ELIZABETH, NJ - The funeral services have been announced for Union County Sheriff Ralph Froelich who died Sunday night at age 83 after a battle with cancer. Froelich, who took office in 1977 and had just started his 13th term in January, was the longest-serving sheriff in the history of New Jersey.
Froehlich will lie in state in the rotunda of the courthouse in Elizabeth Sunday. Funeral services, a Mass and burial will be Monday.
The planned services include:
Viewing: Sunday, July 27, 2-9 p.m., in the rotunda of the Union County Courthouse in Elizabeth
Funeral: Monday, July 28, 9:30 a.m., at the Krowicki McCracken Funeral Home, 2124 East St. George Avenue, Linden
Mass: Monday, July 28, 10:30 a.m, at the St. Mary of the Assumption Parish, 155 Washington Ave., Elizabeth
Burial: Monday, July 28, St. Gertrude Cemetery, 53 Inman Ave., Woodbridge Township
"I am saddened by the passing of Sheriff Froehlich, a champion of law enforcement and public safety whose influence touched all of us in Fanwood and across Union County," said Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr. "His leadership in the ongoing struggle to reduce gun violence by supporting Mayors Against Illegal Guns was an inspiration to me and many others. He will be greatly missed."
As sheriff, Froehlich implemented numerous programs, including a K-9 unit, a domestic violence unit and a fingerprinting program for children.
State Assemblyman Joe Cryan (D-20), who long served the role as undersheriff for Union County, is now the acting Union County Sheriff. Should Cryan run for Union County Sheriff in November, he will need to vacate his seat in the Assembly Budget Committee.