ALBANY – Joseph Edward Seger, 85, of Albany, passed away on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at the Grand in Guilderland. Joe was a graduate of Vincentian Institute and the Albany Business College. During college, he joined the Army National Guard, serving in the infantry division for eleven years. After college, he was employed by Niagara Mohawk Power Corp. as a draftsman, and later by National Grid as a power dispatcher at the New York Power Pool, from which he retired in 1989.
Joe was most proud of his accomplishments in the field of construction, having remodeled and built many homes over a period of 61 years. He will be best remembered as having converted the former Parish house of Our Lady Help of Christians into a rooming house which was devoted to the rehabilitation of young men in the process of restarting their lives and returning to a useful life in their community. He acted as manager and mentor, always ready to help, whether it be through temporary employment or the gift of a few dollars to help them during this transition. He was not only very knowledgeable in the field of construction, but a very generous individual.
Joe was predeceased by his parents, Edward B. Seger and Mary Fallon Seger, his brother Edward, and his beloved aunt Catherine Fallon. Joe is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Mary Lou, and his daughter Michelle, as well as several nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his memory to Steve Caporizzo’s Pet Connection, Channel 10 News, 341 Northern Blvd, Albany, NY 12204.
Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Tuesday at 12:00 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Interment will follow the service in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Rensselaer. To leave a message of condolence for the family or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.
Click here to view Joe’s resting place in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, East Greenbush, New York (Zip Code Rensselaer, NY 12144).
Mary I am so sorry for your loss-I will miss Joe’s stories and knowledge that he shared. He was a kind hearted man and a good person.
I’m so sorry for your loss. I rented an apartment from Joe about 5 years ago, and he was a great landlord. He always had a joke ready for any situation. Our personal favorite was that when someone sneezed, he would stop talking and say “Bless you. Everybody gets one.” I made the mistake of sneezing a second time once and the look he gave me was priceless. It was so funny, my wife and parents still say it to each other whenever someone sneezes and we think of him every time. I only knew him for about a year, but he made a great impression and won’t be forgotten.