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Roger Klopfer Obituary
KLOPFER, ROGER Roger George Klopfer, formerly of Guilford and Branford, died peacefully while sleeping on Monday, May 5, 2014, where he resided with his son, Kenneth, and daughter-in-law, Lenne, in their Longmeadow, MA home. He was born on September 10, 1927, in New Haven, CT to George and Madeline Klopfer. He leaves six well-loved children/step-children: Kenneth Klopfer and his wife Anne (Lenne); Karen Klopfer and her husband Linwood Putney of Dedham, MA; Christina Bryant of New Haven CT; Kathleen Sedgwick of Colchester, CT; Elizabeth Scott and husband Wesley of Rome NY; and Anne Lovett of Branford, CT. He also leaves 18 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren spread across CT, MA, NY, TX, and CA. He was preceded in death by a sister, Madeline; a brother, Kenneth; and his first wife, Doreen (Anderson) Klopfer. At time of death he was to married to Jeanne Calabrese Klopfer of Branford. As a longtime resident of both Indian Cove, Guilford, and Short Beach, Branford, he was a communicant of both St. George and St. Elizabeth parishes. After serving in the U.S. Navy at the end of WWII, he graduated from the University of New Haven with an industrial engineering degree. After railroad service spanning four decades, he retired from Metro North after previous employments with Conn. Rail, Penn Central and New York Central railroads. After retirement from the railroad, Roger served several years as the weekend stationary engineer at the Knights of Columbus headquarters located in New Haven CT. He was an avid trolley and model railroad enthusiast. He was a founding member of the New Haven Car Riders Club which merged into the Shoreline Trolley Museum (member number 57). He cherished the moments when friends and younger family members visited and ran the “trains in the basement.” A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. George Church, 33 Whitfield St., Guilford, on Monday, May 12, 2014 at 11 am. Burial will follow at the Alder Brook Cemetery, Boston St., Guilford. Friends may call on Sunday, May 11 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm. or prior to the Mass on Monday from 9:00 to 10:30 am at the Guilford Funeral Home, 115 Church Street, Guilford. Contributions in memory of Roger Klopfer may be made to Shoreline Trolley Museum, 17 River St, East Haven, CT 06512 (ShorelineTrolley.org). To share a memory or leave a message of condolence for the family, please visit: www.GuilfordFuneralHome.com
Published in The New Haven Register on May 9, 2014
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