Gustavo Barco

Gustavo Barco died on Oct. 16 in Trinitas Hospital. He was 72.

Born in Peru, he lived in Kearny before moving to Roselle.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral Mass was held at St. Cecilia’s Church, followed by a private cremation.

Mr. Barco is survived by his wife Bertha, his children Cecilia, Frank, Veronica, Claudia, Jessica and Gustavo along with 16 grandchildren.

Mary M. Bernisky

Mary M. Bernisky, 95, of Sewaren, formerly of Kearny, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, Oct. 19. Born in Sagamore, Pa., she lived most of her life in Kearny before moving to Sewaren seven years ago.

Mary was predeceased by her husband Joseph Sr. in 2002 and by her sister Susan Mehl. S

he is survived by her son Joseph Bernisky Jr. of Sewaren; her four grandsons and four great-grandchildren.

Relatives and friends may attend visitation on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m., at Mulligan Funeral Home 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison. A funeral Mass will be held at Holy Cross Church, Harrison. Interment will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. In lieu of flowers, donations in Mary’s memory can be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Ellen-Jane Capello

Ellen-Jane Capello died on Oct. 19 at The Villa Marie Claire in Saddle River after a brave battle against breast cancer. She was 67.

Private arrangements are by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home in Kearny.

She was employed at Kings Supermarket in Mendham.

Ellen Jane is the wife of the late Gene N. Puszkarczuk and the late John Capello. She is the mother of Stephanie Russell, Sherry Puszkarczuk and the late Rinske Williams. Also surviving are six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Frieda Frerichs

Frieda (nee Stoveken) Frerichs, 65, of North Arlington, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Emerson Health Center.

Frieda was born in Jersey City and later moved to Kearny, where she lived for many years.

Frieda was employed as a bank teller, retiring last May. She is survived by her loving husband, Eddie, a son Billy, daughter Tina, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

She is also survived by three brothers, Andy, John and Eugene. Frieda is predeceased by a brother George.

Arrangements were made by Condon Funeral Home, Harrison.

Thomas J. Merchant

Thomas J. Merchant passed away peacefully on Oct. 5 at the Van Dyke Hospice in Toms River. He was 67.

Born in Kearny, he lived there most of his life before moving to Lanoka Harbor 14 years ago. It was in Lanoka Harbor where Tom really began to enjoy fishing on his boat, like another of his passions, his love of hunting.

Thomas is survived by his loving wife, Maryann (nee Dos Santos), his beloved daughters and their husbands Kelliann and David Wilson and Allison and Kyle Sica. He is also survived by his cherished grandchildren Hanna and David Wilson and Kamryn and Thomas Sica, along with his sister Mary Edmiston and her family and his brother Robert and his family. Sadly, Tom was predeceased by his beloved son Tommy, 24 years ago.

His loving wife Maryann laments: “We have lost a wonderful and very special man. He was a great dad, he loved his sons-in-law. He was a good friend to all who knew him and will especially be missed by his best buddy Artie. Those who knew him, knew he was most content at Sunday dinner when he had all his family together. Now he is at peace and with his son, Tommy. He has joined those, whom he loved, that have made their journey over the bridge. Rest in Peace Tommy. I will love you forever.”

A beautiful service was handled privately at the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home in Kearny.

The Observer Staff