Cerniglia, Frances A. or "Fran" as she was known, passed away peacefully on Monday morning, February 24, 2020 in West Milford, NJ at the age of 92. Born to Anthony and Wilma Siniscalchi in New York City, a birthday which she shared with her twin sister Gloria. They grew up close friends as well as sisters, graduating from local public schools and both starting families in Jackson Heights, Queens. Fran met and married Stephen L. Cerniglia on February 15, 1948. In 1968, Fran and Steve moved their young family to Ringwood, New Jersey where that put down roots in the community of Cupsaw Lake. There they were active in many local organizations, and spent wonderful summers on Cupsaw Lake. Always active in many of the school activities of her children, Fran was also for many years an active member of the St. Catherine of Bologna Parish in Ringwood. She worked for many years in the offices of Western Union in nearby Mahwah, NJ. In retirement, Fran and Steve enjoyed many sightseeing trips of their own and as members of the Ringwood Seniors Club, and spending winters in Vero Beach, Florida. Fran and Gloria especially enjoyed their two trips to Twinsberg, Ohio to join in the annual TwinFest activities with thousands of other twins who attended. Fran is survived by her daughter, Laura Palatucci of Westfield, and her son, Stephen P. Cerniglia of West Milford. She loved her grandchildren, Rosanne, Gio, Alexandra, Adam, Christopher, Matthew and Jackie, as well as her great-grandchildren Kaylee, Zoey, Billy and Meg. She will be laid to rest next to her husband, Stephen, at the Fairview Cemetery in Westfield, New Jersey. A private service is planned for family and close friends at the Richards Funeral Home.
Davino, Nunzio “Charlie”, 78, from West Milford, NJ, passed away on February 23, 2020. Nunzio is survived by his wife of 52 years, Arlene (nee Peterson) Davino, daughter Claudia Davino, grandchildren William R. Weaver, Amber Vigilante, Brittany Vigilante, Matthew Weaver, Brian Vigilante, Andrew Vigilante, and Ashley Vigilante, as well as great granddaughter, Kayleigh Vigilante. He is also survived by his two sons-in-law, William J. Weaver, and Edward Czermak. Nunzio was predeceased by his daughter Pamela Weaver, his parents Michael and Mary (nee Rea) Davino, siblings Vincent, Louise, Nicholas, and Michael, and beloved family pet, Stormy. Nunzio grew up in Bergen County before moving to West Milford to raise his family in 1969. Nunzio was a US Army veteran. He was a dump truck operator for J. Fletcher Creamer & Son for over 30 years, and a proud member of Teamsters Local #560, serving as shop steward for several years. Friends may call at Richards Funeral Home, 1440 Union Valley Road, West Milford, NJ on Thursday, February 27 from 7 to 9 PM. A service will be held at 8:30 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society.
Elston, Philip A., 62 of Brooksville, FL on Saturday, February 1, 2020. Born in Pequannock, NJ, he was the son of Marie (Hardy) Elston and the late Floyd Elston (2014). Philip has been a Florida resident for the past year moving from Parsippany, NJ. A veteran of the Air Force, he was employed as an assembler for Passaic Rubber Co. of Wayne, NJ. Also surviving are three sons, Philip B. of Olyphant, PA, Matthew F. of Lake Ariel, PA and Kyle P. (wife, Virginie) of Washingtonville, NY, one daughter, Christina Gallagher (husband, Daniel) of Newburgh, NY, one sister, Jane R. Elston (husband, Carlos) of Haskell, NJ and eleven grandchildren. Predeceased by a sister, Janet L. Elston in 2000. Visitation on Tuesday, February 4 at Richards Funeral Home, 4 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Riverdale, NJ 07457. Funeral service on Tuesday at 6:30 PM at the funeral home. Private disposition. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Villa Maria Claire Hospice, 12 West Saddle River Road, Saddle River, NJ 07458.
Enering, Charles (“Chuck”) G. of Vernon, NJ passed away on Sunday, February 23, 2020 at Morristown Medical Center after a long battle with stomach cancer. He was 64. Son of the late Charles and Eileen Enering, Chuck was born in the Bronx, NY and grew up in River Vale, NJ. He graduated from Bergen County Technical High School in 1974. Chuck married Kathryn (“Kathi”) E. Moser in 1982, and they raised two sons in West Milford, NJ. After living there for over 30 years, he and Kathi moved to Vernon, NJ in late 2019. Chuck worked in the advertising and printing industry his entire career. He specialized in large-scale print campaigns for department and grocery chains throughout the 1980s and 1990s. He subsequently founded Highlands Printing in West Milford, NJ and dedicated his talents to helping local churches, community organizations, and small businesses meet their printing needs. Chuck contributed his boundless energy, passion, and organizational skills to a wide variety of local volunteer and charity groups. At various times, he was an Elder, Deacon, Youth Director, Vacation Bible School Coordinator, and Food Pantry Coordinator at the West Milford Presbyterian Church. He also volunteered with the Lions Club, running their annual coat drive, food drive, and Health Fair. In addition to organizing a Christmas toy drive for local children, he held several leadership roles with Troop 144 and Troop 44 of the Boy Scouts of America. Chuck also organized book collections for Rural Reading Centres Africa, a non-profit dedicated to combating illiteracy in rural Kenya. In his rare moments of free time, Chuck enjoyed reading, American history, woodworking, and working outdoors. He is survived by his wife of 37½ years, Kathi Enering; a son, C.J., a print specialist, of Seattle, WA; a second son, Tom, an attorney, of New York, NY; his mother-in-law, Jane Moser, of Vernon, NJ; four brothers and one sister; three sisters-in-law; and numerous nephews, nieces, grand-nephews, and grand-nieces. He was preceded in death by his younger brother, John. A Memorial Service will be held on March 7, 2020 at noon at the West Milford Presbyterian Church, 1452 Union Valley Road, West Milford, NJ 07480. Memorial contributions may be made to the West Milford Presbyterian Church or local Boy Scout Troop 44 (contact 973-728-3081).
Hawkins, Dorothy A., 62, passed away with family and friends by her side after a yearlong battle with cancer on Tuesday, February 25, 2020. Born in River Edge, NJ she was the daughter of the late James R. and Pauline K. Hawkins. The family later moved to Norwood, NJ where she spent most of the rest of her childhood. During her lifetime, Dorothy had many careers and interests, but above all was a caring person with a great heart. Her supportive and thoughtful nature was on display often through the years as she cared for many of her nieces and nephews, including serving as a full-time after-school caregiver for three of her nephews for close to 10 years. She was Aunt Dorothy to a great many children, whether they shared family ties or not. She held a series of other jobs over the years, most notably being a cook and later the head chef for the Tavern at Memorytown in Mt. Pocono. She enjoyed crafts like macramé jewelry and painting, with many loved ones’ houses featuring her beautifully painted ceramics. She loved to cook, and she was an avid gardener. Anyone who knew Dorothy at all knew she loved animals and dogs, rescuing dozens if not scores of dogs and other animals throughout her life. Between her love of children, animals, gardening, and good times, Dorothy loved life like few others. Dorothy and her lifelong roommate of over 40 years, Kathy Bass, enjoyed many great times over the years and were sources of constant support for one another. Kathy was at her side to the very end. Dorothy’s older sister Katherine H. Stromberg predeceased her in 2019. She is survived by her brothers James P. Hawkins of Middletown, NJ, Robert E. Hawkins of Mahwah, NJ, and Anthony R. Hawkins of St Peters, MO. She is survived as well by her nephews, Timothy J. Stromberg, Daniel R. Stromberg, Michael P. Stromberg, Brian R. Hawkins and Anthony J. Hawkins. Dorothy is also survived by Kathy Bass’s nieces Bobbie Jo Bass Clark, Sabrina Rosol, and Kathleen Bass and nephew, John Bass, who she and Kathy often cared for like they were their own. Her brother-in-law Gary L Stromberg, who loved and treated her like his own sister, survives as well and was heavily involved with Kathy Bass and Robert Hawkins to support Dorothy through the struggles with her illness. Friends and family may visit Friday, Feb. 28 from 2-4 and 6-8 PM. at Richards Funeral Home, 1440 Union Valley Road in West Milford. The funeral is scheduled for 11:00 AM on Saturday with family receiving friends from 10:00 to 11:00 AM prior to the service. Final disposition is private. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the ASPCA or the Humane Society in Dorothy’s name.
McSorley, Anthony, 78, of West Milford on Sunday, February 9, 2020. Beloved husband of Patricia (Egan) McSorley. Born in Ossining, NY, he was the son of the late J. Howard and Margaret (Murphy) McSorley. A resident of West Milford for the past 43 years, he moved here from Wappingers Falls, NY. An Army veteran, Anthony was employed by I.B.M. in Franklin Lakes as a systems analyst. Also surviving are one son, Steven (wife, Donna) of Wayne, NJ, two daughters, Karen Kaytes (husband, Leo) of Warwick, NY and Meghan McSorley (husband, Michael Culligan) of WA, two brothers, Jerome (wife, Elizabeth Towne) of Greenwich, CT and Edward of Naples, FL, five sisters, Patricia Roscoe (husband, Peter) of Astoria, OR, Margaret Reed (husband, Thomas) of Pleasant Valley, NY, Eileen Giuseppi (husband Donato) of Croton Falls, NY, Mary Le Fleur (husband, Richard) of Ossining, NY and Michelle Mueller (husband, Charles) of Ridgefield, CT, six grandchildren, Kristen, Matthew, Cate, Jack, Emma and Alex, brother-in-law, Anthony Parise. Predeceased by a sister, Nancy Parise. Friends may call at Richards Funeral Home, 1440 Union Valley Road, West Milford, NJ 07480 on Wednesday, February 12 from 4 – 7 PM. Funeral mass at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, Hewitt, on Thursday, February 13 at 10 AM. Interment at St. Augustine’s Cemetery, Ossining, NY.
Pasquariello, James Vincent Jr. on Saturday, February 15, 2020. Beloved husband of Mary (Bonazzi) Pasquariello. Born in Paterson, he was the son of the late James V. Sr. and Elizabeth (Sparano) Pasquariello. A resident of Pompton Lakes, NJ for the past 29 years moving here from Paterson, NJ. An Army Air Force veteran, James was a machinist by trade and employed by Nabisco in Fair Lawn, NJ. He was a member and past President of Local 719 Bakery and Confectionary Union of Fair Lawn and a member of VFW Post 2867 of Garfield, NJ. Also surviving are two sons, James L. (wife, Verna) of Toms River and John V. (wife, Anne) of Little Falls, NJ, one daughter, Lois Perez (husband, John) of Pompton Lakes and eight grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Predeceased by a brother, Donald T. in 2007. Friends may call at Richards Funeral Home, 4 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Riverdale, NJ 07457 on Tuesday, February 18 for 4 to 8 PM. Funeral mass on Wednesday, February 19 at 11 AM from St. Mary’s Church, Pompton Lakes. Entombment will follow in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Totowa, NJ. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Pompton Lakes First Aid Squad, 700 Ramapo Avenue, Pompton Lakes, NJ 07442.
Reichert, Ronald M., passed away Saturday, February 29, 2020 at his home in Oak Ridge, NJ. He was 58. Ron was born in Newark, NJ. He was the ninth of ten children born to John and Elizabeth Reichert, and grew up in Bloomingdale, NJ for most of his childhood. He always had fond memories and countless stories about his parents and his family from his youth. He later moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida as a teenager, before returning to NJ in the early 1980s. Soon after his return to NJ, he began dating Stephanie Hui, who he married in 1991--the same year they moved to Oak Ridge, and the same year their son Joey was born. Their second son, Steven, was born a few years later in 1994. Ron and Stephanie were loving parents who always took good care of one another and of their sons, and their sons miss them dearly. For nearly 30 years, Ron worked as a garage door mechanic and installer, and knew everything there is to know about garage doors. He was very mechanically inclined, and always knew how to get things working. He was fixing the TV and other appliances at home when he was as young as ten years old, and was still more than willing to replace drywall in his home long after he became sick. More importantly, he was always happy to share his skills with anyone else he could--if you ever needed help with anything, he would do everything in his power to make it happen. People in his life were always struck by his generosity, and the first thing that many said upon hearing about his death was that he was "such a great guy, and such a great friend". Ron was predeceased by his wife, Stephanie. He is survived by his son Joseph Reichert and daughter-in-law Kristen Reichert of Ithaca, NY, as well as his son Steven Reichert of Oak Ridge, NJ. He is also survived by six of his siblings: John and wife Elizabeth Reichert of Mims, FL; Arlene Willis of Toms River, NJ; Fred and wife Candy Reichert of Monroe, NY; Jimmy and wife Mary Reichert of Cocoa, FL; June and husband Fred Haywood of Cocoa, FL; and Charlotte and husband Mike McGillicuddy of Williston, FL. His other siblings passed away before him: Mary Wiertz (wife of Les Wiertz), Lee Reichert, and Janet Reichert. He is also survived by many in-laws, nieces, nephews, friends, and neighbors. Everyone loved Ron. Friends may visit with the family at Richards Funeral Home (1440 Union Valley Rd., West Milford, NJ, 07480) on Tuesday, March 3rd from 4pm to 8pm. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, March 4th at 10:30 AM, also at Richards Funeral Home, followed by burial at the Cedar Heights Cemetery in West Milford. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Cancer Research Institute (https://www.cancerresearch.org/), and would be appreciated.
Richards, A. Lee 81, passed away at his home in Jupiter, FL. on February 12, 2020. Born in Paterson, NJ and raised in Riverdale, Lee began his funeral director career learning and working at Richards Funeral Home alongside his father and grandfather at the age of 16. He graduated from Butler High School in 1956 and The Mc Allister Institute of Funeral Service in New York City in 1957. He was the 5th continuous generation of funeral directors in the Richards Family since 1812. Lee was instrumental in finding the need for another facility to serve the West Milford community and opened a second funeral home in 1972. He was a member of the Morris County and New Jersey State Funeral Directors Association. He was a past member of the Pompton Lakes Rotary Club, served as a trustee to Pompton Lakes-Riverdale First Aid Squad, and The Lakeland Bank advisory board. He also served on various boards for the borough of Riverdale and was a former Riverdale Councilman. Always ready to contribute and serve his community he received numerous awards for donations and support to surrounding communities. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Beverly (Palkow), daughters Audrey Haluza, husband Bryan of Reno, NV, Brenda Schivito, husband John, Sr. of West Chester, PA, and son Bryan Richards of West Milford. Grandfather of John Schivito Jr., Christopher Haluza, Hayden and Valerie Richards, and the late Nicholas Schivito. Also survived by his brother Carl Richards of S. Chatham, MA. Visitation will be held at Richards Funeral Home 4 Newark Pompton Turnpike Riverdale, NJ on Monday February 17, 2020 from 3-7PM. Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday February 18, 2020 at 10:30 AM. Interment at Pompton Reformed Cemetery in Pompton Lakes. In Lieu of flowers donations to Trustbridge Hospice, trustbridgefoundation.org, Green Pond First Aid Squad PO Box 251 Newfoundland, NJ 07435, or The Nicholas Schivito Foundation, angelsagainstaddiction.org.
Seidman, Irving - or “Irv” or “Paga” as he was known - passed away in his sleep on Wednesday evening, February 26, 2020 in West Milford, N.J. at the age of 81. Irv was born to Charles and Gertrude Seidman in Brooklyn, NY, a birthday which was shared with his twin brother Marvin. The brothers grew up as very close friends, both graduated HS, and joined the National Guard together. Irv was pre-deceased by his sister Judith Seidman and his brother Marvin. Irv met and married Myrna Cooper from Jersey City on February 2, 1963. They started their family in Jersey City and then relocated to North Arlington with their children Barry & Linda Seidman. Irv is survived by his wife, Myrna, son Barry, daughter Linda and her wife Karen, and their daughter Alexandra “Allie” Seidman (The Apple of His Eye)! Paga loved his Mets and Jets, and baseball in general, country western music, mafia movies (especially The Godfather and Scarface), Columbo, and engaged life with his love of slapstick humor inspired by Laurel & Hardy! Mostly, Paga loved spending time with his family and most especially his granddaughter! He loved the beach and the boardwalk and enjoyed many family summer vacations at Asbury Park and Belmar. Paga made friends WHEREVER he went and was never at a loss for ways to converse with ANYONE! A private, intimate service took place at Richard’s Funeral Home in West Milford, NJ. Donations in Irv’s memory could be made to the Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS) Foundation at mds-foundation.org /donate/.
Umhoefer, Mary A. (Brienza), 81, passed away February 2, 2020. Born in Passaic, NJ to Anthony and Florence Brienza, she resided most of her life in Pompton Lakes prior to moving to Forest, VA seven years ago. Beloved mother of two sons, Donald Jr (wife, Char) and Raymond Umhoefer, and three daughters Jennie Yuhas (husband, Phil) Peggy Longo (husband, Mike) and Mary Sheridan (husband, Rich). Sister of Joseph, James, Tony and Sam Brienza, Rose Meola and Connie Callahan. Grandmother of ten and great grandmother of five. Predeceased by her husband Donald, a sister Dolly Sutton and a great-grandson Stryker Wilson. Visitation, Friday, February 7, 2-4 and 6-8 pm at Richards Funeral Home, 4 Newark-Pompton Tpke. Riverdale. Funeral mass Saturday 9:30 am at St. Mary’s Church, Pompton Lakes. Interment Mount Rest Cemetery, Butler.
VanDunk, Kirk, 56, of Ringwood, NJ on Saturday, February 8, 2020. Born in Paterson, NJ, he was the son of the late William J. and Gwendolyn (VanDunk) VanDunk Jr. Surviving are his life partner, Denise Kronyak of Ringwood, three brothers, Michael of West Milford, Timothy of Franklin, NJ and Vito of Montague, NJ, three sisters Inga VanDunk of Ringwood, Robin VanDunk of West Milford and Susan Mann of West Milford. A memorial service will be held at the Church of the Good Shepherd, Ringwood, NJ on Sunday, February 23, 2020 at 3 PM.
Wanklin, Claud David Sr., 95, of Bloomingdale, NJ on Friday, February 14, 2020. Beloved husband of the late Ruth (Crescente) Wanklin. Born in Butler, NJ he was the son of the late Lawrence Sr. and Edna (Nutt) Wanklin and a resident of Bloomingdale for over 75 years. An Army veteran, Claud was a landscaper by trade and a former manager of Glenwild Garden Center in Bloomingdale, NJ. Surviving are two sons, Claud A. Jr. (wife, Lucille) of Greenwood, DE, John D. (wife, Charlene) of Riverdale, NJ, two daughters, Judith A. Turk of Bloomingdale and Rosemary Rinkel of Butler, NJ. Also surviving are five grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren. Pre-deceased by a brother, Lawrence Jr. in 2008 and a sister, Della M. Storms in 1990. Friends may call at Richards Funeral Home, 4 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Riverdale, NJ 07457 on Thursday, February 20 from 10 AM to 1 PM. Interment will follow in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Butler, NJ. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made online to The Lipoprotein(a) Foundation at www.lipoproteinafoundation.org