He was also respected by many and an extremely dedicated Veteran who served his country for nearly 44 years. This special man just passed away and here you will learn of the many accomplishments, life experiences he had as well as the kind of person he was and still is in our hearts.
Command Sergeant Major Frederick L. Kits, (Ret. NJNG), 78, of Clifton, NJ died Friday, October 29, 2010 at St. Joseph’s Wayne Hospital.
Born in Hicksville, Long Island, NY on December 30, 1931, he resided in Passaic, Garfield and Clifton, NJ. On April 25, 1954 he married Roselinda F. “Linda” Giresi at St. Paul R.C. Church in Clifton. CSM Kits was a member of the Passaic Senior High School class of January 1950.
On January 18, 1949, he enlisted in the United States Army and served in the New Jersey National Guard of 43 years, 11 months and 14 days.
He rose up the ranks from Auto Mechanic to Motor Sergeant, Platoon Sergeant, Supply Sergeant, First Sergeant, Operations Sergeant and then Command Sergeant Major.
During his military career CSM Kits earned the badge for pistol and rifle, the NJ State Military Merit Award, the Governor’s Unit Award, the NJ Recruiting Award and the NJGC Award ten times.
CSM Kits served in various capacities including: Automotive CRS Fort Knox, KY in 1951; Armor Senior Sergeant Supply/Service Sergeant; Infantry Senior Sergeant; Command Sergeant Major.
CMS Kits attended the Academy of Health Sciences at US Army Fort Sam Houston, TX in 1974, 1977 1979 and 1981.
CSM Kits participated in the NJ State Sr. NCO CRS Management in 1974; the USAAHSC from 1974 to 1981; the NGPEC at Camp Joseph T. Robinson in Little Rock, AR from 1981-86; the State of New Jersey Dept. of Defense in Sea Girt, NJ CSM 1982 and 1986; the Fort Benjamin Harrison Special OOE; and the NJ Mdl seven times.
He was a Life Member of the Non-Commissioned Officer Association.
CMS Kits was honorably discharged on December 31, 1991. Upon his retirement from the military, CSM Kits started his own business, Fred’s Landscaping.
He was predeceased by his parents, Edward and Nellie Kits and his sister, Lillian Goosen.
Survivors include his loving wife, Roselinda “Linda” F. (Nee Giresi) Kits of Clifton; his devoted children, Beverly A. Mucha and her family of Winona, MS, Barbara A. Konvit and her family of Allendale, NJ and Gregory J. Kits and his family of Pompton Lakes, NJ; his loving grandchildren, Linda Konvit, Brian Konvit, Travis Stahl, Kevin Konvit, Joseph Konvit; his dear sisters, Sophie Messina of Clifton and Lorraine Kits of Wantage, NJ.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday 9 AM from Bizub-Quinlan Funeral Home, 1313 Van Houten Ave., Clifton and 10 AM at St. Philip the Apostle R.C. Church, 797 Valley Road, Clifton. Interment to follow at Crest Haven Memorial Park, Clifton. Visitation will be held Tuesday from 204 and 7-9 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association, 1 Union Street, Suite 301, Robbinsville, NJ 08091 or American Kidney Fund, 6110 Executive Blvd, Suite 1010, Rockville, MD 20852. Please visit www.bizub.com for driving directions and online condolences.
His family life was always kept private to him. He cherished every moment he spent with his wife, children, grandchildren and sisters. They were always the most important people in his life. He was strong, strict but also fair. Always a loving parent, a caring and devoted person and showed those close to his heart these feelings every chance he could. He made many memories that will never be forgotten by all that knew and loved him.
His military life filled the strong devotion he felt towards his country and duty. This was reflected not only in the performance of his duties but also in the care and guidance he readily offered to comrades both rising up through the ranks and needing of counseling and advise on professional and personal levels.
Funerals themselves are very sad and many tears are shed when we say goodbye for the last time. This service was particularly hard not only because it was a very dear and close family member. CSM Kits was presented to his maker with a full dress ceremonial military funeral. This was especially hard on all family members at the time when the bugler played taps. Many people do not know there are words to this melody that they have heard one time or another in their lifetime. Below are the words to Taps so you can understand why the melody pulls at your emotions so strongly.
Day is done, gone the sun
From the lake, from the hill
From the sky.
All is well, safely rest
God is nigh.
Thanks and praise, for our days,
‘Neath the sun, ‘neath the stars,
‘Neath the sky.
As we go, this we know,
God is nigh.
The family stories are vast in numbers. These are all special and will be repeated again and again to our children so one day they can retell those same stories to their offspring. He will never be forgotten.
“I love you Dad, always and forever, as always with my mind, heart and soul forever.”