Raymond J. Serafin LathamRaymond J. Serafin, 91, died peacefully Tuesday, October 8, 2013, at the Ellis Hospital in Schenectady with his loving family at his side. Born in Watervliet on August 4, 1922, he was the son of the late Joseph and Katherine Wrzosek Serafin. Mr. Serafin graduated from Troy High School and was a resident of Latham for most of his life. He started working for the American Locomotive Co. (ALCO) in Schenectady in 1940 as a steel worker. In January, 1943, he enlisted in the US Navy during World War II serving his country from 1943 to 1946. He received the Navy Good Conduct Medal, European and American Theatre Medal and Victory Medal. Upon returning home, he resumed working at American Locomotive for another 25 years and then went to work for the General Electric Co. in Schenectady for 20 years as the power plant supervisor before retiring in 1987. He was a member of the ALCO 25-year Club, the Bridge Line Historical Society, the Colonie Lodge of Elks #2192, the American Legion and was a communicant of St. Ambrose Church in Latham. In his younger years, he enjoyed fishing and hunting. He was an avid reader and enjoyed the game of golf. He was the beloved husband of 66 years of Mildred C. Bohl Serafin; devoted and loving father of James J. (Fritzi) Serafin of Virginia, Raymond P. (Karen) Serafin of California, Paul J. (Darlynn) Serafin of Colorado, Lorrie A. Serafin of Guilderland, David J. (Monique) Serafin of Schaghticoke and Jan M. (Ed Peterson) Serafin of California; proud grandfather of Matthew, Scott and Kyle Serafin, Ryan Serafin, Greg Reinhart, Spencer, Olivia and Sophia Serafin, Gabrielle and Renee Serafin, Kathryn and William Peterson; great-grandfather of Layla and Sydney Serafin; brother of William Serafin, Genevieve Coghill and the late Rita Shufelt, all of Latham. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. The funeral is Saturday at 9:15 a.m. from the Bowen & Parker Bros. Funeral Home, 97 Old Loudon Road, Latham and at 10 a.m. at St. Ambrose Church, Latham where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Interment will follow in Memory Gardens, Colonie. Relatives and friends are invited and may call at the funeral home on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Colonie EMS Benevolent Association, PO Box 11076, Loudonville, NY 12211-0076. Condolence book at bowen andparkerbros.com.
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Bowen & Parker Bros Funeral Home
97 Old Loudon Rd
Latham, NY 12110
Published in The Daily Gazette Co. on Oct. 10, 2013