Michael 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.
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.
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.