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Robert P. Zawistowski

December 20, 1937 ~ December 12, 2023 (age 85) 85 Years Old

Robert Zawistowski Obituary

Robert P. Zawistowski, 85, peacefully passed away on Tuesday, December 12, 2023.  

Robert (Bob), was a lifelong resident of Bayonne and forever a faithful parishioner of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church.  He was a lifetime member of the Mt Carmel Lyceum and served the parish as a Eucharistic minister, a parish council member, and was active with the OLMC seniors club.

After graduating from Seton Hall University in 1959, he began his career teaching sciences at catholic boys' high schools.  St. Benedicts, Newark in the '60s, Essex Catholic, Newark in the '70s, Marist High School, Bayonne in the '80s, and spent the '90s and early/mid '2000s at St Peter's Prep, Jersey City.  Robert was always active in each of his school's extracurricular activities, including (to name a few) football coach, stage set crew, athletic director, and bowling coach – for which in 1997 was inducted into the Scholastic Coaches Association Hall of Fame.  He was also instrumental in raising substantial sums of money for the 'Prep Mission Drive' while at St. Peter's.  Robert was always very proud of his student's accomplishments and was glad to have been part of their schooling years. 
Robert was also involved in town serving on the Environmental Commission for more than a decade.

When not in the classroom, on the field, or at a side job, Robert enjoyed boating and fishing and was a member of Yacht Clubs in Bayonne, first at Robin's Reef and then more than 30yrs at Atlas where he served at various officer positions.

Robert was predeceased by his loving wife of 60 years, Dorothy (Tkaczyk), his parents, Peter and Bertha (Pietrzak), and his son-in-law Thomas Rainey.  He is survived by his sister Barbara Gillespie, and his six children; Robert F. (Daria) Zawistowski, Janine (John) Byrne, Dorothy Rainey, Cynthia (Michael) Apostol, Mary (Greg) DeRosa and Edward (Jennifer) Zawistowski, and was the proud grandfather to Natalie (Scott) Pospishil, Eric Zawistowski, Christine Byrne, Lena Byrne (Mike Simon), Thomas (Katelyn) Rainey, Corinne Rainey, Adam (Genevieve) Rainey, Caroline Apostol, Catherine Apostol, Justin Zawistowski and Lucas Zawistowski, and great-grandfather to Amelia, Oliver, Alice, Gabriel, Artemius, Emerson, Weller, and Hunter.  And many nieces and nephews.

A memorial mass will be celebrated at St. John Paul II Parish at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, on Saturday, January 20, 2024, at 11:00 a.m.  A private cremation was previously held at Rosehill Crematory.

In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in memory of Robert would be most appreciated.  

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Memorial Mass
January 20, 2024

11:00 AM
St. John Paul II Parish at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church
39 East 22nd Street
Bayonne, NJ 07002

Cremation was private

Rosehill Cemetery
792 E Edgar Rd, Linden, NJ
Linden, NJ 07036


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