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John R. Dzitko Jr.

May 16, 1947 ~ June 28, 2023 (age 76) 76 Years Old


John R. Dzitko Jr., age 76, of Edison, NJ passed away on Wednesday, June 28, 2023 at JFK University Medical Center in Edison, NJ. 

He was born on May 16, 1947 in Jersey City, NJ.  He spent his childhood in Jersey City and then resided for many years in Denville, NJ before moving to Whiting, NJ and later Edison, NJ.

He was the son of the late John and Joanna Rygiel Dzitko.

His beloved wife, Patricia Graber Dzitko, passed away in 2015 after 40 years of marriage.

John was a US Army Veteran, serving during the Vietnam War Era.  Upon his discharge from the US Army, he attended Jersey State College. 

He had many interesting jobs over his career, most notably working in customer service for Lucent Technologies Inc. in Parsippany, NJ.

John grew up an avid athlete.  He was a football player and baseball catcher in his younger years.  He also enjoyed playing the guitar and harmonica.  He loved blues, zydeco and reggae music.  He will always be remembered for his famous Chili and his love for spicy foods.  He was also known as ‘Cookie Grandpa’ as he always had giant cookies for his grandsons. 

Survivors include one daughter; Tara L. Kepp and her husband Chad of Lebanon, NJ.  Two grandsons; Johnny Kepp and Logan Kepp.  Five siblings; Joan Svoboda and her husband Peter of FL, Kathy Bergamaschi and her husband Raymond of Dumont, NJ, Paul Dzitko and his wife Nancy Gilmartin of Neshanic Station, NJ, Anne Marcussen of NJ and Steven Dzitko I and his wife Lisa of NJ.  He is also survived by several nieces and nephews, many extended family members, and several very close beloved friends.

All services will be private. 

Arrangements by Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home in Lebanon, NJ.

Memorials can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. 

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