Nicholas Barbera

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Barbera, Nicholas TROY After a lengthy illness, Nicholas Barbera, 90, passed away peacefully into the arms of our Lord on Wednesday, February 19, 2014, with his family surrounding him, at the VanRensselaer Manor. Born in Schenectady, son of the late Frank and Maria Gerarda Barbera, he resided in Troy most of his lifetime. Nick served his country in the United States Marine Corps during World War II. He had been employed by the NYS Department of Transportation for 27 years, retiring 28 years ago. He was a communicant of St. Anthony's Church in Troy, where he was a member of the Third Order of St. Francis. He was a member of the Perpetual Adoration Society at the former St. Paul's Church in Troy and more recently at St. Augustine's Church. In the true spirit of volunteerism, Nick gave of his time and talents at the VA Medical Center, where he worked with Father Joe, at Our Lady of Hope Residence in Latham, the Eddy in Troy and the Shrine of Our Lady of Martyrs in Auriesville. He was a former member of the Musicians Union, the Yankee Doodle Band and the Waterford Knights of Columbus. He is survived by his lifelong companion, Gerda Pettalino of Troy; his loving and devoted daughter, Louise Bouchey-Vazci (Steve Vazci); his daughter, Nicolette Sherman and his son, Daniel Barbera; his most precious grandchildren, Melissa Bouchey-Smith (Chris), Jason Bouchey (Stephanie), Chantel Sherman and Kirsten Vazci; the joy of his life, great-granddaughter, Rylee Jae Smith and the love he left behind for his unborn great-grandson, Nicholas Anthony Bouchey, who is due to enter this world on March 14, 2014; his devoted nephews, Frank and Dean Barbera; special friends, Carlotta and Leoda O'Connor, Ruth Esposito and Patricia Willard. Nick was predeceased by his son, Gary Barbera. Funeral services will be held at the McNulty Funeral Home, 147 Hudson Avenue, Green Island on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 12 noon. Interment with full military honors will follow in Saratoga National Cemetery. Calling hours will be on Monday from 10 a.m. until 12 noon, prior to the funeral service. Due to floral restrictions at the cemetery, the family has requested that in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice at the VA Medical Center. Special thanks to the VA staff, Drs. Phillips and Flesh, Father Joseph Grasso, Chaplin Nick TeBordo, the staff at VanRensselaer Manor, especially Pat, Caroline and Andy and everyone who shared a part of his life. Please visit for more information or to sign the guest book.


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Published in Albany Times Union on Feb. 21, 2014
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