Pre-Med Student, 18, ID'd As Victim Killed In Morris County Crash Pre-Med Student, 18, ID'd As Victim Killed In Morris County Crash
Pre-Med Student, 18, ID'd As Victim Killed In Morris County Crash An 18-year-old Flanders resident has been identified as the victim killed in a two-car crash in Roxbury last month, authorities said. Jacob Davis was heading south on Howard Boulevard in a 2019 Mazda 3 in the collision with a northbound 2021 Chevrolet Silverado, around 10:30 p.m. Friday, May 31, the Morris County Prosecutor's Office said. Davis was pronounced dead at the scene, the Morris County Prosecutor's Office said. The driver of the Silverado was extricated from the vehicle and was transported to Morristown Medical Center with serious injuries, the Morris County Prosecu…
Andover Mourns Loss Of Joey 'Joe Veg' Luchetti: 'Teddy Bear With Heart Of Gold' Andover Mourns Loss Of Joey 'Joe Veg' Luchetti: 'Teddy Bear With Heart Of Gold'
Andover Mourns Loss Of Joey 'Joe Veg' Luchetti: 'Teddy Bear With Heart Of Gold' If you're from Andover, you knew Joey Luchetti. He was the one driving the Joe Veg trucks. Big, silver cross necklace.  And a personality larger than life. The lifelong Andover resident, 60, died on Friday, May 31, when his 1963 Pontiac veered off of Yates Avenue, local police said.   The car went down into a culvert and Luchetti was ejected into a wooded area, just behind his house, where he died. "On his own property," said friend of 40 years Joe Pepe, of Fredon. "That's how close to home he was." Joe Veg famously lived on Luchetti Way, a roadway named after his mo…
Former Newton FD Chief Edmund Zukowski Dies, 80 Former Newton FD Chief Edmund Zukowski Dies, 80
Former Newton FD Chief Edmund Zukowski Dies, 80 Edmund Zukowski, a longtime firefighter in Newton and former fire chief died on Thursday, May 23 at the age of 80, surrounded by his family, according to his obituary. Zukowski was born in Newton and marred his high school sweetheart Rose in 1964, his obituary reads. After graduating from Montclair State College, he began teaching at Newton High School, where he taught industrial arts until his retirement in 1998, according to his obituary. He began volunteering as a firefighter in 1968 at the Newton Steamer No. 1 Company, serving as Steamer Company Chief from 1990 to 1990 and was Newton Fi…
Paul Galvez, Filipino Immigrant From Sparta, Dies, 50 Paul Galvez, Filipino Immigrant From Sparta, Dies, 50
Paul Galvez, Filipino Immigrant From Sparta, Dies, 50 Paul Errol Galvez, a longtime Sparta resident, died on Tuesday, May 14, at the age of 50, according to his obituary on the Goble Funeral Home site. "EG" as he was known to his family, was the eldest of three children and grew up in the Philippines, his obituary reads. Growing up, he enjoyed reading, playing video games and reading comic books, along with  weekly visits with his grandparents,  according to his obituary. He later moved to Sparta, graduating from Sparta High and studying International Business at Rutgers University, working in financial services at ING, Morgan S…
John Zisa, Legendary North Jersey Football Coach, Dies At 61 John Zisa, Legendary North Jersey Football Coach, Dies At 61
John Zisa, Legendary North Jersey Football Coach, Dies At 61 John Zisa, a football coach throughout North Jersey, died on Sunday May 19, at the age of 61, according to his obituary. Zisa was born and raised in Paterson and moved to Fair Lawn in 1974, his obituary reads. He coached for more than 26 years at Paterson Catholic, Paramus Catholic, Rutherford and Westwood, according to his coaching biography. R.I.P. John Zisa words can’t express how much you will be missed. No single person has had a more profound impact on my... Posted by Nick Campanile on Monday, May 20, 2024 In 1980, before his senior year of high school, Zisa dove into a pool,…
Mark Conforti, Dedicated Baseball Coach, Blairstown Resident, Dies At 69 Mark Conforti, Dedicated Baseball Coach, Blairstown Resident, Dies At 69
Mark Conforti, Dedicated Baseball Coach, Blairstown Resident, Dies At 69 Mark Conforti, an active member of Union Little League, died on Thursday May 9 at Newton Medical Center after a short illness, according to his obituary. Conforti was a musician in many bands and also enjoyed fishing and watching sports, particularly the Yankees and Giants, his obituary reads.  https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/union-nj/mark-conforti-11808330 It is with great sadness that I am posting... Posted by Stephen DeAcutis on Saturday, May 11, 2024 The Union Little League Board of Directors has set up a fundraiser to help pay for funeral costs. As of Wednesda…
Woman, 36, Killed In Parsippany Crash ID'd As Dover Resident: Authorities Woman, 36, Killed In Parsippany Crash ID'd As Dover Resident: Authorities
Woman, 36, Killed In Parsippany Crash ID'd As Dover Resident: Authorities The woman killed in a two-car crash in Parsippany earlier this week has been identified as a Dover resident. Diana Lopez Jimenez, 36, died in the two-car crash at West Hanover Avenue and Gov. Chris Christie Drive when a a 2020 Hyundai Sonata and a 2016 Volvo S60 collided on Monday, May 6, the Morris County Prosecutor's Office Major Crimes Unit said. Jimenez was taken to a local hospital and pronounced dead about an hour after the crash, authorities said. The driver of the Volvo sustained non-life-threatening injuries, authorities said. No criminality is suspected, though the investiga…
Baby Killed By Falling Tree Was Visiting Family In NJ, Campaign Says: 'Our Hearts Are Broken' Baby Killed By Falling Tree Was Visiting Family In NJ, Campaign Says: 'Our Hearts Are Broken'
Baby Killed By Falling Tree Was Visiting Family In NJ, Campaign Says: 'Our Hearts Are Broken' The family of a 6-month-old baby is seeking support after his tragic death during a recent trip to New Jersey. Micah Gasin was visiting his grandparents in Verona when he and his grandfather were killed by a falling tree on Monday, April 29, while they were lying in a hammock. The tree in the back of their West Lincoln Street home became uprooted and fell on the two, Verona police said. "Micah was the happiest baby anyone ever met," Ben Canales, who organized a fundraiser for the family, based in San Diego, said. "He had a smile that could light up a room, and strangers would stop in the s…
NJ Loan Officer Was Fighting For Access To Promising Drug Before He Died, 43 NJ Loan Officer Was Fighting For Access To Promising Drug Before He Died, 43
NJ Loan Officer Was Fighting For Access To Promising Drug Before He Died, 43 Michael Smith, a Frelinghuysen resident, died on Sunday, April 28, with his wife by his side after battling stomach cancer, according to his obituary and various social media posts. He was 43. Born in Dover, Smith spent two decades working with Huntington National Bank, according to his obituary on the Cochran Funeral Home website. His LinkedIn page shows he was a mortgage loan officer. In his free time, Smith enjoyed golfing, cooking, fishing and hiking with his dog Jackson, according to his obituary. Smith penned a Facebook post in August 2023 explaining his prognosis, noting that h…
Sudden Death Of Passaic Police Officer, Mayor's Nephew Brian Lora Stuns Community Sudden Death Of Passaic Police Officer, Mayor's Nephew Brian Lora Stuns Community
Sudden Death Of Passaic Police Officer, Mayor's Nephew Brian Lora Stuns Community The sudden death of a 29-year-old Passaic police officer has spread shock and sadness through multiple communities. Brian Lora, a Passaic police officer and Belleville resident, died unexpectedly on Monday, April 29, his department said. "Officer Lora's tenure was marked by unwavering loyalty, exemplary work ethic, fearless commitment to duty, and steadfast adherence to the highest principles of law enforcement," the Passaic Police Department said. "The entire community mourns the loss of Officer Brian Lora, a true exemplar of duty and service." Lora served in the School Resource Division …
Paul Auster, Acclaimed Author, North Jersey Native, Dead At 77 Paul Auster, Acclaimed Author, North Jersey Native, Dead At 77
Paul Auster, Acclaimed Author, North Jersey Native, Dead At 77 Paul Auster, who won numerous literary awards and published "The New York Trilogy" died on Tuesday, April 30, at the age of 77, his literary representatives announced. Born in Newark, Auster was raised in South Orange before graduating from Columbia High School in Maplewood. He initially garnered attention after publishing his memoir "The Invention of Solitude," which discussed his father's death. Auster's most acclaimed work came next: "The New York Trilogy," a series of three novels including "City of Glass," "Ghosts" and "The Locked Room," mixing post modernism with detective fiction. Th…
NJ Pizzeria Mourns Loss Of Popular Employee: 'He Was The Krispy Man' NJ Pizzeria Mourns Loss Of Popular Employee: 'He Was The Krispy Man'
NJ Pizzeria Mourns Loss Of Popular Employee: 'He Was The Krispy Man' Andy Loncarevic had a special talent: Making strangers feel like they belonged. That's what many customers of Krispy Pizza in Old Bridge are saying following the 42-year-old Sayreville father's death on Thursday, April 25. A cause of death was not made public. Posted by Antonietta DiRosa Vega on Sunday, April 28, 2024 An immigrant from Montenegro, Andy was remembered on a GoFundMe campaign as a dedicated and hardworking family man. Nearly $54,000 had been raised as of press time. "It is with heavy hearts that we share the tragic news of the passing of our beloved family member, Andy," …
Kevin McGrath, Ridgefield Park Resident, Dies At 62 Kevin McGrath, Ridgefield Park Resident, Dies At 62
Kevin McGrath, Ridgefield Park Resident, Dies At 62 Kevin McGrath, a Ridgefield Park resident died on Thursday, April 11, surrounded by his family, according to his obituary. Born in The Bronx, McGrath worked for Cardella Trucking in North Bergen, his obituary reads. In his free time, McGrath enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle and listening to the Grateful Dead and bluegrass music while making repairs around the house, according to his obituary. The greatest guy," said one mourner on his tribute wall. "Kevin was always eager to help anyone. I remember him working so many hours to provide for his family. He always had a joke t…
Stephen Gallagher, Former Police Chief In Morris County, Dies At 66 Stephen Gallagher, Former Police Chief In Morris County, Dies At 66
Stephen Gallagher, Former Police Chief In Morris County, Dies At 66 Stephen Gallagher, who served as police chief in Hanover Township, died recently at the age of 66, according to his obituary. Born in Montclair, Gallagher spent most of his life in Morris Plains and had recently moved to Waretown, his obituary reads. After earning his degree from the College of St. Elizabeth, Gallagher became Chief of Police for the Township of Hanover, retiring in 2016 after 34 years serving the township, according to his obituary. Gallagher also served as President of the Morris County Police Chief Association, was a member of the Morris Plains Rotary and volunteered for …
Hunterdon County Firefighter, Dad Bryan Pascale Dies At 45: 'A True Fireman's Fireman' Hunterdon County Firefighter, Dad Bryan Pascale Dies At 45: 'A True Fireman's Fireman'
Hunterdon County Firefighter, Dad Bryan Pascale Dies At 45: 'A True Fireman's Fireman' Bryan Pascale, a Tewksbury Township resident and firefighter in Califon died on Monday April 15 at the Hunterdon Medical Center in Raritan Township, four days after celebrating his 45th birthday, according to his obituary. Born in Plainfield, Pascale was a lifelong Hunterdon County resident, living in Washington and later Glen Gardner, where he graduated from Voorhees High School in 1997, his obituary reads. He spent the last nine years in Tewksbury and was vice president of his family's business, Central Sheet Metal Fabricators in Middlesex, according to his obituary. Well before …
North Wildwood Restaurant Worker, 21, Dies From Fall North Wildwood Restaurant Worker, 21, Dies From Fall
North Wildwood Restaurant Worker, 21, Dies From Fall Melissa E. O'Malley, a Delaware County native and University of Tampa student, died "following a tragic fall" on Sunday, April 14, loved ones wrote in her obituary. She was 21.  Born in Philadelphia, O'Malley attended Marple Newtown High School and was a junior studying marketing and public relations at UT, her obituary says.  She held a part-time job at Dairy Joy, an ice cream shop in Tampa, and worked at the Surfing Pig in North Wildwood, NJ, according to the restaurant. Friends, coworkers, and loved ones posted tributes on social media.  It is with great sadness…
Lauren Brecher, Longtime Teacher, Morris County Resident, Dies At 50 Lauren Brecher, Longtime Teacher, Morris County Resident, Dies At 50
Lauren Brecher, Longtime Teacher, Morris County Resident, Dies At 50 Lauren Brecher died on Friday, April 12 at Morristown Medical Center at the age of 50 after battling cancer, according to her obituary. Born in Massachusetts, she grew up in Oakland in Bergen County before moving to Lake Hiawatha in 1996, her obituary reads. Brecher was a longtime teacher at Suburban Hills School in Chester and later taught OLPH Early Childhood Center in Oakland, her obituary reads. I met Lauren in 10th grade gym class; she was a junior. We had exercise aerobics and we hid in the back both lazy and I... Posted by Deborah Butturini on Monday, April 15, 2024 "Those w…
Deer Crashes Through Windshield Killing Mom, 43, From NJ In PA: State Police Deer Crashes Through Windshield Killing Mom, 43, From NJ In PA: State Police
Deer Crashes Through Windshield Killing Mom, 43, From NJ In PA: State Police Molly Dowd, 43-year-old New Jersey mother, died Monday, April 1, the day after a deer jumped through the windshield of the car she was riding in on a Pennsylvania highway, according to her PA State Police and her obituary on the Dangler Funeral Home website. Dowd was a passenger in the vehicle operated by Michael Bird on I-276 east when a deer crossed the westbound lanes, jumped over the center concrete barrier and onto the hood of the vehicle at 6:25 p.m. March 31 in Lower Southampton, Pennsylvania State Police said in a news release. The deer came crashing through the windshield, seriousl…
Hunterdon County Police Dog Mourned Hunterdon County Police Dog Mourned
Hunterdon County Police Dog Mourned Agar, a police dog in Hunterdon County, has died, the Readington Township Police Department announced on Friday, April 5. Readington Township Police Department Agar, along with his handler Sgt. Chris Heycock, graduated from the Bergen County Sheriff's Office Canine Training Academy in 2017 with certifications in patrol and narcotics detention, police said. "Agar and Sgt Heycock stopped by our home not long ago to visit our toddlers and talk about how important police dogs are," said one mourner. "Agar was a sweet and gentle dog - and tough when he needed to be. We will miss him and be thi…
Investment Banking Frat VP From NJ Found Dead On College Campus Was 'Team Player' Investment Banking Frat VP From NJ Found Dead On College Campus Was 'Team Player'
Investment Banking Frat VP From NJ Found Dead On College Campus Was 'Team Player' Services have been finalized for Christian Samay, a New Jersey native, who died while attending Bucknell University on Saturday, March 30 at 22 years old, as previously reported by Daily Voice. Samay, a political science major, was active in the Phi Gama Delta fraternity where he was elected vice president and treasurer his junior year, according to his obituary on the Norma Dean Funeral Home website. In the summers, he worked as an investment banker, his obit says.  Growing up in Mountain Lakes, Christian played lacrosse and soccer: "He was the consummate team player, a loya…
NJ Native Who Died After Crash Was '5-Foot Woman With Giant Personality,' Daughter Says NJ Native Who Died After Crash Was '5-Foot Woman With Giant Personality,' Daughter Says
NJ Native Who Died After Crash Was '5-Foot Woman With Giant Personality,' Daughter Says Iris Crystal Mercado, an Allentown mother, and New Jersey native, died from injuries sustained in a car crash on Sunday, March 31, authorities said. She was 37.  Mercado, called Crystal by friends and loved ones, was hospitalized after a wreck on Route 22 in South Whitehall on Feb. 3, state police have said.  Her daughter Ciara Rodriguez said Mercado was "a 5-foot woman with the personality of a giant." "My mother loved being around friends and family and just enjoying being outside," Rodriguez told Daily Voice.  "She was great at whatever she learned and put her mind …
George Iino, Fort Lee Baseball Coach, Dies At 55: 'Beacon Of Love' George Iino, Fort Lee Baseball Coach, Dies At 55: 'Beacon Of Love'
George Iino, Fort Lee Baseball Coach, Dies At 55: 'Beacon Of Love' George Iino, a Fort Lee resident who coached baseball in the community, died on Wednesday, March 27, according to a fundraiser set up to support his family.  A native of Illinois, Iino moved to New Jersey as a teenager, graduating from Mount Olive High School, his obituary reads. A graduate of Rutgers University, he had numerous passions including skiing, martial arts, DJing, tennis and was a competitive bodybuilder, according to his obituary. Iino pursued a career in international business and trade, which saw him circle the globe, traveling to places like Hong Kong, Singapore, Paris,…
Producer Of Popular Nike, 'Dawn Saves Wildlife' Commercials From NJ Michael Downey Dies, 57 Producer Of Popular Nike, 'Dawn Saves Wildlife' Commercials From NJ Michael Downey Dies, 57
Producer Of Popular Nike, 'Dawn Saves Wildlife' Commercials From NJ Michael Downey Dies, 57 Michael Joseph Downey, a Norwood resident who produced the well-reviewed movie "Roadie" and popular television commercials died on Sunday, March 18 at the age of 57, according to his obituary. Downey and his wife Christen founded Hero Content, which produced commercials for Nike and Proctor and Gamble, like the popular "Dawn Saves Wildlife" commercials. Downey assisted with charitable campaigns for Hackensack University Health Network, the PAL Wrestling Program and Family Promise of Bergen County, his obituary reads. In 2012, "Roadie" starring Ron Eldard and Jill Hennessy was released…
'Undone Melody': Funeral Held For Montclair State Freshman Found Dead In Newark Bay 'Undone Melody': Funeral Held For Montclair State Freshman Found Dead In Newark Bay
'Undone Melody': Funeral Held For Montclair State Freshman Found Dead In Newark Bay A funeral Mass was held Tuesday, March 19, for an 18-year-old Montclair State University freshman from Jersey City whose body was recovered from Newark Bay. Hayley Alvarado had been missing since just before Christmas last year. Her body was spotted and then recovered from the bay near Gregg County Park in Bayonne on March 5, according to the Hudson County Sheriff’s Department. The Filipino American teen reportedly was wearing the same blue "Delaware" t-shirt that her father said he bought her during a trip to Maryland two years ago, as well as the same pants and shoes. She was officially…
Ava Rasmussen, Former Mahwah HS Cheerleader, Dies At 18: 'Our Hearts Are Shattered' Ava Rasmussen, Former Mahwah HS Cheerleader, Dies At 18: 'Our Hearts Are Shattered'
Ava Rasmussen, Former Mahwah HS Cheerleader, Dies At 18: 'Our Hearts Are Shattered' Ava Rasmussen, who graduated Mahwah High School last year, died on Wednesday, March 13. Ava, an active member of the school's cheerleading team and student government, died of cancer at the age of 18. Ava Rasmussen GoFundMe photo A truly sad day for our entire Mahwah community. Bright lights never get extinguished. They sometimes just need to fly... Posted by Jonathan N. Marcus on Thursday, March 14, 2024 "Ava has made a lasting impact on everyone who she came across," Superintendent Dr. Michael DeTuro said, noting counseling is available at the school to support students…
Morris County Teacher, Mom Cheryl Granito Dies After Breast Cancer Battle Morris County Teacher, Mom Cheryl Granito Dies After Breast Cancer Battle
Morris County Teacher, Mom Cheryl Granito Dies After Breast Cancer Battle Cheryl Granito, a teacher in Morris County, died on Sunday, March 10, after battling metastatic breast cancer, according to her obituary. Born in Toronto, Granito moved to Chatham and grew up in Madison, graduating from Madison High School, her obituary reads.  Graduating from the University of Rhode Island in 1998, she met her husband Mark in 2002, and the two married in 2008 before settling in Denville, according to her obituary. This is unbelievably heartbreaking 😢 💔 Cheryl was a teacher at the boys’ elementary school. She was also a Denville... Posted by Charlene Scott on&nbs…
Popular Bergen County Youth Sports Coach, Dad To Newborn Mike Burns Dies After Bicycle Ride, 37 Popular Bergen County Youth Sports Coach, Dad To Newborn Mike Burns Dies After Bicycle Ride, 37
Popular Bergen County Youth Sports Coach, Dad To Newborn Mike Burns Dies After Bicycle Ride, 37 Shock and sadness spread following the death of 37-year-old Michael Burns, a well-respected youth sports coach and father of two. According to his obituary, Mike died unexpectedly on a bicycle ride Sunday, March 3.  A member of the Ironworkers Union, Local 11 Mike "loved the challenges of his job, especially the thrill of working on structures from very great heights," his obituary reads. He was outspoken and "always tried to push his own personal limits." "Wrestling was his lifelong passion, and he trained his body, mind and spirit with diligence and devotion to the art and skills of…
Susan Driscoll, Teacher From Morris County, Dies At 39 Susan Driscoll, Teacher From Morris County, Dies At 39
Susan Driscoll, Teacher From Morris County, Dies At 39 Sue Driscoll, a Budd Lake resident, died on Friday, March 1 at the age of 39, according to her obituary. A lifelong Garden Stater, Driscoll was born in Livingston, and also lived in Springfield and Chatham, before graduating from Morristown-Beard School, where she played basketball and field hockey, her obituary reads. I wasn’t going to post anything since most people heard the news, although since friends have, I figured I should.... Posted by Andy Sabella on Saturday, March 2, 2024 She spent a year in Paterson working for Americorps helping underprivileged children before attendi…
Steve Lawrence, Crooner Who Helped Open NJ's First Casino, Dies At 88 Steve Lawrence, Crooner Who Helped Open NJ's First Casino, Dies At 88
Steve Lawrence, Crooner Who Helped Open NJ's First Casino, Dies At 88 Steve Lawrence, an iconic crooner who helped open New Jersey's first casino, has died, according to reports. Lawrence died on Thursday, Mar. 7 at 88 years old. A family spokesperson said the singer's cause of death was complications from Alzheimer's disease, according to Variety. Lawrence and his wife Eydie Gormé sang in the pop vocal duo called "Steve and Eydie". The couple toured together from 1954 to 2009, and Gormé died in 2013. Lawrence was known for hits like "Go Away Little Girl",  "Pretty Blue Eyes", and "Footsteps". He was also an actor, a comedian, and a Broadway p…
Col. Kenneth Yeasky, Decorated Army Veteran From NJ, Dies Suddenly (TRIBUTE) Col. Kenneth Yeasky, Decorated Army Veteran From NJ, Dies Suddenly (TRIBUTE)
Col. Kenneth Yeasky, Decorated Army Veteran From NJ, Dies Suddenly (Tribute) Col. Kenneth John Yeasky, of Belvidere, passed away unexpectedly on March 3, 2024, his family writes in his obituary on the MacFadden Funeral Home website. He was 60 years old. Ken was born on July 3, 1963 to Mary Ann “Tommie” Tomczyk and the late Edwin Yeasky.  He grew up in Carteret and graduated from Green Brook High School (Somerset County). Ken had a distinguished 38-year military career at multiple levels in different branches. He graduated from Kean University with a bachelor's in industrial engineering, and had graduated from numerous other military schools. "He wanted to be…
NJ's Theresa 'Tess' Callaghan Dies Year After Cancer Diagnosis, 29 NJ's Theresa 'Tess' Callaghan Dies Year After Cancer Diagnosis, 29
NJ's Theresa 'Tess' Callaghan Dies Year After Cancer Diagnosis, 29 Theresa Callaghan, a 29-year-old Mount Olive native, died on Monday, Feb. 26 after battling brain cancer, according to her obituary. Born in Cranford, Callaghan graduated from Mount Olive High School in 2012, her obituary reads. She graduated from East Carolina University with a degree in nutrition and dietetics and later achieved her master's in nutrition from St. Elizabeth University, according to her obituary. Callaghan was diagnosed with brain cancer in March 2023, according to a fundraiser set up to support her medical bills. As of Thursday, March 7, more than $106,000 had been raised.…