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Former Music Teacher in Bernards Schools Laid to Rest

Visting hours, funeral for Robert Van Wageninge, former music teacher in multiple Bernards schools.

Robert Van Wageninge, 59, of Wayne, died unexpectedly on Monday, July 2, according to an online obituary for the Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home in Wayne.

Van Wageninge was a school teacher in Basking Ridge, before retiring just one year ago, the obituary said. Updated information added that he also conducted the school band for several years.

The accepted his resignation as a music teacher in May, 2011, according to board minutes.

The minutes said that during that last school year, he was music teacher at the Mount Prospect, Cedar Hill and Liberty Corner elementary schools.

Other information from the obituary said:

Bob is survived by one cousin; Marilyn "Joy" Cotton of California and was predeceased by his sister June just two months ago on May 1, 2012.

Friends may visit with the family at the Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Road, Wayne, on Friday, July 13, 2012 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Funeral Services will be held at 10  on Saturday July 14, 2012 at the funeral home, then to Laurel Grove Cemetery, 295 Totowa Road, Totowa, NJ.

Note: A previous version of this story spelled Mr. Van Wageninge's name as Van Waneninge, as per the second spelling of his name posted on the obituary as of Thursday night.

Barbara Brooks October 29, 2012 at 11:43 AM
Mr. Van Wageninge was a devoted teacher/musician. I remember wondering how he manages especially when he held band practice in the busy cafeteria. Mr. Van Wageninge was one of my son's favorite teachers and we are grateful to him for the gift of music he shared with our children. Thank you Mr. Van Wageninge. Bless you. Barbara Brooks and the Langston Family
Cinder LeDell July 08, 2013 at 07:40 AM
John and Cinder LeDell: Robert was our sons' band director at Annin. I was in the WAMS Music Association. We planned three benefit concerts at are our home, to support the music department at WAMS. Robert played his trumpet at one of those concerts, and I remember getting him a brass spittunne to use as he played. He was a talented trumpet player and focused teacher. This news breaks my heart.

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