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Hahn, David (Memoriam) - Saratoga Springs  
In Loving Memory of David Hahn who passed away on January 25, 2014.
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Published in www.saratogian.com from Jan. 25 to Jan. 31, 2015
Halberg, Eric* - Saratoga Springs  
Eric D. Halberg SARATOGA SPRINGS - Eric D. Halberg died at 11:40 AM, Wednesday, January 21, 2015 in Glens Falls Hospital. The immediate cause of death was pulmonary insufficiency brought on by causes associated with Parkinsons Disease for which he had been under the care of Dr. Seth Wharton of Saratoga Springs for several years. He had a rapid decline beginning in early October last year. He spent the whole month of December in Saratoga Hospital and in early January of this year he was transferred to the Washington Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare in Argyle, Washington County. Within a week of the transfer he required treatment in Glens Falls Hospital for an infection, where he was under the care of medical staff of the Hudson Headwaters Healthcare Network. He was treated very well in all of these facilities, with skill, attentiveness and loving kindness. In his lucid moments, Eric indicated that he especially appreciated the attention given to him by all of his pretty nurses – and all of them were pretty. During this difficult period Eric’s was faithfully attended and assisted by two close friends, Charles Morrison and Jerry Luhn, both of Saratoga Springs. Eric was born in Schenectady on January 7, 1947. He lived with his mother and father on St. David’s Lane, Niskayuna. He had no siblings. His father, Maynord Neil Halberg, was from Los Angeles and graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in the class of 1925-1926 with a degree in mechanical engineering. He worked for many years for General Electric in the Schenectady turbine plant, then died in 1964 when Eric was 16 years old. Eric’s mother, Elizabeth Halberg (nee Clarkeson), was born in Roselle Park, NJ. She died in 1998 in Schenectady. Eric graduated from Niskayuna High School and from Wagner College on Staten Island where he majored in studio art. In New York City he took full advantage of the museums and galleries and became well versed in art through the ages. He was particularly interested in 19th century European Art, Modern Art, American contemporary art, especially the New York School (abstract expressionism), a thread he followed for the rest of his life. He also developed a strong interest in all kinds of classical and contemporary music - he built a large collection of CDs - the theater arts, architecture and American film making, period films, the art of photography. These too were interests throughout his life. After college Eric settled in Saratoga Springs, but during the 1970s and 1980s he traveled extensively throughout the country. As a volunteer he assisted at the Schenectady Museum and the Hathorn Gallery on Skidmore College’s old campus. He worked at the Saratoga Tree Nursery for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. And he did landscaping maintenance work from 1979 through 2014, self-employed. He was a trainee in historic preservation with the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. He spent much of his time in the Saratoga Springs Public Library and Skidmore College’s Scribner Library studying art, music and film. It was his habit to borrow DVD films from the public library and watch them on a small TV in his kitchen at night. He never used the TV for anything else. Throughout the years he took silent and sound film courses at SUNY Albany, audited many courses at Skidmore, mainly in its wonderful art history department, at the rate of one or two a semester, until last spring. He gave high marks to these courses and knew good teachers when he had them - Penny Jolly, Katie Hauser and others. He always remembered a course he took from Mary-Beth O’Brien about German history, politics and culture from World War I to World II as reflected in German films. He said it was one of the most interesting and exciting courses he ever had ever taken. As for the Saratoga Springs Public Library, this was the center of his life. He went there nearly every day. He was grateful for the facility, its resources and the always friendly assistance of library staff, particularly Dan Hubbs, Sue Petit and Zoe Nousiainen Eric was the consummate man about town, often seen walking back and forth alone between his apartment, the public library or Skidmore or Downtown along well established routes. In earlier days, he danced at the Adelphi, hobnobbed with ballet dancers and generally made the summer scene in Saratoga Springs. He was a keen observer of the civic and social life of Saratoga Springs and, if prompted, would come up with surprising facts and stories. During summer months, including last summer, Eric spent most days enjoying the good life in Spa City, socializing at the Victoria Pool in Spa State Park with his friends from the Victoria Pool Association, Stan Williamson, Louise Goldstein, Andrew Jennings, Joan Beebe and others. He was sensitive to good design and the right colors and was greatly concerned about maintaining the historic aesthetic character of the pool and its surroundings. Yet he could be readily identified as the only man on the pool deck with a thick white zinc coating on his nose for sunburn protection and with long baggy shorts substituting for a bathing suit. On one memorable day, he even went into the pool! Eric was lively, well-educated, knowledgeable, well-mannered and likeable. He had a good sense of humor. He was principled and had high standards. In sum, he was a true gentleman. He was a fixture in Saratoga Springs for four and a half decades and he will be missed. Eric is survived by several first cousins, John A. Clarkeson of Scituate, MA; John S. Clarkeson of Brookline, MA; James Clarkeson of Pennington, NJ; Mary Clarkeson Phillips of Delmar, NY and Michael Paulsen of Timonium. MD. Eric has donated his body to the Anatomical Gifts Program of Albany Medical College. The students will use it respectfully as their “teacher” and when they are done his remains will be cremated and the ashes returned to friends and family. In about 24 months, usually in September, the college will hold a memorial service for its recent “teachers,” in Albany Rural Cemetery. Eric would like to be remembered by building, in his name, a collection of books and films on American contemporary art at the Saratoga Springs Public Library. Donations can be made accordingly.
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Published in The Saratogian on Jan. 27, 2015
Henry, William (Memoriam) - Ballston Spa  
In Loving Memory of William Henry who passed away on January 28, 2014.
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Published in www.saratogian.com from Jan. 28 to Feb. 3, 2015
Holmes, Jane* - Saratoga Springs  
Jane MacDonald Holmes SARATOGA SPRINGS - Jane MacDonald Holmes died peacefully January 18, 2015 at Wesley Health Center with the help of her family, Hospice, her aids and nurses, and her friends. Jane, who was born in Hazelton PA, lived in NYC, London, Millbrook NY, Hingham MA, and finally Saratoga since 1985. Jane was a model, pioneering dance teacher, logo model for the Arthur Murray studios, Red Cross ‘donut girl’ during the London blitz, owner and manager of Jane Holmes Inc, an elegant dress shop in Poughkeepsie, NY. She graduated in the first Hospice Volunteer class in Saratoga. This is some of what she did. She was a loving mother, grandmother, inspirational friend and senior Ya-Ya. Jane gave it a rip for 97 years. Jane is survived by her daughters Jenny Mirling (Ben), Mimi Boone (Darrell), Antonia Tuck (Bill), son Jake (Anne Kane), beloved grandchildren, nieces and friends, and by several treasured gentleman callers. A memorial service will be held 3pm, May 9, 2015 at 110 Spring St., Saratoga Springs, NY. If one so wishes, contributions may be made in Jane’s name to the John and Jane Holmes Scholarship Fund at Saratoga Arts: 320 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.
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Published in The Saratogian on Jan. 25, 2015
Horstmann, Brenda* - Ballston Spa  
Brenda M. Horstmann BALLSTON SPA - Brenda M. Horstmann 49, passed away Monday, January 26, 2015. She was born in Niskayuna, NY on November 16, 1965. Brenda was a graduate of Ballston Spa High School. She was a secretary at the Waterford Halfmoon High School. She also worked as a dispatcher for the Saratoga Park Police. Brenda was a devoted mom who loved spending time with her daughters. She was a 4-H leader and showed many bunnies at the Saratoga County Fair with her girls. She enjoyed horseback riding and country music, especially Alan Jackson. Brenda is survived by her husband CJ Horstmann and their beloved daughters Elizabeth, Kaitee, Bridgette and Carlee; father David Garrison (Barb); mother Tanya Garrison; brother Darryl Garrison (Sumer); sister in law and brother in law Amy and Rusty Miller; nephew Randy Miller; close friend Bill Marshall; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, January 30 from 4-8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A memorial service will be held at 10am Saturday, January 31 at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Brenda may be to the Brenda Horstmann Memorial Fund at any First Niagara Bank, for her daughters. Online remembrances may be made at www.armerfuneralhome.com
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Published in The Saratogian on Jan. 29, 2015
Hughes, Mark (Memoriam) - Ballston Spa  
In Loving Memory of Mark Hughes who passed away on January 20, 2014.
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Published in www.saratogian.com from Jan. 20 to Jan. 26, 2015
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