Sylvester Foltman

Sylvester Foltman

January 21, 2013

Mr. Sylvester Foltman, 90, of George Street, Amsterdam, New York passed away at the home of his niece, Mary Going and her family on Monday, January 21, 2013.

He was born December 5, 1922 in Amsterdam, New York a son of the late Bronislaw and Anna Raczkowska Foltman.

He was a graduate of Amsterdam schools and received his Bachelor's from Brown University. He also received a Master's from Syracuse University.

During World War II, Mr. Foltman served in the Navy as an Aviation Machinist's Mate Second Class participating in the Liberation of the Philippines, the Battle of Lyete Gulf and the Battle of Okinawa on the flight deck crew of the USS Marcus Island.

He was employed by the New York State Department of Transportation as a Traffic Manager form the Barge System for many years before retiring.

Mr. Foltman was a longtime member of the Church of St. John the Baptist and a current member of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church. He was a member of the Amsterdam Municipal Golf Club for many years. He will also be remembered for his dedication as a Tutor for the GED Program.

He is survived by his sister, Harriet Thackrah, Amsterdam, New York; brothers, William Foltman, Schenectady, New York and Anthony Foltman, Florida; nieces and nephews; numerous great nieces and great nephews and great-great grand nephews and nieces.

He was predeceased by his sisters, Marion Wasileski, Ceil Wiatrowski and Helen Foltman and by his brothers, Dennis, Barney, Joseph and Felician Foltman.

A prayer service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, January 25, 2013 at the Jendrzejczak Funeral Home, 200 Church Street, Amsterdam, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary's Church, 156 E. Main Street, Amsterdam, New York with Rev. Stanislaus Swierzowski, Celebrant.

Interment with military honors will be in St. John's Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, and in keeping with his love of education and knowledge, memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary's Institute, 10 Kopenik Blvd. or to the Amsterdam Free Library, 28 Church Street, both in Amsterdam, New York 12010.

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