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JIM DENGLER, a resident of Port Salerno, Florida since 1985, passed away on Sunday, November 17. He leaves behind his wife, Linda, his children, Danny Dengler and grandchildren Danielle and Heather (NY), Eileen Dengler (NY), Michael Dengler and wife Andrea (Rockaway, NY), Joan Dengler and grandaughter Ashley Jellema (Miami, FL), Gloria Mondaruli and husband Michael and grandson Michael (Pawling, NY), Jimmy Dengler and wife Noreen and grandchildren, Meghan, Kathleen and Annie (Roxbury, NY). Born in New York in 1926, he signed up with the Merchant Marines at the tender age of 17 and served three years manning Liberty Ships carrying vital supplies to Russia and many of our European allies during World War II. Upon his return home, he built his house in the small beach community of Roxbury, Queens, New York where all his children were born. He was a master of many trades including businessman, electrician, fisherman and musician. He was a loyal employee of the New York Telephone Company for 35 years but his true passions were fishing and entertaining. His gifted voice and special artistry in playing guitar brought warmth to many for over 50 years. He not only played professionally but always made time volunteering his singing to community activities. For example, he was awarded a plaque by the NYC Fire Department's Anchor Club for 20 years of entertaining terminal cancer patients at St. Rose's and Calvary Hospitals in the Bronx. Unfailingly, Jim would delight his audience with self styled renditions of country, pop standards, rock and disco selections. He is often remembered for his gift of storytelling. He would capture his audience with his animations and exuberance. His fish stories were many and he came alive with each one he shared. As with most storytellers, the best are usually from fishermen. Some people will remember him for his chocolate cream pie; others his extraordinary meatloaf or his awesome, big breakfasts. No doubt everybody will remember him for his piercing blue eyes, huge, sunshine smile and charismatic personna. Jim was a compassionate man who had a love for life and for those around him. He would always be ready to offer a big hug or kiss and was not afraid to shed a tear. His charm was captivating. Jim was a big supporter of ARPKD/CHF Alliance for their efforts to find a cure for polycystic kidney disease. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to this organization at www.arpkdchf.org. SERVICES: Friends may visit in the chapel of Martin Funeral Home and Crematory, 961 S. Kanner Highway, Stuart on Thursday, November 21, 2013 from 2-3:30 PM with a prayer service to begin at 3:30 PM with Father Jack Barrow, St. Andrew Catholic Church, officiating. Military Honors will be provided by VFW Post 10132, Hobe Sound, Florida. Online remembrance book can be signed at WWW.Martin-Funeral.com
Published in the TC Palm on Nov. 20, 2013
Martin Funeral Home and Crematory
961 South Kanner Highway Stuart, FL 34994