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February 13, 2014

Louis 'Tarry' Brienza

Louis ‘Tarry’ Brienza

ONEONTA — Louis “Tarry” Brienza passed away at home on Feb. 11, 2014, of pulmonary fibrosis, with his wife and children at his side.

Tarry was born on Aug. 25, 1950, in Oneonta, the son of Louis and Betty Brienza. 

He graduated from Oneonta High School in 1968. He obtained an associate’s degree in respiratory therapy from Hudson Valley Community College and later obtained a bachelor’s degree in hospital administration from Empire State College. He worked for many years at Bassett Hospital, first as a respiratory therapist and later as an administrator. Prior to his illness, his career took him and Deb to the Albany area where he worked for seven years as a health care administrator.

Tarry married Deborah Ritz on April 7, 1973, to begin their 40 years of marriage. Tarry always enjoyed his family and many happy times were spent with their children camping in Lake George and later with the grandchildren in their lovely park model RV near Saratoga Springs. 

Tarry always enjoyed various sports and played catcher for the Milford Macs baseball team for several years after high school. He loved his many years of officiating basketball at the high school and college levels and was inducted into the Schohanna Board 46 basketball officials Hall of Fame in 2012, an honor he greatly cherished.

As a testimony to how much Tarry and Deb enjoyed their basketball, for their 25th wedding anniversary, they traveled to Indianapolis to attend the BIG 10 Women’s basketball tournament to cheer on their beloved Purdue Boilermakers.

Tarry will be sorely missed by all who knew him for the gentle soul that he was.

He is survived by his wife, Deb; his children, Melanie (Tom) Craig and Kimball Brienza; his grandchildren, Hannah Rose and Dylan Thomas Craig; his sisters, Bonnie (Tom) Bowen, Andrea (Chuck) Sawyer, Toni (Lil) Brienza, and Tammy (Kurt) Dean; his father-in-law, Don (Elsie) Ritz; brother-in-law, Jack (Marge) Ritz; an aunt, Louise Puylara; and several nieces and nephews. 

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