OBITUARY

Karl G. Gutenberger

November 16, 1952July 8, 2018

Karl Georg Gutenberger of Stony Point, NY passed away peacefully on July 8, 2018 at the age of 65 from lung disease with his family by his side. Karl was born in Windesheim, Germany on November 16, 1952. He came from Germany with his parents at the age of 4 and settled in the Bronx. He graduated from Our Savior Lutheran High School in the Bronx. In 1971 he started serving 6 years in the U.S. Army and National Guard. He then went on to Lehman College and the NY Institute of Technology where he learned to be an electrical mechanic and worked at various jobs such as Merrill Lynch, Macy’s, and J.P. Morgan Chase.

He met his wife Mariela and married on November 26, 1983 and lived in Queens, NY then moved to New City, NY in Rockland County in 1996 where they had their 3 beautiful daughters and lastly moved to the Stony Point, NY community 5 years ago. Karl had a career as a union electrician for 35 years and as a union operating building engineer for the past 10 years. He is survived by his wife Mariela Gutenberger of 35 years, his daughters Annalise, Louisa, and Katarina. He also leaves behind his mother, Margot Gutenberger, brother Eric Gutenberger and sister-in-law Patricia Gutenberger with nieces Christina, Kaitlyn, Kerri and nephew Karl; sister-in-law Mannie Rodriguez, cousins Carmen Nonnenmacher and Tina Braja, and their families. Karl is predeceased by his father Karl-Heinz Gutenberger.

His passion and work ethic made for a loyal and dedicated employee. He had a genuine ability to fix anything and his attention to detail was impeccable no matter the task. His joy for his girls and family was immense. He would make people laugh even at the most inappropriate times and had a lasting impression on everyone. His goal was to make everyone happy. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his honor to either the American Lung Association or to Atonement Lutheran Church in Stony Point, NY. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 14, 2018 from 2-4pm & 7-9pm at Michael J. Higgins Funeral Home, 321 S. Main St., New City, NY with a service at 8:30pm at funeral home. Cremation on Monday will be private.

Services

  • Visiting Saturday, July 14, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, July 14, 2018
REMEMBERING

Karl G. Gutenberger

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Katarina Gutenberger

July 16, 2018

If you knew my dad, you knew how big his heart was. He was probably the only one who cried while watching America’s Got Talent. You also probably knew how big his mouth was. Most of his jokes were told at the most inappropriate time to lighten any mood. Although he’s jokes and smile stood out during any time, he was full of wisdom that helped guide me through any tough moment in my life. I will miss him coming home at 3:30 every afternoon; waking me up from my nap; to yell at me to help him with his fish tanks (all 3 of them), the pool, garden, and pretty much everything else in the house along with him making me cook dinner almost every night. He taught me everything I know, which is a big reason why we are so alike. He taught me how to crack a joke literally anywhere, how to drive my mom insane, but also how to comfort her, how to love, to be completely honest and straight up and so much more. I am so grateful I got to spend so much time with my best friend. No one can replace our dates at Beni’s, planting trees in the backyard, and grilling together. Although Macy is missing her treats, and our house is a little quieter (mostly due to the fact Spanish shows aren’t getting blasted on our TV) we all know that you are here in spirit to guide us through everyday.

My dad was an extremely hard worker, barely taking sick days, missing vacations, etc.. His work ethic was incredible. He has inspired me to work to the hardest of my ability. Even though my dad won’t be able to physically attend my graduation, everything I do is for him and I hope to make him proud.

Thank you to everyone who attended my dads wake. He always said his only friend was me and no one would show up to his funeral so thanks for proving him wrong! (Even though he would hate being wrong)

P.S.- sorry shoprite your ice cream sales will dramatically decrease

Love you always dad, thanks for being my rock, my best friend, and my hero. Rest easy princess.

Mannie Rodriguez

July 16, 2018

My beloved brother-in-law was larger than life. He always thought of himself as the SAVIOR of All. Crazy sense of humor, had a great eye for beauty and determination. Now he is amongst the Angels that have spread their wings to watch over the ones they love. I will never forget how you were there to help me and guided my sister to persevere no matter what. I miss you so much, and will be forever touched by you, the love you showed us and your strength. RIP
Here is to you my wonderful brother-in-law ::

“We are spirits. That bodies should be lent us, while they can afford us pleasure, assist us in acquiring knowledge, or in doing good to our fellow creatures, is a kind and benevolent act of God.

When our bodies become unfit for these purposes and afford us pain instead of pleasure, instead of an aid become an encumbrance, and answer none of the intentions for which they were given, it is equally kind and benevolent, that a way is provided by which we may get rid of them. Death is that way.

Our friend and we were invited abroad on a party of pleasure, which is to last forever. His chair was ready first and he has gone before us. We could not all conveniently start together; and why should you and I be grieved at this, since we are soon to follow, and know where to find him.”

– Benjamin Franklin

John and Charo Quiles

July 13, 2018

I remember when John and I met Karl over twenty years ago. He was vacationing with his lovely wife, Mariela in Miami. They came by for a visit and we asked him what kind of food he liked. To our surprise he instantly replied, Spanish food. We laughed so hard and said, Boy your wife got you trained. So we took him to a small mom and pop Cuban restaurant. The owners were so impressed by him that we actually stayed passed closing. We knew we had a new friend in our lives. Although life took us in different directions, we always knew that we had a special couple in our lives that created a special family. We always looked forward to receiving their Christmas photo card. Karl, you will be missed and will always have a special place in our hearts. RIP.

Shirley Rios - Gonzalez

July 11, 2018

Karl and Mariela were the first family members I met when I started dating my husband, Daniel 30 years ago. Karl would always cook for us and both he and Mariela made certain that I felt welcome. He was a very funny individual with a big personality and an even bigger heart. I’m going to miss him, but I’m lucky to have so many fun and loving memories that will forever live in my heart. RIP Karlito...until we meet again.

Rachel Braun

July 11, 2018

I may have not gotten to know you very well, but without you I never would have met my best friend. Thank you so much for being the best father to my favorite person.

Praying for your family’s peace now and always.

-Rachel

Carolyn Anderson

July 11, 2018

Karl will be missed by the security team in Carlstadt. He was a great friend to all of us .
He could fix anything ..and make you laugh while doing it . My prayer go out to his family my God comfort your hearts .


With all my love Old Man we are going to miss you !


Carolyn Anderson

FROM THE FAMILY