Obituaries

Diane Alvarez 

Diane Alvarez of Kearny died suddenly at home on June 7.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral service was held at the funeral home, followed by burial in Holy Cross Cemetery. To leave online condolences, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com. Kindly consider a donation to the family to assist with expenses.

Diane was a teacher’s assistant at Kids Academy in Harrison.

Daughter of Oscar and Silvia Alvarez, she is also survived by her children Jessye, Natasha, Jovan and Tatiyana Echevarria, her brother Oscar Alvarez Jr. and six grandchildren.

Alberta C. Bryceland 

Alberta C. Bryceland, 98, Wall, died peacefully at home on Saturday, June 7.

Alberta (Bert) was born and raised in Kearny. She was a graduate of Kearny High School.

After marriage, Bert and her husband Maurice lived many contented years in Denville. Bert was a devoted wife, a dedicated homemaker, and enjoyed spoiling the couple’s Labrador retrievers.

Following the death of her husband, Bert moved to Wall Township in 1986. She often walked the boardwalk, became a member of the Sierra Club, and was a generous contributor to a variety of charities. A particular joy was frequently dining with family and friends.

Bert was kind, funny, laughed easily, welcoming to everyone, and a loyal friend. Bert was predeceased by her beloved husband Maurice, parents Charles and Mamie Salzmann and her dear brother Walter C. Salzmann.

She is survived by her niece, Jane Harris, Wall, and her children and spouses: Kevin and Gina Harris, Laura and Darin Bedle, and Brian and Jennifer Harris; nephew and wife William and Ann Salzmann, Champlain, Ill., and their children, Elizabeth Salzmann, Katharine Salzmann and Peter Salzmann; nephew and wife Walter and Susan Salzmann of Wall and their son and spouse, James and Dehn Salzmann; and also great-great nephews and nieces, Jessica, Charles, Ryan, and Nicole. Bert will be missed by special friends the Kingman family, Mary Doyle and her grandson Christopher Doyle.

A private graveside service will be held at a future date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Bert’s name to the Associated Humane Society, 2960 Shafto Road, Tinton Falls, N.J. 07753 or the Monmouth County SPCA, 260 Wall St., Eatontown, N.J. 07724.

For further information or to send condolences to the family, please visit www.obrienfuneralhome.com.

Michael Adam Cicchino 

Michael Adam Cicchino, 56, died Saturday, June 7.

A funeral Mass was held at Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, Harrison. Interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. Arrangements were by Condon Memorial Home, 210 Davis Ave., Harrison.

Michael was a diehard sports fan and a big animal lover. He was the marshal for over five years in the New York City Bike Tour as well as a past member of the Harrison Lions Club. He was a partner at Vi’s Florist for over 30 years. Son of the late Anthony Cicchino and brother to the late Diane McEntee, he is survived by his loving mother, Regina Cicchino; his four siblings, Anthony (Maria), Marianne (Roy), Carol (Joe), and Richard (Robin); and his 10 beautiful nieces and nephews, along with his cat.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests all donations be made to ASPCA In Memory of Michael Cicchino, 520 8th Ave., 7th floor, New York, N.Y. 10018 or call 1-800-628-0028.

Jeff M. Humphrey

Jeff M. Humphrey died on June 9. He was 43.

Born in Belleville, he was a lifelong Kearny resident.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. The cremation was private. To leave online condolences, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

In lieu of flowers, kindly honor Jeff’s love of music and consider a donation to www.hungryformusic.org. This group provides instruments to children whose families cannot otherwise afford to purchase.

Jeff earned his undergraduate and master’s degrees at New Jersey City University. He had been a professor at Touro College in New York and was currently a medical technology instructor at Montefiore Medical Center, New York. Jeff, a very talented musician, could play many instruments and formed The Jeff Humphrey Trio. Sadly, he died in an accident coming home from work Monday evening.

He is survived by his former wife Kathy (nee Keelty), his beloved daughters Madeline and Leah, his loving parents William and Linda Humphrey, his brother Josh and his wife Jennifer and their daughters Cate and Anna.

Allan Kerr

Allan Kerr died June 1. He was 66.

Born in Kearny, he was a lifelong resident.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral service was held at the funeral home, followed by burial in Arlington Cemetery. To leave online condolences, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Allan served in the Navy during the Vietnam War. He had been a partner with Dave Moran in an automotive tow company. He also owned Al’s Gulf in Freehold. His main occupation, however, was that of building manager and supervisor at the Madison Medical Building in New York. He was a member of Copestone-Ophir, F.&A.M. #108 in Kearny.

Husband of Susana (nee Ottermann), he is survived by her son Yubilan and his fiancé Linda. Brother of the late Marjorie, he is also survived by his brother-in-law Cliff Yaschur and his beloved niece and nephew Carolyn (Brian), and their son Andrew and Jefferey (Elva), and their daughters Marjorie and Marilyn.

Claire A. Kerr 

Claire A. Kerr, 95, of Ocean Grove, passed away on Friday, June 6, at Francis Asbury Manor, Ocean Grove.

Born in Paterson, Claire lived in Kearny until 1976, when she moved to the Covered Bridge section of Manalapan, where she lived for 36 years before moving to Ocean Grove in 2012.

She was an office administrator for Certified Credit in Newark before retiring.

Claire was a past member of the United Methodist Church, Kearny.

She was predeceased by her husband Roderick in 1983 and her daughter Donna Adamoli in 2009. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law James and Kathleen Kerr of Wayne; her daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Paul Urban of Columbus; seven grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

Visitation and funeral service were held at the Freeman Manalapan-Marlboro Funeral Home, Manalapan. Interment followed at Arlington Cemetery, Kearny. To share a memory, offer a condolence, or find directions, please visit freemanfuneralhomes.com.

Rozalia Pawlica 

Rozalia Pawlica, 94, of Lyndhurst, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 11.

Funeral services were under the direction of the Mulligan Funeral Home, Harrison. A funeral Mass was held at Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, on Monday, June 16. Her interment took place in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

For information, please visit www.mulliganfuneralhome. org.

Born in Poland, she lived in Kearny for most of her life before moving to Lyndhurst recently.

She is survived by her loving children Chester Pawlica and his wife Patricia and Lee Fischbach and her husband Heiki, cherished grandchildren Richard and Joseph and great-grandchildren Kathryn and Andrew.

Helen Weidele 

Helen Weidele of Kearny passed away on June 6 at ManorCare, New Providence.

Arrangements were by the McCracken Funeral Home, 1500 Morris Ave., Union. A funeral Mass was offered on June 11 at St. Michael’s Church, Lyndhurst, followed by interment in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

Helen was born in Harrison and lived in Kearny for 65 years. She was one of seven children of Theodore and Katherine Piskowski.

She was a graduate of Harrison High School and owner of Kent School of Dance, Montclair, and Bunnie’s Beauty Salon, Kearny. She also worked as an executive secretary for the IUE for 30 years.

Helen enjoyed traveling and, most of all, Atlantic City. She was a member of St. Cecilia’s Church, Kearny, and St. Michael’s Church, Lyndhurst.

She was the beloved wife of 37 years to the late William Weidele, loving companion of the late Thomas Reilly, dear sister of Josephine Balsamo of Virginia, Irene Rossmell of Florida and the late Jean O’Neal, Stanley Piskowski, Frank Piskowski and Chester Piskowski. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Helen’s name to the Raise Your Glass Foundation, P.O. Box 4516, Warren, N.J. 07059.

The Observer Staff