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William J. Hartshorne

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Hartshorne, William J. TROY On Father's Day, June 16, 2013 Bill Hartshorne died peacefully with his family at his side. He was born October 19, 1923 in Oneonta. He was the son of the late George J. Hartshorne Sr. and Helen "Nellie" Gleason. He was a graduate of Christian Brothers Academy High School and enlisted to serve his country in December 1942. Bill fought in one of the major battles of World War II at Anzio, Italy May 1944, where he was wounded in action. His injuries resulted in the loss of both his legs. He was awarded the bronze battle star, multiple purple hearts and combat infantry badge. Bill was enrolled in the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor in Newburgh, where he will be remembered forever for his sacrifice. In 1945 he returned to Albany where he met and married Jean A. Frommer who predeceased him on September 16, 1997. He is survived by his loving children, Michael J. (Susan), Mark S.(Betty), Lynne A. Venter (Bruce), Elaine M., William J. (Kate), Jean A Dillon (Bob) and Gretchen Sprague (Newell); his grandchildren, Megan, Mike Jr. Kristin, Carrie, Sheena, William, Barbara, and Elizabeth, Karen Trombley(Thomas) and David Sprague(Chrissy); his brother, George J (Jean); several great-grandchildren , nieces and nephews. Bill worked for the Voorhesville Army Depot for several years and later for the New York State Department of Labor. He was a communicant of St. Teresa of Avila for many years and had a strong faith that sustained him. He was the official scorekeeper for the National Little League in Albany. His greatest joy was watching his sons play ball. He was an avid sports fan and his favorite teams were the New England Patriots and the St. Louis Cardinals. Bill loved the track, especially Saratoga. He was a music lover. He loved to read, watch westerns and spend time with his family. The family will receive relatives and friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 20 at Magin and Keegan Funeral Home, 891 Madison Avenue, Albany. A Christian funeral mass will be celebrated on Friday, June 21, 9:30 a.m. at Mater Christi Church, 35 Hurst Ave., Albany. Interment to follow at St. Agnes Cemetery. Mr. Hartshorne's family would like to give a special thank you to the staff of the Eddy Geriatric Center for the special care and attention he received while there. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675. maginandkeegan funeralhome.com
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Published in Albany Times Union from June 19 to June 20, 2013
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