Horace Joachim Enger was born in Breslau, Germany, and eventually bought row houses in Hoboken. But he had a difficult start in life, losing his mother at age 6 and living through the Depression. As a boy he enjoyed rowing, swimming, skiing, and bicycling. Later, Horace survived being conscripted during WWII as a Mischling in a labor camp on the eastern front. As the war was ending, he escaped to Vienna, and then sought refuge with a family in Bavaria as a farmhand. He moved to Augsburg, and worked for the American Military Government Information Control Division, which licensed publications and theatrical productions. He also trained as a commercial artist, designed sets and had his own art studio. With the support of the Church World Service, he and his first wife Ursula immigrated in 1947 as Displaced Persons. Joan Isola was born shortly after their arrival. The marriage ended in 1950. In 1953 he married Elaine Saunders and lived in Jackson Heights. During that time Horace attended NYU School of Commerce Accounts and Finance where he was editor-in-chief of The Night Owl Reporter. He followed this with graduate work towards a Masters in Business at Pace University. The family moved to Tenafly in 1963. He worked as quality control manager of furniture at Bloomingdales and taught at the Jiranek School of Furniture Design. He started Elaine Studios, a silk screen printing business specializing in window displays. In 1979, he purchased his first row houses in Hoboken with the idea of planning for retirement.
According to an obituary submitted, “He enjoyed music, theater, opera and listening to his children and grandchildren play their instruments. He was an avid supporter of Public Radio and Television, and considered the BBC his lifeline in Germany, because their forbidden broadcasts got through. …Horace had a very dry sense of humor, which we all adored; misunderstood by some, yet always present, to his last days. He was generous, and always had a soft spot for immigrants and their families. Anyone who interacted with him would remember his kind heart and warm smile.”
Horace passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving wife, children and caregivers. He was born on July 6, 1921 to the late Charlotte Poppelauer and Kurt Enger. He is survived by his wife Elaine, five children: Joan Isola Metz, Carolyn Enger, Christine McNamara, Kyle Enger, and Kurt Enger. He was very fond of his grandchildren Terrence, Ashley Metz, Kyra and Kinsey McNamara, Andrew, Grace and Kate Enger, and two great grandchildren, Oliver and Sebastian Metz. He is also survived by his brother Helmut and his wife Liesel, nephews Ralph and his wife Anne Marie Enger, Thomas Enger, nieces Susanne and Christine Enger, all in Germany. He was predeceased by his brother Dieter.
The service was held Wednesday at the United Methodist Church, Tenafly. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Horace’s name to the Church World Service 475 Riverside Drive #700, New York, N.Y. 10115.