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Obituary for William E. Powers
William E. Powers, age 86, beloved husband for 61 years of Carole (Hagen) Powers of Stratford, entered eternal rest on Friday, February 6, 2015 in Bridgeport Hospital following a long and courageous battle with Parkinson’s Disease. Born in Willenberg East Prussia, Germany, March 16, 1928, son of the late Emil and Charlotte Pawelzik, raised in Scranton, PA, he was a graduate of the Johnson Trade School. Bill served during WWII as a Sergeant 2nd Cl. in the U.S. Army Air Force and was involved with the Air Intelligence SV Organization and the Berlin Air Lift. He received his B.S. Degree in Industrial Arts Education from Penn State and his Master’s Degree from the University of Bridgeport. After moving to Stratford, he began a 35-year career teaching Industrial Arts at Bunnell High School. Before his retirement, he purchased and operated with his son Larry, Sugar Hill Service Center in Newtown for 19 years. Bill was active as a master woodworker, involved with the Boy Scouts, a member of the Power Squadron and Pootatuck Yacht Club. Bill loved to fish and boat on Long Island Sound. Bill and Carole loved the ocean view at their condominium in Pompano Beach, FL where they spent the last 18 winters. He especially cherished his apple tree in the backyard and looked forward to the family Oktoberfest serving apple pies and strudels that his wife Carole would bake and serve. In addition to his wife Carole, he is survived by his son Lawrence Powers of Westbrook; daughters Victoria and husband Glenn Mackbach of Southbury and Kimberly and husband Gary Wilhelm of Milford; 10 grandchildren Jason, Andrew and Jessica Visokay, Glenn and Samantha Mackbach, Lauren and Bryan Wilhelm, Amy (Wilhelm) St. Germain and her husband George with one great grandchild on the way and Sarah and William Powers; one sister Cecelia Knob of Wilmington, DE and several nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by a brother Walter and a sister Frieda. Friends are invited to attend his funeral on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. by meeting directly at the First Congregational Church, Main St., Stratford. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Union Cemetery, Stratford. Visitation will be Tuesday, February 10, 2015 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the William R. McDonald Funeral Home, 2591 Main St., Stratford. For additional information or to share an online condolence, visit www.wrmcdonaldfuneralhome.com.