Craig R. Decker

Craig R. Decker, 58, of Annville, Pennsylvania, passed away Thursday, November 15, 2018 at his home.

Born July 26, 1960 in Belleville, New Jersey, he was a son of Irene M. (Dutzer) Decker of Palmyra and the late Robert E. Decker.  He was also preceded in death by a brother Donald B. Decker.

He attended the Encounter Church of Palmyra and was a chef for many years in New Jersey and Pennsylvania after attending culinary school.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife of ten years Cheryl L. (Lingle) Decker; step sons Greg Lingle and Brad Lingle; brothers Jeffrey M., husband of Lori Decker of Clark, New Jersey and Karl A., husband of Dorothy Decker of Toms River, New Jersey; niece Michelle; and nephews Ryan and Bobby.

A funeral service will be held 1:00 PM Monday, November 19, 2018 at Buse Funeral Home, 145 North Grant Street, Palmyra, PA,  preceded by a viewing from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM. 

At the conclusion of the service Craig will be transferred to the Irvine-Cozzarelli Memorial Home, 276 Washington Avenue, Belleville, NJ. Guests will be received on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 morning and afternoon from 11:00 to 1:00 o’clock.

A funeral service will be held at 1:00 o’clock, with Pastor Vivian Roderffer  officiating. Complimentary valet parking is available at the funeral home. Additional information is available by calling the funeral home at 973-759-1114. Entombment to follow in Hollywood Memorial Park, Union, NJ.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to:

The Lebanon County Humane Society

150 North Ramona Road

Myerstown, PA 17067

 Or

The American Liver Foundation

1528 Walnut Street, Suite 2020

Philadelphia, PA 19102.




Susan Lourdes Prieto

 Susan Lourdes (Somoza) Prieto, 61, of Belleville, New Jersey passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 20th, 2018 in Hackensack University Hospital with her loving family at her side.

 Susan was born February 8, 1957 in Dumaguete, Negros Oriental, Philippines. The second daughter of Victorino and Rosalia Somoza, Susan is survived by her 5 siblings: Victorino Jr, Rosalina, Lucille, Chris, and Gerard. She is the loving wife of Anthony Prieto and will be greatly missed by her children Mark (Nelia) and Jaclyn (Shermanne). She is the beloved grandmother of Leonardo Mikhail, Amanda, and Shaley Rose and cherished auntie to 4 nieces, 13 nephews, 1 grand-niece and 8 grand-nephews. 

 Susan immigrated to the United States in the early 1990’s with the desire to expand her job opportunities and support her family back home, sacrificing many years away from her family. As a nurse who worked in various settings, Susan spent most of her career at the Ash Centre for Comprehensive Medicine in New York City and Fresenius Medical Centre in Jersey City, NJ where she made life-long friendships. 

 Susan loved to travel and visit her relatives. She enjoyed watching Korean soap operas, the Filipino Channel, shopping, and eating at her favorite restaurant Longhorn Steakhouse. Susan was an incredibly compassionate person who always put her loved ones ahead of her. 

 During her three-year battle with lung cancer, Susan showed an unexplainable strength. She accepted each and every treatment option with grace and determination.  She never turned down an opportunity to improve her quality of life. 

 Susan will be remembered for her love for her family, her attractive singing voice, her willingness to help others, her hard-working spirit, and her beautiful smile.

 Guests will be received at the Irvine-Cozzarelli Memorial Home, 276 Washington Avenue, Belleville, on Thursday, October 25th and Friday October 26th afternoon and evening from 4:00 to 8:00 o’clock. Complimentary valet parking is available at the funeral home. Additional information is available by calling the funeral home at 973-759-1114.

 The Funeral Mass will be held in St. Anthony of Padua Church, 63 Franklin Street (Silver Lake) Belleville on Saturday, October 27th at 10:00 a.m. For those who wish the attend the funeral please gather at the funeral home at 8:30 a.m. Entombment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, 340 Ridge Road, North Arlington, NJ.





Peter J. Bridge

Journalist, Writer, Teacher

Peter Joseph Bridge, 82, of Belleville died peacefully in his home on Monday, August 27, 2018.

Peter was born in Nutley, NJ in 1935, attending school at St. Mary’s Church in Nutley before moving to Sangerfield, NY 

at the age of 12 with his family.

He proudly served his country as a translator in the United States Army shortly after the Korean Conflict.

After graduating from Utica College in 1960, Peter began his career as a journalist with the Endicott Bulletin and later the Oneonta Star in upstate New York. In October 1961, the Newark Evening News hired Peter as a writer, and he soon returned to New Jersey, eventually settling in Belleville in 1963.

In 1969, Peter coauthored The Mafia Talks, a compilation of FBI recordings of the DeCavalcante crime family.

Peter was “dubiously distinguished,” in his words, as the first news reporter jailed in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1972 decision denying a so-called “reporter’s privilege” to refrain to testify before grand juries. He served 21 days in Essex County Jail in Newark, NJ for refusal to comply with the court’s order to testify about a story he wrote concerning a bribery case involving the Newark Housing Authority. Despite answering more than 50 questions posed by the grand jury, he was jailed for refusing to answer five questions, including inquiries about his sources. He received commendations from numerous organizations, including the American Civil Liberties Union and the American Ethical Union, for his defense of the freedom of the press.

Peter taught journalism at Rutgers–Newark and Ramapo College in the ‘80s and ‘90s and served as advisor for the schools’ student-run newspapers.

Peter was a constant source of humor, wisdom, history and guidance who left a lasting impression on those around him, especially his family. He will be greatly missed.

Peter was the beloved husband of Linda (nee Burgess) Bridge for 30 years. His first wife, Anne Bridge, predeceased him in 1978. He was the devoted father of Zachary and Ryan Bridge, Rebecca Kremen, Jennifer Quigley, and the late Mark Bridge and the loving grandfather of Helena and Ian Kremen and Abigail, Rachel and Sara Quigley.

Guests will be received the afternoon and evening of Friday, August 31 from 4:00 to 8:00 at the Irvine–Cozzarelli Memorial Home, 276 Washington Avenue, Belleville. Complimentary valet parking is available at the funeral home. A funeral mass will be offered on Saturday morning, September 1, at 9:30 in Saint Mary’s Church, 17 Monsignor Owens Place, Nutley. Those who wish to attend the funeral may gather at the funeral home at 8:30 a.m. Interment will be in Glendale Cemetery, Bloomfield, NJ. For additional information, please visit www.irvinecozzarelli.com or call 973-759-1114.

In lieu of floral tributes, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123 (www.cancer.org).


Alice Lozaw

Alice (nee Oelke) Lozaw of Belleville, NJ, passed away on Friday, July 6th 

at the age of 80.

 She was born in Newark and had lived in Parsippany prior to moving to Belleville over 45 years ago. Alice worked at various manufacturing plants in Belleville and Bloomfield prior to her retirement. Alice loved her family and enjoyed playing bingo.

 Alice was predeceased by her parents, Robert and Alice (nee Lutz) Oelke; a daughter Alice Bolitho; a brother Robert “Jr” Oelke; two sisters Dolores Burns and Corlene Nilon.

 She is survived by her three daughters Dorothy Lozaw, Barbara Ann Lozaw, and Laura Borgonsoli & her husband Nick; grandchildren Ronnie Smith Jr., Kayla Borgonsoli and Nico Borgonsoli; a brother Arnold Oelke; three sisters Barbara Wah, Linda Dybo, and Cheryl Barney.

 The family will receive relatives and friends at the Irvine-Cozzarelli Memorial Home, 276 Washington Avenue, Belleville on Sunday evening from 6:00 o’clock to 8:00 o’clock. A prayer service will be held in the funeral home Sunday evening at 7:00 o’clock. Cremation will be private. In lieu of flowers please make donations in Alice’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association (www.alz.org)

Alzheimer’s Association

225 N. Michigan Ave. Floor 17

Chicago, IL 60601



 

Charles Duetsch, Public Servant, Newark Fireman

 Charles P. (Chuck) Duetsch, 91, of Belleville passed away on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at Clara Maass Memorial Hospital, Belleville, NJ.

 Guests will be received on the afternoon and evening of Tuesday, May 22nd from 4 to 8 o'clock at the Irvine-Cozzarelli Memorial Home, 276 Washington Ave., Belleville. Complimentary valet parking is available at the funeral home. A funeral mass will be offered on Wednesday morning, May 23rd, at 11 o'clock at St. Peter's R.C. Church, 155 William Street, also in Belleville. Those who wish to attend the funeral may gather at the funeral home at 10 o'clock. Interment will be in Glendale Cemetery, Bloomfield, NJ. For additional information, please visit irvinecozzarelli.com or call 

973-759-1114.

Born in Jersey City, NJ, Charles resided in the city briefly, moving to Bronx, NY where he spent his childhood years, then moving to Newark where he graduated from East Side High School in 1945. He would later become a Belleville resident for the last 61 years.

 Chuck was a World War II veteran of the Naval Seabees, serving in the Aleutian Islands, Alaska.

Chuck became a proud Newark fireman in 1952, retiring after 39 years of service in 1991. Chuck was also well known for his window washing and handyman service, serving residents for 30 years in the local community.

 Chuck was a life member of VFW Post 493, Nutley, American Legion Post 299, Essex County Retired Police & Firemen's Assoc., and the NJ State Firemen's Assoc.

A descriptive of Chuck's personality would characterize him as an intelligent and balanced individual. A wonderfully kind hearted person, he was unforgettable. He was understanding and a true gentleman who would go out of his way to care for anyone in need. His precious family always came first and he prided himself on being an unwavering provider. Chuck had a terrific sense of humor and would greet people with his wonderful welcoming smile. He was a reassuring man and a man of goodness and a devout Catholic and longtime member of St. Peter's R.C. Church.

Chuck was the beloved husband of 53 years to the late Nancy (nee Roos); the loving and devoted father of Linda Siniscal and husband Ernest, Robert and his wife Barbara; cherished grandfather of Thomas and Sean and his wife Kimberly, and dear brother of Dorothy McCarthy.

In lieu of floral tributes, memorial donations may be extended in Chuck's memory to:

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

220 East 42nd Street

New York, NY 10017

Stjude.org

Or

The New Jersey Firemen's Home

565 Lathrop Avenue

Boonton, NJ 07005

njfh.org

                                                                                                                                                                                


Juanita Buniel Welenofsky

 Juanita Buniel Welenofsky (also known as, Jeannie, Mommy Jeannie or simply, Mana), 76, was called home to be with the Lord on Friday, January 26, 2018, at her residence in Belleville, NJ.

A celebration of her life and viewing will take place on the afternoon and evening of Friday, February 2nd, from 4 to 8 o’clock at the Irvine-Cozzarelli Memorial Home, 276 Washington Avenue, Belleville. Complimentary valet parking is available at the funeral home. A funeral Mass will be offered on Saturday morning, at 9 o'clock, February 3rd, at St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church, 155 William Street, Belleville, NJ. After the mass, we will proceed to Glendale Cemetery in Bloomfield, NJ for a graveside service.

Jeannie was born and raised in Madrid, Surigao del Sur, Philippines to Uldarico and Ruperta Buniel. Being the eldest of six siblings, she was in charge of doing much of the house work while her parents would be out trying to provide for their children. After moving out of her family home and living for a brief time in Manila, Jeannie would eventually immigrate to the United States to live a better life. She married Fritz Welenofsky, a World War II veteran and loyal Vac-U-Max employee and lived in a cozy apartment located on Rutgers Court in Belleville, NJ.

 Jeannie was also a loyal employee of the Belleville KMart, where most of her time was spent running the men’s fitting room. The only thing she enjoyed more than her job, were the people who worked there. Jeannie always spoke about how caring her coworkers were. They never failed to greet her when she clocked in, and were always willing to lend her a hand.

 On her downtime, Jeannie spent a great amount of time with her family. She would visit often to spend time with her sister and her brother-in-law, Lourdes and Luisito, and her niece and nephew, Bethany and Louie. During her visits, she would bring food and talk about her week, watch daytime talk shows and bask in the love of her family.

Jeannie was strong when faced with adversity. Despite her life as a child in the Philippines to her transition into life in the United States, one thing that remained constant was her compassion and love for people. Her genuine kindness allowed her to be friendly with anyone she came in contact with. She was adored by everyone, from her family, to her closest friends and coworkers. All could agree she truly had a heart of gold.

Jeannie was the beloved wife of 38 years to Fritz Welenofsky. She is survived by her four siblings, Samson, Sixta, Ernesto, and Lourdes. She is also survived by the sister-in-law of Lourdes’ husband Luisito, and her niece and nephew, Bethany and Louie who she treated as her own children.

The Logronio family requests that no flowers be brought to the funeral mass or burial. The presence of Jeannie’s closest friends and family is more than enough. 




Frank L. Santasieri

Frank L. Santasieri, 94, passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 27, 2018, at his residence in Belleville, NJ, surrounded by his loving family.

Guests will be received on the afternoon and evening of Tuesday, January 30th, from 4 to 8 o'clock at the Irvine-Cozzarelli Memorial Home, 276 Washington Avenue, Belleville. Complimentary valet parking is available at the funeral home. A Funeral Mass will be offered on Wednesday morning, January 31st, at 10 o'clock in St. Clare's R.C. Church, 69 Allwood Road, Clifton, NJ. Those who wish to attend the funeral may gather at the funeral home at 9 o'clock. Interment will be in Glendale Cemetery, Bloomfield, NJ. For additional information, please visit irvinecozzarelli.com or call 973.759.1114.

 Born in Belleville, Frank was a lifelong resident of the township.

He was a proud US Army veteran who served during WWII.

Frank was the owner of F & T Automotive Machine, Inc. located in Belleville for 62 years, retiring in 2008. He conducted business responsibly and honestly. He had integrity and respect for his clients, many becoming longtime personal friends. Frank was renown in his field of expertise as a master automotive machinist and a specialist in mechanical restoration. He was an innovator and would take on difficult projects other firms would refuse. To his credit Frank restored the most distinguished automobiles and trucks ever to be produced. Such legendary marquee names as Rolls Royce, Packard, vintage Lincolns, Cadillacs, model T Fords, and vintage race cars of significant provenance.

Frank was a former member of the Belleville Zoning Board, the Belleville Athletic Advisory Council and a past President of the Belleville Optimist Club.

A description of Frank's personality would characterize him as a man of conviction, self-directed, never permitting life's circumstances to dictate his destiny. He was a strong and balanced individual, a perfectionist, known for his profound determination, he would not allow the corruption of his thoughts and ideals, he never wavered from pursuing the just path. Frank was an engaging conversationalist and a humorous man, albeit maintained a regimented style to his everyday practice as witnessed by a frequent and notable quote, he would state, "the shortest way is the longest way".

Frank's first priority was to his precious wife and his two treasured children, a wonderful provider he never shied away from work nor the responsibility of supporting his family. Frank instilled in his children many meaningful lessons and was a firm believer in education as a key to success. His desire was for his children never to work as hard as he did to achieve what he realized during his career. Frank found relaxation by working around his home and tending to his vegetable garden. Never was his joy so apparent as when he would spend time with his grandchildren.

Frank is survived by his most beloved wife Mary Simone Santasieri; his loving children Barbara Freda and Anthony Santasieri; his precious grandchildren Christina, Anthony and Jordan; his dear sister Jenny McAlister, and his many cherished nieces and nephews.

The Santasieri family has graciously requested in lieu of floral tributes donations be extended in

Frank's name to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America at www.alzinfo.org.







Rose Gorlin

 

Rose Gorlin (nee Rothspan), 90, passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 02, 2017, at Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston, NJ, surrounded by her loving daughter, Jaye and her treasured nieces, Harriet and Marleen.

 At the request of Jaye Gorlin Tarantino, a private service will occur under the direction of the Irvine-Cozzarelli Memorial Home, 276 Washington Avenue, Belleville, NJ. For additional information, please visit irvinecozzarelli.com or call 973.759.1114.

 Born in Newark, NJ, Rose resided in the city, before moving to Hillside, NJ,, and subsequently established her permanent residence of 64 years in Union, NJ.

Rose achieved in her lifetime the elevated status of ‘Domestic Goddess’, albeit of  greater significance was her outstanding efforts  as a nurturing mother – the world revolved around her children;  family first was a standard in the Gorlin home. Rose instructed her children to be respectful, supportive of one another, and to be well rounded individuals prepared to confront and deal with the situations of everyday life.

A descriptive of Rose’s personality would characterize her as an independent thinker, balanced, generous and creative. A person who paid fastidious attention to details, which would typically go unnoticed by others. She was a woman of conviction, who spoke her mind and unabashedly put forward her opinions without reservation. Contrarily, Rose projected a beautiful presence and was a physically stunning lady, dressing in elegant fashions, her face framed by a perfect coif, her lips  colored in red or orange, designer eyeglass frames of every color specifically selected to coordinate with  her extensive and elegant wardrobe. Rose was truly an eyeglass fashionista, step aside Elton John! She was an advocate of quality above quantity. Noted for a good sense of humor and a quick wit, she also could become a formidable foe or a loving and caring friend and confidante. Rose was cautious in her dealings with people that she was unfamiliar with, especially concerning ordinary business.

Rose was genuine, a people pleaser and endeavored to make others feel special, sending thoughtful greeting cards or making those ‘just keeping in touch’ telephone calls . . . everyone liked Rose.

 She traveled the world with her late sister, Ida and when not at some far flung location, Rose enjoyed the Monmouth Race Track or a vacation at the seashore, 25 summers, on the oceanfront in Long Branch, NJ.It should be noted that Rose surpassed all previous zeniths, when she turned the task of making dinner reservations into an exquisite art form; no one could trump her style.

 She was passionate about the music of Il Divo and developed a major crush on Sebastian, why not? Rose purchased thoughtful and unique gifts specific to the recipients’ personality and the occasion.  Should you have been fortunate enough to receive a kiss from Rose you displayed her love on your cheek for everyone to see.

 So really. . . who could fault Rose? She even loved cats, most recently Cami and the three cats prior: Junior, Mini and Midget which upon their demise were interred at the Blairstown Pet Cemetery.

 Although, Rose was not overly religious, she donated a torah in her late father’s name upon her son Mitch’s Bar Mitzvah, thereby keeping a promise to her late father who never had the opportunity to see his grandson.

 Rose was the beloved wife of 58 years to the late Joseph Gorlin; the cherished mother of Jaye and the late Mitchell; the dear grandmother of Anthony and his wife Nydia, and Carmela and her husband Frank; the adored aunt of several nieces and nephews; a true friend of Red Sherman and his precious late wife Janice, Rose’s childhood companion, and the pet-grandmother of Cami, her elusive feline companion.

In lieu of floral tributes memorial contributions may be extended to the Robert J. Freeman Fund at Saint Barnabas Medical Center, 95 Old Short Hills Road, Livingston, NJ 07039 or visit www.SBMCgiving.org.








Tito Francisco Zambrano

 Tito Francisco Zambrano, 79, passed away on Friday, October 20, 2017, 

at his residence in Belleville, NJ.

Born in Manabi, Sucre Canton, Ecuador, Tito resided in Belleville 

for the last 11 years.

He was a postal clerk at the U S Post Office in Jersey City, NJ for 

25 years, retiring in 2001.

Tito is survived by his adorning and loving family.

A cremation occurred privately, and a memorial service is to be 

scheduled for a future date.

For additional information, please visit irvinecozzarelli.com or call 973.759.1114.


Longo

A graveside service and interment for the cremains of Madalena, Marylee and Joseph M. Longo will occur on Wednesday afternoon, October 25, 2017, at 1:30 o’clock in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington, New Jersey. Rev. Jaskowiak, Parochial Vicar of St. Peter’s R.C. Church, Belleville, New Jersey, will officiate.

 For additional information, please visit irvinecozzarelli.com or call 973.759.1114.




Marie Louise Harwin

Marie Louise Harwin (nee Jablonski), 86, passed away on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at her residence in West Orange, NJ.

 Born in Newark, NJ, Marie resided in Verona for 60 years and in West Orange for the last seven years.

She was an art teacher for the Union Board of Education, Union, NJ, for 49 years, retiring in 2001.

Marie was the beloved wife of the late Leonard Harwin, and the aunt of several nieces and a nephew.

Final disposition occurred privately on Saturday, October 7, 2017.

For additional information please visit irvinecozzarelli.com or call 973.759.1114.


Richard L. Centalonza

Richard L. Centalonza, passed away on Sunday, September 17, 2017 at his residence in Bloomfield, NJ.

A private graveside service and interment occurred in the Rosedale Cemetery, Linden, NJ. For additional information please visit irvinecozzarelli.com or call 973.759-1114.

Born in Elizabeth, NJ, Richard resided in Bloomfield for the last 19 years.

He was a professional musician, with the Schubert Organization, NYC, NY.

Richard is survived by his most beloved wife Martha Anne Jameson-Centalonza.





Frank Cozzarelli Jr.

Honorable gentleman, accomplished engineer and lawyer, whose greatest achievement was his family.

Frank Cozzarelli Jr., 91, a lifelong resident of Belleville, NJ peacefully passed away on Friday, July 28, 2017, at his residence, surrounded by his loving family.  Guests will be received on the afternoon and evening of Tuesday, August 1,  from 3 to 8 o’clock at the Irvine-Cozzarelli Memorial Home, 276 Washington Avenue, Belleville. Complimentary valet parking is available at the funeral home. A Funeral Mass will be offered on Wednesday morning, Aug. 2, at 11 o’clock in Saint Peter’s R.C. Church, 155 William Street also in Belleville. Those who wish to attend the funeral may gather at the funeral home at 10 o’clock. Entombment will be at Glendale Cemetery Mausoleum in Bloomfield, NJ. For additional information, please visit www.irvinecozzarelli.com  or call 973.759.1114.

 Frank was a lifelong resident of Belleville. He  was extremely proud of his Italian heritage and was the family historian and knew many details of a Province of Salerno called Castelnuovo DiConza, where his family emigrated from.  He was the youngest of 4 siblings with his closest brother passing away  at 8 months. Growing up, he worked in his dad’s barber shop before graduating from Belleville High School in 1941.  He never let the circumstances of his life dictate his future and started his college career at Newark College of Engineering (NCE). After completing 3 semesters, he joined the US Navy where he served as an Electronics Technician.  After an honorable discharge, Frank became a proud veteran of the US Navy, returning to NCE where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering in 1949.  He followed that with a Master of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering in 1951. 

For 38 years, Frank commuted over an hour every day to Bound Brook, NJ, where he worked for Union Carbide Corporation, a worldwide leader in chemicals and plastics.  For Frank, the commute was a small price to pay to maintain roots in his beloved hometown of Belleville.  Frank became a senior leader within the Union Carbide Research and Development Organization as well as an industry recognized professional as a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AICHE) and was presented the Alumni Achievement Award by New Jersey Institute of Technology. He had many accomplishments before he decided to reinvent himself and enroll in Seton Hall Law School at the age of 50. Frank graduated from law school in 1982 and transitioned to the Intellectual property team at Union Carbide.  He finished his career at Union Carbide as a lawyer and US patent attorney.  After leaving Union Carbide in 1990, Frank continued to work in private practice as a lawyer and US patent attorney up to May of this year, never retiring. He was easily recognized by his perfectly pressed pants, jacket and double Windsor knot tie.

During Frank’s pursuit of his engineering degrees, he dated the love of his life, Angela Carissimo also a Belleville native. Their courtship was punctuated by Frank calling on Angela, impeccably dressed and wearing his trademark bow tie.  This was when and how he gained his nickname “Jazz Bow.”  Frank characterized the greatest accomplishment of his life occurring the day,  he married Angela.  Married for 66 years, they had six children.  Frank and wife Karen (nee Caputo), Robert and wife Susan (nee Maniscalco), Carol and husband John Franklin, John Cozzarelli and significant other Antionette Sosnowski, Joe and wife Paula (nee Pirozzi), Linda and husband Robert Dalla Riva.  Along with his children, Frank had the greatest pride in all 15 of his grandchildren, Frank P. and Malarie, Stephen, Robert Jr. and Jenna, Rebecca, John Paul, Alexa, Christopher, Nick, Danielle, John Anthony, Natalie, Victoria, Tommy, Marc and Emily. Pop also had a special place for extended family, friends and their children. It was his pleasure to introduce each of the people special to him followed by their educational accomplishments and achievements.

Frank is predeceased by his mother Anna (nee Di Ruggiero), his father Francesco (Frank); his sister Antoinette, his brother James, his sister Mary and his brother Frank Jr.

He was a devoted Catholic and a parishioner of Saint Peter's Church in Belleville.

His dedication to his family was best demonstrated by his affectionate last sentiments, “I Love you…hug me”.

The Cozzarelli family will graciously receive floral tributes or, if preferred, a memorial contribution may be extended in Frank’s name to the charity of your choice.


Margaret Forbes

 Margaret Forbes "Peggy Dolan" (nee Ryan),89, entered into eternal rest on Thursday, July 13, 2017, at her residence in Belleville, N.J., surrounded by her family.

Guests will be received on the afternoon and evening of Sunday, July 16, from 2 to 6 o'clock at the Irvine-Cozzarelli Memorial Home, 276 Washington Avenue, Belleville. Complimentary valet parking is available at the funeral home. A funeral Mass will be offered on Monday morning, July 17, at 11 o'clock in St. Peter's R.C. Church, 155 William Street, also in Belleville. Those who wish to attend the funeral may gather at the funeral home at 10 o'clock. Interment will be private. For additional information, please visit irvinecozzarelli.com or call 973.759.1114

Peggy retired from Valley National Bank, Belleville, formerly Peoples Bank in 1990.

A descriptive of Peggy's personality would characterize her as a strong and independent woman, whose first thought was for the care and well being of her immediate family and to that end she did not permit life's circumstances to interrupt her focus. Peggy had a pleasing demeanor, yet conversely she could engage her sharp and sometimes mischievous wit. A wonderfully genuine person with a precious heart, Peggy had the capacity to be a formidable adversary when necessary. She was known to enjoy socializing, listening to Irish music, dancing and was an entertaining conversationalist.

Peggy is survived by her loving children, Edward T. & Toni Dolan, Patricia Dolan, Cecilia Dolan, and step­children Jeffrey & Linda Forbes and Nancy & Robert Fedich; adored grandchildren, Katie Dolan, Geri & Frank Millocca, Edward Dolan, Tommie Ann Godette, Danielle & Danny Altamura, Adam & Heidi Forbes, Darren Forbes, James & Kristyn Fedich, Douglas & Kate Fedich; seven treasured great-grandchildren; a dear brother Thomas & Carolyn Ryan; many cherished nieces, nephews and friends. Peggy was predeceased by her beloved husbands, Edward F. Dolan, Jr (1979), Harry Wilking (1996), and Donald Forbes (2016); sons Timothy Dolan (1998) and John Dolan (1997); grandson Brian Forbes (2014) and great-grandson Gabriele Forbes (2017).

Please omit flowers, the family would prefer memorial donations be extended in Peggy’s name to the:

Nemours Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children

1600 Rockland Road

Wilmington, DE 19503

www.nemours.org/givingtonemours/makeagift.html





Richard J. Paraboschi

 Richard J. Paraboschi, 70, passed away on Sunday, June 4, 2017, at his residence in Bonita Springs, Florida.

Guests will be received on the afternoon and evening of Tuesday, June 13, from 4 to 8 o'clock at the Irvine-Cozzarelli Memorial Home, 276 Washington Avenue, Belleville, NJ. Complimentary valet parking is available at the funeral home. A Funeral Mass will be offered on Wednesday morning, June 14, at 11 o'clock in Saint Peter's R.C. Church, 155 William St., also in Belleville. Those who wish to attend the funeral may gather at the funeral home at 10 o'clock. Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington, NJ. For additional information, please visit irvinecozzarelli.com or call 973.759.1114.

Born in Newark, NJ, Richie resided in the city for 25 years, moving to Scotch Plains, NJ and subsequently resided in Lake Hopatcong, NJ and Bonita Springs, for the last 15 years.

Richie was a proud US Army veteran, having achieved the rank of sergeant while serving in Viet Nam fighting in the Mekong Delta.

He retired as a decorated captain of the Newark Police Department in 2001 after 30 years of dedicated service.

A description of Richie's personality would characterize him as an affable man that had a humorous nature; being in his presence was a truly memorable experience. A respected individual, passionate in his focus regarding family and friends, he was known as the go to guy. Richie took pride in his appearance and enjoyed living the good-life. His recreational activities included hunting, boating and additionally was acknowledged as an expert skeet shooter.

Richie was the beloved husband of Heather Walsh Paraboschi; the loving father of Justin R. Paraboschi, and the dear brother of Louis, Frank and the late Larry Paraboschi




Josephine Onofrietti

Josephine Onofrietti, 99, passed away on Sunday, May 28, 2017 at her home in Raleigh, NC. She was born February 8, 1918 in Newark, NJ to Joseph DeRobertis and Maria Archangela (Angelina) Rotunda DeRobertis the 6th of 11 children. She was a strong and independent woman who loved her family more than life. Josephine spent most of her adult life living and working in NJ where she was a seamstress in the clothing manufacturing industry. She loved to dance, garden, bake and crochet hats for new born babies at the hospital and made an abundance of shawls/lap blankets for the infirmed and elderly. She spent many of her retirement years visiting the sick and bringing food and clothing to those in need. In her last years at the Meadows Community, Josephine enjoyed passing the time with her friends especially her best friend Irene. Josephine is survived by her daughters, Frances Paynter and Phyllis Onofrietti; her brother Renaldo (Lenny) and his wife Frances of Newburgh, NY. Her grandchildren Jacqueline, Pamela, Steven, Tracy Ann, Paul Joseph, Maria Felice, and seven great grandchildren as well as many nieces and nephews.

Josephine is predeceased by her husband Philip Onofrietti; grandson Philip Paynter; brothers, Mario, Anthony, Frank, Hugh and Albert. Sisters, Marzia Ruggiero, Anna Munson, Angelina Dinges, Helen DeRobertis, and good friend, Jerry Burgio.

A Funeral Mass will be offered at Holy Family R.C. Church, Nutley, NJ, Friday morning, June 2, 2017 at 11:30 o’clock. Interment in Glendale Cemetery, Hoover Ave, Bloomfield, NJ. Please visit Irvine-Cozzarelli Memorial Homes at www.irvinecozzarelli.com or call 973.759.1114 for further information or directions. In lieu of floral tributes memorial contributions maybe made in Josephine’s name to 

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 

PO Box 50 Memphis, TN 38101-9929 

website www.stjude.org

Additional memorial services will be held in Raleigh, NC and Newburgh, NY at a future date to be announced.





Maria Jose Afonso

 

Maria Jose Afonso (nee Alves),91, passed away on Saturday, April 8, 2017, at her residence in Belleville, New Jersey, surrounded by her loving family.

 Guests will be received on the evening of Wednesday, April 12, from 4 to 7 o'clock at the Irvine-Cozzarelli Memorial Home, 276 Washington Avenue, Belleville. Complimentary valet parking is available during guest hours. A Funeral Prayer Service will be offered on Thursday morning, April 13, at 11 o'clock in St. Peter's R.C. Church, also in Belleville. Those who wish to attend the funeral may gather at the funeral home at 10 o'clock. Interment in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington, New Jersey. For additional information, please visit irvinecozzarelli.com or call 973.759.1114.

Born in Vidago, Portugal, Maria came to the United States in 1982 settling in Belleville where she and her late husband, Jose purchased a house which became their permanent residence.

Maria was the beloved wife of the late Jose Afonso; she is survived by her devoted children Maria Ferreira, Jose Vaz, Frank Afonso, Albertino Afonso, and Victor Afonso; she was the precious grandmother of 9 grandchildren and 11 adoring great-grandchildren, Maria also leaves behind several dear brothers and sisters.



Evelyn Theresa DiChiara

 Evelyn Theresa DiChiara (nee Donnelly), 89, passed away on Friday, March 31, 2017, at her residence in Belleville, NJ, surrounded by her loving family and friends.

Guests will be received on the evening of Tuesday, April 4th from 4 to 7 o'clock at the Irvine-Cozzarelli Memorial Home, 276 Washington Avenue, Belleville.

Complimentary valet parking is available during guest hours.

A Funeral Mass will be offered on Wednesday morning, April 5th, at 11 o'clock in St. Peter's R.C. Church, Belleville. Those who wish to attend the funeral may gather at the funeral home at 10 o'clock. Entombment will be in Holy Cross Chapel Mausoleum in North Arlington, NJ. For additional information, please visit irvinecozzarelli.com or call 973.759.1114

Born and raised in Newark, NJ, Evelyn subsequently moved to her permanent residence in Belleville in 1972 with her late husband of 53 years, Santo.

Evelyn was a graduate of Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in Newark. She was employed by Goodkind and O'Dey in Clifton, NJ as a bookkeeper for more than 40 years, retiring in 1992.

A description of Evelyn's personality would characterize her as a balanced and genuine person, pure of heart and generous in deed and prayer, she had a notable smile that was truly glorious and she was never known to have spoken an ill word of anyone. Evelyn was unforgettable and leaves an indelible legacy of love and kindness that time can never take away.

A devout Catholic and a member of St. Peter's Church and the Rosary Confraternity, she was also a member of the Belleville Senior Citizens Club.

Evelyn was the beloved wife of the late Santo; she is survived by her devoted son Robert J. and his wife Vicke, Evelyn's precious daughter-in-law, and a dedicated god-daughter Kathy Currie.

In lieu of floral tributes a memorial contribution in Evelyn's name would be appreciated to:

The Center for Hope Hospice & Palliative Care

1900 Raritan Road

Scotch Plains, NJ 07076

www.cfhh.org





Rosa E. Bermeo

 

Rosa E. Bermeo (nee Acosta), 90, passed away on Friday, March 24, 2017, at Clara Maass Medical Center, Belleville, New Jersey.

Guests will be received on the evening of Wednesday, March 29th from 5 to 9 o'clock at the Irvine-Cozzarelli Memorial Home, 276 Washington Avenue, Belleville. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday evening at 7:30 o'clock in the funeral home. Complimentary valet parking is available during guest hours. Those who wish to attend the funeral may gather at the funeral home Thursday morning, March 30th at 11 o'clock. Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington, New Jersey. For additional information, please visit irvinecozzarelli.com or call 973.759.1114.

Born in Guayaquil, Ecuador, Rosa emigrated to the United States in 1975, settling in Belleville where she remained until 1997 and subsequently moved to Newark, New Jersey residing in the city for the last 20 years.

She had a determination that did not permit challenges to overcome her vision and a tenacity coupled with an inexhaustible strength to achieve her goals. Rosa was an entrepreneur, independent and savvy selling what the marketplace desired, from a variety of general merchandise to delicious empanadas.

Rosa was a sincere individual, quite friendly, having a delightful sense of humor, albeit disciplined and strict. She was a remarkable cook who enjoyed preparing meals for the family she so deeply loved.

Rosa was unwavering in her faith and devotion to God, this was a fundamental tenent that defined her purpose. A humble person and yet a magnificent person, her gifts will never be forgotten; she leaves an enduring legacy of love, good deeds, devotion, the understanding of pure faith, and so much more than these mere words and convey.

Rosa was the beloved wife of the late Francisco Bermeo; the devoted mother of Silvio and his wife Marianita, Italia and her husband Flavio Idrovo, Nelson and his wife Elena, and Franklin Bermeo: the loving sister of Norma Alcivar, Enriqueta Acosta, Mariana Acosta, and Miguel Acosta; the treasured grandmother of ten grandchildren, and the precious great-grandmother of seven great-grandchildren.

In lieu of floral tributes, please consider a donation in Rosa's name to your favorite charity.




Frank Picone

Frank Picone, 85, passed away on Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at his residence in New Braunfels, Texas.

Guests may congregate at the Irvine-Cozzarelli Memorial Home, 276 Washington Avenue, Belleville, NJ, on Wednesday afternoon and evening, January 18th from 4 to 8 o'clock. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday evening at 6 o'clock. For additional information, please visit irvinecozzarelli.com or call 973.759.1114. Complimentary valet parking is available at the funeral home.

Born in Union City, NJ, Frank resided in Weehawken, NJ, Norfolk, VA, and subsequently a resident of North Arlington, NJ for the greater part of his life. A recent move, two years ago, established his last residence in New Braunfels.

Frank was a proud US Navy veteran, stationed in Norfolk, during the Korean War, serving as a communications specialist.

Frank was the owner of BSC Communications, Belleville for 50 years, retiring in 2014. He conducted business responsibly with integrity and respect for his many clients. He remained current with emerging technologies, and innovative field applications.

Frank began his political career as a member of the North Arlington Planning Board, distinguishing himself with an unwavering commitment to the Board and its purpose. He would later be elected to three consecutive terms as a North Arlington Councilman. Again, proving to be an effective leader, governing with a situational style that was guided by and fostered the collective good of the community. He was a former member and officer of the Belleville Lions Club.

A descriptive of Frank's personality would characterize him as a humanist, intelligent and balanced, a person known to assist others during their challenging times, a man of conviction he would not capitulate, nor permit the corruption of just ideals. He was a student of life, he instilled in his children many meaningful lessons. He had a dynamic work ethic, and would not permit the hours of the day to be wasted. Frank understood the responsibility of friendship and the confidentiality of privileged conversation, and then of course there was his wonderful smile and his memorable laugh.

Knowing Frank was to truly understand that he was more than these mere words could ever describe and the memories he leaves behind time can never take away.

Frank is survived by his first priority, his precious children Michael and his wife Lynn, Patricia Picone and her husband Andy and Robert and his wife Eileen; his treasured grandchildren Greg, Lauren, Katie, Matthew and Andrew; his cherished siblings Dolores Givin and John Picone, and a lifetime of dear friends.

In lieu of floral tributes, please consider a donation in Frank's name to your favorite charity.

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Rick Boyajy

Rick Boyajy, 58, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, December 27, 2016, at his residence in Belleville, NJ.

Guests may gather at the Irvine-Cozzarelli Memorial Home, 276 Washington Avenue, Belleville, on Wednesday evening, January 25th from 5 to 7 o'clock. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday evening at 6 o'clock. For additional information, please visit irvinecozzarelli.com or call 973.759.1114. Complimentary valet parking is available at the funeral home.

Born in Pottstown, PA, Rick resided in Belleville for the last 25 years.

 He was employed by the Township of Belleville, Department of Public Works for 22 years.

 A description of Rick's personality would characterize him as an intelligent person and an ardent student of history. Rick possessed a terrific sense of humor and was an avid car enthusiast. He distinguished himself with an artisans' ability to hand craft from wood, complex model tall ships.  Two of his works have been installed in a permanent collection at a New Jersey museum.

 Rick was the deeply devoted son of the late Robert and Phyllis Boyajy; the loving cousin of Tim, and a dear friend to Sis.



JoAnna DeLorenzo

 JoAnna DeLorenzo, 56, passed away suddenly on Saturday, December 24, 2016 at her residence in Hewitt, NJ.

Guests will be received at the Irvine-Cozzarelli Memorial Home, 276 Washington Avenue, Belleville, NJ, on Thursday afternoon and evening, December 29th from 3 to 7 o'clock. A Funeral Service will be held in the funeral home Thursday evening at 5 o'clock. For additional information, please visit, irvinecozzarelli.com or call 973.759.1114. Complimentary valet parking is available at the funeral home.

 Born in Jersey City, NJ, JoAnna also resided in Lyndhurst, NJ and Belleville, subsequently establishing her permanent residence of 20 years in Hewitt. She was a business associate for 15 years at the Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, NJ.

 A descriptive of JoAnna's personality would depict her as a strong and independent woman whose first priority was to her immediate family; she particularly enjoyed being at home with her family for holiday celebrations. Her convictions would not permit life's circumstances to dictate her destiny. She loved animals and was concerned for their wellbeing. As a pastime she welcomed the challenge of constructing complex puzzles.

 JoAnna was the wife of David Murnock; the mother of Rachel DeLorenzo, David and Daniel Murnock; the step mother of Celia Grace and Marielle Murnock; the grandmother of Eva Moran; the daughter of Francis Lewin, and the sister of Keith Lewin.




Fred Montalbano

Fred Montalbano, 93, passed away on Monday, December 19, 2016, at Mountainside Hospital, Glen Ridge, NJ.

Guests will be received on the afternoon and evening of Thursday, December 22nd, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 o'clock at the Irvine-Cozzarelli Memorial Home, 276 Washington Avenue, Belleville, NJ. Complimentary valet parking is available at the funeral home. A Funeral Mass will be offered on Friday morning at 11 o'clock in St. Peter's Church, Belleville. Those who wish to attend the funeral may gather at the funeral home at 10 o'clock. Interment in St. Peter's Church Cemetery. For additional information, please visit irvinecozzarelli.com or call 973.759.1114.

Born in Newark, NJ, Fred resided in Belleville for most of his life.
He was a proud WWII Navy veteran.

He was a carpenter for the Essex County Public Works Department, Cedar Grove, NJ for 40 years, retiring in 1993.

A descriptive of Fred's personality would characterize him as an individual whose first priority was to his wife and children. He was a caring and loving man who valued friendship. He was recognized for his well dressed appearance and his congenial ways. Fred was a terrific cook preparing daily meals for his family. He enjoyed sports and Monmouth Park was a favorite destination. Additionally, he had the ability to provide exacting and detailed directions to many locations.

He was a member of several civic and political organizations and a distinguished longtime member of the Belleville Zoning Board.

Fred, will be remembered as a great man who deserves every accolade in acknowledgement of his lifetime achievements and our knowing that he was certainly more than these mere words can convey.

Fred was the husband of the late Geraldine Montalbano; the father of Carmen Montalbano, Jean Percario, and Debbie Montalbano; grandfather of 7 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren, and the brother of Maria Sedicino.





Ida Ethel DeFeo

Ida Ethel (Cocchia) DeFeo, 91, a resident of Belleville, NJ, entered her eternal rest on October 10, 2016 at her home.

Guests will be received on Thursday October 13 in the afternoon and evening from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 o'clock at the Irvine Cozzarelli Memorial Home at 276 Washington Avenue, Belleville, New Jersey. For additional information, visit www.irvinecozzarelli.com or contact 973.759.1114. Complimentary valet parking will be available at the funeral home.

A Funeral Mass will be offered on Friday morning, October 14, at 11 o'clock in St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church, 155 Williams St., also in Belleville. Those who wish may gather at the funeral home at 10 o'clock, Friday morning. Entombment will be at the Holy Cross Chapel Mausoleum in North Arlington, N.J.

Born and raised in Norwalk, Connecticut, Ida attended Norwalk High School where she was an active member of the Drill Team. Always ahead of her time, Ida exhibited her independence by, as she put it, being thrown out of an exasperating cooking class. She opted instead to take shop classes; thrilled with both the subject matter and the fact she was the only girl. The benefit of these alternative classes came when managing a household later in life. She became the "Mrs. Fixit" of her home — with her trusty toolbox stashed and ready in the kitchen hutch.

Even though cooking was never high on her list of passions, her home later became popular for many of her sons' friends to stop in and stay for a satisfying meal. Christmas time was extra special. Mounds of baked Hungarian cakes and cookies would entice family and friends. She passed this tasty tradition down by supervising pre-Christmas baking marathons with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Graduating in 1942, Ida worked in a local hat shop then a pocket book shop before answering the Country's call of duty. In 1943, she began working for Norwalk Lock. Her job was to work on high security locks for the U.S. Navy. Her days were spent in a guarded room due to the sensitive nature of the work.

After the loss of a high school friend in WWII, Ida chose to honor his sacrifice with a heightened sense of patriotism - by working many hours of overtime. As she exhibited throughout her life, she always followed a strong compass to do what was right. She was diligent, and at the height of her war work was proud that she could make as much as $150/week doing piecework. To relax, she loved going to New York City with her family and friends where she would window-shop and enjoy the sights and sounds of the city.

Ida continued to work in business until her marriage to Anthony DeFeo in 1947. After which, she started a new hard - working career in Belleville, N.J.: the raising of her 4 sons. With her nurturance her boys thrived; while her family grew to include grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Ida enjoyed taking road and airplane trips with her husband and dear friends as well as travelling on ocean cruises to Bermuda and the Bahamas. She was an avid and talented gardener. Renowned for her "green thumb" and could make almost any plant not only grow, but flourish. Her many other interests included playing in a local bowling league, and hosting parties with friends in her home. Her parties were so much fun that many did not end until the sun came up the next day!

She was a lover of life and the joys that life offered. Her spark was contagious. It made others feel privileged to share in and promote her happiness. As the years passed, she never lost her sense of wonder over the simple things - from dogs to music, movies (especially her westerns), and ice cream (especially ice cream sodas). Her enjoyment of horse racing included a giggle provoking scientific formula of betting on the gray horse. Ida was living proof that old in years does not mean old in spirit.

Complete devotion to her family and her friends was paramount. This devotion never wavered with the passage of time.

Ida is survived by her two sisters, Catherine Brassard and Dolores Muscara; sons, John A. and his wife Sharon, Michael V. and his wife Patricia, Alan W. and his wife Lori, and Wayne D. and his wife M. Anita Gassert, II; her 7

grandchildren, Dana and her husband Anthony Taboadela, Michael A., John W. and his wife Natalie, Melissa, and Marc DeFeo, Brittany and her husband Joey DiMeglio and Caitlyn Zahn; her 4 great grandchildren, Anthony John, Victor and Nicolas Taboadela and Evelyn DeFeo; and her niece and nephews. Her husband Anthony and her parents William and Ethel Cocchia of South Norwalk, Connecticut predeceased her.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to:

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

262 Danny Thomas Place

Memphis, TN, 38105; or

 The Salvation Army National Headquarters

615 Slaters Lane

P.O. Box 269Alexandria, VA 22313

 Or to your local Salvation Army location.




Mary Calderone

Mary (nee Speranza) Calderone, 86, of Belleville, New Jersey passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at Preakness Healthcare Center, Wayne, New Jersey. Mary was born October 22, 1929 in Newark, where she lived until moving to Belleville, in 1976

 Guests will be received at the Irvine-Cozzarelli Memorial Home, 276 Washington Avenue, Belleville, on Friday afternoon and evening September 30th from   4:00 to 8:00 o’clock. A Funeral Service will be held in the funeral home Friday evening at 7:30 o’clock. Complimentary valet parking is available at the funeral home.

 The burial will be held at Glendale Cemetery, 28 Hoover Avenue, Bloomfield, N.J. Those who wish to attend the burial may gather at the funeral home on Saturday morning October 1st at 10:00 o’clock. For additional information please visit www.irvinecozzarelli.com or call (973) 759-1114.

 Mary was the beloved wife of the late Anthony (Bunny) Calderone. She was the loving mother of Patricia & the late Thomas DeMichael, Charles Calderone, Toni & Ed Dolan, John & Susie Calderone and Michele Calderone. Cherished grandmother of Geri & Frank Millocca, Eddie Dolan, Danielle & Danny Altamura and Katie Dolan. Great-grandmother of Gianfranco, Matteo, Joseph and Gianna.

 The Calderone family has graciously requested that in lieu of floral tributes donations be made in Mary’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association at www.alz.org




Candida L. Valiente

Devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, and avid community volunteer, 76

Candida Luisa Valiente, née Macaya, passed away at Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, NJ, on Saturday morning, July 16, 2016.

Born in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, she emigrated with her family to Brooklyn, NY, in October 1945, after her father completed his service in the United States Merchant Marines during World War II. She graduated from Eastern District High School and studied biology and chemistry at Brooklyn College, where she met her husband, John Valiente. In July of 1967 they moved permanently to Belleville, where they raised their four children.

Candida was a true renaissance woman, with a broad range of interests and abilities. She was a lover of the arts; she studied ballet and some piano in her youth, and took up the recorder when her children were young. In the last five years of her life, she was a member of the Montclair Early Music Group, an amateur recorder consort in nearby Montclair. She attended the opera and the ballet frequently, and cultivated a love of the arts in her children and grandchildren. Candida was also athletic; she excelled at swimming and was on the Brooklyn College women's fencing team. She loved sports, and was a committed parent volunteer for both recreational and school sports in Belleville.

Candida had a strong sense of civic duty. During her children's school-age years, she served on the PTA for every school they attended, and attained the position of PTA President at most of those schools. She also volunteered for Cub Shouts, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and was always ready to answer the call whenever help was needed. In her later years, she volunteered at Belleville Public Library, teaching English as a Second Language to new immigrants.

Candida was extremely well-read, with tastes ranging from Chaucer to Austen, and from Castaneda to Asimov. Above all, she adored children. She was tirelessly devoted to her own four children, and was also a second mom to many neighborhood children, nieces and nephews, cousins, and friends' children. She could calm any cranky baby, and her five granddaughters were her greatest joy for the last fourteen years.

Candida was the cherished sister of Giovanna Moretti, Elisa Ferracane, and Santos Macaya, Jr.; beloved wife of the late John M. Valiente; the devoted mother of John Thomas Valiente, Peter Valiente, Jessica Valiente, and Geoffrey Valiente; doting grandmother of Meghan Ford-Titus, Maggie Faulkner, Lisa Faulkner, Daphne Faulkner, and Isabella Valiente; treasured aunt of many nephews and nieces, and adored by a lifetime of friends and relatives.

The funeral arrangements for Candida Valiente were under the direction of the Irvine-Cozzarelli Memorial Home, 276 Washington Avenue, Belleville, NJ 07109. For additional information, please visit www. irvinecozzarelli .com or call 973.759.1114.




Diego M. Abreu

Diego M. Abreu, 47, passed away at his residence in Belleville, NJ, surrounded by 

his loving family, on Tuesday, July 5, 2016.

Guests will be received at the Irvine-Cozzarelli Memorial Home, 276 Washington Avenue, Belleville, on Saturday, afternoon and evening from 4 to 7 o'clock in the Georgian Reception Chapel for a memorial gathering. For additional information please visit www.irvinecozzarelli.com or telephone 973.759.1114. Complimentary valet parking is available at the funeral home.

Born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Diego came to the United States in 1973. Residing in Belleville for the past seven years.

He was a truck driver for Bassco Enterprises, Kearny, NJ.

Diego was a rare individual; he was an extreme sports enthusiast, living for the thrill of pushing his abilities to the edge: skydiving, skiing from the highest mountaintop, riding fast and hard on a motorcycle, surfing the big waves, tricking out on a Jet Ski, or scuba diving deep beneath the surface of the water. He was confident and daring - ready for the next adrenaline rush. Conversely, he was an unobtrusive gentleman of vast dimension; he genuinely was a warm and welcoming personality that could draw you in to his uniqueness. Diego was a smart, well-adjusted person who possessed a demure way in his conduct, incapable of speaking ill of anyone, he never raised his voice in anger refusing to argue. He appreciated the beauty of the present and realized how important it was to live in the goodness of the moment, taking pleasure in socializing, he was engaging and entertaining having a terrific sense of humor. A friend to all, he lived the good life. Diego was generous in thought and deed, a person who was patient and respectful, his manner gentle yet firm in his convictions.

Knowing Diego was to truly understand that he was more than these mere words could ever describe, and the memories he leaves behind time can never take away.

Diego, fell in love with and married Michele, the girl of his dreams. They were supremely supportive of one another throughout the good times and the challenging times - in health and in illness, they will forever be one.

As a couple they were a glamorous vision and projected a special sparkle, yet they were very balanced and centered. . . after all, . . . they were Diego and Michele.

Diego leaves his most beloved and adoring wife Michele; his treasured children Diego, Jr., Denisha, Adriel, and Chloe; his loving parents Jose Abreu and Edda Valeriano; his precious granddaughter Diannalize; his cherished siblings Yanko, Nathalie Roperto, and the late Yanedda, and his dear nieces and nephews Yanisse, Yanko, Nathalie, Yair, Demie, Frankie, Yayra, Yamil and Albert.





Francisco Rosado

Francisco "Panchin" Rosado, 68, passed away on Saturday, 

May 28, 2016,at University Hospital, Newark, NJ.

Guests will be received on the evening of Friday, June 3rd, from 5 to 9 o'clock at the Irvine-Cozzarelli Memorial Home, 276 Washington Avenue, Belleville, NJ. Complimentary valet parking is available at the funeral home. A Funeral Mass will be offered on Saturday morning, June 4th, at 11 o'clock in St. Peter's R.C. Church, 155 William Street, also in Belleville. Those who wish to attend the funeral may gather at the funeral home at 10 o'clock. Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington, NJ. For additional information, please visit www.irvinecozzarelli.com or call 973.759.1114.

Born in Coamo, Puerto Rico, Francisco came to the United States in 1965, settling in the City of Newark, where he resided for many years, and was also a former resident of Belleville.

Panchin was a sheet metal fabricator at Sheet Metal Products, Inc.,

Newark, for 15 years, retiring in 2003.

A description of Panchin's personality would characterize him as a social individual who appreciated living the good life and was known for his well-dressed style. A family oriented man, Panchin had an abundant amount of love for his family and that love could be tasted in the wonderfully delicious meals he enjoyed preparing for his family. Panchin was a down to earth individual with an open mind, and a heartwarming demeanor.

Panchin was the husband of Virgen Rosado; the father of Francine Rosado and F. Javier Rosado; the brother of Ana Mateo, Antonia Rosado, Irma Rosado, Carmen Rosado, Milagros Velez and Luis Rosado, and four grandchildren.



 

Patricia Friel

 

Patricia Friel, 65, of Butler, NJ, passed away on 

Saturday, May 7, 2016.

The funeral services as requested by the family will be private. Contact the Irvine-Cozzarelli Memorial Home for additional information, please visit www.irvinecozzarelli.com or call 973.759.1114.

Patricia was born in Dundee, Scotland on April 1, 1951, and was the daughter of Patrick and Mary (Carey) Friel, as a child she and her family immigrated to the United States.

She was a graduate of Bogota High School and the Kathryn Gibbs School. Patricia's interests included gardening, cooking, birding and volunteering on behalf of charitable causes.

Patricia was employed for many years by the Sun Chemical Corporation, Carlstadt, NJ, as a specialist in the Regulatory Affairs Department.

Patricia was predeceased by her parents; a sister, Moira and her brother John. She is survived by a brother in law Joseph Kneller; sister in law Laury Dickinson; step mother Margaret Keppler; step sister Kathleen Von Sternberg; step brothers Steven and Charles Keppler; several nephews and a niece, and numerous lifelong friends.

Memorial donations may be extended in Patricia's name to the American Cancer Society or to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.


Mercedes Rivera Guarda

Mercedes Rivera Guarda, 76, of Palm Bay, Florida, passed away on Saturday, April 23, 2016.

Guests will be received at the Irvine-Cozzarelli Memorial Home, 276 Washington Avenue, Belleville, NJ, on Sunday afternoon and evening, May 1st from 3 to 7 o'clock.

Complimentary valet parking is available at the funeral home.

A funeral mass will be offered on Monday morning, May 2nd at 11 o'clock, in St. Peter's R.C. Church, 155 William Street, Belleville. Those who wish to attend the funeral may gather at the funeral home at 10 o'clock.

Interment will be in Arlington Cemetery, Kearny, NJ. For additional information, please visit www.irvinecozzarelli .com or call 973.759.1114.

Born in Ponce, Puerto Rico, Mercedes formerly resided in Belleville and Newark, NJ.

She was a corrections officer, retiring from that position and subsequently moving to Palm Bay, Florida.

Mercedes leaves behind many precious family members and friends to mourn her passing. She is survived by three granddaughters, one of which has gained fame as a hip hop recording artist, Scarlett Santana aka Jasmine Guarda, a former Belleville resident and Belleville High School graduate.


Joan Arlene Nyegaard

Joan Arlene Nyegaard (nee McHugh), 83, of Lyndhurst, NJ, formerly of Belleville, NJ, passed away on Monday, April 25, 2016, at the Preferred Care at Wall, Wall, NJ.

Joan was a secretary, employed by the County of Essex, Newark, NJ, for 25 years, retiring in 1991. The funeral services as requested by the family will be private.

Contact the Irvine-Cozzarelli Memorial Home, 276 Washington Avenue, Belleville, for additional information, please visit www.irvinecozzarelli.com or call 973.759.1114.



Marie Capparelli

Marie Capparelli (nee Santasieri), 95, passed away on Monday, October 12, 2015, at her residence in Belleville, NJ.

Guests will be received at the Irvine-Cozzarelli Memorial Home, 276 Washington Avenue, Belleville, on Saturday morning, October 17, 2015 at 10:30 o’clock.

Complimentary valet parking is available at the funeral home.

A funeral mass will follow at 11 o’clock in St. Peter’s Church, 155 William street, Belleville.

Interment will be I Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington, NJ. For additional information please visit www.irvingcozzarelli.com or call 973.759.1114.

Marie leaves behind many treasured family members and friends to mourn her passing.



Michael Cisero

Michael J. Cisero, 89, passed away at the Crest Haven Nursing Center, Cape May Court House, N.J., on Sunday, March 27, 2016.

Guests will be received at the Irvine-Cozzarelli Memorial Home, 276 Washington Avenue, Belleville, N.J. on Saturday morning, April 2nd from 9:30 to 10:30 o'clock. Complimentary valet parking is available at the funeral home. A service and entombment will follow at 11:30 o'clock in the Gate of Heaven Chapel Mausoleum, East Hanover, N.J. For additional information please visit www.irvinecozzarelli.com or call 973.759.1114.

Born in Newark, N.J., Michael resided in Belleville for most of his life and in 2013 relocated to his home in Wildwood Crest, N.J.

Mike was a proud US Army veteran serving during the Korean Conflict.

In 1952, after returning from military service, Mike became the owner/operator of Cisero Furniture Company on Broadway in Newark and subsequently opened a furniture showroom on Bloomfield Avenue in Bloomfield, N.J., before retiring in 1990.

Mike enjoyed playing cards, watching broadcast golf tournaments and boxing matches.

He was predeceased by his loving parents, Michael and Jennie Cisero; his cherished son, Jeffery F. Cisero; and his dear siblings Robert Cisero and Lucille Fernandez.

Michael was the beloved husband of 61 years, to Lita Cisero (nee Palmiere); the devoted father and grandfather of Michael Cisero and his wife Beth, and their children Kaitlyn and Michael, Jennifer Simone and her husband Bernie (Sonny) and their children Christopher and Michael, and Teri Cisero and her children Craig and Joseph.

In lieu of floral tributes, memorial contributions in Michael's name to the Alzheimer's Association would be preferred and appreciated by his family.





Donald Steele Forbes

 Donald Steele Forbes, 89, passed away on Sunday, January 3, 2016, at the Merry Heart Health Care Center, Roxbury Township, N.J.

Guests will be received at the Irvine-Cozzarelli Memorial Home, 276 Washington Avenue, Belleville, N.J. on Wednesday, January 6th between the afternoon and evening hours of 4 to 8 o'clock.

Complimentary valet parking is available at the funeral home.

A funeral service will be conducted on Wednesday evening at 6 o'clock in the funeral home. Cremation will be private as requested by the family. For additional information, please visit www.irvinecozzarelli.com or call 973.759.1114.

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Donald was a New Jersey resident for many years, residing in Whiting, N.J. for the past seven years.

Donald was a proud veteran of the United States Army, serving during World War II.

He was employed by the Ford Motor Company, Mahwah, N.J. for 27 years, retiring in 1981. He was a current member of the Region 9 UAW.

Donald was the husband of 15 years to Peggy (Dolan) Forbes, formerly of Belleville ,and the widower of the late Geraldine (Kurtz) Forbes; the father of Jeff Forbes (Linda) and Nancy Fedich (Robert B.); stepfather of Edward Dolan (Toni) and Patricia Dolan; grandfather of Dr. James Fedich (Kristyn), Douglas Fedich (Kate), Adam, Darren and the late Brian Forbes, and Geri Millocca, Edward Dolan and Katie Dolan; the great-grandfather of five great-grandchildren.

The Forbes family requests, in lieu of floral tributes, that memorial donations be extended in Donald's name to either the Popcorn Zoo or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.




June Phyllis Rivera

June Phyllis Rivera, 62, passed away Saturday, December 19, 2015 at

Clara Maas Medical Center, Belleville, NJ.

A private ceremony will be held for immediate family members only.

Funeral arrangements provided by:

The Irvine-Cozzarelli Memorial Home

276 Washington Avenue

Belleville, NJ 07109

973.759.1114   www.irvinecozzarelli.com

Born in Irvington, NJ, raised in Newark, NJ, she also resided in Jersey City, NJ.

She was a dedicated and devoted wife and soul mate to Luis Rivera, her husband of 28 years.

She was a loving mother and matriarch to her children Jason and his wife Marivel, Chucky (Charles) and his wife Vanessa, Cara & Liz (Elizabeth) and her husband Frank.

She was an adoring grandmother to Kassandra, Eddie, Quintin, Xayver, Chucky, Skylah, Jaliza, Frankie, Kailani, Leila, Alana, Josiah and Angel (who is waiting for her grandmother in heaven).

Surviving is her loving brother Douglas Cartwright, and is wife Miriam, and their children:

Stephen, Adriana, Christopher and his wife Evegeniya and Elaine.

June is also survived by her sister Joy Toland and her husband Mark.

Also, her close friend Juan Carlos Madè and her very devoted friend Marjorie Lowe.

 June worked for the Port Authority PATH system for most of her life and performed her duties exceptionally. She cared for millions of commuters lives as a Trainmaster on a daily basis.

She had a love for life and a yearning for adventure. She took a glider plane ride in Hawaii, zip lined in Las Vegas Nevada, hiked the Grand Canyon and rode a motorcycle in Nassau and all over N.J. and Penn.

June sought adventure at every turn and encouraged her children to do the same. She demonstrated her love to her family through her cooking. Holiday meals and the annual “Japanese New Year” was not just a meal, she made it a culinary fiesta. From the main dishes to all of the cakes, pies, cookies and treats the friends and families always looked forward to whatever she prepared.

The most important message she imparted to us is to keep the family together, something that we practice every day.


Linda Olivia Mercado-Taylor

December 21, 1942 – November 6, 2015

Linda Olivia Mercado-Taylor of Newark, formerly of Belleville, 72, passed away on Friday, November 6, 2015. Guests will be received at the Irvine-Cozzarelli Memorial Home, 276 Washington Avenue, Belleville, on Saturday, November 14th at 11:00 o’clock in the morning until the time of the Funeral Service at 12:00 noon, officiated by Pastor Dunmore. Cremation will be private. For additional information please visit www.irvinecozzarelli.com or call 973.759.1114. 

Complimentary valet parking is available at the funeral home.

Linda was born, raised, educated and worked in New Jersey and Brooklyn, NY as an administrative assistant. She attended Central High School; one year of college, at Essex County College; and two and one half years at the Newark Community School of Theology, earning a certificate in the studies of the Hebrew Bible, the New Testament, Work Religions, Christian Theology, Introduction to Judaism and Contemporary Jewish Theology.

Linda was a former member of the International Professional Secretaries Association as well as 

the former President of the Newark Chapter.

Linda was also a Lenape Tribal member functioning as secretary and clan mother of the Anitsolagi Onaselogi North-Eastern Band. Nii Ndushiingi which means “speaks the exact truth” and Knee-Duh-Shin-Zee which means “spirit woman”.

Linda was the daughter of the late Genaro and Beatrice Mercado, and former wife of the late Hugh Banister.

Linda was the devoted and loving mother of Stacey Banister, Vittorio Banister and the late Marcellina Banister; cherished grandmother of Diamond, Marcellina Milagros, Carlos, Dykorra, Anthony, Khaleeb and Aaron; also a host of other relatives and friends, which are too many to name.

A description of Linda’s personality would characterize her as a warm, caring, gentle soul, who showered an abundance of love and affection on her immediate family, extended family and friends. She leaves behind treasures that time can never take away and a heritage of loving memories that can never die.

 



Victor Mellilo

Victor Mellilo, 85, passed away on Friday, October 9, 2015, 

at Mountainside Hospital,Glen Ridge, New Jersey.

 Guests will be received on the afternoon and evening of Wednesday, October 14th from 4:00 to 8:00 o'clock at the Irvine-Cozzarelli Memorial Home, 276 Washington Avenue, Belleville, New Jersey 07109.

Complimentary valet parking is available at the funeral home.

A Funeral Mass will be offered on Thursday morning, October 15th at 11 o'clock in Saint Peter's R.C. Church, 155 William Street, Belleville. Those who wish to attend the funeral may gather at the funeral home at 10 o'clock.

Interment will be in Glendale Cemetery, Bloomfield, New Jersey. For additional information please visit www.irvinecozzarelli.com or call 973.759.1114.

Born in Newark, New Jersey, Victor resided in Belleville for the last 48 years

with his treasured family.

Vic proudly served in the United States Army during the Korean War, receiving several decorations 

for his military service. He was honorably discharged in 1953.

He was a chemical operator at the Henkel Corporation, Harrison, New Jersey,

for 38 years, retiring in 1990.

A descriptive of Victor's personality would characterize him as a quite individual who devoted his life to his wife, his three children, and his two nieces. Vic was a dependable man, dutifully and lovingly present to steadfastly support his family.

Vic's hobby was carpentry and over the years he achieved the skill level of a craftsman.

He was a football fan, watching broadcast games at home, while enjoying an ice cold Miller High Life Beer, as he cheered on his favorite team.

Victor was the most beloved husband of 64 years to the late Gilda Mellilo; the very devoted father of Victor III, Ronald and his wife Rose, and Joanne Santibanez and her husband Jay; the precious grandfather of Melissa Rose; the cherished uncle of Sylvia Vanyo and Susan Lamberti, and the loving brother of Bette Chamberlain and the late Marie Insinnia, Jean Stefanelli and Rachel Grieg.

Vic leaves behind treasures that time can never take away and a heritage of loving memories that never die.




Gay Payne

Nov. 20, 1945-Aug. 18, 2015

Gay Payne of Wurtsboro, N.Y., a retired x-ray techni­cian at Bon Secours Hospital in Port Jervis, N.Y., died Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015, at the Orange Regional Medical Center in Middletown, N.Y. She was 69.

 

Family and friends are invited to gather today, Friday, Aug. 21, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the VanIn-wegen-Kenny, Inc. Funeral Home, 111 Sullivan St., Wurtsboro.

 

Additional visitation will be held on Saturday, Aug. 22, from 11 a.m. to 12 noon at the Irvine-Cozzarelli Memorial Home, 276 Washington Ave., Belleville, N.J., (973) 759-1114, irvinecozzarelli.com.

 

Gay's funeral service will start at 12 noon on Saturday. Burial will follow at the Crest Haven Memorial Park in Clifton, NJ.

 

Arrangements are under the direction of the Vanlnwegen-Kenny, Inc. Funeral Home of Wurtsboro. For additional information or to send an online condolence, please visit www.kennyfuneral-home.com.

 

The daughter of the late Edward Thomas Merges and Dorothy Harriett Blum Joerges, Gay was born Nov. 20, 1945, in Sarasota, Fla. She was the widow of Robert W. Payne, who predeceased her on Oct. 6, 2011. She is survived by a daughter, Holly Veneziano and her husband, Carl, of Swan Lake, N.Y., and two grandchildren, Dain Eskew and Britney Veneziano.


Sandra Nyegaard

Courtroom Supervisor and mentor; loving mother and grandmother; 62.

Sandra Lee Nyegaard, 62, passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 19, after a long battle with brain cancer, at The Little Nursing Home in Montclair, NJ.

Guests will be received on the afternoon of Sunday, Aug. 23 from 3 to 7 o'clock at the Irvine-Cozzarelli Memorial Home, 276 Washington Ave., Belleville, NJ. A funeral service will be offered at the funeral home at half past 11 on Monday morning, Aug. 24. Entombment will be in the Glendale Cemetery in Bloomfield, NJ. Those who wish to attend the funeral may gather at the funeral home at 11 o 'clock. For additional information, please call 973.759.1114.

Born in East Orange, NJ, Sandra lived in Belleville for 48 years before moving to Nutley in 2001. She had one son, Robert M. Molinaro.

Sandra worked for the Essex County Courts over a 25 year period. She held multiple positions in the probation department and later worked as a courtroom supervisor. Sandra was loved by her coworkers not just because she put her heart and soul into her work, but because she always offered an ear to listen and a shoulder to cry on. Sandra took great pride in acting as a mentor to her coworkers and was happy to let those around her benefit from her knowledge and experience.

Sandra was a devoted mother and loving grandmother of two grandchildren.

She spent as much time with her grandchildren as she could and loved nothing more than playing with them and teaching them about the world. Ava and Collin will treasure the memories of their beloved Nanny throughout their lives.

Sandra always brought a realistic optimism to every situation with which she was faced. Her sunny disposition and can-do attitude were contagious and instilled a sense of hope in those around her.

Sandra was the loving mother of Robert M. Molinaro, mother-in-law of Kristin A. Molinaro, and grandmother of Ava Molinaro and Collin Molinaro. She is survived by her mother, Joan Nyegaard, her father Ken Nyegaard, as well as her three brothers.

The family will graciously receive flowers.


Rosemarie Bishop
1936 - 2015
Remembered As A Beautiful , Gracious And Engaging Lady.


Rosemarie Bishop (nee McNamara) passed away at her residence in Bloomfield, New Jersey, 
on Thursday, August 13, 2015.

The funeral services as requested by the family were private.

The funeral arrangements were provided by the:

Irvine-Cozzarelli Memorial Home

276 Washington Avenue

Belleville, NJ 07109

For additional information please visit www.irvinecozzarelli.com or call 973.759.1114



elson D. Rosas

1964 - 2015

Nelson D. Rosas, age 50, of Belleville, NJ, passed away

on Wednesday, August 5, 2015, at UMDNJ - Hospital, 

Newark, NJ.

The funeral services as requested by the family were private.

Funeral arrangements have been provided by the 

Irvine-Cozzarelli Memorial Home P.A.

276 Washington Avenue

Belleville, NJ 07109

For additional information visit www.irvinecozzarelli.com or

call 973.759.1114

 



Sara Arroyo

1944  -  2015

Sara Arroyo (nee Gonzalez) passed away on Sunday, July 12, 2015 of Newark, NJ.

Viewing Friday, July 17, 2015 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.

Funeral mass Saturday, July 18th at 11 a.m. in St. Peter's Church, 155 William 

Street, Belleville, NJ.


Complimentary valet parking is available at the

Irvine-Cozzarelli Memorial Home

276 Washington Avenue

Belleville, NJ 07109


For additional information, please call 973.759.1114




Gilda Mellilo

Gilda Mellilo, (nee Bizzarro), 81, passed away suddenly on Sunday, May 24, 2015, at Mountainside Hospital, Glen Ridge, NJ.

Guests will be received on the afternoon and evening of Thursday, May 28th from 4:00 to 8:00 o’clock at the Irvine-Cozzarelli Memorial Home, 276 Washington Avenue, Belleville, N.J. Complimentary valet parking is available at the funeral home. 

Funeral Mass will be offered on Friday morning, May 29th at 11:00 o’clock in Saint Peter’s R.C. Church, 155 William Street, also in Belleville. Those who wish to attend the funeral may gather at the funeral home at 10:00 o’clock.

Interment will be in Glendale Cemetery, in Bloomfield, N.J. For additional information please visit www.irvinecozzarelli.com or call 973.759.1114.

Born in Newark, NJ, Gilda resided in the City of Newark until 1974, then moving to Belleville with her husband, three children and two nieces, for the next 48 years of her life.

A description of Gilda’s personality would characterize her as a warm, caring, gentle soul, who showered an abundance of love and affection on her immediate family, extended family and friends.

Gilda was a great cook who always appreciated drinking several good cups of coffee throughout the day. She was also a wonderful conversationalist, and a generous individual. Gilda could be counted upon to be the life of the party, a terrific humorist and a person who had fun dancing. She enjoyed trips to Atlantic City, where she played the slot machines or closer to home, engaged in playing bingo.

Gilda was the most beloved wife of 64 years to Victor Mellilo; the very devoted mother of Victor III, Ronald and his wife Rose, and Joanne Santibanez and her husband Jay; the treasured grandmother of Melissa Rose; the precious aunt of Sylvia Vanyo and Susan Lamberti; and the loving sister of Florence and Bernice.

Gilda leaves behind treasures that time can never take away and a heritage of loving memories that can never die.


Joseph Anthony Racciatti

Joseph Anthony Racciatti, 95 passed away at Clara Maass Medical Center, Belleville, N.J., on Saturday, May 16, 2015

Guests will be received on the afternoon and evening of Wednesday, May 20th from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 8:30 o’clock at the Irvine-Cozzarelli Memorial Home, 276 Washington Avenue, Belleville, N.J.

For additional information please visit www.irvinecozzarelli.com or call 973.759.1114.

 Complimentary valet parking is available at the funeral home.

In Philadelphia, PA, guest will be received on Friday morning, May 22nd at 9:00

o’clock in Saint Edmund’s R.C. Church, 2130 South 21st Street, Philadelphia with a Funeral Mass following at 10:00 o’clock. Interment will be in Saints Peter and Paul Cemetery, Springfield, PA. For supplementary information regarding the funeral arrangements in Philadelphia please contact the Monti-Rago Funeral Home at www.montifuneralhome.com or call 215.462.0992

Joe was born and raised in South Philadelphia, moving to Swarthmore, PA, prior to residing in Mays Landing, NJ. He subsequently established his permanent residence in Nutley, NJ where he lived for the last four years.

In 1942 Joe entered the U.S. Army where he proudly served his country during WWII, participating in the Pacific Theater, receiving several decorations for his service. He was honorably discharged in 1945.

Joe belonged to the American Legion Post 254 Mays Landing and the Sons of Italy.

Joe was the general manager of Walbers Restaurant in Essington, PA, retiring in 1995.

Joe was the beloved husband of 57 years of the late Emily Racciatti (nee Falcone); the loving father of Rosemary Papaleo and Anthony Racciatti; treasured grandfather of four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; and the dear brother of Robert and Sabina.

The family will not receive flowers. Memorial donations should be extended to Saint Jude Children’s Research Hospital, www.stjude.org




Sylvia Frances Brantley

 Sylvia Frances Brantley, (nee Godfrey), 76, passed away on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at her residence in Belleville, NJ.

Guests will be received at the Irvine-Cozzarelli Memorial Home, 276 Washington Avenue, Belleville, NJ on Monday May 11th between the afternoon and evening hours of 5:00 to 9:00 o'clock.

Complimentary valet parking is available at the funeral home.

A funeral service will be conducted on Monday evening at 7:00 o'clock in the funeral home. Cremation will be private as requested by the family. For additional information, please visit www.irvinecozzarelli.com or call 973.759.1114.

Born in Newark, NJ, Sylvia resided in Belleville for most of her life.

She was a school bus attendant for the Belleville Board of Education, for 25 years, retiring in 2000.

A description of Sylvia's personality would characterize her as a humble and approachable person who was warm and caring with a welcoming smile. She favored order and neatness in her life and took pride in her appearance. She was a fashionable dresser who took delight in dancing and was happy to play bingo and lucky slots.

Sylvia was devoted to and unconditionally loved her family and possessed an unwavering dedication to the Lord.

Knowing Sylvia was to understand that she was more than these mere words can convey and the memory of her deeds are the precious gifts she leaves behind.

Sylvia was the wife of the late Ronald Brantley; the devoted mother of Cynthia A. Morales and Dawn M. Brantley; the precious grandmother of ten grandchildren; the treasured great-grandmother of twelve great-grandchildren; the loving sister of William, Selena, Marjorie, John, Kathleen, Maryann, Francine, Sharon, and the late Claire, Thomas, Russell, Barbara, Robert, Ronald, Clifford and Arthur. Sylvia is also survived by many adoring relatives and friends.


 Vincent A. Cozzarelli

Vincent A. Cozzarelli, 78, of Belleville passed away in Clara Maass Medical Center, Belleville, NJ on Sunday April 19, 2015 with his loving family at his side

 Guests will be received at the Irvine-Cozzarelli Memorial Home, 276 Washington Avenue, Belleville, NJ on Wednesday April 22nd between the afternoon and evening hours of 3:00 to 8:00 o’clock. 

Complimentary valet parking is available at the funeral home.

 A Funeral Mass will be offered in Saint Peter’s R.C. Church, 155 William Street, Belleville on Thursday morning, April 23rd at 11:30 o’clock. Those who wish to attend the funeral may gather at the funeral home at 10:30 o’clock. Entombment will be in Holy Cross Chapel Mausoleum, North Arlington, NJ.For additional information please visit www.irvinecozzarelli.com or call 973.759.1114.

 Born in Newark, NJ, Vincent was a lifelong resident of Belleville. He began his career as a bicycle delivery boy at Rossmore Pharmacy, Belleville. He eventually purchased the pharmacy in 1964 where he and his family worked together. Vincent celebrated his 50th year as owner / pharmacist of Rossmore Pharmacy in 2014.

 During his professional career he established many long lasting and wonderful friendships with his customers. He has been credited by many of his customers over the years for saving their lives.  He was known to be always available to listen and advise his customers 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  

 Vincent was generous in thought and deed, coming to the aid of his customers without hesitation. He was an intelligent, balanced and fair person. He met people without any preconceived notions or prejudices.

 He graduated from Albany College of Pharmacy in 1961 with a BS degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences. Vincent held two licenses to practice pharmacy in the states of New Jersey and New York.

 Vincent was a longtime member of Saint Peter’s Guard of Honor and a devout Catholic, practicing his faith at Saint Peter’s Church since his childhood.

 Vincent was a past member of the Belleville Lion’s Club, the Belleville Chamber of Commerce, and was a former member of the New Jersey Pharmacy Association. In the year 2000 he received a plaque of recognition from the Lilly Drug Company for filling one million prescriptions.

 Vincent was the beloved husband of Georgette Cozzarelli (nee Pitrelli); devoted father of Vincent Cozzarelli Jr.; loving brother of Raymond (Helen) and Ronald Cozzarelli. 

 The Cozzarelli family will graciously receive flowers or, if preferred a memorial contribution may be extended in Vincent’s name as a restricted gift donation to Saint Peter’s R.C. Church, 155 William Street Belleville, NJ 07109

 Aside from the love Vincent shared with his family he possessed a special love for his pharmacy and all those he cared for over his many years of ownership.



Edward L. Oldak

Edward L. Oldak, 79, passed away quietly on February 25, 2015 at his residence in Whiting, NJ.

Guests will be received on the afternoon and evening of Sunday, March 1, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 o’clock at the Irvine-Cozzarelli Memorial Home, 276 Washington Ave., Belleville, NJ. Complimentary valet parking is available at the funeral home. A funeral service will be conducted on Sunday evening at 8 o'clock in the funeral home. For additional information, please visit irvinecozzarelli.com or call (973) 759-1114.

Born in Warren, NJ, Edward resided in the Bronx, NY, moving to Belleville with his wife, Frances Oldak until 2006, where he raised his son and three daughters. In 2006, the couple moved to their permanent residence in Whiting.

Edward was the Plant Maintenance Supervisor for National Lighting Company for over 53 years, retiring in 2006. He was a faithful employee and served his company with honor. Edward was also a member of Local 3 of the I.B.E.W.

Reserved and soft spoken, Edward was still quick witted and possessed a joyous sense of humor. Whether hosting holidays at his home, barbequing for the family, or attending a sporting event, nothing pleased him more than spending time with loved ones. He enjoyed playing shuffleboard and horseshoes. Edward was always a gentleman with a high level of integrity.

Edward was the beloved husband of 48 years to Frances Oldak; the devoted father to Carol McElroy, Teresa DiCaterino, Edward Oldak and the late Lorraine Sheedy; loving grandfather to Robert, Johnilyn and Adam DiCaterino, Sean McElroy and Ellie Oldak; great grandfather to Ben DiCaterino.

The Oldak family requests, in lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution be extended in Edward’s name to the hospice organization, Vitas (vitas.com), 1040 Broad St., Ste. 301, Shrewsbury, NJ 07702.


 

Mary Sarah Guancione

Mary Sarah Guancione (nee Platia), 91, died peacefully on Monday, February 23, 2015 in her home in Belleville, NJ. Guests will be received on the evening of Friday, February 27 from 5 to 8:30 at the Irvine-Cozzarelli Memorial Home, 276 Washington Ave., Belleville, N.J. Complimentary valet parking is available at the funeral home. A Funeral Mass will be offered on Saturday morning, February 28, at 10:30 in St. Peter’s R.C. Church, 155 William Street, also in Belleville. Those who wish to attend the funeral may gather at the funeral home at 9:30. Burial will be at Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Upper Montclair, NJ. For additional information please visit irvinecozzarelli.com or call (973) 759-1114. In lieu of flowers the family will graciously receive donations at the funeral home. Mary leaves behind her children Karen and Gary Guancione and many loved friends and relatives.

Mary loved being alive and everything she did was filled with love, generosity, enthusiasm and boundless energy. Until her last moment when she could no longer speak with words, she communicated fully with everyone around her. She had many longtime friends of all ages from every walk of life. Mary was an adventurer, game for anything, ready to run on a moment’s notice.

She was in constant motion but all her actions were mindful, determined and graceful. Mary cooked constantly in large quantities, for everyone she knew. Her eggplant parmigiana, manicotti Siciliano, braccioli, meatballs, macaroni and gravy, stuffed mushrooms, clams oreganata, pasta fagioli, antipasto, cheesecake and countless Italian delicacies were devoured with delight. Mary was an ultimate perfectionist but she worked quietly and humbly with well-honed efficiency often until the wee hours of the morning and all her creations seemed to appear effortlessly as if by magic.

Whenever Mary sewed fashionable clothing from carefully selected fabric, decorated every room of the house from top to bottom with exuberant, intricate installations that changed for every holiday, she showed great care and the eye of an artist. When her daughter Karen made large-scale art installations for galleries or museums that required thousands of hours of intricate handwork Mary jumped right in to help with incredible expertise. Mary’s artistry was learned from her own mother Anna Platia and was passed on from mother to daughter through generations.

Mary loved to dance. As a little girl she tap-danced all the time with pennies attached to her shoes and one night when she accompanied her mother to a nightclub in Newark, NJ she was invited up to the microphone to sing for everyone. As a teenager and young woman she “decked out” in beautiful clothes sewn by her mother and jitterbugged almost every night to big band music in Newark and venues throughout New Jersey and New York. She fondly remembered dressing to the nines and dancing all night with friends at the Apollo Theater in Harlem. Many years later son Gary became a musician and Mary loved to hear him play the guitar and sing.

Mary was born in Easton, Pennsylvania where her large extended family still lives. When she was seven she moved with her daring mother Anna to Newark, NJ, where Anna worked in sewing factories and Mary went to school. She graduated from Newark’s Central High. In 1950 they moved to Belleville to the house where she has lived ever since. For several years Mary worked in the Tung-Sol Factory. One day after work she and her close group of women friends were in a local bar when she suddenly met her future husband Angelo Guancione, who was hilariously funny and made her laugh constantly. They were inseparable, venturing in every direction in Angelo’s car. They married in 1956 and started a family at once. Mary loved her house, which she decorated and kept immaculately clean. She loved to devote herself to her family and was the first to volunteer as Scout leader, PTA member, home-room mother, or band parent. She never missed an exhibition opening, dance, music or theatrical performance, party or event that her children and friends were part of and contributed whole-heartedly to every occasion. Mary was a doer and a creator, never afraid to dig right in and get her hands dirty. Her laugh, humor and vibrancy made her loved by many.

Mary always loved to travel- first with her girlfriends and later with her family on long cross-country road trips. She continued to travel well into her 80's. Italy, France, Greece, and Key West were some of favorite destinations. Shopping, searching for amazing bargains, playing bingo, making ceramics and gardening, going to dance, theater and music performances were also some of her favorite things.

A testament to Mary’s beautiful spirit are friends everywhere; in the United States, Italy, France, Mexico, Iraq and elsewhere who are now remembering her beautiful spirit and celebrating a marvelous, exceptional life.




Olympia Cozzarelli

 Olympia Cozzarelli (nee Gentile), 92, passed away suddenly on Monday February 16, 2015 at her residence, in Point Pleasant, N.J.

 Guests will be received at the Irvine-Cozzarelli Memorial Home, 276 Washington Avenue, Belleville, NJ on Friday February 20th, afternoon and evening from 2 to 4 & 7 to 9 o’clock. Complimentary valet parking is available at the funeral home.

 A Funeral Mass will be offered in Saint Peter’s R.C. Church, 155 William Street, Belleville on Saturday morning February 21st at 11:00 o’clock. Those who wish to attend the funeral may gather at the funeral home at 10:00 o’clock. Entombment will be in Holy Cross Chapel Mausoleum, North Arlington. For additional information please visit www.irvinecozzarelli.com or call (973) 759-1114.

 Born in Philadelphia, Pa. Olympia resided in the city for 27 years, moving to Belleville, N.J. with her husband Dr. James J. Cozzarelli, M.D. and their young son James J. Cozzarelli, Jr. Olympia remained in Belleville until 2012, where she raised her son and two daughters. In 2012 she moved to her permanent residence in Point Pleasant.

 Olympia was the office manager of her husband’s medical practice in Belleville for 40 years, retiring in 2002. She was loved by the patients in her husband’s care, establishing many wonderful friendships and she was a valued confidant. A descriptive of Olympia’s personality would characterize her as an intelligent and balanced person, a strong and independent woman whose mission was to educate, culture, and nurture her children for a successful life. She was a lady that did not permit life’s circumstances to dictate to her destiny. She had a pleasing demeanor and was an engaging conversationalist. She was a voracious reader, who always was elegantly dressed and enjoyed floral arranging, embroidering and knitting as her hobbies. 

 Olympia was the beloved wife of 63 years to the late Dr. James J. Cozzarelli, M.D.; the devoted mother of Dr. James J. Cozzarelli, Jr., Patricia-Ann Cozzarelli, and Dr. Annette O. Cozzarelli-Franklin, M.D.; treasured grandmother of Catherine Cozzarelli-Klingener. Loving mother-in-law of Edward Klingener and Dr. James D. Franklin, M.D.; and her dear caregiver and companion Shorena.

The Cozzarelli family will graciously receive flowers or, if preferred a memorial contribution may be extended in Olympia’s name as a restricted gift donation to the American Lung Association of Mid-Atlantic (www.lung.org), 3001 Gettysburg Road Camp Hill, PA 17011


Edith Hope Kee

Homemaker and After School Child Care Provider

Edith Hope Kee (nee Wells),82, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, February 10, 2015, at the Mountainside Hospital, Glen Ridge, NJ.

Guests will be received at the Irvine-Cozzarelli Memorial Home, P.A., 276 Washington Avenue, Belleville, NJ, on Monday, February 16th, afternoon and evening from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 o'clock. A funeral service will be conducted in the funeral home on Monday evening at 7 o'clock. Complimentary valet parking is available at the funeral home. Those who wish to attend the funeral may gather at the funeral home on Tuesday morning, February 17th between 10 and 10:30 o'clock. Interment will be in Glendale Cemetery, Bloomfield, NJ. For additional information, please visit www.irvinecozzarelli.com or call 973.759.1114.

Born in Passaic, NJ, Hope was raised in Belleville, where she graduated from the Belleville High School. As an adult Hope resided in East Orange, NJ, and subsequently established her permanent residence of 13 years in Montclair, NJ.

Hope was the proud mother of four children, and was unwavering in her focus to create a nurturing and loving environment not only for her children and grandchildren but for the numerous neighborhood children, by providing after school child care. She found much joy and enrichment in the experiences and accomplishments of her immediate family and her extended family known as "Hope's Village Children".

Mrs. Kee will always be acknowledged as one of the most significant influences in the lives of "Hope's Village Children". She will be remembered and cherished in the hearts and minds of all those that entered into her care, now teachers, doctors, attorneys, artists, coaches and countless other occupations and walks of life. Her motto was, "I am My Own Organization" and "If a child rearing book does not have my name as the author it is Null and Void".

Hope was an avid fan of all sports. She enjoyed reading and kept current with evolving events by reading newspapers on a daily basis.

Hope was the beloved wife of 41 years, of the late William H. Kee, Jr.; the devoted mother of Robert (Janice) Kee, Saundra Kee Borges, David (Lorraine) Kee and the late Catherine Kee; precious grandmother of Darrell Kee, Garrett (Nertalia) Borges, Julian Borges, Evan Kee, Adriana Borges, Jasmin Kee and Mya Kee; treasured great-grandmother of Khloe Kee and Grant Borges; loving sister of William Wells of Vermont, Florence Alice Walker, Josephine Brazier, Henry (Patty) Wells and Barbara A. Wells of Virginia. Hope will be forever missed by her many dear to her heart family members, nieces, nephews and wonderful friends.




  Patrick Henry Rudden    

 Patrick Henry Rudden, age 65, of Lake Hopatcong, NJ, son of the late Helen

and Robert Rudden, passed away from natural causes on January 12, 2015. 

Patrick grew up in Belleville, NJ and graduated from Belleville High School

in 1968.  He was drafted by the U.S. Army and served in Vietnam and

Cambodia from 1969 to 1971. 

Pat received numerous military commendations, including two Bronze Stars.

 

Patrick was a titanium welder by profession and worked for 35 years at 

Titanium Fabricators in Fairfield, NJ.  

Patrick’s passions were nature and music and he

was an avid and accomplished nature photographer and trumpet player. 

 

Patrick leaves behind his brother Jeff, sister-in-law Jessica, of Mahwah, NJ,

and his faithful canine companion, Bruce Almighty.

 

A memorial service will be held in his honor on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 

the

Irvine-Cozzarelli Memorial Home

276 Washington Avenue, Belleville, NJ 07109. 

For more information go to www.irvinecozzarelli.com or call 973 759-1114.

 

A gathering for family and friends will begin Saturday afternoon at 

12:00 o'clock through 3:00 o'clock, with a Service of Remembrance which 

will be held at 1:00 o'clock.

The family of Patrick Rudden is gratefully accepting donations to 

 The National Foundation for Animal Rescue (NFFAR),

PO Box 565, Saddle River, NJ 07458

online at www.nffar.org 

or 

 Semper Fido, 131 Kenilworth Road

Marlton, NJ 08053 online at www.semperfido.org



Edmundo Malavarca

 

Edmundo 'Ed' Malavarca, 87, passed away on Tuesday, January 20, 2015.

A funeral mass will be offered at St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church, Belleville, NJ, on Monday morning, January 26th at 11:30 o'clock. Those who wish to attend the funeral may gather at the Irvine-Cozzarelli Memorial Home, P.A., 276 Washington Avenue, Belleville at 10 o'clock. For additional information visit www.irvinecozzarelli.com or contact 973.759.1114.

Interment will be in St. Peter's Church Cemetery, Belleville.

 Complimentary valet parking is available at the funeral home.

Guests will be received at the funeral home on Sunday afternoon and evening

from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 o'clock.


Born in Newark, NJ, Ed resided in Belleville for the past 16 years.

 He was a member of the sales management team at the Burlington Coat Factory, Pine Brook, NJ,

for 30 years, retiring in 2008.

A descriptive of Ed's personality would characterize him as a humanist, a man of great inner strength. He was highly intelligent and admired as a philosophical thinker. Ed had a formidable memory and was an ardent student of history, being capable of reciting the great words of statesman and the founding documents of the United States of America. He demonstrated a proficiency in multi-disciplined areas of creativity, Ed was a Renaissance man, who had the capacity to observe details in the most finite reveal. He presented as a very balanced person, who was generous in thought and deed, albeit unobtrusive, a person whose patience was notable. Ed had an accepting and respectful nature, his manner gentle, yet fortified by the courage of his conviction and intention. Ed truly understood the purpose of his life and his first priority was to his immediate family and their goodness' sake.  His integrity was unwavering. Ed was a devout Catholic and a dedicated parishioner of St. Peter's Church. This all being true, Ed was a very humble gentleman. Knowing Ed was to truly understand that he was more than these mere words could ever express and the memories he leaves behind time will never take away.

 

Ed was the beloved and devoted husband of Catherine Malavarca; the loving father of Maria Faschan, Amedeo, Donato, Edmondo, Phillip, Michael, and Bernadette Malavarca; Dear brother of Yolando Caputo; precious grandfather of Gina, Gabriella, Danielle, Phillip, Anthony, Joseph, and Amadeo.

 

In lieu of floral tributes please make memorial donations to the Carrick Brain Center, www.caretosharenp.org or to the charity of your personal preference.

 

ED WILL ALWAYS BE OUR SUPERMAN.




Leonardo F. Idrovo

Leonardo F. Idrovo, 39, passed away at the

Columbus Hospital LTACH,

Newark, NJ, on Sunday, December 14, 2014.

 A funeral service will be held on Thursday evening,

 December 18th at 8 o'clock, at the

Irvine-Cozzarelli Memorial Home, P.A.,

276 Washington Avenue, Belleville, NJ 07109

www.irvinecozzarelli.com, or call 973.759.1114.

 

Guests will be received by the family on Thursday afternoon and evening 

from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 o'clock.

Complimentary valet parking is available at the funeral home. 

Those who wish to attend the funeral may gather at the funeral home on Friday morning, 

December 19th at 11 o'clock. Interment will be in the

Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington, NJ.

 

Lenny was born and raised in Belleville.

During his adolescence he was involved in a motor vehicle accident that resulted

in a permanent disability. Despite the physical damage his body sustained,

Lenny greeted life with abundant zest.

 

A descriptive of Lenny's personality would characterize him as a wonderfully 

outgoing and charismatic individual. He had the ability to inspire, possessing the beautiful 

gift of generous spirit and a great love for life. 

He enjoyed listening to current music and watching professional boxing matches. 

In addition, he took special pride in his well-dressed appearance. He was a remarkable 

brother and an exemplary role model for both of his siblings, Mark and Jennifer.

Lenny was much more than these mere words could ever describe and the memories

he leaves behind time can never take away.

 

Leonardo was the loving and precious son of Flavio and Italia Idrovo; the treasured brother of 

Mark and his wife Carol, and Jennifer Idrovo; the cherished grandson of his

 maternal grandmother, Rosa Bermeo; the adoring uncle of Caleb and Chloe, 

and he is also survived by many dear uncles, aunts and cousins.

 

In lieu of floral tributes memorial donations may be extended in Lenny's name to the

Dana and Christopher Reeve Foundation




Anthony DeFeo

Anthony DeFeo, 91, a lifelong resident of Belleville, entered his eternal rest on Friday, July 18, 2014 in Clara Maass Medical Center, Belleville.

A funeral mass will be offered at St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church, Belleville on Wednesday morning, July 23 at 11 o’clock. Those who wish to attend the funeral may gather at the funeral home at 10 o’clock. Final disposition will be private. Guests will be received at the Irvine-Cozzarelli Memorial Home, P.A., 276 Washington Avenue, Belleville, on Tuesday afternoon and evening from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 o’clock. For additional information, visit www.irvinecozzarelli.com or contact 973.759.1114. Complimentary valet parking is available at the funeral home.

While attending Belleville High School, Anthony worked with his parents to build Star Wire Works, a Belleville based wire mesh products - company. His parents Vito and Antonette founded the firm in their home on Mt. Prospect Avenue in 1929.

In 1943, he entered the U.S. Army where he served as a teletype operator with the 9427 TSU Signal Corps, Alaska Communication System. He received the American Service Medal, Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, A Good Conduct Medal and a World War II Victory Medal. He was honorably discharged in 1946.

Upon returning to civilian life, Anthony married Ida Ethel Cocchia of South Norwalk Connecticut on September 20th, 1947 whom he had dated since 1941. This was followed by the birth of his four sons over the next ten years.

Anthony became a full partner in Star Wire Works in 1960 and managed the firm until his retirement in 1975.

Anthony was a firm believer in participating in the democratic process. He used his communications training from the Army to address issues that he felt needed attention. From local political issues to issues affecting his business, he did not hesitate to communicate with elected and appointed officials. This passion was a part of his life until the day he died.

A dedicated traveler, Anthony and his wife Ida enjoyed travelling throughout the United States with dear friends as well as travelling on cruises to Bermuda and the Bahamas. He visited his ancestral home in Italy with his wife, father and sister. He reveled in exposing his children and his grandchildren to the wonders of the Jersey Shore and the mountains of Sussex County.

Anthony was a lifetime member of the Belleville Political and Social Club (BPSC), which his father helped to found, the AMVET’s and the VFW. He was interviewed in 2010 about the history of the BPSC because of the number of WWII veterans that were members of the club.

Anthony is survived by his wife Ida Ethel DeFeo (ne: Cocchia) his sons, John A. and his wife Sharon, Michael V. and his wife Patricia, Alan W. and his wife Lori and Wayne D. and his wife M.Anita Gassert II; his 6 grandchildren; Dana Taboadela, Michael, John W., Melissa & Marc DeFeo, Brittany and Caitlyn Zahn; and his 4 great grand children, Anthony John, Victor and Nicolas Taboadela and Evelyn DeFeo. His parents Vito and Antonette and his sister Edith, also of Belleville, predeceased him.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to:

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

262 Danny Thomas Place

Memphis, TN, 38105

or

The Salvation Army National Headquarters

615 Slaters Lane

PO Box 269
Alexandria, VA 22313

or through your local Salvation Army location.




Ann M. DiRuggiero

 

Ann M. DiRuggiero (nee Perri), 92, passed away at her residence in

Belleville, NJ, on Thursday, December 12, 2013.

A funeral mass will be offered at St. Peter's R.C. Church, Belleville, on Monday morning,

December 16th, at 11 o'clock. Those who wish to attend the funeral may gather at the funeral home

at 10 o'clock. Interment will be in Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Upper Montclair, N.J.

Guests will be received at the

Irvine-­Cozzarelli Memorial Home, P.A.,

276 Washington Avenue, Belleville,

on Sunday afternoon from 2 to 6 o'clock. For additional information

visit www.irvinecozzarelli.com or contact 973.759.1114.

 

Complimentary valet parking is available at the funeral home.

 

Born in Pittsburgh, Pa., Ann remained in Pennsylvania until her marriage to

Dr. Frank N. DiRuggiero, and subsequently established her permanent residence

in Belleville, during the early 1940's. Ann was an administrative assistant with

the Belleville Board of Education, retiring from that position.

Additionally, she was concurrently employed as a laboratory clerk at the

Clara Maass Medical Center, Belleville.

She was the past president of the Belleville Public School No. 3 PTA, the

past president of the Belleville Consolidated PTA, the past chairperson

of the bylaws committee of the Belleville Schools Office Personnel

Association, a past congregant and participant in the parish organizations

of St. Peter's R.C. Church, and a member of the Rosary and Altar Society of

Holy Family R.C. Church, Nutley, N.J.

 

A descriptive of Ann's personality would characterize her as a strong and

independent woman who was recognized as the matriarch of her family.

Her priority was to her immediate family and she supported that purpose

in thought and deed. She never permitted life circumstances to dictate to

her destiny; an engaging and entertaining conversationalist, who favored

socializing and was recognized as a formidable canasta player, Ann

understood the privilege of friendship and in turn was a valued confidant;

an individual with a good sense of humor, she possessed a sharp and

sometimes mischievous wit, balanced with an inviting and charming

manner that put people at ease. She was well traveled and an avid reader.

 

Ann was the beloved wife of the late Dr. Frank N. DiRuggiero; the devoted mother of

Judith DiGiorgio,Diane Hutt and her husband Robert, Ralph J. DiRuggiero and his

wife Susan, and the late Francis Berlowitz and her surviving husband Ira;

cherished grandmother of Darrah, Ashley, Caitlin, Alysha, Meredith, and the late

Dina; precious great-grandmother of  Gabriella, Becket and Jack; lovingly survived

by several nieces and nephews, and her dear caregiver and companion Novelette.


Otilio Soler

Otilio Soler, 76, passed away at the Clara Maass Medical Center, Belleville, NJ, on Thursday, October 24, 2013.

A funeral service will be held on Tuesday morning, October 29th at 11 o'clock, in the funeral home. Those who wish to attend the funeral may gather one hour prior to the commencement of the service. Entombment will be in the Holy Cross Mausoleum, North Arlington, NJ.

Guests will be received at the Irvine-Cozzarelli Memorial Home, P.A., 276 Washington Avenue, Belleville, on Sunday and Monday afternoons and evenings from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 o'clock.

For additional information, visit www.irvinecozzarelli.com, or contact 973.759.1114.

Complimentary valet parking is available at the funeral home

Born in Maricao, Puerto Rico, Otilio resided in Belleville for the last 18 years.

He was employed by Hardware Die Casting, Nutley, NJ, as a welder, for 20 years, retiring in 2000.

Otilio was a talented musician, capable of playing various instruments and singing. He enjoyed telling a good joke, as much as tending to his garden, and when it came to the kitchen. . . he was a very creative cook. He would often reflect with favor, reminiscing about the old days in Puerto Rico. Additionally, he possessed a strong penchant for applied mechanics and engineering. A collector of unique and interesting flashlights his extensive and diverse collection captured the imagination of the viewer.

Otilio was the beloved husband and friend of the late Delia Rullan; the devoted and adored father of Nilsa I. Soler, Marisol Arroyo, Nora N. Paredes, Madeline Soler-Correa and Yahira Liz Camacho; loving brother of Anna L. Soler and Bacilio Soler; he was the loving heart of 8 cherished grandchildren and 5 precious great-grandchildren.


Marylee Longo

Marylee Longo, 73, passed away quietly at her residence in Nutley, NJ and into the hands of our Lord, on Sunday, September 22, 2013.

Born in Newark, NJ, she lived in Nutley for the past thirty one years. Marylee enjoyed living in Nutley and would frequently be seen walking to the Shop Rite, The Nutley Public Library and around town.

Her life ended much too soon, but those individuals fortunate enough to have known her will forever cherish the memory of her truly gentle soul, wonderful laugh and love of bright yellow daffodils.

Marylee was employed by Seton Leather, where she was an outstanding executive assistant and office manager. She retired from Prudential Insurance and dedicated herself to the care of her now late mother, Lena Longo. Marylee and her mother were devoted fans of the New York Yankees and enjoyed watching every broadcast game together. She was an avid reader with a special interest in biographies of royal historic figures. Her quest for knowledge was insatiable and conversations with her were always captivating and informative. Marylee was an ardent member of the Pete Sampras fan club. A loyal collector of "Pistol Pete's" memorabilia, her prize possession was a tennis ball Pete hit into the stands which she caught during the Men’s Advanta Championships, in 1997. Marylee's collection of items with a penguin motif was substantial and captured the imagination of the viewer.

 

Marylee is survived by her brothers Andrew (Rebecca) and Joseph; sister in law Nancy; nephew Jason (Trina); dear friends Anna and Edward, and many other wonderful friends and acquaintances. Services were conducted privately by the

Irvine-Cozzarelli Memorial Home, P.A.

276 Washington Avenue

Belleville, NJ 07109

See www.irvinecozzarelli.com or for additional information contact 973.759.1114.

 

The family encourages everyone to always perform random acts of kindness and to grow beautiful yellow daffodils in memory of Marylee.


John E. Idenden

John E. Idenden, Sr., 92, passed away at the Van Dyk Manor

of Montclair, Montclair, NJ, on Thursday, September 19, 2013.

The family will receive guests on Friday afternoon, September 27th

at 12 Noon, prior to the commencement of a funeral service at 1 o'clock in the

Irvine-Cozzarelli Memorial Home, P.A.,

276 Washington Avenue

Belleville, NJ 07109

www.irvinecozzarelli.com or for additional information contact 973.759.1114.


Interment will be in the Glendale Cemetery, Bloomfield.

Complimentary valet parking is available at the funeral home.

 Born in Glen Ridge, NJ, John was a lifelong resident of Belleville, NJ.

During his adolescence he was a member of the Belleville Boy Scout

Troop No. 333, achieving the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout.

John later went on to graduate in 1942 from the Newark

College of Engineering. During WWII Mr. Idenden worked on the

Manhattan Project in the capacity of an engineer.

He was employed by Exxon, Florham Park, NJ as a chemical

engineer, affiliated with the Research and Development Department,

for 38 years, retiring in 1983.


He was a longtime member of the Christ Episcopal Church,

Belleville, holding several posts including Junior and Senior

Warden, layreader and Chairman of the Church Cemetery Committee.

 John was the beloved husband of the late Nancy C. Idenden; the

devoted father of Jack, Bill and his wife Elaine, Tom and the late

Rev. Nancy L. Idenden; dear brother of Frederick; the loving

grandfather of Michael and his wife Marianne, Andrew and

James, and the cherished great-grandfather of Nicholas and Michael.

The family requests, in lieu of floral tributes, memorial donations be

extended in John's name to:

St. Barnabas Hospice & Palliative Care

95 Old Short Hills Road

West Orange, NJ 07052.




Ethel J. Mathews

 Ethel J. Matthews, 93, passed away at the West Hudson Post Acute

Care Center, Kearny, NJ, on Tuesday, September 3, 2013.

 Born in Scranton, PA, Ethel resided there until 1946, moving to

East Orange in 1959, she later moved to Livingston where she

remained until 2001, thereafter becoming a resident of Belleville
and subsequently established her permanent residence
since 2007 in Kearny.

 Ethel was the wife of the late Willard L. Matthews; the mother

of the late Willard (Bill) Matthews; mother in law of Marie Grace
Matthews; grandmother of Richard Matthews and Dr. Nancy
Matthews Herrick, DVM, and the great-grandmother of
two great-grandchildren.

 A memorial funeral service will be held in Ohio.

 

Funeral arrangements conducted by the

 

Irvine-Cozzarelli Memorial Home, P.A.

276 Washington Avenue, Belleville, NJ

www.irvinecozzarelli.com or call 973.759.1114 for additional information.


Robert Rudden, Sr.

 Robert (Bob) Rudden, Sr., 86, passed away on July 6, 2013 at his home in Glen Allen, VA.

A memorial service will be held in his honor on Saturday, July 27, 2013 at the

Irvine Cozzarelli Memorial Home

276 Washington Avenue, Belleville, NJ 07109.

For more information go to www.irvinecozzarelli.com or call 973 759-1114.

Gathering for family and friends will begin on Saturday morning at 11:00 o’clock through 2:00 o’clock

including aService of Remembrance which will be held at 1:00 o’clock.


Complimentary Valet Parking Is Available At The Funeral Home


Robert (Bob) Rudden, Sr. was born in Trenton, New Jersey on June 9, 1927.  He was married to

Helen Rudden (nee Haley) for 60 years until her passing in 2008.  They lived and raised their family in Belleville, NJ.

Robert leaves behind three sons, Jeffrey, 5th Battalion Chief, Ret., Newark Fire Department (Mahwah, NJ), Patrick (Lake Hopatcong, NJ) and Robert (Powhatan, VA); daughter-in-law Jessica Gotthold of Mahwah, NJ, sisters Doris of Toms River, NJ and Helen of Florida, a host of nieces and nephews, and his loyal canine companion Honey.  Robert’s brother Patrick predeceased him in 1953.

 Robert enlisted in the Navy and was a member of the 78th Construction Battalion SeaBees, serving in the

Pacific during World War II.  An injury in Okinawa returned him stateside and he received an honorable

discharge in July of 1950.

Bob graduated from Clifton High School, Lincoln Technical Institute and the Newark College of

 Engineering, class of 1959.  He began his illustrious mechanical engineering career with Walter Kidde in

Belleville, NJ.  During his tenure with the company, Bob was commissioned by NASA to work on the

Mercury, Gemini and Apollo spacecrafts.  He subsequently worked for General Dynamics and then Alpha Laval,

from which he retired in 1991.

 Bob and Helen moved from Belleville to Hillsboro, NJ and subsequently to Pleasant Valley, NY, and

 then to Glen Allen, VA, where he joined the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary 5th District Flotilla 34 in

Virginia and was the Division III Commander in 1998.

 One of the things Robert was most proud of was establishing Boy Scout Troop 351 in 1961, where

he led the troop as Scout Master until 1967.  His troop produced nine Eagle Scouts and a graduate

of the U.S. Naval Academy.

 Another facet of Bob’s life was flying.  At the age of 83 he took to the skies and was

known to buzz his neighborhood!

Robert was a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, a Certified Gold Member of the

American Welding Society, a member of the American Society of Nuclear Auditors, and a member of the

Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.

In lieu of flowers the family of Robert Rudden, Sr. is gratefully accepting donations to

 The National Foundation for Animal Rescue (NFFAR),

 P.O. Box 565, Saddle River, NJ 07458

or online at www.nffar.org.




John “Jack” W. Gilbert

 John “Jack” W. Gilbert, 74, passed away at his residence in Estell Manor, NJ,

after a valiant battle to defeat his illness, on Monday, May 27, 2013.

 A funeral service will be held on Monday morning, June 3rd, at 10 o’clock

in the

 Irvine-Cozzarelli Memorial Home, P.A.

276 Washington Avenue

Belleville, NJ 07109

www.irvinecozzarelli.com or call 973.759.1114,

for additional information.

Guests will be received by the family on Sunday afternoon and

evening from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 o’clock in the funeral home.

Final disposition will be private.

COMPLIMENTARY VALET PARKING IS AVAILABLE AT THE FUNERAL HOME

Born in Passaic, NJ, Jack lived most of his life in Belleville, subsequently

relocating to Estell Manor, ten years ago.

 

Jack lived the American Dream. He began a 37 year career employed

by the Township of Belleville, Department of Public Works, as a

laborer and truck driver, rising to the office of Superintendent of

the Belleville Department of Public Works, the position he would retire

from 20 years later. He was revered as the director, and earned

admiration and respect for his efforts especially during dangerous

storms. His priority was to keep the township citizens safe, and to

protect the municipal buildings, schools and churches from damage.

 

He was an avid fisherman, a devoted Yankee fan, and also enjoyed

an occasional trip to Atlantic City.

 Jack is survived by his caring and loving wife Maureen (Lawlor) Gilbert;

the devoted father of Elizabeth Williams and her husband Richard,

and Bill Gilbert and his wife Lisa; the loving grandfather of Ryan and

Morgan, a sister and two nieces.

In lieu of floral tributes please extend memorial donations to:

Boys Town

PO Box 6000

Boys Town, NE 68010


Joseph C. Wells

Joseph C. Wells, 81, passed away at The Canterbury at Cedar Grove,

Cedar Grove, NJ, on Monday, May 27, 2013.

 A funeral service will be held in the funeral home on Saturday,

June 1st at 12 noon. Guests will be received at the:

Irvine-Cozzarelli Memorial Home, P.A.

276 Washington Avenue

Belleville, NJ 07109

www.irvinecozzarelli.com or call 973.759.1114,

 on Saturday from 10 AM to 12 noon.

Final disposition shall be private.

 COMPLIMENTARY VALET PARKING IS AVAILABLE AT THE FUNERAL HOME

 Born in Passaic, NJ, Joe lived the greater part of his life in Belleville,

recently relocating to Cedar Grove to present. He was a proud United States

Air Force veteran serving during the Korean Conflict.

 Joe had been the shipping and receiving supervisor with Walsh Consolidated

Trucking, of North Bergen, retiring in 1996. He previously was employed by

Universal Carloading.

 Joe was the beloved son of the late Joseph and Julia (Caesar) Wells; the

Loving brother of William Wells of Vermont, Edith Hope Kee, Florence

Alice Walker, Josephine Marie Brazier, Henry Wells and his wife Patricia,

Barbara A. Wells of Virginia, and the late Charles, George, Richard (Dennis),

Norman and MaryAnn Wells. He is also survived by many precious family

members, nieces, nephews, and dear friends.

In lieu of floral tributes memorial donations may be extended to:

 The Little Zion UAME Food Pantry

154 Stephens Street

Belleville, NJ 07109

Or

The Belleville Fire Department

EMS Division

275 Franklin Avenue

Belleville, NJ 07109


Maria Elena Micheo

 Maria Elena Micheo, (nee Bruschi), 99, passed away at Clara Mass Medical Center,

Belleville, New Jersey, on Tuesday, March 26, 2013.

 

A memorial mass is to be scheduled by the family. Mrs. Micheo's cremains will

be interred in San Miguel Del Monte, Buenos Aires, Argentina. The funeral

arrangements are directed by the

 

Irvine-Cozzarelli Memorial Home, P.A.

276 Washington Avenue

Belleville, NJ 07109,

www.irvinecozzarelli.com or telephone 973.759.1114

for additional information.

 

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Maria emigrated to the United States

in 1995, and established her permanent residence in Belleville, NJ.

She was an outgoing, kindhearted individual, having a magnificent and

unconditional love for her family. She established by example the admirable

purpose of patience, respect, and the strength of love. Maria was a

prayerful and compassionate woman, praying the rosary daily. She was

a talented and accomplished seamstress, capable of making quality garments.

Maria will be missed by her family and those she loved; of comfort are the

memories of her deeds and the purpose she manifested in life ….

these are the precious gifts that time can never take away.

 

Maria was the beloved wife of the late Juan Francisco Micheo; the devoted

mother of Mrs. Maria Munoz, of Belleville, NJ, Francisco Walter Micheo,

of Slate Hill, NY, and Ruben Dario Micheo, of Middletown, NY; the

loving grandmother of Daniel, Patrick, Diego, Candelaria, Pamela and

Valeria, and the treasured great-grandmother of Justin, Ethan and Bonnie.


 
Frances Anita Berlowitz

(nee Di Ruggiero)

Frances Anita Berlowitz, 58, passed away at Clara Maass Medical Center,

Belleville,NJ, on Tuesday, January 8, 2013.

A funeral mass will be offered at St. Peter's R.C. Church,Belleville, on

Saturday morning, January 12, at 11 o'clock. Those who wish to attend the

funeral may gather at the funeral home at 10 o'clock. Guests will be

received at the:

Irvine-Cozzarelli Memorial Home, P.A.

276 Washington Avenue

Belleville, NJ 07109
 

www.irvinecozzarelli.com or call 973.759.1114 for additional information,

on Friday evening from 5 to 9 o'clock.

 

Complimentary Valet Parking is Available at the Funeral Home

 

Born in Newark, NJ, Fran was a lifelong resident of Belleville. She was a

payroll specialist with ADP, Parsippany, NJ for 23 years.

 

To know Fran was a wonderful experience in every marvelous sense

of the word. She was warm, welcoming, kind, generous and genuine.

She embraced life with focus and purpose. A devotee of family values, she

had an unwavering concern for the wellbeing of those she cherished. She

enjoyed sitting on the beach at Lavallette and basking in the warmth of

the sun. Fran had a delightful sense of humor and a charming laugh that

was quite memorable. Her love was enriching and reassuring, enabling

her family and friends to know happiness will return, again.

 

Fran was the beloved wife of Ira Berlowitz; the devoted mother

of Alysha and Meredith Berlowitz; the precious daughter of Ann

Di Ruggiero and the late Dr. Frank N. Di Ruggiero; the dear

daughter-in-law of Edward and Leatrice Berlowitz; the loving sister of

Judith Di Giorgio, Diane Hutt and Ralph J. Di Ruggiero; the fond

aunt of several nieces and nephews; the treasured longtime friend

of Nina Rubino, and Fran's darling pet dogs.

 

 


 

Leo John Brochu

Leo John Brochu, 65, passed away at the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Muhlenberg Campus,

Bethelehem Pennsylvania, on Friday, January 4, 2013.

 A funeral mass will be offered at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Newark,

on Friday morning, January 11, 2013, at 11 o'clock. Those who wish to attend the

funeral may gather at the funeral home at 10 o'clock. Entombment will be in the Gate

of Heaven Cemetery, East Hanover. Guests will be received at the:

 

Irvine-Cozzarelli Memorial Home, P.A.

276 Washington Avenue

Belleville, NJ 07109

www.irvinecozzarelli.com or contact 973.759.1114 for additional information,

 

on Wednesday evening from 7 to 9 o'clock and Thursday afternoon and evening from

2 to 4 and 7 to 9 o'clock.

Complimentary Valet Parking is Available at the Funeral Home

 

Born in Newark, NJ, Leo remained in the city through his adolescence, moving

to Verona, Cedar Grove and Belleville where he resided for several years

before moving to Bethlehem, PA for one year.

 Leo proudly served our nation in the Airforce Reserve, and was dedicated

to his vocation as a firefighter with the Newark Fire Department, assigned

to the Training Academy, he retired after 39 years of duty in 2010. as a

firefighter Leo's career was one of purpose and fulfillment, a recipient of

numerous awards, commendations and official citations. He was the former

president and a board member of the Newark Firemen Federal Credit Union.

 

A descriptive of Leo's personality would characterize him as

charismatic, genuinely sincere, free from pretense, generous in thought and

deed, but not obtrusive. He enjoyed living the good life and was the life of the

party. He had a terrific sense of humor and was also a compassionate man. Leo

held steadfast as a provider, with and uninterrupted work history from the age

of nine years old. He was a sharp dresser and prided himself on his appearance.

His life was enriched by the love he had for his precious daughters and his

grandchildren, a love so profound the mere words could not adequately

describe what his heart wanted to say. Leo leaves behind many gifts that time

can never take away and an unforgettable smile that will comfort us as we

continue on life's path.

 

Leo was the devoted father of Nicole LaMarca and her husband James, and

Brandi Brochu; the cherished grandfather of Gabriella and James LaMarca;

the loving brother of  Danielle Kazista and her husband Ted, Jeanette

Van Skike, and Joe and Diann Brochu; the treasured godfather of Lee Kazista,

and fond uncle of several nieces and nephews; the dear friend of Carolyn

Maloney, and he is also survived by a lifetime of great friends.      

 

            EVERYBODY LOVED LEO

 

 


Carlington Dave Campbell

 Carlington Dave Campbell, 34, of Bloomfield, New Jersey.

With great sadness the family expresses their loss on Friday, December 14, 2012.

 A funeral service will be offered in the Georgian Reception Chapel at the

Irvine-Cozzarelli Memorial Home, P.A.

276 Washington Avenue

Belleville, NJ 07109

www.irvinecozzarelli.com or call 973.759.1114

 for additional information, on Saturday morning, December 22, 2012 at 9:30 o'clock.

those who wish to attend the funeral may gather at the funeral home at 9 o'clock.

 Interment to directly follow in the Glendale Cemetery, Bloomfield, New Jersey.

 Guests will be received by the family at the Irvine-Cozzarelli Memorial Home on

Friday afternoon and evening from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 o'clock.

 

Complimentary Valet Parking Is Available At The Funeral Home

 

Please Omit Flowers

 
 

 
Marjorie Helen Klingner

                                Marjorie Helen Klingner (nee Ebel), 87, passed away at the University of

Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark, on Sunday, September 30, 2012.

A funeral service will be held in the Georgian Reception Chapel of the

 

Irvine-Cozzarelli Memorial Home, P.A.

276 Washington Avenue

Belleville, NJ 07109

www.irvinecozzarelli.com or call 973.759.1114 for additional information,

 on Thursday morning October 4th at 11:30 o'clock. Those who wish may gather one hour prior to the commencement of the service. Interment will be private. Guests will be received at the funeral home on Wednesday late afternoon and early evening from 4 to 7 o'clock.

 "Complimentary Valet Parking Is Available At The Funeral Home"

 Born in Belleville, Marjorie remained in the community until 1956, becoming a resident of West Caldwell for the next 50 years, and subsequently established her final residence of six years in Bloomfield, NJ.

Marjorie was a member of the Newark Presbytery for many years, a former member of the Emmanuel Presbyterian Church, Newark, where she was active for the greater part of her lifetime and held various positions within the structure of the church. She would later become a member of Grace Presbyterian church of Montclair. Marjorie was a pilot with the Civil Air Patrol, an auxiliary of the Army Air Force Group 221.

A descriptive of Marjorie's personality would characterize her as a dignified lady, who possessed a formidable intelligence. She was an engaging conversationalist, with a warm and inviting manner, that fostered many lasting friendships.

Marjorie was the beloved wife of the late August W. Klingner, Jr., and survived by family members and friends.

 

   





 

 

Pearl Mirra

 Pearl Mirra (nee Grado), 78, passed away at The Canterbury at Cedar Grove, NJ,

on Monday, September 10, 2012. A funeral service will be held in the Georgian Reception Chapel

at the
 

Irvine-Cozzarelli Memorial Home, P.A.

276 Washington Avenue

Belleville, NJ 07109

www.irvinecozzarelli.com or call 973.759.1114
for additional information, on Friday morning, September 14th

at 11 o'clock. Those who wish to attend the funeral may gather

at 10 o'clock. Entombment will be in Hollywood Memorial Park,
Union, NJ. Guests will be received at the funeral home on Thursday
afternoon and evening from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 o'clock.
 

Complimentary Valet Parking is Available at the Funeral Home

 
Born in Astoria, Queens, NY, Pearl moved to Staten Island, NY, marrying
Vincent Mirra in 1956, in 1958 Pearl would move to Bloomfield, NJ
 and subsequently established her permanent residence of 32 years in Belleville.

She was a material handler with Miller & Son Plating, Belleville, retiring in 1990.
Pearl possessed a signature trait; one that was admired, a steadfast

pledge to commitment and the bond of her word… supported by the

elemental surety of her promise. She was an exceedingly kind and gentle

individual, presenting a warm and pleasing persona. Her devotion as a wife

and mother was evident from the love she gave and the love she received.

She enjoyed being a homemaker and cook for her precious family.

Pearl always added abundant amounts of love to all her family meals.

 

Her favorite pastime activities included: playing computer games and

listening to the varied styles of country music.

 There are comforting recollections of pleasant summer vacations and

strolling the boardwalk in Wildwood, NJ. These memories will be heart

consoling steps back in time, permitting the unsearchable to be found.

Pearl was the beloved wife of Vincent Mirra, Sr.; the devoted mother

of Vincent, Jr. and Joseph Mirra; the loving sister of Marie Smiley;

the treasured aunt of several nieces and nephews. Pearl also leaves

behind many dear friends including: Glowworm, Nene, Holly Bear

& Fotoart.     


 

Maude Odle

 Maude Odle (nee Christie), 91, passed away at the Somerset Valley Rehabilitation

and Nursing Center in Bound Brook, NJ, on Sunday, August 12, 2012.

A funeral service will be offered at Watchung Presbyterian Church, Bloomfield, NJ,

on Monday morning, August 20th, at 10 o'clock. Those who wish to attend the funeral

may gather at the funeral home at 9 o'clock. The interment will be private.

 Guests will be received at

The Irvine-Cozzarelli Memorial Home, P.A.

276 Washington AvenueBelleville, NJ 07109

www.irvinecozzarelli.com or contact 973.759.1114

on Sunday afternoon and evening from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 o'clock.

 Complimentary Valet Parking Is Available

 

Born in Newark, NJ, Maude was a Belleville resident until 2000,

moving to Piscataway, NJ to present. Maude was a proud WWII Navy

Veteran. She was employed by Hahne and Company, Newark, for

20 years, retiring in 1980.

 

She was a member of The Order of the Eastern Star of New Jersey,

Peace Chapter No. 98, Clifton, the past Worthy Matron of Areme

Chapter No. 73, Belleville, and an Elder of Watchung Presbyterian

Church, Bloomfield.

 

Maude will be remembered as a loving mother, who fostered strong family

values and encouraged positive thinking. Typically, her mind-set was to look

beyond the horizon, to set life goals. She had a good sense of humor, was

pleasant and outgoing. Christmas was a special time for baking, the delightful

aroma of holiday cookies would memorably waft through Maude's

kitchen and the Odle house.

 

Maude was the beloved wife of the late Donald E. Odle; the devoted

mother of Arthur and Anola Marie Odle; the cherished grandmother

of three, the great-grandmother of 10, and the loving sister of

Richard A. Christie.

 
 
 
 

 
 Dean Hatcher

Dean Hatcher, 78, passed away at his residence in Belleville, New Jersey,

on Thursday, August 9, 2012.

 A memorial service will be held at the

 Irvine-Cozzarelli Memorial Home, P.A.

276 Washington Avenue

Belleville, New Jersey 07109

 www.irvinecozzarelli.com, or call 973.759.1114

for additional information,

on Friday evening, August 17th, at eight o'clock.

The family will receive guests on Friday evening for one hour

prior to the scheduled service.

Complimentary Valet Parking is Available at the Funeral Home

 

Born in Newark, New Jersey, Dean was a lifelong resident of Belleville.

He was employed by Midlantic Trucking in Carlstadt, New Jersey, retiring in 2002.

 Dean was a standout basketball player for Belleville High School and

was inducted into the Belleville High School Hall of Fame, September 23, 1977.

He was an ardent sports fan and enjoyed watching various professional games,

including jaunts to the Meadowlands Racetrack.

 

A descriptive of Dean's personality would characterize him as a

person who enthusiastically embraced life. He was fun loving,

witty, personable and an engaging conversationalist. He always

made time to listen to what others needed to express and would

respond in deed, with a balanced intelligence. Dean knew his way

around the kitchen and was a creative cook who took pleasure

in seeing others savor his meals, as much as he did in hearing their

compliments. Dean was also known as a dapper dresser. Shortly

after his retirement, he uncovered a hidden gift for painting

and became accomplished as an artist.

 

Dean is survived by his beloved wife Darsell Hatcher; his beloved

children, Vikki Hatcher, Jonty Dean Hatcher, Deana Hatcher and a

step-son Jimmie Motley; cherished grandfather of Shyanne Cheek;

loving brother of Patricia Bernard and Myra Grant, and also

survived by several precious nieces and nephews, and many

treasured friends.

Dean was more than these mere words can convey, knowing him

brightened our path each day.     

 


Margaret F. Nappi

 Margaret F. Nappi  (nee Schieder), 83, passed away at her residence in

Belleville, NJ, on Tuesday, June 26, 2012.

 A funeral service, officiated by Father Ivan Sciberras, Pastor of

St. Peter's R.C. Church, Belleville, NJ, will be conducted in the Georgian

Reception Chapel of

The Irvine-Cozzarelli Memorial Home, P.A.

276 Washington Avenue

Belleville, NJ 07109

www.irvine-cozzarelli.com or contact 973.759.1114

on Thursday afternoon, June 28th at two o'clock. At the request

of the family, the final disposition shall be private. Guests will be

received at the funeral home one hour prior to the scheduled

funeral service.

Complimentary Valet Parking is Available at the Funeral Home

 Born in Furth, Germany, Margaret immigrated to the United States in 1949,

settling in Newark, NJ, and resided in the city for 52 years, and

subsequently established a permanent residence in Belleville, NJ, where she

remained for the last 11 years.

Margaret, was an exceptionally kind hearted individual, who was

abundantly generous towards her family that she so magnificently adored.

An example of her favor, was the daily preparation of meals, for her family,

a fulfilling manifestation of her purpose and appreciation, the truth of her love.

 In the presence of her grandchildren, Margaret's eyes would sparkle with delight,

and her smile, so beautiful, did touch the hearts of her grandchildren in a

reassuring way. A place where unspoken words are forever understood and never forgotten.

 Recreational activities included: playing bingo, jaunts to Atlantic, NJ,

with a special destination, Trump Plaza or at home enjoying the

game of Pogo on her computer.

Margaret was the beloved wife of the late Anthony Nappi; the devoted

mother of Lena Nappi Cicchino, Richard Nappi, Catherine Nappi Greenemeier

and the late Anthony Nappi, Jr.; the cherished grandmother of (11)

grandchildren and the precious great-grandmother of eight great-grandchildren,

and the loving sister of Gertrud Beck and the late Heinrich Schieder.

 

To have known Margaret, was a privilege. She gifted time with

memories impossible to forget.

 

James Carmen Di Ruggiero

 

James Carmen Di Ruggiero, 83, passed away in the Park Crescent Health Care and

Rehabilitation Center, East Orange, New Jersey, on Friday, May 18, 2012.

A funeral service will be held in

The Irvine-Cozzarelli Memorial Home, P.A.

276 Washington Avenue

Belleville, New Jersey

www.irvinecozzarelli.com 973.759.1114

 

on Thursday morning, May 24th at 11 o'clock. Interment will be in the Holy Cross

Cemetery, North Arlington. The family will receive guests on Thursday morning at

10 o'clock for one hour prior to the funeral service.

 

Complimentary Valet Parking is Available at the Funeral Home

 

Born in Belleville, New Jersey, Jim remained a resident in the community, before

subsequently establishing his final residence of eight years in East Orange, New Jersey.

 

He was employed by the County of Essex as a shipping clerk for 19 years, retiring in

1989. He formerly was employed by ITT Labs, Nutley, as a buyer and later as a dental

technician for Dr. Frank Di Ruggiero, DDS, Belleville.

 

Jimmy was a standout basketball player for Belleville High School, graduating in 1946.

He went on to become a popular referee and umpire for local high school basketball

and baseball teams, the Belleville Little League and also for college basketball games.

He was a member of The New Jersey State Referee Association for many years. He was an

ardent sports fan and enthusiastically supported the Giants and New York Yankees.

Jimmy loved visiting the Jersey shore and walking along the boardwalk in Asbury Park.

 

He was the loving father of James Thomas Di Ruggiero; the cherished brother of

Mrs. Marie A. Slater and Mrs. Angela A. Csaszar; the cherished uncle of six nephews

and a niece, and the dear great-uncle of seven great-nieces and great-nephews.


 
Ismenia McQueen
 
Ismenia "Del" McQueen, (nee de la Para), 94, passed away in St. Mary's Hospital, Passaic, NJ, on Sunday, May 13, 2012. A funeral service will be held in
 
The Irvine-Cozzarelli Memorial Home, P.A.,

276 Washington Avenue

Belleville, NJ 07109

www.irvinecozzarelli.com 973.759.1114

 

on Thursday evening May 17th at 7:30 o'clock. Committal services will be private.

Guests will be received at the funeral home on Thursday evening from 7 to 9 o'clock.

 

Complimentary Valet Parking is Available

 

Born in Santiago, Chile, Ismenia settled in Palisades Park, moving to Paterson,

Clifton, Towaco, Lundhurst, Belleville, Nutley, Passaic Park and subsequently established
her final residence of four years in Wayne.

 

Ismenia graduated from Paterson General Hospital School of Nursing in
1940 and received her license to practice nursing in the State of New Jersey in 1941.
She knew, as a young girl in junior high school, that nursing would be her
professional calling. Graced with the ability to heal and bring comfort to her
patients, she remained devoted to her vocation spanning more than
fifty years as a private duty nurse, and later as a staff nurse at St. Mary's Hospital,
Passaic, retiring in the late 1980s. In her retirement she volunteered with the
St. Mary's Hospital Auxiliary.

Del was the beloved wife of 30 years to the late James J. McQueen;

the devoted mother of Judy Ward and her husband Ed, and the late
Jim McQueen; cherished grandmother of Heather Mac Dougall and her
husband Graham; precious great-grandmother of Kaitlyn and Kayla; the
treasured aunt of Jack, Colleen, Patricia and the late Phillip McQueen;
predeceased by her siblings, she will be forever missed by her extended
family and dear friends.

 

Ismenia leaves behind many memories that time can never take away.   


Palma Paraboschi

Palma Paraboschi (nee DeMarzi), 94, passed away at Clara Maass Medical

Center, Belleville, New Jersey, on Monday, March 19, 2012.

 

A funeral mass will be offered at St. Peter's R.C. Church, Belleville, on Monday

morning, March 26th, at 11 o'clock. Those who wish to attend may gather at the funeral home at 10 o'clock. Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

Guests will be received at the

Irvine-Cozzarelli Memorial Home, P.A.

276 Washington Avenue

Belleville, NJ
 www.irvinecozzarelli.com / 973-759-1114

on Sunday afternoon and evening from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 o'clock

 Complimentary Valet Parking is Available at the Funeral Home.

 Born in Newark, New Jersey, Palma remained a resident in the city for many

years, before moving to Landing, Belleville and subsequently establishing her

final residence of 7 years in Nutley.

Palma was a secretary with the Newark Police Department working in various

divisions, including the Office of the Director, The Youth Aid Bureau and Internal

Affairs, for 29 years, before retiring in 1992. She previously was employed by

The Continental Can Company, Newark.

Palma was very protective of and deeply loved her family, and there was no

challenge too great that she would not accept on behalf of her precious sons.

  A descriptive of Palma's personality would characterize her as a direct

and resilient lady, with an unwavering work ethic. She willingly held fast to

the responsibilities she accepted and completed all of her commitments.

Palma had a terrific sense of humor and was known for her mischievous

wit. Palma did favor and looked forward to visiting Atlantic City.

Palma was the beloved wife of the late Frank Paraboschi; the devoted

mother of her precious sons Louis and his wife Pauline, Richard and his

wife Heather, Frank and his wife Patricia and the late Laurence and

his late wife Rina; cherished grandmother of Larry, Frank, Christie,

Justin, Michael and Taylor; treasured great-grandmother of Makayla

and Tanner; she is also survived by several nieces and nephews; and

dei cugini Luigi e Giovanna Bevilaqua e una famiglia di Italia.

Palma was predeceased by all of her siblings and their respective

spouses, Joseph and Jean DeMarzi, Peter and Clementine DeMarzi,

John and Margaret DeMarzi, Ida DeMarzi, Angelo and Julia DeMarzi

and Umberto DeMarzi.

 
 

Corinta Herrera

 Corinta Herrara, 66, passed away at Holy Name Hospital,

Teaneck, NJ, on Thursday, February 16, 2012.

 

A funeral service will be held at the Grace Baptist Church,

89 Overlook Avenue, Belleville, on Tuesday morning,

February 21st at 10 o'clock. Interment will be in Glendale

Cemetery, Bloomfield. The family will receive guests at

the Grace Baptist Church, on Monday evening from 6 to 10

o'clock. The funeral will be conducted by

 

The Irvine-Cozzarelli Memorial Home

276 Washington Avenue Belleville, NJ

973-759-1114 / www.irvinecozzarelli.com

For additional information, please contact the funeral home.

 

Born in San Pedro Sula, Dpt. Cortez, Honduras, Corinta came to the United States,

establishing a permanent family residence in Ridgefield Park, NJ. in 1987 to present.

 

She was an active member of the Grace Baptist Church, Belleville for 20 years.

She was a Deacon at the church and a Sunday school nursery attendant.

 

Corinta will be remembered as a prayerful and compassionate woman, whose mission

as a peacemaker she accepted as a privilege. Her focus to assist and care

for others without concerns for her time was generous and admirable. She

was inspiring to hear singing beautiful hymns of praise, and she was humbled and

honored to prepare the communion table at church.

 

A descriptive of Corinta's personality would characterize her as a selfless,

friendly, kind and approachable person who possessed a strong sense of

humor and the ability to make people laugh. She loved her family

unconditionally and enjoyed preparing meals for those she loved.

Knowing Corinta was to understand that she was more than these words

can convey and the memory of her deeds in life are the precious

gifts she leaves behind.

 

Corinta is survived by her beloved husband of 41 years, Francisco Herrera; the

devoted mother of Ilsa Erazo, Luisa Herrera, Francisco Herrera, Jr., and Claudia

Herrera; treasured grandmother of 4 grandchildren and a great-granddaughter;

loving sister of 3 brothers and 3 sisters, and is also survived by the wonderful

Grace Baptist Church Family and many dear friends.

 

In lieu of floral tributes the Herrera family will be accepting

contributions at the Grace Baptist Church.
 
 

 
Gregorio Aureliano
Gregorio Aureliano, 85, of Belleville, NJ, passed away at Clara
Maass
Medical Center, Belleville, on Friday, December 30, 2011.
A funeral mass will be offered at St. Peter's R.C. Church, Belleville,
on Thursday morning, January 5th, at 11 o'clock. Those who wish
to attend the funeral may gather at the funeral home at 10 o'clock.
Entombment will be in Glendale Cemetery, Bloomfield. Guests will
be received at the:
Irvine-Cozzarelli Memorial Home, P.A.
276 Washington Avenue, Belleville, NJ

www.irvinecozzarelli.com
973.759.1114
on Wednesday afternoon and evening from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 o'clock.

Complimentary Valet Parking Is Available At The Funeral Home.

Gregorio was born in Amantea, Cosenza, Italy, and emigrated to
Venezuela
in 1952. He married his love, Bianca Capanna, in 1953,
while residing in Venezuela. Gregorio immigrated to the United
States in 1960, settling in New York. He later lived in Long Island,
from 1964 to 1979, prior to returning to Italy, in his retirement.
In 1997, Gregorio returned to the United States and established
a permanent residence in Belleville, where he remained with his
wife and family for the rest of his lifetime.
Self-employed, Gregorio was a professional house painter, in
Huntington, NY
, with his brother Rocco, from 1960 to 1978.
He was a person driven by purpose and responsibility, beginning
work at the age of ten, to help support his family in Italy. Gregorio
was a noble, principled man, who loved his family and friends,
and was deeply loved in return. While never expressing an ill
sentiment towards another, Gregorio gifted all with his
unforgettable smile. An engaging man, he enjoyed a good card
game sharing time with those he loved.
He was known to many, as 'Zio Gregorio' and to his
great-grandchildren, as 'Gre-Gre', and around the house, he was
referred to as "Mr. Fix-It".
Gregorio will always be the best husband and dad, to his precious
wife, Bianca and his adoring daughter, Rosa Maria. Knowing
Gregorio, was more than these mere words could ever describe,
and the memories he leaves behind time can never take away.
Gregorio was the beloved husband of 58 years, of Bianca Aureliano;
the devoted father of Rosa Maria Munno and her late husband,
Antonio "Tony" Munno; the cherished grandfather of Felicia Muia
and her husband, Giorgio; Natalie and Anthony Munno; the treasured
great-grandfather of Laura and Eliana, and the loving brother of
Candida Pagliara and the late Rocco Aureliano.   




Ramonita Ocasio

Ramonita Ocasio, 62, passed away at her residence in Belleville,
NJ, on Saturday, November 19, 2011.
A funeral service will be held at The Grace Baptist Church,
89 Overlook Avenue, Belleville
, on Wednesday morning,
November 23rd at 10:30 o'clock.
Those who wish to attend the funeral should gather at
The Grace Baptist Church at 10:00 o'clock.
Entombment will be in Glendale Cemetery, Bloomfield.
Guests will be received at:

The Irvine-Cozzarelli Memorial Home, P.A.
276 Washington Avenue  Belleville, NJ

973-759-1114  www.irvinecozzarelli.com

on Tuesday afternoon and evening from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 o'clock.

Complimentary Valet Parking is Available at the Funeral Home.


Born in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, Ramonita came to the United States
in 1969, settling in Paterson, NJ. She subsequently lived in Bloomfield
before establishing her permanent residence of 9 years in Belleville.
Ramonita was a seamstress for Kairns and Brothers, Clifton, for
22 years. She was an active member of The Grace Baptist Church,
Belleville
for many years and was the president of the Church Deacons
for 5 years and a vocalist at the church.

Ramonita will be remembered for her devotion to her loving family
and friends. She cherished the opportunity to serve others as part
of her mission in life. She was a prayerful and faithful woman
whose belief in Christ Jesus never waivered. Her profound dedication
to Christ was an inspiration to others and the compass that guided
her life. The intensity of Ramonita's sacred commitment
provided her with an inner strength that was obvious.

Ramonita was the precious mother of Alex, Dennis and his
wife Denia, and Josue and his wife Abreah Santiago; the treasured
grandmother of Michael A., Danny, Andrew, Karina, Hannah and
Gideon Santiago, and is also survived by the beautiful Grace Baptist
Church family and many dear to her heart friends.



Nelda Smith
Nelda Smith, 97, of Bloomfield, NJ, passed away on
Saturday, November 5, 2011.
A life tribute service will be held in the
Irvine-Cozzarelli Memorial Home, P.A.,
on Wednesday morning, November 9th at 10:30 o'clock,
followed by a funeral service at 11 o'clock. Those who wish
to attend the services may arrive at 10 o'clock.
Interment will be in East Ridgelawn Cemetery, Clifton. 
Guests will be received at the funeral home on Tuesday evening
from 7 to 9 o'clock.
Complimentary Valet Parking is Available at the funeral Home
Born in Newark, NJ, Nelda remained in the city until 1950, moving
to Nutley and residing there for 58 years, and subsequently
established her residence in Bloomfield for the last 3 years.
Nelda was a 50 year member of Stuart Edgar VFW Post 493 Nutley,
Ladies Auxiliary and a member of Bethany Lutheran Church, Belleville.
Nelda was a dignified, resilient lady, who exhibited elegance,
tempered by a mischievous wit, She possessed a formidable
intelligence and faith that guided her life.
Nelda was the beloved wife of 60 years, of the late Bill Smith; the devoted
mother of Della Smith, Lori Smith and her husband Ricky Pollack;
the dear Aunt of Patricia Schneider and her husband Nara; the loving
sister of the late Lorraine Kimmel, and many precious grand pets. 



  Jennifer Rosado
Jenifer Rosado, 29, passed away in the Kindred Hospital,
Wayne, NJ, on Saturday, October 29, 2011.
A funeral service will be held in the
Irvine-Cozzarelli Memorial Home, P.A.
on Wednesday morning November 2nd at 11 o'clock. Those
who wish to attend the service may arrive at 10 o'clock.
Entombment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.
Guests will be received at the funeral home on Tuesday afternoon
and evening from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 o'clock.
Complimentary Valet Parking is Available at the Funeral Home
Born in Newark, NJ, Jennifer remained a resident of the city
for her entire lifetime. Jennifer was a 2002 graduate of RETS
Institute, Belleville, receiving an Associates Degree. She was a
teacher's aide at the First Avenue School, Newark, for six years.
A descriptive of Jennifer's life would reveal that she was an
exceptional mother devoted to her treasured daughter Maya
and to the care of her family members.
Jennifer had an unforgettable, radiant smile that always
seemed to be there and had a gift that enabled her to see the
goodness in others she met and would faithfully set aside
time to pray for the elderly.  Jennifer possessed a strong sense
of humor that left people laughing. She performed as a singer
at weddings and in talent shows. She baked wonderfully delightful
and delicious cupcakes that were appreciated by her family.
A foundation will be established in her name for the treatment
and research of juvenile diabetes.
Jennifer was the devoted mother of Maya; the loving daughter
of Carmen Perez and the cherished step-daughter of the late
Oscar Perez; the precious granddaughter of her maternal
grandparents Francisca Negron and the late Antonio Negron,
and many dear to her heart relatives and friends.
Jennifer leaves memories behind that time can never take away.




Juanita Hernandez
 
Juanita Hernandez (nee Soto), 72, passed away in Belleville, NJ, on October 18, 2011.
 
A funeral mass will be offered at Our Lady of Good Council Roman Catholic
Church, Newark on Monday morning, October 24, at 11 o'clock. Those who
wish to attend the funeral may gather at the funeral home at 10 o'clock.
 
Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.
 
Guests will be received at the
Irvine-Cozzarelli Memorial Home
on Sunday afternoon and evening from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 o'clock.
 
Complimentary Valet Parking is Available at the Funeral Home
 
Born in Lares, Puerto Rico, Juanita lived in Brooklyn, NY and Belleville,
before moving to Bloomfield 19 years ago.
 
She was a graduate of Superior Career Institute, NYC and became a certified
nurse's aide. Juanita was employed by Bayada Nurses, Bloomfield.
 
Juanita was a devout Catholic who unselfishly cared for the needs
of others; she was thought of as everyone's grandmother. She took great
pleasure in cooking daily meals for her entire family. The
memories Juanita leaves behind time can never take away.
 
Juanita was the beloved wife of Juan Hernandez; the devoted mother
of Nilsa Colon, James Burgos, and Alex Hernandez; the loving sister
of Amelia Reyes, Luz Castillo, Oscar Soto and the late Isaura Mercado;
cherished grandmother of Norma, Christina, David and James, JR.,
and the precious great-grandmother of Evan, Jason, Natalia and Jasias.   


Richard F. Mahler
Avid Sailor, 62
 
Richard F. Mahler of Belleville passed away at
Clara
Maas Medical Center, Belleville, NJ on
Thursday September 8, 2011.
 
A Funeral Mass will be offered at St. Peter’s RC Church
on Monday morning September 12, 2011 at 10:00 o’clock.
 
Those who wish to attend the funeral may gather at the
funeral home at 9:00 o’clock.
 
Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.
 
Guests will be received at the
Irvine–Cozzarelli Memorial Home, P.A.,
on Sunday afternoon and evening from 2 to 4
and 7 to 9 o’clock.
 
Complimentary valet parking is available at the funeral home.
 
Richard was born in Jersey City and was a lifelong
resident of Belleville. He was a partner with Country Club
Transportation of Newark for 35 years. He was also past
Commodore and Instructor at Liberty Harbor Power Squadron.
He received his BA in Business Management from Seton Hall
University and was active with the alumni association.
Richard was also a member of Pershing Rifles and Pirate Blue.
 
Richard was predeceased by his parents, Edward J. and Madlyn
(nee McGranahan) Mahler, his sister Madonna Saake and brother
Eugene Mahler. He is survived by his sister, Mary Parasugo and
her husband Paul, brothers, Michael Mahler and his
wife Maryellen, Matthew Mahler and his wife Betty Anne, and
Peter Mahler. He is also survived by his brother-in-law Dennis Saake
and several nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.



Nancy C. Idenden, 91
Worked on Manhattan Project
Nancy C. Idenden passed away at her residence in Belleville, NJ
on Tuesday August 16, 2010.
A Funeral Service will be held at
Grace Episcopal Church, 200 Highfield Lane, Nutley,
on Friday morning August 18, 2011 at 11 o’clock.
Interment will follow in Glendale Cemetery, Bloomfield.
Guests will be received at the funeral home on
Friday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 o’clock.
Complimentary valet parking is available at the funeral home.
Mrs. Idenden was born in Pottsville, PA and resided in Tamaqua, PA
before establishing her permanent residence of 65 years in Belleville.
She worked on the “Manhattan Project” as a lab assistant in
Los Alamos, NM during WWII.
During her many years in Belleville Nancy was head of the
Altar Guild at Christ Episcopal Church, Belleville.
Nancy
was the beloved wife for 66 years of John E. Idenden, Sr.;
the beloved mother of John E. Jr., William R, Thomas R, and
Rev. Nancy L. Idenden; cherished grandmother of Michael, Andrew
and James and great-grandmother of  Nicholas and Michael.
In lieu of floral tributes, memorial donations may be extended in Nancy’s name to:
St. Barnabas Hospice and Palliative Care
95 Old Short Hills Road

West Orange, N.J. 07052



Thomas C. Theodos
Belleville
 Thomas C. Theodos, 83, passed away peacefully at
Clara Maas Medical Center, Belleville, NJ, on
Wednesday July 27, 2011 after a short illness.
 Born in New York City, Thomas lived in Astoria Queens before
establishing his permanent residence with his family in Belleville,
52 years ago.  He earned a B.S. in Chemistry from St. Johns University,
N.Y. in 1950 and was a Chemist with the Diamond Shamrock Company of
Harrison, NJ for 32 years before retiring in 1983.
 Thomas served in the National Guard Reserves and was a member
of the YMCA. He was an avid bridge player achieving the rank of
Gold Life Master in November, 1998 with the
American Contract Bridge League.  His passion for bridge inspired
him to teach the game to others. He was an avid lifelong New York
Yankees fan who enjoyed watching and rooting for his team and
going to games with his family.
 
Thomas is survived by his loving wife Sophia of 60 years.  He was a devoted
father to: Chris Theodos and his fiancée, Terry Ann Coleman of
Ocean Gate, NJ; Kerry Theodos and his wife Lita of Nutley, NJ; 
Ruby Luciano and her husband John of Oak Ridge, NJ; and
Stephanie Vreeland and her husband Michael of Arlington, TX; his cherished
grandchildren: Alex, Amanda, Stephen, Sophia, Tim, Kalen, Terry,
Kyra and Lucas.
 
Guests will be received at the Memorial Home, Monday afternoon and
evening from 2 to 5 o'clock and 7 to 9 O'clock with a brief religious service,
The Trisagion, at 4:00 o'clock. 
 
Complimentary valet parking is available at the funeral home.
 
The Funeral Service will be offered at St. Nicholas, Constantine & Helen
Greek Orthodox Church, 510 Linden Place, Orange, NJ on
Tuesday Morning, August 2nd at 11 O'clock.
Those who wish to attend the funeral may gather at the
memorial home at 9:30 O'clock.
 
Interment will be in Laurel Grove Cemetery, Totowa, NJ.




Scharfenberg
Ruth Scharfenberg, 92, passed away in the West Hudson Post Acute
Care Center, Kearny, NJ, on Saturday, June 25, 2011.
A funeral mass will be offered at St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church,
Belleville,
on Tuesday morning, July 5th at 11:30 o'clock.
Interment will be in the Bloomfield Cemetery.
Guests will be received at the
Irvine-Cozzarelli  Memorial Home P.A.
on Tuesday  Morning commencing at 9 o'clock.
Complimentary Valet Parking is Available At The Funeral Home
 
Ruth was born in Newark, NJ, and was a long time resident of Bloomfield.
She was employed at the Westinghouse Corp., Bloomfield for 40 years,
retiring in 1984.
Ruth was the loving daughter of the late
Paul and Elizabeth Scharfenberg.



Lottys Petillo
(nee Del Valle)
 

Lottys Petillo, 38, passed away at her residence in Montclair, NJ,
on
Saturday, May 7, 2011.
A funeral service will be held in the
 

Irvine-Cozzarelli Memorial Home, P.A.,

 
on Friday evening, May 13th at 7:30 o'clock.

The cremation
will be private.
 

A graveside service and interment of Lottys' cremains will be
on
Tuesday morning, May 17th at 11 o'clock, in the Holy Cross Cemetery,

North Arlington
. Family and friends are to gather at Lottys' grave and
not the
funeral home.
 
Guests will be received at the funeral home on Friday afternoon and evening

from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 o'clock.

 
Complimentary Valet Parking Is Available At The Funeral Home
 

Born in Jersey City, NJ, Lottys remained in the community for 14 years,

moving to Bloomfield and subsequently established a permanent residence

of 14 years in Montclair.
 
Lottys was a member of the Christian Faith Center, Bloomfield and as a

spiritual person enjoyed reading inspirational books;
conducting her life
based upon the teachings of the Bible.
Lottys was a warm and outgoing
individual who unselfishly came to
the aid of those experiencing
trying life circumstances.
 

Lottys was the beloved wife of Joseph Petillo; the loving daughter
of
Luis and Dalia Del Valle; the treasured granddaughter of Isabel

and the late Eduardo Martinez and the paternal granddaughter of the

late Lidia and Luis Raul Del Valle; the precious sister of Liza Moreno

and Sophia Del Valle, and the cherished aunt of Luis Andre Garcia.



Mary Rajnes
 Mary Rajnes, 99, passed away at the Clara Maass Continuing Care Center,
Kearny, NJ
, on Monday, January 24, 2011.
 
A funeral mass was offered in St. James R.C. Church, Johnson City, NY on
January 31st. A Spring Interment will occur in
St. Stanislaus Kostka Cemetery, Maine, NY.
Born in Wilkes-Barre, PA, Mary resided in Binghamton and Johnson City,
NY, where Mary raised her children; she subsequently established her
residence of ten years in Belleville, NJ.
Mary was employed by the Endicott-Johnson Corp.,
Johnson City, NY
for 41 Years, retiring in 1977.
 
Mary was the wife of the late John Rajnes; the mother of Thaddeus
and David Rajnes; the sister of Andrew and Thomas Balog and
Emily Gorski and the grandmother of six grandchildren.
The Family, in grateful appreciation, acknowledges Mary's
doctors and the angels on staff at the Clara Maass
Continuing Care Center for the care they gave their mother.
Memorial Contributions may be extended in Mary's name to:
Clara Mass Medical Center
Foundation
Pastoral Care
1 Franklin Avenue

Belleville, NJ 07109
 or
St.
James Memorial Fund
147 Main Street

Johnson City, NY 13790
 
 



John Fattorusso, Jr.
 

John Fattorusso, Jr., 55, passed away at Clara Maass Medical Center,

Belleville, NJ
, on Wednesday, January 5, 2011.
 

A funeral service will be held in

 
The Irvine-Cozzarelli Memorial Home
 

on Monday morning, January 10, at 11 o'clock. Those who wish to
attend the service may arrive at 10 o'clock.
 

Interment will be in Glendale Cemetery, Bloomfield. 
 

Guests will be received at the funeral home on Sunday
afternoon
and evening from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 o'clock.
 

Valet Parking Is Available At The Funeral Home
 

Born in Newark, NJ, John subsequently established his
permanent
residence of 24 years in Belleville.
He was previously employed as a truck driver
 with United
Windows and Doors, Springfield, NJ.
 
John was a member for many years of the Belleville
Optimist Club,
and was unequivocally a very enthusiastic and
loyal Rangers fan.
As a hobbyist, John crafted numerous
detailed model cars.
A descriptive of John's personality
would characterize him as a quiet and
gentle individual with
a steady and focused devotion for his family he deeply loved.
 

John was the beloved husband of Liz Fattorusso; the devoted

father of Christina Rodrigues, Laurinda Rapp and her husband

Mark and Chiara Fattorusso; the loving brother of Susan Koski
and her
husband Roy; the grandfather of his treasured grandson Connor,
and loving uncle of Leon Koski. 


Antoinette Franceschini
(nee Cardinale)
Antoinette Franceschini, 92, passed away at St. Claire's Hospital,
Denville, NJ, on Saturday, December 25, 2010.
 A funeral service will be held in the funeral home on Wednesday
morning, December 29th at 10:30 o'clock. Those who wish to attend
the service may arrive at 9:30 o'clock.
Interment will be in Glendale Cemetery, Bloomfield.
Guests will be received in the
Irvine-Cozzarelli Memorial Home
on Tuesday afternoon and evening from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 o'clock.
Complimentary Valet Parking is Available at the Funeral Home
Born in Newark, NJ, Antoinette resided in the city for many years,
moving to Nutley and subsequently became a Parsippany resident
in 1997 remaining there for the balance of her life.
Antoinette enjoyed being surrounded by family and friends. She
had a magical sparkle that made holiday celebrations extra special.
Antoinette was a wonderful person who loved life and gifted others with
her beautiful smile. She happily participated in craft activities at
the Friendship House in Dover and established a circle of friends
that adored her. At age 92, Antoinette maintained a bright and
alert mentality.
Antoinette was the beloved wife of the late Bruno Franceschini;
the devoted mother of Gail Aromin and her husband Ron; the
loving sister of Vito and the late Frank Cardinale; grandmother
of her precious hearts Ronald Aromin and his wife Cindy and
Mark Aromin, and her treasured great-grandchildren Juliana,
Ryan and Amanda.




Delia Rullan
 

Delia Rullan, 71, passed away at Columbus Long Term Acute Care Hospital,
Newark, NJ
,
on Wednesday, December 8, 2010.
 

A funeral service will be conducted in the Georgian Chapel at
 

The Irvine-Cozzarelli Memorial Home
 

on Sunday Afternoon, December 12th at three o'clock.
Officiating will be
Father Ivan Sciberras, Pastor of St. Peter's R.C. Church, Belleville.

The family will receive guests one hour prior to the commencement of the service.

Cremation shall be private.
 

Complimentary Valet Parking is Available At The Funeral Home
 

Delia was born in Lares, Puerto Rico, and settled in Newark, NJ 36 years ago
and subsequently became a Belleville resident.


Delia was unselfish, gentle mannered and delicate. She was an elegant and fashionable
lady of grace and poise. She had an interest in gardening and would patiently nurture the
beautiful flowers in her care. The delicious meals she prepared always had "Love" mixed in
as an extra special ingredient.
 

Home was were Delia felt complete and her heart satisfied. She embodied worthy parental
qualities that her children will continue to emulate and instill in their children, continuing her
unbroken legacy of important life values.
Delia was much more than these words
attempt to describe, and she leaves behind a treasure of memories that time can never take away.
 

Delia was the beloved wife of Otilio Soler; the devoted and adored mother of Nilsa I. Soler,
Wilfredo Suarez, Marisol Arroyo, Nora N. Paredes, Madeline Soler-Correa, and
Yahira L. Comacho; cherished daughter of Irene Pena-Rullan and the late Juan Rullan;
dear sister of two brothers and three sisters; and the loving heart of ten precious grandchildren
and five beautiful great-grandchildren, and Delia is also survived by her special companion Sami.





Millie Frattini

Millie Frattini, 91, passed away at her residence in
Belleville
on Monday November 15, 2010.

The arrangements and funeralization were conducted by the

Irvine-Cozzarelli Memorial Home.

A cremation occurred in the Rosedale Crematory, Montclair, NJ.
A Memorial Mass will be scheduled at a date to be announced.


Born in Newark, NJ, Millie remained a resident in the city and
subsequently established her permanent residence of
50 years in Belleville.


Millie was a loving housewife who enjoyed preparing the
bountiful traditional Italian Sunday dinners and the
gathering of her family around the table.

Millie was a jovial and inviting individual whose gift to
those she met was her wonderfully warm smile. She
will unquestionably be missed and remembered by her
family, friends and neighbors.


Millie was the beloved wife of the late Frank Frattini;
the devoted mother of Michelina (Mickey) Roos and
frank Frattini, Jr.; the loving sister of Jerry Nardone, and the
treasured grandmother of Michael Roos, Chris and Kennith
Frattini and the late Henry Roos.




John Raymond Weir

John Raymond Weir, 32, passed away in
Philadelphia, PA, on
Thursday, September 16, 2010.

Guests will be received at the funeral home on
Sunday 
from 4 to 8 o'clock.

Final disposition at the request of the family
shall be private.

Born in Belleville New Jersey, John was a resident of
Philadelphia, PA
for the last 10 years.

John was renowned throughout the United States
as an artist
and practitioner in the art of body piercing.

His personality was unforgettable, he had a welcome
smile and warm presence.

John leaves behind the broken heart of his mother
Cheryl
and his beloved father Joe Covello;
precious daughter
Serenity Baruzzini; his dear
former wife Deidra Baruzzini;
and many treasured relatives and a lifetime of
friendships.
Please Omit Flowers
Complimentary Valet Parking is Available at the Funeral Home.
  



Sam J. Coronato
 
Sam J. Coronato, 94, passed away at his residence in Belleville
on Tuesday, August 31, 2010.
A funeral mass will be offered at St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church,
Belleville
, on Wednesday morning, September 8th at 11 o'clock. Those
who wish to attend the funeral may gather at the funeral home at 10 o'clock.
Interment will be in Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Upper Montclair.
Guests will be received at the funeral home on Tuesday afternoon and evening
from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 o'clock.
Complimentary Valet Parking Is Available At The Funeral Home
Born in Passaic, NJ, Sam remained in the community until his marriage
to Mary Reilly and subsequently established his permanent residence
of 70 years in Belleville.
Sam was an executive with the renowned engineering firm of
Collyer Associates, New York City formally F.H. Sparks, for
40 years, retiring in 1981. The firm specialized in the engineering
and façade construction of skyscrapers. Sam's most distinguished project
was the World Trade Center.
He was a lifelong member of Local 580, Iron Workers Union, NYC
and proudly served twice as the Exalted Ruler of the Belleville Elks.
Sam lived the "American Dream", he achieved notable success and
prominence in his field. He fell in love with and married the girl of
his dreams, a precious daughter Karen was his heart, Karen's husband, Les,
his son, the grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and
nephews all became part of his storied life and fortune.
A descriptive of Sam's personality would characterize him as a
humanist, who enjoyed living the good life, an intelligent and balanced
person, who was generous in thought and deed, albeit unobtrusive, a
person who was patient and respectful, his manner gentle, yet firm in his
convictions. He was an engaging and entertaining conversationalist,
and a devout Catholic. Knowing Sam was to truly understand that he
was more than these mere words ever could describe and the memories
he leaves behind time can never take away.
Sam was the beloved husband of the late Mary Reilly Coronato; the
devoted father of the late Mrs. Karen Coronato Schlessinger and her
husband Leslie D. Schlessinger, MD; the cherished grandfather of
J. Bradford Miele, J Cabot Miele, Alida Cella and Caia Schlessinger,
and the loving great-grandfather of Madeline Miele, Eva Miele, Zev Cella,
Gabriel Cella, Okech Odola and Rebecca Ochan; treasured uncle of
many nieces and nephews, and a lifetime of dear friends.
In lieu of floral tributes memorial donations may be extended in
Sam's name to either the American Heart Association or the
American Cancer Association.



Antonio "Tony" Munno

 Antonio "Tony" Munno, 62, passed away at his residence in Belleville, on
Monday, August 9, 2010
A funeral mass will be offered at St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church, Belleville,
on Friday morning, August 13th, at 11 o'clock. Those who wish to attend the
funeral may gather at the funeral home at 10 o'clock. Entombment will be in
Glendale
Cemetery, Bloomfield. Guests will be received at the funeral home on
Thursday afternoon and evening from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 o'clock.

COMPLIMENTARY VALET PARKING
IS AVAILABLE AT THE FUNERAL HOME

Antonio was born in Amantea, Cosenza, Italy, and emigrated to the
United States
in 1971 settling in Corona, Queens, NY. He later lived
in Huntington, NY prior to returning to Amantea, Italy. In 1997 Tony
returned to the US and established a permanent residence in Belleville,
where he remained with his family for the rest of his lifetime. 

Antonio was an internationally recognized women's clothing designer,
an assistant in the employ of Oscar De La Renta, NYC, for 14 years,
retiring in 2007. During his celebrated career he created clothing for two
US Presidential First Ladies; Mrs. Laura Bush and Mrs. Hillary Clinton.
It was not uncommon for Tony to travel to the White House for fitting
appointments with the First Lady. Over the years Tony and his family were
invited guests of the First Family attending White House Christmas Holiday
functions during the Bush and Clinton administrations. Tony continued
to make clothing for Hilary as she transitioned to Senator Clinton.
Antonio's client portfolio was an international index of "Who's Who".
A sampling of his devotees were Mrs. Kissinger, Sarah Jessica
Parker, Candice Bergen and heads of state worldwide. In
addition he created runway clothing for Oscar De Le Renta
fashion shows.

Antonio possessed an inexhaustible passion in his professional  pursuit of
creative
perfection in the assembling of womens' fashion designs.
Tony was unequivocally established as a devoted soccer enthusiast,
right to the end of his life.

Notwithstanding the acclaim he achieved, Tony was genuinely modest
and humble gentleman whose focus was his family first. He
unconditionally loved his precious wife, his beautiful children and
grandchildren. Home was a place where he felt complete and his
heart satisfied.

Tony was the beloved husband of Rosa Maria; the devoted father
of Felicia Muia and her husband Giorgio, Natalie and Anthony Munno;
the cherished grandfather of two grandchildren; the treasured son of
Mrs. Anna Munno of Italy and the late Oreste Munno, and the loving
brother of two sisters and a brother all residing in Italy.
           




Ruth Barber Stones
 

Ruth Barber Stones, 91, passed away in the Stratford Manor Care and

Rehabilitation
Center, West Orange, on Monday, August 9, 2010.
 

At the request of the family the cremation shall be private.
 

Born in Oakland, CA, on August 28, 1918, Ruth resided in the Bay Area

until 1973, then moving to Lake Tahoe, Nevada. In 1991 she became a resident of
South Jersey, and in 1995 moved to St. Louis. Ruth subsequently established
residency in Newark for the next seven years and spent the remaining six years
of her life in West Orange.
 

She was employed by Harvey's Casino, Lake Tahoe for ten years, retiring
in
1985. Ruth enjoyed spending time alone reading various styles of literature

and was an expert jigsaw puzzle assembler. She mastered several knitting

techniques and was known for her good tasting food preparations.

Ruth was the wife of the late Percy Stones; the mother of Sandra J. Yeomans

and her husband Dawson; grandmother of Karen, Kurt, Kenneth and the late Timothy.
Also surviving are ten great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.






Lorraine Helen Larrison
Lorraine Helen Larrison, 81, passed away in Waterview Center, Cedar Grove
on Thursday, July 8, 2010.

A funeral service will be held in the funeral home on Monday morning,
July 12th, at 11:30 o'clock. Those who wish to attend the service may arrive
at 10:30 o'clock.

Interment will be in Bloomfield Cemetery, Bloomfield. Guests will be
received in the funeral home on Sunday afternoon and evening from
2 to 4 and 7 to 9 o'clock.

Complimentary Valet Parking is Available at the Funeral Home

Born in Irvington, Lorraine previously was a resident of Newark and
East Orange, before residing in Bloomfield for the last 30 years.
 She was a tape librarian for PSE&G, Newark for 33 years,
retiring in 1989.

Lorraine was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Orange
for over 46 years where she had volunteered at M.E.N.D. and
belonged to the Women's Association of the Church.

Lorraine loved Cape May, she was an avid reader and possessed a
special ability to make individuals she met feel at ease.

She was the devoted mother of Karen L. Serecka and her
husband John; the cherished grandmother of Dawn Ferrara;
the loving sister of Robert C. Larrison and is wife Sharon, and
the best friend of Dorothy Davison for over 60 years.




Dr. Dante Orozco Buniel


Dr. Dante Orozco Buniel, 47, passed away in the New York Hospital Medical
Center Queens, Flushing, New York, on Saturday, July 3, 2010.
 
A memorial service will be held in the Wesley United Methodist Church,
Belleville, on Saturday afternoon July 10th from 2 to 6 o'clock.
 The interment of Dr. Buniel's cremains will be at a future date taking place
in the Philippines.

 
Dr. Buniel was born in Cantilan, Surigao, Del Sur, Philippines on
June 18, 1963. He graduated from the Cebu Doctors College, Philippines as
a doctor of Optometry. He practiced in the Philippines and the Sultanate of
Oman, Muscat before settling in the United States in 2008; when he began
to practice at New York Eye Care with Sheldon Rabin, MD, Flushing,
New York, for the past 2 years.

 Dr. Buniel was a gentle individual, a true Christian gentleman who loved
his family very deeply.
 
Dante was physically active and enjoyed playing various sports and
working out.

 
Dante was the beloved husband of Bonifacia Buniel (nee Matienzo);
the devoted father of his precious daughter Christiane; the loving son
of Mrs. Domingo Buniel, and the late Antonio Buniel,
and the treasured brother of 3 sisters and
3 brothers.

 





Blanche A. Chavious
Blanche A. Chavious "Sue", (nee Brown) 83, passed away in the
Select Specialty Hospital, Rochelle Park, NJ, on Tuesday, June 15, 2010.
 A funeral service will be held in the funeral home on Saturday morning,
June 19th at 10 o'clock. Those who wish to attend the service may arrive
at 9:30 o'clock. Interment will be in Glendale Cemetery, Bloomfield.
Guests will be received in the funeral home on Friday afternoon and
evening from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 o'clock.
CONPLIMENTARY VALET PARKING IS AVAILABLE
AT THE FUNERAL HOME
Born in Belleville, Sue remained a resident of the community for
her entire lifetime.
She was a circuit board assembler for PNC, Inc., Nutley, for 15
years, retiring in 1992.Previously, she was employed by Electrons,
Newark for 27 years.
 Sue had a warm and welcoming smile for everyone. She had an
abundant amount of love for her family and it could be tasted in her
cooking. She would always add plenty of love and joy to her prepared
dishes. Children were naturally drawn to her; and Sue will be
happily remembered for singing,
"Mama's little babies love shortnin' bread".
She was the beloved wife of the late Jesse Chavious; devoted
mother of Linda Harris; cherished grandmother of Todd Harris and the
treasured great-grandmother of Todd, Jr., Jeremy and Ava; loving
sister of Walter Brown, Barbara Scruggs, Leslie White, Dorothy
Haith and the late Grace Canyon and many other dear
to her heart relatives.
 



Lois M. Servidio
(nee Deinlein)
Lois M. Servidio, 75, passed away in the Van Dyke Manor, Montclair,
NJ, on Monday, May 10, 2010.
A funeral mass will be offered on Friday morning, May 14th at 10:30
o'clock at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, Nutley, NJ. Those who
wish to attend the funeral may gather at the funeral home at 9:30 o'clock.
Interment will be in Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Upper Montclair.
Guests will be received at the Irvine-Cozzarelli Memorial Home on
Thursday afternoon and evening from 4 to 8 o'clock.
Complimentary valet parking is available at the funeral home.
Born in Summit, NJ, Lois later became a resident of Newark, NJ and
subsequently resided in Belleville for the past 58 years.
She was a school bus driver for the Belleville Board of Education
for 32 years, retiring in 2006.
Lois fostered the bonds that truly linked her family together. She
was very active in Belleville political, educational, social
 and civic organizations. She was passionate and unwavering
in her pursuit to be true to herself; anything less was
impossible. She did value the purpose and joy in others' lives.
Lois looked forward to her exciting visits to Atlantic City.
She was the beloved wife of the late Gus Servidio; devoted
mother of Joanne DeVito and her husband, Michael, Cheryl
Covello and her husband Joseph; loving sister of Dave
Deinlein and his wife Jenny; cherished grandmother
of Gary and Artie Verderamo, Theresa Balsamo, and
John Weir; treasured great-grandmother of Serenity
and Nikki; dear aunt of several nieces and nephews, and
precious friend of Grace Perdue and many other very dear
to her heart friends.




Donald "Donnu" Fallano
 Donald "Donnu" Fallano, 66, passed away at St. Michael's Medical
Center, Newark, on Friday, April 30, 2010.
A funeral mass will be offered on Thursday Morning, May 6th,
at 11:30 o'clock at St. Lucy's Roman Catholic Church, Newark.
Those who wish to attend the funeral may gather at the funeral
home at 10:30 o'clock.
Entombment will be in Holy Cross Chapel Mausoleum, North Arlington.
Guests will be received at the


Irvine-Cozzarelli Memorial Home


on Wednesday afternoon and evening from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 o'clock.
 Complimentary valet parking is available at the funeral home.
 
Donnu was born in Newark and resided there for most of his
lifetime and was a former resident of Belleville.
 
Donnu was graduated from The Atlas Barber School, New York City
in 1961 and was a licensed hair cutter in New Jersey since 1964.
During the course of his career he became a recognized and sought
after hair stylist. His renown would become firmly established
shortly after the opening of Donnu's Haircutters, a unisex studio
located in Newark for 20 years. Additionally, he maintained a
Belleville location for private clients only and would also travel
to select clients' locations in the Nutley-Bloomfield area.
 
The passion Donnu felt for his profession was eclipsed by the
love for his family and the love of his friends. Donnu was a
perfectionist and displayed this trait in his creative styling
and as an artist, details were never overlooked. He was an
avid sports fan and enjoyed his trips to Las Vegas.
 
He was the beloved son of the late Joseph and Mildred Fallano;
the devoted father and best friend of Donnie J. Fallano; loving
brother of Carmen "Sonny", Joseph "Jr." and the late James
Fallano, and the fond former husband of Florence Fallano.


Jennie LePond
Jennie LePond (nee Riglio), 99, of Belleville, passed away on
Wednesday, April 28, 2010 in the Park Manor Nursing  and
Rehabilitation Center. Bloomfield.
The funeral services for Mrs. LePond at the request of the
family shall be conducted privately.
Jennie was born in Newark and resided in Belleville most
of her adult life. She was an assembly line worker involved
in the production of water purification systems for Wallace &
Tiernan, Belleville for 25 years, retiring in 1975.
Jennie was a member of the Bloomfield Senior Citizens Club.
She was the wife of the late Michael LePond, Sr.; the devoted
mother of Mrs. Jean Piperato and the late Michael LePond, Jr.;
dear mother-in-law of Mrs. Nicoletta LePond, and the cherished
grandmother of Michael LePond, III and his wife Christie, and
Gary LePond and his fiancé Rosa Sanchez.






Gerard "Duke" Ferrara

 Gerard "Duke" Ferrara, 98, of Nutley, Passed away on Saturday
April 17, 2010, at home.
A memorial mass will be offered at St. Lucy's Roman Catholic
Church, Newark, on Wednesday morning, April 21st,  at 10:45 o'clock.
Funeral arrangements provided by
The Irvine-Cozzarelli Memorial Home, P.A.
Final disposition at the request of the family shall be private.
Gerard was born in Newark and resided there until becoming
a Nutley resident three years ago.
Duke proudly served in the United States Army, 757th  Bomb Squadron,
during World War II, seeing air combat. Duke was a security guard for
the Newark Board of Education for 25 years, retiring in 1966.
Duke was a loving, kind and generous man and an avid golfer. He was
a recognized personality, on the links of Hendricks Field Golf Course,
Belleville
.
He was the loving uncle of the Misses Maryann and Teresa Peronti,
and Onofrio A. Peronti and his wife Loren and the great uncle of Joseph.










 





  




Recent Services

Francisco U. Allende
January 18, 2010

John R. Valli, Sr.
January 14, 2010

Maria Gladys Perez
January 9, 2010

Linnea Yvonne Miller
February 15, 2010

German Gonzalez
February 18, 2010

Clementine DeMarzi
February 26, 2010

Leo Adessa
February 28, 2010

Antonio Palumbo
March 3, 2010

John Best, Sr.
March 8, 2010

Isaura Nieves Mercado
March 9, 2010

Angela Rose Costa
April 2, 2010

Catherine Evans
April 6, 2010





 



 




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