GLOUCESTER: Adolph "Spike" Pretzler was born on May 27, 1936 in Vienna, Austria. He passed away peacefully on December 25, 2017. He spent his final days surrounded with love from his family and friends, the same love that he surrounded them with his entire life.
Spike came to the U.S. in 1938 settling on the Eastern shore of Maryland. At the age of 18, he enlisted in the Army and served from 1954-1960, ending his tour of duty as a Sergeant and Jump Master. While stationed in Germany, he met the love of his life of over 60 years, Gert. Together they had a dedicated daughter, Andrea, and a loving son, Kurt. After his service, he brought his new family to Maryland and began driving a truck between Easton, Md. and Gloucester. Spike fell in love with Gloucester, relocated his young family in October of 1961 and never looked back. Spike worked at Americold for 23 years then Gloucester Engineering until he retired in 1998. Most recently he worked part-time at CAP, delivering auto parts. He was a proud member of the Gloucester Elks for 46 years. The friendships he made here created a home that has lasted a lifetime.
His granddaughter, Dawn Marie made her "Opa" smile each time she walked through the door. The love he had for her multiplied with the births of his great grandsons, Vin and Sam. His "boys" brought pure joy to his life, especially when they renamed him "Apple", a nickname he proudly embraced.
In addition to his wife, Gert, Spike is survived by his daughter, Andrea Tarantino and her husband John; his son, Kurt Pretzler and his wife, Paula; his granddaughter, Dawn Marie McCarthy and her husband, Michael; his great-grandsons, Vincent and Salvatore McCarthy; his brother, Thomas Yeatman Jr. and his wife, Theresa and brother-in-law, Kurt Kohler and his wife, Lilo. Spike will be greatly missed by his beloved, adopted, Aiello Family, Grace and Joseph Favazza, Fellicia Aiello, Grace Aiello, John Aiello, Marie Linquata and her companion, Joseph Polizzia, Rose Aiello, Annette Kennedy, and Joanne and her companion, Anthony Tamarindo. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends. He was predeceased by his parents Thomas and Clara Yeatman, his sister, Nellie Yeatman and his sister-in-law, Charlotte Kohler.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the St.Vincent de Paul Society or the Kaplan House in Danvers. A celebration of Spike's life will take place, Friday, December 29th from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Gloucester Elks. All are welcome.
Published on December 27, 2017