Nutley, New JerseyObituariesOctober 22, 2014

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.

Catherine D. (Grosso) Romeo, 90

•  A Lifelong Resident of Nutley


Oct 12, 2014 – Catherine D. (Grosso) Romeo, 90, a lifelong resident of Nutley, on Sunday, October 12, 2014.

Catherine was a bank teller before her retirement with the Provident Savings Bank in Bloomfield.

The wife of the late John A. Romeo, she is survived by her son, John "Motz" Romeo, and his wife, Jacki Ingram.

Funeral 11 a.m. Wednesday at the S.W. Brown and Son Funeral Home, www.swbrownandson.com, 267 Centre St., Nutley.

The interment will follow at the Immaculate Conception Cemetery, 712 Grove Street, in Montclair.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund, PDJF, P.O. Box 803, Elmhurst, IL 60126, https://pdjf.org/donate.php would be preferred

Richard Spoerry, 64

•  Retired Chemical Operator for Arsynco


Oct 7, 2014 –  Richard Spoerry, 64, of ‍Nutley, N.J., died on Oct. 2, 2014. A memorial service will be held on Friday, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. at the Cremation Society of New Jersey, 470 Colfax Ave., Clifton, N.J.

Richard was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and resided in ‍Nutley for many years.

He had been a chemical operator for Arsynco of Carlstadt, N.J. He retired as a bartender for the American Legion Post No. 105 in Belleville, N.J., after 12 years.

He was the father of Catherine Spoerry of Rockaway, and Michael Spoerry of Newark, and grandfather of Maya and Connor Mac Donald. Mr. Spoerry is survived by his brother, Ronald and his wife Diane of Georgia, and by many nieces and nephews. Richard is also survived by his companion, Margaret, and his former wife, Carol.

Carmela 'Millie' (Petito) McKeen, 79

•  Led Nutley VFW Auxiliary


Oct 4, 2014 – Carmela 'Millie' (Petito) McKeen, 79, on Monday, Sept. 29, 2014 in Lincoln Park.

After living in Nutley for many years, she retired from the Wells Fargo Bank. Mrs. McKeen was a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary in Nutley and served at its president.

Prior to her marriage, Millie lived in New York where she was employed by Grace Line.

Millie was the daughter of Michael and Angelina (Ventola) Petito. She was predeceased by her husband, James Edward McKeen, as well as her siblings, Philomena Matteo, Joseph Petito, Anthony Petito, Susan Guerrieri, and Grace Campanelli. She is survived by her sisters, Patricia (Anna) Demarco, Angelina Perri and Rosalie Petito and her brother, Angelo Petito.

Born on Feb. 14, 1935 in Brooklyn, N.Y., she is also survived by her children, James, and his wife, Lynn; JoAnne and her husband, Guy, and Michael and his wife, Michelle, as well as her grandchildren,Philip Tiene, Charles Tiene, Cassidy McKeen, Kelsey McKeen and Bryan McKeen. She also leaves several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at Shook's Cedar Grove Funeral Home, 486 Pompton Ave., Cedar Grove, on Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014, from 12 to 2 p.m. Memories and condolences may be shared at shookscedargrove.com  .

In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl., Memphis, Tenn. 38105.

Bessie Phillips, Lifelong Resident of Newark

•  Born in Nutley 106 Years Ago


Oct 1, 2014 – Bessie (Martino) Phillips, a lifelong resident of Newark, on Wednesday, Oct.1, 2014. Born in Nutley, she was a communicant at the Immaculate Conception Church in Newark.

Bessie was the daughter of the late Paul and Constance Garruto Martino and sister of the late Tony Mac, Frankie Mac, Carnie and Jerry Martino and Diane Coppola. Mrs. Phillips was predeceased by her husband, David Phillips, and her son, David.

Surviving are her children, Hannah Phillips, Paul Phillips and his wife Fran, and Cornelia Tursi and Bobby. She was the grandmother of Angelo, Samantha, Nicole, Tina, Tammi and the late Theresa, 12 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. She also leaves her brother, Paul Martino; her sister, Anna Sacchiero; her sister-in-law, Josephine Martino, and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral 9 a.m. Saturday from the S.W. Brown and Son Funeral Home, www.swbrownandson.com, 267 Centre St., Nutley, with a 10 a.m. Mass at the Immaculate Conception Church in Newark. Burial follows at Holy Family Cemetery, 340 Ridge Road, North Arlington.

Visiting 4-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

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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.

Husband, Father, Brother and Grandfather, 86

•  Joseph M. Raymond, 86


Oct 10, 2014 – Joseph M. Raymond, 86, on Tuesday Oct. 7, 2014 at his Nutley home.

Mr. Raymond was born in Newark and had resided in Nutley for 60 years. He was employed by the United States Postal Service, Belleville Annex, as a Mechanical Troubleshooter for many years before retiring.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Grace (nee Luzzi) Raymond; his children, Cheryl Wickenheisser and her husband Gary, and Joyce Cunningham and her husband Glen; six grandchildren Alyson, Douglas, Jessica, Meghan, John and Kirsten, and his sister, Ann Melillo.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Biondi Funeral Home of Nutley. To send online condolences please visit website www.biondifuneralhome.com

Funeral services were private.

Mrs. Eleanor R. Vallese, 90,

•  Founder of Electrophysics Corp. in Nutley


Oct 6, 2014 – Mrs. Eleanor R. Vallese, 90, on Oct. 4, 2014, in Wayne, N.J.

Mrs. Vallesse and her late husband, Dr. Lucio Vallese, founded the Electrophysics Corp. in ‍Nutley, where she also served as the controller for 40 years.

Born in Italy, Mrs. Vallese came to the United States. when she was 19 years old and originally resided in Glen Ridge for 40 years prior to moving to Verona in 2000.

She is survived by her children, Rosamaria Vallese and Francesco Vallese (and his wife, Helene); her sister, Anna Maria Rubulotta, and her grandchildren, Zachary and Arin.

A Funeral Mass will be offered at Our Lady of the Holy Angels Church, Little Falls, on Wednesday, Oct. 8, at 1 p.m.

Visiting on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Prout Funeral Home, 370 Bloomfield Ave., Verona.

Debra L. Vitale, 62

•  Nutley Resident for Past 14 Years


Oct 3, 2014 – Debra L. Vitale, 62, on Thursday October 2, 2014 at Care One, Livingston.

Mrs. Vitale was born in Allentown, PA and had resided in Nutley for the past 14 years. She was employed by Western Pest Control in Parsippany for 30 years as a staff accountant.

She is survived by her husband, Anthony Vitale; a step-daughter, Shannon Vitale and her fiance, Alexander Wanless; her mother, Lorraine (nee Kratzer) Richelderfer, and her brother, James Richelderfer. Mrs. Vitale was predeceased by her father, James Richelderfer.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her honor to Pan-Can www.pancan.org/ would be appreciated.

Services Monday, from the www.biondifuneralhome.com, 540 Franklin Ave., Nutley.

Visiting 1-5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

The entombment will be at the Hollywood Memorial Chapel Mausoleum, 1500 Stuyvesant Ave., Union.

Paul J. Donzella, 66, of Nutley

•  Worked for First National State Bank of N.J.


Oct 1, 2014 – Paul J. Donzella, 66, of Nutley, on Monday, Sept. 29, 2014 at the Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville.

Born in Newark and raised in Verona, Mr. Donzella was a 1966 graduate of Verona High School and a 1970 graduate of Fairleigh Dickenson University in Rutherford where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in business. Upon graduation, he was employed by the First National State Bank of New Jersey where he met his wife of 38 years, Linda (nee Iacobelli) Donzella.

Recently and before retiring, Mr. Donzella was employed by the Cheeseworks Company in Ringwood as a credit and collections manager. He was a member of the Nutley UNICO, an avid Yankee fan and bowler. He was a member of the Brunswick/Belleville A.C. Challenge Bowling League.

Mr. Donzella is survived by his wife; Linda, and two children, Anthony Donzella and his wife Victoria and Alaina Donzella-Grant and her husband Jeremy. He was predeceased by his parents, Frank Donzella and Clara (nee Xifo) Donzella, and his brother Frank Donzella.

Services 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, at the www.biondifuneralhome.com, 540 Franklin Ave., Nutley. Entombment follows at the Glendale Chapel Mausoleum, 28 Hoover Ave., Bloomfield.

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

In lieu of flowers donations would be appreciated in his honor to the St. Judes Children's Research Hospital, PO Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101.

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