Thomas A. VETTERL
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VETTERL, Thomas A.
Thomas A. Vetterl, 93, of Tequesta, FL, passed away peacefully on October 19, 2015. Mr. Vetterl was born in Paterson, NJ. He spent most of his life in Red Bank and Fair Haven, NJ before moving permanently to Florida. Mr. Vetterl was a member of the Church of Nativity, in Fair Haven and St. Jude Catholic Church in Tequesta. Mr. Vetterl graduated from Red Bank High School in 1941, and starred in three sports, football, basketball, and baseball. Mr. Vetterl was an Army Veteran of World War II serving proudly and distinguishably as a Staff Sergeant in the 112th Field Artillery Division of the New Jersey National Guard. Honorably discharged, Mr. Vetterl was a Civil Service Employee, working as a Motor Vehicle Foreman in the HISA, CECOM attached to Fort Monmouth, NJ retiring in 1985 after 35 years of loyal and dedicated service. Mr. Vetterl is an exempt member of the Fair Haven Volunteer Fire Company NO.1, Active Member of B.P.O.E. Lodge #233 in Red Bank, NJ, and the American Legion in Tequesta, FL. Mr. Vetterl stayed very active in retirement playing softball into his late 80's, going to the gym, and keeping up with his many friends in Florida. Mr. Vetterl was a member of Val's Pal Softball Club, Rumson, NJ, Jupiter Men's Softball Association, Jupiter, FL and Staying Alive Fitness Club, Palm Beach Gardens, FL. His wife, the late Doris G. Vetterl predeceased him in 1987. He is survived by his two sons, Thomas J. of Gilbert, AZ and Robert D. of Wakefield, RI, and six grandchildren, Alison, Thomas, Robert, Kristen, Victoria and Justin. A Memorial Celebration will be held November 7, 2015 at John E. Day Funeral Home, Red Bank, NJ. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Wounded Warriors Fund.
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Published in The Palm Beach Post from Oct. 25 to Oct. 26, 2015.
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November 1, 2015
Tom and Bob,
Sorry to read of your dad's passing. Your mom and dad were neighbors across the street on Laurel Drive, in Fair Haven, of our parents, Jesse and Elsie, and they were active together in the fire department.
John McIlray and Susan McIlray Hudson
John McIlray
November 1, 2015
Tom,
I am so sorry to learn of your passing.We knew each other for 30+ years. Rest in peace.
Ed Skolkin
October 26, 2015
I am so sorry to hear Mr. Vetterl has passed away. The last time I saw him was when he came to my father's wake. I remember him coming up to me and asking me if I knew him. I said of course--you haven't changed. He told me about the problems he was having with his knees and me having MS. What I remember most was growing up next door. I never heard him yell. Even when the two of you played baseball in the back yard and broke the basement window. If I recall you each blamed the other--whether Tommy threw the ball or Bobby missed hitting it or the other way around! Anyway, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your families. I'm sure both of our parents are living next door and watching over us all.

Love,

Gale
Gale Farwell
October 26, 2015
Tom and Bob, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your families. I remember your dad like it was yesterday. Me watching him play softball with the fire company as I was growing up. He was a great guy.
Bill Acker
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