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Gerald F. Lancto, 88, of Rotterdam, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, at the Schenectady Center for Rehabilitation after a short illness. Born in Lyon Mountain, N.Y., on March 2, 1929, Jerry was the son of Jud Lancto and Marie Josephine Pageau Lancto. Jerry was affectionately known in his younger years as "Peanut." He attended the Mount Assumption Institute in Plattsburgh, N.Y., where he played quarterback for the football team proudly wearing number 19. He also played baseball and basketball. He moved to the Capital Region to attend the Albany Business College.
After graduating, he worked for the A&P Tea Company for 40 years. He enjoyed a long retirement that began in 1984. He was an active communicant of Saint Paul the Apostle Church for over 60 years. Jerry was a devoted husband to his beloved wife Betty, of over 53 years, especially through her long illness as her caretaker. Jerry is predeceased by Betty and his parents. He was also predeceased by his brother Jud Lancto, sister-in-law Jane Lancto, sister Theresa Duquette and her husband John, and sister-in-law Lorraine Lancto.
Jerry was tremendously proud of his large, loving family. He is survived by four children: Bonnie A. Pokeda of Schenectady, Gerald F. (Terri) Lancto Jr. of Ballston Spa, Kenneth M. (Karen S.) Lancto of Rotterdam, and Charles P. (Karen M.) of Scotia. He is also survived by his brother, Robert Lancto of Clifton Park, his sister Henrietta (George) Bouyea of Plattsburgh; 10 grandchildren, William Pokeda Jr., Kevin (Jan) Lancto, Steven (Lena) Lancto, Michelle (Bryan) Reisch, Kenneth Jr., Katelyn, Kristen, Kyle, Lauren, Lindsay; 8 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Jerry is also survived by many dear brothers and sisters-in-law.
He doted on his family, and he was loved just as much in return. He was the best teacher and supporter that his family could have wished for. All those that knew him can attest to his wit, loyalty, humor, and most importantly, his love of God and family. He taught his children and grandchildren how to do and be proud of what inspires them. He was the most enthusiastic supporter of whatever dreams his family chose to chase - sports, fishing, music, hunting, or performing arts. His family's passions were his passions. He enjoyed sharing an ice cream with his grandchildren, telling stories about growing up in Plattsburgh - some of which may have been fish tales, but they were always entertaining. He loved fishing, hunting, and had a deep appreciation for nature. Jerry instilled those same values in his family.
The loss of Jerry is one that is felt deeply by all who knew him. He will be missed by all that had the honor of knowing him, but he leaves behind a legacy that he and Betty built. He was rich in love, and the stories he shared with his loved ones will continue to keep his memory as vibrant as he was on Earth.
The family will receive relatives and friends on Sunday from 2 until 5 p.m. at Griswold Funeral Home, 1867 State St., Schenectady.
Funeral services will be held on Monday at 10 a.m. at Griswold Funeral Home followed by a Mass of Christian burial to be celebrated at 11 a.m. at St. Paul the Apostle Church, 2777 Albany St., Schenectady. Entombment will be held at Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery, Niskayuna.
Memorial contributions may be made in Jerry's memory to St. Paul the Apostle Church, 2777 Albany St. Schenectady, NY 12304 and American Heart Association.
Published on February 23, 2018
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