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Kristine Atkins

Apr 18, 1975 - Oct 09, 2023

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Fredon, NJ

Kristine "Dawn" Atkins, 48, of Fredon, NJ, passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 7, 2023 in Mendham, NJ with her family by her side. Dawn was born on April 18, 1975 in Dover, NJ. She worked as a school bus driver for Byram Twp. and the Sparta Board of Education for several years. Everyone who met Dawn became her friend. She was loyal, caring, and loved by all. She was an old soul who enjoyed watching old movies and listening to music from the 1950's. Dawn was a talented crocheter and knitt...Read More

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Robert F. Zawistowski

Mar 26, 1961 - Feb 16, 2024

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Fredon, NJ

Robert F. Zawistowski, 62, of Hopatcong, NJ passed away Friday morning February 16, 2024 surrounded by loved ones at Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice in Fredon. Robert was born on March 26, 1961 in Bayonne, NJ to the late Robert P. and the late Dorothy C. (Tkaczyk) Zawistowski. Robert was a long-time resident of Hopatcong. He worked for Montclair State University where he was the Manager of Buildings and Grounds prior to his retirement. He was always handy and known for his ability to fix anything and everything. He was known to “Bobby things up to the “all you gotta do is….” stage. Robert enjoyed music, playing the guitar, and was an avid football and baseball fan. He was a member of the Porsche Club of America. At the end of the day, all he needed was his family and midnight burgers. Robert’s always put his family first. His greatest joy was spending time with his grandchildren. Robert is survived by his loving Wife Daria (Creedon) Zawistowski, his children Natalie Pospisil and husband Scott, son Eric Zawistowski, five grandchildren; Amelia Pospishil, Oliver Pospishil, Alice Pospishil, Gabriel Zawistowski, and Artemius Zawistowski, Sisters, Janine Byrne and husband John Byrne, Dorothy Rainey, Cynthia Apostol and husband Michael Apostol, Mary DeRosa and husband Gregory DeRosa, brother Edward Zawistowski and wife Jennifer Zawistowski, brothers-in-law; Michael Creedon and wife, Annette and Marc Creedon and wife, Theresa, sister-in-law; Nancy Walsh and husband, John and many nieces and nephews; Melissa Bowen and husband, Brandon, Rachel and Jessica Creedon, Christine Byrne, Lena Simon and husband, Michael, Thomas Rainey and wife, Katelyn, Corinne Rainey, Adam Rainey and wife, Genevieve, Caroline and Catherine Apostol, and Justin and Lucas Zawistowski. Also surviving is former daughter-in-law, Anna Luarsabova Robert is predeceased by his brother-in-law Thomas Rainey. Robert’s Life Celebration will include visiting on Monday February 19, 2024 from 2:00-6:00 PM at Leber-Lakeside Funeral Home, 150 Landing Road, Landing, NJ. A prayer service will be offered at 5:30 PM at the funeral home. Cremation is private. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial donations to .

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Nancy L. Chambellan

Feb 27, 1955 - Jan 22, 2024

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Fredon, NJ

Nancy L. Chambellan, 68, of Hope, NJ, and previously of Washington, NJ passed away on January 22, 2024, at the Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice House in Fredon, NJ. Nancy was born on February 27, 1955, in Phillipsburg, NJ to the late Quentin and Margaret Chambellan. Graduating from Warren Hills High School in 1973, she later earned a BA in Psychology from Eastern Nazarene College in 1977. Nancy worked as a social worker for the NJ Department of Human Services until her retirement in 1999. She volunteered for many years at the Presby Memorial Iris Gardens in Upper Montclair, NJ. She was known to many as a master gardener and her irises received numerous awards over the years. Nancy loved to participate in local theater productions and had a passion for singing, songwriting, and playing guitar. Nancy is survived by her siblings; N. Bruce Chambellan and his wife, Sandra, Lorri Schaumberg and Linda LaBoy, and her husband Joe. She also leaves behind her cherished nephew and nieces, Ed and daughters, Patricia, Kathy, Mary, and Erica. In addition to her parents, Nancy was preceded in death by her sister, Caroline Hernandez and brother-in-law Ted Schaumberg. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Nancy's name to a charity of one's choice. All services at this time have been made private and under the direction of Warren Hills Memorial Home, 234 West Washington Ave., Washington, NJ 07882. To send an online condolence please visit www.warrenhillsmemorialhome.com.

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Rose Ann Slate

Jan 06, 1950 - Jan 12, 2024

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Fredon Township, NJ

Rose Ann Slate, age 74, of Fredon Township, New Jersey passed away at home on Friday, January 12, 2024. Rose Ann was born on January 6, 1950 in Scranton, Pennsylvania to the late George and Maryann Bargiel. She worked as the head cashier for ShopRite for 25 years before retiring in 2013. In her younger years Rose Ann was an avid crafter, enjoyed traveling, and was very involved in the PTA. In her spare time she liked watching TV and playing solitaire, but she especially treasured the moments when she was around her two grandchildren. Rose Ann is survived by her children, Ronald Slate and his wife Tanya, and Deborah Slate. She is also survived by her two beloved grandchildren Hannah and Hayden Slate. Rose Ann is predeceased by her husband, Ronald Slate. A celebration of Rose Ann's life will take place on Saturday, January 20, 2024 at Smith-McCracken Funeral Home, 63 High St, Newton, NJ 07860. Additional service details are forthcoming. Memorial donations in Rose Ann’s honor may be made to the American Diabetes Association, PO Box 7023, Merrifield, VA 22116

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Harold L. Lynch

Dec 15, 1929 - Jan 02, 2024

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Fredon Township, NJ

Harold “Hal” L. Lynch, of Sparta, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 2, 2024 at Karen Ann Quinlan Home for Hospice in Fredon Township. He was 94. Born in McLean, Illinois to the late Clarence E. and Lorena B. (Hancock) Lynch on December 15, 1929; Hal was the youngest of five children. In addition to his parents, he was also predeceased by his brothers, Michael, Donald and Kenneth Lynch; and his sister, Lillian Dye. Hal is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Judith Kathleen (Kruse) Lynch of Sparta; his sons, Kurt Lynch of Sparta, and Kip Lynch of Maine; his daughter, Kim Lynch (Jim Hatch) of Maine; and his grandchildren Myles and Mia Bella. Hal is also survived by his sister-in-law, LaDonna Lynch of McLean, IL; his brother-in-law, William E. Kruse of Long Beach, CA; as well as many nieces and nephews. Hal was a proud Korean War Veteran and a member of the Army Reserves, attaining rank of Lt. Colonel. He was also a member of the American Legion and participated in parades, ceremonies and activities. Hal was an avid gardener at his home in Sparta, and a 40-year member of Newton Country Club, enjoying golf. Hal served his community as a Town Councilor, President of the Rotary Club, and a member of the Chamber of Commerce. He volunteered with the Sparta Ambulance Service and was a Boy Scout Troop Leader and member of the Sparta Historical Society. A memorial service with Military Honors will be held at the Northern New Jersey Veterans Memorial Cemetery in the Spring of 2024. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Harold’s memory to support of the Sparta Historical Society, 336 Main Street, Sparta, NJ 07871. Online condolences may be offered below.

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Shirley Vitz

Jun 18, 1933 - Dec 11, 2023

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Fredon, NJ

Shirley J. (Pittenger) Vitz, age 90, formerly of Green Township, New Jersey passed away peacefully on Monday December 11, 2023 with her family by her side at the Karen Ann Quinlan Home for hospice in Fredon, New Jersey. Shirley was born on June 18, 1933 in Stillwater, New Jersey to the late Lewis and Edna Irene Pittenger. She graduated from Newton High School in 1952, and went on to earn her Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 1975. Shirley worked for the Green Township School District for a few years before dedicating 33 years as a preschool teacher for Redeemer Lutheran Church. Shirley married the late Robert P. Vitz on September 4, 1954 and together they made their cherished home on Pequest Road in Green Township. Shirley was an active member of the Tranquility United Methodist Church, YAGS, and the Newton Junior Women's Club. Shirley is survived by her two children: Paul T. Vitz and his wife Helen of Hawley, Pa. , and Susan E. Snook and her husband Donald of Hampton Twp, NJ; her eight grandchildren: Timothy Snook of Hampton Twp, NJ, Christopher Snook and his wife Kara of Concord, NH, Kacey (Snook) Gallagher and her husband Patrick of Fredon, NJ, Thomas Vitz and his wife Lisa of Greeley, PA, and Renee Vitz of Hawley, PA; her two step-granddaughters: Erin Bringhurst of Moscow, PA and Amanda Villani and her husband Adam of Olympia, WA; her sister Mary VanAuken of Hamilton, NY; 6 great-grandchildren, 5 step great-grandchildren, and one great-great-granddaughter. Shirley was predeceased by her husband Robert who passed away in 2007; her four siblings Lewis Pittenger Jr. (1950), Harold (Hick) Pittenger (2000), Marjorie Lantz (2019) and Mildred Mickalauskas (2015). A visitation for Shirley will be held Saturday, December 16, 2023 from 9 a. m. to 11 a. m. at Tranquility United Methodist Church, 5 Kennedy Rd, Green Township, NJ 07821, with a funeral service at 11 a. m. followed by burial at Tranquility Cemetery, 19 Maple Lane Rd. Green Township, NJ 07821. In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to Tranquility United Methodist Church, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, or the Karen Ann Quinlan Home for Hospice. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy to Shirley's family may be shared below.

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Orlo Wales

Mar 04, 1939 - Nov 19, 2023

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Fredon, NJ

Orlo "Butch" Wales, age 84 of Wantage, passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 19th, 2023, at the Karen Ann Quinlan Home for Hospice in Fredon. Born in Newton to the late Orlo and Helen Wales, Butch grew up in Sparta and lived in Stillwater and Montana before settling in Wantage ten years ago. Butch worked as a driver for Anheuser-Busch and following his retirement he moved to Montana, where he owned and operated the Philipsburg Motel. An avid outdoorsman, Butch loved hunting and fishing. He was especially fond of elk hunting, and in Montana, Butch worked as a guide for elk hunting tours. Predeceased by his wife, Mary Lou Wales; grandson Johnny Wright; and his beloved lab, Shadow, Butch is survived by his loving daughter Debbie Wright and her husband Greg; grandchildren Sarah Ziccardi and husband Anthony, and Jeffrey Galindo; and great-grandchildren Zach and Mason. Arrangements for Butch are private and under the direction of the F. John Ramsey Funeral Home, One Main Street, Franklin, NJ 07416. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice Foundation, 99 Sparta Avenue, Newton, NJ 07860. Online condolences may be offered through fergusonfuneralhomesnj. com

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Kristine Atkins

Apr 18, 1975 - Oct 09, 2023

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Fredon, NJ

Kristine "Dawn" Atkins, 48, of Fredon, NJ, passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 7, 2023 in Mendham, NJ with her family by her side. Dawn was born on April 18, 1975 in Dover, NJ. She worked as a school bus driver for Byram Twp. and the Sparta Board of Education for several years. Everyone who met Dawn became her friend. She was loyal, caring, and loved by all. She was an old soul who enjoyed watching old movies and listening to music from the 1950's. Dawn was a talented crocheter and knitter and would often make blankets for family and friends. She loved the color red, which is symbolic for love, courage, and passion, all of the traits which she possessed each and every day. Dawn took pleasure in the look and smell of a bright red rose, the sight of a beautiful butterfly floating through the air, and a sunrise down the shore. Her greatest love of all was her family, especially her two grandbabies. Dawn is survived by her beloved husband of 23 years, Robert Michael Atkins, two devoted children, Kristel Schinzel and her husband, Wolf, and Kathleen Hailey, her grandchildren, Katrisa and Wolf, her step-grandchildren, Kelsey and Kailee, her mother, Kristine, her father, Paul, and her 3 sisters, Karrie Anne Kanzenbach, Kyleigh von Dohlen, and Kacie Catano. Dawn's Life Celebration will include a visitation on Wednesday, October 11, 2023 from 2pm to 4pm and 7pm to 9pm at the William J Leber Funeral Home, 15 Furnace Road (Corner of Rt. 206), Chester, NJ (908) 879-3090. Dawn's final interment will be held privately by the family. The family requests that everyone please try to wear Dawn's favorite color, red, to the visitation in tribute to Dawn. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Dawn's name to the American Cancer Society at https://donate. cancer. org/.

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Charles Zimmerman

Apr 02, 1938 - Sep 12, 2023

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Fredon, NJ

Charles L. Zimmerman, 85, of Fredon, NJ died Monday, September 11, 2023 surrounded by his family. He was born and raised in Elizabeth and moved to Colonia where he raised his family. Charles also lived in Orlando FL. for 20 years and Toms River before moving to Fredon in 2022. He was employed by Steamfitters Local #475 in Newark for eight years, later he was employed as a steamfitter forAnheuser Busch in Newark for 25 years before retiring. Mr. Zimmerman proudly served his country in the U. S. Navy from 1955-1959. he as a communicant of St. John Vianney R. C. Church , Colonia and a member and Past Exalted Ruler and Vice President of the Rahway Elks B. P. O. E. #1075. Charles was also a Past President of the Wedgefield Golf Club in Orlando FL. Mr. Zimmerman was predeceased by his great-grandchild Tyler. He is survived by his wife of over 60 years Jacqueline Zimmerman (nee Vogel) and his three children; Linda Campanelli and her husband James of Linden , Darlene Eimont and her husband Robert of Aberdeen and Charles Zimmerman and his wife Alexandria of Fredon. Charles will also be missed by his seven grandchildren; Gary, Christine, Nicholas, Danny, Drew, Anthony and Alissa as well as his two great-grandchildren Ava and Jackson. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the visitation Wednesday, September 13, 2023 from 4-8 PM in the Pettit- Davis Funeral Home, 371 West Milton Ave, Rahway. Cremation will be private. in lieu of flowers donations can be made in memory of Charles L. Zimmerman to the Dravet Foundation at www. dravetfoundation. org.

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Elizabeth Sherlock

Jun 01, 1928 - Sep 01, 2023

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Fredon, NJ

Elizabeth J. "Betsy" Sherlock, age 95 of Ogdensburg, passed away peacefully on Friday, September 1 st , 2023 at the Karen Ann Quinlan Home for Hospice in Fredon. Born in New York City, NY to the late Charles and Josephine (Weldon) Naughton, Betsy grew up in Hell's Kitchen and lived in Union City before settling in Ogdensburg in 1960. Prior to her retirement, Betsy worked for the Ogdensburg Board of Education first as a board secretary, then as a business administrator. Betsy was also an active parishioner at St. Thomas of Aquin RC Church in Ogdensburg, where she participated in the Rosary Society and countless church functions. She had a passion for the Rosary and an unceasing devotion to The Blessed Mother. Predeceased by her husband, John F. Sherlock; brothers, Charles and John Naughton; sisters Catherine Murphy and Joan Naughton; and daughter-in-law Judy A. Sherlock, Betsy is survived by her sons, Kevin, Dennis, Timothy, and Christopher Sherlock and his longtime companion, Bonnie Peacock; grandchildren Bryan, Matthew, and Adam Sherlock; and her great-grandson, Blake Sherlock. She is also survived by her loving friends, especially Marge Castagna and Mrs. Kathy Smythe. A visitation for Betsy will be held on Wednesday, September 6 th , 2023 from 4-8PM at the F. John Ramsey Funeral Home, One Main Street, Franklin, NJ 07416. A Funeral Mass will be on Thursday, September 7 th , 10AM at St. Thomas of Aquin RC Church in Ogdensburg. Burial in the St. Thomas Cemetery will follow. Memorial gifts in lieu of flowers to SCARC, 11 Rt 206, Suite 100, Augusta, NJ 07822-2024 or St Thomas of Aquin RC Church, 53 Kennedy Avenue, Ogdensburg, NJ 07439 would be greatly appreciated.

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Roman Ryba Sr

Apr 01, 1947 - Aug 29, 2023

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Fredon, NJ

On August 29, 2023, Roman Stanislaw Ryba Sr, of Fredon, NJ peacefully passed away. Roman is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Judith 'Judi' (Balun) Ryba, daughter Nicole Ryba-Brown (Warren) of Fredon, daughter Kimberly Panaite (Aurel) of Sparta, son Roman Ryba Jr. (Lynn) of Sparta, and son Jonathan Ryba (fiancee Lauryn) of Fredon. Roman had two well-loved grandsons- Nicholas and Luca Panaite. Roman will also be missed by his sisters, Lucyna Dzieduszko of Cary, NC and Stasia Tukiendorf (Victor) of Toms River, NJ along with his nieces, nephews and cousins. Roman was born on April 1, 1947, in Jaslo, Poland to the late Stefania (Majka) and Julian Ryba. He was the youngest of four children and only son. At the age of 14, Roman and his family immigrated to the United States and settled in Newark, NJ where he attended Irvington Technical School and completed training as an Architectural Draftsman. Roman was very proud of his Polish American heritage and had served as the President of the Polish Home in Irvington, NJ and actively had participated in the annual Pulaski Day Parade down 5th Avenue in NYC. Work was his passion, and over his 40+ year career in the construction industry--he felt a powerful sense of accomplishment knowing that his companies contributed to thousands of homes in New Jersey. His favorite project was Waterfall Ridge of Fredon and unofficially was the 'mayor' knowing all of the families and watching them enjoy what he had built. Retirement was not in his vocabulary, and he had a dream come true when he later got to work for his son as chief operator--enjoying both the digging and mentoring aspects. Faith and family were of utmost importance to Roman and he regularly looked to give back to his church and community by participating as a chaperone to the Youth Ministry to see Pope John Paul in Rome, Paris and Montreal. Additionally, he donated his time and equipment to several community beautification projects - adding trees and playgrounds. Roman loved to try new restaurants, travel, polka music and dancing, chess, lively discussions on politics and religion, watching soccer (both European and his grandsons locally) but most of all, he loved his time with his family and friends. He loved to lead a good belting of the Polish traditional song of 'Sto Lot' as it meant all were together and celebrating a life and love. Roman and his family have a strong appreciation for the medical teams at Atlantic Health in Newton and Morristown who initially saved him in 2007 from heart failure and gave him 16+ years of life. To the many nurses, doctors, support teams and all those who treated Roman throughout the years--Thank you. Additionally, he is forever grateful for the first responder volunteers of the Fredon EMS - especially Carl Lazzaro. A Memorial Mass will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, September 11th, 2023 at Our Lady of the Lake in Sparta, NJ. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation to Fredon EMS - 443 Route 94, Fredon, NJ 07860.

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