Nutley, New JerseyObituariesAugust 1, 2014

Franklin M. Bakka, Sr., 74

•  Nutley Musician and Transmission Mechanic

Jul 30, 2014 – Franklin M. Bakka, Sr., 74 on Saturday July 26, 2014 at his Nutley home.

Born in Jersey City to Benhart E. and Vieno (Pohjola) Bakka, Frank came to Nutley in 1967 and was a transmission mechanic at Pasquin Ford in East Rutherford before retiring.

He was also a talented musician who for 40 years played trombone and tube with the Centennial Jazz Band.

Predeceased by his parents and his wife, Carol A. (Preston) Bakka, he is survived by two sons, Frank M. Bakka, Jr. and his wife Lynn Bircsak, and Ken Bakka and his wife, Kathy; his daughter, Susan Moriarty and her husband, Chris, and four grandchildren, Bryan and Michelle Bakka and Carol and Shannon Moriarty. He also leaves his sister, Loretta Considine.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial gathering on Sunday, Aug. 3, from 3-6 p.m. at the S.W. Brown and Son Funeral Home,, 267 Centre St., Nutley.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 22718 Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718

Judy L. Lane, 63

•  Wife, Mother and Sister, 63

Jul 30, 2014 – Mrs. Judy (nee Longo) Lane, 63, of Nutley, on Monday, July 28, 2014 at the Clara Maass Medical Center, Belleville.

Born in Newark and a resident of Nutley for 24 years, Judy was an X-ray technician for the Femino and Ducey Orthopedic Group in Nutley for 30 years.

She is survived by her husband of 29 years, Clifford Lane; two daughters, Kimberly and Brittany Lane, and two sisters, Jeanie Guarino and Mary Ann Muller. Mrs. Lane was predeceased by her parents, John and Jenny (nee Bellina) Longo.

Services 8:45 a.m. Friday, Aug. 1, at the, 540 Franklin Ave., Nutley, with a 10 a.m. funeral mass at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 60 Byrd Ave., Bloomfield. Interment follows at the Immaculate Conception Cemetery, 712 Grove St., Upper Montclair.

Visitation 4-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, 44 Middle Avenue, 2nd floor, Summit, NJ 07901,, would be appreciated.

Cataldo Romano Rubino, 46,

•  AirTraffic Controller at LaGuardia Tower in Queens

Jul 28, 2014 – Mr. Cataldo Romano Rubino, 46, of Nutley and formerly of Aliquippa, PA., on Thursday, July 24, 2014 at the Mountainside Hospital, Glen Ridge.

Cataldo was born in in Aliquippa, PA where he resided until moving to Nutley three years ago. He was a Supervisor of Air Traffic Control at the LaGuardia Tower, Queens, N.Y. for seven years. Mr. Rubino was a graduate of the Beaver Community College for Air Traffic Control, Monaca, PA.

He is survived by his wife of 13 years, Ann (nee Vitale) Rubino; his two children, Gianni and Liliana Rubino; his mother, Maria (nee Grippa) Rubino; a sister, Cynthia Rubino-Hanley and her husband Tim, and his maternal grandmother, Franca Grippa. Cataldo was a loving uncle and godfather to Zachary and Simone and is survived by several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Cataldo was predeceased by his father Alfredo Rubino.

Services from the Biondi Funeral Home of Nutley, 540 Franklin Avenue on Wednesday, July 30, at 9:15 a.m. followed by a 10:30 a.m. mass celebrated at Holy Family Church, 28 Brookline Ave. Interment follows at the Holy Cross Cemetery, 340 Ridge Road, North Arlington.

Visitation Tuesday, July 29 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Cataldo's Children's Education Fund, c/o the Biondi Funeral Home, would be appreciated.

Mona D. Zarro, 55

•  Daughter, Sister and Aunt, 55

Jul 22, 2014 – Mrs. Mona D. Zarro, 55, of Nutley and formerly of Newark, on Monday, July 21, 2014 at the Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville.

Born in Glen Ridge, Mona resided in Newark before moving to Nutley 10 years ago. She was a hairdresser in Nutley.

Predeceased by her son Michael and her father Salvatore Zarro, she is survived by her mother Dolores (nee Salvato) Zarro; her sister Lisa Zarro, and three brothers, Mark Zarro and his wife Elizabeth, John Zarro and his wife Josephine, and Craig Zarro and his wife Gina. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral from the Biondi Funeral Home of Nutley, 540 Franklin Avenue, on Friday, July 25 at 8:45 a.m. Funeral mass 10 a.m. at St. Lucy's Church, 118 7th Avenue, Newark. Interment at the Glendale Cemetery, 28 Hoover Ave., Bloomfield. Visitation Thursday, July 24 from 4-8 p.m. For directions or to send online condolences please visit

Moses E. Ruffo, 76

•  Retired Machinist Also Worked at Target

Jul 19, 2014 – Moses E. Ruffo,76, a lifelong resident of Nutley, on Friday, July 18, 2014.

Mr. Ruggo retired as a machinist from Norton Performance Plastics in Wayne. Following his retirement, he worked at Target in Paramus for the last five years.

He was an outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing, an avid Yankee Fan, and he coached in the Nutley American Little League for many years.

The son of the late Rosa (Russo) and Pietro Ruffo, he is survived by his wife, Lucille (Cicalese) Ruffo; three sons, Philip and his wife, Cynthia; Anthony and his fianceé Stacey Aromando, and Frank and his wife, Stacey; his former daughter-in-law, Tammy Ruffo; two sisters, Laura Feraco and Helen Buttacavoli; a brother, Salvatore Ruffo; seven grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Mr. Ruffo was predeceased by two sisters, Rose Cerqua and Marie Mairella, and a brother, Frank.

Funeral service 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the S.W. Brown and Son Funeral Home,, 267 Centre St., Nutley. Interment follows at the Glendale Cemetery, 28 Hoover Ave., Bloomfield.

Visitors will be received at the funeral home on Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m.

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Gloria E. Klima, 69

•  Lifelong Nutley Resident,

Jul 30, 2014 – Gloria E. Klima, 69, a lifelong resident of Nutley, on Tuesday, July 29, 2014.

Gloria was a member of the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Women's Auxiliary and the Mother and Daughter's Club. She was also a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 493, the American Legion Post 70 and the Amvets Post 30, all of Nutley.

Mrs. Klima also was an officer of VFW District 4 and a member of the Nutley Parkside Tenants Association and the Friday Club of Nutley.

The daughter of the late, Victor and Mary (Spear) Klima, she is is survived by three brothers, Ronald, Barry and Richard; her cousins, Barbara and Edward Prokopik, and her aide, Mayar Soto.

Friends will be received Friday morning from 9-10:30 at the, 267 Centre St., Nutley. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 120 Prospect St., Nutley. Burial follows at the Holy Cross Cemetery, 340 Ridge Road, North Arlington.

Hedwig (Born) Mayr, 91

•  Nutley Resident for 55 Years

Jul 28, 2014 – Henwig (Born) Mayr, 91, of Nutley on Thursday, July 24, 2014.

Born in Stralsund, Germany, she lived in Queens, N.Y.. before moving to Nutley 55 years ago. Mrs. Mayr was a 48-year member of Cosmopolitan Associates in Clifton, a 41-year member of Edelweiss in Passaic, and a communicant at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church since 1959.

Henwig is survived by her husband of 72 years, Otto J. Mayr; her children, Birgit Jernstrom and Gerald R. Mayr; a granddaughter, Jennifer Pena, and three great-grandchildren, Jack Jernstrom, Zoe and Jamie Pena. She was predeceased by her son, Bernd O. Mayr; her daughter, Astrid Mayr, and her grandson, John J. Jernstrom. She was also the sister of the late Henni Wagner.

Funeral service 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Holy Trinity Church, 158 Vreeland Ave., Nutley. Cremation private.

Memorial contributions to the American Diabetes Association, PO Box 1131, Fairfax, VA 22038-1131 or the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, 1 Union Street, Suite 301, Robbinsville, NJ 08691-4183 would be appreciated.

Frank C. Bianchi, 81

•  Retired from Public Service Electric and Gass

Jul 28, 2014 – Frank C. Bianchi, 81, on Thursday, July 24, 2014, at the Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville. Mr. Bianchi was born in Nutley and a life-long resident of the community.

He was a customer service representative for PSE&G in Passaic for 37 years before retiring. Mr. Bianchi served honorably in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Margaret "Peggy" (nee Elsmore) Bianchi; his children, Frank J. Bianchi, and Cheryl Scarpelli and her husband, Frank; his granddaughter, Cara, and his sister, Ann Clemens and her husband, Frank. He is also survived by several nephews. Mr. Bianchi was predeceased by his sister, Marie Grazzini.

Funeral 8:15 a.m. Tuesday, July 29, at the, 540 Franklin Ave., Nutley. Funeral Mass follows at 9:30 a.m. at the Holy Family Church, 28 Brookline Ave., Nutley. Entombment with military honors follows at the Holy Cross Chapel Mausoleum, 340 Ridge Road, North Arlington.

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

Anthony C. Vignola, Sr., 89

•  Nutley Father and Brother, 89

Jul 22, 2014 – Anthony C. Vignola, Sr., 89, of Nutley, on Sunday, July 20, 2014 at St. Michael's Medical Center, Newark.

Mr. Vignola was born in Newark and resided in Nutley for 57 years. He was a Systems Designer for Walter Kitty in Belleville for many years before retiring. Mr. Vignola served honorably in the U.S. Army during World War II.

He is survived by his son James Vignola and his brother Nicholas Vignola.

Mr. Vignola was predeceased by his wife, Joanne (nee Marone) Vignola; his son, Anthony Vignola, Jr., and his daughter, Cheryl Vignola (May, 2014).

Services at the, 540 Franklin Avenue in Nutley on Friday, July 25 at 12:30 p.m. Visitation 9 a.m. until time of service. The interment will be at the Holy Cross Cemetery, 340 Ridge Road North Arlington.

William P. La Cicero, Jr., 83

•  Conductor for Amtrak, Based in Newark

Jul 19, 2014 – William P. La Cicero, Jr., 83, of Nutley, on July 17, 2014.

Mr. La Cicero was born in Newark and resided in Bloomfield before moving to Nutley more than 35 years ago. Prior to retiring, he was a conductor for Amtrak based in Newark. Mr. La Cicero was a member of the Marine Corps League Detachment No. 206 in Whippany, N.J.

Predeceased by his wife, Helen Rae (Taylor) La Cicero, and his two sisters, Joan Gossington and Madelyn York, Mr. La Cicero is survived by his daughter, Diane Krasner and her husband Lee, her sister, Carol Garrity, and two grandchildren, Taylor and Jake.

Visiting Monday from 4-8 p.m. at the S.W. Brown and Son Funeral Home,, 267 Centre St., Nutley. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the to the L/CPL Robert J. Slattery Marine Corps League Detachment #206, P.O. Box 566 West Caldwell, N.J 07007 (

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