Obituaries

Marlene J. Bartholomew 

Marlene J. Bartholomew of Kearny died Jan. 28. She was 79.

Arrangements were by the Armitage Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral service was held at the First Lutheran Church followed by burial in Arlington Cemetery, both in Kearny. (www.armitagewiggins.com)

Marlene was active with the First Lutheran Church. She was a lab clerk for many years at West Hudson Hospital and worked as a receptionist for Dr. Peter Taddeo, both in Kearny, before retiring.

Wife of the late Dale Bartholomew, she is survived by her children and their spouses: Dale and Laura, Glenn and Phyllis, Thomas and Richard and Jean Bartholomew, Catherine and Stephen Peterson and Hope and Arturo Gonzalez. Sister of William and Harry Von Busch, she is also survived by 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to the Summit Speech School.

Julia Gallagher 

Julia Gallagher (nee Chojnacki) passed away peacefully at home on Jan. 31.

Born in Jersey City, she had lived in Kearny since 1958.

Visiting will be on Tuesday, Feb. 3, from 4 to 8 p.m., at the Armitage Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. Relatives and friends are invited back to the funeral home on Wednesday, Feb. 4, at 11 a.m., and burial will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery. (www.armitagewiggins.com)

Julia was a fashion designer for Merros Sweater Designs in Jersey City.

Wife of the late William and sister of Mary Manzo and the late Eugenia Speer, Lillian Usiak, Loretta Preckop, Henry, Leonard and Michael Chojnacki, she is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews and their families.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the hospice of your own choice.

 Alice J. Green 

Alice J. Green of Kearny died suddenly on Jan. 18 at St. Michael’s Medical Center, Newark, after having just celebrated her 90th birthday the week before.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral service was held at the funeral home, followed by interment in Arlington Cemetery, Kearny.

Alice was a lifelong resident of Kearny, graduating from Kearrny High School in 1940. She then attended the Berkeley Secretarial School, East Orange.

She worked as a secretary for Mutual Benefit Life Insurance Company, Newark, for over 40 years, retiring in 1983.

She was installed at age 18 into the Star of The East Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star, Kearny, having been installed a year after her mother, grandmother and several of her aunts, and she remained a member of the OES for over 70 years.

Some of her happiest moments were spending weekends and vacations at her family’s home in Belmar, enjoying front porch views of the sunsets at Lake Como.

She was the beloved daughter of the late Morton and Alice Kenney Green. She is survived by her relatives Lillian Paul, Kenneth Green and William Gee. Godson Brian Paul. She is also survived by many second and third cousins.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital or the charity of your choice would be appreciated.

Amanda Rae Kiernan 

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Amanda Rae Kiernan, of Harrison, was taken from us too soon on Wednesday, Jan. 28, at the age of 23.

Arrangements were by the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison. A funeral Mass was held at Holy Cross Church in Harrison, followed by interment in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

For information, directions or to send condolences to her family, please visit www.mulliganfh.com.

Born in Newark, she was a lifelong resident of Harrison.

Amanda worked as a one-on- one personal aide for New Beginnings, Fairfield. In her free time, she volunteered at Camp Fatima, Lebanon, and was currently studying to obtain her degree in special education. Amanda was an avid Green Bay Packers fan.

Amanda is survived by her devoted mother Maria Santos, her beloved pet, Ginger, the love of her life Kenneth Sheehan Jr., her cherished grandmothers Catherine Santos (Neri) and Darlene St. John, her dear aunt and godmother, Teresa Santos Kinsella and her husband Uncle Joey, and their children, Ava and Ryan Kinsella (cousins), Kenneth and Trish Sheehan, Courtney Sheehan Goncalves and her husband Chris and their children Maddon and Kinley, her father Shawn Kiernan and his companion, Jen and their children Shawn, Brycen and Emily Kiernan, her aunt Kim Lumba and her children A.J., Ariana and Leia (cousins), her Uncle Darren Des Londe, his children Edward and Jamie Des Londe (cousins). She is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins and close friends.

Elizabeth M. ‘Betty’ Long 

Elizabeth M. “Betty” Long, of Harrison, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 28. She was 81.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison. A funeral service was held at the funeral home. Cremation was private. For information, or to send condolences to the family, please visit www.mulliganfh.com.

Born in Newark, Elizabeth was a Harrison resident. She was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, serving her country from 1953 to 1957. She worked as a customer service supervisor for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Newark, retiring after 30 years in 1996, when she moved to Newport Richey, Fla., for a decade with her sister.

Elizabeth is survived her daughters, Rosemary and her husband Lawrence Bennett, Carol Long and her son James Long; her granddaughter Elizabeth DePierola and her husband Jules and their daughter Kelly Elizabeth, her granddaughter Sarah Rodriguez and Tito and their children Vanessa and Ryan, her granddaughter Allison and Louie and their children Alana and Jocelyn, and her grandchildren Matthew, Randi, Emily and Spencer. She is also survived by her niece Susan Cicchino and her nephew Donald Cicchino, Jr.

She was predeceased by her parents James and Sarah (nee McMahon) Boyd, her grandson Lawrence Bennett Jr., her sister Rosemary Cicchino and her brother-in-law Donald Cicchino.

Patrick Norton 

Patrick Norton, 41, died peacefully in his home on Jan. 21 in Tucson, Ariz.

Born on Sept. 9, 1973, in Belleville, Patrick grew up in Kearny, graduated from Kearny High School and earned his B.A. degree in biology.

Patrick is survived by so many who loved and cherished him: his mother Linda Delli Santi; his siblings, Thomas Norton and wife Lynn, Kimberly Smith and husband Tom, Sara Norton, Richard Norton and wife Sue; his nephews, Jack Norton, Adam Norton, Ethan Smith, Thomas Z. Smith, and Kyle Norton; and his nieces, Adrianna Smith and Daylyn Smith; and so many more.

A memorial was held at Queen of Peace Church in North Arlington, followed by a repast. Patrick was taken too early and will always and forever be known for his kindness and loyalty to his family and friends.

Arrangements were by the Adair Funeral Homes-Dodge Chapel, Tuscon, Ariz.

Madeline A. Palmer 

Madeline A. Palmer (nee Webers) died Jan. 26. She was 66.

Born in Newark, she lived in Kearny before moving to North Arlington in 1980.

Arrangements were by the Armitage Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral service was held at Grace United Methodist Church, followed by burial in Arlington Cemetery both in Kearny. (www.armitagewiggins.com)

Madeline had been a property management supervisor at Mack-Cali Realty in Edison.

She is survived by her loyal husband John L. Palmer and her loving children Wendy Raftery (Kevin) and Brian Palmer (Michelle). She is also survived by her dear sisters Nancy Rowe (Marty) and Diane Owens. She was the sister-in-law of Heide Webers, Tom Owens and Jean Toropiw. Also surviving are her cherished grandchildren Kathryn, Liam and Aidan. She was predeceased by her brothers Gary and Douglas Webers.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to St. Barnabas Hospice or The American Cancer Society.

Robert Trzepla 

Robert Trzepla, 61, died suddenly on Jan. 31.

The funeral will be from the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Drive, Kearny, on Wednesday, Feb. 4, at 8:30 a.m. A funeral Mass will be offered at St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny, at 9:30 a.m. Cremation will be private. Visiting will be on Tuesday, Feb. 3, from 4 to 8 p.m. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.thielereid.com.

Mr. Trzepla was born in Newark and had lived in Kearny for the last 54 years.

He was a driver for the Town of Kearny’s Meals on Wheels and Dial A Ride programs. Prior, he was a senior computer analyst at Hartz Mountain in Secaucus for 20 years.

Robert is survived by his wife Lois (nee Zbuchalski); children Melinda Kelly (Christopher), Kevin Trzepla (Jennifer) and Daniel Trzepla. He was the brother of Stephanie Palmer, Carol Bittman (Rich), Janet Cardullo (Stephen) and Edward Trzepla (Karen). He was the grandfather of Emma and Katelyn Trzepla.

Robert was predeceased by his siblings Ann Marie Sylvester, Walter Trzepla Jr. and his brother-in-law Walter Palmer.

Please omit flowers. Contributions to the ASPCA (www.aspca.org) in Robert’s memory would be greatly appreciated.

Barbara E. Washburn 

Barbara Esther Washburn, 61, of Rhoadsville, Va., passed away Sunday evening, Jan. 25, with her husband by her side, after a lengthy illness.

Barbara was born Aug. 22, 1953, to Howard John and Barbara Ethel (Lemke) McCarthy in Newark. She graduated from Kearny High School and continued her education, taking courses in nursing. She met and married Douglas Nelson Washburn Aug. 31, 1971, in Conway, S.C. They relocated several times before moving to Fredericksburg, Va., in 2001 and to Burr Hill, Va., in 2005.

Barbara had worked as supervisor of 911 dispatch, in Sumter County, Fla., and as a department manager for Walmart, before retiring due to her illness. But her most important job had been as mother to her two sons.

Survivors include: her husband, Douglas; two sons, Douglas Edward Washburn and Erik John (Robin) Washburn; two brothers, Michael and David McCarthy; three sisters, Dorothy Gawronski, Linda Norton and Deborah Gill; and three grandchildren, Paige, Robert and Morgan.

Private family services will be held at a later date. Online condolences may be made at laurelhillfuneralhome.com.

The Observer Staff