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.
Bronstein, Kathryn (nee Dorer), 84, of Cedar Crest Village in Pompton Plains. "Kay" was born and raised in Paterson and passed away on April 1, 2020. Kay moved to Little Falls in 1964 where she raised her family. Kay is predeceased by her husband, David, of 57 years until his passing in 2015.
Mother of Al Bronstein and his wife Denise, and Dorothy Caproni and her husband Bill. Loving grandmother of Melanie Brzozowski and her husband Brian, Steven Caproni and his wife Jessica, and Robert Caproni. Step-grandmother of Tammy Bagnuolo and her husband Giulio, and Charlie Rudy. And great-grandmother of Anthony and Gabriella Bagnuolo and Aidan and Alyssa Rudy.
She will always be our Sunshine.
Thank you to the skilled nursing department at Mountain View Gardens at Cedar Crest Village in Pompton Plains and Hospice of New Jersey for the care and compassion provided.
A celebration of Kay's life will be held at a future date.