Adornetto, Salvatore, it is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Salvatore “Sam” Adornetto, a loving and devoted father, grandfather, uncle, and friend to all whose lives he touched, on February 21, 2022. He left us peacefully at his home in Riverdale, NJ. He was 93 years old. A lifelong resident of Riverdale, NJ, Sam was born on April 15, 1928. He married his high school sweetheart, Joan Daddow, who first fell for his Frank Sinatra good looks, and then shortly thereafter, his gentle and kind nature. Sam and Joan married in the Butler Methodist Church on September 10, 1949 and settled in the house across the street from his childhood home, where they raised their only child, Sandra. Sam was industrious at heart and enjoyed lending a hand to anyone in need. He worked at various local companies, including Owens-Illinois in Wayne NJ, as a machine operator and foreman. Most notably, upon retirement, he worked for his son-in-law at Struble Air Conditioning, managing the warehouse and his boss’ temperament; everyone loved being near Sam. He loved spending his free time cheering for the New York Yankees, planting vegetables in his garden, and enjoying summers with his family in Wildwood, NJ. He loved to travel with Joan and volunteered at the Riverdale Senior Club, Butler United Methodist Church, and was a member of the Special Police of Riverdale. Sam is survived by his daughter Sandra Struble and his granddaughter Samantha O'Neil, his namesake. He is preceded in death by his loving wife, Joan; his parents Maria Litteri & Antonino Adornetto; his sister, Catherine Fraser; and his brother, Charles Adornetto. He will be missed by his son-in-law Keith Struble; his grandson-in-law, Robert O'Neil; his niece Diane Alicea; sister-in-law, Dorothy Adornetto, and his many other nieces and nephews. Visitation is from 2-6 PM Friday, February 25, 2022 at Richards Funeral Home, 4 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Riverdale. A private funeral service will be held 10 AM Saturday, February 26, 2022 at the funeral home, with a burial to follow in Mount Rest Cemetery, Butler. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be sent to Butler Methodist Church.
Babbitt, Marcie Jean, 56, daughter of Edward and Juanita Mandrella, passed away February 5, 2022. She is survived by her husband Kevin and three children, Riley, Patrick and Molly, and her two brothers, Richard and Michael Mandrella. Marcie was born in 1966 in Cleveland, Ohio and moved to Kentucky at the age of five, where she grew up in New Castle, KY and attended The University of Kentucky. After graduating from the University of Kentucky in 1989, Marcie moved to New Jersey and began a career in Human Resources in New York City. She moved with her husband Kevin to West Milford in 1994 and would serve as head of P.T.A. for Paradise Knoll Elementary School and Macopin Middle School, as well as being a member of the Board of Education. At the time of her death Marcie was Director of Human Resources at Lummus Technology in Bloomfield, NJ. Marcie was known as a person with passion, energy and an incredible love of life. She loved to spend time with her family and friends and would light up any room she walked into, with a huge smile and an even bigger laugh. She had a way of making everyone in the room feel welcome and a part of the party wherever she went; her limitless energy and outpouring of love will be missed by all of her family, friends, and colleagues. A close friend said, "There is a huge void of love and laughter in the world without Marcie's personality to fill it. She was a ball of fire with a heart of gold, oh how she made us laugh. Marcie Babbitt made this world a much better place to be in, and we all miss her terribly. She was truly a gift and a blessing to us all.” A memorial service will be held Saturday February 12, 2022, 1 pm at The United Methodist Church at Newfoundland, 65 LaRue Road, Newfoundland, NJ 07435. In lieu of flowers please consider donations to a myFace, an organization helping families and patients with craniofacial surgeries, 333 East 30th St., New York, NY 10016, or myFace.org for online donations. Donations can also be made to the West Milford Animal Shelter. P.O. Box 72, West Milford, NJ 07480. Arrangements by Richards Funeral Home, West Milford.
Broekamp, Joyce (Day), 86, of Bloomingdale, NJ passed away February 15, 2022. Joyce was born in Pompton Lakes and was a supervisor for N.J. Bell Telephone prior to her retirement. She was a member of St. Mary's Church and Telephone Pioneers of America. Beloved mother of Luann Broekamp Jones and her husband James of Bloomingdale, also survived by several nieces and nephews, and her beloved Shih Tzu Honey. Predeceased by her husband Louis in 2008, her sister Dolores Townsend and brother James Day. Interment of cremains will be held on Friday February 25, 10:30 AM at Christ the King Cemetery, Franklin Lakes. In lieu of flowers donations to Friends of Wayne Animals, P.O. Box 3701, Wayne, NJ 07470 in honor of her love for animals. Arrangements entrusted to Richards Funeral Home, Riverdale.
Callahan, Jack, 76, passed away February 15, 2022. Born in Jersey City, NJ to the late John and Mary Callahan, he resided in Cedar Grove. Jack owned Creative Design Floor Installation, Little Falls. Beloved father of Sean Callahan and his wife Kim of Pompton Lakes. He enjoyed spending time with his three granddaughters, Kayla, Rylee, and Samantha. He is predeceased by two brothers, Bobby and twin brother Joe. A memorial visitation will be held Thursday, February 24 from 5-8 PM with a service at 6 PM. at Richards Funeral Home, 4 Newark-Pompton Turnpike, Riverdale.
Crolle, Waltraud Augusta (Staib), AKA “Wally”, Ringwood, 97 passed peacefully surrounded by her children on February 23, 2022. Born in Britzingen, Germany, she came to the United states in 1927. Resided in Livingston, NJ, Brooklyn, NY, Queens, NY, Paterson, NJ before settling in Ringwood, NJ for over 70 years. Wally was an accomplished and talented gymnast winning her first medal (2nd place) at the New York District Meet in December 1941. She continued competing throughout the East Coast and Central US. Her talent earned a spot to try out for the 1948 Olympic Team, becoming an alternate. She was inducted into the Old Timers Association Sports Hall of Fame in 1972. Member of the Swiss Turnverein, Paterson, NJ and then the Carlstadt Turnverein, Carlstadt, NJ. She was a seamstress working in Paterson, NJ sewing coats for the US Army before settling down to raise her children while helping her husband run a family home trucking company from 1949 to 1986 in Ringwood. Wally was a member of the New Jersey Botanical Garden Association at Skylands and the Ringwood Garden Club since 1981 becoming a Master Gardener. She volunteered many countless hours in the green houses and the All American Gardens. Wally was not only a skilled seamstress, but also an avid skier, hiker, and enjoyed vacationing down the Jersey shore, however, her passion was her garden. Bring a sick plant to her and she would nurture it back to life with her “green thumb”. Predeceased by her husband, Julius (1996), she is survived by her children Arthur (Cheryl) Crolle, Wanaque; Cathy Pagana, Ringwood; John (Deborah) Crolle, Hewitt; and Rita (Gordon) Patrick-Mueller, Stillwater. She has seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Viewing at Richards Funeral Home, 4 Newark Pompton Tpke., Riverdale, NJ on Sunday, February 27, 2022 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to New Jersey Botanical Garden/Skylands Association, PO Box 302, Ringwood, NJ 07456 or the Ringwood Ambulance Corporation at ringwoodambulance.org in her memory.
Dean, Robert J., 95, passed away February 1, 2022. Born in Everett, Washington he was a resident of Pompton Lakes for sixty-two years, and was a self-employed electrician prior to retirement. Robert proudly served his country during World War II in the Coast Guard. He loved playing the organ in his spare time. Beloved father of Robert & Maryann Dean of Oak Ridge, NJ, Larry Dean of Bayville, NJ and Patricia & Jimmie Stone of Chesapeake, VA. Brother of Jack, of Fair Oaks, CA and Gerald Dean, of Lebanon, TN. Grandfather of six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Predeceased by his beloved wife of sixty-one years, Marie (Worley) Dean, a brother, William Dean, and sister, Barbara Wiley. Visitation hours Monday, February 7, 2022 from 5-7 pm at Richards Funeral Home, 4 Newark-Pompton Turnpike, Riverdale. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his honor to Alzheimer’s New Jersey, 425 Eagle Rock Avenue, Suite 203, Roseland, New Jersey 07068.
Guarino, Linda L., (Mravlag) 68, passed away February 5, 2022. Born in Jersey City, NJ to the late Victor and Frances, she lived in North Bergen before moving to Hewitt eighteen years ago. Linda was employed as an insurance underwriter for Strategic Insurance Partners, North Bergen. Beloved wife for fifty two years of Anthony the love of his life. Loving sister of five siblings, Donna Little and husband Stan, John Mravlag his wife Gloria, Victor Mravlag his wife Peggy, Gary Mravlag his wife Kathy, and Walter Volmer. Also survived by her brother-in-law Gary Guarino and wife Sandra, fifteen nieces and nephews, and twenty four great nieces and nephews. Predecesed by Ann Mravlag and William Mravlag. Visiting hours Thursday, February 10, from 4-7 PM at Richards Funeral Home, 1440 Union Valley Road, West Milford, with a service at 6 PM.
Hook, Joyce (Sweetman) 90, passed away February 22, 2022. Born in Paterson to Leonard and Dora, she was a resident of Riverdale for over forty years. She was a member of the former Bloomingdale Baptist Church in Bloomingdale and was an animal lover, especially her cats and birds. Beloved mother of six children; four sons and two daughters. She is survived by a sister, ten grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Predeceased by her husband Francis and her brother and two sisters sisters. Visiting hours Sunday February 27, 2-4 PM at Richards Funeral Home, 4 Newark-Pompton Turnpike, Riverdale. Funeral Monday 11 AM at the funeral home, with interment to follow at Fair Lawn Cemetery, Fair Lawn. In lieu of flowers donations to First Baptist Church of Paterson, 95 Washington St. Paterson, NJ 07505 would be appreciated.
Lane, Harry P Jr. "Pat", 81, of Pompton Lakes formerly of Hasbrouck Heights passed away on February 16, 2022. Harry was an operations manager for Shulton Industries, Clifton for over 25 years. Harry loved his family and enjoyed the time he spent with them through the years, including summers at L.B.I, boating, working on his home, and taking care of the family dogs. He is survived by his wife Marilynn (Corbo) "Mac", son Daniel J. Lane and wife Laura, daughter Kim Lane Black, four grandchildren, Danielle, Paul, Dan Jr and wife Laura, and Joe. Two great grandchildren Savannah and Daniel III. Brothers, Bill, Jim, Randy, Jeff and Bruce, sisters Lauren, Donna and Lisa. Several nieces, nephews, cousins, sister and brother in laws. A memorial mass will be held Monday February 28, 11 am at St. Mary's Church, Pompton Lakes. Arrangements by Richards Funeral Home, Riverdale.
Tompkins, Donald, husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, lawyer and friend. A lover of animals and nature. Don left us on Feb 27, 2022 at the age of 91. He was born and grew up in Paterson. Upon graduating from P.S. 13 and Eastside High school, he worked in the construction trades. During the Korean War he proudly served his country in the 802 Engineer Aviation Battalion in Japan. While there he married the girl (Sadako Umetsu) who has been his wife for over sixty years, and who has given him three beautiful children. After his military service Don worked in various corporate positions ultimately becoming Director of Finance for Nelson Resource Corp., a publicly traded corporation. During this time he also attended evening classes at Fairleigh Dickenson University, and then St. John’s Law Schools where he earned his B.S. and J.D. degrees. He established a law firm and was admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in New Jersey, and subsequently admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court. Many know Don for his jovial nature, and for helping others whether it be his family, neighbors, friends, or the animals at the West Milford Animal Shelter, where he volunteered for many years. He will be remembered by his neighbors at Bald Eagle Commons for having their real estate tax assessments reduced, and for organizing a group to refurbish the beautiful sleds, and wagons that adorn the Bald Eagle campus. He was socially active in the community, including his movie nights at his condo. Don is preceded in death by his wife Sadako and daughter Nancy Zambito. He is survived by his son Edward and his wife Lori, his daughter Judy, grandchildren Erik and Greg Tompkins, James Zambito, Tara Kerstner and her husband Jesse, Kelly Rigoglioso and her husband Mathew, great grandchildren Kaia Rigoglioso and Greyson Kerstner. He is also survived by nieces Elaine Miske (nee Quick), Patricia Taylor (nee Haskoor) and Danielle Weitz (nee Haskoor). Don lived a full life during which he traveled extensively throughout the US, and many foreign countries and Caribbean Islands. He love music with a passion and enjoyed exchanging e-mail with his many friends. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to West Milford Animal Shelter. Relative and friends may pay their final respects at the Richards Funeral Home at 1440 Union Valley Road, West Milford, NJ on Sat March 5, 2022 (viewing from 1:00-4:00 PM)
VanDunk, Mary A. (DeGroat), 63, of Ringwood, NJ passed away on Tuesday, February 15, 2022. Beloved wife of John H. VanDunk. Born in Paterson, she was the daughter of the late Samuel and Irene (Mann) DeGroat. Surviving in addition to her husband are a son, Jonathan of Ringwood, three brothers, Butch, Samuel and Chris DeGroat, two sisters, Sylvia VanDunk and Carolyn Nelson. Predeceased by a daughter, Irenarose Marmolejos, two brothers, Leon and Avery DeGroat and a sister, Janice Debose. Also surviving are three grandchildren, Giovanni, Brendyn and Rowan Marmolejos. All services are private.