W Howard Gramenstetter
Born: 5/18/1926, Harrington Park, New Jersey
Howard was born May 18, 1926 in Harrington Park, New Jersey to Otto and Mabelle Gramenstetter. He grew up in the New Jersey area becoming an avid Giants fan. He married Marjorie Young and they had 2 children. After her passing, he married Dorothy Foire and they moved to Moab in about 2000. She passed away in 2011.
He worked as a civil engineer for Amtrak before his retirement and enjoyed sports especially the New York Giants.
He is survived by a son Joseph (Brigett) Gramenstetter of Ohio, a daughter Wanda (David) Soel of New Jersey, a sister Joan Sidoroff, nephews and nieces Gregory, Richard and Jean Ann.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his wives Marjorie 1987 and Dorothy 2011.
Howard lived a full life and was loved by everyone.
A Funeral Service will be held on Friday August 31, 2018 at 10:00 am at the Community Church. A viewing will be held Thursday August 30, 2018 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Spanish Valley Mortuary. Burial will be held the following week at Brookside Cemetery in Tenafly, New Jersey.
Tributes:dad..you took me into your life 45 years ago to be your son . I am the man i am today because of you. you have taught me so very much . i know i wasn't the greatest son for a awhile but then brigett came into my life and turned that around. I know you adored her and loved her. i just want you to know you have always been my mentor and i always looked up to you for guidance. i will never forget the times when you took me to work with you when i was a little boy. I treasure the memories of those days. Taking me to job sites....taking me to giants games...how you could sit in that heat is beyond me. But you were a true giants fan as was grandaddy. But now you are all together again. Your dad and your mom and my mom marjorie welcomed you with open arms. Thank you so very much for helping me become the man i have become.
Iam so proud to call you my father . You have been my dad...my father....my mentor ...my rock. I love you so much love always...
- your son josephI am very grateful for seventeen years of friendship with Howard. He was an inspiring model of what it means to be authentic. Even as, or maybe because he often said "I don't know," he was deeply wise about what matters most.
I appreciate how open & interested Howard was in quite the variety of life's offerings. My fondest memories include the standing date Cliff & I had with him for monthly Star Hall movies, preceded by dinner out. His appreciation for yummy food fueled our pleasure. Discussions about the movies opened my eyes to new perspectives & reminded me to keep opening my mind & heart.
Other sweet memories are the Oscar Nights & Presidential Debates Howard generously invited us to view at his house because our house doesnít have a TV. Food was a fun component of those evenings too, often Paradox Pizza.
And then there were the road trips, to Colorado & Arizona, with our little dog on Howard's lap. We sometimes took an audiobook from Howard's very loved Grand County Library. I will never forget sitting in Howard's driveway upon completing a ten hour day of driving, so we could hear the end of the Steve Jobs biography altogether.
I am much less likely to rule something out without a try thanks to Howard. A deep bow of respect for how very clearly he moved through his life until the very end.
- Jan CrutchfieldI am so very sad about to hear of Howard's passing. I recently had a good visit with him and we talked about his plans for the future. He was tossing up whether or not to sell his home, but wasn't sure where he would go if he did.
RIP Howard. Give Dorothy a hug for me. Thanks for being a friend.
- Janna KyleMy dearest dad, I love & miss you so much right now. I know you are not in pain or suffering. You are with mommy right now. When I watch the New York Giants play I will always think of you & know that you are watching with mommy. Send mommy a kiss & hug her for me. I know I will now have 2 awesome guardian angels looking down at me know. Love you both very much. You will always be in my heart, body & soul. Please look after me. Love & miss you both so much. Always will be in my heart & mind 24/7. Iíll forever keep our fun times forever in my heart. Love you daddy soooo my. Xoxoxo until we all meet again. Love your little Princess.... I canít belive your not hear.ill miss our daily chats & especially after every Giants game. I knew that you loved me very very much & Iíll forever be in your heart. Love you so much daddy that it really hurts. Iíll ever keep our fun trips when I came out to visit & all the fun places we ate at. Thank you for being there during my Breast Cancer & never telling me to give up &fight to the end.xoxo
- Wanda Soel
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