Dora D. Gray

Dora D. Gray, 60, of Harrington Park, formerly of Northvale, passed away on Monday, January 17, 2022. Beloved mother of Anthony and Michael. Cherished daughter of Marie Yaroslawski and the late Joe Gray. Loving sister of John, Sharon and the late Joseph. She is also survived by John Canfora, father of Anthony and Michael.

Dora was a customer service representative at Keystone Folding Box Co. in Newark. She was a devoted mother, daughter and loyal friend.  She will be missed.

Visiting hours are Saturday, January 22, 2022 from 2-4 PM at Pizzi Funeral Home, 120 Paris Ave, Northvale with a service at 4 PM.

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Thomas H. Simpson

Thomas Henry Simpson, 94, of Old Tappan, formerly of River Vale, passed away peacefully on Monday, January 17, 2022. Tom was the beloved husband of Dorothy (nee Lowell) for 73 years. He was the loving father of Thomas E. Simpson and wife Marilyn of Harrington Park, Kathleen Rizza and husband Patrick of Emerson, and Carolyn Hulsizer and husband David of Ramsey. Proud grandfather of Erica Sposa and husband Rick, Kyle Rizza, Thomas J. Simpson and wife Theresa, Timothy Rizza and wife Kelli, Brendan Rizza and wife Bridget, Stephanie Hulsizer, and David Hulsizer, Jr. Adored great-grandfather of Giuliana and Katelyn Sposa, Thomas L. Simpson, and Jackson Rizza. He was predeceased by his parents, Harry and Irene Simpson, brother, Daniel Simpson and sister, Ruth Stark.

Tom was a US Navy Veteran who proudly served his country in World War II, just recently being awarded his service medals. He joined the Township of River Vale Police Department in 1955, and rose to the rank of Police Chief in 1971, a role that he held until his retirement in 1992. He was a member and past president of both the NJ State Police Chiefs Association and the Bergen County Police Chiefs Association. He was a past president of the State Association of Chiefs of Police and a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Tom never forgot a name, a face or a phone number, and he loved listening to bagpipe music. He adored telling stories, spending time on Cape Cod, and enjoying time with his family.

The family will accept visitors on Friday, January 21, 2022 from 4-7PM at Pizzi Funeral Home, 120 Paris Avenue, Northvale. A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, January 22, 2022 at 10AM at the funeral home with interment to follow at Westwood Cemetery. Those who wish may make a donation in Tom’s memory to the COPD Foundation, www.copdfoundation.org.

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William “Bill” Kreeger

William (Bill) E. Kreeger, 76, of Closter, NJ, passed away at home on Sunday, January 16, 2022. Born and raised in Rockleigh, NJ to the late Knox and Emily Kreeger, he was the beloved husband of Ricky Kreeger. Cherished father of Kristin Urban and husband Andrew, Evan Kreeger and partner Marnie Barone, Adam Katz and wife Jackie and Doug Katz and wife Laura. Loving grandfather of Lillian “Lulu”, Jillian, Katie, Yaakov, Dovid, Chana and Avraham. Dearest brother of Dennis and wife Carol, Donald and wife Susan and the late Lee. Also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Bill taught at Hillside School in Closter for 37 ½ years where he was loved by the students, staff and parents alike. He coached youth sports, had a passion for basketball and was an avid golfer – who no one could out drive.  Bill was a wonderful, kind person and a friend to all. He will be greatly missed by his friends and family in NY, NJ and his winter home in Ft. Myers, Florida.

Visiting hours are Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022 from 4-7 PM at Pizzi Funeral Home, 120 Paris Ave, Northvale, NJ. A funeral service will be Friday, Jan. 21, 2022 at the funeral home 11am – Noon with interment to follow at Rockland Cemetery, Sparkill, NY.

The funeral service can be viewed through the livestream link below:

https://boxcast.tv/channel/william-e-kreeger-funeral-service-556296

In lieu of flowers, donations in Bill’s memory may be made to Cure PSP, www.psp.org.

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Ermioni Bastas

Ermioni (Erma) Bastas (nee Daniil) died on Friday, January 14, 2022 after her two-year battle with cancer.  Beloved wife of 48 beautiful years of Stamatios (Steve) Bastas.  Cherished mother of Konstantinos and his wife, Valia, and Eleni Tikkanen and her husband, Erik.  Beloved grandmother of Stephen and Emilia. 

Ermioni was known for her kindness, generosity, and endless giving.  Always warm and welcoming to others, she treated everyone she met with care, compassion and sincere interest.  Her heart was full of love for those around her. 

Born in a small village in Larissa, Greece, Ermioni emigrated to the United States in 1971.  She soon met her husband, Stamatios, and they were married in 1974.  Her focus was always on her family.  She worked tirelessly side-by-side with her husband to provide for their children and ensure they had everything that was never afforded to her.  She built a home, a successful business, and a legacy of love. 

Her proudest moments in life were becoming a grandparent.  She truly loved children and was the quintessential grandmother to all.  From soothing crying babies, to singing songs, and giving out lollipops, she always knew what to do in every situation.

She will be truly missed by all who had the chance to know her.  May her memory be eternal. 

A Funeral Service will be held on Thursday morning at 10 AM at The Greek Orthodox Cathedral of St. John the Theologian in Tenafly with visiting beginning at 9:30 AM. Interment will follow at Tappan Cemetery, Tappan, NY.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Basil Academy of Garrison, NY link to: https://sbagoa.org/ or The Make A Wish Foundation.  link to:  https://secure2.wish.org/site/TR;jsessionid=00000000.app206a?fr_id=4017&pg=personal&px=6823212&NONCE_TOKEN=B21A591EEF426142FFE37434ED706E59#.YeWk2ljMLMJ

Linda Sue Clark

Linda Sue Clark (nee Ables), 67, of Northvale, NJ, passed away peacefully on Friday, January 14, 2022. Beloved wife to Buddy Clark for 48 years.  Loving mother of Stephanie Budinich and her husband Paul of Harrington Park, NJ, Amanda Di Iorio and her husband Jonathan of Cookeville, TN and Le-Ann Griese and her husband Guy of Carlstadt, NJ. Proud and loving “Nuna” to her seven grandchildren; Cody, Ella, Nicole, Julie, Gabriel, Charlotte and Brooke.  For all who knew Linda Sue, she lived for her grandchildren.  

Linda Sue was a longtime member of the Northvale Ambulance Corps. She was a past captain who delivered three babies and had one CPR save.  She was also a 911 dispatcher for the Borough of Cresskill and was a member of the Cresskill Ambulance Corps.   She had a passion for helping people, no matter how big or small the task.  During her life, she touched many in countless ways and for that she will be missed greatly by all who knew her.

Visiting hours are Tuesday, January 18, 2022 from 5-8 PM at Pizzi Funeral Home, 120 Paris Ave, Northvale. Funeral Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at 10 AM at Pizzi Funeral Home with a funeral service at 11 AM at the Community Church of Harrington Park, 1 Spring St, Harrington Park.

Those who wish may make a donation in Linda Sue’s memory to the Northvale Volunteer Ambulance Corps, 196 Firenze St, Northvale, NJ 07647.

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Peter F. Scaccia

Peter F. Scaccia, 78, of Stony Point, NY, formerly of Northvale, NJ, passed away on Thursday, January 13, 2022.  Beloved father of James and Rose Scaccia, Dawn and Kenneth Switzer, Michelle and Paul Maggi and Renee Archetti and fiancé John Frank. Proud grandfather of Joey Yacovelli, Alyssa Russo, James Scaccia and wife Kelly, Marissa Manzione and husband Paul, Salina Russo, Brandon Archetti, Zachary Becker, Vincent Scaccia, Ashley Becker, Danica Maggi and Sonny Maggi. Adored great-grandfather of Sophia. Dearest brother of James and Rose Scaccia, Betty Anker, Gerald and Clara Scaccia, Jackie Scaccia, Susie Scaccia and John and Tammy Scaccia.

Peter was a professional bowler. He loved to play and teach and was an instructor for many high school teams over the years. Peter was a devout Christian and as an ordained minister was able to preside over his granddaughter Marissa’s wedding in October 2020. He was a devoted father and grandfather and a dear friend to many.

Visiting hours are Wednesday, January 19, 2022 from 5-8 PM at Pizzi Funeral Home, 120 Paris Ave, Northvale, NJ (201-767-3050).  A  Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Anthony’s RC Church, Northvale on Thursday, January 20, 2022 at 10 AM with interment to follow at Tappan Cemetery, Tappan, NY.

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Marian Weber

Marian Weber of Palisades, N.Y., passed away at home surrounded by loved ones on Monday, January 10, 2022, at the age of 90. Marian was born in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania to Harry and Lucy Peters. 

Her family moved to Fairview New Jersey where she graduated from St. Cecilia High School, Englewood New Jersey. Marian worked at Lord and Taylor in Manhattan in her youth. She loved the energy of the city and spent many years exploring museums and restaurants with co-workers and her sister Pat.

While living in New Jersey Marian met Gilbert N. Weber and the two were married on September 18, 1954 at St. John the Baptist Church in Fairview, New Jersey. They moved into their home in Palisades where they raised their family of six children. Marian was an active member of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church in Tappan, New York. Marian loved the outdoors and often took her children on explorations throughout the state parks of New York and New Jersey. She was active with the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts that engaged her children in learning about the importance of being part of a community and the beautiful outdoors, just steps away from her front door. Marian, along with Nellie Knudson, co-wrote the charter which in turn got the ball rolling on the building of the Palisades Swim Club which she along with her children enjoyed with her Palisades community.

Marian worked a few jobs before landing at Columbia’s  Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in Palisades, New York until her retirement. As one of the buyers she had opportunities to talk with scientists about their current expeditions, which she loved hearing about.   The equipment she purchased for the scientist was  sent to the  North Pole to South Pole and worldwide. She could always chase down the parts needed often days before a plane was due to depart for an expedition.  She and  Dr. William Ryan had often spoken together  about  his research. One that especial intrigued Marian was his expedition locating the Titanic.

After her retirement she volunteered at Nyack Hospital  and the Piermont Thrift Store. She knit hundreds of baby hats for a local Dr. who would distribute them throughout  Africa. Marian was a huge advocate for sustaining the quality of life in her community. Marian had a profound appreciation for the history of Palisades and the beautiful surroundings. She worked with the town board, police department and dpw to make the roads safe and clean of debris. She was the force behind getting 18 wheeler trucks banned from using route 9W and Oak Tree Road. Marian had a Speed Limit caution sigh placed near her home on Oak Tree Road and the no turn on red sigh at Oak Tree Road and 9 W.

Marian loved to garden. She spent her days planting, seeding and pruning bushes on her property in Palisades. She took the time to sit back and enjoy her work. Pride in her work, pride in her land, pride in her home.

Marian is predeceased by her husband Gilbert and daughters Susan and Ruth. Marian is survived by her four children: Karin Weber-Gauzza, Ellen Caufield, Peter Weber, Joan Weber: her six grandchildren: Jason, Jimmy, Allana, Drew, Nathaniel and Jacob: and a great-granddaughter: Lila. She is survived by her sister Patricia Naturale and many nieces and nephews.

“In this life we cannot do great things. We can only do small things with great love.”–Mother Theresa

“Some days are better, some days are worse. Look for the blessing instead of the curse. Be positive, stay strong and get enough rest. You can’t do it all but you can do your best.”–Doe Zantamata

Donations can be made in memory of her daughter Susan A. Weber to The Madlyn Borelli Multiple Sclerosis Center at Montefiore Nyack Hospital.

Michael “Herbie” Cerbasi

Michael John Cerbasi “Herbie”, 57, of Tappan, NY, formerly of Norwood, NJ, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, January 11, 2022. He was the beloved father of Audrie. Dearest brother of Philip and wife Joyce, Patricia Schwarz and husband Jack, Mary Louise Cerbasi and Todd and the late Bingo and his wife Janice.  Adored uncle of Joseph Cerbasi, Brian Schwarz, Kate Cerbasi, Kim Schwarz, Jennifer Moran and David Duffy. Great-uncle of Amelia, Joseph, Maya, Leo, Gabriella and Jack. Predeceased by parents Joseph Jr. and Audrey. Also survived by Suzanne Cerbasi.

Herbie was a proud veteran of the US Navy. He was a glazier for Local 1087 IUPAT in NYC. Herbie loved his family and friends, was an avid fisherman and a huge fan of The Grateful Dead.

Visiting hours are Sunday, January 16, 2022 from 2-6 PM at Pizzi Funeral Home, 120 Paris Ave, Northvale (201-767-3050).

In lieu of flowers, donations in Herbie’s memory may be made to the charity of your choice.  

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Eugene H. “Gene” Tietjen, Jr.

Eugene H. Tietjen, Jr. 74, of Franklin Lakes, NJ passed away on Monday, January 10, 2022. Beloved husband of Susan (nee Nacca). Cherished father of Anissa Pierro and her husband Kevin of Mahwah. Proud grandfather of Aiden and Morgan. Loving step-father of Michele Kowal, her husband Mike and children Michael and Alyssa. Lisa Lampel, her husband Jeff and children Jake, Drew and Emmie and Anthony Lanni and wife Maria. Dearest brother of Bruce and his wife Maria and Gregory and his wife Christine. He was also a beloved brother in law, uncle, cousin, godfather and friend.

Gene owned and operated Total Office Interiors in Franklin Lakes. A US Navy Veteran, he was a life member of the Northvale American Legion Post 366. Gene was a loyal fan of the NY Giants.

Visiting hours are Thursday, January 13, 2022 from 4-8 PM at Pizzi Funeral Home, 120 Paris Ave, Northvale. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, January 14, 2022 at 11:00 AM at St. Anthony’s RC Church, 199 Walnut Street, Northvale.

in lieu of flowers, donations in Gene’s memory may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, www.stjude.org.

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Gloria Maria Melendez

April 20, 1927 – January 8, 2022


Gloria Maria Meléndez, affectionately known as “Mamita,” “Guela,” “Tata,” “Tatita,” & “Chonchi,” passed away peacefully at Stony Brook Hospital surrounded by the love of her family on the morning of January 8, 2022. 

Adored mother of four children, Gloria is survived by her son, Alejandro Torres, and his wife Deborah Torres; her daughters, Idia Meléndez and her husband Luis Sabater Sr., Elsa Seguinot and her husband Victor Seguinot Jr., and Ana Bermudez and her husband, Carlos Bermudez Sr. 

She was widowed twice: first to the late Alejandro Torres Sr., who was taken from her too soon, and, then widowed again, after more than fifty years of marriage to the late Dolores Meléndez.
Her five grandchildren survive her: Luis Sabater Jr., Carlos Bermudez, Jessica Torres, Alexis Torres and Alise Seguinot.


She also is survived by her six great-grandchildren: India Sabater, Nina Sabater, Kiannah Sabater, Anthony Sabater, Lily Contreras and Antonio Bermudez. 

She was blessed with a long life full of love that allowed her to have a great-great-granddaughter Zaskyah Ortiz- Sabater.

Her family was her pride and joy, and she was so proud of them all for being so loving, driven, and successful.


On April 20, 1927, Gloria was born in Fajardo, Puerto Rico, where she worked as a nurse before moving to the United States, where she was married. Her husband, Dolores Meléndez, was a World War II veteran. Gloria raised her son and three daughters in Washington Heights, New York City, where she lived for 58 years. Gloria attended Bronx Community College and worked as a travel guide in several European countries. She later opened her travel agency, “Family Excursions.”
One of her most extraordinary talents was as a songwriter and composer. Gloria composed music and lyrics, and many of her songs were recorded by various singers in Mexico, Argentina, Columbia, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, and the United States. She wrote and composed songs such as, “Ave Perdida”, “Nadie se Muere Solo”, “Me Voy a Olvidar”, “Depende De Ti”, “Eso te Creias” and “Cao Cao Mani Picao”. She also wrote novels that were published in Ecos de Ella Magazine.


Gloria was a resident of Rockland County, New York, for the past eight years. During this time, she loved to spend quality time with family and friends at her residence. Most of all, she loved to cook great Puerto Rican food that some would consider chef-quality, especially her family. She is best known for her delicious pernil and arroz con gandules, but most of all, for her arepas. Gloria was the keystone of her family. She radiated love, compassion, and elegant power that allowed her to bring everyone together. She was also equipped with an immense love of family and friends; a razor-sharp wit, fun-loving humor, and a vibrant personality allowed her to light up any room, even on the saddest of days. She was greatly loved and respected by all.


Visiting hours are Friday, January 14, 2022 1:00 – 4:00 PM and 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Pizzi Funeral Home 120 Paris Avenue Northvale, NJ 07647 (tel: 201-767-3050

The wake will be live streamed from 

2:30 – 3:30 PM and can be viewed through the link below:

https://boxcast.tv/channel/gloria-maria-melendez-wake-service-610473


funeral mass will commence on:
Saturday, January 15, 2022, at 10:00 AM at
Saint Anthony’s Roman Catholic Church 199 Walnut Street,Northvale, NJ 07647 and can be viewed through the livestream link below:

https://boxcast.tv/channel/gloria-maria-melendez-funeral-mass-772744


Interment to follow at:
Frederick Loescher Veterans Memorial Cemetery 220 Brick Church Rd Spring Valley, NY 10977

In honor of Gloria Maria Meléndez and in lieu of flowers, family and friends can donate to any of the following organizations:
American Lung Association:  https://www.lung.org
Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation:  https://www.crohnscolitisfoundation.org
American Heart Association: https//www.heart.org.

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