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.