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Charles "Andy" Jantzen


Charles “Andy” Jantzen, age 62, of Wayne passed peacefully at home on Wednesday, September 20, 2017.

He was born in Jersey City to the late Charles and Marjorie Jantzen. He was raised in Clifton and when he was seven the family moved to Wayne. Andy attended Holy Cross School in Wayne and Don Bosco Technical High School in Paterson. He continued his education at Seton Hall University and later Farleigh Dickinson University, where he discontinued school needing only two classes to complete his degree. As a young boy, he worked at a candy store in the Mountain View section of Wayne and later worked at the AeroLift Company in Fairfield. As a young adult, Andy worked in customer relations and sales at both Schneider Lenses in Hackensack and later the Kinotone Projector Company in Paterson. Andy then joined the family owned business of Photographic Analysis Company in Wayne, where they used film-based high-speed imaging technology to solve complex motion analysis problems. As the digital photography age came to be, he co-founded the company of Vision Research. His company received an Emmy Award and he personally received an Oscar for his work in high-speed imaging. Their Phantom Cameras are used for super slow-motion imaging in military applications, sports broadcasting, medical applications, fluid dynamics, crash testing, advertising, and feature films. Andy worked at Vision Research as CEO and then Director of New Product Development until retiring in April of 2013. He considered all his employees family, and was extremely proud of how they changed the world.

Andy will be remembered as a creative, generous, and considerate man. He was always fixing something for someone and lived by the motto “if you want to do it bad enough, you can accomplish anything you want.” He found great satisfaction in woodworking having made two canoes, one Adirondack Guide Boat, and a kayak. He also loved to visit Yellowstone National Park and Cody, Wyoming, where he ran the first cellular company permitted in the park. If there was one thing in the world Andy considered a challenge, it was people telling him “it’s not possible, you can’t do that.” He would work twice as hard to find a means to an end.

Andy met his future wife, Linda Bonadies, while working at Schneider Lenses. Their first official date, after they figured out they didn’t dislike each other, was on Christmas Eve (his birthday) at Linda’s brother Artie’s home. Linda had even gotten a birthday cake for him. They fell in love, got engaged six months later, and were married a year after that on July 30, 1977 at Blessed Sacrament Church in Paterson. After a reception at the Brownstone House in Paterson, they honeymooned as they drove all along the California coastline.

Andy was the loving husband of forty years to Linda Jantzen; he was the devoted father of Phillip Jantzen (Meghan) of Boonton Township, Daniel Jantzen (Carrie) of Boonton Township, Stephanie Sigman (Stephen) of Lansdale, PA, Clare Edwards (TJ) of Greentown, PA, and considered a second father to others; he was the cherished grandfather of Elizabeth Jantzen, Charlie Jantzen, and Harper Edwards, his pride and joys; he was the loved brother of Art Jantzen (Ileana) of Wayne, Joseph Jantzen (Jeanne) of Trenton, ME, Connie Jantzen (Ray) Stuart, FL, Julie Sauciuc (Walt) of Monroe, NC, and the late Donald Jantzen.

Friends may visit with the family from 2-6 PM on Sunday, September 24, 2017 at the Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Road, Wayne. Funeral services will be held 10 AM on Monday, September 25, 2017 from the funeral home then to Our Lady of Consolation RC Church, 1799 Hamburg Tpk., Wayne where an 11 AM Funeral Mass will be offered.  Interment will be in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Totowa.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations to Saint Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memorial Processing, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959 or Habitat for Humanity, 274 South Salem St., Randolph, NJ 07869 would be greatly appreciated

Guest Book


Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Andy was a man of great integrity and humor; a true gem. He will be missed. Love, Holli & Ed

Holli Grimaudo


Everyone who knew Andy was blessed. Rarely does one have the good fortune in life of meeting and befriending someone of Andy's stature, grace and all round goodness. God Bless you and your darling wive and devoted love and carer Linda. You chose wisely. We will missy you dearly my friend.

Cindy and Stephen Chaplin


I am so very sorry to hear of Andy's passing. My deepest sympathies to the family - you all are in my thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time.

Wendy (Nichols) Kent


A gentleman and founding father of the high-speed imaging industry, Andy will be missed by all who were fortunate enough to know him.

Andrew Bridges


A tear drop for a great soul, generous friend and charismatic leader. He created a world class company from scratch and offered conditions for creative work and personal fulfilment. Our deep condolence to Linda and family. Rest in peace Andy. We will miss you.

Louise and Peter Pop


A man of great integrity, an abundance of warmth, unconditional generosity and a devotion to family and friends. A true inspiration to all who knew him. The Polito Family extends our deepest sympathy.

John Polito


I didn't know Andy very well, what I did know is just some of the people he helped along the way how much they appreciated all he did for them. I am so sorry for your loss. Cathie Hinchman

Cathie Hinchman


Until forever Andy, thanks for your support and trust in our team at all times. Companies change but men never change.

Edgar Velázquez


I think it was after about 14, maybe 15 years of working for the Jantzen “kids” at Photographic Analysis, and Vision, that I finally had a disagreement with Andy, and of course he was right. He was one of the sharpest, kindest and most generous people I have ever known. I will always miss him very, very much, he was the best. We wish Linda, and the whole family peace and strength during in this sad and trying time.

Gordon and Cheryl Kent


It has been an honor and a privilege to have known Andy. He was a great role model in all aspects of his life. A loving husband and father to his family, harding working, and never giving up on his dreams, Andy was one of the most generous people I know. Brandon always spoke so highly of Andy and I'm so thankful he was given the opportunity to work along side him. Losing a loved one is never easy, Andy touched the lives of so many people and his kindhearted nature will be greatly missed. My prayers go out to Linda and the entire Jantzen family.

Monica Brandt


There really are no words. Our hearts are with Linda and the entire Jantzen family (whether by blood or love). We love you! Kathi, Cooper and Coleton

Kathi Belger-Lynch


It was a privilege for me and my family to know Andy, an exceptional man, a great friend, always loved and never forgotten. God rest him in peace. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Linda and family. My deepest condolences. Emilia Aciu

Emilia Aciu


Andy was truly one of a kind. A great person and role model for all. I will always cherish my time spent with Andy, he did things the right way and treated us like family. Our thoughts and prayers are with Linda and the Jantzen family during this difficult time.

Larry and Ronna Vladic


My deepest sympathies to the family. Andy made significant contributions to our Nation's test ranges. The impact of his work will continue on for many years to come.

Joe Stufflebeam


Andy was one of the greatest individuals we have ever had the pleasure of knowing. He was one of the kindest, most loving and generous leader that a company could have. He will be truly missed by all the people who knew him in Cody Wyoming. We will miss his great laugh and visits.

Gary and Carol Begeman

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