Daniel W. Szetela, age 65, of Chippewa Point Road, Chippewa Bay, passed away peacefully at his home on the river surrounded by his loving wife, his two children, and his sister, on Sunday, January 16,
2011. Memorial services will be held later in the spring in both Hammond and Albany. Burial will be in Grove Place Cemetery in Rochester.
Mr. Szetela is survived by Dorlene, his wife of over forty-five years; one son, Samuel and his wife, Susan, of New York City; one daughter, Sabrina Jablonowski and her husband, Jim, of Waterford; one
sister, Bonnie Miller of Perry; his half sister, Dorothy Bloom, of Texas; two grandchildren; and two cats.
Mr. Szetela was born on January 11, 1946 in Rochester, the son of Henry Szetela and Ruth Heroux. He graduated from Gates-Chili High School in Rochester and from the University of Buffalo. He
received his Masters Degree at SUNY Albany. He married his high school sweetheart, Dorlene Swan, at the First Chili Baptist Church in Rochester on September 11, 1965 with Rev. Everett Waters officiating.
He taught high school for one year before spending over thirty years working for the NYS Department of Education in Albany. During his career, he held a number of titles, culminating in serving as the
Deputy Commissioner for the Professions in which he had oversight responsibility for the education, licensing and practice for the more than thirty disciplines, including physicians, nurses, architects, and
engineers. Mr. Szetela retired from the State Education Department in 1996.
After retirement, Mr. Szetela and his wife moved to the North Country and relocated to Legacy Cove, on the St. Lawrence River in Chippewa Bay, where he enjoyed boating, fishing, Nascar, photography, football, cars and cooking. Mr. Szetela lived his life in the vision of his childhood hero, Hopalong Cassidy, looking for opportunities to help those in need. His efforts remain an enduring legacy of his passing.