Toinette De Furia

Toinette (Toni) De Furia passed from this world  to Heaven on February 26, 2021, while wintering in Stuart, FL. Toni , 74, was a long-time resident of Old Tappan. Born in the Bronx, NY, she moved to Ridgefield Park, NJ while in middle school. After high school, Toni attended Wood Business School in NYC and became an accomplished executive secretary. Attending evening, she earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree from Montclair State University in 1989 and joined the faculty of Berkeley College, teaching business classes. She continued teaching for an additional thirteen years at Northern Valley High School, Old Tappan, until retiring in 2005.

Toni had a terrific sense of humor and was a great story teller. In retirement, armed with these talents, she pursued her interest in acting and performed in many productions at local community theaters. Toni’s favorite hobby was painting; she was a skillful watercolorist.

In 1990, Toni married her beloved husband, Joe De Furia, who will sorely miss her. Toni is survived by her children; Nicole Redmond, Kris Melbourne-Gemma and their spouses; her step children Anthony De Furia, Joseph De Furia, Danielle Nix and their spouses; her brother Darin Magro, his wife; and 10 wonderful grandchildren.

Visitation will be Saturday, August 7, 2021 from 2-6 PM at Pizzi Funeral Home, 120 Paris Ave, Northvale (201-767-3050).

In lieu of flowers, donations in Toni’s memory may be made to the Lewy Body Dementia Association,

Renate Wacht

Renate Wacht (nee Weber), 80, of Old Tappan, passed away on Thursday, July 1, 2021. Renate was predeceased by her husband Walter and her son William. Beloved mother of Robert and his partner Jeri Lee and children, Madison and Preston. Dearest sister of Peter and Helen Weber. 

Renate came to the United States from Germany at age 16 and worked as a model and hairdresser.  She was a devoted wife and mother and later worked at the Buckingham in Norwood and Sunrise in Old Tappan for many years.

Visitation will be Tuesday, July 6, 2021 from 5-8 PM at Pizzi Funeral Home, 120 Paris Ave, Northvale (201-767-3050). 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge Inc. (RBARI), 2 Shelter Lane, Oakland, NJ 07436; (201-228-4493); or donations may be made via their website; any questions please email Chris at

Thomas W. Kraus

Thomas W. Kraus entered into eternal life on December 31, 2020.  Due to Covid 19 restrictions, his Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated on Saturday, July 17, 2021 at 10 a.m. in Immaculate Conception Church, Summit Street, Norwood, NJ.  The family will gather in the church at 9 a.m. for visitation before mass.  Burial to follow at Tappan Cemetery, Tappan, NY.  Tom was a beloved husband, father, grand-father, brother-in-law, uncle, neighbor and friend.  He enjoyed the simple things in life, and always had a smile, a wave and conversation for anyone he met each day.  His family made him proud, and was his heartfelt source of joy always.  With broken hearts we surrender him into the loving arms of our Lord, until we meet again.

The Funeral Mass can be viewed through the link below:

Luna B. Galsim

Luna B. Galsim (nee Velez), 79, of Norwood, NJ, passed away at home on Saturday, June 19, 2021. Beloved of Burt Galsim.  Loving mother of Neil. Dearest sister of the late Linda Jubane and the late Danny Velez. Cherished aunt of Judith, Alan, Caesar and Bebot.

Luna was a medical technologist for St. Luke’s Hospital for many years. She was a devoted wife, mother, sister, aunt and friend and will be dearly missed.

Visiting hours are Saturday and Sunday 4-7 PM at Pizzi Funeral Home, 120 Paris Ave, Northvale, NJ (201-767-3050).

Carmen Maria Texeira


Carmen Maria Texeira (nee Oubina), 95, of Tappan, NY, passed away at home on Sunday, June 20, 2021.

Beloved wife of the late Anibal. Cherished mother of Marguerita Texeira of Tappan, NY, Denise Scheyd and husband Stewart of Nyack, NY and Charisse Texeira-Palma and husband Marco of New Windsor, NY. Proud grandmother of Freedom, Gabriella, Ocean, Sky, Brenson and Sabelle. Dear sister of Charlie Oubina.

Her life encompassed a career as a runway model for designer houses and pursued a career as a pianist, but her most important attributes was as a loving and devoted mother, grandmother and wife. Her family will forever remember her beauty and immeasurable selflessness, we were blessed to have known her and she will remain in our hearts forever.

Visiting hours are Tuesday 3-7 PM at Pizzi Funeral Home, 120 Paris Ave, Northvale, NJ (201-767-3050).

In lieu of flowers, a donation to the charity of one’s choice in Carmen’s memory would be greatly appreciated.

Michael John Harris

Michael John Harris, 59, of Tappan, NY, passed away at home surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, June 20, 2021. The beloved son of Evelyn and the late Albert, he was born in Mt. Vernon, NY and lived in Goldens Bridge, NY before moving to Rockland County in 1997. Beloved husband of Ginalaura (nee Virgintino). Proud father of Michael Andrew. Loving brother of Katherine Harris and Andrew Harris and brother-in-law of Michael Virgintino and wife Marguerite. Dear uncle of Danielle.

Upon retiring from a career in credit leasing, Michael drove a school bus for Student Bus in South Orangetown and most recently for Rockland BOCES, Jesse Kaplan School.

Michael enjoyed spending time with his wife and son, as well as extended family, making memories to last a lifetime. Mike always enjoyed having a good time with those he cared about. He had a unique sense of humor and loved to see people laugh.

Visiting hours are Wednesday 4-8 PM at Pizzi Funeral Home, 120 Paris Ave, Northvale (201-767-3050). A Funeral Service will be held on Thursday at 12 Noon at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Mike’s memory to the charity of your choice.

Frances Pedoto

Frances Pedoto (nee Battaglia), 90, of Norwood, passed away on Monday, March 30, 2020. Beloved wife of the late James “Puffy” Pedoto. Cherished mother of Elaine Danno and husband Paul of Norwood and Janice Perfetto and husband John, also of Norwood. Grandma Frances adored her grandchildren, John Perfetto, Jr., Kristen Perfetto and great-granddaughter, Ellie Perfetto.  Dearest sister of the late Mary Marini, Josephine Cambareri and Anthony Battaglia. She is also survived by many other loving relatives and friends.

Frances was a devoted wife and mother and enjoyed cooking for her family. She retired from Fleming H. Revell Publishing Co. in Old Tappan and later volunteered her time at the Buckingham Rehab in Norwood. She was also a parishioner of Immaculate Conception RC Church in Norwood.

A memorial mass will be celebrated in her memory on Sunday, June 27, 2021 at 1:30 PM at Immaculate Conception Church, Norwood, NJ.

Those who wish may make donations to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital,

Jeanne Clarkson

Jeanne Clarkson (nee Czujak), 96, of Palisades, NY, passed away on Saturday, June 12, 2021. Beloved wife of the late John E. Clarkson. Devoted mother of Barbara Clarkson and William Clarkson and his wife Elizabeth. She was predeceased by three sisters and one brother.

Visitation will be Thursday 9 to 10 AM at Pizzi Funeral Home, 120 Paris Ave, Northvale, NJ (201-767-3050). A funeral mass will be celebrated at 10:30 AM at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church, Tappan, NY with interment to follow at Loescher Veterans Cemetery, New Hempstead, NY.

Domenick Zernone

Domenick Zernone died on June 11, 2021 after an 8-month hard-fought battle from Covid-19 and a 9-11 related cancer. He was 79 years old. Domenick was born on February 9, 1942 in the Belmont section of the Bronx to Joseph (Giuseppe) and Lucy Zernone. On June 8, 1963 he married Lee Brand, his wife of 58 years. Dom and his family moved to Rockland County in 1971.

Dom was a beloved husband, father and grandfather, with a larger-than-life personality, and a heart of gold.   He will be sorely missed by all the lives he has touched. He was known as the fixer of all broken things for his daughters. Always the teacher, Dom would leave them with the knowledge of how to fix it on their own for next time. He was a living history book, and an expert on current events. 

Dom loved socializing and meeting new people, was quick-witted and funny and enjoyed his occasional glass of Chardonnay.  He loved to cook and to share his creations with his family–he was taught by his mother, who was a master of Southern Italian food.  Dom never was happier than with a pot of Sunday gravy on the stove bubbling away, Pavarotti on the turntable, and singing along at the top of his lungs.  

A sports aficionado, Dom spent many a game on the couch, in the car, or on the deck coaching, whistling, cheering on or criticizing his favorite teams – the Bronx Bombers and the Washington Football team. As with everything and everyone in Domenick’s life he was true-blue and loyal no matter what kind of season they were having he was all in. 

Dom was incredibly hardworking. For fifty years, he had a successful career as an IBEW Local 3 electrician, foreman, and general foreman. Unfortunately Domenick was living with CLL, a type of leukemia that he contracted working at Ground Zero restoring the subway and emergency radio signal for NYC first responders. 

Domenick was a true family man. He was dedicated to his wife Lee and they were rarely not together. He always made time for his family – from coaching his daughters’ underdog softball team (to their championship win), to never missing a school event despite working incredible and unpredictable hours. He was proudly able to support his wife and daughters to attend college. 

One of his biggest joys in life was spending time with his beloved grandchildren Domenick and Clementine. 

Dom was predeceased by his parents Lucy and Joseph Zernone, and sister Rose Monaco. 

He is survived by his loving wife and best friend, Lee, his children, daughter Michelle Zernone and daughter Nicole Zernone, and her husband Jason Minter, his two grandchildren, Domenick and Clementine, as well as his brother, Danny Zernone and his wife Fran and sister Lillian Zernone, and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. 

Domenick was well loved by many and will always be in our hearts. The memories of him will burn bright in our lives forever.

Visiting hours are Tuesday, June 15, 4-7 PM at Pizzi Funeral Home, Northvale, NJ. The funeral will leave from Pizzi Funeral Home on Wednesday at 10:30 am with a graveside service at Rockland Cemetery at 11 am.

Donations in Domenick’s memory may be made to his favorite charity, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital,

José A. Barral

José A. Barral, “Joe”, 68, of Norwood, NJ, passed away on Friday, June 11, 2021. Devoted husband of Lynn (nee Mancision). Adored father of Diana Witkowski and her husband Edward of Northvale. Proud and loving grandfather of John and Angelina. Also survived by many other cherished relatives and friends.

Joe had just retired from T-Mobile where he was a Senior Director of Network Engineering and Operations. He was a parishioner of Our Lady of Victories Church in Harrington Park and was an usher for many years. Besides his love of family, Joe loved traveling to Spain, where he was born and has family. He was inspired by watching home improvement shows, had a passion for baseball and was a huge Yankee fan.

Visiting hours are Monday 4-8 PM at Pizzi Funeral Home, 120 Paris Ave, Northvale (201-767-3050). A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Tuesday at 10 AM at Our Lady of Victories Church, Harrington Park with entombment to follow at Maryrest Cemetery, Mahwah, NJ.

The Funeral Mass can be viewed through the livestream link below:

In lieu of flowers, donations in Joe’s memory may be made to the Friends of The Phoenix Center Foundation,