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Alfred Giombetti

Oct 20, 1928 - Oct 20, 2023

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Belvidere, NJ

Alfred was married to his beloved wife, Rita Giombetti (Russin), for 75 remarkable years. Together, they created a legacy filled with love, laughter, and cherished memories. He is survived by his wife Rita, his children Alfred "Fred" Giombetti and Carol Specht, his son-in-law, Ron Specht, and his sister Janet Carr. Alfred's life was enriched by his many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, including Sarah, her husband Matt, and their four boys, Tyler, Brandon, Aidan and Conner. Affectionately ...Read More

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Robert E. Morris

Jan 01, 1935 - Feb 22, 2024

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Belvidere, NJ

It is with great sadness that we must announce the passing of Robert E. Morris, who passed away on February 22 in his home in Belvidere, New Jersey. Hours of public visitation for Robert will be held on Saturday, March 2 from 1 to 3 PM with a funeral service to begin at 3 PM at Norman Dean Home for Services, Denville, NJ. All are welcome to come and celebrate the life of this incredible man. Please leave a condolence, share a memory, or light a candle to continue to let Robert’s light shine! If you would like to contribute to Robert’s memory yourself, please consider making a charitable contribution to the Hibernia Fire Department so that Robert can continue to make a positive difference in his community. Memorial donations can be made via .

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Gary L. Bystrak

Dec 21, 1939 - Feb 17, 2024

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Belvidere, NJ

Gary L. Bystrak, 84, of Belvidere, NJ, passed away February 17, 2024 surrounded by family at Karen AnnQuinlan Home for Hospice. He was born on December 21, 1939, in San Francisco, CA, to Walter andMarie (Tarasko) Bystrak.Gary’s family moved to the East Coast, where he grew up before leaving to serve in the United States AirForce. He spent the last 30 years in North Carolina. He worked as a self-employed painting contractor.Gary worked in the business until he was 70 years old.Gary prided himself on being healthy and strong. He loved lifting weights, and he always loved a goodmeal. He loved spending time in upstate New York with his dog Petra.He loved to be outdoors fixing, building, and gardening. Gary was an avid animal lover.Gary is survived by his daughters, Sandee Cicchetti (Tom), and Lisa Genoese (Nick), his granddaughters,Melissa Woodhull (Shane), Lauren and Kayla Genoese and great grandchildren, Shane Jr., and Mia. He isalso survived by his sister, Christine Batt (Jerry) and brother, Stephen Bystrak (Kathy). He is also survivedby many cousins, nieces, and nephews. He was predeceased by his sisters Marilyn and Carol.A visitation will be held at Newbaker Funeral Home in Blairstown, NJ on Sunday, February 25th from 1-3PM.

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Margaret Thompson

Aug 06, 1939 - Feb 13, 2024

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Belvidere, NJ

Margaret Thompson, most recently of Belvidere, NJ but otherwise a long-term resident of Kearny, NJ, passed away on Tuesday, February 13, 2024. Margaret was a loving and devoted daughter, sister, auntie, and friend. She was born on August 6, 1939, in The Garngad, a district in Glasgow, Scotland, later renamed Royston. Margaret is predeceased by her parents George and Catherine (Kate) Thompson, and by her brothers John, George, and Thomas. She is survived by her sister Mary Campbell of Belvidere, NJ and her brother James Thompson of Hogganfield, Glasgow, Scotland, as well as by many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews, in the US, Scotland, and Australia. Margaret moved to a care home in May 2023 after being cared for by her sister, Mary, for several years. Dementia is scary but Margaret always knew she was safe, she was loved, and she was beautiful. She was a gentle, modest, and spiritual woman. Her generosity was unparalleled, and her kindness was her greatest gift to everyone who knew her. She gave so much to so many, and the world is a better place for having had our Margaret in it. , 2024

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Henry Polanczyk, Sr.

Jan 16, 1951 - Feb 12, 2024

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Belvidere, NJ

Henry Polanczyk, Sr., 73, of Belvidere, NJ passed away peacefully at home in his sleep on Monday February 12, 2024. Born in Germany to the late Kazimiera “Kash” and Boleslaw “Benny” Polanczyk on January 16, 1951. The family moved to the US and settled in NJ when Henry was just 1 year old. Henry was a loving and loyal husband, father, grandfather and friend. He was cherished by all who knew him. Henry worked as a mechanic and electrician through the years prior to his retirement. He enjoyed junk collecting and e-baying, but most of all spending time with his family, especially his grandsons who are his pride and joy. Henry loved to tinker with things both large and small, there was nothing that he couldn’t fix. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in his death by his brother, Stephen Polanczyk. He is survived by his loving wife and companion for 50+ years, Pearl Polanczyk, children Henry Polanczyk Jr., Jill Polanczyk and husband Joseph Martin, and Janeen Bergmann and husband Stephen Bergmann, as well as grandsons Joshua Polanczyk, Donovan Bergmann and Cameron Martin. Calling Hour will be held from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM on Friday February 16, 2024 at MacFadden Funeral Home, Belvidere, NJ to be followed by a 12 Noon Graveside ceremony and burial in Belvidere Cemetery for anyone who would like to pay their respects. Please join us in celebrating the life of this wonderful man. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made in Henry’s honor to Donate Life America and PLEASE consider becoming an organ donor!

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Edward J. Gallagher

Died : Jan 30, 2024

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Belvidere, NJ

Edward J. Gallagher passed peacefully on January 30th with his family by his side. He shared 85 years of love and devotion with all who knew him. Friends and relatives may visit on Sunday, February 4th from 2-5 pm at the MacFadden Funeral Home, 325 Hardwick Street, Belvidere. A fireman’s funeral service will be held on Monday, February 5th at 10:30 am at the funeral home. Interment with military honors will follow at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Chester, NJ. Donations in his memory may be made to the good work of the Mountain Lake Fire Co., 99 Tamarack Rd., Belvidere, NJ 07823. Edward Joseph was born at home on a snowy evening in January of 1939 to his parents Edward and Mary. He was their only child and greatest blessing. He graduated Morris Hills HS after a stellar four years of track, football and academics. He turned down multiple scholarships in favor of serving our country. He proudly enlisted with the US Army. Upon his honorable discharge, he returned home and met Alberta Thomas while working at General Drafting Co. The rest was history. They married and started a family of their own, settling in Lake Rogerene, Mt. Arlington and then Mountain Lake, Belvidere where they have resided for nearly 60 years. Ed was a proud member with IBEW Local 581 until his retirement. With Alberta’s unwavering support, they made a good life for their family and always had a home filled with love and laughter. A selfless man, Ed joined the Mt. Arlington FD and the Mountain Lake Fire Company. He moved up the ranks through the years. He served as Chief and was a recipient of the Lewis Buckenmeyer Sr. Award. He was a Mason and a Tall Cedar and served as Grand Tall Cedar. Ed embodied the spirit of service and truly would help any neighbor or stranger in need. He enjoyed snowmobiling in the winter, golf in the summer and fishing any day! Above everything he loved being with his family. He was the adored Grandpa to his grandchildren and never missed a school, sport or life event. Ed was always there. He was over the moon to welcome his great grandson into this world just a few weeks back and we are certain he will continue to watch over his family with love and pride. On a snowy evening in January, Edward Joseph passed away surrounded by his family. Along with countless joyful memories, he leaves behind a legacy of commitment to his loved ones and community. May his memory be a source of comfort and inspiration for generations to come. He leaves his wife Alberta “Bert” (nee Thomas) of 63 years; his sons Edward “Butch” and his wife Janet and William “Bill” and his wife Pam; his grandchildren Casey Butcher (Austin) and Troy Gallagher; great grandson William James Butcher; sister-in-law Erla Ambrose; and many more dear friends, neighbors and fellow firemen. Next year Green Bay, next year.

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Jean Marie Rudio

Feb 12, 1935 - Jan 18, 2024

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Belvidere, NJ

Jean Marie Rudio, 88, of Belvidere, NJ, passed away January 18, 2024. Born in Pittsfield, Ma on February 12, 1935, she was the daughter of Clarence and Eugenie Corrinet Trudell. She was a graduate of Pittsfield High School and the University of Vermont. Jean was married to Harry M. Rudio, Jr. for 52 years. He predeceased her in 2010. She had been employed as an Executive Recruiter at Thomas J. Lipton Company and had worked for the Morris County Board of Social Services as a Personnel Manager. Mrs. Rudio is survived by her sons, Harry M. Rudio, III, and wife Diana of Newton, NJ, and Gary M. Rudio and wife Patricia of Byram Township, NJ. She also leaves her grandchildren, Catharine and husband Derek, Melanie, Megan and Aislinn, as well as a great grandson, Carter. Jean enjoyed her family, friends, crafting, bridge, and mahjong. Funeral Notice: Funeral services will be held, Friday, January 26, 2024, at 9 a.m. at St. Joseph Church in the South Chapel. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in her name to The Chelsea at Brookfield, Activity Fund in care of Dery Funeral Home, 54 Bradford St, Pittsfield, MA 01201.

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Gertrude J. Hoyt

Jul 28, 1933 - Jan 15, 2024

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Belvidere, NJ

Gertrude J. Hoyt, 90, of Belvidere, NJ went home to be with the Lord on Monday, January 15, 2024 at St Luke’s Warren Hospital. Gertrude was born in Phillipsburg, NJ on July 28, 1933 to the late John M. and Rose L. Melchor. She was the wife of Earl M. Hoyt for 54 years who preceded her in death April 8, 2007. Gertrude graduated from Belvidere High School as valedictorian of her class in 1951. She worked alongside her loving husband for 40 years as a bookkeeper for his excavating business. She enjoyed participating in a bowling league for many years where she made lasting friendships. Gertrude had a passion for gardening and spent many tireless hours canning and freezing vegetables and cherries for her family's enjoyment. She was a devoted mother,grandmother, and great-grandmother. She loved cooking and baking for her family, church, and community. She was especially well known for her variety of delicious pies. Gertrude always had a smile for everyone and was loved by all who knew her. She was a woman of great faith and a devoted follower of Christ. Gertrude was a member of the United Presbyterian Church for 48 years where she served as a Deacon and Elder. She was a beautiful example of living out her faith through selflessly loving and serving her family and community. Gertrude was the treasurer of her high school reunion committee as well as a member of the Belvidere High School Alumni. She was an active member of the Ladies Auxiliary for the Goodwill Fire Company for 50 years, having held offices as president and treasurer. She received a certificate signed by the Governor recognizing her 50 years of service. She is survived by two sisters, Susan Hoffman and Judy Melchor; four children, Gary and wife Kathleen of Belvidere, Linda and husband Jeffrey of St. Augustine, Florida, Frank of Belvidere, and John of Belvidere; five grandchildren, Steven Strait, Melissa Strait, Ellen Duveneck, Rachel Chiara, and Matthew Hoyt; five great-grandchildren, Luca, Emma, and Gino Chiara, and Lena and Nathan Duveneck; and many nieces and nephews. Gertrude was predeceased by her sister Rose Marie Garis, brother John M. Melchor Jr., and daughter-in-law Deborah Hoyt. A visitation of family and friends will be held on Thursday January 25, 2024 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at MacFadden Funeral Home in Belvidere, NJ, 325 Hardwick Street, Belvidere NJ, 07823. A celebration of her life will be held on Friday January 26, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. with a visitation of family and friends at 10:00 a.m. at the United Presbyterian Church of Belvidere, 224 Mansfield Street, Belvidere, NJ. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Gertrude’s name to the United Presbyterian Church of Belvidere, 224 Mansfield St, Belvidere, NJ 07823; Goodwill Fire Company, 689 Water Street Belvidere, NJ 07823; or the Belvidere Ambulance Corps, 234 Paul Street, Belvidere, NJ 07823.

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Thomas Douglas

Jan 01, 1933 - Dec 21, 2023

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Belvidere, NJ

Thomas Douglas, 90, of Belvidere NJ, passed away on December 21, 2023. Tom was born in Ledgewood NJ and attended Roxbury High School, where he met his wife of 69 years, Helen Douglas (Fischer). Tom served in the Navy as a parachute rigger from 1952 to 1956. He built a home in Chester NJ, where he raised his family. Tom retired from AT&T with over 40 years of service. Tom is lovingly known as Mr. Fix-It, as he was able to fix almost anything. Anyone who knew him was touched by his gentle, kind and patient ways. He always put others before himself, and loved helping friends, family and neighbors. Tom enjoyed skiing, camping, hiking, and was an exceptional athlete. He was a very involved family man who took great pride in his children’s and grandchildren’s accomplishments. He was predeceased by a grandson, Sean Jarvis. He is survived by his wife, Helen; two daughters, Pattie Douglas-Jarvis and Eileen Douglas-Baker; grandchildren, Ryan, Teghan and Liam; great-granddaughter, Emberly, son-in-law, Wayne, and former son-in-law Richard.

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Elmer Howell

Dec 19, 1940 - Dec 19, 2023

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Belvidere, NJ

Elmer R. Howell, 83, of Belvidere, NJ, passed away on Sunday, December 17, 2023 at St. Luke's Warren Hospital. Born on January 2, 1940 in Easton, PA, he was the son of the late Ellis and Velma Linaberry Howell. Elmer was a 1957 graduate of Belvidere High School. He then joined the US Army and served from 1957 to 1963 in the 82 Airborne Division receiving his Parachutist Badge and Rifle Marksman Medal. Elmer had been a Blue Seal Engineer for BASF for many years before retiring. He was a member of the Belvidere United Methodist Church. Elmer served as Vice President of the Board of Trustees of the Belvidere Cemetery Association and had been the superintendent of the Belvidere Cemetery for many years. He was a Life member of the Belvidere American Legion, Post 131; a member of the Lehigh Valley Chapter of the 82 Airborne Division Association; and Recollections, a trivia club. Surviving is his wife of 59 years, Carol Davis Howell; a daughter, Tina McAuliffe and her husband William of Williams Twp. , PA; a son, Richard Howell and his wife Heather of Bridgewater, NJ; six grandchildren, Michael McAuliffe and his wife Christina, Kyle McAuliffe, Daniella Fisher and her husband Brad, Anthony Howell, Cpl. Zachary Howell, USMC, and Vincent Howell; a sister, Nancy Dietz; several nephews and nieces. Funeral Services with an American Legion Service will be held 11:00 AM Saturday, December 23, 2023, at MacFadden Funeral Home. Burial with Military Honors will follow in the Belvidere Cemetery. Friends may call from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Friday, December 22, 2023 at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Elmer's memory to Tunnel to Towers (T2T. org), St. Jude Children's Hospital; Belvidere Ambulance Corps or Good Will Fire Company No. 1.

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Ayres Carole

Jun 20, 1945 - Dec 02, 2023

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Belvidere, NJ

Carole L. Ayres, age 78, of Belvidere, NJ died Saturday, December 2, 2023 at home in Belvidere. Carole was born June 20, 1945 in Jersey City, NJ. She is the daughter of the late Jacob and the late Catherine (Youmans) Garabed, Sr. She was previously employed by Hagadorn Psychiatric Hospital, Glen Gardner, NJ as the Assistant Director of Nursing. Carole was an avid reader, a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Carole is survived by her loving husband: John Ayres, her devoted daughter, Rachael Scheper and husband Karl, her cherished son, David Ayres, three grandchildren, John Ayres, III and wife Meghan, Kyle and Jessica Scheper, two sisters, Patricia Fiedler and husband Dan, Brenda Wells, a brother, Jacob Garabed, Jr. , a brother-in-law, Brian Ayres and many nieces and nephews. Visitation will be Thursday, December 7 from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ. The funeral service will be held 11:00 am on Friday, December 8 at Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N. J. with Reverend Don Gebhard officiating. Burial will follow at Union Cemetery, Hackettstown. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memorial & Honor Program, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942 in memory of Carole.

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