Senior Probation Officer, Bridgett Patillo of the Essex County Family Division in Newark, NJ passed away on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at her home in East Orange, NJ.
Bridgett was a hard, dedicated and faithful worker for the New Jersey Judiciary, but especially to the Probation Association of New Jersey throughout the years. She was the President of PANJ Local 101 for several terms. More recently, Bridgett was the Northern Regional Vice President for line staff. She was a graduate of Morgan State University with a degree in psychology. Bridgett made a tremendous impact on many lives. Those who came in contact with her was greeted with care and compassion. Bridgett spent her career working in Probation Supervision, Children in Court Services and the Juvenile Services Unit. She mentored so many probationers, specifically juveniles.
Most individuals remember Bridgett for her calm demeanor, concern for others and soft spoken words. She was very inspirational. Bridgett enjoyed Karate as she was a black belt. She was truly loved and will be missed especially by her friends and colleagues in Essex County as well as PANJ.
She is survived by her children: Arnecia, Tinaya and Malcolm Henson.
Ruben Aponte, 50, of North Arlington, formerly of Newark, passed away on Thursday February 17th, 2017.
Ruben graduated from Bloomfield College with a Masters in Criminal Justice, and worked as a probation officer for Essex County for almost 30 years.
He is survived by his his mother Ana Aponte, his siblings, Marilyn, Elsie, Lourdes, Marisol, Noel and numerous nieces and nephews, and was predeceased by his father William Aponte, and his siblings, William, Evelyn and Valerie.
Memorial donations in lieu of flowers to the American Diabetes Association, diabetes.org
Alexis Ruth Magala, 55, of Toms River, passed away on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at Community Medical Center in Toms River. Born in Irvington, she was a longtime resident of Toms River. Alexis received her undergraduate degree at Rutgers University and her Masters of Social Work at Fordham University, becoming a licensed social worker. Alexis began her public service career as a probation officer in Ocean County Judiciary in the spring of 1989. She started as the Coordinator of the Supervised Visitation Program along with other duties. While in the family division, she was promoted to the position of senior probation officer. Her duties included case conferencing, home inspections, working with juveniles in crisis, and mentoring interns at the judiciary who were working on their bachelors of social work. During her career, she received several prestigious awards at the judiciary. She was presented The Ocean Award for her individual excellence. Recently she was recognized with her colleagues for great team effort on court calendars, particularly the non-dissolution cases. Alexis loved her job and was compassionate with the litigants and coworkers with whom she worked. Alexis was also a member of the Community Emergency Response Team of Ocean County (CERT). She was cited for her volunteer efforts during hurricane Irene and more recently for Superstorm Sandy. She was also a licensed Real Estate agent with Bob Grimm Agency in Toms River since 1998. Alexis enjoyed biking, kayaking, travelling, and spending time with friends. She was very proud of achieving her black belt in Karate.
Alexis is survived by her brother Frank, sister Connie, cousins, and many loyal, caring friends. She will be dearly missed by all who loved her so much.
Jorge A. Nina, of Roselle Park, passed away on Saturday October 17th, 2015 at his residence. He was born in La Paz, Bolivia and lived in New Jersey for many years. Jorge worked for the Union County Probation Department as a Probation Officer for many years. He is the beloved son of Rene Nina and the late Ines Nina. Devoted father of Christopher, Chandler and Stephen. Loving Brother of Betty M. Nina of North Carolina, Lucy R. Mowle of Union and Brother In Law to Warren. Jorge is also survived by 2 Nephews Gregory and Alan, 1 niece Emily. Visitation will be Tuesday; October 20, 2015 from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend the funeral on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at 10:00am from the Krowicki McCracken Funeral Home, 2124 East St. Georges Ave Linden, N.J. Services in the funeral home 11:00 am. Interment Rosedale Cemetery, Linden.
Nancy Hughes, 43, of Audubon passed away on April 16, 2014. On June 28, 2004 she began working for the judiciary in Cumberland County Family Court as a Probation Officer in the Domestic Violence Unit. She transferred to Gloucester County Family Court to work in the Domestic Violence Unit. She was best known for her unique sense of humor and witty comebacks that kept many of her co-workers laughing. She was a team player in the workplace and people she had worked with shared that she had taken them under their wing to make the start of their judiciary career a pleasant one. She enjoyed spending time with co-workers outside the courthouse by going out to dinner to try new foods at different restaurants. She used humor to turn frowns into smiles on any given day and that is how she would want to be remembered. She will certainly be missed. A plaque with her photo on it lives on in the Gloucester County Domestic Violence Unit in her memory with a poem entitled, ‘Her Journey’s Just Begun’ that reads, “Don’t think of her as gone away. Her journey’s just begun. Life holds so many facets this earth is only one. Just think of her as resting from the sorrow and the tears in a place of warmth and comfort where there are no days and years. Think how she must be wishing that we could know today how nothing but our sadness can really pass away. And think of her as living in the hearts of those she touched. For nothing loved is ever lost and she was loved so much.”
Patrick E. Flanagan, 48, of Keansburg, passed away suddenly on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, at his home. Patrick was born on Sept. 7, 1966 in New York, NY. After graduating high school, Patrick enrolled in Kean University, where he received his bachelors degree. After moving to Keansburg, he worked as a Monmouth County Park Ranger. He then went to work as a Senior Probation Officer where he spent most of his career. Patrick is predeceased by his father, Thomas. He is the beloved son of Aileen. Patrick is survived by his daughter, Isabella. He is also the loving brother of Mary Kate Edward, and John. Patrick was a third degree Knights of Columbus. He was also a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, an avid sports fan that loved his Notre Dame and Giants. He loved fishing and bagpipes. He truly will be missed by all who knew him.
Christiana Ezekwe was born in Mgbidi, Nigeria on December 12, 1956. She is the second eldest of six children. She emigrated to the United States to join her husband in April of 1980. She would give birth to their first daughter Ijeoma on October 16, 1981 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Christiana attended Southern University, Tennesse. She gave birth to her son Kelechi on March 9, 1985 and her daughter Nkechinyere on August 7, 1986. Despite, working part-time and being a primary caregiver to her children, Christiana successfully earned a Bachelor"s degree in Business Education in 1988.
After moving to New Jersey in 1989, Christiana began a career as a teacher. She taught Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten at Faith Temple New Hope Christian Church in East Orange, NJ. She had a passion for teaching children and did so for four successful years. However, she would later begin working for the State of New Jersey in 1994. First in the Child Support Division of Newark and later for the Juvenile Probation Division, as a Senior Probation Officer. She prided herself on being able to counsel many youths on the error of their ways and steer them in the right direction. Christiana was also a very outgoing and well known person in the Igbo community of New Jersey. She was an active member of a number of community groups.
Christiana passed away on February 14, 2014. She is survived by her two daughters and four grandchildren.
PANJ Local 101 Essex Probation officers lost a dedicated and forceful representative on January 21, 2014. Robin Saunders was the Child Support Representative for the past four years. She was constantly advocating for the members of her unit, engaging with management to make needed changes, participating in union activities, and supporting her co-workers. She was 54 year old, and her passing was sudden.
She was a graduate of University High School in Newark. She went on to obtain a Master"s Degree in Criminal Justice, and a minor in computer science.
She was employed by the Judiciary for six year as a Probation officer working in Child Support. She enjoyed studying the Bible, watching and collecting movies, and shopping. She is survived by one son, age 21, two sisters, an aunt, a special niece, and many members of her extended family. She was pre-deceased by her husband, her parents, and her three brothers. Her sisters and brothers in PANJ 101 extend their deepest sympathies to her family.
PANJ has lost a loyal sister, Essex Senior Probation Officer Janine Pearson, who passed away on Thursday, October 4th in Clara Maas Hospital, Belleville, NJ.PANJ shares in the sadness of her co-workers, friends and family, and extends its deepest sympathy and solidarity. Janine was 37 years old, and a 12-year veteran of the Probation Division. She was born in Orange, NJ, was raised in Old Bridge, and attended Rutgers University, in New Brunswick. She graduated from Rutgers with honors in 1997, double-majoring in Criminal Justice and English. She was a thorough and dedicated officer, working in the collections unit. She was always willing to help her co-workers on various tasks and projects, and brought a lively spirit to her daily encounters. She was a good friend, who was known for her impeccable dress and fine jewelry, much of which she designed herself.
According to her obituary: "Her mission in life was to help as many people as she could, in whatever way they needed. She often put the needs of others first, without any complaints. Generosity and kindness were among her most notable attributes."
She will always be remembered by her PANJ sisters and brothers in Essex.
BURGOS, SYLVIA 44 - of Chatsworth, passed away suddenly on August 21, 2012, as the result of a Motor Vehicle Accident. Sylvia was born and raised in Egg Harbor City. She was a 1985 graduate with honors of Oakcrest High School and graduated with honors with a degree in Criminal Justice from Stockton College. She was a Probation officer in Camden County for 13 years and most recently in Burlington County. Sylvia will be sadly missed but never forgotten by her husband of 25 years Ivan, her two children, Cassandra (Neal Trivedi) and Ivan J., her mother Carmen Cruz, her Father Gabriel Delgado (Judy), her sister Jeanette Zayas (Jose), her two brothers, Gabriel and Michael Delgado, and her two nieces, Jennifer and Jillian Zayas, her aunt Migdalia Leon, her two cousins Tony and Nick Leon, her brother-in-law Harry Burgos (Abigail) and their daughter Gladymar. A viewing will be held on Monday, August 27th, from 11am-1pm, at the Boakes Funeral Home, 6050 Main St., Mays Landing, where reflections will be shared at 1pm. Burial will be in Egg Harbor Cemetery.
Senior Probation Officer Joseph T. Stryjewski (1947 - 2012)
Joseph T. Stryjewski, 64, of Edison, passed away Wednesday at his home. Born in Newark, he resided in Edison most of his life. He was a Probation Officer for Middlesex County. Surviving are his wife, Lynn (Becker-George) Stryjewski; two sisters, Diane Skerbetz of Piscataway, Eleanor Vroom of Greensboro, NC; two stepsons, William D. George of Hamilton and Robert W. George of Mt. Pocono, PA; one stepdaughter, Deborah Annese of Lakeworth, FL; and 6 step-grandchildren.
Funeral services will take place on Saturday, April 28th at 9:15 am from Costello-Runyon Funeral Home, 568 Middlesex Ave. (Rt.27) Metuchen followed by a 10 am Funeral Mass at Our Lady of Czestochowa RC Church, South Plainfield. Cremation is private. Visitation will be on Friday from 7-9 pm. To send condolences visit www.costello-runyon.com. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to UNICEF, C.A.R.E., American Diabetes Association or American Cancer Society.
Published in Home News Tribune on April 27, 2012
Shannon Thatcher, 40, a Master Probation Officer with the Hudson County Probation Dept.,for the last 17 years died Feb. 1, 2012 at Jersey City Medical Center. Born March 31, 1971, in Jersey City, she lived in Bayonne the last 12 years. She was also proprietor of Aruba Tans, Bayonne. Upon her death, she became an organ donor. Beloved daughter of Sandra Calabrese Gomez and her husband Anthony; Jesse Thatcher and his wife Donna. Loving sister of Jesse Thatche, his wife Jennifer and Leigh Ann Thatcher. Dear granddaughter of Edward Rutkoski and the late Virginia Rutkoski; the late Thomas Joseph Calabrese, and the late Ethel Thatcher and John Thatcher. Niece of Thomas Calabrese, ET Thatcher, Jack and his wife Maryann Thatcher, Ida and Ken Frank and Thomas Thatcher. Aunt of Nicholas and Alexa Dischler. Cousin of Melanie Gordon-Calabrese and many other cousins Godmother of Logan Jake.
Visitation is Sat. Feb. 4, 2012, 3-7pm at GREENVILLE MEMORIAL HOME 374 Danforth Ave. Jersey City. Roman Catholic Service during visitation. Cremation Private.Memorial donations may be made to the Sharing Network on-line.
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