Estelle Kleckner Block

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    - Gwynne and Dennis Balson
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Block, Estelle (Kleckner) ALBANY Estelle Block died on Monday, June 20, 2011 at St. Peter's Hospital in Albany. To say her passing was unexpected is an understatement to everyone who knew and loved her, for she was one of those unforget table individuals who became such a part of so many lives that few can imagine their lives without her. Estelle's lucky number was 84, and that proved to be our lucky number as well, for she was with us for 84 years, leaving an indelible mark wherever she went. While her primary calling was caring for family and friends, she also had many memorable jobs. When the first make-your-own-pizza packages came out in the '60s, she was the "Pizza Lady," delivering them like milk to families around Long Island. She sold encyclopedias to earn one for her family and became a travel agent to feed her husband's travel addiction. She was born in New York City and moved to Bethlehem in 1970. She worked for Home Aid Services and Family Planning Advocates and volunteered for such organizations as WAMC and the AIDS Council of Northeastern New York. We take solace in the sure knowledge that Estelle is again with her beloved daughter, Jo-Carol and sisters, Mitzi Shelley and Susan Kleckner, who undoubtedly are introducing her to a wide range of old and new friends. Estelle is survived by her husband of 63 years and great love of her life, Murray; her sons, Richard (Loranne) Block of Antrim, N.H., and Paul Block of Round Lake; three grandchildren, Kiva Block and fiance Ethan Sprissler, Ueyn (Jen) Block of Menlo Park, Calif., and Brendan Block of Antrim; and two great-grandchildren, Jonas and Evan. She also leaves behind her brother, Marc (Lisa) Kleckner of Santa Ana, Calif., and many nieces and nephews. Estelle always insisted she didn't want a service or memorial but wished only that her friends and family would gather together and enjoy her favorite dish, a bowl of spaghetti. So put up some pasta, stir the sauce, and know that Estelle is continuing to stir things up wherever her newest adventure takes her. In lieu of flowers, you can contribute to a scholarship fund being set up in Estelle's name at Excelsior College, where her husband serves as chief of staff. Contact Excelsior's Office of Development at or call 518-608-8287. Friends and family are invited to pay their respects 3:30-7 p.m. Friday, June 24, at Avila Retirement Community, 100 White Pine Dr., Albany. A celebration of Estelle's life will be held later this summer.
Published in Albany Times Union from June 22 to June 24, 2011
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