John Albert Nystrand Jr.

July 28, 1922December 3, 2018

John Albert Nystrand Jr., 96 of Andover Township, passed away on Monday December 3, 2018. Albert was born in Unionville, NY and has been a lifelong resident of Sussex County. He was active duty in the Navy from 1943 – 1946 and an avid outdoorsman. Al was predeceased by his wife of 45 years, Doris Nystrand (nee Labell). He is survived by his children Glenn and his wife Joan and James and his wife Gretchen. Al is also survived by his loving grandchildren Bethany and her husband Andy, Dana and her partner Justin, Meghan and her husband Nolan, Nicolette and her husband Kevin, Drew and Maxwell. He also leaves behind his great grandchildren Fionna, Ryland, Finn, and Asher. Visitation will be held on Wednesday December 5, 2018 from 4 – 8PM at Goble Funeral Home, 22 Main St., Sparta, NJ 07871. A prayer service will be held on Thursday at the funeral home at 10AM. Interment will follow at Sparta Cemetery.


  • Visitation Wednesday, December 5, 2018
  • Prayer Service Thursday, December 6, 2018
  • Graveside Service Thursday, December 6, 2018

John Albert Nystrand Jr.

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Danny Rosenkrans

December 13, 2018

At the service when Jimmy asked if anyone wanted to say something, I pondered whether to share my thoughts, but failed to stand up and say a few words. At that time my mind was lost in the experience of reflecting on Uncle Albert and sharing something about him. The last time I was in the Goble parlor was for Pop-pop Nystrand’s funeral in the fall of 1966. Entering into the room last Thursday was like going back in time. One walked in, turned right, entered the room and could visualize the casket and Uncle Al. It was surrealistically similar to what I saw and felt when Pop-pop passed over 50 years ago.

I felt like I was young again; this sensation was enhanced at that time and in the subsequent days when I looked at my cousins; all I saw was their parents who were my aunts and uncles. It made me feel warm inside and at ease. I think that feeling spawned during my childhood when the Nystrand children; Al, Harriet, Doris, Bobby and my mom (and their spouses), through their shared lives, unknowingly connected their children (the cousins) with some eternal bound. We cousins spent our youth together and shared many things together.

I have always felt when I returned back home for a visit and met up with any of the cousins there was a feeling of being bonded and no sense of separation or lapse in time. Yes, we are each very different (which is good) but there is also a common spiritual connectedness. It was a beautiful gift they gave us and Uncle Al continued in that manner throughout his life. Arlene and I are grateful for Al’s trip to Alaska in the 1990s. A couple of years ago Jan, Lynn and I spent a joyful day with Uncle Al. That day, the memories from my youth, and the great visits with Leeann, Jan, Jimmy, Glenn, Bobby, Suzie, Mickey, Lynn and their spouses this past week will carry me forward. Thank you all for finding time to share with me this past week. It was awesome!

May you all have a prosperous journey.

Gina Pierson

December 6, 2018

Growing up on the farm with Uncle Al was definitely full of great life lessons.... I have fond memories of learning to drive in the field, playing with Nellie & traveling with him and Aunt Doris out to Amish country in the summer when I was off from school. I loved them both! Will miss you Uncle Al! xoxo

Carol Katzenstein

December 4, 2018

Glen and Jim, We are very sorry to here of your Dad's passing. He was so great to us when we lived there. Best landlord for sure! We will never forget having the wonderful garden vegetables. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Hap and Carol Katzenstein

L Telofski

December 4, 2018

To Glenn and all your family - We are so sorry to hear of your father's passing! We know the closeness you had with your father and all you were able to do to help him in his later years! We send our deepest sympathies and wish you the peace of loving memories. Lorena and Rich Telofski