Michael P. Zichelli Jr., 89


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Michael P. Zichelli, Jr. of Verona passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his loved ones on July 31, 2023 at the age of 89.

Mike was born in Montclair. He received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Newark College of Engineering. After college he briefly worked as a consulting engineer before joining the family firm where he worked with his brothers Frank and Butch until their retirement.

He met Judith Durant at a college party and the two married and shared their lives together with much love and devotion. They settled in Verona and lovingly raised their four children. Mike is survived by his children Mary Kathryn Kottke (Dane), Cara Zichelli, Michael P. Zichelli, III (Lauren); grandchildren Christian Eikeland Kottke (Jeslyn), Hannah Kottke Greeley (Alec), Ingrid Kottke, Samuel Zichelli, and Andrew Zichelli; son-in-law William D. Ryden, II; brother Butch; as well as many nieces, nephews, and “adopted” children. He was preceded in death by his loving wife Judith, his daughter Lisa Z. Ryden, his brother Frank, his sisters Nikki DeAngelis, Mary Mastrodomenico, Leonora Cirello, Antionette Caniano, and Jenni Conti.

Mike was committed and engaged in his civic, religious, and professional communities, including the Verona Board of Adjustment, the Utility Contractors Association, the Verona Senior Citizens Housing Board, the Turtle Back Zoo, and the OLL Parish Council.

Relatives and friends are invited for a viewing at Caggiano’s Memorial Home at 62 Grove Avenue, Montclair between the hours of 4 and 8 p.m. on Thursday, August 3. A funeral mass will be offered at Our Lady of the Lake Church in Verona on Friday, August 4. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in his name to The Alzheimer’s Association, Toni’s Kitchen, or Human Needs Food Pantry .

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  1. My deepest sympathies to all the Zichelli family. I worked in the OLL cafeteria for years and got to know Judy She often spoke soo lovingly of her family and Mike. She always gave me my flu shot. Later in years I woykd meet them in shop rite in caldwell and we always chatted. Both Judy and Mike were wonderful people and so glad I got to know them over t years. Mike will surely be missed but he is holding Judy s hand once again. May he rest in peace My deepest sympathies Maria matullo ❤️


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