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Arnold A. Wunder


Arnold A. Wunder, age 65 of Wayne, died suddenly and unexpectedly on Friday, August 13, 2010 at home.

Arnold grew up in Clifton, graduating from Clifton High in 1963. He had lived in Hackensack for twenty years before moving to Wayne in 2003. He graduated from Rutgers in 1968 as a Pharmacist and began his internship at the Plains Pharmacy in Saddle River, NJ. He enjoyed it so much that he stayed at Plains Pharmacy for nearly thirty years before retiring in 1996.
If you knew Arnold, then you know how much he loved to talk. And if you wanted to talk about politics, then you were in for a good argument. He was also an ambassador of sorts; always willing to help others with their problems and willing to lend assistance, or just an ear, whenever he could. He was simply a good man with a heart of gold. He was a great cook too, always coming up with something different for dinner, or making sauce for his dad. He was an avid reader, enjoyed taking in a Broadway show whenever possible, keeping up with current events and loved to spend time on the computer.
Monday, August 16 will mark the twenty seventh anniversary of when Arnold met his loving partner Phil Mezzina. They shared so much together in those years and have their devoted friends and loving family to thank for making each of those years so wonderful. They travelled extensively together to Paris, London, Sweden, Norway, Italy, Spain and many more fabulous destinations. When recently discussing new travel plans, Arnold remarked “I’ve done it all.” Those words, which may not have meant so much when he first uttered them, became rather poignant upon his sudden passing. He had no wants and was at peace.
Arnold is survived by his devoted partner of twenty seven years; Phil Mezzina of Wayne, his dear father; Arnold S. Wunder of Clifton, his loving sister Gale Cifelli and her husband Jay of Clifton, three cherished aunts; Josephine Graziano of Howell, NJ, Claire Macaluso of Wayne, and Violet Carisi of Clifton, one niece; Christina Cifelli-Leavy and her husband Graham of Clifton, two nephews; Gregg Telson of Columbus Ohio, and Arthur Telson and his wife Robin of West Chester, Pennsylvania, a great-nephew; Dylan Telson and great-niece; Victoria Telson, both of West Chester, Pennsylvania, and many dear cousins and friends.
His mother Emily Wunder predeceased him on January 3, 2010.
Friends may visit with the family at the Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Road, Wayne, on Tuesday, August 17, 2010 from 2-4 & 7-9 PM. Funeral Services will be held at 9 AM on Wednesday from the funeral home, then to Our Lady of Consolation RC Church, Wayne where at 10 AM a Funeral Mass will be offered.
As expressions of sympathy, if friends so wish, donations in Arnold’s memory to Hospice of New Jersey, 400 Broad Acres Drive, 4th Floor, Bloomfield, NJ 07003 would be greatly appreciated.

Guest Book


Dear Phil, Someone recently asked us if we are happy that we moved to Wayne and we assured them that we are very happy. The primary reason for this is friendships we've formed since moving here - and chief among those friends are you and Arnold. Arnold combined intelligence, a deeply caring nature, and a knack for having fun into one very dear person. We will miss him very much - but will always remember him with love and thanksgiving for his presence in our life. Eternal rest grant to him, O Lord; may perpetual light shine upon him. May Arnold, his mother, and all the saints, rest in peace. Amen

Eileen & Joe Smith


May you Rest in Peace

Dennis Bielskie


Although I only met once or twice, I know you were a good guy because you were Phil's partner. Rest in peace.

Mary Ann Santaniello


Dear Phil, We are the newcomers to your "pool" circle of friends and want you to know how much we, too, are going to miss Arnold. He surely brought great conversation and lively topics to our dinner get togethers - it seems we have known him for years. May your wonderful memories keep a smile on your face and nourish the love in your heart. Rest in peace, dear Arnold.

Janet and Jim Maloy


I met Arnold a quarter of a century ago as I moved into my first condo, a converted 6-story apartment building in the Fairmount section of Hackensack, NJ. Of the many joys associated with that experience, the greatest was the people in that building. They were colorful, fun, empathetic, and always up for a heavy talk. Of the many friendships I enjoyed, the greatest was with the couple next door, Phil and Arnold. Arnold was a pharmacist of the old school. For him, his profession was a reflection of his own heart; and in it, he expressed his love of people, and the value he placed on human relationships. As his profession morphed into a hurried, impersonal assembly line, he chose very early retirement rather than compromise his values. Arnold seemed to live without the fear that keeps most of us running around like rabbits trying to keep ahead of the fox. He was an old-fashioned gentleman whose word could be trusted without fail, whose kindness was not dependent upon expectation of reward. The world will be a less sweet place without Arnold, and I’ll have one less cherished friend. With deepest sympathies to Phil & the other members of his beloved family. Mary Shortell

Mary Shortell


Dear Phil, my thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time. My his memory be a blessing to you and all who knew and loved him.

Cheryl Wylen


Dear Phil, My heart goes out to you during this most difficult time. Lifes obligations and challenges in most recent years may have caused us to lose site of whats really important in life, the love of family and friends. Arnold was gifted on many levels and his presence in this life will be sadly missed. Know that I'm here if you need me. God bless you. Love, Kathy

Kathleen F. Campbell


Phil, I am deeply saddened to learn of Arnold's passing. I have such fond memories of him -- such a sweet man and such a loving partner. Please know that Dan and I are thinking of you and wish that we could be there with you to help comfort you. We are so sorry for your loss. Love, Peter and Dan

Peter Robinson


Dear Phil, We were deeply sorry to hear of your dear partners sudden passing. Although we never had the opportunity to meet, we are sure that he was a loving and kind person. You are in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time. May the all happy memories you carry in your heart sustain you. God bless you, Arnold's Dad and family, with peace in knowing that he is at rest in the presence of God. Linda and Kevin

Linda and Kevin Ellis


We''ve known both you as Uncle Arnold and Uncle Phil. We knew about your wonderful relationship through our kids, Tracey and Steve. Although we met only a few years ago it seemed as though we knew each other for a very long time. Arnold was a true talker, very warm, gentle and extremely liked from the instant we met him. My husband who really doesn't talk much, was talking up a storm with Arnold, during a Thanksgiving dinner at my daughters home. That's how we remember and will always remember Arnold,a person that can become an instant friend who made you feel as though you've known him for a very long time. We will miss him,and because we have you Phil, he will always be in our hearts. Our deepest sympathy to you and Arnolds's family. Sincerely, Nivia and Ray

Dear Phil


Dear Phil---Knowing Arnold, thru you, has been a blessing to my life. The times we three spent together were always fun-filled and heartwarming. His love of life will always remain steadfast in my mind. He was your heart and soul but I feel he also became my friend. I'm sure he will be watching over you every day. God Bless. Your "Buddy"---Dave

David Grimes


Phil, We are so sorry to hear of Arnold's unexpected passing. Although we only knew you and Arnold a few years, we always enjoyed our in depth conversations. May the joy and memories of your 27 years together continue to comfort you and bring a smile to your face.

Joe DeMarco & Barry Mccloud


Dear Phil, I am very sorry to here about Arnold's crossing over,God now has another beautiful angel at his side! So remember when you see a rainbow or feel the gentle breeze thats your buddy. May God give you the inner strength you need to move through this difficult time. May the stars shine bright upon you Phil, Lov Sue Fusco

Sue Fusco


Dear Phil - Please accept our deepest sympathy on the passing of Arnold. My husband, Arnold and I were classmates from kindergarten. He was truly an exceptional fellow. I will miss our chats while organizing all our class renunions! He never missed one!!

Lauren and Jim Janish


Dear Phil, I only met Arnold once but I could tell he was a great guy. He liked to talk as much as I do- which is a lot. I am so sorry and I understand how hard this is. You have a lot of friends who will be here for you. Please accept my sincere condolences. Your friend, Chris

Christine Reda


Arnold was a wonderful friend. He will be greatly missed. Can't stop thinking of you both. God bless you, Buddy.

Karen Calandriello

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