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In Loving Memory of

IRENE RUSSIN, age 89, of Saddle Brook passed on June 6, 2020.  Irene was the beloved daughter of the late William and Mary Russin and sister of the late John Russin and Margaret Petrasek.  Irene is survived by her nieces Ellen Massimi and Rosemary McCann and her nephews Alan Petrasek and Warren Petrasek.  Irene was born in Garfield, NJ and lived most of her life in Saddle Brook.  Irene was a former Graphic Artist and Engraver. Irene loved to landscape and garden all around her home and will be forever missed by all who knew and loved her.

Funeral arrangements from Kugler Community Home For Funerals 311 Fifth Street Saddle Brook.  Burial in George Washington Memorial Park Cemetery in Paramus on Saturday June 20th at 11:45am.

ALICIA PAGAN BALLANTYNE, age 80 of Paterson passed on May 3, 2020 at St. Joseph's Wayne Hospital. Alicia was born in Lajas, Puerto Rico and lived in Paterson, NJ for 15 years. 

She was the daughter of the late Isidro Pagan and Frances Ballantyne. A devoted wife of Jose M. Morales “Pitingo” and loving mother of Jose J. Morales and wife Milagros Lluch, Alice M. Morales and fiancé Roberto Vargas and Frances I. Morales and husband Jorge Guerra. Dear Sister of Dolores “Lola” Alvarado, Migdalia Morales and Miguel A. Ballantyne. Grandmother of Angelique Pardo, Jose F. Morales and Mayerli Morales and Great Grandmother of Angieshcka Pardo, D’Amarion Andino and Jewellz Knight.

She previously worked as a Electronics Operator for Dynamic International in Lajas, Puerto Rico.

Alicia was a beautiful, fun and loving mother, loved by many. She gave so much to many, never asking for anything in return. She helped raise so many with the purest mothers love anyone can ever feel. Been around her you felt her unconditional love. You will truly be missed by your family and loved ones and we will continue to cherish your wonderful memories.

Private funeral services to be held at Kugler Community Home For Funerals in Saddle Brook, NJ and burial in East Ridgelawn Cemetery in Clifton, NJ.

CARLOS AMADOR JIMENEZ, age 65, passed unexpectedly on April 25, 2020. Carlos is the beloved husband of Ana Amador, loving father of Jennifer Sanchez and her husband Miky A Del CID Sanchez. Carlos is also survived by his Mother Eloina Amador and is predeceased by his Father Pedro Acosta Nunez. 

Carlos was born in Havana, Cuba and lived in North Bergen for 33 Years. Carlos was a self employed, owner-operator tractor trailer truck driver for Northeast Trucking of Linden, NJ. 

A private gathering of family will be held at Kugler Community Home For Funerals in Saddle Brook, NJ.

BERTHA (Bobbie) ROEHRICH, age 99, of Saddle Brook, NJ passed away peacefully on April 27, 2020. Beloved wife of the late Richard Roehrich. Loving mother to Richard Roehrich and his wife Rhonda and Lance Roehrich and his wife Rachel. Dear grandmother to Gregory Roehrich and his wife Robin, Carly Mechtly and her husband Luke, Wesley Roehrich and Trevor Roehrich and great-grandmother to Ellie Roehrich and Samantha Roehrich, Wyatt Mechtly, Rhett, Mechtly and Elliott Mechtly. 

Bertha’s greatest joy was her home and beloved family. She loved spending time with her family and showed her love by cooking big meals and baking (why she lovingly became known as “Grandma Cookie”). Even in her older age she always had so much spunk, was up for anything and loved to laugh. She will be forever missed.

Our family would like to thank the staff of Daughters of Miriam, Clifton, NJ for their love and care over the past five years.

Due to the pandemic, sadly, there will be no public funeral or church services. Kugler Community Home For Funerals, 311 Fifth St. Saddle Brook, NJ is handling arrangements.

JOSE MERCEDES HERRERA, age 85, of Paterson, NJ passed away at St Joseph Hospital on Monday April 27th, 2020. Jose was born on September 24th, 1934 in Trujillo, Peru. He came to the U.S.A. in 1997 and was a resident of Paterson, NJ. Jose was a retired Machine Operator.

Jose Herrera is survived by his wife Angelica Herrera, and his children (Pedro Herrera deceased), Luis Herrera, Dora Herrera, Josue Herrera, William Herrera, (Clay Herrera deceased), Enio Herrera, Cecilia Herrera, Liz Herrera, Lina Herrera, and Stepson Jhony Quispe. He is also survived by his Grandchildren Romi, Luis, Miriam, Luis Alberto, Michael, Rosita, Mijael, Lesly, Robert, Raquel, Laura, Josilu, Neil, Keyli, Jahmir, Jason, Tiffany, Briana, and Eliel. Also survived by his great grandchildren Solange, Brittany, Pedro Diego, Chelsea, Bertha,Pedro Luis, Ashley, and Bethany and his great-great grandchildren Cameron, Kevin, Piero, Ishel, lei, Keisha, Julieta, and Estrella.

Private gathering of family held at Kugler Community Home For Funerals in Saddle Brook and interment in Cedar Lawn Cemetery in Paterson.

STEVEN DeSESSA died in Sussex County, NJ on April 22, 2020. He was born in Jersey City, NJ on December 31, 1954. He was raised in Hasbrouck Heights, NJ by his parents Ben and Dorothy DeSessa, along with his two older brothers Christopher and Bernie. He was married to his loving wife, Kathleen Barcelona, for 44 years. They have three amazing children: Kristine, Tony, and Michael. They have seven grandchildren: Katerina, Owen, Diego, Sofia, Madison, Alex, and Wesley. Steve had an incredible bond with his oldest grandchild, Katerina. Steve served in the United States Air Force from 1979-1986 at Bergstrom AFB in Texas and Kadena AFB in Okinawa, Japan. After serving his country, Steve settled back in his hometown of H.H. Steve then worked as a construction laborer until he retired at age 55. He lived the rest of his days in Sussex County, NJ. Steve had a top notch man cave filled with his vast movie collection. He was a life long Cincinnati Reds and Star Trek fan. A unique and much loved man gone too soon.
CYNTHIA (Cindy) DELLECROCE, age 74, of Saddle Brook, NJ entered into eternal rest peacefully on April 21, 2020. Beloved wife of the late Nick Dellacroce. Cindy is survived by her stepchildren Michael and Teresa Dellacroce, her stepmother Sophie Malinowski, sisters Camila Malin, Laura Zarowitz and Sandra Tamburo as well as 12 nieces and nephews and 1 grandniece. She is predeceased in life by her parents Dolores Sartie and Frank Malinowski, stepson Steven Dellacroce, brother Tony Harris and sister Marion Hennen.  

Cindy worked as a secretary for AGI at Teterboro Airport for many years before retiring. She was loved dearly and will be very missed by all.

Private funeral services from Kugler Community Home For Funerals 311 Fifth St. Saddle Brook, NJ.
PAULINE MERGO (nee Kalinyak) age 91, of Saddle Brook, NJ passed away on April 21, 2020. Pauline is the beloved wife of William.  Pauline is also survived by her son William,  nieces Helena Yuhas, Cheryl Mergo and Diane Mergo Foreman and Family, nephew Robert Takacs and wife Janet and brother-in-law Rev. Robert Takacs. 

Pauline was born in Passaic, NJ and was a lifelong parishioner of Saint Peter and Paul Russian Orthodox Cathedral,  Passaic NJ.  She spent numerous years as a bookkeeper for Federal Sweets, Clifton NJ and later office clerk for Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. in Saddle Brook, NJ.

Funeral services from Kugler Community Home For Funerals 311 Fifth St. Saddle Brook, NJ.  A private viewing will be held on Saturday April 25, 2020. Interment in SS Peter and Paul Cemetery, Saddle Brook NJ. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Saddle Brook Volunteer Ambulance Corps  PO Box 426 Saddle Brook,NJ 07663
DOROTHY T. ADDVENSKY formerly of Saddle Brook died on April 17, 2020 at 90 years old. She was the loving wife of Emil of 54 years, the loving Mother of Danny DeMiglio, Diana Giarritta, Theresa McConnell, Elizabeth Addvensky, and Emil J. Addvensky. Her grandchildren are William Cannady, Natalie Romano, Paul, Anthony, Michael, and Joseph Grisafe, Shane and Sicily DeMiglio. Great granddaughter Anjelia Grisafe and Great grandson Nathan Romano. She was a resident of Saddle Brook for 50 years. Do to the Coronavirus Pandemic, there will no services at this time.

A Memorial service will be held at a later date.
FRANCESCO LUISI, 80, formerly of Saddle Brook, peacefully passed away of natural causes on April 15, 2020 surrounded by his children.

He was the beloved husband of the late Anna Luisi and the caring brother of Caterina and the late Antonio Mastrangelo, Giacinto Luisi and his wife, Giovanna, and Carmen and his wife, Anna. Francesco was the devoted father of Pasquale and his wife, Rosa, Felix and his wife, Marta, and Louisa and her husband, David. Francesco was also the most loving nonno to Nicolette, Francesco, Francesco, Matthew, Marco, Giuliana, Mario and Charlie. Francesco was a butcher in Italy and continued working as one after coming to America. He worked as a butcher for Inserra Shop Rite in Hillsdale, NJ for over 30 years. He retired and became a crossing guard for the City of Hackensack. He was a dear friend and second father to many. His love, smile and laughter will be missed.

Private services will be held for immediate family at Kugler Funeral Home in Saddle Brook, NJ. Francesco will be privately laid to rest surrounded by his family at Saint Mary's Cemetery in Saddle Brook, NJ. A memorial gathering will take place at a later date for everyone who loved him. In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to Hudson Valley Hospice, 80 Washington Street, Suite 204, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 or visit www.hvhospicefoundation.org

PEDRO HERRERA, age 66, of Paterson, NJ passed at home on April 14th, 2020.  Pedro was born April 27, 1953 in Trujillo, Peru.  He came to the United States in 1985 and was a resident of Paterson, NJ.  Pedro was a machine operator working at Royal Adhesives in Wayne, NJ.  

Pedro is survived by his wife, Violeta Herrera, his parents Jose Herrera and Vicenta Abanto, his children Romi Herrera and his wife Elena, Luis Herrera and his companion Annie Delgado, Miriam Herrera, Jose Herrera and Richard Herrera, his step-children Janet Florian and Frank Florian, his sisters Yolanda Sancherz and her husband Saul Laura, Dora Herrera, Cecilia Herrera, Liz Herrera, Yesenia Zuniga and Lina Herrera, his brothers Josue, Luis, William, Clay, Enio and Julio Zuniga, his grandchildren Solange, Brittany, Chelsea, Bertha, Asley, Bethany, Pedro Diego, and Pedro Luis, and his great-grandchild Cameron.

Private funeral services held at Kugler Community Home For Funerals in Saddle Brook on Friday, April 17th from 7-9 pm.  Private burial on Saturday April 18th in Cedar Lawn Cemetery in Paterson, NJ.

ROSE (Caravella) SHARRY,  94,  of Paramus, NJ entered into eternal rest on April 12, 2020.   Born in Garfield, NJ, Rose Sharry lived in Paramus as a homemaker and caregiver for her developmentally disabled daughter, Rosemarie. She also assisted with the plumbing business of her late husband, George Sharry, Sr. who predeceased her in 2001.

She is survived by her four children, Rosemarie Sharry, Jane Sharry Pagano and her husband Tom, Kathy Sharry Yasika and her husband Shawn, and George Sharry Jr. and his wife Karen, grandchildren Michael, Steven, Greg, Victoria, Jessica, Danielle and her great grands, Josiah, Parker, and Jack. 

Private services to be  held for her immediate family only at George Washington Memorial Park Cemetery in Paramus. 

Donations would be appreciated and can be made to the ARC of Warren County on behalf of ROSEMARIE SHARRY.  Please make your tax deductible checks payable to "The Arc of Warren County" and send to PO Box 389 Washington, NJ  07882. Your kindness is greatly appreciated by the Sharry family. 


MARCELLO CIAPPINA, age 68, of Saddle Brook, passed away on April 10, 2020. Beloved husband of Rosalba Ciappina (nee Foci.) Marcello is survived by his children Giuseppina Ciappina (Vinny,) Antonio Ciappina (Rebecca,) and Letterio Ciappina (Katrina) and his grandchildren Sophia, Nicholas, Vincent and Madison, along with his brother Renato Ciappina, and sisters Fedora Primerano and Lina Romeo.

Private Services from Kugler Community Home For Funerals, Saddle Brook NJ.

ROLANDO CHARICHARO, of West New York, passed away on Thursday, April 9, 2020. Rolando was born in Havana, Cuba. He migrated to America in 1980 and resided in West New York.  He worked as a maintenance technician for West New York Housing Authority. 

Rolando was the beloved husband to Marina Grande and loving Father to Varinia Grande and the late Joseph Grande. Dear grandfather to Eric, Steven, and Adam Pena. He is also survived by his sisters Mercedes Charnicharo and Clara Charnicharo and his nieces Mercedes, Leisa, Lissette, and Clara  who are all in Cuba. 

Funeral services will be held private by Kugler Community Home for Funerals, Saddle Brook.

KATHERINE JOB (Corrine) passed away after a brief illness on April 8, 2020, just eight days after her husband George Job.  Corrine and George would have celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary on April 13th.  

The daughter of Dominick and Frances Yacono, Corrine grew up in North Bergen, NJ.  She was the youngest of 6children, all of whom predeceased her. Corrine and her husband George moved to Saddle Brook in 1957. Surviving are her four children Kathleen Drake (Michael), George Keith Job (Linda), Ramona Rovetto (David), and Rosemarie Wolstromer (Stephen).  Corrine also was the cherished grandmother of 9 beloved grandchildren and herfirst great-grandchild.

Due to the current Pandemic, a memorial service will be held at a later date. She will be laid to rest at Brigadier General Doyle Veteran’s Cemetery. Arrangements made by Kugler Funeral Home. In her memory, donations may be made to Saddle Brook Ambulance Corp.

DIANE TRIER passed away peacefully at Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, NJ on March 29, 2020.  Diane was born on July 5, 1941 to Julia and Stanley Mihan in Glendale, Queens, NY.  Diane attended St. Pancras Grammar School and St. Agnes Academic High School. She met the love of her life, Tom on St. Patrick’s Day and they were married in 1964. Diane and Tom lived in Glendale, NY from 1964 to 1968 prior to moving to  Saddle Brook, NJ. They were blessed with 2 children, Kathleen (Adams) and Tom, both of whom reside in Saddle Brook.  Diane’s smile was never brighter than when seeing her grandson, Thomas or hearing about his latest hockey achievement. 

Always active, Diane was a volunteer at St. Philips the Apostle school, working with children in the Learning Center. She accepted the challenge of learning the game of soccer when it was first introduced in Saddle Brook, and went on to coach the Gold Team for many years. Diane was an entrepreneur before her time, launching Gold-n-Such Jewelers in Garfield, NJ with 2 other pioneering friends and served their loyal customers for many years.  Diane and Tom loved their summer escapes to Long Beach Island, attending the annual Memorial Day Parade-a-que with extended family, countless cruises. Their regular trips to Atlantic City were always interesting where Diane always claimed to “break even” every trip and Tom happily rolled his eyes and chuckled. She was an avid football fan, equally loving the Jets and the Giants and did not miss a game. 

In 2009, Diane suffered a stroke and while the impact paused her, it never stopped her from participating in whatever living life to the fullest meant, even if it had slightly changed. Diane remained bold, strong and “in charge” while remaining a loving, engaged and a thoughtful individual to everyone around her. 

Diane was predeceased by her parents, her brother Raymond Mihan, her sister-in-law Patricia and husband, Jack McRae. She is survived by her husband of almost 56 years, Tom, her children Kathleen (Adams) and husband Timmy, her son Tom and his wife Beth, and grandson Thomas, all of Saddle Brook.  Her sister-in-law Ellen Mihan of Louisville, KY, brother-in-law Robert Trier, his wife Phyllis of Townshend, VT, niece Evelyn Trier, nephews Jeremy and Jonathan Trier and their spouses, great nephews and Nancy Huber, a devoted friend whom she viewed as a second daughter. 

She will be deeply missed by family, extended family, friends and those fortunate to have known her. Rest in peace.  We love you. 

A small private service for family will take place in the coming days with a Celebration of Diane’s Life for family and friends to be determined in the near future. Arrangements are being made through Kugler Funeral Home in Saddle Brook. In lieu of flowers, the family would like donations made in her name to the Saddle Brook Volunteer Ambulance Corps or St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

CATHERINE BARCELONA, age 88, of Saddle Brook passed on April 6, 2020.  Catherine is the beloved wife of the late Joseph Barcelona. Loving mother of Joseph Barcelona Jr. and his wife Maureen, Ronald Barcelona and his wife Debbie, and Kathleen DeSessa and her husband Steven.  Dearest grandmother of Joseph, Gina and Michael Barcelona, Deanna Bullard, and Kristine, Tony and Michael DeSessa, and Dominick Piccano. Catherine is also survived by 13 great-grandchildren.

Catherine was born and raised in Garfield, NJ and lived in Saddle Brook for 55 years. She owned and operated Barcelona’s Villa, an Italian restaurant in Wallington. She volunteered her time with Deborah Hospital Foundation and served them as Chapter Secretary.

She loved to play cards, tend to her garden, watch Survivor, baking cookies, and most of all surround herself with family and spoil them with a several course dinner.

Private services from Kugler Community Home For Funerals 311 Fifth Street Saddle Brook on Thursday April 9, 2020. Interment in St. Mary's Cemetery Saddle Brook

JOHN NOGRADY of Wood-Ridge, NJ, passed away Friday, April 3, 2020 at age 82 after a brief illness. He enjoyed a lengthy career in truck sales after starting as a crane mechanic, working for Backhus Motors, Commercial GMC, Do-All GMC and Frank’s Truck Center.

John grew up Saddle Brook and enjoyed playing baseball, fishing and working on cars. While he grew up a fan of the Yankees, he later also followed the Mets and he loved attending games. He played trumpet in the Holy Name Cadets and served in the United States Army Reserve. He enjoyed fresh-water fishing, gardening, traveling to historical places and being with his beloved family. 

He is survived by his wife Helen of Wood-Ridge, his son John M. and his wife Teresa of West Milford and their sons Carl and Earle, as well as his son Michael J., his wife Nicole and their daughters Alexis and Samantha, several cousins including Alois and his wife Katy Prais, Elmer Nogrady, Mary Zavoda, John Urso, James and his wife Ellaine Nogrady in Maryland, Joyce Brandt and Debbie Heller of Rochelle Park . He is also missed by his two cats, Ben and Jerry. He was pre-deceased by his parents, John W. and Anastasia Nogrady of Saddle Brook.

Private services for immediate family will be held, and a Celebration of John’s life will be organized in the near future. Arrangements are being made through Kugler Funeral Home in Saddle Brook. In lieu of flowers the family would like donations made in his name to FOCAS, a non-profit humane charity for Animal Preservation and Protection at www.focasnow.org.

GEORGE T. JOB (July 19, 1928 - March 31, 2020 ) passed away after a brief illness on March 31, 2020, at the age of 91. The son of Michael and Mary Job, George grew up in Weehawken, NJ. George and his wife Corrine moved to Saddle Brook in 1957. George proudly served his country as a member of the Military Police. He fought on the front line in the Korean War and was wounded three times. He honorably earned three Purple Heart Medals, the Good Conduct Medal, the Combat Infantry Badge and the National Defense Medal. He was a member of the Saddle Brook Taejon Chapter of the Korean War. George owned State Parcel Service trucking company for 25 years. He later became an Atlantic City Bus Driver for Leisure Line. Surviving is his wife of almost 68 years, Katherine Corrine (Yacono). Also surviving are his four children Kathleen Drake (Michael), George Keith Job (Linda), Ramona Rovetto (David), Rosemarie Wolstromer (Stephen). George also was the cherished grandfather of 9 beloved grandchildren and his first great-grandchild.

Due to the current Pandemic, a memorial service will be held at a later date. He will be laid to rest at Brigadier General Doyle Veteran’s Cemetery. In his memory, donations may be made to Saddle Brook Volunteer Ambulance Corp

ANN-MARIE O'HANLON (nee Morgenweck), age 82 of Saddle Brook formerly West New York, passed away on March 30, 2020. Ann received a life-saving heart transplant in 1991. With her gift of life, she served as a source of hope and light for her family as well as the transplant community. She joins her husband Jerry in eternal rest. She is survived by her children, Robert, Jimmy, Michael and Kathy, her grandchildren, Steven (and wife Tara), Jessica, Daniel, Christopher, Kevin, Eric, Joseph and Marissa, her daughters-in-law, Donna, Sharon, Carly, and Diana, as well as many nephews and nieces.

Services from Kugler Community Home For Funerals, Saddle Brook. Memorial services to be held once world events allow family and friends to gather safely in her memory. Donations can be made to the NJ Sharing Network in her honor. 

PATRICK ("Pat") SPINA, 88, went home to his Lord on March 26, 2020. Patrick was born on June 15, 1931 in Hoboken, New Jersey.  He graduated from AJ Demarest High School.  Afterward he joined the USAF and was stationed in Fort Sampson NY, Kansas, and Florida. While still in the Air Force, he traveled to Japan where he played semi-pro baseball.  Baseball was where Patrick found his strength.Upon honorable discharge, he attended and graduated from Jersey City State Teacher’s College, where he received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Teaching.  He was an official for men’s basketball games.  He enjoyed singing and acting in musicals, most notably “Guys and Dolls.” Patrick taught at the elementary level in the Hoboken school system.  He then taught Mathematics at Palisades Park Junior-Senior High School, where he was also a Guidance Counselor in addition to the head girls’ softball coach.  Patrick was an active member of St. Philip the Apostle Church Choir. He was a coach for the Saddle Brook Recreation women’s softball league, and played in the rec men’s softball league. When not coaching baseball or softball, one of Patrick’s favorite pastimes was to watch his favorite team the NY Yankees (he was also a big Mets fan).

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Mary Ann; his children, Patrick John (Vincenza), Beth Hose (Chris), Tina Morey (Michael), and Mary Ann Valenti (Paul).  He is also survived by his beloved grandchildren: Paul, Everett, and Rose, as well as by his granddogs Frances and Tiger.

Cremation was private. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Gary Sinise Foundation (www.garysinisefoundation.org) are very much appreciated.

A Celebration of Life ceremony will be held at a later date. To leave a memory or condolence, please see and search for Patrick’s obituary at www.Legacy.com.

YOLANDA DONADO - It is with great sadness that the family of Yolanda Donado announces her passing on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at the age of 83. Yolanda was born on December 25, 1936 in Soledad, Colombia to Manuel and Aminta Iglesias. On August 17, 1957 she married her husband of 46 years Miguel Angel Donado. Yolanda will be lovingly remembered by her four children, Martha, Maria, Maritza, and Miguel. Yolanda will also be fondly remembered by her eight grandchildren, Mary Ellen, Maritza, Carlos, Alvaro, Stephanie, Diana, Camilo and Rossmary, and five great-grandchildren, Miguel, Mikayla, Madisyn, Danny Jr, and Isabella. Yolanda was predeceased by her brother Pedro and sister Zenaida. Yolanda was a devoted and loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother with a smile that could light up the room. She will be missed dearly by all her family, immediate and extended, and all her friends. 

Private services from Kugler Community Home For Funerals, Saddle Brook NJ.

EUGENE ROTELLA (Gene) on Monday, March 30, 2020, loving husband and father of five children, passed away at age 84.

Eugene was born on January 31, 1936 in Paterson NJ  to Romolo and Felicia Rotella (nee Toscano). He received his degree from ”the school of hard knocks” as he used to say and ran a successful business, Rotella Construction for 55 years. In the spring of 1960, he started construction on his sister’s house, where he met a wonderful young woman named Joyce who lived across the street. On September 10, 1961, he married Joyce Anne Cavalieri  and together they raised two daughters, Theresa and Regina and three sons, Matthew, Christopher and Jamie.

Gene had a passion for family, food and living life. He loved to travel and focused his efforts on providing experiential vacations which provided many humorous and heartwarming memories. He was an avid skier and enjoyed bicycle vacations with the love of his life, Joyce.  He was an accomplished builder and mason, and used these gifts to create extraordinary homes constructed with his signature fireplaces. He was a parishioner of Most Blessed Sacrament Church in Franklin Lakes.  

When a long time friend of Gene learned of his death they said, “He was a tough man with a good heart” which describes him perfectly.  Raising his family in Fair Lawn, he was a life time member of the Cosmos Club where he would volunteer to cook for various events. Gene had a passion for cooking, hosted many parties, family gatherings and tailgate parties always serving his famous beefsteak as well as pasta and meatballs. Many people who were invited to the gatherings came as guests and left as lifelong friends of the Rotella family.  He was known for his tough exterior, his passion for life and for his devoted love of family.

Gene was preceded in death by his parents Romolo and Felicia Rotella (nee Toscano), sisters Tressa Vigilante and Mary Rotella; brothers Rudy, Ed, Tom, Louis Rotella; and is survived by his wife Joyce, his five children, Matthew and his wife Kristine, Theresa Martin and her husband Jacques, Regina Brogan and her husband Frank, Christopher, Jamie and his wife Michelle, 18 adored grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, his sister Anita Brulato and many nieces and nephews.

Due to current state regulations, a private family funeral service will be held on Thursday, April 2, 2020 at Kugler Community Home for Funerals.  Friends and family will be invited to a memorial service TBD at a later date.  Donations may be made in Memory of Eugene Rotella to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research at  www.michaeljfox.org.

DIANA M. RUSSO (nee Mauro), 81, of Saddle Brook, returned home to heaven on Saturday, March 21st, 2020 and has joined her loved ones that went before her, including her beloved husband, Anthony, parents Amelia and Tom, and sister Elaine.  She was a loving mother of Ellice and her husband Carmelo, and Anthony and his wife Christine. Diana was a proud grandmother to her “angels” Christina and her husband DJ, Jessica, Alexia, Ashley, and great grandmother to James. Her cat, Juliet, will also miss her dearly along with her many wonderful nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Diana was born in Bronx, New York, on December 27, 1938. She has been a resident of Saddle Brook for the past 48 years where she raised and nurtured a family and many friendships. She had a love for bingo and always looked forward to the next time she could play. Diana loved her family deeply especially her grandchildren who were her life. She made friends everywhere she went and always wanted to make people laugh and have fun. Her contagious laughter and love for life will be missed dearly.

Private Services from Kugler Community Home For Funerals, Saddle Brook NJ.

DEBORAH "Debbie" DeBELLIS, age 60, of Saddle Brook passed into eternal rest on March 26, 2020.  Dear daughter of Frances (nee Miller) DeBellis and the late Donald DeBellis. Beloved sister of Sharon Hryckvich ( Frank) and Donna DeBellis.  Debbie was a loving and caring aunt to her many nieces and nephews Chris ( Amanda), Larissa (Felix) Nicole, Bryan, Kiara, Kaylee, Alivia, Lily, Caden and Leo. She was a loving soul filled with love and adoration for her family. She was a devoted parishioner of St. Philip The Apostle Parish in Saddle Brook. She participated in many spiritual activities including The Rosary Alter Society, Bible Study and The Sick and Vigal program. 

 

At this time services are private. A memorial mass and a Christian burial will be scheduled at a future date. To leave a memory or condolence, see and search for obituary at Legacy.com and/or Kugler Funeral Home Facebook Page.
HELEN MANTZOURANIS, 90, of Saddle Brook passed away March 23, 2020. Predeceased by her beloved husband Steve (Efstratios) Mantzouranis & dear brother John Xenis. Loving mother of John Mantzouranis & devoted grandmother to Kristie & Alicia Mantzouranis. Aunt to Angela Xenis Gagauf and Paul Xenis.

Helen was born in Khartoum, Sudan and came to the United States in 1961. She was an executive secretary for 30 years in Clifton and an active member of St. Athanasios Greek Orthodox Church in Paramus. She was a member of the Hellenic Seniors club and was the recipient of an recognition award in 2016 presented by the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of New Jersey for all her hard work.

A private gathering and funeral service was held by immediate family on March 24, 2020.
ROGER GERKEN, age 75, of Wantage and formerly of Saddle Brook, passed away on March 16, 2020.  Beloved husband to the late Beverly Gerken. Roger is survived by his children, Stephanie Gerken (Joseph Raimo) and Roger Gerken Jr. (Kimberly,) his grandchildren, Cheyenne Raimo, Joseph Raimo and Jonathan Gerken, as well as his sister, Carol Witham.

Funeral arrangements from Kugler Community Home For Funerals 311 Fifth Street Saddle Brook. Burial in George Washington Memorial Park, Paramus on Friday, March 20, 2020 at 11AM.
REYNOLD (Ray) J. KONTNER, age 86, of Saddle Brook, passed away on March 12, 2020.  Beloved husband to his wife of 49 years, Linda Kontner (nee Tylutki.) Ray is survived by his nephews Rudi Kontner and his wife Ann, John Kontner and his wife Sabrina and John Baumgartner and his wife Sivan as well as three great nieces and great nephew, JD.
Ray was a member of Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church in Passaic and was the president of the Tri Club.

Funeral arrangements from Kugler Community Home For Funerals 311 Fifth Street Saddle Brook. A viewing will be held at the funeral home on Sunday  March 15, 2020 from 2-4 and 7-9pm. A funeral mass will be held on Monday, March 16, 2020 at 10am at Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church in Passaic. Interment to follow in St. Mary's Cemetery, Saddle Brook.

Due to the current virus, a repast will be held at a future date. More information to follow.

MARIE PEZZA(nee Povanda) passed away on March 8, 2020 at the Masonic Village of Burlington where she resided since 2013.   Marie recently celebrated her 102nd birthday on December 23, 2019 with her family and friends. Marie is predeceased by her husband of 56 years John Pezza, sister Anna Hoc and husband John and brother John Povanda and wife Anne. She is survived by her niece Carol Porter and her husband Joseph of Burlington, nephew John Hoc of Garfield, great niece Diana Porter and great-great nephew Owen Archer, sisters-in -law Loretta Bley and Lucille Wagner, brother-in-law Michael Pezza and wife Betty, and several nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews. She formerly lived in Palisades Park for over 50 years. She retired from Bendix, Teterboro in the 1970s. Marie belonged to Saint Anthony Orthodox Church in Bergenfield before becoming a faithful parishioner of Holy Apostles Eastern Orthodox Church in Saddle Brook

The family thanks all the staff at the Masonic Village at Burlington including and not limited to the Third floor north nursing staff, Chaplin Ron Anastase,  the Hospice staff, and Father John Schimchak of Holy Cross Orthodox Church, Medford, NJ. 

Visiting hours and funeral service will be at Holy Apostles Eastern Orthodox Church Platt Ave. Saddle Brook on Wednesday March 11, 2020. Visiting 9:30-10:30am and funeral services to immediately follow. Internment in Ss. Peter & Paul Cemetery, Westminster Place, Saddle Brook, NJ. Arrangements by Kugler Community Funeral Home 311 Fifth Street Saddle Brook, NJ Tel. (973) 478-2500. 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Holy Apostles Orthodox Church, Saddle Brook, NJ

TERESA 'Terry' HAMM, age 56, of Lakewood and formerly of Saddle Brook, passed away on March 3, 2020 with her family by her side. Loving mother to her five children Danielle Gallotto, Jacqueline Gallotto, Zachariah Hamm, Katelyne Hamm and Michael 'Joey' Hamm. Beloved grandmother to Andrew, Robert, Aaron and the late Christopher. Dear sister to Christine O'Rourke.

Terry was very artistic and had such a love for interior design. She was very passionate about animals and was "the pack leader" for many rescue dogs. She was an amazing mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She will be deeply missed.  

Funeral services from Kugler Community Home For Funerals 311 Fifth Street Saddle Brook. A memorial service will be held at the funeral home on Friday March 6, 2020 from 4-8pm. 

RICHARD ALFRED GAGNON Jr. (Dickie), 70 years old, of Toms River, NJ, passed on Saturday, February 29, 2020 of heart failure. Richard is survived by his sisters Phyllis Gagnon and Nancy Violette and his nephews David Violette Jr., Adam Gagnon, Alex Violette and Robert Violette.  He is preceded by his parents Richard and Dorothea Gagnon and his brother James Gagnon. 


Dickie was Head Groundskeeper and was retired from Bergen County Golf Course after thirty years.  He was a loving and dedicated son, who helped care for his mother during her last years.   He moved to Tom River and made close friends, especially Lori Herborn. He was loved and will be forever missed.

Services from Kugler Community Home For Funerals 311 Fifth St. Saddle Brook (973) 478-2500. Visiting and funeral on Thursday March 5th, visiting hours from 10am-12:30pm and funeral prayer services to begin at 12:30. Interment to immediately follow in St. Mary's Cemetery Saddle Brook.

BERNARD J. JAFFRY, age 75, of Garfield passed on Friday, February 21, 2020. Beloved husband to Dianna Jaffry (nee Rice.) Bernard is survived by his children Tommy Jaffry, Laura Leider, Timothy Jaffry (Danielle,) Harry Jaffry (Jody) and Annick Kapusta (Stas,) his grandchildren Shane, Aiden, Tia, Layne, Christian, Olivia and Rebecca and his sister Regine Von Wangenheim.

Bernard worked for many years as an aircraft mechanic. He worked for Pan Am from 1966-1990, Delta from 1990-2006 and Mach II for five years until he retired.

Funeral services from Kugler Community Home For Funerals 311 Fifth Street Saddle Brook. A memorial service will be held at the funeral home on Sunday February 23, 2020 from 2-4pm. 

MARY ANN LIMONGI, age 60, of Saddle Brook passed on Saturday February 1st, 2020.  MaryAnn is the beloved daughter of the late Biaggio and Betty Frasca.  MaryAnn is survived by her loving daughter Gemma, her siblings Gloria Reiman, Linda Ruber, Biaggio Frasca Jr., Thomas Frasca, Frederick Frasca, Dominick Frasca, Betty Ostapeck, Angel Frasca and many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. MaryAnn is previously deceased by her sister Donna Frasca. 

MaryAnn was born in Paterson, NJ and lived in Saddle Brook for the past 16 years. She had a great smile and knew how to make people laugh.  Her beautiful spirit will live on in all of those fortunate to have had her presence bless their lives.

Funeral services from Kugler Community Home For Funerals 311 Fifth Street Saddle Brook. Visiting hours on Tuesday February 4th from 4-8pm. Funeral on Wednesday February 5th at 11am. Interment in St. Mary's Cemetery Saddle Brook.

COSMO "Gus" BERNARDO, age 96, of Saddle Brook, NJ passed on January 31, 2020. Cosmo is the beloved husband of the late Gloria (2004).  He is survived by his daughters JoAnn Mistretta and Gail Martinek, his 5 grandchildren Vincent Mistretta and his wife Pam, Michele Marrero and her husband Russell, Heather Martinek, Melissa Roswell and her husband Chris, and Peter Martinek and his wife Jennine, his 7 great-grandchildren Angela, Emma, RJ, Noah, Tripp, Beau and Cade (and another soon to be great-grandchild in May 2020), and his brothers Thomas and Vincent Bernaldo. Cosmo is also survived by his sister-in-law Joan DeMauro and brother-in-law Donald Iannone and was a loving uncle and dear friend to many.

Cosmo was born in Fairview, NJ and lived in Saddle Brook for 70 years.  He was a Operating Engineer Contractor and member of Operating Engineers Local No. 825.  Cosmo was a U.S. Army Veteran serving with the 327th Infantry Regiment (known as the Bastogne Bulldogs) of the 101st Airbourne Division during World War II. 

Funeral services from Kugler Community Home For Funerals 311 Fifth St. Saddle Brook, NJ.  Visiting hours on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 from 10:30am to 1:30pm with prayer service to begin at 1:30pm. Interment to immediately follow in George Washington Memorial Park Cemetery in Paramus, NJ. 

STEFAN A. MAZUR, age 28, of Clifton, NJ passed on January 26, 2020. Stefan is survived by his son Jacob Mazur, his parents Steve and Marlo Mazur, brothers Alexander Mazur, Edward Mazur and Israel Morales, and his grandmother Pauline Mazur. He is also survived by many loving aunts and cousins. Stefan is predeceased in life by his grandparents Edward and Hannah LaMonica. 

Funeral services from Kugler Community Home For Funerals 311 Fifth St. Saddle Brook, NJ.  Visiting hours on Thursday, January 30, 2020 from 4-8pm. Cremation Private. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to stoptheheroin.org in Stefan's name. 

ELAINE S. LANZA (nee Wasek), age 79 of Saddle Brook passed on January 19, 2020. Elaine was the beloved daughter of the late Stanley and Stella Wasek.  Elaine is survived by her loving daughter Denise Lanza and son Anthony E. Lanza and his wife Doreen.  She is also survived by her dearest grandchildren, Tristen Ponstingel and Jenna and Alyssa Lanza, and former husband Frank Lanza.  Elaine was pre-deceased by her beloved first baby daughter Michele in 1962.

Elaine lived most of her life in Saddle Brook and was a loyal and faithful parishioner of St. Philip the Apostle RC Church in Saddle Brook.  Elaine was a licensed Beautician and owned and operated Elaine’s Beauty and Fashion Boutique on Lanza Avenue in Garfield. 

Funeral services from Kugler Community Home For Funerals 311 Fifth Street Saddle Brook.  Visiting hours on Tuesday January 21 from 2-4 & 7-9pm.  Funeral mass at St. Philip the Apostle Church on Wednesday January 22 at 9:30am.  Interment in St. Mary's Cemetery Saddle Brook.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to St. Jude's Children Hospital in memory of Elaine Lanza.

RUTH A. CALVANESE, age 83, of Saddle Brook, NJ passed on January 16, 2020. Beloved wife of Carl Calvanese. Loving mother of Linda Pekaar and Carl Calvanese and his wife Annette. Dear sister of Lorraine Semeraro and Bernadette Olejarz and her husband Stanley. Ruth is also survived by her grandchildren Tina Fonville and her husband Ben, Darlene Gonzalez and her husband Jaime, Beth Calvanese, Cindi Calvanese and four great-grandchildren.

Ruth loved spending time with her grandchildren and also enjoyed many years working as a school bus driver.

Funeral services from Kugler Community Home For Funerals 311 Fifth St. Saddle Brook, NJ.  Visiting hours on Monday, January 20, 2020 from 4-8pm. Funeral Mass on Tuesday January 21, 2020 at 9:30am at St. Philip the Apostle RC Church in Saddle Brook. Burial in St. Michael's Cemetery, South Hackensack.
ADOLF ALLEN LENTZ, age 81, of Fairfield NJ and previously of Saddle Brook, NJ passed on January 14, 2020. Beloved husband of the late Joanne Lentz. Loving father of James Lentz and his wife Colleen, Donna DalBon and her husband Michael and the late Christopher Lentz and grandfather to Dylan Lentz, Jenna Lentz, Jacquelyn DalBon and Michael DalBon. Dear Brother to Fred Lentz, Martha Martin and her husband Chip, the late Ella Martin and the late Arthur Lentz.  

Funeral services from Kugler Community Home For Funerals 311 Fifth St. Saddle Brook, NJ.  Visiting hours on Monday, January 20, 2020 from 4-8pm. Funeral service at the funeral home on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at 11am. Entombment in St. Mary's Cemetery, Saddle Brook NJ.
PATRICIA A. ALBORA (nee Brey) age 66 of Saddle Brook passed unexpectedly on Monday, January 13, 2020.  Patricia is predeceased by her mother Marion Brey, father Harry Brey, and her sister Maureen Brey.  Patricia is the loving mother of Bernadette Mavrikos and her husband Brandon, Rebecca Albora, and dear sister of Harry Brey and his wife Janet.

Patricia was born in Paterson and lived in Saddle Brook for 66 years.  She was the Police Records Clerk for the Saddle Brook Police Department.

Funeral services from Kugler Community Home For Funerals 311 Fifth Street Saddle Brook (973) 478-2500. Visiting hours on Wednesday January 15th from 4-7 PM.  Private cremation and interment in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Totowa to follow.

JOSEPH BARCELONA, age 92, of Saddle Brook passed on January 10, 2020.  Joseph is the beloved husband of Catherine (nee Mason), loving father of Joseph Barcelona Jr. and his wife Maureen, Ronald Barcelona and his wife Debbie, and Kathleen DeSessa and her husband Steven.  Dearest grandfather of Joseph, Gina and Michael Barcelona, Deanna Bullard, and Kristine, Tony and Michael DeSessa, and Dominick Piccano.  Dear brother of Kate LiBrizzi.  Joseph is also survived by 13 great-grandchildren.

Joseph was born and raised in Garfield, NJ and lived in Saddle Brook for 55 years.  He owned and operated Barcelona's Villa, a family Italian Restaurant in Wallington.  His favorite pastimes included the Yankees, playing in a softball league, days at the Jersey shore, and cooking for his family.

Services from Kugler Community Home For Funerals 311 Fifth Street Saddle Brook. Visiting hours Tuesday January 14th from 4-8 PM. Funeral services on Wednesday 15th at 11 AM. Interment in St. Mary's Cemetery Saddle Brook.  

WALTER F. MILLER, 90, of Saddle Brook, NJ passed on January 9, 2020. Walter was born in Englewood, NJ and lived in Cliffside Park and West New York before moving to Saddle Brook in 1960.  Walter was the beloved husband of the late Jane M. Miller (nee Hroncich). Walter is survived by his three children, Lisa Miller and her husband Glenn; Jeffrey Miller and his wife Monique; Richard Miller and his wife Kathy; and his seven loving grandchildren: Matthew, Adam, Jaclyn, Gregory, Brandon, Lauren and Natalie Miller. Walter is predeceased by his sister, Leanore Burns.

Walter was a graduate of St. Cecilia High School in Englewood, NJ and attended the Art Students League of New York. He was a Lithographer and worked for many printing companies including Macnaughton Einson Graphics in Fair Lawn, NJ.  Walter was a U.S. Army Veteran serving during the Korean War time period. He was a longtime active parishioner of St. Philip's Church in Saddle Brook. Walter enjoyed life, traveling and spending time with his family. He was an avid New York Giants fan.

Funeral services from Kugler Community Home For Funerals 311 Fifth St. Saddle Brook, NJ.  Visiting hours on Sunday, January 12, 2020 from 2pm to 6pm.  Funeral mass at St. Philip the Apostle RCC in Saddle Brook on Monday January 13, 2020 at 11 am.  Interment in Madonna Cemetery, Fort Lee NJ.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Walter's memory to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

WILLIAM J. GARVEY, age 91, of Lodi and formerly of Saddle Brook passed on January 7, 2020.  William was the beloved husband of Joan (2014), loving father of Barbara, Mark, Susan Champy and her husband Barry, William and the late Brad (2006).  Dearest Poppy of 7 grandchildren and 1 great-grandson.

William was born in Ramsey, NJ and lived in Saddle Brook for 50 years before moving to Lodi in 2006.  William was self-employed and owned and operated Davis Window Cleaning and Floor Waxing Company.  He was a U.S. Army veteran serving in World War II and served with the 27th Infantry, 25th Division "Tropic Lightening".  William was a loyal and faithful parishioner of St. Philip the Apostle Church in Saddle Brook.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. Philip the Apostle RC Church in Saddle Brook on Saturday January 11th at 11am. Interment in St. Mary's Cemetery.

JOHN JOSEPH LESKO Jr., age 85, of Whitehall, PA passed on December 31, 2019.  John was the beloved husband of Doris Lesko, loving father of John Lesko and his wife Lynn and the late Brian Lesko.  John is predeceased by his Mother Mary and Father John Sr.  John was born in Teaneck, NJ and lived in Northern New Jersey, retiring to Florida before moving to Whitehall, PA.   John was a Career educator and was a biology/chemistry teacher and baseball coach at Palisades Park High School as well as an Adjunct Professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University.  He was also very handy having knowledge of the plumbing, carpentry and electrical trades.  Always generous with his time he would always help others when they needed something fixed.  John was a great husband, dad and friend who was loved, respected and will be greatly missed by all.

Funeral and memorial services from Kugler Community Home For Funerals 311 Fifth Street Saddle Brook, NJ (973) 478-2500. Visiting hours on Friday January 10 from 2-4 PM.  

LORRAINE K. SIKORA (nee Pinckney), age 85 of Wallington passed on January 5, 2020.  Lorraine was the beloved wife of Gerard Sikora Sr. (1986).  Loving mother of Gerard Sikora Jr., and his companion Nancy Gutchimdt, dear sister of Dolores Kurczab and her late husband Edward, George Pinckney and his late wife Ann, the late Carol Swistak and her husband Frank, and the late Robert Pinckney. Lorraine is also survived by her God-child Donald Kurczab and many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.  Lorraine was born in Newark, NJ and lived in Wallington most of her life.

Funeral services from Kugler Community Home for Funerals 311 Fifth St. Saddle Brook.  Visiting hours on Wednesday January 8 from 7-9pm.  Funeral mass at St. Stanislaus Kostka RC Church Garfield on Thursday January 9 at 10am.  Burial in St. Mary's Cemetery Saddle Brook.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a favorite charity.

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