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Ray Jorbel


Ray Jorbel of Wayne, age eighty-two, passed away peacefully on Wednesday March 29, 2017 while receiving the loving care of his family.

Ray was born and raised in Clifton, he graduated from Clifton High School with the class of 1952. Immediately after his graduation he was hired by Western Electric as an Installer. Western Electric then joined with AT&T and eventually became Lucent Technologies. Ray worked his way up through the ranks finally earning the title of Regional Supervisor of the entire Northern District. Having worked for thirty-seven years with Western Electric and Lucent, Ray had the opportunity to take an early retirement package at the age of fifty-five in late 1989. Ray was able to enjoy nearly thirty years of retirement with his wife and spend much more quality time with his family. Ray was also a columnist for one of Lucent Technologies newsletters for twenty years, where he wrote articles concerning updates about retirees benefits and so on.

When Ray was around sixteen years old, he was with some friends at the Passaic Roller Skating Rink. During that night there was a “Ladies Choice” song played, and a pretty young girl by the name of Dolly Dowling picked him to skate with her. They hit it off wonderfully and after about two weeks of phone calls back and forth they went on their first date to the movies at the Fabian Theater in Paterson. As fate would have it they fell in love. They dated for almost five years and were married on August 4th, 1956.

Immediately after getting married, Dolly and Ray moved into an apartment in a multi-family house owned by Dolly’s Parents in Totowa. They spent the next four years together in Totowa until eventually moving to Wayne in the Early 1960’s. Wayne was where Ray and Dolly called home and raised their five daughters. Tragedy struck Ray and Dolly’s lives in 2004 when their oldest daughter, Cynthia, passed away. Although Ray was heartbroken, he found the strength and will from the love of his family to go on with his life. Dolly remembers Ray bringing her flowers for no particular reason, just to say he loved her. Dolly and Ray cherished over sixty years of a loving and loyal marriage.

Ray enjoyed fishing, playing golf, and was an avid New York Giants Fan. Dolly and Ray traveled together and enjoyed many trips to Atlantic City. Ray could fix just about anything, from electronics to small engines and also could build a multitude of things. Ray was also dedicated to his Catholic faith, and Ray and Dolly were parishioners of Holy Cross Church in Wayne, where Ray also volunteered his skills in fixing and building. He was also an usher and helped work the collections during mass. Above all of his hobbies, talents, devotions and skills, Ray’s deepest love and devotion was for his family. He was a loving and loyal husband, a devoted father and cherished grandfather.

Ray is survived by his wife Miriam (nee Dowling) of Wayne, four daughters; Linda Rizk and her husband Thomas of Franklin Lakes, NJ, Lisa Jorbel-Brown and her husband George of Chattanooga, TN, Diana Clark and her husband John of Bluffton, SC, and Sharon Russo and her husband John of Wayne, NJ, ten grandchildren; Geoffery Rizk, Alexandra Keane, Melissa Sankar, Scott Jorbel, Kyle Jorbel, Ryan Clark, Taylor Clark, Logan Clark, John Michael Russo, and Abigail Russo, he was predeceased by his oldest daughter Cynthia Jorbel in 2004, and was also predeceased by his four sisters; Olga, Emily, Irene, and Julia, as well as his brother Andy.

Friends may visit the family on Monday April 3, 2017 from 4-8 PM at the Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Rd, Wayne. A funeral service will be held the same day at 6:30 PM during the visiting hours.

Those wishing to make a donation in Ray’s name are asked to consider St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memorial Processing 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959

Guest Book


I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. Celebrate your dads life and remember all of the happy times.

Cyndi Wassmuth


We send you our sincere condolences on the loss of your husband/dad. Time will heal your pain and you will only remember the great times you all had.

Ellen and Jerry Alpart


I was so sorry to learn of your dad's passing. May you all find peace and comfort enjoying the memories made through the cherished years with him. xo Dorrie

Les and Dorrie Daniel


To the best neighbors we ever had when we lived in Wayne. We will miss Ray so much. Love from Andy, Melanie, Casey, Kathleen and Alec.

The Schuckers Family


I am so sorry for your loss.. I have only met Ray a few times and he left such an everlasting impression on me as being such a wonderful, caring, and family man. My deepest condolences he will truly be missed.



Uncle Raymond, Sorry to see this. My thoughts go out to your family. I'll always remember the scuba tanks you brought me in NJ, I still have them. I never got to see you but thought of you often. You are in heaven RIP. Andy

Andy Jorbel

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