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Obituraries Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, May 18, 2006


Kenneth A. Pierce

Kenneth A. Pierce described by his family as a devoted husband, father, and grandfather, died peacefully on May 13, 2006 in Rochester. He was 77.

Mr. Pierce was born on Aug. 18, 1928 in Central Bridge. His parents were the late William and Anna (Crewell) Pierce. His brothers Ted and Henry Pierce also died before him.

Mr. Pierce grew up in the Schoharie Valley, where he attended Schoharie Central High School. He was a veteran of the United States Navy and served during World War II.

After returning from the service, he graduated from Albany Business College.

After retiring from General Electric Mr. Pierce lived in Little River, S.C. He was an avid bowler and golfer.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Bertha Mae Pierce; his daughter Cynthia Kerr and her husband, Randolph, of Greenwich; his daughter Wendy Feeney and her husband, John, of Rochester; his daughter Maureen DesRoches and her husband, Michael, of Two Rivers, Wis.; his daughter Marcia Kruzinski and her husband, Michael, of Delanson; and his daughter MerryBeth Scanu and her husband, Kenneth Rogers, of East Greenbush.

He is also survived by his grandchildren Randolph, Ian, and Maureen Kerr; his grandson John Kenneth Feeney and his wife, Andrea; his granddaughter Jennifer Sullivan and her husband, Sean; his granddaughter Amy DesRoches; his grandchildren Michael, Justin Pierce, and Stephanie Kruzinski; and his grandchildren Anthony and Nicole Scanu.

He is also survived by his sister, Thelma Stozlenburg and her husband, Herman, of Dover, N.H.; many nieces and nephews; and his lifelong friends Al and Mary Kay Levine, and Dick and Deane Johnston.
A funeral was held on Wednesday, May 17, at the Fredendall Funeral Home in Altamont.

Memorial contributions may be made to Sports & Therapeutic Recreation Instruction Developmental Evaluation, Inc., (S.T.R.I.D.E.), Post Office Box 778, Rensselaer, NY 12144 or The Humane Society of North Myrtle Beach, Post Office Box 3369, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582.

Arthur Szatkowski

GUILDERLAND — Arthur Szatkowski, former owner and operator of the Western Turnpike Golf Course, died on May 14, 2006, after a long illness. He was 77, and a resident of Guilderland and Naples, Fla.

"Mr. Szatkowski was a father figure to many throughout his life and will be greatly missed," his family wrote in a tribute.

Mr. Szatkowski ran the Western Turnpike Golf Course for many years before retiring in 2004; the course now belongs to the town of Guilderland. He was active in the community and was educated at St. Mary’s in Schenectady and the Christian Brothers Academy in Albany.

He is survived by his wife, Frances Szatkowski, of Loudonville; two daughters, Carol S. Cowan of Altamont and Catherine Szatkowski, and Ken Johnson of Guilderland; and his long-time friend and "best buddy," Connie Pierre of Naples, Fla. and Guilderland, and her family.

Mr. Szatkowski is also survived by two granddaughters, Jade Wesolowski Angelo, and her husband, Michael, of Guilderland, and Alexandra Fagan of Guilderland; three grandsons, Zachary, Christopher, and Matthew Cowan, of Altamont; and three great-grandchildren, John Esposito and Michael and Nicholas Angelo, of Guilderland.

A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Monday, May 22, at 10 a.m., at the Church of Christ the King at 20 Sumpter Ave. in Guilderland. Arrangements are by the Fredendall Funeral Home in Altamont, and friends may call on Sunday from 2 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Prospect Hill Cemetery in Guilderland.

Memorial contributions may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 30 East 33rd St., Suite 1100, New York, NY 10026.

William J. Young Jr.

William J. "Bill" Young Jr., a former social studies teacher at Guilderland and Ichabod Crane high school, died on May 1, 2006, after a long illness at the Hospice Inn of St. Peter’s Hospital, in Albany.

The son of William J. Young Sr. and Elizabeth Laux Young, Mr. Young was raised in Albany and graduated from Vincentian Institute and Ithaca College. He served for six years in the United States Navy and Reserve.

Mr. Young was a partner in Young Holidays Travel in Guilderland, where he also served a term as president of the Guilderland Kiwanis Club. He was a member of the Guilderland Fire Department as well.

Later on, he became a partner of Just Vacations Travel in Alexandria, Va.

Mr. Young is survived by his brother, Joseph P. Young of Albany; his sister, Agnes Young Elze, of Guilderland; and 11 nieces and nephews. His sister, Mary Young Gearhardt died before him.

He treasured the friendships of Mr. William Hamlin of Rockville, Md; Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Alexander of Washington, D.C.; and Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Morrison of McLean, Va.

A mass will be celebrated at Holy Cross Church at 12 Rosemont St. in Albany, on May 20, at 9 a.m. There will be no calling hours and interment will be at the discretion of the family.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Community Hospice of Albany, 455 New Karner Rd., Albany, NY 12205.

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