Randolph Township, NJ, Mr. Michael Babyak, Jr. (78). On Friday, September 4, 2015. Michael lost his battle with cancer. He passed peacefully at his home surrounded family.
Born in New York City, and raised on Monroe St., Passaic by the late Michael Sr. and Mary P. Babyak. Michael was a United States Navy veteran (1954-1958), serving aboard the U.S.S. Hancock and Yorktown, as well as an Air Force veteran (1958-1962) , where he was proud to be part of “Showtime McGuire” in both production and performance capacities.
He maintained an active role in the community, serving as a Randolph Twp. Councilman, Vice Chair of the R.V.R.S.A, and co-founder and trustee of his church, Holy Wisdom. He was a member of the Randolph Chamber of Commerce, Lions Club, Randolph VFW, Mine Hill American Legion Post 391 and the Randolph Rotary, where he was the recipient of the Paul Harris Fellow award. Michael gained distinction as State President of the National Association of Life Underwriters, Life Member of Million Dollar Roundtable, and Ethics Chair of the North Jersey CFP. He was a member of Passaic Turners, and the Paterson YMCA Circus Club.
Mr. Babyak was Founder and Chairman of Precision Financial Services over 50 years, as well as co-founder and Chairman of the Board for Heritage Community Bank, and co-owner of Tri-County Gymnastics.
Michael is survived by his wife Ethel M “Babs” Babyak of 54 years and by his 5 children; Michel Briod of Mine Hill, Mary Alice Marinello and husband Joseph of Avon Ct., Marci Rittie and husband Jason of Green Twp NJ, Melissa Norwicke and husband Gary of Knowlton, NJ and Michael Babyak Jr II and wife Phyllis of Randolph. He also leaves his 9 grandchildren; Christina, Alyssa, Justin, Brandon, Angela, Ryan, Julia, Gwen and Shannon.
Friends are invited to visit at the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Sucasunna, NJ (973 584-7264 www.davishepplewhitefh.com) NJ on Monday, September 7 and Tuesday, September 8 from 1-4 pm and 7-9 pm. The Funeral of the Devine Liturgy will be held on Wednesday 9/9 at 10 am, hosted by the Resurrection Parish RC Church in Randolph with interment to follow at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Randolph.
Roxbury Township, Mrs. Rita C Jones, 85, died on September 3, 2015 at St. Clare’s Hospital in Denville. She was born and raised in the Bronx, NY and lived in Denville most of her life before moving to Ledgewood 16 years ago. She was a 1948 graduate of the Christopher Columbus High School in the Bronx and immediately after graduation became a court stenographer in Bronx County, NY. She later worked for 25 years for the Daily Record Newspaper as a circulation manager in Parsippany. She was an avid Yankees fan and loved being with her family and, dancing with her dear friend Jerry Mangano. She also was a member of St. Therese R C Church in Succasunna.
She was predeceased by her husband Ronald C Jones in 1989 and by her son Russell C Jones in 2000. She is survived by 4 children; Ronald C (and Carol) Jones, Raymond C (and Monica) Jones, Rachelle C Jones, and Richard C (and Karen) Jones, 9 grandchildren; Adam, Amanda, Andrew, Ashley, Ross, Emily, Katherine, Madison, and Emily, a great granddaughter Luna, and was expecting another great grandchild in October.
Friends may visit at the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Succasunna 973-584-7264 (davishepplewhitefh.com) on Friday from 6 – 8 pm. The Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, 10 am at the Funeral Home, with the interment to follow at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery in East Hanover. Donations may be made in her name to the St. Jude’s Children’s Foundation at www.StJude.org
Roxbury Township, Mrs. Betty A Brown, 92, died on August 26, 2015 at the Compassionate Care Hospice in Dover. She was born in Dover and was a lifelong resident of Succasunna. She was a 1941 graduate of Roxbury High School and later was the Board of Education Secretary for 25 years. She was also a member of the Ever – Young Senior Citizens Club in Roxbury Township.
She was predeceased by her husband Paul L Brown in 1988 and by her daughter Carol A Morris in 1998. She is survived by her daughter Kathleen B Hoffman of Chester Township, 3 grandchildren; Kristina Yamin of NYC, Brian Hoffman of Long Valley, and Kristin Hoffman of Flanders, and by her great granddaughter Kyra Hoffman of Long Valley.
Friends may visit at the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Succasunna 973-584-7264 (davishepplewhitefh.com) on Saturday from 10 – 11 am. A graveside prayer will then follow at the Succasunna Methodist Cemetery.
Joseph Francis Yatczyn, Jr. passed into eternal life on Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at Care One at Hanover, Whippany, after a short illness. He was born in New Brunswick, the only child of Joseph F. Yatczyn, Sr. and Mary Pohira Yatczyn, both departed. He was raised in Oak Tree, Edison and South Plainfield, NJ graduating from Edison High School. He was a proud recipient of a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from his beloved alma mater, Villanova University, Villanova, PA. He went on to earn his MBA from Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ.
While Joe started his career as a chemical engineer with Diamond Alkali, he soon discovered his aptitude for sales and continued in that field for 47 years in their Nopco Chemical Division, which was spun off to Occidental Petroleum, Henkel, Cognis and ultimately, BASF. Joe’s winning personality, attention to detail, expert knowledge and customer care enabled him to be named Salesman of the Year multiple times.
Joe and his wife Pat lived in Indianapolis, IN; Lake Hiawatha and Rockaway Township, NJ before settling in Succasunna 38 years ago to raise their family. He was a member of St. Therese R. C. Church and of the SACCI Chemical Organization. He was an enthusiastic world traveler and also an avid golfer and chess player. Since childhood he was a loyal fan of the Yankees as well as the Giants. For all who knew him, he was “the nicest guy” with a ready smile and helping hand.
Besides his wife, Patricia C. Yatczyn, of 46 years, Joe is survived by their two children: son Jeffrey Yatczyn of Wayne, PA and daughter Leslie Orzack and her husband Robert of Succasunna, and two grandchildren: Liam and Reese Orzack; uncles John Pohira of Winter Park, FL; Charles Yatczyn of Orlando, FL; aunts Margaret Lewkow of Littleton CO; Helen Stoll of Teaneck, NJ and multiple cousins.
Family and friends may visit at the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Succasunna 973-584-7264 (davishepplewhitefh.com) on Friday, August 21st from 2 – 4 PM & 7 – 9 PM. The Funeral Liturgy will be held on Saturday, August 22nd at 11:00 AM at St. Therese R C Church, 151 Main Street, Succasunna, NJ.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made payable to “Villanova University.” Please include on the memo line that the donation is for the “Robert E. White Endowed Scholarship in memory of Joseph Yatczyn ’67.” Address: Villanova University, Office of University Advancement, ATTN: Janet Duffy, 800 Lancaster Avenue, Villanova, PA 19085.
Roxbury Township, Mrs. Clare Adanunicio, 83, died on August 17, 2015 at her home in Succasunna. She was born in Queens NY and moved to Succasunna 43 years ago. She was a retired legal secretary in N Y City and member of the Roxbury Township Republican Club, St. Therese R C Church, and was an avid reader and enjoyed making crafts.
She is survived by her husband Donald J Adanuncio, of 47 years, 2 children; Donna Parks of Westfield and James Adanuncio of CT, 3 grandchildren; Jaime, Madelyn, and Nicholas, and brothers and sister; Anthony, Peter, and Lucille.
Friends may visit at the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Succasunna 973-584-7264 (davishepplewhitefh.com) on Tuesday from 9 – 10 am. The Funeral Liturgy will be held on Tuesday, 10:30 am at St. Therese R C Church, with the interment to follow at the Succasunna Presbyterian Cemetery.
Mt. Olive Township, Mrs. Karen Linda Lunardoni, 63, died on August 17, 2015 at the Compassionate Care Hospice in Dover. She was born and raised in Wayne and lived in Roxbury Township most of her life before moving to Flanders 8 years ago. She was an Educator for 25 years and was the Principal at the Jefferson Elementary School in Succasunna for 10 years. She was a member of the NJEA and earned her Master’s Degree from Rutgers University. She was an avid reader and loved being with her husband, family, and with her 3 dogs; Daisy, Rosie, and Lily.
She is survived by her husband Mark R Lunardoni of 5 years, 3 children; Melanie (and Chris) Arnold of NYC, Christopher (and Bria) DeFuria of New Providence, and Michael DeFuria of LA, CA, 3 grandchildren; Topher Arnold, Althea Arnold, and Ella DeFuria, and sister Janice (and Dennis) Casey of MD.
Friends may visit at the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Succasunna 973-584-7264 (davishepplewhitefh.com) on Thursday from 7 – 9 pm, with the Service at 8 pm.
Roxbury Township, Mrs. Edith A English, 90, died on August 14, 2015 at home. She was born in Port Colden and grew up in Washington Twp (Warren Co) before moving to Ledgewood 59 years ago. She was a retired Administrator for the Werner – Lambert Company in Morris Plains for many years. She was also a member of the Ledgewood Baptist Church, Roxbury Township Senior Citizens Club, and enjoyed reading, crocheting, and gardening. Every year she would also bake cookies for the Roxbury Twp. Police Department at Christmas.
She was predeceased by her husband Frank in 1992, and is survived by her daughter Deborah VanSickle of Ledgewood, grandchildren; Alysehia DeLucca (whom she raised) of Ledgewood and Fredrick VanSickle of Norfolk, VA. She also leaves her 3 great grandchildren; Nevaeh, Alexander, and Ashia, and sister-in-law Mary Andrews of Cedar Knolls.
Friends may visit at the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Succasunna 973-584-7264 (davishepplewhitefh.com) on Friday from 4 – 7 pm, and on Saturday from 8:30-9:30 am. The Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, 10 am at the Ledgewood Baptist Church, with the interment to follow at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Chester. Donations may be made in her name to the Ledgewood Baptist Church or to the Pancreatic Cancer Research Foundation.
Mrs. Elizabeth Jean “Betty” Hopler, age 85, of North Palm Beach, FL, passed away peacefully on August 5, 2015 following a short illness. She was born on January 18, 1930 in Port Morris to the late Alden E. and Lenora (Reed) Hueber. She grew up in Kenvil, graduated from Roxbury High School, and lived in Flanders for many years before moving to Florida four years ago. Following high school, she worked at Picatinny Arsenal before raising her family and later worked for the Mount Olive School District. She was a member of the United Presbyterian Church, Flanders.
Predeceased by her beloved husband Clifford L. Hopler in 1983, and her brother Alden “Pete” Hueber, she is survived by sons Robert A. (Denise) Hopler of North Palm Beach, FL and Jack D. (Cynthia) Hopler of Hackettstown; brother Allen (Dorothy) Hueber of Hackettstown, and four grandchildren: Amy (Samuel) Ramage of Indianapolis; Sarah (Ronald) Cravens of Jupiter, FL; Jaclyn Hopler of Ventnor City; and Kyle Hopler of Hackettstown.
A Memorial Service will be held at the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Succasunna 973-584-7264 (davishepplewhitefh.com) on Friday, August 28 at 12 noon, followed by the interment at the Union Cemetery in Hackettstown. Friends may visit at the Funeral Home on Friday from 11 am – 12 noon. In lieu of flowers, the family requests you make a donation in honor of Betty’s life to your favorite charity.
Roxbury Township, Anna C (Walsh) Smith, 95, died on July 28, 2015 at her home. She was born in Morristown and grew up in Dover before moving to Succasunna 57 years ago. She was a Commercial Loan Officer at the (now) Wells Fargo Bank in Succasunna. She was also a 57 year member of St. Therese R C Church and member and treasurer of their Rosary Society, and a member of the Roxbury Township Senior Citizens Club.
She was predeceased by her husband James J Smith in 1991, and by her 2 sons; Gregory J Smith and David E Smith. She is survived by 2 sons; Paul J Smith of Landing and James M (and Tracey) Smith of Rockaway, sister Sr. Rita Walsh of the Sister’s of Charity, and 2 grandchildren; Heather M Smith of Australia and Matthew Smith of Rockaway.
The Funeral Liturgy will be held on Saturday, 10 am at St. Therese R C Church, Main St, Succasunna, NJ. Arrangements are by the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Succasunna 973-584-7264 (davishepplewhitefh.com)
Hackettstown, WWII Army Air Corps Veteran Private John Louis D’Ottavio, 92, died peacefully on July 27, 2015, with his family by his side. He was born in Dover and lived in Succasunna most of his life before moving to TX and then to Hackettstown. He was a self-employed floor covering contractor for over 70 years. John L., a radio and u-control airplane enthusiast, coached the Roxbury American Legion Baseball team, was inducted into the American Modeling Hall of Fame, was an avid fisherman, loved gardening, and especially loved cooking.
He was predeceased by his wife Yolanda A (Tardive) D’Ottavio in 1988 and infant daughter Lona. He is survived by his 6 children – John “Skeets” D’Ottavio Jr, Nickey (and Cindy) D’Ottavio of Hackettstown, Phil D’Ottavio of Succasunna, Donna Scarnulis of PA, and Victor D’Ottavio and Billy D’Ottavio, both of AL. He also leaves his 2 sisters – Anna Catalano and Mary Whitmore, both of FL; 9 grandchildren – Nickey D’Ottavio Jr, Gina Riley, Danny D’Ottavio, and Lisa (and Geoff) Edmunds; Anthony, Matthew, and Ashley Scarnulis; Phil D’Ottavio Jr; and Jonathan D’Ottavio; and 7 great grandchildren – Emily and Jake Riley; Andrew, Jessica and Sophia D’Ottavio; and Trevor and Violet Edmunds.
Friends may visit at the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Succasunna 973-584-7264 (davishepplewhitefh.com) on Thursday from 4 – 7 PM. The Funeral Liturgy will be held on Friday, 10 AM at St. Therese R C Church, Main St, Succasunna, with the interment to follow at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery in East Hanover.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in John’s honor to Wounded Warrior Project http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/donate.aspx.