McBride, Judy (nee Busby), 76, of Ringwood, passed away on Monday, October 29, 2018. Beloved wife of Vincent. Loving mother to three sons Vincent and his wife Michelle, Michael and his wife Nattika, and Timothy McBride. Adored grandmother of Katy, Aiden, Kieran, Keane, and Kylee McBride. She will be missed by her three sisters Nancy Busby, Claire Kroeplin and her husband Edward, Betsy Selders and her husband Michael, and three brothers Gerard, Brian, Frank Busby and his wife Wendy. Cherished sister-in-law of Kathy and Steve Varcardipone, Mary Ellen and Joe Mastrangelo, Elizabeth McBride, and Robert and Marilyn McBride. Judy is predeceased by her brother Vincent and sister-in-law Terry.
Judy lived in Ringwood for 54 years and was a parishioner of St. Francis RC Church in Haskell. Judy worked at The Phoenix Center, a special needs school in Nutley for many years as an instructional aide. She worked with the children she loved for 20 years.
A Memorial Gathering will be held on Thursday, November 1, 2018 from 3-8 PM at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls. A Memorial Mass will be Friday, November 2, 2018 at 10:30 AM at St. Francis RC Church, 868 Ringwood Avenue, Haskell, NJ. Please meet directly at church. In lieu of flowers, donations to The Phoenix Center, 16 Monsignor Owens Place, Nutley, NJ 07110 or to your favorite charity would be greatly appreciated. Donation envelopes will be available at the funeral home during visiting hours.
Harold Grotenstein passed away in his home on October 26th. Born in 1925, he would have celebrated his 94th birthday on February 9th.
Always the optimist and rarely angry or able to hold a grudge, he led an interesting life. At 18 he enlisted in the Army Air Corps and became a navigator on B-24's. Though he never got to serve overseas since the war ended before he could get there, the experience of the service and flying was a memorable part of his life. He always commented that there was never an invasion in Texas, California, or Idaho where he trained and was stationed! He went on to get a degree from City College, was a CPA and CFO at a number of companies including J. Walter Thompson and Ruder & Finn. He then switched careers and became a stock broker until his retirement at 80!
He loved the Mets, the Jets, and the Nets and tortured a friend in Maryland the year that they beat all the Baltimore teams. He became a major Duke Blue Devils fan when his son Jonathan attended Duke- he said that was a gift. His other passions were the NYT crossword (in ink) and politics, he closely followed ever evolving world issues until the day he died.
He also loved his bourbon. Everyone knew his drink order; either Pappy Van Winkle (when it was available) or Jack Daniels Reserve with a splash of seltzer, crushed ice and a lemon peel. It was his go-to every evening until very recently.
Most of all he loved his family; his wife Linda (married 50 years this December), his children David, Caroline (and Randy), Ellen, Jonathan (and Kristen) and Jessica; his grandchildren, Alec, Laura, Joe, Emma, Sam, and Jack. Everyone who knew him had a "Harold story" that would bring a smile. He will be missed. There will be a memorial service at a later day. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to:
Bnai Keshet, 99 S. Fullerton Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07042
Atlantic Home Health & Hospice, 465 South Street, Suite 100, Morristown, NJ 07960
Montclair Ambulance Unit, 95 Walnut Street, Montclair, NJ 07042
Minsky, Eleanor, 89, of Clifton, passed away on Tuesday, October 23, 2018. Beloved mother of son Neil Minsky and his wife Angela, and daughter Jamie Minsky. Adoring grandmother to two grandchildren. Born in Passaic, New Jersey, Eleanor then resided in Clifton for 30 years.
The family will receive their friends for a Memorial Gathering on Sunday, October 28, 2018 from 3 to 5 pm at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Alzheimer's Association at act.alz.org/donate or the American Lung Association at www.lung.org would be greatly appreciated. Donation envelopes will also be provided by the funeral home during visiting hours.
Charles E. Ward IV
Charles E., IV, 66, of Little Falls, passed away to be with The Lord October 10, 2018. Caring sister of Karen Kopec. Born in Glen Ridge, Charles resided in Little Falls his entire life. He was an English Literature and Theatre Arts Teacher at Passaic Valley High School from 1983-2008. Charles was a member of the Teacher's Union and wrote for comic books for Jaguar and Marvel. Cremation was private to his family.
Barbara J. Simmons
Barbara J., 49, Of Lodi, passed away October 9, 2018. Devoted sister of Donald Simmons, Jr., and his wife, Brenda, Cynthia Simmons, and the late Beverly Simmons-Davis. Caring aunt of Ashley Fasano, Stacey Simmons, Brooke Simmons, Donald Simmons III, and Tyler Simmons. Loving partner of Bruce Corey. Barbara is predeceased by her parents, Donald, Sr. and Harriet Simmons. Born in Pequannock, Barbara lived in Wayne, before moving to Lodi, where she has resided for the past 4 years. Barbara worked as an Operator for ECI in Wayne for 5 years. Her family will receive their friends Saturday, October 13th from 1-4 pm, with a Service at 3 pm by Reverend Erik Solbwedel, at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls. Cremation will be private to family following visiting hours. In lieu of flowers, contributions to Barbara's memorial would be greatly appreciated. Please make donation checks payable to: Stacey Simmons, 366 Fairfield Road, Wayne, NJ 07470.