Russo, Eleanor B., (nee Wagnecz) 91, of Cedar Grove, formerly of Woodland Park, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 19, 2021.
Born and raised in Garfield, Eleanor was a resident of Woodland Park for 65 years before recently moving to Cedar Grove. Eleanor worked for Prudential Insurance in Wayne, but most of her life she enjoyed being a full time homemaker to her husband and daughters. She enjoyed bowling as her hobby for many years and was a member of various women's bowling leagues.
Eleanor is predeceased by her parents George and Julia Wagnecz and brothers Ernest and William Wagnecz. She was the loving wife of the late Americo (Michael) Russo who passed away in 2016.
Eleanor is survived by her loving daughters Deborah Shapllo and her husband Ted and Cathy Radke. Cherished grandmother of five grandchildren: Dayna Shapllo,
Ted Shapllo and his wife Erika, Alyssa Shapllo, Melissa Radke, and Jennifer Radke. Proud great-grandmother to Dillon, Arianna and Benjamin Shapllo. She is also survived by her dear nieces Lorlee Schulman and Nancy Rogerwick.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations in Eleanor's memory to either charity: The American Diabetes Association www.diabetes.org or St. Jude Children’s Hospital
www.stjude.org. A private funeral mass for the family was held on Saturday, October 23, 2021 at Our Lady of the Holy Angels Church in Little Falls with the interment at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Totowa.
Manla, Carole B., (nee Werner), 88, of Boynton Beach, Florida, passed away on Saturday, October 9, 2021.
Born in Passaic on April 29, 1933 to Hans and Elsie Werner, Carole was raised in Clifton and resided in Totowa, NJ for 45 years and later Boynton Beach, Florida for the past 23 years.
Carole raised her beloved family and then continued her studies in her forties when she went to community college and completed two years of studies. Throughout her adult life Carole often took Adult Continuing Education Classes as she always had a desire to learn and keep educating herself. She was employed at The Westmount Country Club, The Aspen Hotel, Prudent Publishing and most recently Dauphin & Company before she retired to Florida in 1998.
During her retirement Carole became very active in the Leisureville Community. She participated on the Welcome Committee and the Citizen Observer Patrol Committee. She was a member of the Computer Club and volunteered every year to help with their annual Clubhouse Fair as well as many other events and social dances.
Carole was a devout member of the Totowa United Methodist Church as well as the First United Methodist Church in Boynton Beach, FL. She was a member of The Church Women's Circle and volunteered her time in the church office and at numerous church functions. Carole was also a volunteer at the Bethesda Hospital Thrift store- "The Bargain Box."
Carole loved the beach, especially the tropical, sunny, warm Florida weather where she loved swimming and laying by the pool. She truly appreciated all of nature's beauty and was a true animal lover. She enjoyed gardening, watching baseball- she was an avid NY Mets fan- trips to NYC, and seeing Broadway shows. She had a love of traveling, attending German festivals and clubhouse dances, reading and shopping for others. Above all, was Carole's love for her family which included her husband, four children, her grandchildren who meant the world to her, and her great-grandchildren who she adored.
Carole is predeceased by her parents Hans and Elsie. She is also predeceased by her beloved husband Michael Manla who passed in 2001. Devoted mother of three sons and one daughter: Wayne Manla and his wife Linda, Kevin Manla and his wife Cindy, Gary Manla and his wife Josephine, and Kristen Byrne and her husband Tom. She was the cherished grandmother of Marissa, Jessica, Nicholas and his wife Christie, and Alexa Manla. She was the adoring great-grandmother of four great-grandchildren: Josslyn, Tenley, Asher and Axl. Carole is also survived by her loving sister Meta Ryan and caring daughter-in-law Linda Manla. Dear aunt of her godson Scott Poppelwell and niece Bonnie Porter. Carole will be greatly missed by her extended nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.
Visiting will be held on Monday, October 18, 2021 from 6-8 PM at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at 11 AM at the Totowa United Methodist Church, 105 Church St., Totowa, NJ. Please meet directly at church. Interment to follow at Laurel Grove Memorial Park, Totowa.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Peggy Adams Rescue League, 3200 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach, FL 33409 or the Totowa United Methodist Church, 105 Church St., Totowa, NJ 07512. Envelopes will be provided by the funeral home during visiting hours for your convenience.
DeMasi, Jennie, 96, a life long resident of Newark, passed away on Sunday, October 3, 2021. Beloved aunt of her niece Virginia Galizia and nephews Carlo Galizia, Ralph Galizia, and Sal Cocco.
Born in Newark, Jennie lived there her entire life. She worked for Western Electric for 20 years before her retirement. Jennie was a parishioner of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Newark.
A Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, October 7, 2021 at 9:30 AM at Our Lady of the Holy Angels Roman Catholic Church, 473 Main Street, Little Falls. If attending meet directly at the church. Interment to follow at Glendale Cemetery, 28 Hoover Avenue, Bloomfield.
Mary Rose Costa Nease, 84, of Little Falls, passed away on Saturday, October 2, 2021.
Born in Baltimore, Maryland she was the oldest of 11 siblings. Mary worked at Maryland Casualty for 15 years before moving to New Jersey to start her family. It was there she worked in the hotel industry for 20 years until her retirement.
Mary Rose is survived by her three loving children: Tina Chalk and her husband Dave, Donna Nease and the late Steve, Lisa Nease and Louis. She is also survived by her beloved granddaughter Stephanie Chalk. Dear sister of Philip Costa, Vince and Darlene Costa, Joseph Costa and the late Joanne, Sarah Costa, the late Concetta, the late Annette, Brenda and Dennis Geslois, the late Charles, the late Frank and Joan Costa, and the late Jack and Carol Costa.
You could always find Mary Rose in the kitchen cooking her favorite meatballs, pasta and sauce. She loved to grow tomatoes in her garden. Her favorite time of year was when she would take a trip back to see her family, for her heart was always in Maryland. She was the life of the party who loved to dance and was always the first on the dance floor.
A Memorial Mass will be held on Friday, October 8, 2021 at 10 AM at Our Lady of the Holy Angels Roman Catholic Church, 473 Main Street, Little Falls. In lieu of flowers, donations to the American Stroke Association would be appreciated. www.stroke.org
Helen Cap, 88, of Belmar, New Jersey, loving wife and mother passed away on October 1, 2021.
Helen was born in Newark, New Jersey, daughter to Victoria and George Petropoulos, and was a proud first generation American. Her father had a successful restaurant, The Central Coffee Pot, in Newark's Farmer's Market where Helen was often found helping out behind the register or swapping her shoe rations for sugar rations during World War II. She enjoyed summers at the Jersey Shore where she would swim in the ocean, stroll the boardwalk with her sister Persephone and go fishing with her brother Peter.
After graduating Barringer High School, Helen went to secretarial school then on to become the secretary to the head of advertising at Bamberger's and was featured in several print ads. On New Year's Eve 1964, John Cap, Jr. of Bayonne, NJ, was lucky enough to be set up on a blind date with Helen, which resulted in a wedding the following June on Flag Day and a marriage of 57 years.
Helen and John raised their three daughters Johanna, Stephanie, and Andrea in West Orange. Helen was a nurturing mother and immersed her daughters in their ethnic cultures by taking them to Greek school and Slavic dancing lessons, making Ukrainian pysanky eggs with them, and keeping holiday traditions. Helen also enjoyed cooking and taught her daughters how to make traditional foods of their family's Greek and Russian heritages.
Helen was an active and life-long member of her church, SS. Nicholas, Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church where she held many roles including Philoptochos Vice President and Treasurer and was awarded Mother of the Year in 2009. Helen loved her Greek Orthodox community of friends and tirelessly volunteered at her church by baking, working at festivals and knitting blankets for AIDS babies and patients.
Helen enjoyed reading, gardening and sewing. She was known for making award winning Halloween costumes for her children and superhero capes for her grandchildren. She loved going to the boardwalk and playing games with her grandchildren who affectionately called her Yia Yia. She also loved to entertain and always wore a beautiful smile as she welcomed friends and family to her home. Her many friends regarded her as a friend who was there for you when you needed her. Helen also volunteered her time for the Alzheimer's Association.
During her long marriage to John, they traveled to Greece, Egypt, Russia, London, Belgium and France and spent their retirement in Belmar where they would enjoy evenings going to local concerts and sitting on their porch.
Helen is survived by her husband John Cap, and their daughters Johanna Cap Gatch, Stephanie Sackariasen and her husband Kurt, Andrea Kruger and her husband Mike; Grandchildren Alexis, Kurt, Lily, Mia and Violet.
A viewing will be held at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls, NJ 07424, on Monday, October 4, 2021 from 4 PM to 8 PM with a Parastas blessing and memorial at 7 PM. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, October 5, 2021 at 10 AM at SS Nicholas, Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 82 Laurel Avene, Roseland, NJ 07068- please meet directly at church- followed by a 1 PM burial at St. Vladimir's Russian Orthodox Cemetery, 316 Cassville Road, Jackson, NJ 08527 and repass in Neptune.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made for Progressive Supranuclear Palsy research at www.psp.org or you can mail a check made out to Cure PSP to Cure PSP, 1216 Broadway, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10001. Envelopes will also be provided by the funeral home during visiting hours.
Kordja, Aaliyah "AK" Elizabeth, 19, of Totowa, passed away on Tuesday, September 14, 2021. Loving daughter of Jennifer Kordja and Luis Heredia Perez. Cherished sister of Raymond Luis and Luis Miguel "Papucho". Beloved niece of Vanessa Kordja, Taylor Kordja, Lauren Porter, and Ashley LoVecchio. Dear granddaughter of the late Raymond Paul Kordja and Georgia Rasa. Cousin to Ailani Skye Lopez.
Born and raised in Totowa, Aaliyah graduated from Passaic Valley High School and was attending medical technical school with plans of becoming a nurse. She was a loving young woman who lived her life to help others. Aaliyah had a love for basketball growing up, and spent her spare time with her brother, cousin, aunts and friends. She truly loved to be with family. She will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.
The family will receive their friends on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 from 4 - 8 PM at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls. A funeral mass will be held on Thursday, September 23, 2021 at 10 AM at Our Lady of the Holy Angels Roman Catholic Church, 473 Main Street, Little Falls. Please meet directly at church.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you please make a donation to Go Fund Me.www.gofundme.com/f/in-memory-of-aaliyah-ak-kordja utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet&utm_medium=copy_link_all&utm_source=customer
Terwilliger, Patricia M., 70, of Paterson, passed away on Monday, September 13, 2021.
Patricia was the beloved sister of Kathleen O' Brian. She was the cherished aunt of her four loving nieces and nephews: John, Casey, Dawn, and Megan. Patricia was the dear great-aunt of 14 great-nieces and nephews.
Patricia was born in Paterson and lived there for most of her life. She was a parishioner of St. James Roman Catholic Church. Patricia loved her family very much and was loved by her family just as much. She will be dearly missed by all in her family, especially by her sister.
A graveside service will be held on Friday, September 17, 2021 at 10 AM at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, 52 Totowa Road, Totowa, NJ.
Skrabits, Walter, 91, of Little Falls, passed away on Tuesday, September 7, 2021. Devoted husband of the late Mary (nee Dzaidosh) who passed away in 1999. Walter is survived by two sister-in-laws and will be greatly missed by his four loving nieces and three dear nephews.
Born in Passaic, Walter has been a resident of Little Falls since 1954. He was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. serving in the Korean War. Walter worked for the Passaic Valley Water Commission in Little Falls for 42 years where he was a supervisor before he retired. Walter was a member of St. John the Baptist Russian Orthodox Church in Little Falls. He was also a member of the VFW Post 6255 in Cedar Grove, Thunder View Hunters of New York, and the 1st Marine Division Association of California.
Visiting will be held on Saturday, September 11, 2021 at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls from 2 PM -3:30 PM. A Burial Service will be held at the funeral home at 3:30 PM.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to a charity of your choice in Walter's memory.
On Tuesday, August 31, 2021, Antonio "Tony" Genise, father, son, and brother, passed away at the age of 56.
Tony was born on March 20, 1965 to Serafino and Franca, and spent his life working in the funeral industry. Growing up, Tony was involved in the Boy Scouts and that involvement continued throughout his life with Troop 14 in Little Falls and Troop 83 in Somerville when his son became involved in scouting as well. He was a volunteer for the Little Falls Rescue Squad.
Tony enjoyed spending his time being outdoors. He loved camping across the United States, spending summers on LBI, kayaking and canoeing down rivers, and skiing down the closest mountains he could find in the winter. He shared those moments with his friends and family, and instilled that same love for adventure in his children.
Tony was predeceased by his father, Serafino and is survived by his mother Franca, his two children, Serafina and Luke, his brother Eugenio, sister-in-law Linda and his niece and nephew, Chloe and Matthew Genise.
A Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, September 4, 2021 at 9:30 AM at Our Lady of the Holy Angels Roman Catholic Church, 473 Main Street, Little Falls. Please meet directly at church. Entombment to follow at Laurel Grove Memorial Park, Totowa.
Jacqueline R. Donato, 85, of Little Falls, New Jersey, passed away at home surrounded by her loving family.
Born in Passaic, New Jersey, Jacqueline was raised in Garfield, New Jersey and moved to Little Falls, where she has lived for the past 60 years.
Before her retirement, Jacqueline owned Belle Fleur Flower and Gift Shop in Little Falls for ten years. She was a parishioner of Our Lady of the Holy Angels Church in Little Falls.
Jacqueline is survived by her devoted daughter, Jacqueline Donato, cherished grandchildren, Chiarina Reilly and Mitchell Donato, and adoring great-grandson, John R. Reilly. She is predeceased by her beloved husband, Alfred Donato (1969) and caring son, Alfred Donato (2018). Jacqueline was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and will be deeply missed. Her grandchildren have fond memories of growing up in their grandma's home; memories full of love, laughter and support.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated for Jacqueline on Friday, August 13, 2021 at 9:30 am at Our Lady of the Holy Angels Church, 473 Main Street, Little Falls - please meet directly at church. Interment will follow at Holy Sepulcher Cemetery, Totowa.
Gozick, Irina N., (nee Nikitin), 82, of Fairfield, passed away on Thursday, August 5, 2021 surrounded by her loving family.
Devoted wife of the late Michael Gozick who passed in 2016. Beloved mother of Debbie Drabick and Tanya G. Broome. Cherished grandmother of Devon, Taylor, Elijah, Nina, Elena, and Misha.
Irina was born in Yugoslavia and came to the United States in 1949. She was a long time resident of Fairfield living there for the past 55 years. Irina was a member of St. John the Baptist Russian Orthodox Church in Little Falls as well as a member of the St. Anne Altar Society and the National Fellowship of Orthodox Christians in America (FOCA). Irina was a member of the American Sewing Guild of North Jersey and volunteered much of her time at the Willing Hearts Consignment Shop in Caldwell.
Visitation will be held at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls on Monday, August 9, 2021 from 5-9 PM with Parastas at 7:30 PM. A Burial Service will be held on Tuesday, August 10, 2021 at 9:30 AM at St. John the Baptist RO Church, 29 Weaver Street, Little Falls. Please meet directly at church. Interment to follow at Laurel Grove Memorial Park, Totowa.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to St. John RO Church, 29 Weaver Street, Little Falls 07424 or the American Stroke Association www.stroke.org would be appreciated. Envelopes will be provided during visiting hours for your convenience.
Lenge, Frances E., (nee Graham), 93, of Little Falls, passed away on Tuesday, August 3, 2021.
Beloved wife of the late Charles A. Lenge, Jr. Devoted mother of Keith Lenge of Little Falls.
Born in Paterson, she lived in Clifton before moving to Little Falls in 1957. Before her retirement, she was the Little Falls Township Senior Citizen Coordinator and Seniors Bus Driver. She was secretary for Singac Fire Company No. 3, Ladies Auxiliary, Little Falls and was a parishioner of Holy Angels Roman Catholic Church, Little Falls.
Funeral was private to the family.
John James Pontillo, age 100, passed away August 3, 2021 in his home. John Pontillo was born on July 25, 1921 in Newark, NJ. He lived in Little Falls, NJ for more than 50 years and most recently for the past 3 years retained residence in Long Pond, PA. John Pontillo served in the US Army during WWII as a Military Police. He was a faithful parishioner of Holy Angels Church for over 50 years in Little Falls, NJ and was also an active member of the Little Falls Golden Age Club. He loved watching Gunsmoke and The Lawrence Welk Show. John Pontillo is survived by his sister- Rose Litterio, daughter Rebecca-Schillinger, her spouse- Paul Schillinger, daughter-in-law- Martha Tedesco, five grandchildren- David Ayres, Roger Ayres, Danielle Ayres, Andrea Rodriguez, and Melissa Tedesco, their spouses, and 6 great grandchildren- Samantha Ayres, Tyler Ayres, Justin Ayres, Devin Ayres, Emmanuel Rodriguez, and Gianluca Conte. He was predeceased in death by his wives Angeline Pontillo and Angelina Tedesco-Pontillo, step-son- Leonard Tedesco, and grandson- Paulo Rodriguez.
The visitation will be held at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike in Little Falls, NJ on Friday, August 6th from 6:00 - 9:00 PM. Funeral will commence at St. James of the Marches RC Church in Totowa, NJ on Saturday, August 7th at 9:30 AM followed by the burial service that will take place at Holy Cross Cemetery in North Arlington, NJ.
Saoud, Peter C., 45, of Little Falls, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, August 1, 2021. Leaving behind the mother of his children, Bridget Hayes Saoud, and his two beloved daughters, Emma and Grace. Cherished son of Vivian Saoud and the late Basil Saoud. Peter also leaves behind his siblings Zaki, David, Mark and Rhonda.
Peter was born in Paterson, New Jersey. He grew up in Little Falls, lived in Rutherford with his family and recently resided in Fairfield, NJ. For the past 21 years Peter has worked in the electrical union. Peter will always be remembered for his dedicated work ethic, big heart, and contagious laugh. He loved being with his family, fishing, and golfing.
Visitation will be on Wednesday, August 4, 2021 at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls from 5 - 8 PM. Funeral to follow on Thursday, August 5, 2021 at 11:30 AM at St. Ann Melkite Catholic Church, 802 Rifle Camp Road, Woodland Park, NJ. Please meet directly at church. There will be a repast following the funeral at The Brownstone in Paterson, New Jersey- located at 351 W. Broadway, Paterson, NJ 07522.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers a donation be made in Peter's name to the foundation "Together We Rise", a charity that his daughter holds close to her heart. www.togetherwerise.org
Della Cave, Lucy, 93, of Wayne, passed away on Sunday, July 25, 2021. Beloved sister of Patsy Delle Cava and his wife Patricia. She is predeceased by her brothers Lou Monico, Tom Della Cave, and sisters Dolores Mangan and Anna Riggi. She will be greatly missed by her many loving nieces and nephews as well as her dear friend Rose Marie.
Born in Paterson, Lucy lived in Little Falls from 1941 until she moved to Wayne in 2017. She was a hair dresser and co-owner of Lucy & Dee's Salon in Paterson. Lucy was a parishioner of Our Lady of the Holy Angels Roman Catholic Church in Little Falls. Services were private. Donations to St. Jude Children's Hospital in Lucy's memory would be appreciated. St. Jude Children's Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or www.stjude.org
Mariano, Elvira (nee Silvestri), 91, of Totowa, passed away on July 18, 2021. Beloved wife of the late Joseph L. Mariano. Devoted mother of Michael Mariano and his wife Michele, Marie D' Achino and her husband John, Laura Kleinberg and her husband Walter, and Nancy Obssuth and her husband Louis. Cherished grandmother of seven grandchildren.
Born in Paterson, Elvira was raised in Haledon and then lived in Totowa for the past 63 years. She was formerly employed by Hillside Laundry in Haledon as their office manager. She was a former member of the Deborah Hospital fundraising committee.
The family will receive their friends on Wednesday, July 21, 2021 from 4-8 PM at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, July 22, 2021 at 10 AM at St. James of the Marches RC Church, Totowa. Please arrive at the funeral home at 9 AM. Interment to follow at Laurel Grove Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to St. Jude Children's Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl., Memphis, TN 38105-1905. Donations can also be made online at www.stjude.org Envelopes will also be provided by the funeral home during visiting hours.
DeLeo, Christel C., 48, of North Caldwell, passed away on Saturday, July 17, 2021. Beloved wife of Keith B. DeLeo. Loving mother of her son David and daughters Dallas and Sydney. Cherished daughter of Abel and Beatriz. Christel also leaves behind her brothers Abel Jr., Jose, and Julio and her sisters Dahlia, Shasha, Xochilt, and Ana Angelica.
Christel was born in Fresno, California. She has lived in North Caldwell for the past 15 years. Christel worked in retail management and for the past 11 years has been employed by Harmon Face Values.
Visitation will be on Wednesday, July 21, 2021 at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls from 2 - 6 PM with a wake service being held at 5 PM. There will be a repast following the visiting hours at The Fireman's Hall in Fairfield, New Jersey- located at 5 Commerce Road, Fairfield, NJ 07004.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers a donation be made in Christel's name to The Lisa Foundation at www.lisafoundation.org or to the Brain Aneurysm Foundation at www.bafound.org
Francesco "Frank" Castronuovo, 65 passed away peacefully on Wednesday July 14, 2021 at St. Barnabas Hospital with his beloved family by his side.
Frank was born on October 29, 1955 to Angelo and Antonietta Russo-Casstronuovo in Sala Consilina, Italy. Beloved brother of Maria and Frank Costanzo of North Caldwell; Emilia and Vincenzo Caputo of Wayne; Michelle Castronuovo of Little Falls and the late Rosaria Castronuovo. Loving Uncle to Tina, Tony, Anthony, Angela, Angelo, Daniela, Louie, Antonella and Rosemarie. He was also adored by his many great nephews and nieces.
Frank moved to the United States with his family in 1968, residing in Paterson, NJ where he attended JFK High School and went on to Seton Hall University. He then started his career working at Kearfott as an Electrical Engineer. He worked for many years and later retired living in Little Falls, NJ.
Frank was always around his family providing love and support. His caring demeanor and generosity was felt by all. He loved laughing, playing cards, sharing jokes and spending time with his friends and family. His smile and a box of fresh pastries were always a guarantee when he visited.
Relatives and Friends are invited to attend a visitation at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls, NJ on Sunday, July 18, 2021 from 3:00-5:00 PM and 7:00-9:00 PM.
A funeral mass will be offered at Our Lady of Holy Angels Roman Catholic Church at 473 Main Street, Little Falls, NJ on Monday, July 19, 2021 at 9:30 AM. Burial will follow at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Totowa, NJ.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent in Frank's honor to the American Diabetes Association www.diabetes.org or to the American Heart Association www.heart.org
Humecky, John, age 78, of Brick, New Jersey, on July 7, 2021. Born in Paterson on December 24, 1942, he was the son of the late Anna (nee Wanat) and the late Michael Humecky, Sr. He was raised in Singac and graduated from Passaic Valley High School in 1961. He was a US Navy veteran, serving on the USS Intrepid. He was a machinist for many years at Waveline in Fairfield, where he worked alongside his two brothers. He also worked for Great Notch Fuel alongside his lifelong best friend Bob Henchy.
In 1964, he married Katherine (nee Flood) who preceded him in death in 1986. He loved fishing, cooking and camping. He was a dedicated member of Holy Apostle Church in Greenville, NC and St. John the Baptist Russian Orthodox Church in Little Falls where he served as parish president for many years. After his retirement he enjoyed traveling and spending time at the Jersey shore.
John is survived by his loving wife of 31 years, Jean (nee Schonhoffer) Herzo-Humecky. They were active parishioners of Orthodox Church of America of the Annunciation, Brick, NJ. They traveled together to such places as Ireland, Germany, Hawaii and the Caribbean.
John is the beloved father of Deborah (Barry) Koncel of Downers Grove, IL, Mary Lou (Troy) Marley of Tega Cay, SC, and Jacqueline (Ron) Levin of Little Falls, NJ. Stepfather to Laura Herzo, Pamela (Steven) Sussenbach and John (Candace) Herzo.
He is the thoughtful, witty and sometimes stubborn Pop Pop of Tessa Marley, Steven Sussenbach, the late John Koncel, Shelby Marley, Adam Herzo, Jenna Sussenbach, Maximus Levin, Benjamin Koncel, Mia Levin and Lily Herzo. Brother of William (Dorothy) Humecky of Toms River, NJ and the late Michael (Gail) Humecky.
He will be greatly missed by his precious cat, Cali.
Visitation will be on Sunday, July 11, 2021 at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls, NJ from 4-8 PM with Parastas at 5 PM. A Divine Liturgy will be held on Monday, July 12, 2021 at St. John the Baptist Russian Orthodox Church, 29 Weaver St., Little Falls, at 9:30 AM. Arrive at the funeral home at 8:45 AM. Burial to follow at Laurel Grove Memorial Park, Totowa.
Sass, Jr. John, 91, passed away on July 6, 2021, a Little Falls resident since 1964. John was born in Buck Run, PA to John and Mary (Goffa) Sass. He was predeceased by his parents, his wife Sally (nee Burruano) in 1993, and a his sister Ann (Laychock). He is survived by his three sons John J. and Lynn of Little Falls, Michael and wife Rose of Hanahan, SC and Steven and wife Meg of Independence, NJ., his brother Joseph Sass and wife Joan of State College, PA and three grandchildren, David, Stephanie and Michaela. John is also survived by his loving nieces and nephews and his special companion Angela Mazza.
John was a United States Army Veteran of the Korean War and a member of the Golden Age Club of Little Falls. He was a graduate of Cass Township High School Class of 1948 in PA. He originally worked for Hammersley Paper Co. of Garfield, NJ and retired from Fritzsche, Dodge & Olcott (BASF) of Clifton as a maintenance supervisor in 1991.
Visiting will be from 4-8 PM on Friday, July 9, 2021 at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls. Parastas will be held at 6 PM. A Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, July 10, 2021 at 10 AM at St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church, 217 President Street, Passaic. Please meet directly at church. Entombment to follow at St. Nicholas Cemetery, Lodi. In lieu of flowers, donations to Morristown Medical Hospice and Palliative Care, 100 Madison Street, Simon 3, Morristown, NJ 07960 would be appreciated. Envelopes will be provided during visiting hours for your convenience.
Evelyn was born in Paterson in 1934 and lived most of her life in Little Falls. She was a 1952 graduate of Passaic Valley High School and always supported the Green team. She was pre-deceased by her father Russell Van Natta, her brother Russell Edward Van Natta who was killed in the Korean Conflict, and her younger sister Claire Gaita (Van Natta) of Virginia.
Evelyn is survived by her sister Jean Harland (Van Natta) of Little Falls and three nieces, Beth, Robbin and Jill Harland all of New Jersey, and three nephews Sam, Russ and Joe Gaita of Virginia. She was a beloved great aunt of 16 and a great great aunt of 13. She worked as a secretary and office manager for Curtiss Wright, Bobst Champlain and Frank Deutsch before retiring.
Evelyn spent many years cheering on her nieces and nephews at different sporting events and is fondly remembered, by many, for taking the winning team for ice cream in her 1968 Pontiac convertible. Outside of spending time with her family her other pastime favorites were reading, doing search-a-word, horseracing, riding Merry-go-rounds, and watching Jeopardy. She loved to bowl and was on many bowling leagues throughout her lifetime. She was an active bowler and secretary of her league until the pandemic closed the alley's. For many years she was a fixture at all the voting polls in town.
One of the special joys in her life were her cats and all cats. She fed strays and helped rescue many others over the years.
Services will be private at the family's request.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Clifton Animal Shelter, 900 Clifton Ave., Clifton, NJ 07013 or www.cliftonanimalshelter.com in Evelyn's name.
Stura, Nancy Jean (nee Hutchins), 83, of West Caldwell, passed away on Sunday, June 20, 2021. Loving mother of Samuel Damiano and Joanne Gianduso. Beloved grandmother of Samantha Damiano, Jessica Gianduso, D.J. Gianduso, and Dominick Gianduso. Adoring great-grandmother of Olivia Damiano. Dear sister of Billy Hutchins and the late Albert Hutchins.
Born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Nancy resided in West Caldwell for the past 14 years and lived in Frenchtown, New Jersey prior to that. Nancy lived for her family and dedicated much of her life to caring for them.
Services were private to the family.
In sadness, I wish to inform those who knew and loved my husband Brian Coppola that he has passed. Brian left us on June 18, 2021 but will always be in our thoughts and hearts. He is survived by his wife, Jennifer R. Coppola, son Anthony H. Coppola and beloved canine Charles Vincenzo Coppola. Also surviving are his parents, Joseph Coppola and Jill Coppola. In addition, siblings Jacqueline Coppola and husband Nick, Christopher Coppola and partner Trina, and Michael Coppola. Also surviving are his mother-in-law Gloria Markowitz and father-in-law David Markowitz. Many aunts, uncles and nieces and nephews also loved and adored him. To all of our grieving friends, who are too numerous to name, we acknowledge the love, support, and friendships that I will cherish forever. Please know that Brian was a good person with a big heart and a generous, loving man.
In lieu of flowers, any contributions to Anthony's educational fund would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you for all of your love, friendship and support. - Jennifer Coppola
Visiting will be held on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 from 4 - 8 PM at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls. A service will be held during the visiting hours at 6:15 PM. Father Robert Norton of St. Bonaventure's will be officiating.
Mildred J. Sosonka, age 87, of Bath, NY, died Thursday, June 17, 2021 peacefully with family at home.
Millie was born January 1, 1934 in Little Falls, NJ. She is the daughter of Jacob and Krestyna (Dutkevich) Kuryllo. She married Walter Sosonka on September 25, 1954 in NJ.
Millie retired from the US Postal Service as a postal clerk. Over the years, Millie was a member of St. Mary's Orthodox Church in Corning and St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church in Little Falls, NJ. She was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. Millie volunteered in her community through the Corning Food Pantry.
She was a devout and caring mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She enjoyed being a Girl Scout leader for her daughter's girl scout troop.
Millie is survived by her daughter, Karen (Allan) Tobias of Bath, NY; sons, Gregory (Barbara) Sosonka and Stephen (Sarah) Sosonka; grandchildren; Rebecca (Richard) Sargent, Joshua Tobias, Kimberly (David) Coile, Bryan Sosonka, Kaitlyn Tobias; great-grandchildren, Vienna Sargent, Rome Sargent, and Killian Coile; and several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband, Walter Sosonka on February 14, 1986; parents Jacob and Krestyna Kuryllo; brother Joseph Kuryllo; sister, Mary Fox; nephew, Joseph Kuryllo; cousin Antoinette Kuryllo; sister-in-law, Theresa Kuryllo, and brother-in-law, Arthur Fox.
Calling hours will be held from 10 AM til Noon on Friday, June 25th at Haughey Funeral Home, Inc., 216 E. First Street in Corning, and a memorial service to follow at Noon with Father Daniel Mahler officiating. A graveside service will be held at 10 AM on Saturday, June 26, 2021 at Laurel Grove Cemetery, 295 Totowa Road, Totowa, NJ.
Memorial donations may be made in Millie's name to CareFirst, 3805 Meads Creek Road, Painted Post, NY 14870 or www.carefirstny.org
Haughey Funeral Home in Corning, NY handled the arrangements.
Clinton Chin passed away unexpectedly on June 9, 2021, at the age of 75. He was born and raised in Passaic, NJ attending their public schools. He earned a Bachelor and Masters degree in business from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Rutherford, NJ. He was an army veteran serving in Korea. He enjoyed photography as a hobby. Clint was a member of the Screen Actors Guild in New York and had many movie, TV and advertising media roles. He was predeceased by his parents, Pong and Sing Chin. He is survived by his brothers Harry, Alfred and David and numerous nephews and nieces. Cremated remains will be in the East Ridgelawn Cemetery in Clifton, NJ from the Gaita Memorial Home in Little Falls.