Rumsonite, Guttenplan's Bakery Partner Andy Rannertshauser Dies at 86

Services begin on Thursday

Andreas Rannertshauser (Photo: Courtesy of Thompson Memorial Home)
Andreas Rannertshauser (Photo: Courtesy of Thompson Memorial Home)

Longtime Rumson resident Andreas "Andy" Rannertshauser passed away on Friday, Dec. 27, at Riverview Medical Center, Red Bank. He was 86.
He "chose a moment of quiet, when his son briefly left the room, to make his transition from this life to the next." 

Andreas was born in Pattendorf, Germany, and grew up in the small Bavarian town of Spielberg.

He married his wife, Magdalena (nee Stold), in 1951. Aided by the sponsorship of Magda's sister and brother-in-law, Monika and Hugh Maher, they came to America in 1952, eventually settling in Rumson and achieving U.S. citizenship in 1957.

Andreas, a baker by trade, was a very hard and dedicated worker, and was employed early on by several area bakeries and supermarkets. He became a full-time employee of Guttenplan's Bakery in 1968, and accepted the opportunity to become a partner in the company in 1975.

He did much to contribute to the company's subsequent success and expansion until his retirement in 2000.

Andreas was a communicant of Holy Cross Church, and for a number of years was a member of the Rumson Senior Citizens Club. He proved to be the best caregiver one could be blessed with when Magda's health began to fail.

He was an avid gardener, and spent much of his free time from spring through fall tending to his flowers and vegetables and working on various outdoor projects. Much of his free time in winter was spent waiting impatiently for spring.

Andreas was predeceased by: his parents, Xaver and Mathilde; his beloved wife, Magda, in 2004; and all of his siblings, sisters Maria Rannertshauser, Leni Wimmer, Thilde Merthan, Resi Bachhuber, Käthe Kirchmann, and Leni Metz; and brothers Xaver Köglmaier and Georg Rannertshauser.

He is survived by: his son, Bill Rannertshauser, of Rumson; his daughter and son-in-law, Andrea and Greg Huelsenbeck of Tempe, Arizona; and his five grandchildren, Carly, Matt, Erin, Andy, and Katie; many nieces and nephews in Germany, and his nephew, William Maher and niece, Monica Junge in the United States.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 2, at the Thompson Memorial Home, 310 Broad St., Red Bank.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 3, at The Church Of The Precious Blood, 72 Riverdale Ave., Monmouth Beach.

Interment will follow at Fair View Cemetery in Red Bank. In lieu of sending flowers, the family requests that you plant some in your own yard or garden in Andy's memory, preferably perennials.

* Obituary provided by Thompson Memorial Home
George Murphy January 03, 2014 at 11:13 AM
Here is real American history. Western culture, work ethic and humble dedication. Each day we loose a small piece of this great heritage.


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