Howard S. Aurelius Jr., former GE plant manager

Howard S. Aurelius Jr., 93, a plant manager at General Electric's Valley Forge facility during a 47-year career with the company, died Sunday, Sept. 30, at Premier Place at the Glenview in Naples, Fla.

Mr. Aurelius was born in Troy, N.Y., and grew up in Philadelphia. He earned a degree in industrial engineering at the University of Pennsylvania.

Howard S. Aurelius Jr.

In 1941, he married his childhood sweetheart, Jeanette, who died in 1985.

He started working for General Electric at the company's switch-gear plant in Philadelphia.

While at the company, he was part of the team that built the first space vehicle to successfully reenter Earth's atmosphere.

He also was involved in building modular houses in California.

Mr. Aurelius is survived by his wife, Anita; daughters Donna Del Vacchio, Linda Sisca, and Lynette Aurelius; six grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, 1600 S. Sproul Rd., Springfield, Delaware County.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Sacred Heart School, Broad and Ferry Streets, Camden, N.J. 08104.

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