Status: 04.12.2023, 11:00 a.m.
Rupert Wiedenhofer at the presentation of the Silver Citizen's Medal. © Cs
He was a very well-known face in Bad Tölz. Master hairdresser and businessman Rupert Wiedenhofer has died at the age of 73.
Bad Tölz – While jogging, he came up with the idea: the Tölz city archive was looking for premises, he had read in the Tölzer Kurier. He had suitable. Rupert Wiedenhofer didn't hesitate for long and got in touch with the town hall. The lease conditions, the author recalls statements from the treasurer's office, were so favourable that an agreement was immediately reached. Since then, the cultural and historical knowledge of the city has been housed in perfectly suitable rooms on Mühlgasse. And city archivist Sebastian Lindmeyr is pleased that the archive will "have a home here for a long, long time". This is entirely in the spirit of Wiedenhofer, who died last Tuesday at the age of 73 after a long and serious illness. With his family and at home, just as he had wished. As well as, by the way, the funeral in the smallest family circle.
Funeral in the smallest family circle
The trained hairdresser and businessman has always been enthusiastic about his Tölz. For almost 100 years, he noted in a carefully kept family chronicle, the Wiedenhofers practiced the hairdressing trade in Tölz. He himself since 1982 with his wife Heidi. In 2000, the father of two switched to managing real estate.
A lot going on in the city of Bad Tölz
Wiedenhofer always had a view of his hometown, to which he "wanted to give something back". He bought the old fire station and turned it into a commercial building. In place of the neighbouring Moderegger House, the city archive was built, among other things. And in the Wiedenhofer House in Marktstraße, he has provided inexpensive rooms for the Alpine Club and Kolping in the middle of the city.
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In the city archive, where Wiedenhofer regularly and only rarely stopped by for a chat without a coffee packet as a souvenir, Lindmeyr remembers a man who "looked at something, made a decision and then purposefully implemented it". For example, the fountain in front of the Wiedenhofer House, which was christened "Brunnenbuberl". There was certainly resistance, which did not bother the initiator and financier of the project. To the end, he was pleased that children in particular had fun with the fountain and splashed around happily.
City councillor for six years
Wiedenhofer was well aware that there was a time in Tölz when Thomas Mann did not suffer well. He compensated for it in his own special way and in 2018 donated a wall relief of the Nobel Prize winner in the middle of Marktstraße at the former savings bank. "So that it becomes clear what a fruitful relationship the Mann family had with Tölz," he said. He liked to look back on the history of the family and the city, and it was also important to him to build a link to very old, almost forgotten traditions. He simply had the famous Tölzer Schleifermanndl fountain, which once even inspired the Brandner-Kaspar poet Franz von Kobell to write a poem, rebuilt for the city museum. And for the inauguration, there was a new edition of the legendary Schleifermanndl stories by curate Jakob Ostler.
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Rupert Wiedenhofer sat on the city council for six years. When he received the Silver Citizen's Medal in 2018, it was also meant for his many other services to the city. "Subtle, modest, generous and devoted to the people," he was, Deputy Mayor Michael Lindmair called after him. There is nothing to add to that. (CHRISTOPH SCHNITZER)
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