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Alexander Watrobski

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Watrobski, Alexander WATERVLIET Alexander Joseph Watrobski, 88, of Watervliet, entered into eternal rest by his family's side on June 28, 2013 at the Eddy Village Green in Cohoes, after a long, fulfilling life. Al was born in Troy on December 17, 1924 to immigrant parents, Jacob and Julia (Zawojski), who came to the United States at the turn of the 20th century with little more than a hard-work ethic and dream for a better life. Al attended Troy city schools, and in 1942 enlisted in the United States Navy serving during World War II, where he learned the electrician trade. He earned his GED upon return. In 1949 he married the love of his life, "Del," and together they raised six children. Al embarked on what would become a 39-year career with New York Telephone, where he was first employed as a telephone line installer/ repairman and retired in 1985 as an engineer. He was an active volunteer with the Telephone Pioneers of America and a regular blood and aphaeresis donor for the American Red Cross throughout his working years and long into his retirement. Al was a member of the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks in the Watervliet lodge, where he served in many leadership and volunteer roles, including chaplain. During his children's youth, Al was an active Little League and Pop Warner coach in Watervliet and an active member of the Catholic Central High School Booster Club. He and his family were communicants of Immaculate Conception Church in Watervliet, where Al served as handyman for years. Throughout his life, Al lovingly shared his passion for bowling, playing cards, fishing, gardening, polkas, baking, carpentry, snuggly pets, even snugglier babies, chocolate, and corny jokes with his family and friends. He was deeply devoted to his wife, his children and their families, his friends, and was ever ready to lend support and revel in celebration. Most importantly, Al embodied and successfully imparted his parents' hard-work ethic, sheer determination, family pride and help-wherever-you-can attitude to his children and, through them, to future generations of Watrobski descendants, thus facilitating a cascading effect on his parents' dream of a better life. In addition to his parents, Al was predeceased by his sisters, Helen Boguss and Emily (Joseph a.k.a. "Buddy") Dwyer and tragically, two of his sons, Paul (Arlene) and Peter. He is survived by his loving bride of 63 years, Adeline "Del" (Sefcik); his children, Lori (Robert) Fowler, Juliann (Kurt) Woodward, Thomas (Deborah), and Roslyn (Thomas) Peterson. He was a wonderful "Dziadziu" to his adored grandchildren, Leigh and Erin Watrobski; Jill (Daniel) Dorsey; Adam (Giselle) Fowler; Seth (Jessica) Fowler; Eric, Dana, and Kimberly Woodward; Madeline, Paul, and Hannah Watrobski; Jack, Emmett, and Miles Peterson; and his cherished great-grandchildren, William, Jane, and James Dorsey and Link Fowler. Al is also survived by his sister, Irene (Walter a.k.a. "Bruce") Sefcik and brother, Stanley (Clara), as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins. The family expresses their sincere thanks to the staff at the Eddy Village Green and Community Hospice for their support. Calling hours will be at Parker Brothers Memorial Funeral Home in Watervliet on Monday, July 1, 2013 from 4 to 8 p.m. A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. in the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church on Seventh Avenue at 25th Street in Watervliet, followed by a burial at Immaculate Conception Cemetery. Those wishing to honor Al may make a contribution to Community Hospice at 295 Valley View Blvd., Rensselaer, NY 12144. Please visit parkerbrosmemorial.com to light a candle, leave a message and for directions.
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Parker Bros. Memorial Funeral Home, Inc.
2013 Broadway Watervliet, NY 12189-2225
(518) 273-3223
Published in Albany Times Union on June 30, 2013
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