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Sylvester A. Schiltz

August 20, 1929 — March 26, 2023

Sylvester Anthony Schiltz, 93, passed away at Albany Medical Center on Sunday March 26, 2023 after a short illness.

Syl was born on August 20, 1929 in Minnesota to Carl and Elizabeth (Schroer) Schiltz. His love of farming was evident when he moved in and ran his Aunt Babe's farm at the age of 15. Sylvester joined the Air Force in 1950 and served 4 years during the Korean War stationed in Tokyo, Japan. Syl was very proud of his time in the service. For many years, he was very active and held many titles in the local VFW. In 2015, He was part of the Honor Flight to Washington DC. Being able to see the Korean Memorial was a cherished memory for him.


In 1954, Syl moved to the Albany area and raised 6 children with his first wife Betty. He worked for Willis Oakes Heating and Air Conditioning for many years. In 1962, Syl built and moved into his home. In the early 1970's, he started his own plumbing/heating/cooling/electrical business. He was the beloved and trusted plumber for the village and had keys to most everyone's home. He loved and was very involved in the Altamont community and gave of his time and help to many volunteer organizations, including the VFW and the Fairview Cemetery.


He married Beth (Moody) Gregory in 1984 and raised her 2 children as his own.


Syl loved many things: hunting, fishing, building an ice shanty, making wine, gardening, canning, and feeding/watching the birds. His love for reading and learning continued all throughout his life. His knowledge and expertise were vast and he loved to share his knowledge. He was kind, patient and giving of himself to everyone.


Syl is survived by his children Donna Schadow, Jim (Suzanne) Schiltz, Douglas Schiltz, Jeffrey (Jacqueline) Gregory and Jennifer (Scott Warren) Gregory; daughter-in-law Deb Schiltz. Grandchildren Jessica (Brian) Altman, Kristen (Carl) Hatt, Stephen (Courtney Flora) Schiltz, Andrew Schiltz and Devon Schiltz, Great-Grandchildren Levi Altman, Logan Hatt, Eva Hatt and Stephen Schiltz. He will be greatly missed by sister-in-laws Lois Gunning and Lois Schiltz. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.


He was predeceased by his beloved wife Beth; sons Stephen Schiltz, Joseph Schiltz and Charles Schiltz; and his brothers Marvin, Anthony, Al, Jake and Don; sister Annie.


Sylvester passed just three weeks after Beth. Calling hours for both Sylvester and Beth Schiltz will be at Fredendall Funeral Home in Altamont on Sunday, April 2 from 1-3 PM. A service/celebration of life and burial will occur at a later date.

 A funeral service will be celebrated in the Altamont Reformed Church 129 Lincoln Avenue, Altamont Saturday June 10,2023 at 10am. Inurnment will immediately follow in Fairview Cemetery, Altamont with military honors for Sylvester.



In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his memory to;


Leatherstocking Honor Flight

PO Box 621

Cobleskill, NY, 12043


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