Gerald A. Chrusciel - Newtown, Conn.

Gerald A. Chrusciel - Newtown, Conn.

1930 - 2014
Gerald A. Chrusciel, 84, beloved husband of Alice Anderson Chrusciel and United States Army veteran, of Newtown, Conn., passed away suddenly on November 7, 2014. Born in Springfield, son of the late Matthew and Helen (Anderson) Chrusciel, he was raised in Indian Orchard and Ludlow and was a former communicant of Christ the King Church in Ludlow. He was a 1946 graduate of Springfield Technical High School.

Gerald enlisted in the U.S. Army in June 1947 at age 17 and served in Germany. He was honorably discharged in May 1950 with the rank of corporal. He enrolled at the University of Massachusetts, in Amherst, but was recalled to the Army, serving in the Army Counter Intelligence Corps Detachment of the Second Armored Division, stationed in Hawaii, and was honorably discharged with the rank of sergeant first class, in May of 1953.

He received his bachelor’s in Business Administration, summa cum laude, from the University of Massachusetts in 1955 and was a member of several honor societies and campus organizations. He married Alice Anderson in 1954. He earned an MBA in Finance at Harvard Business School, graduating in 1957.

He began his business career in 1957 at the Corning Glass Works, in Corning, New York, as a Staff Operations Analyst. In 1963 he went to work in the Manufacturing Division of Cheseborough Ponds (which was later acquired by Unilever), in Clinton, Conn. He held various positions at Cheseborough moving eventually to plant manager at Faichney Instrument Corp., in Watertown, N.Y., and was named vice president of Manufacturing of the Packaged Foods Division in Rochester, N.Y., in 1972. He retired in 1991. In 1991, he was inducted into the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels for his outstanding service to the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Gerald was always an avid reader and history buff. In his retirement, he enjoyed those hobbies and spending time with his beloved wife Alice to whom he was married for 60 years, his three daughters and his six cherished grandchildren. He could often be found fishing with one of the boys, talking football or eating out with one or more of his girls.

In addition to his cherished wife, he was a loving father to Kathleen Chrusciel-Desrosiers and husband Albert Desrosiers of Newtown, Conn., Judy Chrusciel and husband James Bauer of Cumberland, R.I., and Alice Chrusciel-Allen and husband Fred Allen of Plymouth, Mass. He was a much loved and admired grandfather to Jennifer and Sarah Desrosiers, Andrew and Jack Bauer, and Kelly and Patrick Allen; and a brother to Elizabeth Haluch of Ludlow, Mass. He also leaves many loving extended family members, dear friends, and former colleagues.

Gerald was a communicant of St. Mary Parish in Bethel, Conn., but funeral services will be held on Wednesday, November 12, 2014, at 9 a.m. from Ludlow Funeral Home in Ludlow, Mass., with Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10 a.m in Christ the King Church in Ludlow, followed by burial in Island Pond Cemetery. Visiting hours are on Tuesday from 5-8 p.m. For more information, please visit www.ludlowfuneralhome.com