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Hundreds Mourn Death of Budd Lake Teen

Family and community members pay final respects to Nicholas Michael Cianciotto III, who was ice fishing when he and his friend fell into the frigid waters of Budd Lake last week.

Hundreds mourned Saturday the death of one of the two Mount Olive teens who drowned last week while ice fishing in Budd Lake.

As a thick fog filled the air outside, family, friends and members of the community attended the funeral of Nicholas Michael Cianciotto III at St. Jude Roman Catholic Parish in Mount Olive.

Cianciotto and his friend Clyde Schimanski III were ice fishing Monday night when they fell through the icy waters. Both teens were 15 years old.

Cianciotto, a sophomore at Mount Olive High School who lived in Budd Lake for nine years, , according to his obituary. Cianciotto was buried Saturday at Christ the King Cemetery in Franklin Lakes.

Visitation hours for Schimanski, a freshman at Mount Olive who lived in Budd Lake his entire life, will be Sunday in Succasunna.

A massive rescue effort Monday night turned into a two-day search and recovery process with one teen found on Tuesday and the other on Wednesday.

The deaths of the "dirt bike buddies" stunned the Mount Olive High School community. The superintendent said the high school suffered a “tragic loss of two of its promising students.”

The community came together and raised funds to help pay for the services for the two teens.

Russ Crespolini January 14, 2013 at 05:30 PM
Hi Paul, thanks for commenting. You are, of course, correct. The Leber Funeral Home in Chester was involved in the arrangements and in this piece, was incorrectly identified as the place for the wake. The post has been updated. Thanks for reaching out.
Paul J Przybylinski January 14, 2013 at 05:59 PM
Thank you Russ. I was involved with services at St. Jude's. I am a member of the Knights of Columbus Councile 6100 at St. Jude's and all members provide volunteer time to provide service to the church comunity and surounding comunity.
Russ Crespolini January 14, 2013 at 06:03 PM
Hey Paul, I grew up in Mt Olive, a member of the St. Elizabeth Parish. The Knights of Columbus have always been generous. And when we make a mistake on an issue this sensitive, especially one in my home town, I am grateful for the opportunity to correct it. Thanks again.
Tracy Lazorchak January 14, 2013 at 07:05 PM
Liberty, J Ant is right. These kids were just being kids. Tragedy can happen anywhere at any time. The boys were on the ice, yes as adults we know it was stupid, but we've all felt immortal as kids. Maybe you were a perfect child or perhaps you had to "grow up" too soon. Sad for you. Even adults make stupid choices. My comment was about the funeral photos and respect for the grieving.
Liberty January 14, 2013 at 07:08 PM
So was mine.

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