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Werner J., 94, of Norwood, NJ, formerly Old Tappan, died peacefully on June 12, 2014.
Born in Germany, as the eldest of three sons, to the late Ernst and Tiene Meier, he came to this country at age 9 settling in New York City and became an American citizen.
He served our country during World War II, with the 101st Airborne Division, dropping behind enemy lines at Normandy Beach on D-Day. He served 5 years with the US Army attaining the title of Captain. He returned home after being wounded at Bastogne, receiving the Purple Heart and Bronze Star.
Shortly thereafter he met his loving and devoted wife, Helen, and was happily married for over 68 years.
His career was in the printing business, retiring at the age of 70. He was a member of the VFW, the Screaming Eagle 101st Airborne Association, and member of Trinity Reformed Church.
He leaves behind his very devoted wife, Helen (nee Zaruba), son Richard and wife Susan, daughter Christine Cauvet and late husband Brook, and daughter Nancy Russo and son-in-law Joseph.
Werner was predeceased by his younger brothers Heinz and Rolf.
Cherished grandfather of Gary and wife Melissa, Jeanine and husband Christopher, Eric and wife Michelle, Danielle, Jessica and husband Michael, Emily and Amy. Loving great-grandfather (Opa) to Alex, Bryan, Caroline, Kaitlyn, Christian, Addison, Carleigh, Mason and Dylan. Adoring uncle and great-uncle to many nieces and nephews.
Family to receive friends at Pizzi Funeral Home, 120 Paris Avenue, Northvale, NJ, on Saturday, June 14, 2014, from 1-5 PM; ending with a memorial service at 4:30 PM. Cremation and burial will be private at the Old Tappan Cemetery on a later date.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in his name would be appreciated and can be mailed to Trinity Reformed Church Memorial Fund at 292 Old Tappan Road, Old Tappan, NJ 07675.
Anthony R. Pizzi Funeral Home
120 Paris Avenue Northvale, NJ 07647
Published in The Record/Herald News on June 13, 2014