Avery, Joanna M. (Martin), 86, a lifelong resident of Bloomingdale, NJ passed away on May 1, 2021. Born to the late Louis and Jennie (Potter) Martin. She is predeceased by her husband, Harry in 2018. Beloved mother of Tab Avery and companion Cindy Fadil of Bloomingdale, Gary Avery and his wife Denise of Bushkill, PA., daughters, Tamara Hasel and husband John of Verona, NJ., Debra Miller and companion Louis Sorino of Port Jervis, NY. Also surviving, 9 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 from 11:00 AM-12:30PM followed by a service at 12:30, at Richards Funeral Home, 4 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Riverdale, NJ. Burial to follow at Laurel Grove Cemetery in Totowa, NJ.
Backus, Albert, 95, of Pompton Lakes on Saturday, May 22, 2021. Beloved husband of the late Ruth Backus. Born in New Brunswick, NJ to the late John Aboud and Alia Backus. A Navy veteran, Albert served during WWII and Korean War as an aviation machinist mate 3rd class. He was employed as a custodian at Stephen Gerace School in Pequannock, NJ and was a crossing guard in Pompton Lakes, NJ. Albert was a member of the Pompton Lakes Volunteer Fire Department for over 70 years and served as a 2nd Lieutenant, 1st. Lieutenant and Captain of Company #5 before retiring. A member of the local AFL-CIO, he served as Secretary and Treasurer and was an avid volunteer to help feed the needy with Saint Mary’s Food Kitchen in Jersey City. Surviving are one son, Albert Jr. (wife, Kimberly) of Kinnelon, NJ, a daughter, Sharon Gough (husband, Kurt) of Wayne, NJ and his companion, Carol Van Splinter. Also surviving are three grandchildren, Michael Gough (wife, Amanda) and Phillip and Alex Backus. Predeceased by a brother, Louis in 1987. Friends may call at Richards Funeral Home, 4 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Riverdale, NJ on Wednesday, May 26 from 4 to 8 PM. A funeral mass will be held on Thursday, May 27 at St. Mary’s Church, Pompton Lakes at 11 AM. Interment to follow in Christ the King Cemetery, Franklin Lakes, NJ. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Pompton Lakes Volunteer Fire Department.
Huber, Geraldine C. “Jerri” passed away peacefully while surrounded by loved ones on Wednesday, May 26, 2021, at the age of 86. The daughter of Theresa and Joseph Stanulis, Jerri grew up in Forty Fort, Pennsylvania. She met her husband, Allen Huber (deceased, 1996), while they were students at East Stroudsburg University, and they married in June 1960. Soon after, Jerri and Al moved to West Milford where they were both teachers. Jerri taught physical education and focused (small group) math and reading to many generations of students at West Milford High School and other elementary schools in the district. She also worked as a home tutor for students in the community. Jerri’s pride was in her students and she was truly beloved by students, friends and coworkers alike. The simplest pleasures in life brought great joy to Jerri such as reading a good book in the sun, taking care of her bird friends, watching nightly Jeopardy, and spending time with her family down at the Jersey shore. She acquired quite the collection of sea glass and “very interesting” beach pebbles from cherished summer vacations in Sea Isle City. One of Jerri’s favorite pictures hung in her dining room of a sunlit beach, empty save for two chairs, one for her and one for Al. We find comfort in thinking she is sitting with Al now, enjoying the sunshine. Jerri will be lovingly remembered for her shrewd sense of humor by her children, Jayne Parsons, Neil (wife, Patricia), Kay Fuller (husband, William), Jon (wife, Marcy), and AJ; grandchildren Melissa Ferrara (husband, Anthony), Reed, Grant, Carli, Megan, Mackenzie, Kennedie, and Adison; and great-granddaughter Madelina. Visitation: Thursday, June 3, 2021 from 5-8 pm at Richards Funeral Home, 1440 Union Valley Road, West Milford. Funeral Mass: Friday, June 4, 2021 at 10:00 am at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, 1911 Union Valley Road, Hewitt. The family asks that in lieu of flowers please make donations to the World Wildlife Fund (https://www.worldwildlife.org/).
Kimble, Douglas Robert Sr. passed peacefully at home on May 14th with his children by his bedside. He was born in Pompton lakes to Eva McGrady and Douglas Stanley (Sid) Kimble. He was predeceased by the love of his life his wife Cathy( Katie) Cooper, his parents Eva and Sid, and mother-in-law Josephine Cooper. Growing up in Pompton lakes as a child he enjoyed baseball and ice skating/ hockey. Before moving to Butler he helped in the building of his parent's home. Doug was a traveler and liked to go camping with his family and loved fishing with his brother Brian. He enjoyed drum corps and played for the Lakeland Goldenaires drum and bugle corps. He also was a fan of the Hawthorne Caballeros. In his spare time he liked working on cars and engines,and had a shop set up in his driveway and garage. He was retired from Marotta Scientific Controls. Doug is survived by his daughter Darlene ( Kathy Marcotullio) and son Douglas Jr. His brother Brian (Anita) Kimble along with his dog Blue Belle Noëlle. Also surviving is his long time companion Linda Percussi. In lieu of flowers the family is asking for donations to be made to the Alzheimers association. Visitation will be Monday at the Richards Funeral Home Riverdale from 6-9 pm and Funeral on Tuesday at 10:00am at the funeral home . Graveside services will follow at North Church Cemetery in Hardyston
Smolinski, Mariann "Bunny" passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 25, 2021. Mariann was born to Anthony and Stephanie Cromis of Rutherford, NJ. For many years she worked with the A.C. Nielsen Company in Cherry Hill. Upon her father's passing she moved back to Rutherford to care for her mother. She married Joseph Allen Smolinski in the Summer of 1980. Together they moved to Ringwood and later West Milford NJ. For several years Mariann worked with the West Milford program for adults with special needs. She went on to spend many years as a bus driver for the West Milford Schools, driving special needs students to specialized schools. She found great fulfillment and joy in working with special needs people, always telling stories about her classes or her school route. She also volunteered her time as a Sunday school teacher, band parent, and was a proud Navy Mom. Mariann loved spending time with her family, especially at the Jersey Shore. She was a supportive wife, mother, and grandmother. She loved to see her family together and would regularly host extended family gatherings to celebrate them. Even in her final days her faith was at the center of her life. She was a great witness to those around her and an inspiration even during difficult times. Surviving Mariann are her husband Joseph Allen, brothers Michael and Gregory, and sister-in-laws Mary Diane and Carole and their spouses. Her daughter Jennifer and husband Robert, her son Joseph Anthony and wife Kristy. Her grandchildren Joseph Andrew and Edgar Joe as well as many cousins, nephews, nieces, and friends. Mariann will be missed by many friends and family. We ask that they find comfort in knowing she is at peace. Visitation Thursday May 27, 2021 from 4-8 pm at Richards Funeral Home, 1440 Union Valley Road West Milford. Funeral Mass Friday May 28, 2021 at 11 am at Saint Joseph's Church, West Milford. Friends are asked to meet at the church. Interment will follow the mass in the church cemetery. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Saint Joseph’s Food Pantry at 454 Germantown Road, West Milford, NJ 07480. Phone: 973-697-6100.
Titus, Lynn M. passed away May 13, 2021 in Mount Pleasant SC at the age of 68. The daughter of the late Eugene Titus Sr. and Mary Titus. She grew up in Pompton Lakes NJ. with her parents and her late brother Eugene Titus. She is survived by her Nieces, Melissa Titus Foster, Kristen Titus, Jessica Titus, her Sister in-law Linda Titus and many cousins. She is also survived by her beloved dog Keltie. Graveside services will be held 10:00 AM on June 19, 2021 at Mount Rest Cemetery in Butler NJ.
Tuman, Harold Vincent II, age 60, passed away on Sunday, May 23, 2021. Harry was born in Jersey City to Annette and the late Harold William Tuman. He grew up in North Bergen with his family Harold Tuman, Annette Tuman, and his bother, the late Wayne Tuman as well as his stepmother Marge Tuman, and his half-brothers Keith and Eric Tuman. He graduated North Bergen High School in 1978. He went on to join the Carpenters Union Local #15 out of Edison at 18 years old. He was employed by Engineering and Refrigeration (E&R) and retired in 2015. Harry enjoyed spending time with and helping his family and people important to him. His desire to help people included driving for Lyft and a private car service. He loved having yard parties with Traveling Wilburys, Eagles, Meatloaf, and his Spotify “yard music” playlists blasting on the stereo. These gatherings always ended with a large bonfire. He loved spending days swimming in his pool, watching NASCAR, riding his ATV in the woods around his house. His house was always full of people and the children of his extended family. He was passionate about riding his motorcycle and appreciated everything about nature. His property was full of flowers, plants, and a ton of bird houses that he relished taking care of. He delighted in showing those around him pictures of his “visitors” black bears, deer, snapping turtles, gold finches, and snakes. He was defined by being a part of the people he loved. He was a role model and father figure for many. He is survived by many relatives including his wife Debra Tuman, his children Harry Tuman, Lindsay Tuman and fiancé CJ Dodge, Jaclyn Moncada and husband Juan Moncada, his mother Annette Tuman, Stepmother Marge Tuman, his half-brothers Keith Tuman and Eric Tuman, his Aunts and Uncles Jean Malzone-Warner and husband Stanley Warner and Betty Giacombo, Kenneth “Chickie” Tuman, Aggie Russo, his sister-in-law Rosemary LaRosa, his nieces Sydney and Alexandra Tuman, his nephews Dennis and Tony O’Rourke, and his great nieces and nephews Sierra, Jacob, Emily, and Tommy. The family will be celebrating his life at Richards Funeral Home, 1440 Union Valley Road West Milford NJ 07480, June 18th; 4-7 PM with a short blessing at 6 pm.
Withers, Ruth Wilson passed away in Pompton Plains on May 28th, 2021. She celebrated her 100th birthday in 2020. A lifelong resident of New Jersey, Ruth was born in Montclair and raised in Verona, the oldest of 4 children. She married William Withers, a WWII veteran, in 1947. They moved to Pompton Plains in 1949, remaining there for 72 years until her death. Her husband Bill passed away in 1993. Ruth got her teaching degree from Wheelock College in Boston and upon graduating taught Kindergarten for 2 years in Hartford, CT before she was married. She took time to start a family and returned later to teach Kindergarten at North Boulevard and Stephen J. Gerace schools in Pequannock Township for 20 years, teaching hundreds of students in their first year of school. She had a passion for her students and remembered each one. She is survived by her 4 children, Pam (husband Arend/Don) in Wilmington, DE; Bill (wife Cora) in Pompton Plains; Pete in Denver, CO; and Susan (husband Chuck) in Milford, PA; 8 grandchildren, and 7 1/2 great-grandchildren. A memorial service is being planned in August to celebrate her life. Details to be determined. Contributions may be made to any of Ruth’s favorite charities in her name: Ruth W. Withers. St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, P.O. Box 50, Memphis, TN 38101-9929. Visit http://giftfunds.stjude.org/Ruth_W_Withers, “Cedar Crest Residence Care Fund”, Att: Philanthropy Department, One Cedar Crest Drive, Pompton Plains, NJ 07444. https://secure2.convio.net/elm/site/Donation2?df_id=1629&1629.donation=form1&mfc_pref=T, “Save the Steeple Fund”, First Reformed Church of Pompton Plains, NJ, 529 Newark-Pompton Tpk., Pompton Plains, NJ 07444. Visit www.firstreformedchurch.com ; click on DONATE button, scroll down to “Mem R Withers” under Donations. Call or mail as well.