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William H. Maier Obituary
William H. Maier MT. TREMPER- William Henry Maier, 76, of Mount Tremper, formerly of Queens Village, N.Y., passed Friday, July 19, 2013 at Kingston Hospital, Kingston, with his sister, Margaret Maier Linnekin by his side. He was born March 4, 1937 in Astoria, and is the son of the late William T. Maier and Katherine McMahon Maier. Katherine died within months of his birth. He was raised and loved by his mother, Margaret Mathews Maier. He was a graduate of Saint Augustus High School in Brooklyn, class of 1955. He was a U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force veteran, having served from 1955-58 and 1963-67. He was employed by the U.S. Postal Service in 1969 for 23 years until his retirement in 1992. Billy, as he liked to be called, was a gentle, caring man who had a way with children. He was an avid bird watcher, who enjoyed all the flora and fauna the Catskill Mountains had to offer. He was a chess player, word gamer, pun fanatic and humorist. He enjoyed football, especially the Jets, and horseracing. He was an avid reader and enjoyed traveling the country by motor coach. William is survived by his sister, Margaret Maier Linnekin and brother-in-law, Stephen Linnekin of Mount Tremper; his sister-in-law, Patricia Webb Maier of San Angelo, Texas; a nephew, Conrad Kundle of Fla.; three nieces, Dawn Kundle Letus of High Falls, Nicola Maier Hendricks of Lakeway, Texas, and Donna Maier Biscotti of Acton, Mass.; a great-niece, Alyssa Biscotti and seven great-nephews, Vincent Nutt, Robert Nutt, Sean Letus, Eric Letus, Geoffrey Hendricks, Connor Hendricks, and Nicholas Biscotti. He was predeceased by his brother, Robert Maier of San Angelo, Texas, in 2003. William wrote a letter to his sister, in which he indicated that when he was stamped “Return to Sender” he wanted to be sure, among other things, that his body was donated to science. His Epitaph he wrote many years before his death: In this spot lies Bill Maier, of him it may be said, he died of natural causes, while at home in his bed. What are these natural causes, of which we've often read? It's when there's nothing wrong with you, except of course you're dead. Services are postponed. William donated his body as an Anatomical Gift to Albany Medical Center. A memorial service, a celebration of his life, will be held for family and close friends, when his remains are returned.

Published in the Daily Freeman on July 25, 2013
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