George W. Wagner, the 10th child, was born July 12, 1942 to Louise McKeon Wagner and the late Charles H. Wagner (George’s father died June 20, 1942 before he was born). Raised in Raymertown, he attended grades 1-6 in a one room school house, attended Knickerbacker Junior High School, Lansingburgh High School, Hudson Valley Technical Institute (later H.V.C.C) Simmons School of Mortuary Science in Syracuse. George became a Licensed Funeral Director in 1963 after completing his internship at Marshall Tebbutts & Sons in Albany. He was employed by the Wm. J. Rockefeller Funeral Home in Rensselaer September of 1965 and has been there ever since.
July 8, 1966 he married Betty J. Norton and lived in DeFreestville. They had three children: Marjorie L. Secor (School Nurse at Bell Top School), Marshall G and Michael J. Wagner who are both Licensed Funeral Directors and work with their dad in the day to day operation of the family business.
During his 45 yrs he has seen the funeral home grow and relocate to it’s current location. Volume of calls have tripled and many new innovations have been added to their funeral services. It has been his pleasure to serve the families of Southern Rensselaer County and for him to become a “Friend of Their Families”
Marshall G. Wagner was born on January 22, 1971 and has been a resident of the East Greenbush his whole life. Marshall was a graduate of Columbia High School class of 1989 and continued on to earn an Associates of Mortuary Science at HVCC Class of 1991 Achieving certificates of excellence in Embalming. Served his residence with his father George Wagner at Wm. J. Rockefeller funeral home becoming licensed in 1992. Later that year Marshall returned to college to further his education at Siena earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance with a minor in Accounting achieving the highest GPA in the Finance dept. In 1994 he worked as a stock broker Intern at Merrill Lynch and After a short time Marshall returned to his love of serving other people and came back to work at Rockefeller funeral home. Currently he is active with the NYS Funeral directors Government Action Team making legislation that protects the consumer and holds the funeral director to a higher standard. Currently NY is the most accredited state in the union for its funeral service. He sits on the Board of directors of the Boys and Girls clubs of Southern Rensselaer county where he held various offices including Vice President and Treasurer. Marshall’s love of children lead him to the Boys and girls club and that is where he met his wife Kristy. He proposed as the back drop to the clubs annual Duck race and were married a year later. October 23, 2004. Marshall and Kristy have 4 children Makenzie Lee, Garrett William, Brook Alexis, and Paige Elizabeth. The family currently lives in their new home in East Greenbush that Marshall built with his own hands from beginning to end. In addition to the funeral home Marshall works as a contractor helping people out, and Volunteers at the Greenbush cemetery, first United Methodist church where he sits on the board of Trustees, and the Boys and Girls clubs. Marshall’s love of children and need to serve the community drives his life and is proud to be apart of the Wm. J. Rockefeller funeral Home where his family serves the families of the community.
“Helping others is not just our Job it’s who we are”
Michael J. Wagner was born in Troy and lived in the East Greenbush area his whole life. Graduated Columbia High School in 1990 and attended Hudson Valley Mortuary Science program graduating in 1992. He served his residence with his father at Wm. J. Rockefeller funeral home. After becoming licensed he became active in the Capital District Funeral Directors Association and the State Association of Funeral Directors. He sat on various committees helping to hold funeral directors to a higher standard and served as president of the Capital District Funeral Directors Association for 8 years.
In 2005 Michael married Tina Melle of Pittsfield, MA and bought Scarnatos Restaurant in Castleton. In 2006 Tina gave birth to their first son Jackson, 2nd son Mason in 2007 and daughter Peyton in 2010 they live in Schodack in a house that Michael helped build himself. They enjoy being with the public and helping friends and family through both the good times and times of sorrow.