Obituaries

(Current and recent obituaries)

SANTO, Joseph F., 63, of Hawthorne, passed away May 26, 2015. Beloved father of Michelle Harrigan and her husband Dan, Stacey Doorn and her companion Charles Rowe and Melissa Signorino and her husband Luciano. Loving brother of Thomas. Cherished grandfather of seven grandchildren. Loving ex-husband of Diane Santo. Born in Passaic, he llived in West Milford and Little Falls before residing in Hawthorne. He was employed by Passaic County Mosquito Commission for twenty years. Funeral Monday 9:15 am from Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Tpke., Little Falls. Funeral Mass 10:00 am Holy Angels R.C. Church, Little Falls. The family will receive their friends Sunday 4 to 8 pm. 
Joyce C. Groendyk, 86, died on May 26, 2015 at Hackensack Mountainside Hospital, Glen Ridge. Funeral services will be private. Born in Hasbrouck Heights, NJ, Joyce lived in Bloomfield, NJ before moving to Cedar Grove. She was an active member of Saint Agnes Episcopal Church, Little Falls, NJ. For several years she was a volunteer with the Youth Consultation Service in Newark, NJ. After receiving a B.A. and an M.E. degree in elementary education from William Paterson University, she taught third grade in the North Caldwell school district before retiring in 1991. She was the 1988 recipient of the New Jersey Governor's Recognition Award for excellence in teaching. Joyce is survived by her husband of sixty four years, Harold; her son, Allan, his wife Jacqueline and their two children Mark and Stephen; and her daughter, Lynn and her two children, Elizabeth and John. Arrangements are entrusted to Gaita Memorial Home, Little Falls, NJ.
BATTAGLIA, Giovanni B., 94, of Fairfield passed away on May 27, 2015. Beloved husband of seventy years of Elena (Goddi) Battaglia .Devoted father of Joseph and his wife Lynette, Peter Battaglia and Toni Toscano and her husband Ray. Cherished grandfather of Lisa, Jason, Michelle and Susan. Adored great grandfather of Ethan, Sophia, Avery and Annalise. Born in Santa Croce Camerina, Italy he came to the US in 1960 settling in Fairfield in 1964. Before his retirement, he was a fabric printer at NU Dye, Paterson for twenty years. He was a member of San Guiseppe Santa Croce Camerina Society, Hawthorne and was a parishioner of St. Thomas More R.C. Church, Fairfield. Funeral Saturday 10:15 am from Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Tpke., Little Falls. Mass of Christian Burial 11:00 am St. Thomas More R.C. Church, Fairfield. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Totowa. The family will receive their friends Friday 4 to 8 pm. 
Madeline Mitchell Saltsman, 92, passed from this life on May 20, 2015. A celebration of her life will be held on Sunday, May 31 at 1 PM at Community Church of Cedar Grove, 65 Bowden Road. A reception will follow. Raised in Maplewood, "Madge" was a resident of Cedar Grove for the past sixty four years and an active member and volunteer of Community Church. Predeceased in 2006 by George, her husband of sixty one years, she is survived by her daughter Kathie, son George, Jr. and his wife Mary Ellen, grandchildren J.J., Greg and his wife Rachel and two great grandchildren, Robert "Bear" and Dixie Jane. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in her memory to Community Church of Cedar Grove. Arrangements entrusted to Gaita Memorial Home, Little Falls, NJ.
OTTO, Anita, 81, of Little Falls, passed away on May 19, 2015, at home surrounded by her loving family. Beloved wife of Charles. Devoted mother of Christopher and his wife Donna and Brian and his wife Diane. Cherished grandmother of Courtney, Tyler, Connor, Alyssa, Brianna and Leah Otto. Loving sister of Carmela Matarazzo and Dorothy Seabridge. Dear aunt of many nieces and nephews. Born in Paterson, she resided in Totowa before moving to Little Falls eighteen years ago. She was a choir member of St. Bonaventure's Church, Paterson and enjoyed spending time and doting on her six grandchildren. Funeral Saturday 9:15 am from Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Tpke., Little Falls. Mass of Christian Burial 10:00 am St. Bonaventure's R.C. Church, Paterson. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Totowa. The family will receive their friends Friday 4 to 8 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations to Patient Access Network Foundation (PAN), 1331 F ST., NW, Suite 975, Washington, DC 20004 would be appreciated.
Rizzi, Joseph, 94, of Toms River passed away on May 9, 2015. Beloved husband of the former Frieda Dittner. Devoted brother of Peter. Cherished grandfather of six grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Predeceased by three sons. Born in Utica, NY, he lived in Paterson before moving to Toms River eleven years ago. Before his retirement, he was a self-employed mason. Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday evening 6 to 9 pm with a service at 7:30 pm.
Tanis, Helen Mae, 80, of Little Falls passed away May 5, 2015. Beloved sister of Eva Sidney, Nellie Haycock, Elizabeth Sarno and Catherine Jindracek and her husband John. Dear aunt of many nieces and nephews, great and great-great nieces and nephews. She is pre-deceased by six brothers and two sisters. Born in Patrson, she resided in Little Falls for fifty five years. Before her retirement, she was employed at Kearfott Corp., Woodland Park. Helen was a warm, loving person devoted to her family, who all cherished her. She will forever be remembered for her stories and love of animals. She will be greatly missed for her positive attitude, sweet and friendly disposition and engaging sense of humor. Her smile lit up the hearts of her family and friends. Funeral service Tuesday, 10:00 am at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Tpke., Little Falls. Interment Cedar Lawn Cemetery, Paterson. The family will receive their friends Monday 3 to 7 pm.

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