George Schlegel

Mr. Schlegel

A special star fell from the sky recently. George Schlegel, 79, of Gloversville, N.Y., passed away on Saturday, April 21, 2018, with his loving family by his side.

Born on November 5, 1938, in Troy, N.Y., he was a son of the late George H. and Christine Schlegel. He graduated from Troy High School, then enlisted into the United States Marine Corps in 1959. After several years with Goodyear and Knowles Pontiac, his talent was obvious — he opened Schlegel’s Auto in Gloversville. It was a business he proudly ran for 37 years until his retirement in July of 2015.

George was a member of the Marine Corps League, several golf associations and the Concordia Club. He enjoyed traveling, boating, spending time in Lake George, playing golf, and fine dining. He and Elaine would often spend time in Cape Cod, Rhode Island, Florida, Arizona, and Canada. Sometimes they would simply spin the bottle to determine their next destination. He was an avid fan of the New York Giants, NASCAR, and professional golf. There are so many wonderful words that could describe George. Words like integrity, hard-working, good natured, true gentleman, excellent family man, phenomenal husband and terrific friend. However, those words are an understatement and do not fully convey just how much of an incredible man he truly was. George will be deeply missed and fondly remembered by those who were fortunate enough to know and love him.

George is survived by his beloved wife, Elaine Schlegel; his sons, Gary (Kathy) Schlegel, Paul (MK) Schlegel, and David Pellegrino; his daughters, Crysti (Gary) Simonds, and Jennifer (Michael) King; his grandchildren, Jessica (Rob) Lippa, Nick, Austin, and Carson Schlegel, Nathan (Ashley) VanAvery, Noah, Owen, and Liam King, and Amber Pellegrino; his sisters, Marilyn (John) Meyers, and Betty Behan; his brother, Larry (Elaine) Schlegel; his former wife, Cynthia Schlegel; his best friend, Peter Swartz; and many nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life in honor of George will take place at the Fox Run Golf Club. The date and time will be announced at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Walrath & Stewart Funeral Home, 15 Fremont Street, Gloversville, N.Y. 12078. Those wishing to express their condolences to the family may do so by signing are online memorial at

By Kerry Minor

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