Obituaries

Thu
01
Nov
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Graveside Service Held for Leila Leff

Leila Leff of Livingston and Harvey Cedars died Saturday, October 27, at her home. She is survived by her husband, Coleman Leff; her children, Larry Leff and his wife, Andrea, and Robin Bellicha and her husband, David; her sister, Karen Lipman; and five grandchildren. A graveside service was held Monday, October 29, at Beth Israel Cemetery in Cedar Knolls. Arrangements are under the direction of the Bernheim-Apter-Kreitzman Suburban Funeral Chapel of Livingston. The family has suggested that donations be made in Mrs. Leff’s memory to komen.org, and BRCA Foundation at brcafoundation.org.

Thu
25
Oct
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Hold Funeral Mass For Joan Deren, 88

Joan E. Deren (née McGrath) of Livingston died on Sunday, October 21. The Funeral Mass celebrating her life will be held today, Thursday, October 25, at 10 a.m. at St. Philomena R.C. Church in Livingston. Visitation took place on Wednesday at Quinn-Hopping Funeral Home. Mrs. Deren was born in East Orange to Thomas and Anna McGrath. She graduated from Our Lady of the Valley High School in Orange, in 1948, and worked for NJ Bell Telephone Company from 1949 to 1951. Later she worked at Burrelle's Press Clipping Bureau in Livingston as assistant to the supervisor from 1968 to 1981. Mrs. Deren was an active parishioner of St. Philomena R.C. Church in Livingston for more than 58 years. She was the wife of 67 years to Edward F. Deren; mother of Edward K. Deren (Nancy); the grandmother of four; and the great-grandmother of four. She was the sister of Thomas McGrath, and the late Ann Miller and John McGrath.

Thu
25
Oct
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Hold Memorial Service For Terry Ehret, 70

Terry Ehret of Morristown, formerly of Livingston, died on Monday, October 8. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. today, Thursday, October 25, at Saint Luke's Episcopal Church, 73 South Fullerton Avenue, in Montclair. Born in Newark, Mr. Ehret was a courier for GlaxoSmithKline and a driver for Cox Enterprises. He was a graduate of East Orange High School and a United States Army veteran. He was a member of the Newark Bait and Fly Casting Club for over 40 years. Mr. Ehret was predeceased by his parents, Henrietta and Alois Ehret, and his friend, Marilyn Silver. He is survived by his brothers, Kirby (Mary Ehret) and Michael (Julie Fortunato). In lieu of flowers, donations in Mr. Ehret’s name may be made online at www.nbfcc.org or by check to the Newark Bait and Fly Casting Club, 322 North Avenue East, Cranford, NJ 07016.

Thu
25
Oct
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Funeral Service Held For Raymond Milewski

Raymond Milewski of Livingston died on Thursday, October 18. He was 89 years old. Formerly of Clifton, Mr. Milewski was born in Newark to Henry and Helen Milewski. He was an electrical worker for Western Electric for over 30 years and served in the U.S. Navy Reserve. He was a member of the Livingston Old Guard. The funeral service was held on Monday at Quinn-Hopping Funeral Home.

Thu
18
Oct
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Lee V. (Grasso) Adamski

Lee V. (Grasso) Adamski, wife of the late Joseph Adamski of Livingston, New Jersey, passed away at home October 12. She was born Pasqualina Veronica Grasso on January 17, 1925, to Nicola and Rose (Lardieri) Grasso of Newark, New Jersey. In addition to her husband, Joseph, she was preceded in death by her parents and six siblings: Joseph, Marie, Carmen, Julia, Victor, and Armando. She is survived by her daughters, Beverly and her husband Anthony Nardiello of West Orange, New Jersey; and Debra and her husband, James O’Neill, of Midlothian, Virginia; five grandchildren, Nicole Munoz (Albert), Dr. Megan O’Neill, Lisa Nanartowicz (Joseph), Matthew O’Neill (Sydney), and Anthony Nardiello III (Nicole); and six greatgrandchildren. She will also be remembered by her numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family and dear friends. Lee was graduated from Central High School in Newark, New Jersey, and began her secretarial career with the law firm Frenetical & LaMorte.

Thu
11
Oct
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Will Celebrate Mass For Betty Van Stratton

Betty Jane Van Stratton (née Barry), 93, of Seaside Park, died on September 26 in Novato, California. Visitation will be held on Friday, October 26, from 6 to 8 p.m. and on Saturday, October 27, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Timothy E. Ryan Home for Funerals in Seaside Park. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, October 27, beginning at 12 noon, at the parish of St. Junipero Serra at St. Catharine of Siena Church in Seaside Park. Mrs. Van Stratton met her first husband, Theodore “Ted” Kent Schuyler, while attending East Orange High School. After marrying, they moved to Rochester, New York and then to Green Bay, Wisconsin. Upon Mr. Schuyler’s death, Mrs. Van Stratton relocated to Livingston where she raised her children, continued her education, and met and married William “Bill” Van Stratton. Mrs. Van Stratton received B.A. and M.F.A. degrees from Montclair State University and retired from Montville Regional High School after 17 years of teaching.

Thu
04
Oct
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Mass Will Be Held For Victoria Valente

Victoria Valente, 76, of Hyde Park, New York and a former 20-year resident of Livingston, died on October 1. Visitation will be held on Friday, October 5, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Reilly Bonner Funeral Home in Belmar. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, October 6, at Saint Catharine R.C. Church in Spring Lake. Mrs. Valente was an office manager for Con-Ov-Air-Corp. in East Brunswick for over 30 years, She was born in Portugal and moved to Elizabeth as a young girl. She also lived in Durham, North Carolina and Naples, Florida. She moved to Hyde Park, where she helped her daughter manage a bed and breakfast, in 2013. Mrs. Valente was predeceased by her sister and brother-in-law, Aurora and Walter MacFarlane. She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Victor Valente; and her daughter, Valerie Valente and her partner, Eric Miller.

Thu
27
Sep
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Frances Goodman

Frances Goodman, 92, died on September 18, 2018. She was born in Newark, was graduated from South Side High School, and had lived for many years in Livingston. Mrs. Goodman earned a bachelor’s degree from Kean College and a master’s degree from Montclair State University. She was a long-time employee of the Newark Board of Education, working as a clerk, teacher and supervisor of a child study team. She also participated in the Life Long Learning Program at Caldwell College. She worked as a real estate salesperson, and enjoyed golf, mah jongg and travel. Mrs. Goodman was predeceased by her husband, Lawrence, and is survived by her son, Robert (Debra), and her sister, Alice Nadell. Memorial contributions may be made to Daughters of Israel in West Orange.

Thu
27
Sep
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Funeral Mass Offered For Carmine Del Sordi

Carmine Charles Del Sordi of Livingston died September 18. He was 93 years old. A funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Raphael Roman Catholic Church in Livingston on Wednesday, September 26. Entombment followed at Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Visitation took place on Tuesday, September 25, at the Galante Funeral Home in Caldwell. Born in Newark, Mr. Del Sordi moved to Livingston 54 years ago. He was a self-employed dairy wholesaler for many years before retiring. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He was the husband of the late Marie (nee DeDeo). He is survived by his children, Carmine Del Sordi and Joanne Del Sordi; his brother, Armando Del Sordi; his sisters, Mary Anello and Sylvia Macchiaverna; and two grandchildren.

Thu
27
Sep
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Celebrate Funeral Mass For Samuel Christiano

There will be a funeral Mass today, Thursday, September 27, at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Church in West Orange for Samuel Christiano of Livingston, who died September 21. Born in Orange, Mr. Christiano was graduated from West Orange High School in 1939. He interrupted his college studies to enlist in 1942 in the United States Army Air Force, and provided weather support for American air operations over occupied France, Normandy, and Nazi Germany. He attained the rank of Staff Sergeant and received the Army’s European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal. After the war, Mr. Christiano worked in factories and took law classes at night. He received an LL.B. degree from the Fordham University School of Law in 1949, and spent the next 40 years practicing law in New Jersey, including 30 years as attorney for the West Orange Board of Education. Mr.

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