Obituaries

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22
Aug
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Will Celebrate Mass For Elaine Alfieri, 86

Elaine Alfieri (née Chiarella) of Livingston died on Sunday, August 18. She was born in Orange toThomas and Anna Chiarella.

Mrs. Alfieri was predeceased by her husband of 51 years, Ralph, and her sisters, Concetta D’Aries, Vivian Petrillo and Santina Marotta, and her brothers, Michael, Joseph and Thomas Chiarella.

She is survived by her children, Ralph (Linda), Patricia, Kevin (Jennifer), and David; and eight grandchildren.

Viewing will be at Quinn-Hopping Funeral Home in Livingston on Friday, August 23 from 5 to 9 p.m.

A Funeral Mass will be offered at St. Philomena Roman Catholic Church on Saturday, August 24 at 10 a.m., followed by entombment at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in East Hanover.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations in her memory maybemadetoSt.PhilomenaChurch, 386 Livingston Ave., Livingston, N.J. 07039 or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital/Tribute Program, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, Tenn. 38148-0142.

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22
Aug
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Funeral Services Held For Garrett Whitman

Garrett Whitman, 86, of Morristown, formerly of Livingston, died August 16 at Morristown Medical Center. A funeral service was held at Bernheim-Apter-Kreitzman Suburban Funeral Chapel, Livingston, on Monday, August 19.

Mr. Whitman was born in New York City, and lived in Merrick and Great Neck, Long Island, and Livingston, before moving to Morristown.

He was predeceased by his wife, Sybil, and his brother, Wayne. He is survived by his twin brother, Sheldon, and his wife, Jan; his sister-in-law, Fran; his three sons, Scott, Brad and his wife, Beth, and Glenn and his wife, Debra; and seven grandchildren.

The family has requested that donations be made in Mr. Whitman’s memory to the Oncology Fund at Saint Barnabas Medical Center, 95 Old Short Hills Road, West Orange, NJ 07052.

Thu
22
Aug
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Services Held For Ruthe Nelson

Ruthe Nelson of Sunrise, Florida, formerly of Livingston, died August 12. She was 90 years old.

Funeral services were held at the Star of David Chapel in North Lauderdale, Florida, on Friday, August 16.

Ms. Nelson lived in Livingston from 1954 to 1986. She was a homemaker and had worked briefly as a dental hygienist in Livingston. She was active in Musicrafters (the forerunner of the Livingston Community Players).

Ms. Nelson is survived by her children, Lori Rothbard and her husband, Howard; Shari; and Steven; and seven grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to Vitas Community Connection Hospice of Broward County, Florida, at vitascommunityconnection.org .

Thu
22
Aug
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Gerald Lichtenstein

Gerald Lichtenstein

Gerald Lichtenstein, 88, passed away on August 19, 2019, surrounded by his loving family. He lived in Livingston for 54 years, and previously in Elmwood Park.

He was a school administrator for 33 years, retiring from the West Orange Board of Education in 1993. He was also a long term member of the West Orange Rotary and of Temple Beth Shalom.

He was the beloved husband of Marion; loving father of Sheryl, Larry, Stu, Liz, Karen, and Rich; cherished grandfather of Andrew, Megan, Samantha, Matt, Alex, and Karlie; devoted great-grandfather of Nate; and brother of Ray. Jerry’s family was the most important thing to him and he will be missed very much.

A funeral service celebrating Jerry’s life was held on Wednesday, August 21, at Bernheim Apter Kreitzman Suburban Funeral Chapel in Livingston. Burial followed at New Montefiore Cemetery, West Babylon, New York.

Memorial donations may be made in Jerry’s name to the charity of your choice.

Thu
15
Aug
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Arthur Amster, 85, Dies

Arthur H. Amster died on August 7. Born in Newark, he lived in Rockaway until moving to Livingston five years ago.

Mr. Amster served in the U.S. Navy aboard the aircraft carrier Intrepid, and was married to Carol Kresch for over 60 years.

He was the father of Tracey (Charles) Kaliman, Nancy Amster-Coull, and Thomas (Sheryl) Amster; the grandfather of five; and the brother of Susan Amster and Michael Amster, and the late Donna and Irwin Halper.

The family suggests that donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (stjude.org) or Special Olympics (give.specialolympics.org).

Thu
08
Aug
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Elizabeth Runyan Steiner Hoenig

Elizabeth Runyan Steiner Hoenig – child of the Great Depression, high school valedictorian, fervent opera lover, diehard New York Giants fan, devoted wife, loving mother, proud Grandma, Nanny and Oma – died peacefully in her sleep at her Crane's Mill home in West Caldwell on Aug. 2, 2019.

Betty, as she was affectionately known to her many friends and family, was predeceased in 2017 by her beloved husband of 67 years, Egon. As Wesley Lovely, her 3-year old great-grandson so wisely said when his mother told him the news, "Well Mama, that means she's with Opa again, right?" Yes, Wes, that's right.

She was undoubtedly at peace with the world because she had returned less than a week earlier from her annual two-week vacation with her family in Ocean Park, Maine, a special place where she had been vacationing her entire life and a legacy which is now being shared by the fifth generation of her family.

Thu
01
Aug
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Melvin Stempler Dies in Florida

Melvin “Mel” Stempler, a longtime Livingston resident, died on Monday, July 29, in his Aventura, Florida home.

He is survived by his wife of over 70 years, Sondra; son, Larry (Gina); daughter, Cindy; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Mr. Stempler was born on November 12, 1928, in Newark. He graduated fromWeequahic High School in 1946. He owned and operated Stempler’s Drapery and Carpeting with his brothers in Newark and Hillside, which was a family-owned business established by his father in 1910.

A funeral is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. today, August 1, at Bernheim-Apter-Kreitzman in Livingston. Contributions may be made in Mr. Stempler’s honor to the Parkinson’s Foundation.

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01
Aug
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Ronald Bennett Sr.

Ronald Bennett Sr., 83, of Livingston, NJ, passed away peacefully Saturday, July 27, 2019.

The family received their relatives and friends at the Quinn-Hopping Funeral Home, 145 East Mt. Pleasant Avenue, Livingston, NJ, on Tuesday, July 30. A service celebrating Ronald’s life was held at the Quinn-Hopping Funeral Home on Wednesday, July 31. Entombment followed at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, East Hanover, NJ.

Born in Newark, NJ, to Edmund and Rose Bennett, Ron was the devoted husband of Marie Bennett; the loving father of Kenneth and Ronald Jr. and his wife, Beth; and the adoring grandfather of four.

Thu
01
Aug
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Services Were Held For Marilyn Jean Bilby

Marilyn Jean Bilby (née Ochs) of Livingston died on Tuesday, July 23. She was 88 years old.

Mrs. Bilby had served on the Board of Elections, Zoning Board, the Livingtones singing club; and the Big L.

She had been an executive assistant at Orange Memorial Hospital and the Mutual Benefit Life Insurance Company.

Predeceased by her husband, Wesley Bilby, and her son-in-law, John Trim, Mrs. Bilby is surivved by her son, Scott (Pat) Bilby, and her daughter, Trish Trim; four grandchildren; and her brother, Fred Ochs,

The funeral service was held at Quinn-Hopping Funeral Home on Sunday, July 28. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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01
Aug
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Services Were Held For Arnold Winick, 80

Services were held July 23 for Arnold Winick of Livingston, who died on July 20.

Mr. Winick was a graduate of Columbia High School in Maplewood and NewYork University, and recently retired as a CPA. He was a longtime member of Temple B’nai Abraham.

He is survived by his wife of over 50 years, Sandy; his two sons, Michael (Sharon) and Steven (Ilysa); and five grandchildren.

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