Obituaries for Aug. 28, 2018

Maria Perrone

Maria Perrone, 71, of Belleville, died Friday, Aug. 17, 2018.

Born in Acri, Italy, Maria and her family arrived in the United States on New Year’s Day 1956 after an 11-day, trans-Atlantic voyage. The family settled in Nutley and then moved to Belleville in 1960.

Maria was the daughter of the-late Annunziata (Chimento) and Rosario Perrone; beloved sister of Assunta Gabriele, Nicola and wife Immaculata, Michael Angelo and Joseph Perrone and wife Charlene; aunt of Julie Gabriele, Lisa Smith and her husband, George, Frank Gabriele and wife, Donna, John Gabriele and wife, Lisa, Gabriella Kellish and husband Alex, Marissa and Joelle Perrone; and great-aunt of George Smith, Gerard Smith, Francesco Gabriele, John Gabriele, Frank Gabriele, Giulia Smith, Alana Gabriele and Maria Gabriele.

The funeral took place Aug. 21 from the S.W. Brown Funeral Home. A funeral Mass was celebrated at Holy Family Church, Nutley and entombment was in Glendale Cemetery, Bloomfield.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the First Cerebral Palsy Center, 7 Sanford Ave., Belleville, N.J. 07109, where Maria had attended their day program for 54 years.

Frank W. Kolbash

Frank W. Kolbash died peacefully with family by his side on Aug. 20 at Villa Scalabrini in Sun Valley, California. Frank was an ordained deacon in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and served his ministry at St. Finbar Catholic Church in Burbank, California, where he resided for 30 years.

He was a dedicated assistant director for St. Vincent’s Meals on Wheels in Los Angeles and served as the national secretary for the organization.

He was preceded in death by his father Bert Kolbash Sr.; he is survived by his mother, Irene Kolbash; brother Bert Kolbash Jr. (Paula); sisters Roseann Edge (Phil), Elaine Villastrigo (Kelly), Patty Turner (Stephen), Renee Dudley (Paul) and MaryAnn Spadoni (Bob); and many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements and burial will be in Los Angeles. 

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Lynn Mary Pandorf

Lynn Mary Pandorf (nee Gray), formerly of Kearny and Fairlawn, died peacefully at her home in Port Charlotte, Florida, on Tuesday, July 10, 2018.

Born Nov. 17, 1942, to the-late Gordon and Elsie Gray, she was a graduate of the Fairlawn High School class of 1960. She worked for DePasquale Salon and Sebastian Salon Haircare for 37 years.

Along with her parents, Lynn was predeceased by her brother Early Gray of South Carolina. She is survived by her beloved husband, Mickey Pandorf, of Port Charlotte, Florida; brother Doug Gray, of Arizona; daughter Sondra Cousins; and step-children Mickey Pandorf Jr. (Dawn), all of New Jersey and Melissa Fiuza (Jose) of Florida and six grandchildren.

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