SARATOGA SPRINGS — Jeffrey A. Wise, 62, died Sunday, January 17, 2016, at Saratoga Hospital following a brief illness.
Born October 1, 1953, in Glens Falls, NY, Jeff was the son of the late Jane (Stanley) Wise and the Reverend A. King Wise. A member of the Glens Falls High School class of 1971, Jeff graduated in 1975 from SUNY Potsdam with a degree in philosophy. In 1984 Jeff enrolled in Albany Law School, and in 1987 earned a J.D. degree, continuing at the Gazette during school breaks.
He transitioned from journalism to public policy, and spent the next 25 years in Albany, where he advocated for the homeless and people with special physical and mental-health needs. An avid follower of all sports, Jeff was a lifelong fan of the Boston Red Sox and the Buffalo Bills. He loved racing season at Saratoga Race Course and watching ice hockey in Glens Falls, and also enjoyed the golf course at Saratoga Spa State Park. His musical interests ranged from classical to rock and roll, and he especially enjoyed Lou Reed, the Who, the Moody Blues, and Mark Knopfler.
Jeff’s parents and older brother, Gregory A. Wise, predeceased him. Survivors include daughters Rebecca Wise Melli of Fort Edward, and Abigail L. Wise of Washington, DC; sister Gretchen Wise Moore of Glens Falls, sister-in-law Penelope Wise of Erie, PA; nieces Melissa Moore (Bruce) Frank of Glens Falls, Vanessa Moore (Jerry) Hathaway of Melbourne, FL, and Samantha Wise (Michael) Baker of Gansevoort; nephews Ryan (Kristen) Wise of South Glens Falls, and Christopher Wise of NYC; five great-nephews, four great-nieces, and very dear friend Shelly Nortz of Albany.
Relatives and friends are invited to call from 1 to 4 p.m. today, Friday, January 22, at William J. Burke and Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes, 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs with a prayer service and sharing of memories at 4 p.m. Burial will be private. A reception for friends and family will follow from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Murray-Aikins Dining Hall (second floor) on the campus of Skidmore College.
Memorial contributions may be made to Old Friends at Cabin Creek, a retirement center for Thoroughbred racehorses located in Greenfield Center, http://www.oldfriendsatcabincreek.com/donations
Online remembrances may be made at www.burkefuneralhome.com.
SARATOGA SPRINGS — Gerald Michael Erchak, age 70, died of cancer Tuesday morning, January 19, 2016, at his home in Saratoga Springs. He passed peacefully, surrounded by loved ones.
Gerald was born on October 11, 1945 in Morristown, NJ, to parents Michael Erchak and Gloria Midroy Erchak. Gerald moved to Saratoga Springs in 1977 to become a professor of anthropology at Skidmore College, where he taught until retiring in 2007. His research specialty was the peoples of western Africa, where he was highly well traveled. Gerald has lived in downtown Saratoga since his retirement, and enjoyed going for walks on Broadway and eating at local restaurants.
Gerald is survived by his four loving children: three sons, Ivan, of San Diego, CA, Alexei, of North Easton, MA, and Wyatt, of Troy, NY; one daughter, Abigail, of Minneapolis, MN. Other survivors include his sister, Donna, of London, England; his former wife and mother of Wyatt and Abigail, Jane Sandbo, of Minneapolis; his former wife and mother of Ivan and Alexei, Jenee Erchak, of Saratoga Springs; a niece, Clarissa Ward, of London; and several adoring grandchildren.
Friends and relatives gathered to remember him on Thursday, Jan 21, 2016 at the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes, 628 North Broadway in Saratoga Springs.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in memory of Gerald to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, 1250 Fourth St., Santa Monica, CA 90401 or www.pcf.org
Online remembrances may be made at www.burkefuneralhome.com
SARATOGA SPRINGS — Joel Edward Reingold, 73, of Saratoga Springs passed away peacefully on January 16, 2016. He was the devoted husband to wife Erna, who pre-deceased him, son of Harold and Thelma Reingold, brother to Michael, who pre-deceased him, and Richard.
A 1964 graduate of Williams College, and former correspondent for Time Magazine, he was a marvelous writer. He continued to write later in life, most passionately to many who knew him, about Irish Jump Racing. A man of myriad interests, he was a voracious reader and insatiably curious.
A gifted listener, and extraordinary friend, he is survived by daughter and son-in-law Rachel and Brian Mulcahy, brother Richard, and many like-minded souls, including Jay Freedman, Rory Whelan, and Michael Michalisin. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.
SARATOGA SPRINGS — Suzanne Dorsey Carlson, 54, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016 at Saratoga Hospital after a courageous struggle with cancer. She was surrounded by her loving family.
Born Aug. 3, 1961 in Bronxville, NY she was the daughter of Patricia Dorsey and the late Dr. James B. Dorsey of Saratoga Springs. A graduate of St. Peter’s Academy, class of 1979, she attended Pine Manor College in Brookline, MA. Following college she entered the medical field as an EKG technician at Ellis Hospital. She was also a medical secretary in the office of Dr. James Dorsey and Dr. Warren Gewant.
Suzanne was a homemaker and focused her interests on her two children, Amanda and George. She enjoyed traveling and lived in Sardina, Italy where her daughter was born. She also resided in San Diego, CA. Having many friends throughout the Saratoga area, Suzanne enjoyed many good times with them. On a more serious note, she found great comfort in her devotion to her Bible readings. Suzanne will be remembered as a kind and most generous person.
In addition to her father, she was predeceased by her sister Alison Golinski.
Survivors include her mother Patricia; her children, Amanda Dugan and George Carlson; brother, James B. (Nancy) Dorsey, Jr.; sisters, Katherine (John) LaBoda, Mary L. Lee, Pamela (Bruce) Boghosian; her aunt, Elizabeth Dorsey; brother-in-law, Gary Golinski and several nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to Suzanne’s many physicians and caretakers and especially her supportive friend Carolyn Pennell.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Monday, Jan. 18, 2016 at St. Clement’s Church, 231 Lake Ave. in Saratoga Springs by the Rev. Timothy Keating. Burial will be in the family plot at St. Peter’s Cemetery, West Ave., also in Saratoga Springs.
Memorials may be made in Suzanne’s name to the Saratoga Hospital Foundation, 2ll Church St., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.
Online remembrances may be made at www.burkefuneralhome.com
SARATOGA SPRINGS — Edward M. Lewis, Sr. passed away Friday, Jan. 15, 2016 at Saratoga Hospital. He was 81.
Born on March 7, 1934 in Ballston Spa, he was the son of the late Frank C. and Alice Reed Lewis and was the third born of fourteen children. At the age of 17, Ed enlisted in the United States Marines and proudly served our country during the Korean War, and is a recipient of two Purple Heart Medals. Honorably discharged in 1954, he worked road construction for DA Collins for many years and was a member of the Albany Laborers’ Local #190.
In addition to his parents, he is predeceased by his wife Virginia Mason Lewis; his brothers, Frank, Fred, John, Warren and Ralph Lewis and a sister Celia Haynes.
Survivors include his son, Edward M. Lewis, Jr. and his wife Kay; his grandchildren, Gregory and Heather Lewis; a brother, James Lewis; six sisters, Mary (Glenn) Cullen, Betty (Ed) Meers, Ruth Lewis, Helen Ryle, Cynthia (Jim) Hubbert and Linda Whiting and many nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends gathered to remember him on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016 at the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes, 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs. Burial with military honors will be in the spring at Rock City Falls Cemetery.
Online remembrances may be made at www.burkefuneralhome.com.
ST. JOHNSONVILLE, NY – Charles A. Glessing (Chick) of Ramsey Shores, Henderson Harbor, NY passed away peacefully at the St. Johnsville Rehabilitation and Nursing facility on Wednesday January 13, 2016 surrounded by loved ones. He was 68 years old.
Born on April 5th, 1947 in Syracuse, he was the son of the late Charles A. Glessing and Mary M. Barriger. Mr. Glessing proudly served in the United States Air Force from 1967 to 1973. Charles worked in and owned various Nursing Homes throughout the State of New York, most recently the St. Johnsville Rehabilitation and Nursing Facility where he was currently residing.
He is predeceased by his granddaughter Grace C. Britton, his sisters, Helen Robischon, Elizabeth Murphy, Barbara Kinley, and Beverly Malone, and his brothers, Ronald Rosecrans, William Glessing and Jack Glessing.
He leaves behind his heartbroken family including his three daughters, Theresa G. Britton and her husband E. Joseph of Greenfield Center, Tammy L. Haarman and her husband Jason of Saratoga Springs, and Carey R. Glessing and her partner Eric Geibel of Chicago, IL, two sisters Mary Grace Dessormeau and her husband Robert Jr. of Porter Corners, and Joan Desimone and her husband Michael of Vero Beach, FL, 6 grandchildren, Luke J. Britton, Faith R. Britton, Gannon C. Britton, Rachel A. Haarman, Paige E. Haarman and Charlotte J. Haarman. He is also mourned by his former wife Lynn C. Glessing, of Schroon Lake, and his current wife Deborah Fread of Jensen Beach, FL as well as many beloved nieces and nephews. He will be greatly missed by his beautiful white golden retriever, Steve.
Visitation hours were held on Saturday January 16, 2016 at the Tunison Funeral Home 105 Lake Ave., in Saratoga Springs. A memorial service followed.
Memorial donations can be made in his memory to St. Jude’s Children Hospital 501 St. Jude’s Place Memphis, TN, 38105.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Tunison Funeral Home 105 Lake Ave. Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Online remembrances can be made atwww.tunisonfuneralhome.com
Fred “Freddy” Jurgens
SARATOGA SPRINGS — On Wednesday, November 25, 2015, Fred “Freddy” Jurgens of Saratoga Springs journeyed to his final heavenly home. At his request, he was able to spend his last days in the home he built and passed away peacefully within the presence of his family. He was 84.
Fred was born in Bochum, Germany and throughout his childhood lived in different areas of Germany. He faced many difficult and dangerous times as a consequence of WWII. The ability to survive those times instilled an inner strength in Fred that he maintained throughout his entire adult life.
In search of a better life after the war he sailed to Canada in 1951. It was there that he met his British future wife, Anne Porter. They were married in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada in 1954 and emigrated to the USA to begin their new life together in 1956. They became US citizens in 1962.
Their first years in America were spent in Rochester and Pulaski, NY. In 1962, Fred was transferred to Saratoga Springs to work on the Northway Highway project. With a strong desire for his family to have a permanent home, Fred began his own construction business in Saratoga. This enabled him to build a house on Patricia Lane while also engaging in the completion of many projects in and around the Capital District.
Fred was well known for his outspoken and passionate views on politics. Tuning in to MSNBC daily was as important to him as his cup of coffee. “Freddy” shared his opinions and knowledge of history with everyone . . . even if they didn’t want to hear it. His unique understanding of world events has always been a source of education for everyone who knew and loved him.
Many heartfelt thanks to Saratoga Hospital and all of the fine people there who helped keep him going through some rough times in recent years. Fred had a zest for life that did not want to quit. Hospice helped him find peace at the end, and for that the Jurgens Family is grateful and so thankful for the time they had with him.
Fred is survived by his beloved “Bunzie” and their five children; Kathy (Dan) Gregory, Nora Reed, Ron (Soni) Jurgens, William Jurgens and Julie Jurgens. He is also survived by his seven grandchildren; Ryan, Robert, Kasi, Chelsea, Meghan, Lauren and Max. He will be loved eternally by them all, and never forgotten.
Family and friends were invited to help honor Fred’s life at the Compassionate Care Funeral Home on 402 Maple Ave, Rt. 9 in Saratoga Springs on Monday, November 30. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Fred’s memory to Saratoga Hospital or Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence St, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
SARATOGA SPRINGS — Walter Youngmann passed away on Saturday, November 21, 2015 at Saratoga Hospital. He was born on August 31, 1926 to the late Martin and Ottilie Youngmann in Brooklyn, NY.
A veteran of World War II, Mr. Youngmann proudly served in the Air Force. Walter was a 60-year member of the Wantagh Morton Masonic Lodge and he was also a parishioner at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Saratoga Springs.
Mr. Youngmann enjoyed reading, traveling with his wife and was an avid fan of the show, Thomas the Train Engine.
Walter is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Elaine Youngmann; children, Claire (Mel) Marcino, Barbara (Gary) Leonard, Walter (Carole), Kurt (Janet) Youngmann; grandchildren, Christine, John, Angela, Ruthann Christina, Amy, Bryan; great grandchildren, Isabella, Elizabeth, Levi and Benjamin.
Calling hours took place on Tuesday, November 24 at the Tunison Funeral Home, 105 Lake Avenue in Saratoga Springs. A funeral service will be held this morning, Wednesday, November 25, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 149 Lake Ave, Saratoga Springs. Burial will immediately follow at Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Deuel Road in Schuylerville. Arrangements are entrusted to the Tunison Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made at Tunisonfuneralhome.com.