AMerican Veteran 11

Gregory P. VanDerzee

November 4, 1960 ~ February 29, 2020 (age 59)

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Lake Luzerne

Gregory P. VanDerzee, 59, of Hall Hill Road, passed away Saturday, February 29, 2020 at Albany V.A. Hospital following a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.

Born on November 4, 1960 in Albany, he was the son of the late Dr. Alfred C. and Mary (Parker) VanDerzee. He was a graduate of Lasalle Institute in Troy and earned a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Albany.  

Greg was a true patriot and proudly served in the United States Marine Corps as a tank officer.  He had earned the Rifle Marksman Badge, Pistol Sharpshooter Badge, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon and Meritorious Unit Commendation which is equivalent to a Combat Bronze Star.

He married the love of his life, Roberta Ellsworth on November 27, 2004 in Lake George.

He was passionate about history, aircraft and was an avid athlete/runner.

Survivors include his loving wife, Roberta VanDerzee; his son, Matthew of Clemson, SC; step-daughter, Jessica (Michael) Eggleston of Corinth; sister, Amy (Dale) Wiggins of Methuen, MA; nieces: Shanna, Jessica (fiancé, Jimmy Vigiano, currently deployed with the US Marine Corps), Allison and Nicole Wiggins, Jamie and Sierra Ellsworth; nephews: Olin and Lee (Lyndsey) Ellsworth; great niece, Laramie; mother and father-in-law, Gordon and Betty Ellsworth of Lake Luzerne.

Friends may call Tuesday (today) from 5-7 p.m. at the United Methodist Church of Lake Luzerne.  A prayer service will immediately follow the visitation.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at Historic St. Mary’s on Capital Hill, 10 Lodge St., Albany.

Burial will follow at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, East Greenbush.

In lieu of flowers contributions in Greg’s memory may be directed to Woofs for Warriors, Inc., PO Box 2466, Glens Falls, NY 12801 or to the Mary P. VanDerzee Memorial Fund, Office of Memorial or Honorary Gifts, 423 Western Ave., Albany, NY 12203



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March 3, 2020

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
United Methodist Church of Lake Luzerne

Prayer Service
March 3, 2020

7:00 PM
United Methodist Church of Lake Luzerne

Funeral Mass
March 4, 2020

9:30 AM
Historic St. Mary's on Capital Hill (Albany)
10 Lodge St.
Albany, NY 12207

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