Depietri, Marian (Cookie), a loving mother, grandmother and resident of West Milford, New Jersey, passed away peacefully on September 2nd, 2021 at the age of 80. Marian is survived by her children, Robert and John Depietri; Daughter-in laws, Kathleen Depietri & Diana Depietri; and her grandchildren, Christopher, Anthony John, Alexa, Robert, Tara, Michael & Emily. She is predeceased by her beloved husband and son, William F. Depietri and William Depietri. Marian was born in New York City to William and Anna Cody, sister of Elenor, Veronica and William. In 1958, she married the love of her life, William F. Depietri. In 1960, 1961, and 1963 respectively she welcomed her three handsome sons, who were the most important part of her life. She raised her children in New York City (Innwood) and moved to West Milford, NJ in 1973. Marian was a devoted mother and avid runner back in the day. She enjoyed spending time with her family and adoring her grandchildren. She is known for her quick-witted humor, which was inherited by her grandchildren as well. A mass will be scheduled for a later date.
Everett, Karen M. (Hague), 69, passed away September 1, 2021. Born in Paterson to David and Olive (Moody) Hague she was raised in Butler and resided in Haskell for the past forty years. She was a graduate of William Paterson College, and began a career as a school teacher which concluded at Butler High School. She is survived by her beloved husband of 46 years Jack, her two children Travis Everett of Jefferson and Margot Denaxas of Vernon, her mother Olive Hague of Haskell. She is also survived by a brother Keith Hague and a sister Karol Visaggio both of Haskell as well as her grandchildren Liam, Ava and Iris. There will be visiting hours Wednesday September 8th, 2-4 and 6-8 pm at Richards Funeral Home, 4 Newark-Pompton Turnpike, Riverdale. A funeral service will be held Thursday 10 am. There will be a private cremation. Karen loved spending time traveling with Jack, reading, and seeing her grandchildren. Karen was an advocate for the Alzheimer's Association. She was a devoted member of the Midvale Methodist Church. Karen loved West Highland Terriers and Christy was by her side until the end. In lieu of flowers the family asks for donations to be made to the Glioblastoma Foundation.
Hatzel, Barbara L., 74, of Parsippany, NJ on September 1, 2021. Born in Clifton, NJ, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Lillian Maguire. Barbara was a self-employed insurance agent at F.M.C. Insurance in Paterson, NJ. Surviving are one son, Russell of Riverdale, NJ and a daughter, Loran Booker of Indianapolis, IN. Also surviving are seven grandchildren. Visitation will be at the Richards Funeral Home, 4 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Riverdale, NJ 07457 on Saturday, September 4 from 3 to 6 PM. Family funeral service will start at 3 PM Saturday. Private disposition.
Kearney, Daniel “Dank, D3” Patrick of West Milford lost his life in a car accident on Friday, September 3rd, 2021. He was 19. He shared a birthday with his second sister and is the second youngest between his four siblings. Daniel was attending school at Passaic County Community College, studying business with an anticipated graduation of December 2022. He was a proud and devoted employee of Greenwood Small Craft Marina. Daniel is known largely for his big, red Dodge pickup truck many saw around town as well as the 1968 Volkswagen Dune Buggy he acquired two and a half years ago. In spite of his antics, Daniel was able to get his Buggy running. He made sure to share the joy from his accomplishments with everyone around him. Daniel has a smile that is infectious. His ability to bring others up through acceptance, understanding and comfort is more than incredible. Daniel is survived by his mother and father, Susan Castellano of West Milford and Sean Kearney of South Amboy and his three sisters, Sara M. Kearney, Samantha L. Kearney, and Amy J. Kearney of West Milford. Daniel also leaves behind many relatives and friends who he considered his family. Daniel was preceded in death by his older brother, Patrick James Kearney. May the boys be reunited in peace. Visitation on Sunday, September 12, 2021 at Richards Funeral Home, 1440 Union Valley Road, West Milford, NJ 07480 from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
Schaefer, Carolyn T. (Hageman), 68, of Godwin, North Carolina, formerly of Hewitt, NJ died on Thursday, September 7, 2021. Carolyn was born in Sussex, NJ. Beloved wife of the late Thomas K. Schaefer. She was the daughter of the late William J. and Caroline (Listwon) Hageman. Previously employed as a deli manager for many years at A & P Food Stores in NJ. Carolyn was an avid bowler on many leagues and member of the Jetset and Golden Agers of West Milford. Surviving are a son, Kenneth T. Schaefer of Hewitt, NJ and daughter, Paula L. Mosier of Highland Lakes, NJ. Three grandchildren, Kimberley R. Curving, William T. Mosier, Lilly M. Mosier and 1 great grandchild, Scyerus A. Curvin. Also surviving are siblings, JoAnn Hodorovych, Billies Myers, Ann Grantham and William Hageman. She will be forever loved and remembered. Memorial visitation: Richards Funeral Home, 1440 Union Valley Road, West Milford, NJ 07480, Saturday, September 18, 2021, 3 to 7 PM. Funeral services are at 6:30 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Elks BPOE Lodge 2236, 1860 Union Valley Rd, West Milford, NJ.
Smerak, Margaret Ann (Verrengia), 74, of Port Murray, NJ (formerly of Wayne, NJ) passed on September 8, 2021. Dearly loved wife of Lance Smerak. Mother to Brent and Keith (Agatha) Smerak. Grandmother to Juliana and Zachary Smerak. Sister to Anthony (Gwen) Verrengia. Born in Paterson, NJ, she was the daughter of Anthony and Florence Verrengia. Marge enjoyed spending time with family and friends, being outdoors, gardening and landscaping, taking art classes, painting with watercolors, cooking, going on road trips and visiting the beach. Visitation on Monday, September 13th at Richards Funeral Home, 4 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Riverdale NJ from 4-7 PM. Funeral Mass at Holy Spirit Roman Catholic Church 318 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Pequannock, NJ 07440, on Tuesday, September 14th at 10 AM. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice of NJ in Marge’s name would be very appreciated by the family.www.karenannquinlanhospice.org.
Zimmerman, Elmer Jr., on September 3, 2021 was called home to be with his Savior, Jesus. He was a friend to all, an avid sportsman with a love for tennis, pickleball and basketball. A man of exceptional character who praised God for each day of his life. He was born in Tyrone, PA. He graduated from Shelton College in Ringwood, NJ. with a BA in Education. He received his MA in guidance from William Paterson with additional studies at Montclair, Seton Hall and Fairleigh Dickinson University. He began his teaching career as a 4th grade teacher in Ringwood and went on to West Milford High School as a guidance Counselor. His love of sports was exhibited in his many years of coaching basketball and tennis for West Milford and in 2018 was inducted into West Milford’s Hall of Fame as coach and winning team. Elmer was a faithful and active member of Green Pond Bible Chapel in Newfoundland, NJ. He loved singing in the choir and worship team and enjoyed coaching in the Upward Basketball program. He will be sadly missed by his family who adored him. His loving wife of 54 years, Beverly, Son, Mark Zimmerman of Morris Plains, NJ, wife Tara. Daughter Beth Heinzelmann of Vernon, NJ. His precious young grandchildren; Brady, Brennan and Brooke Heinzelmann of Vernon and Derek Zimmerman of Morris Plains. A man of character, friend to all who knew him and whom he kept in touch with on a regular basis. In lieu of flowers, donations to My Brother’s Place and Solid Rock Day Camp would be appreciated. He also would have wanted donations to go to his grandchildren’s college fund as well. https://www.mybrothersplace.com/donate/ or http://www.solidrock.camp/get-involved/support/ Grandchildren funds can be sent to C/O Beverly Zimmerman 30 Windsor Rd. West Milford, NJ 07480. A memorial service is scheduled for September 11, 2021 at Green Pond Bible Chapel, 1083 Green Pond Rd. Newfoundland, NJ 07438 at 11:00 AM.