Marshall Henry Vanderhagen passed away peacefully at his home on July 17, 2013 in Delray Beach, Florida. Marshall was born on April 8, 1922 in South Bend, Indiana. In 1929 Marshall moved to Detroit, Michigan and in 1964 to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Marshall was the son of the deceased Albert Van der Haeghen and Mary Whittner. He survived the death of his first grandson, Ronald James who recently passed away. He is survived by his adoring and loving wife Erlantina and her daughter, Juanita Puntasezza, and his five daughters: Sandra Jean LaBarbera, Janet Ann Hartwell, Margaret Mary Sarcia, Gloria Jane Guarnieri, Marilyn Kay Thomas and their mother, Margaret Hughes Brogan. He is also survived by his brothers and sisters: David Anding, Edward Anding, Mary Ann Cavanaugh, Linda Buckley and all their families. He has many grandchildren and great grandchildren, who lovingly called him "Grandpa with the Mustache". Marshall served in United States Army during World War II as a Paratrooper. He was a self-taught carpenter who became a General Contractor. He built luxury homes in Lighthouse Point, Ocean Ridge and Andover. He was a boating enthusiast who loved deep-sea fishing and water-skiing. He also enjoyed ballroom dancing, building computers and discussing politics. In his younger years he was loyal to the Detroit Lions and Detroit Tigers and after moving to Florida became a dedicated Miami Dolphin fan. He was a great man - respected and loved by all. He will be sadly missed. We know that he is at Peace in the Loving Arms of his Father. Mass will be at Ascension Catholic Church on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 10 AM. Burial at South Florida National Cemetery (VA Cemetery) at 12:45. The Family respectfully asks that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to Ascension Catholic Church.
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Published in Sun-Sentinel on July 21, 2013