Obituary: George Lewis Otzel, 86, of Milford

George Lewis Otzel, age 86, of Milford, beloved husband to the late Gloria Masulli, passed away peacefully at Connecticut Hospice in Branford on Sunday, August 25, 2013.

Born in Harrisburg, PA on November 28, 1926, he was a son of the late Nicholas and Mary Wataul Otzel.

George served with pride and honor in the United States Navy 29th Construction Battalion “Seabees” from 1944 to 1946. In 1951 George completed his apprenticeship and became a certified Master Carpenter. In 1960 he became a Bridgeport Police Officer and remained on the Department until his retirement in 1985.

In his youth, George was a Boy Scout and Sea Scout. He had many jobs, but his favorite job and fondest memory was working at the Grove Beach Casino, a skating rink in Clinton operated by his brother Nick, at which his other brothers worked.

He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Park City Council 16, and the Police Anchor Club affiliated with that Council. George was also an Elk, Bridgeport Lodge 36.

George is survived by his two sons Paul Lewis Otzel and his wife Colleen of Milford and Kenneth Otzel and his wife Laura of Bellingham, MA; four grandsons Daniel, Richard, Matthew and his wife Kathleen, William and one sister Nancy Bruciati.

He was predeceased by a son who died in infancy, George; six brothers, Nicholas, Frank, Charles, Michael, James and Joseph; as well as three sisters, Kate, Minnie and Mary.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, August 30, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at Saint Mary Church (MEET DIRECTLY AT CHURCH) 70 Gulf Street, Milford, CT 06460. Interment to follow at Lawncroft Cemetery, 1740 Black Rock Turnpike, Fairfield, CT 06432. Friends and family may call on August 29, 2013 from 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. at the Cody-White Funeral Home, 107 Broad Street, Milford, CT 06460.

Memorial contributions may be made in George’s name to Connecticut Hospice 100 Double Beach Road, Branford, CT 06405.

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