SPARTA - James Friedberg, 71, died unexpectedly on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, in Sparta. Born to Gustav and Maria Friedberg in Germany, he had lived in Sparta for many years. Mr. Friedberg served with the United States Navy during peacetime and then worked as the animal control officer for Sparta Township for 37 years before retiring. He was a member of the Sparta Senior Citizens and the Sparta Evangelical Free Church and enjoyed collecting coins, bugs and butterflies and had many large collections. Mr. Friedberg was predeceased by his wife, Marie Friedberg (2012), and his mother, Maria Friedberg (2012). He was the devoted father of James W. Friedberg, of Hartford, Conn., Regina M. Pera, and her husband, Christopher, of Albrightsville, Pa., Thomas Friedberg, and his wife, Diane, of Wantage, Colleen Cress and her husband, David, of Lehigh Acres, Fla., and Eric Friedberg, of New Jersey; cherished by five granddaughters; and dear brother of Ingrid Haskell, of Wappingers Falls, N.Y., and Margaret Badalamenti, of West Islip, N.Y. Private cremation services by Ferguson Funeral Home, 27 Third St., Sussex. Memorial gifts to the Sparta First Aid Squad, P.O. Box 246, Sparta, NJ 07871 would be appreciated. Information and condolences can be found at www.fergusonsussexfuneralhome.com.
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Published in The New Jersey Herald on Dec. 9, 2012