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Walter Friedle, 87, Former Cortlandt Manor WW II Veteran

CORTLANDT MANOR, N.Y. – Walter P. Friedle, formerly of Cortlandt Manor, died Oct. 30, surrounded by family at his home in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. He was 87.

Born March 17, 1925, in New York City, he was the son of Edward and Alice Carroll Friedle. He enlisted in the Army after graduating from high school and served in the European Theater during World War II.

After the war, he graduated from City College in New York City and started working for Caltex Oil. While at Caltex, Friedle relocated with his family to Indonesia for several years. He eventually returned to the U.S. and retired as corporate director of employee benefits for international personnel for Mobil Oil.

Friedle enjoyed sports, reading, music, dancing and travel. In college, he played lacrosse and softball. He also enjoyed golf until his eyesight was affected by macular degeneration later in life. He was an avid fan of the New York Yankees and New York Giants.

He is survived by a son, Michael (Karla) Friedle, of Poughkeepsie; two daughters, Karen (Michael) Kelly, of Garrison, N.Y., and Laura (Kenneth) Cothren, of Poughkeepsie; a sister, Irene (John) O'Brien, of Delaware; seven grandchildren; a great- granddaughter; and numerous nieces, nephews and relatives.

He was predeceased by his wife, Elsie Friedle, in 1996; a son, Douglas Friedle, in 2012; and a sister, Alice Byrne, in 1986.

Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Clinton Funeral Home in Peekskill. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Columbanus Church in Cortlandt Manor. Burial with military honors will follow at Assumption Cemetery in Cortlandt Manor.

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