Edward P. Wizda, 89

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150x142-20130615-120524_WizdaPhotoFormer Verona resident and Verona Board of Education member Edward P. Wizda passed away on Friday. He was 89.

Funeral services are on Tuesday at 9:15 a.m. from Shook’s Cedar Grove Funeral Home, 486 Pompton Ave., Cedar Grove. A funeral mass will be offered at 10 a.m. from Our Lady of the Lake Church, Verona. Entombment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, East Hanover. Visitation is on Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memories and condolences may be shared through Shook’s Web site.

Born in Jeddo, Pa., Mr. Wizda had resided in Verona since 1954. He proudly served our country as a corporal in the U.S. Army during World War II. He then attended Penn State University, earning his bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Mr. Wizda taught Spanish and French for over 40 years at Clifford J. Scott High School, East Orange, N.J., and Newark Academy, Livingston, N.J.

After his retirement in 1994, he was a tour director with Thomas Cook Tours and Parker Tours. Edward also served as a member of the Verona Board of Education and as a lector at Our Lady of the Lake.

Predeceased by his parents and siblings, he is survived by his beloved wife, June (Nelson); loving children, Amy Gelfano (Mark), David (Anne), and Marianne James (Kent), and five cherished grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Theatre Development Fund, 520 Eighth Ave. (Suite 801), New York, N.Y. 10018-6507, or the Democratic liberal political group Act Blue.

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