Ernest F. Vandal, age 83, of New Egypt, N.J., previously of Wallingford, beloved husband of Joyce Stevenson Vandal died peacefully Friday, Jan. 28, 2011, at Deborah Heart and Lung Center surrounded by his loving family.
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Ernie was born in Grafton, Mass., Dec. 22, 1927, the son of the late Peter and Albena Vandal. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, who served during World War II. Ernie was proud of his family; they were the light of his life. He instilled a little piece of himself in each one of them.
Besides his wife of 64 years Joyce, he is survived by his three daughters, Patricia (Eroh) and her husband, Mark, Paula (Doyon) and her husband, Rodney, Katherine Vandal and daughter-in-law, Joyce Vandal wife of the deceased son, Thomas; six grandchildren, Shawn (Ken) Clark, Thomas Vandal Jr., Christen (Ryan) Riley, Sarah Eroh, Julie (Rob) Quattron, and Rebekah Eroh; five great-grandchildren, Dustin, Kalei, Hailey, Allyssa Riley and Blake Vandal; sisters, Loretta Walker, Delores (Gillis) Elie; and brother, Roland (Alice) Vandal; several nieces and nephews; and three grand dogs.
A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held Saturday, Feb. 5, at 12 noon, at the Church of the Resurrection, 115 Pond Hill Road, Wallingford. There are no calling hours. Arrangements are under the direction of the Tiglhman Funeral Home, 52 Main St., New Egypt, N.J. 08533, www.tilghmanfh.com
Thank you to the wonderful, compassionate staff of the Deborah Heart and Lung Center for taking such special care of a very special man.In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, LLS, 300 Research Parkway, Meriden, CT 06450.
Published in The Record-Journal on Feb. 1, 2011