August C. "Gus" Franze
1932 - 2021
Franze, August C. "Gus" GLENMONT August C. "Gus" Franze, of Glenmont, N.Y., passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 16, 2021. He was born on October 17, 1932, in Albany, N.Y., to Charles A. Franze and Augustina (Amodeo) Franze. Gus graduated from Philip Schuyler High School and Colgate University. He served in the U.S. Air Force for three years as 1st Lt. Navigator-Radar Observer. After his honorable discharge, he received a master's degree in Education from SUNY Oneonta. A natural teacher, Gus began his career in education teaching in Bethlehem (Hamagrael). From there, he served as vice principal in Burnt Hills (Glenhaven). He became principal in Guilderland (Altamont) and South Colonie schools (Forest Park, Sand Creek, Shaker Road) and retired in 1991, when he took on the role of "Papa" and playmate to his only grandchild. With boundless interest in and energy to devote to others and to his favorite activities, through the years Gus coached track at Bethlehem Central High School; volunteered with the St. Vincent de Paul Society and at the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception food pantry. A lifelong runner, Gus regularly competed in the senior division of the Empire State Games. His students, teammates, fellow teachers, family and friends knew him as an affable, athletic, kind man, with a great sense of humor. Gus is survived by his wife of 60 years, Grace; their daughter, Jeanne Marie Wendth and her husband, David, of Waterford, N.Y.; his cherished granddaughter, Kirsten Wendth Miles and her husband, Jack, of Arvada, Colo.; his sister, Marie Howder of Virginia; sisters-in-law, Cecilia Comstock (Doug) and Carol Franze of Florida; his canine buddy, Toby; as well as many nephews, nieces, cousins and friends. He was predeceased by his parents and his brothers, Anthony and Charles. The family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to the staff of Schuyler Ridge in Clifton Park for the gentle and compassionate care they gave Gus during the past year and a half. For the safety of family and friends during the COVID-19 pandemic, a private service was held. In lieu of flowers and in keeping with Gus's spirit of service and faith, please share random acts of kindness in his memory. Memorial donations may be made to The Children's Hospital, Albany Medical Center, MC#119, 43 New Scotland Ave., Albany, NY 12208, or Cathedral of Immaculate Conception, Social Services Food Pantry, 125 Eagle St., Albany, NY 12202.

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Published by Albany Times Union on Jan. 24, 2021.
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He was always full of energy and had plenty of stories to tell us. We enjoyed his trip to Phoenix to visit us.
Joan Santo GraziNo
February 11, 2021
Gus will be deeply missed! I absolutely loved spending time with Gus and his willingness to take part in almost every activity at SR. Gus was always trying his best to make everyone happy and do what he could to assist others. RIP Gus, I know you have for sure gained your wings! Praying for peace and comfort for the family!
Lisa G
February 2, 2021
I am so sorry to hear of Gus's passing. I always looked forward to chatting with Gus about coaching and education. He had such a positive approach and easy manner about him, I always felt better after those conversations. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Fred & Terry Powers
February 2, 2021
Gus was a great guy and really fun to be around. He is a Babcock Lake horseshoe legend. I am privileged to have known him.
Denny Keegan
January 27, 2021
Dear Grace, So sorry to hear of Gus's passing. Unfortunately are paths have not cross since we stopped running in the Empire Games. Gus was a track legend at Colgate. I believe his times in the 100 & 220 dashes are still listed in the top 5. Please accept my sincere condolences and sympathy . So sorry for your loss. Jim Buckley
Jim Buckley
January 27, 2021
What a beautifull pictureo f a great man. We will miss as will so many whose lives were touched.
Kathy and Joe Degnan
January 27, 2021
So sorry to hear the sad news about Gus. He may have been a champion sprinter from high school on, but more importantly he was a first-class champion individual, family man, educator, and friend. My sincere sympathies to Grace, JeanneMarie and their family.
Arline Wood
January 27, 2021
Very sorry to hear of the passing of Gus. I knew him as a top sprinter from the Empire Games track meets and training with him. Always friendly and kind, he won his events regularly, as he did when a track star at Schuyler and Colgate.
Dom Rappazzo
January 26, 2021
Grace and Family My deepest sympathies to you in this difficult time. Gus was a wonderful human being who helped so many people along the way. I always enjoyed an opportunity to chat with him. May he rest in peace.
Rick Poplaski
January 25, 2021
JM, I am so sorry for your loss...your family is in my thoughts. Your memories of your dad will be forever in your hearts.
Tammy Allen
January 24, 2021
Grace, sorry to hear of the passing of Gus. Haven't seen you since your visit in Victoria years ago but appreciated your Christmas newsletter for many years. I have fond memories of our visits to Albany as a kid to visit the Franzes.
Chuck & Judy Pusateri
January 24, 2021
Dear Jeanne-Marie, I am so very sorry for your loss. Your father will forever be in all of your hearts! You and your family have been in my thoughts and prayers.
Sherry Russell
January 24, 2021
Grace and family, My prayers and sympathy to you and your family on the passing of Gus.He was a wonderful person with that great smile.Always a pleasure every summer at Babcock Lake to see him and you at the many activities that occupied our time.He will be sorely missed.Rest in peace my friend'
Jack Weaver
January 24, 2021
Mr. Franze was a kind man. He always made me feel welcome when I visited their home, and he and Mrs. Franze have always been so supportive. I remember when I was nine years old and Mrs. Franze took me to visit a school in Colony where Mr. franze was principal. I got to speak to and be part of one of the fourth grade classes and see baby chicks in an incubator. I felt so welcomed and special. My deepest condolences to Mrs. Franze and Jeanne Marie and their family.
Karin Duffy
January 24, 2021
I'm so sorry to hear this news. I have many happy memories of the Franze family around the tennis courts and beyond. My deepest condolences to Grace and Jeanne Marie and the whole family.
Jessica Treadway
January 24, 2021
Rest In Peace Uncle Gus. I know my Dad is happy to have his boyhood idol there with him again. My deepest condolences to Aunt Grace and Jeanne Marie and family
Kathy Franze Wilson
January 24, 2021
My condolences to the entire family. I always enjoyed seeing and talking to Gus as he walked around the neighborhood.A truly gentle soul and all around wonderful human being. RIP
James E Grady
January 24, 2021
So sorry to hear of Gus passing. Your in our thoughts and prayers.
Amy & Rich St. Onge
January 24, 2021