Arthur T. Kreitsek

06/28/2011 3:56 PM |

Former Jamesport resident Arthur T. Kreitsek, known as “Artie,” died June 16 at Hospice of Lancaster County in Pennsylvania. He was 98.

He was born May 14, 1913, in Astoria to Frank and Anna (Lohr) Kreitsek. In the 1920s he worked along with his seven siblings as an extra in silent movies at Paramount Studios in New York, where his father was a prop man.

Mr. Kreitsek served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Stationed in the Pacific, he was a mortar gunner and participated in the battles of Guadalcanal, Bougainville, Rabul and Luzon. He then worked as a truck driver for Paramount Pictures in New York until his retirement.

He spent much of his life on Peconic Bay in Jamesport, where his family had a summer home. He was a fishing and boating enthusiast, according to family, and a member of St. Peter R.C. Church in Columbia, Pa.

He is survived by his sisters Dorothy Meagher of Southold and Frances Alaimo and Grace Paladino, both of Jamesport; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brothers, William and Howard, and his sisters Margaret Seiling and Catherine Romaine.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held June 21 at St. Peter R.C. Church, with the Rev. Dominic DiBiccaro officiating. Interment was June 23 at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery in Annville, Pa.

Donations may be made to St. Peter R.C. Church.