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SSgt George Girtler

SSgt George A. Girtler IV

Monday, July 26th, 1982 - Saturday, January 11th, 2020
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SCOTIA - SSgt George Anthony Girtler IV, 37, passed away from a pulmonary embolism on January 11, 2020 while serving in Antarctica with the 109th Airlift Wing, Stratton Air National Guard Base in support of Operation Deep Freeze. Born in Albany on July 26, 1982, he was the son of George and Victoria Rubino Girtler III, he was a 2001 graduate of Stillwater High School. George received his Associates Degree at HVCC and then his Bachelors in the Technical Management Program at DeVry University.

After graduating from HVCC in 2005, George worked for Arcadia MFG until 2011. In May 2010, he joined the USAFR/ANG, serving one year at the Westover Air Reserve Base before transferring to the 109th Airlift Wing at Stratton Air National Guard Base in Scotia. He was an aircraft electrician who served as Crew Chief on planes such as the C5 Galaxy. Most recently, he worked as an Aircraft Electro-Environmental Systems Technician on C130's at Stratton ANG Base. During his years in the ANG, George also worked for LQK and Globalfoundries.

In 2004, George married his high school sweetheart. Even when he was deployed, they never went a day without speaking. George was known as a hard working, kind-hearted man by all who knew him. He was a proud American who enjoyed hunting and spending time with his wife and kids. He was also an avid beer brewer who enjoyed sharing his brews with his friends at work.
In addition to his parents George and Vicki, George is survived by his loving wife Mary Ilene Hornick Girtler, son George A. Girtler V, daughter Peyton Kennedy Girtler, brother James (Bek) Jarvis-Girtler and their daughter Roselyn, mother-in-law Christina Hornick, brother-in-law Albert Hornick II, grandfather James Houck, aunts Donna Blowers and Cindy (Wayne) Keck, uncles David (Amy) and Danny Rubino along with nieces and close cousins Jeffrey (Jennifer) Scott and Gina (Matthew) Patrizio to name a few.
George was predeceased by his paternal grandparents George and Janet Girtler and maternal grandmother Margaret Houck.
Calling hours at All Saints on the Hudson Church, 121 N Main St, Mechanicville, NY 12118 on Thursday, January 30th from 5 - 7:30PM. A Funeral Service will begin immediately following the calling hours on Thursday at 7:30PM. Military Honors and burial at St. Anthony's Cemetery, Glenville will be held on Friday at 11AM.
In lieu of flowers, George's family has asked that memorial contributions be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or Saratoga County Animal Shelter, 6010 County Farm Rd, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, January 30th, 2020 | 5:00pm - 7:30pm
    Thursday, January 30th, 2020 5:00pm - 7:30pm
    All Saints On The Hudson South Church
    121 North Main Street
    Mechanicville, NY 12118
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    Calling Hours and Funeral Service will be announced at a later date.
  • Service

    Thursday, January 30th, 2020 | 7:30pm
    Thursday, January 30th, 2020 7:30pm
    All Saints On The Hudson South Church
    121 North Main Street
    Mechanicville, NY 12118
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  • Interment

    St. Anthony's Cemetery
    Glenridge Road
    Glenville, NY 12302
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Jake and Savana McGuire, James, Robin, Josh, Tim,

Posted at 08:48pm
We are all sorry for your loss, and wanted to let you know that you are in our thoughts and prayers at your time of need. Peace and love to the family
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Timothy Barnes

Posted at 06:35pm
Just found out today, January 27, 2020. My heart goes out to his wife, child and entire family. We have lost a good man. God watch over him and his family in thier time of need. Amen!

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