Raymond H. Op't Hof

May 16, 1929March 18, 2012

Raymond Herbert Op’t Hof, age 82, passed away March 18 with his family at his bedside. Mr. Op’t Hof was a retired choral music teacher.

Raymond Op’t Hof was born May 16, 1929 in Wallington, New Jersey, the youngest of 10 children. He was preceded in death by his parents, Geraldine Den Bleyker and William Op’t Hof.

Raymond graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in music from Westminster College in Pennsylvania and received his Masters of Music at Columbia University in New York. He was the Choral Music Director at Central Regional High School for 30 years.

Raymond served in the United States Navy for 4 years and was honorably discharged. He was the first director of the barbershop chorus in Toms River. He was the choir director at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Beachwood for 47 years.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Anita Oge Op’t Hof; son David and his wife Cathy of Utah; son Timothy and wife Eileen of Colorado; son Mark and wife Cindy of Virginia, and son Christopher and wife Laura of Toms River. He is also survived by 22 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.

Visitation will be Thursday, from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. at Anderson & Campbell Funeral Home, 703 Main St. Toms River. Funeral Services will be held Friday, 11:00 a.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Beachwood. Interment will follow at Ocean County Memorial Park, Toms River.


  • Visitation Thursday, March 22, 2012
  • Visitation Thursday, March 22, 2012
  • Funeral Service Friday, March 23, 2012

Raymond H. Op't Hof

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Sheila Rolph-Hammar

April 16, 2013

Dear Mrs. Op't Hof and Family,

I was so sorry to hear of Mr. Op't Hof's passing away. He was such an inspiration to me and to my life-time music journey. I loved the selections he chose for our Central Regional Chorus and loved being the acompanist for the years I was with the chorus. I know that he inspired so many others and gave us the best gift of all - the gift of and love of music!

Jennifer Harms-Swavely

April 3, 2012

My deepest sympathy to you, Mrs. Op't Hof, and your family.
Your husband was such a wonderful, caring, and talented man. My best high school memories come from singing in his choirs! To this day I can still sing many of the songs. He had an amazing ability to bring out the best in us!
I am so glad I got to see you both just 2 short months ago. Thank you for that. He will surely be missed.
Peace to you.

Barbara Downs

April 1, 2012

I also am deeply saddened to hear of Mr. Op't Hof passing. His passion for music has instilled in me the love of music my whole life with appreciation in the classics. My deepest sympathy to the Op't Hof family. Class of 1970

April 1, 2012

I am saddened to hear this news. Mr. Op't Hof was an awesome teacher and touched the lives of so many students. My fondest memories of high school are those that involve chorus, Modern Choir, The Sound of Music, Carousel, singing in New York City, and our trip to Europe. I am sure he is singing with the angels in heaven. Barbara Fichot Reeves (Class of 1974)

Anita Opthof

March 29, 2012

The Ray Opthof family would like to thank everybody for the beautiful cards, letters and especially the heartwarming tributes that keep coming. His happiest years were directing the choirs at Central Regional and St. Paul Church. He would play the records over and over and comment, man they were good, and of course point out a mistake here and there. We know he had an impact on many lives and we are sad, but satisfied that our loss has turned into a celebration of his life. Thanks again, Anita C. Opthof

Kenneth Toussaint

March 29, 2012

Very sorry to hear of Mr.Op't Hof's passing. I was in the mixed chorus because of his patience and sense of humor. Class of '58

Val Marshall

March 28, 2012

So sorry for the loss of a wonderful man. God be with you during this time. He is accompanying the angels in heaven.
Valerie Marshall (Toms River)

Andrew Gordon

March 27, 2012

To the Op't Hof Family, I am so sorry for your loss. I got to know Mr. Op't Hof because I was lucky enough to be in "Camelot", one of Central Regional's best musicals. I most remember his kindness, his exuberant enthusiasm about the musical and each of our parts and each of us, and his ability to be everywhere at once! I remember so many of my teachers with love, and Mr. Op't Hof is one. You are family to a very great man who lived life to the fullest.

Thea Adcock

March 27, 2012

Mr. Op't Hof was a wonderful choir director, teacher, mentor and friend. He will be missed and will always be remembered for the love of music and singing he instilled in every student's life he touched. The angels have the best choir director and are singing with joy and love because of a wonderful man! My sympathies to the entire Op't Hof family. Thea Matejkowski Adcock, Class of 1969

March 27, 2012

Mr. Op't Hof has made a big imprint in my life in the learnings of music that I will keep forever. Only now my parents and the "angels" will enjoy the music you give. My deepest sympathy to the family.

Jackie Bono class of 1960-1963 (Greeneville, TN.)