Ernest L. Prassel, 97, of New Milford, died Oct. 11 at his home.

He was born Oct. 20, 1915, in Altotting, Germany, son of the late John and Elizabeth (Hofer) Prassel. He served in the Merchant Marines during World War II and was a CPA for Sonotone Corp.

He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Rose (Sanders) Prassel; a son, Ernest Prassel, of Summerfield, Fla., and a daughter, Dianne Crane, of Fairport, N.Y.

Burial was at Kensico Cemetery in Valhalla, N.Y.

Lillis Funeral Home in New Milford was in charge of arrangements.

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