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Obituaries

Benito Fernandez

Benito Fernandez died on Jan 23. He was 58. Born in Aguino, Spain he lived the past 26 years in Harrison.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral Mass was held in Holy Cross Church, Harrison, followed by entombment at Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

Benito was a painter for Fine Painting in Mountainside and is survived by his wife Maria; his children Benito (Michele) and Maria Fernandez; his sister Maria Carmen Fernandez and his grandson Benny.

Margaret S. ‘Peggy’ Forrest

Margaret S. “Peggy” Forrest, (nee: McNulty), of East Hanover and formerly of Harrison, passed away on Jan. 24, after a courageous battle with cancer, surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Newark, she lived in Harrison for many years before moving to East Hanover 16 years ago.

Margaret was a postal clerk at the Livingston Post Office for 20 plus years, retiring in 2009.

Predeceased by her husband Albert (2009), she is survived by her children Tammy L. Vasquez and her husband Armando, Tracy L. Granda and her husband “Mugsy,” Allison N. Dominguez and her husband Oscar, and Anthony Hess Sr., 12 grandchildren, her siblings; Michael Kipper, Sr. and his wife Sheila, Betty Gilmartin, sister-in-law Kathleen Donoghue and her husband Billy. She was also an aunt to many nieces and nephews.

The funeral was conducted from the Mulligan Funeral home, 331 Cleveland Ave. Harrison, on Monday, Jan. 28. A funeral Mass was held at Holy Cross Church. Her interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. For information or to send condolences to the family, please visit mulliganfuneralhome.org.

Antonio Macedo

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Private services were held for Antonio Macedo, who passed away peacefully on Thursday morning, Jan. 17 at the age of 95.

Husband of the late Anna Rodrigues, Antonio is survived by his daughters, Leonor Daltro and Matilda de Almeida, as well as his four grandchildren and great-grandchild Leanna.

Church services were held on Jan. 19 at Holy Cross Church, Harrison.

Antonio was born Oct. 3, 1917 in New Bedford, Mass. He lived in Portugal and Brazil before making his home in Harrison. He was a World War II Army veteran serving in the battles of Saipan, Tinian and Okinawa in Japan.

Antonio enjoyed traveling, hiking, nature and red wine. He is remembered by many Harrison residents for his long walks around town and West Hudson Park.

He will be greatly missed by friends and family.

Carmine Nigro

Carmine Nigro, a lifelong Kearny resident, died Jan. 23 at Care One in Morristown. He was 84.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral service was held in the funeral home. Entombment was in Holy Cross Cemetery. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Carmine served in The U.S. Army and was a member of The Marconi Club and The Dons 21 Executive Club. He is a retired superintendent of Public Works in Kearny. Carmine finally joined the love of his life, Angelina (nee Sanssalone) in heaven. He is survived by his daughters Catherine Ravert and Laurie (and Bob) Speer, his sisters Elizabeth Knight and Emily Callaghan. Also surviving are four grandchildren Paul, Nicole, Valerie and Robert along with several great-grandchildren.

Aloysius Pawlowicz

Aloysius Pawlowicz entered gently into rest on Jan. 23. He was only 4.

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

Aloysius is the beloved son of Christina Velez and stepson of John Simoes. He is also survived by his grandparents Angel and Angela Velez and Maria and Vitor Lourenco.

Virginia M. Reid

Virginia M. Reid, (Shinn) 95, died on Monday Jan. 21, in the Holmes Regional Medical Center, Melbourne, Fla.

Arrangements were by the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral Mass was offered at St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny, followed by interment at Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

Condolences and memories may be shared at www.thiele-reid.com.

Mrs. Reid graduated from the John Marshall College Law School in 1939. She was a volunteer for 35 years with the American Red Cross and maintained a field office on Kearny Avenue, which she was at every day in her Red Cross uniform. She also served as chairperson of the Essex County unit for five years before retiring from service.

Virginia was a member of the Forest Hill Field Club, Belleville, where she was an avid golfer and a member of the Arlington Woman’s Club, Kearny. She was a member of the Red Hatters in Florida for 25 years.

Born in Jersey City, she lived in Kearny for many years before moving to Florida over 30 years ago.

She and her late husband Edward T. Reid Sr. in 1942 founded the former Edward T. Reid Home for Funerals in Kearny.

“Ginny” is survived by her grandchildren Sandra, Edward T., III (Diana) and Robert T. Jr., and five greatgrandchildren. She also leaves behind many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband Edward T., Sr. and her sons Robert T. and Edward T. Jr. “Skipper”

Pedro Torres

Pedro Torres, of Harrison, died on Jan. 25. He was 74.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral Mass was held at St. Anthony Church. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery.

Pedro is survived by his wife Maria and his children Maria Montalvo, Carmen Nogueras and Freddy and Yolonda Torres. Also surviving are two brothers, one sister, 10 grand and five great-grandchildren.

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Geraldine Baker

Geraldine Baker, entered into eternal rest on Sunday, Jan. 3, at Meridian Sub-Acute Healthcare, in Wall Township.

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

Geraldine worked for Calvin Klein Fragrances for 10 years; she also worked for RCA, Harrison, as a mounter for 40 years. She was a parishioner of Holy Cross Church, Harrison. Geraldine enjoyed life to its fullest.

She is survived by her goddaughters Jan and Joy Meyer and by her many loving friends. Gerri will also be greatly missed by her adopted nieces and nephews.

The funeral was conducted from the Mulligan Funeral home 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison, on Friday, Jan. 18. A funeral Mass was held at Holy Cross Church. Her interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. For information or to send condolences to the family, please visit mulliganfuneralhome.org.

An expression of sympathy may be made to Holy Cross Church, Harrison, in care of the Funeral Home in loving memory of Gerri.

Antoinette De Araujo

Antoinette (nee Politi) De Araujo, 69, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on Jan. 18.

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

Funeral services were under the direction of the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison. A funeral Mass was held at St. Cecilia’s Church, Kearny, on Tuesday, Jan. 22. Her interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. For information or to send condolences to the family, please visit www.mulliganfuneralhome.org.

Antoinette worked for Nanel Inc., Kearny as a data entry clerk, retiring in 2000. Prior to that she worked for Blue Cross Blue Shield, Newark, as a data entry clerk until 1991. She was a parishioner of St. Cecilia’s Church, Kearny. Antoinette greatly enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.

Predeceased by her husband, Joseph (2002), she is survived by her son Paul De Araujo, her daughters Rose Ann Calabro and her husband Anthony, Jo Ann De Araujo and Michelle Borquist and her husband Mark, four grandchildren Anthony and Nicole Calabro and Alyssa and Amber Borquist.

She was also an aunt to many nieces and nephews.

Lindsay Gray

Lindsay Gray died on Jan. 13 at home. She was 30. Born in Belleville, she lived in Kearny before moving to Morris Plains four years ago.

Arrangements were by Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, Kearny. A funeral Mass was held in St. Cecilia’s Church, Kearny, followed by burial at Holy Cross Cemetery. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Lindsay earned a B.A. from Rowan University and was employed as a Trooper for The N.J. State Police in Totowa. She was an avid Rangers fan, loved the beach and concerts and especially children. Once you met Lindsay you met a friend for life. She bravely fought to recover from a brain tumor and was so proud to have returned to work. During the last three years she has worked tirelessly to raise over $40,000 for The National Brain Tumor Society.

She is survived by her loving companion Dave Kosakowski, her parents Diane (nee Durning) and Michael Gray, her grandmother Sheila McGarril Gray, her brother Andrew, 18 aunts and uncles and 27 cherished cousins. She was predeceased by her grandparents James and Lily Durning and John Gray.

In lieu of flowers kindly consider a donation to National Brain Tumor Society, 124 Watertown St., Suite 2D Watertown, Mass. 02472.

Paul McNabb

Paul McNabb of Kearny entered into rest on Jan. 6. He was 60.

Paul was a graduate of Queen of Peace High School and was a truck driver for over 40 years, retiring from Gold Coast Freightways, Inc.

He loved life and his family and friends. He was predeceased by his parents, Margaret and Francis McNabb, He was a beloved father to Ryann McNabb, Carly McNabb and beloved brother to Barbara and Jim, Jim McNabb, Brian McNabb, Frank and Janine and several nieces, nephews, a grandniece and many close friends. He will be greatly missed and memories of him will be kept in our hearts forever. Rest in Peace Daddy. A private service was scheduled.

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Marie Abello

Marie Abello (nee Mattaliano) died on Jan. 6 in West Hudson Post Acute Care Center, Kearny. She was 93.

Born in Jersey City, she lived many years in North Arlington.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral Mass was held in St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny. Interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery. To leave an online condolence please visit www.armitagewiggins.com

Marie was a member of the Mount Carmel Seniors in Jersey City.

Wife of the late Joseph Abello Sr., she was the mother of Joseph Abello Jr. and the late Anthony Abello. She is also survived by their wives, Vi and Jean. She was the sister of Rose Sansone and the late Joe Mattaliano and Dominick Fiorese; the sister-in-law of Sam Abello, and grandmother of Joe, Paul, Vincent, Anthony, JoAnn and John. Also surviving are eight great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to St. Stephen’s Four Chaplains Fund c/o the funeral home.

Cav. Joseph Coccia Jr.

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Cav. Joseph Coccia Jr. 83, of Saddle Brook, formerly of Kearny, passed away on Jan. 3.

Born in Newark to the late Clementina and Joseph Coccia Sr., he was an Army veteran of the Korean War serving in Japan and Korea from 1951-1953.

Joseph was the founder of the Coccia Foundation in Saddle Brook, a foundation to preserve and promote Italian culture. He was also the founder of the Joseph and Elda Coccia Institute at Montclair State University. Joseph was decorated with the medal of Cavaliere in the Legion of Merit presented by the Republic of Italy for extraordinary fundraising after the earthquakes in 1976 and 1980 (Friuli and Mezzogiorno). He was a parishioner of St. Philip the Apostle R.C. Church in Saddle Brook. He served as a Past National President of UNICO National from 1976-1977 and was a former member of the Board of Directors of Valley National Bank. Previously, he owned Coccia Real Estate and Insurance Agency in Kearny.

Cav. Joseph received a personal Papal Blessing from Pope John Paul II . He was a Lifetime Silver Honorary Member of the N.J. State Police Benevolent Association for a successful fundraiser in obtaining 140 bulletproof vests for local police officers and was the grand marshal in the Columbus Day Parade in Nutley-Belleville and in East Hanover.

Beloved husband of Elda M. (nee Soriano) Coccia he was the devoted father of Genevieve Nicastro of Whippany, Elisa Coccia of Saddle Brook, Marisa Kettelhut of Georgia, Joseph Coccia, III of Rochelle Park and Christopher Coccia of Florham Park; dear brother of the late Katherine Zito, Theresa Farr and Vincent Coccia; loving grandfather of 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Arrangements were by Costa Memorial Home, Boulevard and Central Ave., Hasbrouck Heights on Monday Jan. 7. A funeral Liturgy was held in St. Philip the Apostle R.C. Church, Saddle Brook, followed by entombment at Holy Cross Chapel Mausoleum, North Arlington. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Coccia Foundation, 23 Leswing Ave., Saddle Brook, N.J. 07663 would be appreciated.

Anna Graziosi

Anna Graziosi died Jan. 6, 2013, in the Christian Health Care Center in Wyckoff. She was 97.

Born in Jersey City, she lived for many years in Kearny before moving to Wyckoff in 2007.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral Mass was held in St. Cecilia’s Church in Kearny, with interment in Holy Name Cemetery in Jersey City. To leave online condolences, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

She was a secretary at Beaubrummel Ties in New York City.

Wife of the late Anthony, she was the sister of Cecilia Cappiello, and the late Angelina Tortora, and Samuel Cappiello. She is also survived by 15 nieces and nephews; 34 great-nieces and nephews, and 25 great-great-nieces and nephews.

Paul McNabb

Private services were held for Mr. Paul McNabb, formerly of Kearny, who died on Jan. 6. He was 60.

Paul was a graduate of Queen of Peace High School and was a truck driver for over 40 years for Nabisco and then GOD Trucking before retiring from Gold Coast Freightways, Inc.

He was a loyal N.Y. Yankee and Jets fan. He enjoyed camping and going down the shore and good music. Paul lived life to the fullest.

He is predeceased by his parents Margaret and Francis McNabb. He will be missed but never forgotten by Frank and Jeanine, Maureen and Frank, Brian and Joanne and his three nieces and many good friends.

In Paul’s memory, please make donations to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Kathy M. Potter

Kathy M. Potter (nee Hackett) died Jan. 6, surrounded by her family, in Bayonne Hospital. She was 52. Born in Kearny she lived in Jersey City before moving to Bayonne 10 years ago.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. Her service was followed by a private cremation. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com

Kathy was a graphic specialist at Pengad Inc. in Bayonne and graduated summa cum laude from N.J. City University where she was the managing editor of Transformations and was a founding member of Re- Collective Writers Group. She was a member of the Bayonne Woman’s Club and the Woman’s Auxiliary American Legion Post 99. Kathy’s last selfless act was giving the gift of life to others by her loving family’s decision to donate her organs.

She is survived by her husband Rae Potter and her children Alannah and Garvey. She was the youngest sister of Ellen Pfarr, and Art, Jim, Carole and Tom Hackett.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to NJCU Foundation (Kathy Potter Memorial Writing Award) c/o Lori Summers, director of development, 2039 Kennedy Blvd. H-315 Jersey City, N.J. 07305.

Stanley Rekuta

Stanley Rekuta, 82, of East Newark, formerly of Kearny, passed away on Friday, Jan. 11. Born in Kearny, he lived there most of his life.

The funeral will be conducted from the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Avenue, Harrison, on Thursday, Jan. 17, at 9:30 a,m. A funeral service will be held in the funeral home at 10 a.m. Friends may call Wednesday, Jan. 16, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. and from 9 a.m. Thursday. His interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

He was an elevator technician, working for Otis Elevator, Harrison, for many years. He was a member of the Harrison Senior Citizens. He served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. In his spare time, Stanley was an artist who enjoyed drawing. He was also a big fan of soccer, the N.Y. Giants, and N.Y. Mets.

Predeceased by the love of his life, Anne Hamlin (2001), he is survived by Anne’s children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests a memorial contribution be made to the Harrison Senior Citizens Center, care of the funeral home in loving memory of Stanley. For information, directions or to send condolences to the family, please visit www.mulliganfuneralhome.org.

Ann G. Speirs

Ann G. Speirs (Zeoli), 99, died on Saturday, Jan. 12, in the Mountainside Hospital, Glen Ridge.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the funeral from the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home 585 Belgrove Drive, Kearny on Wednesday, Jan. 16, at 10 a.m. A funeral Mass will be offered in Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, Harrison at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at Glendale Cemetery, Bloomfield. Visiting will be on Tuesday, Jan. 15, from 4 to 8 p.m. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.thiele-reid.com.

Ms. Speirs was born in Harrison and was a lifelong resident of Kearny.

She was employed by R.C.A. in Harrison for 40 years, retiring many years ago.

She is survived by her nieces and nephews and many great and great-great nieces and nephews.

Ann was predeceased by her siblings Mae Joll, Frances Krapek and Anthony, Charles, Michael and John Zeoli.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Our Lady of Czestochowa Church. 115 3rd St., Harrison, NJ 07029.

Thomas W. Young

Thomas W. Young (Whitey), 51, of Fort Meyers, Fla., formerly North Arlington, lost his battle to cancer on Jan. 3.

He leaves behind his beloved wife Donna (Kinder); two sons T.J. and Michael. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Basso of North Arlington, brother to JoAnn Landaeta of Pennsylvania, Patti Mobilio and Sandra McKenna, both of North Arlington; son-in-law of William and the late Sue Kinder; brother-in-law Debbie and Diane, both of Florida; seven nieces and nephews and also a great nephew Anthony Thomas, his namesake.

Tom owned his own landscaping business in Florida.

A private cremation was held. Memorial donations to the American Cancer Society.

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John E. Egan

John E. Egan died on Dec. 29 in Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville. He was 70.

Born in Newark, John lived for many years in Kearny.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive in Kearny. Services were held in the funeral home. To leave online condolences, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

John was a trustee at the Eagles in Kearny, and was a truck driver for Emery Air Freight in Newark.

Son of the late Elsie Haytko, John is survived by his wife, Joan (nee Ciuba), and his daughters, JoAnn Egan, Melanie Macartney, and Andrea Egan. Also surviving are his grandchildren, James, Tiffany, Jonathan, and Devin.

In lieu of flowers, kindly make a donation to Wounded Warriors.

Russell E. Gibson

Russell E. Gibson, 75 died on Dec. 24 in the Clara Maass Medical Center, Belleville.

Born in Coaldale, Pa., Mr. Gibson lived in Kearny for many years.

He is survived by his companion Patricia Bartone and will be missed by many of his friends at the Kearny senior residence on Schuyler Ave.

Private arrangements were under the direction of the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home.

June Gouveia

June Gouveia (Perry) 71, died on Jan. 5 in the Clara Maass Medical Center, Belleville.

Relatives and friends were asked to call at the Thiele- Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Drive, Kearny on Tuesday, Jan. 8, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. The funeral service was scheduled to begin at 8:30 p.m. Cremation will be private. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.thielereid.com.

Mrs. Gouveia was born in Jersey City and was a lifelong resident of Kearny.

She is survived by her husband Antonio L.; children Joanne M. Gouveia, Anthony M. and John R.; and her grandchildren Michael and Nicole Gouveia.

Mary Ellen Lynch

Mary Ellen (nee Toth) Lynch, entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012. She was 85. Born in Newark, she was a lifelong resident of Harrison.

Mary Ellen obtained a Bachelor of Science in chemistry and math from the College of White Plains of Pace University in 1948 and a Master’s Degree in Education from Seton Hall University in 1957. She began her teaching career at the Oak Tree School in Edison, before moving on to the Paramus School District. She was initially appointed to the Harrison School system in 1959-60 teaching at the Lincoln School (1st and 8th grades), Washington School (1st grade) and later Washington Middle School (6th, 7th and 8th grades), retiring in 1992. Her distinguished teaching career culminated when she was awarded the “Teacher of the Year” in 1987 by then Gov. Thomas Kean. She was a life member of the National Education Association.

Mary Ellen has been a member of the Harrison Cancer League for over 40 years, serving as the recording secretary, treasurer, vice president and past president (twice). She was appointed to the Harrison Board of Health, serving as president twice, until resigning in August 2012. She was a former trustee of Holy Cross Church in Harrison, past president of the Holy Cross Parish Council, past president of the Holy Cross Rosary Society and a parish delegate to the Archdiocesan Council. She also was a member of the Holy Cross Choir for 50 years. She was recently honored in May 2012 by Hudson County and the Town of Harrison as a 2012 Senior Citizen of the Year.

Predeceased by her husband, John A. Lynch (1981), she is survived by her children, John P., Regina K. Siple and her husband David, Margaret M. Halasnik and her husband Peter, one granddaughter, Katherine M. Siple and seven nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother Allan.

An expression of sympathy may be made to the Harrison Cancer League c/o the funeral home in loving memory of Mary Ellen.

The funeral was conducted from the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison, on Monday, Dec. 31. A funeral Mass was held at Holy Cross Church, Harrison. Her Interment took place at Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

For information or to send condolences to the family please visit www.mulliganfuneralhome.org.

Margaret Munk

Margaret Munk (Greb), 95, died on Friday, Dec. 21, at her daughter’s home in Nanticoke, Pa.

Arrangements were by theThiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A service was held on Saturday Dec. 29. A funeral Mass was offered at St. Cecilia Church, Kearny, followed by interment at Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.thielereid.com.

Mrs. Munk was born in Newark and lived in Harrison before moving to Kearny in 1947. She moved to Pennsylvania in 2001.

She was a member of the Rosary Society and the Seniors, both of St. Cecilia Church, as well as a member of Cork & Chester # 67.

Margaret is survived by her children Margaret T. Maisto, Patricia Redline, Arlene Carlin, and John A. Munk; siblings Anna Smykowski, Geroge Greb and Herbert Smith, and six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband Adam in 2000.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions to the American Diabetes Association at www.diabetes.org.

Andrew R. Saputelli

Andrew R. Saputelli died suddenly on Dec. 31 at home. He was 47. Born in Philadelphia, Pa., he moved to Kearny, seven years ago.

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

Andy was a dispatcher for All State Power and Vac in Rahway. He was an avid Rangers and Gators fan and played ice hockey in a men’s league in Philadelphia.

Husband of Susan (Figueredo), he is the son of Rita and the late Robert Saputelli and brother of Jeffrey (Ann) and Susan Saputelli. He is also survived by his nephew, Dominic and his in-laws, Francisco and Mirta Figueredo.

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

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Stella D. Barnett

Stella D. Barnett (nee Sadowski), 102, of Kearny, died on Friday, Dec. 21 at her home. Born in Jersey City, she lived in Harrison before moving to Kearny 25 years ago.

She was the beloved of the late Thomas Barnett, the devoted mother of Raymond Barnett and his wife Eva and the late Barbara O’Shea; cherished grandmother of Theresa and Cathy Barnett and Kevin O’Shea; the dear sister of Stephen Tenerowicz and the late Anna Nahaczewski, Helen, Sophie, Vincent, Francis and Edward Sadowski and the loving aunt of many nieces and nephews.

A funeral Mass was held on Saturday, Dec. 29, in St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny. Burial of cremains followed in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. Arrangements were by the Parow Funeral Home, 185 Ridge Rd., North Arlington.

Janet H. Bergen

Janet H. Bergen, 90, of Sarasota, Fla., and formerly of Kearny, passed away on Dec. 20.

She was born June 19, 1922 in Kearny to William and Janet Trench.

Janet was a member of the Women’s Auxiliary VFW and was their treasurer for over 10 years.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Bergen. Janet is survived by her beloved partner of 22 years, James Sanfilippo; daughters, Marian Leo of Acworth, Ga. and Barbara Romano (Ron) of Sarasota, Fla.; stepson, Robert Bergen of New Jersey; stepdaughter, Rosemary Dye of New Jersey; grandchildren, Ronald Romano Jr., Mark Leo (Maria), Jennifer Kittredge (William) and Craig Leo (Tiffany); and 15 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be at a later date. Condolences may be offered at www.palmsrobartsfuneralhome.com.

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Dorothy V. Chisholm

Dorothy V. Chisholm died on Nov. 28 in West Hudson Post Acute Care Center, in Kearny. She was 92. Born in Harrison, she lived in Kearny since 1985.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral Mass was held in Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Kearny, followed by interment in Holy Cross Cemetery. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Mrs. Chisholm was a factory worker for Westinghouse in Bloomfield and was a member of the Salvation Army and the Harmony Club.

Wife of the late Joseph, she is the mother of Joseph Chisholm Jr. and Mary (Walter) Wenckus. Also surviving are her grandchildren Jeffrey, Michelle, Joseph and Theresa and six great grandchildren.

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Joseph Gaglio

Joseph Gaglio, 86 died on Saturday, Nov. 24, in the Belgrove Post Acute Care Center in Kearny.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the funeral from the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Drive, Kearny on Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 9:30 a.m. A funeral mass will be offered in St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny at 10:30 a.m. Cremation will be private. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.thiele-reid.com.

Joseph was born in Kearny and was a lifelong resident. He worked in the Shade Tree Department for the Town of Kearny for 25 years. Joe served in the 1st Calvary of the U.S. Army from 1944 until 1946. He was the past commander of V.F.W. Post 1302, Kearny as well as the past state commander of the V.F.W. He was a member of the American Legion Post 99, Kearny as well as a member of the 1st Calvary Division Association and Marconi Fraternal Association.

Joe loved spending his summers at Eagle Lake in Pennsylvania.

Mr. Gaglio is survived by his niece Marie Miller and her husband Bob and their children Matthew, John and Joey and his nephew Tom Scorsome and his wife Debbie and their children; sisters Yolanda Girdwood and Santina Eccles and many nieces and nephews and grand nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his siblings Gerado, Mary, Fay and Lee and his companion of 30 years Genevieve (Elsie) Pamper. Special thanks to Caroline and Jessie.

Joan Greb

Joan Greb (Leivonen), 78, died on Nov. 16, in the Clara Maas Medical Center, Belleville.

Arrangements were by the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Drive, followed by private cremation. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.thiele-reid.com.

Greb was born and raised in Newark and has lived in Kearny since 1972.

She was employed as a clerk for Prudential in Newark for 38 years retiring in 1990. Joan was also a committee member for Cub Scouts Pack 305 from St. Stephen’s Church.

She is survived by her children Karen Greb, Donna Haynes (Drew), Peter Greb, (Lynn); brother William Leivonen, grandchildren Heather Stone (Jamey), Garrett Haynes, William Greb and great grandchildren James and Abigail Stone. She was predeceased by her grandson Chad Haynes.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions to the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org.

James R. Mueller

James R. Mueller entered into eternal life Nov. 23. He was 70. Born in Newark, he was a lifelong North Arlington resident.

Arrangements were by Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 10 a.m. in The First Presbyterian Church, North Arlington. If you care to visit the funeral home Tuesday morning please arrive at 9 a.m. Internment was at Hillside Cemetery, Lyndhurst. To leave an online condolence please visit www.armitagewiggins.com

Jim is survived by his wife Jackie (nee Clark), his mother Virginia (nee Simm), his sons and their wives Jason T. and Edie, Christopher B. and Lisa and James E. and Jane Mueller; brother of Rod and George Mueller he is also survived by his grandchildren Patrick, Joshua, Sarah, C.J., Jessica, Emily and Claire and his great grandson Landon George.

Jim was a U.S. Airforce Vet, a draftsman and a retired member of Local 68. He was active in the Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to the M.S. Society.

Anne Sharples

Anne Sharples (nee Qualtier) died on Nov. 20 in Clara Maass hospital. She was 82. Born in Newark, she lived in Kearny before moving to North Arlington 55 years ago.

Arrangements were by Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, followed by entombment at Holy Cross Cemetery. To leave online condolence please visit www.armitagewiggins.com

Wife of the late William, she is survived by her children and their spouses Jo Anne Sharples, William Sharples, Karen and John Taylor and Michael and Mary Sharples; sister of Amelia Santora she is also survived by her grandchildren Christopher, Stephen and Kara.

In lieu of flowers kindly consider a donation to Deborah Heart and Lung Hospital.

Mary Starzecki

Miss Mary Starzecki, formerly of Kearny, died on Sunday, Nov. 25. She was 88.

A graveside service will be held in Arlington Cemetery, Kearny on Thursday, Nov. 29, at 11 a.m.

Mary had worked in Western Electric in So. Kearny as an assembly worker for 30 years until retiring.

Surviving are her friends, Patricia Allen and Ann Wallace.

The Condon Funeral Home, 684 Kearny Ave., Kearny is in charge of the arrangements.

Obituaries

Marie P. DiSerafino

Marie P. DiSerafino of Bonita Springs, Fla., died on Wednesday, Nov. 14.

Born in Jersey City, she was the loving wife of Giulio L. DiSerafino, beloved mother of Renee DiSerafino and Gigi Brant and her husband, Lincoln Brant and his two sons, Sawyer Brant of the U.S. Army and Taylor Brant.

Marie was the loving daughter of the late Emedio and Benemina Migliozzi of Jersey City. She was the beloved sister of the late Joseph, Edward, Ernest and Mario.

Marie will be dearly missed by everyone who knew her. She was a kind friend to many and loved by all.

We will love you forever.

A memorial Mass was celebrated Saturday, Nov. 17, at St. Leo the Great Catholic Church, 28294 Beaumont Rd., Bonita Springs, Fla.. where Marie was a parishioner.

The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, donations in her memory be made to the Wounded Warrior Project P.O. Box 758517 Topeka, Kansas 66675 or St. John’s Church Soup Kitchen, 22 Mulberry St., Newark, NJ 07102-5202. Arrangements were by Shikany’s Bonita Funeral Home, Bonita Springs.

Olga Maria Ramos Palmer

Mrs. Olga Maria Ramos Palmer, 63, of Toms River and formerly of Kearny, died on Nov. 16.

Olga had been a waitress at Tops Diner in East Newark for almost 20 years before moving to Toms River.

Her cremation was held privately.

She is survived by her husband, Martin Palmer; her children Wilfredo Ortiz, Jr. and Lisa Brown; her mother, Angelina Wetzle. Also surviving are her siblings, Daisy Pelt and Rafael Ramos, Jr. as well as her grandchildren, Anthony R. and Jake T. Brown and Austin J. Ortiz.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Condon Funeral Home in Kearny.

John Potocki

John Potocki, 90, of Lyndhurst, died on Thursday, Nov. 15.

Mr. Potocki was born and raised in New York City and has been a resident of Lyndhurst since 1952. He was an electrician for New York City Health and Hospital Corp. of New York for 14 years, retiring in 1987.

John was predeceased by his beloved wives, Charolette (nee Van Schaack) Potocki in 1955 and Alvina J. (nee Luers) Potocki in 1999. He is survived by his beloved children, Linda Pelissier, Robert Potocki and Carol Marchese, by his dear grandchildren, Matthew and Cheryl Pelissier and by his sister, Mary Giacona.

The funeral service was held at Nazare Memorial Home, Inc., 403 Ridge Road, Lyndhurst, followed by interment was in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Lyndhurst. Please visit us at www.nazarefuneralhome.com.

 

 

Obituaries

Maria Coppola

Maria Coppola (nee Colagrosso) died on Nov. 5 in The Canterbury in Cedar Grove. She was 81. Born in Catolicca, Sicily, she lived in Harrison before moving to North Arlington in 1999.

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

Mrs. Coppola was a volunteer at West Hudson Hospital. She is wife of Louis Coppola and the late Vito Ascone; mother of Frank Ascone (the late Linda), Benjamin Ascone (Marilyn), Victoria Rapon (Howard) and Marylou Raponkus (Christopher); sister of Frances Zeolla and Anna Finelli; also surviving are nine grand and four greatgrandchildren.

 

James P. Herriron “Cherrybomb “

James P. Herriron “ Cherrybomb “, 84, died on Friday, Oct. 26, at his niece’s home in Lyndhurst.

Born in Newark, he lived in Harrison before moving to North Arlington in 1987.

He worked for Bell Atlantic in New Brunswick for many years before retiring in 1989. He served in the United States Army. He was a member of the Elk’s Lodge , the Pleasure Club and the Moose all of Harrison, the Elk’s Lodge of North Arlington and the Kearny Eagles.

He was the beloved twin brother of Patrick J., the brother of the late Mae McDonald , the loving uncle of Laura Comppen and her husband Eduardo Rodrigues, and the cherished great-uncle of Ruby and Carson Rodrigues.

The funeral was from the Parow Funeral Home 185 Ridge Rd., North Arlington on Friday, Nov. 2, with a funeral Mass in Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, North Arlington. Entombment followed Holy Cross Chapel Mausoleum, North Arlington.

Joseph F. Kwiecien, Jr.

Joseph F. Kwiecien Jr., 67, passed away on Nov. 1 after a short illness.

He was a lifelong resident of Harrison. He is the son of Lottie (nee Dunaj) and the late Joseph F. Kwiecien Sr. He was preceded in death by his brother Richard, and sister Patricia.

Joseph is survived by his son, Joseph E. Kwiecien and wife Michele of Kentucky; grandsons Jason and Brandon; his sisters Joanne Maier and husband Steve, Deborah Manzo and husband Bill; nephews Scott Maier and William J. Manzo; and niece Allison Manzo. Joseph served his country during the Vietnam Conflict as a Drill Sergeant, stationed in Fort Dix, New Jersey.

Private arrangements were by Peacock-Newnam and White in Southport, N.C. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to The Belgrove Acute Care Center in Kearny. You may make online memorials at www.peacocknewnamwhite.com. Arrangements were by the Peacock – Newnam and White Funeral and Cremation Service, Southport, N.C.

Orlando A. Melillo

Orlando A. Melillo “Mooney” died on Nov. 9 in Valley Hospital. He was 93. Born in Newark, he lived in North Arlington before moving to Mahwah 12 years ago. Visiting will be on Tuesday, Nov. 13, from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. Service will be conducted at 5:30 p.m. during the visiting hours, followed by a private cremation. To leave an online condolence please visit www.armitagewiggins.com

Mooney was an all-state catcher at Barringer High School in Newark and served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He was stationed outside of Naples, Italy where he loaded bombs onto B-17 fighters. He was proud to have given each bomb a little kiss good bye. He was a retired cement truck driver for Loizeau Concrete in Elizabeth and was a member of the Teamsters.

The last of 10 sibling he is survived by his wife Ann (nee Ross), his children Nicholas and Eloise Melillo and his grandchildren Nicholas and Suzanne. Orlando loved being the beloved Uncle Mooney to so many cherished nieces and nephews and their families.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to Wounded Warriors.

Richard W. O’Connell

Richard W. O’Connell died at home on Nov. 10. He was 69. Born in Orange, he lived in Bloomfield, then Lake Hiawatha before moving to Kearny 24 years ago.

Visiting will be on Tuesday, Nov. 13, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. Family and friends are also invited to gather at the funeral home on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 11:30 a.m., before leaving for Holy Cross Cemetery at noon. To leave an online condolence please visit www.armitagewiggins.com

Mr. O’Connell was a warehouse manager for Volvo Motor Car Company in East Rutherford. Husband of Georgette (nee Coons), he is the father of Richard O’Connell and the late Edward “Eddieo” O’Connell. He is also survived by his sister Barbara Murtell.

Grace M. Sellari

Grace M. Sellari (nee Lombardino) died on Nov. 8 at home. She was 77. Born in Newark, she has lived the past 50 years in Kearny.

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

Mrs. Sellari was a cosmetic counter manager at Haines in Newark and Macy’s in Paramus.

Wife of Anthony R. Sellari, she is the mother of Sal Capardi (Valerie), Debbie Beard (Billy) and Millie Capardi; sister of Paul Lombardino and the late Rose Monetti; also surviving are six grand and three great-grandchildren.

Obituaries

Robert E. Gorski

Robert E. Gorski, 63 died on Thursday, Nov. 1, at his home in Kearny. Arrangements were by the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. The funeral service was held in the funeral home. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.thiele-reid. com.

Mr. Gorski was born in Jersey City and has lived in Kearny for the last 32 years.

He served in the Army during Vietnam.

Robert was employed as a manager for the U.S. Postal Service in South Kearny for 42 years retiring two years ago.

He is survived by his wife Janet (Bowman); children Robert E. and Keli Gorski; his mother Jean (Kuzminski) Gorski; brothers Gary and Edward Gorski and his granddaughter Leah Alves.

Victor I. Nunez

Victor I. Nunez died on Nov. 2 in Hackensack Medical Center. He was 64. Born in Peru, he lived in Kearny for the past 35 years.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral Mass was in St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny, followed by private cremation. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com

Victor is survived by his mother Josefa, his children Victor and Lauren and his siblings Olger, Jorge, Edward, Victor, Manuel, Jorge, Carlos and Gloria Nunez.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to St. Stephen’s Charity Fund.

Gloria Woods

Gloria Woods (nee Dalto) of Kearny died on Oct. 28 at the home of her son John. She was 77.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral Mass was held in St, Stephen’s Church, Kearny. Interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com

Gloria was an assistant manager at the Ben Franklin Store in Kearny for many years. She was a parishioner of St. Stephens Church in Kearny.

Wife of the late Jack Woods and sister of the late Rita Nazzaro and Frank Dalto, she is survived by her sons John and Jim and her grandchildren Sabrina, Kat, Sarah and April.

                                                                                                                                  

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