Gerkman, Peter Jr. STUYVESANT The Amazing Peter Gerkman Jr., 71, of Stuyvesant, N.Y., died Monday, October 22, 2012 at his home. Born May 2, 1941 in Spoden Brnik, Slovenija, he was the son of the late Paul Peter and Marija (Ovijac) Gerkman. He was a veteran, serving in the US Navy, a volunteer fireman in Athens and Niverville, and graduated from HVCC in Refrigeration Technology. For twenty years he was owner/operator of Berkshire Refrigeration, Inc. until it was acquired by Tougher Industries. He was employed by Tougher Industries in Albany as a project manager. Peter was a lover of nature - a birder, fisherman, hunter, photographer and videographer extraordinaire. He enjoyed spending time with everyone in his extended family, providing us with memorable stories and so much fun. Heavy equipment operation was his forte and football was his love. High School "Friday Night Lights" was his very favorite event to attend. He is survived by his wife, Mona (Cichello) Gerkman; three children, Dionne Dawson of Stuyvesant, Peter Gerkman III and his wife Tricia of Valatie, and Rhonda Gerkman of Waterford; five sisters, Martina Vicha of Saratoga Springs, Helen Delano of Mechanicville, Marinka Gerkman of Athens, Ivanna Swiers of Saratoga Springs, Katarina Holbrook of Troy; three brothers, John Gerkman of Burgaw, N.C., Anton Gerkman of Poestenkill, Michael Gerkman of Stockport; 10 grandchildren, Katarina Cortright, Shawn and Hunter Dawson, Peter W., Shawn, Ryan, Ashleigh and Ella Gerkman, Tamyshia MacKay, Liam Gerkman; three great-grandchildren, Jude, Mikayla, Toriana and several nieces and nephews. Calling hours will be Saturday October 27, 2012 at the Raymond E. Bond funeral home from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Valatie, N.Y. with a memorial service at the funeral home at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. Joseph Falletta officiating. Burial at the Athens Rural Cemetery immediately following. The family requests, in lieu of flowers, that remembrance be made to the Peter Gerkman Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o First Niagara, PO Box 744, Valatie, NY 12184. The fund will provide college scholarship to an Ichabod Crane Football Athlete.
Published in Albany Times Union on Oct. 24, 2012