Pittstown- William R. “Bill” Holstein, 90, a resident of Pittstown for over 50 years, died peacefully Thursday, November 10, 2022, at the Schenectady Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation following a brief illness.
Born in in Troy, December 2, 1931, Bill was fortunate to have found a loving home with the sisters and brothers at the former Hillside Home for Boys in Troy, where he was raised. He attended Troy City Schools and Troy High School.
At the age of 16, he was employed as a maintenance worker at the Hillside School in Troy before being drafted into the United States Army on May 23, 1952. For the next two years he served in Korea with the Army’s 1014, Company B, 194th Engineering Battalion during the Korean Conflict. He was awarded the Korean Service Medal with two Bronze Stars and the United Nations Service Medal. At the time of his honorable discharge on May 8, 1954, he earned the rank of corporal.
A confirmed bachelor throughout his life, Bill relocated from Troy to Pittstown in the early 1970s. He was employed for over 18 years as an oven operator at the Oak-Mitsui Manufacturing Company in Hoosick Falls and retired in 1989.
Bill was a former communicant of the Catholic faith and a member of the Pittstown Seniors Group. He loved the outdoors and feeding his many wild animal friends as well as being a cat lover.
Bill is survived by several area friends and a special neighbor, Joe Nichols of Pittstown.
A graveside committal service with military honors for Bill will be held on Tuesday, November 15, 2022, at 2:00 p.m.. at the Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Veterans Cemetery in Schuylerville. At Bill’s request, there will be no public calling.
Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to the Mohawk and Hudson Humane Society, 3 Oakland Avenue, Menands, NY 12204, in memory of William R. “Bill” Holstein.