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1 Lock Street
Nashua, NH 03064-2238
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Frederick W.
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November 9, 1919 – October 1, 2018

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Frederick Sarstedt, died 1 October 2018 at Hunt Community in Nashua, New Hampshire. Fred was born Friedrich Wilhelm August Sarstedt to Wilhelm and Bertha Sarstedt on 9 November 1919 in Hannover, Germany. He sang in the boy choir at St. John’s Lutheran Church and enjoyed exploring the Hannover area on the streetcars. The Sarstedt family emigrated in 1928 to Pennsylvania. Fred graduated from Norristown High School in 1938, becoming a U.S. citizen that same year. Fred was drafted into the American Army in 1941 to serve in Military Intelligence during World War II in Germany. He served for extended periods behind the lines, enduring considerable hardship and experiencing the horrors of the war up close. His many missions included observing and liberating Dachau concentration camp and handling the surrender of Hermann Goering, Hitler’s right-hand man in the Nazi leadership. Fred’s service continued with tracking and capturing Nazis, especially in the Alps, after the war, finally returning to America in 1946.
Upon his discharge, Fred lived in Brooklyn, New York where his family had moved while he was overseas. There he met Carmela (Ella) Battaglia; they married in 1949. Fred and Ella moved to Hicksville, Long Island where they raised their three children: Christina, Frederick, Jr. and Nancy. Despite Ella’s affliction with health issues arising from lupus, Ella and Fred enjoyed family feasts combining Ella’s abundant Sicilian dishes with Fred’s German cooking, time with the kids at local beaches, and the musical contributions of all three of their children.
Frederick become an engineer and worked on projects designing reconnaissance cameras for Fairchild Camera and Instrument in Syosset, New York until his retirement in 1986. He was proudest of his work on the cameras used in the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Apollo missions, and his design and development of long-range panoramic cameras for satellites and jets. Fred was also an accomplished artist; his paintings are treasured by his children and grand-children.
Ella and Fred moved to Nashua, New Hampshire in 1992, enjoying several years of living at Sky Meadow. They took great joy in visits from their family members and enjoying their views of the distant mountains in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Following Ella’s death in 2002, Fred moved to Hunt Community in Nashua, New Hampshire, where he enjoyed making friends, family visits, and his daily ham sandwich.
Fred was predeceased by a half-sister Elsbeth Marx Sarstedt, and his wife. He leaves behind their children, Christina and her husband Ken Schwaber of Lexington, Massachusetts, Frederick Sarstedt and his wife Debbie of West Windsor, New Jersey, and Nancy Goodwin and her husband Rolf of Nashua. He also leaves behind seven grandchildren: Carey Schwaber Armstrong and her husband Alex of Seattle, Valerie Schwaber Winslow and her husband Rob of Ohio, Taryn Sarstedt Ferrera and her husband Todd of New Jersey, Ashley Sarstedt Ferrier and her husband Erik of New Jersey, Eric Sarstedt and his fiancée Alexis Parrill of New Jersey, Henry Goodwin of Nashua, and George Goodwin of California. He also leaves behind seven great- grandchildren: Brynn Ferrera, Paige Ferrera, Reese Ferrera, Ava Ferrier, Benjamin Armstrong, Josephine Armstrong, and Molly Winslow.
SERVICES: A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday 4 October 2018 at 2:00 PM at Davis Funeral Home in Nashua, with burial alongside his beloved Ella to follow at Edgewood Cemetery in Nashua. In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to the Hunt Community Employee Scholarship Fund, 10 Allds Street, Nashua, NH 03060.

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Service Information

When
Thursday, October 4th, 2018 2:00pm
Officiating
Rev. Alanna M. Van Antwerpen
Location
Davis Funeral Home
Address
1 Lock Street
Nashua, NH 03064

Interment Information

When
Thursday, October 4th, 2018
Location
Edgewood Cemetery
Address
107 Amherst Street
Nashua, NH 03064