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Gerard 'Jerry' A. Hackel, 87, Hasbrouck Heights Resident

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, N.J. -- Gerard "Jerry" A. Hackel, of Hasbrouck Heights, died on Monday, March 7. He was 87.

A Navy veteran of World War II, Hackel was a member of the William J. Hocking American Legion Post 91, in Wharton. Before he retired, he was a police mechanic for the Borough of Hasbrouck Heights. He was a dedicated and exempt member of the Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department, where he served as a former captain for Engine Company 2 and a former captain of the Ambulance Corps. He was also a member of the New Jersey Exempt Firemen Association.

After retiring from the Fire Department and the Ambulance Corps., Hackel was a bus driver for the senior citizens. He was a member of the First Monday Club, the B.P.O. Elks Lodge 1962 and a former member of the former Pioneer Club. He had coached Little League, the Babe Ruth League and the Girls Softball team in Hasbrouck Heights. The Hasbrouck Heights Kiwanis Club honored him as Citizen of the Year, and he received the Bergen County Volunteer Award.

Hackell is survived by his wife, Estella (Polst) Hackel; children Linda Hemenetz and her husband George of Wharton, Karen Londino of Moonachie, Thomas Hackel and his wife Veronica of Wayne, and Alan Hackel and his wife Ashley of Point Pleasant; grandchildren George III, Diana, Richard, Jennifer, Gerard, Courtland, Quinlan and Teagan; and great-grandchildren Liliana and Greg.

He was brother to Marilyn Pirnat of South Hackensack and the late Emily, Doris, William, Conrad Jr., Raymond and Francis. He was predeceased by his parents, Conrad and Emma Hackel.

Visiting hours will be on Friday, March 11, from 4-8 p.m. at Costa Memorial Home, Boulevard and Central Avenue, in Hasbrouck Heights. Funeral from the funeral home at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 12. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. at the First Reformed Church, in Hasbrouck Heights.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the First Reformed Church Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 66, Hasbrouck Heights, NJ 07604.

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