Obituaries - 10/03/2012

Walter A. Christ

September 28, 2012


Walter A. Christ, 94, of New Hartford and Piseco, and    formerly of Yorkville, passed away peacefully, on September 28, 2012, at his son’s home, with his family at his side.

He was born September 13, 1918, in Utica, NY, a son of Arthur and Minna Helms Christ. He was a graduate of Whitesboro High School, where he was an outstanding three sport athlete, on some of Coach Chiz Frey’s earliest teams. He continued his education at Manlius Prep, and attended Ithaca College. A US Army World War II Veteran, he served from 1941-1944, and was discharged from Ft. Knox, KY, having risen to the rank of First Sergeant. On December 4, 1942, in Ft. Knox, KY, he married Eloise Newell. She died September 27, 1992.  Mr. Christ was retired from the Utica Observer-Dispatch, where he was Circulation Manager.

He was a past member of the Whitestown Kiwanis Club. He loved the Adirondacks and was an avid deer hunter.  Wally and Eloise enjoyed traveling abroad, and spent their winters in Alva, FL. One of his favorite places was Piseco, NY, where they spent summers with family and their many friends.  Wally was proud of the many improvements he made to his camp, especially the masonry work he did to build “The Wall.”

Walter Christ was a wonderful role model to his sons, and to his grandsons.  He was truly a man of integrity, sincere and honest. He was devoted to his family, and he and Eloise loved attending all of the sporting events in which their grandsons were involved.  He was very proud of each of them.

He is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Walter (Bud) and Denise Christ of Clinton and Piseco, and Bill and Jane Christ of Estero, FL and Piseco; five grandsons and their wives, Randy and Sheena of Kirkville, NY, Russ and Emily of Phoenix, AZ, Ryan and Nicole of Golden, CO, Brent        and Megan of Weston, MA, and Bill and Jessica of Boston, MA; nine great-grandchildren, Alex, Charlie, Trevor, Finn, Addie, Riley, Kellen, Max and Amelia; a brother, Arthur (Susan) Christ of Corpus Christi, TX; a brother-in-law, Robert Gorton, of Utica, and several nieces and nephews.  

He was predeceased by his sister, Alice Gorton in 2008.

The family wishes to express their sincere appreciation to Cindy, Theresa and Jamie for their care, and to Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc.

Graveside services will be next summer at Higgins Bay Cemetery, Piseco.   Those wishing may consider a memorial in his name to a charity of your choice.  

Arrangements are in care of Dimbleby, Friedel, Williams & Edmunds Funeral Home, Whitesboro.

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Alfred H. Lowe Jr.

September 29, 2012

Alfred H. Lowe Jr, 86, passed away peacefully at his home in Niskayuna on Saturday, September 29, 2012 with his family by his side.

Al was born on June 20, 1926 in Paterson, NJ, the son of the late Alfred H. Lowe, Sr., and Jennie Croucher Lowe and grew up on the family farms in Fairlawn and then Clifton, NJ. He graduated with the Class of 1948 from Princeton University with a BSE in electrical engineering in 1948 followed by an MBA from The University of Michigan in 1951. Al’s education at Princeton was interrupted to serve in the US Army Signal Corps in the Philippines       during WW II culminating as a Second Lieutenant.

Al worked for GE Company for 35 years, in a variety of sales, marketing and strategic planning roles while working in Schenectady, Lynn MA, Philadelphia and Allentown, PA and San Francisco, CA, retiring in 1986. He loved the Upstate NY region immensely and was active in leadership and board positions in a wide variety of community and regional not-for-profit organizations throughout his working and retirement years. He was a devoted family man and loved the beauty of the Adirondacks where he enjoyed the outdoors with family and friends at his second home at Deerland on Long Lake.

He served as officers directors and active member of many community organizations including President of the Homeless and Travelers Aid Society of the Capital District; Board of the Human Services Planning Council of Schenectady; Board of the United Way of Schenectady; President of Schenectady Rotary; Leadership for the $3.8 million Joint Capital Fund Drive, “Nine for the Nineties,” (nine human services agencies in the Schenectady area); and Chairman of the “Hunger Study” for Schenectady County and member of associated implementation team. He was active with the Junior League; the Hunger Action Network of NYS; the Northeastern Regional Food Bank, the Council of Community Services of NYS and the Ellis Hospital Foundation Board. He was on many civic Boards including the Schenectady Museum as well as serving as its Interim Director in 1996; YMCA Senior Housing Project; Annie Schaffer Senior Center; Association for the Protection of the Adirondacks; and Adirondack Mountain Club Cold River Chapter as Board Delegate. Al believed strongly in helping further higher education and served as President of the Princeton Alumni Association of Northern, NY; a member of the Union College Protestant Ministry Board, Senior Warden of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Schenectady spearheading two capital         campaigns; and Treasurer of Church of the Transfiguration (Summer Chapel) on Blue Mountain Lake.

For his devotion to community service, Al was a Recipient of several awards including the Katherine S. Rozendaal Award for outstanding volunteer leadership by the Human Services Planning Council; the Sister Serena award for helping improve the quality of life in the Capital District by the Council of Community Services; and the Senior Elfun (GE) award for community service; and outstanding service recognitions from Capital District Travelers Aid, Hunger Action Network of NYS and Ellis Hospital Foundation, among others.

Al is survived by his wife of  60 years, Katharine Lydecker Lowe; children Dr. Charles L. Lowe of Camp Hill, PA (wife Jeanne Merle Lowe and sons Jeremy and Peter), daughter Elizabeth M. Lowe of Lake Placid, NY (children Christopher and Caroline Verner); son James A. Lowe of Virginia Water, England (wife Jane Urquhart Lowe and children James D., Mary Alexandra and John U.);and pre-deceased in 2005 by his beloved daughter Louise Mary Lowe (husband Don Lewis Millard of Oakton, VA and children Lea, Lydia and Theo Scafidi, and Zach and Leah Millard). He is also survived by his brother Charles Lowe (wife BJ), sister Marilyn Murphy (husband William deceased), sister Marjorie Atkinson (husband John), sister-in-law Louise Gregg (husband William deceased), brother-in-law Leigh K. Lydecker, Jr. (wife Jane), brother-in-law Gerrit V. Lydecker (wife Brenda). He was also predeceased by his sister Emily Metcalf and brother-in-law Rev. William Lydecker.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the service for the Burial of the Dead on Saturday, October 6th, 11 a.m. at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 1935 The Plaza, Schenectady. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Al’s memory can be made to Saint Stephen’s Church, Schenectady Inner-City Ministry, Church of the Transfiguration in Blue Mountain Lake, The Wild Center Natural History Museum, Adirondack Wild/Friends of the Forest Preserve, Community Hospice of Schenectady or another charity of choice.

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