John "Kurt" Neiswender


John “Kurt” Neiswender, 68, of Ballston Lake, NY, passed away on July 8, 2021, at Albany Medical Center, due to complications from lymphoma. He was born December 5, 1952 in Camden, New Jersey to Calvin and Madeleine Kaiser Neiswender.

Kurt graduated from Bishop Eustace Preparatory High School, Pennsauken, NJ, in 1971, and Siena College, Loudonville, NY, in 1975, with a BA in both Liberal Arts and Business. He worked for Revlon, Inc. for 28 years as a Regional Broker Sales Manager, for Global Sourcing and Logistics Limited as a divisional Sales Manager, and then for Frontier Natural Products/Aura Cacia Division as a Regional Sales Manager until he retired in 2019.

Kurt loved to travel and enjoyed his trips to Europe and his visits to famous landmarks in many US states. As a golfer with a 7 Handicap, his travels afforded him the opportunity to play well-known PGA courses, such as Pebble Beach, Merion, Doral, Congressional, and Pinehurst, to mention a few. The pinnacle of his golfing adventures was attending the 2017 British Open at Royal Birkdale in England, followed by playing at the Old Course at St. Andrews in Scotland. He also played many courses in the Capital District and loved his job as a starter at Van Patten Golf Course.

The game of soccer was another interest of Kurt’s. He enjoyed watching his two children play in high school and college, and he never missed watching the soccer matches from the Olympics, the World Cup, and the Euro Cup. Along with these two sports, he always looked forward to attending Siena basketball games every winter with his Siena buddies.

As “Pop-Pop” to his young grandchildren, he made them wooden Christmas ornaments and toys. He also entertained them by assembling puzzles, teaching them how to feed the backyard birds, and reading stories, especially his favorite, “Goodnight Moon.”

He was married to Patricia Hughes Neiswender for 45 years, who he met in college. They had two children, son Mark Neiswender and wife Lacey, daughter Laura Hill and husband Riley, and four grandchildren: Eliana and Sebastian Neiswender and Hailee and Taylor Hill. He is also survived by his sister–in-law, Marian Tomaso, brother–in-law, Daniel Hughes and his wife Mary, and beloved nieces and nephews: Christopher and Jennifer Tomaso, Lila and Charlie Tomaso, Caitlin and Brendan Hughes, Meghan and Brian Garvey, and Aidan and Emma Garvey.

Relatives and friends are invited to a celebration of Kurt’s life from 4-6:30 PM on Wednesday, July 14, 2021 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9:30 AM on Thursday, July 15, at St. Mary’s Church, 167 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY. Burial will be in the Jonesville Cemetery immediately after the Mass.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Kurt can be made to the American Cancer Society.

Guest Book

Fred Bacher

I had the pleasure of working with Kurt while at Aura Cacia for the last two+ years he was there on retail business back East. He was a truly seasoned salesman with lots of experience and stories and just a good overall solid guy. I remember the first trip we worked together (in Pittsburgh, PA) in a failed effort to impress his new boss (me), he got lost trying to find our hotel the first night which he had stayed at dozens of times previously. He was so very attached to his Garmin GPS device as he would punch in all the account, hotel and restaurant addresses prior to his business trips so that all would be seamless upon arrival into whatever the city Du-jour was (and I might add that he refused to move to using his smartphone for this purpose:) - does that all sound like the Kurt you all remember? Well, apparently his old Garmin was on the fritz as the software hadn't been updated and so couldn't seem to find the hotel. He was so embarrassed (unnecessarily) about this incident which I tried to downplay as much as possible at the time. But many times in the future, I used it as great fodder and with many laughs. I will miss Kurt as I'm sure his family does.

Kelly Allen

So sorry to hear about Kurt's passing. I worked with him at Aura Cacia/Frontier Coop. He was on the Aura Cacia team with me. He was a kind, funny, smart man, that I enjoyed working with. He was so excited about his retirement. Getting to spend more time with his family. Not having to go to the sales meetings in Jan/Feb freezing cold NE area. He was a great collaborator, easy to talk to and be around. And he will be missed. ☹

Jennifer Ellis

I had the pleasure of working with Kurt at Frontier. He and I were a great team growing the brand into new channels of business. We shared a love of mystery books and even swapped some on our business trips. He was super excited about his growing family and the time he would have with them as he retired. I feel fortunate to have had him in my life, as I know many others are. Pat ,Mark,and Laura so sorry for your loss.

Paul Boehlke

Pat, I just recently heard about Kurt's passing. Floods of memories of our times together in Glen Meadows immediately came to mind. Those were great times! My thoughts and prayers go out to you, and Mark and Laura, and all your family.

Don, Diane & Tammy Baker & family

Pat, Mark, Laura & families - So sorry to hear of your loss. Such a great person and positive energy who will be truly missed! Many many wonderful memories of Shen soccer and all the various tournaments and soccer camps.

May you be blessed with much peace and good vibes!

Jim Kantner

Patty, I am so sad to hear about Kurt's passing. Last time I talked to him is when I called him on his 60th birthday. He was my best friend as little kids growing up before our high school years. We spent so much time together playing at each others houses. More time at his house than mine. His Mom was always so nice to me. So sorry for your loss. I will pray for you and all your family. God bless you and may God rest his soul. Jim Kantner

John Blatchford

Kurt graduated one year after I did at Siena. However, we pledged the same year during his Freshman, my Sophomore year for the Kappa Omega Psi Fraternity. As fate would have it, Kurt and I were paired together on Hell Night, the last leg to a tortuous journey to being accepted as full brothers in Kappa Omega Psi. Long story short: Kurt and I were blindfolded and driven to what turned out to be Vermont. We were then left there and instructed to somehow get back to Siena by dawn the next day to complete our initiation to this semi-august fraternity. Kurt and I had very little luck getting rides that night, and probably walked 25 out of the 32 miles that it took to get back to Siena.

We had lots of time that night to talk and philosophize about life, love and what the hell were we doing pledging for a frat that would leave us in the middle of nowhere as a condition of joining such a group? We eventually made it back to Siena at about 6:00AM and a friendship was born.

Forgot about that connection I had with Kurt until I was jolted with the news today that he had passed away. Had no clue he was having difficulties.

RIP my friend, Siena Mate and Frat Brother. You will be missed .My deepest condolences to your family. John Blatchford, class of 1970. ( never got to a 7 handicap, very jealous, Kurt)

Greg Carey

Patty,
So sorry to hear of Kurt's passing. While my current life is far away from Shen and NY, I often think of those good old days when we were all young and full of wine and song. I remember Kurt fondly. Great guy - hell of a golfer.
Please accept my sincere condolences.
Greg Carey

Dan &. Mary Pat Devine

Our condolences to Pat and Family. Great, great guy!!
Fond memories from our Siena College days and more recent get-togethers.
Rest In Peace Kurt. You are now truly a Saint!!

Al Kunicki and Jill Fitzpatrick-Kunicki

Well before meeting Kurt. we knew him as the loving and devoted husband of Pat and father of Mark and Laura and a dedicated son-in-law from the many stories and photos shared by Betty and Stanley Hughes. Our personal encounters only confirmed this description plus provided another view of Kurt - the fun-loving grandfather of his now 4 cherished grandchildren. The shared love and memories that are yours of times together now have become treasures.

Patty Millington Caruso

Pat and children - I am so very sorry to hear about Kurt. I worked with him at Revlon during the 80’s and early 90’s. He was a great mentor and I always enjoyed working with him. Andy and I have great memories of our trip to London together when you and Kurt sat behind us on the way to London. May your memories of happy times bring you peace and surround you with love.
Patty and Andy Caruso

Joy Barnett Clark and Robert Barnett

We will miss the driveway and side yard chats. Peace be with you!

Jackie and Paul Morehouse

It saddens us to hear of Kurt's passing. We will always remember Kurt with a smile and positive attitude. May you and your family find solace in your faith and in each other. Our deepest condolences to you Pat and your family.

Betsy Mason Hedlund

Dear Pat & Family,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time. RIP, Kurt.

Betsy & Carl Hedlund

Harry and Maureen Stridick

Pat, Mark, Laura and family and friends,
When the angels come to guide someone you love to His heavenly kingdom, this will not be the most difficult day of your life. Though sad, we should rejoice!
Since 1967 we have shared many fine high school memories at Bishop Eustace, and the friendship continued through our college years at Siena, and you have remained a close friend, Fraternity Brother to many, and our fondest memories shall live on forever, or longer. May you rest peacefully, my friend.

Dave and Kathy Ross

We are so sorry for your loss. We remember many many days on the soccer fields watching the girls. Kurt always had a friendly smile. May he rest in peace and cherish all the wonderful memories.
Hugs

Dwayne & Melinda Rockenstyre

Thoughts and Prayers go out to everyone in the family. We are so sorry to hear this news.
Always here for you...

Dwayne & Melinda

Bill Ranagan

I am so sorry for your loss.
Kurt was certainly one of the "good guys". He will always be remembered. He was a calming influence as a "wing mate" - 3E Ryan - and an inspiration for property maintenance in Country Knolls West. I'm sorry we didn't become closer over the years.
My deepest condolences to Pat, and the entire Neiswender Family.

Marilyn McDonough Ahern

We are thinking of you and your family. I will always remember all those good times in college we all had together. Our prayers and hearts are with you.

Ed and Judy Hughes

Pat and Family, I have found comfort from this prayer which was given to me by Herb Safran when Sue passed. I have modified this part for your family.
Ed

When we are weary and in need of strength, we remember Kurt.
When we are lost and sick at heart, we remember him.
When we have joys we yearn to share, we remember him.
So long as he lives, we, too, shall live, for he is now a part of us, as we remember him.
On every day, and in every way, I know that Kurt is with you with his love.

Joe Boland and family

I thank you for the prayers we shared with each other. May the angels take you into paradise RIP

Lori White sister of Karen Milanese

I am so sorry for your tremendous loss. I met him at Mark and Lacy wedding. He was a very nice man. My prayers for your family.

Pat Bloss

I am so sorry for your loss. There are so many wonderful memories of times spent at Siena and St Rose back in the early 70s. Those memories will live on in our hearts forever. Peace be with you all.