Obituaries

Charles E. Bennett 

Charles E. Bennett, a longtime resident of Argyle, N.Y., passed away on Aug. 22 at Glens Falls Hospital.

Charles was born on March 9, 1947, in Yonkers, N.Y. He was predeceased by his parents, Charles E. Bennett and Jean L. (Kar) Juenelot; his stepfather, Eugene A. Juenelot; and his son, Shawn C. Bennett.

On July 17, 1976, Charles married the love of his life, Susan J. Paton, in Harrison. Together, they shared 38 years of love and friendship while making their home and raising their family.

He worked at Covidien Healthcare in Argyle for 13 years before retiring in November 2013.

Charles loved to party with family and friends, and spend time at home with his fourlegged friends. He greatly enjoyed working around his home and could often be seen working for hours, mowing the lawn and caring for his many plants.

He will be greatly missed and always loved by his family and friends.

Charles is survived by his wife of 38 years, Susan J. (Paton) Bennett; his children, Dawn Maisano (Frank), Debby Vilardo (Jimmy), Jason Bennett (Stacey), Justin Bennett (Ashley), and Jennifer Bennett; his special niece, Karen Paton; his grandchildren, James Vilardo, Melissa Vilardo, Frank Maisano, Anthony Maisano, Taylyn Bennett, Adalyn Bennett, Dayton Bennett, Hope Philips and Logan Rosko; his siblings, Larry Bennett (Rose), Laurie Gentile, Liz Markowski (Russell), Robin Murray (Pat), Eugene (Nancy), James (Rose), George Juenelot and Susan Kasper; his goddaughter, Melissa Gomes (Victor); as well as several nieces, nephews and in-laws.

Edward Carnevale 

Edward Carnevale passed away suddenly on Thursday, Jan. 1, at Clara Maass Medical Center, Belleville. He was 56.

The funeral will be conducted from the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison, on Thursday, Jan. 8, at 9:45 a.m. A funeral Mass will follow at the Pro- Cathedral of St. Patrick, Newark, at 10:30 a.m. Friends may call on Wednesday, Jan. 7, from 3 to 8 p.m., and Thursday, Jan. 8, starting at 8:45 a.m. His cremation will be private. For information, directions or to send condolences to the family, please visit www.mulliganfh.com.

Born in Providence, R.I., Edward was raised in Johnston, R.I. He moved to Provincetown, Mass. and then to Harrison, where he has lived for the last 12 years.

He was employed by the Hudson County Schools of Technology as well as Harrison Board of Education where he worked as a school law enforcement officer for both the day and night school programs. Eddy was genuinely loved by all of the students, faculty, and staff.

Edward loved the beach, namely the beaches of Provincetown and Fort Lauderdale. He also enjoyed fishing and automobiles.

Edward is survived by his loving partner Jim Doran, his beloved mother Josephine Carnevale, dear sisters Donna Nardone and Lynn Carnevale and all of his many nieces, nephews, and cousins as well as his golden retrievers Jenny and Winston. Edward was predeceased by his father Edward.

In lieu of flowers, an expression of sympathy may be made to the Harrison Education Foundation in care of Mulligan Funeral Home in loving memory of Eddy.

John Holevinski 

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John Holevinski passed away after an accidental fall at home. In spite of surgery and 45 days in the intensive care unit of Jersey Shore University Hospital, he went peacefully to the Lord on Christmas Day surrounded by loving family members.

John (aka Jack) was the son of the late John and Sophie Holevinski and the son-in-law of the late Patrick and Elizabeth Cassidy, Kearny.

Born in Scranton, Pa., he lived in Kearny, before moving to Toms River.

He graduated from Kearny High School in 1954 and Fairleigh Dickinson University in 1958 with a degree in engineering. He first worked at Fluid Chemical Company then had a successful career at Speidel-A Division of Textron as director of operations of its Lakewood facility before he retired.

He is survived by the love of his life, his wife of 55 years, Kathleen Cassidy, a son John Holevinski of Toms River, a daughter Stephanie Hagel and her husband Kenneth of Point Pleasant and three precious and adoring grandchildren, Samantha, Kenneth and Cassidy.

Also surviving are his brother, Richard Holevinski and his wife Mary, sister-in-law Joan Cassidy, sister-in-law Marilyn Cassidy, brother-in-law Philip Cassidy and his wife Cathy, dear Aunt Verna Gorski and many much-loved nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He will be also missed by his good buddies, Earl Feeney, Bernie D’Andrea and Ed Verna.

He was predeceased by his brother-in-law, Ted Giresi, sister-in-law Margaret Giresi, brother-in-law Vincent Pentimone, sister-in-law Helen Pentimone, brother-in-law Patrick Cassidy and brother-in- law Michael Cassidy and nephew John Giresi.

He was an extraordinary man who worked hard all his life. A person of honesty, integrity, faith and moral conviction. He was totally devoted to his family and they loved him completely as well. He always said he was a lucky guy who led a wonderful life. But for those who knew him, we know we were the lucky ones to have known and loved him. He will live in our hearts always and pray we are worthy of the rich heritage he left us. Per his wishes, there was no wake. A memorial Mass was held at St. Joseph’s Church, Toms River.

Celebrate his life with doing an unexpected and unsolicited act of kindness for someone. Or for those who wish, send a donation to your favorite charity in his name. Arrangements were by the Timothy E. Ryan Home for Funerals, Toms River. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.ryanfuneralhome.com.

Concetta Longo 

Concetta Longo, of Harrison, passed away on Jan. 1. She was 87.

Arrangements were by the Armitage Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral service was held at the funeral home followed by entombment at Holy Cross Cemetery. For more information, visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Connie was a retired sales person for the St. Anthony’s Messenger.

She is survived by her son Michael and his wife Nicole, her grandchildren Michael and Alexa. Also surviving are her sisters Anna and Grace Colello and brother Frank Campana. Her beloved husband John died only two weeks ago.

Bernice C. Markowski 

Bernice C. Markowski (nee Doran), entered into eternal rest peacefully on Saturday, Jan. 3, at Alaris Healthcare of Kearny. She was 77.

The funeral will be conducted from the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison, on Saturday, Jan. 10, at 9:45 a.m. A funeral Mass will follow at the Pro-Cathedral of St. Patrick, Newark at 10:30 a.m. Her interment will take place in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. Friends may call on Friday, Jan. 9, from 3 to 8 p.m., and Saturday, Jan. 10, from 8:45 a.m. For information, directions, or to send condolences to the family, please visit www.mulliganfh.com.

Born and raised in Newark, she relocated to Harrison in 1967. She worked as a claims manager for the Operating Engineers Local 825, retiring in 2002. Bernice served as an election board judge for the Town of Harrison for many years. She was a parishioner of Holy Cross Church in Harrison where she belonged to the Rosary Altar Society, as well as the Pro-Cathedral of St. Patrick.

Bernice was instrumental in the coordination of the Harrison/ East Newark Elks Lodge 2326 and Knights of Columbus Council 402, Harrison, Thanksgiving Day Meals on Wheels Program. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and was very compassionate in supporting her many friends in the neighborhood.

Predeceased by her husband Stanley J. Markowski (1992), she is survived by her loving children, Kevin (Patricia), Kimberly Woods (James), Russell (Elizabeth), and her cherished grandchildren, Devon and Erin Markowski, Ryan and Conor Woods, and Austin, Olivia and Emily Markowski. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins, and many close friends. She was also predeceased by her parents Charles and Mary Doran (nee Biekshia), her brother Robert C. Doran and her twin sons John and Joseph.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association in care of the funeral home in loving memory of Bernice or at www.alz.org/nj/.

Armando Medina 

Armando Medina passed away suddenly at home on Dec. 28. He was 71.

Born in Puerto Rico, he was raised in Camden and lived many years in Newark.

Arrangements were by the Armitage Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral service was held at the funeral home, followed by a private cremation. For more information, visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Armando held two master’s degrees and was an administrator for the N.J. State Board of Education. He is survived by his wife Emma (Ocasio), his daughters Massiel Medina Ferrara and Alarys Laura Medina. Brother of Gualberto Medina, he is also survived his grandchildren Alex, Emma and Ava.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to the A.S.P.C.A.

Michael John Oeckel Jr. 

Michael John Oeckel Jr., entered into eternal rest on Saturday, Jan. 3, at St. Luke’s Warren Hospital, Phillipsburg. He was 71.

The funeral will be conducted from the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison, on Wednesday, Jan. 7, at 9:45 a.m. A funeral Mass will follow at Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, Harrison at 10:30 a.m. His interment will take place in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. Friends may call on Tuesday, Jan. 6, from 4 to 9 p.m., and Wednesday, Jan. 7, from 8:45 a.m. For information, directions, or to send condolences to the family, please visit www.mulliganfh.com.

Born and raised in Newark, Mike lived in Harrison most of his life before moving to Phillipsburg in 1994. He was employed by N.J. Transit as a maintenance electrician for 24 years. Serving as a volunteer and mentor in his community, Mike was a coach and trainer with the Harrison/East Newark Recreation Pop Warner Football and the Harrison Little League for many years. Since his retirement, he greatly enjoyed spending time with his four grandchildren.

Michael served his country as a sergeant in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was a parishioner of Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, Harrison. He was also a member of the VFW Post 712 Hennessey- Baione Post, Newark.

Michael is survived by his beloved wife Irene T. (nee Jankiewicz) (married 44 years), loving sons, Michael and his wife Donna, and Paul and his wife Michelle, cherished grandchildren Michael, Ethan, Ava, and Luke, and a dear goddaughter, Michele. He was predeceased by his parents Michael and Helen Oeckel as well as his brother Robert Oeckel.

The Observer Staff