Star of Hope Friends
Deb Conley Retires!
Thanking God for a faithful and exceptional staff member!
If you have had occasion to call or email our Development Department in the last 20 years, you probably communicated with Deb Conley. Deb retired this past fall after serving faithfully as Star of Hope’s Donor Development Database Manager for two decades. A gentle but strong lady, Deb gave herself tirelessly to her “behind the scenes” work, impeccably maintaining Star of Hope’s database records and providing personalized care to our community members. Thank you, Deb, for a job “well done!”
In Memorium, Rev. Dr. Orlando Rivera
It is with a profound sadness, but a bedrock hope in the resurrection, that we share that our friend, Rev. Dr. Orlando Rivera passed away in May 2018. Orlando was the husband of Nancy, the father of 10, pastor, college professor and friend to many. Orlando also served as the cohort leader of Star of Hope’s theological training with the Antioch School. His love for people from all walks of life set him apart as a bridge builder, reconciler and influencer. It is hard to understand his tragic and sudden death, and we will miss him dearly.
We would ask that you join with us to pray for his wife and family and those entrusted to his care during this season of loss.
Marie A. Coules (nee DeGonge),
formerly Marie Paolino,
faithful Star of Hope volunteer and mother in law of Star of Hope’s Executive Director, passed away at home on January 1, 2017. She was 91. Born in Kearny, she lived in Hawthorne before moving to Pennsylvania several months ago.
Marie, a devote Christian, led a beautiful life helping others and raising her loving family. She enjoyed her volunteer work serving with several ministries and she particularly loved working at Star of Hope helping prepare mailings for ministry donors. She also enjoyed being a member of The Red Hats. Wife of Alexander Coules and the late Raymond Paolino, Sr., she is survived by her children and their spouses, Raymond Paolino, Jr. (Cameron), Barbara Sinclair (Jay) and Paul Paolino (Pamela). Also surviving are eighteen grandchildren and seventeen great grandchildren with “two more on the way.” In lieu of flowers kindly consider a donation to Star of Hope Ministries, 34 Broadway, Paterson, NJ 07505. We would ask that you join with us in praying for the family during this their season of loss.
MARGARET BISWURM, LONGTIME VOLUNTEER OF STAR OF HOPE, IS WITH HER SAVIOR
It is with sadness and joy that we share with you that Margaret Biswurm, 95, went to be with THE LORD on May 17, 2014. A faithful servant of Jesus Christ and a mighty prayer warrior for her family, her friends, and for those in need, Margaret was an example to all who knew her. For many years Margaret and a dedicated group of women from her church home, Grace Church of Ridgewood, NJ, would spend Monday afternoon volunteering in Star of Hope’s Thrift Store, sorting clothing, straightening racks and cleaning the store.
Survived by her four sons, Kenneth and his wife, Carole, of Midland Park; John and his wife, Roanne, of Byers, Colorado; David of Ridgewood; and of course, Richard, Star of Hope’s CFO, and his wife, Suzanne, of Ho-Ho-Kus, eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren, Margaret will be greatly missed.
I know that you join with me to thank GOD for Margaret and the special way that she touched so many. Please remember to pray for her family during this their season of loss.
Memorial donations may be made to Grace Church of Ridgewood, Valley Bible Chapel of Washington Township and Star of Hope Ministries.
Carmen Cresante’s Retirement
On May 31st Carmen Cresante will retire from her post as Manager of Star of Hope’s Thrift Store after 22 years of service. We are grateful to God for her life and ministry and the significant contributions she has made to Star of Hope. Having served in a variety of positions including Thrift Store Manager, Bookstore Sales Associate and Support Services, Carmen will be greatly missed by Star of Hope’s staff, customers and many friends of the ministry. In retirement Carmen plans to spend more time with her family and particularly with her granddaughter. Thank you, Carmen, for a job well done. Should you care to send Carmen a note, you may send it via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or via USPS to Star of Hope to her attention.