Obituaries

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06
Aug
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Private Service Held For Helen L. Kessler

Helen L. Kessler of Verona, formerly of Livingston, died on July 19. She was 93 years old.

Mrs. Kessler, the daughter of Leo and Goldie Berman, was born and raised in East Flatbush, Brooklyn. She graduated from Samuel J. Tilden High School and from secretarial school.

Predeceased by her husband of 66 years, Jack Kessler, and by her sister, Marian, Mrs. Kessler is survived by her children, Andrew (Jane), Marty (Barbara), and Ginny (Jeffrey); seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A private funeral was held on Tuesday, July 21,

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the March of Dimes (marchofdimes.org), Girls, Inc. (girlsinc.org), or Temple B’nai Abraham (tbanj.org/donate-templefimds/).

Scrap newspaper, magazines, and other paper for recycling should be placed at the curb for pickup in brown paper bags, tied with string, or in a returnable rigid container such as a plastic crate or box, but never in plastic bags.

Thu
06
Aug
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Graveside Service Held for Fred Widmann

Fred E. Widmann, recently of Livingston, died on Tuesday, July 28. He was 97 years old.

Born in Irvington, Mr. Widmann graduated from Hillside High School in 1939. He moved to Chatham Township in 1970 and, in 2013, to Care One Assisted Living in Livingston.

After serving in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II, Mr. Widmann worked for Western Electric and then for NJ Bell Telephone for 38 years, retiring in 1984. He was a long-time member of the Telephone Pioneers ofAmerica and active in the amateur radio community.

He was predeceased by his wife of 66 years, Jeanne, in 2017, and by his brother, Elmer, in 2009. He is survived by his six children: Wayne (Cheryl) of Jackson, Michigan; Tom of Bradenton, Florida; Nancy Duffy of Basking Ridge; Roy of Garfield, Arkansas; Carolyn Greendonner of Bradenton, Florida; and Heidi (Chris) of Summit; five grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

Thu
06
Aug
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Funeral Mass August 6 For John Patrick

John Patrick Soley, 88, of Livingston, died at home on Sunday, August 2.

Born in Orange, Mr. Soley had resided in Livingston with his wife, Dorothy, for the past 60 years.

He worked for many years as a salesman for Cleveland Cotton Products (CCP) before his retirement.

Mr. Soley was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and a coach for youth sports teams, including coaching basketball for Mount Saint Dominic’s Academy and various CYO (Christian Youth Organization) teams, and Livingston Little League, and Babe Ruth League baseball teams.

He was active in many civic organizations, including the Livingston Old Guard, St. Philomena’s Church, and the Our Lady of the Valley Alumni Association.

Thu
30
Jul
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Private Service Held For B. Ruth Soffen

B. Ruth Soffen (née Kerman), 105, of Livingston died on March 22. She was born and raised in Brooklyn and had also resided in Queens, Cliffside Park, North Bergen, and South Orange.

Mrs. Soffen graduated from New Utrecht High School in 1932. After working in the private sector, she attained a civilian position with the federal government in 1942.

She married Norman Soffen in 1952, and they founded Soffen Furniture Company in Union City in 1958, relocating to West New York in 1972.

Mrs. Soffen is included in a book, “We the Resilient: Wisdom for America from Women Born Before Suffrage” published in 2017. The South Orange Village President and State of New Jersey issued proclamations for her 102nd birthday, and April 17 was proclaimed B.Ruth Soffen Day in the Township of Livingston on her 104th and 105th birthdays.

Thu
30
Jul
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Fred Yoskowitz Dies

Fred Yoskowitz, 86, of Wellington, Florida, died on April 18. Born in Asbury Park, he was a longtime resident of Livingston and a member of Temple Beth Shalom.

Mr. Yoskowitz was the originator of American Elgen Co. and Capital Hardware.

He is survived by his wife, Beverly; his son, Jerome Yoskowitz; his daughter, Francine Abraham; three stepchildren, Scott Steingart, Mark Steingart, and Dacie Lang; two sisters, Evelyn Grossman and Linda Kohler; a brother, Joseph Yoskowitz; and nine grandchildren.

Thu
30
Jul
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Lillian Ostrin

Lillian Ostrin

Lillian Ostrin, a long-time Livingston resident, died peacefully at home on July 24. She was 94. Lillian was born Lillian Shulman in New York City in 1925, the daughter of immigrants. Her family moved to New Jersey when she was a toddler and she grew up in Irvington and Newark, graduating from Weequahic High School. She put herself through Rutgers University night school, intending to be a teacher upon graduation. However, she discovered it wasn’t a profession she enjoyed. She returned to school to earn a graduate degree and become a school psychologist, studying part-time when her children were young.

Thu
23
Jul
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Santo “Sam” Petronella

Santo “Sam” John Petronella, 89, passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 18, 2020, in Livingston, New Jersey.

Born in Newark, New Jersey, Sam resided in Livingston for the past 54 years, where he was a State Farm Agent for 34 years, before his retirement in 2000.

Thu
23
Jul
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Funeral Mass Thursday For Katherine Murphy

Katherine A. Murphy died in her Livingston home on Thursday, July 16. She was 84 years old.

Ms. Murphy was born in Jersey City, where she lived through high school. She later married and raised her three children in Livingston. She began working part-time at Chubb Insurance in 1972 and worked her way through the ranks, eventually becoming a vice president.

After retirement in 1998, she volunteered as treasurer for the AARP, and delivered meals to seniors through Motor Meals.

She was predeceased by her brother, James Nurge.

Ms. Murphy is survived by her children, Jeannine Grabowski and her husband, Paul, of West Orange; Kristine Murphy of Monmouth Beach; and James Murphy and his wife, Karen, of Annandale; her brother, William Nurge; and four grandchildren.

Thu
23
Jul
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Service Held for Aguirre

Walter (Walt) Alfredo Aguirre of Livingston New Jersey, passed away on July 16. He was 51.

Walter was born in San Salvador, El Salvador in 1968. He graduated from Randolph High School. He enjoyed fishing, roller skating, going to the beach and being a father to his beautiful daughters.

Walter is survived by his wife, Christine Aguirre; mother, Gloria Mendoza; daughters, Lia Ferranti, Joelle RoseAguirre and Jianna Bella Aguirre; brothers, Stanley Aguirre and Rafael Garciamendoza; sister, Josephine Garcia; and other family and friends.

At the family’s request, all services will be private.

Thu
16
Jul
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Jack Devon Nathan

Jack Devon Nathan

Jack Devon Nathan of Livingston passed away suddenly on July 3, 2020. Jack was 19 years old. He is survived by his mother, Bradi Harrison of Livingston; his father, David Nathan of Livingston; and his sister, Drew Nathan. He is also survived by his step-mother, Ali Nathan; his step-brother, Connor Kogen; and his grandparents, Harvey and Nancy Harrison of Loveladies, New Jersey, and Lynne and Les Nathan of Westbrook, Connecticut.

Jack was a rising junior at the University of Denver and a 2018 graduate of Livingston High School. He was an avid snowboarder and loving friend. Jack was also the founder of HappyJack (www.happyjacksworld.com) an apparel brand that featured his distinct art and is dedicated to raising awareness to mental health issues. Under Jack’s guidance, HappyJack donated thousands of dollars to the Child Mind Institute.

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