Fred Joseph Flaschentrager
Virginia Beach - It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of Fred Joseph Flaschentrager, 86 of Virginia Beach, VA on Sunday, October 1st at Virginia Beach General Hospital.
Fred was born May 23, 1931, on Welfare Island in New York City to Fritz and Mary Flaschentrager. His family which included a sister, Rose Marie, lived in the Bronx and Brooklyn while Fred attended Brooklyn Polytechnic and The Cooper Union, graduating with a degree in Chemical Engineering in 1953.
He started his career with the DuPont Company in Niagara Falls, NY. While there on a business trip, he met an American Airlines stewardess, Beverly whom he would marry in 1958.
They had a son, Frank Byrnes Flaschentrager , and the three of them moved to Sacramento where Fred worked for Aerojet General Corporation. Fred was a major contributor in developing the Minuteman, Hawk and Triton missiles. Their daughter, Dianne Marie was born there in 1966. In 1970, Fred accepted a position in Peru, IL with Foster Grant, which eventually was purchased by the Huntsman Chemical Corporation.
After being transferred to the Huntsman plant in Chesapeake VA, Fred became Senior Vice President and General Manager of the International Division. Fred and Beverly enjoyed the international travels afforded them by his job and hers in the travel industry.
Since retirement in 1997, Fred enjoyed even more travels. He served on several ministries at Church of the Holy Family in Virginia Beach, played a lot of bridge, walked miles a day, and volunteered with the AARP tax helpers. Fred also enjoyed the company of the Huntsman retirees group.
Fred is survived by Beverly, their son Frank (Amy) of Cave Creek AZ. Daughter Dianne English (Todd) of Chesapeake, VA. Grandsons, Luc Flaschentrager a junior in High School and Hans Flaschentrager in the US Army. Benjamen English in the US Army, Jacob English, Senior in High School and granddaughter, Rachel McClanahan (Johnny)an RN at the Hospital of the Children of the Kings Daughters.
Fred is also survived by nieces and nephews: Steve & Mary Sycuro, Fred & Ginny Sycuro, Karen & Charlie Turchiano and Nita Sycuro and their children, a cousin, Maria Deller in Pennsylvania and many relatives in Germany, whom they enjoyed visiting. The Montes family of San Jose, CA and the Tran family in Boston, MA are considered part the family of Fred and Beverly.
The Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, October 7 at 11:00AM in the Church of the Holy Family in Virginia Beach. Reception to follow at the church.
Fred and Beverly say that suits and ties on the gentlemen are verboten at the funeral.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Holy Family Social Services Committee Holy Family Catholic Church, 1279 N great Neck Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23454 and/ or the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, 3663 Marlin By DR. Virginia Beach, VA.
Published in The Virginian-Pilot on Oct. 5, 2017.