Frank Choffo I 

Frank Choffo I passed away peacefully at home Dec. 2 surrounded by his loving family. He was 64.

Funeral services were under the direction of the Mulligan Funeral Home, Harrison. A funeral service was held at the funeral home.

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Born in Newark, Frank lived most of his life in Harrison. He worked as a bartender at the Odd Couple Bar, Harrison. He was an avid soccer fan.

Frank was the beloved husband of Theresa (nee Campbell). He is also survived by his devoted children Melissa, Nicol and Frank II and his wife Leanne, his step-children James Wood Jr. and his wife Kirsten, Joseph Wood and his wife Stephanie and Mary Giglio and her husband Victor, and nine cherished grandchildren.

He is also survived by his dear brothers Joseph and his wife Barbara and Michael, and many nieces and nephews who loved him, and his lifelong best friends Eddie Raimo and Joe Thompson.

In lieu of flowers, to help defray funeral costs, please make donations to his family in memory of Frank in care of the funeral home.

Frank C. Docherty 

Frank C. Docherty, 83, of Lakewood, passed away on Dec. 10 at Tallwoods Care Center in Bayville. Born in Scotland, he lived in Kearny prior to moving to Brick in 1979. He owned Scotty’s Deli on Bergen Ave. in Kearny. He was also a self-employed painter and decorator in New York and North Jersey before his retirement. Frank served in the British Royal Air Force.

Frank was preceded in death by his wife Catherine in 2004. He is survived by his son Frank Docherty and his wife Jennifer of Brick and his daughter Carroll Cahill and her husband Tim of Lanoka Harbor; four grandchildren and their spouses; Dan and Nicole Carey, Sean and Caitlyn Docherty, Kevin and Celeste Docherty and James Carey III; and two great-granddaughters Catherine Docherty and Avary Rose Carey.

Arrangements were by the Colonial Funeral Home, Brick. A funeral service was held at the funeral home, followed by a private cremation. Condolences can be sent to the family at

Charles Daniel Lazar 



Charles Daniel Lazar of Toms River died on Dec. 12, surrounded by his family at the age of 68.

Husband, father, and grandfather, he was raised on Jersey St. in Harrison. He settled in East Newark after marrying his love Patricia where they established their family and raised four children. He honorably served the borough of East Newark in many facets including councilman. His most valued position was a 20-year member of the East Newark Volunteer Fire Department, earning his way through the ranks, retiring as chief. He provided for his family through his talents as a electrical draftsman, for progressive companies throughout the state of New Jersey. Charles’ love was for his family, and the many he leaves behind.

Surviving him is his beloved wife of 50 years, Patricia Jayne Lazar, as well as his loving children, U.S. Navy Cmdr. (Ret.) Charles and Donna of Charlottesville, Va., Wendy and Rocco Pace of Kearny, Christopher of Ocean Gate and Patrick (PJ) Lazar of Kearny and his 10 loving grandchildren, Alexa, D’Artagnan, Stefanee, Samantha, Sydney, Brooke, Brendan, Cody, Riley Patrick and Kali Jayne.

Arrangements were by the Silverton Memorial Funeral Home, Toms River. A prayer service was held at the funeral home, followed by a private cremation.

Florence P. Rossi 

Florence P. Rossi passed away peacefully on Dec. 12. She was 85.

Born in Newark, she had lived in North Arlington for the past 20 years.

Arrangements were by the Armitage Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny ( A funeral Mass was held at Immaculate Conception Church, Newark, followed by burial in Holy Cross Cemetery in North Arlington.

Florence worked in the accounting department of N.J. Bell in Newark and sang in the Immaculate Conception Choir for many years.

She is survived by her sister Anna Rossi and many nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to autism research:

Robert ‘Bob’ James Stunger 

Robert “Bob” James Stunger, 71, of Kearny, passed away on Monday, Dec. 8.

Beloved husband of Barbara Ann Stunger (nee Kalinchak). loving father of Heather and her husband Val Sendon and the late Lori Ann and her husband William Heyer, he was the adored grandfather of granddog Lola. Dear brother of Roseanne and husband Donald Smith, Alan and wife Barbara Stunger, Ellen Stunger and Walter and wife Laurie Stunger, he is also survived by many relatives and friends.

Mr. Stunger was senior purchasing agent at Novartis Pharmaceutical before retiring in 2001. He was a member of the North Arlington Elks. Bob is now reunited with his favorite girls Missy Lee and Molly Rose.

Arrangements were by the Ippolito-Stellato Funeral Home, 425 Ridge Road, Lyndhurst. A funeral Mass was held at St. Stephen Church, Kearny. Cremation was held in East Ridgelawn Crematory, Clifton. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Liberty Humane Society, 235 Jersey City Blvd., Jersey City, N.J. 07304. Send condolences to

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