Charles J. Seewald, 97, of Chestnut Grove, New Milford, died Jan. 7.

He was born Aug. 8, 1915, in Queens, N.Y., son of the late Charles G. and Mathilda (Stehli) Seewald.

Mr. Seewald was a graduate of Richmond Hill High School and Pratt Institute, School of Fine and Applied Arts, majoring in advertising design.

During his career, he was employed by J.C. Penney, the Hearst Advertising Service and by the Diamond Art Studio in New York City.

He was the advertising production supervisor at the Housatonic Valley Publishing Co. in New Milford from 1971-75.

Throughout the years, Mr. Seewald enjoyed a secondary career as a musician and vocalist.

A former Eagle Scout, he enjoyed golf and bowling, and was a loyal and avid fan of the New York Yankees and the UConn Huskies basketball teams.

Mr. Seewald served in the United States Army as an artillery officer with the 83rd Infantry Division and saw combat in Europe during World War II, for which he received five battle stars. He retired from the U.S. Army Reserve at the rank of major and was a member of the Retired Officers Association and the 77th Infantry Division Association.

Mr. Seewald and his wife of 61 years, the late Alice (Boyle) Seewald, moved to Connecticut from Valley Stream, N.Y., in 1969 and resided in Bridgewater, Falls Village, Southbury and New Milford.

In Falls Village, he was very active in town affairs by serving on the Board of Finance and assessors, the fire and jury commissions and as the justice of the peace.

While living at Heritage Village in Southbury, he was a volunteer with the ambulance association, the Civic Association and provided posters for many Heritage Village activities.

Charlie will be missed by his close and special friends and for all who provided friendship and assistance during the time he resided at Chestnut Grove in New Milford.

Mr. Seewald is survived by his daughter, Judith Remsen, and her husband, Norman Remsen, and their children, Glenn and Dawn; his son, Richard, and his wife, Carol Van Evera, and their children, Luke, Benjamin and Molly; and seven great grandchildren.

Services will take place at the convenience of the family.

Memorials may be made to the New Milford Visiting Nurse Association, 68 Park Lane Road, New Milford CT 06776.

The Woodbury Funeral Home of Munson -- Lovetere is in charge of arrangements.