NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. - George M. Straehle, a former police officer and lifelong resident of New Rochelle, died on Nov. 21. He was 86.
A World War II veteran, he was once recruited from Iona College by the Boston Red Sox. He was born on May 18, 1925 in New Rochelle to the late Martin Thomas and Rose Straehle. He graduated from Issac Young High School, where he excelled in football and baseball.
Straehle served in the Navy during World War II in the Armored Guard Division. After his discharge he attended Iona College where he was recruited by the Boston Red Sox.
A member of the New Rochelle Police Department for over 30 years, he spent several years in the detective division. Straehle was a life member of the American Legion Post 8, the Police Emerald Society, the Elks Club, the Irish Benevolent Society, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Straehle is survived by his wife the former Joan Sears, his children George (Patty Ann) M. Straehle Jr., Pattie Straehle, Paul (Debbie) Vergara, Jean (Paolo) Vergara-Blower, Don (Ann Marie) Vergara, Kathy (Paul) Vergara-Clancy and Amy Straehle, 13 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his brother Thomas.
Visiting will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday at Lloyd Maxcy & Sons Beauchamp Chapel in New Rochelle. A funeral Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. on Saturday at Holy Name Church in New Rochelle, followed by interment at Beechwoods Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to New Rochelle Humane Society , 70 Portman Road, New Rochelle, NY 10801, or Hospice and Palliative Care of Westchester , 311 North Street, Suite 204, White Plains, NY, 10605.
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