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Joseph "Pierre" LaMagdeline

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Joseph "Pierre" LaMagdeleine HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. Joseph J. "Pierre" LaMagdeleine, 85, of Wood Park Lane died peacefully on Sunday, July 19, at the Samuel A. Stratton Veterans Hospital in Albany. Born on May 16, 1924, in Hoosick Falls, son of Wilfredt and Rose Granger LaMagdeleine, he was a lifelong resident and attended St. Mary's Academy. He joined the Army in 1942, serving until 1945. Upon returning from the Army to Hoosick Falls, he met and married his wife, Ruth. Joe worked for many years at the Veterans Service Agency in Troy, as a veterans benefit representative. He also was active in politics in Hoosick Falls, where he had served as the Assessor. Upon his retirement, he continued to help Veterans in obtaining their benefits. He was also a lifetime member of the American Legion Post 40 in Hoosick Falls. He was a communicant of the Immaculate Conception Church. One of the proudest accomplishments was working at the "Kiddie Car Day Care," where he became "Grandpa Joe" to many of the children in the community. His other great pleasure was spending time with his family and friends. His wife, Ruth LaMagdeleine, died Dec. 27, 2002. He leaves his daughter, Jo-Ann DiGuglielmo and husband, Ralph, of Sherman Oaks, Calif.; two grandchildren, Heather Finney and husband, Timothy Spendiff, and Cory Finney and wife, Kayla, all of Cambridge, two great-grandchildren, Cody Scott Estell and Zoe Lynn Finney; several nieces, nephews and cousins, and his loving friends, Dennis, Pam, Sara and Aron Smith of Petersburgh, N.Y. FUNERAL NOTICE: A Memorial Mass will be offered Friday, July 24, at 10 a.m. from the Immaculate Conception Church, Main Street. Interment services with full Military Honors will be held at 12 in the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery in Schuylerville. There will be no calling hours. Memorial contributions may be made to either the Michael Hackett Memorial Fund or the Mattie and Eliza Whitman Educational Fund through the MAHAR FUNERAL HOME, 43 Main Street, Hoosick Falls, N.Y., which is handling the arrangements.
Published in Bennington Banner from July 22 to July 23, 2009
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