Gordon Andrew Ryersen

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Gordon Ryersen of Sparta, NJ, passed away on June 22, 2014. Gordon was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. He was predeceased by his parents, Ingvald and Alice Ryersen, of Brooklyn, NY. He shared his life with his wife, Kathleen Derringer Ryersen, for almost twenty-seven years. They have two wonderful sons, Ryan and Cody. Gordon is also survived by his sister Susan Cuciti and her husband Paul of Stockholm, NJ and their two daughters, Christine and Julianne. He will be dearly missed by his father-in-law, William Derringer of Ringwood, NJ; sister-in-law, Kerry Derringer and Arthur Cashin of Morristown, NJ with their two sons David and Daniel; Colleen Derringer and Joseph DeLany of Chester, NJ along with their two sons Finnegan and Jameson. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from The City College of New York and Master of Arts degree from Montclair State University. Gordon has spent over thirty years teaching Technical Education at Wayne Hills High School, where he loved going to work each and every day. In addition to his teaching career, Gordon and his wife owned and operated a professional photography business for over 15 years. Gordon was a loving and devoted husband, loyal friend and proud father. He was proud of his Norwegian heritage and enjoyed researching family genealogy. Gordon was also passionate about music and photography and he instilled this love of music in his children. He cherished his family above all else. Friends and relatives are welcome to visit at Goble Funeral Home, 22 Main Street, Sparta, NJ on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9. A 10:30 am funeral liturgy will be held Friday at St. Kateri R.C. Church, 427 Stanhope Road, Sparta, NJ 07871. Burial will take place immediately following at Sparta Cemetery. The family has established a college savings plan for the Ryersen children. Those wishing to make a contribution in lieu of flowers may send it to PO Box # 123 Sparta, NJ 07871. Please make checks payable to Merrill Edge FBO Ryersen.



  • VISITATION: Thursday, June 26, 2014
  • VISITATION: Thursday, June 26, 2014
  • MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Friday, June 27, 2014



Gordon Andrew Ryersen

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December 29, 2017

I'm so very sorry to learn of Mr. Ryersens passing. I bought an old canon at-1 camera today and immediately thought of my great years in Ryerson class when I was in high school from 06-08. I googled his name hoping to reconnect and saw this. I'm so very sorry. He was an excellent photography teacher and I always remember how proud he was to be related to band ah-ha and the song take on me.

Terry Leeshock

August 24, 2016

Kathy, I think of you often and send my blessings to you and the boys. I miss our annual summer get-togethers with the girls.
Where did our summer go. I hope you were able to make some wonderful new memories.
Hoping you are well!
Love ya,


August 6, 2016

Mr Ryersen believed in me and my abilities. I am where I am today due to his encouragement.

May 3, 2016

Kathy it's Joe Bushey very sorry to hear of the passing of Gordon. My son Nick had him in 2012 for photography. Nick just heard about it the other day as he was interviewing for a teaching job at hills . I will always remember him fondly. I wish you and your boys peace

Joseph Tortora

December 11, 2014

Dear Kathy,
I just found out today about Gordon. I am so very sorry! He was such a good hearted and kind man. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your sons.

Sandra Thomas

July 16, 2014

So sorry to hear of Gordon's passing. I attended 52nd Street Church growing up and was part of the youth group. God's peace.

John and Kathy McGee

July 9, 2014

Dear Kathy and boys,

We just found out about Gordon today, and we are so shocked and extremely saddened to hear of his passing. Our heartfelt condolences go out to you and your entire family. You, Ryan, and Cody are in our thoughts and prayers. Gordon was such as wonderful man. May the Lord bless and keep you all during this difficult time.

July 1, 2014

Dear Kathy, So very sorry to hear of Gordon's passing. You and the boys will be in our prayers asking for comfort and strength at this terrible time. It will not be easy, but God and family will see you through. xo

Lynda Dmoch, Jeff Fagan and Kendall DmochFagan

Dawn Kanson, zdziarski

June 28, 2014

To the entire Ryerson Family,
I offer my heartfelt deepest condolences on your loss of such a GREAT man. I had Mr, Ryerson as my photo teacher for 2 years in the 80's. He was ny favorite teacher in Hills. I will never forget everything that he taught me about photography. He truly was a GREAT man that will be missed by many.

Amy Holmes

June 27, 2014

Kathy, We just heard the news. Parker and I are so shocked and sad. Sending you love. Amy