Obituaries

Robert Thomas Bubenas

Robert Thomas Bubenas (“The Duke”) died suddenly on March 12 in Kearny. He was 62.

Born in Kearny, he was a lifelong resident.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral Mass was held at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, followed by entombment in Holy Cross Cemetery. Online condolences may be left at www.armitagewiggins com.

Bubenas was a motorcycle police officer in both Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Kearny.

He was a member of the VFW and The Schuyler Tuna Club.

He served in the Airforce in Vietnam and was in the military police.

Son of the late John and Pauline (nee Benkes) Bubenas, he is survived by his brothers and their wives, John Paul and Joan Bubenas and Richard Francis and Ana Bubenas, and his sister, Dorothy Jane Graham, along with their loving families.

In lieu of flowers, kindly make a donation to the Kearny Police Department DARE Program.

Gloria A. Eckhardt

Gloria A. Eckhardt (nee Locorriere) died March 21. She was 74.

Born in Jersey City, she lived in North Bergen and Brick.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral Mass will be held Tuesday, March 23, at 11 a.m. at Queen of Peace Church, North Arlington. Entombment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery. To leave an online condolence, please visit www. armitagewiggins.com.

Gloria was the beloved wife of Joseph E. Eckhardt. She leaves her loving sons and their wives Joseph E. III and Rosa, James R. and Colleen and Robert A. and Judith Eckhardt. She was the devoted sister of Leonard Locorriere, Laura Mott, Helen Bostwick and the late Guy Locorriere, Mary Fortunato and Rita Reilly. Also surviving are her cherished grandchildren Julia, Stephanie, Bianca, James, Andrew and Emily.

Elizabeth Farrell

Elizabeth Farrell died on March 13. She was 83.

Born in Glasgow, Scotland, she lived in Kearny since 1962.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral Mass was held at St. Cecilia Church, Kearny, followed by burial in Holy Cross Cemetery. To leave online condolences, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Mrs. Farrell was a member of the St. Cecilia Seniors, the Salvation Army Home League, and the Friendship and Harmony Clubs. She worked in the actuary department at Mutual Benefit Life.

She is survived by her sons, Ralph, John and his wife, Susan, and Alex Farrell and her grandchildren, Shannon, Breanne and Michael, and her great-grandson, Jayden. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Special Olympics.

Anthony Jankiewicz

Anthony Jankiewicz, 79, entered into eternal rest on March 15.

The funeral service was held at the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison, with the Rev. Pawel Milewski of Our Lady of Czestochowa Church officiating. Interment followed in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. For more information, please visit www.mulliganfuneralhome. org.

Born in Choromce, Poland, Anthony came to the U.S. and Harrison in 1951. He worked as a machinist for Kleer Kast Plastic Company in Kearny for many years.

Anthony is survived by his brother Zenon and his wife Brigitte from Kearny, his sister Mrs. Irene Oeckel and her husband Michael from Phillipsburg, and his brother-in -law John Sessa. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and grandnieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents Apolinary and Bronislawa Jankiewicz, his brother Henryk, and sisters Rozalia Zambrzyski and Genevieve Sessa. For those desiring, contributions may be made to E.I.E.S. for the Blind, or Cancer Research, in care of the funeral home in loving memory of Anthony.

Alice Majkowski

Alice Majkowski (nee Cichowski) died March 18. She was 91.

Born in Newark, she lived many years in Kearny.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral Mass was held at Our Lady of Sorrows, Kearny, followed by burial in Holy Cross Cemetery. To leave online condolences please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Alice was a retired administrator from Public Service and was active with the Benstead Senior Center in Kearny.

Wife of the late John J. Majkowski, she is survived by her son, John, and his wife, Donna Majkowski; her daughter, Rosalie Majkowski, and daughter-in-law, Judith Majkowski. She was predeceased by her son,Vincent. Also surviving are her grandchildren, Vivian, Derek, Thad, Allyson, Deven, Jason, and Billy, and her great-grandchildren, Michael John, Kelsey, Kylee, Reese, Tyler, Rowan, Brett, Simon, Brady and Elliot. Alice also leaves behind her dear friend and “partner in crime,” Ethel Tolen.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to the Henrietta Benstead Senior Center.

Frank V. Pellittere

Frank V. Pellittere died March 18. He was 68.

Born in Paterson, he lived in Skyland Lakes and the past 40 years in Kearny.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral service was held from the funeral home, followed by a private cremation.

To leave online condolences, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com

Frank owned Star Mortgage Company in Bloomfield and was active with The Boys Club of America.

He is survived by his wife Jo-Ann (nee Lallo), his sons Frank J. Pellittere and Brian Sherry and his stepchildren Anthony Giudice, Justina Mann, Frank Smith, Gordon Smith, Gail Hernandez and Tracey Gallacher. He was the stepbrother of Frank Zampese. He is also survived by 19 grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to The American cancer Society.

Thomas R. Russo

Thomas R. Russo died March 11 in Florida. He was 59.

Born in Newark, he was a lifelong Kearny resident.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A prayer service was held at the funeral home, followed by a private cremation. To leave online condolences, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Tom had been a truck driver and a member of Teamsters Local 560. He was a board member at Hickory Hills, his Pennsylvania home association, and enjoyed coaching youth sports.

Formally married to Karen (nee Robinson), he was the son of Fay and the late Thomas. He leaves behind his children and their spouses Kimberly and Dwayne Kulish and Thomas D. and Christine Russo. He is also survived by his grandchildren Dwayne, Emma, Lindsey and Mia «on the way».

Dorothy A. Slater

Dorothy A. Slater, a Kearny resident, passed away at home on March 23, after a brief illness.

Visiting will be on Wednesday, March 26, from 4 to 8 p.m., at the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, March 27, at 11:30 a.m. at St. Stephen’s Church. Private cremation will follow. To leave online condolences, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Dorothy was born in Scranton, Pa., the daughter of John and Lottie Shuba. She graduated from West Scranton High School and earned her nursing degree at Newark City Hospital, Newark. She worked as a registered nurse for more than 31 years at West Hudson Hospital in Kearny, where she had many lifelong friends.

Dorothy is survived by her beloved husband of 57 years, Robert F. Slater, and their three children: Robert J. (Michelle) of Stafford, Janet Slater Bayer of Kearny and Maria Slater of Harrison. She is also survived by her grandchildren Michael Bayer (Alyssa), Kelly Bayer, Jessica, Robert G. (Tatiana), Nicholas, Breanna and Mason Slater, and her great grandson Robert Eli. Dorothy was predeceased by her brother Leo Shuba and is survived by her brother Joseph Shuba (Bonnie) and sister MaryAnn O›Neill. Dorothy also leaves behind a wonderful extended family of nieces, nephews and cousins.

The Observer Staff