Obituaries

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Former Resident Dies At Home in Florida

Former Livingston resident George G. Hill, Jr., died at home in Saint Augustine Beach, Florida, on November 11. He was 67 years old.

Mr. Hill was born to Marcia Bissell Hill and George G. Hill of East Orange. In 1955 the family moved to Livingston, and Mr. Hill graduated from Livingston High School in 1971. He was in the top ten percent of his class and a three-letter athlete in football, basketball and baseball. He graduated with a bachelor of arts degree with distinction in geography from Rutgers University in 1975, where he lettered in soccer.

In 2017, he retired from a 40-plus year career in data processing.

He married Margianne (Margie) Wilson in 1979, and they lived in New Hampshire for 36 years, moving to Saint Augustine Beach, Florida, in 2016.

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25
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Claire Lister

Claire Lister

Claire Ann Lister (nee Flanagan) of Frederick, Maryland, passed away on November 18 at the age of 95.

She was born onAugust 15, 1925 in Orange, New Jersey, to Joseph and Mary Flanagan. She was the oldest of three children, which included her younger brother Joe and youngest sister Marilyn. She attended Clifford J. Scott High School in East Orange, New Jersey, and graduated in 1943.

On June 7, 1947, Claire married her roller skating partner and high school sweetheart, Kenneth Vail Lister. They were married for 62 years until her beloved Kenny died in 2009. They lived inNewark, New Jersey, and Clifton, New Jersey, before moving to Livingston, New Jersey, where they remained for 40 years. After raising their four children and retiring in 1997, the couple moved to Pennsylvania for five years, and then to Frederick, Maryland, where Claire remained until 2018. Her last two and a half years of life were spent at Copper Ridge Nursing Home in Sykesville, Maryland.

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19
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Neil Michael Shane Dies on November 14

Neil Michael Shane, formerly of Livingston, Verona, and Warren, died on November 14 from natural causes.

Mr. Shane was a Merchant Marine and then worked for Affiliated Management for over 24 years. He retired to Aventura, Florida, earlier this year.

Mr. Shane is survived by his sisters, Madelane Shane and Barbara Shane Silverstein; nieces and nephews; and his childhood friend, Andy Liss.

Memorial contributions may be made to an animal support organization or other charity. Services are under the direction of Gutterman and Musicant Jewish Funeral Home Directors, Hackensack.

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19
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Bruce Allan

Bruce Allan, 73, of New Port Richey, Florida, passed away November 6, 2020.

Formerly of Livingston, New Jersey, Bruce graduated from Livingston High School in the class of 1965.

He worked for Bell Telephone for five years before relocating to Florida, where he continued his career as a facilities maintainer. He retired from Verizon after 28 years of service.

Bruce loved music, playing the guitar, and keeping in touch with his friends. He is survived by his loving wife of 33 years, Valerie Allan; his children, Scott Allan, Alexandra (Eric) Tanner, and Michele (Garrett) Jones; his brother, Ronald Allan; his sister-in-law, Terry Allan; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

A gathering will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. on Monday, November 23, followed by a Celebration of Life beginning at 11 a.m., at Grace Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home, Hudson, Florida. GraceMemorialHudson.com.

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19
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William Mitchell Rapkin

William Mitchell Rapkin

William Mitchell Rapkin, RN, passed away peacefully on November 5, 2020 at the age of 65 with his partner of 43 years, James Frutchey at his side. They lived in Caldwell, New Jersey; Brookline Village, Massachusetts; and Hawaii for 22 years before moving to Cathedral City, California in 2003.

He was born on July 20, 1955 in Glen Ridge, New Jersey to Don and Ann Rapkin of Livingston. A graduate of Livingston High School in 1973, he received his B.A. from Bryant College in Providence, Rhode Island in 1977 and his B.S.N. from Hawaii Pacific University in 1997.

Bill was an active member of the Aphasia Recovery Connection, the SongShine Foundation and the Neuro Vitality Center in Palm Springs.

He was an avid piano player and loved traveling the world. Bill and Jim took more than 15 cruises. He loved living life to the fullest with an extraordinary sense of humor. He was a generous, kind spirit in his professional and personal lives.

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19
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Howard Zimmerman

Howard Zimmerman

Howard Zimmerman, age 88, of Livingston, passed away due to COVID-19 on November 4, 2020.

Howard was born in Brooklyn, New York, but spent most of his childhood in Rockville Centre, New York. He attended the University of Richmond, obtaining his B.S. in business in 1954.

Howard married his camp sweetheart, Barbara Sturtz, just before being sent to Rome, Italy on U.S. Army assignment.

After his military service, Howard worked several jobs before joining Kaysam Corporation of America. Rising through the ranks, Howard and two partners purchased the company and then later sold the business to Norcross Footwear. He ended his work life buying back a division of the original company and running the company with his daughter, Diane.

Thu
12
Nov
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Ethel A. Longo

Ethel A. Longo

Ethel A. Longo, age 89, of Livingston, New Jersey, passed away peacefully on Monday November 9, 2020.

A Mass of Catholic Burial will be celebrated at St. Philomena Church, 396 South Livingston Avenue, Livingston, New Jersey, on Friday, November 13, 2020, at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, East Hanover, New Jersey.

The family will receive their friends at Quinn-Hopping Funeral Home, 145 East Mt. Pleasant Avenue, Livingston, New Jersey, on Thursday, November 12, 2020, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m.

Ethel was born in Brooklyn, New York, to the late James and Jennie Longo. She received an associate’s degree from Hunter College. Ethel later moved to Manhattan, where she worked as a supervisor in pediatric cardiology at New York Hospital until her retirement in 1990.

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12
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Will Celebrate Mass For Ruth Dunscombe

Ruth Ellen Dunscombe, a 1969 graduate of Livingston High School, died on November 8. She was 70 years old.

Visitation will take place today, Thursday, November 12, from 1 to 5 p.m., at Lacey’s Home for Funerals in Forked River. A Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled for Friday, November 13, at 9:30 a.m. at the Church of St. Pius in Forked River. Committal will follow at 12:15 p.m. at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in East Hanover.

Ms. Dunscombe was the daughter of the late William E. and Jeanette C. Dunscombe and the sister of William E. Dunscombe (Veronica) of New Providence.

While in high school she won a Betty Crocker Award for her apple crisp. She then attended Marymount College in Tarrytown, New York, majoring in English.

Thu
05
Nov
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Will Hold Memorial For Gloria Oertzen

A memorial service for Gloria Oertzen will be held at St. Philomena’s Church on Saturday, November 7, at 3 p.m. Friends are welcome to attend, and a repast will follow.

Mrs. Oertzen died on April 11 at the age of 92. A private graveside service had been held due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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05
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Mary A. Barras

Mary A. Barras (née Flahive) passed away peacefully on Monday, November 2, 2020 at Morristown Medical Center. She was 86 years old.

On February 27, 1934, Mary was born on her family farm in Glenderry, just west of Ballyheigue, in County Kerry, Ireland to her parents, John and Bridget Flahive. After receiving an education, Mary spent her teenage years working at a convent in Tralee, Ireland. Mary left the emerald isle and immigrated to Newark, New Jersey on August 11, 1951, where she met the love of her life, George Barras.

She often told loving stories of going to dances in Newark and frequenting McGovern’s Tavern with her future husband. George and Mary were married at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark on November 10, 1956. After leaving Newark, George and Mary first moved to East Orange, before settling down in Livingston in 1967, where they raised their daughters and lived for the past 53 years.

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