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Jeffrey J. Pieper
September 1, 1961 ~ August 18, 2023 (age 61) 61 Years Old
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Jeffrey J. Pieper was born September 1, 1961 at Bellevue Women's Hospital in Schenectady, NY and passed away on Friday August 18th, 2023, surrounded by family, two weeks shy of his 62nd birthday.
Because he was born with 'open spine' (Spina Bifida) he had significant neurological problems so that his legs were paralyzed and he quickly developed hydrocephalus requiring a shunt and many life saving trips to Philadelphia. Neurological impairments meant numerous surgeries such as shunt and valve replacements
throughout his life but also frequent urinary tract infections and sepsis taking him close to death.
Jeff enjoyed living at home with his parents, Betty and Carl and sister Julie until he became an adult and he also attended the CP Center during that time. Jeff's Godfather, Uncle Skip, along with his niece, Allie, also were very special to him. Many of his teachers and caregivers over the years were also true, beloved friends. He especially treasured Peggy, his former teacher and later, standby Guardian.
Jeff loved the beach and water, where he could crawl daringly out to his chin, legs afloat. He also enjoyed sitting quietly at lakeside for hours watching the boats and birds and likely many more things than we would notice. Beyond his love of nature, Jeff really had a great sense of humor and a beautiful smile and laugh. He knew the lyrics of hundreds of songs and loved singing. He also enjoyed watching sports and listening to stories. He even helped create them. Jeff had a deep perception and understanding of emotions. His love ran deep. Those who took the time to know him say they are blessed and that their lives are the better for knowing him.
Jeff's amazing spirit clung strongly to life even after a devastating stroke four years ago. He still did whatever he could to get the most out of what he had. He was admired as a 'fighter', a 'hero', and 'a good and faithful servant' to his Lord's will. We know that Jeff will be missed by many but that he finally has a peace he so well deserves.
Bekkering-Ellis Funeral Home Scotia, NY is handling arrangements.
Visiting hours are Tuesday, August 29th, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. with a service immediately to follow