Grace Russo - 93 - Rahway
Grace Russo, 93, passed away peacefully on November 3, 2019 at home in Rahway, NJ. Grace was born on September 19, 1926 in Jersey City, NJ, the daughter of Antonio and Marie Catanzarite. After her marriage to Vincent Russo in 1948, they lived in Brooklyn, NY and moved to Staten Island, NY in 1958. After Vincent’s passing in 2006, Grace lived in Staten Island until 2016 when she moved to New Jersey to live with her son.
Prior to working as a School Secretary at Concord High School in Staten Island, Grace worked at AT&T in New York City. After retirement in 1991, Grace and her husband Vincent became docents and volunteered at the Staten Island Zoo. Grace loved to volunteer. She received several recognition awards for the many years she spent volunteering. In addition to her love of animals, Grace loved music, the opera, and enjoyed belly dancing as one of her favorite past times with a group of her friends. Grace was predeceased by her husband Vincent Russo, brothers Marty, Joe, John, Frank and sister Catherine. Grace is survived by her son Robert and his companion Janet Crowell, two grandsons, Zachary Russo and his wife Jennie, and Travis Russo and his companion Aryelle Morgan, and many nieces and nephews. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the Center for Hope Hospice in Scotch Plains, NJ for their support in her final days. Visitation will be held at Corey Ragan Funeral Home in Rahway, NJ on -Wednesday-------- between 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm.
Funeral service will be held at Corey Ragan Funeral Home on Thursday---------- at -9:30------- am. Burial will follow at Calverton National Cemetery in Calverton, NY.
Mary T. Lanz - 87 -Rahway
Mary T. Lanz (nee Cullen) 87 years old of Rahway died peacefully at home surrounded by family on 8/14/2019.
She was the beloved wife of the late Philip (1990), loving mother of 7 - Mary Haner, Susan Kerr (Jerry 2017), Philip Lanz (Donna), Joseph Lanz (James Morris), Cornelius Lanz (Rosanne), John Lanz (Jennifer), Patricia Decosse (Patrick Johnston). Cherished grandmother of 16 and 11 spouses, and great grandmother of 18. Also loved by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by 2 brothers and 1 sister. Mrs. Lanz was born and raised in Manhattan and graduated Textile High School. She met her husband of 40 years on her 16th birthday, the start of their loving life together. Her greatest joy in life was spending time with family, especially grandchildren and great grandchildren and looked forward eagerly to each new birth. The 18th great grandchild was born just days before her death. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to the JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) Or to FightColorectalCancer.org
Funeral services will be Monday August 19th at 8:15am from The COREY RAGAN FUNERAL HOME,
259 Elm Avenue, Rahway, thence to St. Mary's RC Church, Rahway for a 9:00am funeral liturgy. Interment Calverton National Cemetery, Calverton, N.Y.
Visitation will be Sunday from 2:00pm to 6:00pm
Ann Marie Policay - 64 - Scotch Plains
ANN MARIE POLICAY of Scotch Plains passed away peacefully at Haven Hospice in JFK Medical Center, Edison, on Friday August 1st, 2019. She was 64.
Born in Rahway and she resided in Scotch Plains for the last 30 yrs. Mrs. Policay worked as a Makeup Consultant for Lord and Taylor and Douglas Cosmetics both in Westfield, than join the team at Utla Beauty in Clark.
She was a member of St. Thomas the Apostle Byzantine Catholic Church, Rahway. Surviving are her husband Joseph J Policay Jr.; her son Joseph J Policy III; a brother Michael Kuzma and her sister Mary Faust.
Funeral services will be Tuesday August 6th 2019 at 9:15am from The COREY RAGAN FUNERAL HOME, 259 Elm Avenue, Rahway thence to St. Thomas the Apostle Byzantine Catholic Church, Rahway for a 10:00am Funeral Service. Interment Hazelwood Cemetery, Clark. Visitation Monday 4:00pm to 8:00pm. Parastas service will be 7:00pm Monday evening.
John Bodnar Jr. - 87 - Clark
John Bodnar Jr., 87, husband, father, engineer, and proud patriot, died peacefully on July 24 at Princeton Medical Center. His outgoing personality earned him many nicknames, but his favorite was “Grandpa.”
John was born on Aug. 31, 1931 in Rahway, NJ, the oldest of 3 children. He graduated from Rahway High in 1949 with several academic and athletic honors for football, basketball, and baseball. His biggest honor was marrying his Rahway High School sweetheart Barbara Joan Bogus on Jan. 28, 1955, at St. Mary’s Church in Rahway, NJ. They raised three sons, John, Glenn, and Jay on Madison Hill Road in Clark, NJ. John took an active role in the world around him early. He participated in Rahway High student government and Jersey Boy’s State. He attended Rutgers University and won an appointment to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, where he graduated in 1955 with a degree in Marine Engineering. While at King’s Point, John was sub-company commander of the regimental honor company and competed in football, wrestling, track, and baseball, receiving an All-America mention in football. When his grandchildren later competed in sports, John rarely missed a game and was quick to give “helpful hints.” It was hard to argue with him – he played almost everything. After graduation, John served in the U.S. Navy as an engineering officer aboard an ocean-going minesweeper during the Suez crisis. John built a career in chemical and refinery maintenance and engineering, and a lifetime in service to his community. He was a Little League coach, Boy Scout troop leader, PTA member, and town councilman in Clark’s first ward. He is survived by his wife Barbara, sons John and Glenn, daughters-in-law Karen and Suzanne, 5 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandsons. Family will receive guests on Sunday, July 28 from 2-4pm at Corey-Ragan Funeral Home in Rahway, NJ. The funeral will be held at 10am at Saint John the Baptist Russian Orthodox Church in Rahway, NJ.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of John Bodnar, Jr. - Class of 1955 to: U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Attn: RADM Jack Buono, Superintendent, 300 Seamboat Road, Wiley Hall, Kings Point, NY 11024.
Shirley Ann Oslislo - 72 - Rahway
SHIRLEY ANN OSLISLO Beloved wife, mother of two, grandmother of one. Services Friday at 6:30pm.
Shirley Ann Oslislo passed away Monday morning at the age of 72, after a courageous battle with leukemia. Family and friends are invited to attend the services on Friday, July 19th, 2019 from 3:00pm to 7:00pm at The COREY RAGAN FUNERAL HOME, 259 Elm Avenue, Rahway, NJ. A repast will follow at Dominic's Restaurant at 453 Avenel Street, Avenel, NJ. Shirley is lovingly remembered by her husband James Oslislo, her children Jordan and Patricia Oslislo, her granddaughter Katerina Oslislo, her ten siblings, Laurie Green, Phyllis Woods, Steven Manchester, Ernest Manchester, April Fazio, Gloria Jane Revis, Fran Bona, Cathleen Revis, May
Manchester, and Robert Manchester, and a plethora of nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother Gary Manchester. She was born in New Bedford, MA in 1947 and lived in Padnarum, MA and Rahway, NJ before moving to Westfield, NJ in 1992. She graduated from Kean College with a Bachelor of Arts and worked in the field of computer drafting at Hansome Energy
Systems, United Fire Protection and Rutgers University.
Shirley was a thoughtful and generous person, deeply devoted to her family. She inspired all those around her with her positive spirit, courage, creativity, compassion, and zest for life. Her active life and passion for art were an inspiration to those who knew her. When not spending time with family, she was often found at the Visual Arts Center throwing pots and bowls, sculpting in clay,
stone, and wood, creating jewelry, pastel drawing, and pursuing many other creative projects.
Elizabeth Varadi - 93 - Rahway
ELIZABETH (Viligor) VARADI of Rahway died Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at home with her loving family
by her side. She was 93. Born in Clark, Mrs. Varadi resided in Rahway for most of her life. She was a member of Helping Hand @ the Rahway Senior Center.
Predeceased by her husband George 2000, and her son-in-law Joseph Zaverzence 2014. Surviving are 2 daughters Irene Zaverzence and Susan Nies and her husband Joseph; a son George and his wife Dorean; 4 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be Saturday at 10:00am in The COREY RAGAN FUNERAL HOME, 259 Elm Avenue Rahway. Entombment Woodbridge Memorial Gardens, Woodbridge.Visitation Friday 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Virginia Paterek - 93 - Elizabeth
VIRGINA (Maher) PATEREK of Elizabeth died Tuesday June 25, 2019 at RWJUH @ Rahway. She was 93.
Mrs. Paterek was born in Elizabeth and resided there all of her life. She was a volunteer for Best Friend Dog and Animal Adoption, Cranford. Predeceased by her husband Chester 1996; and her son- in- law Donald Woods 2015.
Surviving are her children Chris of Elizabeth and Karen L. Woods of Freehold; her sister-in-law Florence McGuffin; 1 granddaughter Virginia Woods; 3 nieces Mary Ellen Pitula, Elaine Keohane and Janice Chmiel.
Funeral services will be Saturday June 29, 2019 at 8:30am from The COREY RAGAN FUNERAL HOME,
259 Elm Avenue, Rahway, thence to St. Adalbert RC Church, Elizabeth for a 9:30am funeral liturgy.
Interment Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Red Bank. Visitation Friday 4:00pm to 8:00pm. Memorial gifts to Best Friend Dog and Animal Adoption, PO Box 335, Cranford, NJ 07016