Obituary: Edna J. Turpan
Edna J. Turpan, 89, of Upper Montclair died in her home surrounded by her family on April 24, 2018.
Mrs. Turpan found joy in everything, even when deported to Canada without her parents as teenager, she used her time to learn how to fly planes. After becoming a US citizen, she came home to New York City and then Budd Lake where in addition to swimming and water skiing, she also was a Miss Budd Lake beauty pageant winner.
Mrs. Turpan fell in love with Charles and married on June 14, 1958, then later moved to Montclair to raise their family. Mrs. Turpan held a fulfilling career as a legal secretary. She was always present for her children’s many activities including girl and cub scouts, school plays and concerts, and hockey, lacrosse, basketball and football games.
For over 50 years, the Johnson family - Bill, Marilyn, Billy, Margie, Stacy, Chris, David, Ames and Jimmy – was a constant source of love, support, friendship and laughs who enriched her life beyond measure. Her friendship with Bob was a special joy to her. Beverly Rouse helped care for her in the last stages of her life and the love and compassion she shared with her was truly remarkable and greatly appreciated not only by her but by the entire family.
She is survived by her son Curtis J. Turpan and his wife, Peggy; Susan J. Greger and her husband, Scott; and Peter J. Turpan and his wife, Natalie. Her grandchildren Richard Ruppert and his fiancé, Kasey Ferrullo; Connor, Michael, and Liam Turpan; and Justin and Brady Turpan. Also her sister Gwen Minter and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by Charles, her husband of 41 years, her parents Charles and Olive Minter, and her sister Janet Casey.
Visitation will be at Moriarty Funeral Home, 76 Park St, Montclair, on Friday, April 27, from 4 to 8 p.m. A funeral service will be conducted at the funeral home on Saturday, April 28, at 10 a.m., and followed by burial in the Mount Hebron Cemetery, 851 Valley Road, Montclair. A donation to the American Cancer Society may be made in lieu of flowers.