John Dereza

January 26, 1944February 7, 2013

John Dereza, 69, of Manchester, passed away on Thursday February 7, 2013, at home with his family. Born in Ebersbrunch, Germany, he lived in Jackson before moving to Manchester in 2012. John worked as an Industrial Arts Teacher at the Hamilton High School West, Hamilton, NJ, for 21 years before retiring. He was an Army Veteran of the Vietnam War and served his country for 31 years.

John is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Jill Ruth (Schneider) Dereza, his devoted daughter and son, Lara Dereza-Santos of Cranford and Andrew James Dereza of Northfield, OH, his cherished grandchildren Desiree Noelle Santos, Andrew James Dereza, Jr., Natalia Morgan Dereza, his dear sisters Maria Marion, Jean Pilczak, Kathy Dereza, and Linda Dereza.

A Memorial Gathering will be held at Anderson & Campbell Funeral Home, 3010 Ridgeway Road, Manchester, NJ 08759, on February 10, 2013, from 1-3 pm with a Funeral Service and Military Honors to start at 3 pm.

The family of John Dereza has asked that memorial donations be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, in lieu of flowers, to advance research, support patients and create hope for all those touched by pancreatic cancer- 1500 Rosecrans Avenue, suite 200, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266, 877-272-6226/


  • Memorial Service Sunday, February 10, 2013

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February 23, 2013

I am so sorry to hear about your John. We miss you on Tues. Judy W. from the pineneedlers

Dorothy Miller

February 17, 2013

Dear Dereza Family -
Please accept our deepest sympathy at the loss of your husband, father and brother. My son has fond memories of John during welding class, especially playing pranks. He was role model to all the kids and will be fondly missed.

Sincerely -
The Miller Family

February 15, 2013

So sorry to hear about John. You know you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Judy from your Pineneedlers.

ssg jim cowap ret.

February 13, 2013

my condolence's to john's family im sure john will be standing his post and looking out for us from above god bless

Craig Whalon

February 11, 2013

Dear Dereza Family and Friends,
I remeber fondly the times at The West Orange Armory, Ft Dix and Ft Drum where I had the opportunity to serve with John. Great Men and Soldiers come into our lives and touch them in great ways. John was such a Man. Diligent, Dedicated, Caring and Professional are words that I used to describe him.

Craig Whalon MAJ USAR (ret)
former B Company Commander

February 10, 2013

Dereza Family,

I had the great privilege of serving with John in Bravo Company, 2-1202 Armor.
He was an outstanding soldier, gentleman and friend. My career success depended upon soldiers like John. I will always be thankful for his service and his loyalty. Whenever the men of B Co get together, he will always be part of the conversation.

Bigadier General (Ret)Frank Dulfer
Former Company Commander, Bravo 2-102 Armor

Ed Suarez

February 10, 2013

Jill, Lara, and Andrew, I am very sorry to hear of John's passing. All the times we were together for holidays and vacations will be remembered fondly.

Love always,

Andrew Suarez

February 9, 2013

Jill, Lara, and Andrew

I was saddend to hear of John's passing. The time we have all spent together at school events, holiday gatherings, and at the farm were wonderful. Thank you for making me a part of your family.

Roger Chan

February 9, 2013

Dear Lara and Paul,
Please accept my condolences.

Andy & Linda Yadlosky

February 9, 2013

Our sincere condolences for your loss. Our Prayers are with the family.