Gregg and Sue (Van Horn) Wiltfang
my sister Rachel and brother John, my children Seth & Liam and my husband, Ryan.
We loved listening to his stories when we visited and he usually had a cocktail ready for us, made from
scratch from behind his in-home bar, keeping us entertained as we listened. He was an amazing mixologist at heart. He welcomed us in and always had a story to tell us. We learned about playing baseball as a young kid in Coopers Park right across from their Brooklyn home.
We learned about his year as a Minor League Baseball player for the Washington Senators back the 40s.
We learned about his life in the Army stationed in Germany. We learned about his life as talented trumpet
player in NYC playing clubs, weddings and events. We learned about the big family dinners in Brooklyn at
their childhood home, the wine cellar in the basement, and dinners out in the town at Bamonte's Italian
Restaurant. Like many lives, it can’t be put all in one entry.
My sister and I were able to take a trip to Brooklyn NY in 2019 and visit the home he grew up in. We took
pictures and showed him his childhood home, the surrounding parks, and places he used to frequent as a kid/young adult before he moved to Greenville with his own family. My sister and I even ate at his favorite
Brooklyn Italian Restaurant, Bamonte's, ordering some of the dishes he would have loved to eat, like a dirty
martini (2 olives, no pimentos), stuffed artichoke, Scungilli pasta, & spumoni for dessert.
We all learned how to enjoy some really amazing Italian foods and traditions through him. He taught us
traditions that his father taught him and we enjoy carrying them on in our own household today. He taught my children how to enjoy olives, anchovies, and smoked salmon. My small children learned how to make
caviar "his special way" and now they request specifically for me to get "caviar from the store" and to make
it "like Papa Arnett told us to." It is always amazing to my husband and I that our kids like and eat these foods, because these are not normal foods for small children to eat and love. This makes us smile because
we know that Papa was the influence for their fine food tastes.
Papa was always very accepting of my family and me and we always appreciated the times we got to spend with
him. His great grandchildren were so very fortunate to have been able to know him and hear his stories
firsthand. We will miss him more than words can express. We love you Papa. Rest peacefully.