Obituary of William Mutzek
William “Willi” Mutzek passed away on October 8, 2019 in his home in Southampton, NY, surrounded by loved ones. He was 97 years old.
Mr. Mutzek was born on August 12, 1922 on a farm in Eastern Germany. While studying engineering in college, he was drafted into the German Army during World War II. He didn’t serve long before he was shot in the chest and taken prisoner in France. While in the camp, he was recruited for the dangerous job of detonating mines. Though the position was supposed to be temporary, the job went on for three years, until the end of the war.
After the war, Mr. Mutzek immigrated to the United States with the help of two of his aunts. He traveled to New York on the RMS Mauretania and within three days of arriving, he got a job as an engineer—eventually leading to him owning his own business, Spiral Tool, that produced products for Grumman Aerospace Corporation. Twenty-five of the pieces he built for Grumman were used for the exploration of the moon’s surface. He was also commissioned to build the mine cutter for US Navy.
In February of 1956, Mr. Mutzek married his first wife, Jutta. The couple had two sons, Fred and Paul, and resided in Glendale, NY. Unfortunately, Mr. Mutzek was preceded by his first wife’s passing after a tragic accident in 1977.
In 1986, he married Suzanne Wood in Roslyn, NY. They resided in Forest Hills Gardens, NY and eventually moved to share time between Windham, NY and Fort Meyers, FL, before settling in Southampton, NY in 2013.
Mr. Mutzek had a lifelong love for downhill skiing and motorcycles, and is fondly remembered by his family, friends, and loved ones for his warm smile, sense of humor, and strong work ethic.
Mr. Mutzek is survived by his wife of 32 years, Suzanne Mutzek; sons, Fred and his wife Jean, Paul and his partner Carina Szafranski; stepsons Robert, Michael, Joseph and Andrew Jett; stepdaughters Cathleen Donovan, Lisa Jett, Suzanne Parry, and Elizabeth Thomas; as well as 18 loving and devoted grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.
Visitation was at Brockett Funeral Home in Southampton, NY on October 10. Funeral services were held at First Presbyterian Church in Southampton, NY on October 11 followed by a burial in Windham, NY on October 14.
A special thanks is extended to Brockett Funeral Home in Southampton for their exceptional attention, care, and kindness.