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Eugene Brune Bischoff

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BRANCHVILLE - Eugene Brune Bischoff passed away peacefully at Bentley Assisted Living in Branchville on Tuesday, July 3, 2012, at the age of 89.

Eugene was born in Newark, on June 5, 1923, to Albert J. Bischoff Sr. and Emma (Dennig) Bischoff. He grew up in Bloomfield and graduated from Bloomfield High School in 1941. After graduation he learned to fly airplanes and bought a J-3 Cub. This experience enabled him to enlist in the Navy in December 1942 and be assigned as a flight instructor in World War II. He instructed for three years and left military service with the rank of lieutenant. Following the war, he joined the Naval Reserves and flew out of Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn for 12 years until the squadron disbanded. Eugene continued his love for flying as a civilian for the next 14 years racking up a total of 2,200 hours flying time.

Eugene married Eleanor Lois Flint on May 4, 1946. They made their home in Cedar Grove for 32 years before retiring to Hampton in 1983. They were married 47 years until Lois' death in 1994.

Eugene worked as a switchman and supervisor for New Jersey Bell Telephone for 35 years and retired in 1979. He enjoyed many hobbies: model airplane building, black powder guns, target shooting, fishing, sailing, playing his Hammond organ and astronomy. With several other telescope enthusiasts he founded the Montclair Telescope Club in the 1950s. In 1965 at the Annual Stellafane Telescope Convention in Springfield, Vt., Eugene won awards for first place in optics and third place in mechanics for a 12-inch Newtonian telescope he designed and built himself. He was later spotlighted in Sky and Telescope Magazine for this accomplishment. Eugene was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Branchville for 29 years where he volunteered in various capacities.

Eugene is survived by a daughter, Judith E. Bischoff, of Winchester, N.H.; a son, Scott A. Bischoff, of Bloomingdale; two granddaughters, Jessica and Briana Bischoff; and two nieces and a nephew.

There will be no calling hours, but a celebration of life service will be held later in the summer at the First Presbyterian Church of Branchville.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Bentley Assisted Living in Branchville and Compassionate Care for their attentive and compassionate care. In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to Compassionate Care Hospice at 350 Sparta Ave., Building B/Suite 2, Sparta, NJ 07871.

"Though my soul may set in darkness, it will rise in perfect light; I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night."

Arrangements are under the direction of Wood Funeral Home, 16 Main St., Branchville, NJ. Online condolences may be offered at www.woodfuneralhome.net.

Published in The New Jersey Herald on July 8, 2012
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