Roque Kortz, 82, of Matawan, passed away peacefully at home with his beloved wife and daughter beside him on October 19, 2020. Roque was born in Porto Alegre, Brazil to Carlos Oscar and Herta Eugenia Kortz (neé Kern), both of whom predeceased him. He was also predeceased by his sisters Maria Luisa, Inge Maria, and Maria Helena, and brother Sivo. Roque leaves behind his loving wife of 58 years, Maria Luiza, his beloved daughter, Laura, of Brooklyn NY, beloved goddaughter Milene Herrmann, of Florianopolis, Brazil and dear sister, Clarissa Reguly, of Porto Alegre, Brazil. He is also survived by two brothers-in law, four sisters-in-law, and many cousins, nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews who will remember him as a playful, funny and generous uncle.
Roque and his family immigrated to the US in 1970 in search of a better life. He was a porter at a bowling alley, gas station attendant and factory worker before earning a certificate at The Chubb Institute and becoming a computer programmer in 1974. He worked at NJ Office Supply, (later Corporate Express) as a senior computer programmer analyst. Not content with being an employee for long, Roque founded his own firm, Branta Systems, and according to his business partner Lloyd Burlew, Roque wrote most of the software that allowed Waterford Crystal to expand into and flourish in the US market during the 80's and 90's. Roque was the ultimate system designer, and several well-known companies used his software. He also designed and implemented a cash management and eligibility system used by one of the largest employee unions in the retail industry.
He will be sorely missed and always fondly remembered by all who knew and loved him. Family and friends may pay their final respects on Thursday, October 22, 2020 from 5 pm to 7 pm, at Bedle Funeral Home, 212 Main St. Matawan, NJ. A funeral service will be held during the viewing. Memories and condolences may be shared at www.bedlefuneralhomes.com.
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