Obituaries

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Service Will Be Held For Katherine McCabe

Katherine Reilly McCabe, 98, of Livingston, died at home on Sunday, March 22.

Mrs. McCabe and her late husband, Jack, were founding members of St. Raphael’s Church in Livingston. She was also a member of the Women’s Club of Livingston and chaired the Social Concerns Committee.

Pre-deceased by her daughter, Kathy McCabe, daughter-in-law Jill McCabe, and her eight siblings, Mrs. McCable is survived by her children: Jean McCabe Bender; John F. and his wife, Kathleen, McCabe; Robert and his wife, Barbara, McCabe; Peter McCabe, and Mark and his wife, Debby McCabe; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Smile Train, P.O. Box 96231, Washington, DC 20090-6231 or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Services will be held at a later date.

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Raymond Mignone

Raymond Mignone

Raymond Mignone passed away Saturday morning, March 28, 2020. He was 95 years old.

Born in Newark, New Jersey, Raymond was a long-time resident of Livingston, New Jersey.

A graduate of Newark State Teachers’ College and Seton Hall School of Business, Raymond received his M.A. and Doctoral Equivalency in Special Education from Seton Hall University.

Raymond was a World War II Navy veteran who served as a Medical and Dental Corpsman. His sea service included deployments on an Attack Transport Ship and Sea Plane Tenders. He also served with the U.S. Naval Construction Force (Seabees) and was attached to the U.S. Marine Corps on the island of Okinawa during the Pacific War. His father and brother also served during the war.

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James F. Isherwood

James F. (Jim) Isherwood, 89, a former Livingston councilman and dedicated community servant before retiring to Panther Valley in Allamuchy, passed away Friday, March 27, 2020.

Jim was a longtime Livingston resident who served on the Livingston Township Council in the 1970s. His early life was defined by public service and he dedicated his time to many township organizations, including Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, where he served as a Cub Master with Cub Pack 56 and an Assistant Scoutmaster and Committee Chairman with Scout Troop 12; Kiwanis; the Jaycees; Livingston Youth Service Bureau; the Living-ston Division of the Citizens Task Force on Drug Abuse and the Juvenile Conference Committee.

He was the recipient of the Jaycees’ Outstanding Young Man award as well as the Silver Beaver Award, among Scouting’s highest honors.

An attorney, Mr. Isherwood was employed by the Prudential Insurance Company for more than 40 years, retiring in 1993.

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Benjamin H. Hollander

Benjamin H. Hollander succumbed at home on Monday, March 23, after battling a long illness. He was 64.

Born and raised in Teaneck, New Jersey, Mr. Hollander eventually moved to Livingston where he raised his family and worked in the surrounding area for the past 25 years. Among his many attributes, he excelled in sales, and thrived in particular as a co-owner and operator of five Oreck Vacuum franchises throughout central and northern New Jersey.

He leaves behind his beloved wife, Karen (Belsik), and two loving children, a daughter, Tate, and a son Zev Hollander. He was pre-deceased by his parents, Wilfred W. and Thelma Hollander. He is also survived by his sister, Celia Hollander; his brother, Paul Hollander; and many other devoted family members.

Due to the coronavirus, a private graveside service was held, but the family intends to hold a memorial service in his honor in the future.

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26
Mar
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Graveside Services Held For Kurt Stern, Age 99

Former Livingston resident Kurt Stern died March 15 at the age of 99.

Born in Germany, he had lived in West Orange for 20 years. Earlier, he resided in Livingston and East Hanover.

Mr. Stern was predeceased by his wife, Florence. He was the father of Heidi Sussman and her husband, Mark, of West Orange; and the late Dr. Kenneth Stern. He is also survived by five grandchildren and six greatgrandchildren.

Private graveside services were held March 17. A memorial service celebrating Mr. Stern’s life will be held at a future date.

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26
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Graveside Services Held For Betty Fingerhut, 97

World War II veteran and former Marine Betty Fingerhut, nee Vener, died Sunday, March 15, at her home at Inglemoor Care Center. She was 97 years old.

Mrs. Fingerhut was born in Albany, New York. Shortly after the United States entered World War II, while working as a legal secretary she “accidentally” joined the Marine Corps after a photo of her standing near a recruitment poster was published in a local newspaper. The photo featured a caption which noted, incorrectly, that “Betty Vener was the first girl from Albany to join the Marines.”

The newspaper piece inspired her to enlist in the U.S. Marine Corps, and she worked her way through the ranks as a radio and telephone technician at a time when women in the military had limited opportunity.

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Stavroula Grafas

Stavroula Grafas, 100, passed away on Sunday, March 22, 2020.

Stavroula was predeceased by her beloved husband, Demetrios, as well as her son, George. She is survived by her loving daughters, Alexandra Kerrigan and Angela Peliotis, and her daughter-in-law, Margaret Grafas. She also leaves behind her dear grandchildren, Maria Southworth, Eleni Karolidis, John Psaradellis (Doris), Elizabeth Kalwinsky (Chris), and Georgia Grafas (Joseph Pacheco, Jr.); her adoring greatgranchildren, Jimmy, Mia, Maggie, Chase, Stephen, Alex, P.J., Justice, Marie, and Nate; and her brother, Anthanios Marmaras. She will also be missed dearly by her close friends, Bernice and Ward Anthony, and Ralph Bace.

Funeral services will be private. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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26
Mar
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Mary Virginia “Ginny” Weber 1928-2020

Mary Virginia “Ginny” Weber

Mary Virginia Weber was born in 1928 in El Paso, Texas, the daughter of Kathleen (Bernardin) and Edward Habbe. “Ginny” was raised by her mother and stepfather, Harry Bissell, whose career took the family to Riverside, Palm Springs, and Coronado, California; Atlanta, Georgia; Elizabeth, New Jersey; and White Plains, New York.

As a young child, she discovered her passion for reading, which remained with her through the rest of her life.

Ginny attended Good Council High School in White Plains and Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts, graduating in 1948. She was soon hired as a production assistant at Time-Life in New York City.

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Will Hold Services For Michael Pontiakos

Michael Pontiakos, 93, of Livingston, died on March 13.

He was the father of George (Jessica) of Genesse, Colorado, Anne Toohey (Jim) of Newtown, Pennsylvania, and Stephen (Licia) of Rock Hill, South Carolina; the grandfather of nine; and the great-grandfather of five. He is also survived by his sister, Jean Krystalla of Roseland.

Mr. Pontiakos was born in Newark. He joined the church choir as a young boy and shared his tenor voice every Sunday for 80 years. He was a World War II Navy veteran, and married his late wife, Helen, in 1956.

Funeral services will be offered on Friday, March 20, at 11 a.m. at Sts. Nicholas, Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 80 Laurel Avenue, Roseland. Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery in Westfield.

Visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral ceremony in the church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Church.

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19
Mar
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Will Hold Mass Today For Anne Warren Albano

Anne Warren Albano, 95, of Livingston, formerly of Caldwell and Allamuchy, died on Monday, March 16.

Visitation will take place today, Thursday, March 19, at Paul Ippolito-Dancy Memorial in Caldwell, from 9 to 10 a.m., followed by a Mass at St. Aloysius Church, Caldwell, at 10:30 a.m. Interment will be at Prospect Hill Cemetery, Caldwell.

Born in East Orange, Mrs. Albano was a librarian at Caldwell Public Library, director of the Lyndhurst Public Library, and later the Children’s Room at the West Caldwell Public Library. She also worked at the Trinity Academy Library and Roseland Public Library. She was a docent at Craftsman Farms, and secretary of the Master Gardeners of Essex County.

The wife of the late Nicholas Albano, Jr., she was the mother of Nicholas Albano III and his wife, Maryann; David Warren Albano; Elizabeth Anne Albano; and Frederick Charles Albano. She is also survived by three grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

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