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Anne-Luise Petereit Obituary

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Anne-Luise Petereit

Middletown, New Jersey

July 29, 1934 - June 9, 2024

Anne-Luise Petereit Obituary

Anne-Luise Petereit, 89, of Atlantic Highlands, NJ, passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 9, 2024.  Born in Husum, Germany, she immigrated to the U.S.A. in 1962.  She married her husband, Lutz (who immigrated from Germany to the U.S.A. in 1958) on July 23, 1966.  In 1971 they settled in and raised their family in Atlantic Highlands, NJ.  Anne-Luise (known as Anne) held numerous jobs (and volunteer jobs) but is best known as the Atlantic Highlands Flower Lady, who beautified First Avenue and the Harbor’s many flower beds and flower pots.  She would even climb a ladder to get to the top of the stone piers on the Grand Avenue Stone Bridge to plant flowers, as well as planting and maintaining the tulips in the median on Memorial Parkway.


After Anne immigrated to the U.S.A., she worked at a German deli in Edison, NJ, for the owners of that deli whom she was friends with while still in Germany. Her husband Lutz, frequented that deli and the owner introduced them…the rest is history.  Anne and Lutz settled in an apartment in Edison, and she worked at a company called RCA assembling electronics.  After moving to Atlantic Highlands, she raised her family and held many volunteer and other jobs.  She was a very active volunteer in many organizations over the years, such as the Atlantic Highlands Elementary School PTA/PTO, the Garden Club, the Historical Society, and the Recreation Department.  She worked at The Attic (a consignment shop) in Rumson.  She also grew her gardening business one client at a time, having upwards of 20 clients.  She would wake before dawn and water all the barrels of flowers on First Avenue and the Harbor before most of us were awake, then work in the gardens of her many clients.  She also maintained her own personal flower, vegetable and fruit tree garden.  For many years the elementary school classes would walk to her house for her Tulip Festival.  She would grow her own plants and sell them or give them away.  When she saw a ‘dead’ plant discarded on the side of the road on garbage day, she would bring it home and bring it to life.


Anne-Luise is survived by her two children, Michael Petereit of Deerfield Beach, FL, and Lisa Petereit Ramsthaler and her husband Ken of Brick, NJ.  She is survived by two younger brothers in Germany (who are twins), Gunter Dau-Schmidt and his wife Lenchen (and their children) and Walter Dau-Schmidt and his wife Monika (and their children).  She is also survived by her brother-in-law Hans-Jurgen Petereit and his wife Christiane of Germany and their son Fabian Petereit and his wife Sabine of Germany; and their daughter, Katrin Hobbs and her husband Dale of Livingston, MT.  She was pre-deceased by her baby sister Ingrid, her father Johannes, her mother Alwine, her younger brother Heinz, and her husband Lutz.

Anne was a very hard and dedicated worker, and a loving and supportive wife and mother.  She is finally doing again what she loves best, which is gardening in God’s Garden.

Visitation will be on Friday June 14th from 4 to 7 p.m. at the John F. Pfleger Funeral Home, 115 Tindall Road, Middletown, NJ.  Funeral services will begin at 10 a.m., Saturday June 15th at the funeral home, with interment at Bay View Cemetery, Leonardo.


Repast will follow.


To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Anne-Luise Petereit hosted by John F. Pfleger Funeral Home.

Anne-Luise Petereit, 89, of Atlantic Highlands, NJ, passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 9, 2024.  Born in Husum, Germany, she immigrated to the U.S.A. in 1962.  She married her husband, Lutz (who immigrated from Germany to the U.S.A. in 1958) on July 23, 1966.  In 1971 they settled in and raised their family in Atlantic Highlands, NJ.  Anne-Luise (known as Anne) held numerous jobs (and volunteer jobs) but is best known as the Atlantic Highlands Flower Lady, who beautified First Avenue and the Harbor’s many flower beds and flower pots.  She would even climb a ladder to get to the top of the stone piers on the Grand Avenue Stone Bridge to plant flowers, as well as planting and maintaining the tulips in the median on Memorial Parkway.


After Anne immigrated to the U.S.A., she worked at a German deli in Edison, NJ, for the owners of that deli whom she was friends with while still in Germany. Her husband Lutz, frequented that deli and the owner introduced them…the rest is history.  Anne and Lutz settled in an apartment in Edison, and she worked at a company called RCA assembling electronics.  After moving to Atlantic Highlands, she raised her family and held many volunteer and other jobs.  She was a very active volunteer in many organizations over the years, such as the Atlantic Highlands Elementary School PTA/PTO, the Garden Club, the Historical Society, and the Recreation Department.  She worked at The Attic (a consignment shop) in Rumson.  She also grew her gardening business one client at a time, having upwards of 20 clients.  She would wake before dawn and water all the barrels of flowers on First Avenue and the Harbor before most of us were awake, then work in the gardens of her many clients.  She also maintained her own personal flower, vegetable and fruit tree garden.  For many years the elementary school classes would walk to her house for her Tulip Festival.  She would grow her own plants and sell them or give them away.  When she saw a ‘dead’ plant discarded on the side of the road on garbage day, she would bring it home and bring it to life.


Anne-Luise is survived by her two children, Michael Petereit of Deerfield Beach, FL, and Lisa Petereit Ramsthaler and her husband Ken of Brick, NJ.  She is survived by two younger brothers in Germany (who are twins), Gunter Dau-Schmidt and his wife Lenchen (and their children) and Walter Dau-Schmidt and his wife Monika (and their children).  She is also survived by her brother-in-law Hans-Jurgen Petereit and his wife Christiane of Germany and their son Fabian Petereit and his wife Sabine of Germany; and their daughter, Katrin Hobbs and her husband Dale of Livingston, MT.  She was pre-deceased by her baby sister Ingrid, her father Johannes, her mother Alwine, her younger brother Heinz, and her husband Lutz.

Anne was a very hard and dedicated worker, and a loving and supportive wife and mother.  She is finally doing again what she loves best, which is gardening in God’s Garden.

Visitation will be on Friday June 14th from 4 to 7 p.m. at the John F. Pfleger Funeral Home, 115 Tindall Road, Middletown, NJ.  Funeral services will begin at 10 a.m., Saturday June 15th at the funeral home, with interment at Bay View Cemetery, Leonardo.


Repast will follow.


To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Anne-Luise Petereit hosted by John F. Pfleger Funeral Home.

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