Putback, Irene M. (Butler), 93, passed away on December 10, 2019. Born and raised in Newark, Irene later settled in Bloomingdale. Irene proudly trained as a wartime nurse during WWII and worked as a Registered Nurse both privately and for Mountainside Hospital in Glen Ridge for many years. Beloved mother of Michael and Judith Crawford, Stephen Crawford and wife Carol Jagiello, grandmother of Jennifer Ellis, Matthew Crawford, David Rullo, Kelcey Beard, their spouses, and six great grandchildren. Predeceased by her husband Walter and daughter in law Jo-Ann. There will be a gathering of friends and family held on December 14, 2019 from 11 am-2 pm, 49 South Rd. Bloomingdale, NJ. In Lieu of Flowers donations can be made to Bloomingdale Public Library 101 Hamburg Turnpike, Bloomingdale, NJ 07403.
Wolff, Erwin, 78, of West Milford on Sunday, December 8, 2019. Beloved husband of Lois (Hall) Wolff. Born in Flensburg, Germany, he was the son of the late Oswald and Hansine (Petersen) Wolff and has been a resident of West Milford for the past 45 years. An Army veteran and a member of the American Legion, he was employed by the Ford Motor Co. in Teterboro in the parts department. Also surviving are two sons, Paul E. of WV and Christopher S. Wolff (wife, Destiny) of Hewitt, two daughters, Jennifer Wolff of Passaic and Ameelynn K. Wolff of Oak Ridge, one brother, Helmut of Germany, two sisters, Irngard Thompson of Toms River and Kirsten Wolff of Germany. One grandchild, Kayla L. Wolff also survives. Friends may call at Richards Funeral Home, 1440 Union Valley Road, West Milford on Thursday, December 12 from 10 to 12 Noon. Funeral service at 12 Noon. Interment at George Washington Memorial Park, Paramus will follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the West Milford Twsp. First Aid Squad, PO Box 387, West Milford, NJ 07480-0387
Ballester, Claudio, 94 of Ringwood, NJ passed away Tuesday, December 3, 2019 in the comfort of his home. Claudio spent most of his life in Ringwood raising his family in the home he built. He graduated from Pratt Institute and spent his career working for Singer Kearfott. While at Kearfott, he was granted a patent for the two-axis case rotating gyroscope. Claudio was an avid skier and spent many years as a ski patrol leader. He was also a volunteer fire fighter. After retiring, he enjoyed traveling with his wife Marianne. They even cruised around America in an RV. In 2003, he lost his beloved wife and spent time finding his way without her by his side. Then in 2005, he met Joan Fletcher and a second chance at love was given. Claudio and Joan spent 14 years traveling around the world, escaping the cold by wintering in Florida, going to the gym, and spending time with family and friends. Claudio’s passion was being able to pass his knowledge onto others. He was often found at the gym giving pointers to young guys or showing off his “balancing skills”, and explaining to onlookers how important health and exercise were. Claudio touched many people with his passion for living and general gusto for life. Claudio is was predeceased by his wife Marianne Ballester and his beloved son, Claud Ballester. He is survived by his daughter Heidi (Ballester)Pearce and her husband Ron Pearce, their children Danielle Rovetto and Alex Pearce. His Daughter Lisa (Ballester) Rose and her husband George Rose and their children Jessika Rose (husband Bill Morris) and George Rose. Claud’s wife Linda Ballester and children Carrie Stanford (husband Shaun Stanford), and Chris Ballester, half sister Carmen Fitton, of Blairsville, GA. and great grandchildren Henrik and Nolan Stanford. Claudio also enjoyed an extended family with his companion Joan Fletcher. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Valley Hospice (https://www.valleyhospitalfoundation.org/give)
A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, December 22, 2019 from 12 to 3 pm at Highlands Nature Friends (the New Weis Center) at 150 Snake Den Rd, Ringwood, NJ 07456.
McCarthy, Patricia M. (Wagner) age 81 passed away December 3, 2019 in Longmont, Colorado. Born in Brooklyn, NY to Walter and Frances Wagner she resided primarily in West Milford and Hamburg, NJ for forty five years moving to Colorado four years ago. Beloved mother of Donna Greene of Wantage, N.J., Deborah Wiggins of Longmont, CO, Doreen Vanhooker and her husband Pete of Longmont, CO, Patricia Hupp and her husband Mike of Longmont, CO, Pamela Deaver and her husband Tim of Hamburg, NJ., and stepdaughter Maureen Mullaley of Henderson, NV. Grandmother of fourteen, great-grandmother of nine, and expecting twin great-grandchildren. Predeceased by her husband Daniel McCarthy in 1996. Friends and family may visit Friday, December 13 from 5-8 pm and Saturday from 10 am with services beginning 10:30 am at Richards Funeral Home, 1440 Union Valley Road, West Milford. Interment to follow at Cedar Heights Cemetery, West Milford. In lieu of flowers donations to St. Jude Children's Hospital at stjude.org would be appreciated.
Spoust, Arnold S., 81, of West Milford, a resident for forty-seven years, peacefully passed away at his home on Friday, November 29, 2019. Born in Paterson to Arnold and Anna (Kielbowicz) Spoust, Arnold was a Forman in the Pipefitters Local Union #274, Northern NJ and received a 55 year certificate from the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Pluming and Pipefitting Industry. Arnold also held a State of NJ Master Plumber’s License. He proudly served in the U.S. Army from 1961 - 1963 and was a parishioner of St. Joseph's Church, West Milford for over 45 years. Beloved husband for fifty-five years to Patricia (Huber) Spoust. Loving father of Kelly Sorochinski of Clinton and Jeanne Foulon and her husband Michael of Towaco. Loving grandfather of Sara Foulon of Towaco. Brother of Alan Spoust and his wife Barbara of West Milford, a niece Melissa, and nephews Christopher and Daniel. Arnold loved the outdoors and spent many hours enjoying boating and fishing with his family, as well as keeping his yard looking like a beautiful park. Friends and family may attend visitation hours Sunday December 1, 2019 from 2-5 pm at Richards Funeral Home 1440 Union Valley Road, West Milford. Funeral mass Monday, December 2, 11 am at St. Joseph's Church, 454 Germantown Road, West Milford. Interment to follow in the church cemetery. If you wish, donations can be made to Alzheimer's N.J. in lieu of flowers. Alzheimer's N.J., 425 Eagle Rock Avenue, Suite 203, Roseland, N.J. 07068
Telford, Elizabeth R. (Kane) 33, of West Milford, NJ passed away on Thursday November 21, 2019. Born in Wayne, NJ to Kathleen Spiak (Morgan) and Stephen Kane, she resided in West Milford for the majority of her life attending school and working at Doggie Doo’s and Kitties too for 10 years as well as other local businesses. Beth is the beloved mother of Jackson Thomas and she is survived by his father, Jonathan Telford, both of West Milford. Sister of Colleen and John Bodine and Kevin Kane all of Blairstown, NJ and Rickie Fletcher and Dakota Gonda both of West Milford. Stepdaughter of John Mulholland of Bangor, PA. Granddaughter of Kathleen Kane of Hawthorne, NJ, Harriet Biggio and David Conklin of Gouverneur, NY, and Robert Hallstein of Yarmouthport, MA. Aunt to Sean, Ryan, and Teagan Bodine of Blairstown, NJ. She leaves behind an extended family and many friends who will miss her passionate spirit, her boisterous personality and her love of singing. Friends and family are welcomed to attend a memorial service on Sunday, December 8th from 11am-2pm at Richards Funeral Home in West Milford.