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Stephen A. ShakoJuly 31, 1944 ~ June 19, 2017 (age 72)
Schoharie- Stephen A. Shako, 72, of Knox Road, died Monday, June 19, 2017 at the Stratton VA Medical Center in Albany from an extremely rare form of bile duct liver cancer. His liver and kidneys were selflessly donated to medical science to help learn more. There will be a medical journal article re: his carcinoma.
Stephen was born in Troy on July 31, 1944 to Rose (Flanagan) and George K. Shako.
He served in the United States Navy from 1963 to 1964, during the Cuban Blockade before being honorably discharged.
Stephen graduated from SUNY New Paltz with a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, in 1971.
A true naturalist, Stephen found his calling going “back to the land” and working and managing farms for many years, finally settling at Brentwood Farm in Schoharie with his family.
Stephen was an avid deer hunter, camper, historian, hiker and devoted family man.
He was predeceased by his brother: Brent W. Shako.
Stephen is survived by his wife and soul mate, Arlene (Kirchner) Shako, whom he married on February 22, 1970 and his children: Emily Shako of Schoharie, Brent (Adriana) Shako of Guilderland; granddaughters: Jocelyn and Gabriella Shako of Guilderland; sister: Susan Shako of Watervliet.
Coltrain Funeral Home, LLC, of Middleburgh is honored to be caring for Stephen and his family.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Pyramid Life Center, 1 Pyramid Road, Paradox, NY 12858