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Obit: Jeffrey A. Szatkowski

Szatkowski died on Saturday at the age of 17.

Courtesy of Brunswick Memorial Home
Courtesy of Brunswick Memorial Home
Courtesy of Brunswick Memorial Home

Jeffrey A. Szatkowski Jr. died tragically from an automobile accident on Sunday, December 1, 2013 at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick. He was 17. The love of his life, Nicole Surace, also passed in the accident.

Born in 1996, he was a lifelong resident of Spotswood.

A senior at Spotswood High School, he loved sports and the outdoors. He proudly wore the number 7 in football and baseball, and enjoyed kayaking, fishing, dirt-biking, and snowboarding with his brother, Ryan. He was full of life and energy. He was selected to the Heroes and Cool Kids program, an anti-bullying program at Spotswood High School. He was a true role model and he looked out for everyone.

Jeffrey was predeceased by his grandfather, Robert Lang.

Surviving are his parents, Jeffrey and Kimberly Szatkowski; a brother, Ryan; his grandparents, Bernard and Irene Szatkowski of Morgan and Suzanne Lang of Helmetta, his aunts and uncles, Kelly and Chris Hricko of Fairfield, Ronnie and Tracy Szatkowski of Arizona, and Kevin and Jennifer Szatkowski of Sayreville; 6 cousins, Ashley, Bethaney, Madison, Connor, Ava, and Lila; and the "Fab 5", Nick Marinelli, Mike McCloskey, C.J. O'Connor, and Brian Thuring; and many, many more close friends and teammates.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, December 5 at The Brunswick Memorial Home, 454 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick. Following the service, Jeffrey will be laid to rest alongside Nicole at Holy Cross Burial Park on Cranbury Road in South Brunswick. Friends may call at the Funeral Home on Wednesday, 3 - 5 p.m. and 7 - 9 p.m. For directions, please visit www.brunswickmemorialhome.com.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Jeffrey Szatkowski Memorial Scholarship Fund, 14 Lakeview Drive, Spotswood, NJ 08884.
Gospel Mission Corps December 04, 2013 at 06:38 AM
Our heartfelt thoughts go out to the families and friends of Jeffrey Szatkowski and Nicole Surace, and our prayers go up to the Heavenly Father in Jesus' Name that these dear people will find the comfort and courage they need and can receive from the Holy Spirit of God. Some of us also know what it is to lose a teenage son and a preteen grandson to death. Perhaps in time these families will contact TCF: The Compassionate Friends, a nonsectarian support fellowship for families who have lost children (of any age) in death, a local chapter (of this international TCF) meets monthly in Spotswood (and other areas as well), where and with whom parents, grandparents, and siblings may find some specific help and encouragement during this severely difficult time. The local TCF group usually meets the second Sunday afternoon of each month between 2---4 pm in the parish hall of St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Spotswood. When our 16-year-old son, Bill, died, (the late) Mrs. Mary M. Wygant of Cream Ridge, NJ, wrote this comforting poem in his memory (we alter the pronoun here for Nicole and Jeff): "NEVER TOO YOUNG TO BE WITH GOD, THOUGH IT BE A SORROWFUL DAY FOR THOSE ON EARTH LEFT ALONE AND SAD TO KNOW (THEY ARE) GONE AWAY. NEVER TOO YOUNG TO BE WITH GOD. JUST A LITTLE WHILE AGO, (THEY) CAME FROM GOD. IF GOD CALLS BACK THE LOAN, IT'S SURELY BETTER SO." Mrs. Wygant capitalized the word "Loan" in her writing to remind us that we do not "own" each other, but rather we are "loaned" to one another in this earthly life, and one day, early or late, our "Loans" are returned to our Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Sincerely submitted by Pastor Bob and Sandy Turton - E-MAIL: GospelWorkers@aol.com and FreshPonds@aol.com

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