Goble Funeral Home


Eric Schmelz

October 6, 1980January 12, 2021

Eric M. Schmelz, of Oak Ridge, NJ, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at the age of 40.

Eric was born to parents David and Eileen in Dover, NJ. He grew up as the youngest of two and attended Jefferson Township High School where he excelled in football, wrestling, and track and broke many records throughout his high school career. He continued his football career at William Paterson University where he graduated with his bachelor’s in Sociology and Criminal Justice. In 2010 he welcomed his daughter Ashlyn (mother, Patricia) into the world and in 2017 he welcomed his son Jaxton with his fiancé Cheri Picariello. Eric loved spending time with his children, family, friends and fishing. He was also the co-owner of S & P Construction with one his best friends Paul.

Eric is survived by his daughter, Ashlyn; his son, Jaxton; fiancé Cheri Picariello; his sister and brother-in-law Tracy and Lou Zagada Jr, his nephew Joshua Bridges, Jr.; his mother Eileen Delea and father David with his wife Christine Schmelz; and many step family, aunts, uncles and cousins. He is preceded in death by maternal grandparents Godrey and Winifred and paternal grandparents Angus and Charlotte.

A memorial service will be held to the public at Goble Funeral Home 22 Main St., Sparta, NJ 07871 on Thursday, April 29th from 5 – 8PM.


  • Memorial Service

    Thursday, April 29, 2021


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Jarret Unick

May 1, 2021

Eric and I went to preschool at Sunshine Day Care Center in Jefferson Township. He was in most of my classes through Stanlick School, Consolidated School and MS and HS. It was like a giant was walking around when you looked at him. No one messed with him. He had this feeling of leadership and ability that spoke for itself. I admired him and I wasn't the only one. We saw each other at Olympus Gym in Jefferson after graduating. I didn't know him that well outside of school but he always smiled when he saw me. I give my best to his family and friends. He was a good man to know.

Valerie and Lou Zagada

April 29, 2021

Eric was and always will be one of those very special people that stand out in ones lifetime. He had a way of being your best friend the moment you met him. And we were blessed to have spent a lot of good times with him.
As the saying goes, “only the good die young” yes Eric was a very good and loving man. He will be missed by many but I know in my heart of hearts that he is with a great group of angels one of whom we all know will grab him up and be sure that he will not be alone till the rest of us get there.
Love you Eric
Lou and Valerie

Rosemarie Gerber

April 29, 2021

I will always remember Eric from school days in Jefferson Township, starting with our own pre-school group of 6 or 7 children and mothers. He was a good friend to my son Nils Peterson when he needed him. Eric also helped me through some things and I will always be grateful. Eileen and family - my deepest sympathy.
Praying for all of you. Rosemarie (Ro)

Shawn Culleny

April 28, 2021

You are missed buddy! You were an amazing friend,father,brother and man who went to great lengths to help others. You were a true friend and I personally experienced all those qualities in you from sports, and trying to save me from the demons I at one time danced with. The talks we had when we worked together about life and our struggles. You will always have a place in my heart as well as many others! You had an amazing soul!! I love you buddy and Til we meet again! ❤

Erin Farley

April 21, 2021

My heart is still so heavy my friend. I wait for the next text message from you. For the next hug. For you to call me “Aaaaron!” just one more time. To hear that laugh once again. You have left a huge void in all of our lives. I pray you are at peace and in no more pain.

Natasha Zagada

April 13, 2021

My children and I will always remember you as a kind-hearted man who worked hard to take care of your children and those you loved. You will forever be missed. Prayers sent to your beautiful children and family. Until we meet again...