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Robert Alsdorf

7/11/2017

Robert Alsdorf age 83 of Wayne passed away peacefully but unexpectedly on July 11, 2017 while in the presence of his loving family.

Robert was born in Mahwah and lived there for the first four or five years of his childhood, then his family moved to Paterson, NJ. It was Paterson where Robert would spend his formative years. Bob then, as a young man, heard the call to serve his country. Bob whole-heartedly enlisted in the United States Army before he graduated High School and served our country honorably from 1953 -1955. After being honorably discharged from the US Army, he completed his GED. Growing up in Paterson he knew a young lady by the name of Lorraine Sofadzis. They were more acquaintances than anything else. One day Lorraine was coming home and parking her car when Robert approached her and started talking to her. He actually asked if he could borrow some money, (10 cents to be exact) to buy a hot dog at the stand down the street. Lorraine had no interest in having a hot dog from the stand, but Bob promised her that later when he got paid he would take her out to dinner. As fate would have it they fell in love and in 1960 they were married and moved to Wayne. They would call Wayne their home for the rest of their lives together, cherished fifty-seven years of loving and loyal marriage and raised their only daughter Karin there.

Bob was an inspector for the Continental Can Company in Paterson. He started working there shortly after he was discharged from the service. He spent more than twenty-five years there until the company had to close up and force Bob into an early retirement.

Bob was an extremely devoted husband and father to his wife and daughter. He would do anything for his little girl anytime, anywhere. The love for his family was extremely deep. Bob loved horse riding. He owned several horses throughout his life that he would keep up in Sussex County New Jersey. Three to four times a week you could find Bob riding his horse up in Sussex. He also enjoyed water skiing and frequently visiting the casinos in Atlantic City and Sands Casino in Bethlehem, PA. While in the casino Bob was particularly drawn to the tables of Black Jack and Roulette. Aside from his love of horse riding and his fondness of the casinos, his greatest love was for his family. Bob touched the lives of many people and will be missed by his friends and family alike.

Robert is survived by his wife of fifty-seven years Lorraine (nee Sofadzis) of Wayne, his one daughter Karin Alsdorf of Riverdale. He was predeceased by his brother Richard and his brother Raymond.

Friends may visit with the family on Thursday, July 13, 2017 from 4-7:30PM at the VanderMay Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Rd Wayne NJ 07470. A funeral service will be celebrated at 7:30PM at the conclusion of the visiting hours.

In lieu of flowers, those planning on making a donation in Robert’s name may consider the charity of their choice.

Guest Book

7/11/2017

My heart is so sad for the Alsdorf Family. I have so so many GREAT childhood memories that include Karin, her mom and dad. RIP Mr. Alsdorf... Love and Strength to Mrs. A and Karin...

Paulette Brauch

7/11/2017

I am so sad at your loss. My heart breaks for the pain you are going through. At least Bob went the way he always wanted to, peacefully, in his sleep. I have to say, one of our nicknames at the barn for him was Mr. Clean. He is the only one I knew that could clean a stall, brush out a horse and still be dirt-free. He was a good man with a heart of gold. My prayers go out to all of you.

Janice Crespo

7/11/2017

My deepest condolences to the Alsdorf family. I have been there neighbor for over 30 years and we spoke daily. Bob was the matriarch of the neighborhood. A good hearted kind sincere man who was always so nice and a good word for everyone. He will be deeply missed by us all. RIP Bob ........

Frances Forjan

7/12/2017

I send my deepest condolences and prayers to Lorraine, Karin and the entire Alsdorf family for your loss...and with great sadness in my heart for the loss of an amazing neighbor and friend. Living right next door for almost 15 years now, I got to know Bob thru our many, many backyard talks as we were mowing our lawns, working outside, etc. Being over 30 years younger than Bob, I loved these conversations and all the stories he would share with me. He was a very, very good man and devoted to his family…a man I always looked up to and respected greatly. He will be deeply missed by myself and my 2 girls. The neighborhood will not be the same without him.

Ken, Kaitlyn and Alyssa Ferraro

7/12/2017

We send all our love and prayers to Lorraine and Karin. We will miss Bob so much and his friendly wave we always got from him. Heaven has another angel.

Patrick, Donna, Luke and McKenzie Cochrane

7/12/2017

There simply are no words for the loss I feel, and the emptiness as I came out the door this morning, knowing that Bob isn't there for a friendly word and lighthearted smile. His love of family and all of us neighbors were his greatest gift of all. He is already greatly missed. All my love and comfort to Lorraine and Karin.

Patti Scullion

7/12/2017

My heartfelt thoughts and prayers to Lorraine and Karin. I will forever miss Bob's wonderful stories about his horses, his friendly demeanor and seeing him with Lorraine and Karin. We will miss Bob very much at the bagel store, it will not be the same without him..

Sue Hudes

7/12/2017

With deepest sympathy.

Richard Fuerst

7/13/2017

There will never be the appropriate amount of words to describe Bob, Lorraine and Karin. Me, my father and my sister have been their neighbors for almost 15 years and every moment with them has been a joy. As a family, we won the neighbor lottery. Bob, Lorraine and Karin have always been so kind to us and I think of them as family. Bob was someone who was always there and not having him there was something I was never ready for. Only two days ago he walked over and started up a chat with me and my dad as he usually did. Talking about school and how he liked my hair color will always be the last memory I have of him but i'm glad I got to say "goodbye". Bob was an exceptional neighbor, husband, friend and father. There are very few "Bob's" in the world and I am more than glad to have known him for as long as I did. My only hope is that he knew how much we as a family loved him and how much he meant to us. Though I am not ready to say goodbye, I know that if there is a heaven, Bob is there right now. To Lorraine and Karin, we love you so much and will always be here for you. The world won't be the same without Bob, but the world is better because of him <3

Kate Ferraro

7/13/2017

Lorraine, My prayers & thoughts are with you during this difficult time. Beth Fairfield Racquet Club

Beth Waltich

7/15/2017

My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Patricia Miller Levine


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