Nicholas A. Repole

Nicholas A. Repole, 81, of Demarest for 48 years, passed away at home surrounded by his loving family on Friday, March 5, 2021.  Beloved husband of 58 years to Geraldine (nee Troy). Cherished father of Anthony Repole and fiancé Cookie and Theresa Repole and fiancé Skip. Proud grandfather of Peter Scott and Nicholas Anthony. Dear brother-in-law of James and Frances Troy. Loving uncle of John and Carol Troy and their sons, Salvatore and James.

Nick was a Banquet Manager at the Astorian Manor in Queens, NY for over 40 years before retiring. During that time he was fortunate to meet people from all types of cultures and would often say he didn’t have to travel the whole world because he experienced so much while at work. Whether he was meeting politicians, dignitaries, celebrities, law enforcement, clergy or everyday people, he prided himself by going above and beyond with great attention to detail for every customer. He had a love for people and creating spectacular events for them.

Nick’s attention to detail was displayed in his beautiful carpentry work in and around his home, as well as his children’s homes. His hobby of carpentry led to an amazing creation of a Dept. 56 Village he built.

He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather and also enjoyed time with his friends at the Norwood Senior Center and Northvale Golden Agers.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, March 10 at 9:30 AM at St. Anthony’s RC Church, Northvale with entombment to follow at Madonna Mausoleum, Fort Lee.

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

John T. Merriman

John T. Merriman, 88, of Norwood, NJ, formerly of New Milford, NJ, passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 4, 2021 surrounded by his loving children. He was born January 16, 1933 to the late John T. and Christine (nee Larsen) Merriman in Washington Heights, NY. Beloved husband of the late Patricia A. (nee Dugan), who was the love of his life. Devoted father of Robert Dennerlein and wife Carla, Jean Marie Petro and husband Christopher, William Merriman and wife Jennifer and Richard Merriman and wife Traci. Proud grandfather of Rob, Mary Kate, Kristen, Sara, Jessica, Kelly, Emily and Patrick. Dearest brother of Elizabeth Gallagher and husband James, William Merriman and wife Christine and the late Robert and Michael.

John was a US Navy Veteran of the Korean War. He attended Marquette University on the GI bill and was awarded the distinguished Wall Street Journal award for Finance. After graduating from Marquette, he worked for the NY Telephone Company for his whole career before retiring in 1989.

A devoted husband, father and grandfather, John loved time spent with his family and was the proud patriarch. He spent many summers vacationing with his children and grandchildren on Long Beach Island.  In his spare time, he followed the stock market, completed Sudoku puzzles and always made time for a good joke.   He enjoyed Friday night pizza with his gang and poker with his buddies. He will be fondly missed by all who knew him.

Visiting hours are Monday, March 8, 2021 from 4-7 PM at Pizzi Funeral Home, 120 Paris Avenue, Northvale, NJ (201-767-3050). A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 10 AM at St. Anthony’s RC Church, Northvale with interment to follow at Maryrest Cemetery, Mahwah.

In lieu of flowers, donations in John’s memory to Holy Name Hospice,

would be greatly appreciated.

Carmine Loiacono

On Friday March 5, 2021 Carmine Loiacono passed away at age 95. Carmine was born on October 27, 1925 to loving parents Anna and Nicholas Loiacono. He served in the Navy as a Pharmacist’s Mate from October 1943 until his discharge in April 1946.

He ran a Broadway Theatre for 40 years and was a proud member of Local 751. He served the union on the Executive Council for over 20 years.

Carmine married the love of his life, Frances Butts in 1954. Frances predeceased him in August of 2014. Carmine is survived by his children, Gordon (Elaine), Ann and Nicholas (Susan), his grandchildren, Nicholas (Lindsay), Victoria (John Howe), Christopher and Brittany. Also, his great-grandchildren who called him GiGi, the delights of his life, Nicky and Stella Loiacono and Siena and John Howe.

Visiting hours are Tuesday, March 9, 2021 from 2-5 PM at Pizzi Funeral Home, 120 Paris Ave, Northvale, NJ (201-767-3050).

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Actors Fund Home, 155-175 W. Hudson Avenue, Englewood, NJ  07631,, would be greatly appreciated.

Jaesup Choi

On Wednesday, March 3, 2021, Jaesup Choi (최재섭), devoted husband, father, and grandfather, passed away at the age of 67.  

Jaesup was born on December 20, 1953 in Gangwon-do, South Korea.  When he was young, he moved to Seoul. After graduating from college in Seoul, Jaesup married Kyunghee Ahn and together, they moved to New York City in 1981.  They had two daughters, Marie and Jane, and the family moved to Harrington Park, NJ in 1987.  Jaesup received his MBA from St. John’s College of Insurance in 1983, where he graduated as valedictorian of his class.  He worked as an insurance executive for many years.  

Jaesup loved hiking and found peace in the mountains.  Near home, he often hiked in Hudson Valley and the Catskill Mountains.  He reached the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro and the Mount Everest base camp, and returned time and again to some of his favorite places: the Canadian Rockies, Zion National Park, and Bryce Canyon.  He enjoyed traveling around the world.

Jaesup had a generous spirit and cultivated lifelong friendships.  He had a strong moral compass and was meticulous in all aspects of life.  He found refuge in the Korean Catholic Church and volunteered much of his time to St. Joseph’s Korean Catholic Church, Korean School of New Jersey, Beautiful Foundation, and Habitat for Humanity.  

Above all, Jaesup was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather.  He loved and supported his wife, children, and grandchild unconditionally.  He showed his love through sharing life lessons: never live more than 30 minutes from your place of work, live within your means and avoid debt, be generous with the people you love.  

In death, Jaesup is reunited with his mother and grandmother whom he loved deeply.  He is survived by his wife, Kyunghee, his daughters, Marie and Jane, and his granddaughter, Olivia.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be holding a small, private funeral mass at St. Joseph’s Korean Catholic Church.  Friends are welcome to come and say goodbye at a socially-distanced, outdoor memorial on Saturday, March 13 from 11am-4pm at the Choi family home in Harrington Park, NJ.  In lieu of flowers and gifts, we welcome contributions in memory of Jaesup Choi to St. Joseph’s Korean Catholic Church or the National Park Service.

William J. Bauer

William J. Bauer, 84, of Northvale, passed away on Sunday, February 28, 2021. He is survived by his loving wife Phyllis (nee Nespoli). Loving father of Joyce, William and Frank.Dearest brother Patricia Janovic (Ray), James (Cathy), Richard, Kathleen Klauer and the late Albert (Alice). Beloved uncle tomany nieces and nephews.

Bill was a US Air Force veteran and belonged to the American Legion. He owned and operated Bauer Plumbing and Heating in Northvale for many years. He was a member of the International Order of Red Men Half Moon Tribe 283, Northvale, He was a past member and exalted ruler of the Montvale Elks. He was also a Northvale councilman. He was an avid golfer and sportsman. And a die hard New York Giant fan.

A celebration of life may be held at a later date.  

Ninfa A. Rugnetta

Ninfa A. Rugnetta (nee Tocco), 88, of Manchester, NJ, formerly of Tappan, NY, passed away on Monday, March 1, 2021. Beloved wife of Joseph. Cherished mother of Josephine Heller and husband Steven of Lords Valley, PA, Anna Ratner and husband Edward of Dumont, NJ and Rosalie Frustaci and husband Bruno of North Dartmouth, MA. Proud grandmother of Stephanie, Joseph, Joseph, Rebecca, Nicholas and Christine and great-grandmother of Thomas, Isabella, Gracie, Carmine and Ha’ani. Dearest sister of the late Vito Tocco.

Visitation will be Friday, March 5, 2021 from 9:30 – 11:30 AM at Pizzi Funeral Home, 120 Paris Ave, Northvale. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday at 12:00 Noon at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart RC Church, Tappan, NY.

Louis M. Mores

Louis M. Mores “Buddy”, 75, of Northvale passed away on February 28, 2021.  Louis was born on March 12, 1945 in Englewood, NJ to Agnes and Donald Mores.

Louis was the beloved father of daughter Lisa Conner, grandson Bryce (aka Pop Pop’s “little Buddy”) and son-in-law Fox; son Paul Mores, daughter -in- law Christina and grandsons P.J. and Nate.  “Buddy” was a loving brother of Elizabeth Salerno and the late Hannah Moat and a caring “Uncle Buddy” to his niece and nephews Donald, Michael, Bobby, Kathy and Steven.  Louis is also survived by Cynthia J. Giordano, mother of his children, who remained a friend throughout his life. Louis was predeceased by his parents, Donald and Agnes Mores.  

Lou grew up in Bergenfield on Willow Street where lifelong bonds were formed. He attended St. John’s Elementary, Bergen Catholic and Seton Hall University.  Lou was a resident of Northvale for over 45 years and an active member of St. Anthony’s Church. He was in the National Guard during the Vietnam War.  For 15 years, Lou was a real estate agent for Coldwell Banker in Closter where he helped many of clients find their dream home.  Prior, he worked as a Purchasing Director for the McDonald’s Corporation in Bloomfield. There was a good “McDonald’s story” Lou would tell!

Lou “Buddy” loved life and to laugh, he enjoyed his time with family and friends.  As the little brother “Buddy”, he cherished his sisters Hannah and Elizabeth and they were very close knit.  In his early years, you would see Lou tooling around town in his chocolate Trans Am blasting his music, going to concerts, movies and baseball games with his kids, volunteering at the St. Anthony’s carnival and enjoying life.  He always loved his golf, and you could catch him watching a PGA tournament with a good plate of crackers and cheese.  In his later years, spending time with family and friends was most important, and his grandchildren brought him happiness, especially his “little Buddy” Bryce. 

Lou was a double lung transplant recipient and was given the gift of life.  Lou was courageous and a fighter, overcoming the odds many times to keep going. The lung transplant gave him 10 more years of holidays, birthdays and time with friends and family… a true gift.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the Lung Transplant team at Columbia.  In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you donate in Louis’ memory toward a fund for lung transplant major research initiatives as well as education for young doctors to become transplant specialist at Columbia.

Those who feel comfortable are invited to pay their respects in person on Saturday, March 6, 2021 from 9-11:30 AM at Pizzi Funeral Home, 120 Paris Ave, Northvale (201.767.3050).  A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday at 12 PM at St. Anthony’s RC Church, Northvale with interment to follow at George Washington Memorial Park in Paramus.

Johanna Maria Kittan

Johanna Maria Kittan (nee Moncalieri), 100, of Northvale, NJ, passed away peacefully on Monday, February 15, 2021. Devoted wife of George Kittan. Loving mother of Jeanne Ann Scarano (nee Frassa) and husband Pasquale of Emerson NJ, and Marie Peterson (nee Frassa) and late husband John of Emerson, NJ. Proud “Nanni” of seven grandchildren, Ronald (Christine), Gene, John, Michael (Odessa), Johanna (Scott Sr), Joseph (William) and Anthony (Melissa). Adoring “Nauni” of seven great-grandchildren, Scott, Eric, Jenna, Sabrina, Shayla, Courtney, and Nicholas and great-great grandmother of Rylinn. Cherished sister of  the late Paul (Lillian),  Madeline (Dante), Victor (Jane) , Eugene (Winifred),  Charles Alfred, Charles Albert (Dorothy), David (Madge), and Virginia. Treasured cousin of Patrick Ruggiero (Seeta).  As the last living elder, she is also survived by many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. 

Johanna was born on Philadelphia Avenue in Northvale, NJ, on November 3, 1920 to Virginia (Spiratelli) and Anthony Moncalieri. She was a graduate of Parisian Beauty School and worked as a hairdresser in various salons until her retirement. She was also well known for her radiant smile and friendly personality while she waitressed at various establishments. 

Johanna was an active member of the Northvale Maguire Senior Center for many years. Early on, she organized rummage sales, pot-luck dinners, and donated beautifully crocheted hand-made items for fundraisers.  Later, she ensured donations from local eateries and delivered them weekly. She was a devout Catholic and a member of St. Anthony’s RC Church in Northvale, NJ. Johanna was also the President of the Ladies Auxiliary American Legion Post 366, in Northvale NJ. 

Johanna was honored as the oldest living lifelong resident of Northvale at the Northvale’s Centennial Celebration.  She was presented a plaque of recognition by the Mayor and Council.  

Johanna enjoyed travel, having seen many states and various countries around the world. She enjoyed cruises and visited several islands. During the summers, she spent most of her time at her vacation home, with her children and grand-children, on the Jersey shore for more than 40 years.  She also enjoyed her evenings at the casinos playing the slots. Her hobbies included cooking, preparing home-made ravioli for her family to enjoy, baking delicious cheesecake and “dark-secrets” with her sister Madeline, as well as singing tunes while playing her organ.  

The pride she felt for her family was unfailing. She loved to hear of their accomplishments and would brag to anyone who would listen! A kind and gentle soul, Johanna always saw the good in others. She was uplifting and made friends easily.  Johanna was always ready to lend an ear, or more, to anyone in need.  

Johanna, affectionately known as “Hanna,” will be deeply missed and never forgotten by her family and all who knew her. She will be kept in our hearts forever. 

Those who feel comfortable are invited to pay their respects in person on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 from 3-8 PM at Pizzi Funeral Home, 120 Paris Ave, Northvale (201-767-3050). A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 10 AM at St. Anthony’s RC Church, Northvale with interment to follow at George Washington Memorial Park, Paramus, NJ.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Johanna’s memory may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children PO BOX 863765 Orlando, FL, 32886.

Eleanor Grace Ludwig

Eleanor Grace Ludwig (nee Devine) of Norwood, NJ passed away peacefully in her home on February 24, 2021. She was born in Niagara Falls, New York. Beloved wife of the late (2009) Henry F. Ludwig for 61 years. Devoted mother of Edward Ludwig and wife Kathleen of Naples, FL, Ann Marie Ludwig of Norwood, NJ, James Ludwig and wife Jean of Milton, DE, Joseph Ludwig and wife Christine of Oak Hill, FL, Daniel Ludwig and  wife Cindy of Norwood, NJ. Loving grandmother of Michael Ludwig and wife Julia, Kevin Ludwig and wife Kerry, Joseph and Danielle Ludwig and Kaitlin Clark. Loving great-grand mother of Poppy, Dylan, and Skylar Ludwig.

She is predeceased by her parents, Joseph and  Ella (Porter) Devine and brothers, Edward and Joseph Devine.

Eleanor grew up in the Bronx, NY. After graduating high school, she went to business school and worked for Mutual Life Insurance. In 1953, she and her husband Henry built a home in the “country” and resided in  Norwood, NJ, ever since.  She was a faithful friend and neighbor.

She worked as a Norwood school crossing guard for over 32 years; a job she took great pleasure in, having many treasured conversations while watching the families grow during her tenure. She also worked for many years as a member of the PTA, the Ladies Auxiliary of the Norwood Fire department and a parishioner of the Immaculate Conception Church.

She cherished spending quality family time at the beach, as well as in her backyard swimming pool.

Eleanor was an excellent cook and enjoyed sharing meals with her family and friends.

She was devoted to her family and supported each of her children as they matured and they were blessed with her love. She and Henry loved to dance and attend special gatherings and celebrations.

Eleanor was always there for family and friends with her beautiful smile and kind way. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. She is at peace with her Lord.

The family plans to hold a service to celebrate Eleanor’s life on a future date.                                                    

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Norwood Food Pantry located at the Church of the Holy Communion, Norwood NJ.

Doris Seery Healy

We are sad to announce that Doris Seery Healy, 90, of Pearl River, died on Friday, February 18, 2021. She was loved and cherished by many. She was born in New York to parents Ralph Seery and Florence Klein on November 22 nd 1930. Doris is predeceased by her husband Timothy Healy, survived by their son Michael Healy and Grandmother of Chelsea, Dylan, Tyler, Griffen, Justin and wife Tamara and Great-Grandmother to their son Aden. Doris is survived by brother-in-law, James Healy and sister-in-law Anna Borucinski (Healy) as well as many beloved nephews, nieces, grandnieces and grandnephews. She is predeceased by sisters-in-law Margaret Garraston (Healy), Beatrice Howfield (Healy), Anne Healy (McCart) and brothers-in-law William Garraston, Paul Howfield and John Borucinski.
Doris met her husband Tim Healy and then in September of 1950 they were married at the Immaculate Conception Church in Queens. Initially they lived in Huntington, LI before moving to Boston Corners, NY where she and Tim spent most of their lives.  In 2009, Doris and Tim started spending some time at their condo in Pearl River, NY and moved there permanently around the year 2016.  Before her son was born, Doris worked as a typist at Western Electric. Then sometime in the 1980’s Doris returned to the workforce as a Sales Associate for Macys.
Doris was a master crotchet artist and won awards for her beautiful pieces. She created her own designs and put so much love into all her stunning and intricate work. Doris gifted so many of her amazing creations to loved ones, many newborn babies, family and friends. A woman of many talents Doris used to fish! She and Tim would go out on their boat fishing often. Doris also nurtured thriving gardens to grow vegetables.
Doris was also a world traveler. Her family was originally from Hungary and in her younger years, Doris traveled all through Europe. She and Tim enjoyed many trips and cruises both together and with their family. Doris was happy in the later years of her life as she lived peacefully in Pearl River. On any given day she loved nothing more than “coaching” the Mets and Giants from her recliner. She was a sweet and feisty woman who will be remembered with love.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday, February 26 th at 10:30 AM at St. Aedan’s RC Church, Pearl River with a private entombment to follow at St. Anthony’s Mausoleum, Nanuet. For the safety of the family and those attending mass, please be mindful and wear required masks, maintain social distance. There will be a recording of the services through the link below: