Theodore Otto Palm

theodore palm
In Cheshire, April 15, 2006. Theodore Otto Palm of 150 Cook Hill Rd., formerly of North Haven, died after a long illness. Ted was born an American citizen on January 23, 1927 in Stuttgart, Germany, son of the late Otto H. Palm III and Hildegard Koener Palm. He was 12 years old when the family emigrated from Germany to America. Later he served his country in the U.S. Navy on the Aircraft Carrier U.S.S.Tarawa. After the Navy, Ted attended Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J. and graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. In 1952, he married Phyllis Mossberg after meeting her at Summer Island in Branford and has since spent every summer there. He worked for the Scovill Mfg. Co. in Waterbury and then bought the Davis Electric Co., a company that manufactured wire and cable machinery and was successful in this business until his retirement. Throughout his life his greatest love was being with his family. In addition to his loving wife of 54 years, Ted leaves his daughter and son-in-law, Melody and Mark Mukon of Amston, CT, his grandchildren, Chelsea and Christopher Mukon, his daughter, April H. Palm of Manassas, VA, his brother and sister-in-law, Otto and June Palm of Branford, his nephew, Malcolm Palm of Milford and Malcolm's children , Eric and Emily. A Memorial Service will be held at the Elim Park Chapel, Saturday, April 22, 2006 at 11 A.M., with a reception immediately following. Arrangements with BEECHER AND BENNETT, 2300 WHITNEY AVE, HAMDEN. Memorial contributions are requested to be made to either Elim Park Baptist Home, 140 Cook Hill Rd., Cheshire, CT 06410, Attn: Development (to benefit the Long Term Care Facility) or VITAS Healthcare Corp. (Innovative Hospice Care), 1579 Straits Turnpike, Unit C, Middlebury, CT 06762.

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  2. Dear .Mommy. Palm, Melody and April, Our deepest sympathy to you and your families. I will always have fond memories with .Daddy. Palm, Girl Scouts, Bermuda, Summer Island, etc. He was also a good friend to mom and dad. It is a very sad time for all of us. Bruce and the girls were also touched by his kindness and generosity when ever we visited you at Summer Island.

  3. Dear April, Our thoughts and prayers are extended to you and your family at this time of your deepest sorrow.

  4. Dear April, please extend my condolences to you and your family on the passing of your father. Dr. Bob Kessler

  5. Dear April: Sorry to hear about your father. My thoughts and prayers go out to you, your mother and sister. Love to all Susan Madden

  6. Dear Mrs Palm, Melody, and April, I tried so hard to get a plane out to attend the funeral between the weather being pretty bad and living in such a rural area it was impossible. My heart was with you all and prayers continue. Through these 45 years of our friendship I have so many memories of you and your family, Girl Scouts, Summer Island, hanging out at your house. Your dad’s contagious laughter, zest for life and adventerous spirit are etched in my heart. How many grandparents go mountain climbing? The love he had for your mom and you and April is a real testimony for family. Here’s to you Mr Palm and all the lives you touched.

  7. Dear Phyl and Family: My deepest sympathy for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May his soul rest in peace. With my deepest sympathy, Gloria Petruzzelli New Haven, CT

  8. Dear Phyl, Melody and April, We are sorry that we can’t be with you to share memories of our friend Ted, but we share in your pride and your present sorrow. With our love, sympathy and hugs…Mark and Maryanne

  9. Dear Phylis mel and april We share in your grief but we like to remember Ted for his wonderful sense of humor. We choose to remeber him for his guided tours of the Thimble Island for us and all our friends. He will be missed. Carol and Ed

  10. God gave us only one Teddy Palm, there could never be another. Loving, caring, generous, brilliant, funny and so very devoted to his family and friends. He made us feel like family, and treated us as such. He touched all of our lives with so much love and care. Ted will always be with us and we’ll always love him. Alina, Lou, Krystina, Jeff, Greg and Grandpa too.

  11. Hi Mrs.P just a short note to say how sorry I am to hear about ted he was sure a good man and father he will be missed an awful lot. To April and Melody u had a great dad and he will always be with you no matter where you are. He is the newest star now in the nite sky.God Bless all of you Love Norma

  12. I’m so sorry about the loss of Uncle Teddy. He brought so much love and joy into our homes wherever he visited and we enjoyed his company. He will be missed on Earth. God wanted him home with Him to bring Him joy and love also just as we’ve experienced. Our love and comfort to Uncle Ted’s family and dear friends who knew him well. Be at peace. Love, Nikki, Paquito, and Timothy.

  13. Mrs. Palm, April, Melody and family. Please accept our heartfelt condolances with the loss of your husband and father. We have never personally met either of you, but your daughter April has been an inspiration to our family on so many occasions. We share in your sorrow, but at the same time rejoice in the true family man Mr. Palm portrait, and by Gods grace we will be able to share together in heaven someday. Please know that you are all in our prayers. All of our love, Sam and Cathy Schrader

  14. Mrs. Palm, I am sending you my thoughts and prayers. I remember comming to your places with gram & gramp to clean when I was lil. The best thing I liked was the .BIG. cow bell you use to have. .Let god in when you need him..

  15. Mrs. Palm, Please accept our sincere sympathy of your loss of Mr. Palm. We fondly remember him with the memories of time at the shore with April and her group of TV friends. He always took the time with any of us to teach us something new and learn a little about us each time we visited. We know that he is at peace now. Take comfort in your family and friends. Sorry we will not be there to express our sympathy in person. Kevin & Rosella Hendel

  16. My heart is heavy with sadness, but I continue to remind myself of the good times with my Uncle Ted. Give Amma, Aunt Adi and Uncle Hans a kiss and hug for me.

  17. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. At times like this it is wonderful that you have such a strong family. Your daddy was so proud of each of you. Cami

  18. Our deepest love and sympathy to you, Phyll, Melody and April, and all your family. Words just cannot express our feelings at this very, very sad time in your lives. We shall always treasure our friendship, our vivid memories of the past, and all the good times we shared together! We have wonderful memories of this wonderful man! Sincerely, and with our love to you all, Barbara and Larry

  19. Our prayers and thoughts are with you at this time. We will always be greatful for how Ted treated us like family and opened his home to us. We will cherish the time we spent with him and the family at Summer Island.

  20. Phyl, I am so sorry to hear of your husband’s passing. I am truly sorry I was unable to attend his service. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. Yours in Scouting, Cheryl


  22. Ted Palm is alive in all of us who knew him, in all of our memories. A lover of the American flag, of the Sound, of adventure, travel, wagon ruts, and last but not least, family. I thank God for sharing his life with us who were touched by his kindness and generosity. Strength and courage be with you, April, Melody, Mark, Chris, Chelsea and of course, the love of Ted’s life, Aunty Phyl.

  23. There are so many memories and feelings that we have from having had the priviledge to know Ted; he will surely be missed in our lives. I personally know that he made all of us better people just by being in his company. His spirit and enthusiasm for learning and adventuring his way through life causes our little family to pause and remember that Ted loved the ‘gift’ of life and all that it offers here on Earth. Our prayers are for God to watch over Auntie Pyhl, Melody, April, Otto and all of the Palm and Mukon family as we say goodbye to this dear sweet man. Much love, Janie, Ross, Lauren and Katie Woolley

  24. To the Palm Family, we are deeply saddened about your loss.Ted will be missed by all of us. Our deepest sympathy, The Davie Family

  25. To the Palm Family: My deepest sympathy for your loss. You are all in my prayers. May his soul rest in Peace. April you will always be special to me. With all my love, Robert

  26. We will miss this kind and generous soul who guided us to safety on the waters of Summer Island on our way to maturity. My deepest sympathy to: Wife Phyllis, Daughters April and Melody and their families.

  27. Will always remember Ted as the great American, husband, father, and friend he was. Will remember him taking me with him for a ride just to watch the odomoter increment a new milestone, telling me how he got a quizzical look from a gas station attendant who put 50 gallons of fuel into a car that had only a 12 gallon tank, how he helped teach me how to drive by letting me drive his caddy and girls to Hamden Hall, how he loved to play with fireworks, how he loved to share a coffee with me in the evening as Phyllis dozed off on the couch, and how he loved to carefully motor to the Thimbles and back in his Ladybug.

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