In Loving Memory of Karl H. Wallischeck

July 23, 1930
Hamburg, Germany
October 27, 2018
Fairfield, CT
Funeral Home

Spear-Miller Funeral Home

39 South Benson Road,
Fairfield CT US 06824


Spear-Miller Funeral Home, Monday 10:00 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.

39 South Benson Road,
CT 06824

November 12, 2018


Holy Cross Church

Mass of Christian Burial

750 Tahmore Drive,
CT 06825

Monday, November 12, 2018 12:00 p.m.


Family Gathering


Doctors Without Borders

P.O. Box 5030,
MD 21741-5030

Charity of One's Choice

Karl H. Wallischeck

Karl H. Wallischeck, age 88, of Fairfield, CT, passed away very peacefully at home on October 27, 2018. He is survived by his devoted wife of 61 years, Barbara; three sons: Karl (daughter-in-law Lucy and beloved grandson Noah) of Lake Tahoe, CA; Eric (son-in-law Sean) of Randolph, MA; and Rolf (daughter-in-law Maureen and her daughter Stephanie Miller) of Fairfield, CT; and his sister Renate Muller of Hamburg, Germany.

Born in Hamburg in 1930 to the late Renate and Rudolph Wallischeck, he experienced the destruction of that city and the depredations of World War II as a youth. He emigrated to New York at age 19 and continued to work as a trained and skilled foreign auto mechanic until he was drafted at 20 into the Army. He served with the 7th Infantry Division in Korea, where he earned the Combat Infantry Badge, Good Conduct Medal, and two Presidential Unit Citations. Upon returning from overseas and receiving an Honorable Discharge, he received his U.S. citizenship. Sometime later he was accepted into the prestigious Cooper Union School of Engineering earning his B.S. In Electrical Engineering and afterwards his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Bridgeport.

He joined Sikorsky Aircraft in 1967 and eventually became Chief of Hydraulics and Mechanical Controls. Karl was an active member of the Society of Automotive Engineers; held several patents; and was a respected authority on aircraft hydraulic systems. Upon retirement in 1992, he devoted his time to his family and to his Woodfield Village community by serving on its board and committees.
Karl had a wonderful sense of humor and enjoyed reading, music (particularly opera), and tinkering, as well as gardening and traveling—especially multiple trips to Ireland to explore Barbara’s maternal roots. His genuine passion was sailing his boat “Hanseatic” (together with his first mate wife) on Long Island Sound, going on out to the islands and sometimes up the coast to Maine.

He was a loving husband, father and grandfather; a teacher; a wise mentor; an inspiring role model and a source of great strength to his family. He nurtured his three sons, watched them grow, marry and prosper. His invincible spirit will always be with us.

A memorial gathering will be held at Spear-Miller Funeral Home, 39 South Benson Road, Fairfield, CT, on Monday, November 12th from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at 12 Noon at Holy Cross Church, 750 Tahmore Drive in Fairfield. Donations to his memory can be made to Doctors Without Borders or any charity of choice. For information or to offer an online condolence please visit

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  1. Oh , my buddy. You were a good man and a wonderful friend and father in law to me You loved Stephanie as though she were your own Granddaughter
    We were both blessed to have you in our lives. We’ll miss you Karl but know you’ll always watch over us. I love you , Karl. RIP in heaven.

  2. Dear Barbara, Rolf, Eric, Karl & Renate,
    I was heartbroken to learn of the passing of your beloved husband and father. There is no mistake that he will be sorely missed by all, as he was such an integral part of your family & community. His love touched many lives. He is at peace now and suffering no more. Although there is a hole in your heart where he once was, fill that hole with the wonderful memories of him, He is always with you.

    All my love and sympathy,
    (Rolfs wife, Mickey’s sister)