John Ryan Ratzer
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John Ryan Ratzer
Hamburg - John Ryan Ratzer, age 75, of Hamburg, passed away peacefully on Monday, February 22, 2021 with his family by his side.
Born in Paterson to the late Walter and Veronica (Ryan) Ratzer, John lived in Clifton before settling in Hamburg twenty years ago. A proud US Army veteran of the Vietnam War, John was a graduate of William Paterson University. John worked as a Clifton Police Officer until his retirement. He most recently worked as a repair service clerk at Verizon from 1996 to 2008. John was most proud of his membership in the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter #1002 in Vernon.
Predeceased by his son, John Ratzer, Jr., and daughter, Mary Ratzer, John is survived by his loving wife, Sharon (Fay) Ratzer; children Robyn Sealey of Hamburg, James Ratzer and his partner Charlene Mure of Ogdensburg, Thomas Ratzer of Hamburg, and Ryan Ratzer and his wife Antoinette of Wantage; grandchildren Aaron Sealey, Ashley, Ava, and Adyson McCurdie, and John Ratzer; great-grandchildren Nehemiah Sealey and Jordan John Sanders; sister Marilyn Harding; as well as many cousins, nieces, and nephews.
A visitation for John will be held on Sunday, February 28th, 2021 from 1-5PM at the Ferguson—Vernon Funeral Home, 241 Route 94, (One Vanderhoof Court for GPS) Vernon, NJ 07462. A Funeral Mass will be on Monday, March 1st, 10AM at the St. Jude the Apostle RC Church. Burial in the Northern New Jersey Veterans Memorial Cemetery will follow. Online condolences may be offered at

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Published in The New Jersey Herald from Feb. 24 to Feb. 25, 2021.
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February 28, 2021
Sharon and family, sorry for you loss. Jack was my partner several days a week when I was new patrolman on the police department. I enjoyed working with him, he was a good guy. Always with a smile or a laugh. I was happy to reconnect with him around Sussex county, in the past couple of years. I'm sure he will be missed. Rest in peace . Det Sgt. Ralph Pennella, Cpd Retired.
Ralph Pennella
February 28, 2021
Best Godfather! Best laugh! Best sense of humor! Too many bests to list. More importantly a great man. You will be missed! Love you!
Susan Fanaras
February 27, 2021
A good and faithful servant. A man always reaching out to my cousin Sharon giving love and support. Blessing to a wonderful Fay / Ratzer clan for loving Jack back and giving him a home for rest, joy and comfort. Now he has gone moved on to his final home. Rest in Peace Jack Joan Foley
Joan Foley
February 26, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Ron & Darlene Kohn
February 26, 2021
Robert Caggiano
February 26, 2021
Rest in Peace Jack. Larry and I will miss your funny stories and your laugh. We have great memories from our friendship
Larry & Jo McDermott
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