Donald J. “Raul” Breuler presently of Lebanon, CT formerly of East Haddam, CT
passed away peacefully at his home on Thanksgiving morning, November 22nd 2018
after a valiant battle with a long illness. He was the husband of Jean and father of
Caitlin, Roxanne and Barbara.
Born in New Haven, CT, he was the son of John and Mary Breuler. He graduated
with a Bachelors (1969) and Masters Degree in Special Education from Southern
Connecticut State University. He was also a proud teammate of the SCSU varsity
He was a lifelong educator employed by the City of New Haven enriching the lives of
students at Augusta Lewis Troup Middle School for 35 years and ending his career
at the Deborah Tennant Zinewicz School for five years. He served his local
community as a member of the Rotary Club in East Haddam, CT for many years
fulfilling roles as Secretary and President. He will be remembered for tolerance and
acceptance of all people, his unique sense of humor, keen fashion sense, and love of
science and astronomy. He was a keeper of useless facts and a crossword puzzle
He is survived by wife, Jean Marie (O’ Donnell) Breuler. They shared 44 years of
marriage together. Daughters, Caitlin (Jon Claude) Haines, Roxanne (William) Sulots,
and Barbara Breuler. His brothers, Edward Breuler and Robert Breuler. He also
leaves his three grandchildren Hazel Haines and Auguste and Livia Sulots. Nieces
and nephews, Sean Breuler, Chris Breuler, James Breuler, Jesse Breuler, Cody
Breuler, and Suzanne Rivera. He is predeceased by his parents and brother; William
Breuler and dear friend Peter Lanouette.
The family wishes to extend our sincere thanks to Visiting Nurses of Connecticut,
Hartford Healthcare Hospice, Chestelm Health; Rehab and Ray Axelrod.
A Celebration of Life ceremony for all family and friends will be held at the Vicky G.
Duffy Pavilion, 155 College Street, Old Saybrook, CT on Saturday December 29th
2018. Ceremony: 1:30-2:30pm, Reception: 2:30-4:00pm.
Memorial donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the Leadership, Education, and
Athletics Partnership in New Haven, CT. Donations can be made payable to LEAP and mailed to (or dropped off at) LEAP, 31 Jefferson Street, New Haven, CT 06511 or
online at leapforkids.org.