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Herbert Kreissler


1925 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Herbert Kreissler August 9, 1925 July 20, 2018 Herbert Kreissler of Greenbrae, CA died peacefully at home on July 20, 2018. Born and educated in Germany, Herbert emigrated to California in 1961, where he made Marin County his home. From 1943 45 Herbert was with the German Air Force earning his pilot's license on his nineteenth birthday in 1944, though he never flew a combat mission. Herbert was held as a prisoner of war in Heilbronn, then Mannheim, from April 1945 March 1946. Following WWII he received a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Engenieur Schule in Mannheim. Herbert then worked as a design engineer with noted firms in Winterthur and Geneva, Switzerland. Life was "too good" in Switzerland so he looked for new adventures and crossed the Atlantic Ocean on a freighter bringing with him his Volkswagen. Landing in New York City, Herbert drove cross-country to San Francisco where his first and only interview landed him a job with Bechtel Corporation. Herbert worked there as an engineer from 1961 until his retirement exactly twenty-eight years later in 1989. In 1962 Herbert married Anita Renters, a technical designer with PG&E in San Francisco, who predeceased him in 1983. Herbert had many interests and talents. He was a long-time member of the Corte Madera/Larkspur Tennis League and the Redwood Sanger Chor. He loved nature and animals, feeding his backyard zoo and playing skat with his card buddies. Herbert excelled at outdoor sports. He was a long-distance runner, snow skied, water skied, ice skated, windsurfed, played tennis, rappelled, and climbed mountains in Switzerland and in the United States. Herbert ascended to the summits of Mt. Shasta (14,162 ft) and Mt. Whitney (14,494 ft). In 1984, while on a holiday cruise aboard Royal Odyssey, Herbert met Barbara Graham from Bay City, Texas. A "love boat" indeed as Barbara moved to Greenbrae to marry Herbert in 1985. The couple began realizing their passion for world travel, eventually exploring every continent. They enjoyed an active life together hiking, gardening, entertaining, attending opera performances, and playing bridge. Throughout his life, Herbert remained grateful for his blessings, family and friends. Herbert is survived by his dearly loved wife, Barbara Graham Kreissler, his second family, the Vandenbergs: Herman, Susan and godchild Nicole, of Sausalito, his brother-in-law, retired Colonel David E. Graham, of Charlottesville, VA, and several cousins in Germany. Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service on Saturday, September 29, at 10:30 a.m. at Tiburon Baptist Church, 445 Greenwood Beach Road, Tiburon, CA. Inurnment will be in the family plot in Cedarvale Cemetery, Bay City, TX. The family is most appreciative of the gentle care and expertise of Hospice By The Bay in Herbert's final days. A special fund in memory of Herbert Kreissler has been established at Hospice By the Bay. Donations in Mr. Kreissler's name may be sent to The Graham/Kreissler Family Endowment Fund, HBTB, 17 E. Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Larkspur, Ca 94939.
Published in Marin Independent Journal from Aug. 8 to Sept. 23, 2018
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