Obituaries

Gilbert R. Anderson Sr. 

Gilbert R. Anderson Sr. died peacefully at the home of his daughter on Oct. 28. He was 73.

Gilbert lived in Glen Ridge before moving to North Carolina nine years ago.

Arrangements are by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral service was held at Christ Episcopal Church, Glen Ridge, followed by a private cremation.

Gilbert is survived by his wife Mary Ellen (nee Wayte), his children and their spouses Elizabeth Ann and John A. Anderson, Jr., Kristen L. and Simon J. Hamill and Gilbert R. Jr. and Caitlin Anderson. He was the brother of Norman (Beverly), George M. Jr. (Judith), Kathleen Hall (Fred), John (Catherine), James (Joeann), Mary (Richard) McClusky and Elizabeth Jean Anderson. Also surviving are his grandchildren Jack, Charlie, Liam, Aiden, Kayleigh and Jenna. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to www.fisherhouse.org or www.WoundedWarriorproject/donate.org.

Gloria P. Bornako 

Gloria P. Bornako (nee Lambert) 90, of Virginia Beach, Va., formerly of North Arlington and Kearny, died on Oct. 24.

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

Born in Newark, Mrs. Bornako lived in Kearny and North Arlington before moving to Virginia Beach, two years ago. She was a systems control coordinator with Prudential Insurance in Roseland for 25 years, retiring in 1998.

She was the beloved wife of the late Louis Bornako and dear mother of Gregory (Susan) and Richard (Maria) Bornako and the late Louise Tweedus and Michael Bornako.; mother-in-law of Rob (Linda) Tweedus; sister of the late Ruth Augustyniak; grandmother of Kristoffer, Richard Louis and Erik Peter Bornako and Louiseann Cameron; great-grandmother of Courtney and Syke and aunt of Frances Hansen, Ruth Larkin and Gloria Szynal.

Malachy Joseph Byrne 

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Malachy Joseph Byrne “Mack” died suddenly on Oct. 31 at Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark. He was only 2 years and 7 months old.

Arrangements are through the Armitage Wiggins Funeral Home in Kearny www.armitagewiggins.com His funeral Mass will be on Wednesday, Nov. 5, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny and he will be laid to rest in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. Following the cemetery service, all are welcome to gather at Manor Park across from their home at the corners of W. Bennett Ave. and Hamilton Ave. in Kearny to release balloons in the park that Mack loved so much.

Mack is the beloved son of Gary (JCFD) and Alyson (nee Levinson) Byrne. He was the favorite little brother of Zachary and was the grandson of Irene and Joseph LaGreca, the late Gary Byrne (BFD), the late Mary “Mimi” and the late Jay Levinson. Greatgrandson of Edna “Nana” and the late Augie “Papa” Byrne, he is also survived by his aunts and uncle, Cheryl and Russell de Moose and Michele Matos and his cousins Jessica and Shannon.

However brief Mack’s life was, he will live on through the courageous and loving decision of his parents to donate his organs. This selfless act has saved the lives of eight little babies.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to The New Jersey Sharing Network or Make a Wish Foundation.

Evelyn A. Fitzsimmons 

Evelyn A. Fitzsimmons, 73, of Kearny, died on Oct. 30.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A Mass of Christian burial was held at St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny, followed by interment in Holy Cross Cemetery.

Born in Newark, Mrs. Fitzsimmons moved to Kearny in 1971.

She was the daughter of the late Evelyn Arnold Carlin; beloved wife of the late Leo Fitzsimmons; dear mother of Mary DaSilva, Bernedette Marques, Kathy Murphy, Terry Fitzsimmons and the late Evelyn A. Fitzsimmons and Leo Fitzsimmons, Jr.; sister of Barbara Muelli and the late Patricia Kmon; grandmother of Candice DaSilva Yaacobi, Leo Ryan Fitzsimmons, Crystal DaSilva, Samantha Marques, Matthew, Rebecca and Sarah Murphy; and aunt of Kimberly Delvecchio and her children David and Veronica.

Jean King 

Jean King (Siwick), 91, died on Oct. 19 at home in Kearny.

Arrangements were by the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral Mass was offered at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Kearny, followed by interment in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.thielereid.com.

Mrs. King was born and raised in Bloomfield and lived in Kearny for the last 70 years.

She was a quality inspector for R.C.A. in Harrison for 30 years, retiring in 1976.

Jean was a proud member of the Senior Citizens Club of Kearny, Inc., the Henrietta Benstead Friendship and Harmony Club of Kearny and the Golden 60 Plus Club of Our Lady of Sorrows Church.

She is survived by her daughters Patricia DeVita and Diane Drucker and two granddaughters Christine De- Vita and Donna Joy Drucker.

She was predeceased by her husband Peter in 1992.

Stephen A. Lipyanek 

Stephen A. Lipyanek died Nov. 1. He was 69.

Born in Newark, he moved to Kearny 37 years ago.

Visiting will be on Wednesday, Nov. 5, from 6 to 9 p.m., at the Armitage Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral Mass will be offered on Thursday, Nov. 6, at 9:30 a.m. in St. Stephen’s Church. Cremation will follow at Rosedale Crematory in Orange. To leave online condolences, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Stephen is survived by his devoted wife of 35 years Maria (nee Lourdes). Brother in law of Domingo Ela Jr., he is also survived by many loving and cherished friends.

George McCarthy 

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George McCarthy, of San Francisco, Calif., passed away on Oct. 16 at age 64 from metastatic cancer.

He was born to George and Edna McCarthy (nee Conley) in Kearny, where he graduated from St. Cecilia’s High School. He attended Rutgers Newark University where he majored in sociology.

He was predeceased by his parents and brother Daniel. He is survived by five siblings: Marianne Petriello (Robert), Eugene (Patricia), Kathleen (Craig Geis), Edward, and Michael (Nancy MacDonald) and 15 nieces and nephews.

George was employed by several well-known San Francisco companies, Western Can and Winterland Productions, for many years in computer support. Donations in George’s memory can be made to the Tom Waddell Urban Clinic, 230 Golden Gate Ave., San Francisco, Calif. 94102 or to KQED, 2601 Mariposa St., San Francisco, Calif. 94110.

Gwen Rodgers 

Gwen Rodgers, of Bradenton, Fla., formerly of Harrison, entered eternal rest on Aug. 14. Gwen was the widow of Jack Rodgers, the deceased Harrison fire chief. She was 81.

Gwen was an active member of the American Legion Post 24 in Bradenton. She was only the second female commander of the post since its inception 90 years ago. Gwen was a veteran of the Korean War and served in the Women’s Army Corps.

Gwen is survived by her brother, Robert Parslow, a daughter Karen Mauriello and granddaughters Kim Mauriello, Nicki Montcalvo. She is also survived by three great-granddaughters, Kaitlyn, Skyla and Annabella, great-grandson Vincenzo, all from Bradenton, Fla.

Gwen is also survived by her extended family in New Jersey: Sharon Holmes of Morristown, Jack Rodgers of Harrison, Elaine Gage and husband Alan of Roxbury, Mike Rodgers of Brick. She was also survived by grandchildren Colleen Holmes Luzaj, Robert Holmes, John Colasanti, Brian Gage, Sarah Gage and all their children.

Gwen will also be missed by all her friends in the Harrison area.

Her immediate family requests that any donations in Gwen’s memory can be made to the Veteran’s Relief Fund at American Legion Post 24, Bradenton, Fla. 34207.

Mildred P. Ward 

Mrs. Mildred P. Ward (nee Wittek) of Kearny passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 28. She was 85.

The funeral Mass was offered on Friday, Oct. 31, at St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny, Entombment followed in Holy Cross Chapel Mausoleum. Condon Funeral Home (condonfuneralhome.com) 684 Kearny Ave., Kearny, was entrusted with the arrangements.

Mrs. Ward had been a clerk for Prudential Insurance Co. in Newark before retiring many years ago.

Wife of the late Joseph P. Ward, she is survived by her children Bernadette McDonald and her husband, Stephen, Patrick Ward and his wife, Judith and Claire Wiggins and her husband, John. Also surviving are her grandchildren Erin, John, Christopher, Stephen, Julia and Kelly.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St. Barnabas Hospice or St. Stephen’s Church. Envelopes will be available in the funeral home.

The Observer Staff