Murder, Suicide Ruled in Deaths of Bloomfield High Grad, Wife

Chester and Rosaria Andraka, called a 'perfect couple,' found dead inside their Parsippany home.

A Bloomfield High grad committed suicide and his wife was murdered inside their Parsippany home, the Morris County Prosecutor's Office said.

Chester Andraka, 46, committed suicide with a single gunshot wound and his wife, Rosaria Andraka, 43, was killed by "gunshot wounds inflicted upon her," according to a brief statement released Tuesday evening by Acting Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp.

The causes of the deaths were determined following an investigation and autopsies conducted by the Morris County Medical Examiner, Knapp said.

No further information was released.

The Andrakas, who were found inside their Medford Road home, were considered a "perfect couple," according to Karen Delli Santi, of West Caldwell, who grew up in Bloomfield just a few doors down from Chester Andraka.

“Everyone knew him,” she said. “He was a great friend to everyone.”

Chester and Rosaria Andraka were found dead Monday morning from inside their Medford Road home just down the street from Parsippany Hills High School.

Parsippany Police officers discovered the bodies during a welfare check after Chester Andraka did not arrive at work, Knapp said.

Chester Andraka, a 1984 Bloomfield High School grad, was a member of the Caldwell Police Department from 1991 until he retired in 2009 with an annual pension of $67,015.32, according to a 2011 report from the Police and Firemen's Retirement System (PFRS).

When Andraka became a police officer in Caldwell, he often stopped by Caldwell Flowerland, the shop Delli Santi owns with her husband. Andraka routinely attended parties there with his wife and the old Bloomfield crowd.

Delli Santi remembers the Andrakas as a loving couple who were close to their children.

“His wife was so beautiful inside and out—a true sweet person,” Delli Santi said. “They were the perfect couple and family. I am heartbroken and numb.”

Andraka retired in November 2009 as a detective/sergeant under former Caldwell Police Chief Kurt Dombrowski.

“Chet Andraka performed all the duties expected of him,” said Dombrowski, who retired last year. "He was an asset to the police department in the community relations field and I’m sure he will truly be missed by all."

Dombrowski said he last spoke to his former officer in January 2012, when Andraka called him to congratulate him on his own retirement.

“Our deepest condolences and our hearts go out to the family members,” Dombrowski said.

After retiring from the police force, Andraka joined Novartis in 2012 after working as a contractor for the East Hanover company for two years.

Andraka was also a part-time adjunct instructor at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Rosaria Andraka was also employed at FDU as an advisor and the honors program administrator, according to her LinkedIn profile.

The couple purchased their Medford Road home in November 2008 for $480,000.

The home on the quiet street off Brooklawn Road, just a short distance from Route 202, remained cordoned off with police tape Tuesday morning.

Several neighbors who were home declined to comment on the incident.

satish January 30, 2013 at 02:46 PM
It just illustrates how materialistic our society is when the media feeds us all this garbage and steers us into believing certain things. What does his pension has to do with this tragedy? Do I care what car he drives or does he use iphone 5?
Dboc January 30, 2013 at 06:47 PM
I'm happy they revealed the personal info this exposes the myth that in rural neighborhoods you can have people turn guns on themselves and loved ones. If this was TV we would see a reporter standing outside the house with the yellow police tape. I have reading about it is just the same. You can't please anyone in the world, and and we have to be thick skinned people have the right to their opinions whether they are logical or illogical.
Dboc January 30, 2013 at 06:52 PM
Its not shocking we live in society where people see a glass either half full or half empty. In this case the pessimist see more the material passion than the reason or mystery for this tragic incident.
Revolution February 04, 2013 at 06:08 PM
public record Steve
Steve February 04, 2013 at 09:28 PM
I know its public record but that doesn't make it right. Not everybody needs to know the details of each others lives. Common decency seems to be lacking lately.


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