Anthony J. 'Tony' Rozek, 79, of Glen Ave. in Scotia, NY, died on January 12, 2019 after a long battle with cancer.
Born in Schenectady, NY to Felix F. and Anna E. Rozek, and a lifelong resident of the area, Tony lived in his pink and green house on Glen Ave for 50 years.
He graduated from the Technical Electrical Course at Mont Pleasant High School in Schenectady in 1957, and soon thereafter enlisted in the NY Air National Guard. Tony attended numerous government and Air Force schools for studies in accounting, administration and personnel, culminating in an associate's degree from the Community College of the Air Force. Mr. Rozek served in the 109th Tactical Airlift Group, NY Air National Guard, at the Stratton Air National Guard base in Scotia from 1960-1988. He held supervisory positions in accounting, administration and personnel. Tony served in the AF Reserve and as an Air Technician, was activated during the Berlin Crisis from 1960-62, and ultimately retired as a Master Sargent. After retiring from the Guard, Tony worked at Otto Cadillac-Oldsmobile and then at BJ's Wholesale in Albany before working for, and retiring from, the NY State Thruway in 2003.
In his retirement, Tony enjoyed visits with his children and grandchildren, and touring the country with his wife Alice in their camper. Tony was a member of the Lake George Power Squadron, where he served as the longtime official photographer, served on the rules committee, and as an instructor for several offered classes. Tony thoroughly enjoyed his decades long time with the Get Together Mixed Bowling League. Tony was an active member of Emmanuel Friedens Church on Nott Terrace in Schenectady for over 50 years, serving as an assistant financial secretary among many other duties at the church. Tony and Alice happily camped with Sippin' Sams for many years.
Tony was predeceased by his wife of 47 years, Alice Ellen (Douglass) Rozek, and missed her greatly every moment he spent without her.
He is survived by his daughter, Amy E. (Rozek) Washburn and son-in-law, Robert E. Washburn of Maine; and his son, Andrew 'Drew' Rozek and daughter-in-law, Caroline (Gnau) Rozek of Oklahoma; and six grandchildren.
Calling hours will be Friday, January 18, 2019 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Bekkering Funeral Home in Scotia.
Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, January 19, 2019, at Emmanuel Friedens Church, 218 Nott Terrace, Schenectady, with interment directly following at Memory Gardens, Colonie.
Memorial contributions may be made to Emmanuel Friedens Church