Obituaries

(Current and recent obituaries)

GAITA, Mildred (nee De Palo), 85, a sixty year resident of Totowa Borough, passed away peacefully at home with her family by her side on July 19, 2016. Beloved wife of the late Mario Gaita, Sr. Devoted mother of Stephanie Morabito and Mario Gaita, Jr. and his wife Ruthellen, of Totowa. Cherished grandmother of Joseph Jr and Adam Morabito and Danielle, Melissa and Thomas Gaita, all of Totowa. Predeceased by brothers, Gaetano and Thomas and sisters, Jennie Bonasia and Mary Van Kouteren. Dear aunt of many nieces and nephews. Born in New York City, she lived in Middle Village, Queens before moving to Hawthorne, where she met her loving husband, Mario, Sr. She worked for Einson and Freeman, Fairlawn and then became a wonderful homemaker. She loved cooking, baking and feeding family and friends. She was a loving sister, wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend. Funeral Saturday, 8:30 am from Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Tpke., Little Falls. Mass of Christian Burial 9:30 am St. James R.C. Church, Totowa. Interment Laurel Grove Cemetery, Totowa. The family will receive their friends Friday 3 to 8 pm.
SANTA LUCIA, Gertrude (Bubbles) (nee Gaita), 65, of Wayne, passed away at home on July 16, 2016. Beloved wife of Thomas R. Santa Lucia. Devoted mother of Thomas A. Santa Lucia and his wife Debi and Lisa Santa Lucia. Cherished grandmother of Theresa, Tiffany and Fabian Santa Lucia. Loving sister of Samuel Gaita, Faye Craney, Roseanna Fucetola and her husband Eugene and the late Marie Corrado. Born in Paterson, she lived in Totowa before moving to Wayne forty four years ago. Funeral service Wednesday 10:00 am at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Tpke., Little Falls. Interment Laurel Grove Cemetery, Totowa. The family will receive their friends Tuesday 4 to 8 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to ALFA Development,Inc., 39 Oak Ridge Rd., Newfoundland, NJ 07425.
DEL CONTE, Charles (Tony), 80, of Woodland Park passed away July 12, 2016. Beloved husband of Carol (nee Fidell) Del Conte. Devoted father of the late Sandra Del Conte (2015). Cherished grandfather of Andrew and Shawn. Loving brother of Charles Parker and Maryjane Castrese. He was predeceased by a brother and two sisters. Born in Newark, he was a lifetime resident of Woodland Park. Before his retirement he was employed at Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission, Newark for fifteen years. He served in the U.S. Air Force and was a member of St. Clement's Episcopal Church, Hawthorne. Funeral Monday 9:00 am from Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Tpke., Little Falls. Funeral service 10:00 am at St. Clement's Church, 271 Lafayette Ave., Hawthorne. Entombment Laurel Grove Cemetery, Totowa. The family will receive their friends Sunday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm.
Pisa, John Henry "Johnnyboy", 53, of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida passed away July 9, 2016. He was born in Passaic. Devoted father of Dawn Marie Pisa. Beloved son of Anthony Pisa, Sr. and Dawn Marie Pekaar Pisa. Loving brother of Anthony Pisa, Jr., Ruthann Pisa Miller and her husband Jeffrey and Joseph Pisa and his wife Rosemary. Funeral Mass Saturday 10:00 am Holy Angels R.C. Church, 473 Main St. Little Falls. (meet directly at church). The family will receive their friends Friday 6 to 8 pm at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Tpke., Little Falls.
GOZICK, Michael, 81, of Fairfield, passed away July 11, 2016. Beloved husband of Irina (nee Nikitin) Gozick. Devoted father of Debbie Drabick and Tanya G. Broome and her husband Rayvon Cheek. Cherished grandfather of Devon and Taylor Drabick and Nina, Elena and Elijah Cheek. Loving brother of Claudette Scerbak and her husband Peter. Born in Plains Township, PA, he was a longtime resident of Fairfield. Before his retirement he was a cost accountant at Kearfott-Plessey, Wayne for more than thirty five years. He was a member of St. John Russian Orthodox Church, Little Falls. Funeral Friday 8:15 am from Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Tpke., Little Falls. Burial Service 9:00 am St. John's Church, Little Falls. Interment Laurel Grove Memorial Park, Totowa. The family will receive their friends Thursday 4 to 9 pm. Parastas 7:30 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to St. John R.O. Church. 29 Weaver St., Little Falls, NJ 07424 or Alzheimer's Assoc., 400 Morris Ave., Ste. 251, Denville, NJ 07834.
Dubowchik, Mary (nee Yurkowsky), 103, of Little Falls departed this life on July 1, 2016. She was born in Little Falls on July 7, 1912 to Paul and Efrosenia (Smarsh) Yurkowsky. She was predeceased by her beloved husband John Dubowchik. Mary will be greatly missed by her loving family, including her children John Dubowchik (the late Janet) and Maryann Bacsik (Walter) of Little Falls. Mary was "Baba" to her adoring grandchildren Melissa Corbo (Philip), Tamara Bacsik (Matthew House), Lara Dubowchik, Charissa Fischtrom (Brad), Andrew Bacsik , Rebecca Dubowchik and great grandchildren Philip, Julia, John, Thomas, Sophia Mary and Zachary. She is also survived by many cherished nieces and nephews. Mary was predeceased by her sisters Eva Halachik and Anna Kobelka and her brother Peter Yurkowsky. Mary lived her life to the fullest. She was a life long member of St. John the Baptist Russian Orthodox Church in Singac and was active in her church as a member of the choir, St. Ann's Altar Society, "R" Club (FROC/FOCA) and St. Michael's Society/RBO. She loved her church and Rusyn culture and was especially happy to interact with her fellow members of the Carpatho-Rusyn Society. Mary was also very involved in her community spending many years enjoying the company of her friends at The Golden Agers and Jolly Seniors club meetings, going on trips and playing bingo. For her 100th birthday, the mayor of Little Falls, at an Historical Society meeting, issued a proclamation declaring July 7, 2012 as "Mary Yurkowsky Dubowchik Day". Through these organizations she touched and inspired many people. She also had a strong love of her country. Her favorite expression and song was "God Bless America". As Matriarch of her family, Mary took her role seriously. She cared deeply for her family both near and far. Although Mary's travels took her to many interesting places all over the world, her most memorable trip was visiting her ancestral homeland and family in the Carpathian regions of Poland and Ukraine at the age of 89. Mary loved singing, dancing, socializing and gardening. She attributed her longevity and good health to her faith, family and hard work. She loved working in her garden, planting seeds and waiting to see the fruits of her labor blossom. The family will receive their relatives and friends on Wednesday, July 6 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Tpke., Little Falls. A Panikhida will be served at 3:30 pm. The funeral service will be held on Thursday 10:30 am at St. John the Baptist R.O. Church, Little Falls. Prior to funeral service, Divine Liturgy will be held for the Feast of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist at 9:00 am. Please meet at funeral home at 8:15 am. In lieu of flowers, the family is collecting donations in Mary's memory, for the benefit of St. Michael the Archangel Orthodox Church in Pielgrzymka, Poland for their Restoration Fund.

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