Horst W. Stabenow
Horst W. Stabenow

July 2, 1934 - February 15, 2017
Born in Düsseldorf, Germany
Resided in Chicago, IL


Horst W. Stabenow, 82, of Chicago, IL, entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, February 15, 2017.

Horst William was born on July 2, 1934 in Düsseldorf Germany. He emigrated to Canada in 1954 where he pursued his taste for culinary arts as a chef. Here he also met and married his late wife Gabriella. After a short time he was offered a more lucrative position at IBM involving the operational functions of the securities industry. In 1965 he joined Baker Weeks New York, where he became a partner and vice president. In 1970 the firm was restructured and as a result he accepted a position with John Nuveen & Co. where he advanced to the position of vice president and treasurer. In addition to his professional life he discovered the Deutscher Club of Clark and the presence of his German cultural heritage. His passion in this arena led him to eventually become an honorary president of the Deutscher Club of Clark and also served him well in nurturing his efforts, which included a multitude of German American organizations - namely: The German American Society of NY, German-American Steuben Society of the Greater New York area, Schwaben Verien of Chicago, Schwaben International-Germany, German American Heritage Foundation of Washington DC and German Bohemian Heritage Society of Minnesota.

Horst was also the main facilitator for bringing more than 50 bands from Germany to the United States, including New York, New Jersey, Chicago and Pennsylvania. His goal being to grow the hearts of Americans to the German culture.

Horst is survived by his devoted son, Gerald Stabenow and his wife Holly Lytell and his cherished grandchildren, Isis Stabenow and Ian Stabenow.

Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend the Funeral Service at the Walter Johnson Funeral Home, 803 Raritan Rd., Clark on Friday, February 24 at 11:00 am. Burial to follow in Fairview Cemetery, Westfield. Visiting hours are on Thursday, from 3 - 7 pm.

If donation is considered in lieu of flowers, please donate to the Deutscher Club of Clark, 787 Featherbed Lane, Clark, NJ 07066 or a Charity of your choice.




Walter J. Johnson Funeral Home
803 Raritan Road
Clark, NJ US 07066
Thursday, February 23, 2017
3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Funeral Service
Walter J. Johnson Funeral Home
803 Raritan Road
Clark, NJ US 07066
Friday, February 24, 2017
11:00 AM
Fairview Cemetery
1100 East Broad Street
Westfield, NJ US 07090
Friday, February 24, 2017
12:00 PM


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