Thaddeus Niestemski

Thaddeus Niestemski

AGE: 89 • Forked River

Thaddeus S. Niestemski, 89, of the Forked River section of Lacey Township, died peacefully on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at Van Dyke Hospice in Community Medical Center, Toms River, N.J.

Born in Bayonne, he Iived in Bayville prior to moving to Forked River thirty-three years ago. He was a quiet and dignified man who took great pride in his work as a welder and was always ready to help those in need and less fortunate.

He Ioved his family very much and was a loyal and loving companion to his wife, the former Mary Mamrosh.

As part of the "greatest generation of them all" he served with distinction during World War II as a seaman of valor while protecting others aboard the destroyer USS Richard Ward and USS John Hutchins within the scope of Atlantic and Pacific Naval Command.

He never lost his love of our country and for many years was an active member of the Garden State Chapter of the Destroyer Escort and Sailor's Association. Other interests include membership in the Forked River Elks Club Lodge #2518 and service to the St. Barnabas Church of Bayville.

Thaddeus was predeceased by his first wife, Stella in 1978. He is survived by his second wife, Mary Mamrosh Niestemski, Forked River; three daughters and sons in law, Suzanne and Peter Cianica, Glassboro; Kathryn and Raymond Cohen, Croton on Hudson, New York and Kristine Mamrosh, Point Pleasant; four grandchildren, Eve and Ann Ciancia and Jared and Noah Cohen.

Friends may call from 3 - 7 pm Friday at Layton's Home For Funerals, (609) 971-6800, 250 W. Lacey Road, Forked River, Lacey. Relatives and friends of the family are respectfully invited to attend the funeral on Saturday 8 a.m. from the funeral home, hence to St. Barnabas Roman Catholic Church, Bayville, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 am. Burial will follow at Ocean County Memorial Park, Toms River. In lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated to either the Van Dyke Hospice at Community Medical Center or the Deborah Heart and Lung Center.

Published in Asbury Park Press on Nov. 8, 2012