James Christopher Schrock - NV - Demarest, Class of 1977

Jim Schrock passed away peacefully at home on March 8, 2017. He leaves behind his wife of 36 years, Kathy (Beck); son Rockwell and daughter-in-law Jessica of Ashford, CT; in-laws Helen and John Beck of Eastham; sister Amanda Schrock and niece, Quin, of Waltham; sister Rebecca Schrock Kane of Redmond, WA; and brother-in-law, Mike Beck, wife, Stephanie, and nephew, Cooper, of Portland, CT. Jim also leaves behind his loved Jack Russell Terrier, George.
Jim was born on August 10, 1958 in Teaneck, NJ, to the late Tye and Jim Schrock, grew up in Haworth, NJ, and attended Rutgers College of Engineering, graduating as a civil engineer in 1980. As a licensed Professional Engineer, he worked in this field for many years, on the Big Dig and many sub-surface structural projects.

Jim was an avid hiker since his Boy Scout days. He through-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 1999, and continued to go back to the trail each year and section hike. Together with his son, Rockwell, they hiked together at Mt. Greylock (MA) and at Glacier National Park (MT).  

Thank you to Hope Hospice for their support and kindness.  Services will be private.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy at 799 Washington Street, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425-0807 or online at

His wife, Kathy, can be reached a

PFC Randall M. Carlton U.S.M.C.
Old Tappan Class of '68
Randy was the only soldier killed in action in South Vietnam who attended Northern Valley Old Tappan. He enrolled in the Marine Corps immediately after graduation in 1968. After completing  basic training in December, 1968, Randy was assigned to A Company, 1st Battalion, 9th Marines of the 3rd Marine Division and sent to Vietnam. Randy was killed on February 21, 1969 when his patrol was ambushed in the A Shau Valley in Quang Tri Province.
A rededication ceremony was held on May 19th (Armed Forces Day) at 11 am at the Harrington Park Borough Hall. A refurbished memorial was unveiled before a large crowd.  A U.S. Marine Corps Honor officer played taps and there was a 21 gun salute by the Hackensack Police Honor Guard.

A plaque memorializing Randy was left at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington on Memorial Day, 2001

Randy's father, former NJ State Assemblyman Lee Carlton, was a member of the Emerson Country Club when Randy was killed.  In 1970, he and his fellow members erected a flagpole in front of the club in his memory, placing a small plaque at the base.  We will re-dedicate this plaque on November 10 at the golf club, and add another, similar to what we did in Harrington Park.  (Nov 10 is the anniversary of the founding of the US Marine Corps, Randy's branch of service)  The Northern Valley Alumni Association is named on the plaque as one of the donors.
Capt. James Amendola, Class of 1962 Demarest In country Nov 28,1968 Killed in action July 29, 1969 Age at time of loss 24 years Home Closter, NJ
Janyce was a 1973 graduate of Old Tappan and a loving mother of a son and daughter.

A scholarship has been established in her name . You can help preserve Janyce's memory by visiting:

Greg Zawisza, a 1969 graduate of Northern Valley H.S., passed away on March 11, 2001, in Lafayette, Indiana, after a 6-month battle with lymphoma. He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Rita, and their two daughters, Gwyn, age 19 and Jenn, age 15. He is also survived by his sisters, Bambi Zawisza Tascarella who resides in Manhattan, and Anne Zawisza Georges who lives in Springfield, OH. A memorial scholarship in his name has been established at Purdue University, where he was a graduate and a 25-year employee.


Karen Parsells Fritsch

Karen Fritsch, 64, of Orlando, FL, passed away on Friday, May 24, 2013. She was born December 3, 1948. She married her best friend, Carl Fritsch, on May 24, 1969. She has two children, Tammie Fritsch Helmick and Robert Fritsch, and one grandchild, Wesley Helmick.

She graduated from Northern Valley Regional High School in 1966. Karen was the first female member of the Closter Ambulance Corps. She co-owned and operated All-American Airport Service from 1966 - 1986 in Closter. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Closter Ambulance Corps. Check for more info & memorial plans.