Obituaries

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Mark Venturi Dies Peacefully

Mark S. Venturi, 63, died peacefully on April 9 in Parsipanny. He was born in Lake Hopatcong, to the late Silvio J. Venturi and June Venturi, née Traettino. He grew up in Short Hills and graduated from Newark Academy.

Mr. Venturi was a longtime resident of Livingston, where he was vice president of Amark Industries, a wire manufacturing company founded by his father. Predeceased by his wife, Kim Colombrita, he is survived by his daughter, Andrea Venturi of Cedar Knolls, and his stepson, J.P. Guerrieri of Neptune. There will be no service at this time, due to the coronavirus pandemic. Arrangements are under the direction of Bradley-Braviak Funeral Home in Whippany.

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Private Service Held For Paula Michaels

Paula Michaels died on Saturday, April 11, at the age of 83. Born to Milton and Rose Schwartz of Newark, Mrs. Michaels grew up in West Orange and lived there and in Livingston.

Mrs. Michaels was married to her first husband, Joe Maran, with whom she had three children, David, Jodi and Erik, for 22 years, and then to Herb Michaels for 31 years.

Mrs. Michaels is survived by her children, David and his wife, Denise; Jodi and her husband, Alan; and Erik and his fiancée, Regina; her brother, Arthur, and his wife, Teresa; and six grandchildren and one great granddaughter.

Services were arranged by Mount Sinai Memorial Chapels, East Brunswick and were private due to the COVID-19 restrictions on public gatherings. In lieu of flowers or tributes, donations may be made to The Alzheimer's Association at www.alz.org.

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Private Services Held For Dr. Bruce Greene

Dr. Bruce H. Greene, president of Temple B’nai Abraham, died April 16 from COVID-19.

Born September 18, 1958, he grew up in Livingston and graduated from Livingston High School. After graduating from Franklin and Marshall College, he attended the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) School of Osteopathic Medicine. He had maintained a child and adolescent psychiatry practice in West Orange since 1990.

Dr. Greene was the husband of Susan Greene and the father of Mark Greene.

Private funeral services were held April 17.

Virtual shiva minyans were held beginning Saturday, April 18. They will continue today, Thursday, April 23, at 7 p.m. on Zoom, information is available from the temple.

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Peter Lawrence Eisen

Peter Lawrence Eisen was born to Helaine (nee Kaplus) Eisen and Gerald Eisen on February 3, 1967, and departed this life on April 4, 2020. Peter grew up in Livingston, New Jersey, and attended Livingston High School and UMass, where he was president of his fraternity, Sigma Alpha Mu. After graduating with a business degree, he worked for over 30 years in the financial compliance field.

During that time he had his beloved daughter Alora, his best friend and the light of his life. He also spent many joyful years married to his true love, Laura. His love for them is an everlasting love.

Peter was a funny, generous, kind, and selfless man. Some of Peter’s favorite things were concerts (especially Foreigner), the Devils, the Giants, the Nets, trips to the beach, meals at the diner, and devoting his Saturdays coaching special needs children at the Wolves Basketball Academy.

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Ethel M. Sheehan

Ethel M. Sheehan

Ethel M. Sheehan, 93, entered eternal rest on April 16, 2020. Born in Jersey City, she was the oldest of three daughters of Leo A. and Marie J. Marshall. She lived in Irvington before moving to Livingston, which was her home for 55 years before moving to Brighton Gardens, Florham Park, and then to Green Hill, West Orange. Her summer home at Lake Lenape was one of her greatest joys.

She was predeceased by her husband, Francis X. Sheehan, Sr., and her sisters, Joan Snyder and Noreen Coutin.

Ethel graduated from Mt. St. Dominic Academy, received a B.S. degree from Fairfield University, an M.A. degree from Seton Hall University, and numerous additional certifications. She retired after 44 years as a public school teacher. She began her career in Ridgefield Park before moving on to Newark and then to Hanover Township, where she spent 30 years and was instrumental in designing, developing, and improving reading and disabilities education programs.

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Bertram Feid

Bertram Feid

Bertram Feid, 94, of Livingston passed away peacefully at home on April 18, 2020. A service for immediate family will be held on April 22, 2020, at the Cody and Mackey Funeral Home, 107 Essex Street, Boonton, New Jersey. Burial will follow at Rockaway Valley Cemetery.

Born in Orange, New Jersey, the son of August and Mae Feid, Bert was raised in Orange and graduated from Orange High School. He played the trumpet in the high school marching band and enjoyed football games. He was a member of the VFW Post #2856 and enjoyed marching in the Memorial Day Parade. He was a member of the Master Masons, Corinthian Union Lodge #11 in Livingston. Bert enjoyed vacationing on the Jersey Shore at Ocean Beach and Stone Harbor. Camp of the Woods in the Adirondacks was also a special place for family vacations.

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Byung Moo Lee

Byung Moo Lee

Byung Moo Lee passed away on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at his home surrounded by his family. He and his wife, Young Soon Lee, moved to Livingston over 50 years ago and raised their three children there.

Byung was a loving husband, father, friend, elder and artist. He was married to Young for over 53 years and always put family first. He founded Academy Dental Laboratories, practiced with the Maplewood Dental Group and then worked side by side with his son, Dr. Jason K. Lee, at Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry located in Dover, New Jersey.

He was grateful for the sacrifices US military soldiers made to his home country, South Korea, during the Korean War. He raised money to build a Korean War Veteran Memorial at the Livingston Oval.

He was always available to help those in need of dental work whether it was locally or internationally. His dental craftsmanship was world renowned and recognized as being a mixture of sturdy, realistic and artistic.

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Gloria Oertzen

Gloria Oertzen, aged 92, of Livingston, New Jersey, passed away on Saturday, April 11, 2020.

She was the beloved wife of Edward C. Oertzen, predeceased; the loving mother of Edward Oertzen, Carolyn Oertzen, and Linda Oertzen Ciccarelli; the devoted grandmother to Brittany Ciccarelli, Joseph Ciccarelli, and Michelle Ciccarelli; and the dear sister to Raymond Arleo, predeceased.

Private graveside services were held on Thursday, April 16. A memorial service will be held in the near future.

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Will Offer Mass For Sophie Napolitano

Sophie Napolitano, 95, of Livingston, died on April 7.

Born and raised in Jersey City, she settled with her husband, Stephen Napolitano, in Livingston in 1981. Prior to her retirement in 1995, she worked for Continental Stock Transfer in New York. She was an active parishioner of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Church in Roseland.

Mrs. Napolitano was predeceased by her husband, Stephen; her brothers, Joseph and Charles Milczarski; and her sister, Theresa Kepler.

Surviving are her sons, Stephen Napolitano and his wife, Joan, and Gary Napolitano; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held privately under the direction of Shook-Farmer Funeral Home, Roseland. A memorial Mass will be offered at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested that donations may be made in Mrs. Napolitano’s memory to Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church, 28 Livingston Avenue, Roseland, NJ 07068.

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Will Celebrate Life Of Anton van Ouwerkerk

Anton van Ouwerkerk died on Wednesday, April 8, at Arden Court Memory Care Center in Whippany, at the age of 93.

He was born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and married Arendina “Dini” (Ikking) in 1950. They were married for 63 years, until her death in 2014.

Mr. Ouwerkerk graduated from the Technische Hogeschool in Amsterdam with a degree in chemistry. He and his family emigrated to the United States in the 1960s and moved to Livingston. He worked in the fragrance industry, initially at Polak and Schwartz in the Netherlands and later at International Flavors and Fragrances (IFF) in the U.S. He was the author of many patents related to fragrance manufacturing, and a member of the board, and later president of, the American Society of Perfumers.

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