Obituary for Stanley C. Muraski
WATERFORD Stanley C. Muraski, 86, of 1st St. died Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at St. Peter’s Hospice. Born in Waterford he was the son of the late Stanley P. and Helen Filarecki Muraski. He was a 1950 graduate of Waterford High School.
Stanley had been employed for 33 years at the former Niagara Mohawk Power Corp and retired in 1990.
He was a veteran of the US Navy.
Stan is an accomplished organist and pianist, popular for his individual stylings. Having been graduated from the Navy School of Music in Washington, DC and the Troy Conservatory of Music, Stan also studied under Marian Gibbons of Washington, DC, Helen Henshaw of Albany and Blais Montandon of Delmar College, Corpus Christi, Texas. He has served as organist in churches from Corpus Christi, including Corpus Christi Cathedral, to Anacostia, Maryland to St. Mary of the Assumption Church, Waterford where he has been the organist and choir director since 1954. As a talented accompanist, Stan has worked with the Washington Opera Guild, and locally for the Troy Vocal Society for 20 years, Troy Musical Arts, Mendelssohn Club of Albany, Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, N.Y.S. Bar Association, Cohoes Silver Tops and Clifton Park Senior Citizens. His memberships include the American Federation of Musicians, Local 13 and the American Guild of Organists.
He is the brother of Helen Murphy (Kevin) of Clifton Park and the late John Muraski. He is uncle of Thomas Murphy (Jill) of Clifton Park, Colleen Guiton (Paul) of Ballston Lake, the late Matthew Joseph and Kevin Patrick Murphy. He is the grand uncle of Colleen and Evelyn Murphy and Stanley and Charlie Guiton. Also surviving is his dear friend Bette Swartfigure of Latham.
Funeral services will be Monday at 9 am from the Philip J. Brendese Funeral Home, 133 Broad St. (Rte. 32), Waterford and at 9:30 am at St. Mary of the Assumption Church, Waterford. Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Waterford.
Relatives and friends may visit at the funeral home on Sunday from 4-7 pm.
Those who wish may make memorial contributions to St. Mary of the Assumption Church Restoration Fund, 119 Broad St., Waterford, NY 12188