May 2, 2014
Mr. Anthony E. Petrusa, 98, of Peter Lane, Amsterdam, New York passed away Friday, May 2, 2014 at St. Mary's Healthcare.
He was born September 28, 1915 in Manhattan, New York a son of the late Antonino and Florinda Petrusa.
He graduated from New Utrecht High School in Brooklyn, New York and attended St. John's University. He completed his studies in Accounting at Delghanty Institute in Manhattan.
In September 1943, he entered the Army in the 364th Ordinanace Maintenance Company. He trained at Camp Stewart, Georgia and the Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Baltimore, Maryland Stationed in Oahu, Hawaii, he served in the Marshall Islands on special missions attaining the rank of Sergeant. He was discharged in 1946.
After the War, he was employed by Gersten Brothers for 23 years manufacturing metal furniture, wardrobes and toys. In 1963 he moved to Amsterdam, New York and was employed for 14 years as Division Production Manager of metal furniture at the Consolidated Chair Division. He was also employed by Coleco Industries and as a consultant at Dajim Company. Lastly, he worked for Liberty Enterprises as Quality Control Manager for 13 years retiring in 1996.
He was a member of St. Stephen's Roman Catholic Churc and its Holy Name Society in Hagaman, New York. He was a member of Big Brothers/Big Sisters and served on the board of directors. He tutored business math as a member of Literacy Volunteers of America, Inc. assisting the young obtain their GED.
In September 1978, he was united in marriage to Helen V. (Swietlicki) Bieniek who survives. He is also survived by a daughter Alice Rodd; grandchildren Kathryn and Andrew Rodd; step-daughter Linda Swietlicki; step-granddaughter Mackenzie Bennett; nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by a daughter Sister Rita Petrusa; brother Dominic Petrusa, sister Eufemia Scalfani and most recently by his step-son Robert Swietlicki on January 16, 2014.
The funeral will be held at 8:15 a.m. Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at the Jendrzejczak Funeral Home 200 Church Street, Amsterdam, New York followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:00 a.m. at St. Stephen's Church, Hagaman, New York with Rev. O. Robert De Martinis, Celebrant.
Interment will be in St. Stephen's Cemetery.
The family will receive relatives and friends from 4:00- 6:00 p.m. Monday, May 5, 2014 at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to GAVAC, P.O. Box 11, Amsterdam, New York 12010.
Please submit on-line condolences at www.jendrzejczakfuneral.com.