Buchmann, Magda (Ekkers), of Denville, NJ, passed away unexpectedly at the age of 77. She had just celebrated Christmas and her 77th birthday with family and close friends. While her death was sudden and much too soon, the family does find comfort and peace in knowing that she had recently been surrounded by friends & family during a very special time of year. Magda (“Mag”) was born in Amsterdam, Holland to Margit Toth Ekkers and Jacob Ekkers. Magda was the oldest of their three children which includes her brother Albert and sister Olga. Their family immigrated to the United States in 1950 and resided in Bronx, NY initially. After Bronx, Magda would live in Prospect Park, NJ and attended Easter Christian High School. She fell in love with her childhood sweetheart, Edward Buchmann, and were married on Feb 2, 1963. They moved from Patterson, NJ to Mountain Lakes, NJ where they had their only child, Russell, in 1978. Magda, Ed and Russ were very fortunate and always enjoyed time with family and friends, vacations, movies, music and many great times over the years. Sadly, Edward lost a long battle to cancer in 1987, and Magda & Russ moved to Denville, NJ. Magda worked as a Legal Secretary and eventually retired as the Director of Employee Benefits at Local 464A. Magda’s legacy continues with her son Russell Buchmann, his wife Kierston Buchmann, and their boys Max (7) and Micah (4). Magda’s brother Albert Ekkers resides in Pompton Lakes and has five grown children with kids of their own. Magda’s sister, Olga Struyk, lives in Lincoln Park with her husband Fred Struyk. They also have three grown children who each have children of their own. Magda Buchmann was an amazing woman who had a challenging life, but it wasn’t without its rewards`. She always had a supportive and loving family and group of friends. She was resilient, wise and very dependable . Magda was a hard working, single, independent mom who always wanted the best for her family. Visitation Monday, January 7 from 6-8 PM at Richards Funeral Home, 4 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Riverdale, NJ 07457.
Ferrante, Barbara A. (Schmidt), age 76, of West Milford passed away on Sunday, December 2, 2018. Born in Brooklyn, NY she was the beloved wife of the late Joseph A. Ferrante and devoted daughter of the late Robert and Henrietta (nee Steward) Schmidt. She was the cherished sister of the late Frederick Schmidt. She is survived by her loving children, sons James and Ronald and wife Theodora Ferrante and a daughter Stefanie Valenzano, four grandchildren Alexis and Christian Valenzano and Joseph and Eleni Ferrante, a sister-in-law Catherine and husband John Buonocore, a sister-in-law Ann Schmidt and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She enjoyed spending time with family, especially around the holidays. She will be terribly missed. Funeral Liturgy 10:30am Thursday at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, Hewitt. Interment St. Mary’s Cemetery, Saddle Brook. Visiting at Richards Funeral Home, 1440 Union Valley Road, West Milford Wednesday 2-4 and 6-8pm.
Musall, Geraldine “Gerry” R., (Pearson), 80, wife of August, passed on Sunday, December 16, 2018. Born in Paterson, Mrs. Musall resided in West Milford for four years coming from Wanaque, where she resided for 56 years. She had been employed at Kinney Kelly Dry Cleaners in Bloomingdale. Along with her husband, she is survived by son, Scott Musall (and wife, Kelli), of West Milford, daughters, Sandra Vieira (and husband, Vinnie) of Franklin and Lynn Pugh (and husband, Ed) of West Milford, seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and dog, Bubbles. Funeral Visitation, Wednesday 2-6 PM at Richards Funeral Home, Inc., 4 Newark-Pompton Turnpike, Riverdale. In lieu of flowers, donations to West Milford Animal Shelter, Lycosky Dr., West Milford, NJ 07480 would be appreciated. Final disposition private.
O’Neill, Richard B. on Tuesday, December 25, 2018. Beloved husband of Mary (Hoffman) O’Neill. Born in Jersey City, NJ, he was the son of the late Arnold and Jennie (Cropsey) O’Neill and has been a resident of West Milford for the past 41 years moving here from Jersey City. Richard had been employed by the Jersey City Fire Department and had attained the rank of Fire Captain. He was a gentle man of faith and love for everyone. He was loved by all who knew him. Surviving in addition to his wife are two sons, Richard of West Milford and Sean (companion, Beth DeFranco) of Kinnelon and one sister, Diane Barba of New Brunswick, NJ. Visitation on Friday, December 28 at Richards Funeral Home, 1440 Union Valley Road, West Milford, NJ 07480 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM. Private burial. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl., Memphis TN 38105-9959.
Toupence, Richard L., 70, of West Milford on Friday, December 21, 2018, the husband of the late Pamela (Martin) Toupence. Born in Aurora, IL, he was the son of the late Louis and Elma (Richards) Toupence. A resident of West Milford for thirty years having moved here from Palatine, IL and was employed by Phillips-Edax of Mahwah, NJ as a Production Manager. Richard was active in the Seniors at Passaic County Camp Hope, West Milford. Surviving are three sons, Richard B. Toupence of Scotch Plains, NJ and Jason L. Toupence of Mankato, MN and Allan G. Proesel of Chicago, IL, two sisters, Gabrielle Toupence of Chicago, IL and Susan Betts of TX. Four grandchildren also survive. Memorial visitation at Richards Funeral Home, 1440 Union Valley Road, West Milford on Saturday, December 29, 2018 from 12-4 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Passaic County Camp Hope of New Jersey, 1792 Union Valley Road, West Milford, NJ 07480.
Van Riper, Barbara J. (Norman), passed away at the age of 87 on Wednesday, December 12, 2018, surrounded by her children and grandchildren. She was born in 1931 in Hackensack, NJ, the daughter of the late George M. and Margaret Norman (Wyks). She attended Westwood Schools. After graduating from high school, she worked in the real estate and insurance industry and then for PSE&G in Hackensack. In 1958 she married Fred G. Van Riper, who was a Village of Ridgewood Prosecutor for 24 years. They raised their family in Ridgewood, NJ, and were members of the First Presbyterian Church. Barbara was a volunteer at Valley Hospital’s Kurth Cottage. Upon retirement, they made their home in East Hardwick, Vermont, moving back to New Jersey in 2014 to be close to family. Barbara was predeceased by her husband Fred in 2016 and her son Thomas in 2006. She is survived by her daughter Suzanne and her husband William Connolly, daughter Anne Van Riper, grandchildren William Connolly, Nichole Van Riper and Dylan Van Riper, her brother George Norman and his wife Jacqueline, and her sister Gwynedd Reyle. A Memorial Service will be held in January. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to either the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (https://alzfdn.org/support-us/donate/) or the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, D-H/Geisel Office of Development, Attention Jason Naugler, One Medical Center Drive, HB 7070, Lebanon, NH 03756-0001 or online at https://www.dartmouth-hitchcock.org/donate/how-to-give.html.