Ball, Corinne R. (Sunbury), (nee Young) 96, passed away November 19, 2021 at her home. Born in North Brookfield, MA she resided in Riverdale, NJ for the past seventy years. Corinne was a secretary to the superintendent of the Butler Board of Education prior to her retirement. Corinne enjoyed a long and happy retirement traveling the world with her second husband Woody and most of all she enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She was a long-time member of the Pompton Reformed Church, Pompton Lakes. Beloved mother of Michelle Sunbury of Buffalo, NY., sister of Judith Young of Boise, ID, grandmother of Robert C. Sunbury Jr., Carly Kirk and Lauren Bussey, great grandmother of fourteen, and great-great-grandmother of two. Predeceased by her husbands, Herbert Sunbury and Woodward Ball, two sons Robert and Herbert Sunbury and a grandson Richard C. Sunbury. Visiting hours Monday November 29, 4-8 PM and Tuesday November 30, 10-10:45 AM. at Richards Funeral Home, 4 Newark-Pompton Turnpike, Riverdale. Funeral service Tuesday 11 AM at Pompton Reformed Church, Pompton Lakes. Interment to follow in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, http://www.stjude.org or American Heart Association, http://www.heart.org would be appreciated.
Bandel, John M. Jr. of Hewitt, NJ died peacefully at home on Wednesday, November 17, 2021. He was 79 years old. He was born in Baltimore, Maryland to the late John and Virginia Bandel. He grew up in Garden City, Long Island and moved to Nanuet then Greenwood Lake for many years. Moved to Hewitt, NJ to build his Frank Lloyd Wright type home. John designed his home and was the general contractor. John is a veteran of the Vietnam War where served in the US Army with distinction. He graduated from John Hopkins with a degree in Economics and was a successful financial advisor for 50 years. John is survived by his wife, Kathleen, his cousins Fred Joyner and Paula Davidson of Maryland. Funeral arrangements were made by Richards Funeral Home. There will be a Mass of Christian Burial at Holy Rosary Church, Greenwood Lake, NY on Saturday, November 27 at 12 Noon. Private cremation service to be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the V.F.W. Post 1443 Greenwood Lake NY 10925.
DiGiacomo, Carol Ellen, age 73 of West Milford, NJ, passed away on November 17, 2021. Born in Jersey City and raised in Cliffside Park, NJ. She was a graduate of Cliffside Park High School in 1965. Carol was the secretary to the Vice President of US Steel in Manhattan, NY. She is predeceased by her mother Stephanie O’Brian; and father Henry Cynwinski. She is survived by her son Michael DiGiacomo and his wife, Jessica; daughter Dina DiGiacomo; three grandchildren, Riley, Gabriel and Amelia; her sister Gloria Arlak and husband Stephen; her brother Ray Cynwinski and wife Jane; five nieces and one nephew; four great-nephews and numerous friends. Carol loved all that life had to offer. She was an active member in her parish; St. Joseph’s Church as a volunteer and took an active role in Mountain Springs Lake Community where she resided. Carol enjoyed spending time with family and friends taking various trips along the way but most importantly to Long Beach Island and Vermont. Carol was beyond generous supporting local and long distance charities that meant most to her. Carol was loved by many and liked by all who met her along the way. She was light hearted, fun, caring, loving but above all strong. Carol had a type of strength within her that most struggle to find; she was nothing short of resilient. Her grandchildren, who she loved beyond what words could convey, lighted up her days. There isn’t anything that Carol would not do for family and friends. She leaves us with memories of her smile, warmth, humor, strength but above all her love. Family will receive friends Sunday November 21, 2021 from 2 - 6 PM at Richard’s Funeral Home, West Milford, NJ. Funeral Services will be held Monday November 22, 2021 at St. Joseph’s Church, West Milford, NJ at 11:30 AM. Disposition will be private. In lieu of flowers, please contribute to Eleventh Hour Rescue: www.ehrdogs.org/tribute.
Fitzpatrick, Antoinette Elizabeth (nee DePaul) passed away peacefully on November 17th, 2021 at her home in West Milford, N.J. at the age of 104, after a long and wonderful life. Antoinette was born in Newark, N.J. She is survived by her brother Anthony, her 6 children, Patricia Gilchrist, Thomas (Marilyn) Fitzpatrick, Mary O’Connell, Ruth (Jack) McLaughlin, Anthony (Sandra) Fitzpatrick, and Felicity (James) Schaefer, her 17 grandchildren, Thomas Patrick, John, William, Ruth, Nancy, Thomas Aloysius, Elizabeth, Kathryn, Douglas, Rachel, Sharon, John P., Mary-Kate, Matthew, Rebecca, Mark and Jack, her 31 great-grandchildren and 7 great-great grandchildren. She maintained a loving relationship with her former son-in-law Douglas Murphy and daughter-in-law, Georganne Fitzpatrick. Antoinette was predeceased by her husband, Thomas Fitzpatrick, her siblings, Ralph DePaul and Ruth Kritzmacher, and her sons-in law Thomas Gilchrist and Martin O’Connell. Antoinette led a simple but incredible life, touching all with whom she came in contact. As valedictorian of her 8th grade class and the long jump champion of her school, Antoinette had the potential to be whatever she wanted. However, educational opportunities were limited for women of her generation. At 19 years of age Antoinette married the love of her life, Thomas Fitzpatrick. Together they raised their family, and throughout her life, Antoinette was the rock her family depended on until her passing. She was an avid reader, consuming several books in a week, always outpacing her children. She claimed to have no talents, but was extraordinarily proud of her family as her legacy. Those who knew Antoinette recognized her unique gift as a most sincere and wise listener, enabling all to share their sorrows, troubles, concerns and grievances with her, and somehow each came away more peaceful, consoled and content. She had friends of all ages, and began all encounters with ‘How are you?’ never focusing the conversation on herself. As was her nature all of her life, not wanting to be a burden, Antoinette lived independently until her last days, surrounded by those who loved her. Antoinette’s family will receive friends on Friday, December 3rd, 2021 from 3 - 7 PM at Richard’s Funeral Home, 1440 Union Valley Road, West Milford, NJ 07480. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, December 4th, 2021 at 9:45 AM at Queen of Peace Church, 10 Franklin Place, North Arlington, NJ, followed by the Rite of Committal at Holy Cross Cemetery in North Arlington, NJ at 11:00 AM. Donations can be made in Antoinette’s memory to Compassus Hospice, Doctors Without Borders, or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Heisler, Theresa, 87, of West Milford, NJ, departed peacefully from her loving family on November 20th, 2021. Theresa is lovingly embraced by husband Joseph who entered Heaven this past July. Theresa (Rezi) was born in Bokonypoloske, Hungary to parents Michael and Anna Resch. After experiencing tragedies of WW2 and deportation to Germany, Theresa enjoyed her youth in Langensteinbach. Pride would shine when she later shared stories of her hard work at the local Inn or the Spiedel watch factory. Theresa's life journey took her to the states in 1952 where she met and then married Joseph, a soul mate who's life mirrored her own. They spend their 68th Anniversary dancing in Heaven. As a wife and as a mother to six spirited children, "Mom" was a dedicated and loving homemaker. The kitchen was her craft. Mom's potato salad was 2nd to none. Her clam chowder remained a lively debate between her and "Dad" as to who received credit for it's creation. Theresa was a member of Our Lady Queen of Peace Church; a resident of Bald Eagle Village; a member of the Golden Age Circle; the Haledon Social Club; and as an avid crocheter, the Camp Hope Crochet Club. Theresa valued her many friendships, brought her warmth to family gatherings, and enjoyed occasional visits to Riedlbauer's Resort in the Catskills and bus trips to the Jersey shore casinos. Theresa is predeased by her parents and brothers Mike and Helmut. She lives in the hearts of her six children, son Joseph A Heisler and wife Kim; son John Heisler and wife Bettyann; daughter Linda Heisler Testa and husband Wayne; daughter Dona Heisler Richie and husband Walter; son Paul Heisler and wife Linda; and daughter Maryann Heisler Baumohl. "Grandma" will be missed by 13 grandchildren; Steven, Heather, Lisa, Wayne, Eric, Christine, Kevin, Jen, Lisa, Dawn, Jennifer, Joseph, and Emma. As well as 5 great-grandchildren; Ava, Jared, Kiley, Kendall, and Hunter. Visiting hours are Sunday November 28th from 3-7 PM at Richard's Funeral Home, 1440 Union Valley Road, West Milford NJ. In lieu of flowers, donations for alzheimer's and dementia research at Alz.org are appreciated. Funeral Mass on Monday the 29th at 10:00 AM at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church in Hewitt. Friends are asked to meet directly at church. Interment, Saint Joseph's Cemetery, West Milford.
Justin, Lois May (Lutz) 87, of Newfoundland, NJ passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 21, 2021 at home surrounded by her loved ones. Beloved wife of the late Edward W. Justin Sr. Born in Passaic, NJ, Lois was the daughter of John and Jennie Marie (Bogart) Lutz. Resident of Hamburg, NJ for 30+ years and employed as a phone operator for Bell Atlantic and AT&T. Surviving are two sons, Edward W. Jr. of Newfoundland, NJ and Joseph J. of Hopatcong, NJ, three daughters, Bonnie M. Sieme-Justin of CA, Debra A. Justin of CA, Sally M. Lore-Justin of Hamburg, NJ, one sister, June Santangelo of Stockholm, NJ. Predeceased by brothers, Jack, Ronald and Alfred Lutz. and sisters, Norma Mcneel, Barbara Pearson and Doris Wright. Her 11 grandchildren include; Katie, Don, Hunter, Kelly, Steve, Tanya, Kristi, Tyler, Taylor, Bailey and Madison. Also are 12 great grandchildren. Visitation on Sunday, November 28 at Richards Funeral Home, 1440 Union Valley Road, West Milford, NJ 07480 from 11 AM - 1 PM. Funeral service scheduled for 12:30 PM. Private disposition will follow.
Mendel, Jeanette M. (Card) 84, of Franklin, NJ. Beloved wife of the late Abraham Mendel Jr. Born in Paterson, she was the daughter of the late Louis and Bertha (Babcock) Card and was employed as a packager for Western Publishing of Wayne, NJ. Surviving are two sons, Abraham III of Franklin, NJ and George of PA. Also surviving are two sisters, Martha Conklin of FL and Pearl Ryerson of Sparta, NJ and 3 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Predeceased by a son, Michael. Visitation on Tuesday, November 23 at Richards Funeral Home, 1440 Union Valley Road, West Milford, NJ 07480 from 6 - 8 PM. Private disposition.
Petruska, John A., 65, passed away November 22, 2021. Born in Passaic, NJ to his late parents, John S. and Anna Marie Petruska, he resided in Saddle Brook, moving to Bloomingdale ten years ago. John worked for Bergen Industrial Supply in Elmwood Park in sales. He is survived by his two brothers, Steven Petruska of Pompton Lakes and Robert Petruska of Rockaway Township, nephews and nieces, Scott, Alexa, R.J., and Rachel. Memorial visitation Friday November 26, 2021 from 7-9 p.m at Richards Funeral Home, 4 Newark-Pompton Turnpike, Riverdale, with a liturgy service at 8:30 pm.
Schneider, Adele L., 89, of Pompton Lakes passed away November 15, 2021. Adele was born in Paterson to the late August and Dorothy (Hoffman) Schneider. She was an executive secretary for American Cyanamid, Wayne before retiring. She is the beloved aunt of Janet Obert and husband Raymond, Tim Schneider and wife Maureen, and Dan Schneider. A graveside service will be held Thursday, November 18, 11 a.m. at George Washington Memorial Park, Paramus. Please meet at the cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Richards Funeral Home, Riverdale.
Smith, Geneva (“Geneva Green,” “Mama G”, “The Big G,”} age 86 passed away Monday, November 29, 2021. Born in Bennettsville, SC, she resided in Ringwood, NJ for the past 57 years. She is preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Ezekiel H. Smith in 2017. Throughout her life she was a caregiver starting at the age of 14 years old. Loving mother of Alfred Smith and his wife Patricia of Wanaque, Renee Allen and husband Carl of Sylvester, GA, Joann Lightbody of Ringwood and Carolyn Turner and her husband Derrick of Ringwood, sister of Otis Deberry of New York, grandmother of Niesha Allen, Casey Lightbody, Candice Lightbody and Kendra Turner , great grandmother of Kiambria Allen and Kenyontate Hamilton, great great grandmother of Khylee Clark. Friends may call on Tuesday, December 7, 2021 at the Richards Funeral Home, 4 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Riverdale, NJ 07457 from 4 – 7 PM. Funeral service on Wednesday, December 8, 2021 at 10:00 AM at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Laurel Grove Memorial Park, Totowa, NJ. Masks are required, but not mandatory.