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Nellie Hetel, 99, Longtime Garfield Resident

Nellie Hetel
Nellie Hetel Photo Credit: Aloia Funeral Home

GARFIELD, N.J. -- Nellie (Gut) Hetel, a longtime Garfield resident, died on Monday, June 27. She was 99.

Hetel was born in Passaic to Polish immigrant parents. Her first job was working in Macinernie's Handkerchief Factory, in Passaic, but during and after World War II, she worked as an inspector of B-29 engines at Curtis Wright, in Wood-Ridge. Hetel later worked at Kodak, in Fair Lawn, and ended her work career at Liz Claiborne, in Secaucus.

She was also a poll worker for the Bergen County Board of Elections until she was 95. She was active in Garfield Fire Co. 4 Women's Auxiliary for many years. With her son, she also organized and ran monthly bus trips to Atlantic City to raise money for the Pulaski Parade Association of St. Stanislaus Kostka Church.

Hetel is survived by her daughter, Barbara; grandson Greg and his wife Kim; brother Robert Gut and his wife Florence; and many nieces and a nephew.

She was predeceased by her husband of 26 years, Frank; son Roger; brothers Stanley, Eugene and Thomas; and parents Antonina and Frank.

Visiting hours will be from 3-8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 29, at the Aloia Funeral Home, 180 Harrison Ave., in Garfield. The funeral is Thursday, arriving at the funeral home at 9 a.m., followed by a 10 a.m. mass at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, in Garfield. Interment will be in St. Michael’s Cemetery, in South Hackensack.

Memorial donations can be made to the Roger Hetel Memorial Scholarship Fund.

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