Kenneth F. Kaltenbach

(11/30/2018)


88, of Paramus, NJ passed away at Valley Hospital on 11/30/2018 after a well fought struggle against Parkinson's disease. Born the youngest of three children in Jersey City, NJ to Frank Kaltenbach and Catherine Brogan, he showed an interest in all things mechanical throughout his education at Ferris High School. Drafted for Army service at Camp Kilmer he trained as a communications lineman and deployed to active conflict on the Korean Peninsula. Upon return stateside, he married Margaret Rose Chodora of Jersey City and utilized the G.I. bill to attend Newark College of Engineering at night while working the day shift at Baker Chemical.

During the early years of marriage, they had their first two children; Paul David and Richard Seton while residing in Union City, later moving to Leonia where their third child Lawrence Kenneth was born. Margaret, formerly a Manhattan legal Secretary, took on the role of full-time homemaker while Kenneth rose through the ranks of mechanical design from Draftsman at the Bendix Corp. to Mechanical Designer at Taller & Cooper designing intricate mechanisms for highway toll machinery. In time Kenneth moved up to the position of Sr. Mechanical Designer for Singer's Industrial Sewing machine line. Kenneth finished out his career at Datascope in Oakland NJ designing inter-aortic angioplasties and other precision mechanical devices for life sustaining purposes.

In retirement, he engaged in numerous major home renovation projects, traveled with his wife Margaret and friends, and spent time on his favorite activity - watching construction projects large and small throughout the area. The family is especially grateful to the J. Fletcher Creamer construction company for allowing him an occasional seat in the on-site observation cupola seen on major road projects. That simple act of kindness filled him with joy that gave meaning to his life.

As a result of increasing effects of Parkinson's disease, he entered an assisted living facility in Paramus, NJ along with Margaret. In his final years he was exceptionally well cared for, spending his time cracking Sudoku puzzles, listening to his favorite music on Pandora, and binge-watching Netflix. He was dearly loved, had a fascinating career, led an honorable and emotionally fulfilling life, and passed away as comfortably as possible.

He is survived by his wife Margaret, sons Paul, Richard, Lawrence, daughter-in-law Jennifer, and grandchild Wyatt.

Family will receive friends on Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 9:30 am - 11:30 am at the Vander Plaat Memorial Home, 113 South Farview Avenue, Paramus, NJ, Funeral Services immediately following at the funeral home. Interment at George Washington Memorial Park, Paramus, NJ.

As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions in Kenneth's memory may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's research at michaeljfox.org