John Kindergan

John F. Kindergan

Friday, September 8th, 1916 - Thursday, July 16th, 2020
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John Kindergan, son of Joseph and Maria Kindergan, 103, passed away on Thursday, July 16.
John grew up in River Edge, NJ with his sister Helen. He went to Hackensack High School where he was on the soccer and track teams. He was valedictorian of his class and voted Most Likely to Succeed. He took this ambition to Dartmouth College where he both ran a laundry delivery business at school and worked summer jobs for a construction company in New York to support himself. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa.

John had several jobs after college before joining the US Navy in January 1943. He served during World War II on a destroyer escort. He was extremely proud of his Naval service and often said it was the turning point in his life.

John met Betty Braun in Milwaukee, WI and they were married in 1940. They were a devoted couple who raised their two children in Teaneck, NJ. They moved to Franklin Lakes in 1965. They were very proud of their two children – John Jr. (“Jack”) and his wife Victoria and Michael and his wife Maria. John had four grandchildren – Natasha, Lara, Brian, and Ashley – as well as eight great grandchildren.

While in Franklin Lakes, John and Betty had many friends. They enjoyed skiing, visits to his father’s cottage in Maine where he stayed with his sister Helen, and travelling (both on their own and with their children).

Betty developed Alzheimer’s disease and passed away in 2002 after a long illness. John’s love and dedication to her during her illness was moving. A second tragedy struck when his son Jack passed away from cancer in 2006.

John left the navy in 1945 and joined his father’s construction business. He later founded his own construction and real estate management company. Over the years he built, renovated, and developed commercial properties, shopping centers, industrial buildings, and warehouses, both for clients and himself. The same ambition and talent John showed in school fueled the success of his business. His integrity earned him the respect of those he worked for, as well as those who worked for him. He developed and maintained a sterling reputation throughout the industry.

He will be greatly missed by his family, friends, and colleagues.
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    Rosedale Crematory


Donations are being accepted for: ALZHEIMERS FOUNDATION OF AMERICA INC.


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Sheryl Overbey/Otterstedt

Posted at 04:28pm
We are thinking of the family during this difficult time.
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Sheryl Overbey

Posted at 04:02pm
Our hearts are heavy for the family over the loss of such a wonderful and talented man who has been the foundation of your family. Please accept the condolences of the owners and staff of Otterstedt Insurance Agency.

Lisa Coviello

Posted at 02:27pm
Thank you John for being a good friend all those years ! Joe and Lisa Coviello and everyone at Coviello Electric
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Joe Cicchelli

Posted at 08:46am
My condolences to his family and May he rest in peace. I lived a few doors away from his business on Johnson Avenue, Hackensack and as a child, spoke with him from time to time as I was growing up. I thought of him often whenever I visited my parents on Johnson Ave. and wondered how he was doing. It’s nice to see that he had such a long life and I hope it was a fulfilling one for him.

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