May 17, 1928 – March 8, 2019
Wilhelm Preier, 90, of Riverside, Connecticut , died on March 8, 2019 at Greenwich Hospital after a brief illness. He was born on May 17, 1928 in Vienna, Austria to George Preier and Stefanie Votava. He was a talented artist and, using those skills, he became a lithographer. He married his first wife, Anna Krusche, and, together they had a daughter, Evelyne. The marriage ended in divorce. He later married Eleonore Ihrig, who came from Hungary and they emigrated to the United States in 1960. Together, they lived with her daughter, Katalin, in New York City until 1972 when the family settled in Greenwich, CT. Wilhelm continued to work as a lithographer in various printing companies until his retirement. In his retirement years, in addition to painting, he worked as a framer, which complemented his love of art. Over the years, he exhibited some of his work at the Silvermine Guild Arts Center in New Canaan, Connecticut and won several awards of which he was very proud. He elected to remain in his house and live independently until his final days so he would be surrounded by his art, art books, classical music, and photos of his family. He also loved the beach at Greenwich Point Park and took a daily walk there when weather permitted.
Wilhelm is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Katalin Preier Joseph and her husband, Douglas of West Hartford, CT; his son-in-law, Domenico Sanfilippo of Milan, Italy; his first wife and friend Anna Preier of Semmering, Austria; his grandson, Antonio Sanfilippo and his wife Chiara Balestrini and great grandson, Thomas of Milan, Italy, his grand-daughter Elena Sanfilippo and her husband Emanuele Bongiorni of Milan, Italy; his grand-daughter, Michelle Joseph of Bellingham, WA; his grand-daughter Natalie Joseph of Los Angeles, CA. He also leaves behind his extended family in Vienna Austria – his niece, Barbara, nephew Hans Peter and their families and grand niece Claudia.
Wilhelm was pre-deceased by his second wife, Eleonore Ihrig Preier, his daughter, Evelyne Preier Sanfilippo, his grandson, Samuel Joseph, and his niece Regina Chalaupek. Wilhelm recently lost his dear sister and best friend Anni Chalaupek of Vienna, Austria.
There are no calling hours. Please send no flowers. If you wish to support Wilhelm’s favorite charity it is Doctors Without Borders. The family will invite friends to join them to remember Wilhelm at a later date TBD. Please contact Leo Gallagher & Son Funeral Home in Greenwich, CT for details.
No services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
March 16, 2019
Mr. Wilhelm Premier , it sad to hear of your passing, but we know that you were ready to meet your maker. My relationship with your family started when your daughter Kathy Joseph and her husband trusted and hired me as a nanny to care for their 3 beautiful children, your grand children. You were a wonderful grandpa to them, they would always be excited when grandpa comes to visit. I remember one time you came for Hanukkah, that evening we were all sitting in the living room when you brought in some gift for the kids. I was about leaving when you said to me Lilia I didn't forget you, you handed me this little stuff white polar bear. I had no kids at that time, but this stuff animal became my kids favorite toy for many years. When my family moved away to another town, we lost that toy. Mr. Wilhelm You were a great man, and you were loved by many, I pray that your soul rest in perfect peace. To Kathy, Douglas, Michelle, Natalie and the rest of the family, my thoughts and prayers are with you all in this difficult time, be strong, it's never our desire to buried our love ones, but remember that grandpa's memory will forever be in your heart.
March 15, 2019
Dear "grandpa" Wilhelm, when I first came to the US to live with Kathie and Doug and the kids as their first au pair I was so happy to be in this great family but it was your Vienna - way of life that helped me to get over my homesickness at the beginning. Thank you for being part of one of the most wonderful years of my life. I will always honor that time with you. Kathie, Doug, Michelle and Natalie I love you and my thoughts are with all of you.
March 14, 2019
Our relationship with Wilhelm and Eleonore began when Katalin and I attended high-school in the Bronx together for all 4 years. My parents, Isolina and Vinicio, were happy to have a friendship with fellow Europeans, and admired their style and grace. Everything about the first Greenwich home was elegant. As a teenager I was off to the beach with Kathie, but my parents recall how Wilhelm loved to share his love of art. Over the years that followed, Kathie and I stayed in touch, getting together whenever we could. My parents would always affectionately ask about Kathie and her father.
As he joins all his loved ones who pre-deceased him, may he watch over the lovely family he leaves behind.
May he rest in peace.
Isolina, Vinicio and Denia Varrasso
Kathleen and Pedro Ramirez
March 10, 2019
Pedro, Caitlin, Alex, and I were blessed to live next door to Bill for 17 years. He was the MOST wonderful neighbor! Bill never missed thinking of Caitlin and Alex on a holiday. We will miss him! May he rest in peace.