Obituaries

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17
Sep
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Theresa J. Del Tufo

Theresa J. Del Tufo (née Melchionne), 91, passed away at home after a brief illness with family at her side on September 12, 2020 in Livingston, New Jersey.

Born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, Theresa was a graduate of Battin High School and attended Kean College. As a young woman, she worked for the Simmons Company in Elizabeth. Moving to Livingston in 1959, she spent much of her life there raising her family.

After her youngest son was in elementary school, she joined the staff at St. Philomena School (later Aquinas Academy) in Livingston and spent many years as the resource room teacher, helping students improve their reading skills.

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10
Sep
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Edward O. Zielke

Edward O. Zielke

Edward O. Zielke, age 74, of Livingston, New Jersey, died suddenly on Friday, September 4, 2020.

A Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated at St. Philomena’s Church, 386 South LivingstonAvenue, Livingston, New Jersey, on Thursday, September 10, 2020 at 10 a.m. A private cremation will follow.

The family will receive their friends at Quinn-Hopping Funeral Home, 145 East Mt. Pleasant Avenue Livingston, New Jersey, on Wednesday, September 9, 2020, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m.

Ed was a police officer, serving the community of Livingston for 40 years before his retirement as a Lieutenant in 2011. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.

Ed was an avid sportsman; he enjoyed fishing and hunting with his best pal, his dog, Colt Commander. He was a member of the Lucky Strike Sportsmen’s Club, the Livingston Elks, and the Knights of Columbus, and for many years, served as an usher at St. Philomena’s Church.

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10
Sep
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Vivian Frances Welch

Vivian Frances Welch, 95, of Livingston, passed away peacefully on Monday, September 7, 2020.

Known as “Mickey” to her friends and family, she was born on March 21, 1925, in Newport, Rhode Island. She was one ofthree children to Charles and Johanna Murphy.

Vivian married Kenneth Welch, former Mayor of Livingston, on May 15,1944, at St. Mary’s Church inNewport. They had two children: Debby and Ken Jr.

Vivian leaves behind herbrother, Charles Murphy, and her son, Ken.

At Vivian’s request, there will be no open services.

Thu
03
Sep
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Will Plan Memorial For Susan Gechtman

Susan Gechtman (nee Nieuzytek), 63, of Morris Plains, died on Friday, August 28.

Born in Newark to the late Nancy and Steven Nieuzytek, Mrs. Gechtman grew up in Livingston and was a graduate of Livingston High School. She lived for many years in Morris Plains.

She is survived by her husband, Peter Gechtman; and her siblings, Kathleen Rice, Scott Nieuzytek and his wife, Naomi. She was predeceased by her brother, Steven Nieuzytek.

Mrs. Gechtman was cremated and there will be no service at this time. The family intends to celebrate her life at a later date.

To make a remembrance in her honor, the family suggests donations to the Make-A-Wish® Foundation, at Make-A-Wish® America Gift Processing, 1702 East Highland Avenue, Suite 400, Phoenix, AZ 85016, or online at https://wish.org/.

Arrangements are under the care of Dangler Funeral Home, Morris Plains.

Thu
03
Sep
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Denver Wallace

Denver Wallace

Denver Wallace, 93, passed away peacefully on August 8th in his home at Brightview Senior Living in North Andover, Massachusetts. Born in Johnson City, Tennessee, he was the son of Octor Hugh and Maude Wallace. He was predeceased by his brother, Charles L. Wallace.

Denver grew up in Johnson City, where he and his family were active members of the First Methodist Church. Throughout his life, Denver was active in various churches, where he worshipped, read scripture and sang in the choir. He was an active member of his beloved First Church Boxford since 1976 when he moved to Massachusetts.

Denver joined the Navy after graduating from high school. Upon completion of his military service, Denver earned his bachelor of science in business and graduated in 1950 from East Tennessee State University.

Thu
27
Aug
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Services Were Private For Kitty Kleinhandler

Kitty Carol Kleinhandler, a longtime resident of Livingston, died on Friday, August 21, at Arden Courts in Whippany. She was 92 years old.

Mrs. Kleinhandler was born and raised in Newark and graduated from Weequahic High School. She had been active with the Infants Welfare League, the Susan G. Komen Foundation and the UJA.

Predeceased by her husband, Leonard, and her brother, Alan, she is survived by her children: Donna and her husband, Stuart Shoengold; Andrea and her husband, Neil Rothstein; four grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

Donations in Mrs. Kleinhandler’s memory may be made to the Friendship Circle, 10 Microlab Way, Livingston, NJ 07039. To share a memory or send a condolence, go to bernheimapterkreitzman.com.

Thu
27
Aug
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Phyllis K. Richardson

Phyllis K. Richardson, a retired librarian, passed away peacefully at her home in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, on August 17, 2020, aged 89.

Born in New York to Louise and Philip Kallenberg, she graduated from Richmond Hill High School, earned a B.S. in Chemistry from Syracuse University, and an M.S. in Laboratory Science from Columbia. Phyllis later obtained a Professional Certificate in Library Science from Caldwell College. She was a Sister of Kappa Delta sorority.

Thu
27
Aug
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Graveside Service Held For Bernard Sherman

Bernard Ralph Sherman of Livingston died at St. Barnabas Medical Center on Sunday, August 16. He was 86 years old.

Born and raised in Newark, Mr. Sherman was a pharmacist and worked for many years at Chase Drugs in Newark.

He was predeceased by his wife, Carole, in 2008, and is survived by his daughter, Ellen Sherman.

A graveside service and burial was held at Mt. Lebanon Cemetery in Iselin. To share a memory or send a condolence, visit bernheimapter-kreitzman.com.

Thu
27
Aug
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Robert W. Farley Dies in Livingston

Robert W. Farley of Livingston, died Sunday, August 23, in Livingston. He was 89 years old.

Born in Newark, Mr. Farley resided in Newark and South Orange, and later Spring Lake Heights, before settling in Livingston. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, and served during the Korean War. He also served the Newark Fire Department for 25 years, retiring as a captain.

He was predeceased by his wife, Patricia, and his siblings, Kathleen, Margaret, Anna May, Helen, Edwin, John, and James. He is survived by his daughters, Mary Ann Farley and Eileen Topps (Brian); his sister, Agnes Cruitt; and two grandchildren.

Visitation and prayer service will be private. Arrangements are by the Quinn-Hopping Funeral Home of Livingston.

Thu
27
Aug
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Roy L. Deter, Jr. Branchburg, N.J.

Roy L. Deter Jr., 61, of Branchburg, New Jersey, passed away on Saturday, August 22, 2020 at Bridgeway Care Center.

Born in Orange, New Jersey, Roy resided in Denville, New Jersey 30-plus years ago, before relocating to Woodland, California and recently residing in Branchburg, New Jersey.

A Viewing will be held on Saturday, August 29, 2020 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Branchburg Funeral Home, 910 Route 202 South, Branchburg, New Jersey. Committal is private.

Please visit www.branchburg-funeralhome.com for a full obituary reflecting his life.

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