William J. Michitsch, Sr.

William J. “Bill” Michitsch, Sr., 86, of Tivoli, NY, passed away on Thursday, April 15, 2021 at Northern Dutchess Hospital in Rhinebeck, NY. 


Born on April 19, 1934, in Brooklyn, NY, he was the son of the late Frank and Martha (Gardiner) Michitsch.  Bill married Patricia Shannon on October 11, 1958 at St. Martin of Tours Roman Catholic Church in Brooklyn, NY, and Pat predeceased him on January 15, 2016.


For many years, and until his retirement, Bill worked for the NYS Department of Transportation based in Red Hook, NY.


Throughout his life, Bill was active in the Knights of Columbus and was a past Grand Knight, past Faithful Navigator, and a member of the Fourth Degree.  He also served as a District Deputy, State Membership Chair, and District Marshall of Color Guard.  Bill was a communicant of St. Christopher's Church in Red Hook.


Bill enjoyed learning about his Gottscheen German family heritage, doing jigsaw puzzles and word search games.    


He is survived by his children, Patricia Anne Michitsch of Red Hook,  NY, William (Kimberly) Michitsch of Fredericksburg, VA, David (Deborah) Michitsch of Red Hook, NY, and Timothy (Maurina) Michitsch of Olmstead Township, OH; his grandchildren, William Michitsch III, Michelle Michitsch, Alecia (Devin) O'Donnell, Michael Michitsch, Sean Michitsch, Paul Michitsch,  Nicholas Michitsch, and Adrianna Michitsch; six great grandchildren; his sister, Anita Pfeffer of Harrisburg, PA; and his companion Fran Remenek; along with extended family and friends.


In addition to his wife and parents, Bill was predeceased by his sister Dorothy (Dave) Schaeffer of Tower City, PA, and his brother Kenneth (Phyllis) Michitsch of Harrisburg, PA.


Friends may call at the Burnett & White Funeral Homes on Friday, April 23, 2021 from 4 to 7 pm.


Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 AM on April 24th, 2021 at St. Christopher's Church, Red Hook, NY. Burial will be at St. Sylvia's Cemetery, Tivoli.


Due to Covid-19/ NYS Guidelines- masks, social distancing, & capacity limitations will be adhered to during all services. During visitation, please be respectful to those who may be waiting to visit by keeping your stay brief if possible. Your patience is appreciated. Thank you.


In lieu of flowers, donations in William’s memory may be made to the St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942, www/stjude.org/memorial.


Arrangements are under the direction of Burnett & White Funeral Homes 7461 S. Broadway, Red Hook, NY.