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Anne F. Higgs, a retired teacher who lived in Florida, died peacefully at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany on Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020. She was 90.

She was born Nov. 14, 1929 in Manhattan to the late Herman and Margaret Urquhart Forester.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Mark Edward Banovic, a Farnsworth Middle School teacher and coach, died on Friday, Aug. 21, 2020. He was 41.

“Mark was diagnosed with leukemia (AML) on May 30, 2020. His treatment for the disease was unforgiving and he valiantly battled the disease until his passing,” his family wrote in a tribute.

HILLTOWNS — Joseph Salzer Jr., who built the home his family lived in and made his mark on the Capital District and beyond as a carpenter, died on Monday, Aug. 24, 2020 at the Springside Nursing and Rehab Center in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. He was 82.

Edward M. Graffeo

GUILDERLAND — Edward M. Graffeo, the loving patriarch of his family, will be deeply missed, his family wrote in a tribute. He died on Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020, at the age of 96.

GUILDERLAND — Kenneth E. Teetsel was, above all else, a dedicated family man, his family wrote in a tribute. An Air Force mechanic, he had a career as a mechanical technician and was devoted to the Lynnwood Reformed Church.

EAST BERNE — James Olin Fallon, of East Berne, a loving father and cherished grandfather, “entered into eternal life on Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020,” his family wrote. He was 70.

Born in Troy, New York on Sept. 22, 1949, he was the son of the late James and Dorothy (née Olin) Fallon.

GUILDERLAND — James J. Almy Sr., a hard-working man who loved his family, died on Friday, July 17, 2020, at St. Peter’s Hospice Inn. He was 87.

Alice Cathleen Begley

GUILDERLAND — The wallpaper in Alice Begley’s bedroom — in the house on Patricia Lane in Westmere where she lived for 63 years — had the poems of Emily Dickinson:

A WORD is dead

When it is said,

Some say.

I say it just

Begins to live

That day.