Theodore A. Rieth

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Rieth, Theodore A. NEW BALTIMORE On September 29, 2008, Dad succumbed to pancreatic cancer. He fought bravely and without complaint since his diagnosis in early March. Born on June 13, 1930 in Manhattan, N.Y., Dad grew up the son of the late Erna Remmers Rieth and August G. Rieth who owned a candy store in Harlem. Dad first came to this area during school holidays. In the 1940s, his parents bought a farm in Hannacroix. Dad graduated from high school in 1948. He was a member of the first centralized class of the Coxsackie Athens School District. He met June Alice Dollery in 1947 while still in high school. They were married in 1953. Together they had three children, Robert, Frederick and Debra. They built his current home after clearing the land and having each board milled to build the house. In 1994, just prior to their 41st anniversary, his beloved June passed away from complications stemming from diabetes. Dad's employment career began at Montgomery Wards. He also worked briefly for the NYS Department of Public Works. He was then employed by McKinney Steel as a junior draftsman. After honing his skills as a draftsman, he began working for the Robert A. Keasbey Company. There, he worked his way up through the ranks to the Albany branch manager. After 38 years, he retired as company vice president and a member of the board of directors. He was a longtime manager and board member of the Hudson Valley Little League and Ravena Babe Ruth. In 1996, Sandy Racey became Dad's dear companion. Together with their faithful Yorkshire terrier, Ike, they spent winters in Fla. and traveled throughout the U.S. in Dad's R.V. They shared many interests including gardening, attending antique sales and flea markets and were active members of the Holiday Rambler RV Club. Throughout Dad's illness, Sandy remained at his side, seeing to his every need. For that, and the love they shared, we shall be eternally grateful. In his retirement years, Dad busied himself by becoming involved in a local chapter of the Elks Club. He was also on the board of directors for the Chestnut Lawn Cemetery. Grieving family members include Sandy Racey; his son, Robert Rieth and his children, Benjamin, Logan and Jaclene (Selkirk); his son, Rick and Laura Bruno Rieth and their children, Gabrielle, Erienne and Daulton (Ravena); his daughter, Debra and Gary Barkman and their children, Kohlton and Garrett (Selkirk); his sister-in-law, Gertrude Prater (Glenmont); his niece, Susan, Tim and William Gross (Glenmont); his nephew, Jim, Diane, Christopher and Megan Dollery (Albany); his nephew, Brian, Debbie and Ruth Dollery (Loudonville). Special friends of Dad's include Michael Palmer (Ravena), Peg Barkman (Glen-mont) and Virginia Macarelli (Ravena), who lovingly cared for Dad at the end of his illness. Special thanks go to Dad's physician, Dr. Robert Kelleher who spent many hours talking to Dad and making him smile; and Dr. Jill Griffin who provided love and comfort to Dad and our entire family. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, October 3 at the Babcock Funeral Home, Ravena. Burial will follow in Chestnut Lawn Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Wildwood Foundation, 2995C Curry Road Extension, Schenectady, NY 12303.
Published in Albany Times Union from Oct. 1 to Oct. 2, 2008