Andrew Oiestad, formerly a resident of Highland Lakes, NJ, and Northville, NY, passed away on August 31, six days before his 88th birthday at Jersey Shore Medical Center, in Neptune, NJ. Born and raised in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, he attended Alexander Hamilton High School and Brooklyn College. He proudly served in the US Navy during the Korean War from 1953 to 1955. His career began as a project engineer at Peabody Engineering in Manhattan. He was credited with the design of a snow melting machine for the NYC Sanitation Department. He founded Richmond Tech Air in the 1960’s, where he enjoyed a long and successful career until his retirement in 2016. He held several patents, and spent his career in both the design and sale of air-pollution control equipment worldwide.
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Andrew was the son of Norwegian immigrants, the late Anders Oiestad of Bergen, Norway, and the late Gurid (Fenne) Oiestad of Voss, Norway. He was very proud of his Norwegian heritage, and enjoyed keeping in touch with his family in Norway. Andy was predeceased by his beloved wife of 21 years Maureen (Hunt) Oiestad in 1996, as well as his brothers Howard, Kenneth, and grandson Dakota. He leaves behind three loving daughters: Joanne Oiestad of Pompano Beach, Florida, Susan Oiestad of Fairhaven, Massachusetts, Lois Cannon of Spring Lake, NJ, and two loving step daughters: Kathryn Stripto of Pawleys Island, South Carolina, and Jacqueline Hunt of Highland Lakes, NJ. He was a cherished grandfather to Starr, Dakota, Luke, Mike, Brian, William, Erik, Caitlin, Cassey, and Samantha, and great grand-poppy to Finley. He also leaves behind his adored goddaughter Christine Donovan of Northville, NY, and many nieces and nephews.
Andy will always be remembered for his brilliant mind, kind and gentle nature, generosity, sense of humor, and love of boating and fishing off the shores of New York and New Jersey. His favorite times boating were spent with his late friend Henry (Hank) Sperry, and they enjoyed throwing dock parties for their friends on Staten Island. In later years Hank’s wife Barbara, the former Ms. New York State 1963, introduced him to the Northville Rotary, and in 2019 was made an honorary Rotary member for his active participation and generous contributions to the club over the years. He also had a love of the theatre (musicals) and horse races at Saratoga, and crazy hat parties on New Year’s Eve! He loved to cook, and would delight his guests with some of his favorite Scandinavian fare, including Norwegian pancakes and delicious quiche. Friends and family will always laugh and remember him when they hear “Jesus Christ, Superstar” as Andy used it as an alarm to jar everyone out of peaceful slumber the morning after a late night of partying! Andy also hilariously fabricated the story of “an ancient Scandinavian toast” “Garajkee”, so thousands of people over many years were actually saluting their garage keys! Raise a glass and honor Andy's life at your next event with the toast “Garajkee.”
All arrangements were private and handled by Orender Family Home for Funerals, Manasquan, NJ.
Memorial donations may be made in his memory to The Northville Rotary Club, PO Box 812, Northville, NY, 12134. In the memo please note “Andy Challenge”. To leave condolences to the family or post pictures of Andy, please visit www.orenderfamilyhome.net.