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David C Saalfrank

June 21, 1938 ~ January 27, 2024 (age 85) 85 Years Old

David Saalfrank Obituary

David C. Saalfrank, Sr., age 85, died at home in Burnt Hills on January 27, 2024, with his loving wife, Carol Forman-Pemberton, by his side.

David was born in Philadelphia, PA, attended school in Abbington, PA and graduated as a distinguished ROTC scholar from his beloved Lafayette College in 1960. Immediately after graduation, he served as a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Army, stationed primarily in Germany. He returned to the US in late 1963 and began a 54-year career as a financial advisor and stockbroker. This work took him through numerous positions in production and management in offices in NYC, Virginia and the DC area, Westchester, and northern New Jersey. He retired from his final position in Saratoga Springs, NY in 2017.

Anyone who knew David for longer than ten minutes knew that he loved trains of all kinds. He could drive across train tracks anywhere and tell you what line they ran, where their connections were, and what they primarily carried. Carol jokes that he only drove to their first date because he saw on his GPS that she lived near the intersection of three railroad lines. He had model train layouts wherever he lived and belonged to several train clubs. He donated one of his favorite model trains to the Reading Museum in PA where it is still on display.

David was recently predeceased by his brother, George Andrew Saalfrank.

David is survived by his wife, Carol Forman-Pemberton; his children David Saalfrank, Jr., Michael Saalfrank, and Christa Valentine. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Connor and Matthew Saalfrank, Michael and Douglas Saalfrank and Carly Mastroberti, and Tyler and Alexa Valentine, and great-grandson, Matty. David is also survived by his sister, Virginia (Alan) Stonesifer, his sister-in-law Karen Saalfrank, and former wife, Carol Grafer Saalfrank.

David will be dearly missed by Carol’s children, Todd (Amy) Forman, Jenny (Jeff) Marcotte, and Brent (Angela) Pemberton and her grandchildren, Zach Marcotte, Evyn Hryckowian, Megan, and Connor Forman. He will be especially missed by Carol’s sister, Kathy Byrum, who was also with him when he died, and was, with her husband Craig, witness for his wedding.

The family would like to thank the people from Community Hospice who were so kind and helpful in David’s last weeks. They would also like to thank Kingsway Arms Nursing Center, especially the staff of B wing, who provided such loving care during his stay there.

Calling hours for David will be held on Sunday, February 4, 2024, from 1:00-4:00 pm at the Glenville Funeral Home in Glenville, NY. Calling hours will be held on Saturday, February 10, 2024, from 3:00-5:30 pm at the Vander Plaat Funeral Home in Wyckoff, NJ., with a memorial service to follow at 5:30pm at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, friends are asked to make a contribution Doctors Without Borders in David’s name.

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Gathering of Family and Friends
February 10, 2024

3:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Vander Plaat Funeral Home
257 Godwin Avenue
Wyckoff, NJ 07481

Memorial Service
February 10, 2024

5:30 PM
Vander Plaat Funeral Home
257 Godwin Avenue
Wyckoff, NJ 07481


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