Erma Gallucci

Erma Gallucci (nee DiPaolo), 87, of Cresskill, formerly of New Milford and Jupiter, FL, passed away on Thursday, September 29, 2016. Beloved wife of the late Salvatore. Cherished mother of Nancy Scott and her husband Joseph of Alpine, Glen and his wife Jane of Pt. St. Lucie, FL and Gail Mayer and her husband Gene of Haworth. Adored grandmother of eight and great-grandmother of 13. Dear sister of the late Vincent James DiPaolo and Joseph Messina.

Erma was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. For many years she was a volunteer at the Paramus Veterans Home.  She also enjoyed playing golf with her friends.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday 10:00 AM at St. Anthony’s RC Church, Northvale with entombment to follow at George Washington Memorial Park, Paramus.  Visiting hours are Friday 5-8 PM at Pizzi Funeral Home, 120 Paris Ave, Northvale (201-767-3050).

In lieu of flowers, donations in Erma’s memory can be made to Villa Marie Claire Hospice,

James C. Demitriou

James C. Demitriou, 76, of Northvale, passed away on Monday, September 26, 2016. Beloved husband of 53 years to Katherine (nee Kiriazides). Cherished father of James and his wife Carrie of Raleigh, NC, Kerry and his fiancé Susan Boucher of River Edge and Alexia Gallagher and her husband John of Montvale. Adored Papou of Sydney, Jillian, Lindsey, Ryan, Evan, Kaitlyn and John.

James was a Civil Engineer and worked for Lee T. Purcell Associates in Fairfield, NJ for many years, having received his undergraduate and masters degrees from NYU. He was an avid fan of the NY Mets and Jets and enjoyed working in the radio booth as a statistician during NY Jets home games. “Big Jim” was a fun-loving guy with a great sense of humor who cherished time spent with family and friends.

A Funeral Service will be held Friday 11:00 AM at St. Nicholas G.O. Church, Wyckoff. Visiting hours are Thursday 2-4 and 7-9 PM with Trisaghion Prayer Service at 8:00 PM at Pizzi Funeral Home, 120 Paris Ave, Northvale (201-767-3050).

In lieu of flowers, donations in Jim’s memory may be made to the Humane Society,

Gertrude A. Schlachter

Gertrude A. Schlachter, 101, of Sparkill, formerly of Upper Grandview and Piermont, passed away on Wednesday, September 21, 2016. Beloved sister of Karl & Marion Schlachter of Stratford, Conn. and the late Regina & Robert Connolly of Nanuet, NY. She is also survived by nieces and nephews: Patricia & Robert Callahan of Yardley, PA; Martha Connolly of Baltimore, MD, Robert & Patricia Connolly of Nanuet, NY, Mary & David Black of Belfast, Maine, Karl & Nancy Schlachter of Murrells Inlet, SC and Heidi & Vince Devlin of Franklin, MA. Also predeceased by her dear friend Alice M. Kearney of Upper Grandview. Also survived by her special devoted friend Elizabeth & Juan Mobili of Valley Cottage, NY.
Gertrude graduated from The College of Mount St. Vincent, magna cum laude in 1935, and Fordham University for her post graduate masters degree.
Her professional career spanned 38 years as an actuary and later as a Senior Vice President and Director for the Colonial Life Insurance Co., now Chubb, Inc. She retired in March of 1977. Gertrude was a member, by examination, of the American Academy of Actuaries. Washington, DC.
In her personal life she performed her solo flight to become a small plane pilot in 1947 from the former Christie airport. She loved gardening, travel, card games and puzzles.
Gertrude was an active parishioner of St. Anthony’s RC Church in Northvale. She was dedicated to Christian life and devoted herself to charity towards others. Anyone who knew her loved her intelligent, generous, humble and gentle spirit.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated September 27, 2016, Tuesday 10:00 AM at St. Anthony’s Church, Northvale with interment to follow at St. Catharine’s Cemetery, Blauvelt. Visiting hours are September 26, 2016, Monday 4-7 PM at Pizzi Funeral Home, 120 Paris Ave., Northvale (201-767-3050).
In lieu of flowers, donations in Gertrude’s memory may be made to the College of Mt. St. Vincent, 630 Riverdale Ave., Riverdale, NY 10471.

Eileen E. Downing

Eileen E. Downing (nee Enright), 84, of Tappan, passed away on Monday, September 19, 2016. Beloved wife of the late Dennis J. Downing. Loving mother of Ruthann Downing of Tappan, Dennis B. and wife Donna of Ridgewood, NJ, and Christopher and wife Melanie also of Ridgewood. Cherished grandmother of Daniel, Dylan, Cecelia and Anna. Dearest sister of the late John, Mary, William and Sr. Mary Rose.

A devoted wife and mother, Eileen also worked at various facilities as a nurse’s aide after raising her children. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday 10:00 AM at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart RC Church, Tappan, with interment to follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Valhalla. Visiting hours are Thursday 5-9 PM at Pizzi Funeral Home, 120 Paris Avenue, Northvale, NJ, 201-767-3050.

Ralph C. Merola

Ralph C. Merola, 88, of Tappan, passed away at home surrounded by his loving family on Tuesday, September 13, 2016. Cherished father of Charles A. Merola and wife Marirose of Manhasset and Denise Karamian and husband Ashot of Forest Hills. Adored grandfather of Danny, Lauren, Sara and Rebecca.  He will be dearly missed by his loving partner Elizabeth Brown and her children, Stephanie Lauler of Palisades and John Harrington of Tappan.  Dear brother of Michael of Floral Park and Alexander and his wife Carmelina of California. Also survived by the mother of his children, Theresa Merola of Howard Beach.

Mr. Merola worked in the garment industry in NYC for many years, retiring from House of Ronnie, Inc. as VP of Sales and Production.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday 10:00 AM St. John’s RC Church, Piermont with interment to follow at Rockland Cemetery, Sparkill. Visiting hours are Friday 2-4 and 7-9 PM at Pizzi Funeral Home, 120 Paris Avenue, Northvale, NJ (201-767-3050).

Those who wish may make donations in Ralph’s memory to the Weill Cornell Gastrointestinal Cancer Research Program, 1305 York Avenue, 12th Floor, New York, NY  10021,

Frances Maryanne Barulich

Frances Maryanne Barulich

Was born November 4, 1916 in Manhattan, NY the daughter of the late Mate and Anna Petrovich; she went home to be with her Lord on Friday, September 9, 2016 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Elmira, NY at the age of 99. On June 23, 1946, Frances married Marko George Barulich in New York City. They celebrated 43 wonderful years of life and love together prior to his passing in 1989. Her brothers, Marty and John Petrovich also preceded her in death. She is survived by her loving sons and daughter-in-laws: Greg and Chris Barulich of Pine City, NY; Mark and Linda Barulich of Mansfield, TX; along with 6  grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Frances was a member of and very involved with the Immaculate Conception Church in Norwood, NJ for 55 years. For several years she was a waitress for many local restaurants in New Jersey. Family and friends are invited to call at the Pizzi Funeral Home 120 Paris Ave. Northvale, NJ on Thursday, September 15, 2016 from 9:00 to 11:00 AM. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow the visitation at the Immaculate Conception Church 211 Summit Street Norwood, NJ at 11:30 AM. The Reverend Leo J. Butler will celebrate Frances’s Mass. Interment will follow in the Madonna Cemetery and Mausoleum in Fort Lee, NJ. In lieu of flowers memorial donations in the name of Frances M. Barulich may be directed to a charity of one’s choice. Frances’s guestbook may be signed in obituaries at

Daniel F. Salvia

Daniel F. Salvia, age 93, of Sparkill, NY, died Thursday, Sept 1, at home. Beloved husband of the late Therese (nee Duffy), and resident of Sparkill for 48 years, Daniel was born in Brooklyn, lived for a short time in Berwick, PA and later in the Bronx. He was a US Army Veteran of WW2 serving in the Pacific as a light artillery instructor. He retired from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority after a career of over 35 years starting as a car maintainer and rising to Chief of Operations. Daniel was an active member of St. Anthony’s Parish in Northvale and a member of the Perry Post American Legion in Sparkill. He is predeceased by his brothers Joseph and Robert. He will be greatly missed by his nieces and nephew and all his many friends.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday at 10 AM at St. Anthony’s Church with interment to follow at Rockland Cemetery, Sparkill. Visiting hours are Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 PM at Pizzi Funeral Home, 120 Paris Avenue, Northvale, NJ (201-767-3050)

John M. Flanagan, Jr.

John M. Flanagan, 73, of Old Tappan, passed away on Saturday, August 20, 2016. Beloved husband of Elaine (nee Ratiniere). Devoted father of Michele G. Flanagan of Hong Kong, China and Keith G. Flanagan and his wife Carolyn of LaGrange, IL. Adored grandfather of Carter and Callie. Dear brother of Helen Tomasko and her husband Edward of Bethel, CT.

John held several senior positions in the telecommunications industry, serving as Chief Financial Officer of several companies over his career. He had a calming demeanor, the ability to make people laugh and found humor even in the most challenging situations. More importantly, he will be remembered as a family man, who loved and was devoted to his wife of 51 years, his children and his two granddaughters. To his friends, John was always known as kind, compassionate, generous and a true gentleman. He had a deep Catholic faith and bravely battled cancer until the end.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday at 10:00 AM at St. Pius X RC Church, Old Tappan with entombment to follow at Maryrest Cemetery, Mahwah. Visiting hours are Wednesday 4-8 PM at Pizzi Funeral Home, 120 Paris Ave, Northvale (201-767-3050).

Those who wish may make donations to the Old Tappan First Aid Corps or St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital,

Theresa Rose Mercadante

Theresa Rose Mercadante (nee Ursini), 89, of Westwood, NJ, formerly of Brooklyn, passed away at home on Wednesday, August 10, 2016.  Beloved wife of the late Salvatore.  Loving mother of Bruce Mercadante of Brooklyn and Joan Pellegrino and her husband Jerry of Old Tappan, NJ.  Adored grandmother of Salvatore, Jena and Joseph.  Dearest sister of Carmela Rausa and the late Vincent Ursini and Catherine Micciche.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday at 11:00 AM at Our Lady of Mercy RC Church, Park Ridge, NJ with interment to follow at Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn.  Visiting hours are Friday 5-8 PM at the Pizzi Funeral Home, 120 Paris Avenue, Northvale, NJ (201-767-3050).

Edward Joseph Luttati

Edward Joseph Luttati, 88, of Dumont, passed away on Sunday, August 7, 2016.  Beloved husband of the late Rosemarie. Loving father of Carlene Luttati of Taos, NM, Debra Gonzales and her husband Ray of Arroyo Hondo, NM and Lisa Ferra and her husband Gerald of Dumont. Adored grandfather of Miguel, Lowell, Jessica, Courtney, Daniel and Nicholas and great-grandfather of Erica, Maliha, Devin, Cora and Jaxson.  Also survived by many loving relatives and friends.

Mr. Luttati was a proud veteran of the United States Marine Corps, having served during the Korean War.  A devoted family man, he worked at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in NYC in the security department for over 35 years.  He was an avid bowler and also enjoyed solving jigsaw puzzles.  He will be dearly missed.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Saturday 9:30 AM at St. Therese RC Church, 200 Jefferson Avenue, Cresskill.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital,, would be greatly appreciated.

Arrangements by Pizzi Funeral Home, Northvale.