Nutley, New JerseyObituariesOctober 25, 2014

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,, 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, 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, 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

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.

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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,, 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,, 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,, 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, 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  .

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

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