Guenther Rupprecht

Obituary of Guenther Rupprecht

Guenther (G.E.W.) Rupprecht, 77, was a long-time resident of Yonkers who passed away suddenly on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020. Guenther was born in Stettin, Germany in 1943 and he immigrated to the United States with his mother, Louise, in 1951 through Ellis Island. He proudly enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1963, and served until 1971, rising to the rank of Sergeant. Guenther spent 40 years serving his beloved NYPD, rising to the rank of Detective in 1988. His career was matched by very few - from riding for Highway-1/MCY-1 in the Bronx, to piloting helicopters with Aviation in Brooklyn, to spending endless time at Ground Zero following 9/11, to finishing his career with the 49 Precinct in the Bronx. Guenther’s greatest passion was flying for the NYPD, which brought him the utmost pride of his career. There wasn’t a chopper that could fly overhead without him stopping to look. He loved giving fellow colleagues white knuckles and a good scare by flying under the old Mill Basin Bridge; thank God it was during low tide and with a small chopper. A fellow sergeant said Guenther was “the best pilot the NYPD ever had.” Guenther retired in 2005 from his beloved NYPD, after which he dabbled in a wide variety of hobbies and passions. Most notably was his desire to make sure veterans who were buried at Holy Mount Cemetery in Eastchester received the military recognition that they deserved. He continued to be actively involved in the Emerald Society, the NYPD Honor Legion, the Steuben society, and any club, meeting, or association that was part of the NYPD, the Marines and Veterans affairs. One of Guenther’s biggest passions was Jackman, Maine. He truly enjoyed his late Uncle George's house, that his family visited for the last 40 years - from the solace and the abundant wildlife to the pure simplicity of the Jackman vibe. He gladly would welcome visitors who were willing to take the 10 hour drive and lack all human luxuries, but instead enjoy dial-up internet. The fresh air and peaceful atmosphere of Jackman brought Guenther unbounded happiness, and his stories were endless, ranging from a loon on Crocker Pond or to the 2 ton bull moose he saw that day. During every summer trip to Jackman, of at least 3 months, Guenther was very active in the Jackman Historical Society and the American Legion, showing his unwavering dedication to his passions. Guenther was a jack of all trades and strived for mastery in everything he set out to do. He worked tirelessly and effortlessly to be the go-to guy for his family and friends, and even strangers. Guenther could build and fix everything and anything from something or nothing; he was extremely skillful. His favorite place to tinker was the P&T Murphy Repair Shop on McLean Avenue, where he enjoyed rescuing any and all materials his brother-in-law Patrick dared to throw in the dumpster. Guenther met his wife of 44 years, Kathy, at an E.M.T. class at Fordham Hospital. Demonstrating his future skills as a detective, he followed her home. The next day, Guenther arrived on Kathy’s doorstep, wanting “just to say hi” and the rest was history. Despite – or because of – his serious work on the police force, Guenther was known for his love of a good joke and for the endless joy he took in razzing his colleagues and family. When one of his Aviation colleagues pulled a prank on Guenther, that colleague soon found the padlock on his locker enclosed in 3 rolls of duct tape, carefully labeled with the initials “G.E.W.” And anyone who called the Rupprecht home in the 1990’s was likely to be greeted with a cheery “Schwartz’s Mortuary!” – only to call back and discover Guenther reveling in his prank. That was Guenther having the time of his life. Nothing brought Guenther more joy than his family. He delighted in surprising his young children by flying his helicopter over the family home, only 100 ft from the border of NYC. The telltale “thump-thump-thump” of the rotors would send them racing outside, where Guenther would push the boundaries of the New York City border in order to wave hello. As his children Joann, Teri and Paul grew, Guenther took great pride in their accomplishments. He always took photos, both posed and candid, at all their important life events, and it is in his children that Guenther’s best and most important life’s work lives on. In recent years, Guenther relished in playing the role of Opi (grandfather) to his grandchildren, Mia and Daniel, and in spoiling his grandpups, Bailey and Leo (“Snoopy”). Guenther’s devotion to family and country knew no bounds. In addition to his wife, children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews, Guenther loved his brothers-in-law, Tommy, Timmy, John and Patrick, whom Guenther considered his own brothers. He loved his family, the NYPD, and the Marine Corps. After a full and honorable life of service, he will be laid to rest at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, following a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Barnabas Church. Guenther’s family invites you to join in the celebration of his life by viewing his Mass of Christian Burial at this link: https://www.facebook.com/stbarnabascatholicchurch/videos/?ref=page_internal Friends and family who wish to honor Guenther’s memory are encouraged to do so by donating to the Wounded Warrior Project or Marine Corps Toys for Tots. Both are organizations that were close to Guenther’s heart. With everyone’s health and NY regulations in mind, the number of visitors must be monitored. Mourners will be asked to be patient and must prepare to wait outside the building. Visitors will be cycled through while practicing social distancing so that all may have the chance to pay their respects. Please remember, the sick, elderly and those with compromised health, should avoid public settings. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held… Our Parishes are also practicing recommended guidelines, limiting the number of people that may gather in church. Seating for family will be designated, and friends will be allowed in as room permits, however, this will be limited. If you would like to attend the Funeral Mass, please understand that seating cannot be guaranteed and you should be prepared to observe from a distance. Viewing will be held on Tuesday, December 22, 2020 from 2:00 - 4:00 & 7:00 - 9:00 P.M. Hodder Farenga Funeral Home, 899 McLean Avenue, Yonkers, NY 10704 Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 10:45 A.M. in St. Barnabas Church, Bronx, NY Interment will follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Hawthorne, NY
Tuesday
22
December

Viewing

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Tuesday, December 22, 2020
Hodder Farenga
899 McLean Ave
Yonkers, New York, United States
914-237-5800
Tuesday
22
December

Viewing

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday, December 22, 2020
Hodder Farenga
899 McLean Ave
Yonkers, New York, United States
914-237-5800
Wednesday
23
December

Mass

10:45 am
Wednesday, December 23, 2020
St. Barnabas Church
4343 Martha Ave
Bronx, New York, United States
Wednesday
23
December

Interment

12:30 pm
Wednesday, December 23, 2020
Gate of Heaven Cemetery
10 W. stevens Ave
Hawthorne, New York, United States
(914) 769-3672
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