EAST GREENBUSH - Frank L. Meeker, 89, of East Greenbush formerly of North Greenbush passed into eternal life Thursday morning, Nov. 26, 2009, at Samaritan Hospital in Troy.
Frank was born in Troy and resided here most of his life. He was the son of the late Clarence and Julia Fogarty Meeker and husband of the late Ruth M. Moore Meeker, who passed away in 2009.
He was the father of the late Lawrence F. Meeker.
Frank worked for the U.S. Postal Service working out of the Troy Post Office and was a life member of The National Assocation of Letter Carriers for more than 50 years. Frank and his wife were 50-year members of The Circus of America Club. He was a communicant of St. Joseph's Church in Troy.
He is survived by a cousin, Joan (Thomas) Skrobala of Ramsey, N.J.
The funeral for Frank will be held Monday morning at 9:45 from the Wm. Leahy Funeral Home, 336 Third St., Troy, and at 10 at St. Joseph's Church where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend and may call at the funeral home Monday morning from 9 to 9:45.
Interment St. Mary's Cemetery, Troy.
Contributions in Frank's memory to the restoration fund of St. Joseph's Church in Troy would be appreciated.
Albert E. Johnson
TROY - Albert E. Johnson, 89, died Wednesday, June 10, 2009, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Troy. Born in Troy, he was beloved husband of Giulietta Johnson of Troy. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during World War II. Services were private at the convenience of the family. Burial took place at Saratoga National Cemetery, Schuylerville.
NORTH GREENBUSH - Stefan ‘Steve’ Luckow, 88, of Van Rensselaer Manor, a former longtime resident of Burden Lake Road, Averill Park, died on Tuesday, June 23, 2009, at the Stratton VA Medical Center in Albany after a short illness.
Born in New York City, Stefan was the son of the late Nicholas and Katherine Pohority Luckow and husband of the late Ona Sisson Luckow.
Steve had resided in the Averill Park area since 1935 and at the manor since August 2006.
A graduate of Averill Park schools, Steve served in the Army during World War II. He was a paratrooper and was the recipient of a Bronze Star.
Steve retired in 1983 from the Laborers Union in Albany, where he had worked for many years.
A communicant of St. Henry’s Church in Averill Park, Steve served as a Eucharist minister at the church.
He was a member of the Sgt. Walter Adams American Legion Post in Averill Park and the Lt. Perry Williams VFW Post in West Sand Lake and also held various offices in those organizations.
Steve was a pigeon fancier and was a member of the Albany Pigeon Club and enjoyed racing pigeons.
Steve was a past president of ROUSE and was active at the Edward Swartz Senior Center in Schodack.
Stefan was the brother of the late William and John Luckow.
Survivors include his children Barbara (Richard) Biittig of Averill Park, Patricia(Ronald) Campano of West Sand Lake and Archie Robinson of Averill Park; eight grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
Funeral Friday at 10 a.m. at St. Henry’s Church on County Route 45, Averill Park, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be offered. Relatives and friends are invited and may also call at the Perry-Komdat Funeral Chapel on Thursday from 5-8 p.m.
If desired the family requests donations in memory of Stefan Luckow may be made to the Sand Lake Veterans Memorial , c/o Duane Wehnau, 15 Reichards Lake Road, West Sand Lake, NY 12196.
LARKSPUR, CA - Keith Marvin, 84, a former resident of Troy, passed away June 22, 2009, in Larkspur, CA, after a brief illness.
Born July 1, 1924, in Troy to Dwight and Marian Louise (Hobbie) Marvin, he was educated in public and private schools in Troy and Albany. He graduated from Hoosac School in Hoosick in 1943.
After serving in the Army during World War II, Keith worked as a staff and faculty member at Hoosac School from 1944-1948.
He was a staff reporter and music critic for The Record from 1946-1974, as well as a nationally renowned automotive historian and author of multiple books and over 3,000 articles on automotive history and license plates.
He was founder and editor of The Automobilist magazine, and also a frequent contributor to Automobile Quarterly, Horseless Carriage Gazette, and essentially every antique automobile magazine published in the country.
Keith was past president of the Watervliet Rotary Club and Sons of the Revolution, William Floyd Chapter. He co-founded the Automobilists of the Upper Hudson Valley and was a past president of the Society of Automotive Historians.
He was a board member of the Mary Warren Institute, Lars Anderson Museum, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Troy Country Club. In addition, Keith represented New York as a delegate to the Johnson-Humphrey Inauguration in 1965.
He was the husband of the late Dorothy (Knippel) Marvin and Beverley H. Lavin of Vero Beach, FL. He was predeceased by a brother, William Hobbie Marvin of Troy; sister Margaret Ingalls Barnes of South Windsor, CT, and Troy and sister Marian Elizabeth (Betsy) McKinney of Loudonville.
He is survived by Dwight and Debra J. Marvin of Independence, KY, William H. Marvin and India Dobson of Richmond, CA, Peyton R. Anness of Miami, FL, and Frederick H. and Cathy Anness of Jupiter, FL, as well as nieces and nephews.
A private family service will be held at a later date.
Sherwood K. Palitsch Sr.
CROPSEYVILLE - Sherwood K. Palitsch Sr., 82, a resident of Palitsch Road for over 60 years, died peacefully Monday evening, June 22, 2009, at the Van Rensselaer Manor Nursing Home, surrounded by his loving family, following a long illness.
Born in Troy, December 27, 1926, he was the son of the late Edward J. and Elizabeth (Scheuer) Palitsch and for 56 years the devoted husband of the late Marion F. (Wagar) Palitsch who predeceased him August 7, 2006.
Mr. Palitsch was educated in the Cropseyville District oneroom school and worked on the family farm as a young man.
He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1945, served during World War II, and was honorably discharged at the conclusion of the war.
“A true family man,” Mr. Palitsch loved providing for his wife and children and working with cars.
For many years he was employed as a mechanic and autobody technician by several area firms, including Cartwright Autobody, Latham Ford, Hickey Ford, Rensselaer Chrysler-Plymouth-Honda and Watkins Spring. More recently he had been employed as an automotive clerk at Tri-City Auto Body in Troy. He retired in 1997.
Mr. Palitsch was a member of the Grafton Methodist Church.
For over 25 years he enjoyed the hobby of camping at River Road Campground in Corinth with his wife and family and was unofficially elected to the post of “mayor of the campground” by fellow campers several years ago.
Mr. Palitsch is survived by a devoted son, Edward H. Palitsch, and loving daughter and son-in-law, Nancy L. and Doug LaRocque, all of Cropseyville; a special camp friend, Leona Gaetano of Corinth, whom he thought of as his own daughter; five grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his late wife, a son, the late Sherwood K. Palitsch Jr., and three brothers, Norman Palitsch, Kenneth Palitsch and Edward Palitsch, predeceased him.
A funeral service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday, June 26, 2009, at the Howard B. Tate & Son Funeral Home Inc., 2237 New York Route 7 in Raymertown, with Rev. Gaylord Campbell officiating. Burial will follow in the family plot in Eagle Mills Cemetery in Brunswick.
Relatives and friends are invited to call at the funeral home on Thursday, June 25, 2009, from 3-7 p.m.
Memorial contributions, in lieu of flowers, if desired, may be made to the Grafton Rescue Squad, PO Box, Grafton, NY 12082; or to the Van Rensselaer Manor Nursing Home, Residents Programs, 85 Bloomingrove Drive, Troy, NY 12180, in memory of Sherwood K. Palitsch Sr.
Alexander J. and Zachary M. Rohloff
VALLEY FALLS - Alexander J. and Zachary M. Rohloff, 17 year-old-twin brothers of Kardas Road in Valley Falls, died suddenly June 21, 2009.
Born on December 9, 1991, in Albany, they are survived by their mother Terry and her husband Justin Brandt of Guilderland and their father Brian K. and his wife Deanna Rohloff of Valley Falls; their brother Dakota Kohler of Guilderland; and two sisters, Jessica and Brianna Rohloff of Valley Falls.
Alexander attended Guilderland Central Schools and Zachary attended Hoosic Valley Central Schools.
They both loved to fish, were active outdoorsman who enjoyed camping, boating, downhill skiing, BMX racing, snowmobiling and riding their quads.
Zach attended BOCES, where he learned and excelled in auto body work and Alex was an avid animal lover who enjoyed time with his pets.
Survivors in addition to their parents and siblings include maternal grandparents Kathleen Kohler of Colonie, John and Jean Lander of Sharon Springs and Karl and Louise Brandt of East Greenbush; their paternal grandparents Bob and Dawn Griffin of Lake George, Phil and Joan Rohloff of Schenectady and Bob and Sharon Bassett of Valley Falls. Alex is survived by his girlfriend Emily Mohr of Guilderland. Alex and Zach are also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Calling hours will be held on Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Hoosic Valley Community Church, 2024 State Route 40 in Schaghticoke. A celebration of their life will follow at 6 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in the boys’ name may be made to The Double H Ranch, A Hole In The Wall Camp, 97 Hidden Valley Road, Lake Luzerne, NY 12846.
Thomas V. Smith
TROY - Thomas Vincent Smith passed away suddenly on Sunday, June 21, 2009, at St. Mary’s Hospital.
He was born in Albany on August 9, 1926, the son of the late Thomas and Molly Smith.
He graduated, in 1944, from St. John’s Academy in Albany and from the Hudson Valley Technical Institute in Troy in 1951 with a degree in machine design.
He worked for several years for General Electric and the American Locomotive Co. in Schenectady, where he sharpened his design skills and followed that with 30 years of service at the Watervliet Arsenal as an accomplished tool designer. While at the arsenal he was awarded several United States patents for the design of intricate firing mechanisms for weapons.
He enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II and served for two years in the Pacific Theater before being honorably discharged in 1946 as a quartermaster third class.
He retired from the Arsenal following a distinguished 30- year career.
He was a communicant of St. Michael the Archangel Church in North Greenbush, where he served as an usher and was an active member of the Men’s Club.
He was a longstanding member of the BPOE 1500 in Watervliet.
He was the beloved husband for 61 years of Doris Prendergast Smith; devoted father of Geraldine (Jack) Kooyoomjian; cherished grandfather of Jennifer, Melissa (Vinny) and Jessica (Travis) Dunn; adoring great-grandfather of Riley Dunn; dear brother of William (Patricia) Smith Sr. Molly Smith and the late Mary DeLisle, whose husband Clarence survives.
He was a caring husband, a loving father and a super grandfather. His family was his treasure. He will be dearly missed by his many nieces and nephews who will always have fond memories of him and his many prankish ways. He had the ability to mystify children and leave them wide-eyed in wonderment. Uncle Vinny was a master craftsman at turning make believe into the honest to God truth!
Funeral on Friday at 9:30 a.m. from Parker Bros. Memorial, 2013 Broadway, Watervliet, and at 10:30 a.m. at St. Michael the Archangel Church, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Entombment will follow in the St. Agnes Community Mausoleum, Menands.
Relatives and friends are invited and may also call on Thursday from 4 until 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN, 38105, in memory of Thomas Vincent Smith.