Buying flowers from us ensures that your order will be fulfilled through working with a network florists that are trusted by local funeral homes and recognized partners of the funeral industry. A customized message, along with a photo of your selected arrangement will remain in perpetuity within this memorial website. This service also includes “Smart Select” whereby the store notifies you if your floral selection has already been selected by another sender. This allows you the opportunity to choose a different product to ensure the family has a beautiful and unique selection of unique floral arrangements.
The price of these selections also includes the funeral home’s care of the flowers after the funeral and the delivery to the family or facility of choice where they can be rearranged and enjoyed by others for a longer period.
The solitude and quiet peace of a flickering candle has long been a symbol of remembrance. Each candle lit will remain lit within this memorial website for the period you select. Your thoughtful gesture will be captured both in the candle as well as listed in perpetuity within the tributes section.
In today’s changing world with climate change and environment concerns, “Honoring a Life” allows for family and friends to plant a memorial tree in honor of their loved one and friend. The purchase of a tree creates a beautiful permanent record on the Honoring a Life website, www.honoringalife.org. Each tree is planted through the efforts of Forestry Services throughout North America who determine where the greatest needs for reforestation are. Once planted, the geographical location where the tree is planted will be added to the record. A beautiful card is also sent to the family signifying your thoughtful gesture.
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The time surrounding a death can often bring unexpected final expenses for the family far beyond the funeral itself. We are pleased to offer the ability for friends and relatives to financially support the family during their time of loss as an alternative to flowers and other sympathy gestures.
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William A. Unrath passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 16. He was an honorable man of 84 years.
Born in Jersey City, raised in Nutley, and a 58-year resident of Ramsey, he is preceded in death by brothers Charles, Robert, and E. Warren, and parents Louis and Elizabeth.
Bill was proud of his military service to his country, enlisting in the U.S. Navy in 1946 where he was graduated from the Advanced Electronics Technician School. In 1950 during the Korean Conflict, he was assigned to the U.S.S. Weeden DE-797, where he served as ETM Petty Officer 1st Class before his honorable discharge in 1951.
He proposed to Dorothy Ryan of Wyckoff in 1952, once his career with IBM was established. He continued working for IBM for 35 years as a Field Engineer in the financial district of N.Y.C., where for over a decade, he was the IBM representative for the New York Stock Exchange.
A scholar and hobbyist with an unquenchable thirst for knowledge, Bill received his B.S. in Environmental Science and Business in 1985 and his B.A. in Environmental Studies in 1992, both from Ramapo College. His ongoing education included medical science, blacksmithing, woodworking, stained glass, culinary arts, and jewelry making. He relished tinkering with electronics and radios, and was a licensed ham radio operator.
Bill contributed his time and talents to many organizations near to his generous and abundant heart. He served as a Deacon and Elder of The First Presbyterian Church of Ramsey, volunteered building and repairing homes in the U.S. and abroad, prepared meals for shelters, and served on Ramsey’s Environmental Commission and Planning Board. He was a 32nd degree Mason, served as Master of Hawthorne Fortitude Lodge in Ramsey, was a Shriner, and a member of the American Legion.
Bill treasured time talking with friends; he loved a good meal and especially loved his family. He is survived by his wife of nearly 59 years, Dorothy; his children Barbara (Steven) Meyer of Gainesville, NY, Katherine of Kettering, OH; Karl of Webster, NY, and Gail of Hudson, NY; and his grandchildren Matthew, Christopher, Julianne, and Elizabeth.
The family has held a private cremation. A memorial service celebrating Bill’s life will take place on March 3 at 10:30 a.m. at The First Presbyterian Church, Ramsey, NJ. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Building & Grounds Committee of The First Presbyterian Church or the Masonic Charity Foundation of New Jersey. Arrangements by the Vander Plaat Funeral Home, www.vpfh.com, 257 Godwin Ave. Wyckoff, NJ 07481
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