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Obituraries Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, October 19, 2006

William Christian Brayden Jr.

ALTAMONT — William Christian Brayden Jr. — known to his friends as Chris — was an outgoing man, a history buff, who loved sports and loved his children.

"So many people at the wake raved about what a good friend he was," said his father, William Christian Brayden Sr. "He was very gregarious, he loved to talk, he loved people."

Mr. Brayden Jr. died in his Altamont home on Oct. 14, 2006. He was 47.

He was born on May 15, 1959, the son of Mr. Brayden Sr. and Gloria Brown Brayden. He grew up in Voorheesville, graduating in 1977 from Clayton A. Bouton High School.

"He played golf and tennis, soccer and basketball," recalled his father. "He was in student government and Honor Society. He earned a Regents scholarship."

At least 25 people from his graduating class came to the wake at Reilly & Son Funeral Home in Voorheesville, said his father. "As they went through the line, they told us what a leader he was," said Mr. Brayden Sr. "He was a well-liked person."

Chris Brayden had two sets of friends growing up — one at home in Voorheesville and another at a summer camp the family had in Willsboro on Lake Champlain.

"From the time he was four or five years old, he’d spend the summer up there. My wife took the three children and spent the whole summer there. They had a lot of friends. They went boating, fishing, golfing, and water-skiing."

Mr. Brayden Jr. went to college in the North Country, too. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history from St. Lawrence University.

"He was a history buff. You could ask him anything about American history, and he’d know the answer," said his father.

A highlight of his undergraduate career came when the Adirondack village of Lake Placid hosted the Olympics. "St. Lawrence gave him the opportunity to provide the history of the 1980 Olympics," said his father.

Mr. Brayden Jr. went on to do graduate work, studying business at the University at Albany. He then earned a master’s degree in business administration from Russell Sage College. He pursued a career in insurance underwriting, working for a number of local insurance companies.

He married Angela Bomba in 1986, his father said. The couple lived briefly in Albany and then "bought a brand-new house on Knower Drive in Altamont," said Mr. Brayden Sr. "They loved Altamont," he said, and raising their two children there. The couple divorced earlier this year, he said.

"Chris was a wonderful father. He loved his kids and spent a lot of time with them," said Mr. Brayden Sr. His son, William, is 13 and his daughter, Erin, is 10.

Mr. Brayden Jr. enjoyed helping to coach his kids’ teams in baseball, soccer, and basketball.

"His family meant everything to him," said his father.

William Christian Brayden is survived by his children, William Christian Brayden III and Erin Marie Brayden, and their mother, Mrs. Angela Galloway.

He is also survived by his parents, William Christian Brayden and Gloria Brown Brayden of Voorheesville; his brother, David Brayden, and his wife, Jacquelyne, of Clifton Park; his sister, Nancy Sweete, and her husband, Casey, of Glenmont; his grandmother, Vera Brown; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at the Voorheesville First United Methodist Church with burial in Memory’s Garden in Colonie. Arrangements are by Reilly & Son Funeral Home in Voorheesville.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

— Melissa Hale-Spencer

William Francis Furdon

William Francis Furdon, a family man who owned his own food company, died on Wednesday morning, Oct. 18, 2006, at the Albany County Nursing Home after suffering from Alzheimer’s disease for a long time. He was 79.

"Poppie, as he was lovingly known, was a dedicated and loving husband and father," his family wrote in a tribute, "and nothing brought him more joy than the time he spent with his family. Poppie’s great laugh and smile were infectious and he enjoyed life to its fullest; he was truly the life of the party."

He was born in Arlington, Mass. on Aug. 14, 1927, the son of the late Patrick and Alice Furdon.

Mr. Furdon served in the Navy during World War II and was an avid Boston Red Sox fan.

His life’s work was centered around the food industry; he retired from his own company, Bill Furdon Enterprises.

He was a communicant of Saint Madeleine Sophie Church in Guilderland and a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Mildred A. Furdon, of Schenectady; two brothers, Paul Furdon, of Lexington, Mass. and James Furdon, of Pompano Beach, Fla; and one sister, Patricia James, of Peabody, Mass.

His sister, Mary Virginia Yosgandes, died before him.

He is also survived by five daughters, Kathryn Lemon and her husband, Rodney, of Latham, N.Y., Mary Pat Sullivan and her husband, William, of Colleyville, Texas, Barbara Childs and her husband, Garth, of Albany, Margaret Gifford and her husband, Todd, of Schenectady, and Grace Reinhardt and her husband, Donald, of Colonie; and by two sons, William F. Furdon Jr. and his wife, Susan, of Saratoga, and John M. Furdon and his wife, Tammy, of Houston, Texas.

He is also survived by 18 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren as well as many nieces and nephews. A great-grandson died before him.

Relatives and friends may call at Fredendall Funeral Home in Altamont on Sunday evening, Oct. 22, between 4 and 8 p.m. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Monday, Oct. 23, at 10 a.m. at Saint Madeleine Sophie Church at 3510 Carman Road in Guilderland. Interment will follow at Schenectady Memorial Park.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 85 Watervliet Ave., Albany, NY 12206.

Roman C. Przysiecki

KNOX — Roman C. Przysiecki, a World War II veteran and machinist, died on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2006. He was 93.

Born in Guilderland, he was the son of the late Roman and Mary Przysiecki.

He served in the United States Army during World War II and worked at the General Electric Company in Schenectady as a machinist, retiring in 1975.

Mr. Przysiecki was a life member of the Boyd Hilton Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #7062, the Helderberg American Legion, and the Knox Fire Company. He was also a long-time member of the Altamont Horseshoe League and the American Legion Bowling League.

His first wife, Reneta Przysiecki, died in 1976 and his daughter, Gail Clark, died in 1978.

He is survived by his wife, Rose M. Przysiecki, of Knox; his granddaughter, Yvonne Clark, of Albany, four stepchildren, Gerald T. Nopper Jr. of Seminole, Fla.; Alice M. Dean of Rotterdam, Marilyn R. Rickard of Knox, and Robert M. Nopper of Knox; six step-grandchildren; and three step-great-grandchildren.

He is also survived by a brother, William Przysiecki, and his wife, Ruth, of Schoharie; a stepbrother, Stephen Shedina, and his wife, Betty, of Knox; and several nieces and nephews.

Three sisters died before him — Mary Smith, Helen Sprung, and Julia Riner — as did his stepbrother, William Shedina and a stepsister, Mary Shedina.

A funeral service will be held Friday at 7 p.m. at the Fredendall Funeral Home in Altamont. Calling hours will be on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. Burial will be in Knox Cemetery on Saturday at noon.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Albany City Mission, 259 South Pearl St., Albany, NY 12202, or to the Helderberg Ambulance Squad, Post Office Box 54, East Berne, NY 12059.

Harry Schramm

Harry Schramm, an outdoorsman and electrician, of Alpharetta, Ga., formerly of Albany, died Oct. 10, 2006. He was 89.

Mr. Schramm was trained as an apprentice with the New York Railroad System in Albany, later becoming a journeyman electrician with the electrical workers union and completing his career with Conrail as an electrician.

He loved the great outdoors, and was an avid fisherman and conservationist who could not be happier than when he was spending time in the Adirondack mountains of New York.

His wife and partner for 66 years is Arlene Schramm.

"He will be greatly missed by family and friends for his unending love and generosity," his family wrote in a tribute.

In addition to Mrs. Schramm, he is survived by his sons, Donald Schramm of Rock Springs, Wyo., and Gary Schramm and his wife, Hildegarde, of Alpharetta, Ga.; sister, Shirley Friebel and her husband, Carlton, of Guilderland; grandchildren, Heidi (Schramm) and David Murray of Cumming, Ga., Kenny and Sharon Schramm of Laramie, Wyo., Kimberly and Anthony Becvar of University Place, Wash.;great-grandchildren, Christopher Murray, Daniel Murray, Kennedy Schramm, and Caleb Becvar.

Services for Mr. Schramm were held Oct. 12 at the Northside Chapel Funeral Home in Roswell, Ga. with Rev. Diane McCann officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to Canine Assistants, 3160 Francis Rd., Alpharetta, GA 30004.

David M. Shuker

KNOX — David M. Shuker loved aviation, farming, and his family, said Mona Shuker, his wife of 28 years.

"He lived on the land, and that’s what he loved most," she said.

Mr. Shuker died at his home on Knox Cave Road on Oct. 5, 2006. He was 83.

Mr. Shuker was born in Needham, Mass., to the late Samson and Ella Shuker. He served in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II. Mr. Shuker was stationed in Italy and flew B-24 bombers.

"He was flying overhead as I was hiding," said Mona Shuker, who was born in Germany.
After the war, he worked for jet companies — Cessna, Canadair Challenger, and Bombardier Challenger — and eventually managed the service center at the airport in Wappingers Falls. Mr. Shuker later became the general manager of the service center at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, Conn.

He retired in 1988. His first wife, Janet Shuker, died in 1977.

Mr. Shuker was a very kind, loving man, Mona Shuker said.
"His men absolutely adored him," she said.

She added that his reputation at the service center in Windsor Locks drew people from all over the country.

"He was as honest as the day is long," she said.
Mr. Shuker’s son, Eric Schupp, also said that his father was very honest and had integrity. Mr. Schupp added that his father was instrumental in helping him get started in his career.

"He believed that, if you take care of people, people will take care of you," he said.

While living in Connecticut, the Shukers had a small farm, where they raised chickens, rabbits, and goats.

"He loved being a farmer," Mona Shuker said.

Mr. Shuker lived at his farm in Knox for eight-and-a-half years with his wife, and had been ill for many years.

"He was ill from the chemicals," Mona Shuker said. "He’d been going to the V.A. hospital for 15 years." She explained that, while serving in the Air Corps, Mr. Shuker cleaned carburetors, and that the exposure to chemicals had resulted in poor health.

"He had bladder cancer," she said.

Mr. Shuker, despite his health problems, enjoyed playing cribbage, and taught the game to his children and grandchildren.

"He was a great man," Mr. Schupp said. "If I could become half the man he was, I would have made a great accomplishment."

Mr. Shuker is survived by his wife, Mona Shuker, of Knox; seven children, David W. Shuker, and his wife, Susan, of Sandown, N.H., Johathan L. Shuker and his wife, Donna, of Hopewell Junction, N.Y., Scott E. Shuker and his wife, Martine, of Avon Lake, Ohio, Eric O. Schupp and his wife, Alyson, of Enfield, Conn., Cynthia M. Schupp of West Palm Beach, Fla., Nicole K. Burian, and her husband, Lee, of Delanson, and Thomas P. Schupp and his wife,Maryellen, of Enfield, Conn. Mr. Shuker is also survived by 14 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held on Tuesday at the Altamont Reformed Church, followed by burial with military honors at Saratoga National Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Good Samaritan Fund at the Altamont Reformed Church, 129 Lincoln Ave., Altamont, NY 12009.

— Tyler Schuling

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