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Donald D. Gager
Gager, Donald D. SOUTH BETHLEHEM Donald D. Gager, 88, passed away suddenly at home on Sunday afternoon, November 22, 2020. Donald DeVere Gager was born in Scranton, Pa. on March 19, 1932, a son of the late DeVere and Mertie Benedict Gager. He was raised and educated in Scranton, and married the love of his life, the former Rita M. Ratchford. Don and Rita moved their family to South Bethlehem in 1968. He worked as a supervisor for Agway in Guilderland Center, retiring several years ago. In retirement, Don worked for the R-C-S School District, as a groundskeeper in St. Patrick's Cemetery in Coeymans, and as a funeral assistant at the former Caswell Funeral Home in Ravena. Don was a member and past commissioner of Selkirk Fire Company #3 in South Bethlehem, and a Fourth Degree member of Mother McAuley Council 3424 Knights of Columbus in Ravena. Don was a communicant of St. Patrick's Church in Ravena and served as a eucharistic minister and a bereavement minister. He also was a longtime member of Residents Encounter Christ (R.E.C.), a ministry to prisoners in Coxsackie Correctional Facility. Don was a man of humility, charity, and brotherly love. He extended to everyone his kindness and acceptance. While working at R-C-S, he regularly gave children the lunch money they forgot or did not have. He brought his faith with him wherever he went and is surely present in Heaven and reunited with the love of his life, his wife Rita. Don lived his life knowing that this world was only temporary and that his forever home is the Kingdom of Heaven. He will be missed beyond measure by his family. It is a great gift and honor to have had him as a father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. Don and Rita were married almost 70 years at the time of her passing in March of 2019, and he has missed her dearly every day since. Don is survived by their children, Diane Hoffman, Donna Hagen (Ken VanAlstyne), Sean Gager (Penny), Michael Gager, and Mary Tice (Robert); grandchildren, Robert Hagen (Christine), Michelle Hagen (Irwin Mitchum), Amanda Gager (Matt Mikulski), Sean Gager (Lauren), Sarah Roberts (James), Leah Gager, Christopher Tice (Erika), and Kathleen Carroll (Steven); great-grandchildren, Kali Hoffman (Zach), Jillian Hagen, Sara Stangle, Colin and Christian Mikulski, James and Henry Roberts, and Reed and Maeve Carroll and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife and parents, Don was predeceased by his siblings, Reed Gager (in World War II), Betty Yackamovitch, and Marion Schirg; and his granddaughter, Katie Gager. Due to COVID-19, all services for Don will be conducted privately for his immediate family. Burial will be beside Rita in St. Patrick's Cemetery. Memorial donations to St. Patrick's Church, 21 Main St., Ravena, NY, 12143 would be appreciated. Arrangements by A.J. Cunningham Funeral Home, Ravena. Condolence page at ajcunninghamfh.com .
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Donald D. Gager
Gager, Donald D. SOUTH BETHLEHEM Donald D. Gager, 88, passed away suddenly at home on Sunday afternoon, November 22, 2020. Donald DeVere Gager was born in Scranton, Pa. on March 19, 1932, a son of the late DeVere and Mertie Benedict Gager. He was raised and educated in Scranton, and married the love of his life, the former Rita M. Ratchford. Don and Rita moved their family to South Bethlehem in 1968. He worked as a supervisor for Agway in Guilderland Center, retiring several years ago. In retirement, Don worked for the R-C-S School District, as a groundskeeper in St. Patrick's Cemetery in Coeymans, and as a funeral assistant at the former Caswell Funeral Home in Ravena. Don was a member and past commissioner of Selkirk Fire Company #3 in South Bethlehem, and a Fourth Degree member of Mother McAuley Council 3424 Knights of Columbus in Ravena. Don was a communicant of St. Patrick's Church in Ravena and served as a eucharistic minister and a bereavement minister. He also was a longtime member of Residents Encounter Christ (R.E.C.), a ministry to prisoners in Coxsackie Correctional Facility. Don was a man of humility, charity, and brotherly love. He extended to everyone his kindness and acceptance. While working at R-C-S, he regularly gave children the lunch money they forgot or did not have. He brought his faith with him wherever he went and is surely present in Heaven and reunited with the love of his life, his wife Rita. Don lived his life knowing that this world was only temporary and that his forever home is the Kingdom of Heaven. He will be missed beyond measure by his family. It is a great gift and honor to have had him as a father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. Don and Rita were married almost 70 years at the time of her passing in March of 2019, and he has missed her dearly every day since. Don is survived by their children, Diane Hoffman, Donna Hagen (Ken VanAlstyne), Sean Gager (Penny), Michael Gager, and Mary Tice (Robert); grandchildren, Robert Hagen (Christine), Michelle Hagen (Irwin Mitchum), Amanda Gager (Matt Mikulski), Sean Gager (Lauren), Sarah Roberts (James), Leah Gager, Christopher Tice (Erika), and Kathleen Carroll (Steven); great-grandchildren, Kali Hoffman (Zach), Jillian Hagen, Sara Stangle, Colin and Christian Mikulski, James and Henry Roberts, and Reed and Maeve Carroll and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife and parents, Don was predeceased by his siblings, Reed Gager (in World War II), Betty Yackamovitch, and Marion Schirg; and his granddaughter, Katie Gager. Due to COVID-19, all services for Don will be conducted privately for his immediate family. Burial will be beside Rita in St. Patrick's Cemetery. Memorial donations to St. Patrick's Church, 21 Main St., Ravena, NY, 12143 would be appreciated. Arrangements by A.J. Cunningham Funeral Home, Ravena. Condolence page at ajcunninghamfh.com .
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Honor a loved one by planting trees in their memory. Trees are planted in a forest with the greatest need, at the best suitable time (typically spring or fall), by a team of certified arborists.

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  • A digital certificate, customized with your message, that can be printed for your records or given to the family.
  • An entry in your loved one’s guest book, noting your contribution.
  • A listing in a memorial tree registry, showing that trees were planted in honor of your loved one.

Why Plant Trees?

This memorial tree planting will assist in reforestation, improve forest health and area watersheds, and provide a critical habitat for threatened and endangered wildlife.

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Honor a loved one by planting trees in their memory. Trees are planted in a forest with the greatest need, at the best suitable time (typically spring or fall), by a team of certified arborists.

Your Sympathy Gift Includes:

  • A digital certificate, customized with your message, that can be printed for your records or given to the family.
  • An entry in your loved one’s guest book, noting your contribution.
  • A listing in a memorial tree registry, showing that trees were planted in honor of your loved one.

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This memorial tree planting will assist in reforestation, improve forest health and area watersheds, and provide a critical habitat for threatened and endangered wildlife.

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Honor a loved one by planting trees in their memory. Trees are planted in a forest with the greatest need, at the best suitable time (typically spring or fall), by a team of certified arborists.

Your Sympathy Gift Includes:

  • A digital certificate, customized with your message, that can be printed for your records or given to the family.
  • An entry in your loved one’s guest book, noting your contribution.
  • A listing in a memorial tree registry, showing that trees were planted in honor of your loved one.

Why Plant Trees?

This memorial tree planting will assist in reforestation, improve forest health and area watersheds, and provide a critical habitat for threatened and endangered wildlife.

By planting memorial trees, you not only honor the life and legacy of your loved one — you also help to preserve our beautiful national forests for generations to come.

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  • An entry in your loved one’s Legacy guest book, noting your contribution.
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This memorial tree planting will assist in reforestation, improving forest health, improving area watersheds, and will provide a critical habitat for threatened and endangered wildlife.

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