Obituary of Gerald T. Van Alstine
RAVENA - Gerald T. "Jerry" Van Alstine, 80, passed away on
After graduating from Siena College, Jerry began his career as an educator until he retired from Ravena Coeymans Selkirk Central School District, where he had taught social studies, economics, and AP courses. Impassioned by his faith, Jerry was extremely active in his church community as well as
Jerry was proud of his Irish and Dutch heritage. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, a member of REC, and a member of Cursillo; he also belonged to several car clubs, including the Antique Automobile Club of America. He loved driving around the countryside or attending classic car shows in one of his three antique cars with his lovely wife, Susan.
Jerry was a fun-loving soul, a loyal friend, and had a positive attitude toward everything in life. He strived to go above and beyond anything that was asked of him and prided himself on being available to anyone in need, no matter what. Jerry always had a story and a smile to share with those around him. And when he wasn't entertaining guests or enjoying a good meal, he found great joy in experiencing nature by hiking and camping. He was much loved and will be missed dearly.
Jerry was predeceased by his parents, Gerald and Bertha Van Alstine, and his brother-in-law James Kessler.
Jerry is survived by his beloved wife of 47 years, Susan Van Alstine (nee Kessler); his sisters-in-law, Patricia Greenfield (nee Kessler), and Janet Kessler (nee Benn); his niece, Vanessa Greenfield and her husband, Howard Becker; his nephews, Jeffrey Kessler, and Christian Kessler and his wife Mindi Kessler (nee McAllister), and his adored lab, Lily.
The wake will be on Monday, July 31, beginning at 10 a.m. at St. Vincent de Paul Church, 900 Madison Avenue (corner of Partridge Street), Albany, with Mass following at 11 a.m. Afterward, there will be a brief graveside service at St. Patrick's Cemetery, Blaisdell Ave., Coeymans, with a reception at St. Patrick's Hall to follow.
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