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Harry Albert FANSLAU Sr.

FANSLAU, Harry Albert, Sr. Harry Albert Fanslau Sr., USMC, passed away at his home in Ivoryton, CT on Friday (November 5, 2010). He was born in Wolushewo, Poland on August 4, 1942 to Albert Fanslau and Emma Paulina (Palau) Fanslau Bissell. He was a 1961 graduate of Valley Regional High School and worked for First National Stores part-time during high school and full-time as Clerk, Produce Manager before and after military service. He proudly served in the United States Marine Corp for three years during the Vietnam Era. He was an Installer/Repairman with SNET for 25 years where he advanced from installation of residential phones to large company phone networks with large accounts including Electric Boat, Sub Base, Chesebrough Ponds USA, Pfizer and NUWC. After retirement he enjoyed keeping busy in his workshop rebuilding Cub Cadets, vacuums and anything that needed fixing. He was always willing to help people in need and taught generations how to repair just about everything.He is survived by his children and their families: Harry A. Fanslau Jr. and wife Susan Lyons Fanslau of East Haddam; Dennis Fanslau and wife Denise Mather Fanslau of Port St. Lucie, FL and Gail L. Livingston of Ivoryton and grandchildren Zachary, Brendan, Justin, and Gage Fanslau and Owen Livingston. He also leaves his brother Edmund Fanslau and wife Patricia Tourville Fanslau of El Cajon, CA and sister Mary Bissell Bavarskas of Klamath, OR. He will be greatly missed by his lifelong friend, Patti Anne Vassia, and many friends and neighbors. Visitation will be held on Tuesday (November 9) from 5 - 7 p.m. with a celebration of his life immediately after at the Robinson, Wright & Weymer Funeral Home at 34 Main Street, Centerbrook. The public is welcome to attend the interment with full military honors that will be held at the Centerbrook Cemetery on the Westbrook Road, Centerbrook, at 11 a.m. on Friday (November 12). The family is grateful to the caring support provided by the Middlesex Hospital Hospice staff and volunteers. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ivoryton Congregational Church, Essex Ambulance Association, Essex Fire Department or their charity of choice.

Published in The Hartford Courant on Nov. 7, 2010
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