Leo G. Hallenbeck Jr., 89, passed away peacefully on April 5, 2013. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and a lifelong resident of Gloversville.
Leo was born on September 22, 1923, at the State Street home of his parents, Leo G. and Teresa Hallenbeck. He grew up there, surrounded by his eleven brothers and sisters (including his twin, Leona), and graduated from Gloversville High. In 1944, Leo married the love of his life and high school sweetheart, Virginia Ritiro.
After serving as a U.S. Army sergeant in the European Theater during World War II, he returned home to complete his education, receiving both bachelor's and master's degrees from SUNY Oneonta. Leo's chosen vocation was as an educator, first teaching math for 20 years at Estee Junior High and then as a GHS guidance counselor until his retirement in the late 1980s. An accomplished athlete and avid golfer, he coached the GHS golf team and JV basketball team for many years. Even after retirement, he continued to share his educational and athletic skills by coaching GHS girl's intermural basketball and by tutoring algebra students at the Punta Gorda Community College, while wintering in Florida.
Leo was an active part of the Gloversville community as a longtime member and past president of Pine Brook Golf Club, a member of the First Congregational Church and the Eccentric Club, a two-term Third Ward Alderman and a member and past president of the Gloversville Teacher's Association.
Leo is survived by Virginia R. Hallenbeck, his wife of 69 years; his son Mark E. (Patricia) Hallenbeck; his daughter Amy L. Hallenbeck; his grandson John G. (Alicia) Hallenbeck; his stepgrandchildren Donald (Carrie) Hillman, Leigha (Jeremy) Rue, Jason (Casey) Hillman, and Rachael Hillman; and many nieces and nephews. Leo was predeceased by his infant son Jeffrey Hallenbeck, his son-in-law Robert C. Checca, and by all of his brothers and sisters.
Memorial services will be private. Those wishing to donate in Leo's memory may do so by contributing to the Langworthy Scholarship Fund at GHS, 199 Lincoln St., Gloversville, or the charity of one's choice.
Arrangements are by the John W. Finocan Funeral Home Inc., 13 Prospect Ave., Gloversville. Online condolences may be made at www.finocanfh.com.