OBITUARIES ...Gerald Kissler
Gerald Kissler, 74, chairman of Kissler & Co., died from complications of emphysema Oct. 23. He took over the company from his father in the mid-1950s. His sons, Barry and Glenn, have been running the company since 1993, but he remained active in the business as chairman. He was a veteran of the Korean War and was active in the Jewish War Veterans. While in the U.S. Army he learned how to use a lathe, which contributed to the company's later evolution into a manufacturer of faucet parts. His mother, his wife and a son preceded him in death, but he is survived by his two sons and a daughter, Sharon Goldstein. “People called him an icon in the plumbing parts industry,” Glenn Kissler said. “He was well respected by his colleagues, was always fair and honest in his business dealings, and he taught his sons the values of running a business.” Memorial donations may be sent to Kissler's favored charity, the Tomorrows Children's Institute (for cancer and blood disorders), c/o Hackensack University Medical Center, 30 Prospect Ave., Hackensack, N.J. 07601.