Peter Knauss

Peter E. Knauss, 88, a longtime resident of Guilderland, died Feb. 5 in Madison, Wisc., with his son Jody by his side. He will be remembered as a genuinely kind, friendly and good man.

Pete and his family moved to Guilderland in 1965, when he took a new job withwhat is now the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities. For most of his 30-year career, Pete coordinated the state’s efforts to establish group homes for people with developmental disabilities who had formerly been isolated in large institutions.

Group homes are commonplace now, but in the 1970s they were often met with hostility and even violence from local residents who feared neighbors who were different. Pete persisted with reason and patience, home by home, and New York state is a better place because of his work.

Pete was born in 1929 in Detroit, Mich., the son of two teachers. He graduated from Cooley High School in 1946. He then attended Antioch College in Ohio, where he met his future wife, Marilyn Jane Whaley. Pete and Lynn graduated together in 1952 and were married June 28, 1952.

After college, Pete served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He noted with humility that he was safely stationed in Germany throughout the conflict.

Lynn and Pete were married 55 years and raised four children. Lynn died in 2008 after a battle with ALS that left her on a ventilator for her final year. Pete nursed her through it all. He missed her terribly after she was gone.

During the 1970s, Pete served three terms on the Guilderland school boardincluding several years as president. He and Lynn were longtime members of St. Boniface Episcopal Church. Pete coached Little League and was a leader in developing Guilderland’s first community center. He attended many a meeting.

Despite relocating to Wisconsin in 2016 to be closer to family, he retained his Altamont Enterprise subscription and his interest in local affairs.

Pete liked jazz, an evening glass of bourbon, Detroit sports teams, newspapers and magazines, and talking politics. He loved his family, and most of all Lynn. Hepassed on to his children, by his daily example, a deep trust in the power of reason, honest discourse and goodwill.

He is survived by a brother, Robert (Chi Chi) Knauss, of Brenham, Texas, and Saugatuck, Mich.; a daughter, Lori (Jerry) Beary of Knoxville, Iowa; three sons, Tim (Bobbi) Knauss, of Syracuse; Jody (Mary) Knauss of Madison, Wisc.; and David (Sarah) Knauss, of Boston, Mass.; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and nine nieces and nephews. Besides his wife, Pete was pre-deceased by his older brother, John Knauss; and a grandson, Ben Beary.

A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. March 3 at St. Boniface Episcopal Church,5148 Western Turnpike (Route 20), Guilderland. Family will stay after the service to meet with visitors.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Boniface Church, P.O. Box 397, Guilderland, N.Y., 12084; or to St. Peter’s ALS Regional Center, 19 Warehouse Row, Albany, N.Y., 12205.

Pennies for Haven

          During Lent the collection jar for the Pennies for Haven annual campaign will be in the narthex.  All donations will be sent to the Interfaith shelter for the Homeless in Albany.  If you donate by check please note “Pennies for Haven” in the memo line.

Lenten reading series with the Presiding Bishop Rev. Michael Curry



Episcopalians around the world will read the Gospel according to Luke during Lent and the Book of Acts during Eastertide in 2018.  Forward Movement invites you to join this adventure, and we welcome organizational partnerships to offer resources to sustain and enrich people in this journey.

Details are here: Click Here



Identity Theft: What You Need to Know

Someone wants your identity. Do you know if your personal information is safe? Are you sure?

By the time it takes me to read this announcement, nearly 30 people will become victims of identity fraud. The fact is: Every 2 seconds, someone in the U.S. becomes a victim of identity fraud.1 If your identity is stolen, it puts your finances and credit rating at risk. And that’s just the beginning!

Don’t become a statistic. Attend a free educational workshop, Identity Theft: What You Need to Know. The workshop was created by Thrivent Financial to help you learn how identity theft can occur, how to take steps to prevent it and what to do if your identity is stolen.

The workshop will be at St. Boniface on Sunday February 25th from 11:45 am to 1:15 pm.  A complimentary lunch will be served.


To register, sign up on the registration form in the church hall or call Paula Christy Heighton at 518-221-9472.

Sock Drive for Marillac Family Shelter

Kaleigh Green is asking our congregation to join in with other area churches to collect socks for area shelters.  The sock drive was originally started in 2008 by a Girl Scout and currently St Madeline, McKownville Methodist, Christ the King and Lynnwood participate.

The socks will go to the Marillac Family Shelter, Parsons child and family center and the Albany City Mission.  There is a bin downstairs by the entry for the donations.  The last day to donate will be March 11.

Thank you,

For information about the center please Click Here

Food Pantry

          The Guilderland Food Pantry is in need of your donations - prepared meals, juice boxes, granola bars, spaghetti sauce, canned corn, laundry detergent, and dish soap were requested during February.  Any self-stable food, paper goods, detergents and personal care items may be donated.  Please put your donations in the basket in the narthex.

Lenten Donations

During Lent the collection jar for the Pennies for Haven annual campaign will be in the narthex.  All donations will be sent to the Interfaith Shelter for the Homeless in Albany. If you donate by check please note “Pennies for Haven” in the memo line.

Restroom Renovation

          The newly renovated restroom at the back of the nave is open for business.  It is now a single use restroom.

          The former men’s room has been gutted, the doorway enlarged and plumbing changes are being made so that it can become a fully accessible handicap restroom.  Thanks to a very energetic crew who have devoted a lot of time, and donated money, to the project.

Keeping Things Clean

          Thanks to a very dedicated group of volunteers, the church has been kept spotlessly clean after the retirement of our long-time janitor, Owen Smith.  A nod to Marian Truax who has stepped up to help coordinate the cleaning teams.

          The vestry approved the purchase of a new industrial vacuum cleaner replacement.

Sitting Pretty

          And sounding good as well, the St. Boniface choir has new choir chairs with book racks. The chairs were purchased with money from the Memorial Fund.

Future Plans

          At the January vestry meeting, Jack Fairbank spoke about the need for growth in the parish. He presented a list of practical suggestions including lectures on topics of general interest, more community presence through newspaper articles, and holding family dinners at the church.  All events would be open to the public as well as parishioners. Jack will be handing out a questionnaire to assess interest in various lecture topics.

          He also suggested printing note cards featuring Father Steven’s artwork or photos of the parish that could be used for thank-you notes.  There was discussion about possible interest in having an Evening Prayer service on a regular basis.

Annual Meeting and Election Results

          At the Annual Meeting of the parish on January 14, Father Steven gave his report on the state of the parish. Rod Mason presented the annual budget for 2018 which was approved and annual reports of parish ministries and organizations were distributed.        

          Michael Noonan was elected as warden leaving one year of his vestry term unfilled. Laura McQuade was elected to fill that one year term. Barbara Emerson, John Rusinovich, and Don Lansing all ran for re-election and were elected to three year terms as vestry members.  Jennifer Dorsey and George Nesbit were elected as Deputies to the Annual Diocesan Convention.  Since all candidates were running unopposed, one unanimous vote was cast for the entire slate.        

          A soup and sandwich luncheon followed. Thanks to those who donated.

2018 Operating Budget

          There were further changes proposed to the operating budget for 2018 presented at the Annual Meeting. That budget changed the secretarial position form paid to volunteer and reduced the janitorial budget to $1000.  Our long-time faithful sexton, Owen Smith has decided to retire so the line item was further reduced to zero.  Payroll taxes and Fees have been reduced to $1000 to reflect those changes.  Even with increases in insurance and snow plowing expenses, the revised annual budget shows a projected surplus of $2,145,18.

          The vestry has worked diligently to control spending and produce a balanced budget for the parish.  Thanks to many pledging parishioners and willing volunteers who will be sharing the secretarial and janitorial work, this has finally been achieved.

Diocesan Assessment

          Although the vestry has put together a balanced budget for parish expenses, it includes less than the full amount assessed against the budget by the Diocese which would currently be over $15,000.  The vestry did vote to make a $3000 payment to the Diocese for the 2017 assessment.

Digital Parish

          Don Lansing and Marlene Jefferson have been transferring the parish database to the church computer and checking it for accuracy and completeness.  They are filling in the information blanks for the membership list which include addresses, phone numbers, email addresses and birthdates and anniversaries.

          Since this data base is used for sending out the newsletter or other parish notices, as well as producing the weekly bulletin with birthdays and anniversaries, it is important to be up-to-date and accurate. They will be working to fill in any missing information. Cathy White will also be working with Marlene on various office tasks.


          Don is constantly updating and improving the church Website adding changes and new events as soon as he knows of them. He and Father Steven prepare the bulletins together and need to know when and where parish events are happening so the announcements are correct.  We encourage all parishioners to use the Website and to help Don keep it updated by sending him event information.

          AND if you take pictures of any church event, please send them to Don right away - takes only a second to do and adds so much to our Web presence. Parish pictures are a great way to show people who we are.

Children’s Chapel

          After many faithful years of planning, scheduling, and teaching, Amanda Wilber has decided to step down as head of the Children’s Chapel Sunday School.

          Amanda will continue as vestry member and clerk of the vestry.