OAKLAND, N.J. -- Oakland resident Fred D. Westphal died on Sunday, Dec. 7 ager a prolonged illness. He was 79.
Westphal was born Feb. 23, 1936 to Fred A. and Helen Westphal in Jersey City, and was raised on Birchwood Drive in East Paterson.
In 1957, Westphal married the girl across the street, Nancy Pityo, and they settled in Oakland.
From 1954 to 1974, Westphal proudly served in the Army National Guard and was promoted to First Sergeant when he transferred to the Army Reserves serving from 1974 to 1977 and officially retired in 1996 with an Honorable Discharge.
Westphal also worked at PSE&G for 40 years, starting as meter reader in 1954 and retiring as a Customer Support Center Supervisor.
In retirement, he enjoyed watching his grandchildren grow and being a part of their lives.
Westphal is survived by his wife Nancy, and his children: Robert Westphal of Oldsmar, Fla.; Kathleen Errico of Mahwah; and Patricia Mazzilli and her husband Peter of Oakland; his brother: Thomas; and his beloved grandchildren: Jennifer Errico and Fredrick, Anthony and Alexandra Mazzilli.
Friends and family may visit at Oakland Memorial Home, located at 330 Ramapo Valley Rd. in Oakland on Dec. 9 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.
Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Dec. 10 at 10:30 a.m.
Interment with Full Military Honors will be at Maryrest Cemetery in Mahwah.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations in Westphal's name to the Alzheimer’s Association.
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