SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — Ann Fallon, 96, passed away peacefully at Saratoga Hospital on Thursday, May 4, 2017.
Born Anna Karichkowsky in Troy, N.Y., on April 2, 1921, Mrs. Fallon was a daughter of the late William and Katherine (Tolopka) Karichkowsky and the widow of Arnold E. Fallon Sr.
Mrs. Fallon maintained an unwavering Christian faith, a uniquely soft manner, gratitude for every blessing and was gracious to all. She was a devoted wife and mother of six, whom she ensured were private-school-educated.
Throughout her girlhood, Ann participated in school theatricals and musical variety shows, eventually acting in professional radio drama on WGY, Schenectady and — naturally lovely — was named first runner-up in the Miss Troy Beauty Pageant.
On Feb. 9, 1941, Ann married Arnold E. Fallon, at the groom’s church, First Presbyterian Church of Lansingburgh, with Rev. Seth L. Genung officiating. The couple again exchanged vows on May 4, 1941, at the church of the bride, St. Nicholas Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Troy, officiated by Fr. Andrew Ivanyshyn. In 1951, Ann and Arnold purchased the 30-room brownstone at 149 Second Street, Troy. Their decades residing there raising their children marked the last period in which the historic mansion served as a single-family dwelling. The couple did much entertaining, and Ann enjoyed decorating the home with family antiques, portraiture and — having studied oil painting under Rudy Helmo — her own paintings.
Mrs. Fallon had served as an American Red Cross volunteer at the Veterans Administration Hospital, Albany, later raised money for medical charities and worked with elderly at the Troy Senior Center and with developmentally-disabled adults. She and her husband had served as co-presidents of St. John’s Day School Parents Association, where Ann also volunteered assisting in the special needs class. Ann’s memberships over the years included: The Troy Country Club, Troy Jewish Community Center, and the Troy Club. Mrs. Fallon was an officer of Troy Drug Company, Inc., of which her husband was president and owner. She was also shareholder of Karichkowsky Realty Corporation.
Mrs. Fallon tirelessly supported her husband’s civic and professional activities — accompanying him to pharmaceutical conventions and events associated with his governor-appointed positions as state housing authority and city posts.
In July of 1999, Mrs. Fallon suffered a massive stroke and consequently took up permanent residence at Wesley Health Care Center. Although her mobility and speech were lost, Ann managed to remain expressive, warm and, for some years, active — getting around by motorized wheelchair, attending church services, dining out, therapeutically swimming and, for the rest of her life, sharing precious times with loved ones.
Ann’s enduring sweet spirit and courage remained to the end.
Ann is survived by her six children and their spouses including, Ann (Terry) Reed of Orange; 15 grandchildren including Desmond Reed and Vivian Eliza (Reed) Nichols, formerly of Orange; five great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Fallon was predeceased by her six siblings and firstborn grandchild.
McLoughlin & Mason Funeral Home in Troy is in charge of arrangements.