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In Memory

Walter "Steve" Vreeland - Class of 1967





Walter "Steve" Vreeland, 68, of Oakland, passed away on Sunday, June 10, 2018. Born in Hackensack, he lived in Oakland since 1978. 

Steve served in the US Navy during Vietnam then was a Staff Sergeant with the NJ Army National Guard was a past commander of the Franklin Lakes VFW Post 5702 and is a current member of the Glen Rock VFW Post 850.  He was a Lieutenant with the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office in Hackensack until he retired in 2003.

After his retirement he established RoKel Painting in Oakland.  He is survived by his wife Deborah; his mother-in-law Barbara McMullen; his sister-in-law Deirdre McMullen; his daughter Romy and her husband Sam Teigen of Hawthorne; and his daughter Kelda and her husband Evan York of New Hampshire, and his three grandchildren Sylvie, Esme, and Lincoln.  He was predeceased by his brother Jeffrey Vreeland and his parents Walter A. and Rose Vreeland.





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09/13/18 10:18 PM #1    

Paul Manni (1967)

Our paths crossed with Steve several times in different ways since graduation, and we always appreciated his work with us, as well as his friendship.

We have all lost him far too soon,

Judy and Paul Manni

09/17/18 03:57 PM #2    

Ron Braham (1967)

We spent our senior year together as part of the pack in the picture. We never knew him as Steve, only as "Waldo".

I remember:

  • His laugh
  • A bunch of us "sleeping out" in his garage one summer night. He kept checking on his parents to see when they went to sleep so we could consume the beverages we'd brought. Then he kept checking on his parents to make sure they didn't wake up. Much noise while he kept telling us to keep it down. Since he was louder then the rest of us, we just kept laughing more and more. Then his dad woke up...
  • Driving to Seaside in Lapetina's Corvair
  • I was confronted once at a Boy's Club dance by a group of inebriated underclassmen. As the argument got heated, there he was, right next to me. Things got quiet fast when they sized him up.

He was a great guy and friend. I'm glad we got to see each other at some of the reunions. I will miss him greatly.

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