Henry Deissler, Ex-Freeholder

By Ernie Baum, Staff Writer

(From: The Record, January 17, 1972, Obituary)

Henry DeisslerTEANECK - Henry Delssler. 77, former mayor and civic leader in Teaneck, has died In Florida.

Mr. Deissler, also a former councilman and Bergen County freeholder, died in Sacred Heart Hospital, Pensacola. He was visiting his son, Howard E.

Mr. Deissler was born in New York and had lived in Teaneck more than 50 years. His address was 648-B Beverly Road.

Mr. Deissler was a World War I veteran, a former commander of American Legion Post 128, and a charter member of Capt. Stephen T. Schoonmaker VFW Post 1429.

He served on the Township Council from 1938 to 1955, when he resigned to become a freeholder. He was named deputy mayor in 1946 and became mayor in 1950. He served as township clerk from 1925 to 1930.

Mr. Deissler was instrumental in the formation of the Teaneck Community Chest and served as manager of two Boy Scout finance drives. He was an exempt fireman, and served many years as a volunteer before a paid fire department was established.

He was a former Planning Board member also.

Railroader 40 Years

He retired as general passenger agent for the Great Northern Railway (now the Burlington Railroad) of New York City after 40 years with the line. He was a member of the General Eastern Agents Association.

In 1961, Mr. Deissler was named a sales engineer for Fred J. Brotherton Inc., Hackensack contractors.

His wife, the former Edna Stumpf, died in 1970.

Surviving in addition to his son, are three sisters, Marie Rogers of Surf City, Josephine Paff of Westwood, and Bertha MacDonald of Bergenfield and four grandchildren.

Services will be Wednesday at 10 a.m. in Volk Funeral Home, 789 Teaneck Road. Burial will be in George Washington Memorial Park, Paramus. Visiting hours are from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today and tomorrow.

An American Legion service will be tomorrow at 8 p.m. in the funeral home.

Contributions may be made to the Henry Deissler Memorial Fund at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Teaneck.

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