Donald D. Mittler

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Donald D. Mittler BroadalbinDonald D. Mittler, 85, of County Highway 155, Broadalbin, died Thursday morning, November 29, 2012 at Wells Nursing Home, Johnstown. He was born in Gloversville on February 23, 1927, a son of Fern and Lulu Carpenter DeForest, and was 1948 graduate of Broadalbin High School. Don was a lifelong area resident. Mr. Mittler was employed as a truck driver for Hill & Markes, and later at General Electric Co. in Schenectady for more than 30 years. He retired in 1987. Don was a communicant of St. Joseph's Church in Broadalbin and was active in its church community. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council #7629 and a member of the 4th Degree Assembly #2505, both in Broadalbin. Don was a member of the former Holy Name Society at the church, served as an usher, and was a member of the finance committee. Don was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and served during World War II. He was a member of the American Legion Post #337 and of the VFW Post #8690, both in Broadalbin. Mr. Mittler was a member of the GE Quarter Century Club. He enjoyed camping and fishing, but mostly he loved spending time with his family and friends. He was married to Mildred K. Cleveland on February 12, 1950. She died on January 12, 2007. In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by a son, Thomas G. Mittler, who died on November 4, 1961; and a daughter, Colleen Cornell, who died on November 8, 2012. Survivors include two sons, Donald (Andrea) Mittler and David (Bella) Mittler, all of Broadalbin; a daughter, Cathy (David) Croston of Williamsburg, VA; a brother, Richard (Paulette) Mittler of Maryville, TN; a sister, Jane Benedict of Gloversville; eleven grandchildren, Jason Croston, Heather Levine, Jeffrey Mittler, Steven Cornell, Sean Croston, LeeAnn Cherry, Joseph Mittler, Kamiron Mittler, Timothy Cornell, and Thomas Mittler; four great-grandchildren, Vincent Saj, Jenna Levine, Gavin and Leland Ward; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Calling hours will be held on Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Robert M. Halgas Funeral Home, Inc., 111 County Highway 106 (corner of Rte. 29 & Black St.), Johnstown. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph's Church, 7 North St., Broadalbin, with Rev. Neil Draves-Arpaia officiating. Cremation will take place at Park View Crematorium, Schenectady. Final burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Amsterdam, at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to BVAC or to the Kennyetto Fire Company, both in care of the funeral home.

Published in The Daily Gazette Co. on Nov. 30, 2012
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