WYCKOFF, N.J. – Robert Louis Marcalus passed away at home surrounded by family on Monday, August 4, 2014. He was born in Plainfield, N.J. in 1921. Robert grew up in Elizabeth, N.J. and attended the Pingry School and the University of Vermont.
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Mr. Marcalus enlisted in the United States Navy in World War II, served on an attack transport ship and was honorably discharged in 1946. After naval service, Robert resumed his employment with the family business Marcalus Manufacturing Co., which was started by his father, Nicholas, in 1932. Robert was a self-taught papermaker with exceptional interpersonal skills. The family business eventually evolved into Marcal Paper Mills, Inc. Robert had a tireless work ethic. His astute business leadership enabled him to oversee business operations in Elmwood Park, Bloomfield, Philadelphia, Massachusetts, California, Florida, Maine and New Hampshire. In 1970 Robert became President of Marcal. Upon the death of his father in 1979, he became Chairman of the Board and CEO. Marcal continued to operate as a family business until 2008. Even with all of his business responsibilities, he knew by name and he knew the personal stories of the many hundreds of people that worked for the company.
For over 45 years and up to his passing, Robert was President of Green Acre Woodlands, Inc., a timberlands and real estate investment company. Working closely with the NH Forest Legacy Program, Robert's leadership of Green Acre resulted in the preservation of thousands of acres of New Hampshire forests for open spaces, agriculture and public recreational use.
Mr. Marcalus was a longtime member and devoted parishioner of the Church Of Saint Elizabeth, Wyckoff, N.J.
He married his childhood sweetheart, the former Norma Altenburg. Robert and Norma recently celebrated their 72nd wedding anniversary. They have lived in Wyckoff, N.J. since 1946.
Robert and Norma are parents of son, Nicholas, and wife, Emily, of Sugarloaf, Pa., daughter, Jeannette and husband, Charles Bonin of Morristown, N.J., predeceased son, Robert, survived by daughter-in-law, Dariel of Pompton Plains, N.J., daughter, Anne Sedler of Hawthorne, N.J., daughter, Lisa Perkowski of Basking Ridge, N.J. and son, Peter and wife, Karen of Oakland, N.J. They are blessed with 17 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.
He was a devoted husband, loving father, generous patron to many individuals and charities. He deeply believed in service to the community. Robert will be remembered as a true gentleman in every sense and an individual who cared about people.
There will be a celebration of Robert's life with a memorial service Friday, August 8, at 11 a.m. at The Church of St. Elizabeth, 700 Wyckoff Avenue, Wyckoff, N.J.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in his memory to Saint Joseph's Regional Medical Center Foundation, Paterson, N.J. Donation link at http://bit.ly/1olR54p.
Arrangements by the Vander Plaat Funeral Home of Wyckoff, www.vpfh.com.
Vander Plaat Funeral Home
257 Godwin Avenue Wyckoff, NJ 07481
Published in The Concord Monitor on Aug. 7, 2014