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Manfred Ganzer

Manfred Ganzer

Monday, September 3rd, 1945 - Friday, January 22nd, 2021
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Obituary

Manfred Walter Ganzer, 75, passed away on Friday, January 22, 2021 at Regency Heritage Care Center in Somerset, New Jersey.

Mr. Ganzer was born September 03, 1945 in Newark, New Jersey to the late Walter and Elsie (Zinsmeister) Ganzer. He grew up in Union before settling in Somerset, where he resided with his wife Isabelle (McDade) Ganzer since 1970.

Fred attended Kean University, formerly Newark State College, where he earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Math Education. He was a dedicated and beloved math teacher at Metuchen High School for 41 years. Fred coached for the Franklin Township Soccer Club for many seasons, and he especially loved to coach his two children, Matthew and Chrissie. For almost two decades, he spent the summers managing the Green Brook Swim Club, where he developed long-lasting friendships and served as a mentor to his young staff. Fred enjoyed playing basketball with his former colleagues from Metuchen, and, in later years, he also loved to play in the Franklin Township Senior Softball League. He was active in the community by serving as a member of the Franklin Township Republican Committee. Lastly, he was active in his alumni fraternity, Sigma Beta Tau.

Fred loved staying active and being outdoors, gardening and “picking up sticks” in the yard. He thoroughly enjoyed when the neighborhood children would come over to “help” him with the yard work. Fred was a history buff who also loved fishing, collecting stamps and coins, and being a beer and wine “connoisseur,” always eager to try new craft beers and different wines. He was an avid Giants and Yankees fan, one of his idols being Mickey Mantle. In addition, he loved country music and watching Gunsmoke reruns.

Fred was a loving husband, proud father, adoring Opa, and a caring friend.

He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Isabelle, his son, Matthew Ganzer, his daughter Christina Zambri and her husband Michael, and his granddaughter, Isabelle Marguerite. He is also survived by his brothers-in-law and their spouses, Joseph and Roseanne McDade and Harry and Dorothy McDade, as well as his sister-in-law, Patricia McDade; his cousin, Heidi Grüner; his goddaughter, Bettina Grüner; and his dearest friends, Daniel and Kathy Frolich. He seemed to positively impact anyone he met and will be missed by so many. He was truly an honorable man.

Funeral services will be private under the care of the Gleason Funeral Home and at the request of the family.

Services will be streamed on Tuesday, January 26th at 11:00 A.M. Please use the link below to access the Stream. When they click on the link a page will open up and video will start. At times they may have to click on a play button on the screen.

https://livestream.com/aritonvideolive/ganzer

Memorial contribution can be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at www.stjude.org/donate or to the American Lung Association at www.lung.org.
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    Tuesday, January 26th, 2021 | 11:00am
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    Tuesday, January 26th, 2021 11:00am
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    Funeral services will be private under the care of the Gleason Funeral Home and at the request of the family.

    Services will be streamed on Tuesday, January 26th at 11:00 A.M. Please use the link below to access the Stream. When they click on the link a page will open up and video will start. At times they may have to click on a play button on the screen.

    https://livestream.com/aritonvideolive/ganzer

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Isabelle Ganzer

Posted at 05:49pm
Thank you all so much for the beautiful comments and memories. We appreciate the sentiments. Love, The Ganzer, McDade and Zambri Families
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Jon Palmbak

Posted at 01:12pm
My deepest condolences... I was a student class of ‘98. Mr. Ganzer was a great teacher and a good man. May he always be remembered.
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Clayton Hollender

Posted at 11:30am
My math teach MHS '74-'75, just before I hit freakdom. Pretty Robin Graham sat next to me (she ignored my crush) & when her brother would walk in (late) outside between the classroom wings, M r G would look at him, look at her, & be in total disbelief.
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Lisa Budesheim

Posted at 08:59am
"Mr. Fred" was the first person in our neighborhood to welcome us when we moved in. He immediately made us feel at home. My husband loved talking to Fred about anything and everything and their banter back and forth was comical. It seemed that every time I looked out the window for many years I would see Fred "putzing" around the yard. It never failed to bring a smile to my face. Perhaps the biggest impact Fred made, however, was on my children. They loved to help him in his yard, they loved having conversations with him. They especially loved when Fred would let them see Lola the bunny. I'm forever grateful to him for being so wonderful to them. Fred, we will miss you dearly. You were a bright spot in our lives. Chrissie, Matt and Isabelle, we are all sorry for your loss. Isabelle, we are right across the street if you ever need us. Love to all, love, The Budesheims
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Bill and Donna Latta

Posted at 11:04pm
We were both students at MHS and my husband worked with Fred at MHS. We both have wonderful memories of him. May God Bless you all with many happy memories of a wonderful man.
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