Steven F., 59, of Haledon, passed away on January 8, 2018. Beloved son of Rose (nee Barbarito) and the late Frank. Loving brother of James and wife Ceres, and the late Frank A. Adored uncle of Andrea Brewster, Tyler, Jennifer, and Zachary Blundo. Born in Paterson, Steven was a lifelong resident of Haledon. He was a union carpenter. His family will receive their friends Friday, January 12th from 4-8 pm at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike. A Funeral Mass will be held Saturday, January 13th at 10 am at St. Paul's Roman Catholic Church, 286 Haledon Avenue, Prospect Park - please meet directly at church. Interment to follow at Christ The King Cemetery, Franklin Lakes. In lieu of lowers, donations can be made to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl., Memphis, TN 38105.
Madeline M. (nee Hansen), 102, of Totowa passed away January 6, 2018. Loving wife of the late Francis M. Henry (1973). Devoted mother of Michael Henry, Bernard Henry, George Henry, Madeline Armato, pre-deceased by Francis Henry, Vincent Henry, William Henry, Theresa Raftery, and Margaret Sorrentino. Adored grandmother of 11 grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren. Cherished sister of Evelyn Westcott and Marie James, pre-deceased by brothers John Hansen and Hugh Hansen, and by sister Dorothy Penninpede. Born in New York, New York, Madeline moved to Astoria, New York, then to Totowa where she resided for 11 years, and finally to St. Joseph's Home for the Elderly, Totowa in July 2016. Madeline was a seamstress who sewed doll's clothes in a toy factory. Her family will receive their friends Monday, January 15th from 9-11 am at St. Joseph's Home for the Elderly, 140 Shepherds Lane, Totowa. A memorial mass will follow at 11 am. Inturnment of the ashes will take place Tuesday, January 16th at 12 noon at St. Charles-Resurrection Cemetery, 2015 Wellwood Avenue, Farmingdale, New York 11735.
Jerry T., Jr., 39, of Little Falls, passed away suddenly on January 6, 2018 in South Carolina. Loving son of Jerry T. Caiazzo, Sr. and his wife Raquel, and Mary Lou Spenser and her husband Gordon. Caring brother of Joseph Volante, Jr., step-brother Brian Spenser and Angelina C. and Sophia Caiazzo. Jerry is survived by his paternal grandmother, Connie Caiazzo. Jerry lived all his life in Little Falls. He was a perfumer and was a member of the American Society of Perfumers. His family will receive their friends Sunday, January 14th from 4-8 pm at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls. A Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 am on Monday, January 15th at the funeral home - please arrive at 10 am.
Philomena A. (nee Yodice), 89, of Woodland Park, passed away January 1, 2018. Loving wife of Frank Galardi. Caring mother of Frank A. Galardi and wife Lynda, Ronald Galardi and wife Lisa, JoAnn Dugan and husband Daniel H., and Christine Scardilli and husband Mark. Adored grandmother of 14 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. Beloved sister of Christine Barbarisi. Philomena is pre-deceased by 5 brothers and 1 sister. Born in Paterson, Philomena moved to Woodland Park, where she has resided for the past 60 years. She was a member of Calvary Assembly in Woodland Park. Her family will receive their friends Sunday, January 7th from 4-8 pm at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls. A Funeral Service will be held Monday, January 8th at 11 am at the funeral home - please arrive at 10:30 am. Interment will follow to Laurel Grove Memorial Park, Totowa.
Richard J., 81, of Wayne, passed away December 19, 2017. Loving husband of Helen Morris (nee Dupas). Caring father of Richard Morris, Jr., John Morris and wife Darlene, Patricia McLoney and husband Steven, Mary Jeffery and husband Gordon, and Helen Frankenberry and husband Charlie. Adored grandfather of 18 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Beloved brother of Beverly Schoenberger. Richard lived most of his life in Wayne, where he was a Police Officer for the Wayne Police Department for over 25 years. He was a parishioner of Our Lady of the Holey Angels Roman Catholic Church, a member of PBA Local 136 of Wayne, and American Legion Post 108 and 121 of Little Falls. His family will receive their friends Wednesday, December 27th from 4-8 pm, American Legion Service at 7 pm, at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls. Interment will be Thursday, December 28th at 11 am at Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 305 Province Line Road, Wrightstown, New Jersey 08562 - please meet directly at the cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your favorite charity.
Joseph J., 56, of Little Falls, passed away December 16, 2017. Loving husband of Julia Lavalle (nee Mendoza). Devoted father of Joseph Anthony Lavalle. Joe is survived by many caring cousins. Joe lived his whole life in Little Falls and was a delivery driver for Walgreens Pharmacy in Little Falls. He was a loyal Mets fan and loved going to metal concerts. Most of all, Joe was a devoted family man and had an inseparable bond with his son. His family will receive their friends Thursday, December 21st from 4-8 pm at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls. A Funeral Mass will be held Friday, December 22nd at 10 am at Our Lady of the Holy Angels Roman Catholic Church, 465 Main Street Little Falls - please meet directly at church. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Joseph Anthony Lavalle's College Fund - please send checks to Julia's home, envelopes will be provided at the funeral home.
Monica Marie, 65, of Clifton, NJ passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on December 12, 2017. Born in Paterson, NJ on April 17, 1952, from a young age, Monica was a caregiver to those around her. Whether through babysitting her younger cousins, caring for the sick as a hospital orderly, or her constant compassion and support for her family through the years, Monica exemplified a life of service and love.
Monica proudly worked as an orderly in the Emergency Department at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson for over forty years. She saw the service of others as the greatest cause of her life, and gave back many times over what was given to her.
Monica was a member of Women of the Moose, a unit of Moose International, Clifton, NJ Chapter 941. She took great joy in the community and friendships she found there, and will be dearly missed by her many friends.
Monica is predeceased by her parents Joseph and Marie Pearson (née Kirwin), as well as her brothers George and John, her uncle Thomas Kirwin, and aunts Muriel Forbes, Frances Fitzgerald, Catherine Hirz, and Phyllis Cavallo. She is survived by her uncles Charles Donnelly & his wife Barbara, Thomas Hirz, and John Cavallo, as well as her many cousins and friends, and her faithful canine companion Jade.
Monica never hesitated to tell people how much she loved them. With a broad smile and a warm heart, Monica would always say how lucky she felt to be a part of her family and be surrounded by such wonderful people. By the lives she touched during her time here, it is clear that her family was infinitely more fortunate and privileged to have known and loved her in this lifetime.
Funeral Services are private.
Donations in Monica’s memory may be made to the ASPCA or any animal shelter or dog rescue of your choice.
Harold R., 70, of Lincoln Park, passed away December 5, 2017. Loving father of Bruce Philip and wife Jennifer, and Eric Philip. Adored grandfather of Allison Philip and Jessica Philip. Caring brother of Cynthia Philip. Born in Passaic, Harold lived in Boonton, then resided in Lincoln Park for the past two years. Before his retirement, Harold was a delivery driver for L-Car in Paterson. He enjoyed reading and was a people-person who was liked by many. Harold's family will receive his friends Saturday, December 9th from 2-6 pm at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls. Inurnment will be held the following Saturday, December 16th at 10:30 am at Cedar Lawn Cemetery - please meet directly at the cemetery.
William H., 76, of Woodland Park, formerly of Little Falls, passed away Thanksgiving Day, November 23, 2017. Loving husband of the late Loretta D. Richardson (nee Knaack) (2012). Caring father of Elizabeth Richardson and Bernadette Richardson. Adored grandfather of Lance, Katherine, Jarrad, Amber, Steven, Cathie, Helen, Sidney, and Brandon. Beloved great-grandfather of Erick, Gianna, Pedro, Jr., Noah, Angel, Scarlett, and Ariana. Born in West Virginia, William moved to Little Falls where he resided for over 45 years before moving to Woodland Park for the last 5 years. Before his retirement, William was a machine operator at Roysons Corporation in Rockaway. William was a frequent visitor of the American Legion Post 108 of Little Falls. He was strong willed and a family man who will be missed by many. His family will receive their friends Wednesday, November 29th from 7-9 pm at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls. A Service will be held at Gaita Memorial Home on Thursday, November 30th at 10 am by Pastor Lee of Little Falls Methodist Church. Entombment will follow to Laurel Grove Cemetery, Totowa. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Richardson Family would be greatly appreciated.
Helen M. (nee Calvin) Rosa, 86, of Haskell, formerly of Butler, passed away November 22, 2017. Loving wife of the late Michael L. Rosa, Jr. (1969). Caring mother of Michael L. Rosa III and wife Joanie, James A. Rosa and wife Betty, and devoted mother of Paul Rosa. Adored grandmother of Jimmy Rosa and Micky Rosa. Cherished sister of Alfred Calvin, and the late John Calvin and Peter Calvin. Born in Brooklyn, NY, Helen moved to Butler, where she resided for 50 years. She was a member of St. James R.C. Church in Totowa. Helen was a joke teller and loved to share them with everyone around her. She is deeply loved and will be missed by many. Her family will receive their friends Friday, December 1st from 4-7 pm at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls. A Funeral Mass will be held Saturday, December 2nd, 9:30 am at St. James of the Marches Roman Catholic Church, 410 Totowa Road, Totowa. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Arc Otsego, Attn: Development, P.O. Box 490, Oneonta, NY 13820.
Mary H. (nee O'Flaherty), 72, of Little Falls, passed away November 19, 2017. Loving wife of the late John H. Stanaback (1993). Caring mother of Helena Stanaback, Deborah Stanaback, and the late Deirdre Stanaback (1979). Beloved sister of Liam O'Flaherty, Kay McClelland, Perpetua Clarke, and Grania Sheppe. Survived by many adored nieces and nephews. Born in Belfast, she grew up in Northern Ireland, then moved to the United States, and has resided in Little Falls for the past 50 years. A graveside service will be held on November 22nd at 1 pm at Graceland Memorial Park, Kenilworth. Arrangements were entrusted with Gaita Memorial Home, Little Falls.
Gail M. (nee Wraback), 77, of Little Falls, passed away November 8, 2017. Loving wife of Michael Humecky, Jr. of 57 years. Caring mother of Michael A. Humecky and wife Carole, and Linda Villa and husband Santiago. Beloved grandmother of Daniel Villa, Tomas Villa and wife Samantha, and Nicolas Villa. Adored great-grandmother of Anthony and James. Cherished sister of Donald and Thomas Wraback. Born in Montclair, Gail moved to Cedar Grove, then to Little Falls where she resided for 58 years. Before her retirement, Gail worked as an Operations Officer at Merrill Lynch in Montvale. Gail was a member of St. John the Baptist Russian Orthodox Church for 58 years. Her family will receive their friends Nov. 10 from 2-4, 7-9 pm, Parastas at 7:30 pm at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls. Burial Service will be held on Nov. 11 at 9 am at St. John's R.O. Church, 29 Weaver St., Little Falls - please meet at the funeral home at 8:15 am. Interment to follow at Laurel Grove Memorial Park, Totowa. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. John the Baptist Russian Orthodox Church, 29 Weaver St., Little Falls, NJ 07424.
Jane E., a resident of Montclair for more than eighty years, died peacefully at Van Dyk Manor (Montclair) on Thursday, November 2. She was 97 years old. Jane attended Lacordaire Academy and Immaculate Conception School. She graduated from Montclair State University in 1941, later earning her Teacher Librarian Certificate there. After raising five children and three foster children, Jane worked as a librarian at the Bellevue Avenue Branch in Montclair from 1970-2000. Following her retirement, Jane fostered two young Vietnamese refugees and volunteered for Meals on Wheels, Montclair Senior Care, and a Newark soup kitchen. Her "Letters to the Editor" were regularly published by the Montclair Times. Jane was predeceased by her husband, Edward S. Skillin, the former Editor and Publisher of Commonweal magazine. She is survived by her five children, her three foster children, six grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. A Mass will be offered in her memory at St. Cassian Church, 187 Bellevue Ave., Upper Montclair, on Saturday, Nov. 11, at 10am. In lieu of flowers, Jane requested donations be made to: St. Joseph's Indian School, Box 300, Chamberlain, SD 57325. Arrangements were entrusted with Gaita Memorial Home, Little Falls.
John, 87, of Towaco, formerly of Singac, passed away October 27, 2017. Loving husband of Joan (nee Wedekind) Hrebenak. Caring father of Brian Hrebenak and wife Louise, John Drew Hrebenak, and Christopher Hrebenak and wife Brandi. Adored grandfather of two grandchildren. John is survived by many cherished nieces and nephews. John was born in Singac and lived there for 30 years before residing to Towaco. Before his retirement, he was a steel worker at Continental Can in Wayne. John was a veteran Marines Sergeant serving in the Korean Conflict from 1948-1954. Committal burial will be held on Monday, October 30th at 11 am at Laurel Grove Memorial Park, Totowa. Arrangements were entrusted with Gaita Memorial Home, Little Falls.
Colleen J., 56, of Belleville passed away October 21, 2017. Survived by her long term companion Joe Boucher. Caring mother of Richard Gray. Loving grandmother of Kayla Gray. Beloved daughter of Eleanor (nee Heffern) Galuska and the late Edward O. Galuska. Adored sister of Edward Galuska and wife Peggy, Kevin Galuska, and Joanne Riviello. Predeceased by brothers Alan and Russell Galuska, and Karen Galuska. Born in Irvington, Colleen resided in Belleville for the past 17 years and was a secretary at an accounting firm. She was deeply loved by many and will be missed. A memorial mass will be held at Immaculate Conception Church, 375 Woodside Avenue, Newark, New Jersey 07104 on Monday, October 30th at 10 am. Arrangements were entrusted with Gaita Memorial Home, Little Falls.
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.