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Peter William Rydlewski

March 10, 1942 ~ February 11, 2017 (age 74)

Peter William Rydlewski Sr. passed in Veteran Hospital, East Orange, NJ on Saturday, February 11, 2017 surrounded by his loving wife and three children. Peter was 74 years old.

Peter was born on March 10, 1942 the fourth child of Peter Frank Rydlewski and Lucille (nee Biedermen) Rydlewski. His siblings are Constance Rydlewski (deceased), Audrey Reilly (deceased), Richard Rydlewski, and William Rydlewski (deceased.)

Peter attended Baldwin Elementary 1949-56 and Baldwin High School, 1956-59. He joined the US Army in 1959 where he attended Army Signal 64-65 Microwaves and Army Signal 1966 for Instructors training. Peter loved the army and served in Okinawa 1960-62, Korea 1965-66, and Vietnam 1967. He severed in the military for a total 10 years. After the military Peter worked for Avion Electric-Paramus NJ, Micro Labs-Livingston NJ. He worked as a Sales Representative selling microwave systems as a partner at Phase 4. Then he went into business for himself starting PRW. Peter was an active lifetime member of the VFW Watnong VFW Post 3401.

Peter Rydlewski is survived by his wife of 52 years Elaine M (nee Frylinck) Rydlewski who lived in Rockaway Township NJ, later 1994 relocating to Mt. Arlington, New Jersey. They have three children: Peter W. Rydlewski Jr. (Jefferson Twp), Deborah James (Husband Richard) of Effort PA, and Sherry Aikens (Husband Jeffrey) of Wyncote, PA. Peter and Elaine Rydlewski have seven grandchildren.

Pete Rydlewski was a man who enjoyed and lived a wonderful life. Peter was an avid bow and shotgun sportsman. He went to Wyoming to hunt over 32 times-2015 being his last trip. Pete was best known for his candy apple red 1957 Chevy Bel Air, a name he became synonymous for “1957 Pete.” Pete was a collector of hobbies and always learning something new from Bonsai to collect Artwork. He dabbled in it all. Peter was also a giver, always sharing of his time and being there for others with advice and helping hand. He was always good for a large pot of soup or chili for any occasion. Pete loved to cook and enjoyed feeding people.

Pete and Elaine delighted in showing the world to their children. As a young family they camped regularly and explored new places. Later, Peter and Elaine traveled the world seeing the Caribbean, Europe, New Zealand, and Australia. Peter shared his love of all things outdoors with his grandkids taking them for rides on a quad RV or for a day of deep-sea fishing. The couple enjoyed the Sunday afternoon rides. He loved his wife, and his main concern even in the end was taken care of his “Elaine.” Peter adored his wife and the family he created with her. That was his top priority in life.

Peter W. Rydlewski will be missed by all the lives that he touched.

A memorial Service in honor of Peter W. Rydlewski Sr. will be held on Saturday March 4th, 2017 at 11:00 am at:

First Presbyterian Church of Succasunna
99 Main Street
Succasunna, NJ 07876

In lieu of flowers the Rydlewski Family ask that a donation be made in memory of Peter W. Rydlewski Sr. to the following:

Watnong VFW Post 3401
45 Tabor Road
Morris Plains, NJ 07950


First Presbyterian Church of Succasunna
99 Main Street
Succasunna, NJ 07876

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