Filippo Giovinazzo

Filippo Giovinazzo, 66, of Demarest, passed away on Monday, December 23, 2019. Beloved son of the late Santo and Rose Giovinazzo. Dear brother of Rocco and his wife Tam of Old Tappan and Santo and his wife Joan of Northvale. Loving uncle of Rosemarie, Katie, Emily, Maggie and Rocky.

Phil was a longshoreman for ILA Local 1804-1 for 10 years before retiring. Prior to that he worked for Franco Carting for almost 35 years.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Saturday, January 11, 2019 at 11 AM at St. Anthony’s RC Church, Northvale.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Phil’s memory may be made to the American Diabetes Association,

Roger C. Friedman, P.E.

Roger C. Friedman, P.E., 96, of Northvale, entered eternal life on Saturday, December 21, 2019. Beloved husband of Dolores (nee Argenti) for 63 years. Devoted father of Therese Jones and husband Thomas of Norwood, Catherine Navilio and husband John of Goshen, NY and Patricia Adone and her late husband Michael of Park Ridge. Proud grandfather of Alyssa and John Navilio. Also survived by many nieces and nephews including Vito DeLaura whom he considered to be the brother he never had.

Roger was raised in Richfield Park where he attended St. Francis Elementary School and went on to board at the Anderson School for Boys in Hyde Park, NY for his high school years.

He was part of “the greatest generation” as a US Army Veteran of WWII.

He graduated from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks earning a bachelor’s of science degree in engineering in 1950 and began a career with the Army Corp of Civil Engineers there.

Roger received a job transfer to the New York office, so that he could return to New Jersey to marry his sweetheart Dolores in 1956 and settled in Northvale where they happily raised their three girls.

After a 35 year career as a professional engineer, with the Army Corps of Civil Engineers/FEMA, he retired and then began working for the State of NJ, and finally retired at age 76.

Roger was an avid sports spectator and armchair coach, he watched it all. His favorite sport was baseball. He was a Mets fan from the franchise‘s inception and was at the winning 1969 World Series.

Roger had studied meteorology in College and it became a lifelong hobby. His favorite weather season was winter. Roger always looked forward to the first snow storm and enjoyed watching it fall.

He was a parishioner at St. Anthony’s Church, Northvale.         

Faith was his anchor. He was admired for his layback positive “let’s see what happens” attitude and took life as it came in stride. Over the years, Roger faced several health challenges especially his vision and always showed tremendous resiliency.

Roger’s family would like to express their gratitude to all the doctors, nurses and the caregivers who so lovingly cared for him throughout his hospitalizations and rehab stays.

Visiting hours are Friday, December 27 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at Pizzi Funeral Home, 120 Paris Ave, Northvale (201-767-3050). A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday at 10 AM at St. Anthony’s Church, Northvale with entombment to follow at Madonna Mausoleum, Fort Lee.

Those who wish, may make a donation to the Northvale Volunteer Ambulance Corps, 196 Firenze Street, Northvale, NJ 07647.

In Roger’s memory do a good deed, be a good neighbor, pray the Rosary, and wish for a good snow storm.

Hugo Benedetti

It is with great sadness that we fondly remember Hugo Benedetti, 79, of Northvale, NJ, a master carpenter by trade, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, December 17, 2019. 47 years ago, Hugo and his wife Nelly emigrated to the United States to start the next generation of Benedetti’s.  He is survived by his beloved wife Nelly (Cuneo). Devoted father of Karen Benedetti-Colter and her husband David Colter of Roebling, NJ, Jenny Rousos and her husband Antonios Rousos of Lebanon, NJ and Keith Benedetti and his wife Elizabeth Benedetti of Northvale. Proud grandfather of Dominic, John Paul, Luke, Gianna, Lucia, Dean, Gabriella, Sebastian and Roman. Dearest brother of Nilda, Ubaldo & Alberto Benedetti

A mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, December 19, 2019 at 11 AM at St. Anthony’s RC Church, 199 Walnut Street Northvale, NJ.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Hugo’s memory to the Parkinson’s Foundation (200 SE 1st Street Suite 800 Miami, Florida 33131)

Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.  James 1:12

Arthur Adelson

  Arthur Adelson, 85, of Tappan, New York, passed away on Tuesday, December 10, 2019. Arthur, was born in 1934 in the Bronx, New York, the son of Jack and Cecelia Adelson. He was beloved husband of Carol N. Adelson (nee Eggleston), who survives at home. He is also survived by and was devoted father of three daughters, Valerie Watnick and husband Donald of New York City, Kimberly Algert and husband Peter of Palisades, NY and Wendy Finning and husband Richard of Orangeburg, NY. Arthur was a proud grandfather, who is survived by ten grandchildren: Sydney; Caley; Skyler; Emily; Michael; Patrick; Tory; Zachary; Hayley; and Jeffrey. 

      “Artie,” as he was known, graduated from Taft High School and went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree from John Jay College.  

      Artie proudly served his country as a U.S. Army from 1957-59. He then joined the NYC Police Department and served for 22 years. Artie later owned and operated Porta-Soft Water Softening System Company in Hillsdale, NJ. In addition, in 1977, he served as a U.S. Forest Ranger in Yellowstone National Park, an honor and an experience often recalled to friends and family. 

      Artie was a loving and loyal husband, father, grandfather and friend — always willing to help a neighbor in need. He was known at home and in the neighborhood as the “Chief Fixer,” as he could fix anything. His sense of humor and “gift of gab” were highlights of his gregarious personality. 

      The family will receive friends on Friday, December 20 from 5-8 PM at Pizzi Funeral Home, 120 Paris Ave, Northvale, NJ(201-767-3050). A graveside service will be held on Saturday, December 21 at 11 AM at Rockland Cemetery, Sparkhill, NY with full military honors.

      In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the NYC PBA Widows and Children’s Fund, ℅ Patrick Hendry at the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, 125 Broad Street, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10004-2400.

Mary Margaret Veras

Mary Margaret Veras, 86, of Tenafly, formerly of Alpine, passed away on Sunday, December 15, 2019. Beloved wife of the late Harry George Veras. Cherished mother of Virginia Veras of Edgewater, Patricia Brigley and husband Keith of Old Tappan, Ellen Bellet and husband Wayne of NYC, Harry G. Veras and wife Maryann of Rumson, John Veras and wife Bethanne of Closter, and Mary Ayoub and husband Sam of New Milford. She was the very proud grandmother of ten grandchildren. Mary was predeceased by her parents, John and Helen and her brother, Jack.  Mary was an RN who earned her Bachelor’s degree in 1954 and pursued her profession throughout her life with deep devotion and dedication, caring for others always with kindness and compassion.  

Mary was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother and loved spending time with her family more than anything. Mary’s children and grandchildren already miss her beyond words and now send her back home to God and into the arms of her beloved Harry. She will be missed by all for the kindness, gentleness & sweet loving care she always showed to all around her. 

Visiting hours are Tuesday, December 17th from 4:00 – 9:00 at Pizzi Funeral Home, 120 Paris Ave, Northvale (201-767-3050). A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, December 18th, 10 AM at St. Anthony’s RC Church, Northvale.  Entombment to follow at Hackensack Cemetery. 

Augusta M. Gerstmayr

Augusta M. Gerstmayr, 97, of Norwood, formerly of Englewood and Bennington, VT, and originally from Lauingen-Donau, Germany, passed away on Saturday, December 14, 2019. Beloved wife of the late Bernhard. Devoted mother of John and wife Pamela of South Woodstock, VT, Bernhard, Jr. and wife Charlotte of Northvale and Linda Jarvis and husband Michael of Northbridge, MA. Cherished grandmother of Amanda Melander (Mark), Emily Strehle (Paul), Julie Kelly (Brad), Bernie Gerstmayr (Renee), Andrew Gerstmayr (Andrea), Patrick Jarvis (Katie), Christopher Jarvis and Emily Jarvis. Proud great-grandmother of 13 great-grandchildren. Dearest sister of JoAnn Gauerke and aunt of Bettina Rickenbach.

Augusta worked at the Florence Shop in Bergenfield for over 30 years. She was an avid reader and enjoyed knitting, crocheting and playing Scrabble.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, January 4, 2020 at 11:30 a.m., St. Anthony’s Church, Northvale, NJ.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Old Tappan Public Library, 56 Russell Ave, Old Tappan, NJ 07675 or the Valley Hospital Foundation, 223 N. Van Dien Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ 07450  

Sandra Saunders

Sandra Saunders, 81, of Tappan, began her most recent journey on Friday, November 29, 2019.  Born Sandra Edelstein on November 28, 1938, in the Bronx and raised in Queens, she married her love Robert Saunders on June 26, 1958.  Bob and Sandi had celebrated their 60th anniversary last year and they spent more than 50 happy years in their family home in Tappan, NY.  Devoted wife of the late Robert Saunders, adored and appreciated mother of Sharyn Wander of Sugar Loaf, NY, Cynthia Flood and husband Terrence of Chester, NY, cherished grandmother of Heather, Vicki and Brianna, beloved daughter of the late Leo and Rhoda Edelstein and dear sister of Philip Edelstein and wife Maxine of Delray Beach, FL, she leaves behind nieces and nephews whom she held close to her heart.

Throughout Sandi’s years, her thirst for knowledge and belief in the intangible drove her to acquire many doctoral degrees of both metaphysical sciences and alternative whole body wellness techniques.

These beliefs and practices were indeed her passion and she felt compelled to enlighten and empower those whose paths she crossed.  Recently a resident at Sunrise of Old Tappan, she enjoyed the new audience with whom she happily shared her positivity, wisdom and truths. 

This amazing individual was at her core, the quintessential wife, mother and friend…  selfless, always loving, always generous and always encouraging.  The loss of her beloved Bob last year left such a deep unfillable hole, that it was simply necessary for them to be together again.  We feel grateful for the time we were allowed with her.

A service will be held for friends and family on Sunday, December 15, at 12:00pm at Pizzi Funeral Home, 120 Paris Avenue, Northvale, NJ 07646.

Phyllis Ruth Cavalli

Phyllis Ruth Cavalli (nee Grappo), 75, of Orangeburg, formerly of the Bronx, passed away on Friday, December 6, 2019. Beloved wife of the late Sergio Cavalli. Loving mother of Sergio P. Cavalli and his wife Kelly of Tappan and Janelle Cassidy and her husband Nick, also of Tappan. Adored grandmother of Kiersten, Gabriella, Gia, James and Julianna. Dear sister of the late Carole Grappo.

Phyllis was a school aide at the Bronx Science High School. She was a member of the Blauvelt Senior Center.

Visiting hours are Monday, December 9 from 6-9 PM at Pizzi Funeral Home, 120 Paris Ave, Northvale (201-767-3050). A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Tuesday, December 10 at 10 AM at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart RC Church, Tappan with interment to follow at St. Raymond’s Cemetery, Bronx.

Donations in Phyllis’ memory may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital,

Travis Thomas Liberty Watkins

Funeral Mass Saturday 10 AM at St. Mary’s RC Church, Closter, NJ

Interment Rockland Cemetery, Sparkill, NY.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Travis’ memory may be made to: Fresh Start Recovery Center, 15886 Gaither Road, Suite B, Gaithersburg, MD 20877.

Thomas C. Giuliano

After a long and tremendous battle with cancer, Thomas C. Giuliano, 65, of Norwood, passed away peacefully in the loving company of his wife, Selena Piazza Giuliano and daughter, Tessa Royer on December 4, 2019.

Preceded in death by his father Pasquale, Tommy is survived by his mother, Duff, wife Selena, daughter Tessa, grandchildren Rowan and Anna and siblings Matt and Kathy and their children.

Thomas was a graduate of Regis High School and Niagara University, leading to a career in finance and the car business. He loved to dive into his work and excel in excellence his entire life.

A devout Catholic, Tom sang with various Schola Cantorums throughout the Tri-State. He also was an extraordinary lector at Our Lady of Victories in Harrington Park.

Visitation is Sunday, December 8 from 2-6 PM at Pizzi Funeral Home, 120 Paris Ave, Northvale (201-767-3050). A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday at 10 AM at Our Lady of Victories RC Church, Harrington Park.

Tom had a tremendous love for animals. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to your local animal rescue and shelter.