Our country lost a good man on January 9, 2021, Keith “Lenny” Prostler, age 72. Lenny passed away at the Stratton VA Memorial Hospital, Albany, due to complications from Parkinson’s Disease.
Lenny was born in Little Falls, NY, to the late Sotera Jones & Keith Prostler. He grew up in Coeymans Hollow, and upon graduation from RCS High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps at age 17 Lenny was a 3-year veteran of the Marine Corps, having served 13 months of that time in Vietnam and was honorably discharged in 1969. He returned home to Coeymans Hollow, NY and shortly after, met his bride-to-be, Peggy. Lenny proudly flew on the Honor Flight to Washington D.C. in October 2015 and visited the Vietnam Memorial, as well as, other memorials.
Lenny worked for Atlantic Detroit Diesel/Allison/Kohler for 44 years before retiring in 2013. He loved working on engines , transmissions, and generators and was the go-to mechanic whenever others couldn’t fix them. Lenny set up and repaired many generators, both locally as well as, in and out of state and he loved pointing them all out to his wife everywhere they went. Lenny was always proud of his work and made many friends through fellow co-workers and customers over the years. He was a kind and generous man who was always there to lend a hand to a friend, neighbor, local fire departments and the organizations he belonged to.
Lenny was a quiet, humble, and faithful man with great devotion to his church, family and friends. He was the Building and Grounds chairman at St. Mary’s Church and was delighted to care for its Meneely bell for many years. Lenny proudly served as Bishop’s Appeal chairman for over 30 years. He was a 4th Degree member of the Knights of Columbus Council, the Coxsackie American Legion, and served as Quartermaster to the Coxsackie VFW Post 10986 for over 20 years.
Lenny had a passion for sailing and bought his first sailboat over 40 years ago. He proceeded to flip it over in very high winds on its maiden voyage in Lake Taconic, resulting in a bent mast and bruised ego. Once he mastered the sport, he enjoyed it immensely and loved sailing on Barnegat Bay, NJ and nearby Sleepy Hollow Lake. He and Peggy loved going to the Jersey Shore every year until his illness prevented him from continuing. Lenny loved spending time with his nieces, nephews, godchild and Lindsay as they were growing up and had many memories with Peggy and the “kids.”
Surviving are his beloved wife of 50 years, Peggy Prostler, his brothers, Chris Jones, Perry (Susan) Jones, sister Nancy (Paul) Caswell, mother-in-law, Eva Rosato, brother-in-law John (Mary Ellen) Rosato, sister-in-law Barbara Rosato, nephews Christos (Casey) Jones, Andy (Tara) Jones, Paul Caswell, Sean (Sarah) Craft and Marty (Kristi) Rosato as well as nieces Patricia Rosato, Jessica (Dan) Pakatar, Athena Caswell, Rachel (Travis) Woronowicz and 4 great nieces, one great nephew, his loving godchild, Katherine Desrosiers and his “Dolly”, Lindsay Portu.
Special thanks to Dr. Kaushik and the nurses, aides, and staff who cared for Lenny at the VA for the past four years. They treated him with kindness and respect and for that we are eternally grateful.
Graveside services will be held at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Coxsackie, N.Y. on Wednesday, January 13, 2021, at 10:00 A.M., with military honors. All friends and family are welcome. Condolences may be made at www.wcbradyssonsinc.net