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Bergen County Historical Society Mourns the loss of Manfred Wegner 1936-2022

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Manfred with Major General Baron von Steuben

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River Edge NJ,  “Manfred was an amazing person. His childhood and youth under the brutal regimes of the Nazis and later the Communists in Germany made him an extraordinary witness to history, and his escape from East Berlin was a gutsy and clever one. To hear such first hand stories made me realize fully how protected and even sheltered we have been in the US. He was an extremely talented craftsman, not just in wood (what he didn’t know about woodworking wasn’t worth knowing!), but in photography and drawing as well, and the tips he gave me for my DIY projects were always welcome. He was generous with both his knowledge and his humor, always appreciating a quick comeback to his teasing. He was a fixture at HNBL who will be both missed and remembered.”

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K. Reilly wrote this and I thought she said it well. He was an immense help to me, helped build extensive shelving for collections, built 3 tall paneled pedestals for the maquette of Steuben, the Cigar-Store Indian and our entry stand at the Steuben House and a large quilt storage unit among other projects. Besides fixing items, grounds and building projects, he made scroll-work ornaments to sell in the gift shop. He made himself available whenever needed and will be missed by many.

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Peter, Manfred and Joe Restivo in the tavern

Manfred D. Wegner, 86, of Bergenfield, died peacefully at his home on July 23, 2022 surrounded by his family. Beloved husband of Kathryn (née Ehrenbeck). Loving father of Karin (Denis) O’Keefe, Dieter (Carol) Wegner, Heidi (Adam) Araujo. Cherished grandfather of Lindsey (Ryan) Walsh, Sara & (Alex) Kiene, Rebecca (Anthony) Hill, Erik Wegner (Adriana Moran), Kevin Araujo (Katie Piatt), Peter Araujo, Marc Wegner, and loving great-grandfather of Cassidy Walsh. Also survived by his first wife, Christel Wegner.

Manfred was born in Berlin, Germany to Hedwig (née Fessel) and Gustav Wegner. Manfred was a mason and carpenter with Arrow Construction of New York City for many years. He was a Trustee Emeritus of the Bergen County Historical Society, and a member of many art clubs and the Rockland and Teaneck photography clubs.

Cremation was private. Memorial visitation Sunday, July 31, 2022, 10 AM – 12 Noon, Service 11:30 AM, at the Frech-McKnight Funeral Home, 161 Washington Avenue, Dumont. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Manfred’s memory to the Bergen County Historical Society Museum Fund, 1201 Main Street, #1209, River Edge, NJ 07661; www.bergencountyhistory.org.

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