Ralph Leizer

Ralph Leizer


GUILDERLAND — Ralph Leizer, a high school math and computer teacher, was quiet and kind, his family said. He and his wife circled the globe three times and visited every state in the United States.

He died peacefully at his Guilderland home on Sunday, July 17, 2022. He was 85.

Born in Albany, the son of the late Mary and William Leizer, he graduated from Albany High School and continued his education by graduating from the University at Albany.

He was a high school math and computer teacher at South Colonie High School for 31 years, and also one year at Spring Valley. He retired from teaching at age 55. He continued to work part-time for the New York State Department of Civil Service, administering New York State Civil Service exams for about 60 years, and well into his 80s.

“Ralph was married to his high school sweetheart, Marion, for 60 years,” his family wrote in a tribute. “They enjoyed yearly summer vacations camping with their three children, and in retirement they traveled all over the world, to all seven continents.

“Traveling by motorhome four times across the USA, they visited the contiguous 48 states. Then by cruising, they added the last two states. Their cruises also took them three-and-a-half times around the world. Ralph enjoyed seeing and learning about the many cultures throughout the world, and he found beauty in the Earth’s scenery.

“Ralph found it very important to recycle and reuse anything and everything as much as possible. He believed this was a good use of his resources.

“He also made a point most every day to continuously study and invest in the stock market. This included listening to stock-market programs on the radio most every day. He found listening to these investment conversations to be relaxing and important, teaching his family the importance of saving.

“Ralph was known to be quiet, and kind. Always very proud of his family, he enjoyed extended family large gatherings for many and all occasions. Ralph made it known that one of the reasons he married Marion was because he loved her large family, to add to his own beloved family.

“He was quick to teach his children and grandchildren to listen and help others. He would help anyone, anytime.”


Ralph Leizer is survived by his wife, Marion; by his son, Darrin Leizer, and his wife, Angela; by his daughters, Wendy Liotta and her husband, James Jr.; and Darcianne Leizer; by his seven grandchildren, Kathryn, Kristine, Sierra, Brian, Dylan, Anthony, and Alissa; and by his two sisters, Dorothy Dawson and her husband, Sherman, and Charlote Moul and her husband, Wayne.

Relatives and friends are invited to visit with the family at New Comer Cremations & Funerals at 343 New Karner Road (Route 155) in Colonie on Tuesday, July 26, from 10 to 11 a.m. with service to follow.

Interment will follow at Memorial Gardens in Albany.

Memorial messages may be left at www.altamontenterprise.com/milestones.

Memorial contributions may be made to the McKownville United Methodist Church, 1565 Western Ave, Albany, NY 12203.



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