BRUNSWICK — Edmund J. Viel, 85, of Brunswick, died Feb. 5 with his family by his side.
He was born June 14, 1927, in Stockholm to Isadore and Delina Viel. He grew up there and attended Stockholm schools.
Viel left school at an early age to work as a lumberjack with his father. As the oldest son, he had a responsibility to help out and he did so with pride.
In 1944 he joined the U.S. Army and served his country proudly.
He married his wife, Ruth Mazarolle, in 1946 and the couple raised their family in Keegan.
Viel worked many jobs to support his family. He worked in several paper mills and as a milkman, and also did construction work for the U.S. Air Force bases in Presque Isle and Limestone. In 1964, he moved to Topsham to work for Consolidated Construction Co., helping to build the Bowdoin College library and serving with the company until his retirement in 1987.
Viel was a family man, and spending time with his grandchildren always brought a smile to his face.
He was an outdoors enthusiast and loved to fish, camp and hike. Woodworking was another passion.
He will be sadly missed by all who loved him.
Viel was a member of the American Legion and a communicant of St. John the Baptist Church.
He is predeceased by his parents; his wife of 51 years, Ruth; son Joseph and daughter Diane; as well as four sisters, Edwina Peters, Alphena Erickson, Helena Raymond and Rose Johnson.
He leaves behind daughters Patricia Viel Leclerc and husband David of Topsham, and Donna Viel Walsh and husband Neil of Topsham; grandchildren David Leclerc of Bethel, Christopher Leclerc of Topsham, Corey Leclerc of Socorro, N.M., Jamie Walsh of Portland and Megan Gurney of Topsham; great-grandchildren Gracia, Lauren, Colin and Ethan Leclerc, Dana Green, Alexa and Ty Gurney, and Neila Walsh.
A Mass of Christian burial was held Monday at St. John the Baptist Church in Brunswick.