Walter J. Gengarelly
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Walter J. Gengarelly, age 75 of Danbury, a former Ridge-fielder who in recent years resided in Newtown and Danbury, died on Friday, September 24, 2010 at Danbury Hospital. Mr. Gengarelly was born in New York, N.Y., son of Walter J. and Jeanette (Dwyer) Gengarelly and was raised in farming areas of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Upon completion of his education and college, he became a licensed commercially rated pilot and flight instructor and a retired advertising sales representative. A U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War era, Mr. Gengarelly was an advocate for veterans in recent years and was one of the first residents in the City of Danbury Home for Veterans. Active in the Libertarian Party, Mr. Gengarelly once ran for governor of Connecticut, selectman of Ridgefield and congressman for the Fifth District. Mr. Gengarelly was running for the Fifth District seat in this year's mid-term elections. He has been an area resident since 1976 coming from Vermont. Mr. Gengarelly is survived by two sons, Walter J. Gengarelly, III of Denver, Colo. and Greg H. Gengarelly of Orange Co., Calif.; two sisters, Virginia Wood of Aiken, S.C. and Linda Gengarelly of Mechanicsville, Pa.; and his former wife, Beverly Hayes of Groton Long Point . A Celebration of Walter's Life will take place at the Ethan Allen Inn, Danbury on Monday, October 4, 2010 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Contributions in Walter's honor and memory may be made to Teens in Flight (, 23 Felwood Lane, Palm Coast, FL 32137, (386)569-5685. Kane Funeral Home, 25 Catoonah St., Ridge-field is in charge of arrangements.

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Published in The News-Times from Sep. 28 to Oct. 2, 2010.
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October 6, 2010
Walter is a huge loss to the Gengarelly family, and will be very missed. He kept all of us informed about each other. My late mother, Aunt Margie to Walter, just loved it when he called her and kept her up to date on everyone in the family. My husband and children were very fond of him. I will never
forget all great Gengarelly family parties we had at his parents home in New Jersey. Our deepest sympathies to his sons and sisters. He was a great cousin to me.
Margo Gengarelly Schmidt
October 4, 2010
Our part of the Gengarelly family always knew him as "Jupe" (no idea why). He was part of the "glue", keeping the rest of us up to date on family news. Just the name Jupe makes me smile and shake my head, as life was never dull when he was around. Huge heart, great sense of humor, and real integrity. My heart goes out to his sons and sisters.
Cindy Gengarelly Shimp
Cindy Shimp
October 3, 2010
Walter was the older brother I needed during my formative years. He was always there for me whenever needed with sage advice, a twinkle in his eyes, and a sense of humor few could ever reach. We shared many exploits over the years and they're as fresh in my memory as the day they happened. I was so lucky to have shared this life with "Mr. G!"
Timber Kirby
October 3, 2010
I was just thinking about Walter last week. He would e-mail when the Chicago Bears football team did something well. I was waiting to hear from him when I heard the sad news. My love goes out to his family.
wendy lumkes
October 2, 2010
Walter left an incredible mark on all of us who ever knew him. The twinkle in those eyes was unforgettable. And i know the greatest joy of his life was his sons, who will carry him forward in their lives. Patricia Donegan
September 30, 2010
Walter - Caribbean sailing crew member, our Best Man, accomplished pilot and generally NICE GUY.
Hope & Bill Wolters
September 29, 2010
Easter 1977
May your hearts be filled with wonderful memories. Dad was the best Easter egg hider ever!! Mom
Beverly Hayes
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