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Sgt. Robert, USMC, 31, of Wallington, passed away on May 29, 2014 while stationed at Camp Lejeune, Jacksonville, NC. Born in Passaic, he lived most of his life in Wallington and was a parishioner of Holy Rosary R.C. Church, Passaic. Robert enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in October 2004. He attended and completed the School of Infantry as well as Marine Corps Security Forces Training. He has been stationed in Rota, Spain, Twentynine Palms, California and Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. During his military career, he has been deployed to Lebanon in 2006 as part of a Joint Task Force, Iraq in 2008 and Afghanistan in 2009. In 2010, he served as an Instructor, training Marines being deployed to Afghanistan. On his last deployment to Afghanistan in 2011, he served as Personal Security for the commanding officer. His selfless service is deeply appreciated and will never be forgotten. The entire family would like to thank extended family and friends for their loving support. A special thanks goes to all those he served with over the years as well as Wounded Warrior Battalion-East and all the Marines and Staff that have given him their understanding, endless patience and steadfast help. Beloved husband of Susan E. (Palm). Devoted son of Jozef of Wallington and the late Lucyna (Chalupnik) who passed away in 2009. Dear brother of Gregory and his wife Joanna of Saddle Brook. Loving uncle of Gregory and Jakub. Dear grandson of Kazimiera Wielgo of Clifton. Adored Godson of Edward Chalupnik of Garfield and Sophie Bednarz of Clifton. Cherished Godfather of Michael McManus. Loving nephew and cousin to many. Funeral Saturday 8:30 AM at the Shook Funeral Home, 639 Van Houten Ave., Clifton, and 10 AM at Holy Rosary R.C. Church, Passaic. Interment, St. Mary's Cemetery, Saddle Brook, with full Military Honors. Visiting Thursday 7-9 PM and Friday 2-4 and 6-9 PM at the funeral home. An additional memorial service will be held at the Saint Francis Xavier Chapel on Camp Lejeune in North Carolina on June 17th at 1:30 PM. At the request of the family, donations made to the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, 825 College Blvd., Suite 102, PMB 609, Oceanside, CA 92057, www.semperfifund.org in memory of Robert, would be greatly appreciated.
Published in The Record/Herald News from June 4 to June 5, 2014