William M. VanAlstine, 96, Massena
Monday, August 30, 2010 - 7:05 pm

William M. VanAlstine, age 96, passed away on Monday, August 30, 2010 at the St. Regis Nursing Home in Massena, where he had been a resident since 2009. He was a former resident of Sanfordville.

Mr. VanAlstine was born in Ilion, on June 29, 1914. He was the son of Rose VanNanee and Robert VanAlstine. He married Dorothy Dodds on September 16th, 1946 in Burlington, VT. She died on June 1, 1970. Mr. VanAlstine remarried Margaret Green Cyrus on October 17, 1971 at the West Stockholm Methodist Church. She died on May 7, 2003.

A graduate of Ilion High School, Ilion, Mr. VanAlstine was employed by General Electric in Schenectedy. He then worked for the Dairyman’s League Milk Plant in Potsdam. This was followed by his employment as a Potsdam Village Police Patrolman and then he worked for Wonderbread in Potsdam in the maintenance department. He retired from the Potsdam Central School District in 1974 where he had been working as a custodian and a bus driver for approximately 20 years. He enjoyed snowmobiling for many years and he volunteered during community dinners at the West Stockholm Methodist Church. He was a charter member of the Elks Lodge BPOE #2074.

Mr. VanAlstine is survived by a daughter, Elizabeth VanAlstine of Ilion; stepdaughters, Sharon Matthys of Potsdam, Patricia (Lee) Pecina of Pompano Beach, FL and Ann (Clarence) Richards of West Stockholm; a stepson, Joseph (Beverly) Robinson of West Stockholm; nephews, James (Pat) Tharrett of Nicholville, and Robert (Donna) Tharrett of Rome, NY; nieces, Patricia Parks of Nicholville, and Pamela Levitt of York, PA; as well as several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his daughter, Patty Hight; his brother, Seth VanAlstine; three sisters, Mary, Alice and Ida; and stepbrothers, Robert Kerr and Arthur Kerr.

Calling Hours will be on Friday, Sept. 3rd from 4:00 until 8:00 p.m. at the Garner Funeral Home in Potsdam and the funeral service will take place on Saturday, Sept. 4th at 10:00 a.m. at Garner Funeral Home. The Rev. Lee Sweeney will be officiating.

Contributions can be made in Mr. VanAlstine’s memory to the West Stockholm Methodist Church or the St. Regis Nursing Home in Massena. Condolences can be made online at Garnerfh.com.