Miscellaneous Essex County, New Jersey Obituaries
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Olga Yannelli
04/09/00
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 in 1993.
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
04/09/00
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 years.
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
04/09/00
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., Clark.
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 grandchildren.

George W. Wait
04/09/00
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 Home, Verona.
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 in 1974.
Surviving are his wife, Sally; three daughters, Mrs. Nancy Cantwell, Mrs. Eleanor S. and Doris; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Donald Tucci
04/09/00
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
04/09/00
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 Home, Avenel.

Helen Taterka
04/09/00
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 Committee.
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 great-grandchild.

Samuel Tartaglione
04/09/00
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 Szczepanski
04/09/00
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.

Janet Halbert
04/09/00
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.

Rose Platt
04/09/00
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., Clifton.
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
04/09/00
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, East Orange.
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 a grandchild.

Janet Johnson
04/09/00
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, Kearny.
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.

Helen Spallina
04/09/00
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
04/09/00
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.

Evelyn Smink
04/09/00
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
04/09/00
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
04/09/00
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 through 1993.
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.

Emilie Schulman
04/09/00
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.

Myra Schneider
04/09/00
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 Chapter 76.
Born in Bloomfield, she lived in Union before moving to Lavalette 18 years ago.
Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Muriel Duphorn; two sisters, Mrs. Erma Zintel and Mrs. Dolores Johnson; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Paul Scarpelli
04/09/00
Paul Scarpelli, 90, of Colonia died yesterday in the Edison Estates Nursing Home.
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., Woodbridge.
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 years ago.
Surviving are his wife, Philomena; two sons, Paul and Louis; six grandchildren and three great-grand children.

Anna Sarakwash
04/09/00
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 Orthodox Church.
Surviving are a brother, Michael, and a sister, Mrs. Nadine Sosik.

Emanuel Sandreuter
04/09/00
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, Summit.
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
04/09/00
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 of marketing.
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 Church.
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 go.
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
04/09/00
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 Bergen.
Born in Germany, he lived in Irvington before moving to Union 12 years ago.
Surviving are a son, Walter C.; a daughter, Mrs. Linda E. Lavalley, and a grandchild.

James H. Pickett
04/09/00
Private services will be held for James H. Pickett, 77, of Somerset, who died Friday at home. Arrangements are by the Maitner Cremation Services, Jersey City.
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 York City.
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
04/09/00
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.

Margaret Petrowski
04/09/00
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.

George Paci
04/09/00
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.

Jane Osmun
04/09/00
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 League.
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.

Kenneth Ort
04/09/00
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 West Caldwell.
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 four grandchildren.


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