Paul Joseph Waldek Jr. of Rockaway Twp. passed away on Friday, Nov. 26, 2021, at Morristown Memorial Hospital, succumbing to injuries resulting from an auto accident on Oct. 20.
He shared 79 years of love, laughter and priceless memories with family, friends and students. Born in Scranton, Pa., to the late Paul and Susan Waldek, Paul met his wife of 57 years, Mary Ann Pszeniczny, during high school. He graduated with a bachelor's degree from the University of Scranton, then moved to New Jersey and received his master's from Seton Hall University. Paul and Mary Ann began their family in New Jersey and found their forever home in Rockaway Twp. Paul worked in education for 47 years, 42 of those he spent at his cherished Morris Plains Borough School District, where he became a notable person in the community. He was an active parishioner at St. Clement Pope and Martyr Church in Rockaway Twp. Paul was a member of two Knights of Columbus, 4th Degree Member of Boonton and 3rd Degree Member of Dover. He also took an active part in the Rockaway Twp. Republican Committee for many years.
Paul leaves a lifetime of memories to his dearest wife, Mary Ann; his beloved three children, Kim McCarthy and her husband, Thomas, of Suwanee, Ga.; Kristine Waldek and her dear friend, Adam Cichowski, of Rockaway Twp.; and Karl Waldek and his wife, Cassandra, of Branchburg, N.J.; his cherished grandchildren, Kendall and Kadyn McCarthy and Juliet and Jackson Waldek. He is also survived by his cousins, Trudy Pendrak and Fr. Joseph Gross, along with many more extended family and friends.
Visitation will be held Thursday, Dec. 2, 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at Tuttle Funeral Home, 272 State Route 10, Randolph, N.J. (www.tuttlefh.com). Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, Dec. 3, at 10 a.m. at St. Clement Pope and Martyr, Rockaway. Interment is private.