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Kevin L. Riker, age 55, formerly of Wayne, died on Tuesday October 7, 2008 in Sarasota, Florida after a courageous battle of nearly 8 years with Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Kevin graduated from Wayne Valley High School where he left his mark in athletics. He is a member of the Wayne Valley Football Hall of Fame and he was a star pole-vaulter on the track team. There’s little doubt that his athletic success must have been a result of the excellent coaching he received from his coach and big brother, Ray Riker. He was also an avid skier and absolutely loved to golf. He was a natural at golf and continued playing well into his adult life, until the disease limited him.
Kevin moved to Key West, Florida in the 1970’s and opened a restaurant called “Poncho & Lefties” on Olivia St. He was passionate about cooking and this was a dream come true for him. His brother Ray recalls Kevin grilling on the sidewalk out in front of the restaurant. He operated the restaurant there for over thirteen years before he and his wife moved to Sarasota, Florida in the late 1980’s. Kevin continued to cook, both occupationally and as a hobby. He simply loved being a chef and he was very good at it.
For the past few years, during the height of Kevin’s illness, his niece and nephew have made regular visits to Florida, often twice a year, to spend time with their ailing uncle. Kevin truly enjoyed and looked forward to their visits. They were very close and will miss him dearly. Kevin has no children of his own and his nephew, Ray “Dee” Riker, recently named his own son in his uncle’s honor.
Kevin is survived by his wife of thirty years, Donna (nee Delsea) of Sarasota, Fl, his mother; Jane Riker, one brother; Ray Riker.


Kevin L. Riker

  Date of Birth:May 29, 1953
  Date of Death:October 7, 2008
  Cause of Death:Lou Gehrig’s Disease
  Hometown:Sarasota, FL
Occupation: Chef
Next of Kin: Donna Delsea Riker (wife)
Memorial service for Barry James Roder, 58, will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at Caughman-Harman Funeral Home, Lexington Chapel. The family will receive friends following the service at the home of Doug and Susan Roder. Mr. Roder was born on December 12, 1954 and passed away on Sunday, August 11, 2013. He was the son of Doris Holler Roder and the late LeRoy Roder. Surviving are his son, Roy Roder of Lexington, SC; mother, Doris Katherine Roder of Lexington, SC; brother, Doug Roder and his wife Susan of Lexington, SC; nieces and nephews, Ryan and Kimberly Hall of Blythewood, SC, Danielle Jason Bedenbaugh of Elgin, SC and Jeffrey and Janet Roder of Columbia, SC. Mr. Roder enjoyed music and playing the guitar. He was an avid photographer and loved to cook. He attended Wayne Valley High School and grew up in Wayne, NJ until 1989 and then moved to SC. Memorials may be made to Hebron Colony Ministries, Inc., 356 Old Turnpike Road, Boone, NC 28607.


Barry James Roder

  Date of Birth:December 12, 1954
  Date of Death:August 11, 2013
  Hometown:Lexington, SC
Next of Kin: Roy Roder (son), Doris Katherine Roder (mother), LeRoy Roder (father, deceased), Doug Roder (brother)


Andrew Romanov

Andrew Romanov

  Date of Birth:June 6, 1954
  Date of Death:June 24, 1995
  Hometown:Toms River, NJ

   On July 30, 1954, Kevin entered this world a few minutes after his twin brother, Craig, in Paterson, New Jersey. Throughout Kevin’s childhood and teenage years, his family lived in the New Jersey suburban community of Packanack Lake. After graduating from high school in 1972, Kevin moved to Ohio to attend Denison University and graduated in 1976. Kevin lived a few years in California and then moved to Dallas, Texas in order to pursue a Masters of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University. Upon graduation Kevin was hired by Datapoint Corporation and moved to San Antonio. In 1983 Kevin married Debra Lorenz and they relocated to Dallas. The Roper family grew with the birth of sons, Colin and Craig. In 1996 while employed by BancTec, the family was relocated to England for two years and upon their return in 1998 they moved to Coppell, Texas. In 2008, Kevin was hired by Metavante and he and Debra moved to Oklahoma City. On September 24, 2010, Kevin passed away from lung cancer. He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Debra; sons, Colin and Craig; brothers, Lance, Garrett, and twin Craig; and sister, Sharon Kneussl.

Debra Roper (spouse)

Kevin Lee Roper

  Date of Birth:July 30, 1954
  Date of Death:September 24, 2010
  Cause of Death:Lung cancer(non-smoker)
  Hometown:Oklahoma City, OK<
Occupation: Vice President/General Manager
Next of Kin: Debra (spouse), Colin and Craig (sons), Lance, Garrett, and twin Craig (brothers), Sharon Kneussl (sister), John Roper (father, deceased) and Ruth Roper (mother, deceased)

May you walk in the Spirit of our God, and trust in the promises of the Most High

Peter Jonathan Ross Sr.

  Date of Birth:December 17, 1952
  Date of Death:December 24, 2014
  Cause of Death:Cancer
  Hometown:Wayne, NJ
Occupation:Electrical Engineer (Retired)
Next of Kin:Peter J Ross II, Stephanie Lynn Ross, Kevin Harold Ross & Matthew Fredrick Ross (children); Eileen Ross (spouse), Harold Fredrick Ross III (brother), Jacquiline Ann & Harold Fredrick Ross II (parents-deceased)
Burial:Cremation: Ashes in Florida & New Jersey

   Richard “Rick” Michael Rowe, 44, of 43 Kentwood Village, No. 43, of Brick, N.J., died at 9:42 a.m. Jan. 7, 1999, in his residence. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday in Sts. Peter and Paul Church, Streator. The Rev. Charles McCarthy will officiate. Burial will be in Sts. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Leonore. There will be no visitation. Solon Funeral Home, Streator, is in charge of arrangements. Mr. Rowe was born Aug. 21, 1954, in Streator to Donald and Lois (Salz) Rowe. He was employed by Acme Food Markets in Manasquan, N.J. He lived in Point Pleasant and Brick since childhood and attended Northlawn Grade School. Survivors are his parents; a son, Adam Rowe of Point Pleasant, N.J.; a brother, Ronald (Karen) Rowe of Menominee, Mich.; and a grandmother, Helen Salz of Lostant. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents and maternal grandfather.

Published on Saturday, January 9, 1999
News Tribune (La Salle, IL)

Richard Rowe

  Date of Birth:August 21, 1954
  Date of Death:January 7, 1999
  Hometown:Oklahoma City, OK
Gary L. Schor, 67, of Wayne, NJ, died peacefully on Wednesday, July 14, 2021, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Paterson, NJ, he was the son of the late Bernard C., Schor II and the late Margaret McNamara Schor. He is survived by loving wife Tonia, his children Ryan Schor, Derek Schor, Jared Schor and Danielle Williams and her husband Richard, his loving sister, Peggy Ann and brother Jerry.

Gary had a love for hockey, his favorite position was goaltender, and he was a hockey coach. He was a self-employed General Contractor. Gary had a love for Jesus Christ his lord and savior and loved to spread the gospel, he was a loyal servant of God who was not afraid to profess his love for Christ, an amazing grandfather, father, husband, and friend to many.


Gary L. Schor

  Date of Birth: May 31, 1954
  Date of Death: July 14, 2021
  Hometown: Wayne, NJ
Wayne – James “Michael” Schumacher, 67, passed away on Tuesday, December 7, 2021, at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, NC.
Per his wishes, no services will be held.
Michael, son of the late James and Grace Schumacher, was a native of Wayne, New Jersey. He was a 1972 graduate of Wayne Valley High School and a member of the Marine Corp. In February of 2020, he and his wife, Andrea, relocated to Greenville, North Carolina. Prior to their move, Michael and Andrea owned and operated A&M catering from 1986-2016. He also served as a volunteer fireman from 1973-2021 at the Preakness Volunteer Fire Company #4 in Wayne, New Jersey. During his time with the volunteer fire company, Michael served as the Fire Chief for several years. In addition, Michael was also an avid metal detector and enjoyed riding snow mobiles.
He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Andrea Schumacher of Greenville, NC; his siblings, Catherine “Lee” Ettore of Nevada, Paul Schumacher of New Jersey, Glen Schumacher of New York, and Alison Dante of Nevada; along with several nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the New Jersey Firemen’s Home, 565 Lathrop Avenue, Boonton, NJ 07005.
Arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home and Crematory.
Online condolences at

James Michael Schumacher

  Date of Birth:July 9, 1954
  Date of Death:December 7, 2021
  Hometown:Greenville, NC


   William Thomas Sessa, 61, of Elmwood Park, died Tuesday, August 12, 2014.
   Born in Queens, NY, he had lived in Wayne and Clifton prior to moving to Elmwood Park 11 years ago. Mr. Sessa was the owner of Cutting Edge Lawn Service, Elmwood Park. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Lodi.
   Beloved husband of Dawn (nee Bosland), loving father of Joseph and William, both at home, devoted son of Vincent of Clifton and dear brother of Kenneth and his wife, Heather of Riverdale, Kathy Sessa of Bricktown and the late James.
   Funeral service Saturday 9 AM at the Patrick J. Conte Funeral Home, Inc., 274 Market St., Elmwood Park. Entombment George Washington Memorial Park, Paramus. Visiting Friday 6-9 PM.

Published in The Record/Herald News on Aug. 14, 2014

Bill and Dawn Sessa

William Thomas Sessa

  Date of Birth:April 18, 1953
  Date of Death:August 12, 2014
  Hometown:Elmwood Park, NJ

Matthew M. Shumeyko age 51 of Wayne died Friday at the Morristown memorial Hospital, Morristown.

He was born in Newark and lived in Union before moving to Wayne forty-five years ago.

Mr. Shumeyko was a commercial driver for the Air Brook Limousine Company, Saddle Brook.

Surviving are his mother Helen (nee Kuzow) Shumeyko; one sister Joanne Johnson and her husband Kevin of Detroit, Michigan; two brothers Daniel Shumeyko and his wife Mary of Pompton Plains and Gregory Shumeyko and his wife Susan of Suwanee, Georgia and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service took place on Tuesday, January 31, 2006 at the Pequannock Reformed Church, 530 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Wayne.

Death Notice

Matthew M. Shumeyko

  Date of Birth:March 28, 1954
  Date of Death:January 27, 2006
  Hometown:Wayne, NJ
In loving memory of Robert Sisti
A dear son, taken from us suddenly on
September 5, 1989

As long as we can think of you
We’re never far apart
For though you left the world we’re in
You live on in our hearts.

Robert Sisti, father
September, 2002

Death Notice

Robert Francis Sisti

  Date of Birth:November 9, 1954
  Date of Death:September 5, 1989
  Cause of Death:Heart Attack
  Hometown:Wayne, NJ
Education: 1976 BA, Loyola College, Baltimore,MD1981 BS, Fairleigh Dickinson University
Occupation: National Sales and Audits Manager (Toys-R-Us)
Member of: Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Wayne, NJ
Buried at: Calvary Cemetery, Paterson, NJ
Next of Kin: Robert(father), Mary (mother, deceased)
Linda Jayne Skidmore

Linda Jayne Skidmore

  Date of Birth:June 22, 1954
  Date of Death:March 4, 2016
  Hometown:New London, WI
Billy “Bongo” Smith

Bill Smith

  Date of Birth:Jan 29, 1954
  Date of Death:September 12, 2016
  Cause of Death:Colon Cancer
  Hometown:Montville, NJ

Daniel Suchoff, 60, of Phoenix, died May 19, 2015. Born in Mineola, New York, he was an entrepreneur and financial adviser.
Survivors include his wife, Diana; daughter, Tess of Boston; son, Noah of Phoenix; and sisters, Marla Mendelsohn of Hoboken, New Jersey, and Ronnie Klein of Chicago.
Services were held at Mt. Sinai Cemetery, with Rabbi Mari Chernow officiating. Arrangements were made by Sinai Mortuary.
Contributions are suggested to Deutsch Family Shalom Center at Temple Chai, 4645 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix 85032; or C.O. Greenfield Elementary School, Principal Stuart Starky’s Discretionary Fund, 7009 S. 10th St., Phoenix 85042.

Published on June 5, 2015

The Jewish News

Daniel Suchoff

  Date of Birth:June 30, 1954
  Date of Death:May 19, 2015
  Hometown:Phoenix, AZ
Occupation: Entrepreneur and Financial Adviser
Member of: Temple Chai, Phoenix, AZ
Next of Kin: Diana(wife), Tess (daughter), Noah (son)

   Frank was born in March 1954, the son of Frank and Adele Symon, Sr.,
and the brother of Laurie. He died in a car accident in December
1973. In the spring of 1974, Frank’s ashes were scattered over the surf
of Seaside Park, New Jersey, a place he loved and where he had spent
many happy days with his friends.
    Frank is remembered by his family as happy, energetic and friendly
young man, who loved athletics – a memory shared by the class of 1972.
When we also recall that Frank won the “Coaches Award” in 1972 for
his sportsmanship and commitment to his team on the basketball court, we
also know that Frank was a person committed to school, community,
and others – a dedication that would have certainly continued had he
not passed from this life too early.

Notes from Frank’s Mom
December, 2003

Death Notice

“Death on Icy Road” by Frank and Adel Symon

Frank Roger Symon

  Date of Birth:March, 1954
  Date of Death:December, 1973
  Cause of Death:Auto accident
  Hometown:Wayne, NJ
Next of Kin: Frank(father), Adele (mother), Laurie (sister)


A Mass for Mrs. Patricia Ann Odierno, 47, of Medford, a native of New Jersey, will be here at 10 a.m. today in St. Joseph the Worker Church. Arrangements are by the Robertaccio Funeral Home, Patchogue. Mrs. Odierno, who died Saturday at home, was born in Orange, N.J., and lived in Wayne, N.J., before moving to Medford. Surviving are her husband, Vinnie; a daughter, Lisa Ann; her parents, Claire and Fred Tonkin; a sister, Madeline Neitz,

Published on Tuesday, January 15, 2002
The Star-Ledger (Newark, NJ) –

Patricia Ann Tonkin Odierno

  Date of Birth:December 13, 1954
  Date of Death:January 12, 2002
  Hometown:Medford, NY
Next of Kin: Vinnie (husband), Lisa Ann(daughter), Claire and Fred Tonkin (parents), Madeline Neitz(sister), Frederick Tonkin Jr (brother)


Born in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, Carol resided in Wayne for most of her life. She was a 1972 graduate of Wayne Valley High School and spent many hours during high school with the band and continued her love of music by helping the marching band for years after graduation. Her life was spent in service to others whether it be as a high school guidance counselor, in ministry or adopting pets, Carol always thought of herself last.

Carol earned her BA in Psychology and M.Ed in Counselor Education/ School Counseling and Guidance Services from William Paterson University and her M.Div in Theology focusing on Pastoral Theology from Drew University. She was a high school guidance counselor for over 25 years, most recently at Mary Help of Christians Academy in North Haledon. Previously, she was employed at DePaul High School and the former Neumann Prep, both in Wayne.

Carol also worked for ten years as a career counselor for adults returning to the work force. In college, she was the coordinator and lead trainer for a telephone crisis intervention service. These experiences led her to develop a wealth of knowledge about personal, career and guidance counseling.


Carol Lynn Van Houten

  Date of Birth:May 25, 1954
  Date of Death:December 25, 2023
  Hometown:Wayne, NJ
Next of Kin: Paul Van Houten (brother)

Lois Ann Velebir Middlemore

Lois Ann Velebir Middlemore

  Date of Birth:Sep 22, 1954
  Date of Death:July 16, 2006
  Hometown:Wappingers Falls, NY
Marion Walwork Reynolds

Marion C. Walwork Reynolds

  Date of Birth:Sept. 13, 1953
  Date of Death:August 19, 2022
  Hometown:Jonesboro, GA


In Loving Memory of Frederic Charles Willer who died suddenly of a massive stroke on November 20, 1991. Fred was a devoted father to his two daughters, Ashley and Megen who were the light of his life.
Fred was a very compassionate sole who’s main objective in life was to help those in need at trying times. Fred was a former member of the Wayne memorial First Aid Squad and the San Juan County, NM Search and Recovery Team. After his stroke in 1987 Fred went back to school and became a funeral director. He had many friends who looked to him in times of trouble due to his caring nature.
As his brother said at his funeral
“Grieve not for those who lost a friend and loved one, but grieve for those who had not yet met him.”

Elizabeth (Beth) Willer, wife
September, 2002

Frederic C. Willer

  Date of Birth:May 6, 1954
  Date of Death:November 20, 1991
  Cause of Death:Stroke
  Occupation: Funeral Director
  Hometown:Wayne, NJ
Member of: Totowa United Methodist Church, Mt.View Masonic Lodge, Passaic Co. Funeral Directors
Association, San Juan NM Search and Recovery Scuba Team.

Buried at: Laurel Grove, Totowa NJ Obituary
Next of Kin: Elizabeth (Beth) Willer(spouse), Ashley Lynn (WVHS 2004) and Megen Lee (WVHS 2005)(children),
Charles Willer (father), Marion Willer (mother)

James Richardson Wright, 59, of Stockholm, passed away suddenly May 9, 2013, in his home, which he designed and built with his own hands.
Born in Glen Ridge and raised in Wayne, he graduated from Wayne Valley in 1972. As a child, he enjoyed spending time at his grandparents’ property. He was an artistic carpenter. He was a kind and loving husband, father and gramps. Everyone he met loved him.
A celebration of life ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at Unity Church of Sussex County, 25 Mudcut Road, Lafayette, NJ 07848. Following the service, a gathering of family and friends will be at the family residence. In lieu of cut flowers, you may bring a perennial, shrub or tree from your garden to the service or residence.
Mr. Wright is survived by his loving wife, Cindy; mother, Shirley; sisters, Marti, Stacy, Laurie; son, Randall; daughters, Renee and Katie; grandsons, Wyatt, Aiden, Elias and Marcus.
Arrangements by the Megaro Memorial Home, 503 Union Ave., Belleville

but grieve for those who had not yet met him.”

Published in The New Jersey Herald on May 12, 2013

James “Ricky” Wright

  Date of Birth:June 20, 1953
  Date of Death:May 9, 2013
  Hometown:Stockholm, NJ
Richard Zito

Death Notice

Richard Zito

  Date of Birth:1 Jul 1954
  Date of Death:Nov 1984
Grave: Crest Haven Memorial Park