John Feifel

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John J. Feifel Sr.

1929 - 2014 WILLIAMSVILLE John James Feifel Sr., 84, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, at Grace Cottage Hospital on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. John was born in Allentown, Penn. to George Feifel Jr. and Mildred Frankenfield Feifel, on Oct. 3, 1929. He was a fireman with the Allentown Fire Department and Bethlehem Steel until relocating to Freeport, N.Y. in 1962. Once in New York, he worked as a custodian for the Plainedge School District, until securing a position as head custodian with BOCES for Nassau County, from which he retired in 1984. Following retirement, John and his family moved to Williamsville, where he lived out the remainder of his life. During his time there, John served as the Town of Newfane's Zoning Administrator for many years, as well as sewer officer, deputy health officer, Development Review Board member, and Planning Commission member, all the while, serving proudly with the Williamsville/South Newfane Fire Department. Not only was John a dedicated and passionate fireman, but a soldier as well. From 1950 to 1975, John served his country with distinction in the Army and Army National Guard, in Pennsylvania and New York. He was honorably discharged in 1975 as Sergeant 1st class, having served as platoon sergeant with the Battery B 213th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion and the 67th Sound Range Platoon 8th U.S. Army, among others. John spent many months in Korea during the war, including time spent providing fire support to the Marines at the Chosin Reservoir. He was airborne qualified as a paratrooper and won many marksmanship awards. John was an avid camper, devoted Cub Scout leader, train lover and collector, a fan of western movies and Big Band music, and a keen crossword puzzle solver. He enjoyed trips to Maine and Georgia, visits with his family, and his routine Saturday excursions to Brattleboro and Hinsdale. He will be fondly remembered for his cheerful smile, his gift of gab, and his general kindness. His jokes and Army stories will be greatly missed as will his sense of humor, which was with him right until the very end. John is survived by his wife of 58 years, Elva Jean Keiper Feifel; his children, Jeffrey Feifel and his wife, Elizabeth, of Hamburg, N.Y., Randy J. Feifel of Brewster, N.Y., John J. Feifel Jr. of Sunset, Utah, Karen Detmers and her husband, Kirby, of Easthampton, Mass.; his grandchildren, Chris Feifel and his wife Kim, Cory Feifel, Steven Feifel and his wife Katie, Matthew Feifel, Jesse, Carly and Jordan Detmers; his great-grandsons, Ethan and Benjamin Feifel, and would have welcomed his third great-grandchild in July. John is also survived by his brother, George Feifel, III and his wife, Nancy, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. He leaves behind his beloved cats, Chessie and Ginger. FUNERAL NOTICE: John's funeral, with military honors, will be held at the Newfane Congregational Church on Sunday, March 9, at 2 p.m. A celebration will follow immediately at the NewBrook Fire & Rescue Co., Rt. 30, Newfane, until 6 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in John's name to the Williamsville/South Newfane Fire Department, P.O. Box 92, Williamsville, VT 05362 and the Newfane Congregational Church, 11 Church Street, P.O. Box 27, Newfane, VT 05345.
Published in Brattleboro Reformer on Feb. 27, 2014
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