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Charles V. Barkowski

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Charles Victor Barkowski, 88, died peacefully Sunday, August 7, 2016 at his home surrounded by family after a period of declining health. Born in Schenectady, on October 13, 1927, he attended Yates Elementary School, Oneida Junior High School, and graduated from Vocational High School in 1945 in the electrician field. At 16 years of age he worked at American Locomotive; then ushered at Proctor's Theater. Later he worked in the letterpress pressroom at Maqua Company (General Electric's Printing Division) for 45 cents/hour; and then at Fort Orange Press. He worked for 25 years with Williams Press in Menands, printing McGraw–Hill publications: Time Magazine, Sports Illustrated, and Business Week. He showed his strong work ethic and support for his family in the 70s and 80s when he was employed by the US Postal Service; General Electric, and Capital Newspapers. In 1946 he was drafted into the U.S. Army and Reserves. He served in the Korean Conflict in 1950-51. Charles married Stella Gallo on November 18, 1951 on return from the Korean Conflict. They were married for 60 wonderful years and had five children. Nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren enjoyed the attention of their loving grandfather. He was predeceased by Stella in May 2011. He was also predeceased by his parents, Mary and William; sister, Dorothy Richmire; 4-year-old sister, Helen; and infant brother, Ignatius. Survivors include his five children, Dr. Nancy (Raymond O'Keefe) Barkowski of Schenectady, Charles (Alice) Barkowski of Rochester, John (Cindy) Barkowski of Rotterdam, Robert Barkowski of Schenectady, and Joseph (Michael McCann) Barkowski of Tulsa, OK; twin brother, William Barkowski; brother, Edward Barkowski; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Charlie enjoyed his many trips to Turning Stone Casino and the craps tables. In the 60s and 70s he was often on a junket to Las Vegas and the Dunes Hotel. He enjoyed many poker nights, traditional country music, the New York Mets, and was an inveterate flirt, even up to his final days. He was skilled in carpentry and plumbing in addition to his training as an electrician. He completed many do-it-yourself home upgrades for his family and others; and could repair any appliance or electrical gadget. In addition, he maintained and owned property on Jay Street for many years. His skills with numbers and accounting showed in his dedicated work as Secretary Treasurer of his local union for 50 years (Local 23-C and Local 259-M). The family would like to thank The Community Hospice of Schenectady for their support and also the home nursing assistance of Lisa, Cathy and Brianna, who were wonderful caregivers. A memorial service will be held Friday, August 26 at 9 a.m. at St. Kateri Tekakwitha Church, 1805 Union Street, Schenectady. Charles has donated his body to the Albany Medical College Anatomical Gift Program. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to a in the name of Charles V. Barkowski, Sr.
Published in The Daily Gazette on Aug. 22, 2016
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