Obituaries

Myrtle Fette 

Myrtle Fette, of North Arlington, died on Sept. 19 at Care One in Paramus. She was 95.

Visiting will be on Tuesday, Sept. 23, from 10 a.m. at the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral home 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m., followed by burial at Hollywood Memorial Park.

Myrtle is survived by her daughter Carole Petach and four grandchildren.

Rosina Macrina

Rosina Macrina “Rose” (nee Pirro), died on Sept. 20. She was 75.

Born in Gasperina, Italy she moved to Kearny in 1959.

Visiting will be on Tuesday, Sept. 23, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Armitage Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral Mass was held Wednesday, Sept. 24, 10 a.m. in Queen of Peace Church. Entombment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery. To leave online condolences please visit www.armitagewiggins.com

Rose is survived by her husband Nicola and her daughter and son-in-law Mary Ann and Salvatore Pastino. Sister of Rachele Macrina and the late Costantino, she is also survived by her grandchildren Joseph and Christopher.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to Immaculate Conception Seminary 400 South Orange Ave., South Orange, NJ 07079 www.theology.shu.edu.

Anthony McDermott 

Anthony J. McDermott “Tony Mac”, 86 died on Sept. 17.

Arrangements were by the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral Mass was offered at Queen of Peace Church, North Arlington, followed by interment at Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

Condolences and memories may be shared at www.thielereid.com.

Mr. McDermott was born in Longford, Ireland. He immigrated to the United States in 1958. He lived in Kearny for 40 years before moving to Toms River then to Keyport.

He was a bar manager at Dick O’ Leary’s in East Rutherford. Previously, he was the bar manager at Teddy’s Cocktail Lounge in Kearny for many years.

Anthony loved golf, Gaelic Football and the trotter horses.

He is survived by his wife Norah (nee Kane); two daughters Maureen Hansen and her husband John and Eileen Armitage and her husband Ernest; two sons John Mc- Dermott and his wife Nancy and Kevin McDermott and his wife Sheri; one sister Veronica Cappelo and her husband John and 11 grandchildren; Shannon, Caitlin, John Jr., Ernest, Kane, Keely, Mary, Eilish, Liam, Kyla and Jessica. He also leaves behind his dog Bigelow.

Antonio C. Prata 

Antonio C. Prata, 82, of Wood-Ridge, formerly of North Arlington, died on Sept. 15.

Mr. Prata was born in Aldeias, Gouveia, Portugal and lived in North Arlington before moving to Wood- Ridge 22 years ago. He was a longshoreman with Maher Terminals, Newark, for 33 years, retiring 16 years ago. He was a member of the I.L.A. Local 1235, Newark, and was a member of The Sport Club Portuguese, Newark.

He was the beloved husband of 49 years of Maria Acucena Ascenso Prata; dear father of Jose, Antonio, Carlos and Paulo Prata; loving grandfather of Antonio, Gabrielle, Vincente, Alex, Nelson, Lauren, Sofia and Sabrina. He is also survived by one brother and two sisters in Portugal.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A Mass of Christian burial was officiated at Queen of Peace Church, North Arlington, followed by interment in Holy Cross Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, a donation to The American Cancer Society (www.cancer.org) would be appreciated.

Martha A. Repp 

Martha A. Repp died peacefully on Sept. 12 in Lebanon, Ill. She was 86.

Born in Newark, she lived in Kearny for many years before moving to Illinois to be close to her son.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral Mass was held at St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Clifton, followed by burial in Holy Cross Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to www.armitagewiggins.com.

Martha had 26 years of service with the U.S. Postal service before retiring in 1999. She was a caring, loving and giving person, with a heart of gold. She traveled the world, enjoyed a good time and never met a person she didn’t like. She was predeceased by her husband Joseph of 53 years, her parents James and Anna Metsopulos, her brothers Charles, George, Jerry, Louis, Nick and sister Helen.

She is survived by her beloved son Joseph and his wife Nancy; grandsons Nicholas and Thomas; and her brothers Peter and John. She holds a special place in her heart for Daniel and Gabrielle. Also surviving are sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.

Joseph F. Stutz 

Joseph F. Stutz, 86, died peacefully at home in East Hanover surrounded by his loving family on Sept. 17.

Arrangements were by the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral Mass was offered at Holy Family Church, Florham Park on Sept. 20, followed by interment in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, East Hanover. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.thiele-reid.com

Joseph was born in West New York and raised in East Orange. He has lived in East Hanover for the last 43 years. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

Mr. Stutz was an administrative assistant for Edwards and Kelcey in Livingston for 40 years retiring in 1989.

Mr. Stutz was a member of the East Hanover Seniors and was a volunteer at St. Rose of Lima Church Bingo. He enjoyed daily bike rides, solving Sudoku puzzles, writing poetry and attending daily Mass.

He is survived by his beloved wife Maureen (nee Downing); two cherished daughters Helen S. Thiele and her husband Steven and Cathy A. Weiner and her husband Ross; one sister Patricia Saul and his six wonderful grandchildren Brendan, Jonathan, Ryan and Jeremy Thiele and Ethan and Anna Weiner.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Foundation for Faces of Children, Joseph Stutz Memorial Donation, 258 Harvard St., #367 Brookline, MA 02446- 2904 or at www.facesofchildren.org.

Erica Thompson 

Erica Thompson passed away Sept. 12 at Orange Regional Medical Center, Mid dletown, N.Y. She was only 19.

Born in Hackensack, she lived in Hackettstown and Kearny.

Private arrangements were handled through the Armitage Wiggins Funeral Home in Kearny. If you care to leave an online condolence, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Erica graduated from Queen of Peace High School where she enjoyed cheering. She was currently a sophomore fashion major at Montclair State University, with plans to finish at F.I.T. in New York City. She loved her part-time job at Charming Charlie’s both in Clifton and New York.

Although Erica’s life ended far too soon, she lives on not only in the hearts of her adoring family but through the selfless and loving act of her mother, Donna. Erica’s organs were donated and so far, we know of seven young people saved by this beautiful gift of life.

Erica leaves behind her mother Donna (Loy) Thompson, her uncle Alexander and aunt Margaret Loy and her grandmother Connie Loy. She was predeceased by her loving grandfather Al Loy.

If you care to make a memorial donation to honor Erica’s life, kindly consider The Make A Wish Foundation.

Henry A. Way 

Henry “Hank” A. Way died on Sept. 14, in The Care One at Wellington. He was 74.

Born in Franklin Square, N.Y., he lived in North Arlington before moving to Kearny in 1970.

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

Hank was devoted to his Masonic life and was a past master and a proud member of Adoniram Masonic Lodge 80, Lyndhurst.

Husband of Kathleen (nee Smith), he is survived by his son Steven Way, his daughter Kathleen and her husband Ramon Rodriguez. He is also survived by his granddaughter Alexis Ella.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to The American Cancer Society.

Alexander Jack Willman 

Alexander Jack Willman, 87, died on Sept. 15, at Carolina East Medical Center in New Bern, N.C.

A memorial service was held at the First Presbyterian Church, 400 New St., New Bern, on Sept. 22.

Jack was born and raised in Kearny, graduated from Kearny High School, and served in the U.S. Navy. Jack worked as the manager of Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Newark for many years, and served as president of the N.J. Cemetery Association, before retiring with his wife to New Bern.

Jack is survived by his wife of 32 years, Darlene Willman; three daughters: Jill Witkowski of Laurence Harbor, Judy Pfeifer of Manassas, Va., and Jill Saxby of Cape Elizabeth, Maine; three sons: Alexander J. Willman Jr. of East Windsor, Gary Willman of Lake Como, and Scott Willman of Newark; nine grandchildren: Andrew, Sarah, Tyler, Amanda, Ryan, Patrick, Shannon, Kevin, and Erika and three great-grandchildren: Benjamin, Jamison, and Eilee. Jack was also predeceased by his sister Gladys Anderson, and by his grandson James.

The Observer Staff