Neil R. Vasarkovy, of Roselle Park , whose family lives in Toms River , died November 3, 2008 in Omaha , NE after a short battle with cancer.
In keeping with his teaching of nature, he chose to donate his body to Creighton University to be used by medical students for their ongoing education. Mr. Vasarkovy grew up in Glen Ridge, NJ. He was educated at St. Benedict’s Preparatory School in Newark ; St. John’s University , Collegeville , MN , and Seaton Hall University , South Orange . His graduate studies took him to Keane College , NJ ; Syracuse University , Columbia University , Beaver College and New School for Social Research in New York . After becoming fluent in Russian through his studies at Syracuse , he served as an intelligence officer in the United States Air Force until his honorable discharge in 1967. Neil taught at St. Benedict’s Preparatory School, Newark ; Holy Trinity High School , Westfield ; Keane university and Union Catholic high School. At Millburn High School , he taught honors psychology and was the yearbook advisor for twenty years. He served as Millburn Education Association Representative. Mr. Vasarkovy was preceded in death by his parents, Cecilia and Albert Vasarkovy and his brother Kevin.
He is survived by:
His brother Jack and his wife Terry of Toms River;
Sister Alberta Vasarkovy of Omaha , NE
Sister in law Jill Vasarkovy of Auburn , Washington
Nephews, Nieces and grand nephews and nieces.
A memorial celebration for Neil will be held on Saturday, November 22, 2008 at 2 pm at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 113 Tennyson Avenue , Toms River . (732-929-9811).
In lieu of flowers, donations in Neil’s name may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1035 Hooper Avenue, Toms River, NJ 08753, or to Mount St. Scholastica Convent, 801 So. 8th St. , Atchison , KS , 66002 , where Neil loved to visit the Benedictines and where he had hoped to return before his death.
Kedz Funeral Home, Toms River is in charge of arrangements.