(Current and recent obituaries)
|SPRINGSTEAD, Jimmy M., 72, of Hancock, NY, formerly of Little Falls, passed away May 22, 2017. Loving father of John Springstead and fiance Elizabeth, and Martin Springstead and wife Disa, and their mother Noreen Springstead. Caring grandfather of Alexis, Ryan, and Aubree. Beloved brother of Charolette Comley and husband David, and Lewis Springstead. Adored brother-in-law of Abby Springstead and Dave Sotelo. Jimmy is survived by many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister, Joyce Sotelo, brother, Richard Springstead, and his parents. Jimmy was born in Paterson and before his retirement was a truck driver. He enjoyed being in the company of his family and friends, being in the garden, or down by the river. His family will receive their friends for a memorial gathering on July 14th from 6-8 pm at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Tpke., Little Falls.|
SOTARDI, Lewis born on October 29, 1947
died on June 16, 2017. Lewis Sotardi, friend, father, accomplished
realtor, artist, and craftsman passed away after a long protracted
illness. A longtime resident of Montclair, he leaves behind his beloved
son Beau, and Donna, his ex-wife and good friend, and many colleagues and
friends. Born in Manhattan to John and Olga Sotardi, they moved to
Montclair when he was five. He attended The School of Visual Arts in
Manhattan studying sculpture and photography with a degree in Art. Lewis
was creative, informed, well-read, and talented. He was also a colorful
and delightful character. He was an expert on homes, selling them, and
appreciating them for their fine qualities. He bought and enhanced a
number of homes in the Essex County area. His knowledge of what makes an
aesthetic home along with his artistic and craftsman skills made him an
excellent realtor, working at Schweppe and ReMax Realtors for many years.
More recently he used his creativity and handiness to start creating a
line of imaginative accessories such as head boards and curtain pulls for
decorating homes, but illness sidelined his efforts. He was a writer and a
thinker and one could learn a lot about history, politics, and just life
in general in conversation with him. He had extraordinary sense of humor
and a sharp wit that made it exciting and exhilarating to be around him.
We will miss him dearly. Arrangements were entrusted with Gaita Memorial
Home, Little Falls.
E. Pedersen (Deininger), 92, of
Crane’s Mill, West Caldwell, died peacefully in her sleep on June 11.
Marion was born on July 24, 1924, in Newark, NJ. She graduated from West
Orange High School in 1942 and received her Bachelor of Music degree at
the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Ohio, in 1946, after giving both solo
piano and organ recitals her senior year. She was elected to the honorary
musical society Pi Kappa Lambda upon graduation and completed her graduate
work at Eastman School of Music. Marion taught piano and music theory at
Ashland College in Ohio, and taught piano at Bloomfield College.
Continuing her choral experiences after Oberlin, Marion sang with the
Robert Shaw Collegiate Chorale in New York City for two years, and the
Oratorio Society of NJ for five years. For close to forty years she held
the positions of organist/choral director at numerous churches in northern
NJ, most notably Trinity Covenant Church in Livingston, West Caldwell
Presbyterian Church, Calvary Lutheran Church in Verona, and Wyoming
Presbyterian Church in Millburn. She also held the position of director of
Madrigal Singers with the Upper Montclair Women’s Club from 1970-72, and
was a member of the Metropolitan NJ chapter of the American Guild of
Organists during her professional career. Piano was her passion, whether
it was accompanying orchestral conducting classes at Oberlin, vocal
students at a nearby high school, or choral workshops at Drew University
for 9 years. She was an active member of Rehearsal Club from 1959 to 2010,
and part of a 2-piano team, Pedersen & Platt, for 15 years. Marion
also taught private piano lessons for 25 years. It was during her first
organist/choir director job at Trinity Covenant Church, originally located
in East Orange, that she met Martin Pedersen, to whom she was married for
61 years. She is survived by three daughters: Alice Hamilton (Michael),
Beth Rogers (John), and Karen Frank (Joe); six grandchildren: Tracy
Pedersen, Brian Pedersen, Katherine Bucciarelli (Gary), Elizabeth Rogers,
Christopher Frank, Allison Rogers; two step-grandchildren: Thomas Knutsen
and Lynn Olson (Jeff); and two great-grandchildren. She is survived by a
brother Herbert Deininger (Pat). Preceding her in death were her husband
Martin, her sister Alice Kreider, and her step-son Gary Pedersen. A
celebration of her life will be held on July 29th at Crane’s Mill (Towne
Square), 459 Passaic Avenue, West Caldwell. Visitation with the family
will begin at 11 a.m. followed by the service at 11:30 a.m. At the
family’s request, donations in Marion’s name may be made to the
Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave., New York, NY, 10001.
Arrangements were entrusted with Gaita Memorial Home, Little Falls.
|GAITA, Joseph A., 40, of Paterson, passed away from his battle with addiction on June 14, 2017. Loving father of Joseph Generoso, Gioia Ann, and Generosa Anna Gaita. Caring son of the late Joyce Gaita (2015) and John Dellindia. Adored brother of John Vincent Gaita. Beloved companion and mother of his three children, Jessie Johnston. Joseph was in the Electrical Union 102 of Parsippany. His family will receive their friends for a memorial gathering on June 20th from 5-8 pm at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Tpke., Little Falls. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Gaita Children's College Fund, 146 Greene Ave., Totowa, NJ 07512.|
Ronald A., 76, of Little Falls, passed away June 13, 2017. Loving
husband of Eileen Peterson-Baskinger. Caring father of Lorraine Ludwig and
husband Glenn, Edward Baskinger, and the late Ronald Baskinger, Jr.
(2011). Cherished step-father of John Peterson. Adored grandfather of
several grandsons and granddaughters. He is survived by cousins Alan and
Anthony. Before his retirement, Ronald was a building laborer with the
union and at one point owned Munchy's in Little Falls for many years. He
lived in Little Falls for over 50 years. Services are private.
Ronime, 72, of Lincoln Park, passed away on June 8, 2017. Loving
father of Irakli Shurgaia. Caring ex-husband of Megi Shurgaia. Before his
retirement, Ronime was a maintenance worker at Shop Rite in Lincoln Park.
A Memorial Service will be held at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton
Turnpike, Little Falls on Saturday, June 10th at 12 pm - disposition will
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