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George F. Braeske

BRAESKE, George, 72, of Bergenfield went to be with his loved ones in heaven on Thursday, March 12. George was beloved by his family and friends for his gentle spirit and big-hearted soul. He is survived by his devoted wife of 50 years, Susan Atkinson Braeske, and his three children, Kristine (Jamie) Rodgerson, Michael Braeske (Peggy and her children Vicki, Billy and Jonathan), and Patricia (Anthony) Cavlov. He was cherished by his four granddaughters: Annie, Amelia, Megan and Abby. He is survived by brothers Arnold (Grace) and Martin (Beverly). Predeceased by his parents, Paul and Martha Braeske, his brother Alfred, and his brother-in-law John Atkinson. He is also survived by sisters-in-law Elizabeth Vivenzio, Diane Sto Domingo, Teresa Fargnoli and Patricia Hollenfer, and by his brothers-in-law Norman David Atkinson and Thomas Atkinson, as well as dozens of nieces and nephews. George was a brave firefighter for 33 years employed by the Borough of Bergenfield and for over 40 years with the Bergenfield Volunteer Fire Department, serving one year as Chief. He also volunteered for many years at the St. John's Church food pantry. Visiting will be held Saturday 4 to 8 pm and Sunday, 5 to 8 pm, at Riewerts Memorial Home, 187 S. Washington Ave, Bergenfield, NJ. A Fire Department Memorial Service will be conducted on Saturday at 7 pm. A funeral mass will be celebrated on Monday at 10 am at St. Therese Church, 120 Monroe Ave, Cresskill, NJ, with interment at George Washington Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation or the Bergenfield Fire Training Center.

Funeral Home: Riewerts Memorial Home 187 So. Washington Ave. Bergenfield, NJ US 07621

Previous Events

Saturday, March 14, 2015
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Riewerts Memorial Home

187 South Washington Ave.
Bergenfield, NJ 07621

Visiting on Saturday March 14, 2015 from 4-8PM and Sunday March 15, 2015 from 5-8PM.

Sunday, March 15, 2015
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Riewerts Memorial Home

187 South Washington Ave.
Bergenfield, NJ 07621

Monday, March 16, 2015
George Washington Memorial Park

234 Paramus Road
Paramus, NJ 07652

Interment on Monday March 16, 2015 at 11:30 AM.

Monday, March 16, 2015
St. Therese R.C. Church

120 Monroe St.
Cresskill, NJ 07626

Funeral mass on Monday March 16, 2015 at 10 AM.

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Sending you all my most sincere heartfelt sympathy at the loss of a truly wonderful man. George, you will be missed and I thank you for the friendship I had the pleasure of sharing with you for several years. You were a wonderful friend to Bill and I know he will miss the times you shared together. Your zest for family, friendship and life will always be remembered and will live on in the hearts of all those you touched. RIP xoxo

Mariann Montesano Goodell Mar 15 2015 12:00 AM

I am so very sorry for the loss of the most sweetest man and kind heart person I have had the pleasure of know for many years. May god keep you in his arms and may you rest in enteral peace now and forever! Amen Cindy, James, and Brittany Kneisler

Cindy Kneisler Mar 14 2015 12:00 AM

George Braeske, was the most sweetest man I knew. Never had a harsh word for anyone. My deepest condolences to the Braeske family may god grant George peace now and for ever !Amen.

Cindy Kneisler Mar 14 2015 12:00 AM

Our deepest and most sincerce condolences to a lifelong friend as well as a brother firefighter. While our hearts are all hurting for you at this time, we know you are no longer suffering and that God will now be the comfort with our friendship bonds always being strong to carry through until we meet again. May God watch over your family and grant them the strength to carry on as you would surely want them to do. You will be missed by many having touched so many lives in your lifetime with bonds beyond compare. You always had the never ending strength and perserverance that any one person dreams of. Thank you for the time we had spent together. Don and Donna Ebhardt and families

Don/Donna Ebhardt Mar 14 2015 12:00 AM

My Deepest Condolences To My Friends/Family Members From Word Of Life Christian Ministries, Inc.(Dover,NJ) Kristine and Jamie Rodgerson, On The Transitioning Of Kristine's Dad. May The Love Of God Be Your Comfort And Strength, Now And In The Days Ahead. I Know You Will Miss His Presence Here With You....However I Also Know That You Carry Him With You In Your Hearts. May God Bless All Of Mr. Braeske's Family And Friends.

Audre T. Rollins Mar 14 2015 12:00 AM

George Braeske, the sweetest, kindest most faith filled man I have been blessed to call friend. You will be so missed. Our deepest sympathy to Susan and children. Our hearts hurt for you at this time.

Diane & Ed Ranuska Mar 14 2015 12:00 AM

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