William Joseph Stenger
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William Joseph Stenger, died Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, at Seacrest Nursing Home, Little Egg Harbor. Bill was born Nov. 17, 1923 in Brooklyn, NY to Gladys and William Peter Stenger with his three sisters. He loved playing baseball, his bugle, and spending many boyhood summers at Lake Delaware Boys Camp, Andes NY. He met the love of his life, Adeline Mayer, at the Grover Cleveland High School dance. When WWII broke out, Bill enlisted in the Army Air Corps and became a Second Lieutenant serving as a flight engineer on the B-17. Adeline and Bill married during the war. An avid card player, he sent many poker winnings home to Adeline to save for a rainy day. After the service, Bill and Adeline started their family in Brooklyn, NY, moving to White Plains, NY, then finally settling in Middletown, NJ. He began his career working at Weston Instruments, then moved on to Western Electric/AT&T/Bell Labs/Lucent Technologies. Bill worked for the Bell System for over 37 years, at locations in NY and Holmdel, NJ. He earned his Bachelor's of Science in Electrical Engineering from Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute, and his Master's in Management Science from Stevens Institute of Technology. During his years at Bell Labs he was granted a US Patent.
His love of music inspired him to donate to both the King of Kings and Good Shepard Lutheran Church music and organ funds. He spent many hours volunteering as a coach in Lincroft Little League, Boy Scout Troop 246 Middletown, and the YMCAs at Camp Arrowhead and Red Bank. He was an avid stamp collector, and was a member of the Jersey Shore Promenaders Square Dance Club. He loved the water, being a Red Cross Water Safety Instructor and avid sailor at River Rats Sailing Club, Fair Haven, NJ.
Predeceased are his wife of 63 years, Adeline Mayer Stenger who died in 2008, and sisters, Virginia Jensen and Carol Hillis. Bill leaves behind his sister, June Shaughnessy of Broadway, Virginia. His children: daughters, Lynn Crostic and husband John of Sacramento, CA, Gail Stenger and husband Donald Damstetter of Cape Coral, FL, son, Bill Stenger and wife Natalia of Little Egg Harbor, as well as four grandsons, Bill, Drew and Matt Stenger, John Crostic III, and granddaughter, Allison Crostic.
Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17 at Wood Funeral Home, Tuckerton. Service 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18 at Wood Funeral Home, followed by burial at BG William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Wrightstown. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Lake Delaware Boys Camp, In remembrance of Bill Stenger, 500 Lake Delaware Drive, Delhi, NY 13753.
Wood Funeral Home Inc
134 E Main St
Tuckerton, NJ 08087
Published in Asbury Park Press from Feb. 13 to Feb. 16, 2014