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Ernest D., 78, of Hewitt, NJ, passed away on Sunday, May 4, 2014 at the Bloomingda-le Health Care Center in Bloomingdale, NJ.
Ernie was born on April 25, 1936 in Passaic, NJ to the late Lena (nee DeAdezio) and the late Ernest Relyea, Sr.
Ernie married Rosemarie (nee Klee) in 1959 and together they raised their family in Clifton and Lake Lookover in the Hewitt section of West Milford Township, NJ.
Ernie proudly served in the US Navy in the Air Sea Rescue Unit from 1955 to 1958.
Ernie retired as Deputy Chief with the City of Clifton Fire Department.
Ernie was a member of the West Milford Elks Lodge #2236, serving as Indoctrination Committee Chairperson for the past 12 years.
He was a coach for 10 years with the Central Division Little League in Clifton, NJ. and served for 20 years with the Upper Greenwood Lake Volunteer Fire Department.
Ernie was also a member of the Athenia Veteran Post in Clifton, NJ.
Ernie was predeceased by his beloved wife Rosemarie in 2012.
Ernie is survived by his dear and loving friend Barbara Doster, his loving son Ernest "Butch" Relyea and his loving daughter-in-law Wendy Relyea of Bloomingdale, NJ; his son Jim Relyea and his wife Stacey of Rockaway, NJ, and his daughter Roberta Salerno; his cherished grandchildren Sarah and Lauren Relyea of Bloomingdale, NJ, Kimberly and Kyra Relyea of Rockaway, NJ, and Allison and Tom Salerno of Pequannock, NJ; and several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive visitors on Monday, May 12, 2014 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the Stickle-Soltesz Funeral Home, 187 LaRue Road, Newfoundland, NJ 07435. (GPS use 1 Post Place).
A prayer service will take place on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 10 AM at the funeral home.
Memorial donations may be made in Ernie's name to the West Milford Elks Lodge #2236, P.O. Box 336, Hewitt, NJ. 07421.
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Stickle - Soltesz Funeral Home - Newfoundland
187 La Rue Road
Newfoundland, NJ 07435
Published in The Record on May 9, 2014