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Dieter Zumpe, of Ellington, on December 30, 2020, my best friend and husband of 31 years left this earth suddenly to be in the stars with our Heavenly Father. Dieter was born to Marianne Zumpe of New York and the late Ben Zumpe. He eventually moved to Saugerties, NY where we met and were married, then moved here to CT. He taught me to ski how to enjoy a live concert like no other, and especially how to have the Faith I have today. He was an amazing runner, and has made many running buddies along the way, he particularly liked half marathons. He was a Syracuse basketball fan like no other and was lucky enough to attend more than once a live game at The Dome with our son, Trevor. Fishing ,Kayaking, and the band Rush ,along with just "puttering in the yard" were other favorite past times for him. Dieter was one of the MOST generous people I have ever known, and on more than one occasion would give his only dollar to a stranger, because "They need it more than me". He is survived by me -his wife Patti and his pride and joy, his son, Trevor, and also beloved his "Puppin Dog" Zeke. Dieter also is survived by his loving friends, Billy, John, Yosh, and others that I cannot even think of right now. Dieter will be dearly missed by his brothers and their wives and children. Eb (Kelly)Zumpe of South Windsor, Chris (Becky)Zumpe of North Carolina, and Jay (Rica) Zumpe of Southington; his sisters and their husbands, Eva (Hans-Peter), Bea (Chris), Brigetta (Gil), Jane (James), and Ester(Steve). He is predeceased by his sister, Suzanna and brother Daniel. Dieter will be especially missed by his brother-in-law, Philip Overbaugh of NY as well as his in-laws, Phil and Winnie Overbaugh of Manchester. Seth and Ryan Zimmerman of Colorado, you were very special nephews to him, and he loved sharing stories, music and plain silly stuff with you both. Also, a special thank you to the "Knollwood Gang"---you know who you are. BFF keep the parties going! I would like to offer special thank you to our "other son" Ryan Browne, who befriended our son Trevor at a young age and had turned into one of Dieter's best friends, for all your help and support, THANK YOU! Your actions have been immeasurable. Also, thank you to all the were involved in his rescue efforts, particularly, the officer that was first on the scene from Coventry Police. I would like to thank you in person someday. I leave with a line form one of Dieter's favorite Rush songs The Garden , "The future disappears into a memory with only a moment between-forever dwells on that moment-HOPE is what remains to be seen"- Rush His family will receive friends for calling hours on Monday, January 4, 2021 from 4 – 7 p.m. and also on Tuesday, January 5th from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Samsel & Carmon Funeral Home, 419 Buckland Road, South Windsor. A memorial service will be celebrated on Wednesday, January 6th at a time to be announce at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 239 Graham Road, South Windsor. Burial will be private. Face coverings are required for the calling hours and the service. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Our Savior Lutheran Church, The Bridge Ministry, 400 Chapel Road, Unit 1J, South Windsor, CT 06074. For online condolences and guest book, please visit www.carmonfuneralhome.com I thank you all for your love and support---especially Jessica B.!

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Published in Hartford Courant on Jan. 3, 2021.
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January 7, 2021
I am so saddened to hear about Dieter! I was a coworker of his at IMS/Anixter for many years. He was always so nice to me, and was just fun to work with. I pray for comfort to you and your family.
Lisa (Cornelius) Courtney
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January 5, 2021
I was several years older than Dieter but in many ways I looked up to him. He seemed to have a great way with people. He was also one of the funniest--his deadpan impressions would leave me in stitches. I will miss you my friend.
Michael Boller
Friend
January 4, 2021
Our sincere sympathies for your loss.
Samsel & Carmon Funeral Home
January 4, 2021
Dieter was a true friend as well as a great coworker.We worked for years at IMS.He was liked by everyone and will be sadly missed by everyone who knew him.My wife and I would like to extend our sincere condolences to his family.He was truly a exceptional man and will be missed.
RogerM. and CarolynL.Talbot
Friend
January 4, 2021
Patti, Trevor and all your friends and family I send my deepest sympathy for your loss. Sending you love and hoping for your peace. Ruthanne
Ruthanne
Friend
January 4, 2021
Patti, we are so very sorry to have read about Dieter’s passing and for the loss of your best friend and husband. You were wonderful neighbors when you lived in Manchester and even after you moved away you would stop by to visit us. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you, Trevor and his family during this very difficult time.
Pat and Charlie Domanico
Friend
January 3, 2021
My dear friend Patti, I am your friend for life, we will always think of Dieter with his big friendly smile . His spirit will fly on the wings of beautiful blue jays and he will forever be in our heats . All our love to you and Trevor... Jen and Greg
Jennifer Fournier
Friend
January 3, 2021
My heart felt sympathy for Pattie and Trevor. One of my Best Friend coworker at the two jobs we both had fun times full and part time M-F for over 15 years. Those concerts we shared along with sitting by the firepit with neighbors and sometimes guitar players is in my happy place memories ! Dieter was always willing to give me rides and share in his recent adventures. He will be in my Prayers. I want to give a Big "YIP,YIP,YIP" to IMS Inc. And also a Loud Shout that "The CONES ARE IN, THE CONES ARE IN" thru the Red construction cones LAST REV. to UPS Sunrise Shift. Love and Miss Buddy. Uncle Phil "Flipper/Flapper"
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Philip Wilson
Friend
January 3, 2021
Patti and Trevor, I am so sorry for your loss. Dieter was a best friend to Bill and I truly was happy that Bill had found such a strong, loving, caring and genuine friendship. Dieter was so loved by you and your son and the measure of a man, is revealed, by the love and happiness of his family. He always struck me as a free spirit, but a deep thinker. He touched so many lives. My favorite quote: “Grief, I’ve learned, is really just love. It’s all the love you want to give, but cannot. All of that unspent love gathers in the corners of your eyes, the lump in your throat, and in the hollow part of your chest. Grief is just love, with no place to go.”
Brenda Sinsigallo
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January 3, 2021
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January 3, 2021
Oh my goodness Patti. So sorry to see this. I remember you always being with Dieter for as long as I can remember. You have my prayers.
Janine Scott
Friend
January 3, 2021
Patti, you are in our hearts and prayers. Dieter was a great friend. Sue and I will really miss him- he was a lot of fun to be around, and we will really miss his dry wit and sense of humor. We had so many good times together over the years. He was a gifted runner, and I will also really miss all the fun we had together at races. He will always be running beside me in spirit.
John Natale
Friend
January 3, 2021
He was and is a wonderful guy. fun to be around...always pleasant. RIP sweetheart. Patti so sorry for your loss and a big loss it is. Trevor he will always be with you no matter what....
victoria turk
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January 3, 2021
I will always treasure the memories and the laughs. Love!
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Ann
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January 2, 2021
Patti, I am so sorry for your loss! I knew Dieter as a little kid. I was closer in age to his siblings Christoph and Beata. However, reconnecting with him on Facebook he has been nothing but kind and encouraging to me, when many others responded negatively. May God give you comfort and peace, and may precious memories console you throughout this time of grieving. Gillian Burleson
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