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.