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Sauquoit/New York Mills
Alfred Misiaszek passed away unexpectedly on June 10, after a battle with cancer. He was born July 4, 1931 the son of Walter and Helen Misiaszek of New York Mills. He was a 1949 graduate of NYM high school and a graduate of Syracuse University in 1953. He also obtained a Master of Arts for Teachers from Indiana University in 1968 after also attending classes at Dartmouth University and Moscow University. He was fluent in the English, Polish and Russian languages. Alfred was joined in marriage to Norine Anderson on June 19, 1954 at Holy Trinity church in Utica. They have 4 children, Michael and his wife, Cathy, and sons, Matthew and Nicholas, Valerie Lane and her son, Jacob, Thaddeus and his son, Casimir and Stanley and his wife, Lilly, and their son, Alexander. Alfred was predeceased by both of his parents and his sister, Wanda Bialek Finkle. Besides his wife Norine and his children, he is survived by his brother, Emil, and his wife, Jean and numerous nieces and nephews. Alfreds life long passions were education, travel and golf. He had a long and distinguished career as an educator beginning at Walt Whitman HS on long island, Camden HS and in the Utica School System. Mr. Misiaszek was the assistant principal at Utica Free Academy from 1973 to 1979 and ended his career as the principal of Washington and Lincoln Elementary schools in west Utica. In retirement he combined travel and teaching, spending a full year teaching English as a second language on the college level in Poland Europe with World Teach. Alfreds career was interrupted with a military stint from 1955 to 1957 that included a year long posting to Fairbanks, Alaska. He was proud of his Polish heritage and considered his trips to Poland and Eastern Europe to be high points in his life. He also traveled extensively throughout North America tenting, camping, hiking and canoeing to Alaska, Hudson Bay the Appalachian Trail, 49 states, all the Canadian provinces and to nearly anywhere that you could travel by car. Alfred also built his own sailboat and sailed it from Marcy marina to Georgia with his son Stanley in 1989. Alfred was also an avid and competitive golfer, a member of Sauquoit Knolls Golf Club. He coached many high school athletes and had several reach the state finals. He is very proud of his grandsons and will be missed by all who knew him. Alfreds funeral will be held Saturday June 15, 2013 at 11:30 a.m. from Wolanin Funeral Home, Inc. 266 Main St. New York Mills and at 12:00 noon from Sacred Heart/St. Marys Church, New York Mills. Burial in St.s Stanislaus and Casimir Cemetery, Whitestown with Military Honors. Calling hours will be held Friday (today) from 4-7 p.m. www.wolanin funeralhome.com
Wolanin Funeral Home
266 Main St New York Mills, NY 13417
Published in The Observer-Dispatch from June 13 to June 15, 2013