ROCKLEDGE, Fla. — A Mass for Mrs. Olga Helen Yannelli, 80, of Viera,
formerly of Union Beach, N.J., will be offered here at 10 am. today in
St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Arrangements are by the Beach Funeral Home,
1689 S. Patrick Dr., Indian Harbor Beach.
Mrs. Yannelli, who died Wednesday at home, was a production supervisor
at Tung Sol in New Jersey, where she worked for 23 years before retiring.
Born in the Bronx, she lived in Union Beach before moving to Melbourne
Surviving are two sons, Allen S. and Ronald J.; a brother, Steven Kosinski;
a sister, Mrs. Mildred Meadows; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Arthur Winkowski, 63, of Toms River died yesterday in the Community
Medical Center, Toms River.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in the Anderson & Campbell
Funeral Home, 703 Main St., Toms River.
Mr. Winkowski was a machinist for General Electric in Newark for 25
He was a member of the American Bowling Congress.
Born in Newark, he lived in Bloomfield most of his life before moving
to Toms River 15 years ago.
Surviving are his wife, Eva; a son, Scott; a daughter, Mrs. Cathryn
Kastner; five stepchildren, 14 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Ruth S. Whittle
Services for Mrs. Ruth S. Whittle, 76, of Elizabeth will be held at
10 a.m. Tuesday in the Walter J. Johnson Funeral Home, 803 Raritan Rd.,
Mrs. Whittle, who died Thursday in the John F. Kennedy Medical Center,
Edison, had been president of the ladies auxiliary of Veterans of Foreign
Wars Post 7363 and the Senior Citizens, both of Clark.
She was a member of the Eastern Star Azure Lodge Chapter 87 of Cranford.
Born in Elizabeth, Mrs. Whittle moved to Clark 53 years ago.
Surviving are a son, John; a daughter, Mrs. Barbara Robinson, and two
George W. Wait
George W. Wait, 91, of Bloomfield, a retired salary administrator,
died yesterday in the Van Dyk Manor Nursing Home in Montclair.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in the Glen Ridge Congregational
Church, 195 Ridgewood Ave., Glen Ridge. Arrangements are by the Prout Funeral
Mr. Wait was a salary administrator manager for Western Electric in
New York City, where he worked for 46 years before retiring in 1974.
He earned a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University in 1953 and
a master’s in business administration from New York University in 1938.
Mr. Wait was the author of several books, including “New Jersey’s Money,”
published in 1976, which was sponsored by the Newark Museum and “Maine:
Obsolete Paper Money Scrip” (1977).
He was a member of the Society of Paper Money Collectors and a past
president of the American Numismatic Society in New York City.
Born in Walden, N.Y., he lived in Glen Ridge before moving to Bloomfield
Surviving are his wife, Sally; three daughters, Mrs. Nancy Cantwell,
Mrs. Eleanor S. and Doris; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Donald Tucci, 66, of Belleville, a retired Essex County corrections
officer, died yesterday in Mountainside Hospital in Glen Ridge.
A Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday in St. Lucy’s Church, Newark,
following the funeral from the Megaro Memorial Home, 503 Union Ave., Belleville.
Mr. Tucci was an officer with the Essex County Sheriff’s Department
in Newark for five years before retiring five years ago.
He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 12 in Newark.
Born in Newark, he lived in Belleville for 37 years.
Surviving are a son, Donald M.; a daughter, Mrs. Lori Ann Sedaille;
two brothers, Phil and Mauro; two sisters, Mrs. Tessie DeMaio and Mrs.
Rose Lucarella, and four grandchildren.
Vera G. Toth
Services were held for Mrs. Vera G. Toth of Rochester, N.Y., a former
Avenel resident, who died Wednesday in Rochester.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Costello-Koyen Funeral
Services will be scheduled for Mrs. Helen V. Taterka, 88, of Lafayette,
who died Thursday in the Barn Hill Care Center, Newton. Arrangements are
under the direction of the Smith-McCracken Funeral Home, Newton.
Mrs. Taterka was a member of the Brandeis University National Women’s
Born in New York City, she lived in Livingston, Chatham and the Morristown
area before moving to Lafayette.
Surviving are two sons, Louis and Douglas; three grandchildren and
A Mass for Samuel Tartaglione, 65, of Toms River will be offered at
9:15 a.m. Monday in St. Luke’s Church, Old Freehold Road, Toms River, after
the funeral from the Quinn-Hopping Funeral Home, 26 Mule Rd., Toms River.
Mr. Tartaglione, who died Thursday in the Albert Einstein Hospital,
Philadelphia, was a mortgage broker for 40 years with Mercury Mortgage
in Fairfield before retiring last year.
A Navy veteran of the Korean War, he received a National Defense Service
Medal, the Korean Service Medal and the United Nations Service Medal.
Born in the Bronx, Mr. Tartaglione lived in Short Hills before moving
to Toms River 18 years ago.
Surviving are five daughters, Mrs. Tina Johnson, Dorene, Terri, Nancy
and Samantha Tartaglione; his mother, Mrs. Josephine Manticon; six grandchildren
and a great-grandchild.
Anthony “Zip” Szczepanski, 82, of Clark, a decorated veteran, died
yesterday at home.
A Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. John the Apostle Church,
Valley Road, on the Clark-Linden border. Arrangements are by the Krowicki
Gorny Memorial Home, Clark.
Mr. Szczepanski worked for the U.S. Postal Service, Rahway, for 35
years before retiring 20 years ago.
An Army veteran of World War II, he was awarded the Purple Heart for
wounds received at St. Lo, France during the D-Day invasion of Normandy
in June 1944.
He was a member of the American Legion Post 328 and the Veterans of
Foreign Wars John Ruddy Post 7863, both of Clark, and the Letter Carriers
Union Branch 38.
Born in Newark, he lived in Clark for the past 52 years.
Surviving are his wife, Genevieve; a son, Donald A.; two daughters,
Mrs. Nancy G. Zagurek and Christine K., and two grandchildren.
Mrs. Janet Halbert, 83, of Old Bridge died yesterday in Summerhill
Nursing Home, Old Bridge.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Nativity of Our Lord Byzantine
Church, East Brunswick, following the funeral from the Brunswick Memorial
Home, 454 Cranbury Rd., East Brunswick. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s
Cemetery, East Brunswick.
Mrs. Halbert was a cashier at Shop Rite in Spotswood for 23 years before
retiring in 1993.
Active with the Nativity of Our Lord Byzantine Church, she ran the
kitchen during the parish bingo games for many years and participated in
many parish bus trips to Atlantic City.
Born in Perth Amboy, Mrs. Halbert lived in the Old Bridge section of
Sayreville for many years.
Surviving are a son, George; two daughters, Mrs. Janice Grande and
Mrs. June Wingerter; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to Nativity of Our Lord Byzantine
Church, 700 Old Bridge Turnpike, East Brunswick, N.J. 08816.
A Mass for Rose Platt, 87, of Clifton will be offered at 9 a.m. Tuesday
in St. Joseph’s Church, Parker Avenue and Monroe Street, Passaic, following
the funeral from the Bizub-Quinlan Funeral Home, 1313 Van Houten Ave.,
Mrs. Platt, who died Friday at home, owned Harry Platt’s Bar and Grill
in Passaic with her late husband, Harry, for 30 years before retiring.
Born in Passaic, she lived in Clifton since 1958.
Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Janet McColgan and Mrs. Susan Fuentes;
a brother, Ted Kozak; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Edmund S. Maciejewski
A Mass for Edmund S. Maciejewski, 74, of Linden will be offered at
9 a.m. Monday in St. Elizabeth Church, Linden, following the funeral from
the Krowicki McCracken Funeral Home, 2124 E. St. Georges Ave., Linden.
Mr. Maciejewski died Thursday in the Veterans Affairs Medical Center,
He served in the Navy during World War II.
Born in Elizabeth, he lived in Linden for five years.
Surviving are a son, E. Thomas; a sister, Mrs. Leokadia O’Keefe, and
Services for Mrs. Janet Johnson, 89, of Exeter, N.H., will be held
at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the Watchung Presbyterian Church, Bloomfield. Arrangements
are by Wilfred Armitage Funeral Home, Kearny.
Mrs. Johnson, who died Thursday in the Riverwood at Exeter Nursing
Home, worked for three years at the Wallace and Tiernan Co., Belleville,
many years ago.
She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Liberty Chapter,
Born in Falkirk, Scotland, she came to the U.S. in 192 and lived in
Kearny from 1912 through 1935. She then lived in Bloomfield for 60 years
before moving to Exeter three years ago.
Surviving are a son, George Jr.; two daughters, Mrs. Karin Ann Close
and Mrs. Martha Lynn Gavin; a brother, John Jarvie, and five grandchildren.
A Mass for Mrs. Helen Spallina of Little Egg Harbor will be offered
at 9:30 a.m. Monday in St. Theresa’s Church, Tuckerton.
Mrs. Spallina, who died Thursday in the Atlantic City Medical Center,
Galloway Township, was born in Boston and lived in Passaic, Clifton and
Lakewood before moving to Little Egg Harbor seven years ago.
Surviving are two sons, Joseph A. and Robert J.; two brothers, Rudy
and Henry Johansky; a sister, Mrs. Marianne Hadzima; five grandchildren
and five great-grandchildren.
Terrence C. Smith
Services for Terrence Carroll “Terry” Smith, 68, of Montville will
be held at 11 a.m. Monday in the Dancy Funeral Home, 9 Smull Ave., Caldwell.
Mr. Smith died Thursday in the Morristown Memorial Hospital.
He was president of Central Uniform Service in Belleville from 1961
through 1988. In 1980, he founded Cen-Mat Co., which was a subsidiary of
Central Uniform. At the time of his death, he was a semi-retired consultant
in the industrial uniform business.
Mr. Smith was active with the Boy Scouts at Glen Gray Camp, Passaic
County, the Montville Township Boy Scouts and the Montville Little League.
He was a Navy Veteran of the Korean War.
Born in Newark, he lived in East Orange and Caldwell before moving
to Montville in 1951.
Surviving are his wife, Rene; a daughter, Mrs. Lisa Yelmini; a son,
Craig; a sister, Mrs. Doris Chenoweth, and five grandchildren.
Mrs. Evelyn Grace Smink, 70, of Edison died yesterday in the John F.
Kennedy Medical Center, Edison.
Services will be held at 8:30 o’clock Monday evening in the Flynn &
Son Funeral Home, 23 Ford Ave., Fords.
Mrs. Smink was a benefits administrator at Huls of America in Piscataway
for 25 years before retiring eight years ago.
She was a member of the American Association of Retired Persons.
Born in Perth Amboy, she moved to Edison 35 years ago.
Surviving are a daughter, Jill E., and a brother, James Drews.
Bernard R. Slowikowski
LORD’S VALLEY Pa. — A memorial Mass for Bernard R. Slowikowski, 66,
of Hawley, a former New Jersey resident, will be offered here at 11 a.m.
Monday in St. John Neumann Church.
Arrangements are by the Stroyan Funeral Home.
Mr. Slowikowski, who died Monday at home, served with the Air Force
for 20 years as a police officer before retiring.
He also served in the Vietnam War and was a member of the Harrison
Chapter of the Veterans of Foreign War.
Born in Scranton, he lived in the Newark, N.J., area for many years
before moving to Hawley five years ago.
Surviving are a son, John; three brothers, John, Edward and Felix;
two sisters, Mrs. Angela Malinowski and Mrs. Verna Paczkowski, and companion,
Dorothy A. Kaprosch.
William R. Schurr
William Rudolf Schurr, 64, of Carteret, a supervisor with the New Jersey
Turnpike Authority, died yesterday at home.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the First Baptist Church,
Elm Avenue, Rahway. Arrangements are by the Mitruska Funeral Home, Fords.
Mr. Schurr worked for the New Jersey Turnpike Authority for 39 years,
retiring in 1984 as the supervisor of ticket supply. He was responsible
for the continual redesign of the paper tickets used at toll interchanges
up and down the thoroughfare that runs from the Delaware Memorial Bridge
to the George Washington Bridge. His duties included overseeing ticket
production, quality control and distribution issues at all of the interchanges.
After retiring, he worked part-time as a representative for various
supermarket and office supply merchandising companies.
He and his wife of 30 years, Gail, also owned and operated Schurr Jewelers,
a fine jewelry and gift shop, first in Iselin and then Carteret, from 1976
An avid organist and pianist, Mr. Schurr played the organ on Sundays
and holidays at several local churches, including the Sayreville United
Methodist Church, the Hungarian Reformed Church in Carteret, St. Anthony’s
in Union City and the Fist Baptist Church of Rahway.
He was a 36-year member of the St. Stephen’s F&AM Lodge in South
Amboy, where he served as a master in 1970.
Mr. Schorr also was a member of the Scottish Rite Valley of Trenton.
Born in Sayreville, he lived in Carteret for 30 years.
Also surviving is a daughter, Kristina.
Services for Mrs. Emilie Schulman, 64, of Freehold Township will be
held at 11 a.m. Monday in the Freeman Funeral Home, 47 E. Main St., Freehold.
Mrs. Schulman, who died Wednesday in the CentraState Medical Center,
Freehold Township, was a cashier at Acme supermarket in Union for 24 years
before retiring five years ago.
Born in Brooklyn, she lived in Roselle Park before to Freehold Township
five years ago.
Surviving are her husband, Reuben; a daughter, Mrs. Andrea Shanahan;
a sister, Mrs. Elaine L Kopp, and three grandchildren.
Mrs. Myra M. Schneider, 88, of Lavalette died yesterday in the Community
Medical Center, Toms River.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in the McCracken Funeral Home,
1500 Morris Ave., Union.
Mrs. Schneider was a member of the Order of Eastern Star Bloomfield
Born in Bloomfield, she lived in Union before moving to Lavalette 18
Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Muriel Duphorn; two sisters, Mrs. Erma
Zintel and Mrs. Dolores Johnson; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Paul Scarpelli, 90, of Colonia died yesterday in the Edison Estates
A Mass will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Monday in St. Andrew Church, Avenel,
following the funeral from the Leon J. Gerity Funeral Home, 411 Amboy Ave.,
Mr. Scarpelli worked for a clothing designer in New York City for many
years before retiring 15 years ago.
Born in Jersey City, he lived in Newark before moving to Colonia 15
Surviving are his wife, Philomena; two sons, Paul and Louis; six grandchildren
and three great-grand children.
Miss Anna Sarakwash, 83, a lifelong resident of South River, died yesterday
in Bay Shore Community Hospital, Holmdel.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Sts. Peter and Paul Russian
Orthodox Church, South River, following the funeral from the Maliszewski
Funeral Home, 218 Whitehead Ave., South River.
Burial will follow at Sts. Peter and Paul Cemetery, South River.
Miss Sarakwash was an operator with the Revlon Cosmetic Co. in Edison
for 25 years before retiring in 1983.
She was a member of the Altar Society of Sts. Peter and Paul Russian
Surviving are a brother, Michael, and a sister, Mrs. Nadine Sosik.
A memorial service for Emanuel Sandreuter, 89, of Woodbridge will be
held at 11 a.m. April 29 in the Central Presbyterian Church, Maple Street,
Arrangements are by the William R. Dangler Funeral Home, Summit.
Mr. Sandreuter, who died Sunday in the Raritan Bay Medical Center,
Perth Amboy, was employed for 40 years with Ciba-Geigy in Summit before
retiring as a vice president of importing and exporting in 1976.
He was a volunteer with SAGE in Summit for 15 years.
Born in Basel, Switzerland, he lived in Summit before moving to Woodbridge
four years ago.
Surviving are a daughter, Monique; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Robert J. Rush
A Mass for Robert J. Rush, 68, of Nutley, an insurance company executive
and spokesman for the cause of organ donation, will be offered at 9:30
a.m. Tuesday in St. Mary’s Church, Nutley, following the funeral from the
S.W. Brown & Son Funeral Home, 267 Centre St., Nutley.
Mr. Rush died Friday in the Clara Maass Medical Center, Belleville.
He was the executive vice-president of Bartmon, Shapiro & Associates,
an insurance broker in New York City, for 12 years before retiring last
year. Before that, Mr. Rush, a chartered life underwriter, had worked for
New York Life Insurance, New York City, for 33 years, retiring as vice-president
A graduate of Seton Hall University in South Orange, Mr. Rush served
in the Army during the Korean War.
In 1999, Mr. Rush was honored at a dinner in St. Barnabas Medical Center,
Livingston, by Transplant Recipient International Organization, Springfield,
which named him N.J. Organ Donor Father of the Year. Mr. Rush became active
in the organization upon the need of a grandson for a liver. He and his
wife, Patricia M., lectured frequently on the need for organ donors to
medical personnel and clergy. He donated corneas at his death.
Mr. Rush was past Grand Knight of St. Mary’s Church Knights of Columbus
Council 2346, Nutley, and a member of the finance committee at St. Mary’s
A member of the New Jersey Historical Miniature Association, he collected
miniature historical military figures and was preparing to participate
in the East Coast Toy Soldier Show at Fairleigh Dickinson University, Hackensack,
on May 7.
Born in Orange, he lived in Newark before moving to Nutley 41 years
Besides his wife, also surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Ann Marie
Donohue, Mrs. Aileen Hresko, Mrs. Peggy Dreker and Joan T.; two sons, Robert
K. and Daniel G., and 11 grandchildren.
Walter Reyelt, 93, of Union died yesterday in Union Hospital.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Haeberle
and Barth Colonial Home, 1100 Pine Ave., corner of Vaux Hall Rd., Union.
Mr. Reyelt was a self-employed mechanical contractor for many years,
retiring 30 years ago.
He was the past president of P.V.V. and the past president and grand
chaplain for the Fritz Reuter Altenheim Grand Lodge of New Jersey, North
Born in Germany, he lived in Irvington before moving to Union 12 years
Surviving are a son, Walter C.; a daughter, Mrs. Linda E. Lavalley,
and a grandchild.
James H. Pickett
Private services will be held for James H. Pickett, 77, of Somerset,
who died Friday at home. Arrangements are by the Maitner Cremation Services,
Mr. Pickett was a publicist for Damson Oil Co., New York City, for
eight years before retiring in 1985. Before that, he worked in the same
capacity for Shearson Hayden Stone, a New York City brokerage firm, and
as an office manager for McKinsey & Co., Tams Engineers and Architects,
both in New York City, and the Hudson Institute, Westchester, N.Y. He was
also a radio announcer in Jersey City for a short while in the late 1940s.
Mr. Pickett earned a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University, New
He was a radio operator in the Merchant Marine during World War II.
Born in Jersey City, he lived most of his life in the Bronx before
moving to Somerset 30 years ago.
Surviving are his wife, Mable; two daughters, Diane and Tanya; three
sons, Ronald, William, and Michael; two sisters, Mrs. Lorraine Motley and
Mrs. Marie Holman, and five grandchildren.
Eleanor D. Phelps
Services for Miss Eleanor Dolores Phelps, 51, of Hillside will be held
at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow in Grace Episcopal Church, 950 Broad St., Newark.
Arrangements are by the James E. Churchman Jr. Funeral Home, Newark.
Miss Phelps, who died Wednesday in the Newark Beth Israel Medical Center,
was a social worker in the East Orange school system for more than 25 years.
Earlier, she had worked in the same capacity for Martland Hospital in Newark
for two years.
She earned a bachelor’s degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University
in Madison, and a master’s degree in social work from Rutgers University,
New Brunswick, in 1973.
Miss Phelps was a member of the East Orange, Essex County, New Jersey
and the national education associations. She also was a chairperson of
the Stewardship Committee, and a member of Vestry, Altar and Lay Readers
Guild, all of the Grace Episcopal Church.
Born in New York City, she lived in Newark before moving to Hillside.
Mrs. Margaret Petrowski, 78, of Pulaski, Va., formerly of New Jersey,
died yesterday in Pulaski Community Hospital.
A prayer service will be held at 8 o’clock Tuesday evening in Moore’s
Home for Funerals, 1591 Alps Rd., Wayne.
Mrs. Petrowski worked for Tupperware in Fairfield for many years.
She belonged to the Pulaski Senior Center.
Born in Irvington, she lived in Lincoln Park for many years before
moving to Virginia 10 years ago.
Surviving are five sons, Kenneth Morton Sr. and Michael, Richard, Felix
Jr. and Stephen Petrowski; a daughter, Mrs. Laura Hoffman; a brother, William
Berry; three sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Ferraro, Mrs. Ruth Hughes and Mrs.
Janet Mae Plouck; 18 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
A Mass for George F. Paci, 87, of Union will be offered at 9:15 a.m.
Monday in St. Michael Church, Union, following the funeral from the Galante
Funeral Home, 2800 Morris Ave., Union.
Mr. Paci, who died Thursday in Overlook Hospital, Summit, was a supervisor
in plant engineering at Shering-Plough in Bloomfield for 24 years, retiring
in 1974. Previously, he had been a machine operator at Elastic Stop Nut
Corp. in Union for eight years.
Born in Cumberland, Wyo., he lived in Exeter, Pa., and Irvington before
moving to Union 46 years ago.
Surviving are Sarah B., his wife of 62 years; a son, Robert J.; three
brothers, Lambert, Bino, and Renzo, and three grandchildren.
Services for Mrs. Jane Osmun, 76, of Montclair will be held at 10:30
a.m. today in Mount Hebron Cemetery, Upper Montclair. Arrangements are
by the Prout Funeral Home, Verona.
Mrs Osmun died Thursday in Mountainside Hospital, Glen Ridge.
A graduate of Colby College, she was active with the Montclair Service
Born in Orange, she lived in East Orange, Pompton Plains and Verona
before moving to Montclair 12 years ago.
Surviving are a son, William R. Jr.; two daughters, Mrs. Jeanne M.
Osmanski and Elizabeth B., and four grandchildren.
Services for Kenneth E. Ort, 89, of West Caldwell will be held at 10
a.m. Tuesday in the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High St., Hackettstown.
Mr. Ort died Wednesday in The Oaks Health Center at Crane’s Mill in
He was superintendent of maintenance with Public Service Transportation
of New Jersey for many years, retiring in 1975.
Mr. Ort was a member of the West Orange F&AM Lodge 205 and the
Brass Club of Transport of New Jersey.
Born in Schooleys Mountain, he lived in West Caldwell.
Surviving are his wife, Edith; a daughter, Mrs. Janice Magers, and