Nutley, New JerseyObituariesDecember 19, 2014

Julia B. (Arminio) De Giacomo, 89

•  Worked for ITT in Clifton


Dec 19, 2014 – Julia B. (Arminio) De Giacomo, 89 of Toms River and formerly of Nutley, on on Thursday December 18, 2014 at her home.

Born in Newark, Mrs. De Giacomo resided in Nutley before moving to Toms River 12 years ago. She was an office staff member at I.T.T in Clifton before retiring.

Mrs. De Giacomo is survived by her husband, Angelo De Giacomo; four children, Joanne Vicidomini, Joseph De Giacomo, Victoria Schodowski and Laura Sparaco; eight grandchildren and a sister, Elisa Cosentino.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Mary's Church, 7 Msgr. Owens Place, Nutley at 10:45 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 23, followed by committal at the Holy Cross Cemetery Chapel Mausoleum, 340 Ridge Road, North Arlington.

Natividad Zorrilla Empleo, 81

•  Mother, Sister and Grandmother, 81


Dec 17, 2014 – Mrs. Natividad Zorrilla Empleo, 81, of Belleville, on Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014 at the Clara Maass Medical Center.

Mrs. Empleo emigrated to Belleville in 1990 where she had since resided. She received her Bachelor's Degree from the University of Southern Philippines, and a Masters Degree in Education from the University of Visayas, Philippines.

Mrs. Empleo was a school principal in the Philippines. She was a member of the Rosary Society at St. Mary's Church, Nutley.

She was predeceased by her husband, Panfilo C. Empleo, Sr.

Surviving are by seven children, Rafael Empleo, Grace Ong, Panfilo L. Empleo Jr., Stella Marie Tagle, Gerardo Empleo, Maria Chona Empleo, and Bernardo Empleo; two sisters, Estrella Zorrilla and Lucilla Celicious;, her brother, Guilermo Zorrilla, Jr., and 14 grandchildren. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Visitation at the Biondi Funeral Home of Nutley, 540 Franklin Avenue on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014 from 4 to 9:30 p.m. The interment will be in the Philippines

Virginia J. Vasfailo, 88

•  Mother and Grandmother, 88


Dec 17, 2014 – Mrs. Virginia J. (nee Cicalese) Vasfailo, 88 of Belleville and formerly of the Ironbound Section of Newark, on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at her home and surrounded by her family.

Mrs. Vasfailo was born in the Ironbound section of Newark and had resided in Belleville since 1977. She was a bookkeeper for Tall Town Fashions in Newark for 32 years, and later for Janette Nutley Center for 10 years. She retired eight years ago.

Mrs. Vasfailo was a member of the Rosary Society of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, Newark.

She is survived by her son, Joseph Vasfailo and his wife Debra; her grandson Cameron, and her nephews.

Mrs.Vasfailo was predeceased by her husband, Anthony Vasfailo; her brother, Dr. Jerry Cicalese, and two sisters, Marie Parlavecchio and Teresa Cicalese.

The funeral will be conducted at 8:15 a.m. Friday from the www.biondifuneralhome.com, 540 Franklin Ave., Nutley, with a 9:30 a.m. Funeral Mass at Holy Family Church, 28 Brookline Ave., Nutley. Committal service 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Brigadier General William C. Doyle Memorial Cemetery, 14 Chesterfield-Arneytown Road in Wrightstown.

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

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Belleville Fire Dept., 275 Franklin Avenue, Belleville, NJ 07109.

Esther "Stella" Raimo, 94

•  Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother and Great-Great-Grandmother


Dec 14, 2014 – Mrs. Esther (nee Biscardi) Raimo, 94, of Belleville, on Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Born in Newark and a longtime resident of Belleville, Mrs. Raimo and her husband Nicholas owned and operated Raimo Wines and Liquors in Belleville for many years.

Mrs. Raimo is survived by two children, Helen Mangino and Anita Valvano; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, Nicholas Raimo, and her son, Tony Raimo.

Services 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17, at the www.biondifuneralhome.com, 540 Franklin Ave., Nutley. On-line condolences may be sent to the website above. Entombment will follow at the Holy Cross Chapel Mausoleum, 340 Ridge Road, North Arlington.

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

Joseph A. De Nicolas, 93

•  World War II Army Veteran


Dec 10, 2014 – Joseph A. De Nicolas, 93 of Nutley on Tuesday December 9, 2014.

Born in Newark, Mr. De Nicolas lived in Belleville before coming to Nutley 15 years ago. He was a maintenance staff worker with the City of Newark Housing Authority.

Mr. De Nicolas was also a World War II Army veteran serving in the Naples, Foggia, North Appenines and Roma Arno Campaigns and was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge.

Predeceased by his wife Fay (Iovino) De Nicolas and his son Paul, Mr. De Nicolas is survived by his children, Angela Ranucci and her husband, Thomas, Joseph G. De Nicolas, Vincent De Nicolas, his daughter-in-law Lorraine De Nicolas and Frances Ranucci. He also leaves his grandchildren, Thomas, Christine, David, Paul and Mark, and his great grandchildren, Matthew, Giuliana, Jayden, Hope and Michael.

Funeral 9:30 a.m. Friday from the S.W. Brown and Son Funeral Home, www.swbrownandson.com, 267 Centre St., Nutley, with a 10:30 a.m. Funeral Mass at St. Lucy's Church, 118 7th Avenue, Newark. Burial follows at the Glendale Cemetery, 28 Hoover Avenue, Bloomfield.

Visiting Thursday from 4-8 pm. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the National Shrine of St. Gerard, c/o St. Lucy's Church 118 7th Ave. Newark, NJ 07104.

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Esther "Stella" Raimo, 94

•  Great-


Dec 17, 2014 – Esther "Stella" Raimo
Beloved Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother and
Great-Great-Grandmother, 94

Mrs. Esther (nee Biscardi) Raimo, 94, of Belleville, passed away on Tuesday, December 9, 2014. There will be a funeral service celebrated at the Biondi Funeral Home of Nutley, 540 Franklin Avenue on Wednesday, December 17, at 10:00 a.m. The entombment will be at Holy Cross Chapel Mausoleum , North Arlington. Visitation will be on Tuesday, December 16 from 4:00 –8:00 p.m.

She was born in Newark and was a longtime resident of Belleville, NJ. Mrs. Raimo and her husband Nicholas owned and operated Raimo Wines and Liquors, Belleville for many years.

Mrs. Raimo is survived by her beloved children Helen Mangino and Anita Valvano; her 10 precious grandchildren; her 10 cherished great-grandchildren and her 4 cherished
great-great grandchildren.

She is predeceased by her husband Nicholas Raimo and her son Tony Raimo.

Natividad Zorrilla Empleo, 81


Dec 17, 2014 – Natividad Zorrilla Empleo
Beloved Mother, Sister and Grandmother, 81

Mrs. Natividad Zorrilla Empleo, 81 of Belleville, on Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014 at the Clara Maass Medical Center, Belleville.

Mrs. Empleo emigrated to Belleville in 1990 where she has since resided. She received her Bachelor's Degree from the University of Southern Philippines, and her Masters Degree in Education from the University of Visayas, Philippines.

Mrs. Empleo was a school principal in the Philippines. She was a member of the Rosary Society at St. Mary's Church, Nutley.

Visitation will be at the Biondi Funeral Home of Nutley, 540 Franklin Avenue on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m. The interment will be in the Philippines

She is survived by her devoted children, Rafael Empleo, Grace Ong, Panfilo L. Empleo, Jr., Stella Marie Tagle, Gerardo Empleo, Maria Chona Empleo, and Bernardo Empleo; her loving sisters Estrella Zorrilla and Lucilla Celicious, her loving brother Guilermo Zorrilla, Jr.; and her 14 cherished grandchildren. She is also survived by her many loving nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Empleo is predeceased by her husband Panfilo C. Empleo, Sr.

Mildred (Cavanaugh) Byrnes

•  Valedictorian Class of 1935


Dec 14, 2014 – Mildred (Cavanaugh) Byrnes of Totowa, and formerly of Nutley, on Friday December 12, 2014.

Born in Kearny to Edward and Ellen (Muldoon) Cavanaugh, she was raised in Newark and lived in Nutley before moving to Totowa two and a half years ago.

Mrs. Byrnes was the secretary to the Dean of the mathematics department at Rutgers University in Newark. A graduate of Queen of Peace High School, North Arlington, she was valedictorian of the Class of 1935. Mildred was also a member of the St. Mary's Church Rosary Altar Society.

Predeceased by her husband, Michael Byrnes, her parents and her brother, Raymond Cavanaugh, she is survived by five children, Jean Delia Bonsee and husband, Paul, Maureen Michelle Byrnes, Carol Ann Frazza and husband, Peter John and Eileen Mildred Caporale and husband, Marc. She also leaves nine grandchildren, Bryan, Cristin, Ceallaigh, Alison, Brittany, Joseph, Kaitlyn, Stephanie and Kerrin, and two great grandchildren, Emilie and William.

Relatives and friends will be received at the S.W. Brown & Son Funeral Home (www.swbrownandson.com), 267 Centre St. Nutley on Monday from 10 a.m. with a funeral service offered at 12:30 p.m. Burial will follow at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery, East Hanover.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the St. Joseph's Home for the Elderly, 140 Shepherd Lane, Totowa, NJ 07512.

Nancy C. Mills, 84

•  Mother, Sister and Grandmother, 84


Dec 14, 2014 – Mrs. Nancy C. (nee Carnevale) Mills, 84, of Nutley and formerly of Newark, on Thursday, December 11, 2014 at the Van Dyk Manor Health Care in Montclair.

Mrs. Mills was born in Newark and resided in Nutley for the past 19 years. She was an X-ray Processor for Columbus Hospital in Newark for 20 years before retiring.

She previously was a cafeteria worker for St. Michael's Elementary School, Newark. Mrs. Mills volunteered at the Ridge Street School voting polls in Newark, and also volunteered at the Feast of St. Gerard at St. Lucy's Church in Newark.

Mrs. Mills is survived by her three sons, Robert Mills Jr. and his wife Deana Lazaro, Gregory Mills and his wife Susan, and Jeffrey Mills; her sister, Angela Carnevale, and four grandchildren, Alexander, Michael, Connor and Therese. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Mills was predeceased by her husband of 31 years, Robert D. Mills, Sr., and her brother, Frank Carnevale.

The funeral will be conducted Tuesday at 8:45 a.m. from the www.biondifuneralhome.com, 540 Franklin Ave., Nutley, with a 10 a.m. Mass at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, 120 Prospect Street. Interment follows at the Glendale Cemetery, 28 Hoover Avenue, Bloomfield.

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

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the National Liver Foundation, www.liverfoundation.org/.

Nicholas M. Mazzolla, 84

•  Former Owner of Janette Nutley Center


Dec 9, 2014 – Nicholas M. Mazzolla, 84, of Belleville, on Monday December 8, 2014.

Mr. Mazzolla was the manager and former owner of the Janette Nutley Center, at the time the largest department store in Nutley. Born in Dunmore, PA, Mr. Mazzolla had resided in Belleville for the past 65 years.

Nicholas was a graduate of Rutgers University in Newark, an Air Force Veteran of the Korean War and a member of the Lions Club of Nutley.

He is survived by his wife, Laura (Bono) Mazzolla; his three sons, Robin, Michael and his wife Becca and Vincent Mazzola; two sisters, Carmella Bostory and Christina LePree, and a brother, Louis.

A funeral service will take place at the S.W. Brown and Son Funeral Home, www.swbrownandson.com, 267 Centre St., Nutley, on Thursday evening at 7 o'clock. Visitors will be received at the funeral home from 3-7 p.m. on Thursday.

The cremation will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the International Rett Syndrome Foundation, P.O. Box 706143, Cincinnati, OH 45270-6143

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