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Edward Rahuba

11/15/2017


Dr. Edward J. Rahuba, age 82, of Wanaque and formerly of Wayne, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 15, 2017.

The son of Alexander and Albertyna Rahuba, Polish immigrants who came to America through Ellis Island, Ed was born after they arrived in the U.S., in Paterson, and he grew up in Fair Lawn, graduating from Fair Lawn High School with the Class of 1952. After further study at Seton Hall University in South Orange where he earned his B.S. degree, he went on to receive his Doctorate from the Chiropractic Institute of New York in 1959.

While in college, he met his wife Barbara Tranberg at a Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) social gathering. Their first date was to the movies in Totowa where they saw Marlon Brando star in “The Wild One.” They soon fell in love, and were united in marriage before family and friends on Saturday, November 29, 1958 at St. Anne’s Church in Fair Lawn. They honeymooned in the Poconos and settled into their new life together.

In 1960, Dr. Rahuba began his chiropractic practice in Wayne. His office was originally on Valley Road but five years later he moved it to his new home on the corner of Alps Road and Eleron Place in Wayne. This location served as the home in which he and Barbara raised their two sons and three daughters and the place that many in the community came as patients for relief and wellness for themselves and their family through Dr. Rahuba’s skilled and caring hands. For 50 years, until retiring in 2010, Ed faithfully served his patients. He also served the profession well as Treasurer of the Garden State Chiropractic Society and then the Council of NJ Chiropractors. His philosophy of chiropractic revealed a lot about who he was - someone who trusted in the inherent wisdom of the body to heal itself when free of interference. His children recall that when they were young, Ed would enthusiastically explain the importance of this philosophy and how Chiropractic served its place in helping people express their highest level of health. That enthusiasm was contagious as it inspired his daughter Kim to ultimately embrace the profession for herself, and soon, two of his grandchildren will also graduate Chiropractic College. Ed surely made a great mark for himself and his legacy lives on through the generations of patients he served and the generations in his own family that he inspired to pursue the profession for themselves.

Ed and Barbara enjoyed a loving 56 year marriage filled with the blessings of children and grandchildren and lots of fine memories. For example, during the early years of raising their family, Ed and three other families purchased a 28-foot Winnebago Motor Home. Each family got to use it for two weeks in the summer and Ed made the most of that time by taking his family up and down the east coast including trips as far north as Sebago Lake in Maine to as far south as Florida. In the fall, Ed and Barbara piled in the motor home to go to football games at West Point with lifelong friends. Ed also loved spending time at the summer home down the shore in Long Beach Island. The friends and memories from Kentucky Avenue were a huge part of their life. In later years, when the weather turned cold in New Jersey, he and Barbara gladly escaped to their winter home in Sarasota, FL and they enjoyed trips to Germany, Italy, Russia, Denmark, France, and Hawaii, as well as cruising. Ed felt very lucky to enjoy his seven grandchildren and there was nothing he loved more than having his whole family gathered for the holiday. Founding parishioners of Our Lady of the Valley Church in Wayne, Ed and Barbara had the privilege of renewing their wedding vows there in 2008 after 50 years of marriage. He really missed his sweet Barbara when she passed away in the summer of 2015. Around the house, it seemed that Ed was always working on some project. When they moved into that home in Wayne, he made it even more beautiful installing all the Wainscot and special trim himself. He also planted 150 tiny shrubs which, over many years, grew to become a beautiful natural privacy fence. He took great pride in those bushes, always brushing off the snow after a big storm so that the branches would not be damaged.

While enjoying his family and being the best chiropractor he could be were Ed’s greatest passions, he had other interests which made his life interesting. Ed was quite a cook who enjoyed making good food for himself but equally enjoyed sharing his kitchen creations with others. He seemed to have a thing for clams and, while spaghetti with clam sauce was his most frequently made recipe, he would also make clams casino, clams oreganata, and clams posillipo, just to add some variety. He loved clams so much that, his family recalls many times at the shore when these wonderful appetizers left little room for the actual dinner! Ed loved computers because they were great for looking up information and he loved music – especially big band and show tunes. When retirement years arrived, the extra hours of leisure were often spent getting together with his buddies to play eighteen holes of golf. He played all over the place including at the former High Mountain Country Club, the Passaic County course and, when at the beach house in LBI, he played at the Seaview Golf Course, and in Sarasota, Florida at the Palm Air Country Club. At those courses in Jersey, he and his buddies gave themselves a name – the Romeos, aka Retired Old Men Eating Out.

Ed was a quiet calm guy. So quiet and calm that his friends and business associates called him “The Ghost.” All of a sudden, there he was! Although quiet by nature, Ed leaves behind a plethora of special memories for his family and friends who will miss him greatly.

Edward was predeceased by his beloved wife Barbara in 2015. He is survived by his five children: Edward “Scott” Rahuba of Intervale, NH, Dr. Kim and husband Dr. Greg Stetzel of Branchville, Karen and husband Charlie Verhoog of Wyckoff, Donna and husband Manuel Cancel of Wayne, and Patrick and wife Rosalie Rahuba of Hamburg; and grandchildren, Emma and Gabbi Cancel, Billy and Danielle Stetzel, and Brianne, Charles and Christy Verhoog; and his loving sister-in-law and brother-in-law Ellen and John Donlevy and their family. He was also predeceased by his brother Walter Rahuba in 2014.

Friends may visit with the family at the Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Road, Wayne, on Sunday, November 19, 2017 from 2:00-5:30 PM.

A Funeral Service will immediately follow the time of visitation and begin in the funeral home at 5:30 PM.

In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy in Edward’s name are asked to consider Institutional Advancement, Sherman College of Chiropractic, P.O. Box 1452, Spartanburg, SC 29304 (sherman.edu/donate). 

Guest Book

11/16/2017

Dear Kim and Family, So very sorry to read of Dad's passing. May you all find peace and comfort in your memories. I remember Dr Ed fondly from the days of Merritt Chiropractic! Sending you all love and hugs, Lisa Burse

Lisa Burse

11/17/2017

Dear Family, Our deepest sympathy for the loss of your Dad. The peace of the Lord be with you at this time. I remember happier times with Ed and Barbara at OLV. I played bridge with your Mom for a lot of years 'til we moved away. Sincerely yours, Camille

C amille and Ferd Pabst

11/18/2017

Scott and Family, We are so sorry. What an amazing life your dad led. Love, Lori and Jim

Lori and Jim Romano

11/18/2017

Dear Rahuba Family: This was a beautifully written tribute to your father, his life, his love and how that love spread to all the people around him in his life. The description of his cooking reminded me of him coming over to our house and having me try clams oreganata and being a non-fish lover I said no, but he really wanted me to try it and I loved them! He said to me, “See you never know what you’re going to like until you give it a try!” That statement is so much of what he exemplified he went out tried new things, went new places, loved new people and mostly lived his life to its fullest! May I? too remember that as I? go on with my journey going forward! Prayers and love to all.

Amy Moranz

11/19/2017

To Ed Rahuba's family. We write to you all expressing our sympathy on the death of your dear father. I remember your father and mother so well and we had great memories over many years. These memories go way back to your mother's college days when I was a classmate in college. They were great people. We regret not being with you today and I will still hold my memories of you all dear to my heart. God bless you all. With love from Mary (Sherry) and Charlie Flynn

Mary and Charlie Flynn

11/20/2017

Rahuba Family. Our sincere condolences on the loss of your dad. We have many fond memories of your mom and dad over the years, Including dinner nights, the Outer Banks, and golf days and lunches with the Romeos. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Ed and Carol Gilmore

Ed and Carol Gilmore

11/30/2017

Dear Pat & Family: I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your father. May the memories you have bring you comfort during this difficult time. Kim Cavallo-Campigotto

Kim Cavallo-Campigotto


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