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.
Theresa Minnella, 92, of Little Falls, New Jersey, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on April 20, 2022.
Born in Anesbury, Massachusetts, Theresa resided to Maplewood, New Jersey, before she moved to Little Falls, where she has lived since 1974.
Before her retirement, Theresa was a Realtor with Damiano Realty in Little Falls for many years.
Theresa was a faithful parishioner of Holy Angels Roman Catholic Church in Little Falls and member of the Elks Lodge of Livingston #1855.
Theresa is survived by her loving sons, James A. Minnella, Anthony Minnella, and his wife, Jill, and step-son, Michael Minnella, adoring grandchildren, Samantha Minnella, James Minnella, Jr., Jamie Minnella, Anthony Minnella, Alyssa Minnella, Evangeline Minnella, Adelaide Minnella, and Ricky Christensen.
Theresa is predeceased by her beloved husband, James J. Minnella (2018) and caring brother, Donald Boudreau.
Family and friends are welcome to gather on Sunday, April 24, 2022, from 4 pm to 8 pm at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls. A Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, April 25, 2022, at 9:30 am at Holy Angels Roman Catholic Church, 473 Main Street, Little Falls - please meet at the funeral home at 8:45 am. Entombment will follow at Holy Cross Mausoleum, North Arlington.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Theresa's memory may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105, or online www.stjude.org - donation envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
Tyrone T. Cabalu M.D., 82, of North Caldwell, NJ, passed away peacefully with family at his side on April 12, 2022 in Morristown, NJ.
Tyrone was born in 1939 in Tarlac, Philippines. He attended Far Eastern University Medical School in Manila where he met Lilia Aquino and graduated in 1964. Tyrone and Lilia married and immigrated to the United States in 1965, arriving in New York City.
He completed his internship at St. Clare's Hospital and his pediatric residency at the New York Infirmary, Bellevue Hospital, and Kings County Hospital.
Tyrone moved to New Jersey with his family, settling in North Caldwell where they have lived and been parishioners of Notre Dame Church since 1975. He was an attending pediatrician at St. Michael's Hospital, West Hudson Hospital, and Clara Maass Medical Center, served as a physician on the Board of Education of Newark, and had private practice in Kearny and North Arlington until his retirement in 2017.
He was active in various medical associations, serving as Chairperson of the Philippine Medical Association in America and Treasurer for the Far Eastern University Medical Alumni Society. Tyrone also served as President of the American Filipino Association in Bergen County as well as the New Jersey Bergen Phil-Am Lions Club.
Tyrone loved music, particularly Beethoven, the Beatles, and Simon and Garfunkel; wine; and travel- always enjoying his frequent trips to his homeland, the Philippines. He would spend lazy afternoons fishing, crabbing, or watching golf, boxing, the Yankees, or the Knicks. Tyrone was an avid chess player with his opening move always being "Pawn to King 4". If offered, he would likely not turn down a game of cards, liar's poker, or a microphone to sing some karaoke. And probably most of all, he always found time for fun and laughter with his grandchildren.
Tyrone is survived by his beloved wife of 57 years Lilia of North Caldwell; his sons Tyrone Jr (Sherie) of Vienna, VA, Ray of Boston, MA, and Chris (Sandra) of Caldwell; his adored four grandchildren Eleanor, Kaitlyn, Luke, and Claire; sisters Maria Luisa "Gail" Cruz and Marcia Hunt; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews to whom he was Kuya or Tito Tyrone. He is preceded in death by his parents Hugo and Beatriz Tolosa Cabalu.
The family would like to extend our thanks to the staff at Clara Maass Medical Center, Morristown Medical Center, Job Haines Home, and St. Joseph's Healthcare and Rehab for the wonderful help and care they have provided.
The family will receive their friends on Monday, April 18, 2022 from 4-8 PM at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls. A funeral mass will be held at Notre Dame Church, 359 Central Avenue, North Caldwell, NJ, 07006 Tuesday, April 19, 2022 at 10 AM. Please meet directly at the church. Interment to follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, 340 Ridge Road, North Arlington, NJ 07031.
In lieu of flowers, and as a nod to Tyrone's generosity, please consider donations to Clara Maass Medical Center, One Clara Maass Drive, Belleville, NJ 07109 Attn: Celeste Oranchak, www.claragiving.org or the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 1500 Rosecrans Ave., Suite 200, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266. www.pancan.org
Envelopes will also be provided by the funeral home during visiting hours.
(John) Richard Sherman Jr., 78, of Fairfield, NJ and Spencer, MA died Thursday, March 31, 2022. The Funeral Mass is Friday, April 8, 2022 at 9:30 AM at Our Lady of the Holy Angels Church, 473 Main Street, Little Falls. Please meet directly at church. The family will receive their friends and family on Thursday, April 7, 2022 from 7 to 9 PM at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls.
Richard was a graduate of St. Peter's College, a Vietnam veteran, business owner and entrepreneur who also taught religious education at St. Thomas More R.C. Church, Fairfield. He had a love for history, politics, the outdoors, and animals especially dogs and horses.
He was the devoted and loving husband of Linda; beloved father of Richard III, Stephen and Anna Marie; brother to Robert and Peter. He was predeceased by his wife Linda in 2007 and his brother Robert.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the American Cancer Society, www.cancer.org would be appreciated. Envelopes will also be provided by the funeral home during visitation hours.
Rocco Petrillo, of Little Falls, passed away on Wednesday, March 30, 2022.
Rocco was born in Tricarico, Matera, Italy before coming to the United States in 1955.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 50 years Ana Maria Petrillo (nee Foresta). Loving father of Melissa DePiro and her husband Ron, Lori Petrillo and Tony, Rocco Petrillo Jr. and his wife Nicole. Cherished grandfather of Michael Osta, Lorena Osta, Olivia DePiro and Adriana Petrillo. He is also survived by his brother and sisters Celeste Cannataro and her husband Frank, Josephine Capo and Mickey, Frank Petrillo and his wife Hanna as well as many nieces and nephews and his buddy Jack.
Rocco was a General Contractor and owner of Tricarico Construction, Inc. for 20 years where he worked with the Paterson Board of Education. He was also the owner of Cafe Italia on 21st Ave. in Paterson, NJ and sold the cafe in the mid 1980's. He was a parishioner of Our Lady of the Holy Angels Church in Little Falls.
He is predeceased by his father Pancrazio Petrillo, his mother Maria Petrillo (nee La Morte), his sister Joanne, his nephew Richie and his father-in-law Mario Foresta.
Rocco enjoyed playing cards at the Roma Club in Woodland Park. He also enjoyed music and loved to play the piano/accordion every night. He will be deeply missed by so many.
The family will receive their friends on Sunday, April 3, 2022 from 4-8 PM at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls. A Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, April 4, 2022 at 10 AM at Our Lady of the Holy Angels RC Church, 473 Main Street, Little Falls. Please meet directly at church.
In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or www.stjude.org would be appreciated. Envelopes will also be provided by the funeral home during visiting hours.
Ralph John Morse, 63, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, March 15, 2022.
He was born on December 1, 1958 to Anthony and Eugenia Morse in Montclair, NJ and was a lifelong resident of Little Falls, NJ before moving to Wayne last year.
Ralph was the beloved brother of Aurora (Morse) and James Iannelli and is survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends here and in Italy who will miss him dearly.
He was a graduate of Passaic Valley High School and has been retired from Sym's Corporation since 2012.
As a former 4th Degree Knight of Columbus, Ralph was a faithful servant of the Lord. He loved his faith, his family and his country more than anything.
Anyone who knew Ralph, knows he was an avid sports fan, who especially enjoyed Italian soccer and cheering on his favorite NY Yankees and Giants Football teams. He had a keen interest in anything related to NASA and the space program. His hobbies included listening to music, watching old TV shows and chatting with friends. We will miss his corny jokes and wonderful smile.
A mass will be held at Our Lady of the Holy Angels Church, 473 Main Street, Little Falls at 9:30 am on Wednesday, March 23, 2022. Please meet directly at the church. Interment will be at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Totowa after which family and friends are invited to a memorial luncheon to celebrate his life.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are suggested to the American Kidney Foundation www.kidneyfund.org or donating by mail to American Kidney Fund, 11921 Rockville Pike, Suite 300, Rockville, MD 20852.
Agnes R. Arena, 81, entered into eternal rest, March 2, 2022. Beloved wife of the late Philip Arena, Sr., she was raised in Jersey City and resided in Little Falls for the past 57 years.
An active member of Our Lady of the Holy Angels parish, she served as Eucharistic Minister and Coordinator for Homebound Ministry. She was also a member of the Secular Franciscan Order. Agnes was a devoted daughter, sister and wife. She was a loving and supportive mother and friend always willing to give of herself. All who knew her described Agnes as "the sweetest person" they ever met who always had a smile on her face and a kind word to share.
She will be deeply missed by her daughter, Anne Bishop, daughter Margaret Loveless and her husband Bob, and son Philip Arena, Jr. and his wife Kara. She is the cherished grandmother of Kevin Brandell and his fiance Monica Chan, Christopher Brandell, Nicholas Brandell, Rob Loveless, Amy Loveless, Michelle Loveless, Philip Arena III and Michael Arena. Agnes is the dear sister of Eugene Cribbin and Joseph Arena and a loving aunt to three generations of nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends and relatives on Sunday, March 6, 2022 from 2 to 6 PM at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls. A funeral mass will be held on Monday, March 7, 2022 at 9:30 AM at Our Lady of the Holy Angels Church, 473 Main Street, Little Falls. Please meet directly at church. Interment to follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Holy Angels Food Pantry. Mail to Our Lady of the Holy Angels Church, 465 Main Street, Little Falls, NJ 07424. Please write "Holy Angels Food Pantry/Memory of Agnes Arena" in the notation of your check. Envelopes will be provided during visitation hours.
Baldowski, Joseph, 91, of Paramus, passed away on Monday, February 21, 2022. Beloved husband of the late Olga Baldowski (nee Federoff). Devoted father of Kira Leis and her husband Robert, Karen Doyle and her husband Stephen, and Alexis Baldowski. Loving grandfather of Katie Leis, Robert Leis, Kyra Doyle, Olivia Doyle, Aidan Doyle and Ava Owens.
Born in New Britain, Connecticut, Joseph lived in Dumont, New Jersey for 50 years before moving to Paramus three years ago. He served in the United States Army and was a veteran of the Korean Conflict. Joseph worked in sales for Connecticut Hard Rubber in New Haven, CT for many years. He was a member of the FROC and was past president of their national organization. Joseph was a member of St. John's Russian Orthodox Church in Little Falls.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, February 24, 2022 from 10 AM - 11 AM at St. John's Russian Orthodox Church, 29 Weaver Street, Little Falls. A burial service will be held at the church at 11 AM with the interment to follow at Laurel Grove Memorial Park, Totowa. In lieu of flowers, contributions to St. John's Russian Orthodox Church, 29 Weaver Street, Little Falls, NJ 07424 would be appreciated.
Helen M. Galt passed away at the age of 74 as a result of a snorkeling accident on Friday, February 18, 2022 in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Born in Providence, Rhode Island in 1947 to Elizabeth and Thomas Jordan, she moved to NJ and married James "Chris" Galt in September of 1966. Helen proudly graduated from Rutgers University- Douglass College in 1969.
An accomplished businesswoman, Helen held the title of former Chief Actuary, Chief Risk Officer and Senior Vice President for Prudential Financial. Helen joined Prudential's actuarial program in the early 1970's at a time when women joining the program was highly unusual. She became Chief Actuary in 1993 and was the first woman to serve in that role. Helen was deeply committed to awareness of Actuarial Science as an educational discipline and served The Actuarial Foundation for many years in many different roles including on the Board of Trustees and as Board Chair in 2015. Most recently, she had been actively involved in planning for the annual Foundation gala to be held in May 2022. Helen was also deeply committed to the Associate Alumnae of Douglass College having served as a member of the Board and acting President. She devoted many hours to help the organization and was a consistent and generous donor. Her fellow colleagues and associates remember her as someone who strived for excellence, was always highly ethical, focused and supportive. She led with integrity and was soft-spoken, but could command a room. Her professional accomplishments were greatly admired and she served as a role model to many women and men who followed her.
Helen stayed active taking frequent walks, exercising and golfing. She was also an adventurous spirit traveling to countless countries on various trips including a trip around the world in 2019. Her favorite locations included: Africa, Alaska, Easter Island, the Galapagos Islands, Petra, Angkor Wat and the Taj Mahal. She would regularly vacation with her immediate family including her daughter, son-in-law and beloved granddaughters in Turks & Caicos, the Poconos and Ocean City, NJ. A longtime resident of North Caldwell, NJ, she loved her gorgeous backyard and spent hours making it more beautiful. During the holidays she loved decorating with her famous and expansive Christmas Village. As a mother, she was loving, kind, thoughtful and patient. When she became a grandmother of twin girls, she was so thrilled that she instantly jumped in to help with their care virtually every day and spoiled them as much as she possibly could with love and attention. She was so devoted to her granddaughters that during the height of the pandemic, she taught them Kindergarten every weekday so they would be prepared for 1st grade.
Helen is survived by her husband, James, daughter Eleanor Galt-Lin, son-in-law James Lin, granddaughters Alexandra and Jordan Lin, and brother Thomas S. Jordan as well as many extended family members who will greatly miss her.
Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service at 11 am to 2:30 pm on Saturday, April 9th at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls, NJ. Remarks will begin at 12:30 pm.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her name to The Actuarial Foundation Scholarship Fund at www.actuarialfoundation.org/scholarships/
Nahlah I. Dahmah, 58, of Jackson Heights, Queens, New York, passed away February 15, 2022, at Mount Sinai Hospital in Queens.
Born in Beirut, Lebanon to Mounira Khoury and the late Ibrahim Al Dahmah, Nahlah emigrated to the United States in 1990. Although she was a housewife, she was so much more than that.
Nahlah believed in higher education to expand opportunities, not only for herself, but her family. Nahlah's entire life focused around being a loyal wife, a devoted mother, and a compassionate daughter, sister, aunt, cousin and friend to many. When Nahlah wasn't cooking, she was dancing or teaching. Her greatest joy was to feed those she loved and be with her family. Her vivacious spirit filled any home Nahlah was in. She would always put other's needs before her own. Even at her final days, Nahlah was checking on her husband to make sure he ate and that the garbage was taken out. She was a fighter. She did what she could to remain on this Earth with her beloved family. Unfortunately, God had other plans for Nahlah, and she was called home to be reunited with her father, family and friends.
Nahlah is survived by her loving husband, Riad Ayoub, adoring daughters, Sylvia Ayoub and Mary Ann Ayoub, caring mother, Mounira Khoury, four cherished brothers, two beloved sisters, and many special nieces and nephews. Nahlah is predeceased by her father, Ibrahim Al Dahmah.
Due to the ongoing pandemic, Nahlah's family will have a private service, but will hold a Celebration of Life Service in the summer. In honor of Nahlah's memory, the family asks for donations to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. www.cancer.org
Elizabeth Clarissa Innes (nee O'Donnell), 97, passed away February 4, 2022 in her home while surrounded by her loving family. Devoted wife of James Innes, previously deceased August 26, 1990, loving mother to Susan Felsen of Byram Township and Jayme Innes, with whom she lived the majority of her life; proud grandmother to Jayme Mulhern of Manchester and Melany McQueeny and husband Matthew of Sparta Township and adoring great grandmother to Liam and Connor McQueeny.
Elizabeth, lovingly referred to as Betty, was born on April 1, 1924 in Orange, New Jersey and was raised by her great grandmother, Anna Whelahan. After graduating in 1942 from Orange High School, she was a pharmaceutical technician before meeting the love of her life, Jim, at a New Year's Eve Party in 1945. The couple wed six months later, and Elizabeth began her favorite career as a homemaker.
Jim and Betty resided in West Paterson, NJ before moving to Little Falls in 1964 and remained in the same home they both passed in. She was a brownie leader, a member of the "Do Nothing Club," and was also active in the Woman's Club of Little Falls, the Rosary Society of Holy Angels, and the Sweet Adelines. After Jim's passing she became very involved in the Golden Agers and the Jolly Senior clubs and held executive board positions in both organizations.
Elizabeth was a pillar, not only in her family and extended family, but in the community and was fondly referred to as "Grandma Betty" by so many.
Elizabeth was predeceased by her husband, Jim, her brothers, Thomas and Robert, sister Mary Ann, Steven Felsen- husband of daughter, Susan Felsen, and John Mulhern- husband of granddaughter, Jayme Mulhern. She is survived by sister, Barbara, daughters, Susan and Jayme, grandchildren Jayme, Ryan, and Melany, and great grandsons, Liam and Connor.
Betty will be missed by all who had the honor of knowing her.
Following a private service, Elizabeth will be laid to rest with her beloved husband in the Mausoleum of the Calvary Cemetery in Paterson, New Jersey.
Vincent Paul Corrado (Vinnie) age 61 of Totowa, New Jersey, passed away on January 24, 2022. He is survived by his beloved wife of 40 years Kelly (nee Wilkie) Corrado and their daughter Jaclyn Corrado. He is also survived by his brothers and sisters Joseph Corrado, Samuel Corrado and his wife Donna, Donna Naysmith, Kevin Corrado, Keith Corrado, and Angela Corrado along with his 24 nieces and nephews.
Vinnie owned and operated Corrado Auto Body for twenty-five years. He is best known for his work ethic, love of ice cream, and calculated thought. When given the chance to "relax", Vinnie could be found walking the Wildwood Beach at 6 am sunrise, overfeeding the dogs and horses, watching "Rocky" for the 100th time, or working overtime.
He always knew what to say and when to say it. He'd famously remark "no good deed goes unpunished," and continuously offer support to those he loved regardless of the circumstance.
The family will receive their friends on Thursday, January 27, 2022 from 4-8 PM at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Friday, January 28, 2022 at 10 AM. Please arrive at the funeral home at 9:30 AM. Interment to follow at Laurel Grove Memorial Park, Totowa.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the American Art Therapy Association at www.arttherapy.org/donate or to Eva's Village at www.evasvillage.org/donate or 393 Main Street, Paterson, NJ 07501. Envelopes will also be provided during the visitation hours.
At the family's request, all those attending the visitation and/or service for Vincent must be wearing a mask to enter the building.
Breen, Lawrence M., 87, of Singac, passed away on Monday, January 17, 2022. Beloved husband of the late Eva (nee Turko), who passed in 2018. Loving father of Kathleen Bickler and her husband John Robert, Kevin Breen, Lawrence Breen Jr., and Colleen Breen-Lopez. Cherished grandfather of Joshua Breen, Bryan Lopez, and Ryan Breen. Adoring great-grandfather to his great-grandson Brandon Lee Lopez. Dear brother of the late Christopher Breen.
Lawrence was born and raised in Irvington but resided in Singac for most of his life having lived there for the past 62 years. He was a member of the United States Marine Corp. and a veteran of the Korean Conflict. Lawrence was employed by Singer-Kearfott in Woodland Park where he was a supervisor for 40 years. He was a member of the American Legion Post 108 as well as a member of the Kearfott Aerospace Fishing Club. In addition to fishing, Lawrence was an avid bowler. He was a parishioner of Our Lady of the Holy Angels Church in Little Falls.
The family will receive their friends on Wednesday, January 19, 2022 from 6-8 PM at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls. A Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, January 20, 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 Laurel Grove Memorial Park, Totowa.
Senatore, Lorrie A., (nee Grisanti), 56, of Little Falls, passed away on Monday, January 10, 2022. Beloved wife of Nicholas A. Senatore. Loving mother of Nicholas A. Senatore Jr. and Alexis Lopes and her husband Matthew. Treasured daughter of Anthony Grisanti. Dear sister of Scott Grisanti and his wife Shelley.
Lorrie was born in Passaic and grew up in Belleville. She has been a resident of Little Falls for the past 31 years. Lorrie worked as an executive secretary at Peugeot Motor Group in Lyndhurst for ten years. Her most recent place of employment was MCB Medical Billing in Pompton Lakes where she was employed as a secretary.
The family will receive their friends on Thursday, January 13, 2022 from 4-8 PM at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Friday, January 14, 2022 at 10 AM. Please arrive at the funeral home at 9:30 AM. Interment to follow at Glendale Cemetery in Bloomfield. In lieu of flowers the family would greatly appreciate donations to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society New Jersey Chapter. Donations can be made by phone (1-800-344-4867) by mail (1480 US Highway 9N #301, Woodbridge Township, NJ 07905) or online at www.nationalmssociety.org Envelopes will also be provided by the funeral home during visitation hours.
Susanna DeNude, 69, of Riverdale, passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 12, 2021. Born March 13, 1952 in Paterson, she was the daughter of the late Angelo Lobosco and Mary Lobosco (nee Kamenetz).
Susanna was happily married to her husband Michael DeNude for 43 years. Susanna was the mother of Daniel DeNude and Christopher DeNude. She lovingly raised her children in Riverdale with her husband Michael. Susanna worked as a special education teacher in the Paterson School District for 28 years, where she touched the lives of many children, families and coworkers. She served for 15 years as a proud member of the Riverdale Board of Education and enjoyed many years judging gymnastics. Susanna loved everything Disney, many memorable family vacations, and simply living life to the fullest.
She is survived by her husband, Michael DeNude of Riverdale; son, Daniel DeNude and his significant other Tiffany Herbert of Oak Ridge; son, Christopher DeNude and his wife Linda DeNude of Hopatcong; sister, Donna Worrall and her husband David Worrall of Totowa; sister, Tina Malinowski and her husband Alan Malinowski of Montville; brother, Larry Lobosco and his wife Gail Lobosco of West Milford; many nieces and nephews, two great-nieces, two great-nephews, and several cousins.
Family and friends are invited to a Celebration of Life gathering at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls, NJ 07424 on Wednesday, December 15, 2021 from 5-8 pm. There will be a memorial service held at St. John the Baptist Russian Orthodox Church, 29 Weaver Street, Little Falls, NJ 07424 on Thursday, December 16, 2021 at 10 AM. Meet directly at the church.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Susanna's name to the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Foundation, Inc. www.rwjbh.org or to Susan G. Komen www.komen.org Envelopes will also be provided during the Celebration of Life gathering.
Gosman, Josephine (nee Talerico), 80, of Little Falls passed away at home on December 8, 2021, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Devoted wife of Jeffrey Gosman for 53 years. Beloved mother of Theresa Corage and her husband, Rocco, Lauren Verdi and her husband Anthony. Cherished grandmother of 5 beautiful grandchildren, Sofia Corage, Aiden Corage, Anthony Verdi Jr., Andrew Verdi, and Olivia Verdi. Dear sister of William Talerico Jr. and Michael Talerico. Loving aunt, friend, godmother, and cousin of so many that were dear to her heart.
Josephine was born on July 2, 1941 in Paterson to Angelo and Theresa Talerico. She spent almost her entire life living in Little Falls. She attended Saint Anthony's Church for elementary school and was a proud alumna of Mary Help of Christians Academy High School. She met her husband Jeffrey on a blind date in 1967 and got married in 1968. Josephine was also a longtime parishioner of Our Lady of the Holy Angels Church. Throughout her life, Josephine was dedicated to helping others and giving back to her community. She honorably served on the Little Falls Board of Education and strived to put education first throughout her lifetime. Josephine began her career at Cyanamid for 14 years and then took a break from working to raise her children. She then wanted to become a good role model to her daughters and proudly began working at United Yarn Associates in 1984 where she worked for the last 35 years. She loved her career with a passion and taught her family what it meant to work hard and achieve success. However, undoubtedly, Josephine's favorite role in life was being a grandmother. She loved spending time with her grandchildren, traveling with them, going to lunch or dinner, helping them, and being a part of their daily lives. She was an excellent chef and spent many years as a talented cake decorator. She loved the beach, the opera, Broadway plays, traveling the world, and learning about history and cultures. Josephine made strong connections wherever she went and gave respect to everyone she met. She will be deeply missed.
The family will receive visitors on Sunday, December 12, 2021 from 3pm-8pm at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls. A funeral mass will be held at 9:30 am on Monday, December 13, 2021 at Our Lady of the Holy Angels Church, 473 Main Street, Little Falls. Please meet directly at church. Interment to follow at Cedar Lawn Cemetery in Paterson. In lieu of flowers, donations to Mary Help of Christians Academy in Haledon (659 Belmont Ave., North Haledon, NJ 07508 or www.maryhelp.org) would be appreciated. Envelopes will be provided during visitation hours for your convenience.
Probst, June (nee Stone), 93, of Wayne, formerly of Woodland Park, passed away on November 29, 2021. Devoted wife of the late Louis Probst who passed in 2006. Beloved mother of Marilyn Moore and Ruth Trudeau and her husband Edmond. Cherished grandmother of Greg Moore and his wife Natacha and Daniel Trudeau and his fiancé Shayna. Loving great grandmother of Samantha Moore and Alice Leia Trudeau. Dear sister of Ernest Stone.
Born in Clifton, June resided in West Paterson (Woodland Park) for 63 years before moving to Wayne three years ago. She was a member of the Little Falls Methodist Church.
The family will receive their friends on Friday, December 3, 2021 from 3-6 PM at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Saturday, December 4, 2021 at 10:30 AM. Please arrive at the funeral home at 10 AM. Interment to follow at Laurel Grove Memorial Park, Totowa.
Guarino, Doris (nee Abrusia), 83, of Little Egg Harbor, passed away on Tuesday, November 23, 2021. Beloved wife of the late Vincent J. Guarino who passed in April of this year. Loving mother of Catherine Marrone and her husband Thomas and Vanessa Orozco and her husband Fabian. Cherished grandmother of Lianna Marrone, Vincent Marrone, and Favian Orozco. Dear sister of the late Carmella Pecorelli.
Doris was born in Jersey City and then resided in Clifton before moving to Little Egg Harbor 16 years ago. She was a hair dresser who owned two salons with her husband Vincent- one located in Irvington and one located in Verona. Doris could be best described as a "typical Italian mother." She loved her husband, her children, and grandchildren immensely. She often spent hours in the kitchen because there was nothing she loved more than cooking for her family. Doris enjoyed trips to Atlantic City but above all else family was always her number one priority.
Visitation will be held on Friday, November 26, 2021 from 6-9 PM at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls, NJ 07424 with a funeral service officiated by Monsignor Mark Condon at 6:30 PM.
Lazzaro ("Larry") A. Pizzichetta, 75, of Totowa, peacefully entered into eternal rest on Sunday, November 14, 2021. He was born January 18, 1946 to Matteo and Grace Pizzichetta, Italian immigrants, of Lodi, NJ. He was raised in Garfield, NJ alongside his brother Sal. Larry was a Vietnam War veteran, serving in the U.S. Army from 1965-1971. He was a supervisor for the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission in Newark for 25 years before retiring. Larry was a sports enthusiast, and a lifelong fan of the Oakland Raiders and New York Yankees. He found joy coaching his son in soccer and Little League baseball. He could always be found on the sidelines rooting for the Passaic Valley High School soccer team. Larry also served as Vice President of Totowa Police Athletic League. Larry was at his happiest when surrounded by his family and friends, and sharing his love for Italian food and traditions. In his later years, Larry was brought immense joy by his grandchildren Dominick and Maria. Larry would even let Dominick play inside of his precious Cadillac, a privilege not granted to anyone else.
Larry is survived by his wife Kathy (nee Calabrese). He is the beloved father of Patrick and his wife Katrina, and adoring grandfather of Dominick James and Maria Katherine. Dear brother of Salvatore Pizzichetta and treasured sister-in-law Lucille. Cherished uncle of Matthew Pizzichetta and Deena and Jeff Leider. Loving great uncle of Jason, Justin and Jordan Leider. Larry will also be missed by his devoted dog Callie, as well as many lifelong friends from Garfield and Totowa. The family would like to thank the caring staff at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in Montvale, NJ for giving us precious extra time, allowing Larry to meet and enjoy both of his beloved grandchildren. For that gift, we are eternally grateful.
Visitation will be Wednesday, December 1, 2021 from 6-8 PM at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls. A funeral mass will be held on Thursday, December 2, 2021 at 10:30 AM at St. James of the Marches Church, 410 Totowa Rd., Totowa. Please meet at Gaita Memorial Home at 9:30 AM. In lieu of flowers and plants, please consider a donation to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, P.O. Box 5208, Hagerstown, MD 21741. For the health and safety of all attendees, the family requests that masks are worn in the building and social distancing protocols are followed.
Macher, Anna (nee Dragan), 95, a life long resident of Little Falls, passed away on Saturday, November 13, 2021. Devoted wife of the late John P. Macher who passed in 1989. Beloved mother of Martha Nocito and her husband Santo. Cherished grandmother of Deanna Rowan and Mark Nocito. Loving great-grandmother of Arinna Rowan. Dear sister of the late John Dragan and the late Charles Dragan. Anna is survived by and will be missed by her nieces and nephews.
Anna was born and lived all of her life in Little Falls. She was a homemaker who loved nothing more than being with and taking care of her family.
Visiting will be held on Wednesday, November 17, 2021 from 2:30-5:30 PM at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home at 5 PM with Reverend Richard Sharber officiating. Burial will be held on Thursday, November 18, 2021 at 11 AM at Laurel Grove Memorial Park, Totowa Road, Totowa. If attending please meet in the parking lot of Gaita Memorial Home no later than 10:45 AM that morning.
Russo, Marie (nee Polizio), 87, of Cedar Grove, passed away on Thursday, November 11, 2021 surrounded by her loving family.
Wife of the late Jerry Russo. Cherished mother of MaryAnn Hedderson, Susan Russo, and Ralph and Francesca Russo. Loving grandmother of MaryAnn Byrnes and her husband Michael, Michael Russo, and Matthew Russo. Adoring great-grandmother to her great-granddaughter MaryAnn Byrnes. Dear sister of Jennie Esposito, Angela Bozio, and Patricia Kiley. Marie is predeceased by her sister Erma Ventola and brother Frank Polizio. Marie will be greatly missed by her many nieces and nephews.
Born in Newark, Marie resided in Nutley before moving to Cedar Grove. She worked as a paralegal for Fredric L. Marcus, Attorney at Law in Newark for over 20 years before retiring at the age of 75. Marie will always be remembered for her love for her children and family. There was nothing she would not do for them.
A Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, December 4, 2021 at 10:30 AM at Holy Family Roman Catholic Church, 28 Brookline Avenue, Nutley. Inurnment to follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, 340 Ridge Road, North Arlington.
Wagoner, Henry, 97, a long time resident of Little Falls, passed away on Monday, November 8, 2021.
Devoted husband of the late Olga (nee Dutkevitch) who passed in 2003. Loving father of Ronald Wagoner and his wife Eileen and Joan Drobik and her husband Joseph. Cherished grandfather of Debbie Vetsas, Jeffrey Drobik, Ashley Alicea, Andrea Mataya, and Caitlyn Wagoner. Adoring great-grandfather to his 9 beloved great-grandchildren.
Henry has been a resident of Little Falls for the past 73 years prior to that living in Hawthorne. He served in the United States Navy and was a veteran of World War II where he was stationed on the submarine "Pogy". Henry was vice-president for Precision Screen Machines in Hawthorne before his retirement. He was a member of the First Reformed Church in Little Falls. Henry was a past Master Mason in Hawthorne and an honorary member of the Little Falls Lodge #154. He was a past member of the VFW of Little Falls. He was an Exempt Fireman of Singac Fire Company #3.
The family will receive their friends on Wednesday, November 10, 2021 from 6-8 PM at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, November 11, 2021 at 10 AM at the funeral home. Please arrive at the funeral home at 9:30 AM if attending. Interment to follow at Laurel Grove Memorial Park, Totowa Road, Totowa.