Obituaries

(Current and recent obituaries)

Russo, Americo (Michael), 85, of Woodland Park, passed away February 7, 2016. Beloved husband of Eleanor (nee Wagnecz) Russo. Devoted father of Deborah Shapllo and her husband Ted and Cathy Radke and her husband Steve. Cherished grandfather of Dayna, Ted and Alyssa Shapllo and Melissa and Jennifer Radke. Adored great grandfather of two great grandchildren. Predeceased by brother Louis Russo and sister Mary Russo. Born in Passaic he was a resident of Woodland Park for sixty years. Before his retirement he was vice president and office manager at PNC Bank, Clifton and previously was general manager at A & P, Glen Rock. He was a US Army veteran serving in the Korean Conflict. His club memberships include Kiwanis Club of Passaic Valley, Hamilton Club, Paterson, Rotary Club, Clifton, Knights of Columbus, Regina Mundi Council 3969, Clifton and American Legion Post 238, Woodland Park. He served on the Woodland Park Board of Education during the 1970's and was a past lector at St. Bonaventure R.C. Church, Paterson. He was a parishioner of Holy Angels R.C. Church, Little Falls. Funeral Thursday 9:15 am from Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Tpke., Little Falls. Mass of Christian Burial 10 am Holy Angels Church, Little Falls. The family will receive their friends Wednesday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl., Memphis, TN 38105.
Dowzynsky, Olga (nee Galida), 93, a lifelong resident of Little Falls passed away peacefully on January 24, 2016, while residing at Arbor Glen Nursing Home, Cedar Grove. She was pre-deceased by her husband Michael and sister Catherine of Little Falls. Before retiring in 1986, she was employed at CBS and Westinghouse Electric for many years. She attended grammar school a few blocks from where she lived in the house her husband built after returning from World War II until she moved to Arbor Glen five years ago. She enjoyed gardening and painting. Olga was a member of Ukrainian Orthodox Holy Ascension Church, Clifton and Little Falls Senior Citizens. Visitation and burial services Friday 10:30 am at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Tpke., Little Falls. Interment Laurel Grove Memorial Park, Totowa. In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to Holy Ascension Church, 655 Broad St., Clifton, NJ 07011.
Toye, Frederick, 100, of Cedar Grove, passed away January 27, 2016. Beloved husband of the late Helen (Smith)Toye. Devoted father of the late Christine Bellas. Loving grandfather of Keith Bellas and his wife Pamela. Cherished great grandfather of Kaitlin aned Kassidy Bellas. Dear brother of the late John, Tom, Jim, Rose, Anne, Helen and Mary. Born in Bayonne, he was a longtime resident of Cedar Grove. Before his retirement he was an accountant. He belonged to New Jersey Umpire Association, umpiring many softball games and refereeing many soccer games. He was a US Navy veteran of World War II and was a member of American Legion Post 19, Bayonne. He was a parishioner of St. Catherine of Siena R.C. Church, Cedar Grove. Funeral service Monday 10 am at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Tpke., Little Falls. Entombment Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. The family will receive their friends Sunday 1 to 4 pm.
Minnocci, Gloria A., (nee Petrecca), 90, of Little Falls, passed away on January 23, 2016. Beloved wife of the late Vittorio Minnocci. Devoted mother of Victor Minnocci and Emma Hernandez, Arthur and his wife Domenica and Steven Minnocci. Cherished grandmother of Anthony, Dominic and Vincent. Loving sister of Carmella Macaluso and the late Jeannie La Rose, Felicia Amoruso, Margaret Miglorino, Sam Petrecca, Al Petrecca and Daniel Petrecca. Born in Paterson, she lived in FairLawn prior to residing in Little Falls for sixty years. Before her retirement, she was a salesperson at JC Penney, Willowbrook Mall, Wayne for twenty years. She was a member of Little Falls Jolly Seniors and was a parishioner of Holy Angels R.C. Church, Little Falls where she belonged to the Rosary Society. Funeral service Wednesday 8:15 am from Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Tpke., Little Falls. Mass of Christian Burial 9:00 am Holy Angels R.C. Church, Little Falls. Entombment Calvary Cemetery, Paterson. The family will receive their friends Tuesday 4 to 8 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to American Heart Association, 1 Union St. Suite 301, Robbinsville, NJ 08691.
Alvin A. Rappaport of Watchung, died Sunday, January 17, 2016. He was 96 years old. Mr. Rappaport grew up in Passaic and following high school he attended Forked Union Military Academy and the Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY. Enlisting in the US Navy in 1942, Mr. Rappaport rose to the rank of Lieutenant, serving primarily in the South Pacific as engineering officer on destroyer USS Lewis Hancock. He was called up during the Korean War, serving on the USS Newport News in the Mediterranean. After the war, he completed a degree at Montclair State College, becoming an algebra teacher at Livingston High School for the next twenty five years. He and his wife of fifty seven years were long time residents of Montclair. An avid swimmer his whole life, he spent summers as a lifeguard at Glen Ridge Country Club. In addition, he volunteered his time to work with MS patients in a swim program he developed at Kessler Institute. Mr. Rappaport is survived by his wie, Jane Wiley Rappaport, a daughter, Amy Jo Rappaport and her fiance Garrett D'Alessandro of Califon, NJ and San Diego, CA, a daughter, Nina and son-in-law James Hennig of Lanoka Harbor, NJ and two grandchildren, Tara and Faith Hennig. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, January 31st, 2 pm at Unitarian Universalist Church, 67 Church St., Montclair. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Adult Day Club of the VNA of Somerset Hills, 200 Mt. Airy Rd., Basking Ridge, NJ 07920. http://www.visitingnurse.org/services/adult-day-center/
Rodriguez, Mario E., 76, of Fairfield passed away on January 17, 2016 at his home in the presence of his loving family. Beloved husband of Norma (Robles) Rodriguez. Devoted father of Mario Rodriguez and Alexandra Rodriguez. Born in Bogota, Colombia, he resided in Fairfield for twenty five years. With a degree in engineering, he was employed at Wiggins Plastics, Clifton. Visiting hours are Wednesday 6 to 8 pm with a funeral mass on Thursday, 10:00 am at Holy Angels R.C. Church, 465 Main St.,Little Falls. (meet directly at church) Private cremation.
Mariano, Joseph L., 98, of Totowa, passed away January 11, 2016. Beloved husband of Elvira (nee Silvestri) Mariano. Devoted father of Michael and his wife Michele, Marie D'Achino and her husband John, Laura Kleinberg and her husband Walter and Nancy Obssuth and her husband Louis. Cherished grandfather of seven grandchildren. Born in Haskell, he resided in Totowa for seventy years. Before his retirement, he was the owner and operator of Boulevard Barber Shop, Totowa for sixty five years. He was an exempt fireman from Totowa Volunteer Fire Co. #1. He was a World War II Army veteran. Funeral Friday 8:30 am from Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Tpke., Little Falls. Mass of Christian Burial 9:30 am St. James of the Marches R.C. Church, Totowa. Interment Laurel Grove Cemetery, Totowa. The family will receive their friends Thursday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to St. Jude Children's Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl., Memphis, TN 38105.
NOWAK, VICTOR A., 93, OF LITTLE FALLS, PASSED AWAY JANUARY 10, 2016. BELOVED HUSBAND OF SEVENTY YEARS OF JEANNE (NEE BONNET) NOWAK. DEVOTED FATHER OF SUSANNE NOWAK-LONG, LISA NOWAK AND THE LATE GEORGE NOWAK. LOVING BROTHER OF ELEANOR MORAVIC. CHERISHED GRANDFATHER OF FIVE GRANDCHILDREN AND FOUR GREAT GRANDCHILDREN. BORN IN BROOKLYN, HE GREW UP IN MONTCLAIR AND RESIDED IN LITTLE FALLS SINCE 1957. BEFORE HIS RETIREMENT HE WAS A PURCHASING AGENT AT THOMAS ENGLISH MUFFINS, TOTOWA. HE WAS ALSO A PURCHASING AGENT AT COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY. HE WAS A MEMBER OF LITTLE FALLS ABC AND A MEMBER OF THE UNITARIAN CHURCH OF MONTCLAIR. VICTOR WAS A WORLD WAR II NAVY VETERAN. HE WAS A FREQUENT CONTRIBUTOR, THROUGH HIS LETTERS AND POEMS, TO LOCAL NEWSPAPER EDITORIALS ADDRESSING RELEVANT SOCIAL ISSUES. MEMORIAL SERVICE SUNDAY, JAN. 17TH, 1:00 PM AT THE UNITARIAN CHURCH OF MONTCLAIR, 67 CHURCH ST., MONTCLAIR, NJ 07042. GAITA MEMORIAL HOME, LITTLE FALLS IS IN CHARGE OF ARRANGEMENTS.
McCarthy, Chuck, 46, of Little Falls, passed away January 9, 2016. Beloved husband of Lisa (nee Famularo) McCarthy. Devoted father of Christopher, Michael and Haley McCarthy. Cherished son of Arthur McCarthy and Kathleen (nee Fay) and stepfather Fritz. Loving brother of Steve, Matt, Patrick, Billy, Sal, Sharon, Kelly and Kristy. Adored grandfather of Caleb. Dear uncle of many nieces and nephews. Born in Long Branch, he lived in Little Falls for seventeen years. He was a park director for California State Parks for several years. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge #263 F & AM, Little Falls. Funeral mass (1.14.16) Thursday 10:30 am Holy Angels R.C. Church, 465 Main Street, Little Falls. (meet directly at church). Private cremation. The family will receive their friends Wednesday 7-9 pm at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Tpke., Little Falls. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to www.gofundme.com/d7dybrf8.

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