Obituaries

(Current and recent obituaries)

VAN ESS, Gregory Alan, 64, of Totowa passed away March 1, 2017. Born in Paterson, he lived most of his life in Totowa. He was employed in construction, the dye house and on boats for months (similar to the TV program The Deadliest Catch). He was the manager of Penn-Rods in Florida. Greg had hands of gold and could make anything that was asked of him. Greg struggled with lung and liver cancer for several years. He and his brother Neil recently lost their younger brother Glenn, to cancer, in November 2016. He loved children and animals, but mostly he loved his Harleys. He was an avid bike rider in his younger years and loved The Who. He loved his brothers Neil and  Glenn. The closeness of the three brothers was very strong. He is predeceased by his parents Neil and Louise Van Ess and his younger brother, Glenn. Surviving are retired Capt. of Totowa P.D., Cornelius (Neil) Van Ess and wife Luisa, his nephew Neil Van Ess, Jr. and wife Tess and neice Dayle (Van Ess) Chen and husband Sam. Also surviving are step nephews, Daniel Alcala and wife Angela; baby Mia who he adored, and Matthew Alcala and step niece Nicole Alcala. He is also survived by many cousins and friends. The family will receive their friends at a Memorial Gathering on Thursday, March 9th from 3-6 pm at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Tpke., Little Falls. Prayers will be said at 4 pm.

PRALL, Michael J. "Mikey", 68, of Little Falls, passed away February 28, 2017. Predeceased by loving wife Andrea Sachs-Prall (2012). Beloved father of Robert Prall and wife Charlene, and Bryan Prall and wife Katie. Adored grandfather of Jianna, Abigail, Nathaniel, Jocelyn, and Lydia Prall. Cherished brother of Jim Prall, Harriet Butti, Ella Elsaesser. Predeceased by caring brother John Prall and sister Louise DeFeo. Caring brother-in-law to Karen Parker and husband Ed. Before his retirement, Mike was a truck driver for Charlie Barr for over 30 years. Michael was an Army Veteran who served during the Vietnam War. He resided in Little Falls all his life and was a member of American Legion Post 108 and 121 of Little Falls. His family will receive their friends Thursday from 3-5 pm, 7-9 pm at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Tpke., Little Falls. Prayers will be said at Gaita Memorial Home Friday at 11 am. Interment to follow at Laurel Grove Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to American Legion Post 108, 591 Main St., Little Falls, NJ 07424 or American Legion Post 121, 55 Van Ness Ave., Little Falls, NJ 07424.

BETTS, Parthena P., 91, of Little Falls, passed away February 24, 2017. Loving wife of James Betts of 60 years. Devoted mother of Paul Betts, George Betts and wife Marisa, Yvonne Goldman and husband Bernard, and the late Diane Betts. Cherished grandmother of Deanna and Robert Goldman, and Cameron and Gianna Betts. Adored aunt to Chris, Bill, Peter, Stephen, and Thomas. Born in Newark, Parthena lived in Paterson before residing in Little Falls for the past 46 years. She was a member of St. Athanasios Greek Orthodox Church in Paramus. Her family will receive their friends March 1st from 2-4 pm, 7-9 pm at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Tpke., Little Falls - Trisagoin will be said at 3 pm. Funeral Liturgy will be offered March 2nd at 10:30 am at St. Athanasios Greek Orthodox Church, 51 Paramus Rd., Paramus, NJ 07652 - please meet directly at church. Interment to follow at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Totowa. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Athanasios Greek Orthodox Church or Kidney Foundation of NJ, 63 West Main St., Suite G, Freehold, NJ 07728.

CAPO, Jessica Marie, of Pompton Lakes, passed away on 2/22/17. Loving daughter of Marlene and Richard (2015) Capo. Adored sister of Courtney Krowska. All services have concluded and were entrusted with Gaita Memorial Home, Little Falls.
MIROWSKY, Joseph, 94, of Little Falls, passed away February 20, 2017. Beloved husband of the late Julia Mirowsky (nee Dutkevitch). Caring father of Barry Mirowsky and wife Nadine, Donna Prieto and husband Robert, and Sharon Mirowsky. Loving grandfather of Jessica Hamilton, Jamie and Kimberly Mirowsky, and Amanda and Scott Prieto. Adored great grandfather of Julie Hamilton. Cherished brother of Olga Miketzuk. Before his retirement, Joseph worked as a machinist at Waveline in Fairfield. He was a WWII Marine veteran from 1942-1945. Joseph has lived in Little Falls for 70 years and is one of the founding members of St. John the Baptist R.O. Church. He was a member of VFW post 7506 of Little Falls. His family will receive their friends February 23rd from 5-8 pm at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Tpke., Little Falls - parastas will be said at 7 pm. Burial Service at 10 am on February 24th at St. John the Baptist R.O. Church, 29 Weaver St., Little Falls. - please meet directly at church. Interment to follow at Laurel Grove Memorial Park, Totowa. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. John the Baptist R.O. Church.

FIORITO, Jack R., Jr., 57, of Paterson, passed away February 18, 2017. Loving husband of Nicole Corrado. Cherished father of Joshua Fiorito, Felicia Fiorito, Jessica DeBlonk, Rebecca Fiorito, and Melissa Fiorito. Beloved son of Betty Sue Fiorito. Caring brother of Warner Fiorito and wife Denise, Roger Fiorito, Larry Fiorito, Nancy Fiorito, Eric Fiorito and wife Gladys, Romona Fiorito, Crystal Fiorito, Teresa Brozyna and husband Stan, and Billy Fiorito. Adored grandfather to eight and uncle to many nieces and nephews. Jack was an auto mechanic at K&G Services Center in Paterson. He was a life long resident of Paterson, although he lived in Totowa for a few years. Jack was an Army and Navy veteran who loved boating, motorcycles, and cars - his "toys". Jack will be deeply missed by many. His family will receive their friends February 24th from 6-9 pm at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls - prayers will be said at 9 pm. Cremation will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to American Cancer Association, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.

BURRESS, Joan B., 85, of Montclair, passed away February 1, 2017. Loving mother of Jamie Burress. Joan resided in Montclair for 45 years where she was an active member at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair for over 60 years. She was on the Undoing Racism Committee at the church as well as an after school tutor. Before her retirement, Joan was was a sales audit manager at Saks Fifth Avenue in Midtown.There will be a memorial gathering and service at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair, 67 Church St., Montclair, on February 26th at 2:30 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Undoing Racism Committee, 67 Church St., Montclair, NJ 07042. Arrangements were entrusted with Gaita Memorial Home, Little Falls

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