Barbara E. Williams

Barbara Mary Earl was born in New York City on June 4, 1936 to John and Grace Earl (Rhodes).  She grew up in New York City until the age of 16 when her family moved to Englewood, NJ.   Barbara’s life in Englewood led her to her first husband, Alphonso H. Young, Sr. (Pete).  They were married on January 7, 1956 and ultimately divorced in early 2002.  Two children were born from this union; a son, Alphonso H. Young, Jr. (Al) and a daughter, Adrienne R. Young (Mimi).

Barbara’s work career spanned more than 5 decades and encompassed many different and diverse positions.  She was a Librarian at Bergen Community College, a Color Stylist for Burlington Industries, an Office Manager for an oral surgeon and an Aide at Lindgren Day School where she wiped many little noses and kissed many “boo-boo’s” and was adored by all who had the privilege of being around her.

Barbara loved to cook, bake, sew and knit.  Every meal she prepared may have been simple in nature, but was fit for a king.  She enjoyed being a homemaker and decorating her homes and always adding that special essence to everything she touched that made it Barbara’s. 

Barbara always had a spiritual side to her and a great love of reading and understanding the Bible.  She recognized the truth at the tender age of 12, when someone had studied with her mother.  Her mother allowed her to continue her study and walked to attend meetings at a nearby Kingdom Hall, where her love for Jehovah deepened.  Barbara was baptized when she was 14 years old, and remained a faithful witness and a lover of Jehovah God until her death.

After moving to Georgia in mid-2002, Barbara reconnected with a long time friend and was married on December 14, 2002 to George Williams.  They remained married until Barbara’s death on Friday, January 15, 2021.

Barbara is survived by her husband, of 18 years George, her son Al (Carol), her daughter Adrienne (Howard), her eight grandchildren, Jason Allen (Angela), Alyson Young, Kimberly Respeto (Sean), John Young, Andrew Allen (Jennifer), Nataly Young, Alex Young and Haley Young.  Barbara was delighted to be the Great-Grandmother to thirteen great-grandchildren; Gary & Deanna Specht, Maya, Ava and Tyler Respeto, Emma and Asher Allen, Greyson, Kingston and Lilia Allen, Andrew-John Young, Amelia Groschel, and Ariana Norman.  Her four step-children Diana Jones, Timothy Williams, Dorothy Williams and Christopher Williams will remember her gentle, loving and kind spirit.

Barbara will be deeply missed by her immediate family and dozens of nieces, nephews and dear friends.

Robert D. Connelly

Robert D. Connelly, 71, of Northvale, passed away on Wednesday, January 20, 2021. He is survived by his loving wife, two sons and their wives, two grandchildren and four brothers.

Bob was an educator. He enjoyed fishing and cruising and will be forever missed for his quick wit and fun sense of humor.

Visitation will be Saturday, January 23, 2021 from 8:45 AM to 9:30 AM at Pizzi Funeral Home, 120 Paris Ave, Northvale. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday at 10 AM at St. Anthony’s Church, Northvale with interment to follow at Rockland Cemetery, Sparkill, NY.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Bob’s memory may be made to the MS Foundation, or the American Heart Association,

Edith M. Greenlaw

Edith M. Greenlaw, 89, of Northvale passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 7th, in Fountain Valley, CA. She was born and raised in The Bronx and moved to Northvale in 1965 where she raised a family with the love of her life, Robert Greenlaw, who passed away in 1992.  Edie was survived by her son, Robert, and daughter-in-law Jacqui, grandchildren Meganne, Kaytlin, and Erin of Huntington Beach, CA, and daughter, Jean of Edgewater, NJ.  

Edie attended a secretarial school where she worked after graduation until the school closed and then worked for several years at The New York Public Library until she left the workplace in 1965 to focus on raising a family.  Edie worked as a crossing guard in Northvale for several years while her children were in grade school in addition to participating in several local clubs and organizations.   Edie was also an active member of the Community Church of Harrington Park, which was second only to her family; she cherished the strong relationships she made and the committees she served on, including 40 years as editor of the church newsletter, The Courier.

A graveside service is being held at Rockland Cemetery on Monday, January 18th at 11:30 am.  

The family requests, in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Edie’s memory to the Community Church of Harrington Park Memorial Fund.  The Church’s mailing address is PO Box 185, Harrington Park, NJ 07640.

Kathleen M. Brown

Kathleen M. Brown (nee Guerra), 61, of Tappan, NY, passed away on Tuesday, January 12, 2021. Beloved wife of Edward. Proud mother of Allison and Edward. Cherished daughter of Stanley Guerra and the late Ann. Dearest sister of Virginia Guerra, Ann Marie Ives and husband Tim, Caroline DeSpirito and husband Patrick and Geraldine Barthelemy and husband Franck. Also survived by many loving relatives and friends.

Kathleen was a registered nurse for the County of Rockland in Pomona for the past 20 years. Prior to that she worked at many of the local hospitals in Rockland County for 20 years.

Visiting hours are Friday, January 15, 2021 from 4-7 PM at Pizzi Funeral Home, 120 Paris Ave, Northvale (201-767-3050).

Although the Funeral Mass will be private, those who wish may watch the livestream of the mass through the Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church website, She will be interred at Rockland Cemetery, Sparkill, NY.

The Brown family plans on having a proper celebration of Kathleen’s life at a date to be announced.

Those who wish may make donations in her memory to the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation,

Anthony J. “Tony” Corona

Anthony J. “Tony” Corona, 81, of Orangeburg, NY, formerly of Little Ferry, NJ, passed away on Monday, January 4, 2021. Beloved husband of Joann (nee Nordstrom). Cherished father of Debra Verdicchio and husband Jerry of Orangeburg, Janine Rooney and husband Tim of Congers, and Danielle Fernandez and husband Victor of Orangeburg. Proud grandfather of Anthony and his wife Eliana, Marissa, Sabrina, Daniel, Jake, Isabella, Adrianna and Victor. Dear brother of Rose Nasonte and husband Sal, Joseph Corona and wife Michelle and the late Jane Szola.

Tony was veteran of the US Navy. He was Vice-President and lobbyist for Transport Workers Local 100, New York, NY, before retiring. He was an active member of the Blauvelt Sons of Italy, Lodge 2176, where he was well loved by all.

Visiting hours are Sunday 2-6 PM at Pizzi Funeral Home, 120 Paris Avenue, Northvale, NJ (201-767-3050). A private funeral service will be livestreamed on Monday at 11 AM through the link below:

All are invited to attend the burial service Monday at 12:30 PM at Rockland Cemetery, Sparkill, NY.

Those who wish may make donations in Tony’s memory to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center,

Florence E. Leavey

Florence E. Leavey (nee Murphy), 81, formerly of Northvale, NJ and Norwood, NJ passed away on Tuesday, December 29, 2020. Beloved wife of the late James A. Leavey, Jr.  Cherished mother of James F. Leavey, MD of Gilbert, AZ and Denise M. Leavey of Bergenfield, NJ.  Proud Mom-Mom of Timothy, Christopher, and Megan Leavey.  Beloved MiMi of Aislin Murphy Leavey.  Dearest friend of Sharon Kavanagh Melvin. 

Florence served her community in many ways. In Northvale, she was Borough Clerk, Board of Health Secretary and Board of Adjustment Secretary.  Florence was a member of the Democratic County Committee, Board of Elections, Secretary of the Northvale Democratic Club as well as secretary to the Northern Valley Mayors Association. She was also a Girl Scout Troop Leader and a member of the James F. McGuire Senior Center.

Visiting hours are Tuesday, January 5, 2021 from 4-7 PM at Pizzi Funeral Home, 120 Paris Avenue, Northvale (201-767-3050). A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 10 AM at St. Anthony’s Church, Northvale with interment to follow at Tappan Cemetery, Tappan, NY.

The Funeral Mass can be viewed through the link below:

In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or a charity of your choice would be greatly appreciated.

Thomas W. Kraus

Thomas W. Kraus, 75, Lifelong resident of Norwood, entered into eternal life on Thursday, December 31, 2020. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 49 years, Marcella (nee Student). Cherished father of Thomas, Jr. (Jennifer), Jennifer Rossi (Glenn), Michael (Amanda) and Janet Gaskill (Christopher). Proud and loving Pop to Kirstie, Courtney (Matt), Nicole (Bryson), Thomas III, Adeline, Henry, Maria, Christopher and Anna Rose. He is predeceased by his parents Joseph and Mildred, and his brother Joseph. Cherished by many nieces, nephews, and other family members.  Tom leaves behind a lifelong list of heartbroken friends.

Tom was an active parishioner and trustee of Immaculate Conception Church, Norwood. He served his beloved community as a member of the Norwood Police Department for 34 years, retiring a Lieutenant and enjoying life since 2000. A true blessing from above, he gave his all to all. Tom was a kind and gentle man, never looking for anything in return.

A celebration of his life and internment at Tappan Cemetery, Tappan, NY, under the direction of Pizzi Funeral Home, will be held at a future date. With a heartfelt thank you to all who have supported my family and I through this heartbreaking tragedy, until we meet again, be kind and be safe.

Donations in his memory would be appreciated to Hugs for Brady Foundation (childhood cancer), 4 Quentin Road, Kendall Park, NJ 08824 or Covenant House, 550 10th Avenue, NY, NY 10018.

Rosaleen C. Murphy

Rosaleen C. Murphy (nee Murphy), 83, of Blauvelt, passed away on Thursday, December 24, 2020. Beloved wife of the late Jeremiah. Devoted mother of Eileen Murphy and Kevin Caffrey, Michael and Jane Murphy, Anne Reeves, Deirdre and Brian McKiernan, Maureen and William Walter and Jerry Murphy. Proud “Meemaw” of Joe, Stephen, John, Alexa, Brian, Kaleigh, Sarah, Andrew, Conor, Tommy, Meaghan, Aidan, Lauren andcherished Mickey. Dearest sister of Anne Farrell, (Peter)Michael Bosco Murphy and the late Mary Dowd (Peter). Sister in law to Eilish (Billy), Marie (Joe), Cora (Gussy), Mairead (Bob), Pauline (Donnie), Eileen, Patsy, the late Donal, the late Noel, the late David (Sheila), the late Micheàl (Carmel) and the late Sheila (Willie).  

Cherished aunt of many nephews, nieces and other loving relatives and friends.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Thursday, December 31, 2020 at 11 AM at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart RC Church, Tappan with interment to follow at Rockland Cemetery, Sparkill.

In lieu of flowers, donations made to Tappan Zee High School in honor of Mickey Reeves, Tappan Zee High School National Honor Society 15 Dutch Hill Rd, Orangeburg, NY 10962 would be greatly appreciated.

Patricia A. Mastropasqua

Patricia A. Mastropasqua (nee Wise), 73, of Norwood, passed away on Sunday, December 20, 2020. Beloved wife of Terry Mastropasqua. Cherished mother of David and wife Daniela of Nutley and Jackie Monico and husband Louis of Fort Lee. Proud grandmother of Connor, Logan and Emily. Dearest sister of Virginia Wentzler and husband Kenneth, Kenneth Wise and wife Jane and Cynthia Wise. Also survived by many loving relatives and friends.

Pat was a Physical Education teacher at Bergenfield High School for many years.

A Funeral Service will be held Thursday, December 24, 2020 at 9:30 AM at Pizzi Funeral Home, 120 Paris Ave, Northvale, NJ (201-767-3050) with interment to follow at George Washington Memorial Park, Paramus. Visiting hours are Wednesday from 4-7 PM.

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

Richard A. Ihrig

Richard A. Ihrig, born April 28, 1962, of Hampton, New Hampshire, formerly of Northvale, New Jersey, entered into eternal rest on December 9, 2020.  Rich leaves behind a son Andrew, 3 sisters, Sharon, Lorna and Charlene and brothers-in law Peter and Tom.  He was an uncle to 5 nephews; Matthew, Michael, Brian, Alexander and Kevin.  He is predeceased by his parents, Richard and Charlotte Ihrig.

Rich was born in Hempstead, New York and was the second of four children.  Rich was an Eagle Scout and President of his high school senior class.  Rich married his high school sweetheart, with whom he had one child, Andrew Ihrig Lanier.  Rich had a passion for adventure and travel and in his twenties moved to Florida to pursue a career in the travel industry.  Several years later, Rich relocated to South Carolina where he built his dream home and pursued his passion for raising horses.  Rich was an animal lover and along with his 3 horses, he had 2 dogs.  Rich eventually found his way to New Hampshire where as a child spent most summers at the beach.

Rich was a great cook, loved to fish, watch baseball, fly kites and spend time at the beach where he enjoyed watching sunsets.  Rich enjoyed working with his hands and earned a living as a tile setter and also had a business of flipping homes.  His creativity with his tile work and designs was a direct reflection of his personality, which was truly unique and magnetic. 

Rich ended every phone call with, “Love You” and will be something that will always be remembered by his family.