web analytics
Google+

Category: Obituaries

Obituaries

Gregory F. Ferdinand ‘Furgason’

Gregory F. “Furgason” Ferdinand died suddenly on Aug. 6 at his office in Newark. He was 61.

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

Greg was a lifelong musician and accomplished audio engineer. He was known by many as Greg Furgason in the music world. He was CEO of Power Play Networks in Newark.

He is survived by his loving wife Marylou Flaherty, loving daughter Lauren “Lori” Ferdinand, his loving mother Anne (nee Bonanno) and brother Dr. Francis Ferdinand. He was predeceased by his brothers Jeffrey and Kevin.

Adele B. Gancarz

Adele B. Gancarz, 90, of Harrison, passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 15. Born in Newark, she was a life-long resident of Harrison.

Adele worked for Westinghouse, Harrison, for many years. She was a member of the Harrison Senior Citizens.

She was predeceased by her son, Robert Gancarz and her parents Katarzyna and Bronislaw Szydlowski. Adele is survived by her nieces and nephews. Funeral services were private under the direction of the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison.

To send condolences to the family, please visit mulliganfuneralhome.org.

Olympia ‘Lee’ Landy

Olympia “Lee” Landy, (nee Angelo), 94, of Harrison, passed away on Monday, Aug. 13. Born in Harrison, she was a life-long resident.

She was a homemaker and was very active in St. Anthony’s Church, East Newark, and a member of St. Anthony’s Rosary Society.

Lee was also a member of the Rodino Society, Newark. She was predeceased by her husband Thomas J. Landy (1986), her daughter Carole L. Pastore (2003) and her son Thomas O. Landy(1999). Lee is survived by her sons Anthony C. and Joseph S. Landy; her grandchildren Theresa Andrade, Maria Bradley, Lisa Della Vecchia (2010), Thomas O. Landy, Pamela McGrath, Danae Noonan, Cristine Greco, Taylor Landy, Toni-Marie Landy, Nicole Landy, Alyssa Landy, and Gianna Landy; 14 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Arrangements were under the direction of Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison. A funeral mass was held at St. Anthony’s Church, East Newark. Interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

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

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that donations be made to The Valerie Fund for Children with Cancer or the Multiple Sclerosis Society c/o of the funeral home in memory of Lee.

Obituaries

Virginia DeArmas

Virginia DeArmas died suddenly on Aug. 5 in St. Michael’s Medical Center in Newark. She was 70. Born in Cuba, she moved to Kearny 20 years ago.

A funeral Mass was held in St. Cecilia’s Church, Kearny, followed by interment in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. She was a member of the Harrison Seniors.

Daughter of the late Jose and Maria DeArmas, Virginia is survived by her sister Maria Sanz and her family along with many dear friends.

Patricia A. Kwiecien

Patricia A. Kwiecien died on Aug. 9, at the St. Michael’s Medical Center in Newark. She was 70. Born in Jersey City, she was a lifelong Harrison resident.

Private arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home in Kearny. Burial was at Holy Cross Cemetery. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com

Pat was the administrative assistant to Richard Tully at the Kearny Shop Rite. Daughter of Lottie (nee Dunaj) and the late Joseph Kwiecien, she is survived by her brother and sisters Joseph Kwiecien, Joanne Maier and Deborah Manzo, along with eight nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother Richard.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to The Belgrove Acute Care Center in Kearny.

Philip J. Renshaw Sr.

Philip J. Renshaw Sr. died on Aug. 6 in St. Michael’s Medical Center in Newark. He was 70. Born in Irvington, he lived in North Arlington before moving to Kearny 40 years ago.

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

Mr. Renshaw served in the Army during the Vietnam War. He was a Purple Heart Recipient. He retired from the Kearny Board of Education where he was a head custodian.

He is survived by his wife Linda (nee Ferrari); his children and their spouses Philip J. Reshaw Jr., Bobby and Sandra Renshaw, Louis and Franny Renshaw and Jennie and Fred Guevarez and his grandchildren Kaitlin, Ella, Luke, Leah, Louis Jr., and Madison.

In lieu of flowers, kindly make a donation to The American Lung Association.

Joseph J. Rozek

Joseph J. Rozek 96 of Streetsboro, Ohio, died Wednesday, Aug. 8.

He was born on April 5, 1916 in Holyoke, Mass. to John and Salomea (Majewski) Rozek. A former resident of Kearny, he has lived in Streetsboro since 1985.

Joseph was a U.S. Army veteran, a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Mantua, Ohio and had worked in maintenance for Egyptian Lacquer.

Survivors include his daughters Christina (Richard) Baksa of Clifton, Theresa (Robert) Dobies of Oakridge and Lucille (William) Curtin of Shalersville Twp., Ohio; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Regina, three sisters and two brothers.

Arrangements were by Shorts Spicer Crislip Funeral Home Streetsboro Chapel. A funeral Mass was held at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Mantua, Ohio, followed by burial in Evergreen Cemetery in Streetsboro, Ohio. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to the Portage County APL, P.O. Box 927, Ravenna, OH 44266 or Pilot Dogs, Inc., 625 West Town Street, Columbus, OH 43215.

Condolences may be expressed at www.sscfuneralhomes.com.

Obituaries

George W. Mathers

George W. Mathers of Kearny died on Aug. 4 at his home. He was 91.

A funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 8, at 9:30 a.m. in St. Stephens Church, Kearny, followed by interment in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, East Hanover. To leave an online condolence .please visit www.armitagewiggins.com

George served in The Army during World War II. He was a member of the Benstead Center Seniors and was an accomplished musician. He was past president and a member of the Essex County Musicians Union. He was a retired Relay Technician from Westinghouse.

Husband of the late Florence (Sroka), he was the father of Alice M. Zeller, Linda Santiago, George Mather and the late Marilyn Mather; brother of the late Harry A. Mather and Helen Aumack. He is also survived by six grand and five great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his granddaughter Claire “bear.”

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to The D.A.V.

Laura McKay

Laura McKay (Everetts) 57, died on Saturday, July 28, at her home in Seaside Park.

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

Laura was born in Newark. She lived in Kearny for 35 years before moving to Seaside Park eight months ago.

She is survived by her husband Francis; daughters Nicole McKay and Ashley McKay; her siblings Dean Everetts, Karen D’Alessandro, Veronica Zeichner; grandchildren Tyler McKay and Gia DeAquino. Laura also leaves behind her parents Gene and Theresa (Hughes) D’Alessandro.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the ASPCA at www.aspca.org.

Carmen Ruiz

Carmen Ruiz of Springfield died at Overlook Hospital in Summit on Wednesday, Aug. 1. She was 50. Born in Medellin, Colombia, she came to the U.S. when she was 7, was raised in Sunnyside, Queens, N.Y., and lived in Springfield for the past 20 years.

Carmen is survived by her husband Paul Polukord; children, Justin and Ashley of Springfield; mother Celina Ruiz of Queens, N.Y.; sister, Beatriz Ruiz of Queens, NY, and brother, Carlos Ruiz of Pendergrass, Ga. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, friends and her loving pets.

Carmen was a passionate, loving mother and loving friend of many. Graduate of Baruch College in N.Y., she was a financial analyst for GlaxoSmithKlein in Parsippany for 24 years. She also volunteered her time at Children’s Specialized Hospital in Mountainside and at the St. Claire’s Home for Children in Newark.

A funeral Mass was held on Aug. 6, at St. James Church, Springfield. Arrangements were by Bradley, Smith & Smith Funeral Home, 415 Morris Ave., Springfield. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Children’s Specialized Hospital Foundation, 150 New Providence Road, Mountainside, N.J. 07092. To send condolences or for further information, go to www.bradleyfuneralhomes.com

Estelle Rydberg

Estelle Hope Rydberg (Schaaf), 94, passed on Monday, July 30, in the Andover Subacute and Rehab Center in Andover.

Arrangements were by the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Drive, Kearny, followed by interment in Arlington Cemetery, Kearny. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.thiele-reid.com

Estelle was born in Kearny and resided there until moving to Newton in 2008. She was a member of the Home League of the Salvation Army in Kearny.

She is survived by her nieces, grand-nieces and grand-nephews and was predeceased by her parents Herbert and Mable (LeVan) Schaaf and later by her husband Albert in 1990.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Salvation Army of Greater Kearny, 443 Chestnut St., Kearny, NJ 07032 or to Domestic Abused and Sexual Assault Intervention Services, P.O. Box 805 Newton, N.J. 07860.

Bernadette Tietjen

Bernadette Tietjen died on Aug. 4 at Clara Maass Medical Center. She was 62. Born in Newark, she lived in Harrison before moving to Kearny 20 years ago.

A funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 8, at 10:30 a.m. in St. Stephens Church, Kearny, followed by interment in Hillside Cemetery, Lyndhurst. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com

Bernadette is survived by her mother Helen Wieczenski; her children Heather Crist and Jason (and Sheetal) Davitt; her brothers and sister Michael and Tommy Wieczenski and Andrea Kustosz. Also surviving are her grandchildren Alexis, Madison, Jonathan, Aanya and Saheli. Bernadette’s husband Dave Tietjen died only eight months ago.

Obituaries

Sophie F. Babinski

Sophie F. “Shirley” (Stypulkowska) Babinski, age 92, of Point Pleasant Beach, died on Monday, July 23 at her home.

She was born and raised in Harrison, and lived in Kearny, before moving to Point Pleasant Beach in 1970.

Mrs. Babinski was a homemaker. She was a parishioner of St. Peter’s R.C. Church in Point Pleasant Beach. She was a member of several local senior clubs in the area where she enjoyed dancing and laughing. She also enjoyed shopping, entertaining and spending time with her loving family.

She was predeceased by her beloved husband of 43 years, Peter Leon Babinski, in 1983. She is survived by two sons, Peter L. Jr. MD, PHD of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., in a committed relationship with Ricardo and Carl P. and his wife, Mary, of East Amwell; two daughters, Joan M. Comp of Kearny and Debbie E. Costanzo and her husband, Sam of Toms River; a sister, Jean Blazejewski of Hillsborough; nine grandchildren, Joanne, Michael M., Carl Jr., Stacey, Caroline, Peter, Christina, Sam and Michael A.; nine great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Arrangements were by the Colonial Funeral Home, 2170 Highway 88, Brick. A funeral Mass was held at St. Peter’s Church in Point Pleasant Beach, followed by burial at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Toms River.

Obituaries

Lucy Boryszewski

Boryszewski, Lucy (Lucjanna) (nee Grodzki) Entered into eternal rest suddenly on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 her home in Harrison. She was 80 years old.

The funeral was conducted by Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison, NJ 07029. A funeral mass was held at Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, Harrison. Interment was at Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. For information or to send condolences to the family please visit mulliganfuneralhome.org.

Born in Poland, Lucy lived in Harrison for the past 46 years. She was a devout parishioner of Our Lady of Czestochowa Church. She retired from Yale Hook and Eye, Newark after 10+ years of service in 1994.

Predeceased by her beloved husband Henry (2005) and her daughter-in-law Annette (1998), she is survived by her loving children Zenon and his wife Alice, Witold and Celina Pereira and her husband Pedro; cherised grandchildren Mark, Matthew, Andrew, Brian, Timothy, Monica, Christopher, Christian and Kaitlyn, dear siblings, Helen Mlynarski, Henry, Mietek, and Irene Grodzki, and a sister-inlaw Henrieta Grodzki. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

In Lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Our Lady of Czestochowa Church Restoration Fund, care of the funeral home in loving memory of Lucy.

 

Joan “Chickie” Simpson

 

Joan “Chickie” Simpson (nee Denning) passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 12, 2012. Born in Jersey City, she was a lifelong resident of Harrison.

She worked at Western Electric in South Kearny for 25 years until the plant closed in 1984. She was a board member of the WE Kearny Club.

Joan was an avid dancer preferring to dance than sit still. She had won the Harvest Moonball in 1968 for her foxtrot and later appeared on th Ed Sullivan Show.

Wife of the late Alvin A. Simpson, she was pre-deceased by her loving parents Frieda and Thomas Denning and her beloved sister Janice L. Dearie.

She is survived by her loving nephew David Dearie and his girlfriend Lori Williams; her Godsons David Borer and David Bolzau; and her many cherished cousins and treasured friends and extended family. She was a member of David Memorial U.M. Church for over 60 years where she had served on the board of Trustees and numerous committees.

Private Funeral Services were held under the direction of Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Avenue, Harrison, NJ 07029. For information or to send condolences to the family please visit mulliganfuneralhome.org. Cremation was private.

Donations in memory of Joan can be made out to the World Wildlife Fund at www. worldwildlife.org (search Panda Pages) or by calling 1-800-960-0993 or by mailing to World Wildlife Fund P.O. Box 97180 Washington, DC 20090-7180

Jose “Pepe” Rodriguez

Jose “Pepe” Rodriguez died July 17, 2012 at home. He was 83. Born in Spain, arrangements were by the Armitage & Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A mass was held in St. Cecilia’s Church. Entombment at Holy Cross Mausoleum.

Pepe is survived by his loving wife Maria with whom he celebrated 55 years of marriage this past June 22.

Father of Pepe (Michelle) Rodriguez, brother of Amelia Rodriguez and brother in law of Angelina, Sor. Lidia and Aurora. He is also survived by his granddaughters Brianna, Gabriella and Adrianna.

Mary “Mame” Bubenas

 

Mary “Mame” Bubenas (Nee Musikevicius), 95, passed away on Monday, July 16, 2012 at the Bayside Manor in Keansburg, NJ. She was born in Harrison and lived most of her life in Kearny before moving to Keansburg three years ago.

Mary worked for Seton Hall University and later worked for Marshalls Mill in Kearny. Mary was a great cook and worked for the LCCC Club, Kearny, for over 20 years. She loved gardening, was a devout Catholic and parishioner of Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Kearny, where she was a member of the Golden 60’s Plus and the Rosary/St. Ann Societies.

Wife of 72 years of the Late Joseph John Bubenas; devoted and loving mother of MaryAnn (Robert “Chick”) Williamson and Joseph (Late Sandra) Bubenas; sister of Vlada Yarubauiciene and the late Biruta, Joseph and Wiiliam Musikevicius; sister-inlaw of Virgina Musikevicius; dear grandmother of Robert (Sandra) Williamson, Tammy (Gregory) Deo and Kimberly (Anthony) Pandullo; great grandmother of Kailtyn and Alyssa Deo and Alexis and Anthony Pandullo; also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Arrangements were by the Shaw-Buyus Home for Services 138 Davis Ave., at Bergen Ave Kearny. A funeral mass was held in Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Kearny. Entombment in Holy Cross Chapel Mausoleum, North Arlington. In lieu of flowers, donations to Our Lady of Sorrows Church 136 Davis Ave Kearny, NJ 07032 would be appreciated. Visit www.buyusfuneralhome.com D/O/B – 3/17/17

Peter J. Ferriero

Peter J. Ferriero, 80 of Gouldsboro, PA and formerly of Harrison, NJ died Friday July 6th, 2012 at Regional Hospital of Scranton shortly after admission. His wife of 58 years is the former Joyce Livoisi. Born October 8, 1931 in Harrison, NJ, he was the son of the late Peter and Bridget (Polo) Ferriero. Prior to his retirement, he was employed by Scranton Plumbing, Inc. He was a member of St. Catherine of Siena Church in Moscow, PA.

He was also a member of the Father Barrett Knights of Columbus Council 6050 of Moscow, PA. Surviving in addition to his wife are (3) sons: Peter J. Ferriero of Belleville, NJ, Steven C. Ferriero of Smithville, NJ, and Joseph W. Ferriero of Colonia, NJ; (2) daughters: Karen Williams and husband David of Galloway, NJ, and Theresa Bradley and husband James of Galloway, NJ; (2) brothers: George Ferriero of North Arlington, NJ, and Joseph Ferriero of Clifton, NJ; (2) sisters: Marie Mondaro of Harrison, NJ, and Dorothy Rigg of Bricktown, NJ; (13) grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his granddaughter Ashlyn Ferriero in 2006 and brother Michael Ferriero, and his sister Frances DeRosa on January 27, 2012.

Arrangements were by the Duffy & Snowdon Funeral Home, 401 Church Street, Moscow, PA. Interment was at St. Catherines Cemetery, Covington Twp., PA. For online condolences and directions go to www.duffyandsnowdon.com

Obituaries

David W. Bishop

David W. Bishop died June 30 at home. He was 75. Born in Yonkers, N.Y., he lived many years in Kearny before moving to Mt. Bethel, Pa., two years ago.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral service was held in the West Hudson Christian Center, Kearny, with interment in Arlington Cemetery, Kearny. To leave online condolence, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com

David served in The Army from 1959-61 and is a retired postal worker. He was a past president, sexton and deacon of Calvary Methodist Church, Kearny.

Husband of the late Johanna (nee Blair), he is survived by his children David, John, James, Isabella, Joshua, Kathryn, Christine and Daniel Bishop, Carolyn Callaghan and Laura Pavelco. Brother of Dorothy Essert, he is also survived by 13 grandchildren. He was predeceased by his son Alexander.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to VNA Hospice of Monroe County, Pa.

Ann Cyckowski

Ann Cyckowski, of Harrison, died on July 4 at Madison Center Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Matawan after a 12-week illness. Born in Odense, Denmark, Ann lived in Harrison for the last 50 years.

She worked as a bank teller for many years for various banks in the Harrison area. In her free time, she enjoyed gardening, reading and traveling. She was a very loving grandmother.

Predeceased by her husband Stanley (2009) and her granddaughter Tracy Rangel (2011) Ann is survived by her loving children, Lillian Rangel of Sugarloaf, Pa. and Steven Cyckowski and his wife Diane of Old Bridge. She is also survived by cherished grandchildren, David Rangel, and Patrick, Daniel, Erin and Conor Cyckowski. She was a loving aunt to many nieces and nephews and an adored sister in law.

Funeral services were under the direction of the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison. A funeral service was held on Monday in the funeral home. Entombment was held in Holy Cross Chapel Mausoleum, North Arlington. For information or to send condolences to the family, please visit mulliganfuneralhome.org.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Susan G. Komen Foundation for the Cure, Attn: Donor Services, P.O. Box 650309 Dallas, Texas 75265 in loving memory of Ann.

Tyler Donnelly

Tyler Donnelly, son of Sally (Garbiras) and the late Daniel died on June 22. He was 32. Born in Plainfield, he lived in Kearny.

Private arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home.

To leave an online, condolence please visit www.armitagewiggins.com

Betsy M. Duncan

Betsy Duncan, 91, died on June 30 in Southern Ocean Genesis Elder Care Center in Stafford Township.

A private graveside service was held in Arlington Cemetery, Kearny on July 3.

Miss Duncan was born in Kearny and was a lifelong resident.

She was a secretary at the Wilbur B. Driver Company in Harrison for many years.

Betsy is survived by her nieces Carol Beckmann (William) and Nancy Carpenter (Gary).

Manuel Frade

Manuel Frade, 76, of Harrison, entered eternal rest on July 1.

Beloved husband of Dulcinia (nee Loureiro); devoted father of Carlos and his wife Maria, John (João) and his wife Judith and Daniel and his wife Tanja; cherished grandfather of Athena, Isabel, Sofia, Julien and Joshua; dear brother of João, Diamantino, José, and Carlos.

Arrangements were by the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave, Harrison. A funeral Mass was held in Holy Cross Church, Harrison, followed by interment in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. For directions, information or to send condolences to the family please visit: www.mulliganfuneralhome.org

Manuel was born in Seixo, Portugal, and emigrated to the U.S. and Harrison in 1968. He lived in Harrison for the last 44 years. Employed by Pechter’s Baking Co. as the most senior baker for 30 years retiring in 1998. He was very active in Holy Cross Church. One of the founders of Our Lady of Fatima Society and very instrumental in the church establishing a Portuguese language Mass. He was very kind, supportive and helpful to his family and many in the community. Outside of his children and grandchildren, and being the most devoted of husbands, one of his proudest pursuits was his exceptional talent for gardening.

Patrick Gilmartin

Patrick G. Gilmartin, 65, died on Tuesday, July 3,in the Clara Maass Medical Center, Belleville.

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

Patrick was born in Glasgow, Scotland and immigrated to this country in 1982. He has lived in Kearny for the last 30 years.

Mr. Gilmartin was a boiler operator employed by the state of New Jersey for several years. He retired in 2011.

He was a member of the Scots – American Athletic Club and the Irish American Club both of Kearny.

Patrick is survived by his wife Elenor (Sweeten); children Lorraine Blevins (John), Ian Gilmartin (Nicole) and his three grandchildren Sean and Brooke Blevins and Ella Catherine Gilmartin.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105 or at www.stjude.org.

Sebastiana Green

Sebastiana “Anna” Green died on July 3 at Select Specialty Hospital in Rochelle Park. She was 95.

Born in New York City, she lived in Brooklyn, N.Y., before moving to Kearny 50 years ago. Anna was a homemaker.

She was married to the late William F. Green Sr., mother of Gaetano “Thomas” Green, Ronald Green and the late William Green, mother-in-law of Caroline and Patricia Green, grandmother of eight and great-grandmother of 17.

A funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Stephen’s Church. Interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

Mieczyslaw “Matthew” Kurasz

Mieczyslaw “Matthew” Kurasz died July 1 in St. Michael’s Medical Center, Newark. He was 57. Born in Poland, he now lives in East Newark.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny, in Our Lady of Czestochowa, in Harrison, followed by interment in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

Matt owned Kurasz Construction for the past 30 years. He is survived by his wife Patricia (Wojtalewski) and his mother Janina (Rodchenko), his daughters Lisa and Jennifer and his son Justin. Brother of Stanley Kurasz, Mary Sochaczewski and he late Ziggy, Marion and Andrew Kurasz.

Grover A. McCrea

 

Grover A. McCrea, 70, of Kearny, entered into eternal rest on Friday, July 6.

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

He was a police officer for 26 years in the Newark Police Department. Upon his retirement he worked part time at the Midtown Pharmacy in Kearny. In his spare time, he was an avid bowler. He was a regular at the North Arlington Bowl-ODrome for the last 40 years. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge # 12, Newark. Grover served his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War from 1964 to 1968.

Predeceased by his parents, Grover A. and Mary McCrea (nee Byrne) he is survived by his beloved wife of 43 years Patricia (nee Kulish), a loving son, Kevin, dear siblings, Charles McCrea and his wife Josephine, Mary Fortner and Pat Hartman and her husband Ted. Grover is also survived by many nieces nephews and cousins.

Arrangements were by the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison. A funeral mass was held at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Kearny. For information or to send condolences to the family please visit mulliganfuneralhome.org.

Please Omit Flowers. The family kindly requests donations to The Lustgarten Foundation, 1111 Stewart Ave., Bethpage, New York 11714 in loving memory of Grover.

Helen Theresa Restaino

Helen T. Restaino (nee Doherty) passed away at the Tidewell Hospice in Bradenton, Fla. on May 29.

Helen was the daughter of the late Peter and Adelaide (nee Holand) Doherty. She was born and raised in North Arlington on Dec. 3, 1916 and graduated from Queen of Peace High School in 1935. Her brother Frank (Sam) Doherty was in the first graduating class in 1934.

Helen went to work as a secretary for the Fireman’s Fund in Newark and later on as an office worker for the Newark Evening News. She retired from the Howard Savings Bank where she worked for over 20 years. Helen moved to Bradenton, Fla. in 1983 to be with her family in her retirement years.

Helen was predeceased by her first husband Harry T. Watson and her second husband Nicholas Restaino in 1993. She was the last member of the Doherty clan outliving her four brothers Peter, Daniel, William and Francis (Sam) Doherty and her sisters Mae Flavell and Ethel Nash. Helen leaves to cherish her loving memory: her two sons Henry J. Watson of Kearny and Robert J. Watson of Sarasota, Fla., and his wife Marilyn (Keena) Watson. She also leaves her beautiful grandchildren Denise, Kevin who passed away in 2011, Michael, Robbie and Martin and her four great-grandchildren Travis, Cody, Emily and Olivia and one great-great-grandson Michael.

Funeral arrangements were by Toale Brothers Funeral Home, Sarasota, Fla. A service was held at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Church, Sarasota, Fla., where Helen was a parishioner for over 30 years. Interment was at Palms Memorial Cemetery, Sarasota, Fla. A donation to Helen’s favorite charity would be greatly appreciated: Southeastern Guide Dogs, 4210 77th St. East, Palmetto, Fla., 34221-9270.

Marili Soares

Marili Soares died on July 2 during a visit to her family from Brasil. She was 65.

A memorial service was held in the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. To leave an online, condolence please visit www.armitagewiggins.com

She is survived by her children Sandro Soares and Alessandra Lima, two sisters one brother and four grandchildren.

Mary L. Thrash

Mary L. Thrash died on July 5. She was 99. Born in Pennsylvania, she lived many years in Kearny.

Private arrangements were under the supervision of the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home.

She is survived by her sons Richard E. and Robert W. (Debra) Thrash, her sister Ann Karkut and two grandsons Gregory and Douglas.

Obituaries

 

Catherine Gillespie

Catherine Marie Gillespie “Kathleen” (nee Watson), 76, of Walls, Miss., formerly of Kearny, entered eternal rest on June 30.

Beloved wife of the late James; devoted mother of James and his wife Deborah (nee Sinsheimer), Alice and her husband Michael Gumm, David Gillespie, Joyce and her husband Victor Zazzali, and the late Kevin Gillespie; cherished grandmother of Laurie, Jamie, James, Kevin, Jonathan, and Christopher and great-grandmother of Ayanna and Nicolas; dear sister of Jack, James and Thomas Watson and the late Jean Thompson and Robert Watson.

The funeral will be conducted from the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison, on Saturday, July 7, at 10 a.m. A funeral Mass at Holy Cross Church, Harrison, at 10:30 a.m., followed by entombment at Holy Cross Chapel Mausoleum, North Arlington. Friends may call Friday, July 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, July 7, from 9 a.m.

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

Catherine expired at her home in Walls, Miss. She was born in and lived in Kearny before moving to W. Palm Beach, Fla., where she lived for four years before moving to Walls six years ago.

Sarah Higney

Sarah “Sadie” Higney (Mitchell), 73, died on Wednesday, June 27, in St. Michael’s Medical Center, Newark.

Arrangements were by the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral mass was offered in St. Cecilia Church, Kearny, followed by private cremation. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.thiele-reid.com

Sarah was born in Glenboig, Scotland. She immigrated to Canada before moving to Kearny in 1963.

Mrs. Higney was a member of the Xaverian Mission Guild of Kearny, the Society of the Little Flower, and a former treasurer of the Celtic Boys Club of Scotland.

She is survived by her husband Owen; children Esther Jewart (Timothy), Mary Evanchick (Mark), and Peter Higney; sisters, Catherine Mitchell, Anna Morrison, Mary Rodgers and Aileen McGinn; four grandchildren, Madelyn Evanchick, Ryan Jewart and Jessica and Jaiden Higney.

She was predeceased by her son William J. Higney on January 6, 2012.

Marilyn Madden

Marilyn B. Madden (Hook), 73, died on Sunday, June 24, at her home in Kearny.

Arrangements were by the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral mass was offered in St. Cecilia Church, Kearny, followed by private cremation. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.thiele-reid.com.

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

She was employed by the Kearny Board of Education for 25 years retiring in 2006 as a secretary in the high school Guidance Department. Marilyn was a member of the Arlington Woman’s Club-EMD, the St. Stephen’s Seniors and the Kearny Seniors.

She is survived by her son James P. Madden; brother Ronald Hook (Georgiana); brother-in-laws Robert Madden (Robin), Paul Madden and her sister-in-law Mary Loria (Peter). Marilyn also leaves behind many nieces and nephews, family, very good friends and her loyal dog Molly. She was predeceased by her husband John J. Madden.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Compassionate Care Hospice Foundation, 11 Independence Way, Newark, DE 19713 or to the Carol G. Simon Cancer Center at Morristown Memorial Hospital, 100 Morris Ave., Morristown, NJ 07960-6095.

Obituaries

Iris E. Boris

Iris E. (Neubert) Boris, 83, formerly of Kearny, died Wednesday, June 20, in Milton, Ga. Iris was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Paul Boris; father, Joseph Michael Neubert; mother, Iris Ida Miller; and half-sister, Joan MacLean. She is survived by her son Paul L. Boris, Milton, Ga.; three daughters, Sharon Boris, Tucson, Ariz.; Diane Yager, Kearny and Jill Eckert, Cumming, Ga.; 11 grandchildren and 15 greatgrandchildren.

Iris was laid to rest beside her husband following a graveside service held at the Georgia National Cemetery, Canton, Ga. Arrangements were by the Northside Chapel Funeral Directors and Crematory, Roswell, Ga.

Edward D. Clifford

Edward D. Clifford, 81, of Toms River, formerly of Kearny, died on June 17 at his home.

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 online condolences, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Mr. Clifford was a toll collector with the N.J. Turnpike Association for 10 years retiring in 1995. Prior to that, he was a metalurgist with RCA, Harrison, for over 20 years. He also served in The United States Navy Reserves after The Korean Conflict.

He is the beloved husband of the late Florence Potulski Clifford; father of Kathleen (Michael) Singerline, Joseph (Dorothy), David (Deborah), and Mark (Susan) Clifford; brother of Ruth Cucchira, Jeanette Kearns and the late John (Buddy) Clifford; grandfather of Laura, Sarah, Tabitha, Nick, Amanda, Heather and Mark.

In lieu of flowers, donations to The American Cancer Society would be appreciated.

 

 John Graniello

“If you met him once, you fell in love with him,” according to Robert Pezzolla, a close family friend.

John Graniello, 16, of Fort Lee passed away on June 8, leaving behind his mother Lazara Capote, father Michael Graniello, and siblings Vincent and Chloe. Services were held at Hunt Stellato Funeral Home in Fort Lee.

John was a junior at Fort Lee High School, where he was a member of the morning television newscast. John completed his SAT the weekend before his passing and was excited for the opportunity to start his college career.

John was loved and respected by everyone who knew him. One teacher noted that “there are certain students who remain in a teacher’s heart and John was one of them.”

Even with a job at Fairway Market and a heavy school workload, John was able to keep up his upbeat and positive demeanor. His caring personality drew many to say that he was “the nicest kid I’ve ever met.”

During the funeral ceremony on June 13, the priest read John’s autobiography, completed just days before his death. In the autobiography, John devoted a large part of his work to his mother, Lazara, who John considered his idol, mentor, and friend.

Ferdinand F. Stecher

Ferdinand F. Stecher “Freddy” died on June 17 at Clara Maass Hospital. He was 72. Born in Newark, he moved to Belleville 40 years ago.

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. Interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. To leave online condolence, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com

Freddy was a fueler at Newark airport for over 30 years and was in the Marine Corps from 1958-1964. He is a life member of the Marine Corps League in Kearny and was a Devil Dog.

Surviving are his wife Phyllis (nee Siccone), his children Robert Stecher, Tracy Cordero, Danielle Davis, Claire Louise Morinho, Ronny Stecher and Dawn Giuliano; his sister Loretta Gallagher, 15 grand www.theobserver.com and 12 great-grandchildren.

Obituaries

Chester Anthony Chinsky

Chester (“Chet”) Anthony Chinsky, age 89, died in Ponte Verde Beach, Fla., on June 11 after a brief illness.

Mr. Chinsky was born in 1923 in Dickson City, Pa., to Anthony and Tillie (Yarosh) Ciensczyk. He graduated from Dickson City High School and served in the United States Air Force during World War II. He was married for 50 years to Leona (Gombka) who predeceased him.

Mr. Chinsky, a successful businessman, lived for most of his life in Harrison. He was a lifelong entrepreneur, and over the course of his career owned a variety of businesses, including a delicatessen, apartment building, cocktail lounge and trucking company. He retired in 1985 at which time he and his wife bought a Winnebago and traveled throughout the United States.

Mr. Chinsky was an active member of St. Casmir’s Polish National Catholic Church, where he devoted much time to that parish’s endeavors. Over the years, he shared his energy and expertise with multiple committees. He was a member of the Young Men’s Society of the Resurrection and served as the parish’s treasurer for many years. He enjoyed bowling in the church league and participating in their tournaments.

Mr. Chinsky belonged to the Masons, the Elks and the American Legion. Chet was a crossword puzzle enthusiast and an avid fan of the Oakland Athletics. He was bilingual, being fluent in Polish.

Chet was a man who respected the value of education and one of his greatest sources of pride was that he sent all three of his children to college. He will be remembered as a man of great strengths: his solid family values; the care he gave to his wife throughout her lingering illness; and his generosity to his children and grandchildren.

Mr. Chinsky is survived by his daughters Christine Smith (Richard) and Barbara Reilly (Bill); his son Chester S. Chinsky (Deborah Mullens); his grandchildren Abigail Smith, Bryan Smith, Will Reilly (Liz Paulk), Alexandra Altman (James), and Samantha Chinsky; and his two sisters, Florence Peters and Frances Novak. At the time of his death, Chet was residing with his daughter, Barbara, in Ponte Verde Beach, Fla.

Mr. Chinsky was predeceased by his wife, Lee; his granddaughter, Margaret Reilly; and his brother, Frank Ciensczyk.

The family will hold a private memorial service at a later date.

Harry Fitzsimmons

Harry Fitzsimmons, 75, a longtime resident of Harrison and Kearny, passed away on Sunday, June 10.

Harry and his wife of 37 years, Marion (nee Fulda) retired and relocated to Delray Beach, Fla. in 1996.

Harry is survived by his wife, Marion and five biological children Susan Niedzinksi (Paul), Doug, Jim (Judi), Stephen (Lisa) and Kelly Segrave (Rich); two step-children Michael Pace (Sara), and Michelle Pace; his brothers Thomas and Bill (Rosemary); 14 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and many beloved nieces and nephews.

Harry was a longtime member of the Harrison Elks Club, the Knights of Columbus and the American Legion.

Harry will be missed by all who knew him – RIP Harry.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, June 20, at the Harrison Elks Club, from 6 to 9 p.m. You are welcome to come and share your memories of him.

Joseph N. Fuino

Joseph N. Fuino, 86, made his transition into heaven on June 15. Waiting for him with open arms were his wife Gilda, parents, brothers, sisters, friends and family who have gone before him.

Arrangements were by Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison, A funeral Mass was held at St. Anthony’s Church, East Newark. Entombment was in Holy Cross Chapel Mausoleum, North Arlington. For information or to send condolences to the family, please visit: www.mulliganfuneralhome.org

Joe was born in Harrison, where he lived most of his life; the last few years, he resided at the VA Home of Paramus, where he was well taken care of. Joe served in the U.S. Army as Private First Class from 1943- 1946; Joe, fondly known as “Joe the Mailman,” was a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service in Harrison for 35 years, before retiring in 1983; he was very active in St. Anthony’s Church and the community. Joe’s greatest joy was his family; he was an incredible husband, father, grandfather and friend. He was truly a family man.

Joe was predeceased by his wife Gilda; parents, and several brothers and sisters. Joe is survived by his son Joseph and his wife, Debbie; daughter Michele Wojciechowski and her husband Ray; his grandchildren, Christopher, Alisha, and Alison; also his brothers Fr. Crispin and Patrick.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations should be made to Shriners Hospital for Children, Philadelphia, in support of his granddaughter, Alison Wojciechowski. www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org, or will be accepted at the funeral home.

Richard L. Henry Jr.

Richard L. Henry Jr. “Rick” died on June 15 in Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville. He was 53. Born in Fort Benning, Ga., he lived in Harrison before moving to Kearny 25 years ago.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral Mass will be held in St. Stephens Church, Kearny, followed by private cremation.

Rick owned and operated Ultra Air in Belleville. He was a member of the Harrison/East Newark Elks, past president and coach of the Kearny Generals Football Team, coached Kearny recreation soccer and baseball and he was an avid golfer and fisherman.

Husband of 25 years to Donna (nee Viscuso), son of Valentine Hughes and the late Richard L. Henry Sr. He is also survived by his children Kristen and Richard, sisters Debbie (Bob) Confessore, Donna (Robert) Docherty and Elizabeth Henry his in-laws Zibby and Mildred Viscuso and 13 nieces and nephews.

Ricks best friend suffered from A.L.S. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to A.L.S. research c/o the funeral home.

Calixto Manzano

Calixto Manzano died on June 15 in the Hackensack Hospice. He was 75. Born in Cuba, he lived in Newark before moving to Lyndhurst two years ago.

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, with entombment in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com

Calixto is survived by his wife Maria, his mother Silvina, his sons and their wives Carlos and Jacky Manzano and Jorge Luis and Deborah Manzano. He is also survived by his sisters Aracelia, Esperanza and Xiomara and his grandchildren Carlos, Rebecca, Samantha and Katya.

Milos Suvajac

Milos Suvajac died suddenly on June 16 at home. He was 67. Born in the former Yugosilvia, he lived in Passaic before moving to Kearny 42 years ago.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr ., Kearny. Private cremation was held. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com

Milos is a retired truck driver from LJM LaPlace in Elmwood Park and is a member of Teamsters Local 560.

He is survived by his wife Irene (nee Przebieglec) and his children Michele Gizzi (John), Michael Suvajac, and John Suvajac (Adria) and his grandchildren Nicholas and Madison.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to Diabetes Research or the American Heart Association.

Richard Weber

Richard Weber, of Kearny and Point Pleasant Borough, died on June 15 in University Hospital in Newark. He was 60.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral Mass was held in St. Stephens Church, Kearny, followed by cremation at Rosedale Crematory. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com

Rich owned and operated Weber Auto Body in Kearny and North Arlington and Weber Marine in Bricktown. He was past president of the Lyons Club and was an elected member of the Kearny Board of Education for 12 years and also sat on the Board of The Auto Body Association and The Arlington Players Club.

He is survived by his wife Debbie (nee Fiduccia), his children and their spouses Amy and Noel Heberling and Matthew and Amy Weber. Brother of David and the late Leonard Weber, he is also survived by his mother-in -law Henrietta Mawhinney and his grandchildren Maeve and Jake.

Rich was a candidate for a lifesaving transplant that sadly wasn’t able to happen. He and his family believe strongly in the gift of life. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider making a donation to The Sharing Network/ Donate Life c/o the funeral home.

Obituaries

John A. Holle Sr.

John A. Holle Sr., of Bloomfield, died tragically on June 7 from injuries sustained after being struck by an automobile while crossing the street. Originally from Arlington, John joined the Marines in 1942 and fought at Roi-Namur, Saipan, Tinian, and Iwo Jima, and earned citations for bravery including the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts. He was a proud life member of the Marine Corps League, West Hudson Detachment; the Catholic War Veterans; and Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was also a member of the Father Washington Club. His father, Edward Holle, was killed on the Dorchester with the Rev. John Washington when it was torpedoed and sank in the North Atlantic during WWII. A marksman, John was a life member of the NRA and received many awards and medals and national recognition for his shooting expertise as part of the Kearny and Roseland Rifle and Pistol Clubs.

A devout Catholic, John was a daily communicant of St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Bloomfield, where he was a member of the Holy Name Society and served as an acolyte, usher, and Eucharistic Minister. John served twice as Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus Council 1178, and was a member of the St. Isaac Jogues 4th degree Assembly #0649.

An avid golfer and bowler, John was a member of The Bowling Green Golf Club in Oak Ridge, and a captain of the St. Thomas Bowling League for many years. He had been a mechanical contractor and a member of the Pipe Fitters Local #274.

A man of service to many charities, Mr. Holle was predeceased by his son, John A. Holle, Jr. and a brother Albert J. Holle. He is survived by his beloved wife, Cecilia A. (nee Jordan) Holle; three children, Joan Holle of Spring Lake, Dolores Holle of Sea Girt, James Jordan Holle and his wife Deirdre Cannon of East Hanover, and the Rev. Laurence P. Dolan, OFM, of San Diego, Calif.; two grandchildren, James and Brian Holle of East Hanover; four sisters-in-law, Ann Holle of Oceanside, Calif., Rose Wildeman of Point Pleasant, Teresa Corcoran of Blairstown and Rosalie A. Jordan of Spring Lake; a niece Regina Holle of San Diego, Calif.; and many nieces, nephews and cousins in the U.S. and Ireland. John leaves behind many loyal friends and family, and will be sorely missed.

Visitation will be at Frank Halpin’s Brookdale Funeral Home, 1284 Broad St, Bloomfield, on Wednesday June 13, from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. The funeral will be Thursday, June 14, at 9 a.m. from the funeral home. The funeral Liturgy will follow in Saint Thomas the Apostle Church, 60 Byrd Ave, Bloomfield, at 10 a.m. Interment is at Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the John A. Holle Memorial Fund, West Hudson Detachment, Marine Corp League, 286 Belgrove Dr., Kearny, NJ 07032 or The Seeing Eye, PO Box 375, Morristown, NJ 07963.

Theodore R. Lapinski

Theodore R. Lapinski, 87, died on June 5 at Englewood Hospital in Englewood.

Born in Jersey City, he lived in North Arlington since 1953.

He was the vice president of operations for Englewood Hospital for 13 years before retiring in 1992. Earlier, he worked as an account executive Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Newark for 25 years. He served in the United States Army during World War II. He served North Arlington as tax collector, councilman and Mayor from 1969 to 1970 and most recently as vice chairman of the Board of Health. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus #3428 and an usher at Queen of Peace Church, North Arlington. He was a member of the Lions Club of North Arlington, the North Arlington Republican Club and was state ambassador for the A.A.R.P.

He was the beloved husband of Jennie (nee Natina); devoted father of Gordon and his wife Virginia of Cherry Hill and the late Lenore; cherished grandfather of Jennifer Sands, Derek, Amanda and Kyle Lapinski and great-grandfather of Robert Sands III.

Visitation was held at the Parow Funeral Home, 185 Ridge Rd., North Arlington on Saturday, June 9, with a religious service. In Theodore’s memory, the family would appreciate donations made to the North Arlington Volunteer Emergency Squad, P.O. Box 7088, North Arlington, N.J. 07031.

Claude Neilson

Claude Neilson died on June 8 at home. He was 84. Born in Crawhills, Scotland, he lived many years in Kearny before moving to Margaretville, N.Y.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A Masonic service was held, followed by the funeral service and private cremation. To leave online condolence please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Claude was a butcher and part owner of the Royal Meat Market, Kearny. He was past master of Copestone Ophir Lodge, past president of the Scots American Club, Scottish American Monument Committee and the Square Club all in Kearny.

Husband of Agnes (nee Hamilton), he is survived by his children Robert Neilson, Elizabeth and Arlindo Teixeira and Andrew Neilson, six grandchildren and four greatgrandchildren. He was predeceased by his grandson, Sean.

In lieu of flowers, kindly make a donation to Erskine Hospital c/o the funeral home.

Stuart J. Schardin

Stuart J. Schardin, 61, of Harrison, passed away on Sunday, June 3.

Private funeral arrangements were entrusted to Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Avenue, Harrison. followed by cremation. For information or to send condolences to family please visit mulliganfuneralhome.org.

Son of the late Elmer and Fern, Stuart was born in Lake Benton, Minn.

He survived by his sons Joshua S. and Matthew J. Schardin.