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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.

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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.

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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.

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Dorothy N. Belbey 

Dorothy N. Belbey of Brick passed away Oct. 1 at Ocean Medical Center, Brick.

She was born in Long Island, N.Y., and lived in Kearny prior to moving to Brick in 1982. Dorothy was a parishioner of St. Dominic’s Roman Catholic Church, and a graduate of Georgian Court College.

She was predeceased by her husband John T. Belbey and all of her brothers and sisters. Dorothy is survived by her two sons Jack F. Belbey and Kevin D. Belbey and his wife Donna; she is also survived by her three grandchildren, Kevin, Ryan, and Shaun.

Arrangements were by the Weatherhead Young Funeral Home, 885 Mantoloking Road, Brick. A funeral Mass was offered at St. Dominic’s Church, 250 Old Squan Road, Brick.

Donations can be made in Dorothy’s name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105.

Alice C. Belfiore 

Mrs. Alice C. Belfiore, 92, died peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on Tuesday, Sept. 30.

The funeral Mass was offered on Oct. 3 at Queen of Peace Church, North Arlington, at 10 a.m. Interment followed in Holy Cross Cemetery. Calling hours were held from the Condon Funeral Home (condonfuneralhome.com) 684 Kearny Ave., Kearny.

Mrs. Belfiore was born in Jersey City and has lived in Kearny for many years.

Alice had been the office manager for Arlington Tax and Bookkeeping for 29 years. She was a past president and member of the Ladies of UNICO and the Arlington Woman’s Club. And she was also involved in many other civic organizations over the years.

She was predeceased by her husband, Sebastian (Buster) Belfiore in 1993. Surviving are her children Celeste (Lou) Pandolfi, Bernadette (Tom) Antonelli, Joseph Belfiore and Patricia (Dave) Despotovich. Also surviving are her siblings, Mary and Molly Cancia, Dominick Cancia and Rosemarie Latini as well as her grandchildren, Chris and Jennifer Szpila, Brianna and Michael Antonelli and Alex and Dana Despotovich.

John J. Blevis 

John J. Blevis died peacefully on Oct. 4 in Clara Maass Medical Center. He was 87.

Born in Harrison, he lived most of his life in Kearny.

Visiting will be on Wednesday, Oct. 8, from 4 to 8 p.m., at the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, Oct. 9, at 10 a.m. at St. Cecilia’s Church and burial will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery. To leave online condolences, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

John served in the Navy during World War II. He owned Mr. Dry Clean in North Arlington and had been an operator at the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission.

Husband of Jeanette (nee Amato), he is survived by his sons John and Michael Blevis and his grandchildren Jonathan James, Elizabeth Ann, Michael Charles and Charles Francis. He was predeceased by his daughter June Rose, his son Joseph and his grandson Anthony John. I

n lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to The Wounded Warrior Project www.WoundedWarriorProject.org.

Dorothy DePaolo 

Dorothy DePaolo died Oct.1. She was 47.

Born in Belleville, she had been living in Seaside Heights. Dorothy was the daughter of June McCain and the late Charles DePaolo.

The arrangements were private. Condolence may be left at www.armitagewiggins.com.

William Kosciuch 

William Kosciuch died peacefully on Sept. 26. He was 90.

Born in Jersey City, he lived in Kearny for 64 years. Private arrangements were by the Armitage Wiggins Funeral Home in Kearny. To leave online condolences, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Bill served in the Army during World War II and was a retired dairy manager from the A & P in Belleville.

Husband of the late Theresa (nee Paschenko), he is survived by his children and their spouses John and Molly Kosciuch and Elaine and William Lombardi. Also surviving are his grandchildren Liza, Sara, Nicole and Michele and his great-grandchildren Noah and Dean.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to The Alzheimers Foundation.

Patrick J. Manley 

Patrick J. Manley, 68, passed away at Community Medical Center, Toms River, after a short illness on Saturday, Sept. 27.

Funeral services were under the direction of the Mulligan Funeral Home, Harrison. A funeral Mass was held at Holy Cross Church. His interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. For information, please visit www.mulliganfuneralhome.org.

Born in Newark, he lived most of his life in Harrison. Afterwards, he lived in various states due to his work, eventually settling in Toms River in 2011. He worked as a senior underwriter for Metropolitan Life Insurance Company for many years, retiring in 1998. He served his country in the United States Army, and was honorably discharged as a 1st lieutenant. He received a bachelor’s degree from St. Peter’s College, Jersey City.

He is survived by his sister Sheila Botch and her husband Chester, his three nephews Chester Jr., Brian and Kevin, his great-nephews and nieces Michael, Analyssee and Lea. He is also survived by many cousins and friends.

James A. Ortel 

James A. Ortel died Oct. 3. He lived in Elizabeth before moving to Bloomfield 18 years ago.

Arrangements are by the Armitage Wiggins Funeral Home 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral Mass will be held Tuesday, Oct. 6, at 11 a.m. at Queen of Peace Church, North Arlington, and burial will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery. To leave online condolence please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Jim was a retail sales director for Acosta Sales and Marketing in Hackensack. He was active with Bloomfield Recreation Sports and The Queen of Peace C.Y.O. in North Arlington.

Beloved husband of Joan (nee Smith) he is survived by his loving parents Ramon and Joyce Ortel and his stepmother Maureen Ortel. He also leaves behind his cherished daughter Mary Elizabeth, his brother Ramon Jr. and sister Cynthia McCain, his beloved nieces Erin Smith and Ashley and Brooke Ortel. Also surviving is his mother-in- law Dolores Smith and his brothers-in-law Benjamin and Michael Smith.

In lieu of flowers, kindly make a donation to the American Heart Association.

Gertrude H. Rush 

Gertrude H. Rush (nee Lyons) entered into eternal rest on Monday, Sept. 29 at Alaris Healthcare, Kearny. She was 97.

Funeral services were under the direction of the Mulligan Funeral Home, Harrison. A funeral Mass was held at Holy Cross Church. Her interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. For information, please visit www. mulliganfuneralhome.org.

Born in Newark, Gertrude was a lifelong resident of Harrison. She was a keypunch operator for RCA, Harrison, for 25 years retiring in 1976. She was a parishioner of Holy Cross Church and a member of the following church organizations: Holy Cross Seniors, Vincentian Society and Rosary Society. She was also a member of the Harrison Senior Citizens. In her free time, Gertrude enjoyed crocheting.

Predeceased by her husband William (1975), She is survived by her children, William J. Rush (Margaret), Marilyn Bruce (Douglas), Judith Noniewicz, grandchildren Tara Brown (Scott), Eric Bruce (Kimball), Rene Forsythe (Michael), William Rush (Meredith), Thomas Noniewicz (Monica), Tracy Proscia (Joseph), Michele Bruce, Laura Rush, Jill Galvin (Timothy) and great-grandchildren Steven, Michael, Chasse, Kiera, Kailey, Josephine, Emily, Timothy, Brooke, Colin, J.T., and Lindsey. She was predeceased by her son-in-law Thomas F. Noniewicz in 2000.

For those desiring, the family requests donations to: The Valerie Fund, 2101 Millburn Ave., Maplewood, N.J. 07040, in loving memory of Gertrude.

Adeline Ryan 

Adeline Ryan (nee Dini) passed away at home on Oct. 2. She was 97.

Arrangements were private. Condolences may be sent to www.armitagewiggins.com.

Adeline was survived by her sons Charles and John Ryan, six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Noe Villafuerte 

Noe Villafuerte, of Kearny, died Sept. 26. Arrangements were by the Armitage Wiggins Funeral Home in Kearny.

Noe is survived by his mother Flora, sons Jonathan, Bryan and Antonio and eight siblings.

A funeral Mass was held at Holy Cross Church in Harrison and burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery.

Audrey J. Zeoli 

Audrey J. Zeoli (nee Kluge), 78, died on Sept. 28 in the Clara Maass Medical Center, Belleville.

Arrangements were by the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral service was held from the funeral home, followed by interment in Glendale Cemetery, Bloomfield. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.thiele-reid.com.

Mrs. Zeoli lived in Kearny for most of her life before moving to Rockaway Township 19 years ago.

She was a tube maker at R.C.A. in Harrison for 30 years, retiring in 1975.

Audrey was an avid bingo player.

She is survived by her daughters Diane MacMillan and her husband Thomas and Cindy Davidson and her husband Chris; one sister Carol Whitehead; grandchildren Raymond Waters and his wife Jennifer; Shaun MacMillan and Erin Davidson and one great-grandchild Brennan Waters.

Audrey was predeceased by her husband Charles J. Zeoli Jr. and her son Charles J. Zeoli III and her siblings and their spouses Jack Kluge and his wife Helen and Robert Kluge and his wife Muriel.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, Fla. 32256.

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Patricia Ann Caruso 

Patricia Ann Caruso died peacefully on Sept. 14. She was 74. Born in Jersey City, she lived in Kearny since 1985. Arrangements were handled by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral Mass was offered at St. Stephen’s Church, followed by burial in Arlington Cemetery. To leave online condolences please visit www.armitagewiggins.com

Patricia is the wife of Joseph B. Caruso and is the mother of John Caruso (Geralyn) and the late Bernard; sister of the late Nora Driscoll, Dorothy Hansen and Michael Driscoll. Also surviving are her grandchildren Kristen, Lauren, Jenny and Gillian and four great-grandchildren

In lieu of flowers kindly make a donation to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Stephen J. Nemeth 

Stephen J. Nemeth, 92, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 28, at Hackensack Medical Center in Hackensack. He was born in Throop, Pa., and lived in Kearny for the past 45 years.

Steve worked for Breeze- Eastern Corp. in Union, for over 63 years. He served on the U.S. Army during World War II and was honorably discharged.

He was the son of the late Louis and Louise ( Nee Horvath ) Nemeth; dear brother of the late Margaret, Anna, Cecelia, Louise, Rose and John; cherished uncle of Gail Bellog (his goddaughter), Joanne Pearn, Dennis Bellog and his wife Michelle and Arleen Kinsley and her husband Raymond Jr.; he is also survived by many cherished nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Relatives and friends are welcome to attend the funeral on Wednesday, Oct. 1, at 9 a.m. at the Shaw-Buyus Home for Services, 138 Davis Ave., at Bergen Ave., Kearny, followed by a funeral Mass at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Kearny, at 10 a.m. Entombment will be in Holy Cross Chapel Mausoleum, North Arlington. Visitation is Tuesday, Sept. 30, from 5 to 8 p.m. For more information, visit www.buyusfuneralhome.com.

Agnes R. Gretchen 

Agnes R. Gretchen (nee Pawlowicz) died peacefully at home on Sept. 21. Arrangements were handled by the Armitage Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral Mass was offered at St. Stephens Church, followed by burial in Holy Cross Cemetery. To leave online condolences please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Agnes was the wife of the late Matrue Gretchen and is survived by her children Lorraine Gretchen and Dennis (Carolyn) Gretchen. Sister of Alice Daniels she is also survived by her grandchildren Denise Doorly and Michael Gretchen and her great grandchildren Donovan, Hayden and Katarina.

In lieu of flowers kindly consider a donation to Van Dyke Hospice.

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Myrtle Fette 

Myrtle Fette, of North Arlington, died on Sept. 19 at Care One in Paramus. She was 95.

Visiting will be on Tuesday, Sept. 23, from 10 a.m. at the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral home 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m., followed by burial at Hollywood Memorial Park.

Myrtle is survived by her daughter Carole Petach and four grandchildren.

Rosina Macrina

Rosina Macrina “Rose” (nee Pirro), died on Sept. 20. She was 75.

Born in Gasperina, Italy she moved to Kearny in 1959.

Visiting will be on Tuesday, Sept. 23, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Armitage Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral Mass was held Wednesday, Sept. 24, 10 a.m. in Queen of Peace Church. Entombment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery. To leave online condolences please visit www.armitagewiggins.com

Rose is survived by her husband Nicola and her daughter and son-in-law Mary Ann and Salvatore Pastino. Sister of Rachele Macrina and the late Costantino, she is also survived by her grandchildren Joseph and Christopher.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to Immaculate Conception Seminary 400 South Orange Ave., South Orange, NJ 07079 www.theology.shu.edu.

Anthony McDermott 

Anthony J. McDermott “Tony Mac”, 86 died on Sept. 17.

Arrangements were by the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral Mass was offered at Queen of Peace Church, North Arlington, followed by interment at Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

Condolences and memories may be shared at www.thielereid.com.

Mr. McDermott was born in Longford, Ireland. He immigrated to the United States in 1958. He lived in Kearny for 40 years before moving to Toms River then to Keyport.

He was a bar manager at Dick O’ Leary’s in East Rutherford. Previously, he was the bar manager at Teddy’s Cocktail Lounge in Kearny for many years.

Anthony loved golf, Gaelic Football and the trotter horses.

He is survived by his wife Norah (nee Kane); two daughters Maureen Hansen and her husband John and Eileen Armitage and her husband Ernest; two sons John Mc- Dermott and his wife Nancy and Kevin McDermott and his wife Sheri; one sister Veronica Cappelo and her husband John and 11 grandchildren; Shannon, Caitlin, John Jr., Ernest, Kane, Keely, Mary, Eilish, Liam, Kyla and Jessica. He also leaves behind his dog Bigelow.

Antonio C. Prata 

Antonio C. Prata, 82, of Wood-Ridge, formerly of North Arlington, died on Sept. 15.

Mr. Prata was born in Aldeias, Gouveia, Portugal and lived in North Arlington before moving to Wood- Ridge 22 years ago. He was a longshoreman with Maher Terminals, Newark, for 33 years, retiring 16 years ago. He was a member of the I.L.A. Local 1235, Newark, and was a member of The Sport Club Portuguese, Newark.

He was the beloved husband of 49 years of Maria Acucena Ascenso Prata; dear father of Jose, Antonio, Carlos and Paulo Prata; loving grandfather of Antonio, Gabrielle, Vincente, Alex, Nelson, Lauren, Sofia and Sabrina. He is also survived by one brother and two sisters in Portugal.

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

In lieu of flowers, a donation to The American Cancer Society (www.cancer.org) would be appreciated.

Martha A. Repp 

Martha A. Repp died peacefully on Sept. 12 in Lebanon, Ill. She was 86.

Born in Newark, she lived in Kearny for many years before moving to Illinois to be close to her son.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral Mass was held at St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Clifton, followed by burial in Holy Cross Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to www.armitagewiggins.com.

Martha had 26 years of service with the U.S. Postal service before retiring in 1999. She was a caring, loving and giving person, with a heart of gold. She traveled the world, enjoyed a good time and never met a person she didn’t like. She was predeceased by her husband Joseph of 53 years, her parents James and Anna Metsopulos, her brothers Charles, George, Jerry, Louis, Nick and sister Helen.

She is survived by her beloved son Joseph and his wife Nancy; grandsons Nicholas and Thomas; and her brothers Peter and John. She holds a special place in her heart for Daniel and Gabrielle. Also surviving are sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.

Joseph F. Stutz 

Joseph F. Stutz, 86, died peacefully at home in East Hanover surrounded by his loving family on Sept. 17.

Arrangements were by the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral Mass was offered at Holy Family Church, Florham Park on Sept. 20, followed by interment in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, East Hanover. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.thiele-reid.com

Joseph was born in West New York and raised in East Orange. He has lived in East Hanover for the last 43 years. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

Mr. Stutz was an administrative assistant for Edwards and Kelcey in Livingston for 40 years retiring in 1989.

Mr. Stutz was a member of the East Hanover Seniors and was a volunteer at St. Rose of Lima Church Bingo. He enjoyed daily bike rides, solving Sudoku puzzles, writing poetry and attending daily Mass.

He is survived by his beloved wife Maureen (nee Downing); two cherished daughters Helen S. Thiele and her husband Steven and Cathy A. Weiner and her husband Ross; one sister Patricia Saul and his six wonderful grandchildren Brendan, Jonathan, Ryan and Jeremy Thiele and Ethan and Anna Weiner.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Foundation for Faces of Children, Joseph Stutz Memorial Donation, 258 Harvard St., #367 Brookline, MA 02446- 2904 or at www.facesofchildren.org.

Erica Thompson 

Erica Thompson passed away Sept. 12 at Orange Regional Medical Center, Mid dletown, N.Y. She was only 19.

Born in Hackensack, she lived in Hackettstown and Kearny.

Private arrangements were handled through the Armitage Wiggins Funeral Home in Kearny. If you care to leave an online condolence, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Erica graduated from Queen of Peace High School where she enjoyed cheering. She was currently a sophomore fashion major at Montclair State University, with plans to finish at F.I.T. in New York City. She loved her part-time job at Charming Charlie’s both in Clifton and New York.

Although Erica’s life ended far too soon, she lives on not only in the hearts of her adoring family but through the selfless and loving act of her mother, Donna. Erica’s organs were donated and so far, we know of seven young people saved by this beautiful gift of life.

Erica leaves behind her mother Donna (Loy) Thompson, her uncle Alexander and aunt Margaret Loy and her grandmother Connie Loy. She was predeceased by her loving grandfather Al Loy.

If you care to make a memorial donation to honor Erica’s life, kindly consider The Make A Wish Foundation.

Henry A. Way 

Henry “Hank” A. Way died on Sept. 14, in The Care One at Wellington. He was 74.

Born in Franklin Square, N.Y., he lived in North Arlington before moving to Kearny in 1970.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. Cremation was private. To leave online condolences, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Hank was devoted to his Masonic life and was a past master and a proud member of Adoniram Masonic Lodge 80, Lyndhurst.

Husband of Kathleen (nee Smith), he is survived by his son Steven Way, his daughter Kathleen and her husband Ramon Rodriguez. He is also survived by his granddaughter Alexis Ella.

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

Alexander Jack Willman 

Alexander Jack Willman, 87, died on Sept. 15, at Carolina East Medical Center in New Bern, N.C.

A memorial service was held at the First Presbyterian Church, 400 New St., New Bern, on Sept. 22.

Jack was born and raised in Kearny, graduated from Kearny High School, and served in the U.S. Navy. Jack worked as the manager of Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Newark for many years, and served as president of the N.J. Cemetery Association, before retiring with his wife to New Bern.

Jack is survived by his wife of 32 years, Darlene Willman; three daughters: Jill Witkowski of Laurence Harbor, Judy Pfeifer of Manassas, Va., and Jill Saxby of Cape Elizabeth, Maine; three sons: Alexander J. Willman Jr. of East Windsor, Gary Willman of Lake Como, and Scott Willman of Newark; nine grandchildren: Andrew, Sarah, Tyler, Amanda, Ryan, Patrick, Shannon, Kevin, and Erika and three great-grandchildren: Benjamin, Jamison, and Eilee. Jack was also predeceased by his sister Gladys Anderson, and by his grandson James.

Obituaries

Ralph Barbara 

Ralph Barbara died peacefully at home on Aug. 6. He was 84. Born in Newark, he lived many years in Kearny before moving to Toms River in 2006. His cremation is private; however, there will be a memorial service on Saturday Sept. 20, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny.

Ralph was a retired construction union delegate in Clifton.

Ralph is survived by his wife Doris (nee Brand), his children Louise Dorst, Linda Hagerman, Ivan Barbara and Stacy Gilchrist, his sisters Carmella Halleck and Concetta DeJesso and seven grandchildren. He was predeceased by his granddaughter Brandi.

In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Jude Children Hospital would be appreciated.

Kathleen B. Briese 

Miss Kathleen B. Briese, 80, died on Sept. 8 at her home in Kearny.

Arrangements were by the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral Mass was offered at St. Stephen’s Church, followed by interment in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.thiele-reid.com.

Kathleen was born in Kearny and was a lifelong resident.

She was employed by Prudential in Newark for many years before retiring in 1990. Kathleen was a proud member of St. Stephen’s Church in Kearny where she taught CCD and was a member of the St. Stephen’s Seniors. She adored Schuyler School in Kearny and served as a teacher’s aide there for many years. Living next door to the school, she would always be seen outside talking to parents in the morning who were dropping off their children for the school day and again in the afternoon when they returned to pick them up the children. She always offered words of encouragement and will be missed by the parents, children and staff.

She was the beloved aunt of William VanVliet (Margaret), Heather Felty (Dale); great aunt of William and Daniel VanVliet, Tammy Plumadoro and Michael Dellaciopia and great-great-aunt of Benjamin VanVliet, Cameron Heinz and Amanda and Kaitlyn Felty.

Cecilia V. Murphy 

Cecilia V. Murphy, 87, passed away Sept. 12 at home. Born in Queens, N.Y. she grew up in the Bronx before moving to New Jersey and spent some time in Harrison. She has resided in Piscataway since 1989.

Cecilia retired in 1989 from Prudential Insurance Company in New Providence. Mom was a product of the Depression and as a result she was a hardworking woman with a strong work ethic. She was the best role model any child could wish for. She was a communicant of Our Lady of Mount Virgin Church and Our Lady of Fatima Church and was active in the Piscataway Senior Center, participating in their Bocce Ball team. Her most cherished role was being a grandmother.

Cecilia is survived by her children, William Murphy of New Fairfield Conn., Kevin Murphy and his wife Donna of Rockaway, Cecilia Mueller and her husband Harry of Piscataway and Colleen Conroy of West Orange; her sister Marion Scholz of Piscataway; her grandchildren, Ryan, Brian, Andrew, Meghan, Erin, Allison, Matthew, Harry and Kaitlyn and her great-grandson Samuel.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Sept. 16, at 8:30 a.m. at the Piscataway Funeral Home, 18 Stelton Road, Piscataway, followed by a 9:30 a.m. funeral liturgy at Our Lady of Mount Virgin Church, Middlesex. Entombment will be in Resurrection Burial Park, Piscataway.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Cecilia’s name to Embracing Hospice Care, 2101 Rt. 34 South, Suite B, Wall. NJ.

Charles Thompson 

Charles Thompson, 48, of South Orange, formerly of East Newark, died on Tuesday, Sept. 9.

Funeral services were under the direction of the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison. A funeral service was held from the funeral home. His interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

For information or directions, please visit www.mulliganfuneralhome.org.

Born in Kearny, Charles was the founder and pastor of Freedom Ministries Worldwide, Newark, where he served for the last decade.

Charles is survived by his mother, Theresa (nee Cleary), his father Bill, a sister, Diane DeFilippo, and his brothers Dave and his wife Tara, and Bill. He is also survived by his nieces, nephews, aunts and cousins.

For those desiring, donations may be made to Anchor House, 1041 Bergen St., Brooklyn, N.Y. 11216 in memory of Pastor Charlie.

Obituaries

Luciano Ferreira Jr. 

Luciano Ferreira Jr. died Aug. 24 at Clara Maass Medical Center. He was 80.

Born in Newark, he moved to Kearny 45 years ago.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral Mass was held at Queen of Peace Church, North Arlington, followed by burial in Holy Cross Cemetery. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Luciano was the owner of L. Ferreira and Son Fuel Oil Co.

Husband of the late Mildred (nee Swayze), he is survived by his children and their spouses; Mary and Vincent Abbott, Viola and Rick Diebold, Rosemarie and Alan Masters and Luciano Ferreira III. Brother of Caroline Mikulewiez, Rosemarie Covucci and the late Carmella Ferreira, he is also survived by his grandchildren Annmarie Grenga, Danielle and Vincent Abbott, Craig, Cyndi and Samantha Dieck, Alan, Michael and Kimberly Masters and Kerri Ferreira and seven great-grandchildren.

Samuel Latini 

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Samuel Latini, retired police chief of East Newark, died peacefully Aug. 22, surrounded by his family after a brief illness.

A devoted and loving husband and father, Sam was the model of honor and integrity for everyone who knew him. His exuberance for life and vibrant personality made him a well-known pillar of friendship in the community and the symbol of caring in his family. Sam is remembered for his high energy, busy days and pursuit of the things he loved –always at the side of the one he loved, his wife of 65 years, Rosemarie.

Sam was survived by his beloved wife Rosemarie Latini and children Andrea Wasowski (Donald), Marianne Pendlebury (Tom), Sam (Terri) and Thomas (Sharon); sister Gloria Grieco; sistersin- law Catherine Latini, Molly Cancia, Mary Cancia and Alice Belfiore; and brotherin- law Dominick Cancia; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. His brothers Adam and Lawrence Latini, brothers-in-law Pasquale Grieco and Sebastian Belfiore, and sister-in-law Lucy Latini predeceased him.

Sam was very active in his career as chief of police with life membership in the N.J. PBA Local 21, the Hudson County Police Chiefs Association and the East Newark Fireman’s Relief Association. He was also a member of the N.J. State Retired Police and Fireman’s Association Local 6 and the Retired and Disabled Police of America.

Arrangements were by Condon Memorial Home, 210 Davis Ave, Harrison. A funeral Mass was held at St. Anthony’s Church, East Newark. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Caring Hospice Services, Edison.

Hernan O. Vasquez 

Hernan O. Vasquez, of Harrison, entered into eternal rest on Monday, Aug, 25. He was 55.

Born in Callao, Peru, Hernan lived in Harrison since 1981. He worked for United Construction Weatherproofing, N.Y., for many years.

He is survived by his wife, Martha Vasquez (Donayre), children, Jose, Hernan Jr., Danpierre, Alex, and Daniel, father, Oscar O. Vasquez, eight brothers and sisters and an aunt, Bertila Escudero. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his mother Maria A. Vasquez (Escudero).

Funeral services were under the direction of the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison. A funeral Mass was held at St. Cecilia’s Church, Kearny. His interment took place in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. For information, please visit www.mulliganfuneralhome.org.

Obituaries

Irene Chickene 

Irene Chickene, 93, passed away Aug. 22 at Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville.

Visiting will be on Tuesday, Aug. 26, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Armitage Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral Mass will be on Wednesday, Aug. 27, at 10:30 a.m. in St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny, and burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery. To leave online condolences, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com

Irene was raised in Missouri where she received her degree in nursing. Shortly after that, she served overseas during World War II and was an Army nurse, eventually moving to New Jersey.

After staying home raising her family, Irene returned to nursing at the former West Hudson Hospital in Kearny. She later worked both at the Kearny Board of Health and as a school nurse.

Irene is survived by her loving and devoted family. She leaves behind three daughters Mary and Nancy both of Kearny and Terri Watson with her husband Danny of West Caldwell. She is also survived by her grandchildren Carly and Jack Watson, her sister Beulah Foster of Missouri as well as nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her two daughters Frances and Susan.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Barbara Choinski 

Barbara Choinski (nee Milewski) of North Arlington peacefully entered into eternal rest surrounded by her family after a short illness on Monday, Aug.18. She was 64.

Funeral services were under the direction of the Mulligan Funeral Home, Harrison. A funeral Mass was held at Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, Harrison. Her interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. For information, please visit www.mulliganfuneralhome.org.

Born in Police, Poland, she lived in Harrison for two years before moving to North Arlington and living most of her life there. She worked as a secretary for Accurate Tool and Die in North Arlington for many years. She was a parishioner of Our Lady of Czestochowa Church.

Barbara is survived by her mother Henrika Grygielko, sisters Irene Bishop and Teresa Kociecka, her lifelong companion John Adler, aunts Helen and Hedwig Grygielko, nieces and nephews, Heather Bishop, Antoni and Przemek Milewski, and Pawel and Jacek Kociecki She is also survived by her cousin Ambassador Kosowicz of Los Angeles.

The family would appreciate donations to Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, 115 S. Third St., Harrison, N.J. 07029 in loving memory of Barbara.

Jesus Garcia 

Jesus Garcia, of Kearny, died Aug. 23. He was 63.

Arrangements were by the Armitage Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. The funeral service will be held Tuesday, Aug. 26, at 11 a.m. from the funeral home and burial will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery.

He is survived by his wife Miguelina, son Oscar and stepchildren Ivan, Rocio and Jose Fermin, a brother and sister and five grandchildren.

Maria Fatima Meyer 

Maria Fatima Meyer peacefully entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, Aug. 19, surrounded by her family and friends.

Born in Lombacdamaia, Azores, Portugal, Maria lived in Newark most of her life before moving to Harrison in 2010. She was a parishioner of St. James Church, Newark.

She is survived by her loving children Barbara, Shana, Jennifer, Frederico and Stephanie; dear siblings Grace Ambrosio, Leonel, Emanuel and Joe Rocha, seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her mother Maria Rocha and sister Maria Doceu.

Funeral services were under the direction of the Mulligan Funeral Home, Harrison. A funeral Mass was held at St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny. Her interment took place in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

For information, please visit www.mulliganfuneralhome.org.

John Muscarella IV 

John Muscarella IV, 27, of Kearny died Aug. 22 after his long battle with Cystic Fibrosis.

Visiting will be at Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny, Friday, Aug. 29, 4 to 8 p.m. A funeral service will be held Saturday, Aug. 30, at 10 a.m. at the funeral home, with interment in Holy Cross Cemetery. Condolences can be sent to www.armitagewiggins.com.

He was the beloved son of Debbie Farrell Muscarella and the late John Muscarella III; brother of Tina Santiago (Arsenio), Jessica Muscarella and the late Amanda Muscarella; uncle of Anthony, Joshua, Atianna, Alexsis and Arsenio. He was the nephew of John Beasley and is survived by several other uncles, aunts and cousins.

John was a strong person and fought a great fight. He was a diehard Jets fan. As per John’s wishes, please do not attend his wake in a suit, but put on your favorite T-shirt and jeans and come to the funeral home to celebrate his life.

In lieu of flowers, the family will be accepting donations at the funeral home or make a donation in John’s memory to The Cystic Foundation, 2 University Plaza, Suite 312, Hackensack, N.J. 07601-6210. (www.cff.org).

Linda List Currie Rogers 

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Linda List Currie Rogers, born to Peggy and Edwin List in Newark, on May 21, 1947, passed away Aug. 18 in Kingwood, Texas.

Linda grew up in Kearny, where she raised her family with her husband, George, before moving to Kingwood in 1991. She worked as a Weight Watchers leader for 10 years; office manager for Kingwood Funeral Home for five years; and administrative assistant for the Lifelong Learning Dept. at Lone Star College in New Caney, Texas, for the past six years.

Linda was preceded in death by her parents; and first husband, George Currie. She is survived by husband, Everett Benson “Buddy” Rogers Jr.; sons, Scott Currie (Patty), Sean Currie (Theresa), and John Currie (Gretchen); sister, Diane Michaliszyn (Joseph); brother, Edwin List Jr.; grandchildren, Aiden and Kylie Currie; Christopher and Bryan Currie; Ian, Anna, Peter, Luke and Joseph Currie; niece, Meaghan List; nephews, Jason List, Andrew and Matthew Michaliszyn; stepchildren, Jeane Rogers, Kathy Rogers Mayeux (Gordon), Everett Benson Rogers III (Terry), and Timothy Rogers.

A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated at St. Martha Catholic Church on Aug. 25 and interment followed in Houston National Cemetery. For those desiring to make a memorial contribution, please honor Linda’s love for children by sending donations to either Ronald MacDonald House or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Obituaries

Josephine ‘Josie’ Helene Aleniewski 

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Josephine “Josie” Helene Aleniewski, of Rumson, formerly of Harrison, passed away on July 22. She will be missed by family and friends including Brighton Gardens of Middletown and Brandywine of Shrewsbury.

A memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, Aug. 30 at 10:30 a.m. in Holy Cross Parish, 30 Ward Ave., Rumson. For directions, visit holycrossrumson. org. For more information, call Mulligan Funeral Home at 973-481-4333.

Donations may be made to The Foundation for PSP, better known as PSP.org, or Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, Harrison, Kosciuszko Foundation, New York, Piast Institute, Hamtramck, Mich., or Marymount Manhattan College, N.Y.

Julia Elizabeth McGinn 

Julia Elizabeth McGinn entered into eternal rest on Friday, Aug. 8. She was 28. Funeral services were under the direction of the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison. A funeral Mass was held at Queen of Peace Church, North Arlington. Her cremation was private.

For information, please visit www.mulliganfuneralhome.org.

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

Julia was the loving mother of Jayden and Dylan Morales, she was the beloved daughter of Michael McGinn and Donna Zarpaylic (nee Frank) and dear sister of Danielle Zarpaylic. She is also survived by her caring aunts and uncles Linda Crawford, Maryanne Carson (Gregg), John (Luzia) and Mark McGinn, and her cherished grandparents John and Maureen Frank and John McGinn.

She was predeceased by her grandmother Shelia McGinn (2013).