Obituaries

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22
Jun

Michael G. Giordano Dies June 14, Age 90

Michael G. Giordano died in his Livingston home on Wednesday, June 14. He was 90 years old. Arrangements were by Farmer Funeral Home of Roseland; condolences and memories may be shared at farmerfuneral.com. Born and raised in Orange, Mr. Giordano had lived in Verona before settling in Livingston. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy. Prior to his retirement, he was a court officer for the Essex County Sheriff’s Department. Mr. Giordano was predeceased by his wife, June C. Giordano (Critchett), and his son, Michael G. Giordano Jr. He is survived by his daughter, Kathleen Giordano, and his sister, Georgina Kluczek.

Thu
22
Jun

Anita Mary DeFilippis

Anita Mary DeFilippis (Drelich), of Roseland, New Jersey passed away on June 13, 2017. Funeral services were held on Saturday, June 17, from Farmer Funeral Home, 45 Roseland Avenue, Roseland, followed by a Funeral Mass at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church, Roseland. Cremation will be private. Visitation took place on Friday, June 16, at the funeral home. Memories and condolences may be shared at farmerfuneral.com. Born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania to the late Helen and Benedict Drelich, Anita was graduated from St. Mary’s High School, Wilkes-Barre, and received her R.N. from Mercy Nursing School, Wilkes-Barre. Her nursing career was spent at Temple University and Bethlehem Hospital, Pennsylvania, and Saint Barnabas Hospital, Livingston, New Jersey. Since 1988, she worked as a small animal caretaker, office manager, and partner with her husband at Roseland Animal Care. Anita was a gracious hostess, and without formal credentials, she was a creative and magnificent chef.

Thu
15
Jun

Services Held For Magery Vittal

Magery Vittal, 91, of West Orange, formerly of Livingston, died on June 6. Visitation was held at the Farmer Funeral Home of Roseland on Thursday, June 8, followed by cremation services at Rosedale Crematory in Montclair. Condolences and memories may be shared at farmerfuneral.com Born and raised in India, Mr. Vittal resided in Livingston before settling in West Orange. For 38 years, he was a soil engineer for Edwards and Kelcey in Morristown He is survived by his wife, Jumuna Vittal.

Thu
08
Jun

Betty Fordyce Dies at Age 87

Elizabeth J. Fordyce (nee Rafferty), 87, died peacefully at her Livingston home on Sunday, June 4.

Elizabeth, known to her friends as Betty, was born in Elizabeth, NJ. and graduated from Our Lady of the Valley High School.  She married Alastair Fordyce (aka Chuckie) in 1953.  Chuck and Betty moved to Livingston and made a wonderful home for themselves and their nine children, and were happily married for 56 years, until Chuckie's death in 2009. The Fordyce's were long time parishioners at St Philomena's and participated in many parish activities. After raising her family, Betty worked as a librarian at Ruth Lockwood Library in Livingston, a position she thoroughly enjoyed because of the professional atmosphere and her wonderful co-workers.

Thu
08
Jun

Service Will be Held For Edward Harris

A memorial service for Edward Byron Harris will be held on Saturday, June 10, at 1 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 67 Church Street in Montclair. Mr. Harris, 78, died on May 31. Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Mr. Harris lived in New York City and Livingston before moving to Montclair seven years ago. He earned a degree in math from the University of Chicago, taught in Brooklyn, and worked in information technology at Con Edison and at several banks. Legally blind as a youth, he taught at several schools including the Lighthouse Guild for people with visual impairment. Mr. Harris sang with the Summit Chorale and Masterwork Chorus, and later with the choir at the Montclair Unitarian Universalist Congregation. He was predeceased by his wife, Helen Winters, and his twin siblings, Robert and Roberta. He is survived by his children, Jenifer O'Neill (James) and Neal Winters (Janet); and his four grandchildren.

Thu
08
Jun

Arnold “Skip” Zarra Dies Thursday, June 1

Arnold H. “Skip” Zarra died on June 1, following complications from leukemia. He was 84 years old. Funeral arrangements were by Bernheim-Apter-Kreitzman Suburban Funeral Chapel. Born in Newark to Samuel and Sylvia (Werksman) Zarra, Mr. Zarra attended Manasquan High School and Rutgers College of Agriculture. He worked as a stone mason, bricklayer, stockbroker, and in life insurance and real estate. A member of the Knights of Pythias, Mr. Zarra was chosen to serve as Grand Marshall for the Memorial Day Parade in Livingston. He was married three times, divorced twice, and widowed once. He is preceded in death by his second wife, Esther. He is survived by his brother, Michael (Lois) of Holmdel; his son, Larry (Elizabeth); his daughter, Sharon (Robert Fornuto); five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two stepsons; and several step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchldren.

Thu
08
Jun

Funeral Mass Offered For Joseph P. Petillo

Joseph P. Petillo, 95, of Livingston and, recently, Carrollton, Georgia, died on May 29. Funeral arrangements were by Galante Funeral Home in Caldwell. Born in Roconola, Italy, Mr. Petillo lived in Newark before residing in Livingston for 55 years. He served in the Navy as a Seabee in Europe and the Philippines during World War II. Mr. Petillo opened Brookdale Fashions, a menswear shop in Vailsburg that relocated to South Orange as Brookdale Ltd. He also worked at the Dugout in Union and as a bookkeeper for his daughter, Dr. Tina Petillo. He was a member of the Columbian Foundation and the Joseph P. Lordi Scholarship Committee. He served as president of the Vailsburg Lions Club in 1970. In 1947, Mr. Petillo won the Ted Mack Amateur Hour five times, and went on tour with the show. Mr. Petillo was predeceased by his wife, Cornelia "Corny" (nee Strumolo); his brother, Peter Petillo, and his sister, Elsie Petillo. He is survived by his daughters, Dr. Tina M.

Thu
08
Jun

Joseph G. Urban Dies in Livingston

Joseph G. Urban, age 86, of Livingston, died at home, surrounded by his family, on Wednesday, May 31. Funeral arrangements were by Quinn-Hopping Funeral Home of Livingston. Mr. Urban was an accountant with Beecham Corporation in Clifton for 35 years before his retirement in 1990. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He is survived by his wife, Marie Franco Urban; his daughters, Lisa and her husband, Brad Wilbur, and Laurie and her husband, Paul Propster; and four grandsons. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to American Parkinson’s Disease Association 135 Parkinson Avenue Staten Island, NY 10305, www.apdaparkinson.org.

Thu
08
Jun

Funeral Services Held For Mrs. Van Ysseldyk

Judith Irene Van Ysseldyk (nee Dowd), 76, died on Thursday, June 1, at her home in Livingston after a brief illness. Funeral arrangements were by Quinn-Hopping Funeral Home. Born in Orange, and a graduate of St. Elizabeth's College, Mrs. Van Ysseldyk founded The New York Institute for Child Development. She is survived by her husband, Jacob Van Ysseldyk; her sisters, Margaret Connelly, Dolores Vogel, Maureen Dowd and Debra Dowd; and her brothers, William J. Dowd, Jr. and Martin Dowd. She was predeceased by her brother, Barry Dowd.

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01
Jun
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Egon Oscar Hoenig

Egon Oscar Hoenig – immigrant, child of the Great Depression, World War II veteran, member of the rapidly dwindling “Greatest Generation,” devoted husband, loving father, proud Grandpa, Buppa and Opa – died at the age of 97 under hospice care on May 27, 2017 at his home in West Caldwell, New Jersey, with Betty, his wife of over 67 years, at his side.

Born in Pforzheim, Germany, Egon immigrated to the U.S. with his parents in the early 1920s to escape economic chaos and hyperinflation. Egon grew up in Elizabeth, NJ, and graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in 1937. He began work at Prudential Insurance Company that year and enrolled in night classes at Pace Institute. With trouble brewing in Europe, Egon joined the National Guard in 1940 and within a month was promoted to Corporal. At the 102nd Cavalry Essex Troop in West Orange, Egon discovered a new passion – horseback riding – which he did with gusto nightly after work.

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