Emil R. Kurtyka

October 11, 1930March 26, 2021

Emil R. Kurtyka, 90, of Toms River, NJ passed away on March 26, 2021 at home surrounded by his loving family. Born in Elizabeth, NJ, Emil lived in Linden before moving to Toms River in 1958. He proudly served in the US Air Force during the Korean War. Emil was a Quality Assurance Specialist at Fort Monmouth for many years before his retirement. He was a member of the American Legion Post 129 in Toms River. Emil enjoyed fishing, airplanes, sports, talking about his wife and kids and taking care of his family. He loved sharing his life experiences and had a knack for always making people laugh.

His son Robert Kurtyka predeceased him. Surviving are his beloved wife Claudia of 63 years; his son Tom Kurtyka and his wife Gina; his daughter Linda Kurtyka; and his grandchildren TJ and James.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 30, 2021 from 11 a.m. until the Funeral Service at 12:00 p.m. at Anderson and Campbell Funeral Home, 703 Main St., Toms River. Burial will follow at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Toms River. Condolences may be made to the family by visiting


  • Visitation

    Tuesday, March 30, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, March 30, 2021

  • Committal Service

    Tuesday, March 30, 2021


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March 31, 2021

Emil and his wife Claudia, were our next door neighbors that we knew for 10 wonderful years. Emil was the "life" of our parties. He even was so generous to give one of his cars to my husband so he wouldn't run his diesel truck so early in the morning for work anymore. He was always fun to be around, always eagerly talked about his family and their accomplishments, and was always a wonderful loving husband to his wife, Claudia.
We were so fortunate to have Emil as our neighbor. There was always a smile on his face, a new joke to be told, marriage advice, and plenty of coffee and dessert when he came by.
Emil, our memories of you will never be forgotten. Thank you for your friendship. We will meet you again dear friend, one day. May you Rest in Peace.

Dawn Timmons

March 30, 2021

Mr. Kurt was our backyard neighbor and dear friend for 40 years. Our “thing” was to “meet at the fence” to catch up, share food, and share life. Mom and I often joked that Dad and Mr. Kurt were like Tim Taylor and Wilson from the show Home Improvement. We weren’t sure how much “wisdom” was communicated but the chats were always enjoyable. His laugh was THE BEST as so many have already mentioned. We will always remember our dear friend with so much love. The next time we see you “at the fence” our fence will be upgraded and we will have a pearly gate.
Much love,
Nancy, Bill, & Dawn Timmons

Cella Szaro

March 27, 2021

We are very sorry to hear that our special cousin passed away. We will never forget the support he gave us throughout our lives. More importantly, we will never forget how much fun he was and his laugh. He will be greatly missed.

Deepest condolences to Claudia, Linda and Tommy.

Cella, Steven and Gregory Szaro

Denise Leib

March 26, 2021

So sorry to hear about the passing of Uncle Emil. I will always remember him as the "Funny Uncle". I have fond memories of dancing in his basement with Bobby.
Regards to Aunt Claudia and the rest of his family.
May he rest in peace. 🌻
Denise & Michael Leib