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Anthony J. Wirmusky

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Major Anthony J. Wirmusky 1918 - 2009 HOOSICK FALLS, NY Major Anthony J. Wirmusky, Army Retired, died on Sept. 10, surrounded by his family at the Hoosick Falls Health Center, after valiantly battling cancer for the last several years. Major Wirmusky known as Tony was born in Hoosick Falls, N.Y., on Nov. 10, 1918, the only son of John and Teresa Rimkunus Wirmusky, deceased. A life long resident of Hoosick Falls, he attended St. Mary's Academy, as did his five sons, and R.P.I. in Troy, N.Y. While attending R.P.I., he decided to enlist in the N.Y. National Guard, which was mobilizes, at the beginning of World War II. He leaves his wife of 62 years, Faye Smith Wirmusky and children A.J., Richard, Frank and Peter. One of the five beloved sons, Stephen, was predeceased in 1993 and also predeceased by Helen Wirmusky Van Eseletine. Also survived by his sister Regina Wirmusky Hubbard, niece Teresa Hubbard Brennan, grandsons Anthony and Joseph Wirmusky, goddaughter Peg Rimkunus Barratto. His military service in World War II took him across the American South, to California, and into the Pacific Theater in Hawaii and the Philippines. He was a tank brigade commander, twice awarded the Bronze Star for battlefield valor. Following his military service, Major Wirmusky married Faye Smith in 1946. For many years he ran the Owl Garage, a Wirmusky family business. In 1958 Major Wirmusky was appointed by President Eisenhower to the position of Postmaster in Hoosick Falls, until his retirement in 1981. Tony was a Director of the old Permanent Savings and Loan Bank, a Legion of Honor member of Hoosick Falls Kiwanis Club. Along with Howard Haynes and Gene Salluzzo, both deceased, Tony played poker every Monday night for more than 50 years with a card club known as the "Undertakers". Tony and Faye also had close family ties with members of the Hayden, Lawler and Murphy families. Amongst their friends numerous close ties with retired comrades and friends in Hawaii where they wintered for many years. Summers found Tony at Hedges Lake where the family has owned a cottage since 1956, the setting for a lifetime of family celebrations. FUNERAL NOTICE: A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Wednesday, Sept. 16, at 11 a.m. from the Immaculate Conception Church on Main street in Hoosick Falls. Burial with military honors will follow the mass at St. Mary's Cemetery in Hoosick Falls. Relatives and friends may call at the church on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the start of the mass. Pallbearers will be A.J., Richard, Frank, and Peter Wirmusky, Teresa Brennan and Peg Barratto. Honorary Pallbearers will be Bill Murphy, Dick Lawler, Tom McEvoy and Rob Hayden. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hoosick Falls Health Center through the Mahar Funeral Home, 43 Main Street, Hoosick Falls, N.Y., 12090, who are handling the arrangements.
Published in Bennington Banner from Sept. 11 to Sept. 12, 2009
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