Leo P. Gallagher & Son Funeral Home

31 Arch Street, Greenwich, CT


Dietrich Alexander Van Alst Jander

March 18, 1974November 21, 2019

Dietrich Alexander Van Alst Jander, longtime resident of Greenwich, CT., passed away on November 21, 2019. He was 45 years old.

Born in Garden City, Long Island, NY. Dietrich was the son of Deborah (Van Alst) and Klaus H. Jander. He attended Brunswick School pre-k – 10th grade and graduated Greenwich H.S. in 1992. After receiving his B.S. Degree from Vanderbilt University, he completed a Master’s in Industrial Business Management in Koblenz, Germany. During that time, he was also working at Schuetz Werke GmbH & Co KGaA as a Logistics Manager, and was later transferred by Schuetz back to the US. Since 2013 worked as a Strategic Service Strategy Manager at Henkel-North America. Dietrich enjoyed multiple and varied interests, especially BMW’s, new and vintage, astronomy, oceanography, gardening, and cooking, which included the obligatory viewing of “Produce Pete” on Channel 4 on early Saturday morning.

Dietrich was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity and Toast Masters International. Fluent in English and German, Dietrich also studied many years of Latin, Spanish, French and Russian. Aside from his deep love for his family, fiancé Elfride, and friends, he enjoyed skiing, scuba diving, Formula 1, travel, politics, mechanical tinkering, and supporting friends and family; A True Renaissance Man!

Dietrich is survived by his parents Klaus and Deborah Jander, and fiancé Elfride Jakaj, Aunts Dawn Mary Sclafani, Joyce Eikenberry and numerous cousins in both Germany and America.

A visitation will be held on Friday, November 29th from 6-8pm at the Leo P. Gallagher & Son Funeral Home, 31 Arch Street, Greenwich. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, November 30th at 10am at Saint Catherine of Siena Church, 4 Riverside Avenue, Greenwich.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a memorial donation to the Wounded Warrior Project. Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8516


  • Visitation Friday, November 29, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, November 30, 2019


Dietrich Alexander Van Alst Jander

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Gloria Meyering

December 4, 2019

Dear Ones, I was in Virginia when services were held for your son. My heart goes out to you for your great loss. Had I been in Greenwich I hope you’re aware that I’d be at your family’s side. Please call me when you’re free and we will share your sorrows.

Dieter & Hildegard, Elisabeth, Wolfgang Heckl / Jander

November 28, 2019

All those many miles between us, did not harm our very close friendship. We lost a very brave man - our cousin – our friend – our buddy. We all loved you a lot and have so many great and wonderful memories, which will let you alive in our hearts. Forever. Remember the Oktoberfest and the Biergarten in good old Munich and the BMW you took back home – or the great time we spend with you in NJ shopping the mall empty and you couldn´t believe how many bags we puzzled into your car. We loved to listen to your amazing knowledge of things, the Fuji Mountain, Sushi and our good Zwetschendatschi … -We will miss you a lot.

Maureen and Manfred Jaeckel

November 26, 2019

If tomorrow starts without me, and I’m not here to see,
If the sun should rise you find your eyes all filled with tears for me;
I wish so much you wouldn’t cry the way you did today,
While thinking of the many things we didn’t get to say.
I know how much you love me, as much as I love you
And each time that you think of me, I know you’ll miss me too.
But when tomorrow starts without me please try to understand,
That an angel came and called my name and took me by the hand.
He said my place was ready, in heaven far above
And that I’d have to leave behind all those I dearly love.
But as I turned and walked away a tear fell from my eye.
For all my life I’d always thought, I didn’t want to die.
I had so much to live for, so much left yet to do.
It seemed almost impossible that I was leaving you.
I thought of all the yesterdays the good ones and the bad.
I thought of all the love we shared, and all the fun we had.
If I could relive yesterday, just even for a while,
I’d say goodbye and kiss you and maybe see you smile.
But then I fully realized that this could never be,
For emptiness and memories would take the place of me.
When I thought of worldly things I might miss come tomorrow
I thought of you and when I did my heart was filled with sorrow.
When I walked through heavens gates I felt so much at home.
God looked down and smiled at me from his great golden throne
He said, “This is eternity and all I’ve promised you”
Today your life on earth has passed but here life starts anew.
I promise no tomorrow, but today will always last
And since each day is the same there’s no longing for the past.
You have been so faithful so trusting and so true.
So when tomorrow starts with out me don’t think we’re far apart,
For every time you think of me, I’m right here in your heart!
Author: David Romano

Stefanie Oswald

November 26, 2019

Dear Dietrich,

THANK YOU for letting us get to know each other.
THANK YOU for every moment.
THANK YOU for your time and your smile.

I´m going to miss you so much.
We´ll see each other again.
with love, Steffi

Pennington Way IV

November 24, 2019

When we first met in grade school, I knew we would be friends forever. I can’t really remember any significant events as a teen or young adult that did not include you in one way or another. While our adult lives took us in different directions, we always stay connected somehow. Long nighttime phone calls. Texting funny photos or jokes. You always knew how to get a laugh out of me even during dark times. You will be missed by more people than you ever could have imagined. Dietrich, you left us too early but your presence made so many of us better people. I will honor your life by telling my son about our childhood antics. Rest well old friend.

Tim Waterbury

November 24, 2019

Our world is darker and sadder this week losing Dietrich. I will always remember his love for fun and his absolute loyalty to his friends. Sharing a zipferbier and the "devil's fiddle" in Katschberg or having his face licked by a giraffe through Mom's sunroof are two of my favorite memories. He brought a vibrance and love for life to every experience. Rest easy, my friend.

Mark Kelliher

November 24, 2019

We shared so much together I don’t even know where to begin you were such a dear friend to me whether it was the Ford probe the VW rabbit or the BMW you were always the driver and I was always your shotgun clubs concerts movies so many things everything comes flooding back I will miss you bye dear friend

Garrison Gunter

November 24, 2019

You'll be missed, Old Friend. I'll always cherish our times as young men, grilling, driving, dancing, making crazy things in the sous vide and all the gadgets and cameras. I'll never forget our first moments in Ron Lakes Photography class and all the amazing experiences we captured though our photography. Go to the light my friend and rise above it all.