Jeffrey H. Kalish


Jeffrey H. Kalish, of Northvale, passed away on Wednesday, May 10, 2017. Beloved husband of Linda J. (nee Wangrycht). Devoted father of Jennifer Rilli and husband Edward of Hillsdale and Mark Kalish and wife Katie of River Vale. Cherished grandfather of Matthew, Jason, Dylan and Joseph. Dear brother of Shari and the late Michael.

Jeff dedicated his life to the children in the Northern Valley. He was the Northvale Baseball Commissioner for many years and coached countless kids in all sports as well offering baseball clinics for decades. He was one of the founders of the Northern Valley PAL and helped developed the football program. He will also be remembered as the voice of Old Tappan High School.

Jeff was proud to have been drafted by the Minnesota Twins and went as far as AAA. He was a salesman for Wallachs, Gant Shirts and most recently Bon-Jour sporting goods in Norwood. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather, a supportive coach and a dear friend to many. He will be dearly missed.

The family will receive friends on Saturday from 3-6 PM at Pizzi Funeral Home, 120 Paris Ave, Northvale (201-767-3050).

In lieu of flowers, donations in Jeff’s memory may be made to the John Theurer Cancer Center, 92 2nd St, Hackensack, NJ 07601,



  1. Mary Strobel :

    Dear Linda, Jen, and Mark…………..Some of my BEST years were those spent down at Hogan’s Field in the “SnackBar”. I would be there early to set-up or prepare the night’s “special” and Jeff was already there because he had to “rake the field”. One of my favorite memories was the night we completely sold out of 300 meatballs and Jeff said, “I’d buy a roll just for the sauce”. Well, that’s what we did and we sold out in no time!! He could be calm, he could be wild, and like us all, he could be many things at any given time, but first and foremost , he was there for the kids and that meant everything to him! I am sorry for your loss but I’m so glad that he got to spend time with his grandchildren, the most precious of all kids!! My thoughts and prayers are with you. He will live on with your memories and you will smile because he was here! God Bless!

    Sincerely, Mary Lou Strobel (Ecke)

  2. Michele DeGange :

    Dear Linda and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. I will keep you in my prayers . Love Michele D

  3. So sorry to hear about Jeff. He was an excellant Baseball player and a real good man. I ran into him from time to time and we would talk about the old days. Rest in peace my friend.

  4. Edward Koehler :

    A fine man and a long time friend. He will be missed .

  5. JC Baumuller :

    A great person, friendly to everyone. He will be missed. Linda, Jen and Mark I am so sorry for your loss.

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