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Services Held March 17 For Milton Schaeffer

Milton Schaeffer of Livingston died March 14. He was 89 years old.

Born in Newark, he had also lived in West Orange before moving to Livingston 49 years ago.

Mr. Schaeffer was a teacher for the Newark school system for 13 years and for the Maplewood and South Orange School District for another 27 years before retiring. His 40 year career in education included serving in positions such as acting principal of the South Orange Middle School and English Department chairman.

He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

AWorld Chess Federation player, he was involved in and organized camping for children.

He is survived by his wife of over 52 years, Geri; his son, Matt; his daughter, Talya (Matthew Cheng); two sisters, Lillian Gruber and Florence Grossman; and one grandchild.

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Felix Beck Dies In Florida at 93

Felix Beck, 93 of Boca Raton, Florida, formerly of Livingston, N.J. passed peacefully on March 26, 2019. A funeral will be held on Friday, March 29, at 11:30 am at Bernheim Apter Kreitzman Suburban Funeral Chapel, 68 Old Short Hills Road, Livingston, NJ.

Felix Beck was Chairman Emeritus of Chase Home Finance from 1994 to 2009. He was Chairman and CEO of Margaretten Financial, a mortgage banking firm, listed on the NYSE from 1992 to 1994 and before that was Chairman and CEO of Margaretten, a subsidiary of Berg Enterprises since 1969. From 1957 to 1969, he was Executive Vice President of J.I. Kislak Mortgage Corporation.

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Martin Slatin Dies In Livingston Home

Martin M. Slatin died in his Livingston home on March 22. He was 93 years old.

A funeral service was held at Menorah Chapels at Millburn in Union on Tuesday, March 27, followed by interment in Beth Israel Cemetery, Woodbridge.

Mr. Slatin was a Provision salesman and member of Local 345-50, employed with Best Provision for 36 years. Born in Newark, he graduated from West Side High School in 1943.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. After his discharge, Mr. Slatin returned to New York University (NYU) to finish his education. Shortly thereafter he met his wife of 67 years, Myrna Herman. They lived in Verona for 50 years, raising three children, Craig, Shelly and Marla.

He was active with NNJ Power Squadron and the Shark River Coast Guard Auxiliary, teaching boat safety and participating in safety patrols. He and his wife belonged to Temple Beth Tikvah in Wayne.

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Mass Was Celebrated For Sara Ferrara, 98

Funeral services for Sara Ferrara of Livingston were held on Saturday, March 23, at St. Philomena R.C. Church. She died on Tuesday, March 19.

Born in Newark to Vincent and Stella Russo, Mrs. Ferrara was active in the church community and was a past president of the Livingston Women’s Club.

She was predeceased by her husband, James, and her siblings, Anna, Anthony and Stella.

She is survived by her sons, James (Eileen), and Russell (Susan); and two grandchildren.

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Funeral Held Wed. For Jack L. Atkins

Former Livingston resident Jack L. Atkins died Monday, March 18, at his home in Springfield. He was 70 years old.

Mr. Atkins grew up in Fair Lawn and Livingston. He attended Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, where he was a member of the Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity. He resided in Short Hills for 30 years before moving to Springfield in 2013.

After graduation, he joined his father in the real estate business which, after his brothers joined the firm, became TheAtkins Companies, a real-estate development and management firm headquartered in West Orange. Mr. Atkins was a principal in the firm until his death.

Mr. Atkins is survived by his father, Steve; his wife of 36 years, Melanie; three children, Doug, Scott (Carly), and Kim; three brothers, Dick (Joanna), Chick (Ellen) and Bob (Lisa); and two grandchildren.

A funeral service was held yesterday, Wednesday, March 20, at Temple Sharey-Tefilo Israel in South Orange.

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Services Were Held For Bernard Dolowich

Services were held on Wednesday, March 20, for Bernard (Buddy) Dolowich of Livingston, who died on Monday, March 18.

Born in 1931 in Brooklyn, New York, Mr. Dolowich was the husband of the late Madeline Dolowich and Dr. Susan Skolnick; the father of Jodi Aranowitz and Robin Netel; and is also survived by four granddaughters.

Donations in Mr. Dolowich’s memory can be made to the Lewey Body Dementia Association at lbda@lbda.org.

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F. James White

F. James (Jim) White, 81, of Charlotte Hall, MD, formerly of Livingston, passed away peacefully at home on March 9, 2019.

Born April 24, 1937, to Hazel Pellow White, he was a 1954 graduate of Bloomfield High School. A stand-out track athlete, he went to Springfield College, majored in physical education, and graduated with honors in 1958. He received his master’s degree from Columbia University.

Jim taught in the Bloomfield school system, with the majority of his years spent at Bloomfield High School, retiring in 1999. In 33 years as head coach of boys’ soccer, he won two state titles, leaving a legacy as one of the winningest coaches in New Jersey soccer history. He coached the Lady Bengals basketball team for 18 years, winning a state championship in 1989.

He raised his family in Livingston, where he resided for 40 years. He moved to Maryland after retirement.

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Mass Will Be Saturday For Maria Marucci

Maria Marucci of Livingston died at her home in Livingston onTuesday, March 19. She was 96 years old.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Raphael’s Church on Saturday, March 23, at 10 a.m. Entombment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in East Hanover.

The family will receive their friends at Quinn-Hopping Funeral Home in Livingston, on Friday, March 22, from 4 to 8 p.m.

Mrs. Marucci was a seamstress for many years.

She was the wife of the late Leonardo Marucci; the mother of Joseph (Anna) Marucci, and Rocco (Donna) Marucci; and the sister of Celeste Scrocco and Amalia Grelle. She is also survived by four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105-9959.

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Services Were Held For Betty Kenner, 95

Private graveside services were held for Betty Kenner of Livingston, who died on Tuesday, March 19.

Born in Newark, Mrs. Kenner also lived inWest Orange and East Hanover. She worked for Stebar Creations, a family jewelry business.

Predeceased by her husband, Irving, and brother, Morris (Pearl), she is survived by her sons, Barry (Terri) of Morristown, and Steven of Bayonne; five grandchildren; and seven greatgrandchildren.

Arrangements were by J.L. Apter Memorial Chapels of Maplewood.

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Theresa Bell

Theresa Bell, 66, of Livingston, NJ, passed away Wednesday, February 27, 2019.

Born in Jersey City, NJ, to Salvatore and Ellen Fresco, Theresa worked for the Livingston Board of Education for over 20 years as a playground aid. She was a past president of the B.P.O. Does of Livingston.

She was the beloved wife of the late Gordon Bell; the loving mother of Vincent DeCicco and his significant other, Sandy; Mark Detore and his wife, Kristy; Joseph Detore; and Donna Tracey and her husband, Michael; and the adoring grandmother of Arianna Tracey. Theresa also leaves behind many close family members and friends.

Visitation was held Monday, March 4, at Quinn-Hopping Funeral Home, 145 East Mt. Pleasant Avenue, Livingston, NJ. The funeral was held Tuesday, March 5, at St. Vincent’s Roman Catholic Church Madison, NJ. Interment followed at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, East Hanover, NJ.

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