William H. Handeler

William H. Handeler Naples, FL

William H. Handeler Jr. 82, passed away peacefully in his home located in Naples, FL on Sunday, December 30, 2012 with his wife, Edith at his side.

He was born in New York City. U.S. Army veteran served honorably during the Korean War. On October 15, 1953 William married Edith in her home town of Wuppertal, Germany. Upon completion of his military Service they moved to New York City. In 1973, they celebrated their Silver Aniversary in New York and in 2003 their Golden Anniversary in Naples, FL.

William and Edith became very active in the German American Community. William is an Honorary president of the Bavarian Club " Schuhplattler V.V. Original Enzian Inc." in New York, Honorary President of the "Vereinigte Bayern von Gross New York and New Jersey Inc. He was the Chairman of the German American Steuben Parade in New York City for eight years which brought him fame not only in the United States but also in Germany. William was honored with the title of Honorary Chairman for all his dedicated work and was bestowed the German "Bundesverdienstkreutz" by the German Government and the high Honor of receiving the "Bavarian Verdienstorden".

William was a member of the "Klsche Rut Wiess vun 1823" and was the "Karnevalsprinz" von New York in 1979 and 1983.

He is an Honorary Director of "The United German-American Committee" which is now the "German Heritage Foundation", in Washington D.C and is the recipient of the Founders Award and is an Honorary Director for his 10 years of service. The "The United GermanAmerican Committee" began raising funds to erect "Das Auswandererdenkmal" in Bremerhaven, Germany in 1985.

William was tremendously proud to be called by President Regan's office to serve on the "Presidential Commission for the "German-American Tricentennial". President Regan then awarded the German American Community with land between the White House and the Jefferson Memorial on the grounds of the Washington Monument where a "German-American Friendship Garden" was created.

William H. Handeler Jr, was a very accomplished German-American and his wife Edith was proud to assist him in his endeavors. The German-American Community has lost a great citizen.





Published by Naples Daily News on Jan. 7, 2013.
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Wer so gewirkt im Leben,
wer so erfüllte seine Pflicht
und stets sein Bestes hat gegeben,
für immer bleibt er uns ein Licht.

Liebe Edith,

wir sind immer für Dich da, wenn Du uns brauchst.

In Gedanken bei Dir
Hedi, Ingrid, Jana, Max, Michael, Ludwig, Emily & Alissa
Ingrid Hofmeier
January 17, 2013
Wer so gewirkt im Leben,
wer so erfüllte seine Pflicht
und stets sein Bestes hat gegeben,
für immer bleibt er uns ein Licht.

Liebe Edith,

wir sind immer für Dich da, wenn Du uns brauchst.

In Gedanken bei Dir
Hedi, Ingrid, Jana, Max, Michael, Ludwig, Emily & Alissa
Ingrid Hofmeier
January 17, 2013
Bill will be remembered as a dedicated, hard-working, down-to-earth, nice person! His contributions to our club, Original Enzian, are memorable! (Our annual Heritage/Bier Fest was begun by Bill!)
Our sympathy and love to you, Edith!
...Cathy and Gunter Neumann
January 15, 2013
Hermann A. Voss and Johanna C. Voss, with all our sympathy and love to a long time friend and german american advocate. We will lmiss him.
January 14, 2013
Dear Edith, please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Our Heartfelt Condolences.....Lotte Neumann,Brigitte Klepsch and families
January 12, 2013
Eines Morgens wachst Du nicht mehr auf.
Die Vöglein singen, wie sie gestern sangen.
Nichts ändert diesen neuen Tageslauf.
Nur Du bist fortgegangen.
Du bist nun frei, und unsere Tränen wünschen Dir Glück. (J.W.v.Goethe)
In stillem Gedenken -
Rolf & Sigi Baumann - Mitterfels/Bavaria
January 11, 2013
I was so sorry to hear about William - he was a wonderful man and a great asset to the German-American community. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Jim Grieco
January 8, 2013
A great German-American!
Dr. Don Heinrich Tolzmann
January 8, 2013
Dear Edith, my deepest sympathies. I have so many fond memories of Bill and you during my years dancing with the Original Enzian. Love, Louise
Louise Gruber
January 7, 2013
Ruhe in Frieden Bill!!! You are in a better place and probably making sure the heavenly Steuben Parade is always on time and spectacular!!!
Agnes Eppich
January 7, 2013
Edith, I was so saddened to see William has passed. It was such a pleasure working with him, as well as yourself. My prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Michele Fernandez
January 7, 2013
We have so many memories to remember Bill by.
Tony & Elvira Hien
January 7, 2013
With Deepest Sympathy from the Steuben Society. Robert Land National Chairman
January 7, 2013
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
All of us The Kruegers
January 7, 2013
May he rest in peace.
Peggy Dougall
January 7, 2013
Bill's wonderful personality, friendship, kindness, and caring for others will never be forgotten. His fond memory shall always remain alive in our hearts.
Heidi Goeb-Dowd
January 7, 2013
We will sorely miss Bill, who was a Founding member of the United German-American Committee of the USA, Inc. now also known as the German-American Heritage Foundation of the USA who established its headquareters and German-American heritage Museum in Washington, DC. Our sincere Condolences to Edith.
Bern E. Deichmann
President-Emeritus
German-American Heritage Foundation
of the USA
Bern E Deichmann
January 7, 2013
Please accept my deepest sympathy.
Beverly A Pochatko, President
January 7, 2013
Edith our sincerest sympathy on Bills death. We have the fondest memories of all the years I was growing up in Original Enzian. Our prayers and thoughts go with this message.
Frank and Linda Keglovits
Sheboygan, Wi.
January 7, 2013
With great admiration for his
many achievements for the German-American cause and community.
We all have lost a true friend whom we will keep in our memories.
Ruediger Lentz
Executive Director
German-American Heritage Foundation of the USA
Washington
January 7, 2013
Bill's dedication to the Germany community and to Original Enzian was such an inspiration to our family. Out thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Bill will be missed dearly. With deepest sympathy. The Schukat and Agnoli families.
Evelyn Agnoli
January 7, 2013
With deep sympathy from your friends at this time of sadness
KARL& Rosi Soller
January 7, 2013
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