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Middleburgh – Gerard P. “Rod” Norelius, Jr., 69, of Lower Road, passed away on July 8, 2018 at Stratton VA Medical Center in Albany.
Rod was born July 6, 1949 in Brooklyn, New York to Noreen (Monahan) and Gerard P. Norelius Sr. and was the oldest of 8 children
Rod was a proud veteran of the United States Army, serving his country during Vietnam. He was a longtime member of both the American Legion and the VFW wherever he lived, as well as a member of the NRA. He was a hard worker and known by his family and friends to be very generous. Attesting to his grandfather’s talents as a minstrel artist, Rod loved music and strumming his guitar, often taking it with him, making music and memories for everyone near. He also loved nature, boating and fishing and many faithful Golden Retriever companions through the years.
He married his sweetheart, Patricia on September 3, 1983 and they moved fulltime from Long Island to Middleburgh in 1993, living in the home that Rod proudly built with his own hands and the help of friends and family.
Rod was predeceased by his daughter AnneMarie Norelius, along with a brother and sister.
He is survived by his wife: Patricia (Gearity) Norelius of Middleburgh; his daughter: Christine Norelius of Ronkonkoma; 7 granddaughters; 1 grandson; a great-grandbaby on the way; his 3 sisters, 2 brothers along with several nieces & nephews.
A funeral liturgy will be celebrated at 10AM on Friday, July 13, 2018 at Coltrain Funeral Home, LLC, 134 River St, Middleburgh. Burial with military honors will be on Monday, July 16, 2018 at 10:30AM at Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery. All are invited to visitations with Rod’s family from 2-4PM and 6-8PM on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 and again from 5-7PM on Thursday, July 12, 2018 at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Schoharie Valley Animal Shelter, PO Box 40, Howes Cave, New York 12092 or to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topkea, Kansas 66675-8517