Obituaries

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Annette Feldman

Annette Feldman (Hebenstreit) 70, of West Orange, NJ and Boca Raton, FL, died January 4, 2021.

Annette graduated from Teaneck High School and Monmouth University. She raised her family in Livingston, NJ and worked as a real estate agent (Annette Kahn).

She is survived by her husband of 19 years Herb Feldman; her daughter Julie (Brian) Maloof, her son Michael (Sharon) Kahn, her step-son David (Lucia) Feldman, her daughter-in-law Hope Feldman Glassgold, her nine grandchildren, Jacob, Laila & Skylar Maloof; Evan & Hailey Kahn; Julia & Brittney Feldman; Ethan & Olivia Glassgold; her sister, Debbie Janoff; her brothers Robert (Mindy) and Richard Hebenstreit.

Services were held for immediate family on January 7, 2021 at Bernheim-Apter-Kreitzman Suburban Funeral Chapel in Livingston, New Jersey.

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Harry Neugold III

Harry Neugold III

Harry Neugold III, 58, passed away at New York Presbyterian Hospital, New York, New York, on January 3, 2021, surrounded by his family. He was the youngest of five children born in Livingston, New Jersey, to Harry Neugold Jr. and Jean Bishop Neugold.

Harry graduated from Livingston High School in 1980 and was inducted into the “Big L Club” Hall of Fame in 2012 for his outstanding achievements as a football player and wrestler. He maintained lifelong bonds with the friends he made in high school, and took great joy in playing volleyball and softball with them for over 30 years after graduating.

Harry began college at Kutztown University, Pennsylvania, where he continued his athletic career playing football and wrestling. He later transferred to Seton Hall University, where he earned the title of Catholic National Champion as a wrestler.

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Pietro “Pete” Poto

Pietro “Pete” Poto

Pietro “Pete” Poto, age 78, a devoted husband, father, and grandfather of Livingston, New Jersey, passed away on Sunday, January 3, 2021.

Pietro was born in Lioni, Italy, on June 27, 1942, to the late Gerardo and Giuseppina Poto. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brothers, Bernardino and Alfonso.

Before moving to Livingston, Pietro immigrated to the U.S. in 1960 and settled in Newark, New Jersey, to start his new life. He lived in Newark until he married his wife, Angela, in 1972. Together they moved to Nutley, New Jersey, until finally settling in Livingston in 1977 and raising their family. Surrounded by a big extended family in and around Livingston, Pietro’s greatest enjoyment in life was being with his loved ones.

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Harold I. Frieder

Harold I. Frieder, of Lake Worth, Florida, formerly of Livingston, New Jersey, and East Hanover, New Jersey, passed away suddenly on December 26, 2020 at the age of 79.

Harold was the loving husband of Judy Frieder; the caring father of Jason and Michele Frieder and Scott Frieder; and the adoring grandfather of Alex, Rylie, Cole and Ryder Frieder. He is also survived by his brother, Jack Frieder; his brother-in-law, Elliot Volk; and his sister-in-law, Sheryl Volk.

Born in Newark, New Jersey, he grew up in Verona, New Jersey and after college, he spent his entire career working in the life insurance industry. He was an avid sports fan and loved attending New Jersey Nets games, Seton Hall basketball games, the U.S. Tennis Open, and all sporting events.

He relocated to Florida over 20 years ago and until his passing, he played tennis multiple times a week and was actively involved in his local community.

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31
Dec
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Private Services For Arnold Decker

Former Livingston resident Arnold Decker died unexpectedly on December 17 in Webster, Texas. He had previously lived in Livingston as well as Parsippany.

Mr. Decker worked for Georgia Pacific before returning to work at the United States Post Office.

He was a member of Livingston’s BPO Elks; Lodge #1855. He served in many leadership roles including Exalted Ruler. He also portrayed Santa Claus at charitable events sponsored by the Elks.

Mr. Decker was pre-deceased by his son-in-law, Paul Fitzgerald. He is survived by his wife, Veronica (Ronnie); his children, Robert Courtney and his wife, Paula, and Cheryl Fitzgerald; and four grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

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31
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Burial Was Private For Alfonso DeCicco

Alfonso M. DeCicco died in his Livingston home on December 21. He was 96 years old.

Mr. DeCicco was born in Newark in 1924. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving in the 376th Anti-Aircraft Artillery in the European Campaign throughout Normandy, France and Germany. He received the campaign’s Victory Medal and in 2003 was awarded the New Jersey Distinguished Service Medal and the Oak Leaf Cluster, a high-level decoration of the Purple Heart.

He lived for many years in West Orange, and spent summers in Long Branch, where he met his wife 75 years ago.

Benefitting from the G.I. Bill, he graduated from Seton Hall University in 1950, with a bachelor’s degree in physical education. He was vice president of sales at Chicago Title Insurance, from which he retired in the 1980s.

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Services Held Dec. 28 For Harriet Mechanik

Harriet I. Mechanik (nee Harrison), 94, died December 22 in Long Grove, Illinois. She had been a 35-year resident of Livingston.

Mrs. Mechanik grew up in Detroit, Michigan, before moving to New York City. There she met her future husband, the late Dr. Harvey K. Mechanik, who was originally of Plainfield.

She lived in New Jersey for 50 years before moving to Chicago, Illinois, to be near her daughters. She earned master’s of social work degree from Smith College and spent over 20 years working at the Essex County Hospital Center.

Mrs. Mechanik is survived by her daughters, Rebecca Mechanik (Robert Irish) of Inverness, Illinois, and Deborah Lamm (Joel) of Deerfield, Illinois; her step-daughters, Eileen Lebegue (Jean-Lin) and Kathy Kassover (Jeffrey) of Florida; and four grandchildren. She was predeceased by her brother, Hershel Harrison.

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31
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Graveside Services Held For Sondra Falkenheim

Sondra L. Falkenheim, age 87, a life-long resident of Livingston, died Sunday, December 20. Funeral services were held December 24 at Mount Lebanon Cemetery, Iselin, with arrangements by Louis Suburban Chapel, Fair Lawn.

Mrs. Falkenheim was the wife of the late Erwin Falkenheim; and the mother of Jill Grayson and Eric Falkenheim and his wife, Ellen. She is also survived by four grandchildren.

She was a former member ofTemple Beth Shalom in Livingston.

The family has suggested that donations in Mrs. Falkenheim’s memory be made to the Make A Wish Foundation New Jersey at wish.org/nj.

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T. Carter Hagaman Dies in Michigan

T. Carter Hagaman of Rochester, Michigan, formerly of Livingston, died November 28 at the age of 82.

Mr. Hagaman grew up in Livingston, where he became an Eagle Scout. He graduated from Grover Cleveland High School in Caldwell, and from Harvard College in 1960, where he had been the band manager in his junior year. He earned an MBA from the University of Chicago in 1964.

After college, he worked for Irving Trust from 1960 to 1989, becoming a senior vice president in the corporate finance department. He next worked as an adjunct profe ssor offinance and economics at Kean University from 1991 to 2008. During that time, he served as chairman of the New York (then later New Jersey) Council of Economic Education.

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David Dondershine Dies in Roseville, CA

Former Livingston resident David Martin Dondershine died in Roseville, California on December 22 after battling Alzheimer’s disease and COVID-19. He was 83 years old.

Mr. Dondershine was born in Newark, and lived for almost 70 years in the Livingston area. He worked in a variety of careers from selling adspecialty products, truck parts, and real estate, to providing financial planning services.

He spent the last years of his life with his partner, Barbara Lawson. He is also survived by his son, Steven and his wife, Marci, of Truckee, California, and Scott and his wife, Diane, of Vienna, Virginia; and four grandchildren.

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