Steven T. Hertel Sr. peacefully transitioned to eternal life on July 7, 2020, at his residence. He was born on July 12, 1925, in Passaic, N.J.

In addition to his parents and siblings, he was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Lindsay Hertel.

Left to cherish his memories are his wife of 74 years, Hazel Hertel; sons, Steven T. Hertel Jr. and wife Trish, Mark Hertel and wife Nancy, Stan Hertel and wife Ginny, and Dave Hertel and wife Mary; nine grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and two great great-grandchildren. Also surviving are his special brother-in-law, Joseph Linsler, and nieces and nephews.

Steven was a devout and spiritual Christian, dear to his faith and often quoted from the Book of John, most openly John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

He was a dedicated WWII veteran and proudly served in the US Navy from 1944 to 1949. During this time, he respectfully served on the USS Enterprise (CV-6) from December 1944 to February 1946. While serving his country, he was a member of the US Navy Ship’s Company Musician 3rd Class.

He retired from Hoffmann-La Roche at the early age of 60 after 43 years of dedicated service.

He was a hard worker and devoted man with a passion for home and family. His favorite past-times, gardening, cooking, and simple day-to-day chores were most preciously shared while holding hands with his “sweetie Hazel.” Many people would stop and profess, “They had the best yard on the block.”

Steve is in heaven because of his faith in Jesus Christ as Savior. Do you know where you will go when you die? “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your understanding; in all ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Steve’s family will hold a private celebration of life memorial at their convenience.

The Hertel family has requested in lieu of flowers, contributions in the memory of Steve may be sent to ­­­­Grace Community Church, 886 Franklin Avenue, Franklin Lakes, NJ 07417.

Cavin-Cook Funeral Home & Crematory, Mooresville, is serving the Hertel family. Condolences may be made to the family at

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