Obituaries

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08
Nov
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Helen Korzun

Helen Korzun passed away on Friday, November 2, 2018 in Green Hill assisted living facility in West Orange. Helen was born August 10, 1921 in Newark to Zygmont and Catherine Gorbocezewski. Music was an important part of Helen’s life and she became an accomplished violinist and pianist at an early age. During World War II, she was honored to play violin and conduct the New York Russian chorus groups for US and foreign dignitaries at Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall in New York City; and at Symphony Hall in Newark. After high school, Helen worked at RCA in the Accounting Department and later at the Edison Factory. In 1944, Helen married John T. Korzun and lived in Orange before moving to Livingston in 1955. While raising their children, Helen taught private piano and violin lessons. She later attended college and graduated cum laude from Kean State College in 1977 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education.

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08
Nov
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Service Was Held For Burton Sebold

Burton Walter Sebold, 84 died in his home in Livingston on Friday, November 2. A memorial service was held on November 4 at Bernheim Apter Kreitzman Suburban Funeral Chapel in Livingston. Born in Newark, Mr. Sebold graduated from Weequahic High School in 1952, served two years in Korea with the U.S. Army, and received a bachelor's degree from Upsala College in 1959. He was elected to the Livingston Democratic County Committee in 1972 and served on the Livingston Recreation Advisory Committee. He also attended five national Democratic conventions. After a career at Wakefern Food Corp., Mr. Sebold became director of the Economic Development Corporation of Essex County, and then served as the County's head of vendor administration until retirement. Burt is survived by his wife, Essex County Freeholder Patricia Sebold; son, Howard (Shayna); daughter, Risa Schreiber (Bruce); and five grandchildren.

Thu
01
Nov
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Funeral Mass Offered For Diane LoCascio

Diane LoCascio (nee Laurilliard), 67, of Lebanon, formerly of Livingston, died Saturday, October 27 at her home. A Funeral Mass was celebrated on Wednesday, October 31, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Montclair, with interment at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in East Hanover. Visitation took place on Tuesday, October 30, at Caggiano Memorial in Montclair. Mrs. LoCascio is survived by her husband, Sebastian “Julie” LoCascio; her children, Julie Ann DiGiacomo and her husband, Michael, and Paul LoCascio and his wife, Geradina; and four grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorial donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at stjude.org.

Thu
01
Nov
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Services Were Held For Rose Eckstein, 96

Rose Eckstein died at home in Livingston on October 5. Born and raised in New York City, she graduated Hunter College with a bachelors degree in business and taught second grade for 22 years at Dutch Lane School in Hicksville, New York. After retiring to Nevada and California, she moved to Livingston when her husband, Albert, died in 2006. She is survived by her daughter, Linda Star; her son, Paul Kamen; three grandchildren and a greatgranddaughter. Funeral services were held at Cedar Park Cemetery in Paramus. Memorial donations in Mrs. Eckstein’s name may be made to the JCC MetroWest Margulies Senior Center in West Orange.

Thu
01
Nov
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Graveside Service Held for Leila Leff

Leila Leff of Livingston and Harvey Cedars died Saturday, October 27, at her home. She is survived by her husband, Coleman Leff; her children, Larry Leff and his wife, Andrea, and Robin Bellicha and her husband, David; her sister, Karen Lipman; and five grandchildren. A graveside service was held Monday, October 29, at Beth Israel Cemetery in Cedar Knolls. Arrangements are under the direction of the Bernheim-Apter-Kreitzman Suburban Funeral Chapel of Livingston. The family has suggested that donations be made in Mrs. Leff’s memory to komen.org, and BRCA Foundation at brcafoundation.org.

Thu
25
Oct
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Hold Funeral Mass For Joan Deren, 88

Joan E. Deren (née McGrath) of Livingston died on Sunday, October 21. The Funeral Mass celebrating her life will be held today, Thursday, October 25, at 10 a.m. at St. Philomena R.C. Church in Livingston. Visitation took place on Wednesday at Quinn-Hopping Funeral Home. Mrs. Deren was born in East Orange to Thomas and Anna McGrath. She graduated from Our Lady of the Valley High School in Orange, in 1948, and worked for NJ Bell Telephone Company from 1949 to 1951. Later she worked at Burrelle's Press Clipping Bureau in Livingston as assistant to the supervisor from 1968 to 1981. Mrs. Deren was an active parishioner of St. Philomena R.C. Church in Livingston for more than 58 years. She was the wife of 67 years to Edward F. Deren; mother of Edward K. Deren (Nancy); the grandmother of four; and the great-grandmother of four. She was the sister of Thomas McGrath, and the late Ann Miller and John McGrath.

Thu
25
Oct
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Hold Memorial Service For Terry Ehret, 70

Terry Ehret of Morristown, formerly of Livingston, died on Monday, October 8. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. today, Thursday, October 25, at Saint Luke's Episcopal Church, 73 South Fullerton Avenue, in Montclair. Born in Newark, Mr. Ehret was a courier for GlaxoSmithKline and a driver for Cox Enterprises. He was a graduate of East Orange High School and a United States Army veteran. He was a member of the Newark Bait and Fly Casting Club for over 40 years. Mr. Ehret was predeceased by his parents, Henrietta and Alois Ehret, and his friend, Marilyn Silver. He is survived by his brothers, Kirby (Mary Ehret) and Michael (Julie Fortunato). In lieu of flowers, donations in Mr. Ehret’s name may be made online at www.nbfcc.org or by check to the Newark Bait and Fly Casting Club, 322 North Avenue East, Cranford, NJ 07016.

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25
Oct
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Funeral Service Held For Raymond Milewski

Raymond Milewski of Livingston died on Thursday, October 18. He was 89 years old. Formerly of Clifton, Mr. Milewski was born in Newark to Henry and Helen Milewski. He was an electrical worker for Western Electric for over 30 years and served in the U.S. Navy Reserve. He was a member of the Livingston Old Guard. The funeral service was held on Monday at Quinn-Hopping Funeral Home.

Thu
18
Oct
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Lee V. (Grasso) Adamski

Lee V. (Grasso) Adamski, wife of the late Joseph Adamski of Livingston, New Jersey, passed away at home October 12. She was born Pasqualina Veronica Grasso on January 17, 1925, to Nicola and Rose (Lardieri) Grasso of Newark, New Jersey. In addition to her husband, Joseph, she was preceded in death by her parents and six siblings: Joseph, Marie, Carmen, Julia, Victor, and Armando. She is survived by her daughters, Beverly and her husband Anthony Nardiello of West Orange, New Jersey; and Debra and her husband, James O’Neill, of Midlothian, Virginia; five grandchildren, Nicole Munoz (Albert), Dr. Megan O’Neill, Lisa Nanartowicz (Joseph), Matthew O’Neill (Sydney), and Anthony Nardiello III (Nicole); and six greatgrandchildren. She will also be remembered by her numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family and dear friends. Lee was graduated from Central High School in Newark, New Jersey, and began her secretarial career with the law firm Frenetical & LaMorte.

Thu
11
Oct
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Will Celebrate Mass For Betty Van Stratton

Betty Jane Van Stratton (née Barry), 93, of Seaside Park, died on September 26 in Novato, California. Visitation will be held on Friday, October 26, from 6 to 8 p.m. and on Saturday, October 27, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Timothy E. Ryan Home for Funerals in Seaside Park. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, October 27, beginning at 12 noon, at the parish of St. Junipero Serra at St. Catharine of Siena Church in Seaside Park. Mrs. Van Stratton met her first husband, Theodore “Ted” Kent Schuyler, while attending East Orange High School. After marrying, they moved to Rochester, New York and then to Green Bay, Wisconsin. Upon Mr. Schuyler’s death, Mrs. Van Stratton relocated to Livingston where she raised her children, continued her education, and met and married William “Bill” Van Stratton. Mrs. Van Stratton received B.A. and M.F.A. degrees from Montclair State University and retired from Montville Regional High School after 17 years of teaching.

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