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Frederick A. Schmigel Sr.

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HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- Frederick A. “Fred” Schmigel Sr., 86, a lifelong resident of Hoosick Falls, died on Friday at the Vermont Veterans Home.

Born in Hamilton, N.J .on New Year’s Day 1918, he was the son of the late Edward L. and Pauline Schmigel. He was the beloved husband of the late Carolyn Viets Schmigel, who died on May 17, 1997. They were married in the First Presbyterian Church in Hoosick Falls on June 22, 1946.

Educated in Hoosick Falls schools, Fred served his country by enlisting in the U.S. Army on March 13, 1940. He was a radar operator serving in Iceland and England. He received the Good Conduct Medal, the European-African-Middle East Service Medal and the American Defense Medal. He was honorably discharged in July 1945. Upon returning home, he was a self-employed logger. He cut and hauled pulp wood through the tri-state region. He also had a trucking company with his brothers. Fred worked for Oak Industries in Hoosick Falls for 10 years and was a bus driver for both Hoosac Schools and the Hoosick Falls Central School District. He retired in 1982. Fred was a member and past commander of the Hoosick Falls VFW, a member for more than 50 years of the Hoosick Grange, member of the St. Stanislaw Society and the Derby Club, along with belonging to the Eagles of Hoosick Falls. He loved fishing, hunting, weekend camping and his garden. The love for his family was second to none. Fred earned his high school diploma from Hoosick Falls Central High School with his granddaughter Colleen in 2001.

Survivors include his children Richard D. (Peg) Schmigel of Bennington, Fred A. (Sharon) Schmigel Jr. of Buskirk, Gerald E. (Karen) Schmigel of Hoosick Falls, brothers Alfonse “Tim” (Bev) Schmigel and Alex Schmigel both of Hoosick Falls along with eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a son Donald, and brothers Ed, John and Emil.

Funeral services will be on Monday at 11 a.m. in the First Baptist Church of Hoosick Falls, Main Street where the Rev. Donald Nelson will officiate. Interment will follow in the Maple Grove Cemetery.

Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Robson-Reinfurt Funeral Home, 72 Main St., Hoosick Falls on Sunday from 2 to 4 in the afternoon and 6 to 8 in the evening.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Town of Hoosick Rescue Squad.
Published in Bennington Banner on Apr. 24, 2004
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