Rev. Kenneth O. Latal

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Rev. Kenneth O. Latal AlbanyThe Reverend Kenneth O. Latal died Friday, March 29, 2013 at Evergreen Commons in East Greenbush. Born in Rochester, NY, on December 18, 1932, he was the son of the late Edward Henry and Rose Giberge Latal. Mr. Latal is survived by his wife, E. Angela Latal; son, Kenneth O. Latal Jr. (Sharon) of Schenectady; daughter, Katherine L. Latal of Albany; grandson, Nicholas C. Latal; and great-grandson, Payton T. Latal of Schenectady. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, June Latal of Norwich, NY; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Edward and Janice Flaws of Newbury, OH; also several cousins, nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by his brothers, John W., Edward J. and Herbert H. Latal. Mr. Latal was a 1951 graduate of Benjamin Franklin High School in Rochester, NY and received his B.A. from Wittenberg University in Springfield, OH, where he majored in sociology and psychology. He received his Master of Divinity from Hamma School of Theology in May of 1958 and was ordained as a pastor of the United Lutheran Church in America, a predecessor body of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, on June 4, 1958. He and his wife, whom he met while working at the Warder Public Library in Springfield, OH, were married on June 9, 1956. Pastor Latal served in the following churches: Trinity Lutheran, West Sand Lake, NY from 1958-59, St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Brooklyn, NY 1960-64 and Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Rotterdam from 1964-1993 at which time he retired from active ministry. While serving at Our Saviour's, he was a member of the Upstate New York Synod's Youth Ministry and New Horizons' committees. He was a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit in Albany where he and his wife both sang in the choir and where he had occasionally presided at worship at the behest of the Pastor or the Church Council. He was a Chaplain of the Carman Volunteer Fire Department for 24 years, a member of the Lutheran Mixed Bowling League for 35 years, a member of the Octavo Singers and the Octavo Chamber Singers 1982-2002, a member of the Tri-City Sams Chapter of the Food Sam R.V. Owners Club and served as the chapter's treasurer for a number of years and also served as the first vice-president of the Fort Orange Chapter of AARP. Mr. Latal was also a member of the Senior Citizens and Jolly Seniors Mixed Bowling Leagues at the Sunset Recreation Center in Albany and the Colonie Elks Lodge #2192. In October 2007, he became a volunteer at the Albany Maritime Ministry at the Port of Albany. Mr. Latal's interests in addition to bowling and music were camping, photography (he has a collection of over 9,500 plus 35mm slides) and amateur astronomy. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. in the Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit, Hurlbut St., Albany, NY 12209. Relatives and friends are invited and may also call at the Daniel Keenan Funeral Home, Inc., 490 Delaware Ave. on Tuesday, April 2, 2013 from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment will follow the service in Holy Spirit Lutheran Cemetery, Glenmont, NY. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit. Online condolences may be offered at www.danielkeenanfuneralhome.com
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Published in The Daily Gazette Co. on Apr. 1, 2013
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