Berne Obituary Detail

Paul Frank Giebitz

Born:  07/11/1927 Died:  09/25/2016
Giebitz, Paul Frank EAST BERNE Paul Frank Giebitz, 89, died suddenly on September 25, 2016, on his favorite Ford tractor as he prepared to mow yet another acre of land. He was born in Passaic, N.J. on July 11, 1927, to the late Paul and Margaret (nee Schuler) Giebitz. He is survived by his wife, Eleanor (nee Griessler) whom he married on June 30, 1951, in Schenectady; his three children, Susan and husband, Howard Shafer of Selkirk, Cathy and husband Rick Higgins of New Hampshire and Paul and wife, Kathy Giebitz of East Berne; his four grandchildren, Adam Giebitz, Aaron Giebitz, Alex Giebitz, Kelsey and husband, Gabriel Estes; and three great-grandchildren, Brynnlee, Brayden and Brooklyn Giebitz. He was the second of four children. He is survived by his brother, Robert Giebitz of Illlinois; sister, Carol McQuate of Vermont; and brother, Richard Giebitz and wife, Jeannie of Nevada, as well as several nieces and nephews. He served in the U.S. Navy and was stationed in San Diego, Calif. After leaving the Navy, he worked the night shift as a machine operator in Building 16 at General Electric in Schenectady for eight years. In 1954, he and his father started the Heldeberg Bluestone and Marble Company together. He became a respected member in the stone industry. He just loved stone. He was a founding and life member of the East Berne Volunteer Fire Department. He belonged to the Berne Masonic Lodge for over 65 years. He was also an officer of the East Berne Businessmens Association and the Helderberg Kiwanis, and he belonged to the Northeast Pilots Association. In addition to stone, he also had a love of flying and boating. He enjoyed collecting antique machinery, including old farm tractors and Army trucks, and loved to show off his collection. More than his machinery, he loved his family, his wife of 65 years and his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He will be remembered for his generosity and service to the community, as well as his humor, strong will and determined spirit. Calling hours will held on Saturday, October 1, from 4 - 7 p.m. at Fredendall Funeral Home, 199 Main St., Altamont, with a celebration of life service to be held on Sunday, October 2 at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the East Berne Volunteer Fire Company, P.O. Box 32, East Berne, NY 12059 or the Helderberg Ambulance Squad, P.O. Box 54, East Berne, NY 12059.
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Submitted By:  Marilyn Miller Nardolillo
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Submitted Date:  09/30/2016