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Thomas A. Gizara

Gizara, Thomas A. VALATIE Thomas A. Gizara, age 72, beloved husband of Jeanne M. Gizara and father of Thomas W. Gizara (Sharon Woodworth) of Florence Oregon and Randy J. Gizara of Port Charlotte Florida, died on February 23, 2017 at St. Peter's Hospital in Albany after a brief illness. He was the adoring grandfather of Thomas "little Tommy G" Gizara. He was also the loving caretaker of his cat Lavender. Born in Detroit, MI in 1944, he was the son of the late Chester and Jennie (Wojcik) Gizara. He is pre-deceased by his brother William. He is survived by his sister Carol Harlow of Wynantskill and several nieces and nephews: George (Teresa) Harlow of Wheelersburg OH; Cindy Harlow of Bronxville NY; Lisa Gizara (Eric Cagle) of Santa Monica CA; and Chrissy Gizara of Lexington KY. Tom received his bachelor's degree from Alfred University where he met his wife Jeanne, and he received two masters degrees from the College of St. Rose. He had many teaching positions, starting with a long tenure as a Social Studies and English teacher at Ravena Coeymans Selkirk Jr Sr High School and ending as a GED instructor for Cohoes School District. He also worked as an interpreter at Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield MA for many years. Tom was very active in ministry. He served several years as the Chairman of the Missions Committee for the Albany Episcopal Diocese; he was a former Faith Alive National Chairman; and a former lay director of the Diocesan Cursillo Movement. He worked in prison ministry at Rensselaer County Jail and Great Meadows Correctional Facility and several other prisons as well. He was dedicated to helping Burmese refugees in the Albany area to get American citizenship. He was also very active in his home parish, Trinity Watervliet. Calling hours will be from 3:00 to 4:00 PM at Trinity Episcopal Church, 1336 First Ave., Watervliet, NY on Sunday February 26, followed by the funeral mass of celebration of Tom's life at 4:00 PM. Bishop William Love will be the main celebrant and Bishop Dan Herzog will preach. Father Marty Wendell will officiate and other clergy are welcome to vest and process; priests can concelebrate as well. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Trinity Episcopal Church or the American Cancer Society.

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My deepest sympathy to Mrs. Gizara and family for the loss of your husband, father and grandfather. Please be assured that our heavenly Fahter knows the grief and pain that you are going through. To help us cope with our loss through his Word he gives us hope and comfort. Isaiah 33:24 John 3:16 Psalms 37:29

Annette Mar 2 2017 12:00 AM

My deepest sympathy to Mrs. Gizara and family for the loss of your husband, father and grandfather. Please be assured that our heavenly Fahter knows the grief and pain that you are going through. To help us cope with our loss through his Word he gives us hope and comfort. Isaiah 33:24 John 3:16 Psalms 37:29

Annette Mar 2 2017 12:00 AM

My deepest condolences to you all. May you find some peace in the company of family and the reminiscing of memories. God Bless.

Colleem Allen Feb 27 2017 12:00 AM

My deepest condolences to you all. May you find some peace in the company of family and the reminiscing of memories. God Bless.

Colleem Allen Feb 27 2017 12:00 AM

Dear Jeanne and Family, My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time of great sadness. Words cannot express the lost you are feeling right now. However Our Lord and Savoir will carry you all through this, may you feel His presence and His love. Peace and Love, Barb & Dave Mitchell Cursillo#50

BarbMitchell Feb 26 2017 12:00 AM

Dear Jeanne and family, Please accept my condolences. Tom was a friend and caring instructor to the Cohoes students enrolled in the GED program. Many lunches would pass with laughter and awe at all Tom would be doing besides GED. He will be missed.

Colleen Forlani Feb 26 2017 12:00 AM

My deepest sympathy to the Gizara family. Tom and I were coworkers at Hancock Shaker Village. He was a kind and caring friend who has left us all with wonderful memories.

Rick Wilder Feb 26 2017 12:00 AM

Dear Jeanne and Family, My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time of great sadness. Words cannot express the lost you are feeling right now. However Our Lord and Savoir will carry you all through this, may you feel His presence and His love. Peace and Love, Barb & Dave Mitchell Cursillo#50

BarbMitchell Feb 26 2017 12:00 AM

Dear Jeanne and family, Please accept my condolences. Tom was a friend and caring instructor to the Cohoes students enrolled in the GED program. Many lunches would pass with laughter and awe at all Tom would be doing besides GED. He will be missed.

Colleen Forlani Feb 26 2017 12:00 AM

My deepest sympathy to the Gizara family. Tom and I were coworkers at Hancock Shaker Village. He was a kind and caring friend who has left us all with wonderful memories.

Rick Wilder Feb 26 2017 12:00 AM

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