Staff Sgt. Michael D. Bruzgis of Delanco, formerly of Secaucus, NJ, died Saturday, December 1, 2012 while serving in the United States Army. He served with distinction for two tours of duty in Iraq and one tour of duty Afghanistan, where he earned two Army Commendation Medals, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two Bronze Service Stars, the Iraq Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star, and the Global War on Terrorism service Medal.
SSgt. Bruzgis is survived by his mother, Harriett (Kramer) Bruzgis; his brothers, Thomas and Christopher; and two nieces, Emily and Elizabeth. He was preceded in death by his father, Thomas Bruzgis, Sr. SSgt. Bruzis not only dedicated his life to the service of our country, but also was a dedicated son, brother, uncle and friend and had a tremendous impact on so many lives, including befriending and consoling of the surviving family members of fallen soldiers. SSgt. Bruzgis had specialized training in several fields, including but not limited to "Pathfinder" and "Paratrooper," and cross trained in American and foreign weapons. The family will receive their friends from 2 to 6 p.m. on Monday, December 10th, at Mack Memorial Home,
1245 Paterson Plan Rd., Secaucus, NJ 07094. SSgt. Bruzgis will have a second visitation at Sweeny Funeral Home,
337 Bridgeboro St., Riverside, NJ 08075 on Tuesday, December 11th from 6 to 9 p.m. and again on Wednesday, Dec. 12th from 9 to 10 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10:30 a.m. at Jesus the Good Shepherd Church (St. Peter's site), 101 Middleton St., Riverside. SSgt. will be laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.