Chester George Nagel, 92, of Three Bridges, NJ, entered into eternal life on Saturday, December 29, 2012, at his home. Chester was born and raised in Krotoszyn, Poland. During World War II, Chester was a member of the local resistance movement against the German occupation of Poland. He met his wife, Irene, in a displaced persons camp in Germany towards the end of the war. They immigrated to the US in 1949, and lived in Brooklyn before moving to Hollis, Queens. Chester initially worked as a hospital aide in NYC, then as an office manager for a shipping company at the World Trade Center until 1987. In 1992, the Nagels moved to New Jersey, residing first in Somerset, then in Three Bridges for the past 11 years. Chester worked at Swiss Orthopedic in Hillsborough until he was 88.
Chester became an American citizen in 1956. He enjoyed working with his hands, constructing small furniture items and sewing. Chester was a lover of words, and delighted in creating puns in the three languages in which he was fluent. His gentlemanly demeanor will be remembered by all who knew him. Chester was a communicant at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Three Bridges, NJ, where he was also active in the senior club.
Chester is survived by Irene, his beloved wife of 66 years; three daughters: Alice (Steven) Menillo, of Pine Brook; Doris Nagel (Bill Zimlinghaus) of Flemington; and Loretta Nagel (Betsy Driver) of Flemington. He was predeceased by his daughter Juliette (David) Coddington in 2007. He also leaves nine grandchildren: Amy (Jason) O’Neil, of Charlotte, NC; Erica (Darren) Boeckle, of Glen Allen, VA; Janis (David) Scianablo, of Garden City, NY; Daniella and Alexandra Menillo; Michael and Claire Zimlinghaus; and Rebecca and Richard Borowsky; and nine great-grandchildren: Johnathan, William, and Harrison O’Neil; Emily and Nathanial Boeckle; and Isabella, Julianna, Amelia, and John David Scianablo. His niece Grazyna (Wojtek) Staszak of Konin, Poland also mourns his passing.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend visitation at Countryside Funeral Home, 724 Route 202 North, Three Bridges, NJ 08887 on Friday, January 4, 2013 from 4-8 p.m. and on Saturday, January 5, from 8:15-8:45 a.m.
Funeral services will begin on Saturday, January 5 at 8:45 a.m. at Countryside Funeral Home, followed by a 9:30 a.m. Funeral Liturgy at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Roman Catholic Church, 105 Summer Road, Three Bridges, NJ 0887, with Fr. Tom Serafin officiating. Committal words will follow at Our Lady of Czestochowa in Doylestown, PA.