Private funeral services have been held for John P. Whelan (Jack), of Guttenberg. He passed away peacefully on Nov. 25. Jack was born on January 1, 1938, in West New York, where he was raised. He attended St. Joseph’s Grammar School and St. Joseph’s of the Palisades High School in West New York (64th Street) where he excelled in basketball, receiving many honors. In 1957, he enlisted in the New York National Guard in Spring Valley, N.Y., as a Launcher Crewman for the “Nike Ajax,” the first ground-to-air missile. He was honorably discharged from Fort Bliss, Texas, in 1964. Jack was employed at the Lever Brothers plant in Edgewater, and the Penn Central Railroad in Newark, as a Freight Conductor and Brakeman, before joining the Township of North Bergen Fire Department in 1966, retiring as Captain in 1993. Jack was a member of the American Legion and the VFW, and a past member of the Moose Association. Jack was predeceased by his parents, Joseph and Elizabeth (Beere) Whelan; a sister, Maureen Marzocchi (Tetro), and a brother, George. He is survived by a sister, Josephine (Whelan) Chiarello; niece, Susan Broskie (Tetro) and husband, Bruce; niece, Tara Sweeney; nephew, Salvatore Tetro, and extended family members. Services arranged by the Vainieri Funeral Home, North Bergen.
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