SPARTA - Gordon Ryersen, of Sparta, passed away Sunday, June 22, 2014. Gordon was born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from The City College of New York and Master of Arts degree from Montclair State University. Gordon had spent more than 30 years teaching technical education at Wayne Hills High School, where he loved going to work each and every day. In addition to his teaching career, Gordon and his wife owned and operated a professional photography business for more than 15 years. Gordon was a loving and devoted husband, loyal friend and proud father. He was proud of his Norwegian heritage and enjoyed researching family genealogy. Gordon also was passionate about music and photography and he instilled this love of music in his children. He cherished his family above all else. Gordon was predeceased by his parents, Ingvald and Alice Ryersen, of Brooklyn, N.Y. He shared his life with his wife, Kathleen Derringer Ryersen, for almost 27 years. They have two wonderful sons, Ryan and Cody. Gordon also is survived by his sister, Susan Cuciti and her husband, Paul, of Stockholm, and their two daughters, Christine and Julianne. He will be dearly missed by his father-in-law, William Derringer, of Ringwood; sister-in-law, Kerry Derringer and Arthur Cashin, of Morristown, with their two sons David and Daniel; and Colleen Derringer and Joseph DeLany, of Chester, along with their two sons Finnegan and Jameson. Friends and relatives are welcome to visit from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, June 26, at Goble Funeral Home, 22 Main St., Sparta. A funeral liturgy will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 27, at St. Kateri R.C. Church, 427 Stanhope Road, Sparta. Burial will take place immediately following at Sparta Cemetery. The family has established a college savings plan for the Ryersen children. Those wishing to make a contribution in lieu of flowers may send it to P.O. Box 123, Sparta, NJ 07871. Please make checks payable to Merrill Edge FBO Ryersen.
Published in The New Jersey Herald on June 25, 2014