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Hebe L. Backiel

Hebe L. Backiel passed away peacefully, after a brief illness, on June 27, 2019 in Stamford, Connecticut, with her children by her side. She was 99 years old.

Hebe was born May 19, 1920 in Watkins Glen, New York to Duncan and Florence Parks. She graduated from Hofstra University, where she met her husband-to-be, Stephen A. Backiel, her spouse of 58 years. After four-year stints in Brooklyn, Mineola, New York, and Greenville, South Carolina, they moved to Livingston in 1956, where they raised their family and lived for almost 45 years.

Hebe thrived as a full-time homemaker and a loving and supportive mother, grandmother, and greatgrandmother, who always put her family first.

Thu
27
Jun
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Myron (Mike) W. Kronisch

Myron (Mike) W. Kronisch, 92, who advocated passionately for a peaceful alternative to solving international disputes, passed away on Friday, June 21, 2019 surrounded by his loving family. Born in New York City, he lived in Maplewood and Livingston before retiring to Mt. Arlington, NJ.

He leaves behind his beloved wife of 63 years, Sheila (nee Felzenberg), four loving and devoted children: daughters Elizabeth (and Marc Lesser), Jennifer (and Steven Benenson), and Rebecca (and Robert Emert), a son, Matthew (and Belle) Kronisch, as well as eleven adoring grandchildren, Danielle (and David) Levine, Madeleine Lesser, Hannah and Rachael Benenson, David (and Monika) and Jacob Emert, and Zachary, Benjamin, Elianna, Shayna and Maxx Kronisch, and a great-grandson, Reece Levine. He is also survived by his sister, Sara (and Richard) Krieger, and was predeceased by his parents, Morris and Stella Kronisch, and his brothers, Drs. Sherman and David Kronisch.

Thu
27
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Offer Mass Friday For Assunta Delia

Assunta Delia (nee Pichi) died in her Livingston home on Friday, June 21. She was 98 years old.

Born in Dover, Mrs. Delia had lived in Livingston over 60 years with her husband, Anthony, while raising their children.

She worked many years as a maternity nurse at Saint Barnabas Medical Center, retiring at the age of 72.

She was predeceased by her husband after 66 years of marriage. She is survived by her children, Rosanne Chieffo (Al), Ronald (Annie), and Anthony (Michele); seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held this Thursday, June 27, from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Quinn-Hopping Funeral Home, 145 East Mt. PleasantAvenue, Livingston. The funeral Mass will be offered on Friday, June 28, at 10 a.m. at St. Philomena Roman Catholic Church, Livingston. Interment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, East Hanover.

Thu
27
Jun
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Private Funeral Held For Mark M. Prial, 57

Mark M. Prial of Livingston died June 19 at the age of 57.

Mr. Prial grew up in South Orange and later moved to Livingston, where he lived for the past 25 years. He was a South Orange police officer for 27 years, retiring as a lieutenant.

He was predeceased by his father, Frank. He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Patricia; his children, James and McKenna; his mother, Jeanne; and his siblings, Frank and Dunstan (Amy).

Visitation was held Sunday, June 23, at the Quinn-Hopping Funeral Home of Livingston. The funeral service was private. In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested that donations in Mr. Prial’s name be made to the Policemen’s BenevolentAssociation, Local 12, 201 South Orange Avenue, South Orange, NJ 07079.

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27
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William P. Scheeler

William P. Scheeler, 50, of Livingston, NJ, passed away on Sunday, June 16, 2019. Son of the late William and Nancy Scheeler, Billy will be remembered for his big personality and the good times and laughter he brought to many.

Billy was employed as a landscaper for the past 30 years.

Some of his favorite hobbies included fishing, visiting the New Jersey shore, riding dirt bikes in Pennsylvania, and spending time with his friends and two children.

Loving father of Cole and Cloe and brother of Joseph Scheeler, Billy also leaves behind many loving friends and family members.

Visitation will be held at the Quinn-Hopping Funeral Home of Livingston, NJ, on Friday, June 28, from 5 to 8 p.m.

Thu
20
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James A. Moore

James A. Moore, 88, of Livingston, NJ, passed away on Friday, June 14, 2019. His family received relatives and friends on Monday, June 17, at Quinn-Hopping Funeral Home, 145 East Mt. Pleasant Avenue, Livingston, NJ. The Funeral Mass celebrating his life was offered at St. Philomena’s Church, 386 South Livingston Avenue, Livingston, on Tuesday, followed by the committal services at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, East Hanover.

James was born and raised in Greenwich, CT but moved to East Orange, NJ in his teens with his parents, Edward and Meta Moore. After graduating from Seton Hall Prep School in 1949, he went on to serve his country proudly in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War.

In 1961 he founded and became president of J. Moore & Co, a mechanical contracting firm that continues to this day. He was a past president of the Mechanical Contractors Association of New Jersey.

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20
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Dr. Warren Sordill

Dr. Warren Clayton Sordill of Short Hills, New Jersey, loving husband, devoted father and doting grandfather,passedawayonTuesday June 11, 2019.

Warren was born on March 31, 1945 to Dr. James Vincent Sordill and Ida Cawthorne Sordill. He graduated from Mountain High School in West Orange, New Jersey in 1963. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh, and received his dental degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine in 1969. While attending the University, he played football and was a varsity baseball letterman.

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20
Jun
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Joseph Thomas Vitello

Joseph Thomas Vitello, “Joey V,” 52, of Brick passed away on Wednesday, June 12, 2019, with his wife by his side. Joseph fought a year-long battle with brain cancer like a true champion.

Born in Newark, NJ, on July 23, 1966, Joseph lived in Union before moving to Brick, NJ. Joey was a talented professional drummer, an inspiring drum teacher to many amazing students, as well as the proud owner of Andy’s Family Music in Livingston, NJ. His love for the Giants, the Rangers and the New York Yankees was shown on every t-shirt or hat he wore so proudly.

Thu
20
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Private Services Held For adam alt Jr., 101

Adam J. Alt Jr., 101, of Pittstown, formerly of Livingston, died Saturday, June 8, at Hunterdon Medical Center in Flemington.

Mr. Alt was born in Newark in 1917. After graduating from high school, he began work at the Wilbur B. Driver Company as an office boy. In 1942, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served for four years as a second lieutenant, spending two years in the Persian Gulf.

After the war, he returned to W.B. Driver and worked his way up to vice president of production. In 1973, he and his wife Ruth transferred to Orangeburg, S.C., where he managed the GTE Company, which was later bought by Verizon. He retired in 1979.

Adam married Ruth Engeman in 1941. They raised eight children in Livingston before moving to Bernardsville in 1963. He also lived in Orangeburg, South Carolina.

Mr. Alt was predeceased by his wife in 2007 after 66 years of marriage. He was also predeceased by his three brothers, Charles, Norman, and Edward Alt.

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20
Jun
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Funeral Mass Offered For Ellen Schiavo, 56

Ellen Harriet Schiavo, known to family and friends as “Midge,” died Saturday, June 15, at the age of 56.

Mrs. Schiavo is survived by her children, Michael (Amanda) and Kevin (Emily) Flynn; her partner, John Cammarata; her parents, Daniel and Ellen Schiavo; her siblings, Dana (Michael) Goldstein, Daniel (Jeanne) Schiavo Jr., Tina Schiavo, and Dean Schiavo; and three grandchildren.

Born in Jersey City on August 1, 1962, Ms. Schiavo grew up in Livingston, graduating from Livingston High School with the class of 1980.

Visitation was held on Sunday, June 16, at Shook-Farmer Funeral Home, Roseland. Funeral services were held on Monday, June 17, at Shook-Farmer Funeral Home, followed by a funeral Mass at St. Raphael’s Church, Livingston. Cremation was private.

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