Obituary: William F. Schlesinger


NAUGATUCK- Mr. William F. Schlesinger, 83, of Naugatuck, passed away Wednesday Jan. 26, at the Glendale Center, Naugatuck. He was the husband of the late Frances (Else) Schlesinger who passed away in 1993, after 45 years of marriage.

Bill was born in Williamsport, Pa., March 12, 1927, a son of the late Joy H. and Hazel (Ream) Schlesinger and moved to Naugatuck in his early youth. He was a WWII veteran, serving in the Marine Corps. He was a member of the Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church and was a member of Crusader Post 1946, Veterans of Foreign Wars. He had been a member of the former Naugatuck Volunteer Fire Department for over 36 years, and was a founding member of the Naugatuck Rescue Squad. He was a member of Shepherd-Salem Lodge # 78 A.F. & A.M. and the Allerton-Eureka Chapter, Royal Arch Masons. He enjoyed camping and was a member of the Socialable Sam’s camping group.

He leaves his children, Robert G. Schlesinger and his wife Laurel, and Linda J. Schlesinger, both of Naugatuck, and Deborah L. Bensavage of Bristol, and Georgann Kozlovski and her husband Frank of Colorado Springs, Colo.; one brother, Paul Schlesinger of Naugatuck and five grandchildren and one great-grandson. He was predeceased by a brother Robert Schlesinger.

Funeral services will be held on Friday Feb. 4, at 10 a.m. at the Alderson Funeral Home of Naugatuck, 201 Meadow St. Burial with full military honors will be in Grove Cemetery, Cross Street, Naugatuck.

Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday Feb. 3 from 6 p.m. to 8 pm. Members of Shepherd-Salem Lodge will conduct a Masonic Service on Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Members of the Naugatuck Veteran’s Council will meet at the funeral home on Thursday evening at 7:15 p.m.

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