Karl Lennart Ogren

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Surrounded by his loved ones, Karl Lennart Ogren, age 65, of Shepard Ave., Hamden (formerly of Spring Glen) passed away July 20, 2010 at his home, after a grueling battle with cancer. He was the cherished husband for 43 1/2 years of Julia Ryan Ogren; loving and devoted father of Lisa Marchitto, Kurt (fiance Alicia) Ogren, Todd (wife Bobbi) Ogren and Kraig Ogren; proud grandfather 'Papa' of Nicole & Cody Marchitto and Ryan Ogren. Born on Sept. 11, 1944 in New Haven he was the devoted son of the late Alfon and Margaret Madsen Ogren. He is survived by one loving brother, Paul (wife Margie) Ogren of Easley, SC and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law who were not only his in-laws but his good friends; James & Rosalie Ryan of Branford, Russell & Virginia Ryan of Hamden and William & Sheila Ryan of Rockford, IL. He was predeceased by his father in-law and mother in-law James & Genevieve Ryan and brother-in-law Robert (wife Judy) Ryan. Karl also leaves nieces and nephews and grand nieces and nephews from, Plantsville & Branford CT, Easton MA, Carle Place, NY and Rockford, IL. Although he didn't see them often, time spent with all of them made for lasting memories which brought him many smiles. He leaves aunts and cousins and a host of friends of whom he was very fond as well. Karl was a graduate of Eli Whitney Technical School, Stone Business School and Quinnipiac College. He was a retiree of the UI Co. having retired in June 2005 after a 43 year career during which he rose to the rank of Risk Administrator of the company. He loved his country and served proudly in the US Air Force & US Coast Guard Reserves. Next to his family, his two other loves were the game of golf and the beauty of flowers. He was a former member of Quarry Ridge Men's Club and had the distinction of achieving 3 holes-in-one during his life time: two in Hamden and one in Key Biscayne, FL. A Funeral Service will be held at BEECHER & BENNETT FUNERAL HOME, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden, on Friday, July 23rd at 10:30 a.m., interment to follow in Beaverdale Memorial Park, Hamden. Friends may visit at the funeral home with his family on Thursday evening from 4 to 8 p.m. Contributions in Karl's memory may be sent to Bridgeport Hospital Foundation, Inc., Burn Center, 267 Grant St., Bridgeport, CT 06610- in memory/ honor of those co-workers of Karl who had been treated there OR to the charity of one's choice.

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  1. Dear Julie & family, my sincere sympathy to you at this very sad and difficult time. I pray that your wonderful memories will in time comfort you. Arlene Donohue

  2. Dear Julie and Family, Our hearts are heavy – we send our love across the continent to comfort you in your sorrow. Karl will be sorely missed. love, Dina and Gene

  3. Dear Julie and Family: My deepest condolences. Karl was a wonderful husband, caring father, and to me, a true friend. I am searching my heart to find words of comfort for you. Just know that a gentleman like Karl has paid his dues on earth enduring his terrible illness, and I am sure he is now at peace in Our Father’s care. May God bless and watch over the Ogren family. Sincerely, Nancy Pastore

  4. Dear Kurt and Ogren family, My deepest condolences. My thoughts are with you all during this most sorrowful time. I know your family love and strength will help to carry one another as you suffer this terrible loss. May fond memories of Karl ease some of your pain and lessen your time of suffering. Karl, the epitomy of goodness, kindness and gentleness, will be greatly missed.

  5. Dear Kurt and the Ogren family, So sorry for the loss of Mr. Ogren. Thoughts and prayers extended to all during this very sad time. May his memory stay in your hearts forever. Sending you strength and love, Marilyn Lynch and Millie Kalison

  6. Dera Julie, Lisa, Kurt, Todd & Kraig: We were so sad to hear of the passing of Karl. He was a Wonderful Man,Husband,Father and Friend. He will be deeply missed, but always in our hearts. May all the beautiful memories and love get you all through these hard times. We have so many great memories of our times together and will cherish those always. All Our Love & Prayers, Gordon & Ann

  7. I’m a long time friend and neighbor of Paul Ogren, his brother and wife Margie. I feel their sorrow.

  8. Julie and Family— Monsignor was kind enough to tell us about Karl… We are deeply saddened by your loss. He was a true friend to all of us — just as you have been. Despite not speaking with you recently, and the distance between us, we share an all-too-common thread… Our years of laughter, birthday memories and warm get-togethers will never be forgotten. You are in our hearts and prayers at this time… We’ll be in touch again very soon. Take care and God bless you all…

  9. Julie,Lisa,Kurt,Todd and Kraig, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family during this time. Karl was a quiet and gentle man who loved his family so much. One of the memories that will always bring a smile to me is when you lived on Barrett St. and Karl would start practicing his chip shots in the early spring to get ready for his game. Keep him close to your heart and know that his struggle is over and he is at peace. The tears you have now will, in time, become tears from laughter as you think of him and the cherished memories. I love each of you and think of you often. Love and peace, Norah

  10. Karl was a brother of Paul Ogren, who lives in Greenville, SC. Paul is a volunteer at the Shriner’s Hospital for Children in Greenville, and I also volunteer there. My condolences go to Paul and his family at the death of his brother.

  11. To Julie and family, I am most sorry for your loss and I wish there was something I can do or say to ease you pain. Karl was a wonderful man, husband, wife and friend. As I was most recently told, we are all put on this earth for a purpose and Karl has fulfilled his purpose. He is in heaven now and at peace. My prayers are with you. Love Sue Allen

  12. to the family karl has stepped out of the room for a short moment. but has left his love as father , husband.for you to keep him in mind. momories made that will never be forgotten with sympathy your friend beverly harrell hang in there todd.

  13. To the Family of Karl, You have my heart-felt condolences during your time of bereavement. As you know, Karl was my supervisor at UI for many years. In fact, he has been one of the two best supervisors that I have ever had the privilege to work with in my lifetime. As a young minority female, starting out in my career, Karl’s leadership, guidance, support and compassion, gave me the endurance and confidence that I needed to have achieved my Director position at UI today. I have learned so much from his knowledge and teachings before and after his retirement from the Company. I am truly blessed to have had the opportunity to work with Karl. Although he will be missed in physical presence, he will always be remembered for what he has given of himself to others. God Bless! Lawanda

  14. To the Ogren Family, We are thinking of you and will always hold fond memories of Karl in our hearts. Our prayers are with you. The Nulsen’s (Jeff, Charise, and Jac)

  15. To the Ogren Family: Our sincerest condolences and prayers to all of you. I worked with Karl many years at The UI–he was the best. He was always cool and calm, never saw him upset or angry. I loved one of his expressions–as the work day wore on, he would say, .Fran, we’re gaining on it.. I still think of that today. I know he’s up there hitting a few more holes-in-one. God bless. Most sincerely, F. Turbert

  16. Very sorry for your loss,allow the good memories to help all of you during this difficult time! The Ogren OPEN will now have more meaning.

  17. Carol and I are so saddened to hear about Karl. My fond memories are taking the Whitney Ave bus in the late 70’s and early 80’s to downtown New Haven (That’s when we lived on Waite Street). We will miss him as I know you will too. Our prayers go out to you and may God Bless your family. Bill & Carol Sloman

  18. Dear Julie and family, I know it has been years since we have spoken,however I am so sorry to hear about Karl. My thoughts are with you.

  19. Julie: I’ll always remember Carl with a special fondness and comradery. He was so easy to talk with, whether about business matters (claims and insurance) or personal/social/news of the day issues. We always seemed to hook up for a good part of the time that we spent at various industry seminars and meetings (EEI; AEGIS; ECNE) as well as at other functions that we attended. He really was one of the good guys. We will miss him.

  20. To the Ogren Family, I worked at UI for 40 years and had the good fortune of working with Karl for many of them. He was a great guy. My heart goes out to all of you.

  21. To the Ogren Family, Please accept my sincere condolences on your loss. I worked with Karl on many projects over the years and played many rounds of golf with him. I will miss him. Karl was also involved in several professional organizations, EEI, AEGIS, and EIM. I know that his contributions were greatly valued. My thoughts are with you. John Ireland

  22. To the Ogren Family: My deepest condolences on your loss. Karl was a pleasure to know and work with on utility risk management issues and a great contributor to the profession. We shall miss him.

  23. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers as well as those of our entire congregation at Dacusville United Methodist Church. May God bless you and comfort you during this time.

  24. Dear Paul and Margie and family, Our deepest sympathy to you on this loss. We will keep you in our prayers. Love, Ashley, James,Thomas and Jordan

  25. So sorry to hear of your brother’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. In Christ’s love, Joyce Palmer

  26. To the Ogren Family, I worked with Karl many years ago at United Illuminating and was deeply saddened to hear of his passing. He was a wonderful person and a great co-worker. He will be truly missed. Cherish the memories.

  27. To the Ogren family, I extend my condolences and sympathy. I know how it is to lose a loved one. Cherish your wonderful memories and stay close to your family. I work with Paul at Shriners Hospital for Children and we think he is a great guy. Sincerely, Ligeline Sawyer

  28. Dear Julie and family, shocked and saddened to hear the news.. Have fond memories of growing up with Karl on Barrett street. You were always welcome in his house. The summers spent caddying at the Country Club and every Monday morning at first light trying to play as many holes as possible before you were kicked off the course at noon. Not to mention on occasion jumping the fence in the evening to play a few holes. Always a good laugh. He always liked a comfortable car and even broke out the Jaguar the last time we played golf together. Will treasure the fond memories. Our thoughts are with you all. Mike and Rosemary Hagen, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England.

  29. I am sorry to hear that Karl has passed away. He was a good risk manager and colleague. I always enjoyed seeing him at meetings, from ECNE to AEGIS to EIM to EEI. He did not talk as much as others, but when he did, everybody listened. He is missed.

  30. To the Ogren Family: My deepest condolences on your loss. Karl was a pleasure to know and work with on utility risk management issues and a great contributor to the profession. We shall miss him.

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