John T. Heller Sr. SchenectadyAfter a brief illness, John T. Heller Sr. passed away on Tuesday, August 28, 2012. John was born in Troy, NY on January 25, 1932, son of Arnold and Mary Heller. John was educated in a Catholic environment, including Catholic Central High and Siena College. In 1949, John joined the Army and served nearly four years, three of these years in Japan during the occupation and Korean Conflict. John received an honorable discharge as an acting first sergeant at the end of the Korean Conflict. Following his military service, John joined General Electric Company and, during his 40 years of service, held many managerial positions within treasury operations. In 1987, John was transferred from Schenectady to Connecticut and was appointed by the GE board of directors as the stock transfer agent manager of Security Ownership Services. He held that position until his retirement in 1992. During his retirement years, John became active with the finance committee of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church and was appointed as a trustee. John was also active in the St. Vincent de Paul Society. He enjoyed playing golf with his wife and his many partners at Western Turnpike as well as watching the Yankees. John and his wife, Arlene spent the winter months in Pawleys Island, SC. John was predeceased by his first wife of 50 years, Theresa Ragosta. John is survived by his current wife of five years, Arlene Vanderpoel-Heller; his four children, Reverend John T. Jr. (Marie), Kimberly Ann Lauria, Brian Keith (David Lamar), Jeffery Allen (Renee), and Deborah Dibella, who was always thought of as another daughter; his eight grandchildren, Bridget Theresa, Antonia Marie (Cliff), Corey John, Ashley Renee, John Thomas (JT), Justin Jeffery, Matthew John, Jeffery Allen Jr.; and his three great-grandchildren, Benjamin Michael, Cecilia Kimberly and Charlie James. Also survived by his sister, Ann Hayes, and brother, Tom (Betty); son-in-law, Antonio Lauria, and several nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends from 4 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, September 4, 2012 at the DeMarco-Stone Funeral Home, 1605 Helderberg Avenue, Schenectady. Services will begin at 8:15 a.m. Wednesday, September 5, 2012 from the funeral home, thence to Saint Paul the Apostle Roman Catholic Church for a Mass of Christian Burial at 9 a.m. Entombment will take place at Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery, Niskayuna with military honors. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in John's name to the St. Paul the Apostle Church Parish Fund, 2733 Albany St., Schenectady, NY 12304.
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DeMarco-Stone Funeral Home
1605 Helderberg Avenue Schenectady, NY 12306
Published in The Daily Gazette Co. from Sept. 3 to Sept. 4, 2012