What a delight it was for all of us here at Family Promise of Warren County and the Interfaith Hospitality Network to learn that Gottfried "Bushy" Pletzer included us in his Will.
Gottfried, also known as Bushy, was 90 when he passed away this past November 25th. He lived in Lebanon Township, Hunterdon County, NJ until he joined the Army. He had a very distinguished and decorated military record, having served in the US Army for over 20 years, attaining the rank of Major. His record included receiving 2 Bronze Stars, a Silver Star, and an Albanian Double Eagle during World War II for heroic and meritorious achievement. An avid sportsman, he organized and taught Hunting and Fishing courses to German and American dignitaries while in Germany.
Friends remember Bushy as a man with a great sense of humor. He was also a man of many talents. As a youth, he attended and graduated the 8th Grade from the Changewater two room Schoolhouse in Lebanon Twp, which held it's graduations and events at the Changewater United Methodist Church down the road. He wasn't able to continue his education when his parents needed his help to keep their farm. A man who loved reading books, Bushy was full of knowledge and eventually went back to school after the War, earning a GED, and then a Bachelor's Degree in Business and Public Administration. He then returned to Lebanon Twp. He will be remembered as a civic minded individual, having been both Mayor and Township Committeman in Lebanon Twp.
He was known as Santa Claus to many children in the Lebanon Twp. and Washington, NJ areas. Bushy was famous for raising chickens and turkeys and loved organic gardening. After all he had done in life, he loved life on the farm most of all. His strong sense of Faith brought him back to the Changewater United Methodist Church in Lebanon Twp., where he was in the choir and would sing Silent Night in German as a solo at the Christmas Eve Candlelight Service. It is easy to see why those who knew him say that he was truly an amazing individual.
He was surely a "People Person" and his last act of giving was to help others in need. We wish he were here to say "Thank You" for helping when it mattered most.
On behalf of the families, staff, and Family Promise Board of Directors, Thanks Bushy!
Pictured left is Peg Miskowitz, close friend of Bushy and Executrix of his estate, presenting a $10,000.00 check to Bob Frankenfield, Executive Director of Family Promise and the Interfaith Hospitality Network.
Thank You Mr. Pletzer!
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