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Sylvester E. Labanowski

December 6, 2006

Sylvester E. Labanowski, 78

Center Brunswick - Sylvester E. Labanowski, 78,of Route 7, died suddenly Wednesday, December 6, 2006 at his residence.

Born and raised in Hoosick Falls, he was the son of the late Stephen Labanowski and late Stephania (Mironowicz) Labanowski.

He had resided in Center Brunswick for over 30 years.

Mr. Labanowski was employed at Crosley, International Harvester Company and later RCA in air conditioning and refrigeration. He also taught a/c and refrigeration at HVCC, bought furs from trappers and sold them to brokers in New York City, operated a mobile home park on Second Avenue in North Troy and was a versatile 'jack of all trades, master of all' as described by his son. He was a high end antiques dealer for many years.

He was an active, influential member of upstate Republican politics. He was actively involved in the campaigns of Gerry Solomon, Nelson Rockefeller and Ronald Reagan. He loved the Native American culture and was an elder in a local tribe. He was a member of the Troy Lodge of Elks, a veteran of Merchant Marines and a Navy veteran of the Korean War serving on the USS Howard E. Gilmore out of Key West, Florida.

He is survived by his former wife, Marilyn Johnson of CT; two daughters, Stephanie Labanowski of CT and Phyllis Labanowski of MA; a son, Michael E. Labanowski of Averill Park and three grandsons, Michael II and Mitchell Labanowski of Averill Park and Michael J. Howes of MA.

Funeral service will be held Monday at 9AM from the Bryce Funeral Home, Inc. 276 Pawling Avenue Troy and at 9:30 AM at the Our Lady of Victory Church 55 North Lake Avenue Troy where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. Randall Patterson, Pastor. Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home Sunday from 4-8 PM. Interment St. Mary's Cemetery in Hoosick Falls.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in memory of Mr. Labanowski to the volunteer fire companies that were so helpful, Center Brunswick, Mountain View, Eagle Mills, Speigletown, Raymertown and Pittstown.

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