Jewett City - Charles R. Butremovic Sr., 90, died on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, surrounded by the love of his family.
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He was born on Feb. 6, 1923, in Jewett City, son of the late Alexander and Josephine (Szceydsiel) Butremovic. Charles was a graduate of Griswold High School in 1942. He was a veteran of World War II serving honorably in the U.S. Army Air Corps (USACC) from 1942-1946. On Sept. 9, 1944, he was united in marriage to Anna (Vanchu) Butremovic at St. Mary's Church in Jewett City. She predeceased him in March 2003.
Charles was employed at Aspinook Mills, Dow Chemical and retired from United Nuclear. Charles and his family owned the "milk" store in Taftville for several years. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, sports, and loved to travel. He followed his favorite teams, UConn girls and boys, NY Giants, Celtics and Mohegan Sun girls and of course the Boston Red Sox. He enjoyed many of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren's sporting events. He was an active member of the Jewett City community and a lifemember of the American Legion Post 15. He and his wife organized several St. Mary's summer festivals and dinners and he was always proud of the community spirit that those events created.
Charles is survived by his sons, Charles Butremovic Jr. and wife, Brenda, Donald Butremovic (with whom he made his home), Brian Butremovic and wife, Dolores; daughters, Rosemarie Payne and husband, Mike, Janice Luppert, all of Griswold and Christine Kersey and husband, Ron, of New London; his former son-in-law, Bill Luppert of New Hampshire; grandchildren, Dennis, Charlene, Charles III, Stacie, Timothy, Joey, Billy, Erika, Lauren, and Kevin; and great-grandchildren, Jessica, Molly, Abby, Annabelle, Mason, and his #1 boy, Nick. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his spouse, Charles was predeceased by sons, Joseph and Richard; brothers, Walter, Alex, and Joseph Butremovic; and sister, Jean Pepper.
He will be remembered for his "blue" eyes, ability to love and forgive others, and his kindness to all. He was an ordinary man who had extraordinary values and lived them.
The family wishes to acknowledge and thank Dr. T. Baksh, Norwich Cardiac Medicine, his niece Sandy and the caring staff on E4 at The William W. Backus Hospital for giving Charles such great care.
Family will receive relatives and friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, at Leffler Funeral Home, 30 N. Main St., Jewett City. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 13, 2014, at St. Mary's Church, Jewett City. Interment, with full military honors, to follow at St. Mary's Cemetery, Lisbon.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Mary's Church, 34 N. Main St., Jewett City, CT 06351 or to Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 or online at https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/Default.aspx?tsid=93.
For the online memorial/guestbook, please visit www.lefflerfuneralhome.com.
Leffler Funeral Home
30 North Main Street
Jewett City, CT 06351
Published in The Day on Jan. 11, 2014