Carl A. Goldau, 92, master carpenter

Carl August Goldau, 92 of Danbury, died Friday, Oct. 26th at Danbury Hospital.

He was born Aug. 26, 1920 in Danbury, son of the late Charles & Catherine (Rawlings) Goldau. His mother was a Ridgefield native.

Carl August Goldau was born at home and was helped into the world by Jack Venning’s grandmother, who acted as midwife. His early years were spent on the farm known as East Starrs Plain district Farm. His father was a German immigrant and held a German Certificate as a highly qualified blacksmith, but his eyesight wasn’t good enough to practice his trade in this country, so Cart and his sister were raised on the farm with hard work and simple country beginnings.

Carl and his sister, Marie, became respected members of Danbury and Carl as a child and young man, farmed with a team of horses, tilling and logging the land. His father was a very wise and intelligent man who guided him well. As a boy of 7 or 8 years old, he was repairing things for his neighbors as he and sister Marie were brought up to respect and help others.

Carl’s natural inclinations led him to eventually become a master carpenter and he learned the trade at Henry Abbott Tech. After graduation he worked for Gage and Sons of Bethel where he learned millwork, built windows from scratch and then went on his own to become a builder himself. Carl built more than 50 homes in Danbury as well as repairs, silos and additions too numerous to mention. His beloved sister, Marie, started as a seamstress, and taught herself secretarial skills and finance and went on to found a credit union in Bethel. They were both frugal, hard working people as people of farm beginnings often are.

Carl Goldau was a gentle giant of a man and exemplified the word gentleman. He truly loved animals and, as a sensitive man, always helped other people. He mentored many in his profession including the late Stephen Tobin of Ridgefield. Carl recently, waxing philosophically, quipped, “When I go, a piece of Danbury history will be gone,” and so it has come to pass.

Carl is predeceased by his sister Marie and survived by his friend, Vicky Weisgerber, five cousins, James Kelly, Kathleen Carroll, John Kelly, Jeanne Coyle and Pamela Kelly.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 10:00 am on Monday, October 29th at St. Joseph Church in Danbury. Burial will follow in St. Peter Cemetery.

The wake was on Sunday, October 28th at Cornell Funeral Home of Danbury.