Ella Rypkema Merlino


Ella (Munich) Rypkema Merlino, age 100, of Fair Lawn, NJ passed away on Thursday, July 18, 2019 at home surrounded by her loving family.  Born and raised in Garfield, NJ she resided in Saddle Brook before moving to Fair Lawn over 30 years ago.  She was a member and volunteer with the Fair Lawn Senior Center.  Ella enjoyed gardening, flea markets, family gatherings and traveling with her sisters.

Prior to retiring in her mid 80’s, she was a customer service representative with Marriott Hotel in Saddle Brook.

Beloved wife of the late Jacob Rypkema and Salvatore Merlino.  Loving and devoted mother of Jacob Rypkema and wife Phyllis, Ellen Wozniak and husband Bill and the late Bernard Rypkema and surviving wife Carol.  Cherished grandmother of Matt, Lisa, Ken, Brian, Jeff, Dawn, Mike, Bob and John, great grandmother of 13 and great-great grandmother of 2.  Dear sister of the late Othelea Holzl and Olga Rabinsky.  She is also survived by her devoted caregiver, Lela and several loving nieces and nephews.

The family will receive relatives and friends Monday, July 22, 2019, 2-4 & 7-9 pm with an 8 pm service at Vander Plaat-Caggiano Funeral Home, 13-31 Saddle River Road, Fair Lawn, NJ.  A graveside service is planned for Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at Lodi Cemetery, 47 Terrace Avenue, Lodi.  Please gather at the funeral home at 10 am for prayers before proceeding in procession to the cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Ella to the Fair Lawn Volunteer Ambulance Corps, P.O. Box 282, Fair Lawn, NJ 07410 would be appreciated.

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