In Memoriam • NJCU Alumni

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In Memoriam • NJCU Alumni

In an effort to honor members of the university community who have passed away — including students, alumni, and active or retired faculty or staff — the Office of Marketing and Communications has introduced an In Memoriam section of our website for loved ones and friends to leave memories and tributes on NJCU.edu. In accordance with NJCU's new In Memoriam policy, this page is dedicated to honoring those graduates of New Jersey City University, Jersey City State College, New Jersey State Teachers College, and New Jersey State Normal School at Jersey City. When possible, we will link to obituaries, news articles or other sources to honor the deceased.

If you would like to leave remembrances or tributes to the deceased, please complete our In Memoriam form.

If you would like to submit information for the In Memoriam page, please contact news@njcu.edu.

2022

Patricia Taranto (nee Rainey) '75 (B.A. in Health Sciences) of Stockhold, N.J., passed away on November 20, 2022 at the age of 85. She was a long-time school nurse, guidance counselor, and student assistance coordinator in the Bloomingdale, Cedar Grove, Sussex Vo-Tech and Newton school systems. | Obituary

Janette Leber (nee Wybrandt) '77 (B.A. in Education) of Paramus, N.J., formerly of Jersey City, N.J., passed away on November 13, 2022 at the age of 73. She taught for the Jersey City Board of Education for most of her career and before retiring with the Westwood Board of Education. | Obituary

Felicia P. Sahli '71 (B.A. in Health Education and School Nursing) of Branchburg, N.J., formerly of Bayonne, N.J., passed away on November 13, 2022 at the age of 80. A retired registered nurse, she was the former head nurse for the Occupational Center of Union County for 20 years. | Obituary

Ruth P. Grover (nee Maurer) '67 (B.A. in Education) of Sayreville, N.J. passed away on November 12, 2022 at the age of 76. She taught in the Old Bridge School System and at Our Lady of Victories in
Sayreville, the majority teaching Middle School math and religious studies. | Obituary

Paul T. Jamolawicz '84 (B.S. in Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement) of Berkeley Heights, N.J., a captain in the Bayonne Police Department, passed away suddenly while on duty on November 11, 2022 at the age of 61. He was a 37-year veteran of the department. He was promoted captain in February 2018, lieutenant in 2013, and sergeant in 1999, and worked in the patrol division, detective bureau, the narcotics unit, and the internal affairs unit throughout his career. He was the recipient of three commendations and seven Excellent Police Service Awards. He also was a business owner in Bayonne. | ObituaryHudson County View story | NJ101.5 | FOX 5 NY | Fox News | PIX 11 | ABC 7 Eyewitness News | CBS News | Tapinto News

Cora Zakrzewski (nee Rowan) '77 (B.A. in Education) of Bogota, N.J. passed away on November 10, 2022 at the age of 84. She worked as a nurse for 41 years, including at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. | Obituary

Marion Benjamin of Orange, N.J. passed away on November 9, 2022 at the age of 93. A former teacher in Orange, she was a former graduate student at Jersey City State. | Obituary

Betty Louise Scott of Neptune, N.J., passed away on November 9, 2022 at the age of 81. | Obituary 

Lawrence Curtis "Larry" Coleman of Crescent City, Fla., formerly of Jersey City, N.J., passed away on November 7, 2022 at the age of 67. He was a U.S. Army veteran, earning numerous medals. | Obituary

Shohreh Shirvani Andresky '04 (M.A. in Mathematics Education) of Caldwell, N.J. passed away suddenly on November 2, 2022 at the age of 64. Born in Iran, she emigrated to the United States in 1977 and was a mathematics professor at Essex County College for 25 years. | Obituary

Yvonne Theresa Goodson (nee Roberts) '79 (B.S. in Criminal Justice; Minor in Pre-Law) of Jacksonville, Fla., formerly of the Bronx, N.Y., passed away on November 1, 2022 at the age of 64. She worked in the NYC District Attorney's office, the FBI, and for most of her career, in homeless services. | Obituary

Kénel Hyppolite of Jersey City, N.J., formerly of Haiti, died in November, 2022 (exact date not published) at the age of 66. | Obituary

Mark M. Arias '80 (B.A. and M.A. in History) of Manchester, N.J., formerly of Bayonne, N.J., passed away on October 30, 2022 at the age of 64. He was a teacher of ESL students for the Bayonne School system. | Obituary

Alexander S. Biro '70 (B.A. in Music Education) of Clifton, N.J., passed away on October 29, 2022 at the age of 74. He was a microbiologist and freelance musician prior to his retirement. | Obituary

Julie Rose Gottstein (Miskolczi) '73 (B.A. in Health Education and School Nursing) of Edison, N.J., passed away on October 26, 2022 at the age of 80. She worked as a Registered Nurse in private practice, hospitals, and schools and was a speaker for the American Parkinson's Disease Association. | Obituary

Dr. William Kennedy Venino '63 and M.A. '65 (B.A. in Social Science), of Belmar, N.J., formerly of Orange, N.J., passed away on October 23, 2022 at the age of 83. A 1986 inductee into the Lawrence R. Schiner NJCU Athletics Hall of Fame in the sport of men's basketball, Bill scored 997 career points in only two and a half seasons. Considered one of the greatest players of his era at the college, he was a two-time First-Team All-NJSCAC selection in both 1961 and 1963 when he set several JCSC scoring and assist records. He helped lead JCSC to the first of its record 13 conference championships during the 1960-61 campaign. A former teacher, he later served as an adjunct college professor, school psychologist, counselor, chief psychologist, and licensed clinical psychologist in private practice. He was married to Gothic sweetheart Brenda Venino ‘65. | Obituary

Charles Anthony Manzella '74 (B.A. Education and M.A. in Education with LDTC and supervisor certification), of South Windsor, Conn., formerly of Pine Brook, N.J., passed away on October 20, 2022 at the age of 70. He began his career as a special education teacher in the Newark Public Schools system in 1974 and retired as the principal of the New Jersey Regional Day School in 2011. | Obituary

Gail M. Werthwein (Fitzpatrick) of Edison, N.J. formerly of Carteret, N.J., passed away on October 20, 2022 at the age of 68. She spent 40 years as an accountant with the Wakefern Food Corporation | Obituary

Alfred Joseph Dichiara Jr. '69 (B.A. in English) of Jackson, S.C., and formerly of Bayonne, N.J., passed away on October 17, 2022 at the age of 75. A former United States Marine and member of its Delta Forces who served tours in Vietnam, he later taught at Long Branch High School and later became a police officer for 16 years with the Long Branch Police Department. | Obituary

Frederick A. McLaughlin III, passed away on October 17, 2022 at the age of 73. A United States Army and Air Force veteran, he was born in Maine, raised in Maryland and lived in 13 states until settling in New Jersey. He studied in NJCU's graduate program towards a Certificate of Teacher of the Handicapped. | Obituary

Olga Medvigy '66 (B.A. in Nursing) of Carteret, N.J. passed away on October 15, 2022 at the age of 95. She served as a nurse at the former Perth Amboy General Hospital (now known as Hackensack Meridian Raritan Bay Medical Center) before later moving to John F. Kennedy Medical Center in Edison as associate director of nursing. | Obituary

Lisa Cerbone '80 (B.A. in Special Education) of Bayonne and Lake Como, N.J., passed away on October 14, 2022 at the age of 63. She was a long-time special education educator at Bayonne High School | Obituary

Irwin Kreisberg '83 (B.A. in Criminal Justice, Fire Safety, Security Administration) of Rahway, N.J., passed away on October 14, 2022 at the age of 74. He worked for the Rahway Fire Department for 26 years and retired in 1998 as a Battalion Chief. | Obituary

Gregory Velardi '85 (B.S. in Criminal Justice, Fire Safety, Security Administration) of Wayne, N.J., passed away on October 14, 2022, at the age of 60. He spent 42 years as a Wayne Fire Company #2 life member, where he was its past chief and president and served as Wayne's township fire official. | News story | Obituary

Anne Brodowski Jablonski of Lincoln, Del. passed away on October 14, 2022, one day after her 70th birthday. | Obituary

Janet Hedy Jelenski '66 (B.A. in Elementary Education/Kindergarten primary) of Westwood, N.J. passed away on October 12, 2022, at the age of 78. She was a former elementary school teacher at the Spring Garden School in Nutley, N.J. | Obituary

MaryAnn Ingentio '60 (B.A. in Education) of North Arlington, N.J. passed away on October 12, 2022, at the age of 91. She taught in the North Arlington School System for 17 years. | Obituary

Meta Elizabeth Brown Seltzer '65 (B.A. in Nursing) of Navarre, Fla. passed away on October 12, 2022, at the age of 87. | Obituary

Susan Thoms '70 (B.A. in Early Childhood Education) of Toms River, N.J. passed away on October 10, 2022, at the age of 74. She was a teacher at Our Lady of Victories Parish School and later in the Toms River school system. | Obituary

Donald R. Chinery ‘61 (B.A. in Sociology) of Oradell, N.J. passed away on October 8, 2022, at the age of 87. | Obituary

David Joseph Travis, Sr. of Lyons, N.J. passed away on October 8, 2022 at the age of 87. He was a retired Major in the U.S. Army and former Science High School (Newark, N.J.) teacher. | Obituary

John William Curran, ‘76 (B.S. in Criminal Justice) of Melrose, Mass. and formerly a lifelong resident of Jersey City, N.J., passed away on October 2, 2022, at the age of 88. He served 34 years in the Jersey City Police Department, retiring as captain. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations in memory of John be made to the New Jersey City University Foundation njcu.ejoinme.org/giving | Obituary

Duncan Edward Walton, ‘06 Honorary (Doctor of Humane Letters) of Oak Bluffs, Mass. and formerly of Jersey City, N.J., passed away on September 30, 2022, at the age of 94. He was honored with an Honorary Degree and was a guest speaker at NJCU's 2006 Commencement ceremonies, in recognition of his work advancing human rights. | Obituary

Johanna "Jody" Longo ‘72 (B.A. in Elementary Education) of Nutley, N.J. and formerly of Jersey City, passed away on September 29, 2022, at the age of 72. She served more than three decades as an educator in the Jersey City Public Schools at PS 34, where she taught first through third grades and earned Teacher of the Year on three occasions. | Obituary

Joan S. (Feltz) Gardiner of East Hanover, N.J., passed away on September 18, 2022, at the age of 80. She studied Elementary Education at Jersey City State and later authored two children’s learning books: Rocco: Please Somebody Notice Me and Rocco: I Wish, I Wish, I Wish. | Obituary

Carol Marotta Gladitsch (non-degree alum; courses only) of Lakewood, N.J., formerly of Jersey City, N.J., passed on September 17, 2022, at the age of 86. She worked in occupational health at Citibank in Manhattan. | Obituary

Vita Tina' Morelli, ‘70, of San Diego, Calif. passed away on September 14, 2022, at the age of 73. She earned a B.A. in Special Education. | Obituary

Marie E. Ubelhart (nee O’Grady), ‘51, of Wilkes-Barre Township, Pa., formerly of Westwood, N.J., passed away on September 14, 2022, at the age of 93. She earned a B.A. in Early Childhood Education. Her late husband, Joseph P. Ubelhart ‘51, was inducted into the Lawrence R. Schiner Athletics Hall of Fame in 1987. | Obituary

George J. Hagopian, ‘63, of Jersey City, N.J., passed away on September 4, 2022, at the age of 85. He earned a B.A. in English Education. | Obituary

KimAnh Nguyen of Lafayette, N.J., formerly of Vietnam, passed away on September 2, 2022, at the age of 87. She earned a teaching certification from Jersey City State College after coming to the United States in 1989. | Obituary

Joseph Edward Toscano '99 (B.A. in English-Creative Writing) of Little Silver, N.J. and formerly of Jersey City, N.J., passed away on July 26, 2022, at the age of 50. | Obituary

Lorraine Calvo, ‘00, of Union City, N.J., passed away on February 12, 2022, at the age of 53. She earned a B.A. in Psychology and minored in Early Childhood Education. | Obituary

John J. Moore ‘56 (B.A. in Education), the former Chairman of the Jersey City State and NJCU Board of Trustees, Chair Emeritus and Athletics Hall of Famer, died on January 14, 2022. One of the most influential alumni and leaders in NJCU’s history since arriving on campus in 1952, Moore was 88. He was inducted into the Lawrence R. Schiner Athletics Hall of Fame in 1989, and the John J. Moore Athletics and Fitness Center was dedicated in his honor in December 2004. | Read the full tribute on NJCU.edu | Obituary

Noreen Felicia Feehan, ‘63 (B.A. in English), a lifelong resident of Jersey City, N.J., passed away on January 12, 2022, at the age of 80. She was a teacher and administrator at Ferris and Lincoln High Schools and principal at Jonathan Wakeman School (PS 6). | Obituary

2021

Bari Khalek ‘99 M.A. (Special Education and English as a second language) and ‘05 M.A. (Urban Education in Bilingual/Bicultural Education) of Union, N.J., formerly of Cairo, Egypt and France, died on December 15, 2021 at the age of 72. | Obituary

Nicholas Anthony Cuccarese ‘63 (B.A. in Elementary Education) and ‘65 (M.A. in Elementary Education) of Annapolis, Md., formerly of Brick and Union City, N.J., died on December 11, 2021 at the age of 81. He played baseball at then Jersey City State from 1960-62 and was a member of the Gothics 1962 New Jersey State Athletic Conference championship team — the only baseball team at NJCU to ever win a conference title. He wife Barbara is a 1962 JCSC graduate. | Obituary

Arlene Dreyfus Furman ‘66 (B.A. in Elementary Education) of Aventura, Fla. and formerly of West Long Branch and Jersey City, N.J, died on December 9, 2021 at the age of 76. | Obituary | Obituary

Gevonder Washington Dupree of Jersey City, N.J. died on December 6, 2021, at the age of 62. She was a one-year member of the Jersey City Board of Education. | Obituary

Charlotte Theresa "Reisy" Dittrich (nee Ryer) ‘69 (B.A. in Elementary Education) of Bayonne, N.J. died on December 2, 2021 at the age of 74. | Obituary

Marie Elaine Elia (nee Anderson) ‘84 ‘94 M.A. (B.A. in Special Education; Minor in Sociology) of Manahawkin, N.J. died on December 2, 2021 at the age of 78. | Obituary

Kristy Ann Schaub ‘94 (B.A. in Sociology) of Bridgewater Township, N.J. died on December 1, 2021 at the age of 51. | Obituary

Elizabeth Jackson ‘76 (B.A. and M.A. in Education) of Bradley Beach, N.J. died on November 29, 2021 at the age of 67. | Obituary

Carol Jean Winston of Linden, N.J. died on November 29, 2021 at the age of 75. | Obituary

Audrey M. Wolff (nee Hamilton) (Registered Nursing degree) of Closter, N.J. died on November 29, 2021 at the age of 89. | Obituary

Paul Michael Jakupcionis ‘78 M.A. of Edison, N.J. died on November 26, 2021 at the age of 70. | Obituary

Rita C. McKeon ‘71 ‘90 M.A. (B.S. in Nursing and M.A. in Nursing Education) of Bayonne, N.J. died on November 23, 2021 at the age of 74. The alumna was also a former adjunct professor of Health Sciences. In 2006, she was awarded the NJCU Distinguished School Nurse Alumna of the Year Award. | Obituary

Kevin "Buster" Selby of Jersey City, N.J. died on November 23, 2021. | Obituary

Robert E. Maslo ‘67 (B.A. in Sociology) of Piscataway, N.J. died on November 22, 2021 at the age of 79. Mas was a popular University Administrator at Kean University in Union, retiring in 2006. Maslo was a 1988 inductee into the NJCU Athletics Hall of Fame in the sports of men's basketball and football; he was co-founder of the club football team in 1966, which later became varsity. | Obituary

Ethel Venita Simmons ‘75 (B.A. in Education) of East Orange, N.J. died on November 22, 2021 at the age of 91. | Obituary

Sister Leo Veronica Cassotta ‘72 M.A. (in Reading Specialist) died on November 19, 2021 at the age of 92. She was a Sister of Charity of Saint Elizabeth. | Obituary

Thomas A. Briscoe ‘67 (B.A. in History) and ‘69  (M.A.) of Naples, Fla., formerly of Kearny, N.J. and Spring Lake, N.J., died on November 18, 2021 at the age of 79. Arguably the greatest men's soccer player in the history of NJCU, he was inducted as a charter member of the NJCU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1979. | Obituary | NJ.com Feature | Hall-of-Fame Tribute on NJCUGothicKnights.com

Richard McCormack ‘82 (B.A. in Biology) of Jersey City, N.J., a talented local photographer, member of the Jersey City Zoning Board of Adjustment, and a well-known behind the scenes political figure, died in November 2021 at the age of 62. | News | NJ.com

Anna Reppermund (nee Curran) ‘89 (M.A. in Mathematics Education + 30) of Howell, N.J. died on November 12, 2021 at the age of 81. | Obituary

Margaret (Peg) R. Van Gilst ‘72 (B.A. in Health Education and School Nursing) of West Milford, N.J. died on October 22, 2021 at the age of 92. | Obituary

John Thomas Cogelia, Jr. “Jackie” ‘79 (B.S. in Economics), formerly of Kearny and Secaucus, N.J. passed away in October, 2021 at the age of 71. | Obituary

Paul F. LaPilusa ‘86 (B.A. in Music), originally of Bayonne, N.J. died on October 18, 2021 at age 60. | Obituary

Joanne Calderone (nee Chwalk) ‘05 (B.A. in Special Education) of Jersey City, N.J. died on October 14, 2021 at age 67. | Obituary

Maria C. Burt (nee Perez) ‘66 (B.A. in Sociology) of Barnegat, N.J. and Bradenton, Fla., formerly of Belmar, N,J., died on September 4, 2021 at age 74. | Obituary

Dr. Trudy Edelist Lipowsky (B.S. in Pre-Med; minors in chemistry and philosophy) of State College, Pa., died on August 15, 2021 at age 74. | Obituary

Florence Padlowski (nee Zbylut), of Bayonne, N.J., died on Tuesday, August 10, 2021 at age 98. | Obituary

Janet Marie De Meo (nee Esposito) ‘77 (Bachelor of Science), formerly of Staten Island, N.Y. died on August 8, 2021 at age 91 | Obituary

Helene V. Buchanan ‘53 of Oradell, N.J., died of July 30, 2021 at age 88. | Obituary

Patricia Hussey ‘75 (B.A. in English and Secondary Education), of Jersey City, N.J., died of July 30, 2021. | Obituary

Evelyn Alydia Trovinger (née Schuler) ‘45 (Bachelor of Science) of Hagerstown, Md., died on July 24, 2021 at age 97. | Obituary | News

Allison Duffy ‘02 (B.A. in Psychology) of Logan, Utah (formerly of Bayonne, N.J.), died on July 20, 2021 at age 41. | Obituary

Rose Florio (née DeLuca) ‘75 (B.S.N) of North Arlington, N.J., died on July 16, 2021 at age 96. | Obituary

Barbara Jean Eldridge (née Nacnodivitz) ‘69 (B.A. in Social Science) of Maryland (formerly of Englewood, N.J.), died on July 9, 2021 at age 73. | Obituary

Alice M. Ousterman ‘61 (B.A. in Elementary Education), of Westfield, N.J. (formerly of Cranford, N.J.), died on July 6, 2021 at age 94. | Obituary

Ava Jane Finnerty ‘73 (B.A. in Elementary Education and English) of Bayonne, N.J., died on July 4, 2021 at age 72. | Obituary

Helen M. Dougherty ‘86 (née Haggerty) (B.S.N.) of Wall, N.J., and formerly of Tenafly and Hoboken, died on July 2, 2021 at age 82. | Obituary

Ruby E. Seymour (B.S.N.) of Virginia Beach, Virginia, and formerly of Osceola, Indiana, died on July 1, 2021 at age 76. | Obituary

Christine M. Yanuzzi (née Koslecki) ‘77 of North Arlington, N.J. and formerly Kearny, N.J., died June 28, 2021 at age 65. | Obituary

Lillian Delaney (née Rybnicky) ‘59 (B.A. in Education) of Monroe Township, N.J. and formerly of Metuchen, died on June 26, 2021 at age 84. | Obituary

Herbert (Bert) Sweeney Jr. ‘71 (B.A. in History) of Virginia Beach, Va., died on June 13, 2021, one day prior to his 73rd birthday. | Obituary

Lenore Marie Huff (née Guertin) ‘80 (B.S.N.) Green Brook, N.J., died on June 6, 2021 at age 81. | Obituary

Christine Houlihan-Ramos ‘00 (M.A. in Special Education) of Westfield, N.J., died on May 28, 2021 at age 53. | Obituary

Anthony Correia ‘65 (a.k.a. Tony or Billy) (B.A. in Secondary Education – Science) died on May 26, 2021 at age 81. | Obituary

Shirley A. Kietrys ‘80 (B.A.) of Christiansburg, Va. and formerly of Hackettstown, N.J., died on May 25, 2021 at age 83. | Obituary

Barbara Watkoskey ‘80 (B.A. in Physical Education) of North Brunswick, N.J. (formerly of Bayonne, N.J.), died on May 22, 2021 at age 86. | Obituary

Anita S. Meltzer ‘65, (B.A. in Elementary Education), of Toronto, Ontario, Canada (formerly of Telford, Pa.), died on May 14, 2021 at age 77. | Obituary

Paul J. Calocino ‘66 (B.A. in Special Education), ‘68 (M.A. in Special Education), of Wood-Ridge, N.J., died on May 12, 2021 at age 77. He was a member of the NJCU Athletics Hall of Fame as a member of the 1964 Men's Basketball Team. | Obituary | NJCU Hall of Fame news

John J. Cannon ‘71 (B.A.) of West Hurley, N.Y. (formerly of Fairview, N.J.), died on May 11, 2021 at age 85. | Obituary

Albert (Al) Joseph Schick, ‘87 (B.S. in Criminal Justice) recently of Park Ridge, IL (formerly of Kearny and Tinton Falls, N.J.), died on May 8, 2021 at age 81. | Obituary

Terrence J. Seymour, ‘72 (M.A.) died May 2, 2021, in Ocean Pines, Md at age 76. | Obituary | News

Frank M. Kimmish ‘81 (M.A.) died on April 30, 2021, in Jersey City at age 63. | Obituary

Irving Ziegler ‘56, the President of the Class of 1956, died on April 21, 2021, at age 92. He was married for 63 years to Edith Rosenholtz Ziegler ‘58.

Vida Mylson (B.S. in Accounting) of Upper Saddle River, N.J., died on April 3, 2021 at age 72. | Obituary

Edward W. Reuter (M.A.) of Maplewood, N.J. died on March 29 2021, at age 79. | Obituary