Alvin Klingerman Obituary

Alvin  Klingerman
Alvin Klingerman

October 9, 1922 - February 8, 2021
Born in Hazelton, PA
Resided in East Lyme, CT

Obituary

East Lyme - Alvin Samuel Klingerman passed peacefully at his home Feb. 5, survived by his daughter Alice Stickney and her husband Gene; his daughter JoAnne Klingerman and her daughters, Nina Luzzi and Jessica Luzzi; his daughter Nancy Klingerman and her daughter Chelsea Klingerman; and his daughter Judy Wood and her husband Daniel.

Al was born Oct. 9, 1922, to the late Clyde and Ethel Klingerman in Hazleton, Pa. He served his country during World War II as a Corporal in the 544th Engineer Boat and Shore Regiment, operating a 50 caliber machine gun in amphibious landings. In his own words, "We went to New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. Made assault landings at Morotai and Lingayen. Was to make a sea landing at Manila but storms beached us for two days on the way down, so we arrived two days after D-Day. We continued to an area on the north coast of the island for staging the invasion of Japan when Harry dropped the A-bomb, so we went in as occupation troops." He earned several medals including the Asiatic/Pacific Campaign medal, two Silver stars and two Arrowheads.

Al returned home safely as did his brothers, Jerre Klingerman and Raymond Klingerman. After a few years he was working at a bank in his hometown of Hazleton, Pa. where he became interested in their travel department and in 1951 moved his family to Connecticut to make his way into the travel business. He started Klingerman Travel in 1961 in New London and spent the next 57 years traveling the world with dedicated clients and great lifelong friends.

Al served as Commander of the American Legion Post 128 in Niantic and as President of the SKAL Club of Connecticut. He was a member of the VFW post, the Elks Lodge, and the Order of Old Bastards.

When COVID-19 allows, his family will have a celebration of his life at the American Legion, per his wishes. Donations in his memory can be made to: HHCAH - Center for Hospice Care SEC, 227 Dunham Street, Norwich, CT 06360. Al's family will be forever grateful to the loving care he received from Hospice, his daughter Nancy, and his caregivers, Chrystal and Sandy.

Anyone who played cards, Volleyball or tried to pass Al on the highway, was well aware of his competitive spirit. He enjoyed his Manhattans poolside with his friends, but will best be remembered for his integrity, generosity, honesty, kind spirit and his humor. He ended most conversations with one word: "Peace".

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