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Time passes far too quickly, and our classmates who are gone are not forgotten; they will always be in the hearts of their families and friends, and they will live on as long as we remember them. If you have an obituary, or a photo of a friend, send it to us and we will post them to this honored place.






Bernice Alexander

Morristown, NJ

Deceased 12/16/2016

Bernice Alexander 

Bernice Rose Caravaglia, age 67, of Morristown, passed away on Friday, December 16, 2016.

Born in Paterson and raised in Wayne, Bernice graduated from Wayne Valley High School with the Class of 1967.

The most important role of Bernice’s life was that of being a wonderful, loving, selfless mother to her seven children. She was their greatest advocate and fiercest protector throughout their formative years and their best friend as adults. Raising her children as a single mom for many years, there wasn’t anything that Bernice would not do to give them the best life experience possible always putting their needs and wants ahead of her own. Her house was always a welcome place for all of their friends and consequently, many of them addressed Bernice, not asMrs. Caravagliabut instead, affectionately as Mom

Bernice always loved time spent down at the Jersey shore. As a child her family would go to Long Branch and to Bernice, the best days at the shore were either during a storm or right after one when the waves were really big. She shared that love of the shore with her own kids, taking them often for day trips down to Sandy Hook 

In what little spare time any mom would have while raising seven children, one of the things that Bernice enjoyed most was country music  especially the sounds of tried-and-true stars like Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash. She and her friends were known to enjoy a night out together at The Landslide Saloon in Asbury, NJ. They had a blast dancing together and maybe having a refreshment or two  her own favorite drink being a little concoction called Red Death.

The ultimate animal lover, Bernice’s heart would always be concerned that the squirrels and the birds had enough food, but she especially loved her cats. She had many over the years and most recently, her best buddy was a kitty named Mocha. So close was this cat to Bernice that, for the past ten years, if Bernice so much as sat down, Mocha would be on her lap in a flash. Mocha was good company, especially if Bernice was involved in another favorite pastime ‘reading a good book. She had a special attraction to horror stories and consequently, read everything Stephen King ever published, but she’d read other genres too, including lots of the books that her kids brought home from school.

Time spent in the kitchen was another one of Bernice’s pastimes. She especially loved to eat cake and pies and one of her family’s favorite cookies that she baked were called Hello Dolly’s. They became famous during the 1960’s when Hello Dolly was playing on Broadway. Made from chocolate graham crackers, butter, nuts, chocolate chips, condensed milk and coconut, she had a handwritten recipe from her mom that was so good, it was very hard to keep an ample supply in the cookie tin.

Like the cats that Bernice loved so much, sometimes it seemed like she had nine lives. Bernice had been engaged in a twenty-year battle with COPD and in 2007, she suffered a hard attack that no one thought she would survive but she did! Like the other setbacks in her life, she always fought hard and always maintained a genuine positive and upbeat attitude. Her outlook on life and her devotion to family and friends was an inspiration and a wonderful example to those who had the privilege of having shared life with her 

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William Altier

Sheridan WY

deceased 11/9/2015

William Altier, 66, of Sheridan, passed away on Monday, November 9, 2015, at the Sheridan Memorial Hospital

No Services are planned at this time.

Online condolences may be written at¬
Kane Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.


Bruce Apter


Deceased 11/12/1999


James L. Avery

New Jersey

Deceased Sept 15, 2009


Robert Bitter

Charleston, SC

Deceased 5/4/1994


Marion F. “Leah” Borowski Miniaci

Bradenton, FL

Deceased 5/9/2007. Marion was an artist and model. As she wished, her husband James Miniaci spread her ashes in St. Thomas.


Stephen Brooks

Pompton Lakes NJ

d. 3/17/2015

Stephen L., on March 17, 2015 of Pompton Lakes, NJ, age 65. Stephen was born on June 11, 1949 in Passaic, N.J. He had worked as a plumber and was a member of the Plumbers Union Local 24 in West Caldwell, NJ. Devoted husband to Roseann (nee Corbisere). Cherished son to Donna Brooks and the late Reginald. Adored brother to Leslie Petrisko and her husband Robert, Paul Brooks and his wife Colette and the late Peter Brooks and the late Denise. Dear brother-in-law to Arthur and Linda Winter and Joann Asley and the late Dennis. Stephen is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews and his cherished dog Jetta. Funeral from the A.K. Macagna Funeral Home 495 Anderson Avenue Cliffside Park, NJ, on Monday, March 23, 2015 at 10 AM. thence to Madonna R.C. Church on the Hill in Fort Lee, NJ where a Funeral Mass will be offered at 11 AM. Interment to follow at Madonna Cemetery in Fort Lee.


Joseph Brophy

Totowa, NJ

Deceased 5/7/1999 Interred at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, 52 Totowa Rd, Totowa NJ 07511; US Marines


Albert Butler

New Orleans, LA

Deceased Dec. 1983


Michael Calderone

Kinnelon, NJ

deceased 6/3/2008,   Interred at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, 52 Totowa Rd, Totowa NJ 07511

US Army

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Madeline Carr Tooker

Bristol, VA Interred Christ the King Cemetery Franklin Lakes, NJ

Deceased 8/1/2007 at her home. She lived in Bristol VA for the past 16 years coming from Vernon. She was an avid animal rights activist and founded People United for Animals. She was an active volunteer for the United Way, the Red Cross and the Humane Society.


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Laura Lee Casadevall Robinson

Jacksonville National Cemetery, Section 9 Site 356, Jacksonville, FL

Deceased 8/31/2011 Air Force

A funeral graveside service with military honors was conducted for Laura Lee Casadevall Robinson on Tuesday, September 6, 2011 at the Jacksonville National Cemetery. Laura passed away on August 31, 2011 peacefully at her home with her husband by her side. She was born on November 14, 1949 in Paterson, NJ to her parents Edwin and Evelyn Casadevall. As a young woman she served in the US Air Force during the Vietnam Conflict. During her time in the service she earned the National Defense Service Medal and the Air Force Good Conduct Medal. She later worked for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority as secretary and office manager for 25 years. In 2005 she and her husband moved to the Palm Coast area from Virginia.


John Chichin

Nutley, NJ

Deceased 7/3/1975. John died in a hit and run accident on Route 21 in Nutley according to his father John Chichin, Sr. John was his only son with 2 sisters. After graduation, our John attended the Newark College of Engineering and graduated a chemical engineer working for one of the many chemical companies that dot the Palisades area.

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Gretchen Chillson Bishop

Santa Barbara, CA

Deceased 7/15/2010

Gretchen passed away peacefully in her home with her family by her side on July 15, 2010, after a short but fierce battle with cancer. She was very active until the end and throughout her life never let a day cruise idly by. It was never her style to sit back and relax. This was one of her greatest traits, as she tried to keep life active and exciting each and every day. Her favorite activities included tennis, horseback riding, water skiing, snow skiing, running, meeting with her book club, and gathering with friends.

Gretchen was born on July 20, 1949, to parents Charles W. and Rosa G. Chillson. She grew up in Packanack Lake, NJ, and attended Kentucky Wesleyan College, graduating in 1972 with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. In 1972, she moved to Santa Barbara and found a passion in leather arts. She used her creative talents to turn this hobby into a business and sold leather wallets and belts at the Arts & Crafts Show each Sunday at Chase Palm Park from 1975 through 1995, as well as at other seasonal craft shows and outlets.

Gretchen is survived by her husband, Evan Bishop, two daughters, Lauren Duncan (Angus) and Kristen Bishop, three siblings, Thomas W. Heller (Mardon), Marsha G. McElwee (Richard), and Charles W. Chillson, Jr., and numerous nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.



Dana Church Smith

Herndon, VA

Deceased 12/9/2009 Survived by husband Eldon Ron Smith, and chidren Jason, Jodie and Jennifer.


John Cook


Died shortly after 20th Reunion. Trying to gather more specific information

US Army


Marilyn Corten Tovay


Deceased 3/8/2003

MARILYN CORTEN TOVAY, 54, of South River died March 8 in St. Peter’s University Hospital, New Brunswick. Surviving are her husband, Robert Tovay; a daughter, Kimberly Ann Tovay of South River; a son, Robert Tovay Jr. of Wilkes Barre, Pa.; her mother, Grace Corten of Brick; a brother, William P. Corten of the Toms River section of Dover; and four grandchildren. Services were held at Rezem Funeral Home, East Brunswick. Interment was in Laurel Grove Memorial Park, Totowa.


William Crann

Wayne, NJ

October 1968 Survived by Mary Leslie Crann
(contacted family in Wayne)


Edward Cross


Reported deceased but the veteran we thought was Ed was a Vermont native, as confirmed by his family. We love being wrong on this one and will start looking again.



Bonnie Crossley Arsenault

East Greenwich, RI

Deceased 1/12/2018

Bonnie M. Arsenault, age 68 of East Greenwich, passed away in her sleep Friday at home with her devoted husband Ken by her side.

Born in Chicago, IL., she was the daughter of the late Richard and the late Myra (Leskiw) Crossley.

She graduated in 1967 from Wayne Valley High School, in New Jersey. Following high school she received her LPN degree in nursing in 1971 from Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City. She then went on to become a registered nurse and had a 42 year career in orthopedic nursing. Working in four major hospitals, and one urgent care walk-in clinic. Bonnie was a giver not a taker, a selfless, caring, compassionate, unconditional loving woman, always putting others before herself. She lived life to the fullest and really made a lasting impression on others who crossed her path in life. Her biggest passion was being out in nature in any season of the year, but especially fall. She especially loved, hiking, camping, and rooting for the Bruins, Patriots, and Red Sox. Bonnie had many other talents that many people got to enjoyed. She was a great baker and cook of cookies, breads, pancakes, and waffles, the neighborhood kids knew this well. Her other talents were sewing, needlepoints, and knitted winter hats. Many people received these as gifts throughout her life. She was a wonderful loving mother, grandmother, and aunt to all. She truly has touched more lives than we will ever know, missed tremendously, and has made a difference in this world.

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Donald DeMichino

Pompton Plains, NJ

Deceased 6/1/1997. Photos courtesy of Don Jr.

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Thomas Deppa

Wayne, NJ

Deceased 8/29/2007

Wayne PBA 136 tribute page

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Charlene DeShaw

Greenville, NC

d. May 5, 201

Charlene "Cha" DeShaw Norris, 67, died Friday, May 5, 2017 at the retirement community of Wesley Woods of Newnan, Georgia. The funeral service will be conducted Thursday at noon in the Smith Funeral Service Chapel. A private graveside service will be conducted in Greenwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

Charlene was born May 19, 1949, the daughter of Charles and Vivene DeShaw. Charlene graduated from East Carolina University with a Bachelor of Music Education in 1972. She was an elementary music educator at multiple schools in the Pitt County School System from 1978 through 1999, primarily at Sam D. Bundy in Farmville.

Charlene was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Norris. She is survived by her children,

Arrangements by Smith Funeral Service & Crematory. Online condolences may be expressed at

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Stan DeYoung

Midland Park, NJ

DEYOUNG, STANLEY ALFRED, 70, of Midland Park, formerly of Paterson, NJ passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday, April 4, 2019. He lived his life working hard to provide for his family. He was a wonderful husband to his late wife Christine Deyoung who passed in February 2018.
He leaves behind two daughters who loved him dearly, Melissa Deyoung of Midland Park and Kimberly Deyoung of Hawthorne. Most importantly he leaves behind his only grandchild Taylor Stanley Deyoung of Midland Park who was his little buddy and his entire world.

Stanley was a respected United States Army Veteran and proudly served our country in the Vietnam War. He was a loving father, grandfather and cherished friend to all who had the pleasure of knowing him.
Stanley's passion in life was camping at his trailer and enjoying the outdoors. He will be missed immensely by his family, friends and his veteran brothers. Stanley will also be greatly missed by his Tall Timbers "family" to whom he was very close within Vernon, NJ.
A special thank you to the people at Serenity Hospice for their loving care and support during his final days. Also, the family would like to extend their sincerest gratitude to John Manke and Manke Memorial for their accommodating and understanding compassion during this difficult time. Cremation was private. 

A Memorial Service will be held for Stanley, date to be announced.

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Lynn Dockray Abbey


It is always difficult saying goodbye to someone we love and cherish. Family and friends must say goodbye to their beloved Lynn Abbey of Lakewood Ranch, Florida, born in Paterson, New Jersey, who passed away at the age of 71, on January 30, 2021. You can send your sympathy in the guestbook provided and share it with the family. You may also light a candle in honor of Lynn Abbey.

She was predeceased by : her parents, Roy Boerner-Dockray and Ruth Boerner-Dockray; and her husband Anthony Abbey (Tony). She is survived by : her children, Janna Lynn Goodman (Stephen), Shannon Wagner (Casey), Jill Kruse and Timothy Kruse (Mariel); her siblings, Rich Dockray (Libby), Chris Kimmig (Mark) and Pat Sheptock (John); her grandchildren, Colette Wagner, Callia Kruse, Desmond Kruse, Anya Shinabery and David Lewis; her friends, Bob and Carol Travis; and also, Kelly, Ryan, Barb Zdzairaski, Beverly Clark and Yvonne Sutton. She is also survived by her nieces and nephews.

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Brian Dolan

Barry Lake, NJ

Deceased 7/9/2003

Christ the King Cemetery


Diane Finnegan

Liberty, NY

Deceased  5/212008

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Margaret Fisher DeMichino

Pompton Plains, NJ

Deceased 11/13/2006


James Fletcher

Wayne, NJ

Deceased 4/1/2005

Beloved father of Aubrey and Holly Fletcher. Loving brother of Laurajane Fletcher. Devoted son of Joseph Fletcher and his wife Eileen. Son of the late Laura Fletcher (1995). Funeral services will be held Tuesday evening 8 PM at the Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Road, Wayne. Friends may visit with the family at the funeral home on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 PM. In lieu of flowers memorial donations to American Cancer Society of NJ, 468 Parish Drive, Wayne, NJ 07470 would be appreciated.

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Douglas H Fowler

Merrimack, NH

Deceased 4/12/2014

Douglas H. Fowler, 64, longtime resident of Nashua, died at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack on April 12, 2014, surrounded by members of his loving and devoted family.

Mr. Fowler was born on October 21, 1949, in Massachusetts. He was a son of Patricia (Smith) Fowler of St. Petersburg, FL and the late Donald H. Fowler.

He ws the husband of Rosa (Gomes) Fowler, they shared over 12 years of marriage.

Most recently, he had been working with tech support for Comcast. For many years, he was a regional manager for several service stations including Circle K and Shell.

He is remembered as a gentleman who worked hard all his life. He also enjoyed reading. Mr. Fowler loved to challenge his mind with brain games and teasers such as Sudoku. He enjoyed music and dancing.

Mr. Fowler was a veteran of the United States Air Force, having entered after graduating high school, had achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant during his enlistment. His Air Force career brought him all around the world and gave him many life experiences, including a chance to run with the bulls in Spain.

Mr. Fowler cared deeply for his community and was a Master Mason of Lee Lodge No. 30 in Castleton, VT. He was a member of the Scottish Rite Bodies in the Valley of Burlington and the Vermont Consistory 32nd Degree and the Cairo Shriners of Rutland, VT. He was also a member of The American Legion of West Rutland, VT.

SERVICES: A Masonic Funeral Service in his honor will be conducted by the Officers and Members of Ancient York Lodge #89, Nashua at the Masonic Temple, 200 A Main St. (elevator entrance) Nashua on Thursday evening, April 17, 2014 at 6:30 PM. His interment prayers and burial service will be held at a later date in Barre, Vermont at the request of the family.


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David French

Cumberland NC

Deceased 9/11/1968 as a result of a motorcycle accident


David George

Newark NJ

Deceased 2/19/1996


Judith Gingert Kaufman

Riverside, CA

Deceased 12/24/1997. Died in Evergreen CO in a winter auto accident; Interred in CA reported by her mother in 1998

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Erwin Goovaerts

Hamburg NJ

Deceased 5/28/2002


Ronald Haggar

Garfield, NJ

Deceased 11/10/1999 Survived by Yvette Haggar

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Tim Henneman

Gilbert SC

d. July 10, 2014

A memorial service for Timothy L. Henneman, 65, will be held a¬ 10:00 a.m.Saturday, July 12, 2014, at Corpus Christi Catholic Church. Caughman-Harman Funeral Home, Lexington Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements.
Mr. Henneman was born June 9, 1949 in Paterson, NJ and passed away on Tuesday, July 8, 2014. He was a son of the late Jacob Henneman and Antionette Camarco Henneman. Mr. Henneman was a member of Corpus Christi Catholic Church. Timothy loved his children and grandchildren. His family was everything to him including his dog, Honey. He enjoyed fishing and loved his Harley.
Surviving are his wife, Christine Lurie Henneman of Gilbert; sister, Paulette (Victor) Falconieri; sister-in-law, Sue (John) Imbaratto; daughters, Theresa Henneman and her fiance, Kevin Wilkerson, Christie McLane, Jennifer (Jimmy) Stubbs; granddaughters, Ashley (Zachary) Van Buren, Brittany Wright; grandsons, Hayden Henneman, Iain McLane, Beck Stubbs; granddaughter, Shannon McLane and great-grandson, Timothy Van Buren. The family would like to extend heartfelt thanks to the staff at Lexington Medical Center, 4th Floor, SICU.



Richard Herzog

Houma LA

Deceased 12/6/2007

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John Iraola

Santa Rosa, CA

Deceased 12/10/2006

Sonoma County lost a bit of magic Dec. 10 when John Joseph Iraola, the owner of Santa Rosa's Mostly Magic Shop, died after a long battle with cancer. He was 57. Born in New York City in 1949, Iraola came to Sonoma County in the mid-1970s. He spent his life bringing joy to hearts of countless kids and adults with his magic tricks and his enduring sense of humor - even during the hardest of times in his fight against multiple myeloma cancer.

"What a blessing it has been for all of us to have him in our lives all these years," said Vickie Morse, his wife of 18 years. "Even in the darkest days he would pull himself together, and there was no complaining. He was always so caring about everybody else. I'm going to miss him terribly."

Many will remember Iraola's impromptu magic shows Wednesdays during the Santa Rosa Downtown Market. Others will remember the shows he did for kids at birthday parties or in school classrooms.

Still others will recall his ability to calm tempers as a men's slow-pitch umpire for the Santa Rosa Recreation and Parks Department.

"They usually deferred the touchy calls to Johnny because he was really diplomatic in how he could handle those situation," said Morse. "He handled them with humor and tried to get everybody to keep it all in perspective." Iraola, whose love of all ball-related games earned him the nickname "ballhog," sponsored a men's slow-pitch team called the Mostly Magic Mooks. The word "mooks" was Iraola's most loving and endearing term, used for those he considered goofballs.

Rick Minervini, a local comedic entertainer and DJ known as Fiz-Nik Rick, said Iraola learned his love of ballgames on the streets of Brooklyn. When Iraola was 10 years old, he moved to Minervini's suburban neighborhood in Wayne, N.J.  "He taught us all the New York street games and how to have New York street fun," said Minervini. "Tennis shoes hung from electrical and telephone wires, our streets were painted with lines for tennis courts, street hockey and street baseball."

Iraola was proud of his Jersey roots, as well as his heritage, being "100 percent" Spanish Basque.

As a young boy, Iraola marveled at his father's ability to entertain people with tricks and practical jokes while working as a bartender in New York City. Iraola gradually developed his skills as a magician and often spoke to Morse about his dream of opening a magic shop.

About 15 years ago, Morse gave Iraola a loving nudge: a custom-made, colorful neon sign of a magic wand and the word's "Magic Shop." That spring, Iraola opened Mostly Magic. The shop, now a rarity in a city the size of Santa Rosa, recalls a different time, before video games and electronic gadgets. And yet young people continue to walk in for a $5 or $7 magic trick. Fathers eager to learn tricks they could show their youngsters were warmly greeted and given a brief lesson as long as they bought the magic trick. It was the kind of customer service you couldn't get from the Internet, which has cut into sales at many magic shops.

"He had kids all over the county who loved him," said Ken Garr, a friend who has helped Iraola run the shop since 1993. Garr has tried to keep the shop open this week while dealing with the loss of his friend, who was known in magicians' circles as Jon E. King.

In front of the shop, which is on D Street a block north of 4th Street, customers and friends have lighted a candle and placed flowers and sympathy cards. Garr and Morse said the shop will remain open because that's what Iraola wanted. "Johnny left the shop to Ken with the intention to keep magic alive and in the community," said Morse.

Iraola had many interests. He loved music, motorcycles, gardening and especially his dog, Boomer.
Aside from Morse and her two daughters (Iraola's stepdaughters), he is survived by his mother, Trini Iraola, and his brother, Michael Iraola, both of Wayne, N.J. He also is survived by numerous aunts, uncles and cousins on the East Coast.


Peter Isaza

Wayne, NJ

d. 3/15/2014

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Mildred F Kneeland Umansky

Stockholm NJ

d. February 2013

Mildred Umansky, "Millie", age 63 of Cliffwood Lake in Stockholm, died on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 with her family gathered at her bedside.

Millie was raised in North Bergen and moved to Wayne as a junior in high school. She graduated from Wayne Valley H.S. in 1967 and began taking classes at Paterson College, now known as William Paterson University. She eventually landed a great job with Engineering Assemblies Corp. in Teterboro. She was a natural workaholic and excelled at her career. She quickly advanced to managerial positions and left the company as a Purchasing Manager. She loved her job and had travelled to China a few times to inspect their overseas suppliers.

During her college years, while at a party, she met Igor Umansky. The two of them hit it off and danced the night away. Igor declared that night Millie would never dance with anyone else and they were married in 1971 at St. John the Baptist Russian Orthodox Church in Passaic. They enjoyed a reception at the Wayne Manor and honeymooned in the Bahamas. They travelled quite a bit over the years, including frequent trips to Marco Island. Millie was happiest where there was water, especially at home on the lake, or anywhere she could be near the ocean and a beach. Igor described their forty one years together as a "blessed event", one he would gladly repeat.

Millie was a fabulous cook and would often entertain for large groups at her home. She hosted New Year's Eve parties for several years with more than forty people. Families from around the lake would all come to her house, with porta-cribs for their kids lined up in the bedrooms, and they would party the night away. She also enjoyed hosting a huge Thanksgiving meal, all homemade, fresh dishes, where her uncle counted no less than 19 different vegetables on the table, and all went home with full bellies. Seeing her family together and enjoying themselves was all it took to make her happy. She was like the glue that kept them all so close.¬ 

Millie was also a natural caregiver with a huge heart and truly enjoyed helping others. Many years ago, she took it upon herself to care for her Uncle Bobby. He was an elderly veteran, ailing in Florida, with no relatives to care for him. She didn't know him well, but she knew that he needed help. He became her mission, and she would travel to Florida several times a year to visit with him. Soon, she became his legal guardian and took care of everything for him over the course of several years before he passed. It gave her great satisfaction knowing that his autumn years were not spent alone. This sort of kindness defined who Millie was; a huge heart, selfless, and ready to help anyone in need. She will be sadly missed by many.¬

Funeral Services will be held at the funeral home on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 10 AM followed by burial at Christ the King Cemetery in Franklin Lakes.

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Nancy LaRue Miller

Laurel Grove Memorial Park, Totowa, NJ

Deceased 7/23/1969; Died in Beatrice, NE Interred in Totowa NJ


Suzi Loper Lawrence

Hawthorne CA

d. 9/4/2016


Patricia S. Mancuso

Somerset NJ

Deceased 7/2/2004


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Donald Matonak

Collier City FL

Deceased 8/19/1995

Garden of Heaven Cemetery Collier City Fla


Edward Mauriello

Green Acres, FL

Deceased 6/7/2009


Vincent Messino

Wayne, NJ

Deceased 11/15/1996

Garden of Heaven Cemetery



Edward Miller


Deceased 11/26/2002


Thomas L Murty

Canoga Park, CA

Sept 15, 2006

Interred South Lawn Memorial Cemetery, Tucson, Pima County AZ


Catherine Nowak

Teaneck, NJ

Deceased 8/16/1995

NY Times article

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Michael Oates


Deceased  8/7/2001


John Oleksy


Deceased 11/3/2002

Served 1967-70 per DVA. Don’t know what branch of service

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Ronda Roby Ellin

Newton NC

Deceased March 3, 2015

Ronda Ellin Roby, 65, passed away March 3, 2015 at Catawba Regional Hospice. Ronda was born June 5, 1949 in Hackensack N.J. to the late Richard Edward Roby and Thelma Irene Bogert Roby. Ronda was a member Madison Avenue Christian Reformed Church of Paterson, NJ. She graduated in 1967 from Wayne Valley High School in Wayne, New Jersey. She also graduated from the Berkely School of Business in New Jersey in 1969. Upon graduating she held executive assistant positions in Northern New Jersey area at Yardley's, Toshiba, and GAF Corporation. As a "Gift of Life" kidney recipient, Ronda always celebrated life and dedicated herself to her community. Ronda lived her faith and considered it a privilege to dedicate her life to meeting the needs of others. Following her transplant, she served as a volunteer helping others to deal with the realities of transplants. Ronda helped to successfully lobby for donor recognition on the NJ Driver license. Ronda co-founded the New Jersey chapter of the Transplant Recipients International Organization (TRIO). While working for New Jersey Public Health, in 1996, Ms. Roby produced, "Faces Behind the Ribbon", a video about the AIDS Epidemic and discrimination. Ronda was a key organizer of a "Motivational Day" for NY / NJ Athletics in Action. The event was hosted by the NY Giants, held at their training camp and attended by 300 young men with the goal to inspire these at-risk youth to make good life choices. Ronda also volunteered her fundraising services in NJ at The Good Shepherd Mission, a men's addition program and shelter in Paterson, New Jersey. As the Manager of Resource Services for STAR of Hope Ministries Ronda was commended for her hard work, integrity, passion and commitment to helping those in need. She was noted for her "pit bull" tenacity. Upon moving to North Carolina, Ronda found employment and the opportunity to serve as Cooperative Christian Ministry of Hickory, NC. Most recently, Classroom Connections, a local non-profit offering free resources to teachers benefited from her service, insight and encouragement. Surviving is her son, Otis Moore of Sandusky, Ohio; sister Robin Roby and her partner Nicole Valette of Sparta, NJ; niece Alyse James; great niece Makayla Conklin; sister, Randi Miner and husband, Arthur of Califon, N.J.; nephew, William Miner; brother, Robert Roby of New Orleans, LA and her fur babies, Sarah and Jonah. Remembrances may be made online at  .A memorial service will be held  Sunday, April 26 at 3:00PM  at Bethel United Church of Christ, 4547 Bethel Church Road, Hickory, NC 28602. The family will receive friends following the service in the church family life center. Please let us know if you plan on attending the service.In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Classroom Connections, 4547 Bethel Church Road Hickory, NC 28602 or online at


Jarl Palmer

Little Falls, NJ

Deceased 8/15/1996


Peter Panycia


We have contacted Peter’s family who still live in Wayne for details of his passing.


Janice Post Smith

Temple Terrace, FL

Deceased 9/18/2004
Services in Bristol TN

Janice Post Smith died Saturday, September 18 2004. A burial service was held on Saturday, September 25, 2004 in Bristol Tenn.She was preceded in death by her husband, Orville Rolin Post jr. Mrs. Post owned and operated the Gold Leaf Frame shop in Temple Terrace. She is survived by four sons, OR Pete Post III of Wake forest ND, Richard Lee Post of Tampa, John Henry Post of Tega Cay, SC and William Holman Post of Boon, NC; 11 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren and one brother Earl Stanley Smith of Ferriday, La. (published by on 9/27/2004)


Lorraine Praskala

Wayne, NJ

Deceased 2/11/1977. Her family says she died in her sleep, leaving behind 2 daughters. No more recent photo.


Jeffrey Price

Pleasantdale Cemetery, 620 Eagle Rock Ave. West Orange, NJ 973-539-1319

Deceased 11/19/2002, US Navy, BTFN, Vietnam. Spoke with his widow, Barbara in Wayne


William G. Proctor

Wayne, NJ

Deceased May 5, 2000

US Army 1968-9; 1970-71 Army Security Agency. Spoke with wife Mary Jane, in Wayne

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Paula Rafferty Severance

Van Nuys, CA

Deceased 12/11/2002

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Clifford Recanzone

Daytona Beach FL

Deceased 12/14/2010. This photo came from Linda, Cliff’s wife who graciously forwarded it to us.

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Kathleen Reed (Sherger)


Dec. 6/3/2021

Kathleen D. Sherger (nee Reed), age 71 of Riverdale and formerly of Lincoln Park, died peacefully at home surrounded by family on the morning of Thursday, June 3, 2021, after a brave and graceful battle with ALS.

Kathleen was a dedicated teacher at Butler High School for twenty-seven years, retiring in 2012. Prior to teaching, she was a programmer for Texas Instruments and then went back to school to get her teaching certification. While at Butler, she taught mathematics and computer science and her summer breaks were often spent reading about and learning subject matter in preparation to teach new courses she designed for her students. She was very bright and a quick study, teaching herself coding languages such as Java and¬  C++, as well as networking and video game design. She loved learning as much as she loved teaching.
Kathleen met her husband Bob when they were both in the eighth grade at Schuyler Colfax Middle School in Wayne. They often sat next to each other on the school bus and began ‚€ėdating‚€™ around sophomore year in high school. The childhood sweethearts tied the knot on December 26, 1971 at Our Lady of Consolation RC Church in Wayne. Bob was still in the U.S. Army, so their honeymoon was a romantic road trip down south to his base in San Antonio, Texas. They lived there briefly and then in Phoenixville, PA before Bob was discharged. In 1973, they settled in Lincoln Park, NJ where they lived for forty-six years, raising their family of three children. 

They were fortunate to have traveled regularly after Kathleen’s retirement. They returned again and again to Key West and Cape May, and visited resorts across the Caribbean. Kathleen also enjoyed annual family vacations to Maine, the Catskills and Adirondacks, the Jersey shore, and beyond. An avid reader, Kathleen was happiest at the beach or pool relaxing with a novel and capping the day off with dinner and drinks.

Kathleen was a beloved full-time teacher, a loving mother and wife, and a devoted caregiver for 38 years to her son Reed, who was born with a developmental disability. Her strength and devotion were an inspiration to colleagues, students, and friends alike. She took pride in her home and gardens, enjoyed cooking with her family, and always welcomed a visitor. Kathleen cherished family traditions and especially loved the holidays and listening to Christmas music while decorating their house to the nines! She enjoyed more than 50 years of the annual Sherger family wreath-making gathering, carrying on a joyful family tradition started by her mother-in-law, Willie. Her adoring daughters will be sure to keep this tradition alive with friends and family for years to come.

Kathleen is survived by her husband Robert of Riverdale, her son Reed of Parsippany, and two daughters; Erika Sherger of Boonton Township and Sara Varney and her husband Jason of Conshohocken, Pennsylvania; two grandchildren; Wynn and River Varney, two brothers; Robb Reed and his wife Kjersti of Port Angeles, Washington, and Anthony Reed of Wantage, New Jersey, a sister; Diane Reed-Chong and her husband Glenn of San Diego, CA, and several nieces and nephews.


Robert Regan


Deceased 9/21/1999


Walter Remick

Wayne, NJ

Deceased 12/10/1987

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Chase Riley

North Port, NY

Deceased 6/30/2007

June 30, at home with his family in Northport, 59 years of age. Loving husband of Zita. Beloved father of Danielle, and Nicole (Tom) Goldsmith. Pop to Chase, and Ryan. A proud Vietnam Veteran, an accomplished businessman, and an avid sailor. Reposing Nolan & Taylor-Howe Funeral Home, 5 Laurel Avenue, Northport. Funeral Mass Tuesday 11 AM, St. Philip Neri Church, Northport. Interment Northport Rural Cemetery. Visiting hours Monday 2-4, and 7-9:30 PM.

Published in Newsday on July 1, 2007


Mary Lou Rudin


Deceased 9/24/2003


Ida Jane Schlindwein Ruck

Portland OR



Hermana Schoemakers Gray

Previously in Ormond Beach FL; last address was Mineral Bluff GA,

We are in contact with Herma’s brother in law and hope to have more details in the near future (11/4/2011)survived by husband James, and 3 children

Survived by husband James, and 3 children

A great story about how Herma inspired others in the Orlando paper in 1990

Wolfson Makes Lasting Impression At Seabreeze

April 08, 1990|By Derek Catron Of The Orlando Sentinel Staff

ORMOND BEACH — Risa Wolfson liked high school. Liked it so much, in fact, that while her classmates were counting the hours until the end of the day, Wolfson could envision a lifetime in school. Not just any high school, though. Her school.

Sitting in Mrs. Gray's algebra II class as a sophomore at Seabreeze High School nine years ago, the thought first occurred to Wolfson, who also played on the school's tennis team.

''Wouldn't it be great to come back, teach math and coach tennis?''

Herma Gray passed away this year, but the effect she and other teachers had on Wolfson in high school will last a lifetime.

Time flies, and now, after finishing high school and four years at Brown University, after a couple of years spent as a substitute teacher while she experimented with her hobby, film production, she is realizing a wistful high school daydream.

Consider it a dream realized to an exponential degree. Not only has Wolfson become the girls' tennis coach and a full-time math teacher - algebra II, just like Mrs. Gray - she also coaches the academic team and is attempting to revive the math club at Seabreeze.

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Charles Schutt

New Providence NJ

Charles 'Chuck' Shutt II Dearest father, son, brother; sales executive, of Summit Charles "Chuck" Shutt II of Summit, N.J., departed life peacefully on May 15, 2018. He is survived by his mother, Elizabeth Rafferty Shutt; his sister, Barbara; his son, Charles, and daughter Kathryn. Chuck was born in Paterson, N.J., on Aug. 10, 1949. He was the son of Elizabeth Rafferty Shutt and the late Charles J. Shutt, formerly a township tax assessor in Wayne, N.J. He graduated from Wayne Valley High School and Kentucky Wesleyan. He worked as a national vice president of sales at Good Humor Breyers Ice Cream until he retired. Chuck loved and played football, basketball and baseball throughout high school and college. He enjoyed attending Devils hockey and Yankees baseball games, and was an avid football fan. He loved summers at the Jersey Shore in Bay Head and Ocean City with his children. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the¬ American Heart Association. Higgins and Bonner Echo Lake Funeral Home 582 Springfield Ave. Westfield, N.J. 07090 (908) 789-7400

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Patricia E. Schwartz Mussen

Keeseville, NY

Patricia E. Mussen, 65, of Highlands Road, Keeseville, passed away unexpectedly, Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern, NY.

She was born in Passaic, NJ, July 14, 1949, the daughter of Albert G. and Patricia A. (Salmon) Schwartz.

Pat, who always carried a book, was a kind-hearted person that touched everyone she knew. Always putting her family's needs ahead of her own, she took joy in their happiness. Pat's hobby was showing her Great Danes, finishing several Champions and Grand Champions. Some of her closest friends were made through shows.

Pat is survived by her husband of 43 years, Frank Mussen; son Franklin; daughters Nanci (Smith) and Sarah (Case), along with their significant others; grandchildren Zachary, Emileigh, and Abbigail (Smith); mother Patricia A. Schwartz; sisters Pamela Mackey and Nancy DiMeo, and their families.

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Doug Senchak

Craryville, NY

d. 8/12/2017

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Margaret Sheerer Fenton

Tampa FL

Deceased 4/4/2004 Interred in NJ

FENTON, Margaret Ann (nee Sheerer) "Ann," 54, of Tampa, passed away Monday, April 5, 2004. Beloved mother, she is survived by her three children, Robert G. Hubinger Jr., Michael Hubinger and Cindy Hubinger; her second husband, Edward; niece, Tiffany; grandchildren, Amber, Timothy, Michael, Kyle and Chris; brothers, Tom Sheerer, James Sheerer and Wayne Sheerer; and her late mother's (Dolly Medici) husband, Joseph Medici. She worked at Kash N' Karry in Tampa, Fla. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday at Blount & Curry Funeral Home, 3207 W. Bearss Ave. The family will receive friends two hours prior to the service. Interment will be held in New Jersey at a later date. We will miss you always and love you. (Tampa Bay Online)

 (Courtesy of Tom Sheerer) Margaret Ann (Sheerer) Fenton, born in Scranton, Pa. Moved to Wayne in 1962 and attended school at Anthony Wayne before graduating Wayne Valley in 1967. During her younger years, Ann was a bit of a Tomboy. She loved softball and was better at it than some of the neighborhood guys. After school, Ann married and raised 2 boys and a girl. Ann kept very close to her family, spending many weekends with her parents and brothers, playing card games or watching sports on TV. Ann Died April 4, 2004 in Tampa Fl. at a young age of 54. She is greatly missed by 3 brothers, 2 sons and a daughter, as well as 6 grandchildren.


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Thomas Smith


D. August 2014


David Spae


Interred in Arlington National Cemetery


George Steinhoff


reported deceased July 22, 2008


David Strodel

Stroudsburg PA

Deceased 11/28/2006


Ilona Sweerus

died in CA; interred in NJ

Deceased Oct. 1990, Have contacted family for additional information

Not Pictured in Embers

Walter Szpara


Deceased 4/30/2000 reported by Barry Makepeace


Paul Tanis

Montclair, NJ

d. 8/21/2020

Paul E. Tanis, 71 of Wayne, NJ, entered into eternal life on August 21, 2020 at Morristown Medical Center. Born in Passaic, he was the owner and operator of Tanis Mason Contractors for over 50 years. Funeral Services were private at the direction of the Family.

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Lynn C. Tonnesen White

Caledonia MI

d. 1/31/2017 White, Lynn Lynn C. White, aged 67 of Caledonia, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 31, 2017. She was preceded in death by her son, Peter White and father, Ludwig Tonnesen. She is survived by her children,  grandchildren,  three sisters, and mother. Lynn was a beloved daughter, mother, grandmother and sister. She was originally from New Jersey, and raised her family in West Michigan for almost 40 years. Full of grit and determination, Lynn was devoted to animals, especially the horses and dogs that were kept at her Caledonia home. - See more at:

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Karen VanBodegon


Deceased 6/202001

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[Karen A Vanbodegon]¬ 
Birth Date: 4 Oct 1949
Birth Place: New Jersey, United States
Gender: Female
Race: White
Hispanic Origin: Not Hispanic (Latino)
Residence Place: Allen, Ohio, United States
Residence Zip Code: 45807
Death Date: 20 Jun 2001
Hospital of Death: Home
Death Place: Allen, Ohio, USA
Certificate: 042554
Age at Death: 51
Registrar's Certificate Number: 00632
Method of Disposition: Cremation
Filing Date: 25 Jun 2001
Hospital Status: Other/Residence
Injury in Ohio: Yes
Type Place of Injury: Unspecified Place

Father's Surname: Vanbodegon
Mother's Maiden Name: Debergh
Marital Status: Married

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Robert Van Varick


Deceased October 2019

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John Kevin Walsh


I remember the circumstances of Kevin’s death, I just don’t remember when it happened other than the summer of 1966


Maureen Walsh

Brigantine, NJ

Deceased 6/6/1997 (courtesy of niece Debbie Mattfeld)

Birth Date:

20 Jun 1949

Birth Place:

Hoboken Huds,¬ New Jersey

Death Date:

6 Jun 1997

Type of Claim:

Original SSN.


Apr 1967: Name listed as MAUREEN MARGARET WALSH; May 1969: Name listed as MAUREEN KETTLES


Robert Walwork


Deceased 1988

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Karl G. Weiss

Inyokern, CA

Deceased 1/1/2005

Karl G. Weiss of Inyokern passed away on Saturday July 30, 2005 at Ridgecrest Regional Hospital. He was 56.
Mr. Weiss was born on Feb. 2, 1949 in Paterson, N.J. As a child he was an Eagle Scout and served as an acolyte at St. Michael's Episcopalian Church in Wayne, N.J. He won many sharp-shooting awards through the National Rifle Association and was named an expert marksman through the Junior Division of the NRA.
As a young man Mr. Weiss worked in agriculture and was a butcher before teaching computer science courses at Pace University in New York. He moved to the Indian Wells Valley in 1974 to work as a computer specialist for Sperry, a government contractor. He recently retired after 21 years of civil service at the Naval Weapons Air Warfare Center Weapons Division at China Lake. He worked for many years at Echo Range as an operations manager before moving to the Range and Control Center where he worked as an analyst.
Much of his free time was spent enjoying the High Desert. He embraced the outdoor life all around him, spending time bass fishing in the Lone Pine area, hunting for quail and chukkar, hiking, photography, and what was perhaps his most favorite activity - gold mining on his various claims and other properties in the El Paso Mountains. He quickly learned the area's history and enjoyed teaching others about the things he'd learned.
Mr. Weiss was active with the Maturango Museum's petroglyph tours and helped escort school children to the area's fascinating Indian heritage. He also taught gold panning to various Boy Scout troops and fourth graders at local schools. Mr. Weiss also volunteered in leading tours as the Burro Schmidt Tunnel and Walt Bickel Camp in the El Pasos. One of this favorite places to be was in his greenhouse where he grew over 50 different types of orchids. He used his gren thumb to raise jalapenos, beets and asparagus, which he canned and shared with everyone to the delight of his friends and family.
Mr. Weiss is survived by his daughter Jennifer of Pompton Lakes, N.J., son Richard and his wife Christiane of Burke, Virg., mother Wanda of Hendersonville, N.C., sister Ann Moses and her husband Randy of Tulsa, Okla., nephew Craig, granddaughters Nicole and Leah and countless friends and other dearly loved ones.
Cremation services will be provided by Holland & Lyons Mortuary. At Mr. Weiss' request there will be no services. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made in his memory to the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Media information provided by Sarah Palmer


Susan Westphal Germon

Ann Arbor MI

Deceased 10/15/2005

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Linda Wilkes Savacool


Linda J. Savacool, 71, of Liverpool, passed away January 7, 2021. Linda was born in Wayne, New Jersey on October 29, 1949 to the late William and Patricia Wilkes. Linda was a member of Grace Episcopal Church for many years. She enjoyed wood crafting with her husband in her free time. She was predeceased by her Husband, Ronald Savacool. She is survived by her Daughter, Jennifer Leigh Savacool; Two Sons, Robert Scott (Nicolette) Savacool, William Brian (Judi) Savacool. Services will be private

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Mary Lou Williams


Deceased Oct 1994

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Carol S. Wilt

Biloxi MS

Deceased 4/4/2009. Cremation with ashes spread in Packanack Lake

Carol Susan Wilt, age 60, of Biloxi, MS, was called home to glory on Saturday, April 4, 2009, in Gulfport. 

She is survived by her close friend and love, Thaddeus Korzeniowski; sons, Charles and Douglas; mother, Zella; brother and sister, William and Barbara Wilt; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends spread throughout the entire nation. Carol touched many lives, and our family takes comfort in knowing that Carol’s life, as well as her death, had purpose. 

Carol was born in Washington DC, March 8, 1949. She grew up in Packanack Lake and attended the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Biloxi, Mississippi. Carol was a devoted mother, sailor and musician and loved to sing in the choir. 

Memorial services will be held in Packanack, New Jersey later this month at the Packanack Community Church.

Bradford-O'Keefe Funeral Home, Pass Road, Biloxi is in charge of local arrangements.


Charles Wozney

Los Angeles, CA

Deceased 2/20/1984


Allan Zavatcky

Wayne, NJ

Deceased April 1983
Christ the King Cemetery 
Franklin Lakes
Bergen County
New Jersey, USA

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