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Richard R. Maggio, “Ricky”, age 55 of Royal Palm Beach, Florida, formerly of Wayne, died on Thursday, March 5, 2009.
He was born in Paterson and lived in Wayne for most of his life. He graduated from Wayne Valley High School, where he had played football and was a skier, with the class of 1972. He later graduated from New Jersey Institute of Technology with an Associate’s degree in Engineering. He was employed with Steamfitters Local 274 in Jersey City for nearly twenty four years before moving to Florida in 1998. He has since been working as a construction manager with his brother, Ronald, in Florida.
Richard was also a proud member of the Preakness Volunteer Fire Company #4 in Wayne for many years before he moved to Florida.
Richard was an avid fisherman and truly enjoyed all the fishing opportunities that Florida had to offer. He had fished all over, including Cape Cod, shark fishing out of Montauk, and the Florida Keys. As a boy, he spent his summer vacation on LBI, in Surf City, which is where he probably picked up his love for surfing too. He was extremely intelligent, could fix just about anything, and would gladly help anyone in need. Richard was always the ‘life of the party’ and he sure knew how to enjoy himself. He recently said to his brother; “I’ve lived life my way and it doesn’t owe me anything.”
Richard is survived by his daughter Ashley and her mother Susan C. Maggio of Mertztown, PA, his parents; Thomas and Evelyn Maggio of Wayne, one sister; Donna Maggio-Ash and her husband William of Wayne, two brothers; Thomas Maggio of Wayne and Ronald Maggio and his wife Susan of Wellington, FL, and many nieces, nephews, and close friends.


Richard R. Maggio

  Date of Birth:xxx
  Date of Death:March 5, 2009
  Hometown:Royal Palm Beach, FL
Occupation: Construction Manager
Buried at: George Washington Memorial Park, Paramus

In loving memory of Raymond Maksuta
who lost his battle with colon cancer in 1994.

Ray was a very caring and loving individual. He was very knowledgeable about the origins of any type of wine and could tell you information about that wine down to what type of wooden barrel or what type of grapes the wine was made from. Besides his first love of wine, he was an accomplished guitar player. He loved the blues long before it became popular– certainly a man before his time. A serious man at times, in a moments notice he could turn into a jokester. Although he may be gone from our sight he is never gone from our hearts.

Susan Maksuta, sister
October, 2002


Death Notice

Raymond T. Maksuta

  Date of Birth:October 6, 1954
  Date of Death:April 4, 1994
  Cause of Death:Colon Cancer
  Hometown:Wayne, NJ
Occupation: Wine Connoisseur, Sales Manager
Member of:Our Lady of the Valley Church (Wayne)
Buried at: Christ the King, Franklin Lakes, NJ
Next of Kin: Raymond V.(father), Mary(mother)

Oh but I loved her laughter and heartfelt compassion.
Cassy, a close friend

October, 2002

Her personal sacrifices serve as inspiration, while her tender smile and
loving commitment is what will always be remembered.

Bob Miller, brother
October, 2002

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Julia Alice Miller

  Date of Birth:July 7, 1954
  Date of Death:May 5, 1986
  Hometown:St. Louis, MO

Lois A. Herman, age 62, of Vernon, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 10, 2017.

Born and raised in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn, NY, Lois’ family moved to Kirk Terrace in Wayne in 1967. Five years later, she graduated from Wayne Valley High School with the Class of 1972.


Lois Mitchell Herman

  Date of Birth:September 4, 1954
  Date of Death:March 10, 2017
  Hometown:Sussex, NJ

Daniel R. Murray of Medfield passed away surrounded by his loving family on May 22, 2021 after a brief illness. He was 66.


Daniel Reed Murray

  Date of Birth:August 13, 1954
  Date of Death:May 22, 2021
  Hometown:Medfield, MA

Jill Newton moved to Colorado shortly after graduating from Wayne Valley High School. Other than a short stay in San Francisco, Jill lived in Colorado the rest of her life. She loved the mountains. Jill was a fabulous snow skier; she enjoyed white water rafting, and hiking. She, of course, was also a very loving mother.

Not only was she beautiful, but also probably one of the brightest people I have ever met. Her memory was photographic and often the conversation at the office. If anyone couldn’t find a project number from a job 10 years earlier…”just ask Jill” was usually the next approach. She knew every employees social security number by heart (there were 20 or 30 employees).

Most of all, Jill was loved. Not everybody loved Jill, but her close friends, family and husband loved her, admired her, and were dedicated to her completely. This was true because she loved and dedicated herself, in a healthy way, to her close knit group of family and friends.

The world was a better place because of Jill, and her absence from this planet is still very much recognized.

Kevin D. Scott, spouse
September, 2002

Jill D. Newton Scott

  Date of Birth:September 3, 1954
  Date of Death:September 28, 1999
  Cause of Death:Ovarian Cancer
  Hometown:Boulder, Colorado

Occupation: Accountant/Office Manager-Eric Smith Associates, Boulder
Next of Kin: Kevin D. Scott(spouse), Erin C. Myers(daughter), Nick Newton (brother), James Newton(brother),
George Newton(father, deceased), Shirley Newton (mother, deceased), Lynn Newton (sister, deceased)

Beth Nielsen (Moore) had a bubbling personality and many friends. With her caring nature and love for animals, she was dedicated to her job at the veterinary clinic. Most of all, she loved and took great pride in her two sons, David Jr. and Bryan. Because of their natural athletic abilities, they were both drafted by major league baseball teams.

I miss you!

Jeanne Nielsen, Mom

Fort Myers, Florida
August, 2012

Beth Nielsen,49, died at Health Park Hospital in Fort Myers, Florida on May 26, 2004. Beth grew up in Packanack Lake and graduated from Wayne Valley High School and attended college in Hackettstown, N.J.
She is survived by her mother, Jeanne Nielsen and two sons, David and Bryan Moore.


Beth Nielsen

  Date of Birth:Dec 28, 1954
  Date of Death:May 26, 2004
  Hometown:Fort Lauderdale, FL

OAKLEY, Everett “Butch” Everett “Butch” Oakley, 50, of Rocky Hill died Saturday, (May 29, 2004). Born in California, he lived most of his life in the Middletown area. He was a director of Building and Grounds for the Town of Saybrook and also was employed by Key-Media and recently Alside Building Supply. He enjoyed spending time at his cottage on Salmon River in Haddam. Butch was a United States Air Force Veteran serving in Vietnam as a Sergeant. He received many unit citations, including several medals, five airman of the month awards and Sergeant of the Squadron award. He is survived by his longtime companion, Wendy Rodriguez and her son E.J. Walker of Rocky Hill; sister, Lynn Brittany and cousins Carl Pittman, Jackie and Jo-Jo Lynch, John Gordon, Arnold and Lee Studwell and Eileen McGrail all of New York. He is also survived by his dear friend, Frank and his mom, Gertie Gotlibowski of Rocky Hill. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, June 5, at 10:00 a.m. at the Brooklawn Funeral Home, 511 Brook Street, Rocky Hill at 3:30 p.m. Interment will be in New York, at a later date. There are no calling hours. For online guestbook, flowers and directions please visit online at


Everett C. “Butch” Oakley

  Date of Birth:Oct 24, 1953
  Date of Death:May 29, 2004
  Hometown:New London, CT

Tom was a renowned neuroscientist and pharmacologist. He graduated with a B.S.
from Bucknell in 1976 and obtained his PhD in pharmacology from Howard University in 1980.
With some 30 publications to his credit, Tom was “superman” according to a fellow scientist with whom he worked. He was recruited by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Washington, DC as a staff fellow in 1980 and quickly rose to become chief of the laboratory of neuroendocrinology of the NIH’s National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke in 1982. He was also an assistant professor at Howard’s Medical School. Tom was one of the founders
of the annual Winter Neuropeptide Conference and was cited in the publication “Who’s Who in Frontier Science and Technology”. His reputation established, Tom moved to Monsanto in St. Louis, Missouri in 1986 where he became director of its CNS (Central Nervous System) department. Tom was at Monsanto for less than a year when he was killed in an auto accident on April 14, 1987.

Tom is buried at Rock Creek Cemetery in Washington, DC. Survivors include his wife Gail Handelmann of Marblehead, MA, and children Aidan and Ross. Howard University founded the annual Thomas L. O’Donohue memorial Lecture in Neuropharmacology in his honor.


Death Notice

Tom O’Donohue

  Date of Birth:January 10, 1954
  Date of Death:April 14, 1987
  Hometown:St. Louis, MO

Martha Olsen Ekker lived a life filled with love, beauty, and many great friendships. Her adventurous spirit took her from the wilds of Patagonia to the depths of Grand Canyon. She was equally at home in the finest Manhattan restaurants and on the back of her favorite horse galloping through the Colorado forests. Martha was often described by friends as one of the most optimistic and joyful people they ever met.

The Beautiful Life of Martha Olsen Ekker

Martha Olsen Ekker

  Date of Birth:October 9, 1954
  Date of Death:November 3, 2017
  Hometown:Tarryall Valley, CO

Michael Ormsby

Death Notice

Michael Ormsby

  Date of Birth:March 7, 1954
  Date of Death:March, 1978
  Hometown:Wayne, NJ


Ioroslau “Jerry” Parowczenko

  Date of Birth: January 1, 1953
  Date of Death: July 7, 2015

Dr. David Joseph Pasquariello, age 62, passed away August 4, 2017, following complications from heart surgery. Dr. Pasquariello was a beloved Chiropractor in the Mableton area for over 35 years. His patients were his passion, and he was respected and loved by all. He was active in the Georgia Chiropractic Association, serving as past Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors and as past District Two Director.


David Joseph Pasquariello

  Date of Birth:August 24, 1954
  Date of Death:August 4, 2017
  Cause of Death:Complications of heart surgery
  Hometown:Smyrna, GA

PILAT Stephen, age 53, of Wayne, suddenly, on Thursday, June 7, 2007. Beloved husband of Angela [Banks] and Dear brother of Patricia Mallery.
Mr. Pilat was a Graduate of Wayne Valley High School and William Paterson University. He was a Self-Employed Musician.

Published in The Record and Herald News on 6/10/2007.


Stephen Pilat

  Date of Birth:May 30, 1954
  Date of Death:June 7, 2007
  Hometown:Wayne, NJ<
Interment: Laurel Grove Crematory, Totowa, NJ

Janet T. Praskala, age 64, of Hudson, Florida passed away on Friday, July 5, 2019. Janet was born October 14, 1954 in Paterson, New Jersey to Edward and Theresa Praskala. Janet grew up in Wayne, NJ. She worked as a Certification Processor for Broker Educational Sales and Training. Janet enjoyed gardening, listening to Polish music, traveling and birds. She spent a lot of time with her family and friends, who will miss her dearly. Janet was also a huge Jets Fan.
Janet was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Theresa Praskala; and her sister, Lorraine Praskala. She is survived by her brothers and sisters, Kathy Adamec (Art), Edward Praskala (Polly), Debbie Rovinsky (Alex), Theresa Nidoh, Eileen Erwin (Jim), John Praskala (Sophia); her beloved cat, Rusty; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
A visitation for Janet will be held Saturday, July 13, 2019 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM at Meadowlawn Funeral Home, 4244 Madison Street, New Port Richey, FL 34652. A funeral service will begin at 2:00 PM and burial will follow at Meadowlawn Memorial Gardens.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Praskala family.


Janet Praskala

  Date of Birth:October 14,1954
  Date of Death:July 5, 2019
  Hometown:Hudson, FL