Manfred “Fred” Lichtenstadter

October 14, 1929 - November 27, 2020

Manfred “Fred” Lichtenstadter, of Jenner’s Pond in West Grove, PA, formerly of Newark, DE, passed away on November 27, 2020, at the age of 91.

Born in Bad Orb, Germany to the late Morriss and Emma (Rapp) Lichtenstadter, he immigrated to this great country on January 13, 1939 to escape the Holocaust. Fred graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School and then cum laude from the City College of New York in 1952 with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering. He was a member of the engineering honor society, Tau Beta Pi.

Fred started his career with Sinclair Research Corp in Harvey, IL and served in the US Army at Edgewood Arsenal in MD. Upon completion of his military service, he began his career with Hercules Inc. in Burlington, NJ. Fred held technical and supervisory positions at the plant, including operating superintendent of the dimethyl terephthalate plant. He was transferred to the Corporate Engineering Department in 1975 where he held various positions until his retirement in March of 1995, after 35 years of service. Fred was the corporate coatings specialist for 15 years prior to his transfer to the process engineering group. He was an active member of NACE, SSPC and ASTM. Fred also served as past president of the Wilmington section of NACE and received a Distinguished Service Award from NACE Nation in 1988.

An avid golfer, he belonged to Hercules Men’s Club, Hercules/Delaware National Country Club, and Cavaliers Country Club. Fred was a member of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Newark.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Mark Glen and his brother, Paul. Fred is survived by his beloved wife, Marlene (Scholl) Lichtenstadter; children, Steven Ira (Jan) of Marietta, GA, Jill Renee of Highland Park, NJ, Sondra Cuayo (Jose) of Elkton, MD, Kristen Basilice (John) of Harrisburg, NC, and Philip Kassees of Pompano Beach, FL; 13 grandchildren, Justin Adler (Natalya), Andrew, Matthew, and Emily Lichtenstadter, Michael (Amy), Richard, and Caryn Wolfe, Dylan, Logan, Trevor, and Aidan Basilice, and Caleb and Addyson Cuayo; 4 great grandchildren; and daughter-in-law, Debra Bromson.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Fred’s memory may be made to the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Newark, 420 Willa Road, Newark, DE 19711 or to the Benevolent Care Fund of Jenner’s Pond by visiting


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15 Condolences for Manfred “Fred” Lichtenstadter

  • Marlene, and all the family, I am very sorry your loss. I am glad I got to see Fred one more time last year at Michael and Amy’s wedding. My husband, Tim enjoyed chatting with Fred at the wedding

  • We will miss Fred and his dry humor….Our sympathy on your loss.

  • Dear Marlene,
    So sorry to hear this sad news. Fred was one of the good guys. He will be remembered.

  • Fred was a great engineer who added a lot of value wherever he worked – he will be missed

  • I carpooled for several years with Fred. I always enjoyed his company and appreciated his coatings advice. I pray God will give him rest and comfort for Marlene and family.

  • Dear Marlene: My deepest sympathies on your loss. Fred was a good guy and will be missed.

  • Fred was always a gentleman, a favorite as a golf partner, always had a clever remark about every issue. He was a good friend and will be missed.

  • Thinking of each of you as remember Fred and what he meant to you as a family and individually. Praying you fond remembrances of him as you pay tribute to his life and legacy.

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at the time of your loss.

    Your West Meadow neighbors,
    John and Karen Skurla

  • I worked with Fred at Hercules circa 1975-1980. I loved our morning coffee breaks and his wisdom. I still remember Fred bragging about his $2 shirts from Wilmington Dry Goods. I had to tell him one day they looked like they were $2 shirts …. just one of many spirited and fun discussions. What a legacy… 13 G Kids. And I bet they can tell their own stories about discussions with Fred. And Marlene…. Susan and I are sorry for your loss. Lucky for all of us, Fred is an easy person to remember.

  • Fred was knowledgeable and decisive. While he was Operating Supervisor at the Burlington DMT Chemical Plant, it was a pleasure to work with him, … almost double his plant’s production capacity. For most of Fred’s tenure at Burlington, his plant was in a “sold out position”, and Fred had the “right stuff” to keep his customers happy.

    On a personal level, Fred was a good friend, and will be missed.

  • Marlene and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Fred was such a good friend. He will be dearly missed. I can still remember he and Walt calling to each other from the beach houses every morning. Those were good times. We have so many memories of you and Fred which will always be in my heart. My thoughts and love are with you.

  • My condolences to the family, he will be miss by his friends at the Hercules Men’s Club.

  • Please accept my condolences on Fred’s passing. I knew him for many years ay Hercules.
    John Greer

  • Marlene, We worked in the same office at The Delaware Correctional Center. I am very sad for your loss. I pray you are doing well and find comfort in the days to come. May God Bless you and your family.
    Barbara Howell