Joseph A., Sr., 51, of Livingston, passed away September 20, 2017. Loving father of Joseph A. Harodetsky, Jr., Jesse Harodetsky, Kaitlyn Harodetsky, and Kirstin Harodetsky. Adored grandfather of Gabriella and Jesse, Jr. Caring son of Rudy Harodetsky and Ann Venturini. Cherished brother of Cyndi Burrini. Beloved uncle of Antonella Burrini. Joseph was an avid fisherman, and overall outdoorsman. He was a master craftsman and loved to cook - especially lobster, all things BBQ, and his famous pork roasts. Joseph loved his grandkids and family. Arrangements are private to the family and were entrusted with Gaita Memorial Home, Little Falls.
Gabriel, 86, of Newark, passed away October 5, 2017. Loving husband of the late Julieta Flores (2012). Caring father of Cristian Flores and wife Fanny, Julia Yompian and husband Enrique, Linda Flores, and Rosa Rojas and husband Giovanny. Adored grandfather of Mercedes Panta, Eilyn Yompian, Alexandra Guerra, Marco Panta, Jr., Alana Guerra, Elaine Yompian, Linda Flores, Samantha Flores, and Christian Flores. Beloved great-grandfather of Cassandra Ortega. Cherished brother of Fernando Flores and wife Margarita. Gabriel is survived by many nieces and nephews. Gabriel loved puzzles and classical music. He was a family and handy man who made the best bread pudding. Gabriel was the president of El Clan Familiar and a member of Our Lady of Victories Roman Catholic Church in Paterson. He was very loved by family and friends and will be missed deeply. His family will receive their friends Sunday, October 8th from 4-8 pm at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls. A Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, October 9th at 9:30am at Our Lady of Victories Roman Catholic Church, 100 Fair Street, Paterson - please meet directly at church. Interment will follow to Fair Lawn Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be mailed to The Michael J. Fox Foundation, P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, Maryland 21741-5014 or can be made through their website at www.michaeljfox.org. Donations may also be mailed to the National Parkinson Foundation, 200 SE 1st Street, Suite 800, Miami, Florida, 33131 or can be made through their website at parkinson.org
Helen G. (nee Grabovetz), 89, of Singac, Little Falls, passed away October 3, 2017. Beloved wife of the late Dymitr Szach. Devoted mother of Tina Kostecka, Diane Frazier, and the late Michael. Loving sister of Ann Dunajchuk. Cherished grandmother of seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Born in Garfield, she lived in Singac before moving to Brick and eventually returning to Singac. She was the owner of Metro's Bakery, Singac for thirty five years. She was the founder and member of The Reach Out Club and Afghan Club of Little Falls. She was a member of the Ladies Auxilliary and American Legion Post 348 of Brick. Helen was a parishioner of St. John's R.O. Church, Singac. Her family will receive their friends Friday, October 6th from 4-8 pm, Parastas at 6 pm at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls. Burial Service Saturday, October 7th at 9:30 am at St. John the Baptist Russian Orthodox Church, 29 Weaver Street, Little Falls - please meet directly at church. Interment will follow to East Ridgelawn Cemetery, Clifton. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you give a hug and kiss to someone you love.
Brian P. Nowak, 32, of Raritan Borough, formerly of Woodland Park, passed away on September 29, 2017. Beloved son of Deborah (Conte) Nowak and the late George Nowak, with whom he will be re-united. Devoted brother of James Nowak, Rachel Nowak and Laura Murillo. Loving uncle of Ethan and Jesse. Funeral mass Saturday 10:00 am at Holy Angels R.C. Church, 465 Main St. Little Falls. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to Turn 2 Foundation, 215 Park Ave. S., Suite 1905, New York, NY 10003.
Joseph E., 72, of Lincoln Park, formerly of Totowa, passed away on September 26, 2017 surrounded by his loving family. Beloved son of Mary (nee De Falco) Milovich. Devoted brother of Mary Ann Milovich and her companion Charles De Haan. Born in Paterson, he lived in Totowa before moving to Lincoln Park twenty three years ago. He was a guitar teacher and the proprietor of Milo Music Studio, Lincoln Park for thirteen years. Previously he was the owner and director of Milo School of Computer Graphics, Totowa. As a musician he performed with various musical groups on the East Coast. The funeral mass will take place on Saturday, 10:00 am at Holy Angels R.C. Church, Little Falls. Please meet directly at church. The family will receive their friends Friday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls.
Jeanne Bonnet Nowak passed away peacefully on September 17, 2017 at age 92. She is now reunited with her beloved husband, Victor, and son, George. She was the mother of three children, Susanne, George and Lisa and the grandmother of five, great grandmother of five. She is survived by her two daughters after a rewarding and full life. A memorial service will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair, 67 Church Street, Montclair at 2:00 pm on October 14, 2017. Arrangements were entrusted with Gaita Memorial Home, Little Falls.
Nellie (nee Maas), 99, formerly of Prospect Park, passed away September 14, 2017. Loving wife of the late Johannes Van Leeuwen (1986). Caring mother of John Van Leeuwen and wife Terri, Richard Van Leeuwen and wife Joanne, Frank Van Leeuwen, Marie Ryan, and Mieke Maslanek. Adored grandmother of 17 grandchildren, 46 great-grandchildren, and 13 great-great-grandchildren. Nellie moved to Prospect Park from the Netherlands in February of 1953. Nellie then moved to Vernon where she resided for 17 years before residing to Lancaster, SC for a short time. She was a member of St. Paul's R.C. Church in Prospect Park. Her family will receive their friends September 21st from 3-7 pm at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls. A Funeral Mass will be held September 22nd at 9:30 am at St. James R.C. Church, 32 St. James Place, Totowa - please meet directly at church. Interment to follow to Fair Lawn Memorial Cemetery, Fair Lawn. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Little Flower Manor, 1201 Springfield Rd., Darby, PA 19023.
Julian W., 94, of West Orange, passed away September 13, 2017. Loving husband of the late Kathryn M. Caplan (2012). Caring father of Nancy Dow and husband Jerry Hochman, Jonathan Caplan and wife Michele, Patricia Dow and husband Thomas Vultee, and Stuart Caplan and wife Barbara. Adored grandfather of David Hochman, Daniel Caplan, Courtney Seale, Ffej Caplan, Tristan Caplan, and Sarina Caplan. Beloved great-grandfather of six great-grandchildren. Julian is survived by many cherished nieces and nephews. Born in Houston, Texas, Julian moved and lived in West Orange for many years. Before his retirement, Julian was an Adjunct Professor at the Borough of Manhattan Community College where he taught Business Communications. He was a member of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair. Julian was not only an activist at Green Hill Senior Living, but in life. He was a Mark Twain impersonator and a huge St. Louis Cardinals fan. Everyone was touched by his loving kindness. Donations can be made in Julian's memory to Green Hill Senior Living, 103 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange, New Jersey 07052 or the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair, 67 Church Street, Montclair, New Jersey 07042. Arrangements were entrusted with Gaita Memorial Home, Little Falls.
Edward H., 77, of Woodland Park, formerly of North Haledon, passed away suddenly September 11, 2017. Donations may be made in his memory to the ALS Association, 1275 K. St., NW Suite 250, Washington, DC 20005. Survived by his devoted and loving girlfriend Jane Capaci and her daughter Jennifer Capaci. Adored father of Edward Fitzsimmons, and Donna Giannantonia. Beloved grandfather of Alyssa Fitzsimmons, Ryan Fitzsimmons, and Destiny Giannantonia. Caring brother of Barbara Cappello and Jack Fitzsimmons. Adored uncle of Sue Cappello, Bill Davis, Daniel Cappello, John Fitzsimmons, Dee Kotelnik. Ed was a Navy veteran and fireman in North Haledon for many years. Ed's wishes were to not have viewing - he always said "Come and see me when I'm alive and not when I'm dead." He will truly be missed by many. Arrangements were entrusted with Gaita Memorial Home, Little Falls.
Elizabeth C. (nee Green), 73, of Succasunna, passed away September 6, 2017. Beloved wife of the late Kenneth Baccaro (2013). Adored mother of Russell and his wife Stacey, James and his wife Maria, Brian and his wife Laureen, and Michael and his wife Terri-Ann. Caring grandmother of 9 grandchildren. Loving aunt of 1 niece and 2 nephews. She lived in Cedar Grove for 40 years before residing in Succasunna for the past 10 years. Elizabeth was a member of St. John's Church in Orange. Her family was her world and she will be greatly missed by many. Her family will receive their friends Sunday, September 10th from 2-6 pm at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls. A Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, September 11th at 10 am at St. John's Church, 94 Ridge Street, Orange N.J. 07050 - please meet directly at church. Interment will follow to St. John's Catholic Cemetery behind the church. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to American Diabetes Association-Somerset, New Jersey Office, 19 Schoolhouse Road, Somerset, New Jersey 08873.
Jimmy M., 72, of Hancock, NY, formerly of Little Falls, passed away May 22, 2017. Loving father of John Springstead and fiance Elizabeth, and Martin Springstead and wife Disa, and their mother Noreen Springstead. Caring grandfather of Alexis, Ryan, and Aubree. Beloved brother of Charolette Comley and husband David, and Lewis Springstead. Adored brother-in-law of Abby Springstead and Dave Sotelo. Jimmy is survived by many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister, Joyce Sotelo, brother, Richard Springstead, and his parents. Jimmy was born in Paterson and before his retirement was a truck driver. He enjoyed being in the company of his family and friends, being in the garden, or down by the river. His family will receive their friends for a memorial gathering on September 9th from 2-4 pm at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the organization of your choice.
Anna (nee Pellock), 100, of Oak Ridge, passed away August 30, 2017. Loving wife of the late Anthony Miceli (1996). Caring mother of Richard Miceli, and Beverly Shuppon and husband Robert. Adored grandmother of Diane Parak and husband John, Robert Shuppon and wife Joanne, and Cherilyn Miceli. Cherished great-grandmother of Brittany and Lauren Parak, and Ryan Kate Shuppon. Beloved sister of Michael Pellock, and pre-deceased by brothers Charlie, Steve, and sister Mary Aksynowicz. Born in Little Falls, Anna then moved to Jefferson, where she has resided for the past 65 years. Anna was a member of St. John's R.O. Church, St. Anne's Altar Society, and Jefferson Senior Citizen Center. Her family will receive their friends Monday, September 4th from 6-8 pm at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls. Burial Service September 5th at 10 am at St. John the Baptist R.O. Church, 29 Weaver St., Little Falls - please meet directly at church. Interment to follow at Laurel Grove Memorial Park, Totowa.
Rosary B. (nee Brucato), 94, of Wayne, passed away August 26, 2017. Loving wife of the late Leonard L. Pelonero (2009). Caring mother of Michael, Steven and wife Patricia, Dr. Anthony and wife JoAnn Pelonero, and Sharon Kessinger and husband Steven. Adored grandmother of Steven, Michael, Marisa, Alex, Lee, Charles, Michael C., and Theresa. Beloved great-grandmother of Leonardo. Cherished sister of Joseph Brucato. Born in Paterson, Rosary lived in Totowa for 52 years before moving to Wayne in 2002. Before her retirement, she was an administrative assistant at Jet Air Corporation in Paterson. Rosary was a member of St. James R.C. Church in Totowa, the Rosary Society, and Happy Seniors of Totowa. Her family will receive their friends Friday, September 1st from 4-8 pm at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls. A Funeral Mass will be held at St. James R.C Church, 32 St. James Place, Totowa on September 2nd at 9:30 am - please arrive at the funeral home at 8:30 am. Interment to follow at Holy Sepluchre Cemetery, Totowa. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to UNICO Foundation - Care of Jimmy V., 271 U.S. Highway 46 West, Suite F103, Fairfield, NJ 07004.
Nicholas B., 47, of Little Falls, passed away August 23, 2017. Survived by loving mother Nancy L. Bayda (nee Lorden) and predeceased by father Nicholas Bayda (1986). Caring brother of Nancy Anne Bresnak and husband Nicholas. Survived by aunts, cousins, and good friend Monica Rivas. Nick lived in Little Falls all his life and enjoyed skiing and soccer. His family will receive their friends August 25th from 4-8 pm at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls. Burial Service will be held August 26th at 10 am at the funeral home- please arrive at 9:30 am. Interment to follow at Laurel Grove Memorial Park, Totowa. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Tri-Boro Animal Welfare - Butler, P.O. Box 171, Butler, N.J. 07405.
Lucy, 86, of Riverdale, passed away July 22, 2017. Survived by loving husband Anthony Pugliano. Cherished mother of Corrine Pacelli, Anthony Pacelli and wife Michele, Anthony Pugliano and wife Sharon, and Dina Beckner. Adored grandmother of Marissa, Anthony, Nicolese, Ilyssa, Michael, Biaggio, and pre-deceased by grandson Ryan. Loving sister of Mickey Manicone and wife Judy, and pre-deceased by brother Thomas Manicone and wife Trudy. Caring aunt of Joseph, Michael, Sandy, William, and pre-deceased by niece Shirley. Born in New York, Lucy lived in Brooklyn before moving to Wayne and then to Riverdale, where she resided for 8 years. Before her retirement, Lucy worked at the Wayne Tax Dept. as a clerk. Lucy's family was her world and she will be dearly missed. Her family will receive their friends July 24th from 4-8 pm at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated July 25th at 11 am at St. Joseph's Church, 216 Comly Road, Lincoln Park - please meet directly at church. Disposition will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Nancy L., 74, of Clifton, passed away July 18, 2017. Loving mother of Thomas Weir, Carrie Ridner, Tracy Vance, Michelle Hascup, Nichole Murcko, Leon Murcko, Anna Murcko, and the late Steven Murcko (2004). Nancy is survived by many adored grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In Nancy's memory, donations can be made to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.
Beverly A., 82, of Clifton, passed away July 12, 2017. Loving mother of Eileen Anderson and Amy J. Walker. Cherished grandmother of Nichole Dolan, Gina Hooper, and Joseph Manning. Adored great-grandmother of 4 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren. Beloved sister of Helen M. Manning. Beverly resided in Clifton all her life. Before her retirement, Beverly was an Operations Manager at RHC-Garcy Corp. in Elmwood Park. She was a member of Allwood Community Church in Clifton, and Kingdom Seekers Church in Toms River. Beverly's family will revive their friends for a memorial gathering July 22, 2017 from 11 am to 1 pm at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls- there will be a service at 12:15 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to American Brain Tumor Association, 8550 West Bryn Mawr Avenue, Suite 550, Chicago, Illinois 60631.
William E., 73, of Little Falls passed away July 10, 2017. Survived by loving wife Gloria (nee Capriotti) Koenig. Caring father of Christine Koenig and partner Michael Sparks, and Caroline McCallum and husband Jason. Adored grandfather of Jackson McCallum, Stella McCallum, Nathaniel Posthumus, June Posthumus, Justin Sparks, and Jared Sparks. Beloved brother of Carolyn Seppelt. Cherished uncle of Roy and William Seppelt. Raised in Irvington, William moved and resided in Little Falls for 42 years. Before his retirement, he was a professional engineer. Bill was a graduate from Newark College of Engineering where he was a past member of Alpha Phi Delta, and where he met his wife of 50 years. Bill was the past president of the Professional Engineering Society and was past member of the Little Falls Board of Adjustments. He loved to make wine and was an avid gardener, who often lived by his famous motto "Nothing succeeds like excess!" Bill's family will receive their friends for a memorial gathering on July 15th from 3-5 pm at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Frost Valley YMCA, 2000 Frost Valley Road, Claryville, NY 12725.
Joseph, Jr., 87, of Little Falls "Singac", passed away July 3, 2017. Beloved husband of Marion (nee Petronchak) Farnese. Caring father of Dr. Joseph Farnese and wife Robin, James Farnese, Dr. Jeffrey Farnese and wife Marlene, and the late John "Jackie" Farnese (1982). Adored grandfather of James, Nicole, Jacqueline, Danielle, Alexa, Jeffrey, and Gabriella Farnese. Loving brother of Eleanor Russo. Born in Paterson, Joseph moved to Singac where he lived for 62 years. He served in the Korean Conflict. Joseph was the owner of Farnese Pastry Shop for 45 years and was one of the pioneers in making artistic cakes. He was a member of American Legion Post 108 of Little Falls for over 50 years and Holy Angels Church. His family will receive their friends July 6th from 4-8 pm at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Tpke., Little Falls. A funeral service will be held July 7th at 10 am at the funeral home - please arrive at 9:30 am. Interment to follow at Laurel Grove Memorial Park, Totowa. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to CHCC Foundation, 301 Sicomac Ave., Wyckoff, NJ 07481.
Lewis born on October 29, 1947 died on June 16, 2017. Lewis Sotardi, friend, father, accomplished realtor, artist, and craftsman passed away after a long protracted illness. A longtime resident of Montclair, he leaves behind his beloved son Beau, and Donna, his ex-wife and good friend, and many colleagues and friends. Born in Manhattan to John and Olga Sotardi, they moved to Montclair when he was five. He attended The School of Visual Arts in Manhattan studying sculpture and photography with a degree in Art. Lewis was creative, informed, well-read, and talented. He was also a colorful and delightful character. He was an expert on homes, selling them, and appreciating them for their fine qualities. He bought and enhanced a number of homes in the Essex County area. His knowledge of what makes an aesthetic home along with his artistic and craftsman skills made him an excellent realtor, working at Schweppe and ReMax Realtors for many years. More recently he used his creativity and handiness to start creating a line of imaginative accessories such as head boards and curtain pulls for decorating homes, but illness sidelined his efforts. He was a writer and a thinker and one could learn a lot about history, politics, and just life in general in conversation with him. He had extraordinary sense of humor and a sharp wit that made it exciting and exhilarating to be around him. We will miss him dearly. Arrangements were entrusted with Gaita Memorial Home, Little Falls.
Joseph A., 40, of Paterson, passed away from his battle with addiction on June 14, 2017. Loving father of Joseph Generoso, Gioia Ann, and Generosa Anna Gaita. Caring son of the late Joyce Gaita (2015) and John Dellindia. Adored brother of John Vincent Gaita. Beloved companion and mother of his three children, Jessie Johnston. Joseph was in the Electrical Union 102 of Parsippany. His family will receive their friends for a memorial gathering on June 20th from 5-8 pm at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Tpke., Little Falls. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Gaita Children's College Fund, 146 Greene Ave., Totowa, NJ 07512.
Ronald A., 76, of Little Falls, passed away June 13, 2017. Loving husband of Eileen Peterson-Baskinger. Caring father of Lorraine Ludwig and husband Glenn, Edward Baskinger, and the late Ronald Baskinger, Jr. (2011). Cherished step-father of John Peterson. Adored grandfather of several grandsons and granddaughters. He is survived by cousins Alan and Anthony. Before his retirement, Ronald was a building laborer with the union and at one point owned Munchy's in Little Falls for many years. He lived in Little Falls for over 50 years. Services are private.
Marion E. (nee Deininger), 92, of Crane’s Mill, West Caldwell, died peacefully in her sleep on June 11. Marion was born on July 24, 1924, in Newark, NJ. She graduated from West Orange High School in 1942 and received her Bachelor of Music degree at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Ohio, in 1946, after giving both solo piano and organ recitals her senior year. She was elected to the honorary musical society Pi Kappa Lambda upon graduation and completed her graduate work at Eastman School of Music. Marion taught piano and music theory at Ashland College in Ohio, and taught piano at Bloomfield College. Continuing her choral experiences after Oberlin, Marion sang with the Robert Shaw Collegiate Chorale in New York City for two years, and the Oratorio Society of NJ for five years. For close to forty years she held the positions of organist/choral director at numerous churches in northern NJ, most notably Trinity Covenant Church in Livingston, West Caldwell Presbyterian Church, Calvary Lutheran Church in Verona, and Wyoming Presbyterian Church in Millburn. She also held the position of director of Madrigal Singers with the Upper Montclair Women’s Club from 1970-72, and was a member of the Metropolitan NJ chapter of the American Guild of Organists during her professional career. Piano was her passion, whether it was accompanying orchestral conducting classes at Oberlin, vocal students at a nearby high school, or choral workshops at Drew University for 9 years. She was an active member of Rehearsal Club from 1959 to 2010, and part of a 2-piano team, Pedersen & Platt, for 15 years. Marion also taught private piano lessons for 25 years. It was during her first organist/choir director job at Trinity Covenant Church, originally located in East Orange, that she met Martin Pedersen, to whom she was married for 61 years. She is survived by three daughters: Alice Hamilton (Michael), Beth Rogers (John), and Karen Frank (Joe); six grandchildren: Tracy Pedersen, Brian Pedersen, Katherine Bucciarelli (Gary), Elizabeth Rogers, Christopher Frank, Allison Rogers; two step-grandchildren: Thomas Knutsen and Lynn Olson (Jeff); and two great-grandchildren. She is survived by a brother Herbert Deininger (Pat). Preceding her in death were her husband Martin, her sister Alice Kreider, and her step-son Gary Pedersen. A celebration of her life will be held on July 29th at Crane’s Mill (Towne Square), 459 Passaic Avenue, West Caldwell. Visitation with the family will begin at 11 a.m. followed by the service at 11:30 a.m. At the family’s request, donations in Marion’s name may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave., New York, NY, 10001. Arrangements were entrusted with Gaita Memorial Home, Little Falls.
Ronime, 72, of Lincoln Park, passed away on June 8, 2017. Loving father of Irakli Shurgaia. Caring ex-husband of Megi Shurgaia. Before his retirement, Ronime was a maintenance worker at Shop Rite in Lincoln Park. A Memorial Service will be held at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls on Saturday, June 10th at 12 pm - disposition will be private.
On June 7, 2017, Steven Adam Safary, beloved husband of 61 years to Agnes Judith Safary, passed away peacefully surrounded by family. He was the loving father of Anna Safary Sexton and husband Andrew of New City, NY and Christopher Adam Safary of Montclair and grandfather to Maxwell Sexton of New York City, NY, Zachary Sexton and wife Paty of Calverton, NY. Loving brother of Clara Hirschberg of Budapest, Hungary and four nephews and nieces. He is predeceased by his sister Katalin Kollar of Budapest, Hungary. A memorial service that will celebrate the life of Steven Safary will be held at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls, on August 5th at 11 am - 12 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Philanthropic Partner, Architects Foundation, an organization that provides scholarships and other aid to architecture students, at www.architectsfoundation.org .