Norman, Anna E. (nee Henderson), 91, of Little Falls, passed away on Monday, November 30, 2020 in her home surrounded by her family.
Devoted wife of the late Charles W. Norman who passed away in 1992. Loving mother of Anna Guinn. Cherished grandmother of Katie Martin and Casey Guinn. Beloved great-grandmother of Sabrina Riley and John Martin. Dear sister of Virginia Cook.
Born in Paterson, Anna lived in Little Falls for 64 years. She was a devoted wife and mother who dedicated her life to her family.
A graveside service will be held on Friday, December 4, 2020 at 10 AM at Laurel Grove Memorial Park, 295 Totowa Road, Totowa, NJ. Please meet directly at the cemetery.
Gerald (Jerry) William Hunter entered into eternal life on Friday, November 20, 2020 at the age of 74. Born in Paterson, NJ on November 30, 1945, he was raised by his mother Ellen (Bayda) Hunter and moved to Little Falls at the age of two years old. He was a graduate of Passaic Valley High School and William Paterson University, where he received a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice. His lifelong dream of becoming a police officer was fulfilled in 1974, when he joined the Little Falls Police Department. Over the course of thirty five years, he moved up the ranks starting his career as a special officer and ending his career in the position of Chief of Police in 2009. He was a member of the Honor Legion and the Passaic County Police Chiefs Association. Jerry always took great pride in his role in law enforcement and left his mark in protecting and serving the community he loved. He was a special friend and mentor to many. Jerry made people feel like they mattered whether he was in their presence for a few seconds or several hours. He was a kind, compassionate and humble man who will be missed by many.
He was predeceased by his mother, Ellen (Bayda) Hunter and his brother Kenneth. Jerry leaves behind his beloved wife of 51 years, Claire, who was the love of his life. Devoted father of his three cherished daughters, Christina Hutto and her husband Peter, Kathleen Hunter-Cascio and her husband James, and Jennifer Korman and her husband Seth. Adored Pop-Pop of Christopher and Victoria Babcock (along with their father George Babcock), Gianna and John Hutto, and Tyler, Alexander and Evan Korman, who will all miss his smile and sense of humor. Dear brother in law of Kathleen and Michael Jakubas. Loving uncle to Michael and Jessica Jakubas with their daughter Ava, and Janine and Herb Brychta. Loving nephew of Marie Bayda and Nancy Bayda, along with several cousins.
Family and friends may pay their respects on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 from
4 p.m.- 8 p.m. at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls. A funeral mass will be held on Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of the Holy Angels Church, 473 Main Street, Little Falls. Please arrive at the funeral home at 9:00 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Jerry's memory to the Little Falls PBA 346, PO Box 142, Little Falls, NJ 07424 and St. Jude Children's Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or www.stjude.org Envelopes will be provided for both organizations during visiting hours for your convenience. Please remember masks must be worn inside the building.
Schlosser, Elizabeth A., (nee Purn), 58, of Little Falls, passed away on Monday, November 9, 2020 in her home surrounded by her family.
Liz as she was known to her family and friends is survived by her devoted husband Dennis Schlosser. Loving mother of three daughters: Kelly Kelly and her husband Billy, Christine Schlosser and her boyfriend John Fox, Erin Schlosser and her boyfriend Pat Abate, and one son Michael Schlosser. Beloved daughter of the late Warren and Helen Purn. Dear sister of Robert Purn, William Purn and his wife Donna, Warren Purn and his partner Erica Zicchinelli, Janet Purn, Kathleen Guzman and her husband Julio, Karen Lake and her husband Greg, and Mary Marzullo and her husband Michael. Cherished daughter-in-law of Loretta Schlosser and the late Arthur Schlosser. Liz will be dearly missed by her brother and sister in laws as well as her many nieces and nephews.
Born in Paterson, Elizabeth was raised in Clifton before residing in Little Falls for the past 33 years. She was a parishioner of Notre Dame Church in North Caldwell. Liz was a devoted mom who was happiest relaxing at home with her family and loved when her four children were all in one place. She enjoyed trips to the beach and adored her two cats "Brother" and "Sister". Elizabeth greatly enjoyed dinner, drinks, and watching her children's sports with her close-knit group of friends the "Mom Squad". Above all else, her family was always her top priority. Liz will not only be missed by her family but by her many friends and all those who knew her.
Her family will receive their friends Thursday, November 12, 2020 from 4-8 PM at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10 AM on Friday, November 13, 2020 at Notre Dame Church, 359 Central Ave., Caldwell, NJ 07006. Please meet at the funeral home at 9:15 AM.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Elizabeth's memory to the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, 2361 Hylan Blvd., Staten Island, NY 10306 or www.tunnel2towers.org Envelopes will be provided during visiting hours for your convenience.
Calabrese, Catherine R., (nee Hickey), "Kay", 98, of Totowa, passed away on October 21, 2020. Devoted wife of the late Patrick M. Calabrese (1996). Beloved mother of Kathy Pizzichetta and her husband Larry. Cherished grandmother of Patrick Pizzichetta and his wife Katrina. Adored great-grandmother of Dominick Pizzichetta. Dear sister of Rosemary Smith and the late Charles Smith. Loving aunt of Carolyn Kasunich and Laura Parry.
Kay grew up in Hoboken and lived in Lodi before moving to Totowa. She was a long time parishioner of St. James of the Marches Church. Kay loved her gambling excursions, visits to the beauty salon, manicures, pedicures, and going out to lunch with family and friends. She was famous for her hot peppers which were always a favorite at family gatherings. A devoted cat lover most of her life, in her later years Kay doted on her grand-dog Callie, who always kept her company.
The family will receive their friends on Saturday, October 24, 2020 from 9-10 AM at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 AM at St. James of the Marches Church, 410 Totowa Rd., Totowa. Interment to follow at George Washington Memorial Park, 234 Paramus Rd., Paramus. In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Jude Children's Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or www.stjude.org or to a favorite charity of your choice would be appreciated. Masks are required to enter the building and social distancing protocols will be followed.
Galizia, Pompeo, 70, of Woodland Park, passed away on Monday, October 19, 2020. Beloved father of Carlo R. Galizia and his wife April, Ralph F. Galizia and his wife Stephanie, and Melinda J. Inzani and her husband John. Cherished grandfather of six grandchildren: Carlo Galizia, Giana Galizia, Avellina Galizia, Ralph Galizia Jr., Liliana Inzani, and John Inzani Jr. Dear brother of Virginia Bambara.
Born in Italy, Pompeo came to the United States in 1967 settling in Paterson. He has resided in Woodland Park for the past 10 years. Pompeo worked in the Passaic County jail as a Shop Teacher for over 25 years. He was a parishioner of Our Lady of Pompei Church in Paterson. Pompeo was a member of the Roma Club in Woodland Park.
The family will receive their friends on Thursday, October 22, 2020 from 5-8 PM at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls. A Funeral Mass celebrating Pompeo will be held on Friday, October 23, 2020 at 10 AM at Our Lady of Pompei Church, 70 Murray Avenue, Paterson. Please meet directly at church. Interment to follow at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Totowa Boro. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to St. Jude Children's Hospital at www.stjude.org or 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 would be appreciated. Envelopes will be provided during visiting hours for your convenience. Masks are required to enter the building.
Ruiz, Carlos, 63, of Wayne, passed away on Friday, October 16, 2020. Loving husband of Frances Ruiz (nee Tejada). Beloved father of son Carlos R. Ruiz and daughters Heather and Melanie Ruiz. Cherished grandfather of grandson Jaylen Ruiz and granddaughter Shayla Ruiz. Dearest brother of Norma Ruiz.
Born in Cuba, Carlos lived in New York City and Ridgefield Park before moving to Wayne 16 years ago. He was employed by RD Simpson Inc. in New York City as a private chauffeur for 36 years. Carlos was a parishioner of Our Lady of the Holy Angels Roman Catholic Church in Little Falls.
The family will receive their friends on Sunday, October 18, 2020 from 3-6 PM at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls. A funeral mass celebrating Carlos will be held on Monday, October 19, 2020 at Our Lady of the Holy Angels Roman Catholic Church, Little Falls at 10:30 AM. Please arrive at funeral home at 9:45 AM. Please note that masks are required to enter the funeral home.
Simone, Phillip H. (Phil), 67, of Little Falls, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family on Saturday, October 10, 2020. Phil was a loving husband, father, grandfather, son, and brother who will be greatly missed.
Beloved husband of his wife Marlene R. Simone (nee Smethers). Devoted father of Philip Simone and his wife Taralynn and Charles Simone. Adoring grandfather of Jianna and Alexa Simone. Dear brother of Michael Simone Jr. and his wife Valerie, and Richard Simone and his wife Karen. Loving son-in-law of Mary Smethers. He is also survived by his sister-in-law Susan Richardson and her husband David. Phil was a cherished uncle to his nieces and nephews.
A long time resident of Little Falls, Phil was born and raised in West Paterson. He graduated from Passaic Valley High School in 1971. Phil began working for the Township of Little Falls Public Works in 1976 and became the Township Superintendent of Public Works in 1989, loving every day he worked until the present day. Because of his occupation Phil was a member of numerous associations including the New Jersey Public Works Association and the Water Environment Federation.
Phil was a member of Singac Fire Company #3 for 44 years and held the rank of First Assistant Chief for several years. He was also a member of the West Paterson Fire Company #3 for 7 years. Due to his many years of service Phil was an Exempt Fireman in the state of New Jersey. He was a long time parishioner of Holy Angels RC Church in Little Falls.
Phil was most known for his unwavering love for his family, kind heart, quick wit and never wavered to provide a helping hand when needed. He was an avid fan of Harry Potter and loved rainbows and Disney World. He will be missed by all that knew him.
The family will receive their friends on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls. A Funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 9:30 AM at Holy Angels RC Church, Little Falls. Please arrive at the funeral home at 8:45 AM. Entombment to follow at Laurel Grove Memorial Park, Totowa, NJ.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Singac Fire Company #3 at www.singacfire.com or 517 Main St., Little Falls, NJ 07424. Envelopes will be provided by the funeral home during visiting hours for your convenience. Please remember face masks are required to enter the building.
Sotelo, David M., 81, of Wayne, passed away on Friday, October 2, 2020. Devoted husband of the late Joyce Sotelo (nee Springstead) who passed in 2008. Beloved father of five sons: David L. Sotelo, Rudolph Sotelo, Gary Sotelo, Glen Sotelo, and Ronald Sotelo. Cherished grandfather of five grandchildren and adoring great-grandfather of two great-grandchildren.
Born in the Bronx, NY David then resided in Wayne, NJ for 65 years. He was a construction worker installing gas stations for Fairfield Maintenance in Fairfield for 25 years. David was a member of the NRA.
The family will receive their friends on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 from 2-6 PM at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls. A Funeral Service officiated by Fr. Dan Grigassy will take place at 5:30 PM. Please note that face masks are required to enter the building.
Jakob, Joanna (nee Papienuk), 58, of Little Falls, passed away on Tuesday, September 29, 2020. Beloved wife of Robert H. Jakob. Loving mother of Robert T. Jakob and Matthew E. Jakob. Cherished daughter of Joyce (Edsall) Papienuk. Dear sister of Theodore Papienuk, Edward Papienuk, Theresa Doughery and Joy Smith.
Born in Paterson, Joanna grew up in Wanaque before residing in Little Falls for the past 29 years. She worked in customer service for State Farm Insurance in Parsippany for 31 years. Joanna retired in 2017.
Services are private to the family.
De Lillo, Amalfi J. (nee Cruz), 93, of Wayne, passed away on Friday, September 25, 2020. Beloved wife of the late Louis De Lillo who passed in 1994. Cherished mother of Susan Pinadella and her husband John and Elisa De Young and her husband Michael. Amalfi was predeceased by her son Louis A. De Lillo "Sonny" in 1993 and her daughter Luana De Lillo in 2019. Loving grandmother to her six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Amalfi is survived by her brothers Italidis Cruz and Gundebaldo Cruz. Amalfi will be greatly missed by her dear friend Bob Carlo and his family.
Born in Santiago, Dominican Republic Amalfi came to the United States in 1945 and lived in Wayne for the past 50 years prior to that residing in Passaic. In her early life Amalfi sang professionally with her brother Adalberto Cruz while living in the Dominican Republic. Later in life, Amalfi worked as an electronic technician for Almo Labs in Little Falls for 15 years. She was a member of the Wayne Senior Citizens Club. Arrangements were private to the family.
Van Putten Vink, Mary (nee Radosti), 66, of Clifton, passed away on Tuesday, September 15, 2020. Beloved wife of William Van Putten Vink Sr. Devoted mother of William Van Putten Vink Jr. and his wife Jennifer, Vincent Van Putten Vink and his wife Lauren, Melissa Di Napoli and her husband Tom, Catherine Van Putten Vink, and the late Keith Van Putten Vink who passed away June 26, 2014. Mary is the cherished grandmother of her five grandchildren, William, Michael, Chase, Kendall, and London.
Born in Maryland, Mary later resided in Clifton for over 40 years. She dedicated her life to her husband and children. Services are private to the family.
Margaret K. Torre a long time resident of Totowa, N.J., passed away on September 9, 2020 at the age of 99. Margaret was born and raised in Paterson N.J., the youngest child of Alex and Susanna Kornafer. She was married to Arthur M. Torre, (deceased), for over 40 years.
Margaret is survived by her son, Dr. Arthur J. Torre and his wife Marilyn. She was beloved by her grandchildren: Suzanne, Christine, Carolyn, Elizabeth, Gerald, Daniel and Michael. She had 8 great-grandchildren: Andrew, Julia, Charlie, Justin, Jamie, Dylan, Nicky, and Alexis.
In Lieu of flowers, donations to the American Lung Association would be appreciated.
Funeral is for immediate family only.
Albert Demee Jousset Jr., 71, of Clifton passed away on the morning of August 31, 2020. Albert was born and raised in Dover, New Hampshire as the eldest of five siblings to Albert Jousset and Grace Leary. In 1971 he studied History and English at William Penn College and in 1978 attended Virginia Theological Seminary. Albert had an extensive career as both a teacher and more notably as an Episcopal minister for the Diocese of Newark for over 25 years. He primarily worked for St. David's in Kinnelon, All Saints in Leonia, and Christ Church in Ridgewood where he was renowned for his dedication and leadership. Albert was awarded the Bishops Certificate of Merit as well as the Bishops Canterbury Scholar Award. Later in his life Albert served his time to working as a hospice companion to patients through Bayada Hospice.
Albert is survived by his children, Todd and his wife Carmen Jousset, Courtney and her husband Ryan Hayes, and Alexandra and her partner Chris Mulvey. He was the beloved and devoted grandfather to Luke and Addison Hayes and Jackie, Zachary, and Andrew Jousset and survived by his loving sisters and brother Sherry Fortuna, Gay Roy, and Jefferey Jousset. He is predeceased by his parents Albert and Grace and brother Timothy.
Albert enjoyed reading, history, and baseball (go Red Sox!) He will be remembered for being a dedicated clergy member but most of all a devoted and very loving parent and grandparent. He had a dynamic sense of humor and a great compassion for all walks of life and everyone he met. He will be greatly missed by his friends and family.
Due to Covid regulations at this time, services will be arranged at a later date that will be announced.
Slawinksi, Richard, 54, of Woodbridge, passed away on Sunday, August 16, 2020. Beloved husband of Dana Rizzi-Slawinski. Dear brother of Stanley Slawinski, Heidi Garcia, and Diane Bernard. Richard was a cherished uncle to many nieces and nephews. Richard was born and grew up in Elizabeth, NJ. He has been a resident of Woodbridge for the past four years. Richard was a cabinet maker and worked for Diversified Fixture, a cabinet making company in Lakewood, NJ.
The family will receive their friends from 4-8 PM on Saturday, August 22, 2020 at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls, NJ 07424. A service will be held at the funeral home at 7:30 PM with Fr. Dan Grigassy from St. Bonaventure's Church officiating. Masks are required inside the building.
Santucci, Louise K. (nee Meyers), 83, of Bloomingdale, formerly of Fairfield, passed away on Sunday, August 9, 2020. Devoted mother of Joseph Santucci Jr. and his wife Caryn, Amy Santucci, and the late Elizabeth Santucci-Zaccaro. Beloved grandmother of Stephanie Zaccaro, Samantha Zaccaro, Katlyn Zaccaro, Amanda Santucci, Ava Santucci, Joseph Santucci, Matthew Santucci, and Nicholas Del Sontro. Proud great-grandmother of two great-grandchildren.
Louise was born and grew up in Passaic, NJ and then resided in Fairfield for 50 years. She worked as a police dispatcher for the North Caldwell Police Department for 10 years. Louise was a parishioner of St. Thomas Moore RC Church in Fairfield. Arrangements were private to the family.
Fiore, Giovannina (Palatucci), 85, of Little Falls passed away peacefully after her battle with cancer on Wednesday, August 5, 2020. Devoted wife of the late Michele S. Fiore (2004). Loving mother of Stanley Fiore, Pasquale Fiore, Louise Fawzi and Joann Nardelli. Cherished grandmother of Pasquale Fiore Jr, Katelynn Fiore, Alyse Smith, Michael Fiore, Laura Fawzi, Leah Fawzi, Antonio Nardelli and loving great grandmother to Cora Smith.
Born in Avellino, province of Montella, Italy, Giovannina and her brother Angelo sailed to America for a better life. She met her husband at church who had also come from Italy by boat. Her sewing skills got her work as a seamstress. Her love for gardening had everything she touched blooming and she loved sharing her fresh produce with friends and family. She was an avid walker around town, to the local parks and many friends and acquaintances just knew her. She also is a member of the Little Falls Golden Agers Club in Little Falls and enjoyed camaraderie there. Her skills in the kitchen earns her the best ever chef title from all lucky enough to have enjoyed her cooking. Her lasagna is Out Of This World amazing for every holiday and will be missed. Mom or Nonna as she is known will be missed by all her friends and family. She has a heart of gold...always there for everyone and put everyone first.
Due to Covid19 there will be limited viewing. The family requests masks be worn at all times due to compromised systems.
Private viewing at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls, NJ on August 10, 2020.
She will be joining her husband at the Holy Sepulchre Cemetery Mausoleum at 52 Totowa Road, Totowa, NJ on August 10, 2020.
Haden III, William J., 70, of Clifton, passed away on Sunday, August 2, 2020. Devoted husband of Petronila Ramos-Haden. Loving father of Matthew Bautista and his wife Virginia, Patricia Gonyou and her husband Thomas, and Peggy Lambe and her husband Thomas. Dear brother of Brian Haden and his wife Jo Anne, Dr. Theresa (Terry) Litchfield and her husband Peter, Marilyn Kreel, Mary Sierchio and her husband Robert, Jill Malanga and her husband George, and Gloria Haden-Vero and her husband Peter Margo. Adored grandfather of five grandchildren. William will be greatly missed by his many nieces and nephews.
Born in Orange, NJ, William grew up in Cedar Grove and lived there for 50 years. He then resided in Bloomfield before moving to Clifton six years ago. William is an United States Army Veteran, serving from 1969-1971. He served in the Vietnam War as a Sergeant of Communications. William worked in truck delivery for Opic Wines through the Teamster Union 863 of Glen Rock.
A Memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, August 15, 2020 at 10 AM at St. Catherine's of Siena RC Church, 339 Pompton Avenue, Cedar Grove, NJ 07009.
Trombino, Irene F., (nee Manno), 89, of Little Falls, passed away on Sunday, July 19, 2020. Devoted wife of the late Arthur R. Trombino (2003). Loving mother of Mary Ann Trombino-Arthur and Donna Lubertazzi. Cherished grandmother of 5 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Born in Paterson, Irene moved to Little Falls in 1955 and lived there for 65 years. Irene worked as a supervisor for Prudential Insurance in Roseland for 25 years from from 1974-1999. She was a parishioner of Our Lady of the Holy Angels R.C. Church in Little Falls.
The family will receive their friends on Thursday, July 23, 2020 from 6-8 PM at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls. A Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, July 24, 2020 at 9:30 AM at Holy Angels RC Church, 473 Main Street, Little Falls. Please meet directly at church. Interment to follow at Mount Hebron Cemetery, Montclair, NJ.
In lieu of flowers donations to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Irene's memory would greatly be appreciated. Send donations to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl., Memphis, TN 38105-9959 or www.stjude.org
Envelopes will also be provided by the funeral home during visiting hours for your convenience.
Gatch, Rex, 54 of North Caldwell, NJ suddenly passed away on July 8, 2020. He is survived by his wife Johanna, daughter Violet, brother Eric Gatch and his wife Lynn, nephew Harrison Gatch, niece Madeleine Gatch, in-laws John and Helen Cap and sister-in-laws Stephanie Sackariasen and Andrea Kruger and their families. He is pre-deceased by his mother Anita Donada Gatch and father Donald E. Gatch.
Born in Savannah, Georgia, Rex moved to London, UK when he was three and then to Malta. Rex attended Fernden Preparatory School, Seaford College, Dundee University and graduated from South Bank University, London. Rex loved showing his daughter Violet his "hometown" of London and introducing her to his UK friends. He was a devoted Arsenal fan.
Rex met his wife Johanna in Hoboken 18 years ago and it was love at first sight. They were married in 2004 and were thrilled to welcome Violet to their family in 2009. Rex was an attentive father and had an extremely close relationship with Violet.
Rex's passions included reading, gardening, cooking and pool. Known as "The Vest" by his pool mates he loved the leagues and tournaments he played in and cherished all the friendships he made. His quick wit and sense of humor was enjoyed by his friends, family and co-workers. Rex loved his profession as an environmental engineer. Many of his colleagues became his close friends and confidantes.
Arrangements are private to the family.
Contributions in Rex's honor and memory can be made to www.gofundme.com/f/rex-gatch-memorial-college-fund-for-violet
and will go directly to Violet's college fund, as her education was a priority for him.
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 on Friday, July 10, 2020 from 11 AM to 12:30 PM at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls. Entombment of Jacquelyn's cremains will follow directly after visiting at Laurel Grove Memorial Park, Totowa for 1 PM. In lieu of flowers, the donations to Clifton Friends of the Animal Shelter, PO Box 4923, Clifton, NJ 07015 would be appreciated.
Bridget (nee Pieri) Davis, 83 died on June 4, 2020 at home in Wayne, New Jersey surrounded by family and friends after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Bridget was born on August 20, 1936 in the Bronx, New York to Ascanio and Maria Pieri. Both of her parents emigrated from Italy, her father Ascanio from the Abruzzo region and Maria from the region of Emilia Romagna.
Bridget was raised in The Bronx and attended Walton High School. While residing in The Bronx she met her husband John. They married on Dec. 28, 1957 and had five sons. John and Bridget lived in San Diego, California and Yonkers, New York, finally settling in Wayne in 1973.
Bridget is survived by her loving husband of 62 years John, her devoted sons John Jr. and his wife Barbara, Tom and his wife Michele, Steve and his wife Kathie, and Jim and his wife AnnMarie. She was the cherished grandmother of Katie, Matthew and his wife Megan, Joey, Patrick, Amanda, Brandon, Melyssa, Kyle, Alianna, Juliette and Andrew. Adored aunt of Rob Zandoli, his wife Irene, and Rick Davis and his wife Cathy. Beloved grand aunt of Kara and Dennis Pettersen and their daughter Brianna, Meghan and Chris Hummel, and James Zandoli. Bridget was predeceased by her brother Bruno Zandoli and her granddaughter Laura. At the time of her passing Bridget was greatly anticipating the birth of her first great grandchild.
Bridget had many interests and was very active in her community and church. She loved to travel and felt very fortunate to have visited many beautiful locations throughout the world, especially Italy where she was able to reunite with relatives. She enjoyed reading, needlework, painting and daily walks around Packanack Lake. She was an avid gardener obtaining a certificate from the Master Gardener's program. Serving her community was very important to Bridget. She was a volunteer in the Friends Room at the Wayne Public Library and at Eva's Kitchen in Paterson. She also prepared meals for the Father English Community Center, helping to feed the underprivileged in Paterson, NJ.
Bridget enjoyed her hobbies and charity work, but she was most passionate about her family. Nonna, as she was affectionately called, was so incredibly loved and admired by her grandchildren, and her grandchildren meant the world to her. Holiday dinners, birthday celebrations, making gingerbread houses, trips to cut down Christmas trees, ski weekends, annual summertime sleepovers, and most especially vacations on Cape Cod - these are the best times that the family spent together. These were the moments that kept family close, and Bridget is the reason why these Davis family traditions exist to be passed down through generations. Bridget and John always came to games, plays, concerts, graduations and anything the kids were involved with. They endured cold, heat, rain and even snow to cheer for their grandchildren.
Bridget was blessed to have wonderful friends and many friendships that lasted her lifetime. Playing cards, going to the theater, day trips, and traveling to visit friends were always favorite activities.
Bridget was a very special lady. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, and friend. Anyone who knew her has fond memories of times they shared with Bridget. She was loved by family and friends and she will be missed more than words can say.
A memorial funeral Mass will be held at Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church in Wayne, NJ, in the future.
Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider donations to The National Pancreas Foundation (www.pancreasfoundation.org) or mail it to 3 Bethesda Metro Center, Suite 700, Bethesda, Maryland 20814.
Alala, Joan L. (nee Cobianchi), 82, of Little Falls, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 3, 2020 surrounded by her loving family. Devoted mother of daughter Joan Alala-Pierro and her husband Michael, and daughter Kim Faure. Beloved grandmother of Jaime Ricci and her husband Anthony, Kirsten Bundy, William Faure, and Joseph Faure. Adoring great-grandmother of Aryanna Ricci and Olivia Bundy. Dear sister of James Cobianchi.
The daughter of Louis and Clara Cobianchi, Joan was born and raised in Paterson, NJ. She later moved to Little Falls where she resided for the past 51 years. Joan had previously worked for Macaluso's Restaurant and Catering in Hawthorne, NJ. She was a devoted mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Joan will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Services are private at this time.
Mannuzza, Cheryl Ann (nee Jackson), 64, of Freehold, passed away on Tuesday, June 2, 2020. Devoted mother of her son, Jonathan Mannuzza, and daughter, Jennifer Philip and her husband, Bruce. Loving stepdaughter of Frank Waldron. Adoring grandmother of Jessica Philip and Allison Philip.
Born in Paterson, Cheryl moved to Wanaque before residing in Lincoln Park for 30 years. She later resided in Freehold moving there seven years ago. Cheryl loved and cherished her cats and will be missed by them and her family greatly. Services are private to the family.
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.