Henry Brezinski

Henry Brezinski

Henry Brezinski

BERNE — Henry Brezinski, a long-time, beloved superintendent of the Berne-Knox-Westerlo schools, died peacefully from natural causes on Jan 7, 2021 he was 95.

He was born in Lebanon, New Hampshire on Nov. 3, 1925.

He grew up in Lebanon and was a proud graduate of Dartmouth College with a master’s degree from the University of Vermont. He spent his entire career in education.

Arlington, Vermont was his first stop as a social studies teacher, baseball coach, and basketball coach. From there, he moved to Salem, New York, teaching social studies and supervising summer recreation programs. His last stop was Berne- Knox-Westerlo where he served as principal and then superintendent for 16 years until retirement.

“He truly loved the Hilltown residents and decided to never leave the area,” his family wrote in a tribute. “Henry genuinely loved and cared for students, faculty, and staff.

“He had a reputation for being extremely fair-minded. He was a man of great integrity, always believing in equality and hearing all sides of the story before making a judgement. One of Henry’s life’s guidelines was everyone was to be treated fairly and appropriately according to the circumstances and in a timely manner.

“Henry was known for his kindness and sense of humor. He had a way of teasing in a very loving manner. He especially enjoyed ribbing his two daughters-in-law, Donna and Janet, and of course his wife, Frances. Henry lived a very full and happy life and wishes happiness and love to all his friends and family he leaves behind.”


Henry Brezinski is survived by his two sons, Bruce and Stephen; by his grandchildren, Carolyn and Michael; by his great-grandchildren, Jacob and Maxine; and by his loving wife, Frances Putzig Brezinski.

“He also took much pride in acting as grandfather and great-grandfather to 20 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren on the Putzig family side,” his family wrote. “He was loved and respected by all.”

His five brothers died before him, as did his two sisters, and his wife of 37 years, Maxine Brezinski. 

Due to the pandemic, a memorial service will be held in the spring of 2021.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Helderberg Ambulance Squad, Post Office Box 54, East Berne, N.Y. 12059 or to Church of St. Lucy / St. Bernadette, Post Office Box 676, Altamont, N.Y. 12009.

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