Retha A. VanDerSluys Danylec, 86, of Lincoln Avenue, Amsterdam, passed away Monday morning at her home with her devoted niece, Claudia, at her side.
Born October 23, 1925, in Broadalbin, New York, she was the daughter of the late Aaron and Alice Kissinger VanDerSluys. She attended Broadalbin schools.
Retha was employed by various restaurants as a cook throughout New York state and she last worked for six years as a machine operator for Dubois Plastics in Avon, N.Y., until retiring in 1980 when she moved back to Amsterdam.
She was a member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Amsterdam and the Heralders Circle, served as Deacon and Altar Guild and was a Sunday school teacher for the church. Retha was also a member of the Women's Christian Service Circle where members made lap robes for those in adult homes.
Retha's passion was traveling with her late husband, William, and her late sister, Beverly "Betty," to the Holy Land, Egypt, eight times to Europe and throughout the United States.
On December 31, 1948, she married William A. Danylec, who passed away April 11, 1985. She was also predeceased by her son, William A. Danylec, who passed away August 11, 2010; a sister, Ernestine Wood, February 25, 2002; and most recently her sister, Beverly "Betty" VanDerSluys, who passed away January 22, 1912.
Survivors include her three grandchildren, Michael Richard Danylec, U.S. Air Force (Nichole) of Alexandria, Va., Christina Louise Thornton (Justin) of Cayuga, N.Y. and Matthew Nicholas Danylec (Mary Tyson) of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; three great-grandchildren, Samuel, Lilyana and Lucas; a niece, Claudia G. Stack of Amsterdam.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 16, 2012, at 2 p.m. at the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 40 Guy Park Avenue, Amsterdam, N.Y., with the Rev. William T. Hodgetts Jr. officiating. Burial of her cremated remains will take place in spring in the Broadalbin Cemetery. Calling hours will be held on Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Betz, Rossi & Bellinger Family Funeral Home, 171 Guy Park Avenue, Amsterdam, N.Y., with the Heralders Circle having prayers at 4:30 p.m. and a Legacy Candle Ceremony will take place at 5:45 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Retha's memory to the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 40 Guy Park Avenue, Amsterdam, NY 12010 to be used for the Sunday school.
Please sign the family guest book at www.brbsfuneral.com.