William J. Ehlers Sr.

September 27, 1935February 20, 2018
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William John Ehlers Sr passed away peacefully at Saint Vincent's Hospital on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 with his family by his side. Bill was born to the late Harry and Margaret Ehlers on September 27, 1935 in Brooklyn, New York. Bill graduated from Hofstra University in 1957. Bill pursued a career in finance spending the bulk of his career with General Electric Credit Corporation. Bill met the love of his life in 1957 and eventually married in 1959. Bill's daily pastimes were sports, fishing, travel and books. Bill's passion for books and reading lead him to spearheading the building of the Edith Wheeler Memorial Library. Of all Bill's pastimes he loved spending time with his family and most of all his five cherished grandchildren.

Bill is survived by his loving wife Christine Sadler Ehlers, his son Bill Ehlers Jr. and wife Brenda of Maplewood, NJ, his daughter Karen Fitch and her husband Dan of Villanova, PA. Bill also leaves behind his loving grandchildren, Kirsten, Charles, Stephen, Jane and Harry. In addition, Bill leaves behind his life long best friend and twin brother Harry Ehlers.

Family will be receiving condolences at Spadaccino and Leo P. Gallagher & Son Funeral Home 315 Monroe Tpk. Monroe, CT 06468 on Friday, February 23, 2018 from 4:00 to 8:00 pm. A mass of Christian Burial will be given on Saturday February 24, 2018 at 10:00 am. Interment will immediately follow at Resurrection Cemetery in Newtown, CT. In lieu of flowers any donations and or contributions can be sent to, Edith Wheeler Memorial Library, 733 Monroe Tpk. Monroe, CT; and or Doctors without Borders, 40 Rector street, 16th floor, New York, NY 10006. For online condolences please visit


  • Visitation Friday, February 23, 2018
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, February 24, 2018
  • Burial Saturday, February 24, 2018

William J. Ehlers Sr.

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Jane Preston

February 23, 2018

My sincerest sympathy to the Ehlers family,Bill's children were my students and I have been a friend of the Ehlers family for many years,Please know that you are in my prayers at this time.

Jane Preston ,Groveland Massachusetts.

February 23, 2018

Sorry to hear of Bill's passing. May you be comforted by God knowing he is resting in the arms of God. God bless you and your family with peace and understanding. Pat Stanton

February 23, 2018

Dear Bill and Family
So sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you and your family
The Hoovlers

Kathy Kopp

February 22, 2018

Dear Karen,
So sorry to hear about the loss of your dad. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Sending you much love and may you find peace.

Gary Fitzgerald

February 22, 2018

My deepest condolences to the Ehlers family! I am sorry for your loss. I am Bill's cousin, and unfortunately have not seen him for many years, and it pains me that I did not make it up to the last family reunion.
All the best, Gary Fitzgerald, Boynton Beach Florida

Ray Fitzgerald

February 22, 2018

Dear Chris & family,
Hard to say how I feel. He was my nephew, but he was more like a brother to me. We were in close contact all our lives, and our visits to each other's families were very special times. Wonderful memories of Thanksgiving dinners and Christmas. I'm sure Almighty God has made a special place for him.

Kathy Bonetti

February 22, 2018

Dear Christine and Family
I was so sorry to hear of Bill's passing. I miss not seeing people after working for Dr. Fulton all those years. Bill was a favorite !! Loved talking with him and you. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. He will be missed by all.
Sincerely, Kathy Bonetti

Doug&Norma Bissell

February 22, 2018

Dear Chris,
We are sorry to hear of Bill's passing. Please know that Bill, you and your entire family is in our prayers. May the Lord bring you comfort and peace.
All our love and the Lord's blessings,
Norma, Doug and family.

Joyce Sweeney

February 22, 2018

Dear Chris and family,
Please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of your husband and father. I am sure he will live on in the loving memories you all have and in the great library he helped to fruition. May our merciful Lord comfort you.

February 22, 2018

For Chris,
I am SO sorry to read about your loss! Sending you a hug, Claire Shumofsky