Chogel, Herbert Lawrence
, 95, of West Hartford passed away early Monday morning (February 28, 2022). Born November 2nd, 1926 in Hartford, Connecticut, Herb was the son of Benjamin and Anna (Anuta) Chogel, who emigrated with their daughter Ria from Russia in the early 1920’s.
Herb enlisted in the Navy as a teenager and remained in the service his entire professional life, from October 1944 to August 1976, retiring as Aviation Ordinanceman Chief Petty Officer. He served his country in several wars and was awarded medals of honor and commendations for his service.
Following his retirement, Herb moved to West Hartford to help his sister Ria care for their mother. Herb moved in with their mom and stayed with her until her passing. Following his mother’s death, Herb remained in town and volunteered well into his eighties at the Health and Rehabilitation Center in West Hartford. He was robust until only a few months ago and sharp of mind until the very end.
He leaves his niece, Sherry Haller, and grand niece and nephew Arielle and Yoni and David Silverstone, Sherry’s former husband and dear friend. Sherry extends her heartfelt thanks to Dr. Emily Ryan and all of the emergency and palliative staff at St. Francis Hospital whose loving care and attention helped greatly in his final days and hours.
Most especially, love and gratitude are extended to Dr. Ava Pannullo, MD, Herb’s gerontologist for many years and her assistant Star, and his cardiovascular doctor, Dr. Patrick Corcoran. Their care and support helped ensure the highest quality of life for Herb.
To the many family and friends who were so supportive and helpful to him and his family these last months, words cannot express how much your help meant. Many thanks to David Tatem, who was “on call” to help with any IT issues Herb faced, David Raisner, owner of Herb’s apartment building, who generously helped Sherry organize a move to a beautiful first floor apartment; and, cousin Pattie Haller, friends Judie Jacobson and Deanne Scaringe who sent unconditional hugs and support whenever needed.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Weinstein Mortuary. A graveside service will be held on Friday, March 4, 2:00 p.m. at the State Veterans Cemetery, 317 Bow Lane in Middletown, CT. For further information or to sign the guest book for Herb, please visit online at www.weinsteinmortuary.com
Contributions in Herb Chogel’s memory may be made to or to a charity of the giver’s choosing.