James Stefel, 66, Past Chief of Parsippany Rescue & Recovery passed away

jamesPARSIPPANY — James J. Stefel, 66, passed away on Sunday, May 3, at Morton Plant Mease Hospital in Clearwater, Florida.

Jimmy was born in Newark and grew up in Irvington. He lived in West Orange before moving to Parsippany in 1990.

Jimmy worked for the Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills as a Senior Maintenance Repairman. After working for the town Jimmy was a past chief and life member of Parsippany Rescue & Recovery.

He was predeceased by his son, Charles Pizzi and his daughter, Deborah Decker.

Survivors include his wife, Ruthann (nee-Frandsen); his son, J.R. Stefel; his sister, April M. Stefel; his daughter-in-law, Lisa Pizzi; his son-in-law, Dwain Decker; his six grandchildren: Jennifer, Nicole, and Christopher Decker; Anthony, Tiffany, and Juliana Pizzi; and his two great-grandchildren: Gabby and Brody Semple.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral service at 10:00 am on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at Par-Troy Funeral Home. Interment: Gate of Heaven Cemetery, East Hanover.

Visiting hours are on Thursday from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. and Friday from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers please make donations in his memory to United Methodist Church, 903 South Beverwyck Road, Parsippany, New Jersey 07054 or Parsippany Rescue & Recovery, Post Office Box 45, Lake Hiawatha, NJ 07034.