Alfred L. Glaudel, 90, retired engineering manager

Alfred L. Glaudel
Alfred L. Glaudel
Posted: May 29, 2014

Alfred L. Glaudel, 90, of West Chester, a retired engineering manager for Westinghouse Electric Corp., died at his home Thursday, May 22, of complications from a heart ailment.

He had moved to West Chester in 2008 to be with his daughter Annette after many years living in Lansdowne.

Mr. Glaudel was born in Mahanoy City, Schuylkill County, the youngest of 11 children. He graduated from Mahanoy City High School, and served in the Navy from 1943 to 1946 during World War II. He was deployed to the Pacific Theater aboard the submarine USS Haddock.

After the war, Mr. Glaudel returned to Philadelphia and married Lillian V. Rahner, a registered nurse. The couple settled in Southwest Philadelphia and had five children.

In 1961, the Glaudels moved to Lansdowne. He lived there until 2008, the year after his wife died. During his latter years in West Chester, Mr. Glaudel joined the West Chester Area Senior Center.

A 1950 graduate of what is now Villanova University, Mr. Glaudel used his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in his first job with C.F. Braun, an engineering company. He went on to spend the next 36 years as an engineer with the Westinghouse plant in Lester.

When he retired, Mr. Glaudel was the Lester facility's manufacturing engineering manager. His family said he was well-respected by his colleagues.

"He stayed until the last one was gone," said his daughter.

Citing a depressed market and excess manufacturing capacity, Westinghouse closed the Lester steam-turbine plant in 1987. The move resulted in the layoff of 1,200 workers.

Mr. Glaudel, who outlived all 10 siblings, was remembered as kind and fair, honest and smart, and devoted to his loved ones. He was handy with tools and completely rehabilitated a century-old house, his family said.

Besides his daughter, he is survived by sons Daniel and Stephen; daughters Victoria Esmacher and Julia; six grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

A viewing will be at DellaVecchia, Reilly, Smith & Boyd Funeral Home, 410 N. Church St., West Chester, on Wednesday, May 28, from 9 to 10 a.m., followed by an 11 a.m. Funeral Mass at SS. Simon and Jude Church, 8 Cavanaugh Court, West Chester. Interment will be in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to the West Chester Area Senior Center, 530 E. Union St., West Chester, Pa. 19382.


 

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