Former Interlux North America executive dies

UNION, N.J. – Louis H. Munkelwitz, a former vice president and general manager of Interlux North America, died March 7 at age 85 in Crossville, Tenn., after an illness, the company reported in a recent statement.

Born in Sayville, N.Y. on Sept. 4, 1924, Louis Munkelwitz was a descendant of Daniel D. Tompkins, 6th Vice President of the United States under President James Monroe. He graduated from Purdue University in 1946, where he was a member of the Delta Upsilon fraternity.

Prior to joining Interlux, Louis worked for the Harvey Hubbell Co. and the Woolsey Paint Co. He retired in 1980 and moved to Sarasota, Fla., where he became a consultant to the Pro-Line Marine Paint Co. He later consulted and assisted the Nautical Coatings Co. in establishing their products in the Bahamas and Caribbean Islands.

Survivors include Catherine, his wife of 30 years, son George and daughter-in-law Kathryne Munkelwitz, daughter Cynthia Warner, grandchildren Diego and Sandra Vargas of Sarasota, Fla., daughter Eautha Munkelwitz of Darien, Conn., stepdaughters Claire Hammond and Fiona Keating, and step grandchildren and step great-grandchildren in the United Kingdom.

Funeral services will be held at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, 151 St. Alphonsus Way, Crossville, TN 38555 on March 17. Visitation at 11 a.m. followed by a memorial service at 12 noon. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Salvation Army or to St. Alphonsus Community Services in care of the church.

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