In Memoriam • NJCU Alumni

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In an effort to honor members of the university community who have passed away — including students, alumni, and active or retired faculty or staff — the Office of Marketing and Communications has introduced an In Memoriam section of our website for loved ones and friends to leave memories and tributes on In accordance with NJCU's new In Memoriam policy, this page is dedicated to honoring those graduates of New Jersey City University, Jersey City State College, New Jersey State Teachers College, and New Jersey State Normal School at Jersey City. When possible, we will link to obituaries, news articles or other sources to honor the deceased.

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John J. Moore `56 (B.A. in Education), the former Chairman of the Jersey City State and NJCU Board of Trustees, Chair Emeritus and Athletics Hall of Famer, died on January 14, 2022. One of the most influential alumni and leaders in NJCU’s history since arriving on campus in 1952, Moore was 88. He was inducted into the Lawrence R. Schiner Athletics Hall of Fame in 1989, and the John J. Moore Athletics and Fitness Center was dedicated in his honor in December 2004. | Read the full tribute on | Obituary


Bari Khalek `99 M.A. (Special Education and English as a second language) and `05 M.A. (Urban Education in Bilingual/Bicultural Education) of Union, N.J., formerly of Cairo, Egypt and France, died on December 15, 2021 at the age of 72. | Obituary

Nicholas Anthony Cuccarese `63 (B.A. in Elementary Education) and `65 (M.A. in Elementary Education) of Annapolis, Md., formerly of Brick and Union City, N.J., died on December 11, 2021 at the age of 81. He played baseball at then Jersey City State from 1960-62 and was a member of the Gothics 1962 New Jersey State Athletic Conference championship team — the only baseball team at NJCU to ever win a conference title. He wife Barbara is a 1962 JCSC graduate. | Obituary

Arlene Dreyfus Furman `66 (B.A. in Elementary Education) of Aventura, Fla. and formerly of West Long Branch and Jersey City, N.J, died on December 9, 2021 at the age of 76. | Obituary | Obituary

Gevonder Washington Dupree of Jersey City, N.J. died on December 6, 2021, at the age of 62. She was a one-year member of the Jersey City Board of Education. | Obituary

Charlotte Theresa "Reisy" Dittrich (nee Ryer) `69 (B.A. in Elementary Education) of Bayonne, N.J. died on December 2, 2021 at the age of 74. | Obituary

Marie Elaine Elia (nee Anderson) `84 `94 M.A. (B.A. in Special Education; Minor in Sociology) of Manahawkin, N.J. died on December 2, 2021 at the age of 78. | Obituary

Kristy Ann Schaub `94 (B.A. in Sociology) of Bridgewater Township, N.J. died on December 1, 2021 at the age of 51. | Obituary

Elizabeth Jackson `76 (B.A. and M.A. in Education) of Bradley Beach, N.J. died on November 29, 2021 at the age of 67. | Obituary

Carol Jean Winston of Linden, N.J. died on November 29, 2021 at the age of 75. | Obituary

Audrey M. Wolff (nee Hamilton) (Registered Nursing degree) of Closter, N.J. died on November 29, 2021 at the age of 89. | Obituary

Paul Michael Jakupcionis `78 M.A. of Edison, N.J. died on November 26, 2021 at the age of 70. | Obituary

Rita C. McKeon `71 `90 M.A. (B.S. in Nursing and M.A. in Nursing Education) of Bayonne, N.J. died on November 23, 2021 at the age of 74. The alumna was also a former adjunct professor of Health Sciences. In 2006, she was awarded the NJCU Distinguished School Nurse Alumna of the Year Award. | Obituary

Kevin "Buster" Selby of Jersey City, N.J. died on November 23, 2021. | Obituary

Robert E. Maslo `67 (B.A. in Sociology) of Piscataway, N.J. died on November 22, 2021 at the age of 79. Mas was a popular University Administrator at Kean University in Union, retiring in 2006. Maslo was a 1988 inductee into the NJCU Athletics Hall of Fame in the sports of men's basketball and football; he was co-founder of the club football team in 1966, which later became varsity. | Obituary

Ethel Venita Simmons `75 (B.A. in Education) of East Orange, N.J. died on November 22, 2021 at the age of 91. | Obituary

Sister Leo Veronica Cassotta `72 M.A. (in Reading Specialist) died on November 19, 2021 at the age of 92. She was a Sister of Charity of Saint Elizabeth. | Obituary

Thomas A. Briscoe `67 (B.A. in History) and `69  (M.A.) of Naples, Fla., formerly of Kearny, N.J. and Spring Lake, N.J., died on November 18, 2021 at the age of 79. Arguably the greatest men's soccer player in the history of NJCU, he was inducted as a charter member of the NJCU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1979. | Obituary | Feature | Hall-of-Fame Tribute on

Richard McCormack `82 (B.A. in Biology) of Jersey City, N.J., a talented local photographer, member of the Jersey City Zoning Board of Adjustment, and a well-known behind the scenes political figure, died in November 2021 at the age of 62. | News |

Anna Reppermund (nee Curran) `89 (M.A. in Mathematics Education + 30) of Howell, N.J. died on November 12, 2021 at the age of 81. | Obituary

Margaret (Peg) R. Van Gilst `72 (B.A. in Health Education and School Nursing) of West Milford, N.J. died on October 22, 2021 at the age of 92. | Obituary

John Thomas Cogelia, Jr. “Jackie” `79 (B.S. in Economics), formerly of Kearny and Secaucus, N.J. passed away in October, 2021 at the age of 71. | Obituary

Paul F. LaPilusa `86 (B.A. in Music), originally of Bayonne, N.J. died on October 18, 2021 at age 60. | Obituary

Joanne Calderone (nee Chwalk) `05 (B.A. in Special Education) of Jersey City, N.J. died on October 14, 2021 at age 67. | Obituary

Maria C. Burt (nee Perez) `66 (B.A. in Sociology) of Barnegat, N.J. and Bradenton, Fla., formerly of Belmar, N,J., died on September 4, 2021 at age 74. | Obituary

Dr. Trudy Edelist Lipowsky (B.S. in Pre-Med; minors in chemistry and philosophy) of State College, Pa., died on August 15, 2021 at age 74. | Obituary

Florence Padlowski (nee Zbylut), of Bayonne, N.J., died on Tuesday, August 10, 2021 at age 98. | Obituary

Janet Marie De Meo (nee Esposito) `77 (Bachelor of Science), formerly of Staten Island, N.Y. died on August 8, 2021 at age 91 | Obituary

Helene V. Buchanan `53 of Oradell, N.J., died of July 30, 2021 at age 88. | Obituary

Patricia Hussey `75 (B.A. in English and Secondary Education), of Jersey City, N.J., died of July 30, 2021. | Obituary

Evelyn Alydia Trovinger (née Schuler) `45 (Bachelor of Science) of Hagerstown, Md., died on July 24, 2021 at age 97. | Obituary | News

Allison Duffy `02 (B.A. in Psychology) of Logan, Utah (formerly of Bayonne, N.J.), died on July 20, 2021 at age 41. | Obituary

Rose Florio (née DeLuca) `75 (B.S.N) of North Arlington, N.J., died on July 16, 2021 at age 96. | Obituary

Barbara Jean Eldridge (née Nacnodivitz) `69 (B.A. in Social Science) of Maryland (formerly of Englewood, N.J.), died on July 9, 2021 at age 73. | Obituary

Alice M. Ousterman `61 (B.A. in Elementary Education), of Westfield, N.J. (formerly of Cranford, N.J.), died on July 6, 2021 at age 94. | Obituary

Ava Jane Finnerty `73 (B.A. in Elementary Education and English) of Bayonne, N.J., died on July 4, 2021 at age 72. | Obituary

Helen M. Dougherty `86 (née Haggerty) (B.S.N.) of Wall, N.J., and formerly of Tenafly and Hoboken, died on July 2, 2021 at age 82. | Obituary

Ruby E. Seymour (B.S.N.) of Virginia Beach, Virginia, and formerly of Osceola, Indiana, died on July 1, 2021 at age 76. | Obituary

Christine M. Yanuzzi (née Koslecki) `77 of North Arlington, N.J. and formerly Kearny, N.J., died June 28, 2021 at age 65. | Obituary

Lillian Delaney (née Rybnicky) `59 (B.A. in Education) of Monroe Township, N.J. and formerly of Metuchen, died on June 26, 2021 at age 84. | Obituary

Herbert (Bert) Sweeney Jr. `71 (B.A. in History) of Virginia Beach, Va., died on June 13, 2021, one day prior to his 73rd birthday. | Obituary

Lenore Marie Huff (née Guertin) `80 (B.S.N.) Green Brook, N.J., died on June 6, 2021 at age 81. | Obituary

Christine Houlihan-Ramos `00 (M.A. in Special Education) of Westfield, N.J., died on May 28, 2021 at age 53. | Obituary

Anthony Correia `65 (a.k.a. Tony or Billy) (B.A. in Secondary Education – Science) died on May 26, 2021 at age 81. | Obituary

Shirley A. Kietrys `80 (B.A.) of Christiansburg, Va. and formerly of Hackettstown, N.J., died on May 25, 2021 at age 83. | Obituary

Barbara Watkoskey `80 (B.A. in Physical Education) of North Brunswick, N.J. (formerly of Bayonne, N.J.), died on May 22, 2021 at age 86. | Obituary

Anita S. Meltzer `65, (B.A. in Elementary Education), of Toronto, Ontario, Canada (formerly of Telford, Pa.), died on May 14, 2021 at age 77. | Obituary

Paul J. Calocino `66 (B.A. in Special Education), `68 (M.A. in Special Education), of Wood-Ridge, N.J., died on May 12, 2021 at age 77. He was a member of the NJCU Athletics Hall of Fame as a member of the 1964 Men's Basketball Team. | Obituary | NJCU Hall of Fame news

John J. Cannon `71 (B.A.) of West Hurley, N.Y. (formerly of Fairview, N.J.), died on May 11, 2021 at age 85. | Obituary

Albert (Al) Joseph Schick, `87 (B.S. in Criminal Justice) recently of Park Ridge, IL (formerly of Kearny and Tinton Falls, N.J.), died on May 8, 2021 at age 81. | Obituary

Terrence J. Seymour, `72 (M.A.) died May 2, 2021, in Ocean Pines, Md at age 76. | Obituary | News

Frank M. Kimmish `81 (M.A.) died on April 30, 2021, in Jersey City at age 63. | Obituary

Irving Ziegler `56, the President of the Class of 1956, died on April 21, 2021, at age 92. He was married for 63 years to Edith Rosenholtz Ziegler `58.

Vida Mylson (B.S. in Accounting) of Upper Saddle River, N.J., died on April 3, 2021 at age 72. | Obituary

Edward W. Reuter (M.A.) of Maplewood, N.J. died on March 29 2021, at age 79. | Obituary