Magdalene Candino-Connors, 79, of Little Falls, formerly of Jersey City, passed away on May 30th, 2020. Loving mother of Marc Candino. Grandmother of Andrew and Brianna Candino. Sister of Richard Keilly and his wife Francine, the late Ronald Keilly and the late Robert Sikora and his wife Patrice.
She was a wonderful mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and great-aunt. She loved and adored her grandchildren and enjoyed watching them playing sports and attending their school events.
She will be deeply missed by all her family and friends.
Cellist André Emelianoff lost his 10 year battle with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy on May 30th, 2020. Born in Sea Cliff, Long Island in 1942, he attended North Shore High School and the Juilliard School, where he studied with Luigi Silva and Leonard Rose. He played in the Cleveland Orchestra under George Szell, served as principal cellist with the New Jersey Symphony under Henry Lewis, as well as the New York Chamber Symphony, the Waterloo, and the White Mountains Festival Orchestras under the direction of Gerard Schwarz. As an advocate of contemporary music and a member of Da Capo Chamber Players for over 30 years, he commissioned and premiered works by composers such as Joan Tower, Aaron Kernis, Shulamit Ran, and George Perle. In addition to his highly expressive playing, he was known for his innovative thematic programming and his insightful program notes.
A dedicated and inspiring teacher, André taught for over 25 years at the Juilliard School, Bard College, the City College of NY, Bowdoin Summer Music Festival, the White Mountains and Round Top Festivals, and the Salzburg Mozarteum. An enthusiastic world traveler, his concert and teaching tours took him to China, France, Israel, Russia and included a United States State Department sponsored tour of Central Asia as a cultural ambassador.
In the last 3 years he enjoyed the devoted and skilled care of "Right at Home" aides, and more recently, Ennoble hospice.
He is survived by his loving wife, hornist and teacher Amy Larkey-Emelianoff, director of Instrumental Music at Newark Academy in Livingston, N.J. Known for his love of opera and lieder, his quirky sense of humor, his obtuse wordplay, and his endearing gentleness, kindness, and charm, André Emelianoff is survived by 9 siblings, and hundred of adoring students.
Carpenter, Gail C., (nee Dakake),62, of Belleville, passed away on Saturday, May 30, 2020. Devoted wife of William R. Carpenter. Loving mother of two daughters, Vanessa Kordja and Taylor Kordja. Cherished grandmother of Ailani Lopez. Dear sister of brother Robert Dakake and sister-in-law Fran Mezzacappa, brother and sister-in-law Charles and Carole Dakake, and brother Glenn Dakake. Gail will be greatly missed by all of her nieces and nephews.
Born and raised in Paterson, Gail resided in Totowa Boro before moving to Belleville four years ago. She was a culinary tech at Passaic County Technical Institute in Wayne for 12 years. Gail was a parishioner of Our Lady of the Holy Angels RC Church in Little Falls. Funeral services were private to the family. A Memorial Celebration of Gail's life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in Gail's memory would be greatly appreciated. You can mail donations to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, PO Box 5028, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5028 or by going to www.giving.mskcc.org
Herrmann, Horst P., 96, of Wayne, passed away at his home on Monday, May 25, 2020. Beloved husband of the late Ilse Herrmann (nee Blaschke) who passed away in May of 2018. Loving father of Caroline Herrmann and her wife Erika Krausse. Born in Germany, Horst came to the United States in 1953 and moved to Wayne eight years ago. Horst and his wife Ilse owned the Carousel Gift Shop in Berkeley Heights before they retired. He was a past member of the Berkeley Heights Lions and a practicing Lutheran. Arrangements were private to the family.
Arthur (Art) Schlosser passed away peacefully on May 24th, four days after suffering a fatal hemorrhagic stroke. He leaves behind his wife Loretta (Wuschnig) with whom he would have celebrated 60 years of marriage in September. He had five children and ten grandchildren. Dennis and his wife Liz of Little Falls and their children Kelly and her husband Billy, Christine, Erin and Michael; Daniel and his wife Courtney of Acworth GA; Donald and his wife Maryann of Wayne and their children Garrett and Keara; Darren and his wife Lori of Parsippany and their children Allyson and Eric and Donna Sheridan and her children Joseph and Nicholas. Artie also leaves behind five sisters Mary Wilkins (deceased), Virginia Green, Helen Thomas, Irene Madden and Joan Centrella.
Art served four years with the US Air Force. Upon discharge, he joined and 35 years later retired from Hoffmann La Roche in Nutley where he worked as an Electrician. In his younger years, he was an avid bowler. He loved sports, especially the Yankees and the NY Giants, and his daily newspaper and TV. He loved camping for many years with his family and friends. When his camping life ended, he spent time at his beach house in Surfside Beach SC. He led a simple, comfortable life with Loretta which was basically dedicated to being with and enjoying their children and grandchildren.
Murray, Marie S., (nee Lami), 82, a life long resident of Totowa, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on Wednesday, May 20, 2020. Devoted wife of the late Joseph Murray (2010). Loving mother of Joseph Murray and his wife Bernadette, Peter Murray and his wife Christine, Patricia Di Pietro, and Michele Dorsett and her husband Brian. Dear sister of William Lami and his wife Fran. Beloved grandmother of 9 grandchildren. Doting great-grandmother of 2 great-grandchildren.
Born in Totowa Boro, Marie lived all of her life there. There was nothing she loved more than cooking for and spending time with her family and especially enjoyed holidays with them. Marie enjoyed trips to Atlantic City with her late husband and friends as well. She was a parishioner of St. James RC Church in Totowa and a member of the Totowa Seniors Club. Due to state regulations at this time, funeral services are private to the family.
Randolph or "Randy" Stewart was born on June 8, 1952 in Paterson, NJ to the late Harold and Margaret Stewart and he departed this life on Friday, May 15, 2020.
Randy served in the Army National Guard out of Teaneck, NJ and was part of the 50th Armored Division, trained as a Water Purification Specialist. He later served as an Officer at the Passaic County Juvenile Detention Center and then later as a Sergeant of Security for Passaic County Probation and Child Support Services before retiring. He would often provide coloring books and snacks for the children as they waited with their parents.
He is survived by his daughter Bree Stewart, fiancé Elsa Perez, his sister Olivia Stewart, his brothers Ozzie, Victor and Gerry Stewart, sisters-in-law Brenda and Barbara Stewart, 15 beloved nieces and nephews and a host of cherished extended family, close friends, and neighbors.
Haik, Jacquelyn E., 38, of Totowa, formerly of Clifton, suddenly passed away on May 11, 2020. Predeceased by her father Wallace (Ken) Haik in 1982 and her mother Robin (nee Lowe) in 2013. She is survived by her life partner Brian Wieczockowski, her loving godmother and aunt Arlene Marocco, her aunts Susan Kingston, Liz Bartolo, and Susan Bartolo, and her many cousins. She will be greatly missed by her beloved dog, Butters.
Born in Pequannock, Jacquelyn lived in Clifton most of her life before moving to Totowa a little over a year ago. She was formerly employed by Giovatto Advertising in Paramus as an administrative assistant. She enjoyed trips to the Jersey Shore with her friends and had a love of animals volunteering at Clifton Friends of the Animal Shelter. At this time arrangements are private to the family. A Memorial Gathering will be held at a later date.
Paolina (Pauline) Calabrese (nee Ranelletti), age 97, passed away peacefully on May 5, 2020. Pauline was born and raised in Paterson residing much of her life in Totowa. Before retiring she was a long time employee of Shulton (Old Spice) in Clifton. She was a devout Catholic and parishioner of St. James R.C. Church in Totowa for many years.
Pauline was the beloved wife of the late Peter A. Calabrese (1972) and is predeceased by daughter Vincentina Gaffney, son Paul Calabrese, and grandson Christopher Gaffney. She is survived by her devoted son Peter W. Calabrese and his wife Lorraine, grandchildren Michael, Rose Marie, and Matthew Gaffney, step-grandchildren Dave Gallaugher and his wife Cindy, Paul Gallaugher, and great grandchildren Kaitlyn and David Gallaugher. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Pauline was a great cook and took pride and joy preparing Sunday and Holiday dinners for her family who she loved dearly. Nothing made her happier. Pauline's greatest gift was her love and devotion for her family, always putting their needs before her own. She took care of many relatives and friends in their time of need, now she will be taken care of by our Lord.
She will always have a special place in our hearts.
Carol C. (Coudert) Damis, age 84, passed away on April 25, 2020 in West Caldwell.
Born in 1935 in Ridgewood, N.J., Carol was married to the late Kenneth (Buddy) Damis and was a devoted mother of two sons, Wayne of New Providence, N.J. and Paul and his wife Maria, of Paramus, N.J. She is survived by her grandchildren Russell Damis and his wife Cassandra of Waldwick, N.J., Jake Damis of Paramus, N.J., Katie Damis and her husband Ted Hopkins of New Providence, N.J., and Kenneth Damis USAF stationed in New Mexico, and two great grandchildren Mason and Demi-Lynne and many nieces and nephews. Carol is predeceased by her loving companion Tom.
Carol had a wonderful and fulfilling life. She took pleasure in traveling and visiting new places here and abroad. She was an avid reader and thoroughly enjoyed her audio books. She had a great sense of humor and will be sadly missed by all who loved her.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Carol’s memory can be made to the Reed Academy, 25 Potash Rd., Oakland, NJ 07436 or www.reedfoundationforautism.org.
Funeral services will be private.
William J. Scarnaty (Billy Who) of Woodland Park, NJ passed away on Thursday, April 23, 2020. He is predeceased by his loving parents, William and Marie Scarnaty. He will be greatly missed by his wife of 40 years, Nancy Scarnaty. He was a beloved father to Bill Scarnaty, Joe Scarnaty and his wife Kathy, Darla Palmesino and her husband Richard, Kristin Karam and her husband Kamal, and Nicole Almazi and her husband Joe. Dear brother to Peter Scarnaty, Raymond Scarnaty, Rosemarie Guarente, and the late Francis Scarnaty. He was an adored Pop-Pop to his 12 grandchildren: Billy and Alyssa Scarnaty; Matthew, Nicholas, and Rachel Scarnaty; Michael and Jacqueline Palmesino; Marissa, Lia, and Jax Almazi; and Kadin and Kyin Karam. He was a loving uncle to his many nieces and nephews and a great friend to all who will miss him dearly. William was a lifelong resident of New Jersey and grew up in Paterson. He was a carpenter, bartender, and restaurant/bar owner. Services will be delayed at this time and decided at a later date. Because of the care William received in the hospital, donations can be made to the St. Joseph's Hospital GoFundMe page through the Scarnaty family or to any charity of your choice in William's honor. Website: www.gofundme.com (PPE Masks for St. Joes in Honor of Bill Scarnaty)
Cordero, Ronnie, 61, of Little Falls, passed away on Wednesday, April 22, 2020. Ronnie is predeceased by his parents Rafael and Irma Cordero. Devoted husband of Jean Esperanza Cordero. Loving father of Ronnie Cordero #1, Ronnie Cordero #2, and Karla Cordero. Caring stepfather of Marie Calibuso, Nelizza Calibuso, and Imee U. Calibuso. Adored grandfather of Gavin Xander Yasin, Gabriel Hasan Yasin, and Asher Blaise Labrador. Beloved brother of Carlos F. Bonilla, Norma Cordero, Ralph Cordero, Miriam Cordero-Ramos, Lucy Cordero-Trias, and the late Irma Cordero. Ronnie was a dear uncle to 20 nieces and nephews.
Born in Jersey City, Ronnie was a long time resident of Little Falls, who dedicated much of his time to the town he lived in. A former United States Marine, Ronnie joined the Little Falls Fire Department in 1980 as a member of Engine Co. #2 and transferred to the Eagle Hose Co. #1 in 1982 where he was still an active member. He was Assistant Chief for Eagle Hose Co. #1 from 2007-2019. Ronnie was voted Firefighter of the Year by the Passaic Valley Elks Lodge in 2018. Ronnie began working for the township of Little Falls part-time in 1986 and later became a full-time employee in 1998. He was the town's Zoning and Housing Inspector from 2002 until the present day. Ronnie's presence will be greatly missed not only by his family but by the township of Little Falls as well. Due to state mandate at this time, service is private to the family.
Galuska, Kyle C., 23, of Little Falls, passed away on Wednesday, April 22, 2020. He is survived by his loving parents Kevin M. Galuska and Miriam (nee Penttila). Cherished brother of Sean Galuska. Beloved fiancé of Kryslin Gortemiller. Kyle will be terribly missed by his many close cousins.
Born in Paterson, Kyle lived in Little Falls all of his life. He was a parishioner of Our Lady of the Holy Angels RC Church. Always looking to help others, Kyle was very active with the St. Agnes Food Pantry in Little Falls. Kyle was involved in numerous sports and at one time had worked for the New Jersey Jackals baseball team. He was currently self-employed, working in construction. Kyle will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Due to state mandates arrangements were private to Kyle's family.
Wilkie, William W., 83, of Wayne, passed away on Friday, April 17, 2020. Beloved father of three sons: William Wilkie, Vincent Wilkie, Craig Wilkie and his wife Ivana; and three daughters: Kelly Corrado and her husband Vincent, Shelly Ann Guerini and her husband Guiseppe, and Lois Kain and her husband Thomas. Adored grandfather of 13 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. The oldest of 9 siblings, William is survived by his brothers Louis Wilkie and Ricky Wilkie and sister Georgette Marchitto. He was predeceased by his twin sister Lois Wilkie, brother Ernest Wilkie, and sisters Rosemarie Brooks, Emily Wilkie, and Kathleen Abbadrabo.
Born in Clifton, William lived most of his life in Paterson before residing in Wayne nine years ago. He was a veteran of the United States Army, serving from 1954-1955. William worked as a delivery driver for Lykes Dispensing Company in Fairfield. He was an avid bowler who was also a member of the KBC professional bowling association. As per state mandate at this time, services were private to the family. In lieu of flowers donations to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memorial Giving, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or www.stjude.org are welcome.
Vender, Joseph V., 76, of Morristown, passed away on Friday, April 17, 2020. He is survived by his wife Lillian (nee Kosydar). Loving father of two sons, Christopher Vender and his wife Sanelia and Raymond Vender and his wife Frances. Cherished grandfather of 7 grandchildren: Christopher Vender Jr., Marc Vender, Gabriela Vender, Raymond Vender Jr., Norma Jean Vender, Karli Vender, and Adam Vender. Dear brother of Leonard Vender.
Born in Pennsylvania, Joseph lived in Dunmore, PA for 12 years and later Morristown, NJ for 15 years. Joseph worked as an NJEA Union Representative for Bergen County. He was also a member of the NJEA. As per state mandate, arrangements were private to the family.
Martinez Jr., Eugene R., 81, of Bloomingdale, passed away on Friday, April 17, 2020. Beloved husband of Catherine Martinez (nee Rossetti). Loving father of Dawn Kayal and her husband Ed, Steven Barrett and his wife Jean, Joseph Barrett and his wife Meg, Randy Barrett and his wife Lisa, Glenn Barrett and his partner Karen, and Christopher Barrett. Cherished grandfather of 17 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Born in Manhattan, Eugene lived in New York and later Bloomingdale, NJ for 58 years. Eugene was a veteran of the United States Army, serving from 1961-1967. He was operation manager of Installation Concepts, a commercial moving company in Clifton, NJ. Eugene was a member of Emergence Church in Totowa.
As per state mandate at this time, services were private to the family.
Lauritano, Alfonso, 92, of Dingmans Ferry, Pennsylvania, passed away on Tuesday, April 14, 2020. He will be greatly missed by his wife of 66 years Victoria (nee Morgese). Loving father of Richard Lauritano and his wife Esa, Victor Lauritano and his wife Marita, Annette Lonskey and her husband Andrew. He is predeceased by his son Stephen Lauritano (1989). Adoring grandfather of 4 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Born in Bronx, NY Alfonso lived in Cedar Grove, NJ for 45 years and then resided in Dingmans Ferry for 20 years. He served in the United States Army from 1946-1947. Alfonso worked as a plant manager for Jaclyn Inc. in West New York. Alfonso was a member of the Cedar Grove VFW #6255 and the United Club of Cedar Grove. As per state mandate at this time burial is private.
Burke, Michael E., 64, of Little Falls, passed away on Monday, April 13, 2020. Devoted and cherished father of Tyler Burke. Beloved fiancé of Kathy Kosmack. Mike will be greatly missed by Kathy's family. He is survived by many loving cousins who adored him.
Born in Paterson, Mike lived in Little Falls all of his life and devoted much of his life to the town of Little Falls. He was a member of Singac Fire Company #3 for 48 years where he was still an active member. He served as President of the Singac Fire Company #3 for 26 years. Mike was the President of the Little Falls Fire Department for 14 years. He was a member of the Little Falls Fire Department Relief Association as well as the North Jersey Firemen's Association and the New Jersey State Exempt Firemen's Association. Mike was Vice-President of Tri-Tec Design, Inc. in Little Falls.
He was a parishioner of Our Lady of the Holy Angels Church in Little Falls.
Mike was a friend to all who knew him. He devoted himself to helping others and the town of Little Falls will forever be grateful for his service.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Singac Volunteer Fire Company #3 at www.singacfire.com or 517 Main Street, Little Falls, NJ 07424.
As per state mandate, burial is private at this time.
Robert "Red" Felix, 85, of Totowa passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, April 12, 2020. Born in Jamaica, Queens and raised in North Haledon, Robert has been a Totowa resident for 58 years. As a teenager, he was a stock clerk for Meyer Brothers in Paterson where he met his future wife Sonia, an elevator operator. They married and together they raised their loving family. Robert proudly served his country aboard the Navy Minesweeper USS Herald, stationed in the Mediterranean Sea. He was a career truck driver for many years with Hemingway Transport, and later for Red Star Trucking. He enjoyed fishing, camping, driving, fixing anything and everything, and spending time with his family. He was a member of Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church in Wayne.
Robert was pre-deceased by his parents Paul and Frieda (Schmidt) Felix, his wife of 49 years Sonia (Smarsh), and brothers Paul and Clifford Felix. He is survived by his son David of Rutherford, daughters Cheryl (Carlo) Spinella of Totowa, and Susan (Joe) Addesso of Kinnelon, his sister Dorothy (Ernie) Bagehorn of Wanaque, his grandchildren Erica (James) Morrison, Douglas (Alexandria) Spinella, Brandon Spinella, Chelsie Addesso, and Kaitlyn Addesso, as well as his cherished great grandchildren Theodore and Rosie Morrison. He also leaves behind his nieces, nephews, cousins, neighbors, and his many friends.
Due to the current health emergency, funeral services are private. A Memorial Celebration of his Life will take place in the future. In lieu of flowers, donations to the following charities may be made in his memory:
Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation: 2361 Hylan Boulevard, Staten Island, NY 10306 or https://tunnel2towers.org
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memorial Giving: 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or www.stjude.org
Shukal, Helen (nee Baran), 101, formerly of Little Falls, passed away on Saturday, April 11, 2020. Devoted wife of the late Joseph M. Shukal, who passed in 2000. Dear sister of the late John Baran and Julia Baran. Born in Little Falls, Helen then resided in California for 53 years before moving back to Little Falls in 2001. While in California, Helen worked as an electronic technician for 23 years before retiring in 1983. Helen was a parishioner of St. John's Russian Orthodox Church in Little Falls and a member of the Little Falls' Golden Ages. As per state mandate, burial was private.
Holowach, Marie (nee Powell), 98, of Cedar Grove, passed away on Friday, April 9, 2020. Beloved wife of the late Walter who passed in 1995. Loving mother of Rodion Powell and Eleanor Race. Cherished grandmother of Tanya Reese and Shawn Race. Adoring great-grandmother of 3 great-grandchildren. Born in Pennsylvania, Marie has lived in Cedar Grove for the past 70 years. She was a member of Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church in Wayne, NJ. As per state mandate, burial was private.
Romayne Panek, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, age 79 of Hackettstown, NJ, formerly of Little Falls, NJ, died Wednesday, April 8, 2020. She is predeceased by her husband Walter J. Panek Sr., brother Robert Giles and sister-in-law Juanita Giles of Port Crane, NY and her brother-in-law Donald Andrus of Wilmington, DE. Mourning her loss are her three sons Walter J. Panek Jr. and his wife Susan of Randolph, NJ; Richard Panek and his wife Betsy of Gilbert, AZ; and Robert Panek and his wife Suzanne of Waxhaw, NC; her grandchildren Valerie, Zachary and his wife Shannon, Allison, Tyler, Samantha and her great-granddaughter Jade; her sisters Judith Burgess and her husband Russell of Clifton, NJ; and Audrey Andrus of Wilmington, DE; her brother Richard Giles and his wife Kathy of Kirkwood, NY, and countless nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Due to the current state of affairs, a memorial service and celebration of Romayne's life will be held at a later date.
Gozdenovich, John Richard, 74, of Wayne, New Jersey, passed away on Tuesday, April 7, 2020. Loving son of Martin (Marian) Gozdenovich and Sophia E. Greenwald. Beloved and devoted father of Gabriel Jorge Gozdenovich. John will also be missed by numerous other family members.
Born in Fairview, New Jersey, John lived in Hackensack before recently moving to Wayne. He served in the United States Navy from 1965-1967. John was a car salesman who had previously worked for All American Ford car dealership in Hackensack before retiring.
Arrangements were private to the family.
Luke 23:42 O' Lord, Remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom
Mary Elizabeth "Betty" (Spaschak) Renaud, age 90, of Succasunna, NJ passed away peacefully on April 4, 2020. She was born on September 1, 1929 in Little Falls, NJ. She was the daughter of the late Frank Spaschak and Mary Elizabeth (Shaffron) Spaschak. She was a 1947 graduate of Passaic Valley High School and worked as a nurse at the Saint Vincent's Children's Foundlings Hospital in Montclair, NJ until 1957.
On September 16, 1956 she married Ronald Renaud at St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church in Little Falls, NJ. They moved to Succasunna, NJ where she remained a life long resident.
She was a founding member of the Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Randolph, NJ serving as the Secretary of the Saint Ann's Alter Guild, Church Building Committee Member and Sunday School Teacher for many years.
She enjoyed spending time with her family, traveling, walking the beach and crafting with her long-time neighbor and friend Dorothy Doublosky.
She was predeceased by her beloved husband Ronald in 1975, her sisters Anna Spaschak and Eleanor Ortley and brothers John Spencer, William Spaschak and Andrew Spaschak.
Surviving are her beloved children: Amanda Renaud, Mary Renaud, Ronald Renaud, and Lisa Devine and her husband, James; seven grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
She will be missed and treasured in the hearts of her family and all that who knew her.
A private grave site service and burial will be held at Laurel Grove Memorial Park, Totowa, NJ.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, PO Box 630, Ironia, NJ 07845 for a memorial to be purchased in Mary's name.
Piscoya, Carmen E., 89, of Haledon passed away on Saturday, April 4, 2020. Devoted wife of the late Jose Piscoya, who passed away in 2010. Beloved mother of Jose, Juan, Lucy, Walter, Carlos, Norma, Irene, and Patty. Dear grandmother of 24 grandchildren. Cherished great-grandmother of 14 great-grandchildren.
Born in Peru, Carmen then settled in New Jersey where she lived in Paterson for 10 years before moving to Haledon where she resided for the last 5 years. Carmen dedicated her life to caring for her husband and children. She was a parishioner of St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Cathedral in Paterson. As per state mandate at this time burial is private.