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Gifts in memory allow family and friends to donate to Family Reach in remembrance of a loved one who has passed away from cancer or another illness. When you make a gift in memory, Family Reach will send a personalized card to the person or family you indicate, letting them know about your thoughtful donation.

If you would like to have family and friends make gifts to Family Reach in lieu of flowers, please contact Carla Tardif, Executive Director of Family Reach, at ctardif@familyreach.org.

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Memorial Messages 2010

Albert Nicholas Capuzzi


Albert Nicholas Capuzzi passed away on Oct. 20, 2010. His wife Maureen, their children and spouses, their 12 grandchildren, and his sister, Rosemary, will always cherish this loving and generous man. Whether coaching Little League baseball, volunteering for several organizations, acting as a Eucharistic minister, or grilling for special family celebrations, Albert devoted his time to others. He was an honorable man who will be greatly missed.
— With love from Family Reach

God bless. You will be missed by family and friends.
— Vivien and Jeff Sayre

Aunt Irene and Others


In memory of all of the people in my life whom I have lost to cancer, I dedicate this run. Most recent is my Aunt Irene. You will all be in my thoughts as I run for this good cause.
— Liz K

Maxine Parris Addington

— Dorothy Lee McMahon

Anna DeFazio
— Loraine Vala

Kenny Carlson


You taught me to give. I love you and miss you.
— Your sister, Anne

Dr. C.V. Prasanna
— From his loving family

Robert Schmitt


To a beloved brother, our dear Bobby. May he find internal peace and comfort.
— Rick and Marilyn Morello

Pearl Bederman


In loving memory of my mom.
— Fran Peterson

Marijean Schultz


Marijean Schultz lived her life filled with love for her family. Many things bring Marijean to mind with fondest of memories. Especially of roses, humming birds, and her collections of snails. We used to frequent nurseries together in early spring. Now as I stroll around my property her spirit is omnipresent, even though she was taken away to soon. She will live on…
— Karen Jones

With our love.

— Trudy and Dick

Gary Loehr


In memory of Gary Loehr with deepest sympathy to the Loehr family.
— C-K Air Conditioning Inc.

Memorial Messages 2011

Darlene Grullon

Darlene Grullon was an extraordinary young woman who enjoyed life and loved her family. Over the past two years, we had the honor and pleasure to get to know Darlene, her loving brothers and sister, and wonderful parents. Recently, we even had the pleasure to spend a memorable evening with them at the famous Blue Ginger restaurant in Wellesley, MA, hosted by celebrity chef Ming Tsai (one of Darlene’s favorites). It was a heartfelt occasion we will never forget, as Darlene’s joy, beauty, and kindness shined through in every way. We will all miss her dearly and will keep her in our thoughts as we carry on the Family Reach mission.
— With love from Family Reach

Darlene was an amazing woman and an inspiration to all with her strength and sense of humor. Your memories will live on with us and make us smile forever. You will be missed and never forgotten.
— Brittany, Jessica, & Luisa

Angelina De Bellis

Angelina (née Nilio) De Bellis passed away April 30, 2011. Beautiful through all her 91 years, Angie loved to entertain her family and friends with delicious and plentiful food, wine, and intoxicating spirit. Angie worked hard, but still enjoyed leaving some behind at the casinos in Atlantic City. A better joke-teller than singer, she delighted us with both. Angie was the beloved wife of the late John De Bellis; loving mother of Jo Ann Tirelli, Michele Santoriello and her husband, George, and Lucille Ditta and her husband, Vincent; loving grandmother of Julie, Danielle, Christopher, David, and John, and four great-grandchildren, and dear sister of Teresa Legato. Her daughter, Lucille Ditta, is a Family Reach Board member and has been a devoted volunteer for over 15 years. We would like to express our deepest sympathies to the entire family.

Memorial Messages 2012

Barbara Tyzbir

Mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, Barbara Tyzbir passed away April 1, 2011.
Thank you Mom for always being here for us, Loving and taking care of us.
— Peter and Annie Dubas

Linda Dattoli

Linda Merlucci Dattoli of Ocean Township, N.J., left an everlasting imprint of joy on all of the lives she touched. She was born on May 4, 1953, in East Orange, N.J. She was the loving daughter of the late John and Ida Merlucci; devoted sister to Carol Alesi; beloved aunt to John, Cory, and Andrea; wonderful cousin to her extended family; and cherished friend to countless many.
There is a new shining star in heaven, our beautiful cousin Linda Dattoli left this earth on Friday April 20th. Her light will be in our hearts forever. Linda, we will never forget you.
— Mario & Lucille

John P. McMahon

On April 27, 2012, Family Reach founders Brian and Kristina Morello were saddened by the sudden loss of their beloved Uncle John. He was an avid hunter and passed away while doing what he enjoyed most—hunting. John proudly served his country in the United State Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. John graduated from Passaic County Tech and attended William Paterson University. He later owned Beauty Guard Manufacturing, and retired in 2011 as a project manager at Bay Roofing & Construction in Fairfield. John was an active member and trustee at the West Paterson Boys and Girls Club and loved playing Texas Hold’em—recently winning 2nd place in the World Series of Poker Tournament. He leaves behind an extended family that will miss him dearly.

Jean Arace

Jean Arace (née Catania) 99, of West Orange died on Friday, March 9, 2012 at St. Barnabas Medical Center. She was a Eucharistic Minister and a member of the Rosary Society of St. Joseph Church.
A loving Sister and Aunt who shall always be fondly remembered and sorely missed. Passing on March 9th after 99 years young. May Eternal rest be granted to her, O Lord, and may restful waters refresh her soul.
— The Ferraioli Family

Donald LaPenna III

Donald LaPenna III, 24, entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, February 14, 2012, surrounded by his loving family. He was a devoted son, brother, grandson, and beloved fiance.
With deepest sympathy.
— Peter & Becky Vardakis

Kenneth J. Loehr

We are very saddened to share with you the news of the passing of Deb Loehr’s father, Ken Loehr on July 2, 2012. Many of us enjoyed watching Deb dance the evening away with her father at Oldies Night in years past, and the whole family regularly attended many of our other events. Deb has been a close friend of Mrs. Mo for many years, as one of the first tennis event committee members. From annual events to last-minute requests, Deb is always there for Family Reach, just as she was there for her father throughout his illness. We are keeping his family and friends in our thoughts. With our sympathies.
— Laura, Karen, and Michele Canetti

Ken was one of the nicest and most down-to-earth persons I have had the fortune of knowing and being friends with for many years. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him!
— Raji, Vish, and Anusha

Jennie Podurgiel

Jennie will always be remembered for her love of family and being a devoted friend. She will also be remembered for her sense of humor, interesting stories, her love of cooking and baking—which she enjoyed sharing—and her beautiful crocheted blankets which she enjoyed making for newborns and donating to people in need.
In loving memory of Zia Jennie. Our deepest sympathies.
— Marc, Lanette, and Everett

Jose Arroyo

Jose Arroyo was one of the most gentle men I have ever met. He was the father of my brother-in-law, 89 when he passed after a relatively brief bout with cancer. Always sweet and smiling, “Papi” was adored by his children, grandkids, and great-grandkids. He was always available for a family gathering, whether to celebrate a wedding, mourn together at a funeral, or have Thanksgiving dinner together. He was a major influence in the life of my brother-in-law, whom we all love, and he accepted my family into his unconditionally. Jose lived a life with love and dignity every day and we are so sad for his children and the world to lose him.
— Loretta and Jeremy Prescott

Nancy Morello

Nancy was a long-term resident of the nursing facility where I am employed as the 11-7 nursing supervisor. She was a delight to the staff, as were her son, Rick, and daughter-in-law, Marilyn. I was aware that their daughter, Kristine, had died as a result of cancer, but did not know the whole story. As fate would have it, one of my sons, Kevin, changed jobs and now works with Rick. How wonderful it was to reunite with Rick again. Today I went online and read the story of this great foundation and am happy to donate in memory of one of my favorite residents. I am sure Nancy is entertaining Kristine with her many stories of Italy.
— Sally Sayle

Memorial Messages 2013

Morton Brownstein

Morty Brownstein was an amazing man. I met him through business, but he made me feel like I was one of the family. One of my favorite people. He was generous and giving to everyone. He will be missed by everyone who ever knew him.
— Phyllis and Jim Loverdi

Louis J. Savvides

Please accept our donation in memory of Lou. A very wonderful person who will be missed.
— Anna and Mike Allison

Sorry for your loss. You are in our prayers.
— Kristos, Michael, and Kathy Miliotis

We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Louie will be missed by many.
— Chris and Laura Papas

Alberta C. (Galligan) Sundberg

Dear Bridget, Claire, and Owen,
We are very sorry for the loss of your dear Mom and Grandmother. We know that she was very special to you and your family, and we hope you can take comfort in knowing that she is at peace. With sympathy.
— Jeff, Karen, and Zane

In memory of Alberta Sundberg.
— The Anzevinos

Dan and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you.
— Beth and Fred Muhleman

Dear Uncle Frank, Aunt Eileen, and all the Galligans,
We were so very sorry to hear of Alberta passing. We know she was not only a wonderful sister, but wonderful mother, aunt, and grandmother. We hope you are all doing well.
— Mike, Kathy, Taryn, Alyssa, and Chris Mahoney.

I am sending this to help all victims of cancer and their family. In memory of a very lovely lady, Alberta Sundberg, and her dear family.
— Bernadette Carroll

Dan, Kate, and Family,
We are very sorry for your loss. Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.
— Rob Peterson, Mike Trotter, Jim Schmitt, Eric Striegel, Deonna Fritz

Trish – So sorry for your loss. Your mom was a super lady and always a pleasure to talk to.
— Tracey Drechsel

My heartfelt sympathy for your loss.
— Aileen Heidkamp

Trish, whenever I saw your mom she was at her personal best—friendly, loving, and supportive—a very special, family-oriented person. It was a pleasure to spend time in her company.
— Nancy Drechsel

Memorial Messages 2014

William Reid Johnson lll

Dear Becky, Pete, and family,
With sincere sympathy and prayers that God will give you help, strength, and hope during this time of sorrow. With caring thoughts and love.
— Susan, Jeff, and Emily

J. Robert Brown

In loving memory of Grandpa J. Robert Brown
— Phyllis & Jimmy Loverdi

Memorial Messages 2015