Werner Charles Elfers, 94, a longtime resident of Cold Spring, died Oct. 31, 2018.
Known to friends and family as “Chuck,” he was born July 10, 1924, in Basbeck, Germany the son of Jurgen and Auguste (Hagen) Elfers. He came to New York with family when he was 2 years old. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and had a long career as a jeweler with David Webb Jewelers on Madison Avenue in New York. He had homes in New York City and Cold Spring before he retired.
Chuck had a quick wit and will always be remembered for his stories of working for the rich and famous clients. He knew many jokes that he could share at a moment’s notice. Chuck, a true socialite, always greeted you with a bright smile and twinkle in his eye. He especially loved his faithful Yorkshire Terrier, Luke. He was also known to his family as “Uncle Vennie.”
His survivors include two nephews: John Elfers of Teaneck, New Jersey, and Richard Elfers of Fairlawn, New Jersey; and two nieces: Katrina Fanning of Hewitt, New Jersey, and Linda Mabli of Ridgewood, New Jersey.
Private cremation has taken place at Cedar Hill Crematory in Newburgh. A memorial service will take place at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 30, at St. Mary’s Church in Cold Spring.
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