Guenter Kass, 83, generous and hardworking family man

Guenter Kass

WILMINGTON — Guenter Kass, 83, left his earthly life Sunday, July 4, 2021, after an extended illness this past year. He was born Oct. 17, 1937.

Guenter was preceded in death by his parents, Wilhelm and Elfriede Kass; and first wife, Ingrid, all of Germany.

Guenter is survived by his wife, Karen; son, Bill Kass of San Antonio, and his wife, Stephanie; granddaughter, Kristin Mills, and her husband, Conner, of Ruidoso, New Mexico; granddaughter, Nicole Bosley, and her husband, Joshua, of Irving, Texas; grandson, Michael (Will) of Abiliene, Texas; daughter, Birgit McQuiston, and her husband, Greg; granddaughter, Emily Bailey, and her husband, Alex; grandson, Erich McQuiston, all of Lake Orion, Michigan; stepsons, Chandler Rohal and family of New York, Matthew Rohal of Athens, Ohio, and Warren Rohal and family of Denver, Colorado.

For more opportunities and a better life, Guenter immigrated to the United States in 1957, where he arrived in Hoboken, New Jersey. He traveled to Cleveland, Ohio, and lived with his aunt, Tante Mimi, who sponsored him. He began working as a painter at the May Co. Department store in Cleveland, Ohio. After time passed, along with taking evening classes at the local community college, his work ethic was noticed, found valuable, and he was promoted to Senior V.P. of Operations for the department store chain Elder-Beerman headquartered in Dayton, Ohio.

Upon retirement, he moved to Wilmington in 2002 to enjoy the beauty of the seashore and started his collection of seashells. He enjoyed sharing the ocean with those he loved and often gifted shells to the many friends and children that came for visits. He volunteered and became active on HOA boards for his community, where he was able to share his management and organizational skills.

Guenter, also known as “Opa” by his family, was a caring and kind man with an unbelievable sweet tooth. He loved to tell stories of his life in Germany, which were enjoyed, especially by his grandchildren. He was a generous and hardworking family man who will be greatly missed.

A celebration of Guenter’s life will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday July 10, at Andrews Valley Chapel on South College Road.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the hospice center of Lower Cape Fear LifeCare or the American Red Cross.

Share online condolences with the family at Andrews Mortuary & Crematory.

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