December 31, 2015

It is with a heavy heart and great sadness that we announce the passing of former New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Charles M. Kuperus.

Obituary for Charles Kuperus

Charles Miles Kuperus, 57, lifelong resident of Sussex Borough, New Jersey, passed away in his home on December 30, 2015 after a courageous battle with cancer.

Charles was the son of Anne (Aukema) Kuperus and the late Miles Kuperus Sr. He was born on August 5, 1958 in Sussex Borough. Married to his high school sweetheart, Marjorie (Veenstra) Kuperus for 36 years. Attended Sussex Christian Elementary school, Sussex, New Jersey and graduated from Eastern Christian High School, North Haledon, New Jersey.

Charles walked with the Lord throughout his life. The Lord set the path before him, provided guidance and support, and led him to be a beloved husband, father, and pake. He and his wife founded Kuperus Farmside Gardens. He served at Sussex Christian Reformed Church, on the Sussex Christian School Board and on the Christian Schools International Board. He also held leadership positions on the Sussex Borough Council, Freeholder Board of Sussex County, Sussex County Board of Agriculture, New Jersey Farm Bureau, State Planning Commission, and in the State of New Jersey as the Secretary of Agriculture.

He was a man who believed in the power and strength of Jesus Christ’s love and the beauty and peace that would await him after his passing. He enjoyed gardening, reading, and playing with his grandchildren. He will be most remembered for his incredible enthusiasm for the faith and his uncanny ability to take a genuine interest in anyone’s life wherever he went. His encouraging words will be remembered by those who were fortunate enough to know him.

He is survived by his children C. Mark and Michelle, Lafayette; Katherine, New York, New York; Jonathan and Rachel, Haskell; James and Katherine, North Haledon; Annette and Carlos Franco, Morristown; and David and Alexandra, Ridgewood and his cherished grandchildren Charlotte, Stella, Matthew, Penelope, and Grace. Also, by his siblings Grace Datema (Jack), Zeeland, Michigan; Henrietta Van De Weert (Roy), Goshen, New York; John Kuperus (Helen), Wantage; Miles Kuperus Jr. (Lisa), Wantage; and Anne Amels (John), Wantage.

Family will receive their friends on Monday, January 4, 2016 from 3:00-7:00 PM at Sussex Christian Reformed Church, 51 Unionville Avenue, Sussex, New Jersey 07461. Friends and family are invited to attend a memorial service on Tuesday, January 5, 2016 at 10:30 AM at Sussex Christian Reformed Church. Funeral arrangements were made with Ferguson Funeral Home, Sussex, NJ. For condolences and directions please go to

Memorial donations may be made to Sussex Christian School and Eastern Christian School.

Thank you for the wonderful care given by John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center and Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice, Newton.

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