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110 Division St.
Amsterdam, NY 12010
Phone: 518-842-2810
Fax: 518-842-6952
William Wilczak

William J. "Bill" Wilczak

Wednesday, February 19th, 1936 - Thursday, October 10th, 2019
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William "Bill" J. Wilczak, 83, of Amsterdam, NY; passed away Thursday, October 10, 2019, at Saratoga Hospital, surrounded by his family.

Born in Amsterdam, NY on February 19, 1936, he was the son of the late Joseph and Helen (Lenarciak) Wilczak. Bill received his education at St. Stanislaus Elementary School and graduated from Wilbur H. Lynch Senior High School, class of 1953.

On February 15, 1958, he was united in marriage to Lelia (Nethaway) Wilczak. As an avid fisherman, he often referred to Lelia as his “Best Catch”. The two had an extremely deep and loving relationship. His family was very important to him and he enjoyed family gatherings and cooking for anyone who came through the door. Bill is survived by their three sons, Christopher Wilczak and his wife, Jennifer, of Cheshire, MA; William A. Wilczak and his wife, Lisa, of Amsterdam, NY, and Eric Wilczak and his wife, Becky, of Winsted, CT; and one sister, Carrie Jane Kwiatkowski, of Beverly, MA. He was loved and respected by his grandchildren, William T. and his partner, Daniel Barlow; Casey, Ryan, and Kris Wilczak. He had many nieces, nephews, cousins, and brothers and sisters in law. Bill was predeceased by his sister, Dorothy.

He retired as a Machine Operator from Amsterdam Printing & Litho Co., Amsterdam, NY. Previously, Bill worked at Montco in Amsterdam, NY, as a Shipping Supervisor for 40 years. Bill was a communicant of St. Mary's Church in Amsterdam. A former member of the Reid Hill Fish & Game Club, Bill enjoyed hunting and fishing. He loved to go to the casino with his family, view family photos on Facebook, and write poetry. Bill was an enthusiastic gardener and chef, known for his food art.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, October 15th, 2019, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the at the Riley Mortuary, Inc., 110 Division Street, Amsterdam, NY 12010.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., followed by interment at Hagaman Mills Cemetery.

Memorial gifts in Bill's name may be made to St. Mary's Institute, 10 Kopernick Boulevard, Amsterdam, NY 12010.
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, October 15th, 2019 | 11:00am - 1:00pm
    Tuesday, October 15th, 2019 11:00am - 1:00pm
    Riley Mortuary, Inc
    110 Division Street
    AMSTERDAM, NY 12010
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  • Service

    Tuesday, October 15th, 2019 | 1:00pm
    Tuesday, October 15th, 2019 1:00pm
    Riley Mortuary, Inc
    110 Division Street
    AMSTERDAM, NY 12010
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    Rev. Jeffrey L'Arche, M.S.
  • Interment

    Hagaman Mills Cemetery
    Pawling Street
    HAGAMAN, NY 12086
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Dianne Santos

Posted at 05:15pm
Leila and family.....I am so saddened to learn of Bill’s passing. May your memories and faith sustain you at this sad time. Sincerely, Dianne

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Posted at 02:36pm
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Richard S. Adamowski

Posted at 11:43am
To the Wilczak family,
We are very saddened by the news of Mr. Wilczak's passing. He was a kind, genuine,
and generous man to his friends ,family, and all those he came in contact with. Being the avid outdoorsman
that he was, he could talk for hours about the finer points of fishing,or hunting. I enjoyed those conversations
and valued him as an expert in the trade. Aside from this, i will miss his culinary skills. I was lucky enough to be invited
to many of his wild game dinners consisting of fresh caught venison, and fish, and it was always extraordinary! I think i will
forever miss his venison mexicans the most. , Ooh they were soo good! Please accept our deepest sympathies for
his passing, and may the Lord keep you all close during this difficult time. "Fish On Mr. Wilczak" you will be greatly missed,
but always remembered!
Rick & Tamie Adamowski

John Quinn

Posted at 11:35am
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