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John "Jack" Sheplak
December 26, 1939 ~ September 8, 2022 (age 82) 82 Years Old
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Wharton: John “Jack” Sheplak passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 8, 2022, at Merry Heart Rehabilitation Center, Roxbury Twp. He was 82 years of age.
Jack was born in Dover, NJ and lived in Mt. Hope, NJ during his early years, spending most of his life in Wharton, NJ. A graduate of Morris Hills High School class of 1958, Jack attended Fairleigh Dickinson University earning a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and later a master’s degree from Florida Institute of Technology.
Jack was a US Air Force Veteran.
Mr. Sheplak worked for Bell Labs after leaving the Air Force before going to the Procurement Division at Picatinny Arsenal, where he worked before retiring in 1995. He continued to work full-time as the Municipal Court Clerk for Wharton/Mine Hill, officially retiring in 2005.
He was a member of St. Mary’s Church, Dover, NJ. Jack was also a member of the Wharton Fire Department Hook and Ladder Company and served as Chief in 1981. Jack was also a member of the NJ State Exempt Fireman’s Association.
Predeceased by his first wife, Lois Mitton, his son, Kyle J. Sheplak & brother Gary Sheplak.
Survived by his wife Mary (née McDermott) and his five children:
Jill Ann Boyer and husband Chris.
Susan Marie Durand and husband Ray.
Robert Falkowski and wife Melinda.
Joseph Falkowski and wife Deborah.
Diane Friedman and husband Andrew.
Niece Tracy Harrington and nephew Ryan Sheplak.
Daughter-In-Law, Jackie Sheplak.
Jack was a longtime Giants fan, but especially enjoyed spending time with his 11 grandchildren: Hannah and Jake Boyer, Randolph, NJ; Ryan and Emily Durand, Cumberland, RI; Elise and Reilly Sheplak, Wharton, NJ; Ryan Falkowski, Morris Plains, NJ; Lily and Caitlin Falkowski, New York, NY; and Sadie and Maddie Friedman, Wharton, NJ.
Visitation will be held 5-8pm on Monday, September 12, 2022, at the Bermingham Funeral Home, 216 S. Main St., Wharton.
A funeral mass will be held Tuesday, September 13, 2002 at St. Mary’s Church, Dover, NJ.
Interment will follow at Locust Hill Cemetery, Dover.
Jack also enjoyed “giving back” - working with this wife Mary at the Faith Kitchen, Trinity Lutheran Church in Dover, NJ for the past 11 years. In lieu of flowers and in the spirit of Jack and Mary, donations in Jack’s memory may be made to Faith Kitchen, located at Trinity Lutheran Church 123 E. Blackwell Street, Dover, NJ 07801 would be appreciated.