Loudonville and Washington, DC - Jane Sliter Gorzelnik, 97, of Oregon Avenue NW, Washington DC and formerly of Loudonville, New York, died peacefully in her sleep on July 15, 2021.
Born in Troy, NY she was the daughter of the late Arthur J. Sliter and Myrtle Little Sliter and wife of the late Commander Stanley Victor Gorzelnik. She was raised in Troy, resided in Loudonville from 1973-2014 and most recently in Washington, DC. She earned her Bachelor's of Business degree from Russell Sage College in 1945.
Jane’s joy in life was her family; she can be remembered driving her Cadillac around while playing Alan Jackson, with the license plate 'SEJAG' - all the first initials of her family. She enjoyed spending time with her children and her grandchildren, and most of all loved to watch them play sports. She traveled to many football, hockey, baseball, basketball, lacrosse, soccer, volleyball, softball and gymnastic events over the years, though she probably loved the hockey games most of all. Jane always loved to hear the latest news in her children’s lives and was supportive with advice or generous with her time. In her younger years, she loved to dance and to travel.
Jane had a very successful professional career, and was Director of Purchasing at Hudson Valley Community College for 35 years prior to retiring, and was the first woman President of the Upstate New York Purchasing Management Association and National Association of Educational Buyers.
She was an active volunteer with Albany Memorial Hospital, the Naval Reserves, Russell Sage College, and was a goodwill ambassador at the Albany International Airport. While volunteering, she was always known to have a big smile and a quick wit. She was a life-long NY Yankees fan and loved the sport of hockey (no matter who was playing).
Survivors include a son, Ret. LTC Greg (Ret. COL Monica) Gorzelnik, Hawley, PA; a daughter, Jane Avis (Ret. LTC Douglas) Merkl, Chester MD; a sister-in-law, Jane ‘Sue’ Sliter, Chicago, IL; her grandchildren, Hilary Lynn Gorzelnik Martin, Hopatcong, NJ, Karl Victor (Keya Mukherjee) Gorzelnik, Bryan, TX, Stanley Arthur Gorzelnik, Denmark, LTC Brian Matthew (Lisa Marie Qualye) Merkl, Savannah GA, MAJ Sara Avis Merkl (Joshua Allen) Wilson, Great Falls VA, and LT Abbie Jane Merkl, San Diego, CA; 7 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a son, Ret. MAJ Karl Eric Gorzelnik, Hopatcong; three brothers, Herbert Alan Sliter, William A. (Rose) Sliter and John W. Sliter and a sister-in-law, Jean Sliter.
Relatives and friends may call at the Bryce Funeral Home, Inc. 276 Pawling Avenue Troy on Monday, July 26, 2021 from 10-11AM with a funeral service following at 11AM with Rev. Paige Convis, Pastor of Bloomingrove Reformed Church, officiating.
Interment will be in Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery Schuylerville.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in memory of Jane S. Gorzelnik to Knollwood Military Retirement at https://www.armydistaff.org
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