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Arthur Paterson

Dec 26, 1938 - Nov 29, 2023

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Franklin Lakes, NJ

Arthur John Paterson, 84, of Franklin Lakes, passed away on November 29, 2023. Arthur was born on December 26, 1938 to John and Grace Paterson (nee Colagrande) in New York City. He grew up in Paterson, NJ and settled in Franklin Lakes with his young family.Loving husband of 53 years to Laura Paterson (nee McGill). Devoted father of Michael Paterson and his wife Colleen Pagan and Arthur Paterson and his wife Stacie. Cherished grandfather of Jack, Ryan, Nicholas, Emma, James, and Benjamin. Broth...Read More

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Robert James Dottinger

Apr 17, 1935 - Jan 31, 2024

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Franklin Lakes, NJ

DOTTINGER, Robert James, age 88, a resident of Franklin Lakes, and formerly of Hawthorne, peacefully passed away on Wednesday, January 31, 2024. He was born in Queens, NY to Richard and Ellen (McGushin) Dottinger. In 1959, Robert exchanged vows with the love of his life, Diane Semenza, and together they shared 51 years of loving and loyal marriage while raising their two sons. Before his well-deserved retirement, Robert dedicated his professional life to industrial design at Dottinger Design Inc. His innovative designs graced exhibits, retail spaces, and corporate environments, leaving a lasting impact on the world of design. Robert was predeceased by his beloved wife Diane in 2010. Loving father to Richard and his wife Linda of Denville, and Paul and his wife Jennifer of Sparta. A devoted and cherished grandfather, Robert leaves behind Julia, Matthew, Annalise, Benjamin, and Jolie. He also leaves behind his sister Christine Calhoun. He was predeceased by his brother Thomas Dottinger. Friends and family may visit the Dottinger family on Sunday, February 4, 2024, from 2-6 PM at the Vander Plaat-Vermeulen Memorial Home, 530 High Mountain Road, Franklin Lakes. Funeral service to be held Monday, February 5, 2024, at 11 AM at the funeral home. Interment to follow at George Washington Memorial Park in Paramus. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Robert’s name to Building Homes for Heros. www.buildinghomesforheroes.org Click here to make a donation to Building Homes for Heroes

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Joseph J. Doran

Apr 13, 1927 - Jan 30, 2024

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Franklin Lakes, NJ

DORAN, Joseph J., age 96, of Franklin Lakes, passed away on Tuesday, January 30, 2024. He was born on April 13, 1927, to John and Julia (Gould) Doran. Joseph was born, raised, and resided in Paterson for most of his life. He attended St. George’s school and Eastside High School. He moved to Wyckoff in 1965, Hawthorne, and then ultimately settled in Franklin Lakes in 2013. Joseph was a proud United States Navy Veteran serving in World War II. He was one of the first members of St. George’s Cadets in Paterson, later becoming one of the original members of the Hawthorne Caballeros Drum and Bugle Corps. 1946. He was also an active member of the Hawthorne Alumni Corp as well as sang with the Alumni vocal chorus. He was a proud member of American Legion Post 199 in Hawthorne, member of the VFW in Hawthorne, and Elks of Wayne. Before his retirement in 1989, Joseph worked for the Electric Division of PSE&G where he rose to become Training Supervisor. Joseph was predeceased by his loving wife of 67 years, Winifred Doran (Percey) in 2017. He is survived by his cherished daughters, Kathleen Hamill and her husband James, and Karen Williams, and her husband Richard. He was predeceased by his daughter Linda Miller in 1998. Loving grandfather to Lauren Ryan and her husband Geoffrey, James Joseph Hamill and his wife Brianna, Derrick Williams and his fiancé Kelly Faulkner, Kyle Williams, and Ryan Miller. Dear great-grandfather to Liam, Mackenzie, Sydney, Ryleigh, and Easton. Joseph was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He will missed by all those who knew and loved him. He will always be remembered for his quick wit, sense of humor, and love for his family. Friends and family may visit the Doran family on Friday, February 2, 2024, from 4-7 PM at the Vander Plaat-Vermeulen Memorial Home, 530 High Mountain Road, Franklin Lakes. Funeral service to be held Saturday, February 3, 2024 at 11 AM at the funeral home. Interment to follow at Christ the King Cemetery, Franklin Lakes. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Joseph’s name to either St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital at www.stjude.org., or to Hearts of Joy International at www.heartsofjoyinternational.com. Click here to make a donation to St Jude’s Children Hospital Click here to make a donation to Hearts of Joy International

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Angelo Burrafato

Feb 17, 1932 - Jan 20, 2024

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Franklin Lakes, NJ

BURRAFATO, Angelo, 91, of Franklin Lakes on January 20, 2024. Born in Paterson he had lived in Elmwood Park before moving to Franklin Lakes in 1972. He served in the US Navy during the Korean War. Before his retirement in 1995 he was the owner of Monroe Typesetting Service in Prospect Park. Angelo was a parishioner of Most Blessed Sacrament Church of Franklin Lakes. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed golfing, gardening, hunting and fishing. Angelo was the devoted husband of Flora (Tabacchi) for 68 years. Beloved father of Dottie Anderson and her husband Clifford, Frank Burrafato and his wife Shelley, Maria Pontone and her husband Al and the late Angelo Burrafato and his wife Karyn. Loving grandfather of 11 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Friends and family may visit on Monday, January 22 from 4 PM to 8 PM at the Vander Plaat-Vermeulen Memorial Home, 530 High Mountain Road, Franklin Lakes. A Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, January 23 at 11 AM at the funeral home. Interment will be held following the service at Christ the King Cemetery, Franklin Lakes, NJ.

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Casimere Reid

May 10, 1931 - Jan 05, 2024

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Franklin Lakes, NJ

Casimere Reid (née Lysik/Sierak) age 92, passed away on Friday, January 5, 2024. Casimere was born on May 10, 1931 in Ludlow, Massachusetts before moving to Bronx in 1940's where she attended Walton High School. She married the love of her life Raymond in 1962 and prior to her retirement, she was a bookkeeper and receptionist at the Christian Health Care Center in Wyckoff. Loving wife of Raymond Reid Cherished mother of Susan Leegwater and her husband Rawn. Adored grandmother of Cody Kruger and her husband Blake. Family and friends may visit the Reid family on Wednesday, January 10 2024, from 4 – 7 PM at the Vander Plaat-Vermeulen Memorial Home, 530 High Mountain Road, Franklin Lakes. A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations be to Christian Health, Activities Fund, 301 Sicomac Ave, Wyckoff, NJ 07481 or to St Jude’s Childrens Research Hospital.

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Gloria Scherer

Feb 09, 1934 - Jan 03, 2024

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Franklin Lakes, NJ

Gloria Scherer, age 89, died peacefully on Wednesday, January 3, 2024, surrounded by her loving family at Sunrise of Franklin Lakes. Gloria was born in Englewood, NJ. She lived in NJ in Leonia and West Milford as well as Suffern, NY. Most recently, she was a resident of the Horizons Apartments in Franklin Lakes. Gloria was a Registered Nurse for more than 50 years dedicating herself to pediatrics. She was a nurse at Columbia Presbyterian for many years. Prior to her retirement, she was a Nursing Administrator at Blythedale Children’s Hospital in Valhalla, NY. Gloria loved to read and to travel. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family and friends playing cards or other games. Gloria was a beloved sister, aunt and great-aunt. She was a loving care giver to many family members over the years. Gloria was a parishioner of Most Blessed Sacrament RC Church, Franklin Lakes. Gloria is survived by her sister, Agnes Fino, and her brother, Walter Scherer. Gloria is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and their families. She was predeceased by her parents, Fred and Agnes Scherer, as well as her brothers, James, Frederick and Robert Scherer and her sisters, Virginia Scherer and Irene Thompson. The family will receive friends on Saturday, January 13, 2024 from 9:30 to 11:15 AM at the Vander Plaat Funeral Home, www.vpfh.com, 257 Godwin Ave., Wyckoff, NJ. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 12:00 PM at Our Lady of Perpetual Help RC Church, 25 Perdue Ave., Oakland, NJ with the interment to follow at Christ the King Cemetery, Franklin Lakes, NJ. In lieu of flowers and to honor Gloria’s work with children, the family suggests donations be made to St. Jude’s Tribute Program, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142. To plant a beautiful memorial tree in memory of Gloria Scherer, please visit our

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Bruno J. Colucci

May 21, 1935 - Dec 31, 2023

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Franklin Lakes, NJ

Bruno J. Colucci, (aka Poppi) age 88 of Franklin Lakes, formerly of Wanaque and Paramus, left us on Sunday December 31, 2023 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. Bruno was born in Harlem, NY on May 21, 1935 to Alfred and Eleanor Colucci (nee Troisi). Bruno is survived by his loving children; Joanne and Stephen Dufresne of Nutley, NJ, Vincent Colucci of Waldwick, NJ, Michael and Pam Colucci of Mahwah, NJ and Theresa and Rick Merino of Bloomingdale, NJ. Also surviving are Poppi’s adoring grandchildren Joseph, Danielle, Thomas, Stephen, Ricky, Diana, Elizabeth, Vincent, Courtney, Jessica, Nicholas, Matthew, Julia and Amanda and his great grandchildren Skylar, Ryder, Giana, Dino and Luca. Bruno was predeceased by his loving wife of 58 years Theresa, his daughter Diana Schmelzer, his daughter-in-law Patti Colucci, his parents, stepmother and siblings. Bruno spent most of his career working in the textile business and later as a construction and property manager in Jersey City, NJ. Bruno loved working around his home in Paramus, there was never a blade of grass that wasn’t standing at attention or a wall without stucco. If you took a tool from the garage and did not return it to the exact location where you found it, you heard about and had to report to the garage to put it where it belonged. His favorite jokes were “Do you want a cannoli? Oh we don’t have any!” The next time he offered and you said no he would then roll on the floor laughing as he opened the fridge and took out the cannoli box. “Does this smell funny to you?” usually resulted in a face full of cake. There was also waving like someone was standing behind you, and even though you knew there was no one there, you looked anyway. Bruno loved to laugh! Life after Theresa was not the same for Bruno, but he found happiness seeing his children and grandchildren or playing pinochle with his friend Janet and others at Wanaque Reserve. Visiting hours will be Friday January 5, 2024 from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the Vander Plaat Funeral Home, ww.vpfh.com, 257 Godwin Ave. Wyckoff, NJ. A Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday January 6, 2024 10:00 AM at St Luke RC Church, 340 Franklin Turnpike, Ho-Ho-Kus NJ 07423 with entombment to follow at Garden of Memories Mausoleum, Washington Township. For those wishing to make an expression of sympathy, in lieu of flowers, contributions in Bruno’s memory may be made to , or and please select the Employee Fund designation. To plant a beautiful memorial tree in memory of Bruno J. Colucci, please visit our

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Sook Ja Lee

May 05, 1944 - Dec 24, 2023

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Franklin Lakes, NJ

Mrs. Sook Ja Lee, loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend passed away peacefully on December 24, 2023. She is survived by two children and three grandchildren. She was a dedicated nurse who graduated from the Red Cross Nursing School in Korea when she met her husband Jai who was a physician. They immigrated to the US in 1971. She devoted herself fully to her family and friends. She enjoyed walks in the park with her husband, cooking for her family, and traveling together. Sook had great times with her family and friends. She was loved by all who knew her. The Lee family will receive family and friends on Saturday, February 3, 2024 at the Vander Plaat - Vermeulen Memorial Home, 530 High Mountain Road, Franklin Lakes NJ from 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Sook can be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Click here to make a donation

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Robert Apelian

Aug 15, 1926 - Dec 20, 2023

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Franklin Lakes, NJ

Robert Apelian passed away at the age of 98 in the presence of his loving wife Juliette on December 20, 2023. Robert is predeceased by his parents Megerditch and Sadica Apelian, his brother Albert, and his sisters Marie and Arshalous. He is also predeceased by his Aunt and Uncle Manas and Manoushag Apelian. He leaves behind his brothers Henry and Vartkes, his children Minas (married to Jill Cutler), Roubina (married to Jeff Dermksian), Raffi (married to Laura Herubin), and Maral Banks, and his seven grandchildren Katherine Apelian, Robert Apelian, Matthew Dermksian, Michael Dermksian, Nicole Dermksian, Julia Banks, and Taline Banks. Robert was born in Kessab, Syria and spent his childhood working first on his family farm and then learning the craft of tailoring when his family moved to Beirut, Lebanon. As a young man, Robert moved to Paris where he lived for two years completing his training in tailoring and clothing design. From there, Robert immigrated to the United States in 1953 where he started a dry cleaning and tailoring business in Jersey City, New Jersey. He married Juliette Artinian in 1960 and moved his business to Franklin Lakes where he was the owner and proprietor of Urban Cleaners for over 40 years. Robert was an active member of the Lions club of Franklin Lakes and a founding member of the Sts. Vartanantz Armenian Apostolic Church in Ridgefield Park, NJ. Robert had many passions including his love of nature and gardening, an appreciation for fine wine, his undying support of the New York Mets, and his love of Horse Racing. Most of all, Robert treasured his family and especially spending time with his grandchildren. He lived a long and fulfilling life which allowed him the opportunity to attend many family gatherings, birthday parties, high school and college graduations, and the weddings of his grandchildren Robert and Matthew. Robert truly lived the American Dream – born with little, immigrating to America and building a life where he gave his family the opportunities that he never had. He was loved by all, positively influenced those he met, and will be greatly missed by the people he touched in his 98 years. Friends may visit the Apelian family on Thursday, December 28th from 6:00-9:00 PM at Vander Plaat-Vermeulen Memorial Home. A funeral mass will on Friday, December 29th at 10:00am at Sts Vartanantz Armenian Apostolic Church, 461 Bergen Blvd, Ridgefield, NJ 07657 Interment at Christ the King Cemetery, Franklin Lakes. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Robert & Juliette Apelian Endowment with the Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU) which goes to support education in Armenia.

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Kathleen Gibbons

Nov 27, 1957 - Dec 19, 2023

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Franklin Lakes, NJ

Kathleen Gibbons, 66, of Franklin Lakes, died on Tuesday, 12/19/23, after a brief illness. Kate grew up in Woodcliff Lake, attended Pascack Hills High School and spent her career in electronic sales. She was a sales manager for Sony Corporation, her last assignment being Manhattan and the northeastern region before retiring. Over the years she had many large clients, including the Walt Disney Company. Among Kate's great joys were her two nephews, her lifelong friends, her many German Shepherd dogs over the years, and lately her Irish Doodle, Malachy. Kate's love of beautiful handbags and shoes was only a hobby, although some have thought she could go pro. Kate also volunteered her time at the Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center. She is survived by her brother, Thomas, of Grand Beach, Michigan, and her nephews, John and Michael. She is pre-deceased by her mother Gloria; father, Robert Francis, and her brother, Robert Michael. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, December 27, 2023 from 10:00am - 12:15pm. A memorial service will be held at 12:15pm with burial to follow at Maryrest Cemetery, Mahwah. To to the family or in memory of Kathleen Gibbons, please

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Evelyn Mutzberg

May 07, 1930 - Dec 12, 2023

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Franklin Lakes, NJ

MUTZBERG, Evelyn (Huber), age 93, of Franklin Lakes, passed away on Tuesday, December 12, 2023. Evelyn was born in North Bergen, NJ to John and Hilda (Philipp) Huber. Evelyn was predeceased by her loving husband of 71 years, Robert Mutzberg in March of this year. They resided in Franklin Lakes since 1951 where they raised their family. Evelyn worked for the family business as a mender, Paragon Embroidery in Franklin Lakes. She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Franklin Lakes. Evelyn is survived by her loving children, Robert Mutzberg and his wife Arlene of Franklin Lakes, and Carol Rasovic and her husband Michael of Wyckoff. Beloved grandmother to Reed and his wife Jaquie, Kyle and his wife Jessica, Katherine and her husband Michael, Christine and her husband John, Alexandra and her husband John, and Michael and his wife Brittany. Loving great-grandmother of 15 great-grandchildren. Evelyn was predeceased by her brother, John Huber. Family meant so much to Evelyn and she enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She will be missed by all those who knew and loved her. Family and friends may visit the Mutzberg family on Sunday, December 17, 2023, from 2-6 PM at the Vander Plaat-Vermeulen Memorial Home, 530 High Mountain Road, Franklin Lakes. A Funeral service will be held Monday, December 18, 2023, at 10:30 AM at the funeral home. Interment to follow at Redeemer Cemetery, Mahwah. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations be made in Evelyn's memory to the Franklin Lakes Volunteer Ambulance Corps, 480 Bender Ct. , Franklin Lakes, NJ 07417.

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