William J. Gantz

William J. Gantz, 83 of Newark, DE passed away peacefully at his home on Friday, August 17, 2018.

He was born on October 8, 1934 in Nesquehoning, PA and was raised and schooled in Shenandoah, PA, graduating in 1952 from the West Mahanoy Township High School.  Bill worked at General Motors for 9 years as an assembler and specification engineer. He also worked for the DuPont Company at the Chambers Works for 31 years as a chemical technician and an instructor for performance management and 10 years in the Election Department.

Bill and his late wife, Helene (Subach) Gantz traveled through Europe, the United States parks and the Canadian Rockies. He cruised the Caribbean each winter for two weeks.  Helene passed away in 2011.

Bill was a member of St. Johns/Holy Angels Parish, the Newark Senior Center and formerly the Men’s Club of St. Catherine of Siena.  He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Bishop Curtis Council, where he was a past deputy Grand Knight.

Bill is survived by his sisters, Joan Gantz of Glen Burnie, MD and Barbara Gergal of Levittown, PA; his niece, Maria Gergal; his nephew, Robert Gergal and his wife, Ann; his great nephews, Joseph Heller and Robert Gergal, Jr. and many extended nieces and nephews and great nieces and great nephews.

Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Wednesday morning at 11 AM at Holy Angels Church, 82 Possum Park Road, Newark, DE 19711, where friends may call after 10 AM. Burial will take place on Thursday morning at 11:30 AM at Our Lady of Fatima Cemetery, Shenandoah, PA.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the St. Johns/ Holy Angels Building Fund at the above address. On-line condolences may be sent to


Submitted by r c fountain on
Peace be with you my fellow Knight. Even though it's been years ago, the PEP fellowship will always be there. Bob

Submitted by A Lauren on
Dear family of Bill, I would like to extend to you my deepest sympathies for your loss. Losing someone you love in death can be very painful. I hope you are truly comforted in this difficult time (Revelations 21:3,4)!

Submitted by Annette Fad on
Prayers to the Gantz family. Mr. Gantz was one of my most favorite neighbors. I will miss him riding by our house and waving with a big smile. Rest in Peace will miss you! Annette, Chris, Danielle and Ryan Fad.

Submitted by Gordon Hendry on
Home to the Hills - Maryann & Gordon - Friends

Submitted by Carol (Mitchell... on
Dear Barbara, Joan and family, So very sorry for your loss of such a wonderful, warm, kind and special person. Billy will always be a part of my families memories of Lost Creek...he will be remembered! Love and prayers, Carol and family

Submitted by Rebecca Roberts on
Please accept  my sincere sympathy for the loss of your dear loved one. The Father of tender mercies and the God of all comfort” will unstintingly give us the emotional and spiritual support that we need. 2 Corinthians 1:3. Rebecca