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Obituary for William V. Wells

BALLSTON LAKE William V. Wells, 80, of Lancaster Ct. and formerly of Troy, died Sunday May 6, 2018 at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady. Born in Troy he was the son of the late Arthur and Marion Donovan Wells. He was a 1955 graduate of Catholic Central High School and a 1959 graduate of Siena College.

Bill had been employed by the State of New York for over 30 years and retired from the Department of Labor in 1992. He was a member of PEF. He served as organist for over 50 years at the former St. Patrick's Church in Troy.

Bill is survived by his wife of 51 years, Janet Chicoine Wells and his siblings, Catherine Capsimalis (George) of Clifton Park and Heleen Knapp (David) of Ballston Lake as well as several nieces, nephews grandnieces and grandnephews.

Funeral services will be Saturday at 8:15 am from the Philip J. Brendese Funeral Home, 133 Broad St., Waterford and at 9 am at St. Augustine's Church in Lansingburgh. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Troy.

Relatives and friends may visit at the funeral home on Friday from 4-7 pm.

http://www.brendesefuneralhome.com/book-of-memories/3499918/Wells-William/obituary.php

 
 
 
 
James A. Risley, Sr.LANSINGBURGH - James "Jim" A. Risley, Sr., 88, Lansingburgh, peacefully entered into eternal life on Thursday, April 26, 2018, at Samaritan Hospital. Jim was born in Troy on February 22, 1930, to the late Nicholas and Jennie Snyder Risley. He married his beloved wife, the late Mary Procyk Risley, on November 15, 1950. They were together for nearly 65 years until her passing on August 10, 2015. He was a communicant of St. Augustine's Church in Lansingburgh, and the former St. Patrick's Church in Troy. Jim was employed by the Standard Furniture Company in Troy, where he worked for over 30 years until his retirement in 1989.A loving and devoted family man, Jim cherished every moment spent in the company of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He never missed a baseball game, bowling match, dance recital or birthday party. His family's most treasured memories are of him playing the piano while everyone sang along to holiday classics and old-time favorites. Aside from his family, Jim's greatest passion was the New York Yankees. Although he was a man of few words, he never missed an opportunity to talk baseball or revel in his team's win. Jim helped shape a whole new generation of Yankee fans — his family.Jim is survived by his children, Carol O'Meara of Troy, Cathy (Bob) McCann of Clifton Park, and James Risley, Jr., (Carla) of Wynantskill, and his grandchildren, Christopher (Christine) Conway, Lindsay O'Meara, McKenzie (Kevin) Ahern, Shannon O'Meara, Kaitlyn McCann, James Risley, III and Nicholas Risley. He is also survived by eleven great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife, he was also predeceased by his siblings: Alberta Shaw, Betty Miner, Evelyn LaPier, Lillian Cancelino, Nicholas Risley, Joseph Risley, Thomas Risley and Frederick Risley.A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for Jim on Tuesday, May 1, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Augustine's Church in Lansingburgh. Calling hours will be held prior to the Mass on Tuesday morning from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the John J. Sanvidge Funeral Home, 565 Fourth Ave (corner of 115th St. in Lansingburgh), Troy, NY 12182. Interment will be held in Elmwood Hill Cemetery, Troy.The Risley family would like to extend their sincere appreciation to the Samaritan Hospital (5th Floor) nursing staff, Van Rensselaer Manor, and a very special thank you to Debbie.Memorial donations in memory of Jim may be made to the Lansingburgh Boys and Girls Club, 501 Fourth Avenue, Troy, NY 12182 or on-line at www.lansingburghboysandgirlsclub.com.Please express your condolences by visiting sandvidgefuneralhome.com. http://www.lastingmemories.com/james-a-risley-sr
 
Published in The Record on Apr. 29, 2018

 

 Zellweger, Robert "Bob" TROY Robert "Bob" Zellweger, 67, died Friday April 27, 2018 at Samaritan Hospital of a brief illness, surrounded by his loved ones. He was a gentle soul who touched many lives. Born February 1, 1951 in Troy, Bob was the son of the late Robert Zellweger and Laura (McGrane) Zellweger. At a time when children born with Down's Syndrome were institutionalized, his parents chose to raise Bob at home, and assisted by family and staff of the Rensselaer County ARC, encouraged him to achieve a productive and fulfilling life. And what a life it was!!! For many years, Bob worked at the Menands Workshop, taking public transportation to and from work alone. After leaving the workshop, Bob worked briefly at a few other jobs, but his main contributions were made in volunteer work. He served as "Commissioner" of Central Little League for over 20 years. He was an active parishioner of St Patrick's Church in Troy holding the title of "Head Usher." He served on the board of the Rensselaer County ARC from 1999-2012. Bob was one of the first members of the Capital District Self Advocacy/AmeriCorps Program, speaking on behalf of those with developmental disabilities. He was recognized for his volunteer services by the Capital District Developmental Disabilities Services Office. Bob also did volunteer work at Eddy Heritage House, the Troy Public Library and Our Lady of Victory Church. Bob achieved the rank of 4th degree in the Knights of Columbus and was very proud of this accomplishment. One of Bob's greatest pleasures was attending the RPI hockey games. He was a season ticket holder for over 30 years. Bob loved "directing" the band as they played and talking to the many people who stopped by to say hello to him. Bob is survived by his cousins: Richard (Ellen) Ellis, Maureen Ellis Ramroth, Michael (Evelyn) Ellis, Amy (Sean) Dinn, Donna (Jim) Roarke, Megan Ramroth, Brendan (Candace) Ramroth, Sallie (Jack) McGrath, Dern (Donna) Murray, Tracey Murray, Toni (Warren) Dolan, Tammie (Jeff) Helser, Marsha Harris, Thom (Nan) Harris, Colleen (Mark) Stevens, Joyce Harris, Judi (Bobby) Paul and Kathleen (Kenny) Mazzrillo. The family wishes to acknowledge special appreciation to: Donna Roarke and Tracey Murray who were his exceptional guardian angels; Rensselaer County ARC for many years of loving support, particularly for Kaitlin and staff at the Euclid Avenue group home; Eddy Heritage House 4th floor Rehabilitation Unit and Samaritan Hospital ICU, particularly Caitlin Paff for her care and compassion in Bob's final hours. The funeral will be held Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Victory Church, Troy, where the Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Interment will be in Elmwood Hill Cemetery, Troy. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the church Tuesday, from 4 until 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, family requests donation to The Arc of Rensselaer County, 79 102nd Street Troy, N.Y. 12180
 
 

Sister Carol Anne Porter, CSJ, (Sister John Robert), 79, died Friday, December 22, 2017, at The Hospice Inn, St. Peter’s Hospital, Albany. She had been a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet for the past 59 years.

Sister Carol was born on July 26, 1938 in Albany, daughter of the late John and Genevieve Audet Porter. After graduating from Vincentian Institute in Albany, Sister Carol entered the novitiate of the Sisters of St. Joseph on March 19, 1958, and professed final vows on August 6, 1965. She received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in special education, both from The College of Saint Rose.

Sister Carol spent the first ten years of her life as a Sister of St. Joseph teaching elementary grades in schools of the Albany and Syracuse Dioceses. Upon completion of graduate studies, she began her ministry in special education during which she served at the Carondelet Educational Center in Latham and the Cerebral Palsy Treatment and Educational Facility (now known as the Center for Disability Services) in Albany. In 1980, after a year as an administrative intern, Sister Carol became principal of St. Patrick’s School in Troy where she served for 18 years. After St. Patrick’s School closed, Sister Carol was a pastoral associate for faith formation at St. Patrick’s Parish in Ravena. Until her retirement, she was coordinator of transportation and a pharmacy aide at St. Joseph’s Provincial House.

Sister Carol was a woman of faith, dedication and determination. She was proud of her Irish heritage and her family bonds which were nurtured by her parents in the neighborhood of St. James Parish in Albany. In the same spirit of her Irish ancestors and the founding Sisters of St. Joseph, Sister Carol was always willing to let go of the familiar and set out into the new and unknown—from elementary education to special education to parish ministry to in-service work at the Provincial House. Sister Carol’s willingness to do whatever was needed was a gift to many in her nearly 60 years as a Sister of St. Joseph. Last week, when Sister Carol knew that her brother, Jim, was soon to pass to eternal life, she prayed that his journey would be quick and gentle. How fitting that Sister Carol and Jim are entering the fullness of life together! Sister Carol leaves us a legacy of faithfulness to family and to the mission of the Sisters of St. Joseph to reveal God’s healing and reconciling love to all whom she met.

Sister Carol is survived by her sister, Jean Porter of Albany; her brothers, John (Catherine) Porter of Delmar, and William (Carol) Porter of Poughkeepsie; several nieces and nephews and their families; and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. In addition to her parents, Sister Carol was predeceased by her brother, James Porter, who died December 19.

Sister Carol’s Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, December 29, at 10:30 a.m. from the chapel of St. Joseph’s Provincial House, Latham. Calling hours will be held at the Provincial House on Thursday, December 28, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. Contributions in Sister Carol’s memory may be made to the Development Office of the Sisters of St. Joseph, 385 Watervliet-Shaker Road, Latham, NY 12110.  Please visit www.mcloughlinmason.com. 

 

Norton, Veronica M. TROY Veronica M. "Ronnie" Mahar Norton, 95, of Troy passed into eternal rest on January 5, 2018, at The Samaritan Hospital in Troy. Ronnie was born in Troy and was the daughter of the late Patrick and Margaret Mahar; and loving wife of the late Harold J. Norton. Ronnie formerly worked for Cluett Peabody and Seton Day Nursery both in Troy. Ronnie was a former eucharistic minister and she was also a former member of the Columbiettes. She was a devoted Catholic who relied on her faith her entire life. Ronnie is survived by her son, Thomas (Susan) Norton of South Carolina; and was predeceased by her son, Robert P. Norton. She is also survived by her daughter-in-law, Marlene R. Norton of Waterford. Ronnie is also survived by her grandchildren, Kevin Norton, Brendan (Erin) Norton and Erin (Mark) Hoffman; by her niece, Wendy (Scott) Miller; and numerous nieces, nephews and many friends. She was predeceased by her brothers and sisters, Joseph Mahar, Margaret Clermont, Sister Mary Mahar D.C., Sister Ruth Mahar D.C., Sister Mary of The Immaculate Heart (Helen) of The Cloistered Dominican Nuns, Philip (Virginia) Mahar, Rose Mahar, John (Arline) Mahar and Richard Mahar. The funeral service for Ronnie will be held on Saturday at 9:15 a.m. in The John H. Clinton Funeral Home, Inc., 336 Third St., Troy and at 10 a.m. in Sacred Heart Church on Spring Avenue, Troy where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Relatives and friends are invited to attend and may call at the funeral home on Friday from 4-7 p.m. Interment will be held in St. Mary's Cemetery in Troy. Contributions may be made to the Daughters of Charity, 96 Menands Road, Albany, NY, 12204.