Good morning St. Patrick Alumni Family and Friends. It has been 85 long days since we have all been able to be together. We have had a lot of circumstance that have happened in those 85 days. We were not able to be together for our St. Patrick Day Event, We were not able to share the holiest time of year together and we lost some dear friends during this tragic situation. It has been a very difficult time for everyone. When we last emailed everyone the State of New York had 173 total confirmed cases of COVID-19 as it stands today there has been 350,121 positive cases of COVID-19 and 22,619 deaths. Some will argue this totals. Saying that they were not all COVID-19 deaths that these individuals had underling conditions that caused their deaths and that it is all a political game. The fact is there were 22,619 souls taken from us during these 85 days whether or not it was linked to the virus the fact is these souls all died alone and with out their love ones. The families and friends did not get to say good bye. These souls did not have the send off that they deserved. It is now time we put all our opinions aside and pray for all the lost souls that have been taken from us and we pray that this nation can put all its difference aside to help all in need. Please know that we are thinking of all of you and you are all in our prayers and thoughts. If anyone is in need of help you can always reach out to Catholic Charities of The Diocese of Albany. We have provided a link below. Once you click on the link scroll to the bottom and click on the county you live in. Catholic Charities help with Food & Nutrition, General Help and emergency Assistance, Shelter & Low income Housing, Substance Abuse Prevention, Children & Adults with Intellectual Disabilities, Service for Seniors and much more.
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany
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Albany, NY 12203
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We will continue to monitor the situation but for now we will not be having any services until July 12th. this is suppose to be our annual picnic. There are many factors that will be consider in whether or not we will be able to have the picnic. One main factor is if the State allows gatherings of more than 10 people. The other factor is if the venue opens for business with gatherings. Right now we are still planning to have it but we will not jeopardize anyone's health or safety.
We will continue to keep everyone updated on the situation as things unfold, so please make sure to check for updates VIA email, website http://www.stpatrickstroy.org/ , facebook pages, Community of St. Patrick's Church of Troy, NY and/or The Community of St. Patrick's Troy, New York. Please see below some tips below to prevent illness. Psalm 46:1 God is our refuge and our strength. An ever present help in times of trouble. God Bless and have a great week we can not wait to see everyone again. Father Dave Jones and St. Patrick Alumni Committee.
Tips in helping to avoid the spread of Illness:
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
Troy- Patricia Simmons Mitola, 83, of Woodward Avenue, died Thursday, December 20, 2018 at Samaritan Hospital.
Born in Albany, she was the daughter of the late Harold Banten and Margaret Heffernan McCabe and wife of the late Alphonso Mitola.
Raised and educated in Troy, she was a graduate of Troy High School and went on to work for Albany Memorial Hospital as an Accounts Payable Supervisor for over 30 years.
Patricia was a lifelong member of the St. Patrick’s Parish in Troy, which she deeply cherished. She also enjoyed trips to Atlantic City and Foxwoods Resort Casino and spending time with her family.
Patricia is survived by three children Jenny Simmons of Troy, Steven Simmons (Cheryl) of Colonie, Peter Simmons (BettyAnn) of Schaghticoke, three grandchildren Mark, Eric and Jeffrey Simmons, her great granddaughter, Jordyn Simmons and her sisters, Dora Banten Kane Strode and Jean Bayly. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her former husband Anthony Simmons, her brother, Richard Banten and her sisters, Margaret “Peggy” Banten and Marion Bestle Hood.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, December 28, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at the McLoughlin & Mason Funeral Home, corner of 109th Street and Third Avenue, Lansingburgh with Rev. David Jones officiating.
Burial will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery, Troy,
Calling hours will be held 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home.
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Obituary for Thomas M. Riley Sr.
Born in Troy on April 25, 1939, he was the son of the late James M. and Blanche Peterson Riley. Tom was raised in Watervliet and graduated from School 3 and Watervliet High School.
Tom was employed by the Golub Corporation for over 41 years. He began his career with the Central Market in Watervliet and later was a store manager with Price Chopper in North Adams, MA, Latham, North Troy and Watervliet before retiring in 1999.
He also enjoyed working with his best friend, Ron Bagley at Forget Me Not Florist in North Troy along with his wife Dot.
He was the past president of the Watervliet AOH and was a lifetime member of the Troy Knights of Columbus. He was a communicant of the former Sacred Heart of Mary Church in Watervliet, St. Patrick’s Church in Troy where he was a Eucharistic Minister and served many functions and most recently at St. Anne Maronite Catholic Church in Watervliet.
Tom was the mastermind of the 16th Street Tree Lighting and Winter Wonderland every year in Watervliet. Along with his neighbors Ralph Fera and Dan Meyer, he turned the street and boulevards into a winter carnival every year for the community to enjoy.
He was the beloved husband of 43 years of the late Dorothy “Dot” M. Manley Riley who died in 2005; the best dad of Thom (Terry) Riley of Glenville, Michael T. (Jean Marie) Riley of Waterford, Mary E. (Bruce) Beauchamp of Manorville, NY, Lisa A (late Matt) Alaxanian of Watervliet, Paul R. (Christina) Riley of Latham and Kristin J. (Matt) Bertrand of Brunswick; proud grandfather of Ian (Kristen) Riley, Erin (Matt) Dobbs, Makenzie Riley, Katelyn (Justin) Sultzbach, Michael, Eric and Megan Riley, Lexa his granddog, Jessica and Ashley Alaxanian, Nicholas and Hannah Gavin, Nicholas, Sidney and Samantha Bertrand; great grandfather of Magnolia and Azalea Dobbs; dear brother of John (Anna Mary) Riley of Wellesley, MA, Kathleen (Jim) Pallotolo of Colonie, Ann Marie Riley of Watervliet and the late James (Anna survives) Riley of Troy, the late George (late Zelda) Riley and the late Vincent Riley. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
His funeral mass will be Saturday at 9:00 am at St. Augustine’s Church, 4th Avenue & 115th Street in Lansingburgh with his nephew, Rev. Edward Riley as the main celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Watervliet. Relatives and friends are invited and may also call at the Parker Bros. Memorial, 2013 Broadway, Watervliet on Friday from 4-7 pm.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Shriner’s Hospitals for Children, Development Office, 516 Carew Street, Springfield, MA 01104 or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Condolence book at ParkerBrosMemorial.com.
Robert “Bob” R. Gordon, Jr., 69, passed away on Friday, August 10, 2018 at Albany Medical Center. Born in Troy, he was the son of the late Robert R. Gordon Sr and Joyce Roberts Gordon and the loving husband to Patricia Howard Gordon. Bob graduated from Troy High School, class of 1966 and Siena College class of 1970, he served proudly in the United States Army during Vietnam from 1970 to 1972, and he then served in the National Guard, retiring in 2008. Bob worked for the New York State Department of Civil Services as a classification and payroll specialist, retiring in 2003.
Bob was a 44 year member of the Troy Elks #141, serving as past Exalted Ruler, past State Vice President and past District Deputy, he also was a proud member of the Veterans of Lansingburgh.
In addition to his wife Patricia, he is survived by his daughter Heather Gordon, his siblings William (Karen) Gordon, Roselyn (late Joseph) Panza, Kathleen (William) Snyder, Janice Gordon, Gary (late Linda) Gordon, Kevin (Kelly) Gordon and John Gordon, his aunts Sandy Gordon, Gerri Gordon, Lorraine Roberts and Louise Roberts, also survived by several nieces and nephews.
Bob was predeceased by his brother Bruce Gordon and sister Cecelia Weber.
A special “Thank You” to Bob’s family and friend Donna Riley for their care and compassion.
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Obituary for William V. Wells
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.
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.