---- — ROTTERDAM — Robert J. Kaska, 71, of Vischer Avenue, passed away Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, at home with his loving family by his side. He was born Sept. 28, 1941, in Jersey City, N.J.
Bob came to Albany in 1961 and was united in marriage to Linda Wickens on Dec. 12, 1964. He spent his entire career in the insurance business; retiring from AIG in 1993.
Bob had a passion for baseball and was an avid NY Yankees fan. He coached or managed little league or Babe Ruth teams his entire life. He also was a member of the Rotterdam Elks Lodge 2157.
Bob is survived by his wife, Linda; and their two children, Terri (Roger) Dufek and Robert J. Kaska Jr., both of Rotterdam; four grandchildren, Robert J. Kaska III, Caitlin Kaska, Renee Dufek and Brion Dufek; his sister, JoAnn Kaska (James) Templin of Plattsburgh; brothers and sister-in-law, Duane (Janet) Wickens, Richard (Nancy) Wickens and Betty Wickens. He is also survived by his two godsons, Joseph and Jonathan Templin; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Joseph and Eileen Grogan Kaska; and his brother-in-law, Stuart Wickens.
Calling hours, to which relatives and friends are invited, will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at DeMarco-Stone Funeral Home, 1605 Helderberg Ave., Rotterdam. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Friday at St. Gabriel's Church, 3040 Hamburg St. Burial will follow at St. Cyril's Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made in Robert's memory to the Joshua Foundation, ATTN: Joshua Project, 1071 Joshua Lane, Altamont, NY 12009. Online condolences can be made at www.demarcostonefuneralhome.com