Miscellaneous Bergen County, New Jersey Obituaries

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Saturday, February 26, 2000

FLOYD M. ALPHER, 81, of Demarest, formerly of Palisades Park, died Friday. Before retiring in 1983, he was a senior investigator for the Bergen County Board of Elections, where he worked for 20 years. He also had been a general contractor and secretary to state Sen. Garrett Hagedorn.. He was a former member of the Demarest Planning Board. Arrangements: Frank A. Patti & Kenneth Mikatarian Funeral Home, Fort Lee.
 

EUGENIE BERRY BERRY, 53, of Wanaque, formerly of Franklin Lakes, died Friday. Arrangements: D'Agostino Funeral Home, Wanaque/Haskell.
 

BARNEY BUWALDA, 70, of Lew Beach, N.Y., formerly of Prospect Park and Oakland, died Thursday. Before retiring, he was a chauffeur for Zabriske & Stott Livery, Clifton. Previously, he owned Barney Buwalda Milk Route, Oakland, for 20 years. He was a Marine Corps veteran of the Korean War. He was a member of the First Aid Squad and the Special Police, both in Oakland. Arrangements: Oakland Memorial Home.
 

GEORGE CASTIGLIA SR., 62, of Saddle Brook, formerly of Lodi, died Friday. Before retiring last year, he was a franchise owner-operator of Air Brook Limo, Rochelle Park. He served in the Navy Reserve. He was a parishioner of St. Nicholas R.C. Church, Palisades Park. Arrangements: Frank A. Patti & Kenneth Mikatarian Funeral Home, Fort Lee.
 
 

GEORGIA "SUE" KING CECCO, 62, of Old Tappan died Thursday. She was a customer service representative for Pearson Education, Old Tappan, where she worked for 20 years. Arrangements: Anthony R. Pizzi Funeral Home, Northvale.
 
 

WILLIAM W. COSGROVE, 83, of Wayne died Thursday. Before retiring, he was an accountant for ITT, Paramus. He was an Air Force veteran of World War II. He was a member of Pequannock Reformed Church. Arrangements: Moore's Home for Funerals, Wayne.
 

PHILLIP "ZACK" GAMBLE, 51, of Paterson died Thursday. He was a former member of Victory Temple Church, Paterson. Arrangements: Bragg Funeral Home, Paterson.
 

JOHN PATRICK JAMES GRADY, 65, of Clifton died Thursday. Before retiring last year, he was a national accounts representative for Yellow Freight System. He was a Marine Corps veteran of the Korean War. He was a parishioner of St. Andrew the Apostle R.C. Church, Clifton, where he was a past president of the Holy Name Society. He was a coach for the Southern Division of the Clifton Little League. Arrangements: Bizub-Quinlan Funeral Home, Van Houten Avenue, Clifton.
 

ELSA BAETHGE GUESSEFELD, 92, of Ringwood died Thursday. Born in Germany, she came to the United States in 1928. She was a member of the Seniors, Ringwood. Arrangements: Louis Suburban Chapel, Fair Lawn.
 

AGNES LOTITO GUSTIN, 86, of Lyndhurst died Thursday. She was an artist and a dressmaker who owned Michelle's, Lyndhurst, for 20 years. Her paintings and portraits won awards at the Capital Art Exhibition in Trenton and senior citizen competitions in Bergen County, and have been displayed at banks, libraries, and galleries. Arrangements: Nazare Funeral Home, Lyndhurst.
 

ANNA MONCZYN HANCHA, 85, of Mahwah died Thursday. She was born in Poland. She had been a self-employed housekeeper. She was a parishioner of Holy Spirit Byzantine Catholic Church, Mahwah. Arrangements: Van Emburgh-Sneider Funeral Home, Ramsey.
 

AGNES L. HAYEK, 81, of Pompton Lakes, formerly of Clifton, died Friday. Arrangements: Richards Funeral Home, Riverdale.
 

VIVIEN ROSE HOPPER, 89, of Emerson, formerly of Maywood and Elmwood Park, died Sunday. Before retiring, she was a teacher at the Gantner Avenue School, East Paterson, for 43 years. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Maywood. She was a volunteer for the Maywood Public Library and the American Lung Association. Arrangements: Trinka-Faustini Funeral Home, Maywood.
 

ELEANORE BOGERT JOHNSON, 75, of Ridgewood, formerly of Hackensack, died Tuesday. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Ridgewood, where she was a member of the Women's Guild and served as a deacon. She was a volunteer for The Valley Hospital, Ridgewood, and its Kurth Cottage. Arrangements: C. C. Van Emburgh Funeral Home, Ridgewood.
 

SHIRLEY L. KELSEY, 75, of Pearl River, N.Y., formerly of Upper Saddle River, died Friday. Before retiring in 1994, she was a saleswoman for Shirlanes, Ramsey, where she worked for 15 years. Arrangements: Wyman-Fisher Funeral Home, Pearl River.
 

JAMES P. KIRWIN SR., 58, of Clifton died Thursday. Before retiring in 1994, he was a collection supervisor for the Passaic Valley Water Commission, Clifton, where he worked for 28 years. Subsequently, he was a driver for NAPA Auto Parts Co., Garfield. He was a member of the National Association of Rudimental Drummers and the New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut Association of Fifers and Drummers. He was a rudimental drumming instructor for the Cresskill Colonials of N.J., the Lodi Boys and Girls Club, and St. Michael R.C. Church, Lyndhurst. He was a founder of N.J. Colonial Militia to Keep Patriotic Music Alive. He was a member and former director of Sons and Daughters of the former 5th Regiment Fife & Drum Corps. He was a manager for the Clifton Midget League and a touring baseball team. He organized the Clifton Senior Citizen Crisis Fund. Arrangements: Gorny & Gorny Mortuary, Paterson.
 

NELLIE KOWALYK, 74, of Secaucus died Thursday. She was born in Poland. Before retiring in 1990, she was a shipping supervisor for Sears Fashion Center, Secaucus, where she worked for 20 years. Arrangements: Mack Memorial Home, Secaucus.
 

STANLEY H. LAZARCZYK, 86, of Hillsdale died Friday. Before retiring, he worked for the U.S. Postal Service, Secaucus. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He was a parishioner of St. John the Baptist R.C. Church, Hillsdale, and a former commissioner of the Boy Scouts of America, Bronx, N.Y., Council. Arrangements: Becker Funeral Home, Westwood.
 

PETER LEONARD, 86, of Passaic died Thursday. Before retiring in 1978, he was a bottler for Coca-Cola Bottling Co., Paterson, where he worked for 37 years. He was a parishioner of Our Lady of Mount Carmel R.C. Church, Passaic. Arrangements: Powell-Marrocco Funeral Home, Passaic.
 

JEROME MASON, 80, of Paramus died Wednesday. He was a self-employed engineer in New York City. Arrangements: Vander Plaat Memorial Home, Paramus.
 

ELIZABETH D. CASEY McDERMOTT, 95, of Campbell Hall, N.Y., formerly of Edgewater, died Friday. Before retiring in 1975, she was assistant borough clerk of Edgewater for 21 years. She was a member of the Seniors, Edgewater; the Holy Name Hospital Auxiliary, Teaneck, and the 3rd Order of Carmelites of St. John R.C. Church, Leonia. She was vice president of the Rosary Society of Holy Rosary R.C. Church and secretary of the Democratic Club, both in Edgewater. She was a volunteer at the former Bergen Pines County Hospital, Paramus. Arrangements: Hunt Stellato Funeral Home, Fort Lee.
 

CATHERINE M. MENZ of Cedar Grove, formerly of Bergenfield, died Friday. She was a member of the Northern New Jersey Widow and Widowers Club, Bergenfield. Arrangements: Becker Funeral Home, Westwood.
 

HUGH T. POWERS of Lakewood, formerly of Hillsdale, died Thursday. Before retiring in 1985, he was a special services technician for New York Telephone, where he worked for 25 years. Arrangements: Trinka-Faustini Funeral Home, Maywood.
 

JOSEPHINE CANGER RAMUNDO, 93, of Paterson died Friday. She was a former member of the Deborah Hospital Foundation. Arrangements: Festa Memorial Funeral Home, Totowa.
 

DEBORAH ANN CAVALIER SASSO, 48, of Mahwah died Monday. She was the director of admissions and a teacher at Paramus Catholic High School. She was a parishioner of St. Paul R.C. Church, Ramsey. Arrangements: Van Emburgh-Sneider Funeral Home, Ramsey.
 

ANNA CHERNIANSKEY SLEZAK of Westwood, formerly of Fair Lawn, died Thursday. Before retiring in 1981, she was a clerk for American Book Stratford Press, Saddle Brook, where she worked for 12 years. Subsequently, she was a clerk for Christ the Savior Church, Paramus. She was a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church, Fair Lawn, and its Ladies Guild. Arrangements: Vander Plaat Colonial Home, Fair Lawn.
 

ELSIE HEUSER SMETKA, 93, of Haskell died Thursday. She was born in Germany. She was a member of Christ the King Lutheran Church, Ringwood. Arrangements: D'Agostino Funeral Home, Wanaque/Haskell.
 

MARGARET BODNAR SPROCK, 66, of Passaic died Thursday. She was a parishioner of Our Lady of Mount Carmel R.C. Church, Passaic. Arrangements: Bizub-Quinlan Funeral Home, Lexington Avenue, Clifton.
 

FRANK G. STAIN, 83, of Hackensack died Thursday. Before retiring in 1980, he was a spray painter for Gem Finishing Co., Paterson. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He was a former member of the Glen Rock Athletic Club. Arrangements: G. Thomas Gentile Funeral Home, Hackensack.
 

OLGA L. SULLIVAN, 86, of Emerson died Friday. Before retiring in 1968, she was a supervisor for New York Telephone, where she worked for 35 years, and was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America. She was a parishioner of Assumption R.C. Church, and a member of the Seniors, both in Emerson. Arrangements: Becker Funeral Home, Westwood.
 

VINCENT J. TORTORICI, 79, of Lodi died Thursday. Before retiring, he was a maintenance worker for the borough of Lodi. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He was a parishioner of St. Joseph R.C. Church, Lodi, where he was a member of the St. Joseph Society. He also was a member of the St. Michael Knights of Columbus and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5082, both in Lodi. Arrangements: Santangelo Funeral Home, Lodi.
 

FREDERICK ZIELKE, 80, of Ridgefield died Thursday. He had worked in the computer repair field for Olivetti. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Ridgefield and the AARP. Arrangements: Blackley Funeral Home, Ridgewood.
 

Sunday, February 27, 2000

SARAH D. MC BREARTY ADAM, 65, of Hasbrouck Heights, formerly of Rutherford, died Saturday. Born in Scotland, she came to the United States in 1967. She had been a clerk for BJ's Wholesale Club, East Rutherford, where she worked for 13 years. Arrangements: Costa Memorial Home, Hasbrouck Heights.
 

GEORGE F. ADAMS SR., 92, of Bridgewater, formerly of Paramus, died Thursday. Before retiring in 1968, he was a professor of geology at City College of New York, with which he was associated for 40 years and where he had served as department chairman. He was a graduate of City College of New York and received his doctorate from Columbia University. He was co-author of "Land Forms" and the author of "Planation Surfaces." He was an Army Air Force veteran of World War II. He was a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church, Branchburg, and a former member of the Paramus Board of Education. Arrangements: Hannon Bros. Funeral Home, Raritan.
 

MARY HAMWAY ASBATY, 93, of Haledon, formerly of North Haledon, died Friday. Born in Syria, she came to the United States in 1926. She was a parishioner of Sacred Heart Armenian Catholic Church, Little Falls. Arrangements: Browning-Forshay Funeral Home, Hawthorne.
 

GEORGE F. BECKER, 92, of Allendale, formerly of Rutherford, died Wednesday. Before retiring in 1974, he owned George Becker Landscaping, Allendale. He was past president of the XYZ Club, Allendale, and had been a volunteer driver for the American Red Cross. Arrangements: Van Emburgh-Sneider Funeral Home, Ramsey.
 

BELLE SOSOWER BOSSOM, 91, of Saddle River, formerly of Teaneck and Paramus, died Saturday. Arrangements: Wien & Wien, Hackensack.
 

SAM CANGIALOSI, 78, of Garfield died Friday. Before retiring in 1994, he owned Cangialosi Bros. Mason Supplies Inc., Garfield. An Army Air Force veteran of World War II, he was a recipient of the European-African-Middle Eastern Service Medal with five Bronze Stars. He was a parishioner of Our Lady of Mount Virgin R.C. Church, Garfield. Arrangements: Aloia Funeral Home, Garfield.
 

HAROLD CARPENTER, 90, of Lodi, formerly of Jersey City, died Saturday. Before retiring, he was a driver for Jantzen Milk Co., Hoboken. He was a member of the First Reformed Church, Hasbrouck Heights. He was a former member of the Euclid Masonic Lodge and Elks Lodge 1962, both in Hasbrouck Heights, and the Lodi Seniors. Arrangements: Costa Memorial Home, Hasbrouck Heights.
 

JOSEPH DAVANZO, 79, of Hackensack died Saturday. Before retiring, he was a plumber for the Bergen County Buildings Department. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He was a parishioner of St. Joseph R.C. Church, Lodi. Arrangements: Santangelo Funeral Home, Lodi.
 

DOROTHY A. deCORDOVA, 93, of Bogota died Saturday. Before retiring in 1977, she was a secretary for Bergen County Assignment Judge Theodore Trautwein for 10 years. She was a member of Bogart Memorial Reformed Church, Bogota. Arrangements: Petrik Funeral Home, Bogota.
 

ANTHONY DI IENNO JR., 68, of Fair Lawn died Friday. Before retiring in 1996, he was a self-employed master plumber in Fair Lawn for 40 years. He was a parishioner of St. Catharine R.C. Church, Glen Rock. He was a member of the Master Plumbers Association, Hawthorne. Arrangements: Browning-Forshay Funeral Home, Hawthorne.
 

MAKRUHI DOKMECIAN, 84, of Wyckoff died Friday. She was born in Turkey. Before retiring, she was a tailor for the Engle Shop, Englewood. She was a former member of Holy Cross Church, New York City. Arrangements: Vander Plaat Colonial Home, Fair Lawn.
 

RENA T. BELLI FARLEY, 91, of Clifton died Friday. She was a parishioner of Sacred Heart R.C. Church, Clifton, where she was a former member of the Rosary Society. Arrangements: Marrocco Memorial Chapel, Clifton.
 

MARY ANN GAIRE, 53, of Hawthorne died Friday. She was a clerk/typist for Miller Platt, De Simone & Garlace, Totowa, where she worked for 14 years. She was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War. She was a member of the Auxiliary of Hawthorne Fire Department Company 2. She had assisted with the development of the Lincoln Street Park. Arrangements: Browning-Forshay Funeral Home, Hawthorne.
 

JAMES P. GAVIN, 82, of Cresskill died Friday. He had been eastern district manager for Mobil Corp., New York City. An Army veteran of World War II, he was a recipient of the Bronze Star. He was a parishioner of St. Therese of Lisieux R.C. Church, Cresskill. Arrangements: Barrett Funeral Home, Tenafly.
 

FRANCES LORRAINE EISNER GILLEN of Long Branch, formerly of Cliffside Park, died Friday. Arrangements: McCorry Bros. Funeral Home, Cliffside Park.
 

JOHN W. GRANEY, 48, of North Bergen died Friday. He worked for the North Bergen Municipal Utilities Authority. He was a Navy veteran of the Vietnam War. Arrangements: Vainieri Funeral Home, North Bergen.
 

SYLVIA MAY HOUGH, 79, of Bloomfield died Thursday. She had been a bookkeeper for Atlas Supply Co., Newark, where she worked for 20 years. She also had been a clerk for Lummus Engineering, Bloomfield. She was a member of Christ Episcopal Church, Glen Ridge. Arrangements: Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, Wayne.
 

LOUISE PODESTA IACOVINO, 67, of Hoboken died Saturday. She was a parishioner of St. Francis R.C. Church, Hoboken. Arrangements: Kohler Funeral Home, Wood-Ridge.
 

HAROLD JAFFE, 86, of Elmwood Park died Saturday. Before retiring, he worked for the U.S. Postal Service in the Bronx. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. He was a member and past noble grand of the Odd Fellows Lodge, New York City, and a member of the Elmwood Park Senior Citizens. Arrangements: Louis Suburban Chapel, Fair Lawn.
 

MARY V. KRASZYK, 83, of Secaucus died Friday. Before retiring in 1987, she was an embroiderer for Emanuel Roth, Carlstadt, where she worked for 32 years. Arrangements: Mack Memorial Home, Secaucus.
 

PATSY MUNZO, 90, of Wayne, formerly of Paterson, died Friday. Before retiring, he was a business agent for Local 1733 of the Textile Workers of America Union, Paterson, where he had been instrumental in the formation of the union and worked for 30 years. He was a parishioner of Blessed Sacrament R.C. Church, Paterson, and a member of the Columbus Circle, Hawthorne. Arrangements: Scillieri Funeral Home, Paterson.
 

TIMOTHY M. MURPHY, 60, of Hackensack died Friday. He had been a professor of English at Bergen Community College, Paramus, and also taught English at Rockland County Junior High School. He was a graduate of Springfield College and the City University of New York, and received his doctorate in English education from Fordham University. He was vice president of the Cashel Society for the Advancement of Irish Culture, and was a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, the Northern Island Political Rights Activist Group, the Monsignor Burke Council of the Knights of Columbus, and the Hackensack Kayak Club. Arrangements: Beaugard Funeral Home, River Edge.
 

GRACE G. HULL LINDER MURRAY of Spring Hill, Fla., formerly of North Arlington and Bloomfield, died Wednesday. Arrangements: Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, Wayne.
 

MARY S. NATALE, 90, of Lyndhurst died Saturday. Before retiring in 1972, she was an executive secretary for Kraft Foods, Rutherford. She was a Navy Wave veteran of World War II. She was a parishioner of Sacred Heart R.C. Church, and was a member of the Woman's Club, both in Lyndhurst, the Rosary Society, the Friendship Club, and the Arts & Crafts Club. Arrangements: Ippolito-Stellato Funeral Home, Lyndhurst.
 
 

MARY JEAN TRIVELLA PALMER, 65, of West Milford, formerly of Bergenfield, died Saturday. Before retiring three years ago, she was a resident assistant at Mardel Manor, Wanaque. Arrangements: Richards Funeral Home, West Milford.
 

FRIEDA KOLODNY REICH, 80, of New Milford died Friday. Before retiring, she was a school psychologist for the New York City public school system. Arrangements: Louis Suburban Chapel, Fair Lawn.
 

MARIA J. CHRISTIANO RUSSO, 87, of Fairview died Wednesday. Before retiring, she was a seamstress with the International Ladies' Garment Workers Union. She was a parishioner of Our Lady of Grace R.C. Church and a member of the Seniors, both in Fairview. Arrangements: A. K. Macagna Funeral Home, Cliffside Park.
 

NICHOLAS S. SACCOMANNO, 86, of Garfield died Saturday. Before retiring in 1997, he was a sign artist for 51 years, having owned City Signs Inc., Garfield, for 21 years. He was a parishioner of Our Lady of Sorrows R.C. Church, Garfield, where he was a member of the choir. He was a former member of the Paradise Athletic Club, Garfield. He sang in "The Garfield Four" barbershop quartet and was a member and chorus singer with the Lodi, Paramus, and Ridgewood chapters of the Society for the Preservation & Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America. Arrangements: Aloia Funeral Home, Garfield.
 

RUTH TASHNER SALVEMINI, 67, of Wallington, formerly of Union City, died Friday. She was a parishioner of Holy Family R.C. Church, Union City. Arrangements: Kimak Funeral Home, Carlstadt.
 

SALVATORE L. SANTUCCIO SR., 74, of Dania Beach, Fla., formerly of North Arlington, died Thursday. Before retiring 11 years ago, he was an advertising designer and artist at the Eveready Label Co., Belleville, where he worked for 39 years. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. Arrangements: Parow Funeral Home, North Arlington.
 

WALTER FRANK SMITH, 78, of Wayne died Friday. Before retiring in 1982, he was a rental manager for The Prudential Insurance Company of America, Newark, where he worked for 43 years. An Army Air Corps veteran of World War II, he received the Distinguished Flying Cross medal. He was a member of the Packanack Community Church, Wayne, where he had served as a trustee. Arrangements: Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, Wayne.
 

LEONARD J. STACK, 76, of Rochelle Park, formerly of Ridgewood, died Thursday. Before retiring, he was a machinist for the Curtiss-Wright Corp., Caldwell. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He was a union delegate to the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. Arrangements: Vander Plaat Memorial Home, Paramus.
 

BO ARNE VESTBOM, 66, of Hasbrouck Heights died Saturday. Born in Sweden, he came to the United States in 1955. He was a melter for Robert Taylor and Sons, Paterson. Arrangements: Ferguson Funeral Home, Sussex.
 

CAROLINE E. MAKL VROOM, 86, of Clifton died Saturday. Before retiring, she was a processor for Union Camp Corp., Clifton, where she worked for 15 years. She was a volunteer at St. Mary's Hospital, Passaic. She was a parishioner of St. Andrew R.C. Church, Clifton. Arrangements: Shook Funeral Home, Clifton.


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