Obituaries

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20
Sep
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Seymour Handler

Seymour Handler, 86, formerly of Livingston, New Jersey and Edgartown, Massachusetts, passed away very peacefully on September 16, 2018 in Bath, Pennsylvania at Alexandria Manor. Seymour, brother to Paul Handler and Claire Handler-Warhaftig, was born November 26, 1931, in Newark, New Jersey to father Jacob and mother Yetta (Spector) Handler. He graduated from Weequahic High School and the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a bachelor’s degree in history. He spent his 20s traveling widely throughout Europe, learning foreign languages, and writing in the Mexican countryside. Seymour married Rita Stoecker of West Germany in 1961, who predeceased him in 2006, and raised six children, including Chet Handler, who predeceased him in 1984, Roy Handler, Glen Handler, Simone Handler-Hutchinson, Shoshanna Handler, and Chelsea Handler. Seymour also enjoyed each of his eight loving grandchildren, Jake, Jordan, Seneca, Max, Nick, Teddy, Charley and Russell.

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20
Sep
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Funeral Mass was Held For Donna Francescone

A Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Raphael’s Church on Monday, September 17, for Donna Francescone (née Carmiche). She died on Tuesday, September 11, at age 84. Born in Newark, Mrs. Francescone was a resident of Livingston since 1968. She was worked in the billing office of New Jersey Bell Telephone Co. in Newark for many years before retiring, and was a former Women’s Essex County bowling champion. Mrs. Francescone was the wife of Carmine Francescone for 64 years; the mother of Dana DiGenova and the late Salvatore; the sister of Marie Wright, and the grandmother of three. Arrangements were by the Paul Ippolito-Dancy Memorial in Caldwell.

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20
Sep
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Fay Friedlander

Fay Friedlander, (née Sternstein) of Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, died on September 16, 2018. She was the beloved wife of the late Albert Friedlander; devoted mother of Gary (Ann) Friedlander; and cherished sister of Dr. Martin Sternstein and the late Gerald Sternstein. She is also survived by four loving grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Services were held on Tuesday, September 18, at Mt. Lebanon Cemetery (Iselin, NJ). Contributions in her memory may be made to any Parkinson’s or cancer related charity of the donor’s choice.

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20
Sep
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In Memory Of Eileen Nittolo

In memory of Eileen McArdle Nittolo. Eileen passed one year ago, 9/26/17. We just wanted to let her know she is remembered. She was born to Joseph and Doris McArdle in Newark, New Jersey, and grew up in Orange, New Jersey. She was the oldest girl in a family of nine children, who mourn her passing – Joseph, John, Eugenia, Todd (deceased), Robert, Mary, Kevin, and Gary. She had three children. Her entire life she was loved and cared for by her daughter Danielle Nittolo, a godsend. Through no fault of Eileen’s, she was estranged from her other two children, Laurie Macy and Anthony Nittolo, both of North Carolina. Despite many efforts, she never got to see her only grandchild. Please keep Eileen in your prayers and god bless everyone who took the time to read this.

Joe McArdle

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13
Sep
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George J. LeGrand

George J. LeGrand, 89, of Plant City, Florida, formerly of Livingston and New York City, passed away on Saturday, September 8, 2018 at noon. George is survived by three children: George K. LeGrand of Hudson, Florida, Francesca M. LeGrand of Plant City, and David T. LeGrand of Auburndale, Florida; and one grandchild, Logan T. LeGrand of West Palm Beach, Florida. George was pre-deceased by his lovely wife of 68 years, Lorraine E. LeGrand, and his son Richard L. LeGrand, who passed away in 2015. George was a devout Catholic his entire life, giving to the church and dozens of charities. George was very involved with St. Philomena Catholic Church, the Livingston Elks, the local AARP, and giving many volunteer hours at St. Barnabas Hospital in Livingston. He was a LEAD singer in barbershop choruses for 30 years: the Dapper Dans of Harmony and the Big Apple Chorus. He performed twice at Carnegie Hall and once at Radio City Music Hall.

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06
Sep
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Services Were Held For Marion Wahler

Marion Wahler of West Orange, formerly of Livingston, died on August 27. Arrangements were handled by Bernheim-Apter-Kreitzman Funeral Chapel. She was the wife of Howard for 68 years; the mother of Sheila Tarabour (Marc) and Nancy Wahler (John Irwin), the grandmother of three, and the sister-in-law of Marjorie Krieger. Mrs. Wahler was a graduate of Ohio State University and received a master’s degree in education from Kean University, then known as Newark State. She was a nursery school teacher at Congregation Agudath Israel, a library assistant in Livingston, and a long-time member of Temple Emanu-El of West Essex. Donations may be made to The Michael J. Fox Foundation, P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741- 5014.

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06
Sep
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Services Were Held For Robert Starr, 90

Robert (Bob) Morton Starr of Livingston died at Overlook Hospital on August 25. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, he resided in Livingston for the past 46 years. Mr. Starr retired as president and CEO of the Manischewitz Company, where he had worked his entire career. He was most recently vice president of Jewish Vocational Service and previously served with the American Jewish Congress, the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest, the American Jewish Committee (Northern New Jersey region); , and Governor Whitman’s New Jersey-Israel Chamber of Commerce. He is survived by his wife, Barbara (Barron) Starr; his, children, Ian Starr (Natalie Choate) and Susan Sered (Yishai Sered); his step-children, Renée Levin (Steven Levin) and Michelle Schaap (John Perkoff); and nine grandchildren. Mr. Starr was predeceased by his first wife, Bernice (Cohen) Starr, and by his sister, Norma Meyer. The funeral took place at Bernheim-Apter-Kreitzman Suburban Funeral Chapel.

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30
Aug
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Renee S. Essinger

Renee S. Essinger (née Appell) of Delray Beach, Florida, formerly of Livingston, passed peacefully on August 20, 2018. Renee was a homemaker and the beloved wife of the late Frederick J. Essinger who pre-deceased her in 1995. She was the devoted and beloved mother of Toni-Sue (Thomas) Tremarco, Bernard (Janet) Essinger and Steven Essinger. Renee was the adored grandmother of Jillian Tremarco, Eric Essinger, Jordan Essinger, Jaclyn Essinger and Zach Golden. She is also survived by her brothers, Joel and Harry Appell, and a sister, Phoebe Tobias. The family requests that donations in Mrs. Essinger’s memory be made to Trustbridge, 5300 East Ave., West Palm Beach, FL 33407. A graveside service was held on Thursday, August 23, 2018. Arrangements were handled by Menorah Chapels at Millburn, Union, New Jersey.

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30
Aug
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Dorothy Howland

Dorothy Anne Howland, 86, of Livingston, died on August 27, 2018. Relatives and friends are invited for visitation today, Thursday, August 30, from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Farmer Funeral Home, 45 Roseland Avenue, Roseland, New Jersey 07068. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Friday, August 31 at 10 a.m. at St. Philomena’s Church in Livingston with entombment at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in East Hanover. Born in Newark, Mrs. Howland grew up in Verona and settled in Livingston in 1961. She graduated from Mount St. Dominic Academy in 1950 and went on to the St. Vincent’s School of Nursing. Prior to her retirement, she was the baker in the cafeteria at West Essex High School. In her spare time, she volunteered to drive for the St. Catherine Health Care Center of the Dominican Sisters in Caldwell. She was a longtime parishioner of St. Philomena’s Church and enjoyed knitting. Mrs.

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30
Aug
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M. Barry Nydick

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