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Gary Neal Sandberg 

Gary Neal Sandberg served the public as a highly decorated and dedicated law enforcement profes-sional for thirty-two years before serving his country as an Embedded Police Mentor in Afghani-stan. Born May 1, 1951 in Newton and raised in Blairstown, New Jersey, Gary lived in Vernon, NJ for nearly 20 years before recently moving to Franklin. 

Gary graduated from Blairstown High School, where he played varsity soccer and baseball and was on the wrestling and gymnastics teams. He worked in the family business, Blairstown Auto Body, before graduating the #165 Municipal Police Class, New Jersey State Police Training Academy in Sea Girt. He attended Seton Hall University, where he studied Criminology and Psychology and later completed numerous law enforcement training programs, including the prestigious Leader-ship and Command School at West Point. 

Mr. Sandberg was a municipal Police Officer in Blairstown for ten years before joining the Sussex County Prosecutor's Office in 1988, where he worked for twenty-two years as a detective eventually attaining the rank of Captain of Detectives.


He had an extensive supervisory background in admin-istration and operations, criminal investigations, prosecutorial case preparation, Internal Affairs, Homeland Security and Counter Terrorism Coordination and collaborated with various municipal, state and federal law enforcement agencies. He conducted over 2,500 criminal investigations, most notably in the Major Case/Homicides, Narcotics Task Force and Sex Crimes/Child Abuse Units, and was honored by the Sussex County Detectives Association with the William Geffken "Detective of the Year" award before retiring in 2011. Later he served for two years with United Nations Mili-tary Forces as an Embedded Police Mentor to the Afghan National Police in several remote operat-ing posts in Afghanistan. 

Survivors include his beloved son, Matthew and granddaughter, Malina, step-sons Peter Hendrick-son, Andrew and Christopher Fiorenza, his former wife, Kathleen Duca, step-mother, Ann Sand-berg, brothers Lenarth R. Sandberg and his wife, Karen, Scott Sandberg and his wife, Doris and Carl Sandberg, sisters Kathleen Gerry and her husband, Christopher, and Jan Zukoski. He also is survived by his Uncle Robert Sandberg and his wife, Judy, his cousins as well as his numerous niec-es and nephews. He was predeceased by his mother Ruth (Smith) Sandberg, his father, Lenarth T. Sandberg and Uncle Harold Sandberg, his former wife Susan and sister-in-law, Rosalie Sandberg, who was married to Carl. 

Memorial visitation will be held Friday April 9, 2021 from 5-8:30 PM with memorial services begin-ning at 8:30 PM in the Iliff-Ruggiero Funeral Home #156 Main St. (Rt. 206) Newton, NJ. In lieu of flowers memorials in Gary's memory may be made to the Wounded Warrior Online condolences through


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Published in The New Jersey Herald from Apr. 7 to Apr. 8, 2021.

Blairstown High School



Florence Savacool Gouger ’38 

Jennie Uhorchak Black ‘38 

Frank Squeri ‘39

Pauline Thomas Cebulka ’39 

Ernest Billow ‘40

Freda M. Cook '40

George D. Hall

Howard Mott ‘41 

Earle Jones ‘42 

Verna VanSyckle Shuster ‘42 

Elizabeth Hezel Johnson ‘42

Vida Trapani Burdge ’42

Elizabeth Crisman Zenock ’42

Frederick Belet ’43  

Sophia Szalobryt Silva ’43 

Robert Beegle ‘43

Jean Chamberlain Zanetti ‘43 

Jane Szalobryt ’44 
Victoria Kozimor Perini ‘44

Grace Rich Range ‘44

Doris Chamberlain Bair ‘45 

Dorothy J. Winters '45

Mildred Cowell Kise ‘46 

Gertrude Walker Polhemus ‘46 

Shirley Newbaker McCracken ‘46

Gordon Beegle ’46 

Olga Bailey Guiler ’46

Norma Pennell Hill ’46

Lawrence Vass ‘47

Anne Duimstra Beegle ’47

Anna Mae Robertson Raesly ’47 
Greta Hezel Crisman ‘48

Henry Kozimor ‘48 

Blanche Titman Kelly

Leon Kot ‘50

Joan Pilewski Cook ‘50

Melita Stickle Hurd ‘51 

Louise Sprague Lambert ‘52

Donald Meshach ‘52

Shirley Huff Moore ‘52

Michael Joseph Bufis '52

George Fee ‘53 

Margaret Henderson Kernan ‘54 

Bennett Van Der Wal ‘54 

Charles Rowe ‘54

Walter Jones ’55 

Robert Walters ’56

Howard Cowell ‘56 

Charles Catalano ‘57

Cedric Rhinesmith ’57

Nancy J. (Brown), (Torok), Psyhojos,

Duane A. Nolder, Jr. '58

Diana Shipps Demund '59

Barbara Semken Rydell ’59

Lena Meshach Keyser ‘60

Harry K. Rush '60

Carl Darst ‘61 

Bruce Woodruff ‘61 

Frank "Hank" Cook '62

Ronald Cook ‘63

Edmund Hagopian ’63

Richard Skow ’63

Wieka DeBoer Dykstra ‘64 

John Klaver ‘65

Raymond Edgar Schwind '65

Marilyn Heitmann Grandin ‘66 

Howard Schwarz ‘67
G. Richard Cook ‘67

Linda Eckrode Tigner ’67

Glenn Barry ’68,

Robert Volpe ’68 
Jon Thomas Cramer ‘68
Gary Barker ‘69
Nancy Burdge Drake ‘69

Thomas Gross, Former Teacher

Becky Jennings Erd ’73

Linda Schwarz Bisbing’73

Robert Stout (NWR) ‘74 

Deborah Louise Wittschiebe '74

Rebecca L. Bender

Delmar A. Paul

Gary Neil Sandberg


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