Howard M Boniface, Jr , VRHS Class of 1961

RENSSELAER -- Howard M. Boniface Jr., 77 of Rensselaer, died January 23, 2021, at Van Rensselaer.

Born in Albany, he had been a resident of Rensselaer his entire life. He was a graduate of Van Rensselaer High School in 1961 and HVCC in 1995 with an associates degree in Mortuary Science. He was employed by NYS Government for 24 years prior to retiring in 2001. He was also a licensed funeral director with the Wm. J Rockefeller Funeral Home in Rensselaer for 20 years before retiring. Howard was a member of Capital District Funeral Directors Association, Rensselaer Elks Club #2073, and former member of the Broadway United Methodist Church.

Predeceased by his parents, Howard M. Sr. and Emma (Palmatier) Boniface; and his son, Robert Boniface. Howard is survived by his children, Tracy (James) Foust, Sheri (Dale) Blanck, Beth (John) Paeglow, Stephen (Tonya) Boniface; his siblings, Merrill (Debbie) Boniface, Harriett "Toot" (Al) Hofaker; and the mother of his children, Barbara Boniface. Howard is the proud grandfather of Peter, Stephen, William, Timothy, Elijah Foust, Brian, Nichole, Dale Jr., Brett Blanck, Zachary, Bradley Adams, Charles Paeglow, Jakeb, Sean Boniface, Clarissa Bouck, Madison, Diana, Hayleigh, Evan Boniface; great-grandchildren, Owen Elacqua, Jameson, Jase, Mayson, Beau Blanck, Freyja Smith, Lincoln Adams, Ryan, Ryleigh, and Gavin Foust, Lila and Kolten Bouck. Also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services from the Rockefeller Funeral Home. Interment will be in the Bloomingrove Cemetery. The family has requested that those who wish to remember Howard make contributions to HVCC Alumni Association (Morrtuary Science Program), 80 Vandenburgh Ave. Troy, NY 12180.

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