Parisi, Donna Ann, 66, of Wayne, passed away on April 22, 2021. Donna Ann Parisi (1954-2021) was born in Hackensack, NJ and grew up in Maywood, NJ to Mary Nardelli Parisi and Salvatore Parisi. She worked in the library at Columbia University and put herself through the masters program at NY Teachers College. She taught Special Education for many years, working with students with numerous challenges.
Donna is survived by her brother, Dominick Parisi, and a host of cousins and friends who will cherish her memory.
Donna was a lifelong learner who was intellectually curious and fascinated by the natural world. She was a staunch advocate for the downtrodden and hated injustice and bullying of any kind.
Donna lived at Preakness Healthcare Center for most of the past 20 years. Despite having Multiple Sclerosis, she worked tirelessly to improve her community and enrich the lives of those around her. She even sat on the planning board when Preakness was building their new wing. She helped design the residents' rooms to make them "homey".
As resident council president, she used her organizational skills to advocate for many programs at Preakness and amplify the voices of her fellow residents. She also used her business acumen to hold numerous fundraisers and sales to provide special treats and parties for the residents. She was instrumental in composing plants, trees, and shrubs for the courtyard garden which has delighted residents and visitors over the years.
Due to Covid, a memorial service will be planned at a later date.
To honor Donna, please consider planting a garden or being kind to someone in need of a friend.
Guarino, Vincent J., 92, of Little Egg Harbor, passed away on Thursday, April 22, 2021. Beloved husband of Doris Guarino (nee Abrusia). Devoted father of Catherine Marrone and her husband Thomas, and Vanessa Orozco and her husband Fabian. Adoring grandfather of Lianna Marrone, Vincent Marrone, and Favian Orozco. Dear brother of Eleanor Calabrese. Vincent is predeceased by four brothers and sisters.
Vincent was born and grew up in Newark and later lived in Clifton before moving to Little Egg Harbor 16 years ago. He was a veteran of the US Army serving in the Korean Conflict. Vincent worked as a laborer for Mount Hope Co. in Wharton, NJ. Prior to working in construction, Vincent was a hairdresser owning two salons with his wife. Vincent was a parishioner of Saint Lucy Roman Catholic Church in Newark. He was a member of Local 472 Labor Union in Newark.
The family will receive their friends on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 from 5-8 PM at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls. A funeral mass will be held on Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 11 AM at Saint Lucy Roman Catholic Church, 118 7th Ave., Newark, NJ 07104. Please meet directly at church.
Kleber, Ingeborg K., known by family as Oma, 79, of Cedar Grove, passed away on Friday, April 16, 2021. Beloved wife for 60 years of Roman. She is the devoted mother of Heidi Mekita and her husband Bob and Linda Kleber and her fiance Richard Grimes. Loving grandmother to Robert and his fiance Jennifer, Kaitlynn and Gina. She is also survived by many sisters and brothers.
Oma was born in Germany and came to the US in 1959. Lived in Little Falls, NJ and Cedar Grove, NJ all her life. She was an avid gardener. Loved helping her husband in the vegetable garden. She planted many flowers around the house, especially her favorite of geraniums and rose bushes. She loved when her grandchildren visited. She would make their favorite German meals Pfannenkuchen.
We just had a small intimate service with immediate family. It was what she wanted.
Please plant a flower or donate to any organization in memory of Oma.
Maloney, Richard F., 92, of Little Falls, passed away on Thursday, April 8, 2021. Devoted husband of the late Helen (nee Grosso) who passed in 2018. Loving father of Richard R. Maloney and Barry A. Maloney and his wife Debra. Cherished grandfather of Scott, Heather, Jason, Ryan, and Cara. Richard is predeceased by his grandson Steven. Adoring great-grandfather of his two great-grandchildren.
Born in Paterson, Richard lived in Little Falls all of his life. He was a train engineer for NJ Transit in Jersey City for 35 years before retiring 33 years ago. Richard was a reservist in the US Marine Corp. from 1948-1950 and a veteran of the US Navy serving from 1950-1954 during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of the American Legion Singac Post 108. Richard was an active sportsman who loved hunting and fishing.
The family will receive their friends on Monday, April 12, 2021 from 6-8 PM at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at 10 AM at Gaita Memorial Home. Interment to follow at Laurel Grove Memorial Park, Totowa Road, Totowa.
"Baba, what for you want to go out and eat? Here you have the best food in the world with the best people." The best people and the best food-- that is how Domingo felt about his family and the amazing food his beloved wife Linda prepared for everyone.
Born in Chamelecon, Honduras, and raised in Bethlehem, Palestine Domingo Handal was a loving and caring husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend. He met the instant love of his life, Linda, and they married at the Church of Nativity in Bethlehem, or as he referred to it, Jesus's Town. While trading imports and exports, he, Linda, and their growing family lived and traveled in Kuwait, Iraq, and Jordan. Each of their children was born in a different country. His business eventually led him to New York City, and finally to Jersey City, NJ where he established a deli and neighborhood ice cream parlor, the latter of which became a permanent fixture on Central Avenue for more than 40 years.
Domingo's passion and commitment to community are perhaps best exemplified through his integral roles as a founding member and leader of two causes very near and dear to his heart-- Jersey City's Central Avenue Special Improvement District, and the Bethlehem Association. In Jersey City he was known as the "Godfather of Central Avenue" and "Baba" to many, earning his seat as a community legend. Together, Domingo and Linda devoted over 30 years on the board of the Bethlehem Association, a charitable organization that supports the communities of Bethlehem.
He and Linda eventually bought their 'forever' home in Totowa and filled it with love, laughter, and delicious food, which attracted a revolving door of friends and family who were always drawn to the "yellow house on top of the hill", as often called "The Handal Hotel." Domingo lived a full and authentic life, and connected with people in ways they would always remember -- whether family, friends, customers, or neighbors.
He was generous, mischievously quick-witted, funny, and always ready for a dance-off or a push-up contest. His integrity was unshakable, and while he had much to boast about, he never once indulged. He and Linda instilled these traits in their children and grandchildren -- there is not one of his descendants that can say they weren't shaped, in one way or another, by his and Linda's guidance and love. For those that were there to shape you, never truly leave you.
Domingo will forever be remembered by his five devoted children, Vida and her husband Samir Handal, Vera and her husband Nassib Faris, Florence and her husband Pierre Fersa, David and his wife Michelle Handal, and Christine Handal; 13 loving grandchildren, Sanielle, Ramzi, John, Renee, Nicole, Kristina, Ramie, Alex, Andre, Gabriella, Anthony, Andrew, Michael; and his five great-granddaughters, Alia, Maggie, Loretta, Theodora, and Nora. He is now reunited in heaven with his beloved wife, Linda, and his siblings Kamal and Shafique. Domingo is survived by his siblings, George, Elaine, and Olga.
He always believed in leaving something better than you found it, and that is exactly what he did.
The family will be accepting condolences on this website. Please share any thoughts or special memories of Domingo.
Due to Covid, the family decided not to have visiting at the funeral home for the safety of family and friends.
A Funeral Mass will be offered on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 10 AM at Our Lady of Pompeii, 154 Caldwell Avenue, Paterson, NJ. Following mass, Domingo will be laid to rest at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery and Mausoleum in Totowa. For the safety of all, the family asks that everyone who attends social distances. Please note that there will be limited seating capacity at Our Lady of Pompeii for the funeral mass.
To honor Domingo and Linda's passion and hard work within the Bethlehem Association, in lieu of flowers please consider a gift to:
PO Box 1111
Media, PA 19063
Please make check to Bethlehem Association Scholarship Fund. In memo line of check please write "In memory of Domingo Handal."