John P. Feltz Sr. died peacefully on August 1 at the home of his daughter Janice in West Tisbury, where he loved to vacation and made many friends. He was 90.
John was born in Jersey City, New Jersey, on July 7, 1924, to Mary (Bridgette) and John Feltz. He graduated from Dickinson High School in Jersey City in 1941. He met and later married his beloved wife, Alice DeFabio, on May 19, 1946. They enjoyed 65 years of marriage until her death in 2011.
He served with pride in the U. S. Army in World War II in France under General George Patton. After the service, John worked for the Pennsylvania Railroad/Amtrak for 42 years until his retirement in 1986 at the age of 62. He was an avid fisherman and loved spending time at the beach with his family, especially his grandchildren. Because of his many talents he could fix anything. He was a mechanic, an electrician, a carpenter, a house painter, a jack of all trades and a master of all of them. John is survived by the joys of his life, his grandchildren John P. Feltz III, Kristina Feltz, and Jesse Wiener and his wife, Maggie, his loving children Carolyn Feltz and her husband, Jerry Wiener, and his children, Leanne Roessler and Corey Wiener and their families, Janice Feltz Cournoyer and her late husband Francis Cournoyer’s daughters, Molly Cournoyer and Becky Cournoyer Bettencourt and her family, John P. Feltz Jr. and his wife, Kathy, Agnes Feltz and her husband, Tony Trama, and his son, Christian. He is also survived by his brother, Joseph Feltz, and his wife, Josephine, sisters-in-law Camille Baiamonte, Elena DeFabio and her husband, Donald Peer, Faith DeFabio, his brother-in-law, Anthouy DeFabio, his nieces and nephews and their families, and many other family members and friends.
A service took place at Saint Michael’s Catholic Church in Cranford, New Jersey, on Thursday, August 7. John was laid to rest at Rosedale Cemetery, Linden, New Jersey. A family celebration of John’s life followed. Donations in John’s honor may be made to Wounded Warriors Project (woundedwarriorproject.org) and/or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital (StJude.org).