Obituaries

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18
Apr
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Services Were Held For Jules Blaustein

Jules B. Blaustein 98, of Livingston died on March 19.

Born in Newark, he also lived in Springfield, Short Hills and Boca Raton, Florida.

Mr. Blaustein graduated from the University of Newark, now Rutgers University. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps during World War II, and worked for the family business, M. Blaustein Furs.

Predeceased by his wife of 70 years, Irene Blaustein, he is survived by his three daughters, Lauren (Lloyd) Perkel, Barbara (Roy) Levine, and Carol (Paul) Barnhard; his sister, Miriam Friedman; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were made by Bernheim-Apter-Kreitzman Suburban Funeral Chapel.

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18
Apr
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Jake Kestler, 14, Succumbs to Cancer

Jake Ian Kestler of Livingston died peacefully on Thursday, April 11, after battling two different cancers during his short life. He was surrounded by his family.

Born on December 3, 2004, Jake survived a battle with leukemia in 2012 after receiving a bone marrow transplant from his then five-year-old sister, Lily. Jake’s courage inspired the formation of Team Jake which raised more than $300,000 for rare cancer research.

Jake loved his family and friends, adventures of all kinds, and food and eating at different restaurants. He loved life and lived it to the fullest.

Jake is survived by his mother and father, Joshua and Gallite Kestler; his sister, Lily; his brother, Luke; and his grandparents, Efraim and Lea Rajs, Judith and Marc Apirian, and Dr.

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18
Apr
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Private Services For Monroe Bierman

Monroe Bierman of Boynton Beach, Florida, and Livingston, died April 15 at the age of 88.

Mr. Bierman graduated from Weequahic High School in Newark in 1948. He went on to attend Rutgers University Business School and graduated in 1952. He served as a sergeant in the Korean War.

He owned Fitrite Fashions in Newark, and served as president of the Springfield Avenue Merchants’ Association for many years.

He is survived by his wife, Bobbi Fechtner Bierman; his sister, Beverly Albert of New York City; his daughters, Amie, and her husband, Steven, and Heidi and her husband, Michael; his son, David, and his wife, Elyse; and eight grandchildren and two grandsons-in law.

Graveside services were private. Visitation will take place at the family home today, Thursday, April 18, between 3 and 9 p.m.

The family has suggested that donations be made to parkinsonfoundation.org.

Thu
11
Apr
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Services Were Held For Dr. Lillian Brunell

Dr. Lillian Brunell, who raised her family in Livingston, died in her sleep on Sunday, April 7.

Born in New York on January 6, 1926, she earned a degree in psychology from City College and a Psy.D. at Rutgers University. She served as chief of psychology at the Essex County Hospital Center in Cedar Grove and later ran a private practice in West Orange. She co-authored a book on multi-modal treatment and received the Peterson prize for distinguished contributions in the field of psychology.

Dr. Brunell is survived by her husband, Karl, whom she married in 1947; her daughters, Merrilea Brunell (Jeff Brutman) and Hilary Monaco (Larry); her four grandchildren, and her three great-grandchildren.

The funeral service was held on Tuesday, April 9, at Bernheim-Apter-Kreitzman Suburban Funeral Chapel in Livingston.

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11
Apr
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Mass Was Celebrated For Margaret Reed

Margaret Louise (Burrows) Reed, who raised her children in Livingston, died on April 6 at her home in Dennis, Massachusetts. She was 93 years old.

Her husband, Leonard Tynan Reed, died in 2009.

Born in Orange and raised in Montclair, Mrs. Reed graduated from Montclair High School in 1943. She attended Orange Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, and graduated from the Seton Hall University School of Nursing Education in 1953.

Mrs. Reed was a member of the Rosary Society at St. Philomena’s Church. She and her husband retired to Cape Cod in 1983.

She is survived by her three sons, Richard Tynan Reed (Carol) of Bedford, Massachusetts; Robert Burrows Reed (Mary) of South Yarmouth, Massachusetts; and Douglas Edward Reed (Missy) of Stow, Massachusetts; her daughter, Virginia Anne Reed Brett (Neil) of North Grafton, Massachusetts, as well as six grandchildren and two great-grandsons.

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04
Apr
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Offer Mass Thursday For Vincent Simonetti

Vincent F. Simonetti died in his Livingston home on Sunday, March 31, at the age of 94.

Visitation was held yesterday, Wednesday, at the Quinn-Hopping Funeral Home of Livingston. A funeral Mass will be offered today, Thursday, April 4, at 10 a.m. at St. Philomena’s Roman Catholic Church in Livingston. Interment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, East Hanover.

Mr. Simonetti was born on April 29, 1924, in Orange. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

He was a member of the American Legion as well as Livingston VFW Post 2856.

A certified public accountant, Mr. Simonetti worked as comptroller for Trans World Oil, from which he retired in 1986. In addition, he was a member of the New Jersey Society of CPAs and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Thu
28
Mar
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Edda Kaufman

Beloved Mother & Grandmother Formerly of Livingston

Edda Kaufman, 92, formerly of Livingston, passed away March 26 surrounded by her loving family.

Edda was born in Philadelphia and was a Livingston resident for 25 years before moving to West Orange.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 27, at Beth Israel Cemetery in Woodbridge.

Mrs. Kaufman was predeceased by her husband, devoting her life to raising her two young boys.

Edda was a legal secretary. She had many hobbies and interests. Always with a book by her side, she was an avid reader. She was also an artist, with many of her works displayed at local art shows. Other interests included golf, hiking, and travel. Being a grandmother to Samantha and Alex was her greatest joy.

Edda was the devoted mother of Andy (Gina), Bob (Lori); proud grandmother of Samantha (Andy), and Alex.

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28
Mar
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Offer Mass Saturday For Antoinette Carlucci

Antoinette Carlucci died in Livingston on Tuesday, March 26. She was 88 years old.

Mrs. Carlucci was predeceased by her husband, Anselmo “John;” her son, John; and her son-in-law, Edward Frank. She is survived by her children Rosemarie Frank, David, and James and his wife, Gina; and three grandchildren.

Visitation will be held on Friday, March 29, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Quinn-Hopping Funeral Home of Livingston. A funeral Mass will be offered on Saturday, March 30, at 10 a.m. at St. Philomena Church, Livingston, with interment to follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, East Hanover.

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28
Mar
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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.

Thu
28
Mar
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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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