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Jay I. Musler

Jay I. Musler SchenectadyJay I. Musler, age 89, died on June 13, 2013 at Ellis Hospital after a full and productive life. He was born in Waterbury, CT, the son of Jules and Mildred Musler. He graduated from Nott Terrace High School in 1941, and majored in business at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He served in the Armed Forces during World War II with the 8th Air Force in England. Upon his return to Schenectady in 1947, he joined the family business, Musler's, a women's specialty clothing store. His son, Peter, continues to operate Musler's, one of the few third-generation family businesses in the Capitol Region. Mr. Musler was an active community leader in the Capitol Region throughout his life. He was president and a member of the Board of Directors of the Downtown Schenectady Business Association, and served as the vice-president and a member of the Board of Directors of the Schenectady County Chamber of Commerce. He was a member of the Business Advisory Council of the Schenectady County Community College, and served on the Hospice Foundation Board. He was on the Advisory Board of the Salvation Army, and served on the Board of Directors and Budget Review Committee of the United Fund. He also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Red Cross and was a member of the Citizen's Advisory Committee of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. He was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Schenectady Jewish Community Center for 20 years, and a member of the Board of Directors of Temple Gates of Heaven. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Daughters of Sarah Jewish Home for the Aged. In addition to being the president and owner of Musler's, Mr. Musler was an avid skier and golfer, and enjoyed the arts, especially Proctors and SPAC. He was an unwavering supporter of his family and friends. He will be lovingly remembered for his sense of humor and easy going manner. He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Annette Musler, to whom he was married for 59 years. He is survived by his son, Peter Musler; his daughter, Mildred Corneau; and three grandchildren, Zachary Musler, and his partner, Jessica Reynolds, and Amanda and Hannah Corneau, whom he adored. Mr. Musler is also survived by his sisters-in-law, Ruth Kronick and Paula Musler. He was predeceased by his brother, Norman Musler, and his brother-in-law, Mason Kronick. He is also survived by many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends who will deeply miss him. Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service at Temple Gates of Heaven, 852 Ashmore Avenue, Schenectady, NY on Sunday, June 16, 2013 at 1 p.m. The family will observe the period of mourning at Shady Lane Apartments, Building 102, Apartment #5, 133 Saratoga Road, Scotia, New York on Sunday, June 16, 2013 at 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hope Club of the Capital Region, 1 Penny Lane, Latham, NY 12110, Proctors Theatre, 432 State St., Schenectady, NY 12305, the Rabbi's Discretionary Fund, Temple Gates of Heaven, 852 Ashmore Avenue, Schenectady, NY 12309 or the Northeastern New York, 4 Pine West Plaza, Suite 405, Albany NY 12205 in Mr. Musler's memory. Please visit the family's guestbook at www.brbsfuneral.com.
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Published in The Daily Gazette Co. on June 15, 2013
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