Scielzo, Ronald J., 76, of Clayton, Delaware (formerly of Little Falls) passed away on Thursday, January 26, 2023. He is survived by his wife Moira Goletz; his loving daughters Joanne Scielzo and Nicole Frangoulis and her husband Kosta; and the mother of his children Josephine Recchione. Ronald was the proud grandfather of three grandsons, Anthony Scielzo, Jonathan Frangoulis, and Nicholas Frangoulis.
Born in Paterson, New Jersey Ronald lived and raised his family in Wayne. He later resided in Little Falls for 15 years before moving to Delaware five years ago. Ronald was an automotive teacher for special needs children for 40 years. He began his career in education at Don Bosco and then spent most of his career teaching special needs automotive instruction at Passaic County Technical Institute in Wayne where he made a difference in the lives of many students.
The family will receive their friends on Wednesday, February 1, 2023 from 4-8 PM at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls. A Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, February 2, 2023 at 10 AM at the funeral home. Entombment will directly follow at Calvary Cemetery, 58 McLean Boulevard, Paterson.
In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate donations to St. Jude Children's Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or www.stjude.org
Envelopes will also be provided by the funeral home during visiting hours for your convenience.
Freed, Robert E., 76, of Totowa Boro, passed away on Tuesday, January 24, 2023. He was the beloved father of Danielle L. Matthaei and her husband Michael J. Matthaei. Cherished grandfather of Jessica Matthaei and Michael B. Matthaei. Robert was predeceased by his three brothers Peter, Joseph, and Richard.
Born in Passaic, Robert lived in Totowa Boro for the past 48 years. He is a veteran of the United Stated Army having served his country in the Vietnam War. Robert worked in the lead mailroom for McGraw Hill publishing company in New York City. He was a member of the American Legion Post 227 out of Totowa and the Veterans Club in 417 Roe Street in Haledon.
Funeral arrangements for Robert were private to the family.
Diorio, Harry N., 89, of Caldwell, passed away on Friday, January 20, 2023. He is survived by his family and many loved ones; his two daughters Christina Del Russo and her longtime partner Dio Franco, and Cynthia Pacillo and her husband Gerardo; their mother Thelma and her husband Glenn, who was also Harry's dear friend. He was the beloved grandfather of his granddaughters Danielle and her fiancé Edwin, Gabriella and her husband Fred, and Julia and her partner Anthony. He adored his great-grandson Gianni. Harry was also survived by his older sister Silvia Diorio Settanni. Harry is survived by his many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Harry Lewis Diorio and Anna Dorsi and his older brother Joseph Harry Diorio. Harry loved spending time with his grand dogs and cats.
Born in Jersey City and raised in Newark, Harry also lived in Little Falls, Toms River and most recently Caldwell. He was a retired tool and dye maker and started a career in Real Estate later in his life. Harry had a love for bowling, the beach, and being with his family. He was known to be able to fix or build anything. Harry will be greatly missed.
The family will receive their friends on Wednesday, January 25, 2023 from 5-8 PM at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls. A Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, January 26, 2023 at 10 AM at Our Lady of the Holy Angels Church, 473 Main Street, Little Falls, NJ. Please meet directly at church. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation to your favorite charity in Harry's loving memory.
Van Putten Vink Sr., William, 67, a lifelong resident of Clifton, passed away on Tuesday, January 3, 2023. Devoted husband of the late Mary Van Putten Vink (nee Radosti) who passed on September 15, 2020. Loving father of William Van Putten Vink Jr. and his wife Jennifer, Vincent Van Putten Vink and his wife Lauren, Melissa Di Napoli and her husband Tom, Catherine Van Putten Vink, and the late Keith Van Putten Vink who passed away June 26, 2014. Adored grandfather of his five grandchildren William Van Putten Vink III, Kendall Van Putten Vink, Michael Van Putten Vink, Chase Van Putten Vink, and London Van Putten Vink. Dear brother of John Van Putten Vink.
Born in Passaic, William lived in Clifton all of his life. He was employed as an auto mechanic and worked for Brogan Cadillac and the Passaic County Sheriff Department for 25 years. William retired from the Passaic County Sheriff Department two years ago.
A Memorial Gathering will be held on Sunday, January 8, 2023 from 2-4 PM at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls.
Terpak, Mark A., 60, passed away on November 26, 2022. He was the beloved son of Charlotte (nee Perri) Terpak and Michael Terpak Sr. Dear brother of Michael Terpak Jr. and his wife Elizabeth and Scott Terpak and his wife Adrienne. Mark was the cherished uncle of his three nieces Sara, Ashley, and Sami Terpak.
Born in Paterson, Mark lived most of his life in Little Falls. He was an electrician for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 102 out of Parsippany. Mark was a parishioner of Our Lady of the Holy Angels Roman Catholic Church in Little Falls. He was a proud member of the IBEW Local 102 labor union.
The family will receive their friends on Thursday, December 1, 2022 from 4-8 PM at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls. A funeral mass will be held on Friday, December 2, 2022 at 10 AM at Our Lady of the Holy Angels Church, 473 Main Street, Little Falls. Please meet directly at church. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to St. Jude Children's Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or www.stjude.org. Envelopes will be provided during visiting hours for your convenience.
D'Amore, Irma, passed away on Sunday, November 20, 2022. She was born in Queens, New York. After high school Irma worked at MET Life Insurance in New York City. While vacationing on a cruise, she met and married the love of her life Michael D'Amore. They married and welcomed two daughters and settled in Woodland Park, New Jersey.
Being a homemaker for many years, she became fully invested in her daughters' passions, creativity, and education; but most importantly, she instilled a strong family bond for which they are so grateful for. Once her daughters attended middle school, Irma returned to work in the Wayne public school system as a lunch aide.
To say that Irma loved her grandchildren was seemingly an understatement. Throughout her life, "Nonny" helped raise and care for her six grandchildren. Her daughter, Michelle, would return home from work and find her mom on the floor playing with trucks...the kids bathed, fed, and a piping hot dinner on the table waiting for her. She attended school plays, dance recitals, sporting events (especially ice hockey). She was her grandson TJ's biggest fan.
Her compassion, spirit and generous acts of kindness were gifts to this world. Irma brought love, light, and HUMOR on a daily basis into the lives of all who were privileged to know her. She leaves a legacy of many lifelong and recent special relationships, treasured memories, and made a difference in people's lives.
Irma was the beloved wife of Michael D'Amore, who passed away in 2019. She is survived by two daughters, Maria Schweighardt and her husband Tom, Michelle Ponzo and her husband Frank; six grandchildren, Kristen and her husband David, Katelyn and her husband Maxx, Michael, Jonathan, Nicole Joachim and Thomas (TJ), two step grandchildren, Candace and her husband Stephen and Dillon Ponzo; her great-granddaughter and the love of her life Kennedy, step-greatgrandchildren Parker, Ashton, and twins Bryce and Julian. She was the much-loved aunt of her many nieces and nephews. Irma was predeceased by her parents Louis and Rose Trozzo and her beloved sister Maria Greco.
Family and friends may visit with the family from 3-7 PM on Friday, November 25, 2022 at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls, NJ. A Funeral Mass will be held at the Holy Angels Roman Catholic Church, 473 Main Street, Little Falls, NJ on Saturday, November 26, 2022 at 9:30 AM. Please meet directly at church. Irma will be laid to rest at Saint Gertrude Cemetery, 53 Inman Avenue, Colonia, New Jersey.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Irma's name to: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memorial Processing, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959. Envelopes will be providing by the funeral home during visiting hours. You can also donate online at www.stjude.org
Born September 14, 1938, Patricia Margaret Wardrope grew up in Wayne along the Passaic River with older brothers, Richard and Robert and younger brother, Daniel. As a teen, she met Patsy DelleCava from across that same river and their love story began.
Pat graduated from Wayne Valley High School in 1957 and married Patsy during a blizzard on February 15, 1958. She became a mother to Susan, then Patrick, followed by twins, Robert and Rose and then by Lisa. Pat and Patsy made their home in Little Falls for 64 years.
With five kids running around, Pat created a warm, fun-loving, welcoming home and raised her children to be kind, considerate and hard working.
Pat welcomed sons and daughters-in-law into the family and was blessed with 11 grandchildren! The joys of her life were Jimmy, Joey, Maggie, Patrick, Max, Nicholas, Jack, Veronica, Sophie, Anthony and Claudia and recently added granddaughters-in-law, Katey and Bianca. She had many nieces and nephews that she stayed close with and was always happy to hear from.
Pat was an open and loving person. She was genuinely interested in everyone she met. She listened. She cared. She loved to laugh and hear your stories. Her family became her friends, and she loved her friends like family. Generous to a fault, it was impossible not to love her. Everyone came away from a conversation with her feeling better than before.
A devoted Grammy/Mimi, she wanted the best for her grandchildren. She enthusiastically cheered them on in life and at sporting events, dance and music recitals, school plays and bar room gigs. She loved going on vacation with them to Wildwood and enjoyed years of Sunday dinners with them.
She enjoyed her many friends made throughout her life, from high school and William Street to name a few. Pat and Patsy loved their yearly vacations to St. Maarten with their group of friends.
After raising her family, Pat worked for a temp agency for a few years. then as a real estate agent in Little Falls where she helped her children find their first homes.
An active member of Holy Angels Catholic Church and The Little Falls Woman's Club, she was always involved in charitable causes.
Patricia's warm and generous spirit took flight on November 19, 2022. She leaves behind heavy hearts but will joyfully reunite with loved ones she's missed for so long in this world.
Pat is survived by her loving husband, Patsy DelleCava
Daughter, Susan and her husband James McArdle
Son, Patrick and his wife, Karen, (nee Sperling) DelleCava
Son, Robert and his wife, Jill (nee Benson) DelleCava
Daughter, Rose and her husband, Joseph Wassel
Daughter, Lisa and her husband, Richard Gail
Brother, Daniel Wardrope and his wife Janet (nee Montefusco) Wardrope and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by brothers Robert and Richard.
Please join the family in celebrating her life on Tuesday, November 22, 2022 from 3-7 PM at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls and on Wednesday, November 23, 2022 at 10 AM for a Funeral Mass at Holy Angels RC Church, 473 Main Street, Little Falls. Please meet directly at church.
Cheff, Francis A. "Frankie", 53, a lifelong resident of Little Falls, passed away on Thursday, September 29, 2022. Beloved son of Joseph Cheff. Frankie was predeceased by his mother Paula De Prospo. Dear brother of Joey Cheff, Brielle Cheff, and the late Amanda Cheff who passed away in 2001. Cherished nephew of Ray and Sandra Cheff.
Born in Paterson, Frankie lived in Little Falls all of his life. He worked as a technician for the Wanaque Reservoir for 15 years. Frankie was a parishioner of Our Lady of the Holy Angels Roman Catholic Church in Little Falls.
The family will receive their friends on Tuesday, October 4, 2022 from 4-8 PM at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls. A funeral mass will be held on Wednesday, October 5, 2022 at 9:30 AM at Our Lady of the Holy Angels Church, 473 Main Street, Little Falls. Please meet directly at church. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the American Diabetes Association, Somerset NJ Office, 19 Schoolhouse Road, Somerset, NJ 08873 or www.diabetes.org Envelopes will also be provided during visiting hours.
LiBrizzi, Mary J. (nee Bava), 90, of Wayne, formerly of Little Falls, passed away on Friday, September 23, 2022. Beloved wife of the late Anthony LiBrizzi Sr., who passed in February of 2015. Devoted mother of Anthony LiBrizzi Jr. and Linda LiBrizzi. Adored grandmother of Sean and Cheyenne Williams. Cherished great-grandmother of Harper and Zac Williams. Dear sister of the late Gabe Bava.
Born in New Rochelle, New York, Mary was a long-time resident of Little Falls before moving to Wayne five years ago. She was a parishioner of Our Lady of the Holy Angels Roman Catholic Church in Little Falls. Mary was devoted to her family and dedicated her life to taking care of them.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, September 27, 2022 from 5-8 PM at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls, NJ. A Funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, September 28, 2022 at 9:30 AM at Our Lady of the Holy Angels Church, 473 Main Street, Little Falls. Please meet directly at church. Entombment to follow at Calvary Cemetery, Paterson.
Meena (nee Solanki) Roy, 63, of Wayne, passed away on Friday, September 9, 2022, peacefully in her home.
Beloved wife of Vijay Roy. Devoted mother of Valerie Roy and her husband, Ashish Vora, and Rachel Roy. Cherished grandmother of Raina Vora. Meena was the dear sister of three brothers and two sisters. She leaves behind many nieces and nephews.
Born in Bombay, India, Meena has lived in Wayne, New Jersey for the past 30 years. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Wayne. Meena loved cooking and tending to her garden. Most of all, she loved her family and dedicated her life to her loved ones. She will be missed by all who knew her.
The family will receive their friends on Sunday, September 11, 2022, at 9 am at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls, New Jersey. The Funeral Service will begin at 9:45 am at the funeral home. Interment will follow at 11 am at Laurel Grove Memorial Park and Cemetery, 295 Totowa Road, Totowa.
Paul J. Joachim, 69, of Bloomingdale, New Jersey, passed away on September 2, 2022, at Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, New Jersey.
Born in Washington Township, New Jersey, Paul resided in Haledon, New Jersey for 15 years, Lincoln Park, New Jersey for two years and moved to Bloomingdale, New Jersey two years ago.
Paul was the Manager of On the Go Cargo, Inc. in Carlstadt for many years.
Paul was an avid golfer who enjoyed the course most with friends. He also loved his time with family and friends in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Paul is survived by his loving wife, Karen (née Campagna) Joachim, devoted sons, Stephen Joachim and his fiancée, Nicole Martin, and Donald Mattade, caring sister, Mary Anne Bruno, and many cherished nieces and nephews. Paul is predeceased by his parents, Paul and Elizabeth Joachim, brother, Louis Joachim, and sister, Margaret Gallagher.
Family and friends are welcome to gather on Tuesday, September 6, 2022, from 7 pm to 9 pm at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls.
Michael Gerard Wells, 65, of DeRidder, Louisiana, passed away on August 5, 2022, at Morristown Medical Center.
Born in Rosepine, Louisiana, Michael moved to Roselle, New Jersey, where he lived for 25 years. Michael moved back to Louisiana, residing there for the past four years.
Michael was an Electrician with Local 3 IBEW in New York for fifteen years. Michael also owned the carpet cleaning company, Color Clean, Inc., based in DeRidder Louisiana and Elizabeth, New Jersey for 30 years.
Michael is survived by his devoted daughter, Gloria Morera-Ross and her husband, John Ross, adoring grandchildren, Janivel, Avani, Savannah, and Jonathan, caring sister, Debbie Wood, and cherished niece and nephew, Christy Bergstrom and Charlie Wood. Michael is predeceased by his beloved parents, Jerry and Melba Faye Wells.
Family and friends are welcome to gather on Thursday, August 11, 2022, from 4 pm to 8 pm at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls. A Prayer Service led by Pastor Paul Yuschak will be held during visiting hours, beginning at 7:30 pm.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Michael memory may be made to the Covenant House of New Jersey, ATTN: Anne Bruce, 330 Washington Street, Newark, New Jersey 07102, or online at www.covenanthousenj.org - donation envelopes will be provided during visiting hours for your convenience.
D' Ottavio, Paula F., 78, of Woodland Park, passed away on June 25, 2022. Beloved mother of Kimberly Dinaro. Cherished grandmother of Vincent and Tyler Dinaro. Dear sister of Mary Conrad and Ann D' Ottavio. Paula is predeceased by her brothers, Frank, James, Joseph and Charles D'Ottavio.
Born in Brooklyn, Maryland, Paula lived in Bergenfield, New Jersey before moving to Woodland Park two years ago. She worked in customer service for Glendale Parade Store, a military and armed forces supplier for 15 years.
A Memorial Gathering celebrating Paula's life will be held on Sunday, August 21, 2022, from 2-4 PM at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls. A Prayer Service will be led by Chaplin Jacob during visiting hours, beginning at 3:30 pm.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate contributions to a favorite charity made in Paula's memory.
Donald R. Presing, 67, of Little Falls, New Jersey, passed away on July 25, 2022.
Born and raised in Paterson, Donald moved to Little Falls, where he has resided for the past 40 years. Donald was a Truck Driver for Allego Trucking Company in Secaucus.
Donald is survived by his loving wife, Lorraine Presing (nee Bulgarini), caring children, Jason Presing and his wife, Jennifer, and Erika Shapllo and her husband, Ted, and adoring grandchildren, Payton Presing, Jaxon Presing, Dillon Shapllo, Arianna Shapllo and Benjamin Shapllo. Donald's greatest joy in life was being a beloved Poppop to his grandchildren.
A Memorial Gathering will be held on Friday, July 29, 2022, from 5 pm to 7 pm at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Donald's memory may be made to the Little Falls PBA 346, 229 Main Street, P.O. Box 142, Little Falls, NJ 07424, or to Signac Fire Company 3, 517 Main Street, Little Falls, New Jersey 07424. Donations envelopes will be provided at the funeral home during visitation hours for your convenience.
Ryglicki, Rosemarie E., (nee Jensen), 95, of Little Falls, passed away on Thursday, July 21, 2022. Beloved wife of the late Joseph R. Ryglicki Sr. (2002). Devoted mother of Joseph R. Ryglicki Jr. and his wife Karen, Linda Cuccurullo and her husband Joe, Carol Bennett and her husband Brian. Cherished grandmother of 8 grandchildren: Sean Bennett, Madison Keenan, Colin Bennett, Casey Bennett, Rilee Keenan, Maxwell Keenan, Toni Ann Cuccurullo, and Joseph Cuccurullo.
Born in West New York, NJ Rosemarie lived in Clifton before moving to Little Falls in 1963. She was the secretary for Eastern Home Products, the business her late husband Joseph owned. Rosemarie was a long-time parishioner of Our Lady of the Holy Angels Roman Catholic Church in Little Falls. She was very active in the township of the Little Falls. She was a member of the Little Falls Republican Club, The Woman's Club of Little Falls, and the Great Notch Association.
The family will receive their friends on Monday, July 25, 2022 from 4-8 PM at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls. A funeral mass will be held on Tuesday, July 26, 2022 at 9:30 AM at Our Lady of the Holy Angels Church, 473 Main Street, Little Falls. Please arrive at the funeral home at 8:45 AM. Interment to follow at Crest Haven Cemetery, Clifton, NJ. In lieu of flowers donations to The Woman's Club of Little Falls, 93 Prospect St., Little Falls, NJ 07424 would be appreciated. Envelopes will be provided by the funeral home during visiting hours.
Drobik, Zofia (nee Garbos), 93, of Wayne, passed away on Monday, July 18, 2022. Beloved wife of the late John Drobik who passed away in February of 2021. Loving mother of Joseph Drobik and his wife Joan, Irene Ten Hoeve and her husband Richard, and Margaret LoProto and her husband Vincent. Zofia was the cherished grandmother of five grandchildren and the adoring great-grandmother to her eight great-grandchildren.
Born in Poland, Zofia immigrated to the United States in 1962 settling in Wayne, New Jersey. She worked in the clothing department for Bradlee's Department Store in Wayne, New Jersey before retiring.
The family will receive their friends on Thursday, July 21, 2022 from 6-8 PM at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls, NJ. A funeral service will be held on Friday, July 22, 2022 at 10 AM at the funeral home. Please arrive at 9:30 AM. Interment to follow at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Totowa Boro.
Michael A. "Mike" Macaluso, 71, of Little Falls, New Jersey, passed away peacefully at his residence surrounded by his family on July 1, 2022.
Born in Newark, New Jersey to Michael and Carmella (nee Petrecca) Macaluso, Mike was a life-long resident of Little Falls. Mike graduated from Passaic Valley High School in 1968. Before his retirement, Mike worked in Inside Sales for Needlecraft, Inc. in Paterson for many years.
Mike is survived by his loving wife, Ruth C. (nee Hall) Macaluso, devoted sons, Michael Macaluso and his wife, Allison, Jason Macaluso and wife, Jamie, and Joseph Macaluso and his wife, Victoria, and adoring grandchildren, Brandon, Lila, Victoria, Juliana, Mark, and Jenna. Mike is also survived by his cherished mother, Carmella Macaluso, and caring siblings, Angela Williams and her husband, Thomas, and Charles Macaluso and his wife, Cynthia.
Mike is predeceased by his father, Michael Macaluso.
Family and friends are welcome to gather on Tuesday, July 12, 2022, from 4 pm - 8 pm at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls. A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, July 13, 2022, at 9:30 am at Our Lady of the Holy Angels Church, 473 Main Street, Little Falls.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Mike’s memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105 or online at www.stjude.org Donation envelopes will be available during visiting hours at the funeral home.
Terrulli, Lorraine, 93, of Lincoln Park, passed away on Tuesday, June 21, 2022.
She was the beloved mother of Ronald Terrulli and his wife Malena, Briten Alston, and Joan Kraft. Lorraine was predeceased by her daughter Jacqueline C. Terrulli in September of 2019. Cherished grandmother of two grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Lorraine was predeceased by her four sisters and one brother.
Born in Paterson, Lorraine lived in Little Falls and then Ocean, NJ before moving to Lincoln Park three years ago. She dedicated her life to her family and will be greatly missed.
A Memorial Gathering will be held on Saturday, June 25, 2022 from 2-4 PM at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls.
Hatem Moussa Asfour, 54, of Clifton, passed away on Thursday, June 9, 2022 surrounded by his loving family.
Born in Syria, Hatem migrated to the United States in 2001 where he settled in Clifton, New Jersey for the past 21 years. He made a career as a hair stylist and most recently worked for Great Clips in Allendale as both a hair stylist and their location manager for the past nine years. Hatem was a member of St. George Orthodox Church in Little Falls.
Dear brother of Jamal Asfour and his spouse in Syria, Aref Asfour and his spouse in Syria, sisters Wadad Osfour and her spouse in New Jersey, Afaf Asfour and her spouse in Syria, and Ansaf Asfour and her spouse in Germany. Beloved uncle of 8 nephews and 11 nieces. Hatem is also survived by 7 grandnephews and 13 grandnieces. He will be greatly missed by his family.
Visitation will be held at St. George Orthodox Church, 237 Long Hill Road, Little Falls, on Saturday, June 11, 2022 from 9 am to 10 am. A funeral service for Hatem will begin at 10 am. Interment to immediately follow at Crest Haven Memorial Park, 750 Passaic Avenue, Clifton, NJ.
Stanley Allen Kalodes, age 72, passed away peacefully on May 23rd, 2022 in Morristown, New Jersey. Stanley was born on May 26th, 1949. Born and raised in Queens, New York he attended P.S. 147, followed by one year at Andrew Jackson High School before transferring to the Food and Maritime Trades High School in New York City (Class of 1967). He continued his education attending the American Institute of Culinary Arts in Connecticut, obtaining a Culinary Arts degree. Residing with his wife and daughters in Newark, New Jersey from 1978 to 1994, he then returned to Queens for nine years. Upon relocating back to the Garden State in 2003, he lived in Little Falls. In 2014 he retired to Toms River. Most of his life was spent as a cook. He worked in various kitchens since the 1960's from his family's diner in Elmont, New York to the Gracie Mansion to the U.N., but throughout the years he was also a Pinkerton guard, Port Newark dockworker, construction worker, bakery deliveryman, and car salesman. He was a fan of music, muscle cars, television and movies. You could always find him at the grill during any family barbeque. He was a beloved father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and uncle. He was cherished by many. Pre-deceased by his parents Mary Elizabeth (Dudley) and Stanley "Steve" Kalodes, brother Thomas Michael Kalodes, sister-in-law Carolyn Bellina, and brother-in-law Eugene Bellina. Survived by his two loving daughters, Christine Hablitz and Corinne Lee Lagonigro, son-in-law Eric Hablitz, son-in-law Vincenzo Lagonigro, Jr., grandchildren Eric (Michelle), Tyler (Ashley), and Jenna Hablitz, great-grandchildren Kieran, Bayleigh and Kolton Hablitz, ex-wife Arlene Sieradzki, sister-in-law Rosalind Bellina, sister-in-law Barbara Kalodes, brother-in-law Richard Bellina, nephews Michael Bellina and Rich (Sue) Bellina, niece Lea Nicole Kalodes, great-nephews and nieces, many cousins, friends, and extended family. Stanley was one of a kind and will be missed, every single day, by all of us he leaves behind.
The family will receive their friends on Tuesday, May 31, 2022 from 4 to 8 PM at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls, New Jersey. A funeral service will be performed by Monsignor Mark Condon at 6 PM.
Richard Gray was taken into Heavenly Rest on Monday, May 16, 2022.
He was the son of Jack Gray and Colleen Galuska. Richard was born in Newark, New Jersey on June 4, 1984. He leaves behind two daughters, Julia and Kayla Gray, as well as a fiancé whom he has been with together for 16 years, Amy Belotti. He also leaves behind many loving aunts, uncles and cousins.
Richard was a peace-loving man who took care of his family while working for Unimac Graffic's Printing Company in Carlstadt, NJ for 13 years. On his down time, he enjoyed spending time with his girls in the great outdoors. Richie will be forever loved and greatly missed. May he now rest at peace.
A Memorial is in place to anyone who wishes to pay their respects on Sunday, June 5, 2022 from 12 PM to 2 PM with Remarks of Remembrance at 1:30 PM at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls, NJ 07424.
Fred Fucetola of Towaco, NJ passed peacefully on May 10, 2022; he was 93 (or in his 94th year - as he would tell you). He will be remembered for his infectious humor, his friendly demeanor and his signature cigar.
He was born in Newark, NJ and then moved to Bloomfield in 1958 where he lived with his late wife Dolores for 41 years before moving to Lincoln Park and then Towaco. He was the last surviving sibling of 10 having been predeceased by 7 brothers and 2 sisters. He is survived by his son Eugene and wife Rosanna, 3 grandchildren- Bryan Fucetola and Aimee, Danielle Trokan and Matthew, and Sean Fucetola and Megan. He was proud of and blessed to have 7 wonderful great-grandchildren; Addyson, Isabelle, Alexander, and Owen Fucetola, Gabriela and Natalie Trokan, and Giovanni Fred Fucetola. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews whom he loved dearly.
He was retired for many years from the family businesses owned and run by him and his siblings, including bowling alleys, a shopping center, and a construction company, as well as the Holiday Inn, Racquet Club, and Cinema Pub in Totowa.
He was a proud veteran of the Korean War and a member of VFW Post #5481 in Montville, NJ and a member of Taejon Chapter #170 of the Korean War Veterans Association. He was also a Freemason and member of Nutley Lodge #25 F&AM for over 60 years, as well as, an advisor of the Order of DeMolay for 40+ years where he was a recipient of the Cross of Honor and the Legion of Honor.
The family will receive their friends at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls, on Friday, May 13, 2022 from 4-8 PM and on Saturday, May 14, 2022 at 9 AM with Remarks of Remembrance at 9:30 AM. Interment to immediately follow at Glendale Cemetery in Bloomfield, NJ.
A life worth living - Robert J. Murray: 1926 - 2022
It is with a heavy heart, and in loving celebration, that we announce the passing of Robert J. Murray.
Many of us will remember gregarious Bob. Others, intellectual Bob. Still others, hospice volunteer Bob. Orator Bob. Science lover Bob. Political pundit Bob. Theologian Bob. Business Professor Bob. WWII veteran Bob. Gardener Bob. Pie baking connoisseur Bob. Taxist Bob. Philanthropist Bob. Deep sea fisher Bob. Emotional rollercoaster Bob (including both angry Bob and heartfelt Bob; he was Irish after all) and of course, his proudest distinction to all - "honorary Swiss" Bob.
Ironically, Bob Murray's inability to stay inside a box was the very thing that defined him best - particularly during his later years. As the decades passed, he became increasingly uncomfortable with comfort zones; whether in practice and theory. This was perhaps best encapsulated in his favorite Socratic quote...which he rephrased to something like:
"The more I learn, the more I realize how little I truly know."
That's why we were proud, but not surprised, when he earned the distinction of becoming Drew University's oldest doctoral recipient- as an 87 year old, bright eyed, spring chicken. This, not long after his wife did the very same.
If a love for learning was a passion Bob felt he could control, he'd meet his match in 1947. That was when he was introduced to Sophie, his wife of 68 years.
We never needed to ask why Sophie was the apple of his eye. It was all too obvious. He doted over her wit, her charm and most of all, her fiery independence. I can't count the number of times, moments after a clever joke, teasing jab, or a less than couth quip from Sophie, Bob's eyes would light up with joy. He'd shake his head in "disbelief"- and after a fit of giggles, he'd look at the rest of us with an expression that said, 'can you believe this woman?!' That was Bob speak for "I'm absolutely smitten."
Speaking of the apple of his eye, we'd be remiss if we failed to mention Bob's famous pies. They came from recipes passed down from his mother, forged in the furnace of his family lineage, and synthesized in his early years, growing up on the farm in Elmira, New York.
He made many varieties, but that apple pie...you'd have to taste it to believe it. It was only a matter of time before some of his grandkids petitioned to formally change his name from "Grandpa" to "Grandpie." Eventually, some of us just called him "Pie," myself included.
Just a few of Bob's other lifelong hobbies included gardening, deep sea fishing and reading the New York Times, coffee in hand. I'll always remember Bob in the kitchen, proudly donning a Swiss-made apron, carving up a turkey, cutting up a honied ham, or pulling those fresh pies out of the oven.
For nearly two decades, Bob volunteered dutifully for hospice. He may have been a renaissance man, but this was surely his truest calling. For eighteen years he sat by the bedside of dying patients- talking about their lives, sharing stories, and helping them find peace in their transition. He was perfect for the role. A gift of the gab, an obsession with theology and philosophy, and a genuine love for all walks of life. Could there have been a better fit?
Bob was born on Oct. 1, 1926 to Harriett and James Murray. He was predeceased by his brother, John and his sister, Mary Helen Keevins. The beloved husband of Sophie Flatz Murray, father to Danny, Liz, Katy, Tessie and Peter. Grandfather to Matt, Steven, Andy, Phil, Lauren, Becky, Carla, Markus and Hannah. Great grandfather to Ryan, Kellan, Molly, Evelyn, Madeline, Bowie, Charlie, and Lily, soon to join the party.
The person writing this is one of Bob's grandchildren. In my teens and twenties, I watched Sophie and Bob (otherwise known as Grahnny and Grandpa/Grandpie/Grosspapa) pour love into Markus and Hannah- our youngest cousins. When Hannah was a little girl, I remember how regularly Bob raved about her reading skills. He couldn't have been prouder. Hannah, you already know it, but Grandpa loved you to the moon and back. It was in watching this dynamic, that I realized consciously what I already knew viscerally. Sophie and Bob loved, and will always love all of us like that. And we love them too.
In the end, I have no doubt that Bob didn't end up getting answers to many of his deepest questions. Thankfully, he took comfort in knowing that life's secrets weren't his to decode...only to ponder. Like my Grandpie, I cannot say the meaning of it all. All I can say is that when I go, if I've experienced half of what he did, I will have a life worth living.
Bob is gone in body, but not in soul. His lessons will live on with us every day. Ultimately, I think that is his dream come true.
We'll love you always, Bob Murray.
Max R. Peterman, 92, of Woodland Park, NJ, passed away May 2, 2022.
Born in Englewood, NJ, Max moved to Woodland Park, where he has resided for 60 years. After graduating high school, Max worked as a Sheet Metal Worker for a few years before he enlisted in the United States Army. Max proudly served during the Korean Conflict from 1951 to 1953. Upon being Honorably Discharged from the Army, Max continued to work as a Sheet Metal Worker with Local 25 Sheet Metal Workers for 44 years, retiring in 1991.
Max and his family spent countless summers going to Point Pleasant and Wildwood. After retirement, Max enjoyed many trips to the casinos- especially Atlantic City. He also loved buying scratch offs for himself and others. Every holiday, without fail, Max would pull out a Bingo scratch off for each grandchild. He will be dearly missed by all.
Max is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Loretta (nee Schlageter) Peterman, caring children, Ron Peterman and his wife Claudia, Steven Peterman, and Christine Podolec and her husband, Victor. Max is survived by his adoring grandchildren, Alyssa, Max, Miranda, Danielle, and Alex.
Family and friends are welcome to gather on Thursday, May 5, 2022 from 4 pm to 8 pm at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls, and on Friday, May 6, 2022 from 10 am to 11 am. Entombment will follow at Laurel Grove Memorial Park Mausoleum, Totowa.
Scerbak, Claudette (nee Gozick), 77 of Little Falls, passed away on Friday, April 22, 2022.
Beloved wife of Peter Scerbak Jr. Dear sister of the late Michael Gozick Jr. Claudette was the loving aunt to her nieces and nephews who will miss her greatly.
Born in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania Claudette lived in Little Falls for the past 70 years. She was the manager of the drug safety department for the pharmaceutical company Organon in West Orange.
Claudette was a member of St. Michael's Cathedral Chapel in Woodland Park.
The family will receive their friends on Monday, April 25, 2022 at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls from 5-9 PM with Parastas at 7 PM. Divine liturgy will be held on Tuesday, April 26, 2022 at St. Michael's Cathedral Chapel, 415 Lackawanna Avenue, Woodland Park at 9:30 AM. Please meet directly at church. Interment to follow at St. Michael's Cemetery, 120 Saddle River Road, South Hackensack. In lieu of flowers donations to St. Michael's Cathedral Chapel, 415 Lackawanna Avenue, Woodland Park, NJ 07424 would be appreciated. Envelopes will also be provided by the funeral home during visitation hours.