In Memory

Neil Palent

Neil was born March 21, 1947 and died Aug. 25, 2015.

He was born in Newark, N.J., grew up in West Orange, N.J., and lived in Germantown, N.Y., before moving to West Coxsackie, N.Y., in 2008.

He was employed as a substitute teacher at the Germantown Central School District for over 30 years.

He graduated from the University of Miami with a B.A. degree in sociology.

Neil loved to travel and had lived in Ibiza, Spain, and Kabul, Afghanistan. In his spare time, he enjoyed gardening and being a softball umpire and a volleyball official.

He will be sadly missed by his family and friends. Surviving are his parents, Irving and Norma Palent, and a sister, Cheryl B. Palent.

Private burial will be at Beth Israel Cemetery. Arrangements are by the Bruce C.VanArsdale Funeral Home, 111 N. Gaston Ave., Somerville, N.J.

To send condolences to the family, visit

Donations in lieu of flowers may be sent to The Stein Hospice, Suite 206, 49 Veronica Ave., Somerset, N.J. 08873.

Published in Star-Ledger on Aug. 30, 2015 

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08/29/15 11:01 AM #4    

Eydie Urbaitel (Adams)

One of the saddest moments is when you hear of the loss of a school friend. My sincerest condolences to the family.

08/29/15 11:08 AM #5    

Debby Timins (Snowman)

Again I find myself struggling to deal with a loss so close to my heart.  Neil and I were friends from pretty much the time we met .  We may have lost touch every once in a while but we always found our way back to each other.  I am going thru my pictures and found one of Neil and I at one of his fraternity party's... memories are flooding my head and my heart.  I will miss him and only hope that he knew he was loved by me and my family. I will make sure that Cheryl and Neil's parents get to read all the responses ...........

08/29/15 12:46 PM #6    

Margaret Wolf (Kohn)

i am so saddened to hear of Neil's passing.  May his memory be a blessing to all who knew him..

Margaret Wolf Kohn

08/29/15 02:56 PM #7    

Maxine Youin (Kleiman)

I am so sad to hear about Neil's untimely death.  It is so difficult to deal with a classmate's death as if affects all of knew him.  My codolences to his family.  Regards, Maxine Youin Kleiman


08/29/15 06:55 PM #8    

Susan Fauer

Condolences to Neil's family. I'm so saddened to hear this news. 

08/30/15 01:20 PM #9    

David Belfiore

I didn't know Neil that well, but I am still saddened by his passing and want to send my condolences to family and friends. I am also saddened by the fact that another classmate is gone.  

08/31/15 06:47 AM #10    

Lainey Drucker (Zwibel)

Even though so many years have passed, I can still remember Neil's smiling face & good natured comments.

My condolences to his family- Helaine Ducker Zwibel

08/31/15 07:38 AM #11    

Rich Galen

Neil was a study-hall pal.  I remember him coming back from summer vacation having been in California with blonde hair which he insisted was solely due to the sun.  Good guy.  Sorry he's gone.  

08/31/15 08:31 PM #12    

Myles Schlank

I can pull up the memory of Neil in high school, spinning his tennis racket waiting for the serve, returning it in that natural, athletic way he had in many sports. A good human being. Deep condolences to Neil's family and hope you find comfort in the memories.  

09/02/15 11:02 AM #13    

Ed Czekaj

I too was saddened to hear of Neil's passing. He was a pleasant classmate and good friend. Wish I had seen him in the more recent past. My condolences to his family at this difficult time.

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