CLINTON CORNERS, N.Y. – John J. Buchal, of Clinton Corners, died Monday, Jan. 18. He was 86.
He was born on March 6, 1929, to Bernard J. and M. Agnes (Burdick) Buchal.
Growing up in New York's Tug Hill region during the Great Depression made self-sufficiency a necessity. He considered himself a "Jack of all trades but a master of none." Throughout his life, he shared his repertoire of skills with his two sons.
He put himself through college and graduated from SUNY Albany in 1957. He taught high school math at Kingston City Schools for 28 years, and retired in 1987.
While teaching in Kingston, he met Mary (McCann) Buchal. They were married April 3, 1961, and enjoyed 54 years together.
He was a longtime member of St. Mary's Church, Bangall, and most recently of St. Joseph Church, Millbrook, and was a member and treasurer of the Stanford Lions Club and a former member of the Red Hook/Rhinebeck Elks Lodge No, 2022. He and his wife were also members of the Tri-Mountain Squares.
He is also survived by two siblings Lt. Cmdr. Robert Buchal of Pensacola, Fla.; and Eleanor Simmons of Fort Worth, Texas; two sons Kevin (Lorraine) of Stillwater and Dennis (April) of Stanfordville; grandchildren Timothy, Konner, Jacqueline, Gregory and Madeline.
He was predeceased by an infant sister, who died at birth and a brother, Edward (Ned) of Watertown.
Visitation will be held Wednesday from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at Peck and Peck Funeral Home, 7749 South Main St., Pine Plains.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Church, 15 North Ave., Millbrook. Interment at St. Mary's Cemetery, Bangall, will be at the convenience of the family.
Donations in his memory may be made to the Stanford Fire Co., 6096 Route 82, Stanfordville, NY, 12581; or EWTN, 5817 Old Leeds Road, Irondale, AL, 35210.
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