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Jewell Russo


Longtime member Jewell Russo passed away on April 25 at the age of 83. West Side truly was Jewell's family. She was a beloved member of the choir, served as moderator of the Deacons and was a key volunteer in the office. Despite the fact that she suffered great losses in her life, including the death of her two children, Jewell's resiliency, sense of humor and service to others was an inspiration. 

Charles Koester


Charles ( Chuck) Koester passed away quietly in his home on April 18 at the age of 91.
His brilliant career as an optical physicist and inventor was balanced by his love for his wife of 67 years, Millie, and their four children. After his retirement, Chuck took on a leadership role with Habitat for Humanity and spent countless hours tutoring children in Paterson.  A man of many talents, he played a variety of wind instruments, including the clarinet, saxophone and bassoon, and shared his musical gifts at West Side. 

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