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Henry Joseph Brezinski

Henry Brezinski (95) died peacefully from natural causes on Jan 7, 2021. He was born in Lebanon, N.H. on November 3, 1925. He was predeceased by his five brothers, two sisters, and his wife of thirty-seven years Maxine Brezinski. He is survived by his two sons Bruce and Stephen, grandchildren Carolyn and Michael, great grandchildren Jacob and Maxine, and his loving wife Frances Putzig Brezinski. He also took much pride in acting as grandfather and great grandfather to twenty grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren on the Putzig family side. He was loved and respected by all.

Henry grew up in Lebanon and was a proud graduate of Dartmouth College with a Masters from U.V.M. He spent his entire career in education. Arlington, Vt. was his first stop as a social studies teacher, baseball coach, and basketball coach. From there he moved to Salem N.Y. teaching social studies and supervising summer recreation programs. His last stop was Berne- Knox-Westerlo where he served as principal and then superintendent for sixteen years until re- tirement. He truly loved the hill town residents and decided to never leave the area.

Henry genuinely loved and cared for students, faculty, and staff. He had a reputation for be- ing extremely fair-minded. He was a man of great integrity, always believing in equality and hearing all sides of the story before making a judgement. One of Henry’s life’s guidelines was everyone was to be treated fairly and appropriately according to the circumstances and in a timely manner.

Henry was known for his kindness and sense of humor. He had a way of teasing in a very loving manner. He especially enjoyed ribbing his two daughters-in-law Donna and Janet and of course his wife Frances. Henry lived a very full and happy life and wishes happiness and love to all his friends and family he leaves behind.

Due to the pandemic a memorial service will be held in the spring of 2021. In lieu of flowers contributions may be sent to Helderberg Ambulance Squad, P.O. Box 54, East Berne, N.Y. 12059 or Church of St. Lucy / St. Bernadette, P.O. Box 676, Altamont, N.Y. 12009.


Grandpa was such a loving and fun man! He loved to poke fun at all of us, but it was always done in a loving and funny way, that let you know he appreciates you. I sure will miss him.

Andrea McGarrah Jan 20 2021 12:00 AM

Grandpa always had the best sense of humor. He never failed to poke fun at you or make a joke no matter the situation. He helped teach me both how to be humble and how to laugh. How lucky am I to have had this lovely man choose to be my Grandfather? I'll miss him dearly. Rest in peace.

Rachel Mizenko Jan 20 2021 12:00 AM

Great Man, Great Teacher. Admired him. Salem Washington Academy Graduate Harry Sloan

Harry Sloan Jan 14 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Henry Brezinski

Harry Sloan Jan 14 2021 12:00 AM

Bruce and Steve and family: I remember "MR. B" very well, lived around the corner from you in Salem. Remember well his supervision of the summer recreation. He always had a good relationship with the youngsters in the community. Craig Knickerbocker, Jr. Middle Grove, NY and Brooksville, Fl.

Craig Knickerbocker Jan 14 2021 12:00 AM

Mr. Brezinski was a man of sterling character. He gave his all to his family and the students he taught. I believe the Lord was pleased with his heart. Shalom, Pastor Jay T. Francis

Jay Francis Jan 11 2021 12:00 AM

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Friends and Family Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM