Obituaries

Andrew R. Lynch

Andrew R. Lynch, a lifelong Kearny resident, died peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family. He was 71. Visiting will be on Tuesday, May 12, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Armitage Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral service will be held Wednesday, May 13, at 11 a.m., at the Christian Apostolic Church, Kearny. Burial will follow in Arlington Cemetery. To leave an online condolence please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Andy served in the Navy and was a detective for the Kearny Police Department before retiring as a sergeant. He worked security at Kearny High School for the past 20 years. He was 1979 Policeman of the Year. He was a trustee at his church and enjoyed making wine. He was a devoted family man.

He is survived by his wife Deborah (nee Gennace), his daughters and their spouses Jennifer and Alan Correnti, Theresa and Sebastian Eid and Sarah and Todd Margiotta. He was the brother of Francis (Eileen), Brian (Elaine), Maryellen and Ellen Lynch. He is also survived by his grandchildren Alexander, Stella, Elizabeth, Sebastian, Genevieve and Elias along with his brother-in-law Sam Gennace. Debbie would like to acknowledge the Pinto family and Doreen and Andy Donnelly for all their love and help. Andy had discussed, with his wife, several charities he held dear. Debbie plans to give to all of them. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider adding to the families’ donations by giving your gift directly to Debbie.

Frank M. McNicholas

Frank M. McNicholas died May 8 at Laurelton Village in Brick. He was 83.

Raised in Harrison, he has lived in Kearny for many years.

Visiting will be on Tuesday, May 12, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m., at the Armitage Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral Mass will be held Wednesday, May 13, at 10 a.m., at St. Cecilia’s Church, Kearny, and burial will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. To leave online condolence, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Frank was a retired corrections officer in Rahway. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus. An avid soccer fan, he was one of the original organizing members of the Kearny Youth Soccer Association. As a member of the U.S. Amateur Soccer League, he played for Maratimo, Deportouo Espanol and Kostek.

Beloved husband of the late Mary Lou (nee Ruddock), he was the father of Kevin McNicholas, Eileen Corcoran (Bob), Brian McNicholas (Patty), Sharon Hayden (John), Michael McNicholas (Maureen) and Daniel McNicholas (Blanca). Brother of Robert McNicholas and the late William, Dennis, Janet, James and George McNicholas, he is also survived by his grandchildren Patrick, Kelly, Christine, Matthew, Colin, Daniel, Brian, Skyelar and Andrew, along with his great-grandchildren Christopher, Emily and “one on the way.”

James V. Sanfilippo Jr.

James V. Sanfilippo Jr., a lifelong Kearny resident, died May 8 at St. Michael’s Medical Center, Newark. He was 84.

Arrangements were by the Armitage Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral Mass will be held Tuesday, May 12, at 10:30 a.m., at St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny. Burial will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. www.armitagewiggins.com

Jim served in the Army during the Korean War and was a member of the VFW and American Legion. He was a truck driver for the Department of Public Works in Kearny.

Husband of the late Barbara (Johnston) Jim is survived by his children James Sanfilippo, Donna Green and Michael Sanfilippo. Brother of Jean Sabella, Josephine Triano and Arthur (Eleanor) Sanfilippo, he is also survived by his grandchildren Rick, Danielle, Deanna, Dana, Tyler, Jason, Lance and Cole. Jim was also the dear companion of the late Janet Bergen.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to Simone Protective Cancer Center, 123 Franklin Corner Road, Lawrenceville, N.J. 08648.

Dr. Stanley J. Siwek
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Dr. Stanley J. Siwek

Dr. Stanley J. Siwek, 97, of Ormond Beach, Fla., formerly of Harrison and Kearny, died.

Predeceased by his beloved wife Catherine (Caprio) Siwek in 2009, he was the devoted father of Dr. Jay Siwek and his wife Linda of Silver Spring, Md.; Kathryn Landau and her husband Dr. Irwin of Deland, Fla.; Marianne Mulligan and her husband Frank of Marco Island, Fla.; Patricia Jack and her husband Jesse of Boulder City, Nev.; and the late Robert Damien Siwek.

He was the cherished grandfather of 11 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren and dear uncle to many nephews and grand nieces and nephews. Dr. Siwek was born in Newark’s Ironbound section. He lived in Harrison, Avon, and Kearny for many years before moving to Ormond Beach in 2008. He graduated from Loyola University, Chicago, with his M.D. in 1942. He served in the Navy as a physician and lieutenant during WWII and a commander during the Korean War. He practiced medicine in Harrison from 1945 to 2008—two careers’ worth of medicine — and was one of the longest tenured physicians at St. Michael’s Medical Center, Newark; West Hudson Hospital, Kearny; St. James Hospital, Newark; and Clara Mass Medical Center, Belleville. In addition to being Harrison High School’s team physician, he was the Police and Fire Department’s physician for most of his tenure as a doctor.

In 1993 he was awarded the “Gold Merit Award” by the N. J. Medical Society and honored in 1999 by the West Hudson Hospital Board of Governors for his many years of dedicated service.

He will be fondly remembered by his patients as a compassionate, caring doctor with unsurpassed diagnostic skills. He always had a joke to tell and brought a smile to your face. He was a general practitioner in the true sense of the word: he took care of children and adults, delivered thousands of babies, assisted at surgery, made rounds at several hospitals, had day and evening office hours, and made house calls throughout his career. When patients couldn’t afford to pay, he would never turn them away. He practiced until age 88, when health issues forced him into reluctant retirement. He was and will always be Harrison’s “Marcus Welby,” celebrated by his patients, colleagues and co-workers.

And as Dr. Siwek would say to all: “Happy Days!”

Relatives and friends may call at the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison, on Friday, May 15, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, May 16, at 11 a.m., at Holy Cross Church, Harrison. Interment will follow in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, East Orange. For information, directions or to send condolences to the family visit www.mulliganfh.com. For those desiring, contributions can be made to Holy Cross Church or St. John’s Feed the Hungry, in care of the funeral home, in his memory.

Piero Solari

Piero Solari, of Harrison, entered into eternal rest at St. Michael’s Medical Center, Newark, on Saturday, May 2, surrounded by his loving family. He was 75.

Born in Italy, he was raised in Peru, and moved to Jamaica, Queens. He lived there from 1968 to 1979, before moving to Harrison.

Piero worked as a supervisor for Museum Towers, New York City, for 17 years, retiring in 2000. He was an avid gardener and maintained a large garden. He was interested in technology, foreseeing its utilization many years before it became prevalent.

He enjoyed scuba diving, and became a certified scuba diver in the 1970s. He enjoyed and practiced judo, taught to him by his brother and eventually passed on that skill to his son, Giovanni.

Piero is survived by his beloved wife Mirella Solari (Espinal) to whom he was married for 34 years, his children Giovanni and his wife Regina, Piero Enrique and Francisco, and his cherished grandchildren Arianna and Giorgina. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by his siblings: Guido, Daniel, Neptali, Alicia and Chabuca.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Mulligan Funeral Home, 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.

Teresa Walendzinski

Teresa Walendzinski (nee Rykowski) entered into eternal rest surrounded by her loving family on Tuesday, May 5, at home. She was 91.

Born and raised in Harrison, she was a lifelong resident of Harrison.

She was a dedicated homemaker and loving wife. Teresa was a parishioner of Holy Cross Church, Harrison, faithfully serving Holy Cross Parish and known for her devotion to the Blessed Mother and the Holy Rosary. She led the rosary every day before the noon Mass. She was also a Brownie Troop Leader, Holy Cross School librarian, a member of the Rosary Society and Cancer Guild and received the 2002 award for the Senior Citizen of the Year from the Town of Harrison.

Teresa is survived by her loving children Margaret Urzua and her husband Malco, and William J. Walendzinski; her cherished grandchildren Eric, Brian, Malco, Maria and Melissa. She is also survived by her dear sister Constance Cowley and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents Maryann Rykowski and Konstany Tamowski, her husband Milton Walendzinski, her brother Leonard “Lefty” Tamowski, her sisters Helen Frelak, Anna Park, Hedi Rula, Josephine Tamowski, Sylvia Flannery and Jean Opanowicz, and her daughter-in-law Camille Walendzinski.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Mulligan Funeral Home, Harrison. A funeral Mass was held at Holy Cross Church, Harrison. Entombment was in Holy Cross Chapel Mausoleum, North Arlington. For information or to send condolences to the family, please visit www.mulliganfh.com. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to The Rosary Hill Home, 600 Linda Ave., Hawthorne, N.Y. 10532 in loving memory of Teresa.

The Observer Staff