William (Bill) Arbegast died peacefully in his home in Branford on April 7, 2012. He is the husband of Bernice Kearney Arbegast. He is the father of Therese Altmannsberger (partner Bennett Zinkerman) of Newington, Betty Ann Iannotti (husband Frank) of Whittman, AZ, Eileen Taddei (husband Vincent) of Branford, Nancy McMeekin (husband John) of Coventry, CT, and Janet O'Dell (husband John) of Cheshire. He is the brother of Betty Czajkowski of Milford and the brother in law of Jean Arbegast of Mechanicsburg, PA. He is also survived by 15 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his brother Harry Arbegast and his son in law Douglas Altmannsberger.
Bill was born in Harrisburg, PA on March 30, 1925, a son of the late Harry and Laura Garverich Arbegast. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a Tool and Die maker for Milford Rivet and Echlin Corporation in Branford.
He and Bernice were married for 62 years. He was a wonderful husband and father of his 5 daughters. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, father in law, uncle, brother, and friend. He was an avid golfer, but he mostly enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.
His funeral will leave the W.S. Clancy Memorial Funeral Home, 244 North Main St. Branford on Wednesday at 10:30 with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 at St. Mary Church in Branford. Burial will be private. Friends may call Tuesday from 5-8 P.M. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Veterans Medical Center, 950 Campbell Ave., West Haven, CT 06516.
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