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Langrieger, John
John Langrieger "Opa" "John the German", age 77, of Orange, passed away on Nov. 12, 2017. Our happy go lucky, larger than life, everyone's friend, the man with the booming voice has passed onto the Lord's arms. Heaven has an angel to watch over us as we try to cope without him. He will guide us from above. He was the love of our lives. He is survived by his wife Rebecca, his sons Thomas (Karen), Michael (Lori) and John Kelly (Melissa). Grandfather of Michael (Chelsea) Jr., Sean, Ashley (Justin), Thomas Jr. (Michelle), and Kirsten Langrieger, Noah C. and Eva Grace Kelly. Great-grandfather of Owen Thomas and Aubrey E. Langrieger. Brother of his twin Rosemarie & family of Preverenges, Switzerland, Elisabeth Roeck & family of Orange, and brother Toni & family of Germany. Also survived by his nephew Werner Roeck & family and brothers-in-law Jim and Debra Longyear & family, and Frank and Jannine Malicki. Born on a farm in Klugham, near Munich, Germany, he came to the United States on Dec. 23, 1961, lived in West Haven for many years, and later moved to Orange. He became a very proud American citizen on Jan. 8, 1971. A true "Westie" in his heart, he worked for ten years at Armstrong Rubber Company, where he made many lifelong friends and in later years was very proud to initiate the now annual Armstrong Rubber Outing Reunion to meet with his good old friends from "the Shop". After Armstrong, John worked for Goodyear and in 1977 started working for Flexi-Van Leasing in New Jersey, retiring in 2003. John was all about family, friendship and sports with grandsons Michael and Sean playing high school football and hockey for the Madison "Hand Tigers". He would be there not only for the home games but also for the away games and was always an early arriver. He knew all their teammates, coaches and families. When Ashley, TJ and Kirsten played baseball, softball and soccer in Ansonia, he would always be there rooting for their teams. His favorite sports teams were the Bayern Munich F. C., Boston Red Sox, with "Yaz" being his all-time favorite, New York Islanders and the New York Football Giants, going to games with his sons and a little tailgating and celebrating a win. He would say: "It does not get any better than this". John loved to play golf with his many friends and looked forward to play in many charity golf tournaments as possible to be with his friends. His motto was: "It beats going to a wake". He and his wife loved to travel. His favorite place was Maui, Hawaii and going back to visit his family and friends in Aschau, near Munich, Germany, and visiting his "twin-sister" in Lausanne, Switzerland was something he looked forward to. They loved to travel to Las Vegas, San Francisco, Pebble Beach, Huntington Beach and spring training in Ft. Meyers, FL. He was a lifetime member of the West Haven Elks Lodge #1537, New Haven Gridiron Club, West Haven Alumni Football Association and Group Founder of the Armstrong Tire Alumni Reunion. John was a communicant of St. Lawrence Church in West Haven.
The hours for visitation will be Thursday from 4 - 8 p.m. at the West Haven Funeral Home at the Green. His funeral procession will leave the funeral home Friday morning at 9:30 for a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 in St. Lawrence Church. Interment will follow in Orange Center Cemetery. Donations in his memory may be made to the SMA Research Foundation at www.curesma.org. For online condolences please visit
www.westhavenfuneral.com.
Published in The New Haven Register on Nov. 15, 2017
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