Schongar, George E. TROY George E. Schongar, 88, of Troy died peacefully on January 14, 2013 at the Van Rensselaer Manor with his loving family by his side. Born in Troy, he was the son of the late Charles and Marguerite Denecker Schongar and the devoted husband of the late Shirley Dooley Schongar who died on July 21, 2002. Mr. Schongar attended Troy High School and the Albany Business College. He was a World War II veteran of the US Army serving with Company A of the 8th Armored Division and was the recipient of the Purple Heart. George retired from the New York State Department of Labor in Albany. He was a communicant of St. Augustine's Church and a member of the Bingo Committee and was a member of the Veterans of Lansingburgh, the Purple Heart Veterans, the Speigle Elders and was a volunteer for the Lansingburgh Independent Baseball League. Survivors include his children, Debra Zaffuts (Gerald) of Troy, Ann Marie Carabis (Ron Williams) of Troy, Susan Alberino (Anthony) of Poestenkill, George "Bud" Schongar Jr. (Kathy) of Troy, David Schongar (Patty) of Kansas and William Schongar (Mary) of Troy; brother, William Schongar of Troy; sister, Rita Cook of Troy; 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. George was predeceased by his brothers, John, Charles, Joseph and Alfred Schongar. Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 9 a.m. from St. Augustine's Church where the Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Friends are invited and may call at the Frank P. McDonald & Son Funeral Home, 870 Second Ave. (124th & 125th Streets) in Lansingburgh on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. The internment will be in St. John's Cemetery in Troy. The family would like to thank the staff at the Van Rensselaer Manor (A-1) for the loving care they gave to George. If desired contributions may be made to the St. Augustine's Church Restoration Fund, 25 115th St., Troy, NY 12182.
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Published in Albany Times Union from Jan. 17 to Jan. 18, 2013