Robert Gessner died Friday, January 20, 2023, at his home in North Brunswick. He was 85.
Born in Newark to the late Lawrence and Mabel (Karst) Gessner, he lived in North Plainfield before moving to North Brunswick in 1965. He was a graduate of Plainfield High School and was an award winning salesman for GAF Corporation in Parsippany for 30 years before retiring in 2017.
Mr. Gessner served in the United States Army during the late 1950s. He was a true family man and enjoyed travelling. His favorite destinations were Aruba and Maine. In 2016 he received the POAC Humanitarian Achievement Award from POAC Autism Services for his unwavering commitment to helping the needs of the Autism community.
In addition to his parents he was predeceased by his brother Lawrence K. Gessner. Surviving are his wife Ruth (Naroskie) Gessner; two daughters – Susan Osborn (John) of Dunellen and Sandra Gessner of Toms River; his son Robert L. Gessner of North Brunswick; two grandchildren – Christopher Osborn and Elizabeth Osborn; and a great grandson Caleb Osborn.
Visitation will be 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM Tuesday, January 24, 2023, at Selover Funeral Home, 555 Georges Road, North Brunswick. Funeral services will be 10:30 AM Wednesday, January 25, 2023, at Selover Funeral Home. Private cremation will follow. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in Robert's memory to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital at www.stjude.org.