Nutley, New JerseyObituariesOctober 31, 2014

Husband, Father and Grandfather, 81

•  General Manager of Pittsburg Pirates Farm Team


Oct 29, 2014 – Mr. John Thomas Helsel, 81, on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at his Nutley home.

Born in Pittsburgh, Penna., John moved to Nutley with his family in 1978. With an early passion for baseball, John began his career of journalism as a sports editor for the Braddock Free Press. He later went on to become General Manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates Farm Team and continued a lifelong writing career for numerous financial and public relations firms in New Jersey and New York City.

John is survived by his wife of 53 years, Dolores (nee Cunningham) Helsel. He was the father of six children, Lisbeth Helsel, John Helsel and his wife Colleen, Barbra Helsel-LaPilusa, Scott Helsel and his wife Mary Beth, Stephen Helsel and his wife Carolyn, and Mary Helsel. He was the fun-loving "Pop-Pop" to his grandchildren Megan, Emily, Nicole, John, Brian, Christopher, Kaitlyn and Adam.

Funeral 8:15 a.m. Friday from the www.biondifuneralhome.com, 540 Franklin Ave., Nutley, with a 9:30 a.m. funeral mass at St. Mary's Church, 7 Msgr. Owens Place, Nutley. Committal service 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Brigadier General William C. Doyle Memorial Cemetery in Wrightsown.

Visiting 2-5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations in John's memory can be made to the North Jersey Chapter of the Cerebral Palsey Center, 220 South Orange Avenue, Suite 300, Livingston, NJ 07034.

Mary (Caruso) Yuhas, 98

•  Once Worked for Allied Electric in Carlstadt


Oct 28, 2014 – Mary (Caruso) Yuhas, 98, on Monday, October 27, 2014 at her Belleville home.

Born in Belleville, she lived in East Orange for 15 years before returning to Belleville 51 years ago.

Mary retired in 1981 as a production worker for Allied Electric in Carlstadt.

The wife of the late Stephen Yuhas, she is survived by three sisters, Susan Maucione, Geraldine Stefanelli and Connie Di Taranto; her brother, Anthony Caruso; her sister-in-law, Elsie Emerson, and many nieces and nephews. She was also predeceased by two sisters, Mildred Bottazzi and Florence Caruso, and a brother, Lawrence.

Funeral 8:30 a.m. Thursday from the S.W. Brown and Son Funeral Home, www.swbrownandson.com, 267 Centre St., Nutley, with a 9:30 a.m. Mass at Holy Family Church, 28 Brookline Ave., Nutley. The interment follows at the Immaculate Conception Cemetery, 712 Grove Street in Montclair.

Visitors will be received at the funeral home on Wednesday from 4-8 p.m.

Rose Marese, 95

•  Retired District Leader in Nutley


Oct 26, 2014 – Rose (Christopher) Marese, 95 of Dania Beach, FL, on Friday, October 17, 2014. Born in Nutley, Rose lived here until she moved to Florida six years ago.

Rose retired as a home health aid from the Township of Nutley. She was also a former Democratic District Leader and school crossing guard in Nutley.

The wife of the late William R. Marese, she is survived by her five children, Bridget Cavallo, Donald Marese, AnnaMay Carmel, Marlene Cirone and Grace Russo; 14 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren, and her brother-in-law Daniel Marese and his wife Barbara.

Funeral 9:30 a.m. Wednesday from the S.W. Brown and Son Funeral Home, www.swbrownandson.com, 267 Centre St., Nutley, with a 10:30 a.m. Mass at Holy Family Church, 28 Brookline Ave., Nutley. The interment will follow at the Glendale Cemetery, 28 Hoover Ave., Bloomfield.

Visitors will be received at the funeral home on Tuesday from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Nutley Volunteer Emergency & Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 172, Nutley, NJ 07110 would be appreciated.

Louis J. Zullo, 81

•  Korean War Veteran; Parkway Toll Colletor


Oct 23, 2014 – Louis J. Zullo of Nutley on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2014. Born and raised in Newark, he moved to Nutley 54 years ago.

Mr. Zullo was an Army veteran of the Korean War. He retired as a machinist from General Motors Corp. in Clark. After his retirement he worked as a toll collector on the Garden State Parkway.

The husband of the late RoseMarie (Velasco) Zullo, he is survived by his daughters, Geralyn Zullo-Barsanti, Debra Ann Scherb and Luann Zullo; seven grandchildren, Amanda, Daniel, Kimberly, Jayson, Tyler, Joseph and Matthew, and a brother, Alexander Zullo.

Funeral 9:30 a.m. Saturday from the S.W. Brown and Son Funeral Home, www.swbrownandson.com, 267 Centre St., Nutley, with 10:30 a.m. Mass at Holy Family Church, 28 Brookline Ave., Nutley.

Visiting at the funeral home on Friday from 3:30-7:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to Autism NJ, 500 Horizo Drive, Suite 530 Robbinsville, NJ 08691 would be appreciated.

Mario DiMaggio

•  Belleville Educator and Principal


Oct 17, 2014 – Mario DiMaggio was born in Midland, Pennsylvania. He moved to and resided in Bloomfield prior to settling in Nutley. Mario's parents, Antoinette and Vincent DiMaggio migrated to the United States from Bovino, Italy. Throughout their lives, they adhered proudly to their past culture while simultaneously assimilating and appreciating a new one. It was this environment in which Mario was reared.

Mario married the former Angela Fusaro. They made their home in Nutley and shared 53 wonderful years together. They had two sons, Mark James and Christopher James, and three grandchildren, Mark James Jr., Nicole Marie, and Anthony Mario.

Mario was pre-deceased by his sisters, Emily DiMaggio, Josephine Patti, and Grace Verderese. He is survived by his brother, Vincent, and 19 nieces and nephews.

Mario was graduated by Montclair State University with a bachelor and master's degree in mathematics. He continued his education at Rutgers University and acquired certification in the field of administration. Mario was a recipient of a General Electric Fellowship which consisted of graduate study in mathematics at Rensselaer Polytechnical Institute. He was awarded fellowships for study at Rutgers University and the University of Massachusetts.

Mario served in the United States Army achieving the rank of Staff Sergeant. He was stationed in Korea and the Philippine Islands and honorably discharge in 1945.

Mario served 45 years as an educator teaching mathematics in the Belleville School System. He also served as department chairman of the Belleville Highschool mathematics department. He also was a former vice principal of Belleville's middle school and he served as president of the Belleville Education Association, the Belleville Principals' Association, president of the Essex County Principals' Association, and as a member of numerous committees for the New Jersey Principals' and Supervisors' Association.

He was an active participant of Holy Family Church having served on the Building Fund Committee, Parish Council and Board of Education as both a member and President; he also was the trustee of the church.

Proud of his heritage, he was a member of Nutley UNICO and was especially active in the promotion of Italian heritage and culture. Mario served as president of Nutley UNICO and was elected District Governor of District II from 1985 to 1987. In 1992 Mario was elected Nutley Unico's Outstanding UNICAN.

Mario was appointed chairperson for the Nutley Committee of the Belleville-Nutley Columbus Day Parade of 1992, after having served on that committee for many years. As a result of his commitment to the Nutley-Belleville community, in 2007, Mario was honored as the "Nutley Man of the Year".

The funeral will be at 9:30 a.m. Monday from the S.W. Brown and Son Funeral Home, www.swbrownandson.com, 267 Centre St., Nutley, with a 10:30 a.m. mass at Nutley's Holy Family Church. Interment follows at St. Joseph's Cemetery in Lyndhurst

Visitors will be received at the funeral home on Sunday from 2-5 and 7-9 p.m.

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Sophie B. Andriola, 87

•  Administrator Roche Insitute of Molecular Biology


Oct 29, 2014 – Sophie B. Andriola, 87, a lifelong resident of Nutley, on Tuesday October 28, 2014. Sophie was the daughter of the late Joseph and Rocchina (D'Urso) Andriola.

Miss Andriola was a 49-year employee of Hoffman La Roche. She was an administrative assistant with the Roche Institute of Molecular Biology in Nutley before retiring. Sophie was a member of the Roche Retirees Club and a founding member of the Nutley Volunteer Emergency and Rescue Squad.

An active member of Holy Family Parish, Sophie was a member of the Altar Rosary Society, a former member of the Parish Council and a former Eucharistic minister. She also taught Bible Study class and was a volunteer at Villa Walsh, Mother House of the Religious Teachers Filippini, in Morristown for over 15 years.

Sophie was devoted to her family and taught all of her nieces and nephew how to drive.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her brother, Anthony J. Andriola, and her sisters, Sr. Ginette Andriola, MPF and Rose D'Alessandro. She was the aunt of Dolores Lucas, Joseph Andriola, Rosemarie D. Clark, Frank G. D'Alessandro and, John M. D'Alessandro. She also leaves 14 great nieces and nephews, and 11 great, great nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends will be received at the S.W. Brown and Son Funeral Home, www.swbrownandson.com, 267 Centre St., Nutley, on Friday from 9:30 to 11 a.m. with a Funeral Mass celebrated at at 11:30 a.m. at Holy Family Church. Burial will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Bloomfield.

At Sophie's request, kindly omit flowers and donations.

Mary Ann Root, 70

•  Personnel Liaison at Essex County Hospital Center


Oct 27, 2014 – Mary Ann (Cordero) Root, 70, of Nutley, on Sunday, October 26, 2014.

Born in Newark, Mary Ann moved to Nutley 66 years ago. She was the personnel liaison at the Essex County Hospital Center in Cedar Grove. She was also a member of the Ladies Auxiliary at VFW Post 493 in Nutley.

She is survived by her husband, Darrell Root; her four children, Kelly Dolasco and her husband, Peter; Kimberly Edwards and her husband, Guy; Randy Root and his wife, Kimberly, and Marie Rasmussen and her husband, Peter. Also surviving are her seven grandchildren, Tiffany and Stephanie Dolasco, Lena and Billy Edwards, Hailey Root, Christain and Samantha Rasmussen.

The funeral will be Wednesday at 8:45 a.m. from the S.W. Brown and Son Funeral Home, www.swbrownandson.com, 267 Centre St., Nutley, with a 10 a.m. Mass at St. Lucy's Church, 118 7th Avenue, Newark. Interment will follow at the Holy Cross Cemetery, 340 Ridge Road, North Arlington.

Visitors will be received at the funeral home on Tuesday from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m.

Frank R. Placa, 71

•  Retired Salesman with Max Finkelstein


Oct 24, 2014 – Frank R. Placa, 71, on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014 at his Nutley home.

Born in Passaic, Mr. Placa lived in Clifton before moving to Nutley 29 years ago. A veteran of the Army National Guard, he retired from Max Finkelstein, Inc. in Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y. as a salesman.

The son of the late Minnie (Patti) and Dominick Placa, he is survived by his wife, Dolores (Muzzarini); his four children, Frank Placa, Jr. and his wife, Lucy; Traci Pettis and her husband, Eric; Thomas Carrino and his wife, Anabela, and Robin Carrino; ten grandchildren, Amanda and Gianna Placa, Brendan, Alexa and Jack Pettis, Matthew, Ryan and Arianna Carrino, Jessica Nuzzo and Christopher Mulligan; and his brother, Joseph Placa and his wife, Barbara.

Funeral 9:30 a.m. Monday from the S.W. Brown and Son Funeral Home, www.swbrownandson.com, 267 Centre St., Nutley, with an 11 a.m. Mass celebrated at St. Philip the Apostle Church, 797 Valley Road, Clifton. at 11 a.m.

The entombment will follow at Calvary Cemetery, Lakeview Avenue in Paterson.

Visitors will be received at the funeral home on Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m.

Clara Matera

•  Longtime Belleville Resident, 91


Oct 23, 2014 – Mrs. Clara (Taglialatela) Matera of Belleville on Wednesday Oct. 22 at the Forest Hill Care Center in Newark.

Born in the Silver Lake section, Mrs. Matera was a lifelong resident of Belleville. She was employed as a payroll administrator for 25 years with the Schiffenhaus Packaging Corporation in Newark. She also worked as a bank teller at the former People's Bank of Belleville.

Mrs. Matera traveled extensively throughout the United States, Europe and Asia with her husband, Joseph, a retired Belleville police officer. She was an enthusiastic gardener and enjoyed working with ceramics.

Mrs. Matera was predeceased by her husband, Joseph, in 2000, and her daughter, Debbie in 1990.

Known to her family and friends as "Clarissa," she is survived by her nieces and nephews, Achille Taglialatela, Gina Schoch and her husband Rick, Vincent DeLuca and his wife Aida, Susan Santiglia and her husband Sergio Marricone, Joanne Santiglia and Cynthia Santiglia and five grandnephews.

Visitation Friday from 5-9 p.m. and on Saturday from 9-10:15 a.m. at the www.biondifuneralhome.com, 540 Franklin Ave., Nutley. A graveside service follows Saturday morning at the Glendale Cemetery, 28 Hoover Ave., Bloomfield.

For directions or to send online condolences please visit our website (above).

Jane A. Willis, 81

•  Active at Franklin Reformed Church, Red Cross Chapter


Oct 17, 2014 – Jane A. (nee Redick) Willis, 81, of Nutley, on Tuesday, October 14, 2014, at St. Barnabas Hospital in Livingston.

Born in Hanover, PA, Mrs. Willis came to Nutley 59 years ago. She was a graduate of the Wilkes-Barre Business College and before retiring was employed as a meeting planner with Data Tech Inc.

Mrs. Willis previously had been an administrative assistant at Wilbur B. Driver in Newark.

Jane was an active and a faith-filled member of the Franklin Reformed Church in Nutley. She served as an elder, member of the church consistory and the Bible study group and was a former deacon, church secretary, Women's Guild president, Sunday school teacher and superintendent.

Jane was also a community services administrative volunteer at the Montclair-Glen Ridge-Nutley Chapter of the American Red Cross in Montclair. She had been a Red Cross volunteer for 10 years. She was also a former member of the Ladies Auxiliary at Nutley Elks Lodge 1290. She will be fondly remembered for her generous wisdom, guidance and loving support by her family and friends.

Jane is survived by husband of 59 years, Milton A. Willis; her daughter, Nancy Willis; her son, Milton (Bud) Willis, Jr., her daughter-in-law, Kathleen (nee Chianca) Willis, and her grandson, Brandon L. Willis.

She also leaves two sisters, Arcilla Ruggiero and Emma Mae Bisbing.

Relatives and friends will be received from 2-6 p.m. Sunday at the www.swbrownandson.com, 267 Centre St., Nutley. Services will be conducted at the funeral home Sunday at 6 p.m. Cremation will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Franklin Reformed Church, 45 Hillside Crescent, Nutley, NJ 07110.

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