Anthony Albanese

Anthony Eugene Albanese, 86, formerly of OldTappan, passed away at his home in Lutz, FL on Monday, November 26, 2012,surrounded by his loving family.  He is
predeceased by his parents, Leonardo and Concetta Albanese, and his sister
Antoinette Hallahan.

Mr. Albanese is survived by his beautiful and beloved wife of 64 years Barbara; his adoring daughters, Connie Marraro and her husband Chris of Germantown, MD, Lenore O’Connor and her husband Joe of Tampa, FL, Barbara Hopper and her husband Walter of New Ringgold, PA; his grandchildren,Christopher Marraro and his wife Janae, Liana Marie Schaffner and her husband Glenn, Tara Marie Daly and her husband Brian, Celia Marraro, Lindsay Courtney and her husband Kevin, Erica Hopper, and Elise Marraro and her fiancé Kristian Sorbo.  Lastly, Mr. Albanese was the very proud great-grandfather to his namesake Anthony Eugene Marraro, as well as Avalyn Marraro, Madison Courtney, and Liam Schaffner.  He is also survived by his sister Grace Tirelli of Closter, and his brothers, Charles Albanese and his wife Agnes of Northvale, Joseph Albanese and his wife Flora of Northvale, and Leonard
Albanese of Closter, along with numerous nieces and nephews, cousins, and countless friends who meant the world to him.

Mr. Albanese was an avid and accomplished golfer, who earned a collection of trophies for his many holes in one.  A gifted mason and principal of Albanese
Brothers construction company in Northvale, he could design, build, and repair
anything, though his six granddaughters will always be most impressed by the
handmade dollhouses he lovingly crafted for each of them.  Mr. Albanese was a true patriot and veteran of the US Navy. As such, he lived by a code of honesty, generosity, and devotion to his home and the many lives that filled it.  He will be missed, and his memory cherished, by all those fortunate enough to have known, loved, and laughed with him.

The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society, Lutz, FL (Pasco, Hernando and Citrus County Unit).

Anthony R. Pizzi Funeral Home, Northvale.

Louis R. Distefano, Sr.

Louis R. Distefano, Sr., 74, of Northvale, entered into restful peace on Wednesday, November 14, 2012.  Louis grew up in the Inwood Section of Manhattan, the son of Emanuel and Lucy.

Louis was a sheet metal worker for 34 years and a proud member of the Sheet Metal Workers Union Local28 for over 50 years.

On a blind date set up by his aunt and uncle he met the love of his life, Johanna.

Louis is predeceased by his wife of 52 years, Johanna, and their son, Joseph.

He is survived by his six children;  Louis Jr. and his wife Theresa of Valley Cottage, NY, Cynthia Metzger and her husband Gene of Washington Twp., Lisa Ortelere of Northvale, Nadine of Suffern, Robert and his Carole of Wall, and Jim of Brooklyn.

Dear brother of Salvatore and Sarah and uncle of many nieces and nephews.

Poppi was adored by his eight grandchildren; Brady, Logan and Kaidyn Distefano; Isabella and Emma Metzger; Joseph Ortelere; and Nicholas and Katie Distefano.  Poppi took great pride and joy in attending their many school activities and sporting events, and watching them grow into the fine young people they are.

Louis was an avid golfer and hunter, and enjoyed keeping up with the latest  technology.

He and Johanna were former members of the Northvale Volunteer Ambulance Corps and were parishioners of St. Anthony’s RC Church.  Throughout their lives they enjoyed traveling around the world and wintering in Naples, FL.

Louis will be missed dearly by all who knew him and loved him.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday 9:30 AM at St. Anthony’s Church, Northvale with entombment to follow at Madonna Mausoleum, Fort Lee.
Visiting hours are Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the Anthony R. Pizzi Funeral
Home, 120 Paris Avenue, Northvale.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Northvale Volunteer Ambulance Corps., 196 Firenze St. Northvale, NJ 07647, in Louis’ memory would be appreciated.

Maureen Porschen

Maureen Porschen (nee Haverty), of Naples, FL, formerly of Northvale, passed away Friday, November 9, 2012 at the age of 68.  Beloved wife of William.  Loving
mother of Eric Porschen of Naples, and Drew Porschen and his wife Susan of
Northvale.  Dear sister and sister-in-law of Kathleen and Frank Vozeh of Sevierville, TN.

Maureen adored her grandchildren, Taylor Porschen of Naples and Allyson and Rebecca Porschen of Northvale.

Maureen epitomized all the good times a family could embrace.  She was raised by the late Agnes and Ed Haverty of Little Ferry, and like her parents, provided a loving and caring environment even in the toughest of times.  Family was everything to her,
and for this we are so thankful to have had her in our lives.  From the church dances to family gatherings, Maureen was front and center lending a hand, always with a smile.  She cherished all her family and friends.

Maureen always paid tribute to family and friends who have passed and now we pay tribute to her.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, November 20, 2012 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the Anthony R.Pizzi Funeral Home, 120 Paris Ave, Northvale.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Red Cross-Hurricane Sandy Relief, 35 Union Ave, Hackensack, NJ 07601 or online at

Louise Sohlman

Louise Sohlman (nee Schneider), 83, formerly of Northvale, passed away on Friday, November 9, 2012.  Beloved mother of Wayne and his wife Carol Ann.  Loving grandmother of Stephanie John and Robert Sohlman.  Adored great-grandmother of Ethan and Matthew John.  Dearest sister of Margaret Sucick of Old Tappan and the late Shirley Bloyd.

Before retiring, Mrs. Sohlman worked for Prentice Hall in Old Tappan.

A funeral service will be held Wednesday 11:00 AM at the Anthony R. Pizzi Funeral Home, 120 Paris Avenue, Northvale with interment to follow at Tappan Cemetery, Tappan, NY.  Visiting hours are Wednesday 10 – 11 AM.

Raymond J. Connolly

Raymond J. Connolly, 82, of Harrington Park, NJ for 43 years, passed away on Sunday, October 28, 2012. Beloved husband of Abigail. Loving father of Abigail Connolly of Brooklyn, Anne Connolly of Rutherford, and Christopher Connolly and his wife Patty of Newton, MA. Adored grandfather of Liam and Thomas. Dearest brother of Richard and the late Edward and Ann.
Mr. Connolly was born February 21, 1930 in Bronx, NY, and graduated from
Regis HS ’47 and Fordham University School of Education ’51.

A lifelong educator, Mr.Connolly retired from the NYC Board of Education after 35 years of service as a master teacher at George Washington HS. He also taught at Yeshiva Samson Raphael Hirsch HS and Paramus Catholic HS. Ray was an active parishioner at Our Lady of Victories RC Church in Harrington Park, having served as lector and as a member of the choir. He was also an avid reader and enjoyed spending time in his garden.

A Funeral Mass will be held Friday 10:00 AM at Our Lady of Victories RC Church with interment to follow at Rockland Cemetery, Sparkill, NY. Visiting hours are Thursday 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the Anthony R. Pizzi Funeral Home, 120 Paris Ave, Northvale.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Harrington Park Ambulance Corps or the Alzheimers’ Association.

Ann M. Rappa

Ann M. Rappa, 78, of Harrington Park, passed away  on Monday, October 22, 2012.

Visiting hours are Thursday 2-4 and 7-9 PM.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday 10:00 AM at Our Lady of Victories RC Church, Harrington Park with interment to follow at Rockland Cemetery, Sparkill, NY.

Howard F. Van Allen

Howard F. Van Allen,  86, of Old Tappan, formerly of Hicksville and College Pt., NY, passed away at home on Sunday, October 21, 2012.   Beloved husband of the late Philomena (nee Swihura).  Loving father of Linda DeSimone of Old  Tappan, Margaret Van Allen-Clay and her husband Jesse of Cypress, TX, Lisa Patton and her husband George of Evans, GA, and Robline Swanson of Queen Creek, AZ.  Adored grandfather of John,  Jennifer, Jaime, Kelli, Joshua, Jessica, and the late Kristen.  Cherished great-grandfather of Chloe, Jenna, Dyanna, Avery, Emma, and Mia.  Dearest brother of Thomas Van Allen and Gertrude Commini.  Predeceased by nine brothers and sisters.

Mr. Van Allen was a US Army Veteran of WWII.  He was a cabinet maker before retiring.

Visiting hours are Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the Anthony R. Pizzi Funeral Home, 120 Paris Ave, Northvale with a funeral service to be held in the evening.   Interment Thursday 11 AM at Long Island National Cemetery.

Salvatore “Sonny” Puglia

Salvatore “Sonny” Puglia, of Northvale, passed away peacefully at the Brentwood in
Norwood, NJ on October 18, 2012.  He was born on July 4, 1927, in New York City and was a lifelong resident of Northvale, NJ.  He is survived by his loving wife of
54 years, Maddalena (Capozzoli), and devoted daughter Annette Herskowitz and
her husband Wayne.  He leaves behind three grandsons whom he adored – Brett, Erik, and Jason.  He was predeceased by his siblings Angelo, Nicholas, Louis, and Mary.

Sal was a proud World War II veteran serving in the United States Army Constabulary Forces in Germany from 1945-1947.  He was a founding member of the Northvale VFW Post 162 where he spent many years volunteering and enjoying the company of his friends and comrades.  Sal will be remembered for his smile, sense of humor, love of history and the Italian language, and the happiness he brought his family and everyone he touched.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday 10:00 AM at St. Anthony’s RC Church, Northvale with interment to follow at Tappan Cemetery, Tappan.  Visiting hours are Sunday 3-6 PM at the Anthony R. Pizzi Funeral Home, 120 Paris Avenue, Northvale.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project

John J. Maschi

John J. Maschi, 90, a longtime resident of Norwood, passed away on Thursday, October 18, 2012.  Born October 17, 1922 to the late Paul and Catherine Maschi.  Beloved husband of the late Josephine (nee D’Ercole).  Devoted father and father-in-law of John and Linda Maschi of CA, Sharon and Peter Anderson, Linda and Peter Daniele, and Tina Maschi, all of Norwood.  Cherished grandfather of Jennifer, Laura,
Kevin, Anthony, Christopher, Johnathan, Michael, and Micah.  Predeceased by two sisters, Mary T. Giannotti and Santina Mooney, and three brothers, Joseph, Louis, and Charles.

John was a proud Veteran, having served with the 66th Cavalry Reconnaissance Troop in WWII.  He belonged to the American Legion in Norwood.  John retired from the Ford Motor Company in Mahwah after 43 years, and continued to work  at D’Ercole Farm in Norwood.

Besides his family, John will always be remembered for his love of the Yankees, Giants, and ice cream.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Sunday 2 PM at Immaculate Conception Church, Norwood, 211 Summit St., Norwood. It will be followed by a luncheon at Colonial Inn which vegetarian food will also be served.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Norwood American Legion, 480 Broadway, Norwood, NJ 07648, or the North Jersey Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, 400 Morris Ave., Suite 251, Denville, NJ 07834 ( , in John’s memory would be appreciated.

Eugene L. Nicolini

Eugene L. Nicolini, 90, of Northvale, formerly of Bronx, NY, passed away at home on Monday, October 8, 2012.  Dear husband of the late Genevieve (nee Brutkowski).

A World War II Veteran, he served in the US Army as a Corporal in the European Theater.  He was a former employee of NYC Transit (MABSTOA) as a dispatcher.  Eugene was a member of the Fraternal Order of Red Men, Half Moon Tribe 283 in Northvale for many years.

Devoted father of Lorraine Nicolini of Northvale.  Cherished grandfather of Christine Whitlock of Boston, MA and Michael Whitlock of Northvale.  Dear brother of Arthur and his wife Frances of Katonah, NY.  Predeceased by his twin brother Lino and brother Alfred.  Also survived by many nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday 10:00 AM at St. Anthony’s RC Church, Northvale with interment to follow at Tappan Cemetery.  Visiting hours are Thursday 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the Anthony R. Pizzi Funeral Home, 120 Paris Avenue, Northvale.