PHONE: (908) 852-3361
FAX: (908) 852-4117
905 High Street Hackettstown, NJ 07840

Kalinowski, John R January 2, 1963 - July 2, 2024

Date of Funeral

July 6, 2024

Kalinowski, John R

January 2, 1963 – July 2, 2024

John Kalinowski, age 61 of Mansfield, died on Tuesday, July 2, 2024 peacefully at home surrounded by family from a brief battle with Cholangiocarcinoma.  John was born January 2, 1963 in Jersey City, NJ.  He was raised in East Hanover, NJ and moved to Mansfield, NJ 31 years ago.  He Graduated from Hanover Park High School in 1981 and went on to Graduate from Seton Hall University with a Bachlor of Science Degree from the School of Business. John worked for Morristown Memorial Hospital, Morristown, NJ and ADP, Roseland, NJ for many years.  The last few years he worked as a Realtor for Weichert Realtors, Chester, NJ as well as a partner in D&J Estate Sales.

For those of you who knew John he was always the life of the party! He would give you the shirt off his back and drop everything to help anyone in need.  He was a work horse, doing anything to provide for his family.  He had many titles, Husband, Daddy, Son, Brother, Uncle, Best friend, Chef, Coach K, Mr. K, Papa K, but his most favorite title of all was PA!  He loved us all to the moon and back but loved his Girls (Granddaughters Kyleah and Bailey) beyond this planet.

John is survived by his loving wife of 39 years Heidi (Hoffler) Kalinowski, daughter Katelyn and husband Chad Lobb of Deland Florida. Son Kevin Kalinowski of Mansfield Twp, NJ and two beautiful granddaughters Kyleah and Bailey Lobb.  Mother Adele (Simeone) Kalinowski of Caldwell, NJ along with his brother Michael and wife Briget Kalinowski of Caldwell, NJ, sister Michele and husband Steven Poto of Fairfield, NJ and many loving Nieces and Nephews as well as four Great Nieces and Nephew along with our beloved pittie Scrimmy.

John was predeceased by his Loving father John Richard Kalinowski Sr and many other family members.

Friends are invited to join the family on Saturday, July 6, 2024 from 2-6pm with a memorial service at 5:30 at Cochran Funeral Home.

The viewing arrangements have been entrusted to Cochran Funeral Home 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840

Those wishing to leave an online condolence may do so at

In lieu of flowers John would love you to donate in his honor to: St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital Memorial & Honor Program 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105-1942


  1. REPLY
    Dolores Beck says

    Dear Heidi and family – my deepest sympathies to you all. I will remember John and his sense of humor. He was a such a sweet, kind man. May God keep him in his care.

  2. REPLY
    Donna Farino says

    Heidi & family, I am so sorry to hear of John’s passing. Such a nice man with a beautiful family. May he send you all signs to help give you some peace during this difficult time.

    • Joe Croce says

      The world has lost wonderful soul. John coached both of my daughters in Softball. His dedication to the kids was inspiring. My prayers are with Heidi and family. John was as good as they come. May you rest in Peace my friend.

  3. REPLY
    Robert Ewaskiew says

    Heidi and Family:
    “Our hearts are saddened by your loss, and our thoughts are with you.” I was his Manager at MMH and he was a good person and will be missed….

  4. REPLY
    William Davenport says

    Heidi, Katelyn & Kevin – I cannot believe someone so incredible left you and us. Words cannot express how much I loved this guy, and what he did for me! The stories we have from our time together and the lack of growing up between us is something I’ll never forget, I really looked forward to getting older and laughing our rears off when we got together, but now, I’m just blown away. My heart goes out to you, I am so glad for the time we had him, and so sorry it wasn’t longer, this was too soon.

  5. REPLY
    Joe Croce says

    A wonderful soul of I ever knew one. John coached both my daughters in Softball. His dedication to the kids was inspiring and selfless. My prayers are with Heidi and family. John was loved by all whose lives he touched. Rest in Peace my friend.

  6. REPLY

    “Our hearts are saddened by your loss, and our thoughts are with you.”

  7. REPLY
    Donald and Eileen Hoffler says

    Dear Heidi, Katlyn, and Kevin. As you know John has been a very bright and shining star in our lives. Words cannot express how much he was a loving and caring person in our family. His presence and humor was a gift for us and will be forever missed. For us, he was the best son-in-law we could ever have. John’s bright light will continue to make us all happy that he was part of our lives. You will have our love John for the remainder of our lives and beyond. Pop and Ei Ei.

  8. REPLY
    Michael and Linda Lyons says

    Heidi, you and John are the perfect pair. Nothing but love and kindness glow from you both. Separated for now but bound together in heart and soul. Some day you will be together again for all eternity.
    We love you very much.

  9. REPLY
    Angela & Bill Reed & Family says

    Heidi, Kate, Kevin & family. So very shocked and saddened to hear about John. Our hearts go out to all of you during this sad time. He was such a kind, sweet person and was Blessed with such s beautiful family. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Sending love and praying your cherished memories will help ease your loss.

Leave a Condolence