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Peter Polukort

Peter F. Polukort, 89, died on May 29, 2009 at Albany Medical Center. He was born on September 16 1919, in Nutley NJ, the son of the late John and Maryjanna (Baron) Polukort. He was a Veteran serving in WWII, in the Pacific, Quadra Lain Islands and the Caroline Islands, he also served as a Staff Sergeant in charge of 867th Division of Anti-Aircraft Battery. He was an electrician for the Watervliet Arsenal, retiring in April 1984. He enjoyed Horseshoes, Cribbage and Pinochle and was a NY Giants fan. He is survived by his children, Peter P. (Karen) Polukort of Knox, NY, Susan (David) Lofvers of Apopka, FL, Mary (Michael) Frisbee of Delanson, NY, Thomas (Alice) Polukort of Schoharie, NY and Christine (John) Valachovic, of Berne, NY; his grandchildren, Jeffery, Michael and Stephen Lofvers, Jacqueline and Stephanie Polukort, Zachary and Megan Frisbee and Zane, Jake and Luke Valachovic and many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his wife Helen Maslowsky who died in 1991, his brothers Walter and John Polukort and his sister Stefanie Channell. Calling hours will be on Monday, June 1, 2009 at the Fredendall Funeral Home, Altamont, NY from 4:30-7:30PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted on Tuesday, June 2, 2009 at the St. Bernadette's Roman Catholic Church, Berne, NY at 10:30AM. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Northeastern Regional Food Bank, 965 Albany Shaker Road, Latham, NY.


Guestbook

Uncle Pete was not my uncle by blood, but I loved him just as much as if he was. I always looked forward to our family get togethers just to visit with him. He was always so interesting to talk to and I enjoyed listening to everything he had to say. He always had a smile on his face when he talked with you. I remember many many times playing cards with him at my mother-in-laws, and a few times at my house and just always looked forward to getting together at her house to do that, he truly was one of my favorite uncles and I will truly miss him. He was a very special man and everyone who had the opportunity to know him is truly blessed by that. Lydia

Lydia Marlow Jun 3 2009 12:00 AM

Uncle Pete was not my uncle by blood, but I loved him just as much as if he was. I always looked forward to our family get togethers just to visit with him. He was always so interesting to talk to and I enjoyed listening to everything he had to say. He always had a smile on his face when he talked with you. I remember many many times playing cards with him at my mother-in-laws, and a few times at my house and just always looked forward to getting together at her house to do that, he truly was one of my favorite uncles and I will truly miss him. He was a very special man and everyone who had the opportunity to know him is truly blessed by that. Lydia

Lydia Marlow Jun 3 2009 12:00 AM

PETER, SUSAN AND THE POLUKORT FAMILY. SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR DAD`S PASSING. JUST WANTED TO DROP YOU A NOTE TO EXPRESS MY SYMPATHY AND CONDOLENCES. HOPE THINGS ARE WELL WITH EVERYONE. SORRY I DID NOT MAKE IT TO THE WAKE. I KNOW YOUR DAD IS IN A BETTER PLACE NOW...BOB

BOB CONKLIN Jun 2 2009 12:00 AM

to all the Polukort family; We have known your dad for a long time. He was always a good neighbor and friend, he will certainly be missed by everyone. Our Sincere Symphany Dan and Shirley

Shirley and Dan Michaels Jun 1 2009 12:00 AM

My Father-in-Law Pete Pete was many things in his life; son, veteran, husband, father, farmer and electrician. To many of us he was one more thing, mentor. Pete was there to quietly and sometimes not so quietly tell you how to live your life and how to do the things you needed to do as a husband, father and son. Pete had the patience of years to deal with young people that did not always have the grace or skills to handle their emotions. He also could see in people the good they had inside. Pete could see right through you when you did things you shouldnt and he could see when you were trying to do your best. Pete handled life with a strong back, a sharp intellect and quiet strength, people often remark to me that Pete worked like a bull and it is true. To me Pete is a patriot and a hero, not because he was some kind of John Wayne war hero, but because he went to war to save the world and like thousands of other young men he gave his best for his country. More importantly when he came back he continued to be a hero and patriot because he went to work, had children, sent those to children to college and helped build the American Dream we all enjoy today. Pete never asked for any recognition for what he did, it wasnt his style, he, like all other times in his life, was just doing his job. It is a sad fact of life that the men and women of Petes generation are all dying off but the legacy of what they contributed to this country lingers on. Its true that Pete wouldnt have considered his service extraordinary, but it truly was. I will remember Pete forever when I look into his daughters face and his grandson Zanes face and I will remember that mountain of a man with the flattop that I truly love and respect. Thanks Pete

John Valachovic Jun 1 2009 12:00 AM

It's funny the things we remember... Two thoughts pop into my head when I think of Uncle Pete. One is of him and my dad in WWII. My dad used to tell stories about his time in the Army with Uncle Pete, and of the time when they hit a beach in the Pacific. My dad was not a real strong swimmer and was not liking the swim from the troop carrier to the beach. He tells of how he felt this push from behind that propelled him through the water, and it turned out to be Uncle Pete pushing him forward. My dad was shocked by the power of Uncle Pete to be able to launch him through the water in that way, while swimming himself. Clearly it made an impression on him, as he relayed that story more than once while we were kids. The second image that pops into my mind is of times when Uncle Pete would head up making pizza at our house when the families (Polukort & Marlow) would get together at our house. We made the dough from scratch, impatiently waiting through the rise time, made the pizzas, baked them, and then - well, we ate them. It was something of an event and somehow made a mark on me, since I think of this every time I think of Uncle Pete. Well I guess there is a third thought - that of those VW's he used to buy. I still think that was just wrong... -Mike-

Mike Marlow Jun 1 2009 12:00 AM

Christine & John Sorry for your loss. I'm sending a huge hug to you via technology. Love Roberta

Roberta Amico Jun 1 2009 12:00 AM

Peter, I extend my sincerest condolences to you and your family. May your father rest in peace.

Charles E. Jurewicz Jun 1 2009 12:00 AM

to all the Polukort family; We have known your dad for a long time. He was always a good neighbor and friend, he will certainly be missed by everyone. Our Sincere Symphany Dan and Shirley

Shirley and Dan Michaels Jun 1 2009 12:00 AM

My Father-in-Law Pete Pete was many things in his life; son, veteran, husband, father, farmer and electrician. To many of us he was one more thing, mentor. Pete was there to quietly and sometimes not so quietly tell you how to live your life and how to do the things you needed to do as a husband, father and son. Pete had the patience of years to deal with young people that did not always have the grace or skills to handle their emotions. He also could see in people the good they had inside. Pete could see right through you when you did things you shouldnt and he could see when you were trying to do your best. Pete handled life with a strong back, a sharp intellect and quiet strength, people often remark to me that Pete worked like a bull and it is true. To me Pete is a patriot and a hero, not because he was some kind of John Wayne war hero, but because he went to war to save the world and like thousands of other young men he gave his best for his country. More importantly when he came back he continued to be a hero and patriot because he went to work, had children, sent those to children to college and helped build the American Dream we all enjoy today. Pete never asked for any recognition for what he did, it wasnt his style, he, like all other times in his life, was just doing his job. It is a sad fact of life that the men and women of Petes generation are all dying off but the legacy of what they contributed to this country lingers on. Its true that Pete wouldnt have considered his service extraordinary, but it truly was. I will remember Pete forever when I look into his daughters face and his grandson Zanes face and I will remember that mountain of a man with the flattop that I truly love and respect. Thanks Pete

John Valachovic Jun 1 2009 12:00 AM

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