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Obituaries

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.

For information or to send online condolences to the family go to: www.mulliganfh.com.

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 www.colonialfuneralgroup.com.

Charles Daniel Lazar 

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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 (www.armitagewiggins.com). 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: www.autismspeaks.org.

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 stellatofuneralhomes.com.

Obituaries

John R. Hodnett Sr.

John R. Hodnett Sr. died Nov. 28 in Fort Laurderdale, Fla., He was 87.

Born in Jersey City, he lived many years in Kearny and the past five years in Pompano Beach.

Arrangements were by the Armitage Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral service was held at the funeral home, followed by interment in Holy Cross Cemetery. (www.armitagewiggins.com)

Mr. Hodnett was a coowner of Bibb’s Auto Parts in Kearny.

Husband of the late Christine (nee Pantozzi) he is survived by his children John «Jack», Patrick, Michael and James Hodnett and Linda Reilly. Also surviving are his grandchildren Candace, Jody, Jessica, Kyla, James, Alyssa, James and Colleen.

Michael J. Tallent 

Michael J. Tallent, 84, died Thursday, Dec. 4, at the Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville.

Born in Kearny, he was a lifelong Harrison resident. He was employed as a time keeper in the payroll department of Worthington/Ingersoll Rand in Harrison for five years before retiring in 1993. Previously, he worked as a bartender at Dunphy’s Bar in Harrison for many years.

Michael was a member of the Elks Club of Harrison and the Holy Cross Church Honor Society.

He was the beloved son of the late Mary (nee Murray ) and James Tallent, the dear brother of James “Sonny” Tallent and the late Alice Aquino; and the cherished uncle of Anthony and John Aquino, Maureen Rogers, James Jr. , Stephen and Sharon Tallent.

Arrangements were by the Parow Funeral Home, 185 Ridge Road, North Arlington. A funeral Mass was held at Holy Cross Church, Harrison, followed by interment in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

Obituaries

Mary A. Ball 

Mary A. Ball (nee Westmoreland) died at the home of her daughter, Donna, on Nov. 27. She was 83.

Born in Newark, she lived most of her life in Kearny.

Arrangements were by the Armitage Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral service was held from the funeral home, followed by burial in Rosedale Cemetery in Linden. www.armitagewiggins.com

Mary was a retired telephone operator from N.J. Bell in Kearny. She and her late husband Emmett also spent many years helping their daughter Sharon at Lee’s Florist. Mary was married for 62 years to the love of her life Emmett. She is survived by her daughters Sharon Carey and her husband Jim and Donna Ball. Sister of June Ciociola, she is also survived by her grandchildren Paul, Jessica and Artie.

If you would like to make a memorial donation, please consider Hospice of N.J.

Obituaries

Dorothy A. Bailey 

Mrs. Dorothy A. Bailey, of Kearny, died on Saturday, Nov. 22. She was 79.

Relatives and friends may call at the Condon Funeral Home, 684 Kearny Ave., Kearny (condonfuneralhome.com) on Tuesday, Nov. 25, from 4 to 8 p.m. The funeral Mass will be celebrated by her nephew, the Rev. Stephen Carey, on Wednesday, Nov. 26, at 10:30 a.m. in St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny. Interment will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery.

Dorothy Bailey was on among the first residents of the Kearny Senior Residence where she was active socially in all events.

Dorothy was a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother as well as a loving sister. Surviving are two brothers. She was predeceased by seven other siblings. Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews.

Carl J. Battista 

Carl J. Battista, 86, passed away peacefully on Nov. 18.

Born in Kearny, to Angelo and Michelina Battista, he was a resident of Kearny for 75 years before moving to Canal Walk in Somerset 11 years ago.

He was a proud 1946 graduate of Kearny High School. Carl was employed for 46 years as a partnership owner with his brother, Joe, of A. Battista & Sons Inc., a wholesale banana dealership in the Newark Farmers Market before retiring in 1992.

After retiring, he was a learned attendant for the Board of Elections in Kearny and Somerset for 25 years. He loved visiting Monmouth Park Racetrack during the summer months with his son, Carl. At Canal Walk he was an avid bocce player and also enjoyed playing in the Texas Hold ’em tournaments. He cherished time spent with his family and friends.

Mr. Battista was predeceased by his parents and his brothers, Rocco and Joseph. He leaves behind his beloved wife of 56 years, Dorothy, of Somerset; his children, Dr. Carl J. Battista and his wife, Bettianne, of Hillsdale; Donna Niro, and her husband, Nicholas, of Hillsborough; and Doris Ann Battista of Washington Township; his three grandchildren, Carl John III, Michael Owen, and Marisa Elizabeth Niro; his 95-year-old brother, Lewis T. Battista of Kearny, and many loving nieces and nephews.

Arrangements were by Hagan-Chamberlain Funeral Home, Bound Brook. A funeral Mass was held at St. Cecilia Church, Kearny, followed by entombment in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his name to St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital: www.stjude.org

Blandina Iglesias Hermida 

Blandina Iglesias Hermida (Blandina Fernandez) died Nov. 18. She was 83.

Born in Spain, she lived in Kearny for many years.

Arrangements were by the Armitage Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. The burial will take place in Spain.

Blandina is survived by her husband Andres Fernandez Sr. She was the mother of Manuel, Jose, Rosa and Andres (Jr.) Fernandez. Sister of Pepe Iglesias, she is also survived by her grandchildren Andres III, Kelsie, Nicholas, Joell, Jose Jr., Andrew, Allison and Alexis Fernandez and one great-grandchild, CJ.

Her loving family wanted to share a beautiful poem about her:

“God saw her getting tired and a cure was not to be. So He put his arms around her and whispered, “Come to Me.”

“With tearful eyes we watched her slowly fade away. Although we loved her dearly, we could not make her stay.

“A golden heart stopped beating, hard working hands at rest.

“God broke our hearts to prove to us he only takes the best.

You will always be in our hearts.”

In lieu of flowers, please consider Vitas Hospice, 70 S. Orange Ave., Suite 210, Livingston, N.J. 07039 or call 973- 994-4738.

Eileen A. Waropay 

Eileen A. Waropay, 71, of Quakertown, Pa., formerly of Kearny, died Nov. 15 in St. Luke’s Hospice House, Bethlehem, Pa.

Born in Jersey City, she was the daughter of the late Newton and Frances “Edna” (Edwards) Hook. Eileen was known for her quick wit and great sense of humor. She enjoyed reading, loved music, and was a member of the Sunshine Singers. She was an active member of the Analomink Methodist Church in Analomink, Pa., before moving to Quakertown.

In addition to her soul mate Francis F. Caputo Sr., she is survived by two sons, Kevin (Theresa), of Shamong, and Drew (Sharon) of Abington, Pa.; four grandchildren, Meredith, Mikayla, Catherine and Clare; sister Phyllis Bruce (Bob) of Dover, Del.; and a sister-in-law, Marie Rhein of Kearny. She is predeceased by two brothers, Dr. Robert Hook and Detective Kenneth Rhein.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 1, at the Quakertown United Methodist Church, 1875 Freier Road, Quakertown, Pa. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Luke’s Hospice Development Office, 801 Ostrum St., Bethlehem, Pa. 18015.

Obituaries

Catherine Bradley 

Catherine Bradley, 85, died peacefully at home, surrounded by her loving family on Nov. 11.

Born in Nova Scotia, Canada, to Joseph and Rose McSherry, she was raised in Scotland and lived in Ireland during World War II. She emigrated to the U.S. and lived in North Arlington before moving to Manalapan in 2011.

Arrangements were by the Armitage Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny, www.armitagewiggins.com. A funeral Mass was held at Queen of Peace Church, North Arlington, followed by entombment in Holy Cross Cemetery.

Catherine worked for the Bergen County Senior Citizens program at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and was a member of The Seniors, both in North Arlington. She loved to bowl and play bingo.

Wife of Bertie Bradley, she is also survived by her children Colleen Courter, Bart Bradley, Catherine Trillo (Louis) and Tina Bradley, seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Dennis W. Carbone Sr. 

Dennis W. Carbone Sr., formerly of Kearny, died Nov. 12 at his home in Stillwater Township.

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

Dennis was a machinist/ inspector at Reagan Precision Industries in North Arlington. Prior to that, he worked for August Spinler. During his 27 years at Reagan, he had become a manager of a Reagan Nuclear Division and had government clearance. He was also a quality control inspector on the Sea Hawk submarine and oversaw its launch. He traveled to inspect major parts of submarines and aircraft carriers. Dennis loved to do endless projects in his home and yard. He was happiest fixing whatever needed to be fixed.

Dennis is survived by his wife Alana (nee Guertine), formerly Calderone. He was the father of Dennis W. Carbone Jr. (Sherre), Michelle M. Carbone, Joseph D. Calderone (Dawn), Dennis F. Calderone (Stephanie). He is also survived by his twin brother Edward (Betty), 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Thomas P. Cassels 

Thomas P. Cassels, of Bronxville, N.Y., passed away unexpectedly on Nov. 7.

He was the son of the late Edward and Margaret Cassels. He is survived by his wife of 43 years Charlotte (née Finnegan); his children and their spouses Ellen and Martin Kenny, Thomas M. and Alison Cassels and Colleen and T.J. Crawford; and his adored grandchildren Maeve and Katherine Kenny, Colin and Nicholas Cassels and Peyton and Avery Crawford. He was the loving brother of Edward and Peter Cassels, Maryanne Costigan and the late Donald and John Cassels.

Arrangements were by the Fred H. McGrath and Son Funeral Home, Bronxville, N.Y. The Mass of the Resurrection was celebrated at St. Joseph’s Church, Bronxville. Memorial contributions are welcome and should be sent to the Friends of the Bronxville Public Library , 201 Pondfield Road, Bronxville, N.Y.

Claudette Cataldo 

Claudette Cataldo, 57, died suddenly on Nov. 15.

Arrangements are by the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. The funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 10 a.m. Interment will follow in Arlington Cemetery, Kearny. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.thiele-reid.com

Miss Cataldo was born in Newark and lived in Kearny her entire life. She was a counter clerk at Sunset Deli in Kearny for over 30 years, retiring 5 years ago. Previously, she was a beautician at Teddy’s Bullpen Salon and Carmella’s Salon, both in Kearny.

Claudette is survived by her sister Constance Paglio and her husband Victor and her brother Joseph Cataldo and his wife Marie. She was the aunt of Dena-Marie, Toniann and Victor Paglio III and Ginamarie and Nicole Cataldo as well as the great-aunt of Nicholas Paglio and Hera Haffner.

She was predeceased by her parents Joseph and Carmella “Millie” (nee Nigro) Cataldo and her nephew Nicholas Paglio.

Diane Lynn Kenyon 

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Diane Lynn Kenyon (nee Kolakowski), 60, of 23 Groton Drive, Port Jefferson Station, N.Y., 11776, and formerly of Kearny, died on Nov. 5.

Diane was a librarian’s assistant for Norwood Elementary School, Comsewogue School District.

She was the beloved wife of John, loving mother of Jason, Mathew and Ashley; cherished grandmother of Aubrey Rose; dear sister of Henry, John and Stephen.

Cremation services were held at Washington Memorial Park Chapel.

Donations can be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, Tenn. 38101-9908.

John C. McCarthy 

John C. McCarthy entered into eternal rest on Nov. 10, surrounded by his loving family at St. Michael’s Medical Center, Newark. He was 62.

Funeral services were under the direction of the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison. A funeral service was held at the funeral home. His interment was in Hollywood Memorial Park, Union.

For information or to send online condolences to the family go to: www.mulliganfh.com.

Born in Newark, John lived most of his life in Kearny. He worked as a bridge operator for Hudson County for the last 24 years. He was a member of the Harrison/East Newark Elks. He also was a member of Local 1199J, Newark.

John was the beloved husband of Suzanne (nee Vaber) for 27 years. He is survived by his loving children Heather McCarthy and fiancé Lupe Santiago, Lance Cpl. Thomas John McCarthy and his fiancé Ashley Dunwoodie and Steven Jackson; his cherished granddaughter Savannah, the love of his life; his dear siblings Michael, Dorothy, Linda, David, Barbara and Debbie, his brother-in-law Ricky Vaber and his wife Caryn and his best friend Eddie Raimo. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He was predeceased by his brother Thomas McCarthy.

Obituaries

Adela Asensi 

Adela Asensi died peacefully at home on Nov. 4.

Born in La Coruna, Spain, she lived in Kearny for the past 48 years.

Arrangements were by the Armitage Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral Mass was held at St. Stephen’s Church, followed by entombment in Holy Cross Cemetery.

Adela had been a factory worker for the Ladies Garment District in Newark. She was the sister of Maria Elena Camporeale and the late Olga Garcia, Macu Trueva, Isa Panetta, Jose Luis, Finita, Ceasar and Pastor Asensi.

Grace Ann Bioty 

Memorial visitation for Grace Ann Bioty was held Saturday, Nov. 8, at the Armitage Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. Grace is survived by her husband Stephen and her children James Bioty and Michelle Olawski as well as her grandchildren.

Dr. Charles R. Bridge 

Dr. Charles R. Bridge died peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, on Nov. 5. He was 70.

Born in Kearny, he moved to Manahawkin 10 years ago.

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.

Chuck was a beloved dentist in Kearny for many years and was an avid boater. He also served in the Air Force during Vietnam.

He is survived by his daughter Lisa Lipesky, twin brother David R. Bridge, his grandchildren Michael and Alyssa, his nephews and nieces David Bridge, Allison Bridge Clemens, Micki Bridge, Natalie and Kyleigh. He is also survived by his dear cousin Ruth Wiseman and devoted friend Evelyn Carson.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to the American Cancer Society.

Margaret M. Calero 

Margaret M. Calero (nee O’Grady) died Nov. 2. She was 53.

Born in Newark, she lived in Kearny since 1986.

Arrangements are by the Armitage Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral Mass was held at St. Cecilia’s Church, followed by burial in Holy Cross Cemetery.

Margaret was a hairdresser at Velvet Salon in Lyndhurst.

She was the wife of Francell Calero, daughter of Joan and the late John O’Grady, mother of Marcus, Brittany, Danielle and Stephanie, and sister of Doreen Demerest, Joan Slozen, Bill Huetelle, Rosemary Kaufman, Patricia Madarro, Michael O’Grady and the late Steven and John O›Grady. Also surviving are her beloved aunt and uncle Maryann and Richard Kennel. She was also aunt to many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

William Henry 

William Henry passed away on Sept. 4 at Clara Maass Medical Center, Belleville.

Bill worked for Hudson County Parks and Recreation for nearly 30 years.

He leaves behind many loving family and friends.

Arrangements were under the direction of Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison. His cremation was private and there were no other services. For information or to send condolences to the family go to: www.mulliganfh.com.

Dolores Hesketh 

Dolores Hesketh, 84, of Summerville, S.C., formerly a resident of Kearny, passed away on Oct. 14 at Summerville Medical Center with her family at her side.

Surviving is her husband of 65 years, Jack; her children, the Rev. John, Patricia (Isidro), Ed (Sheila), Lori (George) and Beth (Tony). She was predeceased by her daughter Kathy. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren, Laura, Tony, Erin, Megan, Danny, Devin, Colleen, Joey, Nikki, A.J., Erica and Danielle; one great-grandson Avery; brother-in-law Frank and sister-in-law Carol; brother Bill and sister-in-law Pam, many nieces and nephews and her dear friends in South Carolina.

Services were held at Simplicity Crematorium, Charleston, S.C. An amazing wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend, she was the best. She will be missed by all who had the pleasure to know her.

Alfred Joll 

Alfred Joll, of Kearny, died Nov. 3 at Hackensack Medical Center. He was 69.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral Mass was held at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, followed by burial in Holy Cross Cemetery with his first wife Lorraine (nee Humanick).

Al was a heavy equipment operator for Roselli and had been a laborer in the town of Kearny. He was a 4th degree Knight of Columbus.

He is survived by his current wife Jacqueline and his children, Theresa Barron (David) and Michael Joll (Holly). He was the brother of Joseph, Frank, Fred, Linda, Geraldine, Emma, Anna and the late Robert. Also surviving are his grandchildren Cassandra Henriques and David Barron III.

Obituaries

Gilbert R. Anderson Sr. 

Gilbert R. Anderson Sr. died peacefully at the home of his daughter on Oct. 28. He was 73.

Gilbert lived in Glen Ridge before moving to North Carolina nine years ago.

Arrangements are by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral service was held at Christ Episcopal Church, Glen Ridge, followed by a private cremation.

Gilbert is survived by his wife Mary Ellen (nee Wayte), his children and their spouses Elizabeth Ann and John A. Anderson, Jr., Kristen L. and Simon J. Hamill and Gilbert R. Jr. and Caitlin Anderson. He was the brother of Norman (Beverly), George M. Jr. (Judith), Kathleen Hall (Fred), John (Catherine), James (Joeann), Mary (Richard) McClusky and Elizabeth Jean Anderson. Also surviving are his grandchildren Jack, Charlie, Liam, Aiden, Kayleigh and Jenna. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to www.fisherhouse.org or www.WoundedWarriorproject/donate.org.

Gloria P. Bornako 

Gloria P. Bornako (nee Lambert) 90, of Virginia Beach, Va., formerly of North Arlington and Kearny, died on Oct. 24.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A Mass of Christian burial was held at Queen of Peace Church, North Arlington, followed by interment in Holy Cross Cemetery.

Born in Newark, Mrs. Bornako lived in Kearny and North Arlington before moving to Virginia Beach, two years ago. She was a systems control coordinator with Prudential Insurance in Roseland for 25 years, retiring in 1998.

She was the beloved wife of the late Louis Bornako and dear mother of Gregory (Susan) and Richard (Maria) Bornako and the late Louise Tweedus and Michael Bornako.; mother-in-law of Rob (Linda) Tweedus; sister of the late Ruth Augustyniak; grandmother of Kristoffer, Richard Louis and Erik Peter Bornako and Louiseann Cameron; great-grandmother of Courtney and Syke and aunt of Frances Hansen, Ruth Larkin and Gloria Szynal.

Malachy Joseph Byrne 

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Malachy Joseph Byrne “Mack” died suddenly on Oct. 31 at Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark. He was only 2 years and 7 months old.

Arrangements are through the Armitage Wiggins Funeral Home in Kearny www.armitagewiggins.com His funeral Mass will be on Wednesday, Nov. 5, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny and he will be laid to rest in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. Following the cemetery service, all are welcome to gather at Manor Park across from their home at the corners of W. Bennett Ave. and Hamilton Ave. in Kearny to release balloons in the park that Mack loved so much.

Mack is the beloved son of Gary (JCFD) and Alyson (nee Levinson) Byrne. He was the favorite little brother of Zachary and was the grandson of Irene and Joseph LaGreca, the late Gary Byrne (BFD), the late Mary “Mimi” and the late Jay Levinson. Greatgrandson of Edna “Nana” and the late Augie “Papa” Byrne, he is also survived by his aunts and uncle, Cheryl and Russell de Moose and Michele Matos and his cousins Jessica and Shannon.

However brief Mack’s life was, he will live on through the courageous and loving decision of his parents to donate his organs. This selfless act has saved the lives of eight little babies.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to The New Jersey Sharing Network or Make a Wish Foundation.

Evelyn A. Fitzsimmons 

Evelyn A. Fitzsimmons, 73, of Kearny, died on Oct. 30.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A Mass of Christian burial was held at St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny, followed by interment in Holy Cross Cemetery.

Born in Newark, Mrs. Fitzsimmons moved to Kearny in 1971.

She was the daughter of the late Evelyn Arnold Carlin; beloved wife of the late Leo Fitzsimmons; dear mother of Mary DaSilva, Bernedette Marques, Kathy Murphy, Terry Fitzsimmons and the late Evelyn A. Fitzsimmons and Leo Fitzsimmons, Jr.; sister of Barbara Muelli and the late Patricia Kmon; grandmother of Candice DaSilva Yaacobi, Leo Ryan Fitzsimmons, Crystal DaSilva, Samantha Marques, Matthew, Rebecca and Sarah Murphy; and aunt of Kimberly Delvecchio and her children David and Veronica.

Jean King 

Jean King (Siwick), 91, died on Oct. 19 at home in Kearny.

Arrangements were by the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral Mass was offered at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Kearny, followed by interment in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.thielereid.com.

Mrs. King was born and raised in Bloomfield and lived in Kearny for the last 70 years.

She was a quality inspector for R.C.A. in Harrison for 30 years, retiring in 1976.

Jean was a proud member of the Senior Citizens Club of Kearny, Inc., the Henrietta Benstead Friendship and Harmony Club of Kearny and the Golden 60 Plus Club of Our Lady of Sorrows Church.

She is survived by her daughters Patricia DeVita and Diane Drucker and two granddaughters Christine De- Vita and Donna Joy Drucker.

She was predeceased by her husband Peter in 1992.

Stephen A. Lipyanek 

Stephen A. Lipyanek died Nov. 1. He was 69.

Born in Newark, he moved to Kearny 37 years ago.

Visiting will be on Wednesday, Nov. 5, from 6 to 9 p.m., at the Armitage Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral Mass will be offered on Thursday, Nov. 6, at 9:30 a.m. in St. Stephen’s Church. Cremation will follow at Rosedale Crematory in Orange. To leave online condolences, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Stephen is survived by his devoted wife of 35 years Maria (nee Lourdes). Brother in law of Domingo Ela Jr., he is also survived by many loving and cherished friends.

George McCarthy 

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George McCarthy, of San Francisco, Calif., passed away on Oct. 16 at age 64 from metastatic cancer.

He was born to George and Edna McCarthy (nee Conley) in Kearny, where he graduated from St. Cecilia’s High School. He attended Rutgers Newark University where he majored in sociology.

He was predeceased by his parents and brother Daniel. He is survived by five siblings: Marianne Petriello (Robert), Eugene (Patricia), Kathleen (Craig Geis), Edward, and Michael (Nancy MacDonald) and 15 nieces and nephews.

George was employed by several well-known San Francisco companies, Western Can and Winterland Productions, for many years in computer support. Donations in George’s memory can be made to the Tom Waddell Urban Clinic, 230 Golden Gate Ave., San Francisco, Calif. 94102 or to KQED, 2601 Mariposa St., San Francisco, Calif. 94110.

Gwen Rodgers 

Gwen Rodgers, of Bradenton, Fla., formerly of Harrison, entered eternal rest on Aug. 14. Gwen was the widow of Jack Rodgers, the deceased Harrison fire chief. She was 81.

Gwen was an active member of the American Legion Post 24 in Bradenton. She was only the second female commander of the post since its inception 90 years ago. Gwen was a veteran of the Korean War and served in the Women’s Army Corps.

Gwen is survived by her brother, Robert Parslow, a daughter Karen Mauriello and granddaughters Kim Mauriello, Nicki Montcalvo. She is also survived by three great-granddaughters, Kaitlyn, Skyla and Annabella, great-grandson Vincenzo, all from Bradenton, Fla.

Gwen is also survived by her extended family in New Jersey: Sharon Holmes of Morristown, Jack Rodgers of Harrison, Elaine Gage and husband Alan of Roxbury, Mike Rodgers of Brick. She was also survived by grandchildren Colleen Holmes Luzaj, Robert Holmes, John Colasanti, Brian Gage, Sarah Gage and all their children.

Gwen will also be missed by all her friends in the Harrison area.

Her immediate family requests that any donations in Gwen’s memory can be made to the Veteran’s Relief Fund at American Legion Post 24, Bradenton, Fla. 34207.

Mildred P. Ward 

Mrs. Mildred P. Ward (nee Wittek) of Kearny passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 28. She was 85.

The funeral Mass was offered on Friday, Oct. 31, at St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny, Entombment followed in Holy Cross Chapel Mausoleum. Condon Funeral Home (condonfuneralhome.com) 684 Kearny Ave., Kearny, was entrusted with the arrangements.

Mrs. Ward had been a clerk for Prudential Insurance Co. in Newark before retiring many years ago.

Wife of the late Joseph P. Ward, she is survived by her children Bernadette McDonald and her husband, Stephen, Patrick Ward and his wife, Judith and Claire Wiggins and her husband, John. Also surviving are her grandchildren Erin, John, Christopher, Stephen, Julia and Kelly.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St. Barnabas Hospice or St. Stephen’s Church. Envelopes will be available in the funeral home.

Obituaries

Joseph P. Bradley 

Joseph P. Bradley, 41, of Stirling, formerly of Kearny, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 9, at home.

A memorial visitation was held on Oct. 15 at Gallaway and Crane Funeral Home, Basking Ridge.

Joseph is survived by his wife Valerie Bradley, daughter Lillian Pires, mother Genevieve Heslin, stepfather Kevin Heslin, sister Jennifer Lopez, grandmother Ina Bradley, nephews Patrick Triano Jr., Joshua Lopez and Jacob Bradley, mother-in-law Naomi Devaney, brothersin- law Angel Lopez, Jim Devaney and Keith Devaney.. He is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Joseph is predeceased by his father Corneilous Bradley, sister Laura Bradley, grandparents Mary and Joseph Burneyko and grandfather Peter Bradley.

He was a blessing to everyone. May his story, smile, love, sense of humor and wisdom live on until the day we all meet in paradise.

Until then, “may you shine on.”

Joan M. Brennan 

Joan M. Brennan, 76, died on Friday, Sept.12, in Windward Gardens Care Center in Camden, Maine.

Arrangements were by the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral service was held at the funeral home, followed by entombment at Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

Ms. Brennan was born in Kearny and was a life long resident.

She was an office worker at Fidelity Bank in Newark for 20 years retiring in 1990.

She is survived by her son Mark Kunz.

Donald S. Kaywork 

Donald S. Kaywork, of Kearny, died Oct. 19 in Alaris at West Hudson. He was 80.

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

Donny served in the Marine Corps and was honorably discharged with the rank of sergeant in 1961. He was a custodian for the Kearny Board of Education. He was a life member of the V.F.W., the American Legion and the Marine Corps League. Don was very active with the Elks. He was also a member of “The Greeks” lunch club and the Eagles in Kearny.

Son of the late Charles and Mary Kaywork, he is survived by his siblings Jean Sansone, Charles Calvin Kaywork, Ira “Wimpy” Kaywork (Emma), Paul M. Kaywork (Christine), Mary Bender (John), Sharon Sterople, and Lee Kaywork (Mary Jane) along with many nieces, nephews and friends.

In lieu of flowers, kindly make a donation to www.woundedwarriorproject.org/ Donate.

June K. Mager 

June K. Mager (nee Knight) died at home on Oct. 20. She was 67.

Born in Newark, she lived in Kearny the past 45 years.

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

June is survived by her loving husband Arthur Mager and her beloved sons Steven, Ronald and Sean Mager. She is also survived by her sister Joyce Schoeneick and her family.

To leave online condolence, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Ruth E. Worsnop 

Ruth E. Worsnop (nee Morrison), of Kearny, died peacefully on Sept. 22. She was 89. Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A service was held at the funeral home, followed by burial in Arlington cemetery. To leave online condolence, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Ruth was a retired Kearny Federal Savings manager.

Wife of the late Barrie Worsnop, she is survived by her son Barrie Worsnop and his wife Renee, and daughter Linda Thomas and her husband Jim, her sister Dorothy Betcher, two grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

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

Obituaries

Rose E. Lyons

Rose E. Lyons (nee Power) died on Oct. 14 at home. She was 73.

Born in Canada, she moved to Kearny in 1966.

Arrangements were by the Armitage Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral Mass was held at St. Stephen’s Church, followed by entombment in Holy Cross Cemetery. To leave online condolences, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Rose was the devoted companion of the late Gary Sobierajski for many years. She is survived by her loving children and their spouses Lisa Marie and Joao Pita and Robert and Dolores Lyons. Also surviving are her grandchildren Ryan, Kristeen, Brian, Brett and Breonna.

Claire M. McCurrie 

Claire M. McCurrie (nee McKechan) died on Oct. 14 in Clara Maass Medical Center. She was 74.

Born in Stony Point, N.Y., she lived in Newark before moving to Kearny in 1960.

Arrangements were by the Armitage Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral service was held at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Lyndhurst, followed by entombment in Holy Cross Cemetery. To leave online condolences, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Claire was a bookkeeper for M. Tucker and Co. in Harrison. She was also a warden at St. Thomas Church as well as being involved in many of the church functions.

Wife of the late Les McCurrie, she is survived by her sons Michael F. and James P. McCurrie. Sister of the late Richard McKechan, she is also survived by her grandchildren Brian, Matthew and Erin.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to St. Thomas Episcopal Church.

Obituaries

Yolonda Girdwood

Yolonda Girdwood (nee Gaglio) of Kearny passed away quietly at home on Oct. 8, surrounded by her beloved family and friends. She was 80.

Arrangements were by the Armitage Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral Mass was held at Our Lady of Sorrows, Kearny, followed by burial in Holly Cross Cemetery. Condolences may be left at www.armitagewiggins.com.

Yolonda was a retired bank teller and was a proud member of Our Lady of Sorrows Rosary Society, the Ladies Auxillary of the VFW Post 1302 and the Wolf Packs. She was loved by her friends and neighbors, and was always cooking for a houseful of people.

Mrs. Girdwood is survived by her beloved husband Henry “Hank” and her sons and their wives Stephen (Carolyn) Girdwood and Victor (Ann) Girdwood. She is also survived by another daughter-in-law Michelle. She was predeceased by her sons David and Michael. She was the sister of Santina Girdwood and the late Mary Gaglio, Faye Scorsone, Angelina Passarella, Gerardo Gaglio and Joseph Gaglio. Also surviving are many beloved grandchildren, great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Dugald A. McAllister 

Dugald A. McAllister died Oct. 11 at St. Mary Hospital in Passaic. He was 71.

Born in Newark, he lived in Kearny, many years in Long Valley and then Toms River, before moving to Georgia five years ago.

There will be a memorial visitation on Wednesday, Oct. 15, at 9 a.m., at the Armitage Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. The service will be at 11 a.m. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Dugald was a printer for Hatteras Press in Manasquan. He was past exalted ruler of the Kearny Elks and was a life member of the Schooley Mountain Volunteer Fire Department.

He is survived by his wife Jane C. (nee Wright) and his children David and Robert McAllister and Virginia Thatcher. He is also survived by his grandchildren Avery, Olivia, Dean, Jake and Liam “on the way”.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to www. WoundedWarriorProject. org/Donate.

John C. Modzelewski 

John C. “Moe” Modzelewski died Oct. 9. He was 65. He was a lifelong Kearny resident.

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.

Mo worked for the Public Works Department in Kearny and was well known at the VFW.

He is survived by his mother Genny, his sisters and their husbands Debbie and Joe Pereira and Terry and Joe Alfano. He was also the uncle of Joseph, Jeremy, Jennifer, John and the late Michael.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the VFW Post 1302 in Kearny.