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John Eschmann

Posted on Monday, 17th July 2017 | Manchester

John Rudolph “Rudy” Eschmann, 83 of Manchester died peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Thursday July 13, 2017 in Manchester. He was the beloved husband and best friend to the love of his life, the late Carolyn (Ervolina) Eschmann for 60 years. Rudy was born on July 12, 1934 in Poultney, Vermont to the late John Rudolph and Alta (Pritchard) Eschmann. Rudy was a lathe operator for over 30 years, working at Fritz Machine Shop, Mal Tool, and Noble and Westbrook Company. He worked for Dillon Ford, and later retired from the State of Connecticut Services for the Blind, a job that he was very proud of. He was a member of Our Lady of Grace Society, Mount Carmel/St Christina Society and The Sons of Italy. Rudy was a kind, witty, generous man that had such a magnetic personality-he made friends and was kind to everyone he met. He had a very special bond with his lifetime neighbor, Ronald Berthiaume, who will miss him always. He loved Vermont, barns, covered bridges, farms, tractors, Nascar racing, and cars. But the love and pride that he had for his wife and family was always his greatest accomplishment in his life. He will be deeply missed by his daughters, Rena Bard of Manchester, Lynda Everett and her husband Steven of Columbia, and Debra Merrer and her husband Donald of East Hartford; his grandchildren, Robert Bard, Stephanie Aheart and her husband Robert, Joseph Everett and his wife Kara, Christina Everett, Angela Merrer, and Nicholas Merrer, and his devoted brother, Robert Eschmann and his wife Judy of Manchester. Beside his wife Rudy was predeceased by his twin great-grandsons, Andrew and Anthony Aheart. He also leaves his sister-in-law, Mary Kane and her husband Jerry of Florida,, his brothers-in-law, John DeKanchuk and his late wife Sally of New York, Anthony Ervolina and his wife Lyndia of West Virginia, and Robert Ervolina and his wife Jackie of New York, and many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends, with special thanks to his buddies Al, Jack, and Tom for their continued love and support. The family would also like to thank the staff at the Crestfield Rehabilitation Center for their care and kindness during his extended stay. Visiting hours for family and friends are Tuesday, July 18, from 2 – 4 PM and 5 – 7 PM at the Holmes Funeral Home, 400 Main Street, Manchester. A Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated on Wednesday, July 19, at 10:00 AM at the Church of the Assumption, 29 South Adams Street, Manchester. Burial will follow in the East Cemetery in Manchester. Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Children’s Hospital, 516 Carew Street, Springfield, MA 01104-2396. To leave message for his family please visit

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