Obituaries


Thaddeus F. “Ted” Burek – 1934 – 2019 | Obituary

Burek, Thaddeus “Ted” F. RENSSELAER Thaddeus “Ted” F. Burek, 85, passed away peacefully on Thursday, June 13, 2019, at the Hospice Inn at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany, with his wife by his side. Born at home in East Greenbush on June 7, 1934, Ted was the son of the late Joseph W. and Frances A. (Byer) Burek. He is survived by his cherished wife of 63 years, Carol A. (Pitcher) Burek whom he met at Columbia High School. Ted was a star basketball player, scoring 27 points in one game to lead Columbia to their first Central Hudson Valley League Championship. Carol was a cheerleader who never stopped cheering for “Mighty Might” and she was devoted to him to the very end. After a stint in the U.S. Marines, Ted married Carol on September 10, 1955, in St. John’s Church in Albany. Ted was the owner of Century Monument Company in Rensselaer, and Grace Memorials in Colonie. He worked for many years at St. John’s Church in Rensselaer as superintendent for the school and Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in East Greenbush. Ted was a generous man to family and friends, as well as strangers in need, doing so because “that is what you do, help others.” He loved his family and friends immensely and will be greatly missed. Ted is survived by his five loving children and their spouses, Mark (Ann) Burek, David (Karen) Burek, Nancy (Kenneth) Troxell, Timothy (Tina) Burek and Mary (John) Bartis. He also leaves behind his 14 grandchildren, Joseph, Nicholas, Christian, Sean, Andrew, Rachael, Troy, Nathaniel, Zachary, Jackson, Steven, Lauren, Timothy, and Almy; and one great-grandchild, Vincent. Ted is also survived by his siblings, Mary LaPoint, Helen (Stephen) Krill and Paul (Maureen) Burek, as well as many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his siblings, Agnes, Joseph, John, Stanley, Frances, Margaret, Carolyn and Dorothy. Calling hours will be held from 3 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 18, in St. Pius X Church, 23 Crumitie Road, Loudonville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 19, in St. Pius X Church. Burial will be in the Holy Sepulchre Cemetery following the Mass. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to The Community Hospice Foundation, 310 S. Manning Blvd., Albany, NY, 12208 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, , P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN, 38148-0142.


Didier Thomas – 1928- 2019 | Obituary


Didier Octave Thomas was born in Paris, France on September 7, 1928, the youngest of nine children, and died in Schenectady on February 10, 2019. He was the son of the late Octave and Gabrielle Thomas. He studied architecture at l’Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, where he met Susan Felstiner of Mount Vernon, N.Y. during her junior year abroad. They were married in Mount Vernon on April 26, 1953, and lived in various places over the years in New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts. After two years service in the U.S. Army, Didier worked in architectural design, urban planning and historic preservation, culminating in ten years as associate director of planning at Harvard University. After retirement, he led a community organization that converted Boston’s landmark 19th century water pumping station into the Waterworks Museum. He is survived by his wife Susan; daughter Katherine Rosenblatt (Michael) of Slingerlands; son Daniel Thomas (Susanne) of Leiden, The Netherlands; and four grandchildren, Rachel, Julien, Joshua and Zachary. A private burial was held on Tuesday, February 12, 2019, in the Beth Emeth Cemetery. Shiva will be held on Sunday, February 17, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the home of Katherine and Michael Rosenblatt, 6 Fife Dr., Slingerlands. Donations in memory of Didier Thomas may be made to the Waterworks Museum waterworksmuseum.org To leave a condolence message for the family, please visit, levinememorialchapel.com


Carleton A. Foster | 1935 – 2018 | Obituary

Carleton A. Foster, 83, of Jackson, passed away Tuesday, Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 2018 at the Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation at Hoosick Falls.

Carleton was born a Shushan farm boy on Sept. 20, 1935 and was the son of the late Anderson and Clara (Vaughn) Foster. He attended a two-room schoolhouse in Shushan and graduated from Salem Washington Academy. He had worked at Nash Rambler & Studebaker and also at Reynolds Tool & Die before starting his own business, “Puzzleworks” making children’s wooden puzzles and the business became C.A. Foster design & creator of fine cherry wood kitchen utensils and cherry wood sculptures.

Carleton was a charter member of the Valley Artisan’s Market, where his cherry wood creations were displayed and sold. He also was noted for the beautiful baritone voice and trained at the Troy Conservatory of Music. He was past President of the Washington County Historical Society and the Battenkill Snow Drifters. He was Past Master of the Cambridge Valley Lodge No. 481 F&AM Masonic Lodge; he was Lecturer of the Cambridge Valley No. 147 Order of the Eastern Star. Carleton also supported the Covered Bridge Association, the Cambridge Historical Society & Museum, and the Historic Salem Courthouse.

He enjoyed Formula 1 racing and working at Lime Rock Park in Connecticut and also at Watkins Glen. Carleton did hill climb racing and was a Marshal for road races. He was noted at the Saratoga Auto Museum as a driver.

He had a variety of interests which include painting and sketching and watching University of Connecticut Women’s Basketball. He started the annual tradition of the Shushan Bonfire.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his first wife, Joan Tully Foster.

Carleton is survived by his wife, Carol Brownell; his children, Lydia (Christopher) Owen of Columbia, South Carolina and Hillary (Rev. Jarrett) Allebach of Worcester, Massachusetts; a brother, George Foster of Shushan; mother-in-law, Leta Tully of Cambridge; grandchildren, Vaughn, Aquilla, Blaize, Porsha, Ty, Wesley, Briana and Isaac. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions in memory of Carleton may be made to the Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation at Hoosick Falls, 21 Danforth St., Hoosick Falls, NY 12090 Attn: Resident Fund or Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014.

Arrangements are with Ackley, Ross & Gariepy Funeral Home, Cambridge.


Michael E. Neaton of Green Island, New York | 1940 – 2019 | Obituary

Michael Edward Neaton passed into eternal life, at the home he was born in, on Wednesday, January 16, 2019. At his side was his life partner and caregiver Geri de Seve. Michael’s grace, enthusiasm for life and incredibly positive attitude never faded during his long battle with Parkinson’s disease.

Born on May 20, 1940 in Green Island NY, Michael was the youngest of six children of Jane and William Neaton. He graduated from Catholic Central High School in 1958 and was ordained into the Roman Catholic priesthood in 1966.

During his time at St Mary’s parish from 1969 to 1972, he earned a Master’s Degree in counseling and was the Director of the CYO in Troy, NY. In 1973, after serving as a monk at Weston Priory, he co-founded The Priory of St. Benedict in Chestertown, NY.  Known for his work throughout the Adirondack community, he was a beloved, vibrant presence there.

Michael lived humbly and spread messages of love, respect and inclusion. He continued his progressive commitment to social issues as he returned to civilian life in 1986. He worked for 16 years as an education counselor at Coxsackie and Green Correctional Facilities.

He met the love of his life, Geri de Seve, in 1990, and quickly captured her heart with his radiant smile. For over 28 years they shared family, travel, opera, skiing and hiking. In the 1990s, Michael became a “46er,” having climbed all 46 Adirondack high peaks.  He served on the Board of Governors of the ADK Mountain Club, and also served his Green Island community as a Town Councilman.

Michael was predeceased by his brothers Bernard (Terry) and James, and his sister Mary Jane (late Paul) Zimmer. He is survived by his siblings, William (Marlin) and John (late Lupe) Neaton, and several nieces and nephews, as well as Geri and her family, Steve (Sabine Aronowsky), Mike (Daniela Kostova), Jim (Kian Tjong) and Karen (John Fairbairn) de Seve. He was “Grandpa Michael” to Delphine, Vega, Ellery and Cyane.

Many thanks to the wonderful friends who visited Michael at home over the years, to his service coordinator, to the staffs at Eddy Daybreak in Cohoes, and at Albany VNA, to his nurses and therapists, and especially to his dedicated caregivers, Patty, Allene, Ugonda, Shameika, Rashida, Philip, Kasanna, Seanyel and Brenda.  Without their help Michael could not have stayed in his home. Thanks also to Patty, Bob and Rick for their special help, to Dr. Eric Molho and to Doctor Kevin Costello for his amazing care.

Funeral from the McNulty Funeral Home, 147 Hudson Avenue, Green Island on Saturday, January 26 at 8:45 a.m. and at Our Lady of Victory Church, 55 North Lake Avenue in Troy at 9:30 a.m. where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. Randall Patterson.   Interment will be beside his parents in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Troy.  If desired, donations may be made to Joseph’s House or to Unity House’s Deuteronomy fund.


Thomas Allen 1940 – 2018

Tom and Patty Allen were active members of our group.

Thomas M. Allen, 77, of Rexford, died peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on Sunday evening, November 25, 2018, after a 30-year battle with Parkinson’s Disease.  Tom was born in Tannersville, NY to Harold Allen and Suzanne Worth Speenburg.  

He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Patricia; sister Jeanne Allen, sons Thomas Allen (Mary Doherty); David Allen, Brian Allen; and three grandchildren, Morgan, Greta and Carter.  Tom was a devoted and beloved son, brother, husband, father, friend and mentor. He was an active member of the community throughout his life, and was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church in Crescent. He enjoyed coaching his sons’ baseball, football and basketball teams, gardening and dancing with his wife and he was an avid hunter and fisherman.

Tom graduated from Hunter-Tannersville High Schooland obtained degrees in Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering from the University of Vermont and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.  Tom served as an Army Aviator in the 101st Airborne from where he served in many leadership positions before being Honorably Discharged as a 1st Lieutenant in 1966. Tom’s work as a professional engineer focused on improving water and air quality with the NYSDEC, where he served as Director for the Division of Air Resources from 1988-1995. He was instrumental in the development of the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments. During this time Tom also served as the President of the State & Territorial Air Pollution Program Administrators (STAPPA) and led the efforts of Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM).  Tom was awarded the Air & Waste Management Association’s S. Smith Griswold award in 1996, which is a national award given to an individual who has outstanding accomplishments in the prevention and control of air pollution. In retirement, Tom co-founded an environmental consulting business, Air Resources Group and for over a decade worked throughout the country as an instructor for the California Air Resources Board training new staff in air program activities. Tom loved music and dancing with his wife Patty, which they did at home and during their travels together across the country.

Calling hours will be held on Sunday, December 2nd, from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Catricala Funeral Home, 1597 Route 9 in Clifton Park, with a funeral service on Monday at 9:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church in Crescent. Burial will be in Saratoga National Cemetery following the funeral service at 11:30.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Michael J. Fox Foundation,
P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014, or to the Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.


William Kneissl 1936 – 2018

William Lee Kneissl, 82, died at home on Wednesday, August 22, 2018, after having a full and love filled life. Born to William S. and Alice T. (Coghlan) Kneissl, he grew up in northern New Jersey. His career in the banking business started while in college and lasted 42 years. He moved to Albany in 1966, and retired in 1998 as the senior vice president and treasurer of the Troy Savings Bank. He was active in Rotary for 41 years; and a member of many professional organizations over his business career. Bill enjoyed teaching accounting for the AIB and his work with Concerns U and Catholic Charities, which was most rewarding. Overseeing the complete restoration of the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall ranked high on his list; as well as the many wonderful people he met while living in Port Charlotte, Fla. and being a member of St. Max’s Church family. Bill is survived by his wife and soulmate, Julia (Cole) Kneissl, who brought happiness into his life; as did his children, Eileen (Douglas)  Elizabeth (Katerina) Kneissl and Eric (Michelle) Kneissl. He is also survived by Adrienne (Simon) Rudolph, James Hancock and Deirdre (Raymond) Rudolph; and his grandchildren, Heidi, Tristan, Julia, Brandon, Clare, Sophia and Ronan. A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, August 27, at 10 a.m. in St. Vincent de Paul Church, 900 Madison Ave., Albany with burial in St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands. In lieu of flowers, the most appreciated remembrance would be a donation to St. Vincent de Paul’s Church Food Pantry, 900 Madison Ave., Albany, NY, 12208 or to your local food pantry. 

Daniel Keenan Funeral Home, Inc.

Published in Albany Times Union from Aug. 25 to Aug. 26, 2018


Robert “Bob” Foster – 1945 – 2018

Robert G. Foster 73 of East Greenbush died Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at St Peter’s Hospice. Robert was born in Schaghticoke to the late Lillian (Seymour) and Durwood Foster. He was a Navy and Vietnam Veteran. He worked as a mechanical technician and later as a regional technical manager for various companies throughout his career. Bob’s hobbies were hiking, biking, and camping. He loved being with family and friends and found joy in simple moments, while enjoying their company. He loved life and did not let his Parkinson’s of 14 years determine how he lived. He saw great possibilities everywhere.

Bob will be forever remembered by his beloved wife of 44 years Sandy, two children, Stephanie Foster-Breunig of Castleton and Joshua Foster of Albany, son-in-law Mike Breunig, granddaughters Isabella and Sophia Breunig. Brothers Eugene Foster of Johnsonville, and Donald Foster of Schaghticoke. Sisters Donna Brock of Babcock Lake and Linda Vogt of Schaghticoke.

Our Bob will be missed tremendously.

Relatives and friends may call Saturday July 21, 2018 from 9:00 am – 10:30 followed by a Memorial Service at 10:30 am from the Wm. J. Rockefeller Funeral Home, Inc., 165 Columbia Turnpike. Memorial donations in memory of Bob may be made to the Parkinson’s foundation, Hope Soars, 1410 Maple Hill Rd. Castleton, NY 12033.