter, Madison Watts; Lynda’s children, Kenny, Zack and Brandon; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
A funeral service in honor of Gary will be held on Saturday, January 18th, 2014, 12 noon, at Compassionate Funeral Care, 402 Maple Avenue (route 9), Saratoga Springs, New York.
Calling hours for friends and family will be held on Friday January 17th, from 6-9 p.m. and on Saturday from 11:00 to 11:45 prior to the service at the funeral home.
 Interment will be in the North Milton Cemetery in the spring.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Reinhard Mayer

Reinhard Mayer died of cancer on Tuesday, December 24th, 2013 in his home in Saratoga Springs, NY. His daughter, Shanti, and friend, Sharon Nolan, were at his side. He was a professor of German Language and Literature, teaching courses in German Philosophy, Music and Literature, Comparative Literature, Translation Theory and Practice, and Holocaust Studies. Friends and colleagues described him as a gentle man, quietly determined and inventive, who gave generously and colorfully, without concern for reciprocity.

Born in Pforzheim, Germany on August 1st,1942, to mother, Wallis (Hartge) Mayer, and father, Roman Mayer, Reinhard immigrated with his parents and older brother Roger, to N. Providence, RI in 1949. Graduating from N. Providence High School in 1960 as a most humorous class president and State Champion cross country runner, he continued his education first at the University of Rhode Island and then at Tufts University in Medford, Ma. Earning a Fulbright Scholarship brought him to his graduate studies at the Eberhard Karls Universitaet in Tuebingen, Germany. He went on to study and teach at the Freie Universitaet in West Berlin, completing his PhD at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL in 1978. While in Germany he married Patricia Brink with whom he had a daughter, Shantia, in 1965.

Reinhard happily spent a major part of his career as head of the German Program in the Literature and Languages Division at Bennington College (1973-1994). From there he moved to the German Departments of both Skidmore and Wheaton Colleges, as well as to teaching a diverse array of on-line courses for University Without Walls and New York University. In 2010 he was invited to the University of Illinois to help shape a new Center for Translation Studies. Working with Elizabeth Lowe, mentoring graduate students, and being closely involved with the publishers at Dalkey Press was an extremely satisfying experience for him. As a teacher, mentor, friend, scholar, and thinker, he was widely admired. Continually inspired by and inspiring to his students, he will be greatly missed.

Reinhard had the pleasure of working on and publishing numerous translations throughout his lifetime, the most recent being: “Animation.CH: Vision and Versatility in Swiss Animated Film” in 2011 and “Modern and Contemporary Swiss Poetry” in 2012. His dissertation was expanded and published as a book, “Fremdlinge im eigenen Haus” by Peter Lang Publishing in 1996.

Of the many professional organizations to which he belonged, he was particularly proud of being appointed by the Executive Council of the MLA to the Committee on Academic Freedom and Professional Rights and Responsibilities (2008-2011). There he argued against the current drift toward corporate expediency in American education.

Reinhard had a great love for theatre and opera.  He played a sensitive, soulful harmonica and did a stunning imitation of Jacques Tati’s Monsieur Hulot. He loved walking barefoot in the wet grass on summer mornings, was a surprisingly creative cook, elegant ice skater, and had a vast knowledge of every swimming hole, waterfall, lake, stream, and creek in the greater Southern Vermont area.

He is survived by daughter Shantia Mayer, brother Roger Mayer, sister-in-law Sandra Mayer, cousins Roman Mayer and Eddie Mayer, cousins Sanni (Hartge) Zogorski, Brenton Morgenstern, Steven Morgenstern and families, nephew Nickolas Mayer and family, and niece Anneliese Mayer.  There will be a memorial gathering to be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Reinhard’s memory to Doctors Without Borders.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Julia DiPalma Tropia

Julia DiPalma Tropia passed away age 98 on January 7, 2014 at Nathan Littauer Hospital surrounded by her loving family. Born June 27, 1915, and a lifelong resident of Gloversville, NY, she was predeceased by her husband of 58 years, Louis Tropia, her parents, Antonio and Annunziata DiPalma, sister Ruth Granito, brothers Andrew, Mario, and Louis DiPalma and special niece Mary Lou Shepard.
She is survived by her daughters Louise (Robert) Young, Wilton, NY and Ann Larraine Reffue (Buzz Bassette), Lassellsville, NY;  grandchildren John Reffue, Tampa, FL, Lorraine (David) Lavender, Marietta, GA, Tracy (Christopher) Goodridge, Bridgewater, NJ, Douglas (Eliana) Reffue, Hingham, MA, and Robert (Christine) Young, Katonah, NY;  great-grandchildren  Thomas and Jessie Reffue, Olen and Aaron Lavender, Jonathan and Marshall Goodridge, Lauren and Sam Reffue,  Grace and Hope Young;  great-niece Lorraine Peck, Rotterdam and her sons Stephen and Eric Peck as well as several cousins, nieces and nephews.
She was a member of the former Sacred Heart Church and a Friend of the Gloversville Public Library.
Friends are invited to gather for a memorial service at The First Congregational Church, 31-33 East Fulton Street, Gloversville, NY Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 1:00 pm. Family visitation will be held in the church lounge from 12-1:00 pm preceding the memorial service.
Interment will be at Prospect Hill Cemetery at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Gloversville Public Library, 58 East Fulton Street, Gloversville, NY 12078 or a charity of choice.
Arrangements under the direction of Compassionate Funeral Care Inc. 402 Maple Ave, Saratoga Sp., NY. 584-4844

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Cornelia C. Needham Rist White

Cornelia C. White, 99, went home to her Lord on January 5, 2014.  She was born on September 25, 1914 the daughter of the late Edsion and Florence Van Schaick Needham in Hudson Falls NY.
Cornelia who was also known as Connie or Nean, was a very gifted and talented lady, helping her sister in seamstress work and her husband building houses in Florida as well as New York, always busy.
Connie took a few painting lessons and ended up with many great paintings that was enjoyed by all until her eye sight failed her.  She also played music by ear, was famous for her skits and making music with teapots and crystal glasses.   Although she never took lessons she enjoyed playing the organ.
Connie was known as Cocoa the Clown, and also the Pie Lady, she was famous for baking pies for many years at Lake Cossayuna, New York, she made nearly 350 pies for the weekends!
Connie was a member of The Red Hats “Naughty Ladies of Shady Lane Club”, and she joined the American Legion post #252 in Breese, Ill when her grandson Mark Nelson Rist served in the Gulf War.
Connie belonged to the Ladies book club and she had her own Kitchen Band and the ladies would do their performances while living in Illinois.

Connie is survived by: daughter in-law, Barbara L. Churchill Rist Liebig of South Hartford, NY; grandsons, Raymond and Kelli Rist of Beckemeyer, Ill., Stephen and Kathy Rist of Argyle, NY, Russell Rist of Hudson Falls, NY and Marrk and Jean Rist of Beckemeyer, Ill.; great-grandchildren, Michael, Alicia, Adrianna, Hayley, Rylan, Nolan Rist and Josh Tucker; great great-grandson, Ryder Andrew Patrick; step-daughter, Violia White Ingalsbe and Bruce; grand-daughter, Robin and Raymond Felice and great grandchildren and family of Bridgewater, NJ; grandson Ronald and Kim Ingalsbe and great grandchildren and family of Hazelton, PA; granddaughter, Dawn and Joe Viella and great grandchildren  Shelby, Michael, Jennifer, 1 great great-grandchild and 1 great great great-granddaughter Zoey Rose Marie (making it the 6th generation) and family of Schuylerville, NY; many nieces and nephews;
Special thanks to the friends, doctors, staff  wherever she lived and most recently at PVI.  Thanks to her roommates, Madge, Nancy and friends Debbie,  Judy and Annette Brockway.  Also thanks to her great nieces Beverly Griffin and Rayna Henry and family who have helped with her care
Connie was preceded in death by her first husband Millard Alanson Rist, died in 1939 and second husband Earl Henry White died in 1999. Her daughter Florence May Stockwell , died in 1980, and son Nelson Millard Rist, died in 2001.  Her granddaughter Connie Marie Stockwell, sister Cecil Needham O’Dell and brother Lewis Needham.
A prayer service will be held in the spring with Chaplin Leland Smith officiating. In Lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Argyle.  Arrangements are under the direction of Compassionate Funeral Care Inc., Saratoga Springs, NY.

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