Agosta, Louis S. SARATOGA SPRINGS Louis Sylvester Agosta, of East Avenue, passed away Sunday morning, August 30, 2009 at Saratoga Hospital. He was 83. Born on May 12, 1926 in Saratoga Springs, he was the only child of the late John and Mary C. (DeDomin-ico) Agosta. He attended Saratoga Springs city schools and received his diploma with the class of 2002 during their Veterans Recognition Ceremony. A U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, he served aboard the USS Biddle as a radar man in the South Pacific, including Guam, Taiwan, the Marshall Islands, Leyte and Luzon. "Louie" was employed as a machinist by the General Electric Co. turbine department from 1948 until retiring in 1986 and was a member of the GE Quarter Century Club. He also continued working as a counter-man/bartender at the former Saratoga Harness Raceway for over 50 years and was a member of their Old Timers Club and inducted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame. Long active in civic and fraternal organizations, he was a member and past grand knight of Saratoga Council 246 Knights of Columbus Third Degree and an honorary life member and past faithful navigator of Saratoga Assembly 745 Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree. Sir Knight Agosta volunteered many years as chairman and member of numerous committees, including Ladies Night, Night at the Races, Bingo and various fundraising activities and events of the council. He was selected as a Knight of the Year and recently recognized as one of the council's longest active member. An honorary life member of the Principessa Elena Society, he was a past president of the organization of which his late father was a charter member. Lou was a member of the Craft (Walkers) Club, Saratoga Hotel, Restaurant and Bartenders Union Local 471 and a life member and Old Timer of Saratoga-Wilton B.P.O. Elks Lodge 161. A devout Catholic, he was a member of the Church of St. Peter all his life. He served for many years as an usher at Sunday Liturgies and Holy Day observances and had been a member of the former Holy Name Society and St. Peter's Athletic Association. Married on April 5, 1959 in St. Peter's Church to the former Nellie Saddlemire, they recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. In addition to his wife, survivors include several cousins, the Saddlemire family in-laws, nieces, nephews and a host of personal and close friends. Relatives and friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes, 628 North Broadway (584-5373). A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Church of St. Peter, 241 Broadway. Burial with military honors will follow in the family plot at St. Peter's Cemetery, West Avenue. Officers and members of the Knights of Columbus will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Burke/Bussing Funeral Homes for their service. Memorials may be made to the Church of St. Peter, 241 Broadway or to Catholic Charities, 149 Regent Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Online remembrances may be made at, www.burkefuneralhome.com
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Published in Albany Times Union on Aug. 31, 2009