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Category: Obituaries


Dorothy Baranowski 

Dorothy Baranowski (nee Smith) entered into eternal rest on Thursday, Feb. 26. She was 94.

Dorothy was born Aug. 19, 1920, in Harrison, where she was a lifelong resident. She worked for the Town of Harrison as a deputy tax collector. She was a parishioner of Holy Cross Church in Harrison.

Predeceased by her husband, Stanley B. Baranowski Sr., she is survived by her four children: Carol O’Neill and her husband Jack, Robert S. Baranowski Sr., Maureen Guevarez and Stanley B. Baranowski Jr. and his wife Jean, 10 grandchildren: John O’Neill, Maureen O’Neill, Robert Baranowski Jr., Danielle Baranowski, Carrie Ann Baranowski, Melissa Sak, Tammy Sak, Heather Sak, Sarah Baranowski and Joseph Baranowski; and seven great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her nephew Frank Mullin, the son of her late sister, Geraldine Heinz.

The funeral will be conducted from the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison, on Saturday, March 7, at 10:30 am. A memorial Mass will be at Holy Cross Church, Harrison, at 11 a.m. Interment will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. A memorial gathering will be held Saturday, March 7, from 9 to 10:30 a.m., at the funeral home.

For information, directions, or to send condolences to the family, please visit www.mulliganfh.com.

Patricia ‘Patti’ Parker Hudson

Patricia “Patti” Parker Hudson, 44, of New Port Richey, Fla., formerly of Kearny, passed away on Feb.12.

She graduated from Florida State University and was a teacher at Hillsborough Academy of Math and Science. Patti is survived by two sons, Christopher and Ryan, her parents Bernard and Patricia Parker, and sisters Barbara Suarez and Bernadette (Dwight) Jennings.

A memorial service was held at Morgan Funeral Home, New Port Richey, Fla., on Feb. 28. The family requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Patti’s name to: National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation, P.O Box 1848, Longmont, Colo. 80502.

Lynda M. Inzinna 

Lynda M. Inzinna, of Kearny, died Feb. 28 at St. Michael’s Hospital. She was 67.

Visiting will be on Wednesday, March 4, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m., at the Armitage Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. Private cremation will follow. www.armitagewiggins.com

Lynda was an art teacher in Newark for many years.

Daughter of Lilyan (nee Bekanas) and the late Vincent Inzinna, she is survived by her husband Frank Verga, her sons Christopher Inzinna and Frank Verga and her brother Vincent Inzinna.

Catherine Jacoby 

Catherine Jacoby (nee Kennedy) died Feb. 26. She was 95.

Arrangements were by the Armitage Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. The burial will be private. She is the wife of the late Charles, stepmother of Marsha and sister of Claire and Dorothy.

Lottie M. Kwiecien

Lottie M. Kwiecien, 94, of North Arlington, passed away Feb. 22 at Alaris Health at Belgrove, Kearny.

Born in Holyoke, Mass., she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Anna Dunaj.

She was preceded in death by her husband Joseph F. Kwiecien Sr., as well as her sons Richard and Joseph Jr., and daughter Patricia.

She is survived by her daughters and their husbands Joanne and Steve Maier and Deborah and William Manzo; grandchildren, Scott Maier, Joseph E. Kwiecien, William J. Manzo and Allison Manzo; three great-grandsons James Maier, Brandon Kwiecien and Jason Kwiecien; and one great-granddaughter Courtney Maier.

The family received friends at the Armitage Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny, on Feb. 26. A funeral Mass followed at Queen of Peace Church in North Arlington.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Alzheimer’s Association.

Albert ‘Albie’ Lawrance Jr. 


Albie Lawrance, 64, of Copperas Cove, Texas, passed away on Feb. 21 in Killeen, Texas. A Mass of Christian burial was held Feb. 25 at Holy Family Catholic Church in Copperas Cove. He was to be cremated and laid to rest in New Jersey.

Albie Lawrance was born on Feb. 4, 1951, in Kearny to the late Albert and Mary Bradley Lawrance Sr. Albie grew up in Kearny and graduated from Kearny High School where he starred on the soccer team. His love for soccer continued for over 20 years as he coached many teams in Florida where he was loved by all his players. Albie was a published poet and had a passion for learning, later earning a Ph.D. in physiology.

Albie was preceded in death by his parents and by his sisters, Margaret Postel and Elizabeth McLaughlin.

Albie is survived by his children, Erin Bernal, Bradley Lawrance and Melissa Lawrance; and his grandchildren, Anthony, Ariella, Lana and Angelina. His smile and sense of humor will be missed by all who knew him.

Norman Steen 

Norman Steen, of Kearny, died Feb. 27 at Clara Maass Medical Center. He was 76.

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

Norman is survived by his wife Marion (nee Siciliano), his children and their spouses Barbara Brydon, Gary and Catherine Steen and Karen and Dave Bush. Also surviving are his grandchildren Angela (Thomas), Gary Jr. (Jena), Daniel, Nicholas, David and Kelsey and his great grandson Gavin.

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


Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Bulkowski 

Elizabeth “Betty” Bulkowski, of Harrison, entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, Feb. 18. She was 67.

Born in Newark, she was a lifelong resident of Harrison and a parishioner of Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, Harrison.

She was predeceased by her loving parents William and Helen Bulkowski and her brother Thomas.

She graduated from Queen of Peace High School, North Arlington, in 1965 and attended Lyons Institute in Newark. After a dedicated career in the medical field as an assistant to numerous doctors, she retired from Heart and Lung Center in Hawthorne three years ago.

Elizabeth is survived by her loving cousin Veronica Coladarci, her second cousin and godson Joseph Coladarci III and his wife Drea, along with their children Abigail and Joseph IV. She is also survived by her second cousin Janet Torres and her husband Elias as well as their children Christian and Brielle, along with many other cousins and friends.

The funeral will be conducted from the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison, on Monday, March 2, at 10:45 a.m. A funeral Mass will follow at 11:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, Harrison. Her interment will take place in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. Viewing hours will be on Sunday, March 1, from 2 to 6 p.m. and Monday at 10 a.m. For information, directions, or to send condolences to the family, please visit www.mulliganfh.com.

Patti Parker-Hudson 

Patti Parker-Hudson, 44, of New Port Ritchie, Fla., formerly of Belleville, passed away on Feb. 12. She is survived by her sons Christopher and Ryan; parents Bernard and Patricia; sisters Barbara and Bernadette. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation, P.O. Box 1848, Longmont, Colo. 80502.


Chester C. Conklin 

Chester C. Conklin died Feb. 8 at Clara Maass Medical Center. He was 73.

Born in Newark, he lived in Kearny before moving to Belleville in 1981.

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

Chester was a member of Teamsters Local 641 and drove a truck for many years for L.J. Kennedy and Preston Trucking.

Husband of Carolyn (nee Young), he is also survived by his children and their spouses Michael S. Conklin, Jeff Conklin (Caroline) and Donna L. Conklin (Joe Besterci), his grandchildren Eric, Hailey, Mackenzie and Amanda, and his best pal Casey.

Mary Corner

Mary Corner (nee Quigley) died peacefully on Feb. 10 at The Shorrock Gardens in Brick. She was 87.

Born in Glasgow, Scotland, she lived many years in Kearny before retiring to Brick.

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 Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. (www.armitagewiggins.com)

Mary and her late husband John Corner owned and ran Matson’s Tavern in Kearny for many years. She loved her family, friends, heritage and Our Lady of Sorrows.

She is survived by her daughter and son Ann Marie Deichman (Daniel Sr.) and John Corner (Carolyn), her grandchildren Daniel (Jessica) and Jeremy (Natalia) and great-grandchildren Madilyn Rose, Daniel Marc, Lilyahna and Luke Jeremy.

Julia T. Dunaj 

Julia T. Dunaj (nee Agentowicz), of North Arlington, died peacefully on Feb. 8. She was 95.

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

Born and raised in Eynon, Pa., she lived in North Arlington for the past 57 years. Julia worked as a product scheduler for RCA in Harrison for many years, retiring to raise her two children. She was a parishioner of Our Lady of Czestochowa Church and a member of Rosary Altar Society, a member of the Senior Harmony Club of North Arlington, and a charter member and treasurer of the Young Women’s Club of Harrison. She was also the Financial Secretary of Lodge 3187 of the Polish National Alliance (PNA) District 5 and took part in many activities as well as being involved in multiple PNA committees.

Predeceased by her husband, Stanley J. Dunaj, Julia is survived by her loving children Patricia A. and Stanley M. Dunaj, her dear sister Jean A. Kozmor, her sisters-in-law Ann Dunaj and Bernadine Janusz as well as loving nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests Mass intentions to be offered from Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, Harrison or Queen of Peace Church, North Arlington, or a donation to a charity of choice would be appreciated in care of the funeral home in loving memory of Julia.

Rafael Anthony Egoavil 

Rafael Anthony “Tony” Egoavil, of Buffalo, N.Y., formerly of Newark, entered into eternal rest on Feb. 6. He was 42.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison. A funeral service was held at the funeral home. His cremation was private. For information, or to send condolences to the family, please visit www.mulliganfh.com.

Born and raised in Newark, he lived most his life there before moving to Buffalo in 2004. Rafael worked for Ford Motor Company for more than 20 years, first in Edison and most recently in Buffalo, N.Y.

He was a second generation employee as his father Rafael also worked for the Ford Motor Company. He was a member of the UAW Ford Local 897 in Buffalo, N.Y. An avid baseball fan, his favorite team was the N.Y. Mets. In his free time, Tony also enjoyed video games and graphic novels.

Tony is survived by his beloved mother Juanita, loving children Ashley Nicole and Ryan Matthew, dear brother Chris and his wife Heather, cherished niece and goddaughter Olivia and nephew Connor, godson Logan Gonzalez and the mother of his children Lydia Ivette Toyens. He was predeceased by his father Rafael (2014) and his sister Marisol (1982).

Hedwig A. Kasper 

Hedwig A. “Gladys” Kasper (nee Rudnicki), 90, a lifelong resident of Harrison, died Feb. 11 at the Alaris Healthcare Center on Bergen Ave. in Kearny.

She worked as a secretary for the RCA Corporation in Harrison for many years before retiring 25 years ago.

She was the beloved wife of the late John and is survived by her nieces and nephews.

The funeral was from the Parow Funeral Home, 185 Ridge Road, North Arlington, on Saturday, Feb. 14, with a funeral Mass at Our Lady Czestochowa Church, Harrison. Interment followed in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

Dominick F. Krusznis 

Dominick “Yakie” F. Krusznis Jr., of Berkeley Township, formerly of Harrison, entered into eternal rest on Feb. 2. He was 81.

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

Born in Jersey City, Dominick was raised and lived in Harrison before moving to Berkeley Township in 2013. He worked for Driver Harris/ Harrison Alloy for many years, retiring in 1997. Prior to that, he worked as a truck driver for Leo Keller Corporation from 1952 to 1988. He also worked for the Harrison Post Office, where he began his employment as a young man. He served his country in the U.S. Army from 1956 to 1962 and was honorably discharged.

Dominick graduated from Harrison High School in 1951. An avid soccer player/fan, he played on the Harrison High School soccer team that won back-to-back state championships in 1949 and 1950. His team had a 53-match winning streak that ended during the 1951 season. Following high school, Dominick continued his dream of becoming a professional soccer player, playing on for the Elizabeth Germans, as well as many other local professional soccer clubs, from 1952 through the late 1970s.

Predeceased by his wife, Ann P. Krusznis (nee Gray) and his son, Dominick W. “Dinny” Krusznis, he is survived by his loving children and their spouses, George Krusznis (Annmarie), Karen Flood (Kevin), David Krusznis (Annette), William “Red” Krusznis (Annie) and Michael Krusznis (Donna). He is also survived by 18 grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to either Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), 26 Broadway, 14th fl., New York, N.Y. 10004 or the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, Okla. 73123-1718 in loving memory of Dominick.

Michael Raefski 

Michael Raefski, 54, died on Feb. 10 at St. Michael’s Medical Center in Newark.

Arrangements were by the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral service was held at the funeral home, followed by a private cremation. Condolences and memories may be shared at www. thiele-reid.com.

Michael was born in Belleville and was a lifelong resident of North Arlington.

Mr. Raefski was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Kearny.

He was a carpenter by trade and later worked at Home Depot.

Michael is survived by his brothers Joseph (Nancy), Frank (Mildred), and Richard Raefski and six nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brothers James and John Raefski.

Jane Wilma Watson 


Jane Wilma Watson died Feb. 5.

Arrangements were by the Armitage Wiggins Funeral Home in Kearny. A memorial service was held at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Toms River. To view the entire obituary, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.


Robert V. Connaghan 

Robert V. Connaghan, 79, died on Jan. 31.

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

Mr. Connaghan was born in Glasgow, Scotland. He had lived in Kearny for the last 50 years.

He was a maintenance mechanic for Abbott Laboratories in Whippany for 20 years, retiring in 2008.

Robert was an avid Celtic supporter and member of the Irish-American Association of Kearny. In 2001 he was named Irishman of the Year and in 2003 he was the deputy grand marshal of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade of West Hudson.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 40 years Frances (nee Lowe); his children Robert H. Connaghan, Lisa Connaghan and Angela Marie Connaghan; and one sister Rosaleen Duncan of Glasgow.

His family wishes to extend their deepest gratitude to the staff at both St. Michael’s Medical Center and the Columbus Hospital LTACH for their continued support and excellent care.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to a charity of your choice in Robert’s memory.

Alexandra Estelle 

Alexandra Estelle passed away suddenly on Feb. 5. She was 64.

Born in Glasgow, Scotland, she moved to Kearny in 1981.

Arrangements are by the Armitage Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral Mass will be held Tuesday, Feb. 10, at 10 a.m. at St. Cecilia’s Church in Kearny and burial will follow in Arlington Cemetery in Kearny.

Alexandra loved spending time with her family especially with all her grandchildren. She always looked forward to going to bingo every week with her daughter and seeing her “Wee” bingo friends.

Wife of Lawrence Estelle, she is survived by her daughters and their husbands Bonnie Flowers (Arthur), Trina Estelle (Adam) and Kristine Flagello (Anthony). Sister of Marie, Rosie, Geraldine, Walter, Kenny, Allan, Maggie and Nora, she is also survived by her grandchildren Alexandra, Anthony and Aiden and great-granddaughter Isabella.

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

George J. Hanzimanolis 



George J. Hanzimanolis, 53, of Bartonsville, Pa., died Thursday, Feb. 5.

He is survived by Kimberly, his loving wife of 31 years; son and best friend, James;, parents, James and Sharyn Hanzimanolis of Harrison; brother, Thomas Hanzimanolis and his wife Laurie Ann of Tobyhanna, Pa.; sister, Dorothy Rosa and her husband Doug of West Caldwell; nieces and nephews Dimitri Hanzimanolis, Elizabeth Rosa, Nicholas Hanzimanolis, Alexander Rosa and Alexa Hanzimanolis; and mother-in-law, Gloria Zigmund, wife of the late Ed Zigmund. He was also blessed with his closest friends, Jacqui Calicchio and her husband Anthony and Walter Scott.

George was a graduate of Harrison High School, Class of 1979, and Rutgers University, Class of 1985. A lifelong active member of the Boy Scouts of America, George was an Eagle Scout and more recently was a longtime dedicated Scoutmaster for Troop 85 of Bartonsville, Pa. George was a cancer survivor and lived every day of his life to the fullest. God, family and community were the pillars of life for George and he lived his life setting a perfect example for others.

George had a wonderful work ethic which stems from the examples set by his immigrant parents from an early age. He worked at The Spa family restaurant in Harrison before moving to Pennsylvania in the late 1980s. George built a successful business, Bankers First Mortgage, Inc. of Tannersville, Pa., and had many industry awards bestowed upon him over the years. Among them, George was named Pennsylvania Mortgage Broker of the Year, National Mortgage Broker of the Year, and past President of NAMB, National Association of Mortgage Brokers. He also was requested to speak about ethics on the floor of the U.S. Senate in Washington, D.C., and on CNBC. George was blessed with a great staff over the years, especially his two friends and current associates Debbie and Cathryn.

George’s greatest love was his son, James. They were best friends and spent many days together fishing, camping, attending NBA games and travelling. George will be missed by all but leaves behind a wonderful legacy.

There will be viewing hours from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 10, at the William H. Clark Funeral Home, 1003 Main St., Stroudsburg, Pa. A Catholic prayer service will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Private cremation will follow.

In lieu of flowers, his family suggests donations be made to Boy Scout Troop 85 of Bartonsville, Pa.

Arrangements are by the William H. Clark Funeral Home, 1003 Main St., Stroudsburg, Pa. (www.wmhclarkfuneralhome.com).

Mhairi Mussenden 

Mhairi Mussenden (nee Macaulay) 78, died suddenly on Feb. 4 at home in Kearny.

Arrangements were by the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral service was held at the funeral home followed by a private cremation. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.thiele-reid.com.

Mhairi was born in Greenock, Scotland. She immigrated to this country in 1963 and lived in Elizabeth. She had lived in Kearny since 1969. She was a member of the Rutherford Chapter No. 24, O.E.S.

Mrs. Mussenden is survived by her daughters Avril Mitchell (William) and Sandy Hyde (Michael); grandchildren Brett and Brittany Mussenden, Heather Lisk , Krystal and Dallas Mitchell, Kayla Sgro and Michael Hyde; great-grandchildren Aidyn, Cody and Isabella Lisk and Makenzie Martinez.

She was predeceased by her husband George D. Mussenden; her daughter Karen, Mussenden; her son George Mussenden, Jr. and granddaughters Krysten and Kyleen Hyde.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at www.cff.org.

Nicholas C. Petito 

Nicholas C. Petito died Feb. 4 at St. Michael’s Medical Center in Newark. He was 75.

Born in Newark, he lived most of his life in Harrison. A memorial service will be held on Feb. 22 at the Armitage Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Former husband of the late Barbara (Yurick), he is survived by his daughter Kassandra Petito, his cherished grandson Trent, his brother Joseph Petito and sister Magee Davey.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to Nick’s daughter Kassandra.


Marlene J. Bartholomew 

Marlene J. Bartholomew of Kearny died Jan. 28. She was 79.

Arrangements were by the Armitage Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral service was held at the First Lutheran Church followed by burial in Arlington Cemetery, both in Kearny. (www.armitagewiggins.com)

Marlene was active with the First Lutheran Church. She was a lab clerk for many years at West Hudson Hospital and worked as a receptionist for Dr. Peter Taddeo, both in Kearny, before retiring.

Wife of the late Dale Bartholomew, she is survived by her children and their spouses: Dale and Laura, Glenn and Phyllis, Thomas and Richard and Jean Bartholomew, Catherine and Stephen Peterson and Hope and Arturo Gonzalez. Sister of William and Harry Von Busch, she is also survived by 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to the Summit Speech School.

Julia Gallagher 

Julia Gallagher (nee Chojnacki) passed away peacefully at home on Jan. 31.

Born in Jersey City, she had lived in Kearny since 1958.

Visiting will be on Tuesday, Feb. 3, from 4 to 8 p.m., at the Armitage Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. Relatives and friends are invited back to the funeral home on Wednesday, Feb. 4, at 11 a.m., and burial will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery. (www.armitagewiggins.com)

Julia was a fashion designer for Merros Sweater Designs in Jersey City.

Wife of the late William and sister of Mary Manzo and the late Eugenia Speer, Lillian Usiak, Loretta Preckop, Henry, Leonard and Michael Chojnacki, she is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews and their families.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the hospice of your own choice.

 Alice J. Green 

Alice J. Green of Kearny died suddenly on Jan. 18 at St. Michael’s Medical Center, Newark, after having just celebrated her 90th birthday the week before.

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

Alice was a lifelong resident of Kearny, graduating from Kearrny High School in 1940. She then attended the Berkeley Secretarial School, East Orange.

She worked as a secretary for Mutual Benefit Life Insurance Company, Newark, for over 40 years, retiring in 1983.

She was installed at age 18 into the Star of The East Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star, Kearny, having been installed a year after her mother, grandmother and several of her aunts, and she remained a member of the OES for over 70 years.

Some of her happiest moments were spending weekends and vacations at her family’s home in Belmar, enjoying front porch views of the sunsets at Lake Como.

She was the beloved daughter of the late Morton and Alice Kenney Green. She is survived by her relatives Lillian Paul, Kenneth Green and William Gee. Godson Brian Paul. She is also survived by many second and third cousins.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital or the charity of your choice would be appreciated.

Amanda Rae Kiernan 



Amanda Rae Kiernan, of Harrison, was taken from us too soon on Wednesday, Jan. 28, at the age of 23.

Arrangements were by the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison. A funeral Mass was held at Holy Cross Church in Harrison, followed by interment in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

For information, directions or to send condolences to her family, please visit www.mulliganfh.com.

Born in Newark, she was a lifelong resident of Harrison.

Amanda worked as a one-on- one personal aide for New Beginnings, Fairfield. In her free time, she volunteered at Camp Fatima, Lebanon, and was currently studying to obtain her degree in special education. Amanda was an avid Green Bay Packers fan.

Amanda is survived by her devoted mother Maria Santos, her beloved pet, Ginger, the love of her life Kenneth Sheehan Jr., her cherished grandmothers Catherine Santos (Neri) and Darlene St. John, her dear aunt and godmother, Teresa Santos Kinsella and her husband Uncle Joey, and their children, Ava and Ryan Kinsella (cousins), Kenneth and Trish Sheehan, Courtney Sheehan Goncalves and her husband Chris and their children Maddon and Kinley, her father Shawn Kiernan and his companion, Jen and their children Shawn, Brycen and Emily Kiernan, her aunt Kim Lumba and her children A.J., Ariana and Leia (cousins), her Uncle Darren Des Londe, his children Edward and Jamie Des Londe (cousins). She is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins and close friends.

Elizabeth M. ‘Betty’ Long 

Elizabeth M. “Betty” Long, of Harrison, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 28. She was 81.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison. A funeral service was held at the funeral home. Cremation was private. For information, or to send condolences to the family, please visit www.mulliganfh.com.

Born in Newark, Elizabeth was a Harrison resident. She was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, serving her country from 1953 to 1957. She worked as a customer service supervisor for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Newark, retiring after 30 years in 1996, when she moved to Newport Richey, Fla., for a decade with her sister.

Elizabeth is survived her daughters, Rosemary and her husband Lawrence Bennett, Carol Long and her son James Long; her granddaughter Elizabeth DePierola and her husband Jules and their daughter Kelly Elizabeth, her granddaughter Sarah Rodriguez and Tito and their children Vanessa and Ryan, her granddaughter Allison and Louie and their children Alana and Jocelyn, and her grandchildren Matthew, Randi, Emily and Spencer. She is also survived by her niece Susan Cicchino and her nephew Donald Cicchino, Jr.

She was predeceased by her parents James and Sarah (nee McMahon) Boyd, her grandson Lawrence Bennett Jr., her sister Rosemary Cicchino and her brother-in-law Donald Cicchino.

Patrick Norton 

Patrick Norton, 41, died peacefully in his home on Jan. 21 in Tucson, Ariz.

Born on Sept. 9, 1973, in Belleville, Patrick grew up in Kearny, graduated from Kearny High School and earned his B.A. degree in biology.

Patrick is survived by so many who loved and cherished him: his mother Linda Delli Santi; his siblings, Thomas Norton and wife Lynn, Kimberly Smith and husband Tom, Sara Norton, Richard Norton and wife Sue; his nephews, Jack Norton, Adam Norton, Ethan Smith, Thomas Z. Smith, and Kyle Norton; and his nieces, Adrianna Smith and Daylyn Smith; and so many more.

A memorial was held at Queen of Peace Church in North Arlington, followed by a repast. Patrick was taken too early and will always and forever be known for his kindness and loyalty to his family and friends.

Arrangements were by the Adair Funeral Homes-Dodge Chapel, Tuscon, Ariz.

Madeline A. Palmer 

Madeline A. Palmer (nee Webers) died Jan. 26. She was 66.

Born in Newark, she lived in Kearny before moving to North Arlington in 1980.

Arrangements were by the Armitage Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral service was held at Grace United Methodist Church, followed by burial in Arlington Cemetery both in Kearny. (www.armitagewiggins.com)

Madeline had been a property management supervisor at Mack-Cali Realty in Edison.

She is survived by her loyal husband John L. Palmer and her loving children Wendy Raftery (Kevin) and Brian Palmer (Michelle). She is also survived by her dear sisters Nancy Rowe (Marty) and Diane Owens. She was the sister-in-law of Heide Webers, Tom Owens and Jean Toropiw. Also surviving are her cherished grandchildren Kathryn, Liam and Aidan. She was predeceased by her brothers Gary and Douglas Webers.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to St. Barnabas Hospice or The American Cancer Society.

Robert Trzepla 

Robert Trzepla, 61, died suddenly on Jan. 31.

The funeral will be from the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Drive, Kearny, on Wednesday, Feb. 4, at 8:30 a.m. A funeral Mass will be offered at St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny, at 9:30 a.m. Cremation will be private. Visiting will be on Tuesday, Feb. 3, from 4 to 8 p.m. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.thielereid.com.

Mr. Trzepla was born in Newark and had lived in Kearny for the last 54 years.

He was a driver for the Town of Kearny’s Meals on Wheels and Dial A Ride programs. Prior, he was a senior computer analyst at Hartz Mountain in Secaucus for 20 years.

Robert is survived by his wife Lois (nee Zbuchalski); children Melinda Kelly (Christopher), Kevin Trzepla (Jennifer) and Daniel Trzepla. He was the brother of Stephanie Palmer, Carol Bittman (Rich), Janet Cardullo (Stephen) and Edward Trzepla (Karen). He was the grandfather of Emma and Katelyn Trzepla.

Robert was predeceased by his siblings Ann Marie Sylvester, Walter Trzepla Jr. and his brother-in-law Walter Palmer.

Please omit flowers. Contributions to the ASPCA (www.aspca.org) in Robert’s memory would be greatly appreciated.

Barbara E. Washburn 

Barbara Esther Washburn, 61, of Rhoadsville, Va., passed away Sunday evening, Jan. 25, with her husband by her side, after a lengthy illness.

Barbara was born Aug. 22, 1953, to Howard John and Barbara Ethel (Lemke) McCarthy in Newark. She graduated from Kearny High School and continued her education, taking courses in nursing. She met and married Douglas Nelson Washburn Aug. 31, 1971, in Conway, S.C. They relocated several times before moving to Fredericksburg, Va., in 2001 and to Burr Hill, Va., in 2005.

Barbara had worked as supervisor of 911 dispatch, in Sumter County, Fla., and as a department manager for Walmart, before retiring due to her illness. But her most important job had been as mother to her two sons.

Survivors include: her husband, Douglas; two sons, Douglas Edward Washburn and Erik John (Robin) Washburn; two brothers, Michael and David McCarthy; three sisters, Dorothy Gawronski, Linda Norton and Deborah Gill; and three grandchildren, Paige, Robert and Morgan.

Private family services will be held at a later date. Online condolences may be made at laurelhillfuneralhome.com.


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. 



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 


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


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


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 


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. 


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.


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 


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.


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 



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.