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Theodore (Ted) Allan Yegerman, Manchester, NH, died on May 30, 2022, Memorial Day, after an extended illness.
He was born 12:00pm Sunday July 4, 1926 in Brooklyn, NY, son of David and Esther (Weiner) Yegerman. Esther told her son he was a 4th of July baby although his birth certificate reads July 5, 1926.
Ted graduated from Eastern District HS in Williamsburg, Brooklyn in June of 1943 and accepted at CCNY, City College of NY, that same year.
He was drafted one year later and inducted into the US Army November 8, 1944. After basic training as an Infantry Rifleman, he was deployed to the ETO, European Theater on Operations, on March 25, 1945.
He served in France, Belgium, and Germany where he was assigned to the 9th Infantry Division. He rose to the rank of master sergeant (MSGT). His unit was charged with occupying and securing the countryside surrounding the Dachau Concentration Camp just after its liberation by the Allies and as the German Army was retreating.
When American troops liberated the camp, they were horrified and sickened by what they saw: train loads of men, women and children, left in boxcars – everyone was dead. More than 5,000 prisoners were inside the camp, many in various states of starvation and illness, and close to death.
General Dwight Eisenhower visited Dachau after it was liberated. He ordered that all US troops in the area, along with the local German population, come to Dachau and “see what we had been fighting for.” He felt that the atrocities committed were so horrific that they would not be believed by future generations. More than 32,000 prisoners perished at Dachau.
MSGT Yegerman was honorably discharged on August 2, 1946 and returned to CCNY. He graduated in 1949 with a BBA, majoring in Accounting.
He worked in New York City in the garment district for David B Carmel and Company, a sales subsidiary of Arms Textile Manufacturing Co. located in Manchester, New Hampshire. In 1958, he was transferred to the Manchester operation, later to become part of Manchester’s historic mill yard.
In 1961, when Arms Textile moved to South Carolina, Ted resigned and went to work for Manchester Knitted Fashions Inc as 1st VP Assistant to the President. He retired 30 years later at the age of 65.
He didn’t stay retired.
Work was his hobby after a variety of part time jobs. At age 95 was still working at Regional Home Care in Bedford, NH, always showing up on time, diligently completing his tasks, boosting morale among his fellow workers and being an anchor for the staff.
Ted never lost his sense of humor or his ability to make friends and keep them laughing! He might occasionally forget a name but he never forgot the punch line of a joke.
His mission in his life was to help raise his grandson, Christopher Berger, to be an upstanding young man. Chris lived with Ted and his wife Ruth Berger Yegerman from five days after he was born on Thanksgiving 1986. When Ruth died in 1999, Ted assumed sole responsibility for his upbringing. Ted and Ruth’s friends became like family and with their help and Ted’s determination, Chris flourished. Mission accomplished.
He was a stalwart member of Manchester’s Temple Adath Yeshurun (TAY) and could often be found at Friday night services. He was a dedicated member of the Temple Brotherhood. serving as treasurer for many years. Ted was also a regular contributor to the TAY newsletter and could be relied upon to provide the “joke of the month.”
Ted was predeceased by his wife, Ruth Berger Yegerrnan, his daughter Barbara (Yegerman) Desautels, step son Andrew (Andy) Berger and step daughter, Amy Berger.
He is survived by his son Richard Yegerman and wife Eileen, his grandson Christopher Berger and wife Callie, his grandson Rory Yegerman and wife Courtney, his granddaughter Shoshana (Yegerman) and husband Shane White and step-great grandson Avery, his granddaughter Cassandra Vachon and husband Cory and two great granddaughters, Celia and Charlotte Vachon, niece Laurie Pruden, nephew Daniel Farber and many loving and loyal friends.
A funeral service will be held graveside at the Manchester Hebrew Cemetery, 316 South Beech St., Manchester on Friday, June 3 at 11am.
In Ted’s memory and honor, donations may be made by check to Temple Adath Yeshurun Brotherhood, 152 Prospect St, Manchester, NH 03104 or online at TAYNH.org or to a charity of your choice.
Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory, Manchester, is assisting with arrangements. To send an online message of condolence, please go to www.lambertfuneralhome.com.
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