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Bernhardt Max "Dutchie" Himmel

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Bernhardt Max "Dutchie" Himmel 1923 - 2009 BENNINGTON Mr. Bernhardt Max "Dutchie" Himmel, 85, a former resident of Brunswick, N.J., and more recently of Morgan St. Bennington, Vermont died Thursday February 12, 2009 at the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington following a long illness. He was born in Guttenberg, New Jersey August 9, 1923, and grew up on the family farm in New Brunswick, N.J. Of all his accomplishments he always considered himself a farmer first. He was the son of the late George and Maria Richter Himmel who were both born in Bauerwitz, Germany Bernhardt received his education in New Jersey and was a 1942 graduate of Jamesburg High School. Following high school Mr. Himmel joined the Army Air Corp where he was a member of the 33rd Air Service Squadron during World War II. After his military service he returned to New Jersey and attended Trenton Technical School. From 1947 until his retirement in 1989 Mr. Himmel was employed as an engineer at Bristol Myers Squibb. He later was employed by South Brunswick Security as a security guard a job he thoroughly enjoyed. Bernhardt enjoyed hunting and deep sea fishing. He was a die hard New York Yankee and New York Giant fan. He enjoyed telling jokes, the cornier the better. He was also known to wear many different hats depending on his mood. While living in Bennington, Bernhardt was a part time resident of the Vermont Veterans Home where he enjoyed playing bingo, poker and Wii bowling. The family would like to thank Dr.. Hearst and the staff at both the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center and the Vermont Veterans Home for their loving and compassionate care He leaves his daughter Cynthia Himmel of Bennington, a son; John Himmel, and his wife Joanne, of South Brunswick, two granddaughters; Rebecca and Jessica Himmel of South Brunswick, a brother; William Himmel of South Brunswick, and a sister Evelyn Baron, and her husband John, of Burlington, N.J., a niece Maria Baron Duffy, and her husband Mike, of Burlington, N.J., and a great-nephew; DJ Duffy of Burlington, N.J. He was pre-deceased by two granddaughters; Ava Max and Nia Max Himmel. FUNERAL NOTICE: Friends may call at the MAHAR AND SON FUNERAL HOME in Bennington, VT, on Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009 from 4 to 6 p.m. Mr. Himmel will then be transferred to the Rezem Funeral Home at 457 Cranbury Road in East Brunswick, New Jersey where the visitation will take place on Monday Feb. 16 from 4 to 6 p.m. The funeral will be held from the REZEM FUNERAL HOME in East Brunswick, New Jersey on Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2009, with a prayer at 9 a.m. and the from Saint John the Baptist Catholic Church in New Brunswick, New Jersey at 10 a.m where the Mass of Resurrection will be offered. Military honors will follow the mass. If friends desire contributions in memory of Bernhardt Max Himmel may be made to Bennington Project Independence through the office of the Mahar and Son Funeral Home 628 Main St. Bennington, VT 05201
Published in Bennington Banner on Feb. 13, 2009
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