Gerald Philip Kreisberg

Kreisberg, Gerald Philip CLIFTON PARK Gerald Philip Kreisberg passed peacefully and lovingly on October 24, 2013 after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer, surrounded by family and listening to his favorite musician, Stan Getz. Born June 30, 1930 to eastern European Jewish immigrant parents and raised in the Bronx, his early years included boarding school, summer camp at Camp High Point in Shokan N.Y., truancy from Dewitt Clinton High School in the Bronx and 25-cent all day movies during World War II. Basketball at the 92 Street Y led to Golden Gloves boxing for $50 gold watches in the late 1940s. Professional life began with working for the Pullman Company, arranging transportation for the NY Yankees, which had him in the dugout with the Bronx Bombers of 1950. A two-year enlistment in the United State Marine Corps took him overseas to Korea, and he returned home with the rank of staff sergeant. Continuing in his career upon his return from Korea, Jerry studied stenography and eventually took the exam to become a New York State Supreme Court Reporter. He was a lifelong member of the National Shorthand Reporters Association where he tested and attained the highest scores for speed and accuracy, taking technical testimony at up to 280 words per minute. A spontaneous double date with a friend introduced him to Pearl Klein, and after many dates at Coney Island and spins around the Wonder Wheel, they were married in 1956. Settling in Woodstock, N.Y., near Maverick Road in 1964, Jerry worked for more than 20 years in the Kingston Court House on Wall St., and was a daily fixture in the court rooms, taking testimony and producing transcripts for many important trials and proceedings of the time, including everything from celebrity marriage and divorce to mafia murders. A true jazz enthusiast, Jerry not only listened to his favorite music, but took up the tenor saxophone at the age of 40, inspired by his children and good friend Harry Simon, director of music at Onteora High School, at the time. Kreisberg played in several area big bands with Simon and other local musicians including trumpeter Gerry Simonetti. Seeking a change in environment and new career frontiers when his children were grown, Jerry and Pearl Kreisberg moved from Woodstock to southern Saratoga County in 1988, working in Albany and the Capital Region until his retirement after the 34 years of service to New York State. Many happy years were spent socializing and wintering in Florida, joined by many old friends from the Woodstock/West Hurley area. And though he retired from the State, he continued to work part time as a stenographer for civil proceedings in the Albany area, into his 80th year. Jerry Kreisberg was known as a wonderful and supportive father, loving and loyal husband, excellent friend and helpful neighbor who always had a very clear sense or right and wrong, of justice and injustice, of fairness and goodness. Jerry was not shy about his politics and proudly considered himself a 'northeast liberal Jew'. He was recently recognized by the Southern Poverty Law Center for his continuing commitment to equality, fairness and civil rights along with his dedication to fighting hate and bigotry, and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of society. For all those qualities and more, Jerry is remembered as a good man who will be terribly missed by those who knew and loved him. He is survived by his wife, Pearl; daughter, Shari and husband Kurt of Reading, Mass.; daughter, Debra and wife Sheryl of Bronx, N.Y.; and son, Glenn and wife Stephanie of Woodstock, as well as four loving grandchildren. Service and burial at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery in Schuylerville, Tuesday, October 29 at 10:30 a.m. Arrangements have been entrusted by the family to the Gordon C. Emerick Funeral Home, 1550 Route 9, Clifton Park, NY 12065.
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Gordon C. Emerick Funeral Home
1550 Route 9 Clifton Park, NY 12065
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Published in Albany Times Union on Oct. 28, 2013