Enrico A. “Henry” Prata died February 5, 2021. He was 75. Henry was born in Altavilla Irpina, Prov. di Avellino, Italy on July 22, 1945 and arrived in the U.S. at the age of 11. He grew up in Newark, N.J., and graduated from Essex Catholic High School, Class of 1963. He continued his education at Rutgers University College of Arts and Science, Newark, earning a B.A. in Biology and then an M.A. in Science Teaching from Montclair State University. Henry taught biology at Essex Catholic from 1967-1971. He then worked for the Caldwell-West Caldwell Board of Education as a biology teacher, supervised the Adult School Program, became the Director of Continuing Education, then the Supervisor of Secondary Education. He retired in 2006 after 36 years with the Caldwell-West Caldwell Board of Education. Henry, as an Essex Catholic Foundation Board of Trustees member, ran the Foundation scholarship program for many years. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2003.
MaryEllen McCrystal (nee Wormann), 74, of Succasunna, N.J., died on January 20, 2021 at Morristown Memorial Hospital.
Born in Newark, N.J., and raised in Belleville, MaryEllen was the oldest of Marie (Peck) and Edwin Wormann’s eight children. She graduated from Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in Newark and earned a B.A. in History from Georgian Court College. She helped with and faithfully attended reunions from both schools.
From 1969 – 1986, MaryEllen taught Social Studies at Essex Catholic in Newark and East Orange. She met her future husband Bill at Essex, where both were highly respected faculty members. She subbed at Wayne Hills High School and at St. Mary’s School in Wharton. Bill predeceased MaryEllen in 2013. MaryEllen served as a Eucharistic Minister at Essex Catholic, her home parish of St. Mary’s, Nutley, at St. Mary’s in Dover, and at St. Clare’s Hospital, Dover. For a dozen years, she was a member of the Board of Directors of St. Peter’s Village, Denville.
MaryEllen is survived by her son Bill, daughter-in-law Erica (McKeever), grandson Blaise and granddaughter Darby; siblings Kathie (the late Joe) Deak, Jim (Monty) Wormann, Dan (Diane) Wormann, Ed Wormann, Ceil (Joe) Cocco, Janet (Patrick) Rankin, and Beth (Mark) Smith; twelve nieces and five nephews and their families, and Bill’s four nieces and their families.