Saturday, March 9, 2013
Ronald A. Sarno, 71, of Ridgewood, died after being struck by a car on N. Walnut St. Tuesday night.
A pedestrian struck by a car less than a block from his Ridgewood home on Tuesday night has died as a result of his injuries, authorities confirmed. Ronald A. Sarno, 71, was clad in a dark business suit Tuesday night when he was struck by a Lexus sedan while was crossing N. Walnut Street near the T.D. Bank and Stop & Shop. He was rushed to Hackensack University Medical Center suffering from a head injury but died early Friday morning. Numerous agencies have been investigating the accident. Police earlier this week said the driver, a 48-year-old Ridgewood man, had not been cited. Police did not say Saturday if that had changed. The victim – who has lived nearby on N. Walnut Street for 25 years – did not use the crosswalk, police said. …
Monday, March 4, 2013
The Hawes Elementary School teacher died of heart failure on Feb. 18 while on vacation.
A beloved Ridgewood teacher who overcame breast cancer 12 years ago died on Feb. 18 as a result of heart failure, according to her family. Shirley Kolkebeck, 60, of Harrington Park, passed away in her sleep while on vacation with her husband of 39 years in the Cayman Islands. The educator worked in Ridgewood for nearly 23 years, many teaching kindergarten through second grade, said her husband, Ken. Colleagues named her the Hawes Teacher of the Year in 2011. "She loved the kids, and especially little kids," Ken said Friday. "She just liked helping kids and bringing them along. That was what her passion was." The Hawes Elementary School teacher moved into education later than most educators, starting as a teacher's aide to autistic children…
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Shirley Kolkebeck was an educational specialist at the Ridgewood elementary school.
A respected Ridgewood school teacher unexpectedly died last week, school board president Sheila Brogan announced at Monday night's board meeting. Shirley Kolkebeck, 60, of Harrington Park, was an educational specialist at Hawes Elementary School. She was hired in Ridgewood in 1992 as a kindergarten teacher. She taught a combination of traditional elementary school classes and more specialized groups during her 20-plus year tenure. "Shirley was a very well-liked and respected staff member of the Hawes community," Brogan said. In 2011, Kolkebeck received the Hawes Elementary School teacher recognition award. The board held a moment of silence in Kolkebeck's memory Monday night. She leaves behind her husband, two sons and five grandchildren.
Monday, February 25, 2013
Former Ridgewood resident is known for leading the New York Daily News' coverage of 9/11.
Monday, February 25
A longtime village resident and editor of the New York Daily News died last Monday at the age of 64. Lou Parajos, 64, died of heart failure at his new Washington Township home, relatives told the big apple daily. The former Ridgewood resident left the Daily News in 2005 after a 35 year career in which he climbed to managing editor. "Sweet Lou" helped lead the tabloid's 9/11 coverage and was known in the newsroom for his gruff demeanor. His funeral was held at Van Emburgh Funeral Home in Ridgewood on Saturday.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Rosemary Rozema taught in Ridgewood schools for three decades.
Wednesday, February 20
A former Ridgewood teacher died Sunday at the age of 89, according to her obituary. Rosemary Rozema taught for 33 years, spending most of her career at Somerville and Willard elementary schools. She retired in 1988. Rozema volunteered at Valley Hospital's Kurth Cottage and at Christian Healthcare Center in Wyckoff. The Ridgewood Christian Reformed Church parishioner lived in Ridgewood for almost 60 years. She leaves behind three children, two brothers and grandchildren. Her funeral service is scheduled for Thursday at Vander Plaat Funeral Home in Wyckoff at 11 a.m.
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Zack lived in Ridgewood for nearly 50 years and was active as a community volunteer.
Tuesday, February 19
The following was submitted by C C Van Emburgh Funeral Home in Ridgewood. Charlotte Jane (Owens) Zack, 83, of Ridgewood, NJ passed away Friday, January 25, 2013 in Bennington, VT following declining heath. Charlotte was born on March 11, 1929 in Ossining, NY the eldest daughter of the late Garldon Guy Owens and Charlotte Cecelia Beach Owens. On July 26, 1952 Charlotte married James Zack at Christ Church, Ridgewood, NJ. Her loving husband of almost 60 years predeceased her on March 5, 2012. Charlotte resided in Ridgewood (the lifelong home of her husband) for almost 50 years. She and Jim also resided briefly in Holland and Kuwait. They loved to travel together and visited all 48 contiguous states and Alaska by car. Charlotte was an active …
Monday, February 18, 2013
The Glen Rock native was a probationary member of the Glen Rock Volunteer Fire Department.
Lifelong resident of Glen Rock Kevin Michael Walsh, 21, died on Feb. 8, according to his obituary. Walsh, a probationary member of the Glen Rock Volunteer Fire Department was an avid sports fan who was employed at the Radiator Store in Saddle Brook. "My dream is to fix up old cars and have fun while i do it," Walsh wrote on his Facebook profile. He called the decision to join the Glen Rock Fire Department "the best decision that I believe I have made in my life." "I did not make any new friends when I joined but I did however acquire a new big family, that teaches me new things every time that I see them," he wrote. The 2009 GRHS graduate is survived by his parents and two siblings. On his Facebook profile, Walsh says his aunt, uncle and …
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Lembo was also a WWII navy veteran.
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Tuesday, February 5
A retired Ridgewood police officer passed away at the age of 91 on Jan. 30, according to his obituary. Louis Lembo, of Somerset, NJ, was a Ridgewood police officer for 30 years, retiring in 1980. The Paterson native also served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. Following retirement, he worked as a security staff member at Valley Hospital in Ridgewood. He leaves behind two sons, Donald and his wife Susan Lembo, of Suffern, NY; and Stephen and wife Robbin Lembo of West Milford, NJ. He was the grandfather of three. A mass was held Tuesday morning at Our Lady of Mount Carmel RC Church in Ridgewood. The burial will be held at George Washington Memorial Park in Paramus.
Guy Tozzoli was the founder of the World Trade Centers Association and a longtime Westwood resident.
Guy Tozzoli, who founded the World Trade Centers Association and oversaw the construction and operation of the World Trade Center in Manhattan, died in his sleep Saturday, according to an obituary. He was 90. Tozzoli lived in Westwood for 60 years before moving to South Carolina two years ago, his son, Michael, told Patch. He began working for the Port Authority in 1946, taking a break to serve in the Navy from 1950 to 1952. Tozzoli then returned to the Port Authority and was named Director of World Trade in in 1962. It was "Tozzoli’s vision," according to the obituary, which led to the construction of the 110-story Twin Towers. "My dad was, in many ways, larger than life," Michael Tozzoli told Patch Tuesday. "How many people can say they …
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Funeral scheduled for Wednesday morning.
Tuesday, January 22
Elizabeth "Betty" Frances McDonagh died at the age of 84 on Saturday, according to her death notice. Betty was the beloved wife of the late Thomas McDonagh, who predeceased her in 1997. She leaves behind two daughters, four granchildren and three siblings. The Glen Rock resident was a parishioner of St. Catharine Roman Catholic Church in Glen Rock and volunteered with the Valley Hospital Auxiliary at Kurth Cottage. Betty worked as the secretary to the vice president of General Foods in New York for a number of years. The funeral will begin Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. at Feeney Funeral Home in Ridgewood. A funeral mass is scheduled at St. Catharine at 10 a.m. followed by the internment at Marycrest Cemetary in Mahwah. In lieu of flowers, …