Obituaries for June 26, 2024

Jean Gaunt

Jean Gaunt of Beachwood died peacefully at home on June 19, 2024.

Jean was born Sept. 11, 1926, to parents Leon and Mabel Chafey in Trenton. She was raised in Toms River and graduated from Toms River High School, Class of 1944. After high, school she started working at Mease Gorby & Russo and was the executive assistant to Floyd Mease until she retired in 1987.

She married her husband, Emmet David Gaunt Jr., in 1945. Together they raised their four daughters in Beachwood.

Jean was a caring wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. She loved spending time with her family and was happiest at a family celebration surrounded by her daughters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was an avid reader and a longtime member of the Beachwood Library book club.

She loved playing the crosswords and looked forward to her weekly Pokeno games with the Senior Women’s Club of Beachwood. She loved animals, especially her grand dogs, and looked forward to spending time with them and their furry friends.

Jean was one of a kind and a woman of substance. We are so blessed to have had her in our lives. She inspired all who met her to be better people and we will miss and love her forever.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband of 48 years, Emmet David Gaunt Jr. and her daughter Jo-Ann Russo.

Surviving are her daughters Carol Jean Doyle, Susan Villano and Marjorie Stewart; her son-in-law Ronald R. Villano; her grandchildren David Russo, Meghan Decker, Norman Doyle III, Ann Bradshaw and Alyson Villano; her great-grandchildren, Ryan Jon Zimmerman, Kelsey Zimmerman and Madison Bradshaw.

Family and friends are invited to attend a funeral service Thursday, June 27, 2024 at 2 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 130 Cable Ave., Beachwood.

Mae Anna Wademan

Mae Anna Wademan of Harrison died June 18, 2024 at St. Michael’s Medical Center in Newark.

She was 81 years young.

Funeral services were under the direction of the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison.  A funeral Mass was celebrated at Holy Cross Church, Harrison.  She was interred in her family’s cemetery plot in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

Mae Anna leaves behind many loving nephews, nieces and her sister-in-law Marie Wademan (wife of the late Robert Wademan) and Joseph Wademan, John Wademan, Robert Wademan & his wife, Valerie and children Rhiannon & Robert Jr., David Wademan & his fianceé Danielle and sons Corey & Thomas, Michael Wademan & his wife, Allison and children, and Clifford, Michael Jr. & Kelly.  Also mourning are Mamie’s dearest friends, Susan Hughes and Peter Pupke, as well as many more adoring friends far and wide feeling her loss.

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In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests you vote Republican in loving memory of Mae in the upcoming November elections. 

Ralph Landi

Ralph P. Landi, 70, died suddenly Monday, June 17, 2024, at home in Kearny.

Relatives and friends visited at the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. Mass was celebrated at St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny. Interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

Born in Kearny, Ralph was a lifelong resident.

Mr. Landi attended Kearny High School and graduated in 1972. He was a four-year starter for the Kearny High School boys’ basketball team and reached the 1,000-point milestone. This feat was accomplished before the three-point line was introduced to high school basketball. Ralph later became the freshman boys’ basketball coach at Kearny High School and was inducted into the Kearny High School Athletic Hall of Fame.

He was employed with the Town of Kearny in the Recreation Department for 25 years.   He retired 15 years ago.

He was the coordinator of the Kearny Pony League and also organized men’s softball tournaments where the proceeds benefited the Deborah Heart and Lung Center in Browns Mills.

Ralph was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Kearny. He was named Kearny Citizen of the Year in 1998.

He is survived by his sister, Mary Ann Grilo and her husband, John, Robert Landi and his wife Linda. Ralph was the beloved uncle of Lyndsay Grilo, John Grilo, Matthew Landi, Michael Landi and his wife, Maria.

He was predeceased by his parents, Ralph M. and Mary Ann (Henry) Landi.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at or the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation 

Cheyenne Weber

Cheyenne Weber died at home.

She was 48.

She lived many years in Kearny before moving to New York City 23 years ago.

There will be memorial visitation July 21 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Armitage & Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. Her funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday, July 22, 2024 at 11 a.m. at St. Cecilia Church in Kearny and burial of her ashes will be in Holy Cross Cemetery in North Arlington with her mother.

Cheyenne was the daughter of the late Lenny and Maggie (Wiggins) Weber. Mother of Sierra, Casey and Liam, she was the sister of Cody, Jody and Roxanne. She is also survived by both her loving grandmother Margaret Radford Wiggins Johnston and her special Aunt Joan Radford along with her Aunt Debbie Weber, Aunt Claire Korzon, Aunt Denise Wiggins and Uncle Mark Wiggins along with their families.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to your own favorite charity in Cheyenne’s memory.

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