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August E. Rettkowski of Byfield, passed away December 7th 2016 at his home with family.
August was born and grew up in Clinton, Iowa, the eldest son of the late August Rettkowski and Ardelle (Carlson) Rettkowski. He attended schools in Clinton. Upon graduating August joined the Marine Corp to serve his country from July 1963 to July 1967.
August worked at Towle silver for many years until its closing, he worked in property management for Andover Management. He also worked at Pine Grove School. His illness forced him to retire but he still maintained many friendships from work.
August served as treasurer for the Byfield Cemetery Co for many years.
August loved working with wood and making toys for his grandchildren, he could look at a picture and duplicate the toy exactly. From cradles to trucks he could create it all. A familiar remark was “Grampa can you fix this” as the grandchildren presented him with a project to take care of, the project was always taken care of with love and patience. He was often called upon by friends and family to come up with solutions to problems and he never refused, he always found the time to help.
His favorite things were exploring Acadia national park, the beach in Florida and fishing.
He had many happy memories of fishing with the grandchildren but he loved being the one that caught the biggest fish each time.
August was diagnosed with cancer in year 2000, beginning a series of operations as the cancer spread but through all this he showed courage and determination, never feeling sorry for himself, always bouncing back ready for work, friends would say he’s the toughest man I know." People with medical issues would often stop in to visit because they could draw their needed support from his example.
August leaves behind his wife, Evelyn Noyes; a son, Tory and his wife, Neidsha; a daughter, Tanya Ames and her husband David; stepchildren, Lisa Noyes, Michael Noyes and wife, Tracie, Steven Noyes and his wife, Holli, and David Noyes and his wife, Jennifer.
Many loved grandchildren and great-grandchildren; two brothers, Arthur Rettkowski and his wife, Jo, Hank Rettkowski and his wife, Theresa; three sisters, Kathy Paasch and husband, Gene, Diane Tersiner, and Linda Rettkowski, and many nieces and nephews.
Family and friends are kindly invited to attend his Funeral Service on Monday, December 12th at 11 a.m. in the Conte-Giamberardino Funeral Home, 14 Pleasant Street, Georgetown. Interment with Military Honors will follow in the South Byfield Cemetery, Georgetown. Calling hours will be held on Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m. in the funeral home. For those who wish, In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of August Rettkowski to the Cancer Research fund at Massachusetts General Hospital, gifts can be made online at giving. mass general.org or checks payable to Massachusettts General Hospital and mailed to MGH Development Office 125 Nashua Street, Suite 540, Boston, MA 02114-1101.
For funeral home directions, florists or acommodations, please visit www.cgfuneralhomegeorgetown.com.
Published on  December 9, 2016
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