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Karl H. Rettberg

Karl H. Rettberg

Thursday, March 19th, 2020
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Obituary

Karl H. Rettberg passed away Thursday, March 19, 2020. Karl was born and raised in New York, moving to New Jersey with his parents when he was a younger. After living in Northern New Jersey for many years, Karl and his wife, Noreen, relocated to Keansburg where their family flourished. Karl was even known by many for sitting on the front porch of his house on Main Street watching the World go by. Karl had been dedicated to his career as a butcher throughout his life, never missing a day of work until he retired in 2011.

He is survived by his loving, nurturing wife, Noreen Rettberg (nee Rogers); children, Dorothy Rettberg; Mary Christiano, and her husband Danny; Deborah Lopez, and her husband Alvin; Jude Rettberg; Kimberly Murray, and her husband Andrew; Eric Rettberg, and his wife Grace; Tamatha Rettberg and her husband Antar Taleb, daughter-in-law Tabatha Rettberg; as well as, his sister Elfieda Heidenfelder; and his wife's siblings and in-laws, including Arlene Rogers, whom he resided with prior to his passing. Karl is also survived by many special nieces and nephews.

He was a caring grandfather of, Ashley Rettberg, Andrew Murray, Terence Murrary, Samantha Murray, Danielle Murrary, Autym Rettberg, Willow Rettberg, Amanda Christiano, Dominic Christiano, Anthony Rettberg, Sara Maloney, Megan Rettberg, Tiffany Wells and Tabatha Rettberg. And a great grandfather to fifteen, one of which he resided with until his passing, Jaylin.

Karl was predeceased by his parents, Dora Rettberg (nee Arrand) and Alfred Rettberg; brothers, William Rettberg and Alred Rettberg; his son Karl H. Rettberg Junior; and grandchildren Jason Clark and Gage Wells.

Karl was a fun-spirited person, often joking and being amused by playing pranks on people. Karl always enjoyed building and repairing, from being able to craft wood furniture, troubleshoot car problems and dealing with electrical issues. Karl had a knack for being able to have a solution for any problem you pose, being a wealth of knowledge. Karl was a man who enjoyed watching television, his favorite movie was The Quiet Man and he would often be found watching NCIS or Chicago PD. Karl was a lifelong member of the First United Methodist Church in Keansburg, where he was known by everyone. Karl had always indulged in sweets and snacks, including Swedish Fish and Combos, often hiding them from others.

Karl was a one of a kind man, he was funny, loving, intelligent, full of sarcasm, but could also be a man of few words. He was a devoted family man and those closest to him will always carry his memory in their hearts. We will never be the same without him.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, March 24th, 2020 | 1:00pm - 3:00pm
    When
    Tuesday, March 24th, 2020 1:00pm - 3:00pm
    Location
    Evergreen Memorial Funeral Home
    Address
    1735 Rt 35
    MIDDLETOWN, NJ 07748
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  • Second Visitation

    Tuesday, March 24th, 2020 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    When
    Tuesday, March 24th, 2020 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location
    Evergreen Memorial Funeral Home
    Address
    1735 Rt 35
    MIDDLETOWN, NJ 07748
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  • Service

    Wednesday, March 25th, 2020 | 10:00am
    When
    Wednesday, March 25th, 2020 10:00am
    Location
    Evergreen Memorial Funeral Home
    Address
    1735 Rt 35
    MIDDLETOWN, NJ 07748
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  • Interment

    Location
    St. Joseph Cemetery
    Address
    360 Broadway
    KEYPORT, NJ 07735
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Vanya Marie

Posted at 09:42am
Lately I have been thinking about how blessed I am. I have a family that is thoughtful, caring, selfless, and loving. Those values were instilled in us from pop and mam. They taught us how important family is and how no matter what you’re going through you should always do for others, especially the ones you love and your family. I was lucky enough to have my grandfather for most of my life and my own child have him for 10 years of his life. Most people aren’t that lucky. He lived a long and loving life and touched so many hearts. I watched him work 6 days a week and never miss a day for so long. I watched him every morning get up and walk up the block to get my grandma an iced coffee every morning. I watched him after he retired drive anyone and everyone that needed him to work, school, or anywhere they needed to go and never said no. When I walk in from work I will never hear him say hello granddaughter again. I’ll never hear him say as I walk out on the weekends where are you going dressed like that a corner and tell my grandma babe buy your granddaughter some clothes that covers her up. But I know you’re watching us all from heaven and one day we will meet again. I love you pop
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Beth Kirchoff

Posted at 08:15am
To the entire Rettberg family: I am so very for your loss, sending love & comforting thoughts during this difficult time. May Karl rest in comfort & peace. With love, The Kirchoff family
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Tabby Ann Rettberg

Posted at 10:40pm
In loving memory of the greatest Grandfather (Pop)
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Tabby Ann Rettberg

Posted at 10:34pm
Pop, you will be missed so much by so many. It breaks my heart because I cannot make it there to say goodbye. 💔 You always made us feel so loved and I am eternally grateful to have called you my grandfather and thankful for the memories we shared ❤️

Love, Tabby Ann ❤️
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Tamatha Rettberg

Posted at 04:15pm
There are so many memories to pick just one would be too difficult. I received so many qualities and personality traits from you and for that I am grateful! You always shared your candy with me, even when you pretended you didn’t want to. I thank you for being such an amazing father, for showing our family how to love and stand by one another. Words cannot express how much I miss you and love you. Praying for your to be welcomed into the Kingdom of Heaven. Love your daughter 💗
 
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Dominic Christiano Posted at 04:22pm

First let me apologize for not being able to attend, but due to all that is going on right now any chance I had is now virtually impossible. I've always called you Uncle Karl even though you are my grandfather. You are the only grandfather that I actually got to know, and can vividly remember. Whether it be all the times we would visit you for holidays, random occurrences, or the one memory that always comes to mind of being at Aunt Tammy's graduation. At the time I was less patient and was starting to get rowdy mixed with being unnerved from being front row of the viewing ledge we were on while I was still afraid of heights. You didn't take any of my nonsense and taught me to be respectful in situations and to get over the reasons for my behavior. Even to this day I remember it fondly even with my goldfish memory. You were, are, and always will be my grandfather. Love, Dominic Christiano
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