Henry Aberle Jr.

Henry Aberle Jr., 88, of Ellington, passed away on Tuesday, April 2, 2013, with his family at his side. Henry joins his beloved wife, Doris (Ferrell) Aberle.

He was born on Sept. 9, 1924, the son of German immigrants, Henry and Louise (Bar) Aberle. Henry lived most of his life in Ellington on the family farm. He took over the dairy farming business from his father and stayed on the Aberle homestead, where he lived with his wife, Doris, and where they raised their seven children. Henry was a hardworking man and loved his farming from sun up to sun down. He enjoyed life's simple pleasures and always had a song to whistle, sing, or yodel for any occasion. He loved playing his many musical instruments for anyone who was willing to sit and listen. He enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson, camping, swimming in the farm pond, and eating ice cream. He was a devoted husband, fun-loving father, and friend.

He leaves his loving daughters, Karen Pitney (Dennis) of Ellington, Nancy Lowther (John "Red") of Vernon, Mary-Jane Williams (Norman) of Ellington, and Diane "Dee Dee" Garner of Ellington; his devoted son, John W. Aberle of Ellington; his grandchildren, Kelly, Heather, Justin, Jenny, and Kerri Pitney, Gina Lowther, Dr. Katie Lowther, and Dan Williams; his great-grandchildren, Joshua and Olivia Pitney. He also leaves his sisters, Louise Fehr of Illinois, Elsa Hoffman (Edwin) and Martha Luginbuhl, both of Ellington; his friend, Susan Godak of Ellington; and many caring and loving nieces, nephews, and friends. Henry was predeceased by his sons, James H. Aberle and Henry Aberle III; his baby daughter, Nancy Jane Aberle; his son-in-law, Bruce Garner; his four brothers and their wives, Edwin and Teenie Aberle, Bill and Viola Aberle, Emil and Althea Aberle; his brother, Carl Aberle; and his sister and her husband, Hilda and Arnold Hany; his sister, Caroline Gottier; and his brothers-in-law, Carl Fehr and Robert Luginbuhl.

His family will receive friends for calling hours on Saturday, April 6, 2013, from 10 a.m. to noon followed by a service beginning at noon at the Ladd-Turkington & Carmon Funeral Home, 551 Talcottville Road (Route 83), Vernon. Burial will follow in Ellington Center Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Ellington Volunteer Ambulance, P.O. Box 71, Ellington, CT 06029; or the Apostolic Christian Church, 34 Middle Butcher Road, Ellington, CT 06029.

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Published in Journal Inquirer from Apr. 4 to Apr. 8, 2013