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Henry J. Engels

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Krista and family,
So much I remember of Mr. Engels while Krista played with me on the JAIS. His dedication to our team enabled us compete at a higher level. You could see he truly loved the game and loved Krista. My condolences and prayers are with you.

Mr.Engels was well respected and loved for his dedication to softball and the lives he touched!!

God bless Mr. Engels. For he gave not only lessons on the game of softball, but on the game of life. I'm grateful to have had him as my coach. He taught me pitching, yes, but he also taught me how much respect, and confidence mean in the game. He gave me something beyond skill. As I know he has given to so many others. May his light forever shine on through us. RIP Mr. Engels, thank you for everything

I was Mr Engels original student! He made me into a successful pitcher despite my eye rolling, usually at every lesson there for a while. He stuck by me throughout Laney Softball 95-99 winning 2 State Championships, and encouraged me to start playing travel ball winning several USSA titles. He was so proud of us! He was a huge part of my family for the last 20+ years. We may not have always gotten along but I knew he loved me like a daughter. He was one of the main reasons we are now...

Mr Engles always called me Coach when I was catching for our daughter VJ during his lessons. He had to have a gruff and tough exterior so it was strong enough to hold his HUGE heart inside. The world is a better place because of him.


You and your family are in my prayers. May you find comfort in your faith. Much love, Leeann Carpenter

Mr. Engels gave pitching lessons to my daughter Shauna for several years. We loved him like he was part of our family. He was a wonderful man and a great coach. We will cherish all the wonderful memories, he will never be forgotten.

Mr. Engels was truly a great person with a loving soul. God blessed him with a loving family and the patience to teach. He was a great coach. We will miss you! I thank you for all you taught my daughter Marie Watson-Plummer. God please be with his family.

Thank you for all you did for me Mr. Engels! You were a wonderful coach and friend! I went to you for several years and you were always a great help and inspiration! You will be missed!


Henry's Obituaries

Henry J. Engels, 83, of Leland, NC, died Thursday, July 18, 2013 at Lower Cape Fear Hospice and Life Care Center.He was born on December 11, 1929 in Hackensack, NJ, the son of the late Henry J. Engels, Sr. and Mary Garbowski Engels.Henry was raised in New Jersey and was a veteran of the US Army serving as a 2nd Lieutenant from 1951-1953. He was a semi-professional football player and a member of the St. Louis Cardinals farm team. He was also very active as a coach in youth and High School football. Henry had an accounting background which lead him to numerous CFO positions at several large auto dealerships throughout New Jersey before retiring and moving to Wilmington twenty years ago. He was active in the local Women?s softball programs teaching fast pitch to over 300 young women. Henry was a member of the Cape Fear Optimist Club.Surviving is his wife, Audrey Engels of Wilmington; two daughters, Sherry J. Engels Clain and husband Frank of Hamburg, NJ and Krista A. Engels of Wilmington; a son, Todd H. Engels and wife Deirdre DeBlasio Engels of Rye, NY; two grandchildren, Jamison M. Engels and Amanda K. Engels; first cousins, Florence C. Engels of Wilmington, Alan Weiman, William Weiman and Arlene Engels, all of New Jersey.The family will receive friends from 2:00 to 4:00 pm Sunday, July 21, 2013 at Andrews Mortuary Market Street with a memorial service beginning at 4:00 pm in Andrews Market Street Chapel.In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 1406 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401.

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