Photographs by Tom Lindsay, Joseph Deuel
Video by Tom Lindsay
Frank Jaklitsch, “The Songman,” of Albany, 61, passed quickly last Thursday afternoon (August 11), as he strode towards Gillette Stadium to see, for the first time, his cherished New Orleans Saints compete on the field. He was in a good place.
Jaklitsch, born January 17, 1955 in Ridgewood, Queens, graduated from Queens College with a degree in Special Education, and devoted his entire life to service, beginning with volunteer work with developmentally disabled individuals as a teenager, and continuing to early employment with Catholic Charities and a 31-year career with the New York State Office of Mental Health.
Jaklitsch, who moved, with his family, to the campus neighborhood of Albany in 1985, is long pre-deceased by his father, Frank, Sr. and survived by his mother Herta Eisenzoph, of Queens, N.Y; his loving wife of 33 years, Eileen; his beloved son Thomas; younger siblings Richard (Margaret) of Nanuet, N.Y. and Theresa Jaklitsch Mueller (Fred) of Hillsborough, N.J; and his sweet pug, Penny.