August 16, 2017

Mr. John Spakoski passed away peacefully on Aug. 16, 2017, at the Wilkinson Residential Healthcare Facility. He was 101 years old.

John was born Nov. 2, 1915, in Amsterdam, N.Y., a son of the late Michael and Emilia (Pomuz) Spakoski.

During World War II, Mr. Spakoski served in the Army Air Forces as a staff sergeant.

John graduated from Wilbur Lynch High School. He worked at Mohawk Mills and General Electric, but primarily in the construction industry for many years as a member of Laborers Union No. 157 in Schenectady.

John was a faithful member of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church. He also was a member of St. Stan’s Seniors.

Survivors include the “love of his life” Helen (Korabic) Spakoski, who he married on April 25, 1943. They were married 74 wonderful years.

John is also survived by his loving children: Carol (Gregory) Gardiner, Schenectady, N.Y., Thomas (Tina) Spakoski, Clifton Park, N.Y., and Timothy (Judith) Spakoski, Webster, N.Y.; his grandchildren Jeffrey Spakoski and Brian (Taran) Spakoski; great-grandchildren Jacob, Madison, Noah and Aiden Spakoski; his brothers George (Jean) Spakoski, Joseph (Carmela) Spakoski and Walter (the late Gloria) Sparks; sister Jane (Walter) Zielinski; and nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his sisters Anna (Bernie) Zack and Stella (Edward) Lyons.

The family would like to thank the nurses and aides at the Wilkinson Residential Healthcare Facility who cared for John. Also, thank you to John’s in-home nurse, Colleen Baker for her care and compassion.

The family will receive relatives and friends on Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017, at the Jendrzejczak Funeral Home, 200 Church St., Amsterdam, N.Y., from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. for a calling hour. A prayer service will be held at 10:30 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 11:15 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church, 156 E. Main St., Amsterdam. Burial will follow at St. Stanislaus Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to: Wilkinson Residential Healthcare Facility, 4988 State Highway 30, Amsterdam, NY 12010 C/O Activities Department.

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