~~Edmund F. Degler, 93, of Chatham Borough passed away on October 12, 2016. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Patrick Church, 85 Washington Ave. in Chatham on Monday, October 17th at 10am. Interment is private. Friends are invited to visit at Wm. A. Bradley & Son Funeral Home, 345 Main St. in Chatham on Sunday from 3 to 6pm. For further information or to send a condolence please visit www.www.bradleyfuneralhomes.com.
Born in Poland, the son of Jacob and Sophia Degler, Edmund came to the United States in1947. First settling in Riverside, Queens, he also lived in New York City and Bayonne before moving to Chatham in 1967. In 1939, when the Nazi’s invaded Poland, Edmund was placed in a concentration camp where he spent 5 years until his liberation. He spent a year at a rehabilitation camp then volunteered as a translator for the U.S. Army. In the United States, he was hired by G. Braf, Inc. in New York City. Initially sweeping floors and doing odd jobs, he gradually moved to designing specialty sewing machine attachments for the garment industry. He retired as part owner in 1983 but continued to work on and off as a consultant. In his spare time, Edmund enjoyed painting and gardening.
Edmund is the beloved husband of 63 years to Teresa. He was the loving father of Blair Davis and her husband Thomas and the late Kevin Degler. He is also survived by his cherished grandson Raymond Krehn and his wife Candice.