Gordon William Anthony  
Thomas E. Basista  
Joanne Bayley Kuhns  
Diana Lynn Cauwenberghs  
John I. Coulson Jr.  
Bruce Gordon Curry  
Michael D'Angelo  
Joe Dawson  
Sharon Diamond Watsky 
Kathy Donnelly DiRocco 
Kenneth G. Dyak  
Robert "Bobby" Earle  
Jeffrey Forrest  
Donald Richard Frankland  
Deborah Frappolli  
Steven Wright Keneely  
Michael B.Killeen  
Henry A. Kupin  
Richard R. Maggio   
Raymond T. Maksuta  
Julia Alice Miller  
Lois Mitchell Herman  
Daniel Reed Murray  
Jill D. Newton Scott  
Beth Nielsen  
Everett C. Oakely  
Thomas L. O'Donohue  
Michael Ormsby  
David Joseph Pasquariello  
Stephen Pilat  
Janet Praskala  
Kevin Riker  
Barry James Roder  
Andrew Romanov  
Kevin Lee Roper  
Richard M. Rowe  
William Thomas Sessa  
Matthew M.Shumeyko  
Robert Francis Sisti  
Billy Smith  
Daniel Suchoff  
Frank Roger Symon  
Lois Ann Velebir Middlemore  
Patricia Ann Tonkin Odierno  
Frederic Charles Willer  
James "Ricky" Wright  
Richard V. Zito  

" Gordon W. Anthony, age 57, died on October 8, 2012, with his family and friends by his side, in Los Angeles, California. Gordon was named in 1985 by the Jaycee's as one of the ten most outstanding men in America, an award that was given in other years to President Jack Kennedy and the Reverend Martin Luther King.

Gordon was a true visionary who devoted his life to the equal treatment of all people, not only those with disabilities. His vision was of a world without discrimination, a world of tolerance. Gordon was quoted as saying "discrimination against anyone is discrimination against everyone; we must learn to value and appreciate our similarities as well as our differences." He will greatly be missed by many."

Gordon's Story

Gordon William Anthony
Date of Birth: December 6, 1954
Date of Death: October 12, 2012
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

Tom was born in the wrong century. He was a mountain man at heart, with a passion for hunting, hiking and trapping. If he had his way, he would have lived up in some uncharted mountain range enjoying the simple things of life. Tom did not need money or gadgets to keep him happy or feel accomplished; it was his understanding of what is really important in life that made Tom such a special man.

Gloria Chappa

Thomas E. Basista
Date of Birth: January 6, 1954
Date of Death: March 26, 2009
Cause of Death: Heart disease
Hometown: Hillsdale, NY
Next of Kin: Edward Basista (father), Gloria Chappa(mother), Jody Ross(sister)

Joanne Bayley Kuhns, Sarasota, died May 19, 2010. After bravely defeating Leukemia, JO succumbed to complications from the treatment at the age of 55. Survivors include her husband of 25 years, William. Her daughters Kelly and Kacey. Her sister, Jacki Rudge and husband Tom all of Sarasota. Also 2 sisters, Kathleen Babb and Maureen Rath both of West Milford, NJ. Jo's light will shine eternal in everone who kenw her. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Moffitt Cancer Research Center

Published in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune on May 21, 2010
Joanne Bayley Kuhns
Date of Birth: December 13, 1954
Date of Death: May 19, 2010
Hometown: Sarasota, FL

Diana, a loving Daughter

Sister and Friend.....

Sadly missed by all....

Ada Cauwenberghs, mother
September, 2002

accident report
Diana Lynn Cauwenberghs
Date of Birth: June 23, 1954
Date of Death: July 4, 1974
Cause of Death: Motorcycle Accident
Hometown: Wayne, NJ
Occupation: Bank Teller, Prospect Park National Bank
Member of: Preakness Christian Reformed Church, Wayne, NJ
Buried at: Fairlawn memorial Cemetery, Fairlawn, NJ
Next of Kin: Henry (father), Ada(mother), Henry (brother), Dawn (sister)

In loving memory of a wonderful husband,
father and brother.
We miss you so much.

Gail, John and Jennifer
October, 2002
John I. Coulson Jr.
Date of Birth: May 13, 1953
Date of Death: Nov. 2, 1990
Cause of Death: Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma

Hometown: Wayne, NJ
Next of Kin: Gail Herman Coulson, Children, John III, and Jennifer L Brodbeck, grand daughter Izabella Grace, Brother Alan and Sister Karen Porcello.

We think of Gordon with this thought...

"Those that bring sunshine into the lives of others
cannot keep it from themselves."

Joanne Curry, mother
October, 2002
Bruce Gordon Curry
Date of Birth: July 31, 1954
Date of Death: May 18, 1978
Cause of Death: Asphyxiation

Hometown: Hartwick, NY
Occupation: Student - Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY
Buried at: George Washington memorial Park, Paramus, NJ
Next of Kin: Cynthia Lee DiGiuseppe (spouse), Bruce Gilbert Curry (father), Joanne Hartley Curry (mother)

Micheal James D'Angelo, age 65, passed away on Saturday, April 18, 2020 of COVID-19 related illness. He was born in Paterson, grew up in Wayne, and five years ago became a resident of Brookdale Assisted Living in Wayne. Mike attended Wayne Valley High School and graduated from the University of Utah in 1976. He was Vice President of Systronics Computers Systems for most of his employment years. He enjoyed teaching Ballroom Dancing and won several national awards. Studying Meteorology and Geography were his passions. Beloved son of Ruth D'Angelo and the late Joseph B. D'Angelo. Dear brother of Joseph H. and his wife Camille D'Angelo. Uncle of Derek Godwin (Andrea), Evan Godwin (Bergelink), and great uncle of Jack, Cooper, Trevor, and Chase Godwin. Mike's love, smile, compassion, and kindness to all will be greatly missed. He will be laid to rest privately at Calvary Cemetery in Paterson. A Memorial Mass will take place at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to Moore's Home For Funerals.


Wayne Valley '72
Univ. of Utah '76

Micheal D'Angelo
Date of Birth: xxx
Date of Death: April 18, 2020

Hometown: Wayne, NJ
Occupation: Computer Technology
Next of Kin: Ruth D'Angelo(mother), Joe D'Angelo (brother)

Joe Dawson of Chestertown, Maryland died on November 15 at his home at the age of 65. He was born on October 8, 1954, in Oak Park, IL the son of the late Charles and Rosemary Dawson. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Delaware on June 5, 1976, and on that day married Linda Blahosky. Joe worked with Dixon Valve and Coupling for 31 years. Joe's career in sales and marketing with Dixon began in 1986. He has served customers as a Regional Sales Manager, National Sales Manager, Marketing Manager, and as a Training Specialist before retiring in 2018. His professionalism, enthusiasm, and commitment to customers was exemplary. In addition to his wife Linda, he is survived by a son: Lt Col Todd Dawson and his wife Abear and their children Ella, Olivia, and Emma and a daughter: Tracey Valach and her husband Michael and their children Ahna and Mia. Joe is also survived by a brother: Michael Dawson of Waleska, GA, and a sister: Carrie Thompsen of Millsboro, DE. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Sunday, November 24, 2019, at 1:00 PM at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Chestertown, MD where relatives and friends are invited to visit with the family from 12:00-1:00. Interment will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Animal Care Shelter for Kent County 10720 Augustine Herman Highway Chestertown, Maryland 21620.


Wayne Valley '72
Univ. of Delaware '76

Joe Dawson
Date of Birth: October 8, 1954
Date of Death: November 15,2019

Hometown: Chesterton, MD
Occupation: Sales & Marketing
Next of Kin: Linda(spouse), Todd Dawson (son), Tracey Valach (daughter), Michael Dawson (brother), Carrie Thompsen (sister)

Sharon Ann Watsky, 51, Bradenton, Fla., died September 11, 2005. Born on June 5, 1954, in Patterson, N.J., she moved to Bradenton, in 1979, from Hallendale, Fla. She attended Temple Beth Sholom and Temple Beth El. Survivors include her husband, Dr. Steven C. Watsky; daughters, Haley B. and Ariel T., and son, Evan S., all of Bradenton; brothers, Jack A. (Vicki) Diamond, of Boonton, N.J., and Mitchell (Olga) Diamond, of Lauderdale By The Sea, Fla.; aunt, Claire Rosen, of Hallendale, Fla.; and brother-in-law, Claude Watsky, of Narragansett, R.I. Service is 2p.m., Friday, September 16, at Brown & Sons Funeral Homes 43rd Street Chapel, 604 43rd Street West, Bradenton. The family's home will be open on Friday, following the service, and also on Saturday and Sunday, from 1-9p.m. Memorial donations may be made to American Red Cross, Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund, 2902 59th Street West, Bradenton, FL 34209, or to Alzheimer's Association, Manatee/Sarasota Counties Chapter, Inc., 1230 South Tuttle Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34239.

Published in The Bradenton Herald on September 14, 2005

Wayne Valley '72
Penn State '75
Marshall Law School '79

Memories of Sharon's marriage, husband and children
Sharon Diamond Watsky
Date of Birth: June 5, 1954
Date of Death: September 11, 2005

Hometown: Bradenton, FL
Occupation: Lawyer (Retired)
Next of Kin: Dr. Steven Watsky (spouse), Haley Watsky, Evan Watsky, Ariel Watsky (children), Jack Diamond, Mitchell Diamond (siblings)

Kathleen Marie DiRocco, 64, passed away July 2nd at home, with her loving family by her side, after a four year illness. Kathy was born in NJ, where she resided until moving to Hilton Head Island in 2012 with her husband of 44 years, Derek DiRocco. The family vacationed here during each summer since 1980. She was so excited to begin her life here on the island, explore new things and be an active part of her new community. She loved tennis and golf, and was enthusiastically active in both until her illness in 2014. Ever the adventurer, she earned her diving certificate and experienced the beauty of the Red Sea along the Egyptian coast. Kathy's beautiful smile and warm, social personality made new friends feel as if they had known her for years. And she absolutely loved people. Prior to relocating, she was active in her daughters' education and spent many years volunteering in the public school system. Once her children were grown, she resumed her career, working thirteen years as office manager for her husband's construction company. She was a loving wife to her high school sweetheart, Derek, a devoted mother to daughters Adrienne, Alison Capo and son-in-law John, and a wonderful grandmother to Gino, who graced her life last November. In addition, she leaves six brothers and sisters and their spouses, one brother in law and spouse, as well as seventeen nieces and nephews. Kathy also leaves many, many cherished friends everywhere, who constantly provided support and filled her heart with cards, gifts and love throughout her illness. A funeral mass will be held Thursday, July 12th 10:30AM at St. Francis by the Sea Church on Hilton Head Island. In lieu of flowers at the church, the family requests charitable donations to The Deep Well Project of Hilton Head (deepwellproject.org) or St. Francis by the Sea Catholic School, 45 Beach City Road, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926.

July 8, 2018
Kathy Donnelly DiRocco
Date of Birth:  
Date of Death: July 2, 2018
Cause of Death: Breast Cancer

Hometown: Hilton Head Is., SC
Next of Kin: Derek DiRocco(spouse), Adrienne, Alison Capo (daughters)

Kenneth G. Dyak "Ken" age 54 of West Milford on Wednesday, November 26, 2008. His passing was sudden and unexpected with his loving family at his side. He was born in Paterson and had lived his formative years in Wayne before moving to West Milford twenty- eight years ago. Ken received his formal education at Wayne Valley High School graduating with the Class of 1972. He had a strong desire to achieve higher education and pursued his college education going nights to Farleigh Dickinson University in Rutherford. In 1985 he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance from Farleigh Dickinson. He was employed for many years at Wyeth Pharmaceuticals in Madison as a Financial Specialist. His hobby included playing the guitar having often played with a local bands at special events. He was also very mechanically inclined and enjoyed maintaining and fixing cars. He was also especially fond of his favorite faithful companion dog Ernie who is a Brussels Griffon. He leaves his family with many fond memories of a loving husband and father. He loved his children and always encouraged them to excel in their life's endeavors. Cynthia and Ken met while working at the former Acme Supermarket on Valley Road in Wayne and married. They had thirty years of "good and loving" marriage together. Surviving are his loving wife Cynthia (nee D'Auria) Dyak; one daughter Cheryl Dyak of Hopatcong; one son Brian Dyak of West Milford; one sister Doris Arena and two brothers Nelson and Charles Dyak.

November, 2008
Kenneth G. Dyak
Date of Birth:  
Date of Death: November 26, 2008
Cause of Death: Stroke

Hometown: West Milford
Next of Kin: Cynthia D'Auria Dyak(wife), Cheryl(daughter), Brian(son)

Bobby was a graduate of Wayne Valley High School's class of 1972. He was a muscle car enthusiast, a Zappa fan, a horseman, a builder and in his later years, a master carpenter. In 1978, he along with his brother Geoffrey established Earle Brother Construction and built numerous homes in Northern New Jersey. They were awarded the National Builders Association award for Builders of the year in 1991. Since 1998, Bobby was the sole proprietor of Structural Arts in Wayne, expanding on his incredible talent for fine woodworking. Many homes in Northern New Jersey contained his masterful fireplaces, built-ins, coffered ceilings and raised panel millwork. Surviving are his wife of 22 years, Paula (nee Dodge) Earle; daughter Kaitlyn Rose Earle; brother Kevin B. Earle of Phoenix, Ariz.; brother-in-laws Robert Peterson, and Geofrey S. Earle of South Jersey; nieces and nephews Elizabeth and Brad Earle, Amie and Jenny Dodge, Susan, Brian and Scott Dunham; and cousins Rose Ferraris, Stephanie Carr and Paula Theisen. He was predeceased by his parents Rose (Masseroni) Earle in 1999 and George A. Earle in 1965. Arrangements: Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, Wayne. Memorials: Life Choice Hospice, 65 East Route 4, River Edge, NJ 07661.

Published on Thursday, December 6, 2012 in Wayne Today(NJ)

Bobby's Story
Robert "Bobby" Wright Earle
Date of Birth:  
Date of Death: November 21, 2012
Cause of Death: Cancer

Hometown: Wayne, NJ
Occupation: Master Carpenter
Next of Kin: Paula(wife), Kayti(daughter)


Forrest, Jeffrey E., 61, husband of Frank Michel, married on November 9, 2015 after being partners for nearly 25 years passed on November 22, 2015 at home in Pompton Lakes. Born in Glen Ridge, raised in Wayne and for a short time in Franklin Lakes than moving to Pompton Lakes. Mr. Forrest had been employed from 1977-2014 as a Physical Therapist for Nyack Hospital and Lower Hudson Valley Physical Therapy in Pomona, NY. Along with his husband, he is survived by his father, Edward J.of Port Republic, VA, one sister, Debbie C. of Rockingham, VA one brother, Terry (and wife, Mary) of Smith Mountain Lake, VA, two sister-in-laws, Catherine Petruzziello and Ann Cavalchire, three brother-in-laws, Vincent Petruzziello, Paul Cavalchire and Michael Laucik, several nieces and nephews and a special chihuahua named Chalupa. He is predeceased by his mother, Sarah T.(Smith) (2010) and sister-in-law, Jean Laucik (2012). Visitation Friday 2-4 & 7-9 PM at Richards Funeral Home, Inc., 4 Newark Pompton Tpk, Riverdale. NJ. Funeral Service Saturday, 9:30 AM at Christ Episcopal Church, 400 Ramapo Ave., Pompton Lakes, NJ 07442. Interment, St. Gertrude’s Cemetery, Colonia, NJ. In lieu of flowers, donations to Degregorio Family Foundation, PO Box 236, Pleasantville, NY 10570. www.degregorio.org This is a leading esophageal cancer research foundation would be appreciated.

Jeffrey E. Forrest
Date of Birth:  
Date of Death: November 22, 2015
Cause of Death: Esophageal cancer

Hometown: Pompton Lakes, NJ
Occupation: Physical therapist
Next of Kin: Frank Michel(husband), Edward J. Forrest (father)

In Loving Memory
of Donald
who brightened our lives and
who remains in our hearts.

Marion Crossett Frankland (mother)
Joan Frankland DiGiacomo(sister)
Kenneth Frankland (brother)
November, 2002
Donald Richard Frankland
Date of Birth: January 14, 1954
Date of Death: October 28, 1994
Cause of Death: Cancer of Appendix

Hometown: Wayne, NJ
Occupation: Machinist Tool and Dye Maker
Buried at: Holy Cross Cemetery, N. Arlington, NJ
Next of Kin: Donald Frankland (father), Marion Frankland(mother), Kenneth Frankland(brother), Joan Frankland DiGiacomo(sister)

  Deborah J. Frappolli – age 62 years of Hawthorne on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 beloved daughter of the late Vincent and Jennie (nee: Bajor) Frappolli. Born in Paterson, Deborah lived in Wayne and North Haledon before moving to Hawthorne 3 years ago. Deborah was a parishioner of St. Casimir RC Church, Paterson. She was also a member of AARP. Deborah is survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins. She resided with her aunt Mary Ann Frappolli in Hawthorne and leaves behind her special friend Patricia Duensing of Lincoln Park.

Deborah Frappolli
Date of Birth: December 25, 1953
Date of Death: April 20, 2016

In loving memory of Steven Keneely

Steve will be remembered for
loving committment to friends and family
a zest for education
willingness to help whoever asked
his work in Genetics
love of skiing and camping..
We miss him...
from Mom, Dad, Sisters Karen and Beth, Brother Bill

Eugenia Keneely, mother
September, 2002
Steven Wright Keneely
Date of Birth: May 22, 1954
Date of Death: October 10, 1984
Cause of Death: Pneumonia

Hometown: New York City
Occupation: Medical Student, New Jersey College of Medicine
Member of: Rutgers College Alumni, Rutgers Alumni Band, St. Michaels Church (Wayne)
Buried at: Fairlawn memorial Cemetery, Fairlawn, NJ
Next of Kin: Charles(father), Eugenia(mother), Bill(brother), Karen and Beth (sisters)
The Keneely Family has made a donation to The Steven W. Keneely Rubaa Scholarship Fund on behalf of the Wayne Valley Class of 1972 Reunion

Michael, "PA Mike", age 58 of Hawthorne, on Friday, June 1, 2012. Born in Jersey City, Michael had lived in Lyndhurst and Wayne before moving to Hawthorne 29 years ago. He was a police officer with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, most recently working at the George Washington Bridge location. Michael was the beloved husband of Diane (nee: Kraft) Killeen. Loving father of Ryan Michael Killeen of Hawthorne. Cherished son of Imelda (nee: Lyden) Killeen of Manahawkin and the late Francis Killeen. Dear brother of Thomas Francis Killeen and his wife Katherine (Kitty) of Wayne, Peter Killeen of Manahawkin and Francis Killeen of Weston, FL. Funeral service will be held at 11 AM on Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at the Browning-Forshay Funeral Home, 557 Lafayette Avenue, Hawthorne. Cremation will be private. Visiting hours will be on Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl., Memphis, TN 38105. (www.browningforshay.com)

Published in The Record/Herald News on June 4, 2012
Michael Killeen
Date of Birth: May 16, 1954
Date of Death: June 1, 2012
Cause of Death: Cancer

Hometown: Hawthorne, NJ
Occupation: Police Officer
Next of Kin: Diane(wife), Ryan(son), Imelda(mother), Peter, Thomas, Francis (brothers)

In loving memory of our brother "Hank"

We will always keep him in our hearts. Remembering his love of music, his musical talents - unbelievable -standing ovations after his performances with his guitar at a concert - no one could surpass. So happy to have him in our life. Miss him so much. "Hank" loved trees. All of them that God made to enjoy. I always see his face in the leaves and feel his hugs with the swaying of the branches, always caring for others and ready to lend a helping hand. We had a very special brother.

October 2012

Your sisters,
Diane and Susan


Henry "Hank" Anthony Kupin
Date of Birth: Aug 20, 1954
Date of Death: September 13, 2003
Cause of Death: Complications of diabetes
Hometown: Placer, CA and Landing, NJ
Occupation:: Technical Sound Engineer Owner of Sound Repairs and Sales
Member of:: St Theresa RC Church
Burried at:: Succasunna NJ
Next of kin:: Maggie (Nee Fiore) (wife) Terry Ann Kupin (daughter) Tony Kupin (son) Henry Kupin (father) Agnes Kupin (mother)

Richard R. Maggio, "Ricky", age 55 of Royal Palm Beach, Florida, formerly of Wayne, died on Thursday, March 5, 2009. He was born in Paterson and lived in Wayne for most of his life. He graduated from Wayne Valley High School, where he had played football and was a skier, with the class of 1972. He later graduated from New Jersey Institute of Technology with an Associate's degree in Engineering. He was employed with Steamfitters Local 274 in Jersey City for nearly twenty four years before moving to Florida in 1998. He has since been working as a construction manager with his brother, Ronald, in Florida. Richard was also a proud member of the Preakness Volunteer Fire Company #4 in Wayne for many years before he moved to Florida. Richard was an avid fisherman and truly enjoyed all the fishing opportunities that Florida had to offer. He had fished all over, including Cape Cod, shark fishing out of Montauk, and the Florida Keys. As a boy, he spent his summer vacation on LBI, in Surf City, which is where he probably picked up his love for surfing too. He was extremely intelligent, could fix just about anything, and would gladly help anyone in need. Richard was always the 'life of the party' and he sure knew how to enjoy himself. He recently said to his brother; "I've lived life my way and it doesn't owe me anything." Richard is survived by his daughter Ashley and her mother Susan C. Maggio of Mertztown, PA, his parents; Thomas and Evelyn Maggio of Wayne, one sister; Donna Maggio-Ash and her husband William of Wayne, two brothers; Thomas Maggio of Wayne and Ronald Maggio and his wife Susan of Wellington, FL, and many nieces, nephews, and close friends.


Richard R. Maggio
Date of Death: March 5, 2009

Hometown: Royal Palm Beach, FL
Occupation: Construction Manager
Buried at: George Washington Memorial Park, Paramus

In loving memory of Raymond Maksuta who lost his battle with colon cancer in 1994.

Ray was a very caring and loving individual. He was very knowledgeable about the origins of any type of wine and could tell you information about that wine down to what type of wooden barrel or what type of grapes the wine was made from. Besides his first love of wine, he was an accomplished guitar player. He loved the blues long before it became popular-- certainly a man before his time. A serious man at times, in a moments notice he could turn into a jokester. Although he may be gone from our sight he is never gone from our hearts.

Susan Maksuta, sister
October, 2002
Raymond T. Maksuta
Date of Birth: October 6, 1954
Date of Death: April 4, 1994
Cause of Death: Colon Cancer

Hometown: Wayne, NJ
Occupation: Wine Connoisseur, Sales Manager
Member of:Our Lady of the Valley Church (Wayne)
Buried at: Christ the King, Franklin Lakes, NJ
Next of Kin: Raymond V.(father), Mary(mother)

Oh but I loved her laughter and heartfelt compassion.

Cassy, a close friend
October, 2002

Her personal sacrifices serve as inspiration, while her tender smile and loving commitment is what will always be remembered.

Bob Miller, brother
October, 2002
Julia Alice Miller
Date of Birth: July 7, 1954
Date of Death: May 5, 1986

Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri

Lois A. Herman, age 62, of Vernon, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 10, 2017. Born and raised in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn, NY, Lois’ family moved to Kirk Terrace in Wayne in 1967. Five years later, she graduated from Wayne Valley High School with the Class of 1972.
Lois Mitchell Herman
Date of Death: March 10, 2017

Hometown: Sussex, NJ

Daniel R. Murray of Medfield passed away surrounded by his loving family on May 22, 2021 after a brief illness. He was 66.
Daniel Reed Murray
Date of Birth: August 13, 1954
Date of Death: May 22, 2021

Hometown: Medfield, MA

Jill Newton moved to Colorado shortly after graduating from Wayne Valley High School. Other than a short stay in San Francisco, Jill lived in Colorado the rest of her life. She loved the mountains. Jill was a fabulous snow skier; she enjoyed white water rafting, and hiking. She, of course, was also a very loving mother. Not only was she beautiful, but also probably one of the brightest people I have ever met. Her memory was photographic and often the conversation at the office. If anyone couldn't find a project number from a job 10 years earlier…"just ask Jill" was usually the next approach. She knew every employees social security number by heart (there were 20 or 30 employees). Most of all, Jill was loved. Not everybody loved Jill, but her close friends, family and husband loved her, admired her, and were dedicated to her completely. This was true because she loved and dedicated herself, in a healthy way, to her close knit group of family and friends. The world was a better place because of Jill, and her absence from this planet is still very much recognized.

Kevin D. Scott, spouse
September, 2002
Jill D. Newton Scott
Date of Birth: September 3, 1954
Date of Death: September 28, 1999
Cause of Death: Ovarian Cancer

Hometown: Boulder, Colorado
Occupation: Accountant/Office Manager-Eric Smith Associates, Boulder
Next of Kin: Kevin D. Scott(spouse), Erin C. Myers(daughter), Nick Newton (brother), James Newton(brother), George Newton(father, deceased), Shirley Newton (mother, deceased), Lynn Newton (sister, deceased)

Beth Nielsen (Moore) had a bubbling personality and many friends. With her caring nature and love for animals, she was dedicated to her job at the veterinary clinic. Most of all, she loved and took great pride in her two sons, David Jr. and Bryan. Because of their natural athletic abilities, they were both drafted by major league baseball teams.

I miss you!

Jeanne Nielsen, Mom
Fort Myers, Florida
August, 2012

    Beth Nielsen,49, died at Health Park Hospital in Fort Myers, Florida on May 26, 2004. Beth grew up in Packanack Lake and graduated from Wayne Valley High School and attended college in Hackettstown, N.J. She is survived by her mother, Jeanne Nielsen and two sons, David and Bryan Moore.

Beth Nielsen
Date of Birth: Dec 28, 1954
Date of Death: May 26, 2004

Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, FL

    OAKLEY, Everett "Butch" Everett "Butch" Oakley, 50, of Rocky Hill died Saturday, (May 29, 2004). Born in California, he lived most of his life in the Middletown area. He was a director of Building and Grounds for the Town of Saybrook and also was employed by Key-Media and recently Alside Building Supply. He enjoyed spending time at his cottage on Salmon River in Haddam. Butch was a United States Air Force Veteran serving in Vietnam as a Sergeant. He received many unit citations, including several medals, five airman of the month awards and Sergeant of the Squadron award. He is survived by his longtime companion, Wendy Rodriguez and her son E.J. Walker of Rocky Hill; sister, Lynn Brittany and cousins Carl Pittman, Jackie and Jo-Jo Lynch, John Gordon, Arnold and Lee Studwell and Eileen McGrail all of New York. He is also survived by his dear friend, Frank and his mom, Gertie Gotlibowski of Rocky Hill. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, June 5, at 10:00 a.m. at the Brooklawn Funeral Home, 511 Brook Street, Rocky Hill at 3:30 p.m. Interment will be in New York, at a later date. There are no calling hours. For online guestbook, flowers and directions please visit online at www.Brooklawnfuneralhome.com.

Everett C. "Butch" Oakley"
Date of Birth: Oct 24, 1953
Date of Death: May 29, 2004

Hometown: New London, CT

    Tom was a renowned neuroscientist and pharmacologist. He graduated with a B.S. from Bucknell in 1976 and obtained his PhD in pharmacology from Howard University in 1980. With some 30 publications to his credit, Tom was "superman" according to a fellow scientist with whom he worked. He was recruited by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Washington, DC as a staff fellow in 1980 and quickly rose to become chief of the laboratory of neuroendocrinology of the NIH's National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke in 1982. He was also an assistant professor at Howard's Medical School. Tom was one of the founders of the annual Winter Neuropeptide Conference and was cited in the publication "Who's Who in Frontier Science and Technology". His reputation established, Tom moved to Monsanto in St. Louis, Missouri in 1986 where he became director of its CNS (Central Nervous System) department. Tom was at Monsanto for less than a year when he was killed in an auto accident on April 14, 1987. Tom is buried at Rock Creek Cemetery in Washington, DC. Survivors include his wife Gail Handelmann of Marblehead, MA, and children Aidan and Ross. Howard University founded the annual Thomas L. O'Donohue memorial Lecture in Neuropharmacology in his honor.

Tom O'Donohue
Date of Birth: January 10, 1954
Date of Death: April 14, 1987
Cause of Death: Auto Accident

Hometown: St. Louis, MO

Michael Ormsby
Michael Ormsby
Date of Birth: March 7, 1954
Date of Death: March, 1978

Hometown: Wayne, NJ

Dr. David Joseph Pasquariello, age 62, passed away August 4, 2017, following complications from heart surgery. Dr. Pasquariello was a beloved Chiropractor in the Mableton area for over 35 years. His patients were his passion, and he was respected and loved by all. He was active in the Georgia Chiropractic Association, serving as past Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors and as past District Two Director.
David Joseph Pasquariello
Date of Death: August 4, 2017
Cause of Death: Complications of heart surgery

Hometown: Smyrna GA
Occupation: Chiropractor
Next of Kin: Ellen (wife), John C. Pasquariello (brother), Dr. Peter J. Pasquariello, Jr.(brother)

    PILAT Stephen, age 53, of Wayne, suddenly, on Thursday, June 7, 2007. Beloved husband of Angela [Banks] and Dear brother of Patricia Mallery. Mr. Pilat was a Graduate of Wayne Valley High School and William Paterson University. He was a Self-Employed Musician.

Published in The Record and Herald News on 6/10/2007.

Stephen Pilat
Date of Birth: May 30, 1954
Date of Death: June 7, 2007

Hometown: Wayne, NJ
Interment: Laurel Grove Crematory, Totowa, NJ

    Janet T. Praskala, age 64, of Hudson, Florida passed away on Friday, July 5, 2019. Janet was born October 14, 1954 in Paterson, New Jersey to Edward and Theresa Praskala. Janet grew up in Wayne, NJ. She worked as a Certification Processor for Broker Educational Sales and Training. Janet enjoyed gardening, listening to Polish music, traveling and birds. She spent a lot of time with her family and friends, who will miss her dearly. Janet was also a huge Jets Fan. Janet was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Theresa Praskala; and her sister, Lorraine Praskala. She is survived by her brothers and sisters, Kathy Adamec (Art), Edward Praskala (Polly), Debbie Rovinsky (Alex), Theresa Nidoh, Eileen Erwin (Jim), John Praskala (Sophia); her beloved cat, Rusty; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. A visitation for Janet will be held Saturday, July 13, 2019 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM at Meadowlawn Funeral Home, 4244 Madison Street, New Port Richey, FL 34652. A funeral service will begin at 2:00 PM and burial will follow at Meadowlawn Memorial Gardens. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.NorthMeadowlawnFuneral.com for the Praskala family.

Janet Praskala
Date of Birth: October 14,1954
Date of Death: July 5, 2019

Hometown: Hudson, FL

Kevin L. Riker, age 55, formerly of Wayne, died on Tuesday October 7, 2008 in Sarasota, Florida after a courageous battle of nearly 8 years with Lou Gehrig's disease. Kevin graduated from Wayne Valley High School where he left his mark in athletics. He is a member of the Wayne Valley Football Hall of Fame and he was a star pole-vaulter on the track team. There's little doubt that his athletic success must have been a result of the excellent coaching he received from his coach and big brother, Ray Riker. He was also an avid skier and absolutely loved to golf. He was a natural at golf and continued playing well into his adult life, until the disease limited him. Kevin moved to Key West, Florida in the 1970's and opened a restaurant called "Poncho & Lefties" on Olivia St. He was passionate about cooking and this was a dream come true for him. His brother Ray recalls Kevin grilling on the sidewalk out in front of the restaurant. He operated the restaurant there for over thirteen years before he and his wife moved to Sarasota, Florida in the late 1980's. Kevin continued to cook, both occupationally and as a hobby. He simply loved being a chef and he was very good at it. For the past few years, during the height of Kevin's illness, his niece and nephew have made regular visits to Florida, often twice a year, to spend time with their ailing uncle. Kevin truly enjoyed and looked forward to their visits. They were very close and will miss him dearly. Kevin has no children of his own and his nephew, Ray "Dee" Riker, recently named his own son in his uncle's honor. Kevin is survived by his wife of thirty years, Donna (nee Delsea) of Sarasota, Fl, his mother; Jane Riker, one brother; Ray Riker.

Kevin L. Riker
Date of Birth: May 29, 1953
Date of Death: October 7, 2008
Cause of Death: Lou Gehrig's Disease

Hometown: Sarasota, FL
Occupation: Chef
Next of Kin: Donna Delsea Riker (wife)

Barry James Roder

Memorial service for Barry James Roder, 58, will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at Caughman-Harman Funeral Home, Lexington Chapel. The family will receive friends following the service at the home of Doug and Susan Roder. Mr. Roder was born on December 12, 1954 and passed away on Sunday, August 11, 2013. He was the son of Doris Holler Roder and the late LeRoy Roder. Surviving are his son, Roy Roder of Lexington, SC; mother, Doris Katherine Roder of Lexington, SC; brother, Doug Roder and his wife Susan of Lexington, SC; nieces and nephews, Ryan and Kimberly Hall of Blythewood, SC, Danielle Jason Bedenbaugh of Elgin, SC and Jeffrey and Janet Roder of Columbia, SC. Mr. Roder enjoyed music and playing the guitar. He was an avid photographer and loved to cook. He attended Wayne Valley High School and grew up in Wayne, NJ until 1989 and then moved to SC. Memorials may be made to Hebron Colony Ministries, Inc., 356 Old Turnpike Road, Boone, NC 28607.

Barry James Roder
Date of Birth: December 12, 1954
Date of Death: August 11, 2013
Interests: Photography, Music, Cooking

Hometown: Lexington, SC
Next of Kin: Roy Roder (son), Doris Katherine Roder (mother), LeRoy Roder (father, deceased), Doug Roder (brother)

   Andrew Romanov

Andrew Romanov
Date of Birth: June 6, 1954
Date of Death: June 24, 1995

Hometown: Toms River, NJ

   On July 30, 1954, Kevin entered this world a few minutes after his twin brother, Craig, in Paterson, New Jersey. Throughout Kevin's childhood and teenage years, his family lived in the New Jersey suburban community of Packanack Lake. After graduating from high school in 1972, Kevin moved to Ohio to attend Denison University and graduated in 1976. Kevin lived a few years in California and then moved to Dallas, Texas in order to pursue a Masters of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University. Upon graduation Kevin was hired by Datapoint Corporation and moved to San Antonio. In 1983 Kevin married Debra Lorenz and they relocated to Dallas. The Roper family grew with the birth of sons, Colin and Craig. In 1996 while employed by BancTec, the family was relocated to England for two years and upon their return in 1998 they moved to Coppell, Texas. In 2008, Kevin was hired by Metavante and he and Debra moved to Oklahoma City. On September 24, 2010, Kevin passed away from lung cancer. He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Debra; sons, Colin and Craig; brothers, Lance, Garrett, and twin Craig; and sister, Sharon Kneussl.

Debra Roper (spouse)

Kevin Lee Roper
Date of Birth: July 30, 1954
Date of Death: September 24, 2010
Cause of Death: Lung cancer(non-smoker)

Hometown:Oklahoma City, OK
Occupation: Vice President/General Manager
Next of Kin: Debra (spouse), Colin and Craig (sons), Lance, Garrett, and twin Craig (brothers), Sharon Kneussl (sister), John Roper (father, deceased) and Ruth Roper (mother, deceased)

   Richard "Rick" Michael Rowe, 44, of 43 Kentwood Village, No. 43, of Brick, N.J., died at 9:42 a.m. Jan. 7, 1999, in his residence. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday in Sts. Peter and Paul Church, Streator. The Rev. Charles McCarthy will officiate. Burial will be in Sts. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Leonore. There will be no visitation. Solon Funeral Home, Streator, is in charge of arrangements. Mr. Rowe was born Aug. 21, 1954, in Streator to Donald and Lois (Salz) Rowe. He was employed by Acme Food Markets in Manasquan, N.J. He lived in Point Pleasant and Brick since childhood and attended Northlawn Grade School. Survivors are his parents; a son, Adam Rowe of Point Pleasant, N.J.; a brother, Ronald (Karen) Rowe of Menominee, Mich.; and a grandmother, Helen Salz of Lostant. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents and maternal grandfather.

Published on Saturday, January 9, 1999
News Tribune (La Salle, IL)

Richard Rowe
Date of Birth: August 21, 1954
Date of Death: January 7, 1999


    SESSA William Thomas, 61, of Elmwood Park, died Tuesday, August 12, 2014. Born in Queens, NY, he had lived in Wayne and Clifton prior to moving to Elmwood Park 11 years ago. Mr. Sessa was the owner of Cutting Edge Lawn Service, Elmwood Park. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Lodi. Beloved husband of Dawn (nee Bosland), loving father of Joseph and William, both at home, devoted son of Vincent of Clifton and dear brother of Kenneth and his wife, Heather of Riverdale, Kathy Sessa of Bricktown and the late James. Funeral service Saturday 9 AM at the Patrick J. Conte Funeral Home, Inc., 274 Market St., Elmwood Park. Entombment George Washington Memorial Park, Paramus. Visiting Friday 6-9 PM.

Published in The Record/Herald News on Aug. 14, 2014

William Thomas Sessa
Date of Birth: 
Date of Death: August 12, 2014

Hometown:Elmwood Park, NJ

    Matthew M. Shumeyko age 51 of Wayne died Friday at the Morristown memorial Hospital, Morristown. He was born in Newark and lived in Union before moving to Wayne forty-five years ago. Mr. Shumeyko was a commercial driver for the Air Brook Limousine Company, Saddle Brook. Surviving are his mother Helen (nee Kuzow) Shumeyko; one sister Joanne Johnson and her husband Kevin of Detroit, Michigan; two brothers Daniel Shumeyko and his wife Mary of Pompton Plains and Gregory Shumeyko and his wife Susan of Suwanee, Georgia and several nieces and nephews. A memorial service took place on Tuesday, January 31, 2006 at the Pequannock Reformed Church, 530 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Wayne.

Matthew M. Shumeyko
Date of Birth: March 28, 1954
Date of Death: January 27, 2006

Hometown: Wayne, NJ

In loving memory of Robert Sisti
A dear son, taken from us suddenly on
September 5, 1989

As long as we can think of you
We're never far apart
For though you left the world we're in
You live on in our hearts.

Robert Sister, father
September, 2002
Robert Francis Sisti
Date of Birth: November 9, 1954
Date of Death: September 5, 1989
Cause of Death: Heart Attack

Hometown: Wayne, NJ
Education: 1976 BA, Loyola College, Baltimore,MD1981 BS, Fairleigh Dickinson University
Occupation: National Sales and Audits Manager (Toys-R-Us)
Member of: Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Wayne, NJ
Buried at: Calvary Cemetery, Paterson, NJ
Next of Kin: Robert(father), Mary (mother, deceased)

Billy "Bongo" Smith
Bill Smith
Date of Birth: Jan 29, 1954
Date of Death: September 12, 2016
Cause of Death: Colon cancer

Hometown: Montville, NJ


Daniel Suchoff, 60, of Phoenix, died May 19, 2015. Born in Mineola, New York, he was an entrepreneur and financial adviser. Survivors include his wife, Diana; daughter, Tess of Boston; son, Noah of Phoenix; and sisters, Marla Mendelsohn of Hoboken, New Jersey, and Ronnie Klein of Chicago. Services were held at Mt. Sinai Cemetery, with Rabbi Mari Chernow officiating. Arrangements were made by Sinai Mortuary. Contributions are suggested to Deutsch Family Shalom Center at Temple Chai, 4645 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix 85032; or C.O. Greenfield Elementary School, Principal Stuart Starky's Discretionary Fund, 7009 S. 10th St., Phoenix 85042.

Published on June 5, 2015

The Jewish News
Daniel Suchoff
Date of Birth: June 30, 1954
Date of Death: May 19, 2015

Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
Occupation: Entrepreneur and Financial Adviser
Member of: Temple Chai, Phoenix, AZ
Next of Kin: Diana(wife), Tess (daughter), Noah (son)

   Frank was born in March 1954, the son of Frank and Adele Symon, Sr., and the brother of Laurie. He died in a car accident in December 1973. In the spring of 1974, Frank's ashes were scattered over the surf of Seaside Park, New Jersey, a place he loved and where he had spent many happy days with his friends.
    Frank is remembered by his family as happy, energetic and friendly young man, who loved athletics - a memory shared by the class of 1972. When we also recall that Frank won the "Coaches Award" in 1972 for his sportsmanship and commitment to his team on the basketball court, we also know that Frank was a person committed to school, community, and others - a dedication that would have certainly continued had he not passed from this life too early.

Notes from Frank's Mom
December, 2003
Frank Roger Symon
Date of Birth: March, 1954
Date of Death: December, 1973
Cause of Death: Auto Accident

Hometown: Wayne, NJ
Next of Kin: Frank(father), Adele (mother), Laurie (sister)

A Mass for Mrs. Patricia Ann Odierno, 47, of Medford, a native of New Jersey, will be here at 10 a.m. today in St. Joseph the Worker Church. Arrangements are by the Robertaccio Funeral Home, Patchogue. Mrs. Odierno, who died Saturday at home, was born in Orange, N.J., and lived in Wayne, N.J., before moving to Medford. Surviving are her husband, Vinnie; a daughter, Lisa Ann; her parents, Claire and Fred Tonkin; a sister, Madeline Neitz,

Published on Tuesday, January 15, 2002
The Star-Ledger (Newark, NJ) -
Patricia Ann Tonkin Odierno
Date of Birth:December 13, 1954
Date of Death:January 12, 2002

Hometown:Medford, NY
Next of Kin: Vinnie (husband), Lisa Ann(daughter), Claire and Fred Tonkin (parents), Madeline Neitz(sister), Frederick Tonkin Jr (brother)

...Lois Ann Velebir Middlemore
Lois Ann Velebir Middlemore
Date of Birth:Sep 22, 1954
Date of Death:July 16, 2006

Hometown:Wappingers Falls, NY

In Loving Memory of Frederic Charles Willer who died suddenly of a massive stroke on November 20, 1991. Fred was a devoted father to his two daughters, Ashley and Megen who were the light of his life.
Fred was a very compassionate sole who's main objective in life was to help those in need at trying times. Fred was a former member of the Wayne memorial First Aid Squad and the San Juan County, NM Search and Recovery Team. After his stroke in 1987 Fred went back to school and became a funeral director. He had many friends who looked to him in times of trouble due to his caring nature.
As his brother said at his funeral
"Grieve not for those who lost a friend and loved one, but grieve for those who had not yet met him."

Elizabeth (Beth) Willer, wife
September, 2002
Frederic C. Willer
Date of Birth: May 6, 1954
Date of Death: November 20, 1991
Cause of Death: Stroke

Hometown: Wayne, NJ
Occupation: Funeral Director
Member of: Totowa United Methodist Church, Mt.View Masonic Lodge, Passaic Co. Funeral Directors Association, San Juan NM Search and Recovery Scuba Team.
Buried at: Laurel Grove, Totowa NJ Obituary
Next of Kin: Elizabeth (Beth) Willer(spouse), Ashley Lynn (WVHS 2004) and Megen Lee (WVHS 2005)(children), Charles Willer (father), Marion Willer (mother)

James Richardson Wright, 59, of Stockholm, passed away suddenly May 9, 2013, in his home, which he designed and built with his own hands. Born in Glen Ridge and raised in Wayne, he graduated from Wayne Valley in 1972. As a child, he enjoyed spending time at his grandparents' property. He was an artistic carpenter. He was a kind and loving husband, father and gramps. Everyone he met loved him. A celebration of life ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at Unity Church of Sussex County, 25 Mudcut Road, Lafayette, NJ 07848. Following the service, a gathering of family and friends will be at the family residence. In lieu of cut flowers, you may bring a perennial, shrub or tree from your garden to the service or residence. Mr. Wright is survived by his loving wife, Cindy; mother, Shirley; sisters, Marti, Stacy, Laurie; son, Randall; daughters, Renee and Katie; grandsons, Wyatt, Aiden, Elias and Marcus. Arrangements by the Megaro Memorial Home, 503 Union Ave., Belleville but grieve for those who had not yet met him."

Published in The New Jersey Herald on May 12, 2013

James "Ricky" Wright
Date of Birth:  
Date of Death: May 9, 2013

Richard Zito
Richard Zito
Date of Birth: 1 Jul 1954
Date of Death: 1 Nov 1984

Hometown: Kinnelon
GraveCrest Haven Memorial Park

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