Howard J. Finkenzeller


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            WATERBURY - Howard J. “Skip” Finkenzeller, loving and devoted husband of Margaret M. “Marge” Finkenzeller for 61 years, passed away peacefully, with family by his side, at Wolcott View Manor on Wednesday, February 10, 2021.                                                                           

            Skip (as most knew him by and called him) was born in Waterbury on September 13, 1937, the oldest son of Howard B. and Harriet Finkenzeller. After attending grammar schools in Waterbury and New York, he graduated from Crosby High School, Class of 1955. Skip chose to enlist in the Unites States Air Force after high school and, after completing his enlistment, came back to Waterbury.                                                 

             He met and married the love of his life, Margaret McKeown (our mom, “Marge”), in 1959, and they began a long and eventful life together.                                                                                                                                                                                                             

              Skip followed in his father’s footsteps, taking up the trade of master toolmaker, eventually being an important part of the foundation and success of our family business, Eyelet Crafters, Inc. Skip retired after 40 years in the what was affectionately known as “The Shop”, having worked closely with his parents and his brothers to position Eyelet Crafters as leaders in their field and true “master craftsmen in drawn metal parts”.                                                                                                                                                                                                         

              Skip was deeply involved in supporting Saints Peter & Paul Elementary School and Sacred Heart High School while his children attended those schools. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus Sheridan Council 24 in Waterbury.                                               

               In addition to his wife, Marge, Skip is survived by his children: his son, Jay Finkenzeller, and his wife, Lisa; his daughter, Cathy Savacos; his son, Mark Finkenzeller, and his wife, Frances; his son, Brian Finkenzeller, and his wife, Melissa; and, his son, Scott Finkenzeller. He also leaves behind his grandchildren: Erik, Kasey, Matthew, Elizabeth, Christine, Tim and Wyatt; great-grandchildren, Erik Jr & Evan; his brothers, Bill Finkenzeller and his wife, Nancy; Bob Finkenzeller and his wife, Sue; and sister-in-law, Kate Finkenzeller; brother in-law Jim McKeown and brother and sister-in-law Wendy and Dan Gurga and several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his brother, James Finkenzeller.                                                                                                                                                      

               Our family would like to thank the doctors and nurses of them the St Mary’s Wound Care Center and the staff of Wolcott View Manor for their care and compassion provided for our Dad.                                                                                                                                                     

                The Funeral Mass will be held Saturday February 13, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at S.S. Peter & Paul Church, Parish of Mary, Mother of the Church, 67 Southmayd Road.  Friends are asked to meet directly at the church.  Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery.  The Murphy Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.                                                                                                                                                                                   

                 In lieu of flowers, contributions in Skip’s name can be made to the St. Mary’s Hospital Wound Healing Center, 56 Franklin St, Waterbury, CT 06706, or St Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.                                         

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