Tessie Babinski

Tessie (Truskolawski) Babinski, 100, a resident of St. Joseph’s Seniors Home Nursing Center and Assisted Living, Woodbridge, and formerly of Basking Ridge and Kearny, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 7.

Tessie was the wife of the late Chester Babinski, her beloved husband of 57 years.

Visiting was scheduled for Tuesday April 15, at the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home. 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny, from 4 to 8 pm. A funeral Mass will be on Wednesday, April 16, at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, 115 S. Third St., Harrison. Interment will follow in Holy Cross Chapel Mausoleum, North Arlington.

Tessie was devoted to her family, her faith, and her friends. She worked at RCA in Harrison for many years and loved to read, knit and crochet.

She is survived by her two sons, Edward and his wife Pauline of Uxbridge, Mass., and Raymond and his wife Judith of Basking Ridge; grandson Paul and his wife Kristin, grandson David and his wife Nikki; granddaughter Elizabeth Baker and her husband Brent; granddaughter Katherine Thompson and her husband Bryan; and six great-grandchildren Allison, Emily and Samantha Babinski, Tessa Baker and Reese and Cole Thompson.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in her memory to St. Joseph’s Seniors Home Nursing Center and Assisted Living, 1-3 St. Joseph Terrace, Woodridge, N.J. 07095.

Ellis Beesley

Ellis “Norman” Beesley, 92, of Manasquan, passed away on April 10 at Manatee Memorial Hospital in Bradenton, Fla.

He was born Nov. 22, 1921, in Kearny. He was raised in Kearny and was a graduate of Kearny High School.

He worked for DuPont as a research scientist and attended Newark College of Engineering.

After Pearl Harbor was attacked, he signed up with the Army Air Corps as a fighter pilot. He served in the Army Air Corps from 1942 to 1945, and flew 42 missions over Italy. His last year was spent in a German POW camp after his plane was shot down.

In 1948 he married Eileen Farrell and worked as a fireman with the Kearny Fire Department until retiring in 1985. After retiring he moved to his summer home in Manasquan and wintered in Ellenton, Fla. He enjoyed fishing, boating, shuffleboard and traveling to many destinations.

Mr. Beesley is survived by his wife of 65 years, Eileen (nee Farrell) and is also survived by two sons, Dr. Ellis N. Beesley Jr. and his partner John Silkey and Philip E. Beesley and his wife Eileen, and four grandchildren, Scott Philip and his fiancee Bethany Smith, Claire Catharine, Robert and Ryan. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews.

Visitation was slated for Tuesday, April 15, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., at the Neary- Quinn Funeral Home, 39 South St., Manasquan. A Mass of Resurrection will be held on Wednesday, April 16, at 9:30 a.m. at St. Denis Church in Manasquan. Cremation will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Alzheimer’s Association, 400 Morris Ave., Suite 251, Denville, N.J. 07834-1365 or a charity of your choice. For more information or to post a tribute, please visit

Margaret Koscielecki

Margaret Koscielecki died April 8. She was 88.

Born in Harrison, she lived most of her life in Kearny. Private arrangements are by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home in Kearny. Margaret was a secretary at State Farm Insurance Company in Lyndhurst.

Wife of the late Henry, she is survived by her children Christine Yanuzzi and Denis Koslecki, her brother Joseph Zubko and her beloved grandchildren Allisyn, Daniel, Patrick and Andrew all of whom she was so devoted to and proud of. A memorial Mass will be scheduled in the near future at St. Cecilia’s Church.

Frank S. Lamendola

Frank S. Lamendola died April 9 at home. He was 86.

Born in Hoboken, he lived the past 50 years in Kearny.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral service was held at the funeral home, followed by entombment in Holy Cross Cemetery. To leave online condolences, please visit

Frank served in the Army Air Force from 1947 to 1949. He owned Aztec Spackling in Kearny. He was a member and past president of Kearny UNICO and had been the grand marshal of the Columbus Day Parade.

Husband of Judi (nee Dunn), he is survived by his son Marc F. Lamendola and his daughter along with her husband Tina Marie and Brian Bartel. He was the brother of Caroline DiNardo and the late Paul Lamendola, and brother-in-law of Sandra Lamendola and Roger and JoAnn Dunn. Also surviving are his grandchildren Aidan and Tristan Lamendola and Jillian Bartel.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to the Imus Center at Hackensack Medical Center.

Dolores Machado

Dolores “Pidge” Machado, entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, April 8, surrounded by her loving family. She was 81.

Pidge was born April 3, 1933, to Frank and Genevieve Sheldrick (nee Trembley) in East Newark. She was raised at 26 Reynolds Ave. in East Newark, before moving to Harrison and lived most of her life there.

She worked as a bartender at The Odd Couple, Dunphy’s Hawaiian Palms, The Library Bar & Inn, all in Harrison, and at My Place in East Newark for many years. In her free time, Pidge enjoyed playing bingo at many of the local churches.

Wife of the late Armand Machado and the late Joseph Choffo, Pidge is survived by her beloved children, Frank (Theresa), Joseph, Jr. (Barbara) and Mike, dear stepchildren, John and Gail, cherished brother Andy Sheldrick, loving grandchildren, Dan, Melissa, Nicol, Jeanne Marie, Leanne, Frank II, Joseph III, Megan and Andrew and 13 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased her daughter Colleen, siblings Mary Cooper, Genevieve Brown, and Frank Sheldrick and her stepdaughter Dana Machado.

Funeral services were under the direction of Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to help defray the funeral costs, care of Mulligan Funeral Home.

Helen C. Yankowski

Helen C. Yankowski of East Newark passed away Tuesday, April 8, at The Renaissance Rehabilitation and Care Center in Lincoln Park, at the age of 92.

Funeral services were under the direction of the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison. A funeral Mass was held at Holy Cross Church, Harrison. Her Interment took place in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

Born in Mt. Carmel, Pa., on November 12, 1921, Helen moved to New Jersey where she met and married Michael C. Yankowski of Harrison.

She was a loving homemaker who also worked part time for the East Newark School System as a cafeteria aide. Helen resided in East Newark for more than 50 years before moving to live with her daughter, Barbara, in Livingston. Helen was a life member of the East Newark Senior Citizens Club and a former East Newark Senior Citizen of the Year. She was a member for many years of the Holy Cross Rosary and Vincentian Societies.

Predeceased by her husband, Michael, Helen is survived by her daughter, Barbara of Livingston, her son, Michael and his wife Laurie of Debary, Fla., and her former daughter in-law, Gina of Point Pleasant. She is also survived by five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Donations to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142 Memphis, Tenn. 38148 in Helen’s memory would be appreciated.

The Observer Staff