Bernard Samter

Queensbury* Bernard Samter, 89, of Queensbury and formerly of Pilot Knob, passed away Saturday April 18, 2015, at Glens Falls Hospital surrounded by his loving family. He was born Sept. 15, 1925, in Bern, Switzerland, to the late Jakob Samter and Chaja Kummelheim.


Bernie is survived by his daughters; Diane and her husband Jon Swanson of Queensbury and Linda Samter and her husband Tom Hengelsberg of Charlotte, VT; grandchildren, Karl Swanson, Erik Swanson and Griffin Samter Hengelsberg; nephew, Raymond (Michele) Samter and  several grandnieces and grandnephews.  In addition to his parents, Bernie was predeceased by his beloved wife of 47 years, Marie-Luise on April 27, 2008 and his brother Henry Samter.


Bernie grew up in Basel, Switzerland and graduated in 1945 from the Technicum Cantonal Bienne Ecole D'Horlogerie Watchmaking School in Bienne, Switzerland.  He worked as a certified Swiss watch technician for the Wyler Watch Factory.  He left Switzerland in 1947 to work for their New York City  agency.  He also taught watch repair to students at the Metropolitan Training Center.  In the early 1950's Bernie decided to start his own watch repair business. On Oct. 21, 1961, he married Marie-Luise Herkens.   In 1966 he moved his watch repair business to Glens Falls, retiring after a total of 40 years.  He and Marie -Luise enjoyed their home on Lake George in Pilot Knob. Bernie was young at heart and was known for his enthusiaum, warmth, spirit and integrity. His sense of humor, practical jokes and stories were legendary. His natural charisma and friendly personality resulted in many lifelong friends from near and far.  Bernie and Marie-Lou enjoyed the company of family and many friends, sharing lots of adventures and fun times, including their fondue parties and unique Pilot Knob Music Festivals at their Pilot Knob home for 38 years, before moving to Queensbury in 2004.  They also traveled to Europe and the Caribbean.   Bernie led an active life, enjoying skiing, waterskiing and the outdoors.  He was a proud member of the 80-plus Ski Club at Gore Mountain.  He was also a member of the Glens Falls Rotary and a volunteer with Pilot Knob Fire Department.  Bernie was responsible for the creation of and oversaw the annual installation of the Christmas Santa and reindeer at the Pilot Knob firehouse. 


Family and friends are invited to greet the family from 2 to 3 p,m. on Saturday, May 9, at Baker Funeral Home, 11 Lafayette St., Queensbury.   A celebration of Bernie's life will follow at 3 p.m. at the funeral hiome with Naftali Roettenstreich as the celebrant.


In lieu of flowers, donations in Bernie's memory may be sent to Pilot Knob Volunteer Fire Company,  PO Box 70, Kattskill Bay, NY 12844; or to the Lake George Land Conservancy, P O Box 1250, Bolton Landing, NY 12814


Condolences may be emailed through www.bakerfuneralhome.com or mailed to Baker Funeral Home, 11 Lafayette St. Queensbury, NY 12804

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