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Gordon W. Anthony, age 57, died on October 8, 2012, with his family and friends by his side, in Los Angeles, California. Gordon was named in 1985 by the Jaycee’s as one of the ten most outstanding men in America, an award that was given in other years to President Jack Kennedy and the Reverend Martin Luther King.

Gordon was a true visionary who devoted his life to the equal treatment of all people, not only those with disabilities. His vision was of a world without discrimination, a world of tolerance. Gordon was quoted as saying “discrimination against anyone is discrimination against everyone; we must learn to value and appreciate our similarities as well as our differences. “He will greatly be missed by many.”

Gordon’s Story



Gordon William Anthony

Date of Birth:December 6, 1954
Date of Death:October 12, 2012
Hometown:Los Angeles, CA

Tom was born in the wrong century. He was a mountain man at heart, with a passion for hunting, hiking and trapping.

If he had his way, he would have lived up in some uncharted mountain range enjoying the simple things of life. Tom did not need money or gadgets to keep him happy or feel accomplished; it was his understanding of what is really important in life that made Tom
such a special man.

Gloria Chappa

Thomas E. Basista

Date of Birth: January 6, 1954
Date of Death: March 26, 2009
Cause of Death: Heart disease
Hometown: Hillsdale, NY

Next of Kin:Edward Basista (father), Gloria Chappa(mother), Jody Ross(sister)
Joanne Bayley Kuhns, Sarasota, died May 19, 2010. After bravely defeating Leukemia, JO succumbed to complications from the treatment at the age of 55. Survivors include her husband of 25 years, William. Her daughters Kelly and Kacey. Her sister, Jacki Rudge and husband Tom all of Sarasota. Also 2 sisters, Kathleen Babb and Maureen Rath both of West Milford, NJ.
Jo’s light will shine eternal in everone who kenw her. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Moffitt Cancer Research Center

Published in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune on May 21, 2010

Joanne Bayley Kuhns

Date of Birth: December 13, 1954
Date of Death: May 19, 2010
Hometown: Sarasota, FL

John Bogle, age 68 of Pompton Plains and formerly of Wayne, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, May 18.
John is survived by his long time partner, Maryann Skaflestad of Pompton Plains. Also, his two daughters, Brittany Bogle Lockwood and her husband William of Lafayette, NJ, and Danielle Bogle Gonabe and her husband Matthew of Fairfax, VA; Maryann’s daughters, Dana Hafner and her husband Steve of Pompton Plains, and Kara Frazier and her husband Ben of West Linn, OR. He is also the beloved grandpa to Ava, Leah, Stella, Noah, Luke, and “J-Pop” to Caroline, Charlotte, and Aubrey. He is also survived by his two sisters Susan Revella and Linda Malinoski. John was predeceased by his brother, William “Billy” Bogle, his father, William Bogle, and his mother, Margaret Bogle. 

Complete Obituary
Vander May Funeral Home

John Bogle

Date of Birth: January 29, 1954
Date of Death: May 18, 2022
Hometown: Pompton Plains, NJ


John C. Brozowski

Date of Birth: January 4, 1954
Date of Death: January 10, 2013
Hometown:Wayne, NJ

William J. Buntzen, a lifelong resident of Wayne, passed March 18, 2023. William was born July 10, 1954 in Paterson NJ. William graduated Wayne Valley High School in 1972. He worked many jobs after high school including the Paterson Box Lunch, Schulte’s Florist, Ruth’s Flower Basket and for the past twentythree years with Semeraro Construction as Accounts Payable Administrator in Wayne NJ. William was an avid sports fan who rooted for his Cubbies, Raiders, and Lakers. William enjoyed classic Rock and Roll but the volume increased when The Rolling Stones and Traffic were played. William was predeceased by his parents George U. Buntzen and Anne (Reed) Buntzen.
He is survived by his siblings George (Debby), Robert (Christopher), Richard (Donald), Leslie (Ron), James (Sue) and Michael, nephews Kristian (Amy), Peter (Michelle), Brian (Lindsay), Jonathan (Lori), Carlin and George, niece Jisoo Seo, grandnieces Kaeli and Bella and grandnephews Devin, Griffin Mattingly, Brody, Harrison,Sam, John, and Nikolas.

Complete Obituary
Vander May Funeral Home

William “Billy” Buntzen

Date of Birth: July 10, 1954
Date of Death: March 18, 2023
Hometown:Wayne, NJ

Diana, a loving Daughter

Sister and Friend…..

Sadly missed by all….

Ada Cauwenberghs, mother
September, 2002

Accident Report


Diana Lynn Cauwenberghs

Date of Birth: June 23, 1954
Date of Death:July 4, 1974
Cause of Death:Motorcycle Accident
Hometown:Wayne, NJ

  Occupation: Bank Teller, Prospect Park National Bank
Member of: Preakness Christian Reformed Church, Wayne, NJ
Buried at: Fairlawn memorial Cemetery, Fairlawn, NJ
Next of Kin: Henry (father), Ada(mother), Henry (brother), Dawn (sister)
In loving memory of a wonderful husband,
father and brother.
We miss you so much.

Gail, John and Jennifer
October, 2002

Death Notice

John I. Coulson Jr.

Date of Birth: May 13, 1953
Date of Death:Nov. 2, 1990
Cause of Death:Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma
Hometown:Wayne, NJ

  Next of Kin: Gail Herman Coulson, Children, John III, and Jennifer L Brodbeck, grand daughter Izabella Grace, Brother Alan and Sister Karen Porcello.
Tom, a loving husband and father …
We had our first date almost 52 years ago, in January of 1972,
and he was loved throughout our 48 years of marriage.
Tom had a heartfelt love & resoect for wildlife and created landscaping habitat
to support wildlife on our property when we lived in MT, FL & AZ.
Loved our daughter and our son, both in the Tucson area

Linda Plueddemann Crane, spouse
December, 2023


Thomas Ronald Crane

Date of Birth: June 30, 1954
Date of Death: November 29, 2023
Hometown: Tucson, AZ

Next of Kin: Linda Plueddemann Crane(spouse), Rachel (daughter), Seth (son)
We think of Gordon with this thought…

“Those that bring sunshine into the lives of others

cannot keep it from themselves.”

Joanne Curry, mother
October, 2002

Death Notice

Bruce Gordon Curry

Date of Birth: July 31, 1954
Date of Death: May 18, 1978
Cause of Death: Asphyxiation
Hometown: Hartwick, NY

Occupation: Student – Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY
Buried at: George Washington memorial Park, Paramus, NJ
Next of Kin: Cynthia Lee DiGiuseppe (spouse), Bruce Gilbert Curry (father), Joanne Hartley Curry (mother)
Michael James D’Angelo, age 65, passed away on Saturday, April 18, 2020 of COVID-19 related illness. He was born in Paterson, grew up in Wayne, and five years ago
became a resident of Brookdale Assisted Living in Wayne. Mike attended Wayne Valley High School and graduated from the University of Utah in 1976.
He was Vice President of Systronics Computers Systems for most of his employment years. He enjoyed teaching Ballroom Dancing and won several national awards.
Studying Meteorology and Geography were his passions. Beloved son of Ruth D’Angelo and the late Joseph B. D’Angelo. Dear brother of Joseph H. and his wife Camille D’Angelo.
Uncle of Derek Godwin (Andrea), Evan Godwin (Bergelink), and great uncle of Jack, Cooper, Trevor, and Chase Godwin. Mike’s love, smile, compassion, and kindness to all will be greatly missed.
He will be laid to rest privately at Calvary Cemetery in Paterson. A Memorial Mass will take place at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to Moore’s Home For Funerals.


Wayne Valley ’72   Univ. of Utah ’76


Michael D’Angelo

Date of Birth: December 12, 1954
Date of Death: April 18, 2020
Hometown: Wayne, NJ

Occupation: Computer Technology
Next of Kin: Ruth D’Angelo(mother), Joe D’Angelo (brother)
Joe Dawson of Chestertown, Maryland died on November 15 at his home at the age of 65.
He was born on October 8, 1954, in Oak Park, IL the son of the late Charles and Rosemary Dawson. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Delaware on June 5, 1976, and on that day married Linda Blahosky.
Joe worked with Dixon Valve and Coupling for 31 years. Joe’s career in sales and marketing with Dixon began in 1986. He has served customers as a Regional Sales Manager, National Sales Manager, Marketing Manager, and as a Training Specialist before retiring in 2018. His professionalism, enthusiasm, and commitment to customers was exemplary.
In addition to his wife Linda, he is survived by a son: Lt Col Todd Dawson and his wife Abear and their children Ella, Olivia, and Emma and a daughter: Tracey Valach and her husband Michael and their children Ahna and Mia. Joe is also survived by a brother: Michael Dawson of Waleska, GA, and a sister: Carrie Thompsen of Millsboro, DE.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Sunday, November 24, 2019, at 1:00 PM at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Chestertown, MD where relatives and friends are invited to visit with the family from 12:00-1:00. Interment will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Animal Care Shelter for Kent County 10720 Augustine Herman Highway Chestertown, Maryland 21620.


Wayne Valley ’72   Univ. of Delaware ’76

Joe Dawson

Date of Birth: October 8, 1954
Date of Death: November 15,2019
Hometown: Chesterton, MD

Occupation: Sales & Marketing
Next of Kin:Linda(spouse), Todd Dawson (son), Tracey Valach (daughter), Michael Dawson (brother), Carrie Thompsen (sister)
Sharon Ann Watsky, 51, Bradenton, Fla., died September 11, 2005. Born on June 5, 1954, in Patterson, N.J., she moved to Bradenton, in 1979, from Hallendale, Fla. She attended Temple Beth Sholom and Temple Beth El. Survivors include her husband, Dr. Steven C. Watsky; daughters, Haley B. and Ariel T., and son, Evan S., all of Bradenton; brothers, Jack A. (Vicki) Diamond, of Boonton, N.J., and Mitchell (Olga) Diamond, of Lauderdale By The Sea, Fla.; aunt, Claire Rosen, of Hallendale, Fla.; and brother-in-law, Claude Watsky, of Narragansett, R.I. Service is 2p.m., Friday, September 16, at Brown & Sons Funeral Homes 43rd Street Chapel, 604 43rd Street West, Bradenton. The family’s home will be open on Friday, following the service, and also on Saturday and Sunday, from 1-9p.m. Memorial donations may be made to American Red Cross, Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund, 2902 59th Street West, Bradenton, FL 34209, or to Alzheimer’s Association, Manatee/Sarasota Counties Chapter, Inc., 1230 South Tuttle Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34239. 

Published in The Bradenton Herald on September 14, 2005

Wayne Valley ’72  Penn State ’75  Marshall Law School ’79
Memories of Sharon’s marriage, husband and children

Sharon Diamond Watsky

Date of Birth: June 5, 1954
Date of Death: Sept. 11, 2005
Hometown: Bradenton, FL

Occupation: Lawyer (Retired)
Next of Kin:Dr. Steven Watsky (spouse), Haley Watsky, Evan Watsky, Ariel Watsky (children), Jack Diamond, Mitchell Diamond (siblings)
It is with deep sorrow that we announce the death of Dale L. Distasio of Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina, born in Wayne, New Jersey, who passed away on September 20, 2021, at the age of 66, leaving to mourn family and friends. Family and friends can light a candle as a loving gesture for their loved one. Leave a sympathy message to the family in the guestbook on this memorial page of Dale L. Distasio to show support.  (Echovita) 


PHOTO: Dale near Cape Town, South Africa (one of her many adventures with Mike)


Dale L. Distasio

Date of Birth: October 24, 1954
Date of Death: Sept.20, 2021
Hometown: Ocean Isle Beach, NC

Next of Kin:Mike Allen(spouse)
Kathleen Marie DiRocco, 64, passed away July 2nd at home, with her loving family by her side, after a four year illness. Kathy was born in NJ, where she resided until moving to Hilton Head Island in 2012 with her husband of 44 years, Derek DiRocco. The family vacationed here during each summer since 1980. She was so excited to begin her life here on the island, explore new things and be an active part of her new community. She loved tennis and golf, and was enthusiastically active in both until her illness in 2014. Ever the adventurer, she earned her diving certificate and experienced the beauty of the Red Sea along the Egyptian coast. Kathy’s beautiful smile and warm, social personality made new friends feel as if they had known her for years. And she absolutely loved people. Prior to relocating, she was active in her daughters’ education and spent many years volunteering in the public school system. Once her children were grown, she resumed her career, working thirteen years as office manager for her husband’s construction company. She was a loving wife to her high school sweetheart, Derek, a devoted mother to daughters Adrienne, Alison Capo and son-in-law John, and a wonderful grandmother to Gino, who graced her life last November. In addition, she leaves six brothers and sisters and their spouses, one brother in law and spouse, as well as seventeen nieces and nephews. Kathy also leaves many, many cherished friends everywhere, who constantly provided support and filled her heart with cards, gifts and love throughout her illness. A funeral mass will be held Thursday, July 12th 10:30AM at St. Francis by the Sea Church on Hilton Head Island. In lieu of flowers at the church, the family requests charitable donations to The Deep Well Project of Hilton Head ( or St. Francis by the Sea Catholic School, 45 Beach City Road, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926.

July 8, 2018

Kathy Donnelly DiRocco

Date of Birth: October 19, 1953
Date of Death: July 2, 2018
Cause of Death: Breast Cancer
Hometown:Hilton Head Is.,SC

Next of Kin:Derek DiRocco(spouse), Adrienne, Alison Capo (daughters)
Kenneth G. Dyak “Ken” age 54 of West Milford on Wednesday, November 26, 2008. His passing was sudden and unexpected with his loving family at his side.
He was born in Paterson and had lived his formative years in Wayne before moving to West Milford twenty- eight years ago.
Ken received his formal education at Wayne Valley High School graduating with the Class of 1972. He had a strong desire to achieve higher education and pursued his college education going nights to Farleigh Dickinson University in Rutherford. In 1985 he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance from Farleigh Dickinson.
He was employed for many years at Wyeth Pharmaceuticals in Madison as a Financial Specialist.
His hobby included playing the guitar having often played with a local bands at special events. He was also very mechanically inclined and enjoyed maintaining and fixing cars. He was also especially fond of his favorite faithful companion dog Ernie who is a Brussels Griffon.
He leaves his family with many fond memories of a loving husband and father. He loved his children and always encouraged them to excel in their life’s endeavors.
Cynthia and Ken met while working at the former Acme Supermarket on Valley Road in Wayne and married. They had thirty years of “good and loving” marriage together.
Surviving are his loving wife Cynthia (nee D’Auria) Dyak; one daughter Cheryl Dyak of Hopatcong; one son Brian Dyak of West Milford; one sister Doris Arena and two brothers Nelson and Charles Dyak.

November, 2008

Kenneth G. Dyak

Date of Birth: October 1, 1954
Date of Death: November 26, 2008
Cause of Death: Stroke
Hometown:West Milford, NJ

Next of Kin: Cynthia D’Auria Dyak(wife), Cheryl(daughter), Brian(son)

Bobby was a graduate of Wayne Valley High School’s class of 1972. He was a muscle car enthusiast, a Zappa fan, a horseman, a builder and in his later years, a master carpenter. In 1978, he along with his brother Geoffrey established Earle Brother Construction and built numerous homes in Northern New Jersey. They were awarded the National Builders Association award for Builders of the year in 1991. Since 1998, Bobby was the sole proprietor of Structural Arts in Wayne, expanding on his incredible talent for fine woodworking. Many homes in Northern New Jersey contained his masterful fireplaces, built-ins, coffered ceilings and raised panel millwork.
Surviving are his wife of 22 years, Paula (nee Dodge) Earle; daughter Kaitlyn Rose Earle; brother Kevin B. Earle of Phoenix, Ariz.; brother-in-laws Robert Peterson, and Geofrey S. Earle of South Jersey; nieces and nephews Elizabeth and Brad Earle, Amie and Jenny Dodge, Susan, Brian and Scott Dunham; and cousins Rose Ferraris, Stephanie Carr and Paula Theisen.
He was predeceased by his parents Rose (Masseroni) Earle in 1999 and George A. Earle in 1965.
Arrangements: Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, Wayne.

Memorials: Life Choice Hospice, 65 East Route 4, River Edge, NJ 07661.

Published on Thursday, December 6, 2012 in Wayne Today(NJ)

Bobby’s Story

Robert “Bobby” Wright Earle

Date of Birth:  
Date of Death: November 21, 2012
Cause of Death: Cancer
Hometown:Wayne, NJ

Occupation: Master Carpenter
Next of Kin: Paula(wife), Kayti(daughter)

January 5, 1954 – January 10, 2018, age 64 of Stuart, Florida, Bob passed peacefully at Treasure Coast Hospice in Stuart, FL

He was a Palmer graduate who loved being a Chiropractic Physician. Bob had a heart of gold and enjoyed singing Irish songs to his patients while adjusting them. Born in NJ he came to FL in 1979. He worked several associateships before opening his own practice Jensen Beach Chiropractic Center in Jensen Beach, FL where he was located for 18 years. In high school Bob was in chorus, drama, and ran track. Through the years he played tennis, golf, backgammon, shot pool, camped, hiked, fished, swam, biked, had a green thumb, played an Irish drum and enjoyed life.

Survivors include his wife Teri Moore Fitzpatrick of Stuart, FL; son Christopher Fitzpatrick, PhD of Santiago, Chile; grandson Thomas Fitzpatrick of Chile; stepdaughter Dawn Yukus of CO; sister Georgette Fitzpatrick Puchis of GA; five Fitzpatrick brothers Thomas of NJ; Brian of CA; Kevin of CA; George of CA; Guy of PSL, FL; several brother and sister in laws and several nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his parents Thomas Fitzpatrick and Georgette Dittmar Fitzpatrick Leenher.



Robert George Fitzpatrick

Date of Birth: January 5, 1954
Date of Death: January 10, 2018
Hometown:Stuart, FL
Occupation: Chiropractor

    After graduation from Wayne Valley, Jeff went to Ramapo College and then Northwestern University in Chicago, the Medical School, and studied Physical Therapy. He worked at Nyack Hospital, then started his physical therapy practice, called Lower Hudson Valley Physical Therapy, in Pomona, New York. He lived in Pompton Lakes NJ, and designed his house to be built that was modeled on a Austrian Chalet. (Jeff used to go skiing in Austria as a teenager). He loved North Jersey and the Jersey Shore. Growing up he lived in the Pacanack Lake Community. Jeff met his spouse Frank and they were together for nearly 25 year. Together, they traveled the Caribbean, the Florida Keys, and the US. At home in Pompton Lakes they shared it together with their chichuhua named Chalupa, and their numerous birds (lovebirds and cockatiels). On weekends they had a apartment in Asbury Park and especially loved the Jersey shore and Sandy Hook State Park.


Frank Michel


Jeffrey E. Forrest

Date of Birth: November 11, 1954
Date of Death: November 22, 2015
Cause of Death: Esophageal Cancer
Hometown:Pompton Lakes, NJ

Occupation: Physical therapist
Next of Kin: Frank Michel(husband), Edward J. Forrest (father), Debbie Forrest (sister)

In Loving Memory
of Donald
who brightened our lives and
who remains in our hearts.

Marion Crossett Frankland (mother)
Joan Frankland DiGiacomo(sister)
Kenneth Frankland (brother)
November, 2002


Donald Richard Frankland

Date of Birth: January 14, 1954
Date of Death: October 28, 1994
Cause of Death: Cancer of Appendix
Hometown:Wayne, NJ

Occupation: Machinist Tool and Dye Maker
Buried at: Holy Cross Cemetery, N. Arlington, NJ
Next of Kin: Donald Frankland (father), Marion Frankland(mother), Kenneth Frankland(brother), Joan Frankland DiGiacomo(sister)

   Debbie was a very quiet person who kept to herself …Debbie was an only child and loved going to Bunco and Bingo… she was a member of the Catholic Church St Casimir for many years and participated in Church functions…Debbie loved going to Atlantic City and had a love for all animals…I was friends with her since Jr High … Debbie was in St Josephs in Wayne congestion in her lungs… she was there for over a month in ICU… I was down as the person to call for medical issues…on the morning of April 20, 2016 the doctor called me to say she was being released to a care center where she’d have therapy to get her stronger… one hour later another doctor called me to say she had passed away…Debbie was a true friend and may she always be remembered.

Patricia Duensing


Deborah Frappolli

Date of Birth: December 25, 1953
Date of Death: April 20, 2016
Hometown: Hawthorne, NJ