George A. Gansner Jr.
November 02, 1946 - March 05, 2018
Saint Louis, Missouri
George A. Gansner Jr. passed away Monday, March 5, 2018; husband of Rosalie (Faulstich) Gansner -- together for over 50 years. Father (Father-in-Law) of George (Jennifer), Andy (Amy), Chris, Kai (Elyssa). Opa to 10 Grandchildren; Brother, Brother-in-Law, Uncle, Great Uncle, Friend, and longtime German teacher.
Memorial Mass: Friday, March 16, 2018 at 11:00 AM at Seven Holy Founders Church located at 6741 Rockhill Road (at Gravois), Affton, MO 63123
March 16, 2018
11:00 am -
Seven Holy Founders Catholic Church
6741 Rock Hill Road (63123)
We are very sorry for your loss. Please accept our sincere condolences!-Jeanette Massud and Brian Hughes If you are lucky in your life, you have a teacher that cares enough to make a subject more than just a class. Herr Gansner, or our nickname for him "Long Beautiful Herr" was just such a teacher. I will forever remember his potato pancakes, the rolls from the German bakery on Pestalozzi, the songs he taught us, all those torn telephone books, and how he gave so much of himself to make German culture and language come alive for us. In the course of doing so, he also taught us how to be good people, both by example and with sage life advice.
Our trip to Germany in 1982 was a formative event in my life and I still have many of the same friends from the trip today, over 35 years later. Herr in true Herr fashion guided us well and allowed us to experience German life and culture fully.
We all like to think that Herr liked our trip year the best, but the truth is there were decades worth of students to whom he gave the same experience and he was nearly universally loved and respected by all, at least judging from the turnout for his retirement party. I am so glad that at least a couple of times, we were able to honor him properly for his contributions to our lives. The last time I saw him, nearly a couple of years ago now, I hugged him pretty hard because his health had already been deteriorating then. He smiled at me and said "Hey, hey, I'm not going anywhere!" I smiled back at him and said "Just in case Herr, Just in case..." and I will treasure that hug and his smile forever. My deepest sympathies to Rose and George Jr, Andy, Chris, Kai, and their families.
Ruhe in Frieden, mein Lehrer, mein Freund...-Mike RushRose & Family; Our deepest sympathy to you all. George was such an awesome person, fantastic teacher and a friend to so many!! His sense of humor went along with Dave's so much and they had a lot of fun together. Our girls LOVED his as their German teacher. What a loss to this world and an awesome addition to the next. God Bless.-David & Barb HenerfauthI am so sorry for your loss. This man was truly a wonderful human being that encouraged us not only to learn but strive to be the best part of humanity. I will forever remember him for the wonderful way he taught us how to dance and sing and learn with our whole heart. Keeping your family in my constant prayers. -April Snyder RidingsI graduated from Mehlville in 1971, therefore I was one of his first students. I remember when we were in Fiddler on the Roof in 1971 at St. Elizabeth Academy. He was a great German teacher and friend. Auf Wiedersehen my friend. -Sandy PraechterAs a student taking French, Mr. Hansberry, a German teacher, still made an impressive n on me. His love for German was evident to all. His care for all students was felt by anyone who knew him. I loved his passion for soccer which he passed on his sons. George, Andy, Chris and Kai your love, pride, and respect for your father was obvious and well-deserved. I am thinking of you all right now! Sending hugs to you (and your mom!). -Marietta ReisingerRosalie, George, Andy, Chris and Kai, you all have my deepest sympathy on the loss of your husband and dad. He was a great person and neighbor. I will always remember his trips to Germany each summer to come home with another exchange student for the school year. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.-Terri DennisRosalie, Kai and family, I have such fond memories of George from the few years that I babysat Kai. He was such a kind man. I am so sad for your family's loss. Please know that your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Jennifer-Jennifer TitusHerr Gansner: Thanks for teaching me so much about Germany and my German heritage at Oakville Senior High. I will be praying for the repose of your soul until we meet again in the next life! To your family and friends, I will be praying for you during this difficult time. And, I will be praying for the repose of your soul until we meet again in the next life! -Laura (Beiter) WeissAs a parent you always wish your children to have the best teachers. I can honestly say that all three of our children had some fantastic teachers throughout their years in the Mehlville schools. George was right there at the top of that list. All of our children were blessed to have the opportunity to be part of the German exchange program that George devoted so much of his life to. Thanks to George they all had a once in a lifetime experience that could never be equaled. George touched so many people. He was a wonderful person and I'm so grateful that he was part of the lives of our children and ours as well. There's got to be a special place in heaven for a man like George and I'm sure by now he's already started organizing an exchange program or at least started teaching everyone to sprechen Sie Deutsch. Our condolences to the family and our thanks for sharing this man with so many.-Karen NiemannMy brothers and I were all part of the GAAP at different times at MHS, with the older one also being a part of Herr Ganser's time. I was incredibly privileged to be part of the 2003 GAPP, Herr Gansner's last adventure with the program. It also happened to be the anniversary of the partner school. This was the trip of a lifetime, and I am thankful I was able to share it with Herr Gansner.-Laura Bernstetter
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