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William Hodas

William J. Hodas

Friday, July 9th, 1926 - Tuesday, May 28th, 2019
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Franklin, NJ: William “Bill” J. Hodas, 92 years old, died peacefully at home on Tuesday, May 28, 2019. Born to Joseph and Irma Hodas in Franklin, NJ, he has been a lifelong resident of Franklin, NJ.

Bill served with the United States Navy during World War II in the Hospital Corps from 1944-1947 then received his BS in Mortuary Science from McAllister College, New York City, NY graduating in 1950. Bill worked as Vice President of Administrative Services at Selective Insurance, Branchville, NJ for 41 years retiring in 1991. His many public service positions include the governor appointed position of Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission Commissioner from 2003 to 2014 when he retired from there. He was appointed by Governors James McGreevey, Richard Codey, Jon Corzine and Chris Christie and is the longest serving Commissioner. Bill also served as Commissioner from 1979 to 1982 appointed by Governor Brendan Byrne. Bill was a member of the Sussex County Democratic Committee and chairperson from 1976 – 1980. He was the Franklin Chair for the Sussex County Democratic Committee from 1976 to present. He served as Mayor of Franklin from 1968-1980 and 1984-1988, was a member of the Franklin Council from 1962-1967, served with the Franklin Board of Health and the Franklin Borough Economic Development Committee in 2008. Bill served on the St. Clare’s Hospital Prime Health Care Community Advisory Board from 1988-2015, was the acting Cemetery Superintendent of Immaculate Conception cemetery in 2013 and served as Cemetery Finance Council Member from 2008 to present. Bill was a member and past president of Wallkill Valley Rotary Club, the General Judson Kilpatrick Knights of Columbus Council # 5563, the Branchville Lions Club and the Sgt Francis M. Glynn American Legion Post # 132 in Franklin, NJ.

Bill is predeceased by his cousin, Iren Bertalan and is the beloved husband for 35 years of Gail Hodas(nee Schwinn) of Franklin, NJ. Dear cousin Juliana Koszegi, Sandor Koszegi, Andrea Tar, Richard Tar, Gergo Tar, Dorie Koszegi, Ackos Koszegi, Allin Tiszaadony, Szabolcs Szatmar all in Hungary.

The family will receive their friends at F. John Ramsey Funeral Home, One Main Street, Franklin, NJ on Sunday, June 2, 2019 from 2-6 PM. Funeral from the funeral home on Monday, June 3, 2019 at 10AM. Mass of Christian Burial at Immaculate Conception RC Church, Franklin, NJ at 11:00 AM. Interment to follow at North Hardyston Cemetery, Hardyston Twp., NJ. Memorial gifts to Gagnon Heart Institute, 100 Madison Avenue, Morristown, NJ 07460 or Immaculate Conception RC Church, 75 Church Street, Franklin, NJ 07416 would be appreciated.
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  • Visitation

    Sunday, June 2nd, 2019 | 2:00pm - 6:00pm
    Sunday, June 2nd, 2019 2:00pm - 6:00pm
    F. John Ramsey Funeral Home
    One Main Street
    FRANKLIN, NJ 07416
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  • Service

    Monday, June 3rd, 2019 | 11:00am
    Monday, June 3rd, 2019 11:00am
    Immaculate Conception Church
    75 Church St.
    FRANKLIN, NJ 07416
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    Rev. Boguslaw Kobus
    Rev. Martin Glynn
  • Interment

    North Hardyston Cemetery
    Route 94
    HAMBURG, NJ 07419
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Donations are being accepted for: Immaculate Conception RC Church.


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Private Condolence

Marina Valcarcel

Posted at 12:58pm
My sincere condolences to Gail and family. Gail is a childhood friend and I was truly saddened to hear of Bill's passing. He was always gentleman and I always enjoyed the times they came to NYC. We would always have a lovely evening having dinner and he always was so gracious. He would come to the computer to say hi when Gail & I would be chatting. I know he will be missed by many who held him in such high regard. He now will be Gail's Guardian Angel and always watch over her.

Love, Marina Valcarcel

R. Louisa Faust

Posted at 04:53am
Hodas Family and many friends, may your many memories of life with Bill bring you comfort to share with each other during this special time. 2 Corinthians 1:3,4

Posted at 02:40pm
We enjoyed and appreciated the love and attention Bill gave to us each time we had a chance to get together. Always a good story to tell us and always a nice smile on his face.. He was a wonderful member of ' our family' as we each admired him and all he has done for this country and his state.. WE ARE SO PROUD TO HAVE KNOWN BILL.. RIP DEAR BILL RIP !!! We will all miss you so very much... with Love and Hugs always.. 'Boonie and Toomie' aka Bonnie and Tommy xxoo

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