Ballester, Claudio, 94 of Ringwood, NJ passed away Tuesday, December 3, 2019 in the comfort of his home. Claudio spent most of his life in Ringwood raising his family in the home he built. He graduated from Pratt Institute and spent his career working for Singer Kearfott. While at Kearfott, he was granted a patent for the two-axis case rotating gyroscope. Claudio was an avid skier and spent many years as a ski patrol leader. He was also a volunteer fire fighter. After retiring, he enjoyed traveling with his wife Marianne. They even cruised around America in an RV. In 2003, he lost his beloved wife and spent time finding his way without her by his side. Then in 2005, he met Joan Fletcher and a second chance at love was given. Claudio and Joan spent 14 years traveling around the world, escaping the cold by wintering in Florida, going to the gym, and spending time with family and friends. Claudio’s passion was being able to pass his knowledge onto others. He was often found at the gym giving pointers to young guys or showing off his “balancing skills”, and explaining to onlookers how important health and exercise were. Claudio touched many people with his passion for living and general gusto for life. Claudio is was predeceased by his wife Marianne Ballester and his beloved son, Claud Ballester. He is survived by his daughter Heidi (Ballester)Pearce and her husband Ron Pearce, their children Danielle Rovetto and Alex Pearce. His Daughter Lisa (Ballester) Rose and her husband George Rose and their children Jessika Rose (husband Bill Morris) and George Rose. Claud’s wife Linda Ballester and children Carrie Stanford (husband Shaun Stanford), and Chris Ballester, half sister Carmen Fitton, of Blairsville, GA. and great grandchildren Henrik and Nolan Stanford. Claudio also enjoyed an extended family with his companion Joan Fletcher. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Valley Hospice (https://www.valleyhospitalfoundation.org/give)
A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, December 22, 2019 from 12 to 3 pm at Highlands Nature Friends (the New Weis Center) at 150 Snake Den Rd, Ringwood, NJ 07456.
Bryk, Giovanina, (Marciano) "Jennie" age 98 passed away December 15, 2019 in Florida. Born in Hoboken, NJ to Anthony and Frances Marciano she lived most of her life in Riverdale, NJ. Jennie worked for E.I. Dupont Corporation in Pompton Lakes before retiring. She was an active parishioner and member of St. Mary's Church and the senior citizen group, Pompton Lakes. Jennie also was a member of the Riverdale Senior Citizens, Butler Senior Citizens and Butler VFW Ladies Auxiliary. Survived by nephew and god son David Gilone, niece Donna McGovern, nephew Daniel Gilone, niece Linda Cupples, as well as many grand nieces and nephews, cousins and extended family. Predeceased by her husband Joseph. Visiting hours Monday January 6, 2020, 2-4 and 6-8 pm at Richards Funeral Home, 4 Newark-Pompton Turnpike, Riverdale. Funeral liturgy Tuesday 11 am at Saint Mary's Church, Pompton Lakes. Interment Maryrest Cemtery, Mahwah.
Ezzo Jr. Carmin, age 63, of Pequannock passed away December 11, 2019. Beloved father of Carmin and Dominic Ezzo. Loving son of Rosaria Ezzo. Brother of Joseph Ezzo, Fran Bogert and Diane Macagney. Also survived by five grandchildren. Memorial visitation Saturday December 21, 2019 from 3-5 pm with a prayer service at 4:30 pm at Richards Funeral Home, 4 Newark-Pompton Turnpike, Riverdale.
McCarthy, Patricia M. (Wagner) age 81 passed away December 3, 2019 in Longmont, Colorado. Born in Brooklyn, NY to Walter and Frances Wagner she resided primarily in West Milford and Hamburg, NJ for forty five years moving to Colorado four years ago. Beloved mother of Donna Greene of Wantage, N.J., Deborah Wiggins of Longmont, CO, Doreen Vanhooker and her husband Pete of Longmont, CO, Patricia Hupp and her husband Mike of Longmont, CO, Pamela Deaver and her husband Tim of Hamburg, NJ., and stepdaughter Maureen Mullaley of Henderson, NV. Grandmother of fourteen, great-grandmother of nine, and expecting twin great-grandchildren. Predeceased by her husband Daniel McCarthy in 1996. Friends and family may visit Friday, December 13 from 5-8 pm and Saturday from 10 am with services beginning 10:30 am at Richards Funeral Home, 1440 Union Valley Road, West Milford. Interment to follow at Cedar Heights Cemetery, West Milford. In lieu of flowers donations to St. Jude Children's Hospital at stjude.org would be appreciated.
Meyer, Lucy was born in Perth Amboy New Jersey in November 1930 to a WWI veteran Louis Milano and his bride Rose Milano. When she was only six her father became ill due to complications from exposure to nerve gases during the War. The whole family moved Italy so he could receive a special kidney operation that was only available at that time in Italy. Her family stayed in Italy until the U.S. Consulate urged them to return to the States due to the raise in power of Mussolini and concern by the US Consulate for their safety.They eventually settled in Corona Queens, New York where she attended school. Due to her interest and exceptional abilities in math and science she was allowed into a “boys only” math class where she excelled and graduated with Honors. This was despite the fact that her father was suffering from cancer at the time. Before he died he made Lucy and her two brothers promise they would obtain a college education. They all fulfilled this promise to their father. Lucy attended Queens College and majored in Math and Physics. When Lucy was just a junior she was recruited by Sperry Gyroscope to work for them even before she graduated. While working for Sperry she continued school. Lucy eventually became the first female engineer at Sperry in the early 1950’s. While working for Sperry she met a handsome pilot and engineer named Karl Meyer to whom she married in 1952. When She became pregnant with her first child, Lucy had to quit work so Karl decided to quit as well and thy took a road trip and camped across the United States. Upon their return before David’s birth they settled in a house Karl bought after the war in his home town of Matamoras, Pennsylvania. Julie came along less than a year later. In 1956 they moved to Kinnelon to be closer to Karl’s new job at Aircraft Radio Corporation; a division of Cessna Aircraft Corporation in Boonton, New Jersey. Living in Kinnelon they had two more children Nanette and Jeanette, it was here they stayed and raised their four children. Lucy and Karl’s first volunteer experience began with helping out with the local Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops. In 1970 as a newly enacted Kinnelon Borough Environmental Commission was formed Lucy took responsibility for creating the Kinnelon Natural Resource Inventory, which was published in 1974. At the time no State guidelines existed in conducting such an inventory making Lucy the first to pave the way. It included historic houses and a comprehensive ground water study along with numerous maps. The book was presented to the Library of Congress and written up in their bulletin. It was also used as a study guide by Rutgers University. In 1972 Lucy saved the largest Butternut Tree in the State of New Jersey located in Kinnelon, when someone threatened to cut it down during the building of the Kinnelon Mall. She was successful and its image is forever emblemized on the town seal. As the 1976 Bicentennial of our country approached, and a prerequisite to becoming a Bicentennial Town was to have a written history book, Lucy was recruited to do this task. The book Kinnelon: A History, Where the Future is Enriched by the Past, was followed by an appointment of a Kinnelon Historical Commission and eventually a museum of our own. At that time Lucy and Karl were also very active with the North Jersey Highlands Historical Society as volunteers for Ringwood Manor State Park and also served on the Ringwood Manor Advisory Committee. Lucy was asked by the Park Commission to organize a historical library there. Funds to establish the library were needed, and a series of lectures were put together by Lucy pertaining to use of plants by Native Americans, early settlers, botanists and doctors was very popular. Lucy and Karl also worked as volunteers, for an archeological team during the building of the Monksville Dam in the area. After successfully surviving breast cancer in the early 1980’s, Lucy as a member of both The Kinnelon Historical Commission and Environmental Commission founded and chaired the Committee to Preserve the Pyramid Mountain Natural and Historical Area, just as the building boom was about to start. She first did a comprehensive ‘Resource Inventory’ of this large pristine area of native plants, forests and wetlands containing spectacular remnants of the Ice Age and a Native American site, listed in the Anthropological papers of the American Museum of Natural History. She then initiated preservation efforts. She enlisted the aid of State, County and a number of municipalities and the many friends she had made both as an Environmentalist and Historian. The Committee won the Take Pride in America Award in 1987 given to them by President Reagan along with many others. Lucy served as the Kinnelon Historian up to the time of husband Karl’s death in late 2010. Other volunteer positions held by Lucy Meyer have included: Kinnelon Borough Cross Acceptance Representative to the State Plan, N.J.D.E.P.’s Wetland Citizens Advisory Council, Morris County Park Commission’s Pyramid Mountain Coordinating Committee, Appointment to the Highland Council’s Technical Advisory Committee and Kinnelon Open Space Committee. Lucy is survived by her three daughters, Jeanette Meyer-DeVincenzo and her husband Anthony of Butler, Juliet Luke and her husband Michael of Butler, and Nanette Meyer of Lawrenceville, sister of Louis Milano of Monmouth and Joseph Milano of Franklin Lakes. Grandmother of Shannon Luke and wife Zoe, and Louis Krayer. Predeceased by her son David and husband Karl. Family and friends may attend a visitation on Friday December 20, 9-11 a.m. at Richards Funeral Home, 4 Newark-Pompton Turnpike, Riverdale. A funeral mass will follow at Saint Anthony’s Church in Butler, beginning at 11:30 a.m. Cremation is private. In lieu of flowers please consider donations to njconservation.org.
O’Brien, Charlotte (Schwendig), age 78, passed away December 26, 2019. Born in New York City to George and Martha (Geida) Schwendig. Charlotte resided in Pompton Lakes, NJ for forty seven years prior to moving to Parsippany three years ago. Mrs. O’Brien worked as a bookkeeper for William Paterson College, Wayne and later was a school aid for Lenox Elementary School in Pompton Lakes. She was also a member of the Red Hat Society. Beloved mother of Lorraine Johns and husband John of Elmwood Park, John O’Brien and wife Yolanda of Lake Hiawatha, sister of George Schwendig of Hackensack and Inga Rodgers of North Carolina. Grandmother of Samantha, Morgan, D.J. and Mya O’Brien, as well as several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her husband, James in 2012 and son James Jr. in 2003. Friends and family may attend visitation, Thursday, January 2, 2020 from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at Richards Funeral Home, 4 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Riverdale. Funeral Service on Friday 11 AM at the funeral home with interment to follow at Mount Rest Cemetery, Butler, NJ.
Ott, Douglas Edward, 77. Born in Queens, New York to Bernard and Ellen (Schneider) Ott. Died Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at Morristown Medical Center. After earning his BS in Electrical Engineering at Syracuse University in 1963, he married fellow alumna, Carolyn Ott (Chemka) in 1964, at St. Matthews Church in Hastings on Hudson, NY. Moving to West Milford in 1968, the couple invested countless hours volunteering in their community, most recently with the Friends of the Library. Doug was recognized as the 2009 Mary B. Haase Lifetime Volunteer Award, notably for his work on the Environmental Commission. Employed at IT&T Defense in Nutley, NJ from 1963 to 1998, Doug earned the prestigious Presidents Award, and published an engineering book. An avid hiker, Doug, Carolyn and daughters, Julia Hoar (spouse Philip Hoar) and Jennifer Metcalf (spouse TImothy Metcalf), logged miles on the trails of West Milford and his favorite Glacier National Park. Having run cross country at Syracuse, Doug continued this passion, completing two NYC Marathons. A gifted pianist and committed chess player. Proud grandfather of Kelsey and Devon Hoar, and Sophia, Alexander and Colette Metcalf. Doug was predeceased by sister, Judy Dieterle. Memorial visitation at Richards Funeral Home, 1440 Union Valley Road, West Milford on Friday, December 20 from 2 - 4 and 6 - 8 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Doug’s name to the Friends of the WM Library.
Polo, Paul William, Jr. 84, of West Milford, NJ passed away on Sunday, December 15, 2019 while receiving outstanding care at the Health Center at Bloomingdale. Beloved husband of Judith O. (Walker) Polo for 41 years. Born in New York, he was the son of the late Paul W. and Katherine C. (Gregorio) Polo. He graduated from WC Bryant High School in 1952 and from NYC Queens College in 1960. Paul served as a Reservist in the U.S. Navy for 8 years, oversaw the steel construction of many facilities in northern NJ, and later in life was a self-employed construction contractor. He was a man who loved his family, a man who loved life, a man of conviction, a man who would tackle and passionately finish any project, and a good husband and provider to his family. In his spare time, he loved to maintain and drive his 1965 Pontiac GTO convertible, tackle home improvement projects, fly model airplanes, fish, cook great meals, and help friends and new acquaintances in need. He had a very kind heart, a quick wit, and was warm and inviting to everyone he met. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.Paul was a member of the Masonic Silentia Lodge, Butler and Past Master of the Alexander Hamilton Lodge. Surviving in addition to his wife are two step-sons, Randy (Julie) Molten of Tampa, FL and Scott Molten of Oak Ridge, NJ; one step-daughter, Kim (Buzzy) McKinnon of Kinnelon, NJ and six grandchildren and one great granddaughter. A memorial visitation will be held at Richards Funeral Home, 1440 Union Valley Road, West Milford on Saturday, January 4, 2020 from 10 to 2 PM. In lieu of flowers, we ask that you please donate to the American Brain Foundation.
Putback, Irene M. (Butler), 93, passed away on December 10, 2019. Born and raised in Newark, Irene later settled in Bloomingdale. Irene proudly trained as a wartime nurse during WWII and worked as a Registered Nurse both privately and for Mountainside Hospital in Glen Ridge for many years. Beloved mother of Michael and Judith Crawford, Stephen Crawford and wife Carol Jagiello, grandmother of Jennifer Ellis, Matthew Crawford, David Rullo, Kelcey Beard, their spouses, and six great grandchildren. Predeceased by her husband Walter and daughter in law Jo-Ann. There will be a gathering of friends and family held on December 14, 2019 from 11 am-2 pm, 49 South Rd. Bloomingdale, NJ. In Lieu of Flowers donations can be made to Bloomingdale Public Library 101 Hamburg Turnpike, Bloomingdale, NJ 07403.
Schechter, Mary Ann (Turner) age 82, passed away December 31, 2019. Born in the Bronx, N.Y. to William and Anna Turner, Mary Ann attended and graduated from Hunter College, Manhattan with a teaching degree, proceeding to teach in New York City public schools. In 1956 she met her husband Leo Sr. at which time they became permanent residents of West Milford, NJ after their home became winterized in the lakeside community of Greenwood Lake. Mary Ann went on to start her own business making hand crafted egg shell jewelry; Eggs-clusively Yours. Beloved mother of Leo Jr. and John, of West Milford, and grandmother of Alex. Predeceased by her husband Leo Schechter Sr. in 2006. You and Dad are finally together again. Your family, and the many lives you've touched along your journey, love you and miss you terribly. God speed, and God Bless. Rest in peace. Friends and family may attend visitation Friday January 17, 2020 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at Richards Funeral Home, 1440 Union Valley Road West Milford. Memorial service Saturday January 18th at 1 pm at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, 25 Waterstone Road, Greenwood Lake, NY.
Schwarze, Christopher J., 47, passed away on December 23, 2019. Born in Ridgewood NJ, he lived in West Milford for most of his life. Christopher was a glazier by trade, employed by Local Union 1087, N.Y.C. An avid fan of horse racing, football and hockey, Christopher loved rooting for his favorite teams the Washington Redskins and Washington Capitals. Beloved son of Robert and Karen (Pizzollo) Schwarze. Loving brother of Stacy Quintero, husband Paul Pollack, Tina Christ, husband Joseph, Elaine Adragna, husband Chris, Kara Bartyzel, husband David, Robert Schwarze, husband Brian Kuperman. Uncle of Ryan and Nicole Ure, Alyssa Quintero, Madison and Marisa Christ, Jaxon and Morgan Adragna. Memorial visitation Friday, December 27 from 10 am to 1 PM. Moments of reflection at 12:30 PM at Richards Funeral Home, 1440 Union Valley Road, West Milford. In lieu of flowers, donations in Christopher's memory can be made to the West Milford Animal Shelter.
Simpson, Claire Elise, (Bollinger) age 77, passed away December 15, 2019. Born in Easton, PA to Jesse and Margaret (Ellinghouse) Bollinger she was raised in North Haledon and graduated Hawthorne High School in 1960. Claire continued her education at Paterson State College, graduating in 1964, and later received her Masters of Communication degree in 1988. She taught 4th and 5th grade in Terhune and Packanack Schools in Wayne. Claire married R. Allen Simpson in June 1981 and resided in Bloomingdale until the present. She founded Bloomtop Investment Consortium (BTTC) which continues today. Mrs. Simpson volunteered at "Contact Hotline" and at "Friends of Bloomingdale Library" Allen and Claire enjoyed travelling the world including the Galapogos Islands, Australia, New Zealand, Europe and Iceland to name a few. She is survived by her husband R. Allen Simpson, nephew William S. Van Eeuwen, sister-in-law Jane Simpson Van Eeuwen, her Goddaughter Allison Sapka, as well as many loving friends. Memorial visitation Thursday December 19th from 11 am to 12 pm at Richards Funeral Home, 4 Newark-Pompton Tpke. Riverdale. In lieu of flowers please consider donations to Bergen County Horse Rescue, 350 Ramapo Valley Rd., Mahwah, NJ 07430 or to St. Jude Children's Hospital.
Stumpf, Arleen (Albanese), a longtime resident of West Milford, NJ passed away on Sunday, December 8, 2019 with her family by her side. She was the daughter of Vincent and Josephine Albanese. Arleen grew up in Teaneck with her brother John who predeceased her in March 2019. Arleen graduated from St. Joseph High School in West New York, NJ. Those who knew Arleen knew they were in the company of someone special. Funny, smart and with a killer sense of humor, she could charm you in a instant. A whiz at Jeopardy and a lover of British mysteries, her real expertise was in the kitchen. She could whip up a gourmet Italian meal before you knew it, always accompanied by a glass of good red wine, and have you begging for more. Arleen was a loving and giving person and the main recipient of her affection was her family. She was married for 43 crazy and fun years to her cherished husband Bob who adored her. Her children were everything to her. Her devoted and loving daughter, MaryAnne Babb, whom she was so proud, and who spent many hours at her bedside recently. MaryAnne's husband Don who was always so good to her. Her son, Bobby (Rob) who is loved and missed dearly and who predeceased her in November 2012. First and foremost in her heart were her grandchildren. She was so proud that Michael and Christopher had graduated college and were making such wonderful lives for themselves. She adored those young men and they adored her. She made many lasting and fulfilling friendships along the way and will deeply missed by all who know her. We all lost a beautiful light in our lives. Viewing will be on Wednesday, December 11 from 5-8 pm and funeral services on Thursday, December 12 at 10:30 am.
Varcadipane, Fred, 78, of West Milford on Thursday, December 26, 2019. Born in Paterson, he was the son of the late Thomas and Evelyn D. (Sackerman) Varcadipane. Survived by four sons, Scott, Michael, Jimmy and Bobby, one brother, Louis and one sister, Lorraine Detitta. Also survived by three grandchildren. Friends may call at Richards Funeral Home, 1440 Union Valley Road, West Milford on Saturday, December 28 from 10 AM to 1 PM. Funeral service at 12:30 PM. Interment to follow at Cedar Heights Cemetery, West Milford.
Wolff, Erwin, 78, of West Milford on Sunday, December 8, 2019. Beloved husband of Lois (Hall) Wolff. Born in Flensburg, Germany, he was the son of the late Oswald and Hansine (Petersen) Wolff and has been a resident of West Milford for the past 45 years. An Army veteran and a member of the American Legion, he was employed by the Ford Motor Co. in Teterboro in the parts department. Also surviving are two sons, Paul E. of WV and Christopher S. Wolff (wife, Destiny) of Hewitt, two daughters, Jennifer Wolff of Passaic and Ameelynn K. Wolff of Oak Ridge, one brother, Helmut of Germany, two sisters, Irngard Thompson of Toms River and Kirsten Wolff of Germany. One grandchild, Kayla L. Wolff also survives. Friends may call at Richards Funeral Home, 1440 Union Valley Road, West Milford on Thursday, December 12 from 10 to 12 Noon. Funeral service at 12 Noon. Interment at George Washington Memorial Park, Paramus will follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the West Milford Twsp. First Aid Squad, PO Box 387, West Milford, NJ 07480-0387