John Klotz

October 16, 1938May 10, 2021

John Klotz, 82, of Waretown, NJ, formerly of Bloomfield, NJ passed away peacefully with his loving wife by his side.

His parents, John & Anna Klotz, his brother Patrick and his sister Rosalie, predeceased him.

John is survived by his beloved wife of 45 years, Barbara and his many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He was an English teacher at Belleville High School, retiring after 33 years.

John enjoyed computers, cooking and reading. Physical fitness was very important to him; he was very dedicated to his daily gym workouts.

His family and friends will always remember John’s kindness, generosity and his twinkling eyes. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 12, 2021 from 2:00-6:00pm at the Thos L. Shinn Funeral Home, 10 Hilliard Dr., Manahawkin, NJ. A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00am on Thursday, May 13, 2021 at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 300 Lacey Rd., Forked River, NJ with entombment to follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, 225 Ridgedale Ave., East Hanover, NJ.

In lieu of flowers, donations in John’s name may be sent to the charity of your choice.

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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, May 12, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, May 13, 2021

  • Committal Service

    Thursday, May 13, 2021


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Marianne Kozla

May 18, 2021

I was so sorry to hear of the loss of Mr Klotz. He was my English and speech teacher in Belleville High. 1972 Graduate. What a great teacher he was. I actually enjoyed going to his classes. He will be missed.

Robert Baumgartner

May 15, 2021

John Klotz was absolutely one of my favorite teachers at Belleville High School, back in the late 60s. I took his journalism class. Let me tell you, there were no easy "A"s in his class. But you learned. And he treated us all fairly.
My Dad was nearly killed fighting a fire as a Belleville fireman my senior year in 6° weather when a six-story building collapsed on him. We had received a call that my Dad had broken his leg. So Mom sent most of us kids to school when she went to the hospital.
In Mr. Klotz's class early in the day, we talked about the fire. He realized that I did not know the extent of my Dad's injuries and during the discussion hinted that one of the firemen nearly died, while giving me a knowing look.
This led me to call home after the class, to find out that it was my Dad he was talking about. His subtle hint had led me to make the call home, without directly alarming me.
Always had great respect for the man. He was one of only a few excellent teachers in that school. He was the best of the best.
His loss is a loss to us all. Condolences to his family. May he live forever in your hearts.

Denise Kostka

May 12, 2021

I graduated BHS in 73'. My last semester in English Mr. Klotz assigned us to write a story in the first person. I wrote "I Am An Alcoholic." The story was my father telling the story of his life and how he drank himself to death and passed away in October of 1972. Mr. Klotz read it while in class and shortly afterwards he left the room for a while. I believe the story was quite touching to him. As a graduation gift he gave me a Cross pen - I still have that pen. It meant so much to me. Barbara - you gave me a book "The Gift from the Sea" which I also still have. I hope you find peace in knowing that Mr. Klotz was well loved. Denise (formerly Stoklosa)

Michael murphy

May 11, 2021

Mr Klotz was a terrifying teacher or so I thought,
The only class I ever was failing and begged to let out of class but wouldn't
To this day I remember Don't Quit
It is mt mantra!

Raffaella Saulino

May 11, 2021

Dear Barbara,
So sad to learn that John, your beloved husband, passed away.
You provided him with 45 years of happiness, friendship and care.
I will always remember the two of you at the OCREA Luncheon Meetings or on the trips we took with OCREA. And, of course before we retired, I remember the fabulous teaching reputation the two of you had when you taught at Belleville High School.
What a gentleman.
Love you Barbara and take care of yourself.

Elyse Pepose

May 11, 2021

Dear Barbara,
I’m so very sorry to hear of John’s passing. What a sweet, gentle man. My condolences to you and the whole family.
May John Rest In Peace and watch over you.
Elyse Pepose

Russell Pagano

May 11, 2021

Rest in peace John.
I enjoyed our time at BHS together. To this day, I still wear the neck ties you gave me.

James Russomanno

May 11, 2021

Barbara, I was so very sorry to have read of John’s passing Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers at this sad time. He was an inspiration to us all in and out of the classroom. The ultimate professional at all times just like yourself. I felt honored to have worked with you both May he RIP🙏

Danny Grasso

May 11, 2021

Dear Barbara: I am so sorry to hear of John's passing and my heartfelt thoughts are with you at this time. I have many wonderful memories of John as a friend and wonderful teacher. You are in my prayers.

Gabe & Valerie Micchelli

May 11, 2021

Dear Barbara, the news of John's passing comes with a Great Sorrow. Both Valerie and I would like to offer our heartfelt sympathy to you and your families. John was not only an awesome teacher but also a special person and friend. Our sincerest condolences to you and your family.
Gabe & Valerie.