WATERVLIET - Leo W. Burkhart, 91, died Wednesday, May 8, 2013, at Rosewood Gardens Nursing Center in East Greenbush. Born in Colonie on September 24, 1921, he was the son of the late Otto and Caroline Burkhart. Mr. Burkhart lived on Wolf Road in Colonie from 1921-1953 and enjoyed talking about the many changes and growth that occurred in that area. He was well versed on the history of the Town of Colonie. After his marriage to Rosemarie Wittman in 1953, Mr. Burkhart moved to Watervliet, where he built his home on Hillside Drive.
He was a heavy equipment operator for Local 106 in Albany before retiring in 1976. He also ran his own contracting business. During the 1950s, he helped build the Menands Auto Racetrack. Following his retirement, Leo and his wife Rose helped maintain the boulevards on 16th Street in Watervliet and the area around Hillside Drive adjoining Watervliet High School. They loved to travel on bus trips together. One of Leo's favorite trips with Rose was to the Amish Country. Anyone who knew Leo knew his love of trains. He had a vast collection of train books, prints, audio tapes, calendars, and videos. He was a communicant of the former St. Patrick's Church in Watervliet.
He is the beloved husband of Rose, brother of Marion Green of Pennsylvania, Edward Burkhart of Albany and the late Raymond Burkhart, uncle of Donald (Katherine) Robillard of Guilderland and John (Linda) Robillard of Derry, N.H. Also survived by several other nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
The funeral will be Wednesday at 9 a.m. from the Parker Bros. Memorial, 2013 Broadway, Watervliet, and at 9:30 a.m. at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Watervliet, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Interment St. Jean's Cemetery, Troy. Relatives and friends are invited and may call at the funeral home on Tuesday from 3 to 5 p.m.
Condolence book at ParkerBrosMemorial.com
Published in The Record on May 12, 2013