Saturday, February 2, 2013

Parsippany, NJ: Woman in Parsippany murder-suicide was Belleville grad

A woman killed in a Parsippany murder-suicide earlier this week was a Belleville High School graduate, her family said.
Rosaria Andraka, 43, was found dead along with her husband Chester, at their home on Medford Drive Monday. According to Acting Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp, Rosaria Andraka died of a gunshot wound, and her husband, 46, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
When contacted by the Times, Rosaria's parents, who live in Belleville's first ward, declined to be interviewed. However her father, Vincenzo Vinci, confirmed his daughter graduated from Belleville High School, although could not recall what year.
Chester Andraka, who grew up in Bloomfield, was a retired Caldwell police officer. Both Andrakas worked at Fairleigh Dickinson University, at its Florham campus, she as an Honors Program administrator and advisor, he as an adjunct professor.
Dr. Brian Mauro, associate provost at FDU, believed that Rosaria had worked at the college for some eight or nine years.
"It was a number of years before I started," he said on Thursday.
According to her profile at, Rosaria, a Berkeley College graduate, started at FDU as assistant to the chair in July 2004. She then became an advisement counselor in Nov. 2006, before moving up to the Honors Program in Jan. 2012.
"She was a terrific person - beautiful, intelligent, kind, charismatic," said Mauro. "I could go on and on like everybody else. We're just really mourning her loss and missing her."
Chester was a 1984 graduate of Bloomfield High School, said Karen Delli Santi. They both grew up together on Bloomfield's Baldwin Street.
"He was always a good kid in school. He would do anything for you," Delli Santi toldBloomfield Life. "I don't think I ever even heard him curse."

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