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Obituaries Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, April 12, 2007

Elizabeth Marie Boone

GUILDERLAND — Elizabeth Marie (Young) Boone, a devoted wife and mother, died on April 8, 2007 in the presence of her children at Our Lady of Mercy Life Center in Guilderland. She was 86.

"Betty was an only child who wanted six children before she was 30. She got her wish and then some," her family wrote in a tribute.

She was born on Dec. 15, 1920 to the late Charley and Margarite (Peg) Young. Charley Young was a well-known sports editor for the former Knickerbocker News.

Mrs. Boone graduated from Vincentian Institute in 1938 and from Mildred Elley Secretarial School. She was briefly employed at Capitol Forestry where she met her husband, Charles Boone, and remained happily married until his death in 2000.

During the years the Boone family lived in Delmar, Mrs. Boone was a member of St. Thomas Parish and its Altar Rosary Society. After moving to Westerlo, she joined the parish of St. John the Baptist in Greenville and was an active member of its Altar Rosary Society as well as a Eucharistic Minister.

She also participated in the local Meals on Wheels program, the Westerlo Volunteer Fireman’s Ladies Auxiliary and the New York State Beef Cattlewomen’s Association.

She is survived by her children Charles Boone and his wife, Lynne, of Clifton Park; Carole Ballato and her husband, Victor, of Delmar; Donald Boone and his wife, Barbara, of Edgewater, Md.; Theresa Boyle and her husband, Patrick, of Farmington, N.H.; James Boone and his wife, Susan, of Fayetteville; Mary Querques and her husband, John, of Clifton Park; Gerard Boone and his wife, Laura, of Westerlo; Anne Bielawski and her husband, Thomas, of Duanesburg; John Boone and his wife Chris, of New York City; and Joseph Boone and his wife, Taffey, of Westerlo.

An infant daughter, Marie, died before her.

She is survived by 25 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; a brother and sister-in-law, William and Joan Boone of Las Vegas, Nev.; a sister-in-law, Ethel Woods of Palo Alto, Calif.; and two nephews and three nieces.

A wake was held at the Cunningham Funeral Home in Greenville on Wednesday. A mass of Christian burial will be held at St. John the Baptist Church in Greenville at 11 a.m. today (Thursday), April 12.

Memorial contributions may be made to Our Lady of Mercy Life Center, Guilderland, or to the Hilltowns Meals on Wheels.

Thomas D. Kryzak

GUILDERLAND — Thomas D. Kryzak, a World War II veteran and owner of a mechanical contracting company, died Tuesday, April 10, 2007 at his daughter’s home in Altamont. He was 85.

Mr. Kryzak was born and raised in Amsterdam, N.Y. and graduated from Amsterdam High School. He served in the United States Navy during World War II.

He worked as a pipefitter and was a member of the Albany Local #7 Pipefitters Union for over 50 years. He owned and operated T.D. Kryzak, a mechanical contracting company in Guilderland.

He was a member of the Guilderland Elks Lodge, the Guilderland Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Disabled American Veterans in Rotterdam.

Mr. Kryzak was an avid outdoorsman and was a member of the Voorheesville Rod and Gun Club and the Helderberg Bassmasters.

He was a communicant of St. Madeleine Sophie Church in Guilderland.

He formerly coached Guilderland Pop Warner Football for many years.

His wife, Katherine Kryzak, died in 1993 and his daughter-in-law, Karen Kryzak, died in 1990.

He is survived by a daughter, Katherine McGowan and her husband, William, of Altamont; and by three sons, Kenneth Kryzak and his wife, Deborah, of Altamont; Thomas J. Kryzak and his fiancée, Nina Pitcher of Altamont; and Michael Kryzak and his wife, Christine, of Huntsville, Ala.
He is also survived by four sisters, 10 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Friday at 10 a.m. at St. Madeleine Sophie Church, 3500 Carman Road, Guilderland. Friends may call today (Thursday) from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Fredendall Funeral Home in Altamont. Burial will be in St. John’s Cemetery in Amsterdam.

Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Albany, 445 New Karner Road, Albany, NY 12205.

John S. Loucks Jr.

FEURA BUSH – John S. Loucks Jr., an honest man who gave his time to his country and his community, died on Sunday, April 8, 2007, after a brief illness. He was 88.

Mr. Loucks served in the United States military for 21 years, was a member of the Onesquethaw Volunteer Fire Company for 60 years, served for 26 years on the New Scotland Planning Board, was a long-time member of the Jerusalem Reformed Church, and the treasurer of the Jerusalem Cemetery Association.

"There was not a lazy bone in his body," said his daughter, Kathleen Canary.

"He related best to the common man because he grew up with modest means," said his son, John Loucks IV.

A life-long resident of Feura Bush, Mr. Loucks was born on June 1, 1918, to the late Josephine Relyea and John Albert Slingerland Loucks. He grew up on a dairy farm in Feura Bush and began school at the Little Red School House just outside Feura Bush. He later attended Albany Boys Academy, graduated from Ravena High School, and attended Albany Business College.

As an adult, he belonged to the Feura Bush Neighborhood Association and served as its treasurer. He was instrumental in securing streetlights and public water for the hamlet of Feura Bush.

Mr. Loucks enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps in 1941. When the Army Air Corps became the Air Force, Mr. Loucks automatically became a member of the Air Force when it was created in 1941. He also became a United States Navy reservist in the 1960s. He served in Korea and Vietnam.

"He always liked to brag he was in three wars and three branches of the military," said John Loucks IV.

His father was a member of the 57th Fighter Group; he served in North Africa, the Middle East and Europe during World War II from 1941 to 1945, his son said. He enjoyed collecting automobile and airplane memorabilia and was an avid World War II history buff, attending many fighter-group reunions. Mr. Loucks was recalled to active duty during the Korean War from 1950 to 1951, and the Vietnam War from 1968 to 1969.

Mr. Loucks was honored with a Bronze Star and a Presidential Unit Citation for his military service.

Mr. Loucks drove dump trucks for a short time following his service in World War II, then worked as an electrician with his brother for his business, Loucks Electric, in the early 1950s. He worked with the New York State Thruway Authority, and then went to work with the Department of Labor, where he worked for 20 years, retiring as a senior apprenticeship training representative, his son remembered.

His children believe that Mr. Loucks met his wife, Eleanor Cornell, at the Tamarac Inn in Feura Bush, where she was a waitress. They were married for 61 years.

"She filled in his gaps, and he filled in hers," said their daughter, Kathleen Canary.

He was a very practical person who spoke his mind, and was "filled with principle," said John Loucks IV. Mr. Loucks didn’t procrastinate and was very reliable, his son said. "You could count on him like clockwork."

Mr. Loucks was asked to join the New Scotland Planning Board in the mid-1960s, his son John Loucks IV recalled. He had to step down when he was called back to active duty during the Vietnam War, and then returned to the planning board in 1969 and served another 20 years, he said.

As a father, Mr. Loucks had high expectations, said John Loucks IV. He taught his children how to be independent, he said.

"Us kids learned that Dad could smell bullshit a mile away," his daughter fondly remembered about her father’s intolerance for excuses.

Mr. Loucks was a modest man, John Loucks IV said. "He didn’t boast."

He didn’t say something to make you feel good, his son said, "He was a straight shooter."

"He was a great source of guidance," Kathleen Canary said.

"He was a pillar of strength," her brother John said.

"He was a pretty tough cookie" He had a soft side, but, boy, you had to work to bring it out," John Loucks IV said with a chuckle.


Mr. Loucks is survived by his wife, Eleanor Cornell; his daughter, Kathleen Canary, of Clifton Park; and his sons, John Loucks IV, and his wife, Marla, of Austin, Texas; and Paul Loucks, and his wife, Barbara, of Guilderland. He is also survived by his five grandchildren: Bret, Michael, Jennifer, Megan, and John V; and his great-grandchildren, Dylan and Scout.

His brother James Harris Loucks died before him.

Calling hours were held on Wednesday at the Applebee Funeral Home, 403 Kenwood Ave., Delmar, and a funeral service will be held today (Thursday) at 10 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Jerusalem Cemetery in Feura Bush.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 85 Watervliet Ave., Albany, NY 12206. The family has made the request because, they said, of "Eleanor Loucks’s continuing battle with Alzheimer’s."

— Rachel Dutil

Memorial Service — Jesse Lee Williams

EAST BERNE — A memorial service will be held for Jesse Lee Williams, the son of Wanda Niemann Williams, who died on April 3, 2007 at the age of 21.

The service will be held on April 15 from 3 to 4 p.m. at the home of Gary and Sandy Wright, 356 Cole Hill Road, Wright Way Lane, in East Berne.

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