FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J. – James Alberse Longo, of Franklin Lakes, died Friday, June 10 at the Valley Hospital, Ridgewood. He was 81.
A founding member of Northwest Bergen History Coalition, charter member of Franklin Lakes Historical Society and member of Wyckoff Historical Society, he supported Native Americans at St. Joseph Indian School in South Dakota and Red Cloud Indian School in Minnesota. During his newspaper career, Longo belonged to New York Press Club and Pica Club.
A former resident of Ho-Ho-Kus, he was born June 12, 1934, in Teaneck. He lived in Ridgewood for many years before moving to Franklin Lakes in 1961 with his wife, the former Rosalie Frohlich, whom he married June 6, 1959. A graduate of St. Luke's High School, Ho-Ho-Kus, Longo received a bachelor’s degree in communications from Fordham University in 1956. He served as a reporter for The Ram, the university's newspaper, and was managing editor of UN on the Campus.
Following graduation, Longo served as a columnist and suburban beat reporter for the Paterson Evening News. In 1966, he joined Prudential Insurance Co., and retired in 1995 as manager of media relations. He was a member of the board and treasurer of the New Jersey Chapter of Public Relations Society of America, in Franklin Lakes Seniors, and was a daily communicant and minister of hospitality at Most Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Church in Franklin Lakes.
He is survived by his wife, Rosalie; daughters, Lauren Mary Longo of Pompton Plains and Linda Mary Longo of Brick; sister, Noreen Rousseau of New Rochelle; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
The family will receive family and friends from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at Vander Plaat-Vermeulen Memorial Home, 530 High Mountain Road, Franklin Lakes. Funeral services will take place at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home followed by a 10 a.m. Mass at Most Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Church, 787 Franklin Lakes Road, Franklin Lakes. Interment will take place at Christ the King Cemetery, Franklin Lakes.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Most Blessed Sacrament Capital Campaign.