In Memory of




Obituary for Niles M. Schlegel

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Father and Grandfather, Niles Mathew Schlegel on March 30, 2024, at the age of 97 years. He left us peacefully, after a long illness. Born in Boston on February 22, 1927, Niles was the beloved son of William and Edna Rose (Nielsen). He grew up in Chelsea and was the younger brother of William Schlegel.

He was predeceased by his wife Mary P (McIntyre) Schlegel, with whom he shared 61 years of married love and companionship. He was a devoted father to Deborah (Antonio) Debenedictis and Peter (Samantha Pfeifer) Schlegel, and a loving grandfather to Pauline (Thomas) Preis, Dominique (Francois) Trappey, Vincent (Intira) Maietta, Anne (Nicolaus) Collins, Luke (Julia) Maietta, Andrew (Rachel) Schlegel, Nicholas Schlegel, Lucy Schlegel, and great grandchildren Estelle Marie Trappey, Phoebe & Patrick Preis, and Connor Maietta.

Education and Professional Life

Niles was a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst (Mech Engineering). He furthered his education by obtaining an MBA from Boston College in 1969. He was proud to have served our country with honor as a Radioman in the U.S. Coast Guard and Navy during World War II, demonstrating bravery and commitment to his duties.

In his professional life, he was an accomplished engineer and inventor, who was particularly proud of his support of development of an air-deployable seismic sensing system to detect enemy motion in wartime situations as well as a novel viewing device to improve driver safety.

Interests, Hobbies & Legacy

Beyond his professional achievements, Niles had a passion for the sea and sailing. He was admired for his thoughtful planning and preparation for nautical misadventures, making him the sailor that you would most want to have on a vessel in distress.

An accomplished photographer, and “fixer” of devices, he was a resourceful and driven individual, with a strong will to live his life fully. He clearly made the most of his 97 complete years.

Funeral Arrangements

Please join us as we honor Niles M. Schlegel on Saturday, April 13th. Visiting hour will be held at Henry J. Burke Funeral Home, 56 Washington St., Wellesley Hills from 9:30-10:30 am. A funeral service to celebrate his life will be held at 11 am at St. Julia Church in Weston, Massachusetts followed by interment in Linwood Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, we encourage you to consider supporting Honor Flight an organization recognizing senior veterans. Honor Flight New England brought Niles to Washington in recognition of his service. Donations can be made to:

Final Thoughts

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to all who have expressed their condolences, shared memories, and supported us during this difficult time. Please join us in honoring and celebrating the life of our dear Niles Schlegel, a remarkable man who will be deeply missed but never forgotten.