Born in Phillipsburg on April 21, 1928, he was the son of the late Ralph and Helen Grube Gretta. His wife of 65 years, Catherine L. Maley Gretta, passed away on June 29, 2017.
Bill graduated from Phillipsburg High School and then served in the US Army during World War II. He had his own general contracting business in Phillipsburg for over 50 years, William J. Gretta, General Contractor. As an avid antique collector, he loved buying, selling and refurbishing antiques. He loved the NY Yankees and the Philadelphia Eagles. Recently, Bill was a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity in Washington, NJ. He will be dearly missed by his children and grandchildren.
William is survived by his children Patricia Talabisco and her husband, George; Mary Hill; and William J. Gretta Jr. His Grandchildren are Jennifer Soloff, Anne Braunscheidel, Rachel Hill, Emily Gretta and Michael Gretta. Three great-grandchildren are Eleanor and Evelyn Braunscheidel and Noah Soloff. His brother is Robert Gretta and sister is Marilyn Exley. Bill was predeceased by his brothers Louis and Donald.
Viewing hours will be held on Saturday September 29, 2018 from 9 am to 11 am at The Finegan Funeral Home, 924 Second Ave., Alpha, NJ. Services will begin at 11 am at the funeral home. Interment will be in St. Philip & St. James Cemetery in Greenwich Twp., NJ. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Habitat for Humanity. habitat.org