Hugh R. Arzbaecher

May 18, 1924March 18, 2012



May 18, 1924

to March 18, 2012


Hugh ("Ozzie") Arzbaecher passed away peacefully Sunday at age 87, surrounded by members of his family.

Ozzie was born in Chicago to Hugo and Caroline Arzbaecher, and spent his youth there. In 1943 he was drafted into the WWII Army where he fought and was decorated for bravery in Belgium ("Battle of the Bulge") and Germany. Honorably discharged after the war, he returned to his family in Chicago, where he worked until retirement at Rheem Manufacturing Company and later moved to the Seattle area.

Ozzie was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife Rose Marie, sister Carol, and brother Richard. Last year he lost his second wife Carole. He is survived by his daughter Anne Louise (Terry) Polena, brother Robert, grandchildren Jamie and Christopher, and his beloved "second family": Nancy Ashmore and her sons Samuel, Jordan, Andrew, and Alexander; Cissie Scott and her sons Jeff and Marcus, Joel and Joyce LaSarella, Jeff and Brenda LaSarella and their sons Nick, Pauli, and Jeff; and numerous nieces and nephews. He will be long remembered for his gentleness and generosity. And he loved playing cards and dancing, so he will be missed by his friends at North Kitsap Senior Center.

Ozzie's life will be celebrated in a Mass at 11 a.m. Friday, March 23 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Bremerton.


  • Funeral Mass Friday, March 23, 2012

Hugh R. Arzbaecher

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Lisa Heintz

March 26, 2012

Prayers to you and your family Anne!!!!

Marie Mealer-Doyle

March 23, 2012

My prayers are w/ you, Anne & to your family!

Geri Henry

March 23, 2012

Dear cousin Anne & family,
We are so sorry for your lose. It's always hard to lose a parent. Remember the good times & know that your dad will always be with you in spirit. May he rest in peace.

Bob & Geri Henry

Socorrito Grabowski

March 22, 2012

Annie I'm so sorry to hear about dad. Wish I could have been there for you but you know I was in thought. My prayer go out to you and your family during this difficult time.

jamie Polena

March 22, 2012

Papa Ozzie we are going to miss you RIP you will always be in our heart.


Lee Tew

March 22, 2012

I knew Carol very well and have always liked Ozzie,I bought a water heater thru him when he was at Rheem, Very polite person. Nice man, wonderful family.

Liz Dorgan

March 22, 2012

Anne, I'm so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Gaytana Carrino

March 22, 2012

Our deepest sympathy and thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time.

Flanders family

March 22, 2012

When Someone you cherish becomes a memory, that memory becomes a treasure. -anonymous
We extend our condolences to all who hold Ozzie as a treasure in thieir hearts.
Mike and Mary Beth Flanders