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“Joe was one of the finest, kindest men I ever met. He was always sweet and always made me feel at home whenever I was at their house. The last time I...Read More »
1 of 5 | Posted by: Kathleen Hunt Hatch - Fulton, NY

“I have so many fond memories of Joe, Elaine and family - dinners at the Black Forest Mill, wedding celebrations, births. In particular, I remember a...Read More »
2 of 5 | Posted by: Nancy Dusenbury - Cousin

“My deepest sympathy to the entire Kwederis family on the passing of Mr. Joe Kwederis - truly one of Oakland's finest. Special thoughts to Jim and...Read More »
3 of 5 | Posted by: Jerry Buonavita - Toronto

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you mourn the loss of your Father and Grandfather. God Bless All of You. ”
4 of 5 | Posted by: The Mininni Family

“Joe, you have been an outstanding father, relative, person, soldier, etc. You will be missed ! Now you will join your beloved wife Elaine. May God...Read More »
5 of 5 | Posted by: Michael & Grace Vitulano - NJ


Kwederis, Joseph John Jr., 88 of Oakland New Jersey, On Monday June 14, 2010, at his home and with his family at his side, quietly rejoined his beloved wife Elaine G. in eternal rest. "Joe" to his many friends, was the devoted father of Joseph John III and his wife Suzanne of Schaumberg, IL; Gary W. and his wife Regina of Jacksonville, FL; James O. and his wife Jeanne of Unionville, NY; Denise M. Monaghan and her husband Kenneth G., Jr., of Wayne, NJ; Alan R. of Oakland, NJ.; and Glenn M. and his wife Cynthia of Oakland, NJ. Joe was also the loving brother of Donald and his wife Dorothy of Waldwick, NJ. He was the devoted and loving Grandfather of Joseph John IV and his wife Kimberly of Novi, MI; David and his wife Karin of Jersey City, NJ; Stephen and his wife Shelli of Englewood, CO; David McElhaney of Tucson, AZ; Jennifer of Tucson, AZ; Lisa Barry of Flagstaff, AZ; Daniel and his wife Tara of Pompton Lakes, NJ; Stephanie of Unionville, NY; Patrick and his wife Domenica of Stamford, CT; Brendan and Andrew of Wayne, NJ; Sean, Lila Rose and Lucas of Oakland, NJ. He was also the proud great-grandfather of Erin, Emily, Megan, Christopher, Joel, Kylie, Tyler, Ian, Nathanial, Noah, Ella and Damian Joseph. He is also survived by loving cousins Beth, Nancy & Joanie, in-laws Joan, Vaughn, Tommy, Bill, Bunny, Maureen, and Al, as well as many cherished nieces and nephews. Joe was born in West Point, NY on January 13, 1922. He was educated and enjoyed his childhood surrounded by a large and loving family in Highland Falls, NY. After graduating high school he moved with his family to Brooklyn, NY where he met, courted and married the love of his life, Elaine. They were married on January 8, 1944. At the time they were married, he was enlisted and commissioned as a Second Lt. in the US Army Air Corp where he served as a B24 Navigator. In January 1944, he was sent off to Europe to fight in WWII. On April 29, 1944, after several successful bombing missions over Germany, his mission ended with the downing of his air craft. He and his surviving crew of the B-24H "liberator" were captured. He spent the next year as a POW in a German prison camp. He was repatriated in May, 1945 and returned home to recover from his injuries. He was honorably discharged in October, 1945. Joe began his civilian life working and going to college at night. He and Elaine soon enjoyed the birth of their first son Joseph in 1946. Soon afterward, they moved from Brooklyn, NY to their first home in Fair Lawn, NJ. Joe earned his Bachelor of Industrial Engineering degree in July of 1954 from New York University. With their family now numbering 4 (three boys and a beautiful daughter) they purchased their second home in Oakland, NJ. They moved into this newly built home in October, 1959 where he remained until his death. The family continued to grow with the addition of two more sons. Joe was always very actively involved and participated in organizations with his children. He was a Scoutmaster and Cub Scout Committee Chairman for Pack 311, PTA President and Little League Coach. He served as Oakland Recreation Commissioner (1974 – 1985), Oakland Tennis Commissioner, one of the founders of the Oakland Tennis Association, and founder and organizer of the Oakland Team Tennis program. In honor of his service and dedication, he was inducted into the Oakland Recreation Hall of Fame on October, 1988. He also served on the Board of the West Bergen Mental Healthcare in Ridgewood, NJ which supports many communities throughout Bergen County. He was a member of the VFW Posts #302 &5702 and a member of the Caterpillar Club, where he was recognized with other servicemen who had an unplanned use of their parachute during war time. He was member of American Bowling Congress for many years and an avid bowler along with his wife Elaine. Joe loved his wife, family and being active, but most of all his favorite passion was playing tennis. How fitting that the game itself contains 'LOVE'. Joe had a long career in sales and marketing for various manufacturing companies such as American Hard Rubber, La Favorite Rubber Mfg. Company, Braddock Protective Coatings, and Star Glo Industries, Inc. After retiring, he started his own manufacturing services representative company, Ramapo Hill Associates. There just was no stopping Joe, as Elaine would say. A funeral mass will be held at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Oakland, NJ on Saturday, June 19 at 9:30 am. He will be laid to rest next to his wife Elaine at Mary Rest Cemetery in Mahwah, NJ, with military honor guard. The family will receive friends and family at the Oakland Memorial Home on Friday, June 18 from 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm. In lieu of flowers, it was his wish that donations be made to West Bergen Mental Healthcare, 120 Chestnut St., Ridgewood, NJ 07450.

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