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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Obituaries

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.

Obituaries

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.

Obituaries

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.