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Obituary: Amelia “Amy” Hatrak

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Amelia Amy Hatrak (née Callas) died peacefully in West Caldwell Care Center on June 16 at the age of 89. She lived the majority of her adult life in Montclair, where she left an enduring legacy in the arts and education.

Ms. Hatrak, who was known as Amy, is survived by her former husband Theodore (Ted) Stevens Hatrak; her children, Christopher Stevens Hatrak and Melissa Decker Hatrak; and her siblings, George Callas of Brielle and Stephen Callas of Washington, D.C.

She was born on July 22, 1927, in Milltown, to Agnes and Stephen Callas. She graduated summa cum laude from The College of New Jersey in 1950 with a bachelor of science degree in education, and minor in fine art.

Ms. Hatrak was one of five education graduates from the state of New Jersey chosen to teach the children of American military stationed in Germany after World War II. In Europe she married her college sweetheart, Ted Hatrak, who served in the American military in Italy. The couple bought a home in Montclair and taught school in Essex Fells and Montclair, and eventually opened The Academy of Musical Arts in Montclair where Ted Hatrak was creative director. They also were active in the Montclair Operetta Club where Ted served as musical director.

Between 1962 and 1965, the couple welcomed two adopted children into their home. The couple divorced amicably in the 1980s.

As a young woman, Ms. Hatrak was a showroom model for Oleg Cassini, who created some of the most famous looks for Jackie Kennedy. Through her work with the Montclair Junior League she became an early director of the Israel Crane House Museum, and was instrumental in creating their docent program. She was a coauthor of “Fanny Pierson Crane: Her Receipts” and “The Thirteen Colonies Cookbook,” and contributed a food column in the now defunct New Jersey Good Life Magazine. She furthered her education at the James Fenimore Cooper Museum and the New York School of Interior Design. She was a guest lecturer at historic homes throughout the country on 18th- and 19th-century American domestic arts and food.

She later became a interior designer and won The Preservation award from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for her work on Burrage House in Boston. She served as president of the Friends of Barnet sister-city organization. She won Woman of the Year in the Arts from the Montclair Women’s Club, The Rosemary Circle Award from the Herb Society of America, and an annual award is given in her name by the Garden Club of Montclair.

A funeral will be held on Saturday, July 8, at 10 a.m., at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 73 South Fullerton Ave., Montclair, with a reception to follow at 191 Alexander Ave., Montclair. All are welcome. Memorial donations may be made to The Amy Hatrak Memorial Fund at

Obituary: Katherine Colonna

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Katherine Irene Colonna (née Mulvey), 96, of Clifton, died on June 12, 2017, at home, surrounded by her family. She was born and raised in Montclair, where her family had a presence for over 130 years. It is here where she raised her eight children before relocating to Clifton 38 years ago.

The visitation will take place on Friday, June 16,  from 3 to 8 p.m. at Hugh Moriarty Funeral Home, 76 Park St., Montclair. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at Immaculate Conception Church,  30 North Fullerton Ave., Montclair, on Saturday, June 17, at 10:30 a.m.

Mrs. Colonna was predeceased by her husband, Michael Thomas Colonna, and by her son-in-law Jack Kennedy. She is survived by her children, Marie Kennedy, Anita Capillo, Kathleen (Peter) Chartier, Michele Baird, Michael (Karen) Colonna, Paul (Brenda) Colonna, Christine (Kevin) Brancato, and Frances (Ron) Orthwein. She is also survived by 19 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Colonna was a devoted mother and loving wife known for her faith, selflessness and a sense of humor. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, but always found time to help others through many volunteer organizations. She was a lifelong member, volunteer and supporter of Immaculate Conception Church in Montclair.

Memorial donations may be made to Cystic Fibrosis Research Inc., 1731 Embarcadero Road, Suite 210, Palo Alto, CA 94303;; or to a charity of your choice. To leave condolences, visit

Obituary: Frank Joseph Covello Sr.

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Frank Joseph “Duke” Covello Sr., 69, of West Orange, formerly of Verona and Montclair, died on Wednesday, June 7. Visitation will be on Friday, June 9, from 3 to 8 p.m. at Caggiano Memorial, 62 Grove St., Montclair. A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, June 10, at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of the Lake Church, Verona.

Mr. Covello graduated from Montclair High School and Central Missouri State University, where he received a bachelor of arts degree in criminal justice and was a brother of TKE fraternity.

Mr. Covello was the director of security for Kings Supermarkets from 1976 to 1990, and for General Trading from 1993 to 2017. He was a councilman in Verona from 1980 to 1983. He was a mainstay of Camp Wyanokie Memorial Day Weekend.

He is survived by his wife, Annette “Bunny” (née DeFalco), his son Steven and his daughter-in-law, Gina Bruzzichesi; his grandchildren, Maci Carmen, Olivia Grace, Gianna Faith, Emersyn Lily-Violet,  and Serafina Thea-Marie; his sister, Lynn Kaye and her husband, JK; and his brothers, Mark and his wife, Susan; and Sebastian and his wife, Meg.

He was predeceased by his son Frank Jr. in 2016, and by his parents, Carmen and Angela (née Giammella) Covello.

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Obituary: Daniel F. O’Hara Jr.

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Daniel F. O’Hara Jr. of Montclair died on Feb. 8, 2017.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 10, at noon, at the Woman’s Club of Upper Montclair, 200 Cooper Ave.
The family asks that those attending “bring your fondest and funniest memories 
of Dan.”

Obituary: Dr. Charles W. Riley

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Dr. Charles W. Riley died on Sunday, May 21, 2017, with his wife, Joan, sons Charles and David, and devoted pastor and friend at his side. He was 96.

Visitation will be on Thursday, May 25, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Hugh M. Moriarty Funeral Home, 76 Park St., Montclair. A funeral service will be offered on Friday, May 26, at 11 a.m., at the Packanack Community Church, 120 Lake Drive, East Wayne.

Dr. Riley was born in New Brunswick on Dec. 3, 1920, to Charles H. and Charlotte B. Riley.

After graduating from high school and beginning his first year of college at Fairleigh Dickinson College, he was called to serve in World War II in the infantry, as a radio communications sergeant and forward observer in the European theater. After being honorably discharged, he attended the University of Michigan to study chemical engineering for a year. Changing his mind, he returned to FDU Dental School in Philadelphia. He then attended Temple University Dental School in Philadelphia. After completing dental school he entered into the dental intern program at Mountainside Hospital in Montclair. After completing his internship, he returned to school at the Graduate School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania for special studies in oral surgery and anesthesia after which he was given a three-year residency at Harlem Hospital in New York City.

He entered into the practice of oral/maxillofacial surgery in Montclair with Dr. Joseph Mudge and later took the practice as a solo practitioner. He ended his practice in 1991 after contracting an unexpected illness.

During his professional years in Montclair, Dr. Riley enjoyed many professional and personal affiliations. He was a professor of oral surgery for many years at Fairleigh Dickinson, until the dental school closed. He served as president of the Essex County Dental Society, was the first dentist to serve as president of the board of trustees of Montclair Community Hospital in Montclair, was a member of the Odontological Society of Essex County, served as head of the dental departments of both Montclair Community Hospital and Mountainside Hospital in Montclair. He was a member of the Republican Party in Essex County and a member of the Montclair Rotary Club, and served as president of the Dunworkin Club of Montclair. Dr. Riley was a member in good standing at Glen Ridge Country Club and later the Montclair Golf Club.

He was a private pilot and owned his own aircraft. He loved hunting, in the U.S. as well as in Africa and Russia, and fishing in Alaska.

Dr. Riley was predeceased by his brother, J. Robert Riley. He is survived by his wife, Joan; his sons, Charles Riley and his wife, Michele; and Donald Riley and his wife, Lori; and David Riley. He is also survived by seven grandchildren: Andrew Riley, Alyssa Riley, Sarah Riley, Evan Riley, Jordan Riley, Brianna Riley and Selena Riley.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105. For directions and online condolences, go to

Track & Field: Remembering MKA coach Tom Fleming

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Montclair Kimberley Academy teacher, coach and marathon champion died suddenly on Wednesday. PHOTO COURTESY OF MONTCLAIR KIMBERLEY ACADEMY

by Andrew Garda

The New Jersey sports community lost a legend last week as two-time New York City Marathon winner and Montclair Kimberley Academy teacher and track coach Tom Fleming passed away of a heart attack at a track meet in Verona.

Fleming carved a large figure not just in Montclair, but all across New Jersey as a champion for track and field. He was inducted into both the USA Distance Running Hall of Fame and the National Road Runners Club Hall of Fame.

He was also awarded the United Nations Peace Medal in 1977.

Fleming started out his running career at Paterson State College (now William Paterson University), where he would become a four-time NCAA All-American. He also received the Special Achievement Award from the N.J. Sports Writers Association in 1973, became a New Jersey AAU three-mile champion in 1972 and AAU six-mile champion in 1969, 1970, and 1972, named the NAIA All-American in 1970 and was Conference champion for four consecutive years.

Professionally, in addition to his wins in the NYC Marathon in 1973 and 1975, Fleming finished in second place twice while running the Boston Marathon (and six times in the top 10), and won the Jersey Shore Marathon three times. He also won the Los Angeles Marathon in 1981, the Toronto Marathon in 1978 and the Cleveland Marathon in 1978. In addition, he had two second-place finishes in the Boston Marathon and a fifth-place finish in the 1976 Olympic Trials.

Fleming taught at MKA for 18 years and touched the lives of countless children both on and off the track. Not surprisingly, Fleming spent 12 years as the meet director for the Sunset Classic, which raises money for special-needs children in schools in his hometown of Bloomfield.

Given the far reach of his legacy, it should come as no surprise that there is talk of renaming the Brookdale Park Athletic Complex after Fleming. As first reported by, Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr. has announced that he is proposing an ordinance to dedicate the complex as the “Essex County Tom Fleming Athletic Complex.”

“Naming the complex will be a fitting tribute that will keep Tom’s legacy alive and hopefully inspire future generations to follow in his footsteps,” DiVincenzo said to

MKA Athletic Director Todd Smith called the news “devastating,” adding “I will miss him greatly, as Tom Fleming helped me become a better coach, a better educator, a better athletic director, and most importantly a better man.”

He also called Fleming’s dedication both to the sport and to his students “truly remarkable” and his work an inspiration to all.

Montclair Township Councilman Bob Russo says Fleming sold him his first set of running shoes and a pair of Bill Rodgers running shorts from his store on Bloomfield Avenue in Bloomfield Center.

“I still have those shorts,” Russo said in a statement to the Local. “What a great coach [and] contributor to our community! Montclair, Bloomfield & MKA will miss him dearly.”

Fleming had been quoted as saying, “Somewhere, someone in the world is training when you are not. When you race him, he will win.”

Even when not running professionally, Fleming was known as a determined runner who often put in long miles even in inclement weather. When he was training, Fleming was said to run between 130 to 140 miles during an average week, sometimes closing in on 200 miles a week, so it’s clear he believed what he said.

Whether the Brookdale Park Athletic Complex is named for him or not, it’s clear that Tom Fleming’s legacy will go on for a long time, running with all his former friends, students and competitors.

Obituary: Mercedes E. Zichelli

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Mercedes E. Zichelli, née DiGeronimo, 88, a lifelong Montclair resident, died on Thursday, April 20, 2017.

A funeral Mass was celebrated on April 24 at St. Teresa of Calcutta Parish-Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Montclair, with interment at Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Upper Montclair.

Mrs. Zichelli was a secretary at Hampton House in Montclair for 59 years, and a past president and treasurer of the Lt. Vincent J. Russo American Legion Auxiliary Post 382 in Montclair.

She is survived by her husband, Carmine Zichelli; by her sisters Virginia Cosgrove, Dolores Arminio, and Marianne Karnas; by her brother Daniel DiGeronimo, and by many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her sisters Mildred Russo, Mary Miscia, Rachel Rubino, Sophie Sgroi, Eleanor Bilotta, and Gloria Lehman; and by her brothers Joseph DiGeronimo, Vincent DiGeronimo, Joseph A. DiGeronimo, and Benito DiGeronimo.

Obituary: John Dormer Tyson

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John Dormer Tyson, a Montclair native, died on April 6, 2017. He was 70 and had had Alzheimer’s Disease.

Mr. Tyson was the son of Alfred Emmanuel Tyson and Clairee Love Tyson. He attended Immaculate Conception Grammar School, St. Benedict’s Prep and Montclair High School.

At MHS he played football and basketball and ran track. He was named All State in football for two years and was named once to All Metropolitan in football. In May 2001 he was inducted into the Montclair High School Hall of Fame.

Mr. Tyson won an academic scholarship to Harvard University, where he continued to play football. In his sophomore year he led Harvard to the 1966 Ivy Football Championship and was named All-Ivy League as a safety.

In his junior year, he suffered an injury that put an end to his football career. In his extracurricular time, he volunteered at nearby prisons to guide and mentor prisoners and found that the best way to reach them was through religion. After earning a bachelor’s in economics, he earned master’s degrees in theology and divinity at Harvard.

For his community involvement and activism at Harvard, in 2000 Mr. Tyson received Harvard University’s W.E.B. DuBois Medal.

Mr. Tyson pursued a career in international entrepreneurship in several industries. He remained an activist, and also supported, sponsored and mentored many African students.

Mr. Tyson was the father of two sons, John Dormer Tyson Jr. and Iman Magana Tyson. Both sons wore the same number, 21, on their sports jerseys that he had worn.

Mr. Tyson was predeceased by his parents and by his siblings Alfred, Charles and Rose Mary.

He is survived by his sons, by his daughters-in-law, Michelle and Mashari Tyson; his four grandchildren, Skylar, Caleb, Quinn, and Makena.

He is also survived by his former wife and lifetime friend, Carole Tyson; his siblings Lorena and George Tyson; his sisters-in-law Gail, Delores, Hazel and Connie Tyson, Shirley Coleman, Gaynelle Henderson, and many other relatives and friends.

Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, D.C. 20090;

Obituary: Mary L. Barney

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Mary L. Barney, 85, of Bloomfield, formerly of Montclair, died on March 28, 2017. Visitation will be Tuesday, April 4, at 11 a.m., with service immediately following at noon, at Martin’s Home for Service, 48 Elm St., Montclair.

Mrs. Barney owned Barney’s Family Day Care in Montclair for many years.

She leaves one daughter, Eula M. Smith; a granddaughter, Robin Smith Shipman (Alfred); three stepchildren, three great-grandchildren, six siblings, and a host of other relatives and friends.

Obituary: Ann Autorino

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Ann Autorino, 95, of Montclair, formerly of Worcester, Massachusetts, passed away peacefully at Mountainside Hospital on March 22, 2017.

Born May 26, 1921, at home, in Worcester, she was the daughter of Maria and Maurizio Mercadante. After graduating from high school Ms. Autorino worked in retail. She also enjoyed the role of assistant to her brother Pasquale’s magic act, at one time performing for Henry Cabot Lodge. She married and became a stay-at-home mother, raising three sons with her husband in Montclair. For many years she worked as the food director for the Immaculate Conception schools in Montclair, retiring at age 80.  

Ms. Autorino was noted for cooking big wonderful Italian dinners for family occasions and holidays. 

She is survived by her husband of 74 years, Arthur Autorino; by her sons, Arthur and his wife, Georgia, of Eastham, Massachusetts; and Robert and his wife, Patricia, of North Caldwell; by her grandchildren, Alexandra Autorino Palek and her husband, Paul; Samantha Gogerty and her husband, Robert; John Autorino, Molly Autorino Krawczyk and her husband, Steven; Amelia Autorino and Jamie Autorino; and by her great-grandchildren Jaden, Jaclyn, Lucas and Nicholas Krawczyk, Quinn Palek and Rhea Gogerty. She is also survived by her sister, Jean Tait, and by many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her son Jack Autorino and by her brothers, Pasquale, Rocco and Louis Mercadante.  

Visitation will take place on Sunday, March 26, from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Caggiano Memorial Home, 62 Grove St., Montclair. A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, March 27, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Teresa of Calcutta – Church of the Immaculate Conception, 30 North Fullerton Ave., Montclair. Interment will be at Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Montclair.    

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