October 10, 2017

Mr. George Spakoski, 95, Town of Florida, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017.

He was born March 8, 1922, a son of the late Michael and Emilia Pomuz Spakoski. He attended local schools and was a lifelong area resident.

A hardworking person, he first worked as a pin setter at Bannister’s. For a short time, he was a member of the Civilian Conservation Corps in Idaho. Returning to the area, he then worked for Bigelow-Sanford Carpet Company. For over 30 years, he worked for the General Electric Company in Schenectady, N.Y., before retiring.

During World War II, Mr. Spakoski served as a Petty Officer 3rd Class in the Navy from 1942 through 1945 in the Pacific. He was engaged in a dozen notable battles including Guadalcanal, New Georgia,  Tarawa, Kwajalein, Eniwetok, Palau, New Guinea, Philippines, Okinawa, Halmahera, Marianas, and Borneo. For his meritorious service he was awarded two presidential citations, nine medals including fourteen bronze stars.

George was a member of St. Stanislaus Church.

On Nov. 25, 1948, he was united in marriage to Jean E. Bylina, who survives. He is also survived by his children Greg (Leisa) Spakoski and Jeanine Spakoski, all of Perth, N.Y.; grandsons Michael and Christopher; brothers Joseph (Carmela) Spakoski, and Walter (the late Gloria) Sparks, both of Amsterdam; one sister, Jane (Walter) Zielinski, Rotterdam Junction, N.Y.; sister-in-law Helen Spakoski, Amsterdam; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by his siblings John Spakoski, Ann Zack and Stella Lyons.

A prayer service will  be held at 12:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, at the Jendrzejczak Funeral Home, 200 Church St., Amsterdam, N.Y., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 1 p.m. at St. Stanislaus Church with the Rev. O. Robert DeMartinis, Celebrant. Interment with military honors will be at St. Stanislaus Cemetery. The family will receive relatives and friends beginning at 11:30 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Montgomery County SPCA, P.O. Box 484, Amsterdam, New York 12010 or a charity of choice.

Please submit on-line condolences at www.jendrzejczakfuneral.com.