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Schulaka, Danny December 20, 1957 - November 12, 2023

Danny Schulaka, age 65 of Independence Twp. passed away at home on 11/12/23 surrounded by his loving family. Danny was born in Dover, NJ. He is the son of the late Johanna (Gwenda) Miller Wolkenhauer and Sergi Schulaka.

Danny was a Master Plumber (NJ) and sole proprietor of Danny Schulaka t/a Danny’s Plumbing & Heating for over 36 years. He worked tirelessly through his battle with Esophageal cancer and Chronic Lymphatic Leukemia but was unable to win the battle against Hepatic cancer. He served many valuable customers over the years some of whom were like family.

He and his wife Debra celebrated 40 years of marriage in June. They were a loving team who thoroughly enjoyed the outdoors. When not doing plumbing work they devoted their time cultivating their expansive vegetable gardens and hundreds of fruit trees.

Danny was an avid hunter and fisherman. He always looked forward to fishing in the Chenango River in NY State. He was a member of the Warren County Rod & Gun Club where he enjoyed trout fishing and a member of the Hackettstown Moose Lodge for over 40 years. He was also a member of NJ State Federation of Sportsmen and the NRA.

He is survived by his wife Debra, daughters Danielle and Darsey, brother in law Bill Buel, brother and sister Nick and Mela Schulaka, several nieces and nephews, and his dear Aunt Mia Stoecker, cousin Gabi Gniess and her husband Stephan Dorffel in Germany.

Anyone that knew Danny knew that he was a hard working simple man and although he is loved dearly and will be sorely missed by many, it is his wishes that there are no services.

Funeral arrangement’s have been entrusted to Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840. For those wishing to leave online condolences please visit,


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    Laurie Gates says

    Deb and family, I’m so sorry for your loss. My thoughts. and prayers go out to you all.

    • Rob & Jacquie Petersen says

      Very sorry for your loss. Godspeed Danny.

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    Gary J. Kuipers, Sr. says

    My sincere sympathies to the family. Danny was a gifted plumber and it was always a pleasure when he made a service call. He had a wonderful personality and outlook on life. I never heard a negative comment from him. I will miss waving to him in the morning while on our doggie walk. God will comfort you during this time of loss.

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    Tracy Wilkinson says

    Debbie, I am sorry to hear of Dannys’ passing. My thoughts are with you and your family.

    • Gabriele Gnieß says

      Ihr Lieben,
      Es tut weh. Aber ihr habt es ihm so schön gemacht, wie es möglich war. Wir denken alle an euch, es war schön, dass ihr alle gemeinsam einmal hier wart. So bleibt ein wenig von Danny auch bei uns, ich sage nur: you never walk alone… und die Omelett Pfanne.
      Bleibt die liebevolle Familie die wir kennen.
      In unseren Herzen lebt Danny weiter.

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    Cindy Seelig says

    Debbie, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.

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    Greg Bailey says

    Condolences to the entire Schulaka family…

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    Gail & Mike Camporini says

    Danny was a great person. I am so sorry to hear about your loss.

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    Mela Schulaka says

    To my dearest brother Danny. Growing up we had so many fond memories. Mom made me your built-in babysitter, which I took to a much higher level. I was so overbearing and protective of you, I told her to let go of the apron strings, and she told me I needed to let go. I took you everywhere I could.
    • The picnics at Stephen State Park with my friends, under the Gazebo toting. I will never forget handing off the joint to you, then realized OMG I freaked out what I did, and all my friends said let him have a tot.
    • When I took you for your motorcycle license. I had such a severe hangover I could not even hold your 650 Blue Suzuki (what a beautiful bike that was). I had to follow you in my car to the National Guards down the road.
    • When you lived in the apartment next to me and would go eat with Rose and I or just go to Elsie’s for brewskis.
    • One day, you tried to cook spaghetti and called so many times on how to cook it. I told you to throw the spaghetti against the wall and if it stuck it was ready. I did not hear from you, so I came over and your kitchen wall was covered with spaghetti. We both laughed so hard, we went out to eat.
    • I was the one who introduced you to your wife, Debbie, it took two tries. The first time you came to The Kraft Agency right after work looking dirty and grungy. Debbie said she was sorry, but she was not interested in going out with you. When you came in again, I told you to come in cleaned up and nicely dressed and after you left, she said who was that? I told her you were my brother and then it became history for the two of you.

    I could go on and on, but I know you are with Mom. You have always been in my heart and will always remain there. It aches me you had to go through all that pain but blessed with such a caring and loving family by your side. When I think of you, I always see that smile you always had. I so much treasured the last phone call we had, and my only regret was not being able to see you again, but you will always be in my heart and mind. Rest in Peace my beloved brother we will all meet again someday. Love always Mela

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    Paul Wallace says

    Dear Schulaka Family
    I haven’t seen Dan in years, but always liked talking to him at Williams & Hibler.
    I am so very sorry to hear of his passing, and pray the LORD will comfort you all as only HE can.
    GOD Bless

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    Frank Roy says

    I am sorry to hear of Danny,s passing. He make many service calls to my home.What a fine and pleasant man. My deepest condolences to the family. MY God be with you.

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    Sandra Woolcock Patton says

    Dear Schulacka family, sorry for your loss. Danny was a kind and caring soul. I appreciated all that he did for me and I will always be grateful. Wishing you all peace.

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