Obituaries

(Current and recent obituaries)

Dorothea M. Burns, 78, of North Caldwell, beloved sister, aunt, great-aunt, friend and sports lover passed away on April 25, 2015 at Valley Hospital, Ridgewood. Visitation will be held at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Tpke., Little Falls on Tuesday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm. Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday 10:00 am Our Lady of the Holy Angels R.C. Church, Little Falls. Those attending funeral may arrive at funeral home at 9:15 am. Born in the Bronx, NY and raised in Orange, NJ Dottie graduated from Montclair State Teachers College in June,1958. She taught English at North Junior High and Bloomfield High School until she retired in June,1998. A rabid New York Giants football fan and San Francisco Giants baseball fan, Dottie was loyal to her teams her entire life. She traveled extensively with many of her friends and was a lifelong patron of the arts. She was predeceased by her loving parents, Samuel and Sarah Burns. She is survived by her brother Lee and his wife Frances Jean; her nephew David and his wife Peggy; her nephew Douglas and niece Deborah; grand-nephew Rocco, grand-niece Victoria and many more loving relatives and friends. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to Alzheimer's Assoc., 400 Morris Ave., Suite 251, Denville, NJ 07834. 
Pelak, Walter, 65, of Totowa, passed away April 11, 2015. Beloved husband of the former Connie Darabaris. Devoted son of Anne (nee Rozdilski) and the late Walter Pelak. Cherished brother of Patricia Pelak. Loving uncle of Thomas, Daniel, Alex, Matthew, Cole, Taylor and Emily. Also survived by numerous cousins and his beloved Tilly. Born in Glen Ridge he lived in Little Falls before residing in Totowa thirty two years ago. He was a sales associate at Grainger Industrial Supplies, Teterboro for twenty five years. Funeral service Thursday 10:00 am, at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Tpke., Little Falls. The Rev. Chirstopher Rozdilski officiating. Interment Laurel Grove Memorial Park, Totowa. The family will receive their relatives and friends Wednesday 4 to 8 pm. 
Bellas, Christine M. (nee Toye), 72, of Livingston passed away April 5, 2015. Beloved mother of Keith and his wife Pamela and the late Kenneth. Devoted daughter of Frederick Toye. Cherished grandmother of Kaitlin and Kassidy. Born in Jersey City, she resided in North Caldwell before moving to Livingston seven years ago. Before her retirement, she was principal of School No.2, Little Falls for twenty years and spent forty years in the teaching profession. She was a member of NJEA and was a recipient of Little Falls Woman's Club Woman of the Year. Christine was a parishioner of St. Catherine of Siena R.C. Church, Cedar Grove. Funeral service Saturday 10 am at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Tpke., Little Falls. Entombment Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. The family will receive their relatives and friends Friday 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 pm.
LUCAS, Harold J., 79, of Woodland Park, passed away April 5, 2015. Beloved husband of the late Jane (Williams) Lucas. Devoted father of Mark and his wife Mary and the late Robin Lucas Bolt. Cherished grandfather of Tiffany, Jordan and Philip. Born in Paterson, he was a resident of Woodland Park for sixty five years. Before his retirement, he was employed at Alfa Machine and Tool Co., Fairfield. Funeral service Thursday 10 am at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Tpke., Little Falls. Interment Laurel Grove Memorial Park, Totowa. The family will receive their relatives and friends Wednesday 7 to 9 pm.
BRASK, Walter O., 82, of Pequannock, passed away on April 2, 2015 surrounded by his loving family. Beloved husband of the former Beverly LaVenture. Devoted father of Walter "Skip" and his wife Henrietta "Penni", Kevin and his wife Marta and Mary Ellen Alleva and her husband Robert. Cherished  grandfather of Jessica, Cory, Sara, Kevin, Taylor, Nicole and Robert. Adored great grandfather of Jace and Jayden. Born in Clifton, he lived in Singac before residing in Pequannock for thirty seven years. Before his retirement he was a corporation chauffeur at Becton Dickinson, Franklin Lakes for forty five years. He was a Korean War veteran serving in the US Army. Walter was a member of the  Mountain View Masonic Lodge 154 and was a parishioner of Holy Spirit R.C. Church, Pequannock. Funeral service Tuesday, 10:00 am at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Tpke., Little Falls. Interment Laurel Grove Memorial Park, Totowa. The family will receive their friends Monday 5 to 9 pm. Masonic service 7 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Newark Beth Israel Medical Transplant, 201 Lyons Ave., G2, Newark, NJ 07112. 
GAITA, Joyce E., 72, of Totowa. It is with great sorrow that our beloved mother and grandma, Joyce E. Gaita. passed away in her home, surrounded by her cherished family, on January 30, 2015 after a heroic battle with cancer. Formerly of Paterson, she is survived by her loving sons, John and Joseph and her three adoring grandchildren, Joseph, Gioia and Generosa. A memorial gathering will be held on Sunday, March 15 from 4 to 6 pm at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Tpke., Little Falls. Remarks of Remembrance will be shared at 5:30 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations to Passaic Valley Hospice, 783 Riverview Dr., Totowa, NJ 07511 would be appreciated. 

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