C. Stewart Hausmann
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AGE: 90 • Wall
C. Stewart Hausmann, 90, lived at Four Seasons at Wall. He passed away September 3, 2013 at home. He was born in Orange, NJ in 1922 and was brought up and educated in Irvington. He graduated from Irvington High School and earned two degrees from Upsala College and a Master's Degree from Montclair State University. He received a Doctor of Humane Letters Degree, Honoris Causa, from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 1985. He did further studies at Syracuse and Columbia Universities. He also attended Mortuary Science College in New York City and was licensed as a funeral director in 1946.
He has been married to the former Lillian D'Addario for 69 years. The couple lived in Irvington until 1974 and then moved to Brielle. They have lived in Wall since 1998. The couple have three children, Dr. Charles S. Hausmann who lives in Houston, Texas where he is a Professor of Conducting and Director of Graduate Choral Studies at the University of Houston; Dr. Steven C. Hausmann, an Orthopedic Surgeon with an office in Belford, lives in Holmdel with his wife Elise; and daughter, Christine Redy, a registered nurse lives in Phillipsburg with her husband, Richard. The couple has 12 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by a brother, Newton Hausmann of Colts Neck.
Mr. Hausmann served in the Air Force during World War II as a B-24 Liberator pilot. He was a Lieutenant assigned to the North Atlantic Division of the Air Transport Command where he flew new B-24s from Mitchell Field, New York to the Eighth Air Force in England. He has continued to be a licensed Commercial Pilot rated to fly single and multi-engine planes but most of his recent flying was done as co-pilot with his son and two grandsons, all of whom are also licensed pilots.
Mr. Hausmann's first job after his discharge from the Air Force in 1945, was at the Junior and Senior High Schools of Irvington where for 10 years he taught Science and English. For 25 years, he was president of the Charles F. Hausmann and Son Funeral Home in Irvington taking over from his father in 1955. Finally for 13 years, he was Executive Director of the New Jersey State Funeral Directors Association, retiring in 1985.
He served from 1958 to 1965 as president of the Irvington Board of Education. He then was elected to the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders and served from 1966 to 1972. He was a Delegate to the Republican National Conventions held in 1968 and 1972, both in Miami Beach, Florida. He was Director of the Board of Freeholders from 1967-1968. He was founding Director of the Investors Savings Bank, Short Hills, and was a member of the Bank Board for 28 years.
After moving to Brielle, Mr. Hausmann served 9 years as Chairman of the Brielle Planning Board and then 4 years as Councilman of the Borough of Brielle. He was Council President in 1998. He founded and is a past president of Riverview Seniors in Brielle.
Mr. Hausmann is a past president of the Irvington Lions Club and past Commander and life member of Irvington Post #16, The American Legion. He was a Trustee of the Vail Deane School in Elizabeth and has served since 1985 on the Advisory Board to the Mortuary Science program at Mercer County Community College. His other memberships and activities are too numerous to list.
He has amassed a long list of awards including Outstanding Young Man in New Jersey in 1957, Christian Churchman of the Year in Irvington in 1961, Irvington Citizen of the Year, Essex County Distinguished Lay Educator of the year in 1964, Life Fellow of the New Jersey Freeholders Association, Alumnus of the Year of Irvington High School in 1972, and appointed Fellow of Upsala College in 1974. He was appointed a Kentucky Colonel by the Governor of Kentucky in 1984, and holds numerous awards for his service to the funeral profession nationwide.
He has been an Elder of the Reformed Church in America since 1954 and served as a Lay Preacher in the Reformed Churches in the Newark Classis. He currently is a member of the Greater Consistory of The Church in Brielle. He taught Senior High Sunday School classes for 13 years at the Second Reformed Church, Irvington and has served on many church committees including those of the Newark Classis, the Regional Synod and General Synod levels of the denomination.
He has published many articles and professional papers for funeral service publications. He was the editor and publisher of THE FORUM, the official magazine of the New Jersey Funeral Directors Association. He pioneered the field of pre-need funeral planning and funeral counseling for funeral directors having been a lecturer on the subjects at educational forums and conventions for funeral directors across the United States. He is an Honorary Life Member of the New Jersey State Funeral Directors Association.
Arrangements are under the direction of Orender Family Home for Funerals, 2643 Old Bridge Road, Manasquan.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14 at the The Church in Brielle. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Church in Brielle, 821 Riverview Drive, Brielle, NJ 08730. To send condolences to the family, please visit www.orenderfamilyhome.com
Published in Asbury Park Press on Sept. 8, 2013