Kyle Douglas Emmerthal

Born: Thu., Jun. 14, 1990
Died: Sat., Feb. 24, 2018

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5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Thu., Mar. 01, 2018
Location: Gagne-Piechowski Funeral Home

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Griswold – Kyle Douglas Emmerthal, 27, of Griswold passed away on Saturday February 24, 2018
Kyle was born in Norwich, CT on June 14, 1990, a son to Carol (Minta) and Douglas Emmerthal.  
Kyle made the world a better place.  His smile, his hallmark characteristic, could light up the darkest room.  Whether mudding with the ATV or sitting in Easter mass with family- he could bring that smile to those around him.  He had a special gift. Quick with a joke and his wonderful wit hilarity ensued wherever he went. Joy and laughter just followed him everywhere. His ability to be present with people (of course it was not often a silent presence) and support them in any way they needed was his gift to the world. He was always there when someone needed him. If they needed him to be goofy and bring a smile to their face or be there and listen contemplatively, his caring, charm and laughter was infectious.
Kyle lived a simple life. He personified love and family, to Kyle everyone was family and put all the love he had in every single person in his life.  His bond with his brothers and theirs with him was like no other.  He would walk hot coals for them and we understand he has.  He literally made a point to go out of his way to speak respectfully to homeless and to hear their stories; to engage elders at the senior center for a smile; to embrace folks at Victoria House in Plainfield ... to make every person feel special.  He did not see color, race , power, but saw the good, the kindness, the uniqueness in everyone. He in his own right was unique.  Children flocked to him.  His nieces and nephew loved him.
The intellectual side of Kyle which included the scientist, philosopher and love of learning.  In his room he was surrounded by books and photos of loved ones.  He had a respect for the environment, animals and plants.  He loved his dog as much as a child.  His dreams --- to have a family of his own... to continue to find the good and spread joy and have a laboratory where he could do research on invasive species to improve the world.
Kyle made a HUGE footprint in 27 years, but still had so much to give, we guess God needed him more.  He will forever be our angel ...protector of his nieces and nephews and to those in need. Heaven will never be the same.  Kyle you are so missed already.  WE LOVE YOU!  
In addition to his parents, Kyle is survived by his brothers Craig Emmerthal, Stephen Emmerthal and wife Rachel; grandmothers Sophie Minta and Eleanor Emmerthal; nieces and nephew Peyton, Riley, Ryann and Robert Emmerthal; puppy Baretta B.
Kyle is predeceased by his grandfathers John Minta Sr. and Irving Emmerthal and dog Kimber.
Calling hours will be held from 5:00-8:00PM on Thursday March 1, 2018 at the Gagne-Piechowski Funeral Home 490 Voluntown Road Jewett City, CT.  A private funeral service will be held Friday morning with a memorial service being planned for sometime in the Summer.  We prefer that in lieu of flowers donations be made in Kyle’s giving and caring spirit to Three Rivers Community College Foundation 574 New London Turnpike Norwich, CT 06360.   For online condolences or share a memory please go to
•  He lived life with zest
•  He loved his friends and family with HEART
•  His notorious smile brought joy to all

Charitable donations may be made in Kyle's memory to the following organization:

Three Rivers Community College Foundation
574 New London Turnpike Norwich, CT 06360

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Mike and Charlene
   Posted Mon February 26, 2018
It always thrilled us to see how Kyle embraced Texas and being here on the property. Thanksgivings were always a little funnier, sweeter because Kyle was here. He always said he would make Luke (one of our longhorns) like him, if not love him, given enough time. We think he would have accomplished this. He is already so missed. We grieve with you. All of you are in our thoughts and prayers always. Much love, Mike and Charlene

Marlena Lawrence
   Posted Mon February 26, 2018
Carol and family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family at this difficult time
With deepest sympathy,

george babey
   Posted Tue February 27, 2018
Dear Doug and family:

I was shocked and saddened by this news. I hope you can find peace in knowing that your Kyle helped create a better world for the rest of us.

Your friend,

George Babey

Linda Perfetto
   Posted Tue February 27, 2018
Dear Carol and family,
I enjoyed reading about Kyle and all the lives he touched. I can't imagine your grief. Sending my deepest condolences and prayers from the bottom of my heart.
Linda Perfetto

John Hibbard
   Posted Wed February 28, 2018
Doug Emmerthal Family:

Please accept my sympathy on the loss that you are suffering.
Kyle was a bright star who will be long remembered.

John Hibbard

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