George Kissenberth was a retired pilot with the Sandy Hook Pilots Association who spent his career flying ships and tankers through New York Harbor. Survived by his loving wife Nancy and children Nina Louise (Gerald) Schletzbaum of Good Intent; Lydia Elizabeth Funk of Atchison; Nanette Marie Kissenberth D.O. of Warren; and William Christian Wessel III from Jonesboro – George was truly one-of-a-kind!
Early Life and Education
George Kissenberth was a knowledgeable, well-read man who could stay abreast of technology. He enjoyed horse-riding and solving crossword puzzles. Most importantly, though, George was an devoted husband and father who had an eye for friendships. A lifelong resident of Berkeley Heights and member of Great Kills Yacht Club, George served in World War II and earned himself the Purple Heart; further proving his devotion to giving back to his community – something which will be sorely missed by many.
Captain George Kissenberth was a retired pilot with the Sandy Hook Pilots Association who navigated cruise ships and tankers through New York Harbor. Born in Staten Island, he lived in Stapleton before moving to Berkeley Heights when he was 40 years old. Additionally, Captain Kissenberth enjoyed sailing on Lake Champlain and building large-scale remote-controlled aircraft. A dedicated husband, father, friend, and member of Great Kills Yacht Club; Captain George was always ready for anything that came his way!
His survivors include his wife Betty Jo; son George Jr.; daughter Joanne; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild; all predeceased by his parents. A memorial service will be held this summer at Ippolito Funeral Home in Berkeley Heights with arrangements being handled by the family. George will be deeply missed by his family and friends alike.
Achievements and Honors
George Kissenberth was a longtime pilot for the Sandy Hook Pilots Association and had responsibility for navigating tankers, cruise ships and other large vessels in New York Harbor. Additionally, he served as captain on board Queen Mary 2 during her maiden voyage.
George was a former resident of Stapleton who relocated to Berkeley Heights in his 40s and enjoyed skiing and snowboarding at Sugarbush. A member of the Great Kills Yacht Club, George had a deep devotion for family, always making sure his loved ones were taken care of.
He was predeceased by his wife Elizabeth and is survived by a son, Victor ’59; daughter Vanessa; granddaughter; and grandson. A celebration of his life will be held this summer for friends and family to honor his memory. All those who knew him well will miss him dearly.
George Kissenberth was a loving husband and father who deeply loved his family. He also served as an devoted friend and volunteer in his community. Among George’s many interests were snowboarding and cross-country skiing; reading; crossword puzzles; as well as horses. His passions were many but none could compare to those of George.
He was a retired pilot for the Sandy Hook Pilots Association and had many impressive accomplishments, such as flying iconic ships like Queen Mary 2 and fuel tanks filled with fuel under federal guard after 9/11 into New York Harbor. Survived by his wife Betty Jo of 28 years; son George Jr.; daughter Joanne; and four grandchildren, there will be an event this summer to honor his life with family and friends in his honor. We can honor him best by doing good works in his name – such as flying tankers filled with fuel under federal guard after 9/11 into New York Harbor.