William J. "Willy" Furtkevic
Died: Jul 8, 2015

William J. “Willy” Furtkevic, 83 of Green Township, formerly of Portage, PA., died Wednesday July 8, 2015 at the Forest Manor Health Care Center in Hope, NJ.
Born in New York City, September 10, 1931 he was a son of the late John and Veronica (Scurka) Furtkevic.  Willy lived in  Broomall, PA and Portage, PA before coming to NJ  18 months ago.
He proudly served his country in the US Army, being stationed in Korea during the Korean Conflict and later in the US Army Reserves with the 130th Chemical Company in Johnstown, PA.
While living in Portage he was the owner of the Orchard Market there and was a life member of the Portage Volunteer Fire Department. He was a member of the Moose Lodge and the American Legion Post 309 in Portage. Willy served on the Board of Education of the Portage Area School District as a member and also served as Board President. After Orchard Market he was the hardware manager at Stager’s Surplus and drove a school bus for the Portage Area School District.
He had been a member of Sacred Heart Church in Portage and Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Andover, NJ. In addition to his parents he is predeceased by a brother, the late Johnnie Furtkevic.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years Helen (Orlowsky) Furtkevic; a son William Furtkevic and his wife Denise of Green Twp., NJ; two daughters, Kelly Gillin and her husband Michael of Leesburg, VA and Constance Love and her husband Keith of Plymouth Meeting, PA; a brother Vincent Furtkevic of Lansdale, PA ; a sister Roseanne Forslund and her husband David of Norwalk, CT. Also surviving are his 7 beloved grandchildren; Dennis, Joseph, Stephen, Katherine, Anastasia, Mitchell and Elizabeth.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday July 11th at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Route 517, Andover, NJ at 10:00 am, interment will follow in the parish cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations in his name to the Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675, or to St Jude Childrens Research Hospital, Memorial & Honor Program, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942 would be greatly appreciated.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Cochran Funeral Home 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840  (908) 852-3361 www.cochranfuneral.com


George & Sandra (Orlowsky) Hamilton
July 19th, 2015 1:39 pm
Just read of Uncle Willy's passing in the Portage Dispatch. Our condolence to Aunt Helen and the family.
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