Veronans We Lost, 2020


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We had to talk a lot about death in 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic swept around the world and through New Jersey, claiming many current and former members of the Verona community. We also said goodbye to former teachers and school administrators,  non-profit leaders and neighborhood organizers, a former business owner and a former member of Town Council, as well as many friends and neighbors who had enriched our community in countless ways.

Take a minute again to remember them, and the lives they lived:

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Rosanne Adelizio, 77

Richard Paul Aloia, 77

Esmeralda Armijos, 90

Anthony Aquila Jr., 92

Basdeo “Bas” Bachan, Car Enthusiast

Barbara Bakst, Photographer & Community Organizer

Phyllis A. Balsamo, 92

Robert Timothy Bannon, 66

Robert L. Brown, Former Verona Resident

Karen E. Bruno, 66

Joseph J. Calabrese, Devoted Catholic

Carol L. Callander, Former OLL Teacher

Floyd Cardoz, Acclaimed Chef

John H. Carlson, 67

Jack Caspar, 93

Ronald “Ron” P. Cecere, OLL Music Minister

Marie T. Corcoran, 84

Allyson Cunningham, 56

Helen Cunningham, Former Brookdale Teacher

Robert “Bob” A. Davis, 85

Patricia “Patty” DeForest-DeSantis, 74

Mary Evelyn Del Longo, 98

Louis De Mattheis, 80

Rosalind M. De Santis, Loved The Verona Pool

Raymond A. Dewar, Jr., Former Verona Resident

Jean S. Dougherty, 95

Marie “Mar” L. Emma, 97

Stephen A. Fenton, Served On Rescue Squad, VFD

Gloria Helen Festa, 90

Marie Fierro, 94

Marietta F. Flynn, 97

Elmer William Graf, 79

Vivian Segerman Guze, 96

Amy Henderson, 100

Mildred Mary Walsh Jacobs, 94

Jacqueline “Jackie” Juster, 90

Robert C. Kessler, Jr., 67

Sr. Jeanne Adrienne Kierce, OP

Patricia Kiernan, Community Leader

Barbara A. Kirby, 77

Blake T. Kirby Sr., 78

Reggie Klein, Former Elementary School Librarian, Teacher, Principal

Stephen Sherman Koenig, Former School Custodian

Kirsten W. Kraa, Renowned Artist

John J. Kupcho, Owned Pine Florist

Mark Dean Leuzarder, 67

Margo Ann Lukachko, 81

William Bela Lukachko, 90

Lucille Margaret Mascera, 89

Salvatore R. Massa, 97

Helen Catherine McMickle, Loved Her Family

Frederick R. Miller, 85

The Reverend John J. Morris, Served 27 Years At OLL

Arthur H. Muhler, 88

Josephine G. Muhler, 89

Catherine “Kitty” Mulroe, Long-Time Resident

Marie Doyle O’Grady, 93, Former VHS Teacher

Helen A. Patterson, 96

Beverly Pearson, 1937-2020

Lori Ostman Purcell, 47

Herbert S. Rappaport, 94

Donald L. Raymond, Navy Veteran

Louise B. Ritscher, Former School Nurse

Hilda Salgado, 81

Marie Theresa Savino, 85

George A. Sheridan, 76

William B. Spooner, IV, 72

Gloria E. Starita, Lifelong Homemaker

Matthew A. Teeling, 73

Mary Rose Thomas, 94

Patricia L. Tischio, Loving Wife And Mother

Inez Walsh, 88, Former Town Council Member, Devoted Volunteer

Arthur M. Walter, 89

Maud H. Werner, 86

Francis Richard Wille, 86

Henry J. Zebrowski: Proud Husband, Father Of 7, Grandfather Of 19, Great-Grandfather Of 4

Michael E. Zoschak, VHS ’78

If there are names to add to this list, please email the link to the obituary to [email protected]

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