James J. Bonesteel, 72 West Sand Lake James J. Bonesteel, 72, of Breigle Lane, died Friday at St. Peter's Hospital Albany, after a brief illness. Born in Troy, he was son of the late James W. and Margaret E. Daniels Bonesteel. He had resided 11 years in Troy, most of his life in West Sand Lake and was a 1947 graduate of La Salle Institute in North Greenbush receiving his letter in both football and baseball and later a football scholarship. Mr. Bonesteel owned and operated Bonesteel's Furniture for over thirty years in West Sand Lake. He served the town well. He was a life-long member and an exempt fireman of the West Sand Lake Volunteer Fire Company. Mr. Bonesteel was instrumental in founding of the Sand Lake Ambulance. He was town assessor for many years. He was an Army veteran serving as a Jump Master with the 503rd Airborne Division. His service included assignments with the Army Ski Patrol where he attained the rank of sergeant. He was a member of the Mid Singles at the German American Club and Tri Singles in Colonie and a pleasure pilot and avid golfer. He was an officer in the Troy Lodge of Elks No. 141 (a Loyal Knight) and a member of the Sgt Walter Adams American Legion Post in Averill Park. Survivors include three daughters Jo-Anne Bonesteel Czachorowski Ph.D. and husband James of Wilmington, DE, Jacqueline Marie Schneider and husband F. Ronald of Jettingen/Wurtt, Germany and Janice Elizabeth Bonesteel of Taborton; a son James Michael Bonesteel and wife Cynthia of Omaha, NE; three grandchildren Deanna Rose Dobert of Taborton, Alyson Schneider of Jettingen/Wurtt, Germany and James Michael Bonesteel Jr. of Council Bluffs, IA; his significant other Jean DeCarlo of West Sand Lake; a sister Elizabeth 'Bette' Teal and husband Kenneth of Sand Lake and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral service will be held Thursday at 10:00am from the DeGraaf-Bryce Funeral Home, Inc. 4392 Route 150 West Sand Lake and at 10:30am from St. Henry's Church where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home Wednesday from 4-8pm. Interment Eagle Mills Cemetery in Eagle Mills at a later date. Flowers are welcome or for a more a lasting memorial, contributions may be given to the American Lung Association 8 Mountain View Avenue Albany, NY 12205 or St. Henry's Church PO Box 550 Averill Park, NY 12018.
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