Milovich, Mary, (nee De Falco), 96, of Little Falls, passed away on Tuesday, February 4, 2020. Devoted wife of the late Theodore Milovich (May 10, 1979.) Beloved mother of Mary Ann Milovich and her companion Charles De Haan. Mary is predeceased by her son Joseph E. Milo (September 26, 2017). Dear sister of Alice Russo.
Born in Paterson, Mary lived in Totowa Boro before moving to Little Falls thirty years ago. Mary was a parishioner of Our Lady of the Holy Angels Roman Catholic Church in Little Falls.
The family will receive their friends on Sunday, February 9, 2020 from 4-8 PM at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, February 10, 2020 at 10 AM at Our Lady of the Holy Angels Roman Catholic Church, 473 Main Street, Little Falls. Please meet directly at church. Interment to follow at Laurel Grove Memorial Park, Totowa.
Dransfield, Andrea, 74, of Little Falls, passed away on Tuesday, February 4, 2020. She was predeceased by her three brothers: James, Robert, and Nicholas Dransfield. Dear sister of Kathy Moraino. Andrea will be greatly missed by her many nieces and nephews.
Born in Paterson, Andrea lived in Little Falls all of her life. She taught elementary education in the Little Falls school system for 30 years prior to her retirement. Andrea was a very active member of St. Agnes' Episcopal Church in Little Falls.
The family will receive their friends on Friday, February 7, 2020 from 3-7 PM at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 10 AM at St. Agnes' Episcopal Church, 65 Union Avenue, Little Falls. Please meet directly at church.
In lieu of flowers, Andrea's family would appreciate donations to the St. Agnes' Food Pantry. The food pantry accepts donations of food 24 hours a day, seven days at week at the St. Agnes' Drop Box located at 65 Union Avenue, Little Falls. Checks may be made out to St. Agnes' Food Pantry or you can donate online at www.stagneslf.org. Envelopes for donations will also be provided by the funeral home during visiting hours for your convenience.
On the morning of February 3, 2020, Thomas Francis Aidala Jr., 84, of North Caldwell went on to be with the Lord, but his presence will continue to live on within each and every life that he touched. Thomas is predeceased by his parents Thomas Francis Sr. and Ann Aidala, his brother Joseph, and son-in-law Louis Del Rio. Thomas is survived by his wife of 58 years, Madeline (nee Coughlin). His sons, Thomas Francis III and John. Daughters: Ann Del Rio, Jeannine and Joseph Paccioretti, and Michelle and Phil Cicala. Grandchildren: Madeline and Jacqueline Del Rio, Alexis and Alanna Paccioretti, and Julianna Cicala. His brother, Richard Thomas Aidala, nieces and nephews.
Thomas was born on November 26, 1935 in Corona Queens, NY. Tom was a proud graduate of the University of Maryland, a US Marine Corp. veteran, and a successful sales executive at Hoffman La Roche who mentored and coached so many along the way. Tom later went on to become a drug and alcohol counselor continuing his love of 'making a difference' for others. In retirement, Tom loved splitting his time between the Jersey Shore and Florida, golfing, kayaking, playing tennis, and getting together with his card group. Tom will surely be missed, but never forgotten by all the lives he touched and inspired throughout his life's journey. May his legacy live on as he smiles upon us all.
A Memorial Gathering will be held on February 15, 2020 at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls, NJ 07424. Visitation is between 3-8 PM with a service at 7 PM, Monsignor Robert Emery officiating
February 24, 1947-February 1, 2020
Melissa Eden Whitcraft Mintz, beloved mother, wife, sibling, and friend, passed from this world on Saturday morning with her loving family at her side. Despite the tragedy of her unexpected and far too early death, Melissa leaves a legacy of joy and love and compassion. She was deeply devoted to her family: husband Steven Mintz and sons Ben (Jess) and Tom (Nikki Hurt). She will be missed beyond words.
The daughter of the late Edward and Jeannette (Bobby) Whitcraft of Oyster Bay, Long Island. Melissa is much loved and deeply mourned by her five siblings: Edward (Keats) Whitcraft; Jannie (Paul) Mills; Reg (Donna Adams) Whitcraft; Alexandra (Richard Arthur) Whitcraft; and Philip (Denise) Whitcraft.
She also will be dearly missed by her Mintz family, her mother-in-law Helen Mintz, sisters-in-law Jodi (John) Van Nest, and Nancy (Rob) Kautz, and much-loved nieces and nephews on both sides of the family.
A graduate of New York University and Hunter College, where she earned her master’s in Theater, Melissa also loved literature and classical music. A poet and published author of children's books, she was working on her second novel at the time of her death.
A devoted supporter of social justice and progressive causes, she was happiest in Muskoka and Espedeco, canoeing with someone she loved or curled up reading by a fire.
A memorial service will take place on Sunday, February 9th at 2:30 PM at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair. In lieu of flowers a donation to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the Southern Poverty Law Center, or any organization committed to making good, necessary trouble would be welcome.
Gaschler, Joseph F., 65, of Vernon, passed away on Friday, January 31, 2020. Beloved husband of Barbara J. Gaschler (nee Day). Loving father of Deborah Gaschler, Rebecca Gaschler, and the late Barbara Ann (1975). Devoted son of Helen Baumgartner Gaschler. Adoring grandfather of Brianna Gonzales, Angelica Gonzales, Edwin Gonzales, and Sierra Gaschler. Great-grandfather of Jordan Montgomery. Dear brother of John Gaschler and his wife Catalina, and the late Michael Gaschler (1968).
Born in Passaic, Joseph moved to Paterson before residing in Vernon for the past 19 years. He was a member of the Christian Faith Fellowship Church located in Franklin, NJ. Joseph was also a member of the Royal Rangers of Paterson.
The family will receive their friends on Thursday, February 6, 2020 from 6-9 PM at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls. A service will be held on Friday, February 7, 2020 at 10 AM at Gaita Memorial Home with Reverend James Henry officiating. Interment to follow at Fair Lawn Cemetery, 22-21 Maple Avenue, Fair Lawn.
Oliver, Paul G., 62, of Woodland Park, passed away on Wednesday, January 29, 2020. Beloved son of Mona Fayad Oliver and the late Nicholas J. Oliver. Dear brother of Nicholas Oliver, Raymond Oliver, Robert P. Oliver, Olga Simunovich, and the late Barbara N. Oliver. Paul will be greatly missed by his many nieces and nephews.
Born in Paterson, Paul moved to Woodland Park when he was 6 years old. He once took a Naval Aptitude Test and scored with over a 180 IQ. A loving and devoted son, Paul took care of his father for 10 years before he passed away in October of 2018. Paul was a member of St. Ann's Melkite Church in Woodland Park.
A funeral service will be celebrated on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at 10 AM at St. Ann's Melkite Church, 802 Rifle Camp Road, Woodland Park. Interment to follow Resurrection Cemetery, Hoes Lane, Piscataway, NJ.
Diakos, Maxine (nee Balasis), 75, of Little Falls, passed away on Friday, January 24, 2020. Devoted wife of the late Nicholas E. Diakos who passed away December 23, 2011. Loving mother of Tina Diakos Ammendola and the late Emmanuel N. Diakos (1994) and Pauline Diakos-Jimenez (2015). Adoring grandmother of 6 grandchildren. Dear sister of Peter Balasis.
Born in Greece, Maxine lived in Little Falls for the past 54 years. She was the proprietor of the Pilgrim Diner in Cedar Grove for 18 years. Prior to that Maxine and her husband Nicholas were owners of the Clairmont Diner and Clairmont Chateau. Maxine was a member of St. George's Greek Orthodox Church in Clifton.
The family will receive their friends on Sunday, January 26, 2020 from 4 - 7 PM at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls. There will be a service at the funeral home at 5:30 PM. A Funeral Service will be held on Monday, January 27, 2020 at 10 AM at St. George's Greek Orthodox Church, 818 Valley Road, Clifton. Please meet directly at church. Interment to follow at Laurel Grove Cemetery, Totowa, NJ.
Julia Jasterzbski, age 85, passed away on Wednesday, January 22, 2020. All who shared time with Julia admired and respected her for she was an honest, strong woman with a generous pure heart.
Throughout her life Julia was greatly inspired by the devotion and sacrifices of her parents, Mary and Joe. At age three, Julia, her 1- year old sister, Mary, and her mother left Hungary and traveled one week by boat to reunite with their father who had earned sponsorship in the states. Julia witnessed hardship early on and embraced the importance of hard work and perseverance. After several years living on a dairy farm in Hackettstown, the Wichas moved to a two-family home in Clifton. Julia and her sister Mary attended Holy Trinity in Passaic. Julia's most fond memories were spent with her sister and parents on day trips to Lake Hopatcong, Palisades Amusement Park and Coney Island. It was during her elementary years that she first met her life-long sweetheart "Jazzbow". Joe and Julia attended Holy Trinity together and both continued their religious education at Pope Pius High School.
Her Catholic faith was evident in her daily behavior and had a significant influence in her youth and adult life. Passionate about helping, and focused on learning, Julia, continued advanced studies at Rutgers University where she graduated with a Nursing Degree. During this time Joe enlisted in the US Air Force. Although apart, Julia and Joe were committed to each other and were destined to be together. The couple married shortly after his military discharge.
Julia adored her husband and loved her two sons, Tommy and Richard. Their future and well-being meant everything to her. While Joe worked days, Julia took the 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. shift at Passaic General Hospital. She devoted 40 years of her life caring for her patients and their families as an OBGYN Registered Nurse. Her loyalty and personal contributions to the hospital earned her professional recognitions, the support of her colleagues, and the love of her patients.
Whenever possible and into retirement, Grandma Julia, along with Grandpa Joe, spent as much time as they could with their boys and their cherished grandchildren Michele, Tommy, Cathryn, Christina and Jennifer. Julia was an avid reader. She had a profound interest in books, but her greatest pleasure and source of fulfillment was in spending time with the grandchildren and helping her family. Grandma Julia was the ultimate caregiver assisting with cooking, housekeeping, babysitting, but most especially she provided a guiding light, a voice of wisdom, a model of goodness.
"You were a very SPECIAL lady MOMMA...we deeply love, admire, and appreciate all you did. You will forever be in our hearts."
Miller, Debraann (nee Ivens), 64, of Paterson, passed away on Sunday, December 22, 2019. Survived by Thomas Miller. Dear sister-in-law of Jeff and Cindy Miller. Debraann is predeceased by her brother David. She will be greatly missed by her close friends Suzanne and Bert Deutsch.
Born in Paterson, Debraann lived in Little Falls before moving back to Paterson 35 years ago. She worked as a secretary for the Passaic County Building and Grounds located in Paterson for 40 years. Debraann was a member of the Women of the Moose Lodge, #657, of Clifton, NJ.
A Memorial Gathering will be held on Saturday, January 4, 2020 from 2-4 PM at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls.
Winifred "Freddie" Kosachook (nee Sullivan), 91, passed away on Tuesday, December 17, 2019. Born February 20, 1928 in Royal Center, Indiana, she was raised by her loving grandparents and cherished her strong bond with her Uncle Jim. Freddie held great pride for her family's business, Sullivan's Drug Store, and fondly remembered her time in Indiana. After being accepted to the University of Miami, she met John Kosachook (Sr.) and spanning their 65 year marriage they welcomed two children and two grandchildren. Together they were also founding members of the Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church of Wayne. Freddie was a special educator in the Little Falls school system for many years. She resided in Little Falls for a total of 40 years before retiring with her husband to Cape Cod in 1989 and later returning to Little Falls to be closer to her family. She is beloved by her extended family including her friends at the Sunrise of West Essex, Edward Drwiega, Lesley Wityk, Ted Vassilowitch, her nieces and nephews, and the New York Yankees. Freddie loved completing her many word search books.
She was predeceased by her husband John in 2016, and is survived by her son John Jr., and his wife Tracie, her daughter Mary, her grandson T.J., and his fiancé Nohemi, her granddaughter Kathleen, and her sister Patricia Wiemer.
Burial service is set for Monday, December 23, 2019 at 9 AM at Holy Resurrection Church, 285 French Hill Rd., Wayne. Please meet directly at church. Internment to follow at Laurel Grove Memorial Park in Totowa. The family will receive their friends on Sunday, December 22, 2019 from 2 - 5 PM at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls.
Franck, Mark H., 63, of Little Falls, passed away on Monday, December 16, 2019. Loving and doting husband of Maria (nee Camacho) who he cherished for 37 wonderful years. Devoted father of sons Phillip Franck and his wife Kathryn, Joseph Franck and his wife Ashley, Jonathan Franck, and daughter Jennifer Brooks and her husband Raymond. Adoring grandfather of Natalie, Cara, William, and Izzy. Mark is survived by his loving mother Valerie Jenkins. Dear brother of Alan Franck and his wife Leah and Sandy Franck. Mark will be greatly missed by many nieces and nephews.
Born in Teaneck, New Jersey, Mark lived in Woodland Park for 18 years before residing in Little Falls one year ago. He worked as a supervisor for BES Co., a distributing company located in Secaucus.
The family will receive their friends at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls, on Thursday, December 19, 2019 from 4 -7 PM. Father Dan Grigassy will perform a blessing at 6 PM.
Joseph Jasterzbski, age 84, passed away on Monday, December 2, 2019 in the comfort of his home surrounded by the love of friends and family.
Joe's presence was always felt for he was a man of his word and a source of strength and action. His passion and convictions were obvious with kindness at the core. His heart led his way throughout his life. Joe loved his country. Joe warmly referred to as "JAZZBOW" by his close childhood friends enlisted in the service immediately after graduating from Pope Pius High School in Clifton. He proudly served our country for a four year term during the Korean War. After his military service in the USA Air Force, as a jet mechanic, Joe worked state side as a welder for Elcon National in Totowa. Joe married his high school sweetheart. He cherished his wife, Julia Elizabeth. He loved her deeply and would speak her name with such endearment. His impeccable attention to every detail of Julia's care was noble and charming. Joe adored his sons. He welcomed every opportunity to be a part of their lives. Tom and Richard had the early influences of their dad's passion for fishing and hunting. As a father raising two sons, all three had a strong passion for the outdoors. As young boys, they fished the waters of the Musconetcong, Willowwemoc, and the Delaware River. Townsbury and Greenville were the fall and winter destinations in search of that Big Buck. The weekend routines evolved with the birth of grandchildren, and the retirement of Julia from nursing and Joe as General Manager of the Rise Louise Corporation. Montville, Wayne, South Jersey, Florida Keys, and Montauk became favorite spots where he spent time with his wife, parents Sophie and Joe, his sister Barbara, and his brother Butch and his wife Barbara, his sons, their wives Karen and Joni, and the grandkids and friends.
After retirement, Joe continued to be adventurous retaining the curiosity and energy of his youth. He traveled, enjoyed boating and flying and even wrote and produced songs with his grandson, Thomas Jr.
Joe cherished his time with his grandchildren, Thomas Joseph Jr. and his fiancé Natalie, Christina and her husband, Billy, Jennifer, Michele, and Cathryn and her husband Tom. He took advantage of every chance to be present for sporting events, school related activities and family occasions. Whether at a wrestling match, science fair or birthday, a field hockey game, school play, or Thanksgiving dinner, a baseball competition, a school fund raiser or graduation, a lacrosse tournament, field day or an anniversary celebration, a cheerleading competition, a Halloween parade or a Christmas party, a football scrimmage, an awards assembly or a wedding...Grandpa Joe was always there excited, active, and involved.
Joe was a man who deeply loved his family, always caring for those in his life with kindness and concern.
"Your presence will always be felt as you hold a special, forever place in all our hearts. We love you."
A Memorial Gathering will be held on Saturday, December 14, 2019 from 1 - 3 PM at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls. Father Mark from St. James Church in Totowa will officiate a service at 2:30 PM.
Bulgarini, Madeline N. (nee Colonnelli), 88, of Little Falls, passed away on Sunday, November 10, 2019. Devoted wife of the late Enzo Bulgarini (2001). Loving mother of Debi Deary, Regina Oates and her husband John, and Lori Presing and her husband Don. Adoring grandmother of five grandchildren: Michael, Richard, Yvonne, Jason, and Erika. Beloved great-grandmother of nine great-grandchildren.
Madeline, or Lynn as she was known to friends and family, was born in New York, NY and later lived in West Milford for 16 years prior to moving to Little Falls two years ago. She was the owner of Jumbo Ices, an ice cream shop in Clifton, NJ. Madeline was a member of the Little Falls Senior organizations.
A Memorial Gathering will be held on Thursday, November 14, 2019 from 3-6 PM at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls, NJ.
A Mass of Christian burial for Evelyn Theresa (née Ceres) Appel, 81, of Caldwell, formerly of Fairfield, was celebrated at St. Thomas More Church in Fairfield, NJ. Evelyn was born in Newark, raised in Bloomfield, worked at her father’s farm stand in Bloomfield, loved art and was a trained, accomplished artist. She raised her four children in Fairfield and in later life was a teacher’s assistant at St. Thomas More Preschool in Fairfield.
Evelyn had great faith in the Resurrection and the intercession of the Saints. She was a daily communicant until her failing eyesight forced her to give up driving. She made sure at least one of her four children would always take her down for the Sunday liturgies at the Marian Manor. She prayed the rosary daily and would offer additional ones for those in any kind of need.
Evelyn loved her Italian heritage. She looked forward to her Italian Tribune every week. When she could no longer see well enough to read it herself, one of her children or grandchildren would read it to her. She would use a special magnifying glass to see the pictures.
The daughter of the late Edith and Gerardo Ceres, she was predeceased by her brother Gerard Ceres and her sister Marie Scaringella. Evelyn was the loving mother of Kurt, Michael, Karen and her husband David Moore, and Lauren and her husband David Greulich. Other loving survivors are grandchildren Nicolette, Matthew, Alexandra, Corinne, Kyle, great-grandson Dominic, nieces Sr. Regina, OP, Samantha, nephews Peter, Anthony (Sarah), grand-nephews Nico, Luca, Matteo, and brother-in-law Sal Scaringella. Evelyn was looked upon as the last matriarch of the family.
Farnese, James A., 60, of Little Falls, passed away on Friday, November 8, 2019. Devoted son of the late Joseph Farnese Jr. (2017) and Marion Farnese (2018). Loving father of James and Danielle Farnese. Dear brother of Dr. Joseph Farnese and his wife Robin, and Dr. Jeffrey Farnese and his wife Marlene. He was predeceased by his brother John "Jackie" Farnese in 1982. James will be missed by his nieces and nephew.
Born in Paterson, James lived in Little Falls all of his life. He was a pastry chef for Farnese Pastry Shop in Little Falls for 25 years.
The family will receive their friends on Friday, November 15, 2019 from 3 - 7 PM at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 10:30 AM at Laurel Grove Memorial Park, Totowa with Fr. Stephen Evanina officiating. Please meet in the parking lot of Gaita Memorial Home at 10 AM if attending.
Ruffalo, Edward G., 67, of Cedar Grove, passed away on Wednesday, October 30, 2019. Loving father of his son James and daughter Alyssa Ruffalo. Born in Paterson, Eddie lived in Cedar Grove all of his life. He was a painter and owned his own business "Make Your House Look New" located in Cedar Grove for 30 years. Eddie was also an avid antique car collector.
A Memorial Gathering will be held at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls on Sunday, November 10, 2019 from 1-4 PM. A service performed by Father Dan Grigassy and Remarks of Remembrance by family and friends will take place at 3 PM.
Pugliano, Anthony F., 80, of Tinton Falls (formerly of Riverdale), passed away on Wednesday, October 30, 2019. Devoted husband of the late Lucy Pugliano (nee Manicone) who passed away in 2017. Beloved father of Anthony Pugliano and his wife Sharon, Dina Beckner, Corrine Pacelli, and Anthony Pacelli and his wife Michele. Cherished grandfather of Nicolese, Michael, Biaggio, Ilyssa, Marissa, and Anthony. He was predeceased by his grandson Ryan. Dear brother of the late Joann Bellofatto. Anthony will be greatly missed by many nieces and nephews.
Born in Paterson, Anthony moved to Wayne and then to Riverdale where he resided for 10 years before recently moving to Tinton Falls. He was a member of the United States Army serving from 1959-1965. Prior to retiring, Anthony worked for the Wayne Township Water Department. He was a parishioner of St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church in Lincoln Park.
Anthony's family will receive their friends on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 from
4-8 PM at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, November 7, 2019 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 at www.stjude.org or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Envelopes will be provided by the funeral home during visiting hours.
Campagna Jr., James, 61, of Lincoln Park, passed away on Wednesday, October 23, 2019. Beloved husband of Karen Campagna (nee Krauts). Loving father of Jimmy and Jessica Campagna. Adoring grandfather to five grandchildren. Dear brother of Raymond Campagna and the late Joseph Campagna. James is also survived by his loving sisters: Mary Lewis, Irene Edison, Robin Redner, Karen Joachim, Louanne Di Pasquale, Linda Grecco, and Georgeann Hansen. James will be missed by his many nieces and nephews.
Born in Paterson, James lived in Haledon before residing in Hawthorne and then for the past year Lincoln Park. He was a member of the United States Navy, serving from 1975 until 1978. James worked as a chef for Piccolo's Pizza in Paterson, NJ.
A Memorial Gathering will be held on Sunday, October 27, 2019 at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls, from 1 - 3 PM with Remarks of Remembrance from family and friends at 2:30 PM.
Portela Jr., Manuel R., 79, of Totowa, passed away on Friday, October 18, 2019. Loving husband of Patricia (nee La Bruna). Cherished father of Monica Dybus and her husband Keith. Adoring grandfather of Gianna Dybus. Dear brother of Albert Portela.
Born in Paterson, Manuel lived in Totowa Boro for 57 years. He was employed by Fastbolt Inc. in South Hackensack for 30 years where he worked in sales. Manuel was a parishioner of St. James of the Marches in Totowa.
A Memorial Mass will be held on Thursday, October 24, 2019 at 11:30 am at St. James of the Marches, 410 Totowa Road, Totowa.
On October 9, 2019 Roland Jesse Day, loving partner, son, brother, uncle, and cousin passed away at the age of 73 at Lyons VA Hospital in Lyons, New Jersey.
Roland was born on September 23, 1946 in Franklin, New Jersey. He was predeceased by his father and mother, Harry and Pauline Day. He is survived by his loving partner Amy Krzynowski, his sisters: Donna Waker, Suzanne Messelhmer, Doris Barch, Sandra McCormick, Barbara Gaschler, and Joan Bough, and several cousins, nieces, and nephews.
He was a roofer by trade. Roland was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was been an active member of the American Legion Post #108 for the past 28 years and has served the legion as a past Post Commander and Adjutant Officer of Little Falls' American Legion Post 108.
The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, monetary gifts, for his final expenses, would be greatly appreciated. Donations may be sent to Doris Barch, 22 Tanya Circle, Ocean, NJ 07712. Cremation was private to the family.
Kosko, Theodore (Ted), 71, of Little Falls, passed away on Tuesday, October 8, 2019. He is survived by his loving wife Deborah (nee Leverett).
Ted was born in Little Falls and lived there all of his life. He attended Montclair State College (now University) where he also received his Master's Degree and was a member of the Alpha Phi Omega fraternity. Ted taught math at St. Mary's High School in Rutherford for 7 years before teaching math at Pequannock High School for 37 years. While teaching math at Pequannock High School Ted also coached the Pequannock High School track team. Ted was a member of Calvary Temple International Christian Church in Wayne, NJ.
The family will receive their friends on Friday, October 11, 2019 from 6-9 PM at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls. Pastor Matthew Battista from Calvary Temple International will hold a service that evening at 7:30 PM. If attending the funeral, please meet in the parking lot of Gaita Memorial Home on Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 10:30 AM. Interment to follow at Laurel Grove Memorial Park, Totowa, NJ. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Shalom Ministry, 49 Sisco Place, Clifton, NJ 07011. Envelopes will be provided by the funeral home during visiting hours.
Gloria Ellen Roome Pezzuti, 80, a longtime resident of Montville, N.J., who was currently residing in Wayne, NJ.; loving partner, mother, mother-in-law, and grandmother, and friend to all, passed peacefully from this earth on October 2, 2019.
Gloria was known for her beautiful smile, her infectious laugh and all the good deeds she continued to unselfishly do for everyone who knew her. She was extremely spiritual, and her faith was a comfort to her throughout her life. Family was most important, as was the many years spent with her beloved partner, Vincent Passiatore. Her greatest pride and joy was her son, Robert Pezzuti, his wife Audrey and her grand-daughters, Kera and Kelsey. She was fortunate to be able to enjoy the love of the children and grand-children of Vincent. All will miss her shining personality, and the many gifts that went with it. She was predeceased by her loving son Jeffrey and parents, Ella and Larry C. Roome.
Beyond her family and friends, she spent many years employed by Plastinetics, Montville, New Jersey until her retirement.
Arrangements are by Gaita Memorial Funeral Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls, NJ 07424. The wake will be Friday, October 4th from 4- 8 PM.
The funeral will follow Saturday morning, October 5th at 10 AM at Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 45 Urban Club Road, Wayne, NJ 07470. Meet directly at church.
In lieu of flowers, please do something kind for someone else. Donations may be sent to the American Cancer Society. www. cancer.org Envelopes for donations will also be provided by the funeral home during visiting hours.
Dragan, Dorothy M. (nee Crane), 92, of Wayne, passed away on Monday, September 30, 2019.
Beloved mother of Bruce Jackson. Cherished grandmother to two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Dorothy will also be missed by several nieces and nephews.
Born in Paterson, Dorothy was formerly of Pompton Lakes before residing in Little Falls from 1958-2010. She then lived in Wayne from 2010 until the present day. Before retiring, Dorothy worked as a clerk in the mortgage department of PNC Bank in Woodland Park. She was a member of the First Reformed Church in Little Falls.
The family will receive their friends on Sunday, October 6, 2019 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls. A funeral service will be held at 8 PM by Pastor Emily Ratering-Youngberg. If attending funeral please arrive at Gaita Memorial Home at 10 AM Monday, October 7, 2019 with interment to follow at Laurel Grove Memorial Park, Totowa.
De Lillo, Luana P., 58, of Wayne, passed away on Sunday, September 29, 2019. Loving mother of Storm Stimson. Cherished daughter of Amalfi De Lillo (nee Cruz) and the late Louis L. De Lillo. Dear sister of Susan Pinadella and her husband John, and Elisa De Young and her husband Michael. Luana is predeceased by her brother Louis A. De Lillo. Beloved aunt of Allison Decker, Louis De Lillo, Leah De Young, Sheila De Young, and Evan De Young.
Born in Passaic, Luana lived in Wayne since 1969. She worked as an office clerk for Trinity Printing Press in Paterson, NJ.
A Memorial Gathering will be held on Thursday, October 3, 2019 at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls from 6-8 PM with Remarks of Remembrance at 7:30 PM.
Yurga, Joseph, 52, of Pequannock, passed away on Thursday, September 19, 2019. He is survived by his loving wife Melissa (nee Zwier). Cherished father of two sons, Joseph J. Yurga and Jesse R. Yurga. Beloved son of Carol Yurga. Dear brother of John Yurga and his wife Bonnie.
Born in Passaic, Joe lived in Pequannock for the past 18 years. Prior to that he resided in Clifton. Joe worked as a warehouse manager for MVN Associates in Elizabeth, NJ for 10 years.
Joe loved spending time with his family and friends. He was a family man and a gem of a husband and father.
Joe cherished riding his beloved motorcycle with his best friend and the love of his life, his wife, Missy, riding on the back with her arms wrapped around him tightly. He also enjoyed the time spent riding with his son, Joey, and was an important role model to him. He also enjoyed playing golf and rooting for the Jets with his son, Jesse. He was also very close with his mother, Carol, and his brother, John, who he also worked with for many years.
Joe was a proud member of The Sons of the American Legion Squadron 174 and formed great friendships with many people there. Joe currently served as S.A.L. Commander and Road Captain for the American Legion Riders at Post 174. He also currently served as Vice Commander-Detachment of New Jersey and Detachment Executive Committee (DEC) of Passaic County.
Joe adored animals and rescued both of the family's dogs in Florida and brought them back home to New Jersey.
Joe had a passion and love for Hershey Park and enjoyed many fun, memorable times there with family and friends over the years. He also loved visiting his friends at the Hershey Post 386 whenever in town.
Joe always had a joke or two for family and friends, and had a heart of gold. He would do anything for his wife, children, family, and the people he cared about. He was always willing to help others, loved fundraising, and gave generously to charitable contributions.
Joe also enjoyed playing billiards, getting tattoos, and relaxing on his deck in the lovely backyard that he and his wife created.
He was truly loved by all and will be greatly missed.
A Memorial Gathering will be held on Sunday, September 29, 2019 from 1 -4 PM at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls. A service will be held at 3 PM including the Color Guard of Post 174, a prayer performed by Chaplain Jim Noble and a song by Angela Crimi. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Children's Organ Transplant Association (C.O.T.A.) in memory of Joseph Yurga (American Legion Post 174). https://cota.org/give/about-contributions or 2501 West COTA Drive Bloomington, IN 47403. Envelopes will be provided by the funeral home during the memorial gathering for your convenience.