John P. Kruzel, 72, of Manville, NJ passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 17, 2021, at RWJ University Hospital Somerset after a mercifully brief battle with cancer. He had been enjoying his retirement since 2009 from National Starch after a long career in project management and procurement, including launching Lauren by Ralph Lauren while employed by Warner Cosmetics. After graduating from Manville High School in 1967 he served honorably overseas in the United States Army from 1968-1971. He was predeceased by his parents, Anthony W. Kruzel, Sr. and Frances (Stanoski), and his brother Anthony W. Kruzel, Jr of Bridgewater, NJ. in 2019.
John is survived by his loving wife Karen (Sakes) of 49 years who were preparing to celebrate their Golden Anniversary next spring. He also leaves behind their children, Brian J. Kruzel, and his wife Lindsey, of Martinsville, NJ and Lori J. Perez, and her husband Robert, of Manville along with his four young grandchildren, Abigail and Molly Perez, and Greyson and Addison Kruzel.
He is also survived by his sisters Charlotte Kruzel of Bridgewater and Carol Vinchur and her husband, John, of Manville, and brother-in- law Raymond A. Sakes of Albuquerque, NM.
He was deeply loved and will be terribly missed by his family and friends. A remembrance ceremony is planned for a future date.