Leonard Otto VanderGroef

Leonard Otto VanderGroef

Friday, May 1st, 1942 - Saturday, December 29th, 2018
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Leonard Otto Vander Groef, age 76, from Toms River, (formerly Clifton) NJ, passed peacefully while sleeping in his home on December 29, 2018. He was born May 1, 1942 in Hackensack, NJ. He was predeceased by his parents Elsa A (Dorpfeld) and Leonard Vander Groef. He was married to Celia M (Baron) on September 18, 1965, at St. Brendan’s RC Church in Clifton, NJ. He served in the Army as a Private in the 4th Bn, 14th Arty from 1965 to 1971. He was self-employed as a Shoe Repairman in West Caldwell, NJ, later worked at 3M for 15 years before he retired. He was predeceased by the love of his life, his wife, Celia, his beloved siblings, Bertha Kievit, Anne Bessell, Andrew, Trina Lenahan, Christine DeVries, brother in law and great friend, George Baron, and nephew,s Robert and James DuHaime.
He is survived by his loving daughter Denise and her husband Steve Caruth; Grandchildren, Autumn and Jasper Caruth, Michael DeRose, and Maura Caruth. He is also survived by his loving daughter Dawn Vander Groef, and granddaughter Caitlen as adopted by two loving parents, Jo and Greg. He is survived by a brother Alan, and a very large and loving family consisting of Sister and Brother in laws, nieces, nephews, cousins and more. Per his request, there will be no services but a celebration of life will be determined at a later date. In lieu of flowers, any memorials can be made to the American Cancer Society or The Mental Health Association. Special thanks to the staff at VNA of Central NJ Home care and Hospice and Gintas his live in aide .
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Jim Ellman

Posted at 06:28pm
Way back in 1988 when Donna and I first met. I was introduced to the VandeGroef family at a massive Christmas get together in Clifton NJ I was informed as to how I was gonna be greeted by members of the family in what was said as to be a kinda small home ( or just a large family) Me coming from a small family, I was kinda freaked! But the welcome I received into the family was so awesome! Andy, Lenny, Alan, thanks so much making it so easy! Hopefully the reflection of my family is what you guys did for me!

Dolores DelVecchio-Yablon

Posted at 08:10am
Sending my love, hugs and prayers to Dawn, Denise and the entire VanderGroef family. Lenny was a very special guy. Knowing him, as well as his beautiful wife, Ceil, for over 40 years was a blessing. I first met Lenny on New Years Eve when I was 19, the year being 1970, when Ceil invited me to their New Years Eve party. This began our long term friendship.. Lenny was like my big brother, always kidding me about the New York Jets (jmy favorite team). He will be greatly missed and yet I know that he is at peace with the Lord and reunited with his beloved wife. XOXOXOXOXO

Michelle Rauch

Posted at 12:42am
Dawn and Denise. I send my deepest condolences to you. Your father was a special man and he always treated me like family. May he rest in peace.

Isabella Stark Villone

Posted at 07:45pm
I am so sorry Dawn and Denise for your loss , Lenny and Ceil were dear friends of ours . I always remember your Dad’s kindness to my late husband Steve when he was not doing well,he would pop by and spend some time with him chatting in the backyard ,he also took him to the track wheelchair and all , that really pleased Steve big time ,he was one terrific guy and everyone who knew him will miss him .

Teresa VanNatta

Posted at 06:08pm
Dawn and Denise I am so sorry. I love you both so much. I love you Uncle Lenny. You were such a special person in my life. I will miss you so much.

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