Longtime Rotarian Bill Kneissel dead at 82

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Bill Kneissel

William Lee Kneissl, 82, died at his Slingerlands home on Wednesday, August 22, after having a full and love-filled life.

Born to William S. and Alice T. (Coghlan) Kneissl, Bill grew up in northern New Jersey. His career in the banking business started while in college and lasted 42 years. He moved to Albany in 1966, retiring in 1998 as senior vice president and treasurer of the Troy Savings Bank.

Active in Rotary for 41 years with the Southern Rensselaer County club until recent years, and a member of many professional organizations over his business career, Bill enjoyed teaching accounting for the AIB and his work with Concerns U and Catholic Charities was most rewarding. Overseeing the complete restoration of the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall ranked high on his list as did the many wonderful people he met while living in Port Charlotte, Florida, and being a member of St. Max’s Church family.

Bill is survived by his wife and soulmate Julia (Cole) Kneissl who brought happiness into his life as did his children, Eileen (Douglas) Smith, Elizabeth (Katerina) Kneissl and Eric (Michelle) Kneissl. He is also survived by Adrienne (Simon) Rudolph, James Hancock and Deirdre (Raymond) Rudolph; and his grandchildren, Heidi, Tristan, Julia, Brandon, Clare, Sophia and Ronan.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday, August 27, at 10 a.m. in St. Vincent de Paul Church, 900 Madison Avenue, Albany, with burial in St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands. Relatives and friends are invited and may also attend a reception at The Beverwyck, 40 Autumn Drive, Slingerlands, immediately following the burial.

In lieu of flowers, the most appreciated remembrance would be a donation to St. Vincent de Paul’s Church food pantry, 900 Madison Avenue, Albany 12208, or to your local food pantry.


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