Photo of Nick Cianciotto the Mount Olive Highschool who drowned after falling through a sheet of ice on Budd Lake in Flander, NJ
Northern New Jersey residents, Melissa Phelam and Kim Maleyonok set up the fund campaign to help the parents of Nick Cianciotto with funeral expenses. They had set up the fund so that a check will be issued directly to Schimanski’s father, Clyde Schimanski Jr.
If you would like to donate to the family members, please click Memory of Nick Cianciotto to be directed to the campaign page, which will end on February 9, 2013
Maleyonok and Phelam had also set up a fund titled in Loving Memory of Clyde Schimanski, which reached it’s financial goal, so has since been shut down, with the website reading “as enough money has been collected to pay the funeral expenses of Clyde, we have shut down the page.”
According to NJ.COM, the fund was set-up Tuesday and by 8p.m. that night, had raised about $75. A little more than an hour later, it was up to nearly $750. By midnight, about $4,400 and continued to blossom.
Photo of Clyde Schimanski III
Photo of Clyde Schimanski Jr, the father of Clyde Schimanski III, speaking to reporters hours before his missing son was found in Budd Lake
UPDATE: 01/09/13 FLANDERS, NEW JERSEY — Photos of Clyde Schimanski III and Nick Cianciotto released:
Rescue workers located the body of Clyde Schimanski III (above) one day after locating the body of Nick Cianciotto (below.)
Loved ones gathered at a local church where they were told the devastating news that both teenagers were recovered from Lake Budd.
‘I lost my son,’ Laurie Halloran, the mother of missing 15-year-old Clyde told the New York Daily News. ‘I feel numb.’
Family and friend’s also gathered at the lake to comfort each other and mourn the two losses.
Friends and family gathered at Budd Lake (pictured) to comfort one another
Students at Mount Olive Highschool told CBS reporters that Nick Cianciotto had spoken about Ice fishing on Monday morning, hours before he tragically fell through the icy lake.
“It is with great sadness that I announce the deaths of Nicholas Michael Cianciotto III and Clyde Frederick Schimanski III, both of whom were 15 years old. The young men were deeply loved by their families and friends. The entire Morris County community mourns their loss,” Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp said in a statement on Wed Jan 9, 2013.
New Jersey Mayor
Mount Olive Mayor Robert Greenbaum has been regularly leaving updates regarding the tragedy and letting the families know that the whole town is grieving with them.
“I have condolences for the family that lost their child today,” Greenbaum said in a news conference earlier today. “The entire community grieves with them.”
01/08/13 UPDATE – MOUNT OLIVE, NJ — A body was located in Budd Lake earlier today, after hours of searching for two missing teens who fell through the ice at Budd Lake in Mount Olive, New Jersey.
Authorities haven’t publically identified which victim had been recovered and are waiting for a positive identification.
Meanwhile, the father of one of the victims, Clyde Schimanski, who shares the same name as his son Clyde Schimanski Jr, told Star-Ledger: ‘Imagine screaming and knowing you’re going to die. He died a horrible death.’ — He went on to say his son’s death was part of God’s plan. ‘God works in mysterious ways,’ he said.
Photo of Clyde Schimanski receiving a hug from a friend after body of one of the teenagers is recovered
The mother of Nick Cianciotto had said she told her son to “be care” as he headed out to Budd Lake
NJ Mayor Robert Greenbaum has been posted about the tragedy on Facebook, saying he believes the victims had gone to Budd Lake to ice-fish. He later posted an update warning the public that the chances of a successful recovery was unlikely.
‘Once again I am sad to report that we likely lost two young adults in Mount Olive this evening. May God bless their families and help ease their pain.’ he said.
It appears everyone has the same assumption, with one online-user even creating a memorial page earlier today titled In Memory Of Clyde Schimanski & Nick Cianciotto which has already gained 1,466 ‘likes’ to honor the two boys.
Comments and posts on Nick Cianciotto’s Facebook page show that he was a typical, outgoing teenager who enjoyed hanging out friends. It also listed the Mount Olive Highschool student as currently in a relationship.
The Facebook of Clyde Schimanski is set to private but shows the teen smiling in a photo with a woman standing besides him.