Obituaries

Beatriz DaSilva

Beatriz DaSilva died April 4 in Clara Maass Hospital. She was 87.

Born in Portugal, she lived in Newark and many years in Harrison.

Arrangements are by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral Mass was set for Tuesday, April 8, at 10 a.m. at St. Anthony Church, East Newark, with burial to follow at Holy Cross Cemetery. To leave online condolences, please visit www. armitagewiggins.com.

Wife of the late Julio, she is survived by her sons Julio, Antonio and Manuel DaSilva. She is also survived by six grand and seven great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to the Harrison Cancer League c/o the funeral home.

Peter G. Drofiak

Peter (“Lineman Pete”) George Drofiak, 65, of Kearny, passed away on Saturday, April 5, at Alaris on Belgrove Drive, Kearny.

Peter was born in Penley Hall, England, and was a longtime resident of Kearny. Peter graduated from Kearny High School, served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict and was honorably discharged. He was a lineman for the Kearny Fire Department for 26 years.

Peter was the loving son of the late Stefan and Eva Drofiak, brother of John Drofiak and devoted uncle of Eve Holiday Drofiak and Samantha Drofiak.

Services were by the Shaw- Buyus Home for Services, 138 Davis Ave. , Kearny.

Mildred S. Ferreira

Mildred S. Ferreira died April 1. She was 78.

Born in Newark, she moved to Kearny 45 years ago.

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

Mildred, along with her husband Luciano, owned and helped manage their family business, L. Ferreira and Son Fuel Oil in Kearny.

Wife of Luciano Ferreira Jr., she is also survived by her children and their spouses Mary and Vincent Abbott, Viola and Rick Diebold, Rosemarie and Alan Masters and Luciano Ferreira III. She was the sister of Fran Pfluger, Helen DaCruz, Suzanne Taskowitz, Teresa Raimondi, Kathy Stolte and Thomas Reagan. Also surviving are her grandchildren Annmarie Grenga, Danielle and Vincent Abbott, Craig, Cyndi and Samantha Dieck, Alan, Michael and Kimberly Masters and Kerri Ferreira and six great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Leukemia Lymphoma Foundation.

Margaret M. Fitzgerald

Margaret M. Fitzgerald (nee Sweeney), 98, died April 6 at her home in North Arlington.

Born in Jersey City, she moved to North Arlington in 1958.

She worked as an administrative assistant for the RETS Electronic School in Nutley for 20 years before retiring 28 years ago.

She was the beloved wife of the late John J. Fitzgerald, the cherished mother of Dennis Fitzgerald and his wife Doris of North Arlington, Geraldine Bleach and her husband Thomas of Brick, Peter Fitzgerald and his wife Nancy of Massachusetts, and the late Robert Fitzgerald, the adored grandmother of Shane, Jamie, John and Joey, and the loving aunt of many nieces and nephews.

Viewing will be at the Parow Funeral Home, 185 Ridge Rd., North Arlington on Tuesday, April 8, from 4 to 8 p.m. A funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, April 9, at 10 a.m., at Queen of Peace Church, North Arlington, followed by interment in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

Alfred J. Glowacki

Alfred J. Glowacki, 91, of North Arlington, and formerly of Jersey City, died on April 2.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. Interment was in The Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Cemetery, Wrightstown.

Mr. Glowacki was a teacher at Dickinson High School in Jersey City for 32 years, retiring in 1980. He was a sergeant in the United States Army during World War II. He was a member of the Polish National Alliance.

He was the beloved husband of the late Stella Olchowa Glowacki, father of Patricia Caulfield and grandfather of Andrew and Steven.

In lieu of flowers, donations to The Wounded Warrior Project (www.woundedwarriorproject.org) P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kan. 66675 would be appreciated.

Anthony Palumbo

Anthony J Palumbo, 74, died on April 3 in the N.J. Veterans Home, Paramus.

Arrangements were by the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral service was held at the funeral home, followed by interment at Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.thiele-reid.com.

Mr. Palumbo was born in Newark and lived in Kearny for many years before moving to Paramus 17 years ago.

He served in the Navy from 1957 until 1960.

Anthony was a police officer for the town of Kearny for 31 years, retiring 21 years ago. He proudly served two terms as president of the Residence Council at the Veterans Home.

Mr. Palumbo is survived by his wife Marie G. Palumbo (nee Ostroman); three children; Mark B. Graham and his wife Patricia, Lisa M. Donabauer and her husband Joseph and John G. Graham and his wife Judy; one sister Patricia Giangerelli and her husband George; grandchildren Mark B. Graham, Kristen L. Graham, Kyle C. Graham and his wife Amber, Kelly A. Graham, Sean G. Graham, Evan P. Graham, Gina Marie Donabauer and Samantha N. Donabauer and one great-grandchild Bradley C. Graham.

He was the uncle of Janine Cerreto (nee Giangerelli) and her husband Carmen and their children Christina and Anthony.

Anthony was predeceased by his parents Thomas and Clara (DeVivo) Palumbo and his sister Virginia Laterza and her husband Joseph.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the N.J. Veterans Home Paramus, 1 Veterans Dr., Paramus, N.J. 07652 or to a charity of your choice.

Orlando Suarez

Orlando Suarez died April 5. He was 83.

Born in Havana, Cuba, he lived in Belleville before moving to Lyndhurst a year ago.

Visiting will be on Tuesday, April 8, from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral Mass will be held Wednesday, April 9, at 11 a.m. at Queen of Peace Church, followed by interment in Holy Cross Cemetery. To leave online condolences, please visit www.armitagewigins.com.

Orlando is survived by his wife Argelia and his daughters Teresita and Vivian Suarez and his grandchildren Ivannah, Ariana, Kayla, and Demi.

Dorothy Theiss

Dorothy Theiss, of North Arlington, passed away on April 3 at home. She was 76.

Born in Tennessee, she lived in Dedham, Mass., before moving to North Arlington 52 years ago. She was an R.N. at Clara Maass Medical Center for many years.

She was predeceased by her husband Thomas in 1978.

She is survived by four daughters, Kathleen Postal (Collin), Cheryl Ann Moran (William), Christine Fitzgerald and Karolyn Theiss, one son Brian Theiss (Christina), and one sister Jane Walker. She is also survived by her dear friend Judith Roemer, 12 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. www.armitagewiggins.com.

William J. Thompson

William J. Thompson died March 31. He was 85.

Born in Kearny, he was a lifelong resident and also spent his winters in Sarasota, Fla.

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

Bill served in the Army and was part of U.S. occupying forces in Japan during World War II. He was a retired detective sergeant from the Kearny Police Department. He was a member of Copestone- Ophir F.&A.M., the West Hudson South Bergen Optimist Club, the Tatum Ridge Golf Club and had worked and played for years at Crestmont Country Club.

Husband of Barbara (nee Nicolls), he is survived by his children and their spouses Jeffrey and Meg Thompson and Dorine and John Pomponio. Brother of the late David Thompson and Gladys Smith, he was also the devoted Pop Pop to Travis Thompson, Allison Fisher, Lindsey Link, Jessica and Tucker Thompson and Joshua, Kaitlyn and Sara Pomponio. Also surviving are his great grandchildren Molly, Jack, Cooper and James.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to Grace United Methodist Church, Kearny.

The Observer Staff