Veronans We Lost: 2019


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We lost big pieces of Verona history in 2019. Like Jane Ann Bahr, the matriarch of the family that ran Bahr Lumber for so many decades; Bill Brunner, co-owner of C.T. Brunner and Sons in Verona, at one time the oldest family owned Chrysler-Plymouth dealership in the nation; Larry Burdett, a notable Verona Fire Department chief; Al Ferraiolo Jr., who owned the Verona Diner for many years; Rosemary Greenbank, who ran The Verona-Cedar Grove Times for 23 years; Fred Hill, long-time resident and legendary Rutgers University baseball coach.

But every life lost was big in some way to family, friends and neighbors and, as always, too many left our community much too soon. Take a moment to remember again the Veronans we lost in 2019:

Jane Ann Bahr, 93

Michael “Mickey” Bahr, 29

Eugenia Jean “Jeannie” Battista, 87

Pauline Belanger, Former Resident

Eveline Mae Bland, 79

Vanguard Founder John C. Bogle, Verona Native

Donald William “Bill” Brunner, 91

Farewell To A Chief: Larry Burdett

Paulette A. Campbell, 68

Mary T. Ciccotti, 92

Lenora Lenza Cocozza, 96

Thomas W. Coffey, 71

Karyn M. Datzko, 41

Rita M. Dispoto, 91

Barbara Ferguson, 89

Dr. Justin Fernando, 81

Alphonso “Al” Ferraiolo Jr., Former Verona Diner Owner

Larry Foran, 73

Josephine A. Freda, 77

Margaret Moriarty Gardner, 70

Barry Giblin, VHS ’71 

Abigail Greenbank, 64

Rosemary Greenbank, 93, Former ‘Verona-Cedar Grove Times’ Editor

Elizabeth “Betsy” Guarducci, 80

Thomas H. Hayes, 72

Sandra Elizabeth Hearne, 74

Fred Hill, Legendary Baseball Coach, Dies At 84

James Anthony Jandoli, 56

Alice B. Kiefer, 83

Dorothy Kirby, 98

Cheryl Knapp, 54

Walter Koprowski, 98

Betty Krasner, 97

Michelina Lachina, 90

William J. Lally, 89

Richard “Rick” S. Liedtke, VHS’ 71

Bernard F. Ludlow, 74

Beatrice “Betty Jane” Maher, 94

Nikolaos G. Maroulis, 74

Joseph Martin, Former Township Manager

Felix J. “Phil” Melleno, WWII Veteran

Robert Lake Metzger, Navy Veteran

John Miscia, 78, Star VHS Athlete

John Richard Niblett, Former Resident

Alex Peña, 56

Mary Pucciarello, 97

Winslow Tracy Richmond, Jr., Former Resident

Herta Ruhl, 93

Jacob Daniel Schroeder, 39

Signe-Marie Shimonaski, 75

Virginia G. Smith, 75

Lois C. Stiefbold, 88

Charlotte Stravalle, 96

Orazio Tanelli, PhD

Dorothy Testa, Long-Time OLL Parishioner

Tom Towne, Vietnam Veteran

Lucille V. Trotta, Salon Owner

Lucy J. Vitale, 98

Christopher E. Wright, 68

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Since returning to Verona, she has volunteered for school, civic and religious groups, served nine years on the Verona Environmental Commission and is now part of Sustainable Verona. She co-founded MyVeronaNJ in 2009. You can reach Virginia at [email protected].


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