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Bertil 'Bert' P. Dahlstrom

August 22, 1931 — June 14, 2016

Bertil "Bert" P. Dahlstrom Jr., 84, of Woodbury, passed away on June 14, 2016. Bert was born in Elizabeth, NJ in 1931. He grew up in North Jersey and graduated from Bloomfield High School in 1949. He received a BS in Chemistry from Upsala College in 1953 and a MS in Physical Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin (Madison) in 1955. Attending evening classes, he received an MBA from Temple University in 1958. After receiving the MBA, Bert taught statistics at Temple's evening school for 3 years.

Bert joined Rohm&Haas in 1955 as a research chemist, transferring to sales and marketing in 1957. When he left Rohm&Haas in 1968, he was Manager of the Special Products Sales Department. He joined Sartomer Co. as Vice President and General Manager of the Industrial Division. In 1970, Bert purchased Chemical Instruments Corp. (CIC). In 1973, the company received a patent on a radically new dynamic mechanical analyzer, which he licensed to Dupont's Instrument Division. TA Instruments, Dupont's successor, still sells this highly valued instrument. Bert liquidated CIC in 1992. In 1973, he joined Sybron Chemicals, retiring in 1986 as Director of Purchasing. He continued working at Sybron part time as a consultant until 1999. In 1996, he helped found Summit Software Systems, a maintenance software company, with his son-in-law. In 2006, they sold the business to the company's sales agent, who has successfully maintained the business.

Bert and his family moved to Woodbury in 1957. He was a Babe Ruth League manager for 4 years and served on the Woodbury Planning Board for 10 years. His hobbies include golf, woodcarving, traveling, cooking, reading and gardening. For golf, he was a member of the South Jersey Business Weekend Golf Association. He played many famous golf courses on the East Coast, including Pine Valley, Merion, Aronimink, Harbourtowne & Williamsburg Gold Course. As a carver, he specialized in Santa and Santa Ornaments which he gave to his large family. He also carved birds, ducks and stylized objects from hard woods, such as cherry, walnut and mahogany.

For over 40 years, Bert was an active tennis player. He belonged to several local tennis clubs and played doubles up to his late sixties. He also played basketball and ran the YMCA program at Woodbury High School for over 10 years. He was the YMCA Man of the Year in 1966.
For 25+ years, Bert and his wife Elsie, owned many timeshares and have traveled extensively on the East Coast from Maine to Florida, with Williamsburg, VA, New Bern, NC, Hilton Head, SC and Duck, NC being the most frequented. They also vacationed in Texas and California.
Bert was an active member of the Chemical Club of Philadelphia and held several executive positions over the past 30 years.

Bert is survived by his wife of 64 years Elsie (nee Keller) and three daughters and their husbands - Karin and Duane Heughan of Hertford, NC, Barbara and Andrew Hyrcushko of The Woodlands, TX and Sandra and Craig Wilcox of Exton, PA, as well as nine grandchildren and their spouses - Casey Heughan and Matt Swartz, Chris and Meghan Heughan, Jamie Hrycushko and Guy Grebe, Brian and Lauren Hrycushko, Eric Hyrcushko and William, Wesley, Jessica and Jennifer Wilcox. He also has three great grandchildren - Hailey and Will grebe and Ava Hrycushko. Bert is also survived by his sister Coralyn Dahlstrom of Edina, MN and the Quinn and Sudhaus families. Bert touched many lives and will be missed by many.

Visitation Friday June 24th 10am until the Memorial Service at 11am at the DAVIS & WAGNER FUNERAL HOME 171 Delaware St. Woodbury, NJ. Inurnment Eglington Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society at or PO Box 22718 Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718. Memories and condolences may be shared at

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