William Van Alstine

William N. Van Alstine Jr.

Monday, January 22nd, 1923 - Sunday, December 9th, 2018
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HALFMOON On Sunday, December 9th, 2018 Bill died peacefully in his home surrounded by his family. Bill was one of four children and was born in Cohoes in 1923. He graduated from Keveny Academy in 1940 and then attended Siena College. Bill proudly served his country as a naval pilot on the carrier USS Tulagi in the Pacific Theatre in World War II. He took part in the invasion of the Phillipines, Okinawa and Iwo Jima and was awarded three Air Medals, the Victory Medal, and the Phillipines Liberation Medal.

Bill married Lucille (Tiel) Reed in 1949 and they raised four daughters and one son. In 1950, he founded the company W.N. Van Alstine and Sons, Inc with his father William Sr. and brother Robert Van Alstine. In the mid-seventies, the business was expanded to include Macaran Printed Products, named after his mother Florence Macaran. After Tiel died in 1981, Bill married Paula Lindley in1984.

Throughout his life, Bill has shared his talents with his church and community. After retiring from both businesses in 1992, Bill remained active in his community. He served on the boards of St. Mary’s Seton Health, Leonard Hospital, the Schuyler Ridge Nursing Home and the Cohoes Community Center. Bill was also active in his church, St. Mary’s of Crescent, and was recently awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award for his work as a Eucharistic minister.

Throughout his life, Bill has been dedicated to family, church, community, and education. He believed that as long as God gives you health and energy, it is a privilege to serve others.

Bill is survived by his wife Paula, and his children Marilyn Connolly (Edward), Carol Wilcox (Robert), Nicholas Van Alstine, Diane Burke (John), Kristen Van Alstine (Ted Dinsmore), Darcy Karwiel (Anthony), Lori Soucy, 16 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He is brother of the late Robert T. Van Alstine, Sarah A. Van Alstine and Anne Bartling.

Family and friends are invited for viewing Wednesday, December 12th 4-7 pm at Philip J. Brendese Funeral Home, 133 Broad St. (Rte. 32), Waterford.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, December 13th at 10:00 am at St. Mary’s Church, Crescent.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the following organizations are welcome and much appreciated.

St. Mary’s Crescent Church, 86 Church Hill Rd., Waterford, NY 12188

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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, December 12th, 2018 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Wednesday, December 12th, 2018 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Philip J. Brendese Funeral Home
    133 Broad Street (Rte. 32)
    WATERFORD, NY 12188
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Thursday, December 13th, 2018 | 10:00am
    Thursday, December 13th, 2018 10:00am
    St. Mary's Church , Crescent
    86 Church Hill Rd.
    WATERFORD, NY 12188
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Rev. Geoffrey D. Burke
    Rev. Joseph Cebula


  • Air Medal
  • Crucifix
  • Gold Star for Military
  • Philippine Liberation Medal
  • Siena College
  • US Navy
  • WWII Victory Medal


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Bernadette Pedlow

Posted at 04:50pm
To Paula and Darcy:
Bill was one of the finest people I’ve ever been fortunate enough to meet. The years that I knew Bill through my work at The Leonard Hospital and Seton Health were filled with the benefit of his wisdom, kindness and support. Bill was a humble hero who never walked away from anyone in need or without giving a word of thanks or encouragement. He certainly made this world a better place because he lived.
With sincere sympathy,
Bernie Pedlow 🌹


Posted at 01:28pm
Dear Family,
During this time of sorrow, may you be comforted by God's promise that he is near to those broken at heart and crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18. May happy memories of Mr. William Van Alstine be with you always.

Mary and Mario

Posted at 09:23am
Our deepest sympathy on the loss of your beloved Bill . He was a gentleman through and through .All of our love to Nick and all of Bills family .
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Love Maria & Eric

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