Winsted >> Charles F. Gabelmann Jr. 84, beloved husband of Gloria Gabelmann of Winsted, died Tuesday January 22, 2013 at home with his family by his side. Born in Winsted on August 3, 1928, son of the late Charles and Clara (Parsons) Gabelmann Sr. he lived in Winsted Ct. his whole life.
He attended local schools and enlisted in the U.S. Army (Army of occupation stationed in Japan) from 1946-1947. He was a member of the Army Artillery serving as a field lineman within the 24th division. As a result, he received "The army of occupation" and "The WWII victory" medals. He also received a service recognition award: "The Connecticut Wartime Veterans Service Medal" issued by the state of CT in 2008 honoring war veterans. Since 1964, he was a member of St. Andrews Lodge #64 AF + AM Masons. He was a member of the VFW as well as a member of the Winsted and Winchester Historical Society. In 2000, he was made a member of the Gilbert School Building Committee to offer his assistance with his vast knowledge of the facility. During The Gilbert School Alumni celebration ceremony in 2008, the Alumni Association bestowed him with the Gilbert Heritage award. He was an avid Winsted historian and assisted in identifying people, places and events associated with historic photographs, pictures and paintings for use within publications. He loved his neighbor, his family and his animals; he spent his life caring for The Lord's creatures. He was a good steward.
On February 26, 1949 he married his high school sweetheart; Gloria Miller. He worked at Hudson Wire Company of Winsted and Pratt & Whitney in East Hartford before joining the Winsted Police Department in 1952, serving full time as a motorcycle officer until 1959. He was a partner in C.F. Gabelmann Construction from 1952-1959. He held several contractual jobs serving local businesses and Winsted Schools delivering parcels and packages from local rail freight as well as coal cinder removal. He held these contractual jobs throughout the decade of the 1950's. In the fall of 1959, he joined The Gilbert School as Assistant Head Custodian. In 1965 he became Head Custodian until his retirement in 1992.
In addition to his wife Gloria, he leaves three sons: Charles F. Gabelmann III and his wife Cindy of Bath, ME., Richard Gabelmann and his wife Sheryl of Winsted, Gregory Gabelmann and his wife Kathryn of East Windsor; he leaves: a brother Moe Gabelmann and his (late) wife Carol of Winsted, a sister Janice Southworth and her husband Wyn of Torrington. He leaves nine grandchildren: Caitlin, Margaret and Hannah Gabelmann of Bath, ME., Rachel Decker and her husband Jeremy of Torrington, Nancy Bednarz, Thomas, Abby, and Bonnie Gabelmann of East Windsor and Susan Gabelmann of Uncasville. He also leaves two great grandchildren; Jackson Decker of Torrington and Sofia Clara Tzoklinov of Uncasville.
A memorial service for the celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, February 2, 2013 @ 1:00 PM at The Second Congregational Church of Winsted, 800 Main Street Winsted. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Scholarship Fund of The Second Congregational Church of Winsted, 800 Main Street Winsted. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.maloneyfuneral.com.
Published in The Register Citizen on Jan. 26, 2013