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Donald "Don" Michael Schiavo, PhD.

December 7, 1937 - December 13, 2019
Born in Orange, NJ
Resided in Fredon Twp., NJ


Donald "Don" Michael Schiavo, PhD., 82, of Fredon Twp. passed away Friday, December 13, 2019, in Kindred Hospital in Dover, following a brief illness.

Don was born in Orange and raised in West Orange, New Jersey. Before retiring, Don worked as a Toxicology and Ophthalmologic Research Scientist for more than 50 years, first at Schering-Plough, in Lafayette, NJ, and most recently for Novartis Institute for Biomedical Research in East Hanover, NJ.

Don loved the outdoors, and enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, sitting in the sun, and feeding the birds. Don was also a life-long New York Yankees and Philadelphia Eagles fan. He was generous and possessed a great sense of humor, and he enjoyed talking with people and sharing his knowledge and life experiences.

Don was predeceased by his parents, Anthony and Lucy (Casieri) Schiavo; and a baby sister, Lorraine. He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Bernice (Wojcik) Schiavo; his daughter, Donna Schiavo and husband, Thomas Beedle; his son, Anthony Schiavo; his sister, Mrs. Loretta Cristaldi and her five daughters, brother-in-law Stanley Wojcik and his wife Donna, as well as his favorite chihuahua, Roselee "Monkels."

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 am on Thursday, December 19, 2019, at St. Joseph R.C. Church, 24 Halsted St, Newton. Visitation will be held from 3 to 6 pm on Wednesday, December 18, 2019 and from 8:30 to 9:30 am on Thursday, December 19, 2019, at the Smith-McCracken Funeral Home, 63 High St, Newton. Interment will be private.

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Smith-McCracken Funeral Home
63 High Street
Newton, NJ US 07860
Wednesday, December 18, 2019
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Thursday, December 19, 2019
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Mass of Christian Burial
St. Joseph R.C. Church
Halsted Street
Newton, NJ 07860
Thursday, December 19, 2019
10:00 AM

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