Carl Joseph Otfinoski, 79, of Middletown, beloved husband of Lorraine (Moncada) Otfinoski for fifty-four years, passed away on Saturday, January 5, 2013. Born on December 31, 1933 in Middletown, he was the son of the late Stephen and Sophia (Rajtar) Otfinoski. Carl graduated Woodrow Wilson High School, Class of 1951, in Middletown and served in the United States Army. Upon his honorable discharge from the Army, he earned his Associate's degree from Central Connecticut State University, his Bachelor's degree from the University of Hartford, his Master's degree from Trinity College, and his Sixth Year professional certificate from Wesleyan University. He was awarded four grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities to study at Yale University, Smith College, and Wesleyan University.
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"There's a history to that" was Carl's philosophy on life, as he was a passionate historian. He brought that love into the lives of generations of teenagers as a history teacher at Woodrow Wilson High, where he taught for 35 years. He also taught at Holy Apostles College and Seminary, Middlesex Community College, and hosted history seminars at the First Church of Christ Congregational in Middletown. Carl spent his retirement years avidly reading his books, nurturing his gardens, fishing, visiting the gym, traveling the world, and pursuing his culinary interests. He was a devoted family man.
Besides his wife, he is survived by his daughter, Carla Otfinoski Carpenter and son-in-law, William, of Middletown; his son, Joel Otfinoski and daughter-in-law, Shaleen, of Cohasset, MA; two grandchildren, Ella and Cole Otfinoski; two sisters, Helen Otfinoski Rogalsky, of Middletown, and Alexandria Otfinoski Binkowski of Miami, FL, and many nieces and nephews. Along with his parents, Carl was predeceased by his brothers and sisters: John, Josephine, Julius, Genevieve and Leona.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, January 11th at 10:00 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi, 10 Elm Street, Middletown. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. Friends may call on Thursday evening from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Doolittle Funeral Home, 14 Old Church Street, Middletown. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Carl's memory to the Middlesex County Historical Society, 151 Main Street, Middletown, CT 06457. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.doolittlefuneralservice.com.
Published in The Middletown Press on Jan. 9, 2013