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John Brian Schuettler

November 13, 1947 ~ May 8, 2020 (age 72)


John Brian Schuettler, age 72, of Long Valley, NJ was called to his eternal home in Heaven on May 8, 2020. On that day, the world lost the presence of a truly remarkable and inspiring man.

Born on November 13, 1947, Brian was the beloved son of the late John Charles and Loretta Dolores McHugh Schuettler of Hazelton, PA.

Since 1988, Brian resided in Long Valley, NJ with his loving wife, Helen Kolot Schuettler and his only son, John Roman Brian Schuettler, the joy of his life of whom he was enormously proud.

Brian earned his Bachelor’s Degree in World History from Bloomfield University, Bloomfield, NJ and a Master’s Degree in Finance from Kean University in Union, NJ.

Brian was employed by the Internal Revenue Service for 15 years, working in all three majors divisions, Compliance, Estate, and Gift Tax and Fraud. During those years, he was cited for his exceptional investigative work in Criminal Fraud.

In 1985, Brian opened up his own tax practice, “Schuettler Associates”, specializing in assisting senior citizens with IRS related issues and tax form preparation. Brian then went on to work as the Controller for Zarnas Corporation in Bethlehem, PA and Interstate Iron Works, in Whitehouse, NJ, ultimately working as the CFO of an electric company in Manhattan, NY until his retirement

Brian was a devout member of Our Lady of the Mountain Church in Long Valley, NJ, St. Theodores Church in Mansfield, NJ and St. Ann Church in Hampton, NJ. He had a deep devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary and to Jesus in the Holy Eucharist and authored a book “Got Grace” published in 2005.

Brian had many passions in life that he shared with his son, John, including fishing, bowling, reading, and golf. He was especially passionate about history, specifically Native American History. He also loved music, from Wagner to Santana and Led Zeppelin. He enjoyed playing accordion, the organ and piano. He loved nature and animals. He was devoted to God, family, and country. He was a veteran, serving six years in the Army.

Brian was a humble and generous person with a heart filled with compassion and empathy for the poor and homeless, often taking off his own jackets and gloves and giving them away to those in need.

In addition to Helen, his loving wife of 46 years, Brian is survived by his son John Roman Brian Schuettler and his wife Karen Piano of Panther Valley, Hackettstown, NJ, and one brother, Kevin Gerard Schuettler of Hazlet, NJ, and his ex-wife Janice Ruggiero Schuettler of Annandale, NJ, and their two children, a nephew, Kevin and his wife Morgan Marquise Schuettler and their children, Vivian and Julian Schuettler of Pittstown, NJ, and a niece, Megan, her husband, Major Christopher McQuade, and their children Landon and Ella McQuade of San Diego, CA. Brian is also survived by two sisters-in-law, Adele Pylypyshyn of Springfield, NJ, and Anna Rose Heartly of Cranford, NJ, her ex-husband George and his wife, Sandy Hartly of Jackson, NJ, and Brian’s niece, Dawn Alison Heartly Lumbard, her husband David and their two sons, Anthony and Joseph Lumbard, of Rockledge, PA.

Those privileged to know Brian experience the true meaning of courage, fortitude, profound humility and love.

In lieu of flowers, it is requested Masses be offered for Brian. Memorials may be made to the Carmelite Monks of Wyoming, PO Box 2747, Cody, WY 82414. Due to the corona virus all services will be private. A Mass will be live-streamed at 11:30 a.m., on Friday, May 15, 2020. Access is available by going to St. Ann Church, Hampton, NJ, and checking on the website bulletin on the lower right, with direction to watch the Holy Mass for Brian at St. Ann Church.

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

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