SOUTHINGTON- Werner C. Henkel, 83, of Southington, passed away Saturday, March 1, 2014, while wintering in Vero Beach, Fla. He was the beloved husband for 59 years of Beverly (Piatek) Henkel.
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He was born on Sept. 22, 1930, in Brooklyn, N.Y., the son of the late Werner C. and Helen (Hughes) Henkel Sr. He was a true city boy and an avid sports fan. While being an exceptional basketball and stickball athlete in New York he chose to pursue a career in education. He graduated from Teacher's College of CT (Central Connecticut State University) in New Britain in 1955, with a bachelor's degree in teaching, which is where he met his lifelong love. He also held a master's from Hillyer College and his Sixth Year from the University of Hartford. Upon graduation, he served in the U.S. Army at Fort Bragg, N.C. He then went on to serve the community of Terryville as an educator, teaching at the elementary and junior high school level and then as principal of Terryville High School, finishing out his career doing what he did best, teaching math at Fisher Junior High School. He also was a golf coach at THS and a basketball coach at Tunxis Community College in Farmington. After his distinguished career as an educator he pursued his next favorite activity-golf, being a member of Pequabuck, Southington and Hawk's Landing Country Clubs and various leagues through the years. He was a member of the BPOE (Elks) Lodge 1010 in Bristol, a longtime bowler, slow pitch baseball player and lifelong New York Giants fan, through thick and thin, and the best of times-four Superbowl championships.
Along with his wife Beverly, he is survived by two daughters, Helen Henkel, of Southington and Susan Hentz, of Meriden; a brother, Walter Henkel, of Phoenix, Ariz.; a brother-in-law, Michael J. Piatek, of Plantsville; nephews, Robert Henkel Jr., and Werner Henkel III, of Guilford, N.Y.; and many cousins, nieces, nephews; and many , many dear friends near and far. He was predeceased by brothers, Robert and William Henkel; and son-in-law, David Hentz.
Family and Friends are invited to join for a celebration of his life at the BPOE Lodge 1010, 126 South St., Bristol, on Saturday, March 15, from 1 to 4 p.m. For online condolences and directions visit www.dellavecchiafh.com.
Della Vecchia Funeral Home
211 North Main Street
Southington, CT 06489
Published in The Record-Journal on Mar. 11, 2014