George H. Breuler Sr.
George H. Breule Sr., 101, of Ashlar Village, Wallingford, formerly of Lincoln Street, North Haven, passed away peacefullySept. 18 at the Masonicare, Wallingford, with his family by his side. He was the beloved husband of 75 years to the late Evelyn Barone Breuler. George was born in New Haven, Sept. 12, 1921 and was the son of the late George B. and Anna M. Hassler Breuler.
He served his country faithfully in the U.S. Army for over three years in the 328th Combat Team and the 26th Yankee Division during which time George helped liberate two concentration camps in Dachau, Germany and Mauthausen, Austria. Because of his bravery and generosity, he saved so many lives. George worked as a State Inspector for the Consumer Protection Department for the State of Connecticut, for 15 years until his retirement, and later was a bus driver for 15 years for the former Victor Nutile Bus Company of North Haven. George was nominated for Quilt of Valor, the Connecticut Governor Medal of Honor and was inducted into the Veterans Hall of Fame. He oversaw the North Haven Memorial Day Parade for 14 years where he was honored as their Grand Marshall for one year. George was past treasurer of the 328th Combat Team and the 26th Yankee Division and was a member of the American Legion Murray/Reynolds Post #76 where he served as past commander and held numerous offices. George was past president for the Connecticut State Employees Association, Chapter #405, he served on the Town of North Haven Aging Committee, the North Haven Building Board of Appeals, the North Haven Planning and Zoning Board, and was a North Haven Constable. He was past president of the Babe Ruth Little League and was the manager of the American Legion Baseball Team.
When George turned 100, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro and North Haven First Selectman Michael Freda along with the American Legion color guard honored him for his lifetime of service and the Town of North Haven celebrated “George Breuler Day.” George had the honor of placing a floral wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and was invited to the opening ceremony of the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C.
He leaves daughters, Mary Ellen Braunstein (husband Irwin) and Paula Regan; a son, Steven J. Breuler and daughter-in-law Joan Breuler. He was grandfather of Kevin, Kimberly and Jeffery Breuler, Jennifer (Breuler) Rosa and Nelson Rosa, Katherine Werdann, and Emily and Elizabeth Regan. He was predeceased by his son George H. Breuler Jr. Looking back on a long life well lived, George was a proud man who contributed so much in 101 years and asked so little in return.
The visiting hours will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, at the Havens Family North Haven Funeral Home, 36 Washington Avenue. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 12 noon, Friday, Sept. 23, in St. Elizabeth of the Trinity Parish at St. Barnabas Church, 44 Washington Avenue, North Haven. Interment with full military honors will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Hamden. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Legion, Murray/Reynolds Post #76, 20 Church Street, North Haven, CT 06473.www.northhavenfuneral.com.