Joseph P. Rettger, 91, World War II veteran, father of Ridgefielder

Joseph P, Rettger of St Marys, PA, died October 4, 2013 in Ridgefield, CT at age 91.

He was born July 20, 1922 in St. Marys, PA, son of Leo and Margaret Breindel Rettger and one of 14 children. He graduated from St Marys Central Catholic High School in 1940 and after serving in the Army during World War II, from Pennsylvania State University in 1950.

After graduation, Joseph worked for RCA in Marion, IN and Lancaster, PA, and later moved to Easton, PA and Phillipsburg, NJ where he worked for Ingersoll Rand Corporation for many years and retired from in 1978.

Mr. Rettger was a long time resident of Pomfret, CT and Woodstock, CT before and following his retirement.

Joseph was an avid bridge player, enjoyed playing softball and bowling, and was a member of the Elks. In retirement, Mr. Rettger enjoyed playing golf, traveling, doing volunteer work at Day-Kimball Hospital, assisting his wife with her quilt making, and caring for and playing with his grandchildren, and his dog Rocky.

He was very proud of the educational and professional successes of his children and grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Anne Mucich Rettger, sister Agnes Buchheit of St. Marys, PA, and brother Paul of Pittsburgh, PA, his children Catherine and her husband John Azzone of Athens, NY, Michael Rettger and his wife Terry of Ridgefield, CT, Joan and her husband David Fortin of Woodstock , CT, Philip Rettger and his wife Diane Bell of Moraga, CA, Mary Beth Rettger and her husband Roy Lurie of Natick, MA; as well as 9 grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and brothers-in-law Frank Mucich of Catskill, NY and John Dunn, of Hillsdale, NY.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sisters, Sr Eileen OSB, Margaret, Gertrude Brechtel, Theresa Knouse and Marie in childhood, and brothers, Vincent, Fr Emmeran OSB, George, Charles, Leo, and Benedict.

Memorial services will take place in Athens, NY at a date to be announced. Burial will be at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Catskill, NY.

Donations may be made to St. Joseph Monastery, 303 Church Street, St Marys, PA, or to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Kane Funeral Home, 25 Catoonah St., Ridgefield is in charge of arrangements.