Obituaries

Thu
23
Jan
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Will Celebrate Mass For Catherine Bertero

Services will be held on Saturday, January 25, for Catherine T. (Ragonese) Bertero, a former resident of Livingston. A Memorial Mass will be held at 12:30 p.m. at St. Bartholomew’s Church, 2032WestfieldAve., Scotch Plains.

Mrs. Bertero, 89, died on January 16 at home in Garwood. Born in Newark, she had also been a resident of Irvington, Livingston, Budd Lake, and Bayville, and had been a payroll clerk for PNC Bank in West Orange.

Mrs. Bertero was predeceased by her husband, Louis ‘Sonny’ Bertero, and is survived by her three children, Ginny Bramwell, Maria O’Reilly (Jimmy), and Louis Bertero (Debbie); six grandchildren; and seven greatgrandchildren.

Thu
16
Jan
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Will Hold Service For Joan Lyons, 87

Joan (née Jordan) Lyons died in her sleep on January 12.

Mrs. Lyons was born in Irvington and grew up in Millburn and lived in Livingston before retiring to Mantoloking.

She graduated Wells College in Aurora, New York, and served in leadership roles with the United Way and other charitable endeavors.

Predeceased by her husband, Harold, she is survived by her three children, Leigh, Chris, and Peter Lyons, and her grandchildren.

Viewing will be today, Thursday, January 16, from 4 to 8 p.m., and the funeral will be tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Weatherhead Young Funeral Home, 885 Mantoloking Road in Brick. Burial will take place Friday at 11:30 a.m., for family and close friends, at St. Stephen’s Cemetery, in Millburn.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Dottie’s House (dottieshouse.org/paypal).

Thu
16
Jan
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Faye Lazega Stern

Faye Lazega Stern, born inBrussels, Belgium, passed away in Livingston, New Jersey, on January1, 2020, at the age of 88.

She was the beloved mother of Evie Singer and Ron Felton; mother-in-law to Ron Singer and Linda Felton; and the grandmother of Jamie Singer, Andrew Singer, and Josh Felton.

Faye lived an amazing life, walking across the Pyrenees Mountains during the Holocaust and taking care of her two siblings when she was only 12 years old. Her mother eventually made it to the United States and lived until the age of 95.

Faye was a talented chef, baker, knitter, and art gallery owner at the Fountainbleu Hotel and South Beach Miami Beach.

Donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or to the Comfort Project 360 Scarf Program at Saint Barnabas Medical Center.

Thu
16
Jan
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No Place for Hate

While we briefly mentioned this in last week’s editorial, we wish to take another moment to commend all those who participated in the somewhat impromptu march down South Livingston Avenue earlier this month.

The march, which was designed to show solidarity following recent hateful and anti-Semitic incidents, was held at the same time as a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge which attracted tens of thousands of people. Livingston’s march was in conjunction with that one, organized because residents Brandon and Claudia Minde wished to participate, but did not want to take their young children to the crowded New York City event. So they decided the day before the march to plan a small walk in their own hometown, Livingston.

 

 

Thu
16
Jan
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Mass Offered Monday For Paul R. Pearsall

St. Jude’s Children’s Research hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 . For more information or to post a tribute, visit www.nearyquinnfuneralhome.com. Former Livingston resident Paul R. Pearsall, 74, died Wednesday, January 8, at his home in Manasquan.

Born in Orange, Mr. Pearsall grew up in East Orange, and Livingston, and graduated from Livingston High School.

He went to work for Charms Candy Company, starting in the plant; he was later promoted to the sales department. In 1974, he and his brother, Bob, moved over to M.W. Houck, the oldest food and confectionery broker in the country. Mr. Pearsall became president and principal owner in 1987. He was a member of the Candy Hall of Fame. He retired in 2002 to his residence in Manasquan.

Thu
09
Jan
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Patricia M. Cox

Patricia Mary Cox, 84, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Thursday, January 2, 2020, in Livingston, New Jersey.

Patricia was predeceased by her beloved husband, John R. Cox. She is survived by her six children and 13 grandchildren.

A memorial Mass will be offered on Saturday, January 11, 2020, at 9:30 a.m. at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church, 28 Livingston Avenue, Roseland, New Jersey. Arrangements are entrusted to Quinn-Hopping Funeral Home, Livingston.

Thu
09
Jan
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Gerard M. Simons

Gerard M. Simons

Gerard (Jerry) Simons, 87, of Somerset, New Jersey, died peacefully at home Tuesday, December 24, 2019, surrounded by his loving family. Jerry resided in Livingston for 38 years.

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn (Straus); his children, Brian and Keith Simons; Kerri (Paul) McDonough; Stu Straus; and Lisa (David) Rose; his grandchildren, Dr. Christopher (Alicia) Simons, Kevin, Chad, and Rachel Simons, Drew McDonough,Alyson (Sean) Clayton, Jamie Straus, and Rylee and Alani Rose; his great-granddaughter, Hazel Jeanne Simons; and his brother, Joseph (Sandy) Simons. He was predeceased by his parents and his wife, Jeanne Simons.

Jerry served in the U.S. Navy and the Marines during the Occupation of Japan and the Korean Conflict, for which he received a Purple Heart.

He was a Detective for the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office and the FBI Strike Force during his employment. He ended his career as safety vice president of Tully Construction, Queens, New York.

Thu
09
Jan
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Services Were Held For Donato Casiero

Donato Casiero, 93, of Whippany, formerly of Livingston and Orange, died on January 4 at Morristown Memorial Hospital.

Predeceased by his wife, Giuseppina, Mr. Casiero is survived by his sons,Anthony, Vincent (Angela), and Daniel Casiero, Jr. (Angela); and eight grandchildren.

Mr. Casiero was born in Alberona, Italy and immigrated to the US in 1957. He was the founder and president of All State Landscaping, Inc. which he owned and operated until his retirement in 1998.

He served as a Eucharistic Minister for Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Orange, where he co-founded the Maria Santissima dell’Incoronata Feast; a founding member of theAlberonese Social Club, which recognized him as the 1975 Alberonese Man of the Year; and a founding member and past president of the UnitedAssociation of Gardeners, a cooperative organization of landscapers in Essex and Morris counties.

The funeral was held Wednesday, January 8, at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church.

Thu
02
Jan
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Services Were Held For Frieda Greenstein

Frieda Greenstein, née Hornstein, 95, died on November 23. Born in Newark, she lived in Livingston, then in Lauderhill, Florida, for 20 years, before moving to Whippany.

Mrs. Greenstein was a patient relations director at Beth Israel Medical Center, Newark, for 35 years.

Predeceased by her husbands, Sanford Sweigman and Dave Greenstein, and her son, Steven Sweigman, she is survived by her daughter, Lynn (Michael) Sakowitz of Wayne; a sister, Helene Siegel of Monroe Township; a granddaughter; and a great-granddaughter.

Services were held November 26 with arrangements by Menorah Chapels at Millburn, Union. Memorial contributions may be made to the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest New Jersey.

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The sessions will be on Thursday mornings, from 11 a.m. to noon on January 2, 16, and 30, and February 6 and 20.

Thu
02
Jan
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Memorial Was Held For Barbara Mather

Barbara Ann Mather died on December 20 in the Green Hill nursing home in West Orange after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She was 83 years old.

Miss Mather grew up on West Cedar Street in Livingston and graduated from Grover Cleveland High School in 1954.

She worked as a broker in New York City and then for Robert Martin and the Martin Family Fund in Saddle River.

She also served as president of the Board of PAWS, the Pound Animal Welfare Society of Montclair.

Miss Mather is survived by cousins and friends, who held a memorial gathering at the Hugh M. Moriarty Funeral Home in Montclair on December 30. She was interred at Crest Haven Memorial Park in Clifton.

The family has announced that donations in Miss Mather’s memory may be sent to PAWS, P.O. Box 149, Montclair, NJ 07042. Online condolences may be left at www.moriartyfh.com.

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