AGE: 81 • Woodbridge
John Kelemen, 81, of the Fords section of Woodbridge passed away at home, on July 10th 2011. Born on March 1, 1932, to Hungarian immigrants, Stephan and Elizabeth Kelemen, John was the youngest of 5 siblings, Stephan Jr., Joseph, Margaret, and Elsie.
John was a devoted husband and father (and later grandfather), and dedicated to providing for his family. From his humble beginnings as an immigrants' son, he worked his way up to managerial roles with Bell Telephone, the company for which he worked his entire career. John was also an active member of the Hungarian Reformed Church of Woodbridge, serving as chief elder for over 20 years. While John lived most of his life in Woodbridge Township, his love of travel, nature, hunting, family, and a stint in the Navy gave him the opportunity to see much of the world. He had a fondness for the White Mountains of New Hampshire, and Chincoteague, Virginia, but his travels also took him around America and the world, visiting Alaska and much of the American west, Canada and most of the eastern seaboard, England and Hungary.
John had a wide range interests and talents: a passion for hunting, his lifelong hobby; amateur body-building in his youth; a consummate handyman, who would at least attempt to build or fix anything; Scout Master; Yankee and Jets fan, film buff of westerns, action and zombie films in particular.
In February 2011, John was heartbroken when his beloved wife of 50 years, Hilda Kelemen, passed away. Despite this blow, and his own ailing health, John continued to be strong, and to live life to the best of his ability. He continued to do work on his house and his Pennsylvania farmland, go on hunting trips, and visit his grandchildren in England.
As one of the nicest people ever, in the history of civilization, John is already, and will be continued to be missed by his family and friends. He is survived by his son, Craig Kelemen of New York City; son and daughter-in-law, John Jr and Sarah Kelemen, of Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey, England; grandchildren Arthur, Jack and Poppy Kelemen, of Kingston-Upon-Thames, England; Aunt-in-law Olga Monush, many close cousins, nieces, nephews, and dear, dear friends.
Visitation will be from 2 to 4 & 7 to 9pm on Tuesday, July 16th at the Mitruska Funeral Home, 531 New Brunswick Avenue, Fords. Funeral Services will be held at 10am on Wednesday, July 17, at the Hungarian Reformed Church of Woodbridge, corner of School and N. James Streets, Woodbridge. Cremation will be in private. In lieu of flowers, Memorial contributions may be made to the Hungarian Reformed Church of Woodbridge.