Laurie M. Rizzo

Laurie M. Rizzo (nee Weiland), 71, of Bardonia, passed away on Friday, May 18, 2018. Cherished wife of Thomas Jr. Loving mother of Thomas III and his wife Jennifer of Nanuet and Paul and his wife Christina of Bardonia. Adored grandmother of Jesse Thomas. Dearest sister of June Giuffo and the late Janice Behrens.

Laurie will forever be remembered as a “SuperMom and SuperGrandmom” who dedicated her life to her devoted husband, sons and grandson. She was a loving and generous woman, welcoming everyone into her home and making sure they left full, especially the neighborhood kids. She will be missed by all who knew her.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday May 23 at 11:30 AM at St. Anthony’s RC Church, Nanuet. Visiting hours are Tuesday 2-4 & 7-9 PM at Pizzi Funeral Home, 120 Paris Ave, Northvale (201-767-3050).

William Charles LaFrancois III

William Charles LaFrancois III, of Garnerville and In recent years a resident of Closter. Passed away at Westchester medical on May 11, 2018.  William was proceeded by his father William Charles LaFrancois II and his daughter Alexis Eleanor LaFrancois.  William was survived by his Mother Joyce Fairclough and brother Daniel LaFrancois (Christine).  William was a beloved father to his two daughters Jenna LaFrancois Jernigan (Anthony) Haley LaFrancois and his Granddaughter Savanna Alexis Jernigan.  He also had a partner Lee Bradbury. William worked construction most of his life and loved his work.  The family will receive visitors on Saturday, May 19th 2018 from 1:00-3:00 at Pizzi Funeral Home, 120 Paris Avenue Northvale NJ. 201-767-3050.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to United Hospice of Rockland, 11 Stokum Lane, New City, NY 10956.  Directly following please join the family for refreshments at Tonya LaFrancois’ house.

Mark A. Pietro

Mark A. Pietro, 57, of Grandview-On-Hudson, NY, formerly of Old Tappan, NJ and Queens, NY, passed away suddenly on Friday, May 11, 2018. Cherished father of Deanna of NYC, Alicia of Old Tappan and Halle of Old Tappan. Loving brother of Susan Pietro of Colorado. He was predeceased by his parents Frank and Gertrude.

Besides being a loving and devoted father to his three daughters, Mark was also an avid NY Rangers fan. He was a CEO in the telecommunications field before retiring and starting other business ventures.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday 11 AM at St. John’s RC Church, Piermont, NY. Visiting hours are Tuesday 5-9 PM at Pizzi Funeral Home, 120 Paris Ave, Northvale, NJ (201-767-3050).

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Epilepsy Foundation of Metropolitan NY,, in Mark’s memory would be greatly appreciated.

Henry Molina

Henry Molina, born in Metapan, El Salvador on November 3rd, 1990. He is the second of two sons, a joyful and happy boy who always looked at the bright side of life. He was a hard worker and a caring person with whoever touched his life.

Very well known for working at Northvale Diner, a loved son, brother, husband, cousin, friend, and brother-in-law. You will always be remembered and may he Rest In Peace.

Visiting hours are Friday May 11 from 5-9 pm and Saturday May 12 from 12-2:30 pm. A Funeral Mass will be held at 3 PM at St. Anthony’s RC Church, Northvale.

George R. “Bob” Nemchek

George R. “Bob” Nemchek, 86, of Norwood, passed away on Tuesday, April 24, 2018. Born on July 24, 1931. Survived by Millie, his wife of 58 years. Loving father to daughter Barbara and her husband Phillip Mones, and son Robert and his wife Beth. Adoring grandfather of Katie, Steven, Victoria, Jana, and Christiana.

After graduating from Aviation Trades in NYC, he served in the Army in Alaska during the Korean War. During 35 years at NY Telephone , he started as a switchman while earning an Electrical Engineering degree at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Afterwards he became a Planning Engineer at NY Telephone headquarters, and a Staff Engineer at Bell Labs.

In retirement, Bob substituted at Northern Valley High School. He also enjoyed travelling extensively with his wife Millie, and relaxing at their cabin in the Catskills.

Bob was active in the community, teaching Sunday School at Prince of Peace in Old Tappan, leading Norwood Cub Scout Pack 120, as a Norwood Ambulance Corps EMT, and membership in the Norwood Senior Citizens Club.

His life-long passion was modeling, building intricate replicas of airplanes, trains, and ships. No home improvement project was too challenging for him. He will be missed by us all.

A memorial service will be held Saturday June 2, 2018 at 11 AM at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Old Tappan.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Bob’s memory may be made to Prince of Peace Lutheran Church.

John “MACK” McLafferty

John P. McLafferty “MACK”, 82, of Norwood, passed away on Thursday, May 3, 2018. Mack was a proud United States Marine. He served 20 years in the Corps , did two tours in Vietnam and rose to Staff Sargent before retiring. He then worked at John J. Demarest Supply as a security guard for 27 years. He also belonged to the Marine Corps League and the Norwood American Legion.

Mack is survived by his brother James and his wife Marilyn of Red Hook, NY and sister Margaret Lowe and her husband Stanley of Harrington Park. He is also the beloved uncle of four nephews, two nieces, two great-nephews and two great-nieces.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Tuesday 10:00 AM at Our Lady of Victories RC Church, Harrington Park. His cremains will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. Visiting hours are Monday 4-7 PM at Pizzi Funeral Home, 120 Paris Ave, Northvale (201-767-3050).

In lieu of flowers, donations in Mack’s memory may be made to the Marine Corps League,

Arthur William “Bill” Ryan

Arthur William “Bill” Ryan, 78, of Old Tappan, NJ, passed away peacefully at home in the early morning hours of May 2, 2018. Bill was born on July 26, 1939, in Timmins, Ontario, to Lois Rogers, and had a younger brother, Grant, who predeceased him. Bill was married to Catherine Ryan (nee Dorney) and had a daughter, Julie Ryan. Bill was a Vice President for A.C. Nielson for over 30 years, before retiring to his favored activities including golfing, fishing, and socializing with friends. In his younger years, Bill held Canadian titles in Enduro Racing, was a competitive Side Car Racer, and was an avid hockey player and well-loved coach. Even into his 60’s, Bill would love to play hockey with the local teenagers at Stone Point Park, in Old Tappan. Later in life, Bill could be found fawning over his beloved granddaughter, Ella; wrangling golfers as a ranger at River Vale Golf Club; paling around with his loyal four legged side kick, Luna. Bill is survived by his wife, Cathy, his daughter, Julie, and his granddaughter, Ella; and many beloved relatives in Canada.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday 9:30 AM at St. Pius X RC Church, Old Tappan. Visiting hours are Friday 5-8 PM at Pizzi Funeral Home, 120 Paris Ave, Northvale (201-767-3050).

In lieu of flowers, donations in Bill’s memory to your local animal shelter would be greatly appreciated.


Mary Ann Trasmundi

Mary Ann Trasmundi (nee Witham), 77, of Dumont, passed away on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. Beloved wife of the late Emil. Devoted mother of MaryLynn LaMarca and husband Greg of Paramus, Elizabeth Trasmundi of Philadelphia, PA, Annette Mattesich and husband Marty of Northvale, Kim Porto of Paramus and Anthony Trasmundi and wife Brenda of Dumont. Cherished “Gooma” of Nicholas, Christian, Jake, Emily, Emil, Carly, Natalie and Alana. Dearest sister of Rose Mary Cagle and was predeceased by seven brothers and sisters. Loving aunt of many nieces and nephews.

Mary was the founder of The Growing Garden Nursery School in Paramus. A devoted wife, mother and grandmother, she enjoyed flowers and tending to her garden and was an official member of the Clay Aiken Fan Club.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday 10 AM at St. Anthony’s RC Church, Northvale with interment to follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. Visiting hours are Sunday 2-8 PM at Pizzi Funeral Home, 120 Paris Ave, Northvale (201-767-3050).

Kevin J. Ramsay

Kevin J. Ramsay, 53, of Sparkill, NY, formerly of Tappan, NY, passed away at home surrounded by his loving family on Monday, April 30, 2018. Cherished son of Judge Richard Ramsay and his late wife Virginia of Nyack. Loving brother of Ellen Ramsay and husband Jay Naparstek of Hendersonville, NC, Richard G. Ramsay Jr. and wife Debra of Stony Point, NY and Lynda Clarke and husband John of Hendersonville, NC. Adored uncle of Christopher, Jessica-Lee (Joseph), Devlin, Virginia and Gabriella.

Kevin was a realtor, builder and owner at Ramsay Realty and KJ Rock Builders, both in Blauvelt. He had been a board member of the Nyack Rotary Club and Rockland Country Club in Sparkill. Besides being an avid golfer, Kevin loved riding his Harley, especially on Sunday mornings with his “gang”, had a passion for cars and took pride in the new home he had just completed. Kevin had a unique relationship with all of his nieces and nephews and he will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Sacred Heart Chapel at Dominican Convent, 175 Rt. 340, Sparkill, NY 10976 on Thursday at 12 Noon. Visiting hours are Wednesday 2-4 & 7-9 PM at Pizzi Funeral Home, 120 Paris Ave, Northvale, NJ (201- 767-3050).

In lieu of flowers, donations to United Hospice of Rockland, 11 Stokum Ln, New City, NY 10956 or Dominican Convent at the above address would be greatly appreciated.

Anthony A. Carpanini

Anthony A. Carpanini, 92, of Norwood, passed away on Tuesday, April 24, 2018. Beloved husband of the late Trudy. Loving father of Mark and wife Barbara, Alan and wife Ellie, Sandra DeSevo and husband Joseph, Russell and wife Pam and Mary Mazzie and husband Michael. Cherished grandfather of eleven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Dearest brother of the late Gino and Dante.

Anthony was a US Navy veteran of WWII. He was a stationary engineer for Local 30 Operating Engineers, NY, NY.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday 10 AM at St. Anthony’s RC Church, Northvale with interment to follow at Rockland Cemetery, Sparkill, NY. Visiting hours are Tuesday 5-8 PM at Pizzi Funeral Home, 120 Paris Ave, Northvale (201-767-3050).

In lieu of flowers, donations to Cornerstone Hospice Foundation, 2445 Lane Park Road, Tavares, FL 32778 would be appreciated.