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Fred Wallenburg

1/6/2018


Fred W. Wallenburg, age 88 of Pompton Plains, and formerly of Wayne, died on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018. He had lived in Wayne for more the fifty years before moving to Cedar Crest Village in 2011.

Fred grew up in Clifton and graduated from Clifton High School with the class of 1947. During that time, Fred’s father was the yard foreman at the Kramer Lumber Company in Clifton, and this led Fred to his first job at Kramer Lumber. Fred worked his way up and eventually became the dispatcher, coordinating all the trucking and deliveries. He enjoyed a career with Kramer that lasted more than thirty years.

Fred enlisted in the U.S. Navy after high school and served onboard the USS C47 Philippine Sea, and the USS Monrovia. He was dispatched with the Seabee Battalion to help construct Thule Air Base. One his most notable destinations was Greenland. He subsequently joined the American Legion post 174 in Wayne.

During the vast majority of his time with the Navy, he served in the Reserves and traveled back and forth to Virginia each month to fulfill his obligation. A fellow reservist named Richard Whittaker frequently drove with Fred to the Reserve training, and on one occasion Richard introduced Fred to his sister; Claire. Fred and Claire hit it off and they were eventually married on May 17, 1953 at the Calvary Baptist Church in Clifton. Claire recalls that they had actually planned to be married on June 10, one week earlier, but Reverend Graves refused to perform nuptials on Mother’s Day. Bending to the Reverend’s demand, they moved their wedding one week and all was just fine. They honeymooned to Florida, visiting several different destinations around the State before returning home. That trip was just the beginning, however, of their many travels, and they have since visited all fifty of the United States, much of Canada, Nova Scotia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Fred enjoyed the ‘art of travel’ and was always anxious to plan their next adventure.

Fred and Claire moved to Wayne in 1960. Theirs was among the first homes in the area to be ‘certified’ by General Electric (JCP&L) as “all electric.” Their home required no other energy source, other than electricity, to provide for all their domestic needs; lighting, heat, hot water, cooking, etc. General Electric came to their house and did a photo-shoot, using those images to promote the benefits of having an ‘all electric’ home. Fred was very proud of his home and spent countless hours and days keeping it beautiful. He loved tending to his landscaping, grooming the yard, gardening, growing tomatoes, and keeping the whole property impeccable. With his job at the lumber yard, he was able to finish off the interior just the way he wanted it. They lived in that home for fifty one years before moving to Cedar Crest Village in Pompton Plains in 2011. When asking Claire about their sixty-five years of marriage, she responded with one word; “beautiful.” She will miss him dearly.

Fred is survived by his loving and devoted wife Claire of Cedar Crest, their son; Lee Wallenburg and his wife Romy of Merritt Island, Florida, their daughter; Debra Flynn and her husband Brian of Oak Ridge, NJ, six grandchildren; Kathleen Flynn of Charleston, S.C., Shannon and Patrick Flynn of Oak Ridge, NJ, as well as Randi, Nina and Troy Wallenburg of Merritt Island, Florida, two sisters; June Dickenson of Oklahoma and Ruth Foster of Long Island, a brother-in-law; Wesley Van Beveren of California, as well as many nieces and nephews. Fred was predeceased by his sister Emma Marie Van Beveren in 2017.

Friends may visit with the family at the Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Road, Wayne, on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018 from 4-7 PM. Funeral Services will be held at 10 Am on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 at the funeral home. Burial will follow at the Restland Memorial Park Cemetery in East Hanover.

Donations can be made in Fred’s memory to the Memorial Fund of Preakness Faith Community (Preakness Baptist Church), 1441 Ratzer Rd., Wayne, NJ 07470.

Guest Book

1/10/2018

To the family and close friends of Mr. Wallenburg. May you draw comfort and peace from our Heavenly Father who comforts us during our trials. He is well aware of our pain and sorrow, and in time will reverse all our sufferings during his Kingdom by Christ. (Matthew 6:9,10; Revelation 21:4)

M.Rose


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