LOWVILLE, N.Y. —
W. "Tony" Pyrek, 95, died peacefully Friday, April 13, at
Castle Point VA Medical Center.
Born June 11, 1916, in Providence, R.I., the second child of
Stanley and Helen Stachowic Pyrek, he played football and
wrestled for Central High School, and developed a lifelong
interest in gardening.
He served two tours of duty in the Navy, the first in
peacetime and the second during World War II, when he was in
the Pacific Theater of Operations aboard a destroyer in the
fleet commanded by Admiral “Bull” Halsey.
It was during wartime that he met and married Josephine Fall
of Schenectady, N.Y.
After discharge the young couple made their home in
Schenectady where Mr. Pyrek worked for American Locomotive
and General Electric and began to raise a family. He sang in
a church choir, loved dancing with his wife, and was an avid
outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing and hunting.
The family moved to Poughkeepsie when Mr. Pyrek accepted a
position with IBM East Fishkill from which he retired. He
became a life member Fourth Degree Knight with Chapter 1646
Wappingers Falls Knights of Columbus.
Mr. and Mrs. Pyrek relocated to Lowville in 1991 to live
closer to their son Michael. There, Mr. Pyrek joined the
V.F.W., continued his gardening, and enjoyed the quiet,
bucolic area. In 2010, the Pyreks returned to Dutchess
County, to live near their daughter.
A son, Michael, and two sisters, all died before him.
Surviving are his wife, “Jo” Pyrek , 50314 Annie Avenue,
Pleasant Valley, N.Y.; a daughter, Stephanie; a son,
Stanley; a daughter-in-law Carol; two brothers Joseph and
Edward of R.I.; several in-laws, nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, at
Sundquist Funeral Home, State Street, Lowville. A funeral
Mass will be said 10 a.m. Thursday, April 19, at St. Peter’s
Catholic Church, Lowville, with Rev. Daniel Chapin
officiating. Burial will follow with military honors in
Beaches Bridge Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be
made to Volunteer Services, Castle Point VA, Castle Point,
N.Y. 12511, writing: “GPF 1536” on the memo line of your
We have lost a good man from the greatest generation. We are
grateful for the long time we had to know and love him, his
irrepressible humor, and the superlative, kind care he and
the family received from the medical, palliative care and
administrative staff at Castle Point.
Condolences may be made on the online guest book at www.sundquistfh.com.
Information provided by
Sundquist Funeral Home of Lowville and Newzjunky, Watertown,