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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Paul William Calhoun

 Paul William Calhoun, a World War II Army paratrooper who recently shared his harrowing story of surviving D-Day behind enemy lines, passed away on Wednesday morning.
Calhoun, 92, parachuted into German-held territory in France at 1 a.m. on June 6, 1944 — five hours before Allied troops invaded the beaches of Normandy. He was captured by Nazi soldiers but soon escaped and hid in various locations with the help of French families until American troops liberated the area.
In the weeks leading up to the 70th anniversary of D-Day, surviving rescuers from France wrote Calhoun, thanking him for his service. The emails led the ex-soldier to publicly speak about his wartime experiences for the first time.
Calhoun developed pneumonia on June 10 — four days after the D-Day anniversary — and died Wednesday in Saratoga Hospital surrounded by family members. He will be buried next to his wife, Ruth, in George Washington Memorial Park & Mausoleums in Plymouth Meeting, Pa.
"Dad's emotional French reconnection related to D-Day and the equally emotional and gracious reaction of so many people were major highlights of his long life," Calhoun's son, Paul Walter Calhoun of Saratoga Springs, said Wednesday.
Calhoun served with the 101st Airborne Division's 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, later made famous in the 2001 HBO miniseries "Band of Brothers."
On D-Day, he was assigned to attack German installations and secure the coast for the coming seaborne invasion. But Calhoun was one of about 30 paratroopers to be dropped about 10 miles from their intended target. German soldiers shot him in the hand and captured him. He escaped from the back of a truck and ran into the French countryside.
An underground network of French families nursed his wounds and fed and sheltered him for nearly a week. Calhoun hid under a haystack, in a pile of firewood and in a hole in the forest.
He fought at the Battle of the Bulge in December 1944, Hitler's last-gasp effort to reverse the Allied tide.
The former Army corporal graduated from Temple University and worked in the cement business in Allentown, Pa. Calhoun moved to Saratoga Springs in 2010 and resided in the Wesley Community. He received a Purple Heart and Bronze Star for his military service.
Survivors include three children, Candace, John and David Calhoun,  eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Robert Gordon Irwin

Surrounded by love and family, Robert Gordon Irwin passed away peacefully in Saratoga Springs, New York on Sunday June 8, 2014 at the age of 73. 

Robert was the devoted husband of Peggy (Carey) Irwin; loving father to his three children, Ron Irwin and wife, Carrie, Lori (Irwin) Coll and husband Mark, and Cathy (Irwin) Nolan and her husband, Rick. He was a much loved grandfather to Lindsy & Kali, Ryan & Robin, Courtney, Mason & Noah, Alexa, Ericka & Ryann, and great granddaughter, Zoey. He also leaves behind his sister Carol, and his brother Ron and their families. Also his many friends that he made along the way

Monday, June 16, 2014

Lucille Joy Trieste

Lucille Joy Trieste

Trieste, Lucille Joy, Saratoga Springs NY died Friday morning, June 14, 2014 at the Wesley Community where she lived.

Born in Brooklyn on November 8th, 1928, she was the daughter of the late Filbert and Adelina LaRosa.

Lucille graduated from LaFayette High School, Brooklyn, NY.
She then married her childhood sweet heart Mario Trieste on Dec. 23, 1950, and they had a remarkable fun-filled life together for over 64 years.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Michael A. Casatelli

Michael A. Casatelli , age 74, passed away on Saturday, June 14th, 2014 surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on June 14th, 1940 in Brooklyn, New York the son of the late Albert Casatelli and Florence LaGrega Casatelli.

Michael is survived by his sons; Michael J. Casatelli and James Casatelli, daughters; Debbie McGinn and Colleen Lagreca (Johnny), brothers; Timothy Casatelli (Sandra) and Peter Casatelli (Mary), seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren and his many nieces and nephews.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Rose Ann Piccione

Rose Ann Piccione, of Johnstown, passed away on  Friday,June 6, 2014, at St. Mary's Hospital, in Amsterdam, NY.

She was born on September 17, 1927, in Johnstown, a daughter of the late John Jakubec and Elizabeth Riska Jakubec.

Rose graduated from Johnstown High School in 1945.  She was a member of the former St. Anthony's Church.

Rose loved her family, and one of her greatest joys was spending time at the home of  Lisa and Lisa's husband Paul, and their three daughters, Marissa, Melinda, and Shannon, whom she was so very  proud of. 
She is survived by: her sons, John Piccione of Quebec, and Michael Piccione; and her daughter, Lisa (Paul) Civic of Middle Grove; granddaughters; nieces, and nephews.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Daniel “Dan” Capone Jr.

Glens Falls - Daniel Nicholas Capone passed away Friday, June 6th at Glens Falls Hospital surrounded by family and friends.

Dan was born on July 21, 1939 in Saratoga Springs, NY; the son of Pasquale Capone and Mary Casertino Capone.

Dan, as he liked to be called was well known in the Glens Falls and Saratoga area very much enjoyed spending time with his family and friends most especially with his twin brother Nicky. He treasured his and Shirley’s vacations in Florida with his Sister-in-Law Betty Wells. He enjoyed golfing, horse racing, shooting pool and attending family gatherings.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Joseph “Jay” Hoenig III

Joseph Hoenig, age 73, passed away on Saturday, May 31st, 2014 at Wesley Health Care Center surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on March 9th, 1941 in Albany, New York to the late Joseph Hoenig Jr. and Florence Towner Hoenig. 

Joseph is survived by his wife Joan of 45 years and his daughters; Maria Mitchell (Michael) and Laura Hoenig; his brothers; Robert Hoenig (Mary Ellen) and Lawrence Hoenig (Kathleen), sister; Katherine Blackwell, and sister-in-law; Candace Hoenig, grandchildren; Londyn and Karissa Mitchell; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.