Chalmers, John D. III, 55, passed away on February 13, 2021. John is survived by his twin sister Ora Chalmers, his sisters, Velicia Chalmers, Veretta Armstrong, Vanessa English, his brother Willie Chalmers and his aunt, Mary Bowers as well as many other loving and caring family members. He is predeceased by his father John D. Chalmers, Jr., his mother Annie Chalmers (Acklien) and his brother William Chalmers. John lived with ALFA Development, Inc. in Ringwood, NJ where he enjoyed arts and crafts, signing, and spending time with his staff and peers. John was a quiet, gentle soul who could bring light into any room he entered. His presence will be missed by all that knew him. Services will be held on Friday, February 19, 2021 from 3 – 5 PM. at Richards Funeral Home, 1440 Union Valley Road, West Milford, NJ 07480.
Connor, Stanley Morton on Sunday, February 7, 2021, age 90, passed away. Stanley is survived by his wife of 68 years, Elinor Bush Connor, sons David Connor, Peter Connor and wife Frances, daughter Leigh Connor Sharp and husband Bill, along with grandchildren Bill Sharp, Christine Sharp Glang, and Thomas Sharp. Stanley was a long time resident of Pompton Lakes, NJ and currently of Riverdale NJ. Stanley was a member of Pompton Lakes Reformed Church where he was an active member of the choir and served as an elder. A celebration of Stan’s life will be held on March 13, 2021 at Pompton Lakes Reformed Church at 11:00 AM. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Shriner's Children's Hospital.
Daffin, George Marvin, 68, of Hewitt, NJ on Wednesday, February 3, 2021. Beloved husband of the late Marie (Knapp) Daffin. Born in Franklin, NJ, he was the son of Roberta (Corter) Daffin and the late George P. Daffin. A lifelong resident of Hewitt, George was employed as an insurance agent for RLM, Inc. of Pompton Lakes, NJ and a member of the Greenwood Baptist Church in Hewitt. Surviving in addition to his mother are two daughters, Kellie Burba and husband, Christopher of Lochsheldrake, NY, and Dawn Auriemmo and husband William of Keansburg, NJ, one brother, Gary Daffin of Hewitt, NJ, two sisters, Joanne Keryger of Kansas City, MO and Renee Keryger of Hewitt, NJ. Nine grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren also survive. All private services are entrusted the Richards Funeral Home, 1440 Union Valley Road, West Milford, NJ 07480.
Dill, Gregory W., age 80, passed away February 11, 2021. He was born in Teaneck, NJ, raised in Little Ferry, NJ and settled in Hewitt, NJ where he lived for 55 years until his death. He was a graduate of Bergan County Vo-Tech and served honorably in the U.S. army from 1958 until 1964. He was a Master Plumber for 37 years and belonged to Plumbers Local Union 24. He was a long-time parishioner of Queen of Peace Roman Catholic Church where he served as an usher for many years and a member of the Knights of Columbus for over 55 years. He was active in the Lakeside Community where he lived and served on the executive board in various capacities in his younger years. He is survived by his former wife Maureen Dill of Butler, NJ, his son Kevin Dill of Hackensack, NJ, his daughter Keri Baldwin and her spouse, Jack Baldwin of Riverdale, NJ and Granddaughters Cheryl Dill and Melissa Baldwin. He was predeceased by his son Ryan Dill, parents Walter & Alice Dill and sister, Adrienne Dill. The family has requested that a donation be made to Queen of Peace Roman Catholic Church in Hewitt, NJ in lieu of flowers. Visitation on Monday, February 15 from 3 to 6 PM. Funeral mass on Tuesday, February 16 at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, Hewiit at 10:30 AM. Burial private. All Covid restrictions will be followed at the funeral home and church.
Gaertner, Norman E., 85, of West Milford passed away on Tuesday, February 9, 2021. Born in Jersey City, NJ he was the only son of the late Edward and Elizabeth Gaertner. He grew up in Guttenburg, NJ before moving with his parents to Paterson, NJ. Norm joined the US Marines in 1958 and received an honorable discharge in 1963. He was employed by the Paterson News in Paterson, NJ as a proofreader until they closed in 1969. He went on to work for the ICU Housing Authority of NJ. In September 1970, he married Janice Kravantka and moved to Elmwood Park, NJ where he resided for more than 30 years and was a member of St. Leo’s parish. In 1975, he and Janice celebrated the adoption of their daughter, Denise Gaertner, from Bogota, Colombia. Several years after the death of his wife Janice in 1996, Norm moved to south Jersey where he resided for 5 years before returning to Lodi, NJ in 2007. In 2018, he moved to the Chelsea at Bald Eagle in West Milford where he was residing when he passed. Norm was an avid reader of history, especially of the Titanic, and a diehard Montreal Canadian hockey fan. He loved animals and jazz. His favorite holiday was Christmas. He will be remembered as always being a true gentleman to his many friends at the Chelsea and his family. He is survived by his daughter, Denise Landrum and her husband, Timothy Landrum. In lieu of a funeral service, the family will be sending Mass cards via Richards Funeral Home in West Milford, NJ. Donations may be made to the American Cancer society or a charity of your choice.
Krauer, Vilma M. (Rogmann), 82, passed away peacefully on February 2, 2021. Her husband Charles (Chuck) A. Krauer passed away in 2003. Vilma grew up and lived in Little Ferry, NJ all of her life until she moved to Hewitt, NJ to be with her daughter Stephanie & son-in-law Dave Den Boer. Vilma is survived by her sister Rosalind ("Tiny") E. Farquhar (Rogmann) and her brother Hugo ("Hugie") G. Rogmann. Also, survived by her children: Christine ("Chrissi") A. Brignola (Krauer) (husband, Jerry). Son Steven C. Krauer (wife, Tanya). Daughter Stephanie V. (Krauer) Den Boer (husband David "Dave"). Also survived by her three granddaughters: Jayden N. McReynolds (Brignola), (husband, KC). Britanni E. Krauer and Brianna M. Krauer. Also survived by her two great-grandchildren: great-grandson, Karson CJ Mc Reynolds and her great-granddaughter, KaceyRae Christine McReynolds. Vilma had a wonderful and fulfilling life. From her very young age in Little Ferry, Vilma became very close friends with Blanche (Kubat) Bidnik. Vilma, Tiny and Blanche became gymnasts and instructors together in Little Ferry Sokol. The three (Columbus Avenue girls) judged many competitions in Little Ferry as well as in New York, American Sokol was always a big part of Vilma's life. Vilma worked at All Rite Pen Co. as a secretary, where she met her best friend Alice (Reigert) Rigolosi, with whom she has been friends with through all these years. Vilma then went on to work as a secretary at the Bendix Corp. After many years at Bendix, Vilma got married and had children. After a few years at home, she went to work at the Little Ferry Public Library. She will be cremated through Richards Funeral Home in West Milford, NJ. There will be a memorial service for family and friends during the summer.
Kruegel, Walter A., 82, passed away February 17, 2021. Born in Hackensack to Walter and Sally Kruegel (Small) he resided in Ringwood for the past fifty five years. A Fairleigh Dickinson University graduate, he held a Bachelor’s of Science and two Master's degrees. Walter was a tax accountant for Union Camp Paper in Wayne and also worked for the State of Michigan as a tax auditor. Walter served his country in the U.S. Army. He was a 13th generation descendant of the Mayflower and a Son of the American Revolution. Beloved husband of Sybil Kruegel (Fair), loving father of four children, Kurt Kruegel and wife Donna, Walter Kruegel and wife Jennifer, Amy Sneddon and husband Daren, Eric Kruegel and wife Jessica. Brother of Joyce Cannon and grandfather of Victoria, Alexandra, Ryan, Jared, Kathryn, Amanda, Isabelle, and Danny. Walter enjoyed hunting, fishing and taking his boat out on the bay. He truly cherished every moment spent with his family and friends. He especially loved spending time on Long Beach Island with his beloved Sybi, holding hands while walking on the beach collecting sea glass together. A memorial service is being planned at a later date at the Community Presbyterian Church of Ringwood. Memorial donations to the Community Presbyterian Church of Ringwood would be appreciated. Arrangements entrusted to Richards Funeral Home, West Milford.
Matulewicz, Shirley, A loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Shirley passed away at the age of 85 at St. Joseph’s hospital in Paterson. Shirley was predeceased by her husband Robert Matulewicz. She’s the Loving mother to Donna Mayoski (Andy); Tracey Owney (Dave); Robin Cline (Robert), William Shappell (Toni), Larry Shappell and Robert Shappell, she was predeceased by her son Thomas Shappell (Tammy). Loving grandmother to 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Loving sister to William Struble, Gary Osborne, Lorretta Struble (deceased), Lorraine Case (deceased) Grant Struble (deceased). Shirley is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Shirley was very crafty, could fix just about anything and loved to sew whenever she could. Shirley was a bright light in everyone’s life that she came into. Shirley was filled with love and compassion for everyone she knew. Her beautiful spirit will be missed so much by all who knew her, but missed most of all by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Services will be held for the family on Wednesday, February 10, 2021. Through these difficult and trying times, we ask those wishing to pay their respects do so virtually by joining the following link at https://zoom.us/j/9636469218?pwd=NE9wYk9ZT3FWRTRPdW15Rk1KNWthdz09 Meeting ID: 963 646 9218 Passcode: GE37Q8. The virtual service will be held on Wednesday from 4 pm to 6 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Center, Angels Among Us.
McLean, Thomas J., 69, passed away February 19, 2021. Born in Hoboken to Vincent and Ethel McLean, he lived in Fairlawn and Wayne prior to moving to Haskell fifteen years ago. Thomas was a letter carrier for the Dumont Post Office for thirty years prior to retiring. He was an active member of the National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 38, Bergen County. He enjoyed his garden and meeting his friends for coffee daily. Beloved husband of Jean McLean. Loving father of Sharon Banak and Christine Nivelles. Brother of Brian cLean and Patricia Galloway. Grandfather of Bailey, Justin, Kasha, Henry and Ruppert. Also survived by his stepchildren Lisa, Brian and Wayne. Predeceased by his brother James McLean. Visitation at Richards Funeral Home, 4 Newark-Pompton Turnpike Riverdale on Wednesday, February 24 from 3 to 6 PM.
Pizzarusso, Dominic M., "Nicky", 40, of Riverdale, NJ, passed away on February 3, 2021. Born in Englewood, NJ to Dominick Pizzarusso and Josephine Chesarok Brown, Nicky grew up in Pompton Lakes and later settled in Riverdale. He is a graduate of Pompton Lakes High School Class of 1999. He was the very proud business owner of Air TLC, heating and cooling of Riverdale. He was also an avid animal lover. He had three rescue dogs, Jazmine, Boogie,who have predeceased him, and Martini. He is survived by his fiancée Dina Di Giacomo and her daughter Riley, his mother Josephine Brown and step-father William E. Brown, his father Dominick Pizzarusso and Stepmother Sandy Pizzarusso, and one brother William.C. Brown and sister-in-law, Amanda Brown. Visitation will be held on Sunday, February 7, 2021 from 1-4PM at Richards Funeral Home, 4 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Riverdale, NJ 07457. Disposition will be private. In lieu of flowers, please contribute to Eleventh Hour Rescue 861 Route 10 East, Randolph, NJ 07869. Dominic was an old soul with a presence and a smile that captivated anyone around him. He always put everyone else first and helped everyone he could anyway that he could. His love for dogs was unmatched. His passion for dogs could be seen with his love and care for Boogie and Jazmine and most recently Martini. He loved playing soccer with his stepdaughter Riley and enjoyed teaching her all the skills that he had learned throughout his childhood. He built AIR TLC from nothing and loved the challenge of fixing units that no one else could. He lived so many lives in the short time he was here. He stole the hearts of anyone that knew him. We are all better for having known him and will forever have a piece of our hearts missing without him.
Reisz, Corrine. a resident of Hewitt, NJ for 30 years, passed away peacefully on February 21, 2021. She was 69 years old. Beloved wife of Thomas Reisz. Corrine was born in New York to the late Walter and Caroline Tur. She was employed as an executive purchasing agent for Hytorc Industrial Bolting of Mahwah, NJ. Corrine is survived by her loving husband Tommy, her loving son Dylan Reisz, Brother Paul Tur, Sisters Cookie Everett and Lydia Addamo, stepson Thomas Reisz Jr. Corrine was predeceased by her parents and her brother Walter Tur Jr. Private funeral arrangements entrusted to Richards Funeral Home. A celebration of Corrine's life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org.
Till, Brian A., 41, ascended into heaven on February 19, 2021. Brian was born in Pompton Plains, was raised in Wayne and resided in Lincoln Park. He was a 1997 graduate of Wayne Hills high school and studied art at County College of Morris. He was a self-employed entrepreneur who sold collectibles, antiques and merchandise. Brian was kind, loving and loyal. His laughter was contagious, and his genuine and friendly persona left a lasting, positive impression on anyone he met. He found joy in the simplest of pleasures and he adored animals, photography, music, camping, connecting with nature and chatting over coffee or delicious food with a good friend. Brian was also a very talented sketch artist and painter who found solace in creating a city skyline or portrait, and he leaves behind many wonderful works of art. He often spoke with cherished appreciation of life‘s beautiful gifts and he was certainly a gift to all who knew him. Beloved son of Mary and Gregory Till of Lincoln Park, dear brother to Charles Till and his sister-in-law Heather, and amazing uncle to his niece Annabel. Brian is also survived by many loving aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. A memorial service is being planned at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Montville Animal Shelter in Brian’s honor. Shelter address & phone: 7 Church Lane, Montville. 973-334-6410. Arrangements entrusted to Richards Funeral Home, Riverdale.
Whitmore, Dorothy E., 98, passed away February 15, 2021. Dorothy was born and raised in St. Louis, MO and came to live in West Milford over 65 years ago as a young GI wife and mother. She is survived by her three remaining children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband of 68 years, Thomas. At the request of the family, services and interment are private under the direction of Richards Funeral Home, West Milford.