Guido von Autenried
August 28, 1927 – June 4, 2019
Guido von Autenried (Park Ridge, age 91) passed away on Tuesday June 4 at home with his loving wife at his side. He was born in 1927 in Lauterbach, Germany. His father was a civil engineer and his mother was an English teacher. He grew up in Berlin and was drafted into the German army at age 16. He lost his parents during the final weeks of World War II in Pottsdam, Germany. After the war, when he was released from the army, he reunited with relatives in Moerfelden, Germany and attended the Darmstadt Technische Hochschule, where he majored in civil engineering. During that time, he met his future wife, Erna Bergmann, who was the granddaughter of Guido’s landlady.
Guido immigrated to the United States in 1953 and he and Erna were married in August 1954. They first settled in New York City and then New Jersey for the last 51 years.
Guido worked at Buck, Seifert and Jost from 1953 until 2011. During his 58 year career at Buck, Seifert and Jost, he was a structural designer, engineer, project engineer, responsible professional engineer, and Director and Chief Engineer for the design of water and wastewater treatment plants, transmission and collection systems, and pumping stations throughout New York, New Jersey, Virginia and Puerto Rico. He received the AWWA NJ Section Fuller Award in 2011 in recognition of his distinguished service, sound engineering skill and constructive leadership in the water supply field.
Guido was uplifting, caring and a good friend to all in his life. He enjoyed visits to watch the construction of the new Tappan Zee bridge. In his spare time, Guido enjoyed model trains, puzzles, photography, travel, family history/ancestry and was intrigued by magicians. Guido cherished every minute he spent with Erna.
The family will receive their relatives and friends at Becker Funeral Home, 219 Kinderkamack Road, Westwood, NJ on Friday, June 7 from 4-8PM. The service celebrating Guido's life and faith will be held at t he funeral home on Saturday, June 8 at 9:30AM. Interment will follow at Hollywood Memorial Park, Union, NJ. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association at alz.org or the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 112 N. Main Street, Pearl River, NY 10965.
- Visitation Friday, June 7, 2019
- Funeral Service Saturday, June 8, 2019
- Committal Service Saturday, June 8, 2019
Guido von Autenried
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June 7, 2019
To Ron and Joan and your entire family: Linda and I are thinking of you in your time of sorrow. Guido was a wonderful engineer and technician who worked tirelessly to help me and our company through all the projects and issues we dealt with over my 36 years with United Water/Suez. More importantly he was a great friend to me, and an honorable and compassionate man as well. He can never be replaced and will always be remembered.
June 6, 2019
In the name of our family, especially my mother, Margot Salzmann, I want to say, how sad we all were, when we heard that Guido has passed away. Guido was one of the best friends of my father Gerhard. They met during their studies in Darmstadt and it seemed to be a friendship for life. My father passed away only 42 years old and Guido and Erna were a big and strong help for my mother during a sad time of sorrow. We, the next generation, had the chance to meet Erna an Guido several times in our home in Mainz and in their House in New Jeesey. I never forget the day, when I wanted to visit my husband in New York during a German Marshall Fellowship Programm, the kids 8 months and 2 years old, at home with grandma, crying all the flight, and then the warm Welcome from Erna and Guido at the Airport. They brought me to a wonderful restaurant under Brocklyn Bridge and Guido ordered me a Whiskey Sour, what I had never had before. Since that time I often had one in bars all over the world, always thinking of Guido. He was that, what you call in German „ein feiner Mensch“ and we will never forget him. Our thoughts are with Erna, Ronny and Paul and their families. We are sure you had the best husband, father and granddaddy! With love from Margot, Claude, Petra and Hans-Dieter
June 5, 2019
Rest in Paradise Guido. I will miss your funny stories and Skylar will miss you showing us your train collection. We are sending our condolences all the way from Virginia. Keeping Erna and family in our prayers - Tonalee and Skylar (Dale's daughter and grandson).
June 5, 2019
The last time we spent in Guido´s and Erna´s house was on the second of january 2019. We celebrated Priska´s Birthday.
As you can see on the picture we had a lot of fun and drank some champagne.
On the same day we ate lunch at our favourite restaurant "The Diner" in Park Ridge" and then Guido drove us to Nyack to see his beloved bridge.
We were really delighted to see him this year, even in very good health.
We went quite often to their house and it always feels like home. Also when my mum Edla (his cousin) came with us.
In love and in memories of Guido
Kirsten and Priska