Vernon Twp., NJ: Richard George Wetzel, 82 years old, died unexpectedly at Newton Medical Center on Sunday, may 17, 2020. Born to George and Eleanor Wetzel in West Paterson, NJ, he had lived in Passaic County before moving to the Lake Conway section of Vernon Twp., NJ in 1969.
Richard received his BA and MA in Education from William Paterson College. He was a school teacher for the Vernon Township High School since 1974, retiring in 2010. He served on the Vernon Twp. Town Council for 2 terms and was a Board member for the Sussex Rural Co-Op and started the Vernon Township High School football program. Richard was also a parishioner of St. Jude the Apostle RC Church in Hamburg, NJ.
Richard is predeceased by his wife, Valerie Wetzel(2006) and is the devoted father of Rick Wetzel and his wife, Rebecca of Orefield, PA, Scott Wetzel and his wife, Rachel of Plainview, NY, Kelly Kaminski and her husband, Jan of Whippany, NJ and Michele Nacinovich and her husband, David of Franklin, NJ. Loving grandfather of Zachary, Jacob, Scott, Kaitlind, Ashleigh, Joshua, Brielle, Michaela and Andrew. Dear brother of Kenneth Wetzel and his wife, Maria of Franklin, NJ and George Wetzel and his wife, Catherine of Toms River, NJ.
Due to government restrictions, private graveside services will be under the direction of Ferguson-Vernon Funeral Home, 241 Route 94, Vernon, NJ at Glenwood Cemetery, Vernon Twp., NJ.