Peter J. Szlasa

peter szlasa

June 12, 1953 ~ January 27, 2021

Peter James Szlasa, 67, of Leonia, NJ passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 27th, 2021. Born in Bayonne, NJ, he was the son of John and Jane (nee: Kosakowski) Szlasa. Peter is survived by his wife Karen (nee: Kraljevich); his six children, Peter, Evan, Ross, Rachel, Luke, and Karina; their spouses Valerie, Jennifer, Alexandra, and Robert; his grandchildren, Peter, Gracie Jane, and Kate. He is also survived by his three brothers; John, Tom, and George; their spouses Carolyn and Suzanne; and many nieces and nephews. Peter is predeceased by his parents John and Jane, his in-laws John and Madelyn Kraljevich, and his sister-in-law Pat.

Peter grew up in Bayonne in a close extended family, loved by countless aunts, uncles, and cousins. He spent many years in the Boy Scouts, eventually advancing to The Order of the Arrow. He graduated from St. Peter’s College in Jersey City, NJ in 1975. It was there that he met his wife Karen in the quadrangle. They were married August 19th, 1978.

Working in New York City for decades, Peter enjoyed his commute more than most. He was a Controller for Thomas S. Brown Associates in Long Island City, NY.

In his younger days he loved skiing in Vermont, going to concerts, hanging in the park, and bicycle trips with friends. He loved his Cortez Aqua Iridescent Blue Rambler Ambassador car, and seeing how long he could drive on empty. In his later years, Peter was well known for his cookie making, and refused to make them unless it was “Cookie Season.” He loved any kind of fireworks, the louder the better. In the winter he especially enjoyed a roaring fire in the fireplace, and would watch it for hours, cocktail in hand, listening to music. Summers he could be found in the yard, watching the birds, and enjoying the company of friends and family. He loved watching baseball, football, and horse racing on TV, but enjoyed trips to the racetrack even more. On weekdays, everyone knew not to disturb him between 7-7:30 pm, that was his Jeopardy time.

Just days before his passing, Peter said he hopes people will remember him and smile. A life celebration is being planned once current health restrictions are lifted. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Peter’s name to your favorite charity.

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  1. Always a smiling man who loved his immediate family as well as his large extended family for which we are eternally grateful to be a part. Peter was never judgmental of others, but rather always supportive in his quiet way. His jolly laughter will fill our hearts forever.

    Peace be with you sweet brother.

    Karen, our love is always with you, the children and grandchildren. We will see you at the celebration of his life.

    John & Carolyn Szlasa

  2. A wonderful man and great neighbor. Gladwin Ave block parties will never be the same. He always had a smile and a great story to tell while we would hang out in the street. He will be greatly missed.

  3. My deepest condolences for your loss. Peter was a great coworker and friend he will be greatly missed and always remembered as a great guy!

    Anthony Montenora

  4. You have my Deepest Sympathy. Peter was a great guy and co-worker
    and a true professional. I being someone who works remotely, Peter was
    always available help answer my questions whether they be big or small.
    Rest in Peace friend.

    Most Sincerely,
    Joe Lichioveri

  5. My deepest sympathy goes out to Peter and his family. Not only was Peter a great co worker but also a good friend. Peter answered many questions I had and was able to simplify them so I would understand them. He was a vey intelligent man with a great sense humor. He will be missed. Rest In Peace my friend.

  6. Peter was a great co-worker and friend. His knowledge and love of different genres of music spanning over decades was amazing. My deepest condolences go out to Peter’s immediate and extended family.

  7. Peter was my favorite cousin and we had some great adventures together as kids. I think occasionally of him to this day.

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