Obituary of Horst E. Buelte
Horst E. Buelte died on March 1, 2023, at the age of 92. He lived in Old Brookville, NY.
Born in Dortmund, Germany, on October 21, 1930, to Helene and Paul, Horst came to the US in
1959 while working for Hoesch AG and fell in love with the country. When called back to
Germany, he promptly found a position that would relocate him here permanently. He joined the
German conglomerate, Thyssen Steel Inc., in 1960, which sent him to work in NY where he ran
US operations, simultaneously serving as Executive Vice President of Thyssen, Inc. and as
President of Thyssen Steel Co. He truly loved his job and all the worldwide travel it afforded
After retirement, Horst became the President and then Chairman of the American Institute for
International Steel, running the organization and traveling the world for speaking engagements.
Horst served as a Trustee at the Portledge School, where his daughter, Antje, was a student. He
was involved in the tremendous growth of the school and witnessed the first senior graduation in
1976. He supported the school long after his daughter’s graduation.
He met his late wife Arnhilt (nee Weissgerber) at acting school in Germany while they were in
their teens. Both were quite musical, theatrical, and entertaining when they wanted to be. Arnhilt
followed Horst to the US, and they were married in 1960 at St. Mary's in Roslyn Harbor. They
shared almost 60 years of married life together.
Horst avidly did activities for and with his loved ones, especially his adored daughter and
grandchildren. He painted every college dorm room Antje ever lived in. After his retirement, he
even painted her first home when she and her husband Ed moved to LI. Known to his
grandchildren as “Opa,” he would often be found on the playground with them, laughing with
them in the pool or burying them in the sand. As they got older, he never shied away from long
drives to visit them at boarding school or college. He also loved taking the family to Germany
Horst religiously followed the news; reading at least four papers a day (two in German), keeping
up with all the business magazines and watching the evening news. He was always excited to
share what he learned or have a discussion about what was going on in the world. His curiosity
Horst was a long-standing member of the Piping Rock Club and the Mill Reef Club (Antigua).
Horst had a twinkle in his eye and an ever-present smile. A true gentleman who made all feel so
welcome. We will miss you, your stories, and your smile.
He is survived by his daughter Antje Dolido (Edward), Sister Rosemarie Evers and his
grandchildren Alexandra and Addison..
A service will be held on April 14 at 11 am St. Paul the Apostle Church, Brookivlle, NY.