Linda Rose Gaita
Linda Rose Gaita, 68, of Little Falls, passed away February 17, 2019 surrounded by her family. Survived by her devoted husband, Carmen J. Gaita. Loving mother of Lauren Gaita-Klaus and her husband, Thomas and Steven Gaita. Adored grandmother of Carlin McKenna Klaus. Beloved daughter of Rosalie and the late Angelo Pizzi. Caring sister of Anthony Pizzi and his wife, Joyce, Joni Macchia and her husband, George, and sister-in-law, Lucille Gaita. Cherished aunt of Gregg Pizzi, Michael Pizzi and his wife, Pam, Robert Pizzi and his wife, Michelle, and Kevin Macchia. She will be dearly missed by many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.
Born in Passaic, Linda has lived in Little Falls for the past 45 years. Linda was a 3rd grade teacher at Washington Elementary in Lodi before buying and becoming Co-Owner of Gaita Memorial Home in 1974.
She was a parishioner of Our Lady of the Holy Angels Roman Catholic Church and former member of Little Falls Junior Women's Club. Linda was heavily involved in her children's organizations, such as the PTA and always was a Class Mom. She enjoyed dinners with her girlfriends - the "Crazy Eights".
She was a devoted Elvis Presley and New York Yankees fan. Linda enjoyed trips to Graceland, Marco Island, and caring after her Yorkie Terriers.
Above all else, her family was always her top priority.
Her family will receive their friends Thursday, February 21, 2019 from 4-9 pm at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls. A Funeral Mass will be held Friday, February 22, 2019 at 10:30 am at Our Lady of the Holy Angels Roman Catholic Church, 473 Main Street, Little Falls - please meet directly at church. Entombment to follow at Laurel Grove Memorial Park Mausoleum, Totowa. Because of her deep love for her granddaughter and all children, donations can be made in Linda's memory to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105 or online at www.stjude.org
William J. Bishop
William J. Bishop, 77, died on Friday, February 15, 2019 after a long, brave battle with grave illness.
Originally from Ringwood, NJ, Bill has resided in Little Falls, NJ with his beloved wife Anne for the past 25 years.
A graduate of Lakeland Regional High, Wanaque, NJ, Bill began his career as a heavy equipment operator for the Borough of Ringwood. He was also a volunteer fireman for the borough. He later went to work for the City of New York and then onto a thirty-year tenure at Salomone Brothers, Wayne, NJ. Since nothing made Bill happier than a hard day's work, his retirement was brief. At the age of 70, Bill was employed by Gallen Contracting, Hackensack, NJ until 2015.
Bill was a fishing enthusiast, enjoying quiet time alone at Clinton Reservoir or Echo Lake with only large-mouth bass for company. He was also an avid reader, from the daily newspaper, to fishing magazines and the Smithsonian, as well as fictional novels. He loved Fleetwood Mac and the Eagles and surprisingly, the Bee Gees. Live musical performances, such as concerts, plays and dance made him smile. He enjoyed traveling the country with his wife and family. Together they explored California, Nevada, Arizona, Hawaii, Texas and most of the east coast from Bar Harbor, Maine to Key West, Florida. Las Vegas was the place they most visited, but before his illness, San Juan, Puerto Rico became one of Bill's new favorites.
He is deeply loved and survived by his wife Anne (nee Arena), daughters Lorraine and her husband Thomas O' Brien of Otisville, NY, Christine and her husband Arty Gabriel of Tully, NY, Colleen and her husband Daniel Kolibab of Riverdale, NJ, Crystal and her husband Steven Obringer of Riverdale, NJ, step-sons, Kevin, Christopher and Nicholas Brandell of Little Falls, NJ and most importantly, his one and only grandchild, Jacelyn Claire O' Brien.
Although an only child, Bill was blessed by a large, loving extended family and will be greatly missed by the Farrell family, the Aungst family and the Arena family as well as wonderful friends too numerous to name.
Everybody loved Bill.
According to his wishes, Bill will be cremated and there will be no wake/viewing.
A memorial mass in his honor will be held at Our Lady of the Holy Angels Roman Catholic Church, 473 Main Street, Little Falls, NJ on Monday, February 25, 2019 at 9:30 am with a repast immediately following at the Russian Hall, 4 Woodhull Avenue, Little Falls, NJ to celebrate Bill's life.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital www.stjude.org or the Holy Angels Food Pantry.
Robert C. Freudenberg
Robert (Bob) Freudenberg, 64, of Wayne, NJ, passed away suddenly in a tragic fire with his beloved dog Popeye on January 31, 2019. He is now at home with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, which is a great comfort to his family and friends.
Bob was raised in Denville and graduated from Morris Knolls High School. He was an extraordinarily skilled craftsman and sign painter and had worked independently and for Butler Sign Co. in Wayne.
Bob and Popeye, his certified therapy dog, visited residents of a nursing home, and went everywhere together. He had customized his motorcycle for Popeye to ride with him. Bob had run many marathons, fully restored an antique 1928 truck and participated with Popeye in many car and truck shows.
Bob was predeceased by his parents Richard and Jean Freudenberg. He is survived by his brother John (Susan) Freudenberg, sisters Debbie Freudenberg-Cruz (Michael) and Susan (John) Zapoluch, eight nieces and nephews, a great-niece, two great-nephews, stepmother Pat Freudenberg and many life-long and other dear friends.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, February 16, 2019, from 4-8 PM at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls, NJ 07424. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate memorial donations to "ADOPT", PO Box 331, Pompton Plains, NJ 07444 (Animal Dignity Organization of Pequannock Township). Envelopes will be provided by the funeral home during visiting hours.