Edmund F. Degler Business owner in garment industry who spent years in in Nazi concentration camp Edmund F. Degler, 93, of Chatham Borough, N.J., passed away on Oct. 12, 2016. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Patrick Church, 85 Washington Ave. in Chatham on Monday, Oct. 17, at 10 a.m. Interment is private. Friends are invited to visit at Wm. A. Bradley and Son Funeral Home, 345 Main St. in Chatham, on Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m. For further information or to send a condolence, please visit bradleyfuneralhomes.com . Born in Poland, the son of Jacob and Sophia Degler, Edmund came to the United States in 1947. First settling in Riverside, Queens, N.Y., he also lived in New York City, N.Y., and Bayonne, N.J., before moving to Chatham in 1967. In 1939, when the Nazis invaded Poland, Edmund was placed in a concentration camp, where he spent five 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 was 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.
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