OBITUARIES: Balfour, Davis

Virginia S. Balfour

HUDSON—Virginia Sanly Balfour “Nonnie” of Chatham passed away at age 94, July 1, 2018.

She was born in Oneonta, where she spent her youth and teenage years. While working as a bookkeeper, she was courted by, and later married Walter Balfour in 1949. That began a wonderful life together.

Mr. and Mrs. Balfour lived in Rochester and Cazenovia before they settled in Chatham in 1960. Along the way, they welcomed three sons who they loved dearly.

Mrs. Balfour received the Jefferson Award for service to her community in 2005. She was very active in her church, serving as secretary and choir member. She coordinated church fundraising dinners and delivered meals to shut-ins.

In the community, Mrs. Balfour supported Rotary initiatives; volunteered at Red Cross blood banks, Chatham Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and MacHaydn Theatre. Her life centered around serving others. She was always happy to help, wherever she was needed.

Most important to Mrs. Balfour was her family and the memories they made.

She will be remembered for her generosity of spirit, quick wit and kindness. One could always count on her Christmas teas, lemon pies, homemade bread and endless supply of cookies. Everyone was welcomed to dinner at her table. There was always room for one more.

Mrs. Balfour will be greatly missed. She is survived by: her husband, Walter; her three sons, Lynn (Janet) of Broadview Heights, OH, Kim (Linda) of Delanson and Gary (Denise) of East Greenbush; her five grandchildren, David, Marie, Sara, Andrew and Emilie; six great-grandchildren, Ian, Adam, Jackson, Madelyn Virginia, Michael and Fiona.

She was predeceased by her sister, Joan Cook and brother, George Traver Sanly.

A celebration of her life will be held Monday, July 16, 1 p.m. at Chatham United Methodist Church, 13 Kinderhook Street, Chatham. An open house reception at the church will follow from 2 to 4 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Columbia Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, 71 Prospect Avenue, Hudson 12534 or a charity of choice.

Mrs. Balfour’s family thanks the staff at Columbia Memorial Hospital for their attentiveness and compassionate care for her during her final hours.

Arrangements are with the Wenk Funeral Home, 21 Payn Avenue, Chatham. For online condolences visit

Harold E. Davis (1939 – 2018)

GHENT—Harold E. Davis of Ghent passed on peacefully in the early morning of July 4.

He was born June 1, 1939 to the late Kenneth and Charlotte (Alamillo) Davis, the second child of 11.

Mr. Davis is survived by his ever-faithful and devoted wife for nearly 57 years, Donna (Fleming); daughter, Melissa (Frank) Paladino; son, Timothy (Denise) Davis; his grandchildren, who were his pride and joy, Jessica, Robert (Katie), Ryan Davis and Boden Paladino.

Family always came first. In accordance with the way he lived his life, simply and privately, at his request there will be no calling hours or services held. The West Ghent Reformed Church hosts a celebration of Mr. Davis’ life Saturday, July 21 from noon to 4 p.m. All are welcome.

Arrangements are with the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home, 209 Main Street, Germantown. Condolences may be expressed at

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