Dale Henry Wentzel
July 19, 1932 – March 6, 2018
Dale H. Wentzel, 85, of Yarmouth Port passed away peacefully on March 6 with his wife, Maryanne Desmarais, her daughter, Pamela Desmarais, and dear friends, Jackie and Bob Petrie, by his side. Dale was the beloved husband of Maryanne Desmarais. He is survived by his son, Dale Jr. and his wife Johnna Wentzel of Englewood, FL; his son, Mark and his wife, Suraiwan Wentzel of Brandon, FL; his daughter Wendy Beth and her husband Daniel Greenberg, of Bristol, CT; his six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother Robert Castiglione and wife, Marilyn of Sarasota, FL and was predeceased by his brother Jack and first wife, Joan. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews and dearest of family friends, Noi Sriwanblen and son, Jonathon. He also will be deeply missed by Maryanne’s children, Pam Desmarais and Dennis O’Connor, Ken and Michelle Desmarais and Brad Desmarais and Michele Coviello, six cherished grandchildren and finally his tug-of-war buddy, Baxter. Dale grew up in Greenwich, CT. After graduating from high school, he received his Bachelor of Science degree from Southern Connecticut State University and Master of Science degree and Professional Diploma in education from the University of Bridgeport. He served two years in the army and completed many more years of education at the University of Connecticut. Dale’s professional career focused initially in public school education. He started as a teacher in Greenwich in 1954. He then taught in Ridgefield, Connecticut, eventually becoming principal of Rochambeau School in Southbury, Connecticut in 1967. Dale ultimately became an Assistant Superintendent in Bristol, Connecticut where he worked until his retirement from education in 1986. Dale further continued his career as Vice President of Ferraro Enterprises, in Bristol. He retired in 2006. Dale was a constant source of energy and direction in youth development outside of public education. He directed camps around Connecticut throughout his career and most notably was owner and director of Camp Muskogee Day Camp in Greenwich, Connecticut. Dale had a deep passion for sports participation. He enjoyed swimming and wrestling in his youth and continued with softball, fishing and billiards in later years. Dale was a proud member of the Cape Cod Senior Softball League for many years, where he played until the age of 82. And in 2014, he medaled in the Massachusetts Senior Olympics in the discus event. He was an active volunteer his entire life, providing leadership and community service to Bristol Lions Club, American Red Cross, Salvation Army, United Way, Harwich Port Library and more. He loved to draw cartoons and collect stamps. He was a kind and thoughtful man and a very good friend. He will be deeply missed. Please remember Dale with an act of kindness or generosity to someone in need. Family and friends will gather to honor and remember Dale’s life. On Friday March 9, visitation will be held at Doane, Beal and Ames Funeral Home, 260 Main St(Route 28) in West Harwich from 8 to 9:30 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Holy Trinity Church, 246 Main St( Route 28) in West Harwich at 10 a.m. immediately following.
- Maryanne Desmarais, Wife
- Dale Jr. and his wife Johnna Wentzel of Englewood FL, Son
- Mark and his wife, Suraiwan Wentzel of Brandon, FL, Son
- Wendy Beth and her husband Daniel Greenberg, of Bristol, CT, Daughter
- Robert Castiglione and wife, Marilyn of Sarasota, FL, Brother
He is also survived by his six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews and dearest of family friends, Noi Sriwanblen and son, Jonathon. He was predeceased by his brother Jack and first wife, Joan.
He also will be deeply missed by Maryanne’s children, Pam Desmarais and Dennis O’Connor, Ken and Michelle Desmarais and Brad Desmarais and Michele Coviello, six cherished grandchildren and finally his tug-of-war buddy, Baxter.
- Visitation Friday, March 9, 2018
- Funeral Mass Friday, March 9, 2018
Dale Henry Wentzel
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March 10, 2018
Dear Aunty Maryanne, Desmarais cousins, and Wentzel family,
We are all so very sorry to hear the sad news of Dale's passing. We know what a wonderful man he was and remember his generous spirit and warm, positive attitude from the 4th of July picnics he attended with you. It is clear from his obituary that he was truly extraordinary in his lifetime, having accomplished so much and impacting so many in the field of education and beyond.
Please know that we have been thinking of you at this sad time and wish that we lived closer. Please accept our sincere condolences. Sending our love to you over the miles.
Diane (Desmarais) Andriaccio, Nick Andriaccio
Cari and Tara Hurley
March 10, 2018
my sweet dear uncle.
Julie (Wentzel) Beckett
March 9, 2018
Dale, Jr., Mark, Wendy and Maryanne,
So sorry to hear news of Uncle Dale’s passing. He meant so much to so many people.
So many fond memories. Uncle Dale was always gracious, smiling, giving and happy. He was so good to Dad always and when Dad was sick he was especially kind to Mom also sending flowers and many thoughtful gestures.
He will be in our hearts forever. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Julie and Bruce Beckett
Nancy Wentzel- Melfi
March 8, 2018
Dear Wendy , Mark, Dale Jr. and Maryann -
I’m so sorry for your loss -
Uncle Dale left me with many wonderful memories as a child ....... he was always so kind to me and I will not forget his kindness or the fond memories I have of him ....
Nancy Wentzel - Melfi