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Andrew John Getz

AGE: 52 • Toms River

Andrew John Getz, age 52, of Toms River, NJ passed away on July 27, 2017. He was born and raised in Elizabeth, NJ until his family moved to Brick, NJ in 1979, and moved to Toms River in 2008.   He was predeceased by his parents, George and Ann Hollywood Getz. Surviving are several cousins, Edward Koch of Cape Coral, FL, Mark Koch of Garfield, NJ, Kevin Koch of Clark, NJ, Blaine Koch of Brick, NJ, Allen Dietrich of Hanover, NH, and Fred Dietrich of Hillsdale, NJ.

During his childhood and youth, Andrew was an avid participant in the Special Olympics and was a recipient of many medals, which he proudly displayed until the end of his life. Following his graduation from Brick High School, Andrew was employed by ARC of Ocean County and continued to reside with his parents in Brick, where he enjoyed gardening and woodworking with his father and helping both parents in the kitchen with cooking and canning the garden harvests, until his father died in 2006, after entrusting his nephew, Edward Koch, with becoming a caregiver to his family and helping to carry out his wishes for their care.

In 2008 Andrew became a resident of the Monroe Group Home in Toms River under the auspices of ARC of Ocean County, and the other residents and staff quickly became a new "family" for him. He loved his life there. Besides working at his job at ARC, he became involved in many social and sporting activities and enjoyed fishing, softball, golfing, gardening, cooking, "fixing things" with tools, and most of all, "helping" everyone and "staying busy".   The family is so grateful to ARC for the love and care shown to Andrew and for the wonderful life they afforded him.

Laurelton Memorial Funeral Home, 109 Pier Ave., Brick, NJ is in charge of the cremation. Burial of cremated remains with be held on August 19th at 11:00 am at Brick Presbyterian Church, 111 Drum Point Road, Brick NJ 08723. Memorial gifts may be sent to Brick Presbyterian Church or to The ARC of Ocean County, 815 Cedar Bridge Ave., Lakewood, NJ 08701-4932. Condolences may be sent by visiting

Published in Asbury Park Press on Aug. 16, 2017
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