D. Marilyn Adriance
NORTH GREENBUSH - D. Marilyn Chattin Adriance, 77, of Valley View Drive, died suddenly Saturday, January 2, 2010, at her residence.
Born in Albany, she was daughter of the late Bill Chattin and Francis Clemons Chattin and wife of the late Warren L. Adriance.
She had resided in Albany for 15 years, in Voorheesville for many years and most recently in North Greenbush.
She was a graduate of Voorheesville High School, class of 1950, and graduated from Hudson Valley Community College in real estate and insurance.
Mrs. Adriance was an insurance specialist for Professional Insurance Agents for 24 years, retiring in 1995.
She was a member of Automobilists of the Upper Hudson Valley, Insurance Women of Albany and the Dryden Historical Society.
Survivors include two sons, Andrew L. (Carol) Adriance of Cazenovia and Stephen R. (Paula) Adriance of Lexington, KY; a daughter, Nancy (Scott) Reynolds of Troy; a sister, Barbara (Clarence) Brisee of Glenmont; six grandchildren, Michelle (Adam) Muretisch, Mark (Melanie) Adriance, Conor and Mackenzie Adriance and Rebecca and Jeffrey Reynolds; and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be private at the convenience of the family. Interment will be in Albany Rural Cemetery in Menands.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in memory of Dorothy Marilyn Adriance to the Dryden Town Historical Society, PO Box 69 — 36 West Main St., Dryden, NY 13053.
Eugene J. Bechard
TROY - Eugene J. Bechard, 69, died suddenly Saturday, January 2, 2010, at his residence.
Born in Troy on September 11, 1940 , he was the son of the late Eugene J. Bechard and Helen Doris Conley Bechard-Raleigh, stepson of the late Kenneth Raleigh and beloved husband of Marion Ashdown Bechard of Troy.
A lifelong resident of Troy, Gene attended Lansingburgh schools and was a graduate of La Salle Institute. He attended Hudson Valley Community College and graduated from Lewis School of Hotel Management in Washington, D.C. He was a U.S. Navy veteran.
Mr. Bechard held many positions with the city of Troy for over 37 years. He started as a police officer with the Troy Police Department, worked many years with Code Enforcement as a senior code inspector and principal code inspector. As the head of the Troy Code Enforcement Bureau, Gene was responsible to see that all building construction that took place in the city met the highest safety standards. By enforcing the city’s codes, Gene was able to achieve the highest degree of safety for the citizens and occupants of Troy and all visiting personnel.
In 1979, he became deputy commissioner of Public Works and retired in 1995 as the commissioner of Public Works. Presently, Gene worked parttime with the city of Troy as assistant to the city engineer and with the town of Poestenkill as a code enforcement officer. He was also a member of the Troy Planning Board.
Gene enjoyed carpentry, bird watching, traveling and poker night with his good friends. He was an avid Boston Red Sox and Dallas Cowboys fan.
He loved being surrounded by his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He enjoyed the annual family clamsteam and backyard camp fires and taking trips to Old Forge with his wife Marion.
He was a communicant of the former St. Williams Church in Troy and a communicant of St. Joseph ’s Church in Troy.
Gene was dedicated to both the city of Troy and the town of Poestenkill.
Gene had a warm and generous heart and was truly loved by his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Survivors in addition to his wife Marion include his beloved children Dawn Bechard of Waterford, Barbara Welch (Victor) of Wynantskill, Theresa Bellerose (Mark) of Troy, Noreen Marchese (Chris) of Cape Cod and Brian Bechard (Frank Grunerio) of Chicago. Proud grandfather of 10 grandchildren, Sarah, Elizabeth and Lauren Monahan, Meghan and Melissa Welch, Ashley Bellerose, Christopher Bechard, Kersten and Karley Marchese and Celsea Powers; and four great-grandchildren, Jackson and Avery Czarnecki, Oliver Shelmerdine and Gisele Harris. In addition, Gene is survived by a brother-in-law, Robert Ashdown (Joan) of Virginia; and several nieces, nephews and friends.
Funeral services will be Wednesday at 8:45 a.m. from the McLoughlin & Mason Funeral Home at 109th Street and Third Avenue in Lansingburgh, and at 9:30 a.m. at St. Joseph ’s Church in Troy, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Calling hours are 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Waterford.
Donations to Juvenile Diabetes Research, 6 Greenwood Drive, East Greenbush, NY 12061, would be appreciated.
Mary F. Simonian
TROY - Mary F. Simonian of Troy passed away suddenly at her home on Friday, January 1, 2010, at the age of 81.
Mrs. Simonian was a lifelong Trojan and an active member of St. Joseph’s Parish in Troy.
She was a graduate of Catholic Central High School and was employed by Cluett Peabody & Co. and the state Department of Taxation & Finance in Albany, retiring in 2004.
Mary was predeceased by her parents Martin and Victoria Malek Premo, brothers Edward and Charles Premo and former mother-in-law Jane Simonian.
She is survived by her three loving children Jeane Marie (Tim) Greenwell of Scottsdale, AZ, Peter M. (Linda) Simonian of Troy and James J. (Leslie) Simonian; and only grandchild Tyler J. Simonian of Fort Lauderdale, FL. She is also survived by her sister Elizabeth O’Brien of Troy and former husband Peter E. Simonian of Pompano Beach, FL.
Mary will forever be remembered for her quick wit, love of crossword puzzles, scratch off LOTTO tickets and BINGO! She will be missed greatly by us all.
Funeral services will be private at this time with a celebration of life planned for a later date.
Anyone wishing to make contributions in Mary’s memory may send donations to St. Joseph’s Church, 416 Third St., Troy, NY 12180.
TROY - Trudy D. 'Mimi' Ackerly, 87, of Cloverlawn Road, died on Wednesday evening at St. Mary's Hospital, surrounded by her loving family under the care of Community Hospice of Rensselaer County.
Born in Whitehall on Sept. 26, 1922, she was the daughter of the late George and Stella Allen Neddo and the loving wife of the late Ralph F. Ackerly who died on Sept. 20, 2009. They were married on June 5, 1970, in Waterford.
She was a member of Calvary United Methodist Church in Latham. Mimi attended Whitehall schools and moved to the Troy area 60 years ago. She had worked in the Maternity Ward of Samaritan Hospital for a few years and was the cashier at the Crossroad's Restaurant in Latham where she retired in the mid-1960s. Mimi was involved for more than 15 years with “Fresh Air Children” coming up from New York City. Her hobbies included watching football with her husband and grandsons, crocheting, gardening and plants along with “eating out with Ralphie.”
Survivors include her children Donna M. (Henry) Condon of Waterford, Diane M. Quillinan and Gail L. (Salvatore) Ruotolo, all of Troy; a brother, George Neddo of Hopewell, VA,; 11 grandchildren, Joseph Williams, Shawn and Thomas Lajeunesse, Michael Quillinan, John Stopera, Christopher Millington, Donald and Michelle Meyer, Joseph Ruotolo, Nicole Daniels, Tina Wisnor; and 20 great-grandchildren with one on the way.
She was predeceased by two children, Jacqueline A. Lajeunesse and John R. Williams.
Funeral services will be held on Monday at 11 a.m. at Calvary United Methodist Church, 15 Ridge Place, Latham, where Rev. John L. Phillippe will officiate. Burial will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery in Troy.
Relatives and friends are invited to the Doran Funeral Home, 9 South Lake Ave., Troy, for visitation on Sunday from 5 to 8 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Rensselaer County, 295 Valley View Blvd., Rensselaer, NY 12144 in loving memory of Ralph and Gertrude Ackerly.
TROY - On Monday, November 23, 2009 at her residence Lucille Gamble peacefully departed from this life surrounded by her loving family to her home in Glory, at the age of 89.
Born and educated in Ethelsville, Alabama she relocated to Troy where she met and married the late James Gamble.
Lucille united with the Bethel Baptist Church more than 65 years ago under the pastorate of the late Rev. Brewington S. Stinney. She was a Charter Member and past Worthy Matron of Mt. Moriah Chapter No. 75 order of Eastern Stars. Lucille was employed by and retired from our Lady of Hope Residence in Latham.
Survived by two sons J. Robert (Sandra D.) of Troy and Edward (Doris) of Oak Park, Michigan; five grandchildren, Kim Jones, Jerrie Henderson, Omari, Amina Gamble and devoted care-giver Cahtina Gamble; four great- grandchildren; sister-in-law, Elizabeth Small; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives and a host of friends.
She was predeceased by two sons, Jimmy and David Gamble.
Services will be held Monday, Nov. 30, 2009, at the Bethel Baptist Church, 2165 Fifth Ave., Troy, with the Rev. Eric Shaw officiating.
Calling hours 9 to 11 a.m. with the home going service at 11 a.m. Interment Elmwood Hill Cemetery, Troy.
MECHANICVILLE - Lucille Devine Grignon, 83, of Pruyn Hill Road, died Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009, at Saratoga Hospital.
Born and educated in Cohoes, she was the daughter of the late Leo and Hortense Forget Devine and wife of the late Clement N. Grignon.
Lucille had been employed by state Taxation and Finance and retired in 1983. Prior to that she worked at St. Colman's Home.
She was a life member of the Ladies of St. Anne at St. Marie's Church in Cohoes and also a bowler for many years with the Independent Women's League at Cohoes Bowl and the Cohoes Fifty-fivers.
Lucille is survived by her daughter Linda Sloan of Troy, her sons Nelson C. Grignon of Ballston Spa and Wayne Grignon of Cohoes. Also surviving is a granddaughter, six grandsons and one great-grandson.
She was the sister of the late Don and Leo Devine and Joan Riberdy.
Funeral services will be Monday at 8:15 a.m. from the Philip J. Brendese Funeral Home, 133 Broad St. (Rte. 32), Waterford and at 9 a.m. at Holy Trinity Church in Cohoes. Interment will be in Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery.
Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m.
Those who wish may make contributions to Community Hospice, 295 Valley View Blvd., Rensselaer, NY 12144.
ALBANY - Patricia M. McMahon died Nov. 27 , 2009, surrounded by her loving family.
Born in Troy, she was the wife of the late Peter McMahon Sr., whom she married on June 7, 1958. Daughter of the late George and Margaret (Bell) Burke. She was a long-time resident of Troy and a communicant of St. Mary's Parish.
Educated in Troy schools, Mrs. McMahon was a graduate of Catholic Central High School. Prior to her retirement, she was a VESID counselor employed by the state of New York.
Mrs. McMahon was active in the Elks No. 2519 of Florida and the Watervliet LAOH.
Patricia was the loving mother of Peter McMahon Jr. (Mary Delorenzo) of Troy, Erin McMahon, Rita (Bob) DeChiaro, Peggy (Nico) Acevedo, all of Watervliet. Cherished sister of Michael (Joan) Burke of Watervliet. Survived by 15 grandchildren and was a special “Gigi” to her six great-grandchildren. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews. Beloved mother of the late Kelly Loveless and Janet McMahon.
Predeceased by her brothers George, William and John Burke and her sister Estelle Delehanty.
Pat will be remembered for her love of family and friends. She celebrated her Irish heritage and honored her role as the family matriarch.
Relatives may call from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29, 2009, at the Konicek & Collett Funeral Home, 1855-12th Ave., Watervliet.
Funeral services 9 a.m. from the funeral home, thence to St. Mary's Church, 196 Third St., Troy, where her funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Interment in St. Mary's Cemetery Troy.
Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Troy, 295 Valley View Road, Rensselaer, 12144.