Menands - C. Ursula W. MacAffer, 85, passed away peacefully on Friday, January 27, 2023 at Albany Medical Center Hospital. Born in Gorlitz, Germany, she was the daughter of the late Carl Albert Wilfert and Martha Charlotte During Wilfert. She was predeceased by her husband, Kenneth S. MacAffer, Jr, on November 26, 2020.
She resided in Menands for the vast majority of her life. She was a graduate of Schodack Central High School, and earned a BS in Elementary Education from Russell Sage College. She also received a MS in Reading followed by a MA in History from SUNY Albany. She retired from HVCC in 2003 as a professor of Humanities and Modern Languages. Active in the community, she was a member of the Menands Book Club, the University Club of Albany, the Albany Institute of History and Art and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. She was passionate about history and music being a charter member of the Friends of Opera Saratoga, former member of the Board of Directors of Troy Chromatics, and a life member and past president of Vanguard, an Albany Symphony Orchestra Auxiliary. She was a former member of the Board of Directors for the Town of Colonie Historical Society, and a member of the Albany County Historical Association. She also taught conversational German classes at BASF, helping professionals there become proficient enough in conversational German to interact with their colleagues in Germany. She also taught conversational German in the evening at Shaker High School. Her teaching group met often to converse and had dinners featuring German food and drink. In addition to her active life in NYS, she also enjoyed spending time at the family home on Cape Cod where family and friends were always welcomed with food and drink. She will be best remembered for her love of the Christmas Advent Season. She hosted Advent gatherings on the 4 Sundays leading up to Christmas. It was a time of singing Christmas carols, and gathering afterwards to enjoy food and drink.
Survivors include two daughters, Suzanne (Brian J.) MacAffer Godard, Loudonville and Jill Anne (Russel H.) MacAffer Marvin, Potsdam; four grandchildren, Alexander J. and Gillian L. Godard and Charlotte A. and Nicholas C. Marvin. Survivors also include her three sisters, a brother, several nieces and nephews as well as her sister-in-law Karen M. MacAffer and a multitude of dear friends.
A memorial service will be held at Bowen and Parker Bros. Funeral Home at 3 PM on Saturday, February 18. All are invited to visit with Ursula's family before the service from 2 to 3 PM. A private interment will be held at Oakwood Cemetery in Troy. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of C. Ursula W. MacAffer to The Historical Society of the Town of Colonie, 534 New Loudon Rd., Latham, NY 12110.