Mark A. Hesselbacher

 Mark A. Hesselbacher

VOORHEESVILLE — Mark A. Hesselbacher worked for major corporations but considered his greatest accomplishment being a husband and father.

He died on Sunday Jan. 7, 2024, at Riverview Hospital in Red Bank, New Jersey. He was 66 years old.

He was born to Martin and Miriam Hesselbacher in Great Neck, New York on Dec. 17, 1957. Over the years, he lived in New York, New Jersey, California, North Carolina, and Florida, and for the last 19 years he made Voorheesville his home. 

Mr. Hesselbacher graduated from the State University of New York Maritime College with a bachelor’s in electrical engineering and earned his master’s degree in science management at Polytechnic. He received his Coast Guard License as a 3rd assistant engineer for steam and motor vessels.

“Mark worked for 40 years at four major corporations: Foster Wheeler Energy Corp., Nestle, Pfizer and PepsiCo,” his family wrote in a tribute. “He made the lives of the people he worked with better.

“Mark was known for his eclectic hobbies and dry, quirky sense of humor. He collected rocks and stones from famous locations and buildings all over the world (and outer space).

“He immersed himself in Japanese and Samurai culture, even building himself a Japanese garden with a koi pond in his backyard.

“He loved working outdoors, collecting rare books, visiting museums, reading mystery novels, listening to classical music, and driving around in his antique 1973 Volkswagen Beetle and 1951 Chevrolet truck. 

“Mark’s greatest legacy and accomplishment was as a husband of 34 years to his wife, Victoria Hesselbacher, and as a father to their two children. He is survived by his beloved daughter, Emily, and son-in-law, Nicholas Hebert; and cherished son, Martin, and daughter-in-law, Sara Hesselbacher; his cousins; his brother and sisters -in-law; nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. 

“Mark can be remembered by his kindness and generosity to all of those around him. Mark will be greatly missed.”


Visitation will be held on Monday, Jan. 15, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Quinn-Hopping Funeral Home, 26 Mule Road, Toms River, New Jersey 08755.

A memorial and burial will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 16, at Ocean County Memorial Park, Toms River, New Jersey.

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