Services Saturday for Niskayuna attorney found dead in woods

Friday, February 1, 2013
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Services are scheduled for Saturday morning for the Niskayuna attorney whose body was found last weekend in a wooded area near his home.

Meanwhile, authorities released little new information into the investigation of his death. That investigation remains ongoing.

The body of Michael Wallender was found by police Jan. 26 in a wooded area near the intersection of River and Rosendale roads. Wallender, 62, lived about a quarter mile away.

Niskayuna police, in a press release, indicated detectives have not yet classified the death, pending full autopsy results. Niskayuna police are investigating in conjunction with the state police.

Wallender had been reported missing the day before his body was located.

Wallender was a lifelong resident of Niskayuna. He was predeceased by his wife of 25 years, Joyce Wallender, according to his obituary. He is survived by a daughter and son.

Wallender was an attorney with the Couch White firm in Albany and a native of Schenectady. The firm issued a statement earlier this week, calling Wallender a “gifted, creative hard-working lawyer.”

Wallender was a graduate of Colgate University and Harvard Law School. He had practiced law in Albany for more than 35 years.

Services are scheduled for Saturday morning at 9:30 at McVeigh Funeral Home, 208 N. Allen St., Albany. Services are then to continue at 10:30 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial at St. John the Evangelist Church, 816 Union St., Schenectady.

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