Mark Wolfsberg
Wolfsberg, Mark DELMAR On January 31, 2015, the sun came out in upstate New York after a cold snow storm; the sky was blue, the air was crisp, and Mark Wolfsberg passed away peacefully in his sleep in his home in Delmar. His entire family was home along with his mother, mother-in-law, and brother. He was a week short of his 53rd birthday. During his four-year battle with cancer, Mark was an inspiration with his honest and straightforward understanding of his condition, always putting a positive face on the situation and never wallowing in self pity. He was a good caring person and his memory will serve as a blessing to many. In the past year, Mark was able to travel to his home state of New Mexico twice, once in February with his family for his niece's Bat Mitzvah, where he chanted a Hebrew portion out of the Torah and then spent some time in the steep terrain of Taos Ski Valley. He returned to New Mexico again in August for a month to help his mother during her recovery from back surgery. Mark also traveled with his wife, sons, and his extended New Mexico family to Belize where he scuba dived, snorkeled, and enjoyed good times on the island. Mark started skiing at age five and loved it his entire life. He took numerous trips with his family, brother, or friends over the years and was a ski instructor at nearby Jiminy Peak. Mark was dedicated to his family and very proud of his sons, rejoicing in Jacob's accomplishments in physics at Northeastern University, Eric's national recognition in History Bee and Quiz Bowl competitions, and Ethan's guitar and academic work as he emerges as a fine young man. Mark always helped with their boy scouting activities and other interests, including baking cookies for bake sales to help raise money for the academic competition travel. He loved listening to his boys sing and was particularly thrilled with their Karaoke sessions on a recent family cruise. Mark grew up in Los Alamos, N.M. and studied business computer systems at the University of New Mexico. His first job was with IBM in Endicott, N.Y., where he met his wife Stacy - they were married in 1987 and moved soon thereafter to pursue new IBM opportunities in Dallas, where they lived for 12 years and started their family before returning to the Albany area in 2000, which Stacy's mother says was one of the happiest days of her life. Mark is survived by his wife, Stacy and their three boys, Jacob, Eric, and Ethan of Delmar; his mother, Alice and brother, Andy and his wife Laura and kids Leah and Sam of Los Alamos; his sister, Dawn and her husband Stuart and their daughter Celia of Albuquerque, N.M.; his brother-in-law, Dale Hurd Jr. and his wife Kathy and their kids Brooke and Tyler of Saratoga, N.Y.; his brother-in-law, Timothy Hurd and his wife Emily and their kids Abby, Olivia, and Jack of Stow, Mass.; his mother-in-law, Kay Hurd of Rotterdam, N.Y., and many friends throughout the country. Before his condition worsened recently, Mark and Stacy had planned to spend a week in Key West. According to Jacob, Mark really liked the Beach Boys; perhaps he was dreaming of "Kokomo" as he slipped peacefully away. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, February 5, 2015, at 10 a.m., at Durant Funeral Home, 518-455-9155. Interment will follow at Memory Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Bethlehem Central Community Foundation to provide financial assistance for BCHS history bowl and quiz bowl teams.


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Published by Albany Times Union from Feb. 2 to Feb. 3, 2015.
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He's remembered in Pack 23 Cub Scouts! The Pinewood Derby just happened, and leaders there and in Boy Scouts remember his dedication and contribution to scouting.
Nathaniel Reichman
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January 27, 2019
Stacy and family,

We were devastated and saddened to hear of Mark's passing. He was a shining light in the world.

Fred is glad for the time he spent skiing and visiting with Mark last year.

We pray that God holds you and your family in his arms and you experience the peace, comfort and strength that only He can provide.

The Dorn Family
February 11, 2015
My sincere condolences to you and your family.
Jayne & Alisa White
February 9, 2015
I was saddened to hear of Mark's passing. I had the pleasure of working with Mark for several years at IBM. He was always professional, courteous, kind, and sharing. It was apparent that family was most important to Mark and that he took great pride in Stacy and their sons. When he spoke of his family you feel his excitement and commitment to do all he could to support all their endeavors. I hope Stacy, Jacob, Eric, Ethan and the extended Wolfsberg and Hurd families take comfort in all the great memories they shared together and the fantastic work he performed for the community. He was taken much too young. May God bless Mark and the families during this most difficult time.
Bob Wehmeyer
February 5, 2015
A great father, a great husband, a great community leader, a great friend ... what more from life can you ask of a man. A proud father of three brilliant children. Deeply saddened but honored to have known Mark both professionally and personally. My condolences to the extended family. Wolfsberg Strong!
Nick Perillo
February 5, 2015
My prayers and those in the prayer groups I belong to are praying for the repose of Mark's soul and comfort and consolation for Stacy, Jake, Eric and Ethan. I had the pleasure of meeting most of you at the Conways or school events.
Ruth Clements
February 4, 2015
I was deeply saddened when I heard of Mark's passing. My son and I knew Mark form our Pack 23 cub scout day's :). He was a great leader and inspiration and will be missed.
May Gods Grace give you strength.
Mark Mereday Sr
February 4, 2015
Mark was a terrific colleague and friend during the time we worked together at IBM. Please accept my deepest sympathies and condolences.
Jeremy Rabinowitz
February 4, 2015
Stacy, Jake, Eric, and Ethan. No words can express the heartache I have for all of you. I will always be thankful for the fun times that we had when we came up for the winter and went skiing. Mark was so good to my (Florida) boys making sure they had the basics down to enjoy the slopes. I know that Mark went with a restful heart and mind knowing that his 3 sons were raised by two great parents. Mark thank you for the fun times. You will be missed, but not forgotten. The Beach Boys song "Kokomo" will remind me of you. God Bless. Ray, Laurie, Matthew, & Jonathan Roby
Raymond Roby
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I met Mark while he was a leader with Pack 23 Cub Scouts. We always thought of him as the consummate scout. Ready to lead and share at all times. What a loss to our community. My condolences.
Nathaniel Reichman
February 3, 2015
Please except my sincerest condolences. May the true God give you comfort during this difficult time. Exodus 3:6
February 3, 2015
So very sorry to hear of Mark's passing ... always enjoyed working with him in our days at IBM
Susan Brownell
February 3, 2015
Dear Stacy and sons, Goggi, Dale, Tim and families
Mark was just plain cool! He was active and it was fun to follow what he was doing at the moment. I will remember the time I went skiing with my brother-in-law Dale and the guys at Jiminy. It was Dale, Tyler, Brendan Mark and me. I was an intermediate and wanted to ski the black diamonds with the men. I was fearful, and this guy I didn't really know--Dale's brother-in-law Mark stayed in the back with me always coaching me and teaching me how to get down those dangerous hills...while the rest of the guys tore off like blue lightning. Even when I sprained my knee he encouraged me to go right ahead and ski down the hill!
He was always friendly. He always made it a point to say hello at a gathering...to everyone...as an important friend.
He was just plain cool--and you could see how much he loved Stacy. Someone to emulate. ; )
Susan Flanigan
February 3, 2015
Stacy and boys,
Mark was a great man. We will always remember his smile and helpfulness. It was out pleasure to have met him and to know you all. Love and hugs to you all...Remember all the pleasures he brought you all and continue his legacy through sharing memories and living your lives to their fullest!
He is one on the many angels now guiding our footsteps...anything we can do please just ask..
xoxoxo Love and friendship always,
The Ridgways Phil,Stacey Ian,Alec,Sophie ad Anderson
February 3, 2015
I worked for Mark for over 10 years. From the beginning he was always more of a friends than a client. What struck me the most about Mark was his loyalty and commitment to his family. As I started a family I always looked forward to seeing Mark because I knew we would speak about our kids and he always had good advice. Eric, Ethan, and Jacob are his legacy and I know how proud he is of them. May god bless his family and his eternal soul.
Justin Spraker
February 3, 2015
A day on the slopes with the ski master
February 3, 2015
Sorry to hear the news of Mark's passing. I met Mark at IBM Albany. I worked from home mostly but always enjoyed our conversations when I was in the office. He always had a smile! My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Jeanne Mau
February 3, 2015
I truthfully can not describe with words how much he will always mean to me. He was an open, outgoing, loving, kind, basically any great verb used to describe a person he was. But most importantly to me an amazing uncle and the best ski buddy. He'll never truely be gone for me I'll continue to see him in all the beautiful things that surround me on a daily basis that his soul really always was.

I love you always and I miss you already Uncle Mark,
Brooke
Brooke Hurd
February 3, 2015
I was a friend of Mark's from High School. Although we lost touch over the years I will never forget him. Your family is in our prayers.
Bill Thalman
February 2, 2015
To all of Mark's family -

What a beautiful person - husband, father, son, friend and always with that beautiful smile! We weep with you and remember.

Love, Mike and Lois
February 2, 2015
Dear Stacy, Jake, Eric, Ethan and Family,

We were proud to have called Mark Wolfsberg our friend. Over the past ten years he has been such a great asset to the community. So many of us benefited from his work especially those of us who got to know Mark in Cub Scouts at Pack 23 and at Scout Troop 58. He was a wonderful role model who was unconditionally positive and broad smiles to our faces. He always encouraged and supported the scouts both individually and as a group. His leadership and creative ideas for summer camp, canoeing, hiking, and skiing made each event special. Mark also had a rare skill for making everyone know that their voice was heard and that everyone was important. He was a great teacher and merit badge counselor who helped many a scout along to reach higher and attain more than they thought was possible. He was especially helpful to our son during his each step during his entire scouting career.

We will miss Mark greatly.

Know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and all of your family and friends.

Marcus and Ann Harazin
February 2, 2015
I am very sad to hear the news of Mark's passing. I was one of the managers that interviewed Mark from IBM Albany when he wanted to come up here from Dallas. We then worked together for a number of years until I left in 2004. He was always so positive and such a pleasant guy to be around with a somewhat dry sense of humor that worked well for him! My condolences to his family and please know that he will be missed by many of us Old IBM'ers who remember him with gratitude and respect...
Bill Morrissey
February 2, 2015
Dear Stacy, Jacob, Eric and Ethan and all of the Wolfsberg & Hurd Families-
We are all so sad to hear about Mark's passing. He was such a caring and involved Dad - helping his boys and so many people in the community with leading the Boy Scouts and his and Stacy's involvement at so many Hamagrael and BC school events.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this very sad time. His memory and good works will live on in you and our community for many years to come.
Chris & Christine Edwards & family
February 2, 2015
No words can express the loss we all feel. A caring generous and loving soul has joined the angels.
Dale Kathy Brooke and Tyler Hurd
February 2, 2015
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Rose Ann Garry
February 2, 2015