Harold E. Nerzak
OTEGO — Harold E. Nerzak, 70, a longtime Otego resident, passed away peacefully on Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown.
Harold was born on April 1, 1943, in Sinsheim, Germany, the son of the late Ernst and Marta (Voll) Nerzak. In 1964, he moved from Germany to Carmel. On Jan. 13, 1965, Harold married Margarete Gleich in Carmel. The couple remained there for several years until moving to Otego in 1971, where they lived ever since.
For more than 25 years, Harold was employed at Corning Glass in Oneonta, where he was a tool, die and mold specialist. In his spare time, he enjoyed bowling and going for rides. It was nothing for him to just jump in the car and drive, with no particular destination in mind. He also liked to draw, but his favorite hobby was woodworking and working on his house. Being quite the handyman, if anything in the house needed fixing, Harold had it covered and he would do many of his own home improvements as well.
Harold was the type of man that would always put others before himself. If someone needed a hand, he would be the first in line to offer whatever help he could. He was a very devoted family man, who loved his grandchildren dearly and especially his Margarete.
Harold leaves behind his loving wife of 48 years, Margarete Nerzak of Otego; his son, Ralph Nerzak and his wife, Kimberly of Afton; his grandchildren, Trey and Erika Nerzak of Afton; his sister, Ute Hartshorn of Deltona, Fla.; and his brother, Peter Nerzak and his wife, Nancy Neilsen of Louisville, Tenn.
He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Renate Gleich of Frankenbach, Germany and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Harold was predeceased by his grandson, Derek Nerzak, and his brother-in-law, Douglas Hartshorn.
Friends and family may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 15, at the Bookhout Funeral Home, 34 River St., Otego, when his family will be in attendance.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 16, at the First Baptist Church of Afton, 30 Caswell St., Afton, with Pastor Chris Prezorski officiating. Burial will take place following the memorial service in the Glenwood Cemetery in Afton.
In lieu of flowers, Harold’s family asks that you kindly consider a donation in his memory to the Otego Volunteer Fire Department, 5 River St., Otego, NY 13825.
Harold’s family extends a special thank you to the doctors and staff of the Bassett Medical Center ICU for the wonderful and compassionate care he received during his time there.
To light a candle or to send an online condolence to the family, please visit www.bookhoutfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements are by the Bookhout Funeral Home, Otego.