Appel, Keith D., 51, of Bloomingdale passed away on May 9, 2020. He is survived by his two sons, Keith and Brandon Appel, his parents Vernon C. Jr and Gail (Pratt) Appel, and two brothers Vernon C, III and Ronald Appel. Private graveside service will be held at Pompton Reformed Church Cemetery in Pompton Lakes, NJ.
Craig, John W., 74, of West Milford passed away May 11, 2020. Born in Paterson to Andrew and Mary (Grimley) Craig, he formerly lived in Haledon. John worked for Nabisco Foods in Fairlawn as a floor attendant. He was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War, and enjoyed traveling and skiing. Beloved husband of Carolyn (Spitzer) Craig of West Milford. Brother of Robert Craig and his wife Marlene of Ridgewood. Private services were held at Laurel Grove Cemetery, Totowa. Arrangements entrusted to Richards Funeral Home, West Milford.
Davis, Marion (Gillman) passed away on Friday, May 15, 2020. Born in Wilkes Barre, PA to Robert and Laura (Treat) Gillman, Marion worked for 20 years as a paste-up artist for the Suburban Trends Newspaper of Riverdale and Butler. She was a resident of Riverdale for 64 years. Marion was a founding member of the New Jersey Choral Society for more than 25 years, along with her husband Gordon. They were members of the Bloomingdale United Methodist Church for 64 years where they were active in the church choir, women’s and men’s groups, and family activities. Upon her retirement in 1989, Marion and Gordon traveled extensively throughout the United States with Senior Tours and ultimately were able to visit all of the 50 states as well as many Canadian Provinces. Marion and Gordon were active members of the Riverdale seniors where she served most recently as Secretary and Co-Chair of the Trip Committee, as well as the Butler XYZ Club. Marion was an excellent cook and baker, an exemplary mother, and a much-loved grandmother, great-grandmother, neighbor, and friend. Sadly missed and greatly loved by everyone who knew her, Marion’s legacy will live on forever. Marion is survived by her daughter Cynthia Davis of Pompton Lakes; her son Randy and his wife Genny of East Earl, PA; five grandchildren: Matthew McKee, David McKee, Kiera McKee, Paul Smith, and Rebecca Coyle; nine great-grandchildren, and her sister Ruth Williams of New Milford, CT. Marion was predeceased by her husband of 65 years, Gordon (2015) and her daughter, Diane McKee (2014). In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Gordon Davis Scholarship Fund in care of Bloomingdale United Methodist Church, 65 Main Street, Bloomingdale, NJ 07403. Private interment was held at Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Wrightstown, NJ. under the direction of Richards Funeral Home in Riverdale, NJ.
Elia, Constance L., (Bernier) age, 86, of Oak Ridge, NJ passed away May 24, 2020. Born in Augusta, Maine to Edouard and Alfreda (Martin) Bernier, she met her future husband Frank in Maine while he was stationed in the Navy. They married in 1956 and moved to West Milford to raise their family until retirement when they moved to Brick, NJ. Beloved mother of Nanette Storms and husband Donald, Anita Elia, and Frank Elia Jr., and wife Janet. Grandmother of Ashlie and Ryan Storms, Courtney Miller and Nicholas Elia. Great grandmother of Alexis and Bryson Miller. Predeceased by her husband Frank in 2012. Private arrangements entrusted to Richards Funeral Home, West Milford
Foley, Catherine Marie "Kay" (Canessa), 81, on May 11, 2020 slipped from our hands and into the arms of a loving God whom she served so beautifully and so well. Born in Brooklyn to parents John and Louise Bernocco Canessa, Catherine devoted her life to the seven children, 24 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and 15 spouses and significant others whom at all times she put before all else. Her family meant absolutely everything to her. Catherine was a fervent Roman Catholic and practiced a vibrant life of faith that characterized and colored her life. She vigorously protected and advocated for anyone whom she felt was mistreated or misunderstood. She loved her numerous pets like children. Her passion for reading, forensic investigation series, and Hallmark Christmas movies rounded the fullness of her life. She is survived by her sister, Ida Fearon, her extensive circle of immediate and extended family, and cherished friends whom she touched with her love, wisdom, patient example, and grace even in suffering. She is preceded in death by her parents and beloved granddaughter, Dianna Catherine DeRogatis. Catherine loved endlessly and will be loved eternally by the many whom she touched and graced. Donations in her memory can be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Jacobs, Lawrence J., 54, of Hewitt on Thursday, May 21, 2020. Beloved husband of Donna (Zmirak) Jacobs. The son of the late Louis and Jeanette (Damm) Jacobs, Larry was employed by White Coffee Corp. of Long Island City, NY for 26 years as a service technician. Also surviving are his children, sons, Todd and Steven of Hewitt, NJ and a daughter, Jenna who is currently attending Louisiana State University, a sister, Loretta Donahue (husband, Jack) of Fair Lawn, NJ, brother, Peter (wife, Karen) of Palmyra, NJ, sister-in-law, Mariann Jacobs and Harold of Toms River, NJ and many nieces and nephews. Larry was predeceased by his brother, Ed. Larry was a loving husband and father and a wonderful friend to all. He spent many years attending his kids sporting events, always cheering from the sidelines. He also coached his kids soccer teams for many years. He was a friend to all who knew him and was always willing to help someone out. Larry's greatest passion, aside from his family was snowboarding. He spent every free minute on the slopes. Larry will be dearly missed by all. A private cremation has been scheduled. A celebration of Larry's life will be announced at a later date.
Jacobsen, Zachary R., 28, on May 21, 2020. Loving son of Robert and Denise Jacobsen and Juliet Wiles, as well as beloved grandson of Verna Charman and Linda Delvecchio. Zach was Vice President of DNZ Communications and the "heavy Lifter" at House of Thai. Smart, energetic and attention to detail was how he conducted business. Zach loved his hikes, kayaking, fishing and the gym and more than anything his New York Jets. A man of few words, he was always deep in thought. He took the words of his grandfather to be a "giver not a taker" seriously, he gave to whoever needed him for any and all reasons, a true gentle man. Zach is also survived by his sisters, Nicole Del Vecchio and Jess (Justin) Murphy and "ADORED" special person, Virginia Blackowski and not to forget his beloved pup "Nalla". Also surviving are many aunts, uncles, cousins, niece and nephew and many of his satisfied customers. To all who were fortunate to know him, be glad you did. Arrangements by Richards Funeral Home, West Milford. All services will be private. A "celebration of life" will be held at a later date, when everyone can get together. "God Speed". Heaven just got a little brighter.
McDonald, Carl J., 92 passed away May 19, 2020 at Millenium Care. Born in Pompton Lakes, NJ to John and Catherine (Rutledge) McDonald, he lived there most of his life. Carl worked for E.I. Dupont in Pompton Lakes, was an army veteran of the Korean War and was an exempt member of the Pompton Lakes Fire Department. Beloved father of three daughters, Kathleen Nann (husband Ed), Valerie Decker (husband, Kim) and Joan Lucas (husband, Mike), and sons Carl McDonald Jr. (wife, Elaine), and John McDonald (wife, Chrissy). Grandfather of 20 and great-grandfather of 25 children. Predeceased by his wife Rosemarie. Private arrangements entrusted to Richards Funeral Home, Riverdale.
Milligan, Maryland Constance, 90, passed away on May 23, 2020. She was a lifelong resident of Ringwood, NJ. Survivors are: a sister, Rhoda Nieves (Hippolito); daughters Claudette Coleman, Paulette Milligan, Valerie Gunn (Terry), Leah Milligan (Howard), Julia De Groat, Sharon Mann (Wayne), and Connie Van Dunk (Arthur); sons Charles A Milligan (Luanne), Tyrone Milligan (Melissa), and Garrett R. Milligan (Allison),and honorary son, Jose Nieves. Predeceased by: her husband, Herbert Milligan; son Herbert G. Milligan, Sr.; parents Myrtle and Samuel I. Van Dunk, Sr., sister Julia Mann; brothers Leonard C. Van Dunk, Sr., William G. Van Dunk, Sr., Samuel I. Van Dunk, Jr., and Robert Van Dunk. Maryland was a crossing guard for the Borough of Ringwood for many years and a long time parishioner of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Ringwood. She also leaves behind a multitude of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Services will be on Thursday, May 28, 2020 at Richards Funeral Home in West Milford, NJ, from 11 am to 1pm. Because of Covid-19, visitation is restricted to immediate family and close family friends. When it is safe we will be having a memorial service in Maryland's name at her church.
Mulligan, Geraldine "Gerry" (Orthouse) went home to her Lord and Savior on May 5, 2020, just one day before her 78th birthday.She was an identical twin born to Elizabeth Orthouse (Van Lenten) and Gerardus Orthouse (Oorthuys) in Paterson, New Jersey. Initially residing in Franklin Lakes, NJ and then Jacksonville, FL, the family moved to Wyckoff, NJ, in 1948 where Gerry grew up and graduated Ramapo High School in 1960. Gerry and her twin were always very close growing up, often doing things together and cheering each other on. Gerry met her husband, John C. Mulligan, a naval submarine serviceman, in 1957 and they were married in 1959. They resided in Oakland, NJ, with their two children, Loraine (1962) and David (1965) until 1968 when they moved to West Milford, NJ. They purchased the ‘Old Homestead’ on Greenwood Lake, which they built into a successful recreational business known as ‘Greenwood Lake Swim, Boat, and Tennis Club’. Gerry and John owned and managed the business until selling it in 1981 and moving to the East Shore of Greenwood Lake. After selling their business, Gerry earned her BA in Accounting and Information Systems from Ramapo College and was employed by Union Camp as an Accounting Systems Analyst until her retirement in 2000. In 2004, Gerry and John moved to Vernon, NJ, were she was an active member of the Vernon Seniors and enjoyed travelling with her husband and spending time with their five grandchildren. One of their most memorable trips was a two-week 40th Anniversary trip on their cabin cruiser up the Hudson River to the Erie Canal and then through the Oswego Canal to Lake Ontario. Among their fondest memories were all the interesting people they met along the way and the many kindnesses extended to them on their journey. During Gerry’s time in West Milford, she was involved with the Greenwood Lake Watershed Management Commission, and an elected Republican Committee Representative. She attended Calvary Baptist Church in West Milford where she taught Sunday school; and later Ringwood Baptist Church in Ringwood, NJ. In addition to being a dedicated and loving wife and mother and an astute business woman, Gerry loved boating, tennis, snowmobiling, country line dancing, and being involved in her Church. Throughout her entire life, she held an unwavering faith in God, which she shared with those who surrounded her. Gerry was currently a member of Living Word Alliance Church in Hewitt, NJ were she was involved in missions, elder selection, and women’s Bible study; as well as hosting home Bible study groups. Gerry was predeceased by her husband, John C. Mulligan (2006) and both of her parents. She is survived by her daughter, Loraine (Lori) LePera (Mulligan) and husband, Kevin, son, David Mulligan and wife, Laura (Romanello); twin sister, Elizabeth (Betty) Regan (Orthouse) and husband, Charles, brother, Richard Oorthuys and wife, Anne (Vreeland), brother, Douglas Orthouse and wife, Marilyn (Elkland); grandchildren, Ryan LePera and wife, Colleen (Dieterle), Kyle LePera and wife, Lauren (Chiarchiaro), Sean LePera and girlfriend, PJ Critser, Jonathan Mulligan, Victoria Mulligan, great-grandson, Jameson LePera; eight nieces and nephews and their families. One of Gerry’s favorite passages from an early age is Proverbs 3: 5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; and lean not to your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.” Gerry will be laid to rest beside her husband at the Northern New Jersey Veteran’s Cemetery. A Celebration of Life Service is planned for July 18th at Living Word Church, 93 Lakeshore Drive, Hewitt, NJ 07421 and all are welcome. Please contact LWAC for details as the date gets closer. The family is requesting donations in lieu of flowers to the Parkinson’s Foundation or COVID-19 Frontline Workers. Parkinson's Foundation, https://www.parkinson.org/ 200 SE 1st Street, Suite 800, Miami, FL 33131,1- 800-473-4636 or Samaritan’s Purse, https://www.samaritanspurse.org/, PO Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607,
Murphy, Edward J. Jr., 75, of West Milford, NJ, passed away on May 22, 2020. Edward was born and raised in Paterson, NJ. He was predeceased by his brother, Robert. Edward served in the US Navy stationed in Spain between 1962-1963. He went on to work for Ford Motor Company for over 30 years, retiring in 2003. Edward was active with The American Legion serving as Commander at Post #289 and more recently, Passaic County Commander. In addition, he enjoyed taking residents of Chelsea Assisted Living and Milford Manor to their appointments. A resident of West Milford for 40 years, Edward never seemed to grow old. Always a people person, Edward loved being around others always telling stories. He loved war movies, especially World War II ones, cars, and vacationing in Ocean Grove. He also enjoyed cooking, sitting on the deck with a cup of coffee, doing crossword puzzles, and loved to eat. Edward is survived by his loving wife, Patricia and his devoted daughter Sharon Murphy of Edison. Private arrangements entrusted to Richards Funeral Home, West Milford. A memorial service will take place later this year.
Eleanore Sinacori, 83, of West Milford passed away May 19, 2020. Born in Jersey City to Karl and Anna (Lorch) Luckert, Eleanore, worked for Johanna Foods in Flemington, NJ, as an administrative assistant for over 50 years. Loving mother to Donna Fioravanti and mother-in-law to Michael Fioravanti of Highland Lakes, NJ. Cherished grandmother to Amanda Tobin (Robert) and Jason Fioravanti and his fiance Alexandra Salpietro. She also leaves her two brothers, Kenny Luckert (Carole) and Karl Luckert (Carol). With all her heart, Eleanore loved her family and also enjoyed spending time at the Jersey Shore, gardening, baking the best Christmas cookies and was an avid reader of James Paterson books. Arrangements entrusted to Richards Funeral Home, West Milford.
Weatherwalks, Lowell Edward, 87, passed away May 3, 2020 of COVID-related illness at The Health Center at Bloomingdale. Lowell was born in Midvale, NJ, but called Pompton Lakes his home for most of his 87 years. He left school at an early age to work at Artistic Weaving Company as a jacquard pattern lacer, and he later worked in the maintenance department of Artistic Identification Systems. Lowell resided in the Pompton Lakes Senior Housing apartment building for twenty years, where his neighbors and friends would remark that he was always pleasant and friendly. He enjoyed fishing or just sitting near the banks of Lake Inez and the Wanaque River which flowed behind his homes on Wanaque Avenue and Hunter Place. Lowell never drove a car but didn't mind walking over town to do some shopping or go to the dentist. He was never a complainer or a back seat driver when he accompanied his sister on sightseeing trips to Florida, Virginia, Niagara Falls, New Hampshire, and Maine as well as day trips to Plymouth, Massachusetts for excellent whale watches and lobster rolls. He loved dogs and cats and wildlife and visiting area zoos. Lowell is survived by his sister Donna Weatherwalks, his brothers Lee and his wife Clara, Stanley and his wife Betty Lou, Bruce and his wife Sally, Craig and his wife Donna. Also survived by a brother in law Richard Struble. Predeceased by his parents Edward in 1985, Beatrice (Pellington) in 1983, and his sister Darlene Weatherwalks Struble in March 2020. In his memory, donations would be appreciated to Associated Humane Societies and Popcorn Park Zoo, Executive Offices, 124 Evergreen Avenue, Newark, NJ 07114. Private arrangements entrusted to Richards Funeral Home, Riverdale.
Woodrow, Bobbie Jo (DeMott), 48, of Highland Lakes, NJ on Tuesday, May 19, 2020. Beloved wife of George Woodrow. Bobbie Jo was born in Pequannock, NJ to her late father, Robert, and her mother, Marilyn (Fabery) DeMott. She was a sales woman and distributor for Mary Kay Cosmetics. In addition to her husband and mother, she is survived by three brothers, Robert, Christopher and Craig DeMott. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Richards Funeral Home, West Milford, NJ.