Obituaries

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06
Sep
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Services Were Held For Robert Starr, 90

Robert (Bob) Morton Starr of Livingston died at Overlook Hospital on August 25. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, he resided in Livingston for the past 46 years. Mr. Starr retired as president and CEO of the Manischewitz Company, where he had worked his entire career. He was most recently vice president of Jewish Vocational Service and previously served with the American Jewish Congress, the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest, the American Jewish Committee (Northern New Jersey region); , and Governor Whitman’s New Jersey-Israel Chamber of Commerce. He is survived by his wife, Barbara (Barron) Starr; his, children, Ian Starr (Natalie Choate) and Susan Sered (Yishai Sered); his step-children, Renée Levin (Steven Levin) and Michelle Schaap (John Perkoff); and nine grandchildren. Mr. Starr was predeceased by his first wife, Bernice (Cohen) Starr, and by his sister, Norma Meyer. The funeral took place at Bernheim-Apter-Kreitzman Suburban Funeral Chapel.

Thu
30
Aug
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Renee S. Essinger

Renee S. Essinger (née Appell) of Delray Beach, Florida, formerly of Livingston, passed peacefully on August 20, 2018. Renee was a homemaker and the beloved wife of the late Frederick J. Essinger who pre-deceased her in 1995. She was the devoted and beloved mother of Toni-Sue (Thomas) Tremarco, Bernard (Janet) Essinger and Steven Essinger. Renee was the adored grandmother of Jillian Tremarco, Eric Essinger, Jordan Essinger, Jaclyn Essinger and Zach Golden. She is also survived by her brothers, Joel and Harry Appell, and a sister, Phoebe Tobias. The family requests that donations in Mrs. Essinger’s memory be made to Trustbridge, 5300 East Ave., West Palm Beach, FL 33407. A graveside service was held on Thursday, August 23, 2018. Arrangements were handled by Menorah Chapels at Millburn, Union, New Jersey.

Thu
30
Aug
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Dorothy Howland

Dorothy Anne Howland, 86, of Livingston, died on August 27, 2018. Relatives and friends are invited for visitation today, Thursday, August 30, from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Farmer Funeral Home, 45 Roseland Avenue, Roseland, New Jersey 07068. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Friday, August 31 at 10 a.m. at St. Philomena’s Church in Livingston with entombment at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in East Hanover. Born in Newark, Mrs. Howland grew up in Verona and settled in Livingston in 1961. She graduated from Mount St. Dominic Academy in 1950 and went on to the St. Vincent’s School of Nursing. Prior to her retirement, she was the baker in the cafeteria at West Essex High School. In her spare time, she volunteered to drive for the St. Catherine Health Care Center of the Dominican Sisters in Caldwell. She was a longtime parishioner of St. Philomena’s Church and enjoyed knitting. Mrs.

Thu
30
Aug
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M. Barry Nydick

“A True Mensch”

Thu
30
Aug
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Elizabeth Maria Van de Vaarst

April 24, 1938-August 23, 2018

Thu
23
Aug
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Celebrate Mass for Regina Romagnoli

Regina “Gina” Romagnoli (née Clark) of Livingston died on Thursday, August 16. She was 63. Visitation was held on Sunday, August 19, at the LaMonica Memorial Home in Livingston. A Mass of Christian Burial was offered on Monday, August 20, in St. Philomena’s Church in Livingston. Born in Orange, Mrs. Romagnoli grew up in Maplewood and moved to Livingston more than 30 years ago. She was predeceased by her father, P. Joseph Clark, and father-in-law, Frederick Romagnoli. She and is survived by her husband of 41 years, Carl; her sons, Matthew (Amanda) and Gregory (girlfriend, Taylor Zuppa); her mother, Adele Clark; her sisters, Linda Westman and Mary Hickey (David); and one granddaughter. She is also survived by her mother-in-law, Helen Romagnoli, and her sister-in-law, Donna Buro (Rick). In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations may be made to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center or RWJ Barnabas Health Cancer Center.

Thu
23
Aug
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Services Were Held For Stanton Katsoff, 82

Former long-time Livingston resident, Stanton (“Stan”) H. Katsoff, died on Sunday, August 19. Services were held Tuesday, August 21, at Bernheim-Apter-Kreitzman Suburban Funeral Chapel in Livingston. Mr. Katsoff was born in Phiadelphia, Pennsylvania, and grew up in Camden. At the time of his death, he lived in Florham Park. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Frances Katsoff; his children, Ken (Judy) Katsoff and Karen Katsoff; and two grandsons. Memorial donations may be made to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY, or the Cancer Center at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston.

Thu
23
Aug
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Helen Oken Lieberman

July 1, 1923 – Aug. 19, 2018

Thu
23
Aug
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Hold Funeral Services For Former Ad Director

George Weiss, former advertising director of the West Essex Tribune, died August 18. Funeral services were held Monday, August 20, at the Higgins Home for Funerals in Watchung, followed by interment at the Hebrew Cemetery of Samptown in South Plainfield. Mr. Weiss was predeceased by his wife of 29 years, Betty Bunin Weiss, who died in 1985; and his brother, Herbert, who died four days before him, on August 14. He is survived by his daughter, Laurie Ann Weiss-Braunstein (Mark); his son, Michael Lawrence Weiss (Cindy); three grandchildren and one great-granddaughter; and his significant other of more than 30 years, Juliette Ratner. Mr. Weiss was advertising director for the West Essex Tribune from 1953 to 1974, and director of planning and development for Metro Associated Services in New York City from 1974 to 1987. He received numerous awards from the New Jersey Press Association (NJPA) for his advertising campaigns while at the Tribune.

Thu
23
Aug
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Andrew Marcus

Andrew Laurence Marcus, age 54, died on August 9, 2018. A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, August 25, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. at Menorah Chapels at Millburn, 2950 Vauxhall Road, Union (Vauxhall), New Jersey. Friends will be received at 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Formerly of Livingston, Andrew was the beloved son of Alfred and Marjorie Marcus; brother of Leslie (Phil) Wisoff and dear father of Tucker and Tanner Marcus. Andrew was an excellent athlete when he attended Livingston High School and Hiram College in Ohio. Andy was also an excellent skier as well as a ski instructor. He was employed as a securities broker for J. B. Hanauer & Company in New Jersey as well as many other firms. Andrew is also survived by his nieces and nephews, Lauren and Matthew Guskin, Lena and Norah Guskin; uncle to Rebecca Miriam Reiss; cousin to Robert and Susan Marcus and their children Katri, David and Jonathan; and to Peter and Elaine Marcus and their children, Phillip and Jennifer.

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