RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Eugene C. "Chief" Kretz, 82, a lifelong resident of Carlstadt died Monday, Dec. 14.
Kretz served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. For over 10 years he was a carpenter for Joseph M. Sanzari in North Bergen, retiring in 2001. Prior to that, for 20 years he owned his own construction company.
He was also a member of the Snipe Boat Club in Carlstadt and was an avid boater.
He was predeceased in death by his wife, Florence Dolores Kretz; his daughter, Karen Ann Herritt; and siblings Rudolph Kretz, Elizabeth Kruse, May Caskgrande and Ann Marie Kretz.
He is survived by his daughters, Dolores Growney (Jack), Marybeth Kretz (Jeff), Janine Trainer (John); grandchildren Craig, Lauren, Kyle, Kerri and Paige; and siblings Amelia Whoitmore Margaret Moore, Dorothy Bunty, Frances Risko, Robert Kretz and Patricia Weiss.
A visitation will be held Sunday, Dec. 20, from 2-6 p.m. at the Kimak Funeral Home, 425 Broad St., Carlstadt. A funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday, Dec. 21, at 9 a.m. at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, East Rutherford. Interment will be at the Brig. Gen. William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Arneytown.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 400 Morris Ave., Suite 251, Denville, NJ 07834-1365.