OBITUARIES: Baillargeon, Purcell, Knott

Jarvis H. Baillargeon (1926 – 2015)

VALATIE—Jarvis Henry Baillargeon, 89, passed away March 3, 2015.

He was born in Keeseville; graduated at 16 and joined the U.S. Navy at 17. He served as petty officer and sonar operator on the U.S.S. Rudderow with McArthur’s 7th Fleet in the Philippines.

He received a BA from SUNY Oswego State Teachers College and taught industrial arts for 15 years before joining the New York State Education Department as an associate supervisor where he developed statewide curriculum in industrial arts and wrote several publications.

Mr. Baillargeon raised his family in rural Valatie, where the family operated an orchard and roadside stand on Route 9. He pursued many interests, traveled to 47 states and 11 countries, volunteered at the 1980 Olympics and created innumerable products from his workshop.

His interest in history resulted in a series of 15 paintings and a video, “The Guns of Ticonderoga,” documenting the Knox Trek. Mr. Baillargeon narrated and gave several community presentations and the collection was donated to the Valatie Library.

Mr. and Mrs. Baillargeon recently returned to Valatie after retiring to Calabash, NC, and Schroon Lake. He enjoyed barbershop harmony and played tennis twice a week until age 87. Mr. Baillargeon was a devout Catholic and often served as a lector in his parish.

He is survived by: his wife of 65 years, Marie; nine children, Jan (Jack) McEneny, Jill (Ray Holland), Roger (Kim), Neal (Karen), Paul, Hugh, Claire, Carl and Mark; seven grandchildren, Lauren (Brendan) White and Colin Parkes, Tanner Holland, Megan (Ken) McGivney and Erin, Patrick and Dennis Baillargeon; two great-grandchildren, Alessandra and Maia McGivney; nieces, Carol Bennett and Deborah Crider; cousin, Arleeda Hickey.

He was predeceased by his parents, Oliver and Lillian (Jarvis) and brothers, Jarvis L. and Ivan Baillargeon.

The family thanks the staff at Barnwell for their compassionate care. Private funeral arrangements are by Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie. Internment with full military honors will be at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery at a later date.

Roseann C. Purcell (1930 – 2015)

ALBANY—Roseann C. Purcell, 85, of Valatie died March 3, 2015 at St. Peter’s Hospital.

Born January 14, 1930 in Kingston, she was the daughter of the late Lincoln and Florence (Malia) Crosby.

She was a graduate of St. Ursula in Kingston and received her master’s degree from the College of St. Rose in Albany. She was a supervisor with the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance in Albany for 18 years.

She taught school on Long Island and in Gilboa and was a communicant of St. John the Baptist Church in Valatie and served on its bereavement committee and the Elves. Mrs. Purcell’s most important role in life was being a loving mother.

She is survived by: two daughters: Anne Marie Egnasher of Kinderhook and Eileen Purcell of Astoria, OR; three sons, Michael Purcell of Albany, Peter Purcell of Los Angeles, CA, and Patrick Purcell of Chatham; four grandchildren, Zephaniah and Jedediah Egnasher, Ashley and Jessica Purcell and a great-granddaughter, Brenna Egnasher. She was predeceased by her husband, John W. Purcell and her brother, Edward Crosby.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Friday, March 6 at St. John the Baptist Church, Valatie, with the Reverend George Fleming officiating. Burial will be in St. John the Baptist Cemetery in the spring. Memorial contributions may be made to Coarc or the Special Olympics.

Arrangements were with the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie.

Velma D. Knott (1929 – 2015)

VALATIE—Velma D. Knott, age 85, passed into the arms of the Lord while surrounded by her loving family at Barnwell Nursing Home, March 4, 2015.

Born in Hudson on September 23, 1929, she was the daughter of the late Worden and Minnie (Hover) Coons. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her brothers, Clayton, Clarence, Worden and Donald; as well as sisters, Leah, Minnie and Doris.

Family was first and foremost in Mrs. Knott’s life. She enjoyed the time she spent every year with family at Augur Lake in the Adirondack Mountains.

A lifelong Columbia County resident, Mrs. Knott worked as a court attendant at the Columbia County Courthouse and also for many years as a cashier for Central Markets and Price Chopper.

Predeceased by her husband, Raymond in 2006, Mrs. Knott is survived by their four children and families: daughter, Linda and Rick Thomas of Stockport; daughter, Beth and Robert McGiffert of Greenport; son, Paul Kay of Stockport and son, Steven Knott of Claverack; six grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be held Friday, March 27, 6:30 p.m. at the Ghent Bible Baptist Church, County Route 21 (Church Street) in Ghent.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Community Hospice, 295 Valley View Boulevard, Rensselaer 12144.

Arrangements are under the direction of the M. Grimaldi Funeral Home, 25 Railroad Avenue, Chatham.

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