MERIDEN - Victor G. Deldin, "Vic," 88, of Meriden, and formerly Thomaston, entered into eternal life peacefully on Wednesday, March 6, 2013.
Born on Jan. 15, 1925, in Oradell, N.J. to Italian immigrants, Victor and Josephine (DeVoto) Deldin, grew up in Linden, N.J. and was drafted at 18 into World War II
, serving nearly three years as a Private 1st Class, U.S. Army
, 313th Infantry, 79th Division. Trained as a machine gunner and made a messenger, he participated in the Invasion of Normandy, landing two weeks after D-Day, and marched through Northern France, Germany, and Central Europe. Recently was nominated for the French Legion of Honor Award, for his role in the Liberation of France. After the war became a draftsman, met his wife in Linden, secured a drafting supervisor job at Technicraft (Tech Systems, General Dynamics) in Thomaston, and settled to raise his family. Founding member of the Thomaston Taxpayer's Association, and officer in the Democratic Town Committee, he was selected Delegate to former, 6th district Congressman, Toby Moffett. Also elected to the Board of Education for three terms, serving 12 years, and responsible for co-writing and securing the federal grant to build a new Thomaston High School in 1985. Communicant of St. Thomas Parish, and although Italian, he enjoyed membership and was treasurer of the H.S. Leiderkranz Society. Loved sports, especially UConn basketball, and was a die-hard Yankees fan. Upon retiring after 30 years in 1990, he competed in tennis, playing avidly into his early 80's, joined Franciscan Collaborative Care Seniors Program in Meriden, volunteered at the Opera House, and enjoyed hobbies of gardening, woodworking, model airplane building, trips to Connectiuct casinos with friends, and spending time with grandchildren he adored.
He was predeceased by his beloved daughter, Laura Deldin Schonhiutt; and his wife, Mary-Louise Deldin, with whom he shared 27 years of marriage. Loving father of Anne Deldin Skrebutenas (Michael,) of Niskayuna, N.Y., and Mary Deldin Nelson (David,) of Meriden. Cherished grandfather of Elizabeth, Victoria, Rachel and Sarah Schonhiutt, Lucy and Caroline Skrebutenas, and Michaela, Rosemarie, and John Nelson. Also was survived by his sister, Claudia Kurtyka (Emil,) of Toms River, N.J.; and many nieces and nephews.
Mass of Christian burial will be held on Monday, March 18, at 10 a.m. at St. Thomas Church in Thomaston. Calling hours will take place Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m .at Lyons Funeral Home, 46 High St, Thomaston, CT. Burial will be in the spring. To express notes of sympathy and comfort to Victor's family please visit www.lyonsfuneralhome.com
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to: Honor Flight New England, P.O. Box 16287, Hooksett, NH, 03106, http://www.honorflightnewengland.org/or
to Franciscan Collaborative Care, 405 Allen Ave. Meriden, CT 06451.