Edward F. Kugler
1930 - 2020
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Edward F. Kugler

Saddle Brook - Edward F. Kugler Jr., 89, a lifelong resident and public servant of Saddle Brook, NJ passed peacefully at home on October 20, 2020.

Ed was born December 18, 1930 to Edward F. Kugler Sr. and Helen Biesiadecki Kugler. Ed was the founder, owner and operator of the Edward F. Kugler Community Home For Funerals in Saddle Brook since 1963. Prior to operating the funeral home, Ed worked in his family owned business, Kugler's Kozy Korner a local coffee and convenience store on the corner of Fifth and President Street in Saddle Brook.

In 1969 Ed became the first elected Mayor in Saddle Brook's history. Prior to his successful election in the 2-party system of government, Saddle Brook was a Committee form of government where local officials winning election were randomly assigned the duties of Mayor. Mayor Kugler served for 2 consecutive terms as Mayor from 1969-1977. In 1985, Ed returned to elected office winning as Councilman and served on the Township Council until 2011.

Ed also previously worked as General Manager and later became owner/operator of Gorny & Gorny Parkside Memorial Funeral Home in Bloomfield from 1958 to 1985.

Ed was a graduate of the McAllister School of Mortuary Science and held many positions and civic memberships in Saddle Brook including President of Rotary, Director of Recreation, Health & Welfare, Civil Defense, Planning Board, Library Board, Chamber of Commerce and Police/Fire Commissioner. Ed was also a member of Saddle Brook Volunteer Fire Department Engine Company # 2 and former Chairman of the Saddle Brook Republican Organization. Ed was a United States Army veteran serving during the Korean War 1951-1953 and Master Sergeant in the U.S. Army Reserves honorably retiring after serving over 25 years. He was also a faithful member of the Taejon Chapter # 170 of the Korean War Veterans.

Ed is survived by his beloved wife Helen, his sons Robert Kugler and his wife Christine, Dr. Edward Kugler III and his wife Olivia, step-daughter Jeanine Arnold and her husband David, and step-son John Guster and his wife Wendy. Ed is also survived by his loving grandchildren Shayna Kugler, Jamie Kimble and her husband Michael, Kaila Kugler and Edward Kugler IV and Nicole Kugler. Ed is also survived by his sister Dorothy Janosko and nephew Steven Janosko.

Services from Kugler Community Home for Funerals, Saddle Brook NJ. Visiting hours on Friday, October 23, 2020 from 4-8 pm. Funeral mass on Saturday, October 24, 2020 10:30am at St. Philip the Apostle RC Church Saddle Brook. Interment in St. Mary's Cemetery, Saddle Brook NJ.




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Published in The Record/Herald News from Oct. 21 to Oct. 22, 2020.
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OCT
23
Visitation
04:00 - 08:00 PM
OCT
24
Funeral Mass
10:30 AM
St. Philip the Apostle RC Church
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November 23, 2020
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Gail Snyder
October 28, 2020
Eddy, Bobby and Families;

I want to express my sympathy for your loss.
Losing a loving caring devoted father is painful. You should be very proud to be his sons with all of his accomplishments. He has cared for so many of my family members, was devoted to community and country and always dedicated to goodness. I think that's as good as it gets! I will always remember him fondly as a kind good man.
He will be missed by many.

God bless you all.

Bob Champy

Bob Champy
Neighbor
October 23, 2020
Eddie was a compassionate man in our times of need. But more than that, it was an honor to consider him a friend. Faithful, devoted to many causes and what was right. To Helen and the entire family, our condolences. He will be missed. But his footprints are all throughout Saddle Brook, and his legacy endures.
Frank and Brenda Calandrillo
Friend
October 23, 2020
Robert and Family. On behalf of the entire Hrubec Family I would like to express our sincere condolences for the loss of your father Edward. He was a very special man and a great friend of the Hrubec family. He will certainly be missed. May he Rest in Peace.
Thomas Hrubec
Friend
October 23, 2020
I knew Mr. Kugler my entire life. He was a very nice man and a good neighbor. He will be missed. Our deepest sympathy to the family.
Rich & Dorothy West

Dorothy Varchola West
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October 23, 2020
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October 22, 2020
Former Mayor Edward F. Kugler
Indeed a man of compassion, dignity and grace. Back in 1973 Mayor Kugler could not have done enough for my mother and our family when my father died in the line of duty as a SB volunteer firefighter. Mayor Kugler’s kindness will never be forgotten. Our heartfelt condolences to Chief Kugler, Christine, Dr. Edward, Olivia and their families.
Sincerely,
Louise and Jeff Ludwig
Louise and Jeffrey Ludwig
Friend
October 22, 2020
Bob, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your father. I met him February of 2019 when your family took care of my dads funeral. He was so caring and compassionate to my family. I could tell he was a great family man by the seeing him with you and your daughter. I know he will be truly missed. Please extend my deepest sympathies to your Mom and entire family.
Valerie Hnatkow Kline
Acquaintance
October 22, 2020
Sorry for your loss. Ed was a decent friendly man always had time to say hello may he Rest In Peace and never be forgotten. Bless you all
Tom lopes
Friend
October 22, 2020
My deepest condolences on the loss of your beloved father and grandfather-Ed was truly a unique and special person who will be missed by all who knew him
William Peters
Coworker
October 22, 2020
So very sorry to hear about the loss of your dad. I hope that all of the comfort that you share with others at times like this are returned to you a hundred fold. Mr. Kugler was a great man and I know that you all will do everything you can to keep his memory alive. God be with all of you during this next stage of your lives.
Paul Elwertowski
Friend
October 22, 2020
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Vince Montagna
Friend
October 22, 2020
Our sympathy goes out to the entire Kugler family, may you Dad rest in eternal peace.
Captain & Laura Squillace
Ronald J. Squillace
Friend
October 22, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
The Topoleski Family
Friend
October 22, 2020
A man of grace and dignity.His amazing legacy lives on through the actions of his family. He taught them well by example.
Lisa Pagano-Kuch
Friend
October 22, 2020
To the Kugler family, your dad was a special person. He had a heart of gold.R/I/P my friend. God Bless. Love, Steve & Margo Larkin
Steve & Margo Larkin
Friend
October 22, 2020
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Steve & Margo Larkin
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