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Obituaries

Michael ‘Mike’ Boyd

Michael “Mike” Boyd, 76, of Pocono Lake, Pa., formerly of Harrison, died on Jan. 19.

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.

Born in Jersey City, Mr. Boyd lived in Harrison before moving to Pocono Lake, Pa., 16 years ago.

He was a stockman for Ahart’s Supermarket, Blakeslee, Pa., for 16 years.

He was the beloved son of the late William and Anne Conway Boyd, and dear brother of Wilhelmina (Ronald) Gray, Margaret (Frank) Messino, Janet (late Paul) MacDonald, Jacqueline (Tony) Scocco, Dewar “Butch” Boyd and the late Elizabeth (Jack) Haines, William Boyd, Jean (Richard) Gray and Kathleen (Tom) McGuire.

Florence A. Cicarelli 

Florence A. Cicarelli (nee Preuss), 74, died Jan. 24 at St. Michael’s Medical Center, Newark.

Born in Jersey City, she lived in North Arlington and Florida before moving back to North Arlington in 2013.

She was the owner along with her husband of Chick’s Auto Body in Kearny for many years before retiring in 1996. She is the beloved wife of John P., the cherished daughter of the late Florence (nee O’Brien) and Michael Cascino, the adored sister of Laura J. and Patricia M. Cascino, and Rudy Preuss. She is also survived by her two stepdaughters, and her many loving aunts, uncles, cousins, family members and friends.

The funeral will be from the Parow Funeral Home, 185 Ridge Road, North Arlington, on Friday, Jan. 30, at 9 a.m., thence to Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, North Arlington, for the funeral Mass at 10 a.m. A private cremation will follow. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Thursday, Jan. 29, 4 to 8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the National MS Society, P.O. Box 4527, New York, N.Y. 10163.

William Glagola Jr. 

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William Glagola Jr. entered into eternal rest peacefully at home on Jan. 18. He was 76.

Private funeral services were under the direction of the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave. For information or to send condolences to the family, please visit www.mulliganfh.com.

Born and raised in Newark, William moved to Harrison in 1970. He was a firefighter with the Newark Fire Department for 41 years, retiring in 2003.

He was a member of the N.J. State Firemen’s Benevolent Association and Retired Police and Firemen’s Association. He was also a member of the Teamster’s Union.

He served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.

William is survived by his loving daughter Eileen Winkleblech and her husband Vincent, his cherished grandsons Zachary, Cameron and Erik, and his dear sister Veronica LaBrutto. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by his wife Sharon (Reed) Glagola (1998) and his son William Glagola III (1994).

Rosena McNamara 

Rosena McNamara, of Kearny, died at home on Jan. 8. She was 78.

Arrangements were by the Armitage Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral Mass was held at St. Cecilia’s Church, Kearny, followed by burial in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. (www.armitagewiggins.com)

Rosena was a dental assistant for Dr. Sykes in Kearny for many years.

She is survived by her husband John J. McNamara and her children with their spouses John and Jean Mc- Namara, Cindy and Jim Finan and Nancy and Joe Policano. She is also survived by her sister Maureen and grandchildren Katie, Breanne, James, Anthony and Carly, her cousin Ann Finan, along with many nieces and nephews.

Grace Ann O’Connor 

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Grace Ann O’Connor passed away on Jan. 11. She was 74.

The family held a private ceremony. Grace was preceded in death by her parents Peter O’Connor Sr. and Edna Arnheiter O’Connor. Grace is survived by her brother, Peter and wife Ann Marie, daughter Nathasja Skorupa and Nathasja’s father John Skorupa and cousins Jimmy Moffat and Joyce Jurczak.

Grace was known for her intelligence, compassion, beauty and unmatched story-telling.

Grace lived in Amsterdam, and for the past 20 years, adventured the Pacific Northwest with Nathasja.

Grace attended Holy Cross, Sacred Heart, Harrison High School and Seton Hall.

Grace had a boating license, was scuba-diving certified and, other than her family, her greatest love was the beach.

Angelo Feorenzo, father of former Observer Publisher Lisa Feorenzo, dies at 75

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Above: Tina Feorenzo, Angelo J. Feorenzo and former Observer Publisher Lisa Feorenzo.

Angelo James Feorenzo, 75, of Toms River, died Thursday, Jan. 22, at Community Medical Center in Toms River.

Born and raised in Hackensack, he moved to Toms River in 2003.

Angelo and his brother, Anthony, owned Feorenzo Brothers in South Hackensack. He also worked for University Publishing in Rutherford for many years and enjoyed traveling and trips to Atlantic City.

Surviving are his loving wife of 39 years, Nancy; daughters Tina Feorenzo of Montvale, and former Observer Publisher Lisa Feorenzo of Kearny; a brother, Anthony Feorenzo and his wife, Mary, of Paramus; and cousin Judy Anderson and her husband, Edwin, of Toms River.

Visitation will be Sunday, Jan. 25 from noon to 4 p.m., at the Quinn-Hopping Funeral Home, 26 Mule Road, Toms River. A funeral service will be offered at 4 p.m. Cremation will be private.

Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.quinn-hoppingfh.com.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Deborah Heart and Lung Center at 212 Trenton Road, Browns Mills, N.J., 08015

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Michael Angelo Cowley 

Michael Angelo Cowley entered into eternal rest on Monday, Jan. 12, surrounded by his loving family. He was 57.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Avenue, Harrison. A funeral Mass was held at Holy Cross Church, Harrison. For information, or to send condolences to the family, please visit www.mulliganfh.com.

Born in Jersey City, Cowley was a lifelong resident of Harrison. He worked as a roofer and sider for his family construction business, Cowley Construction, for many years. He was a member of the Harrison/ East Newark Elks B.P.O.E. Lodge 2326. His pastimes and hobbies included playing baseball, basketball, bowling, darts, and karaoke. He was a diehard N.Y. Yankees fan.

He is survived by his loving daughter Samantha Vieira and her husband, Danny, grandchildren, Eann “Little Buddy” and Jenna “Ya Ya” Viera, dear siblings Robert, Gary and Patrick “Pee Wee” Cowley, Carol Sheridan, and George and Edward “Shitter” Cowley. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was predeceased by his sister Joann Villaronga, and his parents, Robert and Agnes (nee Ritchie) Cowley.

In lieu of flowers, for those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association P.O. Box 3049, Syracuse, N.Y. 13220-3049 or at www.heart.org in loving memory of Michael.

Francisco DaSilva 

Francisco DaSilva passed away on Jan. 13. He was 60.

Born in Azambuja, Portugal, he lived in Harrison before moving to Kearny in 2002.

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

Francisco loved sports and enjoyed being involved with his Portuguese community and especially loved playing soccer for Lisa.

Husband of Rosa (nee Seco), he is also survived by his sons Rodrigo (Michelle) and Danny DaSilva and his grandsons Bryan and Brandon.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to St. Jude Children’s Hospital in his memory.

Joseph D. Dreisbach

Joseph D. Dreisbach, 49, of Kearny died on Saturday, Jan. 17, at home.

The viewing will be held in the Condon Funeral Home (condonfuneralhome.com), 684 Kearny Ave., Kearny, on Tuesday, Jan. 20, from 3 to 7 p.m. The funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny, on Wednesday, Jan. 21, at 10:30 a.m. Interment will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery. Joe was a client of Pathways to Independence, Inc., in Kearny for over 30 years where he enjoyed working with his friends and devoted staff.

Joe was the son of Julia (nee McMillan) Dreisbach and the late Albert W. Dreisbach Jr. He is survived by his siblings Dr. Albert W. Dreisbach, Elizabeth Dreisbach, DVM, Grace Mack (Dave), Jack Dreisbach (Diane) and Rich Dreisbach (Tina). Also surviving are his nieces and nephews Scott, Kate, Megan, Jake, Eric, Skyler, Kyle, Jordan and Riley. He also leaves his beloved caregiver Margaret Flomo.

In lieu of flowers, kindly make donations in Joe’s memory to Pathways to Independence, Inc., 60 Kingsland Ave, Kearny, N.J. 07032.

Margaret E. Fix 

Margaret E. Fix, of Kearny, passed away on Jan. 13 at St. Michael’s Hospital, Newark. She was 83.

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

Margaret was the executive secretary at St. Cecilia’s Church, Kearny, having assisted dozens of priests over many years. She was proud to still be working.

She was an avid sports fan.

Margaret was the sister of the late Charles, Lawrence, John and Edward Fix. She is survived by her sister-in-law Gloria Fix and many nieces and nephews along with their families.

In lieu of flowers, please support the Wounded Warrior Project.

Linda A. Hudanich 

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Linda A. Hudanich, entered into eternal rest on Saturday, Jan. 17, at Alaris Health Care of Kearny. She was 64.

The funeral will be conducted from the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison, on Tuesday Jan. 20, at 9:45 a.m. A funeral Mass will follow at 10:30 a.m. at St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny. Her interment will take place in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Olyphant, Pa. Viewing hours will be Tuesday, starting at 9 a.m. For information, directions, or to send condolences to the family, please visit www.mulliganfh.com.

Born in Lackawanna County, Pa., she lived in Kearny before moving to Harrison eight years ago. Linda was a devoted teacher with Harrison Board of Education for more than 30 years, retiring in 2013. She was a member of the New Jersey Education Association.

She took post-graduate studies at New York University, N.Y., and she received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Kean University, Union.

Linda is survived by her loving niece, Juliana Marie Trovato (nee Petrokowitz) and her husband, Andrew, and a sister, Sandra Petrokowitz. She was predeceased by her parents, John Hudanich and Helen (nee Rutkowski)

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105 or in care of the funeral home in loving memory of Linda.

Malcolm M. McCallum 

Malcolm M. McCallum, 86, of Toms River, passed away on Jan. 9 at his home.

He was born Dec. 22, 1928, in Kearny.

Malcolm was the son of William and Margaret (Rainey) McCallum.

The Grand Masonic Lodge honored Malcolm as a Master Mason for 60 years of masonic service.

Malcolm was predeceased by his wife Katherine (Elliot) McCallum and son William McCallum. He is survived by his son Robert McCallum and wife Viviana of Kearny and daughter June Michael and her husband Bill, several grandchildren and great-grandchildren of Cross Junction, Va.

Francis (Frank) McConville 

Frank McConville was born Dec. 22, 1939, and passed away Dec. 21, 2014, in Madeira Beach, Fla.

He was born and raised in Harrison. He lived in Kearny where he raised his family until he moved to Madeira Beach in 2000.

He worked for Supermarkets General before retiring in the late 1990s.

He loved soccer, the beach and, most of all, watching his grandchildren play soccer and run marathons.

Frank was predeceased by his wife Gloria and son Frank He his survived by his daughter Gina Anderson (Allan), grandchildren Alana Kandt (Ben), Brianne Anderson, Ian McConville and sister Cathy Bimble.

Recaredo Munoz 

Recaredo Munoz died at home on Jan. 12. He was 86.

Born in Cuba, he lived in Harrison before moving to Kearny.

Arrangements were by the Armitage Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. (www.armitagewiggins. com) A funeral Mass was held at St. Cecilia’s Church, Kearny, followed by entombment in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

Recaredo owned Florida Shoe Store and Bostonian Shoe Store, both in Newark.

Husband of Nora (Sanchez), he is survived by his children Nora Delgado and Gabriel Munoz, his brothers Ramon, Juan and Raul and his grandchildren Gabriel, Lauren and Brendan.

John I. Passerella Sr. 

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John I. Passerella Sr. passed away at 97 on Jan. 12.

A funeral Mass will be held Friday, Jan. 23, in the chapel at St. Gregory the Great Church, 4620 Nottingham Way, in Hamilton Square, at 11 a.m. All are welcome.

John was born in Staten Island, N.Y., and later moved to Kearny. He was an active member of the Kearny community for many years. He served as the president of the Italian- American Marconi Club and was the Grand Marshal for the Columbus Day parade back in the 1980s. He even wrote a few stories for The Observer.

In 1984, John retired at the age of 67 from Goodyear in Newark. Two years later, he moved to Stirling, and then to Tucson, Ariz., in 2003 with his beloved wife, son and daughter-in-law where he happily lived out the rest of his days building model ships, attending a senior center where he sang songs, made friends and called bingo numbers, and he loved baking cheesecakes and cookies right until the end. He had an amazing passion for life.

John was predeceased by his cherished wife Angelina (Lee) and is survived by his son John Passerella Jr. and daughter-in-law Josephine (Tucson, Ariz.) and grandchildren Debbie Muscara with her husband Alessio (Hamilton) and John B. Passerella with his wife Karrie (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) and his daughter Rita Larkin (Clifton). John also had seven great-grandchildren and two greatgreat- grandchildren.

John always had a joke to tell or a magic trick to show and was loved by everyone who met him. He is dearly missed.

Ruth Polinski 

Ruth Polinski (nee Davis) 86, died on Jan. 11 at her 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. Private interment was in Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Wrightstown. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.thielereid.com.

Mrs. Polinski was born in Kearny and raised in Harrison. She had lived in Kearny since 1956.

She was a member of the Rosary Society of Our Lady and St. Anne.

Ruth is survived by her husband Edward, daughter Maria Lockard and her husband Patrick, son Edward N. and one sister Shirley Leckner. She was the beloved grandmother of Sarah Mould and her husband Peter, John Lockard (Camila Rocha), Patrick Lockard (Luisa Colorado), Daniel Lockard (Jess Jutkiewicz) and Kayla McAlinden and her husband Shane. She was the great-grandmother of Connor and Liam Lockard and Landon and Ian Mould.

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Gregory S. Cerstvik

Gregory S. Cerstvik, of Newark, entered into eternal rest, after battling cancer at his sister’s house in Lyndhurst, on Jan. 9. He was 62.

The funeral was conducted from the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison, on Tuesday, Jan. 13. A funeral Mass followed at St. Cecilia’s Church, Kearny. Interment took place in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. For information, directions or to send condolences to the family, please visit www.mulliganfh.com.

Born in Newark in the Ironbound, Gregory was raised there and spent most of his life there. He worked as a dairy manager for several food chains for many years. He was a member of UFCW Local 1262, Clifton. He was also a plumber on the side. He was a friend of Bill W. and an avid sports fan who enjoyed fishing and NASCAR. He greatly enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. A fan of music, he was a vocalist for several bands, mainly SCID.

Gregory is survived by his loving daughters Jennifer Cerstvik and her fiancé James Hartkopf and Mimi Antonio and her husband Trijilio; his cherished grandchildren Mikey, Julia, Jayden, Kennedy and Aiden; his dear brother and sister Peter Cerstvik and his wife Marion and Patricia “Sis” Ebbe and her husband Michael. Gregory is also survived by his nephews Christopher, Michael, Richard and his wife Marisa, Richard and Peter Jr.; his greatnephew Ryder Thomas; his beloved ex-wife Michelle Cerstvik and many cousins, friends and extended family. He was predeceased by his parents Peter and Jennie (nee Jusinski).

In lieu of flowers, an expression of sympathy may be made to the American Cancer Society in care of Mulligan Funeral Home in loving memory of Greg.

David Anthony Collazo 

David Anthony Collazo died on Jan. 8. He was 23.

Born in Belleville, he lived in Kearny before moving to Towaco in 2006.

Visiting will be on Tuesday, Jan. 13, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Armitage Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral Mass will be on Wednesday, Jan. 14, at 10 a.m. at Queen of Peace Church, North Arlington and entombment will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery. (www.armitagewiggins.com)

David is the beloved son of Jose and Maria Collazo and grandson of Carmen Sanpedro Davila. Brother of Brian, Jessica and the late Nicole Collazo, he is also survived by his uncle and aunts, Adolfo Rodriguez, Maria T. Vazquez and Maria C. Collazo, along with many loving cousins and friends.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Make A Wish Foundation.

Mary Devaney 

Mary Devaney (nee Brechin), 83, of Kearny, and formerly of Harrison, died on Jan. 6.

Arrangements were by the Armitage Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. Funeral services were at the funeral home, followed by interment in Holy Cross Cemetery.

Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Mrs. Devaney lived in Harrison before moving to Kearny four years ago. She was a cashier with A & P Supermarket in Kearny and Jersey City for 30 years, retiring in 1993.

She was the beloved wife of 62 years of James Devaney. She was the dear mother of James P. (Lisa) and Neil Devaney, grandmother of James P. Devaney Jr., Keth Devaney, Valerie Bradley and Paul Roman and greatgrandmother of Lillian Pires.

John B. Dowie 

John B. Dowie, 89, of Jupiter, Fla., passed away on Jan. 4.

Born and raised in Kearny, John attended Kearny schools where he excelled as an athlete and lettered in baseball, basketball, soccer and football; played shortstop and was captain of the baseball team that won the Greater Newark Tournament in 1943; and was inducted into the Kearny High School Athletic Hall of Fame for baseball.

Upon graduating from Kearny High School in June 1943, he entered the United States Army in August 1943 at the height of World War II and served as an infantryman with the 163rd Regimental Combat Team of the 41st Infantry Division in the Pacific where he took part in several island assaults against Japanese forces during the war and was wounded by enemy fire during the Battle of Biak Island for which he was awarded a Purple Heart, Bronze Star and Combat Infantry Badge.

Upon his return to Kearny, he attended John Marshall College and was active in area baseball and basketball organizations. In his free time, he devoted countless hours to coaching and managing Kearny youth baseball, something that he truly enjoyed.

Mr. Dowie was appointed to the Kearny Police Department in 1955 and then in 1962 to the Kearny Fire Department where he was honored as Fireman of the Year in 1977 as the result of a lifesaving event. After 32 years of service to the Town of Kearny, he retired to Spring Lake Heights, prior to moving to Jupiter, Fla.

John is survived by his wife of 65 years, Anne V. Dowie (nee Kelly); son, John Dowie and his wife Ann; daughter, Suzanne DeLuca and her husband Jeffrey; and grandchildren, Catherine and Jonathan Dowie and Jeffrey, Joshua and Jesse DeLuca. His parents, William and Rubina Dowie, a sister, Ruby and three brothers, William, Robert and Walter, predeceased him.

A memorial service was held Jan. 7 at Taylor and Modeen Funeral Home, 250 Center St., Jupiter, Fla. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Sunflower Team, Hospice of Palm Beach Foundation, 5300 East Ave., West Palm Beach, Fla. 33407.

Stephen B. Haggerty 

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Stephen B. Haggerty, 71, formerly of Williamsburg, Va, passed away peacefully, Friday, Jan. 2, in Burke, Va., with his wife at his side.

Steve was born Sept. 9, 1943, in the Bronx to Joseph Francis and Bridget Anne (Hughes) Haggerty. He graduated from St. Peters Preparatory School in Jersey City and from the then- St. Peter’s College. Steve was employed as a systems analyst for the mobile phone industry before his retirement to Williamsburg, Va.

Steve is survived by his wife of 50 years, Mary Ann Haggerty, son Brian Haggerty, daughter Laura Socha, brother William Haggerty, sister Marianne McGarry, eight grandchildren, and many loving nieces, nephews, and extended family. Steve was a loving father, husband, grandfather and friend to all. A memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, Jan. 19, at the Church of the Nativity, 6400 Nativity Lane, Burke, Va. 22015.

Memorial donations may be made to Capital Caring Hospice in Stephen’s name so that others may be blessed by their loving support at 2900 Telestar Court, Falls Church, Va. 22042 or capitalcaring.org.

Condolences to the family may be sent by mail/common carrier to: The Haggerty Family, c/o UPS Store, 5765-F Burke Centre Parkway, Burke, Va.

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Charles E. Bennett 

Charles E. Bennett, a longtime resident of Argyle, N.Y., passed away on Aug. 22 at Glens Falls Hospital.

Charles was born on March 9, 1947, in Yonkers, N.Y. He was predeceased by his parents, Charles E. Bennett and Jean L. (Kar) Juenelot; his stepfather, Eugene A. Juenelot; and his son, Shawn C. Bennett.

On July 17, 1976, Charles married the love of his life, Susan J. Paton, in Harrison. Together, they shared 38 years of love and friendship while making their home and raising their family.

He worked at Covidien Healthcare in Argyle for 13 years before retiring in November 2013.

Charles loved to party with family and friends, and spend time at home with his fourlegged friends. He greatly enjoyed working around his home and could often be seen working for hours, mowing the lawn and caring for his many plants.

He will be greatly missed and always loved by his family and friends.

Charles is survived by his wife of 38 years, Susan J. (Paton) Bennett; his children, Dawn Maisano (Frank), Debby Vilardo (Jimmy), Jason Bennett (Stacey), Justin Bennett (Ashley), and Jennifer Bennett; his special niece, Karen Paton; his grandchildren, James Vilardo, Melissa Vilardo, Frank Maisano, Anthony Maisano, Taylyn Bennett, Adalyn Bennett, Dayton Bennett, Hope Philips and Logan Rosko; his siblings, Larry Bennett (Rose), Laurie Gentile, Liz Markowski (Russell), Robin Murray (Pat), Eugene (Nancy), James (Rose), George Juenelot and Susan Kasper; his goddaughter, Melissa Gomes (Victor); as well as several nieces, nephews and in-laws.

Edward Carnevale 

Edward Carnevale passed away suddenly on Thursday, Jan. 1, at Clara Maass Medical Center, Belleville. He was 56.

The funeral will be conducted from the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison, on Thursday, Jan. 8, at 9:45 a.m. A funeral Mass will follow at the Pro- Cathedral of St. Patrick, Newark, at 10:30 a.m. Friends may call on Wednesday, Jan. 7, from 3 to 8 p.m., and Thursday, Jan. 8, starting at 8:45 a.m. His cremation will be private. For information, directions or to send condolences to the family, please visit www.mulliganfh.com.

Born in Providence, R.I., Edward was raised in Johnston, R.I. He moved to Provincetown, Mass. and then to Harrison, where he has lived for the last 12 years.

He was employed by the Hudson County Schools of Technology as well as Harrison Board of Education where he worked as a school law enforcement officer for both the day and night school programs. Eddy was genuinely loved by all of the students, faculty, and staff.

Edward loved the beach, namely the beaches of Provincetown and Fort Lauderdale. He also enjoyed fishing and automobiles.

Edward is survived by his loving partner Jim Doran, his beloved mother Josephine Carnevale, dear sisters Donna Nardone and Lynn Carnevale and all of his many nieces, nephews, and cousins as well as his golden retrievers Jenny and Winston. Edward was predeceased by his father Edward.

In lieu of flowers, an expression of sympathy may be made to the Harrison Education Foundation in care of Mulligan Funeral Home in loving memory of Eddy.

John Holevinski 

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John Holevinski passed away after an accidental fall at home. In spite of surgery and 45 days in the intensive care unit of Jersey Shore University Hospital, he went peacefully to the Lord on Christmas Day surrounded by loving family members.

John (aka Jack) was the son of the late John and Sophie Holevinski and the son-in-law of the late Patrick and Elizabeth Cassidy, Kearny.

Born in Scranton, Pa., he lived in Kearny, before moving to Toms River.

He graduated from Kearny High School in 1954 and Fairleigh Dickinson University in 1958 with a degree in engineering. He first worked at Fluid Chemical Company then had a successful career at Speidel-A Division of Textron as director of operations of its Lakewood facility before he retired.

He is survived by the love of his life, his wife of 55 years, Kathleen Cassidy, a son John Holevinski of Toms River, a daughter Stephanie Hagel and her husband Kenneth of Point Pleasant and three precious and adoring grandchildren, Samantha, Kenneth and Cassidy.

Also surviving are his brother, Richard Holevinski and his wife Mary, sister-in-law Joan Cassidy, sister-in-law Marilyn Cassidy, brother-in-law Philip Cassidy and his wife Cathy, dear Aunt Verna Gorski and many much-loved nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He will be also missed by his good buddies, Earl Feeney, Bernie D’Andrea and Ed Verna.

He was predeceased by his brother-in-law, Ted Giresi, sister-in-law Margaret Giresi, brother-in-law Vincent Pentimone, sister-in-law Helen Pentimone, brother-in-law Patrick Cassidy and brother-in- law Michael Cassidy and nephew John Giresi.

He was an extraordinary man who worked hard all his life. A person of honesty, integrity, faith and moral conviction. He was totally devoted to his family and they loved him completely as well. He always said he was a lucky guy who led a wonderful life. But for those who knew him, we know we were the lucky ones to have known and loved him. He will live in our hearts always and pray we are worthy of the rich heritage he left us. Per his wishes, there was no wake. A memorial Mass was held at St. Joseph’s Church, Toms River.

Celebrate his life with doing an unexpected and unsolicited act of kindness for someone. Or for those who wish, send a donation to your favorite charity in his name. Arrangements were by the Timothy E. Ryan Home for Funerals, Toms River. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.ryanfuneralhome.com.

Concetta Longo 

Concetta Longo, of Harrison, passed away on Jan. 1. She was 87.

Arrangements were by the Armitage Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral service was held at the funeral home followed by entombment at Holy Cross Cemetery. For more information, visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Connie was a retired sales person for the St. Anthony’s Messenger.

She is survived by her son Michael and his wife Nicole, her grandchildren Michael and Alexa. Also surviving are her sisters Anna and Grace Colello and brother Frank Campana. Her beloved husband John died only two weeks ago.

Bernice C. Markowski 

Bernice C. Markowski (nee Doran), entered into eternal rest peacefully on Saturday, Jan. 3, at Alaris Healthcare of Kearny. She was 77.

The funeral will be conducted from the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison, on Saturday, Jan. 10, at 9:45 a.m. A funeral Mass will follow at the Pro-Cathedral of St. Patrick, Newark at 10:30 a.m. Her interment will take place in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. Friends may call on Friday, Jan. 9, from 3 to 8 p.m., and Saturday, Jan. 10, from 8:45 a.m. For information, directions, or to send condolences to the family, please visit www.mulliganfh.com.

Born and raised in Newark, she relocated to Harrison in 1967. She worked as a claims manager for the Operating Engineers Local 825, retiring in 2002. Bernice served as an election board judge for the Town of Harrison for many years. She was a parishioner of Holy Cross Church in Harrison where she belonged to the Rosary Altar Society, as well as the Pro-Cathedral of St. Patrick.

Bernice was instrumental in the coordination of the Harrison/ East Newark Elks Lodge 2326 and Knights of Columbus Council 402, Harrison, Thanksgiving Day Meals on Wheels Program. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and was very compassionate in supporting her many friends in the neighborhood.

Predeceased by her husband Stanley J. Markowski (1992), she is survived by her loving children, Kevin (Patricia), Kimberly Woods (James), Russell (Elizabeth), and her cherished grandchildren, Devon and Erin Markowski, Ryan and Conor Woods, and Austin, Olivia and Emily Markowski. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins, and many close friends. She was also predeceased by her parents Charles and Mary Doran (nee Biekshia), her brother Robert C. Doran and her twin sons John and Joseph.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association in care of the funeral home in loving memory of Bernice or at www.alz.org/nj/.

Armando Medina 

Armando Medina passed away suddenly at home on Dec. 28. He was 71.

Born in Puerto Rico, he was raised in Camden and lived many years in Newark.

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. For more information, visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Armando held two master’s degrees and was an administrator for the N.J. State Board of Education. He is survived by his wife Emma (Ocasio), his daughters Massiel Medina Ferrara and Alarys Laura Medina. Brother of Gualberto Medina, he is also survived his grandchildren Alex, Emma and Ava.

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

Michael John Oeckel Jr. 

Michael John Oeckel Jr., entered into eternal rest on Saturday, Jan. 3, at St. Luke’s Warren Hospital, Phillipsburg. He was 71.

The funeral will be conducted from the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison, on Wednesday, Jan. 7, at 9:45 a.m. A funeral Mass will follow at Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, Harrison at 10:30 a.m. His interment will take place in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. Friends may call on Tuesday, Jan. 6, from 4 to 9 p.m., and Wednesday, Jan. 7, from 8:45 a.m. For information, directions, or to send condolences to the family, please visit www.mulliganfh.com.

Born and raised in Newark, Mike lived in Harrison most of his life before moving to Phillipsburg in 1994. He was employed by N.J. Transit as a maintenance electrician for 24 years. Serving as a volunteer and mentor in his community, Mike was a coach and trainer with the Harrison/East Newark Recreation Pop Warner Football and the Harrison Little League for many years. Since his retirement, he greatly enjoyed spending time with his four grandchildren.

Michael served his country as a sergeant in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was a parishioner of Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, Harrison. He was also a member of the VFW Post 712 Hennessey- Baione Post, Newark.

Michael is survived by his beloved wife Irene T. (nee Jankiewicz) (married 44 years), loving sons, Michael and his wife Donna, and Paul and his wife Michelle, cherished grandchildren Michael, Ethan, Ava, and Luke, and a dear goddaughter, Michele. He was predeceased by his parents Michael and Helen Oeckel as well as his brother Robert Oeckel.

Obituaries

Nellie Dames 

Nellie Dames (nee Dzekevich), 92, passed away on Dec. 25.

The funeral will be from the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Drive, Kearny, on Tuesday, Dec. 30, at 8:30 a.m. A funeral Mass will be offered at St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny, at 9:30 a.m. Interment will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

Mrs. Dames was born in Providence, R.I., and lived in Kearny for the last 68 years.

She graduated from Rhode Island Hospital School of Nursing in 1942 as a registered nurse.

Nellie served in the Navy as a registered nurse at the Naval Air Training Base in Jacksonville, Fla., during World War II. She later worked for 30 years as the evening supervisor at the former West Hudson Hospital in Kearny before retiring in 1985.

She is survived by her children, Suzanne Gibbs, Dr. Nancy Sweet, Maryann Mezan, Ralph Dames and Thomas Dames, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Nellie was predeceased by her husband, Ralph Dames, her daughter, Annella Dames, and her brother, Joseph Dzekevich.

Louis P. Saporito 

Louis P. Saporito, former chief of police of Harrison, died Saturday at Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank at age 92.

He was born and raised in Harrison, where he resided for 65 years. His was a lifetime of service—to his country, to his community, and above all, to his cherished family.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 64 years, Theresa, and four children: Jacque Piatkowski, of Carolina Beach NC and her husband, Stan; Bill Saporito, of Manhattan and his wife, Laurie; Francene Kanter, of Marblehead, Mass. and her husband, Todd; and Jane Green of Florham Park and her husband, Tim. He is also survived by 10 adoring grandchildren—Marc (Susan), Douglas (Shelley), and Elise Piatkowski; Garrett, Justin, Eric, and Danielle Kanter; Mitchell, Terri, and Tim Green; and four great-grandchildren— Mia and Maximo Piatkowski and Siena Grace and Barrett Piatkowski—as well as his wonderfully caring sister-in- law Kathleen Confroy, sister-in-law Pat and brother- in-law Joe Mango and family, and Maryann and Andy Boothroyd and family, who loved “Uncle Lou.” His brothers, Carmen and Max, and sister in law Elsa, predeceased him.

Chief Saporito was born Sept. 13, 1922, on Franklin Ave. in Harrison, the son of Mary and Joseph Saporito. For most of his life, he never lived far from the block where he was born. After moving to Tinton Falls in his retirement years, he would often talk about how great it was to have been raised in the town of Harrison. He was a small-town man through and through.

Like so many men of the Greatest Generation, he left home to serve his country. During World War II, he became a member of the U.S. Army Air Corps, ultimately being trained as a flight officer of a B-29 bomber—the most complicated job on the ship, he would point out.

After the war, he returned home to Harrison to help take care of his mother. He joined the Harrison Police Department in 1947 rising first to sergeant, then to detective and deputy chief, and finally to chief of police. He retired from the force in 1987.

The funeral will be conducted from the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Avenue, Harrison, on Tuesday, Dec. 30, at 9:15 a.m., followed by a funeral Mass at Holy Cross Church, at 10 a.m. Friends may call Tuesday starting at 8:45 a.m. His interment will take place in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. For information, directions or to send condolences to the family, please visit www.mulliganfh.com.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the charity of your choice in loving memory of Louis.

Mia K. Schoeberle 

Mia K. Schoeberle of Kearny died on Christmas Day in St. Barnabas Medical Center. She was 54.

Relatives and friends may call at the Condon Funeral Home, 684 Kearny Ave., Kearny, on Tuesday, Dec. 30, from 9 to 10 a.m. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. at St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny. Cremation will follow at Rosedale Crematory in Orange.

Ms. Schoeberle had been a science teacher in Kearny High School for 25 years. Prior to that, she was employed in the same capacity for the New York City Board of Education.

She is survived by Joe Cravo and their sons, Paul, Brian and John Cravo. Also surviving is her mother, Celia Orr Schoeberle and her sister, Marsan Stromberg. In lieu of flowers it was Mia’s wish that donations may be made to the Salvation Army, 443 Chestnut St., Kearny, N.J. 07032 in her memory.

Thomas William Sheppard 

Thomas William Sheppard, of East Newark, died suddenly on Tuesday, Dec. 23. He was 33.

Funeral services were under the direction of Mulligan Funeral Home, Harrison. For information or to send online condolences to the family, please go to www.mulliganfh.com.

Born in Newark, Tom was a lifelong resident of Harrison and East Newark. He worked as a warehouseman for Fedway, South Kearny.

What Tom loved most in life was spending time with the apple of his eye, his daughter, Madison. He was an avid sports fan, with his favorite teams being the N.Y. Mets and N.Y. Giants.

Tom is survived his beloved daughter, Madison Sheppard, cherished sister, Melissa Sheppard, and his loving mother, Kathleen Bell. He also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and many loving friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the family, in order to defray the costs of the funeral in care of Mulligan Funeral Home, in loving memory of Tom.

Carol I. Stec 

Mrs. Carol I. Stec, of Kearny, died on Dec. 26 in the Canterbury Care Center. She was 63.

Arrangements were by the Condon Funeral Home, 684 Kearny Ave., Kearny. The funeral service was held at Grace Episcopal Church, 200 Highfield Lane, Nutley, followed by a private cremation.

Carol had been the parish administrator of Trinity Episcopal Church in Kearny for 10 years before retiring last year. She served the parish for over 36 years.

She is survived by her husband, Robert Stec and her daughters, Eve-lyn Nixon and Liana Witthoeft and her husband Ian. Also surviving is her mother, Doris Nixon and a sister, Linda Nixon.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider donations to Episcopal Relief and Development, P.O. Box 7058, Merrifield, Va. 22116-7058 in Carol’s memory.

Obituaries

Delia Alejos 

Delia Alejos died Dec. 19. She was 74.

Arrangements were by the Armitage Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral Mass was held in St. Cecilia’s Church followed by a private cremation. D

elia is survived by her husband Pedro, children Carmen Lopez, Rafael Troya and Patricia Dajar, seven grandchildren and seven greatgrandchildren.

Bevina Eclarin 

Bevina Eclarin died suddenly in Vermont on Dec. 13. She was 47.

Born in the Philippines, she lived in Kearny.

Funeral arrangements were by Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home. A funeral Mass was held at St. Stephen’s Church, followed by burial in Arlington Cemetery.

Bevina is survived by her husband Mohamed Abassi and their beloved daughter Miriam, her mom Maria along with many siblings in the Philippines. She also leaves behind her loving extended family Preston, Jenn, Parker, Aiden and Reese.

Ronald J. Kaduscwicz Sr. 

Ronald J. Kaduscwicz Sr. entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, Dec. 16. He was 58.

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

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

Born in Newark, Ronald was a lifelong Kearny resident. Ronald worked as a roofer for various roofing companies in the Kearny area. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles of Kearny.

Ronald is survived his devoted children Ronald J. Jr. and his wife Brianne, Nicole Gingerelli and her husband Thomas and Crystal Kaduscwicz. He was the loving grandfather to Thomas, Jason, Alexandra, and Trinity. He is also survived by his dear siblings John, Michael and his wife Kathie, Nancy LoBianco and husband William and Maureen Harris as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.

For those desiring, the family requests donations to: American Cancer Society, 986 South Springfield Ave., Springfield, NJ 07081 in memory of Ronald.

John M. Longo

John M. Longo died on Dec. 20 in St. Barnabas Hospital. He was 80.

Born in Wilkes Barre, Pa., he lived in Jersey City before moving to Harrison in 1971.

Arrangements are by the Armitage Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral service will be held Tuesday, Dec. 23 at 11 a.m. in the funeral home and entombment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery. www.armitagewiggins.com

John was the owner and cook at J and J Coffee Shop in Newark. He also served in the military during the Korean Conflict.

Husband of Connie (nee Campana), he is also survived by his son and his wife Michael and Nicole Longo and his grandchildren Michael and Alexa. He was predeceased by his brother Sammy.

Bruce E. Matonis 

Bruce E. Matonis entered into eternal rest suddenly, on Sunday, Dec. 14. He was 62.

Funeral services were under the direction of the Mulligan Funeral Home, Harrison. A funeral Mass was held at Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, Harrison. His interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. For information or to send an online condolence to the family, please visit www.mulliganfh.com.

Born in Jersey City, Bruce grew up in Harrison and lived on Warren St. his entire life. He was the owner/operator of Matonis Scrap Metals, Kearny, for 45 years. Bruce was a member of Our Lady of Grace Council #402 Knights of Columbus, Harrison. He was also a Bingo caller for Holy Cross Church, Harrison, for the last 25 years.

He was a parishioner of Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, Harrison.

An avid hunter and fisherman, Bruce greatly enjoyed the outdoors, especially his summers at the Jersey Shore. He was also very knowledgeable in politics, specifically the history of the U.S. Presidency.

Son of the late Tillie (nee Wenckus) and Peter Matonis, Bruce is survived by his beloved wife, Sue Ellen Matonis (nee Farrow) married 30 years, dear brother, Peter R. Matonis and his wife Janice, loving brother-in-law of Valerie, Richard and James Farrow. He is also survived many nieces, nephews, cousins and lifelong friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family would greatly appreciate Mass Intentions from any church in memory of Bruce.

Obituaries

Frank Choffo I 

Frank Choffo I passed away peacefully at home Dec. 2 surrounded by his loving family. He was 64.

Funeral services were under the direction of the Mulligan Funeral Home, Harrison. A funeral service was held at the funeral home.

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

Born in Newark, Frank lived most of his life in Harrison. He worked as a bartender at the Odd Couple Bar, Harrison. He was an avid soccer fan.

Frank was the beloved husband of Theresa (nee Campbell). He is also survived by his devoted children Melissa, Nicol and Frank II and his wife Leanne, his step-children James Wood Jr. and his wife Kirsten, Joseph Wood and his wife Stephanie and Mary Giglio and her husband Victor, and nine cherished grandchildren.

He is also survived by his dear brothers Joseph and his wife Barbara and Michael, and many nieces and nephews who loved him, and his lifelong best friends Eddie Raimo and Joe Thompson.

In lieu of flowers, to help defray funeral costs, please make donations to his family in memory of Frank in care of the funeral home.

Frank C. Docherty 

Frank C. Docherty, 83, of Lakewood, passed away on Dec. 10 at Tallwoods Care Center in Bayville. Born in Scotland, he lived in Kearny prior to moving to Brick in 1979. He owned Scotty’s Deli on Bergen Ave. in Kearny. He was also a self-employed painter and decorator in New York and North Jersey before his retirement. Frank served in the British Royal Air Force.

Frank was preceded in death by his wife Catherine in 2004. He is survived by his son Frank Docherty and his wife Jennifer of Brick and his daughter Carroll Cahill and her husband Tim of Lanoka Harbor; four grandchildren and their spouses; Dan and Nicole Carey, Sean and Caitlyn Docherty, Kevin and Celeste Docherty and James Carey III; and two great-granddaughters Catherine Docherty and Avary Rose Carey.

Arrangements were by the Colonial Funeral Home, Brick. A funeral service was held at the funeral home, followed by a private cremation. Condolences can be sent to the family at www.colonialfuneralgroup.com.

Charles Daniel Lazar 

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Charles Daniel Lazar of Toms River died on Dec. 12, surrounded by his family at the age of 68.

Husband, father, and grandfather, he was raised on Jersey St. in Harrison. He settled in East Newark after marrying his love Patricia where they established their family and raised four children. He honorably served the borough of East Newark in many facets including councilman. His most valued position was a 20-year member of the East Newark Volunteer Fire Department, earning his way through the ranks, retiring as chief. He provided for his family through his talents as a electrical draftsman, for progressive companies throughout the state of New Jersey. Charles’ love was for his family, and the many he leaves behind.

Surviving him is his beloved wife of 50 years, Patricia Jayne Lazar, as well as his loving children, U.S. Navy Cmdr. (Ret.) Charles and Donna of Charlottesville, Va., Wendy and Rocco Pace of Kearny, Christopher of Ocean Gate and Patrick (PJ) Lazar of Kearny and his 10 loving grandchildren, Alexa, D’Artagnan, Stefanee, Samantha, Sydney, Brooke, Brendan, Cody, Riley Patrick and Kali Jayne.

Arrangements were by the Silverton Memorial Funeral Home, Toms River. A prayer service was held at the funeral home, followed by a private cremation.

Florence P. Rossi 

Florence P. Rossi passed away peacefully on Dec. 12. She was 85.

Born in Newark, she had lived in North Arlington for the past 20 years.

Arrangements were by the Armitage Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny (www.armitagewiggins.com). A funeral Mass was held at Immaculate Conception Church, Newark, followed by burial in Holy Cross Cemetery in North Arlington.

Florence worked in the accounting department of N.J. Bell in Newark and sang in the Immaculate Conception Choir for many years.

She is survived by her sister Anna Rossi and many nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to autism research: www.autismspeaks.org.

Robert ‘Bob’ James Stunger 

Robert “Bob” James Stunger, 71, of Kearny, passed away on Monday, Dec. 8.

Beloved husband of Barbara Ann Stunger (nee Kalinchak). loving father of Heather and her husband Val Sendon and the late Lori Ann and her husband William Heyer, he was the adored grandfather of granddog Lola. Dear brother of Roseanne and husband Donald Smith, Alan and wife Barbara Stunger, Ellen Stunger and Walter and wife Laurie Stunger, he is also survived by many relatives and friends.

Mr. Stunger was senior purchasing agent at Novartis Pharmaceutical before retiring in 2001. He was a member of the North Arlington Elks. Bob is now reunited with his favorite girls Missy Lee and Molly Rose.

Arrangements were by the Ippolito-Stellato Funeral Home, 425 Ridge Road, Lyndhurst. A funeral Mass was held at St. Stephen Church, Kearny. Cremation was held in East Ridgelawn Crematory, Clifton. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Liberty Humane Society, 235 Jersey City Blvd., Jersey City, N.J. 07304. Send condolences to stellatofuneralhomes.com.

Obituaries

John R. Hodnett Sr.

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

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

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

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

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

Michael J. Tallent 

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

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

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

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

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

Obituaries

Mary A. Ball 

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

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

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

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

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