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Passing of Brother James J. Lewith, III

James Joseph “Chip” Ledwith, III passed away Saturday, June 11, 2022 at home surrounded by family. He was a retired truck driver for ABF, Parsippany, NJ, a Third Degree Knight and member of the Knights of Columbus Council 943, Butler, NJ, member of the Marsch Kellogg American Legion Post # 139, Milford, PA, and served in the National Guard during Vietnam

 

The son of the late James Joseph and Agnes (Coll) Ledwith, Jr . he was born May 1, 1947 in Queens, NY. Chip married Margaret “Peggy” (Poltersdorf) Ledwith on December 5, 1998 in Bloomingdale, NJ.

 

Chip leaves behind his wife Peggy, four sons James Joseph Ledwith, IV and his wife Karen, Thomas Ledwith and his wife Tammy, Christopher Ledwith and his wife Anita, Anthony DiBiase and his wife Heather; daughter Kimberlee Cortiglia; grandchildren Hunter, Madison, Lawrence, Joseph, Shannon, Nicholas, Robert; and his sister Beth Davis. He was predeceased by his sister Jamie.

 

A viewing will be held at Stroyan Funeral Home, 405 West Harford St., Milford, PA on Wednesday June 15, 2022 from 2 to 5 PM. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on June 15, 2022 at 5 PM.

 

Memorial donations may be made to Residential Hospice (www.residentialhealthcaregroup.com/services/hospice/give-back/).

 

Arrangements by Stroyan Funeral Home, Milford, PA (www.stroyanfuneralhome.com).

Passing of Brother Matthew Rugel

Matthew J. Rugel, 85 years of age, of Oak Ridge, NJ., passed away on Wednesday, July 29, 2020.

Born on November 29, 1934 in Passaic, NJ to the late Barbara (nee Gangler) and Mathias Rugel.

Matthew proudly served in the US Navy from 1955 to 1960.

Matthew married Rita Baksa in 1957 and resided in Clifton, NJ where they started their family. They later moved to Butler, NJ and have since resided in Oak Ridge until his passing.

Matthew was a chemical Operator for Givadaun in Clifton, NJ retiring in 1995.

Before moving to Oak Ridge, NJ Matthew was a parishioner of St. Anthony’s Church in Butler, NJ where he served as a Eucharistic Minister. Once in Oak Ridge, NJ he became a devoted parishioner of St. Thomas the Apostle RC Church in Oak Ridge, NJ.

For more than 40 years he was a member of the Knights of Columbus.
Matthew was active with the Butler XYZ and with the Milton Golden Age Club.

He will best be remembered for his kindness and his love of family, not to mention his incredible organizational skills. He was a great man who touched many lives.

Matthew was predeceased by his dear brother Rev. Msgr. James Rugel in 2004 and his brother-in-law Victor Baksa in 1999.

He is survived by his beloved wife Rita, his loving children Donna Coco and her husband John of Wantage, NJ., Maryann McLaughlin and her husband Bill of Hewitt, NJ., Rita Marzocca and her husband John of Oak Ridge, NJ., Matthew P. Rugel and his wife Maryann of Wayne, NJ., Barbara Rodney and her husband Joe of Sparta, NJ., Paul J. Rugel of Oak Ridge, NJ., and Pat LaPenter and her husband Tom of Vernon, NJ., his cherished grandchildren Melissa and her husband Matt Kida, Christine Coco; Bill and Kellie McLaughlin; Alexa and John Marzocca; Matt and Marisa Rugel; Mike and Jon Rodney; Paul M. Rugel; and Tom LaPenter; his adored great granddaughter Mackenzie Kida; his brother-in-law Richard Baksa and his wife Christine of Clifton, NJ; his sister-in-law Joanne Baksa of Morristown, NJ; as well as several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive visitors on Friday, July 31, 2020 from 3pm to 7pm at the Stickle-Soltesz Funeral Home, 187 La Rue Road, Newfoundland, NJ 07435.

A funeral mass will take place on Saturday, August 1, 2020 at 9:30am at St. Thomas the Apostle RC Church, 5635 Berkshire Valley Road, Oak Ridge, NJ 07438 followed by the interment at Calvary Cemetery in Paterson, NJ.

Log onto www.sticklesolteszfuneralhome.com tribute wall to personally post your condolences, memories, photos, and videos, as well as driving directions to the funeral home, church, and cemetery.

Passing of Theresa Wickham

Theresa Marie Wickham, nee DeKryger, 93, of Cedar Crest, formerly of Paterson and Kinnelon, died on Tuesday, April 28, 2020.

Born in Paterson, Terry was the daughter of Michael and Anne DeKryger. She graduated Eastside High School in 1944, and while still in high school started working as a bookkeeper for Joseph Brown and Company and continued working until 1954 as the office manager.

Terry met Joe when he was her partner in a friend’s wedding. Two years later, Terry and Joe married at Our Lady of Lourdes church in Paterson. They were married 68 years on April 26, 2020. In 1956, Joe and Terry moved in to the house they built in Kinnelon, where they raised their six children. Being a city girl, she wanted a fence around the property to protect her children. When they moved to Cedar Crest 50 years later, she was still waiting for the fence. 

Terry was a devout member of Our Lady of the Magnificat in Kinnelon, where she served as a Eucharistic Minister, and was active in the Rosary Altar Society, at one time being the president. She was instrumental in starting the library in the parish school, where she volunteered for many years. She was a proud member of St. Anthony’s Columbiettes, where she helped with many projects and activities raising funds for their charitable works. She was also a big help to the Knights of Columbus, especially when Joe was Grand Knight.

Terry was the Secretary/Treasurer of the family business, Wickham Vending, for 30 years. She enjoyed many cruises, especially fond of river cruises. Terry and Joe navigated their way through many rivers in the USA and across Europe. At home she enjoyed working in her garden, but was the happiest when surrounded by her family and friends.

Terry is survived by her husband Joseph R., her children Joseph D. and his wife Debbie, in Oak Ridge, Regina Maloney and her husband Peter in Virginia, Paul and his wife Cyndi in Oregon, Tom and his wife Cheryl in Vernon, and Eileen Galley in Montville. Also surviving are her 12 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren as well as several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, daughter Patricia, son-in-law Ken Galley, her sisters Katherine Wagner and Clarissa Maccanico and their spouses.

Funeral services will be private.

Passing of Brother William "Bill" Shadwell

William Joseph Shadwell, age 92, of Kinnelon, died Saturday, December 29, 2018 at home surrounded by his family.  Mr. Shadwell was born in Orange, NJ, the son of the late William Joseph and the late Rose (Esposito) Shadwell.  He served in the Navy during World War II and worked as a math teacher and guidance counselor at Memorial high school in Cedar Grove, NJ. William was a longtime member of the Knights of Columbus in Butler.  He is survived by his devoted wife of 62 years, Martha Joanne (Greco) Shadwell, his beloved children, William, Michael, Fr. Damian, Martha, Elizabeth, Fr. Steven, Marianne Russo, Christopher, Genevieve Dickenman, David, James, Peter and Daniel, thirty cherished grandchildren and seven adored great-grandchildren. Viewing hours will be held Wednesday from 2pm to 4pm and 6pm to 8pm at Our Lady of Magnificat RC Church, 2 Miller Road, Kinnelon, NJ.  The funeral will be Thursday 11:00am also at Our Lady of Magnificat RC Church, Kinnelon where a Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated. Burial will follow in St. Joseph's Cemetery, West Milford, NJ.

Passing of Brother Gerald R. Bond

Gerald Robert Bond, 83, of New Smyrna Beach, died Monday, July 16, 2018 at Florida Hospital New Smyrna. 


Gerald was born in Bloomingdale, New Jersey. He was the son of Zenas Bond and Ethel Mooney Bond. He retired to New Smyrna Beach in 2005. Gerald was a member of Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus, and the National Republican Organization. 


He was knowledgeable in many sports, and especially enjoyed football, bowling, and baseball. Gerald played first base for the Engineers, a local team who proudly won a New Jersey State Championship. He loved traveling and socializing with family and friends. His dry, and unexpected sense of humor was enjoyed by all. 


Gerald served in the U.S. Army and was a land surveyor by profession. He also was a licensed building contractor. He constructed and remodeled several homes and businesses.


He is survived by his loving wife Ann, of 58 years; a son, Thomas (Jodi) Bond of Winter Springs, Florida; 2 daughters, Kimberly (William) Bolton, II of Plano, Texas and Jennifer Bond of Stuart, Florida; 4 grandsons, Dalton Bond, William Bolton, Andrew Bolton and Bradley Bolton; granddaughter, Heather Bond; 2 sisters, Gail Evans of Walterboro, South Carolina and Jane Bond Escarcega of Forsyth, Missouri. He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, Willard Bond.


A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, July 27th at 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic  Church with the Reverend Patrick Quinn, T.O.R., will officiate.


In lieu of flowers, the family suggest donations to Our Lady Star of the Sea Education Fund.

 

Passing of Brother Alexander John Taggart

Alexander John Taggart, 51, of Bloomingdale passed away Friday August 13, 2021. Alex was a father, son, uncle, and brother. He was a graduate of Butler High School and worked for many years for Bulkmatic Trucking. He was an avid sports’ fan—loving his New York Yankees, New York Rangers, and his beloved Miami Dolphins, along with whatever teams the kids played for. Alex enjoyed working in the yard, growing tomato plants, and watching NASCAR. He loved taking his nephews on adventures in the woods and supporting the kids at sporting events. He was a fan of country music before country music was a thing to like, old movies, Jeopardy, and the Sunday comics. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, #943. He loved the Jersey shore and spending time with family. He was a kind and funny person, with a generous heart. He is survived by his two amazing children, Matthew and Julia Taggart of Red Bank; his devoted parents, Ann and Al Taggart of Bloomingdale; his sister, Annmarie and her husband Ryan Donnelly of Randolph; his sister, Alicia and her husband Frank Yodice of Bayville; nieces and nephews: Braeden, Madelyn, and Jamie Donnelly, and Rocco and Matteo Yodice; many cousins and lifelong friends.  

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Alex’s name to the Tri Boro First Aid Squad, PO Box 222, Butler, New jersey 07405. 

Visitation will be held August 19, 2021, from 4 pm-8 pm, at the Morrison Funeral Home, 86 Bartholdi Ave, Butler, New Jersey. A funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Anthony’s of Padua RC Church, 65 Bartholdi Avenue, Butler, New Jersey on Friday, August 20, 2021, at 11:00 am. Final disposition will be Private.

The family has requested that all visitors please wear a mask, regardless of vaccine status.

Passing of Brother Frank A. Groppo

Frank Anthony Groppo (1929 - 2018)

Frank A. Groppo, "Titi", 88, of Efland, NC and formerly of Kinnelon, NJ peacefully transitioned from this life on July 10, 2018 surrounded, in love, by his family. Frank was born to Italian immigrant parents, Antonio and Marie Elena Groppo in 1929 and graduated from St. Cecelia High School in Englewood, NJ, where he was proud to be mentored by Vince Lombardi.

Frank served in the United States Navy and was honorably discharged in 1953. It was then he married the great love of his life, Elizabeth Doyle on May 9, 1953. Frank worked for Singer Sewing Machines from 1953-1955. He then owned and operated a luncheonette in West New York, NJ from 1955 - 1963. Upon realizing the he gave his profits away, with all the free meals to people in need, Frank chose another profession to provide for his family. He had a gift for working with people, which he parlayed into a very successful career as an insurance salesman for the Knights of Columbus. He was a long-time member of the Knights of Columbus and past Grand Knight of Council #943 in Butler, NJ. Frank was very involved with the Catholic community at Our Lady of the Magnificat Church in Kinnelon, NJ where he frequently volunteered his time. He was a devoted usher for many years as well as a volunteer gym teacher for the OLM grammar school. Frank thoroughly enjoyed coaching his children in the Kinnelon P. A. L. Frank was a charter member of The DePaul Hall of Fame for his many contributions to the DePaul athletic community, which extended long after all of his children graduated. In 2010 his daughter, Laura, joined him in the Hall of Fame, which brought him great pride.

Throughout his 45 years in Kinnelon, Frank left his mark. He cared about people and did his best to help all those in need. Whether it was his smile, lending a helping hand, his singing Frank Sinatra songs, his wonderful sense of humor and self-deprecation, he left his mark on all of us and touched all of our hearts. He was a special man.

Frank and Elizabeth relocated to Efland, NC in 2002 to the home of their daughter, Marie Elena and her husband Carlo, as their family was growing with the birth of more grandchildren. After moving to North Carolina, Frank continued his service to the church as an usher at Holy Family Catholic Church in Hillsborough, NC.

His greatest joy in life was the wonderful times he spent with his "gang", which were his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, especially on their yearly family vacations to the Outer Banks, NC. Frank was predeceased by the love of his life, his wife, Elizabeth, to whom he was married for over 50 years and his beloved firstborn son Frank (Francis) of Tombstone, AZ. He is survived by his children, Michael Groppo (Meg) of Houston, TX and Yonkers, NY, daughters, Linda Kennedy (Tim) of Jackson, NJ, Laura Groppo - Milstead (Dawn) of Boston, MA and Anna Maria Island, FL, and Marie Elena Garay (Carlo) of Efland, NC. He is also survived by his seven adoring grandchildren: Kelly (Andy), Kalynn (Sean), Stephen, Billy, Isabella, Natalia, Carlo, Jr., and two great grandchildren, Gabriel and Rosemary.

The Groppo family will receive family and friends on Friday, July 13, 2018 from 5- 9 PM at The Monsignor Ryan Memorial Room at Our Lady of the Magnificat Church, Kinnelon, NJ. A mass, followed by entombment, will be held on Saturday, July 14, 2018 at 1:00 PM at Our Lady of the Magnificat Church, Kinnelon, NJ.

Passing of Brother Jim Hanrahan

James J. Hanrahan, Jr., age 89, passed away peacefully on August 28th, 2020. He was a resident of Kinnelon and was born in Jersey City, the son of the late James Michael Sr. and Mila Jane (nee Parks) Hanrahan. Beloved husband of 63 years to Margaret (nee Roth) Hanrahan. Devoted father to Kathy and Margo, who predeceased his death in 2016. Dear brother of Mila and her husband Bruce Fick. James proudly served his country as a member of the United States Navy during the Korean War. He retired, after 35 years, from Verizon as a service technician. James was an active member of the Knights of Columbus Council 943 and had a passion for landscaping and furniture building. James loved spending time with his family and friends in his house he so lovingly built. He was always with a smile, a helping hand and he will be deeply missed by all who knew him. A graveside service will be offered Tuesday, September 1st, 2020 11AM at Laurel Grove Cemetery, Totowa, NJ. Burial will follow the service in the cemetery. All arrangements were entrusted to the Morrison Funeral Home, Butler, NJ. www.themorrisonfuneralhome.

Passing of Brother Carmine "Gene" Links

Carmine Eugene "Gene" Links, age 90, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, March 7, 2019. He was a longtime resident of Kinnelon, NJ. Born in Ridgewood, NJ, he was the son of the late Alexander and Theresa Links. Gene attended Ridgewood High School was a four year Varsity Letterer and was inducted into the Bergen County Athletic Hall of Fame. Gene played football for William and Mary College and after graduation tried out for the Cleveland Indians and made the farm league in Batavia, NY.  Gene worked in finance, served in the Korean War, was a parishioner at Our Lady of Magnificat in Kinnelon, a member of the Knights of Columbus and was an avid fisherman and hunter.

Gene is survived by his loving brothers, Kenneth Links and Bruce Links and many nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his beloved wife Thelma.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, March 10th, 2019 in the Ryan Room from 4-7pm at Our Lady of Magnificat Church, 2 Miller Road, Kinnelon, NJ. A mass will be celebrated on Monday, March 11, 2019 at 10 am at Our Lady of Magnificat followed by entombment in the church cemetery.

Death of Sister Columbiette Stella Rupeikis

Stella L. Rupeikis, age 88, of Bloomingdale, NJ, died Thursday, May 6, 2021. Mrs. Rupeikis was the daughter of the late Anthoni and the late Mary (Patryn) Matlosz. Stella was a parishioner of St. Anthony’s RC Church in Butler, and a member of the Bloomingdale Seniors and  the Columbiettes. Before retiring, Stella worked at Allied Felt in Bloomingdale for over 30 years. She will be remembered as a warm, generous and caring women who shared her love of life with everyone.  Stella is survived by her beloved children, James and his wife Lauren and Michael and Joe. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews and grand nieces and nephews. Stella was pre-deceased by her devoted husband Albert and 5 brothers and 4 sisters. A funeral mass will be held Monday May 10th 2021 at 1:30 PM at St. Anthony's RC Church, Butler. The final Disposition will be private. In lieu of flowers please donate to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital 501 St Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105 in her memory. www.stjudes.org

Passing of Brother Charles Blauvelt

Charles H. Blauvelt, age 83, of Bloomingdale, died Thursday, June 10, 2021. Mr. Blauvelt was born in Paterson, NJ the son of the late Charles H. and the late Marion (Ippolito) Blauvelt.  He worked as an accountant for the Herald News in Clifton, NJ and Romei Wealth Management in Wayne NJ before he retired. He was a member of the VFW in Butler, a parishioner of St Anthony RC Church and loved golfing and bowling and spending time with family.

He is survived by his beloved sons, Chip Blauvelt and John Schmon and his wife Beth, his cherished grandchildren, Jerel Schmon and his wife Ally, Genesi Law and her husband Mitch and Timothy Schmon and his adored great grandchildren, Jonas, and Ava Schmon.  Charles was predeceased by his devoted wife Gertrude. 

Viewing hours will be Tuesday, June 15th 2021 from 2-4 pm & 7-9 pm at The Morrison Funeral Home, 86 Bartholdi Avenue, Butler, NJ.  The funeral Mass will be held Wednesday 11 am at St. Anthony RC Church, Butler, NJ. Burial to follow in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Butler, NJ.

Passing of Brother Joe Gagliardi

Joseph A. Gagliardi, 89, passed away peacefully in his home in Kinnelon, New Jersey surrounded by family the morning of April 28, 2020. He was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York.  He served in the United States Army as a sergeant during the Korean War. Following the war, he met and married Sadie Pizzuto.  They lived in Fayson Lakes, and later moved to the Borough of Kinnelon, where they raised their family.

His professional life was spent at The Daily News in New York City, first as a mechanic then foreman, and later as the Superintendent of their four garages, where they housed their newspaper trucks.  He eventually retired in 1990 from The Daily News as the Corporate Director of Purchasing. 
 
From a young age, Joe was an ambitious and hardworking individual, and he continued to embody these qualities his entire life while building a family.  For this he will be cherished, remembered and very missed.  

Joe loved spending time with his family, attending his grandchildren’s sporting events, and wintering in Jupiter; he was known by his many friends for swimming his twenty-five laps before heading to the hot tub after socializing and reading a good book poolside.

Joe is survived by his wife of 64 years, Sadie, his twin daughters, Donna Gnad and Maria Doherty and her husband Harold, his grandchildren, Matthew, Kevin, Brian and Julia, his siblings, Theresa and Antoinette, and his many nieces, nephews and long-time friends.  He is predeceased by his son, Anthony Joseph, and his siblings Margaret and John.

A memorial mass celebrating Joe’s life will be held at a later date due to the coronavirus at both St. Anthony of Padua in Butler, New Jersey and St. Jude Catholic Church in Tequesta, Florida.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his honor to St. Anthony of Padua, Butler, New Jersey or St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

Passing of Sister Columbiette Theresa "Terry" Wickham

Theresa Marie Wickham, nee DeKryger, 93, of Cedar Crest, formerly of Paterson and Kinnelon, died on Tuesday, April 28, 2020.

Born in Paterson, Terry was the daughter of Michael and Anne DeKryger. She graduated Eastside High School in 1944, and while still in high school started working as a bookkeeper for Joseph Brown and Company and continued working until 1954 as the office manager.

Terry met Joe when he was her partner in a friend’s wedding. Two years later, Terry and Joe married at Our Lady of Lourdes church in Paterson. They were married 68 years on April 26, 2020. In 1956, Joe and Terry moved in to the house they built in Kinnelon, where they raised their six children. Being a city girl, she wanted a fence around the property to protect her children. When they moved to Cedar Crest 50 years later, she was still waiting for the fence. 

Terry was a devout member of Our Lady of the Magnificat in Kinnelon, where she served as a Eucharistic Minister, and was active in the Rosary Altar Society, at one time being the president. She was instrumental in starting the library in the parish school, where she volunteered for many years. She was a proud member of St. Anthony’s Columbiettes, where she helped with many projects and activities raising funds for their charitable works. She was also a big help to the Knights of Columbus, especially when Joe was Grand Knight.

Terry was the Secretary/Treasurer of the family business, Wickham Vending, for 30 years. She enjoyed many cruises, especially fond of river cruises. Terry and Joe navigated their way through many rivers in the USA and across Europe. At home she enjoyed working in her garden, but was the happiest when surrounded by her family and friends.

Terry is survived by her husband Joseph R., her children Joseph D. and his wife Debbie, in Oak Ridge, Regina Maloney and her husband Peter in Virginia, Paul and his wife Cyndi in Oregon, Tom and his wife Cheryl in Vernon, and Eileen Galley in Montville. Also surviving are her 12 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren as well as several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, daughter Patricia, son-in-law Ken Galley, her sisters Katherine Wagner and Clarissa Maccanico and their spouses.

Funeral services will be private.

Passing of Brother Dulio "Al" Alvino

Dulio "Al" Alvino, 93, of North Haledon, NJ passed away on Wednesday, March 13, 2019.  He was born in Paterson, NJ and lived in Clifton, NJ before moving to North Haledon in 1989.  

He served in the United States Army during World War II.  He was a parishioner of Our Lady of Magnificat R.C. Church in Kinnelon, NJ where he served as an usher and also was a 4th Degree member of the Knights of Columbus Butler Council. He was member of the V.F.W. Post No. 850 in Glen Rock, NJ, the Commander of the American Legion Post No. 428 in North Haledon , the past commander D.A.V. Chapter No. 2 in Clifton, a member of the North Haledon Golden Agers and a member of CERT.  

Beloved husband of Charlotte Alvino (nee Bremus).  Devoted father of James  Anthony Alvino, Gary Alvino and David Alvino.  Step father of Roberta Crane.  He was predeceased by two brothers.  He is also survived by four grandchildren and four great grandchildren.  

Funeral from DeLuccia-Lozito Funeral Home, 265 Belmont Avenue, Haledon, NJ on Tuesday at 9 AM. Funeral Liturgy at Our Lady of Magnificat R. C. Church, Kinnelon, NJ at 10:30 AM.  Interment, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Totowa, NJ. Visiting on Monday from 2-4 & 6-8 PM.   Memorial gifts to Our Lady of Magnificat R.C. Church or St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital  would be appreciated. 

Passing of Christopher Eisenhardt, Brother of Brother Ken Eisenhardt and Son of Brother Herb Eisenhardt

Christopher R. Eisenhardt, 56, of Ridgewood, NJ, passed away January 14, 2019. Chris was the beloved husband of Mary Claire Eisenhardt (née Kirnan) of 32 years. Chris was born in Passaic, NJ and raised in Bloomingdale, NJ until he met Mary Claire, which brought him to Ridgewood, NJ to raise his family. Chris’ career in finance brought him and his family to Minneapolis, MN, Woodbury, MN, and River Forest, IL. Chris most recently worked for Media General in Richmond, VA as a comptroller, while based back in Ridgewood, NJ. Outside of his professional life, Chris was an avid sports fans, constantly rooting for, and often cursing, the NY Jets and NY Mets, as well as the Alabama Crimson Tide and his alma mater, the Marquette Golden Eagles. He is survived by his loving wife, Mary Claire; his son, Christopher; his son, Timothy and his wife, Jamie; his daughter Molly and her husband, Jack; his daughter Maggie; his mother, Theresa Eisenhardt (née Aquino); his brother, Kenneth and his wife, Lisa; his sister Catherine and her husband, Rodney; his brother, Craig and his wife, Brenda; his aunt, Grace Aquino; his cousin, Kelly Briggs (née Catucci) and her husband, Jason; and many nieces and nephews. Visitation will be on Thursday, January 17, 2019 at Feeney Funeral Home from 4-8pm, Eulogy service at 7pm. A funeral mass will be held on Friday, January 18, 2019 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel at 10am. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Valley Hospital Foundation at valleyhospitalfoundation.org/donate. Please select “Oncology Services” as the designation.

Passing of Brother Craig Hasson

Craig Steven Hasson, 54, of Butler, NJ, formerly of Bloomingdale, died suddenly on Thursday February 18, 2021.  

Craig was born on 8/26/1966 in Passaic, NJ. He was the loving son of Toni and the late Len Hasson of Bloomingdale, NJ. Craig grew up among a close-knit family with three siblings, Andrea, Mark & Pam.  He was well known throughout the community, and maintained many childhood friendships into adulthood.  He graduated from DePaul High School, Wayne, NJ, Class of 1984. Craig was the owner of Diversified Construction, Butler for 13+ years.  He also worked for Lakeland Kitchens, Bloomingdale and previously for Jeffreys & Lutjen Kitchens & Baths, Pompton Plains. Craig got his start with his brother-in-law Rich of Natale Construction, Vernon.  He was a third-degree member of The Knights of Columbus #943, Butler.  

Craig had a great sense of humor and loved being around family and friends. He enjoyed any number of outdoor activities including hunting, fishing, boating, snowmobiling, tending to his yard and just simply relaxing on his deck.  

Craig was a skilled carpenter who was passionate about his work. He always said “there is nothing I can’t do”. He took great pride in the quality of his craft and in mastering new skills. Craig was always willing to lend a hand to family and friends. 

Above all else, Craig loved his wife Tina and was endlessly proud of their children.  

He was a devoted Father who never missed a family event.  In 2017 he coached his son Ryan’s Tri Boro Little League baseball team to win the District 2 Championship. He supported his daughter Casey at all of her dance recitals and cheer performances. Most recently, Craig enjoyed welcoming the newest addition to their family: adopting a puppy named Dakota. 

Craig is survived by his loving wife of 24 years, Tina (Hulme), children Ryan Steven and Casey Marie, Mother Toni Hasson, Mother-in-law Evelyn Hulme, and siblings, Andrea Redfield (& Mark), Mark Hasson, Pam Natale, & in-laws Pam & Greg Giacchi. Also surviving are his treasured nieces & nephews: David, Anna, Richard, Ashlee (Chris), Matthew, Marco, Christopher, Anthony, & great-nephew Liam. Craig was predeceased by his father Len Hasson and father-in-law William Hulme. 

A Celebration of Life is being planned for Saturday February 27, 2021 from 1-5pm at  The Bloomingdale Fireman’s Hall, Bloomingdale, NJ. COVID measures will be observed.  

For those who are not able to join us in person, please log onto the attached Zoom link at 4:00pm on 2/27. At that time we welcome anyone to share their thoughts with the Family.    

 https://nvnet.zoom.us/j/87922145663?pwd=ZnlvZjBhSlc0UDhZTnkzWDJ4UElqdz09 

In lieu of flowers, the family is accepting donations.  

Go Fund Me Link:  https://gofund.me/037cc47f 

Passing of Brother William "Bill" Shadwell

William Joseph Shadwell, age 92, of Kinnelon, died Saturday, December 29, 2018 at home surrounded by his family. Mr. Shadwell was born in Orange, NJ, the son of the late William Joseph and the late Rose (Esposito) Shadwell. He served in the Navy during World War II and worked as a math teacher and guidance counselor at Memorial high school in Cedar Grove, NJ. William was a longtime member of the Knights of Columbus in Butler. He is survived by his devoted wife of 62 years, Martha Joanne (Greco) Shadwell, his beloved children, William, Michael, Fr. Damian, Martha, Elizabeth, Fr. Steven, Marianne Russo, Christopher, Genevieve Dickenman, David, James, Peter and Daniel, thirty cherished grandchildren and seven adored great-grandchildren. Viewing hours will be held Wednesday from 2pm to 4pm and 6pm to 8pm at Our Lady of Magnificat RC Church, 2 Miller Road, Kinnelon, NJ. The funeral will be Thursday 11:00am also at Our Lady of Magnificat RC Church, Kinnelon where a Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated. Burial will follow in St. Joseph's Cemetery, West Milford, NJ.

Passing of Brother Joseph R Wickham

Joseph Raymond Wickham, 92, of Pompton Plains, passed into his eternal reward on June 4, 2022.

Born in Paterson, Joe was the son of Albert and Edith (Dilzer). He graduated Butler High School in 1948. Joe was married to Theresa (DeKryger) for 68 years until Terry passed away in 2020.

Joe grew up in Butler, NJ, lived in Paterson for a short time after his marriage, and in 1956, Joe and Terry moved into the house they built in Kinnelon, where they raised their six children. They moved to Cedar Crest in 2007.

Joe was a chemical engineer for Drew Chemical in Boonton; he also worked for Superior Electronics in Clifton, and Electro-Scan in Garfield, before starting his own business, Wickham Vending, retiring in 2000. Joe served in the NJ National Guard, 50th Armor Division, and the US Army Reserve, where he retired as a Lieutenant Colonel.

He was an active member of his parish, Our Lady of the Magnificat in Kinnelon, where he served as an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist and a Lector. He was a 3rd Degree Life Member of St. Anthony’s Knights of Columbus Council #943 and a 4th Degree member of the Franciscan Friar Assembly. One of his passions was protecting the unborn, serving as Right to Life Chairman and the Ultrasound Initiative Program, placing ultrasound machines in crisis pregnancy centers.

Always concerned about the welfare of others, after retiring Joe volunteered at Catholic Charities in the Paterson Diocese. He was an avid history buff and enjoyed reading. He enjoyed traveling and did many cruises and riverboat cruises when Terry was alive. He was happiest when surrounded by family and friends. At Cedar Crest, he was volunteer bartender for happy hour and was an active member of the Catholic community.

Joe is survived by his children Joseph D. and his wife Debbie, of Oak Ridge, Regina Maloney and her husband Peter of Virginia, Paul and his wife Cyndi of Oregon, Tom and his wife Cheryl of Vernon, and Eileen Galley of Montville. Also surviving are his 12 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren as well as several cousins, nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his brother Albert of San Diego, CA. He was predeceased by his parents, his wife Theresa, daughter Patricia, son-in-law Ken Galley, his sisters Hilda Haddad, Laura Brady and her husband Frank, and his brother Leo Wickham and his wife Audrey.

Visitation will be Thursday, June 9, 2022 from 4:00 pm-8:00 pm at Our Lady of the Magnificat Church, 2 Miller Road, Kinnelon, NJ. A Mass for Joseph R. and Theresa Wickham will be offered, Friday, June 10, 2022, 10 AM, also at Our Lady of the Magnificat Church. Interment immediately following mass at the cemetery.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Several Sources Foundation https://www.severalsources.org/get-involved/donate/ or Masses said in their name.

Passing of Brother Joseph Elvena

Joseph Elvena, age 91, of Bloomingdale died Sunday, April 3, 2022, surrounded by his family. Mr. Elvena was born in Hell’s Kitchen Manhattan, NY, the son of the late Joseph Elvena and the late Ella Beattie.  He proudly served in the Marine Corps during Korean war and was one of the many men who fought in the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir. He worked as a longshoreman on the docks for over 50 years and was a third-degree Knight at the Butler Knights of Columbus.

 

He is survived by his five beloved children, Joseph Elvena, Thomas Elvena, Patricia Spaziani, Pamela Hiller, and Chris Elvena, loving sisters, Kekai Ruchstuhl, Marina Elvena, Joeann Steadley and Candy Wain, his cherished grandchildren, Michael Elvena, Vincent Elvena, Brian Taggart, Joseph Taggart, Kelly Taggart, William Hiller, Brendan Hiller, and Kayleigh Elvena, his adored great grandchildren, Maci, Michael and Madelyn Elvena and Elliott Taggart.

 

Joe was predeceased by his devoted wife, Patricia (nee Knipe), dear grandson, Justin Hiller and loving siblings, Ronald, Bobby and Gloria. Joseph loved his family. He spent most of his quality time taking his grandchildren hunting and fishing. 

Viewing hours will be Thursday, April 7th, 2022, from 4 to 8pm at The Morrison Funeral Home, 86 Bartholdi Avenue, Butler, NJ.  A funeral Mass will be held Friday 11am at St. Anthony RC Church Butler, NJ. The final disposition will be private.

Passing of Brother Thomas James Soules

Thomas James “Jim” Soules, 84, of Butler, passed, away on February 23, 2019.  Jim was born in West Milford, NJ, the son of the late Alfred and Flossie Soules. Jim worked as a production supervisor for Marotta in Montville, NJ, before retiring in 1996. He was a member of the Butler Fire Department Kinney Hose Company, for 62 years, and was a former Chief of the Fire Department for 12 years. Jim was also a member of the Knights of Columbus St. Anthony’s Council. 

He is survived by his devoted wife, Charlotte, of 67 years, his beloved children, Irene Turner and husband James and Phil Soules and partner Nancy Merish, three cherished grandchildren, eight cherished great grandchildren and is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Viewing hours will be held Friday, March 1, 2019 from 2 to 4pm and 7 to 9pm at the Morrison Funeral Home 86 Bartholdi Ave. Butler NJ. A mass will be offered on Saturday, March 2, 2019, 11 AM at St. Anthony’s RC Church also in Butler. The final disposition will be held in private. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Kinney Hose Company, Butler Fire Dept, PO Box 294, Butler, NJ 07405.

Passing of Sister Columbiette Marge Cassata

Margaret (Marge) V. Cassata, age 88, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 26, 2019. Marge was born on April 20,1930 in Brooklyn, NY, the daughter of Nancy (Rollino) and Joseph Vaccarello. She graduated from Central Needle Trades High School in Manhattan, known currently as the Fashion Institute of Technology. There she learned sewing, machine work, garment cutting, draping, tailoring and costume sketching.

In 1948, she married Charles S. Cassata of Garfield, NJ at Our Lady of Loreto in Brooklyn, NY. Together, with the help of family, they literally built their home in Wayne, NJ. They began their businesses of Classic Cleaners, Classic Tuxedos and Classic Bridals, all in Butler, NJ. She was a prominent member within the Butler community for 40 years (1959-1999).

Marge was a member of the St. Theresa Society in Brooklyn, NY, a founding-member of the St. Anthony Columbiettes of Butler, NJ, as well as a member of Soroptimist International, a volunteer organization of women helping the local community.

After retiring, Marge moved from Wayne, NJ to Brick, NJ. In August of 2018, she and Charlie moved to Cedar Crest Village in Pompton Plains, NJ. She enjoyed winters in Boynton Beach, FL where she had many friends and family. Her summers were spent in New Jersey, enjoying time with family at their home on Long Beach Island. She also enjoyed playing Bingo, playing cards, and many visits to her “happy place” of Aruba. 

Marge is survived by her husband of 70 years, Charles S. Cassata as well as her daughter, Theresa M. Cassata of Long Beach Island, NJ, her daughter & son-in-law, Carolyn (Cassata) and Chuck Lundy of Pompton Plains, NJ, as well as her daughter-in-law Colleen (Warfield) Cassata-McGilp of Butler, NJ. She was also blessed with three grandchildren, Joseph C. Cassata of Highland Lakes, NJ, Deanna M. Lundy of Frederick, MD and Christopher C. Lundy of Pompton Plains, NJ. She was the proud aunt of 11 nieces and nephews, 24 great nieces and nephews, and 15 great-great nieces and nephews.

Marge is pre-deceased by her son, Joseph A. Cassata of Butler, NJ, as well as her brothers, Louis Vaccarello of Niagara Falls, NY, Steven Vaccarello of Hialeah, FL, and Gerard Vaccarello of Ronkonkoma, NY.

The family welcomes all to the viewing and mass. The viewing will be held at the Morrison Funeral Home in Butler, NJ on Sunday, March 3rd from 2:00-4:00 pm and 7:00-9:00 pm. A mass will be held on Monday, March 4th at 10am at St. Mary’s Church in Pompton Lakes, NJ. Marge will be laid to rest at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Butler, NJ

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