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AGE: 69 • Manchester
John Dereza, 69, of Manchester, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, at home with his family. Born in Ebersbrunch, Germany, he lived in Jackson before moving to Manchester in 2012. John worked as an Industrial Arts Teacher at the Hamilton High School West, Hamilton, NJ, for 21 years before retiring. He was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War and served his country for 31 years.
John is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Jill Ruth (Schneider) Dereza; his devoted daughter and son, Lara Dereza-Santos of Cranford and Andrew James Dereza of Northfield, OH; his cherished grandchildren, Desiree Noelle Santos, Andrew James Dereza Jr., and Natalia Morgan Dereza; and his dear sisters, Maria Marion, Jean Pilczak, Kathy Dereza, and Linda Dereza.
A Memorial Gathering will be held from 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10 until the funeral service with military honors at 3 p.m. at the Anderson & Campbell Funeral Home, 3010 Ridgeway Road, Manchester. The family of John Dereza has asked that memorial donations be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, in lieu of flowers, to advance research, support patients and create hope for all those touched by pancreatic cancer- 1500 Rosecrans Ave., Suite 200, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266, 877-272-6226/ www.pancan.org.
Published in Asbury Park Press on Feb. 8, 2013